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MANILA – The Bahay Pangarap located at the Malacañang Park will be the official residence of President Rodrigo Duterte, his top aide said on Wednesday.
Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go said Duterte, who is officially single, will move into Bahay Pangarap as early as next week.
The Bahay Pangarap was also the official residence of Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III.
Aquino, a bachelor, had said he preferred staying at Bahay Pangarap since the Malacañang Palace was too big for him.
Duterte, for his part, opted not to stay at the Palace since it is supposedly ''haunted." A report also said Duterte complained of the numerous doors at the Palace.
The president is expected to shuttle between Manila and his hometown of Davao City. His common-law wife Cielito Avanceña and their daughter, Veronica, live in Davao City.
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Bahay Pangarap was named as such by former First Lady Evangeline Macapagal, according to the Palace website.
"Under President Fidel V. Ramos, Bahay Pangarap was restored and became the club house of the Malacañang Golf Club. Restoration was supervised by Architect Francisco Mañosa at the initiative of First Lady Amelita M. Ramos and inaugurated as the New Bahay Pangarap on March 15, 1996."
According to the Palace website, in 2008, Bahay Pangarap was essentially demolished by Architect Conrad Onglao and rebuilt in contemporary style.
It was inaugurated on December 19, 2008 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at a Christmas reception for the Cabinet. - report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News