All by his lonesome, Duterte finds Bahay Pangarap too big

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2016 01:55 PM

One of the rooms at the "Bahay Pangarap" (Dream House) inside the compound of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) near Malacanang Palace in Manila. President Duterte chose Bahay Pangarap as his official residence in Manila.

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte finds Bahay Pangarap too big for him and finds it sad living all by his lonesome, according to presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

"Sabi nga niya malungkot daw doon dahil malaki daw ang bahay, aalog-alog, siya lang daw mag-isa. Wala daw siyang kasama," Abella said.

Duterte decided to follow former President Aquino's lead to live in Bahay Pangarap situated in Malacañang Park after finding the Palace residence too big for a bachelor.

Bahay Pangarap, which is in Malacanang Park across the Palace, was restored by Architect Francisco Mañosa during the Ramos administration. It was demolished and rebuilt in 2008 by architect Conrad Onglao, the former partner of singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla.

Bahay Pangarap now has a "contemporary style (retaining the basic shape of the roof as a nod to the previous historic structure), replacing, as well, the Commonwealth-era swimming pool and pergolas with a modern swimming pool," the Palace website says.

A general view of the main entrance of the "Bahay Pangarap" (Dream House) inside the compound of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) near Malacanang Palace in Manila.

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