Bahay Pangarap's new occupant: Duterte in slippers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2016 08:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was welcomed into his new home Bahay Pangarap on Tuesday, with a house blessing led by Catholic priests. 

Looking comfortable in bedroom slippers, Duterte is seen praying with several priests inside the Bahay Pangarap, as shown in photos issued by the president's aide, Bong Go. 

Duterte also posed with a 'welcome banner' prepared by employees. 

Earlier, his spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte finds Bahay Pangarap "too big" and finds it sad living all by his lonesome.

"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's family is based in Davao City. 

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 said.

-- With reports from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News