Duterte chooses Bahay Pangarap as official residence in Manila

  • Bahay Pangarap will be Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s official residence in Manila
  • Duterte will be the second president to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence
  • He is set to move in, more or less, by July 11

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to move in to Bahay Pangarap as his official residence in Manila.

Located inside the Presidential Security Group compound facing the Pasig River, the building, which literally means House of Dreams, is only around five minutes away from the President’s main office at the Malacañang Palace.

Duterte will be the second president to use Bahay Pangarap as his residence; after his immediate predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III.

The bachelor Aquino refused to live in the main building of Malacañang; saying it is too big. Duterte, on the other hand, had expressed his dislike for the Palace as his residence; saying he was creeped out by its interiors and alleged ghost sightings.

Special Assistant to the President and Secretary Christopher Go confirmed to Rappler that the President will be moving in the week of July 11.

However, Duterte’s camp has said the President plans to divide his schedule; staying in Manila most days of the week and flying back to his hometown Davao City during the weekends.

His children with former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman and his youngest daughter with common-law partner Honeylet Avanceña currently reside in Davao.

Duterte says he does not plan to move his family to Manila since his youngest daughter Veronica is currently enrolled in a school in Davao City.

His new home in Manila will definitely be an upgrade in terms of luxury, as the President made headlines with his humble abode in the city where he served as mayor for more than 20 years,

The Bahay Pangarap, designed by Architect Conrad Onglao in 2008 replacing the original structure from the 1930s, has a single bedroom house, a guest room, a room for household staff, a room for close-in security, and a garden with swimming pool.

Its name was given by former First Lady Evangeline Macapagal in the 1960s when it served as a presidential rest house. In the 1990s, it served as the club house of the Malacañang Golf Club before former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered its renovation.