Palaces in the Philippines
The monarchs of the United Kingdom have Buckingham Palace as residence. The Sultan of Brunei has Istana Nurul Iman as official residence. The Philippines has no king or queen but we do have palaces too. Most of these palaces are official residence of the Philippine president.
The Coconut Palace is located in Manila, the Philippine capital. The palace was built in 1978 and was made of different hardwoods, coconut lumber and coconut shells. Its architect is Francisco Mañosa. The palace is located on Eduardo A. Makabenta, Sr. Street at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex between the Folk Arts Theatre and the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
This octagon-shaped palace has a salakot shaped roof and features 101 coconut shell chandelier, and a dining table made of 40,000 tiny pieces of inlaid coconut shells. The Coconut Palace has been a guesthouse for many guests. It is now a museum with a butterfly garden and an orchidarium. It is also known as Tahanang Pilipino or Filipino Home.
Palace in the Sky
The Palace in the Sky is located in Tagaytay City in the province of Batangas. It is now known as People’s Park in the Sky. It stands on a 4,516 sq, meters solid ground and overlooks four bodies of water – Taal Lake, Balayan Bay, Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay.
The Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. The palace is situated along the north bank of the Pasig River in Manila. It is commonly referred to as Malacañang and this shorter name is also used when referring to its role as the office of the president. Malacañan Palace is depicted on the verso side of the present-day 20-peso bill.
Today the complex consists of several buildings in addition to Malacañan Palace itself, Bonifacio Hall, Kalayaan Hall, Mabini Hall. Across the river is Malacañan Park, which contains a golf course, recreation hall, park, and billets for the presidential guard, as well as a Commonwealth-era presidential resthouse (Bahay Pangarap). It is called Palasyo ng Malakanyang in Filipino, and Malacañan Palace when referred to as the official residence of the President of the Philippines.
Malacañang in Cebu
The Malacañan in Cebu is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas region. The palace is located in Cebu City. The building was originally built in 1910 and housed the Philippines' Bureau of Customs office in Cebu. It was restored in by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004. It is colloquially called Malacañang sa Sugbu or Malakanyang sa Cebu. It is also known as the Malacañan Palace of the South.
Malacañang Palace of the North
If there’s a Malacañan Palace in the South, there is also a Malacañan Palace in the north. The Malacañang Palace of the North is where the former president Ferdinand E. Marcos used to stay here whenever he goes to his home town in Ilocos Norte. It is locally known as "Malakanyang Ti Amianan".
The Mansion House is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. It is located in the summer capital of the Philippines – Baguio City. This magnificent building was built by the Americans in 1908 as the official summer residence for the U.S Governor General. Severely damaged during World War II, it was reconstructed in 1947 and since then has served as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines during his or her visits to Baguio.
These palaces are not as grandeur as the palaces of the rich monarchs in the world but we do have our own palaces. Hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!