Coconut Palace is one of the most enigmatic national treasures of the Philippines, which is otherwise known as the House of Ancestry. For so many years, this has become the official residence and office of the second highest political position of the land.- The Vice- Presidency. Location wise, it is geographically sits at the surrounding parameters of another notable national site which is no other than but the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The unmatched grandiosity of Coconut Palace.

The unmatched grandiosity of Coconut Palace.

Likewise, it was commissioned by former First Lady, Imelda Marcos to be used for the most momentous event in 1981 which was the coming of Pope John Paul II, to the Philippines. However, the most supreme member of the Roman Catholic Church never accepted such a wonderful privilege to stay there because it was extremely ostentatious. Ironically, the Philippines in those years was facing a very debilitating economic turmoil. Nevertheless, this so-called palace of grandeur was still fabulously erected on a 2.7 hectare plot. The estimated value of the land had costs around Php 1.2 billion. In terms of its well-orchestrated architecture, it was excellently constructed by a world-renowned Filipino architect, whose name is Francisco Manosa. According to this brilliant apostle of Philippine Architecture, this splendid tourism icon is a symbol of the coconut’s unparalleled legacies to Philippine Tourism and its economy as a whole. This famous tourist spot for the Filipino people was finally erected in 1978. To begin with, it was made of high quality hardwood, exquisite outer coverings of coconut and an innovatively-crafted coco lumber which was preciously referred to as Imelda Madera. Among its best features are its elegant suites on the second storey.

More so, to provide these lavish accommodations with a different twist. Each room was creatively named after the culturally- abundant regions of the majestic Philippine archipelago. Similarly, it was creatively fashioned after an octagon-shaped geometric pattern. This was in reference to the petite physical attribute of the humble coconut before it can be deliciously served, to excitingly titillate the palates of those customers. As far as its roof is concerned, it was magnificently patterned after a salakot. This is the conventional and ancient hat of the Filipinos, before Spain conquered the country. Among the other breathtaking highlights of this multi-million peso tourist spot are as follows: 101 chandeliers that were artistically made from coconut skin, a dining table that is comprised of 40,000 small and intricate pieces of coconut shells that were meticulously inserted to the various embellishments in and around the palace. Since the coconut tree is being alluded to as the Tree of Life, the the imeldific place was glamorously decorated with the most useful sections of this sturdiest tree in the world.

Best of all, the royal mansion for the Filipinos is made of 68 impressive columns which were unbelievably carved like upturned coconut trees. Did you know that these structures as of the present were made of fiberglass? Furthermore, its attractive nooks are beautifully ornamented with the finest products and handicrafts from those different and charming Philippine provinces. These cute ornaments are commonly exported the world over. Geographically, the Coconut Palace is located along F. Maria Guerrero Street at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It is also found in the middle section of Folk Arts Theater. Prior to its political use, it was once regarded as one of the most popular wedding reception venues in the Philippines. Additionally, this unforgettable tourism spectacle of the Marcos regime had served as the guesthouse of some of the most powerful and jetsetting celebrities such as former Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi, George Hamilton and international actress, Brooke Shields.

Upon entering the avant garde premises of this tourists’ wonderland, visitors will be in a state of awe when they happen to see the grand staircase of an out of this world tourist attraction. Looking around, thousands will be dumbfounded even more with its alluring ventillas. These are parts of a Spanish-inspired house where there are tiny windows to let the whole casa to be well-ventilated. Last but not the least, there is a customized mural which houses the vivid and colorful evolution of Spanish costumes then and now. Due to its unmatched artistic sublimity, it had become a sensationalized center of attraction in tinseltown. This came about when it was featured in several Hollywood shows like The Amazing Race. Last but not the least, the location shoot of Tanging Yaman a television series of ABS-CBN was in the same way held in this outrageous tourist destination. Over the years, it had undergone a major architectural makeover. On the 11th day of February, 2011, it was finally given to the Office of The Vice President with a monthly rental rate of Php 400,000. Conversely, almost three-fourths of the whole palace is being utilized as the Vice-President’s exclusive working area. Therefore, only this section of the tourist spot will not be opened to everyone.

After his historic inauguration, Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay had cordially invited the public to have a glimpse of this enthralling pride of the Filipinos. It was due to the fact the second highest ranking official of the Philippines’ political mainstream, further believed that this endearing work of art is a timeless reflection of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Along this line, the educational tour around the palatial atmosphere of this marvelous scenic spot is free of charge. In 2011, Binay and his goal-oriented staff had gladly toured some 300 students to the Coconut Mansion. These youngsters were from San Lorenzo Christian School in Laguna. From then on, only public tours are strictly allowed to visit this enigmatic tourist attraction. So, wedding events and other social functions are not permitted yet. Thus, all educational tours will be scheduled before hand.

Tour Rules and Regulations

Before any school or any private individual decides to personally visit the Coconut Palace, here are some simple guidelines that you need to follow once it would be officially opened to tourists in the next few years. For your utmost convenience, list them down in your mini organizer or handy notebook to make your tour around the house of royalty more worthwhile and enjoyable.

  1. Group tours’ requests must be forwarded to the management and staff of the Coconut Mansion, at least a week before your scheduled educational field trip. Visitors are required to wear clothes which are deemed appropriate for their goals or objectives in going there. These clothes and footwears are not permitted inside the premises of the Coconut Palace in Pasay City. Slippers, shorts and sandos
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  3. Tahanang Filipino is open for educational tours every Tuesdays to Thursdays, from 9:00-10:30 A.M. only. In the afternoon, it would only be until 2:00 P.M. However, tour skeds are subject to change without prior notice
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Contact Details

For inquiries, you can get in touch with Ms. Donna Comia at 832-67-91 to 99. Or if you want, you can send in your emails at [email protected]

Indeed, the two-decade political supremacy of former Philippine president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos had superbly written one of his enduring legacies in the field of Philippine Tourism. The Tahanang Filipino or Coconut Palace is a lasting covenant of Filipino artistry and Philippine culture that seems to be rare, prolific and adorable.

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