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Address: Independence Plaza, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
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Most tourists to Cebu visit Fort San Pedro, Magellan's' Cross and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. While in this area it is worth taking time out to visit Malacanan Sa... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2017
David B
Rayong, Thailand
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Rayong, Thailand
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Reviewed February 24, 2017

Most tourists to Cebu visit Fort San Pedro, Magellan's' Cross and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. While in this area it is worth taking time out to visit Malacanan Sa Sugbu, which is at the other end of Independence Plaza from these attractions and within easy walking distance. It is the official residence of the President of the Philippines... More 

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Reviewed February 15, 2017

You should bring some umbrella when visiting here, as no other shelter can cover you from direct sunlight or raindrops.

Thank JRhecel
Bulacan, Philippines
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Reviewed September 15, 2016

You can see this well preserved building beside fort san pedro, during sunny days pls be sure to bring sun cover and a bottle of water

Thank nymah s
Cebu City, Philippines
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Located just around Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia, Malacanan sa Sugbo also formerly known as Customs House is a formidable structure. It is painted white. It looks clean. Unfortunately, it is not open to public. It is being guarded by the Presidential Security Group (PSG), since this is the official residence of the Philippine President in Cebu City. Even... More 

Thank trainer_2015
Iloilo City, Philippines
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Reviewed February 19, 2016

An imposing sight but always just outside for I never managed to go in - if its really open to the public. part of a much bigger tourist area, it completes the picture

Thank Phoenix_iloilo
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Reviewed February 15, 2016

This structure is quite old, and full of history. In the last administration, it was utilized/ actually reborn as the Malacanan of the South but the succeeding president did not care about it, so it was left idle again - although the Presidential Navy ships anchor here occasionally. This is one of the white elephants of the previous administrations and... More 

Thank bravo s
Las Pinas
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Reviewed December 4, 2015

This used to be the Customs House but was renovated and refurbished and now serves as the PHilippine President's official office and residence in Cebu City.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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Reviewed January 17, 2015

It is an official residence of the president of the Philippines in the south. However, it is not used by the present administration. It was affected by the earthquake last 2013 and have some few cracks on its structure. This is an old building previously housing the Bureau of Customs office. This building is adjacent to the Plaza Independencia and... More 

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Reviewed October 6, 2014

Yes, its called the Malacanang of the South, but that was when the previous female president converted it from a building for Customs into malacanang. After her administration, the next president does not use it anymore. Before the earthquake, Customs kept on requesting for it to be turned back to them. So how can it be really called Malacanang of... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 28, 2014

It is located by the side of Plaza Independence about 70 meters from there. It was the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas. It is named after the Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President in the capital city of Manila. Originally it was built for the customs department and port authority. In 2012... More 

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