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“Tahanang Pilipino”
Review of Coconut Palace

Coconut Palace
Ranked #65 of 142 things to do in Manila
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Owner description: Imelda Marcos ordered the construction of this extravagant guesthouse, built of coconut wood & shells, to accommodate Pope John Paul II for his 1981 visit, although it's opulence turned him off so much he refused to stay there.
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Coconut Palace is well known as the "Tahanang Pilipino" (Filipino Home), wherein it served as the official residence & workplace of the vice president of the Philippines. The place is still intact & well kept from the time it was built in 1978. It was one of the place here in the Philippines that we can be proud of.

3  Thank MarcoShalini C
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

As described this place used to be open for tourists now it is the home of the VP of Philippines and we arranged a visit through a friend.

Quite a small place but worth the 20/25 minute tour.

You get to see the bedrooms upstairs and some of the other rooms.

There are some great local designs and craftwork used in the building and the short tour explains the rooms and who has stayed in them.

Clearly this was a controversial building which was meant to be for Pope John Paul (2) to stay in during his visit in 1981, worth the visit but not sure how tourists arrange this.

2  Thank KevinLondon
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

The VP of the Philippines occupies such a grandiose lodging while the majority of Filipinos sleep on the streets. It is interesting to note that, in 1981, Pope John Paul II refused to stay in such a opulent structure.
The Coconut Palace was not open to public. However, since December 2011, it is open for walk-in tours from Tuesdays to Thursdays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. Tour schedules, however, may change without prior notice. For group tours, contact Donna Comia at 8326791 to 99 local 125 or at drcomia@ovp.gov.ph. (Retrieved from Google)
I was unable to enter the palace grounds as I was exploring the CCP area before my boat ride to Corregidor Island. The palace looked magnificent & it was indeed very opulent. I wish I could have entered it to enjoy the interior design & the artwork inside.

5  Thank JarodYJK
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

As you approach the entrance of the Coconut Palace, you cant help bit see the surroundings that serve as a bit of an eye sore!..Landscaping should be work on! I saw the Coconut Palace many years ago and it was such a site ..now sad to say, maintenance of this jewel seems to be taken for granted .. Please please do something , it would be such a pity if it would end up dilapidated...

1  Thank nmc8693
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

My friend had her wedding here. We witnessed a heartwarming ceremony and the beautiful sunset. Loved it!

1  Thank Ayesha C
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