Apr 5, 2012

Coconut Palace: Tour A Palace Made Out of Coconuts

Coconut Palace was built in 1978 in anticipation of the arrival of Pope John Paul II’s expected visit to the Philippines. First Lady Imelda Marcos spared no detail in the building of this magnificent palace. The palace is an egregiously expensive display of the amazing versatility of the coconut. Husk, shell, leaves, and nut were all used in the building and outfitting of Coconut Palace. Over 70% of the building is made from coconut lumber, and the detailing of everything from chandelier to bed sheets are made out of products of coconut, pineapple, banana, and exotic woods.

The Pope Turns Down The Invitation

Coconut Palace

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Pope John Paul II disagreed with the use of the 37,000,000 pesos ($10 million U.S. dollars) going towards a palace, while the Philippines suffered from economic turmoil and rampant poverty plagued Manila. The Pope never stayed at the Palace, and today it serves as a historic reminder of the Marcos’ reign, a monument to the seven provinces of the Philippines, and an awe-inspiring tourist attraction in Manila.

Formerly A Wedding & Event Venue

Coconut Palace Photo

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Located in Pasay at the CCP Complex, the Coconut Palace is just south of the centre of the city of Manila. Situated on Manila Bay, and hosting incredible views of the Bay, the Palace became a wonderful venue for weddings and private parties.

Coconut Palace Image

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Plentiful parking and easy access to the centre of the city, as well as a five-star hotel in the Sofitel Philippine Plaza made the Coconut Palace a logical event choice for private parties with some money to throw around. Guests were given access to an ornate cocktail area inside the Palace, and were treated to dinners served poolside, as well as a majestic Manila sunset.

The palace remains the official residence and workplace of the Vice President of the Philippines. Today, the Palace no longer welcomes private parties and weddings.

Free Tours @ Coconut Palace

The Palace still welcomes public viewings at scheduled times, and all group tours must be scheduled in advance. Instead of the 100 pesos that the Palace charged for many years, a tour of the Coconut Palace is now completely free.

A tour of the palace will give you access to about three-quarters of the property. The area that is not open to the public is the private quarters, and official offices of the Vice President of the Philippines. Though the Palace is technically the official office of the Vice President, it’s main use is as a ceremonial government space.

What Will I See?

Coconut Palace Photos

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A ridiculous coconut chandelier welcomes visitors to the main foyer of the Palace. The downstairs section of the tour will take you through a dining room with a 24-person coconut wood dining room table, as well as Marco’s former study, and the Palace library. The upstairs contains living quarters and guest rooms. The Palace’s seven bedrooms rooms are named after the seven provinces of the Philippines, and each display intricate handcrafted art pieces, alongside bed sheets made from banana and pineapple fibers.

Coconut Palace Picture

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The outdoor space at the Palace is beautifully landscaped. A large lap swimming pool dominates the scene behind the Palace. The swimming pool area was a famous wedding space for many years, before the government shut down the late-night parties at the Palace.

Coconut Palace Pictures

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The tour lasts about 30 minutes. Sandals, slippers, and shorts are not allowed inside the Palace. The Palace is open to walk-in tours Tuesday-Thursday at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, and 2:00 PM. For group tours, contact Donna Comia at 8326791 to 99 local 125 or at drcomia@ovp.gov.ph.

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