President Rodrigo Duterte has already spent his “first night” at Bahay Pangarap, his official residence in Malacañang.
Duterte arrived on Monday afternoon from his hometown Davao City, where he spent his weekend.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte felt “lonely” on his first night at Bahay Pangarap, as the place was too big.
“Sabi nga niya, malungkot daw doon dahil malaki daw ‘yung bahay, aalog-alog, siya lang daw mag-isa. So wala daw siyang kasama [He said, it was lonely there because the house is too big, and he was the only one there],” Abella added.
The Bahay Pangarap was also the official residence of Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Aquino, a bachelor, had said he preferred staying at Bahay Pangarap since Malacañan Palace was too big for him.
Duterte earlier opted not to stay at the Palace since it is supposedly “haunted.”
A report also said Duterte complained of the numerous doors at the Palace.
The President is expected to shuttle between Manila and Davao City.
His common-law wife Cielito Avanceña and their daughter, Veronica, live in Davao City.
Bahay Pangarap was named as such by former First Lady Evangelina Macapagal, according to the Palace website.
“Under President Fidel V. Ramos, Bahay Pangarap was restored and became the club house of the Malacañang Golf Club. Restoration was supervised by Architect Francisco Mañosa at the initiative of First Lady Amelita M. Ramos and inaugurated as the New Bahay Pangarap on March 15, 1996.”
Also according to the Palace website, in 2008, Bahay Pangarap was essentially demolished by Architect Conrad Onglao and rebuilt in contemporary style.
It was inaugurated on December 19, 2008 by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at a Christmas reception for the Cabinet.