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“imelda marcos”(5 reviews)
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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.
Roxas Blvd | Cultural Center complex, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
+63 2 832 0223
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

I was really disappointed, that we couldn’t see the Coconut Palace. I told my brother, who was visiting from the US, all about it. I live out on Palawan and he was interested in our coconuts and I told him about the Coconut Palace. Apparently...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank nj2pi4us
Reviewed 13 May 2018

The Coconut Palace is a government building located in the Cultural Centre of the Philippines Complex. it was commissioned in 1978 by former First Lady Imelda Marcos as a government guest house and offered to Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank paullegate
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Just wonder whether the Coconut Palace is open for public tour. I sent a few email to book to public tour but there has been no reply. There is no announcement from the OVP website.

Date of experience: August 2017
7  Thank geokantam
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We understood for us denied entrance, maybe for important reasons, it's okay. The building as we see it from the gate was uniquely Filipino design. the roofing to the posts were all seen using local materials. Nice place i could just imagine how the interior...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank MijnlieverdFH
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Originally built for a papal visit by Mrs. Marcos, this is quite a palace for any Pope. Lavish and knowing that most of the building being made from the humble coconut, it's quite an amazing temporary home for anyone!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I visited this sight on a business trip to Manila. Check with your hotel about cost of admission, times, and how to get their. Used as a guest house for official visitors to the Phillapines, it is said to be made entirely out of products...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank John S
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Big and nice palace. Our guide told me that governor used to live her before. Made of 80% of coconut. Guards didn't allow us to go in.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Abu_Firas_11
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We were privileged to visit the palace as were were given a private tour by one of the guard officer of the vice president. The regular tours were already stopped at that time as they were preparing for the handover after the election. The palace...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Gigi Z
Reviewed 21 January 2016

The coconut palace is not open to the public and although guardedI do not think it is in use at the present time. Looks quite impressive from afar but as can't enter that is as far as I can say. Shame it's not open

Date of experience: January 2016
3  Thank Rosamond S
Reviewed 4 July 2015

I was intrigued when I heard about the Coconut Palace, but when I asked around, people didn't seem excited about it. No one recommended it. This is located near the ferry port to go to Corregidor, So, I chanced upon the Coconut Palace. It looks...More

Date of experience: August 2014
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hotel m
24 January 2017|
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Response from Abu_Firas_11 | Reviewed this property |
No not anymore
Lim A
6 January 2017|
Response from Abu_Firas_11 | Reviewed this property |
Not nowadays. It used to be open for public but not now. Maybe in some occasions.