Continuing our coverage on former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, let me now turn your attention over to Erap’s rest house in Tanay, Rizal, 70 km east of Manila. Erap was to have been detained at the neighboring Camp Capinpin of the Philippine Army (due north) during his plunder trial at the Sandiganbayan, but instead he was allowed to be put under “house arrest” at his rest house next door. Erap has been staying there since October 2003.
So what the heck can you find at Erap’s Tanay property? Well, calling it simply a rest house is not quite accurate. If you check out the satellite image in Google Maps, you can see a lot of buildings and other structures in the compound. In the middle of the property is a man-made pond and somewhere is the Erap Museum, which houses Erap’s memorabilia from when he was an actor up to his impeachment trial days. Erap has owned this property since 1969 and apparently he designed it himself. When he dies, Erap wants to be buried in this property. (There’s a marble tomb already prepared.)
I would’ve loved to see a lot of photos of the rest house so I could correlate the structures with the satellite image in Google Maps, but unfortunately, there’s really no nice available resources online. Mr. Akira Liwanag, though, has a nice photo-blog entry about his trip to Erap’s rest house late last year, if you want to learn more. As an exercise, try to spot in Google Maps the location depicted by this picture by Mr. Liwanag. Found it quite easy, didn’t you?