Residences Category

Mitra’s Ranch

March 9, 2014

The official name of our next featured sight is Rancho Sta. Monica. But locals all it Mitra’s Ranch because it belongs to the family of the late Senator Ramon Mitra, Jr., a prominent statesman who hailed from Puerto Princesa. Facade of the main villa in Mitra’s Ranch. ©... (read more)

2 Rednaxela Terrace

March 18, 2011

To finish off my series on Philippine-related sites in Hong Kong, let’s visit 2 Rednaxela Terrace which is located in the Mid-Levels part of Central District on Hong Kong Island. This address is historically significant because this was where José Rizal and his family lived from 1891 to 1892. His... (read more)

Pinoy Big Brother House

February 13, 2010

So, which among Melisa, Johan, Jason, Paul Jake, or Tibo are you rooting to become the Big Winner in ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up (The show’s producers are certainly milking the Melason affair for all its worth, no?) Since the Big Night to determine the Big Winner is just... (read more)

Datu Andal Ampatuan’s Mansion

November 25, 2009

Maguindanao Governor Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son, Zaldy Ampatuan, current governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, are plastered prominently in the news because they were tagged as the mastermind behind the horrific massacre in Maguindanao. The Vice-mayor of Buluan, Datu Ismail “Toto” Mangudadatu, planned to file... (read more)

Provident Village

September 29, 2009

Provident Village is an upscale residential subdivision in Marikina City that is one of the most devastated by flooding due to Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana). If you look at the satellite thumbnail image, it’s easy to see why. Provident Village is located right at the corner of one... (read more)

25 Times Street

August 11, 2009

To conclude the three-part Vista Pinas tribute to President Corazon Aquino (after the Aquino Center and the Manila Memorial Park), let us now virtually visit the Aquino family residence at 25 Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City. The Aquino family has been living in this modest bungalow house for decades.... (read more)

2332 Makiki Heights Drive

November 27, 2008

Here’s a very interesting find for Vista Pinas. 2332 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, is the address of the mansion where former President Ferdinand Marcos spent his last years in exile until his death on September 28, 1989 (the 29th in the Philippines). (His body is currently interred at the... (read more)

Laperal White House

November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween! And to celebrate this occasion, here’s the Laperal white house in Baguio City located along Leonard Wood Road very near the Teacher’s Camp. This is one of the more famous “haunted” houses in Baguio since it is easily accessible from downtown. Among the other famous haunted places in... (read more)

Malacañan sa Sugbo

October 23, 2008

The Malacañan sa Sugbo (which is Cebuano for “Malacañan of Cebu”) is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in Cebu City. This building, colloquially called the Aduana, was constructed in 1910 during the American colonial period and for most of its time until 2004, housed the Cebu... (read more)

Manny Pacquiao’s Mansion

October 5, 2008

Here is an interesting find for Vista Pinas: Manny “The Pac-man” Pacquiao’s mansion in Google Maps! This palatial residence of the Philippines’ 2008 Olympics flag-bearer is located in his hometown of General Santos City in Mindanao and was constructed in 2006. Quite visible in the satellite image is the distinctive glove-shaped... (read more)

Malacañang Palace

May 27, 2008

Everyone who reads this blog should know that the Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Officially called the Malacañan Palace, this residence has been used by the Spanish Governor-Generals and the and American Governors before being turned over to President Manuel L. Quezon... (read more)

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

February 7, 2008

Probably one of the, um, interesting (and creepy?) places you can visit is the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in the heart of Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The mausoleum is where the glass-entombed, preserved corpse of the deposed president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos is found. The dictator died in exile in Hawaii... (read more)

The Mansion (Baguio)

October 28, 2007

The first presidential residence we’ve featured here in Vista Pinas is the Balay ti Amianan in Ilocos Norte (unless you consider Aguinaldo Shrine as belonging in that category, too). This time, we’ll be featuring the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. This is The Mansion, which is... (read more)

Erap’s Tanay Rest House

August 10, 2007

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... (read more)

Boracay Mansion

August 8, 2007

More than six years after President Joseph “Erap” Estrada was forced out from office, his plunder trial was finally concluded in June at the Sandiganbayan. The court should release a decision within 90 days or until mid-September. Among the evidences the prosecutors point as proof of Erap’s wrongdoing is the infamous... (read more)

Chavit Singson’s Baluarte

June 9, 2007

Luis “Chavit” Singson may have conceded the recently concluded Senate race and quit politics, but he can take refuge in the fact that his palatial Baluarte home in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the top tourist attractions in Ilocos Sur, the other being the Spanish-styled Calle Crisologo in... (read more)

Balay ti Amianan

May 4, 2007

Way up north in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, along the northern shores of the town’s lake, is the Balay ti Amianan, which served as the rest house of former President Ferdinand Marcos. As such, the house is also called the “Malacañang of the North.” “Balay ti amianan” is Ilocano for “house... (read more)

Peninsula de Punta Fuego

March 26, 2006

In Nasugbu, Batangas, three hours away from Manila via Tagaytay, is the exclusive Peninsula de Punta Fuego residential resorts. The 88-hectare site, mostly sitting on top of a rocky landform jutting out into the South China Sea, features a 9-hole golf course; a club house with its two-decked infinity pool,... (read more)

Philippine Ambassador to Japan’s Residence

March 24, 2006

Who says we can only feature Pinoy sights from the Philippine Islands? I say that there are other equally interesting Pinoy things to see elsewhere in the world. So, I’d like to present the first of the many international Pinoy sights you can see in Google Local online maps, the... (read more)

Aguinaldo Shrine

February 24, 2006

What a better site to show first than the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite This historical landmark is where the Philippines declared itself independent from Spain. The Aguinaldo Shrine is essentially the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo. The house is now a museum showing memorabilia from Emilio Aguinaldo’s life. To the... (read more)