A palace that celebrates the versatility of the coconut tree, sometimes referred to as the Tree of Life—because from root to leaf and trunk to fruit, every part of the tree and the coconut itself, can be used. The Coconut Palace is made of coconut shells and coco lumber, shaped like an octagon (because the process of shaving the hard outer husk before serving gives the fruit an octagon shape), with a salakot-style roof (a salakot is a wide-brimmed native hat).
The former First Lady Imelda Marcos ordered a palace built for Pope John Paul II, who visited the Philippines in 1981. But the Pope declined the offer of the Palace, saying it was inappropriate to stay there when there are so many are poverty-stricken people in the country. Other notable guests of the Marcoses, like Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, Brooke Shields and George Hamilton, were pleased enough with the place.The architecture and design of the Coconut Palace are all related somehow to the coconut and its significance to the Philippine’s culture and society.Highlights include a room lined with mother of pearl, 101-coconut shell chandelier, and the dining table made of 40,000 tiny pieces of inlaid coconut shells. From being an ostentatious guesthouse, the Coconut Palace now serves as a museum with a butterfly garden and orchidarium.
How to get there
By LRT1: Vito Cruz; then get on board one of the Orange Fierras (type of landcruiser) lined up by the side of the road. The Coconut Palace is inside the CCP Complex along Roxas Blvd, located between the Folk Arts Theatre and the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
9am-11.30am & 1pm-4.30pm