First Family to stay in Bahay Pangarap, Imelda to stay in her own residence

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his family will stay at the Bahay Pangarap (House of Dreams), the same place where his last two predecessors lived in for the past 12 years.

Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez, Marcos' second cousin, told CNN Philippines' The Source on Friday that based on what he was told, the First Family has already picked Bahay Pangarap as their residence, the same place that housed former President Rodrigo Duterte and the late President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III during their terms.

"From what I'm told, the First Family will be staying in the Pangarap, which is on the other side of the Palace. It is being renovated right now," Romualdez said. "In the meantime, they'll stay in another place."

Romualdez said Marcos' mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, has always stayed in her own residence over the past years.

Bahay Pangarap is a rest house located inside the 19-hectare Malacañang Park. Former First Lady Evangeline Macapagal, the second wife of former President Diosdado Macapagal, gave the name for the rest house in the early 1960s. It was renamed Bahay Pagbabago during Duterte's term, but it is not clear if the presidential residence will change its name once again.

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2008 placed the administration of Bahay Pangarap under the Internal House Affairs Office of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

Aquino was first to make Bahay Pangarap as his official residence, noting that the Palace was too big for himself as a bachelor. Duterte, on the other hand, stayed there by himself during the workweek, but would often go home to his family in Davao City on weekends.

In an interview with CNN Philippines in April, a month prior to election day, Marcos said he wants to live again in Malacañang should he secure the presidency because he "cannot be too far away" from his office if he wins. But he will not live the same way his parents did during their stay there when he was younger.

"I don't think the way my parents lived, halimbawa (for example) the rooms they have lived in, mukhang hindi na pwedeng gamitin kasi pinalitan na, ginawang museum (it looks like we cannot use the rooms because they were turned into a museum)," he previously said.

Marcos was formally sworn in as the 17th President of the Philippines on Thursday, June 30, marking the return of another Marcos to Malacañang Palace 36 years after his father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was ousted by Filipinos in a peaceful revolt.

READ: Back in Malacañang: Marcos Jr. sworn in as 17th president of the Philippines