If you are looking for an idyllic place to hold your debut or wedding reception, you can consider the Coconut Palace in Manila. Its location provides wide-open, beautifully landscaped grounds that face the magnificent Manila Bay. Located within the wide complex of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Coconut Palace also provides open parking spaces for your guests.The Coconut Palace is a prime example of one of the Philippines' opulent structures. Designed in the traditional Filipino salakot (a signature Filipino hat shape) by Francisco Manosa, the palace primarily showcases the versatility, different uses, and export potential of the coconut tree. The construction of the Coconut Palace was commissioned by the former First Lady Imelda Marcos. The palace's main goal was to be a guesthouse for Pope John Paul II in his 1981 visit to the country. However, the Pope declined and opted not to stay at the Coconut Palace during his visit. The Pope said that the palace was a too sumptuous place to stay in a country stricken with poverty.
Built during the Marcos era, the Coconut Palace has hosted numerous high-profile guests, from Brooke Muammar al-Qaddafi, George Hamilton, and Brooke Shields. The place can add an opulent charm to your debut or wedding reception, giving you a sense of being at ranks with its former prestigious guests who once walked on its grounds, looking out at the Manila Bay while being soothed by wide open spaces. The Coconut Palace is built with different types of hardwood and shells that are indigenous to the Philippines. Coconut lumber is also specially engineered to add to the palace's overall aesthetic beauty.
The Coconut Palace is also shaped like an octagon to imitate coconut contours before being served as a refreshing drink. This shape can provide you with a uniquely Filipino backdrop for your debut or wedding reception. By holding your reception at the Coconut Palace, you can have one of the CCP's most prominent architectural structures as a fitting location for your special day, as the palace celebrates the coconut as the definitive 'Tree of Life.'
Other highlights of the Coconut Palace include its unique chandelier made of 101 pieces of coconut shells and a dining table, which is entirely made of 40,000 pieces of tiny inlaid coconut shells. The palace's design, ornamentation, and contour echo the coconut elements, from its roots, fruit, bark, shell up to its flower. The Coconut Palace's unique features do not stop at its ground floor. Its second level also features coconut and various handicrafts indigenous and uniquely produced in the Philippines' different regions. Each suite is also named after seven specific areas found in the country: Zamboanga, Pampanga, Marawi, Bicol, Mountain Province, Iloilo, and Pangasinan.
Choosing the Coconut Palace as your reception area for your debut or wedding will surely give you a unique experience and fabulous photographic opportunities as it faced Manila Bay and is topped with gorgeous landscaped grounds, giving you a sense of space and a magnificent Filipino backdrop.