Manny Pacquiao’s Modern Contemporary House in General Santos
A tour around the international boxing champion’s spacious and beautiful home in the province
In June 2012, after his match against boxer Timothy Bradley, People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao built another home in General Santos City. Unlike his old house that has Mediterranean design elements, this new one has a contemporary style. The building is defined by the clean, streamlined lines and the white walls, floors, and ceilings. Inside, it is furnished with modern pieces and tropical touches like wooden and woven details.
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The main house is separated from the other buildings inside the Pacquiao family compound by a low fence and a guarded gate.
The only cars allowed inside the main garage are those used by the family members, such as this black Hummer and the white Mercedes-Benz.
The entrance is marked with an array of green, leafy philodendrons. These flourishing plants offer a warm welcome for the family and their friends.
Just like their other home in General Santos and their Los Angeles home, this property has a high ceiling and a grand staircase that leads to the rooms on the second floor. This combination has a grand effect that is complemented by the textured yellow accent wall with an abstract painting.
The living area is furnished with a pair of upholstered yellow armchairs and an oversized ottoman used as a coffee table. The space is completed with red Womb chairs designed by Eero Saarinen.
Behind the red armchairs are glass-panel doors that lead to the dining area. To the right of the dining area is the den. Unlike the dining area, the den has no doors, making it easier for the family and their guests to enter the space.
The den is filled with Manny’s wife Jinkee’s pictures from different fashion magazines, including Summit Media’s Preview Magazine.
Jinkee put up all of the framed photographs of her family in almost every nook and cranny of the house. In the den, one wall holds a souvenir shot from the Pacquiao couple’s shoot for their own line of perfume under the Bench brand. Manny’s Bench perfume is called Lucky Punch, while Jinkee’s is called Lucky Charm. When their perfume billboard for the brand was launched in March last year, it went with the title “A Glove Story.”
In the center of the dining area is a square eight-seater dining table on a cream-colored area rug. Behind it is a large wall mirror hanging above a wooden buffet table. The area is illuminated with a droplight that has a tropical feel.
The wooden finishes of the cabinets and kitchen island add warmth to the predominantly white space. Cove lighting hidden in the ceiling and other yellow lights also make the kitchen feel cozy and comfortable.
Compared to the other areas of the home, the music room has a more eclectic look. The space has reddish walls, a brown L-shaped sectional sofa, and a gray tufted chaise lounge.
On the left side of the flat screen TV is an autographed photo of American boxing champ Rocky Marciano. On the right side is a painting by boxer-turned-artist Richard T. Slone, depicting a moment in the 2008 match between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya – a fight that Manny won by technical knockout.
To complement the main house’s modern look, Manny’s landscape artist chose a Zen garden style.
Behind the row of bamboo is the Pacquiao family’s white Hyundai Coaster.
The outdoor area is completed with charming dwarfed plants commonly seen in Zen-style gardens.
Nearly every part of the spacious garden is filled with various plants.
This pathway leads to the lanai that serves as a waiting area for guests. Some of Manny’s security men also rest and relax in this outdoor space.
Although the structure of the lanai is still modern, it is furnished with tropical pieces, including a pair of red Kenneth Cobonpue Dragnet Lounge Chairs.
Located between the main house and the basketball court is the bulwagan, a separate structure for receiving and entertaining guests. Manny thought of building this hall to protect his family’s privacy.
The bulwagan has several lounge areas, a bar, and a billiards room. Manny’s office can also be found inside.
It has a high ceiling with an intricate design and cove lights. In the middle of the space is a dining area in between two seating areas. In this seating area, the wooden seats are upholstered in gray fabric and topped with gray and red pillows.
The long dining table is surrounded by 14 dining chairs. A printed table runner and red table napkins add more color to the wooden dining set.
The walls of the billiards hall are adorned with Manny and Jinkee’s pictures. Manny’s photographs were taken with his mentors or during his fights. Jinkee’s pictures are from magazine cover shoots and her endorsement shoots with the Belo Medical Group.
Apart from singing, Manny also enjoys playing the guitar and the piano – one can even be found on a corner of this space. Beside it is a pair of tall planters with flourishing ferns that instantly breathe life into this space.
Since he is the representative of the lone district of Sarangani province, Manny also had to have an office. Found in a room behind the four-panel glass doorway, the office is completed with a realistic oil portrait painted by Cebuano artist Mar Vidal.
The covered court in the compound can also be used as an events venue. It was used for Manny and Jinkee’s son Michael’s 11th birthday party; the Pacquiao household staff’s Christmas party; and the Christmas party of the Pacquiaos, the Jamoras (Jinkee’s family), and the Dapidrans (Manny’s relatives from his mother’s side).
The covered court is marked with Manny’s now iconic MP logo. This logo is also used for his exclusive line for sports brand Nike. Apart from being used for basketball games, the court also has the sports equipment necessary for volleyball, badminton, tennis, cardio training, and, of course, boxing.
The garden is completed with a colorful playground for the Pacquiao kids, particularly the two youngest ones named Queenie and Princess.
Unlike the boxing glove-shaped swimming pool in the old General Santos home, the new one has a regular shape.
A pebble-lined pathway leads to the swimming pool. There are also different types of trees and plants in the area.
The swimming pool is surrounded by a manicured lawn, smooth pebbles, and a wide selection of plants.
There are also white lounge chairs that are perfect for relaxing under the sun.
After a quick dip or a long, leisurely swim in the pool, family and friends can hang out at the cabana.
For a tropical touch, towering coconut trees can also be found in the Zen-inspired garden.
A black fountain and well-tended plants were added in front of a bamboo fence.