Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pacman's GenSan Mansion

Stretching from the gate to the front of the main house in Gen San is an extensive driveway. Family members and guests alike get off from their cars on a covered walkway, held up by classic white pillars. The walkway leads to the front door.
The wide front yard provides more than enough room for a landscaped garden. It features a fountain and a koi pond.

Cream or beige was the color of choice for Manny Pacquiao's two-story, seven-bedroom, 780-square-meter Mediterranean-style house that sits on a 2,300-square-meter lot. This understated hue complements the classic lines and details of the architecture. The red tiles used on the roof are imported from Japan.

Flanked by white pillars, paved by tiles from Spain, and illuminated by a bowl pendant chandelier, the main entrance, with its white double front doors, gives guests a hint of the grandness to be expected inside.

Manny Pacquiao's expansive backyard in Lagao Village, General Santos City, features a swimming pool in the shape of a boxing glove, and iron garden furniture that provides seating for both swimmers and guests. Hidden by the lush greenery is Manny's seven-car garage.
The boxing champ reportedly spent P35 million-plus for the structures alone—the 780-square-meter main house (known to local tourists as "Pacman's Mansion"), and the 320-square-meter, two-story building that houses the servants' quarters, a billiard room, a gym with a sauna, an entertainment center, and a recording studio. The furniture pieces and furnishings inside both structures, according to Manny, are imported from Italy and Japan.

Providing a good view of the pool and backyard are several balconies on the second floor. On the ground floor is a lanai where guests can enjoy a refreshing breeze, yet still be under the shade.

Situated in the backyard but separate from the pool is this round Jacuzzi.

In the lanai, an entire wall is dedicated to framed photos of the Pacman's boxing successes. The permanent exhibit includes action-packed shots of his bouts with Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, as well as photos of Manny with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, now secretary of environment and natural resources.

The winding staircase is something Manny and Jinkee wanted for their dream home. Set against tall windows, and with a "ringside view" of the large crystal chandelier hanging from the dome ceiling, the staircase becomes a very impressive sight.
Manny began the construction of this "dream house" in August 2006, while he was preparing for his November 18 match with Mexico's Erik Morales. The Pambansang Kamao's win earned him $3 million. That's what he used to pay for this house, which saw completion in December 2006, just in time for his 28th birthday.

Flanking the tall window are two smaller yet elegantly draped windows and regal-looking torch lamps, further emphasizing the grandness of the space.

This console table, standing near the foot of the stairs and against a tall window, holds photos of the Pacquiao family.

The living room flows easily into the formal dining room, seen in the background.

Hung together, these black-and-white photomontages create a huge impact. They also manage to go well with the dark grand piano. Unknown to many, Manny can play a few pieces on this piano. His favorite, we gathered, is the Beatles' "Let It Be."

The formal dining table comfortably sits 10 diners at a time. The curtained sliding doors to the left open up to the lanai.

The formality of the dining room is toned down by the presence of a large flat-screen television set in a corner.

Muted tones of peach, cream, and brown are accented by burgundy colors, brought in by the throw pillows on the sofa, silk flowers on the coffee table, and the pattern on the area rug.

The kitchen walls' bright apple-green color is complemented by the red-and-white floral curtains. Though the kitchen's colors may be a bit country-ish, the appliances are anything but. The stove top, range hood, and oven are as modern as they can be.

A wet bar gets to have its own corner. A wet bar is characterized by its having a sink with running water, making mixing and serving drinks easier. A regular bar, on the other hand, is basically a counter where drinks are mixed and served.

The main seating area on the second floor is furnished with Louis XIV-inspired pieces, such as the sofa and the armchairs. Done in muted tones, these classic pieces look light yet still very elegant. 

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