Malacañang sa Sugbo

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Malacañang sa Sugbo
Malacanan sa Sugbo.jpg
Facade of Malacañang sa Sugbo in 2013
Malacañang sa Sugbo is located in Philippines
Malacañang sa Sugbo
Location in the Philippines
Alternative namesMalacañan sa Sugbo
General information
LocationPort of Cebu City
AddressA. Pigafetta Street
Town or cityCebu City
Coordinates10°17′30″N 123°54′16″E / 10.29167°N 123.90444°E / 10.29167; 123.90444Coordinates: 10°17′30″N 123°54′16″E / 10.29167°N 123.90444°E / 10.29167; 123.90444
Current tenantsRodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
OwnerBureau of Customs
LandlordOffice of the President
Technical details
Structural systemReinforced concrete
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam E. Parsons

Malacañang sa Sugbo (English: Malacañang of Cebu, Filipino: Malakanyang sa Cebu) is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas. It is located in Cebu City near the Port Area and Fort San Pedro, and within walking distance from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Magellan's Cross, and City Hall.[1] It is named after the Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President in the capital city of Manila.


Previously known as the Aduana (Customs) building, it was originally built in 1910 to house the Bureau of Customs (BOC) office in the Port of Cebu City. It was designed by William E. Parsons who was assigned as the architect of the Philippine Government from (1905-1914). Parsons was chosen by Daniel H. Burnham to execute the plans for the city of Manila and Baguio. Parsons made his own plan for development of the city of Cebu and the Customs Office is the first building constructed according to his plan.[2]

The building continued as the Customs office until 2004, when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo converted the structure into Malacañang sa Sugbo. The Aduana was restored by the national government at a cost of 700,000.[1] The Bureau of Customs was forced out of the building, and moved to a rented building from the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA).[3]

In July 2012, the Bureau of Customs was trying to repossess and return to the Aduana after the building they were housed in, suffered damages from an earthquake on February 6, 2012. Huge cracks on the ceiling, floor and interior walls were noticed on the building after the temblor. The Aduana, which is still owned by the BOC, was not being used and is seen by the Customs office as a "white elephant." Michael Rama, Mayor of Cebu, wanted to preserve the building as Malacañang sa Sugbo for its historical value as the symbolic seat of the Presidency in the south, and as a tourist attraction.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Malacanang of the South (Malacanang sa Sugbo)" Archived 2013-02-10 at the Wayback Machine.. Pueblo Philippines. Retrieved on 2012-12-20.
  2. ^ Rebori, A.N. (1917-04). "Architectural Record, Vol. 41 - The Work of William Parsons in the Philippine Islands, Part II", pp. 424-426. Government Printing Office, Washington.
  3. ^ a b Palaubsanon, Mitchelle L. (2012-07-31). ""Win-win solution" eyed for Malacañang sa Sugbo ". PhilStar Freeman. Retrieved on 2012-12-20.

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