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Angelica Panganiban, Regine Velasquez, and Other Celebrities Whose Homes Have Elevators

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One thing you don't normally see inside an average Filipino's home is an elevator. Its installation and maintenance do not come cheap, after all. But, a number of celebrities have an elevator in their homes. Here are five Filipino celebrities with celebrities whose homes have elevators.

Angelica Panganiban

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The ABS-CBN actress bought her three-story house in an exclusive village in Quezon City five years ago, after breaking up with former boyfriend Derek Ramsay. In the August 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan Philippines, Panganiban admitted that making the purchase helped divert her mind from the breakup. She also wanted to fully enjoy her "singlehood."

She told the magazine, "Nung nangyari 'yon [breakup], someone advised me na kailangan kong i-enjoy ito [singlehood], at hindi ko puwede gamitin ang ibang tao para mag-enjoy ako. So how would I enjoy? May nagsabi sa akin na, 'Di ba gusto mong bumili ng bahay? Maghanap ka ngayon. Doon mo ubusin ang oras mo."

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In December 2016, Angelica had her home renovated, choosing a combination of Victorian and modern designs for its interiors.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Angelica revealed that she sought the help of Heim Interiors, which helped align her interior-design ideas to give coherence and flow to her home.

Panganiban also noted that familiarity with her home played a crucial part during the design process. She said, "Saan ko pala gusto tumatambay sa bahay, saan ko ba gusto manood ng TV, saan ba ako madalas? Siguro kasi matagal ko siyang tinirahan kaya mas alam ko iyong gusto ko. Mas alam ko na iyong functions ng bawat room." But, one thing you cannot miss if you get invited to her home is her elevator, which was in the house even before the renovation.

Joel Cruz

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Celebrity entrepreneur Joel Cruz had an elevator installed in his Baguio mansion, also known as the "White House of the Lord of Scents." Many locals raised their eyebrows at the way the 3000-sqm, four-story mansion got construction approval for inside Camp John Hay (CJH). Cruz has since decided to open the property to visitors when he and his family are not in the house.

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In a previous interview with Kris Aquino in the now-defunct Kris TV, Cruz said he wanted an all-white property totally different from his Manila house. He said, "Sabi ko kasi pag nasa Manila ako, yung mala-gold-gold na Burj Al Arab. Sabi ko, para iba-iba yung mood."

In a separate interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Joel noted that his eight other siblings also "chipped in" to build the white mansion. He said, "There would be nine of us living there. My eight siblings and I and our mother. Each sibling would have his or her own room. The idea was for all of us to get back together again once all the siblings are retired."

The mansion was designed by Ruben Payumo, resident architect of CJH Development Corporation. Aside from the elevator, the house also features a glass staircase, 13 bedrooms, a gym, makeup room, massage room, a pool, two dining areas, and a children’s play area.

Sharon Cuneta

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Sharon Cuneta also had an elevator installed in her former two-story family home in Mandaluyong. The elevator was built initially for her mom, Elaine Cuneta, to make it easier to transfer floors when she started getting sick. Her mom has since passed away. 

This home, dubbed "The Fortress" by Sharon's close friends, didn't just have one, but two elevators. The first one was in the foyer right beside the grand staircase. The other served as a dumbwaiter right beside the microwave oven in the kitchen. A dumbwaiter is a mini-elevator found inside homes to deliver food and other small items between floors.

Aside from the elevator, Sharon's home also had a separate guest house by the pool where her daughter, KC Concepcion, previously stayed. They have since sold this prime property in Mandaluyong.

Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez

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Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid also have an elevator in their 600-square-meter, three-story house in Quezon City. It was Regine who bought the lot before the couple got married. In 2010, the couple decided to build their house here. Regine was in charge of the over-all design. In 2013, the couple renovated their home and added the elevator.

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Zsa Zsa Padilla

ABS-CBN singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla and architect Conrad Onglao have been living together since 2014. The couple are currently staying at the latter's three-story, modern Asian glass house in Makati City, which was featured in YES!'s November 2014 issue.  One of the main features of their house is a tall hollow column with glass panels, which is actually the shaft of their private elevator. Still, Onglao says their family prefers to use the stairs more than the full-functioning elevator. He says, "Mas practical, and exercise na rin for us." Onglao also had a dumbwaiter installed in their home to transport small things and food to and from floors.

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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