Early this month, the ultra-luxurious resort-like mansion of Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao came on the market.
The Forbes Park property in Makati City is listed on Presello.com, a real estate firm known for selling multimillion properties in Metro Manila.
Manny has invested a big amount of his hard-earned megabucks—from boxing matches, endorsement deals, entertainment ventures—in real estate.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the 41-year-old boxing champ-turned-politician declared a total net worth of PHP3.072 billion in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) in 2016. This makes him the second top billionaire senator, next to Cynthia Villar.
In the SALN, Manny declared that he owns over 100 real-estate properties, amounting to PHP1.569 billion, which represents 46 percent of his total net worth.
This includes the Forbes Park mansion acquired for PHP388 million. Its value has quadrupled, and the house is now on the market for PHP1.5 billion, according to Presello.com.
Cash, jewelry, and other personal properties, amounting to PHP1.460 billion, take up 43 percent of his net worth.
Only seven percent of his assets—amounting to PHP250 million—is invested in various businesses. Meanwhile, about four percent, or PHP142.599 million, consists of cars and other vehicles.
FORBES PARK MANSION
The Forbes Park mansion served as Manny's peace offering to his wife Jinkee in 2011, after the couple overcame challenges in their personal lives.
That year, Manny began focusing on saving his marriage, keeping his family whole, and doing well in boxing.
He also became a born-again Christian.
The Forbes Park property was previously owned by banker Lorenzo Tan.
Architect Anton R. Mendoza designed the mansion which sits on a 2,000-square-meter lot.
The mirrored-J shaped structure has a floor area of 1,525 square meters. It has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and comes with a four-car garage.
Wood, glass, and stone—including travertine, granite cladding, and onyx counters—are used in the impressive structure.
While the work was ongoing, the Pacquiao family rented a house in nearby Dasmariñas Village, also in Makati City.
Rumor had it that their house rent was in the vicinity of PHP1 million a month.
Before the renovations, the Pacquiaos opened up their home to YES!—an affiliate of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) until the magazine closed in mid-2018—which put the home on the cover of its January 2018 issue.
Here's how the Pacquiao Forbes Park mansion looked like when they first moved in. You find yourself asking—what wasn't to like about it? Take a look and see if you aren't impressed.
FRONT DOOR AND LIVING ROOM
Massive, wooden double doors greet guests.
Dark brown wood columns, light brown trusses, and off-white marble floors break the whites of the ceiling and walls.
The living room is spacious by the standards of a residence, and its high ceiling makes it look even larger and wider.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide a view of the garden and pool.
A baby grand piano stands immediately to the left of the living room's glass-door entrance.
There are various seating sections: an L-shaped couch of a neutral shade enlivened by bright throw pillows; a three-seater sofa also of a neutral shade, and again stuffed with bright throw pillows; an accent chair; and two upholstered armchairs by the window.
A huge carpet anchors one half of the living space, where a low, massive hardwood coffeetable dominates.
Another coffeetable is placed between two upholstered chairs by the window, while the L-shaped couch is flanked by two side tables.
The office of the man of the house is located just across the living room. Separating them is the hallway leading from the front door and running the length of the ground floor.
For a desk, Manny has a rectangular table made of Philippine hardwood; and to go with this, he has an ergonomic Italian leather chair. On the desk is a chess set.
Behind the desk, a wood-and-glass cabinet, which is lighted from the inside, holds various memorabilia, photographs, and awards that the boxer-senator has received through the years. On top of the cabinet are more memorabilia.
DINING AND KITCHEN
The kitchen, although its feel is masculine, is Jinkee's territory.
A huge two-level island with an onyx countertop is both functional and dramatic.
There is a two-door refrigerator, to the left of which is a dumbwaiter, aka a mini-elevator for delivering food to the upper floor.
The dining room is located on the second floor, with the glass walls running the length of the room providing an uninterrupted view of what's below, which includes the pool and garden.
There is a 14-seater dining table paired with cushioned dining chairs.
STAIRS AND HALLWAY
Artworks, mementos, and framed photographs of Manny line the hallway leading to the master bedroom.
The same hallway houses a mini-fridge for drinks and snacks.
Meanwhile, artworks by National Artists Arturo Luz and Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, aka BenCab, are displayed on the walls of the stairway leading to the private rooms.
The home theater has branded reclining leather seats, set in pairs, with small, low tables between them.
Promising a cinema experience, the carpeted room has thick draperies to completely blot out light and a padded ceiling for better soundproofing. Its home-theater system has a built-in projector and Bang & Olufsen surround speakers.
The anteroom, or waiting room, serves the function of making guests feel welcome while they wait for the masters of the house.
Sleek glass consoles, an eight-seater, square dining table with a glass top, plus thoughtful accessories fill the room.
It also comes with a long bar and modern bar stools with stirrups.
The master bedroom is reminiscent of a luxury hotel suite. Windows have ceiling-to-floor drapes that open or shut at the command of a button.
The room comes complete with a small dining area, a commode, a designer metal floor lamp, and a black leather lounge.
There is a sleek two-seater couch on one wall, and a big, upholstered bed against the window wall. Everywhere are Hermes throws.
JINKEE'S BATHROOM & CLOSET
Jinkee's bathroom is reminiscent of a spa, with its floors a mix of wood and tile.
A freestanding bathtub in a raw finish dominates the space.
A purple accent chair adds a pop of color.
Between husband and wife, it is the wife that has the bigger walk-in closet housing more luxury designer items.
Clothes overflow from inside the cabinets to the racks along the walls.
An island cabinet is used to store various accessories, from bangles and rings to neckpieces and earrings.
Jinkee's designer bags—including a serious collection of Hermes Kelly and Birkin—are neatly arranged on their own shelves near the dresser.
Jinkee is often photographed wearing sunglasses, of which she has a lot. Her collection of eyewear is displayed on a slender open shelf. On top of the shelf are her portraits, solo and with celebs.
Jinkee treats herself to her own personal shampoo chair, which she uses for at-home hair treatments.
MANNY'S BATHROOM & CLOSET
Manny's walk-in closet is more modest but not any less stylish.
It features mirrored sliding doors, island storage for accessories, and some built-in seating for him to use when putting on shoes.
His clothes are neat and organized, with necktie and belts hanging on two short walls of the closet entrance.
His bathroom has a spacious counter with two sinks and under-the-counter storage.
It also has an ottoman that can be used by the man of the house when he gets ready for work.
Manny goes for the timeless black-and-white combination for his toilet and bath.
The senator also has his collection of designer shoes inside his bathroom.
Manny and Jinkee's eldest son, Jimuel, 18, has the second-biggest room in the house.
In it, Jimuel has a queen-size bed, a two-seater couch, a keyboard instrument, and a guitar.
A white wall is decorated with his school achievements.
He has a dresser that doubles as his computer desk, near which hangs a huge, flat TV.
Jimuel also keeps a wooden cabinet for his DVDs and material for his game consoles.
He has his own walk-in closet, toilet and bath, plus bathtub.
The girls' room is located in the other wing of the house, just beyond the dining room.
Manny and Jinkee's daughters Mary Divine Grace and Queen Elizabeth,
at the time 13 and 1 respectively, share a room done in monochromatic pink.
Michael, 17, also has his own room and creative zone.
At the time YES! Magazine released this house feature, Israel was still sleeping with his parents.
Now six years old, Israel sleeps in his own room.
POOL AND GARDEN
Almost all the rooms look out to the pool, which sits in the middle of the property. Pieces by Kenneth Cobonpue are placed in the area for residents and guests to lounge on when they take in the open air and sun.
An aerial view shows how well-maintained the manicured garden is.
The koi pond and the waterfall at the far end of the property is a bonus to the landscape.
The pool has been designed to be half-indoor and half-outdoor, making it usable under any kind of weather.
Here's how the pool looks following the renovation.
- Photographs by Rene Mejia
Additional photographs courtesy of Jinkee Pacquiao on Instagram
- House Stylist Dagny Madamba
- Shoot Producer Anna Pingol