Angelica Panganiban, Regine Velasquez, and other stars whose homes have elevators

by Nikko Tuazon
Jan 5, 2018
What do (L-R) Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid, Angelica Panganiban, and ZsaZsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao have in common? They all have elevators inside their homes!

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.


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, Angelica admitted that making the purchase helped divert her mind from the breakup. She also wanted to fully enjoy her "singlehood."

Angelica 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."

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

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In an interview with (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.

Angelica 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."

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One thing you cannot miss if you get invited to her home is her elevator, which was in the house even before the renovation.

Angel Locsin was first to reveal, in a July 8, 2016 Instagram post, that Angelica's home had an elevator.

Angel visited her One More Try co-star for some bonding, and saw that Angelica's elevator was worthy of a post on Instagram.

Angel wrote: "may elevator sa bahay?! #abamayaman #picturanyan"

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Meanwhile, Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin actress Kim Chiu was also amazed by Angelica's elevator.

Kim showed her Instagram followers around Angelica's home during their tambay moments at the latter's house.

In the video, Kim was heard saying, "Sosyal naman ng bahay na 'to, may elevator. At may pa-manang pa!"

Reaching the house's terrace, Kim pointed to Angelica as the owner of the house, and said, "Alam ko na kung kaninong bahay 'to! This girl [Angelica] owns the house! Iba din sila e!"

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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).

Joel 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.

Joel 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.

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Megastar 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.

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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.

Downsizing, Sharon and family are now living in two units occupying a whole floor of a condominium in Makati City.

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OPM royalty 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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In an interview with Rated K, Ogie said that the elevator was built to help their parents go up and down floors.

He said, "Kaya po kami may elevator, dahil po nung may sakit po ang ama ni Regine.

"At, syempre, yong mga magulang ko rin, yong mommy ko ay nasa 85 na rin, tatay ko 83.

"Mataas po kasi itong bahay namin, so hindi sila basta-basta nakakataas [paakyat]."

Ogie added, "Andyan na rin po yung elevator, so baka na rin sa pagtanda namin, magamit namin yung elevator."

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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! magazine's November 2014 issue.

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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, Conrad says their family prefers to use the stairs more than the full-functioning elevator.

He says, "Mas practical, and exercise na rin for us."

Conrad also had a dumbwaiter installed in their home to transport small things and food to and from floors.

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