When Pope John Paul II came to Manila in 1981, he was offered by the Imeldific an accommodation to the posh Coconut Palace. But the Pope scrapped the idea, saying the place is too flashy for him considering the Philippines is an impoverished country with a stone-broke populace looking up to him.
They gave the residence to then Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi instead.
Today, I’ve discovered the palace to be excellent for tennis wall practice.
Unfortunately, the Vice-President of the Philippines has already laid claim to the property a year ahead of me.
So that whosoever’s tennis ball should mistakenly go over the wall, they would have to earnestly plead for it with the uniformed palace dogs.