When it comes to choosing the ideal venue for a party, some hosts may opt for an events space that acts as the blank canvas to their affair. But if splurging on a top-rated events planner isn’t your style, booking a novel location can be the key to a memorable night.
There are a handful of unique destinations that have become staple party venues, and majority of them boast of a colorful history. The Blackbird restaurant at Nelson Tower, The Lobby at Peninsula Manila, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, or the iconic Champagne Room at Manila Hotel have served as reliable ingredients in the recipe for an unforgettable bash. Joining in their ranks is Casa de Memoria’s Mosphil Lounge, a converted passenger plane that was once owned by a now-defunct airline and flew to and from Malaysia.
Interested in making the Mosphil Lounge yours for a night? Here’s what you need to know about it and its history:
The aircraft was originally owned by the short-lived Mosphil Aero, a local airline based in Makati that offered flights around the southern Philippines and points in Malaysia.
The 50-seater passenger plane was the lone carrier plane in the Mosphil fleet. The airline was founded in 2005 and serviced the Zamboanga-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu route three times a week by 2006. Sadly, it ceased operations in 2009. The airline is where the Mosphil Lounge gets its name.
The RP-C7205 is of Soviet Union origin and design.
The plane is a decommissioned AN-24B, manufactured by Kiev-based company, Antonov State Enterprise, formerly known as the Antonov Design Bureau. The company produced over 22,000 planes, many of which are still operational in ex-Soviet Union countries. The particular aircraft used for the Mosphil Lounge was designed as a passenger plane in 1957.
The AN-24B is parked in the gardens of Palacio de Memoria, a seven-story pre-war mansion that has been transformed into a center of arts and culture.
Sisters Camille and Angelique Lhuillier are the founders of Casa De Memoria, a relative newcomer in the local auction house business that focuses on dealing historic European pieces. Last year, the pair unveiled Casa De Memoria’s new home, Palacio de Memoria, the former residence of surgeon Francisco Villaroman Sr. and his family. The Lhuillier family acquired the mansion 15 years ago and began restoring it in 2015.
Its interiors were inspired by the charisma of the ‘60s and ‘70s, but integrate an industrial feel through the plane’s original elements.
The interiors of the plane have been outfitted with art, curios, and unique mid-century furniture that offer a swanky feel. An antique red carpet and its intricate pattern are reflected on the ceiling and the walls of the plane, which are made from a steel-like material. An eclectic selection of black leather armchairs is scattered throughout the body, where 50 passenger seats were once erected. Lining the floor are glass panels that highlight the plane’s underbelly, offering its guests a closer look at what the venue once was. Old suitcases, works of art, circular windows, and retro fittings give the location a touch of the eras past.
Rates for the lounge begin at P25,000 for six hours.
One can rent the lounge from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight for P25,000, with an additional P4000 for every succeeding hour. For food and drinks, one may hire one of the lounge’s accredited caterers and bar carts.
95 Roxas Boulevard, Paranaque City. For bookings and other inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8253.3994.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.