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Malacañang Museum, San Miguel, Manila

The “common people” were given access to Malacañang Palace and its grounds after the Edsa Revolution. It was a hot topic back then and it was compared  to the term of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay who also reportedly gave access to the Palace to the common “tao”. I remember our high school field trip which included Malacañang Palace in our itinerary. EDSA being called a People Power Revolution was probably an attempt during the tenure of Pres. Cory Aquino  to bring the Palace closer to the people by giving them access through a tour of the premises. It was also probably to show the previous regimes lavish lifestyle which included among the highlights was former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection as well as other personal effects of the previous occupants.  It was a guided tour and one has a carpeted path to walk- on which was something similar to Casa Manila.  It was made more interesting because the guide also discussed the architectural details of the palace like for example from the chandelier to the wood carvings. Although I cannot recall back then if there was a fee, but one could just line up and pass through security to see the Palace. There was also a gift or souvenir shop back then.

Malacañang Museum located at the (Old) Executive Building

I’m not sure if they still have the Palace tour, but they do have the Malacañang Museum open to the public . It is located in a separate structure but still within the same grounds or compound. Although as mentioned in my related blog entry here, one would need an appointment to go to this museum or another alternative is to join a tour that includes San Miguel district.  This is one of the few museums in the country that allows you to take photos, even inside  the museum itself. Visitors go through a security check and all cameras are  inspected (and I do recommend bringing a camera.)

A vintage photo of the Executive Building which partly shows the Pasig River

The Malacañang Museum is located in a handsome building which was built sometime in the 1920’s  during the American colonial period.  It’s called the (old) Executive Building or the Kalayaan Hall.  The structure is surrounded by trees and by a huge lawn. Behind it is the Pasig River. The structure is arcaded and has a vaulted ceiling on the ground floor.

The grounds of Malacañang

The elegant hallway of the Executive Building which houses the Malacañang Museum

This section partly reminds me of the Manila Hotel

The exhibit is divided into the different time lines in our country’s history and also includes the country’s different Republic periods including the different presidential memorabilia.

A very ornate presidential desk

The exhibit hall  has also several books and Philippine related books (on the long table) that one could see and flip over the pages.  The  museum I found out, also happens to be a library.

The hall above was used  for social functions and I believe was called the Main Hall. Next to this hall, there are the State Rooms, where former presidents held office and conducted state affairs. All these seems to be  well preserved.

Among the exhibited museum items that  I found interesting are:

This Japanese occupation era poster highlights  important dates in the country’s struggle for freedom. One can see the bondage of colonialism and the road marked by  different dates. On  top (sorry for the reflection) is something similar to Lady Liberty but wearing either a Balintawak or Maria Clara dress.

Still a World War II related item, is this  relief showing the Battle of Bataan with smoke coming out of the barrel of a blazing canon.

A beautifully carved rendition of the First Mass held in the country and the beginning of the Spanish colonial period.

Surprisingly,  a well preserve black board rendering of what looks to be a chalk drawn map and plan (maybe a battle plan) from the time of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. It is showing parts of San Juan, (Metro Manila) and of course EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Ave.) On the right hand side are data with the names of Ramos and Enrile.

A modern version of a letras y figuras similar in style to the ones that 19th century artist Jose  Honorato Lozano made. It spells out Mrs. Marcos’ name complete with her maiden name. It depicts scenes and landmarks of Ilocos province and  it also shows her accomplishments with the different projects that she ordered built.  Like the ill fated Film Center, CCP and the Heart Center among others shown in this unique visual art.

Saving the best for last is this detailed rendition complete with mole, of the second longest serving chief executive after Pres. Marcos. A doll figure in a captain’s uniform of Pres. Arroyo (now congresswoman) with Jesus Christ in the background and which seems to be guiding her. One of the person in our group has to call our attention regarding this piece and declared it the best in the exhibit, hands down.


12 Responses to Malacañang Museum, San Miguel, Manila

  1. we are planning to tour around malacanang, i have 4 kids with me. i would like to know the schedule and fee if there is any) for a day tour. is there any reservation required? Appreciate if you coud reply soon.
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for visiting. I think San Miguel district and Malacañang itself is worth a visit. Yes reservation is required to visit Malacañang Museum and a form needs to be filled-out and returned or faxed back to them. I do not how much it costs but I believe it’s about Php50.00. Kindly check these contact information:

      The Director
      Malacañang Museum
      Kalayaan Hall
      Malacañang, Manila
      Tel: 63-2 7844286 Loc. 4662, 4671
      Fax: 63-2 7844286 Loc. 4722

      And the forms are available at the gates of Malacañang compound. Another alternative is to join a group tour such as with – Ivan Man Dy’s Old Manila Walks (please click.)

  2. I’d just like to share that Casa Roces, the new resto infront of Malacanang, offers a tour of the Malacanang Museum. The package even includes a set meal and a souvenir. You might want to check it out.

    • Thank you for visiting and for the info. Its great that several restaurants are opening in this area. I read about this in the Inquirer. I think I even went to school with one of the Roces family members who I believe is a part owner of the restaurant. Hoping to visit one of these days when I get back.

  3. I’m glad that I found your website. I have read about the Malacanang Museum and would be good to bring a foreign visitor there. Thanks a lot for sharing the info!

    • Thank you very much for visiting. I’m happy that I could help. It’s great to know that our museums are being patronize and our heritage being appreciated.

  4. Santino appreciated very much the knowledge he learned in visiting Malacanan Museum last May 8,2013. Seeing and learning the history of the Philippines thru the museum contributed greatly on his growing and learning years.
    The chance of reciting the first Sona speech of Pres Noynoy ” Kayo ang Boss Ko” at the rostrum of Kalayaan Hall,pronouncing the poem of Ninoy to his wife Cory “I have fallen in Love to this woman three times”,echoing the cry of Ninoy” The Filipino is worth dying for”, and blessing the museum with the prayer taught by Jesus Christ “Pater Noster” are some of the moments that made the visit of Santino to the museum most memorable.
    Likewise, we invite the management and staff of Malacanan Museum to watch Santino recite the SONA speech of Ninoy tomorrow, May 16, 2013 11:45 to 2:45 pm over TV 5 program Wowowee hosted by Willy Revillame. Santino will thank you live on the air.
    My thanks likewise…..his guardian earl

    • I’m happy that he was able to visit Malacañang Museum. It’s a great place to learn and see our history. Thank you for visiting my blog and the museum.

  5. Leo Aler Mabansag

    Good afternoon! We are planning to have a field trip to Malacanang Palace! Are you still accepting field trips, such as-to visit the Palace itself and other worthwhile buildings inside the Malacanang grounds for field trip. Our aim is to let our High School students see the reality of the Palace itself and feel the activities going around as the seat of the highest position in the country, the president. Is it busy, peaceful or stressful? Does the ambiance help the president function well? So all these things at least must be felt when visiting Malacanang! We want to specifically tour Malacanang on the 25th July, 2014 at around 10 am to 12 noon. Then we can move toward CCP to watch Ballet featuring the life of Apolinario Mabini on his 150th Birthday! Our contact nos. mobile no. 09064910315, landlines: 8059864, 8059863, telefax: 8050871. God bless po!

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    • Thank you for visiting my blog. I do not run the tour for the Malacañang Museum and its grounds. I was also a visitor and we went there with prior arrangements.

      This is the contact details if you would like to visit. It would be best to check with them and make the schedule with them too.

      The Director
      Malacañang Museum
      Kalayaan Hall
      Malacañang, Manila
      Tel: 63-2 7844286 Loc. 4662, 4671
      Fax: 63-2 7844286 Loc. 4722

  6. thirtynine married,first time to bring my japanese husband to malacanan museaum.we june 27 to visit the museaum,how can we visit.please let us know?also my weedding ring bought to mrs.Midori Aquinorelated to president Noynoy aquino.please let me know if we can go visit the museaum?we will be in manila june 24—july 1 2014.thank you yoko uno

    • Hi, thank you for visiting my blog. One needs prior approval or an appointment to visit the Malacañang Museum. I left the contact details on my blog when I featured this museum. But here it is again:

      The Director
      Malacañang Museum
      Kalayaan Hall
      Malacañang, Manila
      Tel: 63-2 7844286 Loc. 4662, 4671
      Fax: 63-2 7844286 Loc. 4722

      I hope you enjoy your stay.

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