Malacañang Palace

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the official residence of the Philippine president Jul 02, 2012
I have visited Malacanang Palace a few times when I was still residing in Metro Manila some years ago. Sadly, we only had limited time to stay longer in my last visit but because I’ve seen the palace a few times in the past I am confident to recommend paying a visit, and you’ll discover Malacanang Palace is one of the most interesting places to see in the city of Manila.

Malacanang Palace is the official residence of the Philippine presidents. This national landmark is set on the banks of the Pasig River. “Malacañang” is a Spanish term for “there’s a nobleman”. This structure is a 150-year-old, 18th century multiplex built in neocolonial style. Sadly, the palace continues to become an icon for hatred and is very much vulnerable for protests along Mendiola Street ever since the longest serving leader Ferdinand Marcos and his wife reigned.

The palace complex is presently divided into several sections, Kalayaan Hall being the center of the palace. It also serves as the museum. Featured in this hall are galleries and exhibits displaying the impressive legacies of the nation's past Presidents. The collections of the museum are arranged chronologically, from the Spanish era to the political EDSA People Power Revolution. Among the personal collections of the presidents exhibited here are campaign posters, religious images, gifts of foreign VIPs, and the riding boots of President Ramon Magsaysay. Jewelries like the necklaces of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are also displayed here. During my past visit I had the chance to see the infamous 3,000 pairs of shoes of Imelda Marcos that were displayed in this section of the palace! Unfortunately, at that time I didn’t have a camera to snap a shot or two.

The palace complex is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance fees range from P200 to P500 depending on the sights you will be allowed to access. Be wary of strict security measures. You will also be accompanied by a guide or a presidential security guard in touring the palace. Visitors are only allowed in the main halls and in the reception areas. There are many restricted areas like the president’s quarters and the room being used for cabinet meetings.

If you want to visit the museum (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), write or fax a letter of appointment stating your nationality, the names of people coming with you in the tour and their nationalities, the passport details of everyone who will join the tour, the desired time and date of the tour, and your contact details. Letters should be sent at least seven days in advance to: The Director, Malacañang Museum, Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang, Manila. Fax number is 63-2 7844286 loc. 4722. Website:

Once your letter has been received, the museum’s visitor and tours coordinator will process your permit and will contact you to confirm your visit. You will be asked to pay an entrance fee of P50 if you are an adult, or P30 if you are a student or a senior citizen. The fee already includes a tour guide.

Photography is allowed only within the museum. Video footage can be taken through securing a permit prior to the visit. The permit should be secured from the presidential security group.

The palace is at JP Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila. The best way to get there is through a taxi from anywhere in Manila. If you are coming in through a private vehicle or a taxi, you should enter the complex either through the entries at Arlegui Street or J.P. Laurel Street. The taxi driver should know that. Then again, before getting inside the taxi you have to tell him to run the meter.
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cotton_foam says:
Shoe collection: no i did not take pics of 'em. i saw the shoe collections years ago when i was still residing in Manila...but they didn't display anymore these days. i guess, Bill is right -- no need to do so coz then it will just appear silly or inappropriate for such historical icon or landmark...

Posted on: Oct 06, 2013
cicie says:
Phenomenal palace and interesting review, May. Hehe.. Did you take the pictures of shoe collection :)
Posted on: Oct 06, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
It's probably for the best that they don't display the infamous shoe collection, too much notoriety that detracts from the palace and its history.
Posted on: Oct 05, 2013
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