Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance

Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance

Malacañang, as we know, is the home of the most powerful person in our country. It has been the official residence of the presidency for approximately a century now. From the vernacular ‘May Lakan Dyan’ meaning, ‘There lives a nobleman’, it is considered to be one of the most historic structures in the Philippines. Others claimed that Malacañang was named after the term ‘Malacañán’ meant “place of the fisherman” since it is situated near the Pasig River. It has been through a lot over the years and their walls have served as the background through some remarkable stories.

Many of us have only seen the facade of Malacañang and everyone wants to have his or her humble footsteps be marked inside the most extravagant and mighty portals of the seat of the Philippine presidency. This article will take you to a virtual tour of the famous Malacañang Palace.

A CLUSTER OF BUILDINGS

We’ve always known at some point that Malacañang is a single building housed in a sprawling compound. Press Undersecretary Martin Crisostomo who worked for six years in Malacañang discovered that “it is actually made up of different buildings each from a unique time and with a distinctive look, with its own history to share.”

“The president’s residential building is just an image or a symbol of the ‘house of power.’ But as a person who had the privilege to work at the seat of power, Malacañang to me is a compound with a collection of buildings made to accommodate the expanding number of workers and officials serving the Palace,” Crisostomo adds.

STORIED NAMES

The palace has two types of rooms of note; there are rooms used for state and ritual functions which are known as state rooms. And there are rooms of historical significance that have been proclaimed as such.

STATE ROOMS​
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Rizal Ceremonial Hall – This hall was where the death sentence of Dr. Jose Rizal was passed in 1896. It has seen many events and official state functions throughout the different Philippine administrations.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Reception Hall – Featuring the official portraits of Philippine Presidents, the Reception Hall was built during the American Period and underwent many changes over the years until it was eventually restored in 2011.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Aguinaldo State Dining Room – This site was where the Americans confined President Emilio Aguinaldo upon his capture in 1901. It was made into a state dining room in 1935 during the Presidency of Manuel L. Quezon.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Presidential Study – Used by a number of Presidents as their office, this room held many confidential meetings during the term of Presidents Quezon, Laurel, Osmeña, Roxas, Quirino, Magsaysay, Garcia, and Marcos.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Music Room – The different first ladies used this room as their reception area up until the Presidency of Corazon C. Aquino, who used it to entertain officials and foreign Ambassadors.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Heroes Hall – The Heroes Hall, as it is appropriately named, contains busts of Philippine heroes made by Guillermo Tolentino. Its walls are also lined with murals depicting the history of the Philippines.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
President’s Hall – Constructed from 1978-79, this part of the Palace has housed different functions throughout several administrations.

Historic Rooms in Malacañang Palace

Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Laurel Room – This room was the bedroom of President Jose P. Laurel when he briefly resided in Malacañan Palace before being evacuated to Baguio towards the end of World War II.
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
Marcos Room – Finished in 1979, these rooms were enlarged in order to serve as the bedroom of the President and Mrs. Marcos toward the end of his presidency.
CENTURY SPIRE IN MAKATI: A MASTERPIECE BY GIORGIO ARMANI

Apart from the name of the famous international interior designer as well as the renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, Century Spire in Makati also bears the name of its developer.

AN ARRAY OF DESIGN INFLUENCES

ENTRANCE HALL
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance

The Entrance Halls are used by official visitors. Its floors and walls are made up of beige Philippine marble. Ahead, there are doors which will lead you to the “Grand Staircase”. The doors leading to the Grand Staircase has a painting of the Philippine Mythology, “Si Lakas at si Maganda” the first Filipino man and woman who emerged from a large bamboo stalk.

Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance

The doors were originally made of resin, they were installed in the later years of the 1970’s. Resin has become a trend in new ways of architectural design. In effect, these architectural structures had replaced the painted glass doors and wrought iron entry points during the American Occupation.

Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance
RESIN AND IT’S DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS CREATE UNIQUE OUTSTANDING PIECES. PHOTO COURTESY OF: EDUARD LOCOTA
RECEPTION HALL
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance

Also known as the heroes hall, it is where the official and VIP visitors of the palace are being gathered prior to a state function to a ceremonial hall. One of the salient features of this hall is the big Chandeliers from the Czech Republic which were purchased in 1937. At the said hall, you would have the chance to see the colorful and magnificent portraits of all the Philippine Presidents, who had served the country with the highest nobility and integrity. These pictures were those of Emilio Aguinaldo, up to the present Philippine president. “Who were the painters of these excellent masterpieces?” With pride and unquestionable craftsmanship, they were the works of Fernando Amorsolo, Garcia Llamas and other notable Filipino painters in the history of the Philippines.

Also known as the heroes hall, it is where the official and VIP visitors of the palace are being gathered prior to a state function to a ceremonial hall. One of the salient features of this hall is the big Chandeliers from the Czech Republic which were purchased in 1937. At the said hall, you would have the chance to see the colorful and magnificent portraits of all the Philippine Presidents, who had served the country with the highest nobility and integrity. These pictures were those of Emilio Aguinaldo, up to the present Philippine president. “Who were the painters of these excellent masterpieces?” With pride and unquestionable craftsmanship, they were the works of Fernando Amorsolo, Garcia Llamas and other notable Filipino painters in the history of the Philippines.

RIZAL CEREMONIAL HALL
Inside Malacañang Palace: A Short Tour of Historical Significance

The Rizal Ceremonial Hall is the largest in the Palace known as the ballroom used for state dinners and large assemblies, notably the mass oath takings of public officials begun by President Ramos. Upholstered benches are lined up for guests on such occasions. When the room is used for state dinners, the benches are removed and round tables set in place. Orchestras sometimes play from the minstrels’ galleries at two ends of the hall.

The dominant use of wood, especially in the State Rooms which are used for state functions, reflect the design influences of the Spanish era. Sliding capiz windows and patios are also reminiscent of Rocha’s country home in the 18th century. A bit of western influence is also seen as the palace was improved under the rule of the Americans, with some of the wood changed to concrete and magnificent chandeliers added to its interiors.

It is indeed remarkably nice how Malacañang evolved with overflowing historical significance flawless architectural perfection and  global magnanimity. The stories shared inside the fortress may serve as a remembrance from each generation that luxury is a form of art that many can appreciate.

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