Friday, July 31, 2009

Malacanang Kalayaan Hall - Palace Museum

our guide Ivan started discussing the Philippines before the Spanish colonial period when the presidential person approached and informed us that her excellency, the presidnet will drop by to see us.it was unexpected since Ivan's usual trip doesn't include the meeting of the president. but it was a privilege for us to see her there. it was my second time to meet her as the first one was at the Mansion in Baguio city. we didn't had the chance to take a photo shoot with her but seeing her made this tour even more special.we then entered the first hall which holds paintings and articles during the Spanish colonial period. Ivan through his stories brought us back when Chinese traders refers to the islands as Luzong. until the conquistadors arrived as led by Ferdinand Magellan.the construction of the Malacanang as a vacation house of the Spanish governor general shows how small Manila was at that time. it was when the walled city was called Intramuros while the area outside is called Extramuros.then came the end of the Spanish reign through the mock battle between the Americans. who then came over the Philippines and considered it as their new archipelagic possesion. the Japanese then came in during the world war II and destroyed major building structures. except for the Malacanang complex which was by that time partly secluded.the battle against the Japanese soldiers ended bloodily around the archipelago leaving thousands of Filipinos, Americans and Japanese dead. the Filipinos regained government but this time dependent from the Americans in order to recover from war. the Malacanang by that time was already used by the head of the state as its residence and office.the Filipinos gained full independence when the Americans finally gave way. yet the country continued to face the challenges which included the Marcos reign. where the country encountered one of the most significant fight against his dictatorship.
each hall has its story of which the Quezon hall retained the very chair and office which former president Marcos used. definitely one of the most beautiful room in this building.other rooms includes items of the different presidents who occupied the palace. from paintings to historical statues of people who are significant to the country's political timeline.but the largestl and most elegant hall in the second floor has a long center table of historical books and items. on each side stands wooden cabinets of piled books and effigies of the head of states from General Emilio Aguinaldo to the current president.today, the entire building of the Kalayaan hall is considered as the palace museum. what used to hold Imelda's collection of shoes is now a gallery of the presidents. the revolutionary flags that evolved throught the battle of the Katipuneros can also be seen in this hall.the tour was one great experience to see how the political system in the country evolved from the historical background as presented by Ivan. it became more interesting because we get to see some of the most significant items, visit the halls, where the head of the states roam, along with our uber witty tour guide Ivan.for tour arrangements with Ivan Man Dy, visit Old Manila Walks website. up next is the final stop of this tour for a fine dine merienda.

36 comments:

gillboard said...

i don't remember ever seeing any of those things from back then... the palace does look different now than from 89.

thanks for these pics and the info.

attyjurita said...

its a different feeling when i saw the country`s memorabilia..how i wish i could visit again malacanang...nice photos dong...

I am Xprosaic said...

ayan nakapasok na rin sa loob... jijijijiji

luna miranda said...

thanks for taking us to Malacanang...i'm sure it's an impressive museum of our culture and history.

Borneo Falcon said...

Very interesting and beautiful exhibit.

By the way, I got awards for you

PUSANG-gala said...

I have missed a lot of things here Dom---I definitely need to catch up one of these days---- I owe you one....


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about Malacanang---hmmm---kelan kaya ako makakapasok dyan? hehe

madbong said...

bro, i didn't know that they already converted kalayaan hall into a museum, dati kasi function hall yung taas

bertN said...

Do you have to join a tour group to access the Palace Museum? If not, do you have to call in for a reservation or can you just walk in when it is open?

Andy said...

The chess set looks mighty interesting. Ang sarap i-take home, ehehe.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

Museo Ng Malacanang

I'm proud to say that I've been there - to some of those rooms. YOur photos bring back some of the memories.

Thank you for sharing the details and the stories too.

witsandnuts said...

Thanks for the tour. Since I'm a foodie, I'm most excited about the dining at this xxxx resto (I'm not saying not to spoil the next post). We were supposed to dine there after our National Museum tour last time but I ran out of time.

Photo Cache said...

I want to take that tour too. How much would that tour cost?

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Meeting the current occupant of Malacanang Palace - love her or hate her - is indeed a privilege. Did she say anything to your group?

Hilda said...

Ang ganda ganda talaga ng mga kuwarto ng Malacañang! Sobra akong na-wow dun sa fully carved ceiling at chandelier. Pero wala pa ang mga center tables na yan nung nag-tour kami — ganun na katagal ;)

Katuwa si Ivan 'no? Gusto ko ding masubukan si Carlos Celdran…

sheng said...

Oh goodie goodie, lovely articles to find in the palace1

Rico said...

Great tour! We should really get a slot one time. And you got to meet the president too! That's something.

aiLee920 said...

wow... long time na i've been busy with school work and hindi na ako nakakapagupdate ng blog ko...
anyways, still you didn't change a bit... hehehe:D magaganda pa ren ang picturs... i love the chess game picture... hehehe

alicesg said...

Very interesting to see what the inside of the palace looked like. To learn about the history of the past presidents is really interesting, especially in the palace. And of course getting to meet the president in the palace is a bonus.

Today's post on my blog is the famous forest walk, I think you might be interested.

Jeanny said...

That a great tour. Wish I could visit malacanang again :)

Happy Weekend dongskie :)

Luke Wiley said...

Wow, The furniture in that place looks so huge. What a privilege to visit this place!

Pietro said...

Really an interesting museum. Wonderful the elegant hall with the long center table of historical books and items. I notice in the second picture an attractive coffered ceiling.

Glenda said...

this is a nice way of getting to know more about our rich cultural heritage. i'd love to join a tour like this sometime in the future. never been to malacanang so the photos have been really interesting to see.

nuts said...

thanks for sharing, sana maka-visit din sa Malacanang soon..

HOMER said...

I'll have a visit there soon! VIP access! Give me a few years! :D hehe! :D

EastCoastLife said...

I would love to visit this Palace Museum. A lovely history on the Philippines.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ngayon ko lang napansin yung tinawag nilang intramuros, at tawag naman sa labas extramuros.

at syempre gaya ng dati, bilib ako sa mga kuha, wala aong masabi kundi..penge ng talento mo pards. he he he.:)

uncleawang said...

.....as usual,I'm enjoying the tour via your blog.Thank You.

Ax said...

ngayon gusto ko na siya mapasok!

LaMB Marc said...

somehow it reminds me of the museum in... a lot of museums in the PI actually, nice shots

Tita Beng said...

You are fortunate to have the chance to tour Malacanang. I was born and I grew old in Manila but never had the opportunity to see the interior of the Palace. How much is the cost of that tour, if you don't mind?

Bengbeng said...

looking forward to ur post on meeting the president

SandyCarlson said...

This looks like a place that tells the story very well. Wonderful shots.

NenNEn said...

I like the last picture. It looks classic. Galing!

Raft3r said...

yun mga expats namin mahilig sa ganitong klaseng mga tour
i will refer them to the site you linked
thanks, dong!

bw said...

wow, wonderful historical collections. I'd love to visit this place sometime.

jeremy said...

Great Pictures. We're happy you enjoyed your tour - Ivan does a great job. I remember your group - quite a few of our visitors get to run into the President - it's just a matter of luck but she always likes to greet visitors.

For all those who would like to visit the Malacañang Museum, we're open Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm (except public holidays). Visits are currently by appointment only, so you have to write a letter of request at least 7 days before your planned visit. Please address it to the Director of the Malacañang Museum and state the date, time and names of visitors (with passport copies for non-Filipinos) and a contact number and person. This is all for PSG security clearances. Then you can fax it to us at 7844286 loc. 4722. Our tour staff will get in touch and facilitate your visit and we assign a guide for every group. For enquiries, please call the Museum Office at 7844286 loc. 4671 or check out the website at www.op.gov.ph/museum (though its still mostly under construction)

Admission is P50 for regular visitors and P30 for children, students and senior citizens, etc.

Alternatively, you can sign up for one of Ivan's tours, and we let him do the guiding. He does them quite often.

We appreciate the comments on the museum as captured in these photos. Hope the rest of you can come one day to see for yourselves!

Personally, I'd appreciate any other feedback or comments on the Museum, so for that and anything we can help with, please feel free to email me at jeremybarns@gmail.com

Many thanks,

Jeremy Barns
Museum Director

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