Wednesday, July 29, 2009
a large lawn and a white painted building came into sight after we've undergone the standard inspection to the current executive residence of the Philippine president. originally built in the early 19th century by the Spanish conquistadors as a summer home located within the San Miguel compound beside Pasig river. during the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, the central political structure was in Intramuros and the Malacanang was then just a vacation house.in the history of the Philippines' several leaders from the Spanish colonial period to the American occupation of the country has resided in this structure. what used to be a vacation house now expanded and has been the country's presidential residence and office.it got its name from the phrase "there is a noble man there" or in the Philippine language would be "may lakan diyan". our guide Ivan of Manila Old Walks mentioned that Malacanang refers to the whole complex ground and its structures while Malacanan refers to the executive building residence building.today, the whole Malacanang complex is composed of the major structures' Bonifacio hall, Kalayaan Hall, Mabini hall and the new executive buidling. the buildings has concrete walls with wooden doors and capiz windows.in this tour, we only focused on the Kalayaan Hall which holds some of the most historical items of the country under the many head of states who held office in this complex.up next is a historical tour within the Kalayaan Hall or the Freedom hall.