Malacañang is the home not only of the supreme authority but also of remarkable artworks and souvenirs from our rich political history.
This oil portrait of President Manuel L. Quezon was executed by American artist Leon Gordon and was installed in the Reception Hall of Malacañan Palace until it was replaced by a portrait of the President done by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. Prior to this painting, Gordon made a portrait of Quezon which was featured on the cover of an issue of Time Magazine.
The president as the captain of the ship is an enduring image in the Philippines. At least four of these mantle pieces, three of which used to include a clock, are in the collection of the Presidential Museum and Library. President Arroyo's, instead of having Juan dela Cruz behind the president, has a luminous figure of Jesus Christ.
During the brief sojourn of Chilean painter Claudio Bravo to the Philippines, he was commissioned to paint the portraits of various Filipino personalities, including President Ferdinand Marcos. It is said that a member of the Presidential Security Group acted as the model for the body of the president.
Presidential Museum and Library, Malacañang, Manila
Presidential Communications Operations Office, Malacañang, Manila
Photo credits: Presidential Photographers Division, Malacañang, Manila