Discover Malacañang - the Palace of the People of Philippines
Malacañan Palace - the Palace of the People according to one of its former inhabitants- serves a purpose much loftier than as the official residence of the Chief Executive of the Philippines. As a prize, it is the tangible symbol of the people's trust, won after the grueling elections; as pulpit, the platform from which decisions and orders that affect the the Filipinos' lives emanate; and the stage from which the pomp and pageantry of the Philippine presidency is presented.
Sergio Osmeña and Manuel Roxas- partners in the fight for the Hare-Hawes-Cutting Act against then- Senate President Quezon- parted ways in 1946 when Roxas formed the Liberal Party which became the platform for his presidential campaign against Osmeña. This leaflet accused Roxas of destabilizing the efforts of Osmeña to rehabilitate the country in the post-war years.
78 rpm shellac records containing jingles were distributed during the campaign season. The songs helped in increasing the people's awareness of a particular candidate and often included the platform of those seeking public office. This piece was used by the Macapagal-Pelaez ticket in the 1961 elections.
Less than half a decade old, the 1935 Constitution was to be amended upon the instigation of President Quezon himself. Among the changes were the restoration of the Senate and the modification of the length of the presidential term of office. The President intimated the plans for the constitutional amendment during one of his press briefings.
President Marcos modified the seal of the President- in use since 1947- during the latter part of his term. He inverted the triangle and used an eagle, similar to that of the seal of the president of the United States, instead of the traditional sealion. President Aquino would revert to the original seal during her term.
Customary among the important guests of the President in Malacañang Palace is the signing if the register. This bears the signature of Pope- now Saint- John Paul II and his entourage during his pastoral visit to the Philippines in 1981 for the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz who would later become the first Filipino saint.
Presidential Museum and Library, Malacañang, Manila
Presidential Communications Operations Office, Malacañang, Manila