On Tuesday, 4 February 2014, a group of 22 ALIG members toured the Malacanang Palace in Manila. It was a fantastic tour led by a brilliant guide, through some of the cabinet rooms, dining halls and ballrooms of this historic landmark. The group then stopped for lunch at the historic La Cocina de Tita Moning, a famous family owned show house and restaurant serving freshly prepared and amazingly delicious food.
Malacanang Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines. The original structure was built in 1750. The palace started its life as a summer house, it then became the summer residence for the Spanish Governor in 1825, and then the American Governors in 1898. The palace has been enlarged and refurbished many times. It has also been seized several times as the result of protests, starting with the People’s Power Revolution, the 1989 coup attempt, the 2001 Manila Riots and the EDSA/May 1 riots. The palace has had a long and interesting life, and we are so glad we had the opportunity to visit it!