Malacañang’s 150th year as home of presidents

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Malacañan Palace—more popularly known as Malacañang—is celebrating its 150th year as the official residence of Philippine presidents.

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In a press conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office will launch an online commemoration on its anniversary on Tuesday, June 11.

“Tomorrow, we observe the sesquicentennial of Malacañan Palace as official residence of the chief executive of the Philippines,” he said

“In fulfillment of its mandate as custodian of the institutional memory of the Philippine Presidency, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) is launching an online commemoration to mark one hundred fifty years since its conversion from rest house to official residence of Spanish and American Governors-General, and later Philippine Presidents,” he added

A timeline on the history of Malacañang from both an institutional and architectural perspective will be published on the Presidential Museum and Library (PML) website (www.malacanang.gov.ph), according to Lacierda.

“In continuation of its popular colorization project, PCDSPO will also be posting colorized archival photographs of Palace vistas and significant events such as the visit of Edward, Prince of Wales,” he said.

An animated architectural evolution of the Palace will be also uploaded, he added.

Lacierda called on Filipinos to join in commemorating this year’s celebration.

“This is a phenomena that the PCDSPO has started. One of the reasons why we have done colorization is to invite the youth to take part in this—in viewing our historical pictures,” he said.

The public can visit the PML website and its other social media sites (tumblr.malacanang.gov.ph and facebook.com/malacañang) or (http://malacañang.gov.ph/contact-us/) “to experience firsthand the history and heritage of this great house which belongs to the Filipino people,” he said.

In line with the commemoration, the Philippine Postal Corp. has also started issuing stamps marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Palace, Lacierda said.

The special stamp, with a denomination of P10, shows the facade of Malacañang viewed from across the Pasig River and the Official Seal of the President of the Philippines.

The first recorded owner of the property on which the Palace stands was Don Luis Rocha, a Spanish aristocrat who originally built a summer house.

Rocha sold the property to Col. Jose Miguel Formente in 1802, and the state bought it in 1825.

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