Manila’s famed Malacanang Palace is the main workplace and official residence of the President of the Philippines. The edifice was originally constructed in 1750 and displays the Spanish Colonial architectural style. The palace has experienced a turbulent and eventful history over its years of existence, but stands today as a proud symbol of the heritage of the Philippines.
The impressive halls of the striking building never fail to enthral the visitor with their magnificent grandeur. The Entrance Hall, used to welcome official visitors features walls and floor of beige coloured Philippine marble. From here visitors will ascend the Grand Staircase, constructed from fine Philippine hardwoods and fitted with a red carpet. Its attractive walls are composed of minute pieces of wood, assembled together to resemble the local art of sawali.
The captivating Heroes Hall is one of the palace’s well known chambers with its collection of paintings of renowned Filipinos, and the bust sculptures of prominent national heroes. Additionally you will see paintings depicting significant episodes from the history of the Philippines.
Meanwhile the magnificent Reception Hall features a splendid ceiling with three massive and valuable chandeliers from Czechoslovakia. This chamber boasts gilt armchairs and sofas, impressively sized mirrors and bronze Chinese pedestals carrying flower and plant arrangements. Portraits of past Philippine Presidents may also be seen here.
The most expansive chamber to be seen today is the vast Rizal Ceremonial Hall, which is also called the Ballroom. This huge chamber is used for large assemblies and state dinners particularly the oath takings of appointed civic officials. The hall is appointed on a grand scale, featuring three huge glass and wood chandeliers, fine examples of local craftsmanship.
Another important part of the palace is the State Dining Room with its ornate paintings and decorations. Today the room is used primarily for Cabinet Meetings, but in the past, Presidents delivered state banquets here. On these occasions the finest china and glass were presented for the visiting dignitaries. There is always much to admire and experience at the Malacanang Palace.