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Malacañang Palace Through the Years, in Photos

Look back at how the presidential residence and office has changed over time.
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Since 1863, Malacañang Palace has been the seat of power in the Philippines. Through the years, the complex has been occupied by Spanish governor-generals, American military and civil governors, and Presidents of the Philippines. It has seen several expansions and refurbishments, as well as historical events including official functions, parties, upheavals, and more.

Here, we take a look back at how the presidential residence and office has changed through the decades.

1860s-1870s

The earliest-known photograph of Malacañan Palace

The earliest-known picture of Malacañang Palace taken by British photographer Albert Honiss who was active in Manila through the 1860s and early 1870s.

1885

In the middle of 1885, Chief Engineer José Diaz Meño proposed a new and larger riverfront azotea or terrace to Jovellar's successor Emilio Terrero y Perinat

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Malacañang Palace chief engineer José Diaz Meño extended the terrace in 1885.

1890s

This photograph from the 1890s record what altogether amounted to a substantial architectural, engineering and administrative achievement in the service of the First Authority.

August 13, 1898

The American flag was hoisted over Malacañan Palace

The 1898 Battle of Manila ended with an American flag being hoisted on the palace as the Spaniards surrended to the U.S.

1900s-1910s

Governor-General Forbes sits with his Cabinet in front of the Palace fountain

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Governor-General William Cameron Forbes and his cabinet in front of the Palace fountain.

1910s

This photograph depicts the interiors of the Palace from the first decade of the twentieth century, specifically the reception hall

The Palace's interiors were still heavy with Spanish influence during the start of the 20th century.

1930s

The Executive Building after the addition in the late 1930s of a second story to the wings on both sides in keeping with the original style.

A second story was added to the Executive Building to house the new Executive Office, the Cabinet Room, and the Council of State Room.

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1930s

During the Commonwealth and well into the 1970s, the Executive Building retained its identity as the working office of the President of the Philippines and the most essential cabinet official, the Executive Secretary.

President Manuel L. Quezon receive Filipino atheletes who competed in the Berlin Olympiad.

1937

The new entrance leading to the Family Quarters was added during the 1937 renovations.

An entrance leading to the quarters was renovated in 1937.

1940

The Pasig River facade as completed in 1940.

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The Pasig River facade as it was during its completion in 1940.

1963

Malacañan Palace (February 1963)

Malacañang Palace during the rule of President Diosdado Macapagal.

April 2, 1980

Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon with the First Lady Imelda R. Marcos at  Malacanang Palace

Imelda Marcos shows Princess Margaret locally made handicrafts during the latter's official visit in Manila

February 25, 1986

Curious, unbelieving people move freely into the public and private rooms of Malacañang and scan, unchecked, the papers and books on Mr. Marcos' desk.

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The scene as people looted Malacañang Palace after the Marcoses left right after the EDSA People Power Revolution.

2011

Malacañan Palace Reception Hall

The Malacañang Palace reception hall which features Czechoslovak chandeliers and a Renaissance-style paneled ceiling.

March 12, 2013

Malacañan Palace

Malacañang Palace as it stands today.

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