| Malacañan Palace Museum Tour is an approx 2 hour tour inside the Kalayaan Hall of the Malacañang Palace Complex. It's a tour that needs a request letter (1 week ahead of time) to be addressed to the Malacañan Palace Museum. There's a P50 entrance fee. Ivan Man Dy's Old Manila Walks offers a package tour inside and at the vicinity of the Malacañang Palace.Our tour started at 9 in the morning at the Kalayaan Gate near the Freedom Park. While confirming our names at the guest list (no name at the guest list means no entry, the PSG are strict), my eyes sparkled upon seeing Ivan Man Dy's scheduled tour at 9 am also. In no time, we saw the famous Tsinoy tour guide in yellow collared light blue polo-shirt walking towards the Kalayaan Gate (sobrang starstruck mode nanaman ako). We introduced ourselves to him and he smiled at us, followed by an invitation of joining their tour group (abot langit ang aking tuwa).
Mr. Ivan Man Dy enlightened us with a very informative intro of how the palace became the executive house. Malacañang Palace is located at 1000 Jose P. Laurel Street (formerly Calle de Malacañan) in San Miguel District of Manila. It got its name from a Tagalog phrase, "may lakan diyan" which mean "there's nobleman/nature spirit residing there".
The Governors-General of the Spanish Colonial Government in the Philippines acquired this summer residence from Colonel Jose Miguel Formente who purchased the palace from a Spanish Aristocrat named Don Luis Rocha. It then became the official residence of the Spanish Govenors-General when the Palacio del Gobernador inside the walled city of Intramuros was destroyed by an earthquake in 1863. From then on, all the Spanish and American governors-general lived and walked on the halls of this palace. All the Philippine Presidents (except Aguinaldo, Tita Cory, FVR and PNoy) also lived inside.
|Ivan Man Dy as he tells the historical backgorund of the palace.|
|Batang Lakwatsero at the marble corridor|
|the seat where Apong Macoy announced Martial Law.|
Rooms of Malacañang Palace's Kalayaan Hall
|Old Guest Room. It displays a collection of portraits and furniture of the Spanish Governors-General who resided in Malacañan. Antique wood carved muebles and reliefs on the walls are all of Tampingco's work. Photo by Elal.|
|Old Executive Secretary's Office. Its gallery contains a collection of items from the era of Philippine Revolution as well as the First Philippine Republic. Photo by Elal.|
|Old Governor-General's Office. This room served as the office of the American Governors-General from Leonard Wood to Frank Murphy'. Its gallery focuses on the American Colonial Period of the Philippine history. Photo by Elal.|
|Old Cabinet Room or Osmeña Room. This room served as the office of the Cabinet under the early Commonwealth Era (1920-1939) before it became the office of the then Vice President Sergio Osmeña during the term of President Quezon. Photo by Elal|
|Roxas Cabinet Room. This room was actively used by Pres. Roxas for meeting his cabinet. It then became a television studio control room during Pres. Marcos' term, it is where the famous declaration of Martial Law took place. Photo by Elal.|
A Tour with Ivan Man Dy
Ivan Man Dy is one of the two great Manila Tour Guides (the other one is Carlos Celdran) that I look up to. Being a proud Manileño myself, their passion of promoting the historical city of Manila inspires me so much. Maybe it is not too late for me to follow their footsteps and become another Manila Tour guide (seriouly, sometimes I can see my self guiding a group of tourist inside the walled city and along the streets of downtown Binondo).
My experience with Ivan Man Dy was as memorable as what I experienced with Carlos Celdran. Both are accidental and inspirational. They truly rock the history lover in me.
|Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks|
|the Bagets with the awesome tour guide|