Malacañang Palace

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Malacanang Palace Facade

The grandiose palace is a mid-18th century architecture. Its luxurious architectural designs were inspired by the Spanish Colonial style. This kind of structural prototype is best characterized for its legible and striking military landscapes. The three-story building is perched overlooking the Pasig River. Its simplicity bounded with elegance is represented by the colors white and brown; white being dominant.

The facade of the palace has staircases on its base leading to two large front doors on either side. In line with these doors are ten wooden bay windows, all situated on the first floor. The second floor exhibits ten open arched balconies, each with a wooden balustrade. The third level has one large pointed pediment on the center with three small pointed pediments on each side. The rooftop shows white balustrades connected to form a square.

The palace also features many flamboyant halls, which are filled with historical memories and milestones. The Entrance Hall has floors and walls which are made of beige and genuine Philippine marbles. On the left wing of the Entrance Hall is an ostentatious chapel which was built and modified by former First Lady Imelda Marcos. On the right side of the Palace is the Heroes Hall, which is located at a mirrored entrance, where glamorous 40 artistic paintings of a famous Filipino painting guru are situated. Malacañang’s biggest room is the Reception Hall. Inside are old photos of the former President Manuel L. Quezon, adjacent to the top portion of the Grand Staircase.

The palace also has an Administrative and Executive building. As one enters the palace from Gate 4, the huge structure on the left side is the Administrative building, which was built after World War II with wings on both ends. The Executive building is quite more elegant than the Administrative building. It has high arched windows. Inside this building is where the Press Secretary’s Office is situated, along with other offices on the ground floor of the majestic Malacañang Palace. On the other side of the Executive Building is the Maharlika Hall located on the second floor, which functions as the area for social gatherings and meetings.

The Palace Grounds has an area which extends all the way from the official residence of His or Her Excellency, the New Executive Building, which is called today as the “Borloloy Building.”