A holiday at presidential palace…why not? Actually I’ve never been in any presidential palace (not even in my own country) but I added Malacanang Palace into my Manila intinerary because of its less formalities.
After I filled the reservation form at http://malacanang.gov.ph/contact-us/, I received an e-mail of acknowledgement from “Presidential Museum [firstname.lastname@example.org]” within less than 2 hours. The attachments were a request form to fill and a STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR SCHEDULING OF MUSEUM TOURS (similar with http://malacanang.gov.ph/about/schedule/).
I filled the form and sent it back, got below confirmation on the next working day.
Our tour lasted for 2 hours and fifteen minutes (9:00 AM – 11:15 AM), one hour longer than scheduled because of the generosity of our tour leader, a young gentleman named Louie.
He had extensive knowledge about the palace and The Philippines history, shown us the historic places including this balcony where a defiant Ferdinand Marcos and an anguished Imelda Marcos facing their supporters before fleeing the country for exile in Hawaii after Cory Aquino was sworn in as President of The Philippines (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/210205/news/specialreports/pulitzer-winner-searches-for-faces-of-people-power).
Don’t forget to make a pose with President Aquino!