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How to Spend a Day in the Palace: A 1-Day Malacañang Itinerary Edit

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Travelers planning to follow this trip can only visit all destinations on a day between Tuesday to Friday. The Presidential Museum and Library is closed on weekends, while the National Museum is closed on Mondays. The itinerary includes 2 museum, 2 churches, 1 vintage dining experience, and a short walking tour of historic houses and old palaces in the Malacañang vicinity. Please be advised that some of the destinations require reservations for security purposes.

Your Destinations

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San Sebastian Church is the only church in the Philippines with a steel foundation.
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The stained glass windows that flank the walls of the church let in an ample amount of sunlight, eliminating the use of artificial lights during daytime.
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Its interiors are influenced by Gothic architecture.
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To enter the Presidential Museum and Library, interested parties have to schedule an appointment at least 3 days before the intended visit.
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The grand corridor is flanked with shelves upon shelves of reading materials.
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A collection of various election paraphernalia of the country's past presidents are displayed in the middle of this room.

Casa Roces

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Casa Roces looks like a well-kept home on the inside, giving us a glimpse of the dining experience that is served within its walls.
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A statue of a newsboy for The Manila Times greets visitors upon entering the garden.
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The restaurant's homey appeal is also felt on the choice of decor and furniture.

San Miguel Church

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The imposing facade of the National Museum of the Philippines.
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The museum is home to artifacts and collectibles that reflect the heritage of our nation.
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One of the exhibits inside the museum. A collection of earthenware jars and kitchenware.

Itinerary

09:00am Assembly at the San Sebastian Church, the only steel-based Gothic church in Asia

09:30am Walk to San Rafael Street, going to Malacañang Complex

Marvel at the antique heritage houses

10:00am Presidential Museum and Library, P50/head, ID required.

No sleeveless, shorts, and flipflops. Requires reservation at least 7 days before the trip.

12:00am Lunch at Casa Roces, approx. P200/head

01:00pm Walk up and down Jose Laurel Street to see other historic houses, or walk directly south to visit the San Miguel Church

01:20pm San Miguel Church

View St. Michael's pure bronze statue

01:30pm Exit to the Malacañang checkpoint and continue walking until you reach Casal Street, the main road. Hop into a jeepney going to Taft Avenue and ask the driver to drop you at Rizal Park. Walk north to the National Museum.

01:45pm National Art Gallery of National Museum

03:15pm Tour the rest of National Museum

05:00pm End of Malacañang Heritage Trip

Directions

From Cubao, take the MRT 2 to Legarda Station, and then walk south west to San Sebastian Church (5 to 10mins). Alternatively, if you’re coming from the south, you may take the LRT 1 to United Nations Station, and then hop into a jeepney going to Mendiola. Ask the driver to drop you at San Sebastian Church.

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Original text by Michelle Tobias


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