before malacañan

Palacio del Gobernador
Andres Soriano Jr. corner General Luna, Intramuros, Manila

The  angle is unflattering but I’ve rarely seen that building from such view. I’ll try to do better next time.

This structure we call Palacio del Gobernador houses several government offices and the Intramuros administration. Its lot used to house the real Palacio del Gobernador, the official residence of the Governor General. That palace, previously owned by a man named Venegas, who is a member of the Real Audiencia (Supreme Court), was destroyed by the 1863 earthquake.

The Governor General was waiting for the palace’s rebuilding, until another earthquake rocked the same spot around 1880s. It was then decided that the official residence will be transfered to a favorable summer residence along Pasig River. That one became known as Malacañan Palace and up to now is the official residence of the president of the Philippines. The lot containing the halted and destroyed reconstruction of the old Palace was used as a bomb shelter during WWII. On the last days of the war, no less than 132 people were killed on that spot.

For more information regarding this building, check this other wordpress blog. The site is a very good source for everything that concerns Intramuros district.

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