The first presidential residence we’ve featured here in Vista Pinas is the Balay ti Amianan in Ilocos Norte (unless you consider Aguinaldo Shrine as belonging in that category, too). This time, we’ll be featuring the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. This is The Mansion, which is aptly located in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines.
This American-style building was built in 1908, a year before Baguio City was founded, and has been the official summer residence of the U.S. Governors-General back when the Philippines was under U.S. control. After the Philippines regained its independence in 1946, the place has been adopted as the summer residence of the Philippine President.
Photo by my college friend Majill.
The Mansion has also been a venue for several international conferences. Tourists can also visit a museum in the premises holding presidential memorabilia. In addition, visitors and sightseers can often be seen taking pictures of themselves in front of the gate, a cliché thing to do in Baguio City (akin to tourists taking pictures of themselves with immobile Queen’s Guards in the United Kingdom).