Philippines Travel

Malacañang Park

Five years is a long time, but it never dulled my fondness of the place. To the outsiders Malacañang Park may seem a hostile zone; constantly guarded and cannot be entered as one pleases. It is so because it is the headquarters of the Presidential Security Group, the unit that protects the president of The Philippines. But to me it is a home and for five years it was. Once in a while, I go back and every time, I still get overwhelmed by many a memory of some of the best years of my life.


This is where I developed my writing skills, turned into a speech writer, made magazines, newsletters, and a coffee table book. There, I learned many things; picked up a guitar, drove a scooter, tried wave boarding, learned how to shoot a gun. There, I reached my heaviest weight of 115 pounds, then I decided I should take up jogging, so I ran for several months. It has some of the happiest and unfortunate moments of my life. [Read: The Mansion Baguio: Beyond the Gates]

There, I met the people who ran the state, the uniformed men and women, and the dependents. There is so much of me that was shaped here, and so it will always hold a place in my heart.

It pays to never burn bridges. [Read: Goodbye PSG]

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Comments (4)

  1. jeff Pineda
    jeff Pineda

    Hi Marjorie, Good Day!

    I’m a landscape/cityscape photographer and I would like to know if it’s possible to take a picture of Malacañang Palace from the view point of Malacañang Park, same to the picture in our 20 peso bill?

    Should I send a formal request to PSG to enter the place? Here’s my email/facebook account: jeff.pineda024@gmail.com

    Hopefully you could help me with this.

    Thank you! =)

    Reply
    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Hey Jeff,

      I have sent you an email to address your query.

      Reply
  2. Lalah
    Lalah

    intro: tambling tambling giling giling talon talon hanggang mag earthquake! hahahaha

    hello marg!!! finally! wwwwooooottt!! dito na ako sa bagong bahay mo! earlier lang ako nagsisimulang magblog hop!!! (eyes rolling hahaha)

    ano ba tawag don sa mukhang soccer field na yan? o soccer field nga yan (nganga lang ako! hahaha) the color green the color of nature super masabi mong yes! pede matulog! lels

    matanong ko lang ano ba meron sa presidential archives na yan? specific? hahaha

    Reply
    • Marge G
      Marge G

      Uy Lalah buti naman napasyal ka :)) Yang soccer field na sinasabi mo, that’s the PSG Grandstand. The Presidential Archives, well, supposedly that’s where the PSG-related documents should be kept, kaso hindi na siya ginagamit and I don’t know why.

      Reply

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