Ahead of our recent trip to Manila, we emailed the office of the presidential Museum to reserve a tour. This was easy to do and we were surprised at how low the entry price was.
Make sure you visit the website (Malacanang.gov.ph) which has details on how to book as you need to reserve your place at least 2 weeks in advance.
On the day we took a taxi from our apartment in Ermita to the Malacanang compound. This cost around 150peso but the driver didn't seem to know where he was going and we had to help him, having a rough idea where it was over the river.
On arrival at the gate, our name was on the list and we were taken through security and into a reception hall where our guide collected us. He took just the two of us around the palace museum despite there being 6 or 7 other small tour groups arriving at the same time. This was a really good point.
Our tour took us through many interesting and historic rooms of the palace and the guide was very helpful and informative. The tour lasted approximately 1 hour.
I would definitely recommend this as a glimpse into political history in the Philippines. Well worth a visit.
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