As much as I want to peg this as a tourist hotspot, it isn’t, despite the historical status it holds. The process to be able to visit the palace is quite lengthy, requiring applications, a reservation and some paperwork – and that’s only access to see the Presidential Museum and Library. Lucky me got to see its Spanish Colonial architecture up close and personal. The palace itself has gone through quite a lot and has been rebuilt and restored throughout the years, most recently remodeled by the infamous Imelda Marcos.
I was mainly smitten by the detailing and woodwork in and around the rooms we crowded into. Everything looked very regal and heavy, with dark earth tones dominating the interior.