MANILA, Philippines – In a move to make history a “shared experience”, the government launched the Malacañan Palace Facebook page on Monday, October 22.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the page, as well as a Tumblr account, were created ahead of the Malacañan Palace’s sesquicentennial in 2013, and were published in conjunction with the Presidential Museum and Library website.
“The initiative is aimed at harnessing social media to share the history, residents, traditions, and legacy of Malacañan Palace to a diverse online audience,” Lacierda said.
He also encouraged netizens to contribute their own pictures and stories of the Palace through Facebook.
“[By] harnessing the Internet as a space for remembering…Malacañan Palace is opened to the public through inclusive and people-centric social media,” he said.
The page had 1,330 likes as of this story’s posting.
The Malacañan Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines. It is also where some state functions are held.
It first belonged to Luis Rocha, a Spaniard in the Galleon trade, then was sold to Col. Jose Miguel Fomento of the Spanish Army, before being sold to the government in 1825. It has since undergone many reconstructions, expansions and improvements.