Malacañang Facebook page launched

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2012 11:07 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2012 07:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda announced Monday that the official Facebook page of Malacañan Palace by the Presidential Museum and Library has been launched ahead of the sesquicentennial of Malacañan Palace next year.

Dubbed "Malacañan Palace," the Facebook page features a rich heritage from its beginnings as a riverside rest house owned by the Rocha family to its establishment as the seat of power where Spanish and American Governors-General held office, and as the official residence of the presidents of the Philippines.

Published in conjunction with the Presidential Museum and Library website (www.malacanang.gov.ph) and the Presidential Museum and Library Tumblr account (tumblr.malacanang.gov.ph), these online resources are part of the mandate of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) as official custodian of the institutional memory of the Office of the President.

The initiative is aimed at harnessing social media to share the history, residents, traditions, and legacy of Malacañan Palace to a diverse online audience.

Through Facebook, citizens online can contribute their own pictures and memories of the Palace thereby harnessing the Internet as a space for remembering. This way, Malacañan Palace is opened to the public through inclusive and people-centric social media.

As of 12:15 p.m., the Malacañan Palace page already has 1,177 likes.

"There is a portion in the Facebook page where somebody who has visited the Palace and has taken pictures within the Palace can post there pictures. So it's open to the public kung gusto niyong mag-post ng inyong pictures na noong nadalaw kayo sa Palasyo, pwede niyong i-post dito sa Facebook" said Lacierda.