Malacañang Palace, or officially Malacañan Palace, is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. The palace is located along the north bank of the Pasig River in Manila. It is called “Palasyo ng Malakanyang” in Filipino, and Malacañan Palace when referred to as the official residence of the President of the Philippines, and simply Malacañang when referred to as the office of the president, as well as in everyday parlance and in the media. The term "Malacañang" is a metonym for the Philippine President's administration, or the executive branch. Malacañang Palace is depicted on the verso (back) side of the present-day 20-peso bill.
Today the complex consists of Malacañang Palace itself, Bonifacio Hall (formerly the Premier Guest House used by Ferdinand E. Marcos successor Corazón C. Aquino as her office and by Joseph Ejército Estrada as his residence), Kalayaan Hall, the former executive building built under the American administration, Mabini Hall, the Administration Building, and the New Executive Building (built by President Aquino) among other, smaller buildings. Across the river, is Malacañang Park, which contains a golf course, park, billets for the presidential guard, as well as a Commonwealth-era presidential resthouse (Bahay Pangarap) and recreation hall.
The state and historical rooms of the Palace aren't often seen by the public. While access is much more open than during the years before Marcos (especially during the time of Ramón Magsaysay), the Palace is closed and heavily guarded during times of political unrest. Rallyists often congregate along Mendiola Street, nearby to air their protests against the government.
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