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The Palacio Del Gobernador, translated in English as Palace of the Governor is the former home of the Governor-General during the colonization of the Spaniards in the country. At present, it is the building where government offices like Intramuros Administration, Comission on Elections, and the Home Development Mutual Fund National Capital Region Office, are located.
The former site of the Palacio was located near the Parade Ground in Fort Santiago. Its name was originally Palacio Real or the First Palace. But due to an earthquake that occured in 1645, it was transferred to its present location in front of Plaza Roma in the Walled City of Intramuros, which is only a few steps away from the Manila Cathedral. It was again hardly damaged by an earthquake in the year 1771. The redevelopment of its structure happened in 1850, adding up a Spanish style facade. It was once again destroyed by an earthquake in 1863. It was left empty when the Governor General decided to transfer in Malacanang.
Palacio also served as a shelter for civilans during the World War II, where 80 male residents were killed in 1945. The present structure was reconstructed in 1976 to provide space to the government offices. The facade of Palacio Del Gobernador’s Building was also used for a Chuck Norris movie entitled Delta Force 2.
What to Do
There are plenty of things to do around the Palacio Del Gobernador. In the area you can have a tour down the memory lane, as you revisit history at Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, La Monja Loca and San Agustin Church. The Palace is just one stone throw away from the Mother of All Churches and Cathedrals in the country, where you can spend time taking your photos with its unique and intricate architecture.