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Type
Premise
Location
The Mansion, Romulo Drive, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
Distance From City Center
388 m
High Season
Winter
Family Friendly
No
Average rating
5.0
Number of reviews
17163

The Mansion House

The Mansion is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines.  

Older than the city itself, it was originally built as the seat of power of Governor Generals during the American Occupation. Its architecture was designed by Architect Daniel Burnham, who was also responsible for the city planning of Baguio and Manila. 

Its actual construction, however, was supervised by Governor General William Cameron Forbes and Architect William E. Parsons. Forbes adored Baguio and even named the mansion after his family’s summer cottage in New England (‘Mansion House’). 

Its construction was finished in 1908 and was officially declared a National Historic Landmark in 2009.

 

How to get there

The Mansion is at the east of Baguio City, along C.P. Romulo drive and right across from Wright Park. If by public transportation, you can reach this cultural landmark by riding a jeepney at Lower Mabini Street with the route Baguio-Plaza-Mines View Park. Ask the driver to drop you off at The Mansion.

 

Best time to visit

It is an all-year round attraction so it’s okay to visit the attraction anytime.

Frequently asked questions

What is the brief history of The Mansion?

In 1945, President Jose P. Laurel and his family evacuated to the Mansion as battling ensued for the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese. The constant bombings and raids turned it almost uninhabitable, and accounts from Laurel’s memoirs explicitly described how the house faced the brink of destruction.  In 1947, after the war was over, it was reconstructed. It then served as the seat of the second session of Economic Commission of Asia and the Far East in the same year and was the site of the first meeting of the South East Asia Union (‘the Baguio Conference’) conceived by President Elpidio Quirino in 1950.

How much was the estimated payment for the reconstruction of the Mansion?

It cost Php 80,000 for the Mansion House to be rebuilt to its former glory, with added guest rooms and conference rooms.

What is The Mansion known for?

With its labyrinth gardens, ironwork gate, and wide expanse, The Mansion is a known tourist spot especially for sightseeing and picture taking.

What is inside The Mansion?

Inside the Mansion, there lies a mini-museum housing memorabilia and artworks collected by former presidents, as well as well-manicured lawns, and a small amphitheater that is open to the public.