Information about The Mansion
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.
What is the brief history of The Mansion?
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.