For the first time ever, the National Geographic (NatGeo) Channel will be taking us inside the grandest and most historical residence in the Philippines – the Malacañang Palace.
Once dubbed as a “foremost home” by Spanish governor generals. The Americans made it a social hub for the country’s elite while the Japanese transformed it into a garrison.
Yet after all these changes, Malacañang Palace still stands proudly by the Pasig River today. One would wonder what is now inside the cordoned-off areas of the palace.
On March 18, at 9:00 p.m., catch the premiere of the original documentary Inside Malacañang as National Geographic Channel (NGC) takes you to an exclusive guided tour inside the official residence of the country’s chief executive.
This exclusive feature, which took one and a half years to produce, delves into chambers of the palace that were previously off-limits to the media and the public.
Inside Malacañang also examines and breaks long-held myths and beliefs about the President’s entourage. Get to know the everyday routines of the Presidential Security. NatGeo follows some of the people closest to President Benignino “Noynoy” Aquino as they risked their lives behind the scene as they try to protect our Commander-in-chief.
Get to know the Group commander (Colonel Ramon Dizon), President Benigno S. Aquino III close-in security aide (Senior Police Office 4 Lito Africano), the presidential photographer (Jay Morales), and even the presidential food tester (Jaime Caster Castro). Also, shared his work at Malacanang Palace were Retired Air Force Gen. Jose Angel “Bodet” Honrado and Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III who explained some of the historical background of the Malacañang Palace.
NatGeo also show the lighter side of the Philippine President, talking about his favorite part of the Malacañang Palace and his typical work day including the recent Independence Day celebration.
Last February 28, Orange Magazine TV is one of the selected guest to the exclusive screening of Inside Malacañang which was held at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace. The event was made even special with the presence of no other than His Excellency President Noynoy Aquino himself as guest of honor. It was indeed a privilege for me and to the other guests as it was not everyday that you’ll get to meet, and in our case, have the opportunity to chat and have our pictures taken with the President of the Philippines. Special thanks to Mr. Sean Stuart General of AGATEP for the invitation.
In his speech, President Noynoy Aquino said that, like his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, he chose not to live at the Malacañang Palace. He mentioned that living in Malacanang Palace will make you feel like royalty, and that’s exactly what co-blogger Rod Magaru and I felt inside Malacañang.
“Through this documentary that was proudly made by a Filipino production team, Marnie Manicad Productions International, in the hallmark standards of the NGC, we also wanted to show the world-class talent of Filipinos in producing long-form documentaries.”
The Inside Malacañang production team is composed of director, producer and head writer Marnie Manicad, writer Cris Lim and narrator Joonee Gamboa.