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Marcos unveils 'Malacañang Heritage Tours'

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday led the opening of the "Malacañang Heritage Tours," which includes a museum that shows the Chief Executive's road to the Palace.

Initiated by First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, the Malacañang Heritage Tours revolves around two distinguished museums that showcase the legacies of the Philippine presidents.

Among them is the Bahay Ugnayan, which showcases the life and political career of Marcos. On display are Marcos' early photos, including his student life, with a spot showing his stay at Oxford University and a photo of his special diploma in social studies.

Meanwhile, the Teus Mansion is a museum that aims to educate the public about the diverse history of the Philippine presidents. There, visitors can see the previous presidential attire, footwear, flags, and exquisitely sculpted busts, paying homage to the former leaders of the country.

The said museum also features portraits of the country's former First Ladies.

On the other hand, the Goldenberg Series exhibit serves as a platform to raise awareness and celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of the Philippines through a variety of captivating events.

Open to the public

Marcos invited the public, especially students, to come and visit the museums.

"It is now open to the public. I invite everyone to come, puntahan ninyo lalo na 'yung mga estudyante na nais makita ang lahat ng mga Pangulo ng ating Republika. Nandiyan lahat, may kaunting kwento ng kanilang buhay," Marcos said in his speech.

The Presidential Communications Office said the Malacañang Heritage Tours would "provide a unique opportunity for individuals seeking a deeper appreciation for the remarkable past and distinguished leaders of the Philippines."

"It stands as a must-see attraction, offering an engaging and enlightening experience that delves into the rich tapestry of Philippine history," the PCO said.

The PCO said the tours are open to the public for free, adding that guided tours are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Executive Order

Marcos had issued an executive order which aims to promote and conserve Philippine historical and cultural heritage sites through the efficient management of Malacañang Heritage Mansions and the creation of advisory and management bodies.

Executive Order No. 26 creates an advisory board for the efficient management of the Malacañang Heritage Mansions.

Marcos directed the advisory board to formulate policies, projects, and programs for the efficient management of the Malacañang Heritage Mansions subject to existing laws and regulations.

The EO stated that the Malacañang Heritage Mansions could be opened to the public as a venue for special events, programs and temporary exhibitions, and could collect fees subject to existing laws, rules and regulations. —VAL, GMA Integrated News