Manuel Quezon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel

Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon and his family occupied a suite at the Shoreham between 1942 and 1944 while the government was in exile and just before Quezon died in New York. Though visibly frail, Quezon established an office and met regularly with members of his cabinet, including Sergio Osmeña (Vice President), Andres Soriano (Secretary of Finance), Basilio Valdes (Secretary of National Defense), Jaime Hernandez (Auditor-General), Carlos P. Romulo (Secretary of Information), Joaquin Elizalde (Resident Commissioner), and Arturo Rotor (Executive Secretary). Among President Quezon’s many guests during his stay at the Shoreham were members of the U.S. Cabinet, U.S. Senators, and justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.  President Quezon and the writer and labor leader Carlos Bulosan, best known for his work America is in the Heart, met here in 1943. That extraordinary meeting between a President in exile and a Filipino writer in the U.S. near the peak of his literary career was described by Bulosan himself in an article he published in Bataan Magazine in 1944.

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Photo credit: Jürgen Matern / Wikimedia Commons

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomes President Manuel Quezon and his family to Washington, DC, May 1942. Photo credit:  U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Details

Omni Shoreham Hotel. 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington DC. Open to the public. For more information, click here.

References

PC Morantte (1984) Remembering Carlos Bulosan (Quezon City: New Day); Aurelio Bulosan, “When Carlos Went to Washington DC” (University of Washington Archives, Aurelio Bulosan Papers); Augusto F. Espiritu (2005) Five Faces of Exile: The Nation and Filipino American Intellectuals (Stanford: Stanford University Press); Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (1943); Carlos Bulosan (1944) “Manuel Quezon–the Good Fight!”, Bataan Magazine, Vol. II, No. 5: August.

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