Category Hotel

Luna and Agoncillo under Secret Service Surveillance

In 1899, Felipe Agoncillo, a lawyer and husband of Marcela Agoncillo (the seamstress of the first Filipino flag), and Juan Luna, Filipino artist best-known for his Spoliarium (which won the gold medal at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in Madrid about 15 years earlier), were in Washington to block the Senate ratification of the Treaty of […]

The Willard Hotel

The Willard is a historic hotel that has played host to many U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, just before his inauguration in 1861. The Willard has also been home to many important Filipino gatherings, such as Manuel Quezon‘s farewell banquet in August 1916. This was at the end of Quezon’s term as Resident Commissioner, the […]

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 […]