Tag Archives: Downtown

POPDC’s Walking Tour

It was a privilege to take Senator Loren Legarda and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on a POPDC-themed walking tour of Washington. Here is our younger son Rafael in front of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building telling them about the Eisenhowers’ life in the Philippines (circa late 1930s) and John Eisenhower’s (the son of President Dwight Eisenhower) childhood […]

Commodore George Dewey at the Metropolitan Club

George Dewey ate at the Metropolitan Club every day in the 1890s while living in Washington and serving as a member of the Lighthouse Board, the agency responsible for lighthouses during that period. He lived next door at the third floor of the Everett on 1730 H Street. He never rode the elevator, preferring to walk two […]

I Swear: A Filipino President Took His Oath of Office in DC

In 1944, when the Philippines was counted among U.S. territories, the Department of Interior was also in charge of many Philippine-related affairs.  When Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon died in exile on August 1, 1944, Vice President Sergio Osmeña immediately took his oath as the new Commonwealth President at the office of Secretary of Interior Harold […]

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 […]