Tag Archives: Manuel L. Quezon (Phil. President)

Two Presidents at the Union Station

We visited Union Station a few days ago and we think we found the exact spot where US President Franklin Roosevelt welcomed Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon and his family in May 1942. President Quezon, other Commonwealth officials, and their families were in exile in DC during the Second World War. (Photo credit: Quezon Family […]

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

“…he at least had one daughter near him. But even with her he seldom discussed what might have been happening to those in the Philippines for he did not wish to aggravate her own fears and anxieties. He thus generally suffered alone in silence. But he evidently found some solace from hearing mass every morning […]

Georgetown University

Fr. John Schumacher SJ, the leading authority on Philippine Church History, obtained his PhD in History from Georgetown in 1965. Decades earlier, several Filipino and American Jesuits studied at both Woodstock College (a Jesuit seminary in Woodstock, MD that existed until about 1969) and at Georgetown, prior to the beginning of their Philippine ministry. Some […]

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 […]

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 […]