Tag Archives: White House

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 […]

Mr. Esperancilla and FDR

February 12, 1945, the Yalta Conference formally ended. It was the 2nd wartime conference of the leaders of the “Big Three” Allied countries–US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin–who met to discuss the structure of postwar Europe, among many other complex issues. Some 15 years after, Roosevelt’s […]

Guillermo Tolentino at the White House

You probably know the story of Mr. Tolentino, Philippine National Artist for Sculpture, meeting US President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Mr. Tolentino was a waiter in DC, one of his customers arranged for him to meet President Wilson, he presented the President with a small mother-and-child statue (“Pax”) that he sculpted, Mr. Wilson loved it, […]

The Philippine Constabulary Band at President William Howard Taft’s Inauguration

In 1909, a series of “grand concerts” to celebrate William Howard Taft’s Inauguration featured twice the Philippine Constabulary Band. (A few years earlier, Taft served as Governor-General of Philippines and the band–Col. Henry Allen’s idea–was formed during Taft’s administration.) Here are photos of pages from the original program. On Inauguration Day, in middle of a […]

Filipino Presidents at the Blair House

The Blair House serves as the official guest house of the White House. Previous Blair House guests include Presidents Elpidio Quirino (1951), Ferdinand Marcos (1966 and 1982) and Corazon Aquino (1989, together with her youngest daughter Kris). Writing for the Washington Post over a decade later, a Blair House chef remembers President Aquino hosting the […]