Tag Archives: White House

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 […]