Take a voyeuristic tour of the Palace in "An Invitation to Malacañan"
This coffee table book filled with never-seen-before photographs lets you in on a unique side of the Palace.
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Produced by a team led by former Social Secretary Bettina Araneta Aboitiz, the coffee table book "An Invitation to Malacañan," lets readers take a voyeuristic tour through the official residence of the President of the Philippines through old and new photographs and invitations and prints dating back from the turn of the 20th century. Pages are also dedicated to showcasing ceremonial rites and receptions held at Malacañan, revealing behind-the-scenes planning and preparations of lavish parties thrown by the country’s presidents.
According to Aboitiz, "An Invitation to Malacañan" takes inspiration from coffee table books such as "An Invitation to the White House" and "In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House."
Aboitiz was responsible for arranging formal Cabinet meetings, presentation of credentials, courtesy calls, farewell calls, cocktails, and state dinners that averaged to 300 a year during former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term. She also spearheaded the renovation of Bahay Pangarap which became the official presidential guesthouse.
Proceeds from purchases of the book are donated to Holy Family Home Makati Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization managed by the Congregation of Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family.
An Invitation to Malacañan is available in Fully Booked and National Bookstores at P3,000