What Kinds of Cars Did Our Former Presidents Use?

Find out at the new Presidential Car Museum.

(SPOT.ph) We often see cars with low-numbered license plates, usually "8," plying our streets with convoys and wang-wang (as former President Benigno Aquino III would say). But have you seen a vehicle with the license number "1" up close? Starting on August 19, the public can check out all the presidential cars of former Philippine presidents at the newly constructed Presidential Car Museum within the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The big move was a collaborative project between the Quezon City Government and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. 

Originally housed in a private warehouse in Pampanga, the collection includes limousines used by former Presidents Emilio Aguinaldo, Manuel L. Quezon, Jose P. Laurel, Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Diosdado Macapagal's and Carlos P. Garcia's cars were never recovered, while Sergio Osmeña's vehicle is in Cebu. Acquisition of Aquino's Lexus SUV is still in the works.

More than being means for transportation, these old items also provide a glimpse of what each president was like. Take for example, Magsaysay's Willys jeep, which reflected his reputation as a man of the people while Marcos alternately used a custom-built Lincoln Town Car and Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine, which showed the family's indulgent lifestyle.

The Presidential Car Museum opens on August 19, 10 a.m. at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City. Entrance is free. For more information, follow Presidential Car Museum on Facebook.

Video and main image by Mr. Kennex Rey Monsanto of the Presidential Car Museum.

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