Malacañang Palace: Places of Interest in and around San Miguel, Manila
About San Miguel
Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines is located in San Miguel, Manila. The tranquil and charming middle-class residential area is one of the city’s sixteen traditional districts. It was the original location of the San Miguel Brewery established during the Spanish colonial era. The brewery’s buildings were torn down after the land was transferred to the Government, and it today forms part of the Palace complex.
San Miguel also includes the Isla de Convalecencia, the largest island in the Pasig River where Hospício de San José, Manila’s oldest Catholic welfare institution, is located.
Plaza Liga Anti-Imperialista
Plaza Liga Anti-Imperialista in San Miguel is formerly Aviles Plaza. The plaza is in remembrance of the Boston-based anti-imperialist league.
Casa Roces is a 1930s ancestral house of the Roces family which was converted into a fine dining restaurant, café and an art gallery. The house was designed in a pre-war modernist style with Art Deco articulation. It used several construction materials including reinforced concrete, wood and masonry. Typical in Commonwealth era houses are the use of “Machuca” tile flooring which can be seen on the ground floor of the ancestral abode.
Schools and Universties
Mendiola Consortium (MC) is an educational organization of five institutions located along the street of Mendiola in Manila, Philippines. Founded in 1974, it was Centro Escolar University President Dionisio Tiongco who invited the heads of San Beda College, College of the Holy Spirit and La Consolacion College Manila to unite their resources and push for elevated standards in education. It is through the MC schools that Mendiola street have become a peace zone since it was traditionally a site of rallies because of its proximity to Malacañan Palace.
Centro Escolar University
College of the Holy Spirit
La Consolacion College Manila
San Beda College
Saint Jude Catholic School
National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
The National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus or Saint Jude Parish, is one of three Chinese parishes established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila in Metro Manila, Philippines. Many devotees flock to St. Jude, patron saint of impossible causes, every Thursday.
When Manila was destroyed by World War II, San Miguel Church served as the temporary cathedral (or pro-cathedral) of the Archdiocese of Manila while the Manila Cathedral was undergoing restoration from 1946 to 1958. The church became a national shrine in 1986. It is said to be the sole shrine in the world that is dedicated to the seven archangels: Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, Saint Uriel, Saint Selatiel, Saint Jhudiel, and Saint Barachiel.
Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey
The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, or Manila Abbey, is a Benedictine men’s monastery located on Mendiola Street in Manila, the Philippines. The monastery was founded in 1895 by monks from Spain in the twilight of the islands’ being part of the Spanish Empire. The resident monks, which belong to the Philippine Pro-Province of the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation (a part of the Benedictine Confederation) also operate San Beda College on the abbey’s grounds.