Philippine Presidents have the highest power in the government. Nevertheless, they also carry a huge responsibility of running the country and addressing every problem and concern. With that much pile of burden, have they ever took a break?
If so, did you ever wonder how? How do they spend their free time? Let us see on the list below the presidents who were so unlike the stern face we see on our Philippine peso bills and coins every day.
1. ELPIDIO QUIRINO SPENDS FREE TIME ON THE POOL
The second president of the Republic of the Philippines often spends his time swimming. It was reported that he swims at least once a week together with one of Malacanang’s physicians. He also loves playing golf and poker amongst other things.
2. MANUEL L. QUEZON WEARS A WEIRD HAT WHILE HAVING FUN AT A PARTY.
The former president, Manuel L. Quezon, loves to wear something that’s beside the mainstream. His fashion statement is often remarked upon and makes him stand out. He is one of the first leaders who wore barong on special occasions while the other guests wear black tie.
3. DIOSDADO MACAPAGAL PLAYING CAROM BILLIARDS
The former president, Diosdado Macapagal, loves playing billiards. You can see on the photo above how much fun he is having playing billiards with Lieutenant Azarcon.
However, what they are playing is Carom billiards wherein they use a pocket-less table. The goal is to strike both the opponent’s cue and object balls with one’s cue ball.
4. YOUNG GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO SPENDS CHRISTMAS
The photo shows the young Diosdado Macapagal Jr opening Christmas gifts while young Gloria Macapagal and Arturo Macapagal looks and waits until the gift is opened. First ever Lady Evangeline M. Macapagal also looks upon them.
5. RAMON MAGSAYSAY HAS THE MOVES
Ramon “Monching” Magsaysay in April 1948 was a congressman that led the lobbying of Rogers Bill, which gives medical benefits to Filipino Veterans, in Washington. That same day, not only was the bill a success, he also learned how to dance.
Apparently, he joined a seven-hour course in Washington’s Arthur Murray Studios according to an anecdote written by Manuel F. Martinez. Upon his return, the late president immediately showed off his dance moves together with his wife, Luz Banzon in a public dance in Castillejos.
6. EMILIO AGUINALDO SPENDS HIS TIME OFF WITH SON
On the photo above, you can see late president Emilio Aguinaldo together with his son, Emilio Jr. Apparently, Emilio Aguinaldo was the youngest President we ever had and also the only leader to have reached the age of 94! He has already outlived his successors and saw how they fared.
7. MANUEL ROXAS IN MALACANANG PARK TO PLAY GOLF
Apparently, the late president was an avid golfer. Even though his golf skills weren’t exactly as good as the other presidents who loves golf, it was him who constructed a 9-hole golf course in Malacanang Park since Wack Wack, and Caloocan golf club was too far.
He was often accompanied by an aide who would bring a huge umbrella to shelter him from the sun and to follow him wherever he goes. Fortunately, his lacking golf skills were not like his poker skills. He seems to be good at poker and truck gardening.
8. AQUINOS EAT BREAKFAST AT TIMES STREET.
You can see how the lovely family spends breakfast at Times Street, but even though the Aquino couple were not as expressive on their love, it was reported that the late Ninoy Aquino gave Cory a portrait of her done by Fernando Amorsolo. Onlookers did not ignore the painting that costs Ninoy’s two-month salary.
9. TWO MARCOSES SPENDING SWEET FATHER-AND-SON MOMENT.
It was no secret that young Bongbong Marcos once had a career as a child actor. He portrayed himself in a film, “Iginuhit ng Tadhana”. It was timely released before 1965 elections.
10. CARLOS P. GARCIA LOVES CHESS
On the photo above, you can see how focused the late president Carlos P. Garcia was, on a chess match. He apparently loves nature and takes gardening and taking care of animals whenever he was away.
11. JOSE P. LAUREL CAN ALSO PLAY THE VIOLIN
He was an avid golfer with the skills of a professional. He even played sports before getting in Malacanang and also plays the violin. More often than not, his friends would get impressed by how well he played the violin.
It’s funny how these men can be so honest about what they do. Although they seem like a busy person, they still allocate time for family bonding.