- Filipinos will soon have a glimpse of the past Presidents’ road vehicles
- The NHCP announces details behind the opening of the Car Museum
- People are looking forward to newly-elected President Duterte’s vehicle of choice
Did our Philippine Presidents ride in style? Or did they keep it simple and functional? We will all know soon as an upcoming Presidential Car Museum inside the Quezon City Circle is being built to give the Filipinos a glimpse of how the Presidents traveled by land, and to inevitably showcase how they spent their years in the position.
The head of the project is the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), chaired by Maria Serena Diokno. Of the cars, the chairwoman says:
Right now, the collection of presidential vehicles is temporarily housed by the NHCP in a private warehouse in Pampanga.
The collection is said to include those of Presidents Emilio Aguinaldo, Jose P. Laurel, Elpidio Quirino, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Benigno Aquino III’s will be following soon).
There are also cars that are still undergoing restoration, such as those used by Presidents Manuel L. Quezon and Manuel Roxas, but these too will be seen in the Car Museum. Unfortunately, the collection is missing the cars of Presidents Carlos P. Garcia, Sergio Osmeña, and Diosdado Macapagal.
From horse carriages to limousines, to jeeps, who among the past Presidents could have possibly rode in the most style and grandeur? Predictably, it was past President Ferdinand Marcos.
The dictator had a customized Lincoln Town Car, a Continental edition of the Signature Series, which was one of the most luxurious limousines then. It was reported to cost around $10,000 USD (around ₱40,000 to ₱65,000 in the Philippines back in the day).
As for newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte, we have yet to see if he will really be sticking with his long-trusted pick-up truck. He was reported to have said,