Philippines old chancery in Washington declared national landmark

December 10, 2018

THE Philippines’ old chancery in Washington DC has been designated as a national historical landmark of the Philippines by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

“It is with great honor and a deep sense of responsibility that the Embassy accepts this solemn charge today of preserving the history, nationalism, and dignity that this building embodies for the people of the Philippines,” said Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez.

Two historical markers, one in Filipino and in English, were also unveiled during a ceremony.

Purchased in 1941, it was in the Old Chancery on 1617 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C., where resident commissioners Joaquin M. Elizalde and Carlos P. Romulo presided over the transition of the Philippines from being a Commonwealth into an independent republic in 1946.

“Crucial meetings, such as war cabinet meetings, were held in this building, The meeting were  attended by President Manuel L. Quezon and Vice President Sergio Osmeña," said National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairperson Dr. Rene R. Escalante.