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Mansion House
Baguio City

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The majestic and palatial Mansion House (also known as The Mansion) was built in 1908 as the official summer residence for the U.S. Governors-General.

It was badly damaged during the Second World War and was rebuilt in 1947. Since then, it has served as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines during his or her visits to Baguio.

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Mansion House with some of Baguio's famous pinetrees in the background

In 1921, the Second Philippine Legislature met at the Mansion House for three weeks.

More recently, the Mansion House has been the site of a number of international conferences.

Mansion House consists of an elegantly-designed main building and guesthouse.

The imposing and elaborate main gate, made of ornate ironwork, is said to be a replica of one of the main gates at Buckingham Palace, London. Many tourists go home with a photo of themselves standing in front of this gate.

Tourists can visit the Mansion House's museum containing presidential memorabilia.

Over the road from the Mansion House is Wright Park, a place where children are often seen riding the ponies that are available for hire there.

Dotted all around the nearby hills are holiday villas built by the wealthy.

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