The remains of the late Secretary Jesse Robredo will lie in state in Kalayaan Hall, Malacañan Palace
On Friday, August 24, 2012, the remains of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo will be brought to Kalayaan Hall, Malacañan Palace. A wake will be held there for two days before the remains are returned to Naga City.
A quarter century ago, President Corazon C. Aquino renamed the edifice, formerly known as Maharlika Hall, to “Kalayaan Hall” to commemorate the restoration of democracy in the Philippines. As part of the generation inspired to enter public service by the EDSA People Power Revolution, it is only fitting that the late Secretary lie in state in Kalayaan Hall, Malacañan Palace.
Kalayaan Hall is the oldest extant section of Malacañan Palace, having been built in the American Era. It is likewise one of the most intact pre-war buildings in the Philippines wherein Governors-General and, later on, Presidents of the Philippines prior to Martial Law held office. Situated amid sprawling grounds, it is most accessible to the public that would wish to pay final respects to the late Secretary.
The Committee shall be releasing further details in the next Bulletin.
August 23, 2012