The Manila Hotel was inaugurated and officially opened on July 4, 1912. During World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur made the hotel his command post. Manila Hotel was extensively remodeled in 1976 and reopened in 1977. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
General Douglas MacArthur turned over the civil government and Malacañang to Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña on Feb. 27, 1945, to mark the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Gabriel Cardinoza
Sixty-eight years after American Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces landed on Jan. 9, 1945, on the shores of the Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese, the exact spot where he first set foot is still the subject of discussions in the province.