The Sunday Times Magazine captioned this photo, “Still carrying his fiber bag, an old beggar walks into the Palace and looks up at the furnishings.”
During President Ramon Magsaysay’s term, no door or gate was barred to the people. On his first “at home” as Chief Executive—the day of his inaugural—the Philippines Free Press wrote: “the common people turned out en masse:”
Men, women, and children, many of them barefooted, many others in slippers or in bakya [clogs], streamed through the palace gates, milled around the President and shook hands with him, and then walked in and out of the rooms… Protocol Officer Manuel Zamora said that around 80,000 people entered the palace grounds. The visitors drank 19,200 bottles of soft drinks and ate 10,000 sandwiches.
That is a lot of sandwiches.
This man looks uncannily like my paternal grandfather, bless his profanity-loving, honey-imbibing, dirt bike-riding soul.