General Douglas MacArthur

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– General Douglas MacArthur
April 1951

General Douglas MacArhur is a key figure in Philippine history. Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 26,1880. The son of an officer of the U.S. Army, Douglas’ family moved a lot. He was the youngest of three brothers and grew up enjoying sports and outdoor adventures. As a child, his family lived mostly in the Old West. His mother Mary taught him how to read and write, while his brothers taught him how to hunt and ride a horse. Douglas’ dream as a child was to grow up and be a famous soldier like his father, who was a Union Veteran.

For the Filipino people, he is most remembered for his famous words, “I shall return,” and “I have returned.” His sacrifice and bravery played a significant role in liberating the Philippines from Japanese oppression. MacArthur’s contributions to the country go beyond the battlefield, as he oversaw the post-war rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Philippines. He also played a key role in establishing the Philippine government and implementing reforms to rebuild the nation after years of Japanese occupation.

Although on active duty and prohibited by military regulations, MacArthur had a strong ambition to be the Republican Party’s nominee against Roosevelt in 1944. The general even won the Illinois primary, before conceding to Thomas Dewey. Four years later, MacArthur again flirted with the presidency but lost decisively in the Wisconsin primary to Harold Stassen. In 1952, the Republican Party once again bypassed MacArthur, this time for another war hero, Dwight Eisenhower.

This dining room is a glamorous time capsule. The impossibly long proportions of the wooden dining table underneath the imposing crystal chandelier is a 21-gun salute to American General who broke bread with the Filipino people and treated them as equals. The space is softened by the beautiful art that adorns its walls, and in the center, a painting of General Douglas MacArthur’s return to the Philippines.

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Jonathan Matti
February 2024