Metro Manila · Senate of the Philippines

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The Senate of the Philippines commonly known as Senado, is the upper chamber of the bicameral legislature of the country.

General Information

Considered as relatively young, the Philippine Legislature was formed in the early 1900s. Historians say however that lawmaking bodies were already in place before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the islands. Over a very long period, various legislative structures were applied in the country to satisfy the colonial masters' desires. It was in 1946 when a truly Filipino congress was put in place and it shared its powers with the judiciary and the executive. When Marcos declared martial law in 1972, the congress was abolished and the bicameral congress was not restored before 1986.

The Philippine Senate is composed of 24 senators elected at large by Filipinos qualified to vote. According to experts, it is a training ground for future presidents and is considered as a springboard for the highest office of the land.

The ground floor of the Senate of the Philippines features changing exhibitions of paintings, which might be worth having a look at when you are in the building. The Senate also hosts paintings of all past Senate Presidents.

Location And How To Get There

GSIS Building, Financial Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City

The best way to get there is by car or taxi. When leaving the Senate, try to take the exit facing Mapacapagal Boulevard. This will allow you to easily hunt for cabs (on the main entrance, there are none) or grab a bite to eat before heading on for your next adventure.

Website: senate.gov.ph

Contact Numbers: senate.gov.ph/contact.asp

Guide For Megacitizens

Visiting

If you would like to enter the Senate, you need to bring a valid ID with picture. You will have to leave it with the guard at the main entrance. After stating your purpose, the guard will check with the person you would like to talk to. You will then be given a visitor's ID and a slip of paper which you have to return signed by the person you are visiting, in exchange for your ID.
Visitors are often redirected to the Employee entrance so be ready to go around the building to enter the premises.  If you would like to talk to a senator for school or study purposes, you can take a look at their contact information here

Food

If you are hungry, just take the exit going to Macapagal Avenue where you will find a variety of restaurants that will satisfy your cravings.

Library

You can use the library and the archives for free – if your are doing studies or looking for bills et cetera.