Club Filipino

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Club Filipino (pronounced kloob) was the first exclusive social club in the Philippines, founded in 1898 by Filipino high society, including Spanish mestizos and members of the native aristocracy.[1] It is located between North Greenhills subdivision and the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan, Metro Manila.

The club's present amenities include a swimming pool, tennis, badminton and squash courts, bowling alleys, outdoor restaurant, salon, and "Kalayaan Hall," an indoor events/reception room.

History[edit]

Originally an elite Filipino country gentlemen's organisation, it was originally called Club Filipino Independiente, later changed to Club Internationale and finally, Club Filipino. The club has developed a reputation for being a meeting ground for Filipino political progressives throughout its history,[2] and was the site of several political events immediately prior and during the country's Post-Martial Law Era.

It served as the venue for the inauguration of President Corazon Aquino on 25 February 1986 at the height of the People Power Revolution. This was also where Governor Luis Chavit Singson went public with an alleged illegal gambling (jueteng) payroll scam involving then-President Joseph Ejercito Estrada in 2000. On 9 September 2009, Corazon Aquino's son, then-Senator Benigno Aquino III, announced his bid at the club to run as the presidential candidate for the Liberal Party in the 2010 general election.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edsa Revolution Trivia". Rappler. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Ram Mercado (2006-02-22). "Mercado: Forting Aguas remembers". Sun Star Pampanga. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  3. ^ "Club Filipino: The First Exclusive Social Club in the Philippines". All Philippines. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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