General Douglas MacArthur’s Iconic “I Shall Return” 79th Anniversary

On the afternoon of October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur forever immortalized the words, “I shall return,” as he fulfilled his promise to the Filipino people. These iconic three-word statements would go on to symbolize his commitment to the Filipino people, leaving an indelible mark on history.

The Promise of Return

General MacArthur’s withdrawal from the Philippines had a profound impact on the Filipino people. His absence created significant challenges, but his promise to return gave the Filipinos hope and a sense of determination. This promise was not just a statement; it symbolized the eventual liberation of the Philippines and became a rallying cry for the resistance movement, inspiring unity and resilience among Filipinos.

Honoring Unwavering Courage

As The Manila Hotel reflects on the 79th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s “I shall return,” it is a time to honor his unwavering courage and determination. The Generals’ words continue to inspire generations and serve as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, hope and perseverance can lead to victory.

A Tour of History: The MacArthur Suite

The Manila Hotel, which holds a significant place in this chapter of history, is home to the MacArthur Suite. The suite is adorned with historical artifacts and memorabilia, providing a glimpse into MacArthur’s life during his tenure as the general manager of The Manila Hotel and his role in the Philippines. By booking a tour, one can step back in history and immerse oneself in the ambiance of that era.

To honor the legacy of our first general manager, we offer our patrons the opportunity to book a complimentary tour of our MacArthur Suite and Heritage Museum, a place where history and inspiration converge,” said Marvin Kim Tan, Director of Sales and Marketing.

For guided tour inquiries, please contact Concierge at +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500.