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Here's How Past Philippine Presidents Spent Their Summers

President Manuel Quezon could give Instagram models a run for their money.
IMAGE PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
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Summer is upon us, and as the days grow hotter, so does our desire to hit the beach. And while we generally think of our past presidents as dignified men in suits, they, too, wanted to escape the heat. Thanks to the Presidential Museum and Library's Flickr page, we have a pretty good idea of how they spent their summers. 

One revelation: Protocol used to be far more relaxed when it came to pantslessness.


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Here's President Quezon striking a pose.


We have to hand it to President Elpidio Quirino for rocking this high-waisted Speedo.


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We're not quite sure what to make of his form, though.


There's nothing like taking a dip in a brook with your buddies.


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Manuel Roxas loved a good bonfire. 


Back when you could still drive around Baguio without getting stuck in ridiculous traffic, President Roxas and First Lady Trinidad Roxas enjoyed visiting the City of Pines. 


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Manuel Roxas also had a green thumb, apparently. Here he is showing off his gardening skills.


Who needs yachts when you can paddle on a bamboo raft like Ramon Magsaysay?


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Looks like bowling was a favorite pastime among the First Ladies. 


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Props to President Roxas for keeping his pants on in spite of the heat—unlike his companions.

*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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