The then Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda Marcos host a Manila Bay Cruise on 12 February 1974 for the then prime minister Gough Whitlam and his wife Mrs Margaret Whitlam.
On the third (second full) day of his busy Philippines schedule in February 1974, Gough Whitlam and a selection of his touring party were taken on a cruise on Manila Bay to historic Corregidor, aboard the Philippines presidential yacht 'Ang Pangulo’. It was the second of two meetings with President Marcos and a brief chance for some relaxation. Marcos exhibited his water skiing prowess, while the Whitlams took a swim.
Gough had been a member of the forces which liberated the Philippines from the Japanese in the Second World War and Marcos was also a war veteran. At a stop off on the Bataan Peninsula, the party came across some ex members of General Douglas MacArthur’s staff, who were there on a sentimental pilgrimage. At Corregidor the party toured the batteries and paid homage to the island’s monumental wartime role. The cruise ended and it was back to Manila for more scheduled engagements.