Outlisted Presidential Candidate former Sultan Kudarat Governor Ephraim Ninoy Baldomero Defino and other disgusted opposition to the recent May 9 polls will stage their protest on June 29 2022, a day before the inaugurals of President Elect Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila, a freedom park. ///Mj Balaguer, 09053611058, maryjaneolvina@gmail.com and konekted@dzmjonline.net



All roads lead to National Museum for BBM inauguration

ALL is set for the historic inauguration Thursday of incoming President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. at the National Museum in Manila.

Franz Imperial, one of the preparations committee heads, said they are hoping that all the activities will go smoothly and according to plans.

The events of the day will start with the traditional meeting of the outgoing president and his successor in Malacanang Palace before they proceed, in separate vehicles, to the inaugural venue.

Before leaving the palace, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte will be given departure honors.

The inauguration ceremony will start with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, followed by an Ecumenical/ Interfaith prayer.

As previously reported, a military-civic parade will follow, which will be a 30-minute activity.

Then the Senate President will read the Joint Resolution from both Houses of Congress before the administration of the Oath of Office of the President-Elect at exactly 12 noon, as the Constitution mandates.

For Marcos’ inaugural address, slight changes have been made after he was advised to make use of a teleprompter for the outline of his speech, to ensure sequencing and coherence.

For the inaugural song, Cris Villonco and the Young Voices of the Philippines choir will sing the Pilipinas Kong Mahal.

Villonco was chosen because she can sing traditional kundiman songs even as Marcos wants his inauguration to be very traditional and solemn.

The Young Voices of the Philippines, aside from being a multi-awarded group, will represent the future.

After the ceremony at the National Museum, Marcos will proceed to Malacanang for the mass oath-taking of his designated Cabinet secretaries and the inaugural dinner.

Also in the evening, the People’s Concert, which is part of thanksgiving activity, will follow.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region, will serenade the people to express the incoming President’s gratitude for the massive support he received from them.

Cecile Licad, a world-renowned and awarded classical pianist, will render a solo performance.

It was gathered that Marcos personally requested the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and Licad, who is one of the finest virtuosos and the country’s most celebrated pianist, to perform in the concert.

For the morning activities, BBM will wear a modern barong inspired by the rayadillo, which was the traditional military uniform in the Spanish era.

Multi-awarded designer Pepito Albert designed both the said barong as well as a fully-embroidered barong from Taal that Marcos will wear for the evening’s activities.

Albert also designed the terno that Marcos’ wife, Liza, will don. It was made from a vintage pina fabric.

Aside from BBM’s barongs, Albert also designed barongs for his three sons, his mother former First Lady Imelda, and his sister Irene Marcos-Araneta.

Meanwhile, his elder sister, Sen. Imee Marcos, chose a different designer for her outfit.

Also, the President and the First Lady will showcase the country’s talents by using Philippine-made shoes.

In a related development, authorities have already announced the road closures and traffic re-routing for the significant event.

Protocols have also been announced, which include a negative RT-PCR results taken 48 hours prior to the event.

Guests are also required to be fully vaccinated or boosted and to comply with minimum public health standards.

Drinking water that guests will bring should be contained in a clear, plastic container.

The bags they would use to hold personal essentials should also be transparent.


All set for Marcos’ simple, solemn inauguration

THE inauguration of incoming President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on June 30 will be solemn and simple.

Franz Imperial, who is one of the heads of the preparation committee for the momentous event, said  except for some minor details that are still being finalized, the program is all set.

“The program we have prepared is very solemn and simple. It would be very traditional dahil sabi nga ni BBM sa vlog niya, ‘hindi kami lilihis pa sa tradisyon,'” he said.

The inauguration of the President of the Republic of the Philippines is a ceremonial event marking the commencement of a six-year term of a new chief executive.

The 1987 Constitution mandates the presidential inauguration to occur on June 30, with the President-elect taking his oath of office at exactly 12 noon.

Under the previous 1935 Constitution, the date was December 30, which is also Rizal Day.

The last president who took his oath on a December 30 schedule was BBM’s father Ferdinand Marcos, when he assumed his second term in 1969.

Imperial said the inauguration, to be held at the National Museum, will start with actress Toni Gonzaga singing the National Anthem.

He added details for the ecumenical invocation that will follow are still being finalized as of press time.

There will also be a 30-minute military-civil parade.

Imperial further disclosed that after the parade, the inauguration song will follow.

“The inauguration song will be ‘Pilipinas Kong Mahal’ and it will be performed by Cris Villonco and the Young Voices of the Philippines choir,” he said.

As reported earlier, Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo will administer the oath of office.

While the Constitution does not require it, the oath is customarily administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Marcos’ inaugural speech has fueled speculations, and while they have yet to receive details of the speech, Imperial said he is sure about one thing – the President-elect will not be needing a teleprompter.

Over the years, various traditions have arisen that have expanded the inauguration from a simple oath-taking ceremony to a day-long event, including parades, speeches, and balls.

Since 1992, the ceremony traditionally begins with the president-elect fetching the incumbent in Malacanang Palace on the morning of June 30.

At the Palace’s State Entrance, the president-elect will wait for the incumbent to descend the grand staircase.

Upon meeting at the foot of the staircase, the president-elect would greet the incumbent.

Then both will travel to the Quirino Grandstand aboard any of the presidential cars.

Following protocol, the outgoing president takes the back right-hand seat of the vehicle, while the president-elect is seated behind the chauffeur.

At the Grandstand’s parade grounds, the outgoing president will be welcomed with arrival honors, and then shake hands with the president-elect.

The outgoing president conducts a final troop review and is presented to the public before departing the Grandstand aboard his private vehicle.

However, the custom of leaving the Grandstand immediately was broken when Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos chose instead to stay until the end of the inaugural ceremonies of their respective successors.

Marcos’ inauguration will also take place at the National Museum instead, since the Quirino Grandstand was not readily available for the preparations needed due to the COVID isolation facilities erected on its grounds.  

Traditionally, after the outgoing president’s final troop inspection, the inauguration proper would then begin with the singing of the national anthem.

An ecumenical invocation follows, led by leaders of the different major religions of the Philippines, followed by a patriotic musical piece by a musical ensemble.

Afterward, the president of the Senate of the Philippines reads the Joint Resolution of the Joint Congressional Board of Canvassers proclaiming the newly elected president and vice president.

Since the Third Republic, the vice-president-elect is sworn in before the president-elect to immediately secure the line of succession.

As mandated by the Constitution, the president-elect then takes the oath of office at exactly 12 pm.

Then a 21-gun salute is  immediately fired after which the new president would then deliver his inaugural address.

Previous inaugurations saw a full military and civil parade in the same manner as the Independence Day celebrations on June 12 right after the address.

The new president then returns to Malacanang Palace to formally take possession of the residence.

The president then inducts the new Cabinet on the same day and holds its first meeting immediately after.

In the evening, an inaugural reception is held for other officials and foreign dignitaries who wish to call on the new president.