the inauguration of president noynoy aquino.
it was surreal to get this personalized invite with the seal of the office of the president of the philippines on it. it is beyond any of my wildest dreams to ever be a part of such a historic event! i am very, very thankful to the aquino siblings for inviting me and for always being so nice to me!
the newspapers the next day read that there were around half a million people who were at the quirino grandstand that morning. there was an undeniable spirit of hopefulness in the air! such a proud day to be filipino!
there were performances by charice, ogie alcasid, regine velasquez, noel cabangon, apo hiking society, gary valenciano.. my favorite song of this campaign would definitely have to be noel cabangon's "pagka't ako'y isang mabuting pilipino!" so fitting for this whole journey! he sang it at the liberal party rally in qc circle before elections, and sang it again at the inauguration, its just the perfect song that fights for what we all believe in.
people from different walks of life came together that day, and so did different networks. we were seated right beside our talk unit family in abs, a few rows above us were our bosses ma'am charo santos, tita cory vidanes, tita linggit tan, and our other business unit heads. also present were presidential team liz uy, juan sarte, jc buendia, and stars kim chiu, ai ai de las alas, pokwang, marian rivera, and dingdong dantes to name a few.
true to tradition, a few minutes before noon, vice president jejomar binay, followed by president noynoy aquino were sworn in. right after was a loud collective chant.. "noynoy! noynoy!"
GoD was definitely present that day because despite the rain the days prior to this and even the rain that very morning, the sun was shining brightly for the whole duration of the ceremony! it was definitely a day of renewed hope!
president noynoy addresses the nation for the first time! i chose my top five favorite lines from his speech..
..Ang layunin ko sa buhay ay simple lang: maging tapat sa aking mga magulang at sa bayan bilang isang marangal na anak, mabait na kuya, at mabuting mamamayan.
..Kami ay narito para magsilbi at hindi para maghari.
..Sa mga nang-api sa akin, kaya ko kayong patawarin, at pinapatawad ko na kayo. Sa mga nang-api sa sambayanan, wala akong karapatan na limutin ang inyong mga kasalanan.
..Sa tamang pamamahala gaganda ang buhay ng lahat, at sa buhay na maganda, sino pa ang gugustuhing bumalik sa panahon ng pang-aapi?
..Layunin ko na sa pagbaba ko sa katungkulan, masasabi ng lahat na malayo na ang narating natin sa pagtahak ng tuwid na landas at mas maganda na ang kinabukasang ipapamana natin sa susunod na henerasyon.
right after the speech, two helicopters flew over the grandstand to shower yellow confetti! and it has begun! the next six years that the whole nation is looking forward to! mabuhay ang pilipinas!
it was my honor to share this amazing moment in history with my dearest sister and friend mariel! before we got to the grandstand, we actually brisk walked the whole kalaw street in our five inch heels and stuck together to make it! i love you ma! mariel's terno is by avel bacudio, make up by ting duque, hair by john valle.
this is actually the very first terno i've had made in my life, and its by the genius that is joey samson! he stuck to his famous cage design, but this time made it more filipino with the barong-like material he used and the floral lace appliques he added! thank you for waking up so, so early jigs mayuga to do my make up and ney guese for my hair! the best team for this once-in-a-lifetime historic occasion!