Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos sworn in and  now officially the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos sworn in and  now officially the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines

Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. was formally inaugurated in a solemn and customary ceremony. On June 30, 2022, Marcos, Jr. takes the oath of office as the 17th President of the Philippines at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo administers the oath of office before visitors and participants of the inauguration rites at the historic building as President Marcos, Jr. begins his six-year term as the leader of the country.

Presidents Manuel L. Quezon in 1935, Jose P. Laurel in 1943, and Manuel Roxas in 1946 were inaugurated at the National Museum of Fine Arts, formerly known as the Old Legislative Building.

After his inaugural address, the new President hosts a traditional Vin d’honneur for foreign dignitaries, diplomatic corps and other invited guests.

Marcos wore a barong tagalog designed by Pepito Albert. The design of the barong tagalog is said to be inspired by the military uniform worn during the Spanish colonial period.

Members of the Marcos family, including First Lady Liza Araneta, their children, including representative-elect Sandro Marcos, and the President’s sisters, Senator Imee Marcos, Irene Araneta and previous first lady Imelda Marcos were among the notables present at the inauguration.

Vice President Sara Duterte, President Marcos’ running mate, also attended the event

Toni Gonzaga, an actress who backed the Marcos campaign for president, sang the Philippine national anthem at the inauguration.

From the National Museum, President Bongbong Marcos, Jr. proceeds to Malacañan Palace where he is accorded with arrival honors at the Kalayaan Grounds. Upon his entry to the Palace, the President ascends the main staircase for the first time as Chief Executive which is part of tradition.

Thereafter, the President administers the mass oath-taking of his Cabinet Secretaries, as well as the local government unit officials from Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, at the President’s Hall and Reception Hall.

Prior to the inaugural ceremonies, outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with President-elect Marcos, Jr. at the Malacañan Palace. The outgoing President is accorded with departure honors after the meeting.

Text: OneCircleOFW Editorial

Photo Source: MANILA TIMES 

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