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Inauguration of Philippine President Benigno Simeon C. 'Noynoy' Aquino III
Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is out;
President Benigno C. Aquino III is in
MANILA, June 30 -- President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco "Noynoy" Aquino III today at noon time took his oath of office as the 15th chief executive of the Philippines, replacing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after nine years of her term.
Before his victory, Aquino was a senator.
Vice President Jejomar C. "Jojo" Binay, also took his oath, fondly called the Philippines' "first black vice president" for his dark skin tone. He was a multi-term mayor of Makati City, the country's premiere business and commercial district south of Manila, the capital.
The inauguration was held at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park in Manila, which the police said was attended by about half a million Filipinos. They came hopeful that Aquino can fulfill his widely accepted campaign slogan to eradicate corruption in government in the May 10, 2010 election -- "Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap" (If there are no corrupt, there would be no poor).
Mrs. Arroyo later in the day motored to her home town in Pampanga north of Manila and took her oath as representative (congresswoman) of her constituents to the House of Representatives. She could be the first president to run and win as congresswoman. Large mass of Filipinos opposed her plans then to run for a lower office, saying, among others, it could demean the Office of the Presidency.
This i-reporter joined the mass of Filipinos at the Luneta and snapped photographs here and there.
Photo No. 1 -- Cloudy sky then drenching rain, and no golden ray of dawn ushered in the inauguration of President Aquino. This was taken at 5:38 a.m. from my home in Maharlika Village, Taguig City, Metro Manila. I was waiting for the golden rays of dawn, but the weather did not cooperate. Later in the morning the heaven opened its floodgates and poured water in abundance. But as the sun started to shine amidst an overcast sky, the inauguration of Aquino went well without rains.
No. 2 -- Pres. P-Noy: This is a term of endearment, a play of "Pinoy" meaning Pilipino or Filipino. Filipino is a citizen of the Philippines; Pilipino is her national language. But Pinoy has come to mean Filipino. Thus, P-Noy means President Noynoy (Aquino's nickname).
No. 3 -- Venue of oathtaking of P-Noy, Quirino Grandstand, which at the back is the Manila Bay, which has been known worldwide for its breathtaking sunset.
No. 4 -- Young kids at the inauguration.
No. 5 -- A young kid grills dried squid for sale. Many micro-entrepreneurs, hundreds of them, came to take advantage of the opportunity to earn a few bucks. They are some of the over 15 million who elected Aquino.
No. 6 -- Another young entrepreneur helping out his parents by selling Philippine flags.
No. 7 -- The poster says "Oras P-Noy, Oras ng Pagbabago" and "Ipagpapatuloy Ko." This means "President Noynoy Time," "Time for Change" and "I will continue." Meaning P-Noy will continue her late mother (former President Cory Aquino) and late father's (Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. legacy of love for Filipinos, democracy, national unity, helping the poor, etc.
No. 8 -- One of the 6,500 cops deployed to keep peace at the inauguration takes a respite and buys a mango.
No. 9 -- The Quirino Grandstand, which Mrs. Arroyo's administration renovated for her successor's inauguration at a whopping cost of P200 million (about US$4.3 million).
No. 10 -- His message says it all. It refers to U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama's avowed fight against corruption, which is also one of P-Noy's main priorities. #