June 30, 2010

Fifteenth

Today, the Republic of the Philippines welcomes its 15th President. Benigno Aquino III, the son of Ninoy and Cory, is more popularly known as Noynoy. Since his victory in the elections earlier this month, he is now also known as P-Noy, a play on our slang word for Filipino, Pinoy. His formal oath-taking and inaugural address will be at the Rizal Park's Quirino Grandstand in the City of Manila. The inaugural reception with other government officials and the diplomatic corps will be in Malacañang Palace, Mr. Aquino's office and home (in a smaller house in the compound) for the next six years. However, his real home is in Quezon City and, after the formal stuff, he will go to the Quezon Memorial Circle for a big street party. The memorial and fountain have been dolled up with colored lights, and I saw them for myself last night from the pedestrian overpass near my jeepney stop and tricycle station. Of course, with evening rains now quite regular again, party-goers are being asked to bring umbrellas, preferably yellow.

the fountain and monument of the Quezon Memorial with colored lights for Noynoy Aquino's inaugural street party


Whatever your faith or beliefs, please say a little prayer for Mr. Aquino and my country. Corruption is deeply embedded and widely rampant in our government, and poverty so pervasive and such an overwhelming problem, that he will need all your good wishes and everyone's help. He will have mine.

17 comments:

Steffe said...

Good luck to the new President.

ρομπερτ said...

may life and time continue to treat you all kind.

Halcyon said...

I hope for your sake and that of your compatriots that he will be a good leader. The world has too many bad ones already!

Reena said...

super traffic dyan today!

goodluck to the new president! yey!

Tes said...

Oh wow, this reminds me of my days in UST! Beautiful picture, Hilda! Good composition! :) Be assured of prayers from our side of the universe. :)

Dina said...

Praying for change for the better, there and here.

Nice pictures to light up the night.

lewi14 said...

I hope he will have the power to tackle the problems. Great night shot.

Olivier said...

belle photo de nuit, avec un trafic du soir impressionnant...

dong ho said...

may people support in his move to go against the corrupt politicians. something the former president never did.

VP said...

Good wishes and good luck for Mr Aquino and your country.

James Mark said...

Super reflections in this cool night shot. Trust he does well, but he has an uphill struggle.

brattcat said...

Best wishes to you and your country, President Aquino. May you be guided in the decisions you make by understanding, compassion, wisdom, and decency.

Kaori said...

I just came from Arabesque's blog and saw her photo of Rizal Park! It must be a very big day in Manila. The yellow lights are beautiful. I'll be praying for you and your new president :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

Congratulations for him and we wish he can do good things for the country and citizens!
God bless you all
Léia

Louis la Vache said...

Corruption and politics seem to go hand in hand world-wide. It isn't a happy comment about human nature.

bfarr said...

Looks like a party for sure.

George said...

We will certainly keep you, your country and your President in our prayers.