All set for June 30 inauguration

PRESIDENT-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s transition team has already smoothed out kinks in the inauguration on June 30, an event that will be made meaningful by several traditions shelved during the Martial Law years.

The inauguration, which will revolve around the theme “Tagumpay ng Taumbayan, Panata sa Pagbabago,” is expected to be observed by millions around the world.

According to Aquino’s camp, there will be a prayer services at 6 in the morning at the Aquino home in Times Street. At 9:45 a.m., Aquino will depart for Malacañang to fetch Arroyo. Arroyo and Aquino’s arrival at Quirino Grandstand will be at 10:45 a.m. Arroyo will be honored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines upon arriving at the venue. She will then exit “gracefully” while her successor moves up the stage.

The  formal inaugural ceremony is expected to start at exactly 11:00 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem. At around 1:00 p.m., Aquino will finally head to Malacañang.

Inauguration spokesman Manuel “Manolo” L. Quezon III earlier said “the president-elect is not much of a traditionalist, but you realize that these rituals exist to make the transition more dignified for all concerned and you’re dealing with an office larger than any person.”

The inauguration will be a symbol of sorts, as this would be peppered with traditions that were abolished or replaced during former President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ time. The Aquino family was instrumental in overthrowing the dictatorship. (PIA-Bohol)

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