Unlike the usual formal affairs of the presidential inauguration in the Philippines, June 30, 2010 celebrated a festive one for a change. Pres. Nonoy’s early arrival to the Luneta Grandstand prompted for the program to start earlier than expected. Regardless, the event was enlivened by performances from popular local entertainers like the Apo Hiking Society, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez and Noel Cabangon who helped fill the time gap towards the proclamation and oath taking ceremonies which should traditionally occur for the president-elect at 12:00 noon PST.
Pres. Noynoy’s inaugural speech was straightforward and consistent with the platforms of his campaign. He delivered his speech in Filipino, the national language, with occasional parts in English for the benefit of the foreign delegates in attendance. The atmosphere, from the people who travelled near and far to personally witness his inauguration, was filled with a sense of hope. As if anticipated, Pres. Nonoy’s message did not disappoint as it lifted the people’s spirits high expressed with cheers and with full support.
Addressing the Filipino nation, Pres. Noynoy said, “Kayo ang boss ko (you are my boss)!” This is a strong and powerful statement that conveys how he envisions the government’s commitment to service. Promising a truly service-oriented governance tops all promises combined. “Kayo ang boss ko!” is his oath. “Kayo ang boss ko!” is the slogan of his presidency. “Kayo ang boss ko!” it shall be!