MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. takes his oath as the 17th President of the Philippines at the National Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Manila today, June 30, 2022.
Alexander Gesmundo, Chief justice of the Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office.
It will be the fourth Philippine presidential inauguration to be held at the National Museum of Fine Arts, as the venue was previously used for the inauguration of former presidents Manuel L. Quezon in 1935, José P. Laurel in 1943, and Manuel Roxas in 1946 when it was then known as the Legislative Building.
The inauguration will mark the end of the presidential transition of Bongbong Marcos, who was elected in the 2022 Philippine presidential election on May 9, 2022. Marcos topped the official count by the Congress of the Philippines with 31,629,783 votes or 58.77% of all votes, a landslide victory.
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The events of the day will start with the traditional meeting of the outgoing president and his successor in Malacañang Palace before they proceed, in separate vehicles, to the inaugural venue.
Before leaving the Palace, President Rodrigo Duterte will be given departure honors.
The inauguration ceremony will start with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem by actress Toni Gonzaga, followed by an Ecumenical/ Interfaith prayer.
Then the Senate President will read the Joint Resolution from both Houses of Congress before the administration of the Oath of Office of the President-Elect at noon, as the Constitution mandates.
For the inaugural song, Cris Villonco and the Young Voices of the Philippines choir will sing the Pilipinas Kong Mahal.
Villonco was chosen because she can sing traditional kundiman songs even as Marcos wants his inauguration to be very traditional and solemn.
The Young Voices of the Philippines, aside from being a multi-awarded group, will represent the future.
After the ceremony at the National Museum, Marcos will proceed to Malacañang for the mass oath-taking of his designated Cabinet secretaries and the inaugural dinner.
Also in the evening, the People’s Concert, which is part of thanksgiving activity, will follow.
For the morning activities, Marcos Jr. will wear a modern barong inspired by the rayadillo, which was the traditional military uniform in the Spanish era.
Multi-awarded designer Pepito Albert designed both the said barong as well as a fully-embroidered barong from Taal that Marcos will wear for the evening’s activities.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 6,000 personnel while the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will dispatch 2,000 traffic personnel near the vicinity.
The PNP relayed that protests would be allowed but not near the inauguration venue.
— The Summit Express