By Ben Rosario
President Rodrigo Duterte provided the entertainment at his State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday night when he sang two love songs with the accompaniment of the world-renowned Philippine Philharmonic orchestra
The president was so impressed of the orchestra’s performance, he quickly invited the group to play at the Malacanang Palace for a night with those close to him.
“I salute you, ang ganda,” he said.
Duterte’s singing provided another first in SONA history in the country.
The presence of the PPO providing background music to set the mood of the event has not been replicated in the past SONAs.
Duterte’s curses were also a first on Congress podium.
The president, however, impressed the dignitaries and Congress members as they listened to him start the sing-a-long with the love song “Ikaw.”
During the Hugpong ng Pagbabago thanksgiving party early this month, Duterte called his daughter, HNP chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, on stage to sing “Ikaw” which he dedicated to estranged wife, Sara’s mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
It was multi-awarded Filipino composer the late George Canseco who did the lyrics of the song which he dedicated to his wife, Flora, who was then dying of brain cancer.
Duterte also sang “Moon River”, another one of his favorites.