Marcos says his inauguration will be solemn, prays for good weather on special day

Published June 26, 2022, 11:33 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he is praying that the weather will cooperate when he takes his oath as the 17th President of the Philippines on June 30 and not ruin his “solemn” inauguration.

President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. set to take his oath as the next Philippine President on June 30. (Screenshots from Bongbong Marcos YouTube channel)

Marcos Jr. said this less than a week before becoming the country’s President at the National Museum in Manila.

In his vlog uploaded to YouTube on June 25, the incoming leader said many had been asking about his upcoming inauguration’s gimmicks.

“Maraming nagtatanong: Ano ba ang mangyayari sa inagurasyon, ano ba ang mga pakulo? Isa lang ang matitiyak ko, ito ay magiging taimtim na seremonya (Many are asking: What will happen during the inauguration, what are the gimmicks? One thing I can assure you: It will be a solemn ceremony),” he said.

“More or less, traditional pa rin ang gagawin. Hindi na kami lilihis pa sa nakagawian (More or less, it would still be traditional. We won’t stray away from the usual),” he added.

Marcos Jr. said it’s essential to take his oath with his family and supporters. However, he wished that the weather would cooperate.

“Ang mahalaga, kasama ko ang buong pamilya ko, kasama ko kayo na manonood live man o online (It’s important for me that I am with my entire family and with you whether you watch the event live or via online),” he said.

“At higit sa lahat, sana makisama ang panahon dahil tag-ulan na nga (Most importantly, I hope the weather would cooperate because it’s now the rainy season),” he added.

According to Marcos Jr., they chose to have his inauguration at the National Museum and not the traditional venue, the Quirino Grandstand, because there are still Covid-19 facilities there.

In his vlog, the incoming leader said that his camp is busy preparing for the inauguration and transition. The video showed clips of his camp going to Malacañang for preparations.

As they prepared for his oath-taking, Marcos Jr. appealed to the public to remain cautious as the threat of Covid-19 still lingers in the country.

“Magpabakuna po kayo, magpa-booster shot po kayo nang sa ganoon ‘di na natin kailangan ng mask. Magiging mas libre na ang ating pagtrabaho (Get vaccinated and get your booster shot so we won’t need to wear masks and we are less restricted when we are working),” he said.