Aquino well-wishers form sea of yellow at inauguration venue

10:31, June 30, 2010      

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Flocks of Filipinos went to the Quirino Grandstand, the main venue of the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Benigno Aquino, at dawn in hopes of getting a better position to have glimpses of the ceremony on Wednesday.

Hours before the inauguration ceremony starts, the Quirino Grandstand is a sea of yellow, the signature color of Aquino and his parents, the late President Corazon Aquino and martyred Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., despite of predawn rain.

A 30-year-old lady said she came to the venue as early as 4 a.m. to see Aquino, whom she voted for in the May elections.

Another Aquino well-wisher, named Olavarri, said he came from as far as the southern province of Davao Del Norte and arrived at the Quirino Grandstand at 3 a.m. "I hope Aquino won't let us down, " he said.

some guests from 81 countries and regions confirmed their attendance to the inauguration of President-elect Benigno Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay have also arrived at the venue.

The family and guests of Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay will arrive at 10:20 a.m., followed by the family and guests of Aquino at 10:25 a.m.

Aquino will leave his family residence on Times Street in Quezon City at 9:45 a.m. and he arrived at the presidential office in Malacanang at 10:00.a.m. to fetch outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the traditional ride to the Quirino Grandstand. Then, Aquino and Arroyo will leave Malacanang for a five-minute ride to the grandstand.

Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay is expected to take his oath as the next vice president at 11:40 a.m. to be administered by Associate Justice Conchita Morales-Carpio.

At exactly 12 noon as mandated by the Constitution, the new President will take his oath. Morales-Carpio will also administer Aquino's oath taking.

Source: Xinhua


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