Philippine kicks off inauguration ceremony for new president Benigno Aquino

12:38, June 30, 2010      

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Filipinos from all walks of life trooped to the Quirino Grandstand in Philippines' capital city, unmindful of the rain, as they wait for the arrival of President and Vice President-elect Benigno Aquino III and Jejomar Binay who will take their oaths as the country's next leaders.

The inauguration did not start until 10 a.m. but Filipinos, along with foreign dignitaries, politicians and celebrities, were already seen waiting at the venue as early as Wednesday dawn.

Aquino, clad in a white camisa de chino, fetched outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the presidential palace shortly after 10 a.m. and proceeded to the Quirino Grandstand for the traditional ride of the incoming and outgoing chief executives.

Arroyo then boarded her personal car and went to her home province in Pampanga in Northern Philippines where she was elected as the congresswoman in the May 2010 general polls.

International singing sensation Charice Pempengco, a Filipina, kicked off the celebration with the singing of the Philippine national anthem.

At around 11:30 a.m., Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile proclaimed Aquino and Binay as Philippines' 15th president and vice-president, respectively.

Source: Xinhua


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