Tomorrow, 30 June 2010, is the inauguration of the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. It is also the inauguration of Vice-President Jojo Binay. The ceremonies start at around 11:00 a.m. at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila City, although roads in the area will be closed as early as 7 a.m. (more details here; read also inaugural speech).
We know that people have been acting like there is something truly special about the inauguration. Even outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in Proclamation 2085 declaring June 30 as a special non-working holiday, notes that “it is fitting and proper that all citizens of our country be given full opportunity to witness and welcome this historic event in the life of the nation.”
Why is this a historic event?
Is it because Noynoy Aquino is the first Philippine President who is not married and not a father?
Is it historic because of the sheer number of showbiz personalities involved during the inauguration?
Is it because the election of Noynoy is not because of any political party, but another manifestation of People Power, probably fueled by the death of the Saint of Democracy, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino?
Is it historic because it’s another battle between good and evil, with the good winning this time?
Is it historic because it represents a host of possibilities for growth of an energized Philippines?
An inauguration, but itself, is not historic in my opinion. We expect this to happen on a regular basis as an integral part of the elections and our democracy.
An inauguration becomes historic for some reason. And I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s just overrated.
Perhaps you have an idea. Please share it through the comment section below.