On June 30, Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo will be officially inaugurated as the country’s 16th president and 14th vice president, respectively. While limited coverage will only be allowed when it comes to Duterte’s inauguration (Facebook will be your best bet in witnessing this), here are a few things we know about their respective inauguration ceremonies, happening at Malacañan Palace’s Rizal Hall (for Duterte) and the Quezon City Reception House (for Robredo):
The food. Both Duterte and Robredo chose to be low-key when it comes to the food they will be serving to their guests. Robredo’s inauguration menu consists of pandesal, maja blanca, sotanghon, buchi, pichi-pichi, and Choc Nut (which happens to be Robredo’s favorite snack). Duterte, on the other hand, will be having a Filipino-themed set meal, consisting of monggo soup with smoked fish, lumpiang ubod, pandesal with kesong puti and beef longganisa, durian tartlets, and fried bananas.
The attendees. Due to the size of their respective inauguration venues, both Duterte and Robredo have handpicked their visitors. Robredo has 300 guests, which include fisherfolk, farmers, community leaders, and women’s right advocates. Kris Aquino, who is her biggest fund donor during the campaign, is reported to be attending her inauguration as well.
For Duterte’s inauguration, around 627 guests, including ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, children Paolo and Sara, and Davao City officials will be attending.
The attire. Unconfirmed news is that Robredo will be wearing a Rajo Laurel-designed gown, but Robredo transition team Boyet Dy reiterates that the ceremony will be simple and modest, gown included. Duterte, on the other hand, had several barong designs to choose from, but opted for this Chard Pulache & Hermie Balagon creation.
Presidential son Baste Duterte and girlfriend Kate Necesario, meanwhile, will be decked in pieces by members of the Davao Fashion and Design Council.
All the best to the new leaders of our nation!
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Artwork by Jana Jimenez. Photographs from their respective official Facebook pages.