He began by saying, 'kayo ang aking lakas'... And I felt that it was a fitting start for a new administration that presents a promise of a new Philippines. Today was actually the first time I stayed tune to the TV to witness the inauguration of our country's 15th president, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and I think most Filipinos at home did the same as me. Why? I guess most Filipinos felt that the new Aquino government is indeed a far better cry to the administration that preceded it. To give it straight, today was a day of hope and the start of yet even more fervent hoping from Filipinos.
There were so many beautiful sound bytes from the new President's inaugural speech, just as in all speeches given by our past presidents, but today felt a bit different, not just for me, but for the over 500,000 Filipinos who trooped to Quirino Grandstand. Today, it was a second Aquino president addressing the nation - the second Aquino who symbolized the hope that is still left in the hearts of Filipinos. The words of P'Noy were both promising and very challenging:
> Sa araw na ito, dito magwawakas ang pamumuno ng manhid sa hinaing ng sambayanan.
> Hinding-hindi ko sasayangin ang pagtitiwala na ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin
> We will make government an abler not a hindrance to business
> Sa mga nang-api sa sambayanan, wala akong karapatan na limutin ang inyong mga kasalanan
And my favorite...
> Ngayon, tayo ay kabilang sa isang bansa kung saan maaari nang mangarap muli
They say that every new administration has its honeymoon period. My wish for the Aquino government is that this honeymoon period will never end so all the legacy that precedes Noynoy, all the promises and hopes of a new Philippines will not go to shame.