MANILA , JUNE 30, 2010
(STAR) By Alexa Villano - President-elect Benigno Aquino III has chosen to stay at the Bahay Pangarap for the next six years.

“Most probably at (Bahay) Pangarap. The house is still undergoing repairs and it would take at least a month before I can move in,” Aquino told GMA-7 yesterday.

Aquino made the statement following constant queries over where he would stay during the six years of his presidency.

Aquino, still a bachelor at 50, had said Malacañang is just too big for him. He also said the Arlegui Mansion, where his late mother former President Corazon Aquino had stayed, brings back sad memories.

Aquino also said their family residence at Times Street in Quezon City would be impractical, since it would also be a security concern for his neighbors.

The Bahay Pangarap, on the other hand, is located at the headquarters of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) across the Pasig River from Malacañang.

Aquino also told GMA-7 that his sisters would not hold any key positions during his presidency.

Shortly after announcing the names of his Cabinet in a press conference in Quezon City, Aquino led his siblings in visiting the graves of their parents at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.

The Aquinos also attended a Mass officiated by Fr. Tito Arevalo, who would also lead the prayer in today’s inauguration.

Aquino said he prayed for his late parents and his sisters, and expressed gratitude for the support of family.

“They became the rock that laid down my foundation... I also included my brothers-in-law in my prayers....

“I also prayed for His guidance to allow me to be His instrument for peace and unity in the world,” Aquino said.


Noynoy leaves home to fetch Arroyo at Malacañang 06/30/2010 | 09:51

President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III left his home along Times Street in Quezon City shortly past 9:30 a.m. to fetch outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang.

Aquino, clad in a white camisa de chino, boarded a white vehicle that was part of a convoy. Yellow-clad supporters cheered as the fleet left Aquino's house.

Moments earlier, his runningmate and defeated vice presidential bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II was seen dropping by at the Aquino residence.

Several minutes past 10 a.m., Noynoy arrived at Malacañang. — Mark Merueñas/LBG, GMANews.TV

Personalities start arriving for Noy-Bi inauguration 06/30/2010 | 09:46 AM

A number of personalities from former and incumbent government officials to celebrities started arriving at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, hours before the oath-taking of President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay.

Singer Jim Paredes announced that former President Fidel Ramos had arrived at the grandstand, although it was not clear whether former First Lady Amelita Ramos was with the former Philippine leader.

Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan arrived around past 9 a.m. at the venue with wife Sharon Cuneta, and their three children KC Concepcion (Cuneta's daughter with Gabby Concepcion), Frankie, and Miel.

Shortly after the Pangilinans, re-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo also arrived and took his seat at the grandstand.

A number of boy scouts also trooped to Luneta, in an apparent show of support for Binay, who is the president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

Other personalities seen arriving early at the Rizal Park (Luneta) were "Juana Change" (Mae Paner in real life) and former Philippine Forest Corp president Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada Jr., who blew the whistle on the $329-million national broadband network deal. — Mark Merueñas, Sophia Dedace/LBG/RSJ, GMANews.TV

Aquino, GMA leave for Quirino Grandstand By Dino Maragay ( Updated June 30, 2010 10:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino left the Malacañang Palace for his inauguration at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta.

Aquino and outgoing President Arroyo boarded a black Mercedes Benz in a traditional ride symbolizing the smooth transfer of power. TV footage showed Aquino opening the car’s door for Mrs. Arroyo before sitting at the right passenger seat.

At Malacañang, Aquino exchanged pleasantries with Mrs. Arroyo and other outgoing Palace officials. They were joined by outgoing Vice President Noli de Castro.

The ride to the Quirino Grandstand is expected to last for only a few minutes.

Aquino convoy arrives at Malacañang By Dino Maragay ( Updated June 30, 2010 10:03 AM

(UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – The vehicle carrying President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has arrived at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.

Aquino’s white Toyota Land Cruiser reached the Palace grounds at around 10 a.m. From Malacañang, he will head to the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta for his inauguration as the Philippines’ 15th President.

Aquino will be accompanied by outgoing President Arroyo in a traditional ride to symbolize the turnover of power.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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