Amid cheers, Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales administered Aquino’s oath of office at the highly yellow Quirino grandstand, minutes short of the 12:00 time as mandated by the Constitution.
A 21-cannon salute was delivered after Aquino’s oath while two choppers showered the crowd with yellow rose petals.
Fr. Catalino Arevalo, the family’s spiritual adviser, held the bible where Aquino symbolically placed his hand as he delivered his oath.
Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay also took the oath administered by Morales.
In a brief but highly symbolic move, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo formally relinquished her post to President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.
FIRSTS' AND AMUSING FACTS ABOUT NOYNOY AQUINO
President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III may have made history as the first chief executive elected in an automated election. But do you know he holds more firsts?
In a document issued by historian and Aquino’s inauguration spokesman Manuel Quezon III, Aquino appears to hold many other firsts, including being the first never-been-married president in the country’s history.
Aquino is also the first president with no children.
Although two other former presidents Elpidio Quirino (widower) and Corazon Aquino (widow) were unmarried during their term, they had children unlike Noynoy.
Aquino is also the first president, since 1992, inaugurated into office without having been vice president. His predecessors Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were both vice presidents before becoming Presidents.
He is also the first president to have a February birthday; first to use the suffix –III and first to have graduated from Ateneo.
Aquino also holds the record of being the youngest of the presidents who became chief executive in their 50s. His family’s adversary, former president Ferdinand Marcos came second by becoming president at age of 51.
At 50, Aquino is the 15th president. He is president at the same age at which his father, Benigno S. Aquino Jr. was assassinated.
Aquino ironically shares the Liberal Party with Arroyo’s father, Diosdado Macapagal. Aquino was the first president elected president from LP since Macapagal.
Amusingly, Aquino was also proclaimed president-elect on June 9, 2010, 9 months after his declaration of candidacy on 9/9/09.
A bullet is still embedded in Aquino’s neck, two decades after an attempt against his life during a military coup against his mother. Aquino suffered five bullet wounds while three of his bodyguards died.
The Inaugural Address of Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III
PRESIDENT AQUINO: KAYO ANG BOSS KO
His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.
My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your president. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation.
I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.
My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.
Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens. We all know what it is like to have a government...