Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Celebrity Scene Stealers at the Noynoy Aquino Inauguration

As expected, with Kris Aquino as his sister, President Noynoy's Aquino's inauguration as the country's 15ht President, become another venue for a glamorous event of Philippine showbiz' who's who.

Very visible on the main stage were Kristina Bernadette Aquino-Yap (Kris) who was wearing a yellow Filipiniana gown designed by Randy Ortiz. Seated near Kris were Batangas Governor Vilma Santos and Senator Ralph Recto with son Ryan Christian; Sharon Cuneta in a black terno with husband Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and daughters Frankie, Miel and KC Concepcion in a white gown. Bing Loyzaga was spotted beside Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.

Most celebrity supporters of P-Noy who occupied the upper seats of the stands were Richard Gomez and wife, Leyte's 4th District Represenative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Cesar Montano and wife Sunshine Cruz, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.

Former President and action star Joseph Estrada who placed 2nd to Noynoy in the Presidential election was also there. He was seated beside former President Fidel V. Ramos, who was seated on P-Noy's left side.

At 10:46 A.M., international pop singer Charice Pempengco sang the National Anthem, which was followed by the Ecumenical Invocation.

Singer-composer Jim Paredes and popular fictional character Juana Change served as hosts. The Philippine Madrigal Singers rendered "Bayan Ko," then maestro Ryan Cayabyab conducted his piece "Sasabihin Mo Ikaw ay Pilipino" with PhilHarmonic Orchestra.

APO Hiking Society also had a one-time stage reunion to sing "Minamahal Kong Bayan." Next was Christian Bautista, who did the a capella version of Josh Groban's "You Raised Me Up." The latter performed due to the impromptu request of the Presidential Committee, which made sure that the huge crowd would be entertained before noon, the time set for the oath-taking of the President.

Ogie Alcasid performed "Si Noynoy," followed by the heartfelt rendition of "Hindi Ka Nag-iisa" by Regine Velasquez. Afterwards, an ensemble of singers�including Ogie, Regine, Christian, Gary Valenciano, Nina, Jed Madela, Jim paredes, Gail Blanco, Noel Cabangon, and many more, together with Kundirana�sang "Bagong Pilipinas." The three songs were all composed by Ogie.

It was Noel Cabangon who had the people standing, cheering, and humming with his nationalistic pieces�"Tungo sa Pagbabago, Para sa Pagbabago," "Ako'y Isang Mabuting Pilipino," and "Kanlungan."

ABS-CBN bigwigs were there also present in the event. Those sighted were ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio, SVP Cory Vidanes, TV executive Deo Endrinal and Freddie M. Garcia.

Kris' "Tayong Dalawa" co-stars Kim Chiu and Coco Martin also witnessed the event. Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon and Cherry Pie Picache were also among the attendees.

Other star attendees were actor-turned-Senator Tito Sotto and actress turned Congresswoman Lani Mercado.

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