MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – It’s official. Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Aquino delivered his last SONA Monday night before a joint session of Congress. From his first word to the last, it took him two hours and ten minutes, beating all other lenghty SONAs anywhere in the world.
In the U.S., most presidents keep their State of the Union Address (SOTU) under one hour, although occasionally they would go over. President Bill Clinton holds the U.S. record for the longest SOTU for his January 27, 2000 address which ran for one hour, twenty eight minutes and forty nine seconds.
Aquino’s SONA was occasionally interrupted by brief applause, yawns, a sip of water and his smoker’s cough.
The Guinness World Record will go down in history as the greatest legacy of any Philippine president, dead or alive.
Click HERE for highlights of Aquino’s last SONA.