MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If there was one thing missing from the media coverage of Rod Duterte’s inauguration as the 16th president of the Philippines today, it was the mention of the First Lady.
Sure, there was no First Lady in the last six years, thanks to the bachelorship of now former President NoyNoy Aquino.
But the Philippines does have a new First Lady. Not Duterte’s ex-wife Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman. Not his domestic partner Honeylet Avancena. Rather it’s Sara Duterte, the president’s daughter who also happens to be the mayor of Davao City. The president had said since his election that it was his wish to have his daughter be his First Lady.
Prior to today’s inauguration, little has been said about Sara and her role as First Lady.
But today, she definitely caught the attention of everyone, including the media. She was stunning in her blue gown and carried herself flawlessly on stage as she joined her father for the oath-taking.
Many quickly remembered the most famous Filipina in blue — reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who captivated pageant judges and the world in her royal blue evening gown.
So, move over Lady in Red , here comes the First Lady in blue!