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.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino on Monday delivered the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the country’s history and used the podium at the joint session of Congress to thank his hairdresser.
For two hours and ten minutes, Aquino, speaking in Tagalog, focused on two major themes: blaming his predecessor for all that is wrong with the country and thanking his entire personal entourage.
In addition to his hairdresser, he thanked his wardrobe consultant, his nanny, his security detail, his personal secretary, his spiritual counselor, his parents, his sisters and in-laws, his smoking buddies, and finally his bosses — the Filipino people.
If his last SONA sounded like an acceptance speech at a film awards presentation, it is because it was. The Adobo Chronicles® learned that Aquino’s sister, actress and television talk show host Kris, wrote majority of what he said in his SONA.
In addition to calling it an acting award acceptance speech, critics have called the speech a SOPA, or State of the Previous Administration.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – In the United States, whenever the president delivers his State of the Union Address (SOTU), the opposing political party designates someone to deliver an official response. That has not been the case with the Philippines’ State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The Office of the Vice President, Jejomar Binay, has announced that he will be delivering a TSONA — Totoong State of the Nation Address (True State of the Nation Address) after President Aquino delivers his SONA on July 27.
It is common knowledge that unlike in the U.S., the Philippines’ president and vice president don’t necessarily have to belong to the same political party, as is the case with Aquino and Binay. Voters vote for prez and VP separately.
Binay had a falling out with Aquino recently, prompting the vice president to resign from his cabinet position. Since then, Binay has been attacking the Aquino administration, its policies and failures.
Binay has declared that he was running for president in 2016. Aquino, meanwhile, is expected to announce soon who he is endorsing as his party’s nominee for president.
SONA or TSONA, it will be a classic case of he said, he said.