The State of the Nation Address is a yearly tradition wherein the President reports to the nation through a joint session of Congress the status of the country and unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year.
The delivery of the SONA is mandated by the 1987 Constitution and is to be delivered every 4th Monday of July.
Here are pictures of past SONAs from a collection curated by the Presidential Museum and Library.
Longest State of the Nation Address (SONA) ever delivered: Ferdinand E. Marcos (1969) 30,427 words
Shortest SONA: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2005) 1,551 words
President who delivered most number of SONAs: Ferdinand E. Marcos – 20
President who delivered least number of SONAs: Sergio Osmeña – 1 (1945)
President Elpidio Quirino was the only President not to deliver a SONA in front of Congress when he was confined in Johns Hopkins Hospital in the US; he delivered his SONA over the radio.
Presidents Aguinaldo and Laurel were the only Presidents never to deliver a SONA. The Constitutions they served under did not require or provide for a SONA.
Since 1936, when the first SONA was delivered, there were only 4 years when a SONA was not delivered. World War II: 1942, 1943, 1944; and the year of the EDSA Revolution: 1986.
SONAs delivered in the Batasan Pambansa – 33
SONAs delivered in the Legislative Building (now the National Museum) – 29
SONAs delivered in a school house in Lepanto St. (Manila) – 4
SONAs delivered in Malacañang Palace – 2
SONA delivered in Quirino Grandstand – 1
SONA delivered in Rizal Park (Luneta) – 1
SONA delivered in PICC (Pasay City) – 1
SONA delivered in the United States – 1