He is the country’s most powerful man but he remains single and dateless even during the Christmas holidays.
Still a bachelor at 55, President Benigno Aquino 3rd spent Christmas Eve with his family on Thursday night in Malacañang.
The President, wearing his trademark yellow shirt and black jacket, posed with his sisters, nephews and other relatives for a family photo based on the Instagram post by actress and younger sister Kris Aquino.
The Aquinos had their family photo in front of a Christmas tree in the presidential palace.
The President has been romantically linked to Shalani Soledad, a former Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) councilor; Grace Lee, a South Korean disc jockey who has been a long-time resident in the Philippines; and Liz Uy, a fashion stylist.
Soledad is now married to Roman Romulo, a congressman from Pasig City (Metro Manila).
The supposed romances with Lee and Uy seemed to have ended.
Aquino was also said to have dated now Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Meanwhile, in his message to the nation last Wednesday, the President asked Filipinos to share their Yuletide blessings with others especially to those who need them most.
Aquino reminded Filipinos that the holiday season is an invitation for all “to share in the grace of the Almighty.”
“May we welcome this call with the readiness to impart His love and blessing to others, and to overcome the challenges that the world faces today with prayer and solidarity,” he said.
“Let our faith grow stronger as we work toward justice, reconciliation, and peace, and guide one another further along the straight and righteous path,” the President added.
“During times of unease, we stand resolute as a people and let our hopes burn the brightest. I urge every fellowman, from across the regions, to exude the generosity and warmth that make Yuletide in our country distinctively joyous,” Aquino said.
“Let us reinforce the ties woven from our shared aspirations of a harmonious and progressive future for all. Upholding the tradition of bayanihan [cooperation], let us lend cheer where it is needed most and come to the aid of the downcast,” he added.
The President ended his Christmas message by wishing Filipinos “harmony, optimism and unity amid any odds.”
CATHERINE S. VALENTE