‘New’ faces in Malacañan; more familiar ones at QC Reception House
Change has indeed come even with the showbiz celebrities who now have access to Malacañang Palace.
As President Rodrigo Roa Duterte took his oath of office on Thursday, the usual showbiz personalities who have been common fixtures in major political events from the time of late President Cory Aquino, all the way to her only son’s administration, were no where to be seen.
In their “place” were equally famous names in the entertainment industry, but definitely considered as new faces in such a historical occasion.
Spotted at the Rizal Hall of Malacanan Palace as part of the very select guest list to Mr. Duterte’s inaugural were former action star Phillip Salvador (who ironically was once the live-in partner of former President Noy’s sister Kris Aquino, well in between his and his mother’s respective administrations), dramatic actor Cesar Montano, broadcast journalists Anthony Taberna and Kat de Castro (daughter of former Vice President Noli de Castro), singers crooners Paolo Santos and Jimmy Bondoc, and comedian Arnell Ignacio.
The question is where was Aiza Seguerra, another vocal supporter of Mr. Duterte during his campaign. Same goes with singer dancer Mocha Uson and comedian Vice Ganda.
Those who closely followed the Duterte campaign will know that these celebrities were staunch supporters of the erstwhile Davao mayor—Ignacio in particular, quite a fanatic one, especially over YouTube, where his videos practically condemned anyone who challenged or criticized his candidate.
Clearly, the President knew each of them personally, and most likely, the extent to which they had joined his unorthodox journey to Malacanan, thus rewarding them with much coveted seats to what turned out to be a very successful albeit supposedly untraditional inaugural.
More familiar faces, however, were over at Quezon City Reception House in New Manila for the inauguration of Vice President Leni Robredo. After all, she is a prodigy of immediate past President Noy’s Liberal Party, so much so that his celebrity sister Kris Aquino was present at her oath taking as the family’s representative.
Apo Hiking’s Jim Paredes was also spotted at the Robredo inauguration, including former Commissioner-at-Large for the National Youth Commission Dingdong Dantes and wife Marian Rivera, veteran actor Jaime Fabregas, and the newest faces in the glittering bunch, young talents Enchong Dee and Bea Binene.