Marcos to take oath at historic National Museum building

2 June 2022

THE historic National Museum of Philippines building will be the venue for the oath-taking of President-elect Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. as the country's 17th President on June 30, 2022.

Formerly known as the Old Legislative Building, it has served as the venue for the inauguration of former Presidents Manuel L. Quezon (1935), Jose P. Laurel (1943), and Manuel Roxas (1946).

Former Manila Representative and now Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary-designate Zenaida "Naida" Angping said that the inaugural committee members had recently conducted an ocular inspection of the area and found it to be a suitable venue.

"The National Museum of Philippines building and its surrounding areas match our requirements for President-elect Marcos' inauguration.  Preparations are already in full swing to ensure that it will be ready by then," Angping said.

Designed by the Bureau of Public Works (predecessor of the DPWH) in 1918 as the new home of the National Library of the Philippines, construction work was completed in 1926. 

In 1935, it served as the venue for the proclamation of the Philippine Commonwealth and was subsequently known as the National Assembly Building.

It was destroyed during World War II and underwent a massive reconstruction from 1949 to 1950.

 Angping also said that while the committee considered the Quirino Grandstand a potential venue for the inauguration, the committee's ocular inspection team observed that there were still several COVID-19 field hospitals in the area.

"The safety and welfare of our people are paramount.  As such, we chose to avoid disrupting the medical care being given to the COVID-19 patients housed there.  That's why we opted for the National Museum as the venue," Angping added.

Marcos, who was proclaimed President-elect by Congress on May 25th after winning the 2022 national elections via landslide, has vowed to "hit the ground running" as he started to appoint key cabinet members.

In a press briefing on Monday, Marcos' Press Secretary-designate Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles announced Angping's nomination as PMS Secretary-designate together with Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Frasco as tourism secretary, and Amenah Pangandaman as head of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Also nominated were veteran journalist Erwin Tulfo as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary and Atty. Ivan John Uy as Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) head.

Last Sunday, news reports said that the President-elect's camp was considering three venues for his June 30th inauguration: Quirino Grandstand, Fort Santiago, and the National Museum.

Quirino Grandstand holds a special significance as it was the venue where the President-elect's father, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. had his inauguration as the country's 10th President in 1965.

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FILIPINO VERSION

Inagurasyon ni BBM gagawin sa National Museum

Sa makasaysayang National Museum of the Philippines inaasahang gaganapin ang panunumpa sa tungkulin ni President-elect Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. bilang ika-17 Pangulo ng bansa sa darating na Hunyo 30, 2022.

Dating kilala bilang ‘Old Legislative Building’, dito rin ginanap ang panunumpa sa tungkulin ng mga dating Pangulo gaya nina Manuel L. Quezon (1935), Jose P. Laurel (1943), at Manuel Roxas (1946).

Ayon kay dating Manila Representative at ngayo’y Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary-designate Zenaida "Naida" Angping, ang mga miyembro ng inaugural committee ay nagsagawa na ng ocular inspection at kanilang nakita na ito ang pinakamagandang venue para sa inagurasyon ni Marcos.

"The National Museum of Philippines building and its surrounding areas match our requirements for President-elect Marcos' inauguration.  Preparations are already in full swing to ensure that it will be ready by then," sabi ni Angping.

Dinisensyo ng Bureau of Public Works (ngayon ay DPWH) noong 1918 bilang bagong tirahan ng National Library of the Philippines habang natapos naman ang pagbuo nito noong 1926. 

Noong 1935, dito rin ginanap ang proklamasiyon ng Philippine Commonwealth at dati rin itong kilala bilang National Assembly Building.

Nasira ito noong World War II at sumailalim sa  reconstruction mula 1949 hanggang 1950.

Sinabi rin ni Angping na kanilang inisip ang Quirino Grandstand bilang isang potential venue para sa inagurasyon ngunit napansin ng kanilang ocular inspection team na nakatayo pa rin ang ilang COVID-19 field hospitals sa lugar.

"The safety and welfare of our people are paramount.  As such, we chose to avoid disrupting the medical care being given to the COVID-19 patients housed there.  That's why we opted for the National Museum as the venue," dagdag niya.

Si Marcos ay naproklamang President-elect ng Kongreso nitong Mayo 25 matapos ang kanyang landslide na pagkapanalo sa nagdaang 2022 national elections.

Nangako si Marcos na agad siyang magta-trabaho at nakita nga ito sa pagsisimula niyang maglagay ng mga tao sa kanyang gabinete.

Sa press briefing na naganap nitong Lunes, inanunsyo ni Press Secretary-designate Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles ang nominasyon ni Angping pati na rin ni Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Frasco bilang tourism secretary, at Amenah Pangandaman bilang head ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Nominado rin ang beteranong journalist na si Erwin Tulfo bilang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary at Atty. Ivan John Uy bilang head ng Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Napabalita nitong Linggo na tatlong lugar ang kinokonsidera ng kampo ni Marcos para sa kanyang inagurasyon at ito ay sa: Quirino Grandstand, Fort Santiago, at sa National Museum.

Sa Quirino Grandstand ginanap ang panunumpa ng kanyang ama na si dating Pangulo Ferdinand Marcos Sr. bilang ika-10 Pangulo ng bansa noong 1965.

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