MAN OF THE HOUR. President Benigno C. Aquino III
MAN OF THE HOUR. President Benigno C. Aquino III (Nikki Careen Palacios)

Photos by Gianfranco Geronimo, Nikki Careen Palacios, and Rogelio Tubije II

One look at this inauguration ceremony and one could say that this was  no ordinary transition of power.

Amid the sea of bright yellow that covered every inch of Luneta, hundreds of spectators witnessed the first regular electoral transition of government since Fidel V. Ramos transferred power to Joseph Estrada 12 years ago, in 1998.

An era ended, as a new one began. After nine years under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the country witnessed the son of Ninoy and Cory Aquino take his oath and promise, “Kayo ang boss ko.”

Benigno C. Aquino III ran for president under the platform of hope and change, akin to his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. It is yet to be seen if he can make good his sweeping promises of cracking down on corruption and reforming government, among others.

On site during the presidential inaugural on June 30 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, TNP brings to you the images of this historic transition, as it unfolded on that fateful Wednesday morning.

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