The Singing President: Noynoy’s Two-Song Post-Inaugural Concert
Newly proclaimed Pres. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino serenaded a 120,000-strong crowd in his post-inaugural party at the Quezon Memorial Circle on June 30, reports GMANews.tv.
Looking less comfortable onstage compared to his earlier inauguration speech, Aquino sang two songs: Michel Legrand’s "Watch What Happens" and then Freddie Aguilar’s "Estudyante Blues."
He cut the first song short, leading the crowd, including his girlfriend Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad, to ask for more. He said in Filipino, "I wasn’t able to practice the speech I gave earlier and this song as well. It was easier when I experienced the 1987 coup d’etat. But if you really want me to sing, I can ask my backup singers to return."
Aquino, who still has a fragment of a bullet from 1987 coup attempt lodged in his neck, told GMANews.tv in Filipino after his performance, "This is my thanksgiving to the people who went here despite the bad weather just to celebrate with us."
Spotted at the concert were Aquino’s siblings (Kris, Ballsy, Pinky and Viel) and nephews (Joshua and Baby James), Quezon City Congressman Feliciano Belmonte, Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri, and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel. Cameras captured Kris and Shalani Soledad standing side by side.
Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Gabby Concepcion, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Arnel Pineda, Kyla, Jay-R, Nina, Jed Madela, Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Pooh, Pokwang and Kamikazee performed during the concert. Liberal Party senatorial candidates Neric Acosta and Martin Bautista also sang a surprise number for Aquino.
A 10-minute fireworks display capped the party shortly before midnight.