SONA form and content

The Malacanang occupant has been bitten by the pink bug of Bayani Fernando, Metro Manila’s czar who has painted the metropolis with pink colors for his beautification drive.

Short on good things to say on her State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) today, GMA would highlight the event instead by what she would be wearing for the joint opening of Congress.

The SONA has long been a fashion show for the rich, the famous and the mighty. But this time it would be more than just a cat walk on the corridors of power. The pink gown of the Palace resident would appear to be the main feature of the SONA – State of the Nation, A dress. Philippine media is abuzz with it noticeably turning broadsheets into fashion mags.

This is how my friend Jess Dureza, now the Press Secretary, justified why GMA is wearing such a pink gown:

The President wants to capture the theme of her SONA—the Filipino’s self reliance, care for the environment, concern for the poor and vulnerable as well as the country’s stability as a nation to become a First-World country.

Har har har har!

On Second thought, bar her height I believe GMA could indeed be a fashion star. In fact, in the league of Naomi Campbell – famous models with attitude. (Foto credits – and

GMA’s address is reported by the Philippine Star “to offer hope” to the suffering Filipino people. Did I correctly read it right, HOPE?


H – hunger


O – oppression


P – patronage, and


E – ecological disasters?

Tsk tsk! Same Old Nonsense from the Administration (SONA)!

Almost every SONA, colleagues in the media ask for my assessment. Here’s a preview: for Jess Dureza – I give 100 %; for Speaker Prospero Nograles, who will introduce GMA along with the Senate President – for such a simple ceremonial task – 95%; finally for GMA – hmmm … Abangan!

5:43 a.m.

5 Responses to “SONA form and content”

  1. The Equalizer Says:

    A beauty expert suggested on TV for Gloria to reduce her hair gel for the SONA.For less “kaplastikan”?

  2. North American Union Says:

    There’s no trust, no faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, all forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.WilliamShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare

  3. Congress Blog Says:

    In this world of extremes, we can only love too little.RichCannarellaRich Cannarella

  4. Rey Ann P. Palma (4th Year Student) Says:

    The SONA of the president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is believed to be a lie to a lot of Filipinos. I also believe. What she mentioned in her SONA was all about her good deeds. She did not mention about her failures as a president to our country. There is still a lot of problems our country is facing, just like shortage of rice, the continuous hike of oil, and still one problem is poverty, unemployment, transportation, and a lot of other problems. Education is also one of the problem. There is still a lot of ignorant Filipinos, doesn’t know how to read and write. Another big problem is the price of goods and groceries, they continue to high and there is no possibility to roll back in their original pricing. That’s the big big problem, they just continue to high and impossible to roll back. Another is the non – ending corruption in the country. Starting from the president down to the barangay captain. Even teachers and the school staff. As a student, my role is to study hard and help our country in all aspects..THank You..

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