It is ‘Love of country’ — the central theme of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 1st State of the Nation Address (SONA) amid his administration’s intensified efforts to combat illegal drugs, crime and corruption in the country.
According to Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar, the President has written a ‘very powerful’ speech that will revive the sense of patriotism among Filipinos and it will encourage a strong call for unity in the country.
“The address of the President, personally written by the President, will be a very powerful speech that will awaken the patriot in every Filipino,” Andanar said.
The President’s speech had gone through more than 10 revisions and ran 38 minutes, Andanar said in a press conference in Davao City.
“I don’t want to exaggerate but the first time I read the speech, it made me cry. That’s how good, that’s how emotionally stirring the speech of our president is,” he added.
The President’s SONA this year would be not as lavish as the previous ones. Duterte’s SONA would be different since it will no longer be like a fashion show, instead the event would focus on the President’s message, according to Department of Finance spokeswoman Paola Alvarez. The Palace changed the dress code into business attire, as reminding female attendees to avoid glamorous long gowns that usually worn from past SONA’s.
We want to bring back the real essence of the State of the Nation,” she added. “We want to center on what the President’s message is to our people, especially it’s his First State of the Nation Address.” said Alvarez.
The award-winning director Brilliante Mendoza will direct the SONA production who then waived his talent fee for the special event.
The Palace also said the SONA menu will serve native dishes that includes:
Native Chips: Salted Duck Egg with dressing
Monggo soup paired with Smoked Fish with Alugbati on Grissini bread
Fresh Lumpia Ubod in pouch
Chicken and Spicy Tuna Empanaditas
Other approved menu were:
Crispy Triangles of Flaked Chicken Adobo and Mushrooms
Pandesal with White Kesong Puti and Beef Steak
Penne with Taba ng Talangka Sauce
Balut Pate in Profiteroles
Chicken Skin crackling