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Watch party, street concert set for Marcos 1st SONA
THOUSANDS of supporters of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will join the watch party and street concert for the chief executive’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25.
Dubbed “SONA All: Kilos Suporta para sa Pagbangon at Pagkakaisa,” the festive event will be held near the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City starting 1:00 p.m. on SONA day.
The celebratory party is open to all Filipinos who support President Marcos’s “leadership of unity,” according to AnaKalusugan Rep. and Malayang Quezon City Chairperson Mike Defensor, who organized the event.
“We will be there to celebrate the start of reconciliation and unity among Filipinos under the leadership of President Bongbong Marcos,” said Defensor.
“With the problems confronting the nation, the Herculean task of putting back the economy on track and returning to the new normal will require the cooperation of all. We wanted to show PBBM that Filipinos will rally behind him so he could achieve that task for the progress of our nation,” he added.
Congressman Toby Tiangco (Navotas City), Mayors Along Malapitan (Caloocan City), Emi Calixto (Pasay City), Jeannie Sandoval (Malabon), and Wes Gatchalian (Valenzuela City) invited their constituents to join the SONA watch party.
More mayors from Metro Manila and nearby localities will also invite their constituents to join the party concert, Defensor said.
Malayang QC President Edwin Rodriguez and former Councilor Winnie Castelo were the overall organizers of the event.
Rodriguez said his group mounted the event in response to President Marcos’ invitation for all Filipinos to watch his maiden SONA, where he will discuss the key policies and priorities under his presidency.
Giant LED monitors will be placed in strategic areas near the President Corazon Aquino Elementary School (PCAES) on Batasan Road for the watch party.
The concert will feature guest bands and entertainers Repakol, Inner Voices, Arriba, Plethora, and other surprise celebrity guests.
The organizers sought the permission of the Quezon City government to use a portion of the Batasan Road for the festivities.
“Since this is a celebratory party, we see no impediment to our request for a local government permit,” Rodriguez said.
“We assure our authorities that we will observe COVID-19 health protocols like face mask wearing and physical distancing during the event,” he added. Anchit Masangcay