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Duterte inauguration: Meet your new First Family
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About two weeks before the May 9 elections, a socialite’s father died, and as the “alta” society of Manila gathered at the Forbes church wake, some guests were seen and overheard showing members of the Duterte family on their phones, laughing, mocking and basically saying, this is the first family you’re going to get if you vote for Duterte.

Today I made it a point to take my day off, stay in bed and watch the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte on TV.
I was surprised to see how dignified the family looked—as they put it on Twitter, “They cleaned up well.”

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L-R: Paolo, Sara, President Duterte, ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, Sebastian Duterte

My friend Grace has always said she likes the face of Sara Duterte, who looks butch on a regular day with her shaved hair and tattoos. Today she looked so elegant in her blue terno. I like her so much, I’m already thinking Sara Duterte for President, 2022. The same Sara who notoriously punched a sheriff at a demolition site. This woman has balls.

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Duterte children in the Palace, including youngest Kitty (from the President’s partner, Honeylet Avanceña)

“It feels so good that the President and the family is actually representative of the demographic of the modern Pinoy today,” observed my friend James from Hong Kong. “Some are local and some are mixed. Some with divorced or separated parents. So refreshing,” he added.

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Basically you have relatable people in the family. Not “alta”, and even though not decent by others people’s standards, we’re liking this family.

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Generations of Duterte women

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The President arrives with his partner Honeylet and daughter Kitty

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I’ll admit that I’ve been waiting for June 30 for a long time.
When Duterte first announced he would have a simple oath taking in Malacañan if he wins, I already wanted to vote for him.
Recently, I had lunch with a friend of mine in the catering business, who groaned when he heard that the food served at the inauguration would be maruya.
Truthfully, I had to Google maruya. It seems to be a delicious banana fritter. Yum.

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I felt sad when Noynoy left the Palace and didn’t stay behind for the ceremony.
I stopped playing Candy Crush when Duterte took his historical first steps as President on the staircase of Malacañan.
I loved the acapella singing of the National anthem, and I cringed on my shabu-shabu lunch when Freddie Aguilar sang.
But when Duterte said his speech, I just had to catch my breath and cry a little.

“I thought the speech was brilliant and to the point. No frills and plain spoken,” said my friend Grace. “I like how the whole event set the tone—from inauguration to the speech to the first family’s demeanor,” she added.

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Read the full text of inaugural address HERE.

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  • Pauline Torralba

    if you haven’t tried Maruya, try it. I loved this as merienda made for us when we were kids. 🙂

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  • Jay Lozada

    Baka si Teddy Bear ang nagsulat ng speech ni Digong.

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    CVS Reply:

    hindi po 🙂

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  • mallory grace anne

    just a bitchy comment…. if the altas are finding it funny of the duterte first family … if roxas won, is he actually guwapo even to Philippine standards?? or lenis family, are they actually the prettiest to Philippine standards??Just make sure that these alas making such comments do not have a milliliter of botox in their faces. Otherwise, wala sila K… cheers!

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  • mallory grace anne

    whatever these altas say, one thing is for sure… you can never put a good man down. Do you ever think these altas in their lifetime can reform a city in Mindanao??? or maybe they are just good spending hours of weekend in the salon, or checking the latest designer bags while this man has been out in the streets looking after his constituents. Btw, I am not dirt poor, i am not poor, but i hate these HYPOCRITE ALTAS ….

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  • I have so much faith in this man.

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  • XX

    I don’t understand Teddy lovsin’s post. Why the need to say “fuck u all” in the end.

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    CVS Reply:

    to the haters

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    mallory grace anne Reply:

    teddy is a writer… to prove a point (to the haters) , you need to exaggerate.. to put it simply, ganun yon…

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  • moni favorito

    To these “altas”: Had Roxas won, we would be seeing K here instead. Honestly, would most of you from the “alta” side prefer seeing her? The difference would have been a more expensive gown. The height of hypocrisy- Inday Sara, a lawyer, would have better credentials than these altas whose most obvious claim is their overflowing wealth. That’s how very Filipino (or un-Filipino) one can get, at times. They thought they’re different…go get and see a copy of your birth certificates pls, in case you’ve forgotten you’re no different than the rest of us. Everything, remains to be seen. 6 years – Meantime, stay seething in a corner and avoid seeing any pics. Better yet, go abroad and be back in 2022. As for yesterday, I felt a sense of excitement and anticipation for the next 6 years, though I didnt vote for him, I respect the voice of the people.

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  • mary chen

    The speech after d inauguration was simple and direct. It took my breath away! I was yellow during d election and shed that yellow just so to support our president. I will await that change and i await its coming.

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  • Annie Gee

    I’m glad to read a post like this, especially from you CVS. So refreshing! As for others, who have nothing nice to say (being observant is different than critizing), keep in mind that “What Susie says of Sally says more of Susie that of Sally”.

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  • I have to say, they really are very relatable especially to us Bisayas. We prefer simplicity over extravagance, and have a certain sarcastic and naughty sense of humor, much like Digong and family.

    Digong is actually a second cousin of my mom, although we have never met. 🙂

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  • Gwapo nina Paulo at Baste. Cute nung 2 youngest boys 🙂

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  • MK

    I loved Sara and Elizabeth’s dresses. I think Elizabeth’s dress would be perfect for ninang dresses for weddings 🙂 The two youngest grandchildren are guapo!

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  • besYS

    I love his speech!
    They wanted to highlight Davao’s saging na saba. They are the best! I buy steamed Golden Saba from Davao sa Seafood City supermarket (CA.) and a good crunchy Maruya is TDF – saraaap! 🙂

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  • cheekeegirl

    Thank you po for liking our Mayor! Even if you belonged to the ‘elite’ in the society, you have appreciated our Mayor coming from a province that we are proud of. We love our city because of his leadership and what he helped make it today. I won’t trade Davao city to any place else.

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  • Jay Delro Lozada

    I shed a tear too!! His speech is very sincere. Kahit na yung nag-ooath sya. Looking forward to the next six years!!
    And yes, Inday Sara is so ganda. Lalalove this family!!

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