In this day and age of social media hyperactivity, an event as big as President Noynoy Aquino's State of the Nation Address (SONA) will certainly not be missed by the all-seeing and all-knowing netizens.
For a "concerned citizen" who has more important stuff to do than put up effigies as massive and as terrifying as those freaks on Attack On Titan, 140 characters (for Twitter) and a bustling news feed is all it takes for one to stay up to date with all the day's inanities. Even with the Palace declaring July 27 (also Iglesia Ni Cristo's 101st anniversary) as a special national working holiday, almost everyone still tried to lend an ear to PNoy's last-ever SONA.
That included the country's celebrities and media personalities, who each had their own take on #SONA2015:
For one, expecting mother Bianca Gonzalez lauded PNoy's attempt to be hip and relatable to the current generation.
From "I thank you bow" to "Edi wow!" In fairness to trying to reach out to the younger audience. #SONA2015— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) July 27, 2015
Though not everyone was too amused with some of the prez's choice of words.
Congratulations, Filipino people. "E di wow" has made it to a presidential speech.— Lourd de Veyra (@lourddv) July 27, 2015
Teen actor Julian Trono didn't quite like PNoy bringing up past controversies. #AnongBago
It's not even thursday, stop with the throwbacks #sona— Julian Trono (@iamJulianT) July 27, 2015
By the way, love the irony, Howie.
"Panahon na para ipasa ang isang Anti-Dynasty Law." - PNoy. Loud applause from audience full of dynasty scions. #SONA2015— howie severino (@Howieseverino) July 27, 2015
Whoa there! The former APO Hiking Society member may have gone overboard here.
Best President Ever. #SONA2015— Jim (@Jimparedes) July 27, 2015
Tour guide-cultural activist Carlos Celdran obviously cherishes these huge occasions.
A pig in full Filipiniana is still a Filipino pig. #SONA— carlosceldran (@carlosceldran) July 27, 2015
Not watching #SONA. I need to maintain blood pressure.— carlosceldran (@carlosceldran) July 27, 2015
Even PBA teams couldn't help but air their discontent with the scope of the President's annual report.
No sports development mentioned at #SONA2015. Again. Huhu.— Barangay Ginebra (@barangayginebra) July 27, 2015
Not to be left out were parody accounts which—as expected—took care of the lighter side of things.
Like The Editors of Manila's concept of change:
Senyora Santibañez, for her part, pointed out the obvious at the pre-#SONA2015 fashion show.
Gaganda ng mga damit noh? 'Yan mga buwis n'yo 👏🏼 #SONA2015— Senyora Santibañez (@Senyora) July 27, 2015
If anything, the PNoy's wisecracks opened the door for a new yet short-lived trend: #SONAHugot.
"Hindi madaling mag-move on kung walang katarungan" #SONAHugot— Cyrile Manuel (@enCYmada) July 27, 2015
Buti nga si PNoy nagpasalamat pa bago niya tinapos ang lahat, e ikaw? basta na lang nang-iwan— Mark Ánicas (@mnanicas) July 27, 2015
Negative or positive, this kind of social media traffic is a good sign that the society still hasn't grown apathetic even with the prevailing public perception that SONAs are of no use nowadays.
Speaking of reactions, nothing could've topped Senate President Franklin Drilon's retort to the Makabayan bloc, whose members blatantly booed PNoy at the end of his speech:
Aquino booed by critics, some congressmen included. Senator Drilon booed back at them.Watch #SONA2015 stream on Rappler: http://www.rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/sona/2015/100601-president-aquino-6th-sonaPosted by Rappler on Monday, July 27, 2015
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