A simple but meaningful production is being prepared by the organizers for the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.
According to Kat de Castro, co-chairperson of the SONA working committee with Martin Andanar, the production will be simple, featuring the stage design of the indigenous design of Mindanao.
The documentary “Ang Pangulo (The President)” will also be aired before the President’s speech.
As in SONA 2019, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will once again play Duterte’s favorite songs.
Due to health protocols, all PPO music is prerecorded, according to Demic Pabalan, executive director of RTVM.
They will feature “What A Wonderful World,” “Yesterday When I Was Young,” “Dust In The Wind,” and “McArthur’s Park.”
This is in addition to “Pagbabago” by Freddie Aguilar and “Ikaw” by George Canseco, which will be sung by PPO singer Leigh Jocson.
Morissette Amon was chosen to sing the national anthem live.
According to the organizers, its rendition is traditional, and there is no “whistle” or singer style.
Morissette is a Filipino singer, actress, and television personality. She first rose to prominence when she finished runner-up on TV5’s Star Factor at 14. In 2012, Morissette made her professional stage debut in the Repertory Philippines production of Disney’s Camp Rock in the role of Mitchie Torres.
Morissette will sing ‘Lupang Hinirang’ in Duterte’s last SONA
She competed in the first season of ABS-CBN’s The Voice of the Philippines in 2013, where she became part of Sarah Geronimo’s team.
Veteran RTVM director Danny Abad will now direct SONA.
Meanwhile, groups in various sectors have explained why there will still be protests against President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In conjunction with SONA, groups will march on Commonwealth Avenue and gather at St. Peter’s Church near the Batasang Pambansa. This calls to be the last Duterte to give such a speech to the public.
According to former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño, it is important for Filipinos to still file their grievances without considering their health.
He said there would be more space on Commonwealth Ave, and they will be able to follow health protocols at such a protest launch.