Quantcast
Latest Stories

Aquino tripping on ‘stay-cation’ at Palace

By

President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III would rather stay at his official residence by the Pasig River this Holy Week watching “Jesus Christ Superstar” than smell the flowers and pine trees of Baguio City, which he no longer finds cool, perhaps, literally and otherwise.

Mr. Aquino will be comfortably ensconced in Bahay Pangarap while many Metro Manilans will be hieing off to the provinces starting Wednesday.

In an ambush interview on Tuesday, he said he would not be spending the Lenten break at the presidential summer residence, The Mansion, the favorite holiday getaway of his predecessor.

 ‘Riverside resort’

He amusingly christened Bahay Pangarap, which is strategically located right at the heart of the Presidential Security Group Compound, as the “Pangarap Riverside Resort.”

Asked how he would be spending the next few days, he said he was “trying to look for … my copy of the film, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’” so he could watch the musical, probably, on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

In remembering the life and passion of the Christ, Mr. Aquino wanted it to be light but heartfelt.

“(The musical’s way of conveying Christ’s message) is not … really heavy the way it reminds (us) of what the Christian—our Christian faith—is supposed to be,” said the President.

But the musical—which was first staged on Broadway in 1971 based on a loose interpretation of the last week of the Son of God here on earth—expresses “what Christ had to undergo to save all of us” by dying on the Cross, he said.

There was no word yet from the Palace if he would be spending time in Tarlac, his home province.

Mr. Aquino last visited Baguio City on March 17 to speak at the graduation of the Philippine Military Academy’s Pudang Kalis Class of 2013 and led the Baguio leg of the Team PNoy campaign at Melvin Jones Grandstand in Burnham Park.

But unlike former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who would come to Baguio any chance she got, the sitting President doesn’t fancy the summer capital anymore.

“Each time I visit Baguio, I gaze at the fireplace. I don’t want to look at the mountains surrounding Baguio,” he said, telling city residents that the city was once a dominion of flowers and greenery.

“[A traveler] would know you are near [Baguio] when you smell the pine trees. The mountains were full of flowers and they were green. Now, they are full of houses,” he said.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Baguio City , Bahay Pangarap , Benigno Aquino III , broadway musical , Holy Week , Lenten break , Pasig River , The Mansion , “Jesus Christ Superstar”




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden,’ as memory fades
  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement