Vintage Photos of Philippine Presidential Inaugurations Throughout History


The inauguration of the President of the Republic of the Philippines is an important ceremony that marks the president-elect's and vice president-elect's official entry into office. Ahead of Bongbong Marcos' inauguration, we're taking a look back at past Philippine presidential inaugurations of the past. From President Emilio Aguinaldo to President Rodrigo Duterte, here are 16 vintage photos of Philippine presidents and their inauguration ceremonies.

1899: President Emilio Aguinaldo

Arrival of Emilio Aguinaldo at Malolos, 1899.

After being named the first President of the Republic of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo had his first inauguration at the Holy Cross Parish Church in Cavite.

1935: President Manuel L. Quezon

On Nov.15, 1935, Manuel L. Quezon takes oath of office as the first Philippine President.


On November 15, 1935, Manuel L. Quezon took the Presidential oath at the Legislative Building in Manila.

1943: President Jose P. Laurel

President Laurel and Executive Commission chairman Jorge Vargas acknowledge crowd’s greetings during the inauguration.

President Jose P. Laurel and executive commission chairman Jorge Vargas during the former's inauguration.

1944: President Sergio Osmeña

Sergio Osmeña taking his oath of office as President of the Philippines before Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Osmeña had an atypical ceremony for his inauguration. Following the death of President Manuel L. Quezon, he took the oath in Washington, D.C on August 1, 1944.

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1946: President Manuel Roxas

President Manuel Roxas inauguration May 28, 1946.

President Manuel Roxas held his first inauguration on May 28, 1946. He had a second inauguration when the Philippines gained independence from the United States.

1949: President Elpidio Quirino

President Elpidio Quirino

Quirino at his second inauguration for his second term (and only full four-year term) as President.

1953: President Ramon Magsaysay

Ramon Magsaysay taking his oath of office as President of the Philippines


President Ramon Magsaysay being sworn into office by Chief Justice Ricardo Paras on December 30, 1953.

1957: President Carlos P. Garcia

President Carlos P. Garcia

Garcia had two inaugurations, one in Malacañang Palace and another at the Independence Grandstand in Manila.

1961: President Diosdado Macapagal

President Diosdado Macapagal delivers his inaugural address to thousands of Filipinos.

President Diosdado Macapagal delivers his inauguration speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

1969: President Ferdinand Marcos

Pres. Marcos Second Inauguration, December 30, 1969.

Like Macapagal, Marcos had his inauguration at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

1986: President Corazon Aquino

Cory Aquino takes her oath of office

President Corazon Aquino takes the presidential oath after the People Power Revolution.

1992: President Fidel V. Ramos

President-elect Fidel V. Ramos takes his oath as the 12th President of the Philippines


Ramos' inauguration brought back the inauguration to the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. His inauguration was the first after the 1987 constitution.

1998: President Joseph Estrada

President Estrada's Inaugural Address

Estrada delivered his inaugural speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, but his inauguration took place at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan.

2004: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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The fourteenth president of the Philippines had her second inauguration at the Cebu Provincial Capitol in Cebu City, with the oath of office administered by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Hilario Davide, Jr.

2010: President Benigno Aquino III


President Benigno Aquino III used the same bible that his mother President Corazon Aquino used in 1986.

2016: President Rodrigo Duterte

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On June 30, 2016, Duterte had his inauguration at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malacañang Palace in Manila.

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