This Is How Much Presidential Adviser on Creative Communications Paul Soriano Will Be Making
After weeks of speculation, director Paul Soriano has found his way to Malacañang. President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. just named Soriano his presidential adviser for creative communications.
“One of the greatest assets of the Filipino is our creativity, and we must find many ways to highlight that to the rest of the world. And that is what Paul Soriano has already been doing in his career as a filmmaker. And now we have asked him to help us at one peso per year,” Marcos said, according to the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS).
Sa tulong nila at ang iba pang opisyal ng ating administrasyon naniniwala tayong kaya nating makamit ang pagbabagong hangad natin para sa bansa. pic.twitter.com/22QvR8AdA5— Bongbong Marcos (@bongbongmarcos) October 17, 2022
The office also stated that Soriano accepted the post with an annual salary of P1. With him during his oath-taking ceremony were actress and wife Toni Gonzaga and son, Severiano Elliot.
Soriano, likewise, thanked the president. He said: “It’s an absolute honor to be able to serve, first and foremost, of course, for the country and then, of course, for the PBBM administration. It’s a passion of mine to just create and communicate. It’s an absolute honor that the president has trusted me with this position.
Under the new Marcos administration, Soriano is tasked with assisting agencies “on matters that will enhance their information dissemination programs and initiatives."
The connection between the Marcoses and the Sorianos go way back. First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos is the director's aunt. The president and the first lady were also Soriano and Gonzaga's godparents at their wedding. Soriano was also tapped to direct Marcos' first State of the Nation Address.
Soriano, whose films include the award-winning A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery in 2016 and Siargao in 2017, was sworn in, together with Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman George Garcia and Commissioners Nelson Celis and Ernesto Maceda Jr.