MANILA, Philippines - People from across the globe intently watched the May 10 elections unfold - from the casting of votes, to the canvassing, all the way to the proclamation of the 15th President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III.
According to Aquino's media group, a deluge of applications for coverage of the inauguration from various television, radio and print media have begun to come in, not just in the Philippines, but from the United States and Europe as well.
These include the British Broadcasting Corporation or the BBC, CNN, The New York Times and even National Geographic and popular bloggers.
Aquino's camp said the number of foreign media covering the event shows how the entire world followed the triumph of democracy, from the victory of former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino in 1986 against Ferdinand Marcos, until her son "Noynoy" became president himself.
Aside from world media, 4 heads of state are also expected to attend the inauguration on June 30.
"Kilala siya sa buong mundo - siya ang anak ni Cory, senator, walang balak tumakbo, biglang tumakbo, biglang nanalo, borne on a people's campaign, so parang fairy tale. So 'andaming nanonood, andaming sumusunod doon sa kuwento, sa teleserye kumbaga," said Jing Magsaysay, member of the Aquino inaugural committee.
Meanwhile, Presidential Management Staff head Elena Bautista-Horn said P10 million has been allotted for the inauguration.
The organizers of the inauguration added there are enough facilities to ensure the entire world would witness the historic event. Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News