MANILA, Philippines— Film director Paul Soriano has been tapped to direct President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s inaugural State of the Nation Address (SONA) on June 25.
“I am grateful and honored for this rare opportunity,” Soriano told ABS-CBN News Tuesday.
“Anytime the President needs me, I will deliver and do my best.”DIRECTOR PAUL SORIANO
In the same interview, Soriano emphasized that he sees a spartan, no-frills set up for the event.
“It will be simple and traditional and will focus on his message,” Soriano said.
Soriano further disclosed that the President is “hands-on” in the process of preparing his address and that it would be concise, clear, and direct to the point.
“The real challenge is for the public to hear him well,” the director added.
“After all, this is a two-way process where listening skills is important to hear his message.”DIRECTOR PAUL SORIANO
The filmmaker will begin practicing with the President on Sunday with Radio Television Malacanang (RTVM) and his long-time creative colleague, cameraman Odie Flores. The rehearsals will take place at the Presidential Palace.
Soriano assumes control of the SONA, succeeding Joyce Bernal and Brillante Mendoza during the Duterte administration.
In a previous interview with ABS-CBN News, Soriano expressed his willingness and readiness to assist the next government.
“If there’s a need for me to help, I will be there in whatever capacity. I’ve been supporting him from the start and I will continue to do that. He can count on us,” he said.
Marcos is Soriano and Toni Gonzaga’s godfather in Marriage.