Marcos picks National Museum as inauguration venue

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) — President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will be sworn in as the Philippines' 17th president at the National Museum in Manila on June 30.

Incoming Presidential Management Staff Secretary Zenaida "Naida" Angping on Thursday said preparations for the inauguration ceremony are already in full swing.

"The National Museum of Philippines building and its surrounding areas match our requirements for President-elect Marcos' inauguration," Angping said in a statement forwarded by the Marcos camp.

In a separate statement, the National Museum of the Philippines said the National Museum of Fine Arts will be temporarily closed from June 6 to July 4 to give way to the preparations for the event.

It will reopen on July 5 at 9 a.m., it said.

Meanwhile, “[t]he National Museum of Anthropology and National Museum of Natural History will continue regular operations until further notice,” the management added..

Formerly known as the Old Legislative Building and completed in 1926, it served as the venue for the inauguration of former Presidents Manuel L. Quezon in 1935, Jose P. Laurel in 1943, and Manuel Roxas in 1946.

Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Sara Duterte is set to hold her inauguration in her hometown Davao City on June 19.