ABS-CBN and GMA-7 will cover Barack Obama inauguration


Witness the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, the United States' 44th and first African-American President, with coverage from GMA-7 and ABS-CBN starting tonight.



Both GMA-7 and ABS-CBN will be covering Barack Obama's historic Presidential Inauguration, which will take place on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol (11:00 PM Manila time).

The inaugural celebration, which starts at 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) will include Obama's oath taking, using President Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as his highly anticipated inaugural address. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will also take his oath, alongside a musical rendition by the United States Marine Band, San Francisco Boys Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and singer Aretha Franklin.


KAPAMILYA COVERAGE. ABS-CBN will begin its coverage starting tonight, January 20, from 10:30 PM to 2:00 a.m. Channel 2 and Studio 23 will hook up with the ABS-CBN News Channel's (ANC) ongoing coverage anchored by Ricky Carandang and Ces Drilon.

ABS-CBN's North America Bureau Chief Ging Reyes, together with Rodney Jaleco and Don Tagala, will deliver updates from Washington D.C. as the United States' 44th and first African-American President takes his oath.

Charie Villa, ABS-CBN's vice president for newsgathering, is also in Washington as a guest of the United States government for the International Visitor Leadership Program. Charie will give fresh updates on the event for the benefit of Filipino viewers around the world.

The ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) began its 3-day coverage of the new American president's inauguration last Monday on "Mornings@ANC" and will run until Wednesday, January 21. In Tuesday's run-up to the event, ANC will air live reports from the North America bureau every hour. From 8 p.m. Strictly Politics and Big Picture will tackle the challenges facing Obama and how his policies will impact on the ASEAN region and Asia in general through foreign and local experts as guests. Business Nightly will do also highlight the inauguration. Live coverage will start at 10 p.m. during World Tonight.


KAPUSO COVERAGE. GMA News and Public Affairs will also be presenting its own coverage and it will start tonight at 12:30 AM (Manila time), right after Reporter's Notebook and Camera Cafe. On Unang Hirit, Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales will keep viewers posted about the much-anticipated inaugural ceremony.

An estimated crowd of four million will flock at the Washington D.C. Capitol for the unfolding of this worldwide event. Among them is Jessica Soho, broadcast journalist and vice-president of GMA-7 News and Public Affairs. Reporters Raffy Tima and Jiggy Manicad will also be providing information for our kababayans who want to witness the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., the son of a Kansas-born mother and Kenya-born father.

This Saturday, January 24, Jessica Soho will be showcasing her own documentary about America's first black president in her show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. Her show airs on GMA-7 at 8:30 pm.

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