The longest, shortest SONAs in PH history

President Aquino’s 3rd State of the Nation Address, which lasted for nearly an hour and a half, is not the longest in the country’s history.

Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office said that honor goes to President Ferdinand Marcos’ 1969 SONA, which had a total of 30,427 words.
In comparison, Aquino’s 2012 SONA had only 8,890 words.

“So [Marcos’] '69 SONA the longest at 30k words was 3.33x longer than 2012 SONA at 8,890 words,” he said in his Twitter account.

Quezon said Aquino’s speech also failed to make the top 10 longest SONAs in the country’s history. At least seven of the country’s longest SONAs were delivered by Marcos, two were delivered by Diosdado Macapagal, and one was delivered by Manuel Roxas.

The top 10 longest SONAs are:

1) 1969  – Ferdinand Marcos (30,427 words)
2) 1972  – Ferdinand Marcos (24,186 words)
3) 1970 – Ferdinand Marcos (21,640 words)
4) 1968 – Ferdinand Marcos (18,399 words)
5) 1971 – Ferdinand Marcos (15,220 words)
6) 1976 – Ferdinand Marcos (15,053 words)
7) 1967 – Ferdinand Marcos (14,601 words)
8) 1963 – Diosdado Macapagal (13,406 words)
9) 1965 – Diosdado Macapagal (13,115 words)
10) 1947 – Manuel Roxas (12,658 words)

Quezon also revealed the 10 shortest SONAs in the country’s history. Of the 10, 3 were delivered by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Elpidio Quirino and Ramon Magsaysay had 2 each, and Diosdado Macapagal, Corazon Aquino and Ramon Magsaysay had 1 each.

Top 10 shortest SONAs

1) 2005- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (1,551 words)
2) 1950- Elpidio Quirino (2,487 words)
3) 2004- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2,690 words)
4) 1964- Diosdado Macapagal (2,829 words)
5) 1938 – Manuel L. Quezon (2,856 words)
6) 2003- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3,326 words)
7) 1987- Corazon Aquino (3,358 words)
8) 1954 – Ramon Magsaysay (3,388 words)
9) 1951 – Elpidio Quirino (3,495 words)
10) 1956 – Ramon Magsaysay (3,905 words)
Wow! 1.5 hours speech and still not the longest SONA? Not even in Top 10! Anu kaya ang laman ng talumpati ng Mackoy nung 1969? At umabot nga kaya ng gabi ang speech nya? Natuyuan ba sya ng lalamunan?

AT...Bakit kaylangan pumalakpak ng mga tao every 30 seconds sa SONA? Di ba sumakit ang mga palad nila? At kapala-palakpak ba talaga ang pinapalakpakan nila? I-text ang:
a. Oo, Amazing kaya deserve ng applause!
b. Napilitan lang kami--may prompter na nakalagay ang APPLAUSE
c. Hindi syempre--Clap kami for the sake of BONUS.

About Allan Bough

Allan works full time as a Recruitment Head for an IT Solutions company in Makati and juggles blogging along side. He’s fond of travelling, a certified beach and nature lover and would want to explore more of Earth’s riches. A former community theater director, a pre school teacher and a frustrated Star In A Million contestant, Allan hopes of conquering the big stage for a spotlight one day. Conversation and people are his passion.
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