President Benigno Aquino III now has his own tree at the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general of Canada.
In his first state visit to Ottawa, Canada on Thursday afternoon (Friday in Manila), President Aquino attended the ceremonial tree planting at Rideau Hall organized by Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and spouse Sharon.
The President planted a red spruce tree beside the red maple tree planted by his late mother Corazon Aquino in 1989.
Johnston gave Aquino the same spade used by his mother to threw soil on the base of his own tree.
Planting a tree inside the Rideau Hall is a tradition carried out by heads of state, members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries who visit the governor general’s official residence.
President Fidel Ramos also planted an Ohio Buckeye tree at the Rideau Hall in 1997.
Among those prominent individuals who planted their own trees at the governor general’s compound were the US Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Japan’s Imperial Majesties Akihito and Michiko.
From Ottawa, President Aquino will visit Toronto and Vancouver in the next two days.