'Noynoy-mania' hits Manila

Posted at 06/27/2010 1:57 AM | Updated as of 06/27/2010 2:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines - With just a few days remaining before the next president is sworn into office, merchandise featuring President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has spread in stores--and even on cyberspace.

US President Barack Obama sparked Obama mania before his inauguration in 2009 when T-shirts and other memorabilia with Obama's image became in-demand in the US and even in the Philippines.

Now, President-elect Aquino is enjoying the same popularity.

Noynoy souvenirs have become hot-sellers.

In Binondo, there are various Noynoy T-shirt designs to choose from, such as a yellow T-shirt with Obama's motto "Change".

There's also one with Noynoy's historical TIME magazine cover.

Each shirt costs only 69 pesos.

"Sana ito'y magbibigay pag-asa sa bawa't Pilipinong nangagarap ng pagbabago," said buyer Rodil Asuncion.

Noynoy memorabilia can also be found in Internet sites like e-Bay, including Noynoy inaugural watches with different colors and designs.

For many, having these souvenirs is a way to be part of Philippine history.