Actress Vilma Santos said in an interview that running for an elective post in the Philippines is akin to doing a movie when election date comes, as on the film’s opening day she has butterflies in her stomach whether she makes it to the box-office or a dismal flop. While at it, she makes sure she isn’t complacent and does many things to wow and woo her fans (read: voters) during campaign periods as in shoots when anything happens under the sun. As before, she’s been busy going out to give her Batangas sixth congressional rep contention a big shot in the arm.
In these polls, many celebs are gunning for various government posts, locally and nationally.
Into the homestretch and jittery, what gives?
In the battle for Senate seats, Alma Moreno has been enjoying her out-of-town stints especially doing photo-ops with supporters reminiscing her sexier days. Edu Manzano hurt his foot in a sortie. Isko Moreno, who was then bound for Biliran, observed a staff of SFX Productions, should have let the other passengers on the plane embark first instead of him who’s seated near the front exit door, and then smiled and waved at them at the Tacloban City Airport. Tito Sotto and Rey Langit have been missing the AlDub daily narratives and DWIZ commentaries, respectively. Mark Lapid tags along with dad Lito Lapid in his campaigns when the latter isn’t hectic in his own as mayoral aspirant of Angeles City. Manny Pacquiao said he’s a full time politician now after hanging his boxing gloves.
In the race for Congress, never-say-die Asia’s Sentimental Songstress Imelda Papin has been stuck in Camarines Sur where she’s seeking the fourth district representation although she is kept company by siblings Aileen Papin, Gloria Belen and the Papin boys. Monsour del Rosario has elevated his political career plan from his Makati council stint to House lawmaking. Sol Aragones is broadcasting onstage in her Laguna turf. Ronnie Ricketts promises the moon and stars (read: true reforms) in Muntinlupa when he wins as its congressman.
Broadcaster and TV host Chiqui Roa contends for the first district of Rizal. Yul Servo takes chances at House of Reps after serving three terms as councilman for Manila’s third district. Alfred Vargas is unopposed as QC’s first district lawmaker. Lucy Torres has Richard Gomez at her beck and call while running a re-election in Leyte’s fourth district as he runs as Ormoc City mayor, a welcome treat after he was disqualified by Comelec during his first attempt as rep. Strike Revilla swaps with sis-in-law Lani Mercado in Bacoor’s mayoral contest as he runs for the Lower House’s 2nd district of Cavite.
TV poster boy Jopet Sison pursues a congressional seat for Marikina. Print journalist Junex Doronio has realized his dream of running for public office as congressman of Lapu-Lapu City while Jinggoy Estrada’s daughter Janna Ejercito is keen on conquering San Juan City in the House. As what entertainment industry analyst George Vail Kabristante said, 1Pacman nominee Mikee Romero is bent on promoting the welfare of indie filmmaking. Jade Ecleo aspires to become congresswoman of Dinagat Island.
ER Ejercito hopes to rebound as head of Laguna Province.
Quezon’s vice-governor candidate Gary Estrada has travelled even to the far-flung areas of the province while his wife Bernadette Allyson joins him in sorties she herself is its provincial board member wannabe.
Jolo Revilla has maintained ties with the Remullas as he runs anew as Cavite’s vice-governor, while action stars Phillip Salvador and Daniel Fernando are fighting tooth and nail as Bulacan province’s second-in-command. Angelica Jones chooses to run independently for gubernatorial spare tire of Laguna.
Ejercito half-brother’s baller Gherome and character actor Gerald are farmed out in two neighboring districts vying for membership of the Laguna Provincial Board. Beauty queen Azenith Briones is gunning for the same post and at the same place.
Daniel Padilla’s dad Rommel Padilla is in Nueva Ecija’s first district to gun for provincial bokal. Jestoni Alarcon despite his being former Rizal vice-governor has no qualms running for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Nora Aunor impersonator Teri Onor is a Bataan board member re-electionist, likewise actor Alex Castro in Bulacan and in the latter, comedian Long Mejia is rearing his political antics.
For mayors in various parts of the country, Manila’s Joseph Estrada is the most senior among them while young veteran Herbert Bautista in QC, composer Lito Camo in Bongabon, Oriental Mindoro; Dan Fernandez in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Maita Sanchez in Pagsanjan, Laguna; Guia Gomez in San Juan City; Cristina Gonzales in Tacloban City; Daisy Reyes in Pateros; and erstwhile Regal Films director Pong Mercado in Taal, Batangas.
For vice mayors, action flick helmer Jose “Kaka” Balagtas is a re-electionist in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija; newbie Jeremy Marquez in Parañaque City; Viva Hot Babe Andrea del Rosario in Calatagan, Batangas; fight instructor-director Val Iglesias in Pasig City; basketball icon Vergel Meneses in Bulakan, Bulacan; Janella Ejercito in San Juan City; and film star Ina Alegre in Pola, Oriental Mindoro.
For councilors in different towns and cities, basketball legend Yoyong Martirez leads the pack for Pasig’s second district along with veterans Roselle Nava and Mascualdos’ Bok Inciong; and Ryan Yllana in Paranaque; Roderick Paulate and Precious Hipolito, siblings Lala and Gian Carlo Sotto, hoopster Franz Pumaren and Anjo Yllana, QC; Robert Ortega, Manila; Charee Pineda, Valenzuela; composer Boy Christopher, Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and screen bad boy Randy Robledo Dimaranan, Biñan, Laguna.
Returnees for council member are Rico J. Puno, Makati; Lou Veloso, Jr., Manila; Allan Paule, Muntinlupa; and Anthony Castelo, Dan Alvaro, both QC.
First-timers meanwhile are Lance Raymundo and Inday Garutay, San Juan; Hero Bautista, QC; Jhong Hilario, Makati; Jomari Yllana, Vandolf Quizon and Wahoo Sotto, Parañaque; Vico Sotto, Pasig; Ericka Villongco, San Juan; and PJ Malonzo, Caloocan.
Hopefuls from Quezon are fashion photographer Donald Tapan, Agdangan; cyclist Gerry Igos, Calauag, and indie actress Nica Naval, aka Eunice Naval, and Gregoria de Jesus in Richard Somes’ “Supremo,” Lopez.