Popularity may be a big factor in winning an election, but being a star does not always guarantee victory.
This became apparent in the latest electoral exercise as several actors lost in their bid for elective posts.
Outgoing Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Tourism Commission head Mark Lapid, Edu Manzano and Parañaque City (Metro Manila) councilor Alma Moreno were unsuccessful in their run for a Senate seat.
Moreno was a ward of the “Master Showman,” German Moreno, who died in January this year.
Lapid is the son of outgoing senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid, himself a big action star.
Manzano, a popular movie and TV personality, landed on the 21st spot in the senatorial race, getting five million votes.
He was once vice mayor of Makati City (Metro Manila).
Moreno, Vanessa Lacsamana in real life, was a popular sexy star from the 1970s up to the 1990s but she only got more than two million votes.
She ran under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance or UNA.
Professor Ador Torneo of the Political Science Department of the De La Salle University said there is no scientific study showing that popularity is sufficient by itself for an actor to win an election.
Torneo added that winning depends on a combination of factors such as resources, national machinery, tie-ups with local politicians and political strategy, among others.
Six celebrities, led by actors Vandolph Quizon and Jomari Yllana, however, were proclaimed councilors of Parañaque City on Tuesday morning.
Quizon, son of losing senatorial candidate Moreno, placed sixth in District 1 while Yllana ranked eighth or last.
Yllana’s brother, Ryan, was reelected councilor in District 2 under the ticket of Mayor Edwin Olivarez, according to public information chief Mar Jimenez.
Yllana’s older brother, Anjo, incumbent Quezon City councilor, is also in the winning circle in District 5.
Singer Roselle Nava, meanwhile, topped the race for a council seat in District 1.
First District Rep. Eric Olivarez, younger brother of the mayor, was also proclaimed after winning by a landslide.
Professional basketball coach and reelectionist councilor Binky Favis got the highest vote in District 2, while Wahoo Sotto, son of actor and former city councilor Val Sotto, placed second in the council race.
Sotto’s cousin Gian, son of Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd, was reelected in Quezon City’s third district.