HOW THE STARS FARED
Let us check who among our theater stars earned the nod of the electorate. In Quezon City, we have Mayor Herbert Bautista. In Manila, Joseph Estrada and Isko Moreno. Manny Pacquiao in Gensan (legislative) and wife, Jinkee Pacquaio in Gensan (Gobernatorial). ER Ejercito in Laguna. Jolo Revilla in Cavite. Vilma Santos in Batangas. Lucy Torres in Leyte. Loren Legarda for the Senate. Previous election also featured the success of Lito Lapid , Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla in the Senate.
There are those who were however repudiated. We have Annabelle Rama in Cebu, Aga Muhlach in Camarines Norte, Richard Gomez in Leyte, Christopher de Leon in Batangas, Joey Marquez in Paranaque, and Imelda Papin in Bulacan. The previous election were also a debacle for some celebrities like Ceasar Montano, Edu Manzano and Rico J Puno.
There was also character actor Rex Cortez who campaigned as representative of Camarines Sur. Imelda Papin in Bulacan. Lani Mercado for Cavite and Dan Fernandez in Laguna. Their votes as yet to be finally counted although they are leading already.
At the way the people voted, there seems to be no formula for winning, even if in the process, the tried and tested means is applied—that is, celebrity status and popularity. Traditionally, politicians tap the drawing power of celebrity personalities, popular thespians and big names in the celluloid world. Until such time that celebrities were cajoled and courted to run on their own believing that star power alone can make a great difference. For some, it is a proven recipe but for others it is a fluke.
Sometime ago, in the early 60’s, moviedom heartthrob Rogelio de la Rosa threw his hat in the Presidential race only to back out later. Two decades later, another movie matinee Joseph Estrada would be elected to the highest post in the land, garnering the largest margin in the election history of the country. Had the votes properly counted, another movie idol Fernando Poe Jr. would have ascended the throne of Philippine politics too. Had another media personality Noli de Castro who was already Vice President mulled running for a higher post, he could have given his opponent a run of their money.
This early and as the smoke of the 2013 has as yet faded, there are those who wanted to preposition themselves already in the next electoral exercise. Presidential sister and herself a celebrity Kris Aquino is contemplating on running for a government post. There are also those who are into public service like those in media who also wanted to take a crack at the political arena. Media reporter Mon Ilagan is into his third term as Mayor of Cainta. Also ABS CBN TV Patrol Sol Aragones for Congress and GMA TV correspondent Charie Pineda for a local government position.
I overheard a mother and son arguing on what course to take in college. The son insisted he wanted to enter the field of entertainment. The mother was objecting. Eventually, the mother relented when his son whispered the main reason that he wanted eventually to be elected Mayor of their town.