I’ve campaigned for my dad in every election since I was born and I can definitely say that his latest entry into the fray is the most consuming and most hard-fought. It was my dad’s first local race in about 30 years so it was a huge adjustment for him and the entire team to shift gears from a national standpoint. It was now more than simply going to places to conduct a motorcade and a rally, but much focus and attention was necessary. Moreover, going up against a popular and established incumbent, who didn’t hesitate to use the local government’s resources, undeniably made it even more of an uphill battle. However, as we know, the tides turned not for that incumbent but for change.
My assignment was to go house-to-house as much as I can and to focus on the youth sector and I can only be grateful and hopeful for each day I spent on the campaign trail. Apart from getting to know our nation’s great capital better and realise its problems as well as its potential to regain its former glory, seeing and understanding the diversity of the Manileño and his livelihood was just as awakening and enriching.
Everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown at my dad to the point it’s surprising they didn’t blame him for Michael Jackson’s death. But his election as the new mayor of Manila says a lot about what people think about him and about such accusations. That’s why just as this campaign is the most consuming and most hard-fought, it’s also the most rewarding. So here’s to brigther days, Manileño!
PS. A massive and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped and supported us along the way!