Rallies of Hope
As a gesture of distaste against all the black propaganda on the news (especially those directed against K.), I thought I’d take a step back and write about the good things the campaign has shown me – particularly what I’ve experienced during the rallies in recent months. It always feels good to know that, despite the sweltering heat of summer, the events Noy and I have attended have been a constant sea of yellow volunteers and supporters. Here are just a few interesting anecdotes among the hundreds worth sharing:
In Bacolod, a girl asked me to sign her hand-held Nintendo with a felt-tip pen! I think that’s the first time I’ve ever signed something like that, haha. Whenever Noy and I get requests like these, we feel flattered and deeply honored that people believe that we can make a difference. Make no mistake that if we get elected, we certainly will.
In Naga, an old man, without saying his name, gave me an envelope and simply said, “para sa kinabukasan ng aking mga anak.” Without knowing what it contained, I smiled, accepted, and he left right after. A few days later I opened the envelope to find a P100 bill. I wish that he had left contact details so that I could, at the very least, say thank you. It means a lot to me that people are contributing their time and money to help our government move away from its current system of corruption and deceit. One time in a rally, even a street vendor came over to give me packets of great tasting chicharon!
It’s hard to explain the sheer number of people who attended the recent San Carlos City rally in Negros Occidental. As soon as we entered through the backdoor, we were shocked to see so many people! After walking around for 10 minutes seeing so many happy faces, hearing the chants, and smiling at the people taking pictures, we were suddenly asked to stop. Yun na pala yung dulo ng stage… at sa sobrang dami ng tao, maski yung stage mismo puno! Amazing!
These touching and humbling moments of the campaign show that, despite the black propaganda being waged on the web and outside of it, there are better things to talk about. And these are the things that matter. These stories show that an election campaign takes us out of our routine and forces us to make a choice. Each of us makes this choice not just for our own sakes but also for the entire country. Out of these individual efforts and sacrifices do we build our democracy and ultimately our nation. Seeing people make these choices and going out there with us to change the course of this country is an inspiring experience! That, for me, is the hallmark of this campaign.
Maraming salamat po.