Against all odds: These stars continue to battle in politics
MANILA, Philippines - While beauty queen turned actress Maria Isabel Lopez withdrew from the council race in Quezon City early on before the start of the campaign, comedian Dennis Padilla declared his Caloocan City council bid long before the official green light was on and hunk Richard Gomez paved a political road to his wife Lucy Torres as congresswoman of Ormoc City in Leyte.
There are still those who have completely thrown their hats in the political ring come hell or high water.
Actor Gary Estrada has dropped his mayoral aspirations of the bucolic San Antonio town in Quezon, a post he tried occupying twice in a row but failed, instead runs for board membership of the Second District of the province.
Estrada’s half-brother, ER Ejercito, was confident on the other hand, he could be governor of Laguna Province after being mayor of its town Pagsanjan for three consecutive terms, while sexy star wife Maita Sanchez tries to pin her hopes as a replacement of her husband.
Although still suffering a tragic blow when his son Angelo committed suicide exactly on the first day of the provincial campaign, awarded television, theater and film thespian Cesar Montano goes on his political odyssey as wannabe governor of Bohol.
Funnyman Amay Bisaya had woken up in reality one day he couldn’t beat his colleague so he bid his elusive dream of being head of their common ground adieu.
Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos, meanwhile, isn’t resting on her laurels as re-electionist Batangas Province governor now that her strongest opponent, Arman Sanchez, is gone because his wife has jumped in his shoes, while drama star Christopher de Leon picks for a Batangas board membership.
Erstwhile “That’s Entertainment” star Bimbo Bautista runs for vice-governor of Cavite, while Strike Revilla guns for Bacoor, Cavite mayor for the third time and sis-in-law Lani Mercado tries her luck once more, not as town head, but as congresswoman of the Second District of Cavite.
Former ST (Sex Trip) and TF (Titillating Film) star Cristina Gonzales once again runs as Tacloban City council in Leyte.
Sexy star Angelica Jones never says die in politics when she decided to run anew as Laguna Province’s Third District while action star Dan Fernandez matches up his congressional bid for the First District of the place with his residency issue still hanging in the air.
International boxing champ and action hero Manny Pacquiao tests his congressional waters in Sarangani Province.
Action star Jestoni Alarcon never ceases to excite Rizalians as an untiring candidate for Congress in Rizal.
In Metro Manila, Lou Veloso, Jr. still hangs on to his council seat in Manila City hall while Isko Moreno seems torn between two opposing mayoral candidates of the city.
Entertainment exporter Erick Valbuena runs for Manila council again.
Basketball star Tito Varela wants to win a congressional seat in Caloocan City as Rey Malonzo allows himself to run for the city’s second highest command after being mayor for years.
Character actress Charmie Benavidez enjoys her reelection as Pasig City councilor and Jobelle Salvador hopes she wins the Makati City vice-mayoralty while Yoyong Martirez fights for the vice mayoralty.
In Quezon City, the battlefield among stars in the council is wide open with Ara Mina, Arnell Ignacio, Ogie Diaz, Glenda Garcia, Alfred Vargas, Jaime Fabregas, Roderick Paulate and Ricky Davao as contenders while Aiko Melendez up her ante as vice-mayor and Herbert Bautista is steadfastly courting the mayoralty.
In Parañaque City, Joey Marquez reruns as town mayor while Anjo Yllana being a fellow ward under the late Douglas Quijano’s management is on the opposite camp as vice-mayor.
Marquez’s ex Alma Moreno runs against his party as councilor while singer-composer Val Sotto also vies for a council seat.
TV man Dong Puno takes chances again as congressman of Muntinlupa City.
Ex-star Guia Gomez guns for San Juan mayor while singer Darius Razon is a council re-electionist in Mandaluyong City.
Film director Romy Suzara is mad at cosmetic surgeon of the stars Manny Calayan for an equal nomination as representative of the same party-list Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz or AMS together with comic and Film Academy of the Philippines Director-General Leo Martinez and broadcaster Lakay Gonzalo.
In the national level, the senatorial contest is a big arena for actors Bong Revilla, Lito Lapid, Jinggoy Estrada, comic Tito Sotto, singer Imelda Papin, TV newscasters and reporters Kata Inocencio and Alex Tinsay.
In the vice-presidency, TV broadcasters Jay Sonza and Loren Legarda and actor Edu Manzano contend.
And last but not the least, senior action star Joseph Estrada takes a second wind as president of the land.
Hoping the local entertainment industry benefits from their victory, if ever.
Good luck to all of them.