To most people outside of Pasig City, Vico Sotto is perhaps another familiar personality who wants to break into the political scene. However, to Pasiguenos, he’s the contrary and he’s their deliverer. Apart from being the son of Philippine TV noontime variety host Vic Sotto and seasoned, multi-awarded actress Coney Reyes, Vico is no stranger to the said field of politics.
According to him, he was exposed to governance through his half-brother LA Mumar, who’s 11 years senior than him, “He was one of my biggest influences is my LA. Whatever he learned from his classes in college, he was pursuing developmental studies, he would teach it to me and he would even make a quiz from what he taught me to see if I really did read and understand what I was reading.
“The very early age, I was already exposed to government-related subjects. Though I was only 10-11 years old and didn’t have the grasp of the matter, still the interest didn’t wane. It further developed my passion for good governance.”
Sotto finished AB Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Management at Ateneo School of Government as well. He served his first term as councilor for Pasig and succeeded in promoting and passing the Pasig Transparency Ordinance, the first local law on Freedom of Information in Metro Manila.
As a mayoralty candidate to the Eusebio-ruled city, he knew in his heart that he is up for a great challenge, but he is someone who will stand and fight against anything that is irregular in governing the city. For him, it’s about time for new breed of leaders like him, new, fresh and who aren’t disillusioned about politics who will stand for better ways of governance.
Most politicians during campaign period, they are ‘OPMs’ short for ‘Oh, Promise Me’, is he like them?
He was quick to say that he is not the type to make many promises, but what he assures his constituents in Pasig that with his number one commitment, “Wala pong mapupunta sa sa bulsa ko kundi ang suweldo ko.”
At 29, he is not the type who will back out due to threats and coercions. He is committed to standing up for what is right. What he banked on is the piece of advice that his parents (Vic and Coney) always remind him of–is to pray al the time and never forget God.
He is aware that going up against the Eusebios is a great challenge because of his opponent’s well-oiled machinery. He painted scenarios that even in posting tarpaulins and other campaign paraphernalias are all over the city especially in houses whether these stuff have permission to post or not. But, one thing for sure is that he saw Pasiguenos are all ready for a leap of change.
His slogan: ‘Walang palakasan, walang pananakot, malinis na gobyerno’ is stronger than any existing political machinery that his opponent has.
What is admirable about this young politician is his belief on people’s participation council, “Naniniwala po ako na ang susi sa inklusibong (inclusive) pag-unlad ay ang pakikilahok ng taumbayan sa paggu-gobyerno.
“Puwede kasing magkaroon ng pag-unlad ang isang lungsod na hindi naman kasama ang nasa laylayan. May mayayaman pero ang mahihirap, mahihirap pa rin. Kaya dapat ang pag-unlad natin yung inklusibo.”
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At first glance, Chuckie Antonio is a potential candidate for showbiz matinee idol, but he’s not. Albert Alvin Lopez-Antonio III in real life is running as councilor for Quezon City’s District 3.
In his younger years, he also tried his luck in the entertainment industry and was part of Star Circle in 2010, but later on, he found himself serving his constituents in his district.
When asked what concern[s] he was able to address during his three-term as Barangay Kagawad, he was quick to share: “Most of the works we do are on lifestyle programs. Programs that help the lives of the people in here (referring to District 3) easier.”
Despite being young, he wants to stress that, “I don’t believe that this new generation is technically better than the last one.
“My point here is–there has to be someone representing the youth when it comes to governing the people. Hindi masama ang dati, kailangan lang haluan ng makabago; para they can work hand in hand to produce something better.”
He may be the youngest, but he doesn’t lack in experience. He believes that has the drive, the aggression to make things better.
In his district, he may be representing the youth sector, but the senior citizens are very close to his heart.
Some of the programs he’s actively involved with were the house-building and feeding programs of Gawad Kalinga (to which he’s an active member); feeding and lifestyle programs called PLA Loves Me Annual Feeding Program; livelihood, tech-based initiatives, and community job fairs; and the outreach programs by Ateneo Tulong Dunong.
He earned his entrepreneurial management degree at the University of Asia and the Pacific. He pursued his masters in management (specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation) at Singapore Management University.
Despite being an independent candidate, he is firm to continue what he has started, no matter what, “I wanna push for it because I wanna do it.”
To most people, the word ‘vice’ has a negative connotation or definition. It means a bad habit or even described as a horse, which probably the singer-comedian-host-turned entrepreneur Vice Ganda has capitalized on his successful showbiz career as well as his Vice Cosmetics that made a Guiness World Record-holder.
In September of this year, Vice Ganda or Jose Marie Borja Viceral in real life mounted the Ganda for All Music Festival at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and together with his fans and an estimated of 6,900 people in attendance—they broke a world-record for the largest gathering of people applying lipstick at the same time. Two months later, on November 18, Vice Ganda opened the flagship store of his Vice Cosmetics at Market Market.
During the opening, thousands of people witnessed and flocked to the store and the comedian and TV host, who recently won the 4th RAWR Awards as Favorite TV Host did not fail to draw such a huge crowd inside the said mall.
Maymay Entrata and Kisses Delavin: Vice Cosmetics’ Faces.
When asked who chose Maymay Entrata and Kisses Delavin as the official face of Vice Cosmetics, he said, “The very reason that the two young female stars were chosen—it’s because of the two fit the face of today’s young girls.”
He described the two young female stars; after their Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 edition stints, they both perfectly represent the young ladies of this present generation. Entrata from a simple beginnings and who possesses that ‘morena’ (brown) complexion and Delavin who was raised in a more comfortable lifestyle and has that flawless and fair skin could very well gravitate with the beauty brand’s intended market.
Vice Ganda is glowing these days.
Due to Vice Ganda’s rumored special friendship with Calvin Abueva, a Filipino professional basketball player for the Phoenix Fuel Masters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)—the question was thrown at him if there is a chance that what they both have at the moment will blossom into something deeper.
The host of Ganda Gabi Vice was quick to reply, “We are happy.” Nothing followed and the press fell silent and didn’t pursue any longer.
What’s notable is that, Abueva’s grandmother is fond of him. Whenever he and Calvin go on a date, he usually wears either of the two of his favorites—Severe, a Good Vibes Matte Lipstick and Phenom, a Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick.
Spreading Beauty as a Vice.
After the TV host and entrepreneur underwent a depression, which made him want to stop doing what loves to do; but through his two friends—Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid, he realized that’s it’s ‘the devil’ that was playing with his mind, so that it will bring him down and make him think negative. Since then, he fought and vowed to always stay positive. Vice Cosmetics is one outlet and his way of reaching out to people especially to women, those gay men who are being discriminated by society to choose to live and stay positive in and out, which translates to being beautiful.
He added that the tagline of Vice Cosmetics suggested such concept, “Kaya nga ‘Ganda for All’ (It means beauty for all regardless of whoever the person is).”