A lot of Presidential candidates position themselves in a way that people can relate to them. I become curious about one of the presidential candidate, Manny Villar. I have nothing against him but everywhere I go I always heard children singing "tunay ka bang mhirap..." in which it is one of the jingle of Manny make me more curious of his background. when people talk about Tondo, they imagine poverty and the life living on the ports.
Facts that are doubtful. TUNAY KA NGA BANG MAHIRAP?
1. Manny Villar finished his education at Holy Child Catholic School in 1962, and finished his high school education at Mapua Institute of Technology in 1966. He attended the University of the Philippines-Diliman and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1970. He returned to the same school to earn his master’s degree in business administration in 1973. in which you can see that he came from a private school that a middle class to a rich family can afford to send their children.
2. His father was a government employee and his mother is a seafood vendor. It may not be Class AB household income but it is definitely not Class E.
3. Villar’s father used to have a “nikaladong (stainless steel clad)” private Jeep. During the 1950s, a nikaladong private Jeep is a status symbol in Tondo, definitely not the hallmark of a poor household.
4. Manny is degrading himself with the story that he shared. He thought that Corned beef is cooked just like a soup But the fact is that there are really two ways to cook canned corned beef. One is the dry sautéed type while the other is the soupy type where you can add potatoes and cabbage. Both the rich and the middle class enjoy corned beef both ways. Before up to the 1980s, people from the provinces consider it a status symbol to be eating corned beef.
As a first time voter, I really want to make sure that the person whom I will believe in is the one who will make the Philippines a better place. Each one of us has a different mindset of what we want and what we believe in. Research if you must so that comes election day, you know who you'll root for.
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