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Tunay ka nga bang MAHIRAP?

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.

I read Philippine Star newspaper and I encounter the column of William Esposo. In his column he discussed about the real status of Manny when he was still a kid. I want to share this facts to let other people know if he is still deserving to be a president despite the reality that he didn't came from a very poor family.

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.


Our country’s biggest deceivers are also our biggest thieves

Source: The Chair Wrecker

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  1. Anonymous meandmypurplering | February 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM |  

    come on Philippines, since when did coming from a poor family/ being poor as of the moment become a criteria for running a country?

  2. Anonymous Anonymous | February 19, 2010 at 8:39 AM |  

    er, ok...but have you noticed how rampant these black propaganda against Villar are running? I mean, c'mon! Some attacks are even so low, that it's already illogical. I am not siding with him, but how come just when his popularity is starting to soar, we see these attacks? What about the other candidates? What about Noynoy being a Cojuangco and a possible puppet of the Mafia king, Danding? What about Gordon and his covered up Olongapo mayor stint? (Olongapo was the Asia's sex capital during his term, just to remind you)

    Anyway, be it bad publicity or good publicity, it still is publicity. I just wish that these propaganda attack the issue, as it is more and more becoming a fallacy ad hominem.

  3. Blogger Patricia | February 19, 2010 at 6:27 PM |  

    just to clarify things, I have nothing against Villar. will soon write a blog about each presidential candidates (hope to have enough time to research) :) anyway, thanks for visiting our blog :)

  4. Blogger Vin Tan | February 19, 2010 at 8:46 PM |  

    ^ naks...go Loren este Commander!

  5. Anonymous Anonymous | February 24, 2010 at 9:45 PM |  

    "What about Gordon and his covered up Olongapo mayor stint? (Olongapo was the Asia's sex capital during his term, just to remind you)"

    With this said, now I know who I'll be voting for. :)

  6. Anonymous Anonymous | March 13, 2010 at 10:38 PM |  

    manny villar cannot change the country. he is a percentage of the poor who strived out of poverty. the other poor people are bums and lazy who would rather drink and add the population than work and be productive.