Screen star Piolo Pascual swept Zamboanguenos off their feet in a visit to the Zamboanga peninsula on Friday (April 8, 2022) – his first campaign show for the 2022 elections.
Pascual, who joined Number 50 Ang Probinsyano Party-List led by Rep. Alfred Delos Santos and Rep. Edward Delos Santos, in their campaign sorties in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur; Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay and Sergio Osmena, Zamboanga del Norte, blew away the locals with his good looks and his famous charismatic aura upon landing at Pagadian airport.
The actor is endorsing Ang Probinsyano, a party-list whose rural advancement advocacy he firmly believes in.
At the sortie venues, the cheering crowds also witnessed Pascual’s singing prowess, when he rendered big hits like “Mangarap Ka” and “Hawak Kamay” so much so that at one point, a seemingly mesmerized fan in Pagadian City breached security and ran to the stage to embrace the celebrity.
“Nandito po ako ngayon para ikampanya ang boses ng mga probinsyanong tulad ko sa Kongreso, ang mga totoong nagtatrabaho po para maiangat ang kalidad ng buhay natin – ang Number 50 Ang Probinsyano Party-List (I am here to campaign for the voice of probinsyanos like me in Congress, the one which is genuinely working to raise the quality of our lives – Number 50 Ang Probinsyano Party- List),” Pascual told lively crowds and local executives who came in full force.
“Iboto lang natin ang nararapat (Let us vote for deserving candidates),” he added.
Pascual, who is one of Philippines’ most prominent and bankable movie personalities but is known for his simplicity despite his stature, has been vocal in his interviews that ever since he lived in the province, he has been loving the lifestyle – which explains why he is very passionate in supporting programs that will benefit his fellow probinsyanos.
Number 50 Ang Probinsyano Party-List Rep. Alfred Delos Santos vowed to pursue projects for the country’s geographically isolated areas.
“Kung kami po ay muling papalarin, sisiguraduhin po namin na patuloy na maibibigay ang mga kinakailangang tulong ng mga malalayong probinsya (If we will be given another chance, we will make sure that our country’s remote areas will continue to be accorded the necessary assistance),” he said.
This was echoed by Rep. Edward Delos Santos, who reiterated their commitment to facilitate rural progress.
“Kami po ay tatlong taon pa lang sa Kongreso. Pero sa maikling panahong ito, kami po ay nakapagpagawa ng mga kalsada, tulay, mga multipurpose buildings at evacuation centers sa buong bansa, bukod sa educational, livelihood, health at food programs para sa ating mga kapwa probinsyano (We have been in Congress
for only three years. But in such short time, we have built roads, bridges, multipurpose buildings and evacuation centers around the country, apart from educational, livelihood, health and food programs for our fellow probinsyanos),” the lawmaker said.
Meanwhile, in Samar, local officials led by Gov. Reynolds Michael Tan and second district Rep. Sharee Ann Tan also formally endorsed Number 50 Ang Probinsyano Pary-List in a rally at the Catbalogan provincial capitol, graced by celebrity supporter JC de Vera.
In his speech, Number 50 Ang Probinsyano Party-List third nominee Michael Chua reiterated the collective effort needed in navigating a challenging recovery from the pandemic.
“Recovery of rural areas is among the key starting points for our post-pandemic comeback so rest assured that we will help enable these communities to go back to their normal lives,” Chua said.