Actors, actresses and other celebrities have come out for their respective candidates as the national and local campaign get to the final stage before the May 9 elections.
This as American pop star Ariana Grande was among the trending topics in the Philippines after she posted on her Instagram stories an aerial video of supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan singing her hit song “Break Free.”
Grande’s “Break Free” was among the songs played in the well-attended Leni-Kiko election campaign rally in Pasig City, and Grande reposted the clip on her Instagram filled with gratitude.
“I could not believe his was real, I love you more than words,” she said in the Instagram story, ABS-CBN reported.
At press time, Ariana Grande was the #1 topic in Philippine trends on Twitter with nearly 30,000 tweets.
Grande, who was a staunch critic of the Donald Trump administration and is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter campaign, has two Grammy awards under her belt: Best Pop Vocal Album for “sweetener” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain On Me” with Lady Gaga.
Several rock bands, pop artists, actors, and celebrities joined tens of thousands of ‘Kakampinks’ at the Pasig campaign rally of presidential candidate Robredo and her running mate and in other previous and other campaign rallies later.
Foremost of the Robredo-Pangilinan supporters are megastar Sharon Cuneta and actress Angel Locsin.
Others present at Robredo and Pangilinan’s campaign rallies were celebrities Janine Gutierrez, Donny Pangilinan, Elijah Canlas, Kokoy de Santos, Cherry Pie Picache, Agot Isidro, Nikki Valdez, Rica Peralejo, Edu Manzano, Gab Valenciano, Robi Domingo, Melai Cantiveros, Jake Ejercito, and the family of Marjorie Barretto.
Supporters of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and runningmate Sara Duterte and lead by actress-host Toni Gonzaga having performed in several campaign sorties, starting at the Philippine Arena proclamation rally. Other celebrities who have performed at the UniTeam’s campaign rallies include Karla Estrada, rapper Andrew E, and singers Randy Santiago, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, and Lyca Gairanod. Bands like Aegis, Silent Sanctuary, South Border, and Plethora.
Showbiz personalities like Nora Aunor, Dulce, Aiko Melendez, and Roderick Paulate have also campaigned for Marcos Jr. and Duterte on their respective social media accounts.
Celebrities-turned-politicians Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez have also endorsed Marcos for president.
Those supporting the tandem of Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Sen. President Vicente Sotto III are led by popular tv hosts and Eat Bulaga show mainstays Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.
Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao, on the other hand, is supported by singer Freddie Aguilar who rooted for President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential election.
The Emerald Avenue, Pasig event was for VP Robredo has been the top trending topic on Twitter, and its live stream had 3.1 million views on Facebook and over 380,000 views on YouTube.
Aside from megastar Sharon Cuneta, top actress Angel Locsin joined the Pasig and other rallies as well for Robredo.
Ailing Kris Aquino braved her medical condition and joined the Robredo campaign in Tarlac where she shared the stage with actress Angel Locsin.
The daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte made a guest appearance at a live episode of Revillame’s “Wowowin” variety show, which was livestreamed from the Cebu City Sports Center, ABS-CBN reported.
Duterte-Carpio was notably without her “UniTeam” running mate, presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
Clad in green, Duterte-Carpio’s campaign color, Revillame referred to the mayor as, “Ilaw ng tahanan ng lahat,” in his song.
Uson, who is seeking a congressional seat as a nominee of the Mocha (Mothers for Change) Party-list, joined Moreno at his campaign stop in Kawit, Cavite.
In her endorsement speech, she likened Moreno to a “young Duterte” supposedly in terms of passion for service to the country.
Uson is one of several allies of Duterte who are now supporting the presidential candidacy of Domagoso, after the president’s long-time aide, Sen. Bong Go, withdrew from the race last year.
Other celebrities who are supporting the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem include brother-in-law Gary Valenciano, Bituin Escalante, Kuh Ledesma, Robi Domingo, OPM band Ben&Ben, Ely Buendia, the Company, and Joel Torre, to name some.
At the Pasig rally of Robredo, several rock bands, pop artists, actors and celebrities joined tens of thousands of ‘Kakampinks.’
Actor Donny Pangilinan sang “Ikaw Lang Ang Aking Mahal” by Brownman Revival and gave a message to his uncle, Sen. Kiko, who was at that time attending the vice presidential debates organized by the Commission on Elections.
“Nung bata pa ako nakita ko na, na mahal niya talaga ang mga magsasaka at mga mangingisda and I’m speaking from the heart, nandoon ang puso niya sa mga Pilipino kaya sabi ko sa kanya, Tito, I will support you all the way,” Pangilinan said as reported by ABS-CBN.
He also urged the public to talk to other people, may they be undecided or supporting other candidates, and convince them to vote for Robredo and Pangilinan.
“Kahit pink po ang kulay natin we shouldn’t be scared of other colors and talk to them about the Leni-Kiko tandem para makumbinsi sila to go Leni-Kiko all the way,” he said.
“Wala akong nakikitang ibang karapat-dapat na mamuno kundi ang Leni-Kiko tandem.”
Ben&Ben performed a new song titled “Sabel” dedicated to women who continued to fight for their rights despite all odds.
The OPM band also performed their songs “Pagtingin,” “Kapangyarihan,” and, “Araw-Araw.”
“Si Leni Robredo kahit anong tinapon sa kanya ng mundo patuloy lang siyang lumaban para sa bawat isa sa atin.”
In a previous statement, Ben&Ben said it is rallying behind Robredo and Pangilinan but clarified that the band will not be paid for its support.
Aside from the Pasig event, Ben&Ben also performed at the campaign rally of the Robredo-Pangilinan ticket in Nueva Ecija on March 22.
Angel Locsin also showed up at the campaign rally dubbed Pasiglaban.
The Darna actress joined thousands of pink-clad supporters along the stretch of Emerald Avenue.
While wearing a black shirt paired with a pink mask, Locsin proudly carried a placard that reads: “Ma’am Leni sayo na ang bato.” (Jo Erlinda Maufit/Jeanne Michael Penaranda)