Did Manny mimic Mar?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | posted in , , , , , | 3 comments

When I was reviewing the campaign ads of the two front runners, Senator Manny Villar and Senator Mar Roxas, in the 2010 Presidential elections courtesy of Youtube, I had observed something in Villar's ad which was unusual to me. Try to watch the videos!

Villar's ad was like a prelude political ad to his presidential bid (if ever). In his ad, he tries to be with the people to show that he represents them. He tries to reiterate the "Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga" (Mr. Diligence and Perseverance) slogan in his ad. As I recall his campaign jingle, it says "There's affordable housing, there's livelihood for everyone, he helps the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), he defends the women, a loving son, let's go with Manny Villar, in the trust of the people, he is number 1!" Then Villar says "So that the Philippines can be lift up from poverty, Diligence and Perseverance, Villar na!" Doesn't it sounds presidential?

He used "Sipag at Tiyaga" (Diligence and Perseverance) campaign slogan during his 2001 senatorial campaign that referred to his success story. By 2007, he changed the slogan a bit, and made it to refer him as the "Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga" (Mr. Diligence and Perseverance). Did it try to counter Senator Mar Roxas' "Mr. Palengke" slogan?

Another thing also, I was surprised when Sen. Villar had palengke (wet market) tours during his 2007 campaign! Was it to counter again Sen. Roxas' image as "Mr. Palengke"? Well, Sen. Villar was a palengke (wet market) boy, I admit. I had already read his life story. He rosed from rags to riches. He's indeed a survivor! But for me, he's not the man for the job at Malacañang. Sen. Roxas' earned his palengke (wet market) image because of his determination to preserve it as the basic unit of the economy.

But please, let's don't give a damn on popularity and image. Let's see whether that potential candidate for President CAN and WILL serve. Whether it's for Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga or Mr. Palengke, the decision is still in the hands of the voters.

You judge! Did Sen. Villar tried to mimic Sen. Mar's successful campaign?

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3 Responses So far
on September 13, 2007 at 10:28 PM  

Please don't take this personally. It's nice to see you advocating this thing, but you really have to fix up your grammar.

In some ways, you're the youth's representative of Mar. That's why we can't have titles like 'Did Manny mimicked Mar?' It's 'Did Manny mimic Mar?'

I do hope you maintain your site up till 2010, because you're doing a good thing and your site does have potential.

Jose Dennio P. Lim Jr.
on July 8, 2008 at 1:57 PM  

It is not a question of who was the one who mimic one other. It is a question of who really is the "Mr. Palengke" and knows what happens in the marketplace. Well, Villar would surely be the true "Mr. Palengke" by his former experience working in the market. But we should also see if Maa really is the one for our country. Well he is not. He came from the oldest political clans in the country and he will never understood the common masses.

Kevin Ray
on July 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM  

Jose, thanks for airing your sentiment on this blog. That's your belief and I don't have to contend with it.

Yes, Mar came from the oldest political clans in the country. Yes, Mar didn't grew up in the Palengke, although they own the Farmer's Market. But the question here is that, as what you said "who really is the "Mr. Palengke" and knows what happens in the marketplace." I have read Manny's life in the "palengke." But as I have thoroughly researched, Mar was more focused on the "palengke" than Manny, which is an irony of Manny's early life. I can remember that Manny Villar used his "palengke" image only in the 2007 elections. After that, no more. If he was sincere in keeping that image, we should have been hearing now that he's going to the markets to inspect the prices of basic commodities and other things.

Mar Roxas, although didn't grew up in the "palengke", learned the importance of it. That's what makes him "Mr. Palengke." Now, he's even beyond that although not completely discarding that image.

Once again Jose, peace! Thanks again for dropping by my blog!

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