MANILA, Philippines – Until the very last day of the campaign, ruling party PDP-Laban courted voters through song and dance numbers.
President Rodrigo Duterte's party held its miting de avance on Saturday, May 11, in Pasig City, with more than a dozen performers.
The entertainment started two hours before the main program started.
The celebrities who performed include comedy queen Ai Ai delas Alas, Michael Pangilinan, Jinky Vidal, Martin Escudero, Jimmy Bondoc, Moymoy of comic duo Moymoy Palaboy, Alina, Thor, and Dinky Doo.
They wore shirts or pins of senatorial bet Bong Go.
The performances hardly stopped during the actual program.
Former police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa sang his staple song, You Are The Reason, and at one point tried to control his tears.
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, for his part, sang with his wife Kathryna.
As in past sorties, Go's turn was filled with the most number of performances.
He again brought child star Alonzo Muhlach, who gamely performed a song that has Go's name as lyrics.
The child, as he did in a rally in Mandaluyong, called on Go and other bets to join his dance. Imee Marcos, Rafael Alunan III, Go, and Dela Rosa hopped on and gamely swayed their hips, as they danced to the upbeat music.
After Alonzo, singer and comedian Bayani Agbayani took the stage and sang Go's campaign jingle, patterned after his hit Otso Otso.
A staple part of Go's campaign, his comedy skit and song number with actors Robin Padilla and Philip Salvador was again a huge hit.
Also joining them was former Tourism Promotions Board chief and actor Cesar Montano.
Freddie Aguilar also did what he does best. He sang the song used by President Duterte in his 2016 presidential campaign.
PDP-Laban and Duterte rallies usually take 8 to 10 hours. On top of the entertainment, these are filled with Duterte's insults against his critics and occasional rants. – Rappler.com
Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email firstname.lastname@example.org