I have just come back from a GIBO fundraiser evening…
It seemed that practically All of Manila had turned out to show support to the presidential aspirant seen by many as the most capable and the most qualified of the several presidentiables.
I found the onstage Gibo Teodoro highly intelligent, articulate, magnetic [ another word for charismatic? ], inspiring, and commanding with an uncanny ability to silence the madding crowd, make them listen, and want even more.
What I liked was that, unlike the other presidentiable aspirants, he did not speak a single word against his fellow contenders [ however godawful some of them are, in my opinion ]. True gentleman, I thought.
After a short speech, Gibo Teodoro left for two hours of meetings and then returned to the gathering…
I found the offstage Gibo Teodoro highly intelligent, articulate, incisive, tactful, an interested listener, unexpectedly warm [ given all those accomplishments ], charming and disarming, and fortunately gifted with the ability to connect and empathize with the various people he encounters. There is a lot to like in the man.
Not surprisingly, I found his wife Nikki Prieto-Teodoro very beautiful in person. If, as First Lady, she follows the egalitarian and populist but elegant styles of Sofia of Spain, Rania of Jordan, and the late Diana and negate that of Imelda Marcos & Co., she will be most memorable at Malacanang: A young, beautiful, sophisticated, and completely contemporary First Lady. Perhaps the Filipina equivalent of Jackie Kennedy.
On the lighter side, Gibo Teodoro is as tall and imposing as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is short and dumpy. Nikki Prieto-Teodoro is as beautiful and effortlessly elegant as Mike Arroyo is big and slow. That’s a good change. As I always say, and as Diana Vreeland always said, never underestimate the power of appearances.
All There. No need to look for anything else.