Juan in Green and One in Green

Juan de la Cruz wore green today to Gibo Teodoro’s “Miting de Avance” at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The edifying reality was there for all to witness:  for those who had long charged that Gibo Teodoro was being considered for president only by the rich and the middle class, the poor and the poorer than poor trudged cheerily into the stadium by contingents beating drums and playing other instruments — often homemade — from near and far.  The “Jejemons” and the “Jejebusters” alike were in full force [ new kinds of Filipino youth;  look up the definitions in YouTube ].  As evening came, Juan de la Cruz the true Filipino dominated the stadium’s 30,000 seats and +- 100,000 standing room, and the occasional rich and the well-represented middle class present were reduced to mere spreckles in that galaxy of Filipino economic reality.

In a stirring speech that did not promise more than what was actually possible, Gibo Teodoro again laid out his clear “roadmap” for Philippine progress:  quality education for the nation’s youth, specially for the poor;  quality medical care, specially for the poor;  fair business opportunities for all, be they rich, middle class, or poor.  In that enunciation of positive social change, he implied the destruction of the old, irrelevant, and shamelessly parasitical political order which has chained the Philippines to the cycle of poverty in all its facets — material, moral, intellectual, cultural, and others — for the longest time.

“Kay daming magagawa, kay taas nang maaaring abutin…”  [ freely translated:  “there is so much that can be done, and the heights that can possibly be reached…” ]  Without sounding messianic in the least, Gibo Teodoro imparted a message of youthful hope coupled with proactive dynamism expressed in his characteristic “can do” attitude, words, and gestures.   It moved me and not a few of us in the stadium to tears, not of sadness, but of a resolve to proactively change for the betterment of the country and our fellow Filipinos.  It shot right through to the simple, honest, and sincere yearnings of the Filipino Everyman.

In essence, the presidential campaign of Gibo Teodoro was “a voice crying out from the wilderness” for Juan de la Cruz, the Filipino, to wake up from the apathy of the decades and the centuries and to galvanize him to effectively handle, and profit from, the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.  Gibo Teodoro effectively showed that the “Filipino as victim” was no longer a valid concept nor even a reality by simply doing away with the cult of personalities; indeed he did not even mention the inadequacies nor the shortcomings of his opponents.   He reminded us that the answer to our country’s forthcoming progress and development lay, and lay deep, in each and every “Juan” of us.   It was a call to the soul of every Filipino.  And it was a call that did not go unheard.

And so, the aspirations of the proactive realists, influenced by Gibo Teodoro, go on.  And hopefully, someday, it will finally breed a generation of Filipino leaders who will collectively take this country to the heights it has aspired, and suffered, for so long.

The Philippines will never be the same after Gibo Teodoro.

WE will never be the same.

Something great has been put to motion:  something greater than Gibo Teodoro, something greater than all of us.  A new national consciousness of integrity, steadfastness, and patriotism has finally emerged.  And like all the great countries of the world and their citizens, that national consciousness will permeate and dominate our lives and put the interests of the nation and the common good above all self-interests.  And that will finally be the time when the Philippines can take its rightful, long-deserved place of honor in the community of nations.




  1. Myles Garcia said,

    May 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    So, it looks like it’s going to be Noynoy…which gives me pause to think. If indeed, as those dark rumors persist, that it was the senior Aquino’s own kith and kin that had him done in, then hayan na…the son gives the Aquino name another six years in power!! I wonder if the perpetrators of that Dark Deed of 1983 ever forsaw this. 🙂 🙂

    Karma does come back to bite like a bitch!!

  2. John Christian Canda said,

    May 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Win or lose, I am still proud of having supported and voted for Atty. Gibó Teodoro.

  3. Presy Guevara said,

    May 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

    By the time I got into this tract, the die is cast. Thanks for a beautiful write-up, Toto. I no longer care if G1BO loses the election. What matters is his legacy. May it live on forever.

  4. Myles Garcia said,

    May 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    With all my heart and soul, I pray that the best candidate, Mr. Teodoro, wins. Maybe that hole in the ozone that Our Lady of the Lunatics, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, so often postulated about, will indeed open up and a blessed light will be cast on the blighted islands and those PCOS machines!! 🙂 🙂

    But take heart, Pilipinos. If Mr. Teodoro does not make it this time, and he does not fade from the spotlight, perhaps he will make a better, sinabi-ko-na-sa-inyo run in 2016.

  5. Rina Dy said,

    May 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I was also there at Friday’s “Miting de Avance.” The mood was infectious. Everyone from all walks of life were there. No “hakot” from local Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidates to fill up the stadium. People came to see and listen to G1BO on their own. Soon after Gilbert left the stage, the crowd started leaving too although Rivermaya was set to perform a concert.

    G1BO has overcome the obstacles. He has overcome his biggest baggage (GMA). He is the dark horse and G1BO is going to win. He is going to surprise everyone who believed those fake surveys. He will be the 15th president of the Philippines and will lead the country to a better and brighter future.

  6. Nani Sy said,

    May 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    G1BO has a fighting chance. Even though the surveys always put him at fourth best, in our own campaigns and that of our friends we have noticed that there exists a silent majority that will be voting for G1BO. Maybe that slogan “hindi ako natanong ng survey” is true after all.

  7. Don Escudero said,

    May 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Cheers, Toto! What a wonderful report on the G1BO “miting de avance.” You captured the scene perfectly. Caught it on tv. My only regret is my doctors have warned me to stay away from the polling place, so i can’t vote for him. Miracles happen. Am praying for one for the country tomorrow so we can break out of the vicious cycle we’ve been locked in since Cory’s time. As an example of the things we could be subject to if the wrong candidate wins, Cholo Laurel, a commercial director and active in the G1BO volunteer organization, was awarded a regional shampoo commercial. The local talent of the shampoo is the sister of a candidate. She demanded he be removed or she wouldn’t do the ad because he was identified with G1BO. And not even in power yet…

  8. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 9, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Most ‘presidentiables’ are related by blood or marriage
    Written by Rachelle Ann Gutierrez, Maritoni Molina, Nico Arboleda

    Villar, Villanueva, Perlas are the only outsiders in the old-rich network

    MANILA, Philippines—Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manuel Villar Jr. was probably right after all—at least, in this election—that it’s a class war.

    Villar, who’s hinged his campaign partly on a being a successful businessman with humble beginnings, is one of only 3 presidential aspirants who don’t belong to old-rich families. The others are Bangon Pilipinas’ Eduardo Villanueva and independent Nicanor Perlas.

    There are 9 presidential candidates this year, and 6 of them are related by blood or marriage. (See “How Most 2010 Presidential Candidates Are Related by Blood or Marriage.”)http://www.pubtrust.org/download/How%202010%20Presidential%20Aspirants%20are%20Related%20by%20Blood%20or%20Marriage.pdf

    That Liberal Party bet Benigno Cojuangco Aquino III and Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidate Gilberto Cojuangco Teodoro Jr. are second cousins is no secret. Neither the fact that Bagumbayan standard bearer Richard Gordon is the uncle of Ang Kapatiran presidential candidate Juan Carlos Gordon de Los Reyes.

    But did you know that Gordon is related to Aquino by marriage? Gordon traces his roots to the Tagles of Cavite, one of whom married a Lopa, whose son married Teresita Cojuangco, a sister of former President Corazon Aquino and therefore an aunt of the Liberal candidate.

    “This shows that Philippines politics are captured by a set of families,” said Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, a political analyst and professor at the University of the Philippines.

    There are more connections.

    Former president Joseph Estrada, who is seeking to return to Malacañang under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino is related by marriage to the Aquinos through the Marcoses. And through the Marcoses, both Aquino and Estrada are related to another prestigious family, the Aranetas.

    It is in the same Araneta clan that LP vice presidential bet Manuel Roxas II is related to First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.

    Independent presidential candidate Jamby Madrigal is related to Jose Vincent Madrigal de Leon, who is the second husband of Lakas bet Teodoro’s mother-in-law.

    “Philippines is dominated by a set of families that perpetuate themselves in power,” said Ferrer.

    Ferrer views the exclusion of Villar, Villanueva, and Perlas from this network of old-rich families 2 ways.
    She says it is a proof of how narrow the base is of families who enter and stay in politics. However, the break they got in politics also means that there remains a space—not matter how small—for political and social mobility

  9. Jules B. Vergel de Dios said,

    May 9, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Qué Gibo, qué Noynoy
    it’s still a win-win for the Cojuangco clan,
    the real issue is what happens after Gloria Macapalangmukha-Arroyo steps down…
    will anyone REALLY can salvage the once-flourishing-Tiger Economy
    who never had gotten rid of jitneys, slums, and banner trash-laden streets.

    What’s important is the 180-degree C.H.A.N.G.E.


  10. May 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    G1BO should win, MUST win but sadly WON’T. He is the most capable, credible and ONLY one who could save this nation.

    But being a friend of the mole that grew a face who gave him the KISS of DEATH, might derail his HONEST chances to lead our COUNTRY to prosperity.

    This is a far gone conclusion.

  11. Marquitos Moran said,

    May 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    A vote for Noynoy is a vote to return to the past; the past filled with Cory acolytes who conspired with GMA and her cohorts to remove Estrada from power because he wouldn’t give in to the old rich, big business circles that Cory and GMA moved in.

    Gilbert Teodoro is the most qualified among the Presidential candidates. It’s just a pity that he chose to cast his lot with GMA.

    If he gets the youth vote, he has a chance at winning over Erap. Noynoy’s candidacy will self-destruct because of the perceived junking of Mar Roxas by the faction in favor of Binay in his camp. The Roxas loyalists may junk Noynoy in favor of Gibo, pushing for Gibo-Mar but Roxas will still lose to Binay because of the support that Escudero has given to Binay.

    But if the majority of the masses and those who remember that times were easier during Erap’s time and without any cheating perpetrated by GMA’s operators, it will be Erap-Binay.

  12. george shaw said,

    May 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

    until last night our small group of second timers to vote was undecided on whom to vote for president and vice-president.

    it was a toss up between Aquino and Teodoro.

    we caught the late news where they showed the “miting de avance” of the major parties.

    the yellow crowd looked “hakot” because of the visible presence of celebrities.

    THEN Noynoy gave his speech.


    The green crowd looked vibrant, the crowd looked passionate about their candidates.
    the celebrities who showed up were down with the crowd below, wala sa stage, hindi hakot.

    When Teodoro gave his speech, it came from his heart, his sincerity was palpable.

    No further arguments, kami kami decided to go for Teodoro. He is prepared. He is committed.

    As for the vice, no choice kami, we were coerced to abandon Mar. All because of Korina. Our kabarkada’s sister is a senior nurse in Makati and she told us how the doctors HATE Korina. She sued the physicians of her parents yata, something like that. The talk about Korina’s case with her maid is for real daw. Then she was pushing for the MALPRACTICE BILL, and kawawa naman daw mga duktor if she will revive that with her husband now in more power.

    Binay nalang daw because the people of Makati she deals with are all vouching for him. That is even if all her private Makati patients swear Binay is corrupt.

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