VICE President Leni Robredo on Thursday, October 21, 2021, rallied her supporters to be calm, loving and kind amid hateful and divisive political discussions ahead of the National Elections in 2022.
This, as Robredo’s camp continues to see a swell in support for her candidacy, following her announcement to join the presidential race exactly two weeks ago.
In a recorded message, Robredo said, “Tandaan: Madaling makipagtalo, mas radikal ang magmahal. Rosas ang kulay ng bukas, at pag-ibig ang magdadala sa atin doon. Pag-ibig ang magpapanalo sa atin sa laban na ito.”
(Remember: It’s easy to argue, it is more radical to love. Pink is the color of tomorrow, and love will take us there. Love will win us this battle.)
As she thanked her supporters, the Vice President also emphasized that pink is not just a color, but a movement and lifestyle that promote the importance of openness and love.
“Kaya maraming, maraming salamat sa pakikiisang ito. Mahaba pa ang lalakbayin natin. Kaya may panawagan ako sa inyo: Ipakita na ang pink, hindi lang basta kulay; uri siya ng pamumuhay. Hindi lang siya damit o ribbon; kulay siya ng pagkatao na bukas, nakikinig, nagmamahal,” Robredo said.
(Many, many thanks for this solidarity. We still have a long way to go. So my challenge to you: Show pink, which is not just a color, but also a symbol of living. It's not just a dress or a ribbon. It is a color of a personality that is open, listening and loving.)
Meaning of pink
In wearing pink, Robredo said supporters should embody the real meaning of their advocacy by doing acts of kindness, helping the needy, and by being calm in spreading their message.
“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe,” she said.
(We all carry this. We need to reflect the true meaning of pink as we wear it. Do good, extend help to others, be calm in sharing our message.)
When Robredo declared her intention to run for the presidency, social media pages of thousands of individuals and brands turned pink, facades of several institutions in some parts of the country were also illuminated in pink, to show their solidarity with her fight.
In deciding on her new campaign color, Robredo underscored that her camp listened to the call of the people to use pink in expressing their support for the Vice President.
“Noong nagdeklara ako, tinanong ako ng media kung pink na daw ba talaga ang brand colors natin. Ang sabi ko, sa totoo lang, hindi pa namin ito pinag-uusapan, dahil biglaan ang naging desisyon natin. Pero sa taumbayan na mismo nanggaling ang direksyon,” she said.
(When I declared my intent to run for president, the media asked me if our brand colors were really pink. I said, honestly, we haven’t talked about it yet, because it was a sudden decision. But the direction came from the people themselves.) (PR)