BATANGAS CITY—As what actor Christopher de Leon expressed on Tuesday afternoon, “this is a powerhouse cast.”
He was referring, of course, to the luminaries present during the victory and thanksgiving celebrations thrown by re-elected Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos at the front ramp of the provincial capital hall in this city.
True enough, if there was a giant movie to be shot in Santos’s bailiwick, this could be the biggest, star-studded show this side of the earth.
Consider these scenes.
A perennial screen love pair is reborn, this time, in the glittery if not intriguing world of Batangas politics—Santos, the governor, and De Leon, one of the newly elected board members of the province.
“Ngayon, ang daming mga guwapo sa Batangas provincial capitol. Pag Monday, baka hindi na ako ang pinupuntahan ng mga tao. Nand’yan na si Christopher de Leon, may love team,” exclaimed Santos.
De Leon only smiled on his seat in the front row beside fellow actor Tirso Cruz III.
Couple Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales, with their son Antonio in tow, traveled all the way from Manila to surprise the governor and her guests.
As if Santos and De Leon aren’t enough star politicians in Batangas, the Batangueños, noteworthy the male emcee of the program, publicly proclaimed, no matter how half-jokingly, Muhlach would be the next mayor of a Batangas town named Mataas na Kahoy where the Muhlachs have residency and property.
Gonzales, on the other hand, could be, according to the host, a prospective board member in the future.
Muhlach, one of Santos’s younger screen leading men, although euphoric in his showing up in the celebration of her leading lady, said politics isn’t in his mind yet.
Comic Ai Ai de las Alas, after her song and antic, dropped a gag or two.
The emcee was quick enough to assign De las Alas mayor of Calatagan, Batangas purportedly because the comedienne might own resort or a land in the town.
Stand-up comedian Chocolate drew out guffaws among the crowd when he performed his antics with the local leaders and residents.
TV and film director Lauren Dyogi wasn’t around to greet Santos, but most of his “Pinoy Big Brother Double Up” housemates were present. Remember when the Star for All Seasons paid the housemates an eventful visit at Kuya’s house sometime ago?
Meanwhile, senator-elect Ralph Recto, Santos’s better half and one of the occasion’s celebrators, was sandwiched by his wife and their son Ryan Christian Recto, who was already as articulate and charming in public speaking at his age.
Ryan thanked all Vi and Ralph’s supporters and assured them his parents would fulfill their promises.
Only actress Nora Aunor was missing in this gathering of many big stars of her generation.
Aunor is coming home finally on the last day of June, and she can still catch up with the inaugural of her contemporaries in the local governance of this place.
Aunor, Santos arch-rival in the popularity ratings and acting awards, was hot topic among the guest stars when news broke out recently that she has lost her golden singing voice allegedly due to a botched operation.
“Narinig ko na ‘yan. I think tsismis lang ‘yan. Hindi totoo ‘yan. I hope hindi totoo ‘yan,” Santos said shaking her head. -Report by Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com