Pinoys celebrate Obama victory

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Nov 07 2012 05:35 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2012 07:06 AM

LOS ANGELES - With chants of "Four more years" and "Free hot dogs", President Obama's Filipino supporters celebrated at Dodger Stadium with other Los Angeles county Democrats.

U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (R) and Sasha at their election night victory rally in Chicago, November 7, 2012. REUTERS

Despite neck-to-neck races in key battleground states, Filipino Democrats in the most Filipino-populated region of the country say they never doubted that Obama could win re-election.

"It's just great for the nation to be able to move forward all together as one," Kevin Ocupillo, an Obama supporter, said.

"We got the right guy for the job for the next four years," David Dantic, a Democrat, said.

Just as both President Obama and his rival Mitt Romney worked hard on the campaign trail, Filipinos say they also worked hard for Obama's campaign doing last minute voter canvassing and phone banking in the key swing states like Nevada.

"We had 9 buses that came from Los Angeles that went door-to-door knocking, hitting the pavement, boots to the ground and I met a few Filipinos there. It was wonderful to see the support for Obama," Jocelyn Rosenthal of Filipinos for Obama said.

The pro-Obama crowd jeered as they watch Mitt Romney's concession speech..

But were more than thrilled to hear President Obama's victory speech.

"I actually teared up because this win means so much to me. To my family. When ever i think about Mr. Obama, I think about my grandfather who believed in democracy and the power of the vote," said Melissa Ramosso of Filipinos for Obama.

Many Filipino Republicans in Southern California did not attend the Republican post-election party in Orange County.

But following Romney's concession, Republican Fil-Am politician Edith Fuentes of the  Filipino-American Business Association of Glendale, told Balitang America  that "the best thing for all of us now to do - is to move forward, forget about being a Republican or Democrat, but help those who got elected to do the best job they can - for the people of this country."

Now with the elections over, Filipino Democrats believe that four more years will be enough time for Obama to make good on his 2008 campaign promises of bringing change to a country reeling from an economic crisis.