'Favorite ni Mama': Vico Sotto becomes inspirational meme anew as Pasig earns praise for coronavirus measures

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2020 08:33 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2020 10:06 PM

'Favorite ni Mama': Vico Sotto becomes inspirational meme anew as Pasig earns praise for coronavirus measures 1
Left: Toni Gonzaga portrayed Teddie, Grace's (Coney Reyes) 'favorite' daughter, in 'Four Sisters and a Wedding.' Right: Reyes shares a light moment with her son, Vico Sotto, after his proclamation as Pasig City mayor in May 2019. Star Cinema/Twitter: @dxanep

MANILA — Eight months into his first term as Pasig City mayor, Vico Sotto is being called "Mama's favorite" anew, as his local government earned praise for its proactive measures amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The tag, a reference to his mother Coney Reyes' role in the modern classic "Four Sisters and a Wedding," was first assigned to Sotto when he was elected to his position in May 2019, as photos of the screen veteran with her son made the rounds online.

Those photos, of a proud Reyes hugging Sotto or raising his hand, circulated again on social media Wednesday, as netizens lauded the mayor's leadership style amid uncertainties and loss of livelihood during the Luzon-wide quarantine.

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Vico Sotto is hugged by his mother, Coney Reyes, after his proclamation as Pasig City mayor in May 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

In particular, Sotto made headlines when he pushed that tricycles be allowed on the road — despite the national government banning public transport — for health workers and in case of medical emergencies.

Sotto's name as well as his city became trends on Twitter, too, amid reports that the mayor's office bought disinfectant drones, prepared food packs for frontliners and vulnerable residents, and vowed full salaries for government workers, among others.

 

On Thursday, #ProtectVico ranked atop the trending list, after blogger Mocha Uson posted a status critical of Sotto's decision to permit tricycle operations.

Uson happened to be one of the cast members of "Four Sisters and a Wedding," where her character was dragged by a Salazar sibling portrayed by Angel Locsin. Coney Reyes' other (onscreen) children, one fan quipped, would be ready to defend Sotto in a similar fashion.