The upcoming 2016 presidential election saw a huge turnout of showbiz personalities lending their time and effort in campaigning for their preferred presidential candidates.
MAR ROXAS. As early as December last year, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas came out with campaign materials featuring some of the biggest stars in the country.
These include Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Carla Abellana, Maricel Soriano, Karylle, and Billy Crawford to name a few.
The same stars were featured in the music video “Fast Forward” which speaks of Roxas’s vow to continue the present administration’s “Daang Matuwid” advocacy.
Daniel also appeared in a series of videos where he was seen getting to know Roxas’s platforms.
Both Daniel and Kathryn were also actively involved in Liberal Party campaign sorties in several parts of the country.
All of stars mentioned above stood by Roxas despite controversies that plagued the former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary in the past months.
GRACE POE. Senator Grace Poe also earned the support of her parents Susan Roces and the late Fernando Poe Jr.’s peers in show business.
Some of the stars that have been with Senator Poe from the moment she announced her presidential bid last September were Carmina Villarroel, Zoren Legaspi, Lorna Tolentino, and Albert Martinez.
During the peak of campaign period this year, more celebrities expressed their support for Senator Poe’s candidacy including Dingdong Dantes, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, and Coco Martin.
Incidentally, Dingdong, Ogie, Regine and Coco used to be avid supporters of incumbent President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III when he ran during the 2010 presidential elections.
Several Eat Bulaga! Dabarkads have even joined Senator Poe’s campaign sorties including Vic Sotto, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Ruby Rodriguez.
RODRIGO DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte probably has the most active celebrity supporters in social media to date.
Robin Padilla, Chito Miranda, Aiza Seguerra, Oyo Sotto, and Angelica Panganiban have consistently admired Mayor Duterte’s promise to erase crime and corruption in the country.
Robin, for his part, has been very vocal about his support for Mayor Duterte way before the latter formally announced his presidential bid in the latter part of November last year.
With Mayor Duterte’s promise of reform, more celebrities were drawn to him during his campaign in the past few months.
Often joining him during campaign sorties were the Mocha Girls, Jimmy Bondoc, and Erik Nicolas.
JEJOMAR BINAY. United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay, on the other hand, gained support from celebrities who are also running in the 2016 elections.
Previous reports mentioned that there were few celebrities who campaigned for VP Binay due to plunder allegations against him.
Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas, however, proved to be a loyal supporter of VP Binay.
She was seen performing at his political rally during the official campaign kick-off last February.
MIRIAM DEFENSOR-SANTIAGO. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, on the other hand, rarely held campaign sorties.
In the few times that she did, most of the celebrities that appeared in her sorties were also running for the 2016 elections.
With only two days left before the May 9 elections, will the celebrities’ stamp of approval (and their respective fan-base) translate to victory for the next president of the country?
What do you think, PEPsters?