Lea Salonga weighs in on US presidential election results

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Ayon sa Pinay Broadway diva na si Lea Salonga, may kalungkutan man na hatid ang petsang November 8, hindi naman daw ito nangangahulugang katapusan na ng mundo. Saad pa niya, "But here we are. We get up in the morning with another opportunity to do our best, wherever we happen to be. So let us just keep on keeping on, shall we?"


Ngayong nahalal na ang ika-45 pangulo ng bansang Estados Unidos, may kanya-kanyang opinyon ang netizens at maging ang local celebrities sa nanalong si Donald Trump ng Republican Party.

Kahit nanalo sa popular votes ang katunggali nitong si Hillary Clinton ng Democratic Party, natalo naman ang dating senador at state secretary sa electoral votes.

Si Hillary ang paboritong kandidato ng karamihan, hindi lamang sa Amerika kundi maging sa ibang panig ng mundo, kabilang na ang Pilipinas.

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Sa kanyang panig, inamin ng Pinay Broadway Diva na si Lea Salonga na maski siya ay hindi makapaniwala sa naging resulta ng halalan sa Amerika.

Gayunpaman, nagpaabot pa rin siya ng pagbati kay US President-elect Trump.

Idinaan ng singer-actress ang kanyang saloobin sa pamamagitan ng Facebook post kahapon, November 10.

Saad ni Lea, “Got home, prepared myself a drink, wrote opening night notes, and sat and thought about today. And despite the gloom and doom that I see on Facebook, I am still hopeful.

“Granted, the recent US Presidential Elections didn't go the way many of us wanted, but I still offer my congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump, and do hope that he does right by the American people.

“All of them, and not only the ones that voted for him. He has four years to prove himself, and I do wish him the best.

“Truly, I do. And I would like to thank Sec. Hillary Clinton not only for her many years in public service, but also for being such an inspiring figure in this last campaign season.”

NOVEMBER 8. Ayon sa konstitusyon ng Amerika, ang kanilang eleksiyon ay gaganapin tuwing pangalawang Martes ng Nobyembre, sa bawat ika-apat na taon.

Kaugnay nito, inalala ni Lea ang petsang ito bilang araw ng pagsisimula ng musical play na Allegiance, na kanyang pinagbidahan eksaktong isang taon bago ang historic US presidential election.

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Lahad niya, “No, not everything in this world will go the way we would like for whatever reason, but this is not a reason to sulk.

“With every sunrise that comes, it is a day to hope, to smile, to do our best work. To make friends, to parent our children, to create something good.

“Each day is an opportunity to make the world a better place in our own little way. Despite the sadness of November the 8th, I refuse to bow down in despair.

“Exactly 365 days before the election, Allegiance opened on Broadway. No, we didn't last as long as we would've liked, but that our show opened on Broadway at all was a miracle made possible by the many people that believed in it.

“Which means that on November the 8th, something beautiful, miraculous, and hopeful happened. I'd rather remember the date for that.”

Sabi pa ni Lea, may mga bagay na gusto sana nating makamit o mapagtagumpayan ngunit may pagkakataong ang resulta nito ay taliwas sa ating inaasahan.

“So yes. There are things that happen in the world that don't always go the way we would like.

“But here we are. We get up in the morning with another opportunity to do our best, wherever we happen to be. So let us just keep on keeping on, shall we?

“See you all on the other side.”


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