‘Pink not just a color, it’s a way of life'–Robredo

Published October 21, 2021, 11:33 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, Oct. 21, reminded her supporters and volunteers that pink isn’t just a color but a “way of life”–one that should inspire them to extend a helping hand to others in need.

Robredo posted a two-minute video on her Facebook page asking supporters to live a life that represents the color pink, which she earlier described as a color of hope.

Vice President Leni Robredo speaks to her supporters in a video message on October 21, 2021. (VP Leni Robredo/Facebook)

“Mahaba pa ang lalakbayin natin. Kaya may panawagan ako sa inyo: Ipakita na ang pink, hindi lang basta kulay; uri siya ng pamumuhay. Hindi lang siya damit o ribbon; kulay siya ng pagkatao na bukas, nakikinig, nagmamahal (The road is long. That’s why I have a plea for you all: show what it means to be pink, that it’s not just a color; it’s a way of life. It’s not just a piece of clothing or ribbon; it is a color of being open, of listening, of loving),” she said.

“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe (We carry this. We need to represent the true meaning of pink while we wear it. Do good, help others, be calm in sharing our message),” the presidential aspirant added.

The Vice President imparted to her supporters and volunteers that while it is easy to argue as people, it is “more radical” to love.

Robredo encouraged everyone to look for feelings and sentiments that will unite each Filipino because this will bring them to the “truth”.

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“Iisa ang pangarap nating bukas; mas mapayapa at mas maginhawa, isang bukas kung saan hindi magkakalaban, kundi ipinaglalaban ng Pilipino ang isa’t isa (We have the same dreams for the future; more peaceful and comfortable, a future where we are not enemies but Filipinos are fighting for each other),” she said.

Robredo believes that pink is “The color of hope and love.”

“Pag-ibig ang magpapanalo sa atin sa laban na ito (Love will help us win this fight),” the opposition leader stressed.

Pink has become Robredo’s unofficial campaign color after her supporters called on everyone to wear pink clothes and tie ribbons on their houses and cars a day before she announced her candidacy for president last Oct. 7.

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She thanked her supporters and volunteers who filled their social media timelines and profiles with pink.

Her supporters and volunteers have been actively campaigning on social media and in-person via motorcades and parades being held almost daily since she announced her candidacy.

Every Wednesday, the supporters also wear pink shirts or post anything colored pink on their social media timelines in observance of #KakampinkWednesdays, which Robredo’s team recently began to raise awareness about her.

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They also started a Help Like Leni campaign where groups will distribute porridge, or “lugaw” in Filipino, to different areas across the country.

Robredo was dubbed “Lugaw Queen” (Queen of Porridge) by her critics and bashers because her volunteers in 2016 sold porridge to raise funds for her vice presidential campaign.

She has since embraced the tag and served porridge numerous times in communities and even to the media when she announced her decision to run for president.