Vice President Leni Robredo greeted Filipinos this Christmas with a volunteerism-themed music video released on Thursday, Dec. 23, as the country ushers in the Christmas season amid the devastation left by Typhoon “Odette”.
In a Facebook post, the presidential aspirant said the music video was inspired by the volunteers of Robredo and running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
“Handog ng mga #Kakampink: Isang awit gawa ng volunteers para sa volunteers, at para sa lahat sa atin na nangangarap at nagtataguyod ng isang Pilipinas na mas maunlad, mas mapagpalaya, at mas mapagmahal (The offering of #Kakampink: A song by volunteers for volunteers, and for all of us who are dreaming and working for a Philippines that is progressive, liberating, and loving),” she wrote.
The Vice President gave a picture of what kind of leadership the country can expect if she wins.
“Pag tayo ang binigyan ng pagkakataon, ito ‘yung Pilipinas na inaasahan natin—na ‘yung mga naiiwan ay inaakay, ‘yung mga nadadapa, binibitbit (If we are given the chance, this is the Philippines that we are hoping for, those who are left behind will be guided, those who fall will be carried),” she said in the video.
“Yung mga blessed ay shine-share ang blessings sa iba kasi ito naman yung pangarap natin diba? Na pag pinag-usapan ‘yung progress, hindi lang para sa iilan kundi para sa lahat ng Pilipino (Those who are blessed will share their blessings to others because this is what we are dreaming for, right? When we talk about progress, it’s not just for some but for all Filipinos),” the vice president added.
Pangilinan also chimed in about the lessons that the pandemic thought him about volunteerism.
“Kinakailangan natin ang isa’t isa…kapag tayo’y nagtutulungan, nakakadagdag ng tapang, nakakadagdag ng inspirasyon sa atin (We need each other… when we help each other, it adds courage, it adds inspiration to us),” he said.
The chorus of the song used different dialects and languages of the word “pag-ibig (love).”
“Masdan ang kagandahan ng pagtutulungan. Kabutihan ang regalo ng bawat Pilipino kaya pag-ibig, pag-ibig ang kulay ng Pasko (Behold the beauty of helping. Goodness is the gift of every Filipino that’s why love, love is the color of Christmas),” the song said.
The video showed medical frontliners, lugaw-feeding initiatives, free haircuts, caravans, and volunteers packing relief goods at the Leni-Kiko volunteer headquarters in Quezon City.
It runs for almost 8 minutes, showing various artists and social media influencers wearing pink clothes and masks. The video opened with 1990s star Jolina Magdangal singing the first verses of the song.
Other popular singers shown in the video are JK Labajo, JMKO, Agot Isidro, Saab Magalona-Bacarro, Bituin Escalante, Pinky Amador, Nikki Valdez, and Ogie Alcasid.
Social media influencers Camille Co, Laureen Uy, and Miggy Cruz were also in the video.
Parts of the video showed stories of ordinary Filipinos who were inspired to help because of Robredo and her supporters.
But the story by former administration supporter Dante Lardizabal stood out because he was also the biker who was seen talking with the Vice President in her office in Quezon City shortly after she announced her candidacy.
His support for Robredo was personal because the Office of the Vice President (OVP) helped him and his family during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak when they could not access hospitals and medicines.
“Dating tagakabila, ngayon po’y kasama nyo na (From the other camp, but I’m with you now),” Lardizabal said in his introduction.
He shared that he lost three members of his family to COVID-19 in just five months, but the group Bikers for Leni told him to reach out to the OVP which then helped his siblings.
“So, yun na yun ang (that’s the) turning point sa ‘min. Nagbago lahat nung natulungan nila mga kapatid ko (for us. Everything changed when they helped my siblings),” Lardizabal said.
“Gusto ko makabawi. Gusto ko makatulong (I want to make up for it. I want to help). In my own little way, I’ll do something right now. I’ll do something better. I want my children to remember me that lumaban ka. Para sa inyo ‘to (fight. This is for you),” he added.
Since the announcement of her presidential bid, Robredo’s supporters have been organizing feeding programs, free medical and legal consultation drives, and other initiatives.
When Odette hit and devastated Visayas and Mindanao, Robredo isn’t the only one on the ground but her volunteers came in droves at the relief center in Quezon City to donate and help pack goods for typhoon victims.