Back in Manila, Robredo ‘energized’ and ‘ready to work’

Published May 29, 2022, 7:20 PM

by Raymund Antonio

With her two-week vacation in New York behind her, Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, May 29, said she is “energized” and “ready to work again.”

Vice President Leni Robredo poses for a photo at The 91st Street Garden during her vacation in New York City. (Photo from Robredo’s Facebook page)

In a Facebook post, the Vice President shared that her trip to the United States with her daughters—Aika, Tricia, and Jillian—was the “longest vacation I’ve had in 10 years.”

She earlier apologized for not agreeing to meet with supporters there, but did it once more time in her post explaining that she didn’t want to offend others she won’t be able to meet.

“We received a lot of invitations for meet ups and we are super sorry for deciding not to push through with any of them. We were there for less than two weeks and there was not enough time to see everyone. We were afraid to just accept some and say NO to the others,” she wrote.

“I promised the girls that, for this trip, all my time will be devoted to them. So whatever lunches or dinners we’ve had with friends were all, somehow, connected to them,” she added.

Robredo, who is set to ready her transition team to endorse the Office of the Vice President (OVP) she held for six years to Vice President-elect and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, shared that this trip is the first trip they’ve had with “no agenda at all.”

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Their only agenda was to attend Jillian’s graduation at the New York University last May 18, as well as to “tag along” Tricia’s meeting with friends in Boston.

“We just walked and walked everyday, averaging about 15,000-20,000 ++ steps every day. At kumain lang nang kumain (And ate and ate only),” the outgoing Vice President said.

VP Leni Robredo’s daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian in New York City (Photo from Robredo’s Facebook page)

However, her two weeks in New York showed what her “dreams” are for the country despite preferring to live in the province.

Robredo said she noticed that New York is a “walking city” and “very pedestrian friendly.”

She added that the city, called the Big Apple, has a “very convenient public transportation,” such as buses and subways, and lauded the bike lanes and bike racks from where bikes can be rented for a “small fee.”

“There are parks everywhere. Tinatawanan ako ng mga bata na gusto ko lang magpa picture sa mga puno at halaman (The kids are laughing at me because I just want to take photos with the trees and plants),” Robredo wrote, adding that most old buildings are being restored which gives “so much character to the city.”

“Libreng mangarap at libre din pag trabahuhan ang mga pangarap (It is free to dream and free to work for these dreams),” she said.

The Vice President shared photos of their trips. She posted photos at The High Line, Central Park, The 91st Street Garden, and Union Square.

Robredo and her daughters Aika and Tricia arrived in the Philippines on Saturday, May 28. Jillian was reportedly left in the United States because of a job offer.