UPDATE: Okay, I got there at around 5:30 pm. nandoon si pilita corrales as MC. I saw Ernie Maceda and Butz Aquino. A Muslim man was doing a prayer in English to start the show. After the prayer, Nagkaroon ng entertainment, a guy with a guitar na kakanta. I left plaza miranda to go to the "other side" of the underpass to check on the latest dvds (THE Q!).
After 30 minutes, bumalik ako sa plaza miranda, and there was ms. loren loren sinta Loren Legarda doing her speech in perfect Tagalog about giving Filipinos quality education, health care and platitudes. What a boring speaker. Nobody talks like that anymore. She's the female version of Al Gore. She's so robotic. She's smart and well-accomplished, but boy-o-boy-o-boy, a boring speaker! buti na lang nung bumalik ako, patapos na siya.
Next speaker was Noynoy Aquino 3. He talked about his background, his family, Kris and James, heh... the issues, this administration, but he kept it short and sweet. The guy did get a lot of applause after finishing his speech.
Next speaker was Johnny O John Osmena. Even before pa, I thought this guy was funny and can communicate his ideas effectively to the masa. Folksy type. At sa umpisa, nappapatawa siya, and people laughed. He obviously had his audience's attention. He talked about the history of plaza miranda at yung plaza miranda bombing noong 1971. Nandoon rin pala siya at nasabugan. But he went on and on re the past, at yung 1986 elections na ang pinag-usapan niya, i just tuned him out (okay i left to buy me a drink at Isetann and did some quick shopping.) But Edsa Anniversary nga ngayon ano? so i guess that's the reason why john brought it up. But for me, i'd rather hear the candidates talk about the current situation and the future. Osmena was doing okay na with his banats to the admin cuz the guy can be funny, and his speaking style is "converstional" (take note maam Loren and maam Nikki) and easy to follow. Oh well, i guess feb. 24 ngayon so he had to bring up the Edsa dahil appropriate naman.
Eniwey, Pagbalik ko from isetann, si nikki coseteng na ang nagsasalita. if loren loren sinta was boring, she's worse. she went on and on about his prepared (memorized) speech about edukasyon, pabahay, kalusugan... i guess there's nothing wrong with talking about that, pero her speaking style is so "old school", the kind of speeches that politicians make in the 60s, 70s and 80s that nobody listens to anymore. GET ME OUT OF HERE! iniisip ko... GUSTO KO NANG UMUWI! And what's even worse is that she gave a VERY LONG SPEECH. nabuwisit na talaga ako dahil hindi ko pa naririnig sila Ping at Alan Peter at Manny V, pero gustong gusto ko nang umuwi dahil kay NIKKI! She sucks the air out of the event. Nobody wants to go thru a Nikki Coseteng boilerplate speech. NOBODY!
Umalis na sana ako pero thank god natapos na ang speech ni Nikki. at si Koko Pimentel na ang sumunod. Wow, thank god. and koko pimentels a good speaker. good speaking voice. it makes people want to listen. taga UP siya. top notcher sa bar exams. taga mindanao. He is for lowering our taxes (i agree). but by this time, umuwi na ako dahil a) napapagod na ako b) nabuwisit pa rin ako kay nikki. Koko's a good speaker, he needs to hit the talk show circuit more to stump for his and his mates candidacies. Hey, if i'm paid to cover the event, i'll stay there as long as it takes. pero hindi naman ako media eh. but I saw the tv stations reporters covering the event.
eniway, i heard na nandoon rin raw si dinky soliman, leah navarro and my main man lito BANAYO sa event...
sayang hindi ko napakinggan ang sila ping and villar.