Political Stars: A List of Celebrities Running for Office in Metro Manila

There’s a thin line between showbiz and politics.

 

(SPOT.ph) Whoever said that Pinoy politics is pure theatrics was on to something. It sure seems like more and more showbiz personalities have jumped over to the political arena. Among the candidates for Metro Manila posts alone, there’s always a celebrity or someone connected to one, be it by blood or a hook-up. Thus, we list the stars who are running for office in Metro Manila. We also list the candidates with showbiz connections. Some names will surely make you go, "Whaaaaaaaat?!"

 

Read on and find out just how "starry" your local government is.

 

 

 

CALOOCAN

  • Macario "Boy" Asistio Jr., running for mayor (longtime politician who has held various positions in the past, partner of actress Nadia Montenegro and father of Alyanna and Anykka Asistio)
  • Rey Malonzo, running for vice mayor (actor famous for his karate moves, has held other political positions in the past)

 

Star Score: 1.5

Note: *Only .5 is given to those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

LAS PIÑAS

  • Mark Villar, running for congressman (brother of Wowowillie host Camille Villar, son of politicians Sen. Manny Villar and Senate hopeful Cynthia Villar)

 

Star Score: .5

Note: *Only .5 is given to those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

MAKATI

  • Monsour del Rosario, running for 1st District councilor (athlete-turned-actor)
  • Jhong Hilario, running for 1st District councilor (At first, we mistook this candidate for the actor who uses this screen name. It’s actually his father, Virgilio Sr., who has been a fixture in Makati’s local government for decades. Curiously enough, it’s just the screen name that’s used on many of the published rosters. The added confusion was caused by several reports, which had the younger Hilario talking about running for councilor as well.)
  • Tosca Puno-Ramos, running for 1st District councilor (daughter of singer Rico Puno)

 

Star Score: 2.5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

MALABON

  • Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta III, reelectionist mayor (first cousin of actress Kris Aquino and President Noynoy Aquino, son of former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta)

 

Star Score: .5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

MANDALUYONG

  • Benhur Abalos, reelectionist mayor (played himself in the movie, Kinatay)
  • Darius Razon Apacionado a.k.a. Darius Razon (former singer)

 

Star Score: 1.5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight. In the case of Benhur Abalos, we only awarded .5 since the politician only played himself in the film, a feat which did not require the skills of a thespian. We added Darius Razon to the list after a SPOT.ph reader clued us in.

 

 

MANILA

  • Joseph "Erap" Estrada, running for mayor (actor, former president of the Philipines)
  • Isko Moreno, reelectionist vice mayor (actor)
  • Lou Veloso, running for vice mayor (actor)
  • John Martin Nieto a.k.a. Yul Servo, running for 3rd District councilor (actor)

 

Star Score: 4

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight. We chose not to give points to politicians whose lives have been dramatized in film so incumbent Manila City mayor Alfredo Lim is not on the list.

 

 

MARIKINA

  • Arvin Jimenez a.k.a. "Tado," running for 1st District councilor (indie actor, author, one of The BrewRATS)

 

Star Score: 1

Note: *We initially didn’t list Tado because his real name was the only thing listed on the roster used in our research. Luckily, someone volunteered the information. Thank you, SPOT.ph reader.

 

 

MUNTINLUPA

  • Allan Paule de Guzman, running for 1st District councilor (actor)

 

Star Score: 1

Note: We almost missed his name because he’s always listed with his real last name instead of his screen name.

 

 

NAVOTAS

This city keeps hope afloat without looking at stars. (Hurray!)

 

Star Score: 0

Note: *As far as we know, there are no celebrities running for office in this city. We also couldn’t identify anyone with a celebrity connection of any sort. Unless, of course, someone will volunteer the information.

 

 

PARAÑAQUE

  • Joey Marquez, running 2nd District congressman (actor, has had political stints in the past)
  • Gus Tambunting, running for 2nd District congressman (grandson of former actress Mila de Sol and cousin of musician Ira Cruz)
  • Alma Moreno, running for 1st District councilor (actress, formerly married to Joey Marquez, mom to Vandolph Quizon and Mark Anthony Fernandez)
  • Roselle Nava, running for 1st District councilor (singer)
  • Jason Webb, running for 1st District councilor (former basketball player-turned-sports show host and game commentator, son of former basketball player-turned-actor Freddie Webb)
  • Bok Inciong, running for 1st District councilor (dancer from the group Masculados)
  • Binky Favis, running for 2nd District councilor (former head coach of the Coco-Cola Tigers)
  • Richard Padilla Scheerer, running for 2nd District coucilor (nephew of actor Robin Padilla)
  • Wahoo Sotto, running for 2nd District councilor (actor, son of actor Val Sotto and nephew of Sen. Tito Sotto and comedian Vic Sotto)
  • Ryan Yllana, running for 2nd District councilor (actor, brother of actors Anjo, Jomari, and Paulie Yllana)

 

Star Score: 9.5

Note: *Wahoo Sotto played bit roles in some of his uncle Vic Sotto’s sitcoms. Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

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PATEROS

  • Daisy Reyes, running for 2nd District councilor (beauty queen-turned-actress)

 

Star Score: 1

Note: *Daisy Reyes was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-World in 1996. Pateros is the only one among the 17 main locations of Metro Manila that has not yet attained cityhood.

 

 

PASAY

  • Patrick Cuneta, running for 1st District councilor (half-brother of actress Sharon Cuneta)
  • TJ Trinidad, running for 1st District councilor (actor)

 

Star Score: 1.5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

PASIG

  • Roman Romulo, reelectionist congressman (husband of Shalani Soledad, who has tried out being a TV host)
  • Yoyong Martirez, running for 2nd District councilor (former basketball player)

 

Star Score: .5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

QUEZON CITY

  • Winston Castelo, reelectionist 2nd District congressman (married to former That’s Entertainment regular Precious Hipolito)
  • Alfred Vargas, running for 5th District congressman (actor, formerly a councilor)
  • Herbert Bautista, reelectionist mayor (actor)
  • Precious Hipolito-Castelo, reelectionist 2nd District councilor (former That’s Entertainment regular and news anchor)
  • Roderick Paulate, reelectionist 2nd District councilor (actor)
  • Anthony Castelo, running for 3rd District councilor (singer)
  • Franz Pumaren, running for 3rd District councilor (former basketball player)
  • Gian Sotto, reelectionist 3rd District councilor (actor, son of Sen. Tito Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa)
  • Anjo Yllana, running for 5th District councilor (actor)
  • Lala Sotto, running for 6th District councilor (former actress, daughter of Sen. Tito Sotto Sen. Tito Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa)

 

Star Score: 9.5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

SAN JUAN

  • Jana Ejercito, running for congresswoman (niece of former President Joseph Estrda)
  • Guia Gomez, running for mayor (actress and mother of former President Joseph Estrada’s son, incumbent San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito)
  • Janella Ejercito, running 2nd District councilor (daughter of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and granddaughter of former President Joseph Estrada)

Star Score: 2.5

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 

 

TAGUIG

  • Lino Cayetano, running for 2nd District congressman (director, brother of Sens. Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano, dated Bianca Gonzalez and KC Concepcion, currently rumored to be dating Kris Aquino, currently serving as barangay captain of Fort Bonifacio)
  • Ervic Vijandre, running for 2nd District councilor (model-actor, was one of the castaways in Survivor Philippines’ celebrity edition)

 

Star Score: 2

Note: *Ervic Vijandre was once linked to Marian Rivera.

 

 

VALENZUELA

  • Sherwin Gatchalian, running for 1st District congressman (dated actress Pauleen Luna)
  • Shalani Soledad, running for 2nd District congresswoman (dabbled in TV hosting, dated P-Noy and was rumored to have dated Willie Revillame)
  • Charee Pineda, running for 2nd District councilor (actress, 22, identified as a Star Magic talent, cousin of actress Jennylyn Mercado)
  • Martell Soledad, running for 2nd District councilor (cousin of Shalani Soledad)

 

Star Score: 3

Note: *Only .5 is given for those who are or were not directly in the limelight.

 


GRAND TOTAL OF STAR SCORES: 43

What it means: 43 ÷ 17 areas = Theoretically, there’s an average of 2.5 celebrities per Metro Manila spot.

Most Starry City: Quezon City and Parañaque City

Least Starry City: Navotas City

 

 

Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph

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