Quotes of the Week: Maine Mendoza on self-esteem, Gringo Honasan on being a soldier + more

The city's most interesting soundbites this week

(SPOT.ph) Election season has finally started which means the circus is back in town. Opening the show is the anticipated horde of presidential hopefuls, including a devil-worshipping hippie and an "Intergalactic Earth ambassador." In real entertainment news, celebs are looking back and evaluating their lives, while others are actively not getting involved in local politics.



"I have waited so long for the moment where I'd be able to say 'I am proud of myself. 'Kung wala pa man akong napapatunayan sa inyo, sa'kin marami-rami na...At yun lang, sapat na. Sapat na din para masabi kong proud ako sa sarili ko." — Maine Mendoza a.k.a. Yaya Dub on her self-esteem issues.

Maine admitted that she battled with low self-esteem when she was younger but she eventually overcame it. Way to go!




"I don't have the luxury of an ego. I'm a soldier and I will follow the party decision.— Gringo Honasan on filing his certificate of candidacy for vice president.

Is Gringo confusing "the luxury of an ego" with his God-given free will? Hmm.


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"If I become president sometime in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before.— Miriam Defensor Santiago on running for president in 2016.

The "Iron Lady of Asia" also said that she can always get a job abroad but she chose to serve the Philippines. Fierce!




"The country does not need me. I find no need for it too...When all is said in the wake of this decision, perhaps we could find comfort in the thought that this is indeed a beautiful day to end a wild dream." — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on calls for his presidential bid.

He also said that he would retire from public life but filed his certificate of candidacy for Davao City mayor yesterday.



"For eight years, nilalait ako sa media dahil nuisance candidate ako. Minamaliit ako. I am not a nuisance candidate because I’ve never been a candidate. Hindi ina-approve ang COC ko." — Lawyer Ely Pamatong on filing his certificate of candidacy as president.

He also said that he could easily beat Binay and Poe. You've got to admire his fighting spirit.




"The high number of presidential aspirants attests to the dynamism of our democracy and reflects the desire of well-meaning Filipinos to actively participate in the electoral process." — Communications Sec. Herminio Coloma Jr. on political aspirants.

We wish the COMELEC the best of luck and for those who filed their candidacy, may the odds be ever in your favor.



"I was offered 2M to tweet for a presidential candidate. Di ko tinanggap kasi gusto ko suportahan si Duterte o si Miriam kahit walang bayad." — Chito Miranda on being asked for his endorsement.

No amount of Picha Pie or Harana can buy this guy's principles. Salute!




"I am fortunate to still be in touch with the ones who were with me during my formative years in this industry...We came to realize this: People do not change, situations do.— Dingdong Dantes on reuniting with his '90s dance group, Abztract.




"I have never been this mad in my 17 years in UAAP CDC! That is why this year, I, WE, will not take this sitting down!" — UP Pep Squad Coach Lalaine Perena on the results of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

In her post, she questioned the decision of the judges and reminded the coach of the winning team to be humble despite their victory because they "still have a lot to prove."




"It's not going to be a 'happy ending' for everyone I sue for defamation of character for all these stories." — DJ Calvin Harris on his alleged break-up with Taylor Swift.

The break-up was allegedly caused by Calvin Harris going to a Thai massage spa, known for its "extra service." Swift has yet to comment but the question on everybody's mind is when her new song "Happy Ending" will be released. 



Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph, screenshots from Facebook fan pages, various TV show videos, news clips, and images used by fans in YouTube slideshow videos.

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