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Grace, Faith and Family

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Partido Galing at Puso’s Miting De Avance held at the historic Plaza Miranda, Quiapo Manila last May 7, 2016 was both jubilant and heartwarming. Senator Grace Poe’s extemporaneous 36-minute speech hit all the necessary points in touching the hearts of the masa and thanked her supporters through out the tumultuous campaign period.

Sen. Grace Poe 2nd from right: Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe 2nd from right: Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Showbiz personalities came in full force among them Superstar Nora Aunor who gave a personal endorsement for Grace. Singers Ogie Alcasid, Aicelle Santos, Angeline Quinto, Eat Bulaga hosts Allan K, Ruby Rodriguez were joined by Carmina Villaroel, Epi Quizon, Giselle Sanchez, Bayang Barrios, Salbakuta, Boobay, Maricris Garcia, Dan Bilano and Daryl Ong. Of course Lovie Poe and Heart Evangelista were also present.

from left: Giselle Sanchez and Nora Aunor; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Giselle Sanchez and Nora Aunor; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace as Toddler w mom Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace as Toddler w mom Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The main themes of the Sen Grace Poe’s speech however are faith and family, both of which are very important for Filipinos. A day before mother’s day she credited Susan Roces for giving her guiding principles: “Ngayon araw ng mga nanay. Nais kong pa salamatan at nais ko rin ihandog sa aking inspirasyon, sa aking lakas at sa taong responsible kung bakit na ririto ako ngayon. Maraming salamat mama! Happy Mother’s Day. At sa lahat ng mga nanay na naririto ngayon pat yourselves on the back. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga nanay na naririto rin ngayon. Sapagkat alam ko sa lahat ng pinagdaraan ninyo parating nangingibabaw ang pagmamahal sa inyong mga anak, sa inyong pamilya…Kung nagkamali man inaamin at higit sa lahat pinapakinggan kayo. Ang turo sakin ng aking nanay ay ito: Grace wag mong walain ang iyong sarili.”

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fernando Poe Jr and Grace; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fernando Poe Jr and Grace; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace distinguished herself through her strong faith and uprbringing from the other candidates, “Ako ay pinalaki ni FPJ at ni Susan upang wag kalimutan kung ano ang dapat gawin para sa kapwa. Kung papano makatulong sa mas na ngangailangan. Kung papano maging tunay na Kristyano na hindi kinakalimutan ang na aapi…Pipili lang ba tayo ng isang corrupt? Pipili lang ba tayo ng isang palpak at mabagal na walang pakiramdam? O pipili ba tayo ng isang pumapatay ng walang hustisya? Mga kababayan hindi ako perpekto. Walang taong perpekto sa mundo, pero ako ay may takot sa Diyos at ako ay may takot sa inyo. Na alam ko pag hindi ko ginawa ang aking trabaho ng tama mananagot ako sa inyo at mananagot ako sa nanay ko.”

Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon coined the phrase WOW Philippines as DOT Secretary. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon coined the phrase WOW Philippines as DOT Secretary. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Fernando Poe Jr., young Grace Poe and Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Fernando Poe Jr., young Grace Poe and Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

A funny yet touching revelation was when she shared the instances when people asked why she did not look like either parent, the reality of her being adopted dawned upon her. Because of this knowledge she identified herself as among the many disavantged, disenfranchised people, “Minsan sasabihin sakin, ‘Anak ka ba talaga ni FPJ at ni Susan Roces? Bakit ganyan ang itsura mo? Kung anak ka ni FPJ ba’t ang liit mo? Kung anak ka ni Susan Roces bakit di ka sing puti niya?’. Lahat yon sa bata nakakasakit ng damdamin. Pero aking nanay sinabi sakin wag mong pagdudahan ang pagmamahal ko sayo. Kaya alam ko ang damdamin ng isang taong minemenos. Yon ang nagbigay sakin ng lakas. Na pa tunayan ang aking sarili na gawin ang na rarapat ng isang mabuting anak maging mabuting ina, maging mabuting asawa at ngayon maging mabuting tagapaglingkod ninyong lahat.”

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Honesty

Her speech was centered on honesty and not making wild promises that cannot be kept. This is contrasted against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s guarantee of eradicating criminality within 6 months and the latest a ‘comfortable life’ without providing an economic program, “Ayokong mangako sa inyo at magsinungaling. Marami tayong dapat ayusin sa ating bayan. Pero kung gagawin natin ito sa maka tao na paraan at maka Diyos na paraan. Yon ang pinaka impurtante. Nakakatakot isipin na para ipagpalit ang lahat ng ating pinaniniwalaan ka tulad ng ating kalayaan. Na hindi tayo na tatakot dito at pintasan ang maski na sino. Nakakatakot isipin na may pusibilidad na kung sakasakali man meron magbabanta sating kalayaan, na pag tayo ay masabing mali lang o may tinignan lang tayo na mali, o meron tayong kinilos na hindi ginusto ay pwede tayong ipaligpit. Mga kababayan ang mga nagiging biktima ng ganitong uri ng pamamalakad ay ang mahihirap. Bilang isang nanay ayoko na tatakot dahil hindi ko alam kung ang aking mga anak ay mapag bintangan. Impurtante na maging ligtas tayo at yan ay magagarantiya ko sa inyo.”

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace’s courage has already been seen as the head of the Senate comittee in charge of the Mamasapano incident , “Ang isang babae ako ang inatasan sa kumite ng senado na imbestigahan ang mga pulis na nangyari doon sa SAF. Na alala ba ninyo na nangyari sa Mamasapano? Hindi naging madali yon. Ang inimbestigahan ko ay ang pulis, ang militar, ang mga Amerikano, ang MILF at higit sa lahat ang ating Pangulo. Pero hindi ko tinago sa inyo kung sino ang mga nagkasala.”

Thousands joined the prayer for honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thousands joined the prayer for honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Chiz Escudero; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Chiz Escudero; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Niño Muhlach with son Alfonso; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Niño Muhlach with son Alfonso; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Partidong Galing at Puso tagline; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nora Aunor endorsed Sen. Grace Poe with passion. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nora Aunor endorsed Sen. Grace Poe with passion. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ruby Rodriguez & Epi Quizon; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ruby Rodriguez & Epi Quizon; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lovi Poe & Heart Evangelista; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fireworks closed the show; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fireworks closed the show; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Senatorial candidate Susan Ople is a champion of OFWs. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Senatorial candidate Susan Ople is a champion of OFWs. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe (Center) joined by from right: Samuel Pagdilao, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian and Sen. Chiz Escudero with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe (Center) joined by from right: Samuel Pagdilao, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian and Sen. Chiz Escudero with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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