De Venecias’ son ‘Toff’ replaces mom Gina as congressional candidate for 4th district

December 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment


 
Toff de Venecia, son of former Speaker Joe de Venecia and incumbent congresswoman Manay Gina de Venecia, is set to be the Liberal Party’s candidate for congressman of the 4th district of Pangasinan in the 2016 elections. This is following Manay Gina’s withdrawal of her candidacy this morning, Dec. 8, at COMELEC’s provincial office in Dagupan Astrodome.de venecia chrisChristopher de Venecia shows his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) with Election Supervisor
 Marino Salas at the Commission on Election in Dagupan City. De Venecia is 
accompanied last December 8 by his parents Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan
and the one he substituted and his father  former 5-Time Speaker Joe de Venecia.

 
According to Manay Gina, they decided as a family that it was the right time for Toff to enter the world of politics since he has a willingness and determination to help the people, most especially the youth. “The youth is incredibly vital to the community because like me, they are energetic, passionate, and full of ideas,” says Toff. “I would like to galvanize them to become more involved in reimagining the fourth district, not to mention, bolster culture and education, industry, and tourism in service of the people.”  
 

The substitution is hardlyManay Gina’s farewell from politics. She says, “Toff will serve the people with his style of serbisyong three-in-onewherein myself and Manong Joe will guide him every step of the way in continuing our legacy but elevating it with his style of consultative leadership and ideas that will bring the fourth district into the 21st century.”
 
Toff is a former child star, having appeared in sitcoms such as Ober da Bakod, Billy Bilyonaryo,HaybolRambol, and movies such as Pretty Boy and Kung Kailangan Mo Ako. He is formerly an editor forChalk Magazine and iscurrently an editor for Young Star, the Friday youth section of The Philippine Starwhere he also writes a regular column. He is the founder and managingartisticdirector of progressive theater group, The Sandbox Collective, an experimental and cutting-edge Manila-based production outfit, responsible for the hit productions “Dani Girl,” “The Boy in the Bathroom,” and “No Filter” and has been directing plays for various companies for the past six years.
 
Toff finished elementary school at the Colegio de San Agustin where he pursued higher education at the Ateneo de Manila High School and college at the Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
 
According to Toff, he wants to continue the countless projects and endeavors that his parents have started but also forge new narratives in putting the fourth district of Pangasinan in the map. “My father (JDV) was the builder; my mom was the heart. I’d like to nurture the soul of our district.”

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