MAGANES: Mark Cojuangco: ‘ Confidently a public servant with a heart’
The brouhaha brought about by the faux pas committed by the host-Steve Harvey of the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant held in Las Vegas, USA last December 20 (December 21 in the Philippines) has not yet subsided as of late.
The mix-up in announcing Miss Colombia as the new Miss Universe 2015 instead of Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach drew flak in the international community. It was an event where Miss Colombia was deeply embarrassed and humiliated as the crown on her head, a sash and a bouquet were slowly transferred to the rightful Miss Universe 2015- our very own Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The admirable gesture of Harvey was when he apologized publicly for his mistake and owned the mistake. What a man! He has the gall of accepting that big mistake in front of millions of audience glued on their television sets, computers and laptops. It was a gesture that got the nod of the majority of the viewers particularly as it ended the reign of a “wrong” Miss Universe 2015.
The latest pageant gave the Philippines the boost to be the land of “beautiful people”. Ms. Wurtzbach has ended the 42 years drought for a Miss Universe, the last was Margarita Moran in 1973 (Gloria Diaz was crowned Miss Universe in 1969). She’s now the reigning Miss Universe 2015 who has earned raves from the international community not only because of her beauty and intelligence but because of her humility and grace during the most difficult situation when she was announced as the true winner.
What made Wurtzbach as the new Miss Universe 2015? When there were only three contestants left- Miss Philippines, Miss Colombia and Miss USA who had to answer the question: ” Why will you be the Miss Universe 2015?”, both Miss USA and Miss Colombia answered referring to their personal attributes. Miss Philippines answered the question with fashion- first by telling that being a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility, second that she has the responsibility to be the voice of the youth and will work on social issues like HIV in the Philippines and third for showing to the world or universe for being “confidently beautiful with a heart.” Undoubtedly, such great answer elicit the nods of the four judges according to Perez Hilton, a famous podcaster based in Miami, USA.
Filipinos as of now are still rejoicing on the honor brought by Ms. Wurtzbach to our country. She’s indeed a beauty to behold and an ambassadress of peace and goodwill in the entire the world. But since we are now facing an election in May 2016,who among our political candidates have that stature to say that they are ” confidently a public servant with a heart?”
It could not be denied that we are wanting of good leaders in our midst- leaders who could inspire us and work on our aspirations as Filipinos. Let’s focus in the province of Pangasinan where the “son” of the sitting Governor will be pitted against former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco for the gubernatorial post. Of course both gubernatorial aspirants have their own strengths and weaknesses.
The son of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. is anchoring his candidacy on the power of his father telling that he will continue the programs that are already in place. However, the old Espino’s administration is marred with some issues on graft and corruption that are solidly against the Aquino government’s mantra on ” Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path). As of now, the young Espino has not spoken about his plans and platform of governance. He’s working on his candidacy behind the shadow of the ” old Espino”, which may give him a disadvantage on his candidacy.
Why a “disadvantage”? Because of the issues on graft and corruption associated with his “father”- illegal black sand mining, plunder on “jueteng”, etc. Pangasinenses are tired already of these activities such that there have been no real “take off” of perceived development that are supposed to be done with his more than eight years administration.
Here comes now Mark O. Cojuangco.
Aside from being the son of one of the wealthiest tycoon in the country-Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Mark exemplifies a leader that we should and what we ought to have in Pangasinan. Bereft of “graft and corruption” issues, he has shown the sincerity to serve, the humility to accept tirades against him and the ability to work on the causes of the least fortunate Pangasinenses like his “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan” Program- a free surgical mission for the poor Pangasinenses.
Mark has shown the dedication to serve the Pangasinenses. He’s ” confidently handsome, charismatic, inspirational, aspirational and a public servant with a heart”. Like Miss Universe 2015 who has been persistent on her quest for the crown, Mark is persistent to make himself the new leader of Pangasinan in 2016.
With such confidence, does Cojuanco go wrong?
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