Supporters of the Leni Robredo-Kiko Pangilinan tandem in the 2022 elections continued to turn out nationwide on Saturday, November 20, this time distributing food to people of all ages for their ‘LugawOne ng TRoPa’.
The centerpiece of the activity was the signature “lugaw” or rice porridge, which had been associated with Robredo since the 2016 election cycle, mostly as a form of bashing from supporters of her opponents, and more recently from supporters of the current administration.
"Dapat si Leni" volunteers in Ilocos Sur distributed their local delicacy empanada to frontliners, tricycle drivers, teachers, and wet market vendors in the capital Vigan, while lugaw was distributed at Brgy. Fuerte in Caoayan town.
The group faced online bashing after their Kakampink Wednesdays activity, where they distributed 30 empanadas to people around.
The empanadas were ordered from a local vendor who supported another presidential candidate, but one of the volunteers said that helping out local businesses mattered more to them.
The vendor was able to earn P11,000 on Saturday alone after selling 300 empanadas to the volunteers.
"During the campaign, we want to do projects and support the livelihoods of small entrepreneurs. Mas maganda na gamitin ang (It is good to use the) campaign while helping others to recover. The vendor was a supporter of another presidential candidate, not Leni. But it didn't matter because we were able to help. That's radical love. To respect and show love despite [political] differences," according to one of the conveners of Robredo-Pangilinan supporters in the province.
In Baguio City, supporters from the city and from Benguet province distributed over 1,000 lugaw cups at the Baguio Market, added with bread and coffee, as well as standees of Robredo that people can take pictures with.
In Pampanga, more than 4,000 bowls of lugaw were given out and served to 12 cities and towns including Angeles City, Mabalacat City, San Fernando City, Lubao, Macabebe, Apalit, Minalin, Guagua, Candaba, San Simon, Sasmuan, and Porac as part of the nationwide feeding program identified with the vice president.
Supporters also provided free rides by renting out 11 jeepneys in Angeles City
Another lugaw feeding program will be conducted on November 27 in the towns of San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe, and Masantol towns, with volunteers from each municipality pledging to serve at least 100 bowls.
Many volunteers and supporters on the ground also turned out for activities in Visayas, where the Robredo campaign hopes to duplicate or even exceed their 2016 performance.
Ilonggos started their day joining the Walk for Leni, from Ungka Service Road in Jaro to Esplanade 1 in Mandurriao, with some joined by their furry friends. Lugaw and pink bread were served to them at the end of the walk. Around 2,000 joined according to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
Prior to the walk, several supporters conducted a Sunrise Yoga at the Esplanade 1 extension.
In the nearby town of Cabatuan, supporters also served pandesal, puto, cupcakes, softdrinks, and water, in addition to the 400 cups of lugaw given out. They also gave out tarpaulins and stickers to the public who came.
Supporters in the Iloilo town of Dingle also hosted their own lugaw station, serving 120 cups out of 200 prepared.
The group Dingle4Leni told Rappler that they have already given out thousands of cups of another rice porridge variant, “linugaw” (or ginataan in Tagalog) with their weekly activities as part of the “Kakampink Wednesdays” encouraged by Robredo.
They also put up pink ribbons and tarpaulins across town as part of their own activities.
Just up north in neighboring Capiz province, the St. Anthony College Hospital staff and volunteers were joined by several groups supporting the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem in distributing lugaw and bread across various areas in Roxas City.
Various LugawOne initiatives were also set up in Negros Occidental, including in the capital city Bacolod, as well as in Bago City, Cauayan, and E.B. Magalona.
In Bacolod City, volunteers scattered in 19 areas across the city such as Barangays 1, 4, 8, and Mansilingan, and the Riverbank informal settler community, to name a few, serving from over 1,000 cups and bowls for bigger groups and from 150 to 350 for smaller networks.
Residents of the Luyang area in Brgy. Guiljungan in Cauayan town also conducted a morning Zumba to complement their lugaw feeding activity.
Team Leni Saravia also reached out to other members of the community in the town of E.B. Magalona, including trisikad and motorcycle riders, market vendors, persons deprived of liberty, and other supporters.
Cebuano organizers said at least 22 stations in different locations throughout seven cities and six municipalities joined the nationwide campaign activity.
Manobo children in Lapu-Lapu City were also able to receive clothes, bihon, and juice in addition to the lugaw.
In Talisay City and in Barili town, they distributed campaign mugs and did coastal cleanup in the area.
Youth for Leni-Southern Leyte conducted widespread LugawOne activities across the province with other affiliated groups, including in the towns of Maasin, Macrohon, Sogod, and Libagon.
Other “palugaw” activities in Eastern Visayas were held in Pambujan and San Roque in Northern Samar, Borongan City and Salcedo in Eastern Samar, Tanauan and Palo in Leyte, Calbayog City in Samar, and Tacloban City.
LugawOne activities in Mindanao were conducted in major areas in Bukidnon province and Davao City.
In Bukidnon, volunteers were able to serve in Malitbog town and in Valencia City, where they served more than 100 households.
In Davao City, around 500 people were served, with another 300 already pre-registered for another “palugaw” activity on Wednesday. – with reports from Joseph B.A. Marzan, Joann Manabat, Lance Lim, Art Lubiano, Sherwin De Vera, Grace Albasin, Sherwin de Vera, and John Michael Mugas.—Rappler.com