Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler
What is it like for the two daughters of movie legend Fernando Poe Jr to be on the same stage, one campaigning for the other?
The huge crowd at the Pueblo de Oro Township in Cagayan de Oro witnessed this on Wednesday night, April 20, when actress Lovi Poe made a surprise appearance at the rally for her sister, independent presidential candidate Grace Poe.
Although campaigning for Grace on her own, it was the first time Lovi actually caught up with the candidate in a sortie.
Grace is the adopted daughter of FPJ and wife, actress Susan Roces; Lovi is the late actor's daughter with another actress. Lovi is also a good friend of Heart Evangelista, the wife of Grace's running mate, Senator Francis Escudero.
At the Cagayan de Oro rally, Grace Poe went down from the stage to shake hands with supporters. When Grace was climbing back onto the stage, Lovi suddenly appeared – to the delight of the crowd and to her sister's surprise.
The sisters hugged, as the audio shifted to a recording of Fernando Poe Jr singing the classic song “Kumusta Ka?”
Grace said they don't see each other very often as Lovi is also busy with her showbiz commitments.
The older sister told the crowd she was proud of what her sister had achieved in the entertainment industry.
“Thank you for keeping Papa’s name in showbiz,” she told Lovi.
Photo by Jay Morales/Grace Poe Media Bureau
Lovi – wearing jeans and a white polo shirt with the “Salamat Poe” logo – said she is confident that the country will be in good hands under her elder sister’s presidency.
Grace returned the favor by telling the crowd the daughters of FPJ are working hard and carving their own place in their chosen fields without relying on their father’s fame. (READ: What legacy? Grace Poe tells critics not to take it literally)
“We work hard, just like the rest of you,” Grace told the crowd.
Grace's campaign paraphernalia have mostly used a photo of FPJ in the background. She also does not fail to mention her father in campaign rallies, including this one in Cagayan de Oro. (READ: 10 staple lines in Grace Poe's speeches)
Grace left the stage as Lovi sang a song to entertain the crowd. – Bobby Lagsa/Rappler.com