MANILA, Philippines – Apparently, in the Philippines, politics is not just all in the family; it’s in the romance, too.

The 2013 midterm election will not only present tandems of parents and children, siblings and cousins. It will also showcase more prominent husbands and wives seeking positions in the same provinces or in the same Congress.

In typical Filipino fashion, the couples represent the marriage of traditional political brands with the glitz of star power, and the seamless, almost natural, connection of local and national offices.

These power couples vow to campaign for richer and for poorer, under the heat and the rain, in victory and defeat, ’til death do them part. Will voters say, “I do?” –

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