MANILA—Based on the result of the May 9, 2022 elections, celebrity candidates proved that they still have the charm to win votes. A proof of this is the leading senatorial bet Robin Padilla who remains on top of the race with 25.6 votes as of May 10. Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo is in number three.
The 12th spot is currently being held on by former senator and actor Jinggoy Estrada, followed by former Quezon City mayor and comedian Herbert Bautista who is on the 13th spot.
The celebrities who won as representative in districts of Quezon City are Kapamilya actor Arjo Atayde, first district; former PBA player Franz Pumaren in the third district also in Quezon City; mother and son team Lani Mercado in the second district of Cavite and Jolo Revilla in the first district also in Cavite; Dan Fernandez is the lone representative of Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Aiko Melendez’s boyfirend Jay Khonghun in first district of Zambales; Vilma Santos’ husband Ralph Recto and former swimmer Eric Buhain in Batangas; and Richard Gomez in the fourth district of Leyte.
Daniel Fernando and Alex Castro were reelected as governor and vice governor of Bulacan, respectively. Ejay Falcon is also leading as vice governor of Oriental Mindoro.
In the mayoral race, Vico Sotto, son of the TV host actor Vic Sotto and actress Coney Reyes won again in Pasig City. Lucy Torres, Ormoc City; Javi Benitez of Victorias City, Negros Occidental; Ina Alegre of Pola, Oriental Mindoro; and former PBA player Vergel Meneses of Bulacan, Bulacan.
Actor Yul Servo made it to the vice mayoralty race in Manila; former PBA player Dodot Jaworski in Pasig City; and Vico Sotto’s cousin Gian Sotto in Quezon City.
For councilors, there is Alfred Vargas and Aiko Melendez in Quezon City; Angelu de Leon and Kiko Rustia in Pasig City; basketball players Paul Artadi, James Yap, Don Allado, actor Ervic Vijandre, and Sunshine Cruz’s boyfriend Macky Mathay in San Juan City; Vandolph Quizon, Jomari Yllana, and Ryan Yllana in Parañaque; Jhong Hilario in Makati City; Bibet Vidanes sa Pililla, Rizal; Lou Veloso in Manila; Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2019 Leren Bautista in Los Baños, Laguna; and Nash Aguas in Cavite City.
Actor Jason Abalos made it as board member of Nueva Ecija.
While there are winners, there are also losers among the celebrities who ran in the 2022 elections.
Isko Moreno and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao failed in their bid to become president of the Philippines. Those who did not make it to their dream posts were Tito Sotto (for vice president) at Monsour del Rosario for senator.
Former ABS-CBN reporter Sol Aragones failed in her bid to become governor in the province of Laguna; Jukebox Queen Imelda Papin as governor of Camarines Sur; beauty queen Sharifa Akeel Mangudadatu as governor of Sultan Kudarat; actor Jerico Ejercito as vice governor of Laguna.
Ara Mina’s husband Dave Almarinez also failed in his run as congressman, first district of Laguna); sexy comedienne Angelica Jones did not also make it as congressman, third district of Laguna; actor Richard Yap congressman, Cebu City; actor Rommel Padilla congressman, Nueva Ecija; popular PBA payer Alvin Patrimonio, mayor, Cainta, Rizal; actor ER Ejercito mayor, Calamba, Laguna; talent manager Arnold Vegafria (mayor, Olongapo City); and comedian Teri Onor (vice mayor of Abucay, Bataan), and Raymond Bagatsing for vice mayor of Manila.
Bobby Andrews also failed in his bid as councilor of Quezon City along with Hero Bautista in the fourth district of Quezon City; Roderick Paulate and Melissa Mendez Quezon City, second district; Ali Forbes Quezon City, sixth district; Dennis Padila, Caloocan City; Arci Muñoz Cainta, Rizal; Inday Garutay San Juan; and Claudine Barretto, Olongapo City.