Last Wednesday night we were privey to an intimate dinner and conversation with the ageless and timeless beauty that is of Madame Margarita ‘Tingting’ Cojuangco as we were graciously welcomed in her residence in Makati.
Years may have passed but Ms. Tingting has maintain that iconic beauty that she possesses. She cheerfully denied us of her age and pointed out that in her bio-data she had left the age part in blank space.
During the intimate visit that turned out to be very casual, we discovered a very warm, friendly and accommodating lady. With her high profile stature, she maintains humility and shows respect on the people she meets. We are just an ordinary citizen yet she made us feel at home and enjoyed a casual conversation even if its our first time to meet her formally.
She shared and talked about her daughters, her love for different art collections, how she diligently asked if she looks good on the photos we took of her, and many more stories that helped us learned more about her. She even invited her husband Peping to sat down with us for a short while before we continued our conversation on the dinner table.
One topic that will never be left out, of course, is politics. She gamely answered our questions in relation with the issues and her forthcoming bout on the 2013 election. She casually told us she is running for Senator under United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
The wife of Peping is no amateur when it comes to Philippine politics. She was former Governor of Tarlac from 1992 to 1998, and Presidential Assistant in 2001. She is also the President of the Philippine Public Safety College. Her slogan “Sa Paglinis ng Bayan, Tingting ang Kailangan” in vernacular refers for cleaning up the nation with the native broom stick through a binding unity, addressing public safety as one of her agenda along peace and order, and food issues of the nation.
Then we remembered the plight of the school children of San Mateo, Rizal. Madame Tingting mentioned public safety and it crossed our mind that this could be an opportunity for the barrio residents to have their situation look at into by someone who could stand by for them. What surprising is this place is not far away from the urban and developing metropolis.
These school children and teachers would be fortunate if their plight would be given attention. Who knows, one of these children might become future leaders of our country and the help and safety they could get will make their dreams come true.
You can read the related article here http://www.socialplusmagazine.com/2012/10/the-plight-of-school-children-of-casili-elementary-school-in-san-mateo-rizal/ to know more about Brigada’s documentary report entitled “Tawid-ilog”.
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Before we left Madame Tingting’s residence, she bade us with a warm goodbye and have her personal driver to assist and bring us to our public ride. We told her that we will be seeing her again for the Freeway X Botong Collection launch on Thursday, October 18. She smiled at us and said “see you there” while smiling.
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