The King of Talk Boy Abunda has always been dependable in helping his beloved hometown Borongan, Eastern Samar and neighboring communities in any way he can towards development. But it’s a fact, he can only do so much on his own.
Back in 2019, a partylist by the name of Ang Probinsyano caught Boy’s attention for advocating comprehensive development in rural areas, especially the most far-flung locations across the country.
Quietly, he kept checking on the work this partylist achieved in the last three years, wanting to make sure that Ang Probinsyano lived up to its name.
Boy wasn’t disappointed, what with proof the partylist determinedly braved the pandemic to bring health essentials to the most isolated communities, all while continuing to authoring bills in Congress to raise the quality and accessibility of every Filipino to education; provide more infrastructure and social services to better the lives of rural dwellers; and even opportunities toward financial aid for farmers, fisherfolk, local artisans and other small businesses with the goal of self-sufficiency.
A probinsyano through and through, Boy had no qualms in accepting the partylist’s request to step in as an adviser and valuable volunteer in bringing more attention to the often ignored sectors of society.
“Nung nakilala ko na finally si Congressman Afred delos Santos, ang first nominee ng Ang Probinsyano, na-recognize ko agad ang pagkakamukha ng aming mga pangarap para sa ating mga probinsya. Kaya sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Apid, I’m impressed with what Ang Probinsyano has done for our fellow promdis around the country in so short a time, and with the pandemic complicating everything. So here I am—ready and willing to help Ang Probinsyano carry on its promise toward better provinces across the country, ergo, a better Philippines.”
What worries Boy these days, however, is how confusing the partylist electoral process has become, with at least 165 groups vying to make it to Congress.
“Sa dami nila, nakakalito talaga para sa ating mga kababayan kung alin ang pipiliin nila, lalo na’t ini-raffle na din ang numero ng bawat isa sa balota,” the revered showbiz pillar and philanthropist explained.
“Kaya ako, umiikot talaga ako ngayon para siguraduhin na alam ng mga tao na No. 50 ang Ang Probinsyano sa balota. Wag silang malilito, lalo na sa mga grupong katunog lang din o para bang ginagaya lang ang pangalan natin.”
Otherwise, Boy warned that Congress would lose a very important and hard working partylist that remains true, honest and passionate in its advocacy.
“Masasayang lamang ang napakagandang nasimulan ng Ang Probinsyano kung mamamali lang tayo sa pagboto,” he added. “Kaya ito na lang ang ating tandaan sa araw ng eleksyon—doon na tayo sa #50 and fabulous!”
Relentless in campaigning for Ang Probinsyano Partylist (APPL), Boy is grateful to see that many other celebrities–who like him have embraced the provincial life over the pandemic—have also volunteered to help spread the word about choosing #50 Ang Probinsyano on election day.
“Kasama na namin si Piolo (Pascual) na ang laging sabi naman ay, ‘Huwag nang mag-50-50 sa partylist dahil #50 is it!’,” Boy chuckled.
“Siyempre nandyan din si JM de Guzman, isang napakabait na bata at napakagaling na aktor at ang bagong bagong volunteer ng grupo na social media sensation, si Donnalyn Bartolome.
“Sila ang mga ka-50 namin ni Piolo kahit iba-iba kami ng edad kasi parepareho naman ang aming pagmamahal sa para ating mga probinsya,” Boy finally said.