‘Tayo ang Liwanag’: Leni’s account of presidential campaign

Leni Robredo's book.

Leni Robredo’s “Tayo ang Liwanag: Journeying through Our People’s Campaign” will be launched on May 9, a year to the day of the May 2022 presidential election. 

The launch will start at 3 p.m. at the Museo ng Pag-asa (Museum of Hope) at 84 Cordillera St., Barangay Lourdes, Quezon City.

In a livestream on Facebook last April 21, Robredo said the book is her personal account of the presidential campaign, including behind-the-scenes details and information never before shared with the public. 

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Robredo-Pangilinan tandem —LENI ROBREDO’S FB PAGE

Among these are her exchange of messages with her running mate, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan; the events and reflections that led to her acceptance of the clamor for her to seek the presidency; and the process of the drafting of her speech to announce her run as an independent candidate.

It was after months of anticipation that then Vice President Robredo announced her presidential bid on Oct. 7, 2021, just a day before the deadline for the filing of candidacies.  She said that she had not planned to run, and that her decision was made after much prayer and discernment.  

She said she was ready to fight an uphill battle to help the country recover from the pandemic and to end the suffering of the people, especially the poor and marginalized. She promised to build a just and caring society through fair and accountable governance.   

The “people’s campaign” for Robredo was a bottom-up and volunteer-driven movement, with her supporters using their own money and resources in, among others, organizing and mounting rallies, motorcades and other events nationwide; producing leaflets, t-shirts, posters and banners; and conducting social-media and house-to-house activities to introduce her planned programs and promote her candidacy.

Robredo’s supporters called themselves “kakampinks,” a portmanteau of “kakampi” (ally) and pink (the color of her presidential election campaign). 

The 388-page “Tayo ang Liwanag” includes a text-and-photo diary of the day-to-day activities starting on Feb. 8, 2022, the official start of the election campaign, as well as published and unpublished photos of events and volunteers.

Admission to the launch, at which Robredo will be present to sign copies, is free but limited. It appears that slots have been fully booked at https://bit.ly/TayoAngLiwanagLaunch.

The book comes in hardbound and softbound copies at P2,499 and P1,000, respectively.  It may be preordered at https://bit.ly/TayoAngLiwanagBook and may be picked up at Museo ng Pag-asa or delivered to one’s address with freight or delivery costs added. It will be available for sale at the Museo ng Pag-asa starting May 10.  For details, one may check with the FB account of Atty. Leni Robredo.

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