About 500 vehicles joined a festive one-hour “Para kay Leni” pink caravan in support of presidential candidate Leni Robredo, that included MassKara dancers and drumbeaters on the back of pickups, in Bacolod City Saturday morning, October 23.
Caravans in support of Robredo were held in Bacolod City and in about 25 other provinces and cities in the country on Saturday.
“Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts”, Robredo said in response.
“I am completely overwhelmed by the show of support. Everything is volunteer-driven, Kanya kanyang diskarte, organic, spontaneous,” she said.
Lawyer Pinky Mirano Ocampo, Laban Leni Negros Occidental (LLNO) spokesperson, said about 500 vehicles joined the Bacolod caravan despite the rain earlier in the morning.
Caravan participants wore pink T-shirts and face masks, and their vehicles had Robredo tarpaulins, with pink balloons, flaglets and tassels.
They flashed their vehicles’ headlights, honked, and shouted “Leni, Leni” as they drove by.
Some dogs in vehicles were also in pink outfits.
It is overwhelming, it is a strong show of support, Mirano said, of the turnout despite short notice.
People just spontaneously showed up to join in response to posts on social media, and the vehicles were not only from Bacolod City but from towns and cities in southern and northern Negros, she said.
There were vehicles seen from Sipalay City, Hinoba-an, Cauayan, Kabankalan City, Manapla, Cadiz, EB Magalona and several other areas, she said.
The caravan of vehicles was also joined by people on pedicabs, motorcycles and even bicycles, that showed participation from a cross section of society, Ocampo said.
Ocampo said some Robredo supporters brought pink puto and 1,000 pink pandesals that were given to the caravan participants.
In observance of COVID-19 protocols volunteers at the start of the caravan in Talisay City in the north and the old Bacolod airport in the south held up tarpaulins that read “Face mask on, Stay in your vehicle” and at the end of the caravan at the South Capitol road a sign read “No stopping go straight.”
Ocampo said the LLNO raised funds to put up a billboard for Robredo and her runingmate Kiko Pangilinan at Araneta Street in Bacolod City and is putting up another one along the Circumferential Road.
The message on the billboards and tarpaulins sprouting in Bacolod says “Masaligan. Masandigan. Leni Robredo Kiko Pangilinan #LabanLeniNegosOccidental”.
The LLNO campaign for Robredo is being fueled by private sector support, and they are planning more activities for her visit to Bacolod on November 5, Ocampo said.
There will be a standby caravan, people’s assembly and a lugaw party, she said.*