Thursday, March 22, 2007
The Attack of Campaign Ads
Several weeks from now the unsinkable Filipinos will be casting their votes. But if most of the national candidates still have cash to spend...then we all have to suffer from the a barrage of campaign ads.
Since I have no time to watch television due to Hell Week, I had to contend myself with You Tube.
Here are the slew of commercials that were uploaded.
Enjoy. Or suffer.
Martin? Are you reading this post? Don't worry I won't say that Prospero Pichay is arrogant. Maybe in another blog post. But you have to hand it to his pork barrel er personal wealth. The guy has a music video
Taking a cue from his wife, Ralph Recto's ad is filled with rejected dancers from the show Vilma in Person.
If there's a rough and gruff award given out to candidates, Vic Magsaysay would win hands down. Here's why. I said rough and gruff. I did not say smuggler. Who said that?
Kapag bad ka! Lagot ka! Make way for the oldest dragon - I mean - people's dragon. I can't find a link to his ad though.
You know that you have a really big image problem if an icon gets the lion share of your political ad.
It must be gut feeling but the first time I saw this ad I felt that it was some cheesy campaign propaganda. I was right on the money. But I never thought that it was that lame. Sotto. Tito ko sa Senado. What the hell is that?
Nobody uploaded the ad of Tessie Oreta. Sad.
No ad yet for Cesar Montano. There must be a grain of truth to fund favoritism within Team Unity.
There's a new Zubiri commercial but it was the expensive Boom Tarat that had people abuzz. Was it really that expensive? But it is not helping him. If a media-barred Trillanes is more popular than you then you better think twice. Plus...idol ng Kabataan? I have to warn you of the thousands of Team Chiz memebers.
The only video that responded to the query 'Jamalul Kiram' is the infamous Sultan-of-Brunei-blooper of Igorota - I mean Gloria.
He was one of the early predators of television with his Ang Gara ng Buhay ad. Now he asked the endorsement of singing superstar Sarah Geronimo to push his spiraling survey rankings to the top.
Honestly, the ads of Chiz Escudero would appeal to the youth but not generally to the masses. I found the first (of a series) quite ironic. He goes by the tag Boses ng Senado yet he did not speak a single word. The second one is more appropriate - he talked about the importance of having dreams and aspiration. Tuparin kaya ni Pichay ang mga pangarap ni Chiz?
The Pateros-Taguig representative is quite lucky to have a director for a brother. The only candidate endorsed by the First Gentleman. Live-action interspersed with animation - quite new. But my beef with this one is the song - Francis Magalona? Come on. Plus what's with the boxing gloves?
She started her political journey with Loren Loren Sinta. The leader of the survey pack is making a comeback with this ad. Her white blouse though reminds me of her Ariel detergent powder commercials.
Lacson maintains that he would not use celebrities to endorse his candidacy. He has been consistent ever since despite having an actress for a daughter-in-law. I can't find a video of him though. Trivia: the campaign jingle was inspired by the campaign song of Bill Clinton - Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow. No uploaded video though.
There are some things Manny can't buy. Like terpsichorean ability. Villar could use some dancing lessons.
Nene Pimentel got Kris Aquino's endorsement during the last few days of the campaign. He surged ahead from the brink of defeat and from the claws of dagdag-bawas. This time the real life telenovela celebrity will do anything (with or without Hope) to make his brother win.
Tatak Osmena or Latak ng Osmena? You decide.
Sonia Roco explained that her ad was inspired the music video of Natalie Cole where she eerily sang with his dead father Nat. It's a decent ad but I remember that her husband had well-crafted commercials the last time he ran? Contact them again Mrs Roco. I'm not a big fan but I'd rather have you in the senate than Ralph Recto.
The other heartthrob of the Opposition (there are three including Adel Tamano) is sadly in jail. But his strong showing in surveys as well as the fact that he's jockeying positions against big spenders like Pichay and Zubiri shows that Trillanes has a chance. Yup. The guy has an ad and it stings like wild bee. Here's another one. Rebel with a cause that looks much better than James Dean!
I did not find any video of Koko Pimentel. But I saw it one time. Decent but you should start stepping out of your father's shadow.
Does Nikki Coseteng have a campaign ad? Honestly, I've not seen anything. Her posters are good quality though. Come to think of it she used less make-up than Miguel Zubiri in her posters.
How about the only independent but wife-dependent candidate Francis Pangilinan? In the spirit of fairness, here's his Mountain Dew inspired campaign ad.