The incumbent Pangasinan 5th District Representative, Kimi Cojuangco, won a second term in congress by an overwhelming landslide over her rival. Returning to the House of Representatives as a second term congresswoman, she is no longer the novice representative but will be a seasoned veteran, all the more qualified to lead her constituents to greater things.
Political contenders immediately amplified their campaign strategies at the start of the campaign season which started after midnight of March 31, 2013; vying to put their names forward for the 2013 senatorial and local polls. While many chose elaborate schemes to gain the attention of voters, the 5th District representative chose a simpler plan of action.
Instead of holding colossal rallies or using mass media advertisements to garner votes, the congresswoman instead continued the grassroots movement that she has become known for: reaching out to the people directly, face to face and one on one. It is a strategy that served her well as mayor and congresswoman. It is what gives her the insight and unique perspective to empathize with and to foresee the needs of those she serves.
During the election season, she was out and ready to go before the sun has even fully risen, utilizing a motorcade to visit every barangay in her district. Braving the heat of the summer sun, armed with what became her signature floppy hat, scarf and her winning smile, she rode through dusty roads aboard a kaleidoscopic lorry.
Barangay residents who otherwise would be ensconced inside their houses and under the shade of trees to escape the summer heat came out in cheerful droves at the sound of her motorcade to catch a glimpse of their champion. The motorcade was often accompanied by allies who were also running for different positions in the province, district, city or municipality. At every barangay they visited, the streets were lined with supporters who came out to cheer and dance along with the parade, passing cars honked to show their support and tricycle drivers waved with enthusiasm at the sight of their representative. Most enthusiastic among her supporters were the women and children who have benefited the most from the various programs initiated during her congressional term. The lady Solon drew energy from their infectious smiles and good cheer. Bolstered by their zeal, the congresswoman of the 5th District was rejuvenated to continue the fight.
The triumphant result of the elections confirmed the overwhelming approval and support of those in the 5th District of Pangasinan for their beloved representative. The hope for ongoing success and progress in the region continues for yet another congressional term.
1973 Miss Universe Ms. Maria Margarita “Margie” Moran Floirendo
Priceless collections of old artifacts and books written by renowned Binalonians were shown to the public during the unveiling of its museum on March 8, 2013. Prominently displayed on the walls are meticulously restored photographs of individuals who made significant contributions to the town’s history. Many if not most of the portraits were donated by former Miss Universe, Ms. Margie Moran Floirendo from her personal collection. Ms. Floirendo was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the inaugural ceremony and whose ancestry can be traced back to Binalonan. Coincidentally, during the event, Pangasinan Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco learned that she and the former Miss Universe may have common ancestors. They both have roots reaching back to an old Pangasinan family, the Gonzalez, which is unique by its use of two Zs making the connection between the two dignitaries potentially true.
L-R: Mr. Danny Fernandez & Mrs. Teresita Dacpano, Mrs. Arlyn Grace Guico, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, Ms. Margie Moran, Mayor Monmon Guico, SBM Eli Patague, SBM Alberto Espiritu, Jr.
Modernists see most memorabilia as relics that belong to the past and have no place but to clutter the present. However, historians and curators will argue that without appreciation of said relics, we cannot learn the lessons from our past and gain insight into our future.
Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco
The archival of items from the past through museums and other similar institutions ensures that historical records and documentation are preserved for future generation. It is our shared responsibility to cherish and protect our heritage as we move on to meet the new dawn – not to worship those in photographs but learn from them as we also craft our own legacy. It is our inheritance from our forefathers that founded our culture and beliefs; the melodies of our songs that keep drifting from one generation to another. However, heritage will continue to evolve and develop new histories and lore.
Museums are not mere repositories of artifacts from our past they also serve to bolster our sense of self in the realization of the richness of our own history and heritage. The experience of going to a museum is not the same for everyone. Some undergo a scant fascination and maybe entertainment from the exhibits; but quite a number encounter a much more profound awakening be it a sense of self or pride or wonderment. It is for those moments of illumination that museums truly shine.
Binalonan Mayor Monmon V. Guico
Having a museum in a town such as Binalonan is a sign of its awareness but also a sign of progress and growth which is why Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco who was invited to deliver a message during the opening extolled Mayor Ramon “Monmon” Guico, III for giving significance to the history of Binalonan of which is also history of Pangasinan. During her speech, she also mentioned that the mayor’s progressive vision and innovative ideas for Binalonan encouraged her to partner with him in his endeavors. His advocacy to transform Binalonan into a “University Town” inspired her to file a bill in congress, which she already did, will enable the country to recruit foreign students and make it easier for students to apply to and attend the universities all over the Philippines. The ability to attract foreign enrollees will guarantee global status for the country, opening up numerous opportunities for commerce. The success of making Binalonan a university town will be a winning endeavor for everyone.