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Toni Gonzaga, a crucial force in BBM’s campaign success

By: - Contributor
/ 12:16 PM May 07, 2022
The charming and classy Toni Gonzaga-Soriano connects with the huge crowd of UniTeam supporters during a campaign rally

The charming and classy Toni Gonzaga-Soriano connects with the huge crowd of UniTeam supporters during a campaign rally

If a picture paints a thousand words, then a compressed video of an all smiles Toni Gonzaga fist bumping and sharing the stage with presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos paints a gazillion.

Now that the May 9 national and local elections are just three days away, the nation may already heave a sigh of relief as this tumultuous and grueling campaign season will draw to a close.

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The sad and ugly norm of name-calling and intense dislike against opposing camps and supporters will all be a thing of the past.

During this election season, one individual who stood out above everyone else is Toni Gonzaga. I mention her name because Toni has been the subject of ridicule, contempt, and hatred by supporters of the opposition, merely because of standing for her decision to support Bongbong.

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Classy is an understatement when defining Toni, as she handles well the massive bashing she receives up until today. I guess, for some people who continue to berate Toni, the saying that “people can pay for school, but they cannot buy class” is true.

Fierce in red— Toni goes around the stage to talk and energize the audience

Fierce in red— Toni goes around the stage to talk and energize the audience

Various concerns have been raised regarding Toni’s choice and she knows all too well that this decision will cost her something. But she risked everything—just to support Bongbong. She knows and believes in her heart that Bongbong Marcos is the leader that this country needs.

So why are peoole asking her to apologize? Since when do you have to apologize for standing up for one’s conviction?

Some of her colleagues in the showbiz industry may have already cut ties and cancelled her, but Toni remained strong and courageous. She never retorted and she never spoke ill towards her colleagues.

Toni is in her element— Presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos and his running mate, Vice Presidential candidate Inday Sara Duterte, watch as Toni Gonzaga-Soriano elevates the crowd’s vibe during a UniTeam campaign rally

Toni is in her element— Presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos and his running mate, Vice Presidential candidate Inday Sara Duterte, watch as Toni Gonzaga-Soriano elevates the crowd’s vibe during a UniTeam campaign rally

No matter how draining and exhausting the campaign season is, Toni’s visible smiles, her enthusiasm, grace and refreshing vigor are visible during UniTeam sorties.

A grateful Bongbong even told Toni that his status was elevated since the release of her Toni Talks episode with him.

A clear representation of this is the 14 million viewership the episode gathered since its release last September 13, 2021.

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This interview started it all— Behind the scenes photo of Toni Gonzaga as she interviews presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos in ToniTalks

This interview started it all— Behind the scenes photo of Toni Gonzaga as she interviews presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos in ToniTalks

Reality check for those castigating and putting Toni on trial for choosing Bongbong Marcos: in a civilized society, you cannot just push and shove your beliefs down in someone else’s throat.

The true meaning of democracy is acknowledging that each of us has our own free will. Toni has her right to express her own belief and choice.

What Toni is doing is revolutionary as she continues to be adored by her legions of fans.

On the other hand, it seems the opposing camp’s attitude towards Toni and her choice all the more saturated their candidate’s hope for the presidency, making it dimmer and even allowing Bongbong to take a huge lead over his rivals. It’s not even close.

Amid the pouring rain, Toni Gonzaga proudly raised the hand of Presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos in a campaign rally in Tacloban

Amid the pouring rain, Toni Gonzaga proudly raised the hand of Presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos in a campaign rally in Tacloban

Quite fittingly, it will end where it all began: it was Toni who started it and Bongbong Marcos who will finish it.

And so this leaves me with this question: Will Toni be the first one to interview Bongbong Marcos after he wins the Presidency?

Let’s wait and see.

All lights and eyes set on Toni Gonzaga-Soriano as she engages with the #UniTeam crowd

All lights and eyes set on Toni Gonzaga-Soriano as she engages with the #UniTeam crowd

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