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First Lady Contenders Part IV

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Shalani Soledad
Girlfriend of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Presidential Candidate of Liberal Party

She’s young, beautiful and a darling of the city she has already served twice as councilor. This May 2010, the 29-year old Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad will not only be campaigning for re-election, but will also be openly supporting her boyfriend, Liberal Party presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, to become president of the Philippines. In a recent interview with ABS-CBN news, she says she will be Aquino’s “support system” during and after the 2010 polls.

Liberal Party presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, to become president of the Philippines. In a recent interview with ABS-CBN news, she says she will be Aquino’s “support system” during and after the 2010 polls.

A bit too much, too fast for someone too young? What she has been doing since entering the political arena can easily debunk the idea. The Human Resource graduate from the College of St. Benilde has proven tenacious in spite of her simplicity, saying that continuing to serve Valenzuela while also strongly campaigning for Noynoy gives her fulfillment in life. True enough, Shalani defended Noynoy against criticisms hurled by rival candidates questioning his lack of experience and his role in the controversial Hacienda Luisita when faced by reporters.

In a campaign sortie in Marulas, Valenzuela, Noynoy called on Shalani: “Paborito kong konsehal sa buong Pilipinas (My favorite councilor in the Philippines)” which drew cheers from the crowd, and demands that the two kiss. Should Aquino win as president, Shalani may be called upon to act as the country’s First Lady; she claims however that the possibility of being First Lady is still far from her mind.

More on Shalani Soledad:

* The first time Shalani Soledad ran for public office in 2004, she landed as the No. 5 councilor of Valenzuela. She then became the No. 1 councilor when she was re-elected in 2007

* First project as councilor focused on early childcare development

* Before running for councilor, she served as Executive staff of Provincial Capitol of Virac, Catanduanes (her birthplace) in 2001, and then for the Office of Senator Panfilo Lacson from 2002 to 2003.

• Her first job was as Special Events Organizer for The Big Picture

The race is clearly a tight one not only for the presidentiables but also their spouses, judging from our top potential First Ladies’ profiles. And an excitingly unpredictable one, too; while everyone has obviously had a hand at public service with much exposure to Philippine politics, it will be the first time for one of them (with the exception of Mrs. Estrada) to do so as the Presidential Spouse come May 2010.

In a couple of weeks’ time, the Philippines can be known to be one of four different things, in which the next First Lady will have a lot to do with. Who will it be? Let’s hope one woman among Nikki Teodoro, Cynthia Villar, Shalani Soledad and Loi Ejercito adds a positive color to the next presidential administration that we Filipinos can be proud of.

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