These days, the color of the shirt you wear here in the Philippines can tell people a lot about you. Did you know that? It’s true! The color of your shirt is very important these days!
It seems that every Presidential campaign has a certain color of shirt that the candidate wears, and many supporters of each candidate also follow suit by wearing the colors of the candidate that they support! It’s true.
As far as I know, this all started out in 1986 when Corazon Aquino ran for President against Dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Mrs. Aquino always wore a Yellow Dress, and the color came to be identified with her candidacy. As far as I know, there was nothing intentional about that, but if somebody knows otherwise, please feel free to share that information.
Today, each of the major candidates has a color that he wears and is identified with him. Let’s have a look:
Yellow: The color Yellow is naturally associated with Presidential Candidate Noynoy Aquino, since Yellow was the color that was associated with his mother, Corazon Aquino, as I mentioned above. Noynoy always wears yellow, as do others running under the Liberal Party banner.
Orange: The color Orange is the color of Philippine Presidential Candidate Manny Villar, and others running under the Nacionalista Party. Villar, a very wealthy man, is running on a statement that he grew up in a very poor family, a statement which has recently fallen into question among voters.
Green: Lakas Party’s Gilbert Teodoro is running under the Green color and is aiming to keep the party of the current administration in power. Many people say that Teodoro, or “Gibo” as he is known, is a bright candidate with many of the right answers, his connection to the Party in power seems to be tugging him lower in the surveys.
Red: Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, “Erap” is sporting the color Red this political season. Erap was President from 1998 until early 2001, his term cut short by a People Power Revolution in January 2001. Estrada was convicted of corruption charges filed against him, but was later pardoned by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and is now running for that full term at the Presidency that he never got before.
There are a few more candidates in the race, but these colors represent the top candidates running for President, and their party-mates. And, it all comes down to being as simple as what color of shirt you are wearing, to determine who your candidate for the Presidency is.
How about you? What color is your shirt?