By Alwiin Ignacio
“I personally know Atty. Dot Gancayco as a very intelligent, hardworking, and incorruptible person. This lawyer has genuine heart for the poor, can do a lot for the protection of our poor farmers and fishermen, the women, the youth and the OFWs.” – King of Talk Boy Abunda on why he endorsed Gancayco’s party list.
For some cynics, the saying “hope springs eternal” maybe a cliché. But for most Filipinos, this saying has become their mantra of sorts. They believe and cling to it, with lots of prayers and sacrifices, of course, knowing that tomorrow is another day. Majority survived the daily grind that we call life, as long as there is hope, goodness, kindness and love. .
When #113 Agbiag party list’s nominee Atty. Dot Gancayco made public their desire to help realize the hopes of people, no one wondered. When people come together for the good of all, it brings fruitful and positive results. Showbiz and media personalities are rallying behind this partylist because it is a manifestation that there are still good, if not great people, who has a genuine commitment to make this world, the Philippines in particular, a better place for living.
TV host Boy Abunda, Erich Gonzalez, Daniel Matsunaga, Director Bobot Mortiz, actors Tirso Cruz III, Ricky Davao and Al Tantay, singer Nonoy Zuñiga, comedienne Marissa Sanchez, and young actor Yves Flores, have all come out in strong support for Atty. Dot Ramos B. Gancayco, who is running for a congressional seat via #113 Agbiag party list this coming May 9 elections.
Who is Atty. Dot? According to her official press release, she is “The Singing Lawyer” and was an artist of Boy Abunda’s Backroom Talent Management in the ’90s, until she had to quit her singing career to give birth to her second child, Mika.
After her showbiz stint, she worked full time as Chief of Staff for various representatives in congress, including Governor Albert Garcia of Bataan and #113 Agbiag party list Representative Patrick Antonio. She held this position for 20 years, until she was elected president of the Association of all Congressional Chiefs of Staff at the House of Representatives.
Atty. Dot Gancayco, aside from being an outstanding lawyer, is a very intelligent and multi-talented lady. A class valedictorian (elementary), she writes for the Philippine Star (Entertainment Section for Ricky Lo), and often invited on television and radio programs as a resource speaker on topics ranging from law to personality development. She is a Champion Singer, Champion Dancer, Fun Run Champion and was a piano and voice scholar at the University of the Philippines, where she also finished her law degree. She was a soloist of the internationally-acclaimed U.P. Concert Chorus.
She said to this glitter.ph correspondent, “Public service has always been my heart. And in my own small way, I pay it forward to the people who need the most. I give free legal services and free legal seminars for the poor. Through Rotary International. we have given many community projects which benefited a lot of people. All projects were implemented during the term of my husband, Atty. Pablo Gancayco who once served as District 3780 Governor.”
As a philanthropist, Atty. Dot is naturally a giver. Someone privy to her kindheartedness revealed, ” She has raised funds for showbiz personalities and visual artist who needed help. She has helped many singers and bands in need. That is why all of them support her quest to realize yet another dream, and that is a seat in congress.
The #113 Agbiag Partylist’s main advocacies include protection of farmers and fishermen, poverty alleviation, promotion of Filipino art, music and culture. And empowering women and youth. It also aims to provide equal opportunity in education, technology and health care for all.
Aside from showbiz and media personalities, many people have come out on social media rooting for Atty. Dot Gancayco’s partylist. They believe that this new face with a true heart for public service, who has competence, experience, and sterling qualifications, will surely be a breath of fresh air and an asset to the House of Representatives.
Atty. Dot Gancayco concluded, “I know it needs a lot of hard work, commitment, and love for the people. And with the Agbiag Partylist, we can be of great help to many Filipinos. Kinakatok ko ang mga puso ninyo, sama-sama tayo para mas lalong pasiglahin at pagyamanin ang mahal nating Pilipinas.”