Feb 6, 2016

(Leni Robredo Story)

The story accents the truth and inspiration behind Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s charismatic smile and seemingly unenergetic psyche. The eldest of three, Leni grows up in a middle class and uncomplicated family in which her professional parents impose independence and diligence on them. She passes on the same values to her own family with the well-loved former Department of Interior and Local Government secretary and Naga City mayor, Jesse Robredo. A low-key political wife and lawyer, Leni is single-minded about keeping the family away from the mess of politics, acting like a shield to their family, especially to their three daughters. But the tables turn after the sudden death of her husband Jesse in a plane crash in 2012. Leni rises to national spotlight and routes dynasty when she is elected as congresswoman of the third district of Camarines Sur. Sociable with the grassroots, she takes the train and the bus to Naga every weekend, and wears slippers when she walks on streams and mountains to listen to her constituents every week. Meanwhile, she is like no other when it comes to juggling her roles as a public servant and as a mother. But all these are put to test when Leni, though reluctant at first, realizes her bigger responsibility for the country and decides to run for vice president of the Philippines under the Liberal Party. However, her daughters are reluctant about her vice presidential bid because they are wary of the inevitable attacks that could be launched against her and their family. Believing that there will be no inclusive growth until decision-making involves people on the ground; Leni waits for the approval of her treasured ground–her daughters. Soon, her daughters realize her indomitable capacity as a woman that can nurture not just their family but also their countrymen. Being the lone woman in the 2016 vice presidential race, Leni aims to break the stereotypical portrayal of women and continue the legacy of governance that her husband started.



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