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Alden, Pops liven up House garage sale for kin of troops killed in Marawi

/ 08:35 PM November 22, 2017
Alden Richards with female House members - 22 Nov 2017

TV personality Alden Richards pose with female legislators at the House garage sale. (Photo by VINCE F. NONATO / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

What else was happening in the House of Representatives besides the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno?

Aside from various committee hearings, a garage sale was held where female legislators hobnobbed and took selfies with noontime show host Alden Richards and singer Pops Fernandez.

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The Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc., on Wednesday held an opening ceremony for the two-day “PamasCong Handog: Garage Sale for a Cause,” which aims at raising funds for the benefit of the families of troops who fell in the Marawi City conflict.

House members – including former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo donated mostly “pre-loved” clothing and shoes sold in the garage-sale.

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In attendance were Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema and Linabelle Ruth Villarica, as well as Reps. Malou Lourdes Acosta-Alba, Maria Lourdes Aggabao, Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat, Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno, Sol Aragones, Eileen Ermita-Buhain, Cecilia Leonila Chavez, Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Sandra Eriguel, Evelina Escudero, Milagros Magsaysay, Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, Elisa Olga Kho and Lianda Bolilia.

Arcillas-Nazareno was credited for bringing Richards, described as “the reason [the House employees] all went wild.”

The others who donated in kind were Reps. Estrellita Suansing, Jocelyn Limkaichong, Eric Martinez, Chiqui Roa-Puno, Lorna Silverio, and Lucy Torres-Gomez, as well as Villarica, Ermita-Buhain, Escudero, Chavez, and Aragones.

Herrera-Dy said Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette Uy, who chaired the event, gave P300,000 for the benefit of the troops’ families.

Rep. Ann Hofer, as well as Arcillas-Nazareno, Alonte-Naguiat and Sema, gave P50,000, while Reps. Romeo Acop and Maria Valentina Plaza each gave P30,000 and P25,000.

Donating P20,000 each were Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Reps. Oscar Garin Jr., Angelina Tan, Arnel Ty, Evelyn Plaza-Mellana, Tricia Nicole Velasco-Catera, Clarence Uy, Aurora Cerilles and Peter Unabia, and Acosta-Alba.

Donating P10,000 each were Reps. Luis Campos, Rogelio Neil Roque, Rolando Uy, Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon, and Baby Aline Vargas-Alfonso.

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During a half-hour opening ceremony, Alonte-Naguiat noted: “Despite our busy schedules, we have chosen to be a part of this.”

“We extend our sincere appreciation to our colleagues in Congress who so generously gave monetary contributions and some of their pre-owned and pre-loved [stuff]. Searching their closets, attics and basements for items to sell during our break is seriously no joke,” she said.

“They deserve all the glory and the help that we can give because their work is so hard,” Richards said, adding that he would play a soldier in Marawi City in this Saturday’s episode of GMA-7 drama anthology Magpakailanman.

Fernandez said: “It is a good cause. We would like to help…. It would be a great gift for the families.”

Richards became a household name in 2015 as partner of Maine Mendoza in the AlDub tandem, a comedic segment of noontime show Eat Bulaga! which used to be popular on social media and even hit a peak television rating of 50.8 percent.

Fernandez, meanwhile, is a popular singer dubbed the Concert Queen. /atm

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