Former Vice President Leni Robredo said Friday that the coffee table book of her personal account of her 2022 presidential campaign, largely anchored on volunteerism, would be released on May 9 - a year after her first ever poll defeat.
The 390-page book titled “Tayo ang Liwanag: Journeying Through People's Campaign" chronicles her journey from contemplating the 2022 Presidential run, joining the race, the efforts of the volunteers who campaigned house-to-house, and falling short of the ultimate goal.
“Our announcement is that this will be available to the public on May 9, which is the anniversary of the election. I have with me the draft copy, because we still have something to edit, but only very minor ones like fonts, etcetera,” Robredo said in a Facebook live video.
“It weighs three kilos, almost 400 pages chronicling the journey we took. This is my personal account of what was happening starting with before the decision making, when we decided to run... there are a lot of portions [that I have] never shared with the public before,” Robredo added.
Robredo said the book also contains her conversations with her running mate, former Senator Francis Pangilinan, as well as photos of every-day life during the 90-day campaign period punctuated by the huge crowd turnout along Ayala Avenue for the miting-de-avance.
“This is about the process, and I am excited about it because this chronicles our history together. We called it the people’s campaign because you were every part of it,” she said.
Robredo said the release of the book will be held at the Museo ng Pag-asa in Quezon City, the headquarters of the non-profit anti poverty unit she formed after her vice presidency dubbed Angat Buhay and the repository of the gifts that Robredo’s supporters gave her during her 2022 presidential campaign.
Robredo said the book launch will be open to the public and a book signing will be held in the said venue, but the details are still being ironed out since the venue’s space was limited.
“There will be a simple event here in Museo ng Pag-asa, and we will have sign ups [ahead of the event],” she added.
Robredo garnered around 15.4 million votes in her 2022 presidential run and finished second to incumbent President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who got around 31 million votes. — DVM, GMA Integrated News