Bostonians go pink for Leni-Kiko: ‘Hungry for change’

Pink Lemonade has a new name: Leni-monade. 

By Gretheline Bolandrina

A sophomore student at Boston University, the director of Special Events at Harvard University, the CEO of Skills Simplified were just some of the Bostonians who came out in support of presidential aspirant Leni Robredo and her running mate Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan.

They are among the crowd of about 200 New Englanders who braved the black ice and residual snow to show their support for their candidate Robredo making sure they were wearing her political shade of pink. They believe that she is the candidate that has the qualifications, the educational background, the dignity, the heart and the mind, and is in the best position to stop the return of the Marcos family to power. Robredo’s closest rival for the presidency is Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr., who led the surveys in the beginning of the campaign but is now trailing behind following the surge in support for the vice president.

Bostonians hold rally for Leni Robredo, Kiko Pangilinan. Photo by Charlie Castro 

At the Lutong Pinoy event hosted by the #BostonStrongPinoysforLeniKiko on March 6, at Boston Harbor’s Lewis Wharf,  favorite Filipino comfort food were served. There was Lechon Belly, Dinuguan, Chicken and Pork Adobo, Kare-Kare, and Laing cooked by a Bicolana.    For dessert, the crowd talked politics over Cassava cake, Banana-q, Ginataan, Biko, Turon. Many returned for the Pink Lemonade and Pink Pichi-Pichi (cassava balls), a delicious and dynamic political statement.

Dr. Linda Ott of Newton, Massachusetts, said “Lutong Pinoy made by volunteers for Leni/Kiko prepared more than 800  pre-packaged meals.  “Ubos in an hour. I felt bad for late comers.”

The author at the rally site at Boston Harbor.

The group, Boston Strong Pinoys for Leni Kiko founded on Facebook is a 231 member-strong volunteer group. They also held a successful tailgate rally last December 4, 2021, in Burlington. All volunteers and attendees wore pink with some matching them with pink face masks.  

The walkway towards the entrance on Atlantic Avenue had pink mylar balloons, pink parols, and pink ribbons. They gave away “Laban Leni 2022” pink silicone wristband swags.

“Feeding Boston’s hungry kababayan! We are hungry for change!” said Patricia Aldaba Lim Yusah of Lexington, on her Facebook page.   

“We are happy to see that there are a lot more Kakampinks in Boston!” said Amelia Vinluan of Needham.

© The FilAm 2022

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