Starstruck supporters greet Team Rama

Posted on October 6, 2012

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Talent manager, Annabelle Rama is flanked by her family of celebrities who were cheering when she files her certificate of candidacy for Cebu City north district representative. (JUNJIE MENDOZA)

STARSTRUCK employees in the Cebu City election office crowded  around as celebrities Eddie Gutierrez and his actor children   accompanied their  mother Annabelle Rama inside to file her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) as congresswoman of the north district.

When the visitors got of the airconditioned bus, spectators  screamed.

Employees rushed to have their photos taken with the Manila-based celebrities.

Richard Gutierrez brought with him a camera and took photos of the event.

The commotion was expected, part of a showbiz offensive to support Annabelle and her cousin reelectionist Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

Earlier at 8 a.m., Team Rama candidates filled the  Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral with a sea of green and yellow-shirted supporters to hear Mass.

“Never before have I remembered having such a huge crowd during the filing of COCs,”  said an ellated Mayor  Rama.

In his homily,  Msgr. Boy Alesna reminded Team Rama candidates the real purpose of seeking election  is public service.

Team Rama candidates and their supporters fill the Metropolitan Cathedral before walking to the Comelec where Manila celebrities excited the crowd. (JUNJIE MENDOZA)

He said  authority is entrusted to politicians in order for them to serve and not to rule over their constituents.

A drum  and bugle crops later played  to a cheering crowd as Team Rama candidates walked arm in arm to the Comelec office.

Mayor Rama said having a successful filing of their COC was already a good start for the campaign.’

“But we will still continue on a running scale and put our feet on the ground,” he said.

They drew a lively crowd reaction with the presence of Annabelle’s celebrity children Tonton, Ramon Christopher, Ruffa, Richard, Raymond and Elvis.

The celebrity manager, as promised, also brought three of her  talents  –  Era and Michelle Madrigal and Arce Muñoz.

Fans and supporters of Team Rama crowd celebrity guests and family of talent manager Annabelle Rama. (JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Four higantes  designed to look like Mayor Rama, his vice mayoral candidate Edgar Labella and congressional candidates Annabelle Rama (north district) and Aristotle Batuhan (south district) also followed the  200-meter trek to the Comelec office.

Two Team Rama candidates – Basak Pardo barangay captain Dave Tumulak and radio personality Tisha Ylaya – filed their COCs separately about noon due to other commitments.

Lawyer Aristotle Batuhan of Cebu City’s north district continued to challenge his opponent third term councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa to a debate.

“A debate would be  a lot of pretensions. Whatever he (Batuhan) says will be  empty words because all through the years he has not been here” said Abellanosa./Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac with reports from Correspondent Edison de los Angeles

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