Change in Leni? No yellow dress, less bus rides?

  • Vice president-elect Leni did not wear a yellow dress during her proclamation
  • She said she has used her two yellow dresses
  • She also said she tries to avoid the color because it emphasizes her dark complexion
  • Robredo also assured the public that she will try to lessen her bus rides going home to Bicol 

It was probably assumed that vice president-elect Leni Robredo would be donning yet another yellow dress in the Congress’ proclamation of her victory. After all, she’s known for the color since being the bet of the ruling Liberal Party.

But Robredo surprised all eyes when she graced the House of Representatives’ plenary hall wearing a black and cream dress – far from the usual yellow outfits she had been wearing throughout the campaign period.

Asked by a reporter why she opted another hue for her “proclamation dress”, the newly proclaimed vice president said, “Nagkataon lang  dadalawa lang ang damit kong dilaw.” [It just so happen that I only have two yellow dresses.]

“Maraming-marami akong shirt na dilaw pero ‘yung damit na puwedeng i-opisina, dalawa lang,” she said in a news conference on Monday after her proclamation. [I have a lot of yellow shirts but I only have two yellow dresses that I can wear going to work.]

She also said in a GMA News Online story that since she is “morena” [dark-skinned], she tries to veer away from the yellow color, which emphasizes her dark complexion.

The vice president elect defended she is not trying to send any message of pulling out of the Liberal Party. She stressed, in Filipino, that “we should always look back to where we came from.”

Aside from her dress, Robredo was also asked during the press conference if she could stop using the bus for her own safety now that she is a VIP (very important person).

“A plane ticket to our province cost P9,000 per person. And I am buying a ticket for four people. While the bus ticket only costs P1,000,” she said in Filipino.

The wife of the late interior secretary and adored Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo said that she and her daughters have been escorted going to and from their home province in Camarines Sur. But she also expressed that they will lessen the bus rides and consider other means of transportation.