Why villagers in China’s Fujian province celebrate Leni Robredo’s victory

  • Local villagers in China’s Fujian province celebrated Leni Robredo’s victory
  • The new vice president was hailed as an “excellent woman”
  • VP Robredo explained such traditional marches in China are reserved for someone who achieves something distinguishable
  • Her late husband is a fourth generation Filipino-Chinese who traced his roots to Fujian province

MANILA, Philippines – Apparently, it is not only the Bicolandia that rejoices over the victory of one of its beloved daughters for winning the vice presidency of the Republic of the Philippines in the last national election.

In Jinjang, a village in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, local residents took to the streets to celebrate Robredo’s victory more than a thousand miles away on June 30; the day the Bicolana lawmaker was sworn into office as the 14th Vice President of the country.

According to China.org, local villagers gathered in a clan hall with commemorative plaques hanging on the wall to watch Robredo’s inauguration before parading on the streets with plaques to “bring the good news to their ancestors.”

The plaques pronounced her both as an “excellent woman” and a vice president.

In a post on Leni Robredo’s Facebook page on July 2, the newly-elected VP explained that this traditional marches in China are “reserved for someone who achieves something distinguishable” and who traces their roots to a local Chinese village.

Robredo is the widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo whose paternal grandfather immigrated to the Philippines from Fujian Province at the beginning of the 20th Century. He is a fourth generation Chinese-Filipino whose Chinese name is Lim Pieng Ti.

China.org claimed that when he was alive, Jesse “was keen to seek his roots back in China and very much cared for the development and education of his hometown.”

“On hearing the news of Mrs. Robredo’s victory, we were very excited,” said village chief Lin Qangqing, who promised to present Robredo a video of their celebration.

It must be cleared, however, that while her husband is of Chinese descent, Robredo herself traces her own roots to the Geronas of Sorsogon, hometown of defeated vice presidential candidate Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero.

Robredo won by a slim margin over Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos who has filed an electoral protest to question the former’s victory amid allegations of fraud.

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  1. I wonder why they don’t celebrate that every election since around 95% of Filipino-Chinese can trace back their roots from the Fujian province. Rizal(Who has a shrine there), Emilio Aguinaldo, The Cojuancos, and the Marcoses all have Chinese roots to the Fujian province for example, plenty of them in politics every year from Barangay Captain to President. Even my ancestor was from the Fujian province.

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