Maginhawa, birthplace of the community pantry movement, turns pink

MANILA — Maginhawa’s famed food strip, where the community pantry movement was born, painted its roads pink on Sunday.

Just a day after the record-breaking rally in Pasay City, thousands of UP Teachers’ Village kakampinks gathered for an after-party concert dubbed the ‘Leniwanag sa Diliman’ rally.

A portion of the street near the exact location of the first community pantry was closed to vehicles.

Robredo herself was unable to attend, so Kiko Pangilinan was put in the spotlight.

Pangilinan said he spent 16 years of his childhood in the area.

“Dito ako lumaki, dito ako unang lumigaw. Dito ako unang nabasted ng 3 beses,” he said jokingly.

Pangilinan’s first stint in politics also began in District 4 of Quezon City, where Maginhawa Street belongs.

“Ako ako naging konsehal ng Quezon City, dito ako natuto ng panunungkulan ng tama and totoo,” he added.

In his speech, Pangilinan acknowledged that the community pantry movement started in Maginhawa.

Food safety advocate Pangilinan said the administration should help pantries instead of marking them red.

“A pantry, Hindi dapat nireredtag, dapat tinutulungan ng gobyerno,” he said.

For the first time since the start of the campaign season, all nine Pangilinan siblings are complete. The running mate is the middle child.

The boys sang a song that reminded them of their childhood – Sa ilalim ng puno ng saging – which means under the banana tree, much to the delight of the crowd.

Ordinary workers also came together to support Kiko Pangilinan.

Norma P. Rex