Pardon me for the somewhat unoriginal title. Not denying that it reads and sounds like the “Man from Manila” rap number of the late, great Francis Magalona. Yes, it was inspired by it.
I do believe this title is most fit for Monsour del Rosario, the former Olympian, Philippine Team’s Chef de Mission in the 2019 SEA Games, Congressman of the 1st District of Makati, and a former actor.
In the instances that I became part of the team of people he brings to the many barangays to meet and interact with the people, Del Rosario treats them well, oblivious of their political affiliation or leanings.
Upon observation, Del Rosario strikes an authoritative and gentle-hearted figure as he walks under the scorching sun. He exudes a sincere congeniality, a natural charmer, that the elderly, women, mothers, fathers, young ladies, teens, even kids, cannot resist.
You spot faces light up. Smiles, both from the giver and receivers, wholehearted. Hugs and embraces they share with the Makati Vice Mayoral candidate, tighter than tight, he instantly becomes a family member they missed so much.
Firm handshakes and high fives are often exchanged. Adding more premium to the intermingling, the fact that Monsour gives each and every individual the time to speak. He offers a listening ear to their daily situation, struggles and triumphs, woes, worries, wins and the reasons why they wake up and are thankful for another day.
As all these happens, the Man from Makati directs his gaze to the person he converses and assures them that with him, better days are coming, their futures, are indeed are brighter than ever.
Prior to the beginning of the program, when a handful of media crew were about to interview him, he wipes off his face with a white towel and asks, “Guapo na ba?” He smiles and talks to the media men and women present. All queries, he answers, never ever undermining his opponent despite some leading questions.
He punctuates the interview and wows the media in attendance with his trademark power kicks.
During their party’s first motorcade and official campaign kickoff, the Makati denizens response and reaction to him is not only enthusiastic, but it can also be described as electric.
When the public chants and shouts his name, one can easily assert that the people of Makati adores and loves him.
Says Monsour: “It’s touching to see this kind of enthusiasm from our friends here in Makati. Some people come to us thanking us for staying in Makati instead of going for a Senatorial seat. Some people are also thanking us for having helped them. We cannot forget about them. The people on the ground are the people we must serve. Every candidate must never forget that amidst the political conflicts.”