SONNY ANGARA SEEKS MORE
THAN JUST FOLLOW IN FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS
(Editor’s Note: With a
little less than a month before the
mid-term elections in May, INQUIRER.net
has decided to deviate from the usual
platform interviews of senatorial and
local candidates that have been aired
and written about and instead get to
know them up close and, perhaps a little
more personal, as we hope so will you
our dear readers. The series of
interviews will be posted on our special
election site, Vote 2013 under INQuest.
Is the exercise meant to make these
candidates look good? Definitely not.
But we enjoin you to watch and listen
and let your candidates tell their
stories because, believe it or not,
their stories are ours as well.)
MANILA, APRIL 29, 2013 (INQUIRER) Being the son of a senator, Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara admits feeling a big “pressure to deliver” the first time he ran and won a seat at the House of Representatives.
He says, however, that his father and namesake, outgoing Senator Edgardo Angara, never forced him to go into politics although he ended up following in his footsteps anyway, owing this to his own interest in “political histories.”
In this third installment of interviews with senatorial and local candidates by INQUIRER.net on INQuest: Vote 2013, the young Angara also talks about his family, interest in books about history, government, and politics.
Growing up, he recalls how his father would spoil them – not with expensive toys or clothes— but with books.
Angara says inside a mall, they would always have a “trip” to the bookstore where they would be allowed to get as many books as they want.
Studying for five years in England has taught Sonny to adapt and be independent — learning how to cook (he says he can whip up a dish in 30 minutes or less), doing the laundry and budgeting his allowance. He even learned to love the sound of British rock music.
Back in the Philippines where his entry into politics became inevitable, Angara served a full three terms or nine years at the House, describing himself as a lawmaker who would rather “find a solution to a problem instead of giving a speech on it”.
He admits though that he’s a “late-bloomer” in politics but considers himself “hardworking, productive, creative, imaginative and a good decision-maker.”
He says he easily gets irritated when he sees time and money being put to waste.
The young Angara talks about his happy marriage with wife, Tootsy, and of his bond with their three kids aged 8, 7 and 2.
He says his wife understands his work that in fact she would sometimes help him research for a bill that he would file in Congress.
Asked if his wife was a jealous type, Sonny admits, “A little bit” but quickly adds that she has nothing to be jealous about.
But like any other human being of the male species, he also has crushes on some showbiz personalities — the “very pretty and stunning” Heart Evangelista (Senator Francis Escudero’s girlfriend) Anne Curtis, Kim Chiu and the “very pretty Rhian Ramos”.
At 40, the young Angara of Team PNoy may become one of the youngest members of the Senate should he get elected in May.
It seems, however, that the young
Angara is determined to carve out his
own political destiny, borrowing a quote
from Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, “Seek
not to follow in the footsteps of the
wise but of what they sought”.