Laguna's new Governor!!! Gov. Jeorge Estregan

Showbiz personalities from Southern Tagalog region proved they are not just for the acting, but also destined to serve their constituents after winning in the May 10 elections.

In Batangas, Governor Vilma Santos-Recto won her second term as chief executive of the province when she defeated her closest rival Edna Sanchez, widow of the late former Batangas Governor Armand Sanchez.

Santos-Recto convincingly won against Sanchez by garnering 602,156 against the latter’s 390,330.

Ate Vi to her fans and constituents, she was elected mayor in Lipa City last 1998 and served for three terms. She became the first woman governor of Batangas province in 2007.

Gov. Vi’s screen partner Christopher “Boyet” De Leon finally succeeded in his political bid by winning as board member in the 2nd District of Batangas. Boyet lost in the 2007 Batangas vice gubernatorial race.

In Laguna, Governor-elect Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan, son of the late on-screen villain George Estregan and nephew of former President Joseph Estrada, also won in the election.

ER won against his closest rivals, former Laguna governor and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Joey Lina; Dennis Lazaro, son of incumbent Laguna governor Teresita “Ning-ning” Lazaro; and, incumbent vice-governor Ramil Hernandez.

ER is the incumbent mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna. His wife, Maita Ejercito, also won, succeeding her husband as mayor of Pagsanjan.

Actor-turned-politician Dan Fernandez also won his second term as congressman in the 1st district of Laguna. Fernandez had been reinstated after being disqualified when he lost a petition filed against him on grounds of lack of residency.

Sexy singer-actress Angelica Jones-Alarva also won as board member in the 3rd district of Laguna. Angelica ran in 2007 election as board member but lost after using the wrong name. She mistakenly used her screen name Angelica Jones instead of her real family name, Alarva, which is better known among the natives of San Pablo City.

In Quezon province, Gary Estrada, another nephew of former President Joseph Estrada, finally won in his bid as board member of the 2nd District of Quezon province. Estrada ran as mayor of San Antonio town in 2004 and as board member in 2007 elections. He, however, lost in both races.

In Cavite, husband and wife Ramon “Bong’ Revilla and Lani Mercado-Revilla both won as senator and mayor of Bacoor town, respectively.

Revilla topped the senatorial race, while his wife Lani Mercado won by a landslide against closest rival Plaridel Abaya in Bacoor’s mayoralty race.