If there is one question that I could ask to the so-called Boholano actor and director, Cesar Montano, it could be: “Where have you been?”
Years ago, Bohol can be traced back as a very silent fourth class province in Central Philippines boosting its very own Alturas Supermarket and Bohol Quality Department Store which can only be compared to those big convenient stores in the capital back then. It’s not even recognized as one of the provinces of the Philippines before – far from its neighbor Cebu. Back then, Cesar Montano could never be heard in television as son of Bohol.
Years have passed and Bohol became a well-known tourist destination in the Philippines bagging the title “No. 1 Tourist Destination in the Philippines.” The name Bohol started to resound in the air waves and development started to visit the province. Bohol has tremendously marched from being a fourth class province to a first class island-province boosting its magnificent tourist attractions which have been developed. Bohol Quality Department Store became BQ Mall and Alturas Supermarket branched out which eventually led to the establishment of Island City Mall and brought the national consumer icons like Jollibee, KFC, Chowking, National Bookstore, Bench, Kamiseta, Ideal Vision and many others. And together with Jollibee and others, there came Cesar Montano who conceitedly introduced himself as SON OF BOHOL.
And now, rumors have it all that after failing in the senatorial race, Cesar Montano would be trying his luck in the gubernatorial battle in Bohol. As what any trapo politician would do just to win the hearts of the voters, Montano has repeatedly pronounced his love for Bohol and his desire to serve the Boholanos. But my ultimate question is: “Where has he been?” Where was he in those times when he was shining in the showbiz industry and Bohol was only a piece of raisin stuffed in a huge bread? Cesar could be one of those resurrected Boholanos – those who hopelessly left Bohol before and came back when they learned that Bohol is now spotted in the Philippine map.
Boholanos, it’s all up to us!