Manila Bulletin : BBM Vlog deep-dive: Einstein, Socrates are Bongbong's 'dream dinner mates'

19 April 2022

By Ellson Quismorio | Manila Bulletin

Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos has been using vlogs to reach as wide an audience as possible ahead of the May 9, 2022 elections. With now over 200 of these vlogs posted on his YouTube channel, a scouring of noteworthy snippets in these videos is in order.

In BBM Vlog no.207, viewers learn more about what makes the UniTeam bet tick thanks to slam book-type questions from his son, Sandro.

And based on his response to one particular question, Bongbong appears to enthralled by historical figures and great men of knowledge.

Sandro’s specific question to his dad was, “If you could have dinner with three famous people, living or dead who could it be and why?”

But the younger Marcos–in the interest of drawing “something new” from his dad–banned three potential answers outright, namely, former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking.

“I know you too well,” Sandro said, as if to imply that he knew his father would choose some if not all of the names he mentioned. He wasn’t wrong.

After airing some light protests, Bongbong gave this answer: “I wanted Albert Einstein and my dad (President Marcos). But if they’re not allowed, Winston Churchill, Emilio Aguinaldo…I wanted to meet the first president of the Philippines (Aguinaldo).”

The Palace aspirant then added: “And I would love to sit down and have dinner with Socrates.”

The mention of the Greek philosopher made Sandro laugh, saying, “The dinner might not ever end. Hahaha. You might never come to a conclusion over the meaning of life.”

“Nevermind. He will apply a Socratic method ako (on me) over dinner. OK lang…marami kang matututunan doon (It’s OK….I’ll learn a lot of things there). I’m so curious to see what kind of man he actually was to have dinner with,” Bongbong explained to his son, who is running for the position of Ilocos Norte 1st district congressman in the May 9 polls.

Socrates served as the teacher of Plato, who in turn taught Aristotle. The latter two are also great Greek philosophers.

The late Churchill was a former two-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK). He was a central figure in the European theatre of the World War II. The British statesman is known for his oratorical prowess.

The world’s most famous equation, E=mc2, came from Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time, and is best known for his theory of relativity.