By Juan Escandor Jr.
NAGA CITY---Looking sweet with smiles on their faces in front of a gothic building at Yale University, Aika Robredo and Paolo Gerardo Roxas make a portrait of a couple that trended in the Instagram in the last week of November.
Aika is the eldest of the three daughters of Vice President Leni Robredo while Paolo is the only son of former cabinet secretary Mar Roxas.
Mar ran and lost to President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections in tandem with Leni who won against
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos in the vice-presidential race.
Wearing a sweat shirt with “Yale” printed on it, Paolo stands tall with his left hand wrapping around the shoulders of Aika who wears a maroon cap with letter “H” on it.
It was a coincidence that Paolo and Aika are in one place because of football game between Yale University and Harvard University, according to the Vice President in an interview with the media.
“Aika is studying at the Harvard, Paolo at the Yale. There was a football game between the two universities held at Yale. They saw each other there and she told me that Paolo was so kind,” she narrated.
Leni said Aika was in company with her classmates and Paolo was so kind to tour her daughter and her classmates around the Yale University campus.
She emphasized that Paolo is very much younger than Aika.
“Paolo is friend to my daughters. In fact, when he comes home to the Philippines he would treat my daughters. They became close during the campaign period,” Leni said.
Searching the Internet, several photos of Paolo and the Robredo sisters would pop out. Most of these photos were taken during the 2016 presidential elections.
Aika, 29, got accepted at the University of Oxford’s Masters of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Governance and admitted at the Harvard Kennedy School as member of the Mid-Career in Public Administration as an Edward S. Mason Fellow in 2016.
Paolo, 23, finished Economics degree in the Ivy League like his father who finished the same course at the Wharton Schools of the University of Pennsylvania.