Shalani Soledad: Noynoy’s Best Kept Secret
August 13, 2009 § Leave a comment
Who’s this lovely girl you ask? Well, she is none other than the beauteuous girlfriend of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. And her name is Shalani “Lani” Soledad. And she’s only 29 years old.
Lani was born on April 20, 1980 to middle class parents in Catanduanes. When she was just a young girl, her family moved to Manila. She finished her elementary and high school days at Marymount school and went on to finish a Bachelor of Science course major in Human Resources Management at the College of St. Benilde of Dela Salle University.
As a student, Shalani was a brilliant kid with a thirst for knowledge. She’s also one of the campus beauties but remained quite aloof, some of her friends and those who know her said.
When she graduated from college, she worked as a front desk officer in a hotel and for four years lived as a quiet employee. In 2001, she moved to ABS-CBN and worked as a talent. After a year, she worked for Catanduanes Governor Leandro Verceles Jr. as Executive staff member but only worked there for a year or so. She moved back to Manila and joined the staff of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. It was then, as some Senate reporters said, that she met Noynoy Aquino.
In 2004, Shalani got her first crack in politics when she ran and won a seat in the Second district of Valenzuela.
As first-time councilor, she was very active and championed the cause of the poor. It was then very easy for her to get the first councilor post in her re-election bid.
Many are urging her to fight Cong. Magtanggol Guiniguindo for the congressional seat, yet, many say, she has a small chance of defeating the much stronger politician.
If you want to be friends with her, go to Facebook and look for her. She also has a Friendster account.