DAGUPAN CITY — Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, son of former Speaker Joe de Venecia and incumbent congresswoman Gina de Venecia, is set to be the Liberal Party’s (LP) candidate for congressman of the 4th district of Pangasinan in the 2016 elections.

This, following the withdrawal of “Manay Gina” as candidate for congressman today, December 8, at the provincial elections office in Dagupan City.

In a statement, Rep. De Venecia said they decided as a family that it is the right time for her son to enter the world of politics since he has a willingness and determination to help the people, most especially the youth.

“The youth is incredibly vital to the community because like me, they are energetic, passionate, and full of ideas,” said Christopher. “I would like to galvanize them to become more involved in re-imagining the fourth district, not to mention, bolster culture and education, industry, and tourism in service of the people.”

The substitution is hardly Manay Gina’s farewell from politics as she said: “Toff will serve the people with his style of serbisyong three-in-one wherein myself and Manong Joe will guide him every step of the way in continuing our legacy but elevating it with his style of consultative leadership and ideas that will bring the fourth district into the 21st century.”

Christopher is a former child star, having appeared in TV sitcoms such as “Ober da Bakod”, “Billy Bilyonaryo”, “Haybol Rambol”, and movies such as “Pretty Boy” and “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako”. He is formerly an editor for Chalk Magazine and is currently an editor for Young Star, the Friday youth section of The Philippine Star where he also writes a regular column.

He is the founder and managing art director of progressive theater group, The Sandbox Collective, an experimental and cutting-edge Manila-based production outfit, responsible for the hit productions “Dani Girl,” “The Boy in the Bathroom,” and “No Filter” and has been directing plays for various companies for the past six years.

Christopher finished elementary school at the Colegio de San Agustin, and pursued higher education at the Ateneo de Manila High School. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University.

According to Christopher, he wants to continue the countless projects and endeavors that his parents have started but also forge new narratives in putting the fourth district of Pangasinan in the map.

“My father (JDV) was the builder; my mom was the heart. I’d like to nurture the soul of our district,” he said. PNA