Like millions of Filipinos who trooped to the polls on Monday, May 13, local celebrities left the comfort of their homes to exercise their right to vote.
The celebs proudly shared their voting experience in social networking sites and urged their followers to exercise their right to vote and make wise decisions.
Among the early birds were Robin and Mariel Padilla and “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” stars Kim Chiu and Enchong Dee.
Robin’s Instagram photo, taken in a voting precinct in La Salle Greenhills, bore the caption “8 : 01 ng umaga May 13.”
He also praised teachers manning the precincts.
“Mabuhay Ang mga matapat,magaling at bayaning mga Guro sa Presinto ng La Salle greenhills ..... Kahit silay kulang sa sahod silay handang magtiis at magsakripisyo para sa malinis na Halalan,” Robin posted.
Mariel expressed her excitement to vote. She encouraged everyone to make their voices heard by voting.
Poll watchers in Miriam College reported that Kapamilya actress Kim Chiu arrived in the election precinct at past 10 a.m. to cast her vote. Kim’s Instagram photo mentioned a technical glitch in the PCOS machine.
“ just did my part as a citizen!👆😊 the pcos machine (miriam) is not working but i hope my vote counts,,, VOTE WISELY!!!👍😉 #filipina #philippines#election2013,” she posted.
Enchong Dee also voted early and posted a photo on Instagram. He hopes that the candidates he elected will help the country be “globally competitive.”
Voting with family
Many of the celebrities voted as a family. Husband and wife Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez voted together. Their son, baby Nate was with them.
Seasoned actress Lorna Tolentino voted with her son, actor-director Rap Fernandez.
“Dapat Tama. Happy Voters,” she posted.
The Gutierrez siblings came out full force to support their mom, Annabelle Rama, a congressional candidate in Cebu. Ruffa, Raymond and Richard Gutierrez posted photos after they voted.
Many celebrities were first-time voters. Actress and mother Camille Prats came with her father.
“I'm a first time voter! :) already in line :) #votewisely #practiceyourrighttovote,” she posted.
Julia Montes, who turned 18 last March, also voted for the first time. She is one senatoriable Sonny Angara’s celebrity endorsers. Julia also urged the youth to vote through the National Youth Commission’s voter registraion.
New Kapuso actress Lauren Young posted: “First time voter over here. Feels good! Remember, if you want change, start with yourself. Vote wisely,” Lauren posted.
Celebrities who have been vocal about their choice of candidates shared their photos as well.
Vice Ganda, whose comment about Nancy Binay became controversial, posted his photo after casting his vote.
“I am just one vote. But it matters,” he posted.
Iza Calzado supported many candidates during the campaign. She hopes for an “honest and peaceful elections.”
Celebrity stylist Liz Uy posted a photo of her inked finger.
Basketball star and TV host Chris Tiu found it easy to cast his vote.
“Done voting. Lucky enough there was nobody in line. Took me 5mins. Make sure to vote. Still have a few hours,” he tweeted.