I woke up early morning for the Philippine elections, Halalan 2022 so that I can be at the precinct to vote as early as 6AM at the Talisay City Central Elementary School in Cebu. The earlier, the better as I don’t want to spend more time waiting. My sister gave me a list of local candidates to vote while I listed down my preferred candidates for the Presidential, Vice Presidential, senatorial positions and for the partylist.
Of course, I am for better governance and real change so I voted for VP Leni Robredo as my President and Kiko Pangilinan for VP. For the senators, I have included most of the Tropa senatorial candidates and added some. For the partylist, P3PWD for better representation of persons with disabilities and for ex-commissioner Rowena Guanzon to be part of the next congress.
This is my photoessay for this Philippine elections, Halalan 2022.
Vice President Leni Robredo visited Cebu with her team last 24 February at the Southwestern University-PHINMA ballpark. The VP is the leading opposition candidate and lone woman vying for the presidency. This was one of her campaign sorties in the Visayas with Senator Kiko Pangilinan, her running mate and some senatorial candidates. The crowd of supporters and volunteers were mostly wearing pink shirts or face masks. Some were carrying pink balloons. Pink, by the way, is her campaign color.
I arrived at the venue almost 1600H with already a gathering crowd. I positioned myself at the center, just a meter away from the stage barrier to have a better vantage point. There were short speeches by the candidates and songs and dances by artists. What I did notice was that most were from the Youth sector belonging to different volunteer groups. There were those coming from the different municipalities of Cebu too.
By 1900H, the crowd started to go agog when Senator Kiko came to the stage followed by VP Leni Robredo. Their speeches was followed by a concert.
Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte is a beautiful heritage town, one of a handful around the Philippines that has preserved many of its old structures. From the massive Spanish colonial era Catholic church to several of its ancestral houses. It was where Jose Rizal, considered a National Hero, was exiled with several of his works around the city as well as at the Rizal Shrine rebuilt and existing ones preserved. In the Dapitan Heritage Zone, one interesting and imposing heritage house is worth mentioning.
Aniano Adasa Ancestral House
A beautiful turn of the century wooden structure, the Adasa Ancestral House is one of the fascinating heritage houses in Dapitan and built by Don Aniano Cadavedo Adasa in 1900. An influential and prominent politician, he once served as the cabeza de barangay before the Philippine revolution against Spain. The ground floor is now the local tourism office.
The Aniano Adasa Ancestral House is a fine example of early American colonial period architecture. Like many Philippine heritage houses of the era, it still has elements of the traditional bahay-na-bato but without the stone walling of the first floor. The ground floor was originally used as a storage area. The family living spaces were at the second floor and reached through a staircase along Josephing Bracken Street. Tree trunks as main posts support the entire structure. A volada, an extended balcony, runs the length of the southwest and southeastern sides of the house. Curiously there’s a walkway above the second floor ceiling that gives access to the roof.