Philippine elections, Halalan 2022 in Talisay City

Philippine elections

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.

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Outside the Talisay City Central Elementary School where I have voted
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List of party candidates for local positions being given to voters entering the election venue
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A sign of the times, voters entering the election venue are scanned for their temperature as well as sprayed. Face masks are a must to go inside.
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Voters queueing to check their cluster and precinct numbers
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A voter searching for her name in the precinct list
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Queue of voters at one of the school buildings. Twisted metal and damaged roof are remnants of the effects of Typhoon Odette which battered the province in December 2021.
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Precinct signage outside one of the classrooms
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Voters waiting to enter the election venue
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Voters queueing to vote
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Voters shading ballots inside one of the classrooms at the election venue
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I have voted!

Photoessay: VP Leni Robredo grand rally in Cebu

Leni Robredo in Cebu

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.

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Supporters assemble infront of a video wall put up at the Aznar Coliseum for a photo op
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Supporters wearing VP Leni Robredo’s campaign color along Osmena Boulevard
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Volunteer supporters of VP Leni Robredo hours before the start of the grand rally in Cebu
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VP Leni Robredo has embraced lugaw (porridge) that detractors have called her and has been adopted by volunteer supporters. The local dish is popular as a morning meal and often served not only in her campaign sortees but also in calamity reach outs across the country.
Youth supporters at the Southwestern University ballpark where the Cebu grand rally of VP Leni Robredo was held
Filipino actor, singer and songwriter Juan Karlos Labajo, a fellow Cebuano, serenaded supporters of VP Leni Robredo at the grand rally in Cebu
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Senator Leila de Lima speaks to supporters during the VP Leni Robredo grand rally in Cebu. Incarcerated by the present administration on trumped up charges, she’s running for reelection.
Supporters, mostly from the Youth sector gathered at the Southwestern University for VP Leni Robredo’s grand rally in Cebu
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Vice President Leni Robredo in her trademark campaign color onstage at the Cebu grand rally.
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A supporter flashes the ‘L’ sign while Senator Kiko Pangilinan, VP Leni’s Vice Presidential candidate, was speaking in the background. The hand sign was popularized when Cory ran for the presidency in 1986.

Aniano Adasa Ancestral House of Dapitan

Dapitan Heritage House

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.

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The Aniano Adasa Ancestral House built in 1900 and is entirely made of wood.
Aniano Adasa Ancestral House
Wooden posts support the ‘volada’ as well as the halfway landing of the stairs leading up to the second floor
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The ground floor of the house is the office of the local tourism office
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Second floor landing. Note the ‘haligi’ made of tree trunks.
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The bare living room of the Aniano Adasa Ancestral House
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An interesting feature of the house is this walkway above the ceiling at the second floor that gives access to the roof opening.
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Corner view at the second floor. Note the stylized lyre shaped transom openings.
Detail of the wooden decorative elements at the ‘volada.’ Note the stylized lyre shaped transom openings that run around the structure.
Transom latticework that separates the rooms and the living room at the second floor.
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Lateral view of the Aniano Adasa Ancestral House