To be honest, I was quite nervous with the new system. The way "cheating" happens in this country, it's really insane. But now, I think candidates who lost can't say that they were cheated anymore. I think we've made a huge leap. It's a good first for the Philippines!
Anyway, last Sunday, May 9 we went ahead to Tarlac for mass officiated by Bishop Soc Villegas. He said a very moving homily. He said that the Presidency is given by the people together with God's grace. When Bishop Soc gives a homily, you can't help but feel the sincerity from his words. It's just so soothing... After that, I was less nervous.
After mass we had a dinner and reporters joined in. Ces Drilon and Sandra Aguinaldo covered for their respective stations and this whole election coverage is executed so well! Grabe! Technology these days are just so cool! Ces Drilon showed me her Flip camera. It's a really small camera that shoots in HD and it even has a USB port that pops out!
When Tito Noy was being interviewed, I said to myself that before casting the vote, this would be one of the last times I'd get to hang out with him. If he wins, he'll just be so busy!
That night, I went to bed early and said my prayer.
I woke up before the alarm. It was probably the excitement. We headed to my Lola's house where Tito Noy was staying and finally had the Tarlac breakfast!!! It was sinangag, longganisa, fried egg, and of course may kasamang bacon. (1 strip lang though)
From then, we headed to the precinct only to find out that the PCOS wasn't working. We fell in line just as the rest of the people would fall in line. We were in for a long day...
4 and 1/2 hours in line to be exact.
The heat is no joke whatsoever. I was telling myself that vigilance was important. I had to go through that to cast my vote! That's why I really admire the nation for braving the heat!
While in line, they said that you had to fill the ovals or "bilogs na hugis itlog" lightly so that hindi bumakat sa kabila... So that's why it was taking long. People were just being careful I believe.
Nearing the entrance, I was really getting excited but this sense of being careful was sinking in. I didn't want to have a smudged ballot!
I registered when I entered and casted my vote. However, all the camera flashes were distracting. I was sitting next to Tito Noy. Haha. But it's all good. Even if our PCOS wasn't working, I think COMELEC did an excellent job with the automation.
After voting, we headed straight home.
To all those who braved the heat, fell in line, and didn't give up. I salute your vigilance!!!
Anyway, I'm posting some pictures below. Just wanna share it with you guys :)
Sama-sama sa hirap at ginhawa sa ilalim ng araw
Yep... It was pretty crowded
The Happy Photographers