As the 2016 Philippine national elections opened April 9, more and more stars are supporting the call for overseas Filipinos to take part in choosing the country’s next leader with their votes.
ABS-CBN Network’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) has in fact launched a campaign, dubbed “#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH,” where the station’s talents actively posted their selfies against a backdrop or scenario, which they hope to change in the country.
#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH has seen the likes of comedienne Marietta “Pokwang” Subong,” actress and TFC Connect host Dimples Romana; The Voice Finalist Morissette; Doris “Yaya Tart” Carlos of Ang Probinsyano; Pangako Sa `Yos DJ Jai Ho; indie film actor Nathan Lopez; and Star Magic artist Inah Estrada posting causes they are passionate about on their social networking sites.
On Instagram (IG), Pokwang shared that she hopes to see a greener, healthier environment in the Philippines. She posted: “Luntian at maaliwalas na kapaligiran. May ganito ring tanawin sa ating bansang sinilangan…At upang mapanatili ang ganda ng lupang pinagkukunan ng biyaya, bumoto tayo ng tama…#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH.”
Romana said, “For a brighter future for families, our kids and their kids, vote wisely, Kapamilya!”
Beyond reporting the latest updates on overseas voting, TV Patrol anchor and Sagip Kapamilya advocate Bernadette Sembrano, as and respected broadcast journalist and overseas Filipino advocate Jing Castañeda, also joined the adovocacy with selfies in their native Albay and Bohol respectively.
Sembrano posted her picture against a backdrop of the wide sea of Bohol. “If only the whole world could see how beautiful our country is…” she said.
By mid-week, DZMM Teleradyo’s Tina Marasigan’s post captured “#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH’s message best when she said of minority votes, “Their votes are gold. THEY…WE are to keep these smiles pure and full of hope for a bright future,” Marasigan said.
Part of TFC’s advocacy to promote overseas voting, “#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH, is also supported by Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA OVS) and Comelec Office for the Overseas Voting.
In the final count, there are over 1.23 million registered Filipino voters overseas. They can vote now all through May 9 (Manila Time) in the nearest Philippine Embassy, Consulate General, Mission or Manila Economic and Cultural office (MECO) where they live.
Meantime, deadline of requests for mailing of ballots is on April 22.
To vote, overseas Filipinos need to bring their valid passport and ID.