Celebrities on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro

Celebrities urge voters to stay informed, others champion the candidates they're endorsing, while some react to the goings-on at the debate

STARS ON MINDANAO DEBATE. Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, and the tandem of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo talk about the presidential debate on social media. File photos by Manman Dejeto/Alecs Ongcal/Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – As the presidential aspirants participated in the first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City, Sunday, February 21, celebrities and personalities took to social media to express their thoughts. (READ: LP’s Quimbo: Presidential debate ‘not about being kind to each other’)

Stars urged their followers to watch the debates in order to help themselves understand the various issues (and the candidates’ stands) better. 

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach tweeted some of her reactions. Pia, who is based in New York for now, said she was happy that an event like this could be held in order to better inform the voting public. (READ: Pia Wurtzbach shares views on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro)


She also said that she would rather not influence others when it comes to their voting decisions, preferring to keep her own choice private. 




Dingdong Dantes shared this on Twitter.


GMA-7 actor Aljur Abrenica told followers to stay informed, especially those who will be voting in May. 


Luis Manzano engaged his followers, asking who they were voting for based on the candidates’ performances in the debates.


Social media star Kimpoy Feliciano also shared his observations about several of the candidates.




At one point, Kimpoy made fun of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on his tweets.

Actress Kim Chiu said that the candidate who is “true and strong” is the one she will vote.


Jako de Leon, son of Eat Bulaga TV host Joey de Leon and producer of Bogart the Explorer, also shared his thoughts about the debate.




Other stars posted their reactions to the goings-on. 

Beauty queen Trixie Maristela posted a chart from the debate. 


Eat Bulaga host Allan K posted a meme from Mean Girls.


Radio and TV personality KC Montero tweeted this:


Jake Ejercito, the son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, also took a critical stance.


Actress Ruffa Gutierrez said this about senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Grace Poe:  

Gilas Pilipinas player Ranidel de Ocampo posted this on Twitter.



Other stars who have declared which candidates they will endorse also urged viewers to tune in. 

Teen actors Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla posted good luck tweets for former interior secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas. The two have expressed their support for the Roxas-Robredo tandem. (WATCH: KathNiel, Billy, Ramon, and more PH stars in Mar-Leni music video)




Actress Carla Abellana posted this on Instagram. She is also a Roxas supporter.


Actress Heart Evangelista, who is the wife of Poe’s running mate Senator Francis Escudero, retweeted tweets about Poe’s statements during the event, plus short tweets about the debate. 


Poe’s half-sister, actress Lovi Poe, posted about the debate on Instagram:

My President POE! @sengracepoe  #PilipinasDebate2016

A video posted by Lourdes Virginia M. Poe (@poevirginia) on


Meanwhile, parallel to the debate, TV host Mariel Rodriguez Padilla posted on Instagram a photo of husband Robin Padilla, who is in Hong Kong with one of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s sons.

She spoke about her husband’s endorsement of Duterte, and said that she admired Robin for his work. 


The debate – the first in a series being mounted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its media partners – was organized by GMA-7 and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Two more presidential debates in Luzon and the Visayas are scheduled on March 20 and April 24. – Rappler.com

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