Celebrities on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro

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)

I never thought watching the Philippine presidential elections could be so exciting. Parang Q&A lang may time limit pa — Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurtzbach) February 21, 2016


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

I am not leaning towards any candidate so as not to influence anybody. The decision is YOURS. Not mine. :) and MY decision stays private. — Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurtzbach) February 21, 2016 


What I like about most about this debate is that it gets people thinking. Exactly what the people need so they can decide for themselves — Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurtzbach) February 21, 2016


Dingdong Dantes shared this on Twitter.

"Kilatisin, busisiin ang iyong pipiliin" #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Dingdong Dantes (@iamdongdantes) February 21, 2016


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

To all registered voters, tune in and be informed. #PilipinasDebates2016 — Aljur Abrenica (@iamAJabrenica) February 21, 2016


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

So far, based on the debates, who has your vote? Poe, Roxas, Duterte, Santiago or Binay? (Please include why) — Luis Manzano (@luckymanzano) February 21, 2016


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

Grace Poe is a good speaker. Pero di naman natin kailangan ng magaling magsalita. Dapat marunong gumawa. #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) February 21, 2016


"Murang pautang" ang sagot ni Mar? Edi nabaon nalang lalo sa utang mahihirap. Utang ng utang? Utang ina! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) February 21, 2016


Si Binay puro Makati! Yan lang ba nagawa mo bilang Vice President? Sana nag Mayor ka nalang talaga! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) February 21, 2016


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

God Gave Me You #PiliPinasDebates2016 pic.twitter.com/wVd9q4jmY5 — Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) February 21, 2016

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

wanna watch #PiliPinasDebates2016 read alot of tweets here on twitter.. after this meron na akong iboboto!!true and strong is the key! — kim chiu (@prinsesachinita) February 21, 2016


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.

Preparation will always be better than cure. #LifeLessonsWeCanFromTheDebate #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Jako de Leon (@jakodeleon) February 22, 2016


You are only as good as your last success. #LifeLessonsWeCanLearnFromTheDebate #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Jako de Leon (@jakodeleon) February 22, 2016


You cannot shake hands with clenched fists. #LifeLessonsLearnedFromTheDebate #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Jako de Leon (@jakodeleon) February 22, 2016


Other stars posted their reactions to the goings-on. 

Beauty queen Trixie Maristela posted a chart from the debate. 

First leg! (c) GMA News #PiliPinasDebates2016 pic.twitter.com/W6Eus8fwOI — Trixie Maristela (@TrixieMaristela) February 21, 2016


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

RT isthatmarush: .senmiriam and RRD_Davao to the other three be like.. #PiliPinasDebates2016 pic.twitter.com/7YItDAVY0J — allan k (@allanklovvnz) February 21, 2016


Radio and TV personality KC Montero tweeted this:

So when are these guys supposed to actually debate? #PiliPinasDebates2016 — KC Montero (@KCMontero) February 21, 2016


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

The pasta I burnt was better than the debate #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Jake Ejercito (@unoemilio) February 21, 2016


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

Both women of substance: Sen. Grace Poe And Sen. Miriam Santiago! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) February 21, 2016

Gilas Pilipinas player Ranidel de Ocampo posted this on Twitter.

I ask my 3 kids who they want to be the next President, they go for Poe, ask them why? For them Poe is witty. #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ranidel De Ocampo (@jutaca33) February 21, 2016



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)

Goodluck kuya mar! #PiliPinasDebates2016 #MarWithAPlan pic.twitter.com/IhwF9xMHU2 — KATH (@bernardokath) February 21, 2016


Panoorin natin nang malaman natin ang mga plano ni Mar Roxas para sa Pilipinas ! #RoxasRobredo #MarwithaPlan pic.twitter.com/erW0s4xFKs — Daniel Padilla (@imdanielpadilla) February 21, 2016


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

Sigurado ka na ba? Alamin muna bago mag desisyon. Alamin at kilatisin ang iba't-ibang nagawa na at balak pang gawin ng lahat ng kandidato. #PilipinasDebates2016 A photo posted by Carla Abellana (@carlaangeline) on Feb 21, 2016 at 2:13am PST


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. 

Change! Not continuity! #PiliPinasDebates2016 #gracepoe — LoveMarie O.Escudero (@heart021485) February 21, 2016


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 Feb 21, 2016 at 1:45am PST


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. 

@robinhoodpadilla you continue to make me proud. you were invited to be with the Filipino heroes in HongKong to talk about Mayor Duterte. you paid for your own airfare, you paid for your own hotel and you were not paid a single cent. why did you do that? because you fervently believe that what the country needs is Mayor Duterte. because of you... because you believe in him... i believe in him too. maraming salamat sa lahat ng Pilipino na nagpunta sa pagtitipon sa HongKong.Mabuhay kayong lahat! ang galing mo babe! swerte si Mayor may Robin Padilla na naniniwala sa kanya. A photo posted by mariel padilla (@marieltpadilla) on Feb 21, 2016 at 2:52am PST


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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