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Stars urge followers to register to vote as deadline draws near

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Stars urge followers to register to vote as deadline draws near

REGISTER TO VOTE. Several Filipino celebrities use their social media platforms to remind followers to register and vote in the 2022 national elections.

Angel Locsin, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Wurtzbach's Instagram

Angel Locsin, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Wurtzbach are among the Filipino celebrities who've been constantly reminding followers ahead of the September 30 deadline

As the September 30 deadline for voter registration draws closer, several celebrities took to social media to encourage their fans and followers to register to vote in the 2022 elections. 

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach said that she registered to vote in Abu Dhabi to make sure that she’d be able to vote in May 2022 even if wouldn’t be in the Philippines on election day. 

“Whether I’ll be working or travelling, this is my promise to myself and to my commitment to my country that I will be able to cast my vote on May 9,” she said. 

Pia then reminded the public to register to vote in the upcoming national polls. “Let’s all do our part. Kung mahal mo ang Pilipinas, gawin natin ang karapatan na bumoto para sa ating bayan (If you love the Philippines, let’s practice our right to vote for our country.)” 

Back in September 2020, the beauty queen vowed that she will “continue reminding everyone to register to vote.” Hindi enough sa social media lang tayo naririnig (It’s not enough that we’re only loud on social media),” she said. 

Host Bianca Gonzalez used the hashtag #MagpaRehistroKa. “Ika nga nila (Like they said), ‘Vote like your life depended on it, because it does.’”

In August 2021, actress Janine Gutierrez reminded followers to make use of the remaining month before the deadline of registration. “The elections are so important, we need you there,” she said. 

Singer-songwriter Maris Racal also joined the call for an extension for the voter’s registration. “Sana talga i-extend ang registration kasi ang hirap ng 300 slots lang per day tapos four days a week lang dito. (I really hope that the registration will be extended because it’s so hard that there’s only 300 slots per day and it’s only available four days a week.) Please extend voter’s registration!” (READ: [EXPLAINER] Extend voter registration? Here’s a compromise)

For her Independence Day message on June 2021, actress Angel Locsin emphasized the importance of choices in shaping a nation’s fate. “With #Halalan2021 on the horizon, we are no longer just standing by the sidelines, because we know much better: our choice matters.”

She added that “a better Philippines is what we, as Filipinos, want and deserve.” 

Angel then encouraged her followers to register and vote. “Claim your power to appoint equitable officials by registering to vote before September 30, 2021. Let’s do our part,” she wrote. 

Daniel Padilla has also constantly shared on his Instagram stories reminders about the voter registration deadline. In one of his posts, the actor asked his followers if they already registered to vote and even used the hashtag “tayo ang solusyon sa polusyon (we are the solution to the pollution).” 

Daniel Padilla’s Instagram

Several Star Magic artists also joined forces with ABS-CBN’s Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo to launch a voter’s registration campaign. Robi Domingo, Ria Atayde, Edward Barber, Donny Pangilinan, Miles Ocampo, and Heaven Peralejo were among the stars who joined the initiative. 

Robi said, “Remember that we’re gonna be part of something big, it’s not a story of a champion or a titleholder, this is not just our story, it’s history. It will have a ripple effect on the future generations. Instead of saying, isa lang ako (I’m only one), say, isa pa ako (I’m another addition).” 

Ria added, “You don’t have to have a million followers to create change. So it’s good to see that within our circle in Star Magic, we’re doing this. As simple as one vote seems, your vote matters.” 

Donny also asked fellow youth Filipinos to vote, saying that their “voice matters.” 

Singer Kean Cipriano wrote, “Together we can make a difference. Let’s take action. We deserve good leadership. The future is in our hands.” 

In August 2021, the Commission on Elections announced that they had recorded 61.06 million registered voters, with about 4.3 million of those, first-time voters.  –

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