MANILA, Philippines – Several Filipino celebrities on Monday, May 9, cast their votes for the 2022 national elections.
Among the celebrities who arrived early in the voting precincts were Jolina Magdangal, Kathryn Bernardo, Heart Evangelista, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Mariel Padilla. After voting, the stars took to social media to share their experience and encourage their fans to also exercise their right to vote.
Kathryn Bernardo was accompanied by her mother Min and sister Kaye when she voted.
Jolina Magdangal and husband Rivermaya frontman Mark Escueta penned a letter to their children, Pele and Vika, after casting their votes. “Ito ang aming resibo na kami ni Papa ay tumindig, pinaglaban at pinanindigan ang inyong magandang kinabukasan,” they wrote. (This is our proof that your Papa and I fought for a good future for you.)
Mariel Padilla finished voting as early as 7 in the morning, saying that she got emotional while voting for her husband, senatorial candidate Robin Padilla.
Kim Chiu shared a selfie of her inked finger. “Done voting. Did my part as [a] Filipino citizen,” she wrote. The actress-host also asked her followers to vote wisely, saying that their decision today will affect the lives of the Filipinos for the next six years.
Heart Evangelista cast her vote with husband, Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Escudero is seeking a Senate comeback.
Bea Alonzo called for a “peaceful and orderly” election.
Celebrity couple Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez have finished voting.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith wrote that her vote is for the children. She also encouraged her followers: “be involved in [any way] you can in our communities. Whether loud and big or small and quietly.”
Jodi Sta. Maria shared that she felt “so emotional” while filling out her ballot. “Halos napaiyak ako (I almost cried),” she said of her voting experience.
Maris Racal said that she went to the voting precinct as early as 6 in the morning. She also reminded fellow voters to shade their ballots properly and check their receipts.
First-time voter Francine Diaz uploaded a selfie doing a finger heart, saying that the youth are the country’s future. Addressing her fellow teens, the young actress implored them to choose a leader who cares for their countrymen.
Jake Ejercito shared a photo of his inked finger.
Khalil Ramos reminded the Filipinos to vote wisely.
Richard Juan said that despite waking up at 5 a.m., he still feels “extra motivated to do [his] part.” “This #Halalan2022 is literally going to be one of the most important in Philippine history,” he wrote.
Anne Curtis-Smith shared a photo of her inked finger amid a bouquet of white roses, and said that she voted with a heart full of hope “para sa ating bayan.”
Maine Mendoza wrote “#ParaSaBayan” as her hashtag.
Angel Locsin said that she accompanied her dad to the seniors lane, then proceeded to her precinct.
Bianca Gonzalez-Intal said that she’s always happy to give our country the “dirty finger.”
First-time voter Liza Soberano also proudly cast her vote.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, a first-time voter, shared a photo of her inked finger and said she was praying for a safe, fair election and counting process over the next few days.
More celebrities are expected to vote, with precincts nationwide scheduled to close at 7 pm. – Rappler.com