The 2013 Elections According to Social Media

Here’s a collective picture of Manila during Monday’s elections, thanks to Spotters and social media!


( Last Wednesday, we started calling out on all Spotters to share your voting experience via social media, with the hashtag #votespot. We’d like to thank each and everyone of you who participated in this little experiment. editors and staffers participated in this exercise, as well, uploading our own material. Apart from television, we were watching the polls on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. There, we saw the calm in Mandaluyong, a few celebrities in Makati; we saw how well senior citizens were treated in Navotas, and the long lines in Quezon City. We had to filter the photos, of course, because you don’t really want to see a hundred newly manicured index fingers here, do you? Below are some scenes from the polls yesterday.


Over at Miriam College in Katipunan, staffer Sasha Lim-Uy spotted Ateneo professor and legend-in-the-making Fr. Dacanay waiting in line at roughly around 9 a.m. Yes, there was a very long line very early in the morning.



The long line is what Spotter @jason4others likes to call "the price of civic duty." Below was the situation at Ayala Heights in Quezon City.


In Navotas, Spotter @gelOgonzales reported senior citizens having their own line. The heat didn’t worry them though; below you’ll see they came prepared.

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In a precinct in Mandaluyong, Spotter Michelle Hilvano tweeted us about the calm but crowded situation. "Thanks to senior citizen pass no need to fall in line," she wrote along with this photo. Editor in Chief Joanna Manalastas showed us the steady situation at San Roque Elementary School in Marikina via Twitter.



It looks just as casual as this Calamba, Laguna precinct, as shared to us by Spotter @spoiledanne:

Which seems to be the opposite of the situation in a Parañaque precinct, as shown to us by Spotter @patchdulay. "Go to the red tent, they said," he wrote. It certainly looked frantic over there.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW contributor Tammy David meanwhile was on work mode, spotting PBA star Chris Tiu and Senator Serge Osmeña at a Makati precinct and then asking them for a photo.

In San Juan on the other hand, Spotter @aquinomarie took a papparazzi/photobomb shot of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.


The rain somehow helped tame the crowd somewhere south of Manila, showed Spotter @jeannatividad:



While the rain helped organize the crowd down south, it showed illegal flyering activities in Bagong Ilog, Pasig. "This is the sight that greeted me right after polling," writes content editor Lio Mangubat.

There was much satisfaction over at Ayala Alabang. "Less than five minutes," exclaims Spotter @marrri__ in her IG post.


A sentiment echoed by Spotter @Mdelro, who also voted in Alabang. She cross-posted from Instagram to Twitter, where we saw her post.

Illustrator Apol Sta. Maria joined the #votespot exercise and posted on Instagram this photo of a precinct in U.P. with an accompanying comment: "#votespot walang problema dito sa amin. Walang pila (hindi ako sure kung maganda ba yun o hindi) at maayos ang volunteers."


The same thing-lack of lines and easygoing volunteers-also greeted staffer Lou Albano at La Salle Greenhills, in Mandaluyong:


A little before the polls closed, staffer Aya Tantiangco tweeted her observations from Bataan: "About an hour before the precincts officially close, here’s a little reminder (or guilt trip!) from COMELEC."



Over all, we say, it was a peaceful and well-organized election. Now, if only the results could be just as encouraging.

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