A How-To Guide To The National Elections

Youth involvement has been one of my advocacies, and I think that the youth has a lot of power to create a change in our society. Right now, it’s election season, and I’m happy to know that the youth is stepping up to get involved in the national elections in different ways. Anyway, here’s my guide on how  to get involved the national elections!

  1. If you are at least eighteen years old, and a Filipino citizen, you have the option to be a registered voter. Just go to your nearest city hall or COMELEC office in your city/town/province, and apply as a registered voter. The process is a bit long and tedious, but it’s going to be worth it. However, I still wish that the registration process was a lot more systematic and organized. 
  2. If you are not a registered voter, you can also involve yourself in the election fever—there are just so many ways! You can volunteer for various election-related programs (such as helping out with voter’s education or campaigning for a certain candidate), or be informed about the elections.
  3. Speaking of being informed—- there are a lot of avenues to be informed about the upcoming national elections! The internet has been a vital part of the elections—candidates have utilized it to promote themselves, and social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter have joined the bandwagon by starting online discussions about the elections!  Also, websites such as Rappler, Yahoo, GMA News Online and ABS-CBN have also provided comprehensive coverage about the elections. This just proves that the Internet has done so much to get things moving. Other methods, such as campaign sorties, advertisements and electoral debates and forum are also helpful. I highly recommend watching electoral debates and forums, though, since it’s a test to see if the candidate is worthy of the people’s votes, and it’s also a great way to be informed about the candidates’ platforms and opinions on certain issues (such as the Reproductive Health Law, and the Freedom of Information Bill). Also, don’t forget to check out COMELEC’s website for more information!
  4. After getting the necessary information, make a list of the candidates that you want to vote.  Edit that list if necessary (Can be applicable for both registered voters and non-voters).
  5. After you’ve gone through steps 1-4, mark your calendars on May 13, and go to your nearest poll center and vote! (applies to registered voters only)
  6. If you are not a registered voter, you can check the various news channels and the Internet to be updated about the election results!

Honestly, I think the national election is something that a lot of people should care about. The youth has been making a lot of efforts to make other people aware of this event. The election is a way to exercise one’s choice— the choice to choose leaders fit to address a community (or even a nation)’s needs and create positive changes in our society.

blogging break

Going on a blogging break from Friday until Sunday! I’ll be participating in my org’s planning seminar in Tagaytay. I know it’s going to be fun, yet there’s going to be a lot of work involved. I’m so excited! Will post an entry about it soon! 

What I’m Loving Now

I haven’t been really posting anything here because I’ve been busy with school work, and other things. Allow me to break from this rut from allowing me to share the things that I’m currently loving now.

  • For the past month, I’ve been listening to Justin Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that I love his new album. I can also say that the 7-year wait for Justin’s new music was worth it. Looking forward to the second volume of The 20/20 Experience! For the meantime, allow me to share this awesome remix of Suit and Tie:
  •  When it comes to indie music, I’m currently on the hunt for new bands to listen to. I stumbled upon Japandroids and Young The Giant recently, and their music (although different from each other), is a pleasure to listen to! Japandroids’ music is noisier (and leaning towards a more garage, punk sound) and more upbeat, which is perfect for workouts or those high-adrenaline days. On the other hand, the music of Young the Giant is a lot less punkier than the former. I have yet to listen to more of their songs though, to be honest. For the meantime, let me share some of my favorites from both bands (including a sick cover!!)
  • Of course, I will never forget food here. My current go-to snacks are grilled cheese sandwiches (using wheat bread) and Quaker’s chocolate chip oat cookies! They are actually healthier than you think they are! But beware though, they can be quite addicting.  

  • I also have to include some of my current favorite food finds from various places, such as Jollibee’s Ultimate Burger Steak, Sebastian’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, and Picket Fence’s Bacon platter! I will write reviews about them soon, don’t worry!

Here are just some of the things that I currently love! Just so you know, I’ve only featured some of my favorite food and music finds. Food and music are two of the things that I really love, and I can’t really live without them! What are your favorite food finds and tunes right now?


the almost-180 degree turn

It’s been a while since I last posted anything here. Last semester was a busy time for me—I made sure that I made the second semester as productive as possible, by allotting more time for studying, and surprisingly, org work. Despite having shorter breaks and lesser free time, I was able to study more and help out with org work in between. I realized that this kind of productivity is something that I’ve been longing for the longest time. It’s almost a 180-degree turn for me, since I was used to wasting my free time and procrastinating important work. I’m busy with school, and I’m doing productive things in my free time, which is really good. At the end of the second semester, I got  good grades (probably the highest grades in my college life so far), and I was recently elected as an officer in my org. But despite these achievements, I’m still thinking of what’s going to happen next, or what I want to do next. Sometimes, I want to do everything and try to be the best at it, because I want to prove something to myself or to other people. There are also times that I would think about taking a break, and reassess everything—-my priorities, relationships, and my plans. I know it sounds so dramatic, but at times, I think it’s really necessary to stop for a while and think about things in order to do more. I’m thinking that’s the way things work (or maybe not). Anyway, I’m happy that the summer vacation is actually the good time to do both. I have time to do productive things, and I also have time to be lazy, and do nothing (or think about things) I guess this kind of balance is what I need right now to motivate myself to do better, and think about the important things in life.