‘Mas marami tayo’: Support for MayWard pours out as they register as voters

September 10, 2020 - 7:39 PM
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Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata showing off their inked fingerprints after registering as voters on this photo shared by Robi Domingo's official Facebook page on Sept. 10, 2020. (Photo from Robi Domingo via Facebook)

Filipinos expressed their support for the MayWard tandem of the Kapamilya network after they were spotted registering as voters in time for the next Philippine elections.

Television host and former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Robi Domingo shared pictures of the young love team with their inked fingers as proof that they have officially registered in Quezon City.

“Dati sila ang binoboto niyo sa PBB (Pinoy Big Brother). Ngayon sila naman ang boboto para sa kinabukasan. Ikaw, nakapag-register ka na ba?” he captioned in a social media post with a Philippine flag emoji.

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber met in reality television program “Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7,” where the former emerged as the winner.

Meanwhile, Domingo captioned his post with the hashtags “#MayWardRegistersToVote,” “#40MStrong” and “#MasMaramiTayo,” with the latter ones referencing the campaign of the We The Youth Vote, a non-partisan community of young Filipinos urging their fellow peers to exercise their rights to vote.

The initiative earned approval from the love team’s fellow artists to ordinary Filipinos who lauded their move with the hopes to influence and empower the youth in partaking at national affairs.

“Mas marami tayo! Thanks @maymayentrata07@Barber_Edward_
for this. Magandang example ito,” registered nurse and content creator Richard Paglicawan said.

“Good job kids!!! Please register to vote!! #40MStrong,” television host Bianca Gonzalez said in response to MayWard’s pictures.

“Nice one po! #40MStrong #MasMaramiTayo,” Macoy Dubs or Mark Averilla said as he saw the love team’s initiative.

He previously reminded Filipinos to register when he brought back his popular “Aunt Julie” persona after a brief hiatus.

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“Simula pa lang ‘yan, dapat sa darating na #Halalan2022, matutong pumili ng tamang kandidato. At e-encourage ang mga kabataan na busisiing mabuti ang mga kandidato kung ano ang mga mabuting nagawa at kung ano mga inilatag na plataporma nila,” said another Twitter user.

The hashtags “#MasMaramiTayo” and “#40MStrong” were also used by other personalities in the entertainment industry to urge non-registered Filipinos to officially sign up as voters.

One of the most passionate ones is Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, who encouraged her followers to register and make their voices “heard” through their votes in the upcoming presidential elections in 2022.

Other personalities who likewise used the hashtag and encouraged Filipinos to register as voters include filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone, Donny Pangilinan, Vance Larena, Kean Cipriano, Jason Dhakal and Janina Vela.

The Commission on Elections reopened its offices for voter registration in early September.

Filipinos aged 18-year-old and above and those who will turn 18 years old by May 22 can register and take part in the upcoming elections where they are given the opportunity to exercise their rights of suffrage.

Registering as a voter and participating in the process of selecting public officials who will run localities and the country itself is a form of reinforcing democracy in a society.

“It is significant in that simply exercising your right of suffrage connects you to the great democratic tradition of individuals taking part in their own governance,” Spokesperson James Jimenez of Comelec said in an opinion column last June.

“Voting matters because it gives you a voice in government—yes, even if the one you voted for actually lost. Whether we like it or not, the government affects every aspect of our lives—from womb to tomb. By voting, you get the opportunity to put a government in place that will care for you, provide you opportunities for prosperity and happiness, and protect you the way you want,” he added.

Individuals can register as voters until September 30 next year.

Comelec offices will be opened from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate Filipinos.

Registration forms can be downloaded on Comelec’s website while guidelines are available on the social media pages of We the Youth Vote.