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These Gen Z First-Time Voters Will Convince You to Register

Bella Racelis, Bianca Umali, Kaizen dela Serna, and Rain Matienzo on how they registered, why they registered, and why you should, too!
These Gen Z First-Time Voters Will Convince You to Register
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Bella Racelis, Bianca Umali, Kaizen dela Serna, and Rain Matienzo on how they registered, why they registered, and why you should, too!

Voter registration for the upcoming 2022 elections officially closes today, October 30. If you haven’t yet, it's your last chance to make your voice count and help shape our country’s future. Below, these first-time voters share how they registered, why they registered, and why you should too! 

Take cue from these Gen Z celebs and influencers who wanted to make sure they can exercise their right and privilege to vote this coming May 2022.

 

Bella Racelis, 19, Vlogger

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Are you a registered voter? What was your overall registration experience like?

"Yes, I am a registered voter. My registration experience at COMELEC Lipa was great since I was able to schedule my appointment online and it made the process a lot faster."

Drawing from your experience as a Gen Z Filipina, do you think voting is important? Please briefly share why you chose to register.

"I chose to register because I want to exercise my right to vote. For me, voting is important because it gives us the power to decide on the quality of life we want for ourselves and for the future generations."

If you were to give advice to a first time voter who’s contemplating about registering, what would you tell her?

"I am a firm believer that we have to take action in order to contribute to the change we want to see in our country. I encourage all of you to exercise your political rights and to take a stand for the betterment of our future. Make sure your voice is heard— register and vote!"

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Kaizen dela Serna, 19, SEA Games 2019 Gold Medalist

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Are you a registered voter? What was your overall registration experience like?

"Yes, I registered last month. I lined up with my family from 5am to 12pm. Since it was my first time to register, I was excited despite waiting for 7 hours."

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Drawing from your experience as a Gen Z Filipina, do you think voting is important? Please briefly share why you chose to register.

"I believe it is important for all Filipinos, especially the youth, to register to vote. The youth has the power and influence to select great leaders for our country. Given the current situation of our country, it is important that we vote for leaders that are accountable and transparent. It is our responsibility to choose wisely and educate ourselves about the leaders we want. Our votes matter, and we have the power to create change."

If you were to give advice to a first time voter who’s contemplating about registering, what would you tell her?

"I would encourage her to exercise her right to vote. We deserve better leaders and good governance. Waiting 7 hours in line is worth it since we get to select great leaders that will serve us for years. We vote for the future generations. Again, every vote counts!"

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Rain Matienzo, 21, Tiktoker

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Are you a registered voter? What was your overall registration experience like?

"Yes! I got registered in 2019 so my registration experience was relatively smooth compared to those who registered close to the deadline. I originally went to the municipal hall to fix my work permits then I saw the poster for voter's registration. Coincidentally I had the requirements and didn't think twice to head straight to the COMELEC office."

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Drawing from your experience as a Gen Z Filipina, do you think voting is important? Please briefly share why you chose to register.

 "I wasn't 18 yet during the 2016 Presidential Elections and I remember just how frustrating it was being told that I have no right to share my opinions just because of my age. Then after missing the registration for the 2019 Senatorial Elections, I felt so powerless. It was time I registered to let my vote speak volumes."

If you were to give advice to a first time voter who’s contemplating about registering, what would you tell her?

"Do it! I'm voting for the first time as well and although it is overwhelming to do our due diligence on the candidates, beyond that, I hope you understand that voting is a privilege. For a democratic country like ours, it's our once-in-a-several years right to finally be the nation's decision makers. Make it count!"

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Bianca Umali, 21, Actress

PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM/bianxa

Are you a registered voter? What was your overall registration experience like?

"Yes! I am a proud registered voter! My registration experience was AMAZING! I loved every part of it. It was long and tiring, but after everything, my favorite part was getting that feeling of being fulfilled."

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Drawing from your experience as a Gen Z Filipina, do you think voting is important? Please briefly share why you chose to register.

 "Not only is voting important, it is in fact a responsibility and an obligation. I chose to register because I want to be able to do my part as a Filipino for our country, the Philippines. I believe it is my duty to contribute in all the work that it will take to my country not only better, but the best."

If you were to give advice to a first time voter who’s contemplating about registering, what would you tell her?

"Love your country. Do your part. Register, vote, live. #ParaSaPilipinas"

If you are a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years old by the time of the Elections (May 2022), and a Philippine resident for at least one year, residing in the place in which you intend to register in for at least six months, you are qualified to register and vote.

According to COMELEC’s website, there are four ways to register. While walk-ins are allowed, it is generally advisable to accomplish your forms and set an appointment using COMELEC's iRehistro. Find out how use COMELEC's app here.

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Satellite Voter Registration is also available in Ayala Malls and SM Supermalls for your convenience.

Make your voice count, register to vote! #PHElections2022 #OurTurn2022

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