I went to vote at 10AM in Mayamot Elementary School. From past experiences, it should only take a couple of minutes. But, they have clustered Precincts now. And automated elections. So I thought it would take a little longer than that.
It took me 3 hours.
I was drenched in sweat. And other people’s sweat from being bumped around while in line. It took 3 hours to get to the precinct. And voting, for me, took a minute.
This is the price you pay for your choice. I would have done it, even if I knew I had to wait 6 hours or more. That’s how important voting is for me. And how important it is for me to vote for who I am voting. This isn’t just another election. This is me, voting for my future. And the future of my family.
People all over the place (especially our cluster, which decided to forego the number system and use the “line” system) were complaining. But, no one was leaving. Everyone probably was thinking like me. And that’s the beauty of being Filipino.
Today, we all made history. Lining up for hours (or for Des, ten minutes in Pasay), sweating, shading that small circle, holding our breath while waiting for the PCOS machine to confirm our vote. We all did it with a smile on our face and hope in our hearts.
God bless the Philippines!