Monday, October 29, 2007


Dateline: October 29, 2007
Precinct No. 1967-A - Mabini Elementary School
Barangay 391 - Quiapo Manila
National Capital Region


posted by Señor Enrique at 3:03 PM


Blogger armovil said...

As a public school teacher I am now free as election canvasser unlike in the past election that it compulsory for us to serve. Although it is mandated by the election code, Perhaps we have more teachers in our school who are more willing to serve. I have now the freedom to accept or not.

Senor, do you live in the Quiapo vicinity? You have lots of pictures in that area? By the way Im from Sampaloc.

October 29, 2007 5:22 PM  

Blogger Aura said...

Hi SE,
Sorry about my ignorance but whats the barangay SK election for?
I could´nt help to notice and comment sa kalat ng papel sa ground, kelan pa kaya mai educate mga kababayan natin sa kalinisan ng ating kapaligiran?

October 29, 2007 5:57 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Aura,

Check out this link

This should give you a basic idea of this election. I'd probably do a follow-up entry if I could get a hold of a couple of candidates who won.

The litter outside and inside the voting areas was caused by those handouts (names of candidates) given to voters by the candidates' posse. Unfortunately, local folks tend to just throw them anywhere they please.

October 29, 2007 6:34 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I just love that entire area of Manila, Armovil -- Santa Cruz, Quiapo and Binondo. And who knows, maybe someday I'd get a place there to call my home. I grew up in Misericordia Street between Batangas and Tayabas. We're practically neighbors :)

October 29, 2007 6:38 PM  

Blogger docemdy said...

Hi SE.

Nice photos. Were you not prevented from taking pictures? I took some pictures with my camera phone but was scared to be reprimanded.

October 29, 2007 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. How did you manage to document what is happening in the voting area?


October 29, 2007 7:23 PM  

Blogger  gmirage said...

The only elections I casted my vote on were for classroom officers hehe.

I dont understand why is it especially in the Philippines, are Filipinos not 'so' disciplined when it comes to trash. Come over here and see how the garbage are segregated...not only by the locals by pinoys as well...

And the watcher wore a shirt 'Greatest Dad' ha...what is that watcher supposed to do if a ballot box gets robbed away? hihi.

6th photo's motto should be the policy not for the voters but for the candidates eh?

I've had enough of politics...tsk tsk.

October 30, 2007 12:10 AM  

Blogger Oggi said...

I love the sorbetero in the first photo and the colors in the last one. You take excellent photographs!:)

October 30, 2007 1:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow, the elections seem to me so colorful and vibrant, even more than a barrio fiesta. Even if we wonder if this exercise is useful or futile---there is only one certainty, Filipinos love election day like it's Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

October 30, 2007 3:13 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

This was my very first time to go inside a local voting precinct, Majopr Tom, and I was astounded by the fiesta-like atmosphere amongst many people, especially those around the outside perimeters.

It is, as you say, very much like Christmas, although in this case, the winning barangay chairman would be the Santa Claus ... hehehe.

October 30, 2007 7:19 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you, Oggi!

I was actually wondering what a Rizal Park sorbetero was doing in Quiapo. I thought they were suppose to ply the Luneta area only :)

October 30, 2007 7:20 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Honesty does seem incongruent in politics, G. Mirage ... hehehe. I didn't even notice that sign until you brought it up :)

I was at a school photoshoot project once where I saw the kids drop the popsicle wrappers right where they were standing instead of walking a couple of feet towards a trash can. It suddenly dawned on me that they were only mimicking what they commonly see from the adults in their environment.

As for voting, I could only pray that the locals would exercise this powerful right of theirs for creating something good for the entire citizenry.

October 30, 2007 7:27 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I was with a group of press corps, Kyels. Actually, having media people around somehow prevents anomalous incidencies ... hehehe.

October 30, 2007 7:29 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I'm always afraid to use my camera phone anywhere, Em Dy, for it somehow projects a more sltealth-type photography, which may no bode well with some folks.

I went there yesterday with my professional-looking photo gear and dressed appropriately for the part ... hehehe. This way, everyone would perceive me as a pro and not mistake me as a spy or something, which I may get seriously beat up for.

Surprisingly, out of the 200 pictures I shot, a fair amount was from people or groups who asked me to take their photos. Amazing, huh?

October 30, 2007 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the three young people we help go to school was nominated to run for councillor in the SK as well as a carpenter friend for the adult counterpart. We told our carpenter friend that he should stop his womanizing and drinking habits na kasi he is to be an example of the youth. He is a very sincere man but as he said...a mere "tao lamang". He walked up and about the mountains and beaches campaigning. He got be known as the marathon winner of the barangay instead. So many little colorful stories talaga!

October 30, 2007 8:18 AM  

Blogger ScroochChronicles said...

So, did you vote?

Love the photos. Gustong gusto ko yung picture nung watcher na naka-saklay. It's touching. Despite his disability he is still able to bring himself to serve our nation in whatever small way. Galing!

October 30, 2007 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It suddenly dawned on me that they were only mimicking what they commonly see from the adults in their environment."

In connection with the just recently held barangay and SK elections, Eric - the youngsters (SK candidates) sadly also mimic what they see from the adults (barangay level bets) - that is - vote buying and bribery. :(

October 30, 2007 11:24 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Sad but true, Rhoda. And most of those young candidates I spoke to had no idea what the duties are involved in the positions they're running for.

As with anything, I am ever the optimist -- hoping there are many exceptions to this rule :)

October 30, 2007 2:31 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Would you believe, Scrooch, that man hurriedly ran after me at the corridor (crutches and all) and asked that I take his picture? It seemed as if I knew him from the past and owed him a large sum of money the way he was huffing and puffing when he finally reached me ... hahaha.

I did take his pic so as to make him feel good, but later on while I was going through the photos, I did notice a certain interesting character in his features so, I posted it :)

October 30, 2007 2:38 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Wow! Fascinating stories indeed, Bernadette. I bet your community has many colorful characters, but not as much as what Quiapo has ... hehehe.

Nonetheless, it is exhilirating whenever people we know personally get elected.

October 30, 2007 2:40 PM  

Blogger -= dave =- said...

They're not supposed to distribute campaign materials that close to the school. Oh well, this is the Philippines, where rules are made to be broken.

November 02, 2007 2:10 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That's right, Dave! Hehehe!

November 02, 2007 6:08 AM  

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