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31 March 2010 @ 07:23 pm
You'll know it's election period when...  
Originally written on March 13, 2010.

Despite being so tired last night, after coming home from dinner/birthday celebration with my French friends (Francis, Pat, Val and Astrid), I woke up early again today just to join Yo!Noy UPD for the flyering and postering ops.

So mom and dad dropped me off at the IC, and I saw Ayshia there, sitting outside of IC so I joined her. Turns out we were the first two there, despite call time being at 7 am. (I got there a little before 7). soon, JV joined us and we waited. Ayshia told me she was supposed to get picked up by Josh and Abbi, but neither were answering her calls. So we waited. and waited. and waited. Until the sun caught up with us and our shade was quite small and we were feeling the heat. So we decided to check IC, because Josh might still be asleep, so Ayshia asked someone to wake him up. After numerous calls (God knows how many, i forget.) and two people to wake Josh up, he finally woke up. It's okay Josh, we know how tired you are and all. :) Abbi had just woken up too, and Cla was still on her way.

But nevertheless, we were finally complete, 8 of us, with Sir Pats, JV and Francis' teacher in Xavier. After breakfast and briefing, we went and folded some of the brochures we were going to give out. We had quite a few to give out: Flyers, stickers, ballers, brochures... so many. then the pick-up came. It was interesting because I've never really been part of the campaign trail. So it was definitely a new experience. So armed with all the collateral we had, and the LSS-ful jingle of SLAMAT LORRRD, we went on our way.

Our first stop, i forget where. Somewhere near KLN i think. :| I forget unfortunately. so we get off, the large speakers blaring music and we had given out quite a few stickers and ballers already. Unfortunately those were the first to go, as i expected. I had to give up my baller (which i have had for quite some time), and so did some of the others. Kids kept coming back just for the ballers, but we had to turn them down because it was best if we gave them to those who were actually going to vote. I mean, kids do influence their parents, but still, we thought it best to give them to the grown-ups. some people quickly told us: "Iboboto namin yan!" or "Noynoy kami!" which of course we appreciate a lot. But of course there were people who turned us down. Like there was this old man who was outside of his house and I politely gave him a set of flyers and brochures and he turned it down, and then told me: "Sorry, pero Marcos ako eh. Marcos!" Nevertheless, i said thank you and went off to other houses, and he was still telling us that he was a Marcos Supporter. No biggie, honestly. There are people like that, and we can't really force our ideals on someone else.

If there's one thing that characterizes the elections, it's when you meet people who accept your flyers and whatnot then ask if something was inserted inside. You know what I mean. Of course we had anticipated that already. Jan, since he already had experience, was telling us that the best answer he had for that was "Meron po. Pagbabago po ang laman nyan." which is a good answer actually. There were people who, if you didn't give them ballers or stickers or whatever, they will turn down your flyers and brochures. of course I can't blame them, but i think it's important too to learn the platform of the candidates, and that's what we were giving them: Information and the platform and stand of our candidates. I did experience that question, only it was now more specific. We were already in philcoa, and we were on the market side of Philcoa. And i was giving out flyers when this woman in her stall asked me: "Wala ba yang pera?" Okay, i wasn't really expecting it to be THAT specific. But of course one way or another, it just had to come up. So we had to politely explain that we weren't running on that sort of campaign. I mean, if we really wanted genuine change, then you're not supposed to resort to tactics like inserting cash into your collateral or anything. And you shouldn't be selling your vote, and neither should you be buying votes.

But of course, we were well received. There were streets with people that said that their entire street was for Noynoy and Mar. That's a good sign. At least. And it was even more relieving to see posters of the tandem on their doors, yellow ribbons on their cars and gates, ballers on their arms and the like. (Of course, sir Pats and I were a bit scared of the dog, especially that rather big one that looked like a bulldog, but seemed to be far too sleepy to actually bark at us.)

Of course there were funny moments while we were campaigning like when we passed by this woman's stall again on our way back to where the car was. We gave her more brochures and then she suddenly asked (looking at me): "Aquino ka ba?" Of course i had to reply, no. And then she adds: "Ah kasi mukha kang half-chinese". (Expression: O____O") Okay, not the first time i was asked if i were Chinese, but with that comment, Cla and Ate Abbi were back to teasing me again, and it was even funnier (and definitely more fun, i can't deny) when we were sharing stories.

So Postering and Flyering ops were a success, in my opinion. Although we were less than 10, we managed to cover a lot of ground and we were able to do a lot and we found supporters, which was good. :) Hopefully there will be more, and i'll still be able to go. And it's all for the best. :)