Observing the U.S. Election: Manila, Philippines

Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines

As submitted by embassy staff

Embassy Manila scored a big hit with Election Watch events throughout the country. At shopping malls in Manila and Cebu, Mission staff set up “interaction points” as backdrops and engaged mallgoers on the election, democracy, and the strength of our bilateral relationship. Attendees watched with rapt attention the live feed of election coverage displayed on giant Jumbotrons at the malls. Hundreds of students in Mindanao joined the U.S. Embassy for an Election Watch event at a university, where Embassy officials held a trivia contest and explained the U.S. Electoral College system and students performed songs and dances. Guests at all of the events – as well as visitors to the 14 American Corners throughout the country – took part in mock election voting on IPad “voting booths”. All of the Election Watch events attracted press coverage, including live television coverage of the Manila event and press interviews with the Ambassador in Manila and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Cebu. The Election Watch activities were a culmination of months of election-related programming, including guest speakers, workshops, youth programs, debates, and other events. The Ambassador and embassy staff reached millions of Filipinos with the message of participatory democracy through radio and television interviews. Through all these programs, Embassy Manila celebrated democracy with our friends and allies in the Philippines, sharing the vital message that the bond between our two countries that has kept our relationship strong under multiple U.S. presidents of different political parties only becomes stronger with free and open elections.

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Additional photos of election events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/manila.usembassy.

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