MANILA - On the 111th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence, hundreds of Filipinos started their day by heeding the call to be guardians of the ballot by registering as Boto Patrollers, part of the "Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula" campaign of ABS-CBN.
The registration for Boto Patrollers, which has been ongoing since the Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo (BMPM) launch last May 11, was again the highlight of ABS-CBN’s Independence Day celebrations Friday.
Umagang Kay Ganda, the network’s flagship morning show, was broadcast live from several live points – Eastwood City and at Rizal Park in the National Capital Region, Legazpi City in Bicol, Iloilo City in Western Visayas, General Santos City in Soccskargen, and from the North America News Bureau in California - where BMPM sign-up booths were put up. ABS-CBN news bureaus in Europe, Middle East, and Australia also filed reports about their BMPM activities.
Aside from BMPM sign-up booths, some of the live points also had on-site voter registration provided by the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices.
Friday’s BMPM activities are part of the two-day kickoff of the wider coverage of the Ako ang Simula campaign, taking it to Filipino communities outside the country.
111 new Boto Patrollers in Eastwood
Aside from the on-site sign-up, online registration for Boto Patrollers were explained during the broadcast.
Interested registered voters can sign-up to become Boto Patrollers at www.abs-cbnnews.com/botomo, the official BMPM website. Users then click on the Boto Patroller registration link and will then be given further instructions. A valid email address is required for all registrants.
Once registered, patrollers can use their mobile phones, camcorders, digital cameras, computers or any gadget and gizmo to record and post their reports on the website created exclusively for their use.
Their reports may also be used for news stories that will come out on newscasts in ABS-CBN Channel 2, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Studio 23, DZMM Teleradyo, and ABS-CBN’s Regional & Global Stations, as well as posted online at www.abs-cbnnews.com and printed on our broadsheet partners The Philippine Star and Business World.
During the Independence Day sign-ups at Eastwood City, a total of 111 people registered as new Boto Patrollers from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., while hundreds also registered at the on-site booths in Iloilo, Legazpi, and General Santos.
More BMPM sign-up booths will be put up in various cities throughout the year in the lead-up to the 2010 elections. For more information, visit http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/botomo/patroller.
Two-day Independence celebrations
Friday was also the second day of ABS-CBN’s Independence Day celebrations, which was kicked off by simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies in various ABS-CBN stations worldwide.
The flag raising ceremonies were held at the Kapamilya network’s offices in Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, Naga, Cagayan de Oro and Dagupan and news bureaus in North America, Middle East and Australia.
International singing sensation Charice sang the country’s national anthem. Charice just got back here after her successful shows abroad.
The ceremony in Manila, attended by the station’s employees, was led by Eugenio Lopez III, ABS-CBN’s chairman and chief executive officer, and ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio.
"Everyday the country is asking for the best from all of us nothing less and that is non-negotiable," Santos-Concio said in her opening remarks.
"Ang mensahe natin sa mga kababayan ay ito: Laging mayroong pag-asa. Kung laging makakapitan natin ang isa't isa, kung laging may kabayanihan ang bawat isa sa bawat araw, kayang kaya natin 'yan kapamilya,” she added.
Guests included World 10-ball Champion Rubilen Amit and volunteers from Youth Vote Philippines.
The flag raising ceremony also marked the 56th anniversary of the Kapamilya network.
On Thursday, ABS-CBN also launched the official music video of the theme song of election campaign “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo (BMPM): Ako ang Simula." The movement encourages the youth to actively participate in next year's national elections.
Pambato Mo, I-Text Mo
Voters were also invited to participate in the Pambato Mo, I-Text Mo! poll, which aims to raise awareness about the 2010 presidential elections.
It also seeks to help voters narrow down their choices from the current presidential aspirants.
The names included in the poll were pre-selected based on names provided by respondents in surveys of independent polling organizations. Users choose from names arranged in alphabetical order. The poll survey is not scientific.
All Globe, Touch Mobile, Smart, Talk N' Text and Sun Cellular subscribers can join the poll. Participants should register first before they can vote. Mobile users can text this syntax to register: HALALAN REG <name/gender/age/address and send to 2366. Results of the poll are posted on http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/pambatomo.
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