With the scorching hot weather, long lines, and energy-depleting situation at voting precincts, casting your vote for the next seat-takers at Malacanang is a feat that needs to be celerated afterward. After all, what else can we do but wait for the canvassing to finish, right?
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So while you wait, sip, dine, and relax your nerves at these shops and restaurants which give out discounts and freebies on this special day. Just show the proof that you've done your part—your indelible ink-marked finger. Who knows, you might bump into a friend with whom you had a falling out with (due to the election) and make up over coffee or a meal.
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FOR COFFEE JUNKIES
Starbucks: One for You, One to Share promo. Get a complimentary drink for every purchase of their featured Macchiato beverages (hot, iced, or blended Roasted Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato) until 5PM today.
Bo's Coffee: 50% off on a Cold White Brew. Keep your energy levels up with a cup of this delicious brew, made better with its price slashed in half, only for today! Visit select Bo's Coffee branches to avail of the promo.
FOR DESSERT FANS
Dairy Queen: Free Upsize! Get thick and yummy DQ creation in a bigger size; they will upsize from regular to medium of any Blizzard of your choice. Time to indulge in Oreo or Strawberry, whichever you prefer.
Cara Mia Cakes & Gelato: Get a second scoop for free! Keep your cool longer with a free second scoop for any flavor of gelato, valid at all of their Metro Manila branches. Pistachio, Cookie Dough, or Chocolate Therapy are must-trys!
Marta's Cakes: Discounts on cakes and cupcakes. Only for today, from 2PM to 6PM, satisfy your sweet tooth with cakes and cupcakes from 10% and 5% discounts, respectively. Whether you want an election-themed cake or a simple one, Marta's delectable choices will cater to our sugar needs.
Early Bird Breakfast Club: Buy one, Take one of the Early Bird Halo-halo. Battle the heat with not one, but two servings of this Pinoy classic! We encourage you to share this treat, though, and the good news is, one order entitles you to another one for free, until 10PM today.
FOR THOSE WITH BIG APPETITES
The Halal Guys: Gyro and Chicken combo platter for P199. Love Halal Guys? Here's your chance to fill yourself minus boring a hole in your pocket! Until today, pay a hundred pesos less and get the small Gyro and Chicken combo platter with regular drink at their Megamall and High Street branches.
Big B: Burger for P50. Probably the best thing ever for burger-lovers. Get their 50% beef and 50% bacon burger (yum!) for P50 at their Maginhawa, UST, and Los Banos branches (5PM to 11PM) and Sta. Mesa branch (4PM to 10PM).
Sweet Ecstasy: 10% discount on your order. Get your fill of burgers, fries, and milkshake when you dine at Sweet Ecstasy, made sweeter with 10% less on your bill! Head to their Jupiter and Uptown Parade branches, open from 4PM to 12MN, or Regis Center, Katipunan at 4PM to 11PM.
Burger Company PH: Free basket of fries. Who doesn't love their burgers with fries? Burger Company PH knows it, so on this election day, you get one free basket of these babies for every order of their burgers. Time to bring the gang for some foodtrip and boardgame fun.
Chili's: 10% off on all their items. Have you been dying to get a taste of their mouthwatering ribs (or any item on their menu for that matter)? Don't miss the 10% discount for today on everything, available in all branches! Dinner at Chili's, anyone?
Rack's: One LARGE side dish for free. Another place for tender, flavorful ribs gives us a treat: Every P500 minimum purchase entitles you to a free large side dish of your choice! Get this promo at all Racks branches.
Wild West Roadhouse Grill: 10% discount on all items. Enjoy your grilled favorites at Wild West Roadhouse Grill and get less 10% on your total payment. Nothing better than to end this day with inihaw, if you ask us.
FOR THOSE WHO'D LIKE TO CHILL WITH A REFRESHING DRINK
Fruitas: Buy One, Take One (BOTO) promo. For every order of any Coco Fiesta variant at any Fruitas or Buko ni Fruitas store, you get a free 12oz watermelon or buko shake. Don't break a sweat with a sip of tropical refreshments like this.
FOR JAPANESE LOVERS
Tokyo Tonteki: 10% off on all items. Get your Japanese food fix with their meals (with free refills of soup and rice) at 10% discount. If you happen to hang out at Greenbelt 5, drop by this restaurant. Be the first to sample on their new items, like the Beef Hamburg with Demi Glaze, Braised Pork Belly, and Salmon Belly with Teriyaki Sauce.
Nanbantei of Tokyo: 10% off on all items. Love yakitori? Get sticks of this Japanese favorite at 10% off. A glass of their mojito pairs well with it, too.
Tenya: 20% off. What's better than a 10% discount? Doubling it up, of course! Tenya at BGC Stopover, Market! Market!, SM Southmal,l and SM Megamall will give you a 20% discount on your bill. So yes, wouldn't mind getting another Japanese rice bowl, please.
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Illustration by Jana Maureen Jimenez. Photographs from Instagram.com/starbucksph, Instagram.com/jhoylaruscain, Instagram.com/earlybirdbreakfastclub, Instagram.com/thehalalguys, Facebook.com/BigBBurgers, Facebook.com/RacksPHL, Facebook.com/FruitasShakes and Instagram.com/tenyaph.