The votes have been cast and the traces of indelible ink on your finger have already vanished. In fact, several candidates from the local races have already been proclaimed as winners. Some won by a large margin, some barely. One contest was even decided by a coin toss (more on this below). As we await the final and official tally for the national polls, let’s first take a look back at the campaign season that has been before we leave it in the past for good. There are countless things we won’t miss about it, but there are also a few things that we probably will.
1. We won’t miss: Campaign jingles. Jingles have been fixtures of campaigns since time immemorial, and they fall into either of these two categories: Bad and okay. Yes, they can be downright annoying—you’ll loathe them when they get stuck in your head for an entire day—but you can’t deny their occasional effectiveness. Candidates often borrow pop songs and turn these into something they could somehow call their own (through illegal means, usually, if they don’t have the budget). Others take another route—they make songs of their own. There’s Jejomar Binay’s “Only Binay” song. It’s catchy. It sticks. It probably worked to an extent. And then there are a transcendent few that stood the test of time. Such is Manny Villar’s “Naging Mahirap” (perhaps more popularly known as “Nakatulog ka na ba sa Dagat ng Basura”), which remains unforgettable even after six years. Being memorable doesn’t mean we miss it, though, just to be clear, because not being bombarded by such songs is, you know, kind of great.
2. We’ll miss: Discussion of important issues. The campaign season has been marred by back-and-forth mudslinging from both the candidates and their supporters, but it has also prompted the discussion of critical national issues. These include corruption, the West Philippine Sea dispute with China, traffic and public transportation, peace in Mindanao, and environmental concerns, among others. Some of these subjects don’t get the adequate spotlight they deserve when it’s not election season, thus dialogue on these topics is something we’ll miss.
3. We won’t miss: Campaign materials everywhere. Are campaign materials nothing but an eyesore? If we put it up to a vote, the ballots would most likely indicate an overwhelming amount of “yes.” During the election period, campaign materials could be found practically wherever you look: On “post no bill” walls, nailed to lampposts, hanging above street level, etc. The point is so that you won’t forget politicians’ names or faces. And you most likely won’t because there’s just so much election collaterals everywhere to the point that you’ll develop feelings of intense disdain for the bets featured in them. What you’ll hate even more is the fact that even after the elections, you’ll still be seeing the same posters, banners, and stickers since the candidates who had these put up won’t be helping in the cleanup.
4. We’ll miss: Election-related memes. This could actually go both ways. Election-related memes can be so malicious at times or could be used to spread inaccurate information that others may mistakenly regard as gospel truth, but there are always gems like this one:
That’s just one of the dozens that litter our social media feeds and blogs. Hilarious election-related ones are aplenty because the polls seem to have brought so much creativity out of us, for better or worse.
5. We won’t miss: Singing, dancing, and gyrating politicians. You know exactly why we won’t miss this.
But it isn't all bad, we guess.
6. We’ll miss: Voting. Voting is one of the opportunities we can effect change in our country. That’s why we should never take it for granted. This is your chance to be heard and to hold public servants accountable for their decisions and actions. It cannot be stressed enough that every vote is important. Case in point: The mayoral race in Bulacan ended up being decided by a coin toss because the votes were evenly split right down the middle. If you’re from the same constituency and you didn’t vote just because you didn’t feel like it, well, know that your vote would’ve made all the difference.
For all the things that we’ll miss and won’t: See you again in 2019!
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Photographs from ABS-CBN News and Agence France-Presse