The Road to A New Council
by Linzie Lope
endings come new beginnings. As yet another school
year comes to an end and summer comes near, we are
once again faced with the prospect of our graduating
As yet another school year comes to an end and summer
comes near, we are once again faced with the prospect
of our graduating seniors. With our ates nearing their
exam week and nearing the ends of their Povedan journeys,
the time has come for us to say thank you and goodbye
to the trusted leaders who have faithfully and perseveringly
served our school for the past ten months, to the
council who never wavered in the influx of activities
they had planned for our school. The time has come
for us to bid SCOP 2014-2015 farewell and welcome
a new set of leaders to the stage.
It's that time of the year again- campaign season.
However, before the infamous song and dance numbers
and numerous puns make their way to the audience's searching
ears, the elections must first have a governing body
to overlook all the events before, during, and after.
The Poveda Electoral Board (PEB) SY 2014-2015 comprised
of Rain Mauleon (chairman), myself- Linzie Lopez- the
vice chairman, Sam Siy Cha (secretary), and the representatives
of the remaining batches Maia Alagar (grade 10), Ingrid
Atienza (grade 9), Bee Serrano (grade 7), and Cai Ibarra
(grade 6). Together, we ensured that everything flowed
smoothly throughout the campaign season, which ran from
February 3 up until the day of Elections, February 20.
Let me tell you this, as a member of the PEB, organizing
the elections were not easy. Every lunch time we would
meet to discuss deadlines, fix schedules, adjust, adjust,
and adjust due to sudden cancellations of classes and
We began accepting applications for candidacy on January
2015 and though we faced some problems regarding the
lack of party members for the two major running parties,
it wasn't one of the bigger conflicts we faced as an
electoral board. Colors were decided, party names made,
and candidates were finalized. On January 30, 2015,
NASA and SAIL- our two running parties- were born and
along with them, Monique Eusebio, our independent candidate
for incoming Grade 7 batch representative.
With little time for preparation and a tight schedule
to match, by Tuesday of the next week (February 3, 2015),
our candidates were well-prepared to make themselves
known to the voting population. Hence, through their
colorful lunch campaigns filled with song, dance, and
bursts of color, we launch campaign season to the rest
of the student body. The real stress begins soon afterwards-
room to room campaigns.
Room-to-room campaigns consisted of candidates going
from one classroom to another and presenting their party
members and platforms to each in 10-15 minutes of fun
song medleys and wacky dance numbers. It's when the
students get to learn more about the candidates for
each position and decide which ones appeal to them and
deserve the benefit of their doubt.
Now, imagine having to plan a schedule for 24 classes
along with two parties and having only 4 days to to
fit 48 schedules, whilst making sure that no test schedules
would be affected in six different batches, the candidates
got their rest, and that travel time from one Poveda
building to another must be considered. That's what
it was like planning and enforcing the room-to-room
campaigning. Due to sudden announcements of various
exams and school activities, these schedules went through
insane revision- being revised four, five, or even six
times. Honestly, after hours of looking through the
different batch schedules and deciding which class can
accommodate which party, my head was spinning. However,
I think that the dizziness was worth it. Everyone was
able to see both parties, NASA and SAIL were able to
wow their audiences with their creative and enticing
plans for next school year, and room-to-room campaigns
were a success.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, brought forth a new
load of anxiety on the different candidates. It was
the day of Miting de Avance, a mere two days after the
end of their room-to-room campaigns. This year's Miting
de Avance wasn't going to be filled with the usual 20-minute
skits and creative presentations of platforms, no. This
year's Miting comprised of 10-minute video platforms,
a speech by our independent candidate, and about an
hour and a half of the dreaded question and answer portion-
now new and improved with more Filipino questions and
social issue discussions to boot.
As candidates answered questions on plans for the
next school year and issues like the Charlie Hebdo massacre
and the current war in Ukraine, the voting population
was able to know the runners in a more intimate level-
learning their views on the world and on being a part
of the council. Here, the audience gets to decide who
is truly worthy of their vote; and as they leave the
gym with a surer sense of who to vote for, we close
the Miting de Avance with both a sense of relief and
Finally, the day everyone's been waiting for has arrived
at last. February 20, 2015, Friday, is Election day.
Yet more schedules were fixed as we planned for each
of the 24 classes' voting schedules, but thankfully,
we encountered a lot less problems than we did last
time. The students came and went, the votes piled up,
and at approximately 1:30pm, the decision was made.
After hours of laughter, and more than a few manila
papers, the results were ready for public view. As we,
the electoral board, exited the student center with
the results in our hands, we could feel the tension
in the air as people anticipated what was to come.
On February 20, 2015 at 4:00pm, the school officially
welcomes the new Student Council of Poveda. Through
all the preparations, the hard work, and the countless
bumps in the road- the Poveda Electoral Board is proud
to end this year's campaign season and take their final
From us, the electoral board, to the new student council-
congratulations on all your hard work and good luck!
We're looking forward to a great school year with you
as our new council!