TARA, VOTE! A Short History of Philippine Suffrage | Online Exhibit

Ma. Mercedes G. Planta Discussion

Ayala Foundation, Inc. - Filipinas Heritage Library, and 
Ayala Museum

A Short History of Philippine Suffrage

Online starting April 20, 2022 at FHL's Facebook page 

Discover our origin in Philippine suffrage. The journey of our right to vote was a bumpy one. It went in fits and starts from Spanish times to World War II. This online exhibit, tracing a discontinuous history until 1946, seeks to strengthen our sense of valuing a hard-won right. This right was fully realized only when it was granted to the Filipino majority--without elitist requirements, with the achievement of Philippine independence, and with the inclusion of women in democratic self-rule. Suffrage did not come to us easily. Voting today, hence, can be regarded as an act of love. To choose our leaders, to choose to change the course of our national destiny, is to act on our love of country. This exhibit celebrates our suffrage history with a rallying cry—on election day, let's get to the polling booths: Tara, vote! 

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