by Mahid Macadato, YES 2004 alumnus
Filipino YES alumni converged at SM North EDSA mall in Quezon City, Philippines on November 7 to take part in the “U.S. Election Watch 2012” organized by the US Embassy in Manila.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr. opened the event. For YES alumni, it was a unique opportunity to meet representatives of the U.S. Embassy and ask/discuss about elections and democracy in the United States. It was also a chance for them to relive the experience they had in the US during the past elections
YES alumni Mahid Macadato (2004), Nur Hussain Maba (2005), Abdul Rahman Alongan (2008), Hasnairah Masakal (2008), Sitti Amelah Odoya (2008), Natasha Omar (2008), and the YES 2013 candidates were also among the 2,129 Filipinos who took part in a mock U.S. election during the event, which was also covered by the major news network in the country.
Photo: US Ambasssador to the Phillipines Harry K. Thomas
The event allowed the audience and the alumni to watch live election returns, take part in activities like the green screen photo booth, intermission trivia games, and elections-related information.
US Embassy Charges d'Affaires Leslie Barrett with YES alumna Hasnairah Masakal (YES '08).