Philippines election polling with fizzy drinks
People in the Philippines are gearing up for the election on 9 May. Heather Chen, the BBC’s social media producer in Asia, is reporting daily on Snapchat and has travelled to Cebu to see what the conversation is there.
Election fever has been heating up in Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines. But unfortunately, so has the weather.
I was roaming the city’s streets, looking for the best way to keep cool in the 34C sunshine.
A nearby 7-Eleven convenience store offered a fun way to “beat the heat”.
The faces of what are the five most famous people in the Philippines right now – the presidential candidates – were adorning the chain’s iconic Big Gulp paper cups.
It is not just a colourful gimmick.
It is also a clever way to cash in on the election – combining soda sales with popularity polls.
Each of the candidates’ cups were ranked according to popularity, with controversial hopeful Rodrigo Duterte in the lead.
Curiously, in second place, was a sixth grey cup representing “the silent majority” – the cup for undecided voters – clearly a lot of the 7-Eleven’s customers.
not something i would want to drink or drink out of..
“The faces of what are the five most famous people in the Philippines right now – the presidential candidates – were adorning the chain’s iconic Big Gulp paper cups.”