Have you ever had a favorite thing to do when you were a kid? A sport, a hobby, or recreation? You probably did, and you probably still do.
Remember when you first fell in love with a favorite activity when you were a kid? When you couldn’t wait for school to be over so you can go to the playground. When you couldn’t wait to finish your chores so you can ride your bike. When you couldn’t wait to do your homework so you can play video games. Remember that kind of passion?
No matter what your playtime was, you most probably had a place to do it. Remember how when you didn’t, though, and how frustrating it was? How frustrated you felt when they closed the playground because they had to fog the place to kill mosquitoes and prevent dengue. Or how frustrated you felt when the school custodian wouldn’t open the gate to the basketball court because of something. Remember the frustration? Skateboarders do.
Come to think of it, it’s hard to be a skateboarder in the Philippines. They almost have no place for skateboarders. We have a lot of places for most outdoor activities, but very few for skateboarders. You can find a lot of basketball courts for streetballers, while surfers have the sea, and hikers have the mountains.
While I’m not sure how many skateparks we have in Manila, I know that skateboarders are treated like outlaws when they’re just kids and kids-at-heart who want to play and do what they love. Skateboarding should not be allowed everywhere, and there are some city ordinances against it, but please don’t use excessive force when dealing with kids. Skateboarders just want a place to skate. (Give skateboarders a skatepark, please.)
Support skateboarding by “Liking” the Facebook page. It’s not a crime. “Let Us Ride. Let Us Sk8.”
By Degenerate || @Alvin_Louis
I used to hear KC and @wendellvans say this all the time. I wondered what it meant. Is it an inside joke? A subtext?
Then I moved to Manila. In my first week, I saw a lot of people rockin’ Vans. It was overwhelming because I’ve never been to a city where most of my kababayans rock Vans.
Let me tell you about how I started my first day after I moved into my new apartment. I got in the elevator with 5 of my new neighbors and I noticed two of them wear wearing Vans shoes. 3 out of 6 people wearing Vans in an elevator – maybe I’m just easy to please and amuse, but that’s awesome!
I decided to roam the city and visit some malls. I asked for directions from a guy wearing a Vans t-shirt on how to get to the mall, he told me to take a jeep. “Sakay ka ng papuntang SM,” he said. So I did. I hopped in a jeep and could not believe my eyes when I saw four of my fellow jeepney passengers, again, ROCKIN’ VANS. It’s like Vans is everywhere. Vans! Vans! Vans! – “I’m starting to get it now,” I said to myself.
I got off the jeep and walked to SM to window shop. They sell Vans. I roamed around, lost myself, decided to walk some more, found myself inside Greeenbelt. I don’t know if it’s Greenbelt 1, 2 or 3, but they have Vans there too! Walked some more and ended up in Glorietta 3 (I know it was Glorietta 3 because I asked the guard). What’s in Glorietta 3? The Vans Concept Store.
Then just the other day, I watched the movie ’21 Jump Street’ and found out Jonah Hill rocks Vans too!
Vans is everywhere. No wonder Manila is so cool!
You’re welcome. – Degenerate