“Let Us Ride, Let Us Sk8.”
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.”