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For a sports-crazed country like the Philippines, any sports event is a big deal. If you plan on holding one, expect a throng of people to come to your event. And I do believe that Manny Pacquaio is a good proof for this. Every time he has a fight, Manila becomes deserted and crime rates go down — quite an amazing feat since emptying Metro Manila of its population is almost impossible. So it wasn’t surprising to see the wave of people gathered in Marikina Sports Complex for the UAAP Season 74 Opening despite the heavy rains and muddy streets.
The UAAP is an inter-collegiate competition that is held yearly. It features various sports from Basketball to Football to Track. I have never watched a UAAP event — even the Cheerdance competition. This time, however, I am required to pass a reaction paper for this opening. Well, of course, being the lazy bum that I am, I watched the event on TV.
Hmm. Well. It was…boring. I actually had difficulties writing my paper since there were just a few things I could commend on. The event was hosted by Ateneo de Manila University so it’s basically their fault as to why the event didn’t take place in Araneta, which is the usual venue for the UAAP. Ateneo wanted an Olympic-style opening but the weather just had to dampen their dreams. As a result, the dancers were low on energy, the band could barely be heard, everyone seems to feel squeamish about stepping on muddy grass. In short, I think it was…not as great as everyone expected it to be.
I do appreciate the fact that a lot of people attended the event that you can actually feel the school spirit. They were all so enthusiastic, smiling and cheering like they did. Well, I guess that makes up for the watered-down (literally and metaphorically) performance of the Blue Eagles. (Maybe it’s just my UP bias, I don’t know.) All’s well that ends well. Apart from my reaction paper that is.
I was walking my merry way with Rune one afternoon when I almost collided with some churl (Ha!). I was able to hit my brakes in time and so the what-should-have-been-a-strong-impact was avoided. However, what ensued was a skirmish on gender superiority — neither one of us would budge. The churl was a big man so he was practically blocking about 90% of the path. Being the kind and generous person that I am, I proceeded to the other side so as we can both pass through. But still, the boor did not move. Instead, he muttered — in a high-pitched voice, to my surprise — ‘Always right’. I was unable to suppress a snort as I proceeded to do as he said.
Call me ignorant but I did not know that such a rule existed. Does this have anything to do with gender? Or is it a remnant of the codes of chivalry which I do not know of? Don’t you think this is quite problematic? What if my dominant-hand is left? What if I have an obsessive-compulsive condition which entails my staying on the left side of everything?
What if I simply do not want to be suppressed by norms or put down by the opposite sex? Just because I did not go right, does this mean I am wrong?