I find the Manila police to be quite quirky. Tonight, as I was driving home, while waiting for the light to turn green, a squad car crept its way beside me. With my windows down, I looked over them and I saw 2 dumb-look cops peeking, prying through my window trying to see if maybe I stack a pound of illegal drugs on the driver seat, or maybe if I had an illegal firearm lying around the car for the whole world to see. I played it cool and I smiled and gave them a salute just to be fuckin’ jovial about the situation. They responded with a nod and then they asked me, “pare, pauwi ka na?” Now what the fuck was that about? Pretty pointless to ask shit like that, in my opinion.
Back in high school my friends and I would go to car shows to see rides we drool and dream about. I used to tell myself “someday, I’ll be the one standing there beside that evo6 and kids will drool. Someday…”
So club420 joined a little car show that was held in the Ateneo HS fair. We went there with our cars and just chilled and enjoyed the cheap food. Things were uneventful until we popped our cars bonnets and then people just started inspecting what we were packing. It was nice that they appreciated the engine setups even if our engine bays were dirty (thank god for people with sense). Soon after, one of the members started revving his STI. Then everyone joined the bandwagon, including me. A high octane pitch spiced up the adolescent atmosphere and more people came to check what was up. Young, old, male or female, all seemed amused by the sights and sounds.
When it was time for us to leave. we had to pass by a path spontaneously created by by-standers and other cars. It felt like a red carpet for cars. All the young boys and girls just looking and marveling at the cars. Some, lip-readable, saying “wow, shit. ang ganda.”
Hidden in the crowd are young boys who are really passionate about cars. In the future, they will be the ones with the nicer newer rides and my friends and I will be found satisfied and a bit senile on the classic car section of future shows.
Times change but aspirations stay the same. Its a culture only boys like me appreciate. Preservation and restoration is for the past, application for the present and sweet uninhibited imagination for the future.
This year’s APMC football tournament brackets were announced today, and the road to a fifth consecutive APMC football championship for UPCM will go through FEU, UST and La Salle on Day 1. If the performances of these teams from last year is any indication, making it through to Championship Sunday will not be easy. But, reinforced by the arrival of Joey (2014) and Anthony (2012) our team this is year is as strong, if not stronger than the top-ranked squad from last year, and I personally cannot wait to take on all those gunning for our crown.
I bet the other teams in our bracket are scared shitless as well. It will be exciting to see all those teams battle it out when all are still fresh and full of energy. I might throw a few elbows here and there…