You’ve seen them at night.

In dimly lit corners of the city, slowly cruising along.

Skaters.

What you may not know is that Cebu has become home to one of the biggest skate cultures in the Philippines.

It’s a culture unappreciated by many in our city. People who don’t know any better ignorantly brand skaters as delinquents and outsiders – the fringes of society.

skateboarders in strap shirtThey don’t know that there are lawyers, doctors as well as “A” students doing this sport (Yes… it’s a sport).

They don’t know the positive culture that most of these kids are immersed into. All you need to do is watch some of the local skate videos. If you look and listen closely enough, you’ll notice a subset of our society encouraging each other to be better at their craft. Watch the videos. Listen to the appreciative clapping and yelling in the background when someone finishes a complicated skate trick.

Seriously… how many times do you see smiling faces, high fives and cheers of appreciation in this one video?

Like many of you, I don’t skate, but it doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate, encourage and even take part in skate culture.

“The skate scene here is progressing so fast that we need the support of our local government. In other countries like Hongkong and Singapore, they provide public skate parks for the community,” said Edel Tribiana, owner of Strap – an apparel brand rooted in skateboarding culture.

This came in the heels of news that police will start confiscating skateboards and rollerblades in public areas.

We understand that this is in the guise of safety, but frankly, the government should see this differently. Why are they discouraging kids from doing something they love? Kids can do so much worse than just skate.

“Citom operations officer Jonathan Tumulak said he is looking for a place where skaters can enjoy their hobby,” hopefully, Citom can make do with this statement.

The general public needs to understand the skate culture a bit more. If you don’t know anything about skate in Cebu, watch these two documentaries.

The first one is called Tagad. 

Skaters are just regular people doing something they love.

Open your eyes and mind.

The second documentary is called Old School.

This is a small attempt to put a face to people who are just doing something they love.

Let’s push for a public skate park – a place where skaters and everyone else can converge as a community.

Skateboarding is not a crime.

Push at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge skate

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