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The “Happy” in “Happy Father’s Day”

“Small circle, small circle, big circle. This is mama. This is papa, waving goodbye.”
 
 

I can’t remember the last time we celebrated Father’s Day with Daddy. I also am not sure if he could recall any memory of him being with us during that special day. You see, my dad has been working in the US for 22 effin’ years.

For that reason, I really am not a big fan of Father’s Day. It kinda makes me sad that my dad is not around for the nth time in observing what’s supposed to be his day.

I am thankful though, that he gets to be home once every two years. If he’s lucky enough to be under a “heaven sent” employer, a yearly visit to the Philippines is quite possible.What is clear to me however, are the moments when he bids goodbye to us in the airport. I used to cry a lot when I was younger, and it takes days before I snap out of the sadness and be back to live the normal life again.

When Dad visits, he usually stays here for three weeks. Since I work in Batangas, I see it to that I’d be the one to fetch him in the airport. The three-week stay seemed to be very fast for us. I sometimes get mad at Dad whenever he stays here on school days, when I’ve been requesting that he plans his vacation during summer, so I could spend more time with him. I am not complaining about my work – just saying that I wish I could get to be a full-time daughter to him when he’s here.

“As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.”
                                                        –Lord Chesterfield
 
 

I can’t say I’m fatherless, because I get to speak with my Dad almost everyday; we spend time together at least. Didn’t I say that I used to cry buckets of tears when he is about to leave? Now that I’ve grown in age, I feel like that little girl again – I find it hard to compose myself not to cry. Maybe because I wonder, how long does he have to seek for greener pastures in a place so far from his family?

Well before I shed a tear or two, let me just say that this post is my way of greeting all the Pops out there a “Happy Father’s Day!” 😀 You are indeed God’s gifts to mankind.

I salute all the fathers in the world, especially the OFW daddies. I know that it’s hard for them to leave their families, as I have seen the agony in Dad’s face whenever he does… but because of love, still they choose to live up to the role that fathers are the best providers.

My shout-outs also to the single mommies, for playing dual roles at the same time. Mom has been like that for 23 years also, and from what I have seen, she gives a double effort to fill in the shortcomings of Dad.

"Because I couldn't find a picture of you, I just posted a picture of us instead."

Happy Father’s Day to you Dad! 🙂 Eventhough you don’t get to read what I have written (because that’s how you hate being in front of the computer), I know this would get to you somehow. Thank you for being the best, even if at times you feel that you aren’t even close to being one. You will always be an epitome for me, of what “sacrifice” and “love” mean. I am praying for you always. I love you so much! 🙂

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The Padyak Bayani Dos Hangover

Because I’m no certified longboard enthusiast yet, it took me a while to come up with a neat and decent title for this photo-blog. Being my first entry for the month of June (which is very embarrassing, I must say), I wanted it to be legit. 🙂 Thank goodness I have realized that I should focus more on the fun which we all felt before-during-after the event.

Say, what event?

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(c) Society Longboards Co.

In celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the 11oth anniversary of the province of Rizal, Society Longboards Co. (with the support of other skate shops) came up with the best way to put people in a festive mood… of course, by spreading and promoting that longboard love thru Padyak Bayani Dos: Malayang Paglalayag sa Daang Aspalto.

"I Skate for the Nation." (In this photo: BoyetP. Lim)

All longboard riders were invited to the said event, which was held last June 11, 2o11 at Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo City.

Taktak is considered (as) both “haven” and “heaven” for skaters, thanks to its smooth concrete roads and authentic slopes.

"It's downhill from here."


Padyak Bayani is the brainchild of Society Longboards Co., managed by Mr. Dino de Leon and Ms. Valerie Brotonel. It is a four-division event where noobs and pros come together to share the stoke. The following divisions were:

Bagong Bayani (Novice)downhill race for first-timers and have not had any experience winning any “Beginners’ Division”. Young ones and the Young-at-Heart people, boy or girl were allowed to join.

Bayani ng Taktak (Open)downhill race for the experienced riders.

Karera ng Dagadownhill race using a mini board. The deck must be 28″ or less. Party-carvy boards, these minis are. 🙂

Alamatdownhill race for the 30-something riders. It was also one way to show respect to those who have shared the passion for longboarding for quite a number of years already.

COUNT ME IN. Racers fall in line to have their names registered.

I went to see PBDos with the people from Kwago Longboarding. Miguel, Gab, Anna and Ayel were very kind enough to pick me up so we could all ride the “school bus” together in going to Taktak. I brought my board with me so just in case there aren’t that much people skating (since we knew that we were gonna be there early), we could spot a little before the real thing starts.

Miguel and our other Kwago friends were racing that day, and us girls (Anna, Ayel and Claude) were in such a high mood – ready to show our support to the guys by taking pictures of them. 😀

SUIT UP!(L-R David Razal, Nikko Martin Limsiaco, Miguel Raralio, Gab Raralio, Jovel Castaneda)

Upon registration, the racers can get their free shirts. 🙂 I wonder if the juice was for free too. (Jovel Castaneda and Coco Luna)

The racers were just so.... photogenic. 🙂 (Claude Santos, Miguel Raralio, Sen Santiago, Gab Raralio, Jovel Castaneda)

There were A LOT of people gathered in the spots already – we had to walk to and fro to have a good place for taking pictures and all. I remember overhearing a group of riders coming from Iloilo – I thought locals from Manila were only the ones joining.

After the registration, participants were allowed to have their practice laps, just to make sure they were on top of their own games. Our bets of course, never settle for complacency. They also took advantage of the free time given to them.

SAFETY FIRST. Riders are encouraged to wear full-face helmets, rashguards and leather suits to protect them from bringing home a lot of.... TOCINO. 🙂

(Man screams) HELMET!! xD

Since all races were downhill, the riders hitch on trikes and motorcycles so they could go back to the starting point of the race. Society Longboards Co. were efficient enough to provide service transpo for those who needed to go up. Proud supporters of the racers even had their own vehicles used to alight the racers in going to where the competition would start.

So the race began.

"And he was there to win it. He did, alright." (Pat Cuison)

 Being a first-timer to watch a race, I really was not able to capture the “Holy SH**” mementos. I was toooooooo amazed watching y’all riders dance, slide, tuck and drop-knee – it was really hard for me and the girls not to stare at the different styles they were all doing. I was actually disappointed with myself when this guy (whom I’ve heard is Mark Guevarra) did a helmet/head slide just right in front of me and Anna; we were not able to take a picture of him doing that. What a waste. :p

Noteworthy to mention was the support given by the different groups to their riders. Parents, friends, girlfriends, fans (?) brought food and drinks to share.

Many were there too to take pictures and record videos. It was my first time to use the DSLR without panicking or asking help from anyone that day. Haha! Anyway, the some people-in-charge (Dino, Val, J-Bels, Doc Raul) were very patient with the photographers who stayed on the side of the road. Then again, being poised on the roadside is dangerous. Once the rider’s longboard wobbles, or if he slides right in front of you and everything becomes out of hand – you know what could happen next. Good thing, none of what I have mentioned happened.

Yes, they were aiming at me. :p (Jemuel Alejo and Dave Razal)

So here are some of the pics I took during the race (I wish I could place ’em all.):

Miguel Raralio

Jerico Balingit and Gelo Perfecto

Coco Luna (black) and Sam David Felix (yellow)

Riders from Iloilo

❤ (Nelvin Obach, Gianne Pleyto, Matt Sudario)

I cannot fully describe the technicalities of the race – I think I should attend more events like this, so that next time I could give you a much more detailed blog. Imagine, I did not even get the names of the winners! :p Well, except of course for Patrick Cuison, because I was able to congratulate him together with the other Kwagos.

I give my two thumbs-up to all those who participated in the event, and most especially to the organizers of the event. No fuss, brawl, great chaos of some sort were seen nor heard… well, not that I know of.

Even if our bets did not fully bring home the bacon (Miguel and Boss brought their share of Tocinos, FYI), we all went home bringing the stoke.

All is well that ends well. 🙂 (Jay Razon with Jovel)

Say hello to the Kwagirls 🙂 (Anna, Ayel and Claude)

... and more Kwagirls (Ada de Pedro, Pilar Pedrosa)

Too bad, I was not able to take a decent group photo. I only had this:

Kwago's Starting Line-up (L-R): Gab, Kish, Jude, Omar, Migs, Sen and Boss.

Though I did not get to skate that day, watching them ride the concrete wave was enough for me to say that longboarding is an activity where you can de-stress and detoxify yourself. Moreover, events like this allowed me to meet new and interesting people.

Spiderman and friends 😀

Youngblood

Despite the tiring day, I still saw people going home all-smiles. I, for one thing, was able to afford some exchange of jokes with the girls while packing up for home.

I waited for this event for weeks, and even prayed very hard for the weather to cooperate. My Facebook and Twitter posts prior this were all about wanting to attend Padyak Bayani.

As of this writing, a famous longboarder named Sherwin Uy is in Singapore to represent the Philippines in a longboard downhill competition. This goes to show that there is a future for the Filipinos in this specific board sport. People from all walks of life as I have seen in PBDos, were pretty much united that day. Not only would it make the country famous, promoting(+riding) longboard is simply fun in more ways than one.

Congratulations to all the participants, supporters and Society Longboards Co. for the successful event! I cannot wait for the next race and see hardcore action once more. 🙂

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Photos by me. Stoke? From everyone. 🙂

Big thanks to the Kwagos and Kwagirls for all the poses and smiles. You guys are awesome. 🙂


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