We’ve always known that skateboarding is a dominant sport in the US. But of course, Filipinos aren’t daunted in the least to show that they can take it to the streets too.
A little background check, skateboarding was launched some time in the 1960s before it was banned for being dangerous. Its comeback sometime in the 90’s attracted attention when skate pros invented new moves to play with– it became more dangerous, more challenging, and more fun. Lately, skateboarding is somewhat low key, skaters didn’t approve that the sport was starting to go mainstream.
Sooner or later, the hype caught on even here in the Philippines. You might see them all over the metro, boards clipped to their sides, grinding rails, or maybe they just skated right past you. But since Manila doesn’t really have any skate parks to boast of unlike Makiki in Honolulu or El Dorado in California, avid skaters make the most of the streets of Manila and turns the Metro into one big skate park of their own. It’s just a matter of finding your own spot–even if it means cruising with the buses along EDSA.
If you think skateboarding in the Philippines is going nowhere, think again. This is your introduction to Manila street skating. Watch and learn. –CECE
All City Skate Life
Featuring Ryan Roy Jordan, Jeff Gonzales, Steffen Skillbrei, Harold Bernandino, Rich Griner, Bryan Palanca, Todd Tessier, Henrik Gustafsson, Paul Militar, Chockz Mangaspar, and KC Santos.
Filmed and edited by: Idris Vicuña
Produced by: Adrian Calumpang
Music: Safe by Moscow Olympics