Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Simple Joys In Life

- Benjamin Ngo
( OIC - Dean, Informatics Valenzuela )

I had a chance to watch the WWE Raw Tour last Feb. 24 at the Araneta Coliseum. For those who remember, that day’s EDSA celebration brought all sorts of chaos. At first I wasn't going to go because of what was happening with the country, and in retrospect am I glad I did go.

The whole stadium was packed. The experience was totally surreal. Wrestlers whom you wouldn't bother watching on TV suddenly turn into superstars you shout and cheer for. There are really no words that could describe the experience, especially for people like me who grew up watching the WWE.

It feels incredibly wonderful to shout with the entire crowd trademark chants. There was no heel (bad guy) or face (good guy) that night. Each wrestler got the loudest applause the crowd could give.

I saw all sorts of people, from little toddlers to lolas with walking sticks who looked very much out of place with the crowd, but all were having a blast. And why shouldn't they? The WWE has been part of our lives since most of us were children. For me it was one of the things I really looked forward to each week, watching wrestling matches while having my snack of turon and sprite.

For the people who wonder how such a seemingly trivial thing as an entertainment organization or event can elicit such a response, I can only say that if they weren't at Araneta Coliseum that night, they wouldn't understand. If they hadn't spent their childhood saturday afternoons watching Hulk Hogan, they wouldn't understand. Those 3 hours have been one of the most memorable moments in my life. And I suspect that most of the crowd in the Coliseum would agree with me.

Perhaps a most fitting ending was when Mick Foley mentioned that Manila was John Cena's town. Cena replied that Manila wasn't his town, Manila belonged to all the people who went there and cheered for their superstars. This drew a reaction like no other. It seemed as if the chaos of the EDSA anniversary celebration never happened. Well in fact, for those of us watching, it never did. For those 3 hours people forgot about all the problems engulfing the country that day. For those 3 hours there was a joy that nothing else could provide.

To the students reading this, let us not forget about the little things that make us happy. As we go about our daily tasks, we should take time to cherish every fleeting moment that life deals us. Living a fruitful life is all about balance, balancing your mind and heart, your responsibilities and your desires.


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