Voting in exchange for ADMU-DLSU UAAP tickets

I am a crazy Ateneo college basketball fan. I’ve gone as far as paying more than a thousand bucks for what is legally sold for less than a hundred; I’ve even lined up in school before sunrise.

Let me just add that I didn’t use to be this way. When I was in high school, I would watch the games but only on TV. It was mostly from my family’s influence and because I just got caught up in it. Suffice to say, I just watched without knowing any statistics, players, or other schools. When I was a college freshman, I attended the games–specifically the finals between Ateneo and UST. 

It was different. Really different from the simple experience of watching on television. The deafening booms of the drums, the cheerleaders leading breaking into unintelligible chants, the mean taunting between schools–I could really feel everyone’s school pride in that stadium. The fact that everyone came together to watch an orange ball be bounced around is really fascinating. Luckily for me, the tickets I used to watch were free, my friend so happened to have extras. So cheers!

I didn’t attend any live games when I was a sophomore. Too much of a hassle for a two-hour (or so) game. It was last year when I really started to get interested. My ex-boyfriend is a huge fan, as in, he is the type who nearly trips over bleachers and ledges. He was also the one who always waited in line, yes, during the wee hours of morning. He’d spend half of his allowance buying us sought after tickets. 

But unlike freshman year when I was bitten by a bug and the bite went away, I now have a permanent infection and with my boyfriend gone, I have no idea how to get tickets, especially for the much anticipated Ateneo-La Salle games. Fortunately, I received a message in facebook. It said that it could get me the coveted seats for free! Imagine that.

The message was an advertisement for a raffle organized by Generation Change. There would be five winners, each getting a pair of tickets. The only way to join the raffle was to show them a voter’s certificate. I am not a registered voter, sad to say, making me ineligible to join.

Thing is, I’ve been given the opportunity to register. I just didn’t on purpose. I haven’t lost faith in the Philippines or in its people; I believe that the country still has a lot of room for growth. It’s just that I’m stupid when it comes to politics, I don’t want to vote for people I don’t really know and for platforms I don’t really understand. I am politically ignorant. While I know that there is a problem with the Philippine system and government official, I really don’t have any substantial suggestions to fix them. In other words, at this ignorant point in my life, I am quite useless. I can only blog and write about the limited political knowledge and beliefs I have.

Not that I’m bitter or anything (maybe I am, a little), but the raffle struck me the wrong way. It sort of lost sight of voting and registering; people’s goals (and mine, shamefully) would be to get those sought after golden tickets. Does winning a pair of tickets equate smart and responsible voters? I don’t think so, it’d more likely develop more hardcore UAAP fans. 

On the other hand, Generation Change does promise to entice youth involvement through means more interesting to them. So far they’ve had their coffee talks, where they discussed nation-building in Casa Xocolat, and now this. True, the raffle does entice the youth to be registered voters, but that doesn’t mean they enticed them to be involved. There’s a difference.


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