Earlier in July, an entire block of Bonifacio Global City was converted into a weekend spot perfect for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies. Called Dew Nation HQ, it included a dirt track filled with ATVs, a Virtual Reality gaming hub, and a skate park for bikers and skateboarders alike.
We ran into a couple of personalities at the launch of Dew Nation. And while the activities posed their own set of risks (especially for first-timers), these guys wasted no time getting down and dirty with them. Such fearlessness is so admirable that we couldn’t help but wonder where it came from. Surely something must have scared them at one point.
Turns out, there was. But they’ve since gotten over the things that they were once afraid of, and now encourage others to do the same.
Ramon Bautista. "Unang-una, try nila ‘yung mga iba’t-ibang bagay na minsan takot silang gawin. Malay nila, ‘yung nakakatakot, ‘yun pala ‘yung masaya—tulad ‘yung ATV. Mapuputikan ka sa simula, tsaka mabilis kaya baka mahulog ka. Malay mo, ‘yun ‘yung passion mo. Pangalawa, kilalanin mo ‘yung sarili mo kung ano ‘yung magugustuhan mo talaga, ‘yung mage-enjoy ka. Pag nahanap mo na ‘yun, push mo na. Hanapin mo ‘yung mga friends na susuporta sa’yo, at ikaw suportahan mo rin sila para ma-encourage din silang gawin ‘yung passion nila. [Dati] takot ako sa mga matataas na lugar, kasi takot ako ma-fall. Pero, na-fall lang ako nang na-fall. Tapos, [na-realize ko] hindi pala masiyadong masakit. Mabubuhay ka naman. Tsaka takot talaga ako ma-in love. Na-in love lang ako na-in love. After a while, naging manhid na rin ako."
Joyce Pring. "I was afraid of heights, so I went hiking. I was afraid of speed, so I went racing. I think it’s about having an open mind, trying to get outside of your comfort zone, and knowing that these are things that help you grow as a person. Always be open to adventures. It’s really what’s most important."
Vince Velasco. "My greatest fear was heights because of the unknown— you don’t really know what’s going to happen when you fall. How I conquered it? I started jumping off cliffs, whether it was wall climbing or bungee jumping. But the thing that got me over it the most was canyoneering. When I went to Cebu, I just tried it. My first was 12 feet, then 15 feet, 25 feet, and then 42 feet. My advice to anyone is just do it. At the end of the day it’s never going to fully leave but the funnest part is experiencing it."
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Jeff Ortega. "My greatest fear was taking off a big wave in surfing. I was able to conquer it by keeping on. I didn’t stop. Wave after wave, every time I got thrown, I got back out. There was a time when I almost drowned because I took on something that was bigger than my skill. But then I kept going and said, 'I’m gonna get it,' and by sheer luck I was able to take it. The way I see it, we’re on the go. Millennials take whatever they can whenever they can however they can, just to succeed."
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Sam YG. "Just do what you want to do. Once in a while, do something that scares you. Do something that’s not normal. It can get a little bit scary, but that’s the best. Just go out there and do it."
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Photography by Gella Villafuerte