MANILA, Philippines - A so-called guide to watching the most storied rivalry in Philippine college basketball has been making the rounds on social networking sites just in time for the year's first Ateneo-La Salle game on July 16.
Titled "How to keep your School Spirit (and Sanity) at an Ateneo-La Salle Game," it features 9 tips on how people can enjoy the "thrill and experience of blue versus green."
The list was released on Thursday by the Araneta Center in Cubao, where the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) games are usually held, via its Facebook page.
The 74th season of the UAAP kicked off last July 9.
Tips ranged from taking the train to avoid heavy traffic and long parking lines to wearing light and comfortable clothes.
First time watchers are encouraged to come in early and to eat before the game to have enough energy to cheer for their favorite team. They are also asked to bring only point and shoot cameras as opposed to DSLRs (digital single-lens reflex cameras), and to avoid scalpers.
"Cheer but don't jeer. Having a high dose of school spirit is fine but remember that this is still a sport. Ergo, don't go ballistic if your team loses. Hooliganism is so not cool. Besides, the hottie you spot may be from the competing campus," Araneta Center wrote on its Facebook page.
Araneta Center then asked Facebook users to give their 10th suggestion to complete their "guide." Here are some of them:
"BE PREPARED. After the game, whatever results come out, be ready emotionally. There might be some 'kanchawan' or 'inisan' but better stay away from such. Remember that this is only just a game and nothing good will come out if we all become onion-skinned or pikon after a friendly game," said Facebook user Jam Tatco.
"IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE BLUE OR GREEN. JUST COME FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME!" said Charles Bautista.
"CELEBRATE! After all, you got a ticket to witness a classic and historic game. Whether your team win or lose the game, being there with friends/family and showing your support are enough to celebrate afterwards," said Leonard Alquisola.
The Ateneo-La Salle rivalry began as early as the 1930s, according to Ed Gatchalian, the Atenean behind "Rivalry: The Musical." Gatchalian has collaborated with La Sallian theater legend Jaime del Mundo for the musical, which is set to be staged in January next year.
The cut-throat school-to-school basketball competition has evolved into a national phenomenon, followed even by those who do not belong to either schools.