Last year, just before graduation, we had our graduation bash, which is just a huge party held by the school for us, we would have a dinner, some musical acts, then just dance, nothing special. After the party, a lot of people in our batch had an after party (never got the point of these), I didn’t go (for one thing, it was like 12MN and I don’t like alcohol), but rumors always find their way around. One rumor (and I think this is true) is that in the first hour of being at the bar, some students spent around P20,000, yes twenty thousand pesos, on drinks. My friends also had their own after party, they went to a bar and had some drinks, I didn’t go (same reason), one of my friends was actually so drunk he went to Jollibee, ordered coffee and ice cream, left the coffee and ice cream then went home (luckily he was picked up by his parents, and he ordered the coffee to try to sober up before they got there), he only remembered buying them because he had the receipt in his wallet.
Another thing a lot of my schoolmates did was smoke. I noticed this when I was in second year, me and my classmates had a dance project, so we went to one of our classmates’ house. On the way (me and some friends went together), some of them started smoking. This o
bservation carried on into third year, a band mate of mine smoked, he stopped during our fourth year, but smoked again since starting college.
You might think “How do minors get alcohol and cigarettes?”, well the answer is simple, people are used to it. If you go a neighborhood with a sari-sari store (almost everywhere rally), don’t be surprised if a kid walks up and buys a beer or some cigarettes, they are buying for someone like their dad. It might seem wrong, and it is in my opinion, but it’s typical here. Another reason, especially in the bars, is that they don’t look for ID, they judge your age based on looks, so if you look relatively close to 18, you can buy alcohol. As for cigarettes, same story, they look at you, “accurately” guess your age, then sell some to you.
It might seem very weird, because it is, but it seems way too easy to get alcohol and cigarettes here if you’re a minor. I think the only place you can’t get alcohol or cigarettes if your a minor is from an established company, like supermarkets, they will be way stricter. Funny thing is, sari-sari stores and bars will have signs saying something like, “selling alcohol and/or cigarettes to minors is illegal,” but they rarely, if they ever do, follow it.