Young stars say no to hazingBy Jodee Agoncillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The issue of violent hazing has been temporarily overshadowed by the devastation wrought by the recent monsoon rains.
However, the death of the latest hazing victim, 21-year-old Marc Andre Marcos, will remain fresh in the minds of many, specially the youth.
The Inquirer asked some young celebrities if they were willing to join a fraternity or sorority even if it meant being subjected to hazing as a right of passage.
JULIA MONTES: No. I might die during hazing and it’s like giving others the right to hurt people.
EULA CABALLERO: No, I wouldn’t. I don’t understand why some believe that violence through hazing should be the measure of one’s determination to join a brotherhood. If there are good things that can be done as a group, I believe I can do the same as a concerned individual, in my own way. I don’t have to prove my fidelity to any frat lord. My God is my only Lord.
MARTIN DEL ROSARIO: No, I wouldn’t. Joining a fraternity may have its advantages. But hazing as a right of passage to be a member of the organization is a mockery of the real sense of brotherhood.
VICTOR SILAYAN: Regardless of having [hazing as] a requirement or not, I still wouldn’t. I’m not a big fan of those things at all and wouldn’t encourage others to join, either.
KATHRYN BERNARDO: No! Anti-harm po ako. A “good” group should not inflict any harm, physical or emotional, on anyone.
EDGAR ALLAN GUZMAN:
I am against all forms of violence, so you cannot expect me to join a fraternity if this was a requirement. I wish people didn’t have to subject themselves to fraternity hazing just to feel that they belong.
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