Monday, September 29, 2008

Countdown: Seven Ways To Win My Heart

1. Be funny 2. Love movies 3. Text back on time 4. Root for my favorite sports teams (or at least pretend to) 5. Pull off the shirt-jeans-sneakers look 6. Be a good conversationalist 7. Win my friends over

Saturday, September 27, 2008

UAAP Season 71: Closing The Books

This is most likely the last post about the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles in Season 71 of the UAAP.

I really am going to miss the basketball tournament, if only because it was a good source for at least one post a week. Now that it's over I'm going to be hard-pressed for things to blog about, hehe.

Obviously, Ateneo's 2008 run was magical. The season's highlights are too numerous: sweeping La Salle for the championship, winning all four games against the Green Archers, losing only once the entire tournament, Blue Eagles copping all major individual awards... The list goes on and on.

This last post, then, is about recording for posterity the team's near-perfect run in Season 71.

First off, the people responsible:
4 Yuri Escueta
5 Jai Reyes
6 Chris Sumalinog
7 Nonoy Baclao
8 Bacon Austria
10 Jobe Nkemakolam
11 Eric Salamat
12 Kirk Long
13 Ryan Buenafe
14 Nico Salva
15 Vince Burke
16 Mike Baldos
17 Chris Tiu
18 Justin Chua
19 Rabeh Al-Hussaini
20 Tonino Gonzaga

Head Coach
Norman Black

Assistant Coaches
Gene Afable
Sandy Arespacochaga
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
This, meanwhile, was the Blue Eagles' route to the championship:
Eliminations, First Round
Sunday, 6 July 2008, 79-73 win over DLSU
Thursday, 10 July 2008, 72-48 win over AdU
Sunday, 13 July 2008, 64-58 win over UE
Saturday, 19 July 2008, 83-66 win over UP
Sunday, 27 July 2008, 74-62 win over NU
Thursday, 31 July 2008, 66-72 loss to FEU
Sunday, 3 August 2008, 64-57 win over UST

Eliminations, Second Round
Saturday, 9 August 2008, 78-74 win over FEU
Thursday, 14 August 2008, 85-76 win over UST
Sunday, 17 August 2008, 78-59 win over AdU
Thursday, 21 August 2008, 61-57 win over UE
Sunday, 24 August 2008, 79-58 win over UP
Saturday, 30 August 2008, 83-58 win over NU
Saturday, 6 September 2008, 65-57 win over DLSU

Final Four
Sunday, 14 September 2008, 70-50 win over UE

Sunday, 21 September 2008, 69-61 win over DLSU
Thursday, 25 September 2008, 62-51 win over DLSU
These were the standings after the eliminations:
ADMU Blue Eagles (13-1)
DLSU Green Archers (10-4)
FEU Tamaraws (10-4)
UE Red Warriors (9-5)
UST Golden Tigers (6-8)
UP Maroons (3-11)
AdU Falcons (3-11)
NU Bulldogs (2-12)
Lastly, these are the Blue Eagles who stood out:
Rabeh Al-Hussaini
Most Valuable Player
Most Improved Player
Champ of the Season
Member, Mythical Team

Nonoy Baclao
Finals Most Valuable Player
Defensive Player of the Year

Ryan Buenafe
Rookie of the Year
Member, All-Rookie Team

Eric Salamat
Court Colonel Award

Nico Salva
Member, All-Rookie Team

Chris Tiu
Maaasahan Player
Member, Mythical Team
There, that ought to do it. See you next season.

Friday, September 26, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Finals: On The Shoulders Of Defensive Giants

In the immortal words of famed La Salle basketball player Zandro "Jun" Limpot, "We are the championship!"
The Band of Blue dethrones Green Archers
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—It was a championship that marked a regime change for the country’s most fabled and fancied school rivalry.

In a remarkable group effort by this band in blue, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles dethroned the De La Salle University Green Archers Thursday, completing a two-game sweep of the UAAP Finals with a 62-51 victory Thursday night in front of an overflow crowd at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Eagles, frustrated by the University of Santo Tomas Tigers two years ago, accomplished their return to glory by refusing to lean on one dominant performer and showing the same kind of heart that made them this year’s top seed.

“We did not win this game in offense tonight, we won it at the defensive end,” Ateneo coach Norman Black said. “We’re a pretty intelligent team this year. We could actually execute defensive strategies that I’ve never been able to execute for other teams in Ateneo. A lot of credit goes to the players for being dedicated to defense.”

The following are my notes from the game:
Second Quarter
I tune in just in time to see Nonoy Baclao sink two free throws for an 18-12 Ateneo advantage.

La Salle cuts the lead to three before Chris Tiu buckles down to work. He scores seven straight points to increase the lead to ten points.

The Green Archers again creep to within seven but the Blue Eagles drop a quarter-ending 8-0 bomb to take a 15-point lead into the dugout.

That Ateneo manages to lead big is remarkable. League MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini is forced to ride the bench due to early foul trouble. More impressive, seven Blue Eagles, led by Tiu and reserve Jobe Nkemakolam, score at least two points in the second quarter.

On the floor with the Blue Babble Battalion are female cheerleaders and members of the Blue Babble Band's Drumline. Very nice.

Stats show Ateneo ahead on field goal percentage, assists, fast break points, and bench scoring.

Third Quarter
La Salle opens the second half with five straight points to cut the lead to ten. In the third they outscore Ateneo 21-9 on the strength of six three pointers, four coming from JV Casio. At the end of the quarter what was once a fifteen-point lead is now down to three.

Fourth Quarter
Ateneo's offense continues to stall. But behind free throws from Tiu and Rookie of the Year Ryan Buenafe, the Blue Eagles erect a seven-point lead.

The Ateneo defense, however, is peerless. They hold La Salle to just four points the entire fourth quarter. Baclao, the Defensive Player of the Year, leads the way with two late-game blocks to thwart the Green Archers.

With the Blue Eagles still up by eight at the two-minute mark the TV commentators can no longer be heard. The Ateneo crowd is hog-wild!

Jai Reyes scores the Blue Eagles' last five points for a final winning margin of eleven points. Ateneo is the Season 71 seniors division men's basketball champions!

Player of the Game honors went to Chris Tiu, who bounced back from two consecutive tepid games against UE and La Salle. He tallied 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. In his last season as a Blue Eagle, he can finally call himself a champion.

"I Am Nonoy" Baclao took home the Finals MVP trophy. He averaged 7.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in the two victories over La Salle and anchored Ateneo's defense.
Ateneo now has a 27-35 win-loss record against their arch-rivals. But more important, they are up 3-1 against La Salle in championship match-ups.

The Blue Eagles' next task: repeat as champions in Season 72. The prospects of that are good, as only Tiu and co-captain Yuri Escueta are set to leave the team. I can't wait for next year!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Finals: To Watch Or Not To Watch

Less than four hours to go before Game 2 of the Ateneo-La Salle championship series. My team will attempt to convert on the first of its two chances to bring home the title. I, on the other hand, have a quiz that'll start at the exact same time. Decisions, decisions. Is there a Good Samaritan out there who's going to watch the game? Just the end-of-quarter scores via SMS and I'm good.

Setting The Record Straight

All of a sudden everyone in America is being truthful.
Clay is gay: Aiken comes out of the closet

Lindsay Lohan: Says she is dating Samantha Ronson
Is there a bug going around? Then let's send our "leaders" on a junket just so they can catch it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

UAAP Season 71: MVP

Now it's official:
Rabeh lives up to his name, bags MVP title
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Quite fittingly, his name literally means “winner” in Arabic.

That’s exactly what Rabeh Al-Hussaini will be when the UAAP honors the Ateneo de Manila University center as the Most Valuable Player of Season 71 on Thursday.

“He’s exceptional,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “If there’s any question about the award, I think he answered those questions [in Game 1].”

Whether Al-Hussaini becomes a winner twice over on Thursday will all depend on the outcome on the match that follows the awards ceremony.

The last Blue Eagle to win league MVP was Enrico Villanueva. That was in 2002, the last year Ateneo won the championship. We'll see if history will repeat itself.

Michael V. Is A God

Imagine the Eraserheads' "Alapaap," but replace the lyrics with this:
"Hala Pack-Up"
By Eraseyourheads
Lyrics by Bitoy

may sikat na banda
na ngayo’y
kaya nga halika
sa harap
o ano?

kailangan una sa pinto
baka maubusan ako
walang tiket na makuha
'kala ko libre
‘di pala

oh sabog aking mata
sa mga nakikita
andami-daming video
atsaka may fireworks pa
sobrang lakas
ng tama

di kaya nailang
ang grupo’t
parang nahiya
o di kaya
mas sanay silang
kasama ay iba
kahit ayaw mag-group hug
di naman yun
di pa nga
nakakarami ng mga
may naganap
na drama

pa-pa-pack up ba?

ha? malala ba?

hu hu hu

biglang natigil
ang tugtog
at ang tagal nakatayo
ilang minuto
ang lumipas
hindi pa rin
natuyo aking mata
'di ko na s'ya nakita
ako’y humirit pa at
mga fans nabitin na

gusto ko pa

wala na
The accompanying video, a spoof of the abbreviated Eraserheads reunion concert last August 30, aired on the September 19 episode of the GMA 7 television program, "Bubble Gang." Hours later the video was already on YouTube.

Unfortunately, in the days after the airing a few people thought it was disrespectful to the 'Heads, especially to lead vocalist Ely Buendia, whose collapse backstage during an intermission led to the "packing up" of the concert.

I disagree. The spoof was not disrespectful at all. The lyrics were but a narrative of the events before, during, and after the concert.

Besides, we all know what the highest form of flattery is.

Monday, September 22, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Finals: Rabeh-dabba-do!

One down, one to go!
Blue Eagles claw Archers in Game 1 of UAAP Finals
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo de Manila University’s blueprint for success this season has Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s name written all over it.

From strong inside plays to soft perimeter touches, Al-Hussaini again proved too dominant for De La Salle University’s frontline as he powered the Blue Eagles to a 69-61 Game 1 victory over the Green Archers in the UAAP men’s basketball competition Sunday before a boisterous, sellout crowd at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Al-Hussaini finished with 31 points and nine rebounds as Ateneo moved to within a win of capturing the UAAP crown.

He took over the game in the closing quarters by scoring 20 of Ateneo’s 33 points in the second half as top gunner Chris Tiu, for the first time, picked up more fouls than points and was relatively ineffective against La Salle.

The following are my game notes:
The Blue Eagles come out of the dugout wearing black "24" shirts. Perhaps it's a tribute to Ateneo coach Norman Black, who wore that number as a Philippine Basketball Association import for San Miguel Beer.

Ateneo is favored in this game as it has beaten La Salle twice this season. Chris Tiu carried the Blue Eagles in their first victory while Rabeh Al-Hussaini led the charge in the second.

First Quarter
The Blue Eagles take the early lead on a basket and an assist from rookie Ryan Buenafe. La Salle, however, storms back to tie the game. Their dreaded press forces Ateneo into a spate of turnovers.

Tiu and "I Am Nonoy" Baclao see little action due to early foul trouble but Buenafe comes to the rescue. Behind his surprisingly mature play, the Blue Eagles end the quarter up by three.

Second Quarter
Another turnover-filled quarter for Ateneo. La Salle's defense is definitely causing them headaches. Super sub Eric Salamat joins the list of Blue Eagles in foul trouble.

On the offensive end, the Green Archers take a three-point lead, their first of the game. However, Al-Hussaini, Buenafe, Kirk Long and Jai Reyes unload a 10-0 blast to end the half ahead by seven points.

Stats show Ateneo ahead on field goals made, field goal percentage, assists, and fast break points. Sadly, they are also ahead on turnovers made.

Buenafe is the best player for the Blue Eagles. At the half he already has 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Not bad for his championship game at the college level.

Third Quarter
Back-to-back baskets by Al-Hussaini to open the third stake Ateneo to an eleven-point lead. Foul trouble continues to keep Tiu, Salamat and Baclao on the bench for long stretches. The lead gets as high as 14 but La Salle manages to trim it to ten points at the end of the quarter.

The third canto was an all-Rabeh show. He makes a legitimate case for league MVP, scoring 12 of Ateneo's 19 points in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter
La Salle manages to cut the lead to six points but that's as close as they would get. Al-Hussaini continues to dominate, accounting for eight of Ateneo's 14 points in the fourth.

On the defensive end, Baclao, despite having four personal fouls, collars two late-game rejections that help preserve the lead. He ends the game with 7 blocks and 5 points.

The lead gets as high as thirteen, and the Blue Eagles hold on to win by a final margin of eight points.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini's monster play nets him Player of the Game honors with 31 points and 9 rebounds.
For the second straight time, Tiu only managed to score 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. But with the way his teammates, especially Al-Hussaini, have been playing, the team is in good hands.

Countdown: Eight Things I Want To Do Before I Die

1. Win the lotto 2. Have a kid 3. Complete Robert B. Parker's Spenser series 4. Go to a foreign country 5. Get a tattoo 6. Read War and Peace from cover to cover 7. Reach my ideal weight 8. Streak

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Finding Emo

At book sales I judge a book by its cover—literally.

If the title is amusing, the author familiar or the cover art striking, that's it, I no longer scan the pages. If I open the book and find a bookmark, a scribble along the margins or perhaps a highlighted passage, I'm extra-satisfied. They're footprints, as it were, across space and time. They give me a glimpse into the person/s who had the book before me.

Dedications provide the best kicks. One time I bought a book signed "Rob Wright, All best" by the author Robert B. Parker. Nice, if er... incomplete. A lot like that song which went, "When you need a friend/that you can depend..."

The following dedication I found in a copy of Gretzky: An Autobiography. It was written in the looping scrawl of a kid not more than eleven years old.
Dear Peter,

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy this book. From the interest you've shown and watching the Kings games, I think you'll really enjoy this book. Maybe you'll show the same interest in Wayne Gretzky and the Kings as I do in Magic and the Lakers, wouldn't that be scary? Well, anyway enjoy the book!



I wonder if that thoughtful girl is still alive. Is she still a Lakers fan? Is she still on speaking terms with Peter?

The answers I'll never know, but half the fun is in the asking.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mo-pho: Haves And Have-Nuts

Another mobile phone photo.

Photo taken with my trusty Sony Ericsson K600i.

Anyone who has a caption in mind, feel free to leave it as a comment to this post. Top marks for not using "salty" (unless absolutely necessary).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Final Four: No Class

I only caught the last quarter of the FEU-La Salle game last Sunday but the little I saw was very entertaining. Hats off to the Green Archers for the come-from-behind victory. Their poise and experience really spelled the difference. However, there was an on-cam incident that left a bad taste in my mouth. While FEU's Mac Baracael was attempting—and missing—two potentially game-tying free throws with seconds to go, a La Salle player (L.A. Revilla?) was shown celebrating with finger guns. Those who followed this season's basketball tournament would remember that a few weeks into the season Baracael was shot by still-unknown assailants. He missed a number of games. A fellow Tamaraw who was with him during the shooting even quit the team out of shock (or perhaps fear) over the incident. Baracael's valiant return to the FEU lineup three weeks ago for his team's Final Four push is therefore one of the Season 71's feel-good stories. So for that La Salle player to make those gestures was uncalled-for. It was disrespectful and unsportsmanlike, to say the least. Notice that I didn't use "thoughtless." Because really, that would be redundant.

UAAP Season 71 Finals: Match Made In (Scalper) Heaven

Three hours. Beat that, PBA.
Ateneo-La Salle game tickets sold out in 3 hrs
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Sold out in just over three hours.

That was how fast tickets for Sunday’s UAAP championship showdown between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University were gobbled up Monday, underscoring the intensity of their age-old rivalry and the rabid loyalty of the fans of the two elite schools.

TicketNet, the ticketing network of the Araneta Coliseum, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that it had to close the box office at 12:30 p.m. Monday after opening the ticket booths at 9 a.m.

“There were people who camped out overnight, there was already a line by 4 a.m.,” said a TicketNet representative.

I have fond memories of camping out at the Blue Eagle Gym the night before they sell Ateneo-La Salle tickets. And those were for mere elimination round games!

Monday, September 15, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Final Four: Do Or Jai

Wow. That's all I can say; I still can't wrap my brain around the implications of yesterday's game results.
Archers, Eagles seal dream clash
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The dream showdown just got sealed.

Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University ousted their final Four opponents in contrasting fashions to arrange the much anticipated title duel between the country’s fiercest collegiate rivals.

The Green Archers earned a shot at defending the UAAP crown by ousting Far Eastern University with a dramatic 67-62 escape in the 71st men’s basketball semifinals yesterday at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

And it seemed that the Blue Eagles couldn’t wait to lock up the blockbuster finale as this season’s top seed trampled on the University of the East Warriors, 70-50, in the other Final Four duel.

In any case, here are my notes from the game:
This encounter promises to be a low-scoring affair as Ateneo and UE are the league's top two defensive teams.

The Blue Eagles have a twice-to-beat advantage and are favored to prevail. They are are on an eight-game roll and they swept both meetings against UE this season.

The Red Warriors, however, are no slouches. They're on a three-game win streak of their own. Their two losses to Ateneo were only by an average of five points.

Most Valuable Player candidate Rabeh Al-Hussaini is the Blue Eagle to watch in this game. UE doesn't really have anyone who can match up with him, and in the two games against the Red Warriors he averaged 18.5 points and 14 rebounds.

First Quarter
The Blue Eagles look out of sorts and fall behind by six early on. Perhaps the eight-day layoff got to them. However, they right the ship and go on a 12-0 run to end the quarter up by six.

Second Quarter
Ateneo opens with an 8-2 blast and leads by as many as twelve. UE tries to catch up but only gets as close as eight points. The Blue Eagles close with a 3-0 run for an 11-point lead at the half.

The Blue Babble Battalion mixes it up this time and lets three cheerleaders perform with them. Whoop-de-do!

Despite the slow start, stats show the Ateneo ahead on field goals, field goal percentage, assists, fast break points, and turnovers forced.

Third Quarter
Nonoy Baclao goes on a 5-0 run to start the third. The rout is on! Everytime UE scores Ateneo answers back.

A 7-0 run puts the Blue Eagles ahead by 21 after three quarters. Their defense is so stingy UE only manages to score 7 third quarter points and 28 total.

Fourth Quarter
Ateneo begins the quarter with seven straight points, five coming from Baclao, for the game's biggest lead at 56-28. Coach Norman Black fields his second- and third-stringers.

The final winning margin: 20 points. Bring on La Salle!

Jai Reyes garners Player of the Game honors with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.

But if it were up to me, I would have picked Nonoy Baclao. His scoring bursts to start each of the last two quarters really took the fight out of UE. Ateneo also got solid games from Al-Hussaini, Eric Salamat, and Ryan Buenafe.

The biggest surprise in this game was Chris Tiu scoring only two points. He also took only a few attempts. My twenty says those won't happen against La Salle.
The Blue Eagles get a week's rest before they play arch-rival La Salle for the championship. I just hope they don't start slow again. They dodged a bullet this time; they can't afford to do it again.

Countdown: Nine Places I've Visited In The Philippines

1. Baguio City 2. Koronadal, South Cotabato 3. Calapan, Oriental Mindoro 4. San Fernando, La Union 5. Cebu City 6. San Luis, Batangas 7. Tagaytay City 8. Kawit, Cavite 9. Floridablanca, Pampanga

Friday, September 12, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Final Four: Preview

This Sunday the semifinal round of Season 71 will begin. The pairings are: top-seeded Ateneo versus fourth-ranked UE, and second seed La Salle against third-ranked FEU. To reach the finals, Ateneo and La Salle need only to beat their opponents once whereas UE and FEU have to prevail twice. Both match-ups promise to be low-scoring affairs. Ateneo, La Salle, UE and FEU are the league's top four defensive teams. The Blue Eagles lead the pack, limiting opponents to an average of 62.3 points per game. UE is second, FEU third, and La Salle fourth. I like my team's chances. Aside from limiting opposing teams to a measly 33.7 percent field goal percentage, Blue Eagles also lead the league in two defensive categories. Nonoy Baclao shares top blocker honors by averaging 2.6 blocks a game while Eric Salamat leads in steals at 2.1 per game.

UAAP Season 71: MVP Race

This is no surprise.
2-way fight for MVP title shaping up
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A tight battle for the UAAP most valuable player plum is shaping up between the reigning leader and this season’s surprise performer.

University of Santo Tomas’ Jervy Cruz found a strong challenger in his campaign for back-to-back MVP crowns as Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ateneo de Manila University’s much-improved slotman, finished a close second at the end of the 71st men’s basketball elimination round.

Cruz continued to rule the league both in scoring and rebounding after 14 games for a total of 75.07 statistical points (SP) highlighted by double-double averages of 19.8 markers and 13.7 rebounds.


Al-Hussaini came in as a close contender with 71.14 SP after norming 18 points per game—five more than his combined average of 13.1 markers in the last three seasons—9.6 boards and 1.3 assists.

Full story...
I'm rooting for Al-Hussaini to win MVP honors. Aside from my obvious bias for an Ateneo player, he's brought his team to the Final Four. Cruz's team, on the other hand, is done for the season.

One other piece of good news is that two other Blue Eagles are in league's top ten in terms of statistical points. Chris Tiu is third and Nonoy Baclao seventh with 62.14 and 50.71 points, respectively. And although it's a longshot that either of them will be awarded MVP, to be in the running is achievement enough.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hope For The Flowers

Outside of legal circles this development will probably not make much of a ripple.
SC dismisses CA justice in bribery case; 4 others penalized
By Leila Salaverria, Tetch Torres, Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court has dismissed an associate justice for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct and penalized four others in the bribery controversy at the Court of Appeals.

In a 58-page per curiam decision, the high court, voting 12-1, dismissed Associate Justice Vicente Q. Roxas because of his “undue interest” in the Manila Electric Company’s case against the Government Service Insurance System.

At the same time, the high tribunal said Roxas failed to rule on several motions, including a motion for his inhibition before issuing a ruling that voided the Securities and Exchange Commission order stopping Meralco from including proxy votes in its board elections on May 27.

The high court -- citing multiple violations of the canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct, grave misconduct, dishonesty, undue interest and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service -- also ordered the forfeiture of all his benefits except accrued leave credits due to. He is barred from working in any branch of the government, including state owned and controlled firms.

Why am I blogging on this? Perhaps it's because I'm desperate for any bit of good news. I want to remind myself that something still works in this godforsaken country. But mostly, it's because I'm up to my neck in schadenfreude.

Thank you, Supremes. You rock.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Countdown: Ten Random Things About Me

1. I was named after Dindo Fernando's character in "Flor de Luna." 2. On my left forearm is a birthmark that'll identify my body in the off chance it is separated from my head. 3. I have no musical talent whatsoever. 4. I'm addicted to sleep. 5. I know James Kirk's and Samuel Jackson's middle names. 6. I'm a first grandchild on my mother's side of the family. 7. With shoes on I'm a six-footer. 8. I can't swim. 9. I had a couple of cameos on an MTV Philippines program. 10. My nickname is short for Tiburcio.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 14 Results

This was a no-bearing game for Ateneo as far as the standings were concerned. But no matter what the actual stakes, a game against arch-rival La Salle is always played as if it were for all the marbles. I'm simply ecstatic my team took this one.
Ateneo defeats La Salle, 65-57
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- Ateneo forced De La Salle into an awful shooting night as the Eagles hammered out a gutsy 65-57 win over the Archers that completed a regular season sweep of their blockbuster rival before another sellout crowd at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Big men Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Nonoy Baclao delivered the impact points in the second half and the Eagles shutout the Archers in the final 3:34 to finish the elimination-round at 13-1, a feat highlighted by a sweep in the second round.

The 6-foot-4 Baclao, who grabbed eight rebounds and had four blocks, hit 11 points, including a nifty lay-up off Rico Maierhofer with 2:22 left to push Ateneo's lead, 64-57.

The Eagles made some key defensive stops from there with Baclao swatting away a late Maierhofer effort, before Jai Reyes wrapped up the win with a split from the free throw line with 20.9 ticks remaining.

Next up, a Final Four meeting with UE. Ateneo will have a twice-to-beat edge there.

However, by the time they face off the Eagles and the Red Warriors will not have played for eight and ten days, respectively. We'll see how the long vacation affects both squads, but I'm willing to bet the first quarter of that encounter will be ugly.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Huwag Mo Nang Huwag Itanong Sa Akin

Today the Philippine Daily Inquirer ran "Head to ’Heads," a series of interviews with members of the Eraserheads regarding their abbreviated reunion gig last weekend.
THE DRUMMER WILL DRUM: Raymund Marasigan



THE SESSIONIST: The fifth e-head
The good news? They've practically guaranteed a sequel!

You're Not Getting Older, You're Just Getting Better 2

Does anyone know where I can get a good deal on Sustagen Premium? This is serious, because for the second time in three days I've had a memory gap moment. It's no longer funny. Yesterday I was walking to school when I realized I didn't have my ID. I checked my pants pockets and rummaged through my backpack. No joy. I could've entered the campus on a temporary pass but I didn't want to. I'd done it twice before, and the College Secretary had already warned I would be reported to the Student Affairs Office for a third infraction. I had to go home and get my ID. At this point y'all can guess how this story will end: halfway home I discover the damn thing was in my shirt pocket.

Friday, September 5, 2008

No Holds Barred

She has that professorial look going on, but don't let it fool you: Sarah Palin can get tough (or at least talk tough).

This past midnight NBN Channel 4 aired her speech from the Republican National Convention. By chance I caught the tail-end of it.

The vice presidential candidate tore into Democratic Party standard-bearer Barack Obama. Part of her speech said:
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.

And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

Full speech...
Nasty! That was a swipe at Obama's chosen campaign theme, of course. When I heard it I blew an imaginary whistle and called a foul.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Name Game

I've changed the title of this blog from The Past and the Prurious to The Past and the Spurious pending verification from an actual dictionary that "prurious" is a real word. That is all.

You're Not Getting Older, You're Just Getting Better

I must have had a lot on my mind yesterday. That's the least embarrassing explanation I can come up with why I went out without a wallet, a cell phone, and a room key.

The first two I realized I'd forgotten soon after I stepped out of my room and locked the door behind me. But since I'm prideful—okay, lazy—I thought I'd survive without them. I was right too, I didn't have a need for them yesterday.

The key I only realized I'd forgotten at the end of the day, when I was mere steps away from my room and fumbling through my pants pocket.


Had it been physically possible I would've kicked myself upside the head. Since it wasn't I settled with imagining it. It still hurt.

Good thing I watched "MacGyver" as a kid. Using a borrowed Mandarin Oriental keycard I was able to open my door in no time. That was a relief; I had already hatched elaborate back-up measures that would make Wile E. Coyote scratch his head.


[3:58 PM edit]

Yes, I realize I've practically told the whole world how to break into my room. I'm smart that way.

Monday, September 1, 2008

There's Been A Cold Day In Hell

Who says these two can't peacefully co-exist?
Ateneo, La Salle to offer post-grad courses on outsourcing
By Lawrence Casiraya

MANILA, Philippines –The De La Salle University (DLSU) Graduate School of Business and Ateneo de Manila Professional Schools will pilot a postgraduate courses intended to help produce supervisor and middle managers for the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP) will start several training programs this October, according to BPAP chief executive Oscar SaƱez.

In a separate interview, Jamea Garcia, executive director for talent development, said a basic supervisory program will start in October. This program will run for about 4 to 5 days.

Garcia said De La Salle in Greenhills and Ateneo in Makati will hold the supervisory program. "Eventually, we want to expand it outside of Metro Mania," she said.

In November, De La Salle and Ateneo will hold a 16-day certificate program for middle managers that could be credited to an MBA degree program, she said.


Mo-pho: Scare Tactic

September is bar exams month so I thought I'd share this photo I took with my mobile phone:

Photo taken with my trusty Sony Ericsson K600i.

I pass this area almost every day and it's never dirty.

Who would dare?

If anyone has a caption in mind, please leave a comment to this post.