Sunday, August 31, 2008

Humumpay Na Ligaya

Does anyone get the feeling the universe is conspiring against an E-Heads reunion?

First there was the rumored cancellation after the original sponsor, a cigarette company, bowed to anti-smoking lobbyists and withdrew as promoter. Now this:
Eraserheads concert cut short, Buendia rushed to hospital
By Erika Tapalla
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – The Eraserheads Reunion Concert was cut short Saturday night when lead singer Ely Buendia was rushed to the Makati Medical Center after collapsing backstage during a 20-minute intermission of the planned 30-song concert.

The concert’s sudden end was announced by Buendia’s sister Lally who went onstage with Ely’s band mates Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala, Marcus Adoro and concert organizers stating that the band’s lead vocalist and songwriter was in poor health. The band members apologized to the audience for cutting short their performance.

MTV Philippines President Francis Lumen asked the crowd for a minute of silence to pray for Buendia’s health.

“He had a slight attack because of stress due to the recent passing of his mother (Lisette Buendia), and their sound check which lasted till 3 a.m. today (Saturday),” said MTV Philippines and Radiohead director for marketing Ronald Esguerra in an interview with INQUIRER.net. “But we have received word that Ely is now in stable condition.”

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Hear that? That was the collective sigh of relief of Pinoy rock fans that Ely lives to play another day, and hopefully, another reunion.

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 13 Results

The decision to miss this game was easy to make, as the opposing team is a cellar-dweller.
Ateneo overpowers NU, 83-58
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- After struggling from beyond the arc early in the season, Ateneo rode on a three-point surge to overpower the National University in an 83-58 victory that awarded the Blue Eagles the first semifinal incentive in the UAAP men's basketball competition Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

The Eagles closed out the first half by draining 12 of their last 18 points from three-point range to run away with a 49-37 spread at the half after trailing at 31-32.

That crucial run set the tone for the one-sided match-up where Christ Tiu drained three triples to finish with 16 markers on top of six rebounds and three assists.

By beefing up their record to 12-1, the Eagles not only pocketed the twice-to-beat bonus, but also locked up the top spot in the Final Four.

Continued...
I like Ateneo's seven-game win streak. The part where the Blue Eagles got outscored 25-10 after leading at 21-7, I don't.

Despite that, so far so good. The team has now officially secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

Next up is the much-awaited rematch with arch-rival La Salle. It ought to be a nail-biter. That game will determine whether the Blue Eagles enter the semifinal round on a high note.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Insert Spandau Ballet Track Here

Pundits all over say the Philippines' participation in the Beijing Olympics was an exercise in futility. Athlete Willy Wang, however, has 5,500,000 reasons to disagree.
Wushu star gets P5.5 M from Arroyo
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—How much is Willy Wang’s wushu gold medal worth? As far as the President of the Philippines is concerned, it’s worth P5.5 million.

The nanquan champion during the Beijing Olympic special event along with three other medalists Friday received cash bonanza from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during a courtesy call in Malaca├▒ang.

President Arroyo handed a check from the government casino firm Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. worth P5 million to Wang. The reward was on top of the P500,000 cash given by First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.

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The President also handed P1 million to silver winner Mary Jane Estimar and P500,000 each to bronze medalists Benjie Rivera and Marian Mariano.

Full story...
In Beijing wushu was a "special" event. Had it been an "official" sport the Philippines would've tied Finland at 44th place and beaten 43 other countries in the overall medal standings.

You may have noticed the use of quotation marks. That is in order not to denigrate the wushu team's hard work and preparation.

There should be no asterisks, no qualifications placed on their achievements.

Did they go to the Olympics? Yes.

Did they compete? Yes.

Did they win? Yes.

Whichever way you cut it, they are Olympic champions.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Blast From The Past 2

Twelve years ago today, a friend wrote this in my planner while I was asleep:
STRENGTH

Nox sheds no vigor
But ichor; she 'lone in war.
Pan vanquishes her.


Dear Diary,

Ang oras, 2:27. Aug 29, 1996. Medyo maulan at kumukulog. Heto si ___—nagmimistulang yagit na api-apihan ng mga heneral ng kadiliman, tuloy ay nababaon sa pighati na umaama sa sunog na balat sa Ozone. Napagbulay-bulay ko, I still need to make ulirat my personal oppulence. You know, I mean, right? Sh—! that fu—ing coquette is doing it again. No wonder I can hear numerous dirges and necrolatries. But it doesn't matter, for that does not vex me although the chit dissimulates her real sagacity, suppressed by pitch of a dozen pipes. Now I look like a senator cocking his pistol for no reason at all, as if marauders were standing on a high dais, as tall as a pylon. Brouhaha! Havoc! I must run amok! It is time to depart. The epoch at hand have just suffused to remind me of the eradicated stigma. Time is waning so I must prepare myself, even if it means to dissemble in the midst of a crowd smeared with suavity. What is this? I'm talking about trifles and I am foaming. Will somebody kick me from behind. I insist, with matching violent gesticulations. Don't worry, all i have is a crevice on my head.
Till here. Bye!

Escapo
Dax Imperial, wherever you are, man, you must have been smoking some weird shit back in the day. Who woulda thunk it?

Monday, August 25, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 12 Results

My other team tried, but they ran into a brick wall.
Ateneo overpowers UP, 79-58
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines--By the second half, the Ateneo Blue Eagles did what coach Norman Black wanted done.

But it was the second unit that responded to the challenge as the Eagles hammered out a 79-58 crushing of the University of the Philippines to move within a win of a semifinal bonus in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

"In the beginning we wanted to draw a knockout punch early; they just didn't fall," said Ateneo coach Norman Black. " It became more difficult for us because of it. We were kind of rushing things. Everybody was trying to do it on their own, taking shots on their own. We settled down in the second half. We played as team in the second half."

Despite leading the entire game, the Eagles just couldn't brush off the rallying Maroons until backup guard Jai Reyes started the Eagles' hot streak for a 54-39 advantage in the third period.

Continued...
Here are my notes from the game:
Pre-game
Both squads come into this game with momentum. Each pulled off a big victory last Thursday: Ateneo eked out an overtime win over UE while UP routed Adamson.

The Blue Eagles beat the Maroons by seventeen in their first meeting, helped by a 20-point advantage in fastbreaks.

For some reason the Maroons are wearing black, which is not one of their traditional colors. Let's see if that'll bring them luck against the league-leading Eagles.

First Quarter
Ateneo scores first but UP rallies to lead by two early on. The Blue Eagles strike back and lead by as many as five. They can't shake the pesky Maroons, however. The low-scoring quarter ends with UP down by just one.

Second Quarter
The Blue Eagles open with a 4-0 run. They fall behind by one due to missed free throws and the hot shooting of the Maroons from three-point land.

Ateneo starters then buckle down to work. Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Chris Tiu and Ryan Buenafe combine to give the Blue Eagles a lead as high as nine points.

Halftime
The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion gets on first. Only the latter part of their routine makes it on air, though. I only saw them form the letters "U-L."

Good thing Studio 23 aired only the first part of the UP Pep Squad's routine. The Blue Babble Battalion didn't look too outclassed.

Stats show the Blue Eagles missed more than half their shots. However their rebounding and inside scoring advantage, 27-18 and 22-8, respectively, stake them to an eight-point lead.

Third Quarter
An excellent quarter for Ateneo. The Blue Eagles stretch their lead to as many as 15 thanks to the scoring of Al-Hussaini, Buenafe, and Jai Reyes. They end the quarter up by twelve.

Highlight play of the quarter: an alley-oop conversion from Tiu to Al-Hussaini.

Fourth Quarter
Six different Blue Eagles score and the rout is on. Another strong quarter scoring-wise from Al-Hussaini and Tiu. Ateneo also gets ten fourth quarter points from its second- and third-stringers.

The lead balloons to as much as 27 points, but UP brings the final deficit down to twenty-one.

Post-game
Al-Hussaini is chosen as Best Player with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Tiu gets Player of the Game honors with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists, the most by one player since 2006.
The Blue Eagles now have an 11-1 record thanks to their sixth straight win. They are assured of at least a play-off for the last twice-to-beat advantage. But they still have to win either of their last two games since it is still mathematically possible for the second- and third-ranked teams to reach 11 wins.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

One Hundred And First

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this very important announcement:
On 22 August 2008, at 10:58:28 p.m. Philippine time, The Past and the Prurious broke the century mark in terms of site visits.
Many thanks, friends. Y'all know who you are.

Friday, August 22, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 11 Results

For the second time this season, the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons won on the same day!
Ateneo nips UE in OT; Maroons win
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo de Manila University survived its toughest test yet with a 61-57 overtime escape against the University of the East Thursday to move within two wins of clinching the first semifinal bonus in the UAAP men’s basketball competition at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Many stepped up to the challenge starting with Ateneo skipper Chris Tiu, who buried a triple with 13.1 seconds left in the fourth period to send the game into overtime at 50-all.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ryan Buenafe and Nonoy Baclao then scored the last six points of the extension for the Eagles, who remained on top with a 10-1 record.

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Earlier, University of the Philippines coasted to a 73-42 victory over an Adamson University side that benched its top three stars.

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I'm pleasantly surprised with UP's showing this season. Last year they lost all their games. This time the Maroons have won three with three more left to play. Whatever happens from hereon out, it's been a great season for them.

Too bad my two teams' next games will be against each other. This year's second Battle of Katipunan will be this Sunday. Whoever wins, I lose.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 10 Results

The team is on top and won't stop!
Ateneo routs Adamson, 78-59
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

SHOWING no signs of slowing down, Rabeh Al-Hussaini powered Ateneo past Adamson in a blowout 78-59 victory that assured the Blue Eagles of a semifinal berth in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Sunday at the PhilSports Arena.

Al-Hussaini took control early by effectively working the ball inside to score 14 of Ateneo's 22 points in the opening quarter of the game the Eagles led all the way.

Yet coach Norman Black stressed that there's no letting up for his wards even after the Eagles--who remained solo on top with a 9-1 record--secured their 10th straight Final Four appearance.

"I'm happy being in the Final Four but our goal is to make it in the top two," said Black. "So it doesn't really stop here, we have to keep on winning, playing hard and keep respecting our opponents because we have not time to relax."

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Here are my game notes:
Pre-game
This is the second game between Ateneo and Adamson in Season 71. As the tournament leaders, the Blue Eagles are heavily favored to repeat last month's 27-point win over the Falcons.

The player to watch is Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who's been averaging over 15 points and 9 rebounds for Ateneo.

First Quarter
Al-Hussaini scores the Blue Eagles' first 10 points and outpoints the entire Adamson team, 14-12. The Ateneo reserves see some early action in this one.

Second Quarter
Black continues to give his bench players extended minutes. A turnover-filled quarter for both teams.

Adamson cuts the lead to as low as six points, but seven Ateneo players score to give the team a ten-point lead at the half.

Halftime
What can I say about the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion? They may not be dynamic, but with the way the Blue Eagles are playing, they will always be the first cheer squad to perform at halftime.

Stats show Ateneo ahead on field goals made, field goal percentage, fastbreak points, and points from the perimeter. Adamson, meanwhile, leads in offensive rebounds.

Third Quarter
Adamson cuts the lead to six. The Blue Eagles respond with a 10-0 run and lead by as much as eighteen points. Al-Hussaini again scores in double digits.

Highlight plays of the quarter: a reverse lay-up from Ateneo rookie Nico Salva and a no-look assist from Chris Tiu to Al-Hussaini.

Fourth Quarter
Eric Salamat joins the scoring fray with ten points, capped by two three-pointers. Ateneo stretches the lead to twenty. The bench players are sent in, and the Blue Eagles win by nineteen.

Post-game
Ateneo has now beaten Adamson 23 straight times, with the Falcons last winning during the 1997 season. They will have to try again next year.

Al-Hussaini is chosen as Best Player with 29 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Salamat takes home Player of the Game with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals, the most by one player since 2005.
With its fourth straight win Ateneo booked a slot in the Final Four. The Blue Eagles also have an inside track on the twice-to-beat advantage given to the top two teams after the eliminations.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Mouth's Not-So-Happy Battle

The Man From Manila has confirmed he has leukemia.
Francis Magalona confirms leukemia, but says he’ll return; Takes leave from ‘Eat Bulaga’
Gerry Plaza
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – Actor-host and rapper Francis Magalona has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the noontime TV show “Eat Bulaga” after confirming that he has leukemia but assured his friends and fans that he would return.

In a text message read on air Thursday by co-host and comedian Vic Sotto, Magalona said he was preparing for his upcoming treatment and expressed confidence that he would recover.

Magalona, son of former matinee idols, the late Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, described his situation as a “trial” and asked for “understanding.”

“With the help of God, watch out for my return,” said Magalona.

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I met FrancisM in 1999 when I interned with MTV Philippines. At the time MTV operated out of a cramped unit in PM Apartments along Matalino Street in Diliman, Quezon City. It produced only a handful of programs: "MTV Diyes" and "MTV Para, Bos", both hosted by Shannen Torres, and "MTV Talk" hosted by Francis. I worked on all of those shows.

As an intern I did mostly grunt work. Before each taping I helped set up light, camera, and sound equipment. Afterwards I helped pack up. I made cue cards, episode flow guides, and various props. I wasn't paid anything except the occasional meal but still I had a blast.

Not many people knew MTV then. Everywhere we went people mistook our outfit for "MTB," the noontime show on ABS-CBN. Correcting them was tedious oftentimes we didn't bother to explain the difference.

I liked working on "MTV Talk" best because we taped segments outside the studio. We visited the homes of artistas like Geneva Cruz, Ogie Alcasid and Michelle van Eimeren (back when they were still together). We even went backstage during an "Eat Bulaga!" taping.

Our guests on "MTV Talk" were a varied bunch. We invited singers, comedians, musicians, magicians, and the odd government employee. We also featured, among other animals, some birds, an albino python, and an iguana.

Francis was one of the guys. Before and after each taping he hung out with us crew. He even treated us to Pale Pilsens once. I remember we always had these tambay contests: Who can blow the most smoke rings from a single puff? Who can balance two perpendicular Coke bottles the fastest? Who can balance a spoon and a fork on the lip of a bottle using only a matchstick?

A few times he made us listen to music he had just finished recording. One of those early tracks, a humorous take on Smashmouth's "Walking on the Sun" called "Presinto Na Naman," eventually ended up on his 1999 EP Interscholastic.

Soon enough I finished my practicum and left MTV. The only souvenirs I took with me were a few "MTV Talk" stickers and an X-Men print-out we used as a prop that Francis autographed and gave me. That print-out decorated my wall for seven years. Unfortunately it didn't survive the transfers of residence I've made the past two years.

I ran into him when I went to Cebu for the 1999 Ad Congress. A bar he co-owned called Zero Below hosted one of the parties and he was there, sitting at a table with other "Eat Bulaga!" hosts like Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.

I went up to them and said what up to Francis. I was pleasantly surprised he remembered me from my practicum. I complimented him on his bar and then left. That was the last time I saw him in person.

Friday, August 15, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 9 Results

Aaargh, this is the second win in a row I've missed!
Tiu, Al-Hussaini soar as Ateneo beats UST, 85-76
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- In another display of dominance, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Chris Tiu controlled the game early to power Ateneo to an 85-76 victory over UST, keeping the Blue Eagles on track for the first semifinal berth in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Thursday at the PhilSports Arena.

"It's good for us that our two top players really played well; they really made crucial baskets down the stretch for us," said coach Norman Black after the Eagles remained solo on top with eight wins in nine outings.

Tiu knocked in 11 of his career-high 29 points in the final period as the Eagles completed an elimination sweep of the squad that stunned them for the 2006 championship.

Al-Hussaini again proved assertive at the paint to finish with 24 markers, most coming from easy lay-ups and putbacks.

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Ateneo has won all two games against UST this season. And once again, the Blue Eagles kept the UST side scoreless for five minutes in the last quarter. That ought to keep the fans happy.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Spin These

This is a photo of Spain's men's basketball team. It was published as an advertisement from Spain's Basketball Federation before the team's participation in the ongoing Beijing Olympics. This photo, on the other hand, shows women tennis players from Spain's Federation Cup team together with their support staff. It was posted early this year in the Spanish Tennis Federation's official website prior to their encounter against China last April. Some of those women are also competing in Beijing. Notice anything similar? Let's see how many of them make it out of that place alive. That ought to be a fun spectator sport. And in protest of those photos, I'm calling for a cedula-tearing activity in Balintawak this Saturday. The event will be strictly BYOB—bring your own bolo and/or bamboo spear.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 8 Results

We paid 'em back!
Ateneo outlasts FEU, 78-74
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- For a moment, Ateneo seemed headed for a repeat of its lone loss this season.

But this time, the Blue Eagles mustered enough energy in the closing minutes to hang on to a 78-74 decision against the Far Eastern Tamaraws and keep the solo lead in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini buried the marginal basket at the paint with 51.9 seconds remaining after the Tamaraws rose from 15 points down, 67-52, in the last eight minutes and threaten within a bucket at 76-74.

"Luckily, we had enough to hang on there in the end; we had a pretty good lead and they made a run at us," said coach Norman Black nine days after the Eagles recovered from their first setback, 72-66, where the Tamaraws also overhauled an early lead.

Continued...

I skipped the game to study for an exam. That ought to earn me a few good karma points, right?

Reading the game recap I see the Blue Eagles have not arrested their tendency to lose big leads. That's good news for the other teams but bad news for the Ateneo faithful.

A win is a win, but they have got to stop playing this way. Sooner rather than later the law of averages will catch up to them.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Heckle And Hyde

NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas flew into the country last month for a promotional tour. A few days ago, I discovered his blog entry about the experience:
Everybody Should Visit Manila
Jul 14, 2008

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Plus, with the security I had, I felt like I was the President. I felt like I was Obama. I really felt like I was running in the presidential election, especially when I got to meet the U.S. ambassador out in the Philippines. We had a great time talking to each other.

We actually went to a college basketball game together. Their college game would be like if it was Duke and Maryland playing each other and you split the crowd in half, 50-50. One side of their gym was blue and one side of their gym was green and everybody was just yelling.

Backstage I met Manny Pacquiao, he’s the town hero. I have to be honest, they made me feel even bigger than him at the moment. I talked to him and he invited me to his November fight, so if I have time and depending on if we have a day off, I might go see that. Oh, I also met Jet Li in Shanghai, can’t leave him out.

On top of everything else in Manila, I stayed at the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at – The Peninsula. I was in the mack daddy “El Presidente” suite and was like the Fresh Prince with Geoffrey – I had a live-in butler.

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Arenas was at the Ateneo-La Salle game last July 6!

I watched the telecast but they didn't show him on cam. Or maybe they did—I wouldn't know; I was asleep by the end of the first quarter! Stupid, yes, because the Blue Eagles won that game in the last few seconds.

I can confirm, however, the kind of security Arenas said he had. I saw it with my own eyes.

You see, the day before that game my friends and I attended R+K's wedding. The reception was at the Manila Peninsula and we totally abused the open bar. We were hanging out at the lobby when Arenas arrived.

He had with him a large security detail. And like all bodyguards worth their salt, his looked willing and able to beat people up.

At this point my memory's hazy, but I'm almost sure I heckled Gilbert Arenas as his entourage passed no more than twenty feet from us.

I don't know what came ov—wait, scratch that. I do know what came over me: liquid courage! Also, I was so secure that I had resbak of my own. Had there been an incident my friends would've made sure I didn't bloody my suit too much.

Too bad Arenas didn't notice the one Filipino who didn't think he was the bee's knees. I missed being blogged about by someone famous!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Weeping And Gnashing

To whoever picked up my To whoever "borrowed" the Ah, f*** this. Kung sino ka mang tarantado na numenok nung payong ko sa likod ng classroom habang nag-e-exam ako kagabi, tubuan ka sana ng pigsa sa puwet nang hindi ka makaupo. Gago.

Weeping And Thanking

Much thanks to Renski for the "Welcome back" post. I was touched—in the armpit. Just kidding! It was actually in the left ventricle.

Monday, August 4, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 7 Results

Woohoo, the team is now 6-and-0 when I watch them!
Eagles regain lead; Bulldogs trip Tams
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Nonoy Baclao blocked two shots as Ateneo de Manila University held University of Santo Tomas to a single basket in the last five minutes for a 64-57 victory that lifted the Blue Eagles back to the solo lead at the end of the first round of the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Baclao helped shut down the Tigers’ fourth-quarter surge with two key rejections against UST stars Dylan Ababou and Jervy Cruz as the Eagles zoomed ahead for good with a 13-0 run after trailing at 51-54.

“We’re in a good position right now going into the second round; we wanted to be in the top two and we were able to accomplish that,” said coach Norman Black after the Eagles stayed on top alone at 6-1.

“We got back to what really got us off to a good start and that’s playing defense. We got away from it the past two games. We still got killed in the rebounds (against UST), but at the same time, we got stops when we needed it down the stretch.”

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Man, what a game it was yesterday. Those 17,372 people who went to the Araneta Coliseum sure got their money's worth.

Too bad I'm over a hundred kilometers away and have to settle for the live coverage on TV. Because beginning with the Finals of Season 69 in 2006 where UST beat Ateneo, their rivalry has continued to grow. Games between them now approximate those between Ateneo and La Salle in terms of intensity, competitiveness, and gate attendance.

Anyway, here are my notes from the game:
Pre-game
With La Salle's loss to UE on Saturday and FEU's defeat to NU in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader, the Ateneo Blue Eagles have a chance to regain solo leadership of the tournament.

First Quarter
The Blue Eagles draw first blood and never trail, thanks to the scoring of much-improved slotman Rabeh Al-Hussaini and prized rookie Ryan Buenafe.

Their offense then sputters, allowing UST to cut the lead to one at the end of the first canto.

Second Quarter
UST scores first and leads for the first time. Ateneo plays catch-up half the quarter but with Al-Hussaini and team captain Chris Tiu scoring six points apiece they manage to lead by four at the half.

Halftime
Does anybody know the word the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion formed at halftime? The telecast didn't show their whole routine, so I only caught them forming the letters "L-Y."

Among all the cheering squads in the UAAP, the Blue Babble usually has the least showy routines. But then again they cheer, unlike the other squads who perform. Call them traditional, but they get the job done of firing up the Ateneo half of any arena.

The stats show the Blue Eagles ahead in terms of points in the paint, assists, and two-point field goals made. UST manages to stay close by making four three-pointers to Ateneo's one.

Third Quarter
Pretty much uneventful as the Ateneo lead stays at four. However, six different Blue Eagles score in a twenty-point quarter.

Fourth Quarter
UST continues to shoot well from long-range and wrests the lead. The Blue Eagles storm back and hold UST scoreless over a five-minute stretch highlighted by multiple blocks from Nonoy Baclao.

On the offensive end, Ateneo scores ten unanswered points, capped by a Jai Reyes three-pointer from the baseline that takes the fight out of UST.

Post-game
Overall, an excellent game for Ateneo. Not only do they prevail by seven, that shutdown defense they showed at the homestretch ought to put the fear of God in their other opponents. It was also a balanced effort offensively with four Blue Eagles scoring in double figures.

Baclao received Best Player honors with 2 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 blocks. Al-Hussaini took home Player of the Game with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
With the win, Ateneo now has a 6-and-1 card and solo leadership at the end of the first round of eliminations.

Next up, a rematch with FEU, the only team so far to beat Ateneo in Season 71.

UAAP Season 71: Uniform Confusion

For the second straight season, the Blue Eagles have blah uniforms. Last year their jerseys had too many stripes. This time around they're trimmed with black at the neck and sides. Perhaps I'm nitpicking, but the last time I checked Ateneo's colors were blue and white. So what the hell is that black trim doing in there? Haven't they heard enough Black and blue wisecracks with Norman around? Don't get me started on the UST uniforms, which are just ugh-some. Aside from having too many a sponsor's logo, they continue to use that ├╝ber-baduy tiger-print trim that neither Kuya Germs nor Bro. Eddie would have touched. It seems treasonable to admit this, but after their respective redesigns, La Salle and UP have the better-looking unis this season.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Coming Soon To A Shelf Near You

Hey, boys and girls! In your letter to Santa this year, you might want to include this:
New book from Harry Potter author out in December
Agence France-Presse

A new book from J.K. Rowling, the author of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, will go on sale to the public in December, her charity announced Thursday.

Rowling produced seven original handwritten copies of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," giving away six to people involved with the books about the boy wizard and auctioning the seventh, which was bought for 1.95 million pounds (3.85 million dollars), by online retailer Amazon.

An English-language version priced 6.99 pounds will hit the shelves on December 4, published by Amazon and Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the United States.

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And to increase your chances, include in your letter a promise to let me borrow the book after you're done. Remember, Santa favors those who are kind to charity cases!

Friday, August 1, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 6 Results

My team lost yesterday. Badly, too. They were up ten points early in the fourth but they were routed, 26-10, the rest of the quarter.
Rampaging Tamaraws hand Eagles first loss
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws’ phenomenal rise from adversity has left even coach Glenn Capacio bewildered.

The Tamaraws, still reeling from a team tragedy, rallied from 10 points down to stun the erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in a pulsating 72-66 victory in the 71st UAAP season Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

“Hindi ko alam kung anong nangyayari sa team ko (I don’t know what’s happening in our team),” said an emotional Capacio after his Tamaraws halted the Eagles’ five-game winning run.

“I couldn’t say anything more about this team’s heart. I don’t know if it’s because of Macmac (Baracael), but I think it’s their own desire, they really wanted to win. They were diving for loose balls and even if we were smaller, they gave their best.”

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The only good thing is that I didn't actually see the game. Had I watched it I'd probably be more disappointed. But I had a class that started at the same time, so the choice was made for me.

I won't miss the next one this Sunday, though. Because so far this season, I've watched five games and they've won all of them. I'm the lucky charm!