Friday, October 30, 2009

Ron-Ron Grows On You

And I mean that in a figurative, non-bicephalic kind of way. ESPN's E:60: Ron Artest in L.A. clip shows why.

His Filipino connection. In the video Artest again visits the Fil-Am family that introduced him to "how low halo" some weeks back, and wears a Laker-purple "My Pilipinas" shirt and a "Pacquiao vs. Cotto" cap that he's worn before. He also went to Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym to watch Manny work out.

[Photo credit: AP Images via Ball Don't Lie]

His humor. Artest's mantra for coexisting with Black Mamba? "Pass to Kobe."

His Rodman-esque ways. Dennis Rodman was my favorite player on those Phil Jackson-coached Chicago Bulls teams that won NBA championships from 1996 to 1998. A decade later, Artest made it to another Jackson five. Crazy hair? Check. Volatile personality, stout defense? Check and check.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Manny, Manny, Money?

No Filipino wishes for it to happen, but if Manny Pacquiao loses to Miguel Cotto next month he will have no one but himself to blame: he allows himself too many distractions. Check out this clip from the first episode of HBO's excellent four-part fight documentary, 24/7 Pacquiao/Cotto.

Footage from that episode were shot a couple of weeks back when Pacquiao was training here in Baguio City for his November 14 fight. Typhoon "Ramil" (international name: “Lupit") was threatening the city at the time so trainer Freddie Roach was anxious to leave for Manila and avoid being stranded here. Pacquiao agreed, but prevailed upon Roach to postpone their departure until the next day.

The docu's chronology seems to imply that Pacquiao delayed leaving Baguio in order to meet with presidential aspirant Senator Manny Villar at the Camp John Hay Manor. (Hmm, what on earth could they have been discussing?) Roach flew off the handle when he discovered this and threatened to quit as Pacquiao's trainer. The looks on the faces of Pacquiao and Villar (1:02 mark onwards) when Roach gatecrashes their little powwow … priceless.

[Hat tip to Fire Quinito.]

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Here He Comes To Save The Day

I wished someone would challenge that danged gerrymandering law before the 2010 elections, but I never expected it would be Noynoy Aquino.
Aquino slams law creating new political district in Camarines Sur
By Tetch Torres

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential aspirant Senator Benigno "Noynoy" C. Aquino III on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional a law creating a new district in Camarines Sur which he said is meant to potentially accommodate administration lawmakers, including Representative Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo.

Aquino said Republic Act 9716 will create the third district in Camarines Sur, thus, favoring not only Arroyo but also Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya.

“With this law, they don’t have to run against each other,” Aquino said.

On his official website and Facebook page the senator explained his motivations:
I wish to clarify that I am not against additional representation in the House of Representatives. In fact, I believe that people should not only be adequately represented in national policy making, but their voices should also be heard equally in Congress through their chosen representatives. However, representation should be based on a uniform and progressive ratio as provided for in our Constitution and that one man’s vote should be equal to that of the other. I am not asking for mathematical precision—only that the Constitutional standards of population and contiguity be observed, at all times, in the creation of new congressional districts.
I wish you luck, Senator, because my initial observation is that your lawyers will have trouble with the second sentence of Section 5(3), Article VI of the Constitution which says, "Each city with a population of at least two hundred fifty thousand, or each province, shall have at least one representative." But as one who hails from Camarines Sur, I must say I appreciate the effort.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Random Find From The SC Website

Does the name Danilo de Guzman ring a bell?

It does, at least in local legal circles. De Guzman was the lawyer the Supreme Court disbarred for leaking questions in Mercantile Law during the 2003 Bar Examinations.

Last year De Guzman petitioned the Court to be reinstated as a member of the Philippine Bar. The Court granted the petition in April, and commuted De Guzman's disbarment to seven years' suspension. He can again practice law in 2011.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Laging Handa

A few days ago I was at a bank on an errand to pick up checkbooks. I expected to bring home only two or three, so I was momentarily stumped when my contact placed twenty in front of me. They wouldn't fit in my pants pockets so I told my contact, "Pahingi naman ng lalagyan, please."

I was seated at the time next to an old lady who, obviously, had observed the whole exchange. She pulled out an SM plastic bag and with a smile offered it to me.

After saying thanks I ventured, "Ma'am, Girl Scout ho ba kayo noong kabataan ninyo?"

"Oo, elementary at high school," the lady said.

Kaya pala.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

How To Dismantle An Atom Bomb

No NCAA team knew how, Ato, not when it mattered most. That's why you're #1. A rookie head coach, and even sans the awesome pornstache, you led the San Sebastian Stags to the men's basketball crown in Season 84. Not bad, not bad at all.

I look forward to your team's stint in Philippine Collegiate Championship League this November. Let's see what you can do against Norman Black, your coach during your San Miguel Beer days in the PBA, and his UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Not Gonna Be Fair

Look out, NBA, The Dream is teaching Black Mamba the Dream Shake.

The other Lakers have been practicing, as well.

Yup, that's the Lake Show. Limang tulog na lang!

[Hat tip to X's and O's of Basketball and Ball Don't Lie.]

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Here We Go Again

The news that former President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada will run for reelection in 2010 inspired a friend to write this:
Dear Erap,

Wala ka na ba talagang magawa sa natitira mong oras dito sa Planet Earth?! Sinabi na kasi sa iyo, too much alcohol is bad for your health. Ayan tuloy, natuluyan ka ng todo todo. Naubos ng o* ang brain cells mo! But then again, you've defied science by not having it in the first place.

At sinama mo pa talaga si Binay e noh?! At di ka tumigil dun. Dinagdag mo pa si Enrile, si Miriam, yung anak ni De Venecia, at kung sino pang hudas. Sana sinabi mo na din, "Pilipinas, meet your doom."

Sige nga. Anong opinyon mo sa climate change? Teka lang. Kaya mo bang i-spell yun?!

Sana wag mo namang sayangin yung ginawa kong paglalakad mula Citibank Paseo hanggang Edsa Shrine kasama ng mga kaibigan ko at ng ilan pang libong Pinoy. Di ka namin ginugood taym nun ha! Effort yun! At ayoko ng ulitin pa.

Baka gusto mo na lang mag-audition bilang bagong housemate ni Kuya? Tumutulong din naman sila sa mahihirap. Libre din ang pagkain, libreng tirahan, maraming girls. At pag ikaw ang natirang housemate, yayaman ka din!

Hindi nga? Seryoso ako. Sana ikaw, hindi.

Nalulurkey sa yo,
Akong umaasang may pag-asa ang bansang itow ng hindi dahil sa yo
I, for one, am not too worried. We kicked him out of MalacaƱang once, we will kick him out again if necessary.

[Hat tip to B. Pascual]

*To be read as "over." I know because I asked the writer if that was a typo. Just goes to show I'm not "in."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Could Have Been Better

For the first time ever, famed sports blog Ball Don't Lie carried an item about Philippine basketball. Unfortunately the news wasn't good.

[Screen grab from Ball Don't Lie]

As expected, Filipinos everywhere jumped all over the comments section.


[24 October 2009 edit]

Basketbawful also carried the story.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Perhaps Mishaps

Whoa, one of my college teachers got into a horrible accident.
The day I met a drunk driver
By Ruel S. De Vera
Philippine Daily Inquirer

One Saturday night after a violin lesson I was walking to where the cabs were. I was at the sidewalk of a one-way street, when suddenly all I could see was the ground spinning so fast my brain hardly had time to register that I was rolling on the asphalt, stopping only when my head hit the bumper of a parked jeepney.

I sat up immediately, disoriented while I looked for my things. People on the street went to me, with everyone talking all at once how some speeding and swerving car hit me. I checked myself and found that I was bleeding—my head, face, and nose. Then an old man came up to me. “Are you the one who hit me?” I asked him point blank, still in disbelief that I was almost roadkilled. “Yes,” he said feebly. “Are you drunk?” “Slightly.” He reeked of alcohol.

Continued …
Like I said, horrible. Good to know Sir Ruey is now recovering.

Perhaps because I'm careful, lucky, bad grass, or a combination of those, save for a beer bottle mishap I haven't met a major accident (knock on wood). I've had some close calls, of course.

On my birthday seven or eight years back, the car I was riding was rear-ended by another along C.P. Garcia Street in UP Diliman. After convoying to the nearest police station to report the incident (I rode in the other car), our group still went for beers and billiards.

There was also one time I found a car on top of my foot. That was mostly my fault—I was reading my codal while crossing the road in front of Romulo Hall in UP Diliman when all of a sudden, my left foot was under the right front wheel of a Civic. I felt no pain because I was wearing solid basketball shoes. I just calmly pulled my foot out and continued on my way, still reading.

[30 December 2009 Edit]

There's an update to this story.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Google Is Wasted On Me

Because unlike Cyberlaundry, this is the lofty kind of thing I fact-check:
Click! Philippine Daily Inquirer … Korean actor Kim Bum of ABS-CBN’s Asianovela “Boys Over Flowers” flew to Manila recently to shoot a commercial for RC Cola opposite teen actress Maja Salvador. In the late night entertainment program “Showbiz News Ngayon,” the 20-year-old model-actor expressed how excited he is to work with Maja, whom he said looks just like Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Continued...
The verdict? Although I see a resemblance, I don't think Ms. Salvador looks "just like" Ms. Zeta-Jones. But who knows, maybe that phrase was supplied by Mr. Kim's interpreter, or by the writer of the article.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sight For Sore Eyes

Yesterday evening we encountered a Victory Liner bus full of passengers approaching its terminal. We couldn't help cheering; finally, things had begun to normalize after the craziness of the past few days.


On Flickr I discovered an 80-strong group of Victory Liner bus spotters/enthusiasts. I wonder if anyone of them ever went, "Choose Life. Choose a job …"


Ateneo is the top Philippine university in the 2009 edition of the THE-QS World University Rankings. Did they factor in the results of the UAAP Season 72 basketball tournament?


They call these relief goods?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

[Post 250] UAAP Season 72: Closing The Books

Another season, another championship. I could get used to this, he he. If only for the fact that as defending champs, the Blue Eagles played with big bull's-eyes on their backs all season, I dare say that this year's title is sweeter than last year's. Ateneo's road to the Season 72 championship was simply more arduous (if losing two games, one more than in Season 71, can rightfully be called "arduous"). Unlike last year, the Blue Eagles didn't collar majority of the individual awards. Still, this season had its highlights: the twelve-game win streak, the two-game sweep of archrival La Salle, and the emergence of players expected to be vital cogs in Ateneo's three-peat drive next year. And to mark the end of another near-perfect campaign, let me record for posterity's sake the Blue Eagle's title run in Season 72, beginning with the people responsible:
4 Juami Tiongson, PG
5 Jai Reyes, PG
6 Emman Monfort, PG
7 Nonoy Baclao, PF
8 Bacon Austria, SG/SF
10 Tonino Gonzaga, SF
11 Eric Salamat, SG
12 Kirk Long, SG
13 Ryan Buenafe, SF
14 Nico Salva, PF
15 Vince Burke, PF
17 Oping Sumalinog, SF
18 Justin Chua, PF/C
19 Rabeh Al-Hussaini, C
20 Chris de Chavez, SG/SF
21 Frank Golla, PF/C

Head Coach
Norman Black

Coaching Staff
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
Jon Jacinto
Dennis Aenlle
Chester Tiongson
The route the team took in winning the title:
Eliminations, First Round
Sunday, 12 July 2009, 63-59 win over FEU
Thursday, 16 July 2009, 72-57 win over UE
Sunday, 19 July 2009, 93-77 win over UST
Sunday, 26 July 2009, 58-68 loss to UP
Thursday, 30 July 2009, 61-51 win over Adamson
Saturday, 1 August 2009, 75-47 win over NU
Sunday, 9 August 2009, 76-72 win over La Salle

Eliminations, Second Round
Thursday, 13 August 2009, 80-75 win over UE
Sunday, 16 August 2009, 81-65 win over La Salle
Sunday, 23 August 2009, 80-70 win over UST
Thursday, 27 August 2009, 75-54 win over NU
Sunday, 30 August 2009, 61-52 win over Adamson
Sunday, 6 September 2009, 93-75 win over UP
Saturday, 12 September 2009, 74-73 win over FEU

Final Four
Sunday, 19 September 2009, 81-64 win over UST

Thursday, 1 October 2009, 78-71 win over UE
Sunday, 4 October 2009, 88-68 loss to UE
Thursday, 8 October 2009, 71-58 win over UE
The standings after the two-round eliminations:
ADMU Blue Eagles (13-1)
FEU Tamaraws (11-2)
UE Red Warriors (10-4)
UST Growling Tigers (6-8)
AdU Soaring Falcons (5-9)
DLSU Green Archers (5-9)
NU Bulldogs (3-11)
UP Fighting Maroons (3-11)
The Blue Eagles who stood out:
Rabeh Al-Hussaini
Finals Most Valuable Player Member
Mythical Team
Jollibee Yum Doubles Duo

Nico Salva
KFC Sixth Man

Eric Salamat
Jollibee Yum Doubles Duo
PSBank Maaasahan Player of the Year
There, that ought to be the last of it. See you next season!


[12 October 2009 Edit]

I suck at marking milestones. Just like last time, I forgot to note beforehand that this is my 250th entry since TPatS started in July 2008.

Friday, October 9, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Black-To-Back!

As soon as UE's Paul Lee and Elmer Espiritu connected on that alley-oop dunk with minutes remaining in Game 2 and the Red Warriors leading by double digits (and especially when another Red Warrior took an unguarded, buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 20-point UE lead), I knew that the Blue Eagles would get them back and win Game 3.

Eagles complete back-to-back title romp
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Defense and deadly focus sparked a second straight title for the Blue Eagles that completed a second consecutive championship double for Ateneo in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Aggressive on both ends of the court, the Blue Eagles pulled away in the second quarter and roared to a 71-58 rout of the University of the East Warriors in the finale of the best-of-three title series before a 19,000-strong crowd.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who scattered 28 points in Ateneo’s 78-71 Game 1 win, came out dominating Game 3 with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead this batch of Blue Eagles in replicating Ateneo’s first back-to-back title romp in 1987 and 1988.

The moral lesson: "You don't tug on Superman's cape/ You don't spit into the wind/ You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger/ And you don't mess around with Slim."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Still Pouring

This is why I can never lose faith in you, Filipino. 

MAGHAHANDOG ang Kalinisan Steam Laundry Inc. ng libreng palaba sa mga biktima ng malawakang pagbaha na nagpalubog sa mga kapitbahay nito sa Quezon City noong isang linggo.

Bahagi ito ng pasasalamat sa langit ng kumpanya sa pagliligtas sa kanila sa pagbaha.

Pinatuloy rin ng Kalinisan sa warehouse nito upang makakain at makasilong ang mahigit 100 mag-anak na lumikas dahil sa pananalasa ng Bagyong “Ondoy,” sinabi sa INQUIRER kahapon ni Edwin Matibag, marketing and delivery officer.


I'm proud that Bicolanos are helping out, and grateful that for a change, they're on the giving end of relief efforts.
From Bicol with love
DJ Yap

DATI, sila ang tumatanggap ng tulong. Ngayon, pagkakataon na ng mga Bicolano na magpamalas ng “utang na loob.”

Nakaligtas sa poot ng mga Bagyong “Ondoy” at “Pepeng” ang mga bayan sa Bicol na sinalanta nina “Milenyo” at “Reming” tatlong taon na ang nakalilipas.

“It’s our turn to return the generosity of those who helped us before,” ani Rodel Batocabe, pangulo ng Ako Bicol Foundation, tinukoy ang “overwhelming response” ng Bicol sa panawagan ng Metro Manila na lubos na sinalanta ni “Ondoy.”

[Hat tip to TnB and R. Fortes-Leung]

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Five Thousand And First

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this very important announcement:
On 6 October 2009, at 8:05:49 p.m. Philippine time, The Past and the Spurious welcomed its 5,001st visitor.

Monday, October 5, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: They Got Even, And Then Some

What's there to say? Hats off to UE for the emphatic win.
Warriors forge rubber match
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Dominant in all departments, the University of the East Warriors mocked the odds to forge a winner-take-all UAAP championship showdown.

The Warriors reduced Ateneo into a fumbling bunch and roared to a surprising 88-68 blowout victory, spoiling the Blue Eagles’ bid to sweep the title series in Game 2 of the men’s basketball Finals at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum.

Elmer Espiritu highlighted the rout with a spectacular alley-oop dunk off a Paul Lee assist that silenced the predominantly Ateneo crowd and gave the Warriors a 19-point advantage, 79-66, with four minutes left.

But when Ateneo wins Thursday the Red Warriors can point that Lee-Espiritu alley-oop as the reason. Make 'em pay, Eagles.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Project Exodus: June 2004

These posts from June 2004 are walking fast; Rameses' charioteers have made it down the Red Sea floor.

Friday, October 2, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Going To The Vets

It slipped my mind that the game was at 4 p.m. yesterday. I blame it on the quiz.
Hot Al-Hussaini lifts Eagles
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Rabeh Al-Hussaini turned in a virtuoso performance in the final two minutes and lifted the Ateneo Blue Eagles within a win of claiming their second straight UAAP men’s basketball championship.

Al-Hussaini humbled the University of the East Warriors with a series of clutch shots to power the Blue Eagles to a 78-71 triumph in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals at the Araneta Coliseum.

“I just kept thinking that it’s my last year and I have to step up,” said Al-Hussaini, who finished with a game-high 28 points capped by a six-point cluster that gave the Eagles a 75-68 advantage with just a minute left.

Jai Reyes also delivered in crucial stretches by shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range in the second half that kept the rallying Warriors at bay.

Good win, although coach Norman Black will lose sleep over that 17-point lead the Blue Eagles blew in the second quarter.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Down To The World Go They

In the words of Keanu Reeves: Whoa.
30 September 2009

MEMO TO: The Loyola Schools Community
FROM : Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng
Vice President for the Loyola Schools

SUBJECT: After Ondoy

For the past days, we have been hearing stories of loss and devastation experienced by many members of our community. We share in their grief and hope to share, too, in the rebuilding. This aftermath of Ondoy challenges the University?s traditional learning environment; however, it allows us to learn and grow in different ways. Thus, the Deans, Associate Deans, representatives of various sectors, and I have agreed on the following:

1. Unless otherwise announced by CHED, MalacaƱan, or the Quezon City government, classes will continue until 21 October 2009, but there will be no final exams.

a.The basis of the final grade will be the current class standing of the student.
b.If a student wishes to raise his/her grade, s/he will have the option of taking the final exam or fulfilling an equivalent requirement. The deadline for completing INC or NE may be extended.

2.Classes can be used to deal with the aftermath of Ondoy, e.g., apply knowledge, skill sets, and values to understanding and managing disaster, rebuilding and rehabilitation of communities, or organizing and implementing support systems.

This is not unprecedented in Ateneo history, though. Twenty-three years ago the university implemented a similar policy during the first EDSA Revolution, or so the elder alumni say.

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Ready Like Spaghetti

"(W)hat happened last Saturday makes basketball so trivial …" wrote a La Sallian cough, whose team isn't one of the last two still standing and about to contest the Season 72 basketball crown, cough.

Seriously though, Mr. Atayde has a point. But the more I think about it, the more I believe that after the horrific events of the past few days, people need—nay, deserve—something trivial. Two-and-a-half hours of sports entertainment can do wonders for stress and overwrought emotions.

So on that note: One! Big! Fight!