Friday, December 31, 2010

Tibibord In A.D. 2010

What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
I got a fauxhawk.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
To R+K a little star was born.

Did anyone close to you die?
Close close, none (knock on wood). Distant close (you know what I mean), author Robert B. Parker.

What countries did you visit?
None in real life.

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Speed reading and/or touch typing skills.

What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
10 May – For the first time in a long while, our immediate family was complete.

18 June – The Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight NBA championship.

21-22 August – My best weekend in 2010. Starting this year I will remember August 21 for a happy event and not as "the day Ninoy died." August 22 was a dope "Bang! Bang!" Sunday.

30 September – The Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles won their third straight UAAP championship.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making it past 11:59:59 PM of 31 December 2010 with life and limb intact.

What was your biggest failure?
I couldn't make the schedules work.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, and I have scars to prove it.

What was the best thing you bought?
A pre-loved (pre-loved daw, o) hardcover first edition of A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
My family.

Whose behavior appalled you and made you depressed?
I can't think of anyone who appalled me and made me depressed. But change that and to an or

Where did most of your money go?
Medicine. Public transport.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The handful of times family and friends went up the mountain.

What song/s will always remind you of 2010?
"Ang Huling El Bimbo." NU 107 signed off for good this year, and that E-Heads song was the FM station's (second to the) last song.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Happier, kasi mababaw ang kaligayahan ko.
b. Thinner or fatter? I now need to wear a belt with my jeans so yeah, thinner.
c. Richer or poorer? It's a push.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Sports or fitness activities.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Getting sick.

Did you fall in love in 2010?

What was your favorite TV program?
It's a toss-up between NCIS and the UAAP Season 73 basketball telecasts.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope. That being said, there were things in the news that made me go, "Hmm, Chapter Eight, Title Ten, Book Two of the Revised Penal Code would be good right now."

What was the best book you read?
Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. Prior to 2010 I've only read parts of it, and that was way back in college.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Katy Perry and her hook-filled songs. That may or may not be so sad.

What did you want and get?
Bragging rights courtesy of my favorite sports teams.

What did you want and not get?
More trips to Bicol and/or Metro Manila. Also, black leather shoes.

Favorite film of this year?
If that means "film that came out in 2010," it would be an easy choice since I only saw two, and I'm not not picking Iron Man 2.

If that means "film that I saw in 2010," it would be Star Trek.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I ate my own weight in spaghetti and fried chicken ('Lamat, TnB). And I'm still on the calendar.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had been able to make the schedules fit.

What/who kept you sane?
Out of necessity, me, myself, and I. Of course, it would've also been me, myself, and I who was responsible for any insanity in the first place.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I will only mention three or we'll be here all day: Kat Dennings in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Kristen Stewart in Adventureland, and Kaley Cuoco in The Big Bang Theory.

Who did you miss?
Family and friends in the lowlands.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Being ill sucks balls.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star…"

The most touching experience you’ve had this year?
I was asked to be a godparent, which fulfilled a half-forgotten—and most likely, drunken—college promise.

What did you hate most about yourself this year?
My mañana habit.

What did you like most about yourself this year?
In early November I quit one of my oldest vices. No relapse so far.

Was 2010 a good year for you?
It wasn't bad, ergo it must have been good.

[Hat tip to The Transplant.]

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My 2010 In Books

These are the books I finished this year:
  • Paper Doll by Robert B. Parker
  • Inside the Cage: A Season at West 4th Street's Legendary Tournament by Wight Martindale Jr.
  • Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason with Lee Gruenfeld
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney
  • Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
  • Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker
  • Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  • The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • Now & Then by Robert B. Parker
  • Hitting the Jackpot: The Inside Story of the Richest Indian Tribe in History by Brett D. Fromson
  • Live from Middle America: Rants from a Red-State Comedian by Brad Stine
  • Who Let the Blogs Out?: A Hyperconnected Peek at the World of Weblogs by Biz Stone
  • Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever by Don Haskins with Daniel Wetzel
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
  • Widow's Walk by Robert B. Parker
  • Echo Park by Michael Connelly
  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
  • Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
  • The Choice by Bob Woodward
I beat last year's tally in quantity but not in quality—I didn't read a book that was deemed "classic." Also, there are no Filipino authors on my list this year. Those should be my points for improvement in 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My 2010 In Movies

This year I saw the following films:
  • Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) (2009)
  • Bedtime Stories (2008)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • The Invincible Iron Man (2007) (V)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
  • As Good as It Gets (1997)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • The House Bunny (2008)
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  • Yes Man (2008)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • New Moon (2009)
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
  • The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • National Treasure (2004)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • The Pianist (2002)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • The Good German (2006)
  • Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Big Stan (2007)
  • When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Taken (2008)
  • The Rocker (2008)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • The Proposal (2009)
  • Funny People (2009)
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  • White Men Can't Jump (1992)
  • Fever Pitch (2005)
  • Up (2009)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
  • Watchmen (2009)
  • Big Daddy (1999)
  • The Hangover (2009)
  • Semi-Pro (2008)
Yes, of all the movies that were released in 2010 I was only able to catch two—and just one at a cinema.

Forgive me, Fr. Nick, for I have sinned.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fug Me: Christmas Choices Edition

This is how my hair looked like at 6:30 PM yesterday:

[Photo credit: E. Canale]

Half an hour or so later…bam!

[Photo credit: D. Cayabyab]

I'm excited to see how it will look like gelled.

Monday, December 20, 2010

There's A Picture, So It happened

It's always jarring to see players from other collegiate squads wearing Blue Eagle uniforms. In the recent Hong Kong tournament where the Ateneo-Adamson selection finished fourth, for instance, Alex Nuyles of the Soaring Falcons wore jersey No. 6, which has belonged to Ateneo's Emman Monfort for the past two years:

[Image grabbed from here.]

Similarly, Lester Alvarez wore Tonino Gonzaga's No. 7 while Eric Camson used Ryan Buenafe's No. 13. Jan Colina wore jersey No. 9, which no Blue Eagle has used in the past three UAAP seasons and perhaps even longer.

I wonder whose last names were actually written on the backs of those jerseys.

The last time I saw something similar was in 2004. In that year's UAAP-NCAA All-Star Showdown, DLSU Green Archer Mark Cardona donned an Ateneo warm-up jersey while Blue Eagle JC Intal wore a DLSU shirt.

Nice, Adamson

I may have been too harsh in a previous post. That's because Adamson, after losing to Ateneo in the PCCL finals, loaned some of its best players to reinforce the Blue Eagles in the recently-concluded 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup.

With the PCCL win Ateneo earned the right to play in the Hong Kong tournament. But when some Blue Eagles weren't able to make the trip, head coach Norman Black drafted Alex Nuyles, Lester Alvarez, Jan Colina, and Eric Camson from rival Adamson. It was a nice gesture, yet inspired, too: Black, who will form a team of college players to represent the Philippines in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, got a chance to evaluate those Falcons up close for possible inclusion in the national team.

Dubbed the "Blue Birds," the Ateneo-Adamson selection beat the Thai national team and Chinese team GCC Group before losing to Xin Cheng Holdings, another Chinese team. In the semifinals they lost to US team SCFA, the eventual tournament winner, then dropped their match for third place against the Hong Kong national team.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's All About The, Um, Ninoys

A few days ago the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas unveiled the new Philippine banknotes that will be circulated beginning this month.

[Image grabbed from here.]

I can't wait to get my hands on them. The 100-peso bill is easily my favorite since its reverse features Mayon Volcano and a butanding (whale shark). Go Bicol, ha ha!

[20 December Edit]

Whoa, it seems the new bills are error-filled. I wonder how that will affect the planned December rollout.

[21 December 2010 Edit]

Here is the BSP's official statement regarding the perceived errors. A BSP deputy governor has also been quoted as saying that the bills should be publicly available by Christmas. Their primer says as much.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nice Try, Adamson

I see what you did there, Falcons.

PCCL 2010 Finals Game 3: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Dec. 6, 2010
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

But there are things you just don't do. 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.

You also don't show up the defending champs with statement shirts you can't back up. For that you get a Kirk Long-Nico Salva-Eric Salamat bitch slap and a Sandy Arespacochaga slow clap.

UAAP Season 73 Semi-finals: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 19, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]

Now go enjoy the other meaning of "bluer than blue."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'll Never Tire Of Seeing This

PCCL 2010 Finals Game 3: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Dec. 6, 2010
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

The Ateneo Blue Eagles lost the University Games crown two months ago, but they bounced back and repeated as Philippine Collegiate Champions League champs. What a way to end another banner year for Ateneo basketball.
Ateneo Eagles keep soaring, cop PCCL title
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—One more crown to cap another stellar season.

Kirk Long’s hot shooting kept Ateneo’s offensive machine humming in the second half and the Blue Eagles went on to down the Adamson Falcons, 73-67, yesterday to capture their second straight Philippine Collegiate Champions League title.

Near-perfect from three-point range, Long produced a game-high 25 points while tournament MVP Nico Salva also came up with big numbers in the winner-take-all Game 3 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“Maybe people are tired already of seeing us win, but we’re not,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, after his three-time UAAP champions wrapped up the best-of-three title series with a second straight win.

Full story…
Thanks to DLSU the much-anticipated duel of 2010 UAAP and NCAA titlists Ateneo and San Beda didn't materialize in the PCCL, but a win is a win. The Manuel V. Pangilinan perpetual trophy will stay in Loyola Heights for a second straight year.

With their third PCCL win in four years the Blue Eagles extended the UAAP's domination of this tournament. All eight stagings have been won by UAAP squads. More importantly, the Blue Eagles are now the winningest team in PCCL history, just ahead of UE and FEU who each have two titles.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Yes, He Did

Huli ako sa balita as usual, but holy cow, ST won! That sonovagun's going to get his own TV cooking show, woo-hoo!

Of all the photos from that November 30 showdown I've seen so far, I like this candid shot of ST best. If in that picture he's doing what I think he's doing, the Jesuits of Xavier School will be mighty pleased.

[8 December 2010 Edit]

Here is a (!) account of how the November 30 showdown went. Shit just got real, ha ha!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Project Exodus: August 2005

Moses saw red and threw the stone tablets containing the Commandments at the idol that these posts from August 2005 made.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


My week started with this e-mail from ADMU's Office of University Development and Alumni Relations:
We are happy to announce that the Ateneo de Manila University partnered with Google to provide lifetime Ateneo-domain email addresses for all its alumni. Because of the number of our alumni, we are slowly rolling out the addresses by batch and not sequentially. You are receiving this message because your Google-hosted account in the Ateneo domain has been activated.
Awww, right?

But then again there's this article that says:
And if you're more than a few years out of school, dump the alma mater's account. If you're still using 20 years after graduation, you'll just be the digital equivalent of the middle-aged guy still trying to squeeze on his letterman's jacket.
Screw it, I'm keeping that new e-mail account. It's not an address, after all, but an one. There's a difference. And besides, it hasn't been twenty years since I graduated. Yet.

[Hat tip to J for sharing that piece.]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GPOYW: Bang-Bang Practice

And I do mean practice. This photo will do nothing for my street cred:

practice makes perfect

That's from the same December 2004 gun shoot I already wrote about. I forget who that is beside me.

[Hat tip to C. "Baby VC" Javier for the photo.]

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I know lawyers earned the right to put those four letters and a period before their names, but methinks this is ridiculous:

However, if that dude's first name really is "Atty," forget I ever said anything.

This one is worse:

The hubris coupled with wrong grammar makes it all the more hilarious. Talk about a self-defeating claim.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Averages, Law Of

Last Monday, the first day of the rest of our lives that won't have NU107 in it, Lifestyle Network announced that ST made it to the Top 2 on Clash of the Toque-en Ones. Even as I'm aware that those two aren't comparable developments, I am grateful that the universe has started—in my case, at least—to even things out a bit in the good news, bad news department.

NU's last song, not counting the Philippine national anthem, was "Ang Huling El Bimbo." Not bad.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Retconning, AFP Style

I found it très cool that the Philippine Army has a Medal of Valor awardee, Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz, as its 53rd commanding general. Since that is the stuff the Filipino action films of my youth were made of—remember Medal of Valor: Habang Nasusugatan Lalong Tumatapang starring Lito Lapid?—I dicked around the Interwebs looking for Gen. Ortiz's MoV citation.

This is what I found on the Philippine Army website:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, during fierce firefight with about 200 numerically superior rebel at Sitio Wanepolon, Pandaran Murcia, Negros Occidental on 6 April 1990. While serving as commander of five joint Leons of the 606th Special Forces Company and CAFGU ELEMENTS. Captain Ortis acted on information on the presence of a terrorist camp in Murcia and initiated the planned rail. Leading his troops through tough terrain, they successfully infiltrated the camp and engaged the enemy in a 2-hour gun battle that resulted in the death of 85 terrorists, the capture of 8 more and the recovery of assorted firearms and ammunitions.
Meanwhile, this is what retired Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ramon J. Farolan wrote in his Philippine Daily Inquirer column "Reveille":
Maj. Gen. Art Ortiz, a soldier of valor

x x x

As his Medal for Valor (MFV) citation reads: "The two-hour gunbattle resulted in 84 terrorists killed, with 22 dead bodies counted, including 17 recovered on-site, eight captured and several others wounded and missing as reported by the Negros Regional Party Committee. Recovered from the enemy were 33 assorted firearms, 21 rifle grenades, several hand grenades, five ICOM radios, and other enemy equipment.

"By this display of exceptional courage and high degree of leadership, Capt. Ortiz distinguished himself in the field of combat in keeping with the highest tradition of Filipino soldiery."

Full story …
Astig. I think, though, that neither of those two is exactly how Gen. Ortiz's citation originally went. After all, it was only post-9/11 that the New People's Army was labeled a "terrorist organization"; in the 1990s, NPA members were still "rebels," not "terrorists."

Friday, November 5, 2010

So This Happened

Fifteen-year-old me just gave me a high five. Now he wants us to listen to the hidden track on Album Na Walang Pamagat.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An End Worthy Of Song

The horizontally-challenged adult female has uttered words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations: as previously rumored, NU107 will indeed be signing off for the last time. Below is the station's provisional schedule in its last five days. It promises to be epic.

[Image grabbed from here.]

Thank you and goodbye, NU. I hope your last-ever song will be perfect for the occasion.

[5 November 2010 Edit]

Here is the confirmation from the NU107 station manager.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Project Exodus: July 2005

Uh-oh, Moses has finally seen what these posts from July 2005 have been doing while he was away.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kid Says The Darndest Thing

This sweet, talented young man thinks that Frankenstein figure looks like me.

[Photo courtesy of TnB.]

Friday, October 29, 2010

Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata

This past Sunday former DWNU 107.5 DJ JaeDee caused a stir when she blogged—and perhaps unknowingly confirmed earlier rumors—about the impending demise of the FM station. In the self-explanatorily titled "News Goose’s Final Report: NU107 is Closing Down!", the ex-rock jock reported that due to financial considerations the station will be placed under new management and shift to a more populist format by January 2010.

Three days later, in an update titled "NU107 Closing Down on November 7, 2010?" JaeDee reported that NU’s final broadcast is less than two weeks away.

As may be expected, the local blogosphere blew up as past and present NU listeners gave their two cents' worth regarding the matter. That first blog entry alone received over two hundred wistful and/or outraged responses. Someone even started an unofficial fan page on Facebook.

The plot thickened on the eve of tonight's NU107 Rock Awards when this appeared yesterday on NU107's Twitter:

[Screen grab from here.]

The immediately following Tweet read, "For aspiring bloggers out there. A blogger's Code of Ethics", and linked to's model Bloggers' Code of Ethics.

So, were those Tweets meant along the vein of Mark Twain's "The report of my death was an exaggeration" because JaeDee was given a bum steer? Or were they intended to throw people off the scent even as the Home of NU Rock is circling the drain?

As a former NU listener myself, I would rather have the former.

By the way, those two posts have already been taken down from JaeDee's blog, although they can still be found and viewed by the curious (contact me if you want instructions). There must be developments that we have yet to hear about.

[30 October 2010 Edit]

What I read between NU DJ Francis Brew's lines isn't heartening.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kikoys Represent!

I found this on Facebook and was instantly transported back in time:

[Image credit: C. dela Cruz, ADNU HS '01]

That's the logo of Kataas-taasang, Kahuli-hulihang Klase sa Ateneo de Naga*, more popularly known as Kikiks, an organization (in the loosest sense of the word) of fourth year students of Ateneo de Naga High School that was started in 1979 by students from Learning Group 20 of Batch 1980. Its name was obviously inspired by Andres Bonifacio's revolutionary society, and was a nod to LG 20's status as the "last" fourth year section in school year 1979-1980.

Over the years membership in Kikiks was opened to seniors regardless of section and the group became an institution of sorts. Even if it wasn't a recognized organization like Days with the Lord—the Kikoys' so-called initiation rites were, shall we say, not parent- or school-friendly—Kikiks' existence was an open secret. If you went to AdeN for high school, you had to be a Kikoy just as you had to be a Dazer.

During my freshman and sophomore years Kikoys regularly threw their hand signal at school assemblies in full view of teachers and school administrators. But things changed junior year when Kikiks feuded with a similar organization comprised of my fellow third years. From that point on, school officials watched out for suspected members and Kikoys had to keep a much lower profile.

Things got so bad that even my LG's Intramurals shirt senior year was banned because our team name was "PRO-KKK" (short for "Pagromdomon asin Omawon Kagayunan kan Kabikolan"**). And it was only right after our graduation ceremonies ended that we dared to flash the Kikiks hand signal.

Still, those were fun times.

[Hat tip to the ADNU HS '80 blog for the Kikiks origin story.]

*Or was it "Kataas-taasang, Kahuli-hulihang Klase ng Ateneo de Naga"? I forget.

**Translation: Remember and Praise the Beauty of Bicol

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

GPOYW: The Last Suit You'll Ever Wear

Today is International Suit Up Day 2010, so here's a photo of me all suited up.


[Hat tip to S. Cayton for the photo.]

Help A Good Gal Out

"First enlightenment, then the laundry."—Zen proverb

Since I'm plugging pals, here's the new business venture of a dear, dear friend:

They make fun and funky laundry bags! Here's one from their "Sitting Pretty" collection:

This next one is from the "Sitting Witty" line:

Your problems have been solved, people in search of fresh holiday gift ideas! Just head over to the Laundry Lines website for information on product costs, specs, available designs, and ordering instructions. You can also check them out on Facebook.

[All images courtesy of Laundry Lines.]

Oh, and here's another friend who has been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Help A Good Guy Out

My college block- and thesis-mate Sharwin, he of the excellent sports blog From the 50 Peso Seats, was chosen as one of the six finalists for the cooking competition show Clash of the Toque-en Ones. Check out his demo video that Lifestyle Network is now airing. 

Sweet, huh?

The immediate goal now is to get ST to the Top 2. As a huge personal favor to me, please send an e-mail to with the subject "VOTE Sharwin." If you could do it at least daily, even using all your e-mail accounts, I'm sure the universe will find a way to return your kindness.

[16 October 2010 Edit]

Here's his second demo video:

Again, the voting process is very simple. Just send blank e-mails with "Vote Sharwin" on the subject line to Since there's no limit to the number of votes one can send, please vote as often as humanly possible. You can even use the same e-mail address each time.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

UAAP Season 73: Closing The Books

“I don’t want to insult my former players but this is by far the most gratifying championship we’ve had here in Ateneo,” Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black said after his squad collared its third straight Men's Division basketball championship. He may even be right.

In winning back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 Ateneo lost three games—total. This year they lost four—one to also-ran UE, another to arch-rival DLSU, and two to powerhouse FEU—by an average margin of 2.5 points.

Because of all those losses, and the season-long dominance of the FEU Tamaraws, the Blue Eagles flew under the radar even if they were the two-time defending champions. But in the postseason they did some serious damage, winning all three of their Final Four and Finals games by an average of 13 points to clinch the Season 73 crown.

For posterity's sake, here's how the Blue Eagle's title run in Season 73 went. First, the players and coaches responsible:
4 Art dela Cruz, Jr., F
5 Juami Tiongson, G
6 Emman Monfort, G
7 Tonino Gonzaga, G/F
8 Bacon Austria, G/F
10 JP Erram, C
11 Eric Salamat, G
12 Kirk Long, G/F
13 Ryan Buenafe, F
14 Nico Salva, F
15 Jeric Estrada, C
16 Jason Escueta, C
17 Carlo Balmaceda, G
18 Justin Chua, C
20 Chris de Chavez, F
21 Frank Golla, F

Head Coach
Norman Black

Assistant Coaches
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
The route the team took in winning the title:
Eliminations, First Round
Sunday, July 11 – 69-72 loss to FEU
Thursday, July 15 – 69-66 win over AdU
Sunday, July 18 – 68-56 win over UST
Saturday, July 24 – 63-66 loss to DLSU
Saturday, July 31 – 82-65 win over NU
Thursday, August 5 – 78-53 win over UP
Sunday, August 8 – 80-73 win over UE

Eliminations, Second Round
Saturday, August 14 – 75-59 win over UP
Thursday, August 19 – 69-49 win over NU
Sunday, August 22 – 74-57 win over DLSU
Thursday, August 26 – 60-62 loss to UE
Sunday, August 29 – 55-52 win over AdU
Sunday, September 5 – 81-77 win over UST
Saturday, September 11 – 72-74 loss to FEU

Final Four
Sunday, September 19 – 68-55 win over Adamson

Saturday, September 25 – 72-49 win over FEU
Thursday, September 30 – 65-62 win over FEU
The standings after the eliminations:
FEU Tamaraws (12-2)
ADMU Blue Eagles (10-4)
AdU Soaring Falcons (9-5)
DLSU Green Archers (8-6)
NU Bulldogs (7-7)
UE Red Warriors (6-8)
UST Growling Tigers (4-10)
UP Fighting Maroons (0-14)
The Ateneo players who stood out:
Ryan Buenafe
Finals Most Valuable Player

Emman Monfort
Most Improved Player
That's the last of it. I can't wait for when Ateneo hosts Season 74!

Monday, October 4, 2010

UAAP Season 73: So Long, And Thanks

UAAP Season 73: Finals, Game 2, Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. FEU Tamaraws, Sep 30, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]
Three. Straight. Titles. And we only have to say his name to express how we feel. Salamat, Eric, salamat.

UAAP Season 73: FEU Tamaraws vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Sept. 11, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]
Because of the league's age limit, Season 73 is Jumbo Escueta's first and last in the UAAP. But he will leave as a champion after years of toil with Team Glory Be.

UAAP Season 73: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Sept. 5, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]
After two years, the Jessica Mendoza era has ended. Ateneo's next courtside reporter will have big shoes to fill.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Finals: Most Valuable Player

UAAP Season 73 Finals: Game 2, Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. FEU Tamaraws, 30 Sep 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]
At last year's bonfire following the Blue Eagles' second straight UAAP basketball championship, Ateneo forward Ryan Buenafe declared, "Basta, alam ko next year, three-peat."

Those words were in the back of my mind throughout this season, but I didn't dare trot them out here or elsewhere. After all, sports history is littered with athletes who have been forced to eat crow after making similarly bold predictions. For every Joe Namath who said "We're gonna win the game. I guarantee it" before winning Super Bowl III, there's a Paul Pierce who lost Games 6 and 7 in Los Angeles after declaring “We ain’t coming back to LA” early in the 2010 NBA Finals.

But now, three days removed from Ateneo's thrilling Game 2 win and sweep of top-ranked FEU in the best-of-three Finals, and hours before the bonfire celebrating the Blue Eagles' third straight UAAP championship, it's amazing how prescient those words turned out to be. I'm not sure it was properly a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I do know that Buenafe made a promise and fulfilled it with his play. 

He was pedestrian in Game 1 of the Finals, a game that was over after the first quarter, but his Game 2 stats speak for themselves: 23 points (8-12 FG, 1-3 3PT, 6-10 FT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 turnover in 24 minutes of action. Buenafe scored 10 of Ateneo's 13 points in the fourth quarter (FEU scored 12) on a variety of shots, none more cold-blooded or demoralizing than that dagger three for a 64-59 lead with 22.1 seconds left.

Here it is, only his third made three-pointer of the season out of 31 attempts, captured for posterity:

UAAP Season 73 Finals: Game 2, Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. FEU Tamaraws, 30 Sep 2010
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]
On video:

Don't you just love that although he was going for fierce—popping his jersey after making the shot, holding the pose even as he was mobbed—it sure looked like Buenafe was about to cry?

I wonder what he'll tell the Ateneo community tonight.

Friday, October 1, 2010

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Three-peat!

UAAP Season 73: Finals, Game 2, Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. FEU Tamaraws, Sep 30, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]
This season wasn't pretty at times, but its end was oh-so-beautiful.
Hot Eagles pull off ‘three-peat’
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—A PERFECT ENDING to an imperfect start to the season.

Despite treading a less dominant path to the championship this year, Ateneo romped to a historic third straight crown after sweeping Far Eastern University, 65-62, in Game 2 of the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball Finals yesterday at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum.

Ryan Buenafe carried the Blue Eagles on his shoulders in the last seven minutes against an FEU squad that came out fighting this time, despite the absence of coach Glenn Capacio for the entire second half due to health reasons.

Continued …
In 1989 Norman Black coached the San Miguel Beermen, my favorite Philippine Basketball Association team, to a grand slam. Twenty-one years later he did it again, this time with my favorite collegiate team. That man can never do wrong by me. In Black I trust.

The Blue Eagles again pulled the rug from under a newly-crowned Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. In the 2009 Final Four they eliminated UST's Dylan Ababou and Jeric Teng; in the recently-concluded Finals they handcuffed FEU's RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo. There's a lesson there somewhere.

Project Exodus: June 2005

Moses is making his way down the mountain. He's not going to like what these posts from June 2005 are doing.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GPOYW: Bang-Bang Through The Years

I know this isn't Tumblr; I just thought today is as good a day as any to post gratuitous photos of myself.

That's me in December 2004 at the Security and Escort Battalion, Philippine Army shooting range in Fort Bonifacio. The partially obscured shooter in camo is our friend J. Between and behind us, coaching, is The Colonel.

The photo above, meanwhile, was taken just last August. We were at the same range, at the shooting bay on the other side of that wall in the first picture.

That August shoot was extra memorable because if I heard correctly, we met a real hero: Philippine Medal of Valor awardee Maj. Gen. Arturo Ortiz, who was inspecting the SEBn shooting range after being appointed commanding general of the Philippine Army in late July.

[Hat tip to C. "Baby VC" Javier for the photos.]

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Attention: Katroni

I know all about your pet peeve:

But please let my friend live?

[11:45 PM Edit]

And this one, too.

It looks like a really common thing. I'm sure I've also done it. Let me check.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Perfect 10

Attention, members of Ateneo de Manila University Batch 2000:

[Image grabbed from here.]
Yes, it has been that long. Eep.

Monday, September 20, 2010

30 Day Letter Challenge: Count Me In

In the first Thirty Days of meme I tried I was only able to reach Day 27. Let's see how far I'll get with "The 30 Day Letter Challenge," which, I think, is a far more formidable exercise.

Day 1 — Your Best Friend
Day 2 — Your Crush
Day 3 — Your parents
Day 4 — Your sibling (or closest relative)
Day 5 — Your dreams
Day 6 — A stranger
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — Someone from your childhood
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad
Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror
I will not be able to stick to the daily schedule, though. That being said, I'll do my best to complete all thirty prompts.

[Hat tip to Paper Pirouettes.]

Thursday, September 16, 2010

UAAP Season 73: Cheerdance

A friend thought it was a bad idea to have the UAAP courtside reporters wear cheerdance uniforms during the 2010 Cheerdance Competition. At the time I had no idea what she was getting at (I didn't watch the telecast) but in my mind I disagreed because our alma mater's CSR was Jessica Mendoza. That's her in the middle below, wearing the outfit the Blue Babble Cheerdancers wore last year.
UAAP Season 73: Cheerdance Competition, Sept. 12, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for inboundpass.]

I was not alone in this; the Comelec spokesman, a UST alumnus, had similar sentiments.

Coming a close second was UP courtside reporter Riki Flores. That's her on the right below.
UAAP Season 73: Cheerdance Competition, Sept. 12, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for inboundpass.]

With the UP Pep Squad win State U is once again first in cheerdance and last in basketball. The order in my world has been restored.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Project Exodus: May 2005

Little do these posts from May 2005 know that while they are having their orgy of sinfulness, the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments are being created.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

He Shoots, He Scores

This was what we did exactly a week ago.

[Hat tip to S. "Syd Vicious" Cayton and C. "Baby VC" Javier for the photos.]

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Great Minds Think Alike: Tsk, Tsk

The source of their dismay? Ms. Philippines' answer in yesterday's Miss Universe 2010 Q & A portion:

The Associated Press was even less charitable: "The show was without any major gaffes, except for Miss Philippines' answer when asked what her biggest mistake in life was and how she fixed it."

Oh, well. As they say, kung hindi ukol, hindi bubukol.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Looks Familiar

One guess who this dude is.

[Images scanned from yesterday's issue of The Philippine Star.]

Sunday, August 15, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 8 Results

With their second victory against the Maroons in the past nine days, the Blue Eagles have stretched their win streak to four straight games.
Monfort powers Eagles past Maroons; Archers snare Bulldgos
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Emman Monfort had been showing crack form in practice. On Saturday, the diminutive Ateneo guard flashed his deadly shooting for everyone to see.

Monfort unloaded 15 of his 23 points from beyond the arc as the Blue Eagles rolled past the University of the Philippines Maroons, 75-59, to grab a share of second in the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Continued …
This was the first Ateneo game this season that I missed entirely, although it wasn't because I was sure of a victory against the cellar-dwelling UP squad. I had an exam last Saturday so I had to miss what turned out to be Emman Monfort's career game.

The Lady Eagles also beat the UP Lady Maroons, 64-61. They're now fifth in the standings with 3 wins and 4 losses.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


My college batchmate Mike V must have 25 hours in his day.

In 2009, his ALMA MATER line of Ateneo de Manila-themed shirts debuted. It was a solid rookie effort, and included this looker:

ALMA MATER "Sesquicentennial" shirt

Recently, he announced that ALMA MATER's 2010 collection is now available. I looked at the preview pictures and damn, do the threads look fine. Case in point: 

ALMA MATER "One Big Fight" shirt

Aren't they cool? They don't scream "Hey, look at me; I'm from the Ateneo," but a fellow Atenean will instantly know what's up. Really, they're the perfect gifts for your friendly neighborhood Atenista (ahem, ahem!).

I have no idea how much they cost, but apparently the ALMA MATER shirts are available at these locations: A Shop (at the ground floor of Xavier Hall in Ateneo's Loyola Heights, Quezon City campus; telephone number (632) 426-6001 local 4098); AHS Coop (at the Ateneo High School main cafeteria); and at UAAP basketball venues on game days. In the meantime, you can check them out on Multiply and on Facebook.

[Hat tip to M. Vicencio for the pictures.]

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU 1st Round Recap

Tournament Standings
FEU Tamaraws (7-0)
AdU Soaring Falcons (5-2)
ADMU Blue Eagles (5-2)
DLSU Green Archers (4-3)
NU Bulldogs (3-4)
UST Growling Tigers (3-4)
UE Red Warriors (1-6)
UP Fighting Maroons (0-7)
Ateneo Game Results
July 11 – 69-72 loss to FEU
July 15 – 69-66 win over Adamson
July 18 – 68-56 win over UST
July 24 – 63-66 loss to La Salle
July 31 – 82-65 win over NU
August 5 – 78-53 win over UP
August 8 – 80-73 win over UE

Ateneo Statistical Leaders
Kirk Long, 26.4 mpg
Nico Salva, 24.7 mpg
Eric Salamat, 24.1 mpg

Nico Salva, 12.6 ppg
Eric Salamat, 12.0 ppg
Kirk Long, 9.4 ppg

Nico Salva, 6.0 rpg
Frank Golla, 5.9 rpg
Justin Chua, 5.7 rpg

Eric Salamat, 4.0 apg
Ryan Buenafe, 4.0 apg
Kirk Long, 3.6 apg

Eric Salamat, 2.3 spg
Kirk Long, 1.7 spg
Ryan Buenafe, 0.9 spg

Justin Chua, 1.7 bpg
Nico Salva, 1.0 bpg
Ryan Buenafe, 0.6 bpg

[Hat tip to]

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: UP 2nd Round Schedule

Here's the second round schedule for the UP Fighting Maroons:
Saturday, August 14
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. Ateneo

Thursday, August 19
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. DLSU

Sunday, August 22
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. NU

Thursday, August 26
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. AdU

Saturday, August 28
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. UST

Sunday, September 5
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. FEU

Saturday, September 11
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. UE
Six times out of seven the Maroons and Ateneo will have games on the same playdate. What's not to like?

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU 2nd Round Schedule

Here's the second round schedule for the Ateneo Blue Eagles:
Saturday, August 14
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - Ateneo vs. UP

Thursday, August 19
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. NU

Sunday, August 22
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. DLSU

Thursday, August 26
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. UE

Sunday, August 29
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. AdU

Sunday, September 5
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. UST

Saturday, September 11
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU
The Lady Eagles have the following schedule:
Sunday, August 15
Filoil Arena
9:45 AM - Ateneo vs. UP

Saturday, August 21
Filoil Arena
4 PM - Ateneo vs. AdU

Tuesday, August 24
Filoil Arena
10:45 AM - Ateneo vs. UST

Saturday, August 28
Filoil Arena
5:45 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU

Saturday, September 4
Filoil Arena
9 AM - Ateneo vs. UE

Saturday, September 11
Filoil Arena
12:30 PM - Ateneo vs. DLSU

Tuesday, September 14
Filoil Arena
10:45 AM - Ateneo vs. NU
[Schedules taken from here and here.]

Monday, August 9, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 7 Results

My team has now won a season-best three straight games.
Ateneo stops UE 80-73; Adamson edges La Salle
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- Just when it seemed the game was about to slip away, Eric Salamat provided the offensive spark the Ateneo Blue Eagles needed in the final stretch.

Salamat knocked in key triples to lift the suddenly cold-shooting Eagles past the University of the East Warriors, 80-73, on Sunday, at the end of the first round of the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball eliminations at the Phil-Sports Arena.

Continued …
This was a great victory for the Blue Eagles. They trailed by six in the final quarter, but gutted it out. And while team captain Eric Salamat topscored, other Ateneo players also had their moments.

Hey Magic Tiongson—Pedro Cerrano called. Says there's a dance he wants to teach you.

It's kind of sad that the team Ateneo faced and beat in last year's Finals has had to debut new jerseys mid-season in order to jump-start their floundering campaign. And that the coach with the lustrous, advertising-ready hair has had to resort to technical foul-baiting theatrics to light a fire under his guys. How the (once) mighty have fallen.

The Lady Eagles lost in overtime to the DLSU Lady Archers, 64-60, and fell to 2-4.

Friday, August 6, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 6 Results

My team just bagged its second two-game win streak this season.
UAAP: Ateneo trounces UP; Adamson beats UE
By Mark C. Giongco, Celest Flores

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Ateneo rode on a strong performance to trounce University of the Philippines, 78-53, Thursday in the 73rd UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Nico Salva finished with 18 points for the Eagles who are hoping to end the first round of eliminations on a winning note after finishing strong on their last two outings with a 4-2 record.

Continued …
In last year's first round UP pulled off a massive upset, beating Ateneo for the latter's sole loss in the Season 72 eliminations. What a difference a year makes.

This early the Blue Eagles already have two losses. They are no longer the juggernaut that ran roughshod over the competition in the past two seasons. But they must still remember last year's embarrassment at the hands of the Fighting Maroons, because even though they were already up by 24 entering the final period, the starters still saw action deep into the fourth. The result: a liberating 25-point beatdown, and first blood in this season's two-part "Battle of Katipunan."

Juami "Magic" Tiongson joined the rotating cast of Blue Eagles who have sparked the team to victory this year. In 13 minutes of action the second year guard tallied 13 points (8 out of 10 shooting, 3 of 3 from beyond the arc), 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Tiongson sure did live up to his nickname: Ateneo was only up by one when he came off the bench, but aided by his solid play the rout was on.

When the Maroons beat the Blue Eagles last year they were wearing their "Fighting Blacks" jersey. I wonder why they didn't do so yesterday. Will UP debut that alternate uniform in the teams' second round encounter? Abangan.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 5 Results

After that tough, tough loss to archrival La Salle, the universe owed Ateneo a law of averages win.
UAAP: Ateneo blasts NU; UE wins one vs UP
By Mark C. Giongco

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) The Ateneo de Manila University used a furious third quarter rally to defeat National University, 82-65, Saturday in the 73rd UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Eagles, who are now lodged in a three-way tie with De La Salle University and the University of Sto. Tomas at 3-2, started out slow in the first half but broke out of the slump in the third quarter as they started connecting from the outside.

Continued …
It didn't look pretty early on—at one point in the second quarter the Bulldogs had twice as many points as the the Blue Eagles, 28-14. But with blue-collar play Ateneo trimmed the deficit to one at the half before putting the game away in the third. Rudy "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!" Tomjanovich would've been proud.

Eric Salamat's excellent outing ought to silence—for now—those who have been calling for his head or worse, accusing him of shenanigans. I wish those so-called fans would drop it. Being the "King Eagle" can't be that easy.

In their last two games the Lady Eagles bowed to the Adamson Lady Falcons, 82-43, and the UST Tigresses, 72-66, and dropped to 2-3.

Project Exodus: April 2005

These posts from April 2005 have turned a deaf ear on the entreaties of Sephora and Bithiah. Damn that Dathan!

Friday, July 30, 2010

TPatS Second Anniversary

The Past and the Spurious turns two today. This here is my 408th post. And for future reference, here are some stats from the past year:

[Graphic grabbed from Site Meter.]

To the list of people I thanked a year ago I'm adding those who Googled Fr. Adolfo Dacanay, SJ and UAAP basketball jerseys and ended up here. Thanks as well to Jowett of Clean Sheet and Y of Daydream Believer, the second and third TPatS Followers, respectively. Lastly, special mention goes to the person who backread this blog to the tune of 62 page views in 345 minutes, 10 seconds last July 16. Here's hoping it was worth his or her while.

That's it for now. Tune in next year—same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 4 Results

Tsk, my team lost and dropped to 2-2.
UAAP: La Salle beats Ateneo; NU upsets UE
By Celest Flores, Mark C. Giongco

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) De La Salle University overcame a nine-point deficit in the payoff period to beat archrival and defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, 66-63, Saturday in the 73rd UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Joseph Marata hit back-to-back triples in the last two minutes to regain the lead for the Green Archers for good, 65-63, after trailing by nine with 3:55.

Continued …
This is all my fault, ha ha! The Blue Eagles were ahead when I quit watching at halftime, but I wasn't there when they needed my good vibes the most.

Justin Chua continued his strong play with 16 points and 8 boards. Too bad he was the one who had to take (and miss) those two potentially game-tying three-pointers at the end.

The Lady Eagles had better luck, beating the NU Lady Bulldogs, 61-58, to up their record to 2-1.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Crazy Pills-Approved

If Matt Barnes is good enough for Ron-Ron, then Barnes is good enough for me.

[Screen grab from here]

For those unfamiliar with him, Barnes is the former Orlando Magic who dared to do this to Kobe Bean Bryant:

Notice that Black Mamba v. 3 didn't even flinch.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Best Of Luck, Bro

ST of From the 50 Peso Seats has entered a contest to join the upcoming cooking competition show Clash of the Toque-en Ones on Lifestyle Network. Here's his demo video that friends helped him produce.

Monday, July 19, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 3 Results

After dropping their first assignment, the Blue Eagles have now won their last two.
Eagles, Archers rip foes
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Justin Chua came off the bench with a breakout game as the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles tamed the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 68-56, to claim a share of second place in the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball competition Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Chua posted career-highs of 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to lead the back-to-back champions to their second straight victory in three outings.

Continued …
Okay, so the next team Ateneo outscores from three-point land will be its first. Where's Jai Reyes when you need him and his "shotgun?" 

I'm glad Justin Chua was finally able to show what he can do on the court. Credit also goes to head coach Norman Black and his staff: ang ganda ng hugot!

Chua, a Most Valuable Player awardee in the high school league Tiong Lian Basketball Association, was part of Ateneo's bumper crop of rookies in 2008. But unlike his batchmates Ryan Buenafe and Nico Salva who figured prominently in the Blue Eagles' title runs in Seasons 71-72 and won individual trophies in the process (Buenafe was the 2008 Rookie of the Year, Salva the 2009 Sixth Man of the Year), Chua rode the bench. His bad luck? Ahead of him on the Ateneo depth chart was 2008 MVP and 2009 Finals MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini.

In the past two seasons Coach Norman fielded Chua a paltry five minutes per game. And in those limited appearances Chua's play was, to be charitable, largely uninspiring. He looked tentative; lost, even. It seemed that he would be joining fellow high school hotshots Ken Barracoso and Eric Yao on the list of Blue Eagles who, for some reason or another, didn't soar in college play. He saw limited minutes in last week's loss to FEU, and didn't even play against Adamson last Thursday. That is why I'm sorry I missed his career game yesterday.

With the recent transfer to Ateneo of University of the Visayas center and Smart Gilas Pilipinas team member Greg Slaughter, it's possible Chua will again ride the pine in Season 74. But that's still a long way off. This year he has a good chance of playing heavy minutes, what with the relative inexperience of the other bigs on the Blue Eagles roster, and his excellent game yesterday.

Next up for Ateneo this Saturday is the much-awaited match against archrival La Salle. This early it looks like I might not catch that game, too.

The Lady Eagles lost to the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 68-46, and dropped to 1-1.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fug Me, College Edition

Jowett found some old college pics. I’m just gonna leave these right here.

This was taken sophomore year, I think, at the after-sem party we had at
the Tan family's former residence near Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.
That's Jowett's old room, by the way.

Have I mentioned that the white dude in shorts was our History teacher?

That's how I look with at least two months' worth of hair. Never. Again.

Why did I remove my gray shirt? And what is that I'm holding?

Then, as now, I only took to the mic when no one was paying attention.

On the other hand, we were already upperclassmen when this was taken
at our tambayan inside the Rizal Study Foyer. But what the hell is that
on my head?

Yes, I win at posing.