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.