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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 2 Results

It isn't the prettiest of victories, but a win is a win.
Eagles survive; Archers fumble
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo de Manila University went through some anxious moments for the second straight game but this time, the Blue Eagles hang tough to score their first win in the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball competition Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Emman Monfort shone in the homestretch to tow Ateneo to its first victory, a nail-biting 69-66 decision over the hard-fighting Adamson University Falcons.

Continued …
For the second straight game the Blue Eagles' opponent made more shots from beyond the arc. Is it coincidence, or is Ateneo's perimeter defense really suspect? 

If it were up to me, end-game honors would've gone to Emman Monfort. Nico Salva notched a double-double, but it was Monfort's tenacious rebounding and steady hands at the free-throw line late in the fourth that kept alive Ateneo's win streak against Adamson. The Blue Eagles have now beaten the Soaring Falcons in 26 straight UAAP contests since 1997.

Thanks to the tournament schedulers, yesterday was the second straight playdate where Ateneo had a game. La Salle, on the other hand, had a playdate off before their match against NU. The Green Archers probably expected a second straight win given their favorable early schedule, but fortunately the Bulldogs did not oblige.

I'm swimming in schadenfreude, I love it.

This Day In History

Today is the 20th anniversary of the 1990 Luzon earthquake, one of the few big moments in Philippine history where I know exactly where I was when it happened: out on the grounds of my elementary school, pumping water from the school poso for use in the toilet. Years later, the quake would be doubly significant for me because my adopted city was one of the areas hardest hit.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This Reminds Me

Andy Capp
[Image taken from]

Andy Capp has given me an idea: maybe I should invent a cool story for my beer bottle injury. It has been exactly seven years since, after all.

Monday, July 12, 2010

UAAP Season 73 Eliminations: ADMU Game 1 Results

Tsk, my team lost its first assignment.
FEU Tams nip Eagles; Falcons trip Bulldogs
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University wasted no time backing up its tag as tournament favorite by downing back-to-back champion Ateneo de Manila University right on its first assignment Sunday.

The Tamaraws dealt the Blue Eagles their first opening-game loss in five years, 72-69, to join the early leaders in the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball competition at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Continued …
FEU beat Ateneo in three-pointers made (8 to 1) and rebounds (44 to 35) in a close, playoff-type contest. The Tams were steadier down the stretch, and Nico Salva missed a shot that could have sent the game to overtime.

The silver lining? Blue Eagle rookie Art dela Cruz, Jr. Senior must be proud.

Yes, I'm bitter, but did anyone else notice what the tournament schedulers did?

While the Blue Eagles played the Tamaraws and UE played UST, Season 73 host La Salle drew lowly UP—a team that hasn't made it to the Final Four in years. That's a far cry from Season 72 host FEU, who picked defending champion Ateneo as its first opponent last year.

The Lady Eagles had better luck than their male counterparts. They beat the UE Lady Warriors, 74-59.


I think Studio 23 should shoot a new opening billboard for their UAAP basketball telecast and have all of the players speak Filipino.

Oh, and they should replace Simon Atkins. He's a better basketball player than an on-cam talent.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

UAAP Season 73: Opening Day

Sa wakas, UAAP season na uli!

Right about now the opening ceremonies should be starting. Here's hoping this season wouldn't be marred by unfortunate incident like in previous years, and that everyone complies with the newly-adopted UAAP Fan Code of Conduct.
Adopted by the UAAP Board
July 2010


Historically, sport was determined to be the more positive way of settling disputes between warring nation states. Why? Because rules were instigated to effect a measure of control on the athletes and the conduct of the activity. Next, the officials saw to it that the rules were applied to all and last, the fans could cheer for their “heroes” who brought them honor and glory. This illustrates the connection between these three participants involved in a sport event which has thus remained to the present.

As the official organizing body of the UAAP, the Board of Directors observed the escalating problem of violence during UAAP games, in particular, those involving players and fans. With the overall objective of creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all supporters/participants of UAAP games/events, the UAAP Board of Directors prepared this Fan Code of Conduct as a guide to expected behaviors. These are the following:

1. Athletes, coaches and sport officials will respect and appreciate each and every fan.

2. Fans will be treated in a consistent, professional and courteous manner by all UAAP/sport facility personnel.

3. Fans will sit only in their ticketed seats and show their tickets when requested.

4. Fans will enjoy the UAAP sport event free from disruptive behavior, including foul or abusive language or obscene gestures (i.e. fighting, taunting, or engaging in any action that may harm, endanger, threaten, or bring discomfort to anyone in the stadium). Any fan engaging in such will be warned by the UAAP/sport facility personnel. A repetition of said behavior will subject the fan to ejection from the facility.

5. Fans carrying signs or wearing clothing with obscene, deregatory or indecent messages will be requested to discard said sign/wear the shirt inside out.

6. Fans observed to be under the influence of a prohibitive substance (i.e. alcoholic beverage, dangerous drug, etc) may need intervention and must be handled in a prompt and safe manner by the UAAP/sport facility security/personnel.

7. Fans will not engage in fighting or throwing objects. Those who engage in any of these actions will immediately be ejected from the game/venue.

8. Fans will smoke in designated smoking areas only.

9. Fans will comply with requests from sport facility personnel regarding facility operations and emergency response procedures.

10. Fans in possession of any item considered dangerous by the UAAP/sport facility personnel will be requested to turn over said item which may be retrieved after the event.

Fans may report any inappropriate behavior to the sport facility personnel at 5264553 and please indicate contact number of UAAP host school.
It sucks that the league had to codify something that should have been commonsensical, but here we are. Let's just behave ourselves in order that the games will be a fun experience for everyone. After all, that is what the games are supposed to be: fun.

[Hat tip to UAAP Season 73 Official Facebook Page]

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Sub Being A Sub

TIME reports that on 28 June 2010, cruise missile submarine USS Ohio "popped up" in Subic Bay. The visit is confirmed in the website of the US Navy's Submarine Group Seven, where there's a photo captioned,
(June 28, 2010)

The Officers and Chiefs From USS Ohio Post [sic] For Photo Departing Subic Bay
Whoa, a nuclear-powered sub was in the Philippines two days before the inauguration of the new President. Did the local media report on this at all?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bravo, Django!

Two days ago, lost in the din of the ongoing FIFA World Cup, Francisco “Django” Bustamante won the 2010 WPA World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. And he did it—fittingly—with a golden break.

Congratulations on your victory, Django. Your little angel must be beaming with pride. We are, too.

Please, please read the From the 50 Peso Seats entry about Django's victory. You have my word that it would be worth your while.

Also Bothered

In his previous post Atty. Punzi bemoaned the editorialization these days of some news stories. Now that is something I've rarely kept an eye out for, because my focus is on getting the Five Ws (and one H). What usually draws my attention, though, is the lack of exactness in how a few of these news items are written. Case in point, this story that ran yesterday in the same major daily and read, in part:
[Education Secretary Armin] Luistro refused to be drawn into the debate and in remarks that media people described as "tactless" said: "Alam niyo, yung media, hindi nakakatulong … pag-aawayawayin at saka hindi napapag-usupan ng maayos, mahinahon."

In short, he said journalists weren’t very helpful, were simply out to provoke fighting and were preventing a dispassionate and orderly discussion of issues.
Wow. I'm well aware that translating from Filipino to English or vice versa isn't an exact science, and that it's vital for the segment of a paper's readership that isn't literate in Filipino, but man! Talk about some shoddy translation that does a disservice to a public official and, more importantly, the readers.

Wait, did I just become an apologist for a La Sallian brother? Forgive me, O good Jesuits.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Still Not Sold

Ugh, La Salle is really serious with this "Where Heroes Are Made"* thing.

[Image taken from Bleachers' Brew.]

They all look like refugees from a "fantaserye" (or a "telefantasya," depending on your local TV network affiliation), don't you think? They remind me of the following: the Adamson hero (leftmost), Bagwis from the Chuck Perez-Rachel Lobangco** film of the same name; the NU and FEU heroes (third from left and second from right), the bastard child of Iron Man and RoboCop—if there was one; the La Salle hero (center), Captain Britain—if he wore green and a cape; the Ateneo hero (third from right), a Mulawin in an ill-fitting sports bra; the UE hero (rightmost), an extra from a swords-and-sandals flick. The UST heroine (second from left), well, I think we all know who the inspiration for her was. Bottom line, the UP heroine (center) is the least ridiculous-looking. Yehey!

*I initially typed "Where Herpes Are Made." True story.

**As Y would say, masyadong retro ang mga names na yan!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

UAAP Season 73: Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles Lineup

This is the Ateneo team that will defend the Men's Division basketball crown in the upcoming UAAP season:
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
Clinching the three-peat will not be easy for the Blue Eagles given that three players from last season's starting five—Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao, and Jai Reyes—have already finished their UAAP careers.

Stepping into the breach are JP Erram, Jason Escueta, and Carlo Balmaceda from Team B, as well as rookies Art dela Cruz, Jr. (San Beda College High School) and Jeric Estrada (San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Manila High School). One ray of hope: the Hail Mary Squad recently won the 16th Fr. Martin Summer Cup.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

We Shall See

In front of the University of the Philippines yesterday I saw Land Transportation Office personnel making random stops and inspections of vehicles. I got curious as to what they were looking for—they were checking under the vehicles' hoods—but I didn't dare ask. I certainly wasn't able to make the connection to the President's "walang wang-wang" vow in his inaugural address. It was only later in the day, when someone visiting from out of town recounted that her vehicle was among those checked, that I learned what those LTO dudes were up to.

In Metro Manila, among those apprehended were the vice-governor of Misamis Occidental and a former Quezon City Representative who, inexplicably, still uses an "8" protocol license plate despite the expiration of her term.

I must say I'm impressed. We'll see, though, if tardiness such as this will make the President rethink his stand. I myself won't mind if he uses his wang-wang privilege. His convoy's stops at red lights must be hell for the poor Presidential Security Group. And it wouldn't do for him to be late for high-level appointments in the future.

Besides, it's not as if the new President's backtracking wouldn't have a precedent.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Project Exodus: March 2005

Uh-oh, these posts from March 2005 are having an orgy of sinfulness.

Ten Thousand And First

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