Thursday, May 19, 2011

UST 400 On The 200

Yesterday I held in my hand a UST Quadricentennial commemorative 200-peso bill. It was an old PHP200, not the new PHP200 released last year, but I still thought it was very cool. Then I got curious: Did the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issue a similar banknote to commemorate Ateneo's Sesquicentennial in 2009?

After my Google searches on the subject proved futile, I'm going to assume that the Bangko Sentral did not. What I found instead was the following nugget in a story headlined "Vatican representative to lead UST's Quadricentennial celebration":
Today, the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) also launched the commemorative P200 bills bearing the overprint of the UST’s 400th years logo. They would be distributing P2 billion worth or 10 million pieces of these bills.

Of the 10 million pieces, 400 of them were uncut in pairs.

BSP-Bank Notes and Securities Printing Department director Nestor Salanio said that the rest of these specially issued bills would be made available next month.

“It is also worth noting that this is the only about the 11th or 12th of a print approved by the BSP and president of the Philippines for the last 20 years. BSP is very discriminating in printing anything on our currency and it has to meet the very high and rigid standards of the BSP. The celebration should have both national and international significance and I am very happy to say that UST is able to meet these very high standards of BSP,” Salanio said.

Full story…
Whoa. So I guess Ateneo's 150th anniversary does not "have both national and international significance" or "meet the very high and rigid standards" of the "very discriminating" BSP?

I cry.

(Uh, not really. But I will—probably—if La Salle gets a commemorative note for its centennial next month.)

[7 November 2011 Edit]

No commemorative bill was released for Ateneo de Manila's Sesquicentennial but one was issued for Ateneo Law School's 75th anniversary. There's something wrong there.


A special note was also issued for the De La Salle centennial.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

[Post 500] Your UAAP Season 74 Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles (For Now)

Sportswriter Rick Olivares' blog, Bleachers' Brew, has an active shoutbox so this interesting item was sent to the back pages almost immediately:

[Screen grab from here.]

The Blue Eagles playing in the ongoing FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup are Bacon Austria, Gwyne Capacio, Justin Chua, JP Erram, Frank Golla, Tonino Gonzaga, Kirk Long, Emman Monfort, Von Pessumal, Kiefer Ravena, Mark Tallo, Juami Tiongson, Nico Salva, Paul Siarot, Greg Slaughter, and Oping Sumalinog. They're the same players currently in the US to play tune-up games and train at the Joe Abunassar Camp and, for now, the squad that will battle to bring back to Loyola Heights a fourth straight Men's basketball title in UAAP Season 74 this July.

These developments can only mean that for some reason or another, Ryan Buenafe, Chris De Chaves, Art Dela Cruz, Jr., and Jeric Estrada—a quartet that helped the Blue Eagles three-peat in Season 73 and has seven Men's basketball championship rings between them—are all out of the Ateneo lineup for Season 74 (although they were also listed as part of the FilOil roster).

Like I said, interesting.

This is my 500th post since starting The Past and the Spurious in 2008. Finally, a blog post milestone that I did not mark after the fact.

[28 June 2011 Edit]

For different reasons, Mark Tallo and Paul Siarot are out of the roster and Bon Jovi Cipriano and Jeric Estrada are in.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

GPOY: Passing This Around For Signatures

Nearly six years ago Jowett and I (and other friends) petitioned my favorite kulot to start her own blog. I like to think we succeeded.

Now it's her boy's turn.

[Photo from S. "I don't do Twitter, bud" Cayton's FB.]

This time around we're not asking S to start his own blog. That's because even if that would be fun to read—he leads an eventful life, is humorous, and can hold forth intelligently on a variety of subjects—he might blog entirely in his Uga voice. And knowing S, he will blog entirely in his Uga voice.

So we just want him to get on Twitter. Because really, he's missing out on scintillating conversations like this:

Or, as the ever-blunt Jowett put it on FB, he and I were missing him.

(Ang drama ni Mark, ano?)

[9:47 AM Edit]

I just realized that I also mentioned S in my immediately preceding post.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Most Improved Product Endorser

LA Tenorio, who plays for the Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association, is one of, if not the best point guard to ever play for the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles. He is fondly remembered for his stellar five-season UAAP career in which he helped tow the Hail Mary Squad to the Final Four all five years, the Finals three straight times, and the championship once (against archrival La Salle).

But even as well-regarded as he is, it will take Tenorio a looong time to live down a misguided previous foray in product endorsement. This newish TV commercial only evens things a bit:

Maybe next time they'll even have LA speak directly to the camera but hey, small steps.

Tenorio is perfect for that commercial. In those years when Ateneo always came up short against powerhouses La Salle and FEU, it seemed that the most enduring images from the Blue Eagles' big-game losses to the Green Archers and the Tamaraws would be Tenorio cramping up in the fourth quarter after playing the entire game with little to no relief. My friend S, who's from La Salle and UST, used to blame it on Ateneo's "[messed] up" substitution patterns.

For more related goodness (and cameos from past and present figures in Ateneo basketball), check out Episode 1 and Episode 2 of "Gatorade Champion's Locker: LA Tenorio."

[31 May Edit]

Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5 are also out.

Friday, May 6, 2011

There'll Soon Be An Ateneo-La Salle Musical*

Quit rolling your eyes, there are worse things to make musicals about.**
Musical on Ateneo-La Salle rivalry coming in 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The decades-old Ateneo-La Salle feud has reached theater with "Rivalry: The Musical," which is set to be staged in January next year.

The musical depicts how the famed competition has extended to different realms -- from business and professions to love and courtship.

Set in 1968, it revolves around 2 families -- the blue-blooded Valencias and the green-blooded Basilios. The sons in the families -- Paco and Tommy -- are in the Ateneo and De La Salle senior basketball teams, respectively, and are both hoping to win the heart of a girl from Maryknoll (now called Miriam College).

Full story…
*The rhyme wrote itself. Huh.

**Off the top of my head there's the Ateneo-UP "Battle of Katipunan," the UP-UST cheerdance rivalry, the plants-zombies war—wait, scratch that, a Plants vs. Zombies musical would be eight kinds of awesome.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

UAAP 2011 Preseason Jerseyvaluation: AdU Soaring Falcons

I wouldn't be surprised if the unis the Adamson University Soaring Falcons are rocking in the preseason are the same ones they'll use in UAAP Season 74. These jerseys look tournament-ready to me.

2011 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament: Adamson Falcon vs. UP Fighting Maroons, April 29
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

2011 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament: Adamson Falcon vs. UP Fighting Maroons, April 29
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

And as long as the Adamson colors are blue and white like Ateneo, the Falcons' uniforms will always get a passing grade.

[6 May 2011 Edit]

Here's how the back of the blue "away" version looks like.

2011 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament: FEU Tamaraws vs. Adamson Falcons, April 16
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Amazing Indeed

Have you ever wondered what's it like to go toe-to-toe with Filipino ring great Manny Pacquiao? Find out beginning at the 0:22 mark.


I have newfound respect for the fools who dared step in the ring with Pac-Man. Sure they were paid handsomely but damn, those lightning fists bring the hurt!

[Hat tip to Got 'Em Coach.]

Monday, May 2, 2011

So Long, Friendster, I Hardly Knew Ye

No longer breaking news: Friendster will delete most of its members' profile information at month's end.

Twitter continues to supply unintended lulz.

Even when it was all the rage I didn't use Friendster much. I won't miss it now. But since it's recommended to download or export your current Friendster data, I logged on for the first time in months to see what's there to save.

Here's what I found: 119 contacts, majority of whom are my friends on Facebook; 15 photos, all of which are also stored at a different image hosting site; and 13 comments and testimonials, some of which are worth keeping for posterity's sake. I've reproduced those here, and except for my name they were written as is.

The first one was from an ex-officemate:
[Tibibord] used to be our Executive Assistant. He's a silent guy who has a knack for sports such as jogging and basketball. Interestingly, he also has the passion for reading and writing. I used to ask him to edit my homework and the correspondences I write for the office. He taught me power point presentation and blogging. His blog entries encouraged me to write more and better prose. I knew I would have been a better writer by now had he stayed further in the Commission. I knew I would have learned a lot from himpersonally and otherwise. His being simple and non judgmental are qualities I'd love to imitate. I hope we get to meet again, [Tibibord] and I wish you success in all your endeavors. Thanks for everything!
The homework referred to were for a couple of his Masteral subjects in Ateneo. He earned his Latin diploma four years ago.

This next one was from another former workmate:
contrary to what he says about himself, [Tibibord] is anything but boring. A human bottomless pit, He can consume vast amounts of beer/chow w/o visible effect.

he taught me that clean underpants are essential in a well planned suicide.

unassuming, full of wit...leaves you witless.
I give sensible advice, don't I?

Finally, I already blogged about this testimonial seven years ago but it's just too good not to share again:
[Tibibord] and I used to trade rock cassette tapes during college. That, and black nail polish. From time to time nowadays, however we trade legal diagnoses to get me out of some serious legal shet. Thanks for the sanity check, [Tibibord]. Cheers to you! "His brilliance is effortless, his sincerity permeates."
There, I've saved what's worth saving. They can burn Friendster to the ground now if they want to.

Sunday, May 1, 2011