Sunday, July 31, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 1: Ateneo-UP Game Results

Ateneo's tournament-opening win streak is now at five games.
UAAP: Ateneo Blue Eagles crush UP Fighting Maroons;
Tolomia hits game-winning triple to lift FEU over UST

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Ateneo win bragging rights in a battle of Katipunan-based squads yesterday, squeezing out double figures from all of their starters to demolish the University of the Philippines, 77-57, in Season 74 of the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Rookie-sensation Kiefer Ravena pumped in 15 points and had four steals, and Greg Slaughter added 14 points and 13 rebounds in a potent inside-outside performance that propelled the unbeaten Blue Eagles to their fifth straight victory.

Full story…
A little over two years ago the Fighting Maroons upset the Blue Eagles, 68-58, in the first round of UAAP Season 72. That turned out to be Ateneo's only loss in the eliminations, and kept it from the joining UST and UE in the record books as holders of 14-0 records entering the playoffs.

Since then Ateneo has whaled on UP, winning four straight contests by an average margin of 19.75 points. Maybe it's time the Fighting Maroons went back to what worked the last time: they must wear their "Fighting Blacks" jerseys.


[7 PM Edit]

There was a rousing ovation as usual when the UP Pep Squad came out to perform at halftime. The cheers grew even louder when they assumed this, uh, very interesting opening position. Too bad Studio 23 did not air the entire routine, which was set to The Dawn's "Salamat." It's one of the drawbacks of cheering for an also-ran—UP Pep almost always goes on second at the half and gets limited airtime.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

TPatS Third Anniversary

The Past and the Spurious is three years old today! You're looking at Post No. 535. As usual, for record-keeping purposes here are the visitor stats from the past 12 months:

[Graphic grabbed from Site Meter.]

In addition to those I mentioned last year and the year before that, I thank those who Googled the late great Larry Alcala, UP courtside reporter Riki Flores, and Ateneo jerseys. Oh, and the three more Followers I gained: lb of Tanjerine Dreams, Joel of Baybayon, and Enzo of Hoop Nut. See you next year!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Update On Generous Soles

After a friend suggested on Twitter that we find out how people can donate to Generous Soles, I immediately contacted Coach Noli Ayo, who was actually a year ahead of me in Ateneo de Naga High School.

I told Coach Ayo that I had come across the AdNU website story on Generous Soles and linked to it on this blog, and that someone had expressed interest in the program.

For his part, Coach Ayo said that he was overwhelmed to know that people are picking up on their little project. He added that he'll look at ways to gather shoes in the Metro Manila area.

From our short exchange, I got the sense that Generous Soles is still in its nascent stages and its founders are taking things slowly but surely. It's a sound strategy—many a commendable program have been torpedoed by their originators' taking on too much, too soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kiefer Ravena Has Generous Soles

That's not a typo in the title. From the Ateneo de Naga website:
Ravena, Ayo Initiate Generous Soles Project

The Ateneo Blue Eagles' talented rookie Kiefer Ravena and Ateneo Golden Knights' Head Basketball coach Noli Ayo took provincial basketball to another level when they collaborated to start the Generous Soles – a project that provides second-hand basketball shoes to collegiate players of Naga City and nearby towns.

In their maiden campaign, the Generous Soles project was able to provide 13 student-athletes with shoes that they can use in their games and practices. Schools that benefitted from this program were the Ateneo de Naga University, Naga College Foundation, Partido State University, University of Nueva Caceres, and Systems Technology Institute-Naga. The initial shoe collection came from former Blue Eagles JC Intal, Larry Fonacier and Paolo Bugia (all current PBA players) and Jimmy Alapag of Talk and Text Texters. Ravena also gave a couple of pairs to the collection.

Full story…
This young man really is something else, on and off the court. More power to him.

[Hat tip to user paralusi on Blue Eagles' Nest.]

Sunday, July 24, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 1: Ateneo-UE Game Results

The Blue Eagles are now at 4-0.
Slaughter powers Eagles
Ateneo holds off UE; La Salle ends slump, clips UP
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA — Greg Slaughter keyed Ateneo’s decisive breakaway from a winless University of the East side that stubbornly refused to go away.

The Blue Eagles, backing up Slaughter’s heroics with a tight defense in the second half, eventually downed the Warriors, 73-61, to notch their fourth straight victory and keep the solo top spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Slaughter dropped 18 points, seven in a pivotal run in the third quarter that gave the Eagles their first double-digit lead, 41-31, from a slim 28-25 halftime advantage.

Full story…
I got my little wish again: very early in the game Ateneo center Greg Slaughter dunked against UE, the second of three teams that voted to declare him ineligible to play this year. Then in the fourth quarter, a bonus: fellow rookie sensation Kiefer Ravena scored on a breakaway jam.


Time sure flies. Two years ago the Blue Eagles and the Red Warriors were the Season 72 Men's basketball finalists. Now the two teams are at opposite ends of the tournament leaderboard.

Here's an unsolicited advice for UE fans (and for supporters of the other UAAP teams with new head coaches, for that matter): keep the faith and be patient.

They say that Rome wasn't built in a day. If Ateneo had fired Norman Black after his second year as head coach ended with that 2-1 loss to UST in the Season 69 Finals (a series where they won Game 1), or after his third year and that "2 > 3" showing against La Salle in Season 70, who knows if the Blue Eagles would've still won three straight in 2008–2010?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thanks For The Memories, Mr. Manny Amador

Manny Amador, the original guitarist of Pinoy rock band The Breed, passed away yesterday, so for an hour or so last night I listened to their songs on YouTube.

I can't recall now how I first heard of the band, but I do remember that I bought a cassette tape of Alert Level The Album when I was a high school sophomore. It was a seminal compilation album that featured then-unsigned groups Color It Red, The Breed, Tropical Depression, and Rizal Underground, all of whom became respected names in the local rock scene. On the album's "Alert side" The Breed contributed early versions of "Black Mercedes Benz," arguably the song they're best known for, "Apocalype," and "Free."

The Breed was also part of probably the first concert in Ateneo that I ever attended as a college freshman. It was one of those multi-band affairs held at the College Covered Courts, and the group received a big cheer when they told the crowd that it was a homecoming of sorts because Amador and bassist Johnny Besa were Ateneo graduates. I found that bit of trivia especially cool because until then, I didn't know a band that had Ateneo ties whereas some of my favorite bands then like the Eraserheads, Yano, and Datu's Tribe all came from UP.

That same concert was also notable because: a) Wolfgang played a set that included my all-time favorite "Cathedral of Space," b) an English classmate who performed and thus had backstage access had Wolfgang sign my copy of Punks, Poets, Poseurs: Reportage on Pinoy Rock & Roll by Eric Caruncho, as well as the liner notes of my cassette tapes of their Wolfgang and Semenelin albums, c) Jowett was there (we weren't buddies yet then) and he proudly showed me the concert poster a few of the performers autographed for him, and d) I got to "dance" with a college crush to "Asar," a single from the Breed's first solo album Free.

So yeah, I have a few good memories to thank The Breed for.


You may click on the "play" button below to hear "Asar":



And for good measure, here's the music video for the unplugged version of "Black Mercedes Benz":




I'm doing Manny Amador a disservice by referring to him merely as an ex-member of a now-disbanded group (he has had a successful IT career since leaving the band nearly fifteen years ago), but I don't know him from anything else aside from The Breed.

Meanwhile, in its obituary of Amador abs-cbnNEWS.com identifies him primarily as actress Pinky Amador's brother. The original text of article drew flak because it barely mentioned the deceased and talked mainly about Pinky and her involvement in a TV series that's currently airing on ABS-CBN, and even carried her photograph. Good thing the obit has since been edited to include Amador's photo and further biographical information about him.

Friday, July 22, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 1: Ateneo-NU Game Results

The Hail Mary Squad's season-opening win streak is now at three games.
UAAP: Ateneo goes 3-0 with NU rout
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Ateneo treated National University like the whipping team of old Thursday as the Blue Eagles blasted the Bulldogs, 86-62, to claim the solo lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Nico Salva powered the Blue Eagles to an early double-digit cushion before prized rookies Kiefer Ravena and Greg Slaughter took over to expose the Bulldogs as an inexperienced crew.

Showing that it’s team effort that wins games, the Eagles dished out 30 assists to tie the record Far Eastern University set against the Bulldogs on July 28, 2005.

Full story…
In 2007 the Bulldogs upset the Blue Eagles in their last elimination round game in UAAP Season 70. It was a major, major loss: Ateneo dropped to a tie for second place against La Salle and lost the outright twice-to-beat advantage against its archrival in the Final Four. The two were made to play a classification game that the Green Archers won to snatch the twice-to-beat bonus, which they then took full advantage of to eliminate the Blue Eagles in the semifinals.

As they say, an elephant—or in this case a proud Blue and White squad—never forgets.

Since that Season 70 heartbreak the Blue Eagles have never underestimated NU, never eased up even when the game was already won, never lost to the Bulldogs in the UAAP. The three-year unbeaten streak has coincided with Ateneo’s three championship runs; yesterday’s victory hiked the win streak to seven games, all of them double-digit routs.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

An Easy Target*


I had actually typed a cutting comment on the question, but at the last second I decided not to post it.



*The chorus of Foo Fighters' "Alone+Easy Target" has been running through my head lately. I don't know why.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Blue Eagle Go-To Moves

Ateneo guard/forward Kirk Long likes going airborne to pass.

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, July 10, 2011
July 10, Ateneo-Adamson
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, July 16, 2011
July 16, Ateneo-La Salle
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]

But while they make for great action photos, it would serve Long well to quit making jump passes unless absolutely necessary. There's a reason for that: those are high-risk moves. In the last NBA Finals, for instance, 25 of the 156 turnovers came from jump passes. That's a whopping 16 percent of the combined miscues of the Mavericks and the Heat.

Meanwhile, here's one play the Blue Eagles should keep running: Greg Slaughter dunks! It would be great if he could get some measure of revenge against the three teams that voted to keep him from playing this season. He has already dunked on La Salle; he meets UE this Saturday, then FEU at the end of the first round.


[Update 1]

Here's Long against NU on 21 July 2011.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Men's Basketball Opinion Poll Results

Before the season started I asked, "Who has the best odds of winning the UAAP Season 74 Men's basketball title?" in a poll in the sidebar. Here are the results from 122 votes:
ADMU Blue Eagles – 49 votes (40%)
DLSU Green Archers – 17 votes (13%)
FEU Tamaraws – 11 votes (9%)
NU Bulldogs – 11 votes (9%)
UST Growling Tigers – 11 votes (9%)
UE Red Warriors – 10 votes (8%)
AdU Soaring Falcons – 8 votes (6%)
UP Fighting Maroons – 5 votes (4%)
Meanwhile, here are the tournament standings as of July 17:

[Graphic grabbed from here.]

Comparing the two, I guess that very early in the season Adamson and UP are exceeding people's hopes; Ateneo, UST, FEU, and NU are living up to them; and La Salle and UE are underperforming.

(Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is what passes for analysis in these parts. I understand if you don’t want to be friends with me anymore.)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 1: Ateneo-La Salle Game Results

I got my little wish.
UAAP: Ateneo rips La Salle behind Kiefer Ravena; Falcons rout Tamaraws
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Kiefer Ravena needed just one game to silence his doubters.

A week after a forgettable debut, Ravena finally showed what the hype was all about as the Blue Eagles downed fierce rival La Salle, 81-72, to grab the solo lead yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Ravena pumped in all but two of his 24 points in the first half that tilted the momentum to Ateneo’s favor early in the blockbuster battle that drew a star-studded, roaring crowd of 15,491 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Full story…
After Kiefer Ravena's quiet (to say the least) Senior's division debut against Adamson, his father, former PBA cager Bong Ravena, said, “Expected ko na ganun talaga ang mangyayari, so kinausap ko siya after the game. I expect him to bounce back and play at a different level.”

Father knows best, it appears, because that's exactly what happened.

"The Phenom" scored the game's first six points, and in the first half he nearly matched La Salle's offensive output all by his lonesome. At the end of the first quarter he had 14 points to the Green Archers' 16. At the half, he had 22 points (DLSU had 30) on 10-15 FG, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 15 minutes on the court. He cooled off somewhat in the second half, scoring just two more points, but tallied an additional 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

Given the stark difference between Ravena's first two outings (against Adamson he came off the bench, played just 14 minutes, and attempted only one field goal; against La Salle he was part of the starting five, played 33 minutes, and had 20 field goal attempts), I wouldn't be surprised if Ateneo head coach Norman Black had actually planned for Kiefer to play possum in their first game then go off against the Green Archers. After all, what could be sweeter than having the prized rookie's breakout game come against the Blue Eagles' bitterest rival?

Friday, July 15, 2011

UP Law 100 On The 100

In 2008 the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released the 100-peso UP Centennial Note. Just three years later, the UP College of Law received its own commemorative bill.


Cool, huh?

By the way, I still haven't seen or heard of a commemorative note issued for La Salle's centennial last month. So far, so good.


[7 November 2011]

A commemorative bill was issued for Ateneo Law School's 75th anniversary.


[Edit]

It turns out a commemorative note was issued for the De La Salle centennial:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Courtside Reporter

The courtside reporter for the Blue Eagles in UAAP Season 74 is Jazmin "Jaz" Reyes, a 19-year old Ateneo sophomore taking up AB Communications. She has her work cut out for her, as her immediate predecessor had a great two-year stint and was a crowd favorite.



Reyes debuted during the Blue Eagles' game against Adamson last Sunday. It wasn't a flawless performance, but there's nothing a few more outings won't fix. Besides, Ateneo almost always has great luck when it comes to courtside reporters.


[12:27 PM Edit]

Here is a video interview of Jaz Reyes courtesy of The Guidon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Basketball Ticket Sales Guidelines

I got this in my e-mail yesterday. I'm sharing it here for the benefit of fellow ADMU alumni who may want to catch the Blue Eagles play live.
11 July 2011

UAAP SEASON 74 BASKETBALL TICKET SALES GUIDELINES

• 2 venues for Ticket Sales managed by the University Athletics Office
Strictly NO PROXY.

A. The Blue Eagle Gym Ticket Office will sell tickets only to the following:
1. Alumni of ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY only.
2. Grade school students, parents representing child, faculty and staff.
3. High school students, parents representing child, faculty and staff.
4. Ateneo Professional Schools students, faculty and staff
5. Central Administration Staff

B. The College Athletics Office will sell tickets only to the following:
LOYOLA SCHOOLS students, graduate students, faculty and staff

• Ticket Sales Schedule

Thursday Game: Tuesday 9:00 AM until supplies last
Saturday Game: Wednesday 9:00 AM until supplies last
Sunday Game: Thursday 9:00 AM until supplies last

• Please present the following identification card prior to purchasing tickets:
o Grade School, High School, Ateneo Professional Schools students, faculty, and staff: Ateneo I.D.
o Grade School and High School parents representing a child: parent's government-issued I.D. and child’s Ateneo I.D.
o Central Administration staff: Ateneo I.D.
o Alumni of the Ateneo de MANILA : alumni card or any government-issued I.D.

• Strictly 2 tickets ONLY per person.
For example:
1. Alumnus-parent + representative of his/her child-student = 2 tickets only.
2. Parent representing 2 or more children = 2 tickets only.

FOR ATENEO-LA SALLE GAMES, FINAL 4, FINALS

1. Please follow the selling days mentioned above. Numbers for the ticket selling will be distributed starting at 7:00 AM at the Blue Eagle Gym Ticket Booth. First come - first served.
a. Proper Identification mentioned above must be provided.
b. Only the following may avail of tickets: Grade School & High School students, parent representing child, faculty and staff;
Alumni of the Ateneo de Manila University; Ateneo Professional Schools students, faculty and staff; Central Administration staff.

2. Be sure to be in your designated seats by 6:00 PM. Ticket selling will commence at exactly 7:00 PM.
a. Strictly NO PROXY.
b. Present your I.D. along with your number. Please use the same I.D. you presented to get the number.

3. Other rules mentioned above will apply.

THE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS OFFICE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO SELL TICKETS.

Thank you.

Jun Dalandan

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Twenty Five Thousand And First

"Awake! Fear! Fire! Foes! Awake!
Fear! Fire! Foes!
Awake! Awake!
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At 6:17:58 pm, Philippine time on 12 July 2011, The Past and the Spurious welcomed its 25,001st visitor.

Monday, July 11, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 1: Ateneo-Adamson Game Results

Ateneo overcame a seven-point 4th quarter deficit and won by four through good old-fashioned defense. I'll take it.
Blue Eagles squeeze past Falcons; Tams score
By Jasmine W. Payo
INQUIRER.net

MANILA—Ateneo coach Norman Black had said this just might be the toughest season yet for the Blue Eagles.

And the Eagles felt exactly that right in their maiden game as the three-time champions rallied to slip past the tenacious Adamson Falcons, 55-51, yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles held the Falcons scoreless in the final seven minutes of the game that also saw the sensational debut of the controversial Greg Slaughter.

Full story…
How about that Greg Slaughter, huh? In 31 minutes the Blue Eagle center tallied 23 points (9-14 FG, 5-10 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 6 turnovers (ugh), including this monstrous jam:

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, 10 July 2011
I am Slaughter, hear me roar.
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]


If anyone's still wondering why some of the other UAAP teams were hell-bent on disqualifying the Ateneo big man from playing this year, there's the answer. Slaughter just turned in a performance that will give opponents sleepless nights.

Meanwhile, Ateneo's other blue-chip rookie Kiefer Ravena went scoreless (he missed his only field goal attempt and did not go to the charity stripe) and had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 turnover in 14 minutes. It wasn't the UAAP debut Blue Eagle fans expected, but it's alright. Ravena will have his own breakthrough game soon enough. If it comes at La Salle's expense this Saturday, even better.

[Hat tip to PBFantasy.com for the stats.]

Sunday, July 10, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Ryan Buenafe

A few hours from now the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles will take to the court and begin their four-peat bid in UAAP Season 74. Judging from the UAAP primers in yesterday's broadsheets, it seems almost everyone and their mothers have practically crowned the Blue Eagles champions of this year's Men's basketball tournament.

I am not one of them.

The rationale for the majority opinion is easy to see. On paper, Ateneo has a strong lineup that features multi-titled veterans, a bumper crop of big-name rookies, and one of the winningest coaches in Philippine basketball. Unfortunately, games and championships aren't won on paper. And perhaps more importantly, absent from this year's roster is a player who was a huge reason why the Blue Eagles are three-time defending champs, Ryan Buenafe.

UAAP Season 72: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Aug. 9, 09
Have the Blue Eagles seen the back of Ryan Buenafe? I sure hope not.
[Photo credit: Inboundpass.]

The last time we saw him on TV, Buenafe was wiping Araneta Coliseum's hardwood floor with the FEU Tamaraws in the Season 73 Finals en route to winning series MVP honors, pulling the rug from under the 2010 Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, and receiving a kiss from teammate Bacon Austria.

In Game 1 of the Finals Buenafe scored the contest's first two points for a lead that the Blue Eagles would never relinquish. He would not score any more as the 72–49 rout was already on. Then in the series-clinching Game 2, Buenafe tallied 23 points (on 8 of 12 field goals, 1 of 3 three-pointers, and 6 of 10 free throws), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 turnover in 24 minutes of burn. In the 4th canto he scored 10 of Ateneo's 13 points, almost single-handedly matching FEU's 12 markers in the same period.

Who would've thought that to date, that brilliant outing would be the last time the Ateneo faithful would see him on the court for the Blue and White in a game that counted?

When Buenafe didn't join the team in last December's Philippine Collegiate Champions League and in the 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup in Hong Kong that the Blue Eagles were sent to as a reward for winning the PCCL, the Ateneo community didn't worry. Buenafe had earned his rest, and no one begrudged him the time off so he could concentrate on his studies.

But in early March, The Philippine Star reported that Buenafe was set to play for RnW Pacific Pipes in the Philippine Basketball Association's Developmental League. The same report also called him an "ex-Ateneo Eagle," a tidbit that threw Blue Eagle followers into a tizzy.

The bewildering, rumor-filled, roller-coaster "Summer of Buenafe" was on.

Sportswriter Rick Olivares, one of Buenafe's second semester instructors in Ateneo, immediately contradicted the Philippine Star story. Blue Eagles team manager Paolo Trillo also refuted the report, telling the newspaper that team officials had denied Buenafe permission to suit up in the D-League, but also revealing that Buenafe wasn't practicing with the team in order for the latter to concentrate on his studies. This contradicted Olivares' information.

By the time April rolled in, murmurs and then some that Buenafe has had a falling out with a teammate, and that a case arising from that tiff had already been filed, were already running rampant. The rumors grew in the telling, not helped by the perception that the media was unable to get to the bottom of the matter.

Sportscaster Christian Soler tweeted that according to Ateneo team officials, Buenafe was on indefinite leave from the Blue Eagles for personal reasons. Olivares, meanwhile, confirmed that it wasn't sure whether Buenafe would suit up in the summer and that someone had indeed filed a case, although he did not reveal what type of case it was. Then a week later, ABS-CBNnews.com reported that it was because of an injury that Buenafe will miss the Blue Eagles' exhibition game in Dubai, United Arab Emirates against arch-rival La Salle Green Archers.

When Ateneo submitted its lineup for the Filoil Flying V Hanes Pre-season Premier Cup, Blue Eagle fans were understandably excited to see Buenafe's name on the list. But of those 20 names, only 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 actually suited up in the Filoil tourney and in the Fr. Martin Summer Cup that the Blue Eagles also joined. In addition to sitting out the summer leagues, Season 73 stalwarts Buenafe, Chris de Chavez, Art dela Cruz Jr. and Jeric Estrada were left behind when the team flew to the US to train at the Joe Abunassar Camp.

In mid-May, Olivares disclosed that the team playing in the Filoil tournament was the lineup for UAAP Season 74. A couple of weeks later, Manila Standard Today reported that Buenafe was not expected to play this year because he was reportedly out of shape and may need to lose weight.

By early June the word was that Buenafe was out "for personal reasons." But after Tallo quit soon after the team's return from the US, many still expected that the vacant roster spot would go to Buenafe. Those hopes were later dashed after Trillo told GMA News Online that Ryan hasn't been practicing with the team and was being given time to attend to personal matters. Trillo also added that it was going to be hard for Buenafe to attend classes and play for the Blue Eagles while attending to his case, although he did not mention what the case was all about.

When the Blue Eagles submitted their roster to the UAAP for screening in late June, Buenafe's name wasn't on it. It finally drove home the point that Ryan wasn't suiting up, at least for this year. The lineup was eventually approved so now here we are: hours away from the start of the "Mary Four You" campaign and already ruing the absence of a young man who happens to be one heck of a basketball player.

To be continued…

Saturday, July 9, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Opening Day

[UAAP Season 74 logo grabbed from here.]

In the word of UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer, It's time!

Well, not really; the 74th season of the UAAP doesn't open until 4 p.m. today at the Marikina Sports Park.

I can only hope there won't be strong rains then so Ateneo de Manila University, the Season 74 host, can fully showcase the "Olympic-style" opening ceremonies that it has prepared and that UAAP followers have speculated about.

If it rains, well, Ateneo has no excuse—the Monasterio de Santa Clara along Katipunan Avenue, where you can offer eggs and ask the good nuns of the Order of St. Clare of Assisi to pray for good weather, is just meters away from the Loyola Heights campus.


[8:30 PM Edit]

It rained.

UAAP Season 74 Opening Ceremonies, 9 July 2011
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles Lineup

Following the outcome of the UAAP Board meeting earlier today, this is the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles team that will defend the Men's Division basketball crown in the upcoming UAAP season:
Players
4 Bon Jovi Cipriano, G
5 Juami Tiongson, G
6 Emman Monfort, G
7 Tonino Gonzaga, G/F
8 Nico Salva, F
10 JP Erram, C
11 Gwyne Capacio, F
12 Kirk Long, G/F
13 Bacon Austria, G/F
15 Kiefer Ravena, G
17 Oping Sumalinog, F
18 Justin Chua, C/F
19 Von Pessumal, G
20 Greg Slaughter, C
21 Frank Golla, F
22 Jeric Estrada, C

Head Coach
Norman Black

Assistant Coaches
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
For varying reasons over a third of last year's grand slam-winning team are gone: starter Eric Salamat, Jason Escueta, and Carlo Balmaceda have all used up their playing years; Art dela Cruz, Jr. has returned to his high school alma mater San Beda College; Ryan Buenafe is attending to his studies and other personal matters; and Chris de Chavez is catching up on his studies.

Replacing them on the team are: Gwynne Capacio, a De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School graduate who sat out his freshman year to play for the RP Youth team; Bon Jovi Cipriano, who came to Ateneo as part of the crack 2008 recruiting class but got injured before Season 71 even started and had to toil in Team Glory Be; rookies Von Pessumal and Kiefer Ravena, who won three straight Juniors championships with the Ateneo de Manila High School Blue Eaglets; Greg Slaughter, a transferee from the University of the Visayas and member of the national training pool; and Oping Sumalinog, who missed last season due to an ACL injury.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Project Exodus: March 2006

Moses has said his final goodbyes to his wife Sephora. She will be going with these posts from March 2006.