Sunday, December 30, 2012

My 2012 In Movies

This year I saw the following films:
  • The King's Speech (2010)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
  • Gulliver's Travels (2010)
  • The Green Hornet (2011)
  • The Wrestler (2008)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • Love and Other Drugs (2010)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  • The Client List (2010) (TV)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Rock Star (2001)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
  • Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Little Fockers (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Safe House (2012)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
  • Bridesmaids (2011)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Men in Black 3 (2012)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Legend of 1900 (1998)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Flipped (2010)
  • Country Strong (2010)
  • The Hangover Part II (2011)
  • Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  • Real Steel (2011)
  • Blue Chips (1994)
  • And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
  • Sucker Punch (2011)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • Cars 2 (2011)
  • Bride Wars (2009)
  • The Three Musketeers (2011)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Morning Glory (2010)
  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994)
  • 50/50 (2011)
  • New Year's Eve (2011)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My 2012 In Books

These are the books I finished in 2012:
  • The Stone Cold Truth by Stone Cold Steve Austin with Jim "J.R." Ross as told to Dennis Brent
  • Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe by Rich Eisen
  • Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter: Five Presidents and Other Political Adventures by James C. Humes
  • Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy
  • If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?: Philadelphia, Its Faithful, and the Eternal Quest for Sports Salvation by Jere Longman
  • All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell
  • Mens Rea and Other Stories by Lakambini A. Sitoy
  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  • Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra
  • The God Equation and Other Stories by Michael A.R. Co
  • About a Boy by Nick Hornby
  • The Rant Zone: An All-Out Blitz Against Soul-Sucking Jobs, Twisted Child Stars, Holistic Loons, and People Who Eat Their Dogs! by Dennis Miller
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  • The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy
  • Jeff Gordon: Racing Back to the Front—My Memoir by Jeff Gordon with Steve Eubanks
  • The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life by Nick Hornby
  • Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by "Anonymous" (later revealed to be Joe Klein)
  • The Sounds of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
  • Predator by Patricia Cornwell
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The number isn't something to write home about, but I give myself credit for at least doubling last year's total.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals: Gameday Scenes, 7 December 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Now that is a size disparity.

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Joe Lipa doesn't look too pleased with the UST win. You can take the old coach
out of Ateneo, but you can't take Ateneo out of the old coach. (Probably.)

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Pido signaling SCSA-style for a cold one.

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

"I'll show you mine if you show me yours."
(Gotta love the reactions of the people in the background.)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dearest Daryl, Mat, And Tala

I am writing this in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

I know it doesn't look it right now, but not everyone in the world is evil or sick in the head. You needn't be scared; your parents will move heaven and earth to keep you safe.

Please don't ever lose faith in humanity.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Blog Discovery: The Peripheral Universe

I recently discovered a (music) blog called The Peripheral Universe. It's relatively new, but the entries are very well-written. I particularly like the "Hear It Is" series, which features interviews with Filipino musicians presented as oral histories. So far they've interviewed the likes of Katwo Puertollano (née Librando), Vin Dancel, Diego Castillo, and Mikey Amistoso and Marie Jamora.

In the latest installment, Mike Villegas shares an intriguing thought about the late Karl Roy:
I’m very careful of how I would call something an icon. I remember—and he’s one of the greatest performers OPM has ever seen—Karl Roy was and is a fucking icon. Pero after "Panaginip," ano yung naaalala mong kanta na ginawa niya? And that’s not to flog the man and what he did for the scene. But I remember fully well that people were calling him an icon when he was still alive, and it may not have been the most positive thing for him, personally. All of a sudden he had to be this thing that performed like that—which is great—but he also had to manifest the naughtiness of the scene every time. It’s like if he didn’t act the way he did or do the stuff he did, the way he did, he wouldn’t be an icon. And I would rather he wrote more music, or he made more of a name for himself as a songwriter or a creator, as opposed to the wild man that he is offstage. He was amazing onstage, but I really think that the icon aspect of his life had more to do with his life off the stage. Don’t get me wrong, I love the man to bits, but I wish he was still alive and sharing more music with us. I mean, "Yugyugan" is a cover.
It's something to chew on, that the fans may have contributed somewhat to Roy's offstage troubles.

Monday, December 3, 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals: Gameday Scenes, 30 November 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

Referee: "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!"

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

Pido Jarencio assures Karim Abdul of his full recovery from
a bout with German measles. Estong Ballesteros remains wary.

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

"Do that again. I dare you."

Sunday, December 2, 2012

PCCL 2012: Greg Slaughter Is Butchering Rims

I think Ateneo Blue Eagles center Greg Slaughter is trying to destroy the basketball rims at the Arena in San Juan. He had four dunks in their PCCL Final Four game against the Southwestern University Cobras alone (he probably was extra-motivated: SWU was a old foe from his days with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the CESAFI league), then added two more in the very next game against the San Beda Red Lions.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Nov. 21
ADMU vs. UST, PCCL Final Four
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. SWU Cobras, Nov. 23
ADMU vs. SWU, PCCL Final Four
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. San Beda Red Lions, Nov. 25
ADMU vs. SBC, PCCL Final Four
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
ADMU vs. UST, Game 2, PCCL Finals
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

For the record, Slaughter can also dunk one-handed.

Monday, November 26, 2012

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Gameday Scenes, 25 November 2012

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. San Beda Red Lions, Nov. 25
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

Kiefer's teammates no longer fall for his "Pull my finger" routine.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: SWU Cobras vs. UST Growling Tigers, Nov. 25
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

A hotdog was delivered to the UST bench at the next dead ball situation.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. San Beda Red Lions, Nov. 25
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

What are the chances that referee is dancing to an April Boy Regino song?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Manny Pangilinan Dis-disengages From Ateneo

This is the interesting news (to say the least) I woke up to:
Together again: Pangilinan, Ateneo kiss, make up
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

It looks like tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan has patched things up with Ateneo de Manila University barely two months after their celebrated breakup.

Five unimpeachable sources, including those privy to the reconciliation talks, told the Inquirer on Saturday that Pangilinan, chair of the PLDT group of companies, has kissed and made up with his alma mater and will renew a relationship that has seen the Blue Eagles capture five straight basketball titles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

"It’s just like marriage. They were separated, but they didn’t divorce," one of the sources said. The sources asked that they not be named because they did not want to preempt the announcement of both camps.

The impending reconciliation has also prompted Ateneo to bring back Bo Perasol, the former pro coach endorsed by Pangilinan, to mentor the Blue Eagles in the next UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Full story…
A month ago I wrote that I had an issue with how Manny Pangilinan timed and publicized his "disengagement" from Ateneo. I left it at that and didn't elaborate, as I had nothing good to say at the time.

This latest development, however, has only reinforced my pique that the Pangilinan camp leaked to the public his since-revoked decision. I just hate that this would now open the University to speculation, malicious or otherwise, about what it gave up or compromised in order for this reconciliation to happen. Pangilinan, too, won't emerge from this smelling like roses.

I've heard people describe this episode as soap operatic. And you know what? They're not too far off the mark. (No offense meant to those in the telenovela business.)


[26 November 2012 Edit]

It's already a fait accompli.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Gameday Scenes, 23 November 2012

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. SWU Cobras, Nov. 23
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Are we looking at past and future CESAFI-to-UAAP stars? Abangan.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: UST Growling Tigers vs. San Beda Red Lions, Nov. 23
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

That's what they call "Umupo sa ere."

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. SWU Cobras, Nov. 23
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Kiefer Ravena with a Vergel Meneses Special.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Game Day Scenes, 21 November 2012

PCCL 2012 Final Four: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Nov. 21
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

We now know who Kevin Ferrer's basketball idol was growing up.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Nov. 21
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Jeric Teng trained at the Kyle Korver School for Defensive Basketball.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Nov. 21
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Greg Slaughter is distracted.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Lady Spikers Lineup And First Round Schedule

UAAP74VballFinalsGame2DLSUvsADMU
[Photo credit: Cognoscenti* on Flickr]

We're weeks into the second semester of school year 2012-2013, which means soon I can again follow an ADMU sports team play on local TV. This time it's the Ateneo Lady Spikers, who will be competing in the UAAP Season 75 Women's volleyball tournament.

The Lady Spikersor the Lady Eagles as the media almost always (and perhaps mistakenly) refer to themmade it to the Finals for the first time ever last year, so they're one of the teams to watch this season. But if I recall correctly, this is the last playing year for the 2008 recruiting class that includes the Lady Spikers' top players in veterans Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio, Aillysse Nacachi, and Jem Ferrer. This means Season 75 could be the last best chance in the next few years for the team to bring Ateneo's first-ever women's volleyball title back to Loyola Heights.

Here is their first round schedule:
Saturday, 1 December 2012
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM - ADMU vs. FEU

Wednesday, 5 December 2012
San Juan Arena
2 PM - ADMU vs. UE

Sunday, 9 December 2012
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM - ADMU vs. UST

Saturday, 15 December 2012
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM - ADMU vs. NU

Wednesday, 19 December 2012
San Juan Arena
2 PM - ADMU vs. UP

Sunday, 6 January 2013
San Juan Arena
3:30 - ADMU vs. AdU

Saturday, 12 January 2013
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM - ADMU vs. DLSU

On another (and shallower) note, I look forward to seeing whether just like last year, the Lady Spikers will have uniforms that are similar to what the Blue Eagles used earlier in the UAAP season.


[2 December 2012 Edit]

Here is Ateneo's Women's volleyball lineup for UAAP Season 75:
2 Valdez, Alyssa - Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker [2nd Year]
3 Ho, Gretchen - Middle Blocker/Outside Hitte [5th Year]
4 Tan, Ma. Gizelle - Setter [1st Year]
5 Tajima, Mary Mae - Middle Blocker [2nd Year]
6 Gervacio, Angeline - Utility/Outside Hitter [5th Year]
7 Nacachi, Ailysse - Middle Blocker [5th Year]
8 De Jesus, Jorella - Outside Hitter [3rd Year]
10 Tejada, Margarita - Middle Blocker/Utility [1st Year]
12 Ferrer, Jamenea - Setter [5th Year]
13 Lazaro, Dennise - Libero [3rd Year]
14 Llaneta, Jirah Mae - Outside Hitter [1st Year]
15 Cainglet, Fille - Outside Hitter [5th Year]
16 Ahomiro, Amy - Utility [2nd Year]
17 Tan, Marie Beatriz - Libero [3rd Year]

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Vinci Montaner Has Left Parokya Ni Edgar

Apparently Parokya ni Edgar backup vocalist Vinci Montaner left the band some time back. I guess it's no longer true that "walang iwanan sa Parokya band, sa Parokya ni Edgar"—the music group, that is. They still remain friends.



Artadi jokes about "Picha Pie", but I would've thought that if there's a Parokya song he (together with buddy Tirso Ripoll of Razorback) might actually perform, it would be "Please Don't Touch My Birdie".

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

UAAP Season 75: The ADMU Blue Eagles Are Looking For Their Next Head Coach—Again

What a difference two months make.

Back in August Bo Perasol, Norman Black's heir apparent as ADMU Blue Eagles head coach, was already waiting in the wings for UAAP Season 75 to end and Black to return to the pros. But then Manny Pangilinan, Ateneo basketball's top benefactor, "disengaged" from the university and so Perasol, out of loyalty to his patron, went too. The reigning champs are now officially without a head coach.

Here's the formal announcement, from the Ateneo de Manila FB page:
Fr Jett Villarin, Ateneo de Manila University President met with Mr Bo Perasol yesterday where it was mutually agreed upon to release each other from the obligations stipulated in a previously concluded contract. No decision has yet been made as to the replacement of Norman Black, head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Ateneo now gets a second opportunity this year to get homegrown talent to replace Black, and I hope that's what the university eventually does. Coach Norman's top deputies like Sandy Arespacochaga (who was the Blue Eagles head coach the year before Black took over in 2005) and Jamike Jarin (who won multiple UAAP Juniors' basketball titles as head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets) should be top candidates for the now-vacant job for there to be some semblance of continuity in the program. But things are a little complicated because the two are also Black's assistant coaches in a Pangilinan-owned team in the pros.


I hope it's Arespacochaga who gets picked. If I'm not mistaken he has been an Ateneo coach for over a decade now, and he was already playing for the Blue Eagles when I got to college. I know loyalty shouldn't be the be-all and end-all in picking the next head coach, but it should still count for something.

Some may remember that Arespacochaga was at the helm during the "unsuccessful" (read: Ateneo wasn't the champion, haha) Season 67. But I don't think the team's brain trust intended for him to be head coach beyond that one year.

Like I wrote here, the Blue Eagles were in transition then—Joel Banal (head coach in 2002-2003) had left after Season 66, and while Black (head coach in 2005-2012, consultant in 2004) was already under contract, he probably needed time to acclimate to the UAAP and install his system. The solution: make Arespacochaga head coach for a year then have Black take over in 2005.

But that's just me speculating. In no way am I a team insider, haha.


On another front, Fr. Villarin has established a Basketball Endowment Fund to provide for the operations of Ateneo's Men's, Women's and Juniors' basketball programs. Blue Eagles fans—they with the bragging rights for the past five years and counting—can now put their money where their mouth is and donate to the fund. Parang Kickstarter!

I bet this will raise a lot of hubbub, with people claiming that the university focuses on just one sport to the detriment of others. But there's more to this thing than meets the eye. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out it's from Men's basketball (the "glamor" sport since—surprise!—it gets the widest media coverage in this hoops-mad country) that the university sources funds for its other sports programs.


[26 November 2012]

With Ateneo and Manny Pangilinan reconciling, Bo Perasol is back as Norman Black's successor and head coach of the Blue Eagles.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

UAAP Season 75: The Ateneo Blue Eagles' "Men Ni Black" Video

Here's the "Men ni Black" video tribute to Coach Norman Black that they showed at the Ateneo championship bonfire last Saturday. More than the goofy dancing of the 2012 champion squad, its best part is the participation of Blue Eagles from recent past like Yuri Escueta, Macky Escalona, Bacon Austria, Kirk Long, Mike Baldos, Jumbo Escueta, Zion Laterre, JC Intal, Doug Kramer, Nonoy Baclao, and Jai Reyes, who all played for Black during his just-concluded coaching stint in Ateneo.

Monday, October 15, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Closing The Books

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 11
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Before the Season 75 Men's basketball tournament started I blogged about some questions that could determine how successful the Ateneo Blue Eagles' "Drive for Five" would be:
  • How will Ateneo cope with the departure of Emman Monfort and Kirk Long, starters from last year's champion team who have used up their eligible playing years?
  • Can Norman Black again lead the squad to the title this year, his last as the Blue Eagles' head coach?
  • How will Ryan Buenafe, the Season 73 Finals MVP, fare in his return to action after missing the entirety of Season 74?
I am so relieved that the answers to those questions—Monfort's successor Juami Tiongson rose to the challenge and ably supported Ateneo's Big Three of Kiefer Ravena, Greg Slaughter, and Nico Salva; yes, although there was tense stretch where Coach Black offered to resign as head coach out of delicadeza following top Blue Eagles patron Manny Pangilinan's "disengagement" from Ateneo; Buenafe picked up right where he left off in Season 73, getting up for the big games—were all satisfactory to the Ateneo community.

The Sixth Man now has bragging rights until Season 76 rolls around. Here are the personnel responsible for that:
Players
4 Nico Elorde, PG
5 Juami Tiongson, PG
6 Frank Golla, F/C
7 Tonino Gonzaga, SG
8 Nico Salva, F
10 JP Erram, C
11 Isaac Lim, PG
12 Gwyne Capacio, G
13 Ryan Buenafe, F
14 Kris Porter, F/C
15 Kiefer Ravena, G
17 Oping Sumalinog, G/F
18 Justin Chua, C
19 Von Pessumal, G
20 Greg Slaughter, C
21 Gboy Babilonia, F/C

Head Coach
Norman Black

Assistant Coaches
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
This was the route the team took in winning the title:
Eliminations, First Round
Sunday, July 15 - 73-57 W over AdU
Thursday, July 19 - 70-71 L to UST
Sunday, July 22 - 89-65 W over NU
Saturday, July 28 - 71-61 W over DLSU
Thursday, August 2 - 76-70 W over UP
Saturday, August 4 - 68-51 W over UE
Saturday, August 18 - 74-71 W over FEU

Eliminations, Second Round
Saturday, August 25 - 73-66 W over UP
Wednesday, August 29 - 77-64 W over FEU
Saturday, September 1 - 77-67 W over DLSU
Thursday, September 6 - 77-79 L to UE
Sunday, September 9 - 79-72 W over AdU
Thursday, September 13 - 70-56 W over NU
Saturday, September 15 - 68-66 W over UST

Final Four
Saturday, 29 September - 66-63 W over DLSU

Finals
Saturday, 6 October - 83-78 W over UST
Thursday, 11 October - 65-62 W over UST
This was the team standings after the first round of the eliminations:
ADMU Blue Eagles (6-1)
UST Growling Tigers (6-1)
FEU Tamaraws (5-2)
DLSU Green Archers (4-3)
NU Bulldogs (4-3)
UP Fighting Maroons (1-6)
UE Red Warriors (1-6)
AdU Soaring Falcons (1-6)
The standings after the second round:
ADMU Blue Eagles (12-2)
UST Growling Tigers (10-4)
NU Bulldogs (9-5)
DLSU Green Archers (9-5)
FEU Tamaraws (9-5)
AdU Soaring Falcons (3-11)
UE Red Warriors (3-11)
UP Fighting Maroons (1-13)
Here were the Blue Eagles who won individual awards:
Nico Salva
Finals Most Valuable Player

Greg Slaughter
Mythical Five Selection
RCBC Savings Bank Game-Changing Player of the Season

Kiefer Ravena
Enervon Todo-Bigay Player of the Season
See you in UAAP Season 76!


Meanwhile, here's how the ADMU Lady Eagles' Season 75 went:
First Round
Sunday, July 15 - 77-43 W over UP
Wednesday, July 25 - 53-68 L to FEU
Wednesday, August 1 - 70-49 W over UE
Sunday, August 5 - 43-45 L to DLSU
Friday, August 10 - 70-53 W over UST
Wednesday, August 15 - 70-74 L to AdU
Sunday, August 19 - 57-75 L to NU

Second Round
Saturday, August 25 - 74-52 W over UP
Tuesday, August 28 - 44-54 L to FEU
Friday, August 31 - 45-48 L to DLSU
Sunday, September 2 - 87-76 W over UE
Sunday, September 9 - 75-71 W over NU
Wednesday, September 12 - 57-71 L to AdU
Sunday, September 16 - 74-54 W over UST

Playoff for Final Four
Wednesday, September 26 - 50-48 W over NU

Final Four
Sunday, September 30 - 61-68 L to AdU
The team standings after the first round of eliminations:
FEU Lady Tamaraws (7-0)
AdU Lady Falcons (5-2)
DLSU Lady Archers (5-2)
NU Lady Bulldogs (5-2)
ADMU Lady Eagles (3-4)
UST Tigresses (2-5)
UP Lady Maroons (1-6)
UE Lady Warriors (0-7)
The standings after the second round:
FEU Lady Tamaraws (14-0)
DLSU Lady Archers (11-3)
AdU Lady Falcons (10-4)
ADMU Lady Eagles (7-7)
NU Lady Bulldogs (7-7)
UST Tigresses (5-9)
UP Lady Maroons (2-12)
UE Lady Warriors (0-14)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Farewell, And Thanks

With the conclusion of UAAP Season 75 basketball tournament these men have completed their stints with the Blue and White. Best of luck to them in their future endeavors.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 9
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Oping Sumalinog is nothing if not resilient. He returned from missing the 2010 season with an ACL injury to earn two more championship rings. He has four total (plus a sharp sense of humor).

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UP Fighting Maroons, Aug 25
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

In my opinion, this year Tonino Gonzaga didn't play as well as he did in the 2011 season. Nevertheless, he's one of three players (together with Justin Chua and Nico Salva) who have five straight UAAP Men's basketball titles to their name.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, July 15
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Although he was a prized recruit coming out of high school, Justin Chua spent his first two seasons in the shadow of Rabeh Al-Hussaini. He became a starter in 2010, but was again relegated to the bench following Greg Slaughter's arrival last year. Other players might've chafed at the demotion, but Chua sublimated his ego and accepted, if not embraced, his reliever role.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. FEU Tamaraws, Aug 18
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Two years, two Mythical Five selections, and two championships. I can't wait to see Greg Slaughter beast it up in the Philippine Basketball Association and/or with the Philippine National Team.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Sept. 1
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

The UAAP history books have Nico Salva as the first player to win Most Valuable Player honors in back-to-back Finals.

UAAP Season 75: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, July 19
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Because he led my favorite PBA team to multiple championships (including a rare Grand Slam in 1989) Norman Black was already one of my favorite basketball coaches even before he joined the Blue Eagles in 2004. After eight seasons as Ateneo head coach and 16 championships in various tournaments, including the last five in the UAAP, he returns to coach in the PBA once more. To say that he will be missed would be an understatement.

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[Photo credit: IRRI Images on Flickr]

Although I have an issue with how Manny Pangilinan timed and publicized his recent "disengagement" from his alma mater, I must give credit where credit is due. He gave invaluable support to the Blue Eagles basketball program over the past few years, and for that he deserves the Ateneo community's profuse thanks.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

UAAP Season 75 Finals: Gameday Scenes, 11 October 2012

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 11
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Teng-ina, hindi pa rin foul 'yun?!"

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 11
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Release the doves!"

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 11
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Chua is an equal-opportunity elbower.

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 11
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Let's see you try to block that.

Friday, October 12, 2012

UAAP Season 75 Finals: Gameday Scenes, 6 October 2012

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 1: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 6
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Fortuna's Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique is sloppy.

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 1: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 6
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Rebound scrambles: more fun with your eyes half-closed.

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 1: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 6
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Ryan Buenafe about to attack the hoop like it took his extra rice.

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 1: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 6
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"How on earth is Buenafe doing that?"

UAAP Season 75 Finals Game 1: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 6
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

None of them are left-handed; that's how sincere that handshake is.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

UAAP Season 75: ADMU Blue Eagles Five-peat

Just gonna leave these right here:

[Image from Blue Crew on FB. Get the shirt!]

One! Big! Five!

[Image from Ateneo Alumni Association on FB]

Fiveilioh!


[13 October 2012 Edit]

Here is the Blue Eagles' record from the past five UAAP seasons:

[Image courtesy of eboy on Blue Eagles' Nest]

Friday, October 5, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–DLSU, 29 September 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. DLSU Green Archers, Sept. 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Sweep the leg!"

Or

"You! Shall not! Pass!"

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. DLSU Green Archers, Sept. 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

If the basketball thing doesn't work out, Teng can always find
work as a crossing guard.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. DLSU Green Archers, Sept. 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Hey, Coach! They keep saying 'belat.' What does that mean?"

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. DLSU Green Archers, Sept. 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Ravena sells himself short. His was actually a two-thumbs-up performance:
28 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, NU-UST, 29 September 2012

UAAP Season 75: UST Growling Tigers vs. NU Bulldogs, Sept 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"I hope they won't take back my Advantage Card points."

UAAP Season 75: UST Growling Tigers vs. NU Bulldogs, Sept 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Either by farting or thinking happy thoughts, Teng achieved lift-off.

UAAP Season 75: UST Growling Tigers vs. NU Bulldogs, Sept 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Vigil gets a congratulatory handshake from Little Jimmy.
Pe is too preoccupied to care.

UAAP Season 75: UST Growling Tigers vs. NU Bulldogs, Sept 29
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Pride. Puso. Palaban. At 'pag hindi umubra…Protesta."

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GPOYW: Tibibowling

For some reason K was rooting around the Interweb and ended up browsing pictures in M's Multiply. I got curious and looked too, and discovered a few photos of me that I haven't seen before. Like this one:

[Photo credit: M. Tan on Multiply]

If I recall correctly that was taken at PowerBowl in Power Plant Mall some five years ago. As you can see, I approach from the right side of the lane. It's because my mechanics are awful at best (S, who was on the Ateneo varsity bowling team, taught us nothing, I tell you. Nothing!) that the ball always veers to the left. That's the case even in Wii Sports bowling, ha ha.