Saturday, April 21, 2012

2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup Jerseyvaluation: DLSU Green Archers

Archrivals Ateneo and La Salle have some things in common—at least in the ongoing Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup.

[Photo credit: Filoil Flying V Sports / Jan Dizon]

Yep, the Green Archers' and the Blue Eagles' Filoil jerseys share the same basic template. And just like the Ateneans, the La Sallians are reusing their jerseys from last year's tournament, only this year's version has NOBs.

[Photo credit: Filoil Flying V Sports / Jan Dizon]

We'll see if just like last year the two squads will bust out new unis for their Filoil match in early June.


Here's the light version:

2012 FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass.]

2012 FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass.]

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup Jerseyvaluation: NU Bulldogs

It's only April yet the National University Bulldogs already look like they're all set for UAAP Season 75—uniform-wise, at least. Here's the jersey they're using in the ongoing Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup:

[Photo credit: Filoil Flying V Sports / Jan Dizon]

It's fancier-looking than the practice jerseys the Bulldogs used in the same tournament last year. Just stick their usual UAAP, school, and sponsor patches on there and they're good to go for the Season 75 opening in July.

[Photo credit: Filoil Flying V Sports / Jan Dizon]

I would like to see them continue to mix and match their "home" and "away" jerseys Oregon Ducks football-style, though.

Here is the light version.

FilOil 2012 Final Four: NU Bulldogs vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, June 9
[Photo credit: Inboundpass

FilOil 2012 Final Four: NU Bulldogs vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, June 9
[Photo credit: Inboundpass

Sunday, April 15, 2012

2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup: Ryan Buenafe Is Back For Ateneo

The Ateneo Blue Eagles beat the Letran Knights in their first outing in the 2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup. Led as usual by Greg Slaughter (14 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Kiefer Ravena (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), Ateneo broke a 49-all deadlock with under 5 minutes to play in the fourth period and held on to win, 55-51.

But with all due respect to those two players, the biggest story of the day was the return to action of fellow Blue Eagle Ryan Buenafe, who sat out 2011 and missed the entire UAAP Season 74. Here's a sampling of the first few Tweets in reaction to his comeback:

My sentiments exactly.

Buenafe's last official outing in an Ateneo uniform was in October 2010 during the Unigames. To those who watched yesterday, the long layoff showed, at least in Ryan's physique:

Tactfulness obviously didn't rule the day.

Due to all the attention, polite or otherwise, for almost the entire game Buenafe was a trending topic on Twitter.

He would peak at #5.

Buenafe came off the bench and tallied 1 point (he was fouled on a three-point attempt, his only try from the field, but bricked two of the ensuing free throws), 1 rebound, and 3 assists in 13 minutes of action.

On paper those are not particularly impressive statistics, but that solitary point and those three assists all came during a 7-2 Blue Eagle run bridging the first and second quarters that increased Ateneo's lead from 12-10 to 19-12. It was a thrilling stretch that was a reminder of what Ateneo fans missed in UAAP Season 74 (but obviously didn't miss too much since the Blue Eagles still rolled to their fourth straight championship), as well as a preview of what they can expect if Ryan completes his comeback and suits up in Season 75.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup Jerseyvaluation: Ateneo Blue Eagles

Yesterday Nico Salva of the Ateneo Blue Eagles Tweeted this photo of the jersey the team used in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup earlier today:

[Photo credit: Nico Salva on Instagram]

From behind, the jersey looks like this:

[Photo credit: Adrian Dy on Twitter]

If the uniforms look familiar, it's because they're identical to the dark jerseys the Blue Eagles used in the 2011 Filoil tournament, except that the Filoil and Burger King patches are gone while the Smart patch has been updated. It's almost as if they're letting the comebacking Ryan Buenafe use the gear he wasn't able to use in his "lost season" last year.

Here's the "home" version the Blue Eagles later changed into for their tournament-opening game against the Letran Knights (if I had to guess, I'd say there was some sort of miscommunication regarding the two teams' jersey assignments that's why the Ateneans had to change uniforms):

[Photo credit: Filoil Flying V Sports / Jan Dizon]

[Photo credit: Filoil Flying V Sports / Jan Dizon]

Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup: Ateneo Blue Eagles Lineup

This is the Ateneo Blue Eagles team that will defend its Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup title starting tomorrow afternoon:
Tonino Gonzaga, G
Nico Salva, F
Justin Chua, C/F
Oping Sumalinog, F
Greg Slaughter, C
Kiefer Ravena, G
Gwyne Capacio, F
Von Pessumal, F
Frank Golla, F/C
JP Erram, C
Juami Tiongson, G
Nico Elorde, G
Kris Porter, F
Gboy Babilonia, C
Ryan Buenafe, F/G
Bon Jovi Cipriano, G
Isaac Lim, G
By now longtime readers of this blog already know which name I'm most excited to see included in an Ateneo lineup again. Isang tulog na lang!

[Hat tip to]

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

FML: F*** My Lomi

One of my first five conscious thoughts today was, Gusto ko ng lomi. I know, how completely random. But that, I think, has been one of the side effects of quitting—more and more I get these out-of-left-field food cravings as if I'm coddamn pregnant. *cough* I already have the belly for it. *cough*

And when I say "lomi" this is what I have in mind. Or this, only without the shrimps:

[Photo credit: whologwhy on Flickr]

I was really, really looking forward to my lomi moment (if only because I could only get away for lunch at 3 p.m., when I was this close to passing out from hunger), so imagine how my face fell when what I was served looked nothing like what I saw with my mind's eye. Sure it had the familiar thickish soup and no shrimp, but there was also none of those thick (egg?) noodles that are a joy to slurp. They used the smaller and flatter noodles they would normally use in pancit canton. But of course I still ate it. The alternative, disappointment, was less filling.

And no, I am not springing for the Chowking version. Please, if there is a god, don't leave me no choice but to spring for the Chowking version.

I almost didn't publish this post. Then I thought, It would be fun to make my (male) friends snicker by blogging about the joys of slurping thick noodles.

[19 April 2012 Update]

I went to a different place, and what they served was this close to what I had in mind. Again, it was the noodles that didn't look right. There was no shrimp but there was some squid thrown in. It wasn't a deal breaker though. The serving may have been good for two people but I ate it, all of it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup: Ateneo Blue Eagles Schedule

It's April, which means the college basketball season is just around the corner. As in recent years, the Ateneo Blue Eagles will play in the 2012 Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup. Below is the elimination round schedule for the defending tournament champions:
Saturday, April 14
2 PM - Ateneo vs. Letran

Wednesday, April 18
1:45 PM - Ateneo vs. Perpetual Help

Saturday, April 21
3:30 PM - Ateneo vs. San Beda

Wednesday, April 25
3:30 PM - Ateneo vs. UST

Saturday, April 28
3:30 PM - Ateneo vs. UP

Wednesday, May 2
3:30 PM - Ateneo vs. UE

Monday, May 7
3:30 PM - Ateneo vs. Mapua

Saturday, June 2
4 PM - Ateneo vs. La Salle
All games will be played at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Studio 23 will air the opening matches on April 14. I have no information yet whether other games will also be televised, but as long as they air Ateneo's games against La Salle and San Beda I'll be content.

If you will notice, there's a nearly month-long gap between Ateneo's last two elimination round games. That's around the time the Blue Eagles fly to the US for their now-traditional training camp there.

The Blue Eagles are entered in a second summer tournament, the 18th Fr. Martin Summer Cup that will kick off on 15 April 2012, the day after the Filoil tourney opens. So far my Google skills haven't turned up the Blue Eagles' schedule.

[Hat tip to]

[7 April 2012 Update]

Per Adrian Dy, Studio 23 will cover only three Filoil playdates: Opening Day, Ateneo vs. La Salle, and the Finals. Bummer. That means I'll only get to see Ateneo vs. San Beda if the Blue Eagles and the Red Lions both make it to the championship round.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WWE Is Now On Free TV In The Philippines

[Photo credit: Magelet on Flickr]

In the past few weeks I've been seeing more and more plugs for WWE shows on local TV channels. Don't look now, but I think we're on the cusp of something unprecedented in Philippine free TV history.

Between Studio 23 (which carries Raw, NXT, and Superstars, and soon, Tough Enough and the various pay-per-view events) and AKTV on IBC 13 (which will soon air SmackDown and Bottom Line), WWE's wrestli—sorry, sports entertainment programs will be on free TV six days a week. Add cable channel Fox Philippines, which has SmackDown, Vintage Collection, Bottom Line, and After Burn, and Filipinos could conceivably watch a WWE show everyday.

(That those channels might trim and compress the two-hour-or-more-long flagship programs Raw and SmackDown as well as the pay-per-views, or they might not be airing the latest-in-the-US episodes, are altogether separate issues that I won't go into now.)

As late as February 2012 the majority of those shows were aired on cable channels Jack TV and Solar Sports; I can only assume that the ratings were good enough that the ABS-CBN and ABC groups had to acquire their Philippine airing rights. The change also means at least one other thing: I am not alone in my WWE fandom. We are legion, and our number will continue to grow, ha ha!

If I'm not mistaken, WWE will soon have more airing days per week on free TV than basketball, boxing, mixed martial arts, football, or volleyball—established sports all that have no shortage of followers in the country. Who woulda thunk it? The fans who lived through the '80s and had to content themselves with Pinoy Wrestling and renting Betamax or VHS wrestling tapes must be pleased. I know I am.