Tuesday, August 28, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–UP, 25 August 2012

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

True teammates lend each other elbow sleeves.

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

Tiongson up to his old "Magic" tricks.

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

Ravena whiffs on a high five following an Alvin Padilla Special.

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

"What are you lookin' at?"

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

"This one's in the bag so I'm taking you out. Now go and get a haircut."

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

You can't unsee Hector the heckler's more extreme antics.

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

A scene right out of an ADMU Blue Eaglets practice circa 2007.

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

Coach Norman is boss at Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.

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

Kiefer ruins yet another "serious" pic. Bugoy nga talaga.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

UAAP Season 75 Jerseyvaluation: NU Bulldogs

National University put the shorthand "National U" on its building, so it's no surprise the NU Bulldogs use it on their uniforms.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. NU Bulldogs, July 22
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

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[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Judging from their jerseys in 2010 and 2011, it's apparent that the Bulldogs are aiming for some measure of consistency from year to year, something that top UAAP basketball squads like the Blue Eagles, Green Archers, and Tamaraws do.

Friday, August 24, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Second Round Schedule

Here is the second round schedule of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in the Men's Division of the UAAP Season 75 basketball tournament:
Saturday, August 25
MOA Arena
4 PM – ADMU vs. UP

Wednesday, August 29
MOA Arena
4 PM – ADMU vs. FEU

Saturday, September 1
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM – ADMU vs. DLSU

Thursday, September 6
MOA Arena
2 PM – ADMU vs. UE

Sunday, September 9
MOA Arena
2 PM – ADMU vs. AdU

Thursday, September 13
ULTRA
4 PM – ADMU vs. NU

Saturday, September 15
MOA Arena
4 PM – ADMU vs. UST
Here is the second round schedule of the Lady Eagles in the Women's Division:
Saturday, August 25
MOA Arena
8:30 AM – ADMU vs. UP

Tuesday, August 28
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM – ADMU vs. FEU

Friday, August 31
San Juan Arena
1:45 PM – ADMU vs. DLSU

Sunday, September 2
MOA Arena
10:15 AM – ADMU vs. UE

Sunday, September 9
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM – ADMU vs. NU

Wednesday, September 12
San Juan Arena
5:15 PM – ADMU vs. AdU

Sunday, September 16
San Juan Arena
3:30 PM – ADMU vs. UST

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–FEU, 18 August 2012

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

Cue angel choir and trumpets: the Phenom descendeth.

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

In a pinch, Sentcheu can go as Abe Sapien this Halloween.

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

Gut check.

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

"Ako pa rin ang best friend mo, 'di ba? 'Di ba?"

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

The photo most likely to go on the
"WANTED: FEU Tamaraws Enemy No. 1" poster.

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

Romeo: "Kuha ko na 'to."

Bringas: "Weh, hindi nga?"

Belo: "Coach o."

Friday, August 17, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Bo Perasol Can Now Accept The ADMU Blue Eagles Head Coaching Job

Air 21 Express Practice
[Photo credit: Air21 Express on Flickr]

It looks like it's fait accompli that Bo Perasol will be the Ateneo Blue Eagles' head coach starting next season.

The former Powerade Tigers mentor asked for, and has just been granted, a release from his coaching contract by GlobalPort, the outfit that recently acquired Powerade's PBA franchise.

Perasol was the first choice of the search committee tasked to find the replacement for current Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black, who will be leaving at the end of UAAP Season 75 to once again coach in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was already offered the job.

I expect Ateneo to make a formal announcement soon, although even without it Perasol has been seen around the team. He wore blue to the Ateneo-La Salle game last month and was photographed sitting in the Blue Eagles' side of the arena, fueling speculations that he will indeed be the one calling the shots next year. He has also gone on record as saying, "I don’t think, right now, that there’s going to be a better program than Ateneo and I want to be a part of that."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, UE–UST And AdU–DLSU, 12 August 2012

UAAP Season 75 UST Growling Tigers vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 12
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass]

I went to a basketball matchup the other day, and a patintero game broke out.

UAAP Season 75 UST Growling Tigers vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 12
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass]

The Growling Tigers lost Bautista's measurements during his year off from the team.

UAAP Season 75 UST Growling Tigers vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 12
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass]

With the game already in the bag, Fortuna tries to catch
the eye of an Araneta Coliseum hotdog vendor.

UAAP Season 75: DLSU Green Archers vs. Adamson Falcons, Aug 12
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass]

Torres: "Guys, 'into groups of four' da—oh, man!"

UAAP Season 75: DLSU Green Archers vs. Adamson Falcons, Aug 12
[Photo credit: Carl Sta. Ana for Inboundpass]

Is there such a thing as an unforced perspective?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

UAAP Season 75 Jerseyvaluation: ADMU Blue Eagles

Back in May, Kiefer Ravena tweeted a photo of him, Greg Slaughter, and Nico Salva wearing what he claimed was the new Ateneo jersey. It turns out that was indeed the uniform the Blue Eagles would wear in UAAP Season 75, only without the logos of the team's other sponsors.

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

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

Ateneo and Nike are actually in the last year of a three-season deal for the latter to provide sporting gear to the former's athletes. It has largely been a good match, especially since the Blue Eagles, ADMU's signature team that receives the most media mileage, have won the last two UAAP Men's basketball titles wearing Swoosh-marked jerseys. But hey, what else can be expected from the pairing of a university whose mascot is a Blue Eagle and a company named after a Greek goddess also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory?

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

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

Ateneo has minimalist-looking unis just like last year. But this time around, the Blue Eagles don't look like they're wearing mismatched shorts and tank tops. And if that color bar at back of the tank top seems familiar, it's because Ateneo's Nike-made 2010 preseason jerseys (not to mention Team USA's 2012 Olympics basketball uniforms) also had them.

I have to dock Nike, though, for using the same design template for both the Ateneo and FEU Tamaraws jersey sets. That wasn't cool.

Monday, August 13, 2012

UAAP Season 75 Jerseyvaluation: UST Growling Tigers

It has finally happened: the UST Growling Tigers have gotten rid of the assorted tiger prints (used as early as 2005, last seen in 2009) and tiger heads (used as early as 2006, last seen in 2011) that they've loved to slap on their uniforms.

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

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

That could've already happened last year, but with UAAP Season 74 coinciding with the university's Quadricentennial, in place of the school's name they put a Tongues-of-Fire-morphing-into-a-tiger logo on their jersey. A smaller, similar logo is on the front of the Growling Tigers' shorts this year.

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[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 75: FEU Tamaraws vs. UST Growling Tigers, July 14
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

I've always found those tiger prints and heads tacky, so to me UST's jerseys this season are a marked improvement over those from recent years. Now if only they didn't have almost the same style for their school name as NU

Sunday, August 12, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–UE And DLSU–UST, 4 August 2012

UAAP Season 75: De La Salle Green Archers vs. UST Growling Tigers, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Somebody said that if you combined Revilla, Andrada, and Torres you'd have one
heck of a basketball player. La Sallians being La Sallians, they tried to see if that's true.

UAAP Season 75: De La Salle Green Archers vs. UST Growling Tigers, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Fortuna reacts to that first caption.

UAAP Season 75: De La Salle Green Archers vs. UST Growling Tigers, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

So together they make twenty? *rimshot*

Or

16 > 21. Discuss.

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[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Jumping butt-bumps. Because everyone and their mothers can chest- or fist-bump.

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[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Teng says, "Welcome to the gun show."

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Ravena has been practicing his no-look, behind-the-back shots

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"All great 'Magic' Tiongson tricks are composed of three acts:
The Pledge, where Juami shows the audience something
ordinary, but is probably not…"

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

The Phenom doesn't push himself up; he pushes the ground down.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 4
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Nico doin' work: Salva is on the Kobe System

Saturday, August 11, 2012

UAAP Season 75: The Phenom Says, "Five-peat 'To!"

At the 2009 bonfire celebrating the Ateneo Blue Eagles' UAAP Season 72 championship win, Ryan Buenafe declared, "Basta alam ko next year, three-peat." He would deliver on that promise in 2010.

It was Bacon Austria's turn during the Season 73 championship bonfire: "I promise that we can get a four-peat next year." And we all know how Season 74 ended.

Now we have this:

Before you ask, yes, that's how the photo is oriented.
[Photo credit: C. Imperial on Twitter]

The Sixth Man will hold you to that, Phenom.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Japanese Rock Band Covers Kamikazee's "Narda"

This blew my mind: a Japanese rock band covering Kamikazee's "Narda".



The band is called Uchuu Sentai Noiz, and they'll be performing in the Philippines next month. I can already imagine the audience losing their collective shits when the band plays that song live.

[Hat tip to V. Dancel on FB]

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Great Minds Think Alike: Here Comes The Rain Again

My Twitter timeline has been short of the funnies these days and understandably so, what with the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces still battling a natural disaster. It was therefore not hard for me to find amusement in this coincidence:

[Screen grab from Twitter]

Maybe it has been a Eurythmics kind of day. Keep safe, everyone.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Blue Eagles Slaughter And Chua, Typical Students

Sometimes we're reminded that the UAAP players we see on TV are student-athletes, and have some of the same concerns as their contemporaries. For instance, here are Blue Eagles big men Greg Slaughter and Justin Chua reacting to the announcement that Ateneo had suspended classes for all levels today.

[Screen cap from Twitter]

(By the way, isn't it unfair that classes for college and graduates students are always one of the last to be called off during times like this? They get wet and sick too, same as everyone. It's how I felt back when I was a student, and it's still how I feel today.)


I hope everyone stays safe today and the coming days. Especially you, Marikina. #BarangkaBoy4Life

Monday, August 6, 2012

I Saw How The Curiosity Got The Chef Magic Happens

Nearly two weeks ago Chef Sharwin Tee and the Curiosity Got the Chef team were in my neck of the woods mountains to shoot two episodes for the show's second season, which started airing on Lifestyle Network last month.

Based on what Sharwin told me, I would've appeared on camera had I showed up for the taping of the first episode, a camping-themed ep. Too bad I didn't have the time. I made sure to watch their second shoot the following day, though. Below is a retro-diary of what I witnessed.

(Note: This was written from memory so the times are all estimates. I didn't plan on blogging about the shoot at the time; I went there just to watch the magic happen, as it were. And I did. But enough about me.)
8:45 a.m. – I arrive at Le Monet Hotel and head for the garden out back where the shoot was supposed to take place. I chance upon the crew bringing out equipment and setting up the cooking and prep areas.

8:50 a.m. – I am told Sharwin is in makeup. I decide that that I didn't have to see, ha ha.

8:55 a.m. – I head to the hotel café overlooking the set and meet Sharwin. He is apparently through with makeup and is doing a final review of the script. One member of the production team is decorating one of those artful chalkboards that are a CGTC staple.

9:10 a.m. – Sharwin goes down to the set and helps prepare the things he will use on camera. We talk while he’s doing this, and those who hear me call him “ST” do a double-take. I could almost picture them go, What did he just call our star?

9:40 a.m. – Sharwin takes his place at his (for lack of a better term) MacGyvered outdoors kitchen. The team is in high spirits after the interesting night some of them apparently had. They start shooting B-rolls.

9:45 a.m. – The fog rolls in, and fast. You know the type—the kind that in movies precedes the appearance of the baddie who then goes on a massive hacking and stabbing spree. The fog is gone less than an hour later but I still think, Uh-oh, it’s going to rain soon.

9:50 a.m. – It rained the previous day, so the ground starts to get muddy from all the foot traffic. The production assistant scavenges for used cartons and wooden boards for the team to stand or walk on.

10 a.m. – The camera finally rolls with Sharwin cooking Carrot Flan with Ginger Chicken. You read that right: carrot flan. Think leche flan, but with carrots.

10:40 a.m. – The shoot stops whenever the mics pick up the noise from the vehicle traffic on Camp John Hay’s main road. Nevertheless, the team finds humor in the interruptions.

11:20 a.m. – Minutes after the segment is completed, rain falls. It grows stronger so the set is evacuated. A break is called.

11:50 a.m. – The rain weakens to a light drizzle, so they attempt to tidy up and prepare the set for the next segment. But the rain falls again.

12 p.m. – The team breaks for lunch. Sharwin manages to find a clip of the Rowan Atkinson cameo in the Olympics opening ceremony. We laugh at Mr. Bean.

1 p.m. – It’s still drizzling but the director decides it’s manageable and they could continue shooting.

1:15 p.m. – A Korean dude who was eating at the café wanders over to see what the hubbub was about. When he starts going around taking pictures the team exchanges raised eyebrows.

1:20 p.m. – The Korean dude goes in for a close-up while the cameras are rolling. Cuuutt!

1:30 p.m. – There’s a pause in the shooting as the rain is starting to fall again. The Korean dude gets a picture with Sharwin then leaves.

1:40 p.m. – The rain grows stronger, and everyone evacuates the set again.

2:00 p.m. – The team decides to commandeer the café and shoot the whole episode there. They move their equipment, prep the new kitchen, and set up the lights, mics, and cameras.

2:50 p.m. – I lose count of the number of times people approach Sharwin and ask for photos with him. But each time I see that happen, I smile. Sure, I'm biased, but all that celebrity couldn't have happened to a nicer or a more well-deserving guy.

3 p.m. – The cameras finally roll again. Sharwin starts cooking "Faux Gras" with Sautéed Vegetables. The "faux gras" is tokw—er, tofu. The "faux gras" is tofu.

3:05 p.m. – After hearing Sharwin's opening spiel, I realize the team might have been fortunate the inclement weather forced them to shoot the cooking segments at the cafe. I tell him this hours later.

3:10 p.m. – The mics keep picking up the hum of the café's large cheese chiller. The management lets the team unplug it, but only for short stretches. The team plugs it back in whenever there's a lull in the shooting. They are also forced to work fast, in order for the cheeses not to get spoiled (and for them not be hit with a huge bill).

3:55 p.m. – After a short search for a television to tune in to Studio 23, I find one at the hotel bar. One of the CGTC producers and I take turns checking whether the Ateneo-La Salle basketball game has started.

4:15 p.m. – Two customers, a foreign man and his Filipina companion, enter the bar. Our hopes of watching the game live are dashed when the man asks a waiter to change the channel to the Olympics.

4:20 p.m. – Sharwin moves on to making Grilled Sumac-scented Salmon with Quinoa Salad. From this dish I learn about three new things: sumac (a spice), quinoa (an edible seed), and nasturtium (an edible blossom).

5 p.m. – Snacks are served. Everyone eats except for Sharwin, the camera men, and the sound men who all continue shooting.

5:10 p.m. – The café's other customers are cooperating with the shoot by conversing practically in whispers. Too funny. Meanwhile, a bride and groom arrives and holds their own photoshoot at the hotel lobby and at another side of the cafe. The team keeps an eye on them, but continues taping.

5:30 p.m. – A member of the team arrives from an errand with lights borrowed from somewhere (I think it was from the local ABS-CBN crew?). Those would prove especially useful later on, when at dusk they lose the natural light and are forced to simulate daylight.

5:40 p.m. – They re-shoot the entire carrot flan segment. I start to nod off because I already saw it that morning.

7 p.m. – After approximately four hours of shooting Sharwin finishes his on-camera work. He sits down and finally gets a chance to eat his merienda. Later, he hobnobs with some other visitors to the set.

7:01 p.m. – The chiller is plugged back in for good. The cheeses look none the worse for wear.

7:20 p.m. - The team sets up an area off to the side, and they start to shoot all the ingredients and finished dishes from that episode.

7:40 p.m. – The director challenges Sharwin to whip up something out of the left-over ingredients, and he agrees. I move in for a closer look.

8 p.m. – Sharwin tells me that it's the first time he's doing this. Because it's an out-of-town shoot, they have nowhere to keep the leftover ingredients.

8:05 p.m. – Sharwin cooks what's left of the mushrooms for the "faux gras" dish, then the remaining salmon. (He also puts a serious dent in their butter supply.) I get to taste everything, including the dishes the team have finished shooting.

To be honest, that after-shoot mini-cookfest was the highlight of the day for me. It was a treat to watch up close a professional, and a friend at that, in action doing what he does best, even if what he made was relatively simple fare.

8:50 p.m. – Some people wander over to see what’s going on. One or two get photos with the celebrity chef.

9:30 p.m. – Dinner is served after the team finishes with the product shots. I get to taste something new: a steamed head of garlic that gives you a sweet paste to spread like butter on steak.

10:15 p.m. – I go up with Sharwin to their room for a bit, hoping to catch the replay of the Ateneo-La Salle game. No such luck, but we chance upon a replay of the Olympics opening ceremony. Danny Boyle sure went to town!

10:30 p.m. – There's a brownout (which turns out to be city-wide)! But that doesn’t stop most of the team from heading out for a last night on the town. I take my leave soon after that.
All in all, a fun experience. I wouldn't mind doing it again—this time for Season 3. (Fingers crossed, ha ha!)


Curiosity Got the Chef airs on Lifestyle Network at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, with replays on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 10 a.m., and Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

The Baguio episodes will most likely air at the end of the month.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–DLSU, 28 July 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, July 28
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

One of these things is not like the others.

Or

The Ateneo-La Salle composite synchronized swim team
practicing their routine.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, July 28
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

LA Revilla in happier times, before he was sued
for infringement by Diamond Dallas Page.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, July 28
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Elorde: "Aminin mo, nami-miss niyo na 'ko."