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.

Monday, October 1, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Finals Schedule

Here is the schedule of the UAAP Season 75 Men's basketball Finals between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UST Growling Tigers:
Saturday, 6 October
3:30 PM, MOA Arena
Telecast live on ABS-CBN Ch. 2

Thursday, 11 October
3:30 PM, Araneta Coliseum
Telecast live on Studio 23

Saturday, 13 October (if needed)
MOA Arena
This is a rematch of the 2006 Finals, which the Blue Eagles lost in three games after taking a 1-0 series lead via a picture-perfect buzzer-beater. I was in Araneta Coliseum for that game, and in the immediate aftermath of that thrilling Game 1 no one but the most rabid UST fans thought the Growling Tigers could bounce back.

But then Typhoon Milenyo came and caused the cancellation of the next playdate, dousing whatever momentum the Blue Eagles had. The Growling Tigers, meanwhile, made excellent use of the longer break and won Game 2 via a rout before prevailing in overtime in the deciding third game to nab the Season 69 title.

So yeah, just to be safe this time the Blue Eagles' supporters should troop to the Monasterio de Sta. Clara with egg offerings to help ensure good weather for the entirety of the Finals.


Incidentally, the Blue Eagles and the Growling Tigers were the top two vote-getters in the season-long mini-poll I had on this blog. They were also the top two teams after the Season 75 eliminations, so I expect that the Finals will be a highly competitive and tightly contested series. Fans of UAAP basketball are in for a treat.