Friday, July 25, 2014

Here's Another Musical Intermission

This is Toto Sorioso's second finalist entry in the 2014 PhilPop songwriting competition: "Langit Umaawit," interpreted by Tom Rodriguez.



Here is the official music video:



The PhilPop 2014 winners will be announced tomorrow night. Best of luck, Toto!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Jerseyvaluation

The eight teams competing in the UAAP Season 77 Men's basketball tournament have all debuted. Here's how I'd rank their uniforms, from worst to best.

8. UST Growling Tigers (Outfitter: World Balance | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: FEU Tamaraws vs. UST Growling Tigers, July 20
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: UST Growling Tigers vs. UP Fighting Maroons, Aug. 2
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

After a two-year absence, the damned tacky tiger stripe piping is back. It's a massive downgrade from UST's classy uniforms last season. The tiger head "watermark" is cool, though.

7. UP Fighting Maroons (Outfitter: Accel | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: UST Growling Tigers vs. UP Fighting Maroons, Aug. 2
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 70: UE Red Warriors vs. UP Fighting Maroons, July 12
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

The Maroons look like they have on white bibs, which I suspect are there just so that sponsor logo below the jersey collars will pop out more. Also, they've seen the light and now use the full school name instead of just "Pilipinas."

6. AdU Soaring Falcons (Outfitter: Anta | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: NU Bulldogs vs. Adamson Falcons, July 30
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: NU Bulldogs vs. Adamson Falcons, Aug. 20
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

Their sponsor logos are too big this year, cluttering the jerseys. I'm undecided whether that striped piping is a nice touch.

5. FEU Tamaraws (Outfitter: Nike | Season 76 unis)
4. DLSU Green Archers (Outfitter: Nike | Season 76 unis)
3. ADMU Blue Eagles (Outfitter: Nike | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: FEU Tamaraws vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 17
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: FEU Tamaraws vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 9
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: DLSU Green Archers vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 13
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: UE Red Warriors vs. DLSU Green Archers, July 27
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 70: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, July 13
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Aug. 30
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

Just like last year, their uniforms come from the same template. What sticks out the most is that the school names sit too low on the jerseys (contrast them with the Nike-designed Gilas Pilipinas uniforms from the recent Fiba Asia Cup). That's most obvious on the Tams jerseys, if only because they don't have a sponsor logo right below the collar.

2. UE Red Warriors (Outfitter: Accel | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug.10
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: UE Red Warriors vs. FEU Tamaraws, July 30
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

The shoulder trim on their jerseys reminds me of the ones on Adidas' Made in March Uniform System from the 2014 US NCAA basketball postseason. They're like Croatia Lite.

1. NU Bulldogs (Outfitter: Bo' Athletics | Season 76 unis)

UAAP Season 77: UE Red Warriors vs. NU Bulldogs, Aug. 3
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

UAAP Season 77: NU Bulldogs vs. Adamson Falcons, July 30
[Photo credit: Inboundpass]

They've managed to upgrade last year's uniforms by leaps and bounds. The single biggest improvement? The school name on the jerseys no longer looks like it was designed using the WordArt feature on MS Word. The camo-patterned numbers aren't very legible from mid-distance though.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Here's A Musical Intermission

When the finalists in the 2014 Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) songwriting competition were announced last month, I was happy to learn that two of the Top 12 entries were composed by Toto Sorioso.

Here's the first one: "Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa," interpreted by Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong.



The PhilPop 2014 winner will be announced during the Finals Night on July 26.


[18 July 2014 Edit]

This the official music video:




[28 July 2014 Edit]

"Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa" won 2nd place!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UAAP Season 77: ADMU Ticket-Selling Guidelines

Here's a handy infographic of Ateneo de Manila's UAAP ticket-selling guidelines for Season 77:

[Image credit: Dianne Santos for goATENEO.com]

The 2014–2015 Season opens in three days, and the Ateneo Blue Eagles debut in four!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

UAAP Season 77: What's The Big Deal, Mark Molina Asks

Here is what FEU's athletic director (and Ateneo alumnus and former Blue Eagles head coach) Mark Molina had to say about the dissatisfaction voiced regarding the schedule of UAAP Season 77's first ADMU-DLSU game:


I'm gonna go ahead and just chalk that up to forgetfulness, at best. Because there's no big deal with that game being played on a Sunday morning—y'know, aside from that fact that ADMU-DLSU is one of the marquee matchups, if not the marquee matchup, in the Men's Division of the UAAP basketball tournament.

Let's face it: men's basketball and women's volleyball are the UAAP's cash cows, and ADMU-DLSU matchups give the most meat and milk.

(Sorry, the metaphor got away from me.)

It should be remembered that the UAAP's split ticket scheme came about a few years back because there was, and is, so much interest in Blue Eagles-versus-Green Archers games. Don't just take my word for it; ask the Philippine Basketball Association, which has staged—and presumably profited from—a few ADMU-DLSU alumni games.

I mean no offense to the other teams, but for the past few years at least, there has been no other regular season matchup that has called for the split ticket scheme. It just makes more sense for the UAAP to have ADMU-DLSU in the main game slot. To borrow a WWE catchphrase, it what's best for business.

But what do I know?


[7 July 2014 Edit]

ABS-CBN Sports promises that the game will be telecast live.

Friday, July 4, 2014

UAAP Season 77 Eliminations: Ateneo Blue Eagles And Lady Eagles Revised First Round Schedule

Here's the updated first round schedule of the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles in the Men's Division of the UAAP Season 77 basketball tournament as of 4 July 2014:
July 13, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - ADMU vs. AdU

July 20, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
11 AM - ADMU vs. DLSU

July 23, Wednesday
MOA Arena
2 PM - ADMU vs. UP

July 26, Saturday
MOA Arena
4 PM - ADMU vs. NU

August 3, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - ADMU vs. FEU

August 6, Wednesday
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - ADMU vs. UST

August 10, Sunday
MOA Arena
2 PM - ADMU vs. UE
For those wondering why the ADMU-DLSU game on July 20 is scheduled at 11 a.m., this article says that ADMU wanted a July 20 game and UST (which is set to face FEU that day) refused to give up the 4 p.m. slot.


[Hat tip to UAAP Sports TV on Twitter.]


[8 July 2014 Edit]

Here's the revised schedule of the Lady Eagles:
July 13, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
1 PM - ADMU vs. UP

July 19, Saturday
Blue Eagle Gym
3 PM - ADMU vs. FEU

July 24, Thursday
Blue Eagle Gym
11 AM - ADMU vs. UST

July 27, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
11 AM - ADMU vs. NU

August 3, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
1 PM - ADMU vs. DLSU

August 6, Wednesday
Blue Eagle Gym
3 PM – ADMU vs. AdU

August 10, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
3 PM - ADMU vs. UE


[Hat tip to Pong Ducanes on Twitter.]


[15 July 2014 Edit]

The UAAP Board has cancelled the ADMU Lady Eagles' game against the AdU Lady Falcons on 16 July 2014 due to Typhoon Glenda.


[30 July 2014 Edit]

The ADMU–AdU Women's Basketball game has been scheduled on 6 August 2014.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Ateneo Blue Eagles And Lady Eagles Rosters

Here's the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles lineup for UAAP Season 77:
Players
John Apacible
Anton Asistio
Gboy Babilonia
Gwyne Capacio
Clint Doliguez
Nico Elorde
Fonzo Gotladera
Jay Javelosa
Isaac Lim
Chris Newsome
Von Pessumal
Kris Porter
Kiefer Ravena
Thirdy Ravena
Arvin Tolentino
Vince Tolentino

Head Coach
Bo Perasol

Assistant Coaches
Ricky Dandan
Ronnie Magsanoc
Xavy Nunag
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gabby Severino
Gene Afable
Jon Jacinto
Yuri Escueta
Joe Silva
Of the sixteen players, seven were not on the team last year: Apacible, Doliguez, Javelosa, Thirdy Ravena and Arvin Tolentino who are all rookies; Gotladera who is in his first season with the Blue Eagles after transferring from La Salle and undergoing residency; and Porter who is back on the roster after missing last year due to injury, if I recall correctly.

(By the way, is it just me or are nine assistant coaches too many for a collegiate basketball team?)


[Photo credit: goATENEO.com]

Here's the Lady Eagles lineup:
Players
Marielle Lamar
Nicole Cancio
Klar Posadas
Aki Tomita
Cara Buendia
Danica Jose
Hazel Yam
Jollina Go
Sami Bo-ot
Allysa Dogong
Kitkat Nitorreda
Cheskie Tantoco
Ther Aseron
Bianca Belarmino
Kai Javier

Head Coach
Erika Dy

Assistant Coaches
Ron Camara
PJ Navarro
Paul Ramos
JC Nuyles
Val Chua