I’m Back….. with Sports Gnews

Sept. 10,  I finally parted ways with my colon.  Thanks to all who who said a prayer or two for my surgery, and my recovery. To all my friends, who texted, emailed, visited, in the hospital and in the house,  SALAMAT PO!!! I have a  9 inch scar in the middle of my stomach. Youch!!!  So much for parading around the beach. On a positive note, my Doctor, actually gave me free liposuction, and took out the fats in my stomach. Thanks Doc. I entered the hospital, a light heavyweight weighing 175lbs, I left weighing like a welterweight, at 147lbs. Now more than two months  later, I have managed to gain some of it back. Oh well……

Zach even stayed overnight to help mom watch me. But I think he just enjoyed eating my hospital food.

Me with my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus merienda....

My 3 special ladies were there to support me

The day of my operation, was probably the fastest day of my life. The nurses woke me up at around 4pm, to do the final prep, which included, one final trip to the john, and giving me my pill to knock me out. A brother from the chapel of St. Lukes, passed by and gave me some blessings and prayers, and it gave me the confidence I needed. I immediately felt the effects of the pill they gave me. I remember turning to Janice and telling her to kiss me already, because I was literally falling asleep, then ZZZZZZ.  During my 4 hour plus operation, Janice documented  the waiting period, and aftermath of the operation. With the help of my Ninang  Tessie Tomas who was there, along with my Mom, my Mom in law, and Tita Julie Lingan, during my operation, please watch this. If you are squeamish, don’t bother. Click here to view.

As I mentioned two months have passed since my colectomy, and now I would say I am back to 90% healthy. Just recently, I played my first basketball game. Not bad, a couple of baskets, a couple of rebounds and assists, lots of missed shots. Hehehe. I was just happy to be playing.

So many things have happened since my operation. I didn’t know where to begin to or what to write about in this blog. Should  I write about Ateneo’s double back to back championships?  My successful concert with Tux in Singapore or my vacation in Singapore?  Ondoy?  I decided to write an easy article, something that I have wanted to write about since the last  NBA season ended.

MY ALL TIME PHIL JACKSON TEAM

Phil Jackson just won his 10th Nba  championship, surpassing Red Auerbach. Who would make up Phil Jackson’s all time dream team?

10 NBA Championships for PhilJax

STARTERS:

G – Michael Jordan  G- Kobe Bryant  C- Shaquille O’Neal   F- Scottie Pippen  F- Dennis Rodman

At Guard, Michael "Air"Jordan

at the other guard, Kobe Bryant

In the middle, The Big Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal

At one forward spot, Scottie Pippen

At the other forward, The Worm Dennis Rodman

RESERVES:

G- John Paxson  G- Ron Harper  G- Derek Fisher  G- Steve Kerr

Paxson's clutch outside shooting beat the Lakers and the Suns

Paxson finished off the Lakers and the Suns with his clutch outside shooting

Harper's defense and versatility helped Jackson win titles for the Bulls and Lakers

Harpers's defense and versatility helped Jackson win titles for the Bulls and Lakers

D Fish in the clutch for the 2009 Lakers

Kerr took over Paxson's role as outside shooter in the Bulls' 2nd 3peat

F – Toni Kukoc  F-  Lamar Odom  F- Robert Horry  F- Glen Rice

"The Waiter" served up outside shooting and assists to his Bulls teammates

Almost a decade later, another #7,Lamar Odom, another lefty, gave opponents matchup problems

A decade later, another #7 and another lefty, Lamar Odom, helped Jackson win a title.

"Big Shot Rob" in the clutch

Glen Rice helped Shaq and Kobe win their first crown

C- Pau Gasol  C- Horace Grant

The Nba Conquistador Pau Gasol of the Spanish Armada

Grant won 3 titles with the Bulls and helped LA win one more.

Honorable Mention:   BJ Armstrong, Rick Fox, AC Green, Bill Cartwright, Luc Longley, Will Perdue, Craig Hodges, Trevor Ariza,Cliff Levingston

Game time: Rodman rebounds the miss, passes to  Pippen who brings the ball down, he looks left and sees Jordan on the left block, Kobe on the right wing, Shaq in the middle. Who will he pass to? What a dilemma. Pip might average 20 assists a game with this lineup.

Once the starters build a sizeable lead against their foes, the second team comes in with two left handed and versatile forwards, The Waiter Toni Kukoc  and Lamar Odom. Brute force is replaced with finesse as Pau Gasol comes in. Defense and clutch outside shooting are provided by Ron Harper and John Paxson.

The third team,  comes in to finish the game. Composed mostly of outside shooters with unlimited range, Steve Kerr, and Derek Fisher at the guard spots, “Big Shot Bob” Robert Horry, Glen Rice at the wings and Horace Grant, a big guy who plays outside.

What a team. Arguments can be said that Jackson has been lucky to have elite players, but Red had Russell and Cousy, Riley had Magic and Jabbar, Daly had Isiah and Joe D., so why cant PhilJax have his?

One of the best clutch performances of all time, Pippen helping the flu-stricken Jordan after he defeated the Utah Jazz with an outstanding effort.

Rodman and Kukoc celebrate their 2nd championship together

Shaq and Kobe during happier times

Getting these star players to buy into a complicated offense/system like the triangle takes imagination,  creativity and lots of patience. Who will join these 15 players? Artest? Bynum? Morrisson?

Can you imagine these two in the same backcourt?

Will Jackson win his 11th ring in 2010?

Let’s wait and see. Agree or disagree with my choices, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

BTW, who do you like better, the Laker Girls or the LuvaBulls?

Great to be back… you know!!!

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Health GNews or How I Spent My Last days with My Colon

3 to 4 years ago, I was diagnosed to have a condition called Diverticulosis. It sounds scary right? It sounds like a sickness that House M.D. will try to solve or Gail Grissom will investigate. What is it? What is diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis is a condition that develops when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the large intestine..In diverticulosis, the pouches in the colon wall do not cause symptoms. Diverticulosis may not be discovered unless symptoms develop, such as in painful diverticular disease or in diverticulitis. In many cases, diverticulosis is discovered only when tests are done to find the cause of a different medical problem or during a screening exam. Painful diverticular disease causes abdominal pain and cramping, especially on the left side. This condition normally affects much older people, 50-60 year olds. What can I say? I am special. 🙂 My doctors are surprised that I have it. I experienced cramping in my abdomen that time, and was rushed to the hospital, and that’s when I found out I had it. That was my first attack. How does it feel? The best way for me to describe is it that it feels like I have a balloon filled with water in my stomach. When I lay down to sleep, and shift to my sides, I feel my abdomen’s weight shifting either left and right. My 2nd attack occurred last month. That day, started out innocently enough, as I played golf with the Nolido family in the morning, watched Ateneo lose to UP in basketball in 1st round UAAP action , then dinner at a death anniversary of a good friends’ mom. After dinner, while walking to the car, I felt the abdominal pain again, and immediately I knew that it was another attack. This time I was hospitalized for a week.

At Lourdes Hospital

At Lourdes Hospital

A CT scan showed that it was worse. My doctor advised me to have surgery. Janice and I decide to look for a 2nd even a 3rd opinion. They all diagnosed that I had to have surgery. At first they would only remove one part of my colon, then after looking at it again, they said 2 parts, then after all the tests, it was diagnosed, that my entire colon would be removed. 😦

Yup, puwede pala yun, to remove the whole thing. I thought I would be a semi colon, yun pala Colonil (as in zero). So now, I am here in St. Luke’s to have surgery. I want to share with you “How I spent my last days with my colon.”

Monday to Tuesday Aug. 31 to September 1 – My colon and I spent the days like any other day, meetings here and there, so nothing really special yet.

Wednesday, September 2 – Played basketball at Valle 6 with my usual group. Highlight was Paolo and Nico Teodoro,old team mates, showed up and played too. My colon and I said farewell to my basketball friends, and I will be seeing them in 2 to 3 months time. I played 3 games, won 2 lost 1. I took a lot of shots, more than my usual quota, sinulit ko talaga.

Thursday, September 3 – Morning meeting with Juice, then went to ADMU to pick the boys. My colon and I bade farewell the grade school for now. Then in the evening, I met with poker buds Noy, Heng, Chris, Mark, and birthday boy Blue. We played a couple of games, while also tuning in to Halikinu Radio. Lost all my games. Haay, malas. Still, my colon and I bid my buds goodbye. See you in a month or two. The weekend was coming up, and this will surely be a last hurrah for me and my colon.

Friday, September 4 – Went to Mall of Asia with Juice and Reese to meet up with good friends Al and Reggie. Al, Juice, my colon and I, met up with Al for a a while to talk investments, them later, Al, colon and I met up with Reggie to go to the Golf Expo at SMX. It was a productive day, as I was able to buy a golf bag at 50% off and a new 54deg. Nike wedge. Reggie bought a new driver, jacket, and a golf set. The day ended very well as my colon and I, with Reg, Juice and Reese, ate at Cafe Med. Busog! Colon bloated but happy. Parang last few meals niya na ito, kaya, I gave in.

Saturday, September 5 – My colon and I went to our event, Mommy Milkshake Marathon. Despite the rain, families came with their kids to run in the 5k and 3k at Bonifacio Hi-street. Around 400 people came to run to their support for breastfeeding. I had another event immediately after for a fbric softener, and that went well also. It was my mom-in laws birthday, and we celebrated at Astoria Plaza with my in bro in laws and my sis in laws and our respective families.. We checked in had dinner and spent the night there. My colon and I were tired from the events, but we were happy as we got to eat pancit, bbq, chicken, and chorizo rice. Yummmm!!!!! I slept with nervous excitement as I would play golf the next day, early morning. Sunday, September 6 – Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The weather did not cooperate with us, and it was raining. After conferring with my golfing mates we decided to postpone the game for Monday. The families went to Shang Mall for mass and lunch. Colon and I were happy as we ate in Mongkok Chinese restaurant. Chicken feet and Japanese siomai as appetizers, then fried rice, sweet sour pork, salt and pepper squid…. haay colon and I were stuffed again.

At Astoria Plaza

At Astoria Plaza

We then went home and met up with Nelson and Reggie. We were off to watch the rematch of Ateneo vs UP at The Arena in San Juan. Being an alumni of both schools, my colon and I were excited for this game. It was sweet revenge for the Blue Eagles. They went up 12-0, then 19-4 to practically take the fight out of the Maroons. The game thought was marred by a sad incident. UP player and former Blue Eaglet’s dad Alvin Braganza’s dad was carried out of the arena in a stretcher. I found out the next day that he passed away. My condolences to the Braganza family. Dinner that Sunday night was another gastronomic delight for my colon and I as we ate a virtual repeat performance of Chinese food, but with different viands. But same result, bondat parin. Next up in my colon farewell tour was Golf the following day.

Nelson, Me, and Reggie at the Arena. (Photo taken by Philip Sison from Fabilioh.com)

Nelson, Me, and Reggie at the Arena. (Photo taken by Philip Sison from Fabilioh.com)

The Battle of Katipunan Round 2

The Battle of Katipunan Round 2

Al Hussaini scored early over his smaller defenders

Al Hussaini scored early over his smaller defenders

Eric Salamat scored a career high 23 points mostly on drives like these

Eric Salamat scored a career high 23 points mostly on drives like these

Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk

Salva provided muscle off the bench

Salva provided muscle off the bench

Jai Reyes, here defending Mike Gamboa, had 6 triples in the game

Jai Reyes, here defending Mike Gamboa, had 6 triples in the game

Vince Burke and the Blue Eagles stuffed the Maroons

Vince Burke and the Blue Eagles stuffed the Maroons

Monday, September 6 – It was slightly raining when I arrived at Reggie’s house. A minute or 2 later, Nelson showed up. We then hopped aboard Bubbles (Reggie’s van) and went to Navy in Fort Bonifacio. We arrived in Navy around 6am, and the rains had actually stopped. We teed off shortly after. The 3 of us finished the front 9 all tied with a score of 52. The back nine was actually better for me, as I adjusted my tempo with very good results as I was now hitting my driver straight and long. At the 14th hole, it suddenly rained. As in bumagyo. I was literally in the middle of the fairway when the heavens opened up. When the rains let up, fire away!!! It was quite an adventure especially on the water logged greens. Try putting over a puddle of water. The weather cooperated with our flight and wasn’t a factor anymore the rest of the day. I scored a 97, Nelson, 99 and Reggie 100, all season highs or should I say lows for the 3 of us. Thank you Golf Expo!!!! At least my last golf game ended memorably. With a heavy heart, my colon and I bade farewell to my golf set. See you in a couple of months.

At The Navy Golf Course

At The Navy Golf Course

Come Rain or shine.......

Come Rain or shine.......

Tag araw o tag ulan......

Tag araw o tag ulan......

Laro parin.....

Laro parin.....

Pampering was up next before I made my visit to the hospital. I got a haircut, pedicure, and trimmed my goatee. My last meal at home (for the week) was my mom in laws “Dollibee” burger plus potato chips. Yummy as usual. Before leaving for the hospital though, I got a call from Coby’s Coach E basketball coach. He asked if he would allow me to let Coby play basketball with NBA Superstar Tim Hardaway in the morning show “Unang Hirit.” Of course I said yes. So with that, my colon said goodbye to the house, never to return again. I was able to get in my room 3 hours after we arrived. 😦 The good news was that I was still allowed to eat. So my colon and I had a last hurrah of McChicken and fries.

Tuesday, September 08- 6:30am. Tim Hardaway is being interviewed by Drew Arellano and Suzy Entrata. They then call in two kids who will play two all with him. Tim and Coby are paired together up against Drew and another boy. Coby and Tim smoke the competition, as Coby makes all his shots, while Tim misses one. What a performance. Proud daddy naman ako.Click  here to see the video.

Coby with Tim Hardaway

Coby with Tim Hardaway

So here I am in my hospital room. My doctors visited me already, and my colon and I are scheduled to part ways at 7:30am tom. Thanks my colon, I will miss you. It’s been a great 41 years. You were literally a part of me. See you guys. Wish me luck!!!!

College Basketball GNews part 2

At the halfway mark of the current UAAP season, The FEU Tamaraws and the Ateneo Blue Eagles are tied for 1st place..

Ateneo vs UST

Ateneo vs UST

After winning it’s first 2 games against powerhouse FEU, and contender UE Warriors the Blue Eagles went up against UST. The Blue Eagles were all revved up.Rabeh and Eric Salamat sparked an early breakway . Then Emman “The Man “ Monfort was simply awesome. Off the bench, he pumped in 20 points (which included 6 3 pointers) to lead the Blue Eagles to victory. They had defeated the top 3 teams in the league. Next up, were games against cellar dwellers. Visions of a 1st round sweep were playing in every Blue and White supporter’s minds.

Eric Salamat sparked an early breakaway

Eric Salamat sparked an early breakaway

Bacon Austria blocks Chris Camus.

Bacon Austria blocks Chris Camus.

Rabeh scored at will at the low block.

Rabeh scored at will at the low block.

Emman Monfort scored 20 points off the bench

Emman Monfort scored 20 points off the bench

Ryan Buenafe and the eagles were pointing to the top of the league

Ryan Buenafe and the Eagles were pointing to the top of the league

Then a week later the team was ambushed by the UP Maroons. The Eagles, were flat and overconfident, while  the Maroons were playing with passion, and also had luck on their side. It seemed like everything they were throwing up were going in, while the Eagles couldn’t buy a basket. Good bye undefeated season. Good bye 14 straight wins dating back to last season. The loss was not that hard for me to take because I am also from UP. I always said that if Ateneo would lose, I would rather it be to UP. During the singing of the alma mater, Nelson Regalado and I stood up for both anthems. I ran into Patrick Gregorio SBP Vice chairman, and Smart Big shot,who was my AIT basketball teammate during my college days, and he said “ Brad, parang nanalo na tayo ng championship.”

Salamat and Long connected early for a lay up, and ADMU looked in control.

Salamat and Long connected early for a lay up, and ADMU looked in control.

Monfort also connected early in the game.

Monfort also connected early in the game.

Marc Lopez and the Maroons took over in the 2nd half

Marc Lopez and the Maroons took over in the 2nd half

The Maroons challenged Ateneo's interior defense.

The Maroons challenged Ateneo's interior defense.

Magi Sison swatted away the Eagles' bid for a sweep.

Magi Sison swatted away the Eagles' bid for a sweep.

The shell shocked Eagles look to bounce back.

The shell shocked Eagles look to bounce back.

The Blue Eagles have since rebounded from that loss to win its next two games versus Adamson and NU , and are tied for 1st place with FEU. Despite the two blowout victories, something seemed to be lacking from the team, compared to it’s last 3 games.” Parang kulang ng gana or energy.” Rabeh, in particular has been strugling since the UP game. Going into the last game vs DLSU, who have won their last 4 games, ADMU had to realize that The Green Archers are no pushovers despite the graduation of JV Casio and Rico Maierhoffer. The Archers with Mangahas, Malabes, Bagatsing, Webb, Barua, Atkins, and up and comer Bringas are all very capable and dangerous players. Experts will say that ADMU has the edge and are expecting a blowout. I would beg to disagree. When it is Ateneo versus La Salle, throw out all the stats. Anything is possible.

Blue and Green was replaced with Yellow

Blue and Green was replaced with Yellow

The players wore yellow shirts over their unis during warm ups. (This shot courtesy of Dats Entertainment fan Reggie N))

The players wore yellow shirts over their unis during warm ups. (This shot courtesy of Thats Entertainment fan Reggie N)

Laban = Fight!!!

Laban = Fight!!!

Another epic game is to be expected, and WOW, did we get it. As a gesture of camaraderie and respect for Cory Aquino, the crowd was asked to come dressed in yellow. It was a breathtaking site as the Araneta Coliseum was 80% yellow. Both teams and their coaching staff wore yellow shirts also. Reggie and Sue Ann, Coby, Janice and I were among the 15,000 people who showed up to watch the game. After a prayer the game was on!!! Webb and Bringas did damage from early on. For Ateneo, Rabeh scored early on and Salamat was also delivering.  Then DLSU suddenly surged ahead, as ADMU couldn’t buy a basket. They were visibly rattled by Tayshaun Andrada’s 3 shotblocks and Webb’s daredevil drives. The half ended with Dlsu leading by 8 points. They further streched the lead to 11 at one point. Reigning MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini who finished with 13 markers sprained his ankle late in the fourth period after stepping on Malabes foot. Things looked bleak. Jai Reyes’ back-to-back three-pointers sparked the Eagles’ comeback from eight points down, 46-59, early in the fourth period.Two free throws by Bacon Austria later tied the game. Erik Salamat paced the Eagles with 13 points, including a triple that shattered a 57-57 deadlock for a 60-57 Ateneo lead late in the fourth quarter. ADMU was up by 4 points with 24.7 second left in the game.  Bringas hit a  quick 3 pointer to cut the deficit to one. After two Ryan Buenafe free throws, the Eagles had a 3 point lead with 14 seconds to go. With time running out, Hiram Bagatsing pump faked Austria, leaned forward and took a double pump 3 pointer. BANG!!! Tie game. A shot for the ages. We’re going to overtime.

In the overtime session, Noy Baclao, bucking a hand injury,had seven points,4 in OT, and had 12 rebounds and four blocks, while Nico Salve tipped in a miss and had a jump hook to seal the victory, 76-72.

Ateneo squeaked past DLSU in Overtime

Ateneo squeaked past DLSU in Overtime

We were all smiles while singing the Alma Mater song. Whew!!! Tumaaas BP ko. Watta game!!!

We were all smiles while singing the Alma Mater song. Whew!!! Tumaaas BP ko. Watta game!!!

The Blue Eagles are set to meet UE as their first 2nd round opponent this Thursday, and on Sunday, will meet the Archers again. Ateneo has to step up their game further if they expect to repeat as champs. All the teams they defeated will want payback, and wil go all out. Rabeh’s staus is day to day, but ADMU had to learn to play without their MVP  who is clearly frustrated..” Rabeh has to step up and be patient,again,he is a marked man. Noy, who is doing yeomans work on defense and is crashing the boards, has to be active or assertive in offense, Long, should not hesitate to shoot his much improved jumper while Buenafe and Salamat have to get their games in control as they tend to drive recklessly hoping to fish for fouls. Jai and Eman are doing teaming up well as tag team point guards, while Salva continues to be a force off the bench. They have to find their MOJO which was present in their first 3 games. The DLSU victory showed that the boys still have a big fighting heart, but they would need more than that to repeat. Good luck to the Blue Eagles!!!! Good Luck to all the teams!!!

Greeting you from the Big Dome...... Wambigfayt!!!

Greeting you from the Big Dome...... Wambigfayt!!!

Music GNews

It has been 3 weeks since my last entry. Lots and lots have happened in that short span of time, to prove the adage that time does indeed fly. First of all………

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(Thanks to one of my FB friends. This picture was lifted from his site.)

TITA CORY, REST IN PEACE !!! YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION. I WAS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN THERE IN EDSA. YOU WILL FOREVER BE ASSOCIATED WITH WORDS LIKE LOVE, DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, and PEACE!!! THANK YOU!!!

STux on You

STux on You

In my last entry I mentioned that we would be having a show by the Tux in the Music Museum. The two weekend shows were a success. People left the show, smiling, as they enjoyed 2 hours of fun, laughter and more importantly good music from artists, that if you think about it, were really from another generation. No knock on the current crop of singers out there now, but the music and talent that was showed those two nights are a miles apart from what you hear (or see) now. Mr. C or Ryan Cayabyab said, “Emy and I are so happy to see your show. The whole time on the way home we could not stop gushing about the love we felt, and be reminded of how excellent all the artists are.  It is a great generation of performers. Sigh.”

Hibang sa Awit talaga........

Hibang sa Awit talaga........

Guests for the two nights were, Zsazsa Padilla, Nanette Inventor, Regine Velasquez, John Lesaca, Gary Valenciano and Kuh Ledesma. They each performed a duet with the Tux, as well as solo numbers which were all well applauded by the crowd. For the finale, two former Tux members, Manolo Tanquilot and Zeb Zuniga, both of The Opera, joined the Tux in singing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Carlo also came out and sang the number with the group. The crowd responded with a standing ovation.

With Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez

With Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez

Nanette Inventor aka Dona Buding showed her RnB side

Nanette Inventor aka Dona Buding showed her RnB side

The one and only Diva, Kuh Ledesma

The one and only Diva, Kuh Ledesma

with Mr. Pure Energy Gary V.

with Mr. Pure Energy Gary V.

Backstage with John Lesaca and Zsazsa Padilla

Backstage with John Lesaca,Zsazsa Padilla and Anne Francisco,photographer and makeup artist.

Zeb Zuniga

Zeb Zuniga

Manolo Tanquilot

Manolo Tanquilot

Carlo performed the finale number with the group

Carlo performed the finale number with the group

As you know the show was a benefit show with the proceeds going to Carlo’s chemo treatments and after 2 shows, we were still short of our target goal. So a repeat of the show was quickly decided. Unfortunately, Zsazsa, John, and Kuh had prior commitments already and couldn’t make it to the repeat. In their stead, Marin Nievera, Pops Fernandez and Vernie Varga readily said yes to guest. The repeat was another sold out success. Thanks everyone for supporting Carlo and the Tux.

In the repeat Vernie Varga guested

In the repeat Vernie Varga guested

Martin and Pops also guested in the repeat and performed a duet

Martin and Pops also guested in the repeat and performed a duet

Heal!!!!

Heal!!!!

Me in my office at Music Museum

Me in my office at Music Museum

Friends like The CompanY, TRyan Cayabyab, arranger Marvin Querido, Olive Isidro, were on hand to support Carlo. Also in the photo is Direk Freddie Santos and Sound Engineer Willie Munji

Friends like The CompanY, Ryan Cayabyab, arranger Marvin Querido, Olive Isidro, were on hand to support Carlo. Also in the photo is Direk Freddie Santos and Sound Engineer Willie Munji

Photo op backstage, Janice with the other Gary V

Photo op backstage, Janice with the other Gary V

It was Coby's turn for a pic with Gary V.

It was Coby's turn for a pic with Gary V.

Gary V and Gary V

Gary V and Gary V

More beautiful music to come..........

More beautiful music to come..........

In my next blog, I’ll write about my “vacation.” See you then!!!

This week’s Gnews…

This week will be a very busy one for me. This week I will be donning a variety of hats, and will assume different responsibilities. Let me share with you how my week will be.

On Thursday, I will be wearing my business hat, but also the concerned citizen, husband, friend hat as we launch “Hope for the Flowers” in Mall of Asia Main Atrium at 12noon. “Hope for the Flowers” is a photo exhibit of World class photographer Jun de Leon, and features moving and touching  images of Cervical Cancer survivors, and the recently concluded Tour of Hope, a bike tour from Alabang to Camsur. Guys, we don’t want to lose our wives, moms, female friends to Cervical cancer. Try to pass by the exhibit or go to thetourofhope2009.multiply.com to find out more.

Try to visit the exhibit and learn more about Cervical Cancer.

Try to visit the exhibit and learn more about Cervical Cancer.

On Friday (and Saturday),I will be wearing my “showbiz” hat, as well as friends hat. The musical group The Tux will have a concert, “STux on You, You’ve got a Friends’” at the Music Museum .  As most of you may (or may not) know, I have been the Production Assistant / Road Manager for the Tux for over 20 years now. (Wow! Popo, wala bang pension fund)

Tux in the 80's

Tux in the 80's

Tux in the 90's

Tux in the 90's

TUX 2009 version (o ah, colored bigla.....)

TUX 2009 version (o ah, d naka-photoshop yan)

2nd Album of TUX, thats me sa pic sa dulo

2nd Album of TUX, thats me sa pic sa dulo

This concert is a very special one. It not only marks the major return of Tux to the music scene, but is a fund raiser for one of the members. Last March, 2009,Tux was asked by LSGH to perform as part of their  50 year  celebration. The group which has 4 members  from LSGH, gladly obliged. The concert was scheduled for May 15.  It was during preparations and rehearsals for this particular concert that we found out that one member of the group wouldn’t be able to perform. Carlo had gone for a check- up, found a lump in his colon, that had to be removed. The operation was a success in that the lump was successfully removed. But further tests were needed  to see if the tumor removed was benign or malignant. The other 6 members of the group gathered themselves, and, as the saying goes. “The show must go on.” And perform the guys did!!!! Inspired by family and friends, and Carlo who was there, fresh stitches and all, the guys sang their hearts out!!! After almost 5 years of inactivity they performed admirably. Wow, proud ako!!!  After the success of the concert, people were asking for a repeat. We quickly decided to try to put up another show.

Yeah man..........

Yeah man..........

Don't tell my ......

Don't tell my ......

It was a great performance!!!! Praise God!!! D sila hinimatay or tumirik!!!

It was a great performance!!!! Praise God!!! D sila hinimatay or tumirik!!!

After a couple of weeks, we received a text from Carlo’s wife Marika. Carlo was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She asked for info if we knew anyone from pharma companies to get discounts from Carlo’s meds and chemo treatments. The members of the group met with Direk Freddie Santos and decided to put up a concert to help in Carlo’s medical bills. So this Friday and Saturday, Tux will take to the stage, along with friends ,Zsa Zsa Padilla, John Lesaca, Nanette Inventor, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, as well as ex-Tux members, and members of the group Opera Manolo Tanquilot, and  Zeb Zuniga, and  tenor Nolyn Cabahug who will take time out from their busy skeds  to help out. If you guys want to enjoy good music, and have a laugh or two along the way, please try to watch our show this weekend.

Regine Velasquez will be one of the guests

Regine Velasquez will be one of the guests

Good music and good friends. Perfect combination. See You!!!

Good music and good friends. Perfect combination. See You!!!

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On Saturday, I will be donning my business hat , as well as my Dad hat, as the very very first ever, EXPO DAD is held at the Rockwell tent. This event comes from the heels of two very successful  Expo Mom events. I decided, “Sandali lang, paano naman kami? Aba kami yata ang nag da-drive sa inyo sa mga event na iyan. Equal rights naman….” Well not exactly that way but, Dads it’s our turn.

See You July 18!!!!

See You July 18!!!!

The event will have booths to cater to every dads taste.  Aloha Boardsports, Dynamic Sports ,(distributor of Titleist, King Cobra,Head),Spoofs, Clever Cats, Coach E Basketball school, and Mobile 1 are just some of the booths that will be part of Expo Dad. Interesting demos/talks  like “Aikido and Time mangement”, Fencing from SEA Games medalist Walter Torres,a talk from Anton Diaz on Daddy Blogging, even a fashion show for dads, will spice up the Expo. Raffle draws every hour will add excitement. So new dads, old dads, groovy dads, tekkie dads, sporting dads,BASTA dad ka, please make your way to Rockwell Tent this Saturday, July 18. By the way, Moms, there will be booths also that we are sure you will also enjoy. See you!!!!

Spoofs, King Cobra, and Titleist will be some of the names you will see in Expo Dad

Spoofs, King Cobra, and Titleist will be some of the names you will see in Expo Dad

Coach Wawit Torres will be doing a fencing demo

Coach Wawit Torres will be doing a fencing demo

A Coach E Basketball booth will also be there

A Coach E Basketball booth will also be there

And finally my busy week will be capped off by my donning my coaching hat. The 4th MPG Invitational Basketball Tournament kicks off this weekend. My team, Team Africa, named because of our captain Noy Africa is in it’s 3rd year of existence. The first year we joined, we reached the finals, and last year, we reached the semis. This year, we hope to go all the way and win it all. But it will be a really difficult task as all the other teams improved by stocking up on youn talent, while we pretty much just gained weight:) Positive thinking dapat. So, I cap off my week, by bringing out my inner Sonny Jaworski. BTW, the Big J, and I have another thing in common, I am also the elder statesman of the team. HAH!!! This is you…………

Chot Camacho (trailing in the back #6) will be one of our key players.

Chot Camacho (trailing in the back #6) will be one of our key players.

Joey Puno brings versatility to the team as he can play 3 positions

Joey Puno brings versatility to the team as he can play 3 positions

While I provide 41 years of......... experience!!!! Mwahaha!!!

While I provide 41 years of......... experience!!!! Mwahaha!!!

I hope to see you in my events, especially during the weekend!!!!

ONE BIG FIGHT BLUE EAGLES!!!! DEFEND THE CROWN!!!! ANG POGI NI SALVA at ANG TAPANG NI MONFORT!!!!!

Wambigfayt!!!

Wambigfayt!!!

Movie Gnews

Saw two movies recently. One I watched from the comforts of my home, on my laptop, downloaded from Mininova, while the other one I watched with Juice, Coby and Zach from Rockwell Power Plant Cinema. The first one is “Angels and Demons,” while the the other one was of “Transformers:The Revenge of the Fallen.”

Let me discuss the first movie I watched: Angels and Demons is an adaptation of a Dan Brown novel. Dan Brown is the same author of the controversial movie ‘The Da Vinci Code” which was also made into a movie by Ron Howard, and also starred Tom Hanks, as Professor Robert Langdon.  I had read both books (Yup, I can actually read a book that is not about sports or has no pictures. 🙂 ) and was entertained if not intrigued by the subject matter at hand. Having read The Da Vinci Code long before the movie came out, I was excited when the movie version finally came out. I was disappointed at how the movie came out though. it wasn’t as exciting nor as “controversial” as I thought it would be. But chalk it up to the “I read the book but the movie wasn’t good” attitude that permeates people. I was expecting maybe too much. Really, all you Harry Potter fans out there, don’t you agree that the books are far better than the movies? Nevertheless we all still enjoy watching it come to life as I did watching The Da Vinci Code.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks

Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks

When I found out that another Dan Brown novel, Angels and demons was being made into another movie, I quickly rushed over to the Bookstore ng bayan, NBS,and bought myself a spankin’ new paperback copy of the book.

Laking National ata ako.

Laking National ata ako.

I read the book and I was quickly into it. I finished the book, just in time for the movie’s opening in local theaters. Alas, it opened the same weeks as Star Trek and Wolverine, and it being an R-18 film, I didn’t have the time nor the company to watch it. I had to prioritize Kirk, Spock, Logan and Deadpool. I resigned myself to wait for the DVD copy.

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A week ago to my surprise and glee :), an R5 copy was in Mininova. I quicky downloaded it and waited around 3 days for 1.3gb copy to finish its downloading. Thank you seeders and leechers. When the torrent finished the copy, I quickly set up my laptop, Mountain Dew, Marty’s Crackling and opened the file using my Vlc player. The copy was fantastic. Audio is a 10, video is a 10. Like the da Vinci Code, Professor Langdon, played by Tom hanks is again the star of the movie. The movie takes liberties again, and is different from the book. Plotwise it is still the same, but maybe Ron Howard and co. felt that this way was more exciting…. and I actually agree.  How different was it? Well, Angels and Demons was suppose to be set before The Da Vinci Code, but in the movie version, it comes after Langdon’s brush with the Catholic church in. Also,in the book, all 4 cardinals were killed, and the new Pope eventually is the cardinal who became the Carmelango in the movie. Got that? Anyway, I enjoyed the movie despite my reading the book and not nitpicking anout this and that. Oh, and another thing, Langdon gets the girl and in the end in the book, eventually hooking up. I enjoyed the part where the cardinals were gathering outside before conclave, some were texting, smoking, chatting away. I could swear a cardinal was playing with his PSP. Just goes to show you they are normal too. A friend of mine made a comment though, he felt he was watching an extra long Amazing Race. A great movie, I was entertained. Don’t think of the book, just enjoy the movie.

Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer

Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer

Obi Wan adressing the Jedi council, este, Carmelango talking to the Conclave

Obi Wan adressing the Jedi council, este, Carmelango talking to the Conclave

I see the flag and the box, I hope it's not a roadblock. Amazing Race indeed!!!

I see the flag and the box, I hope it's not a roadblock. Amazing Race indeed!!!

Langdon and Vittoria showing the cardinals the latest Hayden Kho video.

Langdon and Vittoria showing the cardinals the latest Hayden Kho video.

You will enjoy this movie even if you haven't read the book. In fact,don't read it. Just download it. :)

You will enjoy this movie even if you haven't read the book. In fact,don't read it. Just download it. 🙂

Next movie gnews will be about Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen. See you.

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Father’s Day Gnews

Father’s Day Gnews :A belated Happy Father’s Day to whom it may concern.

This year I asked my kids what they wanted to do on Dad’s Day. Coby wanted to play badminton, while Zach wanted to go to Lazer Xtreme. So I said, ok, Lazer in the morning, then badminton in the afternoon.

Waiting in Lzaer Xtreme

Waiting in Lzaer Xtreme

Lazer Xtreme is located in Market market in Taguig. Coby and Zach had played this before and I have to admit, I was pretty curious about it. The four of us, and another two sets of teams were briefed on what to expect. We then proceeded to wear our lazer attire, and we were The Cyan Team. Our “battlenames” were determined by the weapon we chose. I was Archer, Juice was Whitecap, Coby was Vortex and Zach was Argus.06212009788

The briefing room

The briefing room

In the briefing room before getting instructions

In the briefing room getting instructions

Whitecap,Argus,Vortex ready for action.

Cyan Team members,Whitecap,Argus,Vortex ready for action.

The Cyan team, ready for action, Vortex, Archer and Argus reporting for duty

Vortex, Archer and Argus reporting for duty

As the doors opened, Janice and I didn’t know what to expect. I told her we should stick together. We immediately got shot. So much for that idea. Janice and I tried our best Mr. and Mrs. Smith imitation, back to back blasting away at the other teams.Darn it, those 7-10 year old kids are too slippery to be hit. We decided to beak up our Mulder and Scully team and go solo. I was stationed at one corner of the room, and played the role of sneaky sniper. I must admit, I hit lots of the enemy from where I was. After 15 gruelling minutes, the buzzer sounded, the results were in. I finished 7 out of 11, Juice was 10th, Zach was 8th, while Coby was our best player finishing 3rd. We had scheduled another round to play, so after a brief 5 minute rest, we plunged into action. Learning rom my earlier game, I decided to be sneaky and pick off players from long range. At one point in the game, I was picking off targets who were trying to sneak up on my team. I got your backs……..  At the end of this game, my strategy worked as I imroved and finished 4th out of 11, Juice was  10th, Zach improved one spot at 7th, while Coby was Top Gun as he finished #1. He got a free ice tea as a prize. Lazer Xtreme was really really fun. I would reco it to everyone. So if u guys want to go and bring out your inner outer space Rambo or Ripley (for the girls), do try out Lazer Xtreme.

Coby in action

Zach in action

Chillin' and waiting for round 2 results

Chillin' and waiting for round 2 results

My weapon is my friend..........

My weapon is my friend..........

The results are in, we're # 1

The results are in, we're # 1

Coby was the Top Gun, the Big Cheese, the Head Honcho and won... free ice tea... single serve.

Coby was the Top Gun, the Big Cheese, the Head Honcho and won... free ice tea... single serve.

One final group shot of Team Cyan.

One final group shot of Team Cyan.

Lazer Xtreme is even open for membership.

Lazer Xtreme is even open for membership.

After playing Lazer Extreme, we proceeded to have lunch, them visited our Daddies at Loyola Marikina. After the visi, we went to Club 650 on Libis to play badminton, which was Coby’s request. Unfortunately, our matches were so intense that we forgot to take pictures. Be content with this pic.

Wow!!!

Wow!!!

For dinner we went to Tong Yang Hot Pot. So after sweating it out for practically the entire day, we ended father’s day by gorging.    🙂

Tong Yang located at Quezon Ave

Tong Yang located at Quezon Ave

Migs, mom and me, attack the hot pot!!!

Migs, mom and me, attack the hot pot!!!

Poised for action again

Poised for action again

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To all dads out there, Belated Happy Father’s Day again. See you in my next blog guys.