UAAP Season 75 Senior Men’s Basketball Preview

The 75th season of the  UAAP starts this coming weekend.  Ateneo is going for a 5th straight men’s seniors’ basketball title and every other team is determined to prevent that from happening.
Here is my preview of the upcoming season.


Ateneo Blue Eagles
The Blue Eagles are the favorites the win their 5th straight crown. Ateneo has depth,experience and Norman Black. The big question mark this year is in the leadership.  Juami Tiongson, and Nico Elorde are the main point guards. Kiefer Ravena will probably do more than his share of ball handling duties. Coach Norman Black returns for his last season as coach, and his players will give it their all to give their coach a rousing swan song. The frontcourt is solid with Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, JP Erram, Justin Chua, and comebacking Ryan Buenafe. Outside shooting is expected from Oping Sumalinog and Tonino Gonzaga aside from their defensive prowess. Five peat or bust!

Big 3: Slaughter, Salva, Ravena

Player to watch: Greg Slaughter. The 7 footer actually improved. He looks stronger, has more polished post moves and has shown he has a respectable jumper.

Player on the hotseat :Kiefer Ravena. Ravena looked “human” in pre-season games as defenses now know his game and have been doing decent jobs in limiting his production. Every Atenean is hoping he can avoid the sophomore jinx.

X-Factor: Ryan Buenafe. Is he the Ryan Buenafe, clutch scorer, spectacular passer or the player who was overweight, sulks on the court and looked uninspired?

National University Bulldogs
The NU Bulldogs showed they are legitimate UAAP contenders by going undefeated and winning the recently concluded FilOil Pre-season cup. Bobby Ray Parks is scary good. He has shown an improved jumpshot, post moves, and more importantly leadership. Jean Mbe has also improved as he has apparently learned not to foul everyone who goes in the lane. The biggest reason for their success is in the coaching. Eric Altamirano has convinced all, ALL his players that they are ready to the next stop, and his players are oozing with confidence. Dennice Villamor, Jeff Javillonar, Gelo Alolino ,Glenn Khobuntin, and rookie Mark de Guzman provide solid support and have all shown they are not afraid to take a big shot. The NU Bulldogs have got it all for you!

Big 3: Parks,Mbe,Alolino

Player to watch: Bobby Ray Parks. He sure looks ready to repeat as UAAP MVP. He is probably the most complete player in the UAAP right now.

Player on the hotseat: Jean Mbe. Will he continue his stellar play that he showed in the pre season league? He was part of the Mythical 5 and won the best defensive player of that tournament. The Bulldogs are hoping so.

X Factor: The MOA Arena. What? The Bulldogs have been practicing in their spanking new arena, and probabaly have a home court advantage. They even have their own locker rooms in the Arena.

FEU Tamaraws

The  Tamaraws have been bridesmaids the past 2 seasons to the Blue Eagles. Is the 3rd time the charm? RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo form arguably the most potent backcourt in the league. Russel Escoto,Carl Cruz, The Bringas brothers, Arvie and Mark,and Roger Pogoy will try to make up for the losses of Aldrech Ramos and JR Cawaling to graduation. The Tamaraws are still experienced, have the smarts, and have the firepower to reach the top, as long as their top 2 guards co-exist. Let’s go Tamaraws, lets go!

Big 3: Garcia, Romeo,Tolomia,

Player to watch: RR Garcia. Mr Cool. Mr Clutch. When RR’s game is on, just sit back and watch him hit loopers, push shots, 3 pointers from the corners and his free throws. The expression on his face rarely changes.  Only his hair color does.

Player on the hotseat: Terrence Romeo. He was wild in the finals a year ago. Apparently he wanted to do too much to help his team win, and it meant not making proper decisions as the teams point guard. If he is under control and plays within the system, FEU will be formidable.

X Factor: Arvie Bringas. Bring as to the promised land, the La Salle faithful chanted. Alas Arvie did not deliver. So he takes his talents to FEU,and after sitting out a year, he is now ready to bang bodies again with the league. If he plays to his potential, he might be the next Vic Pablo, if not, the next Mike Otto.

De La Salle Green Archers

The Green Archers are itching to make it to the top again. Last season’s disapointments are behind them and a new era beginning with new Coach Gee Abanilla calling the shots and fearless rookie gunner Jeron Teng (Tengsanity!) a notable addition to the team. A runner up finish in the Fil Oil pre season tournament showed what this team is capable of. Norbet Torres has done his homework and is a terror in the low post with his jump hooks and face up jumpers and is a tireless rebounder. Yutien Andrada, Ponso Gotladera, Papot Paredes and (injured) big man Arnold Van Opstal, are lean, tall, and all defensively imposing. The backcourt of LA Revilla, Almond Vosotros, Jed Manguerra and Mark Tallo are fast, and all are ready to take the big shot. The Green Archers are locked and loaded for the upcoming season!

Big 3: Revilla, Torres, Teng

Player to watch: LA Revilla. He is the team leader. He will take the big shot and will not back down. He is arguably the league’s best point guard.

Player on the hotseat: Jeron Teng. He is undeniably talented. But some feel he takes too many shots and it may irk the veterans on the team. He is already clutch. (See Ateneo game 3point shot)If he plays under control and takes his shots in the rhythm of the game, he is a lock for rookie of the year.

X Factor: Gee Abanilla. The Pumaren era ended and after a whole lot of coaches names were rumored to be taking over (Cone,Uichico, Villanueva), DLSU entrusted their team to their long time assistant.The public will scrutinize what system he brings to the school, how he handles a team he inherited and how he responds to alumni pressure.

UST Growling Tigers

The Tigers MAY have overachieved last year by making it into the final four. Nobody had them making it that far, except maybe for Coach Pido Jarencio. They lost Chris Camus to a mathematical error, but gain back sharpshooter Clark Bautista, and slasher Aljon Mariano. The two Jerics, Teng and Fortuna are still around and along with Melo Afuang, will be the leaders of the team. Karim Abdul, has slimmed down, and also has shown an improved low post game. Here’s to hoping he won’t run out of gas at the end of games, and won’t be in foul trouble. When he sits down the other UST big men (Paolo Pe, Afuang) have to step  up.UST was flying low on everybody’s radar last year, but this season everyone will be watching them as they had moderate success in pre season tournaments. Go USTE!

Big 3: Fortuna,Teng,Abdul

Player to watch: Jeric Fortuna. He has shown he is clutch in some big games last year. But in some games he just plain disappeared and got tired. This year he will play more consistently, now that Tata Bautista is back to relieve him. Last year he logged heavy minutes as the Tigers did not have a suitable backup. He will probably make it to the mythical five. He is that good.

Player on the hot seat: Jeric Teng. With small bro on the other side of the fence, Kuya Jeric has to prove to the league that he is  the better Teng. Last year he was MIA in some games as was his outside shot. But he quickly adapted and learned to drive and draw to get his numbers. This year he needs to be more consistent.

X Factor: Kevin Ferrer. The high school superstar looked lost last year. He has been mentioned in the same breath as Kiefer Ravena in terms of talent, so this year the tall 6’3” shooting guard will be expected to vastly improve to live up to the hype he rightfully deserves.

Adamson Soaring Falcons

Coach Leo Austria has his job cut out for him this year. Twin point guards Lester Alvarez and Jerick Canada are gone. So are Janus Lozada, Jan Colina,and Austin Manyara. But Alex Nuyles, Eric Camson, Rodney Brondial, Allen Etrone and gunner Roeder Cabrera,are still aound. This team is no pushover and will give teams a run for their money. But with no proven point guards and no legit low post players, they will be hard pressed to equal last years’ accomplishments. For me, Adamson is no longer a final four contender but this team will continue to battle and will go down fighting.

Big 3: Nuyles, Camson, Brondial

Player to watch: Eric Camson. He is one of the better forwards in the league. He has improved every year he has been in the Uaap. This year expect his scoring and rebounding numbers to be even higher.

Player on the hotseat: Alex Nuyles. Nuyles may be the most exciting player in the league. He can quickly change the game with his 3 point shots, slashing drives, and spectacular dunks. He should step up and be one of the leagues’ top scorers. He should also accept the leadership role that Coach Leo expects from him.

X Factor: Roeder Cabrera. If he learns to take better shots, not more shots, he will be one the best scorers in the league. A notorious streak shooter, he is the typical “when he’s hot watch out player,” and a typical “when not, sit him down.”

UP Fighting  Maroons

The Maroons’ record the last 5 years is 8 wins-70 losses, and included 2 winless season. This year, they won’t go winless, but won’t go the final four either. They look like a lock for the bottom 2 of the standings this year,(sigh!) Mike Silungan will again be asked to carry the scoring load for the team. Last year was a down year for him, as the losses looked to take its toll on him as looked to be coasting in some games. Mark Lopez, makes a comeback this year, and along with Alvin Padilla, Mike Gamboa, UAAP most improved player Jett Manuel and Jelo Montecastro are back to try make UP’s campaign a decent one this year. Center Magi Sison is gone, and only sophomore Paolo Romero looks to be the only experienced big man in the frontcourt. So the center slot is definitely a problem. UP’s Pep Squad continues to be more exciting than the men’s team. I hope this year they do better. UP Fight!

Big 3: Silungan, Padilla, Manuel

Player to watch: Mike Silungan. He probably owns the best looking jump shot in the league. Last year his shot was off.  I think he will be one of the top scorers this year, his last year in the league.

Player in the hot seat: Alvin Padilla. He is UP’s best all around player if he keeps cool and does not lose his temper.

X Factor: Mark Lopez. He has missed the last 2 years due to an injury. He showed great promise in the pre season tournaments and could be the all around “glue” player this team needs.

UE Red Warriors

This team lived up to their nickname. The Red Warriors were always fighting and giving their all. This year expect more of the same, in terms of attitude and results. No final four this year guys. Roi Sumang, Adrian Santos, Chris Javier, and Erwin Duran, will do their best to spring some surprises at the contenders. The Red Warriors need a lot of work on both ends of the court.  The veterans on the team have to do their share or they’ll end up in the cellar. Maybe Coach Jerry should suit up again. UE is in for a long season. Go UE!

Player to watch: Roi Sumang. He has improved every year and will continue to improve and make defenses pay when he is left alone.

Player on the hot seat: Chris Javier. He was a highly touted big man coming out of San Beda HS. This year he needs to show the UAAP that he is a legit big man.

X Factor: Jerry Codinera. Will he be able to motivate his team? I’ts hard to do considering the coach is the best player on the team.

My prediction:

Ateneo, NU, DLSU and FEU final four bound.

Ateneo over FEU, NU over DLSU

Ateneo over NU.

Ateneo season 75 champs.

MVP: Parks

Finals MVP: Slaughter

Most Improved: Gelo Alolino NU

Rookie of the Year: Jeron Teng DLSU

Defensive Player: Jean Mbe NU

Mythical Teams

First team: Ravena, Parks, LA Revilla, Slaughter, Garcia

Second team: Salva, Torres, Nuyles, Fortuna, Abdul

Get into the team spirit. Wear your school colors. Grab yourself a pair of limited UAAP themed Havaianas.

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I’m Back Again! With Sports GNews!

Welcome back. Haha! It’s been more than a year since i wrote on my blog. Why start again, well for one thing, now I have time, or shall i say found time to write. Secondly, i just missed writing and telling you stories.

Lots of interesting things have happened since personally since my last blog.
We moved to a new home in Pasig,  I am now the dad to two teenagers (15&13), one is in 2nd year in AHS, while the other is graduating from grade school. My youngest, my daughter started  with the K to 12 program.
So many stories to share let me start with sports, my favorite topic.

The Recent NBA draft had me reminiscing about previous NBA drafts.

Anthony Davis was selected #1 overall in what is considered to be a deep draft. Will he be the next Patrick Ewing, Tim Duncan, or Blake Griffin? Big men who were chosen #1 overall and who made an impact in the league. Or will he join the likes of Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowakandi and Kwame Brown who were complete busts ?

Coincidentally,  the NBA draft also made me think about the PBA draft. The NBA draft lottery and the PBA draft started the same year in 1985. Here is a side by side comparison of those chosen number one overall.

I wanted to have more fun so I highlighted the players who has had a better impact in the league, to their respective teams and who has had a better career.

                                  NBA                                                                                 PBA
1985   Patrick Ewing Georgetown-New York Knicks             Sonny Cabatu-Lyceum- Shell
1986   Brad Daugherty- North Carolina-Cleveland Cavs         Rey Cuenco- Arellano-Alaska
1987    David Robinson- Navy- San Antonio Spurs                   Allan Caidic- UE- Great Taste
1988  Danny Manning- Kansas- LA Clippers                           Jack Tanuan- FEU- Purefoods
1989  Pervis Ellison- Louisville- Sacramento Kings                   Benjie Paras- UP- Shell Helix
1990 Derrick Coleman-Syracuse-NJ Nets                         Peter Jao-USJ-R- Great Taste Coffee
1991 Larry Johnson-UNLV- Charlotte Hornets                    Alejandro Araneta-Ateneo- Alaska
1992 Shaquille O’Neal- LSU- Orlando Magic                       Vergel Meneses-JRU-Presto Tivoli
1993 Chris Webber – Michigan- Orlando Magic              Zandro Limpot Jr.-DLSU-Sta. Lucia
1994 Glen Robinson – Purdue- Milwaukee Bucks            Noli Locsin-DLSU-  La Tondeña
1995 Joe Smith -Maryland- Golden State Warriors            Dennis Espino-UST-Sta. Lucia
1996 Allen Iverson-Georgetown-Philadelphia 76ers    Marlou Aquino-Adamson-Gordon’s
1997 Tim Duncan-Wake Forest-San Antonio Spurs         Andy Seigle- New Orleans- Mobiline
1998 Michael Olowakandi- Pacific- La Clippers              Danny Ildefonso-NU-San Miguel
1999 Elton Brand –Duke-  Chicago Bulls                            Sonny Alvarado- Texas- Tanduay
2000 Kenyon Martin- Cincinnati-NJ Nets                           Paolo Mendoza-UP-Sta. Lucia
2001 Kwame Brown-Glynn  HS-Washington Wizards       Willie Miller-Letran-Red Bull
2002 Yao Ming-China-Houston Rockets                               Yancy de Ocampo-St. Francis-FedEx
2003 LeBron James-St. Mary HS-Cleveland Cavs                Mike Cortez-DLSU- Alaska
2004 Dwight Howard-SACA HS-Orlando Magic                      Rich Alvarez-Ateneo-Shell
2005 Andrew Bogut-Univ of  Utah-Milwaukee Bucks                  Jay Washington-Eckerd-Air 21
2006 Andrea Bargnani-Italy-Toronto Raptors                     Kelly Williams-Oakland-Sta. Lucia
2007 Greg Oden-Ohio St. Portland TrailBlazers                           Joe Devance-UTEP- Welcoat
2008 Derrick Rose-Memphis-Chicago Bulls       Gabe Norwood-George Mason-Rain or Shine
2009 Blake Griffin-Oklahoma-La Clippers                         Japeth Aguilar-WKU- Burger King
2010 John Wall- Memphis- Washington Wizards              Nonoy Baclao-Ateneo- Air 21
2011 Kyrie Irving- Duke- Cleveland Cavs                              JV Casio- DLSU- Powerade
2012 Anthony Davis- Kentucky- New Orleans Hornets         Greg Slaughter-Ateneo- ????
  • The results. NBA- 17 PBA- 5 Tie-5
  • Some matchups were total mismatches and had obvious winners  (’85,’88,’89,’91,’92,’93,’97,’98,2000,’01-’04,’06,’08-’11)
  • The ties were interesting: 1987 featured 2 excellent game changers who play different positions. The Admiral vs The Triggerman. Both mvps, both left handed lethal scorers and both champions. 1990– Coleman, talented headcase, Apet Jao, who was this guy? I remember him as a tweener, too slow for a small forward, not a huge scorer to play off guard. Both were disappointments. 1999 -Brand vs Alvarado. I call this a tie because Brand posts numbers but really hasn’t made much of an impact. Alvarado made huge waves when he came into the league forming an imposing frontline with Eric Menk. It all turned sour when he was exposed as a Fil- Sham, as he had no Filipino lineage. 2005– Bogut and Washington. Two brilliant players, if healthy. Injuries have hampered their careers, and have had few shining moments. 2007- Greg Oden and Joe Devance. Much was expected after stellar amateur careers. As pros, Oden has been injured while Devance, while putting up respectable numbers, hasn’t been the star the league thought he will be.
  • Top 5 best NBA top lottery choices: O’neal, Duncan, Ewing, Iverson, James. Top 5 busts: Brown,Olowakandi,Ellison,Smith,Oden.

My top 5 NBA #1 Overall picks since the lottery began

My top 5 NBA #1 Overall worst picks since the lottery began

  • PBA top 5 best: Paras, Caidic, Meneses,Miller,Williams. Top 5 busts: Cabatu, Jao,Tanuan, de Ocampo, Mendoza

PBA top 5 best # 1 overall picks since the draft lottery

PBA top 5 worst # 1 overall picks since the draft lottery

NBA or PBA drafting is not an exact science. Teams spend on research and scouting. At the end of the day, it’s still fifty fifty chance of bust or boom. Who among the current crop of US NCAA collegians is the next star? Who among the NCAA or UAAP will change the PBA?

Abangan!

I am very happy for Fil Am Coach Eric Spoelestra. We can only imagine the stress he goes through managing the minutes (and egos) of these NBA players. Good job and congratulations Coach Spo. Mabuhay ka! I bet San Miguel Beer will get him to do a beer ad.

Erik-Spoelstra Big-three

Erik-Spoelstra With the Big-three

Some numbers of note from the Miami Heat’s 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the 2012 Finals, giving the Heat their second championship: (taken from NBA.com)

  • LeBron James became the 14th player to win a championship in the same year he won the MVP award. The last was Tim Duncan in 2003.
  • James tied a postseason career high with 13 assists in Game 5.
  • The Heat are the first NBA champion to have trailed three in three of their playoff series. They were down 2-1 to Indiana, 3-2 to Boston, and 1-0 to Oklahoma City.
  • The Heat became the third team to sweep the middle three Finals games at home since the 2-3-2 format came into play in 1985. The others were the 2004 Pistons and the 2006 Heat.
  • The Heat’s 14 3-pointers in Game 5 tied a Finals record, set in the 1995 Finals by both the Rockets and Magic.
  • Game 5 was the first time in the 2012 postseason in which James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each scored 20 or more points.
  • Juwan Howard won his first title in his 18th season. The only player to go more seasons before wining his first championship was Kevin Willis, who won with the Spurs in 2003, his 19th season. (Howard is the only member of the famous Michigan Fab Five to get a championship ring)
  • The Thunder won Game 1 and then lost the next four games. It was their first four-game losing streak since April of 2009.

Congratulations to Miami and Oklahoma for a well played series!

Miami Heat 2012 NBA Champions

Sinong big three gusto niyo?

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!!!! Finally, my  first blog for the year. I actually intended to write about something last week, but for some reason, I just didn’t know what to write about. Well, now I do.

I’ll start with a short background on what I have finally decided to write about. Our family driver went on vacation, so which meant for the first 2 weeks of January, I was “excused” from office work, as I was to play the role of driver to my two boys, and occasionally to my daughter.  I was able to squeeze in some work that Juice asked me to do, and even spent a day interviewing applicants for our office. I envisioned myself writing entries for my blog while waiting in Starbucks Katipunan . As it turns out, yup, I did hang around Starbucks, but found myself playing Plants vs Zombies most of the time. Nghyahhh!!!!

Kaka-addict....

My routine almost everyday then, would be waiting for the boys, then rush over to Reese’s school to pick her up. As we leave ADMU, the boys would assume their position for talking a nap, as they normally do. In this case, I would  tell them to make room for their sister, who also takes a nap while going home from school. So I pick up Reese around 20 minutes later, the boys asleep. She squeezes in the back seat lies down beside Zach. 5 minutes later, all 3 are fast asleep. While waiting at the intersection of Araneta and Aurora, I just looked at my 3 kids. Wow, I have got to be the luckiest guy around. I have a VERY patient, understanding and beautiful wife, who is also my best friend, and I have 3 wonderful kids. That’s when I decided to write about how I am looking forward to 2010. Life is great!!!  In my future blog, I’ll write about a review of 2009, and some great luck and memories I had, but for now, I just want to write about how great 2010 has been to me, this early into the year.

On New Year’s eve, the entire family was on hand for fireworks, food and fun. Reese though lasted until 11:30pm, but fell asleep. We welcomed 2010 with a bang!!!

Sparks still fly when I am with Juice

Parang entrance ng WWE.....

Coby seems sad 2009 is gone....

Sleeping Beauty....

Coby's first champagne

Juice and her mini-me Zach celebrating 2010

My first and probably best news (so far) that reached me has been concerned our company Creative Juice . We finally got word from the SEC that we (CJ) are the “proper” owners of the name Creative Juice and that the other company having the same name has to cease and desist using that name. Wow. The underdog has it’s day. Aside from that, a prominent company for hygiene hired us to handle their mall events this year.. Our first major event under our company is going full blast on March. Expo Kid promises to be a fun filled event, hope you guys can go. There have been inquiries for events, prospective new clients this January, for events later in the year. My partner has been really working hard, and we are being rewarded. My family is blessed to have her.

See You In Rockwell!!!

Two of my friends from GB via Canada are coming home both carrying good news. Fino and wife Rochelle are visiting and she brings news that she is pregnant with twins. Terry will be arriving in May with his fiancée to get married. Good news indeed as our GB family is growing.

On the sporting side of life, I started the year with good friends Reggie and Nelson, we of the FAG 4 (short for Fabulous Golfers 4, or Friends At Golf 4) minus Al. (He of the 6 handicap) We teed off at Navy at 6:30am, finished our front 9 at 8am. We had a first in our golf game, all 3 of us scored pars on hole number 5, albeit in a variety of ways. I had a regulation par, Reg chipped from the fringe, and 1 putt to save his par, while Nelson blasted his way from the bunker, and also 1 putt his way to par. (And the crowd goes wild!!!) After 4 holes of wild play, I settled down after this hole and scored pars, bogeys and had a couple of doubles, but no triples. My two playing partners were more consistent throughout. Reggie, playing his new Hybrid set of clubs for the first time was playing great considering, it was his literally his first time to try out his new set. Nelson was hitting the ball long as usual, and his short game was great. We finished around 10am, and when the scores were handed in, we all broke a 100. Nelson scored a 93, while Reg and I turned in identical scores of 96. Oh, what might have been. If Reg had actually practiced with his new set, he might have scored less, while, if I had played my 1st four holes better, I surely would have scored lower. Nevertheless, we were all happy to welcome 2010 with all of us scoring under a 100. Reggie has a blog called The Duffer, please visit the site.

Posing, as usual

And again......

Yet again..........

Reggie at the 15th hole

Nelson's turn at the 15th

Polly was giving me advise how to get "birdies."

Apparrently, she was giving advice to Nelson too....

The Prince and the Frog

Further good news happened in the sporting side of my life as the Ateneo Basketball League kicked off during the weekend.  I have two teams, one is in the seniors division, (40yrs old and above) while one is my “fun” team. My senior division team, Team Ijares, is 2-0, Team Adolfo (formerly Team Yap) is 1-1.  Last year, my second team had a grand total of 1 (one) win last year, and that came at the last game of the season. This year with a couple of new faces, we wanted to modestly double our win total last year. We were all loose and had modest expectations as the game started. In our 1st game,  Lo and behold we built a big lead at the start of the 4th quarter and never looked back. We won by 13 points,and it felt great to be playing with old warriors Andrew Marcelo and Nelson, who were playing their first ABL game in 5 years. We already achieved our goal halfway.  We lost our second game though, but by just a mere 3 points.

More good news, my family and I are ready for our adventure by end of this month, please wish us luck.

It is the Year of the Tiger. I hope all of us will have ONE BIG ROAR in 2010. Rawwwr!!!!

Can I just add, husay kumuha litrato ni Reggie……………

Photos taken at Malarayat On Dec,2009 by Reggie Nolido

Lastly. I liked this video, its all the hits of 2009.

Click here. Enjoy!!!!

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!!!

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Ateneo vs FEU at The Arena in San Juan

I was able to watch two pre-season games of the Ateneo Blue Eagles Srs basketball team team in the currently ongoing  Fil-Oil Flying V tournament in San Juan.  The first game I watched was between ADMU and the FEU Tamaraws last May 2. The Blue Eagles will be hard pressed this year to defend their UAAP crown, as they will now be minus Chris Tiu (Haaay!!!) and Yuri Escueta. Inheriting Tiu’s starting spot was Eric Salamat. The other starters for this game was UAAP MVP Rabel AL-Hussaini,  Nonoy Baclao, Jai Reyes at PG, and Oping Sumalinog, who wore Tiu’s number 17, and started in place of Ryan Buenafe. The Tamaraws were playing minus Mark Barocca, Aldrech Ramos and JR Cawaling who were in the RP Team. They started an impressive rookie RR Garcia, who scored 9 of his teams’ first 11 points and didn’t play like a newcomer at all. In fact, he got ejected in this game as he threw a punch at Jai Reyes in the 4th quarter. (Atapang a tao)  A slimmed down Reil Cervantes, 6-5 center of the Tamaraws, was also impressive, as he got Rabeh in foul trouble as he was effectively posting up and getting shots in the paint. Feu also had an import, whose name I couldn’t pronounce, and is also eligible for this season. he was a burly player who played inside and out and gave the ADMU big guys trouble.

Al Hussaini vs Cervantes in the trenches

Al Hussaini vs Cervantes in the trenches

Jai goes for three against promising rookie RR Garcia

Jai goes for three against promising rookie RR Garcia

For ADMU, Oping Sumalinog was impressive in this game. He hit around 3 3-point shots and was very active. Jai and Eric were also hitting their outside shots, which is a good sign as it opened up the middle for Rabeh to do his thing. The Ateneo running game was in full display in the first quarter as they took a slight lead at the end of the opening 12 minutes. When ADMU’s second stringers came in, it was apparent, that scoring was going to be a problem. These guys were good defensive players, but the offense sputtered. Kirk Long, who is  already blonde, looked even blonder this time, Bacon Austria (who inherited dad Leo’s feistiness but not his outside shooting), Nico Salva (who will probably inherit Chris Tiu’s shrieks form female fans, haaaay!!!),Justin Chua and Tonino Gonzaga formed the second unit. Mike Baldoz also came in when Chua was proving to be ineffective against Cervantes. Feu with Garcia, Hans Knuttel, and the son of Jack Tanuan, hit their strides and helped FEU take the lead in the 1st half.

Salamat sails in for a lay-up

Salamat sails in for a lay-up

Oping Sumalinog inherited Chris Tiu's #17 jersey.

Oping Sumalinog inherited Chris Tiu's #17 jersey.

Nico Salva might inherit the shrieks from female (and male) fans

Nico Salva might inherit the shrieks from female (and male) fans

Noy Baclao had his hands full defending FEU's "import."

Noy Baclao had his hands full defending FEU's "import."

Foul trouble to big man Rabeh forced Coach Norman to play rookie Frank Golla some minutes. He had his moments, but he has a long way to go. Rabeh struggled all night against all the big men FEU threw against him. I noticed, that Rabeh was complaining too much about the calls, whining really, and it affected his game. C’mon big guy, get used to it. Man up!!! He eventually fouled out. Noy Baclao, Jai and Salamat, righted the ship in time in the fourth. But, with FEU down by 1, with seconds to go, they kept getting a 2nd and 3rd chance to win the game, but Noy Baclao, eventually pulled down the crucial defensive rebound, was fouled and trooped to the foul line to ice the game with 3 seconds to go. He made the first free throw, then missed the second one. As Feu got the board, they  threw an outlet pass, but was intercepted by Long, to preserve the hard fought 2 point win. It was a win, but remember FEU did not have all their key players, ans we were only missing Ryan Buenafe. FEU is a definite title contender and powerhouse in the upcoming UAAP season. Juami Tiongson made a cameo appearance in this game, the only other rookie in the ADMU roster to play.

Rookies Frank Golla and Juami Tiongson had cameo appearances in this game.

Rookies Frank Golla and Juami Tiongson had cameo appearances in this game.

When he wasn't complaining to the refs, Rabeh was scoring at the low post

When he wasn't complaining to the refs, Rabeh was scoring at the low post

A couple of plays later, Rabeh fouled out on this play. In fairness to him, it should have been called an offensive foul.

2 minutes later, Rabeh fouled out in this play . In fairness to him, it should have been called an offensive foul.

Eric Salamat bullied his way in the low post for two crucial points plus 1.

Eric Salamat bullied his way in the low post for two crucial points plus 1.

Ateneo escaped with a 2 point win.

Ateneo escaped with a 2 point win.

The second ADMU game I watched was an interesting match vs defending 3peat NCAA champions the San Beda Red Lions. The Red Lions were now without Sam Ekwe, their man mountain down low, Pong Escobal, now in the PBA, and Ogie Menor who apparently will apply for the PBA draft this year. Also out with an ACL is starting point guard Borgie Hermida. The Red Lions had a new center, Sudan “Superman” Daniels, a US recruit, who  during the warm-ups was dunking like crazy. For ADMU, Ryan Buenafe was back in the fold, although he looked a bit on the heavy side, but maybe it was the hair. The Blue Eagles had just come back from a month long training stint in the US and this was their first game back.

San Beda's "Superman" Daniels

San Beda's "Superman" Daniels

ADMU and SBC benefactor MVP was on ahnd to watch his two favorite teams play. He showed his tru colors on his shirt. Seated beside him was Coach Toroman, whom I greeted. "Hi Kots!!!"

ADMU and SBC benefactor MVP was on hand to watch his two teams play. He showed his true colors on his shirt. Seated beside him was Coach Toroman, whom I greeted. "Hi Kots!!!"

The Blue Eagles’ starting lineup was no surprise as Buenafe, Baclao, and Al-Hussaini manned the frontline, while Eric Salamat and Jai Reyes were in the backcourt. Coach Frankie Lim’s starting line up was a bit surprising as he left Daniels on the bench, and started two behemoths, Baby Shaq Taganas and Dave Marcelo, plus 6-4 Bambam Gamalinda in the frontcourt, with Garvo Lanete and Chico Tirona in the backcourt.

Tip off........

Tip off........

Early on Rabeh and Noy baclao frolicked in the paint, quickly making Marcelo pick up two fouls. Off the bench. sophomore Jake Pascual came in and brough life to SBC’s offense with his jumpers. Salamat and Jai were also in a groove hitting jumpers, while Buenafe was drawing fouls from his defenders. ADMU led after the 1st canto.

If Rabeh wasn't scoring, he was dishing off to Noy, who was also actively scoring gainst Taganas and Marcelo.

If Rabeh wasn't scoring, he was dishing off to Noy, who was also actively scoring against Taganas and Marcelo.

Buenafe was scoring on his patented hangtime moves.

Buenafe was scoring on his patented hangtime moves.

Pascual came in and gave the Red Lion's offense a boost with his jumpers.

Pascual came in and gave the Red Lion's offense a boost with his jumpers.

In the second quarter, Daniels came in and his impact was immediate. He blocked Rabeh’s shot in the low post, after the UAAP MVP thought he had eluded him. Suddenly ADMU couldn’t buy a basket  and their whole offense sputtered. Nico Salva kept missing point blank shots, while the other big men were now intimidated with Danile’s prescence in the post. Kirk Long and Eric Salamat’s forays kept the team in but they yielded a 9 point lead to SBC at the half.

Superman ready to take flight

Superman ready to take flight

The bench mob of salva, Chua and Bacon gang up to stop "Superman."

The bench mob of Salva, Chua,Gonzaga and Bacon gang up to stop "Superman."

Salamat and Long kept the Blue eagles in the game in the first half.

Salamat and Long kept the Blue Eagles in the game in the first half.

Al Hussaini was now being double teamed by Daniels and other SBC big men. Rabeh's response, he picked up his first "faking a foul" call on one of his complaints.

Al Hussaini was now being double teamed by Daniels and other SBC big men. Rabeh's response, he picked up his first "faking a foul" call on one of his complaints.

As the second half started, Jai and Salamat took command and anchored a scoring blitz that enabled ADMU to tie the score with San Beda. But Superman Daniels again came to the rescue and Ateneo spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. Rabeh couldn’t get his game going against the bigger Daniels, and was called for “faking a foul.” Yup, you heard it, “FAKING A FOUL.” WTF? Sorry guys, either it is a foul or it is not. Faking a foul? Both teams were called for this infraction.Daniels  had two alley oop dunks in this game during SBC’s charge into the lead. WAW!!! Noy Baclao and the other Blue Eagles keyed a late run  in the fourth,but turnovers spelled their doom. Later, Garvo Lanete sealed the deal with a layup late in the game.

A second half blitz by Jai, Buenafe and Salamat brought the team back from a 10 point deficit.

A second half blitz by Jai, Buenafe and Salamat brought the team back from a 10 point deficit.

daniels quickly came back in the game, and San Beda was back in control. Daniels even scored on 2 alley oop dunks.

Daniels quickly came back in the game, and San Beda was back in control. He even threw down 2 alley-oop dunks during the 2nd half.

Admu had a late run, but Garvo Lanete's layup sealed the San beda win

Admu had a late run, but Garvo Lanete's layup sealed the San Beda victory.

Ateneo loses by 9 points to San Beda

Ateneo loses by 9 points to San Beda

Here is Al Hussaini's "faking a foul" call. he got teed up for his one. Later Garvo Lanete got the same call called against him. "Faking a foul?" Only in the Philippines.....

Here is Al Hussaini's "faking a foul" call. He got teed up for this one. Later Garvo Lanete got the same call called against him. "Faking a foul?" Only in the Philippines!!!

Although Ateneo finished the elims with a 5 win 2 loss record, and a seat in the quarterfinals, they withdrew from the tournament because of a prior commitment. San Beda goes up into the quarterfinals against DLSU. Good luck to both teams. As for Ateneo, the task looks tough for the defending champs. They will surely miss Yuri and Chris’ leadership,but a good sight was the much improved marksmanship of Salamat and Long from the outside. Especially Long, who appeared to be much more comfortable and confident this time.Must be the hair color. rabeh has to quit complaining and play strong in the low post. Too much finesse, not enough raw power, in my opinion. Buenafe has to get into game shape, while Noy Baclao seems to be there already. Justin Chua has to be ready to support the other bigs. So with Salva and Baldoz. Who will step up from this group and steer the Eagles to a back to back crown? Let’s ask the Magic 8 ball………..

Who among the Blue eagles is the King Eagle? even Coach Norman looks confused....

Who among the Blue Eagles is the King Eagle? even Coach Norman looks confused....

See ya in the UAAP all………