Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In honor of the Pike River Miners!

In honour of the Pike River Miners

Copy this photo and change your profile picture (Facebook, Myspace, Bebo) to this in support of the Pike River miners trapped underground in West Coast, New Zealand.

[P.S. I did not make nor own the photo... just want to share it to everyone]

Monday, November 22, 2010

Philippines in the 2010 ASEAN Football Federation Cup

Well, the Philippines is playing for the second time, since the ASEAN Tiger Cup changed its name (and sponsor) in 2007, in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup. The 2010 national squad is one of the strongest Philippine national teams in years and a strong showing is very much expected in the AFF Suzuki Cup (December 1-29, 2010).

The country recently reached its highest FIFA World Ranking ever jumping 13 places to 152 before moving up to 151 at the end of November. In addition, the team recently finished third in the Long Teng Cup and second in the AFF Suzuki Cup Qualifying tournament.

2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
The underdog Azkals drew their first game, 1-1 against powerhouse Singapore before creating history by defeating host nation and defending champion Vietnam, 2-0, in front of their home crowd. The team created another history by earning a semi-final berth after a 0-0 draw with Myanmar in its final group match. It will be the first time that the Philippines qualified beyond the group stage of the AFF Cup and the second time to reach the semi-final in a regional tournament since the 1991 Southeast Asian Games.

The national team's impressive performances attracted some attentions it deserves in the Philippines and it also gave birth to such terms as the "Double-Decker Bus Defense" Filipino-style! (coined by a very pissed Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto, sensing his dismissal after losing a home game to lowly Philippines).

Just before the Suzuki Cup semi-final series started, the Philippines once again moved another notch and reach its highest rank ever in FIFA World Ranking moving up to 150

The Philippines faced powerhouse Indonesia in a two games semi-final series. Unfortunately, due to misinformation by disgraced ousted PFF President Jose Mari Martinez, the Philippines was not be able to host the home leg of the semi-finals. Instead, the Philippines played two games in Indonesia with Leg 1 of the series counted as a "home" game for the Philippines.

The first time semi-finalists loss the play-off series to Indonesia in a 2-0 aggregate (losing both legs 1-0). Despite the loss, the Philippines achieved its best finished ever in the AFF Cup history and ever since the 1991 Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

Here's the 2010 National Squad (provisional)*:

Alexander Charles Luis Borromeo, Anton Edward Quimson del Rosario, Bongbong Roxy Vestidas Dorlas, Chad Edward Alensa Gould, Christopher Nicholas Joaquin Camcam, Christopher Robert Barbon Greatwich, David Mark Sanding Basa, Eduard Ortalla Sacapano, Emelio Asada Caligdong, Ian Boyana Araneta, James Joseph Placer Younghusband

Jason Nicolas Mari Dantes de Jong (BV Veendam), Jerry I Sardua Barbaso, Joebel Bretana Bermejo, Kristopher John Mansueto Relucio, Manuel Gelito Ott (FC Ingolstadt 04 II), Mark Anthont Gocon Ferrer, Mark Drinkuth (AGON08), Matthew James Calibjo Hartmann, Michael Aubrey Jimenez Atienza

Neil Leonard Dula Etheridge (Fulham F.C.), Nestorio Jr. Braga Margarse, Peter Sorilla Jaugan, Philip James Placer Younghusband, Ray Anthony Pepito Jonsson (Grindavik), Rey Mark Lavadia Palmes, Robert James Dazo Gier (Ascot United), Roel Jimena Gener, Stephan Markus Cabizares Schrock (SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Yanti Armentia Barsales.

Coach: MCMENEMY, Simon (England)

[*] The Final registration of players will be confirmed at the 1st Team Managers’ Meeting which will be held one day before the commencement of the competition.

International Friendlies and non-test cap games:
  • vs. Chinese Taipei, 0-0 (January 16)
  • vs. Taipei Physical Education, 1-2 College (January 17)
  • vs. Chinese Taipei U23, 0-1 (October 3)

2010 Long Teng Cup:
  • vs. Hong Kong U23, 2-4 (October 9)
  • vs. Chinese Taipei, 1-1 (October 10)
  • vs. Macau, 5-0 (October 12)

2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Qualifying Tournament:
  • vs. Timor-Leste, 5-0 (October 22)
  • vs. Laos, 2-2 (October 24)
  • vs. Cambodia, 0-0 (October 26)

2010 AFF Suzuki Cup:

Group B
  • vs. Singapore, 1-1 (December 2) [video]
  • vs. Vietnam, 2-0 (December 5) [video]
  • vs. Myanmar, 0-0 (December 8)

Semi-finals [Home-and-Away format]
  • Leg 1: vs. Indonesia, 0-1 (December 16)
  • Leg 2: vs. Indonesia, 0-1 (December 19) [Indonesia won 2-0 aggregate]

[italics] draw
[bolded italics] win

Awards and Achievements:
  • 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Fair Play Award (Philippine national team)
  • First time Semi-Finalists
  • best finished in AFF Cup history (4th place)

  • 1996: Group Stage
  • 1998: Group Stage
  • 2000: Group Stage
  • 2002: Group Stage
  • 2004: Group Stage
  • 2007: Group Stage
  • 2008: Did Not Qualify  
  • 2010: 4th place (Semi-finals)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Parallel Lives of Rizal and Gandhi

As a student of history, I have the opportunity to study the life of two great Asian nationalist leaders, Dr. José Rizal of the Philippines and Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi of India. As an amateur historian, I am not going to make an argument on who is better or who is greater. Both Rizal and Gandhi are great heroes that belong to great generation of Asian nationalist leaders (Andres Bonifacio, Rabindranath Tagore, and Sun Yat-Sen) born in the decade of 1860s.

Mohandas Gandhi
Both Rizal and Gandhi led almost parallel lives that made them the greatest of their countrymen.

First, as I pointed out earlier, both were born in the decade of 1860s. Rizal on June 19, 1861 and Gandhi on October 2, 1869.

Both Gandhi and Rizal sent to Europe with financial support from their brothers and pursued higher education (law and medicine, respectively). Thus, both were Western educated and as a result started Asian nationalist enlightenment.

Rizal became a member of an anthropology society while Gandhi became a member of a vegetarian society.

Both nationalist leaders spoke multiple languages. Rizal speaks more than 20 languages while Gandhi speaks three.

Rizal’s grandfather served in the Spanish Cortes (parliament) while Gandhi’s grandfather and father serves in their princely state’s executive government.

Rizal attempted to start a new Filipino colony in Borneo while Gandhi was involved in an Indian colony in South Africa.

Rizal has mixed relationships and impressions with the Spanish Governor-Generals just as Gandhi have mixed relationships and impressions with the British Governor-Generals. Rizal was admired and hated by the Spaniards and other Europeans just as Gandhi was admired and hated by the British and other Europeans.
José Rizal
Both have contributed some writings to newspapers.

Rizal calls for independence through “education” while Gandhi calls for independence through “satyagraha”.

Rizal’s failure was the violent Philippine Revolution while Gandhi’s failure was the partition of India.

Both leaders survived assassination attempts before their deaths.

Rizal died through firing squad (December 30, 1896) while Gandhi died through assassination (November 30, 1948).

In the end, Rizal became the greatest Asian nationalist leader of the 19th Century while Gandhi became the greatest Asian nationalist leader of the 20th Century.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: Pound for Pound King of the Boxing World

Today, November 14, 2010 (November 13 in Dallas), Filipino boxing great and "Pambansang Kamao" Manny Pacquiao made history after winning by unanimous decision against Mexico's Antonio Margarito [at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, USA].

He is now the first and only boxer ever to win eight world titles in eight different weight divisions (breaking his own record). Pacquiao has won the world boxing titles in the flyweight (112 pounds), super bantamweight (122 lb), featherweight (126 lb), super featherweight (130 lb), lightweight (135 lb), light welterweight (140 lb), welterweight (147 lb), and super welterweight (154 lb) divisions.

No boxer has won eight world titles in eight weight divisions before and the next best was his own record too (seven world titles in seven weight divisions).

The victory secured Pacquiao's place as one of the greatest boxers of all time alongside Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. The victory reassured Pacquiao's hold as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

Hopefully, this victory will persuade the legendary boxer to stay active in professional boxing and pursue that one impending fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Floyd Chickenweather/Gayweather). The mega-fight against Mayweather should keep Pacquiao busy and away from the corrupt Philippine politics and the overrated Philippine show-business (both banking for his popularity for their own interests not of the Filipino people). Although, the more he stay active in professional boxing the more he became ineffective representative for his province in the Congress. Maybe one last fight from Pacman to end that big debate between Pacquiao fans (including Pactards/Pac-Crabs) and Mayweather fans (including Flomos).

Margarito receiving the Pacquiao Special!

Pacquiao Career Win-Loss Record: 52 wins (38 KOs)/3 losses/2 draws

Anyway, Margarito down, Mayweather next!

[Although, Antonio Margarito took the beating of a lifetime... some say the fight should have been stop early but Margarito said it all (in an after match interview): "He's very fast. It's hard to land a punch on that guy, but there's no way I was going to quit in the fight, I am a Mexican and we fight to the end."]

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Empty Apartment" by Yellowcard

"Empty Apartment"
by Yellowcard

Call me out
You stayed inside
One you love
Is where you hide
Shot me down
As I flew by
Crash and burn
I think sometimes
You forget where the heart is

Answer no to these questions
Let her go, learn a lesson
It's not me, you're not listening
Now, can't you see something's missing
You forget where the heart is

Take you away from that empty apartment
You stay, and forget where the heart is
Someday if ever you loved me you'd say, it's okay

Waking up from this nightmare
How's your life?
What's it like there?
Is it all what you want it to be?
Does it hurt when you think about me?
And how broken my heart is

Take you away from that empty apartment
You stay, and forget where the heart is
Someday if ever you loved me you'd say, it's okay

It's okay to be angry and never let go
It only gets harder the more that you know
When you get lonely if no one's around
You know that I'll catch you when you're falling down
We came together but you left alone
And I know how it feels to walk out on your own
Maybe someday I will see you again
And you'll look me in my eyes and call me your friend

Take you away from that empty apartment
You stay, and forget where the heart is
Someday if ever you loved me you'd say, it's okay

It's okay
It's okay

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Canterbury in the 2010 ITM Cup

In this year's ITM Cup (New Zealand's premier rugby championship), Canterbury Rugby fans witnessed a dynasty in a making after the red-and-black machine dominated the competition. Heck, it is already a dynasty after winning the last three championships (2008-2010) and topping the points table for the last two years. The three-peat (three championships in a row) and of course, the Ranfurly Shield are the perfect gifts to the earthquake-affected Canterbury residents.

Although, most people in New Zealand were pre-occupied with the British Commonwealths' celebration of Guy Fawkes Night (in honour of the only man to ever enter the British Westminster Parliament with honest intention), it did not stop Canterbury's 33-13 finals victory over Waikato and capturing their 8th national provincial title.

2010 Canterbury squad:

  • Rodney Ah You
  • Peter Borlase
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Owen Franks
  • Andrew Olorenshaw

  • Corey Flynn
  • Steve Fualau
  • Paul Ngauamo

  • Luke Romano
  • Isaac Ross
  • Brad Thorn
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Rob Verbakel

Loose Forwards
  • Nasi Manu
  • Richie McCaw(c)
  • Brendon O'Connor
  • Ash Parker
  • Kieran Read
  • Matt Todd
  • George Whitelock

Half Backs
  • Andy Ellis
  • Matt George
  • Willie Heinz
  • Takerei Norton

Fly Halfs
  • Stephen Brett
  • Dan Carter
  • Colin Slade

  • Ryan Crotty
  • Robbie Flynn
  • Robert Fruean
  • Adam Whitelock
  • Sonny Bill Williams

  • Patrick Osborne
  • Tu Umaga-Marshall
  • Telusa Veainu

Full Backs
  • Sean Maitland
  • Sam Monaghan

Head Coach: Rob Penney

2010 ITM Cup Fixtures:
  • vs. Hawke's Bay, 23-23 (July 30)
  • vs. Manawatu, 27-26 (August 5)
  • vs. North Harbour, 44-22 (August 13)
  • vs. Tasman, 25-27 (August 21)
  • vs. Auckland, 35-16 (August 28)
  • vs. Bay of Plenty, 28-9 (September 3)
  • vs. Northland, 27-23 (September 11)
  • vs. Taranaki, 20-31 (September 18)
  • vs. Wellington, 37-30 (September 25)
  • vs. Otago, 35-20 (October 2)
  • vs. Southland, 26-16 (October 9)*
  • vs. Counties Manukau, 39-21 (October 16)**
  • vs. Waikato, 6-26 (October 22)

  • vs. Wellington, 57-41 (October 30)

  • vs. Waikato, 33-13 (November 5)

Win-Loss Record: 11 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses
[*] Ranfurly Shield challenge
[**] Ranfurly Shield defence
[Bold] Canterbury victory

Canterbury celebrating their third straight title

Canterbury Honours:
  • 1977 National Provincial Championship (NPC) Division 1 champions
  • 1983 NPC Division 1 champions
  • 1997 NPC Division 1 champions
  • 2001 NPC Division 1 champions
  • 2004 NPC Division 1 champions
  • 2008 Air New Zealand Cup champions
  • 2009 Air New Zealand Cup champions
  • 2010 ITM Cup champions
  • Ranfurly Shield holder (1927-28, 1931-34, 1935, 1950, 1953-56, 1969-71, 1972-73, 1982-85, 1994-95, 2000-03, 2004-06, 2007, 2009, 2010-present)

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    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    The POC and the Philippine Dragon Boat Team

    Paddlers Unite!
    Just recently, the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) Asian Games Screening Committee accused the Philippine Dragon Boat Team of cheating simply because they were too fast for a “Philippine” standard (or should I say, POC’s standard). As if, they are expecting average or mediocre performances or worse, that Filipinos are going to fail in the Asian Games and not good enough to be world-class paddlers.

    It such a pathetic excuses to bar the team to represent the country in Guangzhou Asian Games. A team who won three bronze medals in the 2008 Asian Beach Games, 1 Gold, 9 Silver and 2 Bronze medals in the 2008 Asian Championships, and two GOLD medals (+ 1 silver) in the 2009 World Championship. WORLD CHAMPIONS!… Too much, too good, and too fast (perhaps, OUT OF THIS WORLD) for our retarded POC officials to let them compete in the Asian Games.

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