Sunday, December 25, 2011

"Breath of Heaven" by Amy Grant

Sunday, December 18, 2011

One For Iligan

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EBR: Why the King James? Why not other Versions? EBRadio with Brian Sirois!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

When you need courage - Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua 1:1-9 (The Bible, King James Version)

[1] Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
[2] Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
[3] Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
[4] From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
[5] There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
[6] Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
[7] Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
[8] This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
[9] Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Allan Caidic's 79 points (Presto Tivoli vs. Ginebra San Miguel)

Twenty years ago (November 21, 1991), Filipino Triggerman Allan Caidic set the PBA all time record for the most points scored by a Filipino in a single game, the most points scored in a single half and a single quarter, and the most three-point field goals made in a single game just to name a few. He reclaimed the most points by a local record from Paul Alvarez, who broke Caidic's previous record of 68 points. Allan Caidic broke his own three-point field goals made in a game record for the second time.

It was one of the greatest individual performances in the PBA history at the time when players fight for the ball whether if its in the air or in the floor, when players were not scared of getting injured or when basketball was not about the money but about the love of the game.

The game took place at the same time as Allan Caidic's wife gave birth to their firstborn child

Philippine Basketball Association all-time records set by Allan Caidic on November 21, 1991:
  • Most points scored in a single game by a Filipino (79)
  • Most points scored in a single half (53)
  • Most points scored in a single quarter (37)
  • Most number of three-point field goals made in a single game (17)
  • Most number of three-point field goals attempts in a single game (27)
  • Most number of three-point field goals made in a single quarter (9)

Here is the video(s) of that game courtesy of basketbola80:


Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Coming Home" by Skylar Grey (No P. Diddy or Dirty Money)

"Coming Home"
by Skylar Grey 

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain, wash away, all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits, and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain, wash away, all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits, and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain, wash away, all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits, and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain, wash away, all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits, and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain, wash away, all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits, and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain, wash away, all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits, and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day (11:11 11/11/11)

Well back in November 11, 1918, the Great War of Empires (also known as the First World War or if you still didn't get it: World War I) ended at the 11th hour (11:00 AM) of that day. Today (93 years since that day), of course, at the time of the posting of this entry is the 11:11 11/11/11. We should remember and honor those men who fought and died for their respective Flags and Countries in the First and Second World Wars.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.
~ John McCrae, 3 May 1915

Let us also remember and pray those who are (right now) away from their love ones.

This video is overwhelmingly touching and it will surely make you burst into tears..

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

When you forget your blessings - Psalm 103

Psalm 103 (The Bible, King James Version)

The benefits of the LORD
A Psalm of David.

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
[2] Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
[3] Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
[4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
[5] Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
[6] The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
[7] He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
[8] The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
[9] He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
[10] He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
[11] For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
[12] As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
[13] Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
[14] For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
[15] As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
[16] For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
[17] But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
[18] To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
[19] The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
[20] Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
[21] Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
[22] Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Switched at birth, then meeting aged 12

Anya and Irina have become friends and want to live together
Two Russian families are united by a terrible event more than a decade ago. Their newborn daughters were accidentally mixed up in the maternity hospital and grew up with the "wrong" parents. [Continue Reading...]

Other baby-swap cases:
  • 1973: Spanish twins were separated in a Gran Canaria hospital and sued 35 years later
  • 1978: Kimberly Mays Weeks is now a mother herself after being swapped with Arlena Twiggs in Florida, US
  • 1989: Robyn Dawkins and Gavin Clinton-Parker, near Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1995: Callie Conley and Rebecca Chittum in Virginia, US
  • 2006: Two Czech babies were mixed up and returned a year later

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"Always Enough" by Casting Crowns

"Always Enough"
Artist: Casting Crowns
Album: Until The Whole World Hears

In the drying weary land
LORD You are the rain
In the sea of shattered ones
Your love comes rushing in

You hold the world within Your hands
And see each tear that falls
Through every fire, every storm
You're Always Enough,
Always Enough

Your love is peace to the broken,
Faith for the widow,
Hope for the orphan,
Strength for the weak
Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You're always Enough for me

In the watches of the night
Lord you are my song
Hope is the morning light
Your love shines like the dawn.

You keep my heart
in perfect peace.
My life is in Your hands
When confusion hides my way,
You're always Enough
Always Enough

Your love is peace to the broken,
Faith for the widow,
Hope for the orphan,
Strength for the weak
Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You're always Enough

I rejoice
for my for my Savior reigns.
I rejoice for the lives in me
God on high
He set me free and
Worthy is the LORD 2x

Your love is peace to the broken,
Faith for the widow,
Hope for the orphan,
Strength for the weak
Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You're always Enough for me

Your love is peace to the broken,
Faith for the widow,
Hope for the orphan,
Strength for the weak
Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You're always Enough...

I rejoice
for my for my Savior reigns.
I rejoice for the lives in me
God on high
He set me free and
Worthy is the LORD

In the drying weary land
LORD You are the rain

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NBA: Shaq-Kobe Debate

OK, I thought this issue is dead but it seems the NBA Lockout (stupid greedy owners!) makes October a bit boring. So some kids, yes including you Kevin Durant, decided to talk about the Shaq-Kobe debate. I'm sure others want to talk about the Kobe-Lebron debate or the Jordan-Kobe debate or whatever. Anyway, the Shaq-Kobe debate is probably the most intense one. I mean the Kobe-Lebron debate and the MJ-Kobe debate are both one-sided. Kobe is definitely better than Lebron but he is nowhere near as good as His Airness. Thats how I see it.

Anyway, main issue is that whether Shaquille O'Neal could have won the three-peat (2000-2002) without Kobe Bryant or the other way around. Of course, the fan boys (Shaqtards and Kobetards) will obviously support their favourite players.

In my opinion, Shaquille O'Neal could win the three-peat with just anybody (Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, etc.) in the NBA. At that time, Shaq was at his best, the most dominant player of the game and the one team that can actually stop him at that time was probably a Chicago Bulls team that includes a non-retired Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Shaq was a monster. The Los Angeles Lakers at the turn of the century was his. That was his team and Kobe was his “Pippen.

Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, at that time will definitely not win even a single ring without Shaquille O'Neal. He would have been the “Lebron” of the early 2000s and the Lakers will be just another one-man team show in the NBA. Of course, I am just talking about the young Kobe. If I am talking about Kobe, two years after Shaq left the Lakers then I am wrong. When Shaq left the Lakers, Kobe mature and became a leader. His last two championship rings said it all and this time, he definitely doesn't need the big guy. After 2006, Shaq was never the same and he was declining... though occasionally we get some rare treat from him turning back the hands of time.

Anyway, to finish it all, Shaq doesn't need Kobe in Phil Jackson's third three-peat just as Kobe doesn't need Shaq in his last two championship rings. Simple as that. Of course, Shaq without Kobe and Kobe without Shaq is just not the same. The Shaq-Lebron and the Kobe-Gasol tandems in late 2000s and even the Shaq-Wade tandem in mid-2000s have nothing to the Shaq and Kobe Show at the beginning of the decade. Personal egos and pride (from both players) ended their chances to create a dynasty not just a three-peat.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Picture of the Year: Little Sam

A picture began circulating in November last year. It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life." 

Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person" Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible....and hey, pass it on! The world needs to see this one! [source]

Little Samuel [source]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

No To RH Bill!

The bill states that those who do not conform with its provisions will be imprisoned for up to six months and will be fined P50,000, Acosta said. “This is NOT actually pro choice because they only want to kill our freedom. It is no longer a choice it becomes mandatory,” she added.

The bill also calls contraceptives essential medicines and mandates all government and private hospitals to have enough supply of it as they want to have 100 percent prevalence on the use of contraceptives by 2015, she also said. [source]

RH Bill is a "coercive" bill and the pro-choice advocates wants to remove our rights to choose not to follow their bullshits. The government’s purpose is to protect individual rights not to force the people collective rights. Rights does not come from government, the people elect and form their governments to protect and preserve their individual and natural rights.. NOT to create a law that coerce people to give up their freedom to refuse.

“We want the happiness of the Philippines, but we want to obtain it through noble and just means. If I have to commit villainy to make her happy, I would refuse to do so, because I am sure that what is built on sand sooner or later would tumble down.” ~Dr. Jose Rizal, Letter to Blumentritt (31 January 1887)


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

When you are lonely or afraid - Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (The Bible, King James Version)

The Shepherd Psalm
A Psalm of David

[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
[3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
[4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Paulasi Taulava: A Tribute

Philippine basketball produced unique players that defined a generation. I’m talking about players that made a marked in Philippine basketball for Flag and Country. There was Jovito Gonzales who was a member of the first ever national team and went on to lead the country to six consecutive Far Eastern Games, the master-breeder Lou Salvador in the 1920s, Ambrosio Padilla in the 1930s, the world class Carlos Loyzaga in the 1950s and the 1960s, and Robert Jaworski in the 1970s. Then there were the NCC trio of Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, and Hector Calma in the 1980s onwards to the 1990s, and there was Alvin Patrimonio. Then came Romel Adducul and most recently, we have the Filipino-Tongan Paulasi Taulava. Sure, there are many other Filipino players that I should have mention but I am only talking about long-time serving "national team" players.

Last year, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) approved the inclusion of national team veteran Paulasi Taulava, the most experienced of the active (non-retired) internationals, and four other PBA reinforcements to the national team bound for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. In fact, Taulava volunteered as early as the 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup to help the undermanned Smart Gilas Pilipinas, coached by Rajko Toroman (Serbia). He went on to play in his second Asian Games campaign and helped the national team to a 6th place finished. Most recently, Taulava won his third bronze medal in the William Jones Cup and may have represented the country for the final time in his third Asian Championships after helping the national team to a fourth place finished.

After years of being racistly denied the right of being a Filipino, Taulava turned out to be the most patriotic of our so-called professional basketball players. Even in those years when he fought for his citizenship, when he tried to prove to everyone that he is a Filipino or at least part Filipino, he never left the Philippines while other so-called Fil-Shams just jump on the plane and left the country. Taulava fought for his right to be a Filipino and beat the "racist" system that tried to earn a buck from Filipino-foreign players. Heck, one of his first assignments after he was allowed to play again in 2005 was to play for Chot Reyes' San Miguel-backed Philippine national team that went on to captured the William Jones Cup bronze medal and the minor Brunei Cup.

Taulava's place in the national team, and I'm talking about as a long-time serving member of the national team just like those before him, will be taken over by one of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas core members, possibly by the undrafted Chris Tiu and naturalized player Marcus Douthit.

Anyway, here is a list of Taulava's international experience. 

Tournaments with International Caps (vs. National Teams):
  • 2002 Philippines-Chinese Taipei Basketball Series
  • 2002 Philippines-Qatar Basketball Series
  • 2002 Four Nations Euro Challenge Invitational Tournament (Italy), 3rd place
  • 2002 Asian Games, 4th place (semi-finalists)
  • 2005 William Jones Cup, 3rd place (bronze)
  • 2006 Philippines-Lebanon Basketball Series
  • 2007 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) champions
  • 2007 William Jones Cup, 3rd place (bronze)
  • 2007 Four Nations Manila Invitational Tournament champions
  • 2007 Philippines-Kuwait Basketball Series
  • 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, 9th place
  • 2009 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) champions
  • 2009 William Jones Cup, 6th place
  • 2009 FIBA Asia Championship, 8th place (quarter-finalists)
  • 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, 4th place (semi-finalists)
  • 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, China), 6th place 
  • 2011 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 3rd place (bronze)
  • 2011 FIBA Asia Championship (Wuhan, China), 4th place (semi-finalists)

Other Tournaments/Exhibitions (vs. Non-National Teams):
  • 2002 Philippines-Melbourne Tigers Basketball Series
  • 2005 Brunei Cup champions
  • 2006 Brunei Cup champions
  • 2006 Philippines-USA Legends
  • 2007 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, 5th place (quarter-finalists)
  • 2009 Philippines-Australian Great White Sharks Series
  • 2009 Philippines-PBA All-Star Exhibition Series
  • 2009 Ondoy Charity Games (Team Pilipinas vs. Smart Gilas)
  • 2011 Philippine Tour of Bahrain
  • 2011 Dubai Invitational Tournament, 2nd place (finalists)
  • 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup [also known as FIBA Asia Clubs Championship] (Manila, Philippines), 4th place (semi-finalists)
  • 2011 Ultimate All-Star Weekend: Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs. NBA/USA All-Stars Selection (Manila, Philippines)

    Taulava now holds the record for the most number of participation in major Asian tournaments by a PBA player (or by a Filipino professional player) - 6 (2002 Asian Games, 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, 2009 FIBA Asia Championship, 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, the 2010 Asian Games, and the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship).

    Allan Caidic and Alvin Patrimonio previously held the record - 3 (1990 Asian Games, 1994 Asian Games, and 1998 Asian Games). In the 1986 Asian Games, Caidic and Patrimonio were amateurs at that time so it doesn't really count as their participation as PBA players (although, that 1986 national squad played as a guest team in the PBA prior to the Asiad meet in Korea). Same thing applies for their separate participation in the FIBA Asia Championship in 1985 (Caidic) and 1987 (Patrimonio).

    Just recently, Taulava played his fourth William Jones Cup breaking Allan Caidic's record (3 - 1984, 1985, 1998) as the most number of Jones Cup participation (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011) by a Filipino player. He also captured his third bronze medal in the competition making him the holder of most number of medals by Filipino player in William Jones Cup. Caidic still holds the record for the most Jones Cup title by a Filipino player.

    [UPDATED: As of 30 September 2011]
    P.S. Photos courtesy of Art Garcia, The 11th Rock, and struggle4ward. Also check out cod3breaker's Taulava wallpaper

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Philippines in the 2011 Long Teng Cup

    The Philippine national football team, a mixed of senior and under-23 representatives, competed for the second time in the Long Teng Cup held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The Azkals finished third in last year's inaugural tournament with Ian Araneta as the tournament's leading scorer. This time around, the national team improved their standings and finished second with Emilio Caligdong as the tournament's leading scorer (Caligong is also Long Teng Cup's all-time leading scorer with five goals on his name).

    Philippine head coach Michael Weiss used the tournament to prepare the under-23 for the upcoming 2011 Southeast Asian Games. I hope that Filipino bandwagon fans did not put so much expectation on these games. Since the end of last year's AFF Suzuki Cup, stupid bandwagon fans distracted the players from team practices and assumed that the team can beat even the likes of Asian powerhouse Japan.

    Anyway, if the Long Teng Cup continues for the years to come, it will be the William Jones Cup version of association football and will perhaps establish a healthy regional rivalry with Hong Kong and Taiwan.

    Azkals squad for the 2011 Long Teng Cup (Courtesy of Filipino Football):
    1. Aly Borromeo, Defender, Kaya FC, Captain
    2. Emelio Caligdong, Midfielder, Philippine Air Force FC, Vice-Captain
    3. Phil Younghusband, Forward, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
    4. James Younghusband, Midfielder/Defender, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
    5. Mark Hartmann, Forward, Loyola Meralco Spraks FC
    6. Matthew Hartmann, Midfielder, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
    7. Jeff Christiaens, Midfielder, Torhout KM, Belgium
    8. Carlos De Murga, Defender, Racing Club Portuense , Spain 
    9. Roland Muller, Goalkeeper, MSV Duisburg, Germany
    10. Lemuel Unabia, Defender, Green Archers United FC
    11. Raymark Fernandez, Defender, University of the Philippines
    12. Neckson Leonora, Defender, Pachanga FC
    13. Oliver Poetschke, Midfielder, BFC Preussen Berlin, Germany
    14. Angel Guirado, Forward, Global FC 
    15. Jason De Jong, Midfielder, FC Dordrecht, Netherlands
    16. Misagh Bahadoran, Forward, Global FC
    17. Roel Gener, Defender, Philippine Army FC 
    18. Eduard Sacapaño, Goalkeeper, Philippine Army FC
    19. Lexton Moy, Midfielder, Kaya FC
    20. Ian Araneta, Forward, Philippine Air Force FC
    Head Coach: Michael Weiss (Germany)

    Philippines schedule:
    • Hong Kong 3 vs. 3 Philippines (September 30)
    • Chinese Taipei 0 vs. 0 Philippines (October 2)
    • Philippines 2 vs. 0 Macau (October 4)

    Win-Loss Record: 1-2-0

    Philippines at the Long Teng Cup:
    2010: 3rd place
    2011: 2nd place

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    Monday, September 12, 2011

    The Philippines in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship (Olympic Qualifier)

    This month, September 2011, the Philippine national basketball team (commercially known as Smart Gilas Pilipinas) ranked 45th in the world finished fourth in the Olympic-qualifying FIBA Asia Championship. The national squad failed to qualify for next year's Olympic Games but achieved its highest finished in 24 years after reaching the semi-finals of the regional qualifier.

    The current squad has been together for about three years now and look forward to emulate their NCC counterpart. Though, they did not get their objective this time but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of Philippine basketball. The NCC team did not win their first Asian Championship attempt in 1983 but won the next edition in 1985 and the Smart Gilas program can do that as well. Anyway, after years of failure (thanks to Filipino wannabe Graham Lim and his BAP), Philippine national basketball team is becoming like England’s national football team whose fans expect the team to fail all the time and a win by the team is not good enough.  Some Filipinos today would rather watch the ever-boring unpatriotic Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where the door to represent the country is shut while ticket sales are the number one priority of the greedy corporate owners. We also have the "crab mentality" of unpatriotic idiots who hasn't done anything for their country and has pure hatred to their own national teams.

    Here are the national team squad for the 2011 Asian Championship:
    • Mac Baracael
    • Mark Barroca
    • JV Casio
    • Marcus Douthit
    • Marcio Lassiter
    • Christopher Lutz
    • Chris Tiu
    • Japeth Aguilar (Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters)
    • Pauliasi Taulava (Meralco Bolts)
    • Kelly Williams (Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters)
    • Jimmy Alapag (Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters)
    • Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters)

    Coach: Rajko Toroman (Serbia)

    2011 FIBA Asia Championship
    Host City: Wuhan, China

    Preliminary Rounds

    Group D - Philippines, U.A.E, Bahrain, China

    Group D matches:
    • Philippines 92 vs. 52 United Arabs Emirates (September 15) W [highlights]
    • Philippines 60 vs. 75 China (September 16) L [highlights]
    • Bahrain 71 vs. 113 Philippines (September 17) W [highlights]

    Second Rounds

    Group F - China, Japan, Philippines, Jordan, Syria, United Arabs Emirates

    Group F matches:
    • Jordan 64 vs. 72 Philippines (September 19) W [highlights]
    • Philippines 83 vs. 76 Japan (September 20) W [highlights]
    • Syria 52 vs. 75 Philippines (September 21) W [highlights]

    Quarter-Finals: Philippines 95 vs. 78 Taiwan/Chinese Taipei (September 23) W [highlights]
    Semi-Finals: Philippines 61 vs. 75 Jordan (September 24) L [highlights]
    Bronze Medal Game: Philippines 68 vs. 70 South Korea (September 25) L [highlights]

    Philippines Win-Loss Record: 6-2

    Philippine Basketball Record in the Asian Championship:

    1960: 1st place (gold)
    1963: 1st place (gold)
    1965: 2nd place (silver)
    1967: 1st place (gold)
    1969: 3rd place (bronze)
    1971: 2nd place (silver)
    1973: 1st place (gold)
    1975: 5th place
    1977: 5th place
    1979: 4th place
    1981: 4th place
    1983: 9th place
    1985: 1st place (gold)
    1987: 4th place
    1989: 8th place
    1991: 7th place
    1993: 11th place
    1995: 12th place
    1997: 9th place
    1999: 11th place
    2001: suspended
    2003: 15th place
    2005: suspended
    2007: 9th place
    2009: 8th place
    2011:4th place

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    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    New Zealand in the 2011 Rugby World Cup

    For more than a month (starting September 9), New Zealand will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time in the professional era and for the second time in history since 1987. New Zealand will also try to win it for the first time since the first Rugby World Cup in 1987. The New Zealand All Blacks have the biggest expectation to deliver in this tournament just like England in football. I fear that if the All Blacks failed to lift the trophy, New Zealand will become like that of England where fans expect their national football team to fail all the time and a victory is not good enough.

    Anyway, the last Rugby World Cup was disappointing; thanks to a rotation policy and a stupid referee name Wayne Barnes. The team was eliminated in the quarterfinals and was their worst finished the quadrennial competition.

    This year, the All Blacks are once again one of the favourites to win the Web Ellis Cup and even though they failed to win this year’s Tri-Nations. The fans should take comfort to the fact that history says that no reigning Tri-Nations champions has ever won the Rugby World Cup. 

    2011 Rugby World Cup

    The All Blacks cruised through the pool games undefeated scoring over four tries a game. The team's biggest challenge so far was their hard-fought victory over the Argentinians in the quarterfinals. The All Blacks lost three players in five games, including the world's best fly half Dan Carter, to injuries.

    The All Blacks faced their traditional Trans-Tasman rival Australia in the semi-finals with history against both of them. Australia defeated defending champions South Africa in their quarterfinal match (history says that teams that defeated the defending champions eventually won the World Cup) and New Zealand has never beaten the Wallabies in the quadrennial tournament. Of course, no reigning Tri-Nations champions ever won the Rugby World Cup at the same year.

    Anyway, the All Blacks played their best rugby in years and steamrolled the Aussies to 20-6 victory reaching the finals for the first time in 16 years. In an almost perfect performance, the All Blacks countered everything what the Wallabies thrown at them, shutting down the Aussies while fighting for the ball whether if it’s in the air or in the ground.


    The All Blacks faced another long-time rival France in a fitting replay of 1987 Rugby World Cup final. The finals was a close match, the French's intimidating defense limited the All Blacks to just one try by Tony Woodcock but in the end, New Zealand won 8-7 over France. To sum it up: Stephen Donald came on.. Nek Minnit.. New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup!

    New Zealand Rugby World Cup Squad:


    Corey Flynn (Canterbury)
    Andrew Hore (Taranaki)
    Keven Mealamu (Auckland)

    John Afoa (Auckland)
    Ben Franks (Tasman)
    Owen Franks (Canterbury)
    Tony Woodcock (North Harbour)

    Anthony Boric (North Harbour)
    Brad Thorn (Canterbury)*
    Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury)
    Ali Williams (Auckland)

    Loose forwards
    Jerome Kaino (Auckland)*
    Richie McCaw (Canterbury)*
    Kieran Read (Canterbury)*
    Adam Thomson (Otago)
    Victor Vito (Wellington)


    Jimmy Cowan (Southland)
    Andy Ellis (Canterbury)
    Piri Weepu (Wellington)*

    First five–eighths
    Daniel Carter (Canterbury)*
    Colin Slade (Canterbury)
    Aaron Cruden (Manawatu)
    Stephen Donald (Waikato)

    Richard Kahui (Waikato)*
    Ma’a Nonu (Wellington)
    Conrad Smith (Wellington)*
    Sonny Bill Williams (Canterbury)

    Outside backs
    Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay)*
    Zac Guildford (Hawke’s Bay)
    Cory Jane (Wellington)*
    Mils Muliaina (Waikato)
    Isaia Toeava (Auckland)
    Hosea Gear (Wellington)

    Head Coach: Graham Henry
    Assistant Coaches: Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith

    New Zealand Schedule:

    Pool A - Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Tonga
    • New Zealand 41 vs. 10 Tonga (September 9, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)
    • New Zealand 83 vs. 7 Japan (September 16, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand)
    • New Zealand 37 vs. 17 France (September 24, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)
    • New Zealand 79 vs. 15 Canada (October 2, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand)

    Quarter-finals: New Zealand 33 vs. 10 Argentina (October 9, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)
    Semi-finals: New Zealand 20 vs. 6 Australia (October 16, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)
    Finals: New Zealand 8 vs. 7 France (October 23, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand)

      New Zealand Win-Loss Record: 7-0

      New Zealand World Cup Record:

      1987: Champions (gold)
      1991: 3rd place (bronze)
      1995: Finalists (silver)
      1999: 4th place (semi-finalists)
      2003: 3rd place (bronze)
      2007: Quarter-finalists
      2011: Champions

      Rugby World Cup Holders:
      1987: New Zealand
      1991: Australia
      1995: South Africa
      1999: Australia
      2003: England
      2007: South Africa
      2011: New Zealand

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      Sunday, September 4, 2011

      Christchurch Earthquake: One Year Since...

      Pre-Quake: Old Christchurch at night (source)
      One year ago (September 4, 2010), a 7.1 earthquake hit the city of Christchurch and the Canterbury region. The Quake was followed by several huge aftershocks. It calm down about eight hours later but since then aftershocks just keep coming back. There were some huge ones after September 4, there was the Boxing Day (December 26) Quake and of course, the fatal February 22 Big Quake that killed almost 200 people. The most recent big one was the June the 13th Quake and between these big quakes, aftershocks just keep coming back. There were 8529 quakes and aftershocks since September 4 last year and the latest was just this morning at 05:09 AM.

      Anyway, half of the city is back to normal though ever since that day last year, the most English city in the southern hemisphere will never be the same. 
      [Today is also Father's Day in New Zealand and my late father's 68th birthday]

      When you are in danger - Psalm 91

      Psalm 91 (The Bible, King James Version)

      The security of the godly

      [1] He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
      [2] I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
      [3] Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
      [4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
      [5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
      [6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
      [7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
      [8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
      [9] Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
      [10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
      [11] For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
      [12] They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
      [13] Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
      [14] Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
      [15] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
      [16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.


      Tuesday, August 16, 2011

      Smart Gilas Pilipinas: The Road to London (2012 Olympic Games)

      Back in the 1980s, there was the Northern Cement national team (also known as "NCC" or "San Miguel Philippines"). More than 20 years later, came the Smart Gilas Pilipinas (also known as the Smart Gilas Development Basketball Team). Anyway, like the NCC, Smart Gilas is the new "Team Pilipinas" and the team should be treated as the country's national team. Unfortunately, Philippine (plagiarizing) sportswriters prefer to use the commercialized name of the team.

      I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.

      National Head Coach: Rajko Toroman (Serbia)
      Assistant Coaches: Chot Reyes, Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Allan Gregorio
      Team Consultant: Tim Cone (USA)
      Team Captain: Chris Tiu
      National Pool: Mark Barroca, Chris Tiu, JVee Casio, Solomon Mercado, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, Mac Baracael, Asi Taulava, Jason Ballesteros, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz, Jimmy Alapag, Marcus Douthit, Kelly Williams, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ryan Reyes, Chris Banchero, Sean Anthony, Stanley Pringle, Gian Chiu, Christian Standhardinger, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Jay Washington, Garvo Lanete, Dondon Hontiveros, Cliff Hodge, RR Garcia, Sonny Thoss

      Road to London (Schedule):
      • 2008 CBO-ASEAN Invitational Basketball Tournament (China), champions
      • 2009 Las Vegas Training Camp
      • 2009 Philippines-Japan Series (Philippine 5-Game Tour of Japan)
      • 2009 FIBA Asia Champions Cup (Jakarta, Indonesia), 5th place*
      • 2009 Philippines-Kuwait Series (Kuwait 2-Game Tour of the Philippines)
      • 2009 Smart Gilas-Singapore Slingers (Singapore)*
      • 2009 Pinoy Basketbol Kakampi Niyo Charity Games [Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs. Powerade Team Pilipinas] (Manila, Philippines)
      • 2009 Philippine Basketball Association All-Filipino Cup Conference [PBA] (Manila, Philippines), guest team* [results not counted]
      • 2010 Philippines-Qatar Series (Philippine 2-Game Tour of Qatar)
      • 2010 Dubai International Basketball Tournament (Dubai, UAE), 3rd place (semi-finalists)*
      • 2010 Australian Tour (Philippine Tour of Australia)
      • 2010 Serbian Tour (Philippine Tour of Serbia)*
      • 2010 US West Coast and MidWest Tours (United States)
      • 2010 FIBA Asia Champions Cup (Doha, Qatar), 7th place*
      • 2010 MVP Manila Invitational Cup (Manila, Philippines), champions
      • 2010 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 4th place
      • 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup (Beirut, Lebanon), 4th place (semi-finalists)
      • 2010 Smart Gilas-Seoul SK Knights (Manila, Philippines)*
      • 2010 Asian Basketball Association Club Championship [ABA] (Haining, China), 2nd place (finalists)*
      • 2010 China Tour (Philippine 2-Game Tour of China)*
      • 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, China), 6th place 
      • 2011 Bahrain Tour (Philippines 2-Game Tour of Bahrain)*
      • 2011 Dubai International Basketball Tournament (Dubai, UAE), 2nd place (finalists)*
      • 2011 PBA Commissioners Cup Conference (Manila, Philippines), guest team, 3rd place (semi-finalists)*
      • 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup [also known as FIBA Asia Clubs Championship] (Manila, Philippines), 4th place (semi-finalists)*   
      • 2011 South East Asia Basketball Association [SEABA] (Jakarta, Indonesia), champions 
      • 2011 Ultimate All-Star Weekend: Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs. NBA/USA All-Stars Selection (Manila, Philippines)
      • 2011 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 3rd place (semi-finalists)
      • 2011 Philippines-Qatar (Qatar Tour of the Philippines)
      • 2011 Philippines-Jordan (Jordan Tour of the Philippines)
      • 2011 FIBA Asia Championship (Wuhan, China), 4th place (semi-finalists)
      • 2012 Olympic Games (London, England, United Kingdom), Did Not Qualify

      [*] vs. Pro-Clubs
      [Bolded] vs. National Teams

      P.S. The team also played scrimmages and unofficial games against PBA, ABL and CBA teams.

      Individual Honors:
      • Marcus Douthit: 2010 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award and 2011 FIBA Asia Championship Top Scorer

      For more infos and healthy (intelligent... no crabbing) discussions of Philippine Basketball visit the Interbasket Forum (Philippines Section).

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      Thursday, August 11, 2011

      Save Philippine Dragon Boat Team!

      Paddlers Unite!
      Earlier this week, the Philippine Dragon Boat Team made history by winning 5 gold medals and 2 silvers in the 2011 International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Championship. It’s the third World Championship in a row since 2007 that the Dragon Boat Team won at least one gold medal. The recently concluded World Championship was their most successful campaign ever despite the lack of support from an ineffective Philippine government and corrupt sports bureaucrats in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

      The Philippine Dragon Boat Team is perhaps the most successful national team the Philippines ever had. Heck, if dragon boat paddling is part of the Olympic Games, our first Olympic gold would be probably more achievable in dragon boat than in boxing itself.

      Anyway, like many Filipino sports fans, we all wondered why the Philippine government, the PSC and the POC did not support nor recognized the Philippine Dragon Boat Team as a legitimate national team. The Philippine Orangutans of Corruption (POC) argued that they do not recognize the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) as a National Sports Association (NSA) because dragon boat racing should be under the umbrella of the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation (PCFK). But that’s just stupid! The said association will have divided attention and will not be able to focus in developing all sports under its own umbrella. Having a separate association for dragon boat will save them time and money. Besides, dragon boat has a separate international governing body (International Dragon Boat Federation). Common sense please!

      The Philippine Shitheads of Corruption (PSC) have the same arguments as their orangutan cousins in POC. PSC was known for limiting financial support for national athletes and national teams during the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games. Government support ended up in the pockets of corrupt politicians who owed their positions through the patronage system.

      Concerning the Philippine Orangutans of Corruption (POC), on the other hand, this goes back to last year’s Asian Games when the Philippine Dragon Boat Team trashed the trial times set by POC in order for the team to enter the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

      The POC’s Asian Games Screening Committee accused the dragon boat team of cheating after the team’s thrashing of the trial times and seeing their performance way too good for POC’s standards. The stupid committee barred the team from competing in the Asian Games as if they expect the paddlers will not bring honors to the country.

      In the 2010 Asian Games, the very same event that the paddlers were barred to compete, the corrupt orangutans of POC were actually reported of giving away tournament or VIP passes (that suppose to be for the staffs and trainers of our national athletes and national teams) to their relatives and cronies. As a result, many of our athletes and teams competed in last year’s Asian Games without some of their supporting staffs and trainers because those guys were not allowed to get into the stadiums.

      Anyway, back to present time, after this year’s world championships after winning a total of 8 gold medals and 3 silver medals since 2007, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) still refuse to recognize the most successful Philippine national team since Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco Bustamante combine to win the World Cup of Pool in 2006 and 2009.

      The corrupt orangutans of POC even resorted to childish remarks calling the team old and should retired. One of the idiots (POC Board Director Jeff Tamayo) accused the team of using steroids as if they believe that Filipinos can only do mediocre performances in international arena. I guess that explain why the retards are so quite when the Gayweathers accused Manny Pacquiao of drugs. Then we also have Jonne Go, secretary-general of Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation (PCFK) pointing out that the paddlers are enlisted personnel who obtain exemption in taxes and terminal fees through the National Defense Department and those are forms of government support. Sounds like a load of bullshits coming out of her mouth. Guess what? Those enlisted military personnel you are talking about not only will represent you in international dragon boat. They will also defend you when wars came knocking in our doorstep. Those guys have done so much for Flag and Country as national athletes and as members of the military while you rising through bureaucracy by the way of patronage system.

      POC’s childish reactions answered the question of why we still sought the elusive gold medal in the Olympic Games ["POC's statements answers our question on why the Olympic GOLD is so elusive to a country with 95 million competitive citizens." ~SAVE PHILIPPINE DRAGONBOAT]

      Good news: The two-chambered Philippine Congress woke up from the slumber and took pity of our national paddlers. They are now investigating both the PSC and the POC, and hopefully, the investigation will reveal corruption in sports bureaucracy. BUT then again, the member of Congress and those bureaucrats belongs to the same social class and pretty much politicians themselves. So we can’t really expect something fruity will come out from those investigations. Still, it’s better than what President Wangwang Tamad always does -- BANDWAGONISM! (From Yellow to Azkals... Now, will bandwagon himself with our dragon boat paddlers in order to score popularity points without doing anything!). 

      The PDBF Team waiting for start formation for the final 200M race against Japan, Hungary, Russia and Germany (August 05, 2011)

      Philippine Dragon Boat Team’s Achievements in IDBF World Championships:
      • 2007 World Championship, 200-meters premier men (standard boat), gold medal [41.91 seconds world record time]
      • 2009 World Championship, 200-meters premier men (standard boat), gold medal [40.02 seconds word record time]
      • 2009 World Championship, 200-meters premier mixed (standard boat), gold medal [43.507 seconds world record time]
      • 2009 World Championship, 500-meters premier men (standard boat), silver medal [01:55.575]
      • 2011 World Championship, 1000-meters premier men (small boat), gold medal [04.57.13 seconds world record time]
      • 2011 World Championship, 200-meters premier mixed (small boat), gold medal [57.07 seconds world record time]
      • 2011 World Championship, 200-meters premier men (small boat), gold medal
      • 2011 World Championship, 500-meters premier mixed (small boat), gold medal
      • 2011 World Championship, 500-meters premier open (small boat), gold medal [2: 23.535]
      • 2011 World Championship, 200-meters all-comers mixed (small boat), silver medal [55.17 seconds]
      • 2011 World Championship, 200-meters all-comers open (small boat), silver medal

      Sunday, August 7, 2011

      When you are discouraged - John 14

      John 14 (The Bible, King James Version)

      The Way, the Truth, and the Life

      [1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
      [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
      [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
      [4] And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
      [5] Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
      [6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
      [7] If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
      [8] Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
      [9] Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
      [10] Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
      [11] Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
      [12] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
      [13] And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
      [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

      The Promise of the Spirit

      [15] If ye love me, keep my commandments.
      [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
      [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
      [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
      [19] Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
      [20] At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
      [21] He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
      [22] Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
      [23] Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
      [24] He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
      [25] These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
      [26] But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
      [27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
      [28] Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
      [29] And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
      [30] Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
      [31] But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.


      Saturday, August 6, 2011

      The Adventures of Janella Lelis and Christopher Lao

      The title is not about a book (book review) but rather about two typhoon-related characters that sort of grabbed headlines in the Philippines. Their stories were this year's versions to that of Muelmar Magallanes and the soldiers who died rescuing flood victims during the assault of Super Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

      Janella Lelis is a 12-years old girl who braved rain and flood carrying the Philippine flag, a picturesque site perfect for painting and movies. What she did drew some admiration from Filipinos around the world and the photo symbolizes so many things about the Philippines.
      Are you still blinded by the yellow ribbon of President Wangwang Tamad? or are you with that little girl and her Three Stars and a Sun? (photo courtesy of Cesar Apolinario)
      A friend of mine told me in a facebook discussion that the photo symbolize the Philippines sinking in corruption and only few that really cares about their country ("Bansa lubog sa korupsyon at iilan lang nagmamalasakit. Yan ang ibig sabihin ng picture na yan. Ang Ganda!"). I thought the photo reminds me of Dr. Jose Rizal's "To The Filipino Youth" poem where he's talking about the youths being the future of the fatherland and Janella's action personified what Rizal's poem about. Unfortunately, majority of Filipino youths today prefer the overrated Philippine show business and western wannabeism. Even in sports, Filipinos tend to support the brand or the looks of the players not Flag and Country.

      Another character that grabbed headlines this week was Christopher Lao. His action was comical and stupid. Thinking his car will drove through the flood without problems. His car floated right in front of a nearby news reporter and his unfortunate story went viral in the internet. His reaction (after he and his car was rescued) was to blame the authorities for not "informing HIM". His reaction was what really drew criticism towards his stupidity. I thought he was one of those people blinded by President Wangwang Tamad's "Tuwid na daan...” bullshits!

      Anyway, many people who threw insults at Christopher Lao are very much like him. Heck even worse. Many of those idiots too thought that it’s a good idea to elect someone into office because he did nothing for nine years in the two-chambered Philippine Congress and when President Wangwang (Noynoy) was in the office they start pointing fingers for not informing them for their stupidity. Tsk tsk tsk Onli en da Pilipins!

      Monday, August 1, 2011

      Philippines in the 2011 William Jones Cup

      Smart Gilas Pilipinas will represent the Philippines in the R. William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row as part of their preparation for the Olympic qualifier, 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. The team to beat on this tourney is the two-time defending champions, Iran. The Philippines has previously won the event in 1981, 1985 and 1998.

      Smart Gilas Pilipinas (Philippine national team):
      • Marcus Douthit
      • JV Casio
      • Chris Tiu
      • Andy Mark Barroca
      • Mac Baracael
      • Chris Lutz
      • Marcio Lassiter
      • Dylan Ababou
      • Jason Ballesteros
      • Japeth Aguilar (Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters)
      • Paulasi Taulava (Meralco Bolts)
      • Dondon Hontiveros (Air21 Express)
      Head Coach: Rajko Toroman (Serbia)

      Philippines Schedule*:
      • Philippines 73 vs. 59 Iran (August 6, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) W (video highlights)
      • Philippines 90 vs. 78 Taiwan (August 7, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) W
      • Jordan 76 vs. 72 Philippines (August 8, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) L
      • Malaysia 68 vs. 86 Philippines (August 9, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) W
      • Philippines 70 vs. 78 South Korea (August 10, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) L
      • United Arab Emirates 60 vs. 95 Philippines (August 11, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) W
      • Japan 78 vs. 94 Philippines (August 12, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) W
      • Philippines 59 vs. 78 Iran (August 13, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) semi-final game L
      • Taiwan 72 vs. 82 Philippines (August 14, Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) bronze medal game W

      2011 Win-Loss Record: 5-2 (1-1)
      [*] South Africa withdrew from the competition due to lacked of funding...

      The Philippines finished third and won its third bronze medal in the competition's history. The country now has a total of six medals (three golds and three bronzes) in William Jones Cup since 1981. Paulasi Taulava played his fourth Jones Cup breaking Allan Caidic's record (3 - 1984, 1985, 1998) as the most number of William Jones Cup participation (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011) by a Filipino player. He also captured his third bronze medal in the competition making him the holder of most number of medals by Filipino player in William Jones Cup. Caidic still holds the record for the most Jones Cup title by a Filipino player.

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      Monday, July 25, 2011

      Snowstorm and No Work...

      Covered in snow...
      I thought last night's snowstorm was nothing only to wake up with a text message that there is no work today. The blizzard turns out to be the harshest in New Zealand for the last 16 years. At first, I was delighted. Extended weekend! More sleep! I was even thinking who should be my victim in the snowball fight later on today. I drifted back to sleep and woke up with a damn headache with the realization that since there is no work that also means NO PAY! :(

      Saturday, July 23, 2011

      Canterbury in the 2011 ITM Cup

      After an almost fairytale ending of a very long Super Rugby season for the Canterbury Crusaders and with everyone's attention is on the Tri-Nations, the defending champions (Canterbury) are looking forward to extend its winning runs to four provincial championships in a row. The Cantabrians are without some of its top players (either selected to the All Blacks' World Cup squad or rested after Super Rugby).

      The season will be cut-short this year due to the Rugby World Cup hosted by New Zealand.

      2011 ITM Fixtures:

      Round One (July 17): Auckland 33 vs. 40 Canterbury [Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand] W (highlights)
      Round Two: --BYE--
      Round Three (July 23): Canterbury 19 vs. 22 Southland [Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand]* L (highlights)
      Round Four (July 27): Wellington 37 vs. 28 Canterbury [Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand] L (highlights)
      Round Five (July 30): Canterbury 42 vs. 15 Manawatu [Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand] W
      Round Six: --BYE--
      Round Seven (August 5): Tasman 32 vs. 36 Canterbury [Lansdowne Park, Blenheim, New Zealand] W
      Round Eight (August10): Canterbury 13 vs. 27 Waikato [Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand] L
      Round Nine (August 14): Canterbury 28 vs. 13 Northland [Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand] W
      Round Ten: --BYE--
      Round Eleven (August 20): Canterbury 27 vs. 0 Taranaki [Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand] W
      Round Twelve (August 23): Bay of Plenty 35 vs. 31 Canterbury [Baypark Stadium, Tauranga, New Zealand] L
      Round Thirteen (August 27): Otago 16 vs. 29 Canterbury [Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand] W

      2011 ITM Cup Regular-Season Record: 6-0-4
      [W] - Win
      [D] - Draw
      [L] - Loss
      [*] Ranfurly Shield Defence

      Canterbury directly qualified to the Premiership finals after finishing second on the table and they went on to beat this year’s premiers Waikato, 12-3, at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Canterbury dynasty played their fourth straight finals in domestic competition and won their fourth straight title (a day before the first year anniversary of the Christchurch Earthquake).

      Premiership Finals (September 3): Waikato 3 vs. 12 Canterbury [Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand] W

      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
      • 2011 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, 2010-2011)

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