Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs. NBA Selection?

Found out earlier this week that Smart Gilas Pilipinas NT (recently crowned 2011 SEABA champions) might play a couple of games against an NBA selection. The national team’s plan to play series of games and tournaments in Portugal, Serbia and Turkey was cancelled due to injuries and unavailability of PBA reinforcements.

I believe that the players will learn more from the European tour but it’s useless if they can only bring nine or ten players. In addition, we don’t get to see NBA selections (of active players) turning in Manila everyday. Well, not since the Shaquille O‘Neal-led selections in 1997 (remember lil‘ Johnny Abarrientos carried by Shaq to the hoop?). I don’t count the NBA legends (Rodman-led in 2006, Wilkins-led in 2009, Webber-led 2010) that turn up in the country simply because its just not the same and its just not right watching our active PBA players getting owned by retired NBA players (in fact, our best player in those exhibition games was retired PBA legend Allan Caidic while his active counterparts useless as ever).

Anyway, its gonna be a one-sided event but at least the fans get to see active NBA players in action live not just turning up in Manila and just promote Nike or whatever. According to our sources’ sources, the likes of reigning MVP Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunders), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat), and Andrei Igoudala (Philadelphia 76ers) will be among those that will play for the NBA selection.

I got a feeling that this is part of the deal in exchange for Manny Pangilinan in acquiring or being one of the shareholders of the struggling Sacramento Kings. Of course, just like the Pangilinan-Sacramento Kings link, this NBA selection turning up in Manila could be just another rumor made by our “copy-and-paste” Filipino sports journalists. Who knows...? Fingers-crossed.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Spratly Islands and the Philippines

For the last three weeks or so, the main issue in the Philippines was the Chinese intrusion of the Spratly Islands in West Philippine Sea (internationally known as South China Sea). The incident was kinda similar to what happened in the mid-1990s during the Ramos administration. The difference of course was that we have Homer Simpson (Noynoy Aquino) now sitting in Malacanang Palace asking the world’s largest military for an arms race. I always thought the idiots use Spratly to sideline or distract everyone from the real issues such as the RH Bill bullshits and divorce (probably need time to back up their shenanigans).

The under-performing President thought that it’s a good idea to start an arms race that we cannot even afford. What the hell was he thinking? Challenging a country that can boost the largest military in the world? Does he really think his Yellow Army will work this time around? Or People Power bull-crap will persuade the opposition to back off? If the government cannot even provide a little bit more food in the poor Filipinos’ stomachs, a little more cloth in the poor Filipinos’ backs and a little more roof over the poor Filipinos’ head (Magsaysay) what makes him think the government can afford/provide functioning weapons to every combat-able Filipinos in the country. Do not even think about Katipunan bolos because those things failed against European muskets during the revolution and the American invasion and certainly will not work now against nuclear missiles. If our military cannot even beat disorganized troops of the New People’s Army (NPA) and Abu Sayaff what makes him think that our troops have a chance against a much more organized Chinese military.

We have racist ignorants flooding social media asking for wars because they think the United States will honour the 1951 Mutual Defence Treaty. Well guess what? The United States will help defend the Philippines’ interests in Spratly all right but it will cost us something. They will obviously ask for the re-opening of their military bases (Subic Naval Base, Clark Airbase, etc.) in the country and build a new one somewhere close Spratly Islands (possibly, Palawan). Then they will ask for parity rights for American companies to explore Spratly Islands under Philippine flag but the profits and whatever they find in there will go straight back to the United States. It’s like 1946 all over again; they grant us independence in exchange for their parity rights to fuck our natural resources. Asking their assistance will only give us the right to call the islands our own (that “if” they can beat China) but we won’t get any benefit from it. Multinational Corporations will get the profits back to the United States and if we do get our shares it will ended up in the pockets of corrupt Filipino politicians. It’s basically like doing nothing and letting China do their thing in Spratly Islands and the only difference is that we let the United States do what China is trying to do.

I’m not trying to say that we should give up Spratly Islands. Thats just stupid. No way! I’m willing to fight and die for my country if it face full-scale invasion but I am not going to sacrifice myself for the sake of the stupidity of one person who’s family fucked our country for the last 25 years. Best solution is collective condemnation by ASEAN member countries. Singapore’s asking for clarification for China’s stance in Spratly was a good step. The Philippines, on the other hand, should bring the matter to the international court. Another solution, though I will not recommend, is a mutual research and exploration of Spralty Islands by all claimants.

The Philippines just one of the pawns in a game of chess and will serve as a bait to start a war or an international crisis. Globalists are using “third world” wars to advance their interests and to weakened potential countries powerful enough to oppose the advance of globalism. They will not intervene unless China overwhelm the smaller Southeast Asian states giving them enough excuse to defeat perhaps the one country that powerful enough to halt the globalist movement.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Proud to be Filipino?

I recently watched the video above and it’s about why we shouldn’t be proud to be a Pinoy. For me to be proud of something then you must have earned it first.

The Philippines have a very corrupt society with a bandwagon culture blinded by Western wannabeism. That is not something to be proud. The term “Proud to be a Filipino” or “Proud to be Pinoy” has been mistakenly over-used these days. Much like the term “democracy” or “people power” overused and abused in the Philippines. Whenever some Filipino individual achieved something or made a name internationally some idiot would instantly say, “I’m proud to be Pinoy!”

For instance, Manny Pacquiao whenever the pound-for-pound king beat or knockout his opponents in the boxing ring many will say “I’m proud to be Pinoy”. Proud to be Pinoy? What for? You’re not Manny Pacquiao... you’re just the audience. Manny Pacquiao bashed his opponents not because he’s a Filipino it’s because he’s a great boxer. He being a Filipino has nothing to do with it. Pacquiao, on the other hand, have every right to say he is proud to be a Filipino simply because he achieved something for his country. He earned it.

Then we have the Azkals’ bandwagon fans who think beating Japan is piece a cake. It’s a wonder how true Filipino football fans managed to tolerate the bandwagons’ ignorance to the beautiful game. Aside from distracting the players, news that pops out about the team idiots starts blurting out, “I’m proud to be Pinoy”. The Azkals players have every right to say, they’re proud to be a Filipino because they sacrifice their time for the sake of representing the country in international football but bandwagons fans did not earned it.

Now if I ask myself, am I proud to be a Filipino? I was born in the Philippines. In fact, ever since I left the country, I used the internet to follow the news and current affairs over there. I don’t even have anyone here in my adopted country to talk about the Philippine politics, economy, sports and the Philippines in general simply because Filipinos here either pre-occupied with their lives (understandable) or doesn’t care about their country anymore. I will always remember opening ceremonies of basketball and sports festivals when the Philippine national anthem was played majority of the people in those ceremonies just talking and joke around, not listening at all. Those were overseas Filipinos the very same people that the Philippine media is labelling “Bagong Bayani”. To go back to the question, am I proud to be a Filipino? The answer is NO. I haven’t earned it yet. I haven’t achieved anything for my country and therefore, I don’t have the right to say, “I’m proud to be Pinoy”.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Divorce in the Philippines?

Whilst the RH Bill bullshit is still debated in the country, idiots wanted to throw-in divorce in the already divisive issue in the Philippines.

Their pathetic excuse is that we are the only country in the world without a divorce law. They are so in a hurry to catch up with Western countries that they are willing to destroy the only moral thing left in our already corrupt society. The Philippines has one of the strongest family cultures in the world and adulterers wanted to destroy that. Instead, they want to preserve the "machismo" culture we inherited from Spain by being able to have sex or marry multiple women.

The advocators are scared to be left behind by other countries and they are willing to destroy every Filipino thing in order to become another and achieve economic development. Divorce has nothing to do with economic development. Sure, the Philippines is the only country in the world without a divorce law but eighty percent of those countries with divorce laws are poorer and least developed than the Philippines. Of course, that does not mean the Philippines is not poor, the country is poor all right with people blinded by Western wannabeism and showbiz bullshits.

I live in a Western country where divorce is legal and I have known friends who are unhappy to have broken families. Having separate holidays and moving from their mother's to their father's houses and vice-versa. Is that what we want for the Philippines? It has nothing to do with economic development. Only a liberal bullshit wanted to impose by adulterers to our already corrupt society.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Movie: "Jose Rizal" (1998)

To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Doctor Jose Rizal here are the youtube video of the English-subbed Tagalog movie "Jose Rizal" (1998), it's about the life of the Philippines' greatest national hero reflecting and remembering about his life while waiting for his trial and eventual execution.

Rizal: 150th Birth Anniversary

"Will my fate be that of water,
Never to be lost in nothingness?"

~José Rizal, Heidelberg, 6 August 1886

Doctor José Rizal
On June 19, 1861, José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was born to Francisco Rizal Mercado and Teodora Alonso at Calamba, Laguna. He is the greatest national hero of the Philippines and more importantly, the greatest Asian nationalist leader of the 19th Century. He belongs to the great generation of Asian nationalist leaders (Andres Bonifacio, Rabindranath Tagore, Mohandas Gandhi, and Sun Yat-Sen) born in the decade of 1860s.

On December 30, 1896, he was executed through firing squad in Bagumbayan (modern day, Rizal Park). His death brought a struggling revolution to a greater height and at the same time leads to power struggles for the revolutionary leadership between the founders (Bonifacio faction) and the rich elite usurpers (Aguinaldo faction) in March 1897. If Rizal was not executed by the Spaniards and was a willing participant of the revolution then the Aguinaldo faction might not have taken the leadership away from Bonifacio. In fact, he (Rizal) could have been elected President, a more acceptable outcome for both Magdiwang and Magdalo factions.

Some Filipinos out there try to belittle the heroism of Doctor José Rizal. Some of those are because they are from different alma maters. Since Rizal is associated to Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST), some Filipinos tend to belittle him since his alma maters are their university’s rivals. It is kind of childish but hey
“Onli en da Pilipins!”

Some Filipinos belittle Rizal’s heroism simply because for them Andres Bonifacio is the greater hero, the man who started the revolution and Rizal is merely providing the inspiration. Of course, some of those who thought that Bonifacio should be the greater hero of the two are being biased towards their leftist ideology. Bonifacio was from the lower class started a proletariat revolution where few rich Filipinos participated at the beginning while others (rich Filipinos) conspired with the Aguinaldo faction for the rich elites to take over the revolution. Rizal, on the other hand, belongs to the
ilustrado class himself.

Some Filipinos belittle Rizal’s heroism simply because he opposed the revolution. During his trials in December 1896, Rizal issued a manifesto condemning the revolution. However, Rizal already warned the revolutionaries, way before the Cry of Pugadlawin. He warned them that without enough armaments, the revolt is bound to fail but he acknowledged them (the revolutionaries) in his farewell poem,
Mi Ultimo Adios: 

“In fields of battle, deliriously fighting,
Others give you their lives, without doubt, without regret;
The place matters not: where there’s cypress, laurel or lily,
On a plank or open field, in combat or cruel martyrdom,
It’s all the same if the home or country asks.”

In his novel, El Filibusterismo, he wrote: 

“I do not mean to say that our freedom must be won at the point of the sword; the sword now counts for very little in the destinies of our times, but I do say that we must win freedom by deserving it, by improving the mind and enhancing the dignity of the individual, loving what is just, what is good, what is great, to the point of dying for it. When a people reaches these heights, God provides the weapon, and the idols and tyrants fall like a house of cards, and the freedom shines in the first dawn.”

He wrote (in El Filibusterismo) that to deserve independence majority of Filipinos must be educated and well learned not just the few (the rich) because he also warned about the few as well:
“The words of him who abuses others in order to mock them; while we see them 
wrap themselves up in their egotism and with a forced smile praise the most 
iniquitous actions, begging with their eyes a portion of 
the booty--why grant them liberty? With Spain or without Spain they 
would always be the same, and perhaps worse! Why independence, if the
slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?
And that they will
be such is not to be doubted, for he who submits to tyranny loves it.

Many of those rich Filipino elites eventually joined the revolution or cooperated with the Spanish Colonial government (for he who submits to tyranny loves it) or even those who remained neutral during the revolutionary wars took over the lands and haciendas left by the Spaniards. To these very days, those elites managed to elect themselves to the two-chambered Philippine Congress and made sure to block any attempts of land reforms and distributions. Any attempts that threaten their class interests are blocked and labeled as anti-democratic or pro-communism. During the Spanish colonial era, they are just like us despite their social status, discriminated and looked down by the ruling Colonial Spaniards, and yet they became tyrants themselves when the get hold of the land. Slaves of yesterdays became tyrants of today!

Anyway, there are some Filipinos tend to forget or belittles Rizal’s heroism because of the yellow ribbons of EDSA Revolution. Ever since the
people power euphoria, the yellow army (Aquino supporters) has been manipulating the ignorant majority that Ninoy Aquino, who died for our democracy, and his wife Cory are way greater heroes than José Rizal himself, who died for our INDEPENDENCE.

Well for me, Ninoy Aquino was a hero in some way; Cory Aquino was just a benefactor simple as that. She was not present at EDSA until majority of the military swung their support to the Ramos faction. However, to see them way ahead of greater national heroes, such as José Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, are just plain unacceptable, a pure insults to those who died in the beaches of Mactan, in the hill of Balintawak, in the mountainous terrain of Tirad Pass, in Bataan and Corregidor, in Korean Peninsula, and to that condemned man of the early morning of December 30, 1896 at Luneta. Our revolutionary heroes sacrifice themselves in the past only to die in vain because modern-day Filipinos believed that fighting and dying for our elite-dominated and flawed democracy are more important than fighting and dying for our national independence.

Anyway, what separate Rizal from the rest is that
he was not one of those popularity-seeking, self-styled patriots who are ever mouthing “My country, right or wrong;” his devotion was deeper and more disinterested (from Austin Craig). Unfortunately, heroism these days are so degraded that whenever someone claimed their merits through their parents’ surnames or launch failed military coups, pointing a finger to corrupt public officials, and causing a senior officer to commit suicide is enough to merit a person of heroism. If Rizal ever comes out of his grave, he will probably burn half of Manila shouting in the street: “This is not what I died for!”

Filipino Individualism

Doctor José Rizal
One of the social cancers that Filipinos are known for is selfish individualism. For years greed and corrupt leaders are keep getting elected because of the selfish mindset of individuals, regardless of their social status, thinking that it doesn’t matter what the candidate’s merits and political platforms as long as they are getting paid to vote or the candidate is popular or a son/daughter of some individual who serve the country in the past.

Rizal’s biographer Austin Coates pointed out, that in José Rizal’s first year in Madrid there had been in existence a Circulo Hispano-Filipino. The Circulo Hispano-Filipino was organized by Filipino students, together with some former Spanish residents in the Philippines. The Circulo had a small magazine to which Rizal contributed but neither the Circulo nor the magazine lasted long. Everlastingly borrowing money from one another to recoup what they have lost from gambling, the students were a difficult group to raise funds from, and as Rizal noticed, the most unwilling to subscribe [to the magazine] were frequently those with the most [money]. The Circulo suffered also from a besetting problem of which from this time he became conscious -
misplaced individualism, which made each member of an organization feel secretly aggrieved if he was not elected president of it, each member thus stubbornly wishing to go his own way, the whole disintegrating into discontented factions scheming against each other. This particular characteristic among his (Rizal) own people, the difficulty they had in combining forces in any endeavor, due to excessive INDIVIDUALISM, provided in fact a problem which was to dog him throughout his political years.

If you read, the
italic part above you will see the similarity of some Circulo members and some modern-day Filipino politicians who will jump from one political party to another because their colleagues did not elect them to important positions in the party caucus or their colleagues did not nominate them to elective public offices. In other words, selfish ambitions and personal interests are far more important for them than party loyalty. They failed to emulate Rizal, who simply isolate himself from the selfish Overseas Filipino scholars in Spain and wrote novels instead while communicating with few trusted Filipino individuals such as Doctor Maximo Viola and Valentin Ventura.


In case you wonder what is today. Today is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Doctor José Rizal who in my opinion, far more revered in neighboring countries (Malaysia, Indonesia) than in the Philippines these days (but hey, I could be wrong!).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Movie: "Rizal sa Dapitan" (1997)

To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Doctor Jose Rizal here are the youtube videos of the Tagalog movie "Rizal sa Dapitan" (1997), it's about the life of Rizal while in exile in Dapitan:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Term "National Hero"

In the Philippines, people thought a lot of national treasures such as national tree (narra) or national fish (bangus). Many Filipinos call Manny Pacquiao as the "Pambansang Kama-o" (National Fist). Basketball is widely considered as the national sport of the country though officially, it’s the sports called "Sipa" (Sepak Takraw).

Of course, there's nothing wrong with that but the one term that I have a problem with is the term "National Hero".

What is wrong with the term "National Hero"?

At the moment, the Philippine national hero is Dr. Jose Rizal. Some agree with it, others argue about it while the majority just accept whatever the elite-owned media feed to them or what they read in school textbooks written by biased historians.

Some Filipinos want Andres Bonifacio to be the national hero because he led the first anti-colonial revolution in Asia. Others want Bonifacio because he led a mass-based proletariat revolution. Some Filipinos want Jose Rizal to be the national hero because he inspired the revolution, his statues are also found outside the Philippines, his works/writings are very much present in most academic libraries in the world, he was considered a hero not just by Filipinos but also by Spaniards and fellow Asians. A few want the usurper Emilio Aguinaldo as the national hero too despite his role in the deaths of Andres Bonifacio and General Antonio Luna.   

Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio

"National Hero" means a hero of a nation. A person recognized nationally as a hero. Rizal, Bonifacio, and Aguinaldo are national heroes: They are not provincial heroes or regional heroes they ARE national heroes. Majority of Filipinos recognized them as heroes, the founding fathers of our nation. Therefore, they are national heroes.

The term "national hero" does not only apply to Rizal and Bonifacio but also to Datu Lapu-Lapu, Juan Luna, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Melchora Aquino, Apolinario Mabini, Diego Silang, Gabriela Silang, Francisco Dagohoy, Sultan Kudarat, Emilio Jacinto, General Antonio Luna, General Gregorio del Pilar and others recognized nationally as heroes.

To limit national heroism to Rizal alone is a pure insult to those who fought and died for our country before and after December 30, 1896.

Now, the question should be "Who is the greatest among our national heroes?"

My answer is Doctor Jose Rizal but that’s just me...

Monday, June 13, 2011

June the 13th Christchurch Quake

More than three months since the deadly February 22 Earthquakes that killed almost 200 people in Christchurch and exactly one week since the Queen's Birthday Aftershock, another series of significant quakes hit the Canterbury region today. The biggest so far was magnitude 6.3 at 02:20 PM (New Zealand Time) with preceding foreshock a strong magnitude 5.7.

The magnitude 6.3 quake that hit Christchurch early in the afternoon of June 13, 2011 (courtesy)

 According to the Christchurch Quake Map website, 7366 quakes hit the region since September 4, 2010 (more to come) and the Greendale Faultline near Rolleston is somewhat getting closer to the city. Some buildings that survived the September 4 Earthquakes, the Boxing Day Quakes, and the February 22 Earthquakes also collapsed because of today's quakes.

The numbers of quakes since September last year suggested that what happened in Canterbury is an example of (or closest thing to) an “Earthquakes Swarm”, where a local area experiences sequences of many earthquakes striking in a certain period of time.

Hope everyone are OK and God Bless!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Philippine Declaration of Independence

Today (June 12) is the 113th anniversary of our national independence from Spain.

People wonder why we celebrate June 12, 1898 as our independence day and not the internationally recognized July 4, 1946. For me, June 12 represent more heroism than July 4. Filipinos fought and died before and after June 12, 1898 for the sake of achieving and later, defending that independence.

The July 4, on the other hand, is just a clear reminder that we are once a colony and commonwealth of the United States. Of course, it was an honor to achieve independence at the 170th anniversary of American independence but Filipinos did not fought and died to achieve that independence in July 4. As a commonwealth, we are already a functioning nation for ten years before 1946. As a commonwealth, we have a functioning Filipino government and run our domestic affairs. Internationally, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was an associated member of the League of Nations while the United States was not a member at all. During the founding of the United Nations (UN), we were a recognized signatory of the UN charter. We even sent athletes to compete in Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Anyway, June 12 is more than just independence. It is also a remembrance day. It’s a day to remember that our forefathers fought and died so that future generations enjoy the freedom that we are enjoying today.

Philippine Declaration of Independence (June 12, 1898)

Monday, June 6, 2011

2011 South Island Filipino Sports Festival

During the Queen’s Birthday (New Zealand) this year, I competed for the second time in the South Island Filipino Sports Festival and this time in Edgar Centre, Dunedin.

I played for a Christchurch All-Filipino Cup (CAFC) merger team of the 69ers Basketball Team, the Christchurch City Thunders, a free agent, and me (the sole representative of the Christchurch Aftershocks). The team will carry the name "69ers" since it’s the most organized of the merger team and the franchise provided the uniform.

The lacked of team practice and of combinations leads to the team’s demise. I thought the original 69ers team that finished third in the 2011 Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League (CAFC) has a better chance to play competitive basketball in the South Island tourney than the merger team. Anyway, some players refused to jell with other players (doesn't want to pass the ball with players they haven't played with before), selfish desires to carry the team by themselves, and NBA wannabeism. I felt sorry for the players that I thought could have done much more but they were not given a chance.

The two-day basketball tournament was well organized and one of the best I'd seen. However, the format was not that good. The drawing of the teams was fair but kinda stupid. All Christchurch teams ended up on the same bracket. We did not drive five hours from Christchurch to Dunedin only to play the same teams we played all year long. That’s just wrong. Another thing is the stupid "running time" in the grand final match between Kiwifino and Invercargill (Southland). It’s killing the game.

Anyway, the most exciting games were between the CAFC teams (Kiwifino vs. Etomaks) while others were kinda boring but some teams were playing no fancy, no NBA wannabeism but simple and very effective basketball.

P.S. I wore number "32" during the games as my tribute to the recently retired basketball legend, the great Shaqasaurus (Shaquille O'Neal).

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The Case of Coincidence

In 2006, I went to Dunedin in a basketball tour with my good ol' team, the Christchurch Pinoy Rebels and at the same time, the Miami Heat played the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals for the first time in both franchises' histories. Five years later, I played for the 69ers Basketball Team in the 2011 South Island Filipino Sports Festival in Dunedin and at the same time, both the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks face-off for the second time in the NBA's biggest stage.

In 2008, I played for the now defunct-University of Canterbury Filipino Student Society (FILSOC) Lizards Basketball Team in the inaugural South Island Filipino Sports Festival in Christchurch and during the tournament (at the same time) I found out that one of my closest friends in high school in the Philippines died of vehicular accident a month before the tourney. Three years later, I competed in the fourth South Island Filipino Sports Festival and just before the tournament started, I found out that another of my classmates (of the same class) died of a freak accident.

It’s a kinda weird feeling thinking about it...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

When you are ill - Psalm 41

Psalm 41 (The Bible, King James Version)

Psalm of the Compassionate
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

[1] Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
[2] The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
[3] The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
[4] I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
[5] Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
[6] And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
[7] All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
[8] An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
[9] Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
[10] But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
[11] By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
[12] And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
[13] Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

End of an Era: The Big Retiree Shaquille O'Neal

Today, one of the most dominant big men in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history ended his career through twitter. Shaquille O'Neal will always be remembered as one of few players in the league who can destroy hoops and dunk over two-three players at the same time. He ended his career with four NBA titles and numerous individual awards. In my opinion, he was one of the few players in the world who can claim that he had won everything that basketball (in his country) can offer and that his career was complete. Aside from winning championships and individual awards in the NCAA and the NBA, he also represented the United States in international basketball and won gold medals in the Pan American Games, the FIBA Americas Championship, the FIBA World Championship and the Olympic Games.

Of course, what makes Shaquille O'Neal great was his presence. He was one of few NBA players that make the other teams think twice and devise/design tactics to stop him. Before Shaq, there was the "Jordan Rule", design to stop Michael Jordan in the late 1980s and it worked for a while until His Airness soared even high. In Shaq's case, teams devise the "Hack-a-Shaq" rule to stop Shaq's influence in the game by taking advantage of his weakness in the free-throw line.

Anyway, there won't be another Shaquille O'Neal and yes, there were other centers (e.g. Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) much greater than him but if they all play together at the same time and at the peaks of their career, Shaq will no doubt dominate them. A center as big and as dominant as Shaq was will be hard to find. The closest thing we have now is Dwight Howard but Superman Junior is different and a great player on his own right.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

ICNHS IV-Jacinto Class of 2001-2002 - 10th Year Anniversary

About ten years ago (June 2001), the IV-Jacinto Class of 2001-2002 met for the first time in Iligan City National High School (ICNHS). I have some of my most memorable moments in high school while at IV-Jacinto, from having lunch in cafeteria to billiard games… from the swimming in the river to the climb of Mount Agad-Agad… there's also the compulsory Citizen Army Training (CAT) that I owed my fitness so much for the succeeding five years after that..

I remember when some of my classmates and I have to climb out of the classroom window in order to avoid confiscations of our t-shirts… the random sing along at the back and the infamous "Book of Correction". Then there's the always-grumpy accounting teacher and her "water bottle" ready to strike whenever the boys make some noise at the back...

Since I left the Philippines, I lost contact with most of my IV-Jacinto classmates but thanks to "friendster" and "facebook", I was able to keep in touch with some of them. 

Happy 10th Year Class Anniversary!

The (selected) photos below taken last October-December 2001:

[P.S. Yes, I did recycled some of my words from my III-Dao Class Anniversary entry]

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