Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Amazing Grace" by Rhema Marvanne feat. Gary Chapman

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Evolution is a Lie: Language

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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