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Monday, December 30, 2013

Movie: "Jose Rizal" (1998)

To commemorate the 117th Death Anniversary of Doctor Jose Rizal here is 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.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

"My Life: Allan Caidic The Triggerman" (Book Review)

Book Title: My Life: Allan Caidic The Triggerman
Author: Allan Caidic
Published: June 2006

Probably the first ever autobiography by a Filipino basketball player. It talks about the life and trials of a player who rose from poverty and found a new life in a game he loves. The book is a life story of one of Asia and Philippine's basketball greatest players.

The book also provide infos about his career from his college stints to his national team appearances, from his professional career in the PBA to his early retirement to become the head coach of the Philippine basketball's most popular ballclub, and finally, from overcoming injuries to his new-found job as team manager. 

This review was originally posted at LibraryThing and Goodreads.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Canterbury in the 2013 ITM Cup

Canterbury is once more the most dominant provincial rugby team in New Zealand after extending its dynasty beating Wellington Lions 29-13 in the ITM Cup Premiership Finals.

The team won its 11th title since the national competition's inception in 1976 and also became the first provincial top-tier team to win six national titles in a row.

Canterbury Rugby

Union: Canterbury Rugby Football Union
Home City: Christchurch, New Zealand
Grounds:
- Lancaster Park/Jade Stadium/AMI Stadium
- Rugby League Park/Christchurch Stadium/AMI Stadium II
Team Colors: Red and Black
Rivals: Auckland, Otago, Waikato, Wellington
Misc: Canterbury Crusaders

Provincial Rugby Honours: 
NPC/Air New Zealand Cup/ITM Cup (11): 1977, 1983, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Premiership (3): 2011, 2012, 2013
Ranfurly Shield (14): 1927-1928 (1), 1931-1934 (15), 1935 (4), 1950 (0), 1953-1956 (23), 1969-1971 (9), 1972-1973 (2), 1982-1985 (25), 1994-1995 (9), 2000-2003 (23), 2004-2006 (14), 2007 (1), 2009 (4), 2010-2011 (2)


Check Out:
  • Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU)
  • Canterbury Rugby (Official Website)
  • Crusaders (Official Website)
  • - See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2010/11/canterbury-in-2010-itm-cup.html#sthash.iWi6pnyh.dpuf
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    - See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2011/07/canterbury-in-2011-itm-cup.html#sthash.tC9QBtyK.dpuf

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    The Philippines in the R. William Jones Cup

    This post is one of the continuations of the blog post: Philippine National Team Records in Official Tournaments.

    The R. William Jones Cup is another tournament where the Philippines had a success and a history. This invitational tournament was named after one of FIBA’s founding fathers, Renato William Jones and was founded two years prior to the death of the said basketball patriarch.

    The Philippines captured seven medals in the tournament including four gold medals.

    In 1981, the original NCC squad, featuring 1979 NBA draftee Ricardo Brown, captured the Philippines’ first ever Jones Cup title. In 1985, the second generation of the NCC squad (featured Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Hector Calma as well as Arthur Engelland, Jeff Moore and Dennis Still) captured the country’s second title. In 1998, the Philippine Centennial Team won the country’s third William Jones Cup title with Caidic as the only Filipino player to win two Jones Cup title.

    San Miguel Philippines celebrate the 1985 William Jones Cup triumph [Allan Caidic (#8), Arthur Engelland (#10)]

    In 1999, the Philippines failed to defend its title and withdrew from the tournament after a brawl erupted in the game against the host nation Taiwan.

    In 2005 and 2007, the Chot Reyes-coached national teams captured the bronze medal and emulated by Rajko Toroman’s Smart Gilas Pilipinas in 2011. In 2008, the host nation refused the Philippine entry (Harbour Centre) for that year’s tournament preferring an all-pro PBA-backed national team but the Philippines decided not to send a team instead.

    In 2012, Chot Reyes’ Gilas Pilipinas won the country’s fourth William Jones Cup title with LA Tenorio named as tournament’s MVP. Chot Reyes also became the winningest Filipino in William Jones Cup tourney with two titles (he was Tim Cone’s assistant in 1998) and three bronze medal finished. In 2013, the Philippines once again was not able to defend its title for the second time due to a political and diplomatic crisis between Taiwan and the Philippines.

    Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in one of Asia's most prestigious tournaments, the Renato Williams Jone Cup (Jones Cup for short).


    Appearances: Incomplete Data
    Medals: 7 medals (4 gold medals, 3 bronze medal)
    Best Finished: Gold (1981, 1985, 1998, 2012), Bronze (2005, 2007, 2011)
    Win-Loss Record: Incomplete Data (missing results)

    Ricardo Brown in 1981 Jones Cup
    1977: 5th place
    1978: 8th place
    1979-1980: Philippines represented by Filipino clubs

    1981: 1st place (gold) [vs. France, 60-49; vs. New Zealand, 73-55; vs. University of Canada (Canada), 91-58; vs. Taiwan, 74-44; vs. US Midwest (USA), 86-85; vs. Ekman (Sweden), 73-68]

    1982-1984: Philippines represented by Filipino clubs

    1985: 1st place (gold) [vs. Steiner Optik (West Germany), 82-61; vs. Canada, 69-58; vs. Italy, 96-75; vs. South Korea, 108-86; vs. Sweden, 70-59; vs. Taiwan, 80-66; vs. Uruguay, 64-57; vs. United States, 108-100]

    1986: Philippines record unknown
    1987: 8th place [vs. Malaysia, 84-86; vs. United States, 62-80]
    1988-1997: Philippines record unknown

    1998: 1st place (gold) [vs. Saudi Arabia, 78-60; vs. Japan, 90-87; vs. Thailand, 84-34; vs. Costa Rica, 83-72; vs. South Korea U-22, 96-77; vs. Chinese Taipei, 82-72]

    1998 Philippine Centennial Team

    1999: 8th place [vs. Costa Rica, 58-70; vs. Bahrain, 91-74; vs. Chinese Taipei, 42-66*] - Iloilo Megavoltz (MBA)

    2000: 4th place [vs. Chinese Taipei, 85-102; vs. Hong Kong, 87-52; vs. Malaysia, 83-58; vs. Japan, 93-82; vs. New Zealand, 37-67; vs. Chinese Taipei, 73-83] - Laguna Lakers (MBA)

    2001: 4th place [vs. Victoria University (Canada), 82-72; vs. Chinese Taipei, 79-84; vs. Mongolia, 97-70; vs. South Africa, 95-67; vs. South Korea, 88-97; vs. Honduras, 90-85; vs. Lokomotive Novosybirsk (Russia), 71-81]

    2002: 5th place [vs. Lokomotive Novosybirsk (Russia), 78-68; vs. University of Alberta (Canada), 83-84; vs. Chinese Taipei, 70-79; vs. South Korea (military), 97-92; vs. Australian Great Mates, 91-96; vs. Sina Lions (China), 80-75; vs. Japan, 63-65] - MBA All-Stars

    2003: -not held due to SARS crisis-

    2004: 8th place [vs. Taiwan White, 83-114; vs. Japan U24, 68-84; vs. Germany (International Basketball Academy), 101-50; vs. Taiwan Blue, 68-88; vs. Perth Wildcats (Australia), 79-119; vs. South Korea (University All-Stars), 65-83; vs. Carleton University (Canada), 70-85; vs. Qatar, 70-80] - Cebuana Lhuillier (NBL)

    2005: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Qatar, 82-71; vs. Kazakhstan, 82-74; vs. South Korea, 79-75; vs. India, 107-69; vs. Australian Institute of Sports (AIS), 76-80; vs. Japan, 76-72; vs. Samara CSK (Russia), 91-78; vs. Chinese Taipei, 76-82; vs. Passing Lane (USA), 96-99]

    2006: 6th place [vs. Qatar, 63-68; vs. Chinese Taipei, 72-77; vs. South Korea (University All-Stars), 88-96; vs. Australia U19, 76-67; vs. Kazakhstan, 86-91; vs. Athletes in Action (USA), 68-91; vs. Japan U24, 112-86; vs. Australia U19, 69-67; vs. Kazakhstan, 86-98]

    2007: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Athletes in Action (USA), 72-67; vs. Lebanon, 62-65; vs. Japan University Team, 84-86; vs. South Korea, 88-84; vs. Jordan, 70-74; vs. Iran, 89-79; vs. Chinese Taipei, 82-64; vs. Qatar, 88-80; vs. Kazakhstan, 90-107]

    2008: Did Not Participate***

    2009: 6th place [vs. Jordan, 59-90; vs. Chinese Taipei, 77-86; vs. Kazakhstan, 85-67; vs. Japan, 85-87; vs. Lebanon, 83-95; vs. South Korea, 80-83; vs. Chinese Taipei B, 94-90; vs. Iran, 60-85]

    2010: 4th place [vs. Chinese Taipei B (University All-Stars), 83-52; vs. Iran, 68-81; vs. Australian Crocs, 90-64; vs. Chinese Taipei, 96-93; vs. Japan, 74-84; vs. Lebanon, 62-73]

    2011: 3rd place [vs. Iran, 73-59; vs. Chinese Taipei, 90-78; vs. Jordan, 72-76; vs. Malaysia, 86-68; vs. South Korea, 70-78; vs. United Arab Emirates, 95-60; vs. Japan, 94-78; vs. Iran, 59-78; vs. Chinese Taipei, 82-72]

    2012: 1st place (gold) [vs. Jordan, 98-88; vs. Taiwan B, 99-68; vs. KGC (South Korea), 82-79; vs. Japan, 88-84; vs. Lebanon, 71-91; vs. Iran, 77-75; vs. Taiwan, 76-72; vs. UPG (USA), 76-75]

    2013: Did Not Participate****


    [*] Games versus non-national teams (selections, professional clubs, national age-groups and academies)
    [**] The Philippines withdrew from the tournament after three games due to the court brawl between the Philippines and Taiwan. The early withdrawal means the defending champion finished last in 1999.
    [***] The organizers refused to accept the Harbour Centre-sponsored Philippine national team as the Philippine representative for the 2008 William Jones Cup. The organizers thought that having a PBA-sponsored national team will generate more money as it will attract more Filipino crowds in Taiwan. In response, the Philippines decided not to send a delegation for the 2008 tourney.
    [****] The invitation for the Philippines to defend its title was withdrawn by the host Taiwan due to the on-going political and diplomatic tensions between the two basketball rivals
    [-] The Philippines was represented by PBA-sponsored national teams in 1998, 2005-2007, 2009 and 2012, by MBA-sponsored national team in 2002, and by MBA clubs in 1999-2001.


    Sources:

    For more... check out Philippine National Team Records in Official Tournaments.

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    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Football Memories: 2003 Hornby High School Soccer

    If there was one sport that I truly excelled at while in high school it was "soccer" or to be more specific "football" since football is the proper name and we should stop Americanizing every term just because it’s popular or it was "American.” Back in high school most of my teammates keep using the term "soccer" even though we're playing the sport in a British Commonwealth so I guess it doesn't matter.

    Back in my high school days, football was my passion and like I said, the one sport that I truly excelled at. I do wish it was basketball but the school's sports coordinator that time was a prick and prefers to focus in developing volleyball instead of giving all aspiring athletes a chance to play the sports they love. Even though we trashed our opponent at the opening games of the basketball season, the basketball program was put into the back-burner and we couldn't do anything about it. I got no choice but to start kicking the ball instead of dribbling it.

    Anyway, my high school football team was like the United Nations with players from different countries around the world. I guess that’s why football is the most popular sports in the world. We finished third in the division table and won a close semifinals match before losing in the second division finals.

    2003 Hornby High School Boys' Soccer Team

    2003 Hornby High School Boys' Soccer Team

    Tournament: Canterbury School Sport Senior Grade Football Tournament
    Division: Second Division
    Date: May 7, 2003-August 13, 2003
    Points Table Position: Third Place
    Overall Finished: Finalists (silver)

    Head Coach: Lael Schwartfeger (Community Development Network Trust)
    Team Captain: Tawanda Chaza

    Players (alphabetical order by surnames):
    • Dawud Antonio (Brazil)
    • Alan Beloe (New Zealand)
    • Chong Cao (China)
    • Tawanda Chaza (Zimbabwe)
    • Eduardo Frigerio (Brazil)
    • Mosese Gauna (Fiji)
    • Tony Huang (Taiwan)
    • Yuki Kayashita (Japan)
    • Patrick King (New Zealand)
    • James Jung Seok Lee (South Korea)
    • Ryan Lee (South Korea)
    • Neng Liu (China)
    • Lauri Luige (Estonia)
    • Wilfred McKerras (New Zealand)
    • Rafael Martins (Brazil)
    • James Mellor (New Zealand)
    • Xiao Ming Shi (China)
    • Adam Parker (New Zealand)
    • Donmar Dell Pineda (Philippines)
    • Dong Soo Seo (South Korea)
    • Dong Woo Seo (South Korea)
    • Kyle Smith (New Zealand)
    • Hemi Wallace (New Zealand)
    • Chris Winiata (New Zealand)
    • Hai Yang Yuan (China)
    • Hao Zhao (China)


    TEAM RECORD and STATISTICS of the SEASON

    Number of Games: 11 (Home Games: 6 Away Games: 5)
    Number of Players: 26
    Number of Wins: 7
    Number of Losses: 4
    Number of Draw: Nil
    Number of Goals Scored: 36
    Scoring Average: 3.2

    Biggest winning margin: 4 points (in the 7-3 win against Ellesmere College on the 21st of May at Hagley Park Soccer Grounds)
    Biggest losing margin: 8 points (in the 2-10 loss to Cashmere on the 14th of May at Hornby Soccer Ground)
    Most important win: The semi-final win (3-2) over Hagley on the 6th of August at Hornby Soccer Ground
    Most important loss: The grand final loss (2-4) to St. Thomas Canterbury College on the 13th of August at the St. Thomas CC Soccer Ground
    Leading Goalscorer: Mosese Gauna (7 goals)
    Hornby High School Soccer Player of the Year (2003): Hemi Wallace (named in the Canterbury and South Island soccer level)


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    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    NO to TPPA!

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    The TPPA will have a huge impact on New Zealanders, and we want to have a say. It's Our Future is a campaign to make the negotiations public, and to tell the NZ government not to trade away our future.

    The New Zealand government is negotiating an international agreement that could have a huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis. It's called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and it involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future.

    Because the negotiations are being conducted in secret, what we know about the TPPA comes from leaked documents and detective work. This is not acceptable. We live in a democracy, which means we have the right to know what is done in our name and to have a say.

    For more info check out: It's Our Future New Zealand


    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    Review: Marvel Heroes (MMO-RPG)

    This is one of the best Massively Multiplayer On-line Role-Playing Games (MMO-RPG) I ever played. Unlike its DC counterpart (DC Universe Online) where the users can create their own unique characters while the heroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman are non-playable characters (NPC), in Marvel Heroes you can select, unlock, or buy your favourite Marvel superheroes.

    Marvel Heroes Playable Characters

    So far, you can only select one out of five heroes (Scarlet Witch, Daredevil, The Thing, Hawkeye, and Storm) as your default character while others, as mentioned, must be unlocked (through random drops) or purchase. Those playable characters, other than the default characters, are popular heroes such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, Deadpool, and Thor as well as the overrated heroes such as Captain America, Wolverine, and Iron Man. Other playable characters are Human Torch, the Punisher, Miss Marvel, Mr. and Mrs. Phoenix (Cyclops and Jean Grey), Black Widow, Cable, Colossus, the Black Panther, and the Rocket Racoon as well as Emma Frost, Squirrel Girl and Luke Cage. All three major factions (The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men) in Marvel Comics along with the government puppets S.H.I.E.L.D. are represented among the playable and non-playable characters.

    I got five characters (Scarlet Witch, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Hawkeye, Daredevil) so far but I focus on one of my favourite characters, the X-Man codename Cyclops (still waiting for Deadpool and the Hulk). Out of all characters I got, Cyclops was the easiest and the fastest to gain experience due to his team leadership perk. I even made it to level 30 in no time during the main questline.

    Mr. and Mrs. Phoenix (Cyclops and Jean Grey)

    Anyway, I'm not going to do any fancy review or even a spoiler here. The game may not be as good as the other MMO-RPG games out there such as The World of Warcraft (WoW), Diablo III or even the upcoming The Elder Scrolls On-line but hey Marvel Heroes is a FREE game and personally, its an awesome game. The only time you have to spend is if you can’t wait for random drops or quest rewards and you “really” wanted a specific costume for your favourite character OR wanted to get/use your favourite Marvel hero right away. If you’re into RPG games then you won’t have a problem in learning how to play the game . . . Heck you probably know how to play this game more than I am.

    Here's the link to download the game and remember its FREE: MARVEL HEROES

    P.S. If you are no fan of Wolverine or if you're like me, sick of reading or hearing about the overrated character popping out in almost every single Marvel comic series or movies out there . . . then I got good news for you . . . There’s not much Wolvertards playing this game . . . well not in my server anyway ... although, once you finished the main quest, the PvP portal will be available for all players and who knows you might be lucky and get to fight a Wolvetard . . . watch out for those nasty and stinging claws though . . .


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    Sunday, August 25, 2013

    Abolish the Pork Barrel! Abolish PDAF!

    “It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. ~James Monroe

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    To Filipinos with "Cold War" mentalities out there . . . To Filipinos who still live in their fantasy world and are still blinded by "Cold War" politics. Gising! Wake up!

    The march in Luneta on August 26, 2013 is not some kind of plot to destabilize the government nor it’s an elite-motivated people power. It’s a peaceful non-partisan rally asking for the government and the political elites to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or more commonly known as "Pork Barrel."

    If you're one of those idiots who are still blinded by the very same yellow ribbon that has been choking the Filipino people to poverty and starvation, this is not about your bandwagon president. The idiot doesn't even want to abolish it. He wanted to overhaul not abolish one of the roots of political corruption in the country.

    To the idiots who think that the rally is some kind of communist plot, you're wrong. This is not about the commies nor its about the yellowtards. . . This is more than about political partisanship or alignment . . . this is about the country . . . Political division amongst the people are one of the main reasons why all this time the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. All these nonsense about what group or what political party are leading the protest are distracting everyone away from the real issue or what the rally is all about. The lord of all pork barrels (Noynoy Aquino), the senators and the congressmen from different political parties (Liberal, Nacionalista or whatever) must face the music this time around. No longer a slap in the hand or a freakin' push-up . . . Abolish the pork barrel and take responsibility for all the money they pocketed through the pork barrel system. It’s the taxpayers' money and they're pocketing it. Just recently, international watchdog Political and Economic Risk Consultancy rated the Philippines as the "Most Corrupt Country in Asia" and here's why:
    Expatriate businessmen in Asia perceive the Philippines as the most corrupt country in the region. Nearly $2 billion dollars, or roughly 13 percent of the Philippines' annual budget, is lost to corruption in the country each year, according to the United Nations Development Program.

    Its judicial system is believed to be ineffective at prosecuting and punishing individuals for corruption when abuses are uncovered. Local corruption monitors confirm that graft and bribery in the Philippines remain rampant. Corruption has penetrated every level of government, from the Bureau of Customs down to the traffic police officers who pull over motorists to demand bribes.

    People say that they might as well go to work and don't bother that way they can help the country's economy. That is pure bullshit! How can you contribute to the country's economy if the taxes you paid to the government are being pocketed by incompetent politicians.

    Banat kayo ng banat diyan hindi niyo naman alam na sariling bayan niyo ay binababoy ng mga politiko na walang pakialam sa taong bayan... GISING!!!



    Don't even think that we should go after Napoles first . . . she is just a small fish in a barrel and when captured she would be easy to fry. Let's go after the Porsche driver by the Pasig River, the senators and the congressmen first. They are the bigger fishes and once they face the music, the House of Pork will crumble.

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    From BlogWatch.ph:
    #MillionPeopleMarch #ScrapPork on August 26 - What to bring & other suggestions/ideas

    Date: 26 August 2013 (National Heroes Day)
    Time: 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time)
    Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Philippines
    Alternate Venues: check social media for alternative venues around the country and world

    WHAT TO BRING/WEAR:

    ☞ Comfortable clothing and footwear (rubber shoes or slippers)
    ☞ Extra shirt / face towel
    ☞ Cap / raincoat /umbrella
    ☞ Sunblock / insect repellant
    ☞ Drinking water, snacks/food; pack extra to share with friends and/or donate to volunteers and marshals (please use reusable water bottles)
    ☞ Garbage bags
    ☞ Banig/mats, chairs, pillows
    ☞ Portable radios and/or televisions
    ☞ Friends and your conviction
    ☞ Commitment to be the change you want to see


    WHAT TO DO IF YOU DECIDE TO GO:

    ☞ Go in a group; bring officemates, schoolmates, barkada, like-minded friends and family
    ☞ Bring music, entertainment, karaoke
    ☞ Conduct small teach-ins/discussion groups
    ☞ Visit other groups at the picnic, talk with them, exchange (friendly) views and make new friends and
    connections
    ☞ Sign the petitions at the change.org table near the video wall
    ☞ Bring food and water to share
    ☞ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26
    August
    Reminders:
    ☞ There is no central organizer, it’s a citizen’s gathering; all are welcome
    ☞ This is a peaceful gathering, so always be respectful of others and let’s cover each others backs
    ☞ All picnic goers are expected to clean up after themselves, so please bring garbage bags
    ☞ Look after your valuables
    ☞ Rizal Park, including the Burnham Greens (grassy area of the main gathering), is a NO SMOKING
    AREA; drinking of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited
    ☞ If you are bringing young children, you may consider putting a label on their wrist with contact
    information in case they stray away from you
    ☞ Look after your own group and make sure we maintain proper decorum and discipline
    ☞ Let’s show the world that we can all gather in a peaceful, harmonious, cooperative and caring way.


    WHAT TO DO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE FROM HOME:

    ☞ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26 August
    ☞ Monitor media and do call ins, text and/or tweet to share your sentiments on the pork barrel scam; if you tweet, Facebook or Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #ScrapPork
    ☞ Text or call friends at the picnic with any important or breaking news
    ☞ Have a protest party in your house, church, or meeting hall and invite friends to monitor the event
    on television
    ☞ Join the Unified Action at 10am, 11am, 12nn and 1pm by having a noise barrage in your area
    WATCH OUT FOR AGENT PROVOCATEUR


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    Key Cities and Municipalities

    There will be no politics, slogans, banners, rallies, nor speeches. Peaceful presence is meant to express a collective outrage against corruption, particularly the recent allegations regarding the misuse of PDAF funds ("pork barrel")

    Please wear White (White signifies: non-partisan, unity, purity.)

    LUZON:
    Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, MANILA | 9 AM
    Rose Garden, Burnham Park, BAGUIO CITY | 12 NN
    1st Rizal Monument, DAET, CAMARINES NORTE | 9 AM
    Plaza Rizal, NAGA CITY | 9 AM
    City Plaza, DAGUPAN CITY | 9 AM
    Puerto Princesa Baywalk, PALAWAN | 8 AM
    Calapan City Plaza, CALAPAN CITY | 9 AM
    Patio of Ermita de San Jacinto, TUGUEGARAO CITY | 8 AM
    Aurora Park, LAOAG CITY | 4 PM

    VISAYAS:
    Museo Ilo-ilo/Plaza Libertad, ILOILO CITY | 9 AM
    Fuente Osmeña to Plaza Independencia, CEBU CITY | 7:30 AM
    Provincial Capitol Lagoon, BACOLOD CITY | 9 AM
    Plaza Rizal, TAGBILARAN CITY | 9 AM
    Rizal Boulevard, DUMAGUETE CITY | 9 AM
    RTR Plaza, TACLOBAN CITY | 9 AM
    Naval Gym, NAVAL BILIRAN | 7 AM

    MINDANAO:
    Rizal Park, DAVAO CITY | 9 AM
    Rizal Park, DIGOS CITY | 9 AM
    Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY | 2-5 PM
    Rizal Park, GENERAL SANTOS CITY | 9 AM
    City Rotunda, TACURONG CITY | 9 AM
    WMSU Normal Road to Plaza Pershing, ZAMBOANGA CITY | 8 AM
    Guingona Park, BUTUAN CITY | 9 AM
    Post Office, ILIGAN CITY | 2 PM - 5 PM
    Plaza Luz, PAGADIAN CITY | 9 AM

    NGO's:
    Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
    Seaman Society

    USA:
    Philippine Consulate, 556 Fifth Avenue, NEW YORK CITY | 3:30 PM local time
    WASHINGTON DC
    HONOLULU, HAWAII
    SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

    CANADA:
    August 25 11:00am Slocan Park, VANCOUVER
    MONTREAL

    EUROPE:
    August 25 at 10:30am in UTC+02Chiesa S. Prudenziana, ROME, ITALY

    In front of the Philippine Embassy, Suffolk St. LONDON, ENGLAND | August 26 at 11:00 am in UTC+01

    August 25 at 10am Complex Magic Str. Drumul Taberei Nr. 115 Sector 6, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

    ASIA:
    August 25 at 12:00pm Chater Road Central, HONGKONG

    ORGANIZATIONS:
    --Couples for Christ (All Chapters)
    --De La Salle University (All Campuses)
    --St. Scholastica's College
    --Davao Association of Catholic Schools
    --University of the Philippines-Dilliman
    --Green Team Pilipinas (All Chapters)
    --University of Santo Tomas
    --Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP)
    --KLIK- Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines,
    --Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
    --Colegio de San Juan de Letran
    --Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (All Chapters)
    --Polytechnic University of the Philippines
    --University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication
    --Ang Kapatiran Party
    --Saint Vincent School of Theology
    --Adamson University


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    Friday, August 23, 2013

    End of an Era: Raúl - Farewell Testimonial Tour

    One of my favourite footballers of all time, Raúl González Blanco suited up for his beloved team Real Madrid (Spain) for one last time in the 35th edition of the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

    He played for the Madridista in the first half and then for his current Qatari club Al-Sadd in the second half. He scored the first goal of the testimonial match for Real Madrid who went on to win the game 5-0. This was just the second testimonial match for the Real Madrid legend who also played for and against his former German club Schalke 04 last month scoring two goals for the Bundesliga side in the second half.

    When the Madrid legend left the Spanish capital in July 2010, he never get a chance to farewell the Madrid crowd but the testimonial match, though not as grandeur as what he got from Schalke last year, was good enough for the Merengues fans.

     After playing for Real Madrid for 16 years, he suited up for Schalke 04 in Germany's Bundesliga for a couple of years before taking his talent to Doha and played for Qatar Stars League outfit Al-Sadd last year.

    Club Honours:

    Real Madrid (Spain)
    • La Liga champions (6): 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
    • La Liga runner-up (5): 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10
    • Copa del Rey runner-up (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
    • Supercopa de España champions (4): 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008
    • Supercopa de España runner-up (2): 1995, 2007
    • UEFA Champions League (3): 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02
    • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2002
    • UEFA Super Cup runner-up (2): 1998, 2000
    • Intercontinental Cup (2): 1998, 2002
    • Intercontinental Cup runner-up (1): 2000
    • FIFA Club World Championship/FIFA Club World Cup fourth place (1): 2000

    Schalke 04 (Germany)
    • DFB-Pokal champions (1): 2010–11
    • DFL-Supercup champions (1): 2011
    • DFL-Supercup runner-up (1): 2010

    Al-Sadd (Qatar)
    • Qatar Stars League champions (1): 2013-13
    • Emir of Qatar Cup runner-up (1): 2013
    • Qatar Crown Prince Cup runner-up (1): 2013


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    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Privacy is a Human Right!

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin 

    For the last couple of years, our natural right for personal or individual privacy are slowly being curbs by governments who are themselves hiding something from the people. Privacy is a human right and governments around the world are either emulating or pressured by the most paranoid government in the world, the United States of America. No, I'm not talking about the American people, but I’m talking about the American government. Some people just can't distinguish the differences between the people and their government.

    For the last couple years, we all know about Julian Assange and the Wikileaks exposing American military atrocities in Iraq (e.g., U.S. Apache helicopter shooting a group of Iraqi civilians and a journalist as if the shooter was playing a video game[video]). There was Bradley Manning who was convicted for leaking such atrocities and other government secrets. This year, we know about Edward Snowden who was treated by many as a traitor for informing the public that their government was listening to their phone calls and reading their e-mails. Of course, there are misinformation campaigns against these guys to discredit them and make them appear as government agents that deliberately leaked government materials. 

    “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~George Orwell 

    Source
    Anyway, while governments are trying to protect their secrets from the whistleblowers they are also hypocritically breaching and invading privacy of individuals. One American wannabe government is of course New Zealand's "National" government who apparently wanted to add a star in the Stars and Stripes. The government recently passed an amendment of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in order to legalize the illegal spying and raiding on Kim Dotcom's estate by the government not because of national security or cyber security but simply because the Prime Minister was ordered by Hollywood executives. The amendment also restricts the New Zealanders' freedom of expression and right to live without surveillance.

    Of course, there are supporters of the GCSB amendment legislation who are blinded by their partisan politics. The "National" government and their supporters even pathetically argue with familiar line "nothing to hide" argument that government data mining and surveillance programs do not threaten privacy unless they uncover illegal activities, and that if they do uncover illegal activities, the person committing these activities does not have the right to keep them private. Hence, a person who favors this argument may state "I've got nothing to hide" and therefore does not express opposition to government data mining and surveillance. I'm sure if a "Labour" government does the same thing, those idiots are the first ones to oppose such amendment. Bunch HYPOCRITES! The same hypocrites who keep pointing out that the past "Labour" government created GCSB but Labour or National it doesn't matter who started it . . . what really matters are who abuses their power in using GCSB. I'm sure people will have the same reaction if Labour is in power and did the same thing as John Key.

    Privacy is a natural right, a human right and it explicitly stated under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

    It was a sad day for democracy in New Zealand when majority of the people doesn't even care that their government passed a law to spy on them. They say New Zealand got the largest sheep population in the world, 35 million to be specific and about 4 million of those are bunch of sheeples manipulated by the media and American wannabeism.

    Source



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    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Warning to Smartphone Users!

    I'm a smartphone user myself and I would like to share this to everyone.

    This is about your privacy and protecting your e-mails, passwords, photos and videos.


    Mobile users of smartphones have far less privacy than might be imagined. Smart phones allow various parties to monitor not only web surfing, but also email, app usage and physical location. There are so many ways to track a user. The phone service provider knows exactly where you are, and which websites you are visiting. 

    The app vendors in many cases know all of your traffic, some of your passwords, and your location. There are advertising networks for mobile apps, just as there are for websites, that share information about you. In the future this will get even worse when smartphones become virtual credit cards. 

    There's also this warning posted around the social media before. Although, there are misinformation blogs and websites out there that tried to play down the dangers of this warning. If you got a basic knowledge in technology and social media then this warning is basically nothing for you. You already know what to do.

    Warning if you take photos with your cell phone of your kids, grand kids, elderly family members -- WATCH THIS!

    This is truly alarming - please take the time to watch this video, AND TAKE THE RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS. At the end they'll tell you how to set your phone so you don't run this risk!

    PLEASE PASS THIS INFO TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO TAKES PICTURES WITH THEIR CELL OR SMART PHONE AND POSTS THEM ONLINE. Be sure to share with all your family and friends. This is important info, about what your posting pictures/info on your cell phones can do TO YOU!!! Too much technology out there these days so beware...........

    I had no idea this could happen from taking pictures on the blackberry or cell phone. It's scary.


    Pictures you've e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could leak information that can threaten your safety or that of your children.

    Anyway, the video is quite old but it doesn't mean we just ignore the risk.

    Most smartphone users use the GPS location services to power maps, driving directions, phone locators, and other handy applications, but most users are not aware that the same technology may pose a risk to their safety and privacy by recording precise geographical information in the photos they take (the feature is called "geotagging"). Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as a geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR Codes or RSS feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata. This data usually consists of latitude and longitude coordinates, though they can also include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names.

    The solution: Some techno-geeks suggested that if you want to share your photos or videos on-line (publicly) . . . simply disable or turn your GPS or Geotagging feature off your smartphone device.


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    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Scottie Pippen better than Michael Jordan in Defense?


    I am sick and tired of hearing and reading about people talking about Scottie Pippen as the better defensive player than Michael Jordan. Really?!? How?!

    First of all Scottie Pippen is Michael Jordan's Pippen. The Original Pippen. The player that defines the side-kick role in contemporary NBA. He was Jordan’s Robin in Gotham Chicago. He was also the original Jordan wannabe . . . trained with and molded by Michael Jordan to be a "Jordan clone." Some people today keep talking about star players needed a "Pippen" to win a championship ring (e.g.. Derrick Rose really needs a "Pippen" right now). Shaquille O'Neal used to have Penny Hardaway (Orlando Magic), Kobe Bryant* (Los Angeles Lakers) and Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) as his "Pippen.” Kobe himself got his own "Pippen" (Pau Gasol) years later to add two more rings with the three-peat he won with Shaq. One-two punch combos used to be the thing in the 90s, Jordan-Pippen, Malone-Stockton, Hakeem-Drexler, Kemp-Payton, and of course, Shaq-Kobe.

    Although, ever since the Big Three of Boston Celtics was formed and won the championship in 2008, coupled with the continuing success of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker) and most recently, Miami Heat's Big Three (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh), the NBA has now reverted back to the 1980s when big teams used to have their own big threes to win championships, such as the Lakers (Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy) and the Celtics (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish). Heck, we can even go way back to the ancient NBA times: the Lakers (Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Gail Goodrich), the Sixers (Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Mo Cheeks) and the Celtics (Bill Russel, Bob Cousy, and John Havlevick). Anyway, the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat was won by their very own big three as well, and the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen-Dennis Rodman triumvirate was very dominant in the mid/late 90s.

    Back to the topic, there is no way that Scottie Pippen was better than Michael Jordan defensively. The stats speak for themselves. The only time Pippen beat Jordan in the defensive category was simply because he played more games than Jordan while Jordan's career was interrupted by his retirements. Of course, without Scottie Pippen playing alongside Michael Jordan those six banners at the top of the United Center won't be there.

    Michael Jordan:
    - 1987-88 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
    - 9x All-Defensive First Team Selections
    - 3x NBA Leader in Steals (1988, 1990, 1993)
    - 2.35 spg in the regular season (2,514 career steals in 1,072 games)
    - 2.10 spg in the play-offs (376 career play-off steals in 179 games)
    - 0.8 bpg in the regular season (893 career blocks in 1,072 games)
    - 0.9 bpg in the play-offs (158 career play-off blocks in 179 games)
    - 5.2 drpg in the regular season (5,004 career defensive rebounds in 1,072 games)
    - 4.7 drpg in the play-offs (847 career play-off defensive rebounds in 179 games)
    - 200 steals and 100 blocks in a single season (1986-87, 1987-88)

    Scottie Pippen
    - 8x All-NBA Defensive First Team Selections
    - 2x All-NBA Defensive Second Team Selections
    - 1x NBA Leader in Steals (1995)
    - 1.96 spg in the regular season (2,307 career steals in 1,178 games)
    - 1.90 spg in the play-offs (395 career play-off steals in 208 games)
    - 0.8 bpg in the regular season (947 career blocks in 1,178 games)
    - 0.9 bpg in the play-offs (185 career play-off blocks in 208 games)
    - 4.6 drpg in the regular season (5,426 career defensive rebounds in 1,178 games)
    - 5.4 drpg in the play-offs (1,117 career play-off defensive rebounds in 208 games)
    - 200 steals and 100 blocks in a single season (1989-90)



    [*] If you're a Kobetard and you got offended with him being Shaq's Pippen.... Tough luck!


    *****

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    The Philippines in the FIBA World Cup (formerly known as FIBA World Championship)

    This post is one of the continuations of the blog post: Philippine National Team Records in Official Tournaments.

    Most Americans treat the Olympic Games as the pinnacle of basketball but for the rest of the world, the FIBA World Cup (formerly known as FIBA World Championship) is the most prestigious and most important tourney in the basketball world.

    The Philippines qualified seven times but only participated in four World Championships.

    In 1954, the Carlos Loyzaga-led Islanders captured the bronze medal losing only to both finalists, the United States and Brazil. The third place finished was the best finished by an Asian team in the World Championship. The Great Difference (Loyzaga) himself finished as the tournament’s third leading scorer (16ppg) and was named in the all-tournament mythical five selections.

    In 1959, the Philippines finished eighth with a 4-2 win-loss record. In 1963, the Philippines was selected to host the World Championship but the Macapagal administration refused the entries of basketball teams from the communist bloc leading to the country’s suspension from major FIBA tournaments as well as losing its spot in that year’s World Championship.

    Coach Tito Eduque instructing his players at the 1974 FIBA World Championship [l-r: Abet Guidaben (#9), Yoyong Martirez, Tembong Melencio (#6), and Robert Jaworski (#7)]

    In 1974, the Philippines returned to the world tournament but ended the campaign with its worst finished ever. In 1978, the Philippines finally able to host the World Championship and along with defending champion Soviet Union directly qualified to the play-off round. The Philippines finished 8th in front of the home crowd with Yugoslavia winning the tournament.

    In 1986, the Philippines qualified in the World Championship but the idiots in the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) wanted to play sports with politics and decided not to send a team that they saw as a product of a Marcos crony. They were even too lazy to form a new team despite having four months to prepare after the EDSA Revolution.

    In 2014, the Philippines were one of the underdogs, qualified for the first time since 1986 and played for the first time since 1978. Everybody predicted that the team will get hammered but the team put basketball powers on the edge and despite losing those games, the margin remained closed in the end. However, the team won their last assignment against Senegal, the country's first World Cup victory in 40 years.

    Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the FIBA Basketball World Cup (World Basketball Championship).

    Appearances: 5 (1954, 1959, 1974, 1978, 2014)
    Qualified: 7 (1954, 1959, 1963, 1974, 1978, 1986, 2014)
    Medals: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)
    Best Finished: Bronze (1954)
    Win-Loss Record: 34 games (13 wins, 21 losses)

    PHL's Ever World Cup Game: PHL vs. Paraguay
    1950: Did Not Participate

    1954: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Paraguay, 64-52; vs. Brazil, 63-99; vs. United States, 43-56; vs. Taiwan, 48-38; vs. Israel, 90-56; vs. Brazil, 41-57; vs. Canada, 83-76; vs. France, 66-60; vs. Uruguay, 67-63]

    1959: 8th place [vs. Uruguay, 68-59; vs. Bulgaria, 61-85; vs. Puerto Rico, 63-76; vs. Egypt, 66-65; vs. Canada, 79-65; vs. Uruguay, 78-70]

    1963: Withdrew (Suspended by FIBA)*
    1967: Did Not Participate
    1970: Did Not Qualify

    1974: 13th place [vs. United States, 85-135; vs. Argentina, 90-111; vs. Spain, 85-117; vs. Australia, 101-100; vs. Mexico, 84-101; vs. Czechoslovakia, 112-119; vs. Central Africa, 87-86]

    1978**: 8th place [vs. Yugoslavia, 101-117; vs. Soviet Union, 63-110; vs. Brazil, 72-119; vs. Italy, 75-112; vs. Australia, 52-97; vs. Canada, 88-99; vs. United States, 70-100]

    1982: Did Not Qualify
    1986: Qualified but Did Not Participate***
    1987-2010: Did Not Qualify
    2014: 21st place [vs. Croatia, 78-81; vs. Greece, 70-82; vs. Argentina, 81-85, vs. Puerto Rico, 73-77; vs. Senegal, 81-79]

    [*] In 1963, FIBA suspended the Philippines for its failure to stage the 1963 FIBA World Championship after President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country.
    [**] Host Nation.
    [***] In 1986, despite having enough time to prepare a national team (five months after the people’s power uprising), the Basketball Association (BAP) did not send a contingent to the 1986 FIBA World Championship.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    New Zealand in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship

    Once again, despite both teams directly qualified to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, the Australian Boomers and the New Zealand Tall Blacks will face each other in a two-game home-and-away series. This series is more than just a formality of who will be the Oceania champions but also a traditional rivalry that spread across different sporting codes, from rugby union to rugby league, from cricket to softball, from field hockey to football, from basketball to netball, the list goes on. These two nations have a very rich sporting traditions and rivalry that also go hand-in-hand with their shared history since the colonial era and their ANZAC spirit fighting together in two World Wars.

    I will be supporting my adopted country (New Zealand) in this series. The Tall Blacks opened their international season with a 77-76 victory over the Philippines (my home country) in a one-off international test match in Auckland before winning the Shikoku Basketball Classic in an 8-game Tour of China. The Kiwis will not have the services of 2013 NBA draftee Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunders and former Australian NBL superstar Kirk Penney, one of the most decorated Kiwi player ever but both are expected to play in next year's FIBA World Cup.

    Schedule:
    • Game 1: New Zealand 59 - 70 Australia (August 14), North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand [match details|video highlights|full replay]

    Roster:
    • Thomas Abercrombie
    • BJ Anthony
    • Casey Frank
    • Everard Bartlett
    • Jarrod Kenny
    • Izaya Leafa
    • Jordan Ngatai
    • Alex Pledger
    • Jack Salt
    • Reuben Te Rangi
    • Mika Vukona (c)
    • Corey Webster

    Head coach: Nenad Vučinić
    Assistant coach(es): Pero Cameron and Paul Henare
    Physiotherapist: Anousith Bouaaphone
    General manager: Claire Dallison
    Reserves/Injury Lists: Brook Ruscoe and Jeremiah Trueman
    Rested/Not Available: Kirk Penney, Steven Adams

    New Zealand Record in the Oceania Championship:
    1971: 2nd place (silver)
    1975: 2nd place (silver)
    1978: 2nd place (silver)
    1979: 2nd place (silver)
    1981: 2nd place (silver)
    1983: 2nd place (silver)
    1985: 2nd place (silver)
    1987: 2nd place (silver)
    1989: 2nd place (silver)
    1991: 2nd place (silver)
    1993: 2nd place (silver)
    1995: 2nd place (silver)
    1997: 2nd place (silver)
    1999: 1st place (gold)
    2001: 1st place (gold)
    2003: 2nd place (silver)
    2005: 2nd place (silver)
    2007: 2nd place (silver)
    2009: 1st place (gold)
    2011: 2nd place (silver)
    2013: 2nd place (silver)


    Note: Since 2001, FIBA Oceania Championship is also played in conjunction with the annual Al Ramsay Shield Series between Australia and New Zealand.


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    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    My first ever basketball title. . .

    Well, I finally won my first ever basketball title after years of hurt and trying. . . all those times, standing in the sidelines. . . watching my friends winning basketball titles and all but not this time around. My team, Christchurch Eagles finished the round robin at the top of the table before beating the Foilers 81-67 in the finals of the 2013 Christchurch Social Basketball League (Monday Night Men's Division). Its not as prestigious as any club leagues or tournaments out there but still a title won nonetheless. Although, last night I was actually thinking and hoping that I don't really mind if my team loss this tourney if it means Gilas Pilipinas won the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship. That did not happen but at least the Philippines still qualified for the FIBA World Cup.

    Anyway, congrats to my teammates and thanks for the great effort. Well done lads!

    Eagles Squad 2013

    Roster:
    • Roland Avila
    • Jay Campugan
    • Aaron Colgrave
    • Jordan Duggan
    • Shaun Jones
    • Arthur Madrid
    • Jose Murcott
    • Atama O'Donnell
    • Donmar Pineda 
    • Julius Sacramento
    • Rey Viloria
    • Tim Yeadon
    • Leroy. . .


    Eagles History:
    • 2nd place/runner-up (2010 PCSCI Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League)
    • 3rd place (2010 Mariton Cup)
    • 1st place/champions (2010 PCSCI Social Basketball League)
    • 2nd place/runner-up (2011-12 PCSCI-BML Social Basketball League, Second Conference)*
    • 3rd place/bronze (2012 PCSCI Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League)*
    • 8th place (2013 FBL Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League)*
    • 1st place (2013 Christchurch Social Basketball League Monday Night Men's Division)*
     
    [*] My time with the team


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    Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Our Self-imposed Burden and the Big Ball of Wool

    This post is NOT mine and is literally copied-and-paste from a Facebook post. I thought I should share this post here.

    The big ball of wool Shrek the Sheep

    This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous in April 2004 when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years in Tarras, Central Otago, New Zealand. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

    This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

    When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

    I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

    P.S. Shrek the Sheep was euthanized (murdered) on June 6, 2011

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Gilas Pilipinas 2.0: The Road to Spain (2014 FIBA World Cup)

    This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

    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: Vincent “Chot” Reyes
    Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Ryan Gregorio, Nash Racela
    Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA), Rajko Toroman (Serbia) (unofficial), Erik Spoelstra (unofficial), Tab Baldwin (USA/NZ)
    Team Captain: Jimmy Alapag
    National Pool: Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jeffrei Chan, Jayson Castro, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Marcus Douthit, Larry Fonacier, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Marc Pingris, Andray Blatche, Paul Lee, Jared Dillinger, Garvo Lanete, Sonny Thoss, Mac Baracael, Enrico Villanueva, Sol Mercado, Jay-R Reyes, Greg Slaughter, Jay Washington, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Kevin Alas, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, Beau Belga

    Road to Spain (Schedule):
    2012 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Cup (Chiang Mai, Thailand), champions
    2012 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), champions
    2012 FIBA Asia Cup (Tokyo, Japan), 4th place
    2013 Super Keung Seung Cup (Hong Kong, China), champion
    2013 PBA All-Star Weekend: Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
    2013 Philippines-Shanghai Sharks (China) Friendship Game*
    2013 Philippine Tour of Lithuania* (also played the Lithuania Under-20 national team)
    2013 Philippine Tour of New Zealand* (also played the New Zealand Tall Blacks in a one-off test match)
    2013 Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
    2013 Philippines vs. Kazakhstan
    2013 FIBA Asia Championship (Manila, Philippines), 2nd place (silver)

    More games and tourneys to come.....
    2014 PBA All-Star Weekend: Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
    2014 FIBA Asia Cup (Wuhan, China), 3rd place
    2014 Antibes International Tournament (Antibes, France), 4th place
    2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (Seville,Spain), 21st place
    2014 Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea), 7th place

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


    Individual Honors:
    • Lewis Alfred Tenorio: 2012 William Jones Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and 2012 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award
    • Marcus Douthit: 2012 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award
    • Jayson Castro William: 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
    • Japeth Aguilar: First in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2013 FIBA Continental Championships
    • Gabe Norwood: Second in the Top 10 Dunks of the 2014 FIBA World Cup

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


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    Monday, August 5, 2013

    "The Penguin History of New Zealand" (Book Review)

    Book Title: Penguin History of New Zealand
    Author: Michael King
    Published: 2003

    I read this book for the first time in 2003. In fact, the author (Michael King) died of a car accident few weeks after my high school history class started reading his book. Took me 10 years before I get to buy my own copy and I'm looking forward to read it again.

    This book is a good introduction to New Zealand's history especially to those who are new to the country and even to Kiwis who wanted to learn their country's past and origin.

    This review was originally posted at Goodreads.

    ***

    Friday, August 2, 2013

    The Philippines in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship

    For the first time in 40 years and for the third time in history, the Philippines will host the FIBA Asia Championship (formerly known as the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship). The Philippines hosted the inaugural Asian Championship in 1960 and the 1973 edition with the Philippine national team winning both tournaments.

    The Philippines, with the home crowd behind them and a good home record, will be one of the favourites along with defending Asian champions China and reigning William Jones Cup champions Iran.

    The national team, Gilas Pilipinas, got only few months and only managed basketball training tours to Lithuania and New Zealand after being "uninvited" and prevented from defending its William Jones Cup title by host nation, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).

    The Philippines will face Saudi Arabia, Jordan and longtime rival Taiwan in the group stage.

     ******


    First Round (Group A):
    In the opening game, Saudi Arabia almost gave the Philippines a run for their money but crucial defensive plays in the fourth quarter, including a couple of block shots by Japeth Aguilar, keeps the lead for the locals and secure victory. The second game, on the other hand, Jordan lead the game for most of the first half until the Philippine defense took over early in the second half and started an offensive run to secure victory behind Gabe Norwood's excellent leadership in defense and a Caidic-esque performance by Jeff Chan (scoring 17 points, including 5 three-points shots). In the third game, despite the heroic shooting from Larry Fonacier, Chinese Taipei secured a come-from-behind victory over the Philippines in a game marked by three-point shots with both teams combine for 25 three-point field goals made.


    Second Round (Group E):
    In the Second Round, the Philippines record its biggest win in this year's tournament so far, trashing Japan by 19 points. Marcus Douthit leading the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds along with Jeff Chan's terrific shooting display and Japeth Aguilar's high-flying offensive game. In their fifth game of the tournament, the national team dominated the first half against Qatar but almost lost the presence of Marcus Douthit in the second half due to injury. He ended the game with another double-double and once again a big help from both Jeff Chan and Japeth Aguilar. In their final elimination game, they played one of their worst half in the tournament before clawing their way back and secured a come-from-behind win over a brave Hong Kong team. Once again, Marcus Douthit and Jeff Chan carried the team to victory and finished top on Group E.


    Knockout Stage:
    In the quarterfinals, the Philippines trashed Kazakhstan by 30 points with local favourite Gary David scoring 22 points. The Philippines has now reached the semi-finals of the second Asian Championships in a row. In the semi-finals, the Philippines beat their 'bogey' team South Korea for the first time since the 1985 edition. Marc Pingris, Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro and heck pretty much almost everyone in the team made major contributions in the Philippines' come-from-behind victory over their Far Eastern rival. The Philippines has now secured its first FIBA World Cup qualification since 1986 and its first appearance since the 1978 FIBA World Championship.

    In the finals, fresh from their biggest win since the 2012 William Jones Cup, the Philippine nationals loss to the most dominant Asian team for the last six years, reigning William Jones Cup champions Iran. In consolation, Jayson Castro William was named in the FIBA Asia Mythical Five along with tournament's Most Valuable Player Hamed Hadadi of Iran. The Philippines has now captured its 9th Asian Championship medal and just its third silver medal finished in history


    Win-Loss Record: 7-2
    Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship


    Gilas Pilipinas Roster:
    • Japeth Aguilar
    • Jimmy Alapag (c)
    • Jayson Castro William
    • Jeffrei Allan Chan
    • Gary David
    • Ranidel De Ocampo
    • Marcus Douthit
    • June Mar Fajardo 
    • Larry Alexander Fonacier
    • Gabriel Daniel Norwood
    • Jean Marc Pingris
    • Lewis Alfred Tenorio

    Head Coach: Vincent "Chot" Reyes
    Assistant Coaches: Ryan Gregorio, Jong Uichico, Norman Black, Nash Racela
    Team Consultants/Advisors: Tim Cone, Rajko Toroman, Tab Baldwin
    Reserves/Injury List: Beau Belga, Greg Slaughter, Kelly Williams, Jared Dillinger, Matthew Ganuelas, Sony Thoss, Ryan Reyes



    Achievements:
    - 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Silver Medal
    - 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualification
    - Jayson Castro (FIBA Asia Mythical Five Selections)

    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
    2013: 2nd place (silver)


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