Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Philippines in the FIBA Asia Championship

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

The most important international basketball tournament in Asia is the FIBA Asia Championship where the Philippines captured nine medals including five championship gold medals.

Coach Arturo Rius and captain Carlos Loyzaga in 1960
In 1960, the Carlos Loyzaga-led national team captured the first ever championship title in front of the home crowd in Manila with Carlos Badion winning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award and joined by the Great Difference himself in the all-tournament mythical five selections. The Philippines defended the title in 1963 but loss the championship to Japan in 1965. The national team regained the Asian Championship in 1967 where Narciso Bernardo and Robert Jaworski were named in the mythical five selections at the end of the tournament. In 1969 and 1971, the Philippines finished third and second respectively

In 1973, the Philippines hosted the Asian Championship for the second time and also captured the gold medal for the fourth time in history. The national team finished fifth in 1975 and 1977, and fourth in 1979 and 1981. In 1983, the Philippines became the first unbeaten nation to finished outside the top eight of the Asian Championship after illegally fielding naturalized players in the group stage.

In 1985, the Philippines won its fifth Asian Championship title and it would be the last medal won by the Philippines in the 20th Century. The 1985 NCC squad was also the last national team to qualify in the World Championship but failed to participate in the tournament due to the shortcomings of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) [EDSA Revolution was the main reason why the NCC program discontinued but it’s not the main reason why we failed to participate in the World Championship. Think about it. The World Champs did not take place until about July 1986. EDSA took place in February. They got about five months to prepare but BAP did not do anything about it like they always do for the next 20 years]. In 1987, the Philippines finished 4th place in the tournament, the last semifinal appearance by an all-amateur squad with Alvin Patrimonio named in the tournament’s mythical five selections.

For the next 24 years, the Philippines had a very dismal record in the Asian Championship with 15th place as its worst finished ever in 2003. The Philippines was also suspended twice (2001 and 2005-2007) in that period. In 2007 and 2009, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) decided to send an all-pro team to the FIBA Olympic and World qualifiers but only managed to finish 9th (unlucky draw) and 8th (lack of preparation) respectively.

In 2011, a semi-pro national team (Smart Gilas Pilipinas) reached the semis for the first time since 1987 and finished fourth in the competition. In 2013, the Philippines hosted the tournament for the third time in history with the all-pro Gilas Pilipinas national team reaching the finals for the first time since 1986 and captured just the third silver medal in the Asian Championship after losing to Asian powerhouse Iran. The silver medal finished and the classic semi-final victory over the Philippines' bogey team, South Korea, secured the country its first FIBA World Cup qualification since 1986 and its first appearance since the 1978 FIBA World Championship.

Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the Olympic and World Qualifier, the FIBA Asia Championship (formerly known as the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship or Asian Basketball Championship).

Appearances: 25 (1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Medals: 9 medals (5 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 1 bronze medal)
Best Finished: Gold (1960, 1963, 1967, 1973, 1985), Silver (1965, 1971, 2013), Bronze (1969)
Win-Loss Record: 196 games (129 wins, 67 losses)

1960*: 1st place (gold) [vs. Indonesia, 92-46; vs. Hong Kong, 115-66; vs. Malaysia, 126-58; vs. South Korea, 97-79; vs. Japan, 97-73; vs. Taiwan, 96-83; vs. South Korea, 96-82; vs. Japan, 92-80; vs. Taiwan, 99-78]

1963: 1st place (gold) [vs. Thailand, 83-60; vs. South Vietnam, 124-61; vs. Malaysia, 103-42; vs. Singapore, 114-64; vs. Hong Kong, 92-69; vs. South Korea, 59-62; vs. Taiwan, 70-65; vs. Thailand, 91-53; vs. South Korea, 85-81; vs. Taiwan, 81-96; vs. vs. Taiwan, 91-77]

1965: 2nd place (silver) [vs. Malaysia, 82-53; vs. Singapore, 104-39; vs. South Vietnam, 88-50; vs. Japan 74-54; vs. South Korea, 59-50; vs. Malaysia, 90-72; vs. Japan, 65-71; vs. Thailand, 79-64; vs. Taiwan, 92-80]

1967: 1st place (gold) [vs. Indonesia, 103-67; vs. Malaysia, 92-55; vs. India, 111-63; vs. Japan, 81-69; vs. Singapore, 107-58; vs. Taiwan, 83-79; vs. Hong Kong, 103-52; vs. Thailand, 95-66; vs. South Korea, 83-80]

1969: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. India, 106-85; vs. Taiwan, 97-78; vs. Hong Kong, 113-73; vs. Japan, 77-78; vs. Thailand, 89-73; vs. Pakistan, 121-76; vs. Malaysia, 97-61; vs. South Korea, 86-95]

1971: 2nd place (silver) [vs. Singapore, 134-80; vs. vs. Hong Kong, 133-57; vs. Malaysia, 95-53; vs. Thailand, 121-72; vs. South Korea, 88-80; vs. Japan, 69-93; vs. India, 91-62; vs. Taiwan, 77-75]

1973*: 1st place (gold) [vs. Pakistan, 133-55; vs. India, 109-73; vs. Indonesia, 108-77; vs. Singapore, 130-49; vs. Taiwan, 88-81; vs. Iran, 88-80; vs. Japan, 89-68; vs. Taiwan, 101-64; vs. India, 110-84; vs. South Korea, 90-78]

1975: 5th place [vs. Singapore, 97-72; vs. Indonesia, 117-87; vs. China, 85-105; vs. Thailand, 96-88; vs. Pakistan, 105-86; vs. Hong Kong, 122-88; vs. Japan, 85-100; vs. India; 69-113; vs. South Korea, 74-121]

1977: 5th place [vs. Pakistan, 103-87; vs. Sri Lanka, 119-70; vs. Japan, 66-71; vs. Indonesia, 120-56; vs. China, 60-117; vs. South Korea, 82-96; vs. Japan, 71-83; vs. Malaysia, 84-88; vs. Iraq, 91-90]

1979: 4th place [vs. Singapore, 128-65; vs. South Korea, 107-118; vs. Thailand, 91-81; vs. Japan, 94-111; vs. China, 89-124; vs. India, 95-86; vs. Pakistan, 123-100]
Allan Caidic (8) guarding China's Wang Li Bin in 1985 ABC

1981: 4th place [vs. Thailand, 81-64; vs. Singapore, 92-47; vs. South Korea, 62-90; vs. China, 66-97; vs. Malaysia, 82-70; vs. Japan, 82-99; vs. India, 78-65]

1983: 9th place [vs. Kuwait, 78-57; vs. India, 90-60; vs. Malaysia, 85-80; vs. Indonesia, 95-64; vs. Thailand, 74-69]**

1985: 1st place (gold) [vs. Jordan 81-70; vs. Pakistan, 100-51; vs. Japan, 87-70; vs. South Korea, 76-72; vs. Malaysia, 75-65; vs. China, 82-72]

1987: 4th place [vs. Jordan, 97-91; vs. India, 87-79; vs. China, 94-97; vs. Malaysia, 97-94; vs. Thailand, 98-86; vs. South Korea, 88-105; vs. Japan, 75-89]

1989: 8th place [vs. Bangladesh, 150-52; vs. Hong Kong, 115-83; vs. Taiwan, 74-97; vs. China, 73-118; vs. Japan, 67-86; vs. Iran, 86-93; vs. Saudi Arabia, 89-91]

1991: 7th place [vs. China, 79-107; vs. Kuwait, 77-59; vs. Bahrain, 107-83; vs. Malaysia, 126-77; vs. Japan, 83-110; vs. South Korea, 83-96; vs. North Korea, 87-86; vs. Iran, 81-91; vs. Jordan, 2-0]

1993: 11th place [vs. United Arab Emirates, 70-74; vs. South Korea, 75-80; vs. Singapore, 89-62; vs. Hong Kong, 96-75; vs. Kuwait, 82-84; vs. Indonesia, 89-76]

1995: 12th place [vs. United Arabs Emirates, 56-70; vs. South Korea, 76-98; vs. Uzbekistan, 60-82; vs. Iran, 53-68; vs. India, 83-77; vs. Hong Kong, 69-65; vs. Kuwait, 63-70]

1997: 9th place [vs. Iran, 76-77; vs. China, 72-107; vs. Bahrain, 68-70; vs. Kazakhstan, 84-74; vs. India, 89-69; vs. Bahrain, 84-79]

1999: 11th place [vs. South Korea, 63-98; vs. United Arab Emirates, 81-95; vs. Lebanon, 50-60; vs. Uzbekistan, 64-94; vs. Thailand, 82-58; vs. Bahrain, 83-75]

2001: Did Not Participate (Suspended by FIBA)***

2003: 15th place [vs. Japan, 64-66; vs. Qatar, 69-77; vs. Jordan, 83-67; vs. Hong Kong, 58-66; vs. Kuwait, 66-79; vs. Syria, 77-95; vs. Malaysia, 78-63]

2005: Did Not Participate (Suspended by FIBA)****

2007: 9th place [vs. Iran, 69-75; vs. China, 79-64; vs. Jordan, 76-84; vs. Syria, 107-100; vs. India, 104-69; vs. Kuwait, 89-58; vs. China, 78-76]

2009: 8th place [vs. Sri Lanka, 115-31; vs. Japan, 78-69; vs. South Korea, 56-69; vs. Taiwan, 77-70; vs. Iran, 78-88; vs. Kuwait, 85-71; vs. Jordan, 70-81; vs. Qatar, 65-83; vs. South Korea, 80-82]

2011: 4th place [vs. United Arab Emirates, 92-52; vs. China, 60-75; vs. Bahrain, 113-71; vs. Jordan, 72-64; vs. Japan, 83-76; vs. Syria, 75-52; vs. Taiwan, 95-78; vs. Jordan, 61-75; vs. South Korea, 68-70]

2013*: 2nd place (silver) [vs. Saudi Arabia, 78-66; vs. Jordan, 77-71; vs. Taiwan, 79-84; vs. Japan, 90-71; vs. Qatar, 80-70; vs. Hong Kong, 67-55; vs. Kazakhstan, 88-58; vs. South Korea, 86-79; vs. Iran, 71-85]

[*] Host Nation.
[**] Philippines was penalized for fielding more than one naturalized players in the preliminary rounds and was relegated to the classification rounds instead. As a result, the Philippines became the only unbeaten national team never to win a medal in a single championship
[***] The First Leadership Crisis (2001)
[****] The Second Leadership Crisis (2005-2007)


Fat Tax and Greedism

Fat Tax and Greedism.

Yes those two words come together hand in hand.


Just recently, "a fat tax is being suggested as a possible way to improve the health of New Zealanders by encouraging people to replace some saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats." [source]

First the milk. Now butter!

It doesn't matter if the food can make you fat or not. Saturated or polyunsaturated. In the end it all contained chemical ingredients that pretty much cause damage in your body anyway. 

This is just another misinformation, a government-fabricated money-making scheme to tax the people in favour of the business elites. Fat taxes are just for the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer just like those "Green" taxes that made the very same people that are destroying the environment richer while the environmentalists who sold their cause to politicians are still waiting for the giant refrigerator to stop global warming.


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The Story of Sylvester Stallone

I must admit that I literally "Copy-and-Paste" this from a Facebook Post. I thought people should read this story and hopefully inspired.


This is one of the SADDEST stories ever told in Hollywood. His name is Sylvester Stallone. One of the BIGGEST and Most famous American Movie superstars. Back in the day, Stallone was a struggling actor in every definition. At some point,he got so broke that he stole his wife's jewellery and sold it. Things got so bad that he even ended up homeless. Yes, he slept at the New York bus station for 3 days. Unable to pay rent or afford food. His lowest point came when he tried to sell his dog at the liquor store to any stranger. He didn't have money to feed the dog anymore. He sold it at $25 only. He says he walked away crying.

Two weeks later, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie,ROCKY. He wrote the script for 20 hours! He tried to sell it and got an offer for $125,000 for the script. But he had just ONE REQUEST. He wanted to STAR in the movie. He wanted to be the MAIN ACTOR. Rocky himself. But the studio said NO. They wanted a REAL STAR.

They said he "Looked funny and talked funny". He left with his script. A few weeks later, the studio offered him $250,000 for the script. He refused. They even offered $350,000. He still refused. They wanted his movie. But NOT him. He said NO. He had to be IN THAT MOVIE.

After a while,the studio agreed,gave him $35,000 for the script and let him star in it! The rest is history! The movie won Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing at the prestigious Oscar Awards. He was even nominated for BEST ACTOR! The Movie ROCKY was even inducted into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movies ever!

And do You know the first thing he bought with the $35,000? THE DOG HE SOLD. Yes, Stallone LOVED HIS DOG SO MUCH that he stood at the liquor store for 3 days waiting for the man he sold
his dog to. And on the 3rd day,he saw the man coming with the dog. Stallone explained why he sold the dog and begged for the dog back. The man refused. Stallone offered him $100. The man refused. He offered him $500. And the guy refused. Yes,he refused even $1000. And, Believe it or Not,Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same, same dog he sold at $25 only! And he finally got his dog back!

And today, the same Stallone who slept in the streets and sold his dog JUST BECAUSE he couldn't even feed it anymore,is one of the GREATEST Movie Stars who ever walked the Earth!

Being broke is BAD. Really BAD. Have You ever had a dream? A wonderful dream? But You are too broke to implement it? Too tiny to do it? Too small to accomplish it? Damn! I've been there too many times!

Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a NOBODY. People will want your products but NOT YOU. Its a tough world. If you ain't already famous, or rich or "connected", You will find it rough. Doors will be shut on You. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes. You will push and push. And yet NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.

And then your hopes will be crashed. You will be broke. Damn broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And Yes, you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes,it does.

BUT NEVER LET THEM CRUSH THAT DREAM. Whatever happens to You, Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes, Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Dreaming.
Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People will judge You by HOW you look. And by WHAT You have. But please, Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, ITS OKAY! But AS LONG AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, Your STORY IS NOT OVER. TRUST ME.

Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive. Go get it.

Like and share if inspired. Lovely day people!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Philippines in the Asian Games (basketball)

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

The quadrennial Asian Games is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the region where most Asian countries send national teams in multiple sporting events and as well as the host nations given the chance to share its culture and national past time.

Anyway, the Philippines won seven basketball medals in the Asian Games including four consecutive gold medals from 1951 to 1962. One person stood out from the golden age of Philippine basketball, Carlos Loyzaga, one of the best players in the world in that era. He carried the team and led them to four consecutive Asiad gold medals, four consecutive medal finished in the Asia Championship (one as a coach), and a bronze medal in the World Championship. There is no surprise that the Philippine basketball declines when he ended his career along with the rise of basketball commercialism in the Philippines.

The Philippines did not win another medal until 24 years later when the last all-amateur national team, led by Allan Caidic, captured the “golden” bronze medal in 1986 Asian Games. During the semifinals of that year’s competition, the Philippines suffered one, if not the most, controversial loss in international basketball when a Japanese referee couldn’t distinguish the difference between a foul and a flop.
The 1986 RP Asiad Team that captured the "golden" Bronze

In 1990, the Philippines sent for the first time an all-pro national "Dream Team" coached by national team veteran Robert Jaworski and bannered by the reigning Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)’s MVP Allan Caidic and his fellow NCC teammates Samboy Lim and Hector Calma. The team only managed a silver medal finished with both Caidic and Lim, named in the all-tournament mythical five selections.

In 1994, the Philippines once again sent an all-pro team but only manage to finish fourth in the competition with the Triggerman (Caidic) named in the mythical five selections for two consecutive Asiad after leading the tournament in points scored.

In 1998, commemorating the centennial celebration of the Philippine Declaration of Independence, the PBA formed an all-pro national team known as the “Philippine Centennial Team” that went on to capture the country’s third William Jones Cup title and the bronze medal in that year’s Asian Games.

In 2002, the Philippines, once more, suffered one, if not the most, heartbreaking loss in international basketball after losing to host South Korea by 1 point in the semi-finals.

Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the Asian Games.

Appearances: 15 (1951, 1954, 1958,1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010)
Medals: 7 medals (4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 2 bronze medals)
Best Finished: Gold (1951, 1954, 1958, 1962), Silver (1990), Bronze (1986, 1998)
Win-Loss Record: 106 games (72 wins, 34 losses)

1951: 1st place (gold) [vs. Burma, 63-19; vs. Iran, 65-41; vs. Japan, 57-33; vs. India, 86-36]

1954*: 1st place (gold) [vs. Singapore, 82-63; vs. Cambodia, 105-41; vs. South Korea, 84-45; vs. South Korea, 76-52; vs. Japan, 68-40; vs. Taiwan, 34-27]

1958: 1st place (gold) [vs. Siam, 97-40; vs. Malaya, 110-60; vs. South Korea, 99-85; vs. Singapore, ?-? (W); vs. Taiwan, 88-98; vs. Siam, ?-? (W); vs. Japan, 90-83]

1962: 1st place (gold) [vs. Cambodia, 81-52; vs. Thailand, 72-61; vs. South Korea, 84-67; vs. Indonesia, 107-74; vs. Thailand, 108-73; vs. Hong Kong, 100-68; vs. Japan, 101-67]

Rudy Soriano in 1974 Asian Games (PHL vs. Israel)
1966: 6th place [vs. South Korea, 82-83; vs. Burma, 132-49; vs. Iran, 103-69; vs. South Vietnam, 109-46; vs. Israel, 86-91; vs. Malaysia, 113-? (W); vs. Taiwan, 72-75]

1970: 5th place [vs. Hong Kong, 113-45; vs. Iran, 92-90; vs. South Korea, 75-77; vs. South Korea, 70-65; vs. India, 97-79; vs. Taiwan, 64-75; vs. Israel, 78-83; vs. Japan, 72-76]

1974: 4th place [vs. Israel, 73-122; vs. Iran, 93-91; vs. China, 91-86; vs. North Korea, 89-91; vs. Israel, 123-101; vs. China, 89-102]

1978: 5th place [vs. Pakistan, 85-79; vs. Bahrain, 97-49; vs. South Korea, 78-95; vs. Saudi Arabia, 87-73; vs. North Korea, 71-86; vs. China ?-? (L); vs. Japan, ?-? (L); vs. Thailand, ?-? (W)]

1982: 4th place [vs. India, ?-? (W); vs. United Arab Emirates, 109-81; vs. North Yemen, ?-? (W); vs. South Korea, 99-132; vs. Japan, 91-109; vs. Kuwait, 80-78; vs. North Korea, 82-77; vs. Malaysia, 70-84; vs. China, ?-? (L); vs. India, ?-? (W)]

1986: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Japan, 81-78; vs. Hong Kong, 109-75; vs. China, 84-112; vs. Kuwait, 90-74; vs. South Korea, 102-103; vs. Malaysia, 84-68; vs. Jordan, 83-81]

1990: 2nd place (silver) [vs. Pakistan, 129-81; vs. Japan, 86-78; vs. North Korea, 98-82; vs. China 60-125; vs. United Arab Emirates, 80-75; vs. Japan, 94-90; vs. China, 74-90]

Allan Caidic in 1998 Asian Games
1994: 4th place [vs. Kazakhstan, 89-76; vs. Iran, 89-86; vs. United Arab Emirates, 87-71; vs. South Korea, 79-86; vs. China, 74-85; vs. Japan, 76-79]
1998: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Kazakhstan, 53-52; vs. Kyrgyzstan, 91-50; vs. United Arab Emirates, 93-57; vs. Thailand, 86-60; vs. South Korea, 83-103; vs. China, 73-82; vs. Kazakhstan, 73-68]

2002: 4th place [vs. United Arab Emirates, 81-56; vs. North Korea, 89-63; vs. Japan, 79-74; vs. Taiwan, 83-69; vs. China 51-92; vs. South Korea, 68-69; vs. Kazakhstan, 66-68]

2006: Did Not Participate (Suspended by FIBA)**

2010: 6th place [vs. Kuwait, 76-69; vs. Iran, 50-65; vs. Qatar, 90-68; vs. Japan, 58-60; vs. India, 78-57; vs. Chinese Taipei, 82-73; vs. South Korea, 66-74; vs. North Korea, 96-69; vs. Qatar 71-81]

[*] Host Nation
[**] Suspended by FIBA due to internal fighting between the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) [basically, the continuing illegal existence of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)]



Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Philippines in the Olympic Games (basketball)

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

The Philippines was one of the first nations to compete in the first ever Olympic basketball tournament at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and the national team went on to represent the country six more times in the postwar era.

In 1936, the Philippine squad, coached by former Philippine national football team head coach Dionisio Calvo and captain by future Senator Ambrosio Padilla (both were the founding fathers of the Asian Basketball Confederation, now known as FIBA Asia), traveled and endured three weeks onboard in a ship to Paris, France and another week on a train to Berlin, Germany. The Islanders, as they were known back then, finished fifth in the table and failed to capture a medal despite dropping only one of its assignments to the United States. Anyway, the fifth place finished was the best finished ever by an Asian team in the Olympic basketball history.

Due to the Second World War, the Olympic Games did not take place until 1948 at London, England. Here the Philippine national team was once again coached by the future FIBA Hall of Famer Dionisio Calvo and finished 12th in the competition. This national team made history by becoming the first basketball team ever to score 100 points or more in a single game of Olympic basketball after beating Iraq, 102-30 in the opening rounds.

In 1952, the Philippines with a 3-2 win-loss record tied for 9th to 16th place with eight other participating nations who failed to get into the top eight. In 1956, the Philippines with a 4-4 record finished 7th, it’s second best finished ever in the quadrennial tournament. In 1960, the national squad, missing the presence of the injured Carlos Loyzaga, finished 11th in the competition. In 1968 and 1972, the national team finished 13th in both Olympic Games its worst finished ever in Olympic history.

Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the Olympic Games.

Appearances: 7 (1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1972)
Medals: -none-
Best Finished: 5th Place (1936), 7th (1956)
Win-Loss Record: 60 games (27 wins, 33 losses)

Philippines Islanders in the 1936 Olympic Games
1936: 5th place [vs. Mexico, 32-30; vs. Estonia, 39-22; vs. United States, 23-56; vs. Italy, 32-14; vs. Uruguay, 33-23]**

1948: 12th place [vs. Iraq, 102-30; vs. South Korea, 35-33; vs. Chile, 39-68; vs. China, 51-32; vs. Belgium, 34-35; vs. Argentina, 45-43; vs. Peru, 29-40; vs. Belgium, 34-38]

1952: 9-16th [vs. Israel, 57-47*; vs. Hungary, 48-35*; vs. Argentina, 59-85; vs. Brazil, 52-71; vs. Canada, 81-65]

1956: 7th place [vs. Thailand, 55-44; vs. Japan, 76-61; vs. United States, 53-121; vs. Uruguay, 70-79; vs. France, 65-58; vs. Chile, 69-88; vs. Bulgaria, 72-80; vs. Chile, 75-68]

1960: 11th place [vs. Poland, 68-86; vs. Spain, 84-82; vs. Uruguay, 76-80; vs. Puerto Rico, 82-80; vs. Hungary, 70-81; vs. France, 75-122; vs. Mexico, 65-64]

1964: Did Not Qualify** [vs. Mexico, 85-90*; vs. Malaysia, 85-55*; vs. Taiwan, 95-71*; vs. Indonesia, 86-98*; vs. Cuba, 69-84*; vs. Australia, 69-71*; vs. Thailand, 98-71*; vs. Canada, 64-68*; vs. South Korea, 58-90*]

1968: 13th place [vs. Italy, 66-91; vs. Spain, 79-108; vs. United States, 75-96; vs. Panama, 92-95; vs. Puerto Rico, 65-89; vs. Senegal, 80-68; vs. Yugoslavia, 68-89; vs. Morocco, 86-57; vs. South Korea, 66-63]

1972: 13th place [vs. Poland, 75-90; vs. Puerto Rico, 72-92; vs. West Germany, 74-93; vs. Yugoslavia, 76-117; vs. Senegal, 68-62; vs. Soviet Union, 80-111; vs. Italy, 81-101; vs. Egypt, 2-0; vs. Japan, 82-73]

1976-2008: Did Not Qualify

[*] Games played at FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments
[**] The Philippines and the United States were given a bye in the first round and directly qualified to the second round of the competition. Anyway, due to a stupid ruling despite only losing to the eventual champion, United States, the Philippines missed out in winning a medal.
[***] Despite being the reigning Asian Champions, due to its suspension from FIBA, the Philippines was relegated to the 1964 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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



Philippine Basketball Tour of New Zealand

Just recently, the Philippine national basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, toured New Zealand as part of the preparation for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship. The tour was also the replacement for the William Jones Cup after the host nation (Taiwan) “uninvited” the Philippines and prevented the national team from defending their title.

Anyway, the New Zealand tour was heavily over-hyped in the social and news media. Die-hard fans, fan boys, bandwagons and supporters should just calm down and hold on their panties. New Zealand’s national team is ranked 18th in the FIBA World Ranking and that only apply to the national team. Grassroots and college basketball programs here are nothing compare to the Philippines’ UAAP or NCAA. Most Kiwi players don’t have a proper college basketball background and no, New Zealand University Games where half of the players are drunk the night before their games doesn't count. Their NBA players only made it big time after they took their talent to the US NCAA.

The Philippine national team beating a semi-pro team in a small margin for two games even though it was coached by Tab Baldwin should've been a concern. Losing to an import-laden all-star was understandable and even the loss to the Wellington Saints. The trashing of the Super City Rangers was the one I’m delighted about. I don’t know why people even bother to celebrate and over hype the first two wins against the Hawke’s Bay team in the internet, a team from a struggling semi-pro league with teams going in-and-out of the competition every year due too lacked of financial support and poor fan base.

Anyway, the 76-77 loss to the newly formed and incomplete New Zealand Tall Blacks (missing the likes of Kirk Penney, recent NBA draftee Steven Adams and of course, New Zealand’s version of Japeth Aguilar - Thomas Abercrombie) was a good quality and competitive experience for the team. I'm not surprise why the Tall Blacks defeated the Gilas Pilipinas despite lack of preparations, simply because the Kiwis has a very deep understanding of the fundamentals of team basketball and shooting. Hopefully last year’s PBA Legends Tour of New Zealand and the recently concluded tour is just the beginning for some future international matches between the two countries.

The New Zealand Tall Blacks and the Gilas Pilipinas squads [source: Basketball New Zealand]

Here’s the international test results and encounter between the Philippines and the New Zealand Tall Blacks:
  • Philippines 73 - 55 New Zealand, 1981 R. William Jones Cup
  • New Zealand 67 - 37 Philippines, 2000 R. William Jones Cup
  • New Zealand 77 -76 Philippines, 2012 Philippines Tour of New Zealand   

P.S. The Philippines and New Zealand were suppose to face each other in the 1986 FIBA World Championship but the Philippines withdrew from the tournament with Malaysia as the replacement.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Justin Marshall" (Book Review)

Book Title: Justin Marshall
Authors: Justin Marshall and Angus Gillies
Published: July 14, 2005

It’s an (auto)biography of one of the most outspoken sport personalities in New Zealand. The former All Black scrum half and the other half of one of New Zealand and Canterbury's most successful inside back pairings of all time (other half was first five Andrew Mehrtens), talks about his early years from the deep south of New Zealand and his young promising career that almost did not take off thanks to incidents that made Zac Guildford's recent troubles a walk in the park to his professional career in Canterbury, Crusaders, and All Black rugby.

When this book was written, he was one of the few remaining players that played in the amateur days of international rugby. The bus incident on his first All Black tour when he and his fellow rookies attempt to wrestled the back seats of the bus from the most senior players was a glimpse of the brutal amateur days. When Graham Henry mentioned in his book Graham Henry - Final Word about Marshall's role as the undisputed leader of the All Blacks on-and-off the field and the binge drinking that took place in South Africa (2004) it pretty much reminds me of that bus incident.

This review was originally posted at Goodreads.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball" (Book Review)

Book Title: Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball
Authors: Dr. Christian Bocobo and Beth Celis
Published: December 2004 (Release Date: March 2005)

Its the only comprehensive book about history of the Philippine basketball. It includes the list of rosters and line-ups of some of the most successful national teams in Philippine history, greats and legends of Philippine basketball, list of individual achievements and national team success, as well as great photos from the past.

The only let-downs are the somewhat limited and incomplete list of players' individual and team achievements.

Overall, its a very useful source and good reading for all basketball historians, writers, and especially Filipino basketball fans everywhere. 

This review was originally posted at LibraryThing and Goodreads.

P.S. If you're not based in the Philippines and wanted to buy your own copy of this book on-line, try Starry-Starry Store (ABS-CBN Shopping Center). It's only US$20 and will only have to pay more due to the cost of international delivery. Although, I think the best way to get hold of the book (faster) if you're not in the Philippines is to let someone you know (who are based in Manila) to buy the book for you and send it to you via DHL/FedEx... although, you might've to pay extra.


Monday, July 8, 2013

"Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure" (Book Review)

Book Title: Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure
Author: Alexander Wolff
Published: November 28th 2003 (first published 2002)

The first time I read this book was almost ten years ago. I was in a middle of my school research at a local library when I got bored and I thought I should entertain myself with an unrelated subject... while browsing the sports section, I ran into this book and I wasn't really planning to read something... when I checked the table of contents the first thing that caught my attention was the chapter concerning basketball in my home country (Philippines).

The chapter talks about the author's experience in the Philippines. Observing local basketball from the courts of the country's professional league to the streets of Manila, the author talked about mimicry in Philippine basketball, how Filipinos watched the NBA the night before and then emulate their idols the next day. The book also featured an interview of the living legend of Philippine basketball, Robert Jaworski who shared an incident early on his career when he bashed a referee that lead to his suspension. Another chapter that caught my interest was chapter concerning the break up of the decorated Yugoslav team in the late 1980s-1990 and the aftermath.

Unlike other basketball books who are more into trivias, this book is about basketball experience in the greatest basketball hot spots in the world.
This review was originally posted at Goodreads. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Woman brutally attacked in home invasion - caught on nanny cam...

This is what happened if you take away the guns from law-abiding citizens. Anti-Gun laws will not stop criminals from acquiring guns or commit crime. They are already law breakers anyway and banning guns will give them more opportunity to commit crimes especially now that law-abiding citizens can't protect themselves. If a criminal knock or bash your door open, how the heck are you going to protect yourself if the emergency operator have to interrogate you first in the phone and then have to wait for the cops to finish their donuts or turn up 20 minutes later (probably busy perverting on women).


"Evil does not exist within a gun. It exists in the minds and hearts of those who pull the trigger for evil purposes." 

New Zealand Rugby at the top of the world...

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After yesterday's 33-0 trashing of England by the All Blacks Sevens in the finals of the  2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup, New Zealand became the first rugby nations in history to win and hold every major world title available in rugby union.

New Zealand won the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup, the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and after 12 years of waiting, won the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup and of course, the 2013 Women's Rugby Sevens World Cup. In addition, New Zealand is also the reigning champion in both IRB Sevens World Series for both men (2011-2013) and women’s category (2012-2013).

New Zealand's Rugby World Titles:
  • 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup
  • 2013 Women's Rugby Sevens World Cup
  • 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup
  • IRB Sevens World Series champion (2011-2013)
  • IRB Women's Sevens World Series champion (2012-2013)

Other titles: 
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • 2012 SANZAR Four Nations Rugby Championship

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