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Friday, December 25, 2015

Message To You

Now that this page got your attention.. please take your time to read the following message. It won't take that long. Thanks!


Message To You:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
God’s Word says that we are ALL sinners

THE GOOD NEWS
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

THE TWO SIDES OF THE QUESTION
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

HERE’S HOW TO BE SAVED AND SURE OF HEAVEN
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation.

Right now, right where you are, settle this most important matter, you can quietly pray…
I realize that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to take the punishment I deserve, please forgive me. I believe that He rose from the dead. I now ask you, Lord Jesus Christ, to save me from my sins and to be the Lord in my life. Thank you for your gift of eternal life, in Jesus Name, Amen.

If you meant it God will do His part and save you NOW!

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From the Answers in Genesis: 

 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Philippine National Basketball Team Records in Official Basketball Tournaments

Few years back, I made two entries about the Azkals and the Volcanoes’ win-loss records in official tournaments and this entry is the Philippine National Basketball Team records in official tournaments.

The records are the team's results in official tournaments. It only includes major tournaments and official tournaments such as the FIBA World Championships, the Olympic Games, FIBA Asia Championships, Asian Games, the SEA Games, SEABA and the William Jones Cup. The Far Eastern Games would have been included but I cannot find any game results during that era (only the medal result and nothing else).

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Updated as of  7 December 2015

Philippine National Basketball Team

Official Name: Philippines National Basketball Team
Nicknames: Philippine Islands, Islanders, Team Pilipinas, RP Team, Gilas Pilipinas, and commercialized/commemorative names (commercialized: San Miguel Philippines, Northern Consolidated Cement, Selecta-RP Team, Smart Gilas Pilipinas; commemorative: Philippine Dream Team, Philippine Centennial Team, Sinag Pilipinas)

National Federation:
- Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) [2007-present]
- Pilipinas Basketball (PB) [2005-2007]
- Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) [1936-2005]
- Philippine Amateur Athletics Federation (PAAF) [1913-1936]

Home Stadiums:
- Araneta Coliseum (c. 20,000: Quezon City, Philippines)
- Mall of Asia Arena (c. 16,000-20,000: Pasay City, Philippines)
- Rizal Memorial Coliseum (c. 8,000: Manila, Philippines)

FIBA Affiliation:
1936
FIBA Zone: FIBA Asia (subzone: Southeast Asia Basketball Association)
Current FIBA World Ranking: 28th in FIBA World (3rd in FIBA Asia, 1st in SEABA)
Highest FIBA Ranking: 28th (03 October 2015)
Lowest FIBA Ranking: 65th (pre-2007 FIBA Asia Championship)

Best Finished:
Olympic Games: 5th Place (1936), 7th (1956)
FIBA World Cup (World Championship): Bronze (1954)
FIBA Asia Championship (Asian Basketball Confederation): Gold (1960, 1963, 1967, 1973, 1985), Silver (1965, 1971, 2013, 2015), Bronze (1969)
FIBA Asia Cup (FIBA Asia Boris Stankovic Cup): 4th Place (2010, 2012)
Far Eastern Games: Gold (1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1930, 1934), Silver (1921)
Asian Games: Gold (1951, 1954, 1958, 1962), Silver (1990), Bronze (1986, 1998)
R. William Jones Cup: Gold (1981, 1985, 1998, 2012) Silver (2015), Bronze (2005, 2007, 2011)
SEABA Championship: Gold (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015), Silver (1996)
SEABA Cup: Gold (2012)
South East Asian Games: Gold (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015), Silver (1989)

Other Titles: 1984 ABC Champions Cup, 1985 PBA Reinforced Conference, 2002 Philippines-Chinese Taipei Goodwill Series, 2005 Brunei Cup, 2006 Brunei Cup, 2006 Philippines-Lebanon Goodwill Series, 2007 Manila Four Nations Invitational, 2008 China-ASEAN CBO Basketball Invitational Tournament, 2010 MVP Cup, 2015 MVP Cup 
[italics - against club teams]



International Competitions Hosted:
  • 1913 Far Eastern Games
  • 1919 Far Eastern Games
  • 1925 Far Eastern Games
  • 1934 Far Eastern Games
  • 1954 Asian Games
  • 1960 FIBA Asia Championship
  • 1973 FIBA Asia Championship
  • 1978 FIBA World Championship
  • 1981 Southeast Asian Games
  • 1991 Southeast Asian Games
  • 1998 SEABA Championship
  • 2001 SEABA Championship
  • 2013 FIBA Asia Championship 
  • 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Manila Leg)


    Other Events Hosted:
    • 1998 Philippines-China Goodwill Exhibition Game
    • 1999 SEABA Invitational President Joseph Estrada Cup
    • 2002 Chinese Taipei Tour of the Philippines
    • 2002 Philippines-Qatar Basketball Series
    • 2006 Philippines-Lebanon Goodwill Series
    • 2007 Philippines-Kuwait Basketball Series
    • 2007 Manila Four Nations Invitational
    • 2010 Manny V. Pangilinan Cup Invitational
    • 2011 The Ultimate Smart All-Star Weekend
    • 2013 Philippines-Kazakhstan Goodwill Exhibition Game 
    • 2105 Manny V. Pangilinan Cup Invitational


    National Team Coaches:
    • Pedro Villanueva (1930)
    • Alfredo del Rosario (1934)
    • Dionisio Calvo (1936, 1948, 1952)
    • Felicisimo Fajardo (1952–1966)
    • Herminio Silva (1954)
    • Leo Prieto (1956)
    • Tito Eduque (1958, 1973–1974)
    • Baby Dalupan (1959, 1970)
    • Arturo Rius (1960)
    • Enrique Crame (1962)
    • Carlos Loyzaga (1967–1968)
    • Lauro Mumar (1969)
    • Ignacio Ramos (1971–1972)
    • Francisco Calilan (1975)
    • Honesto Mayoralgo (1977)
    • Nicanor Jorge (1978)
    • Freddie Webb (1979)
    • Ron Jacobs [USA] (1980–1986)
    • Pilo Pumaren (1981)
    • Nat Canson (1982)
    • Joe Lipa (1986–1989, 1995)
    • Robert Jaworski (1990)
    • Francis Rodriguez (1991)
    • Rogelio Melencio (1993)
    • Norman Black [USA] (1994, 2006, 2011)
    • Dong Vergeire (1997)
    • Tim Cone [USA] (1998)
    • Francisco Luis Alas (1999)
    • Victor Sanchez (1999)
    • David Zamar (2000-2001)
    • Jong Uichico (2002, 2013)
    • Aric del Rosario (2003)
    • Eric King (2004)
    • Yeng Guiao (2008–2009)
    • Rajko Toroman [Serbia] (2008–2011)
    • Chot Reyes (2005–2008, 2012-2014)
    • Tab Baldwin [USA/NZ] (2015-present)


    Notable Players:

    Sources: Books ("Legends and Heroes", Caidic biography), on-line articles from news outlets (not blogs), as well as newspaper clips posted in several FB pages (e.g. Ricardo Brown's FB page, PBA Retro 80s and 90s) [wikipedia is not an acceptable source]

    • Johnny Abarrientos (MVP: 2000 FIBA Asia Philippines All-Star Extravaganza)
    • William Adornado (Mythical 5: 1973 Asian Basketball Confederation)
    • Rommel Adducul (FIBA Asia All-Star: 1997–2000, and 1997 and 1999 FIBA Asia Sportsmanship Award, MVP: 1997 FIBA Asia South Korea All-Star Extravaganza)
    • Carlos Badion (MVP, Mythical Five: 1960 Asian Basketball Confederation)
    • Narciso Bernado (Mythical 5: 1967 Asian Basketball Confederation)
    • Ricardo Brown (Mythical 5: 1981 William Jones Cup)
    • Allan Caidic (Mythical 5: 1990 Asian Games and 1994 Asian Games)
    • Marcus Douthit (Mythical 5: 2010 William Jones Cup and 2012 William Jones Cup)
    • Robert Jaworski (Mythical 5: 1967 Asian Basketball Confederation)
    • Avelino Lim (Mythical 5: 1990 Asian Games)
    • Carlos Loyzaga (Mythical 5: 1954 World Basketball Championship and 1960 Asian Basketball Confederation)
    • Alvin Patrimonio (Mythical 5: 1987 Asian Basketball Confederation)
    • Lewis Alfred Tenorio (MVP, Mythical 5: 2012 William Jones Cup)  
    • Jayson Castro William (Mythical 5: 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, 2015 William Jones Cup and 2015 FIBA Asia Championship)


    Sources:

    See Also:

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    End of An Era: Daniel Carter

    Dan Carter and the Webb Ellis Cup [Source]
    Daniel Carter closed his international career the way he wanted.. winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup and capped it with his third World Rugby Player of the Year award. He took over the Rugby World Cup final and snatched the Webb Ellis Cup for New Zealand. The 40-meter drop goal and the 50-meter penalty goal helped the All Blacks capture their third Rugby World Cup title since 1987 and became the first team in history to win back-to-back world titles.

    It has been four years since the worst of his career injuries and even though he was still able to walk away with the 2011 Rugby World Cup winners’ medal but winning the title on the field is much better than watching your teammates win the title for you. Although, I believe, winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup would've been easier for New Zealand if he was fit to play in the final.

    Since then he was already written off by media pundits and fans alike. It doesn't help that the injury in 2011 was followed by a series of injuries that limited his game time with both the Crusaders and the All Blacks.

    By the time the Rugby World Cup was just around the corner, he was already the second or third choice fly-half for the national team. Still, the Cruden and Sopoaga fanboys don't think he's good enough:

    "He's too old."

    "He's not taking it to the line."

    "He's putting his back line under pressure."

    "His kicks are pointless."

    "He needs to throw inside balls."

    In the era of childish sports tribalism where sports legends are continually disrespected by fanboys and bandwagons, Carter was very much revered outside of New Zealand but at home, half of his countrymen are too blinded with their provincial fanboyism and just keep bagging him for the last four years. If he's having a brilliant game, they credit "team effort" but one small mistake the idiots exaggerate that small error.

    When Carter took over the Rugby World Cup final there's still some idiot out there who refuse to credit him for what he achieved. I guess some people's Tall Poppy Syndrome disease is just a lot worse than others.

    Carter scored 19 points including a 40-metre drop goal and a 50-metre penalty goal in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final [Source]


    Greatest Fly-Half in History:
    Dan Carter is definitely the greatest fly-half in rugby union history. He holds the world record for the most points scored in test matches, the most tries converted in test matches and the most penalty goals scored. He belongs to the greatest generation of rugby players New Zealand ever produced and that group of players (Carter, Richie McCaw, Kevin Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Conrad Smith, and Ma'a Nonu) won multiple Tri-Nations and Four Nations Rugby Championships, Bledisloe Cup victories, three Grand Slam tours, and two Rugby World Cup titles.

    Some people argued that he's not the Greatest Fly-Half in Rugby History. They thought Johnny Wilkinson is the greatest ever because he played for a team that were not as good in scoring as the All Blacks and thus, his (Wilkinson) points were far more important than Carter's. The Wilkinson fanboys didn't think about the quality of opponents that the All Blacks faced every single year. Wilkinson scored most of his points against Northern Hemisphere teams that will never, or yet to win, a Rugby World Cup whilst Dan Carter scored most of his points against two of the best teams in the world (the Wallabies and the Springboks).



    Awards and Achievements:

    Individual Honours
    - 2004 NZRU Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year winner
    - 2004 Rebel Sport Super 12 Player of the Year winner
    - 2005 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Player of the Year winner
    - 2005 NZRU Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year winner
    - 2005 Halberg New Zealand Sportsman of the Year nominee
    - 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year winner
    - 2006 IRB World Player of the Year nominee
    - 2008 IRB World Player of the Year nominee
    - 2012 IRB World Player of the Year winner
    - Super Rugby Centurion (2003-2015)
    - All Blacks Test Centurion (2003-2015)
    - 2015 Rugby World Cup Finals MVP (Man of the Match: New Zealand vs. Australia at Twickenham, 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, October 31, 2015)
    - 2015 Rugby World Cup Dream XV (Team of the Tournament)
    - 2015 World Rugby Player of the Year winner

    Team Achievements
    - 2002 IRB World Under-19 Championship semi-finallists
    - 2002 Super Rugby Development champions
    - National Provincial Champions (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
    - Ranfurly Shield Holder [2000-03 (23), 2004-06 (14), 2007 (1), 2009 (4), 2010-11 (2)]
    - Super Rugby champions (2005, 2006, 2008)
    - Super Rugby finalists (2003, 2004, 2011, 2014)
    - Super Rugby New Zealand Conference champions (2011, 2014)
    - French Top 14 champions (2009)
    - Bledisloe Cup holder (2003-2015)
    - 2003 Rugby World Cup bronze medallists
    - Tri-Nations Rugby Championship winners (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
    - Four Nations Rugby Championship winners (2012, 2013)
    - New Zealand Home Nations Grand Slam Tour (2005, 2008, 2010)
    - 2004 England Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2005 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2007 France Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2007 Rugby World Cup quarterfinalists
    - 2008 England Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2010 Wales Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2011 Rugby World Cup champions
    - 2012 Ireland Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2013 France Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
    - 2015 Rugby World Cup champions

    All-Time Records 
    - Most Points Scored in Super Rugby (1708 points)
    - Most Conversion in Super Rugby (279 conversion)
    - Most Penalties in Super Rugby (297 penalties)
    - Most International Test Points (1598 points)
    - Most International Test Conversion (293 conversion)
    - Most International Test Penalties (282 penalties)
    - Most Test Conversion in Rugby World Cup history (58 conversions)
    - Most Capped All Black First Five Eighth
    - Most Test tries scored by an All Black First Five (29 tries)

    Greatest Team Ever: Four World Rugby Player of the Year award winners, five Test Centurions and one Rugby World Cup [Source]

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    Ageless Taulava and the William Jones Cup!

    With the Philippines winning just it's eighth medal finished in the Renato William Jones Cup tournament, Philippine basketball legend Asi Taulava had just won his fourth Jones Cup medal in his career and his eighth medal for the national team.

    2005 - 3rd place (bronze)
    2007 - 3rd place (bronze)
    2009 - 6th place
    2011 - 3rd place (bronze)
    2015 - 2nd place (silver)

    He holds the record for the most William Jones Cup participation by a Filipino player and the most number of medals won by a Filipino player in the tournament.

    Allan Caidic still holds the record for the most gold medals won (1985, 1998) along with naturalized players Dennis Still and Jeffrey Moore (1981, 1985) although, both Still and Moore were playing as imports in 1981. Anyway, Marcus Douthit also won two gold medals one with Passing Lane (USA) in 2005 and another in 2012 for Gilas Pilipinas.

    Chot Reyes holds the record for the most medals won by a Filipino coach and by a Filipino individual with two gold medals (1998, 2012) and three bronzes (2005, 2007, 2011). He was one of the assistant coaches in 1998 and 2011.

    Paulasi Taulava's National Team Career:

    Tournaments with International Caps (vs. National Teams):
    2002 Philippines-Chinese Taipei Basketball Series
    2002 Philippines-Qatar Basketball Series
    2002 Gianetti Four Nations Cup (Sondrio, Italy), 3rd place (bronze)
    2002 Asian Games, 4th place (semi-finalists)
    2005 William Jones Cup, 3rd place (bronze)
    2006 Philippines-Lebanon Basketball Series
    2007 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) champions
    2007 William Jones Cup, 3rd place (bronze)
    2007 Four Nations Manila Invitational Tournament champions
    2007 Philippines-Kuwait Basketball Series
    2007 FIBA Asia Championship, 9th place
    2009 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) champions
    2009 William Jones Cup, 6th place
    2009 FIBA Asia Championship, 8th place (quarter-finalists)
    2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, 4th place (semi-finalists)
    2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, China), 6th place
    2011 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 3rd place (bronze)
    2011 FIBA Asia Championship (Wuhan, China), 4th place (semi-finalists)
    2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup (Tallinn, Estonia), 4th place
    2015 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 2nd place (silver) 
    2015 FIBA Asia Championship (Changsha, China), 2nd place (silver)

    Other Tournaments/Exhibitions (vs. Non-National Teams):
    2002 Philippines-Melbourne Tigers Basketball Series
    2005 Brunei Cup champions
    2006 Brunei Cup champions
    2006 Philippines-USA Legends
    2007 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, 5th place (quarter-finalists)
    2009 Philippines-Australian Great White Sharks Series
    2009 Philippines-PBA All-Star Exhibition Series
    2009 Ondoy Charity Games (Team Pilipinas vs. Smart Gilas)
    2011 Philippine Tour of Bahrain
    2011 Dubai Invitational Tournament, 2nd place (finalists)
    2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup [FIBA Asia Clubs Championship] (Manila, Philippines), 4th place (semi-finalists)
    2011 Ultimate All-Star Weekend: Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs. NBA/USA All-Stars Selection (Manila, Philippines)
    2015 MVP Cup champions

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Filipino "George Washington": Bonifacio or Aguinaldo?

    George Washington
    More than a hundred years ago, the Philippines for a brief period became the first constitutional republic in Asia and since then, fifteen Presidents were elected, appointed or succeeded into office. Most Filipino historians will always start the presidential succession with General Emilio Aguinaldo, who was elected by the elites in the Malolos Congress. Most foreign historians, on the other hand, started with either Manuel Quezon of the Commonwealth or with Manuel Roxas of the Third Republic of the Philippines. A growing number of Filipinos today, go as far as declaring Andres Bonifacio as the "first President of the Philippines.”

    As a western colony for more than three hundred years, Filipinos learned the glorious histories of the western world written by the victors of course. We learned about military commanders and generals leading or defending in the name of freedom and preserved their sovereignty. For almost fifty years as an American colony and commonwealth, the American colonizers made sure that Americanism was fully entrenched in Filipino culture and society. We learned that the United States itself was a former British colony (technically, a group of British colonies) who fought and won the world's first anti-colonial revolution. One person who stood out in the American War of Independence was General George Washington. He was a veteran of the French and Indian War or most commonly known outside the United States as the Seven Years' War of 1756-1763, a virtual world war between the British Empire and the Borbounic Empires of France and Spain (both ruled by the House of Bourbon). During that war, the Philippines became a British colony for a short period. Anyway, George Washington went on to become his country's first ever democratically elected president simply because he lead the American revolutionary army to victory over the most powerful colonial empire in the world. His legend grew even further and was even praised by his country's former colonial ruler (British King) for not usurping or taking power by force despite having complete control of the American revolutionary forces. He even turned down a third presidential term and preferred to go back to his farm and live in peace.

    Anyway, we Filipinos are too desperate to have our own "George Washington." It’s a mentality of too much Western wannabeism or American wannabeism. We Filipinos are too busy trying to be like the West, trying to be like Americans that we forget about ourselves as a nation. We keep trying to take the shortcuts instead of taking one step at a time in nation-building. We Filipinos wanted our history to be as glorious as that of the West. We wanted our first President to be a "Washington." A Filipino "George Washington."

    Two obvious choices are Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo.


    Most history textbooks taught about General Emilio Aguinaldo as the first President of the Philippines but many did not know about General Miong usurping his way to the Katipunan leadership and virtually launched a coup through rigged internal election that would eventually lead to the execution of Andres Bonifacio and his brother in the middle of the Philippine Revolution. Andres Bonifacio, on the other hand, was the founder of Katipunan and the father of the first ever anti-colonial nationalist revolution in Asia.

    Some Filipinos will argue that Aguinaldo is the Filipino George Washington due to his role in the Philippine War for Independence and for being elected President himself. Although, as I pointed out, he was not elected by the people but rather by the ruling class, the elites. Other Filipinos argued that Bonifacio is the first President, the Filipino George Washington simply because the usurper Aguinaldo took power through an elite-motivated coup within the ranks of Katipunan leadership whom Bonifacio started. If that is the case, then maybe Doctor Jose Rizal was the first president of the Philippines because Katipunan was inspired and preceded by Rizal's La Liga Filipina movement. The Rizal argument, of course, will obviously break the Filipino fantasy of a Filipino George Washington. He was just a writer, a novelist, a surgeon, and an intellectual who did not lead an armed revolution.

    Anyway, we should just stop trying to be Americans. We don't need a Filipino George Washington. We don't need a glorious start of nation-building. We already got our independence and should start acting as a multicultural independent nation but instead we are too dependent to the United States. We are too busy trying to be most westernized country in one of the oldest civilized region in the world (Yes, Asian civilization goes back way before the Americans called themselves Americans) that we forgot that we are already have our own culture, our own heroes. We don't need a Washington. We already got Lapu-Lapu. We already got Rizal. We already got Bonifacio and even Aguinaldo. We don't need to have our first President to be like George Washington. Sure Aguinaldo usurped his way to the Katipunan leadership but Katipunan was just an armed revolutionary movement and not a government under a constitution. Heck if I revised the Philippine presidential succession, it will start with Manuel Quezon simply because he was democratically elected by the people under a constitution. However, Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio does not need to be presidents to make them great heroes. Both of them are not only among our founding fathers but also far greater heroes than those people elected into presidencies. They don't need to be a president to elevate their importance in our country's history. It's time to grow up and move forward instead of meddling with the past and couldn't move on. It's one of many reasons why the Philippines is a banana republic. Maybe we as society are not educated enough and that Doctor Rizal's words in his novel, El Filibusterismo, still apply today:

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

    The more we keep changing the past instead of the present circumstances in our country then we are not truly free from the past and we're definitely not free from the tyranny of the oligarchs ("slaves of today . . .  tyrants of tomorrow" ~Jose Rizal). 

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    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    End of an Era: Thank You Kuya Marcus!



    Marcus Douthit, in my opinion, is the greatest naturalized player in Philippine basketball history and the one player who turned the Philippines into a basketball power in Asia once again.

    He could've chosen to play professionally in other countries with bigger salaries and better opportunities but instead he carried an entire nation's hope of bringing the Philippines back to the world stage. Even-though, he was not able to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup but he was the very reason why we were there in the first place. Marcus Douthit finished his career with six gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals for the Philippines.

    Source
    "I'll never have Filipino blood, but as far as becoming a Filipino, I'll always have it in my heart."

    National Team:
    2010 William Jones Cup, 4th place (All-Tournament Mythical Five Selection)
    2011 SEABA Championship, 1st place [gold]
    2011 William Jones Cup, 3rd place [bronze]
    2011 FIBA Asia Championship, 4th place
    2012 SEABA Cup, 1st place [gold]
    2012 FIBA Asia Cup, 4th place
    2012 William Jones Cup, 1st place [gold] (All-Tournament Mythical Five Selection)
    2013 FIBA Asia Championship, 2nd place [silver]
    2013 Southeast Asia Games, 1st place [gold]
    2014 FIBA Asia Cup, 3rd place [bronze]
    2014 Asian Games, 7th place
    2015 SEABA Championship, 1st place [gold]
    2015 Southeast Asian Games, 1st place [gold]
     

    Club/Invitational Tournament:
    2010 Manny V. Pangilinan Cup, 1st place [gold]
    2011 Dubai Invitational, 2nd place [silver]
    2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, 4th place
    2013 Super Keung Sheung Cup, 1st place [gold]
    2014 Antibes International Tournament, 4th place

    Thank You Kuya Marcus! #ThankYouKuyaMarcus

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    "Sixth mass extinction"... more like TPP

    Here comes the guilty-trip fear-mongering bullshits blurted out by overpaid scientists. Led by the same scientist who thought that civilization will collapse if we don't give equal rights to women (There are other much more legitimate arguments why women should get equal rights . . . not because it will "destroy" civilization).

    As usual, they want every single human to blame themselves while their environmentalist disciples start pointing fingers at everybody. The very same idiots who beg governments to stop "climate change" by imposing green taxation to every single human. The very same idiots who think that corporate-paid politicians will pass laws to build a giant refrigerator to stop the blimmin' ice caps from melting. Meanwhile the ones who are actually destroying the environment continue to cut trees, mining natural resources, and well, about to get more power thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreements (TPPA) between multinational corporations and idiot-led countries.

    TPP gives multinational corporations the right to sue governments whenever they fuck up their businesses and the governments got nothing to loss since the people - the taxpayers will pay for everything. Governments will be force to loan money from private banks and we the taxpayers will bail them out. 



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    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Philippine Declaration of Independence Day!

    One hundred and seventeen years ago today, the Philippines declared its independence from the Empire of Spain. Of course, the Americans turn up and snatched that independence away for the next five years through the Philippine-American War. So I think the “Declaration of Independence Day” should be celebrated on June 12 and the “Republic Day” on July 4.

    I do not see any reason why we should celebrate the "Filipino-American Friendship Day" anymore. We are no longer an "American Colony" or an "American Territory". We are no longer an "American Commonwealth" and we are certainly not an "American Protectorate". Sure, they help us militarily but they are only interested in our military and natural resources... thats about it. The United States don't give a damn if our government is corrupt and don't give a damn if our president is a dictator. If they don't care about Filipino war veterans who fought and died for the Thirteen Stripes in the Second World War, then surely they don't care about Filipinos of today.

    Our government (regardless of who is the president) are trying to impress America and the international community not the Filipino people (e.g. the government portraying itself to be pro-human rights in the ASEAN or in the UN but still practice extra-judicial killings in its own turf). It’s about time that the Philippines look at itself as a nation not as a dependent or trying to be like America.



    Today, we celebrate the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain. Let us not forget the revolutionary heroes that fought and died for the sake of our independence. Let us remember them! Happy Independence Day!

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    "Our ills we owe to ourselves alone, so let us blame no one. If Spain
    should see that we were less complaisant with tyranny and more disposed
    to struggle and suffer for our rights, Spain would be the first to
    grant us liberty, because when the fruit of the womb reaches maturity
    woe unto the mother who would stifle it! So, while the Filipino people
    has not sufficient energy to proclaim, with head erect and bosom bared,
    its rights to social life, and to guarantee it with its sacrifices,
    with its own blood; while we see our countrymen in private life ashamed
    within themselves, hear the voice of conscience roar in rebellion and
    protest, yet in public life keep silence or even echo the words of
    him who abuses them in order to mock the abused; while we see them
    wrap themselves up in their egotism and with a forced smile praise
    the most iniquitous actions, begging with their eyes a portion of
    the booty--why grant them liberty? With Spain or without Spain they
    would always be the same, and perhaps worse! Why independence, if the
    slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow? And that they will
    be such is not to be doubted, for he who submits to tyranny loves it.
    ~Dr. José Rizal, (El Filibusterismo, 1891)


    José Rizal
    He was right all right.
    More than a hundred years later, Filipinos became tyrants of themselves. Every elections, the ignorant and careless voters outnumbering the thinking voters, it was the dark side of democracy. The rich elites oppressing and manipulating the poor, and a Constitution that seem to be a compromise between the oligarchs themselves, that political and economic power as well as justice and the right to use our natural resources are limited only to them, the rich elites.

    It comes to no surprise that modern Filipinos felt that the heroes of our elitist democracy such as Ninoy and Cory Aquino are greater heroes than Dr. José Rizal were. Just like a friend of mine pointed out:

    "Our revolutionary heroes sacrifice themselves in the past only to die in vain because modern-day Filipinos believed that fighting and dying for our elite-dominated democracy are more important than fighting and dying for our national independence."

    Monday, May 25, 2015

    End of an Era: Big Brad Thorn

    While the football world celebrates the club careers of football legends - Xavi (F.C. Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea/Manchester City) and Didier Drogba (Chelsea), the rugby world also bade farewell to one of their own legends - Big Brad Thorn. 


    He will go down in history as one of the greatest forwards to ever play the game and probably, one of the most decorated players in both rugby and rugby league codes winning 17 trophies in the span of 21 years before retiring at the age of 40.


    Honours

    Rugby League

    - 1997 Super League minor premier
    - 1997 Super League champion
    - 1997 Super League Tri-Series finalist
    - 1997 Super League Test Series
    - 1997 World Club champion
    - 1998 State of Origin champion
    - 1998 National Rugby League (NRL) minor premier
    - 1998 NRL champion
    - 1999 State of Origin champion
    - 2000 NRL minor premier
    - 2000 NRL champion
    - 2006 NRL champion


    Rugby Union

    - 2001 National Provincial Championship (NPC) Division 1 champion
    - 2003 Super Rugby finalist
    - Bledisloe Cup holder (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)
    - 2003 SANZAR Tri-Nations champion
    - 2004 Super Rugby finalist
    - 2004 NPC Division 1 champion
    - Ranfurly Shield holder
    - 2008 Super Rugby champion
    - 2008 Tri-Nations champion
    - 2008 New Zealand Grand Slam Tour
    - 2010 Tri-Nations champion
    - 2010 New Zealand Grand Slam Tour
    - 2011 Super Rugby finalist
    - 2011 Rugby World Cup champion
    - 2012 Heineken European Rugby Cup champion
    - 2011-12 Celtic League finalist

    Individual Awards:

    - Brisbane Broncos, 1994 Rookie of the Year
    - Brisbane Broncos award for Best Forward, 1997, 2000 and 2006
    - Brisbane Broncos award for Most Consistent, 2005
    - Brisbane Broncos award for Defence Play of the Year, 2007
    - Brisbane Broncos Top 20 Greatest Players
    - Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league
    - Nominee for the 2010 New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year (the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Trophy)
    - Super Rugby Centurion (Combined 100 Super Rugby appearances with the Crusaders and Highlanders)








    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    End of an Era: Steven Gerrard

    Today, marked the end of Steven Gerrard's European career when he played for Liverpool for the last time at Anfield. One of the greatest players never to win the English Premiership and despite that, the former England captain still accomplished a lot in his career. Scoring 119 goals in more than 500 appearances, he led Liverpool to two FA Cup triumphs, one UEFA Cup and a UEFA Champions League title. It's basically, an end of an era in Liverpool as he's about to start a new chapter in North America playing for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.

    He will always be one of my favourite football players of all time alongside Zinedine Zidane, Raúl González Blanco, David Beckham, Kaká, and Ronaldinho.


    "You'll Never Walk Alone"
    Honours

    Club
    • FA Cup: 2001,2006
    • Football League Cup: 2001, 2003, 2012
    • FA Community Shield: 2006
    • UEFA Champions League: 2005 
    • UEFA Cup: 2001
    • UEFA Super Cup: 2001, 2005

    Individual
    • Ballon d'Or Bronze Award (1): 2005
    • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 2005
    • FWA Footballer of the Year (1): 2009
    • FWA Tribute Award (1): 2013
    • PFA Players' Player of the Year (1): 2006
    • PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 2001
    • PFA Fans' Player of the Year (2): 2001, 2009
    • PFA Merit Award (1): 2015
    • England Player of the Year Award (2): 2007, 2012
    • PFA Team of the Year (8): 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
    • Liverpool Top Goalscorer (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09
    • UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament (1): 2012
    • UEFA Team of the Year (3): 2005, 2006, 2007
    • FIFA/FIFPro World XI (3): 2007, 2008, 2009
    • ESM Team of the Year (1): 2008–09
    • Goal of the Season (1): 2006
    • UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match (1): 2005
    • FA Cup Final Man of the Match (1): 2006
    • Premier League Player of the Month Award (6): March 2001, March 2003, December 2004, April 2006, March 2009, March 2014
    • ECHO Sports Personality of the Year Award (1): 2014
    • Member of the Order of the British Empire: 2007
    • Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University: 2008
    • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award – 3rd Place: 2005
    • IFFHS World's Most Popular Footballer: 2006

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    SHAQ: "It is not about how much money you make. The question is — are you educated enough to KEEP it."

    Shaquille O'Neal spent the first $1 million he made from the NBA within 30 minutes of receiving the check. You read that right. Shaquille O'Neal spent one million dollars in 30 minutes. He hadn't even played in a professional basketball game yet. Shaq may be a living basketball legend today, but once upon a time he was a 21 year old newly drafted NBA player fresh out of LSU who blew through money like it was going out of style. He very easily could have gone the way of so many other bankrupt and in debt athletes who, showered with money and fame at an early age, blow their wealth rather than build upon it.

    Fortunately for Shaq, two things happened next:

    #1) His banker immediately called him up in a rage, warning Shaq that he would end up like so many other athletes –FLAT BROKE – if he didn't get his life under control.

    #2) Shaq listened. Many young athletes might have ignored the banker's advice, but Shaq didn't come with any attitude of entitlement. When he was told to shape up, he actually listened, making him a rare breed of professional athlete. In fact, even though Shaq left LSU early for the NBA, he eventually returned to college to complete his Bachelor's degree. He also eventually earned an MBA. Most recently, Shaq earned his Ed.D. That's right; he is now Dr. Shaquille O'Neal. Pretty cool, eh?

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    Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal was born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey, where he grew up with his mother Lucille O'Neal and stepfather Phillip Harrison. By the time we was in high school, his family had relocated to San Antonio, Texas. He led his high school team to a 68-1 record in his first two years, helping the team win the state championship during his senior year. In 1989 he had 791 rebounds, which remains a state record to this day.

    Shaq headed off to LSU to study business and play basketball under head coach Dale Brown. At LSU he was a two-time All-American, two-time SEC player of the year, and received the Adolph Rupp Trophy as the NCAA men's basketball player of the year in 1991. Shaq was also named the college player of the year by the AP and UPI in 1991. He is now a member of the LSU Hall of Fame.

    At 7'1-tall and 325 pounds Shaquille O'Neal is one of the biggest men ever to play in the NBA. His size didn't scare scouts or teams and he was drafted first overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and almost instantly (and for the entire 19-year span of his NBA career) became one of the best centers in the league, personifying the big man in the middle. He won Rookie of the Year in 1992-93 and led the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals. In 1996 Shaq signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers where he helped to lead the team to three consecutive NBA championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004 and won his fourth NBA championship with them in 2006. He retired in 2011 after spending time playing for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.

    Shaq's individual awards and accolades in his storied 19-season professional basketball career are many. They include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the aforementioned 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. Shaq is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP, and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000).

    Although he is one of the greatest basketball players of our time, Shaq made a promise to his mama when he left LSU early that he would return to school to complete his undergraduate degree. He did that in 2000 and his coach at the time, the Lakers' Phil Jackson, allowed O'Neal to miss a home game so that he could attend his graduation. He famously told the crowd at his graduation ceremony "now I can go and get a real job." O'Neal earned his MBA online through the University of Phoenix in 2005, and about that he said:

    "It's just something to have on my resume for when I go back into reality. Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else."

    As he neared the end of his playing career, Shaq began work on an Ed.D. at Barry University in Human Resource Development. His doctoral thesis topic was "The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles". (Oh how I'd like to read that!) Shaq received his degree, becoming Dr. Shaq in 2012. He has said he plans to attend law school next.

    Oh and let's not forget Shaq's stint in law enforcement. Shaq went through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Reserve Academy and became a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Port Police. Upon his trade to Miami, O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer. He draws a salary of $1 per year for his services.

    After 19 seasons in the NBA, O'Neal retired in 2011. He was one of the most dominant big men in the history of the game, a 7' 1, 325-pound giant with feet so quick they belied his size as well as absolutely explosive power. Along with the honors and accolades previously listed, Shaq scored 28,596 points, and collected $292 million in paychecks from six teams.

    But even without all of the education, Shaq has proven to be a smart man and savvy manager of his brand and his portfolio. Unlike many athletes who struggle to find their way after retiring, today Shaq actually earns MORE money per year now than he ever did in his playing years. Shaq earns $20-$25 million per year from his post-NBA empire. He has endorsement deals with companies like Icy Hot, Gold Bond, Buick, Zales, and others. He is the joint owner of 155 Five Guys Burgers restaurants,17 Auntie Annie's Pretzels restaurants, 150 car washes, 40 24-hour fitness centers, a shopping center, a movie theater, and several Las Vegas nightclubs. That's enough to impress someone like Bill Gates. Speaking of which, did you know that Shaq can lift $70 billion with his own two hands?

    Source
    Shaq learned that lesson his banker tried to teach him well. In Shaq's own words:

    "It is not about how much money you make. The question is — are you educated enough to KEEP it."

    Despite his legacy, O'Neal is determined not to become an NBA has been, watching his youth play out on highlight reel after highlight reel while he grows old counting his millions. Shaq wants to continue to be the larger than life personality with the thousand watt smile and twinkle in his eye that NBA fans know and love. He wants to be in your living room via his gig as an analyst on TNT's "Inside the NBA", on your Twitter feed, in the ads you fast forward through on your DVR. He wants to continue to be the friendly giant wise cracking as he convinces you to buy Gold Bond lotion or one of his many other products.

    And make no mistake; Shaq is in the business of having fun. His role on "Inside the NBA" opposite Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson Jr. is that of the goofball. In fact, Shaq chose the TNT gig over an offer that would have landed him at ESPN because TNT was willing to let Shaq to be Shaq.

    Shaq's representation specifically looks for brands that O'Neal can represent with his trademark smirk. Shaq is a big, overgrown, fun, kid and that is how he comes across not just in the endorsement deals he has and at TNT, but in life. Thanks to Shaq's extreme likeability his endorsement income is expanding post retirement, rather than decreasing as is the case for most athletes.

    After Shaq retired from the NBA, he did more than just further his education. He also set up a strategic meeting, called the Shaq Summit, where his endorsement partners gathered at his home in Orlando and made 15-minute presentations. He has also held a Shaq Summit in Los Angeles. At each of these meetings, he's gained new gigs and endorsements.

    Shaq also targets some of his endorsements at the so-called "regular" folks. People who can't afford to buy the pricier Shaq branded Reebok shoes can get in on his lower priced line, which sells for $20-40. The reasoning, "There are more people that make regular money than there are people who make a whole bunch of money".

    Shaq's key to endorsement success is his likeability. He is approachable. He's the guy that you can walk up to and say HI. In fact, about a fifteen years ago, my friend was at a car wash in LA with her brand new Labrador puppy and Shaq came up to her and said "My foot is bigger than your puppy," and asked if he could hold her and then got all gooey and sappy with Holly the puppy. He is that guy.

    The key to Shaq is Shaq himself. His quest for knowledge. His desire to be fun and relevant. The fact that if you happen to run into him at a car wash and let him play with your puppy you get the same guy with the same voice that says "Man up with Gold Bond."

    And also, part of it is that Shaq doesn't need any of it. In fact, Shaq doesn't even count it. Back in the early days of his NBA career, his money manager trained him to put more than a million dollars a year into annuities. That income alone is now more than enough to live on. His endorsement income is for his six kids. "I have all the toys I want," he says.

    SOURCE: http://www.affinityed.com/latest-news/it-is-not-about-how-much-money-you-make-the-question-is-are-you-educated-enough-to-keep-it / http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/astoundingly-impressive-shaquille-oneal-empire-shaq-makes-money-retired-player/

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    Friday, May 8, 2015

    "America at the Crossroad" (226th inaugural anniversary of President George Washington)

    On April 29, 2015, members of Congress, Christian leaders, and people of faith joined together to honor President George Washington as a man of Christian faith in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

    Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the best selling books The Harbinger and The Shemitah, addresses the audience, saying, that Washington dedicated America to God and gave a prophetic warning to this nation, not to turn away from God.


    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    In Flanders Field

    Today (April 25), we celebrate the ANZAC Day (in New Zealand and Australia) to commemorate and remember those soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. Today is also the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign that lasted for almost nine months.

    In Flanders Field

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

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

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

    ~Major John McCrae, May 1915

    CrossfitNorthHarbour

    Some people whined about we celebrating and remembering those who fought and died in that modern-day Trojan War battle but they wouldn't be here today sprouting and whining about immortalising mass murder or glorifying war if their forefathers did not took the trenches a hundred years ago. They should blame the people of power and greed fighting over silly politics and territories. Don't blame the soldiers... blame the leaders who ordered those men to their deaths and took the credits of their sacrifice.

    A Soldier is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank cheque made payable to HIS/YOUR country for an amount up to, and including his life! That is honour and there are way too many people in this country today who no longer understand that fact! Copy and Paste this if you are thankful for your FREEDOM.. thanks a soldier! Buy the Red Poppies for the ANZAC Day!

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Filipinos in the NBA

    This entry is about Filipinos in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and why some Filipinos refuse to accept the fact that there are other Filipinos other than Erik Spoelstra in the NBA. No, this is not one of those post where idiots will say "I'm proud to be Pinoy" because the current Miami Heat coach was a Filipino (despite the fact that his Filipino blood has nothing to do with the Miami Heat's recent success).

    Let me start with Filipino NBA prospects in the past. There were confirmed and "unconfirmed" reports of Filipino players getting the attentions of NBA teams and talent scouts in the past. Aside from Ricardo Brown who was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the third round of the 1979 NBA Draft, there was Allan Caidic whose three-points explosion in 1991 reached even the likes of European legend Dražen Petrović. Then there was Johnny Abarrientos who was just signature away from joining the NBA in the mid-1990s. More recently, Ren-Ren Ritualo scouted during the national team's visit in the US in 2005.


    Raymond Townsend

    Raymond Townsend
    A Filipino-American played in the NBA from 1978 to 1982. His name was "Raymond Townsend", the first Filipino-American and the first Asian American ever to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft [the first Asian American ever to be drafted was Wataru Misaka in 1947 but he was not drafted in the first round]. Townsend was drafted 22nd overall in the first round by the Golden State Warriors in the 1978 NBA Draft. A product of the legendary coach John Wooden in the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), he only lasted three seasons in the NBA.

    In 1980, Townsend and several NBA players (Jamaal Wilkes, Cliff Ray, Derrek Dickey and Greg Lee) toured the Philippines and played a series of exhibitions in Manila, Olongapo and Cebu. He left the NBA in 1981 after a short stint with the Indiana Pacers and went overseas to extend his basketball career. 

    Anyway, many Filipinos today are still dreaming about the first Filipino in the NBA without acknowledging the fact that a Filipino-American played in the NBA before. Some do not recognized him as the first Filipino in the world's best basketball league because he was not “full-blooded”.

    Some Filipinos, who are, in fact, "racist" and to these days, refused to accept the likes of Paulasi Taulava as Filipinos, will not accept nor acknowledge Raymond Townsend as the first Filipino in the NBA. Those racist Filipinos thought that being half-Filipino is not Filipino enough. They believe in the mythical "pure-blooded" Filipino race. In basketball, they prefer a 6'6 Filipino-American point guard from the US NCAA (e.g. Gabe Norwood) to play as a forward or even center because it is unfair for the shorter and less-skilled local players. So if people wonders why Philippine basketball is so stagnant or that we are way behind from countries we used to beat all the time 25 years ago. Then blame the racist mentality of some Filipinos. There primitive thinking hurts our national game and unfortunately, some Filipinos will continue to have that mentality until their mythical "pure and full-blooded" Filipino set his foot in the NBA.

    If we re-phrased it to first "homegrown" Filipino player in the NBA instead of first "pure and full-blooded" Filipino then its more acceptable and I would love to see that happens.


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    Erik Spoelstra

    "You can take a Filipino out of the Philippines, but you can never take out the Philippines out of a Filipino" ~Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat Head Coach

    The first Filipino American head coach in the NBA and in my opinion, Pat Riley’s protégé/heir apparent. He was Riley’s assistant coach when Miami Heat, lead by Shaquille O’Neal and Dwayne Wade, captured the 2006 NBA crown.

    Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat Big Three
    Spoelstra, son of a former NBA executive, was a former standout of the University of Portland before playing professional basketball in Germany for a couple of years. After his playing stint, Spoelstra joined a young Miami Heat franchise in 1995 as a video coordinator and from there climb his way to scouting and coaching roles.

    In 2008, he succeeded Pat Riley as head coach of the Miami Heat after 13 years in the franchise. Since his coaching debut in 2008, he lead Miami to five consecutive NBA play-offs appearances and recently, with a line-up that includes Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh (perhaps a revival of Chicago’s Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman of the 1990s), lead his team to three consecutive NBA finals losing his debut finals as team's head coach to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 but then went on to win back-to-back NBA championships after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunders in 2012 and the seasoned San Antonio Spurs in 2013. The San Antonio Spurs returned the favor in 2014 and won just their fifth NBA title in the last 15 years.

    NBA Championships: 3 (2006, 2012, 2013) [as an assistant coach in 2006]
    NBA Finals Appearances: 5 (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
    NBA Eastern Conference Titles: 5 (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)


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    Naturalized Filipino

    2013 NBA Finals: Erik Spoelstra and Chip Engelland
    Not many Filipinos today even realized that the back-to-back NBA Finals Series between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs in 2013 and 2014 featured Filipinos in both sides’ benches. One of course is Miami's Erik Spoelstra while the other is none other former Duke standout and Spurs assistant coach Arthur "Chip" Engelland. Engelland was one of the naturalized Filipinos tapped to reinforced Danding Cojuangco's NCC national squad in the 1980s. His finest moment in the Philippine jersey was when he led the Philippines to victory over the United States in the 1985 William Jones Cup where he scored 43 points while his protégée Allan Caidic leading the locals with 21 points.

    After the EDSA Revolution, Engelland returns to the United States and played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the World Basketball League. In 1999, he was hired as an assistant coach by the Detroit Pistons after spending a couple years as Grant Hill's personal shooting coach. Engelland went on to serve as an assistant coach to the Denver Nuggets (2003-2005) and the San Antonio Spurs (2005-present).

    Engelland's greatest asset as an assistant coach was of course his shooting skill. He is credited for sharpening the shooting strokes of PBA legend Allan Caidic and NBA stars Steve Kerr, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Juwan Howard, Tony Parker, and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. The presence of five of his shooting students in the bench of both Miami Heat (Battier, Howard) and his team San Antonio Spurs (Parker, Leonard, Green) in the 2013 NBA Finals was a tribute to him as the best shooting coach in the NBA.

    NBA Championships: 3 (2005, 2007, 2014) [as an assistant coach]
    NBA Finals Appearances: 4 (2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)
    NBA Western Conference Titles: 4 (2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)

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    Jordan Clarkson

    In 2014, the Washington Wizards picked Jordan Clarkson as the 46th pick overall in the Second Round of the NBA Draft before trading him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson became just the second Filipino (third if we count Nate Robinson and fourth if we count Andre Blatche) to play in the NBA since Raymond Townsend. He began his career under the tutelage of NBA legend Steve Nash and formed the first all-Asian backcourt partnership in the NBA history with Taiwanese-American Jeremy Lin.
    Proud to represent the Philippines (J Diaz/Lakers.com)

    The 2014-15 season almost made another history, in addition to Clarkson, fellow Filipino-Americans Stephen Holt (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Aaron Craft (Golden State Warriors) signed contracts before being waived by their respective teams. Craft went on to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors (the same team that drafted Japeth Aguilar in the 2012 NBA D-League Draft) and won the 2015 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year.

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    Nate Robinson: A Filipino-American?

    Nate Robinson
    Last January 2010, former NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson claimed that he's a 1/8 Filipino through his mother side. Robinson was a former New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunders, Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls point guard. He was drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft.

    Nate Robinson's claimed are interesting but thanks to one of our anonymous readers he posted a link in the comments about lil Nate's mother (Renee Busch) explaining the truth of Robinson's Filipino past.

    Renee Busch explained that Nate grew up in a Filipino community and learning Filipino values but she pointed out that as far as she knows, Nate Robinson has no Filipino blood. However, the author of the article said that she was uncertain and referred him to Nate’s grandmother.



    Others:
    • Marcus Douthit, the current naturalized Filipino reinforcement for the Gilas Pilipinas national team, was drafted 56th overall in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He lead the Philippines to a second place finished at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship.
    • Andre Blatche, the current naturalized Filipino reinforcement for the Gilas Pilipinas national team, was drafted 49th overall in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. He went on to play for the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets before leading the Philippines' valiant efforts in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Shaq Fact of the Day!

    Well there you go! Unnecessary "Facts of the Day!"


    Crazy Stat of Day: At least 1 member of 30 of the last 31 NBA title teams were teammates w/ Shaquille O' Neal during their careers.
    Posted by NBA on ESPN on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    At least 1 member of 30 of the last 31 NBA title teams were teammates w/ Shaquille O' Neal during their careers. The list only include those who played for the winning teams. Otherwise the list will be too long to include the likes of Gary Payton (1996), Karl Malone (1997), Kobe Bryant (2008), Dwayne Wade (2011, 2014), Lebron James (2007, 2011, 2014), the Orlando Magic (1995), the Los Angeles Lakers (2004), etc.

    1983-84: Greg Kite (Boston Celtics) - teammates from 1992-1994 at Orlando Magic
    1984-85: Byron Scott (Los Angeles Lakers) - teammates from 1996-1997 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1985-86: Greg Kite
    (Boston Celtics) - teammates from 1992-1994 at Orlando Magic
    1986-87:
    Byron Scott (Los Angeles Lakers) - teammates from 1996-1997 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1987-88: Byron Scott (Los Angeles Lakers) - teammates from 1996-1997 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1988-89
    : John Salley (Detroit Pistons) - teammates from 1999-2000 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1989-90: John Salley (Detroit Pistons) - teammates from 1999-2000 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1990-91
    : Horance Grant (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1994-96 at Orlando Magic, 2000-01 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1991-92: Horance Grant (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1994-96 at Orlando Magic, 2000-01 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1992-93: Horance Grant (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1994-96 at Orlando Magic, 2000-01 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1993-94
    : Robert Horry (Houston Rockets) - teammates from 1997-2003 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1994-95: Robert Horry (Houston Rockets) - teammates from 1997-2003 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1995-96:
    John Salley (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1999-2000 at Los Angeles Lakers and
    Ron Harper (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1999-2001 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1996-97: Ron Harper (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1999-2001 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1997-98: Ron Harper (Chicago Bulls) - teammates from 1999-2001 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1999: Jerome Kersey (San Antonio Spurs) - teammates from 1996-1997 at Los Angeles Lakers
    1999-00
    : Los Angeles Lakers
    2000-01: Los Angeles Lakers
    2001-02: Los Angeles Lakers
    2002-03: Steve Smith (San Antonio Spurs) - teammates in 2005 at Miami Heat
    2003-04:
    Elden Campbell (Detroit Pistons) - teammates from 1996-1999 at Los Angeles Lakers
    2004-05: Robert Horry (San Antonio Spurs)
    - teammates from 1997-2003 at Los Angeles Lakers
    2005-06: Miami Heat
    2006-07: Robert Horry
    (San Antonio Spurs) - teammates from 1997-2003 at Los Angeles Lakers
    2007-08: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins (Boston Celtics) - teammates from 2010-11 at Boston Celtics and James Posey (Boston Celtics) - teammates from 2005-2007 at Miami Heat
    2008-09
    : Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers) - teammates from 1996-2004 at Los Angeles Lakers
    2009-10: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers) - teammates from 1996-2004 at Los Angeles Lakers
    2010-11: -none-
    2011-12:
    Dwayne Wade, Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat) - teammates from 2005-2008 at Miami Heat and Lebron James (Miami Heat) - teammates from 2009-2010 at Cleveland Cavaliers
    20012-13: Dwayne Wade, Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat) - teammates from 2005-2008 at Miami Heat, Lebron James (Miami Heat) - teammates from 2009-2010 at Cleveland Cavaliers and Ray Allen (Miami Heat) - teammates from 2010-2011 at Boston Celtics
    2013-14: Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs) - teammates from 2009-10 at Cleveland Cavaliers and Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs) - teammates in 2008 at Phoenix Suns

    2014-15: Leandro Barbosa (Golden State Warriors) - teammates from 2008-09 Phoenix Suns

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