Archive for January, 2009


KAMAO! Manny Pacquiao

KAMAO! Manny Pacquiao

What a life! This month’s feature for our school newsletter is about an athlete who really knows the term hard work and determination. He is Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is one of the most well known athletes today. He is known by many as one of the most influential persons today. He may be poor, but he is very successful today.

Manny Pacquiao is just a simple guy with humble beginnings. He started his boxing skills while he was still a young kid who has just dreamt of being a boxer by punching the trees of the school he is attending. He was always told by the teacher to quit on doing it. But, as he grew up, he became an amateur boxer then elevated to the professional boxing via Vintage Sports’ Blow by Blow on PTV-4 wherein he debuted on January 22, 1995 defeating Edmund Ignacio. Throughout the years, he has suffered going up of down, by facing popular names in boxing such as Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Agapito Sanchez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar Larios, Juan Manuel Marquez, Hector Velazquez, Jorge Solis, and recently, Oscar Dela Hoya. It seems that Pacquiao is really a great boxer.

Due to this, he would later have endorsements such as Nike, Datu Puti, Darlington, Magic Sing, San Miguel Beer, Talk ‘n Text, and others. And he also has a beautiful wife named Jinkee, who was then a beauty queen. Later, he would have 4 children named: Jimwell, Michael, Princess, and Queen Elizebeth. What a name made by Pacquiao! Actually, he was the one who made that name. Outside boxing, he is also a media personality. He would appear on shows such as Pinoy Records and Totoy Bato, both aired on GMA-7 which is still running. Totoy Bato, though, is about to air in the next months. He is also a politican, he once ran for Congressman in the First district of Cotobato during the 2007 elections under the KAMPI party but he came short to incumbent Congressman Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

His boxing popularity the year before made him happy today. First, he was honored by the Yahoo! Sports Fighter of the Year in 2008, , 2008 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Honorary Award for Sports Excellence , 2008 Fighter of the Year , 2008 Sports Illustrated Boxer of the Year , 2008 Fighter of the Year, 2008 Boxer of the Year, and 2008 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year. This really proves that Filipinos can also dominate in the big world of Sports.

To Sir Manny, we salute you and we hope that you can have also a bright future for you, and for also every Filipino living in the world. And lastly, you made every Filipino inspired and happy. Thank you very much for your honor you have showed the past year. Let’s cheer for him in his next fight vs. Ricky Hatton. Saludo ako sa kamao mo! Para sa ‘yo ang laban na ‘to, Manny! Ok ka!


Welcome Burger King!

New name and new direction. Welcome Burger King to the Professional basketball world. New coach is also there who is RP Coach Yeng Guiao. Congrats!

PBA Coaching Changes

Kenneth Duremdes, Yeng Guiao, Leo Isaac, and Bo Perasol

L-R: Kenneth Duremdes, Yeng Guiao, Leo Isaac, and Bo Perasol

Think-tact! Basketball is just a simple game but it can also change through generations, especially coaches. But here are some PBA teams who really changed their X and O’s. And here they are:

Barako Bull Energy Boosters: Hired Leo Isaac as new coach with Gee Abanilla, Ariel Vanguardia

Burger King Whoopers:  Hired Yeng Guiao as new head coach with Roehl Nadurata and Jorge Gallent as assistant coaches.

Coca-Cola Tigers: Promoted Kenneth Duremdes as peremenent head coach with new assistant coach and VP for basketball operations Bo Perasol, together with George Ella, who was with the team since 2006.

Roehl Nadurata, Jorge Gallent, Gee Abanilla, and Ariel Vanguardia

L-R: Roehl Nadurata, Jorge Gallent, Gee Abanilla, and Ariel Vanguardia

That’s it!


RIP Red Bull (2000-2009)

RIP Red Bull (2000-2009)

A new name, a new coach, and a new spirit. That’s what Barako Bull Energy Boosters is all about.

Just recently, Leo Isaac was hired as its new coach with Gee Abanilla and Ariel Vanguardia as chief liutenants. The ones who chose Isaac’s liutenats are team manager Andy Jao and RP-5 Women’s coach Raymond Celis. Team manager Tony Chua said that he has already closed his ties with Red Bull due to crisis problems we have today. He even insisted that the new product is cheaper (at PhPand more declicious than any energy drinks we have in the Philippines.

He also said the team logo will no longer be that of two bulls locking horns – the emblem of the Thai-based company whose product the Chuas used to distribute then – but of a frontal outline of a single bull’s head. Likewise like this image:

Well, good luck for them for the upcoming and give them a round of applause!

PBA Phillipine Cup Finals Preview

The biggest battle of the year! It’s the clash between two of the best teams in the Philippines. This only happens here, guys.

It’s between the Alaska Aces and the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters. Both teams have done their best in winning the Jun Bernardino Trophy.

It’s Pound vs. Pound! So, catch the 2 of the best squads we have this Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum. Techinally, this is just a rematch of the 2007 Fiest Conference wherein Alaska won in 7 games. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and shout!

Now here’s my analysis:
I. Matchups
II. Rosters
III. Prediction

I. Matchups
1. Willie Miller vs. Mark Cardona
2. Jimmy Alapag vs. LA Tenorio
3. Jared Dillinger vs. Tony Dela Cruz
4. Ranidel de Ocampo vs. Joe Devance
5. Yancy de Ocampo and Ali Peek vs. Sonny Thoss
6. Chot Reyes vs. Tim Cone

II. Roster
Talk ‘n Text
#2 Robert Reyes (PF)
#3 Jimmy Alapag (PG)
#4 Harvey Carey (SF)
#9 Mark Cardona (SG)
#10 Yousif Aljamal (SF)
#11 Pong Escobal (SG)
#14 Florendo Ritualo, Jr. (SG)
#17 Jason Castro (PG)
#18 Yancy de Ocampo (F/C)
#20 Jared Dillinger (SF)
#24 Jec Chia (SG)
#33 Ranidel de Ocampo (PF)
#34 Ali Peek (F/C)
#98 Gilbert Lao (F/C)

Head Coach: Vincent Reyes
Assistant coaches: Nash Racela, Aboy Castro , Dennis Aenlle, Bong Ravena , Patrick Fran , and Joshua Reyes
Team manager: Frankie Lim
Asst. team manager: Virgil Villavicencio
Team governor: Ricky Vargas

#7 Sonny Thoss (C)
#9 LA Tenorio (PG)
#10 Mark Borboran (SF)
#11 Willie Miller (PG/SG)
#12 Larry Fonacier (SG)
#15 Kelvin dela Pena (PG)
#21 Reynel Hugnatan (PF)
#22 Jeffrey Cariaso (SG)
#30 Ervin Sotto (F/C)
#35 Tony dela Cruz (SF)
#38 Joe Devance (PF)
#55 John Ferriols (PF)

Head coach: Earl Timothy Cone
Asssistant coaches: Joel Banal, Jojo Lastimosa, Dickie Bachmann, Luigi Trillo, and Bong Hawkins
Team manager and governor: Joaqui Trillo

III. Prediction
Talk ‘n Text in 7 games
I both love these teams beause of their play, pride, and heart that stands upon them today. But I really want this as a dream final.

Personally, as a TnT fan, this is the most difficult opponent to match up with because of Alaska’s defense. But we can also recover with these problems. Look over to that November 22 game and see how TnT and Alaska play.

Now here’s the fact, it was TnT who gave Alaska’s first loss during this conference. At that time TnT was losing via upsets made by defending champion Sta. Lucia, Red Bull, and San Miguel but TnT recovered during that ballgame.

Personally, I really want the Texters to win the match because I think they can also outplay the Aces and at the same time, they must win the rematch, and also, they are more deserving.

TnT, for the record, has only won a chmpionship which is the 2003 AFC tourney and an uncoundted 1998 Centennial Cup championship. I hope the Texters will win the bacon. Not literally. Please. Jesus, please listen to us.

Let’s Go Texters!

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Happy New Year!

2009 na po!