Archive for July, 2009


JAYSON NOCOM (1986-2009)

JAYSON NOCOM (1986-2009)

MANILA-JRU stalwart Jayson Nocom has died at the age of 23 earlier this morning. He died due to a tragic motorcycle accident.

Nocom has been one of Coach Ariel’s most trusted forces alongside James Sena and Marvin Hayes, he played in JRU from 2006 to 2009.



Copyright, 2009, Pepeton Conde (Never steal this, pls. ask permission via comment)

Copyright, 2009, Pepeton Conde (Never steal this, pls. ask permission via comment)

Houston Rockets superstar Tracy McGrady has changed his number from his usual #1 to #3 due to some marketing purposes.

McGrady, a former HS sensation used to wore #3 before switching to #1 during his NBA career, wherein he played for three teams: Toronto, Houston, and Orlando.

His previous number, #1 will now be won by NBA champion Trevor Ariza. His jersey change has something to connect with Adidas’ marketing campaign which is evovles around him.




Former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite died Friday night in New York City due to cerebral vascular disease.

Cronkite, 92, has previously anchored the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981, being started as a newspaper journalist in the 1930s before getting better throughout the succeeding years and became CBS’ anchorman. He covered the deaths of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy, the World War II, and the 1969 Apollo landing. He retired in 1981 and was later replaced by Dan Rather.

And now that’s the way it is!


Another shocking news! One of Converse’s most popular endorsers has left Converse for Jordan Brand. Who is he? Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade.

He ended his six-year tenure with Converse, which is incidentally owned by Nike, although he still has 4 years left in the contract. He said that Converse was not doing some businesses lately on him, and that’s why he moved to Jordan Brand.

Jordan Brand, owned by Nike and Michael Jordan, one of the greatest Basketball players ever, insisted that Wade is a good addition to the brand, which is being endorsed by likes of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.


by JA Conde

A new team has crowned in the 2009 Motolite-PBA Fiesta Conference, San Miguel Beermen edged out the defending champions Brgy. Ginebra Kings, as they won their 18th title, and their second Fiesta, defeating them with an 90-79 victory yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

With an attendance of 20,541, which included former pro Tito Varela and Bongbong Marcos, this game was truly fantastic for Gabe Freeman and company. For San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen, this was his third title in the pro ranks, despite winning a few titles as an assistant, and was never drafted,

During the game, it was really San Miguel who dominated the game, thanks to the leaderhip of veteran guard Olsen Racela, and the plays of Danny Ildefonso, Marc Pingris, and Gabe Freeman. Ginebra, on the other hand, lost its magic shooter in Sunday Salvacion due to a hard hit on Freeman, Noel even felt very pressured about the game, which made him lost his momentum which led by his missing shots during the entire game.

Finals MVP is Jonas Villanueva. He averaged 11 points, 3.9 rebounds,  and 3.6 assists. The Finals MVP award is sposored by Fern-C.


SAN MIGUEL BEER (90)-G. Freeman, J. Villanueva 15, J. Pingris 12, D. Ildefonso 10, M. Cortez 9, M. Pennisi 8, A. Washington 5, D. Hontiveros 2, R. Racela 0, D. Pena 0.

BRGY. GINEBRA (79)-A. Helterbrand 25, E. Menk 12, R. Tubid 10, R. Reavis 9, D. Noel 8, C. Lanete 6, W. Wilson 5, C. Baguio 4, B. Mamaril 0, S. Salvacion 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 25-15, 45-37, 70-60. 90-79


One silent morning of July 8, 2009 in the Philippines seems to be very unusual, as most Filipinos were awaken just to watch something, something very historical and nostalgic to see, and it was actually the memorial service of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, which was staged at the Staples Center last Tuesday morning.

As we see it, most of the Jackson family were there, and had their own memorial service at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Hollywood Hills, California, and later moved to Staples Center as thousands saw a glimpse of the King of Pop before a concert was held live at the said center, thanks to the organizer of Jackson’s comeback concert, AEG Live, and the concert was very fruitful and worth remembering! (FYI, his casket was custom-made which costs $25,000. That casket is called “Promethean”.)

And so here are the highlights:

1) We have seen some performances of Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz who covered one of Jackson 5’s earliest hit song “I’ll Be There” (In which Carey covered seventeen years ago, and even managed to be #1 in the Billboard while doing the version).

2) Some of Michael’s most important friends began to appear, from LA Laker greats Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson talking about him being a humanitarian, Pastor Lucious Smith talked about his life and has defended him from Jackson’s latest sexual accusations, Martin Luther King’s kids talking about his life again, and Brooke Shields also talked about Jackson, who according to her, is a good friend.

3) Well there are also some music personalities, aside from Carey and Lorenz, also paid tribute, there is Usher (he even cried), Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Lionel Richie, and yes, even Jennifer Hudson.

4) Of course, who could ever forget his family? One of the most heart-warming moments of that service is that Paris Katherine Jackson mader her first public appearance and told everyone that Jackson was a great “father” to her and really loves his father, some of his siblings even made statements, and one of them, Jermaine, made a rendition of MJ’s favorite “Smile”, which was popularized by comedian Charlie Chaplin.

5) And the main event, the service is not that great without some montages of his videos and his home, Neverland. Also, the ending was really amazing, thanks to the song “Heal the World” and “Man in the Mirror”, which are some of MJ’s well-known songs which are mainly about brotherhood and peace.

And this wrapped up a peaceful one.




by JA Conde

Nobody has expected this, but perhaps, he must be the greatest among the basketball players in the land today, and that’s how you’ll describe this flashy 6-flat guard of Ginebra in Anthony “Jay-Jay” Helterbrand who recently won the PBA’s most prized individual player award yet, the Most Valuable yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum. He is expected to join the elite circle of past MVP awardees such as Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Robert Jaworski, and Alvin Patrimonio.

Helterbrand, who averaged 17.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 5.0 apg, also defeated Arwind Santos of Burger King and Don-don Hontiveros of San Miguel Beer with a total of 3,220 statistical points which also included the counted votes of the PBA, the coveror (Solar), the coaches, and his fellow players.

And here are the other winners for the said awards night yesterday which paid tribute to the first PBA commisioner, Leo Prieto, which includes a video tribute and some messages from his successors and Robert Jaworski:

Motolite Energy Player of the Year: Willie Miller (Alaska)
Sportsmanship Award: Ryan Reyes (Sta. Lucia)
Rookie of the Year: Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine)
Most Improved Player: Jonas Villanueva (San Miguel Beer)

All-Defensive Team: Wynne Arboleda (Burger King/Air21), Ronald Tubid (Ginebra), Billy Mamaril (Ginebra), Arwind Santos (Burger King/Air21), and Asi Taulava (Coca-Cola).

Mythical Team 1: Jay-jay Helterbrand (Brgy. Ginebra), Mark Cardona (Talk ‘n Text), Jay Washington (San Miguel Beer), Arwind Santos (Burger King/Air21), and Asi Taulava (Coca-Cola)

Mythical Team 2: Willie Miller (Alaska), Don-don Hontiveros (San Miguel Beer), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Kelly Williams (Sta. Lucia), and Jay-R Reyes (Rain or Shine)

(NBA Personalities live in Manila update: WNBA player Sue Wicks and Miami assistant David Fizdale will join Spoelstra on July 27)