To Sweep or Not To Sweep

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From Go Archers Facebook page (C) Alex Macam

With a record of 12-0, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers have a rare chance to sweep the eliminations by beating the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles tomorrow on November 5 and the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws the week after that on November 12.

First round review

Despite the absence of  head coach Aldin Ayo in his first La Salle-Ateneo match due to his suspension from a stunt he pulled off to a referee, the Archers won convincingly against their rival with a score of 97-81 on October 2, 2016.

It was not only Ayo that was out of the game against Ateneo in the first round of eliminations, DLSU team captain, Jeron Teng was also out due to injury that’s been plaguing him since the offseason. The man in-charge of coaching DLSU for Ayo was assistant coach Louie Gonzales and prized recruit Ben Mbala stole the show with his dunks part of his 28 point, 13 rebounds, five steals and a block.

The FEU Tamaraws was the opening assignment of the Taft Avenue-based team. In that victory on opening day, the Archers made a comeback victory over the Morayta-based team with a score 83-78, and as expected, Jeron Teng led the Archers with 28 points, 6 rebounds and a steal and two crucial free throws with 2:14 remaining in the game to keep FEU away from winning.

The facts and odds

            With a lot of momentum on DLSU after beating the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors; 95-66, the long break brought by Halloween and All Saints day won’t seem to slow them down.

Ateneo and FEU who are vying for a final four postseason, are two teams preventing La Salle from a regular season sweep as well as a step-ladder postseason. Ateneo who is currently at third place in the UAAP standings has momentum on their side after winning against the National University (NU) Bulldogs on October 23, 2016. While FEU is at second place in the standings also has momentum after escaping a shocker from the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 63-60 on October 22, 2016.

After Ateneo’s victory over the NU Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles are truly expected to beat the Archers. If not expected, they are pressured to do so by the whole league not only from the pressure of their alumni and students because of die hard Ateneo supporters who want to see their team replicate an upset over their rivals since 2002, wherein a La Salle team that was coached by Franz Pumaren (current coaching Adamson) with players in his lineup like Mike Cortez, Joseph Yeo and Mark Cardona were on the verge of becoming the first team to sweep the eliminations since the implementation of the Final Four format in 1994. Then a Joel Banal-mentored Ateneo lineup forced a final four postseason with players like LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, and Enrico Villanueva. A season that Ateneo eventually won by beating the UE Red Warriors twice in the semis with James Yap as one of its star players for UE, then defeated La Salle in the finals.

We’ll never know how La Salle is preparing against Ateneo for Saturday but La Salle will have to triple their preparations for tomorrow and their game against FEU the following week, for them to have a step-ladder postseason.

A step-ladder has not happened since 2007 after the UE Red Warriors coached then by Dindo Pumaren swept the eliminations but eventually lost to La Salle in the finals that was coached by no other than Franz Pumaren and the whole of DLSU sporting teams coming back from a one year suspension.

The chances of DLSU sweeping will depend on the mayhem brought by Aldin Ayo’s system. If they get to limit Ateneo in all ends by halftime, it will be over for Ateneo. As for their game with FEU, it will be a grudge for the Tamaraws to force a final four.

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The Same Circus With A New Bunch of Freaks

(President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima)

I’m really happy that I did not vote for Rodrigo Duterte during the last elections. But I did consider on voting for him along with the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. I’m also happy to see him argue with Senator Leila de Lima, a person who has been his nemesis since his days as mayor of Davao City, and de Lima who was then chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), respectively.

As of this writing de Lima still believes that there really is an armed group that gets rid of criminals in Duterte’s stronghold of Davao City which is the Davao Death Squad. There’s really no proof that there is a Davao Death Squad, unless you believe the statements made by Edgar Matobato during the Philippine Senate’s probe towards extrajudicial killings and summary killings.

Like Jack the Ripper and Loch Ness Monster, it has yet to be proven. More important is the leadership and authority of Duterte in this squad is yet to be proven.

I have never set foot on Davao City but to believe that there is a Davao Death Squad is simply absurd. Because if there really a Davao Death Squad in Davao, government officials should also have their own version death squads for the sake of getting rid of criminals or their political rivals in their city or province.

De Lima V Duterte and Aguirre

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Justice Secretary, Vitaliano Aguirre | (C) Marianne Bermudez, Inquirer |

It may look childish for some people that these government officials are arguing at any time of the day in this country, but to see it on the news or read about on paper is really entertaining than the soap operas provided by the networks in the Philippines.

What’s childish for me is Senator Antonio Trillanes IV versus Senator Alan Peter Cayetano arguing.

An ironic detail in this feud between Duterte and de Lima is they graduated from the same law school, San Beda College of Law. Duterte is years ahead of de Lima in their post graduate education. Even the appointed justice secretary of the Philippines, Vitaliano Aguirre II is a graduate of San Beda College of Law.

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De Lima and Aguirre | (C) Paterno Esmaquel II |

Recently, it is not only the president that de Lima is confronting; she is also confronting her successor in the Department of Justice, Secretary Aguirre who really hit it hard in presenting Herbert Colangco before the House of Representatives. De Lima answered back to Aguirre’s presentation in the House by telling the press that Aguirre forced Colangco to testify and the evidence is as false as the current secretary’s hair. To which I don’t care if Secretary Aguirre is wearing a wig.

Herbert Colangco

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Herbert Colangco

As for the involvement of Herbert Colangco he told the nation that de Lima gave him and his fellow inmates the full VIP treatment while he is in the country’s maximum penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison.

Colangco is a convicted man for drugs and spear-headed a lot of robberies in the early 2000s. The most notable of Colangco’s crimes before he became a recording artist in prison, produced a music video, and a member of the ‘Bilibid 19’ was the robbery at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) branch in Cabuyao, Laguna in 2008 that left ten people dead. He was arrested in 2009 in Iligan City then on October 2014 he was sentenced to life imprisonment before the Paranaque regional trial court.

The worst part with Colangco telling the nation what he knows is telling every person watching that hearing, Senator de Lima’s cell phone number. To which I texted de Lima saying, “How are you, you big fat monster?” and also, “Are you sleeping well?” if you are a advocate of the Liberal Party.

Valuable Inmate

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Jaybee Sebastian

The people only know of Colangco and his so-called rival Jaybee Sebastian. Two people who really lend their drug money towards the lady senator’s campaign back in May.

What’s curious about Jaybee Sebastian is why he demands to speak only to the president with what he knows about the Bilibid drug trade and other information, according to his lawyer.

Jaybee Sebastian is a valuable asset for some because he knows some things that would really place him in danger if he tells that information in public.

Whatever Jaybee Sebastian knows, it would definitely rock the nation. It would release a lot of evil just like how Pandora opened the box that released all of the evil in this world.

Recently, Sebastian is so valuable that the inmates being presented to the House of Representatives say that he had sexual relationships with de Lima when she was secretary of justice that makes de Lima look like a sugar mommy towards Jaybee Sebastian.

 

It’s just a shame that these events are getting the attention and curiosity of the people in a manner that’s very unethical to some people.

WHEN LIBIDO KICKS IN

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Many people won’t admit it especially guys like us but we have liked somebody not because our heart and mind commanded it but because our libido made us like the person instantly and the lasting impression of how they look when we first saw them wearing that pencil skirt with that white tank top and gray cardigan or how tight their high-waist pants was with that black tank top when you saw them wear it in some year-ender event in your school begging to get laid.

Before we get naughty with some stories when I was still a psychology major, the one thing I learned about libido is that we must always find a way to gratify it. For starters, there is spanking your monkey, fapping well masturbation in general. There are a lot of ways to spank your monkey. Just ask one of your friends if you could borrow one of his favorite men’s magazines with your favorite model and actress from GMA in it. If you want real action but don’t want to get someone pregnant, there always the nearest drugstore or convenience store to buy yourself a condom but if you really can’t help it, control the urge from having sex at all and suppress that dirty mind from all the fantasies you have. So without libido, you cannot have that sexual urge to have that person in your mind and get it on with her.

Back in high school, I was invited to this birthday party then I didn’t expect that it will be an overnight party. I did not have extra clothes since we all went there after school and I really wanted to go home but it was too late to back out, I didn’t bring my casuals and their driver will be too tired to bring me home since she lives in Libis which is like the Alabang of the north Metro Manila. Later that night, when we were all dressed to sleep I was already drunk with some of our friends then I remember her wearing this intimate outfit that tells every guy in the room; “Hey boys, who wants to go first?” Nothing happened but all I can do was look at her from head-to-toe with my drunk self then some of her girl friends in the room tells me, “HOY RICKY! NGAYON LANG BA NAKAKITA NG CLEAVAGE?” and with all honesty I told her yes. We were all friends until some of us had differences and back stabbing each other.

In my three semesters of college, I have almost gone crazy with some of the girls in school. One was with this skinny college senior who really looked hot in that psychology uniform and man she could really leave a trail of fire when she walk around the campus. Another is with someone who’s truly high maintenance but for now let’s leave it that way. But allow me to write this instead when I was enrolled for the summer in our school, I had this classmate in summer class who wanted to copy this statistical software from me. Now I didn’t expect her to go to me to copy that software since I didn’t look like one of the bad boys but that didn’t make me safe from that one friend and class mate who told me after I let her copy the software, “TANGINA KA PRE TINIGASAN NA PINAGPAPAWISAN PA!” He’s one guy who would really want to give it to her more than me. I’m still friends with the man.

I’ve never had lady friend who is truly willing to share how she dreams or fancies a guy but if some men could only imagine how the ladies dream of getting it on with the man of their dreams the way we do with our own flavor of the month, let’s try now. Let’s try to think like a girl and imagine how would a hunk Brazilian in this godforsaken country would knock on our doorstep just to ask for directions but instead of giving them the directions they need we pucker our lips to them. Then we grasp their chiseled bodies and wrap our legs around their waist. Then the girl begs to be stripped off her clothes and wanting to feel that pleasure. If I were a girl that horny I would think that way.

Now we go to part where we will difference libido from love.

For guys like us, libido happens when you want to go to the gym and get ripped just to get that girl’s attention and get it on with her for one night. Love happens when you are working out not to get that Derek Ramsey physique but because you are as scrawny as hell and you love yourself that you want to shape up to gain respect and respect yourself as well, not just to get that girl’s attention. Libido is when you buy a men’s magazine fap over it a lot and didn’t care about the consequence. Love is when you just buy one and don’t fap over it because you don’t want to get a single drop of you sperm over it since it is your prized possession and you still want to have it signed on the autograph signing before keeping it to your stash. For both girls and boys, libido does the work when you buy a bunch of roses, pick its petals and spread it all over the floor leading to one room with one person wearing a bath robe to the tune of George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’. Love is just buying a single stem of rose or bouquet of roses with a box of chocolates and just asking her for a date. Libido is truly working when you ask someone to watch ‘No Strings Attached’, ‘Friends with Benefits’, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ even ‘Good Luck Chuck’ for crying out loud and trying to put themselves in the love scene and the masochism. Love is asking that one person to watch that romantic comedy whether it’s a Hollywood film or even a local film.

With that, we can never know when or how will our libido get a hold of us because when that happens it is when we go crazy for someone and never explain precisely on why did even like the person in the first place.

New Year’s Resolutions We Never Live out, Habits We Never Break and Expectations We Must Expect This Year

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New Year’s resolutions don’t work so much because some people tend to repeat certain habits that they wanted to end such as ‘I’m quitting smoking’, ‘I’ll never drink again’, ‘I’m going to the gym to have abs or lose weight’, ‘I’ll never spank my monkey again’, ‘I am going to look for and hook up with a better and much cuter boyfriend’ and so much more but seriously how many of these examples were really lived out?

This is what I hate about the resolutions people made and never keep them at all like a promise.

I still see one of our neighbors drink over and over. I still see that neighbor smoking three packs of cigarettes. I’ve never seen that other neighbor looking very worked out and ripped after months of going to the gym because they don’t make the effort to do so because they are still going to that fast-food chain with the clown or chubby bee even that military official cooking fried chicken and that former classmate in my previous major still heartbroken because she never learns to find a boyfriend that’s really husband material. Still giving that douche bag a chance to hook up after getting caught many times rather than the guy who has made all the effort from poetry and saving money so you guys can watch Hunger Games because it’s your favorite book. So please have mercy on yourselves and break the habit that you guys keep recycling every year.

Okay enough of that rant. My solution to the things I ranted about is if they fail to carry out those resolutions, give them a consequence by challenging or dare that friend to pay your the tickets for you to see the upcoming ‘Batman VS Superman’ movie or any upcoming Marvel this year and if you’re a girl ask that person to buy you that very expensive coffee with a promo of having their new year planner but instead of them keeping the planner you get to keep the planner to yourself.

Now if that doesn’t work, there’s always next year.

As for me, I’ve had my share of broken resolutions and if I were to name a resolution that I broke, it’s quitting smoking, quitting alcohol and going to read more books than staying up online for something unnecessary. Like alcohol, I didn’t quit but I learn to moderate.

For what will happen this year I don’t expect everything is laid out this year for myself so because like many people, I always have to work for some of the things in my life such as love life, academics, finances so I can have this cap or t-shirt or see that new movie and like the past couple of years it’s always going to be a challenge. I still have to plan what I would like to happen for this year.

Now we go to the part were some things are important.

Philippines 2016, I don’t know if we are really ready for a president who is not afraid to say bad words. So no holds barred for this portion, ARE WE REALLY READY FOR A BADASS PRESIDENT TO RUN THIS COUNTRY? Are we ready for Rodrigo Duterte to kill the criminals roaming around the dark places of Metro Manila and put corrupt officials out of office? Because if you would ask me, I am ready to conform and comply with society with this guy in Malacanang but if we talk about his running mate, I have said it before and I will say it again, Alan Peter Cayetano is nothing but a whining brat who wants the Binays out of office and may be, just may be out of his sight with a badass front runner in his side but a part of me still says his only using Duterte’s popularity for a easy win and easy access to Malacanang. But with his candidacy still in limbo, do we still see a Philippines under his rule?

If the government here in the Philippines only have a bipartisan system, Miriam Defensor-Santiago will be the one and only candidate for me qualified to be his opponent if the protest against his candidacy gets junked. But if the protest gets Duterte out of the picture the same way with Grace Poe, I would still vote for Miriam Defensor-Santiago no matter what happens. I don’t care if some politicians can work their magic, because if Miriam does not get that position to be presidential front runner of one party, or Miriam does not win at all, I would probably urinate at the gates of Malacanang and yell FUCK THE SYSTEM.

As I type this, I don’t really know who I am really going to vote for in May if Duterte makes the ballot because when Duterte told the country that he will not run for president in 2016 my mind is all set for MDS because MDS, is a good choice if you are not ready to see bodies getting dumped everywhere by the Davao Death Squad that may soon replace some of the incompetent police on duty or the Davao Death Squad could be a special unit along with Special Action Forces renaming them the Philippine National Death Squad.

Knowing Senator Miriam as a standout lawyer, I only see reforms in the justice system if she becomes president which is good and she better have reforms that would eliminate the special treatment given to high profile criminals since the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Corrections are under the justice system. I also see reforms in education but I don’t see her taking out the K+12 but rather clarifying the whole country on what it is really all about. As for infrastructure and agriculture I hope the people who will be part of her cabinet will connect the archipelago and turn the country into Asia’s rice bowl once again.

For both candidates, I hope they can give the people easy access to health care because hospitals really milking out the public especially private hospitals. I hate seeing people on TV crying because they can’t afford the bills. It’s just that depressing.

 

In sports, too bad Ginebra is already out. I just hope Yeng Guiao will finally get that All-Filipino title with Rain or Shine in the semis and in the hunt for the All-Filipino title.

Talk about Rain or Shine I’m happy with Raymond Almazan’s statement that you are just too darn stupid if you reject the National Team’s (Gilas Pilipinas) call to practice and play.

In the NBA I’m not that sad too know that the Golden State Warriors lost to the Dallas Mavericks giving the Warriors just their second lost of the season and with Stephen Curry out because of bruises, the team will survive but more players should step up because it’s not every game that the Splash Brothers will be making shots. As for the whole team, it’s not impossible that they could surpass the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls or at least they could be as close to that 72-10 lineup because more important here is that their good standing would mean nothing if they don’t win back-to-back championship and man Luke Walton is doing a good job in Steve Kerr’s place.

For baseball in the major league, I hope the San Francisco Giants will have a better season and I hope that they will be a very healthy team this year. I just feel bad for them not keeping Mike Leake in the lineup, making him go back to the National League Central not to his former team Cincinnati Reds but to the St. Louis Cardinals. That could have been a good pitching rotation for the Giants with Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Matt Cain (If he’s really one hundred percent), Tim Lincecum (If the Giants would still want him back), Chris Heston, Jake Peavy and hope more good trades especially getting Yoenis Cespedes.

As for the teams in the American League like the World Series champions, Kansas City Royals they are the only team I know in the American League who would still be in the postseason other than the Toronto Blue Jays but with David Price out of Toronto now with Boston, it’s hard to see the Blue Jays leading the AL East after that phenomenal win against Texas last postseason with Jose Bautista’s three-run home run in what many consider the longest seventh inning of that postseason.

 

In movies, I hope I can watch all of the Marvel movies that will be released this year. I also hope that I can finally watch a Cinemalaya entry and that more films in the country will get the recognition it deserves. I also hope Philippine cinema will have more brilliant script writers and directors that will tell us more stories that will leave us in awe and thinking how a story like that was written.

So with a new post and a new year may we find hope this year in all aspects. Let us not expect so much from others but rather have faith in their abilities.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

FIVE YEARS OF NO ROCK

FIVE YEARS SINCE THE SIGNING OFF NO NU ROCK

The year 2010 was truly the start of brand new decade. The change from one president to another in which it had a rocky start on its first one hundred days. A college basketball that made history for having a perfect season and another college basketball team from a different league showing their dominance for a third straight title. But on November 7, 2010 it was a sad day for the Philippine radio and rock scene and it is the day NU107 signed off.

It’s been five years since the last broadcast of NU107 and everything truly feels like everything happened like it was yesterday.

At the time when I heard of NU107 closing its doors and signing off for good I could not believe the news. I just thought that the they will no longer held the annual NU107 Rock Awards, in which I had my first taste of Red Horse and the first time I lost a phone because of my pants having a hole in its pocket. But when I confirmed it from various news outlets, I felt like the music world caving in because it’s just the only event I get to see various bands since I’m prohibited to go to various gig spots in Metro Manila like SaGuijo in Makati, Route 196 in Katipunan and 70’s Bistro in Anonas at the time.

It was very unfortunate for me that I did not get to see the last Rock Awards because the tickets were no longer for sale and as I type this, I’m cringing because I listened to NU107 but I never had the chance to go to their station when they were still in the airwaves. The first and last time I visited their station was on their last day of their broadcast and during the day they broadcast the last NU107 Rock Awards, I listened to it online thru the station’s website together with a former classmate and friend who lives in Alabang I just told her to bear with me for while for this is historic moment and the rest went on.

As I listened to the last Rock Awards with Gabby Alipe of Urbandub getting the honor of vocalist of the year, Franco getting the honor of song of the year for ‘This Gathering’, listener’s choice and album of the year for their self-titled album. In their last broadcast of the Rock Awards, I don’t remember which award was being presented but I just find it funny that KC Concepcion and Anne Curtis (If not mistaken) were throwing some Eraserheads puns to Ely Buendia. For Franco, I also don’t remember exactly which award but Jay Contreras of Kamikazee was ridiculing yet at the same time joking while former Franco guitarist Ocho Toleran makes his thanksgiving speech in which Jay said, “HUWAG KAYONG MANINIWALA SA MGA YAN!”

After that, the rock radio scene in the Philippines almost died making Jam 88.3 the lone rock station in the Metro or in the country because there was also RJ Underground along with NU107. The OPM scene is missing its luster because icons nowadays rarely release hits that truly rock the airwaves and some bands disbanding. One of the few bands that disbanded after NU107 left the ariwaves is Sugarfree in 2011 for the reason that front man Ebe Dancel wants to go solo. Bamboo disbanded for some reason that left Nathan Azarcon, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado hanging and Bamboo Manalac pursuing a solo career under a major label.

Since NU107 left the airwaves, I myself also took a break I finishing my studies and until now, I haven’t gone to a gig. So with me not being able to see a gig, I was shocked to know of Urbandub going to a hiatus and Kamikazee planning a farewell tour in which I thought they would just announce a upcoming album but didn’t.

It’s really depressing not having an annual award show just for rock and it really feels crappy to listen to just one rock station.