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Banahaw experience gone well

I BELIEVE that in the past, I have been mentioning the fact that I conduct team building not just for corporate groups but also for sports teams with Mt. Banahaw in Dolores, Quezon as my favorite venue because of my personal experience of how this mystical mountain can affect a change in people’s thinking. And […]

Golden mission for Pat Aquino

FINALLY I had a chance to do what I used to do regularly when I was just starting my sportswriting work more than four decades ago. I mean going to gyms to interview people for features, mostly in basketball. And last week, I found the time to go the Aero Gym in Quezon City to […]

Man vs Animal in NBA Finals

DON’T look now but this year’s NBA Finals will be a battle of “man vs animal.” Defending champion Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-0, in the Western Conference Finals and right now are enjoying a much-needed rest before playing the winner of the East Finals series between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee […]

Nelmida twins

IT was last year when blind paratriathletes twins Jerome and Joshua Nelmida asked for a special request. They wanted to watch a “live ” game in the Philippine Super Liga women’s volleyball tournament. Do not ask me how these two sports fans will be able to watch considering their condition but who am I to […]


THE Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) is now on its 26th year already and is the country’s longest-running major international triathlon. I take pride to the fact that I have covered maybe 90% of this event as I have been helping my old and older friend, Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) president Tom Carrasco […]

Warriors will win anew

BASKETBALL action heats up as the NBA playoffs go deeper and deeper. I have been following the league over You Tube, watching those 12 minute highlights of past games, something that enables people to spend less time on the boob tube but getting the same results, and I am happy the PBA has also followed […]

SMB too strong for Phoenix?

  THE PBA semifinals is still ongoing with defending champion San Miguel Beer leading their semifinals series with Phoenix. Rain or Shine also enjoys the lead against Magnolia in the other best-of-seven semis series. That’s two San Miguel squads in the Final Four. Now this reminds me of a column I did early in the […]

Managing the POC

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas was quite frank in assessing how he has been performing in his position given all the problems he has faced, is facing, and will be facing. Top of the list is the preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games that the country is hosting. Like Ricky, I am […]

Catching up with PSL

IT has been a long time since I have watched a live game in the Philippine Superliga (PSL). Two years ago, I even went all the way to Bulacan just to watch a PSL game. So last Thursday, I reserved the afternoon to finally see a game at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San […]

When I turned 50 again

ALLOW me to digress a little for this piece. After all, it is only once a year that one turns older though in my case, I just turned 50 again for the 14th straight year. The celebration started off with my “first” birthday on March 20 which my late mother swears is my correct birth […]

Reminiscing the past with Vito

ASIDE from his teammates with Crispa in the early ‘80s, those who played against him from the other teams and diehard basketball fans of old, only a few will remember Vito Orcullo. After all, this was the time that my sportswriting career was revolving around basketball and marathon. The MICAA then the PABL was my […]

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