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Is parity a reality in PBA?

I HAVE been a diehard basketball fan who followed the PBA from way back the fabled Crispa-Toyota days. Back then, Crispa and Toyota were the powerhouse teams in the league. One reason why Crispa and Toyota lorded it over the rest of the field was that they were able to get the better players most […]

Cool Runnings, Pinoy style

ANYONE who saw the movie “Cool Runnings” in the early 1990s must think it’s ridiculous for a Jamaican team to compete in the bobsled event of the Winter Olympics.After all, snow don’t fall in the Caribbean. But if the Jamaicans can do it, why not the Filipinos, di ba?Since we already have ice skating and […]

Willie, Marc and Louie

AS promised, I will be writing more about the PBA which to me was a dream beat to cover when I was still a young sportswriter more than 40 years ago. And it did come true as I was very active covering the league and doing countless news articles, features, and columns in different sports […]

Renewing PBA ties

IT is hard to imagine sometimes that the first time I watched a live game in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was in 1978 as an eager beaver and aspiring part-time sportswriter. That is why it felt good to me to have attended the PBA press conference at the Conrad Hotel last Tuesday, renewing acquaintances […]

Give love on Christmas

“GIVE love on Christmas day…” So goes the song of a then still very young Michael Jackson and his brothers with their Jackson 5 group in the 1970’s. After all, Christmas is just a couple of days away but even as we say that it is better to give than to receive, of course it […]

Stephan Lhuillier passes baton to Sebastian

MANY times I have interviewed Stephan Lhuillier, the eldest son of sportsman-businessman Jean Henri Lhuillier. In the most recent one, he was joined by younger brother Sebastian when we met at the Makati Sports Club. Stephan wanted to update me with the latest on his pet project, the Pinoy Tennis Trainers (PTT) program, which then […]

PBA dreams for Archie

IT may be a few years yet before his dreams come true but for Arellano University sophomore and Pampanga native Archie Concepcion, things are falling into place. I have always said the winning combination to success in life for anyone will be skills and attitude and Archie scores high on both despite just being 22 […]

Fighting drug abuse

SPORTS is a natural antidote against illegal drugs abuse. This I believe because sports will teach people, particularly young people, the discipline needed in order to stay and succeed in sports. Values of sportsmanship, determination, patience, hard work, punctuality, respect and focus are just some of the things that an athlete can learn from engaging […]

San Beda winning tradition

IT was déjà vu for me when I went to watch the second game in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketballbest-of-three finals series between defending champion San Beda University Red Lions and the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates at the Mall of Asia Arena last Monday. I seldom go out now and watch live […]

Sports and social media

I ADMIT I go to social media now to get a better feel of how people are reacting to what is happening in the local world of sports. And believe me I do get a lot of comments that would range from the sublime to ridiculous, to the intellectual, with some wanting to sound intellectual […]

PH para athletes show worth

PRIOR to the recently-concluded 3rd Asian ParaGames in Indonesia, I really thought that our para athletes will do much better in their performance but definitely they exceeded expectations with their medal production and overall standing. For the record, the PH Asian ParaGames delegation brought home a total of 10 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze […]

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