all in for the philippines: adidas King of the Road 2013

June 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

 

 

Almost as if a “day of (joyous) obligation,” for many seasoned and seasonal runners, everybody’s rushing to register for the Philippine leg of the adidas King of the Road happening on July 7, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Apart from being the most exciting and well-organized 5-leg race organized in Southeast Asia, it’s probably the running event which gives out the best singlets and medals in town.

The adidas King of the Road 2013 is a running championship held across 5 countries – Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

To make things more interesting, adidas opens a new event: a 10K relay event for students (up to 25 years old.)

 

7 days to go until online registration closes!

Too soon to decide? In store registration is until June 30.

 Read up to learn more! (*If at this point you are still unregistered;  Runners, ballers, and athletes of any type are most welcome to join, if you’re in for the running wind!)

The 2013 edition of the adidas KOTR will allow runners to choose between the 16.8K and 10k race categories. The 16.8K-distance will have two sub-categories—Closed, which will be exclusive for Filipinos, and Open category for all nationalities. Male and female runners who will top the race from the Closed category will be crowned as the Philippines’ King and Queen of the Road and will represent the country in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in Malaysia later this year.

 

On the other hand, the 10K-distance will have an added feature this year, the Student’s Relay category. The Students’ Relay category, created to encourage the youth to lead a healthy lifestyle, will be open exclusively to college and university students 25 years old and below. One male and one female student need to partner up and form a relay team, with each running a 5km leg. The winning pair will win cash prizes individually as well as for their respective schools.

 

The regular 10K race will still be held, which is open to all runners interested to join this distance. Prizes also await runners who will top the said categories.

 

“The brand’s battle cry is All In, as adidas continues to support and encourage people to be the best they can be in whatever interests they have —be it sports, fashion, or music ” says Jason Gervasio, adidas Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. “In the case of KOTR, adidas is showcasing its commitment to sports by bringing together and empowering runners from all over the Philippines and Southeast Asia, giving them a chance to engage in their passion for running.”

 

 

Southeast Asia Roads Lead to Malaysia

 

adidas is not only encouraging runners to compete within their countries. As part of its drive to provide the best experiences for its consumers, KOTR will once again be held in different legs across the SEA countries.

 

To date, the first adidas KOTR SEA Regional Championship held in October 2011 culminated in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, involving participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. The success of this multi-country race inspired the brand to make the event a regional annual tradition. Hence, the KOTR SEA Championship Year 2 was organized and held at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore in 2012.

 

This year, participants of the KOTR SEA Championship will get a chance to run through the streets of Malaysia. The final race will be held in October, where winners from Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will be joined by the KOTR SEA Championship Closed Category participants from the host country itself. Only one winner each from the Male and Female divisions will be crowned as the adidas Southeast Asia King and Queen of the Road.

 

 

How to Join KOTR 2013

 

There are two ways to sign up for this year’s adidas King of the Road Philippines:

 

  1. Visit      http://adidaskingoftheroad.com/ph      and register online by filling up all the required fields (not available      for 10KM Relay for Students). Online registration is open from May 2 to      June 23, 2013.

 

  1. Visit      any of the seven (7) adidas KOTR 2013 registration sites in the following      stores —adidas Greenbelt 3, adidas SM Mall of Asia, adidas SM Megamall,      adidas Powerplant, adidas Trinoma, adidas Two Parkade (Bonifacio Global      City), or Runnr at Bonifacio High Street. Onsite registration is open from      May 2 to June 30, 2013.

 

Race fees are as follows: P1,300 for the 16.8K race; P1,100 for for the 10K regular race; and P800 for for the 10K students’ race. Runners signing up for the 10K students’ race will have to present vaild student IDs (must be valid until July 7, 2013) at the registration sites.

 

 

There is also a discount for runners that sign up in large groups. Participants who register with their friends and family at the same time at the registration site get the following discounts:

  • Group      of 10-14 = Php100 off each
  • Group      of 15-19 = Php150 off each
  • Group      of 20+ = Php200 off each

 

Supporting this year’s race are the sponsors Summit Water and 100 Plus.

 

For more news, updates, and promos on adidas KOTR 2013, visit www.facebook.com/adidas or follow the conversation with #kotrph2013.

The One Hyundai Club: Living it in Style

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

November 12, 2011—bloggers , online writers and seasoned editors came together for One Hyundai Club’s (OHC) announcement: Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.(HARI) is set on giving us the ultimate lifestyle event of 2012– the One Hyundai Club: Life in Style!

First things first: yes, you heard it right. There REALLY is a ONE HYUNDAI CLUB, established on December 2010. It has 13,000+ members already, to date. The One Hyundai Club is the customer loyalty club that HARI,( the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines,) organized to give back to the customers who believe in Hyundai. HARI, with 36 (and growing) dealerships nationwide, now ranks third in the automotive market.

Remember who sponsored that FREE RUN? Yes, it’s the same HYUNDAI that made the ACCENT RUN possible. Hyundai definitely lives up to “Creating Ingenious Possibilities for the People and the Planet.”

So, on January 14, 2012, expect a stylish, “this-is-the-life,” night prepared by HARI. This event shall be their way of thanking OHC members for their support to Hyundai, as they share the modern premium motoring lifestyle that Hyundai motorists are enjoying all- over the globe.

Watch out for these on January 12th:

1. The Launching of the One Hyundai Club Life in Style 2012 Journal
C’mon, Sam YG said it—all the ladies really want that Starbucks Diary. Well, if not that, give them the Belle Du Jour, Figaro, or the Moleskin Diaries. Women love journals, period. You know, like you guys love cars, your PS3s and the NBA. We love diaries and journals –the nice ones anyway. And this OHC Life in Style Journal is not an exception!
Owners of this journal will be treated to inspiring reads by renowed journalists and editors; a schedule of activities for OHC members for 2012; promos and freebies from Hyundai’s 107 partner merchants, to date.

2. Exciting Activities for Each Participant: Yes, you! You and your better half, your other half, or whoever you’re going to the event with.
Whether you’re the sosy-shopper, the food-lover, the classy chic, the certified nerd, the super buff, the sporty one, the boy-next-door, or the doting parent, Hyundai has something prepared for you. Look forward to experience beauty makeovers, cooking demos, indoor wall climbing, rapelling and art classes for kids.

3. Hourly Raffle!
Who doesn’t want to win? Everybody does. Hyundai and its partner merchants prepared nifty prizes for this big event. This is exclusive to OHC members. I’ve heard of the prizes, and trust me—I want to become a member now!!!

The best part about it is that whether or not you own a Hyundai NOW, you can come! This is open to One Hyundai Club Members, existing and potential Hyundai vehicle owners. Admission is absolutely free. HOW?

Log-in and register NOW at www.ohclifeinstyle.com.ph for more details. Got a facebook account? Like One Hyundai Club Life in Style too for updates.
Check for the opening of the registration from time to time, though. Registration opens once the details on the venue, schedule, etc. are finalized. Slots are limited, so watch out—you wouldn’t want to miss this “for every YOU” event.

WANT TO BECOME AN OHC MEMBER?

Application is free for existing and new Hyundai vehicle owners. One Vehicle= One Member Card; so if you have an Accent, a Tucson and a Starex, you get three membership cards which you can assign to yourself, or your family members.

If your car’s pre-owned, you’re still eligible for a membership card.

With this, you get access to the latest from Hyundai, exclusive perks and goodies, plus you can earn points from Hyundai genuine parts and Hyundai services as well. ?

Stay with us for more Hyundai updates!

adidas crowns the King of the Road this 2011

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I have to say, the King of the Road was colorfully-winning! Definitely better than KOTR events in the past years, this year’s KOTR is one of the most attended, not to mention star-studded, running events of 2011.

Hope it gets better next year. Who knows, with the lockout, maybe D.Rose might grace the Philippines’ aKOTR… –Hmmm. OK, not. I pray he’s not getting all flabby with all these cancelled NBA games though.

 

The adidas King of the Road (KOTR) came to a vibrant and colorful close at the Bonifacio Global City grounds as thousands of participants fought to the finish as they vied for the ‘adidas Southeast Asia King of the Road 2011’ crown.

Exemplifying the brand’s exceptional commitment to sport, the adidas KOTR has unified runners from all around Asia – with participants from Thailand, then Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The race then culminated here in its first ever host country, making Philippines the ultimate race destination. Represented through the variety of different coloured adidas singlets, the multi-colour showcase is meant to demonstrate the vibrancy of the sports scene across Southeast Asia.

The adidas KOTR was a testament to the keen and enthusiastic participants overflowing with energy as early as three in the morning as they prepare for the very first gunstart at 5AM. With three different categories varying from 5K, to 16.8K and 21K, the routes make for an enjoyable and pleasant race day. adidas definitely delivered the race of a lifetime, creating an experience where runners not only challenged themselves but also achieved personal breakthroughs. Celebrities who made personal breakthroughs in this race are Robi Domingo, Rich Hardin, and Karylle . Even Iza Calzado, Will DeVaughn, Kim Atienza, and Rovilson Fernandez went all in with at the adidas King of the Road race.

The 16.8K category is the most distinctive signature distance this year as winners from the previous legs in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia were flown in to represent their countries. Taking home the King of the Road 2011 crowns are I Gusti Gede Karang Asem with a running time of 57:58 and Mary Joy Tabal with a runnning time of 1:04:44 for our 16.8K Southeast Asian winners, David Mutai with a running time of 54:41 and Esthar Karimi with a running time of 1:02:07 for the 16.8K Open Category; John Philip Duenas with a running time of 54:41 for the 16.8K Closed Category; Kimbert Sarmiento with a running time of 15:59 for the 5K Category; and Frederick Mwingirwa Mathiu with a running time of 1:10:12 for the 21K Category.

With the availability of premium running products and training platforms, adidas provides runners with the tools needed for a better run—whether it’s finishing the first marathon or breaking a personal best. From the adiNation of Runners, a running community formed to help motivate and train running enthusiasts to train together on a weekly basis; to the launch of the adidas miCoach virtual training system, nothing else gets a runner more prepared for a race than adidas. Race analysis and photos will be made available 3 weeks after the race day at www.runrio.com. For more information and updates, participants may continuously check www.adidaskingoftheroad.com or visit www.facebook.com/adidasPhilippines.

Did You Know? Only a Week to Go!

October 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, ok, a week and a half ’til the much awaited King of the Road 2011… so have you claimed your adidas King of the Road race packs yet?

If not, tonight’s your last night to do so! So run along now.  Booths are open ‘til 11 pm.

However, Coach Rio dela Cruz of runrio cited that it’s better to drop by before 9pm, so you can catch all of the sponsors’ booths still open.

I got my race pack last night. Although I was wishing I’d get the pink singlet, I’m really excited to wear the blue one on October 23rd. Here’s what your race pack should contain, too:
1. KOTR 2011 Tote Bag
2. KOTR 2011 Singlet
3. Race Bib
4. KOTR 2011 Timing Device
5. Other Freebies from Sponsors
I’m ready and getting set for it!

But wait! Before we psyche ourselves further and get to GO, I’d like to share some fun stuff about the aKOTR with you…

DID YOU KNOW…

1. … that Tessa Prieto- Valdes and the boys, Slick Rick, TonyToni and SamYG hosted the aKOTR press launch? ?

It was made more exciting by Rich & Rich of the Amazing Race Asia, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Kelly Misa, Amanda Griffin, Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan, Vince Hizon, Karen Paminutan and Coach Rio De La Cruz. So that means… we’ll probably see them there. Who knows. You might score a photo op. (*fan mode on*)

2. …that Adidas KOTR 2011 was held in 5 countries and will culminate in an ultimate championship race here on Oct. 23, 2011? Expect around 20, 000 participants to be there!

No worries, for us local runners, there will be a “closed” category and an “open” category for those running with the other Southeast Asian delegates.

This was the schedule of the adidas KOTR in the different Southeast Asian participating countries:
– Adidas KOTR Thailand – May 15, 2011
– Adidas KOTR Singapore – August 28, 2011
– Adidas KOTR Indonesia – September 25, 2011
– Adidas KOTR Malaysia – October 2, 2011

The winners of each of the other four countries qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the Philippines to compete for the Asia Championship. So don’t back out now, besides paying for the reg fee, why not take part in giving them a running experience to remember? ?

3. …Adidas KOTR 2011 has a theme titled ‘Colours’ represented through the variety of different coloredd adidas singlets each participant can wear. The event can become the most colorful event of the year.

However, we can’t really choose the singlet color. No worries, all the colors are nice. If you and your friends registered, it’s ok to exchange singlets. Just not the timing chips and race bibs.

4… that finishers, regardless of event, will get medals?! So if you’re a noob to running, this event will make winner out of you.

5… that the Race Pack Collection is from October 10-12 from 11am-11pm at the NBC Tent?

Please be reminded to bring the following:
1. Confirmation Letter
2. Valid ID that you used for registration.
If you are outside Metro Manila:
All participants from the provinces and overseas who are unavailable for the Kick-Off may claim their race packs on the race day at the Bonifacio Global City on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 3am-4am only. Please present your KOTR confirmation letter and valid ID used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

SO THERE! See you on Race day!

Countdown to the adidas King of the Road 2011

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m excited! And if you registered for the adidas King of the Road 2011 (aKOTR), you probably are, too!

So I tried my best to reach the right mileage to finish in time, and we are down to the last two weeks.

Remember, getting there doesn’t mean pushing yourself too hard before race day. Risk getting injured, and you probably won’t be there to enjoy the event. By now, runners should be more or less prepared to hit the road. Oh, and start hydrating! Pre-event hydration will help a lot to condition the body. (And by this, I don’t mean minutes or hours before.)

If you’re a first time King of the Road runner, newbie, or getting back on track, no pressure! adidas made this event for everybody who dares getting in the wind– first, second or third!

While you are psyching up, here are a few reminders from adidas. Read on and see you at the kick-off!

(Yes, we all want our race kits!)

adidas King of the Road 2011 Kick-Off Advisory

adidas would like to remind you that the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off is this coming Monday to Wednesday, October 10-12 from 11am to 11pm at the NBC Tent at the Fort Bonifacio Global City.

Come collect your race pack during this time. Do note that it is mandatory to collect your race pack in order to participate in the race.

There are running clinics, talks for runners, selling and sampling booths, games, and raffle, so we encourage all participants to drop by.

The KOTR 2011 Kick-off is open to the public so please feel free to bring family and friends.

Read on to ensure smooth race pack collection.

The adidas Race Pack consists of the ff:
1. KOTR 2011 Tote Bag
2. KOTR 2011 Singlet
3. Race Bib
4. KOTR 2011 Timing Device
5. Freebies from Sponsors
Collecting race pack for yourself:
Find the lane for your category, fall in line, and present your KOTR confirmation letter and the valid ID that you used for the registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

Collecting through a representative:
Should you be unable to collect your race pack personally, you may allow someone else to collect on your behalf. A representative should present an ID, authorization letter issued by you, attached with your (participant) KOTR confirmation letter, and a photocopy of the ID you used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack. Representative should locate the lane for your category and queue accordingly.

Collecting bulk race packs:
For group race pack collection, please double check to have all your requirements intact. Please bring authorization letter, attached with the corresponding KOTR confirmation letter, and photocopy of each valid ID used for registration, strictly for each participant whose race pack is being collected for. Find the lane for bulk collection and queue accordingly. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

Collecting for minors:
Minors (participants below 18 years old by 23 October), please present your confirmation email, and the valid ID that you used for registration. Please take note that a signed Parental Consent and Indemnity Agreement, and a photocopy of ID of the parent/guardian are required as well.

If you are outside Metro Manila:
All participants from the provinces and overseas who are unavailable for the Kick-Off may claim their race packs on the race day at the Bonifacio Global City on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 3am-4am only. Please present your KOTR confirmation letter and valid ID used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

If you registered through Free Run Promo:
Please expect delivery of your race pack on or before Oct 21. Come down to NBC Tent to participate in the side events at the Kick-Off, too.

* adidas Reserves the right to amend all of the above stated at its discretion. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/adidasPhilippines.

Adidas Women: Dare to Celebrate Girl Power at its Finest

October 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s take a break from all the ballin’ and hear what Adidas has for the ladies. (Guys, if you want girls to understand why you love –err—balls so much, you can start by getting them hooked onto Adidas and how they do sports.)

The Powerpuff girls are a thing of the past. Let’s move on and be with Adidas, as they celebrate the power of real women as seen in Adidas women ambassadors Katy Perry, tennis player Carlonie Wozniacki, Staatsballet Berlin ballerinas, blogger Sneakerqueen, Chinese superstar Li Bing Bing, and athlete Wei Quiyue.

These women dare to go all out and all in. These are the girls that fight with passion for their dreams; the girls that dare to go beyond their limits, the girls that have fun while doing so, and because they believe they can do it, they go “all in” to reach that goal. The Adidas women dare to go qll in as Adidas celebrates women that are bold enough to take risks putting passion in everything they do.

Capitalizing on the unique breadth and depth of the brand is the Adidas “all in” campaign, which fuses the worlds of sport, music and fashion by showcasing Adidas’ distinctive presence across and into different sports, cultures and lifestyles. This campaign brings together extraordinary women and the everyday girl in a mix of environments from sport to music, lifestyle to fashion. All having a connection with the brand, these girls are a perfect fit because they dare to be bold and go “all in” with Adidas. The campaign highlights women across the Adidas Sport Performance, Adidas Originals and Adidas by Stella McCartney.

With this campaign, Adidas shows the pivotal moment when women risk it all for the pop of the flash, the roar of the crowd, the high five from a teammate. This is the moment her strength and confidence shines through — all because she dared to go there.

Adidas aficionados and fans can have the hippest Adidas Verve collection available at the following stores: Duty Free Philippines, Royal Duty Free Subic, and Toby’s stores located at Park Square, Robinsons Metro East, SM Taytay, SM Marilao, and SM Tarlac. You can also have an online experience with products as well as access interesting content about the ambassadors. To continue their online conversation with Adidas, social platforms such as YouTube.com/Adidas, where Adidas will serve up daily content from the various parts of the brand, and the Adidas Philippines Facebook page are also made available.

So here’s to daring: I’m heading on to Adidas in a while. I dare you too!

 

In – SIDE Stories!

April 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

 

So, all the hoops guys put up their predictions and thoughts for the NBA and the PBA, leaving me very little space to have something to talk about. C’mon, guy vs. chic, you’d trust the guy when it comes to basketball.  I’m fine with that.

 

(Yes, but my thoughts may, or may not vary from theirs.)

So, here, I’m sharing a few shorts instead—at my shots, of talking to the big men.

 

Johnny Abarientos

 

Kilala mo ba ako?

 

Oo naman, Sir! Na-starstruck nga ako. Kasi bata pa ako pinapanood ko na po kayo!

 

Aba, walangya, parang sinabi mo na matanda na ako (laughing).

 

Eh Sir totoo po, grade school pa po ako nun…

 

Sige nga, sinong mga naalala mo noon?

Kayo, si Marlou, Jolas, Noli Locsin…Alvin Patrimonio—

Mas matanda sa kin si Alvin!

(hehehehehe.)

Nate Brumfield:

 Hey Nate, do you have a girlfriend?

 No, I’m too young to be tied down!… You know where there’s Popeye’s (Chicken) here?

 (Di nga interesado sa usapang girlfriend.)

 Ronald Tubid:

 Me: Hello Ser!

 Ron: Uy! Kumusta?

 Me: Ok lang sir, kayo?

 Ron: Kapagod, ito galing practice.. Di ko nga alam, di yata ako invited dito..

 Me: Uy hindi sir ha. Dapat dun ka oh (with the rest of the team.)

 Snow: O magkakilala na kayo?

 Me: Hindi. Kilala ko sya, di nya ko kilala. HAHAHAHA. Hi sir!

 Ron: Hi din!

 (Ayos. Ngayon magkakilala na kami.)

 Willie Miller:  

(Right after lunch…)

 Willie to Mike Cortez: San tayo kain?

 Me: Ha, gutom ka pa?

 To me: Sa laki ng tyan ko, tingin mo ba nabusog ako? ;)

 Me: O nga no.

 Willie to me: Ilang taon ka na?

 Me: 2—po! Ikaw?

 Willie: ___… Bata pa ko! Wag ka mag po! Kainis.

 Me: Sir gutom lang yan ;p

 *Funny to si Willie, pramis! Baka gusto palitan si Willie..wowowwillie..)

 

 Coach Chot Reyes

 Ikaw ba si Nicole?

 Opo! (I was literally tameme.) ako nga po! Hello po.

 Finally!

 Oo nga po! (Smile ako deep inside lang.) Finally nalapitan ko kayo!

 Haha, wag mo ko kasi lapitan sa laro.

 Oo nga po, sorry po, sabi ko rin naman..

 Serious kasi kami sa laro.. 

I understand Coach! Thank you po ha.

 Sige we have to go, sorry can’t stay long… practice pa!

 (My head said: Nakausap ko na si Coach! Yes! Haha. Babaw.)

 

Snow Badua:

 Pinakita nga ako sa TV kanina! Napanood mo?

 Ha?

 Naka- yellow nga ako…

 Ha?

Nakakainis lang, mali pangalang nilagay. Derek Ramsey ba naman sinabi ng commentators.

 (Ahem. ;p )

 ___________________________________________________________________________

 And to add, my favorite words said during  the PBA Final Press Conference:

 

Ranidel de Ocampo to the press:

 ”Wag na po kayo magtaka kung mabalitaan nyo, binanatan ni De Ocampo si De Ocampo.”

 ”Pamilya namin masaya. Kahit ano mangyari, may inuman.”

 Coach Chot Reyes, answering the question, “Who among the Barangay Ginebra players are you gonna be looking out for? “

 “They’re all here!”

 Kelly Williams, answering to, “How is Kelly’s (Williams) health getting into game 1?” (Coach Chot said, why don’t you ask him?)

 Kelly: *coughs* I just coughed out the virus. ;p

 C’mon guys, loosen up, though I’m enjoying the intense energies too! 

 So Game 1 went to the Tropang Texters, can’t wait for Game 2! … don’t forget to read recent posts about it here on hoops!  

 See you Game 2, at the Cuneta Astrodome… where the tntnation faces the barangay gin kings again! (#epicfinals, if I may say!)

Bruuum, Bruuum, Bruuuuumfield!

April 19, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

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In Game 2 of the best of 5 semis (Commissioner’s Cup, 2011), Nate Brumfield goes “eat my dust!” to the men of Smart Gilas.

Whoever said he was inconsistent should think again. For the record, I think Nate has pretty much made AWE-SOME performance this conference despite a bout with boredom or homesickness, as reports said. Sure, he’s been difficult to interview, but his performance has made it possible for the Gin Kings to come this close to the second conference finals. Nate has definitely boosted this team up. (No Petron Blaze Boosters for now, so might as well use “boost” for a BGK entry while I can!) So, let’s allow his game speak for himself. He’s here to play ball, not to enter ehrm—showbiz.

(I actually remember having a discussion here: a lot of cagers make good comedians. Showbiz! Or something. Mark Agila, was that on twitter? Interesting thought. )

Brumfield has a great chance of being Best Import and besides him raking in the shots, he’s pretty fast for a burly guy. No doubt about Champ Oguchi or Alpha Bangura being contenders, or that these two can outrun Brumfield on a fast break. BUT Brumfield, anyway, has the most steals so far in this conference (As of April 6, 2011 as published in pba.ph. Stats theirs, not mine. I’m waiting for site updates too!).

Reviewing game 2, Gilas Coach Rajko Toroman put his (super) bigmen Marcus Douthit and Japeth Aguilar up against Brumfield, to no avail. Or ok, their defense wasn’t enough to slow the Gin King import down at least. They gave too many chances for Brumfield to hit free throws, and he made a stunning 23/27 of those shots. He broke Oguchi’s 43-point record high in this conference by making 45.

Looking at the team, Mark“the Spark” Caguioa and Ronald Tubid haven’t lost their games to “age” just yet. They say they’re now passing it on to the rookies, but, NO. Not for me. I’m just saying, these Gin Kings are actually making the experience- and-youth mix work for them. (But please Coach Jong, let Willie Miller get his playing time!)

That’s what Smart Gilas is up against. PLUS a whole barangay of fans. From when I started watching PBA, I think no team has EVER beaten Ginebra’s crowd. That alone makes them, “winning.”

So the fans say, internationally they cheer, “Go Gilas Pilipinas!” but against the Barangay in the PBA, the national team is plain ‘Smart Gilas.’

I’m looking forward to Game three tomorrow. Sure, I’m excited to see Smart Gilas fight all out since Coach Rajko isn’t exactly the type to finish without an interesting hustle. And then it’s obvious the Gin Kings, definitely want to go to the Finals. (Though I’m assuming both teams want a Holy Week-break, so we’ll have to see which choice they make.)

Will Brumfield lead the Gin Kings to the Finals tomorrow? Will Caguioa let that Spark burn?

Or will Smart Gilas find a way to make a 3-straight win?

Let’s catch that tomorrow.

(But wait there’s more…!)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

PAHABOL, SIDE STORY:

I’ve heard (or read) guys saying Brumfield is snob. In Nate’s defense, here’s a personal experience I had:

I was able to speak with Nate on the way home from Cuneta. (After they lost to ROS, during the quarterfinals.) He’s really a guy of a few words.

I asked him (to lighten the mood up a little), “Hey Nate, has anybody told you, that you and Willie Miller look alike?”

“Why?” (He DID smile…a little. Sure na!)

“Nah, we don’t look alike!”

“Yes you do. Even the commentators and reporters get confused at some point when you’re both in (game)!”

“No.. we don’t look alike… why, ‘cos we’re black?!”

(Now I laughed.) “..err no.”

Then there were a lot of “moments of silence. Matipid talaga magkuwento, eh!

At some point I was unable to keep it to myself anymore, so I asked, “Nate, are you just so tired, you’re not talking? Or are you just shy? Or you just don’t talk a lot really?”

“Yea, I don’t. I just talk when there’s a need to talk.”

And I believe him! ‘Nuff said. (I omitted most of the conversation, dear readers! Just so you know.)

Again, I say, LET HIS GAME SPEAK FOR HIMSELF!

…But for non-believers, here’s more:

You probably heard that BGK management flew in his cousin Reid, (Reed? How to spell this, is another question.) on Friday. Here’s a peek at our short conversation last Sunday, after Nate’s monster game:

“Is Nate really just the quiet type?”

“Yea, he really don’t talk much!”

From me to you, believe it. Nate’s worth cheering for, mga ka-barangay! See you at the Dome!

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Who Knows? God Knows! (TNT vs. Air 21, for a Semis Game 4?)

April 18, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

One thing we can never get rid of among us sports fans, are sports clichés. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most of the time they hold true; like “practice makes perfect.” (But of course, this will never work with teens. Go think of another line to convince them. Trust me, been there, done that, unless you want the cliché response of, “..but nobody’s perfect so why practice?”)

 

And speaking of clichés, last night, Air 21’s coach Bong Ramos said after Sunday’s game (April 17, 2011): “Baka makuha pa rin yan. Di kami susuko. Who knows? Only God knows. But first things first; we have to win Wednesday.”

 

There it is, only God knows. How timely for the Holy week. ;)

While I’m a Catholic who will tell you, let’s all not forget to spend quality time with God (or with Allah if you are Islamic—you get my point), strategy, skill and heart for and in the ballgame definitely matter  now,  especially for Air 21. Or I may be overanalyzing this: Who knows, only God knows may well be a Filipino expression, really.  After all, Coach Bong did follow that up with, “first things first, we have to win Wednesday.”

Rob Reyes tweeted it, congratulated Coach Chot, but said, he wasn’t surprised. NOW, aren’t we all?

It’s actually a milestone already that Air 21 has made it this far in the conference. Remember, they were the underdogs, and nobody expected them to gel this fast, showing improved offense and defense. Improvement enough to get them to the semis, proving 25% of my semis picks wrong. (I had to treat somebody to a burger for that.)

I’m impressed, and don’t deny it, you are too! I’m thinking half of the Beermen fans have become UBE supporters now; and yes, management has probably seen this coming. Unless this Air 21 team is really SMB team number 2, only better (for now? Hmm. We’ll see.). If SMB management sacrificed this 2nd conference for a better 3rd, then all the pressure is on them.  Air 21 did wonders, as far as the 2nd conference games show us. So here’s to anticipating the Petron Blaze Boosters’ promising” performance.  (Not price hikers? Wait, I still don’t like boosters. )

Going back to game three of the best of 5 semis this Wednesday, I won’t be surprised of Coach Chot and the tropang texters actually go for the kill—err– win… For a team who’s already formidable to the viewing public’s eyes, this team doesn’t go easy even against a seemingly “weaker” team.  TNT has gained respect among fans and players alike for putting up plays that put them on top, but Air 21, can bring a clutch game on.

On the second game of the semis, TNT managed to subdue Alpha Bangura’s scoring down, and the Air 21 guys definitely have to secure points besides those from Bangura. (I say, make Wesley play! )

Air21, shouldn’t be underestimated. Coaching staff have been coming up with different combinations, studying past games that brought them to the semis; and if TNT wants the rest of the holy week for a break, I know they’re playing it all out on Wednesday.

But If Air 21 manages to push for a game 4… all the more interesting! Then I’d say, see you on Easter Sunday at the Dome. They do have to win Wednesday, to play on Sunday.   Who knows? God knows!

Happy Anniversary, Hyundai! The Epic Free Run Rocked!

April 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

 

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Good morning, Quirino! Good morning, Luneta! :)

 

Looks like Hyundai will have to host another running event, after this morning’s free run! They said it, if it’s well – attended, they’ll plan another one. So are 24, 000 runners enough to define, well-attended?

When I first learned of the number of registered participants, I was already anticipating a “walking” run event. Good job, Second Wind, they actually managed that.  A lot of people were actually really running, although a lot of others just enjoyed the experience. Assigning the attendees to run in waves made more room for participants to actually run.

Alright, I admit I used my excuse me’s this morning going through the route, since we can’t really force everybody to run our respective paces. All good. Marshalls were all over to keep the race and the runners organized and safe.

My 5k race bib, said “H” on it. Good, I have a major excuse to finish last. Coming from almost a year’s running hiatus, I’m happy I finished the route in decent way and in decent time. My pace today was slow and steady, and I worked on greeting people I recognized. Like a politico waving. I finished, well, far from my best record, but good enough to overtake some “E” runners. (Competitive?!)  

Seeing all those present despite the change in venue made me so proud to have been part of this event.  I indeed made history with Hyundai!  They really dared to innovate, not only their environment – friendly product offerings but also the way they gave back to the public as well: all runners and their chosen beneficiaries alike.  AND it was a major success.  (I fell in love today. Fell in love with Hyundai’s white i10; I’d run miles for you! Haha!)

Thank God for a beautiful morning!  Water stations were overflowing with water, so nobody was left thirsty and overheating. There was not a single drop of rain, except for that fire truck which showered runners towards the finish line.  WE LOVED  IT! Definitely ‘cooled’ many runners. Field was dry, and everybody there was really, in high spirits. Libre na, nakaexercise pa!

Hyundai management were visible in the run and by the looks if it, they had fun too .Regine Tolentino and Boom Gonzales hosted the opening while Lucy Torres and husband Richard also participated in the run to support Hyundai’s celebration and advocacy.

Sure, it was a fairly easy terrain to run, nothing fancy with the mechanics; just plain fun. Besides it being a run for a cause, it was a celebration of achievements for Hyundai, a celebration of wellness for many enthusiasts, and a celebration of life for all. Hyundai Accent Run 2011 was kept simple, and so it was a success.

Congratulations, Hyundai, you pulled it off! ‘Til your next event!           

We Made History With Hyundai!

We Made History With Hyundai!

 

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