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Even though Mayweather would win

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The undefeated Floyd Mayweather has an excellent reason to finally agree to a hundred-million-dollar fight with Manny Pacquiao: The odds are he would win. And Pacquiao has an additional reason to want the fight: The risk of losing is high.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Champion

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Whatever the outcome of the Sochi Winter Games was, there was only one real champion there. That is Michael Christian Martinez.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Exceptional talent’ puts PH on world map of skating

Bravo to Michael Christian Martinez for putting the Philippines on the world map at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with his impressive performance in the men’s figure skating competition.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Historic

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again: The Philippines’ Michael Christian Martinez made history just by hitting the ice at the Sochi Winter Games, whether or not he qualified for the final round of the men’s figure skating competition. But qualify he did, ultimately finishing 19th in a field of 24 and leaving the distinct impression that he is a serious contender to watch on the Olympics stage in the future.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Michael’s ‘triple axel’

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Watching the Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez compete the other night in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, brought me back to those times when my wife and I used to spend Saturday afternoons at the mall watching our granddaughter Julia learn how to skate on ice. The ice skating rink at SM Megamall was the only available place for this. I remember that it was a quite expensive sport, particularly from the moment a beginner graduates from renting the bladed skating shoes to owning a pair. Julia was then about eight or nine years old, more or less the same age as when Michael took his first glide also in a shopping mall rink.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Free fall

Gold is not all that glitters. This warped mutation of the popular saying can come only from the cynical minds of those who have made an art out of making excuses for the Philippines’ misadventures in international sports competitions.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Does Manny Pacquiao deserve tax exemption?

I appreciated Reni Valenzuela’s paean to Manny Pacquiao (“Smarter, stronger, Pacman showed heart,” Letters, 12/18/13). But we might want a more global or balanced presentation.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Smarter, stronger, Pacquiao showed heart

Heart is what makes a man real “conqueror” in victory. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s dominance of the hard-hitting, pressure fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was awesome. The same “old” Pacman is not only back, he is back smarter and stronger.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The loneliest outpost in the Armed Forces

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Last week, the New York Times Magazine came out with an article written by Jeff Himmelman with photographs and video by Ashley Gilbertson. The two were part of a group led by Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. of the Kalayaan Island Group that covers most of the Spratlys. The mayor has a constituency of 288 voters, most of whom live on Pag-asa, the largest island in the group.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

UAAP residency rule vs right to sports

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When swimmer Mikee Bartolome sued over the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) residency rule, the UAAP opined to Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz Jr. that “playing in the UAAP is not a right, but a mere privilege.” Bartolome correctly argues this is not only callous and arbitrary, it is unconstitutional and un-Filipino. As a [...]

Posted: September 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good news amid the gloom

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The news doesn’t look too good as of this writing, with waters rising in various areas of the metropolis and in surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and even Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga to the north. From our home in Antipolo, we are anxiously monitoring the rising levels of water in the nearby Marikina River, [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Underdog

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Like all other Pinoys, I’m all praise for Gilas-Pilipinas despite its loss to Iran last Sunday. The squad members have been a revelation, exceeding all expectations. The night before, they sent their countrymen into rapturous delight with a win over heavily-favored Korea after a titanic battle whose outcome was never in sight until the end.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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