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By Ramon Farolan
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.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
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 [...]
By Rina Jimenez-David
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, [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
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.
By Ramon Farolan
One of the most dramatic and inspirational sporting events in the history of basketball was the recent National Basketball Association (NBA) championship series between the defending champions Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. In a hard-fought, seven-game series, the Heat outlasted the San Antonio with LeBron James proving to all that he is the greatest basketball player on the planet.
This refers to the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s June 11 editorial titled “The virus of racism.” I applaud the paper’s support for Philippine football by informing the public of its accomplishments, thus helping promote the sport. However, I disagree with that part that says, “the Philippines scored its first victory over Hong Kong since 1958.”
In one “friendly” match between two Italian clubs last January, Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng of the visiting AC Milan kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the pitch in anger and disgust. He was followed by his teammates and supported by his club and the match was abandoned. In the days that followed—instead of being raked over the coals for what seemed like unsportsmanlike and unprofessional conduct—Boateng was hailed as a hero by the world of football.
I’ve played a lot of basketball in my youngster days—the “solo-shooting” variety on home goal, the one-on-one, the sandlot game and the intramurals in school. This revelation would surprise my more recent tennis buddies. I got hooked on tennis at the old Columbian courts, when the club was still on Taft Avenue, and I was age 36. Before that I was just your average or intramurals athlete.
In a candid article cowritten for Sports Illustrated and circulated a few days ago, the seven-footer Jason Collins became the first active National Basketball Association player to come out as gay. His magazine essay began with three simple declarations: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
By Conrado de Quiros
My personal greatest remains Muhammad Ali, who became champion not just in the heavyweight division of boxing but also in the heavyweight division of the game of life. But Michael Jordan isn’t a bad second.
The cyclist Lance Armstrong betrayed his sport, his fans and the general public thrice: When he cheated during the heyday of his career through systematic doping, when he aggressively denied ever cheating, even suing those who claimed he did—and when he gave a tell-all confession to talk show host Oprah Winfrey last week that did not in fact tell all and lacked genuine contrition. To commit these betrayals, however, he first had to become a modern-day hero, and his sport, his fans and the general public all played a role in that.
By Randy David
Even if I am not a cyclist, I am eagerly awaiting the airing this Thursday of Lance Armstrong’s interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey. I’m keen to know how the 7-time Tour de France champion will finally confess to using performance-enhancing drugs and other doping methods to help him win the yellow jerseys that he still proudly displays in his living room. Tour officials decided a few months ago to strip him of all the titles he had won at the cycling world’s most famous tournament. He has also been banned for life from professional cycling. We are told that he wants the ban lifted so he could compete in triathlons.