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By Conrado de Quiros
Whatever the outcome of the Sochi Winter Games was, there was only one real champion there. That is Michael Christian Martinez.
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.
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.
By Randy David
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, [...]
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.