Jul 12

YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! GRAND SLAMMMMM! YEAAAAAAHHHH!

Just like the normal, all I can feel the time Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals had ended until the tip-off of the sudden death game between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and my San Mig Super Coffee Mixers were restlessness and apprehension. I was really nervous. Of course I am already anticipating a Mixers victory but I am already bracing for the worst. I am so anxious that I really have to step my superstition game up. You know, I did some “kapag na-shoot itong (balat ng candy) sa basurahan, champion ang San Mig” tricks just to console myself. I am an Allan Caidic when it comes to basurahan shooting that is why. (I am also doing this type of [bleep] sa mga crush ko, wala naman nangyayari)

But not like the normal, the stakes for this old Purefoods franchise is much higher. They are not just chasing for a trophy, they are chasing history. They are trying to imprint the San Mig Super Coffee team in the history books along with already mythological teams like Crispa, San Miguel Beer and Alaska that have achieved a rare feat in the league which is winning the grand slam.

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Photo: Yahoo!

I have been a fan of the team for over two decades now. I did not really give a [bleep] about cartoons, comics, anime and the like when I was a kid. Nanonood din naman ako pero hindi ako fan na fan. Because of that, my childhood heroes are not Superman, Batman or even Detective Zenigata. My childhood heroes are Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera and even Roger Yap. Of course, Kobe and MJ are included but let’s talk about them some other time.

So for a, in some way, diehard fan like me, it would be a major blow if the Mixers will not take the fifth and deciding game of their series. That would be more excruciating. I believe that the first three championships prior to this year’s Governors’ Cup will all be forgotten and they will always be remembered as a team that did not complete the grand slam if they will not succeed.

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Photo: Sports5

Luckily, they did. Grand slam achieved. Tim Cone is indeed a coaching deity. Rain or Shine’s Arizona Reid did not put an end to Game 5’s sloppy last one minute and something. The ball he threw to tie the game just touched the rim and did not go in. As a result, Marqus Blakely jumped in the air as if he is Michael Jordan winning his first three-peat with the Chicago Bulls. Fittingly, Marqus also wears the famed #23. But the Michael Jordan of that night was James Yap. No doubt. He hit shots after shots after shots. Forget the missed free throws. He hit shots after shots after shots. While me, I drank water after water after water. My heart was beating as fast as the combination of Mark Barroca and Justin Melton. And then, I shouted after the buzzer sounded like the seldom used Yousef Taha. We are the champions! YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! GRAND SLAMMMMM! YEAAAAAAHHHH!

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Now what’s next for the team? I hope they win more championships. But I think it is too hard to replicate what this team has done anytime soon. Sobra na yun. Kaya ngayon pa lang, kinocongratulate ko na ang siyam pang ibang team sa susunod na conference. Sobrang unstoppable siguro nila lalo na ang Ginebra! Oh, wait, there will be 12 teams next season. That includes Manny Pacquiao’s Kia Kamao. My goodness. Now, let’s just savor this moment, San Mig Coffee fans. Let’s do it while sipping a cup of hot San Mig Super Coffee.

Laban San Mig!

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Jul 04

Magaaaandang umaaga mga bataaaaa!

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From left to right: Kiko Matsing and Marco Jose M. Manipon

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May 18

Your 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Champions!

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May 13

Classic San Mig Super Coffee vs. Talk ‘N Text Vol. 3 

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May 10

Classic San Mig Super Coffee vs. Talk ‘N Text Vol. 2

Mobiline Phone Pals’ Arthemus McClary vs. San Mig Super Coffee Mixers’ James Mays.

#LabanSanMig


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May 08

Classic San Mig Super Coffee vs. Talk ‘N Text

Pepsi Mega’s Joey Sta. Maria and Eugene Quilban challenging James Yap’s one hander shot.

Laban San Mig!


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May 04

Bangon James Yap

James Yap is not playing the way he used to be. He needs to wake up. He needs to be the same man who has a gazillion moves. Kailangan niyang bumangon.

#BangonJamesYap


Apr 27

Tanking

Perhaps a little late but congratulations San Mig Super Coffee Mixer for winning the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup. Good luck to your semifinals series against the up and coming Air21 Express.

Also, good luck to myself. I know that I will still win in life. <3


Feb 21

The New Security Bank

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Feb 13

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Feb 13

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup Finals!

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Laban San Mig! Overcome kontrapeloness sa Rain or Shine, hehe.

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Feb 07

Perseverance, Study Well and Good Sleeping Habits - Tado (1974 to 2014)

Nakakalungkot. Nalulungkot talaga ako. Kung tutuusin, walang dahilan para malungkot. Ano nga ba naman ako kay Tado? At si Tado ang hindi katutuwaan ng mga matatandang kumbensyonal. Pangalan pa lang, tarantado na.

Pero kung tutuusin uli, si Tado ang kabataan ko. Kung paano ako makipag-usap, magpatawa at magbigay ng payo sa mga kakilala ko, porsyento ng istilo kumbaga ay nanggaling kay Tado. Una kong nakilala si Tado sa palabas na “Strangebrew.” 2nd year high school ako noon na pa-3rd year na rin. 2002. 14 na pa-15 years old ako. Ang episode ay tungkol sa mga hinete at tubero yata. Hindi ko na rin talaga maalala, baka napaghalo ko. Sa isang eksena kung saan kinakapkapan yung bag niya, kung ano-anong gamit ang nakita sa kanya. Akala ko seryoso pa ang palabas na iyon pero nang makitaan siya ng bold na VCD sa bag niya, naisip ko na ayos iyon, ito na ang bagong paboritong palabas ko. Nakakatawa ‘to. Tamang-tama kasi hindi ako mahilig sa cartoons. Ito ang palabas na para sa akin. Cool pa ang Channel 37 noon. Yung UNTV ay Un-TV at hindi YU EN TI BI. TV station ng rock station na NU.

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Nang makilala ko na si Tado, hinanap ko na ang mga ibang raket kung saan siya lumabas. Hinanap ko siya sa mga MTV ng Parokya ni Edgar at ng iba pang banda. Sa music video na Nerbyoso ng Rivermaya makikita siya na maikli pa ang buhok. Dahil na rin siguro na nagkaroon ng cult following ang Strangebrew, naging ekstra siya sa mga baduy na palabas ng ABS-CBN. Yung noontime show nila dati at iba pa gaya ng mga Art Jam, yung sitcom, basta marami. Tuwang-tuwa ako nang makita ko siya sa Epol Apple na nakatali ang mahaba niyang buhok.

Naging parte rin syempre ng buhay natin ang Brewrats. Yung radio show nila nina Angel Rivero na Erning sa Strangebrew, na driver ng beetle niyang si George, at Ramon Bautista. 9 to 12 a.m. yata ang unang timeslot noon at pinagpupuyatan ko. Minsan nagtataka na lang ang mga magulang ko bakit ako tumatawa mag-isa. Nakikinig kasi ako ng programa nila. Isa rin sa mga highlight noon ay nang gumawa sila ng radio drama na parang sa mga AM station. Classic. Siya si Efren Reynes III. Hinding-hindi mapapantayan. Dun lang makikita ang mga listeners na tumatawag para lang bagsakan ng telepono. “Bang the phone!”

Isa sa mga mga pinagsisisihan ko ay nang hindi ako nagpadala ng entry noong time na humihingi si Tado ng parang essay tungkol sa buhay niya sa gagawin niyang pangalawang libro na ang kinalabasan ay  parang eulogy niya. Putsa, naisip niya na yun.

Kaya Tado, ito na yung essay. Ito na ang entry na hindi ko naipadala sa bigtimetado@gmail.com. Tama ba ang e-mail? Sayang hindi mo na masasagot.

Dalawang beses ko lang nakita si Tado. Nakakatuwa na sa dalawang beses na iyon, nakausap ko siya ng parang normal na magkatropa. Una ay nang magpunta ako sa unang pwesto ng sikat na tindahan niya na Limitado sa may N. Roxas sa Marikina. College ako noon. 3rd year yata. Bumili ako ng t-shirt niya na hindi maaaprubahan ng mga matatanda. Yung “Di bale nang tamad hindi naman pagod.” Nang pinili ko iyon, sabi niya, “Yan! Okay na okay yan!” Syempre natuwa ako noon. Naalala ko rin, yung time na yun, yun yung nag-Oakwood Mutiny si Senator Trillanes kaya nang napunta ako sa tindahan niya, sabi niya “buti dito kaya nagpunta sa Oakwood, tama dito ka na lang.” At dahil taga-PLM ako, nakwento niya rin na nag-stay siya sa may Intramuros. Nag-squat din daw siya dati. Isa pa sa mga eksena noon ay nang tawagin niya yung kasambahay niya para magpaload. Akala ko basta nakikita sa TV, nakalinya na. Siya nagpapaload. Natapos ang usapan namin noon sa isang apir. Apir na parang apir na ginagawa niya sa mga nakakasalamuha niya sa Strangebrew. “Apirrrrr!” Ganoon ang ending.

Sa pangalawang punta ko sa Limitado, wala siya pero nabili ko na ang Ninoy Aquino-inspired niya na damit na “Hindi Ka Nag-Iisa.”

Pangalawa ay sa librong “1974 to ?” Nakakalungkot kasi, dalawang taon na lang pala ay masasagot na ang kung ano man ang nasa tandang pananong na iyon. 2014. Buti na lang at nakabili ako noon at napapirma ng may dedikasyon pa. May picture pa kami together. Binili ko rin yung una niyang libro kaya lang hindi ko na makita. Hindi na yata naisoli ng panganay kong kapatid. Sa dedication niya, ang spelling ng Marco ay K imbes na C kaya ang bungad ng message ay “Pd na yan” ang buong message ay:

Marko,
<3

Pd nay an, Read mo to Para Close tyo Ido
Getting to know me more

Pagtapos nun, signature niya na at address ng business niya. Na-Ondoy kasi ang unang site ng Limitado at lumipat na sila. Nandoon din ang mga Facebook page ng negosyo at ng asawa niya na si Leiz. Ang kulit. Tapos yun, yung picture na namin. Napansin niya rin pala ang suot ko nun na Los Angeles Lakers na t-shirt.

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Nitong huli, bihira na makita si Tado. Hindi na ganoon kadalas. Pinafollow ko pa rin siya sa mga social media sites niya at napapangiti pa rin ako. Huli kong nakita ay yung nagjojoke siya na nagpapamake-up siya. Tinanong kung North or South na syempre, patungkol sa sementeryo. Parang pahiwatig na. Pero ayaw kong isipin na pahiwatig yun kasi corny ang dating. Kasing-corny ni Vice Ganda na nakaaway niya sa Showtime. Yun ang tuwirang representasyon ng kaastigan laban sa kabaduyan. Tado laban kay Vice Ganda.

Nang malaman ko na wala na si Tado, nasa jeep ako. Tinext ako ni Eds. Dalawang araw bago mangyari ang hindi katanggap-tanggap, binasa ko pa uli yung Bio-Eulogy niya.

Nung lumipat na ako sa tricycle papunta sa bahay, naluha ako. Aaminin ko, naluha ako. Kahit pa para akong gago o mas bagay, tarantado.

Sayang ka Tado. Sayang. Wala na ang magiging katulad mo.

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Jan 26

Mark and Andy

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Jan 18

What if all ten PBA teams have their own home courts?

All ten PBA teams having their own home stadiums just like in the NBA, I suppose will forever remain a dream. The defunct MBA had done that before but it was not as captivating as what I thought it would be because its teams only played in small gym-like arenas and almost all of the teams did not transform the design of those stadiums according to their branding.

Realistically speaking, there is just no reason for the PBA teams to have their own stadiums each. They represent companies and not a particular city. And ever since the creation of mankind, our country has only produced two first-rate stadiums. I think it would be pretty difficult to build eight more in a jiffy.

But just in case a miracle happens and the economy of the Philippines grows by 873% that will make it easy for team owners to splurge on worthless stuff like having their own separate PBA coliseums, here are my proposed ideas on how each team’s courts would look like:

By the way, before anything else, I would like to thank Darth Brooks of Deviant Art for the basketball court PSD model! You the man, Darth!

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Arena: Robert Jaworski Coliseum

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Jan 11

San Mig Super Coffee Mixers Nickname Jerseys

The NBA has this new gimmick of putting players’ nicknames or monikers on the back of their jerseys instead of the usual surnames. The first two teams that were victimized by the league — and adidas — to wear these are the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets.

I don’t really like these but it is not really that bad. That “J.Shuttlesworth” jersey of Ray Allen is worth owning as He Got Game, the movie in which he played the character written on the back of his jersey is one of my all-time favorites.

So what if our very own PBA emulate this gimmick? How would it look like? Ito, gumawa ako ng para sa paborito kong San Mig Coffee Mixers.

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Photos courtesy of InterAKTV.



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