Woke up early in the morning due to election campaigns for the 2013 Barangay Elections, after a while children’s songs were being played, as I looked out the window there was a parade for UN day.
Stand Up Paddle boards or SUP for short. I know a few guys/gals who ride it here in the Philippines. Looking at it and imagining it riding waves with surfers is quite amazing (it comes in different sizes and shapes, each for its own use)
Getting the timing, balancing act, and making sure not to get into the way of surfers is a big challenge; so big props to Joseph Balatero! (aka Otep)
Some shots from trips in Baler and Zambales, have to try this out soon.
So I’m gonna be a dad. Jane at 5 months going for a little swim. It’s where we met, at the beach. She surfed, I skated; love for music, travelling and bunch of other things and that was it.
Doc says we’ll be having a boy. He’s got a lot of toys waiting for him
When emotions are high, it’s hard to control ourselves.
I had just finished sending photos of the UAAP basketball match between UE and DLSU at the press room in the Cuneta Astrodome (many thanks to Sir Tony Pionilla of Manila Bulletin for the ride) it was the third quarter and I hadn’t played that much attention to the game as I was monitoring the UE and DLSU game which had gone into overtime.
Cuneta Astrodome, the place has ups and downs. Good thing here is you can get really close to the players especially if you are a fan, but quite an annoyance sometimes for us working (crowd taking over press seats, shouting their lungs out besides your ear, etc…) plus didn’t see any bouncers around, they could have helped break up the fight.
Back to the scuffle; I had just squeezed in through the crowd to get to the other side of the court, I had just sat down and had a chat with Sports 5′s Paolo Papa, when all of this happened. I think I was in live view first (I don’t know how that happened) with the lens cap on!
The fight started when the Globalport’s Marvin Hayes and San Mig Coffee’s Marcus Blakely got entangled on the floor. San Mig’s Joe Devance then pushed Hayes to the ground. Then it went wild, Globalport’s Kelly Nabong charged in on Devance, which sent San Mig’s Marc Pingris attacking on Nabong, with Nabong trying to knee Pingris.
Marcus Blakely and Marvin Hayes were given double fouls while Joe Devance and Marvin Hayes got their technical fouls. Marc and Kelly were ejected from the game.
Pre-focus — shoot, that’s how I usually shoot with my camera. Everything happened in less than a minute, no time to view if shots were properly exposed, I had a quick glance in the metering and did the adjustments from there. My color settings were still the same from the UAAP match, good thing they were quite ok (white balance in Araneta makes photogs go nuts, might as well add Cuneta)
The crowd was roaring and cheering like it was a MMA match. Sports 5 replayed it like 5-10 times which I think was bad, bad for the kids and family watching, San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone noticed that and asked the officials to stop re-playing it.
I haven’t seen a fight in basketball in quite a long time. It’s an adrenalin pumping scene that you just have to keep yourself focused on what you’re doing. For most of the Filipino fans watching, it’s entertainment and something to bash about in social media; but it’s also a learning lesson for the officials, the production team, players and anyone else involved.
The Philippines is a group of islands in the open sea. With the on going climate change, the Philippines is bound to sink soon or at least go below the water level. It already has, what is the solution? Create more business centers, condominiums, housings and many more things in the urban area. Great! And then there’s mining, logging, dynamite fishing etc… in the provinces. Wonderful!
Joyous they are for the politicians and all else who are with them who are concerned. It’s a business; illegal settlers equals votes, calamities equals money, war equals money, etc… They love money. Money that should be spent on urban and rural planning, transportation, education, etc… God save the Philippines.
Collection of Habagat (Southwest Monsoon) pictures around Makati and Angono, Rizal from 2012-2013.
Janet Lim Napoles allegedly the mastermind behind the stealing of billions from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or commonly known as pork barrel and the Senators, and the Congressmen and the President himself plus other law making stealing politicians were the subjects of the Million People March vs Pork at the Rizal Park in Manila on Aug 26, 2013.
Thousands were present at the park on the holiday even though it rained a little bit causing the field to be quite muddy. Mostly the middle up to the upper-class were present, something new for my eyes to see. Other than that, different groups were present; from the large biking community to different religious sectors and schools, and the activist organizations. Everyone had their own little thing to do, pictures, music, art, etc.. it turned out to be peaceful… good, just hoping the people knew or kind of understood what they were there for. With all the people dressed up at the park, Napoles could have been there having a picnic disguised with or without a mask. Who knows?
…for now, especially that the national team known as Gilas Pilipinas have made it back to the FIBA World Cup Championships after defeating South Korea in their semi-final encounter but losing to the bigger Iranian team in the FIBA Asia finals. Philippine sports is on the rise, well it should be and we’re making that progress, hopefully perpetually moving forward.
I was pretty bummed though not getting accredited for FIBA (online news sites were shooed away) but I got a good rest and it felt good being a fan for a while and not as a photographer; besides I finally got to go out skating again and had some bike time.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will resume on Aug 14 for the 2013 Governor’s Cup, most of the Gilas Pilipinas members play in this local professional league. Here’s my tribute to the Gilas Pilipinas team and the basketball/sports fans of the Philippines; some snaps from the 2012-2013 Philippine Cup.