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Windup of the summer. The Final Push begins.

Summer 2013, arguably the last summer vacation I’ll experience as a student is in it’s conclusion. It’s been one nice summer for me. Going to different places like Subic Bay, Antipolo and Batangas to discover good places and have a good time exploring in the open road. I also got the chance to earn some cash along the way with some side jobs I took, my birthday coming along at the end of April, hanging out with my friends in places like SM and TriNoma, and the never ending watch of the 2013 NBA Playoffs as my team the Houston Rockets made a nice but short-lived run in the playoffs including a win in a do or die game on my birthday. Aside from the Rockets, it’s been a nice playoffs with upsets and great matchups from the 1st round to the Conference Finals. As we know it will be a great conclusion to the East Finals as the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat will battle for the right to face the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals

I also got to meet members of Red Nation (Fans of the Houston Rockets FYI) from all over the world from those living in Texas who are arguably the proudest members of Red Nation in the entire world, as well as those from other places around the world, places like Australia, Taiwan (Jeremy Lin nation), even Norway which my friend there told me has not much of a basketball following like we have here in the Philippines. More on the Rockets, I can’t wait for them to come over to the Philippines to play a pre-season game here when they and the Pacers play this October 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I will not miss the opportunity to meet the Rockets players like James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, Patrick Beverley and who knows they could bring in a big name in the free agency. Well it will also be fun to meet the Pacers, players like Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, George Hill and the rest of this team who have gone all the way to the East Finals against the defending champions and have a shot at going to the NBA Finals.

Well, summer is winding down and “The Final Push” will begin in hours time. The España journey will continue. Two more semesters to work on to complete the mission, a semester of thesis and a semester of practicum. I am as determined as anyone to FINISH STRONG in this last push of my school life before heading out to the field and get a job somewhere along the line. Of course, it will be the last semester I will get to see my blockmates on a regular basis since we’ll be off to different ways come the time we take our practicum so I have to make each moment count. 

The journey is about to end, and after it another one begins. It will be one hell of a ride for sure. But just like what I have been doing for the past three years. I’ll sit back and enjoy the moments while it lasts. SENIOR YEAR in the words of Mike Goldberg, HERE WE GO!

I also would like to take a moment to remember my CTHM batchmate who passed away last Thursday, John Sinas. Though I never got to meet him more in person when he was around. It’s still tough on the heart to see a batchmate pass away early in his life. We hope you are in a better place man in the heaven’s above and we will see you again when the time comes.


Sport Junkie Sunday: A heartbreaker. I got a quadruple-whammy on the last day of summer.

Today was a great day for sports for we had great sporting events today. Unfortunately for me. It was a heartbreaking one. Full of defeats.

First it was the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals  for the right to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. The Celtics fought valiantly, but they just came up short as the Heat won the game and the series which sent heartbreak to a lot of Celtics fans including myself and brought joy to the entire Heat Nation. That game could also be the end of the Big 3 era for the Celtics.

Then it was our “Pambansang Kamao” Manny Pacquiao defended his WBO Welterweight Title against Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. Pacquiao clearly dominated the match. Unfortunately, he also lost by split decision as the judges scores 115-113, 113-115, 113-115 which broke the hearts of many Filipinos including myself and brought out the jeers from those who watched the match in Las Vegas and around the world. Knowing the fact, he dominated the match.

Finally, it was the Shakey’s V-League Finals Game 3 between the UST Tigresses and the Ateneo Lady Eagles. UST went down 0 sets to 2, but fought back valiantly and gained the next 2 sets to send the game to a deciding 5th set. But their efforts came up short as the Lady Eagles won the set 15-13 on their way to the championship.

So yes. This day was full of heartbreak for me. I know there are a lot of other sporting events to see like Petron going up against Ginebra in the PBA Governor’s Cup (I’m rooting for Petron). In tennis, Novak Djokovic going up against Rafael Nadal and the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix in Formula 1 with Sebastian Vettel in pole position (I’m rooting for McLaren, Lewis and Jenson).

Despite these great sporting events to see. My heart sank at a all-time low. Plus one other thing outside of sports that sank my heart. It could take me a long time to get my mojo back. Especially, these all happened on the last day of my summer. It’s a tough pill to swallow for me. I believe when the right time comes. I’ll be back in my old cheerful self.

So I give my kudos to the Boston Celtics that despite the criticism stacked against them, they fought with resiliency and got this far deep in the playoffs. To Manny Pacquiao who despite losing in an upset, he’s a great sport, and I can’t wait for their rematch and I hope this fight comes clean, and to the UST Tigresses who never gave up despite the hole they got in early in the match.

My first day of classes is tomorrow as is with my PEEPS at CTHM, I don’t know if I’ll be fine when I come along, but hey I can’t wait to see my PEEPS there, and I got to stay focused for I’m hoping to bounce back for myself after a mixed last semester.

My heart sank BIG. But get ready for the “Return of the Comeback. For Real.”

The Final Push. A break from the action. Tomorrow’s a day for sports junkies.

There are only two days left before my summer vacation comes to an end. Well, the first day of my classes will be cut short as morning classes where most of my schedule is placed will be affected by the suspension due to the visit of the former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad at the University of Santo Tomas in the morning. So it means I’ll only go for two classes that would last 2 hours.

Today, it’s a break from the NBA Playoffs. As there are no games today since the Thunder wrapped up their series against the Spurs in Game 6. Whereas, a Game 7 would be held today if the Spurs won that game. So right now, I’m relaxing on the final moments of the vacation.

Tomorrow, it will be a big day for sporting events to be seen here in the Philippines, it starts with Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat where the winner will face the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then it will be our “Pambansang Kamao” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao going to battle against undefeated American Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley for the WBO Welterweight Championship. To cap the day, it will be Game 3 of the Shakey’s V-League Finals between the UST Lady Tigresses and the Ateneo Lady Eagles where the winner wins the championship.

What a way to cap off the vacation with these sports events, as a sports junkie (mostly a hoops junkie). I enjoy this great  I hope the Celtics, Manny Pacquiao and the Lady Tigresses win their matches. That would truly cap off my vacation with a BANG!

To my friends and classmates at UST. I’ll see you all on Monday! I’ll be happy to see you guys around. I don’t know what this new school year will bring, but I’m ready.


It’s June, it’s back to the grind in a few days.

So we bid goodbye to the month of May, and we welcome the month of June. Summer is winding down and the rainy season is upon us as there’s already a typhoon by our shores at the moment. We should have been on watch for the NBA Finals right now, but due to the lockout-shortened season, we’re still in the middle of the Conference Finals as of this moment. Summer vacation is coming to an end, and I and the many students across the Philippines will return to the grind of classes in our respective schools, colleges and universities.

The school year begins in UST where I’m studying begin on June 4 with a mass, though classes will start the following day June 5. However, in the college I belong, CTHM, our classes begin on June 11 as the college will be hosting the APacCHRIE Youth Conference down at the Quadricentennial Pavilion on the first week of classes. However, we have to make up classes so 4 Saturday classes (2 in June, 2 in July) were scheduled after the conference.

Right now, I don’t know how to cap off this summer vacation. Maybe I should step out and do something good and lasting to cap off the vacation. I have to make it count. Get time to hang out with my friends one last time before school begins, but my friends will soon go to class starting on the 4th. So time is running out.

The grind of the classes is upon us. The early wake-up calls to come (as seen on my high school like schedule). The many lessons from French to Events Management we will learn in our classes. The tons of schoolwork to come and finish from homeworks, seatworks, quizzes, projects and many other types of schoolwork. The coming of the rainy season means expect a lot of traffic jams on rainy days especially the university is on a flood-prone area. But aside from all of that, spending time with my friends & blockmates at the university.

10 days left until the summer vacation comes to an end for me, and it’s back to the grind of classes. I can say my summer this year was one of the best I had in my life, though there were some events that made me sad, nothing too big of a deal to say the least. Hey, I can still cap off this summer with a BANG!