Nimrod Quiñones

Congratulations to one of my closest friends in sports: Nimrod Lebumfacil Quiñones. The Managing Editor of The Freeman, Nimrod’s heart, bloodline and brain cells are all wired to utter one word, “sports.”

Last week, NLQ celebrated his 20th year in sports-writing, a feat that nobody in Cebu can surpass—and very few, I’m sure, nationwide, can match. In our Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC) Yahoo e-groups two days ago, Nimrod was deluged with congratulatory emails from his fellow writers. The reason? Almost all of us can trace our beginnings to Nimrod.

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Nimrod (with camera) with Ed Hayco, Marian Baring and Goldie Lebumfacil

Take me. During the launching of the Cebu City Olympics at Jollibee Mango (presided by then-councilor Joy Young), I sat beside Nimrod. We talked. Then, he posed a question that morning that would alter my life up until this morning: “Do you want to write a column on tennis?”

On the spot, I said yes. That was 15 years ago.

If not for Nimrod, I and many more who type articles on these back pages would not be here. Kudos to Nimrod!

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