Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Best Sports Quotations of 2008

I love quotations. They’re immortal, lasting, timeless. Recently, I spent time scouring through the internet to gather the most memorable words spoken last year. There were plenty (remember the Games named 08-08-08?). Here are, based on my compilation, the best from last year…


“He may be human, but he’s from a different planet, a different galaxy.” – swimmer Alexander Sukhorukov, describing Michael Phelps

“First of all, I want to thank Tiger for not being here. That always makes things a little bit easier.” – golfer Sergio Garcia after winning The Players Championship

“I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony. I know what to do. I just don’t know where to start.” – Pat Riley, former Miami coach, when his NBA Heat were 11-46

“I will KO Pacquiao in 5.” — De La Hoya’s prediction

“I understand the joy. He might have interpreted that in another way, but the way it was perceived was ‘Catch me if you can.’ You don’t do that. But he’ll learn. He’s still a young man.” — Jacques Rogge, IOC president, on Usain Bolt’s celebration


“Come on…when you’re running, if you see you’re going to win, you’re going to celebrate. You’re going to be Olympic champion, you’re just happy.” — Bolt Continue reading The Best Sports Quotations of 2008

The Furious, The Flash, The King Cobra

If Chris Aldeguer—whose brother is ALA Boxing Promotions President Michael and whose dad is Antonio Lopez Aldeguer—sends you a text message at 11:58 a.m. saying, “(It’s) one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” then you ought to sit down and watch.

Chris, you see, has witnessed a torrent of fights, both inside their Talamban-based ALA Gym and at the glittering City of Las Vegas—including two of the grandest blockbusters in history: the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Oscar de la Hoya 2007 tussle and, just last December 6, Manny Pacquiao’s demolition job on the recently-retired ODLH.

Last Sunday morning, as part of his birthday celebration the night before, Chris watched “The Flash and The Furious” at the Araneta Coliseum. With his “best fight I’ve seen” comment, the young Mr. Aldeguer, of course, was referring to the Brian Viloria against Ulises Solis hostility.

What a quarrel! While we all thought Brian Viloria was a “has-been,” a fighter who didn’t possess even 1/14th of Manny Pacquiao’s bravery, what we saw two afternoons ago was startling. Continue reading The Furious, The Flash, The King Cobra

The Lesson I Learned From RP’s Top Tennis Guru

Summer of 2007, I wrote the article below about  BUTCH BACANI. One of the country’s top tennis coaches, he’ll be back in Cebu from April 27 to May 15. To learn more about his program, call Ging-Ging (office hours) at 416-1122 local 100. The Butch Bacani/Smart Tennis Camp (to be held at the Casino Español and Cebu Country Club) is offered FOR FREE.

The two words “Butch Bacani” stand for one of the most recognized and respected coaches in Philippine tennis. Felix Barrientos? Remember him? Sure, Coach Butch mentored him. Jennifer Saberon, the Wimbledon qualifier? Sure. PJ Tierro, today’s No.1 netter who represents us in Davis Cup? Another student of the Bacani Camp. In the last 30 years since Coach Butch Bacani has taught tennis, rarely has a top-notch netter not passed through his coaching. Continue reading The Lesson I Learned From RP’s Top Tennis Guru

James, Yong, Peter and Families to Run…


Doctors Peter Mancao and Yong Larrazabal are leaving Cebu this Thursday. Like they’ve done in Chicago and NYC and Hong Kong, they’re flying—this time, West, to land near San Francisco and join a 42K run that’s acknowledged as “The World’s Most Scenic Marathon.” True enough, when you visit the Big Sur website (, your eyes will be enamored by God’s gift to mankind called nature: Giant redwoods, breathtaking cliffs, wild flowers—all overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading James, Yong, Peter and Families to Run…

Be Honest, even if others are not, will not, cannot


Lewis Hamilton, the reigning Formula One world champion, does not subscribe to the creed of the Catholic charismatic group that I belong to.

I’m a member of the BCBP. Spelled in full, it’s the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. Founded by a group of Makati businessmen in 1980 (we will be 29 years old this month), the main advocacy of the BCBP can be summed up in two elementary—yet difficult to follow—words: Be Honest. Continue reading Be Honest, even if others are not, will not, cannot

The Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore: Part 2


Forty eight hours ago in this same box that you’re reading, I wrote about Anthony Regis. He’s a swimmer-turned-cyclist-turned-runner who, last September, joined the Singapore Ironman 70.3. That’s a grueling event where you swim 1.9 kms., bike 90 kms., then, when your body is downtrodden and all-wearied, you run another 21,000 meters.

In that triathlon’s first leg—the swim—Anton dove into the Singapore waters to swim freestyle beside 1,400 other triathletes. He finished the 1.9K swim in 52 minutes. Here’s his account of the next stage… Continue reading The Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore: Part 2

Anton Regis remembers the Ironman 70.3

Few people can swim 1.9 kms. Few people can bike 90 kms.—roughly the distance from Cebu City to Bogo. Few people can run, unaided by car or tricycle and with nothing on the feet but socks and rubber shoes, the length of 21 kms. How about finishing not one, not two—but all three? Not one today, one sport tomorrow and another on Thursday—but one after the other? Back to back to back?


Anton Regis has accomplished that. Aged 29 and, for three years now, delightedly-living with his wife Zie (they have a four-month-old baby named Zoe Angelou), Anton works as a Software Development Engineer at the NCR Cebu Development Center at the I.T. Park. That’s his day job. His passion? On Sundays? During days off when he has free time to pedal, swim freestyle and jog? Continue reading Anton Regis remembers the Ironman 70.3

A sales pitch for baseball and softball


What a shot! Jesse smashing a picture-perfect hit

Thanks to Jesse Bernad, these two sports involving mitts, shortstops, bats, ground balls, and a playing field called a diamond—is back. A star pitcher at the UP Cebu College, Jesse opened “Fastball Batting Cages” at the Aboitiz Sports Field (at the reclamation area, beside Makro) last November to fulfill his lifelong goal of constructing a “Field of Dreams.” Since then, hundreds have trooped to swing, to throw and to score homeruns in a real softball game on a real baseball diamond.

Two days ago, Jesse sent an email. Tackling the WBC, the state of the game in Cebu and his plans for summer, here’s Mr. Bernad: Continue reading A sales pitch for baseball and softball