Ping-Pong, not Piolo Pascual, at SM

Yesterday (Sunday) at 3 p.m., I strolled into SM City Cebu. There was a lot of noise. It was coming from the Entertainment Center, near SM’s Food Court area. Must be some actress, I said. They usually have shows every Sunday. The shouts grew louder. I was intrigued. It must be Piolo Pascual. I walked closer to the upper floor railing to look. NO! There was no Pinoy Big Brother activity. No one sang or danced. Two tables stood on four legs each. Four players crowded the two tables. It was Table Tennis. A competition. And hundreds of eyes were turning left and right to watch the little white ball fly on air. Ping-Pong is fun. It requires so much quickness that if your eye-hand coordination is a milli-second slow… then ping-pong’s not for you. Enjoy these photos…

John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!


  1. Hey John! Yea Table Tennis is fun. Some people think you just stand there, but it can make you sweat so much if you play with chops. Just like Tennis, the serve can dictate the game, but its stronger this time since the ball could spin into a way that the opponent could return but give you a chance to smash.

  2. HI Travin! You’re right with the spin. There’s so much spin in table tennis. I guess you can say that whoever controls the spin, wins.

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