Gov. Gwen F. Garcia (3rd from left) and Glenn Soco (2nd from right) award the 2006 GUV Cup champion’s trophy to the Talisay City team
The Cebu Volleyball Association (Ceva) was organized in the year 2000. Though never a volleyball player, I remember Glenn Soco inviting me to join the initial core group. I sat through the first meetings and attended the induction of officers. And through the past seven years, I have seen how this group—with the help of our dynamic and energy-packed governor, Gwen Fiel Garcia, who herself, if I’m not mistaken, was once a volleyball standout—has popularized the sport and scored an ace in the Province of Cebu.
“Gov. Gwen supports volleyball,” Glenn Soco, the president of Ceva, wrote to me last week, “because she wants sports development to be one of the priorities of each Local Government Unit (LGU).”
In another excellent piece written by Sun.Star Daily’s Marian C. Baring, the University of San Jose-Recoletos have won the CESAFI women’s volleyball crown…. Here’s the story by Marian, “History: Lady Jaguars.”
Two weeks ago, he was conferred as one of the 25 Emerging Leaders by Sun.Star Daily. Last year, the Entrepreneur magazine named him “One of the 75 Most Admired Entrepreneurs of the Philippines” and, in that same season, no less than Gov. Gwen Garcia awarded him the Garbo sa Sugbo trophy. The year before that, Ernst and Young nominated him as finalist for the title, “2005 Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Glenn Anthony Soco, 34, has achieved “fame and fortune” in business. He is the President of MIMS, one of the province’s biggest manpower services companies. He is the President of Powerline Human Resources Management, Inc. and the Executive VP for G.A. Satellite Ventures, Inc. Plus, you’ve probably sipped a cup of hot cappuccino at an establishment Glenn founded 11 years ago and which has grown to 29 outlets nationwide… Coffee Dream.
One of my favorite personalities in the Cebu sports world a few years back (before he moved with his family to London) was Jack Biantan. He had a loud booming voice, penned poetry with his writings, and he loved football like a fanatic. So I ask, if you’re a football aficionado, to read the commentary of one of our own: the regular columns of Jack Biantan in Pinoysoccer.com/biantan.
Graeme Mackinnon, the Aussie-turned-Filipino-turned-Aussie, the Hall of Fame coach who helped kick Cebu football to what it is today (one of this city’s top sports for students), sent me this email. Scan through the photos and, I’m sure, your reaction will be, “Oh, my God……….”
I asked my good friend Dennis Canete, who’s directly helping run the ALA Boxing Gym, to e-mail some photos of last Sunday’s twin victories by the two BOxers named BA… Bautista and Banal. Thanks to Dong Secuya, the founder of Philboxing, here are the pictures of Boom-Boom…
I love quotations. Ever since I was in high school, I recall tearing out and compiling every single copy of Reader’s Digest’s ‘Quotable Quotes’ that I could find. Sports quotations? My favorite. Hope you enjoy these…
“I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.” – Shaquille O’Neal
“Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.” – Martina Navratilova
“I don’t watch movies a lot. I watch sporting events. Because you can never tell how they’re going to end.” – Michael Douglas
“If they cut my bald head open, they will find one big boxing glove. That’s all I am. I live it.” – Marvin Hagler