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PBA Season 41 Poster(ized) Boy

Arwind Santos never hesitated when PBA Season 41 rookies Chris Newsome and Mo Tautuaa asked him to pose for a picture—although in two separate occasions. Well, Arwind is a veteran, league MVP and a champion-slash-singer-slash-composer and other what-have-you slashes this guy is capable of. Very talented and when you see someone like him, siyempre papa-picture ka agad-agad!

Amateurs Gone Pro Gone Amateurs!

Coach Baldzewski is in the news!
Yey, did that sound close to Coach K's name yet? Alright, not the Pinoy Coach K—because that'd be Coach Pido! But Coach Mike Krzyzewski!
Now let's say that name again. Well, "Coach K" works just fine.

Loco Over Logos

We love sports logos, don't we? Let's not go far, just look at basketball and we see a lot of good if not great logos. From the NBA to its D-League. Also the PBA has some very recognisable team identities. For a basketball fan, a kickass logo is a must.

Are You A Nominal Ginebra Fan?

You must've heard about "nominal catholics". Yeah, usually they're born to catholic parents, been baptised and all that, grew up a catholic, went to Sunday mass as a kid tagging along lola or mama. But when that baby has since become a lady or a gentleman, he's not seen even the vast entrance of a cathedral. Sa madaling salita eh, eto yung tinatawag na KBL catholics. Not referring here to the infamous Marcos political party. KBL stands for Kasal-Binyag-Libing. Or simply put—katoliko lang sa tatlong pagkakataong nabanggit!

Why Philippines Should Host the OQT?

When we thought Gilas 3.0 has formally closed a chapter in Philippine basketball, here comes another: The 4.0 version! Ambilis ano? Parang software lang, o app na kama-kailan lang naglabas ng bug fixes, aba'y naglabas na naman agad ng update. Of course, if that's the case, there's really no reason to complain.

Volleybelles Save The Day

Finally the PBA's 41st season has officially opened before an expected sparse crowd. Not that the #BoycottPBA and #BoycottSMC (okay fine, #TeamSnowBadua) have gained a very significant following and have caused the dent on the gate receipts. Or probably that idea still lingers to some fans, just enough to keep them away even for the opening rites? Well, we all know about typhoon Lando being the culprit for the cancellation last weekend, making the PBA as it were to start 41st year on a wrong foot (and not JuneMar's foot, by the way). Until the move to a Wednesday inaugural looked bleak and seemed very un-PBA!

Shameless Plug ; )

Thanks for the love mga ka-Gilas fans. I honestly have no idea who nominated me at the #bloggys2015 (and I just checked recently, my Mom's still not on the internet). But whoever you are, I got Liam Neeson for a cameo to say something really special.

But before that here's a quick link so you could go straight and vote for this blog: Vote for Labapilipinas Blog

PBA Under Storm

The Philippine Basketball Association was supposed to open on Sunday,  October 18th.
But we all know it was cancelled. Is this the first time in the 41 years of the league to have an opening day festivity cancelled?

Gilas and PHL Politics: Coach Tab Should Be Next President

The circus just hit town! How time flies. Six years ago was just like yesterday when we saw Ely Pamatong doing his stunts as he filed his Certificate of Candidacy. Don't look now, he just did the predictable, you guessed it right, doing some flag-torching stunts once again and filing his COC for the 7,645,985th time! But wait, there's more: One who claims to be an alien. A weirdo named Archangel Lucifer. Fifty more names and counting! (Now breathe again). Face palm.

GILAS is PBA but is it Vice Versa?

For us Gilas fans we want to believe that this 3.0 version of our Senior Men's Basketball team has overachieved. Of course the gold was just one win away. Or maybe a perfect shooting night away. Or let's say a perfect freethrow shooting night away (how many bricks did we throw at the 15-foot line, at least 11 right?).

How To Cope With The Gilas Gold Medal Loss

A lot of us Gilas fans are sulking in sadness over the finals match loss to China. It's a "Sunday Mourning" back in the Philippines.
But we can't be dwelling on this for the rest of time. Monday and a new week is at hand. And it means we all need to go back to business. But how, when the 11-point drubbing is just too fresh in our memories? When what preoccupies our minds right now is the lost chance to go back to the Olympics.
So here's how we can go about with this stinging loss.

Salamat Gilas!

Ang hirap magsulat. Lalung mahirap din magbasa. Initially makakaramdam ka ng social media withdrawal. Yung parang ayaw mo na muna basahin yung mga titik at talata na hindi pabor o ayon sa gusto mong karanasan. Parang ang hirap buksan uli ng Twitter, ang Facebook. Kahit celphone na kanina pa may nag-aantay na message at nagtatanong na isang kamag-anak na nasa trabaho kung ano na score.

Fiba Asia Finals: The Gilas FAN Checklist

While our Gilas tacticians headed by Coach Tab Baldwin have pretty much prepared a list for tonight’s awaited Gold Medal match with China, we fans are likewise getting ready.
How do you prepare for tonight’s final game? Here’s our Gilas Pilipinas Fan Checklist:

Easy, Easy.

I'm not sure a lot would remember Lionel Richie's classic song Easy and its opening line:

Know it sounds funny
But I just can't stand the pain... 

Faith & Fate

This photo speaks a thousand words. No. Millions maybe.
The moment we saw this picture of Asi Taulava by FIBA we immediately had our own stories to tell. It's very imposing. And it has elicited a lot of stories from every Filipino.

Ang Gilas. Si Anish.

Half time ng laro ng Gilas Pilipinas at India. Hindi na naman ako ma-steady sa upuan. Naisip ko pumunta na muna ng panaderia at bumili ng bagong lutong pandesal.

Thank You, Monday!

Not everyone loves Mondays. Students. Employees. Who else? It is usually a day after the weekend. And it means back to work, to school, stores or businesses, or what-have-yous.

He Ain't Heavy

Well actually he is. I'm no expert on muscles or stuffs like that, but I guess the lower extremities sometimes couldn't take much of his weight. And that makes his ankles injury-prone.

Punch Sabay Hug

Saturday's a rest day. No Gilas game. Some wives (or husbands perhaps) were smiling. Their diehard Gilas fan spouses were in their normal selves. Hindi na nagmamadali. At medyo nakakausap na ng mabuti pagkatapos ng huling dalawang tambak na panalo natin sa Hongkong at Kuwait. Sana natuloy na yung mga naunsyaming date nung Friday. And hopefully nag-resume momentarily yung mga lovelife ng ilan.

Pastilan, Palestine!

This is it pancit. The day has come. Buhay na naman ang mga Pinoy basketball fans.
It's Gilas time!

Which Gilas Fan Are You?

It’s the time of the year again. When all Pinoy basketball fans from the world over get excited and glued to their televisions, laptops and smartphones.

WWJD: What Would Junmar Do?

It was in the 90s that the acronym WWJD became a hit. I'm referring to the famous Evangelical Christian slogan: "What Would Jesus Do?".

Romeo Must Dye

He's the hottest Gilas 3.0 player—on and off the court! And everyone's on the look for a monicker for this kid. Move over Voldemort, we got here "he-who-MUST-be-named".

May Chansa Sa Changsha

The Dirty dozen is out.
Are we surprised? Maybe not. Yung iba, siyempre hoping na napasama yung mga manok nila. Well, of course Jordan Clarkson could've been the surprise of all surprises had he made it to the Final 12.
So, kaya ba?


Pretty close. Sounds like “Galvanized Iron” naman diba. Yero. Matibay. Maingay kapag pinukpok. Nakakatakot kapag nilipad at pumiglas sa bubong lalu kapag may bagyo. Aba’y umiwas ka na. Kung hindi, yari ka.