It is the survival of the fittest, do not worry you’ll survive.

(Dahil August, magtatagalog tayo)

Nanood ako ng Bar Boys na parte ng Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, ito ang inuna ko sa lahat ng pelikulang kasali at ang akala ko isa lang ito sa mga nakakatawa na feel good na storya ng magbabarkada na nasa law school, nag expect ako nung parang sa “The Reunion” type feels na storya pero hindi, binigo ako ng pelikulang ito sa aspetong yon.

Yung akala mo na predictable masyado yung kwento, hindi. Oo makulit, nakakatawa, masaya, pero higit sa lahat sumisimbulo ito hindi lamang sa mga mag-aaral ng abogasya kung hindi para sa lahat ng mag-aaral.

(Medyo nahihirapan ako magtagalog, taglish)

The movie portrays different archetypes of students and their families. Starting with Josh (Kean Cipriano) who did not pass the law school, which I think is a good start because it gives an impact to the character and the story that not all of them will go to law school and gives the audience a question like: “What will happen to his character?” and immediately the character answered the question that he was just forced to take up legal management in college which some of us experienced, being forced into something we do not want. A good thing about his character at the end of the movie is that he pursued his passion.

Erick (Carlo Aquino), a typical story of a student who struggled and has struggles within himself but his family supported him on what he do. Chris (Enzo Pineda) on the other hand, has a conditional support from his father and just like other people wants to prove something to his father. Torran (Rocco Nacino) is the guy you want to be friends with, he is the go-to-guy friend when you would want to know someone but because of pressure and wants to be accepted he later on try to get into a fraternity that he later on realizes what its like, he is somewhat a combination of the three characters.

As much as I love to dig deep into the movie, I suggest you watch it yourself but I would share my biggest takeaway from the movie. I like how they wrote it in such a way where principles are big thing and people stand up to their principles. Every character just fights for their own principles and mind you their principles makes perfect sense. From when the so called “Lordmaster” of the fraternity stood up for brotherhood and what brotherhood meant, when Chris stood up to fight for his grades against his own friend who will flunk when he did not make his grades lower making him not getting honors, professors who stood up to what they know is right, and I personally like it when Erick is having his conversation with their professor who gave him a grade of 3 just to graduate with their conversation happening after the bar exams. I loved it when she said that “kung hindi ka na natatalo, hindi ka na gumagalaw”. It struck me personally because it gave me a reason to give more and risk more.

The movie gives us hope that people can fight for their principles and principles who is ethical. We need more people who will stand up and fight for what they believe in because it is right not because they know it is right but because it is right. And always we need to believe in ourselves, failure is part of life, again “kung hindi ka natatalo, hindi ka gumagalaw”.




Tale as old as time

I watched Beauty and the Beast yesterday with my friends and yes, I still enjoyed it even though we all know the plot and we all know that lesson that lies within the story – physical appearance is not important, what’s important is what is inside. Yes, we all know that, but the live action film struck me more than the obvious lesson.

As a child, I would love to watch and sing Disney movies and songs even though they say that it’s for princesses and I am a boy. Now, when I watched Disney’s live action film of Beauty and the Beast it showed me a different lesson; one from Belle and another from Lefou, Gaston’s sidekick.

As much as I want to include Chip’s funny lines here, let us all focus on Belle first. One thing I observed while watching the film, other than how beautiful Emma Watson is, is the honesty of Belle. Her honesty in situations where she and her father is in danger that she tells her father that she is afraid another is when they were escaping into saving the Beast, Maurice tells Belle that it is dangerous, Belle did not act strong and tells her father that no danger can stop them rather she tells him that, yes, it is dangerous. I realized that when we are honest to ourselves it is equivalent to being brave, brave enough to tell that we are afraid but we will still continue because we know that it is for the good of others, brave enough to tell ourselves that it is indeed dangerous but we still go because we know that there is no use if we just sit down and watch. Probably, Belle’s love for books made her strong but her honesty made her stronger.

Lastly, Lefou, in the live action film, Lefou’s character is a nod to the original director who is gay who died of AIDS (read it on an article). I love how they incorporate Lefou’s character where he imitates and admire Gaston but at the end of the story he realized that Gaston did not recognize how loyal he is. What I love the most of his character was when Maurice is telling everyone how Gaston treated him and Maurice asked Lefou to tell everybody what happened, Lefou hesitated for a couple of seconds before Gaston looked at him. There is also line in the song where the crowd is going to raid the castle where Lefou said that yes there is a beast but the monster is out there with them (nv). Lefou’s character got into me because he’s just like everyone of us. We want to tell and act the right thing but someone or someone is holding us back until we realized that the thing or person that is holding us back look at as if we are nothing or we are useless or we’re at our low point in life.

Just like Belle’s and Lefou’s character, we experience all of these things, but we need to recognize our fears and use them to our advantage. Recognize that the world today is distorted, somewhat dangerous, and we need to stand and do something. Unlike Lefou, if we do not do something right now to the things that are holding us back, it is possible that we cannot go back, in the movie the opportunity came to Lefou just the right time, not too late but we don’t need to wait until it’s too late already. We need to do the right thing now.

This movie may be a movie about acceptance and love, about loving despite all the differences and we need to look inside not outside but there is so much more in this movie. Dig deep into it. It is a much watch movie even if we all know that the Beast will be prince again and the end scene will be they will be dancing but there is more to it. Appreciate every little detail because that’s what I love Disney, that in every detail there is something.


A look behind the Curtains

I am a theater enthusiast and I was part of school plays when I was in High-School. We attended a workshop conducted by UPLB Thespian Circle and as a culminating event we made our own play; I remember being the main antagonist for that play and the stage was and is still a home for me, and before graduating I was cast in a musical (still in High School). My love for theater did not mellow down as I watch plays in Repertory Philippines and in PETA Theater. My love for theater was a way of me for loving the country as well as I watch different plays with a nationalistic-themed way of writing.

It is a joy for me that a lot of people now are fond of stage performances and theater in particular. On that note,

On the 20th of February, Kislap Productions will hold its Philippine Arts Forum entitled Teatro: Ang Tunay, Ang Totoo that will be held at Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Media Center. The speakers for this event are Roxanne Flores, who is a graduate a of Communication Arts  in University of the Philippines Los Baños, a member of UPLB Broadway Company, a theater actor and director, and a teacher, and she’ll come together with her co-speaker,  Yuri Sta. Maria.

At the age of four, Flores was already a theater enthusiast and her beautiful voice begun a way for her to participate in a Theater play. Roxanne Flores’s plays are Sanctuario which she has directed together with writer and music composer, Yuri Sta. Maria and Haciendero,  from Eljay Deldoc’s Articulo Mortis. Flores also has an upcoming play entitled AGRA (a play about farmers). One of her memorable plays is Sanctuario, as said earlier, she directed that play which introduces the love of God, it also is a fund-raising event for their church.

Philippine Arts Forum Laguna Chapter is celebrating its 3rd year anniversary this 2017, and it showcases different forms of arts in the Philippines, workshops, question and answer in a forum manner and talks from the theater actors on what it does take behind the curtains of a theater play and its significant truths.

 You don’t want to miss the mysteries and experiences behind theater. Tangle your minds and keep ourselves participate as we come across to an in depth souls and meanings of a theater play. For more details contact Andrew Naoi at (+63 977) 751 5170 and like our Facebook page Philippine Arts Forum Laguna Chapter. See you there!

Let us all celebrate art this National Arts Month!

PBA: A fine league.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) today mentioned that there will be fines for verbal altercation. PBA under the leadership of Chito Narvasa has been getting a lot of fines, to take a look at it: fines imposed by the league in the first three months of the new season have already reached P551, 900.

In the words of former Ginebra star Marlou Aquino, “Ano? Kalahating milyon na agad, tatlong buwan pa lang ang season? Ang laki nun, grabe yun.” Looking at the fines for the first three months of the season with a few more games and playoffs coming and with two more seasons coming our way, 10Million Pesos is a low number.

It is frustrating as a fan of the game to watch games where referees call foul as if it was a violation dribbling the ball. The referees, besides the dribbling violation (where I guess the most consistent call in the league), call flagrant fouls and deliberate foul too often, analyst say that they call that to review the play then they call the foul as a regular foul. They are also calling cheap fouls where players now cannot be as physical as before.

That’s just for the flagrant and deliberate fouls, where we all know that an automatic fine will be given if you were called a flagrant, and even flagrant fouls are called even though it should be an obvious non-call or just a regular foul. To top it all off, fines will be given for verbal altercation; Verbal altercation meaning, in the simplest terms, trash talking. The league is not just getting rid of the physicality of the game but the psychological war happening on the hard court. It is disgusting to know that whenever players trash talk or committed a technical foul will be fined. We all know that coaches or players do that to boost the moral or confidence of the team but now it will be fined.

Imagine a P5,000, rather than that money will be going to the savings of the players, it will now be given to the league just because you argued with the referee. When we watch NBA or other leagues you will see players talk with each other, players talking to referees, players talking to coaches and vice versa, and their league just allows it. Why? IT IS ALL PART OF THE GAME. How can we compete internationally when in our own league the rules are soft, wherein in FIBA competitions, there are a lot of let go plays because the referees allow the players to play.

Basketball is a physical sport, just like the legendary Big J said, “Kung ayaw mo masaktan, mag chess ka nalang,” but by this ruling of the current board of the PBA and management, it is not basketball anymore, it is a modified type of sport where you pay whenever you play hard. There will come a time where bumping, just bumping, will be called foul and the game will be boring. I miss the times when Ronald Tubid claps everytime he fetch an offensive foul and his hard-nose defense, and by this new rule probably we will miss the shouting of Yeng Guiao and the angst of Abueva and Belga. I miss the old PBA, where I watch physical and fast basketball, the way Filipinos play the sport. Now it is stopped by whistles of the referees, the referees dictate the game not the players. Looking forward when we can all watch every team play hard on defense and with all the physicality and wishing we will not say, “I miss PBA already.”




Madaming bagay ang pwedeng makapagpaalala sa akin

Kung anong mayroon tayo noon at kung anong wala na tayo ngayon

Sa bawat pagkakataon, pangyayari, at oras na dumaan

Mas nakikita at mas lumilinaw na hindi ka na nga pala akin.


Madaming bagay ang pwedeng makapagpaalala sa akin

Kung paano ka ngumiti sa tuwing nagkikita tayo

Kung paano ka malungkot sa tuwing pauwi na ako

Ngayon sigurado na akong hindi ka na talaga akin.


Sigurado na nga ako, pero bakit? Bakit sa kabila ng kasiguraduhan ko

Naandon ang pagiisip na baka pwede pa.

Na baka sa bawat mensahe at pagkamusta, ay meron pa.

Na ang libro na akala ko’y tapos na ay nagsisimula palang sa susunod na pahina.


Umaasa pa nga ba ako? Kahit na alam kong wala na?

Sabihin mo nga, ano na nga ba talaga?

Wag mo na sagutin, kasi alam ko na. Oo. Alam ko na.

Alam ko na sa kabila ng pagasa na meron ako ay pagyakap niya sa iyo.


Hayaan mo kong mamaalam ng tama.

Na kahit alam kong wala na, ay heto ako at umaasa

Pero hayaan mo muna akong mamaalam.

Paalam, sa bawat tawa, iyak, ngiti, yakap at halik.


Masaya akong iwan kang masaya. Kahit hindi naman talaga ako ang nangiwan.

Masaya akong mamamaalam. Kahit na alam kong ang pagtalikod ko ay walang kapalit na paglingon.

Hindi ko na pwedeng ipagpabukas pa, dahil masakit na, masakit padin hanggang ngayon.

Kaya. Tama na. Alam kong dapat tama na. Paalam na.


The “PASAWAY” Generation

I was at a Student Leaders Assembly of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila last December 2014. One speaker on that event called us, “Mga Pasaway” for the reason that on a weekend where exams are just around the corner we decided to go to that event and listen. He then justified that, us, being pasaways can be a positive thing for the society. 

According to, Pasaway is someone who mischievously insists on behaving contrary to what is expected in a situation, almost as if purposely baiting to be told not to. 

The definition is fitting for the generation who, instead of studying goes to computer shops late at night. Who, instead of obeying their parents to not get into a romantic relationship will be seen holding hands with his girlfriend or boyfriend at malls. Also, young adults and teenagers who go to the streets protesting for something.

As I look back, the speaker was right. We are pasaways because instead of studying for our exams we are there participating in an open forum about SK Reforms and Aquino administration. I write this article because there are posts about High School students up until the collegiate level who occupied EDSA, did a noise barrage, rallied in Katipunan, posting on social media, about the issue of the late President Ferdinan Marcos being  buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

One argument is, we are too young and why don’t we just study. Yes we are too young but not too young to be involved. What’s the point of putting up a Student Government or Council during our High School if we cannot put that involvement outside campus? Also, we study and the reason why all these things are happening is because we do study. Our teachers should be proud that we are on the streets and defending our principles, a professor in Ateneo postponed his class because he said that there are alot of things to be learned other than what we will learn in the classroom. 

Another argument is we do not know anything or even experienced what happened then so we should not be affected. The documentaries, films, news, and experiences of other people, probably is enough. We do not ask the Marcos family to apologize to our generation, they should apologize to the families affected by the killings, sexual abuses, and missing personalities. Maybe we are not affected by the Martial Law but we are affected up until now by the debts of that administration. We are taxpayers, one way or another. 

There are other arguments but let me only cite thosr two. Maybe we are not there. Maybe we were not yet alive back then but we know that sexual abuse is wrong, we know that killing just because you feel like it is wrong, stealing is wrong, and all of those stuffs that happened. Don’t go at me with the projects of the Marcos administration, I admire the mind of Marcos. He is not stupid, he has a brilliant mind but alongside Imelda Marcos and his administration who started all those negative things that happened under his watch, that I do not admire. 

The youth of today is tagged as Pasaways. Maybe, we can accept that label. Let’s make it a statement. We are all pasaways. Why? We don’t go with the norm. We break the status-quo and that for me is a good thing. We will continue to not go with the norm and insist what is better for thr society we all live in. Continue tagging us as a “PASAWAY” because we will be. We will prove that being one will not always mean having a negative impact on society rather we will be pasaway in a way where we will affect the society in a positive manner. A catalyst of change. A symbol of hope, after all the young generation will always be that hope for the future. Then so be it. 

(Photo not mine. Credits to the owner)

A millenial’s response to everyone who said we were too young.

I am writing this to all the people who said we are too young to voice out and be affected by the Marcos Burial and to my fellow youths who were not born in the era of Martial Law.

To the people who said that we should not be affected, that is your opinion. I respect that. Either you are a supporter of Marcos or you are not just as affected as we are. I will not reply with those witty replies of why are you so happy every Christmas yet you were not there in Bethlehem or when you were affected with the Spanish regime and World War II when you discussed it in class rather I answer you with a challenge: Try to be involved. 

Yes, be involved. Academic organizations are given but try to go and be involved socially, conduct outreach programs, check out leadership forums, symposiums, seminars and ask different people, people who were living at that time about what they experienced. Read up. Read articles both good and bad and weigh them. Try to check out documentaries and films. Your involvement is what the society needs today. Our involvement as a youth is what the society needs. Last elections, we are the almost half of the population. The so-called “YouthVote” can actually dictate the outcome of the elections and sadly, not everyone cares. The challenge to us to get involved is also a challenge for us to care. To care for our country, not just one side, we do not take sides, if you are pro or anti somebody, we take the side of the Filipino people, after all, we are part of this Filipino people.

To the people who are saying we are too young, yes you are correct, we are young but not too young to voice out any of our opinions. The fact that we can do such things are the product of what our elders did. They fought for our freedom and in doing so, we are capable of doing such things. 

I am sad that some people don’t take these things seriously as some of us do. I understand, this is not their cup of tea but aren’t we just drinking the same thing? Tea?

I am not yet alive when Martial Law was imposed, I am happy I was not but I am deeply saddened for the people who still are missing (reality: dead) until now. Now tell us, tell me, how can we forget if the stories of the one living at that time is still alive in their minds and in their hearts and we hear it from them? 

Yes, no apology needed for us, millenials, but what we ask is justice and apologies for the families who were affected by the Martial Law. Killed. Tortured. Sexually Abused. Traumatized. They are the ones who need an apology, not us. If fighting for them and figjting for the country is to voice out our opinion in the social media, in the streets, then so be it. 

We will never stop fighting for our country and its people. As the first part of our constitution states:

We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.”

A look at reality through the lenses.

(This time, for the films)

This is for my love of films and the admiration to filmmakers and writers. I want to break down the documentaries and films shown at “Sining Siwalat” but I’m no professional but again, I love movies and documentaries so why not and write about it. Get bored.


  1. Relapse

A story of a teenager fed up by problems at home, a typical story of peer-pressure. This is a bold move by college students to show the reality of drug abuse in our generation and pre-marital sex. It’s funny that it plays with our mind if Ligaya truly exists, so as Mary Jane, or they are just portrayals of a party drug and marijuana given their names. This is a great short that gives us a glimpse of reality and a look to the world of a drug abuser. Good research or personal experience? Nevertheless, great story.

  1. Vlog

This short is a feel good short film but at the end of the film you will see the depth of it. Some may say that it is a cliché ending of an internal family issue but the side where the main character does a video blog to not show how he really feels is also a manifestation of reality. This is what I like short independent films; it can portray a story of many individuals in a short amount of time. Vlog, just like Relapse, gives us what is happening in our real world and letting us see that through lenses. I like that they made the sister close to her brother, and when asked if they’re close he jokingly said no but took it back; a great scene that gives us something in the end which is the real reason why he asks for approval from other people. This short film made me realize the urgent need for more information about mental health and that alone gives this film a commendation.

  1. Tala

If you love film theories and cliffhangers, Tala would be a great one for you. Set in the martial law years (or post-martial law, I cannot remember), Tala gave the audience a taste of what it’s like during those times. I find it interesting that they used a negative tone in asking, “Hindi ka ba malaya?” If you look at it, asking a yes or no on that question gives us just one answer: Hindi ako malaya. Letting the audience know, knowing that the audience is mostly composed of college students not born in that era, that whatever is happening back then, there is no freedom. I also love the way the conversation went on with only just questions. “Bakit hindi mo ako tinatanong ng “bakit?”” “Nasaan na po si Lucilla?”” It deeply tells the story and when the main character gives the portrait he drew, the shot gives us a glimpse of the nurse. It leaves the audience the freedom of asking if the nurse was shocked, are they related, what really happened. The best thing? There’s no wrong answer. Lastly, when the nurse asked the character on how he escaped he began describing the four walls of the room; it got me thinking that, what if he never left and stayed and he does not know what really happened to Lucilla. The best thing? There’s no wrong answer and we can go with whatever theory we want.

  1. Lagda

A not so typical story, shot only in a room. The genius of shooting this one in just a room was enough to tell the story. A story of selfishness, self-approval, self-esteem, domestic violence, and friendship; Lagda, gives us these things. A story of girl who always want her parents to be proud of her and in doing so, always want to excel in any ways and a girl who was raped by his dad who was afraid of going to authorities. Two different stories but that’s just who we are as Filipinos, we always think excelling every time will be the best way to make our parents proud and in the side of parents, pressuring their children on excelling every time. We also think, because of our close family ties culture, relatives are to be defended even though they already broke the law, or in this case, broke the girl as a person. I just feel like this kind of a story would be good in a full length film because the film itself is wanting more storyline with the two girls as best friends and an emphasis on how the idea of writing the story into an essay and winning, for me, will make the suicidal tragic. Over-all, it gives us a great plot with a great tragic ending.

  1. Hapis

Let me just say this, this is the first time a short independent film gave me goosebumps the whole film. A lot of independent films gave me goosebumps in some scenes but this gave me one, the whole time. Hapis was well thought, well written, and well played. The breakdown of each sorrowful mystery into what is happening in the life of the character was just genius; from the agony in the garden, portraying it by there’s no food to eat and just praying. A crucial part would be the guy character; it gives the audience a sense of what will happen next, especially in scourging at the pillars mystery. We thought, at the end, knowing that the last mystery was death of Jesus Christ at the cross, the main character will die but, like what I said that it is well written, the film showed us a different view; a different view of sorrow and agony and leading to doing something not good. The reveal on the last sequence was superb. The minute she was done praying the rosary, revealing that she was already in prison but that’s not the best part. The best part was the last shot, when the camera zooms out, it was a shot well thought by the production, no wonder this film got the best film of the festival.

  1. Istatik

Let me commend the college students who made this film because not all first films of people are horror or thrillers, it is with great thinking these genre are successful. A great use of the setting and a great twist at the end, Istatik gives this to you. While watching the film, I ask myself why is there only one seeing the black lady even though it was so obvious. My only take would be, the storyline would be at its best if it was a full length film with a backstory on what really happened to that place and who the girl was all along. Istatik plays with the audience mind in a different way, not unlike what we usually see in mystery films. It gives us the chills and the portrayal of the actors made the story look better.

(Posters taken from Sining Siwalat Facebook page. Credits to the owners)

Awesome job by the people behind this film festival! Hope everyone can see what you did! Go out and do more, we deserve to see a lot of these!

Everyone has their story to tell.

I watched a school film festival in Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba. My love for films and documentaries made me and a support to a friend who was part of it. I want to break down the documentaries and films shown at “Sining Siwalat” but I’m n professional but again, I love movies and documentaries so why not and write about it. Get bored. (This will just be for documentaries. I find it very long if the films will be included in one article.)


  1. Aragonite

I failed to start this documentary but what caught me even though I just saw midway is that the fact that the people who made this gave the audience a glimpse of what art is supposed to be. I love the fact that they featured a Filipino artist who found his success abroad. Yes we all know about Luna, Abueva, Cabrera, but does our generation know who Edd Aragon is? I also admire when the former NCCA Commissioner said something about art being the soul of our culture and the sad truth about artists going abroad just to be recognized. This is where our nationalism enters. The moment we support and recognize our own artists, in any genre, does not need to go abroad to be recognized, international media will go to the Philippines and we let them recognize us.

  1. Lakbay Silo

A local story of a puto vendor may be odd for some but not for me. Yes, it started as odd because I asked myself the question why, but as the story continues on I said to myself that, “That is the main point, everyone has their own story worth telling, this is the perfect example for that one.” Yes, I was right, I was struck when the vendor said that even with a degree she chose to sell for a living and the most admirable thing she said is that she does not care if her children sell rice cakes also for a living when the time comes. This story gives us the importance of education and it does not matter how small or big your job is, it is far more important on why and how you do it.

  1. Buhay sa Hukay

Buhay sa Hukay is an documentary full of information. A bold story from the production giving us a point of view of what it’s like working in the cemetery, not much of excitement but what I like with this one is the boldness of shots. College students making this kind of documentaries made a bold statement: No story is too big or too small to tell.

  1. Bahay ni Maria

This documentary, like Buhay sa Hukay, is full of information. Introducing a place where old people are being taken care of. This documentary for me says something about volunteerism especially when the caretaker said that even though there is no monetary value on what he is doing the happiness in doing it is more than enough. Another thing that I realized while watching this would be, nuns will always be of service to us. As we all know that the Roman Catholic Church has been the oldest and largest charitable institution and Bahay ni Maria is a great example of this one, that it is not just through orphanages but also with old people. Lastly, our elders have a lot of story to tell. Now, I challenge you to visit Bahay ni Maria and experience it yourself (You can collaborate with us and contact me)

  1. Butil

Butil for me is like watching a documentary film in television (No bias). I love the fact that it started with us, hearing natural sounds in the field. The rawness of the introduction gave an impression to the audience that what we will see would also be raw. I also like that they incorporate statistics showing how much rice we are wasting. In the documentary, it is stated that “Rice is life”, and an anecdote like this would help us realize the value of little things, as little as a grain of rice. Bonus: I love that what they did with the closing song is an original one, it makes the story more personal as rice and farmers have personal attachment to us, Filipinos.

  1. Kubling Ngiti

Starting with a narration of facial expressions kind of set the tone of how deep or how hard is it for a person to not even smile. I always love seeing people smile and to be honest this documentary opened my mind that there is such disability of someone that cannot smile or even express themselves through facial expressions. This is a mind opener and also a story of acceptance, especially when the mother went to school and to let the students look at small mirrors and explain the state of her child. You can see the love and hurt of the mother in that instance. The innocence of a child, even without a smile, can bring joy to anyone.

(Posters taken from Sining Siwalat Facebook page. Credits to the owners)

The kid who chants Never Say Die

Ever since I started following PBA, at a young age, Ginebra was the one and is the only one I cheered for. I was that young kid that grew up cheering for the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings and being like Bal David was one of my childhood dream. I was that child that was excited seeing Mark Caguioa in his rookie year and seeing the fast and the furious tandem gets their back-to-back championship under coach Siot. Watching Eric Menk dominate the league with 2 straight MVPs, shouting everytime Rodney Santos slashes and Sunday Salvacion shoots the three. I chanted “Pula hindi Lila” the last championship Ginebra won against Air21, 8 years ago. I am still that person who always gets excited to see Ginebra live or on TV. I grew up admiring the game and loving basketball because of Ginebra and 8 years later, I am the fan who wants Ginebra win it all again.

The hopes are up even at the start of the season, with Scottie Thompson being drafted. We tried to advance in the All-Filipino but that last defensive call against the Globalport stole the chance from us. We then hope again with Othyus Jeffers helping us and having a best-of-three series with Rain or Shine in the quarter finals was just disaster for Ginebra. I saw what happened in Cuneta, we were up by a big margin but Rain or Shine with the help of Jeff Chan’s game winning basket gave us another heart-breaking loss. Now, we do not have Greg, but we do have arguably the best import of the conference with Justin Brownlee. We won the games we should’ve won in the eliminations and loss to great teams but Ginebra has something to prove. With a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarter finals and a comeback scare from Alaska, we managed to get the win.

Game 1 of Semi-finals is an unfamiliar territory for everyone. For me, I somewhat wanted it to happen but did not expect it to happen this soon, I told early in the conference that we may not win this one again, but come All Filipino next conference, we should have that already but here we are, in the semi-finals with a chance to claim go to the finals once again. We just need to beat, San Miguel Beermen. Defending champion and with Junemar in and Greg out, cleary, Ginebra is the underdogs. Ginebra’s never say die attitude was manifested all first three games. Yes, we lost game 2 but that could’ve been overtime and we can never know what will happen if Brownlee’s last second shot got it. We were destroyed in game 4. For me, that was the worst game of Ginebra this season but what got me is the chants of everyone in Araneta. They are chanting “GINEBRA! GINEBRA! GINEBRA!” as if we were only down by a single possession with few minutes left. After the game, Ginebra huddled. For me, at this point, I knew that we lost a battle but we did not lose the war.

I am writing this, hours before Game 5 of the semi-finals. We just need 5 more wins to get the crown back. Game 5 may not be a win for the championship but it will be a win to prove something. We all know SMB will not back down, but how about another triple-double performance from Scottie, A good shooting night for Sol, a solid offense-defense from both Brownlee and Japeth and another phenomenal performance from LA and if it is not too much to ask, how about a vintage game from JJ and Mark. We will never know but one thing I am sure about is that I’m sure we will never say die.