Sunday, October 4, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
It was supposed to be simple. A historic win in the World Cup in 2014 meant the most logical conclusion would be that the same Gilas team would represent us in this year's FIBA-Asia Championships, but as is our country's wont, things got extremely complicated. Players started getting injured, backing out of the Gilas line up. Questions began building up. Why did so and so back out? Is he really injured? What in heaven's name is Plantar Fasciatis? Why is so and so included in the line up? Can he make a contribution in the international game?
Posted by sharwin l. tee at 11:27 PM
Thursday, September 4, 2014
A prominent "0" stands under the Win column of the Philippines' standings in the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. As the group stages come to a close, however, it's prominence is overshadowed by something else. The Philippine Men's Basketball Team, Gilas Pilipinas, has captured the world's attention.
Oftentimes, we are warned that letting our hearts decide over our heads is a prescription for disaster. Being too emotional leads to poor decision-making; it clouds judgement. The head is stable; it protects you from being hurt by telling you to avoid any possible pain. To live with your heart on your sleeve is to open yourself to tremendous hurt. Yes, following your heart to pursue your passions, your childhood dream, your one great love, is a recipe for incomparable heartache.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Today, I woke up late. I woke with a start because I was going to be late for lunch shift at Quirky Bacon but as I started to get up, I checked my phone and I was shell shocked by the news.
In the world of sports, the athletes most people remember are those who win titles, but the athletes most athletes remember are those who battle with a fire so contagious it affects everyone's game. Former National Bowling Team player and International Bowling Champion Ernesto "Joonee" Gatchalian was both.
Posted by sharwin l. tee at 12:36 AM
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The only goal a good documentary should have is to shine the light of truth on an otherwise hidden or unknown subject. Whether it's to expose a government's ineptness to handle a terrorist attack or the terrifying effects of eating fast food everyday, documentaries need to surprise and move people and their emotions with an unadulterated dose of the truth. The problem that faced the directors, Oscar winner Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) and Filipino american Ryan Moore, was that their only subject, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, is one of the world's most recognized faces. Pacquiao's day to day routine and life story have been well documented, too well documented , in fact, that showing a new side, a new truth is a herculean task.
Predictably, the documentary tracks Pacquiao's rags to riches story, from a small fishing village in General Santos to the small city in Saranggani and then later the streets of Malabon. It also predictably tracks Pacquiao's amazing (and still ongoing) boxing career, from his early Philippine and Asian wins to his startling rise to greatness on the world stage. But to say that the documentary is a predictable reel with the hopes of bolstering Pacquiao's future political career would be just too lazy. The documentary provides a hidden, unexpected gem that only real silence will allow.