David Copperfield hates Harry Potter

Harry Potter ripped him off. 


Despite all the rave reviews I saw and heard about the last Harry Potter movie, I am happy to report that I resisted all temptation in watching ALL of the Harry Potter movies in a random cinema house. Thanks to Evilbrain’s birthday party alongside another week that turned out to be online surfing inside a coffee house, I have eluded paying 3D for the J.K. Rowling story.

Now Captain America... that’s another story.

Anyway, aside from a handful of haters, one other person who hates the Harry Potter series is famed magician David Copperfield. According to the master magician, Harry Potter stole the story of his childhood.


This is David Copperfield when he was young. 


Did you know David has also a dude friend named Ron?





This came from the Funny or Die website.

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Bakit: Nice Sound, Twisted Lyrics



This song is one of the sickest and most twisted I have ever heard in a long while. If I’m at a low point in my life and I heard this on a radio, I would have slammed my radio to a wall.

I hate the Maldita name. I have seen their album in the net a bunch of times but I didn’t want to download it because I thought they were some jolog band.

That is, until I heard this tune.




I think it’s wrong for me to sing Maldita’s Bakit out loud. Like I said, how can you be happy listening to this song when the song itself talks about regret in the meanest of ways? The Tagalog Language has one of the most brutal words you can ever imagine. Ever wondered why it’s cool to say “shit” but it’s shameless to say “tae” out loud? Blame colonial mentality or blame ignorance of proper usage but like I said, our language is kind of mean. This is why it hits home whenever I hear Bakit. This song has much more anguish than Hungry Young Poets’ Firewoman or Sugarfree’s Kwarto. The song starts out sweet with the acoustic guitar plucked nicely and ends up in shout mode with the glare of the band setup indicating the person’s emotions from getting heartbroken to bitter and vengeful.

In a way, their sound reminds me a superb concoction of MYMP, Zelle, and Moonstar88. Most of the bands I mentioned have disbanded. Moonstar88 is virtually a new band while not that old reliable like Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis are poised to mount a comeback from the gig scene. I got a copy of their album and Bakit alongside Selosa, Tuliro, Crossroads, and Dehado are standing out as their top singles. I think their style revolves around jumpy tunes that talk about falling in and out of love.

It’s easy for people to check out the lyrics of Bakit. Like I said, it’s a severe concoction of pain and anguish rolled into one delightful song. There is a version of the Bakit song called Porque where it probably tells the listeners of the band’s southern roots.

Because of the song Maldita is breaking out nicely in the mainstream route. With bands disappearing and only a handful of bands getting significant radio airplay plus the return to favor of foreign music, I’m guessing Maldita, General Luna, and Tanya Markova will usher in the start of the 2010’s alongside superstar bands like Parokya Ni Edgar, Itchyworms, Sponge Cola, Kamikazee, and most of the Eraserheads-spawned bands like Pupil and Sandwich. Hopefully they succeed because I really want to see OPM returning to favor.

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UAAP SEASON 74 - Power Rankings (Start to July 29, 2011)



Two weeks in the season and the verdict is out. From registering 14-0 a couple of seasons ago, the UE Red Warriors are on their way to scoring a 0-14 season. UST and La Salle are hotly contesting the fourth and final spot of the Final Four where odds makers are singling out Ateneo, Adamson, and FEU as contenders to the crown.

As far as individuals are concerned, here are the top players of the young Season 74 of the UAAP.

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OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

20 ATENEO / NICO SALVA
12.0PPG – 6.5RPG – 1.3APG
Despite their outstanding new hires, Salva is finding ways to make his self important.

19 ATENEO / KIRK LONG
10.0PPG – 2.8RPG – 4.3APG
Long is playing his final year and just like the year before, he is showing his leadership.

18 ADAMSON / ALEX NUYLES
15.0PPG – 3.3RPG – 1.8APG
Nuyles has been a big-time scoring sensation and some has been comparing him to Lordy Tugade.

17 ADAMSON / ERIC CAMSON
11.5PPG – 6.8RPG – 1.0APG
Adamson operates with seven or eight key players but in the shaded area, he is the anchor. 

16 UP / MIKE GAMBOA
10.3PPG – 3.3RPG – 4.0APG – 1.0SPG
The former Ateneo Eaglet is back this season and he is fuelling UP’s drive to improve their showing.

15 UST / JERIC TENG
12.3PPG – 4.0RPG – 3.0APG – 1.3SPG
Teng had a great start in his UAAP season and it looks like Teng will be a key figure in UST’s triumph.

14 UST / KEVIN FERRER
13.3PPG – 6.7RPG – 1.3APG
Last season’s UAAP Juniors MVP is poised and ready to take away the spotlight from the other rookie superstars.

13 UP / JOSE ANTON MANUEL
15.7PPG – 4.0RPG – 2.3APG – 1.0SPG
If only UP had a better bench, they could be contenders in this tourney with the way he is playing.

12 UST / KARIM ABDUL
9.3PPG – 7.3RPG – 1.3APG – 1.3BPG
His entry to the lineup solves UST’s lack of height. All of a sudden, the Tigers are contenders for that 3 or 4 spot.

11 UST / CHRIS CAMUS
7.0PPG – 7.0RPG – 1.0APG – 1.7SPG – 1.0BPG
With Abdul in the lineup, Camus can concentrate in the other aspects of the game. He’s basically a libero because he can do all stuffs to help UST.




THE TOP TEN:

10 ATENEO / KIEFER RAVENA
12.5PPG – 4.3RPG – 2.5APG – 1.5SPG
The rookie phenom had a forgettable debut but he managed to get back to his senses and deliver what is expected from him. In many ways he is still raw but if this is how he’ll start his UAAP career, I have to brace your selves on how he’ll finish it.

9 FEU / RR GARCIA
16.3PPG – 3.3RPG – 2.8APG
Last year’s MVP is still his fiery self but with the emergence of new blood made his antics basic. He is however still a phenomenal scorer and until these kids learn what it takes to win, no individual can stop him from becoming successful.

8 ATENEO / EMMAN MONFORT
8.0PPG – 4.8RPG – 4.3APG – 1.8SPG
Playing in his final year in Ateneo, Monfort has improved in so many levels. He is a proving to people that Ateneo is not just the Kiefer and Slaughter show. He is churning out career-highs in rebounds, assists, and steals as part of the Eagles.

7 FEU / ALDRECH RAMOS
11.3PPG – 8.0RPG – 1.0APG – 1.0SPG
The former Smart-Gilas is also playing his final year. During his PBA guest stint, he played well and with gusto. He is a league leader in rebounds and although his scoring is down, he is still a threat. What he wants to do however is to bring the championship to Morayta. It’s hard but doable.

6 UP / IFEANYI MBAH
7.3PPG – 8.7RPG – 1.0SPG – 2.3BPG
To cure the loss of Magi Sison and Woody Co, State U enlisted this powerhouse to backstop their chances. He might not be a scoring threat but he is a monster on the inside. He currently leads the league in blocks.

5 UP / MIKE SILUNGAN
12.0PPG – 4.0RPG – 3.3APG – 1.7SPG – 1.7BPG
The Fil-Am had an explosive last season. Unfortunately UP failed to come to terms with a winning season. Still his talent can’t be denied. Except for his scoring that’s a bit down from last season, most of his stats are working for him.

4 ATENEO / GREG SLAUGHTER
15.8PPG – 7.8RPG – 1.8APG – 2.0BPG
The former UV Lancer and the current Smart-Gilas slotman joined Ateneo to give the Ateneans at least a season enriched with an extremely talents near seven-foot slotman. Looking at his stats and Ateneo’s win-loss record, he has yet to disappoint.

3 UST / JERIC FORTUNA
14.3PPG – 4.3RPG – 4.7 – 1.7SPG
The last UST PG I saw that can play well in the majors was Dale Singson. And then there’s this guy. He can score, can orchestrate, and knows how to make his self important in crunch time. Hopefully UST can win at least against the top-tiers of the season.   

2 NU / BOBBY RAY PARKS
18.0PPG – 6.8RPG – 2.2APG – 1.6SPG – 1.4BPG
He virtually pleaded to get a shot to lead NU to top-tier status and now NU is a hot topic in the UAAP circles because of him. He is an all-around player that can basically do it all for his squad (he is also the league’s top scorer). But fact is, his individual exploits can’t fuel the Bulldogs out of their slump and this is one thing they need to address.

1 LA SALLE / LA REVILLA
17.0PPG – 5.5RPG – 3.8APG – 3.0SPG
This entry may shock and in some ways frustrate you but he deserves being on the top for all the right reasons. What DLSU lacked last year was a top veteran presence and LA is giving this to the Archers. He ranks second after Parks in scoring and ranks first in steals with a high of 3.0spg. The only thing bad upon his upside is the current struggles of last season’s DLSU top PG Simon Atkins.

Expect a lot of changes in the coming weeks on who’s hot and who’s not in UAAP’s Season 74.

Until then...

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How to die seven times on TV in 24 hours



Here’s an interesting info I learned that I need to share. I saw this while reading the broadsheet and it fascinated me.

I have no idea what this guy did to piss off his television producers but apparently in April 2011, Hong Kong bit actor Law Lok Lam did a feat even Donnie Yen or a bunch of top-tier actors can’t do!

Law Lok Lam died in five different television roles... all within 24 hours in April 2011!

That’s like... bad or something because in one night, Law got robbed of a lot of payday as well as TV exposure.

But then it turned into good.

Or gold... as far as international media goes.

That fateful April 13, 2011 date was enough to make him an overnight celebrity. When I Googled his name, it had “euthanasia” next to it. So the guy that will probably never reach matinee idol status got famous because his name is synonymous to TV death.

Maybe this is something other producers in the Philippines can concoct? The problem however lies on the system that prohibits a Kapuso, a Kapamilya, and a Kapatid to cross over another station. Another problem lies on the current TV system where the basic format throughout the day revolves around morning talk shows, cartoons, variety programs, daytime dramas, foreign dramas, news telecasts, primetime soap operas, nightcap news, and public affairs programs.

It is hard...

And yet, doable.

I’m going to use the GMA format on this.

Ahem.

Morning talk shows have the tendency to do re-enactments. Make him cross Commonwealth Avenue where he’ll slam on a bus that is rampaging the roads above sixty (Yes, it still happens). Add this with the nightly public affairs block where he’ll play as a drunken bystander that gets on a tussle with another drunkard and we have two. Put him on a couple of daytime soaps where he’ll act as an unidentified rebel or a gunman and we have four. Now put him on a primetime fantasy soap where he’ll act as gnome, or a monster, and give him a moment to lie down with blood in his mouth and we have a total of five now. Put him on another primetime soap where he’ll find himself getting torched by a fireball and you have six.

And for the grand finale, make sure this attempt happens on a Friday where the guy can suffer a comedic death on Bubble Gang and we will have seven.

Now this number can increase if we try to pull off the same stunt on GMA News TV.

So one would wonder, what can of publicity could this thing offer?

Here’s the thing: suppose you have a man or girl you want to make famous. Then you will have an upcoming thriller in which the demonic figure would be that person. Have him/her go to various interviews afterwards and give him/her the tag “The person who died seven times in 24 hours on Pinoy television”.

That fact alone can make the person an instant star!

After the feat, Law Lok Lam has something awesome to share to his friends and family but when given to a right person, that thought could work to perfection to possibly kickstart or jumpstart a star’s career.

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2011 PBA Draft: The Early Birds



The Draft hunt is on and so far there are ten players that have thrown their names on the proverbial hat. So far from the Smart-Gilas squad, only Fil-Foreigners Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz have made their selves available. Except for the annoyingly-handsome Chris Tiu, most of them (except for Aldrech Ramos and Greg Slaughter) are expected to join the squad.  

So let’s check out the early names involved.


MARCIO LASSITER – Let’s face it, with the way Lassiter played in the Commissioner’s Cup, there is a way for Marcio to make it big in the league. The only thing that’s stopping him from being the first pick overall is the abundance of slashers and the limitation of bigs.

CHRIS LUTZ – I haven’t really seen him break out. During the Smart-Gilas tourneys, Lutz was more of the defensive stopper than the scorer. Expect him to do well in the PBA though. I can see a whole lot of Jeff Cariaso in him and I really hope Alaska uses their pick with this guy.

MARVIN GRAEBEL – This Fil-German had stints with PBL’s Fern-C and D-League’s Cafe France. He played center for the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals. He should have been part of the 2010 PBA Draft but he withdrew. While his name isn’t as huge as most players, there is hope for this kid. Remember Mike Burtscher? Yes... he can be that guy.

MARC CAGOCO – I remember him as the spitfirish guard from the JRU Heavy Bombers. He is a decent scorer and he can provide leadership but I don’t know if Cagoco did enough to get noticed by the scouts. He should be extremely happy if he gets picked late in the second round.

CHRISTOPHER CONCEPCION – He had stints with Liga Pilipinas’ MP Gensan Warriors. While he stars for the squad and keeps tabs on the starting PG spot, little is known on whether or not he can get drafted. For his sake though, hopefully he can do a “Mark Yee” in the D-League and make his mark on the PBA.  

RAYMOND MONTANIEL – I haven’t seen this guy work his magic and that’s a problem for him when he tries to score a draft pick. While the undrafted tag could hurt his standing, guys like Jonathan Uyloan did wonders in making that position substantial.

NINO NABONG – It is said in the online postings that he is a diminutive point guard. He’s coming in with little fanfare which means it’s doubtful if he even gets drafted. The world has gone a long way from an unknown like Mark Caguioa taking the Philippines by storm.

FILEMON FERNANDEZ – He was the shortest player to participate in the 2009 PBA Rookie camp but the Fullerton College point guard withdrew his application to further hone his wares. However, he could have made his situation a little worse given that he joined a seriously talent-rich draft.

ALVYN CABONCE – The slasher from Letran was upstaged by RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra. If only he performed superiorly well for the squad, he could have made his draft stand relevant. Well... he did what he had to do but I’m pretty sure he’ll likely end up on the rookie free agent pool.


Amongst the ten, only Lassiter and Lutz are assured of a first round spot. The rest? I’m pretty much iffy on how they’ll do. I would love to see Cagoco getting a nod but NCAA guards that aren't San Beda gets no love from the PBA squads. For one thing, they must excel in the rookie camp and if they can’t make the list, do well in the D-League and in Liga Pilipinas.

More news as the draft nears.

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Looks CAN kill



I got this from Weng Espiritu’s Facebook page.

I was concerned for my welfare after reading this headline. It never crept on me that my wonderful gift could have scary repercussions.

Lucky for some of my friends, they will not experience the pain and the discomfort on what I’m feeling right now. I fear going out without blemish because that could scar my existence.

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Raw is Ring of Honor?



There’s a wonderful feeling in WWE right now.

For more than a month now, their storylines have been surprisingly fresh. For some insane reason, the top brass is listening to the voice of the smart fans – pushing the people they want to get pushed and pitting them with the wrestlers THEY want to push.

The return of CM Punk was expected and yet the WWE managed to put a zing into it. Barely two weeks from his “departure”, Punk showed up with the WWE belt after John Cena won the WWE belt from Rey Mysterio.

Confusing?

Well CM Punk stated that if he wins the WWE title from John Cena, he will leave and he’s taking the title with him. At Money in the Bank, that threat happened. So in the following WWE Raw, then-WWE Chief Operating Officer Vince McMahon made a tournament for the new WWE Champion. The winner of the tourney turned out to be Rey Mysterio but new WWE COO Triple H stepped in and by virtue of fairness, decided to have Mysterio face former WWE champ Cena for that title.

Word.




Anyway, the “zing” that I am talking about happens to be Punk’s entrance theme upon his return. When Cena won the belt, a strange noise blurted. No one knew what to think of it. It was either a new wrestler from TNA will about to make a statement... or a new WWE wrestler would be re-launched.

When CM Punk entered the arena, it shocked people.

When he went inside the ring, and when Cena showed off his belt, and then Punk showed his belt, the crowd erupted.

The song is called Cult of Personality by Living Colour. Strangely enough, that was the song CM Punk used during his Ring of Honor days. For those that don’t know Ring of Honor, it is basically the ECW of this generation. The promotion is filled with people that can wrestle and is basically a launching pad for future top grapplers. It is also a place where the guys on the top are the guys that should be on the top. Most of their draws are in TNA now but there are a few that saw action in the WWE. The likes of Punk, Sheamus, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Abyss, Christopher Daniels, Chris Sabin, Colt Cabana, Alex Shelley, Brian Kendrick, Paul London, and Daniel Bryan played a huge part in the promotion. At one point of their careers, Eddie Guerrero and Matt Hardy wrestle for the promotion.

And that thought hit me...

Is the McMahon family considering on purchasing Ring of Honor?




Punk wouldn’t have said ROH and Colt Cabana in one of his promos. And then Punk wouldn’t have said Cabana’s name again during his contract signing with Mr. McMahon.

And then he came to the ring with that semi-trucker song?

Maybe I’m thinking way beyond my vantage point but if that’s the case, then I would stop guessing on what ifs because the last I want to happen right now is to get spoiled.




Like I said, there’s a wonderful feeling in the WWE right now.

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Make it Rain



Please... make it rain.

I don’t know about you... but I think us tropical monsoon country people has an advantage in terms of weather compared to the folks from the Middle East.

I don’t want Ondoy rain. No one wants that. However maybe we need to have some sort of raindance directed to the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium because we might have the advantage in this scenario.

The Philippine Azkals are fighting for a third round spot in overwhelming odds and to add pressure to our Nationals, they need to blank Al-Azraq of Kuwait and score at least three goals to tie and four goals to win!

That’s hard.

Hopefully with our somewhat complete lineup and lady luck on our side, we can prevail and continue to bolster the momentum that is Pinoy football fever.

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2011 PBA DRAFT: MERALCO BOLTS – WHAT THEY NEED



(This is the first of ten articles called What They Need. Last year, I made a version where we called out a PBA team’s roster and pick out the slots they need to shore up. Most of these deficiencies are addressed via the draft.)

Despite being a rookie team, Meralco is not an inexperienced squad. First up, they have the core of the Sta. Lucia Realtors and while most of the players of the team are playing in other teams, Chris Ross, Nelbert Omolon, Marlou Aquino, Yousif Aljamal, Ogie Menor, and Gabby Espinas aren’t patsies. And then they plucked Ryan Gregorio and Ronnie Magsanoc from B-Meg. Gregorio bolstered his lineup by claiming Macmac Cardona and Asi Taulava at the start of the conference and then acquired Solomon Mercado, Mark Isip, Reynel Hugnatan, Chris Timberlake, and Renren Ritualo at the course of the midseason. Add the fact that they have young blood in Shawn Weinstein and Bam Gamalinda. 

So why can’t they move past the next level?  



TOP FIVE BOLTS OF THE 2010-11 SEASON:

1 MACMAC CARDONA
PHILCUP: 21.5PPG, 4.5RPG, 3.4APG
COMCUP: 15.1PPG, 6.1RPG, 3.7APG
GOVCUP: 13.0PPG, 3.0RPG, 5.0APG

2 SOL MERCADO
PHILCUP: (AS ROS) 16.9PPG, 3.8RPG, 4.3APG
COMCUP: 15.1PPG, 5.8RPG, 5.0APG
GOVCUP: 21.8PPG, 5.9RPG, 5.5APG

3 GABBY ESPINAS
PHILCUP: 14.2PPG, 8.4RPG, 0.9APG
COMCUP: 9.7PPG, 8.4RPG, 1.8APG
GOVCUP: 11.0PPG, 9.1RPG, 1.1APG

4 ASI TAULAVA
PHILCUP: 7.0PPG, 7.7RPG, 1.0APG
COMCUP: 8.9PPG, 6.4RPG, 0.6APG
GOVCUP: 6.8PPG, 10.0RPG, 0.4BPG

5 CHRIS ROSS 
PHILCUP: 9.8PPG, 5.5RPG, 6.3APG
COMCUP: 4.7PPG, 5.3RPG, 5.9APG
GOVCUP: DID NOT PLAY



WHAT THEY NEED:

CENTERS: Asi Taulava can still go. They also have Mark Isip in their arsenal. I don’t think they can solve their size by checking in the draft not unless they can trade for Powerade’s top spot.

FORWARDS: Again, the only way that this pick would some mileage is through trading up. I can see Powerade agreeing on Mark Isip with Ogie Menor or Shawn Weinstein and they could ship Nelbert Omolon to Rain or Shine who needs to have a forward that can play the power and small positions.

GUARDS: This is a position that Meralco has somewhat strengthened. If injuries won’t hurt them, the triumvirate of Cardona, Meralco, Ritualo, and Ross is dimmed unstoppable. Also, the development of Weinstein and Timberlake would get dampen once a rookie quarterback comes in and takes some of their playing time.


WHO SHOULD THEY PICK? 

The Bolts do not have the luxury of a first round pick. They could trade up but they’ll likely take out a productive performer. The best pick to suit their squad is Marcio Lassiter. The guy is a do-it-all that can play multiple positions. Chris Lutz is also a possibility. If they have a second round choice, Dave Marcelo or Garvo Lanete could join the draft. Dylan Ababou for me is the pick they should look out for. The guy can score and surprisingly he has a spot-on basketball IQ.


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2011 PBA MOCK DRAFT (FIRST DRAFT)



Hi.

Before you this the players, the order, and the mock draft... I am telling you that most of my selections were researched from various basketball forums in the country. I have no idea who will participate in the draft. I have no idea of the order or the trades that will happen.

All I know is I am bracing each and every day to get hold of those infos to make my mock draft as reliable as ever.

So while I have yet to get those infos, this is the first draft of my mock draft.



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FIRST ROUND

1 POWERADE TIGERS / JUNMAR FAJARDO
I have no idea if Fajardo could be the next Marlou Aquino or Yancy de Ocampo. All I know is that Fajardo is the only center that can be taken first overall. One thing he needs to develop is his skillset. I am not sold on whether or not he can bring his offense to the PBA but not taking a ridiculously tall player with a potential to dominate is kind of stupid as well.

2 RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS / MARCIO LASSITER
Again this is a logical choice. The Painters need to find a do-it-all slasher that they lost when they traded Solomon Mercado. Lassiter is also a deceptively intimidating defender and rebounder. He is an inside-outside force. In some ways we could be looking at a smaller version of Rudy Hatfield.

3 POWERADE TIGERS / JV CASIO
This pick will either be an Archer or an Eagle. Fact is Casio can be the scoring support Gary David has been wanting for several conferences now. All of a sudden, JV will transform Powerade into a contender. Casio can sizzle when the opportunity asks for it and if he can’t score, he’ll find ways to help the team.

4 AIR21 EXPRESS / CHRIS TIU
Tiu has plans to forego participating in this year’s draft which I think is a horrible idea. Tiu has developed into a valuable performer with or without the ball in his hands and I think he’ll also be a great ambassador for brand promotion. This is another pick that could prove wonders for Air21. Unfortunately given that this is... gasp... Air21, we’ll likely see this pick going to Talk N Text.

5 ALASKA ACES / CHRIS LUTZ
I want to say Paul Lee. I really do. However, you can’t not see Lutz and think of him as the second coming of Jeffrey Cariaso. He looks primed up to step out of Smart-Gilas that in some ways is making me think that is holding him back. I have yet to see Lutz explode in his games and I think he will playing for the Aces.

6 SHOPINAS / PAUL LEE
The Cobra Commander is the perfect player to jumpstart the Shopinas franchise. He can score, rebound, pass, and defend or whatever the situation arises. He ditched his last year in UE because he wants to level up in his game and playing top man for this rookie squad will do wonders for his career.

7 PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS / CALVIN ABUEVA
This is not the Petron/SMB team of old. Sure, the team is still dominant... but their bench isn’t as powerful as they were back then. So for Ato Agustin, what he needs is an above average performer that can play multiple positions. Lucky for Agustin, his former player in San Sebastian, fits that billing.

8 BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS / JASON BALLESTEROS
Last season, the Kings didn’t address their lack of height to bring in three effective members to their squad. With the loss of Rudy Hatfield and the limited appearances of their other bigs, Jason Ballesteros fits the bill. Aside from Fajardo, he is the only other player credible that is standing above 6’7. He also is a bruiser that fits the archetype of Wilmer Ong or Homer Se.

9 AIR21 EXPRESS / MAC BARACAEL 
The former FEU King Tamaraw is poised to find his niche in the PBA. The Ronald Tubid play-alike might not be consistent... but he is indeed streaky. He can play the slasher positions well and could do damage if Bong Ramos tries to go small ball on their offense.

10 TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS / MARK BAROCCA
Consider this scenario: Talk N Text sends this pick alongside Jared Dillinger for Tiu and Air21’s first round pick. While this is a farfetched scenario, I think this would be beneficial for Barocca. It’s hard to see Barocca going to the second round but with the depth of this batch, anything can happen. Besides, he’ll have more minutes with the Express than with the Tropang Texters.


SECOND ROUND

11 AIR21 EXPRESS / DYLAN ABABOU
He was a scorer during his UST days and while used sparingly in Smart-Gilas, he can still provide the offense when necessary. Also, Ababou is versatile and has the capabilities to play all-around. If he is still available at this point, Air21 should claim this former UAAP MVP.

12 POWERADE TIGERS / MAGI SISON
People are forgetting that Magi Sison was once part of the Smart-Gilas squad. Playing his last Gilas tourney in Dubai last March, he might not have the playing time, but he gained a lot under Rajko Toroman.

13 RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS / VIC MANUEL
Despite playing outside the UAAP and the NCAA, Manuel gained fanfare because of his stellar PBL and D-League accomplishments. I expect his no-nonsense playing style to blossom with the Painters especially since Yeng Guiao likes to use these kinds of players.

14 MERALCO BOLTS / ALLEIN MALIKSI
He was barely heralded during his UST days but when he towed the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems to the first D-League Finals, people saw his potential. Besides that, he further sealed his chances of getting drafted by claiming the first D-League MVP award.

15 ALASKA ACES / REIL CERVANTES
Cervantes could have been a first rounder if not for the abundance of talent in this draft. With that said, Alaska will see a bit of pre-PBA Elmer Espiritu in this guy. Hopefully the Aces would put their trust with this rookie. 

16 B-MEG LLAMADOS / GARVO LANETE
If I am going to choose between Lanete and Salamat, I am going with the San Beda Lion. He is the squad’s leading dishman and he can also scorer whenever he’s needed. If the minutes are scarce for Lanete, he could use a bit of seasoning in the D-League.

17 PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS / ERIC SALAMAT
Salamat is an offensive/defensive standout from the powerhouse Ateneo squad. While performing well in clutch games seem to be a weakness, there is a chance that he can boost up Petron’s often-injured backcourt.

18 BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS / RONALD PASCUAL
Pascual boosted his stock with a respectable stint IN D-League’s NLEX and scored a title with the San Sebastian Stags. I don’t know if he’ll see ton loads of action but he’ll likely do whatever he can to score more minutes.

19 TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS / DAVE MARCELO
If Marcelo is going to apply for the draft, consider him a project. While he needs further seasoning but he has the tools to succeed. TNT will have Japeth Aguilar but it will never hurt the Texters if they have an extra big man in their bench.

20 SHOPINAS / JAMES MARTINEZ
While Martinez has been sort of forgotten after suffering a career-altering injury, he was once touted as one of the best players in the UAAP. Also, let’s not forget that Larry Fonacier was in the same spot but look at where he is now. If Ken Acibar won’t apply, Martinez is likely the best player left. 


So this is the first instalment on what should be an exciting and extremely awesome upcoming draft.

Hopefully I can finalize this as soon as possible.

Game over.

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Ip Man to Man



I have this friend who has this absurd man-fetish on Donnie Yen.

If you’re not familiar with Hong Kong cinema, he is IP MAN. He also starred on a bunch of American-produced films like Shanghai Knights, where he played an evil Chinese diplomat that knows martial arts and Blade 2, where he played a Chinese vampire slayer that knows martial arts.




Anyway, this friend celebrates Donnie Yen’s birthday as if it’s Christmas.

Yes, he has a devotion that would even freak out the actual Donnie Yen. For days he has been targeting random people on the fact that July 27 is Donnie Yen Day!

I will not judge him. While I think that it’s kind of fruity, I will give him the satisfaction of showing up to work dressed like a sifu while plastering my Facebook wall with Donnie Yen trivia. I will use the power of my blog to distribute the awesomeness of his hero to the residents of cyberlandia!

For one day I will blog something about Donnie Yen and people would see him differently. I’m going to unfairly (or fairly) compare Donnie Yen to a popular HK/Taiwanese/Chinese personality. I will then give you Donnie Yen images and even Donnie Yen action showcase.

This seems fair enough.





DONNIE YEN VERSUS BRUCE LEE
Donnie Yen basically mimics Bruce Lee from hairstyle to fighting to look to gnarl. It’s unfair for Donnie Yen to get compared to Bruce F’N Lee but he’s the closest thing when it comes to serious Chinese action heroes that haven’t been overly mutilated by Hollywood. The only thing going right for Donnie Yen is that he is still alive and there’s a possibility that he can accomplish more. At 48 though, he needs to carve something awesome to cement his legacy.



DONNIE YEN VERSUS JACKIE CHAN
Just like in Bruce Lee’s case, this is a mismatch. Jackie Chan carved a niche in bringing in audiences with his delightful style of Kung Fu. Besides, didn’t Jackie Chan defeat Donnie Yen by shooting cannon to his face?



DONNIE YEN VERSUS SAMMO HUNG
Sammo is a bigger superstar than Donnie Yen physically and figuratively. Sammo’s Kung Fu is fun to watch and in some ways it’s distinct because not everyone can bust those moves... and he’s fat! In terms of American exposure, Sammo Hung kissed Kelly Wu in the TV series Martial Law. How is this relevant? I have no idea.



DONNIE YEN VERSUS JET LI
Now this is where it gets interesting. Jet Li had a great appearance in Lethal Weapon 4 after a successful run in the Once Upon in China series has had flops. Meanwhile Donnie Yen’s IP MAN is putting his name on the map. While I still think Jet Li is the bigger of the two star-wise, Donnie Yen is kind of creeping in.



DONNIE YEN VERSUS STEPHEN CHOW
If Donnie Yen followed the serious striker path of Bruce Lee and Jet Li, Chow took on the Jackie Chan route and became successful with it. Sure, Chow insists his man-crush for Bruce Lee is his basis for what he is now but he is getting his fans from those crazy and highly-entertaining flicks. While CJ7 was a waste of time and Dragonball Evolution is garbage (Chow was partly responsible for both movies), Chow wins the faceoff because he brought more characters and also fanfare. 

Although… Donnie Yen did this!





DONNIE YEN VERSUS YUEN BIAO
It pains me to say this because Yuen Biao is one of my favorite HK stars but somewhere along the way he got lost and never got the star status his buddies Jackie and Sammo had. If he just had a character like what Donnie Yen has at the moment, Yuen Biao wouldn’t have lost this.



DONNIE YEN VERSUS CHOW YUN FAT
Donnie Yen will never lose to that fag. Yes, I am pissed because he was playing really, really creepy gay roles in Hong Kong and then when he came to America, he became synonymous to John Woo! And then he agreed to play the part (bastardize) of Master Buten on Dragonball Evolution! Actually, I would even pick the Magic To Win guy over Chow Yun Fat!



DONNIE YEN VERSUS CYNTHIA LUSTER
Cynthia Luster looks scary but Donnie Yen has a larger star than Cynthia Luster. Have you ever seen the Pinoy art film called Pintsik? Cynthia Luster was momentarily defeated by Herbert Bautista, Keempee de Leon, and Smokey Manaloto! Donnie Yen will never be defeated by Herbert Bautista, Keempee de Leon, and Smokey Manaloto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also there’s another movie whose name escapes me where Cynthia Luster put on a hard fight against Vic Sotto, Yoyong Martirez, Richie D’ Horsie, and Larry “Pipoy” Silva. Donnie Yen would have quickly finished Vic Sotto, Yoyong Martirez, Richie D’ Horsie, and Larry “Pipoy” Silva!!!!!!!!!!!!



DONNIE YEN VERSUS THE LITTLE SHAOLINS
Donnie Yen would have made the serious thin monk kid bleed to death and would have defeated the corny fat kid with his testicles.  



DONNIE YEN VERSUS F4
In terms of chick following, F4 rules. In terms of gay following... hmmm. If these pictures turn you on, then Donnie Yen’s gay popularity has just increased.






AHAHAY!!!

Hopefully people will get enlightened by reading my blog. This is not meant to diss people but I just want to state what the hell I want to pronounce.




Game over! 

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