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UAAP 74 basketball finals game 2 – ateneo vs feu and the silver bullet for the win

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

the epic finals game in the UAAP 74 basketball competition is set tomorrow at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 3 pm.

it is epic for feu as this is a come from behind championship campaign for them, from a third place finish during the qualifying rounds, and overcoming the twice to beet challenge in the semi finals, needing to beat adamson twice before getting into the finals. feu already lost game 1 and in humiliating fashion with a high double digit loss to ateneo, the game was mostly dominated by ateneo. losing the game tomorrow means the championship goes to ateneo.

it is also epic for ateneo. not only are they the defending champion, they are 3peat champions and winning tomorrow will mean a historic back to back championship 4 times over. ateneo will only be the 3rd team to accomplish this feat.

what is ateneo supposed to do to win tomorrow?

  • not much, they just need to play the kind of game they have been playing in all their games during the season – killer defense, a fast game, score on the errors and rebounds and play as a team.
  • ateneo has been one of the most consistent teams during this season, always delivering the same way in every game.
  • ateneo has at least 10 good players  – the starting 5 are all killers and the next 5 are equally competent.
  • slaughter, ravena and salva are the top 3 players. if any two of them do well tomorrow, they have the championship. although of the three, salva is the most consistent, scoring double digits in almost all the games.
  • any of the three having a gang bang game and that is it for FEU. all three players have done that before and to devastating effect on their opponent.
  • monfort and long are also always there to boost the team. monfort has sparked scoring sprees while long has been the best defensive player of ateneo.
  • and then ateneo’s bench. they are very, very reliable. they can take over the first five if they are having problems and has enough skill not only to maintain the lead but to increase and bring it back to the lead.
  • final word – ateneo will attempt to erect a significant lead during the first quarter of  the game. they will start the game very aggressively. if feu collapses from this first quarter onslaught, it will be all over for feu’s title quest.

feu will not go that easy, or at least that is the expectation.

  • they need to play as a team. they have failed to do this in many of their games.
  • their top 3 players need to play as a crew, look for each other and give each other the ball for easy points. they have not done this much. feu’s top 3 players tend to play on their own.
  • feu should stop using the 3 point shot as their winning formula. the chances of success are much lower on these types of shots. they need to bring the ball closer to take the 2 point shot instead. they don’t have much of a down to the ring game, but close jump shots are much better than 3 pointers.
  • rr garcia need to find his groove back. he has been inconsistent in many of the game.
  • above all, feu need to be tough and full of confidence. i think this factor will be the biggest challenged for feu. they lost big during the first game versus ateneo, it will not be easy to shake that off from their minds. it will be the mental conditioning that will make them win the game.

the truth & reality of James Soriano’s article – comment from a mom

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

from a reader, Gravy, comment #327

I am a mother of a teenage son and a toddler daughter. James Soriano’s piece strikes a chord as I am faced with a dilemma on what language to teach my toddler. While I was raising my first-born, it didn’t occur to me at all about what language to use The whole family spoke in Filipino. My husband is a Filipino teacher, we chose to stay here in the Philippines despite opportunities to immigrate, we imbued love of country to our son.

In high school my son reaped academic awards, always placed in the top 15 of the batch, and was a leader to his peers. He joined a lot of activities and is comfortable in public speaking, even joining a debate club, albeit his difficulty in using the English language. However, his struggle with the English language caught up with him and affected his confidence in using the language. I surmise this was what caused him to drop from the debating team and another activity involving public speaking. We have successfully raised a well-rounded, competitive high achiever. He has the confidence, and this should have taken him far, but the reality is, his inability to speak English fluently crippled him, and I find it unfair.

But that’s reality, not only in school, but more so in the real world of his chosen profession (business) where he wants to dabble now that he is in college.

Because of this concern, I asked my sister-in-law who is a preschool teacher in an exclusive school how the kids in exclusive schools are able to speak fluent English, and she shared with me that the families use English exclusively in their homes, and this came to me as somewhat of a shock. I myself am not comfortable speaking in English, but I find it a “forced responsibility, slash, obligation” that I teach my toddler English as her primary language if I do not want her to feel limited in enjoying her interests and reaching her goals later in life, as what happened to her brother.

It’s a good thing though that there’s a trend these days to raise a bilingual or even a trilingual child, as advocated by child psychologists, as this supposedly helps babies’ brains to have the capacity to learn more. I won’t go into the theory of that, but the implication of that in my household is for English, as well as Filipino, to be taught to the baby. If there was no bilingual movement, I doubt that I’d be teaching Filipino. I’m sorry, but I’m just being honest. The family members speak to the baby in English and the househelp are delegated to speak to my baby in Filipino. It’s not because “FIlipino is the language of the unlearned,” but perhaps because it is a matter of convenience that between the family members and the househelp, the family members are more equipped to communicate in English. But we all speak to each other in Filipino.

True enough, my daughter is quickly picking up and understands both languages, but as expected, she’s speaking more in English. When we ask her to say “ball” and she says “bula,” I am proud that she knows both languages. But then deep inside, knowing our own limitations in speaking English, I know we can only go so far and we will eventually default back to using Filipino. And it’s hard to cast away the apprehension that we will inadvertently be “depriving” my daughter of her ability to reach her full potential without a full grasp of the English language. If one can be honest to himself, just by looking around, it’s not enough to know how to speak in English, you have to speak it fluently and naturally. You have to think in English. And you have to start young and have the language ingrained in your brains, and it’s the mothers that do this, and I can’t blame them.

I thank James Soriano’s BRAVE and HONEST characterization of what the Filipino language’s role is in his life, and I must say it is an accurate reflection of not just the current, but what has always been, I believe, the state of our national language. It is a wake-up call to all of us. But with mothers like me who would teach English as a primary language only because they want the best for their children, in this very competitive world and with not much support from the government to change the system to benefit Filipino speakers as compared with English speakers, this “illness” will continue to persist, as the mothers will just pass it on to the next generations, if they do not wish their children to be put to a disadvantage.

I had the opportunity to immigrate, but I chose not to. I love my country, and I have imbued that love of country to my son. My husband is a Filipino teacher, and is fully equipped to teach my baby very good Filipino. I just find it ironic that we, Filipinos who chose to stay behind, would find ourselves at a disadvantage to use our beloved Filipino language in our beloved country, the Philippines. James Soriano has a message, as painful as it may seem, and I hope critics would surpass the initial shock of the truth and actually get their minds together for a more useful and meaningful purpose, and that is to constructively help address and solve the problem.

new MRT fares should be increased to between aircon bus and aircon taxi prices

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

for sure, the MRT fares should be increased. it cannot stay at the current low rates which in effect are highly subsidized by the government. we think it should be increased so that the operators can get some decent profit out of it and more importantly, we are hoping the MRT will improve its services.

on top of the improvement to do list is a significant increase in number of coaches so that  waiting time for passengers will be lessened and hopefully reduce the volume of passengers  inside the coaches.

rush hour is deadly at the trains. just to get to the train already takes a long time. and when you finally get to the coaches, you are forced to be packed worst than sardines. getting out  of  the coaches where people are cramped toe to toe will need using your two elbows and hands to work over time to push people in front of you so that you can get out of the train before the train door closes.

having more coaches and effectively shortening waiting time will result to less people inside the coaches.

the increase in fares will not only give the operators more decent profits and more comfort for passengers, it might have the effect of reducing the number of passengers due to the higher cost. those who can no longer afford the higher cost will be forced to take other modes of transportation like the buses or jeepneys. that in effect will benefit the other means of public transportation as their customer base will increase.

the question is – to what level should the fares be increased? newspaper reports say the transport authorities are thinking of increasing the train fares to the level of the aircon buses. we  disagree.

we think the train fares should be increased  higher than aircon buses but lower than aircon taxi fares or between aircon buses and aircon taxis. we are saying that based on the benefits each mode of transportation gives passengers.  it is sensible to expect that those that give the most benefits should be able to charge higher than those with less.

it is understandable why taxis should charge highest – they have aircon, you are alone in the car and it can take you right at the  doorstep of your destination.  aircon FX should be next – they have aircon, fewer passengers and takes you to within walking distance to your final destination. this i followed by aircon buses as they are the next best thing  to FX – they have aricon and takes you on the main roads in comfort. the jeepney should be cheapest as it is the least comfortable among all the public transport.

given that thinking, we think the MRT is between aicon taxi and aircon bus as it has all the major benefits of taking an aircon  taxi or aircon bus – all three have aircon; versus the taxi, it’s inferior in number of passengers inside the vehicle and is unable to take you to the exact location you want to go to. however, the MRT is superior versus aircon buses as it will take you much faster to your destination than a taxi would  or even an aircon bus on the same route as the train.

pricing levels are determined according to the product quality and end-consumer benefits. the product that has a better quality and gives superior benefits will not only cost more to produce or maintain, it can also give superior benefits to end-consumers. it is the same thing for the taxi, MRT and the aircon buses.

MRT fares likely to become equal to aircon bus fares — DOTC –>—-DOTC

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