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The upside of playing in FIBA Asia Cup minus Blatche ?>

The upside of playing in FIBA Asia Cup minus Blatche

Winning the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon will be a lot tougher without naturalized player Andray Blatche. Without Blatche, Gilas play will be altered in a lot of ways. We know what Blatche can bring to the table, having been an experienced and skilled player, who made a name for himself after playing for the Washington Wizards and later, with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA some years back. The 6-11 Blatche has reinforced the team in the 2014…

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Social media, both ‘exciting’ and ‘disturbing’ ?>

Social media, both ‘exciting’ and ‘disturbing’

This blog is contributed by PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) third year Journalism student Flint Osric Gorospe. Flint joined the Richard Dy Communication’s Campus Journalism and Photojournalism seminar last December 2006. Living in the Social Media age can be both “exciting” and “disturbing” at the same time. Exciting considering the explosion of information that is well within reach of today’s generation of Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram users. But disturbing as well due to the dangers kids encounter via the various popular…

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What can Filipinos do amid the tension in Marawi? ?>

What can Filipinos do amid the tension in Marawi?

The past days have been challenging for the Duterte administration as they address the ongoing tension in Marawi City, owing to the Maute terrorists. While they issue statements and for sure, weigh the options, netizens also flooded the social media platforms with their own opinions, commenting on the news feeds coming from various media sources. At this point, I don’t think our opinions on whether President Dutrete is the right man for the job, or whether his decisions in Marawi…

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Jio Jalalon and a dream fulfilled ?>

Jio Jalalon and a dream fulfilled

You can see from the eyes of Star rookie Jio Jalalon how happy he is to finally live the dream he’s had since he was a kid. Coming from a simple family in Cagayan de Oro, Jalalon always had that big dream of making it to the big league. Although he admitted “failing” during his first foray in Manila, just after helping Sacraed Heart win a championship in high school, Jalalon admitted using that to get better by working on…

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An inspiring night at D Cup Coffee Republic ?>

An inspiring night at D Cup Coffee Republic

It may seem like an accident at first, but my wife and I felt our first visit at the D Cup Coffee Republic at the Pioneer Street Market was heaven sent. First of all, we like coffee, not 3-in-1 but freshly brewed coffee. There’s something in the smooth, fragrant aroma of brewed coffee that gets my adrenaline pumping and juice flowing as I write and/or edit. Our late night date though opened for us a door of opportunity to make…

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A letter from a PUP journalism that made my eyes “sweat” ?>

A letter from a PUP journalism that made my eyes “sweat”

Aside from letters and messages I receive from my wife, my kids and some of the closest people in my life, messages like the one I just posted below are what warms our hearts and yes, makes makes eyes “sweat”. Some people may see me as stoic, or maybe borderline “snobbish” (though may be it’s because I don’t see them wave their hand to me to say ‘hi’ when I don’t wear my eyeglass), but what fattens my heart are…

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Campus journalism and inspiring as a way of life ?>

Campus journalism and inspiring as a way of life

Speaking before over 50 journalism students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines reminded me a lot of how I started as a sportswriter. I actually shared to them how I struggled at the very beginning. And it had a lot to do with my lack of commitment to read books and newspapers. Since I had no input, naturally, there was no output when I applied as a V (Varsitarian) staffer at the University of Santo Tomas.

Preparing the next generation of journalists at PUP ?>

Preparing the next generation of journalists at PUP

2016 marks my second decade as a sports journalist. Sportswriting is something I began doing as a senior journalism student at the University of Santo Tomas, thanks to the opportunity I had when I became a sports staffer at the Varsitarian. For several years already, I’ve had the chance to share the things I have learned as a sportswriter to various college and even grade school students.

Can US president-elect Donald Trump make America great again? ?>

Can US president-elect Donald Trump make America great again?

Since news of Donald Trump’s win in the US elections on Wednesday (Manila time), the social micro-blogging site Twitter has been churning out tons of news and various reactions from different people. Obviously, the US election commands so much attention considering America’s influence in the world over the last 100 years or so.