Friday, August 26, 2011

My Second Visit to Cam Sur

Aug. 13-14

Here are some random images
 [Which I took -- FYI, except for the Aerial Photographs]
 from my second visit to Cam Sur.

Senator Pia Cayetano, with her adopted son, Lucas.

- The family that "Tri"s Together, Stays Together -
Mr. Ton Gatmaitan [left] and Mr. Rick Olivares [right]
flank Anthony Pangilinan and his 4 children.

The World Class Iron Man, Leo Oracion [Mt. Everest !!] [in green],
stands alongside Mark Zambrano [GMA 7] [in white],
Rick Olivares [] [Business Mirror] [in grey],
 and two of Mark's crew.

Thanks a million, GRACE, for E-mailing me ALL THESE AERIAL SHOTS.

Last year's Iron Man Cam Sur 70.3 Winner, Pete Jacobs [Australia].
Also this year's.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bumping Into Boom

Of all Places - In the Bathroom

Since way back January 2009 when I took my first ever digital photos of a UAAP game [Opening day match-up between UE and Ateneo -- UAAP Season 72 Football Tournament], I've made a lot of friends and acquiantances in the UAAP.  From coaches, writers, bloggers, athletic directors, PTs, strength trainers, fellow photographers,  TV Anchors -- from utility men like "Hapon" of FEU, to University Athletics Directors like Edwin Reyes of DLSU Taft, courtside reporters like Riki Flores and Andy Recto - there's Direk Abe from ABS-CBN, Editor Jun Lumibao of The Business Mirror, and [how can I not mention] veteran sports photographers August de la Cruz and Jun Mendoza,  or Sportswriter Mr. Rick Olivares [who not only got me into the UAAP Basketball media pool but also got me into the Cam Sur Iron Man 70.3 and the Azkals' matches around the archipelago]  --  soccer players, basketball, softball, and volleyball jocks  -- the list seems endless.  Feeble hellos, high fives, small talk, congratulatory remarks, long intimate conversations, business talk -- whatever --  for me, there's no such thing as "walking the walk" or "talking the talk"  -- I'm just being friendly  AND trying to do my job well [taking good photos, that is].

Great action photos AND equally interesting behind-the-scenes images are what I try to create.  -- and when I have my SLR slung on my shoulder [on and of the courts or playing fields] I try to be alert so as not to miss moments that other people, more often then not, might deem "insignificant".

I took photo below just a few moments just after I bumped into Boom Gonzalez sometime June of 2010, at a comfort room in the San Juan.  I intro'd myself, made a simple acquiantance, gave him my business card, and clicked my SLR.  Now, how often does one do that - make an acquiantance and "document" it with a photo ?

This dude's been a radio jock for several years - nowadays one can tune into 89.9 every morning at 10 when he's on board with Mia in "In Demand".
He also co-hosts "Hard Ball' and anchors UAAP basketball matches .
Boom's covered several NBA Championship Finals Series too --
but -- Would ya believe ? -- his first ever job was in a bicycle shop.

Now . . . how do I "bump into" Angelicopter ?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Breaking Away From A Tie

Aug.11, Thursday

The Tigers vs Archers match at 3 p.m. last Aug. 13 was officially the last seniors match of the 1st Round.  Interestingly, both teams had identical 3-3 win-loss cards, going into the game - so the winner would obviously be a game ahead of the loser -- entering the 2nd Round of hostilities -- scheduled for Aug.13, the following Saturday.

DLSU dominated the first two quarters, continued to control the third, and the early part of the 4th.  UST clawed it's way back slowly, never giving up, and kept everybody at the edge of their seats until the last few seconds.

August 11, 3:00 p.m.
The last game of Round 1 commences.

Early on, La Salle dominated.  They kept the Tigers out of synch  --
and try as they did, [as in the vernacular] ,  -- "hindi makaporma ang UST".

The Growless Tigers were Huffin' and Puffin', Pido's boys were always a step behind.

Pumaren's boys, on the other hand, even displyed some nifty moves --
like this acrobatic drive by Archer Olan Tampus in the 2nd Quarter.

As I recall, Tampus made 2 back-to-back drives sometime in the 2nd Quarter.
And both resulted in twinners.

Dazed and  . . .

.  .  . and confused were the Tigers.

-- Gang Green --
Andrada, Marata, and Torres stop Espana's
Fortune Cookie, Jeric Fortuna, in this First Half UST thrust.

Coach Jarencio had no time for humor this time.
UST's campaign was a disaster in the making -
His boys simply couldn't execute effectively.

At least, they had a full half to recover.

There are some disasters, though, that can't be helped.

The Tigers came back growling in the 2nd half but they had to spill
their guts out just to make any headway.

Go USTE !  The UST Faithful never doubted their teams' ability to cut into
 La Salle's once formidable lead  --  and cut it down, they did, 
 even threatened to tie or even take the lead.

Growling Tiger Jeric Teng never said die.

In the end game Karim Abdul was a man possessed. 
 He rebounded, scored putbacks, and blocked.

This humble rookie, constantly verbally [I'm talking about under-the-belt type of language here] abused\insulted by the La Salle faithful under their goal [where I was positioned during the 4th Quarter]  knew his composure/mental strength was being severely tested -  and managed to
lead the UST charge to play his best game for UST to date.
 Was this his breakout game ? I say Yes.
He top scored for UST with 21 points.

Although DLS eventually held on to win the game by three [74-71]
  I knew that my friend Karim had won the challenge to outdo himself --
 after all, isn't that what real sports is all about ?
-- Always doing your best -- and taking it to the next level ?

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