Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cioncidence by Cristina

This Rookie Of The Year Scores in Pairs

Three years ago I met [and got to photograph] Cristina de los Reyes.  At that time she was a sophomore at DLSU Zobel, and a member of the RP Girls U-16 Team [coached by Ernie Nierras].  On February 16, 2009, [Monday morning] at the Ateneo Campus [during a friendly] , Cristina led her team to victory over the visiting Guam Team, by scoring two goals. {I believe the Final was [RP-2 -Guam-1]}

Almost exactly three years later [almost to the day], January 29, 2012 - the same Cristina, now a rookie for the UP Lady Maroons leads her team to victory over the Ateneo Lady Eagles, by scoring two goals too !! [pun intended].  
{This time the Final is [UP-3 ADM-1] - another Lady Maroon, named Dagdag, 
[pun intended too] put in UP's 3rd Goal}

A few weeks later, I heard from somebody that de los Reyes scored a pair of goals again in a UAAP match, this time vs FEU.

An interesting coincidence, if I may say so. What if I got to photograph the other pair of goals she scored in that other UP-FEU match ? That would have been very, very blogworthy - Right ?  At least I have some images of the Feb.16 and Jan.29 goals.

RP Under-16  vs  Guam - Feb.16, 2009
 Cristina de los Reyes scores her First Goal


This photo came out at the Philippine Daily Inquirer a few days later, albeit in Black and White.  The only other soccer photo of mine that came out in a daily was that of Chieffy Caligdong's goal vs Mongolia, Feb.9, 2011, World Cup Qualifying series of games. {that photo came out in a 2-page spread}

UP  vs  Ateneo - Jan.29, 2012
Cristina de los Reyes scores her First Goal

 Feb.16, 2009 
Whooping it up after Goal #1 vs Guam

                     Jan.29, 2012                                           
Whooping it up after Goal #1 vs Ateneo

 RP Under-16  vs  Guam - Feb.16, 2009
Cristina de los Reyes scores her 2nd Goal

UP  vs  Ateneo - Jan.29, 2012
Cristina de los Reyes scores her 2nd Goal

Feb. 16, 2009
- Whooping it up after Goal #2 vs Guam -

Jan. 29, 2012
- Whooping it up after Goal #2 vs Ateneo -

Ata Girl !!

Shout Out -- Cristina, hope you'll let me do your portraits in SBay soon.
As usual, I'll use available light.

brosi gonzales

The Journey

Over a Decade Since

I remember oh so clearly, as if it were just yesterday, the First Ever Football Class [Summer of 2001] of my nephew Inigo "Nace" Gonzales [born 1994].  I was there to photograph it - the first exercises [1st 2 indoor photos below] with a small junior soccer ball.  Eventually the classes moved outdoors [that's where the 3rd photo was taken] as the sessions continued. 

Fast-fast-fast forward to the present - Summer 2012 - and now I look at my nephew [4th photo] - a seasoned footballer [a veteran of many an NCR, RIFA, Alaska Cup, Xavier Cup, Junior Kaya game] about to enter college - and hoping to join the UFL [despite the option of playing in the UAAP] while pursuing a degree in engineering.

How time flies. 

What can I say ?  How do I encapsulate in photos [considering I did miss a lot of his matches] his 10+ years soccer odyssey ?  How do I present his evolution in a MOST interesting manner in this blog ? [He will be playing his last football match for Southridge in a few days]  I'm in no real hurry but it definitely will be no easy task. Maybe I'll stagger the postings - well, whatever - Just gotta start reorganizing my analogue and digital "Nace Gonzales" archives first.

For the moment here are four photos from my archives:

The next 3 photos were taken w/ Fuji 35mm Color Negative Film
 Last Summer of 2001 at Southridge School

Class # 1 - Lesson # 1 - Photo # 1 ! 
 [Nace is in red shorts]

- First Kicks ! -

 - First Outdoor Class -

Present Day - Photo # ??  [ I simply have lost count]

March of 2012
RIFA Phase II Semis at Xavier School

You've Come A Long way Dude -
- but the End of One Journey is Always the Beginning of Another.
God Speed - Nace !

[Love, Tito Bros]