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Philippine Olympic Boxer Harry Tañamor Will Not Bring Home The Gold

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Manyo Plange of Ghana defeats Harry Tañamor of Philippines

Manyo Plange of Ghana defeats Harry Tañamor of Philippines

The press release on Philippine Olympic Boxer Harry Tañamor was that he was the best bet of the Philippines to win a gold medal. However, it looks like the hype on Harry Tañamor can be put to rest as he lost in his first fight against boxer Manyo Plange from Ghana.

Tañamor lost 6-3 on points and got eliminated from the competition. According to reports, Harry Tañamor cried. Naturally, it must’ve been a heart-breaking experience, especially since many considered him as a strong contender to win an Olympic medal. Oh well. One more disappointment for the Philippines.

I don’t want to expound on this anymore. It’s so disheartening to write about yet another loss for the Philippines. Of course, I give Harry a pat on the back. Thanks for representing the country and doing your best. I’m just sad. Harry was the strongest contender for an Olympic gold medal, and now that he’s out, so what’s next? Do we still have a shot, or should we hang up the gloves?

Anyway, if you want to read more about it, then check out the Inquirer article by Ted Melendres.

Running The Men’s Health 10,000km Miracle Run at Fort Bonifacio Global City

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by South Arts Festival
The Author(L) and Nick Galan(R) August 2007

Before: The Author(L) and Nick Galan(R) August 2007

Once upon a time in August 2007, I blew up to a weight of 185 lbs., which was probably the biggest I’ve ever been. Apparently, even though I played a bit of regular basketball and football (soccer to some) during the weekends, it wasn’t enough to keep me from maintaining a great figure. An unhealthy daily dose of beer left me with a huge beer belly, and I thought that it was time to lose the pounds. After binging on my 36th birthday on September 2007, I decided to quit drinking beer and hard liquor, except maybe for an occasional glass(es) of wine.

A good friend and fraternity brother Ias Bernardo invited me and a few brods to try the Men’s Health Urbanathlon at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, which was a 10km run with an obstacle course at the start, middle and end of the race. Feeling that I was a bit in shape with the frequent football and basketball, I gave it a try. My goal – to just cross the finish line in a not-so-embarrassing place. I didn’t do that bad.

Ias then suggested to join the Subic Marathon, which had 3km/5km/10km events, a half-marathon 21km and a full-marathon 42km. We made plans to run the 21km. I began training with the treadmill at Fitness First, kept away from the booze, and kept a regular run of 10km every visit. I probably ran around 40km a week.

Anyway, at the date of the Subic Marathon, I managed to run 14km and walk the rest of the 7km, finishing in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. I had to walk the rest of the 7km due to cramps that were threatening to disable me. I had made the mistake of charging the uphill road past the Subic Airport, and paid the price for it with a really bad case of lactic acid build-up. I tried my best to stretch it off, but it was just there. Each time I tried to run, a spasm would crawl up my calves, and if I tried to force it, I eventually would’ve been disabled and wouldn’t even cross the finish line. At least, I got to finish, and at least I wasn’t really dead last. I did treat myself to a beer after.

The weight loss was awesome, and I had gone down to about 165, dropping twenty pounds. My good friend Geoff Eigenmann suggested I try boxing if I really wanted to lose weight, and I did. He took me to Elorde Boxing Gym at Sucat, and in one session, I burned something like 5 pounds and was extremely addicted. This was better than running. Of course, boxers cross-train by running to get their stamina, and it was fun to mix running with boxing – perfect! On the downside, Elorde Sucat is just right next to Marty’s – a bar and restaurant that has cheap beer and a really awesome crispy pata. The trainers and boxers at Elorde have a knack of sweating tons in the gym, and jumping over to Marty’s for a quick brew-ski. The yummy taste of beer after being away from it for a few months just invited me back. And well, that was the end of my no-beer diet!

So I went back to drinking. Not as much as the fish I once was, but still I went back to the beer, and a little bit of the hard stuff. No problem – some run, some boxing and goodbye 10 pounds! In fact, the boxing and running was so effective that even with the occasional beers, I managed to stick to a weight of 145 lbs.

The beer eventually became more frequent and when I ran at the Anta 10km at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, I had just consumed countless amounts of alcohol at Martini’s and Embassy. I pulled out of Embassy at 5am, walked across the street to register, and tried to run the intoxication away. I actually had trouble completing the 10km, which took me around 1 hour 10 minutes what usually took me around 50 minutes. What else could you expect – no sleep. no rest. drunk. I felt the cramps threatening the calves 200 meters before the finish line, but was relieved to finish it – the booze reeking with the sweat.

The Author(L) and Danger Sanchez(R) in August 2008

Now: The Author(R) and Danger Sanchez(L) in August 2008

I haven’t joined any other runs since then, but I do still try and run at least 10km every week, either do 5km twice, or do a 10km during the weekend. I mix the run when I train for boxing. However, since the end of July and since the rain has been more frequent, I haven’t had much time to run or train. And sadly, I’ve been drinking a bit more often. I just can’t skip the temptation of the rainy day weather and a cold beer(s). Thus, I have a bit of a beer belly at 155lbs.

This Sunday, August 17, 2008, Men’s Health Magazine will be hosting The Miracle Run at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. The goal is to finish 10,000km. Yup, you read that right! 10,000km. But, of course, not on my lonesome. Men’s Health will be expecting around 1,000 runners to run 10km each for a cumulative distance of 10,000km. For every finisher, Men’s Health will donate P200 to the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. If all the runners finish the course, the event will donate a minimum of Php200,000.

Participants to the event may register as an individual and complete the entire 10km race course, or else as a team of two, with each team member taking turns to run 5km each. Onsite registration will be strictly from 4:30am to 5:30am only, and the race will begin at exactly 6:30am. Registration costs P350, and will include a race kit, which usually comes with a commemorative shirt and lots of goodies.

I hope to run the 10km, and do better than the last 10km I ran which was under the influence of too much alcohol. I haven’t been drinking as of late, and I’ve been watching my diet. So, on a personal level, I want to do better. Anyone else up for a Sunday morning run?

Men's Health 10,000km Miracle Run

Men's Health 10,000km Miracle Run

Philippine Olympic Swimmer JB Walsh Brings Some Good News and Some Bad News From Beijing

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by South Arts Festival

First, the good news:

Filipino-American JB Walsh emerged as the winner in Heat 2 of the Men’s 200-m butterfly swimming event. Not bad! Walsh finished 1:59.39, and while that time is still a far cry from the Olympic record of 1:54.04 set by USA’s Michael Phelps in the 2004 Athens Olympics, JB Walsh still earns a record as the first Filipino to swim through 200m under two minutes. I guess his training under 1988 Seoul Olympics gold medalist Anthony Nestey is paying off well.

Now, the bad news:

JB Walsh did not make it into the 16-man semis as his time ranked at 29th among the 44 swimmers of the event. He is ranked among the top 30 in the world in this event. At age 22, JB Walsh can still add some more training in order for him to improve in the 2012 London Olympics and possibly bring home an Olympic Gold Medal for the Philippines.

Even if he didn’t qualify for the semifinals, it was amazing enough to see a Filipino come out first in a heat, and besting a whole bunch of others from around the world. That alone is amazing, and was sure a moment of excitement for the Filipinos who got to watch. Olympics iyan, pare! For a brief shining moment, the Philippines stood proud!

Have some Philippine pride. Watch the video!

Philippine Olympic Shooter Dead Last in 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by South Arts Festival
More Practice, Eric Ang!

More Practice, Eric Ang!

Philippine Olympic Trap Shooter Eric Ang had a dismal final round in the trap shooting event, which landed him at dead last in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and will be taking home the Plastic Medal, or is it the Paper Medal, or is it Rust Medal? There has to be some consolation for someone who comes in dead last.

Anyway, the 37-year old businessman from Laoag, Eric Ang, faired much better in the Men’s Trap event at the ISSF World Cup held in Germany, and was expected to be among the top in the sport in the upcoming Olympics. However, it seems like Eric Ang shot himself in the foot (pun intended).

“Hilong-hilo pa rin ako after the event (I was still too dizzy after the event)… Pressure in the Olympics is different, you have to prepare long enough,” said Eric Ang, “Actually, this is the fourth or fifth Olympics for at least 75% of the competitors… The others are used to the pressure,” he added.

Well, that’s your reason and we can’t really do much about that, but really now Mr. Ang, what else did you expect in the Olympics? Thanks for the honesty.

Apparently, Eric Ang practices in his own shooting range in Laoag, and maybe that isn’t the real practice required to compete in the level of the Olympics.

Shooting president Art Macapagal said, “Shooting is a mental, psychological game” and apparently Eric Ang just broke down in the mental, psychological game when he couldn’t find his groove.

“I would like to qualify again. Next time I’ll be ready,” Eric Ang said.

Well, next time, I hope we have better representation in that sport. How hard can trap shooting be? You shoot clay birds with a shotgun. Eric Ang’s shotgun was a 3 year-old Beretta DT 10. Not that the shotgun was faulty, but then it’s a bit sad that he couldn’t hit a clay bird with a shotgun. A shotgun!!! Maybe we should give an opportunity for other gun-toting countrymen, like the ones based in the Coridllera Mountains, or maybe in Mindanao. Whether it be from the Philippine Army or from the MILF rebel faction, at least, maybe they might do better than DEAD LAST!

Besides, certainly these shooters are much more prepared and could probably deal with the pressure. I mean – they shoot more than just birds, and they shoot even when being fired at. And surely they have several years of experience firing a gun against all sorts of moving targets. Clay birds with a shotgun should be a breeze!

Send Eric Ang to Mindanao to train for the 2012 London Olympics!

Philippine Olympic Team Ready To Win Gold At 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2008 by South Arts Festival
The Philippine Olympic Team at 2008 Beijing Olympics

The Philippine Olympic Team at 2008 Beijing Olympics

Here is the list of 15 Filipino athletes who will be representing the Philippines as part of the Olympic team that will compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Athletics: Marestella Torres and Henry Dagmil
Boxing: Harry Tanamor
Diving: Sheila Mae Perez and Rexel Ryan Fabriga
Swimming: Daniel Cockley, Ryan Paolo Arabejo, Miguel Molina, James Walsh and Joan Christel Simms
Weightlifting: Hidilyn Diaz
Shooting: Eric Ang
Archer: Mark Javier
Taekwondo:Toni Rivero and Tshomlee Go

Apart from these athletes, there are also coaches, Olympics officials, Olympic committee members, and even Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was in attendance. Oh yes, and even boxing champion Manny Pacquiao was around to lift the flag for the Philippines during the opening ceremonies at the Bird’s Nest stadium. There are also 5 Filipino athletes who will be participating in Wushu as a special event of the Olympiad.

In any case, the best bet to win an Olympic Gold Medal is Harry Tanamor, who will compete in the boxing event.

I’m not sure if we will be able to access some of the Philippines’ Olympic action on our TV/Cable channels. If there is any information on that, then please share it with the Philippines Fun Wall. But then, while we do support our fellow countrymen in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we’re also excited to watch Robinho, Ronaldinho, Pato and Kaka play for Brazil in Men’s soccer; Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James for USA in Men’s Basketball; Ana Ivanovic (Serbia), Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal (Spain) for Tennis; Michael Phelps of USA in swimming, and Usain Bolt of Jamaica in running!

It’ll be great to watch the greatest names play well in their respective sports. Of course, it’ll be greater if the Philippines can win an Olympic Gold Medal and prove that they are among the best athletes in the world in that sport. So anyway – GO PHILIPPINES!!!