Manila Vanilla

What it's like to be a U.S. Fulbright scholar, basketball player, journalist, and the whitest man in Metro Manila.

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Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

New Yorker by birth, shipped across the globe to the world of malls, shanty-towns, patronage, corruption, basketball and a curious burnt-toast smell that wafts around at dusk

Thursday, February 23, 2006

PBA Photo Bonanza

I bought these vintage PBA photos, taken in the mid-1990s by BingBong Ortiz of Malaya and Manolet Santiago, at a wonderful antique stand in Tiendesitas, a shopping complex offering a wide variety of delicacies, crafts and clothing from all over the Philippines. They capture a lot of the PBA's unique qualities -- the dominance of imports and the quaint rules limiting foreign players' heights; the over-the-top passion put on display during Philippine basketball games and the endearing sloppiness and haphazard play that occasionally takes over games. Enjoy.


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