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, July 24, 2008

The adidas flasher

The local ad-wizards who cooked up the promotional campaign for Arenas' tour presented a very literal interpretation of his nickname, Agent Zero. Even two weeks after his visit, every sporting goods store I pass in a mall has a 7-foot tall poster of Arenas as Agent Zero, wearing this long, black leather trenchcoat and cradling a basketball. At his Trinoma appearance, he actually wore the jacket, which I presume was meant to evoke Shaft, although to me the outfit seemed like something a flasher might wear on his way to a pick-up game.


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