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

Friday, July 25, 2008

The ball

Arenas signing the plush toy ball I wrote about in The Times. His generosity with the fans brought to mind the most popular local players like Sonny Jaworski and Alvin Patrimonio, who were legendary for spending hours signing autographs and posing for photographs after games. Arenas slipped into the role effortlessly.


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