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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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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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bigatin na ako!

No, not a Bigat10, although I once was one of those, as pretty much any tricycle driver in LP TODA can attest, but now I'm a real big-timer, because I contributed a guest blog to FreeDarko. What's even more exciting is that the post focuses on some of the unique aspects of Philippine basketball, including pektos, pag-upo sa ere, and larong buko. Not to mention, pretty amazing video of Samboy Lim, the 1996 Ginebra team and Noli Locsin wanting to make bugbog all over Bonel Balingit's face. Only our imaginations can tell us how that might have worked out for Noli, but I, for one, would not want to step to big baby Bonel.

The Samboy Lim video, by the way, is so sublime, it almost seems appropriate with musical accompaniment by Yanni. I've been watching it with breakfast every day for the past week, and I'm not tired of it yet.

Finally, if you aren't already reading FreeDarko, it's time to get your weight up, and if you haven't already seen their Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, you're missing out.


Anonymous Francis Acero said...

You made it to TrueHoop! Congratulations! :)

Excellent work on FreeDarko, by the way.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, glad you like watching Samboy Lim (the Philippine's Michael Jordan) in action. BTW, like you, Samboy Lim's dad, the late Dr. Avelino Lim, Sr. was a fullbright scholar too and studied at the Syracuse University in upstate NY where he got his doctorate's degree in Public Administration.
Hope you are having a blast in Manila! More power to you!

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rafe, Can't wait to buy and read your book - "Pacific Rims" -

I have a feeling it is going to be a good one! KUDOS!

5:27 AM  
Anonymous zarr said...

Wow, Samboy! I was telling my friends, he invented the crossover before Iverson did. :D He reminds me of Dwyane Wade, especially when Wade was wearing high socks last year. Samboy was doing the side-step/euro-step/two-step before anyone ever did. Somebody tell that to espn hehe

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you planning to visit singapore soon? cant wait to get my book signed :)

9:51 AM  
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Samboy Lim is the one PBA greatest players all time.He crossover is magnificent.

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