Persons not commodities

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

TOGETHER with the rest of the country and I suppose millions of others all over the world, I was disappointed when Jessica Sanchez did not win the American Idol title. What made it worse was the news item that Jessica would most likely get only a $30K contract, way below the usual $175K rate others of her ranking would take home.

Ilonggo teener starts zero, ends hero

DUMAGUETE City – Ilonggo teener Warlie Gumban turned from an unwilling spectator in the POC-PSC National Games last year to a champion as he led Iloilo Province to a two-gold romp in the arnis anyo competitions at the COSCA Gym here.

Gumban, who was disqualified from the Bacolod edition for being under the minimum age of 18 that time, made good on his first PNG stint by topping the men’s individual doble baston (double weapon) play.

Together with teammate Glory Joy Bartonico, who claimed her maiden PNG diadem in the women’s individual solo baston (single weapon), Gumban’s triumph hiked Iloilo’s collection after two days of action to two golds and two bronzes (Kieser Juanga in men’s individual solo baston and Bartonico in women’s individual doble baston).

“Hindi ko expected na mag-gold kasi hindi naging maayos ang ensayo ko; nag-aapply kasi akong working student sa amin at nilagnat pa ako pagdating namin dito (This is unexpected since my training was not 100 percent, as I had to apply for a job as a working student back home and I even suffered from fever when we got here),” said Gumban, a marine engineering student at Western Visayas State Tech.

Spurs take 1-0 lead

THE SAN Antonio Spurs taught Oklahoma City a lesson in championship poise with a 101-98 win on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) that stretched their remarkable win streak to 19 games and earned them a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

The experienced Spurs, who have won four NBA championships under coach Gregg Popovich, trailed by nine after three quarters but kept their cool and sprinted to the finish to win the opening game of the best-of-seven series.

Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 26 points off the bench, and Tony Parker added 18 as San Antonio outscored the visiting Thunder 39-27 in the fourth to pass a rare post-season test.

“They had us on our heels and we were not aggressive,” Ginobili told reporters of the game’s first three quarters. “We needed an edge. In the [fourth quarter], we had it.”

Iloilo, Baguio, CDO share gold medals in arnis at PNG

DUMAGUETE City – Arnis players from Iloilo, who helped Western Visayas secondary division grab the arnis title in the last 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Pangasinan, continued to spark in the event winning two gold medals, along with Baguio and Cagayan De Oro in the 2012 POC-PSC National Games at COSCA Gym here.

Elmer Batani, 20, gifted Baguio City the gold medal in Solo Baston men’s division to collect a total of 64.5 points. Baguio City is part of Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA).

Batani, an education major from the University of the Philippines-Baguio, joined the event for the first time.

Ric Marcelino Bongcaras of Cagayan De Oro (R-10 Northern Mindanao) won the silver medal with 64 points, while Iloilo province Kieser Juanga, a mainstay of Western Visayas in 2012 Palaro settled for bronze medal with 63.5 points.

Rangers’ outburst gives Darvish win over Blue Jays

THE TEXAS offense made it an easy day for starting pitcher Yu Darvish as the Rangers crushed the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

The American League-leading Rangers (30-18) surged for seven runs in the second inning and grabbed a 9-1 advantage by the third to take the pressure off their Japanese ace.

Darvish, who was coming off a sloppy performance against Seattle last week, allowed three runs over five innings to push his record to 7-2.

On Saturday, Texas slugger Josh Hamilton needed IV fluids to get through in similar conditions, though he still managed to blast a walk-off game-winning homer in the 13th inning.


  BOARD MEMBER Suzette Alquizada (4th from left), chair of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Iloilo chapter, shows a cheque of P150,000 that was turned over to her on May 25 by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. (3rd from left) as financial assistance of the Iloilo Provincial Government to the PCL National Convention that will be […]

TH SPURS WIN, 101-98

    SAN ANTONIO Spurs center Tim Duncan (right) drives around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday (Monday in Manila). The Spurs came back in the fourth to win, 101-98. Reuters/Mike Stone    


  COLOR ‘EM YOUNG. A small boy picks a crayon from a box to use in the coloring book. Next week, some public schools in the country will implement the K-12 educational curriculum requiring five-year-old children to enrol in kindergarten while high school. (Tara Yap)