From a Spurs fan

I am a San Antonio Spurs fan. I live in the Philippines and was introduced to NBA when I was in high school. Back then, there are only few teams from the NBA that I know of. Pistons, Celtics, Lakers. Then I learned of the Bulls, Knicks, Hornets, Rockets, etc.  Then came 1997 when I learned of the Spurs with then Center, David Robinson. I found this guy to be a gentle-giant. He’s a gentleman on his own right and then came Tim Duncan. I was so frustrated back then when David Robinson retired. But before he left, I have seen how he trained Tim Duncan on the lowpost. I saw him “pass the torch” to this young man who rarely shows his emotions and most of the times, keeps his emotions in check. I saw how Tim Duncan became the MVP for the 1999 season. And he won 3 more championships after that.

Now, reading Wikipedia, I saw that for this season, 2013. Tim has had some personal issue and says that he and his wife had been divorced. But still, his game was stellar and his leadership excellent.

When the Spurs were waiting for the Finals opponent, I mentioned to a friend that IF the Heat wins against the Spurs, their championship against OKC will be solidified and they will really be a great team, but if they lost to the Spurs, they’re just a group of wanna-be’s. The Finals were set, and down to Game 7, the Spurs lost to the Heat, which broke my heart. And it broke my heart further seeing pictures of Tim Duncan who, I know he walks with his head looking at the ground/bowed, but on this game, it seems that he carried the load too much and even goes on blaming himself that they lost. I thought that he should have his head up high for he has nothing to be ashamed of. He has nothing to prove because people know how great a person and a player he is. Even his opponents know how great a guy he is. Even Shane Battier said: “That’s a shot Tim Duncan usually makes eight out of ten times. For whatever reason that shot didn’t drop right then. I’m very thankful. It wasn’t because of my defense. Just missed it.” Even Dwayne Wade is fond of him and LeBron James.

I am a San Antonio Spurs fan. And will still be a fan.

 

 

 

[photos from Yahoo! Sports]

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Lady Gaga, the LGBT and the Christians

Her name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, famously known as Lady Gaga, is in the country right now to perform a 2 night concert at the SM Mall of Asia or MOA. This is actually the 2nd time she is performing in the Philippines. And before she arrives, I think she has already read or heard about the protests of some “Religious” groups here in the Philippines. They don’t want her to have her concert here because they want her to “respect our faith, stop the blasphemy.” But organizers from Ovation Productions said they respect the beliefs of critics but promised that the performances “will not pose a threat to their sense of morality and conduct.

She was famous for her songs “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance”, “Telephone” and “Alejandro” just to name a few. And also some rumors surrounding her sexuality. But we can’t deny that she is also famous for her sense of fashion and the songs that she sang. Alejandro has a very, very controversial video. According to Wikipedia, “’Alejandro’ created a media uproar after the release of the video because of its use of religious imagery. One of the most discussed scenes in the video was when Gaga, dressed in a latex nun outfit, swallowed rosary beads. The Catholic League criticized the video for its use of religious imagery, accusing Gaga of “playing a Madonna copy-cat”. Moncia Herrara said of the mayhem: “[Alejandro] courts religious controversy in much the same way that Madonna’s ‘Like a “Prayer’ video once did, intermingling Catholic imagery like rosary beads and nun’s robes with sexual cues.” In an interview with MTV, Klein explained that the religious symbolism was not meant to denote anything negative, but to represent Gaga’s battle between the darker and lighter forces. Thus at the end of the film, she is portrayed again in her nun’s habit. Klein added that the significance behind her mouth and eyes disappearing was “because she is withdrawing her senses from the world of evil and going inward towards prayer and contemplation.” He added that the scene where Gaga devours the rosary beads was her act of theophany, the desire to consume the body of God, the rosary being symbolic of the Holy.” You can check the link.

Why am I writing about her? It is because of her relationship and stand with LGBT or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Lady Gaga is a strong supporter of this group. According to Wikipedia, besides her career in music, Gaga has also contributed to various charities. Among others is:

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a fan of Lady Gaga. But with all the protests against her in this country, we have labeled our country “THE ONLY CHRISTIAN NATION IN ASIA”. Have we reached out to the LGBT? Or we are like the many who judges them because they are members of LGBT? My previous post has somehow become related to this one. Christians attacking other people because they are not Believers. We condemn people and say that they are Anti-Christ and all, that they are the abolition of the human race, etc.

I have nothing against Lady Gaga, but I don’t condone her acts and the way she sings and her songs. What I am concerned of, is my fellow Believers. Are we becoming more judgmental? I found an article from USAToday with this headline: “Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay.” We are not becoming light and salt of this world. We are not doing our jobs. We are becoming the antagonists of the world, which should not be. We need to be the people who dispenses GRACE my brothers and sisters. That is our function. That is why we are here. It was said, “hate the sin, love the sinner”. I know we need to draw the line on this issue, but then, we need to draw them while we pray for God’s wisdom.

[ The DELUSION of FILIPINO PRIDE ]

I have been wanting to write this article for a long time now. I’ve been looking forward to have this posted on my blog site.

Charice Pempengko. Arnel Pineda of Journey. APL of Black Eyed Peas. Manny Pacquiao. Lea Salonga. What do these people have in common? They’re all Filipinos. And they have already achieved their dreams. And they’re proud Filipinos.

Reality check. THEY ARE PROUD FILIPINOS. Basically, there’s nothing really wrong here. Except when you say, “I am a PROUD FILIPINO because of these people. “Did I just hear you say, “you’re a proud Filipino because of some other Filipinos?” come on, that didn’t sound right! Most Filipinos claim that they’re PROUD FILIPINO because of an external factor. ESPECIALLY after PacMan wins a fight! It would seem as though that we’re the ones fighting in the ring and not Manny.

There’s really nothing wrong with applauding for Manny or the others, what’s wrong is when one says that he’s proud to be Pinoy because of Manny and the others. Or he’s proud because of what Arnel Pineda, Charice and APL are singing on stage.

PRIDE should be from within. We should say, “I am a proud Filipino because I am a Filipino.” It should be from the inside looking out, not the other way around. Pride should also know when to stop.

I checked Wikipedia and they gave me this meaning for the word DELUSION. “A delusion is a false belief held with absolute conviction despite superior evidence.[1] Unlike hallucinations, delusions are always pathological (the result of an illness or illness process).[1] As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, dogma, stupidity, poor memory, illusion, or other effects of perception.”

We became delusional and grew up thinking that we are better than the others. Even locally, Tagalogs think the Bisayan speaking people are inferior to them. That everyone who speaks with a strong accent is Bisaya. We are a nation of racists. We hate racism, but we can’t face that fact. We can’t stare in the mirror and say that we need to change. Change our attitude. Be humble.

I am not sure about the Filipino pride but we are also in a society of fixers, corrupt officials, law-breakers, child-abusers, kotong cops, government syndicates, customs robbers, MMDA idiots, immigration scumbags, spoiled priests, and jejemon youth… collectively known as PINOYS.

I don’t want to be called PINOY by the way. I am not PINOY. I AM A FILIPINO. And a proud one at that. Filipinos have lost the true essence of being a proud Filipino. We have lowered ourselves to the negativities around us.

As long as we don’t realize that we have a problem, this country will not move forward. We have to look long in a mirror and see what we have done and what we are doing. We need to stand up and say “tama na. sobra na. palitan na… ang mga kalokohan natin.”

I am still hoping for a better Philippines. For a better Filipino.