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NOTE: Just finished the Google Hangout with Michael Josh, Lala, Gigi, and Ruben who are all Rappler staff ... giving our reactions on the President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Its nice to know that I share the same sentiments as other journalists who follow the Pnoy's moves... giving credibility to my point of view when it comes to how the Philippines is being governed... :D
Thank you Rappler for the opportunity to share my views! I hope I get invited again on some other topic.
On this 13th day of July, I would like greet "El Granada" Gary David a happy happy birthday...and with it comes a wish / prayer... that he EXPLODES in the FIBA Asia Championships. There are many why the granting of this wish would be great but here is my personal reason....
I distinctly remember that day, June 30, 2012, when the dreaded news finally became a reality, that the PBA team Powerade Tigers had been sold. Just the night before, Gary David had been denied the MVP award but was awarded with being part of the mythical 5.
I had remembered thinking... why did the Tigerella run happen? If the team was going to be sold ANYWAY, why did God allow Gary David to experience something so rare only to take it away again? I couldn't believe that it was all for nothing...
But I had to look to what was a direct result of that run... and it was Gary David getting on Smart Gilas. He had impressed Chot Reyes and MVP was so much during that one-sided All Filipino Cup Finals that it basically became his ticket on to the national team (there was no other way he could have made it on there if not for that miracle run). Gary must have a special purpose for being on Gilas...
If "El Granada" Gary David explodes during the FIBA Asia Championships, and plays a crucial part in our cliching the title, then finally I can close this painful chapter... coz I know that all happened more than 18 months ago did not go to waste. That it had served its purpose.
I know its contradictory to mix "destiny" and "sports", but I guess that's what happens when you are allowed to get closer to a player and his family than just through the superficial TV screen. When you follow a person's struggles and still maintains the principles that has made him as hardworking and diligent as he is, despite being on "rebuilding" team... And because of that, I am earnestly praying that Kuya Ga' be given the chance to play a crucial role in a team that wins a championship that brings glory not just to the local PBA team but to the whole nation. That the Philippines and the global basketball community give him the recognition and and praise he deserved but has long been denied of.
Happy Birthday ulit, and may God grant u, Jenn, Maxene, Gariel, and Jeylaa a multitude of blessings on the years to come!