Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.
VIENTIANE, Laos – The Philippines put up a gallant defensive stand to come away with a scoreless draw against Cambodia last night in the Suzuki Cup Asean Football Championship Qualifying event at the National Stadium here.
Needing a draw to advance, the Filipinos got the result they needed with its defense stepping up to hold the desperate Cambodians and leave them at the mercy of the result of the Laos-Timor Leste match.
The RP booters finished with five points, after a 5-0 win over Timor Leste and back-to-back draws to Laos and Cambodia. They failed to qualify in the 2008 tournament, after getting nosed out by Cambodia on goal difference in Phnom Penh.
“It’s very rewarding that the program we started has achieved its target,” said team manager Dan Palami.
“We know it was going to be hard, but the players worked very hard to get to this level.”
The back four of Anton del Rosario, Rob Gier, Aly Borromeo and Ray Jonnson were up to the Cambodian challenge just like RP goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and the Filipinos hung tough to secure the draw.
The Filipinos were forced to make two changes to the side that drew with Laos, 2-2, because of injuries and suspension. Jonnson moved up to the left wing position occupied by the injured Chiefy Caligdong, who managed to play through the pain in the last 40 minutes in place of David Basa.
Army man Roel Gener also made his first start in the tournament, replacing the suspended Jason de Jong. Cedelf Tupas provides live coverage from the Suzuki Cup in Laos. Thanks, buddy!
I also write regularly for Business Mirror; philstar.com; abs-cbnnews.com, and rappler.com.
I am also currently the media officer for the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, the National Basketball Training Center, and the Flying V Davao Thunders.
I do PR consultancy for a variety of clients that I do not want to divulge.
I used to teach journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University hand have given lectures about journalism, new media, marketing, and public relations at the Ateneo, UP Diliman, UST, San Beda, Immaculate Conception Academy, Miriam College, Mindanao State University, FIFA seminars, and a few other schools and organizations.
I used to write for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines Free Press, and Maxim Philippines. I have also contributed to FHM, Men's Health, Tower Sports NBA, Rebound, and a few other sports, interior design, and lifestyle magazines as well. Most recently, I was the editor-in-chief of PBA Life, the Official Lifestyle Magazine of the Philippine Basketball Association as well as Season 40 edition of Hardcourt, the season-in-review.
My blog, Bleachers' Brew, serves as a hub for many of my writings (but not all as there are some that are exclusive).
When I have free time, I listen to my collection of over 5,000 CDs, read, watch DVDs, or walk my dog around the subdivision.
My all-time favorite football team. I bleed Liverpool Red.
Books in my collection: The Longbow Hunters
CDs in my collection: Live in the City of Light by Simple Minds
My fave bands/musicians
British Sea Power, Rancid, Pearl Jam, Tool, Broken Social Scene, Dave Matthews Band, U2, the Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Reel Big Fish, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Ra Ra Riot, Foo Fighters, Sigur Ros, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Clash, Death Cab for Cutie, X, Eyes Set to Kill, Mastodon, the Gaslight Anthem, Interpol, The Boxer Rebellion, Up Dharma Down, Taken By Cars, Techy Romantics, Stars, Deftones, Ivy, Seapony, Cocteau Twins, My Sad Captains, Ballet School, the Smiths, and New Order.