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The Gradual Rise of Filipino/Filipino American Athletes

August 16, 2015 by


One of the pastimes of my childhood in the 1990s America was figuring out who in pop culture was related to, talked about, or was Filipino. Being an early consumer of ESPN and Sportscenter, I would always be on the lookout for that Filipino and/or Asian athlete. Barely on the radar of movies or TV […]

The Meaning of Manny Pacquiao to this Filipino-American

December 8, 2012 by


This is one of the few times per year that the media and celebrities will care about a bunch of short, “ugly”, humble brown guys. A Manny Pacquiao fight. This is the type of attention I’d never seen growing up. And by attention, it’s not that I’m in dire need for it. I just like […]

Basketball as a Little Filipino-American Boy’s Religion: Be Like Mike

October 15, 2012 by


There was something magical about throwing a round orange ball in hopes of getting it through a cylinder with a net hoop.  It was fun.  So fun that every morning, I would be obliged to take a few shots.  30 minutes worth of shooting.  From my designated “3-point line.”  From close up.  Against the backboard. […]

Immigrant and Filipino Cynicism in National Politics

September 2, 2012 by


I’d originally written the bulk of this coming post in February 2008 at the beginnings of the explosion of the Obama campaign.  Only that has changed has been the frequency with which I get to speak to my mom and dad. Discussing politics had brought me closer to my mom and dad. Not because we […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/6/2012 – Discovering a Filipino-American in the Olympics!

August 14, 2012 by


Today’s Observations The Today Show Another Missy Franklin interview.  They interviewed Katie Ledecky, the youngest Olympic swimmer ever at age 15.  Matt Lauer remarked that at the end of the interview, her uncle had been a friend of his and emailed him everyday, hyping her up. In the back of my head, I thought about […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/4/2012

August 12, 2012 by


Today’s Observations I missed a lot of the coverage because I ran my own (slow) race.  Hey, I ended up winning my “bracket”, the 20-29 Mens.  Ate a champion’s brunch as well, so I missed a lot of Olympics action. Big news was Serena Williams winning the gold and doing a cripwalk.   I watched […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/3/2012 – Track, the Cult Sport

August 12, 2012 by


Today’s Observations: The first day of Track. Finally.  One of the things Al Michaels said about track, “It’s become a cult sport.” “Cult” sport, as if track and field events weren’t arguably the genesis of the modern-day Olympics.  Needless to say, I was trying really hard to find the video, but couldn’t locate it. Earlier […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/1/2012

August 2, 2012 by


Today’s Observations Caught a huge swath of the Today Show today after the US Women’s gymnastics team won gold in the team competition. The women’s gymnastics team was the story, as was seeing their parents.  The past few nights we’d seen Aly Raisman’s parents, Jordyn Wieber’s mom, and Gabby Douglas’ mom.  This was the first time […]

Learning Places and Races of Los Angeles in High School and Today

January 18, 2012 by


“You know how I knew you knew what LACC (Los Angeles City College) was?” “No, how?” I asked. “Because you’re of color,” said the 76-year old Jewish business math professor at LACC. I went to high school at a private all Catholic boys high school.  It’s been 10 years, this coming June.  Much has happened […]

Double-Taking on Religion, Tradition, and Being Filipino on Christmas

December 26, 2011 by


The night before Christmas, Mikey had a bit to drink. A normally calculated, reserved, controlled individual, Mikey was raw, uncalculated, and uncontrolled.  He was adding bitch and the n-g-a word to everything he said.  He was play-punching 13-year old girls.  He was making impressions. One of the impressions was of our dear Tita Ming.  “Tita” […]