RIGHT NOW PHILIPPINES
By Excel Dyquiangco
No doubt that Filipinos can’t stop raving and playing basketball. Many watch it to the core, even games that showcase other races’ ability and uncanny to shoot the hoops. When the Golden State Warrior and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced off squarely in the NBA Finals, the Pinoys were glued to the tube. Who is set to win? To recap, Game 1 had the Golden State Warrior outshine the Cleveland Cavaliers with a score of 104-89. Game 2 fielded almost the same results with the Golden State at 110 and Cleveland at 77. Game 3 became a reversal of fortune as the Cavs beat the Golden State with a score of 120-90. Game 4, as of this writing, is still ongoing and the rest is yet to be seen.
The news has been so widespread that not only was the game the highlight but so were other situations as well. In fact a parody of a young – yes, a baby – Stephen Curry of Golden State and Lebron James of Cavaliers being interviewed by the media made the rounds.
The greatest boxing fighter of all time, Muhammad Ali, was recently laid to rest. A rousing tribute at his memorial service at his home town at Louisville, Kentucky was conducted and many are still in tears and in shock of his death, Filipinos included. Mike Tyson and different religious denominations attended the funeral. Former US President Bill Cinton described the boxing legend as a “free man of faith”. He said, “I think he decided very young to write his own life story. I think he decided that he would not be ever disempowered.”
According to CNN, the 74-year old Ali died of “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.” He has been battling Parkinson’s disease for three decades before his death. Incidentally, Ali Mall in Cubao, Quezon City was named after him – in honor of the greatest boxing legend of all time.
Mainstream actor Baron Geisler and independent actor Kiko Matos settled their beef inside the ring at the mixed martial arts cage at Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) at the Valkyrie at The Palace in Taguig City. URCC founder Alvin Aguilar said that the cage was the proper venue for the two to iron out their differences. He said, “In the URCC, we make sure that all street fights get settled inside the URCC cage,” Aguilar said. The match ended in a draw.
The Philippine-based MMA company labelled the fight as a “special exhibition” as the two actors drew an explosive conclusion to a feud that started in a bar in Quezon City. Baron claimed that Kiko was sending inappropriate signals to the female bartender while Kiko denied the allegations.