TULONG NA. TABANG NA. TAYO NA!

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When we hear of people dying especially in calamities, we are all moved to care. Then help starts pouring in. Unfortunately, we hear less about those who are alive yet suffering. Thus, we care less – or maybe because we don’t know.

Just in front of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Ortigas Center, people going to church gets to pass a poor fellow daily yet I haven’t seen anyone both rich and poor offering help. I’ve seen the same person in the same attire for months now.

Every single time I get the chance to offer food and she grabs them as if she hasn’t eaten for ages, I feel so bad because I see people get to pass there daily and I see a church that is supposed to embrace everyone as a family and yet she’s still in the middle of a busy street rain or shine – dirty, hungry and neglected.

I feel so bad about how we tend to forget that they are also part of the society and perhaps were once productive like us. Now that Christmas is nearing, I hope they get to feel that they are also part of the celebration.

Besides, these less fortunate people we see homeless and wandering on the streets have feelings too and they surely know how to say “thank you”.

Tulong na! Tabang na! Tayo na!

A(H1N1) HITS LOURDES SCHOOL OF MANDALUYONG

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Mandaluyong school suspends classes over A(H1N1)
By Dino Maragay Updated June 18, 2009 12:15 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines – A school in Mandaluyong City has called off classes in the elementary and high school levels after one of its students tested positive for Influenza A(H1N1), a TV report said today. This is the school’s first confirmed case of the flu.

The Lourdes School of Mandaluyong said classes will resume on June 29, the report added. 

The number of confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) infections in the Philippines has already breached the 300 mark — the highest in Southeast Asia.

Source: WWW.PHILSTAR.COM

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=478765&publicationSubCategoryId=200

WHO IS NICANOR JORGE?

I was trying to blog this morning and I happen to have mentioned NICANOR JORGE in one of my blog entry. Out of curiosity, I “googled” him and I found this article written way back 2006. I know it may be quite outdated but the relevance is good as it speaks of the man and the coach behind our country’s basketball legends and the MILO BEST CENTER. Please read on…

NIC JORGE:  HE’S BEEN COACHING CHAMPS THROUGH THE YEARS
MANILA, APRIL 9, 2006 (STAR) 

Having a great coach is something that great champions have in common.

coach-nicThis fact is clearly evident in the glorious coaching career of former national coach and Milo Best Center founder and chairman Nic Jorge, who is the man behind the luster of countless basketball stars. Among the hard court hotshots who have benefited tremendously from his passion and insights include Joseph Yeo, Larry Fonacier, Magnum Membrere, Rey Evangelista, Patrick Fran, Chris Tiu, Zandro Limpot, Jerry Codiñera, Poch Juinio, Boybits Victoria, and Derrick Hubalde.

Looking back, Nic almost never managed to fulfill his destiny as coach as his father, UP engineering Prof. Nicanor, Sr. was a disciplinarian who forbade him from playing basketball so he could concentrate on his academics.

But obviously, Nic ultimately chose basketball — and managed to finish his studies as well. To pay for his education, Nic sought the help of UP Band head Eliceo Clamor, who took him in so he could avail of a scholarship. Since Nic did not know how to play any band instrument, Eliceo gave him the task of regularly cleaning the musical instruments so he could keep his slot in the band and his scholarship.

coach-nic-2Nic started on his path to coaching greatness by coaching the UP varsity team at the age of 21 — the youngest UAAP coach at that time — as well as the San Miguel team in 1977.

During this period, San Miguel wasn’t one of the highly-fancied teams expected to make a major impact. But thanks to his supreme coaching abilities, Nic managed to bring great attention to the team by steering them towards the championship. Nic’s major coaching stint started in 1978 at the eighth World Basketball Championship. While the Philippines did not win the title, Nic knew that he was only getting started on a coaching career.

While coaching, Nic traveled extensively to Europe and the US, to study and further improve his knowledge about basketball.

Inspired by what he learned, and encouraged by Louisiana State University coach Dale Brown (the coach who discovered Shaq), Nic decided to put up a clinic, where children can learn to play basketball by using scientific methods that he learned overseas.

milo-bestSo it was that in 1979, Nic established the Milo Best Center, which, for the last 27 years, has become the benchmark for basketball training in the country. The Milo Best Center has the best stable of coaches, equipment and programs that have yielded outstanding graduates.

At Milo Best Center, training is complemented by the latest state-of-the-art equipment. The center also has the sport’s best coaches and instructors that are closely handpicked by Nic and his advisers. Most, if not all coaches at the center, have had extensive training and experience, with some even holding masters and doctorate degrees in human kinetics, ensuring that players are guided properly in their basketball learning and development.

Moreover, newly hired coaches undergo a six-month understudy period, attend a hands-on seminar and must follow a syllabus before they are allowed to teach.

The Milo Best Center continues to be the hotbed for countless basketball stalwarts. That being said, Nic can confidently claim to be the coach of champions.

NOTE: The article above was taken from a 2006 write-up from STAR since not much has been written exclusively about the topic (MILO BEST CENTER & COACH NIC) even at WIKIPEDIA which somehow gives us now the chance to initiate the move. I have posted some photos on past news and some from my own takes which I used in another blog entry.

Anyway, for more details… I have provided some information below plus you can check the URLs as well.

CONTACTS:
http://www.nestle.com.ph/milo/sports_events/ssc_contacts.html.

SCHEDULES:
http://www.nestle.com.ph/milo/sports_events/ssc_training_basketball.html

BASKETBALL
By: The BEST Center

Founder: Mr. Nic Jorge
Contact numbers: (02) 372-3065 to 66 / 411-6260
Email : bestcentersports@gmail.com

FAMILY FIRST & MILO BEST…

Milo Best 1It’s Saturday. April 4, 2009. I have set off my entire team to travel to their provinces since we have been allowed to work from home under a special window granted only to our team after series of talks. This directive was to give them enough time to travel and set up their home office so work can be rendered remotely for the entire holy week until the 13th of March.

The setup will ensure that each and every one of us are able to render work and are allowed at least to be with their families during the long vacation. I also wanted them to have at least the entire break to refresh and have a little relaxation which I know they truly deserve.

Thus, I have to cover some or the entire 48-hour shift as they travel. It’s fine for me. I have been covering the said rotational shift plus the regular Saturday shifts for almost 2 years now anyway. Hehehe. The fatigue and work itself is not a challenge but the time that I have to manage to ensure that I have enough left for my family.

Today is my 9-year old son’s second session for his MILO BEST Summer Sports Clinic (B.E.S.T. for Basketball Efficiency  Scientific Training) at Xavier School in Greenhills, Mandaluyong City. We usually would enroll him every summer for a sports class. He already took taekwondo and swimming and he’s really good with the latter.

Milo Best 2Last week, I was not able to make it on the 1st day of his MILO BEST class because I was at work. I did not even make it on his Recognition Day which was held a day prior due to a scheduled meeting with our CEO which did not push through. My son is a consistent Top 1 of his class and an honor student.

Today, I intended to ensure that I will make it. I wanted to spend my day today as a father although I am still on-call for work. My son wanted to learn and play basketball. I also wanted him to learn and play the sport that I never got to learn and play good at. I wanted him to do what others can freely do and that I cannot.

I avoided playing basketball when I was young because my classmates then would bully at me throwing the ball in my face that I couldn’t even catch it due to poor eye sight. As a result, I would end up with my nose bleeding or with a black eye. I wore a pair of huge eye glasses then.

All was okay for me but what did not make me happy was the fact that I was tough with everything from academics, arts to writing and other sports except basketball. I was a laughing stock. I entered track-and-field, volleyball and even football where I was into the high school varsity but not with basketball.

The only ball game I was so great that I was a champion for 4 years in singes and doubles was SCRABBLE. Well, at least it sounds like a ball game. Hehehe. Anyway, everyone in the family plays the ball so well. My son’s cousin can even play it so well at 8 years old. My youngest brother also plays for his school. He is being trained by my father who used to play basketball with some leagues in our town.

Mile Best 3Thus, I wanted my son not to be like me in a way. So, we left before lunch at home as I carried my laptop and fully-charged my mobile phones. I got my son’s basketball and my wife led him to the parking lot at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong where I usually park on Saturdays.

We travelled like 2-3 kilometers bringing all our stuffs plus my mobile office. It was a lucky day for us because there was no traffic at all and we were there way ahead. My son got his Gilbert Arenas’ Adidas shoes and a pair of Nike shorts and shirt which I got for PhP 2,500 at a Nike Store in Greenhills Shopping Center instantly resulting to my wife’s famous “tiger look”. Hehehe.

She’s a “SURF’s WAIS” lady like Lumen who would fight for a PhP 1 discount and would even spend 2 liters of fuel driving extra kilometers looking for a BDO ATM because she don’t want to be charged PhP 10 with other banks’ ATM. Hehehe. Well, anyway, I can write a different blog entry about her next time. Hahaha. 

I am usually O.C. (Obsessive Compulsive) with brands. If his shoes were Adidas, everything should be Adidas! Well, we couldn’t find the size for my son with Adidas so we had to rush to Nike Store only to find out that we can actually get it cheaper at Shoppesville for like maximum of 500 for the entire set! Hmp. I told you, I am innocent with anything about the sport. Hahaha.

Milo Best 4At lunch time, we were already at the gym of Xavier School. Kids on their MILO BEST shirts were all around playing as parents were getting their own seats to watch. My son was quite hesitant as he sat on my lap like a baby that he is for us. He was perhaps missing the self-confidence that his dad has so much in surplus. Hahaha.

From 1Pm to 4PM, my wife and I were at the gym watching my son and the other kids do various drills with their coaches. Nicanor Jorge or Coach Nic was also at the premises guiding the MILO BEST CENTER’s coaching team being the founder of the famous basketball clinic in 1979 which has been the benchmark for basketball training in the country for 30 years now.

There were moments of laughter for all of us as we see kids do some bloopers and blunders. There were children who were so small that no one would think they can even carry a 9 lbs. ball but to one’s amazement, they surely can dribble the ball with mastery. They love the game indeed and they are gearing to learn to play it. It was an affair to remember. 

Milo Best 5I got no calls and the on-going transition plan for all the servers we had in Denmark seem to be seamless that I was able to finish my son’s basketball class undisturbed! I have seen some parents both dads and moms as well who were there for the entire 3-hours class. Some were on their phones perhaps talking about work while some were there to simply watch their kids.

I have seen parents who seem to be executives in their work and some who seem to look busy for the weekend but then again they were all there for their kids. This observation made me realize that at the end of the day, we need to pause from work and put a day out for our loved ones whether for our kids or for our wives.

I have felt once again the joy of being a father and a husband that I long forgotten because I was made to think that I was born to work and work and work for a living. The focus on career-building has somehow deprived me of time to focus on home-building. Once again, a simple event like attending my son’s MILO BEST class made me realize that amidst all….

THE FAMILY SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST.

A PEDESTRIAN LANE… THANKS TO AMIEL!

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Pedestrian Lane at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong along St. Francis St. in Ortigas Center

I arrived almost past 9PM and as I entered the building, I saw newly made PEDESTRIAN LANE just in front of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong facing our residential building. It was still half-done but it made me feel happy. I got my phone and I took a photo of it. As I climbed the stairs to the lobby, I remembered AMIEL ALCANTARA, the 10-year old student who passed away almost a month ago at Ateneo Grade School.

I greeted the security guard whose name tag has the name, ALCANTARA. I then talked to him about the new PEDESTRIAN LANE and how important it is not just to the kids at our residential building studying at LSM but for all others who goes to the church and those who goes to work in nearby buildings who needed to cross the street with care.

Then, I thought of referring to his name tag and relating the discussion to AMIEL ALCANTARA and how instrumental he was for all the various safety enhancements and initiatives now being adopted by schools nut just elementary but also high schools and colleges. Manong Guard agreed. He heard about it and he was thankful as well.

It has been almost a month since the incident that claimed the life of this young boy took place but the lesson learned and the good things that this has brought to the society will always remain. I know that somehow, whenever I get to see the PEDESTRIAN LANE at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, I will always remember the young boy that was AMIEL ALCANTARA.

Thank you.