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December 11, 2013

It’s been a while since I last wrote for Sportsmaryosep. My last blog entry, in fact, was on October 29. And it wasn’t even a real blog, technically speaking, since I just re-posted a story written by my Philippine STAR sports editor Lito Tacujan. My absence was due to my wife bearing our first child. God blessed us with a boy. We named him Iago Sebastian. Iago as a shortened Santiago and Sebastian as a longer version for Bastian. Confused? Me too.
You see, I never expected Fatherhood will be this tough and at the same time extremely satisfying. It’s like you’re totally emotionally and physically drained from work then you see your kid and smell his nice baby smell and you’re energized. And you’re drained again from babysitting, feeding him milk, changing his smelly diaper, singing him lullabies but he smiles at you and you get energized again. Nevermind the sleepless nights.
And slowly, I’ve embraced fatherhood. And I thank God for the strength and the wisdom.
Now here we are, a month and about two weeks later, I’ve finally mustered the strength and sneaked in some time in writing another blog.
And we’re writing about Cebu basketball.

Like imperial Manila, Cebu is another basketball hotbed. And Southwestern U is putting it on the national map again after sending shockwaves down the tournament area of the current PCCL semifinals by slaying powerhouse La Salle in a gripping overtime win. The Cobras, who made it this far after topping the Southern Regions elimination, are on the verge of making the best-of-three finals of this annual event, which has been on its 12th season now. That is if it beats Far Eastern U in the final playdate of the single-round format semis on Thursday (Dec. 12) at The Arena in San Juan City. The other semis duel pits UAAP champion La Salle against NCAA titlist San Beda. SWU, mentored by the fiery Yayoy Alcoseba, is chasing history because if it ends up winning it all, it will become the first team outside Metro Manila to top the event.
And with due respect to La Salle, San Beda and FEU, all capable of reigning supreme, I would welcome a team from Cebu coming out as champion. It’s about time someone from the South snatch this one considering that Visayas had been ravaged by a super typhoon and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. I hope the basketball gods give the Cebuanos and Visayans a break with a gift of a championship.
Now where is that Cebu lechon belly?
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(Photos courtesy of PCCL’s Facebook page)


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