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Hidilyn banishes ghosts of Olympics past
by Bill Velasco - July 31, 2021 - 12:00am
Hidilyn Diaz’ exceptional Olympic performance lifted the spirit of her nation. She made history, setting records in her sport. Along the way, she registered new personal bests, as well. It will be difficult...
The key to success?
by Bill Velasco - July 26, 2021 - 12:00am
What is one common factor among all the Filipino Olympians who are favored to medal in Tokyo? It’s something that was made even more obvious by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Factors to consider
by Bill Velasco - July 24, 2021 - 12:00am
The Olympics have officially begun, and a few of our 19 athletes in Tokyo have experienced problems upon their arrival. Though all things may be considered equal at this level, this is actually a double-edged sword....
How to cover the Olympics
by Bill Velasco - July 19, 2021 - 12:00am
Over the years, this writer has taught several broadcast seminars, workshops and corporate classes.
Overseas Filipino ballers
by Bill Velasco - July 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Francis “LeBron” Lopez is going to America to play professionally at 18.
Scammers pose as PBA players
by Bill Velasco - July 12, 2021 - 12:00am
In the past six weeks, this writer has been approached on social media by two online scammers pretending to be PBA players.
Mental factors for Olympic gold
by Bill Velasco - July 10, 2021 - 12:00am
The Tokyo Olympics are finally – and literally – around the corner.
Tokyo gold within reach
by Bill Velasco - July 5, 2021 - 12:00am
Two and a half weeks remain before the Tokyo Olympics finally open. With 19 athletes qualified, the Philippines has several solid chances to win a gold medal.
Wishing doesn’t make it so
by Bill Velasco - July 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Moral or symbolic victories are not real ones. That is the reality.
Olympic turning points
by Bill Velasco - June 28, 2021 - 12:00am
The Olympic Games are a bottomless well of inspiring stories. But like anything that involves people, its evolution has been directed by the flaws and foibles of people.
Swimming with the jellyfish
by Bill Velasco - June 26, 2021 - 12:00am
Attention is now turning to the Tokyo Olympics, as a rush of newly-minted Filipino Olympians filled the sports pages this week.
The changing media
by Bill Velasco - June 21, 2021 - 12:00am
The pandemic has caused wholesale changes in the way the media go about their business.
The unintended Olympian
by Bill Velasco - June 19, 2021 - 12:00am
The Philippines has, as of this writing, 11 athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
Freedom and memories
by Bill Velasco - June 14, 2021 - 12:00am
The Philippines celebrated its 123rd Independence Day Saturday, in what is always a thought-provoking occasion.
Knott in great position
by Bill Velasco - June 12, 2021 - 12:00am
The past week has been filled with great accomplishments by Filipina athletes.
Thirdy, Kiefer and Spencer Haywood
by Bill Velasco - June 7, 2021 - 12:00am
It may be beneficial for the PBA to exhibit grace and magnanimity in lieu of restrictiveness and possessiveness in these matters.
Vaccination promises
by Bill Velasco - June 5, 2021 - 12:00am
In January, Israel and Denmark promised to vaccinate their athletes against COVID-19 before sending them to the Tokyo Olympics.
Impossibly Paeng
by Bill Velasco - May 31, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s no secret that Paeng Nepomuceno should always be part of the discussion when debating the greatest Filipino athlete of all time, regardless of sport.
A provincial life
by Bill Velasco - May 29, 2021 - 12:00am
Two big news stories turn our attention to living back in the provinces.
Saviors behind the scenes
by Bill Velasco - May 24, 2021 - 12:00am
All we see is the tip of the iceberg. We see the athlete in the stadium spotlight, at the zenith of human perfection, physically and mentally superior in so many ways, ready to beat the world.
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