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SPORTS EYE
Hasta la vista Ito
by Raffy Uytiepo - May 11, 2021 - 12:00am
We were constant coffee drinking partners after Fernando “Ito” Rama, eldest of the Rama siblings that include Vice Mayor Mike, Sammy,Hector and Jingjing, returned to Cebu for good after living in Texas...
The show must go on
by Raffy Uytiepo - May 4, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s barely three months to the Tokyo Olympics and things are getting harder for the organizers, with several countries thinking twice on sending their athletes.
Primo Eugene
by Raffy Uytiepo - April 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Asia’s first chess Grandmaster Eugene Torre was recently nominated to the prestigious World Chess Hall of Fame, the first male Asian to be bestowed with such honor. Eugene, now 69 years old, calls me “primo”...
Boston Strong
by Raffy Uytiepo - April 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Every second week of April, runners from all over the world troop to Boston for the oldest and most prestigious race.
State of mind
by Raffy Uytiepo - April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
In 1996, one-legged triathlete Rudy Fernandez swam the shark-infested Guimaras Strait to Bacolod City in 13 hours.
Don’t give up
by Raffy Uytiepo - March 30, 2021 - 12:00am
In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Mamo Wolde of Ethopia finished last in the 10,000 meter run.
Streets of Yangon
by Raffy Uytiepo - March 23, 2021 - 12:00am
In 2016, I was in Yangon, Myanmar enroute to the ancient city of Bagan, home to the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas and ruins dating from the 11th century.
Foreign flavor
by Raffy Uytiepo - March 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Long before Nicola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Dallas’ Luca Doncic stamped their class in the NBA, several foreign players already made waves in world basketball including the Olympics.
Flip of the coin
by Raffy Uytiepo - March 9, 2021 - 12:00am
Starting in the 1966 draft, the two last-place teams from the league’s two divisions took part in a coin flip (cara y cruz).
Hasta la vista Sir Dodong
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - March 2, 2021 - 12:00am
After I wrote on the demise of Jack Jakosalem in my last column, I promised not to write on my dead friends for a while as I’m starting to be depressed myself.
Don’t mess with runners
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - February 23, 2021 - 12:00am
In the late 1960s, a small- time teenage crook was going from car to car in a quiet Chicago residential road looking for a vehicle to steal.
Gone too fast
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - February 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Micheal Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon” has become the favorite song during funerals.
Vietnam on my mind
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - February 9, 2021 - 12:00am
In 2015, I visited Hanoi en route to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
Collision course
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - February 2, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s too early to conclude but it looks like it’s gonna be the Los Angeles Lakers against the Brooklyn Nets for this year’s NBA crown.
Still no marathons
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - January 26, 2021 - 12:00am
Not contented with bringing sports to a standstill last year, Covid 19 continues to wreak havoc this year.
It’s now or never
by Raffy T. Uytiepo - January 19, 2021 - 12:00am
“It’s Now or Never” is my favorite Elvis song. I never miss singing this Italian classic “O Sole Mio” in my Elvis gigs.
The list goes on
by Raffy Uytiepo - January 12, 2021 - 12:00am
In a previous column, we tackled celebrities and people we know who didn’t make it to 2021.
New year’s wish
by Raffy Uytiepo - January 5, 2021 - 12:00am
I have only one wish for the New Year, that the deadly coronavirus will totally disappear so we could go back to our usual ways.
Beat the Russians
by Raffy Uytiepo - December 22, 2020 - 12:00am
After hosting the successful 1991 SEA Games, the Philippines was in the spotlight anew as the country prepared for the 1992 Manila World Chess Olympiad. PSC chair Cecil Hechanova gave me a surprise call and instructed...
You only live once
by Raffy Uytiepo - December 15, 2020 - 12:00am
“You Only Live Once” is probably one of the best James Bond movies of sir Sean Connery.
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