WELCOME to the first work and school day of 2017 and for President Rodrigo Duterte, it’s his first full calendar year in office.
Time is not just simply marking the ending and the beginning but also the continuity. We closed the book of 2016 and we just opened and wrote the first two pages of the New Year as we wrote our constantly-improving strokes in the critical (post-truth) era.
‘TIS THE SEASON.
As The Turf approaches its 3rd anniversary this coming Wednesday — we will report the traditional annual holiday primer for the 4th time on what will be on television in the Philippines. This year’s Christmas Day and the coming New Year’s Day (2017) will both fall on Sunday — James Ty III’s favorite day of the week — and it’ll be the first Christmas for President Rodrigo Duterte.
This holiday primer will span from today, December 10, 2016 until January 1, 2017 and it will split into seven (7) chronological phases.
Please bear with us because sometimes, not everything will go on as planned or expected.
LAST APRIL 10, sports aficionados savored Manny Pacquiao’s “final” bout before his “retirement” after 18 years of professional career with eight world divisions in order to focus as a legislator but it sounds too good to be true as this Sunday, November 6 (Manila time), he will face Jessie Vargas but this time, under a different set-up and situation.
But before that, let’s go back where Pacquiao began briefly.
SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER. That is the three words that formed the motto of the Olympics. Those words act as a motivation of every competitor around the world to shine at their best.
In just a week from now, 10,000+ athletes in 206 national teams, plus the Refugee Olympic Athletes, will convene in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. On the night of August 5 (morning of August 6 in the Philippines), the city of Carnival and samba will liven up to welcome the world for the next 16 days of international competition in different sports.
BATTLE FOR GREATNESS is the official theme of the Fight of the Millennium between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3, 2015 (local time).
Like other Pacquiao’s bouts, sporting fans declare it as a de facto national holiday although in this edition, it culminates the Labor Day long weekend. We can expect virtually zero crime rate and light traffic. Restaurants, arenas and cinemas are now logistically setting up their pay-per-view of the dream bout but at home without cable and Internet, GMA — where his exclusive contract belongs — was the only reliable channel but the result can delay for an hour or two. Despite of the objections of ritual advertising between rounds and sponsorship carrying their respective highlights of each round, the network of Kamuning/Timog still enjoys high ratings of the programs succeeding the sport special.
On this edition of Numbers and More, the Turf will look on the bout’s past crunched numbers and what will be the probable range of GMA’s handling of the greatest boxing match of the century on both firms would be.
IT SEEMS Easter lilies bloom over Visayas Avenue with not one sport special but two. (more…)
…AND NO, WE ARE NOT HALLUCINATING.
DUBBED AS the “Fight of the Millennium,” Manny Pacquiao finally tastes his eagerness to face the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. since February after six years of sports analysts’ yearning and dreaming. (more…)
[This post is dedicated to Ralph Domingo, Mark Jaro, James Ty III, Christian Anasco and John Rodrigo Diaz Valdez.]
SUPER BOWL XLIX yesterday morning (local time) scored New England Patriots’ fourth over-all title against the last year’s defending champion Seattle Seahawks, 28-24.