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  1. PCYAA Ladies Volleyball

    3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association
    VENUE – All games to be held at Philippine Cultural College Main gym
    FORMAT – Double-round elimination phase/top three teams qualify for the playoffs with the top-ranked team seeded into the finals armed with a twice-to-beat advantage; No. 2 team and No. 3 team clash in the semifinals with the second-ranked team enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage/finals to feature the No. 1-ranked team versus the winner of the 2-3 knockout game.
    1-Philippine Cultural College (5-0), 2-Saint Jude Catholic School (4-1), 3-Grace Christian College (2-3), 4-Saint Peter the Apostle School (1-4) and 5-Pace Academy (0-4)
    9:00 a.m. – GCC vs. PA (light-dark uniforms)
    10:30 a.m. – SPAS vs. PCC
    9:00 a.m. – PCC vs. SJCS
    10:30 a.m. – PA vs. SPAS
    9:00 a.m. – PA vs. PCC
    10:30 a.m. – SJCS vs. GCC
    9:00 a.m. – GCC vs. SPAS
    10:30 a.m. – PA vs. SJCS
    (No. 2 owns a twice-to-beat advantage)
    5:30 a.m. – No. 2 vs. No. 3
    5:30 a.m. – No. 2 vs. No. 3, if necessary
    (No. 1 owns a twice-to-beat advantage)
    X:XX a.m. – No. 1 vs. 2-3 winner, Game 1
    X:XX a.m. – No. 1 vs. 2-3 winner, if necessary
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  2. Lefties: A Special Breed (2)

    Here are more prominent left-handed personalities that made it big in the sports scene.

    In local basketball history, there have been a handful of lefty cagers from the past and present that became household names and even earned a slot on the Philippine national team.

    Any Filipino hoops fan worth his salt would easily remember the exploits of the late Lawrence (Larry) Mumar, Fortunato (Atoy) Co Jr. Rodolfo (Rudy) Soriano and Marte Samson during their halcyon days in the collegiate and post-graduate ranks like the old Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA). All once donned the national colors during the sixties and seventies.

    Among the current stars in the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) league, the well-known southpaws include Alex Cabagnot, Yancy de Ocampo, Gabby Espinas, Willie Miller, Ian Sangalang, Mick Pennisi and Gilas team member Jeff Chan.

    All the aforementioned basketball players are natural left-handers.

    In the case of Co, he became ambidextrous because of an accident early in his life.

    Growing up in Daet, Camarines Norte, the chinky-eyed Chinese mestizo of Mapua Institute of Technology and Crispa fame broke a bone in his left hand at age seven and had a choice but to learn to shoot with his right.

    “Siguro dahil sa pagkabali ng kaliwa kong kamay, hindo na alo maka-asinta sa kaliwa,” recalled the 6-foot-1 Co, a one-time King Cardinal with his shooting prowess.

    “Kaya nag-aral akong tumira sa kanan. Pero ang maganda roon, naging magaling ako sa parehong kamay.”

    Renowned for his fadeaway, turnaround jumpers, Co would dribble with his left hand and shoot with his right.

    Co eventually distinguished himself as one of the most prolific shooters in PBA annals.

    To date, Co still ranks fourth on the PBA’s all-time scoring list, trailing only Ramon Fernandez, Alberto (Abet) Guidaben and Alvin Patrimonio. In 14 seasons (1975-8 with Crispa, Manila Beer and Presto, he appeared in 749 games and totaled 12,994 points for a 17.3-point average.

    The 62-year-old Co is entering his second season as the head coach of the Mapua Tech Cardinals in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  3. Lefties: A Special Breed

    Left-handed people are a special breed.

    While they concededly are in the minority, some of them went on to become distinguished men and women in different fields of endeavour.

    There have been seven southpaw United States presidents in the past, including the late actor-politician Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush (the father of current president Barack Obama’s predecessor George Walker Bush) and William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton.

    Locally, we had a left-handed chief executive in Joseph (Erap) Estrada.

    Lefty foreign celebrities who have made it bid in the entertainment world include (without regard to billing), actors Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Pierce Brosnan and Robert Redford and actresses Nicole Kidman, Angeline Jolie, Demi Moore, Whoopie Goldberg, Diane Keato, Kim Basinger and Julia Roberts and the highest-paid television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

    In the music industry, there’s 71-year-old (James) Paul McCartney of the iconic Beatles and later the Wings who still plays the guitar with strings in reverse order.

    If you are a Baby Boomer (like this Hoopster), I am sure you would remember Phil and Don Everly or better known as The Everly Brothers. Lefties both are.

    Now, we turn to some of the well-known left-handed international athletes in the past and present.

    U.S. major league baseball’s renowned homerun hitters Baby Ruth and Barry Bonds were southpaws.

    Great left-handed boxers include the likes of “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya and, of course, our very own 35-year-old Pambansang Kamao, Emmanuel (Manny) Pacquiao.

    Last April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (USA), the world record-setting eight-division titlist avenged his controversial June 9, 2012 split-decision defeat to Timothy Ray (Tim) Bradley with an easy unanimous decision over the previously unblemished American boxer (in 33 fights, 31-1-1) and regained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.

    Swimming produced a lefty Olympic hero in American Mark Spitz.

    Among the greatest athletes ever to pick up a tennis racket were southpaw Jimmy Connors, Rod Laver, John McEnroe and Monica Seles.

    The all-time greatest bowler in the world happens to be a Filipino and a left-hander as well.

    Rafael (Paeng) Nepomuceno was a six-time World Bowling champion and topped the World Cup of Bowling an unprecedented four times in three different decades (1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996).
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  4. Ed Ocampo: Football and Basketball Greatness

    Who does not remember the multi-faceted athlete Edgardo (Ed) Ocampo?

    At his prime, Ocampo was Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball rolled into one.

    That’s how versatile an athlete Ocampo was during the 1950s and 1960s.

    In the book “Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball,” Ocampo, the basketball player, was described as such:

    “With his speedy hands and quick anticipation, Ed distinguished himself as the country’s ace defensive player during his time. Ocampo’s guts, speed, stamina and quick anticipation on defense helped establish the Ateneo alumnus to basketball greatness.”

    Ocampo not only distinguished himself in basketball. He also made a name in Philippine football.

    Ocampo was named “Mr. Football” in 1955 when he was barely 17 years old.

    Five years later, he was voted “Mr. Basketball.”

    Both awards were handed to Ocampo by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).

    Ocampo’s love affair with football and basketball began in his grade-school days.

    Denied a berth on the Ateneo Archdiocesan Athletic League midget basketball team because ‘he was too short,’ the Pampanga-born Ocampo honed his craft in football (or soccer).

    Ocampo was on the Philippine national eleven (soccer) that saw action in the Asian Cup in 1956, touring countries like South Korea, Italy, Spain and France.

    That same year, Ocampo broke his collarbone during a rough soccer contest and doctors advised him not to engage in any sports for half a year.

    Less than six months later, however, he managed to get back into action, trying out with Ateneo’s seniors team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Ocampo made the grade after several Blue Eagles dropped out of the team.

    He debuted with the Blue Eagles in the second round of the 1957 NCAA season.

    A guard at 5-7, Ocampo was a bit short but he overcame his height disadvantage with his stamina, speed, power, quick reflexes and tenacious defensive skills.

    Ed helped lead the Blue Eagles to back-to-back men’s basketball crowns in 1957 and 1958.

    Following his graduation from Ateneo in 1959, Ocampo played basketball with the tradition-steeped Yco Redshirts/Painters in the old Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) and other top commercial leagues.

    He was a key figure in Yco’s MICAA title conquest of arch nemesis Ysmael Steel in 1960, having held the Admirals’ high-scoring forward Narciso Bernardo to just nine points in a crucial game. That same year, the PSA voted him “Mr. Basketball.”

    Internationally, Ocampo suited up for the Philippine national basketball team that ranked eighth during the 1959 World Basketball Championship (now known as the FIBA World Cup) in Chile.

    The defense-oriented Ocampo also was a three-time Olympian, donning the national colors during the Summer Ganes in Rome (1960), Mexico (196 and Munich (1972). Note that Ocampo saw action in the 1964 pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Yokohama, Japan but the Philippines landed only sixth among 10 participants (four to qualify) and failed to earned a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics that year. As the reigning Asian titlists, the Filipinos would have automatically made it to the Tokyo Games but the FIBA stripped them of that incentive as a punishment for the country’s failure to stage the 1962 World Basketball Championship in Manila. The WBC was aborted after then-Philippine president Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia (then a communist country) to step on home soil.

    At the Asian level, Ocampo played for the national quintet during the 1966 Bangkok Asian Games (sixth place) and in four Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) tournaments (the forerunner of the FIBA Asia Championship) – 1960 Manila (Philippines – gold), 1963 Taipei (Republic of China – gold), 1965 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia – silver) and 1967 (Seoul, South Korea – gold).

    After hanging up his jersey, Ocampo went into commercial and professional coaching.

    He won three championships with Yco, including one in the MICAA (1976), and four more in the Philippine Basketball Association – one with Royal Tru-Orange (1979 Open) and three with Toyota (1981 and 1982 Open and 1982 Reinforced).

    Ocampo, who also endeared himself to hoops fans for his sportsmanship,passed away in 1999 at age 61.
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  5. NU Bulldogs Prime Up for the 2014 UAAP Season

    Let's grow together.

    This is the message that the national University management is sending to cat-quick and defensive-minded swingman Chino Mosqueda, high-scoring 6-4 power forward JP Cauilan and 6-2 Iloilo native Kins Go, a trio of graduating members of the Bullpups team that annexed the UAAP juniors title last October with a perfect 16-0 record.

    Mosqueda, Cauilan and Go have been invited to play for the NU Bulldogs squad coached by Eric Altamirano.

    The elevation of the three players to the seniors ranks highlights the school's aggressive homegrown recruitment program for the upcoming UAAP competitions in July.

    Other rookie acquisitions by NU are Med Salim of Chiang Kai Shek College, Rev Diputado of the NCAA champion San Beda College Red Cubs and Arjan Dela Cruz of the Tiong Lian titlist Hope Christian High School.

    The Bulldogs currently are in Cebu for an invitational tournament.
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