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Get podcast episode 10: Geeking out on sports

October 22, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Podcast, Sports besides Tennis 5 Comments →

Our guest is Jaemark Tordecilla, sports editor ( and blogger (Fire Quinito). Listen to or download the podcast here. You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

For this week’s podcast quiz we’re giving away a copy of A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers.

A Hologram for the King is available at National Bookstores.

During the interview Jaemark cites several things about Philippine sports that have to change. Name three of them. Post your answers in Comments.

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The winners of last week’s quiz (You need to read Chang-Rae Lee) are scientist, nativereader, rusticrouge, sunflowii and jaime. Please post your full names (They won’t be published) in Comments and we’ll alert you when your prizes are ready.

Update: The bookstore has had to reorder copies of The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee. Good for reading, annoying for our winners who will now have to wait for their books. Apologies. If you post your Philippine addresses, we can send them to you via Air21 when they arrive. Thank you.

Update on the update: The shipment from Penguin was delayed due to Sandy, but the books should get here within the month. We will send them to you as soon as we get them (assuming you gave us your local addresses). Thanks for waiting.

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That’s it for the first season of the weekly podcast. We’ll be back in one month.

Two Geeky Girls report: Team Phil the clear winner in football friendly

August 26, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Sports besides Tennis No Comments →

Team Phil

We sent stellalehua and brewhuh23 to cover the Clear football game yesterday. Here’s brewhuh’s attempt at serious sports reportage, with photos by Angela Lauchengco.

Stellalehua and I waded through the rains and weekend traffic to watch the Clear Dream Match football friendlies at the University of Makati football stadium yesterday. Clear shampoo pitted all-star teams led by local football superstar siblings Phil and James Younghusband for the benefit of Tuloy Foundation.

Before the kickoff, prizes were given away to lucky audience members. By the time we got there almost every seat had been filled, fans were getting ready with their banners and cheers, and the players were warming up on the sidelines.

Team James

As both teams ran onto the field I couldn’t help but wonder if commemorative calendars of the players would be available and where I should line up for them. Phil and James selected their lineups from the players who received the most votes on Clear’s facebook page. The rosters included Azkals, members of local football clubs, athletes from other sports, and showbiz personalities.

It had rained an hour before the match so the pitch was wet and muddy. This prompted some of the fans to comment that the next sponsors for the football friendlies should be a detergent powder. In the first few minutes of the first half we saw Phil Younghusband slip/dive onto the glop, much to the delight of his female fans. The larger percentage of the female population at UMak were rooting for Phil’s team, and it almost cost us our eardrums.

Pick the Dream Team, then cover the match.

July 05, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Sports besides Tennis 2 Comments →

Top (L-R): Fr. Rocky of the Tuloy Foundation, Andrew Wolff, Marvin Kiefer, Slick Rick, Daniel Matsunaga, Phil Younghusband, James Younghusband, Anton Del Rosario, Armand Del Rosario, Patrick Deyto. Bottom (L-R): Rick Olivares, Steven Silva, Paolo Bediones, Mikko Mabanag, Yannick Tuason, Tony Toni, John Imperial (CLEAR Brand Manager).

On August 25 at the University of Makati, two teams composed of Philippine Azkals, United Football League (UFL) players, athletes from other sports, university players and celebrities will participate in the first-ever CLEAR Dream Match for the benefit of Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation. The two teams will be captained by national football players James and Phil Younghusband, and their members are up to you.

Go to to see the pool of 50 players who are available for the Dream Match. Vote for your favorite players. The players who get the most votes will be drafted into the two teams.

THEN if you’d like to play sports correspondent, post your selection in Comments below.

We’re looking for two correspondents to cover the match for us. If you are selected, you will receive a ticket to the Dream Match and an access pass so you can talk to and photograph your favorite players. (Obviously this gig is not for the shy, retiring type.)

So select your team and tell us about it. Our two correspondents will be announced the week before the CLEAR Dream Match. Go.

Bonus mystery question: James or Phil?

Gary Oldman tells athletes-turned-actors where to stuff it.

June 23, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Sports besides Tennis 2 Comments →

via Flavorwire.

We love you, Gary Oldman.

The Public vs Arnold Clavio vs the Azkals: Sexist, Racist, or Lookist?

March 20, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Famous People, Sports besides Tennis 9 Comments →

Could it be that the reaction to Arnold Clavio’s statement is so passionate because he’s…uhh…because he umm…because he doesn’t look like the Azkals?

To take Clavio’s side would imply that you look more like Arnold Clavio than Phil Younghusband or Neil Etheridge.

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Random conversations: Monday

December 05, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Sports besides Tennis, Technology, Traveling 9 Comments →

Tech/travel news

– Heard about the 2 BlackBerry executives who were so unruly on a Toronto-Beijing flight, the pilot had to turn the plane around? Lost 18 hours. They should’ve tasered the two.

– Company is in trouble. Probably explains the drinking.

– And we’re having this conversation on BBM.

Sports via text

David Beckham visited a shelter for street children in Manila. Photo from Unicef. Sweet of him. We’re still not into the tattoos or the hair product.

– Pogi ba talaga si Becks?

– Tangkad. Pero kaya pala laging long sleeves, puro tats. Kadiri. Eurotrash.

Entertainment via email

– Why are there two Snow White movies? One with Julia Roberts and the other with Charlize Theron. Oscar winners playing the evil stepmother. Oh dear, Kristin Stewart’s mono-expression is in the Charlize Theron version. Waaaaaahhhhhh!

– Nagkopyahan. Hindi naman siya ang titingnan natin kundi si Chris Hemsworth. Thor vs Winklevii!

– Sa bagay. Ang ganda ni Winklevii hahaha. Makikita ko na naman ang abs ni Chris Hemsworth!