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Away from Rizal, Same Feeling: Azkals Viewing Party at Dillingers 1903

Unlike my brother and my male cousins who are very much addicted to football, I consider myself as a mere spectator of such sport. Sometimes though, I watch the European games on TV, just so I could relate to the usual sporty conversations we have as a family… aside from longboarding, of course. πŸ™‚

Until the PHL Azkals started playing mad… Now I’m in love with football as well.


The Search for the Golden Tickets

I really wanted to try something new, so instead of watching the game at home, I had this spur of the moment decision to look for tickets to the Azkals match against Sri Lanka. I had to bug my mom, sister and cousins to go to TicketWorld outlets just to check if they have started selling the extra printings for those who would want to watch the game at Rizal Memorial Stadium. We were going for the 200-300Php prices, but alas, the tickets were already sold out during the first 30 minutes of release. Talk about madness! πŸ™‚

Cheers and Beers at Dillingers 1903

So we gave up with the ticket hunting, and decided to watch the July 3 game at home. Good thing, my cousin had a friend who was able to give us free invites at a viewing party sponsored by cable provider Sky Cable and ABS-CBN Sports. I knew what the invite meant – I’ve got an awesome weekend waiting for me! πŸ™‚

Dillingers 1903 was a great place for a viewing party! πŸ™‚

Dillingers 1903 is one of the most popular restaurants found in Greenbelt 3. The bar’s theme is inspired by what you usually see in gangster films: dark and cozy, despite the fact that it was named after an infamous bank robber named John Dillinger who was born in 1903. With a wide range of alcoholic drinks you could choose from, we knew that the viewing party for the Azkals game would definitely be fun.


Good thing we arrived early. The place was jampacked!

We arrived there with an hour to spare. We however decided to choose our seats for we knew lots of people would be arriving soon. And yes, they did arrive in packs!

The event was co-presented by ConZace, Samsung SMART TV and Emperador Light; they were also responsible for providing a very interesting afternoon for the audience. Free samples of the vitamins and brandy were everywhere, and Samsung was very generous with their raffle prizes. Spa gift certificates were also awarded to lucky ticket holders. See? These freebies and more make viewing parties extraordinary.

The foreigner deserved the ESPN bag. He was cheering for the Azkals way too loud. ^_^

My brother JC was a lucky winner of the Samsung USB.

Philippine Azkals v Sri Lanka Brave Reds

The game was the main reason why people gathered in the pub that day, and we all looked forward to a good game. Of course, Filipinos all around the world stepped up and hoped that our homeboys would do well.

The PHL Azkals did not fail us – even gave the crowd a breathtaking score of 4-0 against the opponent! When Chieffy Caligdong scored the first goal, the crowd just went wild! The little man compared to the heights of his teammates continue to stand proud, thanks to his skills.

Angel Guirado’s goal made us cling at the edge of our seats. We somehow expected that he would trip and wouldn’t be able to score that goal. He passed the goalkeeper in struggle, and was able to give the PHL another score. All smiles he was after the shot! Natural charmer he is, this guy’s first visit in the Philippines made him buy a Filipino flag to bring back to Spain. Cute story, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

Worth-mentioning of course, is Phil Younghusband’s two epic goals. He was so on top of his game. Thanks to Angel Locsin, perhaps? Hmm. I would like to think that his drive was mainly because of the Filipinos’ support and love for him.

I prayed for the Azkals last Sunday. Did you?

Minutes before the game ended, we already smelled victory. The Azkals are definitely going to Kuwait! πŸ™‚

The Azkals Effect

So what difference did the Sunday’s Azkals match make in the history of the Philippines? Well, aside from the fact that we were all united that day regardless our locations, our country made it to the 2nd round of the Asian Qualifiers. This goes to show that we have definitely what it takes to dream for that World Cup. Dream big, think epic… right?

And yes, I was glad to make new friends that day. This football madness surely brings a lot of people together!

Everyone at Dillingers rejoiced after the match, and I’m pretty sure that we felt the same hype those people who watched in Rizal had. Though it would have been fun to be drenched in the rain while cheering “Go Team” and singing “Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!”, viewing parties could give you the excitement as long as your heart is really into what you are watching. πŸ™‚

So for those who would not be able to get a ticket for the next home game on July 28, you may catch Aly, Chieffy, Neil, Phil, James, Stephan, Ian and the rest of the PHL Azkals battle against Kuwait (in full HD) at the nearest viewing party near you. You may also contact your local cable provider for inquiries and invites.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter where we watched it. What is important is that our confidence and support for the Azkals would be there and would never die down, as they travel along the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

This is the Azkals’ journey, and it’s every Filipino’s journey.

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Follow Dillingers1903 on Twitter for more viewing party updates! Looks like the place is going to be another venue for football fanatics. πŸ™‚

The Padyak Bayani Dos Hangover

Because I’m no certified longboard enthusiast yet, it took me a while to come up with a neat and decent title for this photo-blog. Being my first entry for the month of June (which is very embarrassing, I must say), I wanted it to be legit. πŸ™‚ Thank goodness I have realized that I should focus more on the fun which we all felt before-during-after the event.

Say, what event?

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(c) Society Longboards Co.

In celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the 11oth anniversary of the province of Rizal, Society Longboards Co. (with the support of other skate shops) came up with the best way to put people in a festive mood… of course, by spreading and promoting that longboard love thru Padyak Bayani Dos: Malayang Paglalayag sa Daang Aspalto.

"I Skate for the Nation." (In this photo: BoyetP. Lim)

All longboard riders were invited to the said event, which was held last June 11, 2o11 at Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo City.

Taktak is considered (as) both “haven” and “heaven” for skaters, thanks to its smooth concrete roads and authentic slopes.

"It's downhill from here."


Padyak Bayani is the brainchild of Society Longboards Co., managed by Mr. Dino de Leon and Ms. Valerie Brotonel. It is a four-division event where noobs and pros come together to share the stoke. The following divisions were:

Bagong Bayani (Novice)downhill race for first-timers and have not had any experience winning any “Beginners’ Division”. Young ones and the Young-at-Heart people, boy or girl were allowed to join.

Bayani ng Taktak (Open)downhill race for the experienced riders.

Karera ng Dagadownhill race using a mini board. The deck must be 28″ or less. Party-carvy boards, these minis are. πŸ™‚

Alamatdownhill race for the 30-something riders. It was also one way to show respect to those who have shared the passion for longboarding for quite a number of years already.

COUNT ME IN. Racers fall in line to have their names registered.

I went to see PBDos with the people from Kwago Longboarding. Miguel, Gab, Anna and Ayel were very kind enough to pick me up so we could all ride the “school bus” together in going to Taktak. I brought my board with me so just in case there aren’t that much people skating (since we knew that we were gonna be there early), we could spot a little before the real thing starts.

Miguel and our other Kwago friends were racing that day, and us girls (Anna, Ayel and Claude) were in such a high mood – ready to show our support to the guys by taking pictures of them. πŸ˜€

SUIT UP!(L-R David Razal, Nikko Martin Limsiaco, Miguel Raralio, Gab Raralio, Jovel Castaneda)

Upon registration, the racers can get their free shirts. πŸ™‚ I wonder if the juice was for free too. (Jovel Castaneda and Coco Luna)

The racers were just so.... photogenic. πŸ™‚ (Claude Santos, Miguel Raralio, Sen Santiago, Gab Raralio, Jovel Castaneda)

There were A LOT of people gathered in the spots already – we had to walk to and fro to have a good place for taking pictures and all. I remember overhearing a group of riders coming from Iloilo – I thought locals from Manila were only the ones joining.

After the registration, participants were allowed to have their practice laps, just to make sure they were on top of their own games. Our bets of course, never settle for complacency. They also took advantage of the free time given to them.

SAFETY FIRST. Riders are encouraged to wear full-face helmets, rashguards and leather suits to protect them from bringing home a lot of.... TOCINO. πŸ™‚

(Man screams) HELMET!! xD

Since all races were downhill, the riders hitch on trikes and motorcycles so they could go back to the starting point of the race. Society Longboards Co. were efficient enough to provide service transpo for those who needed to go up. Proud supporters of the racers even had their own vehicles used to alight the racers in going to where the competition would start.

So the race began.

"And he was there to win it. He did, alright." (Pat Cuison)

Β Being a first-timer to watch a race, I really was not able to capture the “Holy SH**” mementos. I was toooooooo amazed watching y’all riders dance, slide, tuck and drop-knee – it was really hard for me and the girls not to stare at the different styles they were all doing. I was actually disappointed with myself when this guy (whom I’ve heard is Mark Guevarra) did a helmet/head slide just right in front of me and Anna; we were not able to take a picture of him doing that. What a waste. :p

Noteworthy to mention was the support given by the different groups to their riders. Parents, friends, girlfriends, fans (?) brought food and drinks to share.

Many were there too to take pictures and record videos. It was my first time to use the DSLR without panicking or asking help from anyone that day. Haha! Anyway, the some people-in-charge (Dino, Val, J-Bels, Doc Raul) were very patient with the photographers who stayed on the side of the road. Then again, being poised on the roadside is dangerous. Once the rider’s longboard wobbles, or if he slides right in front of you and everything becomes out of hand – you know what could happen next. Good thing, none of what I have mentioned happened.

Yes, they were aiming at me. :p (Jemuel Alejo and Dave Razal)

So here are some of the pics I took during the race (I wish I could place ’em all.):

Miguel Raralio

Jerico Balingit and Gelo Perfecto

Coco Luna (black) and Sam David Felix (yellow)

Riders from Iloilo

❀ (Nelvin Obach, Gianne Pleyto, Matt Sudario)

I cannot fully describe the technicalities of the race – I think I should attend more events like this, so that next time I could give you a much more detailed blog. Imagine, I did not even get the names of the winners! :p Well, except of course for Patrick Cuison, because I was able to congratulate him together with the other Kwagos.

I give my two thumbs-up to all those who participated in the event, and most especially to the organizers of the event. No fuss, brawl, great chaos of some sort were seen nor heard… well, not that I know of.

Even if our bets did not fully bring home the bacon (Miguel and Boss brought their share of Tocinos, FYI), we all went home bringing the stoke.

All is well that ends well. πŸ™‚ (Jay Razon with Jovel)

Say hello to the Kwagirls πŸ™‚ (Anna, Ayel and Claude)

... and more Kwagirls (Ada de Pedro, Pilar Pedrosa)

Too bad, I was not able to take a decent group photo. I only had this:

Kwago's Starting Line-up (L-R): Gab, Kish, Jude, Omar, Migs, Sen and Boss.

Though I did not get to skate that day, watching them ride the concrete wave was enough for me to say that longboarding is an activity where you can de-stress and detoxify yourself. Moreover, events like this allowed me to meet new and interesting people.

Spiderman and friends πŸ˜€

Youngblood

Despite the tiring day, I still saw people going home all-smiles. I, for one thing, was able to afford some exchange of jokes with the girls while packing up for home.

I waited for this event for weeks, and even prayed very hard for the weather to cooperate. My Facebook and Twitter posts prior this were all about wanting to attend Padyak Bayani.

As of this writing, a famous longboarder named Sherwin Uy is in Singapore to represent the Philippines in a longboard downhill competition. This goes to show that there is a future for the Filipinos in this specific board sport. People from all walks of life as I have seen in PBDos, were pretty much united that day. Not only would it make the country famous, promoting(+riding) longboard is simply fun in more ways than one.

Congratulations to all the participants, supporters and Society Longboards Co. for the successful event! I cannot wait for the next race and see hardcore action once more. πŸ™‚

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Photos by me. Stoke? From everyone. πŸ™‚

Big thanks to the Kwagos and Kwagirls for all the poses and smiles. You guys are awesome. πŸ™‚


iDance. iCarve. iBombHills. iLongboard.

(Halfblotprincess’ has long been in the “quiet mode” for quite some time now. With all the activities which have been keeping me busy lately, I almost forgot that I have a blogsite to maintain. πŸ˜€ )

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It’s time to ride the concrete wave.

"Take me, I'm ready. Let's runaway." (Photo by Anna Isabella De Pano)

One boring Thursday night of April, I received a random call from my childhood bestfriend, Karmela. She sounded ecstatic when she asked for my plans that night. I was pretty hyped up while talking to her, because we were making plans. There have been many attempts to grab a coffee and update each other with our own thingamajigs, but most of the time, our schedules do not meet eye to eye. So going back to the phonecall, Mela asked me to join her in meeting up with our good friend, Miguel. The plan was to meet Migs in Kapitolyo Street (Pasig) and learn how to skate.

I hesitated for a moment; having been familiar with skateboards and longboards, I knew the danger these rides could bring. Then again, I wanted to see Mela and Migs again, so I gave it a go and met up with her around 9pm at Baang Coffee in Tomas Morato.


“Everything I Know, I Learned in Kapitolyo.”

Mela and I found ourselves lost in the long stretch of Kapitolyo. We had to call up Migs for further (and clearer) directions. Reaching Uncle Moe’s told us that we were in the right place. So we waited for Migs to fetch us, since he said that we would walk together going to the skate spot.

Kapitolyo in Pasig City is a famous playground for boardsports enthusiasts. From what I have heard of, the barangay officials are kind enough to those who would want to use the area. People regard Kapitolyo as the “boarding school“: it’s the place where a longboard/skateboard is introduced to you. I guess I have to agree with that.

That night, enthusiasts and newbies were beginning to gather and find their own places to practice. I even saw a father with his son, talking to this guy and asking him if he could teach his son the basic stuff in longboarding. The kid, who is approximately age 11 or 12, was in full battle gear. Pads, helmets, gloves – all that protection shizz, the kid has.

And me? I was wearing a cropped shirt with an inner blouse, shorts, sneakers.

No pads, helmets, gloves. I was not ready to have the gasgas and sugat“tocino”, as fondly called by the longboarders.

Kwago Longboarding

Migs introduced us to the ladies and gentlemen of the longboarding group where he belonged to – the Kwago Longboarding. The group’s frontman, Jovel CastaΓ±eda aka Paps, was very kind enough to teach us on how to ride a longboard for the first time. He’s the same guy who was talking to the father who brought along his son to learn longboarding. I was really nervous at first, because I knew the kind of danger these boardsports could bring to anyone who tried. However, Paps reminded us of one thing which I would never forget: you have got to have the confidence. True enough, if one does not have the guts and will to try something new, chances are, the attempt would always be a failure.


So after a few hits and misses, I found myself able to balance already while riding a longboard. Mela, who’s a natural when it comes to skating, had less difficulties. She was able to practice trying a skateboard (Marphie’s) days prior our Kapitolyo tripping. It was such a nice feeling to be able to cruise, even in short distances! πŸ™‚

Too bad, skating of any sort has been banned in Kapitolyo lately. Residents apparently could not take anymore the noise created by the people who frequent the place. I seriously hope that things would work out fine in Kapits, because it’s a really nice spot to learn longboarding for a newbie like me.

Anyway….

More than the happy feeling we felt because we were already learning how to ride a longboard, Mela and I were actually excited to get to know the group. Let me just say, that these Kwagos are among the most fantastic people you’ll ever meet. Not only were they accommodating and kind to noobs like us, but they were just simply great longboarding enthusiasts. They are the personified beings of the word “fun”, in more ways than one. Why do I say so?

Watch this:

And read this (click the link):

“The winding roads of Antipolo is a haven for longboarders”


See what I mean? The Kwagos and the Kwagirls are just a bunch of people full of awesomeness. πŸ™‚ The following day, Mela and I were added by Migs in their Facebook group. Hoho.

Hello Taktak!

Last Saturday, we went to Taktak Road in Antipolo to skate (of course) and it sort of became a field trip/family outing for us. I brought with meΒ  my brother Jc and cousin Jiggy. Mela and I were fortunate to have the bagets join us – they carried our stuff all throughout the trip. πŸ™‚

Not minding the two-hour trip to our destination (and the Php500 cab fare), the place is indeed the perfect niche for longboarders. Well, I really needed to be there because I was finally getting my board from Migs. Jiggy, was also meeting up with other Kwagos to have his mini assembled.

hey there, handsome. πŸ™‚ (Sector 9 - Photo by Jiggy Ilagan)

What we enjoyed most were the exhibitions some of the Kwagos gave us. Daredevils, I must say!

L-R: Sen, Migs, Edward (Photo by Maica Quinto)

make way! πŸ™‚ (Photo by Maica Quinto)

This outdoor activity served as a reunion for me, Mela and Migs. Being classmates way back grade school and having no updates/gatherings to look forward to for more than 10 years, who would have thought that we would bond in the most extreme ways? πŸ™‚

Sector 9's making friends with Ladera. πŸ™‚ (Photo by Jiggy Ilagan)

After a tiring day, we still managed to smile for the camera and have a group picture taken. Well, we had to flash our best because the road going home meant another two-hour bonding with traffic. The Taktak experience was hella fun, but how I wish Antipolo was only two cartwheels away. πŸ˜‰

Stoked! πŸ˜‰ (Photo by Claude Santos)

It’s never too late to try something new. Longboarding is such a fun activity, and it would definitely introduce you to the person you never thought you could become. It is a sport for everyone, regardless the age. So I suggest that you go get a board, find a nice spot, and bomb the blues and boredom away! πŸ™‚

Skating is thrilling, skating is fun.
With good friends to be with, happiness won’t run.
Goin downhill, goin flat
You gonna be screaming, I’m sure of that! β™₯

Claude Santos (on our rhyming games with Paps)

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Like Kwagos’ Facebook Page! Click the link. πŸ™‚

TYVM:

Claude Santos, Anna de Pano and Jiggy Ilagan for the pictures. πŸ™‚

– to Kris who was very kind enough to endure the 2-hour traffic from Antipolo to Quezon City. Next time I’ll make sure na you’ll witness true “longboard shizz” when you hit Taktak again. Let’s skate sometime. πŸ™‚

____ days of summer

The heat is on!!!!

(Well, it’s actually raining outside while I’m writing this.)

My summer vacay has officially kicked off, and and I bet this would be the busiest ever. Finally, I would be giving “travel writing” a go!

One cool thing about being a teacher is that you get to have your break too. This perk allowed me to set dates and plan for busy days ahead.

Of course, nothing beats my desire to stay at home, here in Quezon City… but I just can’t wait to explore the wonders of Batangas, Bohol, and Zambales. I can’t wait to have my jaw-dropping moments!

If the weather cooperates, a quick stop in this epic surfing spot would be neat also. πŸ˜‰

Excited. That’s me. πŸ˜€

Get ready, travel buddies. Our ____ days of summer starts now.

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you bet. πŸ™‚

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