It was, definitely, the first time that I was treated to a birthday party in a posh hotel, the Hyatt at that. The B-Day bash was tendered in my honor by my children with better half Annie, Choy as I call her — Wendell, Kim and Triple (Ana Alfonsa), daughter-in-law Monique, “invited” guests, of course, were our grandchildren Nirvana, Ziggy and Audio.
The affair came in time for the arrival of Kim, who spent her annual vacation here from her job as a fashion designer in Dubai. The affair was a sort of a grand reunion for our family, which can only gather together yearly during Kim’s vacation. It was, therefore, the happiest moment in my life seeing my entire brood complete on one occasion. It was, too, the most lavish (by my standard).
And like what I have been saying whenever something like this happens, “Puwede na ako mamatay bukas.” Joke lang…. As what Filipino swimming sensation Eric Buhain told Choy when he visited me at the hospital when I was nearly stabbed to death in 1993, “Si Sir Eddie lang po ang palaging nagtatanggol sa aming mga atleta. Marami pa pong dapat gawin si Sir Eddie sa amin at sa Philippine sports.” Sinabi kasi ng wife ko na patitigilin na ako sa pagsulat para matahimik na ang buhay ko.
So, ganoon nga ang nangyari. Tuloy ang self-imposed crusade ko for the advancement of Philippine sports and Filipino athletes. I was, actually a victim of stabbing twice before that 1993 incident and shot at twice, too. Your OUTSIDER was also an object of libel suits twice in the exercise of my profession. Thank God I’m only writing sports stories and columns.
Anyway, Kim has returned to Dubai to resume working on her job there, kaya medyo malungkot na naman kami at maghihintay na muli kung kailan siya makapagbabakasyon. We will miss her again, especially our youngest apo, Audio na pinakamalapit sa kanya.
The Scoop (Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines) On Air Forum, formerly called Scoop Sa Kamayan, has been revived and it looks it’s gonna stay for a longer more time, based on the success of its first three episodes.
Revived through the prodding of The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Dante A. Ang, DAA as he is fondly called by members of The Times family, SCOOP has already become one of the instruments in unifying the erstwhile feuding factions within the Philippine Olympic Committee ranks when its newly-elected president, Congressman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, on one hand, and lawyer Clint Aranas, on the other, appeared together during the first edition of the Forum. Both assured televiewers and listeners that from then on, everything will be peaceful within the POC in the interest of our hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games this coming November and December.
Scoop’s next episodes had Phisgoc venues managers Chito Manuel and Mike Verano who gave assurance that the problems that confronted our first three hosting of the biennial conclave will be a thing of the past. Meaning all competition venues will be completed no later than a month before the Games opening on November 30.
And last Friday, it was Phisgoc COO Ramon “Tats’s Suzara’s turn as guest. He one-by-one spelled out the historic and memorable aspects of the Games, including the opening ceremonies and the climax of the torch relay, which for the first time in Games history will be held in two separate venues (see related story somewhere in this section)
Following Dr. Ang’s instructions to dedicate all of Scoop’s guests until December to the SEA Gaxes, we are inviting Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Friday’s session preparatory to featuring all the Philippine teams competing thereat.