Plain and Simple | Fidelity, not material success

First, on basketball. I love basketball. I thought I was good at it when I was young.

After playing as a varsity player in a provincial college, I learned some good and hard lessons on playing basketball. After college, I played in a commercial league in the province playing point guard. I also learned some good lessons while playing basketball on that league.

One lesson is that basketball is never a game of one superstar, it’s a game of a team – a chemistry of a team. The chemistry is cooked up by a brilliant coach through years of practice.

It can never be through the dominance of one superstar player. He may be the best in the world, but if he is alone, he can never make a team win especially if the opponent is one hell of a team.

It’s different with 3on 3 now happening at the Philippine Arena.

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Our weekend was spent in the quiet hills of Catalunan. One thought recurred in my mind – that Christ was not a success seen in the eyes of the world, but he was faithful until the end. This thought came from Fr. Danny Hwang, a sometime Jesuit provincial of the Jesuits in the Philippines.

The world thinks that your nothing if you don’t have power and wealth. But Christ was only the son of a carpenter. He did not study in a prestigious school, nor did he own a house, nor the luxury of a car. Nothing, except his fidelity to His father. And this made the difference.

Many among us think that if you write simply, speak simply, you have nothing of brilliance. Desiderata keeps reminding us to listen to ordinary people ” because even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.”

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Independence Day. Most often I think of those who died so our freedom will be restored. Freedom, they said is fought, not given to us in a silver platter.

Painful because so many are offered in the altar of our freedom. Lives are offered so our generation can enjoy the freedom.

But it is sad when many of us forget the sacrifices of our heroes. Many just forget. Sad, but true.
In my visit to Cavite, I saw in Kawit the house of President Aguinaldo. When I went Calamba, I saw the house of Rizal. They fought for freedom.

I’m so grateful to them for what they did to our country – Dagohoy, who led the longest war against the Japanese, and Ninoy against the tyranny of the dictatorship.

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