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How to make a NANING cocktail

1 part intelligence

5 parts self-sufficiency

2 parts understanding

3 parts patience
Combine in a tall glass half filled with crushed ice. Serve with a slice of caring, a quarter of self-preservation and a pinch of salt. Yum!


It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, everyday, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn't interest me to know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
It doesn't interest me who you are. I just want to know YOU.
-oriah mountain dreamer-

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

My condolonces to the family of the late MERCEDES "Lola Eday" EPONDULAN, who joined our Creator on June 26th 2007. Please offer a prayer for the eternal repose of her soul.

For everybody's info, Lola Eday is Naning's paternal grandmother.

Monday, February 26, 2007
Happy Birthday, Ning! (albeit, a late one)

It was Nani's birthday last Tuesday... his 32nd! Hahaha... well, that's what he told me when I talked to him the day after his birthday. Seriously, he's much younger than that but I'm not really sure if I'm allowed to reveal it. Have to ask him first. :D

Anyway, I was bored and I remember I have to post something about Nani's game in Cebu last week. I actually found one but I'll post it later. Here's one I got accidentally, this was December last year. I didn't know of this but here it is! Read on...


Koi survies UCM

(Online Journal, 8 December 2006)


Nine out of nine for Koi Village.      
Koi survived a gallant stand by UCM Auto Aircon-Lyceum to eke out  a  hard-earned 102-86 win in double overtime in the 2006 PICAA Open basketball tournament at the LA Consolacion College gym in Mendiola, Manila.
The game,  however,  was a lot  closer than the final score indicate.
Ernani Epondulan scored six of  his game-high  33   points in  the second  five-minute extra period as  the  Magallanes-based team of Terry Que and Jimi Lim  outscored UCM-Lyceum, 20-4, to clinch  its  ninth  straight  win in the six-team, double-round  tournament  sponsored by Chloe Lightings.
E. J. Feihl  powered his  way to 25 points, while  Chito Victolero and J.R. de la  Cruz added 15 points for Koi, which  battled back from an eight-point deficit, 62-70, in the final three minutes of regulation.
 Patrick Tiongco finished with 20 points while Hoper Mondragon added 13 points for UCM-Lyceum, which dropped to 5-4 in a tie with idle Pacific Supertex.
 Actually, UCM-Lyceum of coach Bonnie Tan  had a chance to win the game in regulation when  Raymond Tiongco nailed a long three-pointer to give the Pirates a 74-71 lead with 46 seconds left.
 But Epondulan countered with  a three-point shot to tie the score at 74-all.
Tiongco and Victolero then traded  baskets to send the game into first overtime.
 5 th  Avenue Telecoms subdued Wang’s-PRC Couriers,  91-86, to move up to solo fourth place with an even 4-4 slate.   
But Wang’s-PRC immediately  placed  the  game under  protest, claiming 5th Avenue  fielded an ineligible player.
The scores:
First game 
5 th Avenue (91)  -- Cenita 19, Flor 19, Aquino 13, Catamora 11, Zagala 9, Mopera 6, Mangahas 6, Pascual 4, Bulawan 2, Mendez 2, Gathalian 0.
Wang’s-PRC (86) --Medina 24, Regalado 17, Pingol 12, Baltazar 11, Reyes 9, Claveria 4, Lucas 4, Maliksi 3, Villarta 2.
Quarterscores: 25-26, 46-44,67-63,91-86
Second game 
Koi (102)  -- Epondulan 33, Feihl 25, Victolero 15, De la Cruz 15, Hernandez 12, Bajar 2, Matugas 0, Gregorio 0, Pedro 0, Pontejos 0, Galiza 0.
UCM-Lyceum (86)  --P. Tiongco 20, Mondragon 13, R. Tiongco 10, Calimag 9, Mendoza 7, Realista 7, Gutierrez 6, Marcos 5, Medina 4, Tajonera 3, Gonzalgo 2, Balmaceda 0, Tagibao 0.
Quarterscores: 18-9, 30-all, 51-55, 76-all, 82-all, 102-86

Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Ozamiz draws first blood vs Spring cagers

Published on page A29 of the December 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ILIGAN CITY - Back-to-back titlist Ozamiz Cotta drew first blood in its best-of-three championship series with Spring-Tagaytay Monday night by scoring a slim 73-70 victory in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the MSU-IIT gym here.

Last conference's MVP Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia and three other Cotta Shrine cagers scored in double figures to turn back the gutsy Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel ¡°Tac¡± Padilla and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino after trailing 35-37 and 53-54 in the second and third quarters.

Basco topscored with 14 points, Dacia added 12 and PBL veteran Lou Gatumbato, Leo Bat-og and Elbert Alberto chipped in 10 apiece as Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog's Ozamiz dribblers moved a win away from recording NBC's first three-peat.

Nani Epondulan led Spring-Tagaytay with a game-high 16 points.

Game 2 is scheduled today at the Gov. Angel Medina Sr. gym in Ozamiz City.

Ozamiz surged to a 20-12 first quarter lead, but Spring-Tagaytay erupted for 25 points in the second canto to lead 37-35 at the turn.

Monday, December 18, 2006
Spring-Tagaytay, Ozamiz near NBC showdown

Published on page A27 of the December 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Spring-Tagaytay edged North Cotabato in overtime, 98-96, and back-to-back champion Ozamiz routed, 91-78, Friday to inch closer to a title showdown in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the Corpus Christi gym here.

Danny Capobres played the hero’s role for the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president and league EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino by sinking the triple that tied the count at 80 and extended the contest with seven seconds left in regulation and scoring the last four points in the extra period.

The 6-foot-2 Capobres finished with 21 points. He was supported by Aldrin Morante and Rodel Mallari, who had 17 each, and Nani Epondulan and Marvin Yambao with 15 and 10, respectively.

Spring-Tagaytay’s win spoiled a 27-point performance by Henry Fernandez, top gunner of Gov. Manny Piñol’s Braves.

Mayor Reynaldo Parejinog’s Cotta Shrine cagers trailed 18-19 at the end of the first quarter, but surged ahead 52-46 at the turn and never looked back as they bolstered their three-peat drive.

Marlon Basco, Melfred Sampilo and playmaker Lou Gatumbato provided the big shots for Ozamiz, snapping a two-game run by the talented Explorers of Mayor Sammy Co, last conference’s losing finalists.

Former PBA star Nelson Asaytono, who led the Explorers’ sweep of Tribu Sugbu in the quarterfinals, was held to 11 Friday, leaving the scoring chores to ex-Ginebra guard Rob Johnson and Peter Naron, who tallied 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Game 2 of the semifinal series were being played at press time last night. Should Spring and Ozamiz prevail, they would advance to the best-of-three finals.

The scores:

SPRING-TAGAYTAY 98—Capobres 21, Morante 17, Mallari 17, Epondulan 15, Yambao 10, Barnson 9, Tajonera 5, Reyes 2, Guiyab 2

NORTH COTABATO 96—Fernandez 27, Espinosa 14, Cabanog 13, Jawod 11, Dagatan 10, Ligue 6, Tanigue 5, Tamayo 4, Manalac 4, Martinez 2.

Quarters: 23-21, 44-40, 63-66, 80-80 (reg.), 98-96 (OT)

Spring-Tagaytay five drubs Osmena-Cebu, gains semis

Published on page A31 of the December 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SPRING-TAGAYTAY trounced Osmeña-Cebu, 67-51, Friday night to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the San Juan gymnasium.

After failing to capitalize on their twice-to-beat advantage by losing 58-64 Thursday, the Cooking Oil Masters of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and league EVP and Mayor Bambol Tolentino bounced back with fury to seal a semifinals date with the winner between North Cotabato and Valencia.

Danny Capobres waxed hot in the payoff period, drilling in 10 of his 16 points highlighted by back-to-back triples to give Spring a decisive 55-40 spread with 5:22 to go.

Billy Moody and Niño Marquez tried to turn things around, rallying former senator John Osmeña’s team within eight, 47-55, in the last two minutes.

But that proved to be the Cebuano’s last stand as Capobres fired two more triples before Nani Epondulan and Mar Reyes sealed the contest.

Valencia and North Cotabato are playing at press time yesterday.

The scores:

SPRING-TAGAYTAY 67—Capobres 16, Epondulan 16, Mallari 8, Reyes 7, Tajonera 6, Neo 4, Genido 3, Morante 3, Guiyab 2, Yambao 2, Finuliar 0, Barnson 0.

OSMEÑA-CEBU 51—Moody 13, Marquez 10, Legaspi 10, Reguera 7, Espiritu 6, De Castro 5, Santos 0, Hardin 0, Zablan 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 31-27, 39-33, 67-51

Tagaytay Repeats Over Tribu

Source: sunstar.com.ph 02 December 2006


SPRING cooking Oil-backed Tagaytay quintet survived a sloppy first half to deal another frustrating come-from-behind defeat to the Atan Guardo-backed Tribu Subu following a 73-69 thriller in the Talisay City Invitational Cup held Thursday evening at the Talisay City Sports Complex.

Tagaytay leaned on the end game sparks of Danny Capobres and Nani Epondulan to score a repeat over the Al Solis-mentored Tribesmen, who was played starting center Marvin Mercado with limited minutes due to fever.

The Atan Guardo five was in control of the first 20 minutes as Doroteo Almacin found his range early.

But as Tagaytay stepped up on his defense, the energetic game of Tribu Sugbu waned as Tagaytay toop over the game midway to the final quarter.

After leading 33-29 at the bend, Tagaytay crept back into action to cut down the deficit to just 52-53 entering the final quarter.

With Capobres teaming up with center Rodel Mallari down low Spring was able to outscore the smaller Tribesmen 21-16 in the final 10 minutes to win the game.

Capobres and Epondulan topped Tagaytay with 16 points each and Mallari finished with 14. Almacin scored the game high 25 points for Atan Guardo-Tribu Sugbu while Mark Ababon and Randy Sevilla added 15 and 10 points each to the Cebuanos.

Spring—Tagaytay (73) – Epondulan 16, Capobres 16, Mallari 14, Reyes 7, Yambao 6, Guiyab 4, Tajonera 4, Barnson 3, Genido 2, Cuenca 1. Tribu Sugbu (69) – Almacin 25, Ababon 15, Sevilla 10, Gadianne 8, Mercado 7, de Guzman 2, Dennison 2. Quarters: 15-18; 29-33; 52-53; 73-69. (RCM)


Monday, September 25, 2006
Spring Oil spoils Tribu’s NBC debut

Manila Bulletin Online, 22 September 2006

TALISAY CITY, Cebu — Tagaytay Spring Oil steadied in the closing minutes to spoil the debut of Arthro/Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu, 75-70, Thursday night in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the jampacked city gym here.

Ex-PBL players Danny Capobres and Nani Epondulan provided the big shots in the closing minutes to power the Tagaytay Spring squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac’’ Padilla and his executive veep, Mayor Bambol Tolentino, past the comebacking Cebuanos of businessmen Jonathan Guardo and Lito Gillamac Jr.

It was the third straight win for Tagaytay Spring in the 10-team tourney sponsored by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

Capobres’ basket at the 2:26 mark gave Tagaytay a 71-67 lead but after rookie Jerome Gadiane answered with his third triple, Epondulan knocked in a jumper and then Aldrin Morante sank two charities with 21 seconds left to seal the win which gave Tagaytay Spring Oil a firm hold on top spot.

Six-foot-five banger Rodel Mallari held his ground against "Baby Shaq’’ JR Quinahan, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to pace Tagaytay Spring.

Tagaytay Spring jumped to a 27-17 lead in the second quarter, but Gadiane and Quinahan mounted a fierce rally to keep the Cebuanos in the game, which was marked by three deadlocks and 17 lead changes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
It's about time

I accidentally came across upon an article online with Naning in it so I decided to search for more and thankfully I found some... it's about time I guess for this blog to get updated.  It's been almost a year since my last post anyway.  Read on...


Spring Tagaytay cagers score, boost crown bid 
Philippine Daily Inquirer Online, 22 August 2006

SPRING Tagaytay kept its composure in the payoff period to subdue Lyceum of the Philippines, 95-90, and boost its quarterfinal bid in the 10th Danny Espiritu Cup basketball tournament recently at the Lyceum gym.

Danny Capobres, Nani Epondulan, Arden Guiyab and Mar Reyes scored in double figures to help the combined Spring-Tagaytay squad of NBC president Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla and Mayor Bambol Tolentino level its record at 3-3.

Skytex Foam halted 5th Avenue Telecom’s winning streak at three, 86-79, while Laptop Pawnshop trimmed Banal na Pagaaral, 107-102, in other games.

Skytex waxed hot from start to finish, leading by as many as 20 points, 45-25, at halftime as it dealt 5th Avenue its first loss in four games while raising its record to 3-2.


Cotta and Spring win opening tiffs
abs-cbnnews.com, 17 September 2006

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato - Bidding for a third straight title, Ozamiz got off to a big start at the opening of the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament Saturday by downing host North Cotabato, 72-67, at the packed provincial capitol gym here.

Reigning MVP Marlon Basco came up with a huge double-double performance to power Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s Ozamiz cagers pars the Braves of Gov. Manny Piñol and team manager, Mayor Efren Pñnol.

Basco scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as he almost single-handedly thwarted the Braves’ furious rally.

Spring-Tagaytay shared opening-day honors with Ozamiz by subduing Mayor Jose Galario Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest, 68-62, in the other game.

Nani Epondulan exploded for 23 points to carry the load for the Spring-Tagaytay squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and executive vice president and Mayor Bambol Tolentino in the tourney sponsored by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten and Holiday Plaza-Cebu.

Action continues Monday with Ozamiz and Spring-Tagaytay clashing at 6 p.m. and North Cotabato and Valencia squaring off at 8 p.m.


Tagaytay beats Ozamiz in NBC
Sun Star CDO, 20 September 2006

VALENCIA CITY -- The Tagaytay-Spring Cooking Oil made known its serious bid to snatch the title away from the Ozamiz Cotta with an 88-78 victory Monday night to remain unbeaten in the 2006 NBC National Cup at the city gym here.

Taytay led all the way and had to buck foul troubles to ward off a spirited rally by the back-to-back champions in the pay-off period.

Arden Guiyab fouled out midway through the quarter followed by Jeff Tajonera, Joel Finuliar, and Rodel Mallari in the final canto as Marlon Basco wreaked havoc in the paint.

However, the team of NBC Presiden Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and NBC EVP Mayor Bambol Tolentino was not to be denied despite Basco's 19-point and 11-rebound performance.

Nani Epondulan, who had 23 against Valencia, continued his scoring spree, this time, churning in seven of his team-high 17 points in a torrid third quarter as Tagaytay posted the game's biggest lead at 25 points, 74-49.

While Tagaytay was shooting from all angles, the Cotta Shrine squad of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog dismally threw bricks as it managed to convert only 22-of-71 from the field including 1-for-15 from the arc.

Meanwhile, in the nightcap, the North Cotabato Braves downed the Golden Harvest, 83-79, to barge into the win column.

The Braves extended Valencia's losing spell despite a big 20-point effort from last season's Rookie of the Year Eliazar "Buboy" Berami, who was San Beda rookie Pong Escobal's teammate at the Holy Cross of Davao.

Tonyboy Espinosa manned the Braves' backcourt splendidly scattering 12 points on top of four assists and two rebounds.

The Braves of Governor Manny Piñol joined Ozamiz at second with a 1-1 record while the Golden Harvest of Mayor Jose Galario, Jr. occupies the cellar at 0-2 in the tournament supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature's Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and its official cable carrier Prime Channel.

League-leader Tagaytay will be put to another test as it battle the comebacking Arthro/Skygo-backed Tribu Sugbu at 8 p.m. on September 21 in Talisay City in Cebu.



Tagaytay-Spring Stuns Ozamiz

Source: Manila Bulletin online, 20 September 2006

VALENCIA CITY — Tagaytay-Spring Oil served notice as a serious title contender by beating back-to-back champion Ozamiz Cotta, 88-78, Monday for its second straight victory in the 2006 Spring Cooking Oil-NBC National Cup basketball tournament at the city gym here.

The Tagaytay-Spring squad of NBC president Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla and his executive veep, Mayor Bambol Tolentino, led from the start but had to buck the disqualification of key players Guiyab, Jeff Tajonera, Jeff Finuliar and Rodel Mallari in the final canto to prick the bubble of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog’s favored cagers.

Nani Epondulan added 17 to his 23-point outburst in Tagaytay-Spring’s victory over Valencia Saturday to spoil the 19-point, 11-rebound performance of reigning MVP Marlon Basco in the young tourney supported by Sulpicio Lines, Spring Cooking Oil, Nature’s Spring, Molten, Holiday Plaza Hotel-Cebu and Prime Channel.

The North Cotabato Braves of Gov. Manny Pinol and team manager Mayor Efren Pinol bounced back from a tough loss to Ozamiz by subduing Mayor Jose Galalo Jr.’s Valencia Golden Harvest, 83-79, in the nightcap.

Tagaytay-Spring faces another big test tomorrow when it meets comebacking Arthro/Sjygo-back Tribu Sugbu in Talisay City, Cebu.

While Tagaytay-Spring waxed hot to open a 74-49 lead in the third quarter, Ozamiz’s usually reliable stars kept on throwing bricks, shooting a dismal 15-of-71 from the field, including one-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Braves leaned on ex-pro Tonyboy Espinosa to frustrate the Golden Harvest, who got a big 20-point performance from last year’s top rookie, Eliazar "Buboy" Berami.

** p.s. I didn't know Naning is playing for Tagaytay-Spring team. I just came across this article by accident. Well, anyway... at least now, I have an idea. ;-)

Friday, December 23, 2005
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