Humbly accepting defeat-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I HAD a chat with first district Provincial Board Member and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba at his resto bar at the Capitol site over the weekend. With us was my good friend, Raul Laurente, who is also Yayoy's longtime buddy.
We talked about the recently concluded Cebu Schools Athletics Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball championship where his squad lost to arch rival University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers in their best of five finals series. The Cobras initially led 2-0.
But they suffered three straight losses after that.
Alcoseba did not blame his boys for the loss because, he said, they performed well.
They were just not lucky that night. Yayoy said that had the game not been stopped for more than one hour, they could have snatched the championship because they had the momentum.
The game was stopped because the electronic scoreboard conked out. They waited for it to be fixed but to no avail. There were suggestions to cancel the game but Yayoy insisted it should continue or the spectators might become unruly. The game resumed using a “mano-mano” score board.
I know Yayoy more as a politician than a coach. I lost interest in any sporting event after my spinal column was operated on for scoliosis almost 30 years ago.
In my younger years, I played basketball and baseball, both popular games in Zamboanga. After my operation, I quit those games but not my other favorite sport, “romantic wrestling.”
I admire Yayoy’s positive assessment of their defeat. He humbly accepted it. Even champions like Manny Pacquiao, he said, fail. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
And if you lose, you should not be emotional about it. He vowed to prepare well for
the next Cesafi season.
Yayoy compared sports with politics. If you lose in politics, he said, accept it, then prepare for the next elections. I hope Yayoy's political mentor, citizen Tomas Osmeña, would get some tips from his protege.
It’s time for him to humbly accept his defeat in the May polls. Nindot nang attitude ni Yayoy kun unsaon pagdawat sa kapildihan.
There is always a price for development.
Environmentalists have threatened to initiate legal actions against local officials and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 for the plan to cut the century-old acacia trees in the southern part of the province that would be affected by a road-widening project.
I am not accusing these groups of being anti-development. But they should also think of the majority that can benefit if our highways are widened. We can strike a balance between development and protection of our environment.
What if we require those behind the project to plant trees somewhere else in exchange for those trees that would be cut? Mamatay man gihapon nang mga kahoya kay guwang na man na. Daghan bitaw disgrasya nga natumbahan og acacia. Pulihan nato og bag-o.
As for my problem with my iPhone contacts whose numbers disappeared after a computer technician transferred these to his computer for possible backup, only a few were restored. The new numbers that I stored in my phone after I acquired one a year ago got lost.
What is amazing is that the old contact numbers that I already deleted because the owners already died, like those of Cerge Remonde, Angelo Castro Jr., Bob Selner, Marlon Billeta and Emil Rizada were retrieved. Kuyawan gani ko basin og manawag sila labi pa kung gabii.
So, to all my relatives, close friends, “girlfriends,” acquaintances, drinking buddies and news source who know my personal Globe number, please text me your numbers so that we can still connect with each other.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.