Sunday, December 05, 2021

Samante: Revitalize

Game On

THE global pandemic has affected us for almost two years now. I have been regularly writing about recovery plans and suggestions in this column. One very evident reality we are facing is virtual events are here to stay even after this pandemic.

Various organizations create virtual wellness programs that encourage people to return to a healthy lifestyle even with the threat of the pandemic. Virtual run, virtual bike, and virtual swim have become the norm.

Last Sunday, I returned to my bike saddle after the latest quarantine classifications to gauge my biking endurance and physical condition.

Staying at home for the previous six weeks or more has not helped much. If before, I could do a 24k roundtrip; last Sunday was a very different experience. I only managed 13k and felt wasted after.

With this, I am thankful for the wellness program initiated by the AdDU University Athletics Office titled, Revitalize.

This simple program is already extensive in getting people to move and adopt a healthy lifestyle again, even with Covid-19. Most students, faculty, and staff were very game in doing their virtual programs and logging them in social media thru the Revitalize FB page.

It is motivating and encouraging to see fellow faculty, the staff, and students committing to finishing their programs.

This pandemic is not going away in the near future. However, we can revitalize our response and cope by engaging in virtual programs such as this.

Notes from the sidelines:

The PBA Finals is underway. TNT versus Magnolia. This series will be fun to watch with the resurgence of Calvin Abueva and Coach Chot Reyes’s masterful executions.

The NBA is also on its tip-off week. Marquee matchups are the Nets vs. Bucks, Warriors vs. Lakers on opening night. Celtics vs. Knicks and Nuggets vs. Suns on Thursday. Mavs vs. Hawks and Clippers vs. Warriors on Friday and Nets vs. Sixers and Suns vs. Lakers on Saturday.

These matchups are already great and will set the tempo for the rest of the league. The next marquee matchups will be on Christmas Day 2021.

Japan B.League is becoming a destination for Filipino ballers. We already see many highlight reels from the Ravena brothers and Kobe Paras. There are already numerous Filipino basketball players in that league, and there might be more coming over. We’ll see who’s next.


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