AND A Happy New Year to all...
This is the time of the year when we think of beginnings.
And beginnings are always fun and exciting.
Every time we begin something new, we think it’s going to be better than it was last time.
We look back at all the things we didn’t get done in the year past and look forward to the things ahead of us.
Several years ago, I listed my suggestions for the New Year’s resolutions of our favorite personalities in the wonderful world of sports.
I have more for 2019:
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao -- stays away from all the distractions brought about by his popularity on and off the boxing ring. For a start, he should stay away from too much politics in the sports and continue to live up to the high expectations of a nation forever in need of a hero.
Chess hero Wesley So -- keeps his focus on the bigger tasks ahead and continue to perform to the best of his ability whether or not he still represents the country in international competitions. Listening to the words of wisdom from the elders is also a good idea this year.
Basketball superstar June Mar Fajardo -- hopes to stay away from injuries and help the Philippines tearn more respect in the international basketball stage. In the PBA, achieve his bid for an unprecedented five straight MVP awards while playing for grand slam team San Miguel Beer.
Bowling legend Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno -- with age fast catching up, win as many tournaments and bring as many honors to the country as possible. Helping find new world-class talents is also a welcome addition to his resume.
Track and field queen Lydia de Vega -- spends more time with her family and her kababayans who have kept an adoring eye since her meteoric rise in the international scene in the mid-80s. And while she’s here, get a chance to lend her expertise in the search and training of more Lydia de Vegas in the future.
Weightlifting great Hidilyn Diaz -- the 27-year-old pride of Zamboanga City fulfills her lifetime dream of producing more world-class weightlifters not only in her province but in the whole country.
Marathon champion Mary Joy Tabal -- stay physically fit annd healthy to achieve her goals of bringing more international recognition to the country -- and her home province of Cebu in particular.
Kiteboard hero Christian Tio -- the Fil-Norwegian silver medalist in last year’s Youth Olympic Games hope to get more opportunities to represent the country and achieve his goals of winning more honors for the country.
Swimming sensation Jasmine Mojdeh -- As the country’s biggest hope in swimming, the 13-year-old student of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque needs to keep her focus of getting better every time regardless of the controversy hounding the local swimming association. There is no doubt that Mojdeh is a rare find in swimming and it is just not right to keep her from achieving her dreams due to squabbles among the sports offiials.
Golf superstar Yuka Saso -- Afte winning the gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, the Saso is now one of the biggest finds in the sport and top sports officials should now shower the 17-year-old Fil-Japanese from San Ildefonso, Bulacan with all the support she needs to reach her full potencials. An international campaign will be a good start.
So that’s our list of suggestions for the New Year’s resolutions of our 10 favorite sports personalities in the Year 2019.
What do you think they should add to the list?
Happy New Year to all.
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NOTES -- Welcome home to two of my E. Rodriguez Jr. High School buddies Ed Santiago and Edwin Benedicto, who are both in Manila for a brief but meaningful holiday vacation. Ed, who is now based in Canada, and Edwin, who works in Saudi Arabia, are hosting the ERJHS New Year celebration at Archie’s Sports Grill and Bar along Sct. Borromeo, South Triangle in Quezon City on Jan. 5...
Happy birthday to my Lyceum of the Philippins University classmate- good friend Mhel Akamine, who will celebrate another special year on Jan. 4...
Birthday greetings, too, to our Mary Jane Castro (Jan. 1), Noel Infante (Jan 1); Rosemarie De Vera-Godfrey (Jan. 3), Esmeralda Parial Torrico (Jan 3); Jojo Dizon (Jan. 8); Sarie Benitez (Jan 9); and Mariano “Nano” Crispino (Jan 12).
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