Sons and daughters of their father

June 22, 2020

ONE of the few good things about this coronavirus pandemic is that it allows all of us to spend more time with our family while staying safely at home.

It is especially timely since we just celebrated  Father’s Day last Sunday, June 21.

And while the usual loud family celebrations at the air-conditioned malls were not there due to the prevailing health crisis, all of us still found the time to celebrate the most important man in our life.

In sports, we think about the many  famous fathers and sons and daughters  who excelled in their respective fields during this Father’s Day 2020.

We think about Caloy Loyzaga and sons Chito and Joey Loyzaga, Lauro and Larry Mumar, Robert and Dodot Jaworski, Freddie and Jason Webb, Benjie and Kobe and Andrei Paras, Peter and Japeth  Aguilar, Bong and Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Louie and Kevin, Junjun and Kieffer Alas, Norman and Aaron Black, Bobby and Ray Parks,  Alvin and Jeric and Jeron Teng, Danny and Shaun and Dave Ildefonso, Marlou and Matthew Aquino, Romy and Billy Mamaril, Freddie and Paolo Hubalde, Florendo and Renren Ritualo,  Leo and Bacon Austria, Ervin and Kai Sotto, Romeo and Romy De la Rosa, Sonny and Junjun Cabatu and  Boyzie and Paul Zamar in basketball.

There are other notable sports families who excelled in more than one sports, like baseball/softball legend Boy Codiñera and sons Jerry, Harmon and Pat Codiñera,  PBA MVP Alvin Patrimonio and daughters Christine and Clarice Patrimonio, PBA legend Samboy Lim and daughter Jamie and Eddie  Laure and  daughters EJ and Eya.

In motorsports, we have Pocholo Ramirez  and sons Kookie, Georges, Louie and Miguel, Dante and Jojo Silverio,  Jovie and Janelle Saulog,  Jolet and Jaja Jao, Junjun and Kenneth San Andres, Jody and EJ Coseteng, Arthur and JP Tuason, Aram and Ivan  Carapiet,  and Yoyong and Maico Buncio.

And of course, there’s Emerson and son EJ Obiena in pole vault.

Like the father,  these sons and daughters  also rise in the winderful world of sports.

It’s all in the family, after all.

And I think it’s what makes the sports a lot more exciting.

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Don’t  look now, but our long list of all-time best sports movies keeps getting longer, with more People’s Tonight readers e-mailing to give their share.

Among these highly-recommended movies to watch during the quarantine are:

The Way Back --The movie, which starred popular actor Ben Affleck, tells the story of Jack Cunningham a former high-school-basketball star-turned-alcoholic who gets a second chance when he was recruited  as  head coach of his old high school basketball team, Bishop Hayes. The film received positive reviews from critics, with Affleck’s performance getting nothing but  praise.(Directed by Gavin O’Connor, 2020).

I, Tonya -- With Margot Robbie in the lead role,  the movie follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and her connection to the infamous 1994 attack on her main  rival Nancy  Kerrigan. The movie, which received mostly positive reviews,  depicts Harding as a victim and reframes the narrative around her implication in the crime as well as other criticism of her actions.The film also earned nominations for Best Actress for Robbie in the 90th Academy Awards. (Directed by Craig Gillespie, 2017).

Creed --A sequel in the   successful Rocky film  series,  Creed is the story of Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. In the movie, Creed sought the help of the now-retired Balboa as he pursues a boxing career. Creed was released in the United States on November 25, 2015, the 40th anniversary of the date of the opening scene in 1976’s Rocky. Critics called it the best Rocky film in many years, and it was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2015. (Directed by Rya Coogler, 2015).

Rush --  The  movie is about the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers,  James Hunt (potrayed by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl during the 1976 Formula 1 motor-racing season.The 1976 season comes to a climax at the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix. Hunt’s late rally in Lauda’s absence has pulled him within three points of Lauda. (Directed by Ron Howard, 2013).

he Fighter  --  A 2010 American biographical sports drama film, the MarkWahlberg starrer tells the story of professional boxer Micky Ward (Wahlberg),  his older half-brother Dicky Eklund ( potrayed by Christian Bale) and mother-manager Alice Eklund-Ward (played by Melissa Leo). It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning the awards for Best Supporting Actor (Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Leo). Wahlberg elected to star in the film due to his friendship with Ward, even calling him a “local sports hero.” (Directed by David Russell, 2010).

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