Daily Archives: February 19, 2009
“We wish to transform the area from ordinary to model village,” declared Pacis, who is director of Filipino Business Development based in Toronto, Ontario. “Our vision is to provide livelihood to the poor and a caretaker group will be the recipient of various projects that we are planning to provide there such as the multi-purpose hall where they can use to congregate.”
“Let us bring back dignity to the poor; educate them and instill values that will ignite changes in community, changes in their attitude and behavior; a silent revolution change,” Pidoy chortled.
Pidoy said five percent of the11 Filipino diaspora or those living abroad are wealthy “and there is a calling from the Lord for this 11 million Filipinos to go abroad and help those who are poor in the Philippines.”
As the number two exporter of human labor all over the world, Pidoy said “we have the ability and capacity to help and build a community; opportunity can be committed if there is a well.”
Pidoy believes that GK project “is a transcending point which goes beyond the building of community; this is patriotism outside the Philippines.”
HUGE SIZE MATTERS
In a display of the highest capability of the male physique, football players run like antelopes, slither like snakes and attack like leopards. At other times they pirouetee like ballet dancers.
On the huge open field you see play patterns evolve to succeed or fail-depending on the instinct and precision of individual acts.
In a World Cup soccer team, everyone is an artist whether he is a striker, a pass maker, a defender, or a goal keeper.
Every single move counts. To a soccer watcher, the details are beautiful. In a huge soccer field fans see a goal made in sequences of brilliant moves orchestrated by midfielders and strikers. The open skies and huge open field give the picture of a real battlefield. The atmosphere of a battlefield is visualized. The art of war is palpable. The battle goes on in spite of sun, rain and mud.
SPECIALISTS ARE SYNCHRONIZED
Soccer warriors have specialized skills that contribute to the precious winning goal. Strikers (goal makers) are deadly in the penalty area. Their killer instincts are hone in, their legs are pumping irons, their speed belongs to a 100-meter dash champ. Their feet dribble the ball with lightning-fast agility, kick a goal score in several styles of kick effects.
Midfielders are superb ball catchers and handlers. Their precision passes are marvelous at any distance, any speed. They initiate attack patterns and elude their guards.
Defenders are a special breed. They are strategic in winning a game by blunting and stopping attackers within fifty yards and penalty front area.
Defenders artfully execute some of the most cat quick reflex actions in stealing a ball from attackers. Games are won by the superior performance of defenders.
Hearts beat fast when a forward surges towards a goal guarded like a leech by a defender. The simultaneous struggle being displayed by the attacker surging towards the goal and the defender in stopping the attacker at all cost is simply heart-stopping.
In football, every player is key. The post-game analysis is total-a team effort.
The whole game is creatively and passionately played by all. No superstars. Team play rules.
THINKNG FEET IS GENIUS
Perhaps the biggest thrill in soccer is the dexterity of the human feet. Foot work. Foot dribbling. Foot ball handling. It’s amazing that in soccer, the foot is as good if not better than the hands in holding, dribbling and shooting the ball. These skills are part genius and part discipline. It comes with lots of practice. But marvelous footwork is just half of the story. The other wonder is legwork. Leg power. Leg agility. Leg endurance. A running leg. Leg excellence involves the foot, ankle, knee, the whole leg as one perfect instrument to play artistic football. The foot and leg excellence is simply an exceptional quality of world-class soccer player. Unique to watch. An object of admiration.
The use of the head is another source of constant fascination. The player’s head seems stone-hard. It is used o catch r block aerial balls. Or for butting short passes. More spectacularly it can head the ball to the goal either through a body dive or a jumping head shot. Simply astounding!
Perhaps the superiority of soccer lies in the inherent virtues of a world-class soccer player. The audience senses this. An excellent player embodies the virtues of self-discipline, bravery, endurance, and the will to win.
The low score in football means victory is hard earned. It means that great things come at the right moment, the patience is key to endure the long struggle. In spite of the two-hour battle, football fans enjoy every moment of the game. The display of individual skills from the players, the teamwork and play patterns keep viewers interest sustained throughout the game.
GREATNESS IS IN THE DETAILS
A team can lose and still be admired for having played magnificently. In football, excellence is in the details. And it takes struggle and discipline for a player to achieve perfection. This is obvious in the way he plays. The excellence in little details displayed by players is a source of endless enjoyment from the crowd. That’s why kids, glamour girls, yuppies, husbands, wives, farmers, construction workers, taxi drivers, food vendors, prime ministers, presidents, queens, kings, and emperors cheer lustily for their team during a World Cup series. Passion is so high, football even creates extremists called hooligans.
“We Filipinos should elevate our sports IQ from basketball to soccer,” counseled Ordonez. “In soccer there are no oversized Shaquille O’Neals who can bully a victory in a basketball game. In soccer you only have normal height players like Ronaldo and Rivaldo of Brazil, Kluse and Ballack of Germany whose unique and unexpected kick for that precious single goal is more exciting than the boring repetitions in a 50-point score of a surfeit and predictable Kobe Bryant.”
He added: “Let’s stop being basketball bores. Let’s be more sophisticated and discover the unexpected and mental pleasures of soccer.”