There might have been very little Filipino representation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but one championship event this week was full of Pinoy representation as the Waipi’o little league baseball team beat the team from Matamoros, Mexico, 12-3 to win the Little League World Series Sunday in South Williamsport, PA.
The team, representing the US West region, beat the Mexican team, whose players are taller, have averaged eight runs a game and beat Japan’s little league representatives during the International Championship round Saturday. On that day, the Hawaiian little leaguers scored an improbable 7-5 victory against the team from Lake Charles, LA (representing the US Southwest) after rallying from a 5-1 deficit to score six runs in at the top of the 6th and final inning to win the game and move on to the World Championship.
The Aloha State’s team hails from Waipahu, a Honolulu suburb known for its large Filipino population, and owed much of its success to players like pitcher Caleb Duhay (pictured), who pitched 5 1/3 innings with only three earned runs in the final match. Duhay also contributed three runs and a hit of his own at the plate. Catcher Keelen Obedoza scored a hit as well. Other Pinoys on the team such as outfielders Jedd Andrade, Matthew Yap and Jordan Ulep also contributed to the team’s championship.
Little League site: http://www.littleleague.org
Big thanks to Elson Trinidad for sending this in.
I swear, sometimes gifts just fall from the internet heavens.
Joel, the Pinoylife admin, got an email forward containing an article titled “Imagine a World Without Filipinos”. It was published in Saudi Arabian news outlet Al-Watan written by Abdullah Al-Maghlooth. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a quick read:
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The gist of the article is generally positive so props to Abdullah for the kind words. The title does make you think. What would it be like if we got rid of all the Filipinos on the planet? I’m sure there are some racist cocksuckers that would have a month long celebration but this is a hypothetical scenario that will never happen so don’t start making your parade floats just yet. Abdullah Al-Maghlooth pointed out some obvious things such as the negative impact on available nurses, manual labor, nannies, maids, and most importantly how eliminating Filipinos would decrease of the amount of seamen in the world. (Damn right!)
But there are other side effects that Al-Maghlooth didn’t cover. I now present to you my version of the article, “Imagine a World Without Filipinos”.