One of the occasional perks of working in I.T. is being in the path of generous suppliers.
Last Friday the latest give-aways from Microsoft Philippines were distributed among us employees at the office. Training jackets proclaiming the Pinoy Olympian spirit, red white and blue and the yellow sun of our flag, resplendent in shining spandex, as modeled by our ever dependable tech team below.
But as this calls to mind our country’s poor performance at the Olympics for the third time in a row, one can’t help but decry either the system or the corruption (now why does that not surprise any of us), and the athletes themselves. Juan Miguel Luz’s commentary “Olympic gold not built on prayer” gets into the heart of the matter.
Maybe we should get rid of the presidential appointees that lead Philippine sports and replace them with Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Paeng Nepomuceno, Efren “Bata” Reyes, Django Bustamante and our other world-class billiards players. They understand that it takes a system of training to win in any sport.
I took my jacket home and snapped a couple of photos of it, as I was sure at one point that Kuya Maui (Is there a cap that goes with that?) would take it off my hands lickety-split. I was wrong in that regard. He said:
“I’m not exactly sure about jackets which make nationalistic statements in front and advertise ‘foreign devils’ at the back.”