Daddy Max Young’s Speech at the 66th Anniversary of the Battle of Yuldong


[Daddy Max, at extreme left photo, is shown delivering this SPEECH by way of WELCOME REMARKS at the WREATH LAYING Ceremonies held on April 26, 2017 at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City, Metro-Manila, Philippines. Middle photo shows the start of the WREATH LAYING Ceremonies as part of the commemoration of the 66th Anniversary of the famous Battle of Yuldong (From R-L: a South Korean guest who heads the United Korean Association in the Philippines, Daddy Max, Col. Paterno Viloria, Former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos, LtGen. Glorioso Miranda who is Commanding Gen. of the Phil. Army atop the mounting stand together with GUEST OF HONOR,  USEC Arthur Tabaquero, Presidential Assistant of Military Affairs; and PVAO Administrator Ernesto Carolina). Extreme right photo shows Daddy Max doing the march to the KOREAN WAR Memorial Pylon with TWO (2) Filipino soldiers preceding him in the march donned in RAYADILLO uniforms as they carried the wreath to be offered by Daddy Max.]

A pleasant Good Morning to you all.  Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat.

I wish to most respectfully greet our honored guests;  my fellow veterans from PEFTOK, officially known as the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea.

Ladies and gentlemen!

Sixty-six (66) years ago is a very distant time replete with age-old memories. Indeed, memories fade but heroism endures forever.

Sixty-six (66) years ago, in the morning of April 22, 1951, the 900 men of the 10th   Battalion Combat Team of the PEFTOK were digging in on a three mile-long sector in a place inside North Korea whose name most of them did not even know.

I was a member of the 10th BCT. My unit, like the other combat arms of the 10th BCT, found itself preparing for another battle with an enemy we knew well — the communist Chinese.

There was a small village some distance from where we were digging our foxholes and examining and sighting our machine guns, as we anxiously waited for the enemy.

As we slumped ourselves into the grubby foxholes, we felt so forlorn and did not know what tomorrow will bring us. Fear haunted us all as we thought of our families that we have left behind, our loved ones, our country, the Philippines. Varied morbid thoughts crossed our minds. Though we all know that we have defeated the enemy not once but in various occasions, we truly felt that they will attack us with ferocious vengeance. And we can only tell ourselves then; will this be our last battle– will this be the prelude to our end or will this signal the end of the Korean War.  

We did not know the name of the place at that time, but we all realized the significance of our mission.

The communist Chinese were about to launch a great summer offensive which they expectantly hoped would carry them to final victory by overwhelming the United Nations Command.

It was PEFTOK’s job to blunt that great offensive, along with its allies in the United Nations Command.

We knew the Chinese would attack at night. As they had so often in the past.

We knew they would hurl wave after wave of frenzied men at our rifles, machine guns, mortars and artillery. As they had so often in the past.

And we knew the only way to defeat a Chinese human wave attack was to kill as many of them as we could. And this we had done so often in the past.

It was the same old enemy using the same old tricks. And we would beat them in the same old way.

We had beaten them in the past. And we were confident we would do so again at this hilly and God forsaken stretch of terrain whose name escaped us then.

As expected, the Chinese came at night. They struck in the early morning hours of April 23, in a vast human wave.

The 10th BCT held its ground in those hours of ferocious fighting.

In a night battle, the only things you clearly see is the flash of your rifle.

And the flashes of your comrades’ rifles. And the flashes of the rifles and machine guns of the Chinese enemy shooting at you.

As dawn broke, we were surprised that most of us were still alive. We joyfully thanked Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary for our deliverance.

But in front of us were the dead bodies of hundreds upon hundreds of Chinese military force.

We were victorious. This we knew, because we were still alive.

Unable to overrun us, the Chinese avoided us altogether, leaving us in possession of the battlefield.

We counted our dead. Tended our wounded. And resupplied our machine guns and rifles with ammunition.

It was only later that we learned the name of that blood-soaked ground where so many lives were lost.

The place was called Yuldong.

It was only later that we learned that we had stopped the advance of an entire Chinese communist army– in the largest communist offensive of the Korean War.

And it was only very much later that historians determined that our victory at Yuldong helped deny the Chinese the decisive victory they needed to win the Korean War.

Today, on this hallowed ground of the Libingan ng mga Bayani, we commemorate the great Filipino victory at the Battle of Yuldong. And the valiant Filipinos who won that great victory.

It is a great victory for Filipino arms. It was a great victory in a Forgotten War. But the victory at Yuldong might one day become a Forgotten Victory.

It is the task of younger Filipinos to ensure they do not forget their great victory at Yuldong.

And is the task of the few remaining PEFTOK veterans of the Korean War to remind them of that glorious past.

Let us always remember.

Thank you.


[After the WREATH LAYING Ceremonies, a sumptuous meal courtesy of the South Korean Embassy and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) was served at the BULWAGAN within the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) premises. Shown in this photo is Daddy Max at center with: (L-R) My brother WARREN, PVAO Administrator Ernesto Carolina, Mr. Eddie Quirino (son of the late President Elpidio Quirino who issued in 1950 that Presidential edict which authorized the sending of the PEFTOK to the Korean War) and Gen. Miguel Villamor, who introduced the guest speaker, USEC Arthur Tabaquero, Office of the President and Presidential Assistant on Military Affairs.]



***Happy birthday Ms. HANNAH!!!!***

 [Ms. Hannah Y. Kim embarked on a private enterprise to visit all those ALLIED nations (25 in all) which sent armed contingents to the 1950 KOREAN WAR to rescue South Korea from the threat of a communist take-over. Arriving here in the Philippines, Hannah conducted a LIVE interview of Daddy Max on April 12, 2017 at the UERM Medical Center as Daddy Max got confined thereat due to a bout with PNEUMONIA.  As and by way of showing much gratitude and respect to Daddy Max’s daring efforts during the 1950 KOREAN WAR, Hannah lied prostrate on the ground and bowed down before Daddy Max. After which, Hannah announced that she has adopted Daddy Max as his GRANDPA. Hannah worked as Chief of Staff of retired Congressman Charlie Rangel, former US Representative of the District of Manhattan-New York.] 


It was as though a breath of fresh air ARRIVED,

As Daddy Max recounted the persistent plea for an INTERVIEW… LIVE;

‘Twas apt and timely, as Daddy Max was then feeling WEARIED1,

The plea for INTERVIEW cause Daddy’s doctors to be WORRIED2!




And the appointed time for the TALK CAME,

HANNAH Y. KIM went to see Daddy Max, she was GAME3;

Despite the requirement to wear a FACE MASK4,

HANNAH pushed her luck and took the risk to TASK!



HANNAH was indeed a pretty LADY,

She was statuesque and truly DANDY;

She could even pass for a Hollywood STAR,

She felt so INVINCIBLE as though shielded with KEVLAR5!



And that interview animated our DADDY,

As though DADDY MAX popped an energy pill…so FUNNY;

Daddy Max’s answered in STENTORIAN MANNERS,

As though he’s not sick in  his tired TUBERS6!




But what really amazed us is HANNAH’s  PRONE POSE,

She lied flat on the ground almost touching her NOSE;

Thereafter she knelt and bowed down to DADDY,

Showing much respect to a GRANDPA7…DADDY felt so HAPPY!



Found out thereafter that HANNAH was past PEACE CORPS,

She was Congressman Rangel’s8 Chief COMMUNICATOR;

Graduated HIGH SCHOOL at Seoul’s National University,

Pursued thence a course in LITERATURE— she’s quite LITERARY!



She’s got a MASTERAL at George Washington U,

It’s a topnotch school available only to a FEW;

A certificate in ENTREPRENEURSHIP at UCLA,

At JOHN HOPKINS,  scored a course on foreign relations’ CONSORTIA!




But HANNAH’s quest has now become HISTORIC,

She has retraced  and reminisced a WAR EPIC;

Visiting and giving warm greetings to KOREAN WAR VETS,

It’s a PASSION, as she’s keen too on lifetime learning and FITNESS!




[Legend: 1 – Daddy Max was hospitalized at the UERM Medical Center for over two (2) weeks due to a bout with PNEUMONIA and he was getting bored and wearied by that unwanted episode of inactivity and dormancy.
2 – Daddy Max’s doctors got so very worried as the strict directive was to limit visitors to Daddy Max’s room. But as the President of the UERM knew fully well the passionate feeling of Daddy Max about the KOREAN WAR, UERM’s Prexy, Dr. Romeo A. Divinagracia,  yielded and acquiesced to the requested LIVE interview. Actually, the doctors who were medically attending to Daddy Max’s needs were somewhat adverse to allowing the LIVE interview.
3 – HANNAH was truly GAME as she actually risked her health in going into a LIVE interview with a hospital patient who just had a recent bout with such a deadly illness, PNEUMONIA.
4 – Most people would certainly think twice in cases where a visit to a hospital patient would be required to go through the sanitary practice of wearing a FACE MASK.
5 – Kevlar is a well-known component of personal armor such as combat helmets, ballistic face masks, and ballistic vests.
6 –  TUBERS is a term used in this FUN-RHYME BLOG to mean the LUNGS.
7 – HANNAH announced during the LIVE interview and  after lying prostrate on the ground and bowing thereafter unto Daddy Max that she has adopted Daddy Max as her GRANDPA.
8 – Congressman Rangel is former U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel of New York.]



[Daddy Max as President of the PEFTOK-10th BCT Chapter is shown at top photo delivering the WELCOME REMARKS at the 66th Anniversary of the BATTLE OF YULDONG which was held at 7:30 AM this morning (April 26, 2017) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig, Metro-Manila. The BATTLE OF YULDONG is a great battle of the KOREAN WAR that chronicled the heroism and bravery of the Filipino soldier. Following the entry of Communist China into the fray in November 1950, the joint North Korean and communist Chinese militia forces composed of 250,000 ferocious warriors planned the launching of their GREAT SPRING OFFENSIVE to purportedly attain for themselves their desired VICTORY. At the early dawn of April 23, 1951; a  horde of 40,000 of this 250,000 communist force which was  designated to penetrate the FILIPINO DEFENSE LINE (manned by close to 1,000 10th BCT PEFTOKERS) attacked. After the smoke of the shooting war cleared up which ultimately ended in bloody hand-to-hand combat, the 10th BCT PEFTOKERS held their ground and totally vanquished the communist forces. The yearly anniversary to commemorate this victory of FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY is aimed at keeping the memory of FILIPINO HEROISM and to avoid this BATTLE OF YULDONG relegated into the dustbin of history.]



With the odds at FORTY to ONE1,

Our PEFTOK2 soldiers fought with a PLAN;

To kill as many of the ENEMIES,

End the WAR…to be with their FAMILIES!




Though with casualties brought in BIERS3;

MacArthur praised & commended the PEFFTOK,

It was a recognition of heroism with such great TALK 4!



As they were holed up in those grubby FOXHOLES,

They were thinking of their wives & BOYS;

And those girls among their cute little CHILDREN,

Brought them tears; the officers and  their SUBALTERNS!



And waves of communist warriors ARRIVED,

As though they’re cats with their fabled NINE LIVES;

But as the FILIPINO soldiers were so PASSIONATE,

Every adversary’s soul turned so very UNFORTUNATE…



When the dust of the gun smoke CLEARED,

The communist warriors eventually VEERED5;


Except for over a score6, the FILIPINOS were FINE!



And it was the 10th7 which went on a shooting WAR,

The other BCTs8 were still away…miles AFAR;

Still it was the FILIPINO SPIRIT that emerged as HERO,

A brand of BRAVERY championed by LAPU-LAPU9!




And the SOUTH KOREANS have been very GRATEFUL,

For the help of the FILIPINOS…an AID so WONDERFUL;

In fact, the PHILIPPINES sent the FIRST TROOPS10,

And the severe WINTER11 brought them fever and COLDS!




Posterity must treasure this memory for LONG;

If not indeed, it could turn into a FORGOTTEN WAR —

A victorious TRIUMPH that has raised the FILIPINO SOLDIER above PAR!!!!



[Legend: 1 – At the BATTLE OF YULDONG which happened on April 23, 1951, less than 1,000 Filipino soldiers of the PEFTOK squared it off with over 40,000 Chinese communist warriors. But despite the massive superiority in number of the Chinese militia, which was ostensibly aimed to AWE and TERRIFY the Filipino soldiers; the communist forces were successfully vanquished by our brave and daring PEFTOKERS.
2 – PEFTOK is acronym for PHILIPPINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO KOREA.  This army contingent was sent via the
edict of former President Elpidio Quirino to Korea in September 1950 with the arrival in the Korean Peninsula of the 10th Battalion Combat Team. After the great Battle of Yuldong, the 10th BCT was relieved by the 20th BCT in September 1951.
3 – BIERS are coffins.
4 –  General Douglas MacArthur was compelled to declare in virtual acknowledgment of the BRAVERY of the FILIPINO SOLDIERS, following the BATTLE OF YULDONG, through this resounding statement – “Give me 10,000 Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the WORLD.”
5 – As the FILIPINO DEFENSE LINE seemed impenetrable, the Chinese communist warriors veered away from this DEFENSE LINE in sheer exhaustion and consequent diminution.
6 – During the Battle of Yuldong 10 Filipinos soldiers got killed and another 14 were declared missing in action.
7 – 10th is the 10th Battalion Combat Team which was the first combat battalion sent by the Philippines to the Korean War as it arrived in the Korean Peninsula on September 19, 1950. 
8 – BCT is acronym for Battalion Combat Team.
9 – Lapu-lapu is the FIRST FILIPINO HERO who is acknowledged as having killed the Portuguese Fernao Magallanes aka Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan.
10 – Among the ALLIED NATIONS, it was the Philippines among those nations which quickly reacted in the call for help aired by South Korea government and eventually, the Philippine government was among the  first to send its combat troops to the Korean War.
11 – That November in 1950 was recorded as the coldest WINTER ever in the Korean Peninsula.]









 [Here is my son TONTON walking the ramp (acting out as though a topnotch ramp MODEL) during the 2016 CHRISTMAS party at the REED ELSEVIER company (a British-Australian multinational firm) where TONTON is currently employed. Well, the photo seems too apt to show in light of my prognostication in this FUN-RHYME BLOG that TONTON will in the future become a GREAT and AFFLUENT person. Take note of the NUMBER 8 ( a very lucky number indeed, in Chinese belief).HAPPY BIRTHDAY TON!!!!] 



You’re a child born in the year of the DRAGON,

And eventually you’ve been nicknamed as TONTON;

Your nickname evokes such massiveness & weight,

Not just one TON but twice the freight1!




 Thus, I truly feel you’ll soon be great,

For those DRAGON born would gladly state:

“Our luck and fortune are bright in gaze,

They come in great number even through a haze…”2




When you were an infant in your nonage,

Your Mom and I hired a female page3;

She was a nursemaid with Visayan accent,

Taking  care of you like crazy sans any dent4!




That nursemaid even prohibited us;

Your Mom, myself; she would even cuss;

As though she’s your mom, and us just like none,

No chance to be near you, when twilight has come!



 On hindsight now, I feel and think—

That nursemaid might have thought & cringed;

That she was nursing5 some kind of royalty,

Perhaps not yet; sort of  some  destiny!




And now on your way to full adulthood,

You’ll soon perhaps attain affluent livelihood;

Could it be some fortune in the MEGALOTTO,

I’ll cross my fingers; I still don’t know…




But with your diligence, industry and ken…

I’ll hope and pray just like any fatherly kin;

That you’ll be great and even massive…

Oh not your weight— I am thinking of wealth!



And if you’ll truly win the MEGALOTTO,

Be truly generous and don’t be LOCO6;

Though wealth is good, it sparks some kind of ROCOCO7

Just stay as SIMPLE, WISE and GOD-FEARING; it’s truly a great MOTTO!


[Here’s a wacky photo of TONTON with his GF, Aly Duyan.] 





[Legend: 1 – FREIGHT is used in this FUN-RHYME BLOG to mean VALUE and/or VOLUME.
2 – Those born in the YEAR of the DRAGON are customarily regarded as very LUCKY and BLESSED persons.
 3 – PAGE is used in this FUN-RHYME BLOG to mean an attendant; actually a nursemaid in fact.
4 – That nursemaid whom we hired (who was then about 40 years old) was so caring and so very strict that she would not want Tonton to be touched or caressed while Tonton, during his infancy, was sleeping or past asleep.
5 – NURSING is used here to mean taking care of an infant.
6 – LOCO is used here to mean FOOLISH.
7 – ROCOCO is used here to mean as a sign of LAVISHNESS.]



[Left photo shows the tandem of ANDREW PUEN and EDNA NATIVIDAD at the BACKCOURT while the tandem of ROBERT TAN and DIGNA GAVINA awaits the shuttlecock at the FORECOURT, from a service tendered by ANDREW. Right photo shows the tandem of RACHELLE TAN and ROSIE ROQUE as they await the shuttlecock during the training-play being provided them by my brother WARREN (not seen in the photo) who intended to do a long serve from the BACK PORTION of the opposite court.]




Sa TOURNAMENT naman ang laban ay kung sino ang PRIMERO;

May SAMPUNG LIBONG PISONG tumataginting,

Sa KOPONAN na siyang magiging WINNING!




Dahil last term na ito ng mahal nating si  DOC ANDY TAN;

Dapat lamang na si DOC ANDY ay PARANGALAN,

Sa SERBISYO nyang halos ay mukhang WALANG HANGGANAN!



Kaya dapat tayong lahat ay dumating ng MAAGA,

Para wala pong magiging DISGRASYA,

Baka mayroon diyang mag-O-OVER-HEAT,

Naku baka magalit dahil COCK ‘di nya MA-HIT!



Pero mas maganda talagang mas MAAGA,

Para sobrang init ng ARAW di tayo MALANTA;

Meron nga namang ELECTRIC FAN na MALAKI,




At bigyan din nating ng magalang na PAGPUPUGAY,

Yaong mga NON-ASPAC na aking KINARAY2;

Syempre MAAGA din silang DARATING,

Huwag naman sanang tayo pa ang syang AANTAYIN!




Yong NAME TAGS natin ay iyong  dapat PASAN3;

Syempre meron ding NAME TAGS ang mga NON-ASPAC…

Upang ang NAME-CALLING naman ay di PUMALPAK!



At may  praktis pa rin tayo sa SABADO,

Siyempre dahil SIGNATURE YELL meron ding PAPREMYO;

Kaya LIGHT-TRAINING na lang ang training na YAON,

Para hindi na tayo magtagal sa HALL ng MALAON4!



Kaya si ROBERT TAN tila’y nag-IISIP,

Magtatayo na lang daw siya ng TENT sa PREMISES;

Doon sa HALL na daw silang mag-asawa’y MAIIDLIP5,



[Legend: 1 – PAWARDI-WARDI is Filipino/Tagalog slang which means no specific direction or something which is topsy-turvy or awry. Indeed, if the BIG FANS will be turned on and directed into the COURTS, the shuttlecocks will FLY LIKE CRAZY.
2 – KINARAY is a Filipino/Tagalog term which means INVITED using some kind of enticement or intimidation.
3 – PASAN means to bring or something which denotes as a responsibility.
4 – MALAON means to stay for LONG.
5 – MAIIDLIP means to SLEEP.]












[On the second day of the practice-session of the ASPAC officers/staff held at the Badminton Hall on April 22, 2017; TWELVE (12) players-participants were in attendance and the LEVEL 1 players among the ASPAC officers/staff were accorded specialized training by my brother WARREN, myself and by ANDREW PUEN.]




OKEY na OKEY ang praktis noong SABADO,

Si DIGNA1 may dala pang DRINKS — ang akala ko’y SAGO;

Pero mas masarap pa sa SAGO DRINK na bitbit nya DATI…




Si EMILY2 naman ay bumili  pa nang BIKO,

Na LATE tuloy sya sa special training na na-sked KO;

Pero OKEY din naman ang SERVICE3 ni EMILY,

COOL na COOL siya at hindi nagmama-DALI4!



Galing pala ni ANDREW5 , kala ko’y BAGITO—

Mukhang malakas ang TANDEM ng BLUE Team na ITO;

Sorry na lang sa lahat …na-publish na ang PAIRING

Ang tunay na importante, lahat tayo’y MAG-BA-BONDING!



Eto namang si CINDY6, may DRAMA pa KUNWARI —

Baka daw di makapaglaro at mayroong INJURY;

Aba noong natikman ang PANCIT na binili sa PARES-PARES7,

Biglang lumakas ang ENERGY at nawala po ang STRESS!



Si ROSIE8 naman ng WHITE TEAM na pang-huling TAMPOK,

Aba INTERESADO talagang sa SERVICE maging PATOK…

Nag-sarili ng TRAINING at siya’y  nag-FOCUS sa dulong COURT—

Animo’y si BILBONG9 PANDAK; and SERVICE nama’y puro SHORT!



Ang isang REVELATION noong Sabadong TRAINING,

Itong si YSA10 na sumulpot at bigla ding nag-LEAVING11;

Pero ang dali nyang natutong mag-SERVE12,

Magaling siyang PUMITIK at mukhang may ENERGY pa syang RESERVED!



Si EDNA13 namang talagang malakas HUMAMPAS,

Maliksi pang kumilos, tunay na PAGASPAS;

Malakas din ang ka-TANDEM nitong si EDNA…

Partner niya si JING14, na expert sa BOLA15!



Si JOAN NETTE16 naman ay masayang-MASAYA,

Ang HENERAL17 na ka-TANDEM ‘di na ikahihiya SIYA;

Kabado si NETTE na kapag sila’y NATALO,

Baka daw PUTUKAN ang lahat ng PANALO!




Ito namang si TESS18 nagkaroon na nang IMPROVEMENT,

Magaling nang mag-SERVE, bago pa ang EQUIPMENT19;

Pero dahil SPIRITUAL at sagradong RELIGIOUS,

Bantulot pa ring HUMATAW, dahil sya’y  MAKADIYOS!



Pero ang SORPRESANG dumating TALAGA…







[Legend: 1 – Digna is Dra. Digna Batoon-Gavina who is currently a Year Level Representative of ASPAC.
2 – Emily is Emily de la Cruz who is currently Board Member of ASPAC.
3 – SERVICE or TENDER is the act of a badminton player to bring the SHUTTLECOCK into the opposite court to start the play.
4 –  What is nice about the SERVICE of Emily is that she is not rushing the SERVICE as she takes time to make the SERVICE perfect.
5 – Andrew is Andrew Puen who is currently a Year Level Representative of ASPAC. I thought all along that Andrew is a BEGINNER; anyway as I have already published the TEAM PAIRING, we just have to stick to the TEAM PAIRING, as it stands now. Indeed, BADMINTON is not PURE SKILLS; it also involves LUCK…LUCK on having a skilled partner.
6 – Cindy is Cindy Franco who is currently a Board Member of  ASPAC. Earlier, Cindy was complaining of an injury but after a while, she slipped on her playing shorts and grab a racket to practice and play.
7 – PARES-PARES is the name of the restaurant along 20th Avenue almost near the P. Tuazon Avenue which sells delicious-tasting PANCIT MIKI-BIHON GUISADO.
8 – Rosie is Rosalinda Roque who is currently a Year Level Representative of ASPAC.
9 – BILBONG is a reference to BILBO BAGGINS of the HOBBIT novel series who is SHORT.
10 – Ysa is Maria Luisa B. Concepcion who is currently the Corporate Secretary of ASPAC.
11-  As Ysa had a priorly scheduled engagement, Ysa left the training/practice session at around 6:00 PM.
12 – Ysa showed a quick inclination to master the trick on making a correct SERVICE; just a little above the net and on the LINE, not before and not even after…truly on the LINE (as in ON THE DOT).
13 – Edna is Edna Natividad who is currently a Board Member of ASPAC.
14 – Jing is the nickname of my brother WINSTON who is with the UNILAB/UNAHCO group and who donated the playing t-shirts.
15 – BOLA refers to the SHUTTLECOCK. Jing aka WINSTION is one of the highly-skilled badminton players in the fold of the regular players at the Badminton Hall. Jing is also skilful in MAHJONG which speaks of STICKS and BALLs, etc.
16 –  Joan Nette is Joan Nette Laurente who is currently the Secretary-Admin Assistant of ASPAC.
17 –    HENERAL refers to PNP General George Piano who is Nette’s tandem-mate.
18 –  Tess is Maritess Cordero who is currently Board Member of ASPAC.
19 –  Tess told me that she was able to purchase ON SALE, a new gum-soled pair of rubber shoes which is ideal for a badminton match.
20 – Robert is Robert  Tan who is currently a Board Member of ASPAC.
21 – Rachelle is Dra. Rachelle Tan and who is  Robert Tan’s gracious and lovely wife.]








[Doc Andy Tan is shown here being provided PERSONALIZED style of training by my brother WARREN T. YOUNG in the SERVICE or TENDER of the SHUTTLECOCK, by striking the COCK seamlessly in bringing the same unto the opposite court. It was indeed a unique show of humility and exemplary leadership on the part of Doc Andy to be there on the FIRST DAY of practice which was held on April 15, 2017. ASPAC Board Member Cindy Franco is shown at the extreme right portion doing the role of a “PULOT-GIRL” for Doc Andy as can be seen from the clump of COCKS which Cindy collected on the floor then being clutched by her on her left hand. ]

Ngayong ang syang IKALAWANG ARAW1,

PRACTICE ng mga ASPAC Parents, pero KWIDAW—

Merong ganadong darating ng MAS MAAGA2

Magandang pangitain ito, bilang pagpapakita ng TIYAGA…



Ang sabi nga ng mga MATATANDA,

Na tunay na kumita na nang swak na PRUWEBA…

Kung walang TIYAGA, ay walang NILAGA…

Tugon naman ni TESS: “Nasa DIYOS ang AWA, nasa TAO ang GAWA!”…



Bilang pangalawang POINTERS sa mga BEGINNER…

Dapat pag-aralan ang SERVICE o TENDER3;

Yan ang tawag sa PAG-UMPISA ng SET4

Pag-aralan ng HUSTO at huwag PONG MABUWISET5



Ganito ang dapat para ang SERVICE ay SWAK,

Hawakan nang mabuti ang COCK6 sa may PAKPAK;

Hawak ng KALIWA, at KANAN naman ang syang RACKET,

Pitikin7 lamang ito para dumausdos OVER THE NET!




Ang sabi nga ay ganito mga PANYERAS y PANYEROS…

HALF OF THE BATTLE ay siguradong LOST —

Kapag nagmintis ang SERVICE o kaya ay TENDER…





Kapag SWAK ang SERVICE, bubuka ang BUNGANGA…

Nang KALABANG BEGINNER na mag mumukhang KAWAWA…

Kapag PUNTOS na naman …malapit na GANTIMPALA!



Kaya pati si DOC ANDY TAN9 ,

Minabuting mauna sa PRACTICE ng PALIGSAHAN…

Makikita sa PROFILE PHOTO10 sa itaas PO NITO…

Aba ang galing ng FORMA, parang ‘di BAGITO11!


Kaya dapat magdatingan ang mga BEGINNER,

Para maganda ang LARO lalo na ang TENDER12;

Kasi nga kapag sa TENDER ay PUMALPAK…

KNOCK-OUT13 tiyak kayo dahil tuwina’y PALPAK!!!!



[Legend: 1 – Today, April 22, 2017 is the SECOND DAY of practice sessions for the scheduled FIRST EVER ASPAC BADMINTON TOURNAMENT.
2 – The PRACTICE SESSION is set to start at 4:00 PM today (April 22, 2017), but earnest ASPAC parents who want to learn more, may opt to come as early as 3:00 PM to start their personalized practice.
3 – SERVICE or TENDER is the act of a badminton player to bring the SHUTTLECOCK into the opposite court to start the play.
4 –  SET refers to a BADMINTON PLAY.
5 – Doing the SERVICE may become a BORING thing for a BEGINNER to practice as it would be a monotonous skein of bringing the SHUTTLECOCK seamlessly (to be repeated over and over again) into the opposite court via the striking of the COCK with the PADDLE or RACKET. So, please do not get BORED…Huwag pong ma-BUWISET!
6 – COCK refers to the SHUTTLECOCK.
7 – PITIKIN is a term used in BADMINTON of serving the COCK via a mere quick movement of the hand which handles the PADDLE by means of a quick hand-twisting movement from the waist.
8 – The SHUTTLECOCK upon the SERVICE of the same must not go beyond the SECOND LINE of the opposite court.
9 – DOC ANDY TAN is Doctor Alejandro K. Tan who is the incumbent President of the Ateneo Schools Parents Council (“ASPAC”). It was indeed a distinct and humble show of leadership when Doc Andy appeared at the FIRST DAY of PRACTICE SESSION on April 15, 2017.
10 – The PROFILE PHOTO referred to is the PHOTO introducing this FUN-RHYME BLOG.
11-  BAGITO is a Filipino slang which means BEGINNER.
12 – TENDER is another term for SERVICE.
13 – The TOURNAMENT will use the KNOCK-OUT system of ELIMINATION meaning, ONE LOSS would spell exclusion from the sequel plays. But not in the BOODLE FIGHT certainly.]