Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.
I have many jobs and put on many hats. I work for Mindshare. I'm also a part-time teacher at the Ateneo de Manila University where I teach Journalism. I currently write for ateneo.edu, Business Mirror, nba.com/ph, philstar.com, and abs-cbnnews.com. I also do media officer/PR/consultancy work for the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, the Smart Club Championships, the United Football League, and the National Basketball Training Center. My blog, Bleachers' Brew, serves as a hub for many of my writings (but not all as there are some that are exclusive). I also have a 45-minute web show on the New Media Factory network called Fever Pitch. When I have free time, I listen to my collection of over 5,000 CDs, read, watch DVDs, or walk my dog around the subdivision.
My all-time favorite football team. I bleed Liverpool Red.
Books in my collection: The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick
Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat. Mythologized as Custer's Last Stand, the June 1876 battle has been equated with other famous last stands, from the Spartans' defeat at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo. In his tightly structured narrative, Nathaniel Philbrick brilliantly sketches the two larger-than-life antagonists: Sitting Bull, whose charisma and political savvy earned him the position of leader of the Plains Indians, and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union's greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. Philbrick reminds readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations. Increasingly outraged by the government's Indian policies, the Plains tribes allied themselves and held their ground in southern Montana. Within a few years of Little Bighorn, however, all the major tribal leaders would be confined to Indian reservations. Throughout, Philbrick beautifully evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with his characteristic grace and sense of drama. The Last Stand is a mesmerizing account of the archetypal story of the American West, one that continues to haunt our collective imagination.
CDs in my collection: Machineries of Joy by British Sea Power
It's almost boring: yet another excellent British Sea Power album.
DVDs in my collection: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Aficionados will be gripped, while those not attracted to the sounds will be charmed by the characters.
Magazines: Fortune, Discovery Channel magazine, Sports Illustrated, and World Soccer.
Comic books: The X-Men titles, The Ultimates, Captain America, The Avengers titles, Daredevil, Fables, Tom Strong, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Rocketeer, Astro City, The Walking Dead, and Aquaman.
Other stuff that I like but is no longer around: Nexus, Sandman Mystery Theater, Starman, Big Bang Comics, Leave It To Chance, and Promethea.
At Yankee Stadium
After I watch a game in Anfield then I can die a happy man.