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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Scenes from an Azkals motorcade in Davao City

This is the third motorcade during the PFF Suzuki U-23 National Cup. The first was at Laguna, the second at Dumaguete and the third here in Davao City. This by far was the longest. And the heat was real stifling. I got sunburned! In the pic above, I am with Suzuki's Eilleen Esteban and the Azkals' Paolo Pascual. Right before we took off. Some 100 riders joined us in addition to several motorcycle cops. One Team Suzuki guy was doing all sorts of motorcycle tricks that amazed us no end. Wish I got that on video.

Riding shotgun with da Chief. It was real hard taking pics but I managed some. This was a better motorcade than the one in Dumaguete. I figure it was the route. Here people recognized them. As we past one street, there were about a dozen kids chanting "Azkals! Azkals!" and they were going nuts. I took a photo of construction workers high up on a building cheering and waving. Incredible.

Nope it's not some motorcycle gang. It's the Azkals on wheels. So move of Mad Dogs. Hahaha. Anyways, the 30-minute motorcade was taxing. And when we arrived at Agro Field, for a spell, no one was watching the game as people crowded the guys for photos and autographs. I wish I took more photos of that but I was trying to concentrate on an exciting game between North Cotobato and Davao. The home team won 3-nil. Short story later.


  1. Sir Rick, nice photos. Davao is also a football crazy town.

    (Off topic) Sir, do you have updates/results on the ongoing PFF U19 Visayas Qualifier held in Bacolod? We would be very happy if you could share, wala kasing site na nag-update sa ongoing tournament. thnx

  2. Thanks for the kinds word, dude. Sorry about the U-19. Have no info. Am not handling that kasi. Nothing naman is sent to me by the group handling it.

  3. Ok lng Sir Rick. Balik kayo dito sa Dumaguete kung meron na namang tournament.

    BTW, NORFA won against NOFA (3:2), but i havent seen the match report of NORFA vs Iloilo. I hope you could update us, since you hace a lot of Ilonggo friends. Will appreciate it much.