Formerly a sports journalist for various digital sports media outlets and now serving as an analyst manager for a media monitoring and analytics startup.
ABS-CBN Shutdown’s Effect to Philippine Sports
FILE — Thirdy Ravena celebrates after the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles swept the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 2–0, at the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Finals on Nov. 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Photo by The Daily Guardian.

Shortly after the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles won its third straight UAAP Men’s Basketball championship by sweeping the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in their best-of-three finals, star forward Thirdy Ravena emotionally stood at the scorers’ table and raised his hands as if he is finally waving…

FILE — Utah State University Aggies’ quarterback Jordan Love shows off his skills during the 2020 National Football League (NFL) Draft Combine at Indianapolis from February 24 to March 1, 2020. Photo by Charlie Neibergall for the Associated Press.

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic took a huge toll to almost all businesses worldwide, including the sports industry as it forced different leagues to suspend or ultimately cancel almost every sporting event that is there is. …

FILE — An illustration of a woman holding down a tennis racket in motion. Graphic illustration by Andy Batt.

“ The most important thing you learn as a sports photographer is anticipation — not where the action is taking place, but where it’s going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they’re going to be.” — Lawrence Schiller

In 1816, French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce…

FILE — Filipina teenage tennis star Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho pose for a picture after defeating Slovenian Ziva Falkner and Briton Matilda Mutavdzic 6–1, 6–2 to claim the 2020 Australian Open Girls’ Junior Doubles title at Court 13 of Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.

Whenever January hits the calendar, Filipino tennis fans were mostly only following the sport in order to know who will win the first ever Grand Slam of the season. …

FILE — Former Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow addresses the media to discuss his ex-team’’s cheating scandal, which rocked not only baseball, but the entire sporting world. Photo by John Glaser for USA TODAY.

“Here’s a ground ball, right side could do it — the Houston Astros are world champions for the first time in franchise history.”

Up to this time, I cannot still forget the moment FOX Sports announcer Joe Buck uttered those words on national television when Jose Altuve fielded Corey Seager’s…

FILE — The Philippine delegation to the 30th Southeast Asian Games during the competition’s opening ceremony at the New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Josh Albelda for Rappler.

I was still 6 years old when the Philippines last hosted the Southeast Asian Games in Manila. Back then, I am obviously naïve of the historical and monumental implications of that prestigious hosting of the regional biennial tournament where the country first hoisted the overall championship trophy. …

FILE — Manny Pacquiao, arguably the greatest athlete the Philippines has ever produced, is boxing’s only eight-division world champion and considered by many as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Photo by Getty Images.

The Philippines has a wealthy history and culture; and, sports is just one of the many sectors that make up for this richness. Even before the country was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan and the Spaniards in 1521, history says that the ancient Filipinos have already been playing various sports and…

FILE — A graphic illustration of a writer. Graphic illustration by The Jakarta Post.

Writing has been one of the most precious arts that mankind has ever invented. It is through writing that the earliest archaeologists were able to discover the ancient cavemen’s civilizations and decode their first ever hand-written languages through rocks and stones. …

FILE — Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who played for the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks, during his 14-year NBA career, argued that the reality of the sports journalists should, first and foremost, mirror their backgrounds. Photo by The Associated Press.

Sports journalism, as a sub-field of journalism, has been in the face of the media industry since its inception to the sporting public. Although most often criticized due to its lack of rigor and credibility compared to other hard journalism fields, it cannot be disregarded, however, that the field has…

Kristoffer Ed Bellen

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