Don't look now, but I just heard about the possible re-opening of jai-alai games in the country. In addition, some influential persons are silently pushing for opening a track for dog races right here.
By way of pointing out how decent and honest the jai-alai was before Pinoys took over management of the fronton, among the amateur pelotaris training to play with Basque players were Enriquito Zobel, Neling and Rene Nieto, DannyVasquez, Ossy Abad Santos,Baby Ysmael,Juancho Lao, Tony Vallejo, Poteng Tillman, Philip Monserrat, PatIlano, Tony Beltran and my very own father Ariel Bocobo.
But they soon lost interest and gave up the games when they sensed that certain crooked manipulators were slowly taking over the fronton and the decent and honest Basque players were quietly being eased out. They were proven right and soon enough the fronton became a hotbed of vice and corruption, and Pinoy pelotaris became notorious for throwing games and the good elements of society began to boycott the fronton.
One needed clarification. Jai-alai is not a Spanish game. It is a game of the proud Basques who continue to be the hated enemies of the Spaniards. Those occasional bombings in Spain are by the Euskadi, the Basque rebel group feared by the Spanishguardia civil.
In Madrid hotels not too long ago, there were still signs which read, "No dogs or Basquesallowed." That's how bitter these two races hate each other.
Undertow was the title of my column for the Philippine Chronicle. I have been blogging since. I am a lover of the Scriptures, having read the entire King James Version (not by choice though) at a younger age. I think I have a little Amish blood in me, having abandoned my car (by choice this time)in my garage for quite some time now, and doing away just fine from many of the comforts in life, having resorted to commuting daily. I am a grandson of Jorge Bocobo, and in my veins I know runs his blood of patriotism and nationalism and a genuine love for God and country. Somehow, more of that same blood has transfused in me and at times at high-blood levels to expose and correct any form of injustice done to the helpless. I love the Law, first God's, and second man's, believing that both must always be an integral part of every human being.