Latest Stories

In Huddle

Trades excite Globalport owner Mikee


MIKEE Romero’s text message the other day sounded like he had just heaved a long sigh of relief.

“At last the Globalport trades have been clinched. I’m so excited!” he said, right after he got word from Singapore that the blockbuster transactions involving Globalport, Talk ‘N Text, and Meralco, had been approved.

The Globalport owner, sponsor of the  PBA board meeting in the Lion City, stayed behind in Manila because of a conflict in schedule.

Mikee had tried to move the trip so he could join, but the Commissioner’s Office said it could not be done. Thus the group left without him.

He said it was okay since his able lieutenant, Erick Arejola, is in Singapore to take charge.

* * *

“Sol Mercado, Gary David and Japeth Aguilar will be my own version of the (Miami Heat’s) Big Three,” Mikee


He said he was tired of being a cellar dweller. In this season’s Philippine Cup, the Batang Pier won only one game, their only victory coming against Meralco, which was distracted during that match because of a burglary that took place in their dugout at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’m tired of always losing and wallowing in the bottom, so I had to take bold steps.”

Above everything else, Mikee looks forward to his reunion with Mercado, who was acquired from Meralco along with Kelly Nabong, JP Belencion and and Yousif Aljamal and for which the Bolts got Vic Manuel, Rey Guevarra, Josh Vanlandingham and the Batang Pier’s 2015 first-round draft rights in return.

* * *

“It’s really some sort of a family reunion. Back in 2007, I personally brought Sol to Manila from the United States to play for Harbour Centre, my team in the PBL.

“Sol is like a son and a brother to me. With him in the team and the acquisition of Japeth, I feel we have undergone a major process of rebuilding. Gary is the only holdover from the old Powerade team,” Mikee said.

The other transaction consummated in Singapore was the trade between Global Port’s Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Talk ‘N Text’s Japeth Aguilar who, up to now, is said to be still in the United States making a bid for a slot in the NBA’s Developmental League.

* * *

Thursday night, I learned from one of the governors that a colleague of his had proposed that the opening of the PBA’s third conference be rescheduled to August, after the 27th Fiba Asia Men’s Championship.

The argument for the proposal was to give the Philippine team—and everyone else—ample time to prepare for the big event.

According to my governor-friend, a number of his colleagues were in favor of the proposal but apparently many more were against it. The board has not come to an agreement as far as the PBA schedule is concerned and it is also not clear how many and which players the ballclubs are willing to lend to the national team.

* * *

HOOPVINE: SBP executive director Sonny Barrios is trying to trace the whereabouts of the 1973 Fiba Asia trophy which  the Philippines won. He believes it could be under the safekeeping of then national team manager Dante Silverio… Paging Dante… The fund-raising project initiated by UP alumni JB Baylon and his friends is called “I am PGH—a  Person Giving Hope” and the objective, according to JB, is “to inspire a million Pinoys to donate P100 each to the PGH Medical Foundation.” Baylon hopes that and, in the process, people will “realize that every Filipino, no matter his social status, can make a difference in society.” I immediately pledged my P100. Hope you do, too.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Basketball , Globalport Batang Pier , Mikee Romero , PBA

  • pakita_ko_sayo

    Madam Beth Celis, try ninyo nahapin yung trophy sa mga gamit ng yumaong Lito Puyat ng BAP.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  2. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  3. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  4. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  5. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  6. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  10. San Miguel Beer clinches 2nd spot after comeback win over Air21
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  6. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  9. Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready
  10. Pacquiao survives sneaky haymaker in 4th round
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb
  10. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed


  • Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  • Drilon, Nancy Binay urge Filipinos to strengthen faith
  • ‘Yolanda’ toll now at 6,300 – NDRRMC
  • ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  • Moderate earthquake jolts southern Iran
  • Sports

  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • Business

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • Technology

  • Netizens seething in anger over Aquino ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Marketplace