All About U Guest Writer Anj Serrano Nguyen on AOUGCC 2017 and Women's Ultimate in the Region.

Photo by Vitt Salavador, grabbed from Anj's Facebook page

When I started playing ultimate, it was all just mixed tournaments with the one women’s and open tournament called Malakas at Maganda. Even then there’d be barely any women’s teams and usually, the same two teams would dominate every year. 8 years later I’m playing women’s ultimate with some of the most talented individuals I’ve ever met against teams from Asia, Australia, and New Zealand who are just as talented (or even better! Hello, Huck, Japan. You ladies are amazing).

I know there were other categories in AOUGCC 2017 but to see the growth of women’s ultimate gets me so excited and I also get to be a part of it.

Hosting AOUGCC is a big step forward for Philippine Ultimate and those behind this progress (organizers, players, documentation teams) should be proud. To me, it was a very enjoyable and well-organized tournament and I’m looking forward to joining more international tournaments hosted in the Philippines.

Ultimate is a great sport with an even better community and seeing it grow into something bigger in my home country makes me happy.

Photo by Nate Go, grabbed from Anj's Facebook page.

How great was AOUGCC? I can answer that by asking myself “Was flying 6,000 km, staying in the Philippines for five days and arriving in Sydney four hours before an exam worth it? And by it, I mean playing AOUGCC and being surrounded by some of the most talented ultimate players I’ll ever meet?” Yes. Yes, it was.

- Anj Serrano Nguyen. Team Bauhaus, Australia.

What's In The Name? Team ACEtoryahe: An Extraordinary Tale.

In our "What's In The Name?" Team feature, ACEtoryahe of Tayasan, Negros Oriental shared an extraordinary tale about their very young and talented team.

"Estoryahe" is an expression from a popular local radio station in the Visayas where DJ's would say it in reference to a story that is far fetched out of the ordinary. And if the said story is pretty much hard to believe, he would say "Estoryaheee" as a joke. Team founder, Dennis Baylosis wanted the name to be more unique. Something that would grab attention and one that shows intensity, power, and dominance. Dennis changed "Es" to "ACE", and Team ACEtoryahe was born. 

ACEtoryahe was established in 2011 when Dennis' cousins and nephews wanted to play Ultimate. After he created a team that was composed of youth close to him, they eventually held the first Tayasan Ultimate Frisbee Invitational in May of that year. On that very year, ACEtoryahe won their first championship trophy.  Over the years, the team has won a few championships all over Negros and in 2015, Elementary Schools were included in the Tayasan Ultimate Program. 

The team is composed of students and local youth around Tayasan. You can see that the team has a well-structured program as team ACE even has 1 senior and 1 junior captain on the team, and each captain has 3 support captains under them. They have their own secretary to help them, and Team ACEtoryahe also has a sub team of elementary student players called ACEtudyante. I mean, how cool is that!?

With the average age of team members around 14-15 years old, children in Tayasan are introduced to Ultimate at the age of 5 to 6 years old and being trained from February till May for the yearly inter-school league. 20 kids are chosen from this tournament to form the ACEtudyante team to play in the Tayasan Ultimate Frisbee Invitational, then out of these 20 kids, some are chosen to be trained for the main ACEtoryahe team.

ACE's main goal is the deterrence of drugs and alcohol to the youth of Tayasan. They also aim to teach younger kids the importance of an all-around development mentally and physically. teaching them lessons in personal values, friendship, cooperation, team work, leadership skills, respect, a sense of belonging and social interaction. Although these are just some of the internal goals of the team, ACEtoryahe is aiming to become one of the best teams in the region.

Ultimate in Tayasan is still in its infant stage if you compare it to other established sports like basketball and sepak takraw, but Ultimate's popularity in Tayasan has been improving every year, especially with the success of their programs like the Elementary School Ultimate that they are working on. Players have a strict attendance in training every weekend in order for them to earn free team jerseys and an all expense sponsorship for tournaments. The local LGU also welcomes Ultimate with open arms as its main purpose is the prevention of Drugs and Alcohol in their local youth. 

The community in Tayasan is extremely supportive towards team ACEtoryahe and the sport as a whole. The yearly tournament is a part of the Tayasan annual fiesta where teams from Negros Oriental and Occidental frequently join. Parents need to be given a lot of credit when it comes to ACE, as they are encouraging their children not to waste their allowance on computer games, as well as discouraging alcohol and drugs at the same time. They are also taking a big part in guiding the players when they are participating in a tournament, especially Ricko and Gellord Callao who are always inspiring the kids on the sidelines and of course Rex Sandalo, the LGU driver who double up as the Team Physician who are always there to give his support to the team. 

As for Dennis Baylosis, He is a blessing to the youth of Tayasan, most especially to his team and to all the kids who want to play Ultimate. His unconditional love and support to these kids make him fly from Australia (where he is now living and working) back to his home town every year just to be with his team and family. He will give everything for these kids. And that right there is pretty much an Extraordinary Act of Kindness.

Thank you, Dennis and Sue, for taking the time to share your amazing story with us.

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is 

Team ACEtoryahe of Tayasan, Negros Oriental.

AOUGCC 2017 Conquers Manila

With 64 club teams from all over the Asia-Oceanic region flying into Manila, The  Asia-Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships held last August 18-20, was without a doubt, a major highlight of the Philippine Ultimate calendar for the year 2017. Clubs teams from Japan, Australia, Singapore, Korea, India, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Cambodia to name a few landed on our soil to challenge our very own club teams on a three day non-stop ultimate action at the Alabang Country Club, Manila. 

With that said, Our All About U crew and the rest of the Philippine Ultimate Media, went to cover all the actions from every corner of the wide ACC field. Though I still haven't recovered from a very one sided battle against the Dumaguete Sun (Photographed another three-day tournament in Ultimate Shindig Dumaguete) a week before AOUGCC, I really don't have any reason to pass this opportunity. I mean, with the top club teams and top caliber players are in your neighborhood busting their buns off for the bragging rights to be called the number one Club Team in the region (of their respective division) for the longest period of time.... You can't seriously say no to that. So I hauled up my gears  (and my sun burns) to Manila, put a lot of ice and water in my camelback, and began shooting people.

As expected, the games went on top speed the moment the first pulls of the tournament were thrown to the other end zone. Club teams from Australia, Singapore, and Japan immediately made their presence known, but the Pinoys never backed down from the challenge. Bad Blood Women's team had a good run during the weekend, but The Vicious girls almost made it to the championship round against the powerhouse team, Huck of Japan. Havoc Mayhem of Singapore went on to defeat the Vicious Girls to play for the final showdown against the very impressive Japanese Women's team. Though they came just a tad bit short, The Vicious girls did all the things that they needed to do -Compete to the highest level all throughout the weekend. With bronze medals around their necks, it goes to show that we are on the right track in developing our single gender teams in the country and in this region as a whole.

Same goes for Men's.  Though, Japan and Australia are still considered as the giants of Men's Ultimate in this region, Singapore slowly but surely creeps into the top of the list together with the Philippines. Shout out to Crackerjacks Crush as they managed to score an upset against a very strong Australian team in Colony; won against the unbeaten Vicious Men's team in the semis, and almost scored another upset against the unbeatable Nomadic Tribe of Japan in a very strategic championship battle.  The Philippines, on the other hand, was very well represented as Vicious Mens placed 4th in the overall standings and Young Bloods though placed 18th, they won the most important award of the tournament, The Most Spirited Team trophy. Team Pancake placed 20th in the standings. 

But it wasn't just the Manila teams who made their presence known, The Provincial teams also had their fair share of the limelight as Team Karne Norte of Tuguegarao and Bagani of Malaybalay Bukidnon placed 15th and 16th, respectively. You have to give it up for these two teams, that even though short in numbers, still they gave their all. 

There were a lot of fantastic games all throughout the weekend, lots of intense battles and definitely tons of upset games were recorded. It was just too unfortunate that the Mixed championship game was not played on the showcase field. Because in my own personal opinion, the Mulatto-Boracay Bandits game was without a doubt the game of the tournament. Down 3-0  from the start to trailing 5-8 by the end of the first half, Mulatto made some drastic adjustments in their offensive and defensive lines that made the bandits collapse and never score a single point in the second half. Mulatto took advantage of all the errors, drops and miscommunications of the bandits. Scored every possession that they get from all the unfortunate mishaps, and made me ask myself these questions up until now, weeks after that historic comeback. 

"What in the world happened to the bandits?"

"What did the Dabawenyos talk about during halftime that changed the course of the game?"

I've seen a lot of 11-0/15-0 game results in the past, But I haven't seen a 10-0 comeback in a championship game of the biggest club tournament in Asia-Oceanic region. It was definitely a jaw dropping result. It only shows that the "Never Give Up" statement is real. Mulatto showed us the true meaning of never giving up. Mulatto showed the whole region how a REAL championship team plays the game. They lost two of their first two games on Day 1, but they never gave up. They bounced back in Day 2 and demolished every single team that came their way in the elimination rounds. The Bandits sure was a force to be reckoned with. A selection of the best players of different provinces in the country mixed with some of the top players of Boracay, it was pretty much a well assembled mixed team. But luck wasn't on their side during the AOUGCC weekend. Unfortunately, the "Quicksand Theory" is real.  That weekend, The Bandits stepped on a quicksand. 

Final score: Mulatto 15-8 Bandits. 

The Orange men and women of Sunken Pleasure took Bronze out of the 28 mixed club teams. Cagayan's CGY Ninjas placed 6th, and Alpha (Manila) placed 14th to round up the Philippine Club teams campaign. Overall, it was an impressive result from all the Pinoy Mixed teams. 

Guts tournament, on the other hand, was fairly new to us shooters of the flying disc game. So we were all fortunate enough to experience it and photograph the sport. It's all about how you throw the disc with all your might, hoping that the defenders won't catch it, or if you are the defender, you need to have the agility of a cat and a strong grip to catch the disc with one hand and hoping not to get hit on the nose. It was actually pretty exciting to watch, and I would really love to get a chance to cover Guts in the future. Will anyone have the "guts" to assemble a Filipino Guts team? Time will tell. But I think we will be pretty good at it as well.

Photo by Nico Primaleon

Photo by Nico Primaleon

Photo by Nico Primaleon

Photo by Nico Primaleon

AOUGCC was such an amazing experience for all the shooters that weekend. We were all in for a treat from Day 1 up to the last points of the tournament. Big thanks to WFDF for choosing the Philippines and congratulations to the PFDA board, tournament organizers, marshals and all the people responsible for making these years AOUGCC a success. 

It was definitely a killer weekend in Alabang!

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What's In The Name? HUMILISWAG

Photo grabbed from Humiliswag Facebook page

What is the meaning of HUMILISWAG?

Humiliswag - Humility -(earns)- Swagger. 
Humilsiwag is a concept and way of living as much as it is a sports team. The logo represents balance and the necessary skill of learning to flow between Zen & jam modes.  Hence the logo, water / fire, zen / jam, yin / yang, hot / cold, ebb / flow.  The athletes who make up Humiliswag all share a pursuit of an ideal, the vision to experience the highest level of flow and “jam mode” possible.     We pursue this via living a lifestyle dedicated to excellence in training, leadership, spirit, humility, and unity. 

Tim Morrill

Alex "AJ" Jacoski

When did Humiliswag start?

Humiliswag was founded in Ocean City, Maryland by Tim Morrill and Alex Jacoski just after Tim moved back to OC from Boston during the summer of 2013.  The initial years of the team coincided with the birth of the Ocean City Beach Classic, Humilswags home tournament.

Headlining the first year of the OCBC was Humiliswag and the Boracay Dragons who have become great friend and partner with Humiliswag.  Since the original 2014 US Dragons tour,  many of the Boracay Dragons athletes have competed with Humiliswag.  In 2016 the PH’s own Butchok Onlayao came to the US to Renante Onlayao Jr. with the USA Ultimate Beach National Championships.

Since then Humiliswag has become a frequent goer to the Boracay Open on Boracay Island Philippines, and the USA Ultimate Beach National Championships that are held yearly in Virginia Beach.

What is the Goal of Humiliswag?

Humiliswag is on a mission to inspire and empower athletes globally.  We aim to teach our Morrill Performance training methodology to all of our athletes and to stay dedicated to becoming the best we can be while spreading spirit and competition.  

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Team Humiliswag of Ocean City, Maryland, USA!

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Ultimate Shindig X (August 11-13, 2017): A Decade Of Play Hard, Party Harder

After a smooth boat trip from Iloilo City to Bacolod and a good 6-hour bus ride, I was welcomed by Gio, Bea, and Chubby in the city of Gentle People. We grabbed a quick bite at El Amigo, and the first thing that I really needed to do was to visit a very good friend. Bea was so kind enough to give me a ride to see Nikki Pinero in the cemetery. We all know what happened to Nikki, and since that tragic night, I haven't gotten the chance to say my goodbye to this beautiful soul. I am glad to finally had the chance to visit her and her unborn child, Akiva. I hope and pray that soon, Nikki and Akiva will find peace in heaven. We still miss you, Nikki. 

The day began way too early for my liking, but it was time to hustle up in the early hours of Day 1. This is Ultimate Shindig. This is the Visayas. This is Dumaguete City. And on this side of the country, the action never waits.

The 10th edition of Ultimate Shindig was finally here!

As expected, the sun was trying to get my attention as I was shooting two playing field locations. Two fields in Perdices Coliseum and another two in RUSI/Daro Field. Thank you to Gio and Jazper who gave me a swiftly ride in both fields. But during the afternoon  - the great ball of fire was winning the battle. But was I complaining?

YOU BET I DID!! It was Freaking Hot!!

But the games were so much fun to shoot, so I didn't stop.

The party at El Amigo was just right to welcome everyone to Dumaguete, and going to bed at 3:00 in the morning was just a regular routine.

Day 2 was absolutely no different from Day 1. The teams went on full throttle every time they were on the playing fields. And for a photographer like me, it always felt a lot like Christmas when that happens. But of all the 24 teams that participated in Shindig X, team ACEtoryahe again caught my attention. This team from Tayasan, Negros Oriental was so much fun to watch, especially  Angel Callao and Angelli  Luzuriaga who both are way too young to have those kinds of Ultimate Skillsets. Sure, most of them need to polish their understanding towards the rules of the game, but give these kids a few more years; I have a feeling that this team will be a major force to be reckoned with.

As the day went dark, and when the stars behind the dark heavy clouds showed up on a Saturday night during Shindig weekend, Mommy Bac and the crew in Payag Sa Likod were all set to give you a fun and crazy night. For the past four years of covering Shindig and partying on Saturday night, Payag Sa Likod always delivers. And the best thing about that night? I remembered everything! But I won't tell you anything. You better be there next year to experience it yourself.

Day 3 was all about the semis and the finals of Pool A, B, and C. At this point, the Perdices Coliseum was supposed to be wet and muddy, because, for the past couple of years, Shindig was cursed by rain on one of the scheduled three days. Heavy clouds showed up during the pool A Semifinal round, but the sun was just too stubborn to step aside. After the semis, the sun again beat the crap out of me with all its glory. So yes, this year it's ME = 0, Sun  =3. A hat trick for the great ball of fire. At one point I even asked for a single drop of rain, but it never came.

After the exciting Pool B and Pool C final games (Congratulations Team Safe Ra, Pool C Champions. And team ACEtoryahe Pool B Champions), The battle of the top two teams of Shindig X was the game that everyone was waiting for. With names like, Tajji, Macky, Jack Jack, Alex, Angelique, Chubby, Ronan, Paloy, and Shosho to name a few, the star studded game between Extreme and the Notorious  Connor McGreggor was a classic battle that will be remembered as one of the most exciting championship game for the past couple of years of Ultimate Shindig. With Chubby's almost epic layout D as my first three frames of the game, I knew right then and there that it was going to be a very special game to cover. Both teams put on an amazing show.

After dozens of highlights and tons of "oooh's" and "Aaah's" from the cheering crowd, Team Extreme was just too tough to handle as the Notorious bowed down to settle for the 1st runner-up trophy. Though it looked like a blowout on the scoreboard, Team Notorious gave Extreme a run for their money. It was indeed the perfect finals game to celebrate the 10th year Anniversary for both Shindig and Team Extreme. 

The 3rd and final night of Shindig were again held at the newly constructed Tiki Bar, which I have really blown away by what it looks like today. The Semi-Super club look of Tiki Bar was a great way to end an epic weekend in Dumzville.  It also made me smile that all players wore shoes that night. "Nakakapanibago lang". Slippers and sleeveless shirts are not allowed inside the club.... Well except for Bhagdok. But we all sure looked good that night with our pair of sneakers. What really happened inside Tiki Bar was for all of us attendees to see. There may be some leaked photos and videos of us having the best time of our lives, but there were more things that happened that night behind our smiles.

Whatever happens at Tiki Bar, Stays at Tiki Bar.

I only began covering Shindig about 4 years ago, and it really amazes me that in this tiny little town called Dumaguete, there lives a  monstrous team and a huge ultimate tournament existed for 10 years, that in just a few hours of travelling by boat, bus, and plane, you will have the privilege to experience the gentleness and the laid back atmosphere of the place and the people in it, while witnessing some of the greatest ultimate plays and highlights you could ever imagine. And don't forget the cheapest and delicious, mouthwatering food you will ever have, as long as you know how to look for them. Dumaguete is my little Paradise besides Boracay and Ormoc. And I will always try to go back to cover Shindig for another 10 years as long as they still need me to.

As for Team Extreme, I've seen them hoisting the championship trophy during my first Nationals coverage in Tagum, Davao. That Callahan first point. That one sky grab that gave me the introduction to the kid they called Tahor., and the layout D of Dada that made my jaw dropped and forgot to raise my camera to take the shot. I also witnessed them went head to head with Sunken Pleasure in Bacolod City in a very intense, competitive and highly spirited Mixed Nationals Championship we've ever witnessed to date. And I saw a lot of their players represented our country in the international arena, making us all proud for what they have done for the flag. The team almost did everything successfully for the past 10 years.

Team Extreme Dumaguete is without a doubt one of the best and exciting teams that came out from the Visayas area, and it is always a privilege to photograph their games for the past 4 years. It was truly an honor celebrating this milestone with Mommy Bac and the rest of the team.

Congratulations Ultimate Shindig for another successful tournament, and happy 10th anniversary, Extreme Dumaguete! Here's to another 10 years of playing hard and partying harder with massive sky battles and intense Ultimate plays!
Thank you for always making our Ultimate weekend in Dumaguete memorable.

Every. Single. Time.

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