Sev Sarmenta mentions Pacific Rims in his column
Sev Sarmenta, sports journalist jack-of-all-trades and an important adviser to my research for Pacific Rims, got a review copy of the book this week and mentioned it in his column at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Remember Rafe Bartholomew, the New Yorker who spent three years in the country, immersing himself in Philippine basketball?
Well, Rafe’s journey has been put in a book called “Pacific Rims” and is bound for release in June or early July.
Ariel Balatbat, Penguin Books regional sales manager for the Philippines and Guam, handed me an advance copy this week.
“Pacific Rims” takes you from the streets of Metro Manila to PBA locker rooms to lively UAAP games and hoop wars in Boracay.
The book proves Rafe’s theory about a unique basketball world here, undoubtedly influenced by America but governed by Filipino cultural rules and nuances.
Rafe took it all in and, based on his last e-mail, he can’t wait to come back for more Pinoy hoops.
Balatbat revealed that a Philippine launch is being planned for the book with Rafe, who now works for a magazine in New York, coming back to Manila for it.