Sports, Games and Martial Arts

Featured Books

* Pacman: My Story of Hope, Resilience, and Never-Say-Never Determination
* Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball
* A Study of Philippine Games
* Arnis: History and Development of the Filipino Martial Arts
* From Pancho to Pacquiao: Philippine Boxing In and Out of the Ring

Pacman: My Story of Hope, Resilience, and Never-Say-Never Determination

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by Manny Pacquiao and Timothy James
Dunham Books, 2010

“Pound for pound, Manny is the best boxer in the world, but even more important than holding that distinction, Manny has connected with the people of his home country, the Philippines, to the point where he is almost like a god.” –Lennox Lewis, former heavyweight boxer and HBO commentator

Pacman is Manny’s miracle story – his autobiography. Born and raised in an impoverished village in the Philippines, Manny began his life on the ropes. He provided for his family of five in his pre-boxing life by selling practically anything and everything on the streets just to help his family survive. The hard work, determination, and sheer grit that would characterize him as a boxer showed through in a big way during these early years. Though he dreamed of being a priest, his mother could not afford the education, so he soon found another way to move heaven and earth: boxing. According to the New York Times, Manny is pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world today. His rags-to-riches story will inspire you.

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Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball

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by Rafe Bartholomew
New American Library, 2010

In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country’s love of basketball.

From street corners where diehards fashion hoops out of old car parts to the professional league where politicians exploit team loyalties to win elections, Pacific Rims gets the story-and gets in the game.

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A Study of Philippine Games 

A Study of Philippine Games

by Mellie Leandicho Lopez
University of Philippines Press, 2005

“There is no doubt that this marvelous compilation of Philippine games will take its rightful place in the history of folklore research as one of the major collections of traditional games, perhaps ranking with Stewart Culin’s Games of the North American Indians (1907) and Lady Alice Gomme’s Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1894-1898). For this reason, folklorists of the present and future stand greatly indebted to Mellie Leandicho Lopez for her remarkable achievement in recording and preserving so important a portion of the traditional heritage of the Philippines.” Alan Dundes Chairman, Folklore Program University of California, Berkeley President, American Folklore Society 1980

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Arnis: History and Development of the Filipino Martial Arts

Arnis: History and Development of the Filipino Martial Arts

by Mark V. Wiley
Tuttle Martial Arts, 2001

The Filipino martial tradition, its history, cultural perspective and technique, makes for a rich and fascinating story. This is the first book to delve deeply into that legacy, examining the different schools of arnis and contributions made by leading arnisadores through history. This book examines training regimens, fighting techniques and innovations, and provides an exhaustive bibliography of all the books ever written on the subject. With 125 remarkable photographs, Mark Wiley’s groundbreaking study of arnis stands as an important source book for all serious practitioners of unarmed Filipino martial arts-as well as any serious student of martial arts as it is practiced worldwide.

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From Pancho to Pacquiao: Philippine Boxing In and Out of the Ring

From Pancho to Pacquiao

by Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III and Angelo Michael F. Merino
Mill City Press, Inc. 2012

From Pancho to Pacquiao: Philippine Boxing In and Out of the Ring is a snapshot of more than a century of Philippine boxing. It is a compilation of lucid and readable biographies of outstanding Philippine-born and Filipino American boxers, from Francisco “Pancho Villa” Guilledo to Manny “People’s Champ” Pacquiao. Each story describes the rough roads these Filipino and Filipina boxers took to achieve fame and glory globally. Vivid photos and personal interviews combine to make the narratives real and captivating.

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