FIBA World Cup fever reached boiling point last week as Gilas Pilipinas won a game against Senegal, our first victory in the world basketball stage in four decades. As Gilas packs their bags home, we wake ourselves from this hoops-addled slumber, and finally regain the ability to think of other things.
Such as? Such as the headlines below that make up this week's edition of FHM's Best Of The Weekend. Make your Monday a whole lot less torturous with our favorite odd bits from the weekend that was!
1) FOR POTTER FANS: J.K. Rowling apparently wrote Harry Potter in a Filipina-owned cafe
Though our hair has long grayed since the last Harry Potter books were released, we're only finding out today that J.K. Rowling wrote some of the chapters of her generation-defining series in a cafe owned by a Filipina, Aida Valdez Taylor, and her Scottish husband.
The cafe, called "The Elephant House," is a quirky, homey nook in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose walls have become canvasses for Harry Potter graffiti and fan messages, and whose kitchen sometimes cooks the Filipino dish, chicken afritada.
Image via Elephanthouse.biz
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2) UNDERDOG STORY: No. 1 and 2 seeds, Djokovic and Federer, bow out of U.S. Open contention
In the ongoing 2014 U.S. Open, two of the top contenders, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, lost their semifinal matches over the weekend. The former lost to No. 14 Marin Cilic of Croatia and the latter to No. 10 Kei Nishikori of Japan. With defending champ Rafael Nadal skipping the tourney with a wrist injury, this will be the first time that a Grand Slam final will not include a Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer since 2005.
Video via Today World News
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3) CULTURE UNDER ATTACK: Jose Rizal monument not the only cultural landmark under siege by the inexorable march of progress
The controversial Torre de Manila, which heritage-heroes such as Carlos Celdran has condemned for ruining the skyline of Rizal's Luneta statue, isn't the only building of its kind that might trample on our cultural heritage.
During the senate hearings on Torre de Manila, Heritage Conservation Society chairwoman Gemma Cruz-Araneta also pointed out that landmark buildings such as the Escolta buildings and the Manila Post Office are also in danger of being torn down in the future—thus reinforcing the importance of our culture's guardians to keep voicing out their dissatisfaction.
Image via Inquirer.net