It’s hard for someone of Ildefonso’s caliber to feel any pressure inside a basketball court, but that happened on Sunday when he subbed in for the suspended Jamike Jarin as National University’s head coach in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And although NU took a 91-83 victory against University of Santo Tomas, Ildefonso knew coaching is far from him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I really don’t have any ambition to be a head coach,” said Ildefonso in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Honestly, coaching’s not for me.”“Coach Jamike knows it but he told me that I wasn’t exactly geared for that path. But let’s see. Only God knows where I’ll end up.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NU trailed, 43-40, at the end of the first half and it was in the first 20 minutes of the game that Ildefonso looked rattled, a far cry from his days as the PBA’s Demolition Man.“During the first half I was really nervous, being a player is really different from being a coach. As a player, I immediately knew what to do with a ball, but as a coach there are so many players that you have to look at. And you also have to look at your opponents.”NU’s captain Matt Salem may have given Ildefonso a “10 over 10” mark in the legendary player’s debut as head coach, the San Miguel icon humbly gave himself a less impressive grade.“To be honest, as a coach I’ll give myself a really low grade,” said Ildefonso.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE continues resurgence, beats UP Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no need for any argument that Danny Ildefonso is one of the greatest Filipino basketball players of all time.Ildefonso is a two-time PBA MVP, eight-time PBA champion and is a five-time Best Player of the Conference, tied with his student June Mar Fajardo atop that list.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
At the grocery store, the cashier dutifully informs you of all the money you’ve saved with the store specials. “You saved $6.45 today,” she proclaims, pointing to the highlighted figure on the receipt. You may not give this much thought, considering the whole thing smacks of showmanship and specials are meant to get you into the store so you buy other stuff, too. But a few savings-minded readers have told me that the minute they get home, they put in a cookie jar an amount similar to what they saved (or round it off to the next dollar). When the jar is full, they deposit the money in their savings account. After months and sometimes years of doing this, they have balances in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Consider this a painless way to save and build an emergency reserve, and the type of idea the Consumer Federation of America and other organizations are looking for as part of their America Saves campaign. The goal: “To focus greater attention on the needs and opportunities for personal savings,” said Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the CFA. First, the needs. A recent survey released by the federation found only 40 percent of adult Americans have a separate emergency savings fund. Of those who do, nearly half have $2,000 or less, or did not say how much they have. Among younger Americans, lower-income families and minorities, the numbers are worse. Only 19 percent of those ages 18-24 and 23 percent of those with household incomes under $25,000 have a separate emergency fund. And less than one-third of African-Americans and Hispanic Americans have one, according to the survey of more than 1,000 adult Americans commissioned by the federation and conducted by Opinion Research Corp. “The ability of Americans to cover unexpected expenses such as a car repair or emergency dental visit depends greatly on their having an emergency savings fund,” Brobeck said. Without one, they risk falling prey to high-interest credit cards or “payday loans” to bail them out, he said. Now, the opportunities. Participating financial institutions in America Saves (see Web site www.AmericaSaves.org) have set a goal of opening nearly 10,000 new savings accounts for low- and moderate-income Americans nationwide. In Cleveland alone, 11 banks have pledged to open 4,500 new accounts. (Through the America Saves initiative, launched in 2001, more than 68,000 “savers” have committed to implement a detailed plan toward a specific savings goal. The most popular is building a reserve fund.) In addition, readers of the Savings Game column are being invited to submit ideas to build or maintain an emergency fund. If your idea is chosen, Brobeck said, it will be published in the American Saver quarterly newsletter (you can download a copy at the America Saves Web site) and you’ll win a $50 face-value EE U.S. savings bond, worth $25 at issue. “We’ll keep accepting good ideas as long as we keep receiving them,” Brobeck said. How about it? Send your ideas to Nancy Register at the Consumer Federation (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax number: (202) 265-7989; address: 1620 I St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006, attention Nancy Register). The most effective idea, most everyone agrees, is to put savings on autopilot. (Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14207. Personal replies are not possible. )160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!