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Celebrating 114 years of Philippine Independence at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City Philippines (June 19, 2012)

Single Dad | Counseling and Sport Psychologist | Writer | Basketball Coach | TRX, RIP Trainer, and Running Enthusiast | Jedi Knight 

Background:

Dr. Tedi Gustilo Villasor obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (2009) and Masters of Science in Guidance and Counseling (2002) from De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU). He has also completed a Certificate in Sports Counseling (2006) from San Diego University for Integrative Studies (SDUIS).

In his spare time, he loves to talk hoops, write, and indulge in games like NBA 2k13 [PS3], Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2 & iPad), Grand Theft Auto IV [PS3], Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (iPad) and Batman: Arkham City [PS3].

He counts Cheers and Frasier among his favorite television shows and looks forward to the debut of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

HankPym.com

“Like” the new HankPym.com Facebook fan page today.

In this site you will find reviews on a number of my interests such as: basketball, books, collectibles, movies, and toys.

Toy Collecting Origin:

September 2001.

More or less the start of my official toy collecting timeline as I do not consider my brief foray in 1999 to be anything but that…brief.

Back then, the marketing explosion surrounding Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace convinced me to collect ALL figures and vehicles related to the aforementioned movie.  It had been 16 years since Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and as every collector knows (well, at least back then)–Star Wars is big business.

But as a fresh graduate working on a paltry salary–dreams change.  But not before blowing 3 months worth of salary on anywhere between 6 to 8 Episode 1 figures including Naboo Royal Space Pilot Ric Olié (I’m not proud of that).

Fast forward to 2001, I drop by Comic Odyssey in Robinson’s Place-Manila and see a Batman: The Animated Series’ Arkham Asylum Escape Box Set featuring a variant of the Combat Belt Batman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and a new sculpt of Two-Face.

I was sold as I couldn’t stop thinking about it and maybe a day or two later, I went back to purchase it.

That was the beginning of my toy collecting career.

Since that time, I’ve began to specialize and become more discerning (or at least I try to be) of the types of toys that would fit my collection.  These include: Kenner’s Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Marvel Legends (2002), Star Wars Unleashed (2002), Hasbro’s Indiana Jones Action Figures (2008), and Mattel’s Ghostbusters (2009).

Clockwise from Top: Dr. Henry Jonathan “Hank” Pym, 1-inch Ant-Man, and Giant-Man.

About: Henry Jonathan “Hank” Pym, Ph.D.

My fascination for the Pym character is relatively simple.  He is Marvel’s Scientist Supreme and one of the original founding members of The Avengers–despite what Marvel’s The Avengers movie (2012) would lead you to believe.

Despite his accomplishments, Dr. Pym is also quite flawed.  He gave sentience to the evil robot known as Ultron, he is estranged/divorced (depending on the continuity) from his wife Janet van Dyne, and on top of it all, the good doctor seems to have low self-esteem issues that manifest itself in the numerous costume personalities he has donned: Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and most recently, The Wasp (as a tribute to the deceased van Dyne).

Yet the capacity to do good is still inherent in Hank Pym and I guess that is why I like this particular Marvel character.

It got to the point that I liked the character so much that I decided to dedicated HankPym.com to be this blog’s web address.

Another reason why I was drawn to the character was–from a toy collectors standpoint–that there just aren’t that many Hank Pym/Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket/The Wasp action figures out in the market and that in itself makes easier to collect.

Well that’s if I DO get to find them.

Eventually, I will and when that day comes, I’ll put up a page dedicated to that collection.

Coach e Team (2005)

The Game of Basketball

I’ve been a basketball nut since 1990-91 when I watched the Chicago Bulls dispatch the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games to clinch the first of many National Basketball Association (NBA) championship trophies.  The game has served as an inspiration to me academically and in many ways has also shaped how I approach my profession.

As mentioned earlier, you’ll find a number of basketball themed post in this blog as well as a link to the Coach Morice Fredrick “Tex” Winter basketball community page on Facebook.  The page serves as a tribute to coach Tex and the game of basketball by acting as an education/motivation platform filled with inspiring quotes and interesting basketball-related stories.

Click here and “like” the Tex Winter page today.

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