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Jai Alai, as Told by Business Publication ‘Quartz’

A gambler writes down his horse racing bet ouside a gambling joint in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. Horseracing is one of the more popular forms of sports betting, both legal and illegal, in the Philippines. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro
It would seem the media have Basque sports in the spotlight.  Now this doesn't mean they're giving our sport up-to-the-minute coverage, but rather analysis...

Forbes: Enjoying cheese, wine, and traditions in Gipuzkoa

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Inaki's father tending sheep at the Mausitxa cheesery FAMILY PHOTO, MAUSITXA
The Forbes website has just published an article by Irene S. Levine sharing her experiences traveling in Gipuzkoa.San Sebastian, pintxos, Idiazabal cheese, and Getaria txakoli.  We're not...

Bringing back talent in Boston

Bizkaia Talent en Boston 2020
This is not the first time we've had the pleasure of blogging about the attempts to "recover talent" that emigrated to Boston: back in...

Four “Basque Hamburgers” among those selected by the best chefs

Hamburguesa de CAP (Biarritz) Una de las Hambuarguesas vascas elegidas por los chefs
Richard Vines is the lead culinary critic in the Arts and Entertainment section at Bloomberg.  We've blogged about him before, back in 2003, when he...

Size matters: the values behind Basque food

wine an food. Kerri Lesh
BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal is a journal run by the Basque Studies program at Boise State University.  It's a open-access multidisciplinary academic journal dedicated...

A Catalan takes a look at the ‘soul’ of Athletic, from...

Urban Pitch. artículo sobre el Athletic
Urban Pitch is a US-based website that is looking to cover urban soccer culture and its connections to fashion, art, music, and everything that...

AP, talking about the Ituren-Zubieta Carnival without using the word “Basque”

''Joaldunak'' march along a path as they take part in Carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
In what has become a news tradition, the Carnival in Ituren-Zubieta catches the attention of numerous world media outlets, as we've mentioned on many occasions.This...

On US NPR: the Basque chef who became a ‘cesta punta’...

Mikel Larregi Sistiaga (Maya Kroth)
WBUR is the public broadcaster at the University of Boston, and is part of National Public Radio, which we've referenced many times before.It's the...

The Bilbao-Donostia line, one of the Ten Best “Slow Trains” in...

Euskotren Bilbao-Donostia
Will Hawkes, reporting for The Washington Post, has just published an article on the most attractive "slow trains" in Europe: ten rail journeys that stop...

Bilbao is one of the seven most promising tourist destinations for...

Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (foto-Museo)
In the last few years, Forbes has been paying a great deal of special attention to topics related to Basque tourism in its widest definition.  Just...

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