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"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarJan 23rd, 2017

'Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren' - Carmina

'Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren' - Carmina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 24th, 2017

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina

"Hindi kami hiwalay ni Zoren" - Carmina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2017

NCAA: Frankie Lim s green light gives Jielo Razon confidence in the clutch

Even as a rookie, Jielo Razon has shown that he can steady the ship. Tied at 72 with under two minutes to go, Razon took matters into his own hands and drilled two straight triples for the Perpetual Altas to keep the upset-conscious JRU Heavy Bombers at bay and got the 78-72 win at the Filoil Flying V Centre.  Edgar Charcos, NO! Jielo Razon, YES! THREE! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/oefWtv3PNO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 14, 2018 Jielo Razon ANOTHER triple. Cold-blooded. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/uP9LebO86N — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 14, 2018 Those shots are bound to stick with his name for the rest of his collegiate career, all thanks to a confidence booster from none other than head coach Frankie Lim.   "Si coach rin ang nagbibigay ng kumpiyansa, hindi lang sa akin, kundi sa lahat. Lahat naman po kami ready. Alam po namin nira-run namin. Siguro nangyari na yun. Sabi rin ni coach yun, kung open, wala nang hesitate-hesitate," the homegrown Razon said after the game. Lim previously gave praise to his poised rookie as he has made the most of set plays. "Great shots, great shots. Our offense keeps our shooters outside opportunities to take open shots. Nasa players lang on how they want to use it. Big shot from a rookie. He's been playing well for the past games." With the Altas rising to 4-2, Lim acknowledges that the gritty team's wins have never come easy. "Pero ano, a win is a win. Something remarkable happened in the second half. We had like just two turnovers. And I think we're beginning to take care of the ball. Mas maraming nangyayari."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Scottie Thompson wants to play a Perpetual home game

University of Perpetual Help almunus Scottie Thompson ended his stellar college career in 2015, two years early since NCAA On Tour started with home and away games. Now, a Finals MVP and a three-time PBA champion, Thompson looks back at his college self wishing he could have played a game in his home court in Las Pinas. "'Yun yung di ko naexperience talaga. Sana nagkaroon ako ng opportunity na makapag-laro ng home court sa Perps dati kasi iba yung home court eh." "Diba sa Ginebra, iba, daming crowd, daming suporta. Ganun din sa NCAA, mga estudyante gustong sumuporta. Gustong pumuntang venue pero hindi nakakapunta so dun sila sa home court mabibigyan ng magandang laban," said the now Ginebra star guard. The Altas successfully defended their home land three days ago, Thursday, against San Sebastian. It was a thriller with Prince Eze drilling a game clinching buzzer beater putback.    AJ Coronel NO! Prince Eze YESSSS! FOR THE WIN! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/XwAe8FndZw — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 9, 2018   "Actually, dapat manonood ako noon kaso hangover kami nung Finals kaya di na ako nakapunta," Thompson said sheepishly. Perpetual's home game win just came a day after Brgy. Ginebra's PBA Commissioner's Cup championship, thus the hangover. "Pero nanonood ako sa TV. Nalungkot ako nung tinambakan sila. Buti nakahabol yung team namin tapos buzzer beater." It would have been nice for all Perpetualites to witness the triple-double monster collegiate Thompson but since it is too late, maybe they will have to see it on the PBA instead......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

UST s Ysa Jimenez heeds co-rookie Eya Laure s call

With Eya Laure nursing a shoulder injury, another University of Santo Tomas rookie stepped up for the Tigresses and her name is Ysabel Jimenez. The 18-year-old open spiker powered 13 points in a 46-percent attacking percentage as they faced the College of Saint Benilde, Saturday evening. "Parang [nag-sabi] rin si [Eya] sa akin na 'Ysa ikaw yung kailangan namin ngayon, tulungan mo ko.' Ako naman syempre, 'Oo tutulungan kita, yung team.' Gagawin ko lahat ng makakaya ko, andyan din naman sila ate para tulungan kami at sila coach kasi bigla nga siyang nagka-injury," explained the Univeristy of the East high school alumna. Jimenez heeded the call and came through to book their semi-finals ticket. They also rolled to a perfect 5-0 slate. "Sa amin kasi, itong game na to, walang pressure kasi lagi kaming nireremind ni coach na maging masaaya lang kami sa ginagawa namin and magtiwala sa kung anong kaya naming gawin and makinig lang sa kanila, sa mga instructions nila." Jimenez shared also that donning the UST jersey has always been a dream for her. Now that she is a Golden Tigress, she can't help but beam with pride. "Dream school ko po talaga tong UST. Andito yung mga taong nagpapasaya talaga sa akin. Masaya sa UST, sobrang saya. Hindi ako nagsisi na lumipat ako dito. Gusto ko kasi sila Coach Kung Fu. Ang galing nila mag coach, as in," she said with a big smile. Now with a very impressive spotless record and with a good mix of veterans and rookies bannering the team, Jimenez expressed that UST has lofty goals to achieve this PVL conference. "Gusto ko manalo kami, magchampion kami dito kasi syempre yung line up namin dito puro rookies kami so gusto ko kahit rookie pa lang kami, may mapuntahan agad kami." First it was Laure, now it is Jimenez. This just goes to show that UST has a very promising rookie class for UAAP Season 81.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Boxing: Nietes, Palicte will both be training at Wild Card for upcoming title bout

Filipino super flyweight contenders Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes and Aston 'Mighty' Palicte will be facing off for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on the upcoming HBO and 360 Promotions-presented SuperFly 3 card on September 8th (September 9th, Manila time) at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  The all-Filipino world title showdown will be the second one this year, and more than anything, it's a testament to the level of boxing talent in the Philippines.  This particular one however, puts the protagonists in a peculiar predicament.  Aside from being fellow Negros natives, Nietes and Palicte will both be based at the famed Wild Card Gym for their respective training camps.  The 27-year old Palicte, who's signed under Roy Jones Jr.'s boxing promotion, began training at the California-based boxing gym run by legendary trainer Freddie Roach back in 2016, the same year that he made his US debut.  This will be Palicte's third bout in the United States.  "Siguro mahirap sa mga cutman ko, sa trainer ko, pero alam na nila kung anong gagawin, bahala na sila." Palicte said.  Palicte trains under former Filipino boxing world champion-turned-trainer Rodel Mayol, who in turn, helps out with Team Nietes and ALA Promotions whenever they're in the United States. Like Palicte, Nietes and ALA have always set up camp at the famed gym.  The 36-year old Nietes made his US debut back in 2015, and has fought there twice since, most recently defending the IBF Flyweight World Championship at SuperFly2 back in February.  The Wild Card Gym has become somewhat a home away from home already for both Nietes and Palicte, and while they're on a collision course, it seems like they will both sharing the same training grounds.  For Nietes, it's just a matter of scheduling.  "I-[sort out lang] yung time namin," Nietes told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Na hindi kami mag-abot sa training camp, siguro morning siya, hapon ako, para hindi lang kami mag-sabay sa training." Whatever happens in this fight, the Philippines gets a new world champion, and it can be considered a win for the Wild Card Gym.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Rest is all that is on the mind of June Mar Fajardo

June Mar Fajardo was the only one left fighting as San Miguel fell to Ginebra on Wednesday. With the Gin Kings running away starting in the third quarter, Fajardo did his all to power the Beermen, scoring 16 of his 29 points in the second half as well as totaling 15 rebounds. When all of it wasn’t enough, of course, the Best of Player of the Conference felt down. “Syempre, nakakalungkot kasi talo kami sa championship. ‘Di mo naman maipapanalo ang lahat, pero andun yung chances e,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Sayang. Bawi na lang next conference saka marami pa naman kaming basketball na ilalaro e.” Asked if the Finals loss has only made San Miguel more determined, though, Fajardo opted to redirect his answer. “Sa ngayon, gusto ko munang magpahinga. Gusto ko munang mag-recover at ‘di ko muna iisipin yung next conference,” he said. He then continued, “Kailangan muna naming magpahinga. Tsaka na namin iisipin yung next conference after ng bakasyon namin.” After all, the Beermen have been in the Finals so many times in the last four years – winning six championships and finishing as runner-up once. “Siyempre, nakakapagod din. Yung ibang tao nag-eexpect na lagi kaming magcha-champion ‘di ba so dagdag pressure sa amin,” the four-time MVP said. He then continued, “Mahirap din kasi na target ka ng ibang teams. ‘Di kami pwede maging kampante kasi hindi porket San Miguel ang kalaban ng ibang team e magro-roll over na sila e. Mas gaganahan pa nga sila maglaro pag kalaban kami.” And so, Fajardo knows full well there is much to work on for all of San Miguel. “’Di kami pwedeng maging stagnant. Kailangan every conference, itaas din namin ang game namin,” he shared. He then continued, “Siguro, wakeup call para sa amin ‘to. Sa ngayon, tanggapin namin yung pagkatalo tapos next conference, susubukan naming bumawi sa Finals.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

LVPI strengthens grassroots program with nationwide tourney

As part of his first order of business, newly-elected Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco looks to strengthen country's grassroots program. Cayco, who replaced former association head Joey Romasanta in the election held at the LVPI office in Arellano University-Taft, reiterated the importance of tapping and developing young talents that will eventually fill the national pool.      LVPI was able to get the support of long-time volleyball patron Shakey’s in its endeavor. The national sports association partnered with the corporate sponsor for the staging of LVPI-Shakey’s Inter-secondary tournament for boys and girls teams. “It’s going to be school-based. Maganda yun kasi may NCAA, UAAP then si Shakey’s naman all over the country. So mako-consolidate na natin ang grassroots program,” said Cayco. In fact, the tournament opened its National Capital Region leg last June 12. “Katatapos lang actually ng inter-secondary which was managed by Ariel (Paredes). Shakey’s na ang sumuporta roon, Shakey’s and LVPI,” said the LVPI head. “We started with 16 boys team and 14 girls teams. Noong mag-start kami ang daming humahabol, after the opening, ang sabi namin ‘hindi na gugulo ang schedule e.’” The tournament will also have regional legs where top teams will then compete in the National Finals to be held in Manila April next year. “So mayroon na kaming naka-set na Visayas (Bacolod) magkakaroon sila ng legs sa kanila local, Cagayan De Oro, Davao. Sa Cebu nagni-negotiate pa kami eh,” said Cayco. “Tapos sa norte sa Ilocos Sur ilalagay. Yung Baguio naka-ready na raw sila.” “Right now magiging regional eliminations then balak namin magkaroon ng National Finals pero maikli lang para yung mga nasa province hindi na masyadong mababad rito,” he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Metro Star Realty and Team Core to represent PH in Hoopbattle Championship in China

Metro Star Realty and Team Core booked their ticket to the HoopBattle Championship in China after finishing on top of the first ever Vivo HoopBattle Championship Philippines last Sunday (July 29) at the Market! Market! Activity Center, which aired live on ABS-CBN S+A and via livestream on ‪sports.abs-cbn.com. Led by 6’7 Jamal Thomas, who was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Metro Star Realty dominated Team Core, 21-10, in the final match to win the P200,000 grand prize of the 3x3 basketball tournament brought to the country by Ayala Malls and ABS-CBN Sports with co-presenter Vivo Philippines and in cooperation with Virtual Playground. Thomas and teammates Joseph Navarro, Reinier Quinga, and Argene Sabalza will represent the Philippines in the HoopBattle Championship in China later this year, where they will battle foreign teams for up to P3 million worth of prizes.  “It’s mission accomplished for me. I’ve always wanted to make my lola proud and make a name for myself and my family. I’m totally humbled and blessed,” said Thomas, who is currently a practice player for a local professional basketball team. Team Core, composed of Maharlika Basketball Pilipinas League players Axel Torres, John Vidal, John Cauilan, and JR Alabanza, also qualified to play in China, and took home P100,000 as the tourney’s second best team. “For me sobrang saya ng feeling, sobrang blessed, kasi hindi namin hiniling pero binigay ni God. Sobrang thankful kami. Mahirap pero sabi nga nila mag-enjoy lang,” shared Torres, whose team played undermanned with JR Alabanza getting injured prior the games. Both teams emerged on top after a single round robin elimination with six other teams that topped the Vivo HoopBattle legs held in different Ayala malls this July. The Metro Star Realty beat Team Ballers in the semifinals, while Team Core defeated Team Arellano University 2 in their own knockout game. The other teams that made it to the last eight were Just Coco led by Prince Rivero, Team Enderun bannered by former Batang Gilas Mike Dela Cruz, and Team F4 led by UP Fighting Maroon AJ Madrigal, and Team BS Susim Shipping. In an exhibition three point shootout, the tournament’s best long-range shooters Marco Sario (Team Ballers), AJ Madrigal (Team F4), and Mike Dela Cruz (Team Enderun) also bested Chinese players Jason Song, Camel Luo, and Young Sean, drawing cheers from Filipinos watching live in the venue. Song and Luo play for Chong Son Kung Fu in the ASEAN Basketball League, while Sean played in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour. HBC president Temple Deng said he is very happy with the turnout of the first HBC event outside China during an interview with ABS-CBN Sports anchor Andrei Felix, who hosted the event with UAAP basketball analyst Bea Daez and NCAA courtside reporter Roxanne Montealegre. “Just one word, amazing. I love it. They were very entertaining. Their performances were amazing,” he said. The tournament, which aims to highlight the both upcoming and undiscovered basketball talents in the country, started with 48 teams composed of players from both amateur and professional ranks. It was played under the strict guidelines of FIBA and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. “This only shows how big 3x3 basketball already is here in the country. Players from all walks of life came to participate here. I know we even had a surprise team composed of security guards of an Ayala Mall. In terms of the level of play, these guys have obviously been playing a lot of 3x3,” ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena shared. AMSI Inc. general manager Gabby Katigbak also said they look forward to more partnerships like the Vivo HoopBattle that gives Filipino athletes a chance to showcase their talent. Fans who watched the event yesterday also enjoyed special appearances by OPM star Inigo Pascual and athletes Ponggay and Therese Gaston, Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Chris Tiu, and Jimmy Alapag. ABS-CBN Sports anchors Martin Javier and Renren Ritualo also served as commentators for the livestream of the games. For more sports news and stories, visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abscbnpr.com  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Delos Santos to focus on national team s floor defense, speed in Japan training camp

Emulating the Japanese's floor defense will be the main objective of the Philippine national women's volleyball team when the Filipina bets leave for a two-week training in the land of the rising sun. The nationals will fly to Japan on Sunday to undergo rigid training sessions and tune-up games in Okayama. The Filipinas also trained in the same city last year as part of their preparation for the AVC Asian Seniors Women's Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Known for their player's agility and quick reflex when in comes to floor defense, head coach Shaq delos Santos wants his team to develop the same mentality as the Japanese. “Definitely kung ma-adapt namin why not?,” said Delos Santos. “Kasi syempre doon sila kilala sa defense.” “Syempre kaya rin kami nagpunta doon not only defense kasi sila meron silang players na maliliit, may players na malalaki pero skills-wise grabe nila ma-maximize,” added Delos Santos. The mentor also wants to develop the team’s speed, agility and communication especially with the limited time on their hand to prepare for the Asiad. “Kung hindi namin makuha lahat, kailangan may ma-absorb kami and kailangan ‘yung speed ng laro nila, the way they play inside the court kasi syempre pag naglalaro iba ang galaw ng Japanese dito sa Pilipinas kaya yun ang isa sa kailangan ng team more on international (exposure),” he said. The team will leave at 7:00 a.m. and will travel for a few more hours by land in their training camp. Led by team captain Aby Marano, the national team including the members of the national pool will return on August 16 before heading to Indonesia for the 2018 Jakarya Palembang Asian Games that will run from August 18 to September 2. "We expect to hone their skills specially in floor defense," said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president Peter Cayco. The PHI squad is bracketed in Group A in the quadrennial continental sports meet together with host Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. Included in the Japan trip are Jaja Santiago, Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy, Cha Cruz-Behag, Majoy Baron, Denden Lazaro, Mylene Paat, CJ Rosario, Maika Ortiz, Myla Pablo, Rebecca Rivera, MJ Phillips and setter Jia Morado.  Libero Dawn Macandili, last year’s AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship second best libero winner, will skip the training camp because of her academic commitments.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Pinay volleybelles feel the pressure of Gilas Asiad pullout

After the pullout of Gilas Pilipinas in the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, all eyes will be set on the national women’s volleyball team. Though the Nationals themselves are managing their expectations especially with the Filipinas making their first appearance in the quadrennial continental sports meet since 1982, they also know that they are now under the microscope. “Siguro, it’s an advantage and disadvantage for the team also,” said top hitter Alyssa Valdez. “‘Yung pressure nasa amin din pero at the same time we’ll make it na sana ‘yung pressure na ‘yun ma-turn namin into positive talaga,” added Valdez, who will banner the Nationals’ bid for a decent performance in the meet. Samahang Basketbol sa Pilipinas pulled out from participation last week. The women's basketball team was not given a slot to join the Asiad while SBP also scapped the country's 3x3 stint. The National team will fly to Japan on Sunday for a two-week training in Okayama before returning to Manila on August 16. They will leave for Indonesia the next day for the Asiad, which will run from August 18 to September 2.   The PHI squad is bracketed in Group A in the quadrennial continental sports meet together with host Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. “We will try our very best to perform really well for the national team kasi after (almost) 30 years also it’s the first time that the women’s volleyball team will be back on the Asian Games so hopefully maganda ‘yung mababalik naming,” added Valdez. Head coach Shaq delos Santos braces for a tough fight especially against their well-experienced and powerhouse rivals as well as the pressure of performing well for the Filipino fans. “Ako sa totoo lang, ayaw kong isipin na talagang kami ang mag-aano (aabangan) kasi syempre sa amin first time (in 36 years). Sa amin kasi ilalaban namin hanggang dulo and then ang expectation hindi naman namin makokontrol ang mga tao kung ano ang pwedeng sabihin nila sa amin,” he said. “Pero kami, definitely, kahit anong mangyari gagawin namin ang best namin, 100 percent, ‘yun lang.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

We’re taking fashion tips from Sandara Park and Nam Joo Hyuk

Korean celebrities Sandara Park and Nam Joo Hyuk came back to Manila again to meet and spend time with their fans during the Penshoppe Fancon 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena. During the press conference, we found out more about themselves regarding their careers, interests, and personal fashion style. Given that these celebrities are always seen on television or events wearing the trendiest clothes and accessories, Park and Nam still stick to the classic t-shirt as their go-to fashion item. "Alam niyo ba ngayon mas mainit sa Korea kaysa Pilipinas kaya hindi kami nagsusuot ng damit," (It is hotter in Korea now as compared to the Philippines, which is why we don't wear that much clot...Keep on reading: We’re taking fashion tips from Sandara Park and Nam Joo Hyuk.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

ONE: Former champ Eduard Folayang learned from teammate Kevin Belingon’s title win over Martin Nguyen

Team Lakay bantamweight star Kevin Belingon did something that not a lot of people have been able to do, and that’s defeat Martin Nguyen. In the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon outstruck and outworked Nguyen over the course of five rounds to earn a unanimous decision win and become the new Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. The Baguio native becomes just the third man to defeat Nguyen, along with former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov and reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. As Belingon implemented his winning gameplan against Nguyen, his teammate and former ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang was an interested observer. Aside from watching one of his Team Lakay brothers fight for a world championship, Folayang is also preparing for what could be a possible rematch with Nguyen, the reigning ONE Championship Lightweight king. Folayang who took to the cage Friday evening, defeating previously-undefeated Russian Combat Sambo world champion Aziz Pahrudinov via Unanimous Decision. Having already won back-to-back fights, Folayang is on the brink of another shot at regaining the championship that he used to hold, and during the post-fight presser, Folayang admitted to have overlooked some stuff in his previous fight with Nguyen. “I think in the first time na nag-meet kami [ni Martin Nguyen], I overlooked some things, in some cases, na-overconfident din ako, and nakalimutan ko na it’s MMA,” Folayang bared. “There will always be a way for your opponent to hit you.” Against Nguyen, Folayang was on the receiving end of a vicious KO. Watching Belingon beat Nguyen however, Folayang says that he’s picked up a more confident approach, should he and the Viet-Aussie star share the cage again. “On the fight of Kevin, I really learned a lot. Of course I need to be careful in those areas na kalakasan ng kalaban, and then kung saan ka malakas, be careful din kasi doon ka papasukin.” Since falling to Nguyen, Folayang has taken a more patient approach in his fights, and it has led him to two convincing wins against a pair of tough Russian grapplers. With the way things are playing out in the lightweight division however, it’s more likely that Folayang finds himself going up against another former opponent and fellow former champion in Shinya Aoki. Folayang dethroned Aoki for the lightweight title back in 2016, and says that a rematch against the grappling ace wouldn’t be a problem. “Okay naman ang rematch kay Shinya,” Folayang said, before jokingly suggesting that another unbeaten Russian could be the next person that ONE puts in front of him. “Siyempre hindi lang natin alam, baka mamaya another undefeated na Russian ulit, si Khabib [Nurmagomedov] naman ang susunod, we just really don’t know. That’s a joke.” the former champ said with a laugh. Nurmagomedov, of course, is the reigning UFC Lightweight World Champion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Kris Aquino honors Cory Aquino on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ role

Kris Aquino reveals that her role as an Asian princess in the upcoming film "Crazy Rich Asians" is her way of honoring former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino, as her dialogue reflects what her late mother "symbolized" and "championed." "[W]henever there's a problem, a trial, or some sadness, [I] still get my reassurance secure in the knowledge 'ang Mom na ang bahala, hindi nya kami pababayaan (Mom will take care of things, she won't forsake us),'" wrote Aquino in a post she shared via Instagram today, July 30. "Nung buhay sya sa endorsements ko pa lang po super happy na [s'ya](When she was still alive, she was super happy with my endorsements alone)," the Queen of All Media rem...Keep on reading: Kris Aquino honors Cory Aquino on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ role.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

NCAA: Muyang, Fajarito give Letran reason to look up

Now in his third season in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jeff Napa finally has a team he can call his own. That means that the Knights have a big, big lineup – just how their head coach likes it. Coach Jeff won several titles in the UAAP Juniors by discovering and then developing bigs such as Mark Dyke and Justine Baltazar. And so, he knows full well the importance of a big, big lineup. “Ever since naman, kahit naglalaro ako o kahit nung sa high school ako (coach), mahirap maglaro na wala kang big man. Kailangan talaga, kahit hindi naman nagdo-dominate, pero role player na bigs para mag-complement sa guards mo,” he shared. He then continued, “Yun ang naging problema namin last years so in-address namin. Naniwala sa akin itong dalawa at nagtiwala din sila sa Letran. Siguro, give-and-take lang kaya sinuklian nila yung binigay na opportunity ng school.” Coach Jeff was referring to Larry Muyang and Christian Fajarito who had transferred from De La Salle University and College of St. Benilde, respectively. Those two, alongside Gilas cadet Jeo Ambohot and veteran Christian Balagasay, have given Letran a frontline that stands not an inch shorter than 6-foot-5. Those two also did the heavy lifting as the Knights grounded Jose Rizal University on Friday for their first winning streak in the season. Muyang ended with 14 markers, nine boards, and three assists while Fajarito finished with his own 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. According to Muyang, he’s merely making the most of his second chance – two years after his unceremonious exit from Taft Avenue. “Para sa akin, nahanap ko na yung home ko. Nandito kasi si coach Jeff na nagbigay sa akin ng kumpyansa,” he said. He then continued, “Dito ko na nakikita yung future ko kay coach Jeff at sa Letran.” Nonetheless, coach Jeff said he wants much more from Muyang and the rest of his frontline. As he put it, “Marami pa rin siyang kailangang i-improve. Ayoko ring makuntento sila sa ganitong sitwasyon so kailangan pa ring mag-doble effort pa rin sila.” He then continued, “Kailangang mag-all out pa rin kami every game, every practice kasi pabigat nang pabigat ang kalaban namin.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Zoren, Carmina’s twins Mavy and Cassy now GMA talents

Zoren Lepaspi and Carmina Villarroel's twins, Maverick and Cassandra, a.k.a. Mavy and Cassy, are all grown-up, and are launching their careers in show biz. The 17-year-olds inked contracts with GMA-7 on Thursday, with their proud parents in attendance. Both will be managed by the GMA Artist Center and their dad. In photos posted by the Kapuso network's official Instagram, Legazpi and the twins were welcomed by GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilibeth Rasonable. As they are soon to become rising stars, Cassy admitted in a GMA Network interview: "At first I was a little bit nervous, but after a while I realized that this is actually very, very exciting." She als...Keep on reading: Zoren, Carmina’s twins Mavy and Cassy now GMA talents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

PVL: Domingo steps up to the challenge

With Far Eastern University missing the services of Toni Rose Basas and the departure of top hitter Bernadeth Pons after last UAAP season, the Lady Tamaraws needed someone to step up on offense. Celine Domingo embraced that role with her recent performance for FEU in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference said it all. The UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker averaged 18 points per game as she led the Lady Tams to an early share of the lead with University of Sto. Tomas with back-to-back wins to open their campaign. However, instead of feeling pressured on her new role, Domingo treats it as a challenge.     “Nararamdaman ko naman (ang pressure), pero hindi ganoon totally kabigat. Hindi ko siya tine-take as pressure, kasi 'di naman kami pine-pressure ni coach eh,” she said. Domingo had her scoring prowess in full display Wednesday when she led FEU to a 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, win over San Beda University. The incoming sophomore, a transferee from University of the East, posted a personal conference-best 22 points built on 15 attacks, four kill blocks and three aces.     Domingo was the main weapon of the Lady Tams with her quick kills as they dismantle the Lady Red Spikers, who gave FEU a scare after taking the second frame.  “Siguro part kasi 'yun ng game plan namin na i-feed muna sa quickers, para pag binato sa open, magiging madali na para sa spiker na paluin,” said Domingo. Playing with na slew of newcomers, Domingo provided the maturity and composure as FEU dodged another upset-scare since escaping College of St. Benilde in five sets in their conference opener last Sunday. “Siguro isa na ding factor 'yung kailangan mag-step up din kami, tapos isa na rin ako sa nakakatanda, ayun po,” added Domingo. Still, Domingo admitted that she still has a lot to improve on as she prepares for UAAP Season 81. “Siguro 'yun ano pa rin, 'yung blockings. Siyempre may puhunan na ako doon, kailangan ko lang i-continue and mas mag-improve pa,” she said. “Big thing din 'yun, pag na-block na, wala ng kailangang gawin eh. So 'yun, kailangan ko pa i-improve 'yun.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

PBA: Maybe it isn t Rain or Shine s time yet, says James Yap

Monday night at the Araneta Coliseum, the top-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters pushed crowd-favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings to the brink, before ultimately coming up short, 96-94, in Game 4 of their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Semifinals Series.  The loss ended Rain or Shine's Commissioner's Cup campaign and set up a monster Finals series between Ginebra and defending champions San Miguel.  And while it was a bitter pill to swallow, given how close the final minutes of the game were, veteran sharpshooter James Yap isn't beating himself or his team up too much about the loss. "Breaks of the game lang, breaks of the game." Yap said. "Andaming opportunity, hindi lang namin na-convert yung opportunities na ‘yun, siguro apat, dalawa sa akin dalawa kay Chris [Tiu], and ganun talaga ang laro ng basketball eh, ‘yun." Yap started the game ice-cold, going scoreless in the first half, before getting all ten of his points in the final two quarters to help Rain or Shine go on the late run that made things close towards the end-game.  "Ah,well ganun talaga ang basketball eh, it’s not everytime na talagang nandiyan ka, pero kailangan mag-adjust din, buti naka-bawi ako nung second half and may chance kami na manalo, pero hindi binigay, pero ganun talaga ang laro ng basketball, hindi lahat nakukuha." Yap said of his slow start. As for the heart that Rain or Shine showed in their almost-comeback against the Gin Kings after being down by as much as 14, Yap couldn't be any more proud.  "Talagang I’m so proud with my teammates na talagang hindi nag-give up, lumaban kami, and short lang, pero andami naming natutunan for this series. Sana ma-dala namin in the next conference." Yap and the Elasto Painters, and maybe even the fans would have enjoyed a do-or-die Game 5, but it just wasn't meant to be.  "Masaya naman, lahat kami, teammates ko, masaya naman kaming lahat dahil lumaban, and I’m sure andaming nasiyahan na fans for this series. Masaya sana kung may do-or-die na Game 5, pero ganun talaga basketball. Madami din kaming natutunan for this series." The four-game semifinals loss to Ginebra was an unfortunate end to what was a solid campaign for the ElastoPainters, who finished the eliminations at with the top seed and then dispatched Globalport in two games in the quarterfinals.  Yap says the whole conference was a learning experience, and maybe it just wasn't time for the Elasto Painters yet.  "Actually maganda, maganda yung takbo ng team, nag-number one kami, siguro pa talaga time namin na makapunta sa finals, pero for this conference marami kaming natutunan, sana madala namin next conference, tulad nga ng sinabi ko kanina. Marami kaming natutunan, so ayun. Kalimutan na ‘tong laro na ‘to." "Basketball, hindi natin makukuha lahat. Hindi pa time namin na makapasok sa finals. Maybe next conference.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

PBA: No regrets for Vic Manuel as Alaska ousted from Commissioner s Cup

Vic Manuel's magical Commissioner's Cup run is over. Emerging as one of the top offensive threats for the Alaska Aces, he scored 20 points in 11 straight games, including a career-high 35 markers against the Magnolia Hotshots. His flawless moves on the post have been a revelation, mentored by one of the best centers the league has ever had, Danny Ildefonso. During the eliminations, the 'Muscle Man' normed 24.2 ppg on 58.2 FG%, 6.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg, which made him a frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference award. However, things started to change in the semis where his 20-point streak was cut short abruptly in Game 1 against San Miguel, where he just tallied 16 points.  Not a bad outing, really.  Unfortunately for Manuel, it became a turning point in the race which counts statistics through the semifinals, thus elevating reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo to the overall leader in the tally, including a 26-point, 12-rebound, two-assist, two-block performance in the series closer. For Manuel, an earlier exit than what he had expected was not a problem for him, as he proved himself to one of being the most feared weapons of coach Alex Compton's balanced attack. "Pero yun nga sabi ko, proud talaga ko sa team namin, sa mga teammates ko, lahat kami nagtulong tulong kasi hindi lang naman ako. Lahat kami nagtulong tulong para makarating dito." "Masaya na ako, naipakita ko. Okay na ako doon. Yun nga sabi ko, nakapasok kami sa semis. Kahit na na-short kami. Ayun lang kuntento na ako. Masaya na ako," the hulking forward added after the game. With key guys like Calvin Abueva (suspension), minutes and assists leader Chris Banchero (family emergency) and original import Antonio Campbell (called up to play in the NBA Summer League), Manuel was proud his team was able to hold the fort and fought tooth-and-nail against the reigning champs. Despite the great performance this conference, the 6'4 forward dispelled questions that his showing has elevated him to the upper echelon, vowing to keep grinding until he proves himself otherwise and avoids injury. Being one of the focal points of the Alaska offense in their rough-and-tumble semis, Manuel was given the go-signal by coaches Compton and Ildefonso to pace the attack, and that has given him a renewed sense of pride for himself. Now that his Commissioner's Cup journey is over, Manuel hopes to be included in the national team's replacement squad for the second window of the FIBA Qualifiers and finally don the 'Pilipinas' jersey for five-on-five, full-court basketball. "Bakit hindi? Syempre tutulong tayo sa bansa natin. Ready lang ako kung tatawagin nila ako. Syempre willing naman ako para maglaro sa Pilipinas. Sa 3x3 nga, ininvite nila ako naglaro ako, doon pa sa Gilas? Syempre, mas masarap maglaro sa 5-on-5, alam natin yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018