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& lsquo;Inagaw Na Bituin& rsquo; sings its swan song

& lsquo;Inagaw Na Bituin& rsquo; sings its swan song.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardMay 16th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Finals: Blessed na nag-UST ako -- Rondina

University of Sto. Tomas prized hitter Sisi Rondina was at loss for words for the touching gesture of the UST alumni, community and supporters to fly in her family to watch her play in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Finals.     Rondina, who is set to receive her Most Valuable Player award on Wednesday before the pivotal Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series against Ateneo de Manila University, welcomed her family who came from Cebu Tuesday afternoon at the NAIA Terminal 4. UST alumni and supporters chipped in to fund the airfare and accommodation expenses of Rondina’s family. In a separate interview, Rondina admitted that due to her priority of buying a 2-storey house in her hometown in Compostella, she won’t be able to fly her family to Manila to watch her in the biggest stage of country’s premier collegiate league in her swan song.       “Blessed na nag-UST ako and syempre to be part of the UST community. For me, masaya ako kasi first time nilang makapanood dito sa Manila, championship pa,” said a very thankful Rondina, who is also set to claim the 2nd Best Open Spiker award. “Masaya ako syempre kasi ma-a-awardan ako bukas na andoon sila.” The Queen Tigress was grateful for her UST family for the special gift not only to her but also for her teammates Alina Bicar and Dimdim Pacres. Bicar's family flew in from Samar Tuesday morning while Pacres' family landed in Manila in the afternoon a few minutes after Rondina's family's arrival.      “Sobrang thankful ako kasi plano ko talaga na makapanood sila ng live and naisip nila [fans] na papuntahin sila [family ko] dito. And hindi lang ako pati sina Dimdim (Pacres) and Alina (Bicar) [family nila andito rin].” “Mapapasabi ka na lang na ‘buti na lang nag-UST kami’ kasi ‘yung support ng community andoon talaga,” she added. “Sobrang sarap ng feeling na ‘yung mga taong tumulong sayo hindi nagdalawang-isip. Hindi ko alam kung paano ako magpapasalamat.” Rondina promised the UST community that she will play her best to deliver the title and end a nine-year wait. “Syempre I will do my best para sa game namin and syempre para worth it lahat ng efforts nila,” she said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

New Frontier Theater & lsquo;transforms& rsquo; with must-see & lsquo;Swan Lake& rsquo;

New Frontier Theater & lsquo;transforms& rsquo; with must-see & lsquo;Swan Lake& rsquo;.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

& lsquo;Amatz& rsquo; song turns off PDEA

& lsquo;Amatz& rsquo; song turns off PDEA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Bagunas hauls MVP, three other individual awards

National University senior Bryan Bagunas netted four individual awards in his swan song, including the coveted UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball Most Valuable Player award. The graduating open spiker and member of the national team became the first MVP winner from NU since the Final Four era started after averaging 20.3 points per game with a very impressive 53.49% accuracy on attacks for the Bulldogs, who he helped reach seven straight Finals appearances. Bagunas also copped the First Best Outside Spiker award, the Best Scorer recognition and the Best Server award after averaging 0.47 ace per frame. His teammate Angelo Almendras won Rookie of the Year honors averaging 10.2 point per game with a 38.93% attack accuracy and 0.47 aces per set. Another NU player in James Natividad won the Best Opposite Spiker award. Jude Garcia of Far Eastern University got the Second Best Outside Hitter award. JP Bugaoan of FEU and Chumason Njigha of Ateneo won the First and Second Best Middle Blocker awards, respectively, while Lawrence Magadia of the Blue Eagles bagged the Best Setter award, stretching Ateneo’s excellence in playmaking to six straight since Ish Polvorosa won in the previous five editions.     Ateneo’s Manuel Sumanguid was named Best Libero. The awarding ceremonies will take place on May 15, Wednesday before Game Two of the Men's Volleyball Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Final Four: It’s a test of character -- Ateneo s Almadro

Even after dominating Far Eastern University in the elimination round and earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four, Ateneo de Manila University is not taking the Lady Tamaraws lightly. For head coach Oliver Almadro, FEU remains a big threat in the Lady Eagles’ desire to return to the championship round after seeing their six-year Finals stint snapped last year against the same opponent.      Saturday’s semifinals match will be a litmus test for the Lady Eagles, who are looking to return the favor to their last season’s semis tormentors. “It’s a test of character for the team,” said Almadro, who replaced Thai mentor Tai Bundit. Ateneo took the no. 1 seed after closing the elims with a 12-2 win-loss record – those two defeats coming at the hands of three-time defending champion De La Salle University – and set up a third straight Final Four date with the Lady Tamaraws. “Last year, sila ang magkatapat sa semis. It’s time to show our character. We have a chance to show our real character. We have to work hard and play hard to be back in the Finals,” said Almadro, who before taking over the Lady Eagles’ coaching duty brought the Blue Eagles to five straight championship appearance laced with a three-peat.   With a line-up led by graduating players in Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag out to bring the glory back to Katipunan in their swan songs, and solid support coming from Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston and setter Deanna Wong, the Lady Eagles are primed to make it to the Finals. Add their elims sweep of the Lady Tams and semis advantage, the odds are in favor of Ateneo. But Almdaro is not discounting FEU, besides, the core of last year’s runner-up Lady Tams remains intact. “FEU is really a good team considering ‘yung winning tradition nila,” he said. “We have to respect them. We acknowledge what they can do.” Ateneo may have the numbers of FEU in their first two meetings, but the semis is a different story.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

The New Minstrels and The CompanY, ‘Happy Together’ at PICC

They are back. Viva Live is bringing back the singers of The New Minstrels, with an all-new repertoire for another evening of song, romance, dance and fun happenings in Happy Together. And this outing is very special because joining The New Minstrels is the country’s premiere vocal group The CompanY.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

‘Salamat’ new version marks 1M Star Music YouTube subscribers

ABS-CBN’s music label Star Music has brought together a musical powerhouse of more than 30 of its most popular artists to record a new version of the 2007 hit song “Salamat” to mark a major milestone: its YouTube channel reaching more th.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

Sana nga dito ako maka-finals -- Sunang on Olympics swan song

RIO DE JANEIRO – Marestella Torres-Sunang, in her third and last Olympics, is even more determined to reach the finals of the women’s long jump in this 2016 Summer Games. Now 35, married and with a child, Sunang has failed twice in.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2016

PBA: Steady Banchero is Player of the Week

Chris Banchero is fast emerging as Alaska’s newest take-charge guy. Blessed with good looks, the Fil-Italian guard made the Aces look even good when their campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup was on the line. Banchero came through in the clutch for Alaska in its do-or-die encounter with Meralco for the last berth in the quarterfinals, and then delivered anew as the Aces stunned top seed TnT Katropa to force a do-or-die encounter for a semifinals slot. The 30-year-old Banchero averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in the two crucial sudden-death victories that earned him a unanimous choice as PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period July 15-21. Banchero received nine out of the total 13 votes tallied for the weekly citation, with the rest of the votes going to Alaska teammate Vic ‘The Muscle Man’ Manuel. Another Alaska player in Simon Enciso was also nominated for the individual honor along with Barangay Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle and Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross of San Miguel Beer, and Rain or Shine’s Ed Daquioag and Rey Nambatac. Manuel finished with a team-high 23 points as the Aces survived Meralco in overtime, 108-103, but it was Banchero who kept the team alive in the waning seconds of regulation. Down by four in the final 20 seconds, Banchero scored Alaska’s last five points, including a pressure-packed jumper with three seconds left that sent the game into overtime, 96-all. Given a new lease of life, the Aces again leaned on Banchero’s strong start that set the tone for the team’s 108-72 blowout win over the Katropa in their quarterfinals series in what was the worst defeat of TnT in its entire playoffs history. Alaska and TnT tangle anew on Wednesday for the right to advance in the best-of-five semifinals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 38 min. ago

SEA GAMES: 11 sports to air live in the Philippines

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, Foundation (Phisgoc) announced on Tuesday that 11 sports will be broadcasted live when the country hosts the biennial meet from November 30 to December 11. Phisgoc chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara said during the broadcast and media conference at the Sofitel Hotel that airing of these popular sports including the opening and closing ceremonies will be divided among two of the country’s biggest networks. “We’re trying to focus only on 11 live sports that are really popular not only in the Philippines but regional sports too like badminton and sepak takraw and football,” said Suzara. Crowd-drawing sports basketball (5x5 and 3x3) and volleyball headline the list of sports that will get live coverage. Also getting TV exposure are football, swimming, diving, athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, sepak takraw, taekwondo and E-sports. The remaining 45 sports will have separate highlights and updates. “Again these are only 11 live sports that will be divided to local TV networks,” said Suzara. “The other sports will be highlights. Again as I mentioned earlier today, there’s cost in every sport that you want to do live, there’s an additional cost. Everybody knows that.” Phisgoc is still in the process of finalizing the livestream rights of the Games. Football will be the first sport to air with the preliminaries set to begin on November 25. Volleyball will start on November 28. Badminton, 3x3 basketball, gymnastics and sepak takraw opens on Dec. 1 followed by boxing (Dec. 2), swimming and 5x5 basketball (Dec. 4), E-sports (Dec. 5), athletics and diving (Dec. 6) and taekwondo (Dec. 7).      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 38 min. ago

ABS-CBN launches National Cheer campaign during Pacquiao fight

One nation, one voice, one cheer. ABS-CBN launches a song in celebration of the string of victories that Filipinos have achieved in the international arena, showing the greatness of our people to the world. Entitled “Galing Natin Ito!” and sang by 29 Kapamilya artists, the song highlights the heart, wisdom, and strength of Filipinos that enable them to triumph over challenges in life. The song’s recording music video premiered during the fight of Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman that exclusively aired on ABS-CBN platforms including Channel 2, SKY Sports PPV, S+A, and iWant. It features Angeline Quinto, Bamboo, Billy Crawford, Daniel Padilla, Darren Espanto, Erik Santos, Gary Valenciano, Gloc 9, Iñigo Pascual, Jason Dy, Jed Madela, Kyla, KZ Tandingan, Martin Nievera, Moira Dela Torre, Morissette Amon, Ogie Alcasid, Piolo Pascual, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Sarah Geronimo, Shanti Dope, Toni Gonzaga, TNT Boys Mackie Empuerto, Francis Concepcion, at Keifer Sanchez, Yeng Constantino and ZsaZsa Padilla. “Galing Natin Ito!” aims to unite Filipinos in showing support to our fellowmen who are raising the flag of the Philippines and bringing glory to the country in their respective fields and professions. They include athletes like Pacquiao, who continues to make history in boxing, beauty queens like Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray who were named Miss Universe because of their beauty, wit, and advocacy, and thousands other of Filipinos making their mark around the globe. The song is the official theme of ABS-CBN’s National Cheer Campaign that celebrates the success of Filipinos to inspire the nation to unite and help unleash each other’s potential for greatness. With its catchy lyrics and melody, “Galing Natin Ito!” can be used to cheer on Filipinos during international competitions to boost their morale and make our presence felt in the world just like how it is done in basketball, volleyball, boxing, and football events. A full music video will be released soon featuring more cheerleading and dancing from the JRU Pep Squad, Mapua Cheerping Cardinals, Arellano Chief Squad, UPHSD Altas Perpsquad, and the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and dance crews Precom, Aces PH, and Prime, which are all performing together for the first time. The song’s lyrics were written by Jerome Clavio, Jan Dormyl Espinosa, and Tiny Corpuz from the ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management, with Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, while the music was composed by Thyro Alfaro. Behind the music videos are directors Paolo Ramos, Peewee Gonzales, and Lorenz Morales as directors with Elirose Borja and Patrick de Leon as creative directors, DJ San Jose, Jerome Clavio, and Lara Allardo as producers and Ruf Rosario as choreographer. Watch the “Galing Natin Ito!” recording music video on the official account of ABS-CBN on Facebook and ABS-CBN Entertainment on YouTube. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2019

No truth to the allegation of corruption -- Ramirez on SEA Games

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez on Friday denied the allegations that the country’s preparation for the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games has been tainted by corruption. “There is no truth to the allegation of corruption,” said Ramirez in a statement. “Yesterday, Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano, and myself sat down with Sen. Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to sort out issues being reported by news outfits in the past days.” Reports earlier this week surfaced that President Rodrigo Duterte is taking the embattled Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Foundation, Inc., a private body that aimed to organize the 30th SEA Games, out of commission and will be subjected to investigation due to alleged corruption and other irregularities. Ramirez cleared that all transactions made regarding the buildup for the biennial meet are met with ‘utmost transparency’. “We assure the athletes and the general public that all decisions and transactions will be done with utmost transparency,” he said. “The PSC, through the guidance of the Department of Budget Management and assistance of the Procurement Service shall work together to ensure that public funds are protected and that all disbursements or expenses follow existing government rules and laws.” A unity meeting to form a cohesive team for the country’s final push in the preparations of regional meet has been set. Ramirez, the chef de mission of Team Philippines, said all national sports associations that will participate in the coming Games and their athletes are invited during the gathering scheduled July 24 at the Malacanang Palace. The top brass of the Phisgoc and the PSC are also enjoined to attend the meeting to pledge their cooperation and all-out support to the entire organization of hosting the 11-nation sportsfest. “If we want to win as one, we should embrace a united front,” said Ramirez after attending the meeting with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator Bong Go, Taguig City Congressman Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday in Malacanang. “One team, one goal. The country should come together and be united in supporting this government effort,” added Ramirez, who led Team Philippines to its first overall title in SEA Games during the 2005 Manila hosting. Each national sports association has been tasked to bring along five athletes during the 10:00 a.m. Malacanang assembly. A total of 57 sports will be played during the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 Games to be held in three main clusters—Metro Manila, New Clark City and Subic. Ramirez has expressed high hopes that the meeting will encourage officials of the Phisgoc, POC and the PSC to move in one direction with four months to go before the biggest multi-sports event in the Asean region unfolds. Medialdea, Go and Cayetano, who also sits as chairman of Phisgoc, are expected to attend the gathering where at least 300 sports officials and athletes will be present......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

De Guzman willing to sacrifice playing time if needed

Philippine national men’s volleyball team captain John Vic De Guzman is not bothered by critics as long as he’s doing his part for the cause. The very vocal skipper is even willing to give up some precious playing time if needed. De Guzman, who has been with the national team since 2015, said that the squad is still adjusting and looking for the right combination and all of the members in the 20-man pool are still vying for spots to see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November. “This is a team sport naman kumbaga kung individual sport ito, siguro talagang ipaglalaban ko kung ano ang para sa akin,” said the opposite hitter and the Nationals’ team captain since 2017. “Pero this time kasi ‘yun nga healthy competition, kung sino ang deserving at kung sino ang talagang ipasok ng coach na sa tingin ng coaches siya ang magde-deliver sa ganitong specific na game, sa ganitong specific na sitwasyon, why not? Suporta lang kahit anong mangyari.” The Nationals got a taste of international competition with a fruitful stint in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships in Sisaket a few weeks back. The Filipinos captured the bronze medal to boost their morale as they build up for the biennial meet. However, De Guzman and the rest of the squad know that there are still doubters and non-believers that hurled criticisms on the team’s shortcomings. “Sa mga haters, actually maging specific na tayo sa part na yun, nababasa namin siya. Well sa mga players na kagaya namin, nalulungkot kami kasi kumbaga yung sakripisyo na ibinibigay namin hindi naman ito para sa pansarili naming kagustuhan eh. Di naman kami naglalaro sa national team para may ipagyabang or may patunayan na magaling kami individually,” said De Guzman. “Naglalaro kami para maging proud ang sambayanang Pilipino. [Para] yun sa pride ng country natin na malaman ng ibang bansa na may ganito tayong klase ng sistema,” he added But instead of being down, they are taking these criticisms as a challenge to fuel their desire to bring honor and glory to the country that is slowly building its volleyball program to be at par with those in the region.    “Nagiging thankful kami sa kanila kasi nagdo-double time kami and mas tyinatyaga namin na pagbutihan pa para lang baka sakali na maintindihan nila at maunawaan nila yung pinangagalingan namin,” said De Guzman. The Nationals will fly to Thailand for a training camp from July 28 to August 10 and will set up another camp in Japan from November 5 to 20.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

PVL: Newcomer Flying Titans out to soar high

Newcomer ChocoMucho will be packing a lot of energy and passion into every game come its debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference on August 11. “Our edge will be our passion. Our edge will be our energy. Our edge will be our intensity,” said head coach Oliver Almadro on Thursday night in the official team launch of the Flying Titans at the Joy-Nostalg Hotel in Pasig City. ChocoMucho is one of the three new teams in the league alongside Air Force and Chef Classic, and will join reigning Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz, sister-team Creamline, PacificTown Army, BanKo, Motolite and BaliPure. Bannering the purple-clad Flying Titans, the second Rebisco squad in the PVL after two-time champion Creamline, will be former Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles Kat Tolentino, Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag. The ‘Big 3’ will be backed by a solid crew of young and veteran players in another former Lady Eagle in Kim Gequillana, University of Perpetual Help’s Cindy Imbo, setter Acy Masangkay, Carla Sandoval and Dianne Ticar. Also beefing up the squad are the core of the defunct United Volleyball Club led by Shang Berte, Bang Pineda, Arianna Angustia, Gyra Barroga, Dancel Dusaran, Shannen Palec and Erika Alkuino               “You know how Maddie plays, how Kat plays, how Bang Pineda plays. They're really up to the challenge,” said Almadro. “Every practice, I see what they're doing. Expect that these players will live up to expectations and we'll really be Titans during the games,” he vowed. The team started practicing together last July 1.   “It's not yet that long, but of course, most of the players are coming from my system in Ateneo and Bang Pineda is not new to me. Naging player ko na siya before sa isang club team in V-League also, Kia nung may Kia pa,” Almadro said. “Even though we are just two months here, I'm sure that we will be playing our best. We will be better than our best.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

PVL: No sibling rivalry between Creamline, ChocoMucho

ChocoMucho head coach Oliver Almadro is downplaying the angle of sibling rivalry with sister-team Creamline in the Flying Titans’ entry in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference starting August 11. "There will not be a sibling rivalry because we are sister-teams but, of course, we will play hard,” said Almadro on Thursday in the official launch of the Flying Titans at the Joy-Nostalg Hotel in Pasig City. However, Almadro added that come game time, ChocoMucho, albeit being a newcomer in the league, won’t back down from any team even if it’s against two-time champion Creamline.   “We will be better than our best every day in every training and every match. Expect that come game time, it will be war,” Almadro vowed. “Titans eh, we'll be true to our name. We will be as passionate as ever pagdating sa games.” Bannering the Flying Titans are former Ateneo de Manila University stalwarts Kat Tolentino, Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag. The ‘Big 3’ will be backed by a solid crew of young and veteran players in another former Lady Eagle in Kim Gequillana, University of Perpetual Help’s Cindy Imbo, setter Acy Masangkay, Carla Sandoval and Dianne Ticar. Also beefing up the squad are the core of the defunct United Volleyball Club led by Shang Berte, Bang Pineda, Arianna Angustia, Gyra Barroga, Dancel Dusaran, Shannen Palec and Erika Alkuino. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

Meet the BAE of Philippine volleyball

“May bago ng boyband.” Philippine men’s volleyball team star Marck Espejo drew good laugh from his buddies Ranran Abdilla and Bryan Bagunas when asked about their reactions when fans tagged the trio with a playful name. The Nationals made the headlines after their breakthrough podium finish in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships in Sisaket a couple of weeks back. But it was the trio of Bagunas, Abdilla and Espejo who took the spotlight. The trio logged in incredible numbers in the tournament and capped it off with a grander performance in the PHI’s come-from-behind five-set win over Saraburi-Thai Denmark in the battle for third. Espejo had 35 points, Bagunas fired 24 while Abdilla, who was converted into a utility, got 19 markers. Some witty fans tagged them as #BAE on social media, taking the first letter of their surnames to create a trend-worthy name for the Nationals’ big three.    “’Yung una kong naisip dun parang nagagawan na kami ng kalokohan so yung men’s team pala nabibigyan na ng pansin ng mga tao,” said Espejo, who was named 2nd Best Wing spiker in the tournament in his return to the national squad since making his debut in 2015. “Hindi lang pala yung eyes ng mga tao sa women’s team yung suporta rin pala meron na sa men’s team,” added the five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, who played in the Japanese club league last year. Bagunas recalled that it all started when the explosive trio took a picture after their game. “Nag-picture tayong tatlo nun eh na ako, ikaw [Abdilla] saka si Marck, siguro kaya lumabas yung BAE na yun,” said Bagunas, the reigning UAAP MVP who is in his second stint with the national team. Abdilla, who like Bagunas is on his second tour of duty for the Nationals after donning the tricolors in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, at first didn’t get what the acronym meant.     “Nu’ng una akala ko kung ano ‘yung BAE tapos nung binasa ko siya, nung inisip ko siya, ‘Ay oo nga ano’” he said. “Alam mo naman mga Filipino matatalino ‘pag dating sa mga ganyan. Diyan tayo magagaling hindi nawawalan ng kalokohan ‘yan.” Though the tag may bring some sort of pressure on the trio to perform as the face of the team, they also treat it as a morale boost.   “Pampa-good vibes siya, sa amin naman lahat ng mga wingers namin pwede talaga eh,” said Abdilla. Bagunas thought of it as an indication that they are slowly gaining a fan base after being overshadowed by the more popular women’s division.    “Nakikita na ng mga fans ang men’s volleyball team na parang umu-OK na rin yung sitwasyon ngayon. Yung mga players talagang nagkakaisa na, nagsasama-sama lalo na ngayong SEA Games na dito gagawin,” he said. “Sana suportahan talaga ng maraming mga fans ng volleyball. Sana hanggang sa dulo nandoon ang suporta nila. Sana suportahan na lang nila kung anong meron kami ngayon.” Espejo saw their bronze medal finish as a stepping stone not only to earn the respect and support of the fans but to also give the nation something to believe in come the 2019 SEA Games that the country will host on November. “Masarap sa feeling, tho yun nga kahit sabihin pa natin nung natalo kami nung first game nagsilabasan yung mga bashers pinapansin yung mga laro namin,” said Espejo. “Magandang lesson din sa kanila and sa amin na nakapag bronze kami at kung ano muna yung meron ang national team doon muna mag-focus wag muna hanapin yung wala.” As for BAE, they’ll try to live up to the hype. “Papanindigan na yan! Nandyan na yan eh!” said Bagunas.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

Nakuha namin suporta ng tao -- Alinsurin

The Philippine men’s national team captured a much bigger prize than the breakthrough bronze medal in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships. The squad earned the respect and support of the Filipino fans and a chance to gauge its level of play against the region’s powerhouse. Overshadowed by the more popular women’s volleyball team, the Nationals put themselves on the spotlight this time after their podium finish in the tough tournament that served as the team’s first international foray heading into the Southeast Asian Games in November. “Sobrang natuwa nga kami sa nangyari na halos ang mga tao sumusuporta na sa amin. Yun naman ang gusto naming makuha,” said head coach Dante Alinsunurin on Wednesday during the team’s appreciation dinner set by its corporate sponsor Rebisco at Joy Nostalg Hotel in Pasig City. The men’s squad was joined by the members of the women’s U-23 team which also participated in the Thai tourney with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. board member and national volleyball team program head Peter Cayco and Rebisco top brass Jonathan Ng. The Nationals bannered by the tournament’s 2nd Best Wing Spiker Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas, Ranran Abdilla, skipper John Vic De Guzman, Kim Malabunga and veteran setter Jessie Lopez proved their doubters wrong by snatching a podium finish after a hard-fought 22-25, 27-29, 25-18, 25-18, 26-24, win over Saraburi-Thai Denmark in the battle for third in Sisaket, Thailand. The Filipinos suffered an early setback after bowing down to Thai Air Force in four sets. Bagunas paced the Nationals a four-set bounce back victory over Fine Chef Phitsanulok to advance in the semifinals. The Nationals came up short the Final Four at the hands of Thai Army but redeemed themselves for the consolation with Espejo dropping 35 and Bagunas posting 24 markers in the match that saw the Filipinos display their blocking prowess with 22 kill blocks. “Kaya ‘yang team na ‘yan, napag-usapan namin na, ‘Kailangan nating makuha yung tiwala ng mga tao sa team. Kasi kung gusto nating magsimula [lumaki] ang men’s [volleyball] kailangan maging maganda ang performance natin at umanga’t ng umangat ang mga ginagawa natin and yung sakripisyo natin magbubunga naman yan kapag nakita nila na maayos ang team,’” said Alinsunurin, who was also a former national team player. “Sana lang magtuluy-tuloy ang programa.” The four-time UAAP champion mentor also stressed the importance of seeing where the squad is right now as they prep up for the biennial meet that the country will host from Nov. 30 to December 10. “Siyempre sobrang importante ‘yung naging sitwasyon namin sa Thailand. Hindi tayo nanghuhula. Nakita namin ang kalaban namin and kung anong ginagawa nilang play or ginagawa pagdating sa laro,” he said. “Sinasabi namin na kahit paano mayroon tayong pagkukunan hindi yung pagdating ng SEA Games mahirapan tayong mag-adjust kung ano ang laro nila. Nagpapasalamat kami sa nangyari sa Thailand na nanalo kami.” The Nationals will fly to Thailand for a training camp from July 28 to August 10. “Sa Thailand mas makikita namin ang mga players, marami kaming makakalaban. Sa China kasi di namin alam kung ano ang programa, kung pupunta kami doon at magti-training lang ba kami doon. Di ata maayos ang naging usapan so magta-Thailand na lang kami,” said Alinsunurin. The Nationals will also fly to Japan to train from November 5 to 20.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2019

Nakuha namin suporta ng tao -- Alinsurin

The Philippine men’s national team captured a much bigger prize than the breakthrough bronze medal in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships. The squad earned the respect and support of the Filipino fans and a chance to gauge its level of play against the region’s powerhouse. Overshadowed by the more popular women’s volleyball team, the Nationals put themselves on the spotlight this time after their podium finish in the tough tournament that served as the team’s first international foray heading into the Southeast Asian Games in November. “Sobrang natuwa nga kami sa nangyari na halos ang mga tao sumusuporta na sa amin. Yun naman ang gusto naming makuha,” said head coach Dante Alinsunurin on Wednesday during the team’s appreciation dinner set by its corporate sponsor Rebisco at Joy Nostalg Hotel in Pasig City. The men’s squad was joined by the members of the women’s U-23 team which also participated in the Thai tourney with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. board member and national volleyball team program head Peter Cayco and Rebisco top brass Jonathan Ng. The Nationals bannered by the tournament’s 2nd Best Wing Spiker Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas, Ranran Abdilla, skipper John Vic De Guzman, Kim Malabunga and veteran setter Jessie Lopez proved their doubters wrong by snatching a podium finish after a hard-fought 22-25, 27-29, 25-18, 25-18, 26-24, win over Saraburi-Thai Denmark in the battle for third in Sisaket, Thailand. The Filipinos suffered an early setback after bowing down to Thai Air Force in four sets. Bagunas paced the Nationals a four-set bounce back victory over Fine Chef Phitsanulok to advance in the semifinals. The Nationals came up short the Final Four at the hands of Thai Army but redeemed themselves for the consolation with Espejo dropping 35 and Bagunas posting 24 markers in the match that saw the Filipinos display their blocking prowess with 22 kill blocks. “Kaya ‘yang team na ‘yan, napag-usapan namin na, ‘Kailangan nating makuha yung tiwala ng mga tao sa team. Kasi kung gusto nating magsimula [lumaki] ang men’s [volleyball] kailangan maging maganda ang performance natin at umanga’t ng umangat ang mga ginagawa natin and yung sakripisyo natin magbubunga naman yan kapag nakita nila na maayos ang team,’” said Alinsunurin, who was also a former national team player. “Sana lang magtuluy-tuloy ang programa.” The four-time UAAP champion mentor also stressed the importance of seeing where the squad is right now as they prep up for the biennial meet that the country will host from Nov. 30 to December 10. “Siyempre sobrang importante ‘yung naging sitwasyon namin sa Thailand. Hindi tayo nanghuhula. Nakita namin ang kalaban namin and kung anong ginagawa nilang play or ginagawa pagdating sa laro,” he said. “Sinasabi namin na kahit paano mayroon tayong pagkukunan hindi yung pagdating ng SEA Games mahirapan tayong mag-adjust kung ano ang laro nila. Nagpapasalamat kami sa nangyari sa Thailand na nanalo kami.” The Nationals will fly to Thailand for a training camp from July 28 to August 10. “Sa Thailand mas makikita namin ang mga players, marami kaming makakalaban. Sa China kasi di namin alam kung ano ang programa, kung pupunta kami doon at magti-training lang ba kami doon. Di ata maayos ang naging usapan so magta-Thailand na lang kami,” said Alinsunurin. The Nationals will also fly to Japan to train from November 5 to 20.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2019

Nakuha namin suporta ng tao -- Alinsurin

The Philippine men’s national team captured a much bigger prize than the breakthrough bronze medal in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships. The squad earned the respect and support of the Filipino fans and a chance to gauge its level of play against the region’s powerhouse. Overshadowed by the more popular women’s volleyball team, the Nationals put themselves on the spotlight this time after their podium finish in the tough tournament that served as the team’s first international foray heading into the Southeast Asian Games in November. “Sobrang natuwa nga kami sa nangyari na halos ang mga tao sumusuporta na sa amin. Yun naman ang gusto naming makuha,” said head coach Dante Alinsunurin on Wednesday during the team’s appreciation dinner set by its corporate sponsor Rebisco at Joy Nostalg Hotel in Pasig City. The men’s squad was joined by the members of the women’s U-23 team which also participated in the Thai tourney with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. board member and national volleyball team program head Peter Cayco and Rebisco top brass Jonathan Ng. The Nationals bannered by the tournament’s 2nd Best Wing Spiker Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas, Ranran Abdilla, skipper John Vic De Guzman, Kim Malabunga and veteran setter Jessie Lopez proved their doubters wrong by snatching a podium finish after a hard-fought 22-25, 27-29, 25-18, 25-18, 26-24, win over Saraburi-Thai Denmark in the battle for third in Sisaket, Thailand. The Filipinos suffered an early setback after bowing down to Thai Air Force in four sets. Bagunas paced the Nationals a four-set bounce back victory over Fine Chef Phitsanulok to advance in the semifinals. The Nationals came up short the Final Four at the hands of Thai Army but redeemed themselves for the consolation with Espejo dropping 35 and Bagunas posting 24 markers in the match that saw the Filipinos display their blocking prowess with 22 kill blocks. “Kaya ‘yang team na ‘yan, napag-usapan namin na, ‘Kailangan nating makuha yung tiwala ng mga tao sa team. Kasi kung gusto nating magsimula [lumaki] ang men’s [volleyball] kailangan maging maganda ang performance natin at umanga’t ng umangat ang mga ginagawa natin and yung sakripisyo natin magbubunga naman yan kapag nakita nila na maayos ang team,’” said Alinsunurin, who was also a former national team player. “Sana lang magtuluy-tuloy ang programa.” The four-time UAAP champion mentor also stressed the importance of seeing where the squad is right now as they prep up for the biennial meet that the country will host from Nov. 30 to December 10. “Siyempre sobrang importante ‘yung naging sitwasyon namin sa Thailand. Hindi tayo nanghuhula. Nakita namin ang kalaban namin and kung anong ginagawa nilang play or ginagawa pagdating sa laro,” he said. “Sinasabi namin na kahit paano mayroon tayong pagkukunan hindi yung pagdating ng SEA Games mahirapan tayong mag-adjust kung ano ang laro nila. Nagpapasalamat kami sa nangyari sa Thailand na nanalo kami.” The Nationals will fly to Thailand for a training camp from July 28 to August 10. “Sa Thailand mas makikita namin ang mga players, marami kaming makakalaban. Sa China kasi di namin alam kung ano ang programa, kung pupunta kami doon at magti-training lang ba kami doon. Di ata maayos ang naging usapan so magta-Thailand na lang kami,” said Alinsunurin. The Nationals will also fly to Japan to train from November 5 to 20.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2019

Mighty-GFG Philippines hands South Korea its first loss in 2019 Jones Cup

For the first time in the 2019 William Jones Cup, Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines was put to the test. Thanks to their reinforcements, the passed with flying colors, toppling the South Korean national team, 89-81, Tuesday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan. The Philippines was trailing, 62-70, early in the final frame until Renaldo Balkman, Hamady N’Diaye, and Mackenzie Moore all got together to turn the tides. Balkman and N’Diaye’s back-to-back dunks snatched away the lead for their team before they were joined by Moore in an 18-2 run in the last five minutes. In the end, Balkman had 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block while N’Diaye had six markers, all coming in the fourth. Mighty-GFG Philippines will have two days to prepare for its next assignment - a faceoff with Indonesia on Friday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES89 - Balkman 19, Moore 17, Graham 16, Phelps 14, Gray 7, N'Diaye 6, Williams 5, Adams 3, Brickman 2. SOUTH KOREA 82 - Ratliffe 24, Choi 14, Lee J. 11, Lee D. 11, Heo 9, Lee S. 5, Kim S. 4, Kim J. 4, Song 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-21, 51-38, 60-66, 89-82......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019