‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community service

  PBA stars Beau Belga and Rodney Brondial made surprise visits to three barangays around Metro Manila as part of the league's new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.   Belga, Brondial and PBA legend Benjie Paras, who volunteered for the event, made rounds in basketball courts at Barangay Marilag, Project 4, in Quezon City and Barangays Jesus dela Pea and Taong in Marikina with the help of league officials and staff led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial.   Under Marcial's initiative, players can pay off minor fines with community work.   "It's a great feeling making the fans, especially the kids, happy," said Belga, who was game i...Keep on reading: ‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community service.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Papa Bear Benjie Paras leads first PBA 'Homecourt' visit

PBA fans in three Metro Manila barangays got the surprise of their lives Thursday following the unannounced visit made by Hall of Famer Benjie Paras, Beau Belga of Rain or Shine, and Magnolia’s Rodney Brondial. The three players were accompanied by officials and staff of the PBA led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial during their personal appearances in Barangay Marilag, Project 4 in Quezon City, and Barangays Jesus dela Pena and Tanong in Marikina as part of the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of the league dubbed ‘PBA Homecourt.’ Belga and Brondial went along with the group as part of their community work after being fined by the Commissioner’s Office for various infractions just before the holiday break. Under the league’s new CSR setting, players are given the chance to write off minor fines through appearances in basketball courts within the metropolis. On the other hand, Paras, the only player to become Rookie-MVP in a season (1989), volunteered to go doing the rounds of barangays as a way of giving back to PBA fans. “Masarap at magaan sa pakiramdam na makita mong napapasaya yung mga fans, especially yung mga bata,” said Belga, who did his share of taking selfies, photos, and autograph signings during the event. A shoot around was held in all three barangay courts, with fans who made the basket receiving gift items, basketball, and select tickets from the PBA. League stickers were also attached to the barangay courts visited by the group. Marcial said the event will be held every other Thursday, or on Saturdays when no out of town games are scheduled. And like in its initial staging, the tour will be held unannounced. “Mas maganda yung ma-surprise mo sila,” said the league OIC.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: A Dilemma on Loop?

Flashback to March 2017, the whole volleyball community was abuzz about a newly formed national team set to compete in the Southeast Asian Games of that year as tryouts were held, but certain players, particularly from the Ateneo de Manila University, were allegedly not invited. An apology was then issued and special tryouts were held to accommodate the aforementioned athletes. Flashback to 2015, with a newly formed organization in Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) taking the reins from the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) as the volleyball authority in the country, the future looked bright as for the first time in recent history, both the men’s and women’s teams were being sent to the Singapore SEA Games as representation of the sport’s resurgence. As with any newly formed roster, the composition was mired in controversy especially with the men’s team, which was composed of predominantly of young players. Flashback to 2014, with the power struggle between the aforementioned LVPI and PVF, the latter formed the infamous Amihan and Bagwis squads as the women’s and men’s national teams, respectively. Backed by then sponsor PLDT, the rosters boasted of the some of the country’s best talents from both divisions with the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Mark Espejo, Ara Galang, Tatan Pantone, Ran Ran Abdilla and Mark Alfafara to name a few. Both teams never saw the light of day outside the country as the PVF eventually lost its accreditation leading to the teams’ eventual disbandment. And the theme went on as the previous years are revisited. Fast forward to present time, 2018, and once again the volley community is abuzz with the formation of yet again a new national team with a familiar scenario in which local favorites did not make the cut. With the volleyball scene at an all time high in local following, it is quite inevitable for varying opinions on who should have been included in the line-up given the wide pool of talents especially in the women’s division. Coupled with a sudden change in coaching staff, the new roster is once again under scrutiny given the process the team as a whole was structured from the beginning. Another New Beginning Without taking anything from the players and coaches of the new women’s national team, the composition is relatively deserving of the spots for the roster. While expected shoe-ins who have performed tremendously well in the local leagues like Myla Pablo, Maika Ortiz, and Tatan Pantone were not afforded a slot in the team, the new line-up is still pretty much capable of representing the country. Middles – Aby Marano is the best fit amongst the middles who made the final cut. With exceptional timing and good lateral movement, Marano is expected to perform in the position well offensively and defensively despite the lack of height for a middle blocker internationally. Her agility and aggressiveness with her net play more than justifies her inclusion and assignment as the team captain. Her DLSU successor Majoy Baron would add much needed support as the second middle as she has proven to have the power and timing of Aby though much work can still be done for her agility in the net. Baron’s aggressive floaters will also be of much benefit on the service line. Lastly, Mika Reyes would provide the height should the need arise especially against foreign teams with bigger size. Left Wing – Alyssa Valdez’ inclusion as left wing hitter is of no question as she continues to prove that she is one of the best open hitters in the local scene. Perhaps working more on her bulk and power is something the coaching staff must consider to ensure that she can carry over her local performance to the international scene. Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Ces Molina likewise have proven themselves much capable of being offensive threats from the left and their decent size will be of much benefit in blocking against slides and opposite attacks from foreign counterparts. It would be beneficial as well if Santiago-Manabat develops mastery of passing and if Molina becomes a significant threat with the pipe in order for both athletes to really excel in the position. Although Cha Cruz is not much of a power hitter as compared to the aforementioned left hitters, she would serve a special position as the service and defense specialist for the team. If in scenarios in which she will serve in for a middle, her floor defense is of much benefit in Zone 5 and with her background as a former setter, she is still capable of setting up a decent play should the setter get the first contact. Right Wing – Though much of her collegiate season has been utilized hitting from the middle, Jaja Santiago is undeniably more fit for the opposite position. Despite her height and power, which could be considered an automatic criteria for the middle, Santiago has much work to be done with lateral motion which is also a crucial component for middle hitters. With her vertical reach and power, she is better off racking up points from the right wing and right back row as the main offensive option for the team. Likewise, Kim Dy is also a shoo-in for the opposite position as evidenced by her consistency in scoring and blocking from the right. With Kim Fajardo calling the plays, Kim Dy would be beneficial in running faster or creative plays should the need arise. Setters – The selection of Fajardo and Jia Morado is not to be questioned as both have proven and continue to prove that they are top-notch setters in the country. Both setters are a shoo-in for the national team as both are equal in consistency with Fajardo showing mastery in working the middles and Morado displaying her skill in making the wings work for her. Not much can be argued really about the selection of the two athletes. A reserve setter in Rhea Dimaculangan would be also beneficial as she has the consistency and creativity as the aforementioned setters as well as the height, which would be important in blocking. Libero – Currently hailed as one of Southeast Asia’s finest, Dawn Macandili is undeniably a good choice for the main libero position. With her agility and speed to pop up digs and impossible saves, her presence on the floor is highly beneficial for the team on transition defense. On the other hand, her counterpart Denise Lazaro has proven to be highly consistent from the receiving end of services making her inclusion as part of the regular roster and not just a reserve undeniably essential. With Lazaro setting up the passing formation and Macandili guarding on transition, their combined specialized efforts will ensure the first step in letting the setters run the play for the team. A Shift in View Given the fact that the talent pool in the women’s division is deep, player selection will always be put on debate as not all favored athletes will be included. Perhaps a good way of viewing the matter is that given the yet again short preparation time for the next international tournament, the coaching staff would best select players who they have already established a good working relationship for a more seamless adaptation of a new system. Rather than put into scrutiny the individual players, handpicked or not, the focus should be put on the system as a whole and how it can be further developed for the improvement of the sport. Yet again, the 2018 roster is proving to be another promising one as it has been almost every year when a new line-up is formed. More than bringing back pride to the country internationally in the tournaments immediately at hand, the bigger challenge for the national team is to prove itself not as yet another band aid solution in the attempt to have a continuous program. How the 2018 Team will prove itself different from its predecessors in past Asian/SEA Games would be the more important matter that should be put under the lens. With the sport currently a major source of livelihood for many athletes, the players are no longer the ones getting the short end of the stick but rather volleyball and its development as a whole should the loop continues. The country has much individual talent deserving of a spot in the team, but for as long as vested interests continue to rear their head in the Philippine Volleyball System, the level of the sport will continue to fall short in justifying its current local popularity.    .....»»

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63 BJMP personnel join bloodletting activity

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Community Relations Service Section Chief Jail Inspector Nigel Arellano talks about the agency's activities for celebration of the Community Relations S.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

USA to honor 13 alumni achievers

THE University of San Agustin, on its 65th anniversary as a university will bestow, the prestigious USA Alumni Achievement Award to 13 of its outstanding alumni who have shown excellence in Culture and the Arts; Law; Entrepreneurship and Management; Media and Communications; Education; Public and Community Service; Medicine and Health Sciences; Environment, Science and Technology; […] The post USA to honor 13 alumni achievers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Venice Biennale shows human face of architecture

In an era when many countries are putting up border walls and barbed wire fences, the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice aims to showcase a "sense of humanity" through its displays, organizers said ahead of its opening Saturday. The world's most prestigious architecture festival --- which is part of the Venice Biennale --- has chosen the title "Freespace" for its 16th edition in the picturesque Italian city. "The architect's creativity must be at the service of the community," Irish architect Shelley McNamara --- who curated the vast exhibition with colleague Yvonne Farrell --- told AFP. McNamara said "Freespace" aims to highlight collective spaces, "g...Keep on reading: Venice Biennale shows human face of architecture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018


Bapa is a Bahasa term that means “father,” and I use it here in honor of a man whom I look up to like a father — a man who had done so much for his country and for the international community as well. He was my boss, my mentor, a colleague in government service and in several advocacies, a good and dear friend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Social mover Sheila Platt, wife of ex-US envoy to the PH, passes away

Sheila M. Platt, wife of former US Ambassador to the Philippines Nicholas Platt, passed away surrounded by her family on May 15 at home in New York City. Even after Ambassador Platt left the Philippines to take up his post as ambassador to Pakistan, eventually returning to New York in November 1992 after retiring from foreign service to become president of the Asia Society, Sheila Platt continued to return yearly to the Philippines to continue her work as board member of Community Family Service International (CFSI), a refugee mental health organization in the Philippines and Hong Kong, Save the Children, Philippines, and the American Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Manila. S...Keep on reading: Social mover Sheila Platt, wife of ex-US envoy to the PH, passes away.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Fil-Am is new manager of leading SF community radio station

The San Francisco Unified School District and its community broadcast service KALW, a pioneer in public broadcasting since 1941, have selected a new general manager, a Filipino American, with deep roots in both public media and education to lead the station. Tina Pamintuan, who has held various leadership positions in public media as an editor, producer, and program founder, will take the reins of KALWfrom departing general manager Matt Martin, who has led the station's growth for more than a decade. "Listening to KALW has been a part of my life since arriving in the Bay Area. To be in a position where I can help shape this cultural resource and help chart its trajectory is bot...Keep on reading: Fil-Am is new manager of leading SF community radio station.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Ish Polvorosa tries hand at politics by running for SK Chairman

Ish Polvorosa has had a storied career as the main playmaker for the Ateneo men's volleyball team in the UAAP, and it appears that he's branching out to try his hand at politics. The graduating setter for the Blue Eagles took to social media to announce his candidacy in the upcoming Barangay Elections on May 14, for the Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman seat of Brgy. Anabu 2-B in his hometown of Imus, Cavite. Even at a very young age, our setter faced the pressure and hardwork and became THE leader inside the court. I’m sure he can empower the youth to do the same by setting (😉) them to the right track! #IshOurTime #IshYourTime — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 7, 2018 The decorated setter and three-peat champion for the Katipunan-based squad has been aggressive in promoting his campaign, even holding a 'Grand Fans Day' alongside his fellow Ateneo athletes, even his head coach, Oliver Almadro. Marck is coming also 💙 — Ish Polvorosa (@ishpolvorosa) May 10, 2018   Supporting our very own @ishpolvorosa in his willingness to be of service to his community as SK Chairman in Brgy Anabu 2B Imus, Cavite. 👍🏼😁💙 #ishyourtime #AMDG — Oliver Almadro (@kowchO) May 11, 2018 Ish will join a long list of athletes-turned-politicians who aim to prove their mettle as public servants......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Albayalde to cops: Good or bad, you’ll be on Facebook

  CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- If the Boy Scouts live by the slogan "Do a Good Turn Daily," the Philippine National Police now go by "One Commendable Act (OCA) per day."   PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde launched the so-called OCA Challenge on Wednesday as part of his drive to both scale up police service to the community and cleanse the 190,000-strong force of corrupt, undisciplined and inept officers.   From now on, Albayalde said, he would not accept excuses like "no more gas" or "unavailable patrol cars" whenever the public needed police assistance.   Known as a stickler for discipline, Albayalde said sleeping on the job at the police sta...Keep on reading: Albayalde to cops: Good or bad, you’ll be on Facebook.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

President Duterte Extends Help to Single Mother OFW in Singapore

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, April 28, has granted the wishes of a household service worker here who wanted to return home and start a small business. President Duterte met with 39-year-old Maria Rosalee Josue following his meeting with the Filipino community at Zepp@Bigbox here on Saturday night. Josue, who hails from Tampus, Boac, Marinduque, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Duterte on PH foreign relations: I also studied diplomacy

DAVAO CITY --- President Rodrigo Duterte, who frequently blasts Western countries for alleged meddling in Philippine affairs, on Sunday said he studied foreign service but nobody wanted to believe him. That is probably because of his policies that tend to isolate the Philippines from the global community, like withdrawing the country from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, and expelling Australian Catholic nun Patricia Fox, a missionary who championed the rights of the poor. Not only AB There is also the deteriorating diplomatic row with Kuwait. "I said I took up foreign service but others would not believe me. [They said I just to...Keep on reading: Duterte on PH foreign relations: I also studied diplomacy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Facebook rules at a glance: What s banned, exactly?

Facebook has revealed for the first time just what, exactly, is banned on its service in a new Community Standards document released on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Secretary Duque Recognizes BNSS And Calls Them Brand Ambassadors For The First 1000

Department of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III recognizes the efforts and commitment of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) all over the country thru their Bohol counterpart and thanked them for their valuable service and dedication towards their work and the community. According to Duque “If not for you (BNSs), information and government services about nutrition […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Nominations sought for ‘18 Gintong Pamana Leadership Award

KAHULUI, Hawaii -- The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2018 Gintong Pamana Leadership Awards to recognize members of the Maui Filipino community with outstanding achievements, demonstrations of leadership, professional excellence, or service to the community. Awardees will be honored at the Gintong Pamana Leadership & Scholarship Awards banquet on Wednesday, June 13th, 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel. The nomination form is available online at gintongpamana or by calling Jeana Gamboa at (808) 419-4090. Deadline for submission is April 10, 2018. Admission and dinner costs $65 per person. For inquiries, cont...Keep on reading: Nominations sought for ‘18 Gintong Pamana Leadership Award.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

‘We want this to end’: France honors victims of Islamist attack

TRBES, France --- Hundreds of mourners packed a church service Sunday for the victims of France's latest Islamist attack, including a policeman hailed as a hero for taking the place of a hostage. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot and stabbed after offering himself in exchange for a woman being used as a human shield by attacker Radouane Lakdim. Members of the Muslim community attended the service in honor of the four killed and three wounded in the attack claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group. "Your presence tells us that the creators of hatred will not win," the bishop of Carcassonne and Narbonne, Alain Planet, told the congregation at Trebes' Saint-Etien...Keep on reading: ‘We want this to end’: France honors victims of Islamist attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

GSIS, PAG-IBIG ISSUE: Court fines Iloilo mayor, treasurer

THE Sandiganbayan imposed fines on the mayor and municipal treasurer of San Enrique, Iloilo for the delayed remittance of the employees’ Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Pag-IBIG contributions. In a decision promulgated on March 1, 2018, the anti-graft court’s Second Division found Mayor Rosario Mediatrix “Trixie” Fernandez and Imelda Mecisamente Celebrar guilty of 16 […] The post GSIS, PAG-IBIG ISSUE: Court fines Iloilo mayor, treasurer appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

One month left to use free AARP tax prep help

Now through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program.AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.   Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There's no fee, and AARP membership is not required. Some locations offer assistance in additional languages. ...Keep on reading: One month left to use free AARP tax prep help.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Time for compassion and the building of an authentic community

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do will it. Be made clean.'" This image of Christ and the leper, one of the most poignant scenes in the Gospels, completes our three Sunday profiles of Christ and his mission.   With the opening salvo of the battle between good and evil, followed by the display of the "weapons" for the battle---loving service, the solitude of prayer, and the primacy of mission---we see the synthesis today in this image.   Key points   Recently, I was in a meeting with some teachers and we were discussing how the students of today are very gifted and adroit in getting their school work done with the use ...Keep on reading: Time for compassion and the building of an authentic community.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Shirtless is a no-no in QC

STEPPING OUT into the streets of Quezon City? Make sure you have a shirt on. The Quezon City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting roaming around naked in public places, with penalties ranging from P1,500 to P3,000, or community service for five days, or six months in prison. Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica, author of the new […] The post Shirtless is a no-no in QC appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018