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A cancer survivor, tearful bets, and perennial underdogs take Palaro spotlight

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines - A cancer survivor becomes a gold medalist, a former fourth placer finally captures a gold, and a son of a former Olympian follows in his father's footsteps as champion - these are just some of the countless inspiring success stories in ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerApr 21st, 2018

‘My Hair, Your Hair’: Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer

Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four. "But I knew that I lost my hair," said the Bosnian leukemia survivor who is now 19 years old. Now a medical student, Nizic is leading a campaign to give other sick children a luxury her parents could not afford: wigs. Bosnia, one of Europe's poorest countries, has no domestic wig making industry. The nearest available source has been neighboring Croatia, where wigs cost up to 2,000 euros ($2,300)--- more than four times the average monthly salary in Bosnia. "As trivial as it might seem at first while a person is battling such an aggressive disease, hair loss is often a huge psychologica...Keep on reading: ‘My Hair, Your Hair’: Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News19 hr. 59 min. ago

Cancer survivor conjures up the old Pacquiao

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – If Manny Pacquiao wants to know all about comebacks, he need look no further than his conditioning coach Justin Fortune. The former heavyweight, who in 1995 went up against the great Lennox Lewis, found himself in an altogether different fight when a dental check-up four years ago ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Miss Eco Int’l 2018 Cynthia Thomalla says rival beauties now fear Filipina bets

  Global pageantry has indeed been very fruitful for the Philippines as proven by the country's notably increasing title holders. Because of this, other nationalities already fear Filipina candidates.   This was revealed by newly-crowned Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla during her homecoming press conference on Friday after she won the coveted title.   In fact, she experienced it for herself.   "I've heard some people saying, kasi I'm close to Miss USA, Canada, South Africa, and Thailand and they've told me that some of the girls told them na 'why are you always hanging out with Miss Philippines, she's stealing your spotlight,"...Keep on reading: Miss Eco Int’l 2018 Cynthia Thomalla says rival beauties now fear Filipina bets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

Filipino multisport athlete and cancer survivor Louie Sangalang conquers North Pole Marathon

FILIPINO multisport athlete Louie Sangalang, also a cancer survivor, conquered another “fight” and along the way came out every bit a winner. One of only 62 participants from 23 countries that took the challenge to run in the FWD North Pole Marathon, dubbed “the world’s coolest marathon,” Mr. Sangalang, 40, exemplary passed the test with […] The post Filipino multisport athlete and cancer survivor Louie Sangalang conquers North Pole Marathon appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

EcoWaste Coalition warns May 14 poll bets against using harmful tarpaulins

MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, April 28, the EcoWaste Coalition warned barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) candidates against using potentially harmful tarpaulins that may contain the cancer-causing chemical cadmium. The alert comes less than a week before May 4, the start of the barangay and SK candidates' 9-day campaign period. This is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Filipino cancer survivor conquers FWD North Pole marathon

On April 16, Louie Sangalang became the first Filipino cancer survivor to finish the FWD North Pole Marathon, a race which Pan-Asian insurer and industry gamechanger FWD Life Insurance title-sponsored this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Still untouchable, NCR set to to bag overall Palaro crown for 14th straight year

  ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – With only a day left, the National Capital Region virtually bagged the overall championship for the 14th straight year in the Palarong Pambansa 2018.  The Metro Manila bets overwhelmed the field with 91 gold medals, as of 7 PM on Friday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Cuyom shatters own PH record

Calabarzon bet Eliza Cuyom surpassed her recent national junior record in secondary girls’ 100-meter hurdles even as cancer survivor Daniela Dela Pisa of Central Visayas scooped four gold medals in the secondary girls’ rhythmic gymnastics in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. Cuyom shatters own PH record by Kristel Satumbaga ILOCOS SUR — Calabarzon bet Eliza Cuyom… link: Cuyom shatters own PH record.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Lance Armstrong to pay $5M settlement in US fraud case – lawyer

  Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million in order to settle the looming federal fraud case stemming from his drug-fueled reign as king of the Tour de France, it was confirmed on Thursday.   The former cycling superstar was due to face a trial next month over claims he defrauded the United States government when he doped while racing for his US Postal Service-sponsored team.   The Postal Service and former team-mate Floyd Landis had sought around $100 million in damages from Armstrong in the case, which was due to get underway on May 7.   However the prospect of a ruinous judgment going against the cancer survivor was averted after Armstr...Keep on reading: Lance Armstrong to pay $5M settlement in US fraud case – lawyer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: Breaking Down the UAAP Final Four match-ups

After what has been considered as the most unpredictable elimination round for the women’s division as well as an exciting triple threat fight for dominance over at the men’s side, the Final Four of UAAP Season 80 volleyball has finally arrived. With three out of four teams almost similar for both divisions, fans and supporters of these semifinal teams couldn't be more excited at who will emerge as the final contenders for the crown. Men's Division Final Four Season 80 became witness to a more exciting men's division as the Far Eastern University Tamaraws finally reclaimed its powerhouse status to challenge the perennial rivalry in recent history involving the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the National University Bulldogs. The elimination round became a rock-paper-scissor match-up amongst the three as FEU’s agility, NU’s strength and Ateneo’s skill challenged each other. NU (1) vs. UST (4) The NU Bulldogs are poised to reclaim the crown after edging out their rival Ateneo to secure top seed and twice-to-beat advantage. Fortune favored them once again by dodging a bullet as the team that upset them in round two, the Adamson Soaring Falcons, fell to the UST Golden Tigers in a close decider. NU has proven this season that they can outmuscle the league as their offense greatly compensates for their defense. The Bulldogs are expected to still get output from Bryan Bagunas on all ends while the middles provide stable support. Bryan Bagunas' hit was so strong it ricochets to the announcers' table! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/MqdtjNfgts — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Kim Malabunga says N🚫PE to Marck Espejo! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/j3FJxhd2Gj — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 15, 2018 Not to be discredited, the UST Golden Tigers can significantly challenge the NU defense with continuous assaults from their middles most notably Tyrone Carodan, who has been providing high outputs in the second round. Likewise, the make or break factor for UST would be the consistency of left wing hitter Josh Umandal, whose height is a good match against the NU wall. Should UST be able to disrupt NU’s quick set-up and load up on the wings, they might have a chance at extending their run to a do-or-die encounter.  Josh Umandal WHAT A HIT 😱 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/a9QlDj5Yty — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 11, 2018   FEU (2) vs. Ateneo (3) After a crucial loss to the Bulldogs for the top spot, the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles are in a tight spot as they lost a chance at a twice-to-beat advantage and are now up against their season tormentors, the FEU Tamaraws. In both encounters during the season, the Tamaraws exerted dominance over the defending champions as their bread and butter combination plays were left unchallenged by the Blue Eagle defense. JP Bugaoan taking over for FEU! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/SRkL6wANi7 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 4, 2018 FEU’s strength whole season long lies on solid floor passing care of their libero Rikko Marmeto that enables them to run their combinations. They also employ an unusual rotation where middles shift hitting positions in certain rallies in order to confuse opposing defenders. It would still be in the Tamaraws’ best interest to have their libero cover the most passing responsibility to ensure they can run their plays. You know you're hot when even your libero is scoring! What a smart hit by Rikko Marmeto! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Xa8uaGh4gu — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 4, 2018 With their crown on the edge of being snatched by a team they haven't beaten all season, the Blue Eagles are hard pressed to rely on their solid passing and serving to at least prevent the Tamaraw assault. The Blue Eagles have proven that their service is the best in the league and it will be the most crucial factor in making the finals. Consistent aggressive serving to key locations would be their best option in mitigating the Tamaraw combination. No second touch needed for Marck Espejo 😳 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Y7OqGUlAUH — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 7, 2018   Women's Division Final Four After a highly unpredictable elimination round filled with upsets and the most number of five set matches to date, the top four contenders during the first round were able to hold their ground in their quest for the crown. What's interesting for these Final Four match-ups is that all the teams have beaten each other and that the twice-to-beat advantage is indeed a breath of relief for the top two seeds De La Salle Lady Spikers and Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. DLSU (1) vs. NU (4) Securing a twice to beat advantage against an NU team that is yet to recover their groove, the Lady Spikers are in the best position to defend their title in the Finals. Sticking to their guns of excellent serving and passing up until their last elimination game against rival Ateneo, La Salle would be once again expected to capitalize on NU’s passing struggles to prevent the Lady Bulldogs from setting up their offense especially Jaja Santiago from the middle. Aside from that, it can also be expected that the Lady Spikers will load up on another of their best assets which is blocking to capitalize on the lackluster output from the wings of NU recently. Majoy Baron BL🚫CKS Kat Tolentino, AND THEN SOME 😤 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/H55UobHbJO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 15, 2018 On the other hand, the NU Lady Bulldogs have proven before that they can challenge the Archer supremacy. The challenge for them would be how to minimize La Salle’s free ball chances through better passing. While it is to be expected that the Lady Spikers will serve aggressively to limit Santiago’s quick attack opportunities, NU’s passers will be hard pressed to bring the ball at least on a settable location so Santiago can still hit a safety high ball. Likewise, output from the wings will be crucial in taking the spotlight off from Santiago. The set by Nabor! The quick by Sato! 💪 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Qs3hWOGYqW — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 25, 2018   FEU (2) vs. Ateneo (3) A more exciting match-up would be the battle between the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws and the Ateneo Lady Eagles since both teams have cancelled each other out in their elimination encounters. The Lady Tamaraws caught Ateneo off guard in three sets to start the season while the Lady Eagles were able to exact a revenge to FEU in five sets in their second round encounter. FEU, like La Salle, will pretty much utilize their best asset in their service and receive game to take advantage of Ateneo’s passing to limit Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon from the middle while fortifying the floor to defend the wings. In addition, FEU would ensure that their passing is on point as well so that they can run their usual combinations to circumvent the Eagle’s wall. Bernadeth Pons tears right through the wall for the sharp, sharp kill! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/AHjQ2Pmgqs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 4, 2018 On the other hand, the Lady Eagles would be challenged to pass better compared to their most recent game against their rivals. It was highly noticeable that although not a lot of shank passes were made, the quality of the passes were not sufficient enough to at least be set by Deanna Wong to the wings. The Lady Eagles would be hard pressed to do high settable passes to at least drive a hard ball from the wings and extend the transition to involve the middles. Maddie Madayag CLUTCH. #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/UTTdUyk0Ns — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 25, 2018        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Cancer survivor to represent Philippines in North Pole Marathon

Triathlete and cancer survivor Luisito “Louie” Sangalang is set to fly to the northernmost point on Earth to represent the Philippines in the North Pole Marathon on April 9.  He will join ten other sponsored runners from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan in the grueling marathon.  The runners, hailing from all over the globe, will be running on ice sheet measuring 6 to 12 feet thick, resting 12,000 feet above of the Arctic Ocean.  They will be traversing a 42-kilometer path with an average temperature of negative 30 degrees centigrade, even going as low as negative 40 degrees centigrade at times.  The marathon is unique and at the same time, infamous because it is run on a small 4.22-kilometer (2.62-mile) loop about 10 times, over hard snow or ice.  The FWD North Pole Marathon is recognized by the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) and is the only certified marathon that is run entirely on the frozen water of the Arctic Ocean.  To prepare for the race of a lifetime, Sangalang has joined various local marathons to keep his body in top physical shape.  To enable his body to adjust to the extreme cold weather, he has continuously trained inside an industrial freezer with a temperature that mimics that of the negative 30-degree centigrade temperature in the North Pole.  Triathlon coach Ani De Leon-Brown as well as Sangalang’s running coach Ige Lopez provided the athletic training and guidance. Romi Garduce, the first and only Filipino to have completed the Seven Summits in 2012, gave valuable advice on how to survive the extreme cold.  Other members of the Squad include celebrity mom Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and son Benjamin, who gave motivational support for Sangalang, and radio DJ and host Sam YG, who joined Sangalang in his rigorous training sessions.  From overcoming life challenges to conquering the world’s summit, chief backer Peter Grimes says Sangalang’s resilience in overcoming different challenges is one trait that resonates well in Filipinos and this made him the perfect choice to represent the Philippines in the marathon.  “Louie's inspiring story of being a cancer survivor and his passion for fitness, which he uses to inspire Filipinos to live an active lifestyle, also best represent what FWD stands for: embracing the opportunities in your life without hesitation,” said Grimes.  Apart from Louie, the other runners have their own life challenges but are pursuing the FWD North Pole Marathon experience nonetheless.  Representing Singapore and Hong Kong, respectively, are para-athlete Shariff Abdullah, dubbed as Singapore Blade Runner, and the visually impaired Leung Siu Wai.  Louie’s send-off party was held on March 22 at the Bonifacio Technology Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, and was attended by executive and team members of the backing company, North Pole Marathon campaign collaborators, Louie’s friends and relatives, and his support squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Vigan City all set for Palarong Pambansa in April

Vigan City is ready to roll out the red carpet for the more than 15,000 delegates from the country’s 17 regions expected to converge in the Ilocos Sur capital for this year’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa next month. Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali made the pronouncement on behalf of the provincial government after personally inspecting the different venues where the various sports events for the April 15-21 meet will be held. “Vigan is definitely ready. The province hosted a regional qualifier of the Batang Pinoy last year and that shows its readiness to stage such big multi-sports event such as the Palaro,” said Umali during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Market in Cubao on Tuesday. “We had our final technical conference meeting a couple of weeks ago para tingnan sa huling pagkakataon yung preparation ng lalawigan. And no doubt, the facilities are of international standards. Handang-handa na sila,” said the Deped official. “Overall, I would say Vigan, Ilocos Sur is definitely ready.” Umali said DepEd expects the official athlete-delegates to be at around 12,000 competing in 21 regular sports events featured in the secondary level and 15 in the elementary side of the event for student-athletes 18-year-old-and-below. Perennial champion National Capital Region is again favored to win the overall title this year, although Umali noted the emerging rivalry between Calabarzon/Southern Tagalog and Western Visayas regions, which engaged in a close-battle for runner-up finish in the 2017 edition of the annual event held in Antique. In addition, Negros Island Region, which placed fourth last year, has now been made part of Regions 6 (Negros Occidental - Western Visayas) and 7 (Negros Oriental - Central Visayas). “So we’ll have to see ano ang effect pag ibinalik ulit as Regions 6 and 7 yung Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental,” added Umali in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. DepEd will continue to hold the demo sports of pencak silat, aero gymnastics, and dance sports, the same thing with the special Para events in aquatics, track and field, bocce, and goal ball. Being summer season, Umali said the Palaro will observe the same practice of not holding games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “All games to be held during that time are indoor events,” said the government official. There will also be water dispensers stationed at the different sports venues for both athletes and officials, medical ambulances, doctors, and nurses are also on standby in both the playing court and billeting quarters, as well as police personnel. Umali also said the host province will be providing transportation unit for those coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions which will carry them all the way to Vigan. “This is the first time the host LGU will shoulder transportation means or cost by providing buses to our athletes from Mindanao and the Visayas coming from a drop-off point lang. And lahat sila dadalhin sa Vigan, Ilocos Sur ng libre,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Spotlight on cancer

FOUR FILIPINOS die of cancer every hour, almost 100 every day. According to the Department of Health, the most common cancers among Filipino men are lung, liver, colon/rectum, prostate, stomach, and leukemia. Among Filipino women, the most common cancers are breast, cervix, lung, colon/rectum, ovary and liver. A national health priority, cancer is the third […] The post Spotlight on cancer appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

Local bets seek PPS spotlight

Local bets seek PPS spotlight.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

Local bets seek PPS spotlight

Local bets seek PPS spotlight.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Taboo tells all: From Black Eyed Peas superstar to cancer survivor

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Jimmy Gomez, better known as the rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, had money, fame and a multi-platinum career when a strange back pain brought his world crashing down. The six-time Grammy winner went to the doctor and got a gut-wrenching diagnosis: he had testicular cancer. He ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Sing, Pagente gain Olivarez MVP honors

MANILA, Philippines - Andre Kenny Sing and Gennifer Pagente nailed two victories each as the provincial bets shared the spotlight with their Manila counterpa.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Iloilo bet, barefoot Bukidon trackster hog Palaro spotlight

Iloilo bet, barefoot Bukidon trackster hog Palaro spotlight.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Bacolod bet, cancer survivor steal show

Bacolod bet, cancer survivor steal show.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

Cancer survivor rues tennis row

It’s not a well-known fact that Karl Santamaria, who was the Philippine tennis team skipper in the last three Davis Cup ties before withdrawing from the Thai.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017