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A fun time was had by all

By Susan Claire Agbayani Concert Under the Glow of the Satellite featuring andwich April 13 Metrotent, Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Ave., Pasig City ANDWICH — the band — may have entered a bit late into what is perhaps the second golden age in the music scene, but that’s fine, as it may have worked to the […] The post A fun time was had by all appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Commissioner Bernie Sumayao comments on Davao Aguilas exit, state of Philippine Premier League

Not even a month into his new job as the commissioner of the Philippine Premier League (PPL) - the Philippine football club league that will take the place of the Philippines Football League or PFL - Bernie Sumayao is already facing some challenges, the latest being the folding of the Davao Aguilas FC Football club.  It was reported in early December that the Davao-based club, which features Azkals stars Phil and James Younghusband among others, would be withdrawing from the newly-rebranded club league.  Sumayao stated that he had recieved and accepted Davao's request for withdrawal. “I have been informed about the withdrawal of the Davao Aguilas, and have received it with a heavy heart. When an important team departs the league, it is always a cause of concern." Davao finished second-runners up in the 2018 PFL tournament, behind only Kaya FC-Iloilo and two-time champions Ceres-Negros FC. With Davao's exit however, Sumayao shared that there are those that are interested in participating in the PPL.  "However, we have also been approached by a number of teams that have expressed strong interest in joining the PPL. We are currently evaluating the merits of each applicant." Sumayao continued by saying that he knew exactly what he was getting into by taking over the Philippine club football scene.  "When I first approached the PFF about taking over the reins of the Philippine Football League, I knew about the difficult challenges that it was facing. I felt, like most football fans, that the league was at a crossroads. There was no revenue being generated, no national sponsorship, no TV media, limited attendance at the stadiums, numerous restrictions being enforced on fan activity inside the stadiums, and many more factors that would have challenged the very existence of the league." "I knew there was no 'quick fix', and that the road to recovery will take some time. I also knew that in order to get back on track, we have to have a more professional and structured approach to operating the league. Most importantly, the league needs to take very good care and listen intently to the concerns of its stakeholders – the Federation, the owners of the teams, the players, and most importantly, the fans. The fans are the fuel that drives the engine. Without the fans, even the most organized league will never survive,” he continued.  Sumayao then went on to elaborate what he believes is necessary for the PPL to prosper in the country.  "The league will only prosper when we start to understand and implement the concepts of discipline, accountability, responsibility, and unity. These are not merely words, but are a way of life and the path to success. I have stepped in at a very difficult time. It was either witness the decline of Philippine pro football as a distant observer, or start working and do something about it. I chose to do something about it. I also believed that the league should be a concerted effort of the teams that participate in it. This is where it becomes important to have a unified stance, strength in numbers. Where politics need to give way to discipline and compassion. In order for the league to prosper, the team owners must also be able to make sense of the financial burden it has to undertake and somehow find a way to recover their investments. It must have the help and support to generate its own revenue, which will lead to financial independence. All of this will take time, but we need to start now. It all starts with a small step with all stakeholders moving in the same direction.” Finally, Sumayao clarified that the PPL is in no means a reincarnation of its predecessors, but instead a whole new entity that is fully focused on brining club football to an elite level in the Philippines.  “The PPL is not a reincarnation of the UFL, PFL or any other previous leagues. It is a new, neutral, independent league whose main objective is to contribute to the development of football in the country. It is also the gateway to the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup. We are not here for the money nor the glory. We have no political or opportunistic hidden agendas. We are here to work for the country. That is why I have always been appealing, especially to the many frustrated fans, to stay positive and never give up hope. Change is never easy. But it is a catalyst of progress. So I am appealing to all the stakeholders of football in the Philippines to support change and adapt. Let us move past all the criticisms and negativity and embrace change in the pursuit of progress and stability.” “The PPL will soon actively engage in news dissemination, give periodic updates about its plans on the development of the league, and conduct regular communication exchanges for fans on social media. See you all at the PPL kick-off on March 2019," Sumayao concluded.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News46 min. ago

Philippines Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 on Monday, December 17 (Manila time), in Bangkok, Thailand. Catriona has long been a crowd favorite, touted by both casual and long-time pageant followers as a shoo-in for the crown. She previously competed ........»»

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Angela Ponce makes history: I don t need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here.

MANILA, Philippines – She may have failed to make it to the Top 20 but the spotlight still blazed over Spain's Miss Universe bet Angela Ponce, the first transgender hopeful in the pageant's history.  The Miss Universe 2018 coronation program happened on Monday, December 17 (Manila time).  Angela, 27, is the ........»»

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Sixers rout Cavs in Jimmy Butler s return

LOS ANGELES, USA – Ben Simmons delivered his third triple-double of the season and Jimmy Butler returned from an injury to score 19 points as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled over the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday, December 16 (Monday, December 17, Philippine time). Simmons finished with 22 points, 14 assists and ........»»

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She didn t win the crown, but Spain’s Angela Ponce captivates netizens

MANILA, Philippines – “A giant leap forward in pageantry.” This was the sentiment of netizens as Miss Universe gave a tribute to Spain’s first transgender hopeful, Angela Ponce during its ceremony on Monday, December 17 (Manila time) in Bangkok, Thailand. (READ:  HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe 2018 coronation ) After the announcement of the top 20 semi-finalists, ........»»

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LOOK: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wears Three Stars and the Sun ear cuff

MANILA, Philippines – When Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray walked the stage for the first time as the pageant's winner, it wasn't just the famed Mikimoto crown that dazzled and sparkled.  The newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 winner wore her hair side swept to showcase an ear ........»»

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Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona s La Liga lead

MADRID, Spain – Lionel Messi continued his sublime form by netting his 31st La Liga hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0 on Sunday, December 16 (Monday, December 17, Philippine time) to regain their three-point lead at the top of the table. The 31-year-old Argentinian arrived in Valencia having scored two free-kicks ........»»

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Have you checked if you were exposed to Facebook s latest bug? Here s how

MANILA, Philippines – Late Friday night, December 14, Philippine time, Facebook disclosed a bug that exposed the unposted photos of 6.8 million users on the platform through 1,500 apps linked to the network built by 876 developers. Because of the bug, some developers may have seen photos that people were about to share ........»»

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Nuggets topple NBA-best Raptors, Wizards roll past Lakers

LOS ANGELES, USA – Jamal Murray scored 15 points in the final quarter as the shorthanded Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors, 95-86, Sunday, December 16 (Monday, December 17, Philippine time) in a battle between the league's East and West conference leaders. Nikola Jokic tallied 26 points and Murray ........»»

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Co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, dies of apparent overdose

MANILA, Philippines – Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of high-profile apps HQ Trivia and Vine died on Sunday, December 16 (US time), multiple reports said. Kroll was found dead in his apartment in New York City, where The New York Times said "police officers found his body facedown on his ........»»

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NBA: Suns book first 2-game win streak of season

Devin Booker returned from a six-game absence to score 28 points and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99 on Saturday night, giving the Suns a two-game winning streak for the first time in almost a year. NBA: Suns book first 2-game win streak of season Source link: NBA: Suns book first 2-game win streak of season.....»»

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Catriona Gray enters Miss Universe Top 3

MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine bet Catriona Gray further narrows the chance to win the country's fourth Miss Universe crown as she entered the pageant's Top 3. The candidates were chosen after going through the swimsuit, evening gown, and question and answer competition. Tamaryn Green of South Africa and Sthefany Gutirrez of Venezuela also made it to the Top 3. The three were asked the same question: "What is the most important lesson you've learned in your life, and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?" Gray answered: "I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is very poor, sad and I've always taught myself...Keep on reading: Catriona Gray enters Miss Universe Top 3.....»»

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Surge of flood control projects questioned

In 2004, there was the fertilizer fund scam. This time, funds for numerous “flood mitigation projects” have reportedly led to a huge increase in national budget allocation from 2017 to 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News6 hr. 45 min. ago

Surge of flood control projects questioned

In 2004, there was the fertilizer fund scam. This time, funds for numerous “flood mitigation projects” have reportedly led to a huge increase in national budget allocation from 2017 to 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News6 hr. 45 min. ago

Lakers sting Hornets in own nest

LeBron James and Lonzo Ball gave the Lakers multiple triple doubles in a game for just the second time, and Los Angeles routed the Charlotte Hornets 128-100 on Saturday night for its third win in four games......»»

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PBA: Commissioner Marcial throws it back with quirky Draft announcements

People who were closely monitoring the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft might have noticed something different with the way the picks were announced. Instead of the usual style, much like in the NBA where the picks are announced by the Commissioner, picks were called upon and were announced by team representatives situated across the Robinson's Place Manila floor.  There were definitely some fun elements to the announcements, with the first instance coming from Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas, who picked team manager Paolo Bugia with the 12th overall selection.  Of course, that was in jest, before he picked forward Jorey Napoles, the very first draft pick from the TIP Engineers college squad. Another moment was when Columbian Dyip's representative mistakenly said CJ Calvo instead of John Paul Calvo for the 11th pick. Seen also were the sincere but funny selections made by Jason Perkins (Phoenix), Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa (NorthPort), announcing to the crowd on-hand and the viewing audience in Filipino, which was comical in nature, since they said it with a twang. "Wala na kaming pipiliin. Ayaw na namin," proclaimed Tautuaa.  PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial says it was a throwback to the short-lived days of Commissioner Noli Eala, who served the league as a broadcaster prior to being the head of the first professional league in Asia. "Syempre gusto ng fans makita yung players, coaches na nagsasalita. Hindi yung commissioner—nagsalita na nga ako eh," said the amiable head of the PBA. "Tignan mo nagsasalita players, nagta-Tagalog. Players, coaches, governors. So magandang tingnan." Will the trend continue? Only time will tell.  Marcial, who served as acting commissioner and Media Bureau chief among various other positions before being named commissioner, said that this year's Rookie Draft was a resounding success in his first run as the league's head, wherein 41 out of the 47 hopefuls were called to the podium.  "Masaya, kanina kinakabahan. Biro mo di natin akalaing aabot ng 5th. Alam natin 3rd. Or second lang ata. Eh umabot ng 5th. So masayang-masaya tayo para sa draftees natin."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 6 min. ago

Team KiefLy crushes first beach volleyball stint together in BVR

Philippine sports power couple Alyssa Valdez and Kiefer Ravena hit the sandcourts together for the first time in the celebrity match of the Beach Volleyball Republic December Open Sunday at the Sands SM by the Bay. They took home a close 23-21 victory in the one set exhibition match versus Charo Soriano and John Vic De Guzman. KiefLy wins the match, 23-21! @abscbnsports #BVRDecemberOpen pic.twitter.com/HS7al1QrCl — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) December 16, 2018 Both duos put on a fun show for the fans in attendance as they gave an impromptu dance number before the game. The match itself was also not short of entertaining moments especially when Ravena who is known for being a crafty point guard in the basketball court produced most of the points in the sands. "Nakita naman natin na si Kiefer yung player of the game talaga. Service aces, blocks, and mga spikes," quipped former Ateneo beach volleyball player Valdez. This is Ravena's first time to play beach volleyball competitively and it was made more special because it was with beau Valdez. "Beach volleyball is very underestimated, I never thought it would really be this hard. Of course, we play it for fun every time we're on the beach with family but competitively, it's really different," said the sidelined NLEX Road Warrior after the fun game. "I enjoyed it especially playing with my girlfriend, Alyssa, who's really a beach volleyball player, it was nice to pull up a win tonight kahit nag-eenjoy lang din kami," added Ravena. Both shared that they did not do any solid preparation for the exhibition game in order to just enjoy the moment. "Before going here, nanonood na kami ng highlights ng beach volleyball kasi we never trained together," shared the five-time PVL MVP. "We wanted to come out as unprepared as possible to really enjoy it na lang," added the PBA standout. The Phenom's game versus Soriano and De Guzman is also for a good cause. The proceeds of the event will be donated to Mindanao State College of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation Academy in Marawi City. "It was nice that I played for the BVR family. It's for a cause and it's one great experience especially knowing you're helping a lot of people," said Ravena.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 6 min. ago

ABL: Balkman, Alab Pilipinas still too hot to handle for Indonesia

Alab Pilipinas put on a show against CLS to commence their campaign in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. On Sunday inside the GOR CLS in Surabaya, Indonesia, it was an encore performance for the Filipinos as they invaded the home stage of the Knights with a gutsy 88-80 decision in overtime. The Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos was still a problem for the Indonesians as the former finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds and the latter ended with a 25-marker, 11-board double-double. Just hours after knowing he had been picked second overall in the 2018 PBA Draft, Ray Parks Jr. contributed 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Philippines go streaking with two wins in a row to open its title defense. Unlike the last time the two teams met a week ago, Alab had to work for the win. They only had a two-point edge, 75-73, with 37 ticks to go before Wong Wei Long willed a layup through all of Ethan Alvano, Balkman, and Ramos to tie the tally. Neither side would score from there and the game went into overtime. There, Balkman continued working and, by his lonesome, outscored all of their opponents, 8-5. Parks Jr. and Caelan Tiongson also had timely contributions in the extra period as the Filipinos evaded the upset ax. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 6 min. ago

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: San Beda, CSB collide in marquee match

Top title contenders San Beda University and College of St. Benilde cross paths in a marquee battle Monday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Red Spikers put their unbeaten slate and hold of the lead on the line against the Lady Blazers, who are looking to extend their winning run, in their 12:00 noon clash that will air via livestream. San Beda sports a perfect 5-0 win-loss record tied with defending two-time champion Arellano University. Behind the career-high 26 points of Nieza Viray and the 25 markers of Cesca Racraquin, the Lady Red Spikers survived Jose Rizal University’s upset attempt, 17-25, 25-13, 25-9, 21-25, 15-11, last Thursday. San Beda’s grit and composure under pressure, according to Racraquin will be their biggest advantage against the taller but young Lady Blazers.     “Magiging advantage namin, if ever, ay 'yung grit namin as a team. 'Yung pagiging aggressive namin and 'yung service receive namin matibay ‘yan,” she said. CSB is coming off a weeklong break after making short work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-11, 25-20, 25-13, for a 3-1 slate. The Lady Blazers will pin their hopes on Klarisa Abriam, Rachel Austero, Marites Pablo and top playmaker Jewel Lai to extend their hot streak to four. Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University (1-4) challenges winless Mapua University (0-4) at 2:00 p.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 6 min. ago

Pistons roll to snap Celtics streak

      LOS ANGELES, USA – The Detroit Pistons ended the Boston Celtics' league-leading eight-game winning streak – and their own six-game skid – with a 113-104 victory in the NBA on Saturday, December 15 (Sunday, December 16, Manila time).  Reggie Bullock, returning from a five-game injury absence, provided a spark for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News13 hr. 45 min. ago