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Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 24th, 2017

Charismatic quartet brings binge-worthy ‘Mr. Sunshine’ to life

There's more to the popular South Korean historical drama series "Mr. Sunshine" than its controversial depiction of period romance, arranged marriages, political opportunism and activism in the face of colonial rule.   The show, which is telecast on the Korean network tvN and streamed on Netflix, is so polarizing that it reportedly generated its highest and lowest ratings this month.   Set during the American diplomatic expedition in the late 19th century that quickly turned into a deadly armed conflict called the Shinmiyangyo, the series tells the fictional tale of a young servant, Eugene Choi, who becomes an officer (Lee Byung-hun) of the US Marine Corps. &...Keep on reading: Charismatic quartet brings binge-worthy ‘Mr. Sunshine’ to life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News3 hr. 20 min. ago

TERRIFIC 12: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins complete semis cast

MACAU --- The semifinals of the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament is set. Japan's Nagoya Diamond Dolphins clinched the last Final Four slot Thursday at the Studio City Event Center here, holding off China's Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, 79-71. Both the Dolphins and the Lions beat Taiwan's Yulon Luxgen Dinos in their first game, setting up this do-or-die showdown. Nagoya was on top of everything throughout, though a strong second half from the Dolphins took the fight out of the Lions. Up by only four at the break, the Dolphins slowly pulled away in the third, opening up a 13-point lead to take full control. Markeith Cummings led Nagoya with 25 points and nine rebounds while Craig Brackins added another 16 points and 10 boards. Shuto Ando finished with 12 points. The Dolphins will face the Ryukyu Golden Kings in an all-Japan semis. Both teams actually faced each other in the first round of the previous B.League playoffs. The Golden Kings won that series. Li Jinglong paced Zhejiang with 24 points and 10 rebounds.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 58 min. ago

ONE Championship: Rene Catalan still won t fight a fellow Filipino, not even for a championship

Veteran martial artist and ONE Championship strawweight contender Rene Catalan is standing his ground with regards to his statement about not wanting to fight a fellow Filipino.  In an interview with ONE Championship back in August, the former Asian Games Gold Medalist in Wushu stated that he'd rather not fight a fellow Filipino, regardless of the stakes.  Back then, Catalan and fellow pinoy strawweight contender Joshua Pacio were thought to be on a collision course, with both having put together respective winning streaks.  "I’d rather not face a fellow Filipino.” said Catalan. “Since 2003, I’ve been representing for the Philippines, and until now, I try to avoid having to compete against one of my countrymen.”  Both Catalan and Pacio were coming off impressive wins in Manila, but it was Pacio who was rewared the opportunity for the championship. The Team Lakay strawweight standout will challenge reigning ONE Championship Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: Conquest of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia.  When asked about the possiblity of having to face Pacio with a world title on the line, Catalan's answer didn't change.  "Ibibigay ko na siguro kay Joshua 'yun," the 39-year old said. "Kung manalo siya, maraming foreigner na mag-hahabol sa kanya at sa belt. Andiyan si Hayato Suzuki, si Alex Silva, marami."  Catalan is also in Jakarta, cornering prized pupil Jomary Torres as she takes on Indonesia's own Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.  "Naniniwala ako na may time din ako." he added.  Catalan even hinted at playing gatekeeper for Pacio, should the Baguio-based fighter pull off a victory on Saturday night.  "Pwedeng ako yung kalabanin nung mga ibang challenger, pero hindi talaga natin kakalabanin yung kababayan natin."  "Yung kapwa natin Pilipino, tutulungan dapat natin." he added.  Catalan was slated to meet Japanese submission specialist Hayato Suzuki at ONE's return to Bangkok in October, but had to pull out due to an ankle injury.  Taking Catalan's place against Suzuki will be his younger brother Robin.  Before anything else of course, Pacio will have to take care of business against Naito.  Saturday's main event will be a rematch of their 2016 title bout which saw Naito defeat Pacio in the third round via submission.    Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 58 min. ago

Asia League: Ex-TNT import suits up for iECO, excited to play with Filipinos anew

MACAU---A familiar face is set to suit up for the Philippine representatives in the Asia League The Terrific 12 with Tiras Wade slotted in to replace the injured Richard Howell in the iECO lineup. The Green Warriors are already eliminated in the competition but will still play their last game in Group C with Wade tasked to man the paint against Xinjiang on Thursday evening at Studio City Events Center here. Wade, who once played for TNT in 2009, said that he's delighted that he will be able to play for a team from the Philippines. "The Philippines, like what I always tell everybody, is one of my favorite places to play," said Wade during the team's practice Wednesday at Maca...Keep on reading: Asia League: Ex-TNT import suits up for iECO, excited to play with Filipinos anew.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 33 min. ago

Malaysia ex-PM Najib faces salvo of charges over $681M bank balance

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak arrived in court on Thursday to face a barrage of charges relating to $681 million of state funds that allegedly ended up in his personal bank account. Najib, who suffered a shock election defeat in May, was arrested Wednesday by officials probing claims the former prime minister and his cronies looted billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB in an audacious fraud. Police said he will face 21 money-laundering charges related to the mysterious transfer of huge sums into his personal bank account, a key episode in the long-running scandal. He may also face additional charges under anti-corruption laws. He has already been arrest...Keep on reading: Malaysia ex-PM Najib faces salvo of charges over $681M bank balance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 33 min. ago

Lanao board exec, wife, three others face drug charges

Lanao board exec, wife, three others face drug charges.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 59 min. ago

Missing mayors amid & lsquo;Ompong& rsquo; face dismissal

Missing mayors amid & lsquo;Ompong& rsquo; face dismissal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 59 min. ago

Journeyman Lee Gwan Hee says PBA stint helped his career

MACAU---Lee Gwan Hee has been a journeyman when it comes to his basketball career. It's not that he bounced around teams while playing for limited minutes, but he did play not just in his native Korean Basketball League but also in the PBA and the B.League. Lee, though, is back with his old team in Seoul and he was instrumental in the Samsung Thunders' 85-73 dismantling of Shandong in the Asia League The Terrific 12. Seoul, with great help from Lee, advanced to the semifinals of the pocket tournament held here in Macau and will face Guangzhou in the penultimate round. Lee, though, credited his stint in the Philippines as a major help in his development as a basketball pla...Keep on reading: Journeyman Lee Gwan Hee says PBA stint helped his career.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Why Robert Redford wants uplifting ‘Old Man’ to be his swan song

  LOS ANGELES---Robert Redford may have made his last film as an actor. But the Hollywood legend himself was quick to stress that "The Old Man & the Gun" "could be" his swan song.   "You want to be careful of being too final because sometimes you have to change your mind," said Robert, seated in a room at the Royal Fairmont York Hotel in Toronto. A charming comedy-crime drama, "The Old Man & the Gun" was screening at the Toronto International Film Festival---that was why he was in town.   At 82, one of Hollywood's golden boys still sports his famous tousled blonde hair, but his sideburns have turned silver. The familiar face, which lit up many sc...Keep on reading: Why Robert Redford wants uplifting ‘Old Man’ to be his swan song.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

EU summit to defuse migrant tension, set Brexit countdown

BRUSSELS: European leaders will gather Wednesday for a summit to put summer tensions over migration behind them and to set up the last stretch of talks for a Brexit deal. The European Union’s top officials face intense pressure in the coming weeks to seal a divorce deal and a plan for future ties with Britain [...] The post EU summit to defuse migrant tension, set Brexit countdown appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

BanKo Perlas Set to Keep the Ball Rolling in Vietnam, PVL Open Conference

Following their successful stint in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference, the BanKo Perlas Spikers ride on the momentum as they prepare for the back-to-back competitions in PVL Season 2 Open Conference on September 22 and the upcoming Vin Lonh tournament in Vietnam on September 28 to October 3, 2018. The BanKo Perlas Spikers will face three Vietnamese teams and a squad from Thailand in the prestigious Vietnam tournament. The team’s participation in the conference is a strategic move to train them for the different leagues, particularly the PVL Open Conference. “Banko Perlas Spikers is a fairly new team, as the girls have been playing together for just two years. Their exposure to Vin Lonh Volleyball tournament is a great opportunity for the ladies to further hone their skills, individually and as a squad,” shared Charo Soriano, Team Manager of BanKo Perlas. “While this is an overseas competition and the teams that we will be up against are considered giants, at the end of the day, we will focus on the learning and experiences. More than winning, the team is concentrated on giving a good fight every game,” Soriano added. The ladies of BanKo Perlas Spikers gave a breakthrough performance in the PVL Reinforced Conference earlier this year; with an unbeaten streak in the quarterfinals round that earned them a spot in the Final Four. This incredible feat has fortified the trust and support of their fans. Before flying off to Vietnam, the team will face Iriga-Navy and PetroGazz at the Flying V Centre, San Juan City on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The team will return on October 6 to continue playing against the PVL teams. When asked how their supporters come into play in the team’s performance, Soriano highlighted that without their fans rallying behind the team, it will not be possible to get where they are. She also shared that their supporters are the source of their strength and in return, the squad is committed to continuously inspire and reach out to them. The team’s mindset to put their supporters first was emphasized further through their partnership with BPI Direct BanKo (BanKo), the microfinance subsidiary of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). Sponsoring a sports team is almost unheard of from the banking industry. BanKo, however, found the perfect marriage with the PVL third placer, who constantly get in touch with the grassroots to promote the sport. “We are a happy partner of the Banko Perlas Spikers. Their skills are undeniable, but what sets them apart is their heart to reach out to fans nationwide, even to those who barely have access to their matches. This is well aligned with BanKo’s vision to make financial services more accessible to everyone,” stated BanKo president Jerome Minglana. “As they compete on Vietnamese courts representing our country, regardless of the outcome, it will only ignite and empower the team's loyal supporters and boost the local Volleyball further.  BanKo is equally excited to witness this exciting journey unfold,” Minglana concluded.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Economic team wields inflation tool kit

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY is ready to face headwinds from rising inflation and further depreciation of the peso which have intensified in recent months, economic managers said on Tuesday, saying the government has all the tools it needs to handle these “temporary” challenges. The post Economic team wields inflation tool kit appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Anyare, mayor? 10 local execs to be probed for absence during ‘Ompong’

  Published: 5:17 p.m., Sept. 18. 2018 | Updated 12:39 a.m., Sept. 19, 2018 At least 10 mayors will be asked to explain their absence from their towns as their people suffered from the onslaught of Typhoon "Ompong," the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday. More than 10 mayors from two regions on Ompong's direct path -- Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region -- could face administrative cases if found absent and negligent of their duties at the height of the storm, according to Assistant Local Government Secretary Jonathan Malaya. Mandate "As mandated by the Local Government Code, the presence and support of mayors in the...Keep on reading: Anyare, mayor? 10 local execs to be probed for absence during ‘Ompong’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Falcons, Bulldogs eye No. 2

Adamson and fellow opening weekend winner National U gun for their second straight victories as they face separate winless foes today at the resumption of play in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Facing the Guns versus Butter Dilemma: Kilo Class Submarines for the Philippine Navy?

The Philippine government, for the first time since 1946, released a national security strategy (NSS) doctrine in July 2018. Entitled “Security and Development for Transformational Change and Well-being for the Filipino People,” the 59-page NSS provides a realistic assessment of the Indo-Pacific region as marked by “increased uncertainty and unpredictability.” It identifies the rivalry of the major powers as the “most important (regional) strategic concern” and notes that the Philippines’ geography is both a source of strength and vulnerability as it provides a strong temptation to expansionist powers. Learning from the lesson of history, the NSS emphasizes the need to increase the size and capability of the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) as quickly as possible. This is to enable these two armed services to be country’s external deterrence in the face of an uncertain and potentially dangerous Indo-Pacific region. The post Facing the Guns versus Butter Dilemma: Kilo Class Submarines for the Philippine Navy? appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Negligent mayors face sanctions

More than 10 mayors face sanctions for defying an order to be in their respective areas of responsibility days before and during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Bernarco Florece Jr., Interior undersecretary for peace and order, said in a press briefing that they have identified [...] The post Negligent mayors face sanctions appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Anyare, mayor? 10 local execs face sanctions for negligence during & apos;Ompong& apos; - Inquirer.net

Anyare, mayor? 10 local execs face sanctions for negligence during 'Ompong' - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang relishing opportunity to train in US

For the last month or so, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang has been putting in work in one of the most renowned mixed martial arts gyms in the world, the Jackson-Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  There, Folayang has been able to work with the likes of world champion producing mentors like Greg Jackson, Mike Winklejohn, and Brandon Gibson, as well was train with the likes of world-class MMA stars such as Carlos Condit, Holly Holm, Diego Sanchez, Michelle Waterson, and more.          View this post on Instagram                   One thing can change everything. A win. A loss. A smart decision. A bad review. A season of success. A season of failure. The color of your skin. According to the world, at least, it seems that one thing can determine who u are-or make u question it. #TimTebow Learning from the great @gregjacksonmma #jacksonwinkmma #teamlakay2018 #onechampionship @the.landslide @jayanthony714 A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:10pm PDT           View this post on Instagram                   Selfie with the “natural born killer” @carloscondit to wrap the day😉 @jacksonwink_mma @onechampionship @the.landslide A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Aug 28, 2018 at 6:19pm PDT            View this post on Instagram                   “The Preacher’s daughter” @hollyholm #jacksonwinkmma #landslide2018 #albuquerque #newmexico #roadtoredemption @jayanthony714 A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Sep 13, 2018 at 11:42am PDT A proud representative of the Benguet-based Team Lakay stable - which has been regarded as one of the best MMA teams in Asia - Folayang has relished the opportunity of being able to learn and train in one of the most decorated gyms in the world.  The Jackson-Wink MMA Academy of course, has also been home to world champions such as Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, and many others.  "It was a good experience, I learned a lot of things, especially in the areas where we are still growing and learning, like the wrestling and the ground game." Folayang shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  "Of course we also sharpened my striking." added Folayang, who's known for his thunderous punches, kicks, and elbows.  "Napaka-ganda, nabu-boost yung confidence, lalo na pag nakikipag-sabayan ka sa training sa mga nakikita mo na mga malalaki yung pangalan sa MMA, and you experience na makipag-laro sa mga nandito, so it’s really a big experience and a big learning lesson for me." he added.  Considered as the face of Philippine MMA, Folayang has been competing in MMA professionally since 2007, getting his start in the Philippine-based promotion URCC. Folayang was also one of the pioneer members of the Singaporean-based Asian MMA juggernaut ONE Championship, which held their first event in 2011, with Folayang as one of the featured stars.  In 2016, five years after debuting for the promotion, Folayang finally captured the ONE Championship Lightweight World title, defeating Japanese MMA legend and long-time champion Shinya Aoki via third-round TKO.  Folayang would defend the title successfully once, before losing to Martin Nguyen just a day shy of a year after winning the championship.  Since then, Folayang has bounced back impressively, picking up two consecutive wins against a pair of tough, unbeaten Russian grapplers.  The 33-year old Folayang is considered as one of the top contenders in the lightweight division, and could be next in line to challenge Nguyen for the title.  While there's no word yet on what's next for the Team Lakay star, Folayang maintains that it's best to be prepared just in case the call for a world title shot comes once again.  "I’m hoping that I can be able to regain what I had lost, so the best thing to do right now is to prepare, fix those areas where I lack, and sharpen those areas where I am strong." Folayang said. "Yun naman yung pinaka-the best na gagawin kasi wala pa naman yung schedule, hindi natin alam kung kailan darating yung schedule, pero ang pinaka-maganda ay handang-handa tayo whenever the title shot is given, hindi tayo malayo sa pag-kamit ng nawala sa atin." Right now, Folayang is just one of the many willing and deserving contenders in ONE Championship's talent-rich lightweight division.  Names like Aoki, Ev Ting, Timofey Nastyukhin, and Amir Khan are all looking to show that they too are deserving challengers to Nguyen's title.  "There’s a lot, it’s a stacked division in the lightweight division, and yung pinaka-maganda ay nakikita mo kung sino ang umaangat, sino ang nag-iimprove doon sa laban so yung talagang pinaka-magandang gawin talaga ay paghandaan kung sino yung mga magiging kalaban, and then of course you prepare well, kasi anytime they can give you the best." Folayang returns flies back to Manila on Tuesday.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Baguio Boys: MMA champ Eduard Folayang reconnects with high school friend and star boxing trainer Marvin Somodio

After spending the last month or so training at the Jackson-Wink MM Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, former ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang made a quick stopover in Los Angeles, California, before finally heading back to the Philippines, Tuesday.  While in Los Angeles, Folayang was able to reconnect with an old high school friend in former boxer-turned-coach Marvin Somodio.  Like Folayang, Somodio is a native of Baguio City.  "Sobrang saya ko na nakita ko si Marvin kanina." Folayang shared with Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News. "Naalala ko nung nasa high school kami, naglalaro siya ng boxing and I’m playing Sepak Takraw, and you never imagine that in that long period of time, there are a lot of changes," Fun fact: before becoming an MMA star and Wushu standout, Folayang's first sport was Sepak Takraw.  Somodio did go on to become a professional boxer, but his career lasted just three fights, two wins and one loss. He eventually found his calling as a trainer and began in Baguio City. Now, Somodio is the chief assistant trainer in Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.          View this post on Instagram                   Hitting some mitts with @marvinsomodio in @wildcardwest @tristeezy_mma @bviloria @jayanthony714 @the.landslide #growing #learning A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Sep 17, 2018 at 12:36pm PDT "Ang maganda dun, we follow what we love, we follow the passion that we love, and now we met each other having the same passion." said Folayang.  Both Folayang and Somodio have found success in their respective fields of combat sports, with Somodio being a trainer to world champions in boxing, while Folayang having established himself as the face of Filipino MMA.  "Yung makikita mo siya na very successful, makikita ka niya na successful din, dito pa sa America, iba yung pakiramdam." Folayang added.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

There’s a new Chrissy Teigen meme and it’s everything

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Red Carpet Manicure (@redcarpetmanicure) on Sep 17, 2018 at 8:05pm PDT Another prestigious awards show is here, which means, yayy, new memes! For this year's Emmy's, the lucky celeb whose face got baptized by the Internet as a new meme is none other than Chrissy Teigen, and we can't say we're surprised. After all, this wasn't a first for her. While the opening monologue of the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony was eventful, the one thing that stuck to most people was Chrissy Teigen'sreaction. Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che opened withRoseanne B...Keep on reading: There’s a new Chrissy Teigen meme and it’s everything.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018