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Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

PBA: Beau and Nabong lead list of new challengers in Obstacle course

BATANGAS CITY, Batangas --- This should be interesting. Adapting the NBA Style, the Obstacle Challenge in the 2018 PBA All-Star Games will feature 12 big men in a competition that's usually reserved for guards. Rain or Shine's Beau Belga leads the list of participants in this unique PBA Obstacle challenge and he's eager to see how he will do in the competition. "Siguro para maiba lang, makikita mo yung mga big men na nagdi-dribble, pumapasa, nagko court-to-court. Kaya tingin ko magiging masaya itong All-Star," Belga said in a previous statement. "Marunong naman akong mamasa, pero dribbling na zigzag, never ko pa na try. Nakaka pagdala ako ng bola ng straight lang, pero zigzag hindi pa,” he added. Competing against Belga are Sonny Thoss, JP Erram, Kelly Nabong, Russel Escoto, Raymond Aguilar, Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, Yousef Taha, JP Erram, Aldrech Ramos, Gabby Espinas, and Asi Taulava. Also a highlight in the main leg of this year's All-Star festivities is the Slam Dunk challenge where Chris Newsome will defend his title against former champion Rey Guevarra and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Marion Magat, Renz Palma, Jackson Corpuz, and rookie Lervin Flores will also see action in the dunk contest. All side events are set for Friday at the Batangas City Sports Center here.   --- Follow this writer, @paullintag8.....»»

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‘Wicked’ movie musical to fly into theaters Christmas 2021

LOS ANGELES --- The winds have changed again for the long-awaited movie version of the hit musical "Wicked". Universal Pictures says Friday that the film will land in theaters on Dec. 22, 2021. It had originally been on the schedule for this December. Stephen Daldry is still set to direct the film, with Marc Platt producing. Based on a 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" is a reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz" told from the perspective of the witches. Winnie Holzman and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz are reteaming for the screenplay adaption. Platt, Holzman and Schwartz all worked on the Broadway show which debuted in 2003. The original Broadway pr...Keep on reading: ‘Wicked’ movie musical to fly into theaters Christmas 2021.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

ABS-CBN Lifestyle Asks Kapamilya Stars: Amid The Hustle, How Do You Manage To Be Stress-Free?

Here’s what they revealed to us at the 2019 Star Magic Games!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Lifestyle Buzz: These Celebs Have Something Special For You This Valentine’s 2019!

Lifestyle Buzz: These Celebs Have Something Special For You This Valentine’s 2019!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Slam dunk: Gonzalez makes Hall, along with Bailey, Reed, Law

By Eddie Pells, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — For towering tight end Tony Gonzalez, this was a slam dunk. The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, who turned the celebratory post-TD dunk over the crossbar into an art form, was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining him will be two more first-time nominees, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed, along with another defensive back, Ty Law, and center Kevin Mawae; Law and Mawae were both in their third year as finalists. The contributor nominees, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and Cowboys and NFL executive Gil Brandt , each made it, as did senior Johnny Robinson, the defensive back who helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl 4. Gonzalez started in Kansas City and finished in Atlanta, where voters met on the eve of the Super Bowl to select the Class of 2019; they didn't need much time to debate his worthiness. In short, Gonzalez had more than his fair share of chances to jam. (Maybe not by accident, the NFL banned the practice in 2014, the year after he retired.) The most prolific pass catcher at his position over a 17-year career, Gonzalez caught 1,325 passes (second in NFL history) for 15,127 yards (sixth) and 111 touchdowns. He was a six-time All-Pro, made 14 Pro Bowls, and his 916 catches with the Chiefs set one of 22 franchise records he held upon his retirement. "I knew I had a good chance, I'm not going to lie about that," he said. "Still, when you hear the knock, your heart drops." As it turns out, Gonzalez isn't the only one who can get good air. "Threw my phone across the room," Mawae said, of his reaction upon learning he was in. "I had a higher vertical than at the combine." He'll be donning the yellow jacket this summer alongside Gonzalez, and three players who spent part of their careers trying to stop the groundbreaking tight end. This marks the first time more than two defensive backs have made it in the same class. Bailey played 15 years — five with Washington, then 10 more with Denver after the Redskins swapped him for Clinton Portis. Like so many great cornerbacks, Bailey did not rewrite the record book, in part because he was, for a huge chunk of his career, considered the best cover guy in the league. So most quarterbacks simply avoided him. Still, he made three All-Pro teams, 12 Pro Bowls and a none-too-shabby 52 interceptions. His best-remembered pick was a 103-yard return against Tom Brady in the 2006 playoffs that did not go for a touchdown. Denver did score shortly afterward, though, on the way to the win. Eight years later, Bailey made his only Super Bowl. "This is home and timing was just right for it," said Bailey, who grew up in Folkston and played college ball at Georgia. "Having Pat Bowlen go in, I never expected it to be like this." Reed won his only title in the 2012 season, his last with the Ravens. Running the defense from his safety position, he was a standout playmaker on a roster full of them — including Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Peter Boulware. Reed finished his career with 64 interceptions, and led the league in picks three times. "Smartest player I ever coached," said Reed's former coach, Brian Billick. Law was a lot like Bailey — a rock at the corner who quarterbacks avoided. He finished with 53 interceptions and three Super Bowl rings, all with the Patriots. When New England beat the Rams for its first title in 2002, Law returned a pick 47 yards for a score that gave the Patriots the lead in the second quarter; they didn't trail after that. Law was one of the many high-profile players Bill Belichick was willing to cycle out, and his final five years were spent with Kansas City, Denver and two stints with the Jets, including 2005, when he made a career-high 10 interceptions. "It's surreal to get this honor while my former team is playing," said Law, who will be on hand when the Patriots play the Rams for the title Sunday. Mawae, a second-round draft pick in 1994, played 16 seasons for the Seahawks, Jets and Titans. He made three All-Pro teams and joins Mike Webster, Dwight Stevenson and Jim Otto among the few true centers in Canton. He earned a spot some thought might go instead to Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli. But for Boselli, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Richard Seymour and six others, it's wait 'til next year. Bowlen goes in after what some believe was a longer-than-necessary wait. He is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which has put the future of the Broncos' franchise on uncertain ground. His youngest daughter, Annabel, said they face-timed their dad when the family received the news. "A lot of tears in the room," she said. Bowlen was key in securing the NFL's future via a number of multibillion-dollar TV contracts. The Broncos have largely prospered during his tenure, winning more than 60 percent of their games. That included the 1998 Super Bowl, when the owner famously shouted "This one's for John" — a tribute to John Elway winning his first title. Brandt spent 29 years with the Cowboys, where his keen eye for talent helped turn Dallas into "America's Team." He chose eight future Hall of Famers, including Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Bob Hayes. He employed computers for evaluating talent and came up with psychological tests for draft prospects, two tools no NFL team could do without in the modern game. Brandt also was elected for his role as the NFL's resident draft guru. Robinson was chosen by the Dallas Texans in the first AFL draft. The Texans became the Chiefs, and the Chiefs became Super Bowl champions. A teammate of his, Hall of Fame linebacker Willie Lanier, said Robinson was the key to a defense that helped Kansas City to two AFL titles, each of which landed the Chiefs in the Super Bowl......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Tenth generation of award-winning running shoe set to be launched

Born from a belief that a lightweight shoe can pack a heavyweight punch, the first Kinvara changed the running industry game. This year, Saucony launches the tenth generation of the award-winning Kinvara−and it’s as groundbreaking as the first. To celebrate a decade of lightweight innovation, Saucony is offering a limited-edition Kinvara 10 featuring the shoe’s original iconic design and colorways. Kinvara: The Beginning In the fall of 2008, seven-time Ironman champion and Saucony athlete Linsey Corbin met with Chris Mahoney, Saucony’s vice president of design, to collaborate on the perfect long-distance race shoe for the Ironman Triathlon. It would have to defy industry norms, blurring boundaries between responsiveness and stability, enabling Corbin to fly through the Ironman’s 42km marathon following the event’s leg-burning 180km bike stage. “Chris asked me what my dream race shoe would be,” said Corbin. “As an Ironman athlete, I wanted something with a bit more substance than a super-light racing flat, but I also didn't want something as bulky as the trainers I had been running in. It was a big ask, challenging the brand’s design, engineering, and technology teams to completely reimagine what a running shoe should be.” “Through extensive testing and feedback with Linsey and our other elite athletes, we identified a desire for a more simplified running experience,” said Mahoney. “Those insights led to the creation of the Kinvara, debuting a 4mm offset to the market and highlighting the importance of underfoot geometry to the foot/shoe relationship.” A year later during race week at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Saucony delivered a neon- orange pair of the Kinvaras to Corbin. “I tried them on and took them for a short run,” said Corbin. “They felt light and fresh on my feet; I knew I had to race in them. Forever engrained in my memory is the last two miles of the race where I was sprinting down Palani Hill for the final podium position. Each time I put on a new iteration of the Kinvara, I remember the exhilaration of that moment.” “In an industry where running styles come and go, to see the Kinvara hit a milestone like this is awesome,” added Mahoney. “To have grown such a loyal fan base throughout the past decade shows how all the enduring elements of the Kinvara still resonate with so many runners. We’re so appreciative of the influence the Kinvara has had on the brand and look forward to the generations to come.” Kinvara: Product Philosophy “With the very first Kinvara, our product team embraced an exciting new design identity coupled with advanced running dynamics,” said Anne Cavassa, president of Saucony. “They imagined a shoe where benchmark responsiveness and lightweight stability were not separate entities, but were seamlessly integrated, transforming the way the foot moved through the gait cycle. The Kinvara continues to represent our innovative and ongoing product philosophy across the brand, focusing on every aspect of the runner’s stride. Now, as the Kinvara evolves once again, we look forward to further pushing the boundaries of innovation as we shape the next generation of performance footwear for runners everywhere.” The All-New Kinvara 10 Featuring an EVERUN™ topsole and a flexible EVA+ midsole for a smooth, incredibly energetic ride, the Kinvara 10, with a 4mm offset, is as supportive as it is breathable thanks to an engineered mesh upper. Internal heel pods, a nod to the original Kinvara model, comfortably lock the foot down as the runner’s pace ramps up. Because no two feet are alike, enhancements to the Kinvara 10 include Saucony’s newest fit technology, FORMFIT™, a 3D-contoured footbed that cradles the foot with three layers of foam for enhanced adaptability and impact absorption. Kinvara 10: Availability The special-edition Kinvara in white red colorway is packaged in a commemorative box and comes with a free special edition Saucony shirt. It’s available for pre-order for P5,495 at the Saucony stores in Glorietta 3 and Trinoma. The Kinvara 10 collection retails at P5,295 and will be available in-store and at saucony.com.ph on February 20, 2019. The Kinvara 10 will be available in men’s sizes 7-12 and in women’s sizes 5-9. Kinvara: Award-Winning Heritage: Kinvara 1 (2010) •    Runner’s World        Best Debut •    Runner's WorldBrazil     Best Launch •    Outside Magazine     Gear of the Year •    The Running Network     Best Shoe   Kinvara 2 (2011) •    Runner’s World        Best Buy Kinvara 3 (2012) •    Runner’s WorldUK     Best Update •    Running FitnessUK    Best Natural Running Shoe •    The Running Network     Best Shoe-Performance Category   Kinvara 4 (2013) •    Runner’s World         International Best Update •    Runner’s World UK    Editor’s Choice •    Runner’s World AU/NZ    Best Update •    Outside Magazine     Best in Road Running Kinvara 5 (2014) •    Runner’s World        International Editor’s Choice-Best Shoe of 2014 •    Runner’s World        Editor’s Choice •    Runner’s World ZA    Editor’s Choice •    Canadian Running    Editor’s Pick •    Go OutsideBrazil    Best Minimalism Shoe •    Triathlon Germany    Shoe of the Year •    Women’s Running    Best Lightweight Award Kinvara 9 (2018) •    Runner’s World        Editor’s Choice About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. is a global award-winning running and lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award-winning innovations, including EVERUN™, ISOFIT™, FORMFIT™; Geometry of Strong™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.ph.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

The worlds biggest book sale returns to Manila | Lifestyle | GMA News Online

'The world's biggest book sale' returns to Manila GMA News After its sensational debut in Manila last year, Big Bad Wolf aka the world's biggest book sale returns. Save the date: Febr.....»»

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Unseeded pair Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women’s doubles title

MELBOURNE, Australia --- The unseeded pairing of Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai have won their first Grand Slam doubles title together, beating defending champions and No. 2-seeded Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Australia's Stosur now owns three major doubles championships, adding this to wins with Lisa Raymond at the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open. She also won the 2011 U.S. Open singles trophy. The victory Friday was the 10th in a row for Stosur and China's Zhang. Their most recent loss was against Babos and Mladenovic at last year's U.S. Open. Stosur is the first Australian to win the women's doubles title at the country's Grand Slam tournam...Keep on reading: Unseeded pair Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women’s doubles title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women s doubles title

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The unseeded pairing of Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai have won their first Grand Slam doubles title together, beating defending champions and No. 2-seeded Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Australia's Stosur now owns three major doubles championships, adding this to wins with Lisa Raymond at the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open. She also won the 2011 U.S. Open singles trophy. The victory Friday was the 10th in a row for Stosur and China's Zhang. Their most recent loss was against Babos and Mladenovic at last year's U.S. Open. Stosur is the first Australian to win the women's doubles title at the country's Grand Slam tournament since Alicia Molik teamed with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in 2005......»»

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PBA: Asi Taulava hints at retirement as he enters 20th season

It's been a wild ride for 45-year old Asi Taulava. From being a PBA standout, a direct hire by the then-Mobiline Phone Pals, the Fil-Tongan center has blossomed to being one of the most dominant players in the history of the first pro hoops league in Asia. But, it seems his 20th season in the PBA may be his last, as he said that he is seriously contemplating hanging his sneakers up for good after the 2019-20 campaign. "I'm thinking that this may be my last year. I wanted to get to 20 [seasons] and see where it goes from here. Let's see after everything if this will be my final year, if it's meant to be, this may be my final year, my swan song. I just want to enjoy it," the NLEX center shared at the PBA Media Day at the Solaire Resort and Casino. .@agelessasi88, who is entering his 20th season in the PBA, is seriously contemplating retirement at the end of the season. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/cfTqWWbqVp — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 10, 2019 In his illustrious career, he had won a title with a rookie Jimmy Alapag, won the season MVP, Finals MVP, and the Best Player of the Conference in the 2003 All-Filipino Cup, his only title.  The hulking 6'9 center has also been named to the Mythical Team eight times, four each in the first and the second teams, aside from being a 16-time All-Star and being named the MVP of the exhibition game twice. In his sabbatical from the PBA, he represented the country in the ABL as member of coach Leo Austria's San Miguel Beermen, where he won the league's MVP plum at age 40, and won his second pro title. From being a young and spry center, banging bodies with the likes of EJ Feihl and Dennis Espino to becoming one of the elder statesmen of the league, he said that he had seen the style of play change drastically. "When I first entered the PBA, it was slow, deliberate basketball. Nowadays, guys are getting younger, they're playing Warriors type of basketball," Taulava quipped. "Before, everybody had to post up. Now, the first three seconds, five seconds, a three will go up. The game has evolved so much. It's been great to be around during my whole career, playing and seeing how much basketball has grown." As he enters a crossroads in his decorated career as one of the 40 Greatest in the league's history, the slotman says he will just enjoy as he rides into the sunset of professional basketball. "I've enjoyed this ride. Not too many players. I think only four players in the PBA have lasted for 20 years. I can't believe I got here. Especially with my lifestyle in the past." Now a mentor to newly-acquired Poy Erram, he hopes to becoming the Road Warriors' rock in the middle and continue to help coach Yeng Guiao's team into contention, a team which made the semifinals in the opening tournament a year ago.  "Seeing him grow. I'm happy for him and everything what he's got right now, he's earned it. He has worked so hard." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Travel Goals: Pinoy athletes celebrate the New Year in style

With most of the major sports leagues in the Philippines currently on a break to start 2019, some of your favorite athletes took some time to unwind before another year of grinding fully begins. Star athletes flew to different parts of the Philippines and the world to unwind, checking off their travel goals before they reach their actual career goals this year. Some of the reigning UAAP women's volleyball champions DLSU Lady Spikers trekked to the Summer Capital of the Philippines to soak up some fresh air before their title defense in UAAP season 81 this February.         View this post on Instagram                 •Gon’ slay, okay• - @beyonce . . . 📷 @_maylunaaa A post shared by Ernestine Tiamzon (@ernietiamzon) on Jan 6, 2019 at 2:13am PST           View this post on Instagram                 All smiles, 2019 💞 A post shared by May Luna (@_maylunaaa) on Jan 5, 2019 at 8:12pm PST Meanwhile, former Lady Spikers Dawn Macandili and Kim Kianna Dy both travelled abroad to enjoy nature and to surprise a loved one, respectively.  The multi-awarded libero went to Australia with her family, while KKD flew to Japan to surprise her boyfriend, Marck Espejo, who has been reaching goals playing in the Japan V. Premier League.         View this post on Instagram                 “Di na maka-solo” -Donato (2018) A post shared by Dawn Macandili (@dawn_macandili) on Dec 31, 2018 at 2:45am PST           View this post on Instagram                 Yannn, ginagalit niyo kasi si Dudut eh 😑🤣 —— Kidding aside, never been more proud of you! Watching you play the same level even internationally makes me so proud. It was worth every second & mile just to see and be with you ❤️ see u in 4 months ❤️ A post shared by Kim Kianna Dy (@kiannady) on Jan 6, 2019 at 12:57am PST Woman In Action Gretchen Ho tagged along fellow former Ateneo Lady Eagles Jem Ferrer and Dzi Gervacio as they scaled Mount Pamitinan in Rodriguez, Rizal.         View this post on Instagram                 Started my year right 🤙🏻🏞 All is well, all is well ☺️ #womaninaction ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ There have been a lot of things going on with my career and personal life. People know I like pursuing my passions no matter how difficult they are. But despite my #womaninaction lifestyle, I still make sure to get my #adulting right!! - - @prulifeuk’s #PRULifeYourTerm makes it easy for me to reach my financial goals as it is the ONLY renewable term insurance in the country that can be upgraded with an investment component rider. Happy to move forward as secure as I can be :) #prulifeuk - While it’s good to make the most of “NOW”, we must not lose sight of the future. Here we go! #2019 #mountainclimbing #mountaineering #philippines #mountpamitinan #rizal #montalban #mtpamitinan A post shared by Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) on Jan 7, 2019 at 4:50pm PST           View this post on Instagram                 Fearless. A post shared by Jamenea Ferrer (@jemferrer) on Jan 5, 2019 at 10:16pm PST Michele Gumabao got a much-deserved break after a successful Premier Volleyball League title run with the Creamline Cool Smashers, posing while in an unidentified, but picturesque island.         View this post on Instagram                 And so another adventure begins ☀️ 👙@soakswimwearph 📸 XT100 @fujifilmph @fujifilmphlifestyle #ShowMeYourWorldXT100 #FujifilmPHXMicheleGumabao #fujifilmlifestyle A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Jan 7, 2019 at 3:23am PST Olympian Hidilyn Diaz made sure to promote her hometown of Zamboanga in her #TravelGoals post, endorsing the wonderful 11 Islands in Zamboanga Peninsula.         View this post on Instagram                 Kung nasa Zamboanga Peninsula kayo baka maconsider niyong pumunta sa Onse isla at malamawi. Suggestion ko magdala kayo ng mat or duyan para makapagsunbath kayo at matulog under the coconut tree or under the sun then marinig niyo ang waves and air. Sobrang refreshing and relaxing! 📸 @imjulius 😎 🌴 🏝 🏖 #Zamboanga #vacation A post shared by Hidilyn Diaz OLY (@hidilyndiaz) on Jan 6, 2019 at 3:45am PST The entire Ildefonso family bonded in Japan capturing some IG-worthy photos along the way.        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Pinoy sports most captivating underdog stories of 2018

Who doesn't love a good underdog story? In 2018, we saw another batch of champions get crowned for their extended excellence in their respective leagues and disciplines. We also witnessed squads and personalities who found success despite minimum fanfare. These underdogs didn't let any pre-competition predictions cloud their performances en route inspiring runs that may not have delivered gold, but are primed to be remembered for years to come.  MARGIELYN DIDAL Let's start with arguably the most inspiring entry on this list. Margielyn Didal basically burst onto the scene to bag skateboarding gold in the 2018 Asian Games. The Cebuana's victory is made even more impressive because of her humble roots, the lengths she went through just to compete, and what she's fighting for. The daughter of a carpenter and a sidewalk vendor, Didal also famously had to fend off security personnel in malls, when she was practicing her craft. Still, Didal's rise continued as she became the first Filipino to represent the nation in the 2018 X Games in Minnesota.  Her gold in the Asiad  earned her the distinction as the flag bearer of the Philippine delegation in the continental meet, and has slowly increased awareness for the sport. UP LADY FIGHTING MAROONS Now for another champion. The UP Lady Maroons were far from shoo-ins into the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Final Four. After a slow start to the elimination round, the Diliman-based squad was able to get things going, securing the fourth seed to face the top-ranked Adamson Lady Falcons in the semis.  Facing a twice-to-beat disdvantage, the Lady Maroons flexed their rediscovered depth, especially after feisty middle Marian Buitre found her touch. Conference MVP and eventual Finals MVP Isa Molde also made a case as a legitimate star as UP stunned Adamson. Facing the UAAP season 80 Finalists FEU Lady Tamaraws, UP leaned on its unparalleled chemistry and communication to defeat FEU in two hard-fought, five-set matches. The Lady Maroons also bagged gold in a rival tournament, beating out another UAAP powerhouse in UST. Come UAAP Season 81, the Lady Maroons are set to prove their preseason victories are no fluke.    NU BULLDOGS With a chip on their shoulder, wanting to regain UAAP men's volleyball supremacy, the NU Bulldogs did everything they could to dethrone reigning three-time defending champs Ateneo Blue Eagles in Season 80. NU waltzed their way through the double round robin elimination round and made quick work of UST in the Final Four to book a ticket to the finals. However, the same road block, the Blue Eagles were there, with five-time MVP Marck Espejo just fresh off from his record-setting 55-point explosion to oust  twice-to-beat FEU in the Final Four.  Using their strong net defense and efficient reception, the Bulldogs swept Ateneo in the best-of-three Finals series. Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas led the offensive attack in the clincher with 22 points, as NU's famed floor defense frustrated the graduating Espejo and hand them their first loss in the championship series in three years.   FEU LADY TAMARAWS The UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament was arguably the most exciting in recent memory. It was open-ended, every game oozed excitement as the unlikliest of results would come out here and there. Two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers still were the favored ones in the course of the eliminations, but suffered some shocking losses, including a four-set disappointment over Adamson. Being the other Finals contender was a quandary, but the FEU Lady Tamaraws led the charge and rose to the occasion, depriving Ateneo of a Finals appearance. Led by none other than Bernadeth Pons, and excellent play from their frontline, FEU advanced to the Finals for the first time in nine years, ironically also against the Ramil de Jesus-led squad. Many things had changed then, but La Salle showed why they were the reigning Queens of the UAAP, sweeping the Lady Tamaraws in two hard-fought contests.   UP FIGHTING MAROONS After an encouraging run in the UAAP season 80 men's basketball tournament, the UP Fighting Maroons put the league on notice in season 81.  Led by captain Paul Desiderio, super sophomore Juan Gomez de Liano, and Nigerian reinforcement Bright Akhuetie, the Fighting Maroons had to fight through a sluggish start. All things changed when head coach Bo Perasol decided to bring Juan off the bench to inject much-needed energy to the second unit. Juan would lead the league in assists as he guided UP's offense masterfully, carrying them to a historic Final Four return after a 21-year absence. That may already be a victory worth celebrating for UP, but the Fighting Maroons brought the fight in the Final Four as the third-seeded team facing no. 2 Adamson. In what would eventually be one of the most exciting Final Four series in recent UAAP history, UP would upset the Soaring Falcons in two games to book a Finals berth against Ateneo, where the Fighting Maroons bowed out. Still, what a run it was. And UP looks primed to be even more dangerous next season.   ATENEO LADY EAGLES There were uncertainty on how the Ateneo Lady Eagles would fare after coach Tai Bundit left the team in UAAP Season 80.  Blue Eagles mentor Oliver Almadro was tapped to oversee the team after Bundit's reign, with the PVL Open Conference being his first real challenge, calling the shots for Ateneo-Motolite.  Veterans Bea de Leon and Maddie Madayag did the heavy lifting for the team, but rookie sensations Vanessa Gandler, Jaja Maraguinot, Isabela Peralta, Samantha Fanger, and Erika Raagas provided their worth for the team. Almadro's unique style of motivation was also key in providing the spark for his team, providing some quotable lines from his timeouts showed around the world. Qualifying to the Final Four, Ateneo had their hands full against the veteran-laden BanKo-Perlas Spikers, who featured some former Lady Eagles. Down 0-1 in the series and had their backs against the wall in Game 3 down 0-2, the Lady Eagles mounted a massive comeback, stunning the Perlas Spikers in five sets and booking a dream Finals matchup against the Creamline Cool Smashers. However, it was not meant to be as they firepower of the Cool Smashers behind season MVP Alyssa Valdez proved to the difference as Creamline swept the Lady Eagles to clinch the Open Conference plum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018

Top Filipino comic book artist Leinil Yu is brilliant on the ‘Captain America’ comic book

He's worked on the biggest comic book characters---Wolverine and Superman among them---with his iconic complex art style. But Leinil Francis Yu achieves a whole new level of brilliance on his current run as the artist of the re-launched "Captain America" ongoing series from Marvel Comics. Yu has found a great partner in the writer on the series. Ta-Nehisi Coates. An award-winning author (the National Book award-winning "Between the World and Me"), Coates made a name for himself in comics by helming the critically-acclaimed "Black Panther" series just as the movie based on the character became a box office blockbuster. Now Marvel doubled down by putting Coates, who writes very c...Keep on reading: Top Filipino comic book artist Leinil Yu is brilliant on the ‘Captain America’ comic book.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018