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Angelica Panganiban on falling in love again: ‘May kaba lang’

After being heartbroken from her previous relationship, actress Angelica Panganiban said she is ready to open her heart again to someone new. "Kaya na. May kaba, may kaba lang talaga na 'Ito na! Ito na naman!' (I can. There's just jitters, like 'Here we go! Here we go again!)" she told talk show host Boy Abunda on "Tonight with Boy Abunda". "The past few relationships, hindi naman ako kinabahan eh. 'Yung mga huli, sige, game! Laban lang 'yan(With the past few relationships, I wasn't nervous. With the recent ones, okay, game! Fight on)!" Panganiban exclaimed. But now, she shared that she has mellowed and is being more careful. Asked if she was dating again, she answered, "Lum...Keep on reading: Angelica Panganiban on falling in love again: ‘May kaba lang’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

NU Pep Squad s plan to make history: start first, end at first

Will there be another fairy tale ending for the NU Pep Squad? The once whipping team of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition has dominated for four straight years. Come Saturday at the expected sold out MO Arena, they shoot for a five-peat and history.     NU is once again out to put on a fantastic show to wow the audience and the judges. With another win in this year's competition, they can finally sit beside the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe in the elite club of five-peat winners. The Espana-based squad lorded the contest from 2002 to 2006, a feat the Sampaloc-based squad wants to duplicate.      NU will perform first in a complete field of competitors with the return of the UP Pep Squad which took a leave of absence last year. Outdoing themselves  For four straight years and since the implementation of a new judging format, the NU Pep Squad seemed to have mastered how to hit each criteria and earn the necessary points to emerge victorious. The rest of the field, on the other hand, has struggled.   With the NU Pep Squad setting the standard, the challenge of outdoing themselves has been getting harder and harder each year.     “Pinakamahirap ‘yun, to compete with ourselves,” said NU coach Ghicka Bernabe. “Kasi minsan alam mo na ang capacity mo, alam mo na ang weakness mo. Pero may mga times na hindi pa pala yun ang limit namin.” “Sometimes we argue amongst ourselves na, ‘Hanggang dyan na lang ba? Ito na ba ang best?’ Pero kasi dito sa NU walang word na the best. Hindi nagi-exist ang word na ‘best’,” she added. “Kasi sabi nga nila it’s a process of learning. ‘Yung pag-champion mo after that day tapos na ‘yun, hindi ka na champion. ‘Yun lang sa araw na ‘yun.” “Kinakalaban namin ang standard namin in a way na hindi kami pwedeng ma-satisfy kung ano lang ang mayroon kami ngayon. Kailangang mag-exceed kami doon sa limit. Kailangang mag-exceed kami sa imagination and mag-exceed kami sa expectations ng lahat ng supporters namin.” Into the blue NU has been setting the bar higher each year. From Arabian nights, to Pocahontas, to cavemen, and to beyond outer space, NU Pep Squad's themes have left its indelible mark on the audience.   With their concepts turning into hits and putting on a show that always seemed to top their previous performances, one could just imagine the time and effort spent by Bernabe and her coaching staff to concoct something fresh and new.    The mentor admitted that they had sleepless nights deliberating and debating on what concept and theme to use the past four years but not on this one. The coaching staff this time didn’t need to dig deep in their seemingly bottomless bag of tricks for a magical theme. This one has been in their list of options since Day 1 of their dynastic rule of the competition. “Siguro ‘yung concept namin ngayon, every year naming nagiging idea pero hindi natutuloy. Siguro kasi hindi pa niya panahon,” said the former FEU flyer. “So siguro dumating na ang time niya. Ito na ang right timing, ang tamang panahon.” “Kasi for four years na nag-champion kami lagi siyang part ng option pero never siyang nanalo na maging theme namin for that season,” she added. “Ito lang ‘yung year na wala kaming pinagdiskusyunan, we never had any argument or long discussion.” “Nu’ng sinabi namin na, ‘I think chance na nung theme na to na maipakita ng NU’. Ito ang pinaka-shortest na brainstorming ng mga coaches. Yun nga ito na yung tamang panahon para sa concept.” But aside from the extravagant costumes and props that they’ll use in the performance, it’s how they intend to execute the mix of the theme, music and their routines that's Bernabe’s most proud of. “Mahirap siyang i-execute kasi eh,” said the mentor. “Parang lahat kami paano natin ipapakita ang theme? From outer space, another something new. Something under naman tayo ngayon.” Breaking the curse For Cheerdance Competition pundits, no team has ever won the title performing first. NU is looking to break that curse. “May isa ngang nag-comment sa social media na, ‘Wag kayong magpakampante kasi wala pang nag-champion na first performer,’” said Bernabe, who was the one who drew NU’s order of performance during the drawing of lots. NU will open the competition followed by the DLSU Animo Squad, Adamson Pep Squad, FEU Cheering Squad, UE Pep Squad, UP Pep Squad, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion. But even with the odds of the draw going against them, Bernabe is optimistic that their performance won’t be easily forgotten by the judges. “May sumagot nga doon sa nagsabi nu’n (na wala pang nanalo na first performer) na supporter naman ng NU na, ‘Oo ngayon mo pa lang masasaksihan.’ Something na ganoon na ngayon pa lang mangyayari and mayroon namang nagsabi na, ‘Kayo ang magsi-set ng standard, NU.’ So parang positive pa rin naman yun,” Bernabe said. “Pero still ‘di naman kami robot na insensitive, manhid o walang pakiramdam. Nandoon pa rin ang pressure, never mawawala ‘yun. Nandoon din ang kaba, nerbiyos at fear,” added the mentor......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

Lady Warriors advance to Finals despite bench-clearing brawl

The UE Lady Warriors advance to the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball tournament for the first time as they came back and downed the UST Tigresses, 69-62 at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday afternoon.  With the game at hand for UE, UST's Larosa threw a punch at Love Sto. Domingo after the former split her charities, leading to a bench-clearing brawl which resulted in the ejection of Larosa and for UE players Marieny Requiron, Erica Ebeza, and Princess Pedregosa.  UE head coach Aileen Lebornio also was assessed a technical foul for letting her players enter the court during the scrum. The Lady Warriors had erased a nine-point UST lead at the beginning of the payoff period with an 11-0 blitz capped by a Joyce Francisco corner triple with 5:56 left. UST responded with a Kikay Gandalla three to regain the lead, 59-58, however UE banked in on their stifling defense to force errant turnovers and timely free throws to erect a 64-59 lead with 1:30 left in the game. The Tigresses had control for much of the three quarters, even leading by as much as 14 points early in the first half 26-12, and were led by Anjel Anies’ 16 first-half points. Anies however did not score for UST in the final 20 minutes. Jhenn Angeles, in her final game for UST, had an all-around game of seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Also playing their final games donning the gold are Anies, Tata Jerez, Bettina Peñaflor, and Marielle Isanan. Larosa also scored 15 for UST and grabbed eight boards. Sto. Domingo paced UE’s offense with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Eunique Chan added 16 markers and 12 boards.  UE had a big advantage at the foul line with 35 free throw attempts to UST’s 19. The Lady Warriors may miss the services of Pedregosa, Requiron, and Ebeza as they will face idle NU, who hold a 62-game win streak on Wednesday, Nov. 29, for Game 1 of the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. "Doon ko nakita ‘yung five years na pinaghirapan namin. Sabi ko sa kanila nga noong natalo kami against UST noong Game 1 namin, sabi ko, masakit pero kailangan nating bumangon, isipin natin ‘yung goal natin kasi limang taon na tayo magkakasama tayo dito, hindi tayo pwedeng paatras, kailangan ang Warriors puro pasulong," UE head coach Aileen Lebornio said after the game. UST head coach Haydee Ong meanwhile was very much happy with their overachieving season, though was critical of the way how their season ended. "May mga fouls na hinahatak na yung mga player ko, hinahawakan yung jersey and they were not calling pero sa amin manipis. Kumbaga sa ano, kinontrol ng referee yung game," Ong said. "Kung pinaglaro lang kami ng mga referees dito, sana it would be a different outcome." The scores: UE (69) – Sto. Domingo 18, Chan 16, Francisco 14, Tacula 8, Cortizano 7, Ramos 4, Requiron 2, Gayacao 0, Antonio 0, Nama 0. UST (62) – Anies 16, Larosa 16, Gandalla 9, Angeles 9, Rivera 7, Peñaflor 3, Jerez 3, Sanggalang 2, Isanan 2, Aujero 2, Portillo 0, Manuel 0, Magat 0, Valera 0. Quarter Scores: 10-16, 27-35, 47-56, 69-62......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Coach Aldin says DLSU peaking at the right time

De La Salle University will be well-rested and well-prepared when it takes on archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Having dispatched of Adamson University last Saturday, the Green Archers have had a whole week to rest and prepare. All this, while watching the Blue Eagles have to go through the eye of the needle against fighting Far Eastern University. Along with the rest and preparation, the Taft-based team believes that momentum is on their side – having rang off eight consecutive victories heading into the Finals. “I think we’re in a very good spot because we’re peaking at the right time. The players have been very, very responsible in terms of their commitment to our goal,” head coach Aldin Ayo said. They last lost on October 8, falling by one point to Ateneo. Since then, however, the defending champions have dominated. Asked about the difference from then to now, Ayo answered, “We’re focused. We’re just focused on the game plan especially on defense.” He then continued, “When we were in the first round, there were lots of distractions. In the second round, they just surrendered to the system so we overcame those distractions.” The head coach went on to mention how he considered Ben Mbala’s stint with the Cameroonian national team and Aljun Melecio’s bout with dengue to be distractions. Now, however, Mbala, Melecio, and all of DLSU are all focused in going back-to-back. With that, they need no more motivation. As Ayo put it, “Wala namang motivation kundi championship e. yun lang.” He then continued, “Wala nang kung ano-anong mga hugot. Championship, yun lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Waiter-turned-MMA fighter Richard Corminal hopes to be an inspiration to Filipino youth

It's an all too familiar story, especially in the Philippines.  In search of greener pastures and a better life for one's self and family, many Filipinos have decided to take their chances far away from home. Richard Corminal is one such Pinoy who has been able to find better opportunities overseas. "Kasi yung buhay sa atin, medyo mahirap, kaya kailangan magtrabaho sa ibang bansa." Corminal shared with the media during the pre-fight press conference of ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore.  (Life back home is hard, that's why I needed to find work in a different country.) Corminal is one of two Filipinos fighting on the card, Friday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And while he'll be flying the Tricolor come fight night, Malaysia has been home for Corminal for the last six years, where he works as a children's MMA and Muay Thai Instructor.  The Novaliches-native however, hasn't always been about the fight life. Before making a living out fighting and teaching kids, Corminal waited tables back home, and even when he moved to Malaysia.  "Nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata sa gym, pero dati waiter lang ako. Ngayon nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata ng Muay That at MMA." (I teach kids Muay Thai and MMA, but I used to be a waiter.) Corminal says watching Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao sparked his interest in combat sports, but when he got to watch mixed martial arts, he fell in love with the sport.  In Malaysia, Corminal found his way to Muay Thai, and it just grew from there. When the opportunity to make a living out of it came, he felt it was the right time to do so.  " p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} Siguro dahil nabigyan ako ng oras. Siguro ito na yung timing para sa akin, kaya sinungaban ko na." Corminal said. "Nagsimula ako sa Muay Thai, tapos paunti-unti sa boxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling." (When the opportunity came, I felt that it was the right time for me, so I grabbed it. I began with Muay Thai, then eventually got in to boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling) Now at 35 years old, Corminal is no longer an up-and-coming young prospect. While he does hope to someday reach the heights of Pinoy MMA stars like Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly, at the end of the day, he hopes to be an inspiration, especially to the Filipino youth.  "Gusto ko lang maging inspirasyon sa kabataan, lalo na sa atin, iwas sa masamang bisyo, ganun." (I just want to be an inspiration for the kids, especially back at home, and draw them away from vices.) While a career in combat sports isn't always lucrative, Corminal says that his decision to move has paid off.  "Medyo nakaluwag-luwag na nag kaunti, nakakasuporta na sa pamilya. Guminhawa na ng onti yung buhay natin." (Things are better now, I can already support the family. Life has gotten a bit more comfortable.) Friday night, Corminal welcomes French standout Arnaud Lepont back to the ONE Championship cage. A win over an established name like Lepont will surely give the Pinoy some exposure, and as long as he keeps finding success, the more he'll be able to provide, and the more he'll become a source of inspiration.     Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Dysangco to temporarily oversee UST men s basketball practices

Following the departure of the UST Growling Tigers coaching staff, the team's practices will temporarily be handled by Tigresses assistant coach Arsenio Dysangco. Though nothing has been made official yet, Dysangco, a former assistant coach with the women's national basketball team, also under current Tigresses head coach Haydee Ong, said that he has been tapped by the UST Institute of Physical Education and Athletics to temporarily oversee the team's daily practices. "We're only a good soldier of the school, so whatever we can help, susunod lang tayo sa sasabihin ni Father [Jannel Abogado, IPEA head], Dysangco said after the step-ladder game between the Tigresses and the UE Lady Warriors. The former Big Chill Superchargers head coach meanwhile is ready if the school may ask him for next year's coaching staff, with the search starting in the early part of next year. "You know, I studied in UST, and after noong [1-13 season], I feel for the school, with all my coaching experience with coach Yeng Guiao, with the PBA, with the national team before, with the women's team, I would like to help in whatever way that I can. It's all for the UST community and love for the school. I would gladly sacrifice para sa school. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Proud ako na girlfriend ako ni Bolick -- Aby Marano

Proud ako na girlfriend niya. A simple statement that sums up all the feelings of Aby Marano on bae Robert Bolick after he led the San Beda Red Lions to their second straight title, Thursday night in the 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition. The former De La Salle University women’s volleyball standout wasn’t at the Big Dome when Bolick unleashed his ‘beast mode’ performance in the final minutes of Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series against Lyceum of the Philippines University. Marano had a game with F2 Logistics in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix when the Red Lions captured their 21st title overall with a 92-82 win to finish off the Pirates. “Kinakabahan nga ako kanina kasi gusto ko talaga panoorin,” she said. “Nagtatanong-tanong ako kanina tapos may random guy na lumipat sa akin tas binalita na champion na nga daw.” “Parang nawala 'yung kaba ko, naging mas light 'yung feeling ko noong game,” added Marano, who herself had a great game against Generika-Ayala. Inspired by Bolick’s heroics, Tyang Aby finished with six markers to help the unbeaten Cargo Movers sweep the Lifesavers, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17.  Though she was not there to cheer for Bolick, Marano, who was able to watch the series opener last Friday, never doubted her long-time boyfriend’s capabilities and knew that he’ll be able to deliver for the SBC. “Last year, ganoon din 'yung nangyari sa amin - may game din ako tapos di ko napanood 'yung Finals niya,” she said. “Naging positive lang kami. Whether I'm there or not, tiwala na lang na maglalaro siya nang mabuti.” After the game, Bolick thanked Marano for pushing and inspiring him to achieve his goal of giving the Red Lions another crown.   Marano was just proud to see Bolick, who transferred from De La Salle University to SBC three years ago, reap the rewards of his hard work. “Ang sarap-sarap sa pakiramdam kasi nga nasubaybayan ko 'yung struggles niya dati,” said Marano. “Every day na magkasama kami, kita mong nandoon 'yung depression. “ “Ngayon, makikita mo na bumalik talaga lahat ng confidence niya and kung sino talaga siya as a basketball player,” added Marano. “Napakasarap sa feeling.” And how would she describe her feeling as a girlfriend of an NCAA champion?  Marano had a straightforward answer. “Masasabi ko lang na sobrang proud ako na girlfriend ako ni Bolick kasi nakikita ko talaga 'yung sarili ko sa kanya,” she said. BMDC (beast mode don’t care) naman din talaga siya magalaro.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

'Nung dati I really hated San Beda eh, sa totoo lang' --- Babes Bolick

Robert Bolick sure enjoys handing San Beda NCAA championships now but there was a time "Babes" absolutely despised the Red Lions. Oh yes, back when he was still a La Salle Green Archer, Robert Bolick couldn't stand San Beda. "Nung dati I really hated San Beda eh, sa totoo lang," Bolick, who won a UAAP title with the Green Archers in Season 76, said Thursday after he won his second straight NCAA title with the Red Lions. "When we play against them sa FilOil, si coach Boyet pa yung coach sa kabila, I really hated them because they're really good eh. Pag San Beda kalaban I really don't like [it]," he added. After leaving Taft for Mendiola in 2015 though, Bolick has nothing but love for his new-found home now. His love was evident in the Season 93 Finals against the previously-undefeated Lyceum Pirates, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot to the delight of all San Beda fans. In hindsight, his decision to leave La Salle and go to San Beda was the best thing Bolick has ever done so far, basketball wise. And after this latest title, Bolick says he's staying one more year to complete his stint in San Beda. Why? Because he's loves it  there. "That's why I stayed for a year, because of them. Pwede na ako magpa-draft, pero it's my responsibility to give one more year for San Beda. The way they treat me, galing pa lang sa teachers, sa fathers, sa tao sa cafeteria, mga guards, kahit sino-sinong nandoon. You're inspired to play for them because they have the passion," he said. "I love San Beda," Bolick added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

For Robert Bolick, championship starts and ends with mom

Heading into Game 2 of the Finals, with San Beda College needing one more win for back-to-back championships, Robert Bolick did not get a good night’s sleep. “Hindi ako makatulog kagabi,” he told reporters as the Red Lions still found themselves down 1-2 in the season series against Lyceum of the Philippines University. Good thing then that the 23-year-old had his lifelong comfort zone there with him. “Dasal lang ako nang dasal. Katabi ko nanay ko, dasal lang kami nang dasal,” he said. Apparently, the prayers worked as he scored seven points in the last five minutes to lead the defending champions in blanking the Pirates in the championship round. In the end, he had 18 points, six assists, and five rebounds and was one of the major reasons in the Mendiola-based squad’s 10th title in the last 12 years – and 21st overall. “Kapag nanonood si mom, talagang ibibigay mo ang best mo,” he said afterward. Not long after, Bolick was celebrating with the very same person who gave birth to him. “I just want to thank my mom. Simula sa pagiging bench player ko, she buys me shoes kahit wala kaming pera, she buys me gatas para mainom ko,” he shared, in front of the crowd at the Araneta Coliseum and for everybody watching. Through those words, the Ormoc, Leyte native was clutching his mom at his side. To top it all off, he had one more message for Zeny Bolick. “I love her to death,” he expressed. And so, Robert Bolick’s championship-winning Thursday essentially began with his mom by his side. And soon enough, Robert Bolick’s championship-winning Thursday essentially ended with his mom by his side. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier

By Tom Withers, Associated Press INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Day by day, dribble by dribble, Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard — like himself. And just maybe like one who can rescue the reeling Cavaliers. Thomas has been increasing the intensity of his workouts and is making strong progress in his recovery from a serious hip injury that ended his 2016 season in Boston and delayed his debut with Cleveland. As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and a member of Cleveland’s medical staff kept an eye on him from an adjacent floor at Cleveland Clinic Courts, Thomas broke a healthy sweat during a workout Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) under the guidance of assistant coach Phil Handy, who fired him passes and praise. Thomas worked on his three-pointer, man-to-man defense, conditioning, ball handling and free throws as he nears a return that may be coming sooner than imagined. Isaiah Thomas doing more and more. #Cavs pic.twitter.com/hdttYp9jxx — Tom Withers (@twithersAP) November 6, 2017 Although the team has not disclosed any change from its original timetable estimate of the end of December, it’s apparent that Thomas is getting closer. At 4-6, and lacking a second scorer to complement LeBron James, the Cavs might be tempted to rush Thomas along. But Lue said it’s imperative for the team to stick with its plan so as not to harm the 28-year-old. “We have to make sure he’s 100 percent,” Lue said Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) as the Cavs regrouped following an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Hawks. “We have to worry about him as a player and a person. If he’s not right, not healthy, we don’t want to rush him back to set him back even more.” Thomas isn’t keeping his status any kind of secret. In the first few weeks of his rehab, he kept a lower profile as he worked out in the team’s facility away from reporters and cameras. Lately, he’s been front and center, giving everyone a glimpse of the strides he’s made in coming back from a torn labrum. Lue credited Cleveland’s training staff with a slow, steady approach in bringing along Thomas, who came to the Cavs in the blockbuster trade last summer that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. Irving and the Celtics have won nine straight and lead the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Cleveland has remained patient, although it’s clear that Thomas can’t wait to get back onto the floor in meaningful games. I️ just wanna HOOP!!!!! — Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) November 6, 2017 “I just wanna HOOP!!!!!” he tweeted Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The Cavs need him. Without Irving, the Eastern Conference champions lack a proven scorer to take some pressure off James. Thomas won’t help Cleveland’s suspect defense. In fact, it might be a little worse with him on the court, but its offense would go to another level with Thomas. He can drive. He can shoot. He can get to the line. “We still have a 30-point scorer, All-Star point guard that’s coming soon,” James said recently. “So that’s exciting.” Once he returns, Thomas is expected to move into the starting lineup, with Derrick Rose coming off the bench and running the Cavs’ second unit. It’s been dreadful starts by the Cavs’ first five that have been at the heart of their early struggles. Thomas could fix that, but until he’s ready, the Cavs have to come out with more energy and a greater sense of urgency. More Isaiah. pic.twitter.com/Gijxm5fUXc — Tom Withers (@twithersAP) November 6, 2017 Thomas should also help Cleveland’s woeful three-point shooting. The Cavs enter Tuesday night’s (Wednesday, PHL time) game against Milwaukee 25th in the league in three-point accuracy (33 percent) and tied for 16th in three-pointers made per game. Thomas made a Celtics record 245 3-pointers last season and knocked down at least one in 57 straight games. Against the Hawks, the Cavs started 3-of-25 from behind the arc and finished 10-of-36 — thanks mostly to Kyle Korver heating up during a fourth-quarter comeback. “We have guys that can shoot the ball,” said Kevin Love, who was taken to the hospital Sunday (Monday, PHL time) after falling ill. “I don’t know what it says on pace, but last year we really pushed the ball with ’Bron and Ky and really opened up the floor. But we’re just not shooting the ball well from three, and that has to change.” There need to be other changes, and Lue said it’s time for his team to begin making them. “Just have to keep attacking it,” he said. “Have to keep showing film and continue to keep talking about it. I think guys are embarrassed and we should be embarrassed of how we’re getting beat. Teams that we’re playing, having guys out, key guys out and still not being able to win. We all have to continue to keep searching and continue to keep fighting and continue to play hard.” And at some point, they might get some help......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Rhian, Zanjoe weigh in on having a fallback

MANILA, Philippines — Falling in love and falling out of love have been told many times on the big screen......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Coach Bo says Maroons want to see more of their passionate fans

The fans of the University of the Philippines were really into it as their Fighting Maroons waged war against Adamson University in a crucial contest on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Roaring at their boys for each and every one of their makes, roaring at the Soaring Falcons for each and every one of their makes, and roaring at the referees for each and every call, the State U crowd was, without a doubt, well and alive. Asked about it after they bowed down to Adamson, 70-86, head coach Bo Perasol answered, “Ganoon ba? Hindi ko napansin e.” Turning serious, however, the always amiable mentor said the coaching staff and the players had nothing but love for their faithful. As he put it, “I welcome that in the sense that they are into it – they care, they are passionate about winning. They have invested something so their emotions are into it.” He then continued, “Importante na (they feel) na, ‘I’m one with the team.’ Hindi yung, ‘Wala namang kwenta yang team na yan e.’” Indeed, so passionate were the UP fans that one of them figured in an incident late in the third quarter.   UP fans very unhappy with officiating. Maroons trail 45-35 vs. Adamson. pic.twitter.com/ykE4sCgO1c — Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) Nobyembre 5, 2017   Not pleased with the officiating, an unnamed student from Diliman reportedly threw a piece of paper onto the court. Not long after, he was escorted out of his seat. Reacting to the incident, Perasol said, “Papel lang, susmaryosep.” Also, so passionate were the UP fans that all of it poured out onto social media.   BEST. SUPPORT. GROUP. EVER. 💚❤#UPFight #nowheretogobutUP ✊ pic.twitter.com/VDpaJVm1IB — UP Fighting Maroons (@upmbt) Nobyembre 5, 2017     How about UP getting good game calls and breaks? 💸💸💸 — UP Fighting Maroons (@upmbt) Nobyembre 5, 2017   All of those, the Fighting Maroons welcome, as their mentor re-emphasized. “It gives pressure for the team to deliver. Magandang hindi passive yung fans because if they are passive, the players may thing that it’s just okay,” he said. He then continued, “It’s not okay. We’re in a competition and we’re supposed to win.” Indeed, now being able to paint the town maroon is a welcome development for the UP men’s basketball team which had compiled a record of 13-113 from 2007 to 2015. “Exactly, that’s what’s happening. Yun ang sinasabi nating proseso of the community being part of the team and the team being part of the community,” Perasol said. He then continued, “Hinding-hindi mo mahihiwalay yung isa sa isa.” The State U head coach then went on to say how the UAAP’s more successful programs have always had passionate fans. “Kaya ngayon si UST, nakikita mong nagagalit sila kasi they know that they have a history of winning,” he said. The tamed Tigers are one loss away from a winless season – something that had been accomplished thrice by UP in just the past decade. “E mas masagwa noong panahon ng UP kasi walang galit e. Noong hindi kami natatalo, sabi lang nila, ‘E wala, ganoon talaga yan e. Good luck na lang guys,’” he said. Now, at the very least, the Fighting Maroons have a passionate fanbase right behind them. “Kaya nga sabi ko na kahit magalit na sila, okay lang yan. In a way, they are all now involved,” Perasol expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Wrestling legend ‘Superfly’s’ granddaughter making Snuka name proud in vball

It’s just Penina Snuka’s first time in the Philippines, but she has been treated like she has been here for long. “Everyone has been so nice and accommodating, but it’s funny because everybody thinks I’m Filipino,” she told reporters. “I’ve had a lot of people just come up to me and just start speaking in your language. It’s such a beautiful language, but I’m looking at them with wide eyes and say, ‘I’m not from here.’” Of course, the Generika-Ayala reinforcement is not a Filipina. She is an American of Samoan descent who played setter for the University of Arizona. While she may not be a Filipina, Snuka still stands out – if you are familiar with her storied surname. “My last name is Snuka and I come from a big wrestling family starting with my grandfather and then my father,” she shared. “I have an auntie and an uncle who are wrestling right now. And of course, also, my uncle is ‘The Rock.’” Penina’s grandfather is the late Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka who was a wrestling star in the ‘80s and ‘90s before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Her father is Sim Snuka who was a former WWE Tag Team Champion. Current WWE superstars Roman Reigns and Tamina are her uncle and aunt, respectively. And then, there’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who is also her uncle. Indeed, the now 22-year-old comes from a big wrestling family. For her, however, wrestling was never an option. “(Me and my brothers and sisters), as kids, we weren’t really into wrestling. We did a lot of sports – we did basketball, my brothers did (American) football, and I just kind of got into volleyball,” she said. She then continued, “Ever since I got into volleyball in sixth grade, I always loved it. I never wanted to do anything else but volleyball. Volleyball is my whole life.” And so, after a stellar career as in the University of Arizona where she was hailed as Pac-12 Setter of the Year in 2016, Snuka took the opportunity to showcase her skills in a country that is only falling more and more in love with the sport. “(Ayala-Generika) was the first to offer me. I talked to my parents about it and I did a little research, I really got to know them and the Philippines,” she said. She then continued, “I really felt this was a good place. I really felt blessed to be here.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking, however, that she has forgotten that she’s a Snuka – granddaughter and niece to wrestling legends. “I feel really honored that I come from this family. I’m someone who’s very close to my family so leaving them was kinda hard, but knowing that I’m taking that name with me out here, hopefully, I can make a good name for them,” she expressed. In that case, we all better get ready for another Snuka to make a “Superfly Splash.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Sebastian Castro, Mikoy Morales on 4 Days and the importance of onscreen chemistry

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Avenido receives first-ever ABL lifetime achievement award

Now heading into its eighth season, the Asean Basketball League has just given out its first lifetime achievement award. And there is no better recipient other than the player who has won a championship, won an MVP, and won the hearts of four different countries in the region. Leo Avenido was handed the first-ever ABL Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City. “’Pag lifetime, ibig sabihin, parang matanda na talaga e no,” he joshed with reporters afterward. Turning serious, however, he said, “Siyempre, grateful ako sa ABL na nabigyan nila ako ng chance na (makuha itong award).” Avenido showcased his wares in the league for six seasons and won both the championship and the Local MVP plum with the San Miguel Beermen in 2012. “Siyempre, yung championship yung pinaka-memorable kasi kaya nga naglaro sa ABL, gusto kong makakuha ng championship. Hindi goal lang na para kumita, para mag-import, goal talaga yung championship,” he shared. He then continued, “Tapos nag-MVP pa ako. MVP tapos championship, grabe, ‘di ba?” He compiled 1, 627 total points, tops in all-time scoring, and saw action in 117 total games, fourth most in league history. Along with representing his country, the shifty guard also suited up and starred for Brunei’s Barracudas, Vietnam’s Saigon Heat, and Thailand’s Mono Vampire. And that experience, spreading the love for basketball across Southeast Asia, is another source of pride for Avenido. “Nag-mold talaga sa akin na siyempre, overseas kaya mahirap. Kaya talagang dapat makapag-focus nang maganda doon,” he said. He then continued, “Dahil doon, naging role model ka rin sa iba, naging inspiration na maglaro nang mabuti, magtrabaho lang nang mabuti, ganyan.” Still, the Lifetime Achievement Award isn’t the end of the road for the now 38-year-old – if he had his way. As he put it, “Siyempre, gusto ko pa rin maglaro kung papayagan. Pero kung hindi na, siguro ipa-pass ko na yung torch sa mga young guys.” Apparently, a new team, meaning a new country, is interested in the services of Avenido – whether it be player or mentor. “Ngayon, Indonesia, ita-try raw. Siyempre, marami ring nagta-tryout kaya sabi ko, subukan muna nila,” he shared. He then continued, “Baka bumagsak, assistant coach na lang. depende lang kung anong gusto nila.” If this pushes through, then the CLS Knights will be the only team in the league who can brag that they have a Lifetime Achievement Awardee with them. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Lady Chiefs rip Lady Falcons, near third place finish

Arellano University got its revenge win against elimination round tormentor Adamson University. The reigning NCAA champions swept the Lady Falcons, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14, Wednesday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference best-of-three battle for third at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game 2 is on Saturday. Jovielyn Prado blasted 13 attacks with three aces and a kill block for 18 points while adding 11 digs and nine excellent receptions for the Legarda-based squad, which absorbed a straight sets beating against the Lady Falcons in Group B elimination round. Regine Arocha posted 15 markers while Necole Ebuen registered 10 for the Lady Chiefs. Mary Ann Esguerra had nine while Andrea Marzan scored five.   Arellano U overhauled a 15-20 deficit in the second set that proved to be the turning point of the match as Adamson faded fast in the third and the Lady Chiefs racing to 17-8 cushion to control the frame. “Siguro napaghandaan lang namin yung game against Adamson,” said Arellano U coach Obet Javier, who squad was swept in the semis series by National University but not after giving the Lady Bulldogs fits in their Game 2 loss Saturday. “Siyempre malaking tulong din yung last game namin sa kanila pati yung game namin sa NU.” “Talagang siguro mas maganda lang rin ang gising namin pero natiyaga rin namin sila ngayon,” he added.           Adamson dropped its third straight loss after falling short in their semis decider against Far Eastern University last Monday. Joy Dacoron led the Lady Falcons with nine points while Chiara Permentilla and Eli Soyud, who played only in the opening set, finished with seven points each.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Maliksi admits looking forward to meeting Star in semis

Basketball gods work in mysterious ways. For some reason, Star and Blackwater ended up in the same bracket for the 2017 Governors' Cup playoffs. And both teams almost met in the next round. Allein Maliksi, Blackwater's new hotshot, buried two go-ahead buckets in the final 30 seconds of his team's first do-or-die matchup against no. 1 Meralco early last week, setting up a sudden death against the Bolts. Speaking of that sudden death, the Elite were in control or three and a half quarters before Meralco powered through. Maliksi, who has been sensational for Blackwater, was admittedly looking forward to meeting Star in the semifinals, the team he won a Grand Slam with in 2014 and the team that traded him away barely a month ago. 'Oo naman. Di ko itatago yung ganon, baka nga si God na yung gumagawa ng way na ka-bracket namin yung Star tapos nanalo kami ng first game,' Maliksi said following their season-ending loss last Sept. 28. The most unlikely semis pairing almost came through before ultimately falling apart. And that's okay for Allein for now. His focus is with his new team and has no more regrets about what he could have done if he was still with the Hotshots. 'I'm over it na. Bakit ako manghihinayang sa dati kong team na nasa semis, sila at kami... I don't care about that anymore,' he said. 'Yung pinaka concern ko is to help yung team at yung teammates ko na makapunta sa semis. Kaso yun nga, di nagawa. Sana may natutunan kami dito,' Maliksi added. After an inspiring run to the playoffs, Blackwater looks primed for better things next season starting with the Philippine Cup. With Maliksi at the lead, Mac Belo returning to peak performance, Roi Sumang taking the next step of his career, and a collection of scrappy role players, the Elite finally look like an actua; playoff contender. Blackwater just has to put it together without the help of an import. 'Nakakahinayang kasi sa isang quarter lang natalo kami. Siguro kailangan pa namin mag-work as a team,' Maliksi said. 'Di ko alam kung paano, pero i-try ko pang kausapin sina coach about it. Yung mga suggestions ng bawat isa, yung mga observations from this [Meralco] game.' he added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

Ayaay keeps Player of the Week plum in LPU

MJ Ayaay has pretty much taken a backseat to CJ Perez the whole season, but when he was given the opportunity to take responsibility, the veteran forward definitely made it count. His heroics in Lyceum of the Philippines University's 94-92 victory over Arellano University was enough for him to be named the Chooks-to-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week. With the Pirates’ unbeaten slate in peril after trailing the Chiefs by 13 late in the game,  Ayaay conspired with Perez and JC Marcelino to lead a stunning comeback and set-up a thrilling finish. And with Perez fouling up with two minutes left in the game and the match in the balance, the versatile skipper stepped up to the plate. Ayaay scored five straight points, including the go-ahead basket with 7.3 seconds left as the Pirates remained unbeaten after 12 games. For Ayaay, it’s all about belief. “Nakikinig kami sa isa’t isa. Gusto lang talaga namin manalo. Tambak kami, we just stayed positive parin,” said Ayaay after the match. “Kahit natatambakan kami lagi ko lang sila mino-motivate. 'Di kami nawawalan ng pag-asa naniniwala kami na sa atin 'to, kaya natin 'to,,” he added. The development was obviously a welcome development for coach Topex Robinson as it validated his previous statements that there’s more to this squad than the highly-touted Perez. “As much as we love having CJ around, this team is more than just a CJ Perez squad,” said Robinson. “Of course CJ is a very big part of our team, but even he knows that he’s just a part of the team and that we can without him,” he added. With Ayaay snagging the weekly individual plum, it marks the second straight week that a Pirate won the award after Perez took it last week. Fellow Pirate Jaycee Marcelino, San Beda College’s Javee Mocon, College of St. Benilde’s Edward Dixon, and Jose Rizal University’s Teytey Teodoro were the close runners-up for the award. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017