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Category: newsSource: manila_shimbun manila_shimbunMay 31st, 2017

WATCH: Celine Dion invites Filipino fans to Manila concert

MANILA, Philippines — World-renowned singer Celine Dion has invited her fans to watch her first Manila concert on July 19 at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Jr. NBA goes digital as it enters new decade

Jr. NBA is back in business and for 2018, it's about to be bigger than ever. Kicking off a new decade of the youth basketball program, Jr. NBA Philippines has once again teamed up with Alaska to launch the 2018 edition Saturday at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati. The Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 will run through May and is expected to hit more than 250,000 participants all over the country. "This year is our 11th year and we wanna make it bigger and better," NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson told ABS-CBN Sports. "Last year we had about 30,000 players and coaches participating and obviously we want to grow that number but we also want to create new digital, mobile, and social content so that more people can benefit from Jr. NBA," he added. Speaking of the planned move to digital by Jr. NBA, Singson says that their website has been re-launched to accomodate free content. It should allow basketball enthusiasts, even those who cannot directly participate to Jr. NBA events, to access useful tips and drills. "A lot more content geared towards players, coaches, and just fans of the game," Singson said. "So if you're a young basketball coach that has a team and wants new ideas, that will be on our site they can just watch or stream it, potentially even download it. Basically, it's gonna be on 365 days a year. That's the vision for the website, a lot of content is gonna be up. That is one of our key initiatives, to build our presence on the digital side," he added. Following this weekend's tip off, several coaching clinics will run until March while regional selection camps will go until April. Finally, a national training camp will take place in May with the main event slated for May 20 at the SM Mall of Asia. Online registration for Jr. NBA Philippines is now live at www.jrnba.asia/philippines   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena: Alab Pilipinas will only get better with new imports

Before joining the PBA, Kiefer Ravena made his shoes wet by getting some of his feeling and experience of professional basketball with Alab Pilipinas.  With a solid start to his PBA career, it seems that playing for Alab did wonders for his preparation for the first pay-for-play league in Asia. Ravena, who only played for two games in Alab Pilipinas' playoff series with the Singapore Slingers due to his commitment with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, went to the San Juan Arena and supported his former team along with Alyssa Valdez. "It's nice to watch the team. I've played for Alab before, it was one big experience for me, knowing that the ABL is good competition, and really prepared me in going to the pros, and helped me prepare my game. It's nice seeing this guys battle it out," Ravena said after Alab's 90-80 loss to the Slingers. As for who is the NLEX rookie is supporting in the game, he did not name particular players, but of head coach Jimmy Alapag, who is one of the coaches with Gilas Pilipinas, and Alab Pilipinas co-owner Charlie Dy, who is a close Ravena family friend. For Alab, who rode on a three-game win streak after introducing new imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman, the former Blue Eagle said that the team will only get better as the team's chemistry improves along with time. "That's the most adjustment they could do, they prepared very well. In face, they beat us, the Gilas team in the preseason, so I don't think, adjustment-wise they'll be a big issue, but I guess the matter of team chemistry with the two new imports who just came in but already gave wins for Alab. " ---   follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Six standout local volleybelles of 2017

We’ve seen them shine this year whether in the collegiate stage, in the club leagues or even in the international scene. These six Pinay volleyball players took the sport’s limelight in the year that’s about to end.     DESIREE CHENG Desiree Cheng came into De La Salle University during the time bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University got the Lady Spikers’ number. From Seasons 76 to 77, Cheng saw her team fall prey to the might of the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Then redemption came in Season 78. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-8 spiker was forced to watch from the sidelines with an ACL tear as her crew reclaimed the crown. A year after, Cheng got her biggest break. DLSU lost most of its veteran core after Season 78 and needed another scoring option. Cheng heeded the call. Though Cheng struggled at the start of the eliminations, the hitter slowly got her groove back and delivered when DLSU needed offense in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo. Cheng was the X-factor for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad during the series. Her contributions both on offense and floor defense played a huge part in the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles for the school’s 10th title. Cheng also helped F2 Logistics claim the Cargo Movers’ breakthrough Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title and a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.   ALYSSA VALDEZ Although Alyssa Valdez failed to claim a crown in the Premier Volleyball League this year and a continued title drought since 2016, the Phenom’s magic remains. She can still fill up game venues whenever she takes the court and 2017 proved as the former Queen Eagles’ biggest year in terms of her flourishing volleyball career. Valdez brought her talents abroad, landing a stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and in the Thai-Denmark Superleague where her team finished third in both tournaments. After her appearance in Thailand, Valdez donned the Creamline jersey and led the Rebisco franchise to a bronze medal finish both in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences. Valdez also had another tour of duty, playing for the national team in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 24-year old hitter got another international gig when she was tapped by Attack Line to play in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League.          Outside volleyball, Valdez has a blooming relationship with basketball star Kiefer Ravena. If she’s not busy with her volleyball and other commitments, Valdez also drew attention as one of the newest member of the so-called PBA players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends) cheering for Ravena and the NLEX Road Warriors.      DAWN MACANDILI She may be only 5-foot tall but Dawn Macandili stood alongside Asia’s volleyball giants this year. The De La Salle University libero was the catalyst in the Lady Spikers’ back-to-back UAAP championship run. Her pesky floor defense frustrated DLSU’s rivals while giving her teammates a good first ball to operate their lethal offense.  But her biggest showing was when she landed a spot in the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. A first-timer donning the national colors, Macandili did not disappoint as she earned the respect and admiration of Japanese coaches and trainers during the Nationals’ training camp in Japan. She performed even better when the PHI hosted the AVC Asian Seniors. Ms. Everywhere gave teams like Asian powerhouse Vietnam, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Thailand a hard time with her floor defense. All her efforts caught the eyes of the AVC tournament officials and she was rewarded with the historic 2nd Best Libero award. She made the final list of in the national team that participated in the SEA Games. Back in the local scene, Macandili helped F2 Logistics to runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and a breakthrough crown in the Grand Prix.    JAJA SANTIAGO Tall, powerful and versatile, Jaja Santiago is a force to reckon with.  At 6-foot-5, Santiago dominated the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as she led the National University Lady Bulldogs to a perfect championship run. She also bagged the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. Though NU failed to make it in the Final Four of UAAP for the second straight year, Santiago’s effort for the Lady Bulldogs was rewarded with a third straight Best Attacker award to go with the Best Scorer and Best Blocker recognitions. In the PSL, Santiago was a consistent scorer for the Foton Tornadoes in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. Under the tutelage of Serbian import Moro Branislav, Santiago became an even more dangerous and versatile player. Aside from her natural position as a middle blocker, she can now wreak havoc on both wings the puts her height advantage to good use. She made it into the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Seniors and SEA Games and was the Nationals’ scoring ace. Santiago received an offer from Thai powerhouse Bangkok Glass but declined the offer to play in her last year with the Lady Bulldogs.             KIM FAJARDO Setter Kim Fajardo left winning legacy when she played her swan song for DLSU. It took her a few months to decide to play her fifth year with the Lady Spikers. Leading a young crew after the departure of the core of the Season 78 championship squad, Fajardo faced a tough challenge in the Taft-based squad’s title-retention bid. But the Batanguena proved her worth as a leader and the skipper rallied the Lady Spikers back into the Finals in a sixth straight collision against bitter rival Ateneo. Fajardo’s composure carried DLSU in a tough Game 1 match and again in the five-set title-clincher to complete the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles. She earned a spot in the national team as a starting setter. Fajardo steered F2 Logistics to its first PSL Grand Prix crown bagged the conference’s Best Setter award. She helped the Cargo Movers to a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.     JOVIELYN PRADO Silent but deadly. Jovielyn Prado may not be the typical vocal leader but her presence inside the court is enough to rally the Arellano University Lady Chiefs to meet their goals. The outside hitter proved her worth to the Lady Chiefs when she led the Legarda-based squad back on the NCAA women’s volleyball throne. A year removed from the title, Arellano U turned to Prado to provide the spark the Lady Chiefs needed to make another shot at the crown. Consistent, efficient and effective, Prado delivered for the Obet Javier-mentored squad. Arellano U advanced in the stepladder semifinals and dethroned College of St. Benilde to set up a date with thrice-to-beat, three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College. Undaunted even with a great series disadvantage, Prado played her best three games of the season to power the Lady Chiefs to an impressive sweep of the Lady Stags. Prado continued her great performance in the PVL Reinforced and Open Conference playing for the Power Smashers. She then bannered the Lady Chiefs to a bronze medal finish in the Collegiate Conference at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

5 must-watch segments on this year’s ‘Disney on Ice’

'Disney on Ice: Everyone’s Story' will run from December 25 to January 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

LOOK: UAAP Season 80 volleyball schedule

Defending champion De La Salle University opens its three-peat bid against an equally dangerous University of Sto. Tomas side when action in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament begins on February 3. The Lady Spikers will get an early test sans its veteran setter Kim Fajardo, who has exhausted all of her playing years last season, in the 4:00 p.m. main game at the Mall of Asia Arena. Games will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. Reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Kim Kianna Dy and seasoned libero Dawn Macandili will be back to lead the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. The Tigresses, on the other hand, boast of talents bannered by Sisi Rondina, Dimdim Pacres and EJ Laure, making the UST-DLSU match a must-watch duel. Meanwhile, top contender National University and Adamson University faceoff at 2:00 p.m. The men’s division opening match at 8:00 a.m. is between Adamson and NU while clashing at 10:00 a.m. are DLSU and UST. Here’s the first round schedule:   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

San Miguel, TNT, Ginebra have target on their backs for PBA Philippine Cup

Three-time champion San Miguel is the unanimous team-to-beat as the PBA gears up for its season-opening Philippine Cup. The Beermen were the only ones mentioned by all of the team governors who were asked about the top team in the tournament. “I think it’s still gonna be San Miguel because of its intact lineup,” Meralco alternate governor Ryan Gregorio told reporters in the league’s preseason press conference on Wednesday at the Okada in Paranaque. Indeed, the three-time champions will be parading the same core of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos. That’s not even counting 2017 PBA Draft top pick Christian Standhardinger who is still fulfilling contractual obligations in the Asean Basketball league. Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann, Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Magnolia’s Rene Pardo, NLEX’s Ramoncito Fernandez, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon, TNT’s Magnum Membrere, and even San Miguel’s own Robert Non could only agree with Gregorio. Chua and Pardo, however, explained that the Beermen will not be able to truly take their place as the top team in the tournament as they are yet to have Standhardinger. “SMB, hindi pa malakas yan, wala pa si Standhardinger. Sa second conference pa,” the former said. With that opening for contention, team governors also named Ginebra and TNT as teams to watch. “If you know your basketball, Ginebra ang pipiliin ko,” Pardo said, talking about the Gin Kings of multi-titled mentor Tim Cone, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson. “Yung TNT, intact yung lineup tapos they also have bigs who can match-up with June Mar,” Non said of the KaTropa mentored by Nash Racela and fronted by Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, and Kelly Williams. Meanwhile, Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle’s Globalport as well as Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena’s NLEX are seen as darkhorses in the tournament. The 43rd Season of Asia’s first pay-for-play league commences on December 17 at the Araneta Coliseum. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

WATCH: Meet the PH finalists in Asia s Got Talent season 2

MANILA, Philippines – The finalists of Asia's Got Talent Season 2 have been announced, and 3 of them are from the Philippines.  (READ:  Here's what we can expect from 'Asia's Got Talent' season 2 ) Hip-hop dance group Urban Crew from Las Piñas wowed the judges on Thursday, December 7, with Korean star Jay Park saying that they've stepped up. "Almost flawless ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

WATCH: Netizens celebrate UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2017 on social media

MANILA, Philippines – While the crowd roars at the Mall of Asia Arena for the UAAP Season 80 Cheerdance Competition, social media is just as loud as fans who were not able to grab tickets still managed to show their support for their favorite squads. During the competition, several hashtags about ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

WATCH: UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2017 teaser videos

MANILA, Philippines – All roads lead to the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, December 2 for the UAAP Season 80 Cheerdance Competition. ( READ: Order of Performances: UAAP Season 80 Cheer Dance competition ) Last year, the National University Pep Squad reigned supreme once again, coming in first place for the fourth straight year. ( READ: Dynasty continues: NU Pep Squad wins 4th straight UAAP Cheerdance title ) Aside from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

WATCH | ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ pits teen superheroes against their criminal parents

The first three episodes debuted on Hooq’s video-on-demand service in Southeast Asia last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

More bloodshed, deaths as PNP returns to war on drugs, says rights orgs

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights organizations warn that the return of the Philippine National Police (PNP) into the war on drugs may spell out more problems than before.   “Brace for more bloodshed,” Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s Deputy Asia Director, said on Thursday, November 23......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

WATCH: Trudeau bares conversation with Duterte on EJKs

MANILA, Philippines — On the sidelines of the East Asia Summit on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the international press gathered in M.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

Asean plan on climate change is weak, Southeast Asian envi groups say

BONN, Germany---As world leaders gather in Manila, Philippines for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit, environmental groups are hitting the contradicting actions of the Southeast Asian nations in tackling climate change during the UN climate talks being held in Bonn, Germany.   "The Asean plan on climate change is weak. It goes against climate science," Wanun Permibul of civic organization Climate Watch Thailand said during an interview.   While the Asean has collectively called for more emission cuts across the region and climate resilience, approval of coal-fired plants is increasing, Permibul said. Southeast Asia currently hosts 15% of glob...Keep on reading: Asean plan on climate change is weak, Southeast Asian envi groups say.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

ASEAN discusses Rohingya, but avoids accountability

MANILA, Philippines – Raising the Rohingya issue was but a box to be checked in ASEAN's to-do list. This was the impression of human rights advocate Philem Kine, Deputy Director for Asia of Human Rights Watch, after the plight of Rohingya  was raised at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

WATCH: Who were the artists who performed at the ASEAN gala dinner?

MANILA, Philippines – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and their dialogue partners were treated to performances of various artists during the gala dinner on Sunday, November 12. Leading the performers was Asia's Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, who sang the song "Ikaw". President Rodrigo Duterte even joined in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Rappler Talk: What to expect from the 2017 APEC Summit

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to Dr Denis Hew, Policy Support Unit Director for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), about what to expect from this year's summit. Held in Da Nang, Vietnam, the annual APEC summit will have trade as its top agenda.  Watch the full interview on Rappler. – Rappler.com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

LOOK AND WATCH | Shiver ‘yer timber: China’s jawdropper maritime dredging and reclamation juggernaut

Just before the weekend, a Xinhua News dispatch from Nanjing introduced to the world a Chinese dredging vessel touted as the largest of its kind in Asia, named Tian Kun Hao. Classified as a cutter suction dredger, the Tian Kun Hao started water testing, going through mooring and sailing paces, in east China’s Jiangsu Province […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

La Niña watch begins; rice output seen growing

Despite heavy rainfall due to cyclones that plagued southeast Asia this year, conditions for growing rice remained favorable in most parts of the region, according to the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). However, the La Nia watch was declared this week, with the weather phenomenon expected to affect the Philippines starting this month until February. While El Nio brings drought, La Nia is marked by heavier-than-usual rainfall. But despite the onset of La Nia, global trade still points to a modest expansion next year, with import growth to be concentrated in Asia. The Philippines, for its part, plans to lift its quantitative restrictions on rice imports, which me...Keep on reading: La Niña watch begins; rice output seen growing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017