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Bohol Hosts International Conferences in 2016

By: Jerome Auza Bohol will be in the international limelight this year because it will be hosting two technology conferences later this month and another one in October. On August 25-26, the tech startup, technology and design conference called Geeks on a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsAug 13th, 2016

SEA GAMES: 11 sports to air live in the Philippines

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, Foundation (Phisgoc) announced on Tuesday that 11 sports will be broadcasted live when the country hosts the biennial meet from November 30 to December 11. Phisgoc chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara said during the broadcast and media conference at the Sofitel Hotel that airing of these popular sports including the opening and closing ceremonies will be divided among two of the country’s biggest networks. “We’re trying to focus only on 11 live sports that are really popular not only in the Philippines but regional sports too like badminton and sepak takraw and football,” said Suzara. Crowd-drawing sports basketball (5x5 and 3x3) and volleyball headline the list of sports that will get live coverage. Also getting TV exposure are football, swimming, diving, athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, sepak takraw, taekwondo and E-sports. The remaining 45 sports will have separate highlights and updates. “Again these are only 11 live sports that will be divided to local TV networks,” said Suzara. “The other sports will be highlights. Again as I mentioned earlier today, there’s cost in every sport that you want to do live, there’s an additional cost. Everybody knows that.” Phisgoc is still in the process of finalizing the livestream rights of the Games. Football will be the first sport to air with the preliminaries set to begin on November 25. Volleyball will start on November 28. Badminton, 3x3 basketball, gymnastics and sepak takraw opens on Dec. 1 followed by boxing (Dec. 2), swimming and 5x5 basketball (Dec. 4), E-sports (Dec. 5), athletics and diving (Dec. 6) and taekwondo (Dec. 7).      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 37 min. ago

Philippines Marks World Population Day

The Philippines joins the World Population Day on 11 July, with its theme, “25 Years of the ICPD,” looking back at the country’s gains and challenges since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt. In 1994, Filipinos made up 1.21 percent of the world population. 25 years after, it increased […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Bacolod nurse helps deliver baby on international flight

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Delivering a baby 35,000 feet in the air wasn’t what he was expecting when he booked a flight home from Dublin, Ireland. Francis Dominic Mendoza, 25, of Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, was on a Qatar Airways flight on July 9 when he noticed some of the passengers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Amal Clooney: Duterte gov’t after Maria Ressa over human rights abuses exposés

MANILA, Philippines – International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney  lamented government attacks on journalists around the world, including Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa. Speaking at the inaugural global media freedom conference in London, Clooney said Rappler’s “hard-hitting stories” on the human rights abuses under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Clark hosts 2nd PH National Halal Conference

Department of Trade and Industry Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen M. Perlada encourages stakeholders to explore the potential of the Halal Industry. (Carmela Jane F. Villar/PIA 3)CLARK.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

MPBL: Newbie Iloilo gets better of Pasaol-less Bataan

Iloilo put forth a shocker for the second straight game in the MPBL Lakan Cup as its balanced offensive put away a Bataan side that was without Alvin Pasaol for an 84-78 decision, Monday inside Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City. Fiery guard Aaron Jeruta scored 19 points on top of six assists and three rebounds while versatile forward RR De Leon scored 16 markers to go along with seven boards to make sure the rookie team Royals remained unbeaten after two games. Richard Escoto, who hit the game-winner in their season opener, also posted a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double as Iloilo rode a 13-4 run in the middle of the final frame to turn a one-point deficit into an upset win. It didn't help the Risers that they were without the services of super scorer Pasaol who is on his way home from an international 3x3 tournament. Bataan still drew strong showings from Sean Manganti who had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists and Alfred Batino who had 13 markers, nine boards, and two dimes. Without an answer for the Royals' fourth quarter flurry, they fell for the second straight time following a win to commence their campaign. In the day's other game, Navotas finally tallied win no. 1 at the expense of newcomer Bacolod, 78-69. Allan Evangelista and Francis Munsayac showed the way for now 1-1 Navotas as the former finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while the latter ended with 13 markers of his own. On the other hand, Bacolod dropped to 1-2 despite the best efforts of Mac Tallo who had 18 points, five assists, and four rebounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

Dito ko na lang ilalabas ‘yung mga natutunan ko -- Domingo

Seldom-used and struggling for a share of playing time in a stacked Creamline squad, Celine Domingo sees the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships as a chance to showcase what she can do on the court. The UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker will skipper the very young national women’s under-23 volleyball team in the prestigious invitational tourney scheduled on July 4 to 10. “Sobrang malaki [para sa career ko] kasi first time ko to e,” said Domingo on Thursday after the squad’s training session at the Arellano University gym in Taft Avenue. Domingo has seen limited minutes in her first stint with the defending champion Cool Smashers in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.   “Siyempre hindi ako masyadong ganoon nakakalaro sa Creamline, dito ko na lang ilalabas ‘yung mga natutunan kay Coach Tai (Bundit) and 'yung mga matututunan ko kay Coach Tina (Salak) and Coach Kungfu (Reyes),” added Domingo. The Far Eastern University standout was named team captain of the squad with Isa Molde, who was the skipper of the U-23 pool, unavailable due to her stint with Motolite in the PVL. “Sobrang nagulat [ako sa pagkakapili] kasi bago lang naman ako dito then ako kaagad ‘yug binigyan ng ganito kalaking responsibility,” said Domingo. “Na-overwhelm din ako and thankful kasi pinagkatiwalaan ako ni coach Kungfu na i-handle ‘yung team.” With the majority of the 14-woman roster playing in the international scene for the first time, Domingo said that Reyes is not putting too much pressure on the squad. They are looking to gain experience in the tournament that showcases national and club teams from Asia.        “Sabi ni coach Kungfu hindi naman niya kami ipe-pressure na magkaroon ng target kasi puro mga bata kami,” she said. “Halos lahat sa amin first time maglaro international. Sabi lang niya maglaro lang kami ng maayos and ipakita namin kung ano yung kaya naming gawin. ‘Pag nanalo kami bonus na lang yun.” Included in the roster are University of Sto. Tomas players Mafe Galanza, Kecelyn Galdones, Ysa Jimenez, setter Maji Mangulabnan, Rachelle Roldan, Imee Hernandez, and Janna Torres. Rossie Rosier and Jewel Encarnacion of University of the Philippines, FEU’s Ivanna Agudo and Lyann De Guzman, Justine Jazareno of De La Salle University and UAAP Season 81 high school Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle-Zobel. The team will fly to Thailand on July 3.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

DAR hosts expo of ARB products

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino BACOLOD City – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental 2 celebrates the 31st anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) by highlighting products of different Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in the province. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Teresita Mabunay said the products are displayed and sold […] The post DAR hosts expo of ARB products appeared first on Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics to be staged in Milan-Cortina d Ampezzo

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo was named as hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics on Monday, June 25, beating off a bid from Stockholm-Are in Sweden and giving Italy the showpiece event for the third time. The 2026 Olympics will run from February 6 to 22, said the International Olympic Committee. "It ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

NEXT IN LINE? Yeng Guiao sees Kiefer Ravena as a successor to elite Filipino point guards

The Philippine Men’s National Basketball Program has seen a number of elite playmakers during its time, and in recent memory and in recent memory, the likes of Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro are top of mind. Alapag helped lead the Philippines to their first FIBA World Cup berth in 2014, and starred in a number of big-time moments for the tri-colors Like Alapag, Castro has also excelled in international play and is widely regarded as Asia’s Best Point Guard. But as the Philippines gears up for another FIBA World Cup appearance this year, the program has seemingly lost the services of their chief playmaker, with Castro begging off from National Team duty to focus on his family. With the 2019 FIBA World Cup just around the corner, Gilas is now searching for their next floor general, and while Castro and his presence is undeniably irreplaceable, head coach Yeng Guiao believes that there is enough new blood that can help fill the void. “Wide open yan talaga, they have to earn that spot,” Guiao told ABS-CBN Sports, referring to Gilas' starting point guard spot.  While there is indeed a talented crop of point guards in the Philippines, Guiao has pinpointed Kiefer Ravena as a strong candidate, but maintains that it is still something that he needs to earn. “Although of course, Kiefer is a high likelihood that he’s going to be in the regular team, earning the number one spot is a different case. He has to fight it out with Paul, with Mark Barocca, even with the new guys, hindi natin alam kung ano ipapakita niyan.” Ravena rejoined National Team practice Monday evening after sitting out for nearly a year and a half due to a FIBA-imposed suspension. The suspension will be lifted on August 24th, a week before the start of the FIBA tournament. Guiao is confident that Ravena and the other Gilas hopefuls can step into the role that Castro has given up. “Tapos na ng suspension niya by August 24 eh, so ang calculation ko is yung spot ni Jayson, as much as we will miss him, as much as he has contributed a lot to the cause of the National Team, these are able guys, Kiefer particularly, who will show their true worth in the absence of Jayson. Kahit na malaki yung void na naiwan, I think these young guards coming in, especially Kiefer, are going to be able to fill it out.” The veteran mentor even believes that Ravena has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other elite Filipino point guards such as Alapag, Castro and the ones that have come before. “For sure. I have no doubt, he is going to be the successor to those guys.” “Number one, he is smart. He has a very high basketball IQ. Number two, he has leadership qualities, yung nakikinig sa kanya yung mga kasama niya, as young as he is, he is relatively young, nakikinig sa kanya pati yung mga beterano. Number three, he has the physical tools,” Guiao explained. “I would have wanted him to be two or three inches taller, pero kahit na hindi, I think he has the tools to play that position as well, and I think he is as big or a littler taller than Jayson, so wala tayong problema sa physical tools niya.“ Apart from missing Ravena’s services in the National Team, Guiao has also missed the former UAAP champion and MVP’s services in the professional ranks with the NLEX Road Warriors. Having Ravena back on the floor, even just for practice for now, Guiao says, is definitely a welcome sight. “I saw him play, this is what we’re missing in NLEX. This is what we’re missing in the National Team. He could have played side-by-side with Jayson actually kung available siya. Nung nakita ko siya now, after not playing for one-and-a-half years, and he’s still this good, can you imagine kung naka-laro lang siya? Gumaling pa sana siya.” Ravena will be back with NLEX for the PBA's third conference, the Governor's Cup later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo named 2019 NBA MVP

By Beth Harris, Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors and Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) in Santa Monica. Antetokounmpo, a 24-year-old forward from Greece, beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and James Harden of Houston, who won last year. Antetokounmpo was a resounding winner. He received 941 points and 78 first-place votes in the balloting — 165 points more than Harden. Harden finished second with 776 points and 23 first-place votes. "MVP is not about stats and numbers, and obviously James Harden had unbelievable numbers and Paul George also, but obviously it's about winning," Antetokounmpo said backstage. "We created great habits throughout the season and were able to stick by them, and that's why we were able to have a chance in every single game we played and were able to win 60 games." The show had an international flair, with three international players besides Antetokounmpo winning. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds while earning All-NBA first-team honors this season, his sixth with the Bucks. He led the franchise to the best record in the regular season and the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference finals. Tears rolled down his cheeks as Antetokounmpo thanked his mother Veronica and brothers in the audience at Barker Hanger. He credited his late father for pushing him toward his goals and his teammates and coaching staff for their help. "We started from nothing as a family," he said, "and we are going to be in every stage that we can be as a family." Antetokounmpo said backstage that he had vowed to his family he wasn't going to cry. "When you hear your name up there on the stage and then you realize these years of hard work, what you did in the past, then you start getting emotional," he said. Budenholzer also got choked up while thanking his family after his second coaching honor. He earned the trophy for the first time with Atlanta in 2015. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to eventual NBA champion Toronto. "What they did on the court this year, including the playoffs, was special," Budenholzer said backstage. "We weren't good enough in the end, but we certainly feel like we have enough talent, we have enough character to be a team that's playing in the finals and winning a championship." Budenholzer also coached Team Giannis in the All-Star Game last season. He beat out Denver's Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers. Horst was honored in voting by his fellow NBA executives, while the six biggest awards were determined in voting by a global media panel. Lou Williams was voted the Sixth Man of the Year for the second season in a row and third time in his career, tying former Los Angeles Clipper guard Jamal Crawford. The guard won for the first time in 2015 with Toronto. Williams beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he formed the highest-scoring bench duo in NBA history last season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana. Williams became the career leader in points off the bench during the season. "This one was different because I kind of went into the season wanting this one. In years past I always just played and lived with whatever happened," he said. "I felt like this one was going to be a legacy piece." Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. The 26-year-old center from France beat out Antetokounmpo and George. "I never thought I would be able to do that when I started basketball playing in France," Gobert said backstage. "I didn't know an NBA player, I didn't know nothing about basketball. I was just having fun." Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors earned Most Improved Player. The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 points and started 79 of 80 regular-season games for the Raptors in his third year with the team. Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 points in a game only once in his first two seasons. He then scored 32 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Siakam beat out De'Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D'Angelo Russell of Brooklyn. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks easily won Rookie of the Year. The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks as the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft last week. Doncic was the No. 3 pick last year. The other finalists were Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Trae Young of Atlanta. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson shared the Lifetime Achievement Award. The former rivals took turns holding their trophies while each other spoke. Bird said the NBA is in good hands with today's talented athletes and he urged them to keep the game the same so it continues on for future generations. Johnson starred for the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird with the Boston Celtics. Mike Conley Jr., newly traded to the Utah Jazz, claimed trophies for Teammate and Sportsmanship of the Year. Conley earned the awards for his 12-year tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies. Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards received the NBA Cares Community Assist honor......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena looking forward to Governor s Cup as he re-joins NLEX in practice

Just hours after his first practice back with the National Team, Kiefer Ravena also re-joined his mother team, the NLEX Road Warriors, for practice, Tuesday morning at the FCL Center in Katipunan.  The 25-year old Ravena, the number two overall draft pick in the 2017 PBA, had his stellar rookie campaign cut short after being handed a suspension by FIBA for failing a random drug test in 2018.  The suspension encompassed not only Ravena's international play, but also his professional play here at home.  Now, with just two months left before his suspension is up and three months to go before he can return to the court with NLEX, Ravena is treating his first practice back like it was his first ever practice with the team.  "I treated it as a normal practice, just like my first day last year," Ravena shared with the media during a post-practice scrum. "I want to make it routine as possible, to hasten the process, to get back to my rhythm, especially, ibang team ‘to eh, NLEX ‘to eh, so every time na nandito ako, yung priority ko is to really think about what’s happening now first, and then pag nasa Gilas, sa hapon, yun naman ng pino-proseso ko." Apart from being able to return to basketball activities, Ravena said that he can also finally watch games as well, and he will be in the house on Friday when his Road Warriors take on Rain or Shine this Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.  "It was a good practice, we have a game on Friday against Rain or Shine. I’m excited to watch, it’s been a while since I’ve watched a basketball game. I’ll be there to watch and support the team." More than just finally being able to run with his squad, Ravena said he just missed simply being around his NLEX family.  "Yung trabaho mismo, yung pupunta ka dito, yung pupunta ka talaga dito mismo to practice, talk to your teammates, do something that I love doing, which is play basketball, just being around my teammates, yun yung pinaka-namiss ko." With the Road Warriors sitting at the bottom of the standings with a 1-7 slate and just three games left in the ongoing 2019 PBA Governor's Cup, it's highly unlikely that NLEX makes a playoff push. As early as now however, Ravena and the team are already getting ready for the third conference, the Governor's Cup.  "Again, it’s more than three months until I get to play with them kasi sa September pa, we’re preparing early for the third conference, so hopefully, ngayon pa lang, good start na sa amin." By the time the Governor's Cup rolls in, Ravena hopes to have with him a fully healthy NLEX squad. Right now, the team has been ravaged by injuries, with their other key playmaker Kevin Alas being sidelined with another ACL injury and veterans in Larry Fonacier, JR Quinahan and RJ Jazul still working their way back.  Ravena is also excited to finally share the court with new faces in Jericho Cruz and Poy Erram. Import Olu Ashaolu is also back with the Road Warriors and is expected to debut on Friday as part of their preparation for the third conference.  "With Jericho coming it, healthy si Poy, healthy is JR, with Olu, me and Kevin, si Jazul, he’s healthy, si Larry pa nandiyan, I think we’re ready to take steps back," said Ravena. "Our goal is to really win it all in the third conference, but we have to take it a day at a time." With three months to go before he makes his long-awaited NLEX return, Ravena is making sure that the team gets into a groove before the start of the Governor's Cup. Being away from the team and not being able to contribute was a difficult experience, Ravena said. Now, he's happy to be able to help the team out, even if it's just in practice for now.  "Siyempre, medyo mahirap, kasi parang medyo helpless ka, nanonood ka lang sa TV, wala kang magawa para makatulong, kahit gustong-gusto mo maka-tulong." Soon enough, 'The Phenom' will be back on the floor, and that can only mean good things for the Road Warriors.  "Pero at the end of the day, tapos na ‘yon, ilang buwan na lang aantayin ko, at least ngayon, eto, makakatulong na ako sa practice. Ito na yung quote-unquote ambag ko sa kanila to make us better for the next three games." "Again, it’s more than three months until I get to play with them kasi sa September pa, we’re preparing early for the third conference, so hopefully, ngayon pa lang, good start na sa amin," he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

MPBL- Manila hosts N. Ecija, Mindoro battles Bacolod; SOCCSKSARGEN Iloilo match cancelled

Manila hosts N. Ecija, Mindoro battles Bacolod; MPBL cancels SOCCSKSARGEN, Iloilo match FOX Sports Philippines EXPANSION teams Mindoro and Bacolod will finally get a chance to take center stage in th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Bacolod stages 3rd LGBT Pride parade

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino BACOLOD CITY – Tribu Duag (Tribe of Colors) in partnership with Humanist Alliance Philippines International (HAPI) organized the third Pride March here Saturday, June 22, to call for equal treatment and acceptance. Some 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals from various humanist organizations such as Dakila Akbayan, Gabriela, […] The post Bacolod stages 3rd LGBT Pride parade appeared first on Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Sa gitna ng automation, Human-centered labor agenda itutulak

Manila, Philippines – Itutulak ng Pilipinas na ilagay ang tao bilang sentro ng agenda ng labor and employment sa gitna ng pagbabago sa larangan ng trabaho. Ang nasabing hakbang ay inihayag ng labor department sa international community sa ginanap na ika-108 pagpupulong ng International Labor Conference sa Geneva, Switzerland. Ayon kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello […] The post Sa gitna ng automation, Human-centered labor agenda itutulak appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

US vows support to PH in territorial row with China

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 June) – The Philippine government can bank on the support of the United States to protect its international rights amid tensions stemming from issues over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said on Tuesday. In a press conference at the Seda Abreeza Hotel in Davao, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Qatar building for 2022 World Cup on Copa America debut

By Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For 2022 World Cup host Qatar, every Copa America match will be like a final. Sunday's clash against Paraguay at the historic Maracana stadium is especially so because it is probably the team's best chance to pick up points in the tournament. Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez told journalists on Saturday his team will try to compete at a high level in all three group stage matches against Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. He believes the first two are candidates to win the title, meaning the game against the Paraguayans represents the best chance for Asian Cup holder Qatar to register a victory. "It will be like a final," said Sanchez. "But it will be the same against Argentina and Colombia. These are all great footballing nations." Qatar, which is making its Copa America debut, lost a friendly against hosts Brazil 2-0 earlier this month. Brazil coach Tite said he was impressed with Qatar's defense, although the team's ball possession was not as good as it was in the Asian Cup. Paraguay is trying to rebuild under coach Eduardo Berizzo after failing to qualify for the last two World Cups. "It is a team that counters very well, that can adapt to different tactics. They have a great offense," Berizzo said of Qatar. Paraguay's coach, however, thinks his team is the favorite to win in Rio de Janeiro. "We need to reaffirm our identity," he said. Sanchez, who took over in July 2017 and had his contract extended to 2022 just before the Copa America, said matches like these will help the team reach a higher level before the World Cup. "We have to forget what happened in the UAE and focus here," the Spanish coach said, in a reference to the venue for his team's Asian Cup triumph. "For us to get there (2022) in good conditions, we have to play tournaments like this." Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos, who was taking selfies on the Maracana pitch before the press conference, agreed. "We are here to develop, to adapt and to grow," the striker said. "It is an honor to be in this tournament and to be in Brazil with so many other great teams." Next year Qatar will return for another Copa America in Argentina and Colombia. In 2021, the tiny nation will stage the Confederations Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Fishing time

Fisherfolk in Pilar town in Siargao Island prepare the net to catch fish on Friday, June 14, 2019. The town hosts the International Game-Fishing Tournament annually. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Sugod Malaya working to promote diversity in Football

Football has yet to shed its image of being a rich kid’s sport in the country, but Allianz Philippines and Sugod Malaya are showing that “the most beautiful sport in the world” is best played in an equal playing field. It doesn’t matter what your background or social standing is, as long as you are committed and dedicated to playing the game. “Globally, Allianz is known to be a staunch supporter of football, and we want to promote that same passion here in the Philippines. When Sugod Malaya came to us for help, we immediately saw that they are an organization that represents our goals and ideals for the sport—that it’s not just a game to be played by a few, but by all,” said Gae Martinez, Chief Marketing Officer of Allianz Philippines. Established six years ago, Sugod Malaya is a nonprofit football club that has close to 300 active members today—from the well-to-do to the poorest of the poor. “When we started, our dream was to establish a club that is really free, regardless of whatever the player’s background is,” said Mark Duane Angos, Secretary General and one of the founders of Sugod Malaya. He acknowledged that football in the Philippines suffered the reputation of being a game that is only played in gated communities and Sugod Malaya seeks to change that. “We were forming a team back then and realized that it lacked diversity. At that time, I was doing a community outreach program for San Beda and got in touch with folks in Tondo,” Angos said. The club eventually got four kids from the area to play with their team in Bacolod which, along with Iloilo, are considered the “Meccas” of football. “When they played in Bacolod, they really played well together,” Angos shared. From the 11 kids they had back then, the club has grown significantly. More than half of its members come from impoverished backgrounds, with 30-40 percent coming from the poorest of the poor. “At first, we were only relying on the generous donations of our club’s parents until we wanted to expand and solidify the program. In the end, it became more than just a football club; it also became a tool for community development. It is now a club that provides an opportunity for kids from all backgrounds to play and, at the same time, have their talent seen and discovered by the global community,” Angos said. While they consider their games in Iloilo and Bacolod to be memorable ones, nothing could beat their excitement in playing for international leagues. Sugod Malaya has played in the Borneo Cup in Malaysia and the Singa Cup in Singapore, and has likewise done well in their stints in other Asian countries. Most recently, Sugod Malaya experienced how it is to play European football when they played in Barcelona, Spain. They played in the Mediterranean Cup and competed against Barcelona FC’s famed La Masia squad, the youth team that produced global football megastars Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Angos said they almost gave up the idea of joining while they were in their planning stage. “We knew, from the perspective of cost, that Barcelona would be too much even though its organizers were nice enough to give us partial subsidy. At some point, we thought of backing out because we felt that participating in one tournament might affect our entire program—we have a team playing in Europe and getting that experience, but then the other scholars would be suffering because we’d run out of funds and resources. So when Allianz and like-minded individuals came in, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” he revealed, adding that they knew of Allianz’ dedication to football. “When we heard that they were willing to help us, we were excited. We are very thankful and, at the same time, excited to see that we have represented Allianz well,” he pointed out. Even though the much stronger Barcelona team defeated Sugod Malaya, the kids remain determined. “You can see that it (playing against Barcelona) reinforced their determination,” Angos said. In playing in Barcelona, the kids realized how different football is being played in Europe. “In the Philippines, they would cheer for you when you make a goal. In Spain and the rest of Europe, the crowd will clap and appreciate your good pass, even if you don’t score, and when you make a good save. They can appreciate the strengths of the whole team,” Angos shared. He added that because of Allianz’ support in getting the kids to play in Spain, many other opportunities for the club came up. They were invited to play in Colombia (a team that they won over during the friendly competition), Ireland, and Portugal, among others. “The Colombian coach said that our play is unpolished, which is not a bad thing because it makes it unpredictable and exciting,” Angos said, adding that the other clubs have compared their style to that of Manny Pacquiao’s. In the end, what Mark and the rest of Sugod Malaya wants to achieve for the sport in the country, is to make Filipinos realize that “Football is a sport for the Filipinos.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019