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Best day ever: Destanee hits with Serena, her inspiration

MELBOURNE, Australia — Last week, Destanee Aiava became the first player born this millennium to win a main draw match at a WTA event......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2017

UAAP Softball Finals: Adamson overpowers UST to force do-or-die

Seven-time defending champions Adamson Lady Falcons showed why they have the vise grip over the tournament with an 8-5 victory over the UST Tigresses in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Softball Finals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium Friday morning. With the win, they force a do-or-die Game 3 against UST, whom they have faced for the third straight season. The Lady Falcons used an explosive sixth inning, scoring five runs with two outs, to break the tie against a UST team that drew first blood. Krisha Cantor broke the deadlock as she was sent by Leslie Benabaye with an RBI single. Riezel Calumbres and Benabaye then both completed the diamond courtesy of a Delyrose Covarrubias 2-RBI-double. Covarrubias and Edna Severino then added fuel to the fire that was Adamson's offense, from an 2-RBI-double by Flor Pabiania to extend the lead to five runs, 8-5, a far cry from their five hits in Game 1. Blu Girls and Adamson head coach Ana Santiago knew that the sixth inning was to be their biggest possession, and encouraged her wards to score, no matter the circumstance. "Yun yung sinasabi ko sa kanila, pag naka-score tayo sa six innings, panalo tayo. Naging inspiration nila yung sinabi ko. Si Rusia kanina, back-to-back strikeout. Sabi ko sa kanya, 'kailan ka lalaban?' Sinagot niya, 'Ngayon na, coach'. Inasahan ko yun at nag-deliver siya." UST actually was in the driver seat in the opening moments of the game, with CJ Roa nailing a 3-run homer that put UST ahead in the bottom of the first inning, 3-0. The defending champions then were able to slowly chip off the Tigresses' lead, with runs from Jeanette Rusia and Cantor, sent home by Calumbres and Benabaye, respectively. UST then tried to trim the lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was all but over for them. Santiago admits that her team was rattled after the home run, but motivated her players by using their minds and focus on the bigger picture. "Isipin mo sa ganitong level ng play papaluan ka ng ganun tapos yung kalaban namin yung pitcher na hindi namin mapaluan. Pero yung mga bata hindi pumayag na hindi kami lalaban. Gusto talaga nila na mag-square one kami," the multi-titled coach said. "Nung naramdaman ko yun, kahit mag-score sila ng three runs, naniwala sila na kanila ito. Walang imposible, yun yung power of mind." Game 3 for all the marbles will be on Tuesday, 9 a.m., at the same venue. Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th R H E Adamson 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 8 11 2 UST 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 4 1 -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Federer deflects attention to Nadal, Djokovic in Australia

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer prefers to think of Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic as the favorites for the Australian Open title, despite entering as defending champion and coming off a worry-free preparation. "I play down my chances just because I don't think a 36-year-old should be a favorite of a tournament," Federer said Sunday on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam tournament, "It should not be the case. "That's why I see things more relaxed, you know, at a later stage of my career." The 19-time major winner can afford to relax slightly longer, given the half of the draw that he shares with Djokovic doesn't start until day two. Top-ranked Nadal will get under way Monday night against Victor Estrella Burgos on Rod Laver Arena, where he lost the final in five sets to Federer last year. All four singles finalists were 30 or older here last year in what became a tournament for the ages, and three of them are back. Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus Williams in the final to capture an Open era-record 23rd major here last year but decided against defending her title because she didn't have enough time to recover from health issues after a complicated childbirth in September. Venus Williams is seeded fifth and is second match scheduled on center court to get her 77th major under way with a challenging opener against Belinda Bencic. She's 4-0 in career head-to-heads against 20-year-old Bencic — who reached a career-high No. 7 ranking in 2016 and who helped Federer win the Hopman Cup title for Switzerland earlier this month — but is coming off an abbreviated preparation that included a loss in the second round to eventual champion Angelique Kerber at the Sydney International last week. At 37, Venus Williams among the top contenders at Melbourne Park. Others in action on Monday include seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, who meets Francesca Schiavone in a match featuring current vs. former French Open champions, No. 2-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, who opens against Mihaela Buzarnescu, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens against Zhang Shuai. Simona Halep is the No. 1 seed in the women's draw, and one of six women who can hold the No. 1 ranking at the end of the Australian Open. Halep, who has had back-to-back first-round exits on her last two trips to Melbourne Park, opens on day two against Australian wild-card entry Destanee Aiava. Only two men can hold the top ranking in the first week of February — Nadal or Federer — regardless of what No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov or No. 4 Alexander Zverev or anybody else does in Melbourne. Federer returns in contrasting circumstances to his appearance in 2017, when he was coming off a six-month break for an injured left knee and had low expectations about ending a Grand Slam title drought that dated to Wimbledon in 2012. "This year I hope to win the first few rounds and get rolling hopefully, whereas last year I was just hoping to win," a match, Federer told his pre-tournament news conference Sunday. "It was more of a 'let's see what happens' kind of tournament, maybe similar to what Novak or Stan (Wawrinka) or others are going through this year." Six-time Australian Open winner Djokovic has been sidelined for six months with an injured right elbow, returning with a remodeled service motion, and 2014 champion Wawrinka has also been out of the game since Wimbledon after surgery on his knee. Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Open titles last year, has also had a limited preparation restricted to couple of exhibition matches last week as he recovers from a sore knee. None of that makes them any less of a threat to Federer. "Rafa, with the year that he's had, and Novak with the six titles he's had here, even if it's unknown how he's feeling, they could very well be the favorites, too," Federer said. "If you're in the draw, you give yourself a chance. That's what happened for me last year — all ended up way better than I thought it would, as you know.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Where Did Moira Dela Torre Get Inspiration for her Hit Song ‘Malaya’?

You've been seeing a lot of Moira Dela Torre lately while you get LSS from her top hits. And you're probably thinking, "Wow! Did she get famous overnight?" And that's where I need to correct you. Moira's rise to fame and music virality did not happen overnight or let's say, a month. It took years of hard work, multiple covers, endless song writing sessions, a whole lot of prayers, a bunch of auditions, and even a few heartbreaks. Safe to say she made it her life's work and passion to pursue music and now she's finally reaping the benefits. I say this with excitement because I actually saw her put in all the effort! Before her songs like "Malaya," "Torete," or "Titibo-Tibo,"...Keep on reading: Where Did Moira Dela Torre Get Inspiration for her Hit Song ‘Malaya’?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Palace hits EU interference anew in Philippine affairs

Malacañang yesterday scored the European Parliament for supposedly interfering with the affairs of the Philippines and rehashing “baseless” claims against President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News13 hr. 43 min. ago

Cayetano hits EU Parliament for ‘crossing red line’

          Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has blasted the European Parliament for pushing it too far when it claimed that 12,000 men, women and children died in the government's war on drugs.   In a statement, Cayetano said that a resolution issued by European lawmakers calling on Manila to end its drug war was "unwarranted and uncalled for," and that it constituted "interference" in the country's internal affairs.   "This resolution that the European Parliament just adopted is based on biased,incomplete and even wrong information and does not reflect the true situation on theground," Cayetano saidon Thursday...Keep on reading: Cayetano hits EU Parliament for ‘crossing red line’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 56 min. ago

Le Tour de Filipinas hits road May 20

The Le Tour de Filipinas returns to the so-called “Cradle of Philippine Cycling” for its ninth edition on May 20-23, pedaling from Quezon City to Baguio passing through the sport’s hotbeds Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Hot money inflow hits 3-year high in March

Foreign portfolio investments swung to a net inflow of $1.13 billion in March, the highest in more than three years, after the government successfully raised P12 billion ($230 million) from the maiden issuance of Panda bonds, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Olympian son Edward Josh Buenavista proves winning runs in family

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Not only is he following his father's footsteps, a Palarong Pambansa medalist draws inspiration from his two-time Olympian father. Edward Josh Buenavista, son of Filipino long-distance runner Eduardo Buenavista, secured a gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase secondary level in Palarong Pambansa 2018 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Group hits ‘repressive’ BI order used as basis to detain Australian nun

A rights group slammed the immigration order banning foreign tourists from participating in political activities, raising concerns that it would be used to harass and arrest more foreigners critical of the Philippine government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

COA hits AMLC for splurging on pricey phones

The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for buying 16 "high-end" iPhone 7 units for its financial investigators in 2017, which meant it could only buy fewer phones with its budget.   In its annual audit report, COA said AMLC did not comply with its annual procurement plan that provided for the purchase of 24 cell phones at P25,000 each, or a total budget of P600,000.   AMLC instead bought 16 iPhone 7 units at P37,388.88 each, 49.55 percent higher than the approved unit cost. In all, AMLC spent P598,222.08 on the iPhone units.   "There was a reduction in the quantity from 24 to 16, with a difference of eight un...Keep on reading: COA hits AMLC for splurging on pricey phones.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Cocolife, Foton book last semis seats

Cocolife weathered a furious late rally by an undermanned Cignal squad to eke out a 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 victory in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Serbian imports Marta Drpa and Sara Klisura were impressive while Erika Alkuino delivered the match-clinching block that sent the Asset Managers to the semifinals. Cocolife will face Petron in the best-of-three semifinal battle next week. Meanwhile, Channon Thompson made her presence felt as she towed Foton to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty to grab the last remaining semifinal seat in the second game. Thompson, who starred for Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team in various international tournaments, tallied 24 of the Tornadoes’ 46 total attacks to finish with 26 points in a furious battle that lasted for 80 minutes. Dindin Manabat chipped in 11 hits while Elizabeth Wendel and CJ Rosario combined for 14 markers for Foton, which will face reigning champion F2 Logistics in the best-of-three semifinals. “I told the team that we should want it more than them,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella, who paraded two new players in Diana Carlos and Isa Molde. “I commend the ladies for following our game plan. They showed that they are hungrier than Sta. Lucia.” Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova drilled 11 kills and two blocks for 14 points while MJ Philips had eight for the Lady Realtors, who bombed out of contention after making a strong run in the latter stretch of the tourney. Coming in as a replacement for American Taylor Milton, Drpa delivered 11 digs and four of the Asset Managers’ eight total blocks on top of 15 kills to finish with game-high 19 points. Klisura, on the other hand, chipped in 14 kills and two aces for 16 points while providing the defensive muscle down the stretch together with Alkuino, who came up with a booming block off Rachel Anne Daquis that sealed the victory for the Asset Managers. It was such a sorry loss for the HD Spikers, who marched into the battle without injured import Sonja Milanovic and head coach Edgar Barroga, who is calling the shots for the National University boys’ volleyball squad in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa in Vigan City. They also lost spiker Janine Navarro midway through the third set due to injury. Jeane Horton tallied 17 points while Daquis chipped in 12 markers for Cignal, who still managed to come up with a very good fight despite opening its campaign without a handful of players like Jovelyn Gonzaga and Janine Marciano, who crashed with a knee injury last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Family inspires Palarong Pambansa 2018 arnis gold medalists from Tacurong City

  ILOCOS SUR, Philippines- Coming all the way from Tacurong City in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Palarong Pambansa 2018 arnis gold medalists Princes Sheryl Valdez and Andrei Fritz Justine Alcarioto held the same inspiration to win in the largest sports meet in the country: their family. The two secured a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Sandwich revisits hits, triggers nostalgia in 20th anniversary concert

Twenty years is a long time to create milestones, make mistakes, and to change course. To create music, record albums, and perform in sold-out shows. Twenty years is a long time to touch lives, create a fan base, inspire people through music, and convince them that they need to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

China s ‘Silk Road’, seen to fund Philippine infrastructure, hits snags — report

China’s ambitious plan to revive an ancient “Silk Road” is reportedly facing a serious financing obstacle......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Cagayan town

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, April 16 (PIA) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded two separate earthquakes in the province Monday (April 16). PHIVOLCS recorde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Palace hits Facebook choice of fact checkers

As Facebook began shutting down sites that purvey fake news in the Philippines, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. yesterday slammed the move of the social media giant to tap Rappler and VERA Files as “fact checkers,” saying the two entities are also engaged in partisanship......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Cagayan town

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, April 16 (PIA) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded two separate earthquakes in the province Monday (April 16). PHIVOLCS recorde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

LOOK: Destiny s Child reunites during Beyonce s Coachella 2018 set

MANILA, Philippines – Can you handle it? Because we barely could.  Destiny's Child, purveyor of female empowerment and outfit matching goals, reunited on Saturday, April 14 (Sunday, April 15 in Manila), as Beyonce made history by headlining Coachella that day.  The group, composed of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, are behind various hits ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Emotional Weeknd, political Jarre light up Coachella

The Weeknd brought a raw emotional intimacy as he headlined the first night of the Coachella festival, where electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre lit up the California desert sky with lasers and calls to safeguard the environment. Packing 125,000 fashionably dressed fans onto the sun-baked site in Indio, Coachella has become the titan of music festivals and a global brand with a who's who of acts who play back-to-back weekends with identical lineups. Just two weeks after his surprise release of the six-track "My Dear Melancholy," which became the shortest work to top the US albums chart in nearly a decade, The Weeknd delivered a well-received set of hits and new mater...Keep on reading: Emotional Weeknd, political Jarre light up Coachella.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

F2 Logistics, Petron clinch semis seats

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. --- Cocolife vs Cignal 7:00 p.m. --- Foton vs Sta. Lucia    GEN. TRIAS CITY --- F2 Logistics survived some scary moments down the stretch to complete a masterful 25-18, 25-18, 27-25 victory over Smart in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Gen Trias Sports Center here.  Despite playing in a humid venue, imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan were still impressive as they delivered the crucial blows that broke the hearts of the Giga Hitters. With the win, F2 Logistics would face the survivor between Foton and Sta. Lucia Realty in a best-of-three semifinal series starting next week.  In the second game, Petron clobbered Generika-Ayala, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22, to punch the second semifinal ticket.  American imports Hillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer were again impressive as they carried bulk of the offensive load for the Blaze Spikers, who will march to the next round beaming with confidence.  Petron will face the winner between Cocolife and Cignal in the best-of-three semifinals. Hurley talloed 18 hits while Stalzer chipped in 17 markers for Petron, which is gunning for its first Grand Prix crown since winning it in 2014.  Darlene Ramdin delivered 12 points, but she drew very limited support from the rest of the Lifesavers, who kissed the tournament goodbye with three wins in 11 outings. Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player, delivered 17 hits while Bryan notched 15 kills and a block to finish with 16 points for the Cargo Movers, who effectively stopped Cuban sensation Gyselle Silva despite the absence of ace blocker Aby Marano. Silva, who erupted for a record-breaking 56 points last week, was held to only 25 points while drawing very limited support from Serbian spiker Sanja Trivunovic as well as local hitters like Genie Sabas and LaRainne Fabay. Trivunovic, Sabas and Fabay combined for only 16 hits for the Giga Hitters, who committed 20 turnovers in this match that lasted for one hour and 20 minutes. But it wasn’t an easy victory for the Cargo Movers. Despite erecting an 8-1 lead after the first technical timeout of the third set, the Giga Hitters caught fire to steal the lead, 18-17, thanks to a powerful backrow attack from Silva. Smart managed to hang on in the crucial stretch, 25-25, before veteran Cha Cruz delivered a sharp kill from the open position followed by a service ace that sealed the victory for the defending champion. “The most challenging part of this win was the weather. I find it too hot so I have to save energy all throughout the game. Every time we have an intense rally, we have to breathe and save our energy because it was too hot here,” said Perez, referring to the hot weather that soared up to 36 to 37 degrees. She added that Smart pushed them to the limit, especially in the third set where Silva waxed hot and single-handedly towed the Giga Hitters back in the thick of things. "Smart never gave up,” she said. “They always pushed us whenever we try to take the game away. And I think that’s a good thing for us.” F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, however, said the job isn’t done.  “It’s still far from over,” said Laniog, who will be part of the coaching staff of the national team under the leadership of multi-titled head coach Ramil de Jesus. “We still have to work hard to improve our performance because things will get tougher in the semifinals.” Smart, which was formed only two weeks before the opening ceremonies, closed its campaign without a win in 11 matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018