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BI deports& nbsp;Japanese listed& nbsp;as most wanted in PH

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Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 11th, 2019

BI deports Japanese listed as most wanted in PH – manilastandard.net

BI deports Japanese listed as most wanted in PH  manilastandard.net The Bureau of Immigration deported a Japanese fugitive who is in the list of his country’s most wanted criminals. The Japanese, Misao Kaminsukasu, alias … Source link link: BI deports Japanese listed as most wanted in PH – manilastandard.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

It all started with the story of a thousand cranes

  From the outside, the Marquis building on Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, looks just like any other glass-clad, low-rise structure. Its interiors, however, tell an interesting story---that of the Lim sisters, who wanted to honor their beloved grandfather. In his autobiography, Dr. Lino Edralin Lim recalled the famous story of a young Japanese girl with leukemia who was advised to fold a thousand cranes for her wish to be granted. Although she didn't live to fulfill her vow, her friends continued folding cranes well beyond the targeted number. "By putting up Marquis, we wanted to pay tribute to our grandfather's memory," said Laura Lim Rodrigo. She and her sisters,...Keep on reading: It all started with the story of a thousand cranes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

TERRIFIC 12: Vanguardia-coached D-League All-Stars start prep for Macau invitational

The lone Philippine team in the upcoming Asia League Terrific 12 tournament is ready to start its preparations. Three weeks before the invitational meet in Macau, Team Philippines will start practice Wednesday as they look to make a splash against the top club teams from China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The Pinoy crew will be made up of a selection of PBA D-League players from Go for Gold and Che'Lu, the two teams that fought for the recently-concluded Foundation Cup. Handling the team is former Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia. "Yes, we start practice tomorrow," Vanguardia said in a message to ABS-CBN Sports. Foundation Cup champion Go for Gold will mostly make up the crew of the team listed as IECO Green Warriors with Gab Banal and Jai Reyes leading the way. Also in the team are Matt Salem, Ron Dennison, Kris Porter, and Rey Publico. Che'Lu's Jeff Viernes, MVP of the Foundation Cup, is also in the team. Teams in the Terrific 12 are allowed to have two foreign imports and the Green Warriors will have former PBA Best Import for TNT Richard Howell as the main reinforcement. Sam Logwood is the team's other import. The Terrific 12 is set for Sept. 18-23 at the Studio City in Macau and the Green Warriors will compete against China's Shandong Hi-speed Golden Stars, Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, and the Guangzhou Long Lions. Also in the tournament are the Chiba Jets, Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins from the Japanese B.League, The Korean Basketball League is represented via the Seoul Samsung Thunders and Mobis Phoebus while the Taiwanese SBL will send the Fubon Braves and the Yulon Luxgen Dinos. The Long Lions won the previous Macau tournament this year, the Super 8 back in July, beating both the NLEX Road Warriors and the Blackwater Elite along the way.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

‘My next book is about rock n’ roll, drugs, sex’: A night with chef Nobu

  Coconut or Fiji water infused with fruits?" The dessert girl was asking us what kind of shaved ice we wanted in our Nobu Halo-Halo, a delightful concoction of mochi, red beans, white beans, jackfruit, green tea crunch, a Japanese take on leche flan, condensed milk and kuromitsu (literal translation: "black honey"). These are the choices you'd have to make at Nobu Manila, and, sometimes, the best choice is not to make one at all. We tried the halo-halo with coconut shaved ice and loved it. Then we tried the halo-halo with the fruity Fiji water (infused with strawberry, watermelon, orange, honeydew and another type of melon, we were told) and loved it even more. &...Keep on reading: ‘My next book is about rock n’ roll, drugs, sex’: A night with chef Nobu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Castro returns to lead Gilas Pilipinas vs. Japan

AFter a one-game hiatus, Jayson Castro is back in harness for Gilas Pililpinas. The Blur will lead the Philippines Sunday in its homestand against the Japanese at the MOA Arena where the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers will continue. Castro sat out Gilas' showdown with Australia in Melbourne Thursday due to an ankle injury. The Philippines lost by 16. However, the Blur should be a welcome addition to head coach Chot Reyes' crew as Gilas Pilipinas look to bounce back and imrpove its record in Group B tp 3-1. Castro averaged 20 points in the first window back in November and was largely responsible for the first pair of wins recorded by the national team. Joining Castro in the final lineup against the Akatsuki 5 are Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, RR Pogoy, Kiefer  Ravena, Matthew Wright, Calvin Abueva, Allein Maliksi, and team captain Gabe Norwood. Jio Jalalon and Troy Rosario are also listed as active against Japan. Kevin Alas, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Abu Tratter will sit out the rest of the second window.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Gilas banking on the comfort of home after tough loss against the Boomers

If moral victories still count for Gilas Pilipinas, then the Australia game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Thursday was a huge moral victory for the Philippines. Before falling late in the second half, Gilas Pilipinas engaged the reigning Asian champions in a dogfight, even taking a five-point lead against the Boomers. The Philippines lost by 16 points. For what it's worth, the national team made good account of themselves in Melbourne. "We cant complain on [our] effort. Our game could've been better but our effort is there," head coach Chot Reyes said. "We thought at least we've accounted well for ourselves to compete against this Boomers squad," he added. The focus now shifts to Gilas' hosting of Japan in three days. It is imperative for the national team to handle its business at home. Doing that means that Gilas is one step closer to the next round and in essense, one step closer to a return trip to the World Cup. And that's the goal at the end of the day. "All we wanted to do is to compete. And I felt we were able to do that, we competed, we competed hard," Reyes said. "But it's hard coming to the games when you're also thinking of the next game, that was in the back of my mind. As much as we want to go all out for the victory, we also had to make sure we're managing our minutes because we know we're gonna need fresh legs when we play Japan," he added. While Gilas is the home team Sunday against the Akatsuki Five, the Philippines will have a longer travel time compared to the Japanese. "They're just coming from Tokyo, which is a three-hour flight as against ours," Reyes said, talking about the Japanese. "The good thing is we'll be playing at home and we're hoping to get adrenaline from the home crowd to compensate for the fatigue," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Andray Blatche raring to bounce back for Gilas Pilipinas

After a terrible showing for Gilas Pilipinas last November, Andray Blatche is raring to bounce back for next week against Australia and Japan. Out of shape during the first window when the Philippins challenged the Japanese and hosted Chinese Taipei at home, Blatche has been working out in China where he plays for the Xinjian Flying Tigers. For the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the naturalized Filipino showed in great shape and is ready to go. "I just worked out twice a day the whole time in China preparing for this," Blatche said Tuesday after practice. "The last time I was here, the last two games, I was way out of shape and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to and it bothered me and I was very frustrated and I dedicated myself to this window," he added. Whil Blatche is in better shape now compared to last time, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says that his big man still has a lot to work on between no and next week when the national team takes on Australia in Melbourne. "Well, I liked his movement. You could see by the way he’s shooting the ball and his offense that he’s slowly getting in shape. But I think he still has to improve some more his ... he has to get his game legs under him, because before he came here, he was with his team in China but he was on the reserve list so he wasn’t really playing games," Reyes said of Blatche. "He was continuously practicing but he’s not in real game shape. We have a week before the Australia game to get him back into that. But the problem is we’re not able to play actual games, and the only way to get in game shape is to play actual games. That’s the dilemma that we’re facing," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Vettel saves face for Ferrari after Raikkonen's misfortune

em>By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press /em> SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Sebastian Vettel rescued a woeful day for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix with a brilliant drive from last place to fourth. It was purely damage limitation, as he drifted 34 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the title race, but it softened the blow for Ferrari. Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the race ahead of Hamilton with the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in the final podium position. Having seen both of its cars fail to score points at the previous race in Singapore, Ferrari lost Kimi Raikkonen moments before this race. Vettel started from the back of the grid after engine problems on Saturday, while Raikkonen did not start at all. With less than 10 minutes before qualifying, Ferrari's mechanics hurriedly wheeled the Finnish driver's car back to the garage. Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene was wiping his face anxiously moments before the start. Raikkonen failed to get back on track in time. He could ultimately have made a start from the pit lane but could not even do that. 'Obviously we had some issue, I don't know what it is exactly, I don't think any of us know right now,' Raikkonen said after the race. 'It's far from perfect, but it's one of those things that happen.' Raikkonen had qualified in second place behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and, given how fast Ferrari was in dominating both practice sessions on Saturday, he may well have had a shot at victory. 'I'm pretty certain I would have had a very good car today,' the 2007 F1 champion said. 'We'll never know.' Within 15 minutes of the race, the Finnish driver was already in his shorts and walking back to the team's motorhome, while Vettel was charging through the field. 'We were the quickest car for the majority of the race,' Vettel said. 'It was more entertaining, the first couple of laps in particular.' As if Ferrari's luck could not get any worse, Williams driver Lance Stroll later smashed into the side of Vettel's car on the warm-down lap, cutting it almost in half. 'That's impossible,' a stunned Vettel said. 'He's shunted into my car.' In a light-hearted moment, the German driver hitched a lift back to the paddock by sitting on the side of countryman Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber. Stewards took no action after investigating the incident, but Vettel blamed Stroll. 'I went on the outside to pick up a bit of rubber. I think Lance wasn't looking and wanted to do the same, but that was too late, I was there already,' Vettel said. 'That's completely unnecessary. I think he just didn't look.' Before the race, Vettel was handed a 20-place grid penalty after Ferrari made three component changes to his engine. Teams are allowed to make four power unit changes per season before incurring penalties. Ferrari had already made the fourth change on Saturday, when an electronic malfunction was detected late into the third practice session. Vettel then encountered further problems in the first part of qualifying when his car lost power. Because he failed to set a time in qualifying, the four-time F1 champion was at the back of the grid anyway, so the 20-place grid drop made no difference on the day. Hamilton, who was second here, won in Singapore after Vettel crashed from pole position heading into the first turn, taking out Raikkonen with him. Mercedes is moving closer to a fourth straight drivers' and constructors' championship, although fortunes might change for Vettel if he maintains his pace. The title race continues next weekend at the Japanese GP in Suzuka.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

PBA: Kevin Alas sees improvement in NLEX return

Returning NLEX Road Warriors guard Kevin Alas sees that his team and even himself still need fine tuning as the action in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup continues to unravel. Alas, who is playing in his first game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last March, came off the bench and contributed 12 points and 4 assists in 29 minutes of playing time. However, his side was not able to carve out a win against the gritty Rain or Shine Elasto Painters side, falling 96-87 at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday evening. “It felt good pero syempre I wanted the win sana kasi we've been doing well sa offseason. They were the better team, personally. But sa akin personally it felt good kasi 8-10 months ako nawala,” said Alas. The team also paraded new big man Poy Erram, who added 10 markers and 5 rebounds to the team. Though it may it may not be impressive numbers in Erram's debut for his new squad, the former Ateneo big man sees opportunity, as he stressed improvement of chemistry with one another. Alas also shared that he was almost sleepless in anticipation of his return, as it was comparable his feelings before his own pro debut some few years back. With his return to the squad, Alas knows he still has a lot to improve upon as he will only get better in time. “I felt comfortable naman kanina. Pero siguro yung hangin ko kulang pa kasi iba yung hangin na nakukuha mo sa practice iba eh so kanina I felt kulang na kulang pa yung hangin ko,” he shared.   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 17 min. ago

ONE Championship: All Hands On Deck For Team Lakay As They Brace For Hectic Week

As Mark Sangiao focuses on Joshua “The Passion” Pacio's ONE Strawweight World Title defense this weekend, two of his World Champions are holding down the fort for him back in the Philippines.   Sangiao has delegated the coaching duties to ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon after the Team Lakay head coach left for Jakarta, Indonesia for Pacio’s bout on early Tuesday morning.   Pacio is slated to defend his ONE Straweight World Title against Yosuke Saruta at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY at the Istora Senayan on 19 January, which kicks off the string of title defenses for Team Lakay.   Six days later,  Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s turn to defend his  ONE Flyweight World Title when he battles Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes in the main event of ONE: HERO’S ASCENT at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 25 January.   Given the hectic schedule of the stable, all hands should definitely be on deck for Team Lakay.   "Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon will oversee Eustaquio's training while I'm away for Joshua Pacio. I asked Folayang to stay behind for Geje while I work Pacio's corner in Jakarta," Sangiao revealed.   "We have a ready program. The boys will know what to do while I'm away. The thing about our team is we work and help each other all the time. Geje and Honorio are being trained by two world champions right now. Our team being a family is an advantage."   Sangiao assures that no one gets overlooked in the team despite his busy schedule.   He cited that athletes under his watchful eye are given equal priority, and it’s hard to argue against the results of their unified training camp which they have been accustomed to since the gym’s inception in 2003.   "Training camp has gone really well for Joshua Pacio, we're just doing light training in fight week. We were able to get what we wanted for him physically and mentally. We came up with a game plan and his conditioning for his first title defense is superb," said Sangiao.   "Geje started training camp for Moraes in November. Geje's confidence is already there, and his training has been really good so far. We expect a hungry Moraes in the third fight so we're putting in a lot of time to prepare for that."   With expectations getting bigger and bigger with every achievement, Sangiao is just thankful to have a family he can rely on during those days when his plates get too full for his own good. o   "We always teach unity and team work in Team Lakay," stressed Sangiao. "All of our achievements are a collective result of our hard work. Each man and woman in the team deserve equal credit for all the success we've had.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: NU willing to be patient this time

National University’s management has learned the hard way that it takes years to mold and develop a women’s volleyball team that would yield the results they wanted. The Lady Bulldogs for the past six years gambled with coaching changes that saw the squad play under five different mentors. Yet the outcome were the same: NU season after season came away empty-handed in the UAAP.     When NU approached Norman Miguel and laid out a long-term program, the Lady Bulldogs seemed to be looking at the right direction this time. “Well, actually, when the sports director approached me, nu’ng in-explain niya sa akin ‘yung parang long-term program doon parang medyo na-open ‘yung mind ko na it’s very challenging pero why not accept it,” said Miguel, who was took the reins after former coach Babes Castillo parted ways with NU. Castillo handled the Lady Bulldogs last year as a replacement for Roger Gorayeb, who was with the team for two seasons and a half. Under Castillo, NU made a strong run in the first round of UAAP Season 80 after winning six of their first seven games in 6-foot-5 star Jaja Santiago’s swan song. But their campaign turned sour as the squad managed to win only one game in the second round to land at no. 4 seed in the Final Four and eventually bowed down to grand slam champion De La Salle University.    Overall, NU saw its women’s team switch hands from one coach to another. Francis Vicente steered the Lady Bulldogs to a Final Four stint in Season 75 but received the boot the following year and was replaced by Edjet Mabbayad, whose short stint will be always be remembered as Ateneo de Manila University’s second to the last step before claiming its breakthrough title in Season 76. Dong Dela Cruz took over Mabbayad’s position in Season 77 but was replaced by Gorayeb halfway into the season. Gorayeb left the Lady Bulldogs after NU failed to reach the semis for two straight years. “Alam naman nating lahat na ‘yung NU women’s parang looking forward to you know bag a title sa UAAP kasi hanggang ngayon medyo wala pa talaga,” said Miguel, who handled DLSU’s men’s team last season. “So parang ‘yun yung pumasok sa mind ko na malaking challenge siya pero masarap trabahuhin di ba?” he added. However, Miguel will have a young roster to work with. Rookies Princess Robles, Joyme Cagande, Ivy Lacsina and Jennifer Nierva show a lot of promise. Holdovers Roselyn Doria, Risa Sato and Audrey Paran will return while Rica Diolan is back in the fold after skipping two seasons. Miguel said that the NU management set a realistic goal this season, just one step at a time.     “Naniwala ako doon sa gusto nilang mangyari not this year, probably next year or at the third year parang ganun na kailangan na meron nang mangyari (championship),” he said. There’s no short cut to success and NU this time is willing to take a long drive to the promised land.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

BI deports Japans most wanted fugitive Manila Bulletin News

BI deports Japan's most wanted fugitive Manila Bulletin The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered the deportation of a Japanese fugitive who is included in the list of his countrys most wanted c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Irving says team meeting helped Celtics clear air, find rhythm

NBA.com staff report The Boston Celtics are perhaps starting to show the kind of teamwork they've been looking for all season. Star guard Kyrie Irving said Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that a team meeting held after a Dec. 21 (Dec. 22, PHL time) home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks helped players to clear the air about several topics. "We could pinpoint a lot of turning points," Irving told reporters after yesterday's win vs. Indiana, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another, really put everything out there and then move on from that point. "At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren't at rock bottom, but we needed to address some [expletive] in this locker room. It's just good to get stuff out in the air. As grown men and guys that have expectations for themselves, it was good to hear guys talk about what they wanted for themselves and what they wanted for this team." The Celtics dismantled the Indiana Pacers 135-108 to notch their fourth straight win, with the victory coming largely because of Boston's willingness to share the ball. The victory marked their fifth straight game with at least 30 assists (after failing to reach that mark in nine of their previous 10 games). Since Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time), the Celtics rank No. 2 in assist percentage (70.2) and are among the league leaders in offensive rating, net rating, true shooting percentage and more during that span. The Celtics had 32 assists last night and put together their highest scoring game this season. Boston (25-15) also ended a three-game skid against the Pacers, who entered the night third in the Eastern Conference having won seven of eight. Additionally, Boston led 68-53 at halftime after shooting 56.5 percent (26-for-46) in the first half. That Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time) date is an important one, since it was Boston's next game after the Bucks loss that capped off a three-game losing streak. After that loss to the Bucks, the Celtics were mired in the lower-half of the Eastern Conference standings and had their team meeting. The Celtics have seen a slight uptick in pace (they rank 18th in that category overall) since Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time), and are getting more comfortable in terms of team chemistry. Overall, Boston has won seven of its last nine games to stay within striking distance of the upper crust in the East. ''We're all understanding that we're trying to play faster and the ball movement has been working for us,'' said Al Horford, who led Boston last night with eight assists. ''It keeps the defense on their toes, really makes the other team work. It's kind of contagious.'' “Well, you see the type of connection that we have out there in terms of our pick-and-roll and what we do and how we talk is pretty seamless,” Irving said, per Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. “We came in the same time and have this understanding of where our journeys have started and where it is now and an appreciation of where we are. So we just want to take full advantage of it for this year.” Since Thanksgiving, the Celtics are No. 1 in offensive rating, have a net rating of 11.2 (tops in the NBA) and are 16-6 (the best record in the league). In short, Boston is finding its way -- at least over the last few weeks -- and developing chemistry with a roster filled with talent. “It was hard to find good clips at the start of the year,” coach Brad Stevens said, per the Boston Herald. “And I think some of that was because we were pressing; some of that was because we missed shots when the ball was moving.  All looks a little bit better when it finishes with a make, but that’s who we have to be." Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Why Richard Quan waived his fees for ‘Kapayapaan sa Gitna ng Digmaan’

What started out as a fascination for all things related to the Japanese occupation in the 1940s has turned into a full-length feature film on love, racial differences and ideology.   This was how filmmaker Nestor Malgapo Jr. described his historical drama "Kapayapaan sa Gitna ng Digmaan," which is based on the story of Japanese soldier Yoshiaki Muto and his Filipino wife Felicidad.   The film is one of five finalists in the full-length category of the fourth Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines (SIFFMP), which will run from Feb. 15 to 22, at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) theater in Intramuros, Manila.   ...Keep on reading: Why Richard Quan waived his fees for ‘Kapayapaan sa Gitna ng Digmaan’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

‘Bumblebee’: ‘Transformers’ franchise goes from zero to hero

The last Transformers film, 2017's "The Last Knight," was so excruciatingly cacophonous, walk out-worthy and pretentious that we wanted to "congratulate" director Michael Bay for making Anthony Hopkins look bad and sound like a rambling nut case.   The grating, eardrum-busting actioner thought it was clever enough to incorporate the Arthurian legend into the world of Autobots and Decepticons, but it only ended up earning a 15 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result, it became the worst-reviewed film of the generally reviled "Transformers" series.   But a film franchise is only as bad---or as good---as its last installment. Who knew Travis Knight'...Keep on reading: ‘Bumblebee’: ‘Transformers’ franchise goes from zero to hero.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

A 4th child for Kanye and Kim in May

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly expecting their fourth baby.   According to Us Weekly magazine, citing a source, the controversial show biz couple's surrogate---who also carried their 11-month-old daughter Chicago---is now pregnant with a boy and is due to give birth in very early May.   "She has always wanted four kids," the publication said.   In an episode of the reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Kim was quoted as saying that Kanye has been "harassing" her into having "more" children, about "seven." But that's "crazy," Kim thought.   "I have been kinda hesitant about having more kids because it literally keeps ...Keep on reading: A 4th child for Kanye and Kim in May.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Five things you should know about Russell Westbrook s new signature shoe

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has everyone watching carefully each time he takes suits up. Off the court, it's pretty much the same, as the former NBA Most Valuable Player seems to be a cut above the rest when it comes to his style. Luckily, Westbrook combines his chaotic yet effective on-court persona with his sense of fashion in his  second signature performance sneaker, the Why Not Zer0.2. The design may seem wild, but Westbrook planned every element of it with a specific purpose in mind. Here are five things to know about the new Jordan Brand release.   1. Every color represents something. The main colorway of the Why Not Zer0.2, dubbed “Future History,” features vibrant patches and color-blocking on different performance materials.  At first glance the design looks random, but each color is meant to reference an NBA uniform that has helped define Westbrook's career. "Every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me," says Westbrook. "With the Why Not Zer0.2, I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used." 2. The shoe honors those closest to him. The only thing Westbrook loves more than the game is his family, which is why he added his family crest on the inner tongue. He also used a black block on the midsole to honor late best friend, Khelcey Barrs III. "It’s become a tradition for me to honor Khelcey by writing 'KBIII' on my game shoes. Each colorway of the WhyNotZer0.2 will have a designated area for me to write that on. I want people who wear my shoe to understand that playing with a purpose bigger than yourself is important," says Westbrook. 3. Performance and tech over trends When it came to this design, Westbrook said he wanted a shoe that was created specifically to harness his game rather than follow any current style trends. "From the first design meeting we had, my number one priority was making the best performance basketball shoe possible. I knew that if it was authentic to me then it would come out great," he says. "That’s what the Why Not? mentality is all about: Doing you regardless of what people think and being confident in who you are." Unsurprisingly, the final result still manages to embody Westbrook's signature Why Not? fashion sense. 4. It's for the kids, too Since entering the league, Westbrook has remained committed to inspiring the youth through his charitable work, and his message to them has always been: “Why Not Me? Why not follow your dreams?” That's why he pushed the Jordan Brand design team to create a premium performance shoe with an accessible price. "Being a father, it was important to have my signature shoe available in full family sizing. You don’t see that often with performance shoes but for me it’s all about inspiring the next generation. That also means making the shoe affordable and accessible to people all around the world," says Westrbook. 5. It drops this month The Why Not Zer0.2 releases in men’s sizes globally on January 10 and in all sizes later this month. Learn more about the inspiration behind the "Future History" colorway at air.jordan.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

PBA: Marcial to look at previous decisions in Parks case

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial says that the league will use decisions in the past to shed some light on the situation of Bobby Ray Parks. Parks, the son of Ray Parks Sr., a former PBA standout, is still under contract with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which just began its campaign in the ninth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL). The 6’4” guard is also a two-time reigning Local MVP of the multi-country league, and will remain with the team until the end of the season. It is similar to the situation of last seasons number one overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who honored his commitment with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions until their elimination in the ABL semifinals against Alab. "Titignan namin kung may precedent yun, tapos apply natin kay Parks. Pinapa-check ko sa legal natin, kay Atty. Melvin Mendoza, kung napagusapan sa Board yun," Marcial said. "Ang rights niya na kay Blackwater, nagbigay ng tender offer. Kailangan anuhin yun ni Parks, paguusapan na lang kung paano yung laro niya sa ABL." Though Blackwater Gov. Silliman Sy would have wanted the second overall pick in this year's PBA Rookie Draft to suit up in the Philippine Cup, he is bracing for the worst-case scenario, waiting for the guard to see action later during the Commissioner's Cup. However, if San Miguel decides to release Parks early, the team will just have to let Marcial's office to decide on the matter. "I did talk with Ray and he will also respect the commissioner's decision. Lahat naman doon. Ang statement lang niya very clearly is, "Boss, when I applied for the rookie draft, sa page 2 nakalagay doon yung 'Do you have any existing commitment?' 'Yes, I have an existing contract with Alab in the ABL league to end sometime in May.'" Malinaw din siya, nakasaad naman yun to be fair with the boy," Sy said.   "We wait and see the next coming days kung ano ang decision ni commissioner. Pero Blackwater, with open arms, we would like him to play lalo ngayong kulang kami sa height." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Poy Erram hopes to help NLEX become a top-tier team in the PBA

Newly-acquired NLEX center Poy Erram knows just how much the Road Warriors needed to give up just to be able to bring him in.  Erram was the focal point of a three-team trade between NLEX, Talk N' Text, and Blackwater that saw the Road Warriors part ways with draft picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter, as well as rotation big men Dave Marcelo and Mike Miranda in order to land Erram from the Elite, along with Philip Paredes from the KaTropa.  In Erram, NLEX finally gets a star bigman that they've always wanted to pair with their loaded back court that includes playmakers Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena among others.  Already, Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao is happy with what he's seeing with his new star center.  "We’re very happy. It gives us a deeper front line, our system is well-fitted to his style, he can step out and shoot the outside shots, he’s also not a slow big. Big siya pero may speed and quickness for a big, then he can post-up, he can use his length there," shared Guiao. "He’s going to be an impact player, he’s going to make an immediate impact on our team, and I think yung complementary yung game niya to Asi [Taulava], to JR [Quiñahan], and to our other bigs, so we’re hoping that we’re proven right with the decision that we made," he added.  #PBA2019 | New NLEX big man Poy Erram getting shots up. Erram was sent to NLEX via a three-team trade in exchange for first round picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/Vyt2HJd4ef — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) January 7, 2019 For the 29-year old former Ateneo de Manila standout, knowing how much NLEX was willing to deal for him is part of the motivation to do well and make an immediate impact with the Road Warriors.  "Yung pressure, hindi naman mawawala yun, andiyan lang naman talaga yan. Number one motivation ko siya kasi yun nga, marami silan binitawan na players para sa akin, and then, ayoko din isipin na andito ako para naka-center sa akin yung [attention], hindi naman ganun eh, siyempre matagal na silang magkakasama, kailangan ko mag-adjust sa sistema ni Coach Yeng, siyempre kailangan ko mag-adjust sa players, sa mga characters ng mga players," Erram shared with ABS-CBN Sports.  Erram adds that he also relishes the opportunity to be able to play with veterans, the likes of Taulava, Larry Fonacier, and Quiñahan, among others, a luxury that he didn't necessarily have during his time with Blackwater.  "Motivation din kasi kailangan ko pang mag-improve, kasi marami pa akong i-improve eh, and I think this is the best team for me, kasi I have Asi Taulava, I have JR Quiñahan, I have Kuya Larry, Kuya Cyrus [Baguio], veterans na sadly wala dun sa team namin noon sa Blackwater before. For me ito yung best chance ko mag-improve and mag-grow pa yung skills ko and yung talent ko and yung attitude ko towards the game." Having already played for Coach Guiao before with Gilas, Erram says that the transition period wasn't as difficult.  "In terms of transition, hindi naman ako nahirapan kasi naging coach ko din si Coach Yeng sa Gilas, so most of the system na tinatakbo dito sa NLEX, tinakbo niya sa Gilas, so when it comes to mga set plays, defense, hindi naman na ako nahirapan. May mga kaunti lang kasi siyempre hindi naman niya masyado dinetalye nung sa Gilas. Dito mas detalye talaga eh, so mas kaunting adjustment, kaunting-kaunti lang, madali ko lang din naman na ma-gamay dahil yung teammates ko nga, tinutulungan din nila ako, and then yung iba naging teammates ko nung college."  Plus, it also helps, Erram added, being able to play with fellow former Blue Eagles, especially guys like Emman Monfort and Juami Tiongson, whom he got to play with back in the UAAP.  "Laking tulong kasi sila Emman, sila Juami, nakakasama ko yan sa labas eh, kahit magkakalaban kami, lumalabas kami, so pagdating dito, ang laking tulong kasi alam na nila kung paano ako maglaro, alam na nila ugali ko, kung paano yung work ethic ko sa game, alam na nila and then when it comes to adjustment naman, ang dali din kasi sobrang approachable ng mga tao kasi same school kami, so mas madali na may mag-ga-guide sa akin na same school ko tapos nakalaro ko pa." "Ang laking tulong, and excited ako kasi for the first time, makakasama ko si Emman ulit after college, and si Kuya Larry, never ko pa nakasama, so ang laking bagay nun para sa akin," Erram added. Obviously, the Road Warriors expect Erram to become an integral part of their team starting this season, otherwise they would not have pulled the trigger on the deal.  The six-foot-eight slotman, however, doesn't want to overestimate what he brings to the table for NLEX. Instead, he maintains that he's here to do what he's asked for.  "[Kung anong madadala ko for NLEX], hindi ko pa masasabi for now, kasi hindi pa ako naglalaro eh, hindi pa nakikita ng tao na naglalaro ako with NLEX, so ang mindset ko is every game, every practice, gagawin ko yung mga pinapagawa ni Coach, kung anong kailangan gawin, and kung ano man yung kailangan kong i-improve na aspect ng game ko, yun yung i-improve ko para mas makatulong ako sa team," With the arrival of Erram as well as the return of play maker Kevin Alas, Guiao is confident that NLEX has a chance at once again being a contender in the Philippine Cup, much like they were a season ago, when they made it all the way to the semifinals.  If Erram does help NLEX to a similar deep run in the season-opening conference or if he gets to help them over the hump, then well and good, he expressed.  "If ever man na malampasan namin and magawa namin yun, makatulong ako sa team na magawa namin yun, maganda yung nilalaro ko, for me it’s a plus na eh, kasi siyempre hindi naman ito naka-center sa akin. We have Larry, we have the veterans, tsaka si Kiefer darating pa, si Kevin andiyan na, itong team na ‘to contender na sila bago pa ako dumating. Para madagdag ako, hindi ko alam, titignan natin kung anong maitutulong ko sa team." Being a definite presence inside the paint, his defense is the one thing that Erram is sure of, as far as what he brings to the table is concerned.  "Matangkad ako eh, siguro ang maibibigay ko sa team ay yung defense ko, yun talaga yung calling card ko every time I play, so for now yun lang muna siguro ang alam ko na mabibigay ko sa kanila, kasi when it comes to offense, maraming offensive player dito eh, mabibigat yung pangalan nila, yung kalibre ng player," he stated. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019