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Blessing in disguise

Having a newly-built house blessed by a priest is a Filipino tradition. Taking this cue, a man in priest’s clothing and holding a Bible and containers of holy water roams around Tondo looking for such houses. He enters them and offers the ritual to its occupants. But Marlon Ponterez is not your ordinary priest. In […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneFeb 11th, 2019

Blessing in disguise for Matt Salem as he lands in Ginebra

  MANILA, Philippines – Matt Salem couldn't care less about getting picked in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft lower than expected, especially when he is headed to the league's crowd darlings.  Touted to get selected in the first two rounds, the former La Salle and National University marksman slipped to the end ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Duterte wants Grades 11, 12 to take ROTC | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Duterte to Congress: Require ROTC for grade 11, 12 students Slow China loans a blessing in disguise? Kris Aquino files cyber libel case vs Jesus Falcis {module 3998}  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Slow China loans a blessing in disguise?

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a total of 29 deals during Xi's state visit to Manila. But a closer look at the list shows that most are still in various stages of talks and are not yet for actual ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

PVL: Long wait worth it for Eya Laure

Eya Laure could’ve been with the University of Sto. Tomas’ seniors team for two years now. One could just imagine where the Tigresses could’ve been in the UAAP with Laure playing alongside her sister EJ and a very passionate Sisi Rondina. Unfortunately, Laure had to stay in high school for two more years following the implementation of the K-12 education system. But the delay was worth the wait for Laure, taking it as a blessing in disguise rather than wasted time.     “Ako kasi since akala ko pagka-Grade 11 and Grade 12 ko makakalaro na ko sa seniors,” said Laure Sunday after UST’s 25-21, 25-12, 25-17 demolition of San Sebastian College in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “Kaso nu’ng in-announce sa amin ni coach siguro may plan talaga para sa amin si God, na magpe-prepare talaga sa amin kasi may kulang pa samin ni (setter) Maji (Mangulabnan),” added Laure, who scored all her seven points on kills. The additional high school years molded Laure into a better and versatile player. Her achievements in the high school rank made her a sought after recruit. And who will not want a player who has collected a rookie of the year award (Season 75) and a Season MVP honor (Season 78) on top of being a Best Setter (Season 76), Best Attacker (Season 77) and back-to-back Best Opposite Hitter from Season 79 to 80? Fortunately for UST, Laure decided to stay. “Si Eya Laure, siyempre, talk of the town. Kilala naman ng mga tao 'yun. Galing 'yan sa programa namin sa high school,” said UST head coach Kungfu Reyes. “Sa dami ng rookies ngayon, di naman nalalayo si Eya sa mga ka-batch niya na recruit ng ibang teams.” Laure actually had already shown what she can give to the Tigresses when she played as a guest player two years ago for UST in the defunct V-League’s Collegiate Conference. And choosing the Espana-based squad for Laure is a way of giving back for all the efforts made by Reyes and Yani Fernandez in helping her develop into a complete player.    “Si coach Kungfu naman kasi simula’t simula talaga na mag-volleyball ako andyan siya kahit nung Grade 5 ako tine-train ako ni coach Kungfu at coach Ian na mag-setter spiker na,” she recalled. “So ‘yun pagkapasok ng Grade 7 sa UST nagi-expect na sila sa akin na makakatulong ako.” “So parang naka-set na siya sa akin na siyempre ginawa nila ako, trinain nila ako ng sobrang tagal alam ko talaga naghahanap sila ng something galing sa akin. Na gusto nila na lahat ng pinagpaguran nila sa akin na binigyan nila ako ng time para ma-develop ng ganito tapos gusto nila magkaroon ng result,” she added. For now, Laure is taking it slow as she is still recovering from a right shoulder contusion. But come UAAP time, Laure will be ready to bring her long-awaited roar in the collegiate volleyball scene.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Delay in rehab tests patience in Marawi

MARAWI CITY --- The delay in the start of rehabilitation work in areas razed to the ground by war between government forces and followers of Islamic State (IS) was starting to test the patience of residents and even an official involved in bringing the country's only Muslim city back on its feet. Some groups, though, said while they considered the delay a "big disappointment," they also saw it as a blessing in disguise. The government has reset groundbreaking rites that would mark the start of the rehabilitation program twice. The developer, a Chinese-led consortium, that was to rebuild the area and had won the bidding failed to meet key requirements. The vacuum has yet to b...Keep on reading: Delay in rehab tests patience in Marawi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PVL: It s a blessing in disguise -- Valdez on Ravena suspension

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez sees the suspension of boyfriend Kiefer Ravena frominternational and professional basketball as a ‘blessing in disguise’ that would benefit Filipino athletes, as it raises awareness on banned substances. Ravena tested positive for three banned substances in a random drug test conducted after the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Gilas guard was slapped with an 18-month ban on all FIBA-sanctioned tournaments. Ravena took a pre-workout drink called Dust, which he allegedly bought over the counter. “Yeah I think that’s the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyari and magiging careful na lahat kasi everything’s over the counter,” said Valdez after Creamline’s 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, win over BaliPure-National University Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “We just want to perform well, to be ready sa lahat ng games natin and dahil sa nangyari at least alam natin na ano kailangan din natin maging careful din,” she added. Ravena, for now, is banned from engaging in any basketball related activities including playing for and practicing with his mother team NLEX in the PBA while serving the FIBA sanction.   The former Ateneo de Manila University cage star is currently active in raising awareness among fellow athletes on the WADA list of banned substances.   “We can’t say we’re ok but I think Kiefer is a man who stands sa mga nangyayari,” Valdez said. “I really don’t know how to answer ‘cause I’m not in the position of Kiefer to answer naman. But I know everyone who’s behind din naman is really supporting him kung ano man ang nangyayari.” “Actually it’s a nice way of seeing parang looking at the brighter side na at least alam natin kung ano pa ‘yung mga dapat nating maging careful tayo sa lahat ng mga bagay,” she said. “Everyone’s supporting him naman din also so we’re OK naman.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

2018 WORLD CUP: Germany gets reality check before defense

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany coasted through World Cup qualifying with 10 wins out of 10 and a European record 43 goals before getting a reality check. The World Cup holders haven't won any matches since qualifying for Russia. After drawing friendlies against England, France and Spain, Joachim Loew's team lost 1-0 to Brazil to end a 22-game unbeaten run. Becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup title now looks even trickier for the Germans. "We're not as good as we're made out to be, or as some think we are," midfielder Toni Kroos said. "There's huge room for improvement." The recent slump in friendly matches could be a blessing in disguise if it eradicates any complacency going into the World Cup. "I'm not worried. In 2014 and 2010 we also lost in March," Loew said. "You can be sure that we'll improve." The first task for Loew's side will be to top Group F to avoid a likely second-round clash against Brazil. Here's a closer look at the Germany team: COACH Loew was assistant coach to Juergen Klinsmann during Germany's "summer fairytale" hosting of the 2006 World Cup and was promoted to the top job after its third-place finish. Loew favors a fast-paced possession-based game, pressing opponents to recover the ball and switching quickly from defense to attack. He has overseen steady progress since taking over, reaching the final of the 2008 European Championship, claiming third place at the 2010 World Cup and reaching the semifinals at Euro 2012 before finally winning a title in convincing fashion at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A disappointing semifinal exit to France at Euro 2016 followed, but Loew laid the groundwork for a successful World Cup title defense by winning the Confederations Cup with a young team of promising talent last year in Russia. Loew hasn't been afraid to test young talent, and Germany's strength in depth means one of his hardest tasks is leaving players out of the 23-man squad. Loew also has the unfortunate tendency to find himself in the headlines for other reasons. The 58-year-old has previously apologized after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games. GOALKEEPERS The biggest concern is captain Manuel Neuer's fitness. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper sustained a repeat of the hairline metatarsal fracture in his left foot while training last September and hasn't played since. Marc-Andre ter Stegen could well establish himself as the No. 1 with doubts over Neuer's fitness. The Barcelona goalkeeper has overcome a shaky start to his international career and helped Germany win the Confederations Cup. Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain are also options, while Sven Ulreich has been filling in impressively for Neuer at Bayern. DEFENDERS Bayern defender Jerome Boateng faces a race to be fit with a thigh injury sustained in the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid in April. Bayern teammate Niklas Suele would be an able replacement to partner Mats Hummels in the center. Another Bayern player, Joshua Kimmich, has emerged to soften the blow of Philipp Lahm's retirement at right back. The modest Jonas Hector will likely keep his place on the left despite Cologne's relegation. MIDFIELDERS Toni Kroos will be among the first names on Loew's team sheet. The Real Madrid midfielder is the driving force behind the side. He will likely be partnered by Juventus' Sami Khedira, who provides more of a defensive presence, with Mesut Ozil in front, flanked on either side by Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus — if the latter proves his fitness. Reus has been unlucky with injuries and has only recently returned to shine again for Dortmund. But Germany has a wealth of options in midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all providing ample backup options. FORWARDS Timo Werner seems sure of his place after another good season for Leipzig, albeit with most of his goals in the first half of the campaign. The 22-year-old Werner has seven goals in 12 international appearances, but it's his runs into space and the problems he causes defenders that benefit the team. Loew will likely bring one of Mario Gomez or Sandro Wagner as a more experienced option for Werner, while Mario Goetze is another option to play up front if he gets recalled following a disappointing season for Dortmund. Goetze scored the winning goal for Germany to beat Argentina in the 2014 final. GROUP GAMES Germany kicks off its title defense near its tournament base in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium against Mexico on June 17. The side then faces a long trip south to Sochi for its second game against Sweden on June 23, before wrapping up Group F against South Korea in Kazan four days later......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Why The Script keeps coming back to Manila

  In early 2016, Danny O'Donoghue, the lead vocalist of the pop-rock band The Script, underwent two throat surgeries in two months to remove nodules that have been causing him vocal problems. And for a moment, he feared that he would no longer be able to sing. Danny's need for rehabilitation meant that the three-man Irish group would have to go on hiatus, too, and the feeling of uncertainty only intensified. If they were to come back, after being away for quite some time, would the people still accept them? Danny found himself asking that question every so often. But, as it turned out, the break was a blessing in disguise ---and a much-needed one---not only to Danny, bu...Keep on reading: Why The Script keeps coming back to Manila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Ross says his injury a ‘blessing in disguise’ as other Beermen step up

Chris Ross couldn't be more thankful for his teammates in San Miguel's close out game against Ginebra in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. With the pesky defender under strict minutes restriction since Game 4 due to a strained right thigh, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser picked up the slack for the Beermen and did a tremendous job defending the Gin Kings. READ: San Miguel back in PH Cup Finals, closes out Ginebra "It's kind of frustrating because I can't do what I usually do out there, but the good thing is that Matt is getting a lot of reps and he's getting more comfortable, and Alex is getting a lot more comfortable, and so is Marci...Keep on reading: Ross says his injury a ‘blessing in disguise’ as other Beermen step up.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Game 2 loss blessing in disguise for newly-crowned Blue Eaglets

It may not have been a perfect season for Ateneo, but for coach Joe Silva, winning the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball championship still tastes sweet no matter how you win it. "All we wanted to do is to win the championship, whether we had to sweep or do it the hard way," he said after the Blue Eaglets claimed the title with a 63-58 Game 3 win over the NU Bullpups on Friday. "All our main focus, our main direction was to win a championship." Finishing with a perfect 14-0 sweep of the eliminations, Ateneo seemed poised to complete the rare perfect season. As much as Silva and the players tried to downplay the situation, they knew that eventually, the streak would get in t...Keep on reading: Game 2 loss blessing in disguise for newly-crowned Blue Eaglets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

How a massacre gave obscure village hope

BARANGAY TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao --- The death of 62 people here --- 44 of them members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) --- could actually be a blessing in disguise for residents of this once obscure village, officials and residents agreed.   The now infamous Mamasapano massacre, which ensued during an operation against a terrorist, had thrust what was once a neglected village of about 2,700 people into the limelight and made the government realize how forsaken it was, Arbaiyah Amelil said.   Amelil's small "sari-sari" store was located less than 100 meters from where one of the clashes that killed Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, o...Keep on reading: How a massacre gave obscure village hope.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Long break helped GlobalPort correct ‘bad habits,’ says Jarencio

GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio sees his team's two-week break as a blessing in disguise. Jarencio said the Batang Pier were able to address some of their concerns during the break. "We prepared hard. We corrected our bad habits and fixed our offense and defense. I think we can really see the progress of this team this time," he said. GlobalPort is coming off a 104-115 defeat to NLEX in its season opener on Christmas. Jarencio, however, charged the defeat to "first game jitters" as he expects his wards to fare better comeSundaywhen they face Ginebra at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "We seemed like we were in shock. But I believe that we're better prepared for the big gameon Sundayagainst...Keep on reading: Long break helped GlobalPort correct ‘bad habits,’ says Jarencio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Woman handed wrong lottery ticket wins $5 million anyway

A wrong lottery ticket handed to a New Jersey woman turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Edgewater, New Jersey local Oksana Zaharov got the big bucks on Tuesday when she won $5 million (around P248.8 million) from a lottery ticket that was mistakenly given to her. This happened while she shopped in Manhattan and had originally asked the clerk for a $1 scratch-off ticket which was included in her shopping list, but was instead given a $10-value ticket. She said she felt bad for the clerk for handing the wrong ticket, so she decided to buy it."I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it," Zaharov said. "I never win anything...Keep on reading: Woman handed wrong lottery ticket wins $5 million anyway.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Ouster from Generika-Ayala ‘blessing in disguise’ for Vicente

Francis Vicente may have lost his post as head coach of Generika-Ayala, but the bad news did not damper his holiday spirit. Generika-Ayala let go of its head coach after the team failed to enter the playoffs in the All-Filipino and Grand Prix, finishing seventh in the both of the conferences with a combined record of 5-9. Vicente, though, remained positive despite the ouster, saying he could now focus better on his other two commitments as the head coach of University of the East and the national women's team. "I see this as a blessing in disguise," said Vicente. "Now I can focus wholly on UE and the national team." Generika-Ayala has yet to reveal its new head coach but ...Keep on reading: Ouster from Generika-Ayala ‘blessing in disguise’ for Vicente.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Vicente parts ways with Generika-Ayala

Generika-Ayala parted ways with head coach Francis Vicente as the Lifesavers look on a different direction for the coming Philippine Superliga season. The franchise’s management decided to seek other options in a meeting with Vicente, who handled the team for two seasons, on Sunday. According to a team insider, there’s already a shortlist of names to replace Vicente including one coming from a prominent UAAP squad.      As for Vicente, who is also the national women’s volleyball team head coach, he accepted and understood the decision of the management. He now wants to focus his attention on steering University of the East to a good campaign in the 80th UAAP wars starting February 4. “I see this development as a blessing in disguise. At least I can now move on and focus on UE and the national team -- if and when (Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. acting president) Mr. (Peter) Cayco calls me back,” he said. In his PSL career, Vicente steered the Michel Gumabao, Mel Gohing and Myla Pablo-led Philips Gold to consecutive third place finishes in the 2015 All-Filipino Conference and Grand Prix before the franchise transferred to the Premier Volleyball League. He left the squad and transferred to Generika-Ayala in 2016. The Lifesavers’ joined other PSL teams which made major movements in their clubs heading into the 2018 season. Cocolife signed former Foton coach Moro Branislav while George Pascua left Cignal to replace Jerry Yee, who returned in the PVL to assemble a team under Total, as Sta. Lucia’s tactician.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Why Meant to Beh should thank last year’s MMFF decision

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman Reporter Movie review Meant to Beh Directed by Chris Martinez A HIATUS always leads to clearer perspectives. And Vic Sotto should consider his exclusion from last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) as blessing in disguise because his comeback film, Meant to Beh, is definitely much better than his […] The post Why Meant to Beh should thank last year’s MMFF decision appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

'Fafa Rey' Hugnatan is officially back in business for Meralco

Ranidel De Ocampo's calf injury, which can put him out for the rest of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals by the way, may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Meralco. That's because with RDO out, "Fafa Rey" is officially back in business. And for some magical reason, Reynel Hugnatan might actually be Meralco's best shooter. Hugnatan delivered the best performance by a Meralco local in these Finals against Brgy. Ginebra, firing 22 points, 21 from downtown, in a 94-81 Game 3 win Wednesday. His game perfectly complimented that of import Allen Durham and the Bolts are finally in the board, cutting their series deficit in half, 1-2. "Of course [surprised with big performance]. Of course thank you kay coach na he gave me playing time. I know Ranidel is out so I just stepped up," Hugnatan said post-game. "Buti naman nandun yung shooting," he added. With Meralco finding it hard to draw anything from its locals, Hugnatan's breakout performance comes as a sigh of relief for head coach Norman Black. Because if Durham had to carry all the load again and the Bolts ended up losing, it can be safe to say that the Gin Kings were practically on their way to back-to-back titles. "He did a great job tonight spacing the floor, very similar to what he did last year in the playoffs and it just makes life a lot easier for AD when guys can make outside shots," Black said of Hugnatan. "Now we just have to get some of the other guys to start making their own shots and hopefully we can get back in the series," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Missing key cogs a blessing in disguise for TNT vs SMB, says Racela

MANILA, Philippines — TNT played without its three top-tier cagers against the undefeated San Miguel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2017

Nora Aunor considers Kabisera's non-inclusion in last year's MMFF as a blessing in disguise

Nora Aunor considers Kabisera's non-inclusion in last year's MMFF as a blessing in disguise.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsDec 10th, 2016

Vic Sotto says MMFF 2016 snub of his movie is "blessing in disguise"

Vic Sotto says MMFF 2016 snub of his movie is "blessing in disguise".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsNov 26th, 2016