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UP, UE share 2019 s king of recruiting crown

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. --- Last season, the University of the Philippines, at long last, broke through in the UAAP. Behind the leadership of Paul Desiderio and key contributions from Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, the Fighting Maroons made their first Final Four since 1997 and first Finals in 32 years. Now, even without the iconic Desiderio, State U is nothing but confident it could build on its breakthrough. The reason? Well, because two of the brightest young stars in Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero are now orbiting Diliman. Paras has all the physical tools to take any league by storm and now in maroon and green, he is out to continue the legacy of his father Benjie who delivered the school’s first and only championship. Meanwhile, the Euro-stepping Rivero already knows a thing or two about taking the UAAP by storm, having been chosen for the Mythical Team when he was still playing for De La Salle University in 2017. Add big man J-Boy Gob, another transferee, to that and, indeed, UP is only equipped to keep contending. On the strength of the transfers of Paras and Rivero alone, the Fighting Maroons would have been worthy of the title of 2019 King of Recruiting. Right up there with them, though, in terms of getting a big boost in the offseason is University of the East. Absent from the Final Four in the last decade, the Red Warriors will be heading into the upcoming season with a fully stocked arsenal. Now up front for them – alongside stalwart Philip Manalang, of course – will be 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, three-time champion and two-time MVP in the CESAFI Rey Suerte, and college-ready Harvey Pagsanjan, the no. 7 high school player in the 2019 NBTC 24. Diakhite is a hulking presence who will prove to be a tough matchup even for the likes of reigning MVP Akhuetie and last year’s Rookie of the year Ange Kouame. Suerte, a gifted scorer from anywhere on the court, fills right into the hole left behind by scoring dynamo Alvin Pasaol while Pagsanjan can continue making all the right plays he had been doing as the longtime beacon of hope for Hope Christian High School. Also flanking them are former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, Filipino-Kiwi swingman Richie Rodger, and Filipino-Australian point guard Jasper Rentoy. And with that, UP and UE will have joint custody of the crown of the 2019 King of Recruiting. They dethrone National University which claimed the crown a year ago behind a big-time recruiting class that included Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato. Just like last year, there remains no doubt that the new Fighting Maroons and Red Warriors will make their respective sides forces to reckon with come UAAP 82. Still, several squads also made it a point to be better in the offseason. In fact, the graduating players in the 2019 NBTC 24 have been spread out among eight different teams. From the 2019 NBTC 24, the annual ranking of the best high school players in the country, 14 are moving on up to the Seniors. Adamson University is the biggest winner in terms of recruits from that ranking, with three of the top 15 players now in San Marcelino. Ninth-ranked Aaron Fermin is a double-double machine in the NCAA Jrs. and is nothing but determined to realize his potential as a two-way force under multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren. In CESAFI standout Joshua Yerro and UAAP Jrs. Mythical selection Joem Sabandal, coach Franz also has young blood to bolster the backcourt that will no longer have Koko Pingoy. The Soaring Falcons also scored four other former Baby Falcons in big man Lorenz Capulong and wings Adam and Andrey Doria and AP Manlapaz. When it comes to reaping the rewards of its high school program, though, nobody could still touch Mapua University which again got two keep its Jrs. studs in Clint Escamis and Dan Arches, both of whom made it into the top two-thirds of the 2019 NBTC 24. Escamis and Arches are offensive guards who will give much-needed firepower to a promising core comprised of fellow Mapua HS products Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria. Also, the Cardinals are the favorites to land NCAA 94 Jrs. Finals MVP Paolo Hernandez, another Red Robin. Also bagging two prized prospects from the 2019 NBTC 24 is La Salle which is now the place where the talented tandem of Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David get to work. Cagulangan has long been a star in the making and the NCAA 94 Jrs. MVP is, without question, Taft Avenue’s point guard of the future. The even better news is that he will still have wingman David, a tried and tested glue guy, to grow with. Also set to debut for the Green Archers are Filipino-Americans Jordan Bartlett, a speedster guard; Tyrus Hill, a high-flying forward; and Kurt Lojera, a big-bodied swingman. In all, there are six graduates from the top 10 of the 2019 NBTC 24. All of them would be on different teams in the Srs. Two players from 2019 NBTC 24 are yet to commit to any school, but there is no doubt that Red Robin Hernandez and Greenie Inand Fornilos will be able additions to any collegiate team. For the second straight year, Aldin Ayo will be adding a top three recruit out of high school as incoming sophomore CJ Cansino will now join forces with another triple-doubling talent in Mark Nonoy, a rookie who plays way beyond his years. But wait, there’s more as UST also welcomes with open arms its newest foreign student-athlete in Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo whose speed and skill will make him a problem for the other foreign student-athletes more used to being powerhouses. Sprinkle in stretch four Sherwin Concepcion as well as versatile forwards Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso and there’s a reason why the Growling Tigers are now very much a darkhorse contender. L-Jay Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos remain FEU’s backcourt for tomorrow, but in the meantime, the former is poised for a breakout just as the latter is poised to wrap up his K-12 schooling. Yes, Abarrientos is not yet good to go come UAAP 82, but his steady hand is still the perfect pairing for the burst of energy that is Gonzales. Make no mistake, however, the Tamaraws have gotten help in the form of 6-foot-10 Cameroonian Patrick Tchuente as well as former Baby Tams Daniel Celzo and Jack Gloria. Letran is already the biggest it has ever been up front with NCAA 94 Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang alongside Jeo Ambohot, Christian Balagasay, and Christian Fajarito. Now, the Knights have also beefed up at the wings with Allen Mina and Mark Sangalang as well as former Red Warrior and Growling Tiger Jordan Sta. Ana. LPU will have to prove it could continue contending even without NCAA 93 MVP CJ Perez, but the good news is that now backtopping Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee are former San Sebastian College-Recoletos key cogs Alvin Baetiong, Jayson David, and Renzo Navarro. That’s still a pretty solid lineup in our books. Just like last year, the now two-time UAAP champions are mostly intact, only losing team captain Anton Asistio as well as reserve guard Aaron Black. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no new faces in Ateneo. Geo Chiu, Kai Sotto’s twin tower, decided to stay in Katipunan just as fellow ex-Blue Eaglets RV Berjay and Jason Credo are now seeing minutes in head coach Tab Baldwin’s rotation. And oh, there is a possibility that double-double machine Fornilos, who placed no. 13 in the 2019 NBTC 24, is bound to be a Blue Eaglet. Perps is nothing but determined to build on the triumphant return to the NCAA of head coach Frankie Lim and to do that, they will be leaning on former San Beda University pillar Ben Adamos as well as ex-Adamson HS workhorse Jefner Egan. Count out the Altas at your own risk. JRU is just on the first phase of a grand rebuild, but there is no doubt that things are looking up for Kalentong. In John Amores, they now have an end-to-end force who is all set to make an immediate impact as a rookie. These are the new names to watch for the teams: Baste CSB National U San Beda --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Father, daughter drowning fuels anger at Trump migration policies

WASHINGTON, USA – A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday, June 26 – as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies . "Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one ........»»

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Baby India : Video shows newborn found in plastic bag

WASHINGTON, USA – Police in the US state of Georgia have released a poignant video of officers finding an abandoned newborn girl inside a plastic bag, as part of their efforts to find the child's mother. The video, recorded on an officer's body camera and made public on Tuesday, June 26, ........»»

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SWU-Phinma escapes USC in Cesafi Partner’s Cup

Cebu City, Philippines—The Tough Gear-Southwestern University(SWU)-Phinma Baby Cobras survived a furious endgame rally by the Cebu Elite-University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors to come away with a 64-58 win in the high school division of the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup basketball tournament on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. The Baby Cobras […] The post SWU-Phinma escapes USC in Cesafi Partner’s Cup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Miss Global Universe’s 3rd runnerup winner to focus on promoting Danao

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Even if she is done with her international stint, Cebuana beauty queen Letelle Perez vows to continue to promote her hometown.  The 21-year-old passenger service agent will focus in promoting Danao City’s tourism after she placed third runnerup in the Miss Global Universe held in Singapore last June 23, Sunday. “This […] The post Miss Global Universe’s 3rd runnerup winner to focus on promoting Danao appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Ravena, Perez, Bolick boost Gilas Pilipinas practice

MANILA, PhilippinesYoungbloods CJ Perez and Robert Bolick as well as Stanley Pringle joined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday at Meralco Gym in Pasig. Perez and Bolick are the only PBA rookies part o.....»»

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Kikay at Mikay, sunod-sunod ang mga proyektong ginagawa

BUSY as a bee sa rami ng proyekto ang tinaguriang two of the most talented kids sa bansa at Sold Out Princess na sina Kikay at Mikay na members ng P-Pop/Internet Heartthrobs Group. Bukod sa regular na napapanood sa mall show, nakasama rin sila sa album tour ng Pinoy/International singer na si Nick Vera Perez. ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

PBA Rookie of the Month: Bobby Ray Parks

The impact brought by Bobby Ray Parks was obvious enough the moment he suited up for Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The 26-year-old Parks emerged as the Elite’s top gunner and immediately steered the team to victories in their first four outings to take the early lead in the mid-season conference. During that stretch, the no. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft averaged 23.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in an all-around performance he capped with a career-best of 28 points in a thrilling 108-107 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra in only his second game in the league. Parks’ heroics gained him his first ever PBA Press Corps Rookie of the Month honor for May, beating out Columbian Dyip’s CJ Perez (24.3, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists). The son of the late great PBA Import Bobby Parks became the third player to win the honor first handed out starting this season. Others who also gained the nod for the monthly citation were Perez (January and March) and Jayvee Mocon of Rain or Shine (February and March). Curiously, Parks won his initial match-up against Perez in a duel pitting the top two picks in last year’s draft. Parks scored 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists as the Elite defeated the Dyip, 118-110, last May 26. Perez finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the Dyip’s third straight loss to open their campaign......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena returns to National Team practice for the first time since FIBA suspension

Kiefer Ravena takes another step towards his on-court comeback after re-joining the Philippine Men's National Team practice, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.  Ravena has been serving an 18-month suspension imposed by FIBA for failing a random drug test back in 2018. The suspension began on February 25, 2018 and since then, Ravena has been barred from participating in basketball-related activities, including playing for his NLEX squad in the PBA.  The good news for Ravena is that the suspension is set to be lifted on August 24th, 2019, just in time for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China on August 31st.  Joining Ravena in Monday night's practice were June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Poy Erram, and Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter and Troy Rosario. Also present are Robert Bolick, Stanley Pringle, and CJ Perez. Bigman Raymond Almazan is also present but is not participating in the practice proper.  Veteran Marc Pingris also dropped by to watch the National Team put in work. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Kiefer Ravena’s return highlights Gilas’ ‘best practice so far’

The Philippine Men’s Senior National Basketball team continued their preparations for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this August with another training session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. While the highlight of the scrimmage was the return of playmaker Kiefer Ravena, who has been serving an 18-month suspension handed down by FIBA back in 2018, another positive was the number of players who participated in the practice. A total of 13 players were present in practice, and National Team head coach Yeng Guiao was happy to see enough bodies to be able to hold a proper 5-on-5 run. “We had enough people to go 5-on-5, this is our first complete actually, it’s our best practice so far,” Guiao told the media during a post-practice scrum. National Team vets such as Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, and Mark Barroca were on hand to participate in the drills and the 5-on-5 scrimmage, while Raymond Almazan was also in attendance but did not join the practice proper. Apart from Ravena, other new faces for this training camp included PBA rookies Robert Bolick and CJ Perez, and Guiao was delighted to see them come out. “We’re very very appreciative of the guys who came in, si CJ atsaka si Robert, and of course, Kiefer,” the long-time mentor said. “For the first time, he’s able to practice and witness kayo, for the first time after more than one year and six months. Siguro part of the excitement why we had a really good practice today, we’re just excited to play with each other.” Guiao explained that Bolick and Perez, former NCAA stars, were invited because of their initiative to try their luck with the National Team pool. “Actually, in the case of Robert and CJ, sila yung nag-initiate na makapag-practice sila, that’s why we invited them, so nagparamdam sila na gusto nilang mag-try ng luck nila to be in the to be in the pool.” As for Ravena, Guiao was pleased to see that his NLEX playmaker was in tip-top shape, even after the time off. “Si Kiefer, nakakausap ko naman yun, so he’s really excited to be part of the National Team, at least pool, although sabi ko naman his chances of making it are really good,” Guiao stated. “You saw him in practice today, it’s just like he did not miss the last, or he was not suspended, for the last one and a half years. His sharpness is there, his stamina is there, he does not look like he’s heavy, that’s his natural body, so things are looking good at this point.” Guiao also expressed his appreciation for Stanley Pringle, who joined the practice. Pringle and the Gin Kings took on Guiao’s NLEX Road Warriors in Batangas the night before Gilas practice. “Si Stanley, again, he’s one of the guys that volunteered himself, just in case we need an extra body. Galing yan sa Batangas, kalaban namin kahapon, so he’s just offering his services just so we have people who can play roles in practices so mas maganda yung practice natin.” Being designated as a naturalized citizen by FIBA, The newly-acquired Ginebra Gin King is unlikely to crack the lineup with big man Andray Blatche expected to suit up for the National Team. Guiao is, however, looking to add Pringle to the training pool for their training camp in Spain this August. “I’m also thinking of bringing Stanley to Spain, if Ginebra is not playing in the Finals, kasi may dalawang team na maglalaro ng Finals, siguradong may member ng National Team, so when we go to Spain, we can only take the players of the ten teams that are not involved, so may mawawala talaga, so kailangan pag-isipan kung sino ang isasama.” The 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off on August 31st in China, with the Philippines joining Angola, Italy, and Serbia in Group D. Guiao hopes to be able to release a final lineup by next month. “Pag-dating ni Blatche, I think July 8, siguro by July 15 mayroon nang final lineup.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019
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Bolick, Perez new additions to Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

  BATANGAS CITY, Philippines – Aside from Kiefer Ravena, Robert Bolick and CJ Perez have been tapped by Gilas Pilipinas to join the pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.  National team head coach Yeng Guiao bared the development on Sunday, June 23, noting that it's part of their plan to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

USJ-R Baby Jaguars end streak of UC Baby Webmasters

The University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars dealt the Hotel Fortuna-University of Cebu its first loss as they walloped the Baby Webmasters, 72-46, in the high school division of the 2019 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Partner’s Cup on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. USJ-R gained the separation that they needed […] The post USJ-R Baby Jaguars end streak of UC Baby Webmasters appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Pa’s online plea for help for his ailing baby touches tattoo community, netizens’ hearts

Cebu City, Philippines— A father turned to the social media to appeal for assistance to help his premature baby survive. Jan Jan Rentuma, 42, a Cebuano tattoo artist, posted last June 15, his call for help in launching a tattoo for a cause to help save his premature baby boy, Jan Peterson. “Dear Tattoo Enthusiasts, […] The post Pa’s online plea for help for his ailing baby touches tattoo community, netizens’ hearts appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

IN PHOTOS: Andi Eigenmann s baby shower

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Andi Eigenmann celebrated two occasions on Saturday, June 22 – a baby shower for her soon-to-be-born daughter and an advanced birthday party for her. Andi's birthday falls on June 25. Among those present were her siblings led by brothers Gabby Eigenmann and Sid Lucero, and her mother ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Netizen gets fourth tattoo to help premature baby

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Getting a tattoo is a meaningful experience and one netizen shared why getting inked for the fourth time is extra special. Shan Reyes, shared on her Facebook account last June 20, 2019, why her fourth tattoo is more than just ink on skin. Reyes writes that Jan Jan Rentuma, whom she describes […] The post Netizen gets fourth tattoo to help premature baby appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

UV Baby Lancers now 4-0 in Partner’s Cup

Cebu City, Philippines—The ARQ Builders-University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers raised their unbeaten run to four games with a 76-66 thumping of the University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) Campus in the high school division of the 2019 Partner’s Cup on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. Balamban-native Albert Sacayan led […] The post UV Baby Lancers now 4-0 in Partner’s Cup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Veterinarian: Bulldog swallows 19 baby pacifiers

    BOSTON — A Boston veterinary hospital got quite a surprise recently when a family brought in their bulldog after he stopped eating. The Angell Animal Medical Center found 19 baby pacifiers in the dog’s stomach. It started in April when the Wellesley family noticed that their 3-year-old dog, Mortimer, started getting nauseous before […] The post Veterinarian: Bulldog swallows 19 baby pacifiers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

PBA: TNT keeps first place after 5th straight win

Columbian put up a fight but TNT’s dominance continues in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The KaTropa were steady in the second half, pulling away late to score a 109-102 win over the Dyip Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome. TNT slowly padded its lead in the fourth period, recovering from a poor stretch in the third where Columbian actually took control of the game. The win was the KaTropa’s fifth straight in the mid-season joust and TNT once again takes over solo first in the Commissioner’s Cup with a strong 7-1 record. Import Terrence Jones once again put up big numbers for TNT, going for 39 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, and seven blocks. Jayson Castro returned from a missed game and dropped 22 points, five rebouds, and six assists off the bench. RR Pogoy was the top local starter with 16 points. TNT had trouble with the Dyip all game long but the KaTropa got a huge run in the fourth, leading by as many as 14 points. For Columbian, Lester Prosper was good for 37 points and CJ Perez added another 22 markers but it wasn’t enough to pick up what would have been a big win. Now losers of back-to-back games, the Dyip dropped to 1-5 in the standings.   The scores:  TNT 109 - Jones 39, Castro 22, Pogoy 16, Rosario 8, Reyes 8, Trollano 5, Taha 4, T. Semerad 3, D. Semerad 2, Heruela 2, Carey 0. Columbian 102 - Prosper 37, Perez 22, Calvo 15, Corpuz 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Khobuntin 4, Cahilig 4, Agovida 0, Reyes 0, Camson 0. Quarterscores: 22-27, 51-50, 73-71, 109-102   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

FIBA: End of the Jayson Castro era for Gilas Pilipinas?

For all intents and purposes, Jayson Castro has given up his spot in Gilas Pilipinas. Due to “personal reasons,” Castro has begged off from national team duties as Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the 2019 FIBA World Cup later this year. After years of sacrifice for the national team, Castro says he’d like to focus on his family now. “Nagkausap na kami ni Coach Yeng and then even yung SBP, at tsaka boss MVP and then buong coaching staff, alam na yung situation ko. Sabi ko I want to focus muna sa family ko kasi almost 7 years na non-stop basketball,” Castro said. “Sobrang dinedicate ko yung sarili ko doon kasi nga yung break ko nasa Gilas. Siguro it's time to give it to the younger guys naman tsaka nakita ko naman talaga na ready na sila,” he added. Friday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Castro returned to TNT after missing one game. The Blur missed his team’s win against Meralco last week due to “personal reasons” as well. Castro got his long-awaited church wedding that’s why he didn’t suit up for TNT. With a growing family — Castro has two kids — the Blur says it’s time to focus on that now. After leading Gilas to a second straight World Cup apppearance, he certainly has nothing to prove for the national team. “Naintindihan naman nila,” Castro said. “Yun nga yung pinagu-usapan namin yung situation kung bakit ako nagpa-paalam muna sa Gilas,” he added. Castr has retired from Gilas once before, only to come back a year later to lead the national team’s charge in FIBA competition. Asked if he’s retiring from national team duty for a second time, Castro gave a one-word answer. “Siguro,” he said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019