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Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist

  Times are a-changing, indeed. After all, it isn't every day that we get to watch a film about "gender-fluid" young men who share a reluctant smooch, while the SRO crowd watching their story being played out on the big screen cheers them on. That was the pervasive mood that greeted us when we watched a recent screening of Greg Berlanti's fresh, funny and feel-good coming-out tale "Love, Simon," which will have sneak previews tomorrow and on May 1 before its nationwide release on May 9. The aforementioned kiss is the main protagonist's bold act of you-and-me-against-the-world defiance that stems from a life shrouded in secrecy. Hunky 17-year-old high school student S...Keep on reading: Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 28th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Lassiter-Wright is the shooter combo Gilas deserves

In an ironic twist of fate, three-point shooting has been one of the issues Gilas Pilipinas has been dealing with so far in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. In seven games so far, the Philippines is only shooting 28.5 percent from distance, which is 12th in a field of 16 teams. Gilas is only averaging 6.4 makes per game despite attempting an average of 22.6 shots per outing. In their last loss to Iran, Gilas shot 5/28 from three-point range for a woeful 17.9 percent. Fortunately, it looks like brighter days are ahead for Team Pilipinas from rainbow country as the national team is set to welcome back Matthew Wright from one-game suspension. The Fil-Canadian sniper is shooting 43.8 percent in these Qualifiers, second-best in Gilas. Wright will team up with Marcio Lassiter starting Monday against Qatar, giving the Philippines its best two-man shooter combo since Jeff Chan and Larry Fonacier shared the floor a couple of Gilas versions ago. "I'm excited because Marcio is one of the players I look up to," Wright said of his upcoming tandem with Lassiter. "Coming in, I've heard comparisons between us and it's very flattering with Marcio being a great shooter and a champion," he added. While it's they're first time teamming up ever, Wright is confident that he'll mesh well with Lassiter. As Gilas looks to recover from back-to-back losses in the Asian Qualifiers, a Lassiter-Wright combo should greatly help the national team's cause. "We get along off the court too. We have great chemistry and we will make things happen and open the floor for everybody else," Wright said. "We just got to do our job and knock down shots," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ gets a dark twist in new reboot

Do you remember watching Sabrina when you were a kid? Maybe it was Sabrina the Teenage Witch or the cartoon. Either way, a lot of us wished we had some of her powers. Now that we're older, Sabrina is getting a makeover. Just like Archie Comics, Netflix has given her story a dark twist in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Sabrina will be played by Kiernan Shipka who you might recognize from Mad Men. This origin story has elements of a coming-of-age plot but with touches of horror and witchcraft. The series was written by Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, so maybe we can expect something similar from this new show. If you're intrigued by this, just wait f...Keep on reading: ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ gets a dark twist in new reboot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

UAAP: Kailangan ibalik ang character ng Lady Eagles -- Almadro

Bringing back the confidence, intensity and heart that brought success to the Lady Eagles in the past are the first order of business for new Ateneo de Manila University women’s volleyball head coach Oliver Almadro.    Formally named as replacement for Tai Bundit on Thursday, Almadro is expected to buckle down to business in the first week of June. Almadro puts his focus in bringing back the same fire that fueled the Lady Eagles in their UAAP Season 76 and 77 title conquests. After their back-to-back reign behind ace hitter Alyssa Valdez, prized setter Jia Morado and top libero Denden Lazaro, the Lady Eagles seemed to have lost the magic that made them the most popular collegiate team in this generation and ultimately fell short of making it into Season 80 Finals after six straight championship appearances.       “Unang-una siguro kailangang ibalik ko muna ang confidence nila kasi coming from sa pinaka-last game nila, kahit kami talo rin kami ng Finals, yung confidence bababa yun eh,” said Almadro, who steered the Blue Eagles to three-straight titles from Season 77 to 79 before relinquishing the crown to archrival National University. “Pero yun ang una, ibalik ang confidence.” The Lady Eagles finished third in Season 80 and were booted out by Far Eastern University in the Final Four.  “(Kailangan) ibalik ang intensity, ibalik yung playing with heart, yun muna. Yun ang kailangang ibalik muna, yung character nila as Lady Eagles,” Almadro said. “Hindi naman sinasabi ko na pangit ang end nila (sa Season 80). They still ended up in a podium finish but siyempre alam mo naman na ang Ateneo binabantayan ng marami and they are expecting a lot from them.” “Sabi ko let’s put back muna yung confidence, let’s put back muna yung chemistry, yung trust with each other and saka natin tingnan kung anong character ang kailangan i-build ng team,” added Almadro, who was replaced by longtime assistant coach Timmy Sto. Tomas in the men’s team.   Bringing a DLSU twist in Lady Eagles’ new system Almadro has been coaching volleyball for two decades and calling the shots for a women’s team is not new to the passionate and vocal mentor. For 10 years, Almadro worked as a deputy for De La Salle University Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus.  After his stint with the Taft-based squad, Almadro became the chief tactician of the Ateneo men’s team before transferring to NU. He returned to the Katipunan-based squad half a decade ago, bringing with him a dangerous scorer and all-around player in Marck Espejo. Now working on a different challenge of handling the Lady Eagles, who took the spotlight before the start of Season 80 with their ‘internal issues’ that went public, Almadro will be adopting a different approach. A deviation from the ‘happy, happy and heartstrong mantra’ used by Bundit. A no-nonsense coach like his former mentor, Almadro is leaning on using the formula that brought success to Ateneo’s bitter rival – his own twist to the system of the reigning three-peat champion Lady Spikers.   “Ire-recall ko na lang ulit kung ano yung nangyari sa La Salle, noong humawak pa ako ng women’s,” said Almadro. De Jesus has been known to instill strict discipline and Spartan-like training to the Lady Spikers. Almadro will be doing the same with the Lady Eagles.  “Pero sabi ko nga ang Ateneo Lady Eagles mababait naman ang mga yan. They are good followers. They are great athletes. Ang great athlete mate-test kung gaano sila kabilis maga-adjust,” he continued. Almadro will try to work on the power and speed of the Lady Eagles, who will have the core of Season 80 Best Setter Deanna Wong, Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston and seniors Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon, who are yet to commit to playing their swan songs. “Sa women’s sana madala ko yung bilis at yung power ng men’s. Yun sana ang maidagdag ko sa kanila,” he said. “Pero iba pa rin ang women’s eh. More on defense, more on variation pero ang importante volleyball naman yan eh. Ang importante lang maka-cope up with the system.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist

  Times are a-changing, indeed. After all, it isn't every day that we get to watch a film about "gender-fluid" young men who share a reluctant smooch, while the SRO crowd watching their story being played out on the big screen cheers them on. That was the pervasive mood that greeted us when we watched a recent screening of Greg Berlanti's fresh, funny and feel-good coming-out tale "Love, Simon," which will have sneak previews tomorrow and on May 1 before its nationwide release on May 9. The aforementioned kiss is the main protagonist's bold act of you-and-me-against-the-world defiance that stems from a life shrouded in secrecy. Hunky 17-year-old high school student S...Keep on reading: Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Cora says opportunity to manage Red Sox is a return home

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora didn’t expect his first chance to manage in the major leagues to come this soon, but the new Boston Red Sox manager he says he’s ready to take on the challenge of leading one of its most storied franchises. Cora was introduced Monday at Fenway Park as the 47th manager of the Red Sox. A native of Puerto Rico, the 42-year-old becomes the first minority manager of a club that was the last in the majors to field a black player. “I’ve always said the last two years, that I’m a capable manager. It was going to come down to somebody to give me that opportunity,” he said. “I never thought that I was getting interviewed because I was a minority. I happen to be.” Alex’s father, Jose Cora, was the founder of the Little League in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. He died in 1988, but his son still is propped up by the messages he learned from both his parents. “That’s what he preached — school and baseball,” Cora said. “My mom, she’ll be around during the season ... She’ll talk baseball with you guys.” A middle infielder on Boston’s 2007 World Series championship team, Cora says he sees the job as a return home to “a perfect situation,” inheriting a young team coming off back-to-back AL East titles under manager John Farrell. Cora played four seasons for the Red Sox, and this year was the bench coach for the World Series champion Houston Astros. The Astros beat the Red Sox this year in the AL Division Series in a matchup of first-place teams. While Cora wants to focus on baseball, he said he realizes the significance of his hire both on the mainland and in Puerto Rico. He presented president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox with a Puerto Rican flag to thank them for sending a plane full of supplies to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Later, wearing his new Red Sox jersey and cap, he took pictures holding the flag with his daughter, Camila, and stepson, Jeriel. “I’m proud to be a Puerto Rican,” he said. “You’re going to see that flag and you’re going to see a lot of fans from back home. ... The history I understand and the history throughout the game — there’s not too many Latino managers. There’s not too many minority managers. But there’s 30 capable managers and I’m one of them.” One of the criteria Dombrowski said would be key in finding a successor for Farrell would be someone who could handle the intense spotlight that comes with managing in Boston. He said Cora embraces it. “Boston, for a lot of people, is a challenge. But for me, it’s not,” Cora said. “This is a city where I understand they live baseball 24/7. But, you know what? I come from a country where they live baseball 24/7. In my family, for breakfast we talk baseball. For lunch we talk baseball. And for dinner, too.” In addition to Cora, Boston also interviewed former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and new Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. But Dombrowski said there was an instant comfort level with Cora. Dombrowski initially said past managerial experience would be important in the hire. But Cora’s cumulative experience with the Astros, as well as serving as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and as a general manager and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League satisfied that requirement. “It may not be the same as the big leagues by any means, but it is an experience of calling the shots during the game,” Dombrowski said. Cora says he won’t shy away from using the analytical approach he learned as a bench coach this past season with the Astros. But he stressed that won’t be a substitute for cultivating the relationship between the front office and players. “The most important thing about the whole analytical world and coaches is there has to be a connection,” Cora said. He said building bonds with players will be among his top priorities. “This year I learned talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said. “You embrace them. You tell them how good they are, and when you have to twist their arm and tell them it’s not good enough, they’re going to respond to you.” NOTES: Dombrowski said the team is still working to hire a new pitching coach and will continue to purse filling that position during organization meetings in Boston this week. ... The Red Sox hired Tim Hyers as hitting coach and Andy Barkett as assistant hitting coach on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope

NEW YORK --- Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey --- herself a recovering alcoholic --- at his side, the former Beatle described what it took for him to get help and called for more resources and acceptance for the treatment movement that saved their lives. "I was living my life so great," Ringo said at the recent fundraiser for the addiction advocacy nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD . "I was one of those really nice pass-out, blackout drunks. Anyway, I ...Keep on reading: Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News8 hr. 21 min. ago

No definite date yet for UAAP 81 return of Nieto twins

Matt and Mike Nieto were with Ateneo de Manila University as they dueled Far Eastern University on Saturday. The twins, however, were not suited up as they were just coming off a bout with dengue. This is the second game they have missed. Through nine games in the season, Matt has normed 6.9 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.2 rebounds while Mike has averaged 6.1 markers and 5.4 boards. The faithful over at Katipunan need not worry, however, as team captain Mike and floor leader Matt are already on their way to a return. “Recovering na kami,” the former told reporters post-game. Exactly when their return to action would be, however, is yet to be determined. What’s important is that they two were already up and about and did not look like they had just been downed by dengue. As it turns out, Matt had been battling the illness for more than a week now. “Nung UP game pa yun. Nung sinabing high fever ako, pagka-check sa akin, dengue na pala,” he said. And from there, the mosquitoes also got to Mike and, later on, to their younger brother. The good news is that the Nietos are all good now. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 34 min. ago

Bruce Dern released from hospital after fall while jogging

LOS ANGELES --- Actor Bruce Dern has been released from the hospital after a fall during his daily jog in Los Angeles. A representative for the 82-year-old Dern says he was released Friday evening following his fall earlier in the day. The Oscar-nominated actor's representative says he is in good spirits. No further details were released. Dern starred in the 2013 film "Nebraska" as the character Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant, earning him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. He also played in films "Coming Home," ''The Hateful Eight," ''Black Sunday" and "White Boy Rick." His representative says Dern just finished filming Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie "Once Upon a T...Keep on reading: Bruce Dern released from hospital after fall while jogging.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 8 min. ago

Randy Petalcorin ready for KO artist

Nicaragua’s Felix Alvarado is touted to be the most devastating puncher in the lightflyweight division today and he’s coming to town to face Davao City’s Randy Petalcorin for the vacant IBF 108-pound title......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

After rocky start, Meralco determined to make some noise in PBA playoffs

ANTIPOLO---Meralco, the runner-up for the past two years, is slowly putting its ugly start in the PBA Governors' Cup behind. The Bolts started out the conference on a six-game losing streak, but have since shown signs of life and chalked up two straight wins with the last one coming against league-leader Magnolia, 94-88. Forward Cliff Hodge said they're trying to build on whatever momentum they're in to keep the fight going. "For sure it has been a tough conference for us," said Hodge Friday at Ynares Center here. "This time around, we're putting the pieces together, we're going out there and just trying to fight." "Every game we're just trying to make the playoffs, it's ...Keep on reading: After rocky start, Meralco determined to make some noise in PBA playoffs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Inflation may taper down in coming months — Palace

MALACANANG remains confident that inflation may see its end in the coming months despite averaging 6.2 percent in the third quarter of this year, according to Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. This comes after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported that inflation’s 6.2 percent average in the third quarter of 2018 is higher compared to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Senators to review peace situation in Mindanao before deciding on Martial Law extension

SENATORS on Friday said they would assess first the peace and order situation in Mindanao before coming up with a decision whether there was a need to extend martial law...READ MORE The post Senators to review peace situation in Mindanao before deciding on Martial Law extension appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Cinemalaya’s ‘Respeto,’ ‘Bagahe’ win in international festivals

MANILA, Philippines – Two films that competed in the 2017 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival were awarded in international festivals in Canada and Italy. (Movie Reviews: All 9 films at the 2017 Cinemalaya Film Festival ) Respeto, a poltically-charged, coming-of-age hip-hop drama by Treb Monteras II, was awarded the Best Feature Film in the Teen Section at the 36th ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Bernhardt Furniture gives away Half a million Bedroom Set

MANILA, Philippines - As Bernhardt Furniture Philippines celebrates its first anniversary this coming November 2018, a lucky winner was randomly selected via electronic raffle last October 6, 2018 for their pre-anniversary giveaway promo. The Instagram promo started last July 2018 and was participated by thousands of Filipinos giving them the chance to win the Miramont Bedroom Collection that's worth a whopping Php560,000.00. This promo was open to all Instagram users without requiring a single purchase. All they had to do was like the campaign picture, follow @BernhardtPH and tag a home maker friend. "It is our way of thanking the Filipinos for warmly welcoming Bernhardt furniture...Keep on reading: Bernhardt Furniture gives away Half a million Bedroom Set.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Robin Padilla still batting for revolutionary gov’t with AFP: ‘Do not be misled by my endorsement of candidates’

Robin Padilla was in a reminiscing mood when he shared on social media recently a throwback to his interview back in 2016 after he was granted absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte. Padilla wrote on Instagram last Oct. 18 that one of the biggest problems in the country ispolitical dynasty, but he shared that he's seen "the other sea" recently and that there was hope for the Filipinos in the coming elections. It's known that Padilla accompanied his older brother Rommel in his filing of his certificate of candidacy for congressman in Nueva Ecija last Oct. 16. As per Padilla, "There is HOPE for us in this coming midterm elections though not in the government system but with...Keep on reading: Robin Padilla still batting for revolutionary gov’t with AFP: ‘Do not be misled by my endorsement of candidates’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Embiid s 30, Simmons triple-double lead 76ers past Bulls 127-108

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and Joel Embiid had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Chicago Bulls 127-108 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points in their season opener. The curious case of Markelle Fultz continued against the Bulls when one of the more scrutinized players in the NBA managed to steal the spotlight from his more accomplished teammate with simple jumpers. Fultz had open looks early and 76ers fans exhorted him to "Shoot! Shoot!" each time he touched the ball as the second-year guard tries to overcome his aversion to jumpers. He found the look he wanted three minutes into the second quarter. Fultz dribbled to the foul line and hit an uncontested pull-up jumper, the ball rattling around the rim four times before it plopped through the net for two points. 76ers fans erupted in cheers as they gave him a standing ovation and chanted "Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!" Yes, a simple jumper from the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 draft in the second game of the season was enough to get a rise out of the fans — and a sigh of relief from Fultz. Fultz got a similar reaction when he buried a three-pointer in a preseason game, after not attempting one last season. Fultz suffered from a right shoulder injury, a broken shot and busted confidence in his rookie season. Even his personal shooting coach said Fultz suffered from the "yips," which was shot down by his star client. Fultz blamed his lost season on the injury. Sixers coach Brett Brown tried to give Fultz a confidence boost by putting him in the starting lineup — yet benching him for the start of the second half. Fultz was 1-of-6 in 15 minutes in the first half and didn't play again until late in the third and the Sixers leading by 88-68. "The challenge is to grow him and help us win the game," Brown said. "There's no book that tells you how to do that, so you're going to have to figure some stuff out. There will be some pain along the way and some positives." With or without Fultz, the 76ers had plenty of positives after an opening-night disaster in Boston. Simmons hit a triple-double with 2:34 left in the third, the 13th of his career and the first Sixer to ever get one in the home opener. Sixers fans chanted "Trust the Process!" when Embiid ended the third with free throws. Fultz proved a long-range ace again in the fourth — this time with a 3! He drained his first career three-pointer for a 108-88 lead and the Philly fans that are firmly perched in his corner went wild and again chanted his name. The Sixers know that if they want to become legitimate Eastern Conference contenders, Fultz will have to become the star they envisioned when they drafted him. He made five baskets and scored 12 points. TIP-INS Bulls: G Kris Dunn missed the game for the birth of his son. ... Bobby Portis had 20 points and 11 rebounds. 76ers: Rapper Meek Mill sat courtside and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game. ... Embiid thanked the fans for coming and told them to "Trust the Process." 1ST Q & NO D Embiid scored 12 points in the first five minutes of the game and neither team missed many looks in the first quarter. The Sixers made 11 of their first 14 shots and the Bulls started 14-of-19. The 76ers shot a whopping 70 percent in the quarter and still trailed the Bulls 41-38. UP NEXT Bulls: Play home opener Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Detroit. 76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Peter Stojanovski moves ahead as Jay Bayron, Clyde Mondilla waver

Reduced to a virtual spectator in a three-player battle majority of the way, Peter Stojanovski kept going then kept the birdies coming to sneak past Jay Bayron and Clyde Mondilla and zero in on a dream Philippine Golf Tour crown......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

‘Brand’ names

Around 180,000 or so Tom, Dick, and Harry submitted their individual certificates of candidacy (COCs) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the coming May 2019 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Training camp abroad up for grabs in Collegiate Grand Slam

A one-week training camp abroad will be up for grabs for the six teams competing in the inaugural Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam slate to open shop on November 3. PSL president doctor Ian Laurel formally announced the incentive waiting for the tournament winner.          “These teams are preparing for their big tournaments so we will give incentives for their training camp, most likely it will be in Thailand for seven to ten days and this will be awarded to the winner,” said Laurel on Thursday during the combined PSL All-Filipino and Collegiate Grand Slam press conference held at Club Filipino in San Juan.  “Magandang labanan ito pagdating dito sa incentive na ‘to,” he added. Vying for the title and a chance for an all-expense paid international camp are University of the Philippines, University of the East, University of Sto. Tomas, Far Eastern University and provincial teams Colegio San Agustin-Binan and De La Salle University-Dasmrinas. The Lady Maroons, who are fresh from winning the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference that ended their 36-year title drought, are considered as one of the teams to beat.     Tots Carlos will make her return after recovering from a stress fracture on her right shin but UP will miss the services of Isa Molde, who is taking a break after playing in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament last month. “My team is composed of half very young rookies and veteran members so this tournament will help my team get exposure,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu. “I believe that my team will learn again how to deal with their losses and wins in every game. So to me it’s a process of growth to my team, especially the young players coming in.” The tournament will be played in a single-round robin elimination round. The top two teams will faceoff in a winner-take-all match for the title while the No. 3 and No. 4 squads will dispute the bronze medal.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

WATCH: Holiday shopping? ‘On the Money’ host Edric Mendoza gives tips

This coming holiday season, the host of ANC’s business and finance show “On the Money” shares some hacks on how he and his family maximize their budget for shopping......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018