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Dad offers himself as bride to anyone who can save his leukemia-stricken daughter

A Chinese father has offered himself as a "bride" to anybody who can help pay for his young daughter's cancer treatment. Guo Anchuan is a 45-year-old carpenter from Zigong, Sichuan province and has been struggling for the past five years to cover the cost of his 9-year old daughter Guo Yuting's medical bills, reports Cover News via The South China Morning Post last June 9. Yuting was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, back in 2013. The disease makes her bone marrow produce too many white blood cells. Anchuan has since borrowed over 200,000 yuan ($31,200) from his relatives, a sum that covered eight rounds of Yuting's chemotherapy. She se...Keep on reading: Dad offers himself as bride to anyone who can save his leukemia-stricken daughter.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 13th, 2018

7-year-old Chinese girl with leukemia tells dad to stop her treatments to save money

Cancer-stricken seven-year-old Zhang Jiaye tugged at the heartstrings of China when she penned a letter to her dad, asking him to save their money instead of paying for her treatment. Jiaye hails from Heilongjiang province in northeast China, where she lives in a village near Jiamusi with her father.Jiaye was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2016; her mother left last July 2017 and had not been seen since then, according to a report by news website K618.cn via South China Morning Post today. In Jiaye's heartbreaking letter, she tells her father she does not want to be treated anymore. "Dad, I saw you cry today. I'm so sad. I know you've spent a lot of money to treat me. You've...Keep on reading: 7-year-old Chinese girl with leukemia tells dad to stop her treatments to save money.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

New Jersey getting flooded, but many still ignore climate change

  NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey --- The water just kept rising. As the rain poured for hours and a nearby river swelled, Ben Gonzalez had no time to save any of his family's belongings. Amid harsh winds that destroyed their house in Brick Township, New Jersey, he yelled at his wife and their young daughter to rush to the second floor. In a few minutes, on the early night of August 12, 2018, 56-year-old Gonzalez saw how their living room disappeared as flood water quickly rose to over four feet. Picture frames floated, he recalled, and their television set and sofa were all under water. "I never thought this is going to happen to us. We knew (our house) is close to the river, b...Keep on reading: New Jersey getting flooded, but many still ignore climate change.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News16 hr. 26 min. ago

Kershaw allows 2 hits, Dodgers blank Braves 3-0 for 2-0 lead

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers' Game 1 starter. He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of two-hit ball in his team's second straight playoff shutout, and Manny Machado slugged a two-run homer as Los Angeles beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series. "I think that it was one of the best outings that I've seen," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He was in complete control." The Dodgers used a nearly identical formula to win 6-0 in Game 1 behind Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed only four two-out singles over seven innings, and home runs by Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez. Kershaw was even better. The left-hander struck out three and walked none in the longest scoreless playoff outing for a Dodgers pitcher since Jose Lima tossed a complete-game shutout in Game 3 of the 2004 NLDS against St. Louis. "Maybe a tick, for sure," Kershaw said of earning some extra satisfaction. "But Ryu threw so unbelievable last night that you just want to match him. That's all I was trying to do." Ryu and Kershaw became the second pair of Dodgers starters to have consecutive postseason games with seven-plus scoreless innings. Jerry Reuss and Burt Hooton did it in 1981, against Houston and Montreal. The Dodgers joined the 1921 New York Yankees as the only teams to open a postseason series with back-to-back shutouts, according to STATS. They recorded their first consecutive shutouts since Games 2 and 3 of the 2016 NL Championship Series against the Cubs. Los Angeles can sweep the best-of-five series in Game 3 on Sunday in Atlanta, where the Baby Braves will be looking to score for the first time this postseason. "I see the frustration those guys have against this guy," Braves starter Anibal Sanchez said of his teammates facing Kershaw. Kershaw got bypassed as the Game 1 starter in favor of Ryu after the three-time Cy Young Award winner had started eight of the Dodgers' past 10 postseason openers. Roberts said it was done to give both Ryu and Kershaw five days of rest between starts. "This guy is a potential Hall of Fame player," Roberts said. "So to have the noise around him, but when it comes to his day to start and to help his club win a game, I had no concern that anything was going to affect him." One more victory would put Los Angeles in the NLCS for the third straight year. The Dodgers beat the Cubs last season and lost to them in 2016. Kershaw ran out to the mound as though he was going to pitch the ninth, bringing cheers from the sellout crowd of 54,452. But when Roberts went out to pull his ace after 85 pitches, fans booed. Roberts deked to force the hand of Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, who ended up wasting Tyler Flowers before sending up Lucas Duda as the pinch-hitter. "I felt that that was a way that you can use their two best hitters off the bench and get our guy in there," Roberts said. Kershaw was fine with it, too. "The plan all along was if they burned their bench, which is what we wanted to do and Flowers came out, that Kenley had the ninth," he said. Kenley Jansen gave up a one-out single to Ronald Acuna Jr. before earning the save. Machado hit a two-run shot on a 3-0 pitch from Sanchez with two outs in the first. Joc Pederson doubled leading off. Yasmani Grandal homered on an 0-2 pitch from Sanchez leading off the fifth to make it 3-0. Acuna doubled to deep left-center on Kershaw's first pitch. He became the first Braves runner to reach third base in the series when Johan Camargo grounded out to Kershaw. After Acuna's double, Kershaw retired 14 consecutive batters until Ender Inciarte reached on an infield single with two outs in the fifth. Ex-Dodger Charlie Culberson grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, with Inciarte out at second. "He has a feel for everything and when his curveball's on, it's going to be a good night for him," Culberson said. "He's one of the best, and he showed it." Kershaw was sharp on defense, too. He chased around to grab a ball hit by Camargo and fired to first in time for the initial out of the fourth. One inning later, Kershaw did a 180-degree spin after a comebacker by Ozzie Albies struck him in the hamstring, slipped on the grass and made the throw to first for the second out of the fifth. A trainer briefly came out to check on Kershaw, who threw one warmup pitch to prove he was fine. "It just got me in a good spot, kind of in the belly of the leg right there," Kershaw said, "so maybe a little sore tomorrow, but I should be good." The Dodgers backed Kershaw with a double play to end the sixth after he plunked pinch-hitter Lane Adams leading off and Acuna Jr. grounded into a fielder's choice. "A lot of great plays all the way around," Kershaw said. The Braves' offense was anemic again. Other than Acuna's double and his single in the ninth, they were limited to a two-out single by Inciarte in the fifth. Freddie Freeman was hitless with a strikeout in four at-bats. Nick Markakis went 0 for 3 with a strikeout, and Albies was 0 for 3. "You can't blame any one person," Snitker said. "I mean, it's just our whole lineup is having a hard time." KERSH'S KIDS Kershaw juggled daughter Cali and son Charley on his lap in the postgame interview room. With a pacifier in his mouth, Charley bopped the microphone with his hand a couple of times and Cali smiled at the crowd of reporters and cameras. "Y'all are supposed to be in bed," Kershaw said, clearly pleased to have his hands full. UP NEXT With their season on the line, the NL East champion Braves are likely to start RHP Kevin Gausman on Sunday. He came over from Baltimore before the July 31 trade deadline in a six-player deal and was 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts for Atlanta. The Dodgers are going with rookie RHP Walker Buehler, who was 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA this season. Buehler last pitched on Monday, allowing one hit in 6 2/3 innings and striking out three in the NL West tiebreaker victory over the Rockies......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Rio Olympian Lariba passes away at 24

OLYMPIAN Ian “Yan-yan” Lariba died on Sunday night, according to a statement from Philippine Table Tennis Federation President Ting Ledesma. She was 24. Lariba, 24, was stricken with leukemia, which she battled for more than a year after her Olympic stint in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. She was the first Filipino to compete [...] The post Rio Olympian Lariba passes away at 24 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Bride leaves husband hanging to give first aid to accident victim

INQUIRER.net stock photo One bride had to desert her own wedding photoshoot to try to save a victim of a traffic accident. Xie Dan, a nurse from northern China, was posing with her husband last Aug.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Father who walked daughter down the aisle in viral photo, passes away

MANILA, Philippines – A dying father’s last wish became a heartbreaking scene for netizens. All the 65-year-old, cancer-stricken Pedro Villarin wanted was to be able to walk his daughter, Charlotte Villarin, down the aisle on her wedding day last August 9.  Despite being diagnosed with advanced liver cancer, Pedro got his wish. Then ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Within 27 years, woman receives kidneys from father and brother

When a woman in Ontario suffered from kidney failure when she was only 27 years old, her father and two brothers were tagged as possible donors. Back in 1989, Cheryl Thistle was stricken with a viral infection she contracted during a hiking trip in Europe. A high school physical education teacher, her life was forced to momentarily slow down with four-hour dialysis sessions thrice a week for a year, reports The Star. With no questions asked, Cheryl Thistle's father Jim, then 56, donated his kidney to his daughter when she was eligible for a transplant in 1991. He volunteered to be the first, figuring that should she need another transplant, she had her brothers, Stephen, 30, and Dave...Keep on reading: Within 27 years, woman receives kidneys from father and brother.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Man wins lottery jackpot 9 times thanks to identical tickets

One man in Massachusetts struck gold when he hit the local lottery jackpot not once or twice, but nine times. RobertLundstedt won the jackpot thanks to nine lottery tickets---all bearing the usual number combinations he would bet on---in four different locations. His numbers matched Monday's Mass Cash drawing, and won $900,000 (almost P48.2 million) in total from the tickets. But instead of keeping it all for himself, he gave two tickets away---one to his daughter Kristen and another to his son Brian. Lundstedt, who is a carpenter, said that his $700,000 earnings (almost P37.5 million) will be used to pay off his mortgage. Meanwhile, his children plan to save their $100,000 ...Keep on reading: Man wins lottery jackpot 9 times thanks to identical tickets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

DTI, IPOPHL offers trademark incentives for 1,000 MSMEs

Pampanga – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is extending its Juana Make a Mark program that waives trademark application fees to 1,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Through the program, MSMEs can save up to Php 3,000 from waived basic filing, color claims, and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

PVL: Multi-awarded setters call shots for debuting Petro Gazz Angels

Chi Saet and Djanel Cheng may be a bit overweight by volleyball standards, but don’t be fooled by that extra something rolling or jiggling around their middle. Just like any other worthy player, they jump to make a block or run after a wayward ball to keep it alive or dive if need be to save what seems to be an irretrievable ball. And they are simply wonderful when they do what they know best, make excellent set after excellent set for their attacking teammates. Remember this in volleyball: a good setter makes her very reliable spikers even better. Brilliant setting skills are what Saet and Cheng bring to the table for the debuting Petro Gazz Angels and coach Jerry Yee in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League. Between them, Saet, who played for La Salle in the UAAP, and Cheng, who suited up for the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers in the NCAA, had amassed a total of 16 individual awards and team championships.     Calling the shots for powerhouse La Salle then, the more veteran Saet collected three best setter awards and three championship medals in the UAAP. She proceeded to take part for different teams in the V Leagues where she distinguished herself with four more best setter honors and three team titles. Cheng has two best setter awards and one championship in the NCAA under her belt. She is as capable as Saet whenever she is called to duty by coach Yee.     Stephanie Mercado, daughter of former Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega, and imports Anastasia Trach of Ukraine and Kadi Kullerkann of Estonia are now leading the offensive charge of the Angels.    The other members of the team are: Rachel Anne Austero, Mendrez, Ranya Musa, Maricar Nepomuceno, Rica Jane Enclona, Alyssa Layug, Wensh Tiu and Cienne Cruz.    Arnold Laniog and Jay Joseph Chua, assistant coaches; and Rod Ann Oriel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

LA Lakers prepare for busy offseason

NBA.com staff report It has to be tough to watch the Eastern Conference finals for the Los Angeles Lakers' brass. While they are mired in a rebuilding campaign that has lasted longer than anyone in the organization is comfortable with, their rivals in Boston are playing in a second straight Eastern Conference finals during what was supposed to be their rebuilding stretch under Brad Stevens. The Lakers and Celtics, the NBA's leaders in all-time titles won, measure themselves against each other, even when they're not on the same level on the court. That might be why the Lakers are making it clear ahead of next month's draft that no one on the roster is "untouchable" as Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka continue the heavy lifting in remaking the roster and trying to do in the rugged Western Conference what the Celtics have done in the East the past two seasons. It could make for an interesting time for some of the talented youngsters the Lakers already have in the fold. Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times explains: To be clear, the Lakers are not actively shopping any of their players. They are willing to listen to offers and could move one of them — even a member of the talented young cadre of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram or Josh Hart — if an offer blows them away. Publicly the Lakers have remained mum on the subject. When Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations, was asked during a news conference in April whether he would consider trading any of his young core this summer, Johnson declined to entertain the question. Since a regime change in the spring of 2017, the Lakers have worked to position themselves to have the option to be major players in the free-agency periods of this summer and 2019. Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka made clear they were planning to save salary cap space for two summers that will have talented free-agent classes. LeBron James and Paul George are expected to be free agents this summer, while next year's class could include Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Klay Thompson. Leonard might be available this summer if the Spurs choose to trade him. The All-Star forward played in only nine games this season while recovering from a right quad injury, leading to tension between him and the team. There are those around the league who believe the Lakers would be his preferred destination. In order to keep their salary cap flexible, the Lakers refused to offer any multiyear contracts to free agents last summer. They focused on one-year deals in free agency (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) and acquiring expiring contracts in trades (Brook Lopez, Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Scholar: Dumping fossil fuels by 2050 needed to save climate

NICOSIA, Cyprus --- Getting rid of fossil fuels by mid-century and making the switch to large-scale renewable energy sources and nuclear power offers the best chance of meeting the climate change targets set out by the Paris accord, a prominent American economist said Friday. Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs said the world's ways of producing and using energy need to change "much faster, much more dramatically" than political leaders looking to tap hydrocarbon reserves understand. "So, if we want to move to zero emissions we better get the idea to move away from fossil fuels faster than Shell oil company thinks we can," Sachs told a conference in the Cypriot capital ...Keep on reading: Scholar: Dumping fossil fuels by 2050 needed to save climate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Markle seeks respect for dad after report he’ll skip wedding

LONDON --- Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting "understanding and respect" for Markle's father after a celebrity news site reported he would not attend the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle, Kensington Palace said Monday night. A palace statement on "this difficult situation" did not confirm the TMZ report that Thomas Markle had decided not to attend Saturday's wedding at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The palace said earlier it would not comment on the report, and its statement did not clarify if the bride's father would or would not be at the wedding. "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before ...Keep on reading: Markle seeks respect for dad after report he’ll skip wedding.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

DOT ad placements, Dutertes on NPA talks, Korean denuclearization | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: COA questions P60-M DOT ads payment to Ben Tulfo's media outfit. Duterte, daughter Sara disagree on peace talks with communist rebels. Kim offers to close nuclear test site in May , invite U.S. experts.  Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Michelle Williams joins Julianne Moore in ‘After the Wedding’

The remake of Oscar-nominated Danish drama "After the Wedding" is moving forward with Michelle Williams of "The Greatest Showman" taking a leading role opposite Julianne Moore. Williams will become the director of a struggling Indian orphanage in an in-development remake of the 2006 Oscar nominated film, according to Variety. She takes over a role originally played by Mads Mikkelsen, now of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Hannibal", while Julianne Moore plays a wealthy New York business person (previously Rolf Lassgrd, "Downsizing") who offers to save the orphanage, but there's a big catch. Bart Freundlich, who is Julianne Moore's husband, is directing the remake from hi...Keep on reading: Michelle Williams joins Julianne Moore in ‘After the Wedding’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach

This story was originally published on May 7, 2017 De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions. The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters. From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michel Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program. Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country. Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila. Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.   De Jesus shared the secret of his success. “Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said. His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike. DLSU embraced him as one of its own. “Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).” De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.                He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him. De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens. He means business all the time.   Brilliance of De Jesus 246-65. De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all. The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.   It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.           He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition. Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons. Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.   De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad. In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed. The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more. With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown. Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do. He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title. A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill. But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy. In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history. DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.     It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.              Grand Slam After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU. Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat. Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest. With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat. DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam. A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.       When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson. But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place. It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU. With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns. DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year. The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat.   DLSU-Ateneo rivalry Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today. Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into. A continuous rivalry, perhaps? For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that. The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball. De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back. Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times. Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit. For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76. DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games. De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics. He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game. Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always. When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance. Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis. It was a devastating loss to say the least. But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust. Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78. Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination. The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row. De Jesus was ready for Ateneo. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener. The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.                  Road to back-to-back Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.  Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew.  “Sa laht nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.” DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo. “Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.” “Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.” When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown. And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.    “Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.” In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little. He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena. De Jesus won his tenth title. When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome. Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Regine Velasquez serenades Rachelle Ann Go, dad for father-daughter dance

You must be lucky if you have Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez to serenade you on your wedding day---like in the case of Rachelle Ann Go. During the wedding reception of Go and her new husband, American businessman Martin Spies, Velasquez belted her heart out as the bride danced with her father, Oscar. The singer sang her own rendition of The Carpenters' song "You" as father and daughter swayed to the tune. The moment was captured by their friend and fellow wedding guest, Mark Bautista, in his Instagram Story yesterday. In another Story, Velasquez once again impressed the audience as she gave her best shot hitting a high-note, which she did with finesse. And in hi...Keep on reading: Regine Velasquez serenades Rachelle Ann Go, dad for father-daughter dance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Summer classes on first aid, rescue training can help save lives

    Nothing to do this summer? Why not train to save lives?   The Philippine Red Cross, the country's largest humanitarian arm, is offering first aid, basic life support training and humanitarian law - related courses through its Summer Safety institute (SSI).   A program of the PRC's Safety Services, SSI aims to educate and train people from different age groups in various lifesaving courses.   SSI director Von Ryan Ong said that aside from first aid and basic life support training, the institute also offers courses like basic swimming, water safety, and rescue and lifeguarding.   Ong said that the P2,000 to P4,000 cost per pac...Keep on reading: Summer classes on first aid, rescue training can help save lives.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Team Kramer’s viral video earns Scarlett birthday greeting from K-pop idol

Like many K-pop fans, Doug and Chesca Kramer's daughter Scarlett wants to meet her idols, particularly one from the boy band iKON. Even more than meeting them, she wants Korean-American rapper and singer Bobby to attend her seventh birthday party this November. To save him some trouble and a lot of cash, dad Doug took to social media to make a plea for Scarlett. "Scarlett is celebrating her seventh birthday this coming November, so matagal pa (it's still far away). Kaya lang (But) she's already asking for a birthday present --- a request that I can't afford." "It's not a physical gift, it's a performance. She wants Bobby of iKON, the KPop singer who sang'Saranghae' to perform o...Keep on reading: Team Kramer’s viral video earns Scarlett birthday greeting from K-pop idol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

LOOK: Sharon Cuneta offers another hint on her ‘secret project’

Sharon Cuneta teases fans with another hint regarding her "secret project" in her latest Instagram update. The veteran actress shared a photo of herself with several people, writing on the caption, "Meeting at Star Cinema. Now." ALV Talents Circuit owner Arnold Vegafria was also present for the meeting. Netizens grew excited over the post and wondered whether Cuneta's visit entailed discussions for a new movie with either Gabby Conception or Robin Padilla. Meanwhile, other fans hope for a movie with Judy Ann Santos or her daughter KC Conception. Not long ago, the megastar shared that she was going to attend a very important meeting. She said the occasion was moved...Keep on reading: LOOK: Sharon Cuneta offers another hint on her ‘secret project’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018