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Guterres calls for more women, girls empowerment

Fewer than 30 percent of the world’s scientific researchers are women: that’s just one of the statistics showing how many challenges remain for women and girls in the scientific field, as the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Pledging to end the gender imbalance in science, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General […] The post Guterres calls for more women, girls empowerment appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneFeb 14th, 2020

They re victims too: Advocacy group calls for prevention of sexual abuses on boys

MANILA, Philippines – Advocacy group Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) said on Friday, February 14, that boys, like girls, also experience forms of sexual abuse and they need interventions too.  The group conducted the study “Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence” with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

CAR execs share blessing to DSWD s home for women & girls

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) - - On Valentines Day, officials and members of the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE) brought joy and smiles to the clients of the Regional Haven for W.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

CAR execs share blessing to DSWD s home for women, girls

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- On Valentines Day, officials and members of the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE) brought joy and smiles to the clients of the Regional Haven for Wo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

CAR execs share blessing to DSWD s home for women & girls

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) - - On Valentines Day, officials and members of the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE) brought joy and smiles to the clients of the Regional Haven for W.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

CAR execs share blessing to DSWD s home for women, girls

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- On Valentines Day, officials and members of the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE) brought joy and smiles to the clients of the Regional Haven for Wo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

UN chief calls for intensified efforts to deal with locust outbreak

ADDIS ABABA: The United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for intensified international efforts to deal with a locust outbreak that has affected large parts of the African continent. “The UN has issued an urgent appeal for assistance. I ask the international community to respond with speed and generosity to ensure an effective […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020

Warriors’ futsal girls, women’s teams following winning ways of USC men’s football team

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The futsal girls and women’s teams of the University of San Carlos (USC) are slowly following in the footsteps of their brothers—the USC men’s football team, who are the 4-peat champions of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi). This after the USC women’s futsal team clinched the inaugural collegiate title […] The post Warriors’ futsal girls, women’s teams following winning ways of USC men’s football team appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

Adamson books first-ever ticket to Finals in UAAP girls bball

Adamson University made history after securing a spot in the inaugural UAAP High School Girls Basketball Finals, after score an 80-70 wire-to-wire win over De La Salle-Zobel, Saturday at Paco Arena. With a 4-0 slate, the Baby Lady Falcons punched their ticket to the finale. The duo of Crisnalyn Padilla and Katrina Agojo once again led the Soaring Falcons with the former finishing with a game-high 26 points to go along with five steals, four rebounds, and four assists while the latter tallying 15 points, eight rebounds, four steals and an assist. Adamson held a double-digit lead for most of the game, leading by as much as 20 points, 75-55, after an Agojo jumper with 2:13 left. "Siyempre, nakakatuwa na maging part ng history na Adamson ang pinakaunang team sa kasaysayan ng UAAP na maglalaro sa Finals nito," said Adamson head coach Ewon Arayi. "Maganda ito para sa school at para sa women's basketball." Besides Padillo and Agojo, Joan Camagong also delivered, finishing with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Abigail Amdad led Adamson's bench with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Luisa Dela Paz paced DLSZ, who fell to 1-3, with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Achrissa Maw and Jeehan Ahmed also finished with double-doubles, 14 points and 13 rebounds for the former and 13 points and 11 boards for Ahmed. In the first game, University of Santo Tomas completed their sweep of Ateneo with an 80-point whitewash, 108-28. Notching their third win, the Junior Growling Tigresses secured at least a playoff for the other Finals berth. Bridgette Santos flirted with a rare quadruple-double but came up a rebound short of achieving the feat. The forward scattered 18 points, 13 assists, 12 steals, and nine rebounds. Five other UST student-cagers ended in double-digits with Erika Danganan, Rachel Lacayanga, and Chille Serrano getting 14 markers each. Jane Araza and Jazly Estudillo added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Maxine Almeda paced the Lady Eaglets for the second straight game with 21 points and eight rebounds. Ateneo remained winless in four outings. The day's winners collide on Saturday, February 8, with UST aiming to follow Adamson to the Finals in their battle scheduled at 9 a.m. La Salle, on the other hand, will shoot for its second win against Ateneo in the following game of that day at 11 a.m. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UST 108 - Santos B. 18, Danganan 14, Lacayanga 14, Serrano 14, Araza 11, Estudillo 10, Eroles 8, Rivera 8, Santos 7, Tubog 4. ATENEO 28 - Almeda 21, Sarmiento 4, Perez 2, Doctor 1, Baltazar 0, Capayas 0, Co 0, Gonzaga 0, Jimenez 0, Medina 0. QUARTER SCORES: 29-5, 51-12, 88-23, 108-28 SECOND GAME ADAMSON 80 - Padilla 26, Agojo 15, Camagong 14, Amdad 12, Carcallas 8, Miguel 4, Roy 2, Villarba 0, Reyes 0, Pohen 0, Brutas 0. DLSZ 70 - Dela Paz 18, Maw 14, Ahmed 13, Lopez 7, Cancio 5, Villarin 4, Salado 4, Amol 3, Udal 2, Ba 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-8, 32-20, 59-40, 80-70......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2020

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with both his sublime skills and his unquenchable competitive fire. He also earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the city’s beloved Lakers. Less than four years into his retirement from the NBA, Bryant was seeking new challenges and working to inspire his daughters’ generation through sports and storytelling when his next act ended shockingly early. Bryant, the 18-time All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. The crash occurred in the foggy hills above Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. A different person familiar with the case confirmed Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was killed. Both of the AP's unnamed sources spoke on condition of anonymity because few details of the crash had been released publicly. Authorities said nine people were on the helicopter, and all were presumed dead. No names were released. Bryant lived south of Los Angeles in coastal Orange County for much of his adult life, and he often used helicopters to save time and avoid Southern California's notorious traffic. He often traveled to practices and games by helicopter before his playing career ended in 2016, and he kept up the practice after retirement as he attended to his many new ventures, which included a burgeoning entertainment company that recently produced an Academy Award-winning animated short film. The crash occurred about 20 miles from Mamba Sports Academy, Bryant’s basketball training complex in Thousand Oaks, California. A girls basketball tournament was scheduled for Sunday at the facility. Bryant, who had four daughters with his wife, Vanessa, dedicated himself to boosting women’s sports in recent years, coaching and mentoring basketball players around the world. Gianna, better known as Gigi, had a promising youth career. Bryant sat with her courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game late last year, clearly passing along his wisdom to his daughter. Bryant told Jimmy Kimmel in 2018 that Gianna wanted to play in the WNBA and recalled how fans would often approach him saying “you gotta have a boy, you gotta someone to carry on the tradition, the legacy.” Gianna took exception: “She’s like, 'Oy, I got this,’” Bryant recalled. Bryant retired nearly four years ago as the third-leading scorer in NBA history, finishing two decades in Lakers purple and gold as a prolific shooter with a sublime all-around game and a relentless competitive ethic that inspired strong reactions from fans and opponents alike. He held that No. 3 spot in the league scoring ranks until Saturday night, when the Lakers’ LeBron James passed him during a game in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown. “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” Bryant wrote in his last tweet. “Much respect my brother.” On Saturday night, James said he was "happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball player to ever play. One of the all-time greatest Lakers.” News of Bryant’s death inspired an outpouring of grief around the sports world and beyond, but it was felt particularly painfully in Los Angeles, where Bryant was unquestionably the sprawling city's most popular athlete and one of its most beloved public figures. The Lakers’ next game isn’t until Tuesday night against the crosstown rival Clippers, but hundreds of fans — many in Bryant jerseys and Lakers gear — spontaneously gathered at Staples Center and in the surrounding LA Live entertainment complex on Sunday, weeping and staring at video boards with Bryant’s image before the Grammy awards ceremony. “I thought he was going to live forever,” Lakers great Magic Johnson told KCBS-TV. “I thought he was invincible. ... There was nobody who took more pride in putting on that Laker uniform than Kobe. Nobody. He was just special. We will miss him and we’ll remember him for his greatness, but let’s not forget how he impacted the world, too.” The NBA kept its games on as scheduled when the news broke, but the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors both took voluntary 24-second shot clock violations at the start of their game in honor of Bryant, who wore No. 24 for the second half of his career. Several other teams followed up by deliberately taking delays of 24 and 8 seconds, honoring both of his jersey numbers. Many players were seen crying before their games, and James looked emotional on the tarmac when he got off the Lakers’ team plane from Philadelphia. Bryant’s future appeared to be limitless in retirement, whether in sports or entertainment. He opened a production company shortly after leaving the Lakers, saying he was just as passionate about storytelling as he had been about his sport. He won an Oscar in 2018 for his contributions to “Dear Basketball,” an animated short about his relationship to the game. He also produced content for ESPN. In 2003, Bryant was charged with attacking a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. He had said the two had consensual sex, and the charge was eventually dropped. The woman later filed a civil suit against Bryant that was settled out of court. Bryant's adulation remained strong in Los Angeles even during the sexual assault allegations. Bryant became one of the game’s most popular players as the face of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers franchise. He was the league MVP in 2008 and a two-time NBA scoring champion, but he also earned 12 selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams. He teamed with Shaquille O’Neal in a combustible partnership to lead the Lakers to NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He later teamed with Pau Gasol to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010. A two-time Olympic gold medalist with the dominant U.S. team, Bryant retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final NBA game. In December 2017, the Lakers hung banners retiring his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in the Staples Center rafters in an unprecedented double honor. Bryant looms large over the current generation of NBA players, most of whom grew up either idolizing Bryant or absorbing his work ethic and competitive spirit in the same way Bryant's generation learned from Michael Jordan. After James passed Bryant on Saturday, he remembered listening in awe to Bryant when the superstar came to speak at a childhood basketball camp. “I remember one thing he said: If you want to be great at it, or want to be one of the greats, you’ve got to put the work in,” James said. James later teamed up with Bryant on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in Beijing. “He had zero flaws offensively,” James said. “Zero. You backed off of him, he could shoot the 3. You body him up a little bit, he could go around you. He could shoot from mid-range. He could post. He could make free throws. ... He was just immortal offensively because of his skill set and his work ethic.” Bryant was a basketball superstar for his entire adult life, and he grew up from a teenager to a respected veteran in the unforgiving Hollywood spotlight. He entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996 after a childhood spent partly in Italy, where his father, former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professionally. He spoke four languages and played a major role in the NBA's international growth over his two decades in the league, traveling the world and connecting with athletes in other sports and celebrities. The Lakers acquired the 17-year-old Bryant in a trade shortly after Charlotte drafted him, and he immediately became one of the most exciting and intriguing players in the sport alongside O’Neal, who had signed with the Lakers as a free agent. Bryant won the Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie, and the Lakers gradually grew into a team that won three consecutive championships. Bryant and Gasol, the Spanish star, formed the nucleus of another championship team in 2008, reaching three straight NBA Finals and winning two more titles. Between those title runs and before the quiet final years of his career, Bryant accomplished innumerable feats including an 81-point game against Toronto in January 2006. Bryant's final NBA seasons were dogged by injuries, but he still went into retirement with that jaw-dropping 60-point performance against Utah. ___ AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2020

Blu Girls rise to no. 11 in world rankings

The Cebuana Lhuillier-backed PH Blu Girls is now the 11th–ranked women’s softball team in the world after the standings for 2019 were released by the World Baseball Softball Confederation Thursday morning. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

Billionaires richer than 60% of world’s population

DAVOS, Switzerland: The world’s billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday. It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in “12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day,” estimated to be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

UST, Adamson triumph in historic first day of UAAP girls basketball

Adamson and UST overpowered their respective foes to take the historic first wins in the inaugural UAAP Girls' Basketball competition, Saturday at the Paco Arena. The Junior Tigresses stunned heavily favored De La Salle Zobel, 63-45, in the main game of the double-header to set the tone for the tournament, which is a demo sport for Season 82. Trailing early, UST turned to their defense to close the first half on a 6-0 run capped by a Bridgette Santos fastbreak layup to lead at 11, 27-16, heading into the break. Erika Danganan paced the Tigresses with 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. The guard also ended with four steals, two of which came in that stretch, which sparked the run. "Nung nag-start kami, gigil kami eh," UST head coach Aileen Grajales admitted. "Yung iba rito galing probinsya, so nanibago pa, gigil pa. Pero nung third quarter, nakabawi na po." UST's advantage ballooned to 26 points at the 9:25 mark of the fourth quarter as Jane Aranza finished off her steal off of a Candice Udal pass to put the board at 47-21. Grajales was grateful that the league started a Girls' division. "Paangat na yung women's basketball so mas maganda yung ginawa ng UAAP, kasi bata pa lang nate-train na natin," the former national team stalwart said. Katelyn Cancio led La Salle with 11 points and seven rebounds. Achissa Maw added seven markers and ended with 12 boards. In the first-ever UAAP girls basketball match, the Lady Baby Falcons dominated the Lady Eaglets, 121-44. Mia Miguel produced an impressive double-double performance at 24 points and 14 rebounds, with three steals and an assist to boot to lead Adamson. Katrina Agojo also ended with double-double at 12 markers and game-high 17 boards. The Lady Baby Falcons limited Ateneo to just three points in the opening period and a solitary point in the third canto to set the rout. Andrea Sarmiento was the lone Atenean in double figures with 17 points, while Maxine Almeda added seven markers and 11 boards......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2020

Clippers beat Pistons 126-112; George leaves with hamstring tightness

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers survived without Paul George in the second half to beat the Detroit Pistons 126-112 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time), winning consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13 (Dec. 14, PHL time). George didn't return after halftime because of left hamstring tightness. He finished with 12 points. Lou Williams added 22 points and Kawhi Leonard had 18 in three quarters for the Clippers, who had alternated wins and losses for nearly three weeks. Bruce Brown led nine Pistons in double figures with 15 points. Andre Drummond added 10 points and 12 rebounds. They've lost four in a row on the road and eight of nine overall. Trailing by nine, the Clippers took control in the second quarter. They outscored the Pistons 35-20, including runs of 9-0 and 10-0, to take a 69-63 lead into halftime. George hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Leonard followed with another 3. Seven different Clippers scored in the spurts. Once George was sidelined, his teammates stepped up. Landry Shamet hit consecutive 3-pointers that extended the lead to 18 points in the third. Maurice Harkless, who started, Williams and Harrell combined to score 13 of the Clippers' final 15 points and send them into the fourth leading 106-79. Detroit scored on consecutive possessions just once in the third. Harrell and Williams anchored the second unit in the fourth when the starters rested. The Pistons outscored the Clippers 33-20, but they had too big a deficit to overcome. TIP-INS Pistons: They're on a trip with at least one game in each time zone for the first time since Dec. 5-16, 1979. ... Nearly two years after Blake Griffin's shocking trade from the Clippers to Detroit, he's the only one of six players involved still on either roster. Clippers: Patrick Beverley is expected back in the next couple games from a sprained right wrist. ... At 10-5, they tied for the league's third-best record in December. ... So far the Clippers have scored at least 130 points in six games, tied for second-most in the NBA. NO GRIFFIN Griffin sat out with left knee soreness against his former team. Clipper Darrell shouted, “I paid my money and I want to see Blake Griffin!”, drawing a smile from Griffin seated on the bench. The crowd then began chanting, “We want Blake! We want Blake!” REMEMBERING STERN Doc Rivers recalled that David Stern was the first call he received after being fired as Orlando coach in 2003. "I'm thinking, `Wow, this is a cool thing. When you get fired the commissioner calls,'" Rivers said. "But he was calling me to tell me was that tomorrow ABC was going to offer me the job and I better take it." Rivers did, working with Al Michaels as a TV commentator for one season before returning to coaching with the Boston Celtics. "He was the sheriff with love," Rivers said of Stern, who died Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). "People don't remember this league when he came in. This was a tough league. This was a drug-infested, image-problem league. David Stern came in and cleaned it up and kept it going." Detroit coach Dwane Casey credited Stern for doing more than any other sports commissioner to promote race relations and women in the workplace. “I am a product of the '60s and I've seen everything, discrimination, segregation, and David made it known from the very start that he wanted diversity in the NBA,” Casey said. "He wanted it in the front offices and in the coaching ranks, and he made it happen." There was a pregame moment of silence for Stern. UP NEXT Pistons: Visit Golden State on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in the middle of their six-game trip. Clippers: Host Memphis on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), a team the Clippers beat by two points on Nov. 27 (Nov. 28, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2020

20 for 20: Pinoy Sports Personalities to Watch in 2020

As we enter a new decade, ABS-CBN Sports takes a look at 20 Pinoy sports personalities destined to shine in 2020.    Kiefer Ravena After an 18-month wait, Kiefer Ravena is finally back in basketball. Despite only playing in the PBA’s third conference, his impact was immediate, leading NLEX to the number 1 seed in the Governors’ Cup. The Road Warriors didn’t advance sure, but if Kiefer can impact a team that way in limited time, wait until you see what he can do with a full offseason.   Alex Eala At just 14 years old, Filipina tennister Alex Eala is already turning heads, and she’s yet to turn pro. With a runner-up finish at the ITF Mayor’s Cup in Osaka, Japan and her first ITF Juniors title in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex has had quite the fruitful year, leading to a career-best 11th-place ranking in the ITF Juniors table to finish the year.  Heading into 2020, Eala now has her sights set on turning pro as she plans to join more professional tournaments to raise her ranking even more. Expect the young tennis star to make even more headlines in the coming year.     Bryan Bagunas A vital cog in the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Bagunas is considered as one of the best Filipino volleyball players in this generation. Eyes will be on his blossoming international career playing as an import in the Japan V. Premier League.         Margielyn Didal While already a household name in Philippine skateboarding due to her success in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Margielyn Didal made even more waves in 2019. The 20-year old Cebuana reached the semifinals of the 2019 SLS World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and captured gold in the 2019 National Championships and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  Didal is currently looking to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and if she can do so, it’s highly likely that the Pinay skater can become an even bigger star in the industry.    Marck Espejo After his spectacular collegiate career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Marck Espejo's colorful career as part of the men's national volleyball team and in the club league continues to blossom. Just like Bryan Bagunas, Espejo will be showing his skills internationally with a stint in Thailand following a historic silver medal finish at the 30th SEA Games.   Yuka Saso After a decorated amateur career that saw her  participate in major tournaments such as the Ladies’ European Tour, the Summer Youth Olympics and claim top honors in the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 and 2019 Philippine Ladies Open, and the 2019 Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, 18-year old Pinay golfer Yuka Saso finally made the jump to pro in November of 2019.  With even more competitions in store plus a 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth in her crosshairs, it’s quite likely that we hear more about Saso in the coming months.  Carlos Yulo Perhaps no other young athlete in the Philippines shot to stardom faster than gymnastics phenomenon Carlos Edriel Yulo. After a gold medal finish in the floor exercise at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Yulo hauled in even more hardware in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, taking home two more gold medals and five silvers.  Yulo’s spectacular 2019 earned him a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and if his SEA Games and World Championships performances are any indication, Caloy is bound for another podium finish on the biggest stage there is.   Eya Laure Last UAAP season’s rookie of the year will return as the heir apparent of Season 81 MVP Sisi Rondina. With her national team stint, all eyes will be on the younger Laure as she reunites with older sister EJ as they try to bring University of Sto. Tomas back in the Finals after falling short last year. Hidilyn Diaz 2019 was another big year for Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, highlighted by her first ever gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Diaz also finished with silver medals in the 2019 Asian Championships and a bronze in the 2019 World Championships.  All those podium finishes are crucial in Diaz’s quest for another Olympics berth in 2020. Should the 28-year lock up another spot in the Summer Games in Tokyo, we could see another Olympic medal coming home.    Kat Tolentino  After initially announcing that she would not come back for her final season in the UAAP, Kat Tolentino changed her decision and will suit up for the Ateneo Lady Eagles once last time, providing a great morale-booster in their bid for back-to-back titles. Tolentino’s leadership will be tested as she will be leading a young team.      Joshua Pacio 23-year old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio proved to be the brightest spot for Philippine MMA stable Team Lakay in 2019. After opening the year with a questionnable decision loss to Yosuke Saruta, Pacio silenced any doubts in the rematch and regained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a highlight-reel headkick knockout. Pacio would follow that up with another masterful performance, this time with a second-round submission win over top contender Rene Catalan before the end of the year.  2020 is shaping up to become another banner year for the rising Pinoy star, as he’s scheduled for another title defense on January 31st in Manila, this time against former champ Alex Silva of Brazil. A win for Pacio will solidify his claim of being the best strawweight ever in ONE Championship history.     Louie Romero The Adamson University freshman displayed great potential during the pre-season when she piloted the Lady Falcons to title win in the PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference. Romero is expected to be a gem of a setter for the young Adamson squad hoping make a return in the UAAP Final Four. Manny Pacquiao While eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is certainly in the twilight of his professional boxing career, 2019 showed that he is still one of the best around. A successful title defense over Adrien Broner followed by an impressive dismantling of the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA’s primary world title proved that even at 40, Manny Pacquiao is still a big name in the sport.  With Pacquiao targeting an early return in 2020, more big names are lined up to fight “the People’s Champ”, including names like Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and even a title-unification bout against Errol Spence. Still, the biggest fight that is out there proves to be a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr, granted that “Money” finally bites.    Faith Nisperos A key addition for the repeat-seeking Ateneo de Manila University. The highly-touted rookie hitter will add height and firepower for the Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball. In the previous PVL Collegiate Conference, Nisperos flashed her scoring prowess, exploding for 35 points in one outing.   Robert Bolick The two best rookies of 2019 were CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. We know what we can expect from CJ, but Bolick is an interesting case as 2020 will be his return from knee injury. Bolick could still win Rookie of the Year, but even if he doesn’t, his return to Northport could push the reloaded Batang Pier from a Cinderella team to full-on PBA title contender.   Joshua Retamar His playmaking skills as well as his efficiency on net defense during the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games makes him a setter to watch out for come UAAP. Retamar is an asset for National University’s three-peat bid.       Kai Sotto The Philippines' 7-foot-2, 17-year-old is opening eyes as he suits up for Atlanta-based The Skills Factory - so much so that he has already gotten interest from quite a few US NCAA schools. Before Sotto continues breaking the glass ceiling for Filipinos, though, he will go home for a while to wear the flag with Mighty Sports-Pilipinas in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.   Jema Galanza Coming off a great outing to close the PVL Season 3 highlighted by copping the Open Conference MVP award, expectations are high for Jema Galanza as Creamline aims to reclaim the PVL Reinforced Conference crown and complete an Open Conference three-peat.      Kobe Paras Many questioned just what the 6-foot-6 tantalizing talent would bring to the table for UP - but more often than not, he had all the answers as he led the Fighting Maroons to their second straight Final Four. In the end, Paras was actually the steadying force State U needed in what was a hyped up season. They may not have made it back to the Finals, but they still got much more motivation as they run it back for next year.   Pat Aquino What's next for the most decorated mentor in women's basketball? Pat Aquino followed up a six-peat for National U with the Philippines' first-ever gold medal in women's basketball in the SEA Games. Without a doubt, he will only continue steering the sport forward especially as the likes of UST and FEU are already gearing up to put up greater challenges in the new year.   Isaac Go Isaac Go is technically not the no. 1 pick of the 2019 PBA Draft but he is without a doubt, the no. 1 prospect of the year. His top selection from the special Gilas Pilipinas Draft is proof of that. Gilas Pilipinas has the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on deck in 2020 and as a new era dawns on the national team, all eyes will be on the biggest piece for the future that’s already drafted into the new Philippine squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

Women-focused DC hotel celebrates empowerment

A female empowerment-themed hotel is set to open in Washington, DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood this spring. Designed to celebrate feminine strength, Hotel Zena will have 191 rooms, a 14th-floor pool rooftop deck and lobby cocktail bar, according to a release. Throughout, the hotel will feature works of art that are “perspective-shifting” and pay homage to […] The post Women-focused DC hotel celebrates empowerment appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

Woods comeback at Masters named AP Sports Story of the Year

By Eddie Pells, Associated Press A green jacket. A heart-melting embrace. A stirring return to the top of golf by one of the sport’s all-time greats. In choosing Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters as The Associated Press sports story of the year, voters went with the uplifting escape of a great comeback over options that were as much about sports as the issues that enveloped them in 2019: politics, money and the growing push for equal pay and equal rights for women. The balloters, a mix of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers, elevated Woods’ rousing victory at Augusta National over the runner-up entry: the U.S. women’s soccer team’s victory at the World Cup. That monthlong competition was punctuated by star Megan Rapinoe’s push for pay equality for the women’s team and an ongoing war of words with President Donald Trump. Rapinoe’s efforts to use sports as a platform to discuss bigger issues was hardly a one-off in 2019. Of the top 12 stories in the balloting, only three — titles won by the Toronto Raptors, Washington Nationals and University of Virginia basketball team — stuck mainly to what happened between the lines. All the rest — including the blown call that cost the Saints a chance at the Super Bowl, a California law that threatens to upend the NCAA and Simone Biles’ dominance at gymnastics' world championships, set against the backdrop of the sex-abuse crisis consuming the sport in the U.S. — were long-running sagas that went beyond a single day or event. They painted sports not as an escape from the world’s problems but merely another window into them. It’s no stretch to say that the whole of the Woods saga — namely, the sordid, pain-riddled, decadelong prelude to his victory at Augusta National in April — would fit into that category, as well. His downfall began in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving in 2009, when he ran over a fire hydrant outside his house in Florida, triggering an avalanche of stories about infidelity that would lead to the breakup of his marriage and play into the near-destruction of his career. Part 2 was the injuries. Woods came close but did not return to his dominant form after his return to golf following his breakup with his wife. And as time went on, his physical condition deteriorated. He didn’t play in 2016 or 2017, and at the end of '17, he conceded his back was so bad that his days of competitive golf might be behind him. There were four risky back surgeries. Woods also required a good deal of inner healing after a mortifying DUI arrest in 2017 that exposed his reliance on painkillers. Through it all, Woods somehow kept nurturing his love for golf. And eventually, he found his game again. He climbed his way back to the top. He had close calls at two majors in 2018 — the British Open and PGA Championship — and then won the season-ending Tour Championship, as good a sign as any that, at 43, he could take on the best and win. But regular tournaments are not the majors, and no major is the Masters. It was on those hallowed grounds at Augusta National where Woods set the marker, starting a decade of dominance that would redefine the game. He blew away the field by 12 strokes in 1997 to win the first of what has become five green jackets and 15 major titles. On that day, Woods came off the 18th green and wrapped himself in a warm embrace with his father, Earl, whose death in 2006 left an undeniable void in the player's life. Though there had been a handful of close calls between his U.S. Open victory in 2008 and the start of 2019, it was clear that if there was a single course where Woods could conjure the old magic and end a major drought, it would be Augusta National. As a four-time champion, Woods built a career on studying every inch of the layout, knowing every fault line and every sneaky twist and turn of the slickest greens on earth. But where, at one time, he might have overpowered the course and intimidated the competition, in 2019, he simply outlasted them both. He avoided mistakes while everyone else was making them. Instead of taking a lead into the last day, then never giving anyone a whiff of hope, this was a comeback. He started the day two shots behind. As AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson wrote in his wrapup of the final day: “Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.” When it was over, Woods came to the same spot where he’d met Earl 22 years before. He scooped up his son, Charlie, and held him in a long embrace, then did the same with his 11-year-old daughter, Sam, and mother, Tilda. “For them to see what it’s like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that’s something they will never forget,” Woods said. Very few golf fans will. And in a sports year dominated by weightier topics, Woods at the Masters stood out — a comeback story that left people smiling at the end......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2019

St. Dominic student film wins at CineJuana

​A film by second-year Communication majors from St. Dominic College of Asia won at the CineJuana Digital Shorts Competition during the Youth Forum on Violence Against Women and Girls, organized by the Philippine Commission on Women last Nov. 25 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 24th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas women hope double gold leads to more support

MANILA — With two shiny gold medals from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, everybody has no choice but to pay attention to Gilas Pilipinas women and women’s basketball in general in the Philippines. At least that’s the hope now. Gilas women made history in the SEA Games, first winning the 3x3 basketball tournament. A week later, the Philippine national women’s team won the country’s first ever gold medal in 5x5 basketball. In both Finals, Gilas women beat Thailand. “We’ve been dreaming of that since day 1 na we handled the national team, na sana we make it great for women,” head coach Pat Aquino said.  “Sana, lagi na lang puro kami sana. And now that we’re here. We achieved the goals that we were supposed to do,” he added. It’s been a struggle to get attention and support for women’s basketball in the Philippines. After the UAAP, Filipina players have nowhere else to go, aside from actually making the national team. Obviously, Gilas women can’t accomodate all the players coming up. Coach Pat is hoping that their double gold can pave the way for a proper women’s league here. “That’s the dream na gusto ko. Now that I’m the sports director or the program director for Women’s Basketball, I really wanted women’s basketball to grow,” he said. “Hopefully sponsors would come in next year and help us out to have a league of their own for the women’s basketball. And I think they’ll be proud of it. These girls really worked hard. Walang mga prima donna. And they’re gonna play as hard as they can,” Aquino added. For the meantime, Gilas Pilipinas women will take a short break before they set their sights on a bigger goal like FIBA Asia. The SEA Games double gold is certainly not going to be their peak, it’s just the start. “Let’s not just let this pass by. Everybody, pagtapos nito syempre wala na naman. We will focus with other things. But sana we could achieve more by you know, supporting us,” Aquino said. “Sana we continue more and improve. Next stop, FIBA Asia naman. So hopefully, yun naman yung target,” Coach Pat added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

SEA Games: Overall championship virtually on Team PHI’s hands

Team Philippines drew closer to duplicating its overall rule in the Southeast Asian Games 14 years ago after the host team widened its gap in the medal race on Sunday. With just two competition playdates left, the Philippines looks poised on winning the general championship with a medal haul of 112 gold, 86 silver and 87 bronze medals after eight days of hostilities in the regional sports extravaganza. At far second was Indonesia (65-62-79) and Vietnam (65-59-78). The Philippines last won the overall crown back in 2005 when the country last hosted the biennial meet. Watersports bets made waves in their respective fronts to add five mints for the PHI’s cause.  Heroic surfer Roger Casogay ruled the men’s longboard while Nilbie Blancada topped the women's shortboard in La Union. At the DECA Wakeboard Park in Pampanga, Jhondi Wallace clinched the gold medal in men’s wake skate while Susan Larsson ruled the distaff side of the event. At the Triboa Bay in Subic, Melcah Jen Caballero snared the gold medal in women's lightweight single sculls. Filipina golfer Bianca Pagdanganan completed the country’s women’s gold sweep after she teamed up with Lois Kaye Go in the team event. The Blu Girls collected their 10th straight softball gold medal after blanking Indonesia, 8-0. The PHI Volcanoes triumphed in rugby after beating Malaysia, 19-0, in the final at the Parade Grounds in Clark, Taekwondo accounted for three gold medals courtesy of Samuel Morrison (men’s -80kg), Dave Cea (men’s -57kg) and Pauline Lopez (women’s -57kg) while William Morrison (men’s shotput), Natalie Uy (women’s pole vault) and the 4x100 mixed relay team delivered mints in athletics at the New Clark City Stadium. Jojit Francisco and Jaime Rafael De Lange chipped in skateboarding golds in the men’s park and downhill events, respectively, in Tagaytay. Muay fighters Philip Delarmino (men’s -57kg) and Ariel Lampacan men’s -54kg) also won mints while Rubilen Amit won her gold medal in the women’s 9-ball pool. Esports’ Sibol reigned supreme in Mobile Legends: Bang-bang at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

Cubao disco club raided; 72 girls rescued

Over 70 women suspected victims of sexual trafficking were rescued in a bar raid in Cubao, Quezon City yesterday before dawn......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019