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Hollywood actress skips ComicCon Asia 2018

US television actress Hayley Atwell will not be able attend Comic Con Asia 2018 happening this weekend. However, the reason behind the star of the well-loved series “Agent Carter” seemsThe post Hollywood actress skips ComicCon Asia 2018 appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource: dzrhnews dzrhnewsMar 23rd, 2018

Actress Hayley Atwell cancels appearance in ComicCon Asia 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Organizers of ComicCon Asia 2018 announced that actress Hayley Atwell, known for her role as Peggy Carter in Agent Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will no longer be part of the event. In a statement posted on the group's Facebook page, Hayley cited the "political unrest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Aquaman Asian Premiere Manila Philippines 2018 – Manila Video

I was fortunate enough to do the Voice Over job for the Aquaman Asian Premiere held at the Mall of Asia Music Hall Manila Philippines. Jason Momoa has the biggest heart by far by any hollywood actor which made his Filipino fans love him even more. source link: Aquaman Asian Premiere Manila Philippines 2018 – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Saoirse Ronan is majestic in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

  LOS ANGELES---In a fitting nod to her title role in "Mary Queen of Scots," Saoirse Ronan walked into a meeting room at The London Hotel in West Hollywood wearing shoes with Elizabethan ruffles.   "Very queen-like," the young actress quipped as she took off one shoe (the pair was custom made by designer Ada Kokosar) and momentarily displayed it on the table.   Following her 2018 Golden Globe best actress win for "Lady Bird," Saoirse is in top form again in director Josie Rourke's film adaptation of John Guy's book, "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart." Saoirse is compelling as the iron-willed Mary Stuart who has to deal with seemingly endless ...Keep on reading: Saoirse Ronan is majestic in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Harvey Weinstein’s absence looms over scandal-hit Cannes

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein once held court like a king at the Cannes film festival, but this year it is his absence that will loom large over the competition. The world's biggest film festival has moved to align itself with the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment that has reverberated around the world since Weinstein's downfall. The festival has condemned Weinstein's "unpardonable behavior" after he was accused of four sexual assaults at Cannes over the years, including the rape of the Italian actress Asia Argento in his luxury suite when she was 21. Director Thierry Fremaux admitted that Cannes "will never be the same again" after the Weinstein ...Keep on reading: Harvey Weinstein’s absence looms over scandal-hit Cannes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

WATCH: Michael V. shares his sketching skills at ComicCon Asia 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Did you know that before he became a comedian, TV producer, and novelty song hit maker, Michael V......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Three things ComicCon Asia did right and 5 things it did wrong

ComicCon Asia 2018 finally opened its doors on March 24 after months of speculation and no small amount of controversy. With the first day of the convention done, here’s a list of the good and the bad that came with it. What they did right 1. They ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

‘New Mutants’ set for horror-themed debut

  "X-Men" spinoff film "The New Mutants," originally set for an April 2018 opening, was moved to Feb. 22, 2019 to avoid an overseas screening conflict, an overlap with another film from the same studio, 20th Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The characters, originally teenage students at the X-Men's school for the gifted in the source comics, will be in a horror-themed film adaptation. Included in the cast are "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams, as the werewolf codenamed Wolfsbane; "Stranger Things" actor Charlie Heaton, as the flying and invulnerable Cannonball; and Anya Taylor-Joy as the teleporting sorceress Magik. '13 Reasons Why' star's hi...Keep on reading: ‘New Mutants’ set for horror-themed debut.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

What to Expect at ComicCon Asia 2018!

MANILA, Philippines – ICYMI: Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics, is coming to Manila to attend the very first ComicCon Asia on March 24 and 25! But that’s not all the big event has in store. As ComicCon Asia event producer Pauline Sofia Laping pointed out, “What makes ComicCon ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Get ready Marvel fans! The legendary comic book writer Stan Lee is coming to Man…

Get ready Marvel fans! The legendary comic book writer Stan Lee is coming to Manila for the ComicCon Asia 2018. #comicconasia #marvelcomics #stanleecollectibles #SMXConventionCenter Get your spidey senses tingling as Marvel’s comic legend, Stan Lee, is coming to ComicCon Asia 2018! Who’s excited? We definitely are! Be sure to keep following our page to learn… link: Get ready Marvel fans! The legendary comic book writer Stan Lee is coming to Man….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Marvel’s Stan Lee is coming to ComicCon Asia

MARVEL COMICS’ Stan Lee (real name: Stanley Martin Lieber) is heading to Manila to grace ComicCon Asia 2018, a two-day event on March 24 and 25 at the SMX Convention Center which is meant to bring “the best of the region’s comics, movies, series, manga, animé, toys, gaming and cosplay… together in a massive arena […] The post Marvel’s Stan Lee is coming to ComicCon Asia appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

LOOK: Stan Lee is coming to Manila for ComicCon Asia 2018 – MB Life

Get to see the Marvel legend in the flesh! LOOK: Stan Lee is coming to Manila for ComicCon Asia 2018 – MB Life Who’s excited to see Stan Lee at ComicCon Asia 2018? We know we are! Source link: LOOK: Stan Lee is coming to Manila for ComicCon Asia 2018 – MB Life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Ray Allen to visit Manila in Comic-Con Asia 2018

NBA legend Ray Allen will be among those attending the first-ever Comic-Con Asia 2018, which will be held March 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Allen, who won two NBA titles as a player, will be in the country in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's movie, "He Got Game", which starred the NBA career leader in three-pointers made and Denzel Washington. Sen. Manny Pacquiao will also be in the event as he was chosen as the event's ambassador last September. Headlining the two-day event will be former comic-book writer and Marvel legend Stan Lee, who has already confirmed his attendance.     Get your spidey senses tingling as Marvel’s comic legend, Stan Lee, is coming to ComicCon Asia 2018! Who’s excited? We definitely are! Be sure to keep following our page to learn more about how you could meet and greet him soon! #ComicConAsia2018 #CCAsia2018 A post shared by ComicCon Asia (@comiccon_asia) on Jan 17, 2018 at 4:48am PST Also joining the 95-year old Lee and Allen is Walter Jones, the original Black Ranger from the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". The full slate of guests has also be announced and as follows: Cosplayers:  Hoku Props Vampy Bit Me Nana Kuronoma Anna Redei Jay Tablante (photographer) Local talents:  Yael Yuzon Harvey M. Tolibao (comic book artist) Carlo Pagulayan (comic book artist) Ian Sta. Maria (comic book artist) Armand Serrano (Walt Disney Animation Studios)  Visitors may register here. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Stan Lee is coming to Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Marvel fans now have a chance to see Stan Lee in more than just a movie cameo. The comic book writer and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief is scheduled to make a stop in Manila as part of ComicCon Asia 2018, which will be held a the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

The night Hollywood wore black

  From the get-go, the 2018 Golden Globe awards wore the TV-film industry's collective heart on its sleeve--- and it was colored black. Black for cumulative mourning over past, unaddressed excesses; for firm, no-nonsense resolve to finally put a stop to the power-tripping and sexual exploitation that have claimed many victims for decades---and as a grim and "deadly" warning for predators to stop. Now. The no-nonsense tone was set early on by the very first award, for best TV actress Nicole Kidman's portrayal of a victim of domestic violence in the series, "Big Little Lies." To further underscore the pointed focus, reference and preference, the show itself won for bes...Keep on reading: The night Hollywood wore black.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Team Philippines Hailed Champs in Castrol Asia Pacific Bikes Super Mechanic Contest 2018

Team Philippines bagged the title in Castrol Asia Pacific Super Mechanic Contest 2018 as they beat other mechanics from India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia last November 14 to 15 this year in Bangkok, Thailand. Cebu-based Drake’s Motor Parts composed of Julius Maranga, Georekey Cantabaco, Gabriel Hidalgo Jr. and owner John Ceniza won the 2017 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News1 hr. 50 min. ago

LBC wins big at 2018 Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards | Inquirer Business

LBC Express Inc. adds yet another feather on its cap when it bagged the award for corporate excellence in the transportation and logistics industry category at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News10 hr. 3 min. ago

The Global Gender Gap Index 2018

THE PHILIPPINES edged up in the world’s top 10 and took the helm in East Asia and the Pacific in an annual report that tracks how countries have been closing the gap between women and men in more than 70 indicators in the fields of health, education, economy and politics. Read the full story......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News10 hr. 16 min. ago

Why Variety magazine gave recognition to Anne Curtis as rising star in Asia

Actress-model Anne Curtis-Smith has been recognized by Variety magazine and the International Film Festival and Awards or IFFA as one of Asia’s rising stars She was among the top five awardees chosen during the event held on December 15 at Macao Cultural Center in Macau, China. Curtis expressed her gratitude on Instagram particularly for the filmmakers […] The post Why Variety magazine gave recognition to Anne Curtis as rising star in Asia appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News11 hr. 37 min. ago

Philippines climbs to No. 8 in 2018 Global Gender Gap report

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines climbed two notches to 8th place in the latest Global Gender Gap report, maintaining its position as one of the most gender equal countries in Asia. The report, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday, December 18, ranked 149 countries based on 4 categories: ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News21 hr. 37 min. ago

THROWBACK: Top PBA rookie draft picks through the years

After 33 years, the tradition of PBA teams selecting promising players from the amateur ranks, patterned after the NBA draft process, heralded a balanced influx of talent to even out the league’s competitiveness. But what makes the draft process interesting is the choice of the number 1 pick, who is considered the most in-demand player seen to bolster the chances of the worst performing or a newly established team in the PBA. With Columbian Dyip’s selection of Lyceum stalwart CJ Perez as the number one pick in the 2018 PBA Draft,  let’s look back at the top draft picks through the years, from its beginnings in 1985 to the controversial selection last year, and how they made their mark in the league. 1985 – Sonny Cabatu Sonny Cabatu was the PBA’s first-ever number one draft pick, selected by the expansion club Shell Azodrin Bugbusters, which took over the Crispa Redmanizers franchise. An intense bruiser inside the paint, Cabatu was Shell’s starting center known as “Mr. Quality Minutes.” He would then play for Great Taste, Purefoods, Sarsi, and Ginebra in a respectable career. 1986 – Rey Cuenco A member of the guest Northern Cement Corp. (NCC) team coached by Ron Jacobs that played in the pro league’s 1984 season, Rey Cuenco was picked in the 1986 draft by another new, expansion ballclub Alaska Milkmen to lead their charge.  His pro playing career blossomed from 1989 to 1992 under the tutelage of Ginebra playing coach Robert Jaworski. In 1990, he was adjudged the Most Improved Player and part of the Mythical Second Team. He also became a member of the Big J-coached, first all-Filipino, all-professional “Dream Team” in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing that won a silver medal for the country with Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Benjie Paras and Ramon Fernandez among others. 1987 – Allan Caidic Considered the greatest Filipino basketball marksman ever, Allan Caidic was already a big name before he strutted into the PBA. Having won titles for the UE Red Warriors and among the top players of the Ron Jacobs-mentored national team, the Triggerman was definitely one big prized addition for any team. And Great Taste, having the privilege of selecting first in 1987, made Caidic a hands-down choice. He would later suit up for San Miguel Beer and Ginebra San Miguel in a storied career. He had since become a PBA Hall of Famer and among the Top 25 Greatest Players of All Time. 1988 – Jack Tanuan A vital cog of the FEU Tamaraws and a member of the 1986 Seoul Asian Games squad that took home the bronze, Jack Tanuan was a feared scorer who made a living with his inside game. It was no surprise that new franchise Purefoods selected him as their top pick in 1988, in addition to other direct hires from the amateur ranks that formed their strong core—Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Jojo Lastimosa and Glenn Capacio—on top of having the Franchise, Mon Fernandez, as playing coach. He would later play for the Sarsi, Swift and Pop Cola teams under the RFM franchise, and later on for Sta. Lucia, Mobiline, and Alaska. 1989 – Benjie Paras It was the year of Benjie Paras, a valiant, hardworking center called “The Tower of Power,” who led the UP Maroons to its historic 1986 UAAP title. After being selected by Shell as the number one pick in the 1989 draft, Paras would achieve the impossible of being both the league MVP and Rookie of the Year, while being named to the Mythical Five. Paras along with fellow Hall of Famers Ronnie Magsanoc and long-time import Bobby Ray Parks Sr. became the triumvirate that led Shell to the First Conference championships in 1990 and 1992. And, even with the onset of Fil-foreign players in the PBA, Paras remained dominant and won his second MVP plum in 1999. 1990 – Peter Jao Peter Jao was the first Cebuano player to be drafted as a rookie top pick in the league, selected by Presto Tivoli. He would then become a member of Presto’s champion team in the 1990 All-Filipino conference with Allan Caidic and Gerry Esplana. 1991 – Alex Araneta The former Ateneo Blue Eagle suited up for Alaska Air Force/Milkmen until 1995, after which he was hired in the company as a management trainee, eventually becoming one of Alaska Milk Corp.’s sales managers. Of Alaska’s 14 championships in the league, Araneta was a veteran of 2 of them (1991 Third Conference and 1994 Governors’ Cup). 1992 – Vergel Meneses An ex-seminarian who became among the PBA’s Top 40 Greatest Players, the “Aerial Voyager” was known for his show-stopping moves and is considered among the best one-on-one players. The former JRU Heavy Bomber and 1995 PBA MVP was also a member of the all-pro Centennial Team coached by Tim Cone that won the William Jones Cup in Taipei and placed 3rd in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. 1993 – Zandro Limpot After his years as a King Archer for De La Salle, Zandro Limpot entered the 1993 draft and was chosen first overall by the expansion ballclub Sta. Lucia Realtors.  Limpot was named Rookie Of The Year that season as well as reaping All-Star, Mythical Second Team and All-Defensive Team honors. Limpot won his first and only PBA championship (2006 Philippine Cup) with the Purefoods Chunkee Giants. 1994 – Noli Locsin Another former Green Archer, Noli Locsin was picked by Tondeña 65 as the league’s top draft pick in 1994. He became a 4-time PBA All-Star (1994, 1995, 1996, 1999) in a high-flying career with Ginebra. Bacolod-born Locsin was famous for his barrelling game before the arrival of Filipino-Americans in the PBA. Spent 6 seasons with the Ginebra San Miguel franchise; won the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup with Jaworski as coach. He later suited up for Pop Cola, Tanduay, Red Bull, Talk ‘N Text and Sta. Lucia. 1995 – Dennis Espino After leading the UST Growling Tigers to their monumental four-peat, Dennis Espino would later bring his winning ways to the PBA. Sta. Lucia got the first crack at the 1995 draft and picked him first overall to form a menacing one-two punch with Zandro Limpot, and later with Marlou Aquino. He had a sterling career with Sta. Lucia for 15 years and yielded the following achievements:  4-time PBA All-Star, 2-time All-Defensive Team, 2-time Mythical First Team, 2004-05 Defensive Player of the Year and 2007-08 Philippine Cup Finals MVP. He won the 2001 Governors’ Cup and the 2007-08 Philippine Cup for Sta. Lucia. 1996 – Marlou Aquino Picked by Gordon’s Gin as first overall in the 1996 draft, Marlou Aquino had an exceptional maiden year gave him Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Best Player of the Conference (1996 Governors’ Cup), Mythical First Team, All-Star and All-Defensive Team honors. He also became the second Ginebra player (after Dondon Ampalayo in 1986) to win the Rookie of the Year award.  Aquino then was part of Gordon Gin’s 1997 Commissioner’s Cup and Sta. Lucia Realty’s 2001 Governors’ Cup championship teams.  1997 – Andy Seigle The first Fil-Am top pick, chosen by Mobiline in 1997, Andy Seigle won Rookie of the Year and was part of the 1999 All-Star Game. The Scranton, Pennsylvania native was twice a member of the National Team in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games and was one of the most dominant and best defensive players in the 1990’s era. 1998 – Danny Ildefonso  Danny Ildefonso was picked by San Miguel Beer first overall in 1998, the year he also won Rookie of the Year. One of only four pro players to win back-to-back MVP awards (2000 and 2001), Ildefonso had a prolific 15-year career with the San Miguel ballclub with 8 championships (1999 and 2000 Commissioner’s Cups;  1999, 2000 and 2011 Governors’ Cups; 2001 All-Filipino; 2005 and 2009 Fiesta Cups). He is among the PBA’s Top 40 Greatest Players. 1999 – Sonny Alvarado Selected by Tanduay as its top pick in the 1999 Draft, Sonny Alvarado was poised to dominate the league as a gritty Fil-Am all-around player. He was however embroiled in the “Fil-Sham” controversy, that revealed that he had filed two alleged birth certificates of his mother when he applied for the draft. This prompted immigration officials to initiate deportation measures against Alvarado because of such failure to directly prove his Filipino parental links. 2000 – Paolo Mendoza Paolo Mendoza was a hot-shooting guard who led the UP Fighting Maroons to two Final Four appearances from 1996-1997. He then applied for the 2000 draft and was chosen the overall first pick by Sta. Lucia Realty. Together with Dennis Espino and Marlou Aquino, Mendoza was one of the main factors behind the 2001 Governor’s Cup title win of the Realtors. 2001 – Willie Miller The diminutive Willie Miller is considered the first player from the PBA’s rival league, Metropolitan Basketball Association, to become the top overall pick in a PBA Rookie Draft, in which he was selected by the Batang Red Bull Thunder. He was part of three teams that copped PBA titles—Red Bull (2001 and 2002 Commissioner’s Cup), Alaska (2007 Fiesta Cup), and Talk ‘N Text (2015 Commissioner’s Cup). His career highlights in his 15 years in the PBA were 2-time MVP (2002 and 2007), 2-time Finals MVP, 9-time All-Star,  3-time Mythical First Team member, and 2014 Sportsmanship Awardee. 2002 – Yancy de Ocampo The “Post-Man” as he is called, Yancy de Ocampo is a shifty, reliable center who delivers the goods at crunch time. He was the number one draft pick in 2002 by the FedEx Express. He was part of several champion teams, namely Talk ‘N Text, BMeg Llamados, San Mig Coffee and eventually San Miguel Beer. 2003 – Mike Cortez The “Cool Cat” Mike Cortez, a former La Salle standout, brought his court savviness to the PBA after Alaska picked him first overall in the 2003 draft by and immediately went to work. Cortez helped the Aces win the Reinforced Conference that year. He would then move on to San Miguel Beer, and was part of a hefty push to win the 2007 and 2009 Fiesta Conferences. A journeyman in his 15-year PNA career, Cortez currently plays for the Blackwater Elite. 2004 – Rich Alvarez The Japan-born and U.S.-raised Rich Alvarez had a blast on his maiden year with Shell, which selected him first overall in the 2004 draft, collecting Rookie of the Year, All-Star, All-Defensive Team and All-Rookie Team honors. Played for 13 seasons in 8 different teams, Rich was successful in winning 4 championships with the TNT Tropang Texters (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 Philippine Cups and 2011 Commissioner’s Cup) 2005 – Anthony "Jay" Washington This Zambales-born journeyman was first chosen by Air21 in the 2005 draft then traded to Talk ‘N Text. But his stint with San Miguel Beer made him flourish with two titles in the 2009 Fiesta Conference and the 2011 Governors Cup. He would return to the TNT Tropang Texters and help the, win the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup. He currently plays for the Rain or Shine Elastopainters. 2006 – Kelly Williams Picked first overall by Sta. Lucia Realty in 2006, Kelly Williams immediately made his presence felt that year bagging Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team honors. He first won a championship with Sta. Lucia in the 2007-08 Philippine Cup and would then lead his present ballclub, the TNT Tropang Texters to five championships, notably the three-peat Philippine Cups from 2010 to 2012, and the 2011 and 2015 Commissioners’ Cups. 2007 – Joe Devance While it was Welcoat that originally drafted Joe Devance as the first pick overall in the 2007 draft, he would earn the distinction of being the league’s winningest coach Tim Cone’s most trusted trooper. Devance has won nine championships with Cone as his coach, starting with Alaska (2010 Fiesta Cup), B-Meg/San Mig Coffee (2012 and 2014 Commissioner’s Cup, 2013 and 2014 Governors’ Cup and Philippine Cup); and currently, Ginebra San Miguel (2016 and 2017 Governors’ Cup, and 2018 Commissioners’ Cup).  2008 – Gabe Norwood Chosen by the only team has played for up to now, the Rain or Shine Elastopainters, as its number one draft pick in 2008, Gabe Norwood would then etch a rich career with his ballclub, having won 2 championships (2012 Governors’ Cup, 2016 Commissioner’s Cup). He had also notched numerous awards, including Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and was part of the All Star Game nine times, and the All-Defensive Team six times.  2009 – Japeth Aguilar   “Jumpin’ Japeth” starred for the Ateneo Blue Eagles for two years then moved to the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers during his university years.  In 2009, Aguilar was selected by Burger King and only played one game with the Whoppers, after which he was traded to Talk `N Text.  Japeth has become a Team Gilas mainstay since the beginning of his pro career, of which the Philippines’ participation in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain became one of his national team career highlights. 2010 – Nonoy Baclao   “Mr. Swat” was among the vital cogs of the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ back-to-back UAAP men’s basketball championships in 2008 and 2009. After college, Baclao led the Philippine Patriots as the inaugural champion of the 2009-10 Asean Basketball League (ABL) season prior to entering the PBA rookie draft. In 2010, Nonoy was selected by Air21 then he was traded to Petron (San Miguel) where he had one championship in his sophomore year in the league.  2011 – JVee Casio  The former De La Salle Green Archer playmaker who was Rookie of the Year (2003), Finals Co-MVP (2007) and Mythical Five member (2007 & 2008) in the UAAP was a Gilas pioneer before deciding to turn pro in 2011. By far Casio “G-Shock” is the shortest among the active PBA players to have been picked first overall by the Powerade Tigers. JVee was traded to Alaska Aces in 2012 and has since then became a mainstay in the team which he helped win the Commissioner’s Cup title in 2013. 2012 – June Mar Fajardo  The burly Cebuano was star center at the University of Cebu of which he steered to back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 at the CESAFI league. “The Kraken” has played for only one team throughout his pro career in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and the PBA – San Miguel. As one big reason to “Fear the Beer,” Fajardo gave San Miguel six championships to date and became the first and only PBA player to win the MVP award in four straight seasons (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).  2013 – Greg Slaughter  “GregZilla” stomped rivals with his huge presence when he helped lead the Ateneo Blue Eagles to two consecutive UAAP championships in 2011 and 2012 -- completing a five-peat for the Loyola Heights squad. Picked by Barangay Ginebra in 2013, Slaughter got his pro career to a fast start with ROY and All-Rookie Team honors. He won 3 championships under coach Tim Cone (2016 and 2017 Governors’ Cups; 2018 Commissioner’s Cup). He also saw action for the first time with Gilas this year in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. 2014 – Stanley Pringle  Drafted by NorthPort Batang Pier, “The Beard” exploded into the local basketball scene with Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie team honors, after stints with Belgium, Poland, Ukraine and Indonesia ballclubs.  A 4-time All-Star (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Pringle is considered among the best guards and high scorers in the play-for-pay league, gaining raves from other coaches and close followers of the sport.   2015 – Moala Tautuaa  He applied and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, then moved to Asia to resume his basketball career by playing as an import for the Westsports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL.  After which, the Fil-Tongan made the “Big Mo(ve)” to the Philippines and spent a fruitful season with the D-League, ending up as its 2015 Foundation Cup MVP.  Talk N` Text selected Tautuaa as overall pick of the first round but traded him later on to NorthPort Batang Pier in 2018. 2016 – Raphael Banal  Since the first round of the 2016 PBA draft was dedicated to PBA teams choosing Gilas Pilipinas players to join their ranks, the regular draft started in the second round. Here, the Blackwater Elite chose as its first pick Raphael Banal, a contemporary of Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal in the Ateneo Blue Eaglets juniors team who went to the Hope International University-California for college.  His surname rings a bell, being the youngest child of former PBA player and TNT coach (2003 All-Filipino Conference champion) Joel Banal.  Yet “Ael” held his own in the PBA D-League for two conferences with Racal Motors.  2017 – Christian Standhardinger  The American-schooled Fil-German played in the ProA and Basketball Bundesliga tournaments in Germany as well with Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL.  Although he was selected by San Miguel Beer in the overall draft of 2017 in a controversial trade with Kia Picanto, the rightful owner of the number one pick, Standhardinger joined the Beermen in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup after completing his ABL tour of duty.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 50 min. ago