In Focus: Why Park Seo Joon Is Being Dubbed As The 'Asian Ryan Gosling'

Calling him the "Asian Ryan Gosling" is, to be fair, an accurate Seo Joon description!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 11th, 2019

Silver glitters like gold for PHI polo team on the rise

The Philippine national team settled for second in the 5th All-Asia Cup 2020 as it bowed to powerhouse Thailand in the Final. Still, the silver medal is nothing but a welcome development for the Philippine National Federation of Polo Players (PNFPP). "Up against some of the best teams in the Asian region, we proved we can be at par with them," PNFPP founding director Cong. Mikee Romero said. Indeed, the Filipinos' run was bookended by losses to the Thais, but also included impressive victories versus Brunei and Indonesia. With that, the national team composed of Romero, Anthony Garcia, Adrian Garcia, and Robert Esguerra wound up second in the six-nation tournament held at VS Sports Club and Siam Polo Park in Preng, Thailand. Without a doubt, that is a step forward for the Philippine program looking to continue its climb up the rankings. "Given more time to train and play in various tournaments abroad, I strongly believe we can play much better the next time," Romero said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

The Flying Carnival 2020 lands in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8

For over two decades, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has been, without question, the most highly-anticipated sports aviation event in Asia.  Known as "The Weekend of Everything That Flies", the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has also been the longest-running event of its kind, and has remained true to its longtime objectives of sparking interest in aviation, instilling discipline in young pilots, and imparting a spirit of volunteerism to the whole community.  This year, with the intention of continuing to spread this advocacy across the Philippines, organizers will be launching a three-day spectacle entitled "The Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies" set to be held at the San Lazaro Liesure Park in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8, 2020.  The event will feature hot air balloons, helicopters, and air sports events as well as aviation career seminars, fly markets, food booths, and endless fun for the whole family! Set in a more comfortable viewing space, spectators will be treated to the sight of early morning balloon flights followed by non-stop flying exhibitions – paragliding, skydiving, helicopter demonstrations, RC control line exhibitions and kite flying.  Visitors can wander through a carnival setting, with food booths and entertainment for the whole family. Aviation souvenirs and unique finds can be bought at the Fly Market, and the weekend evenings will be capped off by a magical hot air balloon nightglow and fireworks display.  Those considering a career in aviation can attend the Aviation Career Seminars to be given by renowned aviators and industry practitioners – Fighter pilots from the Philippine Air Force; Naval Air Group pilots from the Philippine Navy; a female captain from Cebu Pacific Air, and Air Traffic Controller from the Air Traffic Service. They will be joined by FAI World Record holder from Spain, Michel Gordillo; Hot Air Balloon pilot from the United Kingdom, Pete Bish; and Capt. Joy Roa of Asian Air Safari. The seminars will be available to Business Class ticket holders. Seminar attendees will be given a certificate of completion, and can enjoy meals and gain admission to the event. Those who wish to experience the carnival in comfort can opt to get the First Class Ticket, which allows an all-access pass to the event, including meals, private viewing areas, and access to the aviation seminars and air-conditioned bazaar.  For tickets and other information, visit or stay up-to-date with event info by following @PIHABF on Facebook, and @philballoonfest on Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

Hidilyn off to train in Malaysia

Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Daz hopes that the two-month training camp will give her the right focus, timing, and condition for a good showing in the Asian Championship on April 16-25 in Kazakhstan. The 28-year-old Diaz and her “Team HD” are set to leave this Thursday for Malaysia for a two-month training camp at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

FIBA: Gilas turns full focus to Indonesia with Thailand game cancelled

Gilas Pilipinas is not putting too much into the postponement of its 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers home game against Thailand. On Friday, FIBA made it official that the Gilas-Thailand game, originally set for Feb. 20 at the Big Dome, is off until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. With the new development, the national team is putting all their attention to Indonesia, who they'll face on the road on Feb. 23. "It actually makes our job easier now, we'll just focus on one opponent," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "We can focus all our resources and time on exactly what they do," he added. Even during the past Southeast Asian Games, Indonesia was one of the teams to watch for Gilas Pilipinas, then coached by Ginebra mentor Tim Cone. The Indonesians are handled by former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman and an extra few days only bodes well for the Philippines to prepare for a master tactician on the other side. "They're well coached and really well structured, really disciplined," Dickel said of Indonesia. "For us, it makes it a little easier to focus on what they're gonna do [with extra days]," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Dickel warns Gilas squad of complacency

Though up against lower-ranked Southeast Asian rivals, Gilas Pilipinas coach Mark Dickel said it won’t do the Nationals any good if they think the opening window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers against Thailand and Indonesia would be a walk in the park. c.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

Eala, pal rule Aussie Open girls’ doubles

The Philippines’ Alex Eala became the second Filipino to win a tennis Grand Slam event as she partnered with Indonesia’s Priska Nugroho to annex the girls’ doubles title on Friday in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. The Southeast Asian pair dominated the European pair of Ziva Falkner of Slovenia and Matilda Mutavdzic of Great […] The post Eala, pal rule Aussie Open girls’ doubles appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

In Focus: Why Parasite Very Much Deserves The Oscars Best Picture

The story of Parasite is a social commentary of Bong Joon Ho on the disparity between the luxuries and necessities of different social classes........»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2020

Host Philippines receives favorable draw in 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships

The fate of the nations competing in the 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships has been known, Wednesday at the Century Park Hotel. Host Philippines, seeded ninth in the continental meet that will take place from February 11-16 at the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum, received a somewhat favorable draw. The Philippine Men's National Badminton Team, consisting of Joper Escueta, Ariel Magnaye, Alvin Morada, Solomon Padiz Jr., Paul John Pantig, Ros Pedrosa, Arthur Salvado, and Lanz Zafra, are slotted in Group A together with top-seed Indonesia and fifth-ranked India. On the other hand, the women's team of Nicole Albo, Sarah Barredo, Mika De Guzman, Geva De Vera, Ysay Leonardo, Chanelle Lunod, Bianca Carlos, and Thea Pomar will figure in Group C with fellow Southeast Asian squads Thailand and Indonesia. "We need to prepare since we fell short in the SEA Games. We need to double time, triple time with our effort," said women's team head coach Ian Mendez. "We are playing with the best in the world. We fell short during the SEA Games but, hopefully, we will give them a good fight this time," added men's team head coach Ronald Magnaye. Men's runner-up in 2018 China headlines Group B and will be joined by Thailand and Hong Kong while Group C will consist of Chinese-Taipei, Malaysia, and Singapore. Powerhouse Japan, who will be without world no. 1 Kento Momota as he is still recovering from injuries he sustained from a vehicular accident late last year, leads Group D together with Korea and Kazakhstan. Defending women's champion Japan is slotted with Malaysia and Hong Kong in Group W. Korea, India, and Kazakhstan will wage war in Group X while China, Chinese-Taipei, and Singapore will duke it out in Group Z. The top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout quarterfinals while the four semifinalists will punch their ticket to the Thomas and Uber Cup in Aarhus, Denmark this May. Even with Momoto out, the rest of the world's best will take part in the biennial tournament, including world no. 2 Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei, no. 5 Anthony Ginting and no. 7 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, no. 9 Ka Long Angus Ng of Hong Kong, and no. 10 Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan for the men's. The top seven female shuttlers in the world will also join, namely China's Yu Fei Chen, Chinese Taipei's Tzu Ying Tai, Japanese duo Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, India's Pusarla Sindh, and China's Bing Jiao He. "We're happy to help out in the country's hosting of this prestigious international sports event. This is very much in line with our advocacy of helping nation-building through sports. We strongly believe that the positive values that sports promote can help our people to improve our lives," said PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, who has been supporting Philippine Badminton for the last decade. "This is going to be the first time that there will be so many top-ranked players who will be going to this tournament in the Philippines. These will be exciting times for the Philippines," added Philippine Badminton Association president Alfredo Benitez......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2020

Philippines wants to step in as host of Olympic boxing qualifiers

ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson on Thursday said the focus now is wooing the task force headed by world gymnastics president Morinari Watanabe to give the hosting rights to the Philippines, which successfully hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

ADB to step up private sector operations in vulnerable countries

Manila [Philippines], Jan 14 (ANI): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will sharpen the focus of its private sector operations on complex, innovative, smaller and sometimes riskier projects in challengi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Confirmed: Park Seo Joon, IU magtatambal sa ‘Dream’

KOREAN word of the week: “Sajaegi” – Sa English ito’y “panic buying”. Nangangahulugan din itong “chart manipulation” o ang pagbili ng isang kompanya sa sarili nilang album upang mapataas ang kanilang ranking sa music charts. *** Magsasama sa unang pagkakataon ang Korean superstar na si Park Seo Joon at ang sikat na singer-actress na si […] The post Confirmed: Park Seo Joon, IU magtatambal sa ‘Dream’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Asian stocks mostly rise as focus shifts to trade accord

Hong Kong---Asian markets mostly rose Monday as investor attention turned from the Middle East to the global economic outlook and this week’s planned signing of the China-US trade pact......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Munzon, Pasaol lead pool for 2020 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

With the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament less than two months away, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 unveiled the pool, consisting of the top 10 3x3 players in the country. As per FIBA 3x3 rules, four of the six players that will be part of the team should be in the top 10 of the country's rankings. Headlining the pool are top two Filipino players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol. The rest of the squad are Dylan Ababou, Karl Dehesa, Leonard Santillan, Chris De Chavez, Gab Banal, Jaypee Belencion, Leo De Vera, and Ryan Monteclaro. Since December of last year, the team has been training non-stop. The sessions were handled by Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 commissioner Eric Altamirano, Liman ace and China head coach Stefan Stojacic, and Serbian strength and conditioning coach Darko Krsman. Also helping out in the sessions are Troy Rike and Franky Johnson. "Our players have been training non-stop since November, giving just a few days of break during the holidays," said league owner Ronald Mascariñas. "This is our last shot at the Olympics that is why we are going all out for this." Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has appointed Ronnie Magsanoc as head coach of the team in the OQT. Magsanoc coached the Philippines to the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games and previously coached 3x3 teams in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in the Philippines, the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Challenger in Shanghai, China and the 2018 FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup in Xi An, China.  The OQT takes place from March 18 to 22 in India. Three teams from the tournament will gain qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2020


ABS-CBN S+A wraps up a milestone year for Philippine sports with a two-part special of “The Score,” featuring champion athletes in basketball and volleyball, and medalists from the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). Joining veteran sports anchor Mico Halili on December 30 (Monday) to discuss the year in basketball are kings of the hardcourt Fran Yu and Jerrick Balanza from the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball champion Letran Knights and John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon of MPBL Datu Cup champion San Juan Knights, and Southeast Asia women’s basketball queens Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos. Afril and Janine helped make 2019 one for the books for Philippine women’s basketball as members of the teams that clinched the gold medals in SEAG women’s basketball and women’s 3x3. Other SEAG heroes and heroines will also be part of the program as Mico shifts the discussion to Team Philippines’ 387-medal haul in the region’s biennial sporting event. To share their thoughts on the Filipinos’ historic feat are CJ Concepcion (Fencing), Carlo Peña (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Kim Kilgroe (Triathlon), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming), Christiana Means (Skateboarding), and Meggie Ochoa (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). On December 31 (Tuesday), former volleyball superstar and now multisport athlete and “Umagang Kay Ganda” anchor Gretchen Ho takes over the special to focus on the sensational year for Philippine volleyball. Premier Volleyball League (PVL) 2019 Open Conference champions Creamline Cool Smashers will be represented by national athletes Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado with teammates Jema Galanza and Kyla Atienza, while 2019 Reinforced Conference champions Petro Gazz Angels will be represented by Cherry Nunag, Jonah Sabete, and Chie Saet. Joining them in the roundtable are UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball champion Ateneo Lady Eagles’ setter Deanna Wong and middle blocker Maddie Madayag, who also represented the country in the SEAG. As in previous years, ABS-CBN Sports has been delivering the inspiring stories of Filipino athletes through its coverage of tournaments in various local and international leagues on multiple media platforms including S+A on TV, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD on cable, and online on iWant,, and the ABS-CBN Sports social media accounts and YouTube channel. In 2020, the sports arm of the country’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate will continue to highlight the greatness and positive values of Filipino sports idols and icons. Don’t miss “The Score: Best of 2019” two-part special on December 30 and 31, 6 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD. Watch online on iWant. For sports news, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans. We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports. Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.   JANUARY Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao opened the year on a high note and retained his WBA welterweight title after a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner. The Philippine volleyball community mourned the passing of head coach Nes Pamilar. He was 52. Joshua Pacio lost his One straw weight title belt to Japanese Yosuke Saruta via split decision while Geje Eustaquio also parted ways with his flyweight belt. The 44th season of the PBA opened.   Jett Manuel of Barangay Ginebra announced his retirement in the PBA after one season while Chris Tiu hanged his jersey after six seasons with Rain or Shine. Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Azkals finished its historic AFC Asian Cup debut winless after bowing to South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.    FEBRUARY Gilas Pilipinas clinched a golden ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after back-to-back wins to close out the qualifiers. Aston Palicte beat erstwhile unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez via TKO in their WBO Superflyweight world championship eliminator while Vic Saludar retained his WBO minimum weight world title. Arellano University completed a three-peat in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball while Perpetual Help won back-to-back titles in the men’s division and five straight in the juniors play. Seventeen year-old Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver medal in the open category of the IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships at Pampa Wake Park, Buenos Aires. The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the finest Filipino athletes  for the year 2018 in its annual awards night.    MARCH Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas announced the composition of the men’s and women’s seniors national team and women’s U-23 squad. Gilas Pilipinas landed in Group D in the FIBA World Cup with Serbia, Italy and Angola after the draw. San Beda University won its second straight NCAA Season 94 beach volleyball title while Emilio Aguinaldo College completed a men’s division repeat. Kevin Belingon lost his One bantwamweight title to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes to disqualification from illegal blows while Eduard Folayang surrendered his lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki in a submission loss.   APRIL Hidilyn Diaz pocketed three silver medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship. EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashion in Doha, Qatar. Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA superbantamweight belt and advance to the WBSS bantamweight tournament finals wile John Riel Casimero claimed the WBO interim bantamweight title. The San Juan Knights captured the MPBL Datu Cup in a winner-take-all Game 5 over Davao Occidental Tigers. Team Philippines recorded its best gold haul in Arafura Games in Australia. Marathon star Rafael Poliquit died of complications from subdural empyema. He was 30.   MAY Ateneo de Manila University won the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while National University bagged its second straight men’s crown. San Miguel Beer captured its fifth straight Philippine Cup championship at the expense of Magnolia. Petron defeated F2 Logistics in three games to retain its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix throne. Jerwin Ancajas scored a 7th round TKO win over Japanese Ryuichi Funai to keep his IBF super flyweight belt. The UAAP and NCAA collegiate press corps feted the best student-athletes in basketball and for the first time in women’s volleyball. Some athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections.   JUNE   Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post after just 18 months in office. Cignal-Ateneo won the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.   (To be continued).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

In Focus: Here s What Nadine Lustre Has to Say About Being Dubbed As Our 'President'

Plus, all the reasons that prove that she really is!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2019

New Stars and New Eras: A look back at MMA in 2019

2019 was once again a pretty eventful year in terms of mixed martial arts, especially on the local front. In 2019, we saw Pinoy stars rise and fall, and some have managed to rise again before the decade’s end. Before we look forward to 2020, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest storylines in the world of Filipino, Asian and international mixed martial arts.   Team Lakay’s Troubles 2019 kicked off with not one, not two, but five world champions from the famed Filipino MMA stable Team Lakay. Pinoy MMA icon Eduard Folayang was on his second run as the ONE Lightweight World Champion, Kevin Belingon was enjoying his status as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion, Geje Eustaquio reigned over the flyweight division as the ONE Flyweight World Champion, and rising star Joshua Pacio, the ONE Strawweight World Champion, was the team’s youngest titleholder. Outside ONE, Stephen Loman continued on his reign as the BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Champion. And then, the dominoes began to fall. Pacio was the first to drop his title, losing a close split decision to Japan’s Yosuke Saruta. Eustaquio followed suit, dropping a controversial decision to rival Adriano Moraes, and then Folayang and Belingon would also lose their titles in heartbreaking fashion at ONE: A New Era in Japan. It was, to say the least, a rough start to the year for the Benguet-based team, but they would manage to bounce back before the year was done, with Folayang and Eustaquio both claiming wins to end the year.   The Rise of "The Passion" 23-year old prodigy Joshua “The Passion” Pacio was the youngest member of Team Lakay to hold a title heading into 2019, and heading into 2020, he remains the lone member of  Team Lakay to hold a ONE world title. After losing to Yosuke Saruta in January, Pacio was granted an immediate rematch and made good on the second opportunity by blasting Saruta with a head kick to score the KO and reclaim the ONE Strawweight World Championship. Pacio would then take on the clear-cut number one contender in fellow Pinoy Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan, and make quick work of him as well, scoring a second-round submission win to retain the title. Even before the end of the year, Pacio already has his next assignment, as he’s set to face former champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury in Manila on January 31st. A win for Pacio cements his status as one of, if not, the best ONE strawweight ever. While Team Lakay’s 2019 was, for the most part, a struggle, Pacio was no doubt the Team’s brightest spot.   A New Era 2019 proved to be another milestone year for Asia-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship, as they were able to penetrate new markets in terms of live shows as well as broadcast deals. ONE began the year with a new partnership with Turner Broadcasting, which gave North American fans access to ONE’s brand of martial arts through B/R Live and TNT. In terms of live events, ONE was able to finally plant their flag in one of the biggest markets for MMA in the world, Japan. In March, ONE put on their first ever show in Japan, ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, which featured some of the promotion’s biggest names including  Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Eduard Folayang, and many more. To celebrate their historic 100th event, ONE returned to Tokyo for ONE: Century, their biggest card ever, featuring seven world title bouts and the promotion’s biggest stars, and then some.   In 2020, ONE plans to break through to even more new markets, possible including a show in the United States.   The ‘Return’ of Jon Jones While Jon Jones officially reclaimed his spot at the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight division in December of 2018, it was in 2019 that he returned to his dominant ways. After stopping Alexander Gustafsson in 2018 to reclaim the UFC Light Heavyweight crown, Jones handily defeated tough challengers in Anthony Smith and Thiago “Maretta” Santos to retain the titles. While the Smith and Santos bouts were lackluster in the eyes of many, it showed that even on his bad days, Jon Jones is better than most people on their best days.   “Rush” Retires Again While it was something that was expected, 37-year old Georges St-Pierre officially retired from MMA, again, in February. The former long-time welterweight king and pound-for-pound great made a triumphant return to the UFC in 2017, dethroning Michael Bisping to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. GSP would never get to defend the title, as he would relinquish it not long after due to concerns with ulcerative colitis. While GSP has remained inactive since, the whispers of a super-fight with reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov remain present, and 2020 could possibly see that coming to fruition.   Grand Prix Greatness In 2019, ONE Championship introduced a new and exciting attraction, the ONE Lightweight and Flyweight World Grand Prix tournaments.  Eight of the best fighters from each division would battle it out in a tournament-style competition, and the winner would become the ONE World Grand Prix Champion and earn a title shot against the division's respective titleholder.  Making their debuts in the lightweight and flyweight tournaments were former UFC champs Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson respectively, and as it played out the two would have very different outcomes.  Alvarez saw himself get upset in the quarterfinals by Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. The former UFC lightweight king would get another chance in the tournament after defeating Eduard Folayang in a last-minute semifinal matchup, but another injury would keep him out of the finale at ONE: Century in Tokyo. Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee ended up stepping in on short notice to defeat tournament favorite Saygid Guseyn Arslanalieve and become a double-champion.  Johnson, meanwhile, breezed through his quarterfinals and semifinals bouts to set up a finale showdown with Filipino star Danny Kingad. In the Finale, Kingad fought valiantly but ultimately fell to Johnson via Unanimous Decision, setting up a must-see matchup between DJ and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes in 2020.    Baddest Motherf**ker Jorge Masdival has long been a staple in the UFC’s lightweight ranks for years, but it wasn’t until 2019 that “Gamebred” made headlines. After a hiatus in 2018, Masvidal returned with a bang in 2019, knocking out former title challenger Darren Till, and then followed that up with a 5-second flying knee knockout over former ONE Welterweight king Ben Askren. The popularity and momentum that Masvidal had garnered was enough to bring a certain Stockton star out of retirement and that set up one of the most talked-about UFC title bouts in 2019: Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz for the title of Baddest Motherf**ker. Masvidal lived up to the name and pieced Diaz up with strikes in the early rounds, before eventually opening up a cut that was just too big for the fight to go on. Much to the dismay of Masvidal, Diaz, and the crowd in New York, the fight was stopped. Still, it was nothing short of a testament to just how dangerous the new and improved version of Jorge Masvidal is. Expect him to challenge for a title in 2020.   MMA stars shine in 2019 SEA Games A number of Pinoy mixed martial artists showcased their skills in different battlegrounds during the recently-concluded 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which was held in the Philippines. from November 30 to December 11. Reigning URCC champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl took home gold in Combat Sambo, while former ONE title challenger Rene Catalan settled for Silver after an injury dashed his dreams of getting gold. Another URCC veteran in Ariel Lee Lampacan also took home SEA Games gold, this time in the Muay Thai competition. ONE Super Series veteran Ryan Jakiri took home silver. The SEA Games kickboxing event saw three MMA stars from Team Lakay take home gold medals, as Gina Iniong, Jerry Olsim, and Jean Claude Saclag all reigned over their respective divisions. Iniong, of course, is a ONE Women’s Atomweight contender, while Olsim is a veteran of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series. Saclag, meanwhile, is one of Team Lakay’s representatives in the Japan-based promotion Shooto.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2019

‘Itaewan Class’ ni Park Seo Joon may ipaglalaban sa Bagong Taon

Mapapanood na sa Enero 31, 2020 ang bagong TV series ng Korean superstar na si Park Seo Joon, ang Itaewon Class. Ipinakita na ang video clip ng upcoming series ni Seo Joon. Base ang Itaewon Class sa webtoon na may kaparehong title. Kuwento ito ng mga kabataan na lumalaban sa hindi patas na pagtingin ng […] The post ‘Itaewan Class’ ni Park Seo Joon may ipaglalaban sa Bagong Taon appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2019

RAFI Micro-finance urges micro entrepreneur clients to go digital

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Digitalization is the way to go for micro entrepreneurs to be able to access a wider market for their products. This was the focus of the RAFI Micro-finance Inc. (RMFI) Entrepreneur’s Summit held Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the City Sports Club, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City. The summit, with the […] The post RAFI Micro-finance urges micro entrepreneur clients to go digital appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 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