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Government, public sectors kick off support for athletes, para-athletes in first-ever Unity Walk

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) joined forces Saturday, June 22 at the College of Science Oval in UP Diliman to stage a unity event among various sports sectors to prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Games later this year and the ASEAN Para Games in 2020. Billed as Olympic Day and Lakad Para Atleta 2019, the event witnessed for the first time ever, a unity walk of abled body athletes walking side by side with para athletes to give life to the event theme, “Unity and Transformation Through Sports.” The event was highlighted by a torch relay that featured five pairs of Olympians and Paralympians traversing the 500-meter oval, symbolizing inclusiveness and equality for all. The torch relay culminated in a cauldron lighting ceremony followed by the Lakad Para Atleta Legacy Walk participated in by athletes and non-athletes, including a huge group from Citi Philippines as key supporter of PPC and the Paralympic movement. After the walk, the Philippine Olympians Association turned over seedlings to the University of the Philippines to express their advocacy that sports can be used for the betterment of the environment. Exhibitions and participative activities followed in arnis, skateboarding, athletics, karate, underwater hockey, petanque and parasports like Braille Chess, Wheelchair Racing, Wheelchair Basketball and Para Athletics entertained attendees. A Body Combat session conducted by Fitness First turned the event into a sports fair. “We are overwhelmed by the show of support from our partners in the government and private sectors, especially Citi Philippines. This is a big push for our national athletes who will be competing for the country in the upcoming SEA Games this November and the ASEAN Para Games in January 2020!,” said PPC President Michael Barredo. For his part, Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed said that by supporting the event, Citi Philippines is expressing its corporate commitment. “Para Athletes are truly an inspiration as they overcome the odds to achieve and excel with courage and determination. Today is an opportunity for us to become advocates of their cause, so that we can break down the perceptions around disability and push for inclusion and equality for all.” Olympic Day is an annual global event of the Olympic Movement that promotes the sharing of the Olympic Ideals, its Olympic Day pillars of Move, Learn, and Discover and the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship, and Respect. The event was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games in June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Around 3,000 people from all walks of life registered for the event.   TORCH BEARERS: (OLYMPIAN + PARALYMPIAN) Elma Muros Posadas – Queen of Long Jump, 1984, 1996 Andy Avellana – Athletics, 2012   Roel Velasco – Boxing Bronze Medalist 1992 Ernie Gawilan – Swimming, 2016   Christine Jacob Sandejas – Swimming 1984 Jerrold Mangliwan – Wheelchair Racing, 2012   Stephan Fernandez – Taekwondo 1992 Josephine Medina – Table Tennis, Bronze Medalist, 2016   Sen. Freddie Webb – Basketball 1972 Adeline Ancheta-Dumapong – Para Powerlifting, Bronze Medalist, 2020.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Faye Tangonan, sunod-sunod ang projects

PATULOY sa pag-arangkada ang showbiz career ng beauty queen-turned actress na si Ms. Faye Tangonan. After niyang magbida sa pelikulang Bakit Nasa Huli ang Simula with William Martinez, Lance Raymundo, Jay-R Ramos, Lester Paul, sa pamamahala ni Direk Romm Burlat, may kasunod na agad siyang pelikula. Isa si Ms. Faye sa tampok sa pelikulang Tutop na pinagbibidahan nina Romm ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

Remember Michael Martinez?

Remember Michael Martinez?.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez, ibinalandra sa social media ang katakam-takam na pigura

Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez, ibinalandra sa social media ang katakam-takam na pigura.....»»

Category: newsSource:  pinoyparazziRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Iceman in Sapporo Games

Olympic figure skater Michael ‘Iceman’ Martinez spearheads the Philippine team that will compete in the 2017 Asian Winter Games slated Feb. 19 to 26 in Sapporo, Japan......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Figure skater Michael Martinez is now a hunk with abs!

Figure skater Michael Martinez is now a hunk with abs!.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Make or break for Martinez

MANILA, Philippines – Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez faces an uphill climb in reversing his ice fortunes which took a severe dip last year as his sea.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Winter Olympian Martinez rules PNFSC

Winter Olympian Martinez rules PNFSC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 25th, 2016

Showbiz personalities, top hairstylists in ‘Hair Trends 2017’

Actress Ritz Azul and singer Michael Pangilinan will share the stage with top British and Italian hairstylists in the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 7th, 2016

Michael Phelps put a name to his famous Phelpsface: Future

NEW YORK — The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, offered a name to go with his famous Phelps face Sunday night (Monday in Manila).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

Schooling stuns childhood idol Phelps for Olympic gold

Rio De Janeiro – Michael Phelps is used to being in a league of his own. So it was strange to see him, after what he insists was his final individual race as an Olympian, crowding onto a medal stand with two other swimmers. And it wasn’t eve.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 13th, 2016

MPBL: Celiz s career-best helps Gensan to a 93-87 win at Valenzuela

Robbie Celiz came off the bench to lead the Gensan Warriors Burlington to a 93-87 road win over Valenzuela SVP Top Marketplace at the Valenzuela Astrodome in Monday night action in the Lakan Cup of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Celiz scored 25 points and hauled down 7 rebounds as the Rich Alvarez-coached Warriors gain a fourth straight win to move to 4-2 in the standings, the same record as Valenzuela. Leading 68-62 after three periods, Gensan pulled away in the fourth thanks to timely offense from Celiz, Pamboy Raymundo and Chris Masaglang. Raymundo had a sparkling evening with 14 points and 12 assists. Raymundo's counterpart, Paolo Hubalde, scored 15 points for the home side but could only muster two assists. Jayson Varilla top scored for Valenzuela with 20 markers "Wala si Michael Williams kaya sinabi sa akin ng coaching staff na kailangan mag step up sa scoring at defense. Ginawa ko lang ang trabaho ko," said player of the game Celiz after. In the second game, Batangas City Athletics Tanduay needed overtime to subdue a pesky Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic team, 101-89. The Steel battled back in the fourth quarter and saw Cris Dumapig score the last three points to force an extension. But it was one-way traffic in OT as the Athletics, who had led for most of the second half, ran away with the game. Batangas guard Jeff Viernes was in beast mode with 27 points and four three-pointers while Jay Collado was Basilan's best scorer with 20 points. The Athletics go to 2-1 while the Steel are now sporting a 3-2 slate. In the early game Bill McAloney was the hero as Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol nipped Iloilo United Royals, 69-68. With Cebu trailing 68-66 with time winding down, McAloney barreled in from the left flank and knocked in a lay-up off the glass. He was fouled on the play and showed his nerve by draining the go-ahead charity. On the next play, Francis Tamsi's last-second attempt to win the game for the Royals missed, and the Sharks leveled their record at 3-3. The Ilonggos meanwhile go down to 3-2. McAloney scored 12 of his 15 points in the last quarter, doing just enough to outduel Royal Samboy De Leon, who was good for 20 points, half of which came in the fourth. Iloilo was unlucky to see Jay Javelosa come off injured in the fourth period with a sprain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 15 min. ago

Matt, Rafael lumayas na sa GMA 7, balik-Kapamilya

NAMATAAN at saglit naming nakausap ang magaling na aktor na si Matt Evans kamakailan sa bakuran ng ABS-CBN. Ayon sa mas pumayat at mas gumuwapong aktor, magbabalik na siya sa Kapamilya with Star Magic bilang kanyang management arm. “Ganu’n po talaga yata ang showbiz Kuya Ambet. Kung saan merong trabaho du’n tayo,” sey nito sa […] The post Matt, Rafael lumayas na sa GMA 7, balik-Kapamilya appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News8 hr. 41 min. ago

Jason Abalos maswerteng nakaligtas sa freak accident

Bigla tuloy naming naalala ang masaya naming tsikahan ng kaibigan naming si Jason Abalos nu’ng makasama namin ito sa aming huling Gabay Guro Teacher’s Fest sa Metro Cauayan, Isabela. Successful businessman na si Jason kung tutuusin, pero showbiz pa rin talaga ang main source ng kanyang kabuhayan. At dahil may kasunduan na sila ng GF […] The post Jason Abalos maswerteng nakaligtas sa freak accident appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News8 hr. 41 min. ago

MPD identifies bank robbery suspects

    The Manila Police District (MPD) has already identified the five persons of interest in last week’s robbery at a bank in Binondo, Manila. Police identified the suspects as Gilcar Mofan, Noli Casuela, Marlon Parojinog, Michael Calunod and Frederex Secretario. MPD chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao said the group’s leader, Marlon ”Ailon” Parojinog, is related […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News18 hr. 14 min. ago

National Museum to convert Malacañang sa Sugbo into a museum

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The National Museum plans to transform the Malacañang sa Sugbo into a museum. Secretary Michael Dino, Presidential Assistant to the Visayas, made this disclosure in a statement sent to reporters on Saturday. Dino said he received a letter from National Museum Chairperson Evangelina Lourdes Arroyo-Bernas expressing interest in re-establishing their presence in Cebu City […] The post National Museum to convert Malacañang sa Sugbo into a museum appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Tabal shares some of her blessings to kids on her 30th birthday

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebuana marathon Olympian Mary Joy Tabal had wanted to surprise young runners on her birthday by giving them each a pair of brand new running shoes. Instead, she was the one who got a surprise when the students of the Sisters of Mary School (SMS) Girlstown presented her with a handwritten […] The post Tabal shares some of her blessings to kids on her 30th birthday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal happy to see growth in Philippine skateboarding scene

Twenty-year old Margielyn Didal was one of the Philippine contingent's biggest stars during last year's Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang.  The Cebuana was one of four Filipina athletes to take home a gold medal, representing the tri-colors in an event that wasn't necessarily a popular sport in the Philippines: street skateboarding.  Nearly a year since, the Philippine skateboarding scene is seemingly getting more and more traction, and Didal's success on the big stage served as a catalyst.  "I think the Philippine skateboarding scene, malaki siya, and it’s getting bigger and bigger, especially because they put it in the Olympics, and some parents are interested in putting their kids into skateboarding now," Didal shared during a media scrum at the New Balance Numeric Asia Specific Tour, Friday afternoon in Manila. "I’m super hyped na mas lumaki yung skate scene and mas nabigyan ng pansin." Since becoming an Asian Games gold medalist, life has not been the same for Didal, who has continued to compete with the hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  "It [has been] hectic, with schedule and skate events especially, for these qualification and ranking for the Olympics. I’m super happy about that, getting support from the Philippine government." she said.  For Didal, the busy life is all worth it, especially since the Philippine skateboarding scene is getting some shine along with it.  "Sobrang mas naging busy yung life, pero mas naging okay kasi nabigyan ng pansin nga yun skateboarding dito sa Pilipinas, kasi dati, wala lang." "Before hindi naman sport yung skateboarding. Skateboarding is to have fun. Even now, we’re still having fun, in a good way naman na we’re getting support, we’re getting exposure, at mas lumaki pa nga, tsaka skateboarding kasi, sobrang saya. Hindi ko na-expect na gagawin siyang sport, and from this, I’ve changed my life a lot, and my family’s," she continued.  As such, Didal has become an inspiration to aspiring skaters in the Philippines. Pinoy skateboarders, young and young at heart alike, trooped to the press conference with hopes of getting to meet, and take photos with Didal as well as the other members of the New Balance Skate Team, including Jamie Foy and Franky Villiani.  Seeing the turnout was an amazing feeling for the young Filipina skater.  "Sa mga kids din diyan na naiinspire ng mga pro-skaters katulad ni Jamie Foy, it’s such an honor and it feels amazing na may na-iinspire kami na mga kids or mga other skaters din na gusto mag-skate or yung nag-stop mag-skate and gusto bumalik dahil nami-miss nila yung feeling pag-skateboard." It wasn't only the fans that took notice of Didal's success, but also her hometown's government. Following her Asian Games gold, the Cebu City government pledged the construction of a skate park, which will not only hopefully develop even more future medalists, but also keep them from skating in potentially dangerous places like the streets and main throroughfare.  "It’s such an honor to represent the Philippines, especially for me, I grew up in my hometown without a skate park, getting chased by security, but still, we made it, and now they recognize us and give us the support. That’s overwhelming, na nakita nila lahat, na gusto nila mag-build ng skate park for all skaters," Didal said of the development.  Apart from bringing honor to the country, Didal was also able to show the world that while skating is mainly a male-dominated sport, the girls can hang as well.  "Before, it’s kinda [considered] as male stuff, now there are girl skaters growing all over the world, and it’s good, seeing these girls skating, shredding with them in big events, it’s cool that these girls can skate." Barely in her 20s, Didal still has a lot more skating to do in her career, but already, she has an idea of what she wants her legacy to be when it's all said and done, and that's to have been able to share her talent and her knowledge to the next crop of star skaters.  "I want to share my talent sa ibang tao," Didal expressed. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

‘Build, Build, Build’ Spurs Visayas Economy: OPAV Chief

The presidential assistant for the Visayas on Thursday said the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration has spurred the economy of the region. Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), said the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has around PHP123-billion worth of projects in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

3 New Malasakit Centers Open in Visayas

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go along with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (PAV) Secretary Michael Dino launched the new Malasakit Center in Siquijor Provincial Hospital on July 4 this year. Senator Go and PAV Dino handed over a P5 million check as Malasakit fund. Malasakit fund is a monthly funding from the Office of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019