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Young guns carry fight for KaTropa as TNT stops Mahindra

With TNT looking more vulnerable than ever, the KaTropa's top picks from the last two PBA Drafts took matters into their own hands to at least right the ship momentarily. The flagship MVP franchise arrested a two-game slide Wednesday as the KaTropa stopped Mahindra, 104-92, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. TNT picked things up in the second half, outscoring the Floodbuster by 18 points to move out of a five-team logjam for 5th-9th places and join Blackwater for fourth with a 5-4 record. Troy Rosario led the KaTropa in scoring with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds while RR Pogoy had a career-high 16 points on top of four assists and four steals. Mo Tautuaa added 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block for TNT. 'I see my players finding ways to play together and deliver a positive outing for us. I know it's a porcess but I'm hoping that it takes us to the right direction,' head coach Nash Racela said. 'The earlier they accept that reality, it'll be better for our team overall,' he added. After putting up an early 10-point lead, TNT actually fell behind in the first half as the Floodbuster immediately turned the game around in the second quarter, carrying a 57-51 cushion at the break. However, Rosario, Pogoy, and Tautuaa waxed hot in the third, nearly matching Mahindra's entire output as the KaTropa regained control. Behind their young guns, TNT veterans Larry Fonacier (11 points), Kris Rosales (11 points), and Jayson Castro (10 points) also finished in double figures. Alex Mallari led the way for the Floodbuster with 19 as Mahindra dropped to 2-6 after a two-game run came to an end.   The scores: TNT 104 - Rosario 18, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 14, Rosales 11, Fonacier 11, Castro 10, Reyes 7, Rosser 7, De Ocampo 7, Golla 2, Carey 1, Williams 0.  MAHINDRA 92 - Mallari 19, Paniamogan 10, Yee 10, Revilla 8, Deutchman 7, Celda 7, Escoto 6, Salva 6, Arana 6, Galanza 5, Ballesteros 3, Elorde 3, Eriobu 2, Digregorio 0,  Quarterscores: 29-25, 51-57, 82-78, 104-92   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Balanced Star effort frustrates TNT

In what was basically an offensive struggle, Star banked on a total team effort to turn back TNT and regained its footing in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With both teams shooting no higher than 41 percent from the field, the Hotshots scrapped their way to an 88-77 decision Sunday at the Big Dome. Snapping a two-game slide, the win enabled Star to tie TNT in the standings with identical 4-4 cards, creating a five-team logjam in the 5th-9th spots. Finding it hard to put the ball through the hoop, the Hotshots' 36-point second quarter was enough of a cushion to hold off TNT. Despite losing a 19-point lead, Star was never really threatened by the KaTropa in the second half. Ian Sangalang led the Hotshots with 14 points and six rebounds while Allein Maliksi and Aldrech Ramos scored 13 apiece for Star. Paul Lee added 10 while playing off the bench. Still struggling in the new year, TNT's lone bright spot was Ranidel De Ocampo who came away with 21 points. Jayson Castro, who started his first game of the season, dropped 16 but was only 4-of-15 from the field. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

‘In’ words of 2017

The Filipino word last year was “fotobam,” something or someone that intrudes and ruins a photograph. Think of that high-rise condo at the back of the Rizal monument in Luneta......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Inside Duterte’s bedroom

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inside the bedroom of President Rodrigo Duterte in a low-cost housing subdivision in Matina, Davao City on Friday, 13 January 2016.  Special Assistant to the President Christopher  Lawrence &'8220;Bong&'8221; Go (left)  posted this photograph on his Facebook wall and said &'8220;we also showed him how the President enjoys the comfort of [&'].....»»

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Neri-Chaves Clan: A Tale of Southern Nobility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, the crown jewel of Mindanao, is the country’s newest boom town, experiencing an accelerated level of modernization and real estate investments. Infrastructures such as hotels, malls and condominium towers are vigorously constructed one after the other to accommodate the influx of new residents and visitors to the city. Proof that, Cagayan de Oro as it is fondly called, had long since shed its small-town roots, to become the mega melting pot of pioneering entrepreneurs and upwardly mobile young professionals that it is today. Apart from the perks and comforts of living in a highly urbanized city, people who call Cagayan de Oro home also bask in its rich and colorful history that dates back to pre-colonial times. One clan in particular has been a prominent figure in the city’s enduring saga and cultural evolution. The Neri-Chaves family are descendants of a strong-willed Rajah whose resoluteness drove him to seek out dominions beyond his stronghold’s fertile terrains in Lanao province. The Malay prince, whose name was Samporna, or Sanskrit for ‘perfect’, decided to invade Cagayan or Kalambagohan as it was then known. Excerpts from the writings of the Neri-Chaves family historian, Filomeno M. Bautista, recounted how a potential bloody struggle was averted, when the then chief of Kalambagohan, Datu Bagani, sent his beautiful daughter guarded by his bravest warriors to meet Rajah Samporna. She was to initiate the conditional surrender, so that their people would not be enslaved by the invaders. It was told that the Rajah, captivated by Datu Bagani’s daughter, ended up marrying her. The prince also built a fortress around their village in Kalambagohan to protect them from other conquistadores. Rajah Samporna later succeeded the Datu as ruler of Cagayan. He also converted from Islam to Christianity to solidify his devotion to his wife’s religion, and in 1779 was baptized by a Spanish priest with a peculiarly Italian name, Neri. It ushered an era of peace in Mindanao, when Muslims lived harmoniously with Christians. The Neris intermarrying with the Chaveses of Cagayan was perhaps providential as it produced one of the most enduring clans in the country. Today, the Neri-Chaves clan is many thousand strong. Well-known lawyer and congressman Rufus Bautista Rodriguez attributes the successes enjoyed by many family members throughout many generations to the tireless pursuit of life’s true purpose. “We are hardworking people. We are also fortunate to have had many individuals in the family who continue to inspire us, like Vice President Emmanuel Neri Pelaez and Ambassador Felino Neri”, Rodriguez said, adding in jest, “At mga gwapo, gwapa pa!” Most if not all of Cagayan de Oro’s earliest leaders, from Governors to Mayors, were members of the Neri-Chaves family. Some became pioneers in other fields like business, education and the arts, from Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan to musicologist and concert pianist Vilma May Chaves Cataylo. The clan has had three grand reunions, first in 1985, then in 1993, and the most recent one took place in August 2016 where hundreds of family members came together from all over the world to rekindle family ties. Jessica Dingcong, who spearheaded the recent reunion held at the Chaves family-owned Chali Beach and Mallberry Suites in Cagayan de Oro City, wants to inspire the next generation to carry on the legacy of benevolence and integrity of their forebears. “We should be proud that we are very family oriented,’ Dingcong said. In attendance at the grand reunion were the Neri-Cheves clan’s many young professionals and millennials. Sixth generation Neri-Chaves and journalist Alessandra Marie Chaves Jalandoni, who carries her nickname Apples professionally, admits feeling the pressure of belonging to a family of achievers. “We have some pretty big shoes to fill, so we soldier on, and never give up,,” Jalandoni said, adding that, “We have always been taught to do the right thing, and not just what looks good on paper.” Jalandoni’s maternal grandfather Engineer Camilo Vamenta Chaves was a World War II veteran and subsequently Dean at the family-owned Liceo de Cagayan University. Her mother Alma Marie Chaves Jalandoni is a pioneer in garments manufacturing and export in the Philippines. Current Social Security Services Commissioner Pompee La Viña will head the next Neri-Chaves grand reunion in 2018. La Viña is the son of Lourdes Chaves Maestrado La Viña who was the first woman elected to the City Council in Cagayan de Oro. His younger brother is former Ateneo School of Government dean and climate change lead negotiator Tony La Viña. Commissioner La Viña hopes to welcome many more family members to their tight-knit Mindanaon clan. “It roots us in Mindanao, the blood of Mindanao is running through us,” he said. La Viña also ponders on how leadership is ingrained in the members of the clan. After all they are descendants of a warrior prince. But the word is also taking on a new meaning as the Neris and Chaveses usher Mindanao to its most vibrant era. “We will always be leaders, we are simply inclined to lead,” La Viña maintained, “but to lead as serving the people rather than ruling them.” (By J. C. Bautista) &'160; 121&'160;total views, 121&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Beermen stay hot after surviving Gin Kings in thriller

It wasn't as dominant as their last couple of wins but it was a win regardless. Two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel pushed its winning streak to six games after surviving sister team Ginebra in a low-scoring affair, 72-70, Sunday at the Big Dome. Already assured of a quarterfinal berth after taking care of Blackwater just two days ago, the Beermen have started their quest for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. The champs also maintained their stranglehold of first place after pushing their record to a near-perfect 7-1. San Miguel appeared to cruise to a victory, leading by eight with two minutes to go but Ginebra got two booming treys from Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to make things interesting. With 11 seconds to go, the Gin Kings had the chance to tie or go for the win after Marcio Lassiter missed two crucial free throws but Tenorio's floater was way short against the defense of Arwind Santos. 'I know from the start na this will be a tight game for us dahil I think the energy of our team has gone down since our last game against Blackwater,' head coach Leo Austria said who once again started his post-game talk with his now infamous 'well ah...' remark. 'Mabuti na lang talagang may kaunti pang Petron na laman ang gas tank ng mga players,' he added finding time to put a little product placement here and there. Despite a broken nose, Alex Cabagnot once again led the Beermen in scoring with 16 points while Santos posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Tubid came off the bench to add another 10 points for the champs. Meanwhile, Ginebra's up-and-down season continued as the Gin Kings dropped to 3-4 in the Philippine Cup. Japeth Aguilar picked up where he left off from Christmas and paced Ginebra with 17 points.   The scores: SAN MIGUEL 72 - Cabagnot 16, Tubid 12, Santos 10, Fajardo 9, Lassiter 7, Espinas 7, De Ocampo 5, Ross 4, Garcia 2, Heruela 0. GINEBRA 70 - Aguilar 17, Mercado 11, Tenorio 8, Devance 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Cruz 6, Ellis 2, Mariano 2, Marcelo 2, Caguioa 2. Quarters: 15-17, 32-31, 53-49, 72-70   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

NLEX comes "home" to ambush KaTropa

The answer to NLEX's struggles, at least to the team's horrible five-game losing skid, was found at 'home.' Travelling to the home province of head coach Yeng Guiao, the Road Warriors rode a solid second half to pummel sister team TNT, 110-98, Saturday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Gym in Angeles, Pampanga. In trouble after the KaTropa erased a 12-point deficit to take a 94-93 lead with 6:13 to go, NLEX went on a 17-4 tear the rest of the way to win only its second game of the new season. The Road Warriors lost their previous five games by double digits before taking care of TNT, improving to 2-5 and leaving idle Mahindra at the bottom of the team standings. After fighting to a stalemate in the first half, NLEX came out firing in the third quarter, leading by as much as 12, 74-62, after an Eric Camson basket. However, in typical TNT fashion, the KaTropa would respond and even take the lead back before the period ended courtesy of a Larry Fonacier trey, 80-78. Carlo Lastimosa showed his scoring prowess by dropping a game-high 22 points for the Road Warriors on 72 percent shooting. Sean Anthony added a double-double and ended up with 13 points and 13 rebounds. TNT lost a golden opportunity to move into solo second with the loss and is now tied with idle Phoenix and Globalport for third place with identical 4-3 cards. Jayson Castro, who is also from Pampanga, once again came off the bench to lead the KaTropa with 17 points. TNT actually got 72 points from its reserves with Mo Tautuaa and Kris Rosales adding 15 points apiece. No TNT starter scored in double figures.   br /> The scores:  NLEX 110 - Lastimosa 22, Anthony 13, Alas 12, Camson 12, Guinto 11, J. Villanueva 7, E. Villanueva 7, Rios 6, Baracael 5, Lanete 4, Taulava 3, Monfort 3, Khobuntin 3, Gotladera 2. TNT 98 - Castro 17, Tautuaa 15, Rosales 15, Fonacier 9, Reyes 7, Rosario 7, De Ocampo 7, Williams 6, Rosser 6, Carey 5, Seigle 4, Golla 0, Pogoy 0, Tamsi 0. Quarters: 24-26, 52-52, 85-81, 110-98 br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Hofmann, Chope make weight for title defenses

Reigning and defending URCC champions Chris Hofman and Will Chope successfully made weight for their upcoming title defenses at URCC 29: Conquest, Saturday night in San Francisco (Sunday morning, Manila time). Chope, arguably the most active fighter in the world, weighed in at 154 pounds for his newly-elevated URCC world lightweight title defense against Fabricio Guerreiro, who came in at 155.5 pounds.  Two-division champ Hofmann, who'll be putting his also newly-elevated URCC world middleweight championship on the line, came in at 185 pounds, against challenger David Douglas, who came in at 181 pounds.  The new URCC world flyweight championship will also be up for grabs, as Derrick Easterling (124.5 lbs.) meets Mefi Monterroso (124.5 lbs.).  Same goes for the new URCC women's world flyweight championship, as Jaymee Nievera (124 lbs.) takes on Jamie Thorton (124 lbs.)  The winners of the flyweight title matches are expected to take on lineal URCC flyweight champions CJ de Tomas and Geli Bulaong.    u> strong>URCC 29: Conquest Weigh-in Results /strong> /u> Lightweight Title: Will Chope (154 lbs) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (155.5 lbs) Flyweight Title: Derrick Easterling (124.5 lbs) vs. Mefi Monterroso (124.5 lbs) Middleweight Title: Chris Hofmann (185 lbs) vs. David Douglas (181 lbs) Women's Flyweight Title: Jaymee Nievera (124 lbs) vs. Jamie Thorton (124 lbs.) Lightweight: Samuel Alvarez (156 lbs.) vs. Ronny Tsutsui (158 lbs.) Middleweight: Kailan Hill (184 lbs) vs. Jumoke Hunter (185.5) Welterweight: Lee Roy Castro (172 lbs) vs. Abraham Vaesau (173 lbs) Featherweight: Nelson Ocampo (145.5 lbs) vs. Brady Wong (145.5 lbs) Welterweight: Zach Andrews (170.5) vs. Daniel McWilliams (171.5) br /> br /> URCC 29: Conquest happens on Saturday, January 7th at the Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco, California. Catch the telecast on Friday, January 13, 10:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

National artist Virgilio Almario elected NCCA chair

MANILA, Philippines — The Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts has chosen poet, literary historian and national artist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

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Top historian on resignation: Young people inspired me

MANILA, Philippines — Top state historian Maria Serena Diokno said her resignation was due to the position taken by many young people following the sudden bu.....»»

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NHCP chief Diokno on resignation: Youth inspired me

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Philippine gov't historian resigns over dictator's burial - Fox News

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De Ocampo anchors late TNT run to stun Ginebra

Still without Jayson Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo held the door long enough to allow TNT to steal a win at the expense of Ginebra. The KaTropa came back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to stun the reigning Governors' Cup champions, 108-103.....»»

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Satur Ocampo to Duterte: 'Sa bayan, o sa Marcoses?'

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