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Love Negros has yet to name rep to unity talks with UNegA

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on June 13, 2018, said Love Negros Team has yet to name its representative to the unity talks with the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) headed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. Lacson, who is also a Love Negros stalwart, said they could choose between Reps. Alfredo […] The post Love Negros has yet to name rep to unity talks with UNegA appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJun 13th, 2018

Love Negros has yet to name rep to unity talks with UNegA

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on June 13, 2018, said Love Negros Team has yet to name its representative to the unity talks with the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) headed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. Lacson, who is also a Love Negros stalwart, said they could choose between Reps. Alfredo […] The post Love Negros has yet to name rep to unity talks with UNegA appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Ferrer to run for guv in 2019?

BACOLOD City – Former Negros Occidental 4th district congressman Jeffrey Ferrer is reportedly more inclined to run for governor in the 2019 elections amid talks of a unity ticket between Love Negros Team and United Negros Alliance (UNegA). Sources close to Ferrer said the latter has his eyes on the governor’s office in 2019. This […] The post Ferrer to run for guv in 2019? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Mayor, 3 councilors to China for tourism, trade

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, July 30 (PIA) -- Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo along with three councilors and some businessmen left for China,Friday, to pursue talks to enhance ties between Dumaguete.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

SBP, PBA weather ‘perfect storm’

SBP president Al Panlilio said yesterday a “perfect storm” created the scenario that led to the initial withdrawal of the Philippine national basketball team from the Asian Games in Jakarta but a change of heart triggered by the clamor of fans has brought a new spirit of unity to the sports community to play the game Filipinos love with a passion......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Giants Beckham thankful to be back on field after injury

By Tom Canavan, Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Breaking his left ankle and having his career put in jeopardy has given New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. a new perspective on life and football. Speaking to reporters here for the first time since getting hurt in a game in early October, Beckham on Saturday was thankful to be back on the field and seemingly more relaxed and more mature. The 25-year-old said he was not worrying about upcoming contract talks, even though he admits he is taking a calculated risk being in training camp coming off an injury and in the final year of his rookie contract. "I literally watched my world turn upside down," said Beckham, whose ankle snapped in a game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 8. "I watched relationships close to me devour and things go wrong, and things go sideways. It was a lot of pain that I went through the last 10 months. "So, just kind of taking it day by day and trying my best to just make my mindset every day that I wake up I am going to be happy," the three-time Pro Bowler said. "I am going to do this right. I am going to do the very best that I can in whatever it is, whatever it is I am doing. I changed my mindset and it has helped me a lot in everything." The 10-month rehabilitation was not only tough, Beckham also had to deal with reports that the Giants were considering trading him and the never-ending social media tweets and video about his life off the field. Beckham called the trade talk rumor and noise that he has now learned to ignore. "I remember I used to say all the time: 'Don't take it personal' and stuff, but I still took things personal and I really have gotten that out of my heart to not take anything personal," he said. "And with doing that, it's left things that I used to worry about out of the equation. So, once you can really put that in your heart, don't take it personal and you can feel that, it's a completely different story." Beckham's agent Zeke Sandhu was at the Giants' workout Thursday and was seen speaking to assistant general manager Kevin Abrams for almost two hours on the patio overlooking the field. Beckham had said he wants to be the highest paid receiver in the game and that has not changed. However, he said he is leaving the contract talks in the hands of his agent and when something happens, it happens. He added if a deal isn't completed before the start of the season, he would cross that bridge at that time. "I'm confident it'll all work itself out," Beckham said, who is scheduled to make $8.5 million this season. "Life always does." Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is considered the highest paid receiver, earning an average $17 million on a four-year deal. For now, being back on the field is fun. He is enjoying working with coach Pat Shurmur and said the new offense gives him the opportunity to line up in a lot of different spots. "I love football," Beckham said. "Football was always an (release) for me, it was always how I could get everything out, and just being able to be back out on the field like I said, I remember waking up 4 (o'clock) in the morning and crawling upstairs to my bed and laughing to myself, like this is going to be a hell of a ride for you to get back to where you're at. "And now I'm here, and there's still a lot more for me to do. It's truly, I'm just thankful; that God is able to put me back out there," he said. Since being drafted in the first round in 2014, Beckham has played 47 games and has 313 catches for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. The 25-year-old Beckham says his rehabilitation was long and painful. He says there were nights he had to crawl up three flights of stairs to get to his bedroom. The three-time Pro Bowler says he has made significant strides in the past two months is still not 100 percent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Alden says ‘AlDub’ will still exist despite his solo TV starrer ‘Victor’

For not a few show biz observers, Alden Richards doing a soap without Maine Mendoza was enough a confirmation that the "AlDub" love team is---as niggling rumors suggest---no more. But, at the recent press conference for his upcoming drama-fantasy series, "Victor Magtanggol," the actor belied such talks and insisted that the tandem isn't done. "It's still there," he stressed. It's just that, at the moment, he and Maine are trying to pursue their careers separately, hoping to grow as artists. "It's all work---nothing personal. I'm doing this for my personal growth. And I'm sure Maine is doing things for her own growth, too," the GMA 7 star told reporters. "It's more of an explora...Keep on reading: Alden says ‘AlDub’ will still exist despite his solo TV starrer ‘Victor’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Berna Puyat: Food is ‘the way to attract people to go to places’

The "Philippine Harvest" is back, this time with more flavors from culinary destinations such as Cebu, Davao, Negros Occidental, and Bicol, ongoing until today at Central Square Mall, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Now on its 8th edition, "Philippine Harvest" is the brainchild of the new Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat whose aim is to introduce distinct flavors from different regions of the country in one accessible destination. Puyat---a self-confessed food aficionado---and her team personally curated 40 local food exhibitors for this gastronomic food fair. "Food is my first love, and first love never dies... The best way to pro...Keep on reading: Berna Puyat: Food is ‘the way to attract people to go to places’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Iloilo art tour on bikes

ILOILO CITY---Bike tourism has gone several notches high in Iloilo City. Cycling enthusiasts mixed heritage tours and art hub visits during the six-day Iloilo Bike Festival held early this month at Iloilo Business Park. Organizers capitalized on the "renaissance" of both cycling and arts in this city of 447,992 to promote the event as a "BIKEcation Destination." About 5,000 cyclists from Panay Island, Negros Occidental province, and the cities of Cebu and Davao and Metro Manila joined the festival. Those who were not from Iloilo City showed up "because they love Iloilo, the food, the people and they are at home with us," said Wilfredo Sy Jr., event director. Love for c...Keep on reading: Iloilo art tour on bikes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

UNeGA open to coalition ticket in 2019 elections

BACOLOD City – United Negros Alliance (UNegA) secretary-general Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante said their group is open to a coalition ticket in the 2019 elections. Escalante made the statement amid calls for Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd district, Negros Occ.) to run for governor. “We are open to it,” Escalante told reporters here. He said […] The post UNeGA open to coalition ticket in 2019 elections appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Kris Aquino talks about role in upcoming JoshLia movie

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino is set to make her big screen comeback alongside Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto in Star Cinema’s I Love You Hater, and the "Queen of All Media" was generous with the details of her new role – and the rest of the movie. In an Instagram ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Calling the shots: Celebrity single mom Candy Pangilinan

  (Fourth of a series) It has become one of my many roles," said comedienne and book author Candy Pangilinan of being a spokesperson for people with autism. "I've come to accept this since [the time] I made the condition of my child public." Candy's son, Quentin, now 14, has been diagnosed with autism. In 2017, she published the book "Mommy Dear: Our Special Love," which talks about her journey toward acceptance of her son's condition, and how she overcame her fears. "It helped that I came out with the book. There were times in the past when parents would come up to me and ask me all sorts of questions," Candy said. "It's funny, because some even wanted me to look...Keep on reading: Calling the shots: Celebrity single mom Candy Pangilinan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

San Juanico Bridge, a Symbol of Love

San Juanico Bridge… a symbol of love, so goes the song which Waraynons sang during its inauguration in July 2, 1973 in time for Imelda Marcos’ birthday. Then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, Julio Cardinal Rosales and Mrs. Cristina Ford were among the guests during that historic inauguration. Talks have it that the bridge was […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Death threats and 5-peso coins, the MBA was crazy

There was confidence in the Metropolitan Basketball Association's regional format to succeed. After all, people love it when their home gets the spotlight. At the very least, the MBA was going to be a strong league for the actual cities and provinces that were represented in it. However, even those who believed in the MBA the most probably didn't expect just how big the reception was going to be. It was crazy and someone like this writer, who was too young to experience the bliss that is the MBA, can't do it justice. Fortunately, those who actually lived through the craziness of the MBA can tell those stories now, 20 long years later. Chito Victolero, former guard of the San Juan Knights and current head coach of Magnolia in the PBA: Sometimes merong mga unruly crowd na talagang very supportive sila at merong fanatics so sometimes nakakagawa sila ng mga ‘di tama, but you know kasama ‘yun eh. Kasama ‘yung sa dapat mong paghandaan, kasi you have to include it in your scouting report, ‘yung how to be mentally tough during the game. Kasama ‘yung crowd dun. ‘Yun nga ‘yung MBA. That’s why kakaiba siya kasi kung regular crowd lang siya, parehas lang ng ibang liga ‘yan. That’s why kakaiba ‘yung MBA. The crowd was very different then. ‘Yun ‘yung maganda dun. Kasama siguro sa marketing strategy ng MBA ‘yun, how to deal sa ganung crowd. Kasi iba ‘yung crowd, iba ‘yung atmosphere, iba ‘yung spirit ng game, lahat nandun eh. Nakaka-miss nga eh. When you go to Bacolod, to Cebu, nae-excite ka agad because you know there’s a big crowd. We wonder if coach Chito has a scouting report for Ginebra fans during Manila Clasico?   Dondon Hontiveros, former guard for the Cebu Gems who went on to become a PBA legend. Current guard for Alab Pilipinas: There was a time talaga na masasabi ko na ‘yung outrageous na ginagawa ng mga fans pa… may mga batuhan. Nakita nga natin dito may nagbato ng bottled water sa referee pero it was worse then. It even came to a point na kapag nalaman ng fans kung ano ‘yung hotel ng kalaban parang inaabangan na ba. And ganun din kami if we go travel to Bacolod, ganun din ‘yung nae-experience namin. Fortunately for me, pagkakaalam ng mga taga-Bacolod, taga-doon ako because the year before, in 1997, I played there sa Negros Basketball Association for Central and maganda pinakita ko. So naalala nila na dun ako naglaro, so ‘di naman masama para sa’kin. Cebu vs. Negros was one of the premier rivalries in the MBA and Hontiveros was the star of the Gems. "Fortunately for me," might be an understatement for Dondon.   Rafi Reavis, former center for the San Juan Knights. Still plays for Magnolia in the PBA and is the winningest active player, with 10 championships: It was always one of the teams at the South, because it was always the North versus the South. Negros, we had a tough time down there. Cebu’s also a tough place to play – not only did you have do play in a hostile environment, and when I say hostile I mean coins being thrown at you, hamburgers, apples, anything you can think of, it can be coming your way. You really had to watch out if things get heated in those places. That was just how passionate the fans were. I mean, they’re the nicest people but hey, don’t come in here and try to take what we’re trying to achieve here. It was pretty cool.  I never heard any racist things but I’ve been cursed out by old ladies before. I remembered an old lady, about 80-plus year-old, she just walked by me before the game cursing me out so I was like ‘Wow!’. But I also understood these fans are just passionate, this was their home team, so I understood. I get it. And as a player, you cannot let stuff like that affect you, and that’s just the will power you had to have. You have to put yourself inside of a bubble and focus on the task at hand which is the game, win the game and get out of there, hopefully safely, and leaving everything else to the fans and the things you can’t control, you leave it alone. Rafi must have been quite the charm back in the MBA.   Reynel Hugnatan, former forward for the Negros Slashers and current forward for the Meralco Bolts with at least 5,000 career points in the PBA: Naalala ko nun naglaro kami sa Cebu, may dala na kamig mga payong sa ilalim ng upuan namin. Kasi alam namin, pag konting ano lang, magbabatuhan na naman. Pag nagbatuhan, ready na kami, may payong na kami. Always bring an umbrella folks.   Nash Racela, former head coach for the Batangas Blades and current head coach for TNT KaTropa: If you watch the MBA ang daming hecklers di ba, talagang sinisigawan ka the whole game. I'm thinking one game in Davao, and there was another game in Negros na parang the whole game, may isang tao nasa likod ko na sigaw lang ng sigaw sa akin. Ganun talaga eh, it just shows the passion of the Filipino basketball fans. That's understandable, it really made the game more interesting nung mga panahon na yun. We think coach Nash would prefer this set up than having to bring his own umbrella to the bench.   Alex Compton, former guard for the Manila Metrostars and current head coach for the Alaska Aces: It hurts if a five-peso coin comes flying from the upper deck and hits you in the head. That leaves a bump and that happened a few times in a few different places. In the MBA that was almost expected because everybody was so intense. You should have brought an umbrella coach.   Peter Musngi, the one and only "Voice of ABS-CBN," he was one of the key people for ABS-CBN in the MBA from the league's inception to its untimely demise: One of the things that I remember, and kapag inaalala ko nga lang kinakabahan pa ko eh, I think I was seated beyond Commissioner Ogie Narvasa then sa official’s table and noong nagbatuhan… we were warned already kasi it was Negros vs. Cebu, sabi baka magkagulo. Noong may questionable call daw ng referee, biglang nagliparan ‘yung mga coins. Nakita ko talaga tumatama kay Commissioner Ogie Narvasa, but he looked at the back and stayed. Ako naman, tatakbo na sana ako (laughs) kasi nagkakagulo na pero ‘nung nakita ko si Ogie, ‘Ay nakakahiya, sige na nga bahala na matamaan sa ulo’ (laughs). So that’s one. The others are from the coverage standpoint, dahil we were always moving around, and it came to a point paggising mo ‘di mo alam kung nasaan ka. It takes a few minutes to think ‘Oh, saan kami nanggaling? Saan na kami ngayon?’ Or the fact that we were eating Jollibee for breakfast, lunch and dinner (laughs) because ‘yun ang sponsor eh. That wasn’t bad, but we had to be creative and say, I mean kasi umuulan, umaaraw, ‘di mo alam tapos, sabi naming ‘At least man lang arroz caldo, mainit.’ Jollibee all day, everyday? Now that's crazy.   Ramon Fernandez, the "El President" and four-time PBA Most Valuable Player served as the MBA's very first Commissioner: The biggest problem of the Commissioner's Office at the time were the fans, the rowdy fans. Masyadong fanatic sa mga teams nila. I remember distinctly one game in Negros, it was the Cebu Gems and the Negros Slashers, nagkagulo yung players. The fans just started throwing things and I had to stop the game. Mabuti na lang nandoon yung bishop, sitting beside me. So pinakiusapan ko siya na, 'Bishop baka pwede mo naman kausapinyung crowd na let's just enjoy and have fun' pumayag naman siya. Natuloy yung game, laro ulit. Eh nagkaroon na naman ng gulo, ganun na naman nangyaro so I said, 'Bishop baka one more time,' sabi niya, 'Mon leave it all to God.' Sometimes all you can do is just pray and ask for Divine Intervention.   Ramon Tuason, CEO of MetroBall, Inc., the mother company of the Metropolitan Basketball Association: It was a Cebu-Davao game and Ramon Fernandez was able to gather 14 large garbage cans of debris [from the game]. From rocks, to plastic bottles, to bottles with green liquid inside, anything. Marbles, socks with marbles inside, they were throwing everything inside. As a matter of fact, we had to ban plastic drinking water from entering the stadium after like the fourth or fifth game. We had to go through the Army, the PNP, and everybody to have support in the stadiums because of the fans' passion. We call it the passion of the nation but sometimes, they become too passionate, too emotional. Very difficult to control the crowds. In Bacolod, there was a situation where a bomb exploded inside a garbage can. Players, coaches, and including us got death threats especially during the inauguration game, because as you remember, the PBA, who was I guess threatened, decided to move their opening day to our same opening day and made it a Robert Jaworski birthday bash. I guess Jaworski fans were a bit pissed off that we were in the same day but actually, they moved their opening day to ours, as a matter of fact, ABS-CBN had a countdown. The PBA was threatened? Interesting... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more! READ PART 1: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The logo that started a basketball revolution READ PART 2: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The Passion of the Nation READ PART 3: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland

The essentials for the Metropolitan Basketball Association to function were in place. ABS-CBN was ready to give it a shot and Ramon "El Presidente" Fernandez believed in the idea and was on board as the MBA's first-ever Commissioner. But for the MBA to start as an actual league, it needed teams. And picking teams is not as easy as it sounds. NORTH VS. SOUTH With the way how things work in the Philippines, it made sense for the MBA to go for the North vs. South route. This pattern was still heavily-influenced by the American leagues as MetroBall CEO Ramon Tuason had a first-hand experience of the home-and-away format when he was living in the States at the height of Martial Law. "I did [North vs. South] because I grew up in the States, we were used to the football, baseball, and basketball leagues always having the regions come in, and then Finals it was always North vs. South or East vs. West," Tuason told ABS-CBN Sports in an exclusive one-on-one interview about the origins of the MBA. "We thought in the Philippines it would be perfect, North vs. South no?" he added. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER While the idea of North vs. South was fun and intriguing, Tuason still had to make an informed decision which cities or provinces he wanted to hit for the MBA. So he read some books because with books, you gain knowledge. And knowledge is power. "I thought at that time, after reading books about franchising and all that, we had to choose the most popular and more populated cities also," Tuason said when discussing the reasoning behind the original 12 teams that formed the MBA. "Of course in the North, we chose all the way from Pangasinan down. Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, then down to Manila. And then further south, Batangas, Laguna, that thing right? Tarlac was not able to come in but we were able to get the six teams from here that included Pasig. Pasig came to our doorstep, na-tsambahan namin yung Pasig but we lost Tarlac. In the south, almost all the teams we wanted," he added. The first 12 teams that competed in the MBA's first season were Pangasinan, Manila, Batangas, Pampanga, Laguna, Pasig-Rizal, Cebu, Negros, Socsargen, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo. Pampanga ended up being the inaugural champions of the Metropolitan Basketball League. FINDING THE OWNERS While the cities and provinces were already located, the next step for the MBA was to find people to finance these teams. For some, like Cebu, it was easy to find a team owner. "What's interesting is we got team owners to match those teams. Like Cebu, we thought of who could we approach in Cebu and there's two or three names actually. And most of them are sports backers already. Lhuillier picked it up immediately," Tuason said. For other teams, Tuason approached with a different strategy. It varied depending on the place and the people he was dealing with. "With Davao with Anthony Del Rosario, he wanted to get into politics and it was a venue for him be well known and they could afford it. So each city had one or two families that we wanted to approach and we got them most," he added. "In Batangas we were looking for a family, we were looking at the Recto family but at that time it was a bit controversial. The Araneta family came to us and deciced, 'let's do Batangas.' I said okay, no problem. In other words we didn't need the family to have a big business or a footing in the city but we wanted the family to at least have something in the city. A residence, people that work there, or a branch and we got that through LBC. Something like that," Tuason added. WHAT'S IN A NAME? So the team locations, along with matching owners, were finally identified. Now the fun part comes. Naming the teams. Of the original 12 MBA teams, Tuason says that he recommended a monicker for about eigth of them, which were to be approved by the team owners. "As a matter of fact, out of the first 12 teams, I recommended eight names," Tuason said. For some of the teams, it was just clever ideas that made sense. For others, the team had to have that name. "Lhuillier got into Cebu right? And they were into the jewelry business so obviously Gems," Tuason said of the Cebu Gems. "Iloilo, Robert Puckett was in solar (energy) so I said why don't you put Volts? He said 'oh I love it.' Batangas has to be Blades, so things like that. The owner had the final choice but we gave recommendations and they picked it up. Davao of course, had to be the Eagles," he added. TROUBLE FROM LAKERLAND Not all MBA teams faced smooth transition with regards to naming their respective squads. It wasn't because the home fans rejected them though, it was more than that. Laguna in particular, who went by the name of the Lakers, got the attention of the NBA. Oh yes it's true. "The NBA, [Commissioner] David Stern, sued the MBA here because we were using Laguna Lakers," Tuason said, recounting that one time the MBA, barely into the start of its operations, already got in trouble with the most powerful professional basketball league on Earth. "I went over to Bert Lina, the owner of the Laguna Lakers. He said 'Ramon don't worry about that,' but I said 'sir we're gonna get sued,' he answered 'where are they gonna sue us? They have to sue us in our courts and we're gonna have it moved to Laguna. Who do you think is gonna go against us in Laguna?'" Tuason added. The NBA stopped bothering the MBA after one letter. And so the MBA was ready to rock. It was fun and it was crazy. Speaking of crazy... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more!   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Love Actually: Photog Jeff Ong And Blogger Rhea Bue Make For An Almost Picture-Perfect Relationship!

This good-looking, blogger-photog duo talks everything from their love story to future plans!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

Love Actually: Photog Jeff Ong & Blogger Rhea Bue Make For An Almost Picture-Perfect Relationship!

This good-looking, blogger-photog duo talks everything from their love story to future plans!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Christian Bautista set to wed nonshow biz gf

Christian Bautista announced recently he is set to tie the knot with nonshow biz fiance, Kat Ramnani, later this year or early 2019. "We love each other, through good and bad times," declared the recording artist who, at 36, feels "it's about time" to settle down. "I simply felt and knew it. I will be 40 in a couple of years, so it would be great if I could have my own family soon," Christian said in a recent interview for the second staging of "The Kuhl Event"---a musical affair that also features inspirational talks. According to Christian, they have already started with the wedding preparations, although they have yet to decide if they're going to get hitched here or abro...Keep on reading: Christian Bautista set to wed nonshow biz gf.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

LOOK: Gretchen Ho enjoys All-Star Weekend with NBA personalities

Woman in Action Gretchen Ho had the the privilege of covering the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and what a sight it must have been. The former Lady Eagle had a chance to interact with numerous NBA players and legends in the three-day affair. Ho got a chance to interview Utah Jazz rookie and 2018 Slam Dunk Champion Donovan Mitchell, as they talked about the latter's chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award. Hello there, Slam Dunk Champion :) Donovan Mitchell comes from New York, but he says his idols are Lebron James & Russell Westbrook. Watch out for this exclusive interview with @spidadmitchel as he talks about possibly winning Rookie of the Year on ABS-CBN!!! @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7oWRnfLGNd — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 18, 2018 The ABS-CBN host of course reported the festivities back to the Philippines, as she did so in front of the Staples Center. Reporting LIVE from Los Angeles, California. Can’t believe I just did my first LIVE report for @ANCALERTS & @ukgdos !!! #nbaallstar game in a few!!! #nbaallstargretchen @NBA_Philippines #NBAsaABSCBN #NBAsabaDOS pic.twitter.com/IZ4kcoZNn7 — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 The Umagang Kay Ganda host also had an opportunity to talk to two-time champion Chris Bosh, who has not played in the league since 2016 due to a life-threatening condition.  The former Raptor and Heat player however is positive about his setbacks, and aims for an NBA return some day. Chris Bosh in the house!!! What a humble guy!! Been sidelined for almost 2 yrs bec of blood clots, but he says he’s still hoping to come back to the hard court. He’s asking for our prayers & help in keeping him positive! Watch out for this exclusive on ABS-CBN 😊 #nbaallstar pic.twitter.com/nZw422tpkd — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Ho also saw some notable fans in the vicinity of the Staples Center, an example being Korean model and actor Nam Joo-Hyuk, who is a big Stephen Curry fan. Guess who’s a @StephenCurry30 fan too??? :p #nbaallstar #nbaallstargretchen #nbasabados #nbasaabscbn #TeamStephen pic.twitter.com/zGfFgz2594 — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Of course, the fun of whole All-Star Weekend would not be complete if one did not watch the main event, the NBA All-Star Game. The 67th edition of the annual event had a different format this year, with the players not representing their respective conferences, but the top vote-getters in the East and West, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry, respectively.  Videos aren’t uploading. But check out my IG stories LIVE to see what’s happening here at the #NBAAllStar Game! My eyes can’t believe I’m seeing the best of the best @NBA players LIVE and up close!!! 😳 pic.twitter.com/8zaOvSTtFJ — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018  The reporter surely was not disappointed as she saw members of Curry's family, sharpshooter Dell, wife Ayesha, and even the two-time MVP's daughter, Riley.  Riley Curry in the house!!! Supporting daddy 😍😍😍 #TeamStephen #NBAAllStar #nbaallstargretchen #NBAsaABSCBN #nbasabaDOS pic.twitter.com/X6FJTX3baY — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Dell Curry!!!!!! 😭 #nbaallstar #nbaallstargretchen #nbaallstar2018 #nbasabaDOS #nbasaABSCBN pic.twitter.com/otb8naLE5Z — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Mission accomplished. Thank you @ayeshacurry ❤️❤️❤️ #TeamStephen #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/60cvxGuIGF — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Luckily, the former Charlotte Hornet was gracious enough to give a short message to his adoring fans back here in the Philippines. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ko siya cinongratulate, eh talo #TeamStephen. Congratulations for raising a wonderful kid!!! 😂 #DellCurry @abscbnsports @NBA_Philippines @NBAPremium @BTVHoops pic.twitter.com/vLKh1vVGX0 — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Ho's biggest part of the night though was not the game, nor meeting other NBA personalities. The reporter, who all we knows enjoys an extensive social media following, was left starstruck in seeing the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, on hand at the Staples Center floor to accept his city's hosting of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.  The former Ateneo star was all giddy like a little girl, beaming at the sight of His Airness. Guys. Pagbigyan niyo na ako. Kahit anong pangit ko dito ipopost ko talaga ito 😭😭😭 MICHAEL JORDAN in the HOUSE!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭 #childhoodhero I love you, @nba Philippines!!! #NBAAllStar #NBAAllStarGretchen #NBAsabaDOS #NBAsaABSCBN pic.twitter.com/1Q6LG7xSzz — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 The Woman in Action's weekend must be capped off with a great photograph outside the Staples Center, successfully covering the event. You’ve been great, LA. You’ve been amazing, Lord. #beyondgrateful 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻#NBAAllStar #NBAAllStarGretchen pic.twitter.com/4vlQ6vR1My — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Congratulations, Gretchen!  Catch Gretchen Ho's exclusive reports from the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend soon on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN S+A......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Roach loves Lomachenko fight for Pacquiao

Freddie Roach prefers Vasyl Lomachenko than Terence Crawford as Manny Pacquiao's opponent. Roach, the Filipino boxing star's Hall of Fame trainer, thinks fighting Crawford, who is the undisputed junior welterweight champion, would be too much for Pacquiao due to the undefeated American's advantage in age and size. "I love the Lomachenko fight," Roach told BoxingScene.com. "I like that better because I've been hearing so much about Terence Crawford lately. And Terence might be a little bit too young and a little bit too big at this point. READ:Pacquiao says in talks to fight Lomachenko "But the other way [Lomachenko], I like that fight for Manny. All we need is one tune-up fight, an...Keep on reading: Roach loves Lomachenko fight for Pacquiao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018