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Loveteams na dapat abangan sa 2018!

WILL we have a new set of superstars and loveteams this coming New Year. Nagpakita na ng kakaibang lakas ang tandem nina Julia Barretto at Joshua Garcia via the blockbuster movie, na ipinalalabas pa hanggang ngayon, ang Unexpectedly Yours, topbilled also by Sharon Cuneta at Robin Padilla. Running close to….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalDec 9th, 2017

From humble origins in GenSan, Manny Pacquiao s MPBL is now a nation-wide league

With the second season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League kicking things off, Tuesday evening, its steady rise to popularity continues Following a successful inaugural season with ten teams, the playing field has expanded exponentially in the second season, now with 26 teams vying for the title of MPBL National Champion, as well as a very, very valuable piece of hardware. (READ ALSO: MPBL: National Champions to get trophy worth ten million pesos) And as the semi-professional league continues to grow, it’s amazing to think that it all started with a ‘pa-liga’ in General Santos City. The brainchild of eight-division boxing world champion-turned Philippine Senator and avid basketball enthusiast Manny Pacquiao, the MPBL wasn’t always a nation-wide league. “Itong MPBL kasi, the original name is Manny Pacquiao Basketball League, and we piloted it sa GenSan,” Pacquiao explained during the opening day of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. “Nag-pilot kami ng ten seasons, parang pa-liga ko lang doon tapos open siya and maraming sumali. Nagkaroon kami ng 18 teams, hanggang ten seasons yun, ang premyo namin ay 1 million.” After seeing that the league had potential, Senator Manny decided to take it to another level. “Maganda naman yung resulta, tapos pinag-aralan ko ng mabuti kung ano yung mga dapat gawin, yung titignan natin, and then nung na-complete ko yung ten seasons, in-apply ko sa national.” “[Pwede na ‘to] sa national, i-apply ko, ila-live ko sa TV.” Pacquiao added. After two years of brainstorming and preparation, the MPBL as we know it now was born. Pacquiao added that he decided to replace “Manny Pacquiao” with “Maharlika Pilipinas” so as not to stir anything up, given his political status. From a simple league in General Santos to a nation-wide league that features 26 teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, all bannered by former professionals, collegiate hoop stars, and homegrown talents, the MPBL is definitely living up to what Pacquiao envisioned it to be: a platform for even more FIlipinos to showcase their basketball skills at a high level. "Nagsimula lahat sa isang pangarap, na mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mas maraming Pilipino na makapaglaro ng basketball sa professional level..." Sen. @mannypacquiao speaking at the opening of the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7PjRARV0bU — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) June 12, 2018   You can catch the exciting MPBL action on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

MPBL: ‘Winning attitude’ carries Marikina s Yves Sazon to career night

In the opening match of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, Marikina Shoemasters guard Yves Sazon immediately claimed the spotlight, as he dropped a career-high 33 points to go with ten rebounds, helping lead the Shoemasters to an 88-81 win over the GenSan Golden State Warriors, Tuesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. For Sazon, the career-best outing was the product of the mentality instilled in them by head coach Elvis Tolentino. “Ang laging sinasabi ni coach, yung mentality naming, kailangan winning attitude.” Sazon said after the opening day win. Tolentino and Sazon both transferred to the Marikina expansion team after representing the Navotas Clutch in the 2018 MPBL Anta Rajah Cup. Sazon also plays for Tolentino with the Philippine Christian University Dolphins. “Yung last season ko, natuto na ako sa mga mali ko. Dito, iniimprove ko yung mga dapat ko gawin, lalo na sa offense and defense.” Sazon added. Early on, it was clear that Sazon had the hot hand, as he finished the first half with a game-high 22 markers. For the 22-year old Pampanga native, getting the opening day win was the motivation for the offensive explosion. “Excited ako maglaro eh, kagabi pa lang.” Sazon said. “Gusto ko talaga manalo, first game. Iba kasi dala ng first game para sa team.” If game one was any indication of who’s going to be the go-to-guy for the Shoemasters moving forward, then it’s pretty clear that Sazon is Marikina’s man. The fact that he’s already familiar with Coach Tolentino’s system surely doesn’t hurt either. “About sa sistema, compatible talaga, sobra, kay Coach Elvis, ganun naman last season kay Coach Elvis, kaya wala naman masyado adjustment sa Marikina.” “Yung pakikisama sa new teammates, okay naman lahat. Sa system, no problem.” Sazon added. Sazon will look to follow up on his career-high outing with another impressive performance as he and the Shoemakers take on the Muntinlupa Cagers on Thursday, June 21st......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

PBA: Danny Ildefonso is the role model for Vic Manuel

The 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been quite the breakthrough campaign for Vic Manuel. Manuel has long been a steady hand for Alaska, but in the current conference, he has been proving time and again that he has the capability to lead his team to a win. That was much evident on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum as dropped 17 of his career-high 35 points in the final frame to make sure his team’s streak stretched to six even without Abueva as well as key reserves Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz. With that career performance, the 30-year-old is now averaging 24.9 points in 60 percent shooting and 5.4 rebounds in the tournament. Without a doubt, that is several steps above his career norms of 9.9 points in 49.7 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds. Aside from now being at full strength, the big difference for Manuel has been the Aces’ new big man coach Danny Ildefonso. Yes, the Danny Ildefonso who won eight championships and two MVPs. “He’s been spending a lot of time with one of the best post players in the history of the PBA,” head coach Alex Compton said. “I literally told Vic two or three years ago, isipin mo career mo and sino dapat idol mo? Maging Danny I ka.” Two or three years ago, Manuel was a key reserve for Alaska while Ildefonso was wrapping up his playing career with Meralco. Now, Ildefonso has begun his coaching career and is mentoring Manuel. For the pride of Nueva Ecija, the mentorship of a legend is the most welcome development for his career. “Sobrang laking bagay ni coach Danny. Dami kong natutunan sa kanya kasi tinututukan niya ako at lagi niya akong sinasabihan,” he said. He then continued, “Nung dumating siya, mas umangat pa yung laro ko.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PBA: June Mar sure loves playing against Columbian

June Mar Fajardo sure loves playing against the Kia franchise. In the victory against Columbian Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Fajardo scored 37 points, 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Beermen won their third straight game. Fajardo's 37 points is a conference high and is the fourth-most points he's scored in one game for his career. And according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, three of June Mar's top 5 scoring performances in the PBA came against the Kia franchise. Four of his top 7 are against the same team as well. But in true Kraken fashion, Fajardo just downplayed his big game, saying he just wanted the Beermen to win. While it was San Miguel's third straight victory, the defending champions are only at .500 with a 3-3 record after losing their first three games in the elimination round. "Kailangan lang namin manalo at makabalik sa standings," Fajardo said. "Buti nanalo kami ngayon. Credit sa mga teammates ko, lahat nag-step up. Ang ganda ng laro ni Alex [Cabagnot], triple-double, then yung import namin, as usual nandoon. Lahat nag-contribute," he added. Despite picking up steam, Fajardo says that the Beermen could still work on a lot of things moving forward. Most notably on defense as practically everyone at San Miguel didn't like the fact that they gave up 117 points in just 48 minutes to the Dyip. "Kailangan lang namin i-improve yung depensa, minsan nagre-relax kami," Fajardo said. "Pero pag naglaro kami as a team, shineshare namin ang bola, sobrang lakas namin, sobrang ganda ng kalalabasan. Sana ganun pa rin, mag-step up ang lahat. Hindi dapat mag-relax," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Nat l women s volleyball team hopefuls take coaching change positively

The coaching change came as a surprise to most of the national women’s volleyball team hopefuls, but the players received the appointment of Shaq Delos Santos as replacement for resigned mentor Ramil De Jesus positively. Delos Santos met with some of the national team candidates on Tuesday at the Arellano University-Legarda Gym together with his assistants Kungfu Reyes and Bryan Esquibel and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president Peter Cayco. LVPI appointed the Petron coach to the position after De Jesus, who took the coaching duty last April and conducted two tryouts attended by the country’s top volleybelles, stepped down two weeks ago. Delos Santos is tasked to form and train a team for the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in September, the AVC Asia Cup in Thailand the following month and the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games.      “Nabigla ako na nagpalit ulet ng coach. We're in good hands naman with coach Shaq. He's a good coach, he has a good system. I'm looking forward to working with him,” said Cocolife libero Denden Lazaro, who was with 15 other hopefuls during the pool meeting. “Sa aming mga players kailangan lang naman namin maging open sa lahat kasi there’s no permanent naman talaga and ‘yun nga syempre kami mga players susunod lang kami kung ano papagawa sa amin ng coaches, ng staff,” said Jaja Santiao. “Okay lang naman na may pagbabago kasi si coach Shaq din naman is one of the best coaches din dito sa Pilipinas so go lang.” Petron’s Mika Reyes, the Nationals’ team captain last year during the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, was informed of the changes a few days ago.    “Actually hindi ko alam na nagpalit muna. Ang sabi lang may final tryouts. So okay. And then siguro two to three days ago, dun ko lang nalaman talaga. Mga Sunday ata yun,” she said. “Si coach sabi nya ‘Ye punta ka sa tryout ha.’ Tapos sabi ko okay coach. Tapos may nagsabi sa akin na teammate ko na sya na daw yung coach.” Reyes played for De Jesus for five years in De La Salle, in the Philippine Superliga for Meralco and F2 Logistics. The middle blocker bannered the 2018 PSL Grand Prix champion Petron under Delos Santos.      “Nagulat lang ako syempre coach ko rin before si coach Ramil, akala ko siya na,” she added. “Pero okay lang din naman, at least ito coach namin. Siguro yung advantage lang is alam ko na yung sistema nya.” Aby Marano, who during most of her volleyball career played under De Jesus, said that she was one of the first to know of her F2 Logistics mentor’s plan to step down. According to LVPI, De Jesus decided to quit his post because of conflict of schedule with his duties as coach for DLSU, the Baby Spikers and F2 Logistics. “Positive pa rin kami, whether nagpalit ng coach o hindi. Dapat hindi kami maapektuhan. Sa kanila na 'yun eh, ang kailangan namin mag-focus sa ensayo para magpalakas at magpahusay pa. Okay naman din 'yung set ng coaches na nakilala namin today. I don't think there will be a problem,” said Marano, a veteran internationalist who donned the tri-colors in the past two SEA Games and in the AVC Asian Seniors. “Magulo, siyempre, ganoon 'yung nangyare. Personal na decision 'yun ni coach Ramil eh so we all respect that. Ang laki talaga ng responsibilty niya sa mga teams niya. Wala naman kaming masasabi sa decision ni coach Ramil,” Marano continued. “Siyempre, na-brokenhearted nga kami,” she added. “Ako, personally, hindi naman ako bumabata. Gusto ko, bago ako mag-retire, maging coach ko siya sa National Team. Kung hindi naman papalarin, wala akong magagawa.” Also in attendance during the first meeting with the new set of coaches were Kim Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Rebecca Rivera, Mylene Paat, Sisi Rondina, Kim Fajardo, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, CJ Rosario and Ces Molina. Creamline's Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado were supposed to attend the meeting but were caught in a traffic jam in Katipunan after their training while Myla Pablo was training with Pocari Sweat. Other players in the pool who skipped the meeting were Tots Carlos, Bea De Leon, Kath Arado, Royse Tubino, Lourdes Clemente, Elaine Kasilag, Jasmine Nabor, Maddie Madayag, Cha Cruz-Behag, Ara Galang, Mel Gohing, MJ Phillips, Isa Molde, Jho Maraguinot, Rachel Anne Daquis, Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza.    The pool will start its training on Thursday.    ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Filipino triathlete places 11th overall in PH’s first full Ironman

SUBIC, ZAMBALES – For the first time, the full-distance Ironman race has come to the Philippines. And Filipinos have wasted no time in showing that they could compete in the sport of triathlon and that their country could host events of triathlon. August Benedicto, a proud son of Tarlac, finished 11th overall out of 1, 155 competitors with a total time of 9:48.46 in the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines on Sunday here. Among males, he was eighth overall while among the 11 professional male triathletes, he was fifth. In fact, Benedicto even ended ahead of the likes of 18-year veteran Freddy Lampret of South Africa. Without a doubt, racing right here at home did wonders for the 34-year-old. “Masayang-masaya ako na first time nagkaroon ng (full-distance) Ironman sa Pilipinas. Yun yung tumatakbo sa isip ko buong araw,” he told reporters after his finish. He then continued, “Iniisip ko na sana makuha ko (yung medal) para sa mga Pilipino. Walang susuko dapat.” Benedicto did just that and now, hecould proudly wear his well-earned Ironman Philippines finisher medal – a medal that was inspired by and had design elements from the people of Marawi. “Masayang-masaya ako sa ganitong medal galing sa mga kapatid natin sa Mindanao. Alam kong napakahirap nang buhay nila ngayon dahil sa giyera,” he said. He then continued, “Kaya nga nagpapasalamat pa rin kami at nakagawa sila ng medal na ‘to. Just praying na makabangon sila.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Arwind ok with making way for Standhardinger and Balkman

San Miguel had no wins to show after the first three games in its title defense in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Losing to Meralco, Rain or Shine, and Alaska, the Beermen found themselves at the bottom of the standings before finally barging into the win column on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum at the expense of Phoenix. “Thankful kaming nakaisa kami,” veteran forward Arwind Santos shared. He then continued, “Meron kaming team bonding, as in players lang, kahapon, and napag-usapan namin na 0-3 na kami at kailangan wag na namin i-allow na maging 0-4 pa.” Of course, the fully-loaded defending champions needed more time than usual to get going. As Santos put it, “Yung combination e. Mahirap pang hanapin ni coach Leo yung combination.” Indeed, head coach Leo Austria already had a battle-tested core of Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but also had to integrate top overall pick Christian Standhardinger and returning reinforcement Renaldo Balkman. The good news for San Miguel is that for each and every game, that scary seven-man lineup is getting closer and closer to fruition. That was very much evident in their matchup against the Fuel Masters where they went on an 17-1 run for a come-from-behind 106-94 win. “Mabuti naman, kahit papaano, napi-pick up na (ni coach Leo) pakonti-konti,” Santos said. Along with that, 36-year-old Santos said that the players themselves are getting closer and closer to fully accepting what has to be done. “Siyempre, dapat nandudun pa rin yung mentality ng player na dapat, sacrifice talaga. Kagaya namin, siyempre, kailangan hindi kami mafu-frustrate na ‘di napapasok,” he shared. The former MVP continued, “Nakakapanibago pa rin, siyempre, kasi sanay akong nilalaro ko, 4, tapos bigla akong mag-3. Pero kailangan ko talaga mag-adjust kasi dalawa talaga ang nasa 4 – si Christian at si Renaldo Balkman.” And if the Beermen continue to sacrifice for the good of the team, Santos has no doubt that they will reach their goal sooner than later. “Mabuti na yung nakaisa na kami kasi ang goal na lang namin ngayon, hindi na top 1 o top 2 e, dun na sa 3, 4, 5, 6 na lang kami,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

SERENO STATEMENT: Ang Araw na Ito

(Speech of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno after the decision granting the quo warranto petition against her. Supreme Court, May 11, 2018)  Mga kababayan, maraming salamat po sa Panginoong Diyos, pagka’t lumawak na po ang ating laban. Lumawak po ang ating laban. Walo lamang po ang dapat bumoto sa kaso ng quo warranto dahil ang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

PBA: No revenge, just rejoicing for Paul Zamar in debut

BINAN, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar's dream came true on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.  The now 30-year-old finally made his PBA debut in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup for Blackwater.  This, six years after he was drafted in the fourth round by Ginebra, but left unsigned.  As fate would have it, Zamar's first game in Asia's first pay-for-play league came up against the Gin Kings.  And at the 1:54 mark of the first quarter, he took the floor.  Right then and there, he had his first welcome to the PBA moment as it was league legend Mark Caguioa who approached him. Asked about it, he answered, "Sabi niya, 'Welcome to the PBA.' Sabi ko naman, 'Oo, ang tagal kong hinintay.'"  He then cotinued, "Surreal feeling for me."  Not that long after, he made good on his first PBA basket with a three at the 6:41 mark of the second quarter.  In the end, however, Ginebra came out on top of the Elite, 105-91.  And while his debut ended in a loss, the 5-foot-11 guard said he is nothing but glad that his PBA dream is now, at long last, a reality. "Okay naman. Enjoy naman, pero siyempre, gusto pa rin namin sana yung end result, panalo," he said.  Without a doubt, he took full advantage of each and every second he was on the floor, totaling 15 points built on four triples on top of six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. "Sa tingin ko, dapat ang attitude naman ng isang professional basketball player eh regardless (if) gamitin ka one minute or matagal, dapat ready ka," he said.  Of course, Zamar had an extra chip on his shoulder – up against the team where he should have begun his career with. "In general lang, excited ako to play in the PBA. Nagkataon lang na Ginebra lang first game," he said.  He then continued, "Sa akin, dream ko as a basketball player na makapaglaro sa PBA so I'm very excited. Bonus na lang na Ginebra yung kalaban."  Moving forward, he can rest assured that his debut is out of the way and he could focus on just getting better.  With that, the son of coach Boycie Zamar will have help once he gets home. "Hindi ko nga alam kung (nandito si coach Boycie), pero ang alam ko, kung 'di man siya nanood ng live, nanood siya sa TV. Looking forward sa comments niya sakin mamaya," he shared through chuckles.  Welcome to the PBA, Paul Zamar.  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings not out to get saved by Brownlee

Justin Brownlee is still with Alab Pililpinas trying to win the ABL title. And so as Ginebra starts its 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign, the Gin Kings are not looking for Brownlee for help. They only have each other, and Charles Garcia, to lean on... for now. "As of now kasi hindi namin tinitignan na parang temporary import lang for Justin [Brownlee]. Justin is wala sa picture, sa ngayon," guard LA Tenorio said after Ginebra got whipped by Rain or Shine for its conference opener. "Andyan yung import namin, kung sino man yung import namin, we'll deal with that. I'm sure the coaching staff also has a plan for our import that's why kinuha nila. I'm sure with coach Tim, alam niya kung ano gagawin," he added. Replacing Shane Edwards as a fill in for Brownlee, Charles Garcia had a decent debut for the barangay, scoring 19 points while adding six rebounds and eight assists. However, Ginebra received a 19-point beatdown at the hands of the Elasto Painters. "No need to panic," said Tenorio even after Ginebra's rough start with Garcia. "Di naman kami out kaagad eh, marami pa yan. We just have to look at the video and see kung ano dapat namin i-improve," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

‘My Princess Guitar’ set to air before ‘Eat Bulaga’

  Newest Kapuso serye 'My Princess Guitar' is set to air this coming May 7 right before long-running noontime show " Eat Bulaga". The cast includes Julie Ann San Jose, Gil Cuerva, Kiko Estrada, Isabelle de Leon, Sheryl Cruz, Kier Legaspi, Marc Abaya and many others. Abangan ang pinakabagong magpapakilig sa umaga niyo, My Guitar Princess, ngayong May 7 na bago ang Eat Bulaga sa GMA! A post shared by Kapuso PR Girl (@kapusoprgirl) on Apr 25, 2018 at 10:47pm PDT Singer/actress Julie Anne San Jose top-bills the series which she said she finds enjoyable as it has a light story. San Jose's character hits close to her as she plays a jolly music lover who has a...Keep on reading: ‘My Princess Guitar’ set to air before ‘Eat Bulaga’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

UAAP FINALS: Battle of legendary coach Kid Santos’ protégés

It’s just a few days away before the much-anticipated battle for UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball supremacy between the grand slam-seeking De La Salle University Lady Spikers and the title hungry Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. But even before the blazing action of the best-of-three championship series begins, one man is already smiling and probably very proud of the legacy he has left behind. Steering the Lady Spikers in their 10th straight Finals appearance is a multi-titled mentor in Ramil de Jesus. A man who for two decades changed DLSU’s volleyball program and gave the Taft-based school 10 titles. On the other side is George Pascua, a true-blue FEU product who delivered UAAP titles during his playing days and when he mentored the men’s team. Pascua is now looking to bring back the old glory of the Lady Tamaraws.      Both are great disciplinarians. No-nonsense coaches who value character, hard work and dedication more than popularity and fanfare. Coaches whose systems rely on teamwork rather than individual talent, mastering the basics of offense and defense while turning their wards into versatile workers and team players.   True men of the sport.    Characters they inherited and influenced by a man considered as the father of FEU volleyball: the late great Florentino "Kid" Santos. The championship series won’t just be about a present power battling a traditional powerhouse, it will also be a showdown between two students who learned their craft from a treasured Filipino volleyball master.   BROTHERS-IN-ARM Santos, who passed away November last year at the age of 67 due to cardiac arrest, brought FEU to numerous titles as a player and continued to do so as a mentor for the Tams and Lady Tams. He played a big role in the school’s total of 54 championships in both divisions and steered FEU to 19 of its 29 women’s crowns. Santos also handled the national team multiple times. But what made Santos great is the number of players he discovered and molded into stars under his Spartan-like training and strict discipline. That list includes De Jesus and Pascua. “Si Coach Ramil outside hitter siya na napakagaling rumeceive, napakabilis ng bola,” recalled Pascua after the postgame interview moments after twice-to-beat FEU booted out Ateneo de Manila University in the Final Four to for the Lady Tams’ first Finals appearance since Season 71.  “(Ako) middle pero napakagaling ko rumeceive din kasi walang libero noon eh,” he added, drawing laughter inside the press room. “Kaya nga tinitingnan namin noong time namin walang palitan ng libero ang gagaling namin rumeceive.”   Pascua was in his rookie year when he played alongside De Jesus, who was then in his swan song. De Jesus was spectacular, Pascua was a promising talent when they marched together in battle with Santos at the helm. With the two playing together, FEU conquered Season 54 for the Tams' back-to-back titles. “Pumasok ako 91. Eh 92 siya grumaduate. So last playing year niya, first year ako. Pero nagpang-abot kami sa UAAP,” added Pascua, who would eventually win two more. In a light moment during the start of the men’s Final Four at the MOA Arena last Saturday, Pascua and De Jesus were spotted seated together watching the match between FEU and three-time defending champion Blue Eagles. They were talking, laughing and were horsing around while reminiscing their playing days.    🤔 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/88NqdzFmiG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 21, 2018 “Puro kalokohan lang 'yun, wala sa volleyball. Nu’ng time namin, nagku-kwentuhan kami, sabi namin, 'Biruin mo 'yung UP (gym) noon, noong naglalaro tayo, halos hindi mapuno, kahit isang layer lang ng ganoon (seats), tapos nanonood pa 'yung nasa lapag lang, sa UP noong time naming,'” said Pascua. “Tapos nakakasilaw, pag umuulan, tumutulo. Pero tingnan mo o, ang dami, libo-libo ang nanonood.” “Sabi namin, ibang klase ang volleyball ngayon. Hindi kami naging part ng ganito karaming ano pero naging part kami,” added Pascua. “Sabi niya, naging part pa rin tayo kaya naging successful ang volleyball. Sabi niya may contribution pa rin tayo. Kasi (ang usapan naming) about volleyball, mga past namin, kung gaano lumaki ang volleyball kumpara noon hanggang ngayon.” De Jesus in his postgame interview, the day after, shared that it was fun chatting and joking around with his former teammate. “Wala naman kaming pinag-uusapan, ine-enjoy lang namin 'yung game,” said De Jesus, whose squad dismantled National University in straight sets on Sunday. “Dumaan kasi accidentally si Sir (Mark) Molina.  Sabi niya dapat bigyan ng t-shirt 'yan si Coach Ramil. So 'yun, kaya kinukulit niya ako, kasi T-shirt ang binibigay, jacket ang kinuha. Sabi ko 'di ako magsusuot ng jacket. 'Yun ata ang kulitan namin na nakunan (ng TV camera).” Unfortunately, they witnessed the twice-to-beat Tams fall in five-sets against the 55-point onslaught of Ateneo ace Marck Espejo. About 24 hours after that, De Jesus set up a Finals date with Pascua’s Lady Tams. They will be after each other’s neck starting April 28 at the Big Dome.     RIVALRY Long after their playing careers have passed, both found a new calling: coaching. Learning under the tutelage of Santos, Pascua and De Jesus passed on to their wards the same discipline they had under the FEU legend and gave new twists to the system used by their former mentor.     De Jesus was tapped by DLSU to help with their women’s volleyball program. He was the messiah the Taft-based squad had been waiting for. Under his watch, the Lady Spikers transformed into a UAAP superpower collecting 10 titles overall. Pascua stayed with FEU, helping the Tams achieve a three-peat in Season 67 to 69 as the head coach. He steered FEU to its last championship in Season 74. Pascua and De Jesus eventually crossed paths as women’s team mentors in the 2014 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. The younger mentor handled a powerhouse team in Petron Blaze Spikers while De Jesus built Generika behind his DLSU products. Pascua got the better of De Jesus in four sets in the winner-take-all championship round led by American import Alaina Bergsma and Brazilian setter Erica Adachi. He duplicated his feat the following tournament in the All-Filipino Conference as Petron swept De Jesus’ Shopinas.com Clickers in the best-of-three Finals series. Now on their third head-to-head match in four years, Pascua knows that his commercial league successes won’t matter in De Jesus’ turf. “Champion coach si Coach Ramil, ‘yung team niya may championship experience. Napakagaling na coach niya,” he said.      Though working on a team with a disadvantage in terms on experience in the Finals, De Jesus holds high respect on Pascua’s coaching. Being a product of FEU like him, Pascua won’t back out from a fight.     “Matiyagang tao si George, maganda 'yung ginagawa niya ngayon sa team, and siguro ano, kailangan talaga bantayan 'yung FEU kasi alam ko matiyagang tao 'yun,” said De Jesus. In this series, the DLSU mentor is expecting a tough challenge. Both will have their own advantages in their systems and strategies built on the backbone of Santos’ system. “Kasi bawat coach kasi may kanya-kanyang sistema, so maaring may mga part na nakuha niya dun kay Coach Kid, pero siyempre bawat coach, may gustong gawin sa team na hindi niya na dala-dala 'yung ibang sistema ng naging mentor,” said De Jesus. Whatever the result of the series, whichever shade of green will come up on top, one thing is for sure, the great FEU mentor Santos will surely have a hand in it. Santos’ legacy will have an influence on both sides, whether the title goes to Morayta or to Taft.      ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Paul Zamar proving full-blooded Filipinos can be world-class reinforcements

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar was playing with a black eye in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. And yet, he turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 25 points and helping Thailand’s Mono Vampire almost steal homecourt advantage. Zamar, Mono’s Asean Heritage import from the Philippines, had his right eye all black now, four days after it got up close and personal with the elbow of Chong Son Kung Fu slotman Justin Howard. “Ang liit kasi niya e,” the Mono guard jokes now. That didn’t stop him, or even slow him down, in Game 1 of the championship round, though. “Hindi ko iniinda. Pinoy tayo, hindi tayo aatras sa laban,” he said. Of course, the fact that he was playing in his native land and with his family, including coach Boycie Zamar, in attendance also motivated Zamar. “Inspired lang ako kasi nandito yung family ko. Tapos siyempre, nandito tayo sa Pilipinas,” he shared. He then continued, “Taga-rito ako e so itotodo ko.” The now 29-year-old has been pushing it to the limit all throughout the season and not just whenever he is in the Philippines. He, along with Filipino-American Jason Brickman, have formed a potent backcourt that has been a big part of Vampire’s surprising Finals run. For him, it’s all about living up to the Filipino fighting spirit. “Hindi ko lang nire-represent yung Mono at Thailand. Nire-represent ko rito yung lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapatunayan natin na pang-world class tayo. ‘Di lang tayo pang-Pilipinas, kaya nating mag-import sa ibang bansa as pure Filipino.” Well aware of that Filipino fighting spirit, however, Zamar also saw Alab Pilipinas erase a two-point lead in the last two four seconds of regulation and ultimately come away with a 143-130 overtime win in Game 1. “Never say die talaga e. (Ang) Pilipino, ‘di titigil hanggang mag-buzzer,” he said post-game, after he and the rest of Vampire now find themselves in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-five series. He then continued, “Pero siyempre, lesson learned na sa amin. Dapat matuto kaming mag-concentrate lalo na sa dying moments.” Nonetheless, the former University of the East star is relishing facing off with his kababayans for all the glory in the ABL. Asked about how it feels to playing in the Philippines again, he answered, “Ang sarap. Ito yung the best feeling ever.” And along with that, spending time with the family whom he hadn’t been with for almost half a year now. “May team policy kami na siyempre, dapat magkakasama kami sa hotel (in Alabang), pero during free time, umuuwi ako sa amin (sa Paranaque),” he shared. With his family still behind him and his kababayans still proud of him even though he’s at the opposing side, Zamar vowed to only be better as the series goes along. “I can still be better in the coming games. As a basketball player, hindi ka dapat makukuntento sa laro mo kasi you can always do better,” he said. He then continued, “And as a team, alam naming we came up short this game, but we can also do better. Of course, they’re (Alab) also gonna do better, may the best team win na lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Paul Zamar proving full-flooded Filipinos can be world-class reinforcements

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar was playing with a black eye in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. And yet, he turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 25 points and helping Thailand’s Mono Vampire almost steal homecourt advantage. Zamar, Mono’s Asean Heritage import from the Philippines, had his right eye all black now, four days after it got up close and personal with the elbow of Chong Son Kung Fu slotman Justin Howard. “Ang liit kasi niya e,” the Mono guard jokes now. That didn’t stop him, or even slow him down, in Game 1 of the championship round, though. “Hindi ko iniinda. Pinoy tayo, hindi tayo aatras sa laban,” he said. Of course, the fact that he was playing in his native land and with his family, including coach Boycie Zamar, in attendance also motivated Zamar. “Inspired lang ako kasi nandito yung family ko. Tapos siyempre, nandito tayo sa Pilipinas,” he shared. He then continued, “Taga-rito ako e so itotodo ko.” The now 29-year-old has been pushing it to the limit all throughout the season and not just whenever he is in the Philippines. He, along with Filipino-American Jason Brickman, have formed a potent backcourt that has been a big part of Vampire’s surprising Finals run. For him, it’s all about living up to the Filipino fighting spirit. “Hindi ko lang nire-represent yung Mono at Thailand. Nire-represent ko rito yung lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapatunayan natin na pang-world class tayo. ‘Di lang tayo pang-Pilipinas, kaya nating mag-import sa ibang bansa as pure Filipino.” Well aware of that Filipino fighting spirit, however, Zamar also saw Alab Pilipinas erase a two-point lead in the last two four seconds of regulation and ultimately come away with a 143-130 overtime win in Game 1. “Never say die talaga e. (Ang) Pilipino, ‘di titigil hanggang mag-buzzer,” he said post-game, after he and the rest of Vampire now find themselves in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-five series. He then continued, “Pero siyempre, lesson learned na sa amin. Dapat matuto kaming mag-concentrate lalo na sa dying moments.” Nonetheless, the former University of the East star is relishing facing off with his kababayans for all the glory in the ABL. Asked about how it feels to playing in the Philippines again, he answered, “Ang sarap. Ito yung the best feeling ever.” And along with that, spending time with the family whom he hadn’t been with for almost half a year now. “May team policy kami na siyempre, dapat magkakasama kami sa hotel (in Alabang), pero during free time, umuuwi ako sa amin (sa Paranaque),” he shared. With his family still behind him and his kababayans still proud of him even though he’s at the opposing side, Zamar vowed to only be better as the series goes along. “I can still be better in the coming games. As a basketball player, hindi ka dapat makukuntento sa laro mo kasi you can always do better,” he said. He then continued, “And as a team, alam naming we came up short this game, but we can also do better. Of course, they’re (Alab) also gonna do better, may the best team win na lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Von s job with SMB is to shoot so he did just that

San Miguel's strength has always been derived from its first group. The Beermen are a top-heavy team. Everyone knows that. However, San Miguel does have some nice names on its bench and Von Pessumal proved Friday that the Beermen's second-unit can win some games just like the first group does. Coming off the bench to play just under 20 minutes, Pessumal fired a career-high 18 points, emerging as San Miguel's second leading scorer against Brgy Ginebra. The Beermen beat the Gin Kings to take an early 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinal series in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. "Yung bench namin we believe na we're just as capable as the first group eh. Dapat ganun yung mindset di ba?" Pessumal said after his performance that saw him make seven out of ten shots from the field. "When you come in dapat sustain or even higher yung level of play namin. If we come in we have to sustain yung level or if possible, bring it higher just so when the starters come back in and close the game, it's easier," he added. With the Beermen featuring a loaded lineup, Von's main role with the team is to shoot. During Game 1 Friday, Pessumal did just that. "Ang dali ng basketball dito kasi bibigay mo lang kay June Mar sa post... parang yung spacing na the team provides, I get open so it's just my job to shoot and knock it down. Nothing special naman," he said. "Sinuklian ko lang si coach, kasi he's been encouraging me sa practice, even if I have some bad games talagang he gives me chances. Tapos yung teammates ko, may tiwala sila sakin, if I'm open they'll give it to me and they believe na I can knock it down. So sinuklian ko lang lahat sila," Pessumal added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Wendell Comboy stole Alvin Pasaol s thunder

All eyes were on Alvin Pasaol as he willed University of the East into the Finals of the inaugural UAAP 3x3 Men's Tournament. And why wouldn't they as the King Warrior literally single-handedly shot his team there, outscoring National University in the semifinals by his lonesome, 17-16. In the Finals, however, try as he might, Pasaol just couldn't will UE through Far Eastern University. That's because for every shot he made, Wendell Comboy was right there to answer. The Tamaraws raced to a 12-6 start in the championship game before the burly forward who famously scored 49 points in one UAAP game last season pulled the Red Warriors to within four. Comboy's stepback jumper from deep was the quick counter for FEU, however, and it put out the fire before it could even get hot. Pasaol then again inched his team to 13-16 only to see the incoming fourth-year guard drop back-to-back long-range missiles for the response. Not long after, the Tamaraws became the first champions of the UAAP 3x3 Men's division - and with 2:06 still to spare at that. For the sharpshooter who made it happen, the championship was extra special because he didn't even think he was going to be playing. "Sobrang nag-enjoy po ako. Actually, 'di ko nga in-expect na ako ang pipiliin ni coach kaya talagang thankful pa rin ako para makalaro," he shared. Now, not only did he play, but also led his team into making history. "Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm. Siyempre, (season) host ang FEU kaya sabi ni (athletic director) Mark [Molina] na dapat kami ang champion," he said. He then continued, "Nagkakonting pressure, pero sobrang nag-enjoy rin naman kami." Really, Comboy's outburst in the Finals shouldn't have come as a surprise as he was already doing things like this to De La Salle University, one of the favorites entering the tournament, in the semis: Wendell Comboy making em dance out here! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/RtnzSmF6f9 — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 And this: Comboy bringing the pain to DLSU! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/SYL1XoEQUU — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 Also, things like this: Wendell. Comboy. Cmon! Wow! #UAAPSeason803x3 pic.twitter.com/xR6ieJqIBn — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 4, 2018 However, the Tamaraw guard said this is only part of the buildup in their preparations to better their fourth-place finish in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament a season ago. "Ang mindset kasi namin, sobrang 'di pwedeng maulit yung ganun. As early as now, nagpe-prepare na talaga kami," he said. He then continued, "Kahit anong event man yan as long as basketball, talagang binibigay namin ang best namin." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Hindi ko naman alam kung ibibigay sa atin -- PBA OIC Marcial

Philippine Basketball Association officer in-charge Willie Marcial remains non-committal about being appointed as league commissioner for good. Marcial said he’d rather wait until the 30-day grace period of his appointment as OIC has lapsed before making the appropriate move. His appointment as league caretaker is only good for a month or at least until the end of January. “No comment ako. Hihintayin ko na lang na matapos ko yung 30-days,” said Marcial, who was the special guests in the first Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum for the year at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Market in Cubao on Wednesday. “Hindi ko naman alam kung ibibigay sa atin, kung ano yung expectations nila, at kung ano rin yung expectations ko sa kanila. Kaya hindi ko rin masabi.” A long time PBA personnel who rose from the ranks, Marcial was appointed OIC after the resignation of former commissioner Chito Narvasa became effective at the start of the year. A selection committee in-charge of choosing the next commissioner will be formed when the league board holds its first monthly meeting for 2018 next week. But if asked of his two cents worth regarding the qualities of the next league chief, Marcial mentioned two major attributes. “Dapat abugado o kaya (may alam) sa marketing,” said Marcial in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. “Kasi tatakbo naman yung liga kapag iyo ang mga kasama mo. Alam na nila yung sistema dahil matatagal na sila dito.” “Kaya kung sinuman ang magiging commissioner ng PBA, huwag siyang mag-alala sa mga empleyado ng liga dahil hindi nila ito pababayaan.” Marcial, the long-time league external affairs and communications head, was joined in the weekly session by PBA and D-League technical director Eric Castro, technical official Roscelle Teotico, D-League tournament supervisor Junior Bengua, and Tapa King  vice chairman Julius Magallanes, who reiterated his all-out support to the weekly Forum. “Nakita ko yung impact ng sports (sa tao) like discipline and competitiveness. I think malaking tulong ito para sa mga kabaatan na malayo sa mga bisyo. And this is one of our advocacies in our company,” said Magallanes. Castro meanwhile, also made use of the opportunity to invite the public for the opening of the D-League Aspirants Cup on Thursday. Marinerong Pilipino battles Zark’s Jawbreakers in the lone opening game at the Ynares Sports Arena.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Maine Mendoza Bakit Dapat Iboto, Manalo at ang Metro Manila Film Fest Entry sa 2018 – Manila Video

Once again Maine Mendoza and the whole nation will prove to the world kung bakit siya ang tinaguriang Phenomenal Star To cap off the year with a bang, aba todo campaign ngayon ang nation para Entertainment Spy Peoples Choice Awards Nominated kasi si Meng sa mga categories like Female Celebrity, Trend Queen, Twitter Account and… link: Maine Mendoza Bakit Dapat Iboto, Manalo at ang Metro Manila Film Fest Entry sa 2018 – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Isa-isahin ang mga pumirma sa recall sa San Juan

'Uncovered' HINDI dapat balewalain ang binitiwang pahayag ni Senador JV Ejerctio na ginamit ng pamilya Zamora ang kanilang ‘medical assistance’ para lamang makapangalap ng 30,000 pirma na humihiling na magkaroon ng recall elections sa papasok na taong 2018. Ang ina ng senador ay si San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

New Kapamilya shows for 2018

New and returning loveteams and captivating stories of love and family will grace viewers’ television as ABS-CBN announced its new line-up of shows for the f.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017