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Maghihintay lang ako dito [for Marck] -- Kianna Dy

We've heard Marck Espejo's side of the question. Now it's Kianna Dy's turn. It's never easy once a couple goes into a long-distance relationship. May it be due to work, travel, immigration, or any other cause, not being physically there for your special someone will take a lot of courage, determination, and of course, love. The UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball Finals MVP said that she is willing to wait for the five-time UAAP MVP as he makes history by joining Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler, one of the teams of the V1 League, Japan's premier volleyball circuit. "Napag-usapan naman na," Espejo then said about the couple's talk about the move. "Syempre supportive naman siya and alam niya naman na ito talaga yung gusto ko. And alam ko naman na pupuntahan niya ako dun," he added. While we won't be seeing Espejo until a good chunk of 2019 had passed, Dy, who was in the DLSU Lady Spikers' meet-and-greet at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall of the DLSU Taft Campus last Saturday, she said a special message that brought kilig for you and me. "I'm super proud of him, because I think it's the first time that a Filipino is going to play [in the Japanese league], and is considered to be an import. Super proud of him. He's making his mark internationally, so I'll support him and maghihintay lang ako dito," KKD said with a big smile on her face. KKD on Marck Espejo's Japan stint: "I'm super proud." Also: "Maghihintay lang ako dito."@abscbnsports — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) June 9, 2018 Leaving Taft as a three-time champion, Dy also left a message for the incoming and aspiring Lady Spikers, who eventually will be part of the hunt in pursuing the team's 12th title. "Mag-tiyaga lang kayo and you know that it won't be easy. But you have to work hard. Patience lang. Patience sa teammates, patience kay Coach. Makuha nyo rin ang championship." Dy, who came in late due to graduation practice also thanked the hundreds of supporters, who braved the unpleasant weather and came to the campus to show support for their beloved team. KKD gets greeted by rousing greeting from fans who braved terrible weather. Kianna came in late from grad practice. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/bWOz4mCHry — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) June 9, 2018 "Sobrang thankful ako kasi pumunta sila [sa Grand Fans' day'] ang sama pa naman ng weather. Ang lakas ng hangin, ang lakas ng ulan, so nag-effort pa talaga noong pumunta sila dito."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 11th, 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

Andrea Torres continues her journey as a Kapuso

Versatile actress Andrea Torres affirms her commitment to GMA Network as she renewed her management contract with GMA Artist Center on October 9. Andrea feels thrilled and happy to renew her ties with GMA which she considers her second home. “Parang kailan lang. Nag-a-apply dito yung sinasabi nilang ‘Time flies when you’re having fun.’ I […] The post Andrea Torres continues her journey as a Kapuso appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

UAAP 81: Ateneo beating fueled La Salle s prep for AdU

After taking a sound beating at the hands of rival Ateneo, De La Salle University spent the whole week contemplating on what they did wrong. The Green Archers spent a whole week trying to pinpoint what went south against the Blue Eagles and they wanted to make sure those lapses were corrected for their game against the Adamson Falcons. Because while the opportunity to learn is always present, there are Final Four spots to win and already in the middle of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, there's little room to just only learn. One has to win and the Green Archers did just that Saturday at the MOA Arena to end round one of the elimination round. La Salle forced overtime and took down no. 1 Adamson in extra session, improving to 4-3 and grabbing solo fourth in the standings halfway through the season. "Buong linggo after that loss to Ateneo, what we did was talagang back to basics kami," head coach Louie Gonzalez said. "Learning from the Ateneo game, dapat ma-correct kaagad namin. This is end of the first round, we should be competing already, the learning is there pero nasa gitna na kami, dapat lumalaban na kami talaga," he added. Despite beating Adamson, 79-78, Gonzalez admits that the Green Archers still had their low moments in the game. But he just credited those mistakes to the Falcons' style of play where they will still force errors regardless of your preparation. "Good thing dito sa game na ito nandun hanggang sa huli. Alam ko may glitches pero ayun yung ano pag Adamson kalaban mo eh," Gonzalez said. "They [Falcons] will push you to the limit, they will get to your head. Blink of an eye, kung mawala yung mental toughness mo, babalik at babalik sila sa game. Buti na lang nanalo," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

PBA: Big Dome makes 10k more special for Caguioa: 'Dito na ako lumaki'

Multiple championships and an MVP award, Mark Caguioa has had a great PBA career for Barangay Ginebra. Now, the Spark has added another milestone to his list, becoming only the 15th local player in league history to score at least 10,000 career points. Caguioa achieved the feat Friday in the 2018 Governors' Cup, scoring 16 points in the win over NLEX, giving him exactly 10k for his career. "Just thankful na I reached that, di ko naman siya hinihintay," Caguioa said. "But to join the other locals na nakagawa nun, it's an honor to be next to those guys. And to do it for one team, nagpapa-salamat ako," he added. The Spark revealed that he would have been fine if he reached the milestone Sunday against Meralco in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. If he scored eight points against NLEX and another eight vs. the Bolts, he would have been okay with it. However, the fact that he achieved 10k at the Big Dome makes it special and Caguioa will gladly take the added history to his milestone with the choice of venue. "I started most of my games dito sa Araneta, naisip ko kung sa Sunday ko ba gagawin – sa Sta. Rosa – medyo di ako sanay eh," Caguioa said. "Dito ako lumaki sa Araneta, yun mga tao nakita nila akong lumaki dito so I wanted to make it special na dito ko na rin tapusin yung 10k sa Araneta," he added. After this individual milestone, Caguioa is just looking forward to more team awards to finish off his career. "Wala na. Ang hinahanap ko lang is more championships before I retire. Sana mga sunod-sunod na championships, makatulong ako sa team na manalo pa ng championships," Caguioa said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

UAAP: Hubert Cani blames FEU s blowout loss to bad practices

Good teams are not made in games, but in practices. This was the narrative Hubert Cani was going for after Far Eastern University saw themselves at the losing end of a 25-point drubbing versus the surprising University of the East, Sunday in UAAP Season 81 action. "Kasi nung bago nitong UE, we had two practices tapos sobrang pangit nung practice namin. As in. Kaya siguro ganito yung nangyari sa amin kasi pangit nung practice talaga namin nung Friday and Saturday. Nadala namin dito," said Cani. The FEU Tamaraws are perennial Final Four contenders but unfortunately this season, they already lost to two teams who were in the bottom four last year, namely UST and UE. According to Cani, this is something they should think about and fix as soon as possible. "Dalawa na yun eh. Tingin ko, mali talaga yung approach namin sa game. Parang dinadaya namin eh. Sa amin bumabalik yun. Kunyari malakas yung kalaban namin, dun kami babawi tapos pag may mga teams na parang nasa average, dun kami nagse-step down eh. Yun talaga yung pagkakamali namin," said the Tamaraw point guard. Cani also bared that they might have been underestimating other teams in UAAP Season 81, that is why now they are paying the consequences. "Same lang ng UST, parang in-underestimate namin yung game kaya ngayon yung mga shots nila kahit naka-challenge na, kahit anong gawin namin, talagang shumu-shoot na kasi binigyan namin sila ng confidence. So dun palang sa una palang, mali na," he explained. FEU shot 33.87-percent from the field, which paled in comparison to UE's sweet shooting at 45.95-percent. As early as the first half, Red Warriors Alvin Pasaol and Jason Varilla already had 15 points each across their names, while no one from the Tamaraws had double digits. Entering the last two quarters, FEU was already down by 12 and that just ballooned to as big as 34-points as UE's shooting kept getting sweeter, while FEU's turned sour. "Tingin ko, shumu-shoot lang talaga yung tira nila tapos kami, di namin sinundan yung scheme na gusto ni Coach Olsen," he said after scoring the most for FEU with 12 points and three rebounds. After what can be considered as an embarrassing loss for FEU, a lengthy post-game meeting followed. Head coach Olsen Racela left it to his squad to talk among themselves about what happened and what should be done. "Parang ang gusto niya sa aming sabihin na kami pa lang, kaya naming ayusin 'to. Hindi na niya kailangang pagalitan kami or whatsoever. Parang sa amin pa lang, i-take na namin yung commitment," shared Cani. "Pinag-usapan lang namin yung commitment sa team as individual players. Kahit sinong kalaban namin dapat same approach lang kami sa game," he added. With so-so practices and an underestimating mindset considered as the culprit for this recent loss, Cani looks forward to going to practice tomorrow to try to fix their course. They will prepare for their next game versus National University on October 3. "Bukas tingin ko sobrang ganda ng kakalabasan nung training namin, kasi kung hindi, parang di namin tine-take seriously itong UAAP, yung team namin. Tingin ko bukas, dun pa lang sa practice, magsa-start na kami," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Rolly, you will be missed

NCAA coaches and stars were one in saying that the passing of Rolly Manlapaz, considered as the voice of the college basketball, was a great loss in the tight-knit community. The former disk jockey and longtime UAAP and NCAA basketball barker, who also saw stints in volleyball games passed away Thursday after a bout with ALS. He was 58. “I just love the way he calls games,” said Lyceum of the Philippines head coach Topex Robinson. “Sometimes he makes it look like spooky by that sound but then again basketball will never be the same without that voice.” Manlapaz’s last stint with the NCAA was two years ago in Season 92 and called his last game four months ago in UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball Finals. His career spanned for two decades.  “I’m sure he will be remembered not only by the NCAA but by the whole basketball community,” he added. The voice that defined college and amateur basketball in this generation made even the most boring or one-sided game lively with his jewel of a voice and antics why calling out plays. Manlapaz can make an exciting game even more colorful, adding a different flavor and flare that only the stadium legend can deliver. Manlapaz also endeared himself with players and coaches by calling out their full name instead of their nicknames. “Sayang mami-miss namin ang mga sigaw niya dito sa Arena especially when he calls me Teodorico not Boyet. We’re gonna miss them,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. But Manlapaz’s greatest contribution in the game was his knack of baptizing players with lasting monikers. One of the cagers that got that honor was reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.  Manlapaz gave Perez the moniker ‘Baby Beast’ when he was still playing for San Sebastian College’s high school team. Perez got the moniker for showing the same aggressiveness and tenacity of former Stag and now PBA star Calvin Abueva while wearing the same No. 7 jersey.  “Kay Sir Rolly nanggaling yung ‘Baby Beast’ na yun, noong FilOil pa lang ata yun,” Perez said. “It’s an honor na naging part siya ng mga league dito. Sobrang happy kami na nabibigyan kami ng moniker dahil sa kanya. Lumalabas ang pangalan namin dahil sa kanya.” San Beda’s Robert Bolick also shared his feelings on the passing of a friend. “Nagulat nga ako na ganyan ang nangyari akala ko naging OK na siya,” he said. “Nakaka-miss ‘yun kasi nakakagana maglaro ‘yun eh.” “Kaya ngayon ayoko na magganun-ganun (na layup). Dati kapag gumaganun ako siya kaagad yung, “Oh dipsy doo!” Ngayon medyo di na siya ganoon kasaya, nawawala ang saya,” he added. Manlapaz according to Bolick made any player perform better with his adrenaline-pumping calls. “Kahit sa UAAP ganoon ‘yan eh. ‘Pag tinawag nya ang pangalan mo parang feeling mo nasa NBA ka eh,” he said. “Maganda ang feeling kapag pumasok ka sa court. Nakakapagpaganda ng laro. Barker yun ang trabaho niya.” Bolick also remembered all the fun moments he had with Manlapaz. “Kahit noong La Salle pa ako kahit nasa bench lang ako tinatawag pa rin nya ako. Di ko nga alam eh (kung bakit ako tinatawag),” joked Bolick, drawing laughter from reporters. “Talagang may pinagsamahan din kaming dalawa. May koneksyon din kami.” “Nu’ng sa La Salle noong nag-championship kami sa UST, kapag nagwa-warmup kami ako pa rin tinatawag niya. Di ko nga alam, di naman ako naglalaro,” he continued. “Nahihiya tuloy akong mag-warmup.” “Nakaka-miss talaga yun and hopefully nasa magandang lugar na siya.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

UAAP Beach Volleyball: NU rookies dazzle in debut

National University rookies Antonette Landicho and Kly Orillaneda were not supposed to be the ones representing the Lady Bulldogs for the UAAP Season 80 Beach Volleyball Tournament. But due to conflicts with the indoor volleyball team, the 18-year-olds were called up late in August to play on the sand court. "Hindi din po kami dapat ‘yung maglalaro. Sila Ate Roma [Doromal] po [dapat] kaso nagkaconflict po sa indoor," said Landicho who hails from Balayan, Batangas. Despite the late call-up, the duo has been giving an impressive account of themselves after defeating all of their three opponents so far. First, it was the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 21-11, 21-14. Second, was the UP Lady Maroons, 21-19, 21-10. And their latest victim, the University of the East, 21-16, 21-15. "Masaya kasi unexpected po na kami maglalaro tapos naka 3-0 pa din," shared Landicho. Interestingly, this is also Landicho's and Orillaneda's first time to play beach volleyball on a competitive level. "Si [Antonette] first time, ako po paminsan-minsan sa Cebu," shared Orillaneda. However, first time jitters were not obvious among these girls. With their apparent chemistry and smart ball placing on the sands, both girls played as if they have been playing together for a long time already. When asked about it, they said it was all about good communication. "Usap lang po kasi lagi kaming naguusap kung san namin lalagay yung bola like sa dulo dulo, dito, dito," said Landicho. So far, the only unbeaten teams in the league after three games are NU and defending champions University of Santo Tomas. By Tuesday, October 2, the rookie Lady Bulldogs will face the Tigresses. "Okay lang po laban lang naman. Tao din naman si Ate Sisi. May skills din naman po siya na wala [siya pero mayroon] sa amin tapos yun na lang yung papakita namin," said the bubbly Orillaneda. In addition to UST, they will also have to face De La Salle University and Far Eastern University. Regardless of how tough their itinerary is, Orillaneda has this to say. "Nothing to lose, everything to gain ganun lang iniisip namin," shared the rookie......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

UAAP: Michelle Morente is now a full-fledged Lady Spiker

Following a year of residency at De La Salle University, former Ateneo Lady Eagle Michelle Morente is now a full-fledged Lady Spiker after displaying her volleyball prowess once again in the sand court on Monday afternoon. Morente was ruled out of Ateneo de Manila University in June 2017 after not meeting academic requirements. By September of the same year, paths led her to De La Salle University. "Sobrang hindi ako makapaniwala kasi alam mo ‘yung I almost gave up on myself but then a lot of people na nasa likod ko sobrang sumusupport sa akin na ‘Mich kaya mo ‘yan andito lang kami para sayo,’" she said as she reflected on playing her first game representing La Salle. Because of her transfer, she had to wait another year before she could suit up for the Lady Spikers for indoor volleyball and that is if the coaching staff chooses for her to play. For now, she is doing her best in the beach volleyball tournament. "They said naman I’m cleared na for UAAP so hopefully sa indoor din cleared na rin ako. Up to the coaches, siyempre sabi nila pagpatuloy ko lang ‘yung grades ko and stuff like that ayun," said Morente, who is now an AB Psychology major. Morente, with her partner Tin Tiamzon, bagged their first win of the tournament over Far Eastern University in three sets, 21-14, 20-22, 15-10. "Siyempre first game jitters," she said referring to their second set meltdown, "Sinasabi ko nga parang rookie ulit ako ganung level kahit last playing year ko na pero alam mo yun it’s good to be back." "At first we were shaky. It’s a good thing that we won na pinaghirapan talaga namin ni Tin ito sa training and buti naman lumabas yung mga pinaghirapan namin," Morente added. If Morente is chosen to play for indoor volleyball for a one-and-done, her services will very much amp up La Salle's campaign especially since the opposite spiker position was vacated by Kianna Dy. Ironically, "Animo La Salle" were cheers she used to tune out when she was a Lady Eagle. But now donning green-and-white, those exact same cheers are Morente's motivation. But for her, regardless of what she color she is wearing, she is all here for the love of volleyball. "I think it’s the sport eh, the passion for the sport. Parang ako, sige I’m doing this for the sport, you know. Dahil La Salle na ako of course I’m gonna Animo La Salle," she said as she chuckled. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Nene Pimentel says Mocha Uson should stick to entertainment

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate president and Consultative Committee member Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr said embatteld Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson should stick to entertainment instead of tackling federalism. "Dapat siguro nandoon siya sa entertainment lang. Huwag naman siya sasali dito sa isyu na mukhang hindi naman niya ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

No military, communists in Tindig Pilipinas — Trillanes

    Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that there are no members of the military or communists in the opposition group Tindig Pilipinas, as he also revealed that it is now gaining thousands of members.     "Hindi po tayo nagre-recruit, pinapalawak lang natin. Ang maliwanag lang dito, walang kasaling komunista, walang uniformed personnel dito," he said in a press briefing on Tuesday.   (We do not recruit, we just expand it. What's clear here is there are no communists, there are no uniformed personnel here.)     Tindig Pilipinas, which Trillanes said is composed of around a hundred organizations ...Keep on reading: No military, communists in Tindig Pilipinas — Trillanes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Solon nagbibilang ng araw sa malas na kuwarto

KAPANSIN-pansin ang pintuan ng isang mambabatas dahil imbes na pang-good vibes, mga numero ang nakabalandra dito. Napansin ni Mang Teban na bukod-ta­nging ang mambabatas lamang ang naglagay ng malaking three-digit na numero sa kanyang pintuan, kung saan bawat lumipas na araw ay nagbabago ang numero. Ang ibang pintuan, lalo na ang mga makukunat na mambabatas ay ‘no solicitation’ ang ipinapaskil sa pinto, kaya’t ang mambabatas lang ang naiiba ng nakapaskil sa… link: Solon nagbibilang ng araw sa malas na kuwarto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

UAAP: UST, your future has just arrived today

University of Sto. Tomas super rookie CJ Cansino was unable to build on his impressive debut on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. After posting a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double last Saturday, Cansino only had seven points on 2-of-8 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds four days later. Unlike the season-opener which they lost, however, the Growling Tigers pulled off a shocker on Far Eastern University this time around. Cansino would take that W rather than an impressive individual showing. “Mas masarap, siyempre, itong manalo. Wala akong pakialam kung pangit man yung laro ko o maganda basta manalo,” he shared. He then continued, “Kung talo nga tapos maganda yung laro ko, ako lang yung masaya, pero kung manalo, lahat kami masaya, buong UST masaya.” The former UAAP Juniors MVP was not the only youngster who played big for UST in their first win. Alongside Cansino, Germy Mahinay, Nat Cosejo, and Makoy Marcos also came through – all of them, rookies. In the end, young forward Marcos had 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists while young bigs Mahinay and Cosejo merged for two points and 15 rebounds. For Mahinay, he was just repaying all the trust coach Aldin has given him. “Masarap sa feeling kasi yun nga, pinagkakatiwalaan ako ni coach Aldin so pinakita ko na yung tiwala niya, ‘di ko sasayangin. Sinabi ko talaga sa sarili ko na ipapakita ko kung anong magagawa ko,” he said. He then continued, “Kung anong maitutulong ko sa team, ginawa ko.” Cosejo could only agree. “Ginawa ko lang yung dapat kong gawin tsaka binigay ko lang lahat ng makakaya ko,” he said. That all started for them by heeding the call of coach Aldin. “Sinasabi ni coach na wag naming isipin na bata kami, na lumaban kami,” Cosejo said. That is exactly why all of the Growling Tigers, no matter how young they are, just kept coming. As Marcos put it, “Ako, nag-compete tapos hustle lang. Yun lang.” Despite the big win, however, young UST is only thinking bigger. “Siyempre, masarap sa feeling, pero siyempre, ‘di kami mag-stop dito. Magwo-work hard lang kami lalo,” Marcos said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

PBA: Nothing personal for Calvin Abueva as he faces Alaska for the first time

It will be all business and nothing personal for Calvin Abueva as he faces his former team Alaska Aces Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Both teams have started red-hot in the 2018 Governors' Cup, with Phoenix and Alaska both sporting a 2-0 record in the early going. Since one clean slate has to be stained Wednesday, one could not help but wonder how does the enigmatic Abueva feels about his first-ever matchup with his team of six years. "Wednesday is a good matchup. Enjoy 'to. Wala naman. Di naman sa player yan e, sa coaches yan kung ano dapat nilang gawin," Abueva said on the upcoming matchup. As he defends the dramatically-improved Vic Manuel on the post for the first time, the 6'2" forward is not really concerned on the face-off. "Sa akin siyempre sa court yan. Wala naman personalan yan. Sa court, sa court. Sa labas, iba kami." With Abueva posting another solid outing of 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists that merited him the Player of the Game honors, all he is trying to make people show that he is a man making up for lost time. It can be remembered that he last played in PBA All-Star festivities late May before going AWOL and being suspended by his former team. "Noong time na na-stuck yung paglalaro ko nung last conference, ngayon ko nababawi yung mga dapat kong nilalaro. Sa akin good start 'to para sa amin kasi lahat kami nag-contribute from first five to bench. Nilabas namin yung energy namin." Abueva also added that he is trying to reprise himself as a serviceable role player, and will do anything at the behest of head coach Louie Alas, and assistant coach Topex Robinson. "Ako yung akin lang is to be a role player ng team na to and give my best lang, kung ano yung dapat namin laruin, yung mga dapat namin i-adjust dito sa team ko, sakin, kung papano ako mag-adjust at kung paano sila mag-adjust."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: PHI bets shown exit door in jiu-jitsu

JAKARTA --- Asian champions Annie Ramirez and Apryl Jessica Eppinger were booted out of the medals race early, both losing their first matches in their maiden appearance in jiu-jitsu’s Newaza Women's -62 kgs class in the 18th Asian Games on Saturday at the Jakarta Convention Center. Ramirez, 28, couldn’t flash the form that won her the Newaza -55 kgs gold in last year’s Asian championships in Hanoi and bowed to a stocky Kira Sung of Korea in the round of 16, 0-21. “I am so sorry po kasi talagang mas mabigat siya sa akin,” said Ramirez, who used to win in the -55 kgs but had to gain seven pounds just to to make the weight category. “Nahirapan po ako gumalaw dahil hindi ko po kasi talaga weight class ang 62kg. Pinilit ko lang po kasi iyun lang ang category para sa mga babae dito sa Asian Games,” said Ramirez, Physical Education graduate at University of Santo Tomas. Ramirez also took the gold in last year’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in the same Newaza -55 kgs class. Eppinger, who played in the 2010 Asian Games as a track cyclist, was also shown the exit door by Thailand’s Onanong Sangsirichok, 3-0.  The Thai is a world championships veteran and current Asian champion.  “It is really a different level here in the Asian Games,” said the Filipino-Australian Eppinger, nicknamed “The Wolf” in the jiu-jitsu world. “We were surprised that our rivals stepped up and improved a lot.” Carlos Pena also failed to sustain his impressive victory in the round of 16 against Calvin Chua of Singapore, 10-0, in the Newaza Men's -62 kgs as he lost his quarterfinal bout with world and Asian champion Darkhan Nortayev of Kazakhstan, 0-2. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

PBA: New team, same old Beast

Calvin Abueva is already with his new team, but it's still pretty much the same Beast. Abueva debuted with Phoenix Wednesday in the 2018 Governors' Cup, picking up a 113-107 win over Columbian. Calvin scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out five assists, and blocked three shots as his "fresh start" commenced after getting traded from Alaska, the only other PBA team he's known so far in his six-year pro career. "Okay naman," Abueva said of his first game back. "Buti naman. Napakita ko kung ano yung mga dapat kong ipakita. It’s my new team eh. Actually sa akin, gagawin ko yung work ko, gagawin ko yung trabaho ko para maipakita ko kung hanggang saan talaga ako dito," he added. Abueva came off the bench in his first game for the Fuel Masters but he coudln't care less. Calvin will be ready when his name is called. The usual stuff. "Okay lang. Wala namang problema sa akin yun. Alam naman nila coach Louie kung anong dapat nilang gawin. Tsaka di naman ako naghahangad na 1st five o 2nd five ako dyan o something. Basta pag pinasok ka, ready ka," he said. "Actually ako, it’s a fresh start, new beginning. Gawin ko muna yung trabaho ko bago ko maisip kong ano yung dapat kong gawin sa next level ko," Abueva added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

NCAA: Jed Mendoza’s cry just may be a rallying cry for JRU

The cheers rained down on Jose Rizal University as it scored its first win – on the basketball court, that is – on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Struggling for all of the first round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, those cheers was all Heavy Bombers top gun Jed Mendoza wanted to hear. “Alam ni Lord, alam ng team na gustong-gusto kong manalo. Every game naman, binibigay ko lahat,” he said. Mendoza and his teammates lost all of their first seven games before a league ruling overturned one of their losses and turned their 0-7 record to 1-6 last Thursday. A day later, Mendoza and his teammates were celebrating their first win – on the basketball court, that is. That is even truer as throughout their terrible start to the season, Mendoza has been at the receiving end of heavy criticism. And so, when that final buzzer sounded, the third-year guard could only let out all those tears. “Parang nabawasan ako ng tinik sa dibdib talaga. Ngayon kasi, pag sinabi na JRU, ako nagre-represent e as captain ball and superstar,” he shared. He then continued, “Parang pag binabatikos yung team, ako kaagad e,” he shared. That was why from start to finish of their school hymn, he was crying and pointing at the JRU crowd. “Hindi na para sa akin ‘to, para kay Lord na ‘to, para sa team, para masuklian ko yung binibigay nila coach. Nahihiya na rin kasi kami sa JRU community na todo-suporta pa rin sila,” he said. While he was doing that, his father figure on the team was fighting back tears of his own. “Hindi ako naiyak sa panalo e. Dito ako naiyak,” head coach Vergel Meneses told reporters, referring to Mendoza who was sitting beside him in their first post-win interview in the season. He then continued, “Nakita kong gustong manalo talaga e. I hope yung ibang players ko, madala rin yun.” All season long, coach Vergel has been preaching patience and perseverance for his rebuilding crew. “Nakita ko pa lang sa Filoil (Preseason), prangka na ako sa kanila at sinasabi kong swerte na tayong manalo ng tatlo o apat,” he shared. That is exactly why the Philippine basketball legend, always the competitor, changed up his coaching style for this season. For example, in one instance in the endgame, Mendoza was forced into a turnover which then led to a timeout for Emilio Aguinaldo College. Instead of giving him a scolding, however, the usually fiery coach Vergel just kissed him on the head. All of this, the Heavy Bombers’ mentor understood, will just be part of their process. “We take all the criticism as a challenge. Naging constructive criticism na lang that will help us,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

UST s Ysa Jimenez heeds co-rookie Eya Laure s call

With Eya Laure nursing a shoulder injury, another University of Santo Tomas rookie stepped up for the Tigresses and her name is Ysabel Jimenez. The 18-year-old open spiker powered 13 points in a 46-percent attacking percentage as they faced the College of Saint Benilde, Saturday evening. "Parang [nag-sabi] rin si [Eya] sa akin na 'Ysa ikaw yung kailangan namin ngayon, tulungan mo ko.' Ako naman syempre, 'Oo tutulungan kita, yung team.' Gagawin ko lahat ng makakaya ko, andyan din naman sila ate para tulungan kami at sila coach kasi bigla nga siyang nagka-injury," explained the Univeristy of the East high school alumna. Jimenez heeded the call and came through to book their semi-finals ticket. They also rolled to a perfect 5-0 slate. "Sa amin kasi, itong game na to, walang pressure kasi lagi kaming nireremind ni coach na maging masaaya lang kami sa ginagawa namin and magtiwala sa kung anong kaya naming gawin and makinig lang sa kanila, sa mga instructions nila." Jimenez shared also that donning the UST jersey has always been a dream for her. Now that she is a Golden Tigress, she can't help but beam with pride. "Dream school ko po talaga tong UST. Andito yung mga taong nagpapasaya talaga sa akin. Masaya sa UST, sobrang saya. Hindi ako nagsisi na lumipat ako dito. Gusto ko kasi sila Coach Kung Fu. Ang galing nila mag coach, as in," she said with a big smile. Now with a very impressive spotless record and with a good mix of veterans and rookies bannering the team, Jimenez expressed that UST has lofty goals to achieve this PVL conference. "Gusto ko manalo kami, magchampion kami dito kasi syempre yung line up namin dito puro rookies kami so gusto ko kahit rookie pa lang kami, may mapuntahan agad kami." First it was Laure, now it is Jimenez. This just goes to show that UST has a very promising rookie class for UAAP Season 81.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

‘Dito Lang Ako’ review: An overlong commercial

Even with its feature film length, its formulaic love story, and all the movie stars that lent their talents to grant the project a semblance of credibility, Roderick Lindayag’s Dito Lang Ako is barely a movie meant to be paid for by audiences. It really is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Boxing: Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte face off ahead of world title bout

With roughly a month to go before fight night, Filipino contenders Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes and Aston ‘Mighty’ Palicte faced off for the first time ahead of their highly-anticipated all-Filipino title bout.  Hollywood face off. Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte join #Superfly3 presscon in LA. They fight for the vacant WBO World Title Sept 8 on @HBOboxing @360BoxingPromos @ALAPromotions1 @RoyJonesJrFA pic.twitter.com/2bmF5yQVME — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) August 9, 2018 Nietes and Palicte are scheduled to fight for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on the upcoming HBO and 360 Promotions-presented SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California this September 8th (September 9th, Manila time). Three-division world champion Nietes will be making his much-awaited debut in the super flyweight division. For the 36-year old Murcia, Negros Occidental native, who still holds the distinction for being the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion during his undisputed reign in the light flyweight division, his bout with Palicte serves as another opportunity to showcase his world-class talents to a much bigger audience. “Excited na excited kasi nabigyan ulit ako ng opportunity na makapag-laban dito sa SuperFly,” Nietes told ABS-CBN News’ Steve Angeles during the SuperFly 3 press conference in Hollywood, Wednesday evening. “This is a bug card, malaking tuwa ko na lalaban ako ulit dito sa US, ipapakita ko naman yung talent namin dito sa US." This will be Nietes’ second consecutive fight in the United States, coming off a successful IBF Flyweight World Championship defense against Juan Carlos Reveco at SuperFly 2 back in February, also at The Forum. While Nietes has long been a household name in the Philippines, many saw the ALA Promotions star’s dominant performance as a coming out party of sorts. This time, Nietes finds himself matched up agaisnt a fellow Filipino, who’s hungry for a world championship as well, in Palicte. Originally scheduled to be the headliner for a Pinoy Pride card in Cebu this August, 360 Promotions founder Tom Loeffler saw the opportunity to bring a pair of world-class Pinoy boxers on a much bigger stage. “When we had an opportunity in September 8th to put on a triple-header on HBO, I told peter Nelson of HBO that this is one of the best fights in the super flyweight division, for a WBO world championship and he agreed,” Loeffler said. “Donnie had a great performance in SuperFly 2. Aston now has the opportunity to fight for a world title at 115-pounds. I think it’s a tremendous matchup for these two great Filipino fighters.” Aside from the obvious prestige that comes with fighting for a world title, Palicte also has the opportunity to face off against not only a kababayan, but also someone he’s looked up. “Dati, bata pa ako, siya medyo matanda na sa akin, nakikita ko na sila, ina-idolize ko na sila. Hanggang ngayon, magkalaban na kami.” For the 27-year old Bago,Negros Occidental-native, it’s purely business. “Trabaho yan, part ng trabaho. Sa taas ng ring siguro iba, at pagkatapos ng laban, iba rin. Magkaibigan, pero wala eh, wala tayong magagawa, trabaho lang. Sports lang.” This will be the second all-Filipino world title fight this year, five months after reigning champion Jerwin Ancajas defended his IBF Super Flyweight World Championship against Nietes’ ALA Promotions stablemate Jonas Sultan. And while Nietes would rather not have to face a compatriot, like Palicte said, it’s simply business. “Filipino versus Filipino ang laban, so wala tayong magagawa dun kasi mandatory, so dapat maglaban. Ang sa amin lang, ipakita lang namin yung talento namin, yung galing namin atsaka yung magandang laban namin, ipakita namin sa mga tao, sa mga boxing fans dito sa US.”   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Macandili skips Japan training but will be ready come Asiad

National women’s volleyball team libero Dawn Macandili remains confident that she’ll be in tip top shape despite skipping the squad’s Japan training camp. Macandili will miss the two-week training of the national squad in Okayama as preparation for the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games to complete her academic requirements in De La Salle University. “Hindi siya makakasama sa camp, sa camp lang naman kasi syempre conflict (sa studies),” said head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Pero knowing her naman definitely magte-training naman siya tuluy-tuloy so OK.” The graduating AB psychology student is currently completing her thesis – a study about coping and motivation of para-athletes.    “Kasi last term ko na to sa undergrad studies. May mga subject ako na di ko maiwan kasi na-extend 'yung term dahil sa bagyo,” said Macandili, who is making her third tour of duty after seeing action last year in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. “Marami pa akong requirements na kailangan tapusin -- especially 'yung thesis ko. May defense pa ako and may project pa ako sa OJT,” she added. The Nationals including members of the pool are set to leave on Sunday. They will return on August 16 before flying to Indonesia for the quadrennial meet set from August 18 to September 2.    Macandili promised Delos Santos that she will still train here in Manila and will be ready come Asiad time.   “Tinanong niya ako kung di ba talaga kaya. Sabi ko naman na magpapakundisyon ako dito and sa Asian Games ako babawi,” said Macandili, who was named Second Best libero in last year’s AVC Asian Seniors. “Siguro, confident naman ako na makaka-adjust ako kasi nakasama ko na sila last year,” she added. “Siguro titingnan natin kung ano mangyayare.” Macandili admitted that it was a hard decision to make especially with the Asiad just two weeks away. “Sobrang torn ako na may point last month na gusto kong iwan na lang lahat para sumama sa team, sa Japan,” she said. “But then, kumuha ako ng advice from a lot of people and they told me na nandiyan lang naman 'yung National team.” Her decision makes sense. “If I leave my academics, mage-extend pa ako ng isang term, so sayang 'yung time na magsasabay na naman ako ng academics and volleyball. Better na tapusin ko na para makapag-focus na ako sa volleyball,” said the UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP. “Matatapos 'yung term dapat nitong August 17 na 'yung last day, na-extend 'yung term hanggang 22. Papakiusapan ko 'yung mga prof ko na hanggang 17 na lang ako para makahabol sa Asian Games.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018