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Maxine Medina's mentor dismayed by online bashing of her English skills

Maxine Medina's mentor dismayed by online bashing of her English skills.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepJan 12th, 2017

Sabi nila umatras na raw ako sa lineup -- Baliton

' em>Sabi nila umatras na raw ako sa lineup /em>.' (They said I should just pull out of the lineup) This and more hurtful messages flooded the cellphone and social media account of University of the East setter Roselle Baliton when her name was included in the 25-man national women’s team pool Tuesday. Criticisms rained down on Baliton and national team coach Francis Vicente when the converted playmaker made the cut. Seasoned setters Kim Fajardo and Rhea Dimaculangan made it to the pool, but the glaring absence of Ateneo de Manila playmaker Jia Morado coupled with Baliton's surprise inclusion drew the ire of rabid volleyball fans.       “Actually noong hindi pa ako nag-online may nagte-text na sa akin (ng masasakit). So naisip ko na sa text pa nga lang meron na so sa internet meron na rin, hindi ko kilala,” said Baliton after the Lady Warriors’ 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 10-25 loss to University of the Philippines Wednesday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.  Vicente defended the decision of the three-man selection committee to include the 6-foot-1 third year player in the pool where he will pick the players that will participate in the Asian U-23 championship in May in Thailand, Asian Women’s Seniors Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   The mentor pointed out that he wanted to take advantage of the playmaker’s height and at the same time said that Morado was invited to join the special tryouts last March 12, but failed to show up or inform him of her intent to join the pool. Ateneo officials denied the claim of Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. that they sent invites to their players to participate in the tryouts for NCAA and UAAP volleybelles. LVPI held three open tryouts in Manila, Cebu and Davao. A total of 37 players attended the Manila leg held at Arellano University gym in Taft Ave. last January 28, 29 and 31. Among them were current UAAP players including Jaja Santiago, Ria Meneses, Baliton and Fajardo, who are all in the pool.   Vicente’s reasons for accepting Baliton was unacceptable to fans and the setter absorbed the brunt of criticisms and bashing.  “Sabi, umatras na daw ako sa lineup kasi madami na nagba-bash tapos trending daw ako sa Twitter hindi dahil sa support kundi dahil sa pamba-bash,” said Baliton. The business management student admitted that she was affected with the bashings but as much as possible tried to shrug everything off. “Oo, masakit kasi jina-judge nila si coach na may authority pero ako deadma na lang. Sa internet naman nababasa ko kasi sabog ang notifications ko pero hinayaan ko na lang,” she said. “OK na lang deadma na lang.” “May mga nababasa ako na (hindi maganda) pero ganoon talaga part talaga ng life ‘yun sa pag-grow. Siyempre madami nakatutok sa lineup, sa coaches, sa players, part ‘yun so tanggap lang,” she added. Baliton also accepted the fact that she still has much to improve on especially that she’s just on her first year of conversion into a setter from a middle blocker. “Nahu-hurt din pero kasi accepted ko na sabihin nila na raw pa ako, hilaw pa ako as setter na syempre madami rin naman mas magaling din,” said Baliton. But despite the bashings, Baliton stayed strong with the help of her teammates. It motivated her to improve and prove her critics wrong. “Yes po (mas motivated ako) kasi ‘di ba ang mga negative comments sa akin nasasabayan din ‘yun ng teammates ko na ‘OK lang ‘yun Ate Sel,’” she said. “So nali-lift up pa ako tapos may mga comments din na positive din. So doon na lang ako nagfo-focus kesa ma-down pa ang sarili ko.” “Kasi siyempre madaming tao talaga na gusto ako ma-down pero it’s OK lang part lang din ‘yun,” said the Lady Warrior.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2017

Maxine Medina shows off dance skills to the tune of Rodjun Cruz's "Mr. Suave"

Maxine Medina shows off dance skills to the tune of Rodjun Cruz's "Mr. Suave".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2017

Maxine Medina leads online voting ahead of coronation day

Maxine Medina leads online voting ahead of coronation day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 30th, 2017

In Focus: The Squad Who's Got Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina's Back

Get to know the very people who’ve helped Maxine get to where she is—from handling her diet and exercise regimen, to polishing her communication skills, to getting her picture-perfect and everything in between!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2017

Lazaro leads first batch of national team aspirants

Superstar libero Denden Lazaro is ready to answer the call for another tour of duty. Showing her genuine love for the country and for the sport of volleyball, the former Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagle will spearhead a bumper crop of talents expected to show up for the national women’s team tryouts set Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Arellano gym in Taft Ave., Manila. Lazaro is looking to land a spot for the national squad being formed by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “It’s ultimately the honor and privilege to represent the country,” said the 25-year-old Lazaro, who led Ateneo to back-to-back UAAP titles in Season 76 and 77. The multi-awarded libero and host of sports.abs-cbn.com's weekly online show Down the Line also played for the 2015 team that competed in the Singapore edition of the biennial meet alongside ex-Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez and other former Ateneo teammates Jia Morado and Bea De Leon.     Seasoned head coach Francis Vicente will preside over the three-day tryouts. Also expected to sign up are Aby Marano, who also played in the 2015 SEA Games, Jen Reyes, Mika Reyes, Bang Pineda and Ara Galang. Valdez was the first to express her interest in joining the tryouts as well as sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat. The 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, however, might be unavailable pending the green light of National University coach and former national team mentor Roger Gorayeb, who announced earlier this week that he will not allow his players from San Sebastian College and NU to join the tryouts to focus on their respective collegiate leagues.       Valdez, meanwhile, will be shooting for a slot when the tryouts move to Cebu and Davao next month as she will debut with 3BB Nokhonnont in the Thailand Volleyball League on January 29. “This is going to be an honest-to-goodness selection process,” said Vicente, who coaches University of the East in the UAAP and Generika in the Philippine Superliga. “More than their skills, talent and height, we want to see their commitment. Representing the country is no easy task. We want to know if they are willing and serious to play for flag and country.” The men’s team tryouts is scheduled at 6:00 a.m. Head coach Sammy Acaylar, who was part of the coaching staff when the Philippines won its last gold medal in the women’s division of the 1993 SEA Games, confirmed that those in his “wish list” like Ranran Abdilla, Mark Gil Alfafara, Ysay Marasigan, Howard Mojica and Rey Taneo would be in attendance to fight for their respective slots in the national team. Based on the blueprint prepared by the two coaches in coordination with LVPI acting president Peter Cayco, a 16-man pool composed of six young, six seasoned and four reserve players will be assembled. But the pool can be increased to 20 players depending on the decision of the selection committee. The six young players will serve as core of the team that would compete in the AVC Asian U23 Women’s Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima while the entire team would be groomed to campaign in the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Championship in Manila and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to that, the team would be given maximum training and foreign exposure as it is expected to establish training camps in countries like China, Japan and South Korea. “We are eager to bring back the glory of the Philippines in international volleyball,” said Cayco. “That’s why are serious in coming up with a strong team that is capable of giving other countries a run for their money.”      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2017

Joey Reyes defends Maxine Medina from bashers who "speak English with perfect grammar"

Joey Reyes defends Maxine Medina from bashers who "speak English with perfect grammar".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 27th, 2017

Derek Ramsay to Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina's detractors: "Stop the bashing!"

Derek Ramsay to Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina's detractors: "Stop the bashing!".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 25th, 2017

Winwyn Maquez appeals to Pinoy netizens to refrain from bashing Maxine Medina

Winwyn Maquez appeals to Pinoy netizens to refrain from bashing Maxine Medina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Will Maxine Medina speak Tagalog or English?

Will Maxine Medina speak Tagalog or English?.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Dianne Medina unfriends "insensitive friends" on Facebook for bashing cousin Maxine Medina

Dianne Medina unfriends "insensitive friends" on Facebook for bashing cousin Maxine Medina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes to air on S+A

The youngest ever mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee puts her Women’s Atomweight title and her perfect record on the line in ONE Championship’s “Dynasty of Heroes” fight card this Friday (May 26), airing LIVE from the Singapore Indoor Stadium at Kallang, Singapore on S+A at 8:30pm. The submission artist (7-0; 5 Submissions) will take on challenger Istela Nunes (5-0; 2 KOs) and will rely on her unparalleled ground combat skills and grappling techniques to subdue her seventh challenger. Nunes, meanwhile, hopes to goad the champion into a stand-up fight to snatch the belt. In the night’s other main event, it’s another battle of the undefeated as Ben Askren tries to bring the “Funky” to the “Alligator,” Agilan Thani, in a welterweight brawl everyone is waiting to see, with the ONE Welterweight world title on the line. Askren has been undefeated in 15 fights. Thani, on the other hand, considered one of the rising welterweight stars in ONE Championship, packs a perfect 7-0 record. Meanwhile, Filipino cage warrior and Team Lakay representative Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio (8-5) is on a comeback trail as he takes a second crack at fierce rival Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad (5-2) in the undercard. Eustaquio o hopes to avenge his earlier loss to Bunrad and keep Team Lakay’s winning streak inside the ONE Championship arena. Curiously, Eustaquio’s last loss came at the hands of submission specialist Toni Tauru, who was clobbered to oblivion by fellow Team Lakay fighter Kevin Belingon in “Kings of Destiny.” Don’t miss the explosive brawls headlined by ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee and ONE Welterweight World champion Ben “Funky” Askren on “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” LIVE on S+A this Friday (May 26), 8:30pm beaming straight from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  For more information and stories, go online visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com, and follow their official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@ABSCBNSports). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Maxine Medina, Bea Rose Santiago at ibang beauties, nagparada sa Santacruzan

Maxine Medina, Bea Rose Santiago at ibang beauties, nagparada sa Santacruzan.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

SBC Taytay tops Malayan to reign supreme in juniors basketball tilt

San Beda College Taytay A ran away with a 76-64 win over the Mapua-Malayan Red Robins to reign supreme in the second annual adidas Uprising Philippines juniors basketball tournament. San Beda topped 32 of Metro Manila's best high school squads last May 20 at the Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City. The battle-for-third game was held earlier that day with National University beating La Salle Green Hills A with a score of 72-44. Following a knockout tournament format, the opening matches were held on May 13 and 14, followed by the elimination games, which happened from May 15 to 19. Launched in the Philippines last year, the tournament is a summer grassroots program that provides an exclusive platform for the next generation’s basketball stars to foster their game and skills, through a series of competitions. 'Having 32 contending teams this year, we are bound to see more emerging creators in the world of Philippine basketball,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. br />   br /> The participating teams in this year’s adidas Uprising were: San Beda Alabang, La Salle Greenhills A, La Salle Greenhills B, AHS A, Agila, AHS C, Kings Montessori Vikings, UST Tiger Cubs, Arellano University Braves, San Beda College Taytay (San Beda A), San Beda College Taytay (San Beda B), Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins, Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), English Christian Academy (ECA), Claret School, Lyceum Junior Pirates (LPU), Jubilee Christian Academy, Colegio San Agustin Makati, Faith Academy Vanguards, AMA, Aqunas School, National University (NU), Chang Kai Shek College (CKSC), Jose Rizal University (JRU), Notre Dame, Malabon High School, San Sebastian College, San Ildefonso Bulacan HS, Marist, Letran, Philippine Cultural, and Taytay Captains (Taytay HS). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Chelsea takes wild ride back to summit of English soccer

STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer   WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Chelsea is back at the summit of English soccer, completing a wild roller-coaster ride over the past three years. After cruising to the Premier League trophy by eight points in 2015, the London club finished in 10th place the following year in the worst title defense in league history. On Friday, Chelsea regained the title under new coach Antonio Conte, with two matches to spare, by winning at West Bromwich Albion 1-0. Here are the key factors behind the turnaround: CONTE'S IMPACT The first year of the 'super coach' era in the Premier League belongs to Conte. Most of the preseason chatter circled around the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the helm of the Manchester clubs. The power in English soccer was supposed to shift back to the north, but Conte had other ideas. The Italian arrived in July with a reputation as a master tactician, after winning three straight Serie A title with Juventus and then guiding one of the most underwhelming Italy sides in a generation to within a penalty shootout of the 2016 European Championship final. Chelsea was in eighth place after six games following losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, but a switch of formation from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3 — the system favored by Conte — returned stunning results. Chelsea won the next 13 matches, laying the foundations for an eventual title triumph. Animated and often uncontrollable in his technical area during matches, Conte is clearly a lucid thinker about the game. He has quickly become a favorite with Chelsea's fans because of his obvious passion. There's also been no sign of the dressing-room discord that sparked the abrupt end of Jose Mourinho's second spell in charge. A title-winner in two countries now, there's an argument for calling him one of the most sought-after coaches in world soccer. RECRUITMENT If recruiting N'Golo Kante from Leicester was a no-brainer, bringing in David Luiz looked fraught with danger. Both have turned out to be inspired signings. Kante has bestrode the midfield, breaking up opposition attacks with his perfect anticipation and positional skills and then starting Chelsea's own with his vision and directness. It came as no surprise that he was voted English soccer's player of the year by both his fellow professionals and the country's soccer writers. Luiz left Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 for 50 million euros (then $57 million), making him the world's most expensive defender even though many pundits said he couldn't really defend. He has returned a completely new player, eliminating the mistakes and lapses in concentration for which he was often ridiculed. Playing as the libero at the heart of Chelsea's three-man defense has suited his game, leaving him free to act more as a sweeper than a touch-tight marker. FORMATION CHANGE Chelsea started the season with its tried-and-trusted back four. But with the team having been outplayed in a home loss to Liverpool and then 3-0 down at halftime at Arsenal, Conte decided to switch things up. He went to a three-man defense — Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill — and played with wing backs for the final 35 minutes, and Chelsea became a different prospect. They stuck with the 3-4-3 for the rest of the season. Wing backs Victor Moses (right) and Marcos Alonso (left) have been revelations, Azpilicueta has made up for his lack of height with his positioning and tenacity as the right-sided center back, and Luiz is the ideal sweeper. Further forward, Eden Hazard has relished his freedom in a three-man strike force, which limits the requirement for him to track back and meant he has returned to the kind of form that saw him become England's player of the year in 2015. Central striker Diego Costa has flourished with pacey forwards Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez flitting around, scoring 20 goals. NO INJURIES No player in Chelsea's first-choice starting XI picked up a long-term injury, allowing Conte to field close to his strongest team each week. Seven of the players have started at least 30 league games. Only minor tactical switches have been necessary, mainly swapping Willian for Pedro in attack on occasions and sometimes giving the more attack-minded Cesc Fabregas a start ahead of Nemanja Matic in midfield. Without the extra demands of playing in European competition and an early elimination from the League Cup, Chelsea has been able to focus solely on the Premier League and FA Cup — giving Conte usually a week to prepare for each game and his players ample time for recovery. They could end up winning the double. SIGNIFICANT WINS There were some key results at key times in Chelsea's title-winning campaign: The 4-0 win in mid-October over a Manchester United side led by former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, three games after Conte's conversion to a 3-4-3; the 5-0 win over Everton on Nov. 5 that was perhaps Chelsea's best all-round display of the season; the 2-1 win over Man City that was ground out on April 5, showing Chelsea can beat a major opponent when not at its best; and the 3-0 win against Everton at fortress Goodison Park in late April, just when second-place Tottenham had closed to within four points, that allowed Conte's side to freewheel to the title. ___ Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2017

DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach

De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions. The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters. From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michelle Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program. Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country. Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila. Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.   De Jesus shared the secret of his success. “Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said. His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike. DLSU embraced him as one of its own. “Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).” De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.                He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him. De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens. He means business all the time.   strong>Brilliance of De Jesus /strong> 246-65. De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all. The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.   It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.           He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition. Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons. Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.   De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad. In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed. The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more. With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown. Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do. He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title. A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill. But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy. In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history. DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.     It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.            strong>Grand Slam /strong> After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU. Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat. Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest. With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat. DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam. A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.       When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson. But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place. It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU. With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns. DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year. The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat. strong>DLSU-Ateneo rivalry /strong> Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today. Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into. A continuous rivalry, perhaps? For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that. The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball. De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back. Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times. Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit. For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76. DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games. De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics. He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game. Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always. When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance. Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis. It was a devastating loss to say the least. But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust. Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78. Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination. The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row. De Jesus was ready for Ateneo. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener. The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.                strong>Road to back-to-back /strong> Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.  Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew.  “Sa laht nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.” DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo. “Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.” “Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.” When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown. And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.    “Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.” In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little. He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena. De Jesus won his tenth title. When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome. Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2017

READ: Maxine Medina's farewell speech, message to successor

READ: Maxine Medina's farewell speech, message to successor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2017

Cardiff hotels already full for Champions League final

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer   LONDON (AP) - Supporters wanting to stay in the city hosting this season's Champions League final are in for a shock. Hotels in Cardiff are expected to be completely full for the night of June 3, even though the semifinals haven't even been played yet. The only likely space available for fans in the Welsh capital is tents, some of which can cost up to $2,300 for the Saturday night. UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, requires host cities to reserve hotel rooms far in advance of games to ensure players, officials and sponsors have accommodation â&'128;&'148; putting the squeeze on visiting fans when finals are played in smaller cities. With about 350,000 inhabitants, Cardiff is the first location with a population below 1 million to host the Champions League final since Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 13 years ago. 'Cardiff is a compact city and hotels are expected to be at capacity,' the Cardiff local authority told The Associated Press. 'The council ... agreed a contract with hoteliers to block book a proportion of the hotel stock in Cardiff, so we were able to host this prestigious event.' The pressure on hotel space would have been eased had an English team reached the final, but the last four are all from continental Europe. In the semifinals over the next two weeks, Real Madrid and Atletico meet in a Madrid derby, while Monaco takes on Juventus. All hotel chains in central Cardiff, including Hilton and InterContinental properties, have been listed as full online for a year. 'The hotel trade is market driven and the council doesn't have any authority over them,' the Cardiff Council said in an email. 'Hoteliers that wanted to accept the terms that were being offered did and if they chose not to, that was based on their own commercial assumptions.' The only option now for supporters hoping to stay near to the Millennium Stadium is camping , with the cheapest tents costing 195 pounds ($250) for one night and the most expensive 1,800 pounds ($2,300). 'Whilst Cardiff's accommodation capacity is lower than previous UCL final host cities, the Cardiff 2017 LOC (local organizing committee) have taken pro-active steps to ensure that it will deliver a memorable event for all attendees,' UEFA said. UEFA said there would be additional trains and buses to transport 15,000 fans back to London. That is a three-hour journey, without traffic, by road, or two hours by rail. Transport links have also been enhanced late into the night for the one-hour trip to Bristol, where the only available hotel rooms for June 3 start at $350, according to hotel comparison websites. Many visitors for the final will only make a fleeting visit to the host city, with plans to fly about 25,000 people in and out on the day by charter aircraft from Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham, UEFA said. Cardiff was awarded the Champions League final by the UEFA executive committee in 2015 without an open contest several months after losing a bid to be a 2020 European Championship venue. Future hosts have to bid for the right to host the final under changes implemented after Aleksander Ceferin was elected UEFA president last year. Accommodation capacity will be a factor when bids are assessed by UEFA. ___ .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2017

From ‘happily ever after’ to hell – CNN News

Islam and Ahmed met online, looking for their &'8220;happily ever after&'8221; through a Muslim dating site. But instead of bringing love and contentment, their marriage left Islam trapped in a living nightmare. Fast forward four years &'8212; and three husbands &'' and she and her two small children are caught in limbo in northern Syria. Islam Mitat is from Morocco; Ahmed Khalil was originally from Kabul in Afghanistan, but had moved to the UK and become a British citizen by the time they met on Muslima.com. Mitat dreamed of a career as a fashion designer, and saw a British husband as a way out of her drab existence in the Moroccan town of Oujda, near the Algerian border. Months after their first online encounter, Khalil traveled to Morocco with a woman he said was his sister. He met Mitat's family, and proposed marriage, showing them bank statements to prove his intentions were serious. &'8220;He was a normal person,&'8221; Mitat recalls, though she says he did make her swap her regular choice of clothing &'8212; tight jeans and t-shirts &'' for long dresses. After they were married, the couple traveled to Dubai, and from there to Jalalabad in Afghanistan to meet Ahmed's family. Mitat says she only stayed in Afghanistan for a month, because of the security situation there, before returning home to Morocco. Khalil went back to Dubai, but shortly afterward he called her with news. &'8220;He told me had a job in Turkey,&'8221; she says, &'8220;and we're going to go for a holiday too, me and him.&'8221; The &'8220;holiday&'8221; got off to a strange start. Instead of heading to a resort or a hotel, the couple flew to Gaziantep, on southern Turkey's border with Syria. A certified copy of Ahmed Khalil's passport shows his birthplace as Kabul in Afghanistan. A man who spoke only Turkish drove them to a house full of men, women and children. The women and children were in one room, the men in another, Mitat says. She was confused, and asked the other women where they were going. &'8220;We're going hijra,&'8221; they explained. To Syria. Hijra was the journey of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers, the fledgling Muslim community, from Mecca to Medina in 622 to escape persecution. In a modern context, it signifies escape from the tyranny of the enemies of Islam to the realm of the faithful. &'8220;When we were in Dubai he told me, 'I have for you a surprise, but I will give it to you in Turkey.' This is the surprise: to go in Syria,&'8221; she says. When she objected, Khalil's response was blunt. &'8220;You are my wife and you have to obey me,&'8221; she says he told her. Mitat says she wanted to tell Turkish border officials about her predicament, but says that as she and the others approached the Syrian border, the guards opened fire so they ran into Syria. When asked about the incident on the border, a Turkish police spokesman said he could not share information about individual cases. Once inside the country, they headed to the nearby town of Jarablus, to a guesthouse for &'8220;muhajarin&'8221; &'8212; those who were making hijra to the so-called caliphate &'' like them. Mitat says the place was packed with people from &'8220;everywhere&'8221; &'8212; the UK, Canada, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. No sooner had they arrived, than Khalil was sent off for a month of military training, leaving Mitat, who was now pregnant, behind. Once he'd been trained, ISIS sent Khalil to fight. He was killed on his first day, in the battle of Kobani. After his death, Mitat says she was terrified and didn't know what to do; banned from talking to ordinary Syrians, she was forced to stay within the muhajirin community. She moved in with her husband's brother and his family, who had also traveled to Syria, but when her brother-in-law was killed too, ISIS moved her into a guesthouse, where she stayed until her son, Abdullah, was born. As Kurdish fighters closed in, ISIS told Mitat she had to marry again and get out of the area to safety, so she wed a friend of her first husband, a man known as Abu Talha Al-Almani (his name means &'8220;the German&'8221;). He took her to Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, before moving again, this time to Raqqa as Kurdish forces closed in. A month after they got there, Mitat says she divorced Abu Talha because he wouldn't let her leave the house. She says fear played a major role in her decision not to leave immediately. Islam says she was told that other people who tried to leave had their children taken away, or were forced into weeks of intense Islamic studies. All the while, Mitat was trying to escape with little Abdullah. ISIS did its best to keep her and other muhajarin away from local Syrians who might help them, and smugglers hesitated to help, because they faced execution if caught. Others asked exorbitant fees &'8212; as much as USD $5,000 &'8212; according to Mitat. Eventually ISIS compelled her to marry for a third time, this time to a man who Mitat describes as a gentle soul, called Abu Abdallah Al-Afghani. This name &'' given to him by ISIS &'8212; indicates he was of Afghan origin. Mitat, though, says he was Indian, and that his mother lived in Australia. She says he [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2017

Robredo remains unfazed by online bashing, electoral protest - Inquirer.net

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Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 21st, 2017

Australia to raise English language standard for citizenship

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integratio.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2017