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Miss World denies CEO has COVID-19

Miss World Organization denied that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Julia Morley tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 26th, 2020

Michele Gumabao shares her source of strength

Michele Gumabao exudes confidence, strength and power. An accomplished volleyball player both in the collegiate and commercial leagues, a beauty queen and a TV personality, Gumabao is an example of an empowered woman.   But just like all of us, she had to go through challenges, adversities and the temptation of just giving up especially during the time when she entered the world of beauty pageant two years ago. The multi-titled winger recalled her struggles playing for De La Salle University during her collegiate career and how she almost called it quits just days into her participation in the 2018 Binibining Pilipinas in a Lunchtime Chats with James podcast interview. It was a whole new environment for Gumabao, whose career up until that time revolved around volleyball and the occasional dab into showbiz.   “Everything that I’ve been through – volleyball, beauty pageants – it may all seem impossible, it seemed impossible for me when I first started because it was something unnatural for me,” Gumabao told host Favor Church Senior Pastor James Aiton. “So how I know how everything was just orchestrated for me and I know that. Because that no matter how hard I tried when I was in college, I wanted to quit so many times.” “And even when I joined Binibining Pilipinas, I know a lot of people don’t know this, but the first two days, I was already out to quit,” continued the 27-year old Gumabao. That’s when she turned to her unbreakable faith in God. “It was really God, I know that it was Him because if it was me, I would have never pushed through any of those things,” she said. Out of the 40 women who joined the pageant, Gumabao won one of the six crowns at stake taking the Binibining Pilipnas Globe title. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania and landed at the Top 15 while bagging the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl recognitions.    Bigger purpose Gumabao, daughter of former PBA player and actor Dennis Roldan, made a name for herself in women’s volleyball when she joined the DLSU Lady Spikers with whom she won straight three titles. Her success continued in the commercial league in the Philippine Superliga, the defunct Shakey’s V-League and the Premier Volleyball League as well as landing a spot in the national team.   But Gumabao, who is now playing for three-time PVL champion Creamline, knew she’s bound for something bigger. “At first my whole life was just revolving around sports. From being a volleyball player, I became a coach after I graduated. I started my own program for kids. And that's when I realized how everything I've been through from this point is meant for something bigger, and there has to be a purpose for it,” she said. “And that's when I saw the reward or that feeling that you get when you share your passion especially to the younger generation. That’s what I wanted to do, and that’s how I first started,” Gumabao added. “And through the years, after I’ve met a lot of our beauty queens in show business, I’ve met almost all of them, and I’ve seen how much impact they have in society, how much people look up to them and how their voice is always heard. People just have so much respect for beauty queens.” That’s was when she realized that being a beauty queen could be the avenue to share her advocacy and to inspire more people.  “It opened my eyes to so many things that I could do more. That being in sports is not just an area that I can be stuck in or I can just move into, so when I joined Binibining Pilipinas, it just opened my eyes to so much more opportunities to share what I’ve been through, to show who I am, and to also share God to a lot more people,” said Gumabao.   Second chance Even after her Miss Globe stint, Gumabao still dreamed of representing the country in the Miss Universe. Just when she thought her chance of vying for the coveted title was done, an opportunity came knocking last year after Binibining Pilipinas parted ways with the Miss Universe franchise, which formed its own pageant. “As of 2019, I told myself that I wouldn’t join any other pageant again because I can’t join Binibining Pilipinas again even when I wanted to vie for the title of Miss Universe because I won already in Miss Globe,” Gumabao said. “So last year a lot of people were asking me to join other beauty pageants, I was very hesitant.” “I remember I was in the States around this time last year, and I was just talking to my sisters and I was praying what God really wanted for me back then,” she recalled. “If Miss Universe has their own pageant, then that’s the only time I’m going to join again. This happened late, late, late last year and when they announced then that’s the confirmation I needed to be able to try one more time.” Gumabao successfully qualified for the inaugural new Miss Universe Philippines early this year.     “I know that there’s so much more things that I have yet to do, I have yet to share about not only my advocacy which is sports, but just to be able to make an impact especially to the youth,” she said. “So that’s really what I’m trying to advocate for now.” The coronation night was supposed to happen in May but unfortunately with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all Miss Universe Philippines activities are suspended. “As of now, everything is suspended up until further notice, until we can get back on track,” said Gumabao. “The coronation night was originally on May 3, now, they announced it's in June second week.” Here’s the full podcast interview:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Athlete vloggers to watch during the Community Quarantine

With sporting events cancelled and people being urged to #StayHome during the government-mandated Community Quarantine for the next month due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, sports fans are looking for a way to pass the time and still get a fix from their favorite athletes.  And with those athletes likely also staying at home as well, they're likely going to have a lot of time to do some vlogging, so here are some athlete vlogs that you might want to check out during the Community Quarantine (provided that you've done all your school work and Work From Home assignments)   PAUL LEE  (Paul Dalistan Lee PH) The one and only "Angas ng Tondo" is now on YouTube! The three-time PBA Champion floor general from the Magnolia Hotshots is new to vlogging and while there are only a pair of videos on his page, they're surely must-watch for Paul Lee fans.  In his latest video, Paul Lee asks which YouTubers he should collab with or pass.    CARMELA TUNAY (Anong Tunay) Filipina volleybelle Carmela Tunay, who's also done some on-air work as a host and analyst for ABS-CBN S+A has taken her talents to YouTube, where she hosts a Q&A/Game Show-type of program featuring some of the country's hottest athletes as guests. Tunay has played "Anong Tunay?!" with the likes of Thirdy Ravena, Kim Fajardo, Deanna Wong and Jema Galanza, and the most-watched episode (with over half-a-million views): Ricci Rivero.    TEAM LAKAY (Team Lakay Miles) If you're a fan of the Philippines' premier martial arts stable, then this is a sure-subscribe for you. Team Lakay Miles shows what goes on behind the scenes in training and during fight week, fight night, and training starring some of the country's best fighters. Plus, it also has full-length fights from Team Lakay Championship, featuring some up-and-coming Pinoy talent.    ABY MARAÑO (Abigail Maraño) VLOG MODE, DON'T CARE. Former DLSU Lady Spikers star Aby Maraño has been in the vlog game now for over a year, and she's documented a ton of events, from vacations to overseas training with the Philippine National Team. If you're a fan of Tyang Aby, you're not going to want to miss out on these.    KIM KIANNA DY (Kim Kianna Dy)  From one former Lady Spiker to another! Kim Kianna Dy is also quite the active vlogger. From trips to Bali to Workout Challenges, to Bag Raid, KKD has some quality content on her YouTube channel!    JOE DEVANCE (The Devances) If you've wanted to get an in-depth look at the off-court life of ten-time PBA Champion Joe Devance of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, then this is the channel for you! While there are some videos on the channel from two years back, it looks like Joe and his wife Monica have taken this vlogging thing seriously just about a month ago. Check it out:    DOUG KRAMER (Team Kramer) Probably the most established athlete vlogger would be former UAAP star and recently retired PBA player Doug Kramer (along with wife Cheska Garcia-Kramer and kids). Team Kramer, as they've called themselves, have been producing vlogs for five years now, and have transcended the sporting world, amassing an amazing 601K subscribers, with their most popular video - a house tour - garnering a whopping 4.5-million views. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

5 things we still don t know about the coronavirus

PARIS, France –  Despite extensive study by doctors and scientists across the world since the new coronavirus first appeared in China three months ago, much about the scourge is still unclear. Here are 5 key questions that remain unanswered about the virus officially known as SARS-CoV-2 that leads to COVID-19. Why is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News9 hr. 24 min. ago

The new global recession and other perspectives on COVID-19

The world economy now finds itself in recession as a major upshot of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 45 min. ago

An appeal for global ceasefire

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News19 hr. 58 min. ago

Fighting major crises: Fiscal policy vs. monetary policy

The way things are looking, the world economy is headed for a downturn of very serious proportions. Just how serious the downturn will be—whether or not it will be categorizable as a depression—will depend on how quickly the Covid-19 outbreak is contained......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News19 hr. 58 min. ago

'The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls to air on Netflix outside of the US starting April 20

March 31, 2020 – Today it was announced that the premiere of “The Last Dance,” the highly anticipated 10-part documentary series will air on ESPN in the U.S. on Sunday nights over five weeks from April 19 through May 17. The series will also be available outside of the U.S. on Netflix. The series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years. ESPN statement: “As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.” In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in “The Last Dance.” As the series weaves its way through the tumultuous 1997-98 season, viewers will be transported back to how it all began – from Jordan’s childhood roots, the Bulls’ dire circumstances before his arrival and how the team was built after drafting him in 1984, to the struggles that eventually led to the team’s first NBA championship. As the series takes the audience through the Bulls’ first five championships, viewers will experience the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls. It’s an unlikely scenario that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the inside tale of the 1998 championship run, with extensive profiles of Jordan’s key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr, head coach Phil Jackson, and featuring dozens of current-day interviews with rivals and luminaries from basketball and beyond. All throughout, the tension and conflict that defined that final championship run are very much on display. “Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls weren't just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon,” said director Jason Hehir. “Making ‘The Last Dance’ was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans. I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it.” The result is one of the most fascinating sports documentary series ever produced – a series viewers won’t want to miss. The full episodic documentary will air on ESPN in the U.S. and on Netflix outside of the U.S. as follows: ESPN Sunday, April 19 9 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 1 10 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 2   Sunday, April 26 7 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 1 8 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 2 9 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 3 10 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 4   Sunday, May 3 7 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 3 8 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 4 9 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 5 10 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 6   Sunday, May 10 7 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 5 8 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 6 9 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 7 10 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 8   Sunday, May 17 7 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 7 8 p.m. ET - Re-air of “The Last Dance” Episode 8 9 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 9 10 p.m. ET - Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 10   NETFLIX (outside of the U.S.) Monday, April 20 - 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 p.m. Philippine Standard Time) - “The Last Dance” Episodes 1 and 2 Monday, April 27 - 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 p.m. Philippine Standard Time) - “The Last Dance” Episodes 3 and 4 Monday, May 4 - 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 p.m. Philippine Standard Time) - “The Last Dance” Episodes 5 and 6 Monday, May 11 - 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 p.m. Philippine Standard Time) - “The Last Dance” Episodes 7 and 8 Monday, May 18 - 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 p.m. Philippine Standard Time) - “The Last Dance” Episodes 9 and 10 Immediately following each episode’s linear ESPN premiere, it will be available to authenticated subscribers on the ESPN App via mobile and connected TV devices, ESPN.com and ESPN on Demand via cable, satellite and DMVPD distributors. Additional programming updates will be forthcoming. Please continue to check @ESPNPR, ESPN Press Room and Netflix Media Center for updates.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 45 min. ago

DOTr denies Labella’s request, firm on no-backride policy for motorcycles

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has denied the request of Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for a reconsideration of  the no-backride policy implemented as part of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Labella, last March 25, 2020, wrote to DOTr Secretary Arthur, asking reconsideration on the no-backride […] The post DOTr denies Labella’s request, firm on no-backride policy for motorcycles appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

COVID-19 world toll as of March 31 at 3:00 AM PST

World toll of coronavirus infections and deaths as of March 30 at 1900 GMT(March 31 at 3:00AM Manila time)......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

World Bank follows the rest, paints bleaker growth outlook due to COVID-19

Two scenarios are considered, one of which is a downturn followed by a "sluggish" recovery that can contract the Philippine economy this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

Catriona Gray nag-alala sa mga HIV patient habang naka-COVID 19 quarantine

NAG-AALALA si 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray para sa mga “people living with human immunodeficiency virus” o PLHIV. Iniisip ng Pinay beauty queen kung paano na ang regular na pagpapagamot ng mga kababayan nating may HIV ngayong naka-lockdown ang Metro Manila at iba pang lugar sa bansa dulot ng COVID-19 crisis. Idinaan ni Catriona sa […] The post Catriona Gray nag-alala sa mga HIV patient habang naka-COVID 19 quarantine appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

Simple steps to protect you against COVID-19 social engineering attacks

As people around the world are faced with fears and concerns over the COVID-19 virus, criminals are also taking note. And unfortunately, they are using this as an opportunity to try and steal money and personal information by generating social engineering scams via email, text, and phone calls. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Evolve MMA launches free online workouts

As the world copes with the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis, Evolve MMA is giving the Martial Arts community a massive boost, offering a full-schedule of daily online sessions that everyone can avail of, free of charge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Team Lakay bares grand goals for 2020

Things may have slowed down a bit as a veil of uncertainty looms over the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the goal never changes for Team Lakay. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

4 gusali sa MM inirekomendang gawing temporary health facilities vs COVID-19

INIREKOMENDA ng Department of Public Works and Highways ang paggamit ng apat na gusali sa Metro Manila bilang mga health facilities at isolation sites upang matugunan ang kakulangan ng espasyo sa mga ospital dahil sa pagkalat ng coronavirus disease 2019. Ayon kay DPWH Sec. Mark Villar maaaring gamitin ang Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade […] The post 4 gusali sa MM inirekomendang gawing temporary health facilities vs COVID-19 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

ONE Championship: Denice Zamboanga hopes to realize World Championship dreams in Manila

FIlipina atomweight Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga has made quite the impression since joining Singapore-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship. The 23-year old Quezon City native exploded onto the ONE Championship scene with a dominant three-round unanimous decision victory over Malaysian veteran Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan back in December. For a relative unknown and a promotional newcomer, taking out a proven contender in the division like Radzuan was already a notable feat in itself. The win earned her a massive step up in competition and an equally massive opportunity at proving that her debut was no one-time performance. In just her second bout in the promotion, Zamboanga was matched up against two-time world title challenger and Japanese women’s MMA veteran Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi in a match that some people saw as a win for the latter. Zamboanga proved the doubters wrong by dominating Yamaguchi en route to another unanimous decision victory. “Sobrang masaya ko sa mga naging resulta ng mga fights ko sa ONE kasi puro malalakas at top contender mga nakalaban ko,” Zamboanga told ABS-CBN Sports. Those two impressive victories have in fact earned Zamboanga a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, currently held by Singaporean star Angela “Unstoppable” Lee. While Zamboanga admits that the title shot came as a bit of a surprise, the possibility of her challenging for ONE gold if she was able to defeat Yamaguchi was indeed within the realm of possibility, which is why she accepted the fight, even on short notice. “Bago ko pa i-accept yung laban kay Mei, nagsabi na yung coach ko na kapg nanalo ko dun may possibility na maglaro ako ng title fight,” Zamboanga explained. “Kaya kahit short notice, tinanggap ko.” Now, Zamboanga has the distinction of being the first Filipina to challenge the first and only champion in the atomweight division so far. “Masaya at proud ako na ako ang unang Filipina na lalaban kay Angela Lee para sa title,” Zamboanga stated. “Representing my country is one of the best feelings when I’m fighting,” she added. Making things even more exciting for Zamboanga is the fact that the must-see title bout could take place in her home country. “If ever na sa Pilipinas ganapin ang title fight, sobrang malaking bagay sa akin yun at sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin,” Zamboanga said. If Zamboanga can do what hasn’t been done before and dethrone Lee, in Manila no less, she joins the likes of Brandon Vera, Joshua Pacio, Edward Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, and Kevin Belingon as Pinoys who have captured ONE world championships in Manila. “Iba rin kasi sa feeling kung sa sariling bansa ka naging champion,” Zamboanga continued. With the current COVID-19 pandemic that has put the whole world on pause, there hasn’t been many matchmaking announcements as of late, but that isn’t stopping Zamboanga from hyping her title fight up if indeed it does get pencilled in for ONE’s return to Manila this coming May. “Expect that this title fight would be one of the greatest fights ever in ONE, so hindi nila pwedeng hindi mapanood,” Zamboanga exclaimed.      ONE Championship is expected to return with closed-door events in Singapore starting April 17th. You can still catch the best events of ONE Championship from 2019 on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Top Asian MMA gym EVOLVE MMA to launch free online workouts

As the world copes with the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis, Evolve MMA is giving the Martial Arts community a massive boost, offering a full-schedule of daily online sessions that everyone can avail of, free of charge. Top Asian martial arts gym Evolve MMA closed its doors for the first time ever on March 27th as the Singapore government ordered ‘all center-based classes’ stopped and gatherings of 10 or more banned. With three locations across The Lion City, the award-winning franchise has become a haven for combat sports students and fitness enthusiasts across the globe, providing world-class training for global superstars and beginners alike. With the global pandemic creating a massive void in people’s lives, Evolve sought a way to fill it. Looking to hit the ground running, the Evolve online classes start from Monday evening March 30th and participants from around the world are invited to learn from some of the most elite coaches in the game. Evolve MMA founder and ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news via his Facebook page earlier on Monday; As Asia’s premier brand for Martial Arts training, Evolve MMA boasts more World Champions than any other gym on the planet. Needless to say, memberships are highly sought-after, so this news will provide a golden opportunity for students wishing to enhance their skills under the tutelage of some true Martial Arts masters.   With over 1,000 years of championship experience, Evolve MMA’s instructors should help make days of isolation a positive experience.  Constantly looking to share immense Martial Arts and fitness knowledge with the world, Evolve MMA’s latest Facebook posts offer a glimpse into the incredible wealth of information available. With World Champions in every major discipline, Evolve MMA is the perfect source with which to either start or continue one’s Martial Arts and fitness journey......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Was the WHO’s Slow Response to This Pandemic Because of the CCP?

According to Bradley A. Thayer and Lianchao Han, writing an opinion piece in The Hill, argue that World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and China's Xi Jinping should be held accountable for the coronavirus pandemic. They claim that Ghebreyesus "turned a blind eye to what happened in Wuhan and the rest of China and, after meeting with Xi in January, helped China to play down the severity, prevalence and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak" ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

TULA: ‘Tatlo sa Harap ng COVID-19’ ni Rio Alma

MANILA, Philippines – Matapos ang World Poetry Day nitong Marso 21, nagsimulang mag-post sa Facebook ang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio S. Almario ng mga tulang isinisulat niya sa panahon ng krisis sanhi ng pagkalat ng novel coronavirus.  Inilalathala ng Rappler nang  may pahintulot ng manunulat  ang ilan sa kanyang ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Anti-COVID fund via Paymaya hits P8M

A week after its #OneAgainstCOVID19 initiative launched, financial technology firm PayMaya reported raising more than P7.8 million in donations from Filipinos all over the world through its digital payments channels, with donations growing rapidly by the day. This feat was accomplished as companies and non-profit organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross, UNICEF, Caritas Manila, […] The post Anti-COVID fund via Paymaya hits P8M appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020