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Velarde saves day for Pinoys

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- The Philippines struggled in the 2018 Asian Youth Chess Championships rapid competitions with only Jerish John Velarde providing the lone bright spot at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel here Monday. Velarde, the 12-year-old campaigner from Lapu-Lapu City, emerged as the top Filipino performer as he….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Fil-Am MMA fighter AJ Matthews scores decision win former UFC star Kendall Grove

Filipino-American mixed martial artist AJ 'Pison' Matthews got back on the winning path after taking a Split Decision win over former UFC star and The Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Da Spyder" Grove, Friday evening at Bellator 193 in Temecula, California.  Making a move back up to middleweight, Matthews used his high-level striking to outpoint the Hawaiian Grove throughout three rounds, doing enough to get the nod on two of the three judges' scorecards, 29-28, 28-29, and 30-27.  Matthews, a close friend and training partner of reigning ONE Championship heavyweight titleholder Brandon Vera, finally gets back on the winning column to snap a four-fight losing skid.  The 30-year old improves to 9-7 in his career. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Amid OFW ID issue, Duterte reminds gov t offices not to use his photo

MANILA, Philippines – Amid public annoyance that a government-issued overseas Filipino workers identification card prominently features his face , President Rodrigo Duterte reminded government agencies not to use his photo.  Instead, he emphasized, the images of national heroes, like Lapu-Lapu or Sikatuna, should take centerstage......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Gilas shows it’s ready for Seaba

LAPU-LAPU CITY , Philippines  – Gilas Pilipinas showed glimpses of what it can do in the coming SEABA Championship, coming from behind to repulse the PBA Vis.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2017

Gilas shows mettle, storms back to repulse PBA Visayas All-Stars

LAPU-LAPU CITY – Gilas Pilipinas showed glimpses of what it can do in the coming SEABA Championship, coming from behind to repulse the PBA Visayan selection,.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2017

President Duterte Vows Support for Filipino Athletes

President Rodrigo Duterte assured his support for the Filipino young athletes as he led the opening ceremony of Philippine National Games 2018 here on Saturday, May 19. “I am honored to stand here to formally open the much anticipated Philippine National Games 2018. I am proud to say that the spirit of the Filipino athlete […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News2 hr. 51 min. ago

LOOK: Bangs Garcia’s baby Amelia gets baptized in England

An overjoyed Bangs Garcia with her British-Filipino businessman husband Lloyd Birchmore celebrated their baby daughter's May 20 christening in England. The parents were beaming with pride, as their darling Amelia became the charming center of attention for the day. Garcia shared the best photos from her little one's special day on Instagram yesterday, May 21. The elated Garcia had this wish for Amelia for her christening: "My precious daughter, Amelia, may your heart be kind, your spirit strong to see the good and right the wrong. May Lord Jesus create an [armor] of grace and luck around you that will protect and keep you safe all your life." "This is just the beginning of your ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Bangs Garcia’s baby Amelia gets baptized in England.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 4 min. ago

3.1-Magnitude Tremor Shakes Cebu

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake shook Cebu City and nearby areas at 8:03 a.m. Friday, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The Phivolcs said the epicenter of the tectonic tremor was located at 11 kilometers south and 61 degrees east of Lapu-Lapu City. The quake was felt at Intensity 3 in Cebu City and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Cebu shop denies US report on exploding vape pen

        LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu---A vape shop here has denied that the vape pen, which exploded and killed a man from Florida, came from them.   The sales clerk of Smok-E Mountain Mactan Vape Cafe at Marina Mall in Lapu-Lapu City said they don't sell the tube-type vape since they opened two years ago.   The clerk, who wanted to be identified only as Billy, said the shop only sold "box mods" e-cigarettes and vape juice.   Billy said he heard from news reports about the death of an American who allegedly bought the tube-type vape from Smok-E Mountain Mactan Vape Cafe.   "Sayop man to ilang news kay dili man to gik...Keep on reading: Cebu shop denies US report on exploding vape pen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Successful ONE return as Folayang dominates Russian foe

Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang had a triumphant return after he toppedKharun Atlangeriev of Russia in ONE: Unstoppable Dreams at Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night. Folayang, who lost the ONE lightweight title after falling to Martin Nguyen in a second-round knockout in Manila, scored a unanimous decision win in his first fight in six months. With the victory, Folayang may have just set himself up for another shot at the title. The 33-year-old fighter out of the famed Team Lakay improved his record to 19 wins and six losses....Keep on reading: Successful ONE return as Folayang dominates Russian foe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Magnitude 3.3 quake shakes 3 cities of Cebu

  A 3.3-magnitude earthquake hit south of Lapu-Lapu Cityon Friday, jolting three cities of Cebu, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.   According to Phivolcs the tremor was felt in Cebu City and Mandaue City at Intensity 3, and Lapu-Lapu City at Intensity 2.   An Intensity 3 earthquake can make people indoors feel dizzy, and hanging objects and water in containers swing moderately, Phivolcs said.   Phivolcs also said the quake was located 32 kilometers deep, and was tectonic in origin.   No aftershocks and no damages could be expected from the temblor, the agency added. /kga...Keep on reading: Magnitude 3.3 quake shakes 3 cities of Cebu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

I’m not yet done, says Eduard Folayang

SINGAPORE – Coming off a huge loss in his last fight in ONE Championship that saw him lose in the process the world lightweight champion title, Filipino mixed martial arts star Eduard “Landslide” Folayang has said that was not the end of him as a top-class fighter and vowed to show he has more to […] The post I’m not yet done, says Eduard Folayang appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Eric Kelly eyes skid-busting victory in ONE Jakarta event

RIGHT smack in the middle of a telling slide in his mixed martial arts career, Filipino fighter Eric “The Natural” Kelly cannot wait to get back on the winning track and is hoping such would come on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia, at ONE Championship’s “Grit and Glory” event. One of the top fighters in the […] The post Eric Kelly eyes skid-busting victory in ONE Jakarta event appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Pinoy boxer Romero Duno returns to the ring against Gilberto Gonzales

Filipino boxer "Ruthless" Romero Duno will look to continue his path towards a world championship when he makes his return to the ring this coming May 17th against Mexico's Gilberto Gonzales at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California.  The 22-year old Duno (16-1, 14 KO), a Cotabato City native who fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, is coming off a first-round knockout win over Yardley Armenta Cruz back in January.  Against Gonzales, Duno faces a more experienced fighter, having a 26-4 professional record with 22 wins coming via knockout.  "Ready na ako, pero kailangan mag-bawas ng timbang kaunti," Duno, who's training out of the world-famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Pinag-hahandaan ko pa mga technique, pinag-aaralan namin ni coach ang pag-laban sa kanya, yung mga technique para patas ang suntok ko sa kanya." Duno adds that the taller Gonzales poses a unique challenge given his punching power and unusual stance.  "Pinag-hahandaan namin yung mga malakas na suntok kasi yung kalaban ko, malakas, medyo matangkad at magaling din siya mag-boxing. Yung style niya medyo kakaiba rin kasi nag-chechange yung stance niya, yan ang pinag-hahandaan namin ni coach."  Helping Duno out in camp is kababayan Mercito Gesta, who also last fought on the same card as Duno back in January. Gesta challenged Jorge Linares for the WBA Lightweight World Championship, losing via unanimous decision after 12 rounds.  Gesta has crossed paths with Duno's opponent before, picking up a ten-round unanimous decision win back in early 2017.  For Duno's part, he says that he'd rather not have Gonzales go the distance with him in their upcoming bout.  "Gusto ko hindi paabutin ng ten rounds. Gusto ko lamangan." Duno said.  Duno and Gonzales will headline a special Thursday evening card by Golden Boy Promotions.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Binatilyong naglalaro umano ng DOTA sa internet shop, patay sa pamamaril

Patay ang isang 17-anyos na lalaking kaka-graduate lang ng Junior High School matapos na barilin ng hindi pa nakikilalang salarin sa loob ng isang internet shop sa Lapu-lapu City, Cebu. Source link link: Binatilyong naglalaro umano ng DOTA sa internet shop, patay sa pamamaril.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Records set, lessons learned as Palarong Pambansa 2018 ends

ILOCOS SUR -- Palarong Pambansa once again showcased the most promising Filipino youth sports talent, as it draws to a close after seven days at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur last April 21. The 61st installment of the country's flagship sports program saw student-athletes break several records, and the event itself became an avenue for broader discussions on youth development and child protection. At the closing ceremony, Department of Education Undersecretary and Palarong Pambansa Secretary-General Tonisito Umali encouraged the youth to translate their on-court success to other facets of their lives. “Aking hinihikayat kayong lahat, samahan ninyo ang ating Ma’am Liling Briones at ang buong Kagawaran sa ating paglalakbay upang makabuo ng isang Filipino na kampeon, na hindi lamang kampeon sa palakasan kung hindi kampeon sa tunay na buhay," Umali said. After a week of intense competition, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson made sure to remind the young athletes to look beyond the results. “We have successfully completed the journey, and now we end it by celebrating victories and learned lessons of defeat. Remember, young athletes, that in winning or losing, there are always lessons one can get and these are far more important than any other awards,” the governor said during his opening message following the parade of delegates.   THREE TYPES OF EDUCATION Makati representative and former taekwondo champion “Monsour” Del Rosario recalled his earlier experiences and stressed the importance of sports' role in developing a sound athlete and a model citizen. “Kayo po ang future ng Philippine sports. Nakikita ko po ang sarili ko sa inyo noon – isang atleta, a faceless person in a crowd of 15,000 athletes. Itong sporting event na ito ay napakahalaga sa ating mga kabataan,” the congressman shared. He also continued by sharing his belief in three types of education: “Number one na education ay nanggagaling sa ating pamilya, sa ating parents at mga kapatid. Ang pangalawang education ay sa paaralan,nag-aaral tayo to become knowledgeable about many things in life. Ang third education ay ang sports education, ito minsan ay nakalilimutan ng ibang sector pero mahalaga din ito sa mga kabataan, dahil dito nade-develop ang character natin," he said. "Ang buhay natin ay parang sports din, sometimes we lose, sometimes we win, but if you have experienced competing in sports, you will know how to handle challenges in life." The National Capital Region (NCR) once again lorded over the weeklong sporting event, leading the medal tally by a huge margin, with Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region VI (Western Visayas) finishing second and third, respectively. The top winners received cash prize and trophy, and for the first time in the history of Palaro, winners in all the 21 regular sporting events were awarded with prizes by this year’s sponsors. the number of records set this year reached 40 (five in archery, 16 in athletics, and 19 in swimming), the most in Palarong Pambansa history. Aside from a gold medal and cash incentive, each of the record breakers received additional P3,000. “Aside from the additional incentive, these outstanding athletes will be seeded or given priority to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN School Games that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” Umali added.   CHAMPIONING THE SPIRIT, WELFARE OF FILIPINO ATHLETES Following an incident involving a DepEd personnel from Cebu City who was nabbed for alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old student-athlete during the national meet, Umali announced the formation of a Child Protection Committee next year. “In the next Palaro in Davao, we will now have a Child Protection Committee to make sure that this sort of occurrence will never happen again. We will also conduct talks with officiating officials and coaches on how to avoid similar instances in the future,” Umali directed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Ilonggo Fil-Am customer: Don’t boycott Starbucks

“I noticed that I got a better space in the line in Starbucks when I had my tattoo. People associate tattoos with a certain edge. Then I open my mouth, and something completely different comes out.” – Wentworth Miller NEW YORK CITY – A Filipino-American “regular” of Starbucks has urged his fellow Fil-Ams “not to […] The post Ilonggo Fil-Am customer: Don’t boycott Starbucks appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018