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Survey finds more hungry in June

MORE FILIPINOS experienced involuntary hunger at least once last quarter compared to the preceding three months, according to results of a survey the Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted days before the country's leadership change, alerting the new adm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 11th, 2016

Front Page: Survey finds more hungry in June

MORE FILIPINOS experienced involuntary hunger at least once last quarter compared to the preceding three months, according to results of a survey the Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted days before the country's leadership change, alerting the new adm.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 11th, 2016

An Insider‘s Guide to Recovering from Financial Hardship

Poverty incidence among Filipino individuals has decreased from 27.6 percent in 2015 to 21.0 percent in 2018 according to the Philippines Statistics Authority. One of the reasons why more Filipinos are emerging out of poverty is the steady economic growth that the country has experienced for the last three years according to an article on […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Sugod Malaya working to promote diversity in Football

Football has yet to shed its image of being a rich kid’s sport in the country, but Allianz Philippines and Sugod Malaya are showing that “the most beautiful sport in the world” is best played in an equal playing field. It doesn’t matter what your background or social standing is, as long as you are committed and dedicated to playing the game. “Globally, Allianz is known to be a staunch supporter of football, and we want to promote that same passion here in the Philippines. When Sugod Malaya came to us for help, we immediately saw that they are an organization that represents our goals and ideals for the sport—that it’s not just a game to be played by a few, but by all,” said Gae Martinez, Chief Marketing Officer of Allianz Philippines. Established six years ago, Sugod Malaya is a nonprofit football club that has close to 300 active members today—from the well-to-do to the poorest of the poor. “When we started, our dream was to establish a club that is really free, regardless of whatever the player’s background is,” said Mark Duane Angos, Secretary General and one of the founders of Sugod Malaya. He acknowledged that football in the Philippines suffered the reputation of being a game that is only played in gated communities and Sugod Malaya seeks to change that. “We were forming a team back then and realized that it lacked diversity. At that time, I was doing a community outreach program for San Beda and got in touch with folks in Tondo,” Angos said. The club eventually got four kids from the area to play with their team in Bacolod which, along with Iloilo, are considered the “Meccas” of football. “When they played in Bacolod, they really played well together,” Angos shared. From the 11 kids they had back then, the club has grown significantly. More than half of its members come from impoverished backgrounds, with 30-40 percent coming from the poorest of the poor. “At first, we were only relying on the generous donations of our club’s parents until we wanted to expand and solidify the program. In the end, it became more than just a football club; it also became a tool for community development. It is now a club that provides an opportunity for kids from all backgrounds to play and, at the same time, have their talent seen and discovered by the global community,” Angos said. While they consider their games in Iloilo and Bacolod to be memorable ones, nothing could beat their excitement in playing for international leagues. Sugod Malaya has played in the Borneo Cup in Malaysia and the Singa Cup in Singapore, and has likewise done well in their stints in other Asian countries. Most recently, Sugod Malaya experienced how it is to play European football when they played in Barcelona, Spain. They played in the Mediterranean Cup and competed against Barcelona FC’s famed La Masia squad, the youth team that produced global football megastars Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Angos said they almost gave up the idea of joining while they were in their planning stage. “We knew, from the perspective of cost, that Barcelona would be too much even though its organizers were nice enough to give us partial subsidy. At some point, we thought of backing out because we felt that participating in one tournament might affect our entire program—we have a team playing in Europe and getting that experience, but then the other scholars would be suffering because we’d run out of funds and resources. So when Allianz and like-minded individuals came in, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” he revealed, adding that they knew of Allianz’ dedication to football. “When we heard that they were willing to help us, we were excited. We are very thankful and, at the same time, excited to see that we have represented Allianz well,” he pointed out. Even though the much stronger Barcelona team defeated Sugod Malaya, the kids remain determined. “You can see that it (playing against Barcelona) reinforced their determination,” Angos said. In playing in Barcelona, the kids realized how different football is being played in Europe. “In the Philippines, they would cheer for you when you make a goal. In Spain and the rest of Europe, the crowd will clap and appreciate your good pass, even if you don’t score, and when you make a good save. They can appreciate the strengths of the whole team,” Angos shared. He added that because of Allianz’ support in getting the kids to play in Spain, many other opportunities for the club came up. They were invited to play in Colombia (a team that they won over during the friendly competition), Ireland, and Portugal, among others. “The Colombian coach said that our play is unpolished, which is not a bad thing because it makes it unpredictable and exciting,” Angos said, adding that the other clubs have compared their style to that of Manny Pacquiao’s. In the end, what Mark and the rest of Sugod Malaya wants to achieve for the sport in the country, is to make Filipinos realize that “Football is a sport for the Filipinos.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

The living spirit of our democracy

When I think of Filipinos who suffer from poverty, hunger, and inequality, the more I value my democratic duty to vote and have my will as a Filipino be counted thru the ballot. Free elections are the living spirit of all democracies. Clean and honest elections bestow the people’s trust to legitimately govern and serve the interest of the people......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

Inigo providing much-needed voice for newbie Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung once again fell to Alab Pilipinas last Sunday. But still, the Truth’s 1-1 record over the weekend was their best-ever showing in their short history. Much of it has to do with reinforcements Derek Hall and Cedric Oliver who dominated Saigon before giving a good scare to the Filipinos. However, it also has to do with the emergence of Asean Heritage import Achie Inigo as a floor leader. Against the Heat, the Filipino collected 18 points, four assists, and three rebounds and then against his countrymen, he was behind the steering wheel of repeated rallies. Coincidentally, Inigo’s steadying of the ship comes on the heels of a coaching change from Tryston Lawrence to Sabatino Chen. For someone who has been used to a champion coach like Nash Racela, the shift was much-needed. Talking about his new Taiwanese mentor as compared to the now-departed American, he said, “Mas maayos siya and mas detailed mga sinasabi niya. Yung coach namin dati, walang board.” He then continued, “Experienced si coach Chen kaya mas alam niya ginagawa niya.” Chen was only quick to return the favor. “Achie is great. He’s my voice on the court. We understand each other because we have similar philosophies,” he expressed. Kaohsiung’s coach then went on to recall how, at one point, his floor leader subbed himself in for defensive purposes and it turned out to be the correct decision. For Inigo, he’s slowly but surely realizing that his stint in the ABL has a more personal goal – to help out with development of the startup Truth. “Baka nga kaya ako dinala rito ni God kasi may purpose para tulungan sila. Kasi kahit nga, dynamic stretching, ako pa nagpa-stretch sa amin,” he narrated. He the continued, “Willing akong tumulong kahit anong need nila kasi wala pa talaga silang experience.” Fortunately for Kaohsiung, Inigo has, without a doubt, taken a thing or two from his more than four years under Racela. “Natutunan kong maging court general talaga sa FEU. Siyempre, yung experience ko kina coach Nash at coach Eric (Gonzales), lalong tumaas yung IQ ko,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Number of hungry Pinoys grew by 300,000 in Q2 – SWS

MANILA, Philippines - The number of Filipino families who experienced involuntary hunger grew by 300,000 in the second quarter of the year, according to the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2016

3.4-M hungry PH families at end of Noy term – SWS

More families experienced hunger at least once as the Aquino administration ended its term in June, a Social Weather Stations survey said......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 12th, 2016

Clash of tweets: Lacson, Locsin take sides on Recto Bank issue online

MANILA, Philippines – It wasn't just ordinary Filipinos with clashing opinions on the sinking incident in the West Philippine Sea . Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr and Senator Panfilo Lacson seemed to be butting heads over the issue as well. Both Locsin and Lacson have been very active in voicing their opinions ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News6 hr. 4 min. ago

Robredo refutes Duterte: EEZ is for exclusive use of Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said the Constitution clearly states that the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is for the “exclusive use and enjoyment of Filipino citizens,” refuting the statement of no less than President Rodrigo Duterte.  On Thursday, June 27, Robredo was asked in a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News6 hr. 4 min. ago

PVL: Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing] -- Gonzaga on preventing another knee injury

Veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga tried to keep the ball in play despite an overset but still resulted in an attack error. The PacificTown Army star landed on both feet before falling down to the floor completely. In another play, Gonzaga scored on a hit but again landed with the same sequence. Coming off a right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that had her sidelined for almost two years, Gonzaga is extra cautious with her landing after an attack, hit or miss. “Oo, like for example siguro kapag bitin na set or sobra na set, ang tendency ko siguro ay ibabagsak ko na siya kaysa mag-one leg landing ako,” explained Gonzaga on Wednesday after the Lady Troopers bowed down to defending champion Creamline, 25-16, 16-25, 22-25, 16-25, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “Kasi natatakot [ako], like kanina may medyo bitin na set sa akin, nagdalawang-isip ako kung anong gagawin ko kasi ayokong mag-single leg landing. Hangga’t maaari iniiwasan ko talaga,” she added. “I committed that error kasi from that time nagdalawang-isip ako. Gusto ko siyang paluin pero sini-secure ko talaga ang safety ko, na hangga’t maaari hindi mauulit [ang injury ko].” Gonzaga suffered a knee injury in 2017 while playing for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga. She underwent surgery and long therapy.    She recalled that she landed on one leg when she sustained the injury, so to prevent another accident, Gonzaga would always make sure that she will land properly. And if necessary, she would cushion the impact of her landing by falling on the floor. “’Yun nga ang tendency ko na ibabagsak ko na lang siya every time na sobra ang set sa akin o bitin kasi mas less ang stress sa tuhod ko,” Gonzaga said. “Kasi once na hinabol ko ang bola na bitin, ang lahat ng bigat ko sa harapan ng tuhod ko. So binabalik ko na lang siya para sa pwet, sa likod ko na lang yung pressure.” Gonzaga added that it was her conditioning and physical therapists who advised her to avoid landing on one leg – a common mistake among volleyball players. “Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing]. Yun lang din naman ang advise sa akin nung conditioning coach ko, ng PTs ko na every time na pumalo ka mag-double leg [landing] ka. Kahit anong mangyari double leg, yun lang naman and advise sa akin. Kung mahirap na ang bola let it go as long as double leg landing ka lagi,” she said. Having experienced the pain of a knee injury, having to undergo surgery and recovery plus the long wait to get back into action, Gonzaga’s advice to other volleyball players is to follow the proper way of landing.    “Advice ko ‘yun sa lahat from my experience parang hangga’t maaari mag-double leg talaga, iwasan ang single leg landing,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 18 min. ago

Many Pinoys can’t afford hospital bills – study

Many Filipinos cannot afford to pay their hospital bills, according to a recent study......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News17 hr. 52 min. ago

Stop putting China over Filipinos – Del Rosario

MANILA, Philippines – Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario questioned the Duterte government on Wednesday, June 26, for saying the Philippines "will allow" China to fish in the West Philippine Sea. "When will we stop giving our northern neighbor primacy over our own people?" Del Rosario said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News18 hr. 5 min. ago

Robredo to Vietnamese ambassador: Thank you for saving our fishermen

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo told Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan how grateful Filipinos were after a Vietnamese vessel saved the 22 22 fishermen of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver in Recto Bank.   The Vice President met with Ly at her office in Quezon City on Wednesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News18 hr. 5 min. ago

Fil-Viet friendship in war and at sea

THE FRIENDSHIP between Vietnamese and Filipinos goes a long way, in war and at sea, their paths crossing at times as they struggle in their respective ways to find a more comfortable life free from foreign dictation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News18 hr. 18 min. ago

Celebrating the success of Australian-educated Filipinos

It’s said that education is what survives when the lessons are long forgotten......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News18 hr. 18 min. ago

DOST S& T scholarship application now open

Applications for the 2020 S&T Undergraduate Scholarship program is now open for young Filipinos who want to pursue a college degree in the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, according to the Department of Science and Technology......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News18 hr. 52 min. ago

Water Supply in Jaclupan Dam Back to Normal

Due to the rains we’ve experienced this past few weeks, the water supply in Jaclupan Dam in Talisay City is finally back to normal with its 92% water supply. Even though the water supply is normal, authorities are still hoping that the supply would increase to 33,000 cubic meters from its current 30,000 cubic meters. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Globe unveils first 5G postpaid plans for Filipinos

Globe makes PH the first country to experience commercial 5G fixed wireless internet in SEA......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Scholarships to help Filipinos earn a college degree

Education for many is the only way to escape from poverty. However, this is not the case for some Filipinos. Based on the 2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority released in June last year, about 9% of the estimated 39.2 million Filipinos aged six to 24 years were out-of-school children and […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019