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More Sino tourists coming - Inquirer.net

More Sino tourists coming - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource: googlenews googlenewsJul 17th, 2017

Tourists still coming despite 'hiccups'–Abella - Inquirer.net

Tourists still coming despite 'hiccups'–Abella - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2017

More foreign tourists coming despite WEF report – Malacañang - Manila Bulletin

More foreign tourists coming despite WEF report – Malacañang - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2017

Tourists reach 1.8M in 1st qtr - Inquirer.net

Tourists reach 1.8M in 1st qtr - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 11th, 2017

Practice pays off for Lee after sinking a deep three in OT vs. Aces

Everybody went nuts Wednesday night after Paul Lee hit a booming three from the parking lot in Star's eventual 102-98 overtime win against the Alaska Aces. Everybody went nuts except for Paul Lee. Sinking a 35-foot clutch jumper like it was nothing, Lee revealed that he actually takes the time to practice such shots. You know, just in case. 'Naka-focus lang ako sa game. Kumpiyansa naman ako dun sa tira na yun kasi pina-pactice ko naman siya,' Lee said of his three that gave Star a 97-93 lead. 'Ginagawa ko naman sa practice yung mga ganun kasi may darating na time na ganyan, shot clock winding down, baka kailangan mo na talaga itira pag ganun. At least kahit papaano may pina-practice ka,' he added. As big as that shot was for Lee and Star, the Hotshots were still down with 51 seconds to go after Calvin Abueva willed the Aces to a one-point lead. With the Beast looking to take over, Lee made things happen for Star, finding Justin Melton for, you guessed it, another three from the parking lot to seal the Hotshot's fifth straight win in the Commissioner's Cup. 'Stay together, Trust each other. Kasi end of the day naman kayo-kayo lang magkakasama. Tiwala kami sa isa't-isa,' Lee said. Coming back from 21 points down to deal Alaska a seventh straight loss, Star will enter the playoffs owning the league's best record at 9-2. While they may not own a top-2 seed despite having the PBA's best record, taking a win like this one means that the Hotshots are oozing with confidence heading into the quarterfinals. 'Syempre mataas yung morale namin lalo na yung ganitong klase ng panalo. Kasi kanina na-test yung character namin eh. Yun malaking bagay talaga,' Lee said whoo wound up with 18 points against Alaska, emerging as Star's top local. 'Basta kung sino yung samin na makakalaban namin [in the quarterfinals], yun ang paghahandaan namin,' he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2017

The Russians are coming, says tourism chief - Inquirer.net

The Russians are coming, says tourism chief - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 26th, 2017

Benjie Paras a proud papa bear for true student-athlete Kobe

A lot has changed from the last time Kobe Paras was in the Philippines until now he has returned. Since being back in Manila last Friday, the Filipino prospect in the US has looked nothing but bigger and better. More than having grown into his six-foot six-inch frame, however, Paras has grown into a bigger and better young man – according to proud papa Benjie. “Nandun na yung maturity sa kanya. The way he talks to people, mature na,” he shared. He then continued, talking more about his son’s mental growth, “Tapos yung tapang. He’s not a pushover. Kahit sino, ‘di niya aatrasan.” That mental growth has apparently extended even to his life decisions. Just having committed to his third school in the last four years, the now 19-year-old has remained upbeat. “Sa decision na yun, wala akong alam masyado kasi sila nag-decide ng handler niya. Sabi lang nila, he will be better off in LA,” the elder Paras shared. He then continued, “Pero I don’t see any frustration coming from him. So ako naman, I will just support whatever decision he made.” Kobe first committed to UCLA before being pushed to move to Creighton. There, he was sparingly used for one season until deciding to take his talents to Cal State Northridge. Now back in LA with Cal State Northridge, he will have to sit out one season before being eligible to play in the US NCAA. Even though his career has needed another fresh start, the hyper-athletic forward is choosing to see the silver linings. As his father put it, “Sinabi pa nga niya na it’s a good thing magkakaroon ng residency kasi he can get more units and concentrate on his studies. Nakakatuwa marinig kasi bihira yun.” Asked about it, Kobe answered, “As of now, I’m just gonna focus on myself for a year by getting better in academics and building better relationships with people. Next, next year, my focus will then be playing for Cal State Northridge.” When that time comes, Philippine basketball legend Benjie wants to see much more change from his son. “Sa akin, kailangan pa niya mag-improve sa lahat. Pero siguro, sa akin, focus din sa depensa,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Pagasa says rainy days are coming - Inquirer.net

Pagasa says rainy days are coming - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

Tourists skip Palawan resorts; security tightened amid US alert - Inquirer.net

Tourists skip Palawan resorts; security tightened amid US alert - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 10th, 2017

Tourists skip Palawan resorts; security tightened amid US alert - Inquirer.net

Tourists skip Palawan resorts; security tightened amid US alert - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 10th, 2017

Palace knew I was coming, says Callamard - Inquirer.net

Palace knew I was coming, says Callamard - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 6th, 2017

Ateneo's Morente: "La Salle did great. They were awesome."

After sitting out UAAP Season 78 due to academic deficiencies, opposite hitter Michelle Morente rejoined the Ateneo Lady Eagles in Season 79 and became a vital part in their impressive run that saw them clinch top seed and make a return to the finals.  Unfortunately for Morente and the Lady Eagles, their season didn't end the way they would have wanted after falling to rivals De La Salle in two matches.  'I think lahat kami nilaban namin lahat, all out kami sa game. Kung sino na lang ang talagang mas gusto yung championship.' Morente said following the Game 2 loss. 'La Salle did great. They were awesome. Hands down sa kanila, binigay nila ang lahat eh. Nakita namin na gusto talaga nila.'  Morente, who helped Ateneo to a title back in Season 77, felt however that she could have done more this season.  'Feeling ko I couldve given more, couldve done more. If its meant to be, its meant to be, so yun na lang. Kailangan na lang tanggapin talaga.'  Looking back at her season in general however, Morente felt that it was a good comeback season.  'When I came back, from zero ulit ako eh. Coming back to the Finals, ang sarap sa feeling kasi nakapasok kami. First runner-up isn’t bad. At least first runner-up pa rin.' Morente and the Lady Eagles are expected to take some time off before heading back to the drawing board for Season 80.  Expect the Katipunan-based volleybelles to work even harder to try to get back to the top of the UAAP volleyball mountain,  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2017

Ateneo's Michelle Morente comments on her comeback season

After sitting out UAAP Season 78 due to academic deficiencies, opposite hitter Michelle Morente rejoined the Ateneo Lady Eagles in Season 79 and became a vital part in their impressive run that saw them clinch top seed and make a return to the finals.  Unfortunately for Morente and the Lady Eagles, their season didn't end the way they would have wanted after falling to rivals De La Salle in two matches.  'I think lahat kami nilaban namin lahat, all out kami sa game. Kung sino na lang ang talagang mas gusto yung championship.' Morente said following the Game 2 loss. 'La Salle did great. They were awesome. Hands down sa kanila, binigay nila ang lahat eh. Nakita namin na gusto talaga nila.'  Morente, who helped Ateneo to a title back in Season 77, felt however that she could have done more this season.  'Feeling ko I couldve given more, couldve done more. If its meant to be, its meant to be, so yun na lang. Kailangan na lang tanggapin talaga.'  Looking back at her season in general however, Morente felt that it was a good comeback season.  'When I came back, from zero ulit ako eh. Coming back to the Finals, ang sarap sa feeling kasi nakapasok kami. First runner-up isn’t bad. At least first runner-up pa rin.' Morente and the Lady Eagles are expected to take some time off before heading back to the drawing board for Season 80.  Expect the Katipunan-based volleybelles to work even harder to try to get back to the top of the UAAP volleyball mountain,  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2017

2 tourists drown in Pangasinan - Inquirer.net

2 tourists drown in Pangasinan - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 1st, 2017

Gaiser, Intal lead PVL's livestream analysts

Premier Volleyball League fans will have a fresh new perspective of the sport with five analysts joining the livestream broadcast team. ABS-CBN Sports tapped Pocari Sweat libero Melissa Gohing, Perlas' Dzi Gervacio of Perlas and former University of the Philippines women's libero Pia Gaiser and outside hitter Alfred Valbuenaand Ateneo de Manila middle hitter Rex Intal as analysts for the livestream coverage of the inaugural PVL Reinforced Conference starting Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Seasoned hosts and courtside reporters Roxanne Montealegre, Laura Lehmann, Judy Saril and Billie Capistrano will join them as ‘facilitators’ as they give color to all the exciting matches delivered through livestream. Aside from the innovative viewing experience of giving the fans the liberty to choose which angle of view they want to catch the action with the multi-cam livestreaming at sports.abs-cbn.com, viewers will also get a chance to understand the game further with insights and technical explanations of each plays coming from the analysts who themselves are experts of the sport.  This will be the second time Gohing, a multi-awarded libero and former De La Salle University star, will be sitting down as an analyst after her stint last year in the NCAA while former Ateneo ace Gervacio has experience both as a courtside and analyst in the V-League and also in Beach Volleyball Republic.     “Maybe malaking advantage din para sa akin ‘yung familiarization with the players as well as mas kompiyansa, mas confident compared doon sa last time na I did NCAA,” said Gohing. “We have more things to say and share experiences as well as maybe know some history since we’ve been playing for quite some time so mas marami kaming pwedeng ibato,” she added. “We know din most of the teams and most of the players kasi nagro-rotate din naman ang mga players, we know how they play and we do research din naman kasi siyempre kalaban namin sila. Siyempre we’re not scouting for our team but it’s just that we know some of the players well.”  Gervacio considers it a new and challenging experience. “I have to consider na real time and there will be people commenting and there will be people hating din at the same time. Parang it’s a whole new experience din,” she said. “I’m excited and we just have to learn along the way.” For the trio of Intal, Valbuena and Gaiser this is a challenge that will get them out of their comfort zones from being the ones playing the sport to experts giving their knowledge of volleyball to casual fans.  “Ibang experience ito kasi we’re used to play volleyball pa lang and now we’re gonna look at play-by-plays and analyze kung bakit ganoon ang nangyari, paano sila naka-point, paano nila na-execute ng tama?” said Intal, who is playing in his final year with the three-peat seeking UAAP champions Blue Eagles. “Siyempre aaralin mo na ‘yung game from the outside, from the façade na, not internally, externally ka na magko-commentate o mag-analyze na. It’s a new experience, we use our mouths na, medyo verbal na kami not physical.” For Valbuena, this is a chance for him to share his insights to a broader audience. “Usually naman kasi every after game, naga-analyze rin ako kung ano ang nangyayari sa team (UP) sa mga nilaro naming,” he said. “Ngayon masasabi ko na masi-share ko na (sa public). Di ba usually naman ganoon kasi sinasabi naming sa team lahat kung saan nagkamali, kung ano ang dapat gawin, at kung saan pwedeng bumawi.” The energetic Gaiser, meanwhile, sees it as chance for them to share to the fans their experience, the technical part of the sport and for them to see the players more than being just athletes.  “Dati kasi ikaw ‘yung naglalaro. Iniisip mo lang ‘yung gagawin mo as a player pero ngayon you have to share insights about volleyball itself, not you playing,” said Gaiser, who is happy to still be in the sport she loves despite being in the sidelines because of an ACL injury she suffered midway in the 79th UAAP tournament that put an abrupt end to her swan song with the Lady Maroons. “You’re there to tell people what volleyball is, how it is and siyempre to share yung experiences namin as players and kung sino man ang naglalaro doon. Na it’s like, ‘she’s not just like this but also like that’ parang ganoon,” she added. Pocari Sweat, Perlas, Creamline, Air Force, BaliPure and the Power Smashers vie for glory in the import-laden conference with playdates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

DOT: Security in place; CV tourists have no reason to fear - Inquirer.net

DOT: Security in place; CV tourists have no reason to fear - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Tourists advised: Consider leaving early due to 'Crising' - Inquirer.net

Tourists advised: Consider leaving early due to 'Crising' - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 15th, 2017

Nagpi-peak na kami -- Kim Dy on DLSU's winning run

Defending champion De La Salle University is now peaking at the perfect time as the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament approaches the crucial stretch of the elimination round. The Lady Spikers secured a spot in the Final Four and are on the right track to clinch one of the two semis twice-to-beat advantages. All thanks to good distribution of points coming from the starters and those off the bench. Head coach Ramil De Jesus had a chance to test different rotations Saturday when the Taft-based squad whipped University of the East, 25-16, 25-15, 25-9, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan to tie archrival Ateneo de Manila on top of the standings with 9-2 win-loss records. DLSU’s fourth straight win in the second round after losing in four sets to the Lady Eagles to close the first round of action gave the Lady Spikers their ninth straight Final Four stint.            Top hitter Kim Kianna Dy only had eight points but was happy that her others teammates contributed, making DLSU’s offense more unpredictable.  “So now more distributed ‘yung points namin,” said the fourth year hitter. “That’s a good thing for the team kasi 'di lang isa babantayan, everyone na.” “Siguro ngayon na kami nagpi-peak,” she added. “So maganda talaga timing papunta na kami sa semifinals.” With three more games remaining, DLSU could end up at no. 1 spot but Dy said that the squad’s mindset is to focus first on their remaining assignments and from there see where it could take them. “Di namin masyado iniisip na no. 1 kami, na confident na kami masyado,” she said. “Iniisip lang namin na anything can happen so we have to give 100% every game.” The Lady Spikers’ next three games are against University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday, Adamson on April 1 before the much-awaited rematch against Ateneo on April 8 at the close of the elims.  “Nandun na confidence namin pero andun pa rin goal to beat them one game at a time,” she said. “’Di namin iniisip na Finals agad kasi 2nd round pa lang kung sino kalaban namin paghahandaan naming.”         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

Nakukulangan pa ako sa laro ko -- UST's Lastimosa

Graduating player Pam Lastimosa thinks that she can still do better even after coming up with her best performance so far in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday. The fourth year University of Sto. Tomas hitter dropped 10 points in the Tigresses’ 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 win over the University of the East Lady Warriors at the Big Dome. Averaging a paltry 3.14 points in the Espana-based squad’s first seven games, Lastimosa snapped her scoring slump by smashing seven attacks in 11 attempts while landing three service aces. Behind this season’s breakout game of Lastimosa, UST collected its fourth straight win to improve to 5-3 win-loss record tied with idle National University. “Well it was good naman,” said Lastimosa, who skipped last year’s action because of a knee injury. “It was a good game for all of us, and umaangat na standings naming. I’m very happy panalo.” Still the 23-year-old opposite hitter is not satisfied with her game.    “Medyo pigil siguro kulang pa talaga (ang laro ko),” she said. “Kahit ako sa sarili ko nakukulangan pa talaga.” Lastimosa added that she must be, “more of mentally prepared.” Something that coach Kungfu Reyes pointed out. “Somehow, oo (nag-iingat siya) kasi hindi pa ganoon katagal naglalaro si Pam and one year siyang nabakante,” he said. “May tamang duda pa rin ‘yan kung paano gagalaw. Nag-aalalay pa eh.”   Reyes added that Lastimosa is yet to regain her top form.  “Malayo pa siya sa ginagalaw niya. Siguro nasa 40% pa lang yan si Pam. Wala pang nilalaro ‘yan,” the mentor said. “Meron pa siyang aayusin. Umiskor siya ng 10 points pero wala pa siya sa kalahati ng kung sino si Pam Lastimosa. Hinahanap pa namin ‘yun. Marami pang ilalabas ‘yan si Pam.” Reyes will need more of Lastimosa on Wednesday when the Tigresses attempt to win its fifth straight and avenge its first round loss against the streaking Ateneo de Manila.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2017

Palace airs concern over Sino incursions into Benham Rise - Inquirer.net

Palace airs concern over Sino incursions into Benham Rise - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 10th, 2017

Chinese tourists are coming

The Department of Tourism highlighted a 76.5-percent hike in Chinese tourist arrivals to the Philippines in January this year compared to the same month last.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2017