Most powerful passports: Philippines in weaker half

MANILA, Philippines — Despite improving its position, the Philippine passport remained in the lower half of the latest annual rankings for world’s most power.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

Palace Welcomes Higher PH Ranking in World’s Most Powerful Passports

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the country’s climb in the latest Henley and Partners Passport Index, which ranks all of the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The Philippines rose three notches higher to 72nd place in 2018 from 75th last year, according to Henley and Partners, a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Pasaol, other teammates mulling exit from still coach-less UE

Four months after the resignation of Derrick Pumaren, the University of the East is yet to name its new head coach. And so, with the next UAAP wars just half a year away, the Red Warriors are still unsure what their team will look like and what system they will be running. According to a few players who requested anonymity, team management is yet to inform them about what will happen. Still, they themselves have been holding training sessions so as not to get left behind by their competition. However, they are also well aware that try as they might, they have a lot of catching up to do to the likes of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, contenders Adamson University and Far Eastern University, upstarts National University and University of the Philippines, and reloading yet still dangerous De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas. “Wala e. Mapapag-iwanan kami nito,” one player told ABS-CBN Sports. “Mismong kami, naguguluhan na rin. Sobra.” That’s why according to the same source, there are a few UE players thinking about moving on. Specifically, he said 49-point man Alvin Pasaol and court general Philip Manalang are considering their next move. “Magkausap yung dalawa palagi at ‘pag ‘di na lalaro si Alvin, ‘di na rin lalaro si Philip,” he said. If that is indeed the case, for next season, the Red Warriors will have to fill vacancies for their head coach, main man, and point guard. Asked about it, Pasaol opted to keep mum. Instead, the scoring dynamo said he remains focused on Marinerong Pilipino and their playoff push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. “Focus lang po muna talaga ako sa Marinero,” he remarked. The Recto-based team has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. Pumaren registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 17 min. ago

Ahead of biggest match in history, Thomas Dooley wants the Azkals to go back to ‘enjoying football’

In the coming week, the Philippine Azkals find themselves back on the pitch as they’re set to play twice, in an International Friendly match against Fiji on Thursday, March 22nd, in their final 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Tajikistan on Tuesday, March 27th, both at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. While the match against Fiji is just a friendly and will serve as a tuneup, the match against Tajikistan is quite possibly the most important match in Philippine football history. A win next Tuesday sends the Azkals into the AFC Asian Cup tournament for the first time in history. And to make sure that they Azkals play at their best in both those games, head coach Thomas Dooley wants to see his boys having fun on the pitch. “The most important thing that I want to see is the players having fun, enjoying the game, enjoying football, because that’s the main focus that we had in this camp, we want to have a positive camp,” said Dooley during the pre-match press conference, Wednesday. After beginning the Group Stage of the qualifiers with back-to-back wins against Nepal and Tajikistan in early-mid 2017, the Azkals went on a three-month stretch that saw them draw all their succeeding Qualifiers matches, including a 0-0 draw in their second round go-around against Nepal. A win would have already sealed the Philippines’ spot in the AFC tournament. Now, ahead of their upcoming matches, Dooley says that he’s liking what he’s seeing from the team. “I can see that in the last couple of days, we only had two days, three and a half, but I can see that it’s a great atmosphere that we have, and just would see that in the game [Thursday] that they’re enjoying to be there, playing nice football, and the playing the way we would like to play against Tajikistan.” While having fun is an important aspect of the game, Dooley isn’t losing sight of the ultimate task, which is to get wins. “We want to win those games of course, we want to win any game, but if I have to make a choice between winning games tomorrow and Tajikistan, I would rather lose [on Thursday] and win against Tajikistan, but it’s not like that in life. You have to always prepare for every single game.” “Players have to take it serious, and the most important thing I want to see is the players enjoying to be back on the field, with a fresh mind and a fresh brain and fresh legs and bodies, and this is something I would like to see, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to see that.” Dooley added.   Catch the Azkals as they take on Fiji in an International Friendly Match on Thursday, March 22nd, LIVE on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

CA okays Teehankee appointment as PH envoy to WTO

  The powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) has unanimously approved the appointment of Ambassador Manuel Teehankee as the Philippines' permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.   No member of the CA panel objected when a motion for Teehankee's confirmation was raised on the flooron Wednesday.   His appointment, however, was met with oppositions when being deliberated at the CA's committee on foreign affairs.   The Geneva Forum for Philippine Concerns and Ugnayang Bayan, which are both based in Geneva--- had sent separate letters to the committee, opposing Teehankee's appointment citing a 2005 ca...Keep on reading: CA okays Teehankee appointment as PH envoy to WTO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Who won the March 19 transport strike?

MANILA, Philippines – Once again, there were two opposite assessments of the transport strike launched Monday, March 19.  Like the proverbial half-empty or half-full glass of water, the Philippine government and transportation group Piston gave differing evaluations on the protest action.  Led by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

The key to Madonna’s youthful looks

MANILA, Philippines — Ever wondered why at 60, Madonna looks someone half her age, and still manages to look smashing in a plunging neckline?.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Man claiming to be Duterte’s kin arrested

MANILA, Philippines — Police have arrested a man claiming he is a lawyer and half-brother of President Duterte for allegedly duping people to give him money.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

LOOK: PBA 2018 All-Star Games logo

The entry which prominently displays the three stars symbolizing the Philippines’ three island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, emerged as the winner in the first-ever PBA All-Star Sketch The Logo contest. The winning piece was courtesy of John Paul Limos, a 25-year old part-time photographer and graphic design artist, who bested 44 other finalists who made the final cut-off out of the more than 100 logos submitted by fans and artists. League commissioner Wille Marcial headed the panel of judges also composed of four-time MVP and now Magnolia Pambansang Manok team manager Alvin Patrimonio and PBA Press Corps president Gerry N. Ramos of The winner earns an all-expense paid trip for two (air transfer from Manila-Davao or Iloilo-Manila/land transfer from Manila-Batangas-Manila), hotel accommodation, and full board meals in one of the three All-Star destinations, namely Davao Del Sur, Batangas, and Iloilo. An all-access pass to every 2018 All-Star activity will also be accorded him and his companion to his/her chosen leg, and at the same time, get the chance to interact with players, officials, and league staff and be immersed under the All-Star atmosphere. The three stars prominently displayed above the winning logo suggest the move of holding the mid-season spectacle nationwide in a three-leg series. Just below the stars shows the PBA logo and the words All-Star written in bold letters, while in between are the three provinces hosting the event – Davao del Sur (Mindanao), Batangas (Luzon), and Iloilo (Visayas). The year 2018 is then written across a half shape basketball found underneath the logo. Under the rules, the winning logo will not become a property of the PBA as the artist retains all copyright and may use or reuse their art as they wish. However, the artist grants the league the right to use the image online (website) and across various official PBA social media platforms and merchandise in perpetuity. Marcial profusely thanked all fans and artists who sent their entries. The All-Star Week is slated from May 23 to May 27 pitting Gilas Pilipinas against three teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

364 of 657 persons in DOJ’s ‘terrorist’ list are from Mindanao  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 March) — More than half of the 657 persons listed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as alleged members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), are from Mindanao. The DOJ list is contained in a 55-page petition that seeks […] The post 364 of 657 persons in DOJ’s ‘terrorist’ list are from Mindanao   appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Man claiming to be Duterte’s kin arrested

MANILA, Philippines — Police have arrested a man claiming he is a lawyer and half-brother of President Duterte for allegedly duping people to give him money.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Nietes keen on move to super flyweight, eyes Chocolatito showdown

MANILA, Philippines — IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes has been a boxer for more than half of his life, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down just ye.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Dy, peaking La Salle not taking any opponents lightly

De La Salle is finally at the apex of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament with a 7-2 record after a three-set win over University of the Philippines on Wednesday. Despite their league best record which catapulted them past National U, the Lady Archers are not taking any opponent lightlywith still five games left in their eliminations schedule. "When we're inside the court, we treat each team equally. Nobody is stronger than one, and no one is weaker than another," said Dy in Filipino after the25-15, 25-19, 25-19 win. "We prepare for each team in the same way." La Salle is the league's hottest team with three-game winning streak, but what makes it more impressive...Keep on reading: Dy, peaking La Salle not taking any opponents lightly.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Can Senate stop PH s withdrawal from ICC? Pacquiao blocked the resolution

MANILA, Philippines – A year ago – in February 2017 – more than half of senators had wanted the Senate to have a united stand that Malacañang must seek the chamber's concurrence on all treaty withdrawals. Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao blocked it. Now, senators are citing this lack of Senate stand ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018


What is it about sports leagues and why can't two actually exist at the same time in the same territory? The National Basketball Association has no real competition in the United States. The National Football League? Powerhouse. And while the World Wrestling Entertainment is not exactly as sports league, it's main competition is on the other side of the world. You can argue that the New Japan Pro Wrestling is not even competing with WWE. In the Philippines, there's the PBA. We can't really count the Asean Basketball League as a rival to the PBA can we? The PBA stands alone. 20 years ago though, that wasn't the case. With the Metropolitan Basketball Association, the  old and mighty PBA finally had a worthy rival. That's what it seemed like and that's what many people thought. But is it that actually true?   THE GREAT MISUNDERSTANDING While it's understandable, due to a lot of reasons, that people thought that the MBA was going after the PBA, that was never the case. The people behind the MBA never thought about competing in the PBA. In fact, they wanted to help them. Oh yes. "We did not want to rival the PBA," Ramon Tuason, CEO of MetroBall, Inc., the mother company of the MBA, told ABS-CBN Sports. "As a matter of fact, before we even started, I went to June Bernardino, who was [PBA] Commissioner, and I asked him and I said I have a system and it will reduce your salaries by over 50 percent in the first three years," he added. Wait, what?   THE LITTLE BROTHER With the MBA taking on a regional format, Tuason thought that his league could serve as the PBA's developmental territory. The MBA will scoop up players from the farthest of areas, let them hone their skills in the MBA, and when they're ready, allow them to move on to the PBA. "So in other words we would be like the draft, they would have to come to us, play for two years and can only then move to the PBA. So we would be getting regional players, develop them into our type of play, which is more rough, faster, stronger, and they would be then ripe for the picking of PBA teams through a draft," Tuason said. "It's going to be like in the States, they had the ABA before, which merged with the NBA, but it was the lower league, developing players for the NBA," he added. The idea seemed so simple and good-natured. However, the PBA didn't bite it. And so the supposed little brother decided to come after the big bro. For real this time. "They were very confused with what we wanted to do, they thought we were going after them. So when they declined us, we decided let's go full blast and turn professional," Tuason said. "Because our first thing was amateur muna, we would be developing the players and then moving them up as professionals. That's how the PBA would be able to save money," he added. "[The MBA] was not created to compete directly with the PBA."   IN THE SERVICE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE While ABS-CBN failed to strike a deal with the PBA, the MBA was never intended to be the vehicle that The Company would use for revenge. People can think otherwise but PBA vs. MBA was never the case. "We did not," Peter Musngi said when asked if ABS-CBN saw the MBA as a possible competitor for the PBA. "The superstar players were with the PBA so what we wanted to have then was a second-tier league that can be a developmental league but at the same time, be able to avail of the services of the new college graduates, the stars of college basketball, and at the same time discover the talents in the far-flung areas who otherwise would not even be visible to the PBA." "It’s grassroots, but at the same time it’s also giving more opportunities for the college kids, the new graduates, to further their career in basketball. We were very excited with the idea and since ABS-CBN was practically present in all the regions in the country, it was a natural decision to say yeah, in the service of the Filipino, here’s something to cheer about, here’s something to entertain you," he added.   LONG-TERM POWER The MBA was never intended to be a rival to the PBA. However, in time, the MBA could have definitely challenged the PBA. Ramon Fernandez, the four-time PBA MVP who became the first MBA Commissioner, certainly thinks that way. He saw that the MBA could one day give the PBA a worthy fight. "Definitely," Fernandez said with hesitation when asked in he saw the MBA as a potential rival to the PBA. "That's why I said we should look at this league in the long term. Look at this league 10-15 years from now, wag this year lang. There should have been a longer vision, dahan-dahan. Because nakaka-motivate sa kabataan na maglaro ng basketball para makasama sa liga na to. Meron nang choice, hindi lang puro PBA. There was another league growing," he added. Unfortunately Fernandez only lasted for about two seasons as a Commissioner and the MBA didn't last 10-15 years. Not even close. What is it about sports leagues and why can't two actually exist at the same time in the same territory? After directly competing with one another, the American Football Leaue and the National Football League merged, retaining the NFL name. At one point, WCW was beating the WWE in the Monday Night Wars. The WWE ended up purchasing WCW. The American Basketball Association, which was a lot like the MBA in many ways, ended up merging with the NBA, allowing the NBA to rise as the most powerful basketball league in the world. In the Philippines, no such merger happened. The PBA is still good on its own after 43 seasons and the MBA died a slow death. A slow death that could have been prevented... (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 READ PART 4: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Death threats and 5-peso coins, the MBA was crazy   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018


University of the East may not have flashy and powerful hitters or imposing and intimidating middles compared to other teams. For the longest time the Lady Warriors have been lumbering at the cellar with forgettable seasons, but prized libero Kath Arado gave the UE faithful a hope of culture change. Just last week, Arado showcased a superb performance that made the Lady Warriors the newest talk of the town. All, thanks to a pint-sized non-scoring volleybelle.      The fourth-year volleybelle was the catalyst in the Lady Warriors’ offense with her vaunted floor defense in full display as UE scored a huge upset over University of Sto. Tomas. Arado’s feat in covering the floor to deliver the Recto-based squad’s second straight win earned her the nod as recipient of the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honor. The 5-foot-4 libero tallied 32 excellent receptions and 28 digs as the Lady Warriors shocked the Tigresses, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, last Wednesday to open the second round elimination of the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. Just watch Arado's game higlights and be convinced. Interim coach Rod Roque praised the heroics of Arado, whose cat-quick reflexes and nose for the ball sparked UE’s counterattacks against the power-hitting UST side led by Sisi Rondina.    “Eh No. 1 naman ‘yan eh. No. 1 ‘yan sa UAAP, No. 1 ‘yan sa puso namin,” said Roque, whose wards ended the first round with a five-set win over Adamson University that snapped their 13-game losing skid. “Kahit na sa practice nga eh, babalagbag 'yan. ‘Kath, okay ka lang ba?’ 'Opo okay pa po ako.' Pero kita mo 'yung pain sa mukha niya nandoon kasi bumalagbag na,” he added. “Kath, you're No. 1, you're the one.” The Lady Warriors improved their record to 2-6, tied with their victim. UE handed UST its fourth straight defeat and marked the first time the Lady Warriors prevailed over the Tigresses since the start of the Final Four era in 1994. The Lady Warriors also claimed their first back-to-back victories since Season 74 but most importantly gave UE a fighting chance to vie for a spot in the Final Four if not improve their record from last year’s seventh place finish.  “Sa akin lang talaga, gusto ko talaga 'yung mabago talaga ang tingin nila sa UE,” said the Season 77 Rookie of the Year Arado. “Noong unang game pa lang namin sa UAAP, 'yun talaga ang nasa isip ko na, ngayon na season na 'to, gusto ko talagang baguhin ang tingin nila sa UE, which is nangyayari naman talaga.” Arado edged for the weekly honor given by broadsheet, tabloid and online publication reporters covering the beat other top performers in teammate Mary Anne Mendrez, Kim Kianna Dy of De La Salle University, Tots Carlos of University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University’s Jho Maraguinot......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: UP dominates UST to remain unbeaten

University of the Philippines opened the second round with a strong statement as they beat down University of Santo Tomas, 4-0, Sunday morning at the FEU Diliman football field to remain unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament. A 39th minute goal from Fidel Tacardon set the tone for the rest of the match, as the rookie connected on his second goal of the season for the Maroons for the 1-0 advantage. Just before halftime, third-year man JB Borlongan doubled the UP lead and netted his team-high seventh goal of the season. The second half didn’t get any better for the Growling Tigers, who couldn’t get any stops as Tacardon had his hand at yet another goal, this time finding Karl Bugayong for the 3-0 lead just two minutes in. In the 58th minute, UST gave up a foul on UP striker King Miyagi inside the box, leading to a penalty kick, which was easily converted by Christian Lapas for the commanding 4-0 advantage and ultimately the victory. “This has to be our best game of the season,” said a satisfied UP head coach Anto Gonzales after the match. “Execution-wise, it was on top of the priority, which we weren’t able to achieve in our game against UST last week, so that was the key today, execution, and workrate of the midfielders.” UP’s 4-0 win over UST was a far cry from their 1-1 draw in the first round, and Gonzales noted that his boys did a good job of bouncing back and doing a better job the next time around. “They took their lessons from that game very well. Right after that game, the response during the training sessions were very positive, they realized that they have to step up in terms of executing the plans.” With the win, UP improves to six wins and two draws in eight games for 20 points. UST meanwhile absorbs just their second loss of the season and drops to four wins, two draws, and two losses for 14 points.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

‘Printer can handle e-passport demand’

MANILA, Philippines — A Palace executive assured the public yesterday that the government can provide enough e-passports to cater to the increasing demand, o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

US firms woo PH partners amid China push

The head of a US business delegation rated the Philippines' as one of the most attractive destinations for foreign direct investments owing to the country's positive economic prospects, and urged local stakeholders to work more closely with American firms on the technology front. In an interview, Ambassador Michael Michalak of the US-Asean Business Council said he had led a group of US business people to meet with government officials and learn more about the plans of the Duterte administration for the Philippines. "We were all impressed by what we heard from the economic managers," he said. "If only half of what they said they would do would happen, that would make the country ver...Keep on reading: US firms woo PH partners amid China push.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

No Filipino victim in magnitude 6.8 aftershock in Papua New Guinea, says PH embassy

NO Filipino was reported among the casualties in the powerful aftershock that struck the Southern part of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday the Philippine embassy in Port Moresby reported Friday. The 6.8 magnitude tremor was recorded nine days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake jolted the country’s southern highland province that left more than 100 people dead. The Philippines, [...] The post No Filipino victim in magnitude 6.8 aftershock in Papua New Guinea, says PH embassy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland

The essentials for the Metropolitan Basketball Association to function were in place. ABS-CBN was ready to give it a shot and Ramon "El Presidente" Fernandez believed in the idea and was on board as the MBA's first-ever Commissioner. But for the MBA to start as an actual league, it needed teams. And picking teams is not as easy as it sounds. NORTH VS. SOUTH With the way how things work in the Philippines, it made sense for the MBA to go for the North vs. South route. This pattern was still heavily-influenced by the American leagues as MetroBall CEO Ramon Tuason had a first-hand experience of the home-and-away format when he was living in the States at the height of Martial Law. "I did [North vs. South] because I grew up in the States, we were used to the football, baseball, and basketball leagues always having the regions come in, and then Finals it was always North vs. South or East vs. West," Tuason told ABS-CBN Sports in an exclusive one-on-one interview about the origins of the MBA. "We thought in the Philippines it would be perfect, North vs. South no?" he added. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER While the idea of North vs. South was fun and intriguing, Tuason still had to make an informed decision which cities or provinces he wanted to hit for the MBA. So he read some books because with books, you gain knowledge. And knowledge is power. "I thought at that time, after reading books about franchising and all that, we had to choose the most popular and more populated cities also," Tuason said when discussing the reasoning behind the original 12 teams that formed the MBA. "Of course in the North, we chose all the way from Pangasinan down. Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, then down to Manila. And then further south, Batangas, Laguna, that thing right? Tarlac was not able to come in but we were able to get the six teams from here that included Pasig. Pasig came to our doorstep, na-tsambahan namin yung Pasig but we lost Tarlac. In the south, almost all the teams we wanted," he added. The first 12 teams that competed in the MBA's first season were Pangasinan, Manila, Batangas, Pampanga, Laguna, Pasig-Rizal, Cebu, Negros, Socsargen, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo. Pampanga ended up being the inaugural champions of the Metropolitan Basketball League. FINDING THE OWNERS While the cities and provinces were already located, the next step for the MBA was to find people to finance these teams. For some, like Cebu, it was easy to find a team owner. "What's interesting is we got team owners to match those teams. Like Cebu, we thought of who could we approach in Cebu and there's two or three names actually. And most of them are sports backers already. Lhuillier picked it up immediately," Tuason said. For other teams, Tuason approached with a different strategy. It varied depending on the place and the people he was dealing with. "With Davao with Anthony Del Rosario, he wanted to get into politics and it was a venue for him be well known and they could afford it. So each city had one or two families that we wanted to approach and we got them most," he added. "In Batangas we were looking for a family, we were looking at the Recto family but at that time it was a bit controversial. The Araneta family came to us and deciced, 'let's do Batangas.' I said okay, no problem. In other words we didn't need the family to have a big business or a footing in the city but we wanted the family to at least have something in the city. A residence, people that work there, or a branch and we got that through LBC. Something like that," Tuason added. WHAT'S IN A NAME? So the team locations, along with matching owners, were finally identified. Now the fun part comes. Naming the teams. Of the original 12 MBA teams, Tuason says that he recommended a monicker for about eigth of them, which were to be approved by the team owners. "As a matter of fact, out of the first 12 teams, I recommended eight names," Tuason said. For some of the teams, it was just clever ideas that made sense. For others, the team had to have that name. "Lhuillier got into Cebu right? And they were into the jewelry business so obviously Gems," Tuason said of the Cebu Gems. "Iloilo, Robert Puckett was in solar (energy) so I said why don't you put Volts? He said 'oh I love it.' Batangas has to be Blades, so things like that. The owner had the final choice but we gave recommendations and they picked it up. Davao of course, had to be the Eagles," he added. TROUBLE FROM LAKERLAND Not all MBA teams faced smooth transition with regards to naming their respective squads. It wasn't because the home fans rejected them though, it was more than that. Laguna in particular, who went by the name of the Lakers, got the attention of the NBA. Oh yes it's true. "The NBA, [Commissioner] David Stern, sued the MBA here because we were using Laguna Lakers," Tuason said, recounting that one time the MBA, barely into the start of its operations, already got in trouble with the most powerful professional basketball league on Earth. "I went over to Bert Lina, the owner of the Laguna Lakers. He said 'Ramon don't worry about that,' but I said 'sir we're gonna get sued,' he answered 'where are they gonna sue us? They have to sue us in our courts and we're gonna have it moved to Laguna. Who do you think is gonna go against us in Laguna?'" Tuason added. The NBA stopped bothering the MBA after one letter. And so the MBA was ready to rock. It was fun and it was crazy. Speaking of crazy... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more!   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018