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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

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:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: The curse lives as Korea beats Gilas Pilipinas again

Hello darkness, my old friend. The Korean curse strikes again and the Philippines took another demoralizing defeat at the hands of its greatest basketball rivals, this time in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Gilas ran out of steam in the fourth quarter of their knockout quarterfinals game, losing 82-91 to South Korea, Monday at the GBK Basketball Hall. The Philippines and South Korea were set up for another wild finish after Jordan Clarkson hit a booming triple to put Gilas up one, 65-64, after three quarters. But it the fourth, it was all Korea as the defending Asian Games champions found rhythm through their string of offensive rebounds. Ricardo Ratliffe gave Korea the lead for good, 69-68, with a powerful two-hand slam and the rest of his shooters put the Philippines away. Jeon Junbeom, who didn't play meaningful minutes until the second half, scored three triples in the fourth, with the last one being a straightaway dagger that gave Korea an 89-76 lead with exactly two minutes to go. With the victory, the Koreans will move on the the semifinals on Thursday, leaving Gilas in the classification phase for the 5th-8th spots. Ratliffe led the way for South Korea with 30 points and 14 rebounds. He was in foul trouble in the first half with three fouls but the Philippines failed to follow up on that advantage in the second. Ricardo, a former PBA import for the Purefoods franchice, almost played all 40 minutes and was only subbed out late in the fourth to have his fingers taped. Heo Ilyoung and Kim Sunhyung added 17 points apiece for the defending champions. Gilas lost back-to-back games in the Asian Games and will bow out of the medal race. However, the Philippines needs only one win to improve upon its 7th-place finish from four years ago. Jordan Clarkson led Gilas with 25 points, 15 in another sensation third-quarter performance that gave Gilas an eight-point lead, but it wasn't enought for the win. The Fil-Am combo guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers is still looking for his first win for Team Philippines. Christian Standhardinger was brilliant off the bench again, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds as he went head-to-head with Ratliffe for most of the game. Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee finished with 14 and 11 points respectively for the Philippines.   The scores: Philippines (82) - Clarkson 25, Standhardinger 16, Pringle 14, Lee 11, Almazan 7, Norwood 3, Belga 3, Taulava 0, Erram 0. Korea (91) - Ratliffe 30, Kim 17, Heo IY 17, Lee SH 11, Jeon 9, Heo U 6, Lee JH 1, Park 0, Choi 0. Quarters: 18-22, 42-44, 65-64, 91-82.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 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

Philippine peso dips to fresh 13-year low, bloodbath at PSE

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine peso continued to weaken, closing at P54.31 against the United States dollar on Tuesday, September 25. The local currency was weaker from the P54.23 closing level on Monday, September 24. Tuesday's level was also the weakest since the peso closed at P54.42 against the greenback ........»»

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Once on an island

Half the size of Boracay, Balesin Island in Polilio, Quezon makes one wonder why one has to leave the Philippines to experience the world......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Melco bourse exit ‘unfair’ to shareholders, say analysts

SHAREHOLDERS of Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corp. (MRP) stand to lose from the company’s proposed exit from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), as analysts claim that its low tender offer price — just around half its initial share sale price in 2013 — is unfair. The post Melco bourse exit ‘unfair’ to shareholders, say analysts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Rappler Talk: Future-proofing young Filipinos through innovation, social enterprise

MANILA, Philippines – A recent study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said that half of the jobs in Southeast Asian countries will be at high risk of being affected by automation. This is echoed by the Institute for the Future, which predicted that 85% of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

NDRRMC: Half a million families affected by Typhoon ‘Ompong’

NDRRMC said that the total number of families affected by Typhoon “Ompong” has further risen to half a million families more than a week after the most powerful weather disturbance struck the country. NDRRMC: Half a million families affected by Typhoon ‘Ompong’ The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Sunday said that the… link: NDRRMC: Half a million families affected by Typhoon ‘Ompong’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

San Miguel 3-point party blasts winless Columbian

    MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen flexed their muscle on the hapless Columbian Dyip, 143-119, at the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup in the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, September 21. After the winless Dyip took command in the first half with a 66-64 lead, the Beermen led by AZ Reid silenced ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

NCAA: Jayvee Marcelino suffers deep cut on his face

With 8:35 left in the fourth quarter, Lyceum of the Philippines University's defensive guard Jayvee Marcelino fell on the floor with a bloody face after being inadvertently hit on the left side by the University of Perpetual Help's Rom Mangalino's elbow.   Jayvee Marcelino goes down and is bloodied after an accidental elbow. (⚠️ Warning: Graphic Image) #NCAASeason94 pic.twitter.com/cNbs3sO3FG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 21, 2018   He was brought out of the court and was never able to come back since then. Marcelino just waited until the game ended and was eventually brought to St. Luke's Medical Center to have his cut stitched. "Sana walang fracture, ang lalim eh," said head coach Topex Robinson. Team officials and teammates rushed to Marcelino, who was grimacing in pain as his face bleed profusely near the half court. Unfortunately, aside from Marcelino's cut, Lyceum had to endure their first loss of the season after a 12-game winning streak. This is also their first loss in the elimination round since NCAA Season 92 last year. "[Perpetual] really played tremendous basketball, they stuck till the end. It could happen to anybody. We're not invincible. At the end of the day, life goes on for us. We're more worried about Jayvee [Marcelino] because of the cut, that's our primary concern right now," Robinson added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

San Beda sweeps EAC, SSC eliminates JRU

      MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda Red Lions made quick work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 76-57, to complete a season sweep of the Generals in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Thursday, September 20. After a grinded-out first half, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Blackwater comeback keeps Northport winless

      MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater completed a second-half comeback to keep Northport winless, 113-111, in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, September 19. Henry Walker led the Elite rally to finish with 24 points, including a key triple, 102-99, with 3:57 minutes left after a Paul Zamar save off a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

MPBL: Manila Stars vs Laguna Krah Heroes | 2nd Half | September 19, 2018 – Manila Video

MPBL DATU CUP 2018 Live! #mpbl #DatuCup #LigaNgBawatPilipino September 19, 2018 Venue: Cuneta Astrodome, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1st Game: Manila Stars Robust Energy Capsule vs Laguna Krah Heroes 2nd Game: Pasay Voyagers vs Davao Occidental Tigers The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a regional men’s semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines. The MPBL… link: MPBL: Manila Stars vs Laguna Krah Heroes | 2nd Half | September 19, 2018 – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut Leaves Lasting Damage in China, Philippines

MANILA/GUANGZHOU, CHINA - The most powerful tropical storm of the year to date left a swathe of possibly long-term damage after killing more than 60 people in the Philippines and another four in Ch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

TERRIFIC 12: Golden Kings crush iECO Green Warriors

MACAU --- The Philippines was given a rude welcome in the Terrific 12 tournament here. Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings gave the iECO Green Warriors a sound beating Tuesday at the Studio City Event Center, scoring a booming win. With the Pinoys firing blanks, Ryukyu started the game with 17 straight points and never looked back. The Golden Kings led by as many as 35 points and cruised to victory in the second half. iECo only scored five points in the opening period as the lone Pinoy team went down by 18 early. To make matters worse for the Green Warriors, top import Richard Howell injured his left knee three and a half minutes into the game. Howell, a former PBA Best Import for Talk 'N Text, was going for a block in transition before he slipped. He had to be stretchered out of the court. He did return to the iECO bench in the second half. Five players scored in double figures for Ryukyu led by 17 points from Josh Scott. Takatoshi Furukawa was the top local for the Golden Kings with 15 points. Yutaro Suda and Ryouma Hashimoto added 14 and 13 points respectively. For the Green Warriors, it was Matt Salem that led the way with 15 points. iECo will return to action Thursday against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Mapua stuns CSB; Perpetual snaps 3-loss streak

MANILA, Philippines – The Mapua Cardinals evaded a 2nd half collapse to stun the contending CSB Blazers, 86-83, at the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament in the FilOil Flying V Centre on Tuesday, September 18. After being down by as many as 14 at the half, 35-49, CSB blazed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Itogon villagers refused advice to flee storm – police officer

ITOGON, Benguet --- A police officer who tried to persuade residents of a mining camp to move to safety as a powerful typhoon approached said Tuesday they refused to leave, and a day later the storm triggered a huge landslide that buried dozens of people. Senior Insp. Heherson Zambale said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was stunned after learning that the massive landslide had covered a chapel and bunkhouses in the mountain village where he and other officials had met with some of the victims a day before the tragedy struck on Saturday. Typhoon "Ompong" (internationally known as Mangkhut), the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines this year, left at leas...Keep on reading: Itogon villagers refused advice to flee storm – police officer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut Leaves Lasting Damage in China, Philippines

MANILA/GUANGZHOU, CHINA - The most powerful tropical storm of the year to date left a swathe of possibly long-term damage after killing more than 60 people in the Philippines and another four in Ch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut Leaves Lasting Damage in China, Philippines

MANILA/GUANGZHOU, CHINA – The most powerful tropical storm of the year to date left a swathe of possibly long-term damage after killing more than 60 people in the Philippines and another four in Ch Source link link: Typhoon Mangkhut Leaves Lasting Damage in China, Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

EYES ON YOU, KID: NCAA 94 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And with the second round already underway, we’re getting even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: CLINT ESCAMIS – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 23.3 points, 46.9 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.7 steals Clint Escamis has spent his first two seasons under the leadership of the likes of Sherwin Concepcion, Mike Enriquez, Warren Bonifacio, and Will Gozum. Now in his third and last season in Mapua, he is proving that he is no slouch as a leader himself. The league’s top scorer and second-best steal-getter has carried the Red Robins right back up there in the standings – and they are the only team to have downed all f the traditional powerhouses in College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, Arellano High School, and San Beda High School. This version of Mapua may not be as star-studded as it was in the last four years, but they may just have the brightest star in all of the league in their 6-foot-1 swingman. INAND FORNILOS – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey defending white jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.4 points, 51.8 percent shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assist On a team as fully loaded as CSB-LSGH, there has to be a workhorse – and Inand Fornilos has been just that and more. Just like he did in their championship campaign last season, he has been a force to reckon with on both ends of the floor for the league-leading Junior Blazers. The rebounds and defense have always been second nature for Fornilos, but this season, he has become better on offense. In fact, he already has a couple of 20-point games to his name – not bad for an undersized big man at 6-foot-2. Without a doubt, the graduating forward is doing all he can to make his former team regret ever letting him go. JOHN AMORES – Jose Rizal High School (blue jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal And all of that is because of John Amores, the second-best scorer in all of the league and the undisputed main man of the daring Light Bombers – the only team that will be sweeping contending Mapua in the elimination round. JRU’s rise from the bottom half of the standings to the top four is nothing short of spectacular and that improvement is best personified by Amores who went from role player a year ago to go-to-guy this season. Give the Most Improved Award to the kid already because he’s ready and raring to take much more than that. JOEL CAGULANGAN – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals For the high standards he set a year ago, this season has been a quiet one for Joel Cagulangan. With the likes of Escamis and Amores flying high and CSB-LSGH teammates Fornilos and RC Calimag grabbing more headlines than him, last year’s Finals MVP has been under the radar. Quietly, however, he is actually the Junior Blazers’ leading scorer and the NCAA’s best assistman and fourth-best steal-getter. Yes, that’s just how the 5-foot-9 do-it-all dynamo rolls, making an impact even if everybody else doesn’t feel it. Just don’t forget that he could also choose to make everybody feel his impact, okay? AARON FERMIN – Arellano High School (grey jersey, #18) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.2 points, 53.5 percent shooting, 17.6 rebounds, 1.0 block If not for Arellano’s struggles last season, Aaron Fermin would have been MVP. If not for the Braves’ struggle in the ongoing season, Fermin would have been the league’s most tantalizing talent. Standing at 6-foot-5, graced with a wide frame, having timing on lock, and blessed with a non-stop motor, the graduating big man has all the tools to be a game-changer on both ends of the floor. Indeed, he had a stretch of games of posting a 15-point, 20-rebound double-double. Now, if only he could lift Arellano to much-needed wins and back onto a playoff push. DAN ARCHES – Mapua High School (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals Mapua has long been defined by its talented big men, but now, it’s the guys at the wings who have taken center stage. Escamis has been their main man, but he also has a more than capable running mate in Dan Arches. All Escamis could do, Arches could do as well, only without the same sort of consistency. But hey, this is the first time he has been getting time with in his two years as a Red Robins so there’s nothing that all those reps couldn’t improve. And oh, he also has one thing going for him – a fine floater that he could bust out at any time that somehow, some way, has become automatic. JOSHUA DAVID – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills (green jersey, with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 steals Imagine the dynamic between Escamis and Arches, and then translate that onto Cagulangan and his own partner-in-crime in Joshua David. Like Cagulangan, David could stuff the stat sheet. Like Cagulangan, David could do whatever CSB-LSGH needs for a win. The only difference is that unlike Cagulangan, David already has the size at 6-feet and a big body to make the same sort of noise in the Seniors. Of course, Cagulangan’s clutch genes are also on another level, but who knows? Maybe David is just waiting on the wings to seize those moments for himself? MILO JANAO AND KEAN BACLAAN – San Sebastian College-Recoletos JANAO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist (yellow jersey with ball in first photo) BACLAAN’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 steals (yellow jersey with ball in second photo) It looks like San Sebastian College-Recoletos still wouldn’t be able to get over the hump this year, but the good news is that they remain on the right track. The even better news is that Milo Janao and Kean Baclaan, the two paving the way for them, are here to stay. That backcourt, by themselves, has fueled the Staglets to four wins – and still in the thick of things. While a long-awaited, much-wanted playoff berth is a long shot this year, perhaps it wouldn’t be so when both Janao and Baclaan get a year older and a year more determined to continue doing it all to win. MAC GUADANA AND JOHN BARBA – Lyceum of the Philippines University GUADANA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists (grey jersey with ball in first photo) BARBA’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals (grey jersey with ball in second photo) Batang Gilas member Mac Guadana has become the NCAA’s constant – a 6-foot guard who could score at will while also doing his part in rebounding and playmaking. With him showing the way, Lyceum of the Philippines University has proven to be a far from easy out for three seasons now. They are still a ways away from legitimate contention, but the Junior Pirates have reason to believe that would be sooner than later as teaming up with Guadana is John Barba, a 6-foot-2 forward who just has a knack for willing his way to good looks inside. With those two, the boys from Cavite have two of the top six scorers in all of the league. Now, they just have to find the other pieces of the puzzle for their first-ever playoff berth. ROM JUNSAY – Arellano High School (grey jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals Rom Junsay was one of the biggest keys to Mapua’s first-ever championship. That was two years ago, though, and since then, the 5-foot-6 has transferred to Arellano and is now only playing his first and last season there. Nonetheless, in just his first game in blue and grey, he wasted no time in reminding everybody about his talents, dropping a career-high 34 points. He and the Braves have trailed off from there, but just as Arellano is a sleeping giant no team wants to wake, Junsay is an active volcano just waiting for the perfect time to erupt. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jonnel Policarpio – Mapua High School RC Calimag – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018