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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

UAAP: What it feels like to be with 21,000 UP-Adamson fans in the Araneta Coliseum

After the University of the Philippines forced a do-or-die game versus Adamson University last Saturday, Paul Desiderio expressed how much he loved the support of the UP community present at the Mall of Asia Arena. To him, the cheers and the chants pumped him up for every play. When asked if Saturday's crowd was the biggest crowd he has ever played in front of, he had this to say. "Hindi pa ito, mayroon pa sa Wednesday," said the team captain. With his 'Atin 'To' promise from last season came another prophecy fulfilled from Desiderio. Come Wednesday, this time in the Araneta Coliseum, nearly 21,000 fans clad either in blue or maroon filled the coliseum to the brim. The blue side came earlier than the maroon side. At least 45 minutes before the tipoff, a jam-packed Adamson side was already belting out their signature cheers while waving their blue and white balloons. Crowd check at 2:40, around an hour before the tipoff. First photo, Adamson. Second photo, UP. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/MEGxmP1S6R — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 Adamsonians' show of force 45 mins before tipoff. #UAAPSeason80 #UAAPFinalFour pic.twitter.com/dwzTJHmnJ2 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 It was a powerful show of force from the Adamson community, which exhausted all efforts to show up for the Soaring Falcons. Classes were suspended and bus services were provided. The Adamson supporters consisted mostly of current students and youthful fans. Bright Akhuetie shared hearing those cheers while he was still in the locker room preparing for the match. "When I was in the dugout I actually asked someone if there was a game going on. Seriously, I asked, 'Who's playing out there? Are we playing after that game?' and they were like 'No, nobody's playing,' then I said 'Why are they shouting?," said the Fighting Maroon in between laughs. As the tip-off neared, the UP community composed of students, middle-aged alumni, and even senior citizens caught up and started filling their side of the coliseum. Team captain Paul Desiderio made a quick eye test of their crowd and deduced a funny observation which head coach Bo Perasol revealed after the game. "Sabi ni Paul pagbalik niya, sabi niya 'Coach talo tayo sa crowd.' Sabi ko, 'Bakit?' Sabi niya, 'Matatanda 'yung crowd natin, mga bata 'yung Adamson. Napaka-energetic, sigaw ng sigaw.' 'Eh 'yung atin?' 'Nakatunganga doon, matatanda.' Sabi ko, 'Mga alumni natin 'yan!," said Perasol beside a laughing Desiderio. "[Adamson] got kids and they hyped! They were super hyped but wow," Akhuetie added. When the game started, it was pandemonium. All game long, both jam-packed sides were screaming out loud with their cheers. There was rarely a moment that neither "UP Fight" nor "Unawakanahimo" was heard. One can literally feel the magnitude of every shot courtesy of the fans' jumping in the stands. Desiderio's observation that Adamson's crowd was more youthful can be validated by the fun gimmicks the blue-and-white supporters did during timeouts. There were times that Adamson supporters raised flashlights from their smart phones and there were also times that they would do waves around their half of the venue. The Maroons on the other hand just did the classic variations of their cheers -- the UP Fight callbacks and the U-nibersidad verse complete with actions. The usual trash talk between both sides was also present. The boos, the lutos, the iyakins were all there. The mood of the crowd was telling. Something spectacular was really about to happen. Jun Manzo's spin move and scoop shot in regulation happened. Jerom Lastimosa's game-tying triple to force an overtime happened. Then the crazy back-and-forth extra five minutes happened. Then Desiderio's jumper that provided to be marginal basket happened. The final buzzer sounded and it signalled the end of the Finals drought for the Maroons. After 32 years, UP is back in the biggest stage of the UAAP. It was UP's turn to raise their flashlights. "I saw a lot of maroon. All I saw was flashlights. Everywhere. I was like, 'Oh my God, these people, they came out ready," Akhuetie shared. The supporters who Desiderio referred to as young once screamed and jumped their hearts out. "Eh ngayon naman, tumayo din kahit matanda. Umingay na rin, namaos na rin ang mga alumni namin from the ages," Perasol narrated. Tears of joy and screams of relief were heard from the maroon side while sighs of frustration and exasperation creeped through the blue side. But everyone still went home with a warm heart and a memory of their school cheer sung by the whole coliseum. As per UAAP tradition, the UP Pep Squad Drummers played the A-D-A-M-S-O-N cheer as the whole 360-degrees of the venue joined screaming every letter and syllabication of the name of the school that just gave them the toughest yet sweetest game. UP fans pay tribute to the Adamson University after the do-or-die thriller. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/IUvWQQ6ai8 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 The Adamson Drummers paid the favor back and hit the U-nibersidad cheer as everyone regardless of color celebrated the victory of a history-seeking team. Adamson University's turn to sing U-nibersidad after the close game. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/vFD73yIvLy — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 It was sportsmanship at its finest.  After the high of that instant classic match, one thing is for sure -- UP and Adamson just gave the fans the most complete UAAP basketball experience. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Lebanon survives Gilas rally to win first of two tune-up games

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas' series of friendlies continue. The Philippines hosted Lebanon at the UP Epsilon Chi Center here Friday, with the visitors taking a close 74-68 win. Gilas erased an 18-point, second-half deficit to make it a game in the fourth quarter but the Filipino rally would ultimately come up short. Down four, the Philippines gave up multiple offensive rebounds in the final minute and change and the towering Ater Majok scored a powerful two-hand slam in the last 30 seconds to seal the final tally. The Philippines had another slow start against Lebanon and struggled for only 12 points in the second quarter as the visitors took a commanding 16-point lead at the break. That lead stretched to 18 in the third period but Marcio Lassiter sparked a 16-2 run for Gilas Pilipinas that allowed the national team to get back in it, 44-48. The Philippines cut the deficit to one multiple times in the fourth period but Lebanon would have an answer each time. Forward Ali Haidar led the Lebaneses with 20 points while Majok had 13 points. Amir Saoud added another 10 markers for the visitors. Gilas Pilipinas got 16 points from Japeth Aguilar. Marcio Lassiter added 11 for the Philippines. Both countries will meet for another tune-up on Sunday.   The Scores: LEBANON 74 -- Haidar 20, Majok 13, Saoud 10, Abdel Nour 9, Bawji 6, Mehzer 5, Rustom 4, Akl 3, Ibrahim 2, Tabet 0, Khalil 0, Fares 0. PHILIPPINES 68 -- Aguilar 16, Lassiter 11, Fajardo 9, Santos 6, Rosario 5, Pringle 4, Slaughter 4, Tenorio 4, Wright 3, Lee 3, Rivero 2, Thompson 1, Castro 0, Erram 0. Quarters: 20-16, 44-28, 57-55, 74-68.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

IMF sees Philippines GDP growth easing to 6.5%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed its economic growth forecast for the Philippines this year, but expects a strong rebound in the second half after a weaker-than-expected expansion in the second quarter......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 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

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Lady Chiefs go 6-0

Defending two-time champion Arellano University will close the year with it pristine record intact after another dominating victory in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition. It took the Lady Chiefs only 66 minutes to dispose the skidding Letran Lady Knights, 25-13, 25-18, 25-15, Tuesday to remain unbeaten after six outings as the league heads on a long holiday break. Princess Belo barely felt the defense of the Lady Knights at the net as she easily scored 12 of her 13 points off attacks while Carla Donato wreaked havoc at the frontline with 12 markers, half of those coming from kill blocks. Last year’s rookie of the year Necole Ebuen and Regine Arocha posted eight points each to highlight Arellano U’s balance scoring orchestrated by Rhea Ramirez’s great ball distribution that saw her tally 26 excellent sets. The Lady Chiefs will march back into action on January 7 against winless Emilio Aguinaldo College. Letran continued to nosedive after suffering its fourth straight defeat for a 1-5 mark. Miracle Mendoza scored eight points while Mariel Larioque got six for the Intramuros-based squad, who gave away 26 points off errors. The Lady Knights will be looking at another difficult challenge come 2019 as they open the year against second-running San Beda University (5-1) on January 4. Meanwhile, the Chiefs defeated the Knights, 25-13, 25-20, 25-15, to move at solo second spot with a 5-1 card in the men’s division. Jesrael Liberato led the way with 11 points while Christian Dela Paz and Jethro Cabillan finished with 10 markers each for last year’s runners-up. Letran slid to 1-5 slate tied with San Beda. In juniors play, the Squires prevented a shutout for Letran after turning back the Braves, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, for a 4-2 card tied with their victims and Lyceum of the Philippines University. Christian Dela Cruz scored 19 points, Mark Omega had 16 while John Paolo Lorenzo chipped in with 15 for the Squires. Erl Eusebio dropped 21 points with 19 coming off attacks while John Derrick Bautista had 15 in a lost cause for Arellano U.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles         .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 36 min. ago

Almost half of WV youth clueless on sex

By: Gail T. Momblan SOME 46.1 percent of young people in Western Visayas do not have any source of information about sex, the recent Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS 4) revealed. YAFS 4 is a cross-sectional surveys on the Filipino youth aged 15-24. It is conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute […] The post Almost half of WV youth clueless on sex appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6

By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense, and the Chicago Bears shut down Jared Goff and Los Angeles' high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champion Rams on Sunday night. The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter. Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. "For them to go out and do it (against) a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow," coach Matt Nagy said. "It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over — as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family — and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. They're gonna enjoy tonight and then we're gonna get right back in it and get ready for next week." Coming off a shaky outing against Detroit, Goff was 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams' three-game win streak came to an end. The Rams' only other loss was at New Orleans. But against the Monsters of the Midway, they managed just 214 yards. "Tonight was a humbling experience for me as a head coach," Los Angeles' Sean McVay said. The NFC North-leading Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games. Trubisky was about as bad as Goff. After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions. But Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago beat the team that came in with the NFL's best record. Goldman broke a 6-6 tie in the opening minute of the third quarter when he sacked Goff for Chicago's first safety this season. The Bears then used a trick play they call "Santa's Sleigh" to make it 15-6, when Sowell hauled in a 2-yarder from Trubisky on a play-action with defensive end Hicks. That made him the first Bears offensive lineman with a TD reception since John St. Clair against Kansas City on Sept. 16, 2017. The Rams had a big opportunity late in the third when John Johnson III returned an interception 35 yards to the Chicago 27. But Fuller picked off a wobbly pass from Goff intended for Josh Reynolds on the next play. Los Angeles' Greg Zuerlein missed a 40-yard field goal off the right upright in the opening minutes of the fourth after making a 50-yarder earlier in the game. INJURIES Rams: CB Dominique Hatfield was taken from the field on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He was hurt on the kickoff following Sowell's TD. ... C John Sullivan was evaluated for a concussion after being shaken up blocking on a run by Gurley late in the first quarter. But he returned in the second half. Bears: CB Bryce Callahan left the game with a foot injury late in the first half. UP NEXT Rams: Host Philadelphia on Dec. 16. Bears: Host Green Bay on Dec. 16......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

PVL: How tough love and Kutsinta created special bond among Bundit, Valdez and Morado

BATANGAS CITY –- Tough love and shared success were the things that created a special bond among a Thai coach who barely spoke English, a talented spiker and a heady playmaker. A hard-earned UAAP title brought them to the volleyball limelight five years ago. On Saturday, in front of a huge adoring crowd inside the Batangas City Coliseum here Saturday night, Creamline head coach Tai Bundit, ace hitter Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado parted ways after capturing the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference championship.  It was a bitter-sweet moment for the three who shared an incredible journey that captured the hearts of Filipino volleyball fans. From a simple meeting back in September 2013, to the countless hours of Spartan-like training, the triumphs, trials and tribulations to their final farewell inside the volleyball court, the three made colorful memories together. They shared the bond of family. Recalling their fondest memory with the amiable coach, Valdez said that the Bundit made his biggest mark on her with just the smallest of things: a pack of Kutsinta.   “Isa lang talaga ang mamimiss ko sa kanya, whenever we fight talaga, kailangan ko nang sabihin ‘to kasi everyone deserves to know na ganitong klaseng tao siya talaga. Everytime we fight kasi noong college kasi syempre may language barrier so lagi kaming nag-aaway talaga ni Coach Tai, in a good way (kasi) baka akala ng mga tao nang-aaway ako, every time I go out of the dorm, every single day, lagi akong may kutsinta (galing) sa kanya,” Valdez, the PVL Open Conference MVP admitted. “Before going to class lagi akong may pagkain na iniiwan niya sa dorm parang peace offering niya, para hindi daw ako mapagod, may energy daw ako, so I think isa ‘yun sa mga hindi ko makakalimutan sa kanya,” she continued. “Ganoon siyang klaseng tao, very thoughtful and hindi ko talaga ma-imagine ang paglalaro ng volleyball without him kasi siya sa mga naging coach ko na really trusted me, really put me inside the court kahit anong mangyari and iba ang tiwalang binibigay niya sa aming mga players.” For Morado she was just grateful for having Bundit push her beyond her limit to become arguably the best volleyball playmaker in the country.  “‘Yung pinaka-tumatak sa akin kay Coach Tai is how high of a standard he has for me,” said Morado, who won her third Best Setter award in the PVL and earned the Finals Most Valuable Player after the Cool Smashers completed a sweep of Ateneo-Motolite, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15.   “Kahit feeling ko I’m playing at my best na, as in, peak ko na talaga, there is always something na gusto niya i-improve sa akin na sobrang nacha-challenge ako sa kanya parati kasi it’s always so hard for me to get praises from Coach Tai,” she added. “That’s something na nadadaanan ng lahat ng players niya, sobrang taas ng standards niya.” Six days from now, Bundit will formally end half a decade of colorful volleyball coaching in the Philippines with a packed bag and a plane ticket – the same way he started it. He will leave a legacy of ‘happy, happy’ and a heart strong mantra. Morado and Valdez will need to move on with their own careers. But they won’t miss Coach Tai. They have a good reason to say so. “Hindi namin siya mami-miss,” said Valdez. “Pupunta kami ng Thailand.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

2018 Suzuki Cup: Azkals look to recreate Miracle in Hanoi as as they fight for survival vs. Vietnam

The Philippine Men's National Football team will need another Miracle in Hanoi when they take on Vietnam in the second leg of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Semifinals, Thursday evening at the My Dinh National Stadium. The Azkals will be heading into Thursday's match down 2-1 on aggregate, and will need the performance of a lifetime if they wish to finally slip into the tournament's finale.  Vietnam got off to an early start in the first leg of the semifinals, with Nguyen Anh Duc hitting early.  Patrick Reichelt managed to even things up before halftime, but Vietnam went ahead once more, early in the second half thanks to Phan Van Duc, and never looked back.  With their Suzuki Cup lives at stake, the Philippines will hope to recreate some magic from years past. December 5, 2010, eight years and a day prior to Thursday's crucial matchup, a relatively unheralded Azkals side, led by a young Phil Younghusband and veteran Chris Greatwich, authored what would come to be known as "The Miracle in Hanoi".  Younghusband and Greatwich both scored to help lead the Azkals - who failed to qualify for the tournament's previous staging - to a 2-0 victory over then-defending champions Vietnam in the 2010 Suzuki Cup group stage. The win would help propel the Philippines to that year's semifinals. While it would be the Azkals' only win during that tournament, it was a landmark moment in Philippine football history, as it effectively jumpstarted the sport's popularity in the country.  Eight years and a day later, team captain Younghusband and Assistant Coach Greatwich, as well as the rest of the Philippine Azkals look to score another landmark win for Philippine football.  Kick-off time is at 8:30 PM, Manila time. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Kouame: Bright incident not intentional

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo's Angelo Kouame was under fire after figuring in an incident that saw UP star Bright Akhuetie crash on the floor and writhe in pain before getting stretchered out due to an apparent left leg injury in the second half of the UAAP Finals opener on Saturday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

UAAP Finals: UP Fighting Maroons vow to take Game 2

University of the Philippines point guards Jun Manzo and Diego Dario vowed to bounce back after their Game 1 loss to the Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals. In the opening game of the series, Manzo tied his career-high with 19 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Dario on the other hand provided nine points and two rebounds. He converted three triples in the first half to keep them at pace with the Eagles. However, their efforts went down the drain as they ultimately bowed down to Ateneo, 88-79. UP also had to deal with Bright Akhuetie's absence during the middle of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth. Akhuetie suffered a strain after he hyperextended his left knee following a contact from Ange Kouame. "Siyempre pag wala si Bright kasi sa court, parang hindi namin makukuha yung rebounds. Nakita naman sa stats na marami silang offensive rebounds nung nawala si Bright. Kaya malaking kawalan talaga pag mawala si Bright sa amin," said Manzo. "Sa game kanina it was a big loss, like a few minutes na wala si Bright that is kind of a big loss, kasi sabi nga ni coach, Bright has a multiplier effect on the team so when Bright's there everyone gets better because all the defense is attracted to him," shared Dario. Looking at the silver lining, despite Akhuetie's absence, UP was able to keep within striking distance of Ateneo. "Yung lead nila parang hindi naman masyadong lumamang [ng todo]," said Manzo. Dario shared that Akhuetie's injury became their rallying point during those Akhuetie-less moments. "Gelo Vito talked to us when Bright got out. Sabi niya, we'll do it for Bright. Do everything to you know win this game to compete with Ateneo so that is what we did and I think we had a good fight against them," added Dario. Unfortunately, despite the gallant stand, Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena took charge in the end game, leaving UP with no reply. "[Nagkulang kami sa] end game execution. We had two turnovers I think in the last four minutes so we have to work on that, be more disciplined especially in the end game. When we're tired also syempre heavy minutes din yung iba they have to think and play through the fatigue," said Dario. The loss exposed UP's lack of finals exposure. The Fighting Maroons will just charge this to experience and will get back to the drawing board on Monday. "We just have to make adjustments. I told them to keep their heads up. As a senior I have to lead the team, we'll rest up," said the graduating Dario, "We have two days of rest, we were kinda beat up then so we have to rest tomorrow then we'll go back to training on Monday." "Masasabi ko lang yung team namin gutom kaya hindi namin papakawalan yung chance na binigay sa amin ng Lord. Next game, babawi talaga kami," closed Manzo. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas

Not every team can push through perilous situations and Kazakhstan showed it has what it takes in a 92-88 victory over the Philippines in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Kazakhs were holding onto a 90-88 lead with less than half a minute remaining and they had a hard time setting up a shot as the Filipinos hounded their passing lanes in front of a rabid Philippine audience at Mall of Asia Arena. But Kazakh captain Alexandr Zhigulin knew how his team remained composed during that pressure-packed situation---just be totally stoic. "Of course, there was pressure but we stayed calm and we did our job without any emotions," said Zhigulin as his team i...Keep on reading: Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Agot Isidro, Bencab, Bituin Escalante want you to vote in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Have you been spotting black-and-white clips of various Pinoy artists, celebrities, actors, and musicians on your social media feeds? This video series, launched by Art Forces of the Philippines , features a string of local personalities all coming together to relay a powerful message to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Jawo reminds Gilas players to just think of Pilipinas

Former Senator and Olympian Robert Jaworski reminded members of the Gilas pool that they are playing for flag and country, not for themselves. Jaworski attended a lunch affair along with 11 other past members of the Philippine men's national basketball team, who represented the tricolors in the Olympics and/or the FIBA World Championships. The Philippines has participated in the Olympics from the inaugural event in the 1936 Berlin Games up until the 1972 Munich Games.  Gilas meanwhile last apperared in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, where they were eliminated after the first round. Under the leadership of the greatest Filipino cager ever, Caloy "The Big Difference" Loyzaga, the country finished third at the 1954 FIBA World Championships, the highest-ever from an Asian nation.  Among those in attendance for the lunch were Antonio Genato, Loyzaga's son Chito, Kurt Bachmann's son Dickie, Ed Roque, Arturo Valenzona, Jimmy Mariano, Marte Samson, Manny Paner, and Moying Martelino. "Just think of the word 'Pilipinas'. Yun po ang importante. Kahit saan po kayo maglaro noong araw, malilimutan po yan eh. Pag nag-represent kayo sa Pilipinas, that would be a legacy," the 1978 PBA MVP said to the attendees of the lunch.  "Don't think of your last name. Don't even think of the company. Just think of Pilipinas. The real idea of what this is all about." Jaworski, who retired in 1997 after a long and illustrious career, stressed that the Filipinos should go back to basics if they want to beat the two teams. "They should work on basic basketball foundations, which is boxing out. Because the guys are taller. And they've got to focus on free shots because you only need one point to win. So you got to take your time there. You have ten seconds, and many of the other small things," shared Jaworski. The lunch was suggested by Gilas coach Yeng Guiao to serve as a debt of gratitude to those who have served the country in the hardwood for the past half century. Gilas faces Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3, which Guiao stresses as the games 'that will really matter'.  __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Lebanon s Majok on young Kai Sotto: 'NBA s not a given'

Many are looking at Kai Sotto as the can't-miss future of Philippine basketball. It's hard to argue give Kai's near unprecedented combination of size, skill, age, and potential. Many are also looking at the 16-year-old Ateneo high school star as the Philippines' best best to have a homegrown Filipino play in the NBA. It's pretty hard to argue against those people too given Sotto's current talent trajectory and overwhelming opportunities to grow. Still, Kai has a long way to go and at 16 years young, he has plenty to work on. Regardless, the future is looking bright for Sotto and he earned another believer Sunday after Gilas Pilipinas faced off against Lebanon for the second of two tune-up games. Kai shared the court briefly against Ater Majok and the Lebanese powerhouse was impressed with what he saw up close. "I knew he's young but I didn't know he's in high school," Majok said on Kai. "He's gonna be something special, the Philippines has a bright talent ahead of them," he added. Asked about Sotto's potential to make it to the NBA, the 6'10" Majok was very frank about the 7'2" Kai. Majok was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for the Lakers' Summer League team in 2012 and for the Los Angeles D-Fenders a couple of seasons later. Clearly, getting to the NBA and staying there are two different things as Majok found out and the veteran anchor of the Lebanon national team believes that Kai can do both. "You know, NBA's not a given," Majok said on Sotto. "If he works hard, I'm pretty sure he's gonna be there. [But the NBA] now is about run, jump, and shoot. So he looks like a guy who has characteristics for it too. He should be okay," he added. During Sunday's clash between the Philippines and Lebanon, Majok was seen talking to Kai multiple times, especially after Sotto tried to dunk on him during one possession in the third quarter. Majok believes that Kai should have played for more than half a quarter in the tune-up but he understands that it was a coaching decision to give Sotto limited minutes. Still, just like everyone else, the Lebanese center believes that Kai going up against older and stronger players will great accelerate his development. "I think he should’ve played more. Get more game experience. Especially during games like this. But that’s the coach’s decision. I think he should play more, play more with grown men so he could understand and know his level of strength and know what he needs to work on," Majok said on Sotto. "That’s what I did. I played with grown men. That helped me a lot to grow at a young age," he added. As for Kai himself, he knows that all of these experiences now are helping him prepare for his eventual NBA chase. He's clearly targeting the big leagues, at least he wants a shot at it, and the work has already begun. "Kailan pa ba ako mag-start? Kung kailan 18 or 19 ako? Too late na yun," Sotto said. "Importante yung oras. So habang may time ako ngayon, start na ako mag-improve para pagdating ng takdang panahon, ready na ako," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Fish farming pushed as import alternative

  DAGUPAN CITY --- Instead of importing "galunggong" (round scad), the country should boost fish farming, given that it can generate fish all year round, a former director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.   Malcolm Sarmiento said China might have the technology, but its production time was only one-half year, while the Philippines could continue generating fish for the whole year because of the climate.   "The Philippines is one of the countries with great potential for fish farming. We don't have the four seasons, like China," Sarmiento said.   Untapped   Sarmiento was conferred an award on Thursday at the Nat...Keep on reading: Fish farming pushed as import alternative.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

9 years on, victims’ kin decry lack of justice in Ampatuan slay case

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 23 Nov) – Exactly nine years ago today, the worst election-related violence in the Philippines and the single deadliest attack against media workers anywhere else stunned and made headlines around the world. Fifty-eight people, including 32 media workers, were mangled, some beyond recognition, by the powerful firearms of gunmen who tried […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018