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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

Nonoy-led UST goes streaking to end UAAP 81 Juniors

STANDINGS NU 12-1 (twice-to-beat) Ateneo 10-3 (Final Four) FEU-Diliman 9-4 (Final Four) Adamson 9-4 (Final Four) UST 7-7 DLSZ 4-10 UE 2-12 UPIS 1-13 Better late than never for Mark Nonoy and University of Sto. Tomas as they have scored their first back-to-back wins in the 81st Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament. Nonoy stuffed the stat sheet as always in just 20 minutes as the Tiger Cubs had their way against De La Salle Zobel, 85-64, on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The one-and-done sensation collected 16 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds, and two steals to lead his team to its first winning streak in the tournament. “We always wanted to end the season on a winning note especially sa mga seniors namin,” a beaming head coach Bonnie Garcia said. He was joined by Vince Dolendo and Jomar Amador in the 13-0 run that turned a two-point edge to a 27-12 advantage in their favor late in the first quarter. Both the double-digit lead and the momentum would remain with UST the rest of the way. Amador and Dolendo wound up with 15 and six points, respectively, as they completed their campaign with a 7-7 standing. The Tiger Cubs missed out on the Final Four, but coach Bonnie said he is nothing but satisfied with his maiden season as mentor. “Overall, we were short of the Final Four, but we had a very good season. too late lang nag-pick up ng steam yung team,” he said. For the Junior Archers, Luis Subido topped the scoring column with 14 points. They fail to make the playoffs for the third year in a row with a 4-10 record. Meanwhile, University of the East got the better of the University of the Philippines Integrated School once more, 80-76. Hefty big man Jesse Sullano posted a powerful 29-point, 17-rebound double-double while forwards Mike Flores and Leo Almacen merged for 22 markers, 12 boards, and 11 assists. Main man Shane Dichoso also contributed seven points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to make sure the 2-12 Junior Warriors did not finish the season at the bottom of the standings. Instead, the 1-13 Junior Maroons now stand at last-place despite the best efforts of Jacob Estrera who scored 30 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UE 80 – Sullano 29, Flores 12, Almacen 10, Tan 8, Dichoso 7, Gatdula 5, Tajonera 3, Alinsoring 3, Villarta 2, Manaug 1, Lima 0. UPIS 76 – Estrera 30, Vergiere 14, Gomez de Liano 12, Labao 11, Tuazon 9, Napalang 0, Lopez 0, Galotera 0, Armamento 0, Cordero 0, Villaverde 0, Abreu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-22, 34-32, 54-60, 80-76. SECOND GAME UST 85 – Nonoy 16, Amador 15, Benzonan 9, Casingcasing 9, Manabat 8, Lina 6, Oliva 6, Dolendo 5, Marzan 3, Estrella 2, Dumlao 2, Beliran 2, Javier 2, Barranco 0. DLSZ 64 – Subido 14, Sevilla 13, Cudiamat 11, Jomalesa 10, Macasaet 7, Villarin 5, Unisa 4, Milan 0, Luna 0, Danao 0, Marana 0, Dee 0. QUARTER SCORES: 31-21, 53-27, 64-44, 85-64. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Cemex posted P930-M net loss in ’18

Cement maker Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. incurred a 2018 net loss of P930 million, a reversal of the previous year's net profit of P658.8 million, due to lower operating cash flow, higher income tax expenses and larger foreign exchange losses.   For the fourth quarter alone, Cemex incurred a larger net loss attributable to equity holders amounting to P325 million, compared to a net loss of P21.9 million in the same period last year.   For the full year, cement sales volume increased by 7 percent, driven by robust demand from both the private and public sectors. The company posted record volumes in the third quarter and first half of the year, bringing full-year ...Keep on reading: Cemex posted P930-M net loss in ’18.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

Why the second Bangsamoro plebiscite matters

LANAO DEL NORTE, Philippines – Residents of areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato will have their chance to decide whether or not they want to join a new and powerful Muslim region on Wednesday, February 6. It is the final hurdle to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort - Washington Post

Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort Washington Post Muslims in the southern Philippines are voting in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a cen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Anton Del Rosario s 7’s Football League kicks off new season; Super Eagles, Tondo FC, Ghana FC, Matu Deportivo, Delimondo-LFC and H& J All-Stars draw first blood in the opener

TAGUIG - The third season of the 7s Football League, founded by former Azkal Anton del Rosario was unveiled at the McKinley Hill Stadium today starting off with the games for the youth level. The youth teams lined up as the program commenced, with del Rosario leading the athletes’ oath to mark the kick-off of the first four games to be played. It is the first time that the league organized a youth division - with 4 teams playing at the pitch at the same time. The big clubs that are playing at the Philippine Premiere League; Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya-Iloilo FC sent their youth teams to participate in the league. FC Loyola-Youth, Socceroos and Bohemians Sporting Club were also among the teams that are participating at the youth level. Different food stalls like Café France, Delimondo and Bagwings were installed outside the Stadium for the fans, players, and staffs who would like food options other than the free Jollibee meals and Gatorade that were given away. More or less 30 games were played for the youth division for the opening day which was divided into age groups – U9, U13, U11, and U15. PPL Clubs; Ceres FC and Stallions FC also sent teams to compete at the Seniors Division on which saw action for the first the opener. Ceres FC took on Tondo FC for the first game which also featured the inaugural and defending champions Super Eagles, as they played against the Jason de Jong backed-Bohemian Sporting Club on the other pitch. Debuting Stallions FC, on the other hand, faced the Nico Bolzico-backed Matu Deportivo alongside the fixture between Ghana and Super Bad. Completing the games for the opening day of the league are H&J All-Stars playing against Futbol Fanatics and Real Amigos going up Anton del Rosario’s Delimondo LFC. The Senior Division games were action-packed as the defending champions, Super Eagles edged newcomers, Bohemian FC; 5-2. “We have already expected that the teams would go after us as we are the defending champions for two seasons already. But we treat every game as if it were our final game of the season.” Super Eagles Head Coach Danny Cross says. For Bohemians player Daniel Matsunaga, being able to play for the 7s Football League is like a homecoming since he was also able to play in the UFL before it transitioned into becoming the Philippines Football League and then eventually rebooted in the upcoming Philippine Premiere League. “They [Super Eagles] were the better team, perhaps they played well against us but that didn’t pressure me to play against them, not at all.” He says when asked if he felt pressured that he and his team will be playing against the defending champions for their first game of the season. Over at the other game, Tondo FC clinches their first win against Ceres FC; 2-1, despite facing the difficulty of putting the team together for training. “We do individual trainings as most of us are no longer full-time football players. Ayun yung challenge for us kasi yung makakalaban namin is a much younger and a fresh team na may full-time training. Siguro ang edge na lang namin sa kanila is yung kami, matagal na kami magkakakilala, magkakapitbahay lang kami.” Tondo FC Head Coach Dennis Balbon narrated. The second set of games for the opener also gave a show for the fans that flocked the stadium. Ghana FC had an almost flawless win over Super Bad; 9-1. “We lost in the championship last season via penalties so we really prepared for this game. We conceded one goal in because I think my players relaxed a bit after scoring 9 goals straight and that we have to swap some players to get them ready for the next game. All the teams had prepared for this season, Laro FC got the Japanese guys and Misagh Bahadoran, then Bohemians for sure will bounce back after their loss against Super Eagles, Stallion and Matu are also two competitive teams so it is very difficult to say right on that we are here to avenge our championship loss from last season. We cannot tell as of the moment but we are ready to face any team.” says the Ghana FC coach Ayi Biyombo. Meanwhile, Matu Deportivo displayed class against another 7s football newcomer, Stallions FC; 5-2 at the final whistle. Both teams were inseparable at halftime as they settled for a draw. However, coming from the break, Matu Deportivo saw a chance to outscore their opponent. “Stallions used their first team and they were very good, they passed the ball a lot, they made us run a lot. I think that was a very even game, it was very fun. We saw that at the end of the first half, Stallion was losing intensity and we thought that we need to be more compact, we need to create less space in the middle because our opponent passes the ball a lot and is very good at moving without the ball. We needed to play smarter, run a bit less but be more organized.” Says Matu Deportivo player-coach, Nico Bolzico The last set of games that were scheduled for the opening day also did great with H&J All-Stars winning against Futbol Fanatics; 3-2 in an intensely close match. On the other game, Delimondo-Laro FC clinched a victory over Real Amigos, 3-0. The game also featured the debut of Azkal Misagh Bahadoran in the league however he sustained an injury just before halftime and was not able to continue on. “It was a great win for us considering that we were not able to practice for the game. I was pretty confident that the guys can turn it on, we were born athletes and we were born to play this game as we have been playing this since we were young. I look forward to the intensity of every match. Every game is action packed and it’s similar with basketball, something that the Filipinos can relate on to. 7 a-side is more action-packed compared to 11 a-side, on which you have to wait and observe. This kind of football will be of great awareness to the Filipinos, the intensity and the back to back scoring are very relatable in a way for those who know basketball.”   Complete game results are as follows:   U9: G8 vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (1-4) Ceres vs. Forza (0-0) Malaya vs. Ceres (0-0) G8 vs. Kaya (3-2) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Loyola (9-0) Futbol Fanatics vs. Sugod (1-1) Kaya vs. Loyola (2-1) Futbol Fanatics B vs. Futbol Fanatics A (0-0)   U11: G8 vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (8-0) Socceroo vs. Malaya (0-5) Kaya vs. G8 (0-0) Futbol Fanatics vs. Malaya (0-0) Socceroo vs. Loyola (0-0) Kaya vs. Loyola (3-2)   U13: Ceres vs. Stallion (0-1) Kaya vs. G8 (3-1) Futbol Fanatics vs. Ceres (1-2) G8 vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (1-2) Socceroo vs. Futbol Fanatics (2-0) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Loyola (3-0) Kaya vs. Loyola (3-2)   U15: G8 vs. Futbol Fanatics (0-2) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Malaya (2-1) Kaya vs. Malaya (1-2) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. G8 (0-3) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Kaya B (0-1) Loyola A vs. Kaya A  (2-1) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Loyola (1-0)   Seniors Division: Tondo FC vs. Ceres FC (2-1) Super Eagles vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (5-2) Ghana FC vs. Super Bad (9-1) Matu Deportivo vs. Stallions FC (5-2) H&J All Stars vs. Futbol Fanatics (3-2) Delimondo LFC vs Real Amigos (3-0).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

LOOK: Catriona Gray attends NFL honors

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray flew to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the National Football League (NFL) Honors, a program held before the Superbowl playoffs on Saturday, February 2. The game is scheduled on Monday, February 4 (Sunday, February 3, USA time), where Maroon 5 is set to play during the half-time show . Catriona ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Lakers’ LeBron sits out, Warriors back up

     MANILA, Philippines – For quite a stretch in the second half, the Los Angeles Lakers looked headed for another upset win over the Golden State Warriors even minus superstar LeBron James.   But the defending champion Warriors took the fight out of the Lakers just in time to hack ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Juventus draws with Parma, Napoli beats Sampdoria in Serie A

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Juventus is uncharacteristically leaking goals and coach Massimiliano Allegri is concerned ahead of the Champions League last 16, where they face Atletico Madrid. For the second time in a week, Juventus conceded three goals as Parma fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in stoppage time in Turin on Saturday in Serie A. Even Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals couldn't help Juventus win. The Serie A leader saw its advantage cut to nine points over second-placed Napoli, which earlier beat Sampdoria 3-0. "We got soft at the back," Allegri said. "We made mistakes on their second and third goals ... we got sloppy. "It's a shame because we had the points in the bag. You can't just attack. To win games you have to work really hard defensively." It was the first time in seven years that Juventus was unable to count on any of its BBC defense of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini as all three were injured. Juventus let in three goals midweek in its Italian Cup quarterfinal defeat to Atalanta but there was little sign of what was to come in the first half against Parma. In fortunate circumstances in the 36th minute, Ronaldo slipped as he unleashed an effort and it took a deflection to wrongfoot Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe. Ronaldo also inadvertently had a hand in Juve's second at the start of a crazy 14 minutes in the second half as his poor header ended up being an assist for a Daniele Rugani volley. Antonino Barilla immediately got Parma back into the match but Ronaldo restored Juve's two-goal advantage two minutes later, only for Gervinho to reduce the deficit again in the 74th minute. And Gervinho sent the travelling fans wild in the third minute of stoppage time when he fired in a powerful equalizer after good work from Roberto Inglese. Sami Khedira hit the woodwork twice for Juventus, which also had a penalty decision revoked after video review. DROUGHT ENDED Lorenzo Insigne ended his goal drought, while Arkadiusz Milik and Simone Verdi also netted as Napoli kept Juventus within its sights. There was to be no record for former Napoli forward Fabio Quagliarella, who was looking to beat Gabriel Batistuta's 1994 feat of scoring a goal in a 12th consecutive Serie A match. Napoli was looking to recover from a league draw against AC Milan and an Italian Cup exit to the same team, and it took an early lead. Marek Hamsik floated a lovely ball onto the right flank to Jose Callejon, who rolled the ball across for Milik to smash in. Callejon set up Napoli's second just 70 seconds later with a throughball for an Insigne snapshot into the bottom left corner. It was Insigne's first goal in any competition since early November. The result after that didn't look in doubt but Napoli extended its lead with a Verdi penalty in the final minute after Joachim Andersen was penalized for handball. EMPOLI COMEBACK Francesco Caputo scored twice as Empoli came back from two goals down in a relegation battle against last-placed Chievo Verona. Empoli remained 17th, four points above the bottom three and nine points above Chievo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

2019 GDP growth seen rebounding

Domestic demand should offset a weaker global economy and allow the Philippines to post a growth rebound to 6.8-7.2 percent this year, First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and the University…READ The post 2019 GDP growth seen rebounding appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Meralco mounts giant comeback as TNT fizzles out

    MANILA, Philippines – Meralco shrugged off a lethargic first half and turned back TNT, 88-77, to regain its winning ways in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Wednesday, January 30. It was a tale of two halves for the Bolts, who trailed by as much as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Lorenzana: Suspect in 2nd Jolo church blast ‘may have been a suicide bomber’

MANILA, Philippines --- The second explosion in the deadly twin bombing in Jolo last Sunday may be a suicide bomb attack, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.   More than 20 people were killed and at least 100 others were injured after two bombs exploded inside and outside the Marian Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the restive Sulu province.   The first bomb went off inside the church during Mass, which was later followed by a second blast outside as government troops rushed to respond to the initial incident.   "The second bomb that exploded at the entrance about a minute and a half after may have been a suicide bomber as indicat...Keep on reading: Lorenzana: Suspect in 2nd Jolo church blast ‘may have been a suicide bomber’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

WATCH: Inside the Jolo Cathedral after the blasts

MANILA, Philippines – The first powerful blast shattered windows, smashed church pews, and maimed the bodies of at least 20 people in Jolo on Sunday, January 27. On Monday morning, January 28, the altar stood unshaken as Manila-based officials arrived for an ocular. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Hard-fighting Dyip show resilience in loss to NLEX

MANILA, Philippines---It could've been one hell of a comeback for Columbian but it eventually lost its steam in the fourth quarter to fall to NLEX, 107-97, in the PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Dyip found themselves down 31 points, 65-34, in the second quarter before going on a blistering rally in the third quarter where they outscored the Road Warriors, 36-17, to make it just an 85-78 game heading into the final frame. Despite falling short, the rally alone showed head coach Johnedel Cardel that his team is ready to break out of its old identity. "To be honest, during the first half I thought that we were going back to the old story," said Cardel i...Keep on reading: Hard-fighting Dyip show resilience in loss to NLEX.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Philippines breaks tourism record in 2018

The Philippines welcomed a record 7.1 million tourists to its beaches and dive spots in 2018, despite its most famous resort Boracay being shut half the year to recover, authorities said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Perez gets last laugh over Bolick as Columbian stuns NorthPort

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Columbian rode on a balanced attack and a fiery second-half assault to turn back NorthPort, 110-100, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center here on Friday, January 25.  The Dyip had 7 players breach double figures to stun the Batang Pier in a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Why Cotabato City ‘yes’ vote matters

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – In Mindanao, all eyes were on Cotabato City to see if it would join a new and more powerful region in Mindanao – the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Before the clock struck 9 pm on Tuesday, January ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Tsunami Alert Lifted After Undersea Quake Off Philippines - NBC4 Washington

Tsunami Alert Lifted After Undersea Quake Off Philippines NBC4 Washington A powerful undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday, prompting people to scramble out of shopping.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Rappler Talk: MILF chief Murad on hopes, challenges for the Bangsamoro vote

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Will a new and more powerful region rise in Muslim Mindanao? Will Cotabato City and Isabela City join this new region? As votes all over Mindanao are tallied, Rappler speaks to Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim.  At the time of the interview, the "yes to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Filipino Muslims Vote in Referendum for Autonomous Region | Time

Filipino Muslims Vote in Referendum for Autonomous Region TIME Muslims in the southern Philippines voted in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Philippines: Muslims vote in referendum on new autonomous region

Vote seeks to solve half a century of unrest and counter a new wave of extremist Islamic State-linked groups Muslims in the southern Philippines are voting in a referendum on a new autonomous region t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019