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MPBL inaugural champ Batangas sends statement at expense of QC

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League inaugural champion Batangas has wasted no time in proving it remains one of the top teams now in the 2018 Anta Datu Cup. Leaning on former pros Bong Galanza and Dennice Villamor, the Athletics fought off a late rally by expansion team Quezon City for a 95-90 decision on Wednesday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. Galanza, who last played for Mahindra (now Columbian), was red-hot in his league debut and wound up with a game-high 28 points while former Ginebra Gin King Villamor had for himself a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double in their season-opening win. It was also those two who connived in the fourth, delivering the clutch makes even as the Capitals had a 31-point outburst in the quarter. The two new recruits were backstopped by a couple of players who had already played for Batangas when they won the championship last conference. Paul Varilla tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Teytey Teodoro chipped in 11 markers of his own. QC was at the losing end in its debut even after ex-PBA D-League standout Jay Collado’s 21-point, 12-rebound effort as well as 19 points from former University of Sto. Tomas hero Jojo Duncil. Meanwhile, home team Caloocan made good use of its homecourt advantage, burying Pasig in the final frame for a 91-81 come-from-behind win. The Supremos (1-0) had six players in double-digits led by Mar Villahermosa who had 18 points on top of six rebounds and three assists. Bernzon Franco paced the Pirates (0-1) with 15 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 14th, 2018

MPBL: National Champions to get trophy worth ten million pesos

At the end of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, the last team standing will be taking home this bad boy... Senator @mannypacquiao, MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, and the MPBL Officials bring out the Datu Cup trophy@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/rie29gOjY1 — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) June 12, 2018 That is the new and improved MPBL National Championship trophy.  It doesn't look any different from the trophy that the Batangas Athletics took home when they won the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup, but now, with even more teams looking to hoist the trophy, of course, the MPBL had to raise the stakes a bit.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} "Yung trophy, the same lang siya from the last conference, it’s just this time, yung full season natin, it’s an 18-Karat gold trophy siya," said MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.  Yup, you read that right. 18-Karat gold.  "It weighs around five kilos, and it was designed and suggested by the good Senator natin." Here's where it gets even more intense.  Commissioner Duremdes revealed just how much the trophy is worth.  "Napaka-bigat niya, and it’s worth P 10 million."  So, just to recap, at the end of the 2018-2019 MPBL tournament, the National Champions will be hoisting a five-kilogram, 18-Karat gold trophy that's worth a whopping ten million pesos.  How's that for motivation?  Duremdes added that the trophy was locally made, and Senator Manny Pacquiao suggested that it resemble the NBA's Larry O'Brien trophy.  And while Commissioner Duremdes knows that the trophy will indeed be an added motivation for the players, he believes that even more valuable for the winners will be pride.  "It’s an added motivation for the teams, but to me, ang importante dito is yung pride," said Duremdes. "Whatever the result of the tournament, ang mangingibabaw dito ay yung pride ng bawat team, because they’re playing for their cities." .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

At least 24 teams to do battle in MPBL’s second conference

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is just getting started in its aim of giving a bigger stage for players from all over the country the chance to shine. And now, the upstart league will have a 24-strong stable of squads all ready and raring to push it farther. “The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. Now may 24 teams tayo, we’re still striving to be a place for many more homegrown players,” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati. Last month, the MPBL closed the curtain on what was a successful first conference with the Batangas Athletics topping nine other teams to win the league’s inaugural championship. Then, the Bataan Defenders (now Risers), Bulacan Kuyas, Caloocan Supremos, Imus Bandera, Muntinlupa Cagers, Navotas Clutch, Paranaque Patriots, Quezon City Capitals, and Valenzuela Classic rounded out the leaderboard. Now, at least 14 new squads will be challenging both Batangas and the already established league hierarchy. Joining the MPBL are the the Cebu Sharks, Davao Occidental Tigers, General Santos Warriors, Laguna Heroes, Makati Skyscrapers, Mandaluyong El Tigre, Manila Stars, Pasay Voyagers, Pampanga Lanterns, Pasig Pirates, San Juan Knights, and Zamboanga Valientes. Rizal and Marikina are also new members of the league, but their monickers are yet to be determined. Meanwhile, Basilan and Sta. Rosa have also signified their intent to compete, but their memberships are yet to be finalized. Whatever the final number of teams is, Duremdes has no doubt that the league will only be bigger and better in its second conference tipping off in June. “You can expect every game to be a full-packed game. Yun yung naging initial success ng liga - yung nakakalaro yung sinasabi nating local heroes,” he said. League owners are still discussing the format, scheduling, and venues of the tournament as of press time. What’s sure is that the games will all be in Luzon. “Big thanks to our teams from the south kasi they all agreed na yung games nila, Luzon muna,” the commissioner said. If and when any from Cebu, Davao Occidental, General Santos, or Zamboanga make the playoffs, though, then the MPBL will have to consider granting them home games. “Kung nakapasok sila ng playoffs, who knows, yun yung chance nila to host home games,” Duremdes remarked. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Batangas wants Helterbrand for MPBL

After ruling the inaugural conference of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Batangas Athletics are hoping to land ex-Ginebra star and six-time PBA champion Jayjay Helterbrand in its lineup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Ex-pros power Athletics to inaugural MPBL crown

Former PBA cagers Val Acuña, Lester Alvarez and Jhaymo Eguilos took charge in the stretch as Batangas City survived Muntinlupa, 68-66, to become the first Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League-Anta Rajah Cup champion at the jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Complex late Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Gutsy Batangas crowned as first-ever king of MPBL

On the ground for the very first time in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas wasted no time in standing back up. And not only did they stand up, the Athletics also marched forward, right through overmatched Muntinlupa, 68-66, to claim the throne as first-ever kings of the new national league. Big guns Bong Quinto and Paul Varilla as well as key reserve Moncrief Rogado all came to play and made sure the visitors didn’t waste another shot at history. Quinto wound up with 12 points, Varilla had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Rogado dropped a season-high 14 points of his own. Two days ago, Batangas suffered its first setback in the playoffs and saw their opponents cut their deficit in the best-of-five series to 1-2. “There’s no safe lead. We were up by 15 tapos nawala diba,” head coach Mac Tan said. Indeed, Pari Llagas and Dave Moralde yet again willed the Cagers in this one, rallying them from as much as 15 points down to up 65-63 inside the last two minutes. Quinto and Jhaymo Eguilos had the answer for the Athletics, however, and connived for five unanswered points and a 68-65 advantage in their favor. With 18.2 ticks to go on the clock, the home team still had several shots to force overtime, or even win the game, but Moralde and Llagas combined to convert only one of their four free throws. The clutch makes of Quinto and Eguilos, along with the crucial misses of Moralde and Llagas, proved to be more than enough for Batangas to take home the title. “Ang adjustment namin, yung willingness ng players na ayaw na nilang bumalik pa ‘to ng Batangas,” Tan said. The well-earned win was just the perfect ending for a maiden campaign which saw them romp through the eliminations and rise as the top-seed of the playoffs and the favorites for the title. The Athletics only lived up to the hype, sweeping both the quarterfinals and the semifinals then ringing off back-to-back wins in the championship round before losing Game 3. Bouncing back big-time in Game 4, they cap off their playoff run with a standout 7-1 record. For Muntinlupa, Llagas topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds and two blocks. Moralde chipped in 14 markers, seven boards, and two assists. They will be looking back at their woes from the line as the foremost reason why their conference has come to a close. In all, they muffed on 15 of 31 free throws that, without a doubt, would have changed the complexion of the contest. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 68 – Rogado 14, Quinto 12, Varilla 10, Teodoro 9, Eguilos 7, Santos 6, Acuna 5, Olayon 4, Villamor 1, Grimaldo 0, Alvarez 0, Pasculado 0 MUNTINUPA 66 – Llagas 19, Moralde 14, Reverente 12, Mangahas 11, Ylagan 7, Jaime 3, Apreku 0, Vergara 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 43-28, 54-47, 68-66 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Muntinlupa stays alive in MPBL Finals after escaping Batangas in Game 3

Of course, a change of scenery was all Muntinlupa needed to come to life in the Finals of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup. Buoyed by their loud and proud faithful inside the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, the Cagers held on for a much-needed 82-77 triumph over heavily favored Batangas on Tuesday. Allan Mangahas fronted the all-out attack with 23 points on top of eight assists and was flanked by Pari Llagas who had 19 markers, six rebounds, five dimes, and two steals. It was also Llagas, along with Dave Moralde, who stood strong in the last 49 seconds to tame their opponents’ uprising and tow the home team to cutting their series deficit to just 1-2 in the best-of-five championship round. At the wrong end of convincing victories by the Athletics in Games 1 and 2, the determination was very much evident for Muntinlupa from the get-go as they scored 12 unanswered points to start this matchup and saw it balloon to a 19-3 lead. Mangahas stayed hot from that point and they looked like they were breezing towards a season-saving win as they were still up by 11, 77-66, with four minutes remaining. Bong Quinto and Paul Varilla weren’t going away that easy, though, and shot the visitors to just down by two, 75-77, with under a minute left. They wouldn’t be able to come any closer, however, as Llagas and Moralde hit back-to-back difficult shots to put the game away for good. Moralde wound up with 10 points and Chito Jaime chipped in 10 markers of his own for the Cagers who may now boast of being the only team to have downed Batangas in the playoffs. They try, and need to, do it once more in Game 4 on Thursday still at the same venue. For the Athletics, Quinto topped the scoring column with 14 points while Lester Alvarez and Varilla also added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Despite the loss, they remain in the lead in the Finals series and remain the favorites to take home the first-ever MPBL championship......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Batangas-Tanduay zeroes in on inaugural MPBL crown

BATANGAS CITY---A Batangas City-Tanduay team that doesn't seem to run out of heroes found another one on Saturday night.   With big man Jhaymo Eguilos seizing the moment this time, the Athletics turned back the Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort, 78-74, anew to close in on the 2018 MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup at a jam-packed Batangas City Coliseum here.   The former Far Eastern U stalwart hit 7-of-8 shots on his way to a game high 16 points as the Athletics showcased their depth and firepower before surviving another late onslaught by the Cagers for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five title series.   Just like in the series opener when the Athletics survived, 70-64, t...Keep on reading: Batangas-Tanduay zeroes in on inaugural MPBL crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title - ABS-CBN News

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title - ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title

Staying spotless in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas is getting closer and closer to history. Drawing big-time contributions from their bench, the Athletics endured late-charging Muntinlupa, 78-74, on Saturday in their home court Batangas City Coliseum to march forward to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Finals. Jhaymo Eguilos topped the scoring column with 16 points and was flanked by reserves Val Acuna and Moncrief Rogado who had nine markers apiece. Top gun Teytey Teodoro also had nine points, including the game-sealing free throws in the last 17 seconds as the home team counted six players who had at least seven points. Still, it was the Cagers who were in command after the opening salvo, leading 14-13. Batangas started the second with nine unanswered points, however, to mount a 22-14 edge they would never relinquish. Fueled by that rush, in all, nine different players got together for a 25-10 quarter and a 38-24 lead. Muntinlupa had for itself an uprising in the endgame and pulled to within 74-75 with 28 ticks to go on the clock, but Teodoro three free throws and a couple of defensive stops boosted the Athletics to the win. Now, the tournament’s top-seed will try to wrap up the series sweep in Muntinlupa’s home court on Tuesday. Chito Jaime paced the Cagers with 18 points while Allan Mangahas and Dave Moralde both chipped in 15 markers. With their rally falling short, however, they are one loss away from being runners-up in the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 78 – Eguilos 16, Acuna 9, Teodoro 9, Quinto 9, Rogado 9, Olayon 7, Varilla 6, Grimaldo 4, Santos 4, Alvarez 3, Villamor 2 MUNTINLUPA 74 – Jaime 18, Mangahas 15, Moralde 15, Llagas 9, Buenaflor 6, Ylagan 5, Reverente 4, Apreku 2, Vergara 0, Salaveria 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 38-24, 60-46, 78-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Batangas, Paranaque a win away from first-ever MPBL Finals

Batangas remains undefeated in the first-ever playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup. Paul Varilla pumped in 17 points and four other teammates joined him in double-digits in an 80-75 decision for home team Athletics over Valenzuela in Game 1 of the semifinals on Thursday at the Batangas City Coliseum. Flanking Varilla were Val Acuna who contributed 15 points; Bong Quinto who collected 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals; and Lester Alvarez and Jhaymo Eguilos who chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. The home team was on-point from the get-go with a 30-8 start and in all, made good on 11 triples and converted 47 percent of their field goals. Still, they needed until late in the endgame to put away the feisty Classic who were only down by six with 33 ticks to go. Batangas would not let them come any closer, though, as a pair of splits from the stripe by Varilla sealed the deal. Jeff Javillonar dropped a long-range missile in the dying seconds, but it proved to be meaningless as it was the Athletics who were celebrating a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semis series. This, after they swept Bataan in the quarterfinals. Now, the top-seed in the tournament is a pristine 3-0 in the first-ever playoffs of the inaugural MPBL. For Valenzuela, Adrian Celada topped the scoring column with 23 points. In the other pairing, seventh-seed Paranaque made more magic happen by routing third-seed Muntinlupa, 84-59. The Cagers were in the game for only the first three minutes, up 4-0, before Gab Dagangon and Daniel De Guzman merged for 17 points in a white-hot 27-4 blast that boosted the Patriots way ahead, 27-8. They would never look back as Dagangon and De Guzman wound up with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Ryusei Koga top-scored with 24 points to go along with eight assists and four rebounds. Paranaque was coming off an upset of second-seed Bulacan in the quarterfinals and is now one win away from an improbable Finals appearance. Dave Moralde paced Muntinlupa with 16 points. Muntinlupa and Valenzuela go back to the drawing board as they both try to bounce back in Game 2 on Saturday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. Of course, all of the action will still be on S+A and S+A HD. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PARANAQUE 84 – Koga 24, Dagangon 18, De Guzman 14, Montilla 10, Arboleda 8, Vizcarra 4, Baloria 2, Villanueva 2, San Jose 2, Belorio 0, Flor 0, Del Rosario 0, Vidal 0, Justiniani 0 MUNTINLUPA 59 – Moralde 16, Apreku 13, Mangahas 11, Jaime 10, Vergara 5, Llagas 4, Ylagan 0, Reverente 0, Buenaflor 0, Stevens 0, Salaveria 0 QUARTER SCORES: 27-12, 50-28, 62-46, 84-59 SECOND GAME BATANGAS 80 – Varilla 17, Acuna 15, Quinto 13, Alvarez 11, Eguilos 10, Teodoro 6, Olayon 4, Grimaldo 2, Santos 2, Rogado 0 VALENZUELA 75 – Celada 23, Javillonar 10, Argamino 8, Andaya 8, Ongteco 8, Acidre 6, Hubalde 5, Gimpayan 5, Ruaya 2, Arambulo 0, Carlos 0, Arellano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 30-8, 40-35, 57-51, 80-75 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Complementary league to PBA, MPBL tipping off on August 25

A new regional league has been formed to stand behind and provide support for both the PBA and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. The National Basketball League will feature 12 teams ranging from Central Luzon to Bicol, all of which will be parading fully homegrown players. The NBL aims to be another venue for lesser heralded players to be able showcase their skills on a national stage. “We are focused on grassroots development. It is our dream that our players will be noticed by professional and semi-professional leagues,” chairman Celso “Soy” Mercado said in the preseason press conference on Thursday in Mandaluyong. As such, organizers are hoping that the league will be a “complementary league” for the PBA, Asia’s first pay-for-play league, as well as the MPBL, the country’s fastest-growing regional league. The dozen squads making up NBL’s inaugural season are the Bataan Elite, Bulacan Makabayan, Camarines Sur Express, Dasmarinas Monarchs, Laguna Pistons, Marikina Shoemakers, Nueva Ecija Bespren, Pangasinan, Paranaque Aces, Quezon City Rising Stars, Rizal Spartans, and Taguig Generals. All 12 teams will have 18 fully homegrown players and will host home games – giving their respective communities a chance to watch their very own players up close and personal. Being fully homegrown is the greatest promise the league has – if commissioner Nandy Garcia is to be believed. “My life in basketball has gone full circle in now being the commissioner of the NBL. I’m looking forward to seeing new potential talents from our member teams,” the former pro said. The NBL’s inaugural season is scheduled to tip-off on August 25 in either Paranaque or Taguig. After the single round robin elimination round, the top two teams will automatically advance into the semifinals and the bottom two teams will be eliminated. The third to 10th ranked teams will then match up in the quarterfinals. At the end of it all, the first-ever champion will be crowned and will set a date opposite the kings of the Vietnam Basketball Association......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PVL: UP sends San Sebastian crashing to fourth straight loss

University of the Philippines got its second win at the expense of woeful San Sebastian, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Cen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

MPBL: Risers steal spotlight from Capitals for fifth straight W

Bataan began the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League with a loss. Since then, however, they have been rolling. The Risers registered their fifth consecutive victory, this one coming at the expense of home team Quezon City, 101-68, last Wednesday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan Avenue. Gary David turned back the clock for a vintage performance of 21 points in 72 percent shooting. “El Granada” was on fire and his teammates only followed suit as they scored no less than 23 points in each quarter. He was backstopped by youngsters Jeepy Faundo and J-Jay Alejandro who had 12 and 10 markers, respectively, as Bataan rose to 5-1. Janus Collado topped the scoring column for the Capitals with 15 points. With a non-existent defense, however, they lost for the fourth time out of five games. Meanwhile, Zamboanga also stretched its streak by dispatching Navotas, 89-78. As always, Reed Juntilla showed the way with a 29-point, 11-rebound double-double as the Valientes improves to 4-2. On the other hand, the Clutch lost their third game in a row. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

MPBL: Anderson steals show in Marikina victory vs Pasig

Erwin Sta. Maria and Jay-Ar Ng Sang did the heavy lifting as Marikina finally got a win run going in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Gerald Anderson also had timely contributions and that total team effort proved to be more than enough for the Shoemasters to endure fighting Pasig, 71-67, at home in the Marist School Gym last Tuesday. Sta. Maria scored 19 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists while Ng Sang posted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double in the home team’s back-to-back wins and third overall in six games. Kapamilya star Anderson also made an impact with three steals and active defense in all of his 15 minutes on the floor. Bernzon Franco paced the Pirates with 16 points and 14 rebounds. with their rally falling short, though, they remain locked out of the win column after five tries. In the day’s other game, Jason Melano made good on the layup that won for Bulacan their fourth consecutive victory, this one at the expense of Basilan, 59-57. Melano wound up with five points, including the game-winner, but it was Jerrick Canada’s game-long brilliance with 17 markers, seven rebounds, and four assists that led the Kuyas in their rise to 5-1. For the Steel, Dennis Daa had 17 points to top the scoring column. With the loss, they drop to 2-3. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Gerald Anderson places fifth in first ever Skechers Performance Run

In the first ever Skechers Performance Run headlined by Gerald Anderson, the celebrity-athlete placed fifth in the 5KM route after clocking in at 23 minutes and 20 seconds, Sunday morning at the Mall of Asia Complex. Sporting the latest Skechers Performance shoes outfitted with all-new Flight Gen midsole technology, Anderson ran alongside teammates from MPBL team Marikina Shoemasters and Star Magic Basketball Team. Flight Gen is a new generation midsole designed to provide a highly responsive ride with plenty of cushion protection. Anderson wore specifically a Go Run 6 model in black and red colorway. The run featured three categories: 5k, 10k, and 21k run distances to cater to all sorts runners, from beginners to veterans. In the 21KM route, Joseph Mururi placed first at 1:15:13. While in the 10KM route, Edward Macalalad, with a time of 37:12, finished first. Joseph Odhuno clocked in at 19:22 to top the 5KM division. The Skechers inaugural event which was participated by hundreds of Filipinos was brought to you by Skechers Performance, co-presented by Takbo.ph and Leadpack......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Nigerian call center agent nabbed in Laguna buy bust

SAN PEDRO CITY -- A Nigerian, working as a call center agent in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna province, was arrested for selling more than half a million pesos worth of suspected "shabu" (crystal meth). The suspect Michael Amuchie, 28, was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in an operation around 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Barangay (village) Tagapo. The PDEA, in a statement Monday, said they recovered 100 grams of suspected shabu worth P680,000 that Amuchie tried to sell to an undercover agent. It was not immediately clear how long Amuchie had been staying in the Philippines. In a phone interview Monday, PDEA-Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon spokesperson M...Keep on reading: Nigerian call center agent nabbed in Laguna buy bust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

ONE: Kevin Belingon targeting history against Martin Nguyen as well

If making history as the first three-division world champion in mixed martial arts is what Martin Nguyen is after in his highly-anticipated encounter against Kevin Belingon, the Filipino spitfire could likewise establish a new record for the Philippines in ONE Championship should he win over his Vietnamese-Australian foe. Both men are slated to face each other in the main event of ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on July 27. ONE Championship has raised the stakes of the scheduled five-round clash between Belingon and Nguyen as the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship will be up for grabs. If Belingon succeeds in securing the gold-plated strap at the expense of Nguyen, the Philippines will set a record of most championship wins in the seven-year history of the promotion. “The main goal for Filipino martial arts athletes like me is to bring pride, honor and glory to our country. This match against Marin Nguyen on July 27 is another opportunity to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on the world stage of this beautiful sport,” he said. To date, there have been four Filipino world champions under the ONE Championship banner since 2013. Honorio Banario became the first Philippine-rooted competitor to notch a huge prize in ONE Championship when he defeated compatriot Eric Kelly by fourth-round stoppage for the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Championship in February 2013. It was followed by Brandon Vera, who crowned himself as the first ONE Heavyweight World Champion by knocking out Paul Cheng in 26 seconds with a high kick in December 2015. Meanwhile, Eduard Folayang pulled off a major upset victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in November 2016 to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship. Geje Eustaquio joined the list of Filipino world titleholders this past January, claiming the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship with a split decision win over Kairat Akhmetov in a rematch before becoming the undisputed division kingpin in his second meeting with Adriano Moraes last June. With the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title on the line, having his hand raised would symbolize so much to Belingon. Ever since losing to Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight crown in January 2016, Belingon has won five consecutive matches, routing the best contenders that the division has to offer. For Belingon, he could finally become a mixed martial arts world champion on July 27, which is the goal that he has been chasing ever since he launched his career in June 2007. “Becoming the champion has been my goal since my career started. It is a lifelong dream for me. I need to win my next bout to turn my dream into a reality,” he stated. “This is going to be a very exciting match. To take on an elite athlete like Martin, it will only be good for my experience. I look forward to testing my skills against him,” Belingon added. Sharing the cage with a dynamic knockout artist like Nguyen, Belingon asserted that he likes his chances versus the two-division world champion and shared his thoughts as to how things would play out at ONE: REIGN OF KINGS. “Martin has very good, high-level skills. His wrestling is very strong, and so is his boxing. He is aggressive, and he punches with power. There is no underestimating this guy,” he explained. “But I think his biggest weakness is his speed, especially in this fight. He is not faster than me. I think this will come down to who gets there first.” Although he is known for his explosive striking, massive knockout power, and fearlessness to engage, Belingon assured that he is prepared to go the distance with Nguyen. “I am training very hard to make sure I am well-equipped with everything I need to face any situation. If I have the opportunity to finish him, I will not hesitate to grab that chance. But I am prepared for this fight to go full five rounds as well,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Negros execs, LMP condemn mayors murders, demand police protection

BACOLOD CITY--- The Negros Occidental Association of Chiefs Executives (ACE) and League of Municipalities in the Philippines strongly condemned the killing of Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas and Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. The mayors' statement was issued at a joint meeting of both groups in Bacolod Cityon Thursday. The two groups demanded protection from the Philippine National Police (PNP). Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, who chaired the Negros ACE, said it is the responsibility of the police to solve the crimes, whether those slain government officials were involved in narco-politics or not. Palanca also asked the police ...Keep on reading: Negros execs, LMP condemn mayors murders, demand police protection.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Palace: Duterte comment on Halili murder just a suspicion

President Rodrigo Duterte's statement yesterday that the killing of a controversial Batangas mayor might be related to illegal drugs is "speculation," Malacañang said on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Home fans spur Bataan to first win

  BALANGA CITY, Bataan--- Feeding off the energy of a boisterous home crowd, Bataan used a strong finishing kick to stun inaugural champion Batangas City-Tanduay, 81-67, Wednesday night for its first victory in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Bataan People's Center. Former Ateneo stalwart Vince Tolentino fired 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on top of five assists as the Risers, who went winless in two home games last season, delivered a memorable home debut to atone for their opening-game setback to Manila. Ex-pros Robby Celiz and Gary David added 11 points apiece for Bataan, which turned a close game into a rout in the fourth quarter after putt...Keep on reading: Home fans spur Bataan to first win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018