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MPBL still waiting on Ray Parks Jr.’s papers to see if he’s a local

Whether or not Ray Parks Jr. will play in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is yet to be determined. The 25-year-old star’s stint for the Mandaluyong El Tigre is far from final as the upstart league has not yet decided if he is a local or a Filipino-foreigner. “We would like again to make it straight for everybody and of course, kay Ray na ‘di pa namin nakikita yung papers (niya),” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati.  The MPBL has instituted a rule that states that only one Filipino-foreigner will be allowed for each team. As such, there is a question if Parks Jr. is a local or a Filipino-foreigner as Mandaluyong also has another Filipino-American in Lo Domingo. Explaining the rule, Duremdes said, “We’re just a growing league. The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. ‘Di naman natin sinasabi na bawal (ang Fil-foreigners) kaya nga we’re allowing one and 6-4 ang limit sa height.” He then continued, “‘Di naman kasi ganun kalaki ang players sa probinsya kaya ganun. Step-by-step tayo kasi nga we’re striving to be a place for homegrown players.” With that, the El Tigre will have to choose between Parks Jr., if he will be considered a Filipino-foreigner, and Domingo. For the recently-crowned Asean Basketball League champion and back-to-back Local MVP, however, Mandaluyong should not even have to do that. Questioning the controversial rule, he took to Twitter earlier in the day to say, “First time in my life I was considered an American in my own home country. Dito ako lumaki. Dito ako pinanganak. May Filipino passport ako.” Parks Jr. is the son of legendary PBA import Bobby Ray Parks Sr. He was born and bred in Paranaque and eventually suited up for National University in the UAAP. He also had stints with Gilas Pilipinas and the Hapee Fresh Fighters in the PBA D-League before taking his talents to Alab Pilipinas where he played as a local and not an Asean Heritage import. The MPBL made it clear, though, that it wants nothing more than to have the younger Parks playing in the league. “As much as we want Ray to play kasi malaking attraction siya and one of the players, again, meron tayong guidelines na na-set. Kung meron na silang pinasang papers, saka natin malalaman,” Duremdes said. As for when his fate will be finalized, the league commissioner said the deliberations for the lineups of all teams will come sooner than later. “Owners’ meeting ngayon then next nito is coaches’ meeting. Dun na namin ise-set yung technical guidelines,” he said. He then continued, “Dun na namin ise-set yung submission ng final lineup para ma-screen na ng committee.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 16th, 2018

Alsons’ proposed commercial paper issuance gets PRS A plus rating

LOCAL DEBT watcher Philippine Rating Services Corp. (Philratings) has assigned a PRS A plus rating to Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. (ACR) for its proposed issuance of P1.5 billion worth of commercial papers. The Alcantara-led holding company will be issuing the debt papers out of its shelf registration at the Securities and Exchange Commission of up […] The post Alsons’ proposed commercial paper issuance gets PRS A plus rating appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Alsons’ proposed commercial paper issuance gets PRS A rating

LOCAL DEBT watcher Philippine Rating Services Corp. (Philratings) has assigned a PRS A rating to Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. (ACR) for its proposed issuance of P1.5 billion worth of commercial papers. The Alcantara-led holding company will be issuing the debt papers out of its shelf registration at the Securities and Exchange Commission of up to […] The post Alsons’ proposed commercial paper issuance gets PRS A rating appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Ray Parks blasts MPBL for its Fil-foreign rule

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. slammed the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League's ruling on limiting teams from having more than one Filipino player with foreign blood on its rosters. The son of seven-t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 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

Special polls, appointment for vacant SK posts

VACANT Sangguniang Kabataan positions will be filled in either by special election or appointment, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). DILG-6 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said they are still waiting for the final pronouncement from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as well as guidelines from the DILG Central Office. “Ideally, […] The post Special polls, appointment for vacant SK posts appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Ray Parks Jr. on PBA Draft plans: Never say die!

The future as seen in Ray Parks Jr.’s crystal ball remains murky. Yes, he has committed to play for the Mandaluyong El Tigre in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, but whether or not he will get to play there is yet to be determined. And with the next season of the Asean Basketball League still a long ways away, it’s safe to say the newly crowned champion and back-to-back MVP will not be seeing action there anytime soon. And so, that leaves one more big league – the first and oldest pay-for-play league in all of Asia, if you will. As to playing, at long last, in the PBA, though, Parks Jr. remains non-committal. What he’s already comfortable saying now is that he’s here to stay in the Philippines. Asked if he thought he has reclaimed his place among the top young talents in the country with his stellar showing in the ABL, he answered, “Was I gone? That’s all I gotta say.” He then continued, joshing with the reporters surrounding him while he was at it, “I can’t say I’m back. I never left. I got no love for the past couple of months? A’ight, talk about this, come show me some love the next couple of months.” And when PBA Draft time rolls along some time in September to October, the 24-year-old said he will have an ABL championship and two ABL Local MVPs to show everybody. “Keep talking about this and come (PBA) Draft time, we’ll see,” he said. He also added, “Never say die!” That last statement, he has left us to interpret by ourselves. If we use his post for Alab Pilipinas teammate Justin Brownlee, however, then we would have an idea of what he means.   Word cant even amount to how talented and humble this guy is🙏🏾..Definitely a stand up guy and just a great guy on and off the court.. @magicbrown32 im not gonna make this long bruh,just want to say i appreciate you for coming back to manila to put on a shower not only for Ginebra fans but also the entire Philippines 🇵🇭......ill be seeing you soon 😏 #NSD A post shared by Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) on May 4, 2018 at 2:46am PDT So you say Never say die, Rayray? --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Ray Parks joining Mandaluyong team in MPBL

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is taking his talents to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Parks is joining Mandaluyong El Tigre, as confirmed by head coach Mac Cuan on Thursday giving the league newc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

ABL champion Ray Parks Jr. to roar in MPBL with Mandaluyong El Tigre

Mandaluyong has just made the biggest splash thus far in the leadup to the next conference of the inaugural Maharika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). The rookie team is all set to banner Ray Parks Jr. as its main man in the league’s next conference tipping off on June. “Yes, sa amin siya maglalaro,” head coach Mac Cuan said. This, confirming the report first broken by Fox Sports’ Rey Joble. This will be a reunion for Cuan and Parks Jr. who are fresh off a championship with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League. They will be also joined by JR Alabanza, Lo Domingo, and Oping Sumalinog. With the key cogs of Alab now on their side, Mandaluyong is bound to make noise in the fledgling league. “We’re very confident about our chances naman. Now, we just have to put in the work and make sure to surround the Alab core with pieces who can compliment them,” the mentor said. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

From ABL to MPBL: Ray Parks says PBA stint still up in the air

     MANILA, Philippines – Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. is back proving that the PBA is not the end-all, be-all for a Filipino basketball player. On Thursday, May 10, the rapidly-expanding Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) announced that the former National University (NU) Bulldogs star has signed with the Mandaluyong El Tigre expansion team. The announcement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Time strongman issue is the definition of fakery

First word (Part 1) EVERYWHERE I turn these days, the local papers and many Filipino pundits are talking about a new issue of Time magazine, wherein President Rodrigo Duterte is one of four leaders featured prominently on its cover. There is something puzzling about this picture and talk of the town. At this point, there [...] The post Time strongman issue is the definition of fakery appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

ABL: Just hours after Game 4 loss, Alab already headed home to prepare for Game 5

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Alab Pilipinas won’t be staying long in the place where they fell short of winning the championship in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. “We’re outta here tonight,” head coach Jimmy Alapag told reporters after he and the Filipino team surrendered an 83-88 decision to Mono Vampire in Game 4 of the Finals on Monday at the Stadium 29 here. With that decision, the best-of-five championship series is now all even at 2-2. The winner-take-all Game 5 is then scheduled on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex Arena in Laguna. The Philippines is wasting no time in getting ready for that do-or-die matchup – as after Game 5, they will only be going back to their hotels to get their things and check out. Right after, they are boarding a plane back to Manila. For Alab, there is no other concern other than that Game 5. “Just on to Game 5. We (wanted to go to) Thailand and get a split. We got a split,” Alapag said. He then continued, “Now, we got Game 5 at home.” Indeed, before travelling to Bangkok, the head coach said their primary objective is to “get one in Thailand.” The Filipinos already did that two days ago and Game 4 was just one of their two golden opportunities to win their country’s first title since 2013. And so, even after losing Game 4, they have another shot at a championship – and homecourt advantage is in their favor. That is exactly why the Philippines has remained upbeat about its chances. As local standout Ray Parks Jr. put it, “We just gotta stay positive and let this one go. we came here to get a split and we got the job done.” He then continued, “It’s just (now about) coming home and getting the championship in our home.” As always, Game 5, tipping off at 8:00 PM, will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Minimum Bet: 1 Peso – Manila Picture

Gambling is an integral part of these small local amusement parks. Image published by -miguelito- on 2010-09-18 09:17:14 and used under Creative Commons license. Tagged: , 1.7 , 20mm , 2010 , Floodway , GF1 , Jenny’s , Kids , Lumix , Manila , Night , Pasig , Perya , Peryahan , PHilippines , Rides… link: Minimum Bet: 1 Peso – Manila Picture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Parks sparks Alab to 2-1 lead over Mono Vampire

Bobby Ray Parks isn’t the back-to-back local Most Valuable Player for nothing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Saudi-Led Coalition Says Houthis Deny Entry of Humanitarian Ships to Yemen Port

Saudi-led coalition affirmed Wednesday that the rebels hinder the entry of humanitarian aids to the country, highlighting that 40 ships are waiting to access Al Hudaydah port, Al Arabiya local news reported. The spokesperson of the coalition Col. Turki Al Maliki accused the militias of risking the security of Saudi Arabia and the navigation. He […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

ABL: Alab has no answer for 7-5 Deguara as Mono evens Finals series

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - Sam Deguara has been, literally, the biggest difference in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball Finals. Fouling out in the endgame the last time around, the 7-foot-5 made sure to wreak havoc all game long in this one to tow Thailand’s Mono Vampire to a gritty 103-100 victory versus Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. Deguara towered above all of Renaldo Balkman, Lo Domingo, and JR Alabanza to pound in 30 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks and ultimately lifted the Thais into evening the best-of-five series at 1-1. It was also the reinforcement from Malta who made good on the basket and bonus that broke off a tied tally of 98-all and built up a 101-98 advantage in his team’s favor with 1:10 remaining. Balkman came right back with a short stab in the next possession, but that would be the last bucket the Filipinos would hit as Ray Parks Jr. and Justin Brownlee botched their attempts in the dying moments. Deguara had backup as American import Mike Singletary and Filipino import Paul Zamar scored 26 and 12 points, respectively. Filipino-American Jason Brickman also masterfully quarterbacked their offense and totaled 15 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Now, both momentum and homecourt advantage are with Mono as the series swings to Bangkok. Nonetheless, the Philippines will go all out to overcome the odds. Freshly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Balkman showed the way for Alab with 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two steals while newly-minted Local MVP Parks Jr. contributed 21 markers, eight boards, four dimes, three pilfers, and two rejections. Brownlee got off to a strong start with 11 points in the first quarter, but only wound up with 14. He also battled an apparent leg injury that forced him to the bench near the end of the third quarter. He missed majority of the final frame and was clearly not 100 percent when he launched his triple tries in the last 15 seconds that would have forced overtime. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Parks nabs 2nd straight ABL Local MVP, Balkman nets Defensive Player honor

STA. ROSA, Laguna – For the second straight season, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas captain Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. bagged the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Local Most Valuable Player on Wednesday, April 25. The former National University (NU) star averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season. Along with World ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

ABL: Ray Parks Jr. is back-to-back MVP anew

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - For the second time in his young career, Ray Parks Jr. has won two straight MVP awards. The Alab Pilipinas stalwart has been hailed as the top local player in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, hoisting his well-earned award right before Game 2 of the Finals on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. Parks Jr. averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, helping the Filipino side to its first playoff and Finals win in franchise history. He gets to keep the recognition, having also won the Local MVP a season ago. This is the second time Parks Jr. has won back-to-back MVPs - the first coming during his first two years with National University in the UAAP......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

ABL: Parks poised for back-to-back Local MVP awards

After a slow start in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. once again finds himself as the favorite to claim the Local Most Valuable Player award. The San Miguel Alab Pilipinas star averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in his second year in the regional league, while also helping the Philippine side reach the Finals this season. Parks holds the edge over fellow candidates Lee Ki of Hong Kong Eastern and Delvin Goh of the Singapore Slingers for the plum, which is set to be awarded on Wednesday before Game 3 of the 2018 ABL Finals at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex. If the former NU Bulldog does claim the hardware, he will be the second lo...Keep on reading: ABL: Parks poised for back-to-back Local MVP awards.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Treasury makes partial award of T-bills as bids by banks increase

THE GOVERNMENT made a partial award of the Treasury bills (T-bills) it offered on Monday, with investors preferring the shorter-dated papers and asking for higher yields for the longer tenors ahead of a possible tightening move from the local central bank next month. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) saw total tenders at yesterday’s auction […] The post Treasury makes partial award of T-bills as bids by banks increase appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Where PWD means ‘people with dreams’

  Marilou Deniega, 53, meticulously sifts through the application papers before her with an energy that belies her condition. The wheelchair-bound visual artist was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 3 months old.   Her ailment does not allow her to move her head, so husband Allan, whom she met at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, is a constant companion, pushing her wheelchair and walking her to work.   The documents remind Deniega of her own dream to own a home. They are application papers from fellow persons with disabilities (PWDs) for a slot in a housing project in Cainta, Rizal, which was initiated by disabled people with help from the local govern...Keep on reading: Where PWD means ‘people with dreams’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018