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

They don’t want me in this league, says Ray Parks after MPBL debut

MANILA, Philippines – Bobby Ray Parks is a 6-foot-4 combo guard, a two-time reigning Asean Basketball League (ABL) local MVP, a current ABL Champion with Alab Pilipinas and the son of a multi-time PBA Best Import. Who doesn’t want a player like that? Well apparently, Parks doeesn't feel quite welcome in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Faster, bigger: Alab Pilipinas raring to start ABL title defense

MANILA, Philippines – The 9th ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is ready to kick off on Friday, November 16, and defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is more than ready to defend its crown on home turf and beyond. And this time, the best just got better. Two-time reigning local MVP Ray Parks is set to return ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Malaysian leader in waiting Anwar in triumphant return to parliament

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's leader in waiting Anwar Ibrahim returned to parliament as a lawmaker on Monday, October 15, and vowed to give former nemesis Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad space to get on with running the country. MPs applauded as Anwar took the oath of office following his weekend local ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Leave Thailand’s Maya Bay alone — experts

KRABI, Thailand - Marine ecologists have urged the tourism sector to desist from pressuring authorities for an early reopening of the world-renowned Maya Bay in the southern island province of Krabi so as to ensure a proper rehabilitation process. Meanwhile, local tour operators affected by the closure will meet on Tuesday to discuss their next move as the peak tourism season draws near. On September 28, the National Parks Department issued an order for indefinite closure of Maya Bay in order to allow more time for damaged coral reefs to recover. Experts said the four-month closure of Maya Bay was insufficient for rehabilitation due to the popular site's fragile ecosystem. Assistan...Keep on reading: Leave Thailand’s Maya Bay alone — experts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Malaysia s Anwar faces sodomy accuser in election

PORT DICKSON, Malaysia – Malaysian leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim started campaigning on Saturday, September 29, for a poll set to return him to frontline politics – but faced a surprise challenge from an ex-aide whose sodomy allegations landed the political heavyweight in prison. Anwar is expected to easily win the local election ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

DBM PAPERS SHOW: Guv picked DAP-funded programs, beneficiaries

THE Iloilo provincial government under Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. had a hand in determining the programs and beneficiaries of funds from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) implemented by former President Beningo Aquino III. This is what The Daily Guardian found out in the list of DAP supported projects endorsed by lawmakers and local government […] The post DBM PAPERS SHOW: Guv picked DAP-funded programs, beneficiaries appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

2 rival mayors lead Panglao town rite

PANGLAO, Bohol -- Monday's flag raising ceremony in the municipality was attended by Pedro Fuertes and Leonila Montero, who both claimed to be mayors. Both gave their speeches before the employees. Montero told employees that her comeback was based on facts. "The fact is I am the duly reelected mayor of Panglao," she said. "I have already served my legal predicaments." On the other hand, Fuertes just told employees that he would wait for the DILG order. "I am just waiting for the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) for whatever decision," said Fuertes. The town was plunged into chaos when both Fuertes and Montero claimed to be the legitimate mayor...Keep on reading: 2 rival mayors lead Panglao town rite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Parks leads MPBL Datu Cup scoring

Parks leads MPBL Datu Cup scoring.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Calesa- local horse cart – Manila Picture

A horse cart, called calesa (also spelt kalesa) trots by with a full load of delighted tourists. First used on the streets of Manila in the 18th century, these horse-drawn carriages can usually be found waiting for passengers in some areas of the Intramuros, notably near Fort Santiago. Talking of which we never seemed to… link: Calesa- local horse cart – Manila Picture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

8 mobility principles PH cities should adopt

Big and small cities in the Philippines are facing similar challenges. Road congestion is worsening by the day, and local residents are spending more time waiting for rides, standing in queues or sitting in slow-moving vehicles. Pollution and traffic are issues affecting the lives of every urban resident. Precious time is wasted. Our physical and [...] The post 8 mobility principles PH cities should adopt appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas will take 16-man pool to Iran

National team head coach Yeng Guiao is in no rush to name his final 12 to start the second round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Exactly a week before Gilas plays Iran on the road, coach Yeng is still refusing to name his final lineup, saying that they might as well name the team once they're in the Middle East. He even declined to name any shoo-ins to his Final 12. "Wala pa rin. Let's keep it exciting. There’s no real urgency to name the 12 guys. So we’ll stick with the 16 as for now. Although it’s really just 14, kasi di naman makakalaro si Japeth at si Matthew sa Iran," Guiao said after practice Thursday. "We also don't want the guys who may not be chosen to feel left out this early. So malalaman din naman nila. Mas mabuti nang nandoon na kami sa Iran," he added. With the Iran game fast approaching and short on extra bodies, Coach Yeng says the national team will take all 16 players to Iran, even Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright who can't play against the Iranians due to their one-game suspension from FIBA. "We'll take all 16 players, so yung dalawang suspended di makakalaro kaya lang kailangan namin sila doon para tuluy-tuloy yung practice," Guiao said. One problem that still persists though is the eligibility of Greg Slaughter. Gilas is yet to hear anything if the Ginebra slotman counts as a local or not. "We’re still in limbo with regards to the status of Greg. We’re just waiting for that. We hope it’s announced before we leave," Guiao said. "But I think we’ll choose between Stanley and Christian on who the naturalized player will be for the Iran game. But we’re not making that decision right away. Puwede namang doon na sa Iran gawin yon eh. Kasi ang submission ng final lineup is the day before the game eh," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

No final Gilas lineup yet with Slaughter s FIBA eligibility unclear

MANILA, Philippines – Yeng Guiao is still waiting for Greg Slaughter's FIBA eligibility to be clarified before finalizing Gilas Pilipinas' lineup for the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The firebrand coach is hoping to field the stocky 7-footer as a local, but Slaughter has yet ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Metro Star Realty and Team Core to represent PH in Hoopbattle Championship in China

Metro Star Realty and Team Core booked their ticket to the HoopBattle Championship in China after finishing on top of the first ever Vivo HoopBattle Championship Philippines last Sunday (July 29) at the Market! Market! Activity Center, which aired live on ABS-CBN S+A and via livestream on ‪ Led by 6’7 Jamal Thomas, who was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Metro Star Realty dominated Team Core, 21-10, in the final match to win the P200,000 grand prize of the 3x3 basketball tournament brought to the country by Ayala Malls and ABS-CBN Sports with co-presenter Vivo Philippines and in cooperation with Virtual Playground. Thomas and teammates Joseph Navarro, Reinier Quinga, and Argene Sabalza will represent the Philippines in the HoopBattle Championship in China later this year, where they will battle foreign teams for up to P3 million worth of prizes.  “It’s mission accomplished for me. I’ve always wanted to make my lola proud and make a name for myself and my family. I’m totally humbled and blessed,” said Thomas, who is currently a practice player for a local professional basketball team. Team Core, composed of Maharlika Basketball Pilipinas League players Axel Torres, John Vidal, John Cauilan, and JR Alabanza, also qualified to play in China, and took home P100,000 as the tourney’s second best team. “For me sobrang saya ng feeling, sobrang blessed, kasi hindi namin hiniling pero binigay ni God. Sobrang thankful kami. Mahirap pero sabi nga nila mag-enjoy lang,” shared Torres, whose team played undermanned with JR Alabanza getting injured prior the games. Both teams emerged on top after a single round robin elimination with six other teams that topped the Vivo HoopBattle legs held in different Ayala malls this July. The Metro Star Realty beat Team Ballers in the semifinals, while Team Core defeated Team Arellano University 2 in their own knockout game. The other teams that made it to the last eight were Just Coco led by Prince Rivero, Team Enderun bannered by former Batang Gilas Mike Dela Cruz, and Team F4 led by UP Fighting Maroon AJ Madrigal, and Team BS Susim Shipping. In an exhibition three point shootout, the tournament’s best long-range shooters Marco Sario (Team Ballers), AJ Madrigal (Team F4), and Mike Dela Cruz (Team Enderun) also bested Chinese players Jason Song, Camel Luo, and Young Sean, drawing cheers from Filipinos watching live in the venue. Song and Luo play for Chong Son Kung Fu in the ASEAN Basketball League, while Sean played in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour. HBC president Temple Deng said he is very happy with the turnout of the first HBC event outside China during an interview with ABS-CBN Sports anchor Andrei Felix, who hosted the event with UAAP basketball analyst Bea Daez and NCAA courtside reporter Roxanne Montealegre. “Just one word, amazing. I love it. They were very entertaining. Their performances were amazing,” he said. The tournament, which aims to highlight the both upcoming and undiscovered basketball talents in the country, started with 48 teams composed of players from both amateur and professional ranks. It was played under the strict guidelines of FIBA and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. “This only shows how big 3x3 basketball already is here in the country. Players from all walks of life came to participate here. I know we even had a surprise team composed of security guards of an Ayala Mall. In terms of the level of play, these guys have obviously been playing a lot of 3x3,” ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena shared. AMSI Inc. general manager Gabby Katigbak also said they look forward to more partnerships like the Vivo HoopBattle that gives Filipino athletes a chance to showcase their talent. Fans who watched the event yesterday also enjoyed special appearances by OPM star Inigo Pascual and athletes Ponggay and Therese Gaston, Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Chris Tiu, and Jimmy Alapag. ABS-CBN Sports anchors Martin Javier and Renren Ritualo also served as commentators for the livestream of the games. For more sports news and stories, visit and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Treasury bills, 20-year T-bonds expected to fetch higher rates

GOVERNMENT SECURITIES on offer this week will likely fetch higher rates, with the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) expected to reject all bids for the 20-year papers, as investors continue to wait for the local central bank to raise interest rates anew. The post Treasury bills, 20-year T-bonds expected to fetch higher rates appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Dumpsites become recreational sites, urban farms in Taguig

        To utilize idle lands and other areas formerly designated as dumpsites in Taguig City, the local government unit has transformed these sites into parks, recreational places and farmlands.   Among these areas are two parks in Barangay Lower Bicutan, which are now called the Taguig Lakefront Community (TLC) Park and Taguig Integrated Urban Farm.   A makeover turned this former dumpsite into the TLC Park, a 600-square-meter lot now being visited by joggers, bikers and other people who just want to relax and unwind. The park was inaugurated in 2014 and no trace of being a former garbage site is seen.   "We are creat...Keep on reading: Dumpsites become recreational sites, urban farms in Taguig.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Mandaluyong, Bataan claim victories in MPBL

MANILA, Philippines – The Mandaluyong El Tigre stretched their winning streak to 3 games after edging the Navotas Clutch, 59-55, in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup at the Bataan People’s Center on Wednesday, July 18. Ray Parks, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the ASEAN Basketball League, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Five local films to watch this rainy season

The gloomy weather and relentless rain isa great hassle for most of us, but be honest, the suspension of classes or work is something you look forward to, because it at least affords you some downtime to do whatever you want while waiting the storm out. And if the weather has got you feeling in a binge-watching mood, don't worry, we've got the perfect list of movies to get you started. If you're one to indulge on the melancholic, longing sentiment that comes with the gray weather, here are some local films you can check out which beautifully capture that feeling. So prepare your blanket, some chips, maybe some tissues, and hit play. Sakaling Hindi Makarating Sakaling Hindi Makarat...Keep on reading: Five local films to watch this rainy season.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Massive iceberg threatens Greenland village with tsunami

BERLIN, Germany --- Low-lying areas of a village in northwestern Greenland remain evacuated as villagers and local authorities monitor a vast iceberg for signs it could move closer or break apart, threatening the remote settlement. Kenneth Elkjaer, a journalist with Greenland public broadcaster KNR, said Sunday the iceberg is about 500 - 600 meters (about one-third of a mile) offshore and "everybody is waiting to see what happens to the weather." On Friday, 33 of Innaarsuit's 169 residents had to move to higher ground due to concerns the iceberg could flip or chunks of it could break off, causing a large wave that might flood parts of the village. Elkjaer said in an email th...Keep on reading: Massive iceberg threatens Greenland village with tsunami.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

MPBL week 4: Parks gets top player nod, Xian Lim debuts

  MANILA, Philippines – One month down for the largest basketball league in the country and some teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest with their excellent play. Here’s the complete rundown for Week 4 of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). Player of the Week: Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. Week ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

MPBL: Parks flirts with quadruple-double

MANILA, Philippines – The Mandaluyong El Tigre continued their winning ways in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup, drubbing the Pasig Pirates, 98-55, in the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City on Thursday, July 5. Ray Parks flirted with a quadruple-double  with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018