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

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

MPBL: Parks Jr. flirts with quadruple-double as Manda destroys Pasig

Mandaluyong did not take long to show just how hungry it was for its first-ever winning streak in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Rampaging to a 16-0 start, the El Tigre buried Pasig in a hole it could never get out of for a 98-55 demolition job on Thursday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezpn City. Ray Parks Jr. opened the floodgates and the rest of his teammates in the starting five only followed suit. It wasn’t just on offense that Mandaluyong was on-point from the get-go, however, as it did not allow a single basket for the first five minutes. Their lead would only balloon into as big as 50. With the game already decided, head coach Mac Cuan decided to rest key cogs Parks Jr. and Prince Rivero for the final frame. In their place, Kapamilya star Xian Lim was sent in and made good on his first-ever basket, a three from the top of the key early in the fourth. He wound up with six points, six rebounds, and one block. Still, it all wouldn’t have been possible if not for Parks Jr.’s brilliance. In just 23 minutes of action, he tallied a triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. In fact, three steals more and we would’ve had a quadruple-double in the El Tigre’s second straight win following a season-opening loss. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as Cuan decided against putting him on the floor for too long. Despite the big win, though, Mandaluyong are nothing but confident they could do even better. For the Pirates, Bernzon Franco showed the way with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double. They remain winless in three games. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

It s a dream come true -- Kapamilya actor Xian Lim on MPBL debut

Kapamilya actor Xian Lim flexed his muscles and showed off his sculpted biceps after scoring over two defenders early in the fourth quarter. Lim’s Mandaluyong squad was already ahead by a mile when he scored the last of his six points but his basket was enough to energize the crowd inside the Blue Eagle gym at the Ateneo de Manila University campus going as the El Tigre ripped apart the Pasig Pirates, 98-55, in the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup Thursday night. The hunky heartthrob cherished his debut for Mandaluyong where he played alongside hardcourt stars Ray Parks and Prince Rivero, calling it a ‘dream come true’ as it brought back his interest to play competitive basketball – the very reason why he decided to come back to the Philippines. “It’s a dream come true para sa akin,” said the 6-foot-1 Lim. “Ito ang dahilan kung bakit ako pumunta from the States to the Philippines, to play basketball for UE along with  (JR) Alabanza kaya nakakatuwa na nag-reconnect kami.” Lim was a part of University of the East’s Team B a few years back but never made it into the school’s main team in the UAAP as he shifted his career into showbiz. Basketball runs in the veins of Xian, whose father Godofredo Lim Uy played for UE in the 80’s, and he’s thankful for the opportunity.      “Napakagandang opportunity ng MPBL especially for everyone, all the Filipinos who want to play basketball to be given a chance,” he said. “Siyempre mahirap (ang level of play). Nirerespeto ko ang mga ‘to eh, napapanood ko lang ang mga ito sa TV pero sabi nga ni coach Mac (Cuan) we have to respect the game, we have to respect all the players and we have to hustle hard,” Lim added. Lim scored his first point in the first half from a split in the free throw line. Fielded back in late in third quarter, Lim uncorked a booming top of the key three-pointer over an outstretched arm of a Pasig defender. He followed it up with strong drive at the hoop off an offensive rebound, twisting in the air and finding a crease to slice through defense of Pasig’s Martin Gozum and Kojack Melegrito at the fourth. Lim celebrated his basket with some swag, much to the delight of the screaming fans. Lim logged in 15 minutes of action, pulling down six rebounds and swatting away a shot.            “Unti-unti na po (nakokondisyon). Araw-araw nagpa-practice, napapagalitan nga lagi ni coach Mac pero to become a better player naman po,” he said. Lim also liked that his basketball career made him learn the importance of discipline in time management both in hoops and in showbiz. “Sa pelikula naman po nagagawan naman ng paraan. Nagiging flexible naman sila sa schedule,” he said. “Sobra (ang nagiging disiplina ko sa schedule) dahil iba po ang disiplina ng player. Kapag sinabing seven o’clock ang practice hindi pwedeng nine o’clock dumating. It’s a whole other discipline po sa basketball.” Lim is now looking forward to Mandaluyong’s game against Marikina – a squad that parades another Kapamilya actor Gerald Anderson. “Pinag-uusapan namin yun noong isang araw ang sabi ko, ‘Bro kailan tayo maglalaro? Wala pa tayong schedule,’” said Lim. “Pero parehong kaming nangangamba kasi all the other players we’re playing with napakagaling and siyempre for me and Gerald to get playing time, si Gerald naman he’s a really good basketball player. Pero for me and him to get playing time, nilalakasan na lang po namin ang dasal namin kay Lord.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

MPBL: Parks Jr. attributes historic triple-double to team effort

For only the second time in the still young existence of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a player has tallied a triple-double. And it could have even been a quadruple-double, if only the said player played more than just 23 minutes. Nonetheless, what Ray Parks Jr. achieved on Thursday should be celebrated as he collected 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead Mandaluyong to a 98-55 demolition job of Pasig. He follows Andoy Estrella who recorded the league’s first ever triple-double last conference. Actually, if only Parks Jr. had gotten three more steals, he would have been the first-ever player to notch a quadruple-double in league history. With the game well out of reach after three quarters, however, El Tigre head coach Mac Cuan decided to rest his top gun. “Sayang yung quadruple-double, pero mas importante yung healthy siya e,” he told reporters post-game. After all, what’s important is that after a loss in the first game, Parks Jr. and his teammates are finally proving their worth. “Ray’s just showing what he’s capable of. After what happened in Game 1, I think he learned from it,” the mentor said. For the 25-year-old, he couldn’t have done what he did without his teammates having the same determination that he had. “It was just a great team effort. My teammates were looking for me and they also knocked down their shots,” he said. Still, Parks Jr. made it clear that even after his near quadruple-double and their back-to-back wins, all of them still could do better. “We still have a lot to learn right now. We just have to use this as a stepping stone to build for the next game,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

MPBL week 2: Parks sets league record, Cardona restarts with San Juan

MPBL week 2: Parks sets league record, Cardona restarts with San Juan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Outgoing kaps turn over papers to successors

THE turnover of Barangay Properties, Financial Records, and Documents from outgoing to incoming barangay officials in Iloilo City has started Tuesday. Spearheaded by the Iloilo City Audit Transition Team (ICATT), the turnover is in compliance with Circular No. 2018-12 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Initially, 28 of the 42 barangays […] The post Outgoing kaps turn over papers to successors appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Ray Parks makes everybody look good in Mandaluyong El Tigre first MPBL victory

IMUS -- Challenged by his coach to let his game do the talking, Ray Parks put on a solid performance, one that would speak volumes of how a great player he is. The post Ray Parks makes everybody look good in Mandaluyong El Tigre first MPBL victory appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on

Ray Parks notched another double-double and this time, the Mandaluyong El Tigre ended up winning after beating Zamboanga Valientes, 71-61, in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup Saturday night at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite. Parks collected 13 points and an MPBL record 15 assists to lead the El Tigre to their first win. The 6-foot-4 guard's sterling showing came 10 days after recording 21 points and 10 rebounds in his MPBL debut in an 86-74 loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers at Araneta Coliseum. Meanwhile, the General Santos Warriors also chalked up its first victory after holding off the Imus Bandera, 79-73. Leomer Losentes led the way for the Warriors with 20 poi...Keep on reading: Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Parks dishes out MPBL record 15 assists

MANILA, Philippines – After a fiery, foul-filled start to his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) debut, Mandaluyong El Tigre’s Ray Parks came back to display his versatility. The 6-foot-4 forward-guard dropped a double-double of 13 points and a new league-record 15 assists in El Tigre’s 71-61 triumph over the tenacious Zamboanga ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

CBCP Awaiting Probe Results on Priest Tagged in Woman’s Slay in CamSur

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday said it is waiting for the results of the investigation being conducted by the Archdiocese of Caceres in Camarines Sur on the death of a 28-year-old woman where a local priest is being considered as a “person of interest”. CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles noted […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

MPBL warns Parks after controversial statements

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Commissioner's Office has issued a statement regarding Mandaluyong player Ray Parks' controversial statements right after his team's opening day loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers. In a letter addressed to Parks, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes told the budding hoops star that he has to abide by the league's rules and regulations now that he is "part of the MPBL family." Duremdes added that repetition of a similar incident would result into a more severe sanction. "While it's true that everyone can express their opinion, please bear in mind that you are now part of the MPBL family. You are now representing the MPBL," Duremdes wrote. ...Keep on reading: MPBL warns Parks after controversial statements.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

MPBL warns Parks: Repeat offense may lead to severe sanction

MANILA, Philippines – The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Commissioner's Office warned Mandaluyong player Ray Parks on Saturday, June 16, for his disparaging statements after his team lost to the Muntinlupa Cagers during the league opener. Parks, a two-time Asean Basketball League (ABL) Most Valuable Player, took a swipe at the officiating and even ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018