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Paulo Avelino on Angelica Panganiban: "Dati napapanuod ko lang siya, ngayon kasama ko na!"

Paulo Avelino on Angelica Panganiban: "Dati napapanuod ko lang siya, ngayon kasama ko na!".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepNov 3rd, 2016

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Death threats and 5-peso coins, the MBA was crazy

There was confidence in the Metropolitan Basketball Association's regional format to succeed. After all, people love it when their home gets the spotlight. At the very least, the MBA was going to be a strong league for the actual cities and provinces that were represented in it. However, even those who believed in the MBA the most probably didn't expect just how big the reception was going to be. It was crazy and someone like this writer, who was too young to experience the bliss that is the MBA, can't do it justice. Fortunately, those who actually lived through the craziness of the MBA can tell those stories now, 20 long years later. Chito Victolero, former guard of the San Juan Knights and current head coach of Magnolia in the PBA: Sometimes merong mga unruly crowd na talagang very supportive sila at merong fanatics so sometimes nakakagawa sila ng mga ‘di tama, but you know kasama ‘yun eh. Kasama ‘yung sa dapat mong paghandaan, kasi you have to include it in your scouting report, ‘yung how to be mentally tough during the game. Kasama ‘yung crowd dun. ‘Yun nga ‘yung MBA. That’s why kakaiba siya kasi kung regular crowd lang siya, parehas lang ng ibang liga ‘yan. That’s why kakaiba ‘yung MBA. The crowd was very different then. ‘Yun ‘yung maganda dun. Kasama siguro sa marketing strategy ng MBA ‘yun, how to deal sa ganung crowd. Kasi iba ‘yung crowd, iba ‘yung atmosphere, iba ‘yung spirit ng game, lahat nandun eh. Nakaka-miss nga eh. When you go to Bacolod, to Cebu, nae-excite ka agad because you know there’s a big crowd. We wonder if coach Chito has a scouting report for Ginebra fans during Manila Clasico?   Dondon Hontiveros, former guard for the Cebu Gems who went on to become a PBA legend. Current guard for Alab Pilipinas: There was a time talaga na masasabi ko na ‘yung outrageous na ginagawa ng mga fans pa… may mga batuhan. Nakita nga natin dito may nagbato ng bottled water sa referee pero it was worse then. It even came to a point na kapag nalaman ng fans kung ano ‘yung hotel ng kalaban parang inaabangan na ba. And ganun din kami if we go travel to Bacolod, ganun din ‘yung nae-experience namin. Fortunately for me, pagkakaalam ng mga taga-Bacolod, taga-doon ako because the year before, in 1997, I played there sa Negros Basketball Association for Central and maganda pinakita ko. So naalala nila na dun ako naglaro, so ‘di naman masama para sa’kin. Cebu vs. Negros was one of the premier rivalries in the MBA and Hontiveros was the star of the Gems. "Fortunately for me," might be an understatement for Dondon.   Rafi Reavis, former center for the San Juan Knights. Still plays for Magnolia in the PBA and is the winningest active player, with 10 championships: It was always one of the teams at the South, because it was always the North versus the South. Negros, we had a tough time down there. Cebu’s also a tough place to play – not only did you have do play in a hostile environment, and when I say hostile I mean coins being thrown at you, hamburgers, apples, anything you can think of, it can be coming your way. You really had to watch out if things get heated in those places. That was just how passionate the fans were. I mean, they’re the nicest people but hey, don’t come in here and try to take what we’re trying to achieve here. It was pretty cool.  I never heard any racist things but I’ve been cursed out by old ladies before. I remembered an old lady, about 80-plus year-old, she just walked by me before the game cursing me out so I was like ‘Wow!’. But I also understood these fans are just passionate, this was their home team, so I understood. I get it. And as a player, you cannot let stuff like that affect you, and that’s just the will power you had to have. You have to put yourself inside of a bubble and focus on the task at hand which is the game, win the game and get out of there, hopefully safely, and leaving everything else to the fans and the things you can’t control, you leave it alone. Rafi must have been quite the charm back in the MBA.   Reynel Hugnatan, former forward for the Negros Slashers and current forward for the Meralco Bolts with at least 5,000 career points in the PBA: Naalala ko nun naglaro kami sa Cebu, may dala na kamig mga payong sa ilalim ng upuan namin. Kasi alam namin, pag konting ano lang, magbabatuhan na naman. Pag nagbatuhan, ready na kami, may payong na kami. Always bring an umbrella folks.   Nash Racela, former head coach for the Batangas Blades and current head coach for TNT KaTropa: If you watch the MBA ang daming hecklers di ba, talagang sinisigawan ka the whole game. I'm thinking one game in Davao, and there was another game in Negros na parang the whole game, may isang tao nasa likod ko na sigaw lang ng sigaw sa akin. Ganun talaga eh, it just shows the passion of the Filipino basketball fans. That's understandable, it really made the game more interesting nung mga panahon na yun. We think coach Nash would prefer this set up than having to bring his own umbrella to the bench.   Alex Compton, former guard for the Manila Metrostars and current head coach for the Alaska Aces: It hurts if a five-peso coin comes flying from the upper deck and hits you in the head. That leaves a bump and that happened a few times in a few different places. In the MBA that was almost expected because everybody was so intense. You should have brought an umbrella coach.   Peter Musngi, the one and only "Voice of ABS-CBN," he was one of the key people for ABS-CBN in the MBA from the league's inception to its untimely demise: One of the things that I remember, and kapag inaalala ko nga lang kinakabahan pa ko eh, I think I was seated beyond Commissioner Ogie Narvasa then sa official’s table and noong nagbatuhan… we were warned already kasi it was Negros vs. Cebu, sabi baka magkagulo. Noong may questionable call daw ng referee, biglang nagliparan ‘yung mga coins. Nakita ko talaga tumatama kay Commissioner Ogie Narvasa, but he looked at the back and stayed. Ako naman, tatakbo na sana ako (laughs) kasi nagkakagulo na pero ‘nung nakita ko si Ogie, ‘Ay nakakahiya, sige na nga bahala na matamaan sa ulo’ (laughs). So that’s one. The others are from the coverage standpoint, dahil we were always moving around, and it came to a point paggising mo ‘di mo alam kung nasaan ka. It takes a few minutes to think ‘Oh, saan kami nanggaling? Saan na kami ngayon?’ Or the fact that we were eating Jollibee for breakfast, lunch and dinner (laughs) because ‘yun ang sponsor eh. That wasn’t bad, but we had to be creative and say, I mean kasi umuulan, umaaraw, ‘di mo alam tapos, sabi naming ‘At least man lang arroz caldo, mainit.’ Jollibee all day, everyday? Now that's crazy.   Ramon Fernandez, the "El President" and four-time PBA Most Valuable Player served as the MBA's very first Commissioner: The biggest problem of the Commissioner's Office at the time were the fans, the rowdy fans. Masyadong fanatic sa mga teams nila. I remember distinctly one game in Negros, it was the Cebu Gems and the Negros Slashers, nagkagulo yung players. The fans just started throwing things and I had to stop the game. Mabuti na lang nandoon yung bishop, sitting beside me. So pinakiusapan ko siya na, 'Bishop baka pwede mo naman kausapinyung crowd na let's just enjoy and have fun' pumayag naman siya. Natuloy yung game, laro ulit. Eh nagkaroon na naman ng gulo, ganun na naman nangyaro so I said, 'Bishop baka one more time,' sabi niya, 'Mon leave it all to God.' Sometimes all you can do is just pray and ask for Divine Intervention.   Ramon Tuason, CEO of MetroBall, Inc., the mother company of the Metropolitan Basketball Association: It was a Cebu-Davao game and Ramon Fernandez was able to gather 14 large garbage cans of debris [from the game]. From rocks, to plastic bottles, to bottles with green liquid inside, anything. Marbles, socks with marbles inside, they were throwing everything inside. As a matter of fact, we had to ban plastic drinking water from entering the stadium after like the fourth or fifth game. We had to go through the Army, the PNP, and everybody to have support in the stadiums because of the fans' passion. We call it the passion of the nation but sometimes, they become too passionate, too emotional. Very difficult to control the crowds. In Bacolod, there was a situation where a bomb exploded inside a garbage can. Players, coaches, and including us got death threats especially during the inauguration game, because as you remember, the PBA, who was I guess threatened, decided to move their opening day to our same opening day and made it a Robert Jaworski birthday bash. I guess Jaworski fans were a bit pissed off that we were in the same day but actually, they moved their opening day to ours, as a matter of fact, ABS-CBN had a countdown. The PBA was threatened? Interesting... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more! READ PART 1: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The logo that started a basketball revolution READ PART 2: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The Passion of the Nation READ PART 3: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

JC binalikan ang singing, pumirma sa Star Music!

KASAMA ang actor na si JC Santos sa ini-launch ng Star Music bilang bagong recording star last week. Bukod pala sa pag-arte sa stage, television and movies ay singer din si JC. Ayon sa binata, first love niya ang pagkanta at ngayon lang niya ito babalikan dahil naging busy siya….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Kailangan mag-level up siya -- FEU coach Pascua on Pons

Hitter Bernadeth Pons has been a delivering on offense for the past four years for Far Eastern University. A consistent scoring threat and a reliable piece on floor defense, Pons is undeniably the Lady Tamaraws’ do-it-all, go-to-player. But in her last playing year with the Morayta-based squad, head coach George Pascua has one final request to his graduating ward come UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament: assume the leadership role left by Remy Palma last year. Pons was also appointed as team captain of a Lady Tams squad hungry to reclaim the title they last held in 2008.       “Oo 'yun naman ang gusto ko sa kanya kasi siya 'yung captain ball, so gusto ko masanay din siya doon,” said Pascua of his 21-year old ward. His appointment of Pons as skipper is both a challenge and a show of trust to the outgoing player. Pons is known for his offense and decent floor defense but is yet to prove her leadership skills especially after hiding behind the shadows of the more vocal Palma. “Kasi si Pons, hindi ganoon (vocal) sa kasama before eh. Pero ngayon, nagbago na. Kasi dahil andun siguro si Remy. Ngayon, siya na 'yung nasa position ni Remy, nagagawa niya naman,” said Pascua. Pons herself admitted that she’s still adjusting to her new role. “Naga-adjust lang kami kasi ‘yung grumaduate sa amin na si Ate Rem and alam naman natin kung paano siya maglaro and yung angas niya inside the court na nakaka-boost din talaga ng morale ng bawat isa sa amin,” she said. “Konting adjustments lang naman and napag-adjustan naman namin.” FEU parades a veteran and almost intact core with key holdovers Toni Basas, Jerrili Malabanan, Czarina Carandang, Jeannete Villareal and Kyla Atienza and the returning Rosemarie Vargas, who unfortunately will miss the first round due to an injury (muscle strain). But Pascua is pinning his hopes on Pons to lead the team to a successful year. “(Dapat) mag-level up siya ulit, kasi ang laro namang ito para sa kanila eh, 'yung sa mga ga-graduate na,” he said. “So sabi ko nga, magtulungan tayo. Ayusin mo 'yung mga kasama mo, team mo, tapos usap tayo, mag-plano tayo. Para sa inyo 'yung laban.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Good old friends Grospe, Pontejos are here to help out JRU’s first-year coach Lasquety

Just two months after playing his last game as a Heavy Bomber, Gio Lasquety has coached Jose Rizal University to back-to-back wins to begin the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. Of course, the heir apparent of Vergel Meneses felt weird wearing a coach’s collared shirt rather than a player’s jersey – especially as he had played with each and every one of his wards before. “Siyempre, meron pa rin talagang awkward feeling kasi merong mga mas nauna sa ain like sina Pao (Pontejos),” he said. Still, even though it’s just his very first time calling the shots, Lasquety’s players saw that he was nothing but prepared. “Kahit baguhan siya, nasa ugali na niya yung maging head coach e. Nung nasa JRU kami, parang siya nga yung coach namin pag nasa court kami,” Ervin Grospe said. “Mataas talaga basketball IQ niya. Dati pa lang, nag-iisip-isip na siyang maging magaling na head coach kaysa player.” Grospe and Lasquety played together for four years. Paolo Pontejos, who went to war alongside the rookie mentor for three years as a player, echoed the same sentiment. “May skill talaga siya mag-coach e – mataas basketball IQ niya at yung passion niya para sa coaching, nandyan na talaga,” he said. Fully behind their former teammate turned coach, Pontejos said they will do anything and everything in their power to make sure Lasquety’s first run is as successful as it could be. “Parehas lang naman sila ng system ni coach Vergel. Binigyan siya ni coach Vergel ng opportunity kaya tutulungan namin siyang ma-prove niyang kaya niyang mag-coach,” he said. That is true even though they will have to turn down the fun during practices and games just by a bit. Asked if they still josh around with their good old pal and now bench tactician, he answered, “Hindi e. Strict si Gio e. Pag sa court, sa court talaga.” Grospe could only agree. “Noong una, nakakatawa kasi tropa namin yan tapos ngayon, coach na namin. Pero siyempre, may respeto pa rin,” he said. He then continued, “Deserve talaga niya kaya mapa-practice o mapa-game, sineseryoso namin.” In the end, Grospe said he is only proud of their good old friend. As he put it, “Proud ako sa kanya kasi yung dream niya, unti-unti na niyang natutupad.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

June Mar on Kai: Grabe yung potential niya

It's very rare for June Mar Fajardo to be the smaller person when taking a photo with someone else. Well that was the case Monday because the reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player was taking snapshots with high school phenom Kai Sotto of Ateneo. You see, the Kraken stands at 6'10". But Kai? The young buck is already at 7'1" and is still growing. "Na-amaze ako. Nakita ko na siya dati," Fajardo said of Sotto. "Dati halos konti lang lamang niya eh, ngayon sobra na," he added talking about their respective heights. While the two already met before, Monday was the first time Fajardo saw Sotto in action as the Ateneo high school star attended his first Gilas Pilipinas practice at the Meralco Gym. Sotto, with his combination of height, age, and potential, is seen as the future of Philippine basketball and Fajardo, the current star of the sport, couldn't agree more. "Grabe yung potential niya, sobrang bright ng future niya," Fajardo said. For the Kraken, it's simply a matter of Kai doing the right things to fulfill his potential. "Kailangan lang niya mag-practice ng mabuti. Kailangan ng disiplina sa sarili at kailangan niya magpalakas ng katawan din. Big man siya eh so banggaan yun," Fajardo said. "Pero so far naman, maganda naman. Grabe, kita niyo yung paano siya dumakdak? Talagang baon talaga yung bola sa dunk niya. Future siya ng Gilas at ng PBA," June Mar added. At 15 years old, Kai still has a long way to go, as early as now, he has caught the attention of the best player in the Philippines today. "Oo, malalampasan walang duda yun," Fajardo said when asked if Sotto can one day surpass his already-impressive resume. "Ang tangkad niya, 6'10" ako nasa 7'1" na ata siya. Nag-usap nga kami ni Japeth [Aguilar] ngayon pag-pasok ni Kai wala na dadakdakan na kami nun eh," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Proud ako na girlfriend ako ni Bolick -- Aby Marano

Proud ako na girlfriend niya. A simple statement that sums up all the feelings of Aby Marano on bae Robert Bolick after he led the San Beda Red Lions to their second straight title, Thursday night in the 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition. The former De La Salle University women’s volleyball standout wasn’t at the Big Dome when Bolick unleashed his ‘beast mode’ performance in the final minutes of Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series against Lyceum of the Philippines University. Marano had a game with F2 Logistics in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix when the Red Lions captured their 21st title overall with a 92-82 win to finish off the Pirates. “Kinakabahan nga ako kanina kasi gusto ko talaga panoorin,” she said. “Nagtatanong-tanong ako kanina tapos may random guy na lumipat sa akin tas binalita na champion na nga daw.” “Parang nawala 'yung kaba ko, naging mas light 'yung feeling ko noong game,” added Marano, who herself had a great game against Generika-Ayala. Inspired by Bolick’s heroics, Tyang Aby finished with six markers to help the unbeaten Cargo Movers sweep the Lifesavers, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17.  Though she was not there to cheer for Bolick, Marano, who was able to watch the series opener last Friday, never doubted her long-time boyfriend’s capabilities and knew that he’ll be able to deliver for the SBC. “Last year, ganoon din 'yung nangyari sa amin - may game din ako tapos di ko napanood 'yung Finals niya,” she said. “Naging positive lang kami. Whether I'm there or not, tiwala na lang na maglalaro siya nang mabuti.” After the game, Bolick thanked Marano for pushing and inspiring him to achieve his goal of giving the Red Lions another crown.   Marano was just proud to see Bolick, who transferred from De La Salle University to SBC three years ago, reap the rewards of his hard work. “Ang sarap-sarap sa pakiramdam kasi nga nasubaybayan ko 'yung struggles niya dati,” said Marano. “Every day na magkasama kami, kita mong nandoon 'yung depression. “ “Ngayon, makikita mo na bumalik talaga lahat ng confidence niya and kung sino talaga siya as a basketball player,” added Marano. “Napakasarap sa feeling.” And how would she describe her feeling as a girlfriend of an NCAA champion?  Marano had a straightforward answer. “Masasabi ko lang na sobrang proud ako na girlfriend ako ni Bolick kasi nakikita ko talaga 'yung sarili ko sa kanya,” she said. BMDC (beast mode don’t care) naman din talaga siya magalaro.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Angelica Panganiban expected to show 'wild side' in Dingdong Dantes-Paulo Avelino movie

Angelica Panganiban expected to show 'wild side' in Dingdong Dantes-Paulo Avelino movie.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Terrence on his PBA debut with TNT: Sobrang saya ko

Terrence Romeo has truly moved on. After beating Globalport in his first game as a member of TNT KaTropa, that particular basketball chapter for Terrence is over and done with. Now, his sole focus is getting meshing well with his new teammates and hopefully win a lot of games. At least on Sunday, it appears that those two goals have been checked. "Masaya. Sobrang saya. Kaka-iba yung atmosphere sa bago kong team," Romeo said after TNT picked up its first win in the Commissioner's Cup. "Tuwang-tuwa ako na part ako ng TNT. Lahat nagtutu-lungan, lahat nag-aangat. Kapag may nado-down, nandiyan yung kapwa ko teammates para i-cheer up ka and di mo na kailangan mag-isip ng marami sa game dahil lahat ng teammate mo magagaling. So, sobrang saya ko," he added. While he's certainly happier now, Romeo actually struggled in his TNT on-court debut. Terrence scored only 11 points and shot 30 percent from the field. He also had five turnovers. Granted, it's only his third game of the season after a long down time due to injury. "Wala pa talaga sa shape kasi yun talaga problema ko kahit sa tune-up games namin, mabilis pa ko mapagod. Ganun din sa game namin ngayon, naninibago pa ko," he said. "Hindi ko alam kung kailan pa ko mapapagod. Hindi parang dati na simula umpisa hanggang matapos yung laro, ganun pa rin yung energy ko. Ibang-iba talaga. Kailangan mabalik ko yun. Hopefully, bago kami makarating sa gusto namin marating," Romeo added. As for his defined role with the KaTropa, Terrence says the team is working on it. "Dito medyo kinakapa ko pa. Nagpapasalamat talaga ako kay Jayson at kay Coach Nash dahil lagi nila ako nire-remind na nandiyan yung mga kasama ko at lagi nila ako gina-guide especially pagka... Yun nga matagal na ko hindi nakakapaglaro, naninibago pa ako," he said. "So ayun, mahaba naman pasensya nila, sabi nila sa akin na babalik ulit yan. Ayun, thankful ako at pagbubutihan ko ito," Romeo added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 36 min. ago

PBA: From backcourt buddies to opponents: Terrence Romeo found matchup with Stanley Pringle weird

The opening day of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup surely did not lack drama.  Numerous altercations, physical play, and face-offs defined the events of the first day of the second conference of the first professional league in Asia. And of course, high drama was expected between the PBA's top scorer Terrence Romeo, who made his debut for the TNT KaTropa by facing his former team of five years, the Globalport Batang Pier. When it was time to defend the former #1 pick, Romeo experienced something different, and perhaps took time to realize the full extent of what was happening.  "Sabi ko nga sa kanya, weird yung nangyayari ngayon. Ang tagal na tayong dalawa na usually, hinahanap yung isa’t-isa, ngayon, ka-bantayan tayo." The former FEU standout found it weird to be facing his backcourt buddy Stanley Pringle for the first time as opponents, but noted that their relationship goes beyond the hardwood. "Pero ayun, tumawa lang siya. Ano naman yun eh, isa sa pinaka-close friend ko sa Globalport – napakabait na player on and off the court." This reporter noted that Romeo seems to harbor no ill will towards his teammates, as he exchanged pleasantries with his former teammates shortly after both teams entered the court for shootaround. “Siguro oo naman, pero yun naman ang buhay ng PBA player eh; hindi namin alam kung san kami mapupunta or hindi namin alam kung san kami next. Ang importante, kung nasan kami, maging professional kami, ibigay namin best namin, yung makakaya namin." --   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 36 min. ago

Ateneo s Fab 5: The Fearless Underdogs of UAAP Volleyball

Newly-appointed head coach Roger Gorayeb looked at his line-up heading into UAAP Season 71. A champion mentor of NCAA powerhouse San Sebastian College - Recoletos, Gorayeb had in his hands a gargantuan task of rebuilding Ateneo de Manila University women’s volleyball program. Just a few months before, Ronald Dulay, the mentor before him landed a trio of blue chip recruits who were fresh from a successful stint in the Palarong Pambansa. Angeline "Dzi" Gervacio, Fille Saint Cainglet and Jamenea "Jem" Ferrer just joined the Katipunan-based squad. Gervacio and Cainglet were products of St. Scholastica's College in Manila while Ferrer was a gem from Hope Christian School under girl’s volleyball guru Jerry Yee. Looking at his 15-woman line-up with the season just a few months ahead, Gorayeb knew he needed to do something drastic. The roster just won’t do. Talking to then athletic director Ricky Palou and team manager Tony Boy Liao, the mentor told the team officials that he intended to cut five players from the list. One could just imagine the shock in their faces. “Nakita ko may line-up pero player-playeran lang yung ganoon bang tipo, 15 ata yun. Sabi ko ‘Magtatanggal ako ng lima then magre-recruit ako,’” he said. The three rookies were in. Middle Bea Pascual, Kara Acevedo and libero Steph Gabriel retained their spots. He needed more. “Sa mga tinira kong players, si Kara Acevedo sabi niya, ‘Coach mayroong player ang ICA (Immaculate Conception Academy) na gumraduate naka-exam na rito pasado.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige papuntahin mo,’” said Gorayeb. It was Gretchen Ho. “Sa akin kasi ang talagang nagyaya sa akin si coach Ron Dulay. Si Kara Acevedo teammate ko and she’s been recruited by Ateneo. So one summer wala akong magawa naki-train lang ako noon tapos nagustuhan nila ang laro ko and then fourth year noong graduate na ako I passed the ACET then niyayaya na nila ako,” she said. “Then nagbago ng coach na si Coach Roger and dun niya ako nakita.”   “Pagdating ko ng March (sa Ateneo) wala na akong way para maka-recruit pa. Ang nangyari yung tatlo accepted na kaagad. Si Gretchen tinanong ko sabi ko, ‘ano ba ang laro mo?’ Sabi niya the usual panggitna, tres,” Gorayeb recalled. “So sinubukan ko pero ang laro niya tres hindi quick. Siya panggitna pero hindi quicker na gusto ko saka yung height niya (maliit). Kaya lang si Gretchen takbo ng takbo, mahilig magtatakbo so sabi ko sige pwede na yan. Wala namang player na during that time. So kinuha ko si Gretchen.” Gorayeb just needed just one more. “Ngayon nagkaroon ng STCAA (Southern Tagalog Calabarzon athletic association) eh kulang pa ako ng isa, wala akong panggitna. Ang gitna ko during that time si Bea lang tapos si Gretchen so wala akong pamalit. So naisipan ko may nakita ako sa STCAA,” he said. He spotted a lanky player from Canossa Academy-Lipa, Aillysse Nacachi. “Sabi ko kay Sir Tony pagtyagaan ko na lang ito kahit hindi naman kalakasan at wala naman na rin akong choice na makapili kasi rush ang pagdating ko dyan. Nakiusap lang sila sa akin na magbuo ako ng team kasi si Ronald nag-resign,” said Gorayeb. Another freshman could’ve had ended up with Ateneo, Hope’s libero Melissa Gohing. But a few obstacles prevented her from fulfilling her promise to join Ferrer in Ateneo. She instead chose to join the ladies in green and white in Taft.    SOMETHING PROMISING December 7, 2008. Far Eastern University Gym. Excitement filled the air. Fans, mostly volleyball purists and some who just came to support their classmates or were just curious to see a new spectacle after the basketball season ended, slowly settled in their seats for the women’s division’s second game. It was Adamson University, the previous year’s runner-up, which just visited the turf of their arch nemesis and defending champion FEU, which was led by that era’s finest and most popular volleybelle Rachel Anne Daquis. Fans wanted to see if the Lady Falcons still had the same firepower they had the previous season with the loss of top setter Janet Serafica and power hitter Sang Laguilles. A rookie-laden Ateneo squad should be easy pickings with Angela Benting, rookie Pau Soriano and libero Lizlee Anne Gata in the roster. Besides the Lady Falcons got the Lady Eagles’ number. Or so they thought. “Naalala ko nu’ng time namin sinasabi sa amin ng seniors namin na, ‘Hay naku ang lakas ng Adamson, never kami nanalo dyan,’” Cainglet, now happily married to film director Lino Cayetano and with three beautiful children, recalled.  But the Lady Eagles stunned Adamson in the opening set. The Lady Falcons took the next two frames. Ateneo stole the fourth.  “Ako naalala ko ano eh, parang alam namin na lahat kasi kami palaban. Nasa amin yun. Tapos binigyan kaming lahat ng chance to be in the first six so parang dream come true,” said Ho, now an ABS-CBN host. “Naalala ko rin na palaban kaming lahat kumbaga nothing to lose eh so ang ano namin, sumasabay kami sa laro and nu’ng nakita na namin na ‘Ay kaya pala natin ‘to guys. Kaya pala naming lumaban.’” Still, Adamson had the upper hand in experience. The Lady Falcons, used to pressure and were steady at crunch time, outlasted Ateneo.           The young Katipunan-based squad fell short, 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-15, 8-15. But for the Fab 5, it was a loss that felt like a resounding victory. “Parang sobrang natutuwa kami and everybody in the crowd, kaya siguro kami natawag na Fab 5 kasi rookies kami pero kahit ganoon palaban kami,” said Ho. “Saka close game. Five sets yun.” However, it was the first of five five-set matches that Ateneo will drop that season including one in the second round against the Manilla Santos-bannered De La Salle University. “Pero ang problema di kami nananalo ng five sets. Parang ilan lang ang naipanalo namin na ganoon. Feeling ko na-overwhelm kami na ‘Uy nananalo tayo.’ May ganoong disbelief ng konti pero alam namin na may ibubuga kami,” said Ho. “Definitely, our rookie season was full of five-set matches. It was tough, we felt like we were so close, but still so far away. At some point, it gave us frustration also. We just couldn't figure out that time what is it that's still lacking because we couldn't win the five-set matches,” according to Nacachi. “People said, it was because the team was still so inexperienced. We still didn't have the tenacity unlike of those more matured teams. But we didn't take it as bad, it was a learning experience for us all at the end. We had to learn how to develop that finishing will to be able to win games like that in the future.” The Fab 5 finished their rookie season with a 6-8 slate at fifth spot.   ‘MAY MEDAL NA TAYO’ Gorayeb remembered on their second year the look on Pascual’s face in their last elimination game match against Adamson. Already wrapping up their first win over the Lady Falcons, Pascual was giddy. “Natatawa nga ako dyan kay Bea kasi papanalo na kami nu’n tapos sumesenyas na siya ng tres. Sabi ko, ‘Hoy anong ginagawa mo?’ Yun pala sobrang saya na niya kasi for the first time in 30 years magkaka-medal na sila,” he said. It was the most important match of the season for the Lady Eagles. With the Fab 5 already in their sophomore year, Ateneo was already making great strides. The Lady Eagles closed that season’s elims with five straight wins capped with a victory over Adamson. Ateneo posted a 10-4 win-loss mark to enter the Final Four legitimately. “Ang nangyari kasi nu’ng time nila Charo (Soriano) kaya sila nakapasok sa semis kasi may nag-squeal na si (Jacq) Alarca di pala naka-enroll nu’n kaya na-forfeit mga laro ng La Salle,” said Gorayeb. The Fab 5 proved that they were not just a bunch of much-hyped up pretty faces. They backed it up with their skills on court. It didn’t matter that Ateneo were swept by eventual champion University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four.      But the podium finish of Season 72 was short-lived. Adamson got its revenge in the last game of Season 73 elims, bumping off the Lady Eagles in the podium finish. The loss put Ateneo in a collision course with the twice-to-beat DLSU, who could’ve completed an elims sweep if not only for a forfeited match against University of the East after UAAP found out that Carmela Garbin and Clarisse Yeung participated in a ‘ligang labas’ while the season was onoing, in the Final Four. Ateneo gave the Lady Spikers a scare before succumbing in another heartbreaking five-set match. The Lady Eagles finished fourth but that lone semis game gave Ateneo and its maturing Fab 5 enough experience to dream for something big – A ticket into the Finals.      ‘HINOG NA KAYO’ The first three years saw the gradual improvement for Ateneo. But Season 74 proved to be the turning point for the Fab 5. A fresh new recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school, who just completed a year of residency, came into picture and with the Fab 5 armed with years of experience, the Lady Eagles’ fate will forever be changed. Alyssa Valdez, a highly recruited open spiker just like Gervacio, Cainglet-Cayetano and Ferrer years back, gave renewed excitement for the Ateneo faithful. “Alyssa's joining with Ateneo was a great turning point for us. We needed as much support we can get, and Alyssa's entrance to the team was a great boost to the team's morale,” said Nacachi. “The girl is a powerhouse and we felt like with her presence, the team finally became solid.” “We were able to play around with the positions and the rotations, since we had different versatile open players who can also greatly play other roles,” she added. “We were also able to formulate a lot of plays and attacks because Alyssa can generally do all kinds; open, running, quick, name it all. She gave the team the power and the versatility that we previously lacked from the past seasons.” Social media was just gaining traction then but the Lady Eagles were already on the radar of volleyball purists through online forums. For the first time, Ateneo was considered a legitimate contender.   The Fab 5 proved it by winning 11 games in the elimination round, losing only to UST once and dropping two against the Lady Spikers. Valdez’s arrival gave Ferrer an even broader option on offense. It eased the scoring load off the shoulders of Cainglet and Gervacio, who was then moved to an opposite position. “I guess sakto lang din yung dating niya because by that time Kara Acevedo graduated so someone had to fill in her spot so coach Roger decided for me to move to utility or opposite,” said Gervacio. “And then sakto Alyssa naman could fill in the spot na other open spiker.” “So timing din na we had all the pieces put together at the right time,” she added. With a good performance in the elims despite missing a legit middle in Bea Pascual and the entry of Aerieal Patnongon barred by academic problems, Ateneo finished second and for the first-time was armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. The Lady Eagles faced an experienced Tigresses side in the last stepladder semis stage. UST just came from a hard-fought four-set do-or-die match against FEU and were banking on their four-set win over Ateneo in the second round to force another sudden death. Ateneo’s date with destiny was sealed with a four-set win over the Tigresses, who then bid goodbye to Maika Ortiz and Judy Anne Caballejo. “Pinu-push na rin kami ni Coach Roger noon eh, ‘Hinog na kayo ngayon. Kasi dalawang taon na lang, kailangan makapasok na kayo sa Finals,’” said Ho. “Somehow senior na rin kami,” added Cainglet.  “Season 74 was really the target season for us to be in the finals and target even to win the championship,” according to Nacachi. “During this time, we were already thinking we could not afford to not go in the finals.” “So it was with our mindset and our level of commitment that we were able to finally reach our goal of reaching the finals,” she added. “We had enough experience that time already, and it was really time for us to show the level of game maturity the team had obtained from the past seasons.” But then they had to face an unbeaten team. Unscathed in 14 games, De La Salle University was poised to complete a perfect season. The Lady Eagles spoiled it. Ferrer outplayed DLSU setter Mika Esperanza, 57-42, in excellent sets as Ateneo handed the Lady Spikers its first loss after 25 straight victories in a come-from-behind 23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, Finals opener win. Witnessed by 3,002 spectators inside the then The Arena in San Juan, all of the Fab 5 produced points. Cainglet had 19 behind Valdez’s 24, Gervacio scored 12, Ho had 10, Nacachi finished with five while Ferrer had one. Gorayeb made a big gambit and it worked. “Dahil sa wala kong panggitna, yung laro namin ng La Salle, ginawa kong quicker si Alyssa. Kasi si Alyssa nakakapalo. Nagulat si Ramil (de Jesus) dun.” It was a big win. A huge upset. Unfortunately, Ateneo needed to win two more.  DLSU held a thrice-to-beat advantage.   THAT SWAG After Ateneo made a miracle in Game One, fans began to feel a new rivalry born. The attendance spiked. From just 3,000 spectators, the gate attendance more than doubled its size. The interest was there. Fans of traditional powers began to notice the Lady Eagles as a rising team. For the first time, a squad with no previous championship experience except for a title during the Marcos era in a different collegiate league, made a giant jolt. Everybody wanted to see what these girls would do next.    The Lady Eagles, still high on adrenaline after their Game 1 upset, took the opening set in Game 2. But just like in their opener, a well-experienced DLSU squad adjusted to take the next three frames to move a step closer to a repeat crown. With then Rookie of the Year Ara Galang, Season Most Valuable Player Aby Marano, an intimidating Michele Gumabao and a very efficient Finals MVP Cha Cruz teaming up for the kill, the Lady Spikers ripped Ateneo apart in Game 3 in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13. “Sabi nga ni Dzi na nadyan na lahat eh. So I guess noong Season 74 nandoon na pero may kulang pa rin,” said Ho. “I guess we we’re able to make it to the Finals pero wala pa kaming championship experience.” Ferrer agreed. "Siguro ang kulang yung championship experience kasi nasa La Salle na ‘yun eh. Ilang years na silang nagpa-finals, nag-champion and for Ateneo doon pa lang namin sinimulan," said the three-time Best Setter. Lacking championship experience is one thing, but Ateneo during that time wasn’t ready for DLSU’s most feared weapon: the Lady Spikers’ swag.  “They have that swag,” said Gervacio. “Everyone knows about it naman. It’s really coach Ramil’s style talaga kasi as I remember when we were first year, four out of six of the players inside the court were rookies and even if we go against the powerhouses UST, FEU, Adamson, hindi sila yung nakikita nyo na kapag championship na rivalry, na swag, angas, stare down. Pero La Salle talaga kahit sino ang kalaban nila they’ll bring that attitude inside the court.” That Finals series cemented a new rivalry that will become one of the most celebrated in the sport. “I think it also helped that Ateneo-La Salle basketball didn’t face also,” said Gervacio. “Siyempre nandoon ang hunger for the rivalry eh and timely din na its been Ateneo-La Salle na rin sa volleyball.”   CLOSING A CHAPTER The Fab 5 were now in their fifth and last year. They wanted to leave a winning legacy. The pieces were already there. Gorayeb had at his disposal five seniors, a rising star in Valdez, a sophomore middle in Amy Ahomiro, a versatile Ella De Jesus, a steady libero in Denden Lazaro and a new kind of weapon – a massive crowd that can turn any venue into a sea of blue.              As expected, the second installment of the Ateneo-DLSU rivalry was set into place. Both sweeping their semis opponents. The Lady Spikers crushed National University while the Lady Eagles shot down Adamson. Game One was a shocker. DLSU heading into the Finals are on a 14-game roll but were stunned in the first two sets with Ateneo stepping on the gas. But a string of miscues, mostly from the service line, did the Lady Eagles in as they allowed the Lady Spikers to force a decider. DLSU, smelling blood, punished Ateneo to eke out a 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6, victory inside the Big Dome witnesses by 17,342-strong gate attendance. Then the series transferred to a newly-built, state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena that drew a crowd of 18,799. The first two frames were frustrating for the Lady Eagles.   Ateneo came back to life in the third set to gain a 9-5 lead. But DLSU easily erased it with Ateneo crumbling under pressure. The Lady Spikers were on an onslaught. Sophomore Galang pushed DLSU at matchpoint with a cold-blooded ace that went in a few inches from the baseline. The score, 24-16. It was a tense moment for the Fab 5. A long rally ensued in the next play. Gervacio, with all her might pounded a kill. Her hand making a great contact on the ball off Ferrer’s backset.     Smack! The ball ricocheted off the hands of DLSU’s Wensh Tiu before falling on the same landing area of Gervacio, who tried to dive for a dig together with Lazaro. DLSU swept Ateneo, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16. Game over.          “Kahit hindi kami nanalo alam naming ibinigay namin ang lahat namin, all-out talaga kaya wala kaming pagsisisi,” said Ho. It was the end of the Fab 5 era, but they left more than what any of them could have imagined. "I remember so many people or fans telling me that they started really watching UAAP Volleyball because of our batch. And that is really touching and fulfilling to know. Knowing that you were able to leave an impact like that to people. We were not able to bring even a single championship to our school, Ateneo, but we were able to touch a lot of people's hearts despite that," Nacachi shared. The Fab 5 closed a colorful chapter of Ateneo volleyball in tears. They were there during the Lady Eagles’ birth pains. They labored. They shed tears, blood and sweat. They laid the foundation for something big. The Fab 5 planted the seeds that would eventually bear fruit and would change the course of Ateneo women’s volleyball program forever. Glory didn’t happen during their time. It started in theirs.    Amidst the roar of the crowd, the falling confetti, banging of drums and the echoing chant of ‘Animo La Salle’ from the sea of green, the Fab 5 hugged each other tight. They found comfort in each other. It was their time to say goodbye. For those who remained – Valdez, Lazaro, Ahomiro, De Jesus – the defeat added fuel to their already blazing desire to bring glory for the blue and white. They were the next in line, heirs to unfinished business. WATCH: FAB 5 Reunion Part 1 and Part 2 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Paulo raring to do another musical–this time, for the stage

  We've long admired Paulo Avelino, as much for his taste in movies ("Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa," "Heneral Luna," "Debosyon") as it is for his carefully calibrated acting choices ("Sana Dati," "The Unmarried Wife," where he manages to transcend the inherent limitations of his largely decorative role). The 29-year-old heartthrob further enriches his mainstream cred with brave forays into the indie film scene: In Ruel Bayani's "Kasal," he figures in a romantic roundelay with Bea Alonzo and Derek Ramsay, while in "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral," Jerrold Tarog's much-awaited followup to the indie blockbuster "Heneral Luna," the dashing actor plays the coveted title role. ...Keep on reading: Paulo raring to do another musical–this time, for the stage.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Ian, walang balak layasan ang ABS-CBN!

NATAWA lang si Ian Veneracion sa isyung lalayasan na niya ang ABS-CBN at lilipat siya sa GMA-7. Nag-ugat kasi ang isyu nang mag-post ang talent manager na si Perry Lansigan ng photo ni Ian kasama ang senior vice president ng GMA-7 na si Madam Lilybeth Rasonable. Kuha ang picture sa….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP dedicates win for beloved Tita Lourdes

University of the Philippines had some extra motivation in its win over National University Wednesday. Not only did the Lady Maroons needed a victory to remain in the hunt for a Final Four spot in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, UP also wanted to win for a very special supporter. The Lady Maroons wore a black armband during their straight sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-20, demolition of freefalling National University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan as they mourn the passing of UP Women's Volleyball Alumni Association president Lourdes Guerrero. UP players dedicated their win for Guerrero for her generosity, genuine love and belief in the team.   “Tita Lourdes, the president of our alumni association, passed away last week. She was in a coma for two years, she was the one who really started the alumni association of the volleyball team,” said Lady Maroon Ayel Estranero. “When no one was actually there to support us, when no one wanted to sponsor the team, Tita Lourdes gave money, really from her own pocket to support us, for food, for scholarships and everything,” she added. "Our game today was really dedicated to her.” The win improved the UP’s win-loss record to 4-8, tied with University of Sto. Tomas. The Lady Maroons handed the Lady Bulldogs their fifth straight loss as NU dropped to 6-6, which kept UP still in the thick of the race for a semis spot. Estranero remembered how Guerrero helped the team in any way that she can. How their Tita Lourdes believed in them when most doubted their ability to compete against powerhouse teams in the league. “She's really the backbone of everything, she funded everything,” she said. “Dati kung wala kaming sasakyan, kotse niya. Kung walang driver, siya nagda-drive. Hindi lang siya sponsor, she was like a mother to us, a sister, a friend,” Estranero added. “Tita Lourdes was really everything to us.” “But the lower batches I think, they weren't able to get to know Tita Lourdes on a deeper level because she was in a coma for two years,” she continued. “She had an aneurysm, nagka-aneurysm siya and then parang humina na ang katawan and everything, nagka-stroke siya, sunod-sunod na. The family just really waited na siya mismo, mag-give up.” UP had it’s back against the wall when the Lady Maroons faced NU, but the Lady Maroons knew they can’t lose this match. It was for their Tita Lourdes.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

PBA: June Mar is the most surprised on his shot at history

At this point in time, the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference awarding ceremony is just mere formality. By virtue of yet another dominating tournament, June Mar Fajardo appears to be sure to pick up his sixth BPC plum Wednesday before Game 4 of the Philippine Cup Finals. June Mar's latest trophy will break the tie between him and fellow San Miguel legend Danny Ildefonso. It also means that Fajardo will take over as the player with the most BPC awards with six. The one who is most surprised at this impending shot at history is June Mar himself. "Sino mage-expect non, di ba?" Fajardo said. "Ano lang ba naman ako dati. Wala akong hilig sa basketball, tapos ngayon mabe-break ko na yung record ng mga magagaling sa PBA. Nakaka-proud sa sarili," he added. The latest tally for statistical points show June Mar taking a healthy eight-point lead. His primary challengers for the title are Arwind Santos and Japeth Aguilar. The first is his teammate and the other is the one he already beat in the semifinals. The BPC awarding ceremony will be a mere formality. "Syempre dahil din yun sa mga teammates ko, at sa coaching staff, di ko naman makukuha yun kung di dahil sa kanila," he said. "Para sakin, 'di lang ako yung BPC, kaming lahat," Fajardo added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Nakikita ko ang team ko na pataas -- Santiago on NU s second round campaign

National University ace Jaja Santiago believes that the Lady Bulldogs won’t fall on the same second round woes they had in the past seasons. The Lady Bulldogs finished the first round on top of the heap after defeating University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. With a 6-1 win-loss record, NU is just a win away from tying the number of wins the Lady Bulldogs collected last season. In the past two years, NU fell short of making it to the Final Four all because of struggles in the second half of eliminations.    The graduating Santiago, who saw the Lady Bulldogs’ second round woes, admitted that there is pressure for the team heading into the second round but she’s confident that this time NU will be ready. “Pressure? Siguro meron, pero sa akin kasi, sa nakikita ko sa team namin ngayon, mas malaki 'yung in-improve namin kaysa noong dati,” said Santiago, who scored 17 points with 16 coming off attacks. “'Yung new system ni coach (Babes Castillo) na in-implement sa amin, sobrang nakikita ko na talagang andoon na, nage-engage na talaga 'yung lahat,” she added. “Towards the second round, hindi ko nakikita 'yung team ko na pababa. Mas nakikita ko 'yung team ko na paakyat.” The Lady Bulldogs were impressive in the first round especially down the stretch when NU outlasted two-time defending champion De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University both in five sets. But Santiago is bracing for a harder challenge in the second round.   “Actually yung Round 2, back to zero naman talaga 'yan, marami pang magbabago,” she said. “So siyempre expect pa rin, kailangan i-expect pa rin ng team namin na babawi at mas lalakas pa 'yung mga makakalaban namin, at magbabago sila ng strategy.” NU’s end of the round win erased the bitter defeat the Lady Bulldogs suffered at the hands of Far Eastern University on Wednesday. “Actually ang sinabi ko lang naman sa teammates ko eh, 'yung pagkatalo natin, hindi 'yun ang magsasabi sa atin kung ano tayo,” said Santiago. “'Yung pagkatalo nating 'yun, 'yun ang nagsasabi kung paano tayo babawi sa pagkatalo na 'yun. 'Yun ang sinabi ko sa kanila.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

UAAP Volleyball: Jaja Santiago: Team to move on from loss by tonight

NU Lady Bulldogs team captain Jaja Santiago says that her team has no choice but to move on following their 22-25, 27-25, 13-25, 20-25 loss against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, their first of the season. The skipper, who fired a season-low 13 points, a far cry from her 22.2 point average, maintained that the team was in high spirits despite the loss to the Lady Tams. "[Walang sama ng loob]. Move on. Yun lang. Tapusin natin ang talo na to ngayong araw na to, let's move on," the towering do-it-all hitter said following the game. Santiago gave her props to the Lady Tamaraws, who improved to a 4-2 slate, and pointed out her team's own misfortunes in the game. "Actually, maganda naman ang pinakita ng bawat isa sa amin, siguro nagtrabaho lang talaga yung FEU ngayon nang maigi. Ayun, kinulang lang talaga sa passing and floor defense." The skipper added that head coach Babes Castillo was also in a positive tune post-game, noting that the team will do no special preparations as they return to normalcy for training, and prodded the team to have a great performance in their next game against the UP Lady Maroons on Sunday. Santiago, who had recently lost her grandfather last Monday, said that her performance was not hindered by her grief. "Okay lang naman ako, walang problema. Di naman siya nakaapekto." -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men s Football: UST remains unbeaten with win over DLSU

University of Santo Tomas used a strong first half to edge out De La Salle University, 2-0 in UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football action, Sunday afternoon at the FEU Diliman Football Field. The Growling Tigers needed only four minutes to get on the board as Dexter Benecio struck early to give UST a 1-0 advantage. Steven Anotado capitalized off a loose ball and scored off an easy tip-in near the left goal post to double UST’s lead in the 31st minute. Looking to avoid their second loss of the season, the Green Archers showed more life and aggression in the second half, dominating the possessions, but unfortunately couldn’t get anything going in terms of offense. Striker Matthew Custodio had a couple of attempts on goal for the Green Archers, but just couldn’t get anything to go in as UST held on to the 2-0 victory. “We started the first half very good because we scored from a free kick tapos yung cross na ginagawa namin sa training sessions, but the second half was disappointing kasi parang hindi na kami lumaban eh.” said UST head coach Marjo Allado following the win. “Parang nawala yung strength namin and waiting lang kami na maka-score si La Salle. That’s very dangerous kasi yung momentum, yung kumpianysa nasa kanila eh.” UST has gotten off to a very good start so far in the season, and Allado says that it’s thanks to the Tigers playing as a unit. “Mas naglalaro kami as a team ngayon, and those players, naiintindihan nila yung gameplan every game kaya mas organized as compared to last year. Sana magtuloy-tuloy siya.” said Allado. UST improves to four wins and a draw in five games for 13 points. They share the top spot with University of the Philippines, who also has 13 points. DLSU drops to three wins and two losses for nine points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Arwind on near collapse vs. Kia: Pinasarap lang ang laban

During his time in the PBA and in basketball in general, Arwind Santos has seen his fair share of blown leads that have led to epic collapses. On Friday, his Beermen looked to be on their way to one of those as they lost a 26-point lead to the unconventional Kia Picanto, and found themselves down by three with less than a minute to go. Fortunately, Super Marcio came and saved the day for San Miguel and Arwind can go home and celebrate the birthday of his wife with a smile on his face. "Sa tagal ko na naglalaro maraming mga muntik-muntik na yan eh. Mabuti ngayon hindi kami na-muntikan," Santos said after the three-time defending All-Filipino champions escaped the lowly Picanto, 108-106. "Hay nako. Mabuti na lang God is good at nanalo kami, na-shoot ni Marcio, ang ganda nung pasa ni Ross," he added. As Kia went on a furious rally in the fourth quarter, Arwind admitted to being nervous in the middle of it all. However, all's well that ends well. "Kinabahan, konti. Syempre tao tayo pag di tayo kinabahan manhid na tayo di ba," he said. "Mabuti na lang. Pinasarap lang ang laban," Santos added. Now it's off to his wife's birthday celebration for Arwind. "Mabuti na lang nanalo kami at birthday niya ngayon, siya magbabayad di na ako. Basta siya magbabayad kaya order lang ako ng order niyan," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

UAAP Football: FEU s Andes unfazed by torn MCL as he completes hat-trick

As FEU won their first game of the season in decisive fashion against the winless Adamson Falcons, scoring seven goals towards the first line in the win column, forward Rico Andes was at the forefront, completing the first hat-trick of the season. Andes scored in the 41st off a through ball fired by teammate Dominique Canonigo from the right flank, nailed an uncontested goal in the 79th, and completing the feat in the 88th minute of action. He did it all for the FEU Tamaraws -- all with a torn medial collateral ligament. Yes, Andes was not meant to even play for the Tamaraws since he had issues with his knee, but since they only had 16 players in the lineup, he decided to suit up, and risk his whole playing year, just to help give FEU its first win of the season. "Actually, injured kasi talaga ako ngayon. Hindi sana talaga ako paglalaruin. Pinilit ko na lang kasi alam nyo naman 16 player-lineup lang kami, so kailangan talaga maglaro kayo." On baring details about his knee injury, he revealed that his injury was not as severe as it sounds, but of course, the risk of playing through it was a 50-50 chance of getting through the next game -- or worse, missing the entire season, Now that the Tamaraws finally got a win to their name, all they hope that everything comes up good in order to make another run at the Final Four. "Sobrang importante talaga na makuha namin ang panalo, kasi ang hinahabol talaga namin makaabot ng final four. Yung team namin ngayon, maraming veterans na nawala, malaking adjustment para sa lahat." The third-year Andes lamented that the team, which lost many veterans who had already exhausted their playing years, had a difficult time in the transition phase, especially in preparing for the season. However, he was thankful that the tumultuous offseason had already come past the team, and his teammates are already looking at the bigger picture. "Ang ginagawa namin adjustment ay disiplina para sa sarili namin. Noong first sem, para talaga kaming nagkawatak-watak, hindi masyado nag-focus. Noong second sem, parang nabago naman. " With the team waiting for the return of Arnel Amita by the second round, Andes hopes that the midfielder's fighter mentality will become infectious among the team. "Malaking bagay si Nano kasi siya yung tipo ng player na kahit may injury, fighter kasi siya eh. Lumalaban. Yun ang magpapa-up para sa team namin. " With such a hot scoring display like they showed in the game, Andes does not expect the team to do it every game, but hopes that his teammates become more careful when being given the opportunity to score. "Para sa amin, malaking challenge na maipanalo pa ang mga susunod na laro kasi napaka-importante talaga nito sa amin para makapasok sa final four. Kailangan talaga namin mas ma-convert ang mga chances namin," Andes added. "Ang mga kailangan namin i-shoot, i-shoot namin ang goal. Kahit anong ball possession naman hindi kami mananalo pag walang goal." -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

UST coach Ayo finally breaks silence regarding Cantonjos, Tiger Cubs

Aldin Ayo’s unwillingness to speak was one of the things that ruffled the feathers of those already in Espana when he arrived. For one, now-resigning University of Sto. Tomas Juniors head coach Chris Cantonjos said he did not appreciate how Ayo failed to approach him to talk things over – especially with reports stating that the latter was mulling replacing the former. “Ang gusto ko lang naman dati, sana nag-clarify man lang sila kung totoo o hindi totoo yun,” Cantonjos said, referring to reports stating that Ayo was eyeing NCAA Juniors champion coach Randy Alcantara as the next mentor for the Tiger Cubs. More than a month since Cantonjos first shared his thoughts on the matter, Ayo finally broke his silence. “Sa akin, if we have offended him, hindi namin sinasadya na mangyari (yun). Kung nakaramdam siya nang ganoon, with all sincerity, I would like to apologize to him,” he told The Varsitarian in the school paper’s exclusive interview on Thursday. In fact, Ayo said he was thinking about putting Cantonjos, a UST legend, on his coaching staff. “I look up to him. Wala kami (sa) coaching staff na kaya mag-handle sa mga big man,” he said. He then continued, “Siya (na sana) yun because he is one of the big men UST had.” Cantonjos, during his time as a Growling Tiger, helped his team go 14-0 in the 1993-1994 season and then went on to win a four-peat as well as an MVP. Meanwhile, Ayo clarified that his trips to scout UAAP Juniors MVP and UST High Star CJ Cansino was approved by athletics moderator Rodrigo Sambuang. This, in response to Cantonjos’ statement regarding Ayo’s courting of Cansino. “Ito pa sana, pag nagre-recruit ng player, lumalapit muna sa coach. Yun ang number one,” Cantonjos shared. He then continued, “Kahit sinong coach ang tanungin niyo, respect, magpaalam sa coach. Kumbaga, (auto)matic na yun.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018