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Pepsi& rsquo;s new queen

Unveiled as the newest endorser of Pepsi Philippines, Kathryn Bernardo joined her longtime love team partner, Daniel Padilla, among others, as part of the Pepsi family......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 14th, 2020

Pia Wurtzbach, Kai Sotto catch up at NBA All-Star 2020

Miss Universe 2015-turned NBA Philippines insider Pia Wurtzbach and towering Pinoy teen hoops phenom Kai Sotto got to hang during the second day of the 2020 NBA All-Star festivities in snowy Chicago, Illinois, Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time). Our Rep to the Republika takes a selfie with the towering Pinoy basketball sensation! ???????? pic.twitter.com/4kI8pehHqS — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 16, 2020 Sotto, who's already started to turn heads as part of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, got to show Queen P some basketball fundamentals and chat for a bit.  Queen @PiaWurtzbach works on her fundamentals with help from @kzsottolive. ???? pic.twitter.com/v3trHCQv7L — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 16, 2020         View this post on Instagram                   A few outtakes from @piawurtzbach ‘s interview with @kzsotto at #bwbglobal #familyfirst #eastwestprivate ALL RIGHTS TO THESE CONTENT OWNED BY EASTWESTPRIVATE A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:58pm PST           View this post on Instagram                   The Philippines’ own Ms. Universe @piawurtzbach spends time to chat with @kzsotto at #bwbglobal #proudtobepinoy #familyfirst #eastwestprivate ALL RIGHTS TO THESE CONTENT OWNED BY EASTWESTPRIVATE A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:54pm PST The two even got to come up with their own special handshake...           View this post on Instagram                   When Ms. Universe herself @piawurtzbach pals around with you at #bwbglobal #familyfirst #eastwestprivate ALL RIGHTS TO THESE CONTENT OWNED. Y EASTWESTPRIVATE A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:56pm PST ...and Queen P even got to lob one up for Kai to throw down!  .@PiaWurtzbach lobs it to @kzsottolive for the alley-oop slam! ???? What do you think of this duo? pic.twitter.com/tUvZ1YArhf — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 16, 2020 Nice to see the PH well-represented during the NBA's All-Star festivities.  Who knows, maybe in a couple of years, our very own Kai could be part of the action during All-Star Weekend as well.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Lacsina following Santiago’s footsteps

Sophomore Ivy Lacsina looks at Jaja Santiago, who is arguably the best volleyball player to come out of National University, as an inspiration when the Lady Bulldogs plunge into action in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament. Taking over the spot left by Santiago two years ago, the 6-foot-2 Lacsina hopes to emulate the same hard work and discipline of the former Queen Lady Bulldog, who is now enjoying success as an import in the Japan V. Premier League playing for the Saitama Ageo Medics. “Sobrang nakaka-proud po yun and nakaka-motivate na ganun na si Ate Jaja ngayon, dati nakakausap ko lang yan. Iba na ang narating niya ngayon,” said Lacsina of the 6-foot-5 Santiago, who recently helped the Ageo Medics win its first-ever third place trophy. “Naisip ko na grabe yun pala ang kaya mong marating kung mag-hardwork ka and nag-focus ka sa dapat mong i-focus.” Lacsina seems to be following the same path taken by Santiago, who at her size plays at the wing in Japan. From her natural position as a middle, Lacsina was converted to open spiker for the short-handed Lady Bulldogs last season. Averaging almost 13 points per game in her debut season as a winger, Lacsina indeed could be the next big star for NU. But the soft-spoken player knows that she still has a lot to improve on starting with discipline.    “Kinukwento ng iba naming teammates na naranasang maging senior si [Ate Jaja], iba po ang disiplina niya sa sarili niya,” said Lacsina, who considers Santiago as a big influence why she decided to stay with NU after graduating from NU-Nazareth School. “Yun po ang naisip ko na, ‘Ay kailangan ito ang disiplina ko para someday makuha ko rin ang pwede kong makuha.’” “Hindi ko kailangan maging Ate Jaja,” she added. “Kailangan kong maging ako at gawin ko siyang motivation.”   Lacsina will be NU’s rock on defense at the net after making an impact last year. Despite the departure of last Season 81 1st Best Middle Blocker Roselyn Doria, the Lady Bulldogs still have a solid frontline with Lacsina and returning veteran Risa Sato, who missed last year’s action because of academic issues.   Lacsina cherishes the chance of playing alongside a seasoned player in Sato. “Malaki po ang epekto niya kasi po iba ang laro niya, iba po ang pagiging jolly niya, iba po ang pagi-enjoy niya, pag-iingay nya sobrang nadadala kami,” said Lacsina. “Saka ‘yung standard niya. Ang taas kasi talaga ng standard niya which is good.” With hopes of improving from last year’s 4-10 record, the Lady Bulldogs are banking on Lacsina to level up her game just like what the former Most Valuable Player Santiago did during her heydays with NU......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

Lenovo reaches out to esports enthusiasts

It's shaping up to be an exciting year for gamers in Visayas, particularly in the Queen City of the South as Lenovo, the world’s leading PC maker, opens its Legion concept store in SM City Cebu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

SEC orders Korea& rsquo;s Lotte to stop Pepsi tender offer

The Securities and Exchange Commission ordered Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co. Ltd., a unit of the Lotte Group of South Korea, to halt its P4.16-billion tender offer on soft drinks maker Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. due to a questionable fairness opinion report......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

& lsquo;The Crown& rsquo; bowing out after fifth season

The television hit series The Crown is set to end after the fifth season when Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II, the show announced on Twitter on Friday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

Team Lakay s Adiwang, Iniong victorious at ONE: FIRE & FURY prelims

Team Lakay got off to a 2-0 start in the preliminary card of ONE: FIRE & FURY iwith Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang and Gina “Conviction” Iniong both getting big wins, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Explosive strawweight Adiwang lived up to the hype as he needed just over three minutes to submit Thailand’s Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit. Lito Adiwang ???????? makes it 2-0 for Team Lakay with a slick kimura submission against Pongsiri Mitsatit! ???????? #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/iZIiFp2k1n — ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 31, 2020 After feeling each other out, Adiwang blasted Pongsiri with a kick to the body and a flurry of punches that had the Thai striker rocked and in survival mode. Adiwang unloaded a barrage of elbows, but Pongsiri was able to survive the Pinoy’s onslaught.  Adiwang shot in for a takedown and was able to bring the action to the ground, but Pongsiri managed to reverse positions and control the Pinoy from the back.  The 27-year old Baguio native trapped Pongsiri’s arm and timed his transition well, securing the modified kimura lock and forcing the tap, reminiscent of what his teammate Joshua Pacio did to the same Thai opponent.  The stoppage came at the 3:02 mark of the first round.  This comes after the ONE Warrior Series contract winner made a splash in his main card debut at ONE: CENTURY back in Japan, defeating Senzo Ikeda, also via submission.  Adiwang improves to 11-2 in his professional career with seven consecutive wins.  In a women’s atomweight contest, Iniong used her superior wrestling and grappling skills to grind out a Unanimous Decision win over India’s Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka.  Gina Iniong ???????? gets Team Lakay off to a hot start with a unanimous decision win over Asha Roka! ???????? #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/zRbSRdnIZz — ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 31, 2020 Iniong, a 2019 SEA Games Kickboxing gold medalist, opened with a takedown and kept Roka grounded all throughout the opening round.  Roka offered up a bit more resistance in the second round, but Iniong proved to be the stronger grappler, threatening for a guillotine choke late in the round.  It was all Iniong again in the final round as she was able to take Roka down at will to secure the clear-cut decision win.  Iniong improves to 9-4 in her career as she earns back-to-back victories.  In the opening bout, Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres wasn’t as fortunate, as she was rendered unable to continue after taking a pair of unintentional knees to the groin, leading to a No Contest. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

Joshua Pacio and Alex Silva face off at ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts

ONE Championship returns to the Philippines for the first time in 2020 with ONE: FIRE & FURY this coming Friday, January 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Before 'The Home of Martial Arts' puts on yet another exciting show for its loyal Pinoy fans however, some of the athletes seeing action on Friday's must-see card gave the media a taste of what to expect on fight night during the official ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts, Tuesday afternoon at One Esplanade.  Headlining Friday's card will be an intriguing ONE Strawweight World Championship bout between the Philippines' very own reigning titlist Joshua "The Passion" Pacio and former champion Alex "Little Rock" Silva of Brazil.  The champ is here! ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio will be defending his title against Alex Silva this Friday. Pacio will look for his second successful title defense | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/9IPuy5IVlk — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 The 24-year old Pacio, a member of the famed Team Lakay stable up in Benguet, will be looking to defend his ONE Strawweight World Championship for a second time, as he's coming off a successful title defense against compatriot Rene "D' Challenger" Catalan also in Manila last November.  Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva of Brazil will try to regain his title against reigning champ Joshua Pacio this Friday | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/ZZ9AjY7hHk — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Standing opposite Pacio will be a dangerous test in former ONE Strawweight World Champion Silva, who captured the title back in 2017 with a decision win over Yoshitaka Naito. Silva's reign would not be a long one however, as Naito would reclaim the title the following year. Silva has managed to bounce back successfully and has racked off two straight wins over Stefer Rahardian and Peng Xuewen to earn another shot at gold.    Two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion @efolayang returns to action against Pietr Buist. He’s looking to kick off another run to the top of the division | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/3pT963fEbi — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 In the co-main event, Filipino mixed martial arts icon and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of Team Lakay returns to action to face Dutch up-and-comer Pietr "The Archangel" Buist.  Coming off his technical decision win over Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu in Manila back in Noveber, Folayang looks to score back-to-back wins and work his way back to the top of the ONE Championship lightweight title picture. Buist on the other hand, is looking to make a big impact on short notice, as he meets a big name in the Pinoy star. The Dutchman is currently 2-0 under the ONE banner.    ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny Kingad of Team Lakay returns to action against Xie Wei. He’s coming off a great performance in a loss against Demetrious Johnson | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/qSVTtg2Igq — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Fresh off his ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finals bout against Demetrious Johnson, Danny "The King" Kingad steps back into the circle to face China's "The Hunter" Xie Wei. In spite of falling to Johnson in the flyweight tournament finale, the young Kingad, also a member of Team Lakay, drew praise from the American MMA star, and now looks to use his experience as fuel to return to the upper echelon of the flyweight division. With a five-fight winning streak in tow, Xie will look to score the biggest win of his career against a proven contender in Kingad.    ONE Warrior Series contract winner Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay does some shadow boxing before hitting the mitts. He faces Pongsiri Mitsatit on Friday. | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/hPwePNnOAt — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Looking to build off his explosive debut, strawweight Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang makes his way back to the Circle to face Thai veteran Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit.  Team Lakay's Adiwang, a ONE Warrior Series contract winner, announced his arrival with quick submission win over Senzo Ikeda in Tokyo back in October. He hopes to keep the momentum going as he faces another tough test in the form of Mitsatit.  With four losses in his last five bouts, Mitsatit is definitely hungry for a victory, and he hopes to finally return to the winners column at the expense of Team Lakay's newest soldier in the ONE ranks.    Women’s Atomweight contender and #SEAGames2019 Kickboxing Gold Medalist Gina Iniong of Team Lakay out next. She faces Asha Roka on Friday | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/X5hVVAUOzt — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 After dominating the field in kickboxing during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, gold medalist Gina "Conviction" Iniong returns to MMA and the ONE Circle to face India's Asha "Knockout Queen" Roka.  Team Lakay's Iniong is coming off an impressive split decision win over Jihin Radzuan back in 2019, and look to keep her momentum going as she faces one of the division's newest faces.  Losing to Stamp Fairtex in her maiden ONE appearance, Roka finds herself against an even more experienced opponent in perennial contender Iniong.    Filipina Jomary Torres of Catalan Fighting System first out. She trains with former title contender Rene Catalan. She faces Jenny Huang on Friday | #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/hJTCNemV1J — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Kicking things off on Friday will be Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres of Catalan Fighting System taking on former title contender Jenny "Lady GoGo" Huang of Chinese Taipei.  After a scorching start in ONE which saw her win her first three outings, Torres has cooled down drastically, losing her last four bouts. She hopes to finally arrest her losing skid against someone on the same boat in Huang.  Much like Torres, Huang was impressive to begin her ONE career, winning her first four assignments to earn a shot at Angela Lee and the ONE Women's Atomweight World Championship. Huang would lose to Lee and then drop her next four bouts to make it an excruciating five-fight losing streak.    Catch ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

Marathon queen Hallasgo shows SEA Games& rsquo; win no fluke

Tarlac City—Southeast Asian Games. marathon gold medalist Christine Hallasgo is still riding high after yet another conquest at her sport, this time at the National Milo Marathon Finals Sunday here. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Queen takes & lsquo;Rhapsody Tour& rsquo; to K-Pop capital

Queen band members Brian May, Adam Lambert, and Roger Taylor attend a press conference ahead of their Rhapsody Tour in Seoul, South Korea. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Verzosa embraces role as new Queen Bomber

Dolly Verzosa embraces a bigger role for Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition. The third year hitter not only serves as the Lady Bombers’ top scoring option, but is now taking the responsibility as court leader of a young squad. Verzosa displayed an all-around game as she steered JRU to a come-from-behind, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8, victory over San Sebastian College on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition, as the Lady Bomber opened their campaign on a high note.  The skipper delivered 21 points, capped off with the game-clinching down the line attack, while showing great floor defense with 20 digs. “Parang 'yung problema ko lang ngayon is parang bata pa 'yung teammates ko kaya kailangan ko mag step-up as a captain,” said Verzosa, who was JRU's co-captain last year with Karen Montojo.    Verzosa, one of the few holdover from the previous season, accepted that she had to step up to lead the Mia Tioseco-mentored squad, which is composed of a core of freshmen and sophomores.   “Ngayon naging matured [ako] bigla kasi 'yung mga teammates ko mga freshmen,” added Verzosa, who is now stepping out of the shadow of former JRU star and Season 93 MVP Shola Alvarez. Verzosa was instrumental in the fifth set, scoring six points in the deciding frame to help JRU extend its head-to-head winning streak over SSC-R to three. The JRU veteran rallied her squad in the fourth frame and and kept the Lady Bombers together in the fifth, which started tight before the Mandaluyong-based squad pulled away halfway in the decider.  “Sinasabi ko sa kanila na tibay lang. Tibay lang ng loob kasi puro din mga bago eh, kinakabahan pa,” said the management student. She kept reminding her teammates, especially in the crucial stretch of the last two sets of the match, of their goal.   “Sabi ko lang sa kanila na, ‘Gusto nyo nang manalo?’ Kasi yun palagi ang sinasabi ni coach Mia na yung matitira lang naman dito ay yung gustong manalo. ‘Gusto nyo bang manalo?’” she said. “Yun na-motivate sila lalo na kailangan namin ito. Kailangan naming manalo.” Verzosa’s leadership will again be tested on Saturday in a showdown with San Beda University.   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2020

How vlogging boosted Alex Gonzaga& rsquo;s career as TV star

There are a few emerging local artists on YouTube, but none of them has come close, at least none as of yet, to how Alex Gonzaga dominates the popular video streaming site. Thus, it is safe to say that the 31-year-old screen star is the queen of YouTube in the Philippines......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 6th, 2020

Nuggets, coach Mike Malone agree to contract extension

By Pat Graham, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have signed coach Michael Malone to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. Malone has steadily helped build the Nuggets into a Western Conference contender since taking over in 2015-16. Denver advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season. “His tireless work ethic and passion are clearly reflected in the continued improvement of our roster,” Nuggets president of of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in a statement. “We are all extremely excited for him to continue to lead our team as we try to build a championship level organization.” Malone guided the Nuggets to 33 wins in his first season at the helm. They jumped to 40 wins, then 46 and 54 last season, including the league’s best home record. Denver is off to a 21-8 start this season behind the play of versatile big man Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray. Malone also had his contract extended with Denver on Oct. 17, 2018. He has a 194-163 record with Denver. That puts him fourth in franchise history in wins among head coaches. “None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication and trust from our players as well as the entire coaching staff,” Malone said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank the amazing fans in Denver who have helped make Pepsi Center one of the toughest places to play in the NBA once again. I look forward to continuing our ultimate goal of winning NBA Championships.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 25th, 2019

SEA Games champions captivate the nation with inspiring performances

Winning the hearts of Filipinos everywhere with their discipline, perseverance, and hard work, MILO Champions Carlos Yulo, Kiefer Ravena, Pauline Lopez, Mary Joy Tabal, and Alyssa Valdez brought pride and honor to the country during the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. With an entire nation energized and rallying support for five of the brightest stars in Philippine sports, they reasserted our position in the regional arena and proved why the future is bright for the next generation of champions. MILO congratulates its sports ambassadors for their impressive medal finishes and hard-fought efforts in the SEA Games, of which the Philippines also earned the overall championship, besting the 10 other countries with a tally of 387 medals: 149 gold, 117 silver, and 121 bronze. “The 30th Southeast Asian Games marked another historic milestone for the advancement of Philippine sports,” says Nestlé Philippines-MILO Vice President Veronica Cruz. “As a longstanding partner and advocate, MILO is honored to be a part of the journeys of Caloy, Kiefer, Pauline, Mary Joy, and Alyssa while remaining steadfast in building a nation of champions, bannering our one Laban Pilipinas battlecry.”  Yulo has come a long way from playing in the streets with his friends and competing in the MILO Little Olympics. The first Filipino gymnastics world champion, and just the second countryman to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, continued his meteoric rise as he competed in front of a spirited home crowd for the first time, bagging two gold medals (all-around and floor exercise) and five silvers (pommel horse, steady rings, vaults, parallel bars, and horizontal bar). Before Lopez began reaping numerous awards here and abroad, she tested her mettle by winning the 2007 MILO-PTA (Philippine Taekwondo Association) tournament gold medal. As one of the brand’s newest ambassadors, she continues to empower other Filipinas to break barriers and overcome obstacles as seen in her women’s under 57kg gold medal victory. Securing his record fifth straight SEA Games gold medal in men’s basketball, Ravena proudly exemplified how comebacks are stronger than setbacks. The MILO BEST Center 2001 graduate and longtime ambassador proved doubters wrong with his unbreakable spirit and unquestionable dedication to the country, even as a late addition to the team’s lineup. A six-time regining National MILO Marathon Queen and first Filipino marathon Olympian, Tabal gave her all in an inspired showing, finishing with a silver in the women’s marathon. She is optimistic in her pursuit of other key tournaments next year as she competes in the Tokyo 2020 Marathon and looks to qualify in the 2020 Olympics. Valdez and company exceeded expectations, putting up a valiant effort with a fourth-place finish in front of their adoring fans at the 30th SEA Games. With a near-podium finish, the MILO sports ambassador and volleyball MVP remains determined to win a medal for the country. “We are one with the people in celebrating the Champions and all the athletes who represented the country in the 30th SEA Games, showcasing what it truly means to be a champion in sports and in life. More than the wins and recognition, MILO believes in the importance of  lifelong values learned in sports and remains committed to nourishing the ambitions of Filipinos,” adds MILO Sports Executive Lester P. Castillo.  As a gold partner of the 30th SEA Games, MILO helped energize a nation of champions with the first taste of the NEW MILO for tomorrow’s champions. Attendees of the games in select fan zones and venues were able to try the more delicious and nutritious Champion formula. ### About MILO MILO has been in the Philippines for over 50 years and is the country’s favorite chocolate malt powdered milk drink that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water.  Every mug of MILO contains the goodness of Cocoa, Malt, Milk, and Activ-Go® - a special blend of Protomalt®, Vitamins, and Minerals. It is high in Vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12, C, and is a good source of Iron, for energy release from food.  About Nestlé Philippines Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The Company employs more than 3,200 men and women nationwide, and is among the country’s Top 10 Corporations.  Driven by its purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, Nestlé today produces and markets products under some of the country’s trusted brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLÉ and PURINA, among others. Its product range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy, breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang banner ONE: FIRE & FURY in Manila on January 31st

ONE Championship will be kicking 2020 off in Manila with a bang, as some of the biggest Filipino mixed martial arts stars are on deck for ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.    Headlining ONE’s first trip to Manila for the year will be a ONE Strawweight World Championship bout between reigning titleholder Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Team Lakay and the Philippines, and challenger Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil.    Pacio is coming off a banner 2019 that saw the 23-year old prodigy successfully reclaim the title from Yosuke Saruta and then defend it against Rene Catalan, with both fights ending in spectacular stoppages.    The only former champion that Pacio has yet to defeat, Silva is enjoying a resurgence of sorts. Following three straight defeats, the Brazilian grappler has won two straight, both via second-round submission.    Also on the card, Filipino MMA icon and former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang makes his return to the cage against Pakistan’s Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba.    Folayang is coming off a bounce-back Technical Decision win against Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu in Manila after sustaining a massive cut following an accidental headbutt. Mujtaba, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back himself after a second-round submission loss to Ma Jia Wen.   Also on the card, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny “The King” Kingad returns to action against China’s Xie Wei, strawweight sensation Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang takes on Thai veteran Pongsiri Mitsatit, and newly-crowned SEA Games gold medalist Gina “Conviction” Iniong faces India’s Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka, while Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres will try to arrest a four-fight losing skid when she faces former world title challlenger Jenny Huang.    ONE: FIRE & FURY Fight Card:  ONE Strawweight World Championship Joshua Pacio (C) vs Alex Silva Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg Eduard Folayang vs Ahmed Mujtaba Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg Danny Kingad vs Xie Wei Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg Petchdam PetchyindeeAcademy vs Momotaro Muay Thai: 61.2kg Kwon Won Il vs Shoko Sato Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg Alma Juniku vs Anne Line Hogstad Muay Thai: 52.2kg Lito Adiwang vs Pongsiri Mitsatit Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg Gina Iniong vs Asha Roka Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym vs Chris Shaw Muay Thai: 65.8kg Jomary Torres vs Jenny Huang Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2019

Standard& rsquo;s choice: Miss Universe 2019 top picks

The 68th edition of the world’s most prestigious pageant is currently being held in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. At the end of the pageant, a new queen who will succeed last year’s champion, the Philippines’ Catriona Gray, will be named......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

Filipinas Hallasgo, Tabal finish 1-2 in SEA Games marathon

NEW CLARK CITY, TARLAC - As expected, a Filipina reigned supreme in women’s marathon in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games - only, it wasn’t Mary Joy Tabal. Tabal, the now dethroned queen of the endurance race, had to be stretchered out as she wound up in second-place to kababayan Christine Hallasgo, Friday at NCC Athletics Center here. Hallasgo made sure the gold remained in the hands of a Filipina with a total time of 2:56:56 as her Cebuana teammate seemingly ran out of gas late. Tabal was ahead of the pack through the first three quarters of the endurance race, but ultimately fell victim to the heat. “Nag-training siya sa Japan na malamig diba, pero dito siya naglaro at na-encounter niya ang init ng panahon,” coach Eduardo Buenavista said. “Pero ang kagandahan kay Joy, lumaban talaga siya.” Indeed, the favorite in the event still willed herself to the finish line to clock in at 2:58:49 - sealing the deal on a 1-2 finish for the host country. Rounding out the podium is Hoang Thi Thanh of Vietnam with a time of 3:02:52. Over at the men’s side, gold went to Indonesia’s Agus Prayogo (2:26:48), silver went to Thailand’s Sanchai Namkhet (2:27:18), and bronze went to Malaysia’s Muhaizar Mohamad (2:33:08). Filipinos Jerald Zabala and Anthony Nerza wound up fifth and sixth, respectively. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

SEA Games: Perticheto grabs silver in figure skating

A spill midway in her free skating performance doomed local bet Alisson Perticheto's bid to win the gold in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women's figure skating Sunday at the SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink. The Filipina-Swiss settled for silver after Singaporean ice queen Chloe Ing topped the field with a total aggregate of 152.67 points.  Ing, who had 50.67 points in the short program for second place last Friday, improved from her silver medal finish in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. Perticheto scored 79.11 in free skating for an aggregate of 132.76 points. The 2017 edition's bronze medalist displayed grace on ice as she wowed the judges with her clean routine to top the women’s short program with 53.65 points last Friday but a spill in her program two days after cost her the elusive gold. Savika Zahira of Indonesia scored an aggregate of 100.80 points and took bronze. She posted 68.18 in free skating and had 32.62 points in the short program.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

When the Philippines showed its best as SEA Games hosts in 1981, 1991 and 2005

Hosting the biennial Southeast Asian Games, just like any international multi-sport competition, offers an opportunity for a country to flaunt its best—in terms of organizing the event, making the tournament stand-out, and unleash a vaunted athletic campaign against the region’s best. Before this year’s SEA Games, the Philippines has hosted the SEA Games three times—all of which were momentous and ground-breaking. And in each successive staging, the Filipinos went up the medal standings, reaching the top in the country’s most successful showing in international sports when the country last hosted the biennial event 14 years ago. 1981 This was the first time the Philippines took the cudgels in hosting the Games. Already in its 11th staging, the SEA Games became a centerpiece event of President Ferdinand Marcos’s presidency, as it highlighted his administration’s heightened focus on sports development. This was through the initiative of Marcos nephew Michael Keon’s Gintong Alay program.  The Games was known as the launching pad of Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega, who marveled everyone with her speed and track prowess that earned her the Gold in record-breaking performances in the 100, 200, and women’s relay teams. Isidro del Prado was another track phenom, ruling the 400 meters also in record fashion. The Games was the breakthrough year in Philippine sports as it produced a bountiful harvest in Golds from track and field, cycling, bowling, boxing, basketball, swimming, and weightlifting, among others. The Philippines ended at third, its highest place at the time, with 55 golds, 55 silvers, and 77 bronze medals for a total 187 medals. 1991 Ten years after its impressive first-ever SEA Games hosting, a new government and political climate enveloped the biennial meet. Under President Corazon Aquino, the 16th SEA Games showed the remarkable change the country attained since the 1986 EDSA Revolution, which would be emphasized with an astonishing medal performance, almost topping the 16th edition if not for Indonesia’s marathon gold.  Swimming took the spotlight with ace tanker Eric Buhain capturing a record six golds, making him the most bemedalled athlete, and Akiko Thompson becoming the crowd darling, donning two golds. Bea Lucero also achieved a first-ever milestone of being the only athlete to win medals in two sporting events—two golds in gymnastics in 1987 Jakarta and a gold in the bantamweight division of women’s taekwondo in the 1991 Manila games. A 27 year-old Lydia de Vega-Mercado reclaimed the Asian sprint queen title by winning the Gold in the 100 meters over compatriot Elma Muros and Malaysian Goldivasamy Shanti. Muros, however, won the 100 meter hurdles and won the long jump gold for four successive stagings—a SEA Games first.  The Philippines would rule several sport events with a gold rush in swimming, boxing, basketball, shooting, wushu, track and field, taekwondo, bowling, billiards, among others. Its 91 Gold, 62 Silver, 84 Bronze, and 237 total medal count was good for second. 2005 It took fourteen years before Manila hosted the SEA Games again. And in 2005, its rise as the regional powerhouse in sports was completed with the contingent under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo reaching the top of the medal standings.  The 23rd  staging was unprecedented, starting with the Opening Ceremonies being held at the Quirino Grandstand instead of a sports stadium, drawing an immense live audience—estimated as the largest ever for a sports event at 200,000. It was the grandest, having the widest array of sports legends appearing in the grand parade of colors, such as SEA Games legends Lydia de Vega-Mercado and Akiko Thompson, Olympic silver medalist Onyok Velasco, top basketball player Allan Caidic, and champion equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. When the Philippine delegates arrived, they were accompanied by Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, actress Angel Locsin, and then World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.  Best of all, the Philippines erased the stigma of being the “sick man” of Asian sports, as it won golds left and right, even in sport events it was not usually dominant. Diver Sheila Mae Perez, swimmer Miguel Molina, rower Benjamin Tolentino Jr., and billiards ace Alex Pagulayan were the winningest Filipino athletes with three golds each. Wushu had the most golds with 11, followed by track and field, aquatics, boxing, billiards and snooker, taekwondo, traditional boat race, fencing, wrestling, bowling, judo, and archery. In addition, the Philippines won golds in arnis, karatedo, muay, rowing, shooting, lawn tennis, cycling, dance sports, golf, gymnastics, softball, baseball, lawn balls, equestrian, and pencak silat.  In total, the Philippines won the overall championship with an astonishing 113 gold, 84 silver, 94 bronze, and 291 total medal haul—its best ever in international competitions. Will the Philippines match or eclipse its historic achievement 14 years ago and continue its rise in the medal tally when it hosts the biennial event? Catch the 30th SEA Games in various locations in the Philippines from Saturday, November 30 until Wednesday, December 11 on ABS-CBN S+A, ABS-CBN S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant Sports, and sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

UAAP 82: It s Kat’s time – Madayag on new Lady Eagles leader

Former Ateneo de Manila University star Maddie Madayag sees the return of Kat Tolentino for her final playing year as a big boost for the Lady Eagles' bid to retain the UAAP women’s volleyball crown next year in Season 82. With her and another veteran Bea De Leon’s departure following Ateneo’s conquest in Season 81, the changing of the guard is secured with Tolentino’s return. Her presence gives the Lady Eagles the much-needed leadership. “Very promising talaga especially na may senior pa rin na kayang dalhin ang team next year,” said the national team member, who led the Lady Eagles to its third UAAP title overall and first since 2015.  Tolentino on Thursday formally announced her decision to play her fourth and last eligibility year.   Madayag is confident that powerhitting Tolentino can play her role as this coming season’s Queen Eagle.  “I think it was mostly me and Bea who were parang leading the team [before] but now it's Kat’s time,” said Madayag, who is also Tolentino’s teammate alongside De Leon in ChocoMucho. “Hindi na lang siya scoring machine, leader na rin talaga siya. Di lang sa scoring kundi sa pati sa pagbuhat sa mga bata.” She sees Tolentino as not just a leader on court but more of an inspiration for the new Lady Eagles trying to spread their wings in the UAAP including prized recruit Faith Nisperos.   “Of course, titingnang inspiration ng mga mga bata si Kat kasi siyempre sino namang hindi. Lalo na si Faith kasi nakausap namin siya before na she wants to be teammates with Kat talaga,” said Madayag. “So now that her dream came true sana naman mas maging inspiration for her to play better. Kasi we saw how she played naman in the PVL di ba? It’s gonna be an exciting season.” Although Madayag admits that Tolentino has a very quiet personality, she knows that she’ll be able to handle her added responsibility well. “Actually, tahimik talaga si Kat. I think mapapakita naman niya ang leadership niya the way she plays naman eh. I think she can handle it naman,” said Madayag. “Tahimik lang siya. Nagsasalita naman siya sa training, sa game lang mukha lang siyang di nagsasalita kasi nao-overpower namin siya ni Bea, kasi masyado kaming madaldal pero kaya n’ya ‘yun,” she added. For her part, Tolentino promises to be more mature and ready to take on the leadership role. “Maybe a more mature one not just with the technical skills but also in terms of leadership for the team,” said Tolentino of what fans can expect from her.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

UAAP 82: Daos leads Ateneo to third-straight Women s Swimming title

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – Chloe Daos and Ateneo capped another dominant campaign by securing the school's third straight UAAP Women's Swimming Championship, Sunday at Trace Aquatics Center here. Ateneo added 115 more points to end up on top in the four-day, four-team meet with 458 points to win the school's sixth overall crown in the competition. But besides another flawless campaign by Daos, Ateneo swimming program director Archie Lim credited the school's rookies for delivering. "We were lucky na madami pumasok din na freshmen, at the same time yung mga MVP and leader swimmers namin are still there, so it's just a matter of maintaining the culture and hoping the new swimmers catch the spirit," Lim said. Daos clocked in a UAAP record time of 2:19.03 in the 200m Butterfly to reset the five-year-old 2:19.71 mark of Hannah Dato and complete her third straight flawless, seven-gold-medal haul season. The Lady Eagles displayed their depth and dominance of the league with a sweep of the said event after Suzanne Himor (2:27.26), Raegan Gavino (2:28.57) and Kristine Santos (2:32.24) occupied the second to fourth positions. UP’s Cindy Fernandez (31.51 seconds) and La Salle’s Nikki Pamintuan (31.70 seconds) rounded out the podium in the 50m Backstroke while Ateneo’s Andrea Ngui (27.65 seconds) and UP’s Angela Villamil (27.89 seconds) did the same for the 50m Freestyle. On the other hand, University of the Philippines’ prized recruit Erin Castrillo ended her maiden season with a golden double, claiming the 50m Backstroke (30.98 seconds) and 50m Freestyle (27.23 seconds) titles. The sprint queen thus captured the Rookie of the Year award with 96 points. The Lady Eagles had a rookie ace of their own in Nirel Ibarra who produced a golden performance in the 200m Breaststroke by finishing in 2:50.63 ahead of teammate Jazmin Chua (2:51.72) and Lady Maroons’ Pricila Aquino (2:52.16). In the tournament’s final event, Courtney Gray, Chua, Himor, and Marjorie Manguiat teamed up for Ateneo to capture the 400m Medley Relay gold in 4:41.08. UP was a distant second in 4:46.33 while UST took the bronze in 4:50.38. "Yun na, naging challenge for the MVP swimmers namin, to inspire the new ones by showing them to never stop improvement and setting higher goals in spite sa achievements nila or ng team," added Lim. UP tallied 395 points for second while La Salle completed the podium with 203. UST had 96 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2019