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Petron eyes new $10-b refinery

Petron Corp. plans to team up with foreign oil players to put up a new 250,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Bicol region at a cost of $10 billion......»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

SMC ready to break ground for $20-B refinery this year

MANILA, Philippines - Petron Corp. may start work on its new oil refinery in six months, its president and CEO Ramon Ang said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2017

Petron to start $20B oil refinery in early 2018

Petron to start $20B oil refinery in early 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2017

Corporate News: Petron expects P2-B profit a month

PETRON Corp. is expecting to earn P2 billion a month this year if the prices of crude remain stable for the rest of the year, although its refinery will shut down some time in April and May for a regulator maintenance inspection......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2017

San Miguel plots Malaysia refinery expansion

MANILA, Philippines - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is gearing up for expansion projects of its subsidiary Petron Corp......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2017

PSL beach volleyball action begins Thursday

An action-packed reunion looms as UAAP stars renew their rivalry on the sand in the opening day of the 2017 Belo Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup Thursday at the SM By the Bay in Mall of Asia. The stars of FEU and UST -- Bernadeth Pons and Sisi Rondina – will join forces for Petron Sprint 4T as they battle former La Salle stalwart Cyd Demecillo and Fritz Gallenero of F2 Logistics A in the 8:00 p.m. nightcap. Prior to that, Jovelyn Gonzaga will kick off her title-retention campaign when she and fellow veteran Maica Morada of Cignal A battle Generika-Ayala B of Rosalie Pepito and Kat Arado at 7:00 p.m. while Kathleen Barrinuevo and Cherilyn Sindayen of Foton take on Ces Molina and Bang Pineda of Petron XCS at 6:00 p.m. Mylene Paat and Janine Marciano of Cignal B wage war against powerhouse Generika-Ayala A of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain at 5:00 p.m., F2 Logistics A clashes with Wensh Tiu and Abie Nuval of Cocolife at 4:00 p.m., and Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli of Perpetual Help battles Generika Ayala B at 3:00 p.m. In the men’s side, Wayuk tip things off when it faces IEM A at 7:30 a.m. followed by the battle between IEM B and SM By the Bay at 8:20 a.m., Cignal HD and Perpetual Help B at 9:10 a.m. Generika-Ayala and Wayuk at 10:00 a.m., SM By the Bay and TVM at 10:50 a.m. and Perpetual Help B and IEM A at 11:40 a.m. But still, all eyes will be on the collision between the UAAP stars. Three years ago, Rondina steered the Tigresses to the UAAP beach volleyball crown despite being a rookie. With fellow greenhorn Rica Rivera as partner, Rondina overpowered Cyd Demecillo and Kim Fajardo of La Salle to run away with the crown. The following year, Demecillo stormed back as she led the Lady Spikers to a rousing victory over Pons and Kyla Atienza of FEU to capture the school’s first ever beach volleyball title. Rondina, for her part, bombed out of the semifinals after Rivera fell ill midway in the tournament. This year, it was Rondina’s turn to rule the sand as she and her partner in Jem Gutierrez dominated Pons and Atienza in a thrilling showdown. “Medyo familiar na po kami sa isa’t isa kasi for the past three years palagi kaming magkakalaban sa UAAP,” said Rondina, who fell prey to Gonzaga and Nene Bautista of RC Cola-Army in a dramatic finals showdown of the PSL beach volley tourney last year. “Mabuti na lang at familiar kami sa kanila. At least alam na namin kung papano kami mananalo.” Also expected to draw a massive crowd is the battle between Cignal HD A and Generika-Ayala B in this four-day affair wherein the top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals. Gonzaga, a battle-scarred campaigner and the country’s bet in the beach volleyball tournament of the Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia in 2011, said she would try her best to be very careful as she is up against a very solid field. “Everybody improved,” said Gonzaga, admitting that her limited training might work to her disadvantage. “I will try my best to be play with extreme caution because everybody is out to win the title.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

Petron blazes to 3-0 card, holds solo lead

MALOLOS CITY –-- Petron kept its clean slate intact with a 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 win over the listless Cocolife Asset Managers Saturday in the Belo-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here. The Blaze Spikers bagged their third straight win in as many outings to keep its solo hold of the league.  Cocolife dropped to 0-3 card.   Meanwhile, Cignal took its sweet time before blasting away with an emphatic performance on both ends to pull off a 20-25, 25-10, 25-20, 25-10 win over Sta. Lucia. Rachel Anne Daquis had an impressive all-around performance while Honey Royse Tubino spearheaded a sizzling run in the deciding set to lift the HD Spikers to an easy win. In the second match, Foton flirted with disaster before hammering a 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24 win over Generika-Ayala. Dindin Santiago and Gretchel Soltones played like a two-headed spiking machine, finishing with 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who started out slow but caught fire in the crucial stretch of the fourth set to conquer the victory. With the win, the HD Spikers and the Tornadoes are now tied at the second spot with a 2-1 win-loss mark behind unbeaten Petron. The Blaze Spikers, however, are still playing neophyte Cocolife as of press time. Daquis, a fresh recruit from RC Cola-Army, delivered seven kills, three aces and two blocks for 12 points while Tubino finished with 11 markers for the HD Spikers, who fielded their second unit early in the game before veterans like Daquis, Tubino, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Chie Saet restored order in the second and third sets. “We managed to cut down our errors unlike last game,” said Cignal coach George Pascua, admitting they can’t afford to relax as they’re setting their sights on making it to the semifinals. “We have a very good chance of making it to the top three. We just need to work hard and treat each game as if it’s a championship match.” Daquis said their performance may be impressive, but they still remain a work in progress. “We’ve been together for only a month. We’re still working on making some adjustments,” said the comely open spiker, who was named Most Valuable Player of the PSL All-Filipino Conference two years ago. The HD Spikers emerged with less errors compared to the Lady Realtors, 24-31, while having a huge advantage in the attack points, 50-31, and aces, 9-4. One of the two new teams this year, the Lady Realtors came out firing in the opening set as 6-foot-1 Lourdes Clemente and hard-hitting Rachel Austero took turns in piercing the defensive blanket of Cignal in the first set. But after Cignal equalized the match at one set apiece, the fire in the eyes of Sta. Lucia slowly dwindled as the HD Spikers turned a 16-all deadlock into a 24-18 lead to capture the third set and gain a sky-high morale entering the fourth. Clemente finished with eight kills for 10 points while Jonah Sabete had eight kills for the Lady Realtors, who have yet to win in two starts.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2017

Petron eyes stint in PSL finals

Petron eyes stint in PSL finals.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2017

Petron seeks partners for new $10-B refinery

MANILA, Philippines - Oil refining giant Petron Corp......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Petron eyes tighter hold on lead

Petron eyes tighter hold on lead.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

Petron eyes solo lead vs skidding Cignal HD Spikers

MANILA, Philippines — Semifinalist Petron Blaze Spikers gun to solidify its grip of the lead when it clashes with struggling Cignal HD Spikers in the Philipp.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

Petron eyes No. 3 as PSL GP resumes

MANILA, Philippines – The Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera resumes today with an explosive triple-header at the FilOil Fly.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

Donaire has new promoter, eyes featherweight return

MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire Jr. will begin the next chapter of his boxing career under a new promoter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News2 hr. 5 min. ago

Stunner in Budapest: Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds

em>By Paul Newberry, Associated Press /em> BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky reached for the wall. Someone else was already there. For the first time ever at the world championships, Ledecky knows what it's like to lose. Bidding to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when Italy's Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the final lap. Pellegrini, the world-record holder, avenged a close defeat at the hands of Ledecky two years ago in Kazan, Russia. This time, it was the Italian touching first in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds. Ledecky and Australia's Emma McKeon tied for the silver at 1:55.18. 'I just didn't really have it today,' Ledecky said. 'I can't complain really with the silver medal.' While Pellegrini covered her mouth in delight and climbed atop a lane rope to celebrate, Ledecky stared blankly at the scoreboard. She had never seen a '2'' beside her name at the world championships. It was there in Budapest, where Ledecky's unbeaten streak in the second-biggest swimming competition after the Olympics finally ended. 'I didn't really feel at the end that I had that extra gear that I normally have,' said the 20-year-old Stanford student from the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Ledecky had been 12 of 12 over the last three world championships, including three golds in this stately European capital. But her most audacious schedule yet — six freestyle events covering distances ranging from 100 meters (on a relay) to 1,500 (the grueling metric mile) — finally caught up with her along the banks of the Danube. Missy Franklin will remain the only female swimmer to win a half-dozen events at worlds, while Ledecky can take comfort in being the winningest female swimmer overall. Twelve golds leave her trailing only fellow Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for the most victories. Now she's got a silver, too. 'It happens,' said Ledecky, who will be a heavy gold medal favorite in her last two events, the 4x200 free relay and the 800 free. 'It happens to every athlete at some point. I know this race will really motivate me moving forward and the rest of the week as well.' Of course, losing to Pellegrini was hardly an embarrassment. The 28-year-old became the first swimmer in the history of the championship to capture seven medals in a single individual event. Pellegrini's incredible run in the 200 free began at the 2005 worlds in Montreal, where she grabbed a silver. She was third in 2007 at Melbourne, and then had back-to-back victories, including a world-record performance at Rome in 2009 (1:52.98) that still stands from the rubber-suit era. Pellegrini was runner-up at the last two worlds, finishing behind Franklin in 2013 at Barcelona and Ledecky two years ago. On Wednesday, the Italian was back on top in what she called the last 200 of her career. 'I honestly thought the one to win the race would be Katie,' Pellegrini said. 'It wasn't.' McKeon got off to a blistering start, making the first turn more than a half-second below the record pace, while Ledecky — normally a slow starter because of her distance background — was lagging in fifth. Ledecky turned on the speed and was just one-hundredth of a second behind the Aussie when they made the final flip. But the two leaders, having spent so much energy dueling each other, didn't have anything left for the final lap. Pellegrini sure did. Her closing 50 was a blistering 28.82 — nearly a full second faster than both Ledecky and McKeon. 'Everything seemed to be in slow motion to me in the water,' Pellegrini said. 'At 150 meters on the turn we were all there, so I closed my eyes.' She paused for a moment, as if trying to convince herself that it really happened. 'I didn't believe I would make it.' Pellegrini said. 'I still can't believe it.' She wasn't the only Italian atop of the medal podium. Gabriele Detti rallied to win the men's 800 free, racing past both teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri and Poland's Wojciech Wojdak after those two put on a thrilling back-and-forth duel. Detti finished in 7:40.77, holding off Wojdak by less than a second while Paltrinieri faded to bronze. Standing in the aisles and screaming furiously, the packed house at Duna Arena came to cheer for Katinka Hosszu, who also was in the 200 free final, and Laszlo Cseh, one of the favorites in the 200 butterfly. Hosszu wasn't a factor, finishing seventh. Cseh rallied furiously over the final lap but couldn't catch South African star Chad le Clos, who took the gold in 1:53.33. Cseh settled for silver, though that didn't prevent him from pausing on deck to salute the raucous crowd. The bronze went to Japan's Daiya Seto. Britain's Adam Peaty cruised to victory in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event, but his time was a bit of a letdown. After breaking the world record in both the preliminaries and the semifinals — the latter in 25.95 — Peaty settled for only the second-fastest time ever (25.99) in the final. Brazil's Joao Gomes Junior claimed the silver and South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh took bronze. After Ledecky's disappointment, the U.S. finished on a strong note with its second world record of the day in the 4x100 mixed medley relay. Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won gold with a time of 3:38.56, easily beating the mark of 3:40.28 put up by an entirely different U.S. foursome — Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford — in the morning preliminaries. Australia took the silver, while Canada and China tied for bronze in an event that will be part of the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo. 'It's pretty cool,' Grevers said, 'that we had two relays that would've won tonight.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 52 min. ago

Comelec eyes new voting technology for 2019 polls

MANILA, Philippines -  The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering six options in picking the automated election system (AES) that will be used in t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News9 hr. 5 min. ago

Congress eyes charter change working group, won’t wait for Con-Com

Congress eyes charter change working group, won’t wait for Con-Com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News11 hr. 52 min. ago

San Sebastian eyes solo 3rd, battles JRU at home

Games Thursday (July 27) (San Sebastian Gym, Mendiola) 2 p.m.- San Sebastian vs Jose Rizal (jrs).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 39 min. ago

Sepfourteen eyes Triple Crown

Sepfourteen eyes Triple Crown.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Capitol Eyes Land in Tuburan for BSP Cebu Camp Site

Capitol Eyes Land in Tuburan for BSP Cebu Camp Site.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Amazing Amanda of Banko-Perlas

Of Filipino and American descent, pretty Amanda Villanueva of Banko-Perlas always wows the gallery with her high vertical jump at the net and solid floor defense. Her alma maters – St. James Academy in Malabon and Adamson University – had trained her, she says with some pride, to be that way, to be an asset for any team she’s with. At five-foot-four, she has a vertical leap higher than most, which almost always sets her up for an accurate attack at the net. In the backline she defends as wonderfully as a libero, effectively sealing whatever leaks still remain on her team’s floor defense. This lady with eyes the color of topaz is a joy to interview. She is articulate and witty and amidst the noise fanned by an ongoing game, she listens intently and understands the questions thrown at her. One question, though, stymies her – how do you get to leap that high? She’s at a loss for words to explain how the St. James Academy high school volleyball program is able to turn out girls who are high leapers like her and past and present teammate Ella de Jesus. “I don’t know how they do it over at St. James, but Ella and I, because of that kind of training, are able to leap higher than most girls our height.” Nicknamed 'the Ella-vator' by the imaginative sportswriters covering the volleyball beat, the five feet, two inches high school teammate of Amanda in St. James Academy, had been the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles’ other main open spiker beside superstar Alyssa Valdez in their back-to-back title romp in the UAAP, and who is now manning, along with Amanda, the same position for the Banko-Perlas Spikers.  Amanda’s numbers in Banko-Perlas’ first three games in the PVL Open Conference glowingly speak of her effectiveness as a spiker despite her height. Nine points against Hair Fairy-Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, 11 against triple champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, and 12 against the Lady Falcons of Adamson, where she graduated with a degree in BS Psychology, for a three-game total of 32. Amanda credits her Adamson training and coach Dulce Pante for the defensive gem that she has become. A volleyball analyst opines that if you have her as a libero, you have in your hand one highly dependable libero. If, on the other hand, she plays the attacking position, you will effectively have two liberos when she rotates to the backline. That is what Banko-Perlas is enjoying from her now.   strong>Evergreen Amanda /strong> Amanda is among the fortunate athletes who look forever fresh and supremely fit. Evergreen Amanda, some call her. “I super take care of my body by eating right. What I have become I owe largely to eating the right food. People suffer because of what they ate early in their lives.” To wannabes who aspire to competing in big-time tournaments such as the PVL, she has this to say: “Work at it if you really love the sport. Bring out the leader in you and make that leader guide you toward the attainment of your goal.” Ma. Amanda Villanueva was born in America. She and her family relocated to the Philippines, specifically to her father’s hometown of Malabon City, when she was two. She played intramural volleyball as a grade schooler in St. James Academy. Not until she was in second year high did she start playing varsity also for St. James after which she joined the De La Salle Lady Spikers for two years during which she partnered with Cha Cruz in UAAP beach volleyball. She spent her remaining years in the UAAP with the Adamson Lady Falcons, then suited up for PLDT Home Ultera which went on to sweep the Open and Reinforced Conferences of the V League in 2015. She took a one-year break to work in an insurance company in Dubai. Back from Dubai, she started her second wind in the sport she’s most passionate about by joining the Perlas Spikers in the PVL Reinforced Conference and Banko-Perlas in the Open Conference now. In between, she got to compete in the growing and expanding Beach Volleyball Republic multi-leg tournament, winning the La Union stop with partner Bea Tan, her Banko-Perlas teammate as well. “I will continue playing for as long as I can,” she says in all seriousness. Judging by the way she super takes care of her body, volleyball fans will see her play for a long, long time. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Nationals develop discipline, chemistry in SoKor training

SUWON CITY, South Korea --- The cafeteria inside the Sungkyunkwan University dormitory here was filled with chatter and laughter Sunday evening as the men’s national team lined up for their dinner. One by one, the players carrying their treys noisily walked to their tables after picking their meal. “Ssshhh!” assistant coach Macky Carino hissed with his eyes piercing like a dagger looking at the ever-playful group of Mark Alfarara, Geuel Asia, Bryan Bagunas and John Carascal. Everyone immediately lowered down their voices, sat straight and held back their emotions and excitement just hours after watching the 2017 Women’s Grand Prix and getting a group picture with Korea’s superstar volleybelle Kim Yeun Koung. On the team official’s table, therapist Randel Lapuz gave in to the temptation of sipping a little of his piping-hot miso soup. “Sumusubo ka na, ‘di pa tayo kumpleto at ‘di pa nagdadasal,” assistant coach Michael Santos, son of legendary Far Eastern University coach Kid Santos, snapped at his roommate. Nobody is allowed to touch the sumptuous dinner, served by the cheerful and very welcoming cafeteria staff of the university’s dorm, right in front of them until veteran Herschel Ramos and the very quiet libero Jack Kalingking got their meal and settled at their seats. “Pumunta tayo rito ng kumpleto, magti-training ng kumpleto at kakain tayo ng kumpleto,” head coach Sammy Acaylar told his wards including his coaching staff. “Responsibility nyo ang isa’t isa. Team tayo dito. Lahat ng ginagawa ninyo dapat para sa team.” Ramos and Kalingking apologized to their teammates and were obviously embarrassed after moving a tad slower to go down from their room at the fifth floor of the building. After all, it was their second time to be late that day.  Aside from whipping the men’s team into fighting form, Acaylar and his coaching staff are strictly implementing discipline while building camaraderie among their players as they gear up for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 19 to 31. The PHI is bracketed with Indonesia, Vietnam and East Timor in the opening stage of the biennial meet.   strong>Cellphone curfew /strong> Before training and at night before they hit the sack, Santos, with a sack bag on hand, collects the cellphones of the players. The players must turn off their phones or risk having the whole bag of the team’s collected phones thrown out of the window. Santos returns their phones only after training. “’Yung focus natin kasi dito ay training, ibabalik naman ang phone sa kanila after ng ensayo,” Acaylar told ABS-CBN Sports. “Pero sa gabi kinokolekta namin ulit ‘yan kasi sa gabi dapat magpahinga. Eh kung may cellphone sila sa gabi ‘di naman magpapahinga ang mga ‘yan at baka mapuyat pa.” The coaching staff is lenient with the players in terms of posting on social media.   strong>Getting to know each other /strong> Acaylar mixes his program with physical and mental training as well as building team chemistry off the court. Veterans and young guns are assigned to share a room but will rotate with their roommates every two days in their 13-day training camp. “Kailangan ma-develop natin ang bonding natin sa isa’t isa. ‘Yung relationship ninyo as teammates,” said Acaylar, who steered the men’s team to a bronze medal in the country’s last podium finish back in the 1991 Southeast Asian Games. “Individually malalakas kayo pero ang sistema sa loob ng court iba-iba. Kaya kailangan maintindihan natin ang isa’t isa sa labas ng court pa lang,” he told his players. The team had an open forum Sunday night after viewing the tapes of their SEA Games opponents. Everybody including the coaching staff had a chance to share their story and background. Carino also gave the players an activity where they wrote their name, position, role in the team, their goals and aspirations and how to help the squad reach its target of a podium finish in the SEA Games. “Itatago nyo yan and every night lagi nyo siyang babasahin bago kayo matulog para ma-motivate kayo,” said Carino.      strong>First tune-up match assessment /strong> The coaching staff made their first assessment of the team Monday night after the Nationals dropped a 26-24, 17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 11-15, decision against the tall Korean U-19 team. Korean coach Park Wongil commended the Filipinos’ combination plays but also pointed out the team’s weaknesses and areas they need to improve on. Acaylar explained to the team that even Korean coach saw their lapses on blocking, reception and pattern defense. But the national team mentor stressed one lingering malady of Pinoy athletes that they must address. “Ito ang napapansin ko lang talaga na sakit natin in any sport, malakas tayo at nag-e-enjoy kapag nakakalamang pero nagpa-panic na kapag nahahabol at nalalamangan,” he said while telling his players to adapt the mentality of their young Korean opponents. The Koreans even after trailing several times in their tune-up match kept their composure and were not overwhelmed by their emotions and adrenaline. A contrast to the PHI squad, which displayed energy when they were up but slowly faded when the Koreans mounted a rally to pull away especially in the fifth set. “Ang ganda ng laro, ng energy and emotions ng mga players kapag lamang tayo pero once na nakalamang ang kalaban at nakalayo ng konti nagi-stop sila. Nobody inside the court ang nagli-lead ng team, na nagsasabi na, “Oy, wake up!” Di tulad nila (Koreans),” Acaylar told his wards. “Nagpa-panic kayo. ‘Yun ang gusto kong mabago. I-control nyo ang emotion ninyo. Siyempre pagdating ng laro kapag masyado kang gustong manalo ang tendency nagkakamali ka, nagkakamali ka. Ang patience ninyo masyadong maiksi.” “They are good. Gusto ko yung laro nila kaya nga lang ang gusto kong mangyari ay mawala ang pagpa-panic nila at maipasok nila ang positive (enery sa loob) and yung countdown (timing sa atake at block). Kontrolado nila dapat,” he added. Day 3 of the training camp Tuesday started with weights training and service reception drills at 10:00 a.m. at the SKK U gym before the Nationals second tune-up match against a more experienced Korean Universiade national team.                  --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017