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Philippines aims for top-three finish in 2019 SEA Games

After a very successful stint in the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia which saw the Philippines finish 19th out of 46 participating nations, the country aims to finish at least third when the 30th South East Asian Games roll along in the archipelago next year.  In the previous edition held in Kuala Lumpur last year, the Philippines finished sixth out of 11 nations, ending the Games with a 24 golds, 33 silver and 64 bronzes in the medal count. With the country hosting for the first time since the top overall finish in Manila back in 2005, Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas aims to replicate the successful hosting of the events 13 years prior. "I hope it all works out. To perform well. Our goal is to host well. Our goal is to be in the Top 3," Vargas said in between PBA games on Sunday.  Vargas also added that Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who is also the SEA Games organizing committee chairman, had already presented the budget proposal to Congress for appropriation in the 2019 National Budget. With that said, all participating countries will meet again at Clark in Pampanga, which will be the center of the Games, this November to see the progress of the venues there, and possibly add an event, particularly skateboarding to the Games. "We'll surprise you in skateboard. There are two other skateboard artists we're looking at that will really play the game. So we are really blessed with skateboard."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 23rd, 2018

Nike launches the most scientific basketball shoe ever made

Say goodbye to the common shoelace. On January 16, 2019 at the Nike Headquarters in New York City, the world’s most iconic sportswear brand presented a new platform called Nike Adapt which aims to deliver digitally powered adjustable footwear across both performance and lifestyle categories. Michael Donaghu, VP of Nike Innovation “Our vision for the future is called ‘Powered Athlete’ - A world in which products are intelligent. I’m pleased to say that the first chapter of intelligent Nike products and experiences begins today,” said Michael Donaghu, VP of Nike Innovation. Imagine a shoe that delivers the precise fit you need, when you need it with a push of a button or the swipe of a phone. That’s the kind of revolutionary technology that Nike Adapt presents to athletes and consumers. The first chapter in this innovation of Nike Adapt will feature the game of basketball. “We chose basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game, the athlete’s foot changes, and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience,” explained Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director. Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director During the process of creating the shoe, the Nike Adapt BB underwent various tests including using the underfoot lacing to lift 32 pounds of force. It’s as strong as that of a standard parachute cord. “This was the most tested shoe in the history of Nike Basketball,” revealed Ross Klein, Senior Designer of Basketball Footwear Innovation. Ross Klein, Senior Designer of Nike Basketball Footwear Innovation Owners of the Nike Adapt BB will have the ability to customize the fit of the shoe and select not just one setting, but different situations be it warming-up or engaging in the heat of the game via an app which controls the FitAdapt tech embedded in the sole of the shoe. “The app makes the shoe that much easier to use and allows you to evolve and update your shoe over time,” explained Michael Martin, VP of Nike Direct Product. “But, that’s just the beginning of an incredibly rich robust roadmap of additional improvements.” Michael Martin, VP of Nike Direct Product Aside from the power-lacing feature, the app also allows you to change the color of the two lights at the base of the shoe to fit your mood. There are 14 colors to choose from. Now, of course, part of the meticulous process of releasing the Nike Adapt BB to the world was getting elite athletes to test it out. That is exactly what Nike did when they brought the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Luka Doncic, De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum to the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon to take the Nike Adapt BB for a spin. It was one intense workout that Tatum, the sophomore star of the Boston Celtics thoroughly enjoyed. “We might have played 5 or 6 games and everybody was going hard. At first, everybody was just going up and down and breaking a sweat, but then, things started to get serious and we’re all competitors, so, we went at it,” said Tatum. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics Tatum will be the first NBA player to wear the Nike Adapt BB in an actual NBA game when the Boston Celtics play the Toronto Raptors in their upcoming match-up. The twenty year old forward has been known for wearing Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant signature sneakers but he already considers the Nike Adapt BB as his new favorite pair. “They’re now my favorite basketball shoe of all-time,” said Tatum with a smile. The Nike Adapt BB will be available in the Philippines in February at Nike Park Fort, Titan BGC and titan22.com at Php 17,495.00.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

SEA Games: New Clark City Sports Complex to rise in 9 months

MANILA, Philippines – With a little over a year left before the Philippines’ 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosting, a new national sports complex is set to rise for the first time in over 80 years.  The New Clark City Sports Complex, which is slated to finish by August 2019, will become the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Pinoys pocket six gold medals in SEA wrestling, eye big finish in 2019 SEAG

Team Go For Gold Philippines showed a preview of its competitive fire in the Southeast Asian Games next year after collecting six gold medals in the just-concluded Southeast Asian Senior Wrestling Championships held at the Dalubhasaan Lungsod ng San Pablo in Laguna......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Philippine medalists given additional financial incentives

Medalists from the recently-concluded Asian Games just got richer after getting additional financial incentives for their hard work and success. The incentives, which were a sum of the funds given by the MVP Group, San Miguel Corporation and the PBA, were given to the athletes in a special ceremony before the Ginebra-San Miguel tussle at the Big Dome Sunday evening. Bronze medalists were awarded PHP 300,000 while silver medalists got PHP 500,000 and gold medalists were bestowed a prize of PHP 2,000,000 each.  The latter prize was is in addition of the previous incentives awarded by the Philippine government and the private sector of PHP 7,000,000 for the gold medalists. Some medalists were on-hand in the awarding ceremony, including Pauline Lopez (bronze, taekwondo); Agatha Wong (bronze, taijijian, taijiquan); Rogen Ladon (silver, boxing), Hidilyn Diaz (gold, weightlifting), Yuka Saso (gold, golf).  The winning National Sports Associations were also given a cash prize in a ceremony earlier this day. Finishing the quadriennial meet with a 4 gold- 2 silver-15 bronze medal count, the Philippines finished 19 out of 46 participating nations, coming up short of a top-15 finish that the national sports governing bodies had set for themselves, but a noticeable improvement from the 1-3-11 medal haul in the Incheon Games in 2014.  Philippine Olympics Committee (POC) President Ricky Vargas was nonetheless proud of the national athletes, whose countless hours of hard work and dedication had brought pride to the country. "That was difficult. We got 4 golds, which was something that we were very happy with. Also we just hit 19. Yung goal natin maging 15 eh darating rin tayo doon. Or even better," Vargas said after the ceremonies.  The ABAP President also added that additional private sponsors had pledged their support for the athletes in the upcoming South East Asian Games to be held in Clark and Manila late 2019. "They are coming in, and I am very happy that they are coming in. And they have confirmed their support just today. I spoke to some of them who were there in the Owner's Lounge there. So importante yun. Importante rin ang POC, di ba?" "So nag-meeting rin kami with [PSC Chairman William 'Butch] Ramirez and complete support for the South East Asian Games. They're coming to our place. To our home. We will perform well in our home."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: SMC stars finally show up for Gilas practice

Gilas Pilipinas officially turns its attention to the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers. After a 5th-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games, the national team resumed practice Monday and several notable SMC stars finally showed up. Ginebra's Scottie Thompson and Greg Slaughter, San Miguel's Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, and Magnolia's Ian Sangalang are the new names for Gilas in practice. Joining them are mainstays Gabe Norwood, Asi Taulava, Poy Erram, Paul Lee, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Allein Maliksi, Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, Stanley Pringle, and Christian Standhardinger. National team head coach Yeng Guiao is set to finalize his lineup Monday after practice with Gilas leaving for Iran on September 10. The Philippines will start the second round of the Asian Qualifiers on the road against the Iranians on September 13 before hosting Qatar four days later. Gilas currently holds a 4-2 record in its new merged group.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Siklab Atleta aims for the Philippines first Olympic gold medal

The Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation, a project aimed to gather support from the private sector to fund the athletes who have potential to bring home the first-ever Olympic gold for the country, was formally launched on Saturday. Phoenix Fuel Corporation and Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy, who is the man behind Siklab Atleta, cites the natural and admirable talent of the Filipino athlete on the global stage.   "The road towards bringing home the first Olympic gold is not easy, but with the support of everybody, we may have chance,” said Uy. 2019 Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee Chairman and Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was also in attendance.   “We may disagree, we may argue but for as long as we are united in the goal of helping our athletes, then we are good,” remarked Cayetano.   Cayetano also touched on the subject of taking care of athletes who have passed their prime and are in very dire situations in life. “Yes the country will “use” you, but it is our commitment to you that we will never forget you.  We will take care of you.” Sixteen corporate sponsors namely SM investments Corp., Belle Corporation, RFM Corporation, Alaska Milk Corp., Tanduay Distillery, JG Summit Holdings, Inc., Megawide Construction Corp., International Container Terminal Services, Inc., San Miguel Corporation, PLDT, Unilab, Ulticon Builders Inc., Phoenix Petroleum, 2Go, Megaworld Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation and Philippine International Air Terminal Corp., have so far pledged their support. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez expressed his gratitude towards the private sector whose partnership is important to help our athletes succeed. Newly-elected Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Ricky Vargas echoed Ramirez in his message of unity saying “it takes a whole community to support an athlete.”  He also said that all sports stakeholders must unite to find the best athletes to represent the country.   The foundation has identified thirty athlete-recipients so far.  Fourteen of them, led by Rio Olympics Silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, were in attendance as the others are training overseas or participating in competitions. Newly-elected POC Chairman, Congressman Bambol Tolentino intimated that the athletes’ “pusong Pinoy” is what he feels when he watches a live sporting match, “but in this room, with all of you sports leaders and heroes, dama ang buong pusong Pinoy”......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

Pinoy combat athletes ready to deliver as AIMAG medal hunt starts

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – The Philippines will officially kick off its medal hunt in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games today with Filipino fighters in ju-jitsu, wrestling and taekwondo expected to deliver. The national track and field team headed by reigning Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Eric Cray and former Asian long-jump queen Marestella Torres will also see action as the country aims to secure medals in 17 out of the 41 events that Filipino athletes have been entered on Monday. Grappler Alvin Lobreguito pocketed the first medal for the Philippines in the men’s freestyle -57kg traditional wrestling a day before last night’s lavish opening ceremony at the ultramodern Ashgabat Olympic Stadium here. Over 6,000 athletes from 62 countries will compete in 21 sports during the 12-day sportsfest considered as the biggest indoor Games in the continent with the inclusion of the Ocenia region led by Australia and New Zealand. Cray, the SEAG 400m hurdles record-holder, will try his luck in the 60m hurdles on Monday and 60m sprint on Tuesday. Also competing here is former Asian long jump queen Marestella Torres-Sunang. A gold medal winner during the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships in Guangdong, China, the 36-year-old Torres-Sunang hopes to get a podium finish, something she’d like to do as she nears retirement. She captured a bronze medal in the last KL SEA Games. Also seeing action at the Indoor Trand and Field Stadium are Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog, participants in the 800m preliminary round, with Guarte also set to compete in the 1500m preliminaries. The finals of the 800m and 1500m are scheduled Wednesday. Janry Ubas, meanwhile, will aim for a podium finish in the long jump event set Tuesday. Taekwondo jins Jenar Torillos (54kg), Samuel Thomas Morrison (74kg), Karen Celis (46kg) and Levita Ronna Ilao (46kg) are set to see action, all targeting to get a medal in this event organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). In jiu-jitsu, the Philippines will have Asian champion Apryl Eppinger (62kg), Alexander Lim (69kg), Terrence Hansel Co (77kg), Gilbert Ombao (94kg) and Lou-Ann Jindani (70kg). The grapplers that will vie for medals in the traditional wrestling classic include Michael Vijay Cater (57kg), Jonathan Maquilan (62kg), Jhonny Morte (68kg), Jeff Manatad (75kg), Cristof Hoffman Jr. (90kg), Grace Loberanes (52kg) and Noemi Tener (58kg). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

EDITORIAL - Worst finish

In a grand closing ceremony on Wednesday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia turned over to the Philippines the hosting of the next Southeast Asian Games in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2017

EDITORIAL - Second worst finish

In a grand closing ceremony on Wednesday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia turned over to the Philippines the hosting of the next Southeast Asian Games in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2017

Bruno Mars being eyed to perform at 2019 SEA Games opening

America's highest-paid musician is being booked to bring the house down during the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. A reliable source confirmed to the Inquirer that Filipino organizers have begun to touch base with the handlers of Bruno Mars for a performance to remember that can send the country's SEA Games hosting to a phenomenal level. Getting Mars, whose mother is Filipino, on board can definitely boost the marketing side of organizing the 11-nation sportsfest, which the Philippines has brought on local turf for the fourth time since 1981. Forbes announced in July 2018 that Mars was the top earner in the American music industry for 2017 with estimated ...Keep on reading: Bruno Mars being eyed to perform at 2019 SEA Games opening.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 37 min. ago

Oro-based Light Industry Launches Innovative Building System

A pioneering light metal manufacturing company is launching an innovative building system that aims to provide stronger, “faster to complete”, and more economical buildings for the construction industry in the Philippines. On January 17-20, 2019, Priometal Mindanao Corporation will be conducting an open house for industry stakeholders at its demo unit located at Dove Street, Barangay Kauswagan (just across the Kauswagan Barangay Hall)......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated News21 hr. 37 min. ago

Jasmine Alkhaldi raring for SEA Games gold at home

MANILA, Philippines---Olympic heartbreaks won't make Philippine swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi walk away from the sport. Jasmine Alkhaldi had thoughts of giving up swimming when she failed to advance to the semifinals of the 100-meter women's freestyle event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the notion of competing in the 2019 Philippine Southeast Asian Games made her change her mind. Representing Filipinos in her home country lit a fire in Alkhaldi that almost got doused in the pools of Rio de Janeiro and now she's on a mission to wear the Philippine colors proudly in the regional games. "It's really what keeps me going," said Alkhaldi during the PBA's opening ceremonies for the 2019...Keep on reading: Jasmine Alkhaldi raring for SEA Games gold at home.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Travel around the world with ‘Cities of the World’

Pop Life TV is starting 2019 with a gift to its audience as it launches "Cities of the World." A never-been-aired show in the Philippines, this fun and new program promises to bring its audience around the world, in cities both great and small. Viewers will definitely be tourists right in the comfort of their own homes while getting to know historic origins, fun facts and the best tourist spots in some of the world's most famous cities. The 13-episode program features the majestic places of Rome, London, Sydney, New York, and even more exotic destinations like Istanbul. The show aims to lead people to discover the culture, the food, and many other great things about these citie...Keep on reading: Travel around the world with ‘Cities of the World’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

ABL: Malaysia extinguishes red-hot Alab Pilipinas

Just as Alab Pilipinas could not get going the way they usually do, Malaysia just seemed to be able to hit the mark all game long at home in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Torching the nets to the tune of a total of 14 triples before Jonathan Wong took care of the game-winner, the Dragons doused cold water on the defending champions with a well-earned 72-71 win in the continuation of the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos were up by five with six minutes remaining and one with 31.6 ticks to go, but Wong kept the home team in the game all throughout with a total of 21 points on top of six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. It was also the Singaporean reinforcement who willed in a layup over Caelan Tiongson to lift Malaysia to just its third win in six games. Still, without a doubt, this is their biggest win of the season – becoming the first team to put a blemish on the Philippines’ record. Of course, Wong was no one-man show as Nnanna Egwu and Chris Eversley also made an impact with 21 and 15 points, respectively. They also combined for five of the Malaysians’ total triples that, in all, frustrated their opponents. Alongside being unable to defend the three-point line, Alab also lacked contributions from its locals as only Puerto Rican reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos proved effective with the former finishing with 31 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists and the latter ending with his own 16-marker, 11-board double-double to go along with five dimes. Back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. just had five points to his name as he and his squad suffered their first setback in six games. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

LOOK: Netizens slam official SEA Games mascot Pami

       MANILA, Philippines – Local support for the 2019 SEA Games designs is just, quite appropriately, going in circles. After the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) received renewed flak for pushing through with the Games' infamous circle logo, they are once again the subject of ridicule after pushing through with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Ray Parks Blackwater status still up in air

MANILA, Philippines – It is still unknown whether top rookie Ray Parks will suit up for Blackwater in the PBA's season-opening 2019 Philippine Cup.  The Elite are seeking for the Commissioner's Office to decide on Parks' status since the No. 2 overall pick has reiterated his desire to finish his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

ABL: Alab defends Lapu-Lapu by dominating Wolf Warriors

All of Alab Pilipinas put on a show before ultimately putting away Chinese team Zhuhai to stay spotless in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. Renaldo Balkman was a force as always, but it was point guards Ethan Alvano and Josh Urbiztondo who proved to be the thorns on the side of the Wolf Warriors in a 105-95 romp on Sunday at the Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu. Balkman was brilliant all game long with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Alvano and Urbiztondo wound up with 21 and 19 markers, respectively The contest was close for the first 12 minutes and the Filipino lead was only at 25-22 early in the second until Urbiztondo fired 10 points to detonate a 19-6 blast that put his side up, 44-28, late in the quarter. Both the lead and the momentum would remain with the Filipinos until the final buzzer. In all, seasoned Urbiztondo and youngblood Alvano waxed hot for all the time they were on the court and merged for nine triples. Add Pao Javelona’s own two treys and the Philippines’ floor leaders had all but five of their entire team’s total long-range missiles. With that, hulking Puerto Rican reinforcement PJ Ramos and back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. didn’t even have to do much with the former having just seven points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists and the latter having 12 markers and three boards. The Philippines is now undefeated through five games in its title defense. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Expect packed UAAP Season 82 as PH hosts 2019 SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines – UAAP Season 82 host Ateneo laid out plans to adjust the league schedule as the Philippines hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games starting November 30. As men’s basketball action usually ends early December, Ateneo plans to compress the schedule and wrap up the tournament by the third ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Questions people are (probably) asking, as Philippine sports enters 2019 | ABS-CBN News

Can Manny Pacquiao add to his legacy? Will Gilas be able to qualify for the FIBA World Cup? How will the Philippines fare in the SEA Games?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

Philippines to complete Pag-asa Island repairs by 2019 | Philstar.com

The Philippines is expecting to finish the repairs of the runway on Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea by the end of 2019, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019