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Philippines losing banana experts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – The Philippines is losing its banana experts to its Southeast Asian neighbors after being pirated by other players in the region who have sought to become a significant force in the global banana trade. Speaking during “Wednesdays’ at Habi Kape,” Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive […].....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 14th, 2019

Banana industry losing global edge

MANILA, Philippines - Amid rebel attacks and lack of government support, banana stakeholders said the billion-dollar local industry is losing its competitive.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2016

Flights grounded as volcano erupts near Manila

Manila [Philippines], Jan 13 (ANI): About 8,000 residents were evacuated after a small active volcano near Manila spewed a massive cloud of ash on Sunday that drifted across the city, as experts warne.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Flights grounded as volcano erupts near Manila

Manila [Philippines], Jan 13 (ANI): About 8,000 residents were evacuated after a small active volcano near Manila spewed a massive cloud of ash on Sunday that drifted across the city, as experts warne.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Afternoon fire razes 70 houses in Duljo Fatima

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The new year is gloomy for at least 70 households in Sitios Cepadul Uno and Dos of Barangay Duljo Fatima in Cebu City after losing their homes to a fire this afternoon, January 2, 2020. Senior Fire Inspector Arnel Abella, the ground commander of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Cebu […] The post Afternoon fire razes 70 houses in Duljo Fatima appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2020

Pinoy Basketball in 2019: High, low, and then High again

Another year, another time when basketball literally did not stop in the Philippines. There was a lot to see when it came to Pinoy hoops in 2019, as if everyone was trying to make sure to end the decade on a bang. It was definitely a pretty hectic year for Philippine basketball, proving time and again that ball truly is life.   SPIDER-MEN, GRAND SLAMS, AND EPIC TRILOGIES The PBA is technically still not over, with the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup stretching all the way to mid January 2020. The country’s top league for sure had a lot happening, perhaps most infamously being in the 2019 Philippine Cup Finals when a random fan dressed as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man stormed the court late in Game 5 between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia. Safe to say, things got crazy. The other PBA Spider-Man, Arwind Santos, saw his signature dunk banned by the league. He also got fined P200k for hurling racial gestures against an opposing import and is now indefinitely suspended by his own team for fighting against his own import. All that with Peter Parker having his identity revealed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (*spoiler alert*) and it’s just been a pretty wacky year for Spider-Men. San Miguel also tried to win a Grand Slam this year, it looked great too as the Beermen won their second title despite being a no. 7 seed and were undefeated almost halfway through the third conference. But just like this current batch of Beermen’s first Grand Slam attempt, they never really got close as Barangay Ginebra ended the bid in round 1 of the Governors’ Cup. Oh and speaking of the Gin Kings, they’re back in the Governors’ Cup Finals... against Meralco. Oh yes, we’re getting a Trilogy. If that’s not the way to start a whole new decade then we don’t know what is.   HIGH, LOW, AND THEN HIGH AGAIN Switching over to Gilas Pilipinas, the national team was pretty busy this year, which is one of the way reasons why the current PBA season is getting dragged all the way to the next decade. After a gloomy ending in 2018, Gilas showed us where the lights shine brightest by booking a trip to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Gilas overcome freezing weather in Kazakhstan to advance, making sure that the Philippines will be stringing together three straight World Cup appearances. Once Gilas got to China though, it appeared that the national team got blinded by said bright lights. Loss after loss after loss after loss after loss, the Philippines ended up finishing in 32nd place out of 32 teams, setting the Gilas program back a couple of notches. But 2019 will not be a lost year though, as Gilas put together an incredible loaded team to put on a show in the Southeast Asian Games in Manila. Win after win after win after win after win, the Philippines ended up with a 13th straight gold medal in the SEA Games.   FLAMING OUT Fresh from a first ABL title in 2018, San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas was off to a sizzling start for the 2019 season, opening with eight straight wins. The team returned most of its title-winning core from the season prior and added behemoth PJ Ramos as a second import. Even with losses here and there, Alab maintained its number one ranking for most of the year... that is until injuries caught up to the team. Alab flamed out it its title defense, first losing the no. 1 seed to Formosa and then getting swept out of the opening round of the playoffs by Hong Kong Eastern, the team they swept in the semis the year before. Ultimately, Alab lost six straight games on its way to giving up its title. Fortunately, Alab has ended the decade with a four-game run and Jimmy Alapag’s crew is currently tied for first place in the new 2019-2020 season.   BRAND NEW KNIGHTS After a banner first conference, the MPBL quickly expanded to an incredible 26 teams. Following a crazy season with 364 games played, and old MBA dynasty in the San Juan Knights emerged as champions, taking down Davao Occidental in a classic five-game series for the title. The Knights’ title conquest came in the middle of the year and the MPBL is back in action, with 31 teams battling it out in the ongoing Lakan Cup. 2019 saw a ton of basketball games to be played, and 2020 looks like there’s no slowing down in terms of hoops action. Let’s get to it.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2019

New Stars and New Eras: A look back at MMA in 2019

2019 was once again a pretty eventful year in terms of mixed martial arts, especially on the local front. In 2019, we saw Pinoy stars rise and fall, and some have managed to rise again before the decade’s end. Before we look forward to 2020, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest storylines in the world of Filipino, Asian and international mixed martial arts.   Team Lakay’s Troubles 2019 kicked off with not one, not two, but five world champions from the famed Filipino MMA stable Team Lakay. Pinoy MMA icon Eduard Folayang was on his second run as the ONE Lightweight World Champion, Kevin Belingon was enjoying his status as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion, Geje Eustaquio reigned over the flyweight division as the ONE Flyweight World Champion, and rising star Joshua Pacio, the ONE Strawweight World Champion, was the team’s youngest titleholder. Outside ONE, Stephen Loman continued on his reign as the BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Champion. And then, the dominoes began to fall. Pacio was the first to drop his title, losing a close split decision to Japan’s Yosuke Saruta. Eustaquio followed suit, dropping a controversial decision to rival Adriano Moraes, and then Folayang and Belingon would also lose their titles in heartbreaking fashion at ONE: A New Era in Japan. It was, to say the least, a rough start to the year for the Benguet-based team, but they would manage to bounce back before the year was done, with Folayang and Eustaquio both claiming wins to end the year.   The Rise of "The Passion" 23-year old prodigy Joshua “The Passion” Pacio was the youngest member of Team Lakay to hold a title heading into 2019, and heading into 2020, he remains the lone member of  Team Lakay to hold a ONE world title. After losing to Yosuke Saruta in January, Pacio was granted an immediate rematch and made good on the second opportunity by blasting Saruta with a head kick to score the KO and reclaim the ONE Strawweight World Championship. Pacio would then take on the clear-cut number one contender in fellow Pinoy Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan, and make quick work of him as well, scoring a second-round submission win to retain the title. Even before the end of the year, Pacio already has his next assignment, as he’s set to face former champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury in Manila on January 31st. A win for Pacio cements his status as one of, if not, the best ONE strawweight ever. While Team Lakay’s 2019 was, for the most part, a struggle, Pacio was no doubt the Team’s brightest spot.   A New Era 2019 proved to be another milestone year for Asia-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship, as they were able to penetrate new markets in terms of live shows as well as broadcast deals. ONE began the year with a new partnership with Turner Broadcasting, which gave North American fans access to ONE’s brand of martial arts through B/R Live and TNT. In terms of live events, ONE was able to finally plant their flag in one of the biggest markets for MMA in the world, Japan. In March, ONE put on their first ever show in Japan, ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, which featured some of the promotion’s biggest names including  Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Eduard Folayang, and many more. To celebrate their historic 100th event, ONE returned to Tokyo for ONE: Century, their biggest card ever, featuring seven world title bouts and the promotion’s biggest stars, and then some.   In 2020, ONE plans to break through to even more new markets, possible including a show in the United States.   The ‘Return’ of Jon Jones While Jon Jones officially reclaimed his spot at the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight division in December of 2018, it was in 2019 that he returned to his dominant ways. After stopping Alexander Gustafsson in 2018 to reclaim the UFC Light Heavyweight crown, Jones handily defeated tough challengers in Anthony Smith and Thiago “Maretta” Santos to retain the titles. While the Smith and Santos bouts were lackluster in the eyes of many, it showed that even on his bad days, Jon Jones is better than most people on their best days.   “Rush” Retires Again While it was something that was expected, 37-year old Georges St-Pierre officially retired from MMA, again, in February. The former long-time welterweight king and pound-for-pound great made a triumphant return to the UFC in 2017, dethroning Michael Bisping to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. GSP would never get to defend the title, as he would relinquish it not long after due to concerns with ulcerative colitis. While GSP has remained inactive since, the whispers of a super-fight with reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov remain present, and 2020 could possibly see that coming to fruition.   Grand Prix Greatness In 2019, ONE Championship introduced a new and exciting attraction, the ONE Lightweight and Flyweight World Grand Prix tournaments.  Eight of the best fighters from each division would battle it out in a tournament-style competition, and the winner would become the ONE World Grand Prix Champion and earn a title shot against the division's respective titleholder.  Making their debuts in the lightweight and flyweight tournaments were former UFC champs Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson respectively, and as it played out the two would have very different outcomes.  Alvarez saw himself get upset in the quarterfinals by Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. The former UFC lightweight king would get another chance in the tournament after defeating Eduard Folayang in a last-minute semifinal matchup, but another injury would keep him out of the finale at ONE: Century in Tokyo. Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee ended up stepping in on short notice to defeat tournament favorite Saygid Guseyn Arslanalieve and become a double-champion.  Johnson, meanwhile, breezed through his quarterfinals and semifinals bouts to set up a finale showdown with Filipino star Danny Kingad. In the Finale, Kingad fought valiantly but ultimately fell to Johnson via Unanimous Decision, setting up a must-see matchup between DJ and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes in 2020.    Baddest Motherf**ker Jorge Masdival has long been a staple in the UFC’s lightweight ranks for years, but it wasn’t until 2019 that “Gamebred” made headlines. After a hiatus in 2018, Masvidal returned with a bang in 2019, knocking out former title challenger Darren Till, and then followed that up with a 5-second flying knee knockout over former ONE Welterweight king Ben Askren. The popularity and momentum that Masvidal had garnered was enough to bring a certain Stockton star out of retirement and that set up one of the most talked-about UFC title bouts in 2019: Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz for the title of Baddest Motherf**ker. Masvidal lived up to the name and pieced Diaz up with strikes in the early rounds, before eventually opening up a cut that was just too big for the fight to go on. Much to the dismay of Masvidal, Diaz, and the crowd in New York, the fight was stopped. Still, it was nothing short of a testament to just how dangerous the new and improved version of Jorge Masvidal is. Expect him to challenge for a title in 2020.   MMA stars shine in 2019 SEA Games A number of Pinoy mixed martial artists showcased their skills in different battlegrounds during the recently-concluded 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which was held in the Philippines. from November 30 to December 11. Reigning URCC champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl took home gold in Combat Sambo, while former ONE title challenger Rene Catalan settled for Silver after an injury dashed his dreams of getting gold. Another URCC veteran in Ariel Lee Lampacan also took home SEA Games gold, this time in the Muay Thai competition. ONE Super Series veteran Ryan Jakiri took home silver. The SEA Games kickboxing event saw three MMA stars from Team Lakay take home gold medals, as Gina Iniong, Jerry Olsim, and Jean Claude Saclag all reigned over their respective divisions. Iniong, of course, is a ONE Women’s Atomweight contender, while Olsim is a veteran of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series. Saclag, meanwhile, is one of Team Lakay’s representatives in the Japan-based promotion Shooto.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2019

Experts warn vs China control of PH telco, power

Security experts have warned against the rising influence of Beijing in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 19th, 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

2019 setbacks have made Rene Catalan hungry heading into 2020

Rene "The Challenger" Catalan only had one goal when he decided to answer the call to compete in combat sambo at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines – to win a gold medal. While the ONE strawweight division contender looked unstoppable up until the semifinals, he eventually lost to Fajar in the finals, 11-3.  The 40-year-old felt the effects of the heel-hook that Chatchai Ritthidecha applied on him in the semifinals, affecting his mobility against the Indonesian.  It was an unacceptable outcome according to Catalan, but the loss will add fuel to his fire when he makes his return to The Home Of Martial Arts. “I am not satisfied. My main goal was to get the gold medal and I am disappointed. But it’s done. I know I would have gotten that gold medal, but my foot got in the way,” Catalan said.  Catalan last saw action in the Circle when he challenged ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE last November, losing to the belt holder by submission in round two. But the losses this year keep Catalan hungry heading into 2020, and he promises to turn those frustrations into positive results in ONE Championship. “I’ll do everything to get back to the winning lane. The SEA Games would have started my road to recovery, but I didn’t get it. So now I’m really hungry to get back and I’m excited for my return to ONE Championship,” Catalan said.  “This is an added inspiration. I will work double-time and move my way up for another title shot.” Expecting that things will not get easier moving forward, “The Challenger” promises to stay prepared.  "I am so hungry for that win. I’ll prepare hard for whoever ONE gives to me because I know they will give me someone extraordinary.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2019

SEA Games: Tiwala lang sa isa t isa -- Espejo on miracle win

The Philippine men’s volleyball team stared at Thailand’s huge match point advantage in the fourth set. Thailand, a powerhouse team on a mission to win its fifth straight SEA Games title, needed just one point to finish off the Filipinos on Sunday in their 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball semifinals. The Thais held a 24-21 lead. Refusing to roll down and die, the Filipinos, 92 ranks lower than Thailand, came back to life to write a historic feat 42 years in the making. The Philippines booked a rare gold medal date with Indonesia in the country’s first men’s volleyball final since losing to Cambodia in the inaugural 1977 edition of the meet in Malaysia after ousting Thailand, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15, in front of 6,700 crowd at the rocking PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.  Their feat hinged on one simple word: trust. The host team saved three match points to knot the set before Bryan Bagunas scored to put the PHI up, 25-24.       Amorntep Konhan answered with a hit but Bagunas hammered another kill before the PHI completed the comeback after an attack error by Thailand to force a decider. Marck Espejo, a power server and top hitter, was on the service line during that pivotal stretch when the Nationals kept their necks above water. “Kahit nu’ng fourth set hindi ko alam kung idya-jump serve ko ba o ipo-float,” he recalled. He opted to just make sure his serve will go in. Never mind if Thailand will easily receive his serve, he knew his teammates will get the defensive stop.  “Sabi ko, ‘Hindi i-float ko na lang. Tiwala lang sa isa’t isa,’” said Espejo. “As in kinakabahan ako sa loob ng court nun. Di ko alam.” “Nu’ng natapos ang fourth set nagti-thank you kami kay Lord,” he added. “May breaks talaga siguro sa amin pumanig ang breaks talaga. Wala talagang imposible kung gusto mo lahat pwedeng mangyari.” The Nationals’ character was tested in the fourth set. The fifth turned out to be one for the ages. Kim Malabunga broke a 12-12 tie in the fifth frame with a huge kill block to put the Nationals up. Konhan tied it at 13 after Thailand called time. Kittinon Namkhunthod put Thailand at match point but Konhan sent his serve out. Konhan scored on an off the block hit but Malabunga tied it again at 15. Then the stars aligned in favor of the Filipinos. Bagunas got a kill block in after an unsuccessful challenge by Thailand before sealing the win with a thunderous hammer to an open spot at the back.    “Para sa akin naman kasama namin si Lord nu’ng naglalaro kasi umaga pa lang sumadya kami sa church para sa game na to kasi sobrang mahalaga tong game na to sa amin,” said Bagunas, who rained down 27 points to lead the Nationals. “Sobrang nakakaproud kasi ilang years na sila nagcha-champion tapos tinalo namin sila,” added Bagunas, who is in his second SEA Games stint. “Doon lumabas yung skills ng bawat isa. Talagang sobrang saya hindi namin ma-explain yung saya namin.” The mission is not yet over for the Filipinos as they are still facing the only team to hand them a loss in the competition. But they are undaunted. They know the battle will be a hard one but they have each other's back. Each trusting each other as brothers marching to the biggest fight of their lives.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes may be losing his magic, but his legacy is intact

MANILA, Philippines —The curtain is closing on pool’s most fascinating magician. For decades, Efren “Bata” Reyes weaved his magic on the pool table on his way to becoming the sport’s greatest. On Friday, however, Reyes may have just made his final Southeast Asian Games appearance quite fittingly in front of a hometown crowd which he […] The post Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes may be losing his magic, but his legacy is intact appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

SEA Games: Pinoy spikers face Thais for championship berth

The Philippines is facing an uphill climb in its attempt to secure a gold medal round berth when it takes on defending champion Thailand in the semifinal of the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Game time is at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. The Nationals are seeded second in the in the crossover, knockout Final Four after closing the Pool B elimination round with a 2-1 win-loss record, losing only to 2017 silver medalist Indonesia. But the straight sets loss to the Indonesians could prove costly as the Filipinos set up an early collision course with the unbeaten five-peat-seeking Thais. PHI head coach Dante Alinsurin hopes that his wards led by the tandem of powerhitters Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas will learn from their mistakes in the previous outing to stand a chance against the mighty Thais.   “Siyempre ‘yung mga mali namin, yung mga miscommunication namin sa court, siguro magtututok kami dun,” said Alinsunurin, whose squad scored only one kill block and one ace against Indonesia. The Nationals averaged 14 blocks and seven aces in their wins against Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand topped Pool A after beating Singapore and no. 2 semis seed Myanmar. Indonesia and Myanmar will square off at 6:00 p.m. while the classification match between Singapore and Vietnam is set at 1:00 p.m.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

SEA Games 2019: Eumir Marcial s win was for teammate John Marvin, and for all Filipinos

Filipin-British boxer John Marvin found himself on the losing end of a Split Decision result against Vietnam's Hoang Truong Dinh in the second day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Boxing competitions, Thursday at the PICC Forum Tent in Manila.  Marvin, the Philippines' light heavyweight, was dropped in the opening round by a well-timed counter overhand-right, and was playing catch up to the Vietnamese pug from that point. While Marvin did a lot better in the second and third rounds, it wasn't enought to sway the judges' decision as he bowed out of the tournament, unable to defend his gold medal from the 2017 SEA Games.  While it was definitely a heartbreaking loss for Marvin, he was still all smiles as he greeted fans on his way out of the competition area.  Someone who wasn't able to contain his emotions however, was Marvin's teammate and Pinoy middleweight bet Eumir Marcial.  Marcial could not hold his tears back as he came to console his fallen teammate after the loss.  The following day, it was Marcial's turn to take to the ring, and he didn't disappoint, making short work of Malaysian Azmi Mohd Aswan Che. Marcial needed just one round to defeat Che and move on to the finals of the Men's Middleweight division.  Following his spectacular win, the AIBA World Championships silver medalist explained just why he was extremely emotional following Marvin's loss.  "Sobrang close kami, lahat ng pag-hihirap namin, magkasama kami, yung training namin, talagang binigay namin yung blood, yung disiplina namin, yung hard work namin dito, para dito sa SEA Games," Marcial told the media.  "Nasaktan ako, nalungkot ako sa nangyari sa kanya, especially nung nalaman ko na kaya pala siya hindi maka-suntok kasi sobrang maga nung kamay niya. Nung first round pa lang, maga na yung kamay niya. Sabi ko kahit na na-knockdown siya, maka-bawi naman siya eh, kasi nung training andun yung, talagang gusto niyang makuha yung gold, kaya sabi ko bawi na lang sa second round pero nakita namin, lahat nating mga Pilipino na hindi siya maka-suntok ulit, so sa lahat, may injury siya, maga yung kamay niya," he continued.  With his fallen teammate in mind, Marcial came into his bout and delivered, dedicating the win to Marvin, the rest of his team, and the rest of the Filipino people.  "Sabi ko, itong game na 'to, kasi hindi siya nakakuha ng medal, so, hindi lang 'to para sa akin, hindi lang 'to para sa Pilipino, para sa amin din ito, kasi hard work namin, yung pagsasma namin, lahat. Kumbaga alam namin yung isa't-isa, kaya naging emotional ako nung natalo siya." With Marcial one more win away from a third-straight gold medal in the SEA Games, the Zamboanga-native calls for support from the Filipino people. "Hinihingi namin lahat, ng Philippine Boxing Team na suportahan niyo kami, manood kayo sa laban namin, i-cheer niyo kami, kasi we win as one naman eh. Yung panalo namin ay panalo din niyo.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

SEA Games: PHI volleybelles relegated to battle for bronze

The Philippines kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye as 11-time defending champion Thailand turned back the Filipinas, 25-16, 25-22, 34-32, Thursday night in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the jampacked PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Even with the overwhelming odds against the finest team in the region, the Nationals, specifically team captain Aby Marano, stayed true to their promise to give the Thais a match to remember with a gallant stand until the bitter end as the Philippines saw its championship round bid go down the drain with its second straight defeat. Thailand set up a gold medal duel with Vietnam, the other unbeaten team after two outings, for a rematch of their 2015 Singapore edition championship battle. The Thais are now on its 15th straight gold medal match appearance Vietnam, which defeated Indonesia 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6, in the curtain-raiser, and Thailand clash on Saturday in a preview of their gold medal clash. Alyssa Valdez, who scored five points in the closing stretch including the country's last of five set point advantages in the third set, finished with 14 points with 12 coming off attacks and added 12 digs while Mylene Paat had 11 points off eight kills and two kill blocks for the Philippines. Marano and Majoy Baron posted seven markers each for  the Nationals. “Sobrang nakaka-proud kasi like every huddle namin pinag-uusapan namin, ‘Maglaro lang kayo i-enjoy natin, give your 100 percent kasi wala naman mawawala eh.’ Yun nga pakiramdam namin eh,” said PHI coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Kung matatalo ka nakakalungkot pero yung pakiramdam namin na nakapag-perform kami ng napakaganda especially yung mga players grabe yung ginawa and then marami kaming napasayang tao, nakakatuwa kasi nakikita namin yung improvement every game." “’Yun din naman goal namin hanggang ma reach namin kung ano kaya namin this SEA Games,” he added. The Thais found the Nationals a tough nut to crack the whole match. The Filipinas breathed down Thailand's neck 17-21, in the third set after a Mylene Paat back-to-back hit and a Majoy Baron ace as the Nationals fought back from a 13-19 deficit. Maddie Madayag, Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga saved three match points to close in, 24-22, as Thailand called time. Valdez scored off a cross and Gonzaga forced a deuce before Thailand committed a line fault to give the Philippines the set point advantage. Veteran Wilavan Apinyapong stopped Thailand's bleeding with a down the line kill. An unsuccessful challenge by PHI head coach Shaq Delos Santos resulted on another Thai match point before Valdez knotted it at 26 with an off the block kill. Pimpichaya Kokram scored for Thailand but Valdez tied it again at 27. Kokram scored on the next play before Majoy Baron countered with a monster block for 28-28 count. Thailand committed an attack error before tying it again, 29-29. Mylene Paat got a kill block only to see Thailand force another deuce. Chatchu-on Moksri sent her service short but Thailand evened the set again at 31. Valdez hammered a kill for another PHI set point advantage, but Madayag crumbled under the pressure, overcooking her serve for a 32-32 tie. Kokram pounded a down the line hit before Wilavan sealed the edge-of-your-seat match with an off speed.                Kokram had 19 points with 17 coming off attacks while Apinyapong got 15 with all but one comin off kills for Thailand. The Thais looked poised for a walk in the park domination of the same squad they had been beating in the biennial meet since dethroning the Filipinas in 1995, in what turned out to be the start of their now-two and a half decade stranglehold of the crown, after taking a 21-9 advantage in the first set following an Alyssa Valdez attack error. Marano, who after losing to Vietnam in five sets vowed to give the Thais a memorable match on home soil, anchored an inspired rally to somehow close the gap, 16-23, on a kill block. But the Thais countered to extinguish the fight from the Filipinas. Fueled by the cheering home crowd, the Nationals sprung to life in the second set with libero Dawn Macandili providing one of the highlights as she dove head first to the stands trying to retrieve the ball to no avail.    Her effort fired up her teammates to give the Thais a scare with the Philippines taking what turned out to be its biggest lead in the duel, 13-10, capped by back-to-back hits by Majoy Baron. Then the Thais did what they do best. The Philippines will take on Indonesia, also winless in two games, on Saturday in a sneak peek of the bronze medal battle. The medal round is on Monday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Biado starts another gold medal bid in 10-ball after losing at 9-ball doubles

MANILA — A day after missing out on the Finals of 9-ball doubles, Carlo Biado has started a new path for gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. As billiards action continued Thursday at the Manila Hotel Tent, Biado beat Malaysia’s Darryl Chia, 9-4, to make it to the quarterfinals of men’s 10-ball singles. The former world champion is trying to win gold in 10-ball singles this year after winning gold in 9-ball singles at Kuala Lumpur two years ago. Against Chia, Biado slowly pulled away from a 3-all tie, losing only one game from racks 7-13 to take the victory. Also through to the quarterfinals of 10-ball singles is Dennis Orcollo. Another former world champion, Orcollo beat Brunei’s Abu Bakar Muhammad Azim, 9-4. Up 3-2, Orcollo racked up four straight wins to break the match open, eventuall taking the official victor by rack 13. Finally, another singles winner for Team Philippines Thursday was Francisco Dela Cruz in 1-Cushion Carom. Dela Cruz beat his Thai opponent, 100-30, to join Efren “Bata” Reyes as Philippine representatives in the semifinals of Carom.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Pinoy teams falter in 9-ball doubles semis

MANILA — The dream All-Filipino Finals in billiards men’s 9-ball doubles for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will not push through. Philippines 1 with Carlo Biado and Johann Chua got pummeled by Singapore in the semifinals Wednesday at Manila Hotel Tent, losing 3-9. The pair of Lian Han Toh and Aloysius Yap raced to a 7-0 lead against the Pinoys and never let go. Biado and Chua managed to get three racks but it wasn’t enough to stop the Singaporean’s march to the gold medal game. In the other 9-ball doubles semifinal, Philippines 2 with Warren Kiamco and Jeffrey Ignacio lost a close one to Myanmar, 8-9. It was a close match throughout but Kiamco and Ignacio managed to take an 8-7 lead late. However, Aung Moe Thu and Kyaw Myint Phone rallied to win the next two racks for Myanmar. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Google commemorates Maria Ylagan Orosa& rsquo;s 126th birth anniversary

Manila, Philippines November 29, 2019 -- Today, Google celebrates the 126th birthday of Maria Ylagan Orosa, a Filipino food scientist, veteran war hero, and humanitarian whose original works and inventions--which include the development of the iconic local condiment banana ketchup--have helped improve the quality of life for Filipinos. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas locked in for Singapore and its “PBA players”

The Philippines will open its bid for a 13th straight men’s basketball gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games on Dec. 4 when Gilas Pilipinas takes on Singapore at the MOA Arena. Four days before its SEA Games opener, Gilas is hard at work and the national team is in the middle of a stretch where they’re doing two-a-days in practice. While the Filipinos are overwhelming favorites to win gold in basketball, the brains behind Gilas are leaving nothing up to chance. Gilas is locked in against Singapore, a team that’s certainly not as deep as the Philippines but a team good enough to have a handful of “PBA players” according to head coach Tim Cone. “We’ve seen a lot of video on them. They got 4-5 really good players, beyond that I wouldn’t say they’re a deep team,” Cone said. “They got some guys there that would definitely play in the PBA,” he added. Playing in front of what should be a strong hometown crowd, Gilas wants to win gold but to also give fans a good show. Losing in the SEA Games in Manila is definitely not an option. “Hopefully we’re gonna be smart, not take anybody lightly,” Cone said. “Obviously, we wanna get off on the right foot on our first game, we’ve done our homework against Singapore,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Manila begins crafting nuclear program

The Philippines is starting to craft the legal and regulatory framework upon which the $331 billion economy will build its own nuclear program. A high-level meeting of the Legislative and the Executive branches convened at the House of Representatives along with International Atomic Energy Agency Office of Legal Affairs experts, led by Anthony Wetherall, Adbelmajid […] The post Manila begins crafting nuclear program appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

Duterte wants SEA Games probed as organizers seek ‘ceasefire’

MANILA, Philippines — Seeking to avoid losing face, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have reports of problems in the Southeast Asian Games preparations investigated and to hold people accountable should irregularities be found, Malacañang said on Wednesday. The Palace shared the President’s reaction to snafus bugging the preparations for the Games, as the Philippine Southeast […] The post Duterte wants SEA Games probed as organizers seek ‘ceasefire’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019