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Aerial view, Friday afternoon

The towns of Kabacan and Pikit in North Cotabato and Datu Montawal and Pagalungan in Maguindanao are submerged in floodwaters after the Pulangui River overflowed evening of January 19.  The drone shot facing Kabacan town was taken Friday afternoon, 20 January 2017.  MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABRERA      READ STORY &'160; &'160;.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Displaced

At least 500 families in Barangay Malabuaya, Kabacan, North Cotabato have evacuated to safer grounds  as their houses are still submerged in floodwaters on Saturday, Janaury 21. The Pulangui River overlowed evening of January 19, inundating the low-lying areas. MINDANEWS PHOTO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Mindanao Tapestry

Miss Universe 2016 candidates wear &'8220;contemporary and modern cuts with Bagobo embellishments&'8221; created by Davao designers for the fashion show, &'8220;Mindanao Tapestry&'8221; at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on 19 January 2017. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Bangsamoro colors

Miss Universe 2016 candidates wear dresses using fabric handwoven in the Bangsamoro provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Maguindanao and Lanao. Designed by Renee Salud, the dresses were featured during the fashion show, &'8220;Mindanao Tapestry&'8221; at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on 19 January 2017. The creations of Dabawenyo designers were also featured. MindaNews photo [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Nadine Lustre posts kissing photo with James Reid

Nadine Lustre posts kissing photo with James Reid.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Organic Veggies

Assorted organically-grown vegetables are on display at the Rizal Park during the Organic Weekend Market on Friday, January 20. Mindanews Photo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Defying the Currents

These passenger ferries had to cross sideways due to strong currents on Davao River in this photo taken at the riverside near Magallanes Avenue, Davao City on Thursday, January 19. MindaNews photo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Silence, mourning since fatal crash turn to hope at Chapeco

MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer   CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Silence and mourning are slowly being replaced by boisterous fans and hope. As the Chapecoense club rebuilds after the air crash that killed 19 players and nearly all members of the staff and board of directors, so is the town of 200,000. Like many in Brazil, football is the oxygen for everything: gossip, community pride and heated debate. On Saturday, Chapecoense's 20,000-capacity Arena Conda will host the team's first match since the tragedy almost two months ago. Lines outside are filled with fans excited about the club's and the city's restart. Fifty coffins lined the same field in November, where this time Chape's reconstructed team will play Brazilian champion Palmeiras in a friendly match. 'I bet I won't be able to sleep Friday night,' 19-year-old fan Marcelo Ribeiro said as he walked to the stadium. 'Since the accident the city is dead. The festivities were mostly canceled at the end of the year, and all most people are thinking about is the rebirth. I want to see what the rebirth looks like.' At the Hotel Bertaso, where most of Chape's players and coaching staff have traditionally lodged, the first signs of that rebirth are obvious. The second floor, which was home to many of the victims, including coach Caio Junior, is once again full. 'I can't help feeling a lot of hope for the future now,' said receptionist Gelson Mangone, who lost several friends in that crash on an Andean mountain side near Medellin, Colombia, on Nov.28. 'It has been a lot of work to settle all these new signings here, they are also learning their way here,' the receptionist said. 'But it does feel like a brand new start.' New coach Vagner Mancini is one of the hotel's new residents. He said the job makes him 'a better human being, but it's the most challenging to face.' 'We have to build a team, a coaching staff and a club infrastructure in a season in which Chape will be in demand,' Mancini told The Associated Press. 'I understand now that the city was so affected because the club and the city are run like a family,' he added. 'The players we brought are cut from that cloth, but we have to reach a higher level now.' After the crash, Colombian club Atletico Nacional, which was to face Chape in the Copa Sudamericana final in Medellin, awarded the victory to the small Brazilian team. That means that Chape qualified for South America's No. 1 tournament for the first time, the competitive Copa Libertadores. The team will also try to defend its title in the Santa Catarina state championship, try to stay up in Brazil's top-flight competition, and play in a pile of fundraisers, including one against Barcelona. 'We have to assemble a competitive team at the same time we need to hire someone to handle passports, contracts,' Mancini said. 'The club used to handle this well, but like a family run business. Now we are at a different moment.' Chapecoense had almost nothing left after the crash: six players that did not travel on the ill-fated flight, two physiotherapists, one goalkeeping coach, one doctor, one data analyst, one nurse and a few club officials. New chairman and club co-founder Plinio David de Nes Filho, a wealthy local businessman known as Maninho, is leading the charge to bolster club finances. Former players like Nivaldo Constante, who played as a goalkeeper until the tragedy struck, are approaching players that can help. And Chapeco Mayor Luciano Buligon is working as a kind of ambassador for the club and the city. 'Our weekends were about three things: family, church and Chapecoense,' Buligon said. 'It has been hard to get the city back on track because the wounds are still very open. But we are slowly moving on. On Saturday we will start getting a part of our weekends back.' Not everyone is happy. Rosangela Loureiro, widow of crash victim Cleber Santana, said she is upset because his belongings still have not been returned to the family. 'I feel sadness and rage. No one is doing anything to bring their belongings back. I plead with them to soften our pain and make us get the memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives,' she said on Instagram last week. Other widows have complained about damages not yet being paid by the club. Chapecoense directors say they are doing the best they can as they try to rebuild. There are even complaints at the joyous Hotel Bertaso. 'These new players love to make a mess in their rooms,' said a cleaner, who declined to offer her name. 'The other ones were older, more mature and the new ones seem to be more infantile. I hope they are up for the task. The city really needs that now.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Judge not inclined to delay Aaron Hernandez murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — A judge presiding over the double murder case against former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez says he's not inclined to delay the trial, scheduled to begin next month. Hernandez' lawyers sought a delay Thursday among several other motions during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing two men in 2012. Prosecutors say he followed the men and opened fire on their car at a stop light after one of them accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub and spilled his drink. Hernandez' attorney Jose Baez says the defense is working around the clock but 'simply can't keep up' with evidence being turned over by prosecutors. The judge took the defense motions under advisement. Hernandez is serving a life sentence in a 2013 killing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Lola turns 100

Hilda Land Elzingre (seated right) celebrates her 100th birthday on Jan. 17, the same year of Muntinlupa City’s 100th Founding Anniversary, as Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (fourth from left) gives ‘Lola Lila’ a P100,000 cash incentive. A resident of Ayala Alabang, Elzingre lives with her family and helper Joy Galicha, who hugs her. Joining Fresnedi are (from left) Councilor Ivee Tadefa, City Administrator Allan Cachuela, and Rep. Ruffy Biazon......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

6-time champs Djokovic, Williams post Australian Open wins

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The record will show that six-time Australian Open champions Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic each had straight-set wins. It may seem straight-forward, but it was not routine. Newly-engaged Williams, aiming for an Open-era record 23rd major title, and Djokovic, bidding to become the first man to win seven Australian titles, confronted former top-10 players in the first round at Melbourne Park. And so there was no chance for the No. 2-ranked players, in the recently unaccustomed position at the foot of the draw, to feel their way into the season's first major. Djokovic faced Fernando Verdasco, who beat Rafael Nadal in the first round last year and who had five match points in their last head-to-head encounter — only 10 days earlier. Djokovic held off the Spanish lefthander in a 71-minute, momentum-swinging second set before winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Tuesday. The first and third sets were great, he said, but the second was 'a gamble.' 'I'm very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form,' Djokovic said. 'He's a quality player. He's a big match, big-time player.' The 33-year-old Verdasco peaked at No. 7 in the rankings in 2009, not long after he pushed eventual champion Nadal in five sets in one of the best and latest-finishing semifinals ever at the Australian Open. 'From one perspective it was good that I got to have the very tough first-round match, because it made me prepare better and kind of approach the tournament with the right intensity, right from the first point,' Djokovic said. Williams, on the comeback after a stint on the sidelines following a U.S. Open semifinal loss, took a 5-0 lead in the second set against Belinda Bencic. But Bencic has been ranked in the top 10, and was seeded 12th in Melbourne last year. She applied pressure on Williams, who made mistakes on key points — including a double-fault to give Bencic a break point, and another on her first match point — before recovering to win 6-4, 6-3. Williams became engaged to Alexis Ohanian during the holiday break, and the Reddit co-founder was in the crowd at Rod Laver Arena. She has been asked repeatedly about her wedding plans since arriving in Australia, but only gave a time frame for that discussion after her opening match. 'February I'll start looking at the bigger picture of my life,' she said. 'Right now, I'm just so focused that this is kind of all I can think about.' Williams made a big statement, though, by walking into her news conference wearing a shirt with the word 'Equality' emblazoned across the front. It was still before midnight Monday in the United States, where the holiday in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was nearly ending. 'It's important to spread the message,' she said. Asked if she was concerned about the future of equality in the United States, Williams declined to comment apart from saying it was 'a concern for just everyone in general.' After improving her record in the first round of majors to 65-1, Williams will play Lucie Safarova, who saved nine match points before beating Yanina Wickmayer 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1. Nadal, also returning from a couple of months on the sidelines following the U.S. Open with an injured left wrist, has already improved on 2016. 'I'm happy to do an interview with you — last year, I didn't have the chance!' Nadal said in his on-court interview after a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Florian Mayer. As usual at Melbourne Park, the heat was a factor. The thermostat reached almost 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) on a day when Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic beat Dustin Brown and No. 11 David Goffin beat 19-year-old qualifier Reilly Opelka 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Ivo Karlovic was thankful that it was cooler at night, when the 37-year-old Croat fired 75 aces and held off Horacio Zeballos 6-7 (6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 in a match that set a record for most number of games (84) at the Australian Open in the tiebreak era. No. 6 Gael Monfils, No. 8 Dominic Thiem, No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 18 Richard Gasquet were among the other seeded players to advance. Heather Watson beat No. 18 Sam Stosur, extending the 2011 U.S. Open champion's drought on home soil. U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, 2016 Australian Open semifinalist Johanna Konta, No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova, former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, No. 14 Elena Vesnina, No. 21 Caroline Garcia and No. 28 Alize Cornet all advanced before third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska finished off her 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win over Tsvetana Pironkova just before midnight. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Stranded

A military truck ferries commuters and workers in Cagayan de Oro City on January, 17, 2018. Several people were stranded overnight because the highways and roads were made impassable by flash floods that hit the city on Monday, January 16. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

The Morning After

A military truck ferries commuters and workers in Cagayan de Oro City on January, 17, 2018. Several people were stranded overnight because the highways and roads were made impassable by flash floods that hit the city on Monday, January 16. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

The morning after

CM Recto in Cagayan de Oro as of 6:08 a.m., Tuesday, 17 January, after waist-deep to neck-deep floodwaters stranded thousands of residents in schools and offices on Monday. PHoto courtesy of NEFOI LUCZON.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Finding a way

As of 6:18 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2017, residents of Cagayan de Oro City stranded along CM Recto navigate their way through the floodwaters. Photo courtesy of NEFOI LUCZON           READ STORY.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Mag-inang Sylvia at Arjo, ‘hayup’ sa galing umarte

SA halip na mag-reply through text ay tinawagan kami mismo ng balik-trabahong si Sylvia Sanchez (taon-taon kasi ay nagbabakasyon silang magpapamilya abroad) makaraang i-congratulate namin sila ng kanyang anak na si Arjo Atayde sa ipagkakaloob na award sa kanila. Mismong ang founder na si Norman Llaguno ng GEMS (Guild of Educators, Mentors and Students) ang ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Service on wheels

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi test-drives one of 11 cars the city bought for its local offices after the flag ceremony at city hall on Monday. Fresnedi says the new vehicles ‘compel the betterment in the delivery of services for Muntinlupeños.’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Meeting with US Ambassador

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with US Ambassador Sung Kim at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 15, 2017, after the launching of the Philippines' chairmanship of ASEAN 2017 which Kim attended. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo &'160;.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Diego Maradona hopeful of future Napoli role

  NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Former Napoli star Diego Maradona is in talks to work with the Serie A side, where he is still idolized nearly 27 years after leaving the club. Maradona, who is in Naples for a theatrical event on Monday celebrating the club's first title win, met with Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis on Saturday night. 'It was the first step,' Maradona said Sunday. 'First of all I have to sort out the problems I have here in Italy, then I can work for Napoli in Italy and in the world. 'We have to do things well because I want a winning team, a team that can play on level terms against Juve, Inter, Milan and Roma. He understood immediately because in these years he has grown from a president who didn't know much about football to become an expert today.' An Italian court is scheduled to finally end the decades-long battle between Maradona and the Italian government on Feb. 28. Maradona has always insisted he does not owe any of the millions in back taxes the government claims are due. The 56-year-old Argentine arrived in the city on Saturday night and was greeted by more than 100 cheering Napoli fans, who had waited in freezing temperatures outside his hotel for a glimpse of their idol. 'It continues to surprise me,' Maradona said. 'There are kids who have never seen me play and today they get excited and cry for a photo with me. 'Every day I feel the affection and love the Neapolitan people have for me. The father has transmitted it to his son, who has then transmitted it to his and this will never end. After 30 years the same love continues, like the first woman you have in your life.' Maradona led Napoli to its only two league titles in 1987 and 1990 and scored a club record 115 goals between 1984 and 1991. 'After a match against Cremona at the beginning of the season which didn't count for anything but which drew 80,000 people, I understood that here at Napoli we needed to play for the title,' Maradona said. 'I came from Barcelona, where we could win, draw or lose, but here at Napoli no, I couldn't lose, I told myself then. 'I would have been ashamed to have 80,000 people and then not to win. And we won everywhere, at Juve, at Inter, at Roma... And if now Napoli can think it can win the title, it is thanks to me.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Confusing signals

Once again, Top Rank founder Bob Arum has managed to turn the sporting world on its head, announcing a demanding four-fight “farewell tour” for WBO welterwei.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017