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Please follow protocols, Philippine Medical Association urges politicians

"Knowing him as a person of his stature, he should have placed above all the well-being of the health workforce who are already working so hard to curb the problem," their statement read. .....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 26th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao and family instructed to undergo self-quarantine

Earlier this week, eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao shared a message of hope and said a prayer for the country as it continues to combat the deadly COVID-19 virus.  Friday, Pacquiao and his family were instructed by the Makati City village that they reside in to place themselves under self-quarantine.  "Many of your colleagues in Senate have been identified to be COVID positive. Therefore you have to be quarantined at your own house," said Dasmariñas Village Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang in an official letter, as reported by ABS-CBN News.  The cause: a viral photo of Pacquiao coming into contact with Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who was recently diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered Persons Under Monitoring or PUM.  "This was the recommendation of doctors from Makati Medical Center who is also a resident here. And recommended by Makati Health Department," Hwang continued, before urging Pacquiao to "Please be a model example." In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao's camp says that the Filipino boxing legend intends to abide by the rules. "Sen. Manny says he will always follow the law." Pacquiao's Special Assistant Jake Joson adds that Pacquiao and his family had already been in quarantine days before the letter was sent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao and family keep active during Enhanced Community Quarantine)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News22 hr. 24 min. ago

Manny Pacquiao issues statement on self-quarantine mandate

Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has issued a statement regarding the village-issued mandate for himself and his family to undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Viral photos of Pacquiao and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III surfaced after it was reported that Pimentel had tested postive for the highly-contagious virus that is spreading all over the world.  As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered persons under monitoring, and were instructed to undergo self-quarantine by their village of residence.  In response, Pacquiao said that he has been in self-quarantine even days before the letter was issued.  "Mga kababayan, nais ko pong linawin na bago ko pa man natanggap ang sulat mula kay Barangay Captain Rosanna Hwang, nakapagdesisyon na po akong mag-home quarantine," Pacquiao said in an official statement. "Pagkatapos po ng Special Session sa Senado noong Lunes, March 23, ay hindi na po ako lumabas ng aming bahay." Pacquiao also expressed disappointment that he would not be able to turn over the 57,600 COVID-19 test kits donated by Chinese businessman Jack Ma through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.  "Excited pa naman sana ako sa turn-over ng 57,600 Test Kits mula sa aking kaibigan na si Jack Ma para sa Manny Pacquiao Foundation ngunit minabuti kong manatili sa bahay."  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao urges Pinoys to stay strong and pray amid COVID-19 pandemic) Pacquiao also stated that because he has come into contact with a number of colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19, he understands that he is considered a Person Under Monitoring.  "Nalulungkot po ako na may mga kasamahan ako sa Senado na positibo sa Covid-19. Dahil nakasalamuha ko sila, alam ko na ako ay considered as Person Under Monitoring o PUM." "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. May natanggap po akong Rapid Testing Kits mula sa aking mga kaibigan sa South Korea. Gamit ang rapid test kit na approved sa Korea, ako po ay nag-negatibo. Hindi pa approved ng FDA dito pero yon po ang ginagamit sa Korea," Pacquiao added.  The Filipino boxing legend also said that while he has been invited to be tested at the RITM, he did not feel the need to do so, as he is asymptomatic. Should that change, Pacquiao said that he is more than willing to undergo the necessary testing.  "Matagal na po akong hinihikayat na magpa-test sa RITM ngunit nais ko pong ipaalam na wala po akong nararamdaman na anumang sintomas. Ibang usapan na po kung meron akong kakaibang nararamdaman sa aking katawan. Once I experience symptoms, I am willing to undergo the swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. Naniniwala po kasi ako na marami tayong Persons Under Investigation o PUI na dapat unahin pagdating sa testing." Pacquiao maintains that even under self-quarantine, he will continue to find ways to work and help in the fight against COVID-19.  "Kahit naka-home quarantine, patuloy po akong maghahanap ng paraan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa ating mga magigiting na frontliners. Marami pa pong test kits at medical supplies na darating na magagamit ng ating mga health workers sa buong bansa. Magkakaroon din po ng allocation ang DOH Regional Centers sa Visayas at Mindanao." "Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na makipagtulungan sa ating pamahalaan. Gawin po natin ang nararapat. Patuloy din po tayong magdasal at manalig sa Panginoon. Sa kanya po tayo humugot ng lakas at pag-asa. Malalampasan natin itong pagsubok, mga kababayan. Tiwala lang," Pacquiao concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News22 hr. 24 min. ago

Manny Pacquiao and family instructed to undergo self-quarantine

Earlier this week, eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao shared a message of hope and said a prayer for the country as it continues to combat the deadly COVID-19 virus.  Friday, Pacquiao and his family were instructed by the Makati City village that they reside in to place themselves under self-quarantine.  "Many of your colleagues in Senate have been identified to be COVID positive. Therefore you have to be quarantined at your own house," said Dasmariñas Village Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang in an official letter, as reported by ABS-CBN News.  The cause: a viral photo of Pacquiao coming into contact with Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who was recently diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered Persons Under Monitoring or PUM.  "This was the recommendation of doctors from Makati Medical Center who is also a resident here. And recommended by Makati Health Department," Hwang continued, before urging Pacquiao to "Please be a model example." In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao's camp says that the Filipino boxing legend intends to abide by the rules. "Sen. Manny says he will always follow the law." Pacquiao's Special Assistant Jake Joson adds that Pacquiao and his family had already been in quarantine days before the letter was sent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao and family keep active during Enhanced Community Quarantine)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

POGOs donate P150M to PH anti-Covid efforts, vows more aid

THE Association of Pagcor-Accredited Pogo Service Providers has donated P150 million worth of medicines, medical equipment and food supplies through the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) as initial contribution to the national government in its effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. This was disclosed by lawyer Margarita Gutierrez who said that aside from the P150 million donation […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

Bayanihan vs. COVID-19: Higit 100 interns ng PGH, boluntaryong nag-duty

Manila, Philippines – Nag-volunteer ang nasa mahigit isang daang medical intern ng Philippine General Hospital na maging frontline sa kabila ng kautusang umuwi sa kani-kanilang tirahan. Noong Lunes, inanunsyo ng University of the Philippines (UP) na nagbigay ng direktiba ang Association of the Philippine Medical Colleges na pauwiin ang lahat ng medical interns sa mga […] The post Bayanihan vs. COVID-19: Higit 100 interns ng PGH, boluntaryong nag-duty appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Bagunas back in Japan to continue international stint

Volleyball star Bryan Bagunas flew back to Japan on Wednesday to continue his commitment with his club team Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler. The member of the Philippine men’s volleyball team that bagged the silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, bared that his club already expressed interest in keeping him on the team. “Kinakausap na ako noong club team ko na kukunin nila ulit ako, ire-renew nila ako,” said Bagunas, who went back to the country to accept his award as Mr. Volleyball given by the Philippine Sportswriters Association its annual awards rites last Friday. Bagunas is one of the four homegrown volleyball stars who are making strides in the international stage. Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat are playing in the women’s division of the Japan V. Premier League for Saitama Ageo Medics and Kurobe AquaFairies, respectively, while Marck Espejo is currently in Thailand suiting up for Visakha Volleyball Club.      Bagunas and the Weiss Adler will participate in Kurowashiki pocket tournament in Japan in May. However, he added, the tourney may be in peril of cancelation following the development in the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).      “Tuluy-tuloy na ulit hanggang May. Pero may chance din na ma-cancel ang league namin on May pero hindi pa sure kasi gawa ng outbreak ng coronavirus,” he said. “Sa ngayon kasi yung JVL talagang sobrang ano talaga sila sa coronavirus, kasi yung ibang leagues talaga wala nang nanonood na audience talagang sila na lang mga players na lang. sobrang takot na [ng mga tao].” Despite the threat, Bagunas will continue to fulfill his current contract and at the same time work on further developing his skills.   “Magtutuluy-tuloy ako sa international league and doon lang muna ako and aral ng mga volleyball techniques,” said Bagunas. “Then pagdating dito apply din sa national team para makatulong sa bansa.” Bagunas also assured that he will be available for another tour of duty if called upon by the national team. “’Yung owner naman ng team namin sa Japan is ano eh sobrang bait niya. Sabi niya basta may liga kami sa national team papayagan daw niya ako,” said the UAAP Season 81 Most Valuable Player. “So basta may liga ang national team makakapaglaro ako [para] sa Pilipinas,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2020

PBA chose to postpone over holding closed-door games amid n-CoV threat

Due to the continuous outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Philippine Basketball Association has opted to postpone all activities until further notice. Events affected are the 2020 Philippine Cup, the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, and the PBA 3x3 league. "Nag-meeting kami kahapon, tumatagal siguro mga tatlo't kalahating oras. Inano namin yung two weeks to one month na closed door," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said in a press con Wednesday, revealing that the PBA Board considered holding games with no audience present. "Nakita na mas makakabuti na suspend muna. Inisip din yung closed door, pero sa closed door mga 300-400 na tao din ang gagalaw dun," Marcial added. The decision to postpone ultimately came down to public safety. It was a sacrifice the league was more than willing to make, even as the newly-opened 45th season could last until the first quarter of 2020, pretty much. "Siguro dati magtatapos tayo ng Feb. Magtatapos tayo ng March, April. Depende nga sa sitwasyon natin dito sa coronavirus," Marcial said. "Hindi na namin tinitingnan kung ano impact, kung schedule o pera. Ang iniintindi muna natin yung kalagayan nating lahat. Hindi na natin tinitingnan kung ano mawawala sa amin, anong maaano namin. Ang mahalaga yung safety ng lahat," the Commissioner added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Rondina’s influence visible in current crop of Tigresses

Sisi Rondina’s dedication to step up and be a leader obviously rubbed off on her former University of Sto. Tomas teammates. The holdovers from last year’s runner-up squad especially sophomore Eya Laure are emulating the same passion and heart that the reigning Most Valuable Player displayed throughout her career and in the Tigresses’ campaign in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.       UST plunged into an early test of character after losing its opening game via upset at the hands of National University. But the Tigresses were quick to lick their wounds as they bounced back mightily with a straight sets demolition of Far Eastern University on Sunday.   Laure, the Season 81 Rookie of the Year, stepped up for the Espana-based squad and played the leader’s role in rallying UST to a rousing victory.  “Siguro, tanggap ko naman siya [na pagiging leader] kasi si Ate Sisi pa lang, kung paano ako minold last year na di pwede na siya lang,” said Laure, who backed Rondina last season in carrying UST back to the Finals after eight years.  “Kailangan mahatak niya kami - at nahatak niya nga kami - at nadamay niya kami sa pagiging leader niya,” added the national team member. “Parang lahat gusto na maging leader na isang malaking bagay sa isang team.” Eya Laure also credited UST seniors like returning players Tin Francisco and EJ Laure, setter Alina Bicar and Caitlyn Viray for doing their part for the team.  “Ngayon, makikita mo eh, yung mga seniors ko pa rin eh.  Kumbaga ‘sige ate, tutulungan ko rin kayo hangga’t kayo kong i-lead to. Nandito lang ako,’” said Laure. Rondina, who is currently on an indoor volleyball hiatus to concentrate on beach volleyball, is proud of the current Tigresses performance so far. “Para sa mga babies ko na naglalaro sa UAAP ngayon, I’m pretty sure naman na lalaban at lalaban sila,” said Rondina, who was feted as Miss Volleyball during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards recently. “Kahit wala na ‘yung mga seniors nila alam ko na pare-pareho lang kami ng nilalaruan and alam ko na mas aktibo sila ngayon and mas palaban sila. Kasi mas madami silang nakuhang experience eh.” Rondina knows that UST’s journey, just like last year, won’t be an easy one, but the former Queen Tigress has strong faith that the squad can hurdle any obstacle if they put their hearts into one common goal.      “Siyempre yung sabi ko sa kanila na mahalin nila ang UST the way I love UST and syempre yung pagiging palaban,” she said. “Sabi nga ni Eya, kapag nasusugatan ang tigre lalaban at lalaban sa huli. So sana madala hanggang matapos yung season.”     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

'Bata' Reyes still has Olympic dreams

Efren "Bata" Reyes has won almost every award possible in his chosen sport of billiards, that's why he's the greatest and a living legend. On Friday, the Philippine Sportswriters Association recognized "Bata" for his timeless contributions to sports, handing "The Magician" with a Lifetime Achievement Award. But for all his great success, there's one thing "Bata" wishes he could have done. "Kung meron Olympics na kasama ang bilyar, mas maganda sana," Reyes said Friday as he received his latest trophy at the Manila Hotel. "Baka sakali, pwede tayo manalo jan. Kaso wala," he added. Billiards is not an official Olympic sport, and so the Summer Games was the stage Reyes never got to reach. A case is being made for billiards to be included in the 2024 Olympics in Paris but time is not exactly on the side of the 65-year-old "Bata" to realize his Olympic dream. Nevertheless, Reyes is happy to still be a source of inspiration to his fellow athletes and his latest PSA award is just proof of his magic. "Napaka-laking halaga nito para sakin," Reyes said on his PSA Lifetime Achievement Award. "Biro mo hanggang ngayon nakikilala pa rin ako," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020

Pinoy netters clash with Greek titans in Davis Cup

The Philippines plays David against the Goliaths in World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Greeks in their Davis Cup World Group II playoff tie Friday at the Philippine Columbian Association’s Plaza Dilao courts in Paco, Manila. AJ Lim, 20, drew Tsitsipas at 10 a.m. while Jeson Patrombon clashes with the younger Tsitsipas in Petros. Lim is the underdog against Tsitsipas, who is riding the crest of a runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic in Dubai less than a week ago. But Lim can draw strength from the fact that he once defeated Tsitsipas in a doubles tournament in their junior days. But that was eons ago as the 21-year-old Tsitsipas had won four titles since turning pro to zoom to the top 10 in the world. “It was in the past and very long time ago,” said Lim. “I will just give it my best when we play tomorrow (today). For Tsitsipas, he will not take Lim lightly. “We’ll just take it match by match,” said Tsitsipas, who at 6-4 towers above the 5-7 Lim. Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales will team up as they tackle Petros Tsitsipas and Markos Kalovelonis in the doubles Saturday. And then the reverse singles pitting Lim and Patrombon against the Tsitsipas follow after. This will be the first time that the Filipinos clash with a non-Asian country since the Felix Barrientos-led squad battled the Swedes in World Group Qualifiers 29 years ago. This is because the Davis Cup organizers are implementing a new format that allow 12 simultaeneous home-and-away ties in Group II as well as in Group I. The Group II winners will then compete in the World Group II ties in September along with the losing nations from World Group I. The losers of World Group II, meanwhile, will be relegated to the Regional Group III in June/July or September......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2020

PBA: Media Day once again a huge success

For the second straight year, the Philippine Basketball Association held a Media Day to precede the league's opening ceremony. For the second straight year, the PBA Media Day was a huge success. All 12 teams were represented Thursday for the Media Day at Okada Manila. "Successful na naman yung Media Day natin. Ito nga yung jumpstart and primer natin para sa opening," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial told this writer. "Ito yung balik namin sa media, pinapakita lang namin yung appreciation na ginagawa niyo samin, yung suporta niyo samin," he added. For the second-ever Media Day, Marcial noted that coaches and players were more relaxed now compared to last year. In 2019, the first-ever PBA Media Day was held at Solaire. "Yung first time, medyo stiff pa sila. Ngayon parang mas relaxed na sila. Ang saya," Marcial said. "At sinasabi ng coaches and players na gusto nila to, di ba? Okay satin to," he added. The PBA was set to open a 45th season on March 1, that has since been moved to March 8 but despite being a week delayed, the league is all systems go. "Derecho tayo. May Leo Awards tayo, may opening tayo, may konting tribue kay Kobe. Derecho tayo, kung ano yung nawala nung March 1, ganun pa rin sa March 8," the league head said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

Marcial, 82

The father of Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Willie Marcial, Dr. Rogelio G. Marcial, M. D., passed away last Sunday, leaving behind a legacy of service to the less privileged as a “Doktor Ng Bayan” in conducting free clinics with the Batangas Medical Society and Lions Club......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

1st Philippine Cerebral Palsy Football Team to compete in upcoming ASEAN ParaGames

The Philippines is about to field its first cerebral palsy football team in the ASEAN Para Games. Known as the CP Rascals, the team was formed last year by the Henry V. Moran Foundation, the non-profit organization that has long focused on developing football programs for public school youth in the country. “Our search for players started in March last year after we were appointed by the PHILSPADA (Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled) to form a team to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN Para Games. Our special football arm, CP Football Philippines, toured 12 cities, coordinating clinics and tryouts with the heads and officers of local government units. By July, we had discovered some players and training for the team began,” said Danny Moran, head of the Henry V. Moran Foundation. The CP Rascals currently has 12 members, with plans to add two more before the ASEAN Para Games  Moran said that they are grateful for the support that private organizations have given for the new team players and coaching staff. He cited insurer Allianz PNB Life, in particular, for providing the CP Rascals’ life, medical, and travel insurance. “Our main concern was life and accident insurance as bringing football to persons with disability has its risks, especially since training would be from 3 to 6 months,” Moran said. Aside from the insurance coverage, Allianz gave cash support for the CP Rascals’ football camp and housing. “It is our honor to support a team that embodies Allianz’ ideal of overcoming life’s challenges in fulfilling one’s dreams. We are giving our para athletes the support to help them achieve their goals in their chosen sport, and we are looking forward to cheering them on in the 2020 ASEAN Para Games,” Allianz PNB Life Chief Marketing Officer Gae Martinez said. This is not the first time that Allianz and the Henry V. Moran Foundation have worked together in promoting football in the country. For the past three years, they have staged the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational (ANYFI), a grassroots football program held nationwide. Some of the kids who have participated in the program have gone on to train at the Allianz Explorer Camp in Germany under FC Bayern. Moran added that it is their dream to continue strengthening the CP Rascals so that they can also participate in the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Vietnam in 2021......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

PBA: Philippine Cup opening pushed back one week

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine Basketball Association will push the opening of its new season back by one week. The PBA was set to open a 45th season with the 2020 Philippine Cup on March 1 at the Big Dome. It’s still all systems go for the PBA, only now the season will start on March 8. “It’s a preventive measure against nCoV. It’s now in place and will be implemented. The safety of our fans, teams, players and officials remain to be our utmost priority,” said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. Despite the change in schedule, all opening-day activities are the same. The PBA will start with the annual Leo Awards followed by the season’s first game featuring five-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel taking on Magnolia. The opening of the new PBA D-League season has also been moved from Feb. 13 to March 2.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Bryant death draws tributes from Asian fans, politicians

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant was a hugely popular figure in Asia, no more so than in China where basketball rivals soccer as the most popular sport. However, his death Sunday in a helicopter accident comes at an awkward time between the country and the league. National broadcaster CCTC pulled all NBA games off the air following a tweet in October from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressing support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. The Chinese Basketball Association, led by former Rockets MVP Yao Ming, announced it would suspend all cooperation with the Texas-based team. Yao and the association have yet to comment on the crash that killed Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others. Bryant's popularity among Chinese fans was rivaled only by Yao, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. His playing appearances, including the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics won by the U.S., were far exceeded by his promotional appearances in the country, both on behalf of his own brand and basketball generally. At a 2013 Lakers preseason game against Golden State in Beijing, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” despite the injured super-star not even having suited up for the game. Commemorations begin rolling in online, many of the accompanied by photos of Yao and Gianna with the letters R.I.P. Others showed the two dressed in uniform walking away into clouds under a basketball net. “For our generation, our memories of the NBA begin with Jordan, and move through Kobe and Yao Ming. You were a part of our youth. Already missing the bright sun of Kobe. Go well,” wrote commentator “ZhanHao” on the popular Twitter-like Weibo messaging service. “Your willpower has inspired a generation. Thank you,” wrote “Teacher Kai Ting.” “I hope there is basketball in heaven. Kobe just went to another world to play basketball with his daughter,” wrote “Cici’s green paper.” In Taiwan, where the NBA also is an enormous draw, President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that her “thoughts go out to the Bryant family & the families of all those who lost loved ones today." “Kobe inspired a generation of young Taiwanese basketball players, & his legacy will live on through those who loved him," Tsai wrote. Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo noted that Bryant had been a frequent visitor to the Philippines . “He was well-loved by his Filipino fans," Panelo said in a statement. “On the hard court, he was a sight to behold with his dexterity and accuracy in sinking that ball in the ring. He was a master of his craft. The basketball world has lost one of its legendary greats," Panelo said. “The Palace extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, loved ones and fans around the globe who Kobe left behind. We share in their grief." In Japan, Tetsunori Tanimoto, an official at the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association, in Kobe, central Japan, expressed his deep condolences for Kobe Bryant’s death. “He helped make Kobe Beef known throughout the world,” he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press Monday. Kobe got his name, the legend goes, after his father ate Kobe beef during a visit to Japan and loved the taste. Tanimoto, who watches NBA games on TV but has never met Bryant, said people know the story about how Bryant got his name. “We have always felt a closeness to him,” he said. “It is so sad. And we offer our deepest condolences.” ___ Associated Press reporters Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo and Kiko Rosario in Bangkok, Thailand contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2020

More foreign training, competitions for PMVT in 2020 -- LVPI

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. is set to sit down with the Philippine men’s volleyball team coaching staff to plot out the squad’s schedule of training and international competitions for next year. After surpassing expectations with its remarkable silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Dante Alinsunurin-coached squad is expected to participate in a number of foreign exposures.   “Magmi-meet kami siguro third week ng January. I-plot natin ang buong taon,” said LVPI board chairman and national team program head Peter Cayco. The men’s squad bannered the successful outing of the local governing body of volleyball with its first silver medal finish in 42 years and ending a 28-year wait for a podium finish in the biennial meet.      Right after bowing to well-experienced Indonesia in straight sets in the gold medal match on Tuesday, Alinsunurin said that LVPI assures the squad that their hard work, despite being overshadowed by the more popular women’s division, will be rewarded with sufficient support from the association.   “Kanina kinausap ako ni sir Peter, ang sabi niya magtuluy-tuloy ang training namin,” said Alinsunurin, who was formally introduced as head coach early March.   The assurance was welcome news for the squad, who heading into the SEA Games trained continuously and consistently for eight months. As part of their preparation, the Nationals joined the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championship last July where they won bronze and went on a 16-day training camp in Japan.    “Yun ang hinihiling din namin na magtuluy-tuloy ang team na mag-training kasi importante talaga sa amin yun lalo na nasisimula pa lang kami,” said Alinsunurin. “Siyempre kung gusto talaga naming iangat ang laro namin kailangan talaga namin na January mag-start na kami [ng training]. Sana tuluy-tuloy na talaga.” Behind main guns Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas and the impressive debut of young setter Joshua Retamar and Kim Malabunga, the Nationals climbed to the SEA Games semifinal with wins against Cambodia and Vietnam. The Filipinos wrote history when they dethroned five-peat-seeking Thailand in a dramatic come-from-behind five-set victory to set up a gold medal match against their group stage tormentor Indonesians, whose experience and firepower proved too much for the young Nationals in the final. But despite of the loss, the Nationals achieved their goal of making the country proud and bringing the spotlight to men’s volleyball.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

DOTr seeks help of medical association, professional regulatory body after doctor s road rage

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

Mau out of SEA Games roster, Maizo-Pontillas gets spot

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team’s podium finish bid suffered a major blow after power-hitting Filipino-American Kalei Mau was ruled ineligible to see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. In a shocking development, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) president Joey Romasanta revealed Friday that the 6-foot-2 open spiker was scratched from the lineup after falling short of the required minimum two-year residency. Mau, a University of Arizona standout in the US NCAA Division 1, came to the Philippines late last year and played for Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga before transferring to F2 Logistics where she won the All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player award and led the Cargo Movers to the throne. She was called up for the national team and made a big impact for the squad. Mau helped the Nationals finish third in the ASEAN Grand Prix first leg, as the Filipinas shocked a then-complete Vietnam squad, forced Indonesia to a five-setter, and stole a set from powerhouse Thailand – the same teams that will vie for medals in the SEA Games. Mau sat out the second leg in Sta. Rosa, Laguna because of an Achilles’ heel injury but was able to join the team in its 12-day Japan training recently. Although Mau has been campaigning in the country, she remains affiliated under the United States Volleyball Association (USVA). Based on the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the Asian Volleyball Confederation, a player who wishes to represent her country in an international competition such as the SEA Games, Asian Games and the Olympics must be under her mother federation for at least two years. LVPI had no other choice but to cut Mau from the roster to abide the Asian and world body’s rule.      “We don’t want to jeopardize whatever problem she may encounter along the way. She could get suspended if she plays without securing transfer papers from the federation,” said Romasanta. “I don’t know why she failed to submit the papers, but it really has to be her submitting it because she is a member. It's not the LVPI.” The Nationals actually learned about this issue weeks back during their Japan training camp and tried to look for solutions in case Mau won’t get the greenlight to play.   Bite the bullet The news of Mau ineligible to play added to the heartbreak that the Nationals have faced during the course of their build up for the SEA Games, which will open its volleyball competition on Dec. 2 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. “Malaking pagsubok na naman sa amin kasi adjustment na naman dun sa team,” said head coach Shaq Delos Santos. The Nationals already lost towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat as well as Filipino-American playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy. The Six-foot-5 Santiago and 6-foot-2 Manabat failed to secure their release from their respective clubs in the Japan Premier League while Robins-Hardy had trouble securing a Philippine passport on time. Some players suffered injuries including hitter Alyssa Valdez (foot), who skipped the team’s Thailand training camp and the ASEAN Grand Prix opening leg while Mika Reyes is still recovering from a knee injury. The squad had to continue their Japan training camp without Valdez and setter Jia Morado, who had to return to Manila after just five days into the camp because of their club commitment with Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League.    “Simula ng mag-start kami ng [training] camp nandyan siya [Mau] tapos nagkaroon na naman ng conflict,” said Delos Santos, who is in his second year as mentor of the squad. “Siguro best thing na magagawa ng buong team, coaches, players, ng management, ng LVPI, kami kailangan din naming ma-accept na, na matanggap namin sa sarili namin na kakayanin namin kahit na maraming dumadating na problema o conflict kasi yun na rin naman ang goal natin dito kung paano buuin ang team.”   Maizo-Pontillas returns, Paat in dual role With Mau out, Delos Santos has elevated reserve Aiza Maizo-Pontillas into the team. The lefty Maizo-Pontillas, who played for the national team in the 2017 edition of the SEA Games in Malaysia, will be Mau’s replacement. She was with the team in its Thailand and Japan training camps.  Delos Santos is also looking at putting Mylene Paat in a dual role as opposite and open spiker with Maizo-Pontillas taking the main position at opposite. “Si Aiza na ang ilalagay namin [for Mau]. Si Mylene kasi inaano namin, pero kasi sa Pilipinas nagagawa niyang maging outside hitter,” said Delos Santos. “Pero kailangan mas maaral pa niya o maibigay namin yung mga role n’ya as an outside hitter pero kasi siyempre iba pa rin ang galaw dun”. “Pero I think konting adjustment na lang so ibibigay namin yung kailangan niyang i-improve at i-develop,” he added. Anticipating the worst, Delos Santos during their Japan training was already giving Paat some extra workouts in both wing positions as well as working on her floor defense.  “Magiging dalawa ang puwesto n’ya in case na kailanganin namin siya sa outside. Pero may tatlo pa naman tayong outside hitters. Depende yan sa ilalaro at sa diskarte naming gagawin, dun na lang yun tatakbo,” said Delos Santos. Even without Mau, the Nationals remain competitive with a solid core bannered by team captain Aby Maraño, Valdez, Morado, Reyes, Paat, Maizo-Pontillas, Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maddie Madayag, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kath Arado. Eya Laure and Ces Molina.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019