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PVL: Sobrang nakaka-proud sila –- Pablo on Motolite win

Motolite didn’t get chance to buy injured main hitter Myla Pablo a cake to celebrate her 26th birthday in advance Wednesday night. They actually didn’t need that, as they gave Pablo a much better birthday gift when Motolite rediscovered its winning ways to defeat streaking BanKo in a hard-fought five set victory in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Pablo watched from the sidelines as Motolite outlasted the Perlas Spikers, 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 29-31, 19-17, to move up to second spot with a 5-2 win-loss record tied with PetroGazz.  “We can’t afford a cake today, all the shops are closed,” said Motolite coach Godfrey Okumu. “The game, I give it to her as a present.” Pablo, who suffered a right metatarsal sprain last Sunday in Motolite’s straight sets loss to PetroGazz, was in crutches as she showed her support to her teammates despite being reduced to merely a spectator. The open spiker turns 26 Thursday. Without Pablo, a two-time Most Valuable Player, hitters Tots Carlos, Isa Molde and Bern Flora – who filled in her spot – stepped up big time for Motolite. “Sobrang happy kasi halos lahat gumawa, middle namin, mga open spikers namin – sina Isa, Tots, lalo na si Flora – grabe sobrang nakaka-proud sila,” said Pablo, who will be out for at least a week. “Alam ko naman na ibinigay nila ‘yung best nila, lalo sa fifth set, nakita ko ang puso nila maglaro.” Pablo particularly praised Flora, who had an all-around game with 17 points, 18 digs and 17 excellent receptions. “Actually sinabi sa akin ni Flor ‘yun [birthday gift ‘yung game]. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Galingan mo, ha? Andito lang ako sa tabi mo, akong bahala sa’yo. Basta paluin mo lang nang paluin. ‘Wag kang mag-iisip ng kung anu-ano, maglaro ka lang,’” Pablo said. “Nakaka-touch lang kasi ‘yung mga teammates ko inaalay nila sa akin ‘yung game,” she added. “Sobrang nakaka-proud talaga as in. Kasi alam namin na kailangan namin manalo kasi syempre sayang ‘yung ibang panalo namin.” Pablo was also glad that her injury wasn’t serious and would only require a few days of rest. “Actually, pagaling na ako, nakakalakad na rin ako,” said Pablo. “Kailangan ko magsaklay para mabilis gumaling, kasi kung lakad ako nang lakad mabubugbog.” “Sobrang pwersa ko rin noong bumwelo ako noong game namin as in bumigay, lumabas ang buto ko pero naibalik naman. Alam mo ‘yung feeling na kinabahan ka kasi akala ko injury na naman sa likod, sa tuhod. Pero thank God naman lahat ng MRI ko clear lahat,” Pablo added. Pablo is expected to return in the second round and will miss Motolite’s end of first round match against ChocoMucho on Sunday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

MPBL: Manila Stars aiming for better finish in Lakan Cup

All things considered, the Manila Stars had a pretty good campaign in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.  The Stars finished the elimination round with a 20-5 slate and went as far as the Divisional Finals, where they fell to eventual National Champions San Juan Knights in three games.  With their maiden season in the books, Manila is now looking to put on an even better showing in the upcoming MPBL Lakan Cup.  "It was good season for the Manila Stars, lalong-lalo na sa akin, kasi siyempre may Divisional Finals appearance," said Stars playmaker Chris Bitoon. "Makikita mo talaga yung players na gumagaling sa Divisional Finals eh, yung mga nag-iisip." "Sana ngayong dadating na MPBL, makakapag-laro ulit kami sa Divisional Finals, para yung bawat isa sa amin, mag-improve pa," he continued.  Bitoon himself had a pretty good maiden season in the league, averaging just under 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and four assists per game, good for a spot in the All-MPBL First Team.  And while an individual achievement is always nice, Bitoon maintains that it's just a bonus. The main goal remains the same, and that's to go far into the postseason.  "Sa akin, yung pagiging kasama ko sa First Team, bonus na lang ‘yun, talagang ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, pero sana ngayon yung expectation is makapag-laro muli kami sa Divisional Finals, ma-feel yung crowd na ganun ka-lakas yung sigawan, sana ma-bless kami ni God na makapag-laro ulit doon." With another Divisional Finals, and even a National Finals stint on their crosshairs, Bitoon says that a 'more organized' Manila Stars squad plans on taking things step by step, and among those steps is adding some depth in their roster.  "Siguro yung Manila Stars ngayon, mas naging-organized, naging organized, nag-recruit din kami ng mga bagong players, mga potential players na alam naman namin na makaka-tulong sa team namin," Bitoon shared. Among those new recruits include former PBA All-Star Carlo Lastimosa, former Mandaluyong standout Gian Abrigo, and former De La Salle Green Archers Jollo Go and Mark Dyke, and former UST Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.  The Stars hope that these additions will more than make up for the loss of forward Riel Cervantes.  "Sana, ngayong darating na season, siyempre step-by-step, makapag-laro kami ng Finals, pero ang nasa isip muna namin ngayon ay bawat game eh, elimination, Divisional Finals, then yung National Finals," Bitoon added.  With so much new blood injected into the Stars' system, Bitoon is confident that he and fellow All-MPBL First Teamer Aris Dioniso will have a lot of help in the coming conference.  "Laging sinasabi ng coach namin na kahit sinong pwedeng ipasok, makaka-contribute eh. Siguro sa amin ngayon, kailangan lang namin na mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa eh, hindi pwedeng kami lang ni Aris Dionisio, Chris Bitoon. Kailangan lang namin mag-tiwala sa isa’t-isa. Andiyan naman yung mga ex-pro pa namin na maasahan." Right now, Bitoon is relishing the opportunity that the MPBL has given him, and playing for the capital city's home team has given him the perfect avenue to showcase his skills.  "Sobrang saya kasi ultimo mga bata, hanggang sa mga matatanda, mga nanay, talagang naka-support sa amin eh. Pag pumupunta kami sa venue namin sa practice, may mga ‘Idol, idol!’, magpapa-picture sila, kaya sobrang nakaka-proud kasi kahit hindi ka kilala, kahit hindi ka galing sa malaking school, nabibigyan ka ng halaga sa Manila."   The 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Cup begins on Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

John Arcilla, nagalingan kina Paolo, Christian at Martin

NAGALINGAN ang award-winning actor na si John Arcilla kina Paolo Ballesteros, Christian Bables, at Martin del Rosario, na gumaganap bilang mga anak niyang bading sa pelikulang The Panti Sisters directed by Jun Robles Lana. “Actually, nakakanganga, nakaka-awe ‘yung kanilang galing na tatlo. Sobrang swak na swak sila sa characters nila. Ang galing-galing ng kombinasyon nilang tatlo kaya ang sarap-sarap gawin ng pelikula. At ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

PVL: Angels dominate Motolite for fourth straight win

PetroGazz took advantage of Motolite losing main scorer Myla Pablo to a foot injury in the second set to eke out a 25-21, 25-16, 28-26, victory and extend its winning streak to four on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The trio of Jonah Sabete, Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag spearheaded the Angels’ assault to improve to 5-2 win-loss card tied with BanKo at second spot behind unbeaten Creamline (8-0). Sabete fired 14 points with 12 coming off attacks, Panaga finished with 13 markers while Nunag got 10 points for PetroGazz, which snapped Motolite’s four-game winning streak. The Angels had to weather Motolite’s late rally in the third set after coming back from a 22-24 deficit. Motolite even took two set point advantages before Sabete and Nunag scored back-to-back hits to seal the win. “Siguro ‘yung maturity na lang talaga ng mga players and yung composure ang gumana kanina sa crucial point,” said Angels coach Arnold Laniog. The Angels faced stiff resistance from Motolite in the opening set behind Pablo before hanging tough in the end to take the match lead. Motolite engaged PetroGazz in a see-saw battle in the second before Pablo went down grimacing in pain after hurting her right foot while trying to jump for a kill with her squad trailing, 9-10. Pablo was stretchered off the court and had her foot iced. Initial findings revealed that Pablo suffered a metatarsal sprain and is set to undergo X-Ray and further examinations.    She sat out the remainder of the game and had 10 points including nine kills.   “’Yung moment na nadoon pa siya tralagang unstoppable siya. Sabi ko nga sa mga players, ‘Nababasa natin siya pero bakit di natin mahuli? May time naman na once maka-establish tayo ng block natsi-check natin pero kapag di naka-establish ang taas ng porsyento na makapatay,’” said Laniog. “’Yun nga nangyari ang di natin inaasahan siguro nag-favor na lang sa amin. Although ayaw natin, tinake advantage na lang ng mga players namin na nawalan sila [ng main scorer],” he added. “Si Myla di talaga bumababa ng 20 points every game kumbaga nawala ang no. 1 main scorer nila.” Tots Carlos got 10 markers while Isa Molde and Bern Flora had seven each for Motolite, which slid to 4-2 card.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

Wong, Madayag unavailable for U-23 Thailand stint

National women’s Under-23 volleyball team head coach Kungfu Reyes remains upbeat with the squad he has for the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships despite missing some familiar names. “Meron tayong collegiate, meron tayong high school,” said Reyes. “Sila ‘yung mga available for now so sila yung ipapadala namin sa Thailand so doon yung composition which is manggagaling rin ng tryout.” Reyes selected 14 players from the national pool for the July 4 to 10 tournament but the likes of team captain Isa Molde and Ateneo de Manila players Deanna Wong and Maddie Madayag are unavailable because of various reasons.      “Supposedly, sila Deanna Wong, um-okay na kaso naka-cast na siya e. So meron siyang ite-therapy sa shin niya ata ‘yun o kung ano mang injury niya, hindi pwede pero gusto ng bata,” said Reyes referring to the Lady Eagles playmaker. “Now, we talked to Ateneo, okay naman sila, problema lang talaga, hindi lang natin pwedeng i-sacrifice yung health ng mga taong gusto natin,” he added. Madayag, according to Reyes, expressed her intention to join but has been out of action for almost two months after helping Ateneo capture the UAAP Season 81 title.     “So ‘yung willingness nila Maddie, gusto nila maglaro. Problema naman, siyempre coming from UAAP, hindi rin fit to play dahil wala ng ensayo. So yung mga ganung gestures, maganda pa rin yung indication,” said Reyes. Molde, for her part, and teammates Tots Carlos and Marist Layug are unavailable because of their commitment with their club team Motolite in the Premier Volleyball League. “Talagang yung availability ng player ang problema as of now, with the club team,” Reyes said. Celine Domingo will skipper the squad composed of University of Sto. Tomas players Mafe Galanza, Kecelyn Galdones, Ysa Jimenez, setter Maji Mangulabnan, Rachelle Roldan, Imee Hernandez, and Janna Torres. Rossie Rosier and Jewel Encarnacion of University of the Philippines, FEU’s Ivanna Agudo and Lyann De Guzman, Justine Jazareno of De La Salle University and UAAP Season 81 high school Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle-Zobel complete the very young lineup.   “Pero again, ito ‘yung mga program natin sa grass roots, siyempre anong iaangat mo dito, manalo ka dito, may talunin ka dito, magiging proud tayo in a way,” said Reyes. “Pero yung exposure outside Metro Manila o outside Philippines, malaking bagay para in the future. Sabi ko nga, in five years’ time, ito na yung papalit para sa National team natin.”  Part of the pool that are unavailable are Eya Laure of UST, Jessma Ramos of UP, Judith Abil and Mary Ann Mendrez of University of the East, FEU’s Buding Duremdes, Lycha Ebon and Jeanette Villareal, Alleiah Malaluan of De La Salle-Zobel, Faith Nisperos of Ateneo, FEU high school player Alexis Miner.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

FIBA: Parks calls articles of him begging off from Gilas 'misleading'

Ray Parks has lashed out to the media Friday over a quote given by Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao. Thursday night in national team practice, Guiao revealed that Parks turned down an invite to join Gilas Pilipinas. The national team is preparing for the FIBA World Cup later this year. "We have a few other names na gusto naming imbitahan. Actually, for today, we invited Ray Parks, but he declined,” Guiao said. [Related: Coach Yeng says Parks Jr. turned down invite to Gilas Pilipinas pool] Pressed for details, coach Yeng said it was actually team liaison officer Yvette Reyes who was in contact with Parks Jr. “My understanding is he declined to be part of the pool. Ang nangyari kasi is I asked ma’am Yvette to get in touch with him,” Guiao said. “My understanding is may iba siyang priorities,” coach Yeng added. On Friday, the Blackwater rookie then went on a mini Twitter rant, saying the articles published were "misleading." Parks Jr. didn't specify a single news outlet but the news were spread across many platforms Thursday night. Read Parks' full Twitter posts below.   Woke up this morning to a misleading article smh. For people to actually believe that i dont want to represent my country is crazy. Kaya nga nglaro sa Alab and went abroad carrying the ???????? flag anywhere and everywhere i go. — Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019 First off i didnt decline due to different priorities smh. Hiya oo pero priority hindi. First conference ko palang sa PBA pinayagan na ako ng Blackwater tapusin ABL stint ko kaya sobrang thankful ako. Tapos ngayon wala kaming import tapos mawawala ako nahihiya lang din ako sa BWE — Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019 Nahihiya din ako sa mga players na nglaro during the qualifiers and ngpakahirap to get our spot at the World Cup. Sino ba namang proud na pinoy na hindi mahihiya kasi each player who played are deserving of a spot. Rinerespeto ko sila at yung pinaghirapan nila. — Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019 The last time Parks played for Gilas was three years ago under Tab Baldwin for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

PVL: Kailangan talaga siya ng Motolite – Valdez on Pablo

Creamline stars Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado have nothing but high respect for veteran Motolite ace Myla Pablo. Just like the Motolite fans and supporters of Pablo, the Cool Smashers duo are glad to see the two-time Most Valuable Player back in action after a long layoff in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Pablo started for Motolite in her debut for her new team after missing the squad’s first six games. “Parating sa atin [Creamline] ‘yung may surprise player e. But more than anything, I'm really happy she's back,” said Morado, who tallied 26 excellent sets in the Cool Smashers’ 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, win over Motolite on Wednesday. “It's about time na nakabalik na si bagyong Myla Pablo,” added Morado. Pablo, who was acquired by Motolite in a buyout with Pocari Sweat last year, missed the whole first round and the start of the second round because of a lower back injury. She scored three points in two sets of action, starting in both. Pablo got the green light from her doctors to play days back, but was benched by head coach Air Padda in Motolite’s five-set win over PacificTown Army last Sunday as precautionary measure. “We know Ate Myla, kahit kailan siya gamitin, she'll deliver,” said Valdez, also a two-time conference MVP. “Not only contributing in terms of points but also the leadership.” Valdez added that Pablo’s return is a big boost for Motolite’s campaign for one of the last two semifinals seats. “I think she's one of the veterans in the team na kailangan talaga ng Motolite para mas magkaroon sila ng communication as a team,” Valdez said. Motolite is tied at no. 4 and no. 5 spots with Banko. Unbeaten PetroGazz (7-0) and Creamline are through to the Final Four while PacificTown Army (4-3) is at third.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

PVL: Pablo to sit out Motolite s game anew

Veteran hitter Myla Pablo will miss Motolite’s match on Sunday against league-leading PetroGazz as a precautionary measure for her sore back.  “Myla has been dealing with a back injury for a few weeks now,’ said head coach Air Padda. Pablo sat out Motolite’s 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, debut loss to PacificTown Army on Saturday in the first of their back-to-back weekend schedule in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “We’re just trying to maintain it and handle it the best that we can. The doctors say though, she should be back next weekend to play,” said Padda. The open spiker has been dealing with back problems for the past two years. Pablo said that she felt that she pulled a muscle on her right lower back and that there’s pain whenever she tries to bend.   “Actually yung back ko uli,” said the two time conference Most Valuable Player. “Siguro nabigla lang ‘yung back ko kasi May 10 kami nagsimula ng training so mga two weeks pa lang ako nakaka-practice siguro so nabigla ‘yung back ko.” Pablo added that team therapists advised her to limit her drills on practice. “Pwede naman ako magbola-bola pero wala muna ‘yung mga roll, ‘yung mga dive kasi mahirap daw kasi ‘pag nabigla lalong lalala,” she said. Pablo could also miss Motolite’s game on Wednesday against BanKo Perlas. Her earliest return, according to Padda could be on Saturday in a showdown with defending champion Creamline. “We’re looking forward to that but we’re just trying to deal with it the best that we can,” said Padda.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

PVL: Ako ang Ate nila – Pablo on young Motolite squad

Battle-tested and well-experienced, Myla Pablo embraces her role not only as newcomer Motolite’s ace hitter, leader and franchise player but also as an older sister of a very young crew in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “Ang role ko is as an Ate sa team namin kasi itong mga ‘to first time nilang mag-pro so ako ilang years na rin akong nasa pro so kailangan ako mismo ang magdadala this coming conference,” said Pablo, who will lead a squad composed of the core of Adamson University and University of the Philippines. Pablo transferred to Motolite from Pocari Sweat after last season and is expected to bring her experience and the same intensity of play in Motolite’s maiden campaign under head coach Air Padda.      The squad will pin its hopes on youthful hitters Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, setter Ayel Estranero and middle blockers Marist Layug and Aie Gannaban of UP, which won the 2018 Collegiate Conference title. Also joining the team are Eli Soyud, Thang Ponce, Bernadette Flora, Jellie Tempiatura and Fhen Emnas, who transferred from BanKo.     Known for her scoring prowess as well as superb floor defense, Pablo welcomes the chance of playing alongside younger players. “Ngayon siguro mas magaan din kasi itong mga bata siyempre kumbaga ganado pa silang maglaro. Gutom sa bola, gustong manalo,” said the two-time conference Most Valuable Player. But Pablo knows that her teammates will need her maturity come game time. “Pero ang mga bata ‘di pwedeng pabayaan mo lang sa loob ng court kailangan may magha-handle sa loob ng court,” she said. “Ako kasi nasanay na akong may kasamang beterano sa loob ng court and ngayon ako na ang Ate ng Motolite so I hope madala ko sila.” Pablo will have foreign guest players Bosnian Edina Selimovic and Cuban Gygy Silva to her guide the young Motolite squad. “Siyempre nadyan ang mga imports namin pero kaming mga locals kami yung susuporta kung ano ang dapat naming gawin,” said Pablo. Motolite will open its campaign on June 1 against BaliPure.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Finals: Ayaw ko pang i-let go ang UST -- Sisi Rondina

If given a chance, outgoing University of Sto. Tomas ace Sisi Rondina would still want to play for the Tigresses.  The Season Most Valuable Player bid goodbye to the black and gold on Saturday – a fruitful five-year stint that saw Rondina give her all from the struggling days of UST up to the final moment of the Tigresses in the biggest stage of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.         “Kanina kasi that time na the ball was checked out alam ko na pagka-hit pa lang ng bola, pagkapuntos pa lang ng kalaban alam ko na matatapos na ako as a Golden Tigress and ‘yun ‘yung sobrang nasaktan ako,” said Rondina after UST absorbed a stinging 17-25, 22-25, 22-25, Game 3 loss to Ateneo de Manila University at the MOA Arena. The Cebuana hotshot hammered 18 points with 11 digs and seven excellent receptions in her last three sets as a Tigress. As the final attack of Jules Samonte went off the block for the Lady Eagles’ championship point, Rondina knew there’s no turning back. No more chance for redemption – at least for her.       “Ayaw ko eh, ayaw ko talaga [umalis], gusto ko na maging Golden Tigresses as champion,” said Rondina. “Sabi ko nga kanina, kinokontra namin ang destiny na para sa Ateneo talaga.” “Ako sa sarili ko, destiny talaga ng Ateneo kinontra lang namin. It was a good run for us kasi who knows, na maniniwala na mga bata ang kasama ko and partida mga bata pero pag naglaro kakaiba,” added Rondina, who led a rookie-laden Tigresses squad to its first Finals appearance in eight years.   Despite falling short of fulfilling her promise to be remembered as the woman who will bring back the title to Espana, Rondina remained proud of where her sacrifices and efforts led UST to.   “Gusto ko [maalala nila ako] isa sa mga nagpabalik sa Finals kahit hindi korona. Kapag sinabing Sisi Rondina, gusto ko lang na, ‘UST oriented ‘yan, mahal niya ang UST, hindi pinapahiya ‘yung UST.’ Kung gusto lang naman nila akong ma-remember,” she said. “Isa rin is mahal na mahal ang UST, mga ganoon. Ayaw ko pang i-let go ang UST.” Still, the power-hitting player was grateful to her teammates’ effort to give her a chance to play in the Finals “Napakasaya ko kasi sila ang nagpatikim sa akin kung ano ang Finals, Finals be like. Kahit anong sasabihin ko hinding-hindi na talaga ako makakabalik, kahit gustuhin ko mang bumalik. Sabi nga sa kanta, may dulo pala ang langit,” Rondina said. “For me I’m blessed to have them [teammates], kahit na second place kami kasi sobrang unforgettable moment, day and time, sobrang gusto ko kasi na sana pag graduate ko may maiiwan ako sa UST na hindi makakalimutan ng iba,” she said. Rondina will leave UST without a title. But she surely inspired a new breed of Tigresses and a community.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Final Four: Lady Tams prove doubters wrong with good season run

Far Eastern University may have fallen short of making it back to the Finals, but the Lady Tamaraws proved all of their doubters, wrong by achieving what many thought was impossible for a team that lost two of its best scorers heading into UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. “I’m really proud of how far our team has come this season, especially since a lot of people were saying that our team wasn’t gonna make it to the Final Four,” said graduating hitter Jerrili Malabanan, who made her final bow as a Lady Tamaraw on Wednesday. FEU bid farewell to the season after losing to Ateneo de Manila University, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 14-25, in the winner-take-all match for the right to face University of Sto. Tomas in the best-of-three Finals.        “I think our team really grew and gained a lot of character over this season from our wins and our losses,” added Malabanan, who finished with 18 points highlighted by 16 attacks. The Lady Tamaraws saw the departure of scoring ace Bernadeth Pons last year after their runner-up finish while veteran Toni Basas was sidelined by a shoulder injury during the offseason, preventing her from suiting up for FEU. It diddn’t help that prized rookie Lycha Ebon suffered a season-ending knee injury at the start of the second round.    “’Yun nga po sobrang saya dahil nakarating po kami kung saan man kami ngayon,” said a sobbing Heather Guino-o, who in her last game with FEU delivered 12 points and 14 digs. “Kasi parang simula parang sobrang dami na nagda-doubt sa amin pero pinakita naming lahat na hindi kami basta-bastang team.” FEU finished the elimination round with a 9-5 win-loss record, good for a fourth spot in the Final Four for a showdown with twice-to-beat Ateneo.    But despite playing short-handed, the Lady Tams pushed the Lady Eagles to the limit, taking the first semis match in five sets to force a rubber match.  “Sobrang proud ako sa narating ng team namin ngayon,” said outgoing setter Kyle Negrito. “Sobrang ipinakita ng teammates ko, ng buong team, na lumaban bawat game. Na walang alinlangan na ilaban nila para sa amin (seniors).” Head coach George Pascua thanked his three graduating seniors for a job well done as Lady Tamaraws. “Ako, very proud ako sa kanila umpisa pa lang nagpapa-‘thank you’ na ko sa kanila,” he said. “Team building pa lang na nadyan sila para sumupport sa team.” “’Yung unfinished business last season gusto namin ma-achieve na unfortunately hindi namin nagawa yun,” he said. Pero siyempre, sobrang proud ako sa kanila bilang Ates ng team. They did well.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Kylie Verzosa nagsori sa pananakit kay Maxine Medina sa set ng ‘Los Bastardos’

“Nagkaroon po kami ng eksena ni Maxine, patapos na po ‘yung show, sobrang intense na po ang mga emosyon namin.” Ito ang paliwanag ni Miss International Kylie Verzosa kung bakit nagkasakitan sila sa taping ng … Read More The post Kylie Verzosa nagsori sa pananakit kay Maxine Medina sa set ng ‘Los Bastardos’ appeared first on Pinoy Parazzi......»»

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PVL: Jet Spikers connect fourth straight win

Air Force made sure that Motolite won’t get a chance to mount another comeback as it completed a 25-22, 25-23, 25-20, sweep on Wednesday to open its second round campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference on a high note at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Jet Spikers racked up four straight victories after starting off their campaign with five consecutive losses and avenged their straight-set loss to Motolite in their first meeting. Air Force took advantage of Motolite’s error-plagued outing and the absence of injured veteran and court leader Myla Pablo (foot injury) to snap its victim’s two-game win run. “Biniro ko nga ‘yung ano kanina eh, biro lang. Sabi ko, ‘straight set yan.’ Siguro nagkataon lang,” said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez. “Malaking ano rin sa amin na nawala si Myla. Wala masyadong leader sa kanila, isang beterano na superstar pa. Malaking bagay yung leadership ni Myla sa loob. Doon tumaas lalo ang kompiyansa namin.” No one scored in double figures for the Lady Jet Spikers as their offense was well distributed with eight players tallying points. May Ann Pantino and Dell Palomata scored nine markers each while Joy Cases and Judy Ann Caballejo finished with eight and seven points, respectively, for Air Force. The Lady Jet Spikers pulled through in a nip-and-tuck first set. Air Force came back from an 18-22 deficit in the second with a six-point swing to take the set point advantage, 24-22, before sealing the frame. The Lady Jet Spikers kept the Motolite at bay in the third to seal the victory. Tots Carlos posted 21 points in a lost cause for Motolite, which dropped to 6-3 card. Bernadette Flora had eight points while Isa Molde was limited to only six markers after dropping 23 points on Motolite’s five-set come-from-behind win over ChocoMucho last Sunday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

PVL: Motolite seeks back-to-back wins

Motolite hopes to capitalize on its huge win in its previous outing and on ChocoMucho’s current slump and score back-to-back victories on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Motolite got back on the winning track last Wednesday after outlasting BanKo in five sets despite playing without injured hitter Myla Pablo, who had to rest for at least a week after hurting her right foot last week. Motolite carries a 5-2 slate tied with PetroGazz. Pablo is expected to sit out another game as Motolite will again bank on the duo of Tots Carlos and Isa Molde, who scored 29 and 24, respectively, the last time out. Motolite is also looking to take advantage of the Flying Titans’ four-game losing skid and the fact that ChocoMucho will march into battle sans Maddie Madayag. The middle blocker will fly to Thailand on Sunday to join the national team in its training camp and to play in the ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20-22. The Flying Titans are coming off a stinging five-set loss to Philippine Air Force and are sporting a 2-5 mark. Kat Tolentino, who scored 30 points against the Lady Jet Spikers, must get enough support from her teammates to save ChocoMucho from falling further south.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

UAAP 82: Comboy shocked at own breakout performance in FEU win

Far Eastern University’s main strengths in UAAP basketball has always been through its guards. Scoring guards to be more specific. Wendell Comboy is next in line in that rich Tamaraw heritage of scoring guards, going off for a career-high 24 points Sunday as FEU locked up win no. 1 in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament against the University of the East. Comboy torched the UE defense with near 70 percent shooting and had zero turnovers in 26 minutes of play. He also connected on six out of nine three-point shots. “Tradition naman sa FEU na we rely on our guards, this season is no different,” head coach Olsen Racela said. “Si Wendell, he’s one of the veterans in the team eh. Konti lang beterano ngayon, so we really have rely on them,” he added. Comboy’s performance is certainly promising for FEU’s campaign in Season 82 and it should only add to his growing confidence. However, there’s nothing really unusual in his breakout performance says Comboy. “Naglaro lang ako kung ano hinihingi ng coaches,” he said. “Yung mga reminders nila, pinipilit ko lang gawin. Ewan ko rin kung paano nangyari, pero sobrang salamat sa mga teammates ko kasi sila nagbibigay ng good screens at mga pasa kaya ako naka-score ng ganun,” Comboy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

PVL: Motolite, Angels clash to keep winning streaks going

Winning streaks will be put on the line when red-hot Motolite and PetroGazz cross paths on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Opening serve is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. After unbeaten defending champion Creamline, which completed a sweep of the eight-game first round, Motolite currently holds the second longest win run with four straight after a sour start. Motolite sits at third spot with a 4-1 win-loss record behind Creamline (8-0) and idle BanKo (5-2). The reigning Reinforced Conference champions Angels, on the other hand, are on a roll themselves with three consecutive victories. PetroGazz is at solo fifth spot with a 4-2 card. Motolite will bank on power-hitting Myla Pablo, setter Iris Tolenada, Isa Molde and Tots Carlos against the Angels’ Jeanette Panaga, Jonah Sabete, Cherry Nunag, Paneng Mercado and setter Djanel Cheng.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

PVL: Motolite zooms to fourth win in a row

Myla Pablo waxed-hot as Motolite stretched its winning streak to four in a daring five-set escape, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10, over veteran-laden PacificTown Army on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The prized hitter registered 24 of her 25 points on attacks and had plenty of help from young bloods Isa Molde and Tots Carlos to improve Motolite’s record to 4-1 at solo second spot behind unbeaten defending champion Creamline (6-0). The trio connived in the fifth set with Molde hitting back-to-back through the block spikes to punctuate Motolite’s two-hour, 14-minute win. Molde scored 19 points with all but one coming off kills and added 11 excellent receptions while Carlos had 14 markers, 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions for an all-around performance for Motolite. It was an ugly victory according to head coach Godfrey Okumu.       “A win is a win but we won struggling,” said Okumu, who got a yellow card together with Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada midway in the fifth set for continuous complaining. Motolite broke free from a close 5-4 lead in the deciding frame with three unanswered points. Okumu was booked with a yellow card after complaining on a non-call on Lady Trooper Alina Bicar’s two touches after a ball she retrieved also hit her shoulder. Tolenada also got a yellow after a long talk with the second referee.      Fueled by the calls, Motolite created a 13-9 separation. A service error from Marist Layug gave PacificTown Army a free point before Molde wrapped up the win with consecutive kills. The Lady Troopers absorbed their second straight defeat for a 2-2 slate. Jovelyn Gonzaga got 19 points and 20 digs, Royse Tubino put up 16 markers with all but one coming off spikes while Nene Bautista had nine markers for PacificTown Army.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

PVL: Motolite showing great character in four-game win run

Motolite head coach Godfrey Okumu saw his squad’s hard-earned win over PacificTown Army as a good sign. After a sour start in its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference, Motolite is now on a four-game roll and Okumu praised his wards in terms of building the right character.   Motolite was tested on Sunday as the squad needed to thread the proverbial eye of a needle to keep its winning streak alive. “Of course, it'll help us. It also build a character for our team that we have to keep fighting. Today, that's what saw us through to win this game,” said Okumu after Motolite outlasted the Lady Troopers, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10, to improve to 4-1 record behind league-leading defending champion Creamline (6-0). Before its latest conquest, Motolite swept past Chef’s Classics, BaliPure and Air Force. Against the experienced Lady Troopers, the young Motolite squad was pushed to its limit and Okumu’s wards passed the challenge. At the forefront of Motolite’s huge win over PacificTown Army were young guns Isa Molde and Tots Carlos, who brought the much-needed backup for veteran hitter Myla Pablo. “As I say, it's not easy to beat an experienced team as oppose to our young team but it brought up a character of fighting against older, experience and the like,” said Okumu. The two-time Most Valuable Player Pablo also lauded her teammates for stepping up big time and for doing their role for the cause. “Actually, itong game namin against Army talaga, dito namin nakita 'yung teamwork namin as a team,” said Pablo, who finished with 24 points. “Kumbaga nagtulong tulong kami, walang bibitaw hanggang matapos 'yung game namin.” Molde finished with 19 points with 18 coming off kills including back-to-back through the block hits that sealed the win. Carlos displayed her all-around game with 14 markers, 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions for Motolite. “'Yung four-game win streak namin, malaking bagay 'yun na sunod sunod 'yung mga panalo namin and I hope magtuloy-tuloy kami sa mga incoming games namin,” Pablo said. Motolite will take a one week rest before taking on PetroGazz.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

PVL: Pablo, Carlos star in Motolite’s third straight win

Motolite picked up from where it left off to extend its winning streak to three at the expense of listless Air Force, 25-14, 25-18, 25-23, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The duo of Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos did most of the damage as Motolite improved to a 3-1 win-loss slate. Pablo was sharp as ever, pounding in 14 kills in her 15-point outing while Carlos filled the stats sheet with 14 points coming off eight attacks, three aces and three kill blocks while adding eight excellent receptions for Motolite. Isa Molde scored 10 points with all but one coming off spikes including the match-clinching off the block hit and added 10 digs while Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada tallied 17 excellent sets on top of six markers for Motolite, which struggled at the start of the third frame before completing a comeback. “The first and second sets were convincing. Now, the third set, we started slow,” said Motolite coach Godfrey Okumu. “Because of the way we started, we noticed as we continued playing, we struggled. We seemed to be making effort in things that we supposed to do effortlessly.”  After controlling the first two sets, Motolite needed to get back from six points down, 9-15, with a 10-3 rally with Aie Gannaban hitting back-to-back aces to tie the frame before Pablo smashing a kill to put her squad up, 19-18.     Lady Jet Spiker Angel Antipuesto tied the set at 23 off a block on Carlos. Motolite took the next two points and the victory with Carlos scoring an off the block hit before Molde’s game-winner. “Noong third set talaga, naunahan kami sa score. Malayo pa naman 'yun, kaya kaya pang habulin. Ayun, tulong tulong lang kami as a team,” said Pablo. Air Force absorbed its fourth straight defeat in as many games despite the 14-point effort of Dell Palomata. Antipuesto had nine markers while Joy Cases posted four.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

PVL: Angels dominate Lady Troopers in rebound win

PetroGazz overwhelmed a weary PacificTown Army side, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, on Wednesday to get back on the winning track in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jeanette Panaga and Jovielyn Prado provided the firepower for the Angels as PetroGazz evened its record to a 2-2 win-loss slate while handing the Lady Troopers their first loss in the season-ending conference after a two-game romp. Panaga pounded seven kills and added three kill blocks and three aces to lead the Angels, who rebounded from a straight sets loss to unbeaten defending champion Creamline last Saturday in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference Finals. Prado had 12 points and eight excellent receptions while Jonah Sabete and Paneng Mercado scored nine markers each. PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog felt that they had the advantage with the core of PacificTown Army coming off a one-week local league in Cagayan De Oro while Lady Troopers top hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga came from a stint in the Philippine Superliga Finals with Cignal the night before.      “Eh ‘yung Air force at Army galing sa one week tournament, sila pa naglaban dun,” he said. “Tinake advantage namin na pagod sila. Di rin ganun pa nakaka-recover katawan nila.” PetroGazz broke an 18-18 deadlock in the third set with three straight points for a 21-18 lead. After a Cai Baloaloa attack error, the Angels poured a closing four-point barrage with Sabete ending the 75-minute encounter with a kill block on Nene Bautista. Royse Tubino was the only PacificTown Army in double figures with 10 points while Gonzaga was limited to only eight markers.   ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019