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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

UAAP Season 82: Lacsina following Santiago’s footsteps

Sophomore Ivy Lacsina looks at Jaja Santiago, who is arguably the best volleyball player to come out of National University, as an inspiration when the Lady Bulldogs plunge into action in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament. Taking over the spot left by Santiago two years ago, the 6-foot-2 Lacsina hopes to emulate the same hard work and discipline of the former Queen Lady Bulldog, who is now enjoying success as an import in the Japan V. Premier League playing for the Saitama Ageo Medics. “Sobrang nakaka-proud po yun and nakaka-motivate na ganun na si Ate Jaja ngayon, dati nakakausap ko lang yan. Iba na ang narating niya ngayon,” said Lacsina of the 6-foot-5 Santiago, who recently helped the Ageo Medics win its first-ever third place trophy. “Naisip ko na grabe yun pala ang kaya mong marating kung mag-hardwork ka and nag-focus ka sa dapat mong i-focus.” Lacsina seems to be following the same path taken by Santiago, who at her size plays at the wing in Japan. From her natural position as a middle, Lacsina was converted to open spiker for the short-handed Lady Bulldogs last season. Averaging almost 13 points per game in her debut season as a winger, Lacsina indeed could be the next big star for NU. But the soft-spoken player knows that she still has a lot to improve on starting with discipline.    “Kinukwento ng iba naming teammates na naranasang maging senior si [Ate Jaja], iba po ang disiplina niya sa sarili niya,” said Lacsina, who considers Santiago as a big influence why she decided to stay with NU after graduating from NU-Nazareth School. “Yun po ang naisip ko na, ‘Ay kailangan ito ang disiplina ko para someday makuha ko rin ang pwede kong makuha.’” “Hindi ko kailangan maging Ate Jaja,” she added. “Kailangan kong maging ako at gawin ko siyang motivation.”   Lacsina will be NU’s rock on defense at the net after making an impact last year. Despite the departure of last Season 81 1st Best Middle Blocker Roselyn Doria, the Lady Bulldogs still have a solid frontline with Lacsina and returning veteran Risa Sato, who missed last year’s action because of academic issues.   Lacsina cherishes the chance of playing alongside a seasoned player in Sato. “Malaki po ang epekto niya kasi po iba ang laro niya, iba po ang pagiging jolly niya, iba po ang pagi-enjoy niya, pag-iingay nya sobrang nadadala kami,” said Lacsina. “Saka ‘yung standard niya. Ang taas kasi talaga ng standard niya which is good.” With hopes of improving from last year’s 4-10 record, the Lady Bulldogs are banking on Lacsina to level up her game just like what the former Most Valuable Player Santiago did during her heydays with NU......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

Tiger Cubs continued contending in UAAP 82 on the back of Bismarck Lina

Bismarck Lina, put simply, dominated in his last seven games for University of Sto. Tomas High School. There, the 6-foot-4 forward posted per game counts of 19.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists as the Tiger Cubs stayed alive for the playoffs until the very last game day of elimination. Here are Lina’s last seven games in #UAAPSeason82 (points-rebounds-assists): 13-12-3. 20-11-2. 24-10-1. 14-14-3. 14-12-1. 25-12-4. 25-16-4. His averages in the second round? 1??9??.3?? points, 1??2??.4?? rebounds. 2??.6?? assists. ???? — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) February 5, 2020 Yes, that's definitely a double-double average for the second round - and not only that, he posted a double-double in each and every game. Ultimately, unfortunately, it was all for naught as he and the black and gold fell just one win shy of the playoffs. Of course, Lina would have wanted his last year in high school to have had a different ending - especially as there was a chance, however slim as it may have been, that his very presence could have spelled the difference in their first four games. "Sayang 'di ako nakalaro nung simula kasi kailangan kong i-therapy yung tuhod ko," he said, talking about his bothersome right knee that sidelined him in the earlygoing. He then continued, "'Di ko natulungan agad yung team ko. Bilang captain, iba rin sana yung may leader sila sa loob nun." Once he finally got the green light for a return, however, the 18-year-old wasted no time making his presence felt. That was especially true in Round 2 where, on his back, UST went 4-3 - with all of its losses coming at the hands of the league' last three champions. "Kinailangan ko lang bumawi sa team. Ginusto ko lang makatulong sa team," he said. He then continued, "Na-short lang kami, pero alam ko sa sarili kong binigay ko yung best ko." With that, whatever step he takes next, Lina has full faith he can make something happen. "Sobra-sobrang nagbigay po ng kumpyansa sa akin itong season na 'to," he said. That doesn't man, though, that the cousin of Kevin Ferrer is about to rest on his laurels. "Ngayon po, kailangan kong i-work yung perimeter game ko kasi sa college, mahihirapan na ako kasi mas malalaki at mas malalakas na sa akin yung mga nandun," he shared. Whether or not he keeps at it in Espana remains to be seen, but without a doubt, in his three-year stint there, he has already made the school and the community proud. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

SEA Games: PHI volleybelles relegated to battle for bronze

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Desiderio proud UP’s ‘Atin ‘to’ spirit is alive and well in UAAP 82

The University of the Philippines is yet to have a double-digit margin of victory in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. In their nine wins, the Fighting Maroons' biggest winning margin was six at the expense of Far Eastern University and University of the East. Even more, six of their wins have come by three points or less. Without a doubt, State U has found itself in more close contests than any other team in the tournament. And yet, again and again, they fought - and more often than not, they won. With that, it's safe to say that the battle cry Paul Desiderio breathed life into is alive and well - even as he is now making his alma mater proud with the Blackwater Elite in the PBA. "Oo. Kitang-kita mo pa rin yun sa kanila," he answered after being asked if he could still sense "Atin 'to" in this iteration of UP's men's basketball team. "Basta close games, hindi sila nagpapatalo, hindi sila sumusuko. Laban lang hanggang sa dulo." Of course, nobody would ever forget that it was behind Desiderio that the Fighting Maroons announced they are now a force to reckon with. With him leading the way, they ended a 21-year Final Four drought and then ended a 32-year Finals absence. Now, State U is in prime position to build on that momentum as it boasts of the second-seed and a twice-to-beat advantage for the first time in school history. "Malaking bagay na naabot ng UP yung no. 2 kasi dati, nasa baba lang kami, wala pang nanonood. Ngayon, kitang-kita mo yung suporta ng community," Desiderio said. He then continued, "Sobrang happy kami kasi talagang makikita mong umangat yung programa. Malaking credit yun kay Coach Bo para madala yung team sa back-to-back na Final Four." Still, the Diliman legend also reminded that the job is far from finished. "Kailangan nila, be more disciplined and mag-focus on their roles. Kailangan, yung eyes nila, nasa bigger picture," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2019

ONE Championship: Team Lakay seniors Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio proud to see Joshua Pacio in the main event

For the third time in his young career, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio finds himself on the top billing of a ONE Championship card.  Pacio will be defending his title against fellow Filipino Rene “D’Challenger” Cataln at ONE: Masters of Fate this coming Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.  What makes this main event quite different for the 23-year old Pacio is the fact that it will be his first headliner at home.  It will also be the first time that he’ll be having two of his Team Lakay seniors and former ONE world champions Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio on the undercard.  For the two elder Lakays, seeing their ‘ading’ Joshua in the main event is simply a testament of the hard work and dedication that they, and the whole of Team Lakay, have put in becoming world-class fighters.  “Ibig-sabihin lang nun tama yung tinatahak namin na landas, kasi nakikita nila and nagpupursige sila na [maka-abot] ng mas-mataas pa sa amin, and they are proving it well,” said former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Folayang. He faces Mongolian up-and-comer Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhu in the co-main event.  “Yun naman ang gusto natin, hopefully, mas marami pa sanang susunod na mag-main event na mga upcoming fighters natin,” Folayang added.  The future is indeed bright for the next generation, so to say, of Team Lakay stars, as Pacio, flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad, and strawweight newcomer Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang are all poised to fly the Benguet-based MMA stable’s flag high for the forseeable future.  For Eustaquio a former ONE Flyweight World Champion, it doesn’t stop with this batch of Team Lakay’s young guns. As he put it, it continues on as a cycle.  “Ang sa akin, it's really nakaka-proud, because we did our part and they're also doing their part.” Eustaquio shared. “We really dreamed, it's the vision of Coach Mark, to make it a cycle. As much as possible, it will not stop in our generation, on their generation, but it will go on.” “It will go on as a cycle, we will produce world champions that come from the mountains, or that come from the Philippines,” he added.  More from the #ONEChampionship #MastersOfFate Open Workouts: @TeamLakay seniors @efolayang and @lakaygravity101 talking about having their “ading” Joshua Pacio in the main event pic.twitter.com/v8fYCcFrlO — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 7, 2019 For his part, Pacio is obviously happy to hear such praise from the people that he himself looks up to. After all, Pacio says, they’re definitely a big part of why he’s in the limeline in the first place.  “Nakakataba din ng puso and dagdag motivation. Hindi lang nila alam na isa sila sa mga ladders ko, kung bakit nandito ako ngayon.” Truth be told, Pacio really doesn’t mind if he’s in the main event or if they’re in the main event. The important thing is that he’s fighting alongside his Team Lakay family.  “May mga nagtatanong sa akin ano yung feeling ko na ako na yung main event tapos sila yung nag-uundercard sa akin, ang sa akin, hindi ko iniisip yun, kasi ang importante sa akin ay may makasama ako sa card na lalaban and of course mananalo kami lahat. Yun ang importante.”   Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM. ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2019

National U seizes six-peat in UAAP 82 badminton

National University leaned on the duo of rookie Solomon Padiz Jr. and graduating senior Keeyan Gabuelo to snare their sixth consecutive UAAP Men's Badminton title, 3-1, over Ateneo, Saturday at the PNP Sports Center Badminton Courts. After failing to finish the match in the second game despite three match points, the Bulldogs pair closed out the series with a huge 21-14 win the final game over Keoni Asuncion and Arthur Salvado. "Lagi silang nakaka-encounter nung ganun situation. Kung kelan malapit na, doon sila nape-pressure," NU head coach Jaime Llanes told his wards after their second set loss. Gabuelo and Padiz opened the second doubles match with a 21-17 win before Asuncion and Salvado snagged the second ultimately at 23-21. With their spectacular campaign, Gabuelo was named the Most Valuable Player while Padiz took the Rookie of the Year honors. Llanes was pleased with how their campaign went as the Bulldogs were tested this season. "Happy ako sa mga boys ko kasi ginawa nilang mag-step up kahit sobrang dikit ng game," he expressed. The win is the Bulldogs' 51st straight since UAAP Season 77. Moreover, NU tied Ateneo for most championships in the league's men's badminton tournament with six crowns. Padiz earlier leveled the tie after stunning Asuncion in just two games, 21-9, 21-14, in the second singles match, before fellow freshmen James Villarante and Julius Villabrille sent NU to the brink of the championship with a 21-18, 23-21 decision over Geno Cariño and Fides Bagasbas. Ateneo captain Bagasbas opened the day with an upset of opposing skipper Gabuelo, 21-19, 11-21, 21-18, in the first singles rubber......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 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

Dyowang aktor ng kilalang aktres hindi marunong magselos

MARAMING bumilib sa boyfriend ng isang kilalang aktres dahil sobrang supportive nito kahit na maraming fans ang may ayaw dahil may iba silang gusto para sa dalaga. Ang kasalukuyang ka-loveteam ng aktres ang gusto ng fans at talagang trending sila parati sa tuwing magkasama sa mga guesting, TV commercial at iba pang projects. Alam ito […] The post Dyowang aktor ng kilalang aktres hindi marunong magselos appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

SISTER ACT: Eya and EJ power Golden Tigresses in Season 82

For the first time since their high school days, sisters EJ and Eya Laure will be teammates in the UAAP for the University of Santo Tomas. Eya, Season 81's top rookie, will welcome her ate EJ back in Season 82 as the Golden Tigresses look to one-up their Finals run last year with a championship. "As a younger sister, syempre dream ko rin naman na maka-sama ko siya sa collegiate, hindi lang sa high school and club team," Eya said. "Syempre iba yung laro, sobrang nakaka-excite, sobrang happy. Although nandoon yung pressure, wala eh hindi na rin dapat isipin yun," she added. EJ is coming back to the Golden Tigresses following a two-season hiatus. As she looks to integrate herself back to the UST team and in the UAAP, EJ is counting on her younger sister Eya for guidance. "Masaya, kasi nandiyan siya and may magga-guide sa akin kapag nagkaka-mali ako," EJ told ABS-CBN Sports. "Normal naman yun samin, kasi kami parehas nagkaka-mali. Mas okay samin na sinasabi samin kung ano kailangan namin gawin or iwasan," she added. From high school to college, the dynamic has certainly changed between the Laure sisters. EJ is all for it. "Nung high school kasi parang di naman kami ganun ka-close, away-away kami ganyan," EJ said. "Ngayon naman, nag-mature na kami pareho. Super close na namin," she added. That's how the Laure sisters operate off the court now, on the court though, that's a whole different story. EJ was Eya's main attacker when she was still a setter in high school. For the Golden Tigresses, the Laure sisters will look to pile up the points for UST as spikers in Season 82. "Ngayon kapwa spiker na, dati ako magse-set sa kanya, sakin siya humihingi ng bola," Eya said. "Ngayon, siya na nagbibigay sakin gn advice on techniques. Bago din samin, hindi siya yung katulad nung dati. Yun nilo-look forward ko ngayon, yung connection namin as spikers," she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

UAAP 82: Umandal confident to lead UST post-SEA Games

Jau Umandal is about to get a much bigger role for UST in the UAAP Season 82 men's volleyball tournament. As the Tiger Spikers look to make a return to the Final Four following a one-year absence, Umandal's development after a stint with the Philippine national team could prove crucial. Umandal was part of the Philippine team that won silver in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. "Sobrang laki ng confidence ko, and sobrang laki ng role ko para sa team," Umandal told ABS-CBN Sports. "Kasi galing ako sa national team sa SEA Games, yung nanalo tayo sa Thailand sobrang laking confidence sakin na maglaro sa UAAP dahil sa experience na nakuha ko," he added. Before the SEA Games, the Philippines had a a two-week camp in Japan, which proved to be worth it as the national team took down five-peat seeking Thailand in the semifinals before bagging a historic silver medal. As great as that is though, not all players have the privilege to play for tha national team and Umandal is taking the responsibility to guide the Tiger Spikers using his national team experience. "Ituturo ko sa kanila yung mga natutunan ko, mga mechanics na natutunan ko sa Japan, kung paano gawin mga bagay na mapapadali lang," he said. "Tinuturo ko yun sa kanila sa training, gina-guide ko sila lagi lalo na yung mga bata kasi sa program namin, iba na set up namin mas mabilis. Ni-level up na namin," Umandal added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020