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Rak of Aegis is a loud, joyful romp

During the daytime, music fans may express love for critical darlings such as Bob Dylan or Miles Davis. But when nighttime comes and videoke joints open their neon-bathed doors, Aegis reigns supreme (apologies to Frank Sinatra fans — please don’t stab me). The band has been enjoying a bit of ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 10th, 2018

Djokovic begins seventh Aussie Open title bid with romp

MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title in easy fashion Tuesday, January 15, crushing 230th-ranked American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena. The world No. 1 had reached the Australian Open second round for 13 consecutive years and that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

NCAA Season 94: Lady Blazers collect seventh straight win

Before the start of NCAA Season 94 women's volleyball competition, College of St. Benilde head coach Jerry Yee laid out the team's goals and expectations. The Lady Blazers responded with one of the best seasons for the Taft-based squad since its title romp three years ago. CSB collected its seventh straight win in eight outings Friday at the expense of skidding San Sebastian College, 25-17, 25-16, 25-14, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Blazers moved up to a share of the second to third spot with idle San Beda University behind unbeaten defending two-time champion Arellano University (8-0). "Nag-usap kami ng mabuti. Yung expectations, nai-set natin, yung goals natin ni-lay natin sa table, kung anong kailangan kung kaya nila o hindi. Willing naman yung mga bata to sacrifice. So far it's working. Pero marami pang tatabrahuin like consistency," said Yee, whose squad will close the elimination round on Monday against Mapua University. Rachel Austero scored 13 points anchored on 10 attacks, two kill blocks and an ace to lead the Lady Blazers. Klarissa Abriam had 11 markers while Chelsea Umali posted eight points for CSB. The Lady Blazers are very much in the running for the no. 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in a Final Four format.  In case Arellano U completes an elims sweep against San Beda coupled by CSBs win over Mapua, the Lady Blazers will occupy the no. 2 spot and will await the survivor between the no. 3 and no. 4 seeds in the knockout stepladder semifinals. The Lady Stags, on the other hand, were pushed on the brink of missing the semis for the second straight year after absorbing their third straight defeat. SSC-R fell to 4-4 card at fifth to sixth spot tied with Jose Rizal University.  Maryrhose Dapol and Joyce Sta. Rita scored eight points each for the Lady Stags, who will need to win against University of Perpetual Help on Monday and hope that the Lady Altas lose to the Lady Bombers on Thursday to force a playoff for the last semis seat. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Award-winning Filipino writer Tita Lacambra-Ayala, 88

Around midnight, January 11, US-based Filipino singer-songwriter Cynthia Ayala-Alexander posted on her Facebook page a terse statement: "10.37 ng gabi. My mother, the poet Tita Lacambra-Ayala, is gone. Paalam."   A few hours later, another of Lacambra-Ayala's musician offspring, her eldest son, singer-songwriter Joey Ayala, sounded joyful at the outpouring of messages he has been receiving from friends and others her mother's art had inspired. He asked for a little time to announce details of the wake and whatever tributes are being planned for her.   She turned 88 only last January 2. She died of pneumonia, according to an initial online report.   Bo...Keep on reading: Award-winning Filipino writer Tita Lacambra-Ayala, 88.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: San Beda out to prevent stepladder semis

With its primary goal of making it back in the Final Four accomplished, San Beda University now sets its sights on another pressing matter: prevent archrival Arellano University from sweeping the elimination round of the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition. The Lady Red Spikers joined unbeaten defending two-time champion Lady Chiefs in the semifinals after claiming their seventh win in eight games. Arellano U will face University of Perpetual Help on Thursday and if the Lady Chiefs hurdle the Lady Altas, it will now be up to San Beda to stop the grand slam-seeking squad from advancing outright into the Finals and prevent a dangerous knockout stepladder semifinals. The Season 93 Finals rematch is set on January 15.      “Para sa amin importante (na matalo namin ang Arellano U) kasi mahirap na dadaan ka sa stepladder kung ma-sweep nila ang elimination, said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino, who steered the Mendiola-based squad to its third straight semis appearance. If the Lady Chiefs succeed in sweeping the elims, the no. 2 team will take on the survivor between the no. 3 and no. 4 teams in the knockout stepladder semis format. A loss by San Beda to Arellano U will also put the Lady Red Spikers in a precarious position especially with College of St. Benilde very much in the running for the no. 2 spot. The Lady Blazers currently hold a 6-1 slate and are in a six-game winning romp. CSB’s last two assignments are against struggling San Sebastian College and also-ran Mapua University.   “Mas maraming pagod ang pagdadaanan mo at mas maraming challenge (sa stepladder) kaya dapat maipanalo namin ang game against Arellano,” said Gavino. If San Beda beats Arellano U coupled by CSB dropping a match, the Lady Red Spikers will claim the Final Four twice-to-beat advantage. But in case of a tie at the no. 2 spot, there will be a playoff to determine who will be equipped with the last semis twice-to-beat advantage.      “Sa susunod na game iisipin namin kung ano ang pwedeng mangyari kasi may natitira pang games sa mga kalaban ganoon din sa amin,” said Gavino. “Para sa amin ang goal namin ay matalo muna ang Arellano.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Gusto naming makasiguro na sa Finals -- Lady Chiefs coach Javier

Only two teams stand in the way of defending two-time champion Arellano University's drive to claim an outright Finals berth in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition. On Thursday, the unbeaten Lady Chiefs will take on the first of their last two elimination round assignments in University of Perpetual Help at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air via livestream. Arellano U sports a 7-0 win-loss record and are two wins away from securing the first best-of-three championship berth.  "Pipilitin namin. Siyempre, gusto naming makasiguro na, yun sa Finals nga. Pipilitin naming manalo sa dalawang games na natitira,” said head coach Obet Javier, whose squad will close the elims against San Beda University in a rematch of last year’s Finals on Tuesday. “Kailangan sa game namin sa Perpetual, manalo kami, at lalong-lalo na 'yung sa San Beda. Pipilitin namin 'yung (elims) sweep na makamit," added Javier. The Lady Chiefs crushed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-11, 25-8, the last time out to continue their winning romp. But it won’t be an easy match this time as Arellano U will contend against a team which is making its final push to clinch one of the last two semifinals berths. The Lady Altas are riding on the crest of their three-game winning streak and are carrying a 4-2 slate. Arellano U and San Beda University (7-1) occupied the first two Final Four seats. In case the Lady Chiefs, who will face San Beda on Tuesday, complete an elimination round sweep, Arellano will automatically advance in the Finals while the next three teams will battle in a knockout stepladder semis. Meanwhile, eliminated teams Letran (1-6) and Mapua (1-6) battle at 12:00 noon.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

ABL: Alab defends Lapu-Lapu by dominating Wolf Warriors

All of Alab Pilipinas put on a show before ultimately putting away Chinese team Zhuhai to stay spotless in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. Renaldo Balkman was a force as always, but it was point guards Ethan Alvano and Josh Urbiztondo who proved to be the thorns on the side of the Wolf Warriors in a 105-95 romp on Sunday at the Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu. Balkman was brilliant all game long with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Alvano and Urbiztondo wound up with 21 and 19 markers, respectively The contest was close for the first 12 minutes and the Filipino lead was only at 25-22 early in the second until Urbiztondo fired 10 points to detonate a 19-6 blast that put his side up, 44-28, late in the quarter. Both the lead and the momentum would remain with the Filipinos until the final buzzer. In all, seasoned Urbiztondo and youngblood Alvano waxed hot for all the time they were on the court and merged for nine triples. Add Pao Javelona’s own two treys and the Philippines’ floor leaders had all but five of their entire team’s total long-range missiles. With that, hulking Puerto Rican reinforcement PJ Ramos and back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. didn’t even have to do much with the former having just seven points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists and the latter having 12 markers and three boards. The Philippines is now undefeated through five games in its title defense. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Microsoft patents ‘Silent Voice Input’ for smart devices

As helpful as voice assistants may be, people are hesitant to use them in public spaces for fear of disturbing nearby people or sharing personal information. To assist fans of the features who are still shy about using them, Microsoft patented an invention called "Silent Voice Input" which would allow users to whisper with an inward airflow to vocally communicate with their devices. One of the most significant issues users have with voice assistants is not their technical limitations, but rather the social implications of speaking out loud to a device in public. In quiet environments, users are afraid to bother surrounding people, and in all types of environments, even in homes as...Keep on reading: Microsoft patents ‘Silent Voice Input’ for smart devices.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Batangas smashup claims five lives

What was supposed to be a joyful birthday celebration turned bloody, after five people who were all guests in the party were killed while eight others were injured, when a car collided head-on with a tricycle in San Juan, Batangas before dawn Friday. Initial reports indicated all those involved in the road mishap were guests […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

Filipino student in US shares delight of sisterhood in joyful video

A video compilation from a Filipino student living in the United States showing her younger sister running toward her and hugging her has touched the hearts of Filipinos on social media. Shenica Bernal first posted about it on Twitter and Facebook on December 20. Bernal said in the caption: “Please enjoy this compilation of my […] The post Filipino student in US shares delight of sisterhood in joyful video appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Pagdanganan, Sy cruise to 7-shot romp

Pagdanganan, Sy cruise to 7-shot romp.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

VOLLEYBALL IS LIFE: A look back at Philippine volleyball in 2018

Glorious victories, dynasties, historic feats, controversies and memorable moments once again highlighted another fruitful year for Philippine volleyball.   Now, let us take a look back in the year that was in volleyball:   DYNASTY Powerhouse teams continued to thrive in the country’s most popular collegiate leagues. Arellano University muscled its way back into the NCAA Season 93 Finals and met a newcomer in San Beda University. The Lady Chiefs did find the Lady Red Spikers as feisty opponents in their first championship meeting, needing five sets to survive San Beda in Game One. But it didn’t take long for Arellano U to stomp its class over the newbies to capture its second straight title and fourth overall crown in five years. De La Salle University painted UAAP Season 80 green after annexing its third straight title handing legendary head coach Ramil De Jesus his third grand slam in the country’s most popular and competitive collegiate league. Second year setter Michelle Cobb stepped up to the challenge of filling the big shoes left by Kim Fajardo and complemented the depth and firepower of DLSU. Far Eastern University, which advanced into the Finals for the first time after a decade, stood no chance against the onslaught of the Lady Spikers, which swept their way onto throne. University of Perpetual Help completed a four-peat in the NCAA juniors after sweeping Letran. Philippine Air Force snatched the Premier Volleyball League men’s Reinforced Conference crown and the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title. Sisi Rondina cemented her legacy as the UAAP’s queen of the sands after completing a three-peat in women’s beach volleyball. Rondina wrapped her tour of duty with four titles in five years. The Tigers ruled the men’s division.       YEAR OF THE UNDERDOGS San Beda University made great strides in NCAA Season 93 after earning its first-ever Finals appearance behind the efforts of Cesca Racraquin and twins Nieza and Jiezela Viray. The Lady Red Spikers closed the elims with an 8-1 win-loss record and took down Perpetual in the semis. Languishing at the bottom half of the standings since the return of its women’s volleyball program in 2008, Jose Rizal University made history by advancing into the Final Four. Shola Alvarez capped the Lady Bombers’ remarkable season by pocketing the Most Valuable Player award.   Far Eastern University made it to the UAAP women’s volleyball Finals by booting out crowd-favorite Ateneo de Manila University in the semis.  For the first time in five years, the Blue Eagles found themselves in a very difficult position in the Final Four. With a twice-to-win disadvantage, the Marck Espejo-led Ateneo shocked FEU – a team that beat them twice in the elims – to march to its fifth straight championship appearance.      But the real underdog story belonged to NU. After three years of finishing runner-up to the Blue Eagles, the Bulldogs led by Bryan Bagunas finally got their long-awaited revenge as they swept Ateneo off its three-year reign at the throne.     OFF COURT STORIES, CONTROVERSIES University of the East parted ways with head coach Francis Vicente midway in Season 80 after three and a half seasons with the Lady Warriors. Vicente left for ‘personal reasons’ with a UE coaching record of 2-45 (win-loss). Red Warriors head coach Sammy Acaylar also resigned from his post midway in the season. University of Sto. Tomas hitter EJ Laure after months of speculations to the real reason of her sitting out UAAP Season 80 broke her silence by saying that needed time to recover from her right shoulder injury to end all the rumors circulating including an alleged pregnancy.    Sound bites, videos and clips that show collegiate players’ ‘human side’ made its rounds around social media that drew mixed reactions from fans.  Just like in the previous years, controversy filled the formation of the national women’s volleyball team. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. initially named Ramil De Jesus as the national team coach but just two months after his designation, the multi-titled DLSU mentor resigned from his post citing ‘conflict of schedule’. Shaq Delos Santos took over De Jesus’ spot. Netizens went abuzz when the composition of the national team that participated in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games was released as fans give their different views on who should and should not be included in the roster.             LVPI named a new president in Peter Cayco of Arellano U to replace Joey Romasanta during the association’s election.   WRITING HISTORY Smart’s Cuban import Gigi Silva carved a world scoring record in the Philippine Superliga after scoring 56 points in a lost cause against Cocolife in the 2018 Grand Prix. Silva pounded 53 kills and had three aces to land her name in the fourth spot in the women’s world scoring record behind Polina Rahimova of Azerbaijan’s 58 points in 2015 while playing in Japan, American Madison Kingdon’s 57 (2017 Korea Volleyball League) and Bulgarian Elitsa Vasileva’s 57 (2013 Korea Volleyball League). Silva also surpassed the 55 points of Americans Nicole Fawcett (2013 KVL) and Alaina Bergsma, who led Petron to the 2014 PSL Grand Prix crown, (2016 KVL).     Not to be outdone, local volleyball star Marck Espejo had a 55-point explosion of his own in the Blue Eagles’ five-set Game 1 UAAP Final Four win over FEU. The five-time MVP pounded 47 attacks, had six kill blocks and two service aces for the Katipunan-based squad. Espejo scored 11 points in the deciding frame including Ateneo’s last four to seal the win in the match that lasted for two hours and 21 minutes. Espejo’s feat fueled Ateneo’s eventual semis series win over the twice-to-beat Tamaraws.  Espejo and DLSU libero Dawn Macandili were named as the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s 2017 Mr. and Miss Volleyball.     The Philippines saw three players make their mark in the international scene this year as Espejo and sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat were tapped as imports in Japan’s V. Premier League. Espejo is now playing for Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler while Jaja and Dindin suit up for Saitama Ageo Medics and Toray Arrows, respectively.     After 36 long years, the Philippines sent a women’s volleyball team to participate in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. The squad won against Hong Kong in straight sets in pool play in the country’s first Asian Games victory since defeating India in the 1982 New Delhi Games. The PHI advanced in the quarterfinals but went home empty-handed. The Filipinas ended up at ninth place in the AVC Asian Cup. Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio made waves in the country’s hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open after the duo barged in the quarterfinals. The tandem eventually bowed down to eventual champion Japan. The NU Bulldogs brought its bark into the international scene and howled its way to giving honor to country by winning the ASEAN University Games gold medal at the expense of Thailand. Volleyball proved to be the most talked about sport in the country as #UAAPSeason80Volleyball became the most tweeted sports hashtag in 2018.   SMASHING WIN, BLAZING VICTORY Creamline became the most successful club in the Premier Volleyball League this year after winning its breakthrough Reinforced Conference crown before following it up with a title romp in the Open Conference. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought after leading the Cool Smashers to the Reinforced Conference throne.   Creamline’s Michele Gumabao joined Binibining Pilipinas and represented the country im the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania, landing at the top 15.     Petron lorded it over in the PSL after winning the Grand Prix and All-Filipino Conference titles at the expense of archrival F2 Logistics, which ruled the Invitational Conference. University of the Philippines ended a 36-year title drought by claiming the PVL Collegiate Conference championship and followed it up by reigning supreme in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam The SiPons tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons of Petron annexed their second straight PSL Challenge Cup beach volleyball title. University of Perpetual Help reclaimed the NCAA men’s title after taking down Arellano University as the Altas bagged it 11th title overall.           National University took back the title it lost last year in the UAAP boys’ tournament while De La Salle-Zobel bagged the girls’ mint. The Beach Volleyball Republic continued its advocacy of propagating the sport throughout the country.   END OF THE ROAD After winning three straight UAAP titles, the Lady Spikers bid goodbye to its Big Three in Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili. Season 80 saw the end of the six-year Ateneo-DLSU Finals rivalry as the Lady Eagles bowed down to FEU in the semis. The Blue Eagles three-year reign ended at the hands of NU as Ateneo gave its farewell to its greatest men’s volleyball star Marck Espejo and prized setter Ish Povorosa.    NU’s four-year domination in the girls’ division was snapped by DLS-Zobel. After a dry 2018 PVL season, Pocari Sweat parted ways with its franchise player Myla Pablo as newcomer Motolite agreed to buyout the hitter’s last three contract years.      Thai coach Tai Bundit after five years and bringing two titles including a rare tournament sweep to the Lady Eagles finally called it quits after Ateneo’s campaign in UAAP Season 80. Creamline gave Bundit a farewell championship trophy in the PVL.      A NEW BEGINNING It was a colorful 2018, indeed, for volleyball but 2019 is another promising year for the sport. Can the Lady Chiefs complete a three-peat in the NCAA? Newcomers are sure to bring more excitement and interest in the UAAP. DLSU will try to extend its reign for another season while NU is looking for a repeat crown in the men’s side. Another season for the PSL and the PVL will open while the national men’s and women’s team will highlight the country’s Southeast Asian Games hosting.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Liverpool goes 6 points clear after Man City slips again

By Tony Jimenez, Associated Press Rafael Benitez has little doubt Liverpool is ready to end a 28-year wait to win the English title. While Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp refused to get carried away after his team surged six points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday, Benitez was certain his former club had the quality to stay in first place for the rest of the season. "They showed they are good enough to win the title," Benitez said after watching his Newcastle side being dismantled at Anfield. "They have a very good team but a very good squad. When you want to win a league title you need to be consistent and they can do it." Defending champion Manchester City, which started the day in second position, suffered its second surprise loss in four days when it was beaten at Leicester 2-1. Tottenham followed up a 6-2 romp at Everton on Sunday with another big win as a 5-0 thrashing of Bournemouth took the London club one point ahead of Manchester City in the standings after 19 rounds, the midway point of the season. Paul Pogba grabbed two goals to help interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate his first home match in charge of sixth-placed Manchester United with a 3-1 victory against bottom club Huddersfield. Eden Hazard scored his 100th and 101st goals for the club as Chelsea won at Watford 2-1, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 13th league goal in Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Brighton. Fulham climbed off the foot of the standings by drawing with Wolverhampton 1-1. A double from Lucas Digne led Everton to win at Burnley 5-1 and Crystal Palace, which beat Manchester City on Saturday, drew with Cardiff 0-0. LOW-KEY KLOPP Newcastle last won in the league at Liverpool in 1994, and its latest chance was damaged as early as the 11th minute thanks to a striker's finish from defender Dejan Lovren. Three minutes after the break, Paul Dummett hauled down Mohamed Salah in the box and Liverpool's top scorer bagged his sixth goal in five matches by converting the penalty. Xherdan Shaqiri made it 3-0 with 11 minutes to go, then substitute Fabinho bundled home a corner as the home team kept its 12th clean sheet of the campaign, the same number it achieved when last winning the title in 1990. Klopp, however, played down the significance of Liverpool's six-point lead. "That means nothing," he said. "I had no idea how any other teams were playing. Afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn't do a lot for me. It is just information. It's good we have six more points, but that is pretty much all." GUARDIOLA GLOOM Manchester City recalled Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne after Saturday's shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace but it had little effect as Pep Guardiola's men lost again at Leicester. Bernardo Silva gave the visitors a 14th-minute lead before Leicester, which caused an upset of its own at the weekend by winning at Chelsea 1-0, rallied with goals from Marc Albrighton and Roberto Pereira. To add to City's troubles, defender Fabian Delph was sent off for a bad tackle near the end. "The reality is we have lost three in four," Guardiola said. "We have made an incredible amount of points at this stage and if we can get the same, or more, in the second half of the season then we are fighting to win the championship. But at the moment, the reality is two teams are better than us." SON SHINES Two goals by Son Heung-min and one apiece from Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, and Harry Kane helped Tottenham outclass Bournemouth 5-0 and record an eighth win in nine league games. Just like Klopp, however, Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino refused to get overly excited: "It doesn't mean too much to us to be second or third, or first, I think the most important thing is where you finish in May.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

How your favorite sports stars celebrated Christmas 2018

It’s that time of the year when people gather with their families to celebrate the yuletide season together. For athletes, it means having some time off of training to binge on some Noche Buena and be thankful for all the blessings from the past year. From wearing matching sweaters, having rare family pictures taken, and sharing sweet messages, scroll down below to see what your favorite sports stars did during their well-deserved Christmas break. Merry Christmas to all from the #JamesGang👑👑👑👑👑 2.7m Likes, 21.2k Comments - LeBron James (@kingjames) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas to all from the #JamesGang👑👑👑👑👑" Merry CHRISTmas from the Curry Crew! Blessed beyond measure! #calichristmas 206.3k Likes, 872 Comments - Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on Instagram: "Merry CHRISTmas from the Curry Crew! Blessed beyond measure! #calichristmas" 🎄🎄🎄 367.1k Likes, 1,361 Comments - Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on Instagram: "🎄🎄🎄" Merry Christmas from the Swaggy's 102.1k Likes, 345 Comments - Nick Young (@swaggyp1) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas from the Swaggy's" Merry Christmas to you! 147.9k Likes, 738 Comments - Damian Lillard (@damianlillard) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas to you!" Merry Christmas to you! 147.9k Likes, 738 Comments - Damian Lillard (@damianlillard) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas to you!" From the happiest place in the world, Merry Christmas from us to you! 🎄 10.2k Likes, 30 Comments - Julia Morado (@juliacmorado) on Instagram: "From the happiest place in the world, Merry Christmas from us to you! 🎄" My primaries ❤️💛💙 1,832 Likes, 8 Comments - Jerrili Malabanan (@jerrili33) on Instagram: "My primaries ❤️💛💙" First Christmas together 😍💕 I love you! 😘 700 Likes, 12 Comments - Eli Pasamante Soyud (@soyud_eli) on Instagram: "First Christmas together 😍💕 I love you! 😘" Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 488 Likes, 8 Comments - Troy Rike (@troyrike) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas 🎄🎁" Christmas 2018! 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️🧣 2,830 Likes, 32 Comments - Gabe Norwood (@gnorwood5) on Instagram: "Christmas 2018! 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️🧣" Merry Christmas from my family to yours! 🎄🎅🏽 512 Likes, 9 Comments - Chris Newsome (@new11new) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas from my family to yours! 🎄🎅🏽" Merry Christmas 🎄 317 Likes, 2 Comments - Richard Escoto (@rich_escoto) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas 🎄" Merry Merry 873 Likes, 17 Comments - Maika Angela Ortiz (@maikaortizz) on Instagram: "Merry Merry" Our first Christmas as a family of 4. It was a bit chaotic and tiring but certainly it gets better and happier as we grow in number. Just before this day comes to an end, hope you guys all had a memorable and joyful Christmas! Let's not forget that we are celebrating Jesus' birthday and that Christmas is really about giving and bringing joy to others. Merry Christmas!🎄🎄😊😊 6,035 Likes, 63 Comments - Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Instagram: "Our first Christmas as a family of 4. It was a bit chaotic and tiring but certainly it gets better..." Onesie party!! 678 Likes, 11 Comments - Chris Ross (@cmross6) on Instagram: "Onesie party!!" Staring at my favorite gift ❤️ @aldopanlilio12 2,648 Likes, 9 Comments - Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Instagram: "Staring at my favorite gift ❤️ @aldopanlilio12" Merry Christmas 🎄❤️ 142 Likes, 1 Comments - Roma Joy Doromal (@romaaitalia) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas 🎄❤️" Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄🎁🎅🏽☃️ My favourite time of the year when families all come together to celebrate the birth of Christ. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. This is also my favourite time of the year because it is when we all get to excuse ourselves for indulging in a little extra food. Growing up in England, having a roast dinner is the norm, but after living in the Philippines for the last 10 years, coming back for Christmas and experiencing a roast dinner is always special 🎄🎅🏽☃️🎁🍖🥦🍽🥕🍗 #christmas #family #dinner #roast #love #happiness #delicious #santa #christmastree #holy #gifts #december 403 Likes, 15 Comments - Phil Younghusband (@philyounghusband10) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄🎁🎅🏽☃️ My favourite time of the year when families all come together to..." Merry Christmas from Sunny and I 🌻❤️🎄 9,416 Likes, 55 Comments - Dani Ravena (@daniravenaaa) on Instagram: "Merry Christmas from Sunny and I 🌻❤️🎄" Happy birthday, Jesus! 🙏🏻 Thankful for the gift of family. Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄 995 Likes, 11 Comments - Jeffrei Chan (@jeffreichan) on Instagram: "Happy birthday, Jesus! 🙏🏻 Thankful for the gift of family. Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

‘Cracking’ Sydney tower triggers evacuation

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian police evacuated thousands of people in west Sydney late Christmas Eve, after residents reported hearing a “loud crack” from a 38-storey building. About 3,000 people from inside the tower and in nearby buildings were told to leave late Monday, with engineers investigating after the apartment complex moved “one or two millimetres”. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018

It means a lot of pressure – Okumu on UP’s pre-season romp

Two women’s volleyball titles in the pre-season means a lot for University of the Philippines. For the faithful, it’s the fruit of the school’s long and arduous task of building and training a competitive team. An accomplishment and a source of pride for the Diliman-based squad, which for years lagged behind compared to other schools’ volleyball program. For the players, those trophies serve as morale-booster that will fuel their drive to achieve more success. However, those mints also mean high expectations and pressure to live up to the hype coming into the UAAP Season 81 two months from now. A fact that head coach Godfrey Okumu knows too well. “It means a lot of pressure. For them and for me. That's what it means,” said the second year mentor after the Lady Maroons beat University of Sto. Tomas in their Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam title showdown Thursday. The Lady Maroons ended a long championship drought last September after defeating Far Eastern University in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals to hoist their first major tournament title since winning it all in the 1982 edition of the UAAP. In those tournaments, Okumu utilized different lineups with star hitters Isa Molde and Tots Carlos suiting up alternately in the PVL and PSL, respectively. Carlos skipped the PVL to recover from an injury while Molde got a much-deserved rest as she sat out the whole PSL tournament.         “I've tried all my players in these preseason games. I've played almost 28, at least 25 or 26 players. I've been able to recycle them in all the tournaments we've played,” said Okumu, whose squad received a P350,000 prize money for winning the PSL Grand Slam. With his two units delivering crowns in the pre-season, Okumu now faces another dilemma: choosing his final lineup for the UAAP. “It's gonna be hard to choose, so don't ask me my line-up for UAAP, because I don't know,” he said. “We played well, and everybody gave... We had a trophy, and this is the second one. It's just a big pressure, and just hoping for the best.” Still, the feat they achieved in the pre-season attested his belief to the team he inherited after UP parted ways with former coach Jerry Yee last year. “I believe since two or three years ago, this team was a champion team, and it was just a matter of time,” said Okumu, who first met the team during a training camp a couple of years back. “But as I said before, big pressure. UAAP is another game altogether. We only played against three of the other teams. So, I don't wanna judge ourselves before playing against everybody else,” he added. “So yes, we want to go out there and win the UAAP, but we have to tread carefully.” “We have to be polite as we move on, train, work hard. Because it's a really big challenge for us, and we wouldn't like to play so well in the offseason, and when the real tournament comes up, we don't perform,” said Okumu. “So I believe, it puts us in a very tight situation, but the fight is there. So we're gonna fight until the end.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

With eye on China, Japan unveils record defense budget

TOKYO -- Japan's defense budget will swell to a record $47 billion for the next fiscal year, the government said Friday, as Tokyo beefs up its missile defense and deploys stealth jets in a bid to counter China. The defense spending was part of a $912-billion national budget for the fiscal year starting in April 2019, approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. The government decided to set aside 5.26 trillion yen ($47 billion) for defense, the fifth record year in a row, defense ministry officials said. The defense funding will cover the cost of introducing the US military's Aegis Ashore land-based missile interceptor system, the officials said. The FY 2019 allocation co...Keep on reading: With eye on China, Japan unveils record defense budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Inspiring

The color of the day is Gray---Catriona Gray, that is. It's not even 24 hours since she won the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, besting a field of over 90 contestants for the crown. I woke up way too late this morning to see the pageant, but video clips have already been uploaded on YouTube. She was poised, confident, colorful, vibrant, smart and, from her advocacies, compassionate.   Facebook has been in a very happy place. Not since Ryan Cayabyab was named national artist has my feed been this joyful. Filipino men and women of various gender identities and orientations have all been figuratively jumping up and down for joy.   But if the articles...Keep on reading: Inspiring.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Nets hold off Lakers to extend winning streak to 6 games

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets ran the NBA's longest winning streak to six games by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who last won six in a row from March 25 to April 3, 2015. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 points and Jared Dudley made some big baskets down the stretch to score 13. LeBron James bounced back from his lowest-scoring game of the season with 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, but the Lakers finished 1-3 on their road trip. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Lonzo Ball scored 23 points. Brooklyn continued its recovery from an eight-game skid by holding on in front of a loud, large crowd that alternated cheering when the Lakers seized the momentum and when the Nets regained it. Brooklyn led 100-87 with 7.5 minutes to play before back-to-back three-pointers by Kuzma and Ball made it 100-93. James then scored inside, blocked a shot on the other end and scored again, capping a 10-0 run. Dudley and Dinwiddie answered with drives, and Dudley hit two more baskets to settle the Nets before Russell's three-pointer made it 113-107 with 22 seconds remaining. D'Angelo Russell's trey to put the @BrooklynNets ahead for good! 🔥🔥#WeGoHard pic.twitter.com/L9Q71Uclnh — NBA (@NBA) December 19, 2018 The Nets had scored 70 points in the first halves of their last two games, and were almost on pace in this one after taking a 33-32 lead after one quarter. They trailed by five with under three minutes left in the half before a 13-3 finishing surge for a 62-57 lead. Brooklyn then used a 12-0 run to turn a two-point edge into its largest lead, going ahead 79-65 on Hollis-Jefferson's three-point play with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter. The Lakers trimmed it to five late in the period on a three-pointer by James and the Nets led 90-83 going to the fourth. James was limited to 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting in a loss to Washington on Sunday and things started rough for him in this one, as Jarrett Allen denied his attempt at a dunk with a sensational block on his first attempt. James was called for traveling the next time he had the ball before finding his groove. TIP-INS Lakers: JaVale McGee missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms. ... The Lakers were 5-of-6 from three-point range in the first quarter, with Ball going 3-of-3. Then they went 1-for-10 in the second. Nets: G Allen Crabbe missed his third straight game because of a sore right knee. ... The Nets snapped an eight-game skid against West teams with their first win since Nov. 9 (Nov. 10, PHL time) at Denver. HELP ON THE WAY Rajon Rondo (right hand surgery) and Brandon Ingram (sprained left ankle) were recalled from the South Bay Lakers, where they were on rehab assignments. Coach Luke Walton said Ingram was still limited at practice Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) but Rondo wasn't, adding the hope was that both could go full speed when  they rejoin the Lakers in practice on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Rondo has missed 17 games and Ingram has sat out seven. SINGING STRUGGLES British singer and actress Cynthia Erivo struggled through her performance of the national anthem. She appeared to forget the words at one point and stopped singing. After pausing to refocus, she began again from the start of the song, got a word wrong and then skipped a couple of lines. But the crowd was supportive of her strong finish and gave her a nice ovation afterward. UP NEXT Lakers: Host New Orleans on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Nets: Visit Chicago on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Petron goes for Superliga clincher vs F2 Logistics

Petron coach Shaq delos Santos cautioned his spotless wards from getting carried away by their straight-set romp of rival F2 Logistics in Game One of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Cup finals, knowing all too well the quality of their long-time opponent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: CSB continues win streak, snaps San Beda’s romp

Klarisa Abriam played clutch in the closing stretch of the fourth set to star in College of St. Benilde’s come-from-behind 17-25, 25-22, 25-19, 29-27, win over the erstwhile unbeaten San Beda University in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball tournament Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   The open hitter scored the Lady Blazers’ last three points of the game to hand CSB its fourth straight win for a 4-1 record while putting a stop on the Lady Red Spikers’ 5-game romp. Abriam scored all but one of her game-high 19 points off attacks while adding 17 digs for CSB. Rookie Michelle Gamit and Maritess Pablo scored 12 each while Jan Daguil had seven markers for the Lady Blazers. “Very big siyempre (ang panalo). If everything goes as planned at least hanggang rank no. 2 ka na. Better ‘yun kaysa sa three or sa four ka magsisimula kung papasok ka (sa Final Four),” said CSB coach Jerry Yee, whose squad will go on a long holiday break before marching back into action on January 4 against Lyceum of the Philippines University. “Every game counts dito, one round lang, mabilis eh. So a’yun nakapakaimportante.” Turning the tables around after recovering from a sluggish first set, the Lady Blazers were able to control the fourth set with an 8-3 blitz for a 20-15 lead. But San Beda behind the efforts of Nieza and Jiezela Viray rallied the Lady Red Spikers in a scorching counterattack to take the lead, 21-20. It was a tight race to the finish for both squads before Gamit put CSB at match point, 24-23, off a soft tip. San Beda made a last stand saving four match points including a crosscourt hit by skipper Cesca Racraquin that tied the frame at 27. Abriam broke the Lady Red Spikers’ defensive wall in the next play before sealing the win with a dink off San Beda overreceive. Jeziela Viray led the Lady Red Spikers with 16 points while Nieza Viray and Racraquin had 13 markers each. Meanwhile, the Blazers swept the Red Spikers, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19, in men’s play. Georgie Juani finished with 14 points, Joshua De Sequera got 12 while Francis Basilan and Roneiy Adviento posted 10 each for CSB, which improved to 4-1 card. San Beda fell to 1-5 mark. In juniors division, CSB-La Salle Greenhills beat San Beda, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, 20-18.     The Greenies improved to 2-3 card while the Red Cubs dropped to 3-3.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018