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Records set, lessons learned as Palarong Pambansa 2018 ends

ILOCOS SUR -- Palarong Pambansa once again showcased the most promising Filipino youth sports talent, as it draws to a close after seven days at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur last April 21. The 61st installment of the country's flagship sports program saw student-athletes break several records, and the event itself became an avenue for broader discussions on youth development and child protection. At the closing ceremony, Department of Education Undersecretary and Palarong Pambansa Secretary-General Tonisito Umali encouraged the youth to translate their on-court success to other facets of their lives. “Aking hinihikayat kayong lahat, samahan ninyo ang ating Ma’am Liling Briones at ang buong Kagawaran sa ating paglalakbay upang makabuo ng isang Filipino na kampeon, na hindi lamang kampeon sa palakasan kung hindi kampeon sa tunay na buhay," Umali said. After a week of intense competition, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson made sure to remind the young athletes to look beyond the results. “We have successfully completed the journey, and now we end it by celebrating victories and learned lessons of defeat. Remember, young athletes, that in winning or losing, there are always lessons one can get and these are far more important than any other awards,” the governor said during his opening message following the parade of delegates.   THREE TYPES OF EDUCATION Makati representative and former taekwondo champion “Monsour” Del Rosario recalled his earlier experiences and stressed the importance of sports' role in developing a sound athlete and a model citizen. “Kayo po ang future ng Philippine sports. Nakikita ko po ang sarili ko sa inyo noon – isang atleta, a faceless person in a crowd of 15,000 athletes. Itong sporting event na ito ay napakahalaga sa ating mga kabataan,” the congressman shared. He also continued by sharing his belief in three types of education: “Number one na education ay nanggagaling sa ating pamilya, sa ating parents at mga kapatid. Ang pangalawang education ay sa paaralan,nag-aaral tayo to become knowledgeable about many things in life. Ang third education ay ang sports education, ito minsan ay nakalilimutan ng ibang sector pero mahalaga din ito sa mga kabataan, dahil dito nade-develop ang character natin," he said. "Ang buhay natin ay parang sports din, sometimes we lose, sometimes we win, but if you have experienced competing in sports, you will know how to handle challenges in life." The National Capital Region (NCR) once again lorded over the weeklong sporting event, leading the medal tally by a huge margin, with Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region VI (Western Visayas) finishing second and third, respectively. The top winners received cash prize and trophy, and for the first time in the history of Palaro, winners in all the 21 regular sporting events were awarded with prizes by this year’s sponsors. the number of records set this year reached 40 (five in archery, 16 in athletics, and 19 in swimming), the most in Palarong Pambansa history. Aside from a gold medal and cash incentive, each of the record breakers received additional P3,000. “Aside from the additional incentive, these outstanding athletes will be seeded or given priority to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN School Games that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” Umali added.   CHAMPIONING THE SPIRIT, WELFARE OF FILIPINO ATHLETES Following an incident involving a DepEd personnel from Cebu City who was nabbed for alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old student-athlete during the national meet, Umali announced the formation of a Child Protection Committee next year. “In the next Palaro in Davao, we will now have a Child Protection Committee to make sure that this sort of occurrence will never happen again. We will also conduct talks with officiating officials and coaches on how to avoid similar instances in the future,” Umali directed......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 23rd, 2018

NU Bullpups to wear the flag in 2018 Asean School Games

Not even a month after playing for Batang Gilas in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Carl Tamayo will be playing for flag and country anew in the 2018 Asean School Games. The three national youth team players banner the Philippine team represented by Nazareth School of National University in the regional meet scheduled for July 19 to 27 in Malaysia. Earlier in the month, Abadiano, Fortea, and Tamayo were key cogs for Batang Gilas who registered the country’s best finish in the FIBA U17 Worlds at 13th place. Now, heady guard Abadiano, streaky shooter Fortea, and versatile big man Tamayo will be joined by Harold Alarcon, Aaron Buensalida, Vince Cuajao, Dom Dayrit, John Felicida, Cyril Gonzales, Kevin Quiambao, Joshua Ramirez, Reyland Torres. Of course, multi-titled mentor Goldwyn Monteverde will be calling the shots for Team Philippines backed by Freego. NU was awarded the right to represent the Filipinos after winning the 2018 Palarong Pambansa earlier in the year. They will be competing against the best young talent Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand have to offer. In the girls tournament, Chiang Kai Shek College, supported by SM, will be defending its title. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Hua Siong edges St. Robert’s in Bingawan Foundation Cup

HUA SIONG College of Iloilo (HSCI) Red Phoenix survived a late quarter rally by St. Robert’s International Academy (SRIA) Panda Rockets, 84-82, in the elimination phase of the ongoing Bingawan Foundation Cup-Preseason High School Basketball Premier Tournament at the Bingawan gym in Iloilo, June 11, 2018. Palarong Pambansa veteran and Hua Siong point guard Reynold […] The post Hua Siong edges St. Robert’s in Bingawan Foundation Cup appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

The 10 most intriguing free agents of summer 2018

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com The summer of 2018 promises to change the landscape of the NBA. It starts with the best player in the world having the ability to choose his next team, but it continues with good teams in Minnesota, Portland and Washington that might feel the need to shake things up, as well as a situation to monitor in San Antonio. The trade market can be unpredictable. It wasn't until late July last year that we learned that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and it wasn't until late August when he was dealt to the Boston Celtics, who finished the summer with only four players remaining from the team that reached the conference finals. The free agent market is a little more predictable, in that there are only so many teams with the available cap space to sign a premium free agent outright. Most of the big contracts signed in 2016 (when almost every team had cap space) are still on the books and a lot of teams just don't have much flexibility. LOOK: NBA.com Free Agent Tracker But the trade market and the free agent market are tied together. In 2014, the Cavs created the space to sign LeBron James by trading Jarrett Jack and Tyler Zeller. And after signing James, they traded for Kevin Love. With that in mind, the players listed below aren't the 10 best free agents (or potential free agents). They're the 10 most interesting in regard to where they're going and what kind of contract they get. For players to be on this list, there needs to be some intrigue regarding their (and/or their team's) decision this summer. Kevin Durant is the second best player in the NBA and has a player option on his contract, but there appears to be little chance that he's leaving the Golden State Warriors. Re-signing with Houston is probably Chris Paul's best path to another year of contention. It's hard to see Clint Capela or Jusuf Nurkic (both restricted as well) going anywhere. The same goes (to a lesser degree) for Aaron Gordon and Fred VanVleet. There's intrigue in the terms under which Nikola Jokic is in Denver next season - either with the Nuggets exercising a $1.6 million team option or declining it, making him a restricted free agent, and signing him to a new deal - but we can be sure that he will be in Denver next season. The market for centers seems particularly small, taking away some of the intrigue with DeAndre Jordan and Brook Lopez. 1. LeBron James, F, Cleveland (Player option) At 33-years-old and in his 15th season, James remains the best player in the world. Would he leave Cleveland a second time? This is clearly the worst team he's been on since the first time he left the Cavs, and there are teams out there who can give him a better secondary playmaker to take some of the offensive load off his shoulders. Whatever team he's on next season is a contender and if if it's a different team than the one he's on now, it would be fascinating to see what happens with Love. Number to know: James' true shooting percentage of 62.1 percent this season was the third highest mark of his career. 2. Paul George, F, Oklahoma City (Player option) In trading Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana last summer, the Thunder knew that they might have George for just one season. There's been speculation about his next destination since he arrived in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder season (which ended in the first round of the playoffs) has to be seen as a disappointment. George's free agency is tied to what happens in San Antonio with Kawhi Leonard, who is eligible for a max contract extension this summer. If that extension doesn't happen (either because the Spurs don't offer it or because Leonard doesn't accept it), Leonard will become a trade target for teams that are also in the market for George. And there are a couple of teams that have the ability to bring two of the George/James/Leonard trio together. Number to know: George ranked second in the league in steals (2.0 per game) and tied for the league in deflections (3.9 per game). 3. DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Just when the Pelicans were hitting their stride with Cousins and Anthony Davis together, Cousins tore his Achilles. And then the Pelicans hit their stride without Cousins, winning 20 of their last 28 games in the regular season and sweeping the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. If the Pelicans were to lose Cousins, they don't have the cap space to replace him. But there's obviously risk in giving him a big contract coming off an Achilles tear, and the the Pels' two bigs aren't a perfect fit together. As part of their February trade with Chicago, the Pelicans exercised the team option on Nikola Mirotic's contract for next season. So Mirotic is there as Davis' power forward complement for at least another year. Number to know: Cousins accounted for 47 percent of the fouls that the Pelicans drew while he was on the floor. That was the highest rate among 275 players who played at least 1,000 minutes this season. 4. Julius Randle, F, L.A. Lakers (Restricted) Randle is still just 23-years-old and developed into a pretty efficient scorer in the final year of his rookie deal. Among 126 players with at least 500 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, he saw the fifth biggest increase in true shooting percentage (from 54 percent to 61 percent). But the Lakers' have their eyes on bigger names and might have to renounce their rights to the restricted free agent to clear as much cap space as possible. Number to know: Randle ranked fifth with 802 total points scored in the restricted area this season. 5. Marcus Smart, G, Boston (Restricted) Marcus Smart is intriguing more for what his departure would mean for the team he's leaving than for any other team he might join. And it's quite possible that he doesn't have the same value outside of Boston. Putting value on a bad shooter who makes "winning plays" is difficult in the first place. What happens with Smart affects how the Celtics deal with Terry Rozier, who will be a restricted free agent next year and would draw more interest from other teams as a starting point guard (if the Celtics don't give him an extension this summer). It's hard to imagine the Celtics keeping both behind Kyrie Irving long term, but the decision could be delayed a year if Smart were to accept the one-year qualifying offer. Number to know: Smart is one of six players who averaged at least 20 minutes in 40 or more games and with their teams allowing less than a point per possession with them on the floor. 6. J.J. Redick, G, Philadelphia The Sixers are another team that will be big-name shopping in July, which affects the status of Redick, who was signed to a one-year $23 million deal last summer. The Sixers don't have his bird rights, but wouldn't have to pay nearly that much (per year) on a long-term deal. Redick is a terrific complementary player on offense (an aggressive shooter who draws the defense's attention with relentless movement), but can be targeted on the other end of the floor, as was the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston. Number to know: Redick shot 45.9 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers, the fourth best mark among 101 players who attempted at least 200. 7. Derrick Favors, F, Utah There were times this season when the frontline duo of Favors and Rudy Gobert wasn't working out, and Utah had some success with smaller, more versatile players at the four. But overall, the Jazz outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions with the two bigs on the floor together, and having both gives them a rim-protecting center on the floor at all times. Utah could create cap space and go free agent shopping, but that would require them to renounce their rights to Favors and Dante Exum. Number to know: Among 160 players with at least 400 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, Favors saw the third biggest increase in effective shooting percentage (from 49 percent to 57 percent). 8. Isaiah Thomas, G, L.A. Lakers Thomas' stock fell precipitously from being a top-five MVP vote-getter last season to being a liability in Cleveland upon returning from his hip injury, and then requiring surgery in March. Still, the Lakers' offense was pretty efficient (scoring 110 points per 100 possessions) with him on the floor and the last time he was healthy, he had a historically good season. There are teams (Orlando and Phoenix, especially) in need of a starting point guard, but Thomas may have to settle for a short-term deal and a bench role in order to restore his value around the league. Number to know: Among 160 players with at least 400 field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons, Thomas saw the biggest drop in both in effective shooting percentage (from 55 percent to 44 percent) and true shooting percentage (from 63 percent to 51 percent). 9. Dwyane Wade, G, Miami No, Wade is not one of the 10 best free agents out there. But he's a future Hall of Famer who has said that Miami is the only team he'll play for going forward. We saw in Game 2 of the first round against Philadelphia that he can win a game for you on any given night. But over a full season, he'd be a much better fit with the Heat (who have a handful of versatile non-shooters) if he had, at some point, developed a three-point shot. That he hasn't increases the chances that his career is over. Number to know: Wade had an effective field goal percentage of 36.8 percent from outside the paint, the second worst mark among 207 players who attempted at least 200 total shots from the outside. 10. Jabari Parker, F, Milwaukee (Restricted) Parker should look much better in the fall than he did in playing just 38 games (including playoffs) after returning from a second ACL tear in his left knee. He has issues to fix on both ends of the floor and isn't an ideal complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo in that neither shoots very well from the perimeter. Parker still has top-two-pick talent, but injury issues and defense issues make him a fascinating case in restricted free agency for a team that's looking to take a step forward with an MVP candidate and a new coach. Number to know: In the playoffs, the Bucks' offense was more than 14 points per 100 possessions better with Parker off the floor (scoring 114.9 per 100) than it was with him on the floor (100.6). John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Laguna swimmer makes big splash

CEBU City --Former Palarong Pambansa standout Nicole Meah Pamintuan of Sta. Rosa City provided the worthiest of opening-day performances in the 2018 Philippine National Games at the CEbu City Sports Complex here Sunday. Pamintuan swept her three events in swimming -- girls’ 16 years-over 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter freestyle and….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Cebu Taekwondo Team Pays Courtesy Call to Tomas Osmeña

Cebu Taekwondo Association representatives headed by Taekwondo coach Glenn Lava paid a courtesy call to Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña yesterday. Lava, accompanied by his team, who joined the Palarong Pambansa 2018, in an interview, said he is asking for the mayor’s moral support and recognition of his team here in Cebu City. “Aron ilang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Mojdeh sweeps 3 events in Shanghai Invitational

Palarong Pambansa Most Bemedalled Athlete Michaela Jasmine Mojdeh swept all her three events in the 2018 Shanghai Invitational Swimming Championships held at the Oriental Sports Center here. On the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Palaro medalists in Negros, Iloilo get cash incentives

STUDENT-athletes from Iloilo and Negros Occidental and their coaches who won medals in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur received cash incentives from their respective provinces. In Negros Occidental, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the distribution of a total of P882,000 in incentives at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC) on May […] The post Palaro medalists in Negros, Iloilo get cash incentives appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

PATAFA won’t recognize Palaro junior national records

The national track and field association yesterday said it will not recognize the three new national junior records posted in the just-concluded Palarong Pambansa here after the organizing Department of Education failed to have the games sanctioned by the governing local track body......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Region 6 finishes third in 2018 Palarong Pambansa

WESTERN VISAYAS wrapped up the 2018 Palarong Pambansa with 46 gold, 55 silver, and 53 bronze medals to finish third among 17 others regions in the country that competed in Vigan, Ilocos Sur from April 15- 21. Aside from the third-place finish, WVRAA also produced record breakers in athletics. Alexie Mae Caimoso Brooks of Iloilo […] The post Region 6 finishes third in 2018 Palarong Pambansa appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

NCR lords over Palarong Pambansa field for 14th straight year

   ILOCOS SUR, Philippines - For the 14th straight year, the National Capital Region dominated as overall champion in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 here. Metro Manila bagged 100 gold, 70 silver, and 50 bronze medals as of 1:37 pm on Saturday afternoon, April 22. The region tightly kept hold of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Still untouchable, NCR set to to bag overall Palaro crown for 14th straight year

  ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – With only a day left, the National Capital Region virtually bagged the overall championship for the 14th straight year in the Palarong Pambansa 2018.  The Metro Manila bets overwhelmed the field with 91 gold medals, as of 7 PM on Friday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Cuyom shatters own PH record

Calabarzon bet Eliza Cuyom surpassed her recent national junior record in secondary girls’ 100-meter hurdles even as cancer survivor Daniela Dela Pisa of Central Visayas scooped four gold medals in the secondary girls’ rhythmic gymnastics in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. Cuyom shatters own PH record by Kristel Satumbaga ILOCOS SUR — Calabarzon bet Eliza Cuyom… link: Cuyom shatters own PH record.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Why the Palaro 2018 allowance was delayed

THE Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Iloilo said it is looking for alternative funds for the allowance of 305 delegates who joined the Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur on April 15-21, 2018. The allowance was supposed to be sourced from the P7.8 million fund provided by the provincial government but it has […] The post Why the Palaro 2018 allowance was delayed appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Region 6 continues to bag medals on Day 4 of Palaro

STUDENT-athletes of the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) continue to harvest medals on the fourth day of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, April 19. The region’s secondary girls’ sepak takraw team remains undefeated after three games. Represented by Sagay City, Negros Occidental, the team hammered Bicol Region, 25-23 and 21-19 in […] The post Region 6 continues to bag medals on Day 4 of Palaro appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Olympian son Edward Josh Buenavista proves winning runs in family

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Not only is he following his father's footsteps, a Palarong Pambansa medalist draws inspiration from his two-time Olympian father. Edward Josh Buenavista, son of Filipino long-distance runner Eduardo Buenavista, secured a gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase secondary level in Palarong Pambansa 2018 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Western Visayas, Calabarzon battle for 2nd spot as NCR pulls away in Palaro medal race

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – It has turned into a race for the second spot between the regions of Western Visayas and Southern Tagalog as the National Capital Region continued to gather more gold medals and virtually seal the top spot in the Palarong Pambansa 2018. NCR added ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Davao Region eyes first gold in softball vs Western Visayas in Palarong Pabansa 2018

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines- Davao Region hopes to get its first gold in softball elementary as it squares off with Western Visayas in the finals here at Palarong Pambansa 2018 on Friday, April 20. Region 11 endured seven innings and an extended first man out inning in the semifinals to beat ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

WVRAA win medals in athletics, taekwondo

TAEKWONDO jins of Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) reaped the fruits of their labor as on the fourth day of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa at the Quirino Stadium in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Apr. 18. The Blue Barons dominated the elementary girls’ taekwondo after bagging four gold, a silver, and four bronze medals. The team […] The post WVRAA win medals in athletics, taekwondo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Still no stopping NCR in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 medal chase

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines - The National Capital Region (NCR) team maintained its lead at the end of the third day of action in the Palarong Pambansa 2018. As of 6 pm on Wednesday, April 18, NCR tightened its grip of the No. 1 spot  even more after amassing a total ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

NCR s Kasandra Alcantara shatters 26-year-old record in Palarong Pambansa 2018

  ILOCOS SUR, Philippines - A high school student from the University of the East broke the 26-year-old record in shot put for secondary girls in the Palarong Pambansa 2018. Kasandra Alcantara said she felt mixed emotions after completing a record throw of 11.88 meters. The mark ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018