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Regional eliminations set for 2017 MBC National Choral Competition

Regional eliminations set for 2017 MBC National Choral Competition.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netSep 23rd, 2017

2016 MBC National Choral Competition Regional Eliminations

2016 MBC National Choral Competition Regional Eliminations.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

From ‘Halfway there’ to Grand Champion, Coro Obcento is 2017 MBC National Choral Competition’s champion

They made it all the way through! The 2017 grand champion of the MBC Choral Competition open category has been named and they are the harmonic ensemble of Coro ObcentoThe post From ‘Halfway there’ to Grand Champion, Coro Obcento is 2017 MBC National Choral Competition’s champion appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Ligao National Highschool charms their way to MBC National Choral Champions

First timers Ligao National High School Children’s Chorus took home the crown in the recently concluded 2017 Manila Broadcasting Company’s National Choral Competition. During the grand finals on December 9,The post Ligao National Highschool charms their way to MBC National Choral Champions appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Line-up for 2017 MBC National Choral Competition, complete

South Cotabato Chorale and the Nueva Ecija Ambassadors completed the finalists for the open category of the 2017 Manila Broadcasting Chorale Compeitition. The two teams booked the last slots ofThe post Line-up for 2017 MBC National Choral Competition, complete appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

2017 MBC National Choral Competition semifinalists

2017 MBC National Choral Competition semifinalists.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

40 chorale groups make it to MBC’s 2017 National Chorale Competition

More than 40 chorale groups will be singing it out in the semifinals night of the 2017 Manila Broadcasting National Choral Competition, slated on December 5 at the Aliw Theater.The post 40 chorale groups make it to MBC’s 2017 National Chorale Competition appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Spirited routines–and surprising results–at the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

Visit us on Instagram To Be Ultimate; Facebook: To be You; e-mail inq.tobeyou@gmail.com Dec. 2 was an opportunity for universities to root for the rah-rah group of their respective alma maters, the cheerleaders. Participating teams in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) held at the Mall of Asia Arena went all out for their schools. More than the stunts, gymnastic passes, pyramids and dance that comprise a team's total score, all eight cheering squads surpassed the UAAP judges and local cheerleading fans' expectations with performances that yielded surprising results. All eyes were on the National University Pep Squad as it vied for a fifth consecutive crown, as well as t...Keep on reading: Spirited routines–and surprising results–at the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Of girl power and Vampire-inspired themes

Entering the second day of MBC’s National Choral Competition, three more talented group of singers have been given the chance to compete in the finals of the most awaited harmonicThe post Of girl power and Vampire-inspired themes appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Boscorale dominates first day of MBC Choral Competition

The National Choral Competition of the Manila Broadcasting Company kicked off with a soothing beginning as members of the various ensembles gathered at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City onTuesdayThe post Boscorale dominates first day of MBC Choral Competition appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

Children’s Talent Contest Caps 25th National Children’s Month Celebration

More than 200 Day Care children from different cities and municipalities in Central Visayas showcased their talents in the 2017 Regional Children’s Contest held recently at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex. DSWD Assistant... The post Children’s Talent Contest Caps 25th National Children’s Month Celebration appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

Cignal closes elims campaign on a high note, faces Cocolife in the quarters

Cignal played with a crippled roster, but it hardly mattered as import Alexis Matthews asserted her dominance at the middle en route to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Victoria Sports-UST in the 2017 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Matthews was a solid force to be reckoned with as she single-handedly towed the HD Spikers to a morale-boosting victory. With the win, the HD Spikers formally closed their eliminations campaign at the fourth spot with a 4-4 win-loss card to book a quarterfinal duel with fifth-seed Cocolife on Thursday. F2 Logistics, meanwhile, is set to take the top spot provided that it prevails by at least four sets against newcomer Iriga City. If that happens, Petron will take the second seed while two-time champion Foton will fall to third. Matthews, the 6-foot-3 American middle blocker from Michigan State, did most of the damage at the middle as she knocked down 13 kills and six blocks for 19 points while winger Honey Royse Tubino chipped in eight markers for the HD Spikers, who missed the services of national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis. Gonzaga crashed with a knee injury last week while Daquis is still in the hospital after being diagnosed with dengue. Cignal coach George Pascua said while the victory boosts their confidence for the next round, local players such as Janine Marciano, Mylene Paat, Paneng Mercado and Tubino must all step up and deliver the numbers they will miss if and when Gonzaga and Daquis sit out anew. “I’m happy with our performance, but the locals must step up,” said Pascua, adding that over-confidence nearly doomed their chances in the first set where the Tigresses erected a 20-15 lead before Matthews buckled down to work. “Everybody is performing well and meets our expectations during training. But we should apply what we train and play a notch higher during actual games because things will start to get tough as we enter the quarterfinals.” From a 15-20 disadvantage, Matthews imposed her will at the middle, allowing Mercado to convert a strong kill and Saet to knock down back-to-back aces for a 22-21 lead. Shannen Palec tried to put the Tigresses back into the set with a successful attack, but Mylene Paat and Mathews delivered a pair of hits, giving the HD Spikers the set point, 24-22, and the confidence in the second and third sets. “She (Matthews) played really great,” said Pascua, noting that his other import Beth Carey of Australia was simply out of rythmn. “I just hope she maintains that form in the quarterfinals.” Carla Sandoval and Dimdim Pacres tallied 10 and nine markers, respectively, for the Tigresses, who kissed the tournament goodbye without a single victory in eight matches. They, however, still emerge as biggest winners as they will carry all the lessons they gained in this high-level tourney to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) wars starting February......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

UE Pep Squad earns bronze that glittered like gold

Fifteen years. University of the East Pep Squad waited that long to step on the podium. When their school was called as the bronze medal winners in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the Recto-based squad finally ended a long thirst. It was a bronze finish that glittered like gold. “Syempre naman wala na kaming ibang sasabihin kundi ang saya, sobrang saya,” said UE coach Dico Ili Saturday after his squad bagged third place behind new champion Adamson Pep Squad and second-placers University of Sto. Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe at the MOA Arena. “We are hopeful talaga, that’s totally the honest thing na pwede naming sabihin,” he added. “Hopeful kami pero shocked kasi syempre ang tagal naming inantay, 15 years na wala ang UE Pep Squad sa podium kaya ngayon sobrang saya.”      UE finished fifth in the last two editions of the event and it was a decade and a half since the school’s best finish – a runner-up to UST, which then was in its first of historic five-peat.     “Worth it ang lahat ng pagod. Parang mas nakaka-excite na, excited na kami agad for next year,” Ili said. UE tallied 634.50 points – a good 24 points ahead of dethroned four-time champions National University Pep Squad and former two-time winner Far Eastern University. UE, which had a phoenix-themed routine, topped the tosses category and had decent scores in tumbling, stunts, pyramids and dance with only a 5-point deduction.     --- Follow this writer o Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

INFOGRAPHIC: UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2017 Primer

We’re one day away from the most anticipated one-day event in the UAAP season, and social media is ablaze with all the Cheerdance Competition talk. The CDC is not short of storylines to follow as well, with teams either gunning to keep their winning tradition intact, or looking to just break out of a long drought, and everything in between. Check out what UAAP CDC squads will be fighting for this year, with our handy guide:  University of the Philippines Pep Squad (8 titles)  University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe (8 titles) National University Pep Squad (4 titles) Far Eastern University Cheering Squad (2 titles)  Adamson University Pep Squad University of the East Pep Squad Ateneo de Manila University Blue Babble Battalion De La Salle University Animo Squad   Make sure to catch the UAAP Cheerdance Competition LIVE this Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 P.M. on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, and via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

Promising signs from Bulls young guns

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com In time, Zach LaVine’s return, development and eventual career arc will determine to a large extent how successful the Bulls’ Draft Night trade of Jimmy Butler to Minnesota was. For now, and until LaVine suits up this season and beyond, his value to Chicago is strictly to be determined. The two-time NBA Slam Dunk champ is back in the practice gym in his recovery from left knee (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery. Playing 1-on-1 with teammates, working out with the G-League Windy City Bulls in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and improving his timing and his conditioning, LaVine is penciled in to make his season debut before the end of 2017. Meanwhile, though, the Bulls have two other pieces to show from the Butler deal: stretch-four forward Lauri Markkanen and point guard Kris Dunn. Both have offered glimpses of what they can do and how they might fit into the team’s long-term vision that someday won’t prioritize losing. Markkanen, the lanky Finn by way of the University of Arizona, is averaging 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and in 30 minutes. He’s putting up 7.2 three-point shots per game and hitting 31.7 percent. His 140 attempts from the arc ranked 14th in the NBA – more than Bradley Beal (126), more than Carmelo Anthony (125) – and Markkanen’s 48 makes are the most by any player in his first 20 games. Dunn, whose disappointing 2016-17 rookie season with Minnesota essentially has gotten a reset, was at 12 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 4.2 apg after having 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in Thursday night's (Friday, PHL time) loss at Denver. The 23-year-old from Providence is shooting 43.2 percent on three-pointers (43.2 percent)  and his steal percentage of 3.8 – an estimate of the percent of opponents’ possessions ending in Dunn steals – ranked No. 1 in the NBA. Their trajectories have been somewhat different so far in 2017-18: Markkanen has been consistent while fighting through a flu bug and some road weariness, while Dunn has played his best most recently. But they’ve both contributed in ways that, aside from the Bulls’ relentless losing, suggests brighter days and in time a positive verdict on that headline-grabbing, bit-spitting trade. Markkanen: Stays cool, likes cold, shoots hot It’s fair to say that the Bulls, when they acquired Markkanen as the No. 7 selection in the Draft last June, got a sleeper. No, literally. That’s about all the 20-year-old native of Vantaa, Finland was able to do after a hectic spring leading up to the draft followed by a tortuous summer at the Las Vegas Summer League and a key role for his home country’s national team in the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 tournament. Markkanen’s single season at Arizona not only acclimated him to the American game, it earned him all-American status and a taste of the NCAA tournament before the Wildcats lost to Xavier. In the Euro competition, he averaged 19.5 points and 5.7 rebounds before heading to Chicago for an early jump on training camp. “When he came over here, he was exhausted,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “The week before training camp was completely lost time – he needed to recharge his batteries. So, we really didn’t know what we had. He was still tired when we started camp. We didn’t throw him out there for all the drills, just as part of the process in getting his body back. “But then every time he stepped on the floor, he showed a little more.” First Markkanen demonstrated he would crack the rotation. Then – when forwards Nikola Mirotic (facial injuries) and Bobby Portis (suspension for the punch that caused them) rendered themselves unavailable two days before the season opener – Markkanen was thrust into the starting lineup. Butterflies? Rookie mistakes? Not so much. Markkanen looked almost unflappable in averaging 17.2 points and 9.3 rebounds through his first six appearances, with a high of 25 points at Miami and double-doubles against San Antonio and Atlanta. “We had to adjust our offense,” Hoiberg said, “and put in some new things to try to get him the ball in different spots on the floor, because of his versatility to score.” Justin Holiday was one of the teammates who learned quickly to get the ball more often to the tall blond guy. “He’s playing consistent, and that’s a very mature thing to do in this league,” Holiday said. “What’s maybe surprising is his confidence in shooting the ball. He’s not afraid to shoot it.” Said Markkanen, whose father Pekka lettered at Kansas before returning home to play professionally: “I’m expecting big things from myself. I think that’s what motivates me every day. Whatever I do, I’m not satisfied. So, I try to set higher goals every time I step on the court. Try to do things better. “It’s going to get harder, I know that. I’m trying to face it like any other job. Just go at it positively, fight through it, put the work in, and I think it will work itself out.” At 20 games and counting, Markkanen will soon blow by the 37 he played in college, and the workload probably has something to do with his recent production; in his five most recent games before Thursday (Friday, PHL time), he shot 25.4 percent, including 11-of-39 from the arc. He says he has adjusted from one game to the next – “I don’t want to give my scouting report, but I try to add something new and figure out what they’re going to throw at me,” he said. He even drew praise from the great LeBron James after hitting four three-pointers in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Cavaliers. Markkanen hasn’t been fooled by Chicago’s relatively balmy late-autumn weather and has to be one of the few NBA players to welcome winter’s chill (“I’m actually looking forward to snow”). He isn’t flinching from the Bulls’ task at hand, either, which looks longer and more laborious with each lopsided defeat. “I understand this part of a process,” said Markkanen, who would appear to be on his way to the Rising Stars Challenge game at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. “We’ve got a young group. We’re having tough times. ... It’s about sticking together and having everyone know that. We can’t afford to not trust or not be a good teammate.” Dunn: Pushing a personal reset button Dunn’s young career was looking a little snakebit. He suffered a concussion in the first game he played for Minnesota in the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League. This time, he had to leave the Bulls’ Vegas entry early to attend to family matters. Then the point guard got hurt in a preseason game against Milwaukee Oct. 7 (Oct. 8, PHL time), winding up with an “open dislocation” of his left index finger. All those setbacks cost Dunn valuable learning time, as far as running first the Wolves’ and then the Bulls’ attacks. He never fully recovered from it last season, sputtering through a rookie season that fell far short of his and others’ expectations. His fellow Class of 2016 draftees had voted him the most likely to snag the Rookie of the Year award, but it went instead to Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, who’d been chosen in the second round 31 spots after Dunn. This time, Dunn was out of action until Chicago’s fifth regular season game. And the delay showed in his performances: 9.8 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 38.6 percent shooting in his first eight games. One Bulls insider said Dunn “had a lot going on in his head” from last season’s failures, even as he tried to get traction in Chicago. Said Holiday, 28, who went undrafted and bounced through five organizations in barely three years from 2013 to 2016: “When you’re young, man, everybody’s pushing. Who knows what was going on his head? He might have been trying to be perfect. Sometimes it takes time. It’s a big role. “But he has the confidence to do it, where last year maybe he didn’t have as much confidence. All you can really do is go out and play hard, and if it works out, it works out.” Over Dunn’s past seven games before Thursday (Friday, PHL time), he was a more effective, more efficient player: 13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, while averaging 2.1 steals and 27.7 minutes. He had made 9-of-15 three-pointers, compared to 6-of-21 to start the season. Already in the five weeks he’s been active, he has played about 30 percent of the total minutes he got in 78 appearances for Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls have been 3.6 points better when he’s been on the floor, too. That’s not enough to tip outcomes, but keep in mind the Wolves were 2.6 points worse a year ago with Dunn in the game. He played probably his best NBA game Tuesday against Phoenix, scoring 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting with eight assists, four rebounds and four steals. If not for a couple of egregious turnovers among his four, he might have agreed with Hoiberg’s “terrific” assessment. That performance came 48 hours after Dunn had scored two points and missed all six of his field-goal attempts against Miami. Hoiberg sought him out and demanded that the second-year guard play more aggressively, and Dunn proved his coach right. “He called me out,” Dunn said. “When a coach calls you out, you try to play as hard as you can. I had to get through my mind, ‘Go out and play the way I used to play. With that aggression. On defense, on offense. Try to stay down in errors as much as I can and get everybody involved.’ “I want to be an elite point guard one day and I understand, the best point guards don’t make those killer turnovers. If I want to reach my goal, I have to get better each and every day in practice, watch film and, y’know, think a little smarter when you’re playing.” Some have suggested Boston’s Marcus Smart as a legitimate comparison for Dunn, given their defensive aptitudes and challenges both face when shooting from range. Dunn is a huge fan of Smart, but believes he can be a full-service, top-notch playmaker. Mostly, he finally looks comfortable with this reset to his NBA experience. “Individually for me, it is a reset,” Dunn said. “I say this is my first year because I didn’t get too many minutes and I didn’t play the right position in Minnesota. I was a two, a three, sometimes a one. But this is my first year of [regularly] playing the point guard. As a team, we don’t have Jimmy, we don’t have [Rajon] Rondo, we don’t have Dwyane Wade, so we’re all trying to figure it out. Everybody is trying to step up and come together as a unit.” With LaVine’s debut now weeks rather than months away, the Bulls – and their skeptical fans – will be able to more fully judge the yield from that Butler trade. Two out of three so far are giving glimmers of hope. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 NewsDec 1st, 2017

WATCH: UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2017 teaser videos

MANILA, Philippines – All roads lead to the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, December 2 for the UAAP Season 80 Cheerdance Competition. ( READ: Order of Performances: UAAP Season 80 Cheer Dance competition ) Last year, the National University Pep Squad reigned supreme once again, coming in first place for the fourth straight year. ( READ: Dynasty continues: NU Pep Squad wins 4th straight UAAP Cheerdance title ) Aside from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

UAAP Cheerdance: Devoted fans flock, camp out for CDC tickets

The UAAP Cheerdance Competition has been a staple viewing phenomenon for proud alumni and interested fans alike for over a decade now. Everytime cheerdance season draws near, the speculation for each of the competing teams' upcoming routines fill university halls and the clamor for tickets get stronger. The clamor for entry to the annual cheerdance spectacular this year proves to be no different, as fans appear to be already flocking and camping outside of the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City in the hopes of scoring some sought-after tickets.   Time check campers! 😂#CampOutIsReal #AllOutOn5 #CDC2017 pic.twitter.com/OGMMClkpvK — Noel (@noelcstr) November 29, 2017 @UAAP_CDC Part 2 pila update :) two rows na pic.twitter.com/9cWH0AnqYH — mcallo75 (@mcallo75) November 29, 2017 Massive crowd now line up at @MOAArena for the release of 2017 UAAP Cheerdance tickets today. pic.twitter.com/TJQlfyNrkv — FEU Tamaraws (@FEU_Tamaraws) November 30, 2017   With multiple storylines adorning the event, like National Univerity Pep Squad's quest towards a historic five-peat, the return of the vaunted University of the Philippines Pep Squad, among others, it's no longer a surprise fans want to witness the annual event in the flesh.   If you can't secure tickets however, don't fret. You can catch the UAAP Cheerdance Competition LIVE this Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 P.M. on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, and via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Change has come for much-improved DLSU Animo Squad

After another sixth-place finish in the UAAP Season 79 Cheerdance Competition, it seemed as though something needed to change for the DLSU Animo Squad. True enough, change did come, in the form of a familiar face in comebacking head coach Ramon Pagaduan. A tenured coach with a wealth of experience, Pagaduan was responsible for steering the famed UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe to a runner-up finish in 2015, a third-place finish in 2014, and fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2017. Now, Pagaduan hopes to be able to bring the same level of success to Taft Avenue. This won’t be his first time at the helm for the Animo Squad as Pagaduan served as their head mentor from 2002 to 2007. “It feels good to be back, and I’m blessed that I was given the opportunity to coach them this year,” Pagaduan told ABS-CBN Sports. He firmly believes that his high-level experience can prove beneficial as the green and white attempts to reclaim lost glory. “It will definitely be a big help, in terms of discipline, choreography, and technique,” he said. Pagaduan immediately implemented his brand of leadership, which starts with the Animo Squad members’ lives outside of cheerdance. “Bumalik yung long hours of training, no to vices such as smoking and drinking and as much as possible dapat student-athlete lang sila. Any other extracurricular activities will not help the squad,” he said. Tough as it may sound, Pagaduan’s methods have worked, and his success with Salinggawi as well as with the four-peat champion St. Paul College Pasig Pep Squad and the Girls’ National Team should be a testament to how effective it is. It’s a new season, a new(-ish) coach, and a new start for the Animo Squad, and already Pagaduan promises that this season’s cheerdance competition will showcase DLSU’s improvement. “Better dance and transitions and clean execution with a pinch of difficulty sa cheer elements,” Pagaduan shared. “Hopefully, healthy lahat during the competition day and ma-hit yung routine accordingly.” And in the 2017 UAAP CDC, Pagaduan and the DLSU Animo Squad will try to get back on track to cheerdance excellence, but it won’t come any easier, as this year will also see the return of powerhouse University of the Philippines. “Good that they’re back.” Pagaduan said. Can the returning Pagaduan finally steer DLSU back to a top-three finish? We’ll find out soon enough......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Rachel Peters wows audience with ‘Sarimanok’ national costume

Ms. Philippines-Universe 2017 Rachel Peters was nothing short of spectacular after she wowed the audience during the preliminaries of the 66th Miss Universe competition on Saturday, November 18 in Las Vegas,The post Rachel Peters wows audience with ‘Sarimanok’ national costume appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

The Meaning Behind Rachel Peters’ National Costume

The national costume competition in any pageant is always a spectacle to see. Beauty queens wear various renditions of their country's symbols and most of the time, they're over the top. Miss Universe-Philippines Rachel Peters is no different as she revealed her costume on Instagram. A post shared by Rachel Peters (@rachelpetersx) on Nov 18, 2017 at 10:07pm PST Rachel wore a head-to-toe gold ensemble inspired by thesarimanok. She had on a sequined one-piece, a train that transforms into wings, and an intricate headpiece designed by Val Taguba. For footwear, she wore knee-high sandals by Jojo Bragais. Thesarimanokis a legendary bird of the Maranao people in Mindanao...Keep on reading: The Meaning Behind Rachel Peters’ National Costume.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017