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Smart, TNT unveil free Instagram and Facebook for all with prepaid promos

In line with its push to empower Filipinos with easy access to their favorite social media apps, PLDT mobile subsidiary Smart Communications is treating Smart Prepaid and TNT subscribers with FREE 1GB access to Instagram and Facebook (IG+FB) with every registration to select promos......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 9th, 2019

NBA superstar James Harden returns to Manila in June

Manila, Philippines — This June 26, James Harden will return to Manila for adidas Philippines' Free To Harden event where Filipino fans will get to know the Houston Rockets guard better. It will be Harden’s third time to the Philippines, after coming to the country for the NBA twice in 2013. Fans will get to see Harden at the Free To Harden Freestyle Hub at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, where they’ll get to relive Harden’s iconic moments and celebrate his greatest milestones with the reigning NBA MVP himself. Harden will be sporting his latest signature shoe— the Harden Vol. 3— which is like its namesake in making big statements with its style and can be purchased for P7500 in adidas stores. “We’re excited to bring back James Harden to Manila— this time for adidas— in this great opportunity for him to meet and get to know his Filipino fans better,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. Fans of the NBA superstar can be part of Free To Harden Freestyle Hub by getting a P5,000 single receipt purchase in participating adidas stores from June 16-25, 2019*. View the full mechanics and list of participating stores by clicking here. For more news and updates about James Harden’s Manila visit, follow adidas Philippines on Facebook and Instagram. *Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 9998 Series of 2019.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Warriors F Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant announced Wednesday on social media that he underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Durant revealed the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto in his return following being sidelined for a month with a right calf strain. The 30-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in a hospital bed and wrote: “I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.”         View this post on Instagram                   What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W. It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it. A post shared by 35 (@easymoneysniper) on Jun 12, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT Just 15 minutes before Durant went public, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said during a finals media availability that he didn’t yet have a formal update on Durant. Durant has made his own announcements before, such as writing on The Players’ Tribune website about his decision to leave Oklahoma City to join Golden State in July 2016. Kerr said the team had no idea that Durant risked a serious Achilles injury by returning from a strained calf. After the game Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), a teary, emotional general manager Bob Myers asked anyone who was looking to place blame to do so on him — not Durant, the medical staff or athletic trainers who worked so tirelessly to get him back. Kerr said he also understands people wanting to point blame somewhere, though he noted, “Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved,” including doctors from within the organization and from the outside. “Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right,” he said. “But that’s easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injure of the calf. That was the advice and the information that we had. At that point, once Kevin was cleared to play, he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock. I don’t know what else to add to that, other than had we known that this was a possibility, that this was even in the realm of possibility, there’s no way we ever would have allowed Kevin to come back.” The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP was injured Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) in the second quarter of Golden State’s 106-105 victory that forced a Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Durant initially was injured May 8 (May 9, PHL time) in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets, then missed the next nine games. A pending free agent, it’s unclear what might be next for Durant now that he is set for a long rehab and recovery. Teammate DeMarcus Cousins returned in January nearly a year after rupturing his left Achilles tendon and undergoing surgery last season while with New Orleans. Stephen Curry can only imagine how much Durant is hurting emotionally not being able to play — but second-guessing benefits nobody at this stage, the two-time MVP said. “Everybody has great 20/20 hindsight,” Curry said, then added: “I trust our medical staff and know Bob Myers has our best interests in terms of not just what we can do in this series, but long term in our overall health. You see how hard he took it, talking to you guys after the game. And that’s really genuine and authentic. So you can waste time talking about the what-ifs and this and that. Injuries are tough and they suck. They’re a part of our game, and they’re going to continue to be a part of our game. But everybody putting their collective brains together to make the sound, smart decisions, you kind of just live with that, because that’s what’s a part of our game.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

Join the movement against marine plastic pollution!

On June 8, 2019, adidas Philippines and Parley For The Oceans celebrated World Oceans Day as it launched the new FW19 adidas x Parley collection and Run For The Oceans 2019 campaign. adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans 2019 was held at Air Juan Seaplane Terminal in Pasay City. The adidas community ran for the oceans in a 3 kilometer plog. The plogging session, which is a Scandinavian trend for picking up litter while jogging, was followed by a refreshing yoga class and informative talks on the environment by organizations The Plastic Solution and Kids For Kids. Kids for Kids— a non-profit organization solely run by kids, for kids in need— and The Plastic Solution— a movement of repurposing plastic bottles by stuffing the bottles with non-biodegradable wastes— were present to help raise awareness on the marine plastic pollution problem and the ways people can do their part in helping solve this. The Plastic Solution conducted a demonstration on eco brick making while Kids For Kids shared simple ways we can try to practice living sustainably— such as supporting local projects like Retaso PH, an initiative that uses textile waste to create an alternative to plastic bags. The event aimed to educate guests on the threat of marine plastic pollution through informative product displays and activities that would engage more people to join the movement of running for the oceans. There was an artwork installation made out of plastic bottles and guests got to explore an educational area where they learned the entire process of adidas Parley products, as well as how the Parley Ocean School Program works. adidas also introduced the new Alphabounce+ Parley which is available for Php5,300 online and in adidas stores. Alphabounce+ Parley delivers better performance for a better planet since it’s made from plastic spun into yarn and designed to give runners maximum support and comfort. adidas and Parley have intercepted vast amounts of plastic waste from marine environments and coastal communities, turning Ocean Plastic® into sportswear since 2015. “We're excited to celebrate Run For The Oceans this year since it's a great way to educate kids on the gravity of the marine plastic pollution problem and how their actions affect in creating a long-term sustainable impact,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Brand Communication and Sports Manager. The campaign this year aims to unite more runners to lace up and Run For The Oceans in order to reach its increased goal of $1.5 million, which will be donated to the Parley Ocean School Program. To join the movement and Run For The Oceans between June 8 and 16, runners worldwide can sign up and track their runs by joining the Run For The Oceans challenge on the Runtastic app. To find out more about Run For the Oceans, visit: adidas.com.ph/runfortheoceans. Follow the conversation at @adidasrunning on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and using #RunForTheOceans. Redefine running with adidas Runners Manila in its free running and training sessions every week. Join the adidas Runners Manila Facebook group for more updates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Malaya FC U19 earns first YFL title

MANILA - A rejuvenated Malaya FC U19 fought a gritty tournament to emerge as champions of the second leg of the 2019 Speed Regalo Youth Football League (YFL). The Born-2001 or later Malaya boys dominated in their November 10 finals match against Mendiola FC, leading 3-0 at half-time and pulling away to 4-0 early in the 2nd half. Mendiola tried to catch up with two goals but there was no looking back for the Malaya boys. The match played at Circulo Verde Pitch ended at 4 - 2, earning the Malaya FC U19 squad their first YFL championship. In individual honors, the Golden Glove Award went to keeper Kristian Harald Bumatay, while Most Valuable Player honors went to striker Kieth Absalon, who suited up as defender in the crucial last two matches of the tournament. On their way to the finals showdown with Mendiola, the boys of U19 coach Marvin Dava battled with the Ceres South, GOM, and Forza squads. The semi-final match with Ceres South that went into 30-minute extra time was particularly intense – with Malaya overcoming a 0-2 deficit before finally winning 9-8 on penalties. Malaya FC U19 had a challenging start to their 2019 YFL season, ending up in the bottom half of their division after the league’s summer leg. But Dava, who is also Far Eastern University (FEU) assistant coach, has done wonders with the team with his strict and disciplined training regimen. “There is no shortcut to success,” Dava said – a lesson he has imparted time and again to the U19 team. “The journey is not easy, but it will be worth it.” Dava worked with Malaya FC keeper coach Roland Sadia in revitalizing the U19 team. Malaya FC secretary-general Mark Duane Angos said he sees even brighter prospects for the Malaya FC U19 boys, now that they have proven to themselves that they can be winners. “This is not the end of the road for them in the YFL, especially with the announcement of (YFL) President Mike Atayde that they will open a U21 division soon,” Angos said.  “We are especially proud of this team for overcoming adversity and challenges and coming out on top. Truly, they played with heart,” said Angos, alluding to Malaya FC’s motto “spiel mit herz” or “play with heart.”  The Malaya FC U19 squad is composed mostly of senior high school or college athletic scholars from Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Arellano University, and Emilio Aguinaldo College. More than half have been with Malaya FC since their U17 days; with many crediting their Malaya FC training and exposure to various tournaments as instrumental in honing their football skills and bagging a coveted athletic scholarship.  Malaya Football is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the sport of football for community development. The club gives children from underprivileged communities the chance to learn and play football through free training and participation in highly competitive leagues such as the YFL, the country’s premier football league, as well as local and international tournaments. Malaya FC is a founding member of the YFL and a member of the Cavite Football Association (CAFA). Various individuals, organizations, and corporate sponsors such as Cherrylume Brand, Frontrow International, Genesis Transport Service Inc., TELUS International Philippines, Manila Standard, Allianz-PNB Life, Barcino, Mister Donut, Bootcamp Football Shop, Pagcor, and Smart Communications support Malaya FC in its mission of making football accessible to as many kids as possible......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2019

Pinoy achievers come together to celebrate Filipino greatness in Galing Natin Ito event

Some of the country’s achievers including former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and international sensation TNT Boys came together to celebrate Filipino greatness last Sunday (November 10) in line with the National Cheer Campaign. Launched last July, the campaign aims to highlight the success of Filipinos in the world stage to inspire the nation to unite and help unleash each other’s potential for greatness. The song "Isigaw Mo" #GalingNatinIto, performed by over 20 OPM artists, serves as the campaign's anthem. Joining Pia and TNT Boys Francis Concepcion, Keifer Sanchez, and Mackie Empuerto at Robinsons Magnolia were Gloc 9, Leanne & Narra, Pao Gumba, JKris, the Philippine All Stars, the Dancesport Philippine Team, and the UPHSD Altas Perpsquad. Athletes like Aby Maraño of the Philippine volleyball team, the UP Men’s Judo team, Pilipinas Ultimate Team, the Philippine Jiu Jitsu team, Mapua Track and Field Athletes, Hado Philippines, and International Downhill Federation were also in attendance alongside academic achievers Beacille Elago, Mohammed Nur Casib, Kristen Stefi Teh, Lance Chysler De Jesus, and Keean Nathaniel Tang in the field of mathematics, and Kendrick Supnet, Beacille Elago, Robin Gale Bernabe, and Katrina Marie Redshaw for architecture. Serving as hosts of the program were “Umagang Kay Ganda” anchor Gretchen Ho, a multisport athlete that has participated in international competitions, and popular comedian Alex Calleja, who won silver in Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World three years ago. Together with the artists, athletes, and achievers, Gretchen and Alex taught the audience the “Isigaw Mo” #GalingNatinIto song and cheer, which they can perform to show support for fellow Filipinos in sporting events and competitions like the upcoming Southeast Asian Games later this month. The official station ID for “Isigaw Mo” #GalingNatinIto features Filipino achievers from all walks of life whose heart, wisdom, and strength enable them to triumph over challenges in life. The video is played on various ABS-CBN platforms and can be viewed online on the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2019

UAAP 82: MVP Chabi Yo puts exclamation point in masterful UST win over UP

Newly-minted UAAP Most Valuable Player Soulemane Chabi Yo put the exclamation mark in UST’s dominant win over UP Sunday in Season 82 Final Four action at the Big Dome. Chabi Yo scored on a powerful slam dunk to end the game, completing the Growling Tigers’ 89-69 victory to set up a final knockout game against the Maroons. “If you know you did a big effort and you’re almost there, like one step to win, you don’t have to give up,” Chabi Yo said. “You have to be more mentally tough and finish stronger, so that’s what I did. I wanted it more, because everybody is tired, you have to give all your best in that time,” he added. For the second straight game in UST’s magical postseason run, Chabi Yo has posted numbers fit for his new title of MVP. After scoring a career-high 25 points in the Tigers’ win over FEU, Chabi Yo punished the Maroons for 17 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, and four steals. The MVP scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. “Last game I was the leading scorer, so I know they’ll be focused on me, so I tried to play a little bit smart. If I find somebody free, I give up the ball,” he said. “And then just finish strong, the last quarter is very important,” Chabi Yo added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2019

3rd telco Dito Telecom aims for 30% market share

MANILA, Philippines – Dennis Uy's  Dito Telecommunity  aims to attract Globe and Smart subscribers and gain at least 30% of the total market share within its first few years of operations. As of 2018, Globe  reigns supreme with over 74 million postpaid and prepaid subscribers, while Smart ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

Walker scores 32 points, Celtics rally to beat Bucks 116-105

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker had 21 of his 32 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-105 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Jayson Tatum added 25 points, Gordon Hayward had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and six assists. Milwaukee dominated in the first half, leading 19. But the Celtics responded in the third quarter, using a 26-7 run over the final 6:38 of the period to take an 80-76 edge into the fourth. Boston kept that momentum, beginning the final period with an 11-4 run to open a 91-80 lead. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 rebounds, but the reigning MVP lost his composure late, first picking up a hard foul on Smart and then a technical foul in the final minute. The Celtics started Daniel Theis at center and the defensive-minded Smart at guard with Jaylen Brown out with an illness and Enes Kanter sidelined for the third straight game with a bruised left knee. It did little to stop the much bigger Bucks front line from getting in the paint early on as Milwaukee sliced through Boston's interior and hit nine 3-pointers on their way to a 58-42 halftime lead. TIP-INS Bucks: Antetokounmpo had his third straight double-double. ... Milwaukee had a 37-8 edge in bench scoring. Celtics: Walker, Tatum and Hayward were a combined 7 of 26 from the field in the first half. AIR MAIL Antetokounmpo airballed a pair of free throws with 1:46 left in the second quarter, igniting a chorus of cheers from the home crowd. But Antetokounmpo, who entered the night shooting just 54 percent from the line, bounced back at the end of the half by connecting on all three of his free throw attempts after being fouled by Smart with one second to play. FIRST IMPRESSION One of the memories that still stands out for Celtics coach Brad Stevens about serving as Eastern Conference All-Star Game coach in 2017 is what Antetokounmpo — then a first-time All-Star — told him before the game. "I remember him telling me, 'I'm going to play hard,'" Stevens recalled. "I'm like, 'You might be one of a few.' But that's the deal, right? He just plays really hard." Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, six rebounds, three steals and a block that night. UP NEXT Bucks: At Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Celtics: Host New York on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2019

NCAA 95 Stepladder Semifinals begins on S+A and iWant

Three schools will duke it out for the right to challenge defending champion San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions in the NCAA Season 95 stepladder semifinals starting this Tuesday (November 5) at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.    The match between fourth-seeded San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) Golden Stags and third-seeded Colegio De San Juan De Letran (CSJL) Knights will air LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and iWant at 4 pm.    The winner of the deathmatch will be facing the waiting Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates, which finished second after the elimination round, for the ticket to the championship match.   The stepladder semis came into effect after the Red Lions swept through the double round eliminations behind leading MVP candidate Calvin Oftana and talented point guard Evan Nelle.   The road to the Finals, and a date with the SBU Red Lions, is a steep one and Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, SSC-R’s Allyn Bulanadi, and LPU’s Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino can’t wait to start the trek and try to unseat the fourpeat-seeking champions.   For Balanza and Bulanadi, they both still have memories of their Season 93 duel where the Stags upended the Knights to take the last ticket to the Final Four thanks to a Michael Calisaan triple. “I want to get that back (Season 93) for Rey (Nambatac). That is still on my mind and I am looking forward to seeing Baste,” shared Balanza.   Meanwhile, LPU’s Marcelino twins are preparing for a tough match, whichever between SSC-R or Letran advances. Previously, the Pirates were the last team to sweep the eliminations and had to wait for their opponents in the Finals. “Whoever we have to face, we’ll prepare for them the same way we prepare for each game,” Jayvee Marcelino said.   Don’t miss the NCAA Season 95 stepladder semis that starts on Tuesday (November 5) LIVE on S+A from the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan at 4 pm with the CSJL Knights facing the SSC-R Stags for the chance to face the LPU Pirates before booking a Finals ticket.   For news on NCAA, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter and visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 30th, 2019

5 players who could challenge for the 2019-20 NBA MVP

By Sekou Smith, NBA.om James Harden was spot on when he said he lost the Kia MVP race last season because of a narrative. That wasn’t the only reason he came up short to Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo en route to his historic season in 2018-19. Antetokounmpo’s intriguing basketball life story decidedly played a part in voters’ minds, many of whom are in the narrative business. “Once the media, they create a narrative about somebody from the beginning of the year, I think they just take that narrative and just run with it the entire year," Harden said in an August radio interview with 97.9 The Box. "I don’t want to get into details. All I can do is control what I can do, and I went out there and did what I was supposed to do at a high level. There’s only a few other seasons that anybody has ever done that before.” Blaming the media is a cop out. But there is merit in Harden’s assessment -- that the media-spun narrative surrounding a player’s candidacy for MVP has an oversized impact on the race itself. Every NBA MVP has had an underlying story that has helped push their case for the award along. Westbrook won his MVP the season after Kevin Durant left for Golden State in free agency. That season, Westbrook averaged a triple-double -- the first to do so since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. Harden won his after finishing second twice in other bids (2015 and 2017). Antetokounmpo clinched his after turning in the finest season Milwaukee had seen since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the third of his record six MVPs in 1973-74. Harden didn’t complain about narratives when he won in 2018, so there’s no need to throw shade at Antetokounmpo or others for doing likewise. There will be new players who enter this season’s Kia MVP mix, which kicks off in earnest during this first full weekend of the season. We know the usual suspects: Antetokounmpo, Harden, Westbrook, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kyrie Irving. But what about the players who should be on your radar in 2019-20? Here are five to keep an eye on: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets “The Joker” finished fourth in 2018-19, his first season as an All-Star and his first playoff run. His true breakout MVP opportunity is this season, now that he’s established himself as arguably the best big man in basketball. Jokic must battle his own instincts to stay in the mix. He’s a better passer than most of the league’s point guards and would rather make the right play than chase individual glory. “When you score, one person is happy. But when you [get an assist], you make two people happy,” Jokic said. “I’m smart enough to know that two is better than one.” Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers Lillard’s sixth-place finish in 2018-19 did justice to the Western Conference finals run he took the Blazers on. This may just be the beginning of the prime of “Dame Dolla’s” career. While many superstars have no hesitation about seeking the most desirable destination to play in, Lillard’s devotion to Portland’s quest will only enhance his case. Lillard is one of the best point guards in the league and if the Blazers challenge for a top seed in the West, he’ll stay in the top of the MVP chase, too. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz Mike Conley’s addition could unlock things for Mitchell. His opening-night performance proved that even when Conley struggles offensively, Mitchell can still dominate the action. A summer spent with the U.S. Men’s Senior National team may have only boosted his momentum. True, teammate Rudy Gobert -- the reigning Kia Defensive Player of the Year -- is a fringe MVP candidate as well. But a hot start to 2019-20 will fuel his campaign in ways that rim protection and low-post stability cannot for Gobert. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves Towns hasn’t been shy about his desire to be the man in the middle of the Wolves’ franchise rebranding. Even as Kyrie Irving scored 50 in the season opener, it was Towns who was truly dominant in that game. He’ll regularly pile up nights like that under coach Ryan Saunders, who has embraced the increased leadership role Town has sought this season. The talent has never been in question concerning Towns -- now he can showcase, too. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat While most of the summer’s high-profile free agents went one way, the always-interesting Butler did not. Given his track record of believing in the power of Jimmy, it shouldn’t have surprised us that Butler bet on himself in Miami. While it might seem like a strange choice on the surface, it might end up being a genius move if a scrappy Heat team rises in the ranks of the Eastern Conference. If nothing else, Butler will have plenty of opportunities this season to prove his elite two-way skills. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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 NewsOct 26th, 2019

NBA Philippines streams more live games on Facebook, Twitter

    MANILA, Philippines – The NBA may not be on local television yet, but Filipino basketball fans can continue watching blockbuster games online for free this 2019-2020 season. After drawing a record number of viewers on Facebook Watch and Twitter in the season opener, NBA Philippines said it would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2019

Smart, LTO ink deal for free WiFi

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. has signed an agreement with the Land Transportation Office to support government efforts to improve delivery of services......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2019

Where to watch NBA 2019-2020 games for free

MANILA, Philippines – NBA Philippines announced on Tuesday, October 22, it will be broadcasting select games for free on Facebook Watch and Twitter as the 2019-2020 season opens.  From October 23 to October 29, NBA Philippines will be showing one game per day during tip-off week, then will continue broadcasting one ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2019

Duterte’s ‘unbearable’ back pain in Japan trip | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: 'Unbearable' back pain forces Duterte to cut short Japan trip Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flies back to the Philippines right after attending Japan Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony because of ‘unbearable pain’ in his back Tuesday, October 22. Facebook to roll out 'false information' labels on Instagram Facebook says it will roll out a new feature on Facebook and Instagram which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2019

Facebook to roll out false information labels on Instagram

MANILA, Philippines – Instagram users will soon be alerted to false or misleading content on their feeds. In a press release about "Helping to protect the 2020 US elections," published on Monday, October 21, Facebook said that they will roll out a new feature on Facebook and Instagram over the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2019

Samantha Lo breaks silence; says she is now in Venezuela to compete for MGI 2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Samantha Ashley Lo broke her silence and announced in both her Instagram and Facebook accounts that she is in Caracas, Venezuela to compete for the Miss Grand International (MGI) 2019 crown. Lo, who remained silent since October 9 when she left the Philippines for Venezuela, has been subject to various issues […] The post Samantha Lo breaks silence; says she is now in Venezuela to compete for MGI 2019 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2019

Smart rolling out free WiFi in Intramuros, Rizal Park

Smart, the wireless arm of the PLDT Group, has partnered with the Department of Tourism to provide WiFi access in Intramuros and Rizal Park......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2019

Clippers, Bucks lead NBA.com 2019-20 GM Survey

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com Included in all the player movement of this past summer was the last two Finals MVPs leaving the two teams that met in the 2019 Finals. And with more balance in the distribution of superstars, the race for the 2020 NBA championship appears to be wide open. There are favorites, of course. But with so many good players in new uniforms, we don't know how all the pieces are going to fit. We still asked the league's decision-makers to take their best guesses. And in the 18th annual NBA.com GM Survey, 46 percent of general managers have picked Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to lead the LA Clippers to their first NBA title. Leonard was not only named the offseason acquisition that would make the biggest impact, but is also the first player not named LeBron James to be named the league's best small forward since 2005. In the Eastern Conference, the league's GMs like Giannis Antetokounmpo (the player that 86 percent of them would start a franchise with) and the Milwaukee Bucks, who were named the top team in the East by 76 percent of the respondents. Zion Williamson isn't only the pick to win Kia Rookie of the Year and be the best of his class in five years, but he was also named the league's most athletic player … before suiting up for an official NBA game. The GMs responded to 50 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and offseason moves. General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs. * * * PREDICTIONS Which team will win the 2020 NBA Finals? 1. LA Clippers -- 46% 2. Milwaukee Bucks -- 36% 3. Los Angeles Lakers -- 11% Also receiving votes: Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers Last year: Golden State – 87% Rank the top four teams in the Eastern Conference 2019-20 GM Survey, Eastern Conference rankings Last year: Ninety percent picked Boston to win the East. Order after the Celtics was Toronto, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Indiana, Washington and Miami. Rank the top four teams in the Western Conference Last year: Ninety percent picked Golden State to win the West. Order after the Warriors was Houston, Oklahoma City, Utah, L.A. Lakers, Portland/San Antonio, and Denver. PLAYERS Who will win the 2019-20 Kia MVP? 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 52% 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 10%     Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers -- 10%     Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 10% 5. Nikola Jokic, Denver -- 7% Also receiving votes: James Harden, Houston; LeBron James, L.A. Lakers; Damian Lillard, Portland Last year: LeBron James – 30% If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be? 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 86% 2. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers -- 7%     Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 7% Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo -- 30% Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments? 1. James Harden, Houston -- 48% 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 17%     LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 17% 4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 14% 5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn -- 3% Last year: LeBron James -- 60% Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2019-20? 1. De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento -- 19% 2. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis -- 11%     Jayson Tatum, Boston -- 11% 4. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans -- 7%     Jamal Murray, Denver -- 7% Also receiving votes: Bam Adebayo, Miami; Lonzo Ball, New Orleans; Devin Booker, Phoenix; Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago; Zach Collins, Portland; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City; LeBron James, L.A. Lakers; Dejounte Murray, San Antonio; Julius Randle, New York; Tomas Satoransky, Chicago; Pascal Siakam, Toronto; Zion Williamson, New Orleans Last year: Jamal Murray -- 20% Who is the best point guard in the NBA? 1. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 90% 2. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 7% 3. LeBron James, LA Lakers -- 3% Last year: Stephen Curry -- 57% Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA? 1. James Harden, Houston – 86% 2. Paul George, LA Clippers – 7% Also receiving votes: Jimmy Butler, Miami; Klay Thompson, Golden State Last year: James Harden -- 73% Who is the best small forward in the NBA? 1. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 62% 2. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 24% 3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 14% Last year: LeBron James -- 57% Who is the best power forward in the NBA? 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 59% 2. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers -- 28% 3. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 10% 4. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio -- 3% Last year: Anthony Davis --  37% Who is the best center in the NBA? 1. Nikola Jokic, Denver -- 48% 2. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia -- 28% 3. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers -- 17% Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Last year: Anthony Davis -- 40% OFFSEASON MOVES Which team made the best overall moves this offseason? 1. LA Clippers -- 82% 2. New Orleans Pelicans -- 11% Also receiving votes: Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz Last year: L.A. Lakers – 70% Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact? 1. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 67% 2. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers -- 21% 3. Paul George, LA Clippers -- 12% Last year: LeBron James -- 97% What was the most underrated player acquisition? 1. Mike Conley, Utah -- 36% 2. Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah -- 14% 3. Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana -- 11%     Jerami Grant, Denver -- 11% 5. Tomas Satoransky, Chicago -- 7% Also receiving votes: Lonzo Ball, New Orleans; Derrick Favors, New Orleans; Danny Green, L.A. Lakers; Chris Paul, Oklahoma City; J.J. Redick, New Orleans; Josh Richardson, Philadelphia Last year: Tyreke Evans -- 13% Which team will be most improved in 2019-20? 1. Los Angeles Lakers -- 38% 2. Dallas Mavericks -- 21% 3. LA Clippers -- 10% 4. Atlanta Hawks -- 7%     Brooklyn Nets -- 7%     Chicago Bulls -- 7%     New Orleans Pelicans -- 7% 8. New York Knicks -- 4% Last year: L.A. Lakers -- 80% What was the most surprising move of the offseason? 1. Paul George trade to LA Clippers -- 52% 2. Chris Paul-Russell Westbrook trade -- 28% 3. Nikola Mirotic to FC Barcelona -- 7% Also receiving votes: Malcolm Brogdon to Indiana; Al Horford to Philadelphia; Kawhi Leonard to Clippers, Marcus Morris decommitting from San Antonio Last year: DeMarcus Cousins to Golden State -- 35% ROOKIES & INTERNATIONAL Who will win the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year? 1. Zion Williamson, New Orleans -- 68% 2. Ja Morant, Memphis -- 29% 3. Darius Garland, Cleveland -- 4% Last year: Luka Doncic -- 43% Which rookie will be the best player in five years? 1. Zion Williamson, New Orleans -- 68% 2. Ja Morant, Memphis -- 18% 3. Cameron Reddish, Atlanta -- 7% Also receiving votes: Jarrett Culver, Minnesota; Darius Garland, Cleveland Last year: DeAndre Ayton & Jaren Jackson Jr. -- 27% Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft? 1. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (17), New Orleans -- 32% 2. Brandon Clarke (21), Memphis -- 21% 3. Goga Bitadze (18), Indiana -- 11% 4. Bol Bol (44), Denver -- 7%     Tyler Herro (13), Miami -- 7% Also receiving votes: Darius Bazley (23), Oklahoma City; Nicolas Claxton (31), Brooklyn; Daniel Gafford (38), Chicago; Darius Garland (5), Cleveland; Nasir Little (25), Portland; Cameron Reddish (10), Atlanta Last year: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander -- 27% Who is the best international player in the NBA? 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 79% 2. Nikola Jokic, Denver -- 14% 3. Luka Doncic, Dallas -- 7% Last year: Giannis Antetokounmpo -- 73% Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA? 1. Nikola Mirotic, FC Barcelona -- 55% 2. Nando de Colo, Fenerbahce -- 21% 3. Sergio Llull, Real Madrid -- 17% Also receiving votes: Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv; Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Last year: Sergio Llull -- 39% DEFENSE Who is the best defensive player in the NBA? 1. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 45% 2. Rudy Gobert, Utah -- 28% 3. Draymond Green, Golden State -- 10% 4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 7%     Paul George, LA Clippers -- 7% 6. Anthony Davis, LA Lakers -- 3% Last year: Rudy Gobert & Kawhi Leonard -- 37% Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA? 1. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 59% 2. Paul George, LA Clippers -- 21% Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; OG Anunoby, Toronto; Jimmy Butler, Miami; Jrue Holiday, New Orleans; LeBron James, LA Lakers; Klay Thompson, Golden State Last year: Kawhi Leonard -- 60% Who is the best interior defender in the NBA? 1. Rudy Gobert, Utah -- 93% Also receiving votes: Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Last year: Rudy Gobert -- 80% Who is the most versatile defender in the NBA? 1. Draymond Green, Golden State -- 38% 2. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 31% 3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 21% Also receiving votes: Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers; Paul George, LA Clippers; Pascal Siakam, Toronto Last year: Draymond Green -- 53% Which is the best defensive team in the NBA? 1. LA Clippers -- 52% 2. Utah Jazz -- 24% 3. Milwaukee Bucks -- 17% 4. Philadelphia 76ers -- 7% Last year: Utah -- 45% COACHES Who is the best head coach in the NBA? 1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio -- 55% 2. Erik Spoelstra, Miami -- 17% 3. Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee -- 10% 4. Steve Kerr, Golden State -- 7% Also receiving votes: Steve Clifford, Orlando; Doc Rivers, LA Clippers; Quin Snyder, Utah Last year: Brad Stevens -- 47% Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people? 1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio -- 41% 2. Doc Rivers, LA Clippers -- 31% 3. Steve Kerr, Golden State -- 17% Also receiving votes: Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn; Mike D'Antoni, Houston; Terry Stotts, Portland Last year: Gregg Popovich -- 47% Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments? 1. Rick Carlisle, Dallas -- 28% 2. Brad Stevens, Boston -- 17% 3. Quin Snyder, Utah -- 14% 4. Steve Clifford, Orlando -- 10%     Gregg Popovich, San Antonio -- 10% 6. Nick Nurse, Toronto -- 7% Also receiving votes: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Michael Malone, Denver; Doc Rivers, LA Clippers; Erik Spoelstra, Miami Last year: Brad Stevens -- 53% Which head coach runs the best offense? 1. Steve Kerr, Golden State -- 38% 2. Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee -- 14%     Mike D'Antoni, Houston -- 14%     Terry Stotts, Portland -- 14% 5. Michael Malone, Denver -- 7%     Nick Nurse, Toronto -- 7%     Quin Snyder, Utah -- 7% Last year: Steve Kerr -- 40% Which head coach has the best defensive schemes? 1. Quin Snyder, Utah -- 28% 2. Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee -- 24% 3. Nate McMillan, Indiana -- 7%     Gregg Popovich, San Antonio -- 7%     Doc Rivers, LA Clippers -- 7%     Erik Spoelstra, Miami -- 7%     Brad Stevens, Boston -- 7% Also receiving votes: Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn; Dwane Casey, Detroit; Steve Clifford, Orlando; Nick Nurse, Toronto Last year: Quin Snyder -- 33% Which new or relocated head coach will make the biggest impact on his new team? 1. Monty Williams, Phoenix -- 43% 2. Frank Vogel, L.A. Lakers -- 21% 3. Luke Walton, Sacramento -- 18% 4. John Beilein, Cleveland -- 11% 5. Taylor Jenkins, Memphis -- 7% Last year: N/A Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA? 1. Dan Burke, Indiana -- 11%     Chris Finch, New Orleans -- 11%     David Vanterpool, Minnesota -- 11% 4. Darvin Ham, Milwaukee -- 7%     Alex Jensen, Utah -- 7%     Igor Kokoskov, Sacramento -- 7%     Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers -- 7%     Nate Tibbets, Portland -- 7% Also receiving votes: Ron Adams, Golden State; Chip Engelland, San Antonio; Chris Fleming, Chicago; Adrian Griffin, Toronto; Phil Handy, L.A. Lakers; Jason Kidd, L.A. Lakers; Keith Smart, New York; Ime Udoka, Philadelphia Last year: Ron Adams -- 17% Which active player will make the best head coach someday? 1. Mike Conley, Utah -- 26% 2. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City -- 19% 3. Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana -- 15% 4. Rajon Rondo, L.A. Lakers -- 11% Also receiving votes: Jalen Brunson, Dallas; Jared Dudley, L.A. Lakers; Andre Iguodala, Memphis; Kyle Korver, Milwaukee; C.J. McCollum, Portland; Doug McDermott, Indiana; Garrett Temple, Brooklyn; Lance Thomas, Brooklyn Last year: Chris Paul -- 25% MISCELLANEOUS Which team is the most fun to watch? 1. Denver Nuggets -- 31% 2. New Orleans Pelicans -- 21% 3. Golden State Warriors -- 17% 4. Milwaukee Bucks -- 10% 5. Portland Trail Blazers -- 7% Also receiving votes: Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings Last year: Golden State -- 60% Which team has the best home-court advantage? 1. Denver Nuggets -- 38% 2. Utah Jazz -- 24%     Golden State Warriors -- 24% 4. Portland Trail Blazers -- 7% Also receiving votes: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors Last year: Golden State -- 50% Which team has the most promising young core? 1. New Orleans Pelicans -- 28% 2. Denver Nuggets -- 24% 3. Atlanta Hawks -- 17% 4. Sacramento Kings -- 10% 5. Philadelphia 76ers -- 7% Also receiving votes: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies Last year: Philadelphia -- 47% Which player is the most athletic? 1. Zion Williamson, New Orleans -- 41% 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 28% 3. Aaron Gordon, Orlando -- 7%     Derrick Jones Jr., Miami -- 7%     Mitchell Robinson, New York -- 7%     Russell Westbrook, Houston -- 7% 7. Zach LaVine, Chicago -- 3% Last year: Russell Westbrook -- 48% Which player is the best pure shooter? 1. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 86% 2. Klay Thompson, Golden State -- 11% 3. J.J. Redick, New Orleans -- 4% Last year: Stephen Curry -- 73% Which player is the fastest with the ball? 1. De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento -- 64% 2. Russell Westbrook, Houston -- 25% Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Stephen Curry, Golden State; Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Last year: Russell Westbrook -- 50% Which player is best at moving without the ball? 1. Klay Thompson, Golden State -- 43% 2. J.J. Redick, New Orleans -- 25% 3. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 21% 4. Kyle Korver, Milwaukee -- 7% 5. C.J. McCollum, Portland -- 4% Last year: Klay Thompson -- 53% Which player is the best passer? 1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 57% 2. Nikola Jokic, Denver -- 32% 3. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City -- 7% 4. James Harden, Houston -- 4% Last year: LeBron James -- 50% What bench player makes the biggest impact when he enters the game? 1. Lou Williams, LA Clippers -- 79% 2. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers -- 7%     Fred VanVleet, Toronto -- 7% Also receiving votes: Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn; Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Last year: Lou Williams -- 41% Who is the toughest player in the NBA? 1. Steven Adams, Oklahoma City -- 32% 2. Draymond Green, Golden State -- 18% 3. P.J. Tucker, Houston -- 14% 4. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 7% Also receiving votes: Aron Baynes, Phoenix; Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers; Udonis Haslem, Miami; Joe Ingles, Utah; Damian Lillard, Portland; Kyle Lowry, Toronto; Marcus Smart, Boston; Klay Thompson, Golden State Last year: Steven Adams -- 33% Which player is the best leader? 1. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 41% 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 37% 3. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 15% Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Last year: LeBron James -- 30% Who is the most versatile player in the NBA? 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 46% 2. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 39% 3. Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 7% Also receiving votes: Paul George, LA Clippers; Nikola Jokic, Denver Last year: LeBron James -- 63% Which player has the best basketball IQ? 1. LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 64% 2. Nikola Jokic, Denver -- 11% 3. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City -- 7%     Rajon Rondo, L.A. Lakers -- 7% Also receiving votes: James Harden, Houston; Al Horford, Philadelphia; Andre Iguodala, Memphis Last year: LeBron James -- 70% Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line? 1. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 44% 2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn -- 11%     Damian Lillard, Portland -- 11%     Klay Thompson, Golden State -- 11% 5. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn -- 7%     Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 7% Also receiving votes: James Harden, Houston; LeBron James, L.A. Lakers Last year: Kevin Durant -- 40% What rule (regarding play, Draft/Lottery, playoff format, etc.) most needs to change? 1. Playoff seeding (1-16) -- 18% 2. Draft (Better combine or more medical info) -- 11%     Draft Lottery -- 11%     Free agency (Before Draft or no moratorium) -- 11%     Schedule (Fewer games, no back-to-backs) -- 11% Also receiving votes: Conference realignment, Draft one-and-done rule, Eliminate tanking, Extra foul in overtime, FIBA goaltending, Increased control of G League players, Instant replay, Midseason tournament, No FGA for half-court heaves, Roster size, Tampering Last year: Playoff seeding – 18%.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Christmas in October? SMEs get festive boost from Facebook event

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2019

Briefs: McDonald’s colored glass collection

Share your collection by tagging #McDoCokeGlass2019 and @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram and @McDoPH on Facebook. McDonald’s Philippines gives its customers a chance to color their days with the 2019 McDonald’s Coke Glasses. The limited-edition glasses have a sleek look and they come in six colors: gray, purple, peach, green, pink and blue. Start your […] The post Briefs: McDonald’s colored glass collection appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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