UP alumni boost Fighting Maroons in Japan scrimmages

Groups of UP alumni flocked to the NSSU Sports Training Center in Tokyo and cheered on for the Diliman ballers during their game......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Robinsons Retail Group and Robina Farms continue to back the UP Fighting Maroons

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons will continue to get valuable support from their most loyal and staunchest supporters, the Robinsons Retail Group and Universal Robina Corporation’s Agro Industrial Group (URC-AIG), as they continue their build-up for the upcoming UAAP season and beyond. They officially renewed their partnership recently with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. President and CEO Robina Gokongwei-Pe, and URC-AIG Group Business Unit General Manager Vincent Henry Go, and UP Fighting Maroons Team Manager Agaton Uvero and Head Coach Bo Perasol signing the Memorandum of Agreement at the UP Executive House in Diliman, Quezon City. Robina Gokongwei-Pe, a UP alumna and avid backer of the Fighting Maroons involved Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman as Fighting Maroons supporters in 2010. Even as UP went winless and won only a total of three games in four seasons (2010-2013), Robina and her group stuck it out with the country’s premier state university in its quest back to relevancy in the field of sports. More recently, Universal Robina Corporation’s Agro- Industrial Group, through its premium farm products unit Robina Farms, was added to the companies that threw its support behind the Fighting Maroons. “We firmly believe that the UP Fighting Maroons shares the same values as us, such as passion for excellence and loyalty to our stakeholders. As we renew our official support for the men’s basketball team, we want them to continue to imbibe the same things that our company lives by as they seek to surpass last year’s achievement. This upcoming UAAP Season 82, it would be another great privilege to stand by this team together with the whole UP community. Hoping to exemplify ISKOs values of honor and excellence in every endeavor” said Vincent Henry Go of AIG’s Robina Farms. “UP’s run last year is proof that everything is possible,” said Universal Robina Corporation – Agro Industrial Group’s Marketing Director Jonathan Diño. “Hopefully, this year’s team will build on what Batch 81 started and bring home the UAAP Championship for the first time since ’86. It’s UP’s time! They should take it. They deserve it.” “We’re always grateful for all the support we have received from our alumni, especially from Ms. Gokongwei and her group of companies, who have been with us through our ups and downs. This team knows what it’s like to be at the bottom, to lack basic necessities like food and allowances. We are thankful for the faith and loyalty of the Robinsons Retail Group,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. Also present at the signing besides Robina Gokongwei-Pe and Vincent Henry Go were Willy Co (Handyman Vice Chairman), Jody Gadia (Robinsons Supermarket Managing Director), Stanley Co (Handyman Group General Manager), Katherine Yu (Daiso General Manager), Agnes Rafinan (TGP General Manager), Abet Liuson (TGP AVP – Supply Chain), Dr. Florante Palabrica (Robina Farms Farm Operations Director), and Jonathan Dino (Robina Farms Marketing Manager). The Fighting Maroons fresh from their Championship run in Taiwan’s Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup coupled with offseason trainings in Las Vegas and Japan, look to give back to their supporters in Season 82......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Ateneo-La Salle in rare noontime showdown in UAAP Week 6

These are the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament games from October 9 to 13 all of us just CAN NOT miss! WEDNESDAY, 12:30 p.m., UST vs UE UE has won back-to-back just as UST has lost back-to-back now heading into the stretch run of the elimination round. The Red Warriors want nothing more than to make noise yet again even as the Growling Tigers want nothing more than to move on back into their winning ways. The Growling Tigers and the Red Warriors do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. SATURDAY, 4:00 p.m., UP vs UE UP plays its second game sans head coach Bo Perasol and it will have to get its act together pretty quick as coming for it is a UE side playing its best basketball in the tournament. The Red Warriors look to keep following Rey Suerte and Alex Diakhite to victory even as Kobe Paras, Akhuetie, and the rest of the Fighting Maroons stand in their way. The Fighting Maroons and the Red Warriors do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. SUNDAY, 12:00 p.m., La Salle vs Ateneo Ateneo-La Salle. La Salle-Ateneo. Green vs Blue. Blue vs Green. Eagles hoping to claw La Salle. Archers hoping to shoot down Ateneo. The country’s fiercest foes go at it once more and this time, they take center stage at a special showing at noontime. The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. SUNDAY, 4:00 p.m., UST vs FEU UST and FEU dispute a big win that would be a big boost for their respective playoff pushes. The Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws rekindle their rivalry in a game with big, big implications. The Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

UAAP 82: Rookie AP Manlapaz is silver lining in Adamson s sorry loss to UP

Last Sunday, Adamson University was two minutes and 22 seconds away from avenging its semifinals loss to the University of the Philippines a season ago. Much of that was thanks to rookie AP Manlapaz who came out of nowhere to score six points in overtime and seize an 82-75 advantage in favor of the Soaring Falcons. Of course, Bright Akhuetie had other plans and fronted the Fighting Maroons' rally that eventually ended as a comeback win. Afterward, Adamson could only lament at what could have been - especially the first-year forward who had just played the game of his life. "Nagkulang lang ng puso nung huli. Parang nag-break down yung mga veterans namin," he told reporters. He then continued, "Pero sabi nga ni coach, mahaba pa naman yung season kaya pwedeng-pwede pa kaming makabawi." Indeed, despite absorbing their second loss in four games, the Soaring Falcons are moving forward with the knowledge that they can call upon Manlapaz and the youngster will be there. "Kanina po, gusto ko lang bumawi sa mga last games kasi wala akong napapakita. Dahil dun, taalgang parang nagkusa po ako," he shared. He then continued, "Dahil po rito, sana nag-start na talagang ma-boost yung confidence ko sa mga darating na games namin." And moving forward, the 19-year-old energizer only vows to continue returning the trust of head coach Franz Pumaren. "Masaya po akong malaki yung tiwala nila sa akin kaya gustong-gusto ko talagang may maipapakita ako dapat sa kanila," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

BLIA championship a big boost for UP with UAAP 82 looming large

For the first time in a long time, the University of the Philippines has tasted a championship. The Fighting Maroons put on a strong showing in the 2019 Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA) Cup a week ago and ultimately put their hands around a well-earned trophy. Of course, the title - a rare feat for a team that had just gotten out of its so-called "dark days" - is much welcome. "We've got what it takes to win. We've got what it takes to win the championship," head coach Bo Perasol said in the contract renewal between State U and longtime backer Robinsons Group of Companies, Thursday in the Executive House inside the Diliman campus. More importantly, it's yet another proof that the maroon and green is right on track for continued contention. "Before playing in the championship, we had struggles and it's important that we had to go through that. Meaning, how is Kobe [Paras] going to play with his teammates, how will we play without Ricci [Rivero] and Juan [Gomez de Liano]," their always amiable mentor shared. He then continued, "But ang maganda nga, we were abe to get through that. Ang takeaways from that is that we can come back and win" With their main tournament just two months away, Coach Bo said that the BLIA Cup championship is yet another step in UP's climb to the mountaintop. "After this, meron pa kaming dalawang plano - upcoming trip to Serbia and then a tournament in Shanghai," he said, referring to their continuing buildup to UAAP 82. He then continued, "I'm just hoping that we will be complete because that has been our challenge this offseason." By then, the Fighting Maroons are nothing but hopeful that both Juan GDL and Rivero - slowed down by back spasms and an ankle sprain, respectively - will be back at full strength to firm up their fully loaded core. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

UP, UE share 2019 s king of recruiting crown

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. --- Last season, the University of the Philippines, at long last, broke through in the UAAP. Behind the leadership of Paul Desiderio and key contributions from Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, the Fighting Maroons made their first Final Four since 1997 and first Finals in 32 years. Now, even without the iconic Desiderio, State U is nothing but confident it could build on its breakthrough. The reason? Well, because two of the brightest young stars in Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero are now orbiting Diliman. Paras has all the physical tools to take any league by storm and now in maroon and green, he is out to continue the legacy of his father Benjie who delivered the school’s first and only championship. Meanwhile, the Euro-stepping Rivero already knows a thing or two about taking the UAAP by storm, having been chosen for the Mythical Team when he was still playing for De La Salle University in 2017. Add big man J-Boy Gob, another transferee, to that and, indeed, UP is only equipped to keep contending. On the strength of the transfers of Paras and Rivero alone, the Fighting Maroons would have been worthy of the title of 2019 King of Recruiting. Right up there with them, though, in terms of getting a big boost in the offseason is University of the East. Absent from the Final Four in the last decade, the Red Warriors will be heading into the upcoming season with a fully stocked arsenal. Now up front for them – alongside stalwart Philip Manalang, of course – will be 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, three-time champion and two-time MVP in the CESAFI Rey Suerte, and college-ready Harvey Pagsanjan, the no. 7 high school player in the 2019 NBTC 24. Diakhite is a hulking presence who will prove to be a tough matchup even for the likes of reigning MVP Akhuetie and last year’s Rookie of the year Ange Kouame. Suerte, a gifted scorer from anywhere on the court, fills right into the hole left behind by scoring dynamo Alvin Pasaol while Pagsanjan can continue making all the right plays he had been doing as the longtime beacon of hope for Hope Christian High School. Also flanking them are former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, Filipino-Kiwi swingman Richie Rodger, and Filipino-Australian point guard Jasper Rentoy. And with that, UP and UE will have joint custody of the crown of the 2019 King of Recruiting. They dethrone National University which claimed the crown a year ago behind a big-time recruiting class that included Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato. Just like last year, there remains no doubt that the new Fighting Maroons and Red Warriors will make their respective sides forces to reckon with come UAAP 82. Still, several squads also made it a point to be better in the offseason. In fact, the graduating players in the 2019 NBTC 24 have been spread out among eight different teams. From the 2019 NBTC 24, the annual ranking of the best high school players in the country, 14 are moving on up to the Seniors. Adamson University is the biggest winner in terms of recruits from that ranking, with three of the top 15 players now in San Marcelino. Ninth-ranked Aaron Fermin is a double-double machine in the NCAA Jrs. and is nothing but determined to realize his potential as a two-way force under multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren. In CESAFI standout Joshua Yerro and UAAP Jrs. Mythical selection Joem Sabandal, coach Franz also has young blood to bolster the backcourt that will no longer have Koko Pingoy. The Soaring Falcons also scored four other former Baby Falcons in big man Lorenz Capulong and wings Adam and Andrey Doria and AP Manlapaz. When it comes to reaping the rewards of its high school program, though, nobody could still touch Mapua University which again got two keep its Jrs. studs in Clint Escamis and Dan Arches, both of whom made it into the top two-thirds of the 2019 NBTC 24. Escamis and Arches are offensive guards who will give much-needed firepower to a promising core comprised of fellow Mapua HS products Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria. Also, the Cardinals are the favorites to land NCAA 94 Jrs. Finals MVP Paolo Hernandez, another Red Robin. Also bagging two prized prospects from the 2019 NBTC 24 is La Salle which is now the place where the talented tandem of Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David get to work. Cagulangan has long been a star in the making and the NCAA 94 Jrs. MVP is, without question, Taft Avenue’s point guard of the future. The even better news is that he will still have wingman David, a tried and tested glue guy, to grow with. Also set to debut for the Green Archers are Filipino-Americans Jordan Bartlett, a speedster guard; Tyrus Hill, a high-flying forward; and Kurt Lojera, a big-bodied swingman. In all, there are six graduates from the top 10 of the 2019 NBTC 24. All of them would be on different teams in the Srs. Two players from 2019 NBTC 24 are yet to commit to any school, but there is no doubt that Red Robin Hernandez and Greenie Inand Fornilos will be able additions to any collegiate team. For the second straight year, Aldin Ayo will be adding a top three recruit out of high school as incoming sophomore CJ Cansino will now join forces with another triple-doubling talent in Mark Nonoy, a rookie who plays way beyond his years. But wait, there’s more as UST also welcomes with open arms its newest foreign student-athlete in Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo whose speed and skill will make him a problem for the other foreign student-athletes more used to being powerhouses. Sprinkle in stretch four Sherwin Concepcion as well as versatile forwards Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso and there’s a reason why the Growling Tigers are now very much a darkhorse contender. L-Jay Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos remain FEU’s backcourt for tomorrow, but in the meantime, the former is poised for a breakout just as the latter is poised to wrap up his K-12 schooling. Yes, Abarrientos is not yet good to go come UAAP 82, but his steady hand is still the perfect pairing for the burst of energy that is Gonzales. Make no mistake, however, the Tamaraws have gotten help in the form of 6-foot-10 Cameroonian Patrick Tchuente as well as former Baby Tams Daniel Celzo and Jack Gloria. Letran is already the biggest it has ever been up front with NCAA 94 Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang alongside Jeo Ambohot, Christian Balagasay, and Christian Fajarito. Now, the Knights have also beefed up at the wings with Allen Mina and Mark Sangalang as well as former Red Warrior and Growling Tiger Jordan Sta. Ana. LPU will have to prove it could continue contending even without NCAA 93 MVP CJ Perez, but the good news is that now backtopping Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee are former San Sebastian College-Recoletos key cogs Alvin Baetiong, Jayson David, and Renzo Navarro. That’s still a pretty solid lineup in our books. Just like last year, the now two-time UAAP champions are mostly intact, only losing team captain Anton Asistio as well as reserve guard Aaron Black. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no new faces in Ateneo. Geo Chiu, Kai Sotto’s twin tower, decided to stay in Katipunan just as fellow ex-Blue Eaglets RV Berjay and Jason Credo are now seeing minutes in head coach Tab Baldwin’s rotation. And oh, there is a possibility that double-double machine Fornilos, who placed no. 13 in the 2019 NBTC 24, is bound to be a Blue Eaglet. Perps is nothing but determined to build on the triumphant return to the NCAA of head coach Frankie Lim and to do that, they will be leaning on former San Beda University pillar Ben Adamos as well as ex-Adamson HS workhorse Jefner Egan. Count out the Altas at your own risk. JRU is just on the first phase of a grand rebuild, but there is no doubt that things are looking up for Kalentong. In John Amores, they now have an end-to-end force who is all set to make an immediate impact as a rookie. These are the new names to watch for the teams: Baste CSB National U San Beda --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Book on up Maroons launched

After just one season, the much-awaited book that narrates the amazing rise of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons—from cellar dwellers of the collegiate league to finals contenders in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines—was launched December 9 at the UP Executive House in Diliman......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated News8 hr. 47 min. ago

UAAP basketball player Ricci Rivero dumaan sa matinding depresyon

MAPAPANOOD na sa  iWant ang sports documentary series titled Dayories featuring three UAAP superstars Ricci Rivero (UP Fighting Maroons), Ange Koame (Ateneo Blue Eagles) and Rhenz Abando (UST Growling Tigers). Mapapanood sa docu series ang tungkol sa pinagdaanang depression ni Ricci na ayon sa basketbolista ay nagsimula nung mapagbintangan siyang gumagamit ng illegal drugs habang kasali […] The post UAAP basketball player Ricci Rivero dumaan sa matinding depresyon appeared first on Pinoy Parazzi......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinoyparazziRelated News15 hr. 13 min. ago

Over 7,000 runners joined in celebrating the 10th Stripes Run

Manila, Philippines — On December 1, 2019, McDonald’s Philippines for the 10th time brought together families and friends to run for reading at Stripes Run 2019. Held at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Stripes Run raised funds for the Ronald McDonald Read to Learn program. Since the first-ever Stripes Run in 2010, McDonald’s has gotten a total of over 42,000 runners to join the annual fun run. Aside from the actual run, each year at Stripes Run brings fun and excitement through the various games and activity booths around the venue. The runners were excited to end the event with a star-studded awarding session where familiar faces from the McDonald’s family— namely Alden Richards, Marian and Zia Dantes, Ogie Alcasid, and Michael V— and University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano were present. Celebrity family Maricel, Anthony, Donny, and Solana Pangilinan also surprised the runners with a live reading session for kids and adults alike. The live reading session used reading kits from the Read to Learn program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), which helps improve the literacy skills of public school students while they are at the early stages of learning. With the help of McDonald’s initiatives like Stripes Run and Happy Meal, the Read to Learn program has reached over 12 million students, training over 28,000 educators, donated over 367,000 books, and enrolled over 10,000 partner schools. “Stripes Run, for us, is a chance to bring together family and friends for a morning of fun, while at the same time helping improve children’s literacy through the Read to Learn program. We’re celebrating 10 years of Stripes Run and we thank our customers because we couldn’t have gotten this far without their continuous support,” said McDonald’s Philippines Marketing Director Christina Lao. Stay tuned for more fun and fulfilling activities you can enjoy with friends and family by following McDonald's Philippines on Facebook. Don’t forget to tag @McDo_PH and #McDoStripesRun when you post about your Stripes Run 2019 experience!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2019

POGO boost office space demand

While China accounts for the bulk of the demand, there is also rising demand from online gaming operators from South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the US. #POGO #officespace #property The post POGO boost office space demand appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Paras, Magsanoc come home to UP as coach Bo s newest assistants

Bo Perasol will remain head coach of the University of the Philippines - only this time, he has brought brand new backup. Just as coach Bo's contract has been renewed starting UAAP Season 83, the Fighting Maroons are also welcoming with open arms Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Joey Guanio, and Xavi Nunag into their coaching staff. "The track records of these coaches speak for themselves," Perasol said. "We believe that with them on board, they will be tremendous assets to our program." It's actually a homecoming for the four as Paras, Magsanoc, and Guanio were all teammates in the last State U squad to have won the championship back in 1986. Since then, Paras became the first-ever player to simultaneously win MVP and Rookie of the Year in the PBA. He and Magsanoc also have eight combined titles between them. After his playing career, Magsanoc seamlessly transitioned into coaching and is now one of the top lieutenants of Norman Black with the Meralco Bots. In 2013, he also guided San Beda University to a championship. Paras, meanwhile, has also tried his hand as an assistant for the Red Lions and Hapee Toothpaste in the PBA D-League. For his part, Guanio is no slouch as a coach himself as he was part of the staff that ended National University's six-decade title drought back in 2014. Nunag is the youngest of the new faces, but the Diliman alumnus nonetheless has much experience as an assistant coach. Alongside the four, Ricky Dandan will still stand as coach Bo's first lieutenant. Under the always amiable mentor, UP went from 13-113 in 2008-2015 to 28-29 in 2016-2019. In those four years, the maroon and green improved its win total year-on-year and registered one Finals appearance and two playoff berths. It was also under Perasol's stewardship that the Fighting Maroons made big splashes by getting big fish in the form of Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, Jun Manzo, Bright Akhuetie, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Joke as playing captain turns into reality for Tiger

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods meant it as a joke. And it was accompanied by laughter. Woods was introduced as U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in Australia on March 13, 2018, and the first question was whether he considered being a playing captain. "Yes, I have," Woods said. The laughter that followed that day at Bay Hill could have been interpreted two ways. His answer was quick and short, no elaboration necessary, because a guy who dominated golf like no one else had never considered himself anything but a player. Or maybe it was simply laughable to think of Woods playing in team matches again. At the time, it had been four years and five months since he played on his last team, the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village. He had gone through four back surgeries since then, limiting him to only six tournaments in the previous two years. And only five months earlier, when he was a vice captain at the Presidents Cup, he said he could envision a scenario where he never competed again. "It was a joke," Woods said Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge, smiling at the memory. "But it turned into reality. Here we are." That now seems so long ago. The notion that he would be at Royal Melbourne without his clubs is absurd. Starting with the Tour Championship last year, when Woods had gone five years without winning, he won at East Lake to complete one phase of his comeback. Then, he won the Masters in April, the missing piece, because he had gone 11 years since his last major and 14 years since his last green jacket. And then he had another surgery on his left knee — his fifth, making the knee 1 up over the lower back — and returned two months later by winning the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd victory on the PGA Tour, tying Sam Snead for the career record. "To come back from what I've come back from and have won three events, it's been pretty good," Woods said. He is not entirely back to normal because Woods turns 44 at the end of the month, and his body — no matter how often it's been repaired — doesn't respond the way it did when he was in his early 30s. What doesn't get enough attention was the knee surgery the week of the Tour Championship to clean up minor cartilage damage. The surgery was supposed to be after his Hero World Challenge last year, but he wanted to start the season at Torrey Pines and surgery wouldn't have allowed it. So he put it off, and then it caught up with him later in the year when he couldn't practice as much and rarely squatted down to read putts. Was it worth it? Of course. "I did get a Masters out of it," Woods said. The surgery ultimately gave him a busier schedule than he would have imagined, and it gave golf a boost at a time of the year that it's easily forgotten. What follows is two weeks of Tiger in dual roles. He is the tournament host of the Hero World Challenge that features 18 of the top 50 players in the world at Albany Golf Club. Woods has won his tournament five times, all of them at Sherwood Country Club in California when he was at full strength. He has never played well in the Bahamas, but he has never been at full strength. Next week, he heads to Royal Melbourne as the captain of a team that has little to gain and much to lose. The Americans have not lost the Presidents Cup since 1998, such dominance that winning is a given. The last thing Woods wants is to be in charge of a team that allows the International team to end years of futility, particularly a team that has only two players who have won tournaments this year — Joaquin Niemann and C.T. Pan, both Presidents Cup newcomers. He is the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in 1994 for the inaugural matches that really did feel like an exhibition. "It's a pretty neat responsibility," Woods said. "And the role's not easy. There's a lot of moving parts, whether it's talking to the guys, talking to my vice captains, organizing what we need to have done down there, not only to be ready but also, I need to keep sharp. I need to keep practicing. Because at minimum, I'll be responsible for two points." Players are required to play at least once before Sunday singles. "I'm host here and a player," he said of the Bahamas. "And next week, I'm captain and a player. So it's a lot of hats going on." But at least he's playing. That's what he suggested the day he was appointed Presidents Cup captain, even if he says he meant it jokingly. Deep down, he probably didn't......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Saso, Superal still fighting it out in Japan Tour Q-School

Yuka Saso and Princess Superal posted identical joint eighth finishes in separate sites to make the cut for the last phase of the gruelling LPGA of Japan Tour Q-School leading to precious cards in the lucrative circuit next year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

SEA Games: Pinoy spikers motivated, hungry to elevate PHI men s volleyball

Dante Alinsunurin knows very well what it feels like to give everything only to come up short. Fourteen years ago in Bacolod, Alinsunurin was there when the Philippines finished last in five countries that participated in in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. Now back in the national team but in a different role, the men’s volleyball squad head coach seeks to steer Filipinos to glory and end a 28-year medal drought.       “As a player talaga gustong-gusto ko [mag-podium], kaya lang hanggang doon lang talaga ang nangyari,” said Alinsunurin, who played as utility in the 2005 team alongside Dong Dela Cruz and women’s national team coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Naisip ko na kapag ako ang naging coach paghahandaan ko kung anuman ang mangyari para pagdating ng SEA Games ready na talaga ang mga bata,” he said. The Nationals, who trained in Japan as part of their buildup, begin their campaign on Dec. 2 against Cambodia at the PhilSports Arena. “Sobrang excited ako kasi noong time na naglaro ako na hindi namin nakuha [ang podium finish], sana ngayong taon na napaghandaan natin maka-podium finish na rin,” said Alinsunurin.   Something to prove   For years, men’s volleyball in the country has paled in comparison to the popularity of women’s play. The Nationals see the SEA Games as a chance to boost interest in their division.    “Nagma-minset na lang kami. Paulit-ulit ko na sinasabi sa mga bata na ‘bago tayo magsimula rito ang gusto natin ay makita na ang men’s [volleyball] umangat,’” said Alinsunurin. Aside from a podium finish, the team wants to prove that men’s volleyball in the country has elevated its level of play and is as exciting as that of the women’s.    “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na ito ang pagkakataon natin na mapatunayan naman din dito sa atin sa Pilipinas na kasama rin ang men’s team pagdating sa volleyball. Lagi na lang kasing napag-iiwanan,’” Alinsunurin pointed out. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na, ‘Ito na ang chance natin, ‘wag na natin bitawan pa.’” Bannered by top hitters in skipper John Vic De Guzman, Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas and Ranran Abdilla, hopes are high for the Nationals to claim podium finish in the biennial. Alinsunurin is confident that they can do so. “Ngayon kasi feeling ko ang team namin ay kumpleto, nandyan lahat, at may mga players na may international experience,” he said. “May international exposure, experience na makalaban ang mga club sa Japan. Ito na ang chance talaga ng men’s team na umangat.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

Javi GDL mulls joining Nueva Ecija for MPBL’s next season

Javi Gomez de Liano is ready and raring to take the next step in his young career. Following his fourth and, thus far, strongest season for the University of the Philippines, the 6-foot-5 swingman is poised to take his talents to the MPBL where he is leaning towards seeing action for Nueva Ecija. “I’m hoping to join Nueva Ecija,” he said while also adding that the formal agreement between the two sides, hopefully, will come before this year ends. In the recently concluded UAAP Season 82, he put up per game counts of 10.5 points, including a 35 percent shooting clip from deep, to go along with 3.0 rebounds. GDL will be a much-welcome addition for the Charles Tiu-mentored Rice Vanguards who want nothing more than to improve on their 5-16 standing at present in the ongoing Lakan Cup. This will be the 20-year-old’s first appearance in the regional league as well as his second stint away from the Fighting Maroons. He had already opened eyes outside Diliman in the 2018 PBA D-League with Marinerong Pilipino. Now, Javi GDL is hoping his shooting and defensive energy will translate to the semi-pro ranks. As for his fifth and final year for State U, the second of the GDL brothers shared he is still weighing his options. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

Cheering ‘UP Fight!’ amidst the odds

The UAAP  games galvanized an  extraordinary sense of solidarity for the denizens of the University of the Philippines, often described as the microcosm of a highly diverse nation. An academic community  all too easily fractured by politics and personal interest, the cheer “UP FIGHT!” reverberated  during the UAAP Season 82 as the  UP Fighting Maroons Men’s basketball […] The post Cheering ‘UP Fight!’ amidst the odds appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

Mantilla on UP stint: An experience of a lifetime

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Although his one-and-done stint with the University of the Philippines (UP) has come to an end, Cebuano cager Jaybie Bacus Mantilla said he will keep with him the memories he had with the Fighting Maroons forever. Mantilla is back in Cebu after the Fighting Maroons’ bid for a title in the UAAP ended […] The post Mantilla on UP stint: An experience of a lifetime appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

SoftBank s Yahoo Japan to merge with Line app operator

TOKYO, Japan – Japan's Z Holdings, formerly Yahoo Japan, will merge with mobile chat app operator Line, the firms said Monday, November 18, in a bid to boost the customer base for their digital services. Mobile operator SoftBank Corp, the parent of Z Holdings (ZHD), and South Korea's Naver, Line's parent ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

Winning and misery: 7 takeaways from the UST-UP battle

    MANILA, Philippines – That was a classic worthy of the UAAP’s history books.  The UST Growling Tigers and UP Fighting Maroons drew a crowd of more than 18,000 people on Wednesday evening, November 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena, and the performance of both teams on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2019

Kobe sinugod ng mga beki sa UST-UP match sa MOA: Kanin na lang may yummy ulam na!

Nanood ng laban ng UP Fighting Maroons at UST Growling Tigers sa MOA ang mga kaibigan naming becki. Do or die ang laban, ang mananalo sa bakbakan ang makakaharap ng Ateneo Blue Eagles sa championship, punumpuno ng mga nakadilaw at naka-maroon ang MOA. Aminado naman ang mga kausap naming becki na wala silang masyadong alam […] The post Kobe sinugod ng mga beki sa UST-UP match sa MOA: Kanin na lang may yummy ulam na! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2019

Tigers target bigger upset: This is not our main goal

      MANILA, Philippines – Leave it to Aldin Ayo to know how to act in the midst of the most pressure-packed situations.  Shortly after his UST Growling Tigers slayed the giant that is the UP Fighting Maroons in two straight games to reach the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2019