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Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepApr 13th, 2017

Watch Baby Zia greet everyone in this event

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Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsApr 13th, 2017

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

IN PHOTOS: Isabelle Daza, Adrien Semblat s sportsfest-themed baby shower

MANILA, Philippines – As they wait for their baby, Isabelle Daza and Adrien Semblat decided to throw a different type of baby shower – a sportsfest on Saturday, March 17. The event, which was held at the Manila Polo Club, saw their friends from the showbiz, sports, and business sectors divided ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Streetstyle: A ’90s kind of night

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail The junior high school students of San Beda Alabang recently took a break from schoolwork to attend the annual high school dance, an event that gave them a chance to dress up and watch the hottest bands perform live. This year's theme, "Tubular," is an homage to the '90s, an appropriate choice given that the fashion trends of that decade are making a comeback. Sporting printed tops and high-waist jeans, the students sang and danced the night away to music by Ben & Ben, Oh Flamingo!, Lola Amour and Al James. Here are some of our favorite #OOTDs and other highlights of the night. &...Keep on reading: Streetstyle: A ’90s kind of night.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Get to know the 7 Filipino artists in the 2018 Wanderland lineup

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail The 2018 Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, to be held March 10 at the Filinvest City event grounds in Alabang, will feature 13 acts---six international and seven local artists. The foreign artists include Kodaline, Jhene Aiko, FKJ, Daniel Caesar, Lauv and Bag Riders. Get to know the Filipino artists: Jess Connelly Born in Australia, Connelly, now based in Manila, began releasing her music on SoundCloud in 2015. The following year, she dropped her debut album, "How I Love," which put her on Spotify's Artists to Watch in 2017. Her soulful voice and R&B sound stood out in songs lik...Keep on reading: Get to know the 7 Filipino artists in the 2018 Wanderland lineup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

LOOK: Gretchen Ho enjoys All-Star Weekend with NBA personalities

Woman in Action Gretchen Ho had the the privilege of covering the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and what a sight it must have been. The former Lady Eagle had a chance to interact with numerous NBA players and legends in the three-day affair. Ho got a chance to interview Utah Jazz rookie and 2018 Slam Dunk Champion Donovan Mitchell, as they talked about the latter's chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award. Hello there, Slam Dunk Champion :) Donovan Mitchell comes from New York, but he says his idols are Lebron James & Russell Westbrook. Watch out for this exclusive interview with @spidadmitchel as he talks about possibly winning Rookie of the Year on ABS-CBN!!! @abscbnsports — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 18, 2018 The ABS-CBN host of course reported the festivities back to the Philippines, as she did so in front of the Staples Center. Reporting LIVE from Los Angeles, California. Can’t believe I just did my first LIVE report for @ANCALERTS & @ukgdos !!! #nbaallstar game in a few!!! #nbaallstargretchen @NBA_Philippines #NBAsaABSCBN #NBAsabaDOS — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 The Umagang Kay Ganda host also had an opportunity to talk to two-time champion Chris Bosh, who has not played in the league since 2016 due to a life-threatening condition.  The former Raptor and Heat player however is positive about his setbacks, and aims for an NBA return some day. Chris Bosh in the house!!! What a humble guy!! Been sidelined for almost 2 yrs bec of blood clots, but he says he’s still hoping to come back to the hard court. He’s asking for our prayers & help in keeping him positive! Watch out for this exclusive on ABS-CBN 😊 #nbaallstar — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Ho also saw some notable fans in the vicinity of the Staples Center, an example being Korean model and actor Nam Joo-Hyuk, who is a big Stephen Curry fan. Guess who’s a @StephenCurry30 fan too??? :p #nbaallstar #nbaallstargretchen #nbasabados #nbasaabscbn #TeamStephen — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Of course, the fun of whole All-Star Weekend would not be complete if one did not watch the main event, the NBA All-Star Game. The 67th edition of the annual event had a different format this year, with the players not representing their respective conferences, but the top vote-getters in the East and West, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry, respectively.  Videos aren’t uploading. But check out my IG stories LIVE to see what’s happening here at the #NBAAllStar Game! My eyes can’t believe I’m seeing the best of the best @NBA players LIVE and up close!!! 😳 — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018  The reporter surely was not disappointed as she saw members of Curry's family, sharpshooter Dell, wife Ayesha, and even the two-time MVP's daughter, Riley.  Riley Curry in the house!!! Supporting daddy 😍😍😍 #TeamStephen #NBAAllStar #nbaallstargretchen #NBAsaABSCBN #nbasabaDOS — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Dell Curry!!!!!! 😭 #nbaallstar #nbaallstargretchen #nbaallstar2018 #nbasabaDOS #nbasaABSCBN — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Mission accomplished. Thank you @ayeshacurry ❤️❤️❤️ #TeamStephen #NBAAllStar — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Luckily, the former Charlotte Hornet was gracious enough to give a short message to his adoring fans back here in the Philippines. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ko siya cinongratulate, eh talo #TeamStephen. Congratulations for raising a wonderful kid!!! 😂 #DellCurry @abscbnsports @NBA_Philippines @NBAPremium @BTVHoops — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Ho's biggest part of the night though was not the game, nor meeting other NBA personalities. The reporter, who all we knows enjoys an extensive social media following, was left starstruck in seeing the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, on hand at the Staples Center floor to accept his city's hosting of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.  The former Ateneo star was all giddy like a little girl, beaming at the sight of His Airness. Guys. Pagbigyan niyo na ako. Kahit anong pangit ko dito ipopost ko talaga ito 😭😭😭 MICHAEL JORDAN in the HOUSE!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭 #childhoodhero I love you, @nba Philippines!!! #NBAAllStar #NBAAllStarGretchen #NBAsabaDOS #NBAsaABSCBN — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 The Woman in Action's weekend must be capped off with a great photograph outside the Staples Center, successfully covering the event. You’ve been great, LA. You’ve been amazing, Lord. #beyondgrateful 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻#NBAAllStar #NBAAllStarGretchen — Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) February 19, 2018 Congratulations, Gretchen!  Catch Gretchen Ho's exclusive reports from the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend soon on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN S+A......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

WATCH: Fatboy Slim reissuing ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’ for 20th anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Fatboy Slim's "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" and the English DJ has revealed a special album reissue to celebrate the occasion. The DJ's second album was released in October 1998 and contains a number of hit singles, including "The Rockafeller Skank", "Praise You" and "Right Here, Right Now". Following up the debut album "Better Living Through Chemistry", this sophomore LP raised Fatboy Slim's profile internationally and earned him a Brit Award. In a video posted to his website, Norman Cook a.k.a. Fatboy Slim reveals his plans for a 20th-anniversary reissue. The clip shows someone making pizzas; a delivery person then picks one up and del...Keep on reading: WATCH: Fatboy Slim reissuing ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’ for 20th anniversary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

WATCH: First trailer released for ‘The Incredibles 2’

The superhero family's second big-screen adventure, in theaters this summer, now has a trailer. The roles are reversed in this second installment, as Elastigirl heads off on a mission leaving her husband home alone with the kids, including the unpredictable Jack-Jack. After an initial teaser in November, which didn't reveal much, Pixar has now released a more comprehensive trailer for "The Incredibles 2". While Helen is called away on a new mission, Mr. Incredible is left to look after their three kids. Parenting challenges include helping Dash with math homework and taking care of baby Jack-Jack, whose powers are starting to develop. Directed by Brad Bird, who also helmed the ...Keep on reading: WATCH: First trailer released for ‘The Incredibles 2’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

First Haruki Murakami festival in Manila is happening

MANILA, Philippines – Haruki Murakami fans, rejoice! The Japanese Foundation announced they would be holding the very first "Haruki Murakami Festival - Experience His Works through Music, Films, and Talks" event this month. The event is divided into 3 parts –Talk about Murakami, Watch Murakami, and Listen to Murakami. It will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

ABS-CBN Sports launches LIGA channel

ABS-CBN Sports recently launched its new cable sports channel LIGA that will be the home of the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia this year. LIGA is a 24-hour channel dedicated to provide sports fans in the country with premium content in sports like football, basketball, and volleyball. Starting January 2018, viewers have been able to watch LIGA on standard definition on SKY cable channel 86, in high definition on SKY cable channel 183, and on Sky Direct channel 14. Currently, the channel airs the FIFA World Cup European qualifiers, allowing local football fans to follow their favorite teams’ journey to the main tournament of the quadrennial international football tournament, which will be held from June 14 to July 15 in Russia. While anticipation is high for the quadriennial international football tournament, LIGA channel head Jojo Neri-Estacio said sports fans have more reasons to tune into the sports channel with its other offerings. LIGA carries the games of the current season of the ASEAN Basketball League that features basketball clubs from different countries in Asia including the Philippines’ Alab Pilipinas. It will also have live broadcast of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Volleyball tournament starting on February 3, while it will also air other ABS-CBN S+A fare like the UAAP Season 80 Women’s volleyball tournament, UAAP Season 80 football tournaments, and the Premier Volleyball League. College basketball fans will also be happy to know that LIGA will bring back classic UAAP Games, from as early as Season 70, where viewers can see the beginnings and early triumphs of the country’s hardcourt heroes in the professional leagues. LIGA is available on SKY Cable and Sky Direct and will soon be available in provincial cable affiliates nationwide. Watch premium sports content on standard definition on Sky cable channel 86, in high definition on Sky cable channel 183, and is on channel 14 on Sky Direct......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

BEAUTY ALERT: Patrick Starrr Is Coming to the Philippines

Hold your poodle, ladies because one of the most glam YouTube makeup stars will be coming to Manila and that's no other than Patrick Starrr. Following the successful launch of his collaboration with MAC Cosmetics (keep them coming, please) and fresh from the Grammys red carpet coverage, he posted on his social media accounts that he will be coming over for a beauty event to share more about his passion and skill, and you know, to also get a few snatched moments with him. With his "makeup is a one-size-fits-all" branding, we're pretty sure men and women of all ages will come flocking to get a few tips and watch him do different beauty looks live. I definitely would want him to s...Keep on reading: BEAUTY ALERT: Patrick Starrr Is Coming to the Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

WATCH: Kendrick Lamar opens Grammys 2018 with epic performance

MANILA, Philippines – Kendrick Lamar went home from the 2018 Grammy Awards with 5 awards , but even before that, the rapper already made his presence felt with his politically charged performance of "XXX," opening the event on a powerful note. {source}Kendrick Lamar's full performance at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

WATCH: Baby Zia sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Kuya Kim

MANILA, Philippines – At just two years old, Zia Dantes – the daughter of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes – already knows how to banish the blues. She started by being impossibly adorable as she travelled with her parents all over the world , and now she’s at it again with a new video of her singing “Happy Birthday” ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Watch out for ‘super blood blue moon’

MANILA, Philippines — A cosmic event not seen in 36 years – a rare “super blood blue moon” – may be glimpsed on Jan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Double boxing event on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View this Sunday

Boxing fans are sure to be glued to their seats this Sunday, January 28 as SKY brings a boxing event featuring two world title bouts starting at approximately 10:30 AM.  Former interim WCB super lightweight champion Lucas Matthyse (38-4, 35 KO) and undefeated welterweight fighter Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KO) will vie for the vacant WBA welterweight title this Sunday. Matthyse is an experienced fighter at 35 years old, with wins over former world champions like Humberto Soto, Lamont Peterson and Ruslan Provodnikov. However, this will only be the second time he will fight at 147 lbs as the Argentine slugger moved up a division last year. This match is Kiram’s US debut, having fought mostly in his native of Thailand. The 25 year old is not only the unknown fighter in this card but also the underdog as he will face a powerful slugger. It is unsure whether he can fight at this level against a former champion. Meanwhile, WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KO) will defend his title against Mercito Gesta at the same fighting event. Linares, who hails from Venezuela, is a three-division world champion who successfully defended his title from Luke Campbell last September 2017. He is very focused on this fight as he expects fights with bigger athletes, like Vasyl Lomachenko, to come after. On the other hand, Gesta has been training with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, the same coach to People’s Champ, Sen. Manny Pacquiao. The Cebu native has been thought of as the next Filipino boxingchamp and has won five of his last six matches, with two KO wins. Watch these exciting matches on Sunday, January 28, through SKY Sports Pay-Per-View for only P149. This is available to all One SKY, SKYcable, SKYdirect, subscribers. This is also available to SKYbroadband subscribers through SKY on Demand. Subscribers in Metro Manila, CAMANAVA, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan can watch it on channels 160 (SD) and 260 (HD). Meanwhile, subscribers in Baguio, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, and Dumaguete can watch on channels 60 (SD) and 960 (HD). Call 418-0000 or the local SKY office of the area to learn more, or visit SKYcable subscribers may text BOXINGPPV to 23662. Postpaid SKYdirect subscribers can text SKY to 23668, while prepaid subscribers can text PPVBOXING to 23667. Subscribers who are also Kapamilya Thank You members may earn Kapamilya Thank You points when they avail of these PPV offerings. Kapamilya Thank You points may be used to get bill rebates, pay for pay-per-view offers, buy tickets to Kapamilya events, and more.  In addition, SKY has also made it easier for subscribers to pay their bills online.  More information available via»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

WATCH: Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes wow fans with 360-degree video Celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes recently attended the 18th birthday of Gilly Rustia. During the event, a 360-degree shot of the couple was taken and shared on Instagram. It showed them at first standing back to back and then facing each other for a romantic kiss. The DonYan couple have been married for several years now and yet they continue to make fans gush at their sweet antics. Here are the two posing for a photo with Rivera proudly showing off her backless black gown. /ra RELATED STORIES: ...Keep on reading: WATCH: Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes wow fans with 360-degree video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Cheat Sheet: Here Are The Basics In Pulling Off A White Themed Baby Shower Like Sarah Lahbati’s

We chatted up with the event's organizers for some expert advice!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

‘HOLY’ BUT DEADLY | Group bares baby Jesus figures being sold in Manila contain toxic lead

A non-profit waste and pollution watch group bared that lead is still being used in some Santo Niño statuette being sold in the metropolis despite a ban on the toxic chemical as ingredient of decorative paints......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

This Week’s Festivals: Jan. 21-27, 2018

  Jan. 21   Sinulog Festival Grand Parade   It is the culminating event of the 10-day festival in Cebu City, Cebu province, that pays homage to Sto. Nio. The word "sinulog" means "like the flowing water" in Cebuano, which describes the movement of Sinulog dance. At least a million people visit Cebu to watch the event, where over a hundred contingents of dancers and puppeteers parade around the major streets of the city.   Jan. 21 to 26   Dinagsa Festival   A festival in honor of Sto. Nio in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental province. A fluvial parade carrying the image of Sto. Nio is held. "Dinagsa" suggests the surge of bles...Keep on reading: This Week’s Festivals: Jan. 21-27, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Up close with The Art of Eight Limbs : My first experience of watching Muay Thai live

I’ve been a combat sports fan for nearly a decade now. I began watching MMA back in 2009, around the time that stars like Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn were at their peak, and immediately got hooked, and it’s actually that fandom that got me to where I am now today…a sportswriter. It’s also that appreciation for the sport that got me to try and get into combat sports, and I’ve been practicing on a regular basis since then. The first time I ever set foot inside a boxing gym and put on a pair of 16-ounce gloves was for my first ever Muay Thai class. I saw these fighters on TV throwing these beautiful kicks, knocking the bejeezus out of their opponents. I wanted to be able to do that too, I decided to try it out. That first session was really fun, but real tiring…and painful. I was sore for days after that, but I enjoyed it and decided to make it a regular part of my life. It wasn’t necessarily to be a pro-level practicioner, rather a way to keep fit and stay healthy. My first session was around eight years ago, and I’ve been going as regularly as I can ever since. Of course, my appreciation for the widely popular martial art grew, I started doing some research and watched some Muay Thai fights online, and eventually being able to try and train Muay Thai in Thailand and getting to watch a legit fight became parts of my ‘Bucket List’ so to say. Fortunately, I got to tick one of those things off my list late last year.   The Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Home of some of the world's best Muay Thai fighters. — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 When I was sent to Bangkok (to cover ONE Championship MMA, fittingly enough), I was able to catch a big Muay Thai card at the most popular Muay Thai arena in Thailand, the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. A quick look at the Lumpinee Stadium schedule on their website shows that there’s usually a fight card thrice a week, every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, which gives you an idea of how popular it is to patrons, and how many competitors there are. It’s a 5,000 seater arena, no bigger than the San Juan Arena, but boy, the place was buzzing on that Friday night.   A look inside the Lumpinee Stadium. It's fight night Friday here in BKK. — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 Unlike here in the Philippines, where boxing or MMA shows don’t get filled up until about midway through the card, the Lumpinee Stadium had a decent number of people after the first fight of the night, and amazingly, the fans were already into it, a testament of just how big Muay Thai is in the country. It is, after all, their national sport.   But before I go on any further, here’s a quick backgrounder on what Muay Thai is. A striking-based form of self-defense and combat sport that rose to prominence in Thailand during the 1900s, Muay Thai makes use of one’s hands and elbows, knees, and feet to inflict damage. It’s commonly known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” because practicioners can punch, kick, knee, and elbow their opponents. Names like Samart Payakaroon, Buakaw Banchamek, and Saenchai have made names for themselves in Muay Thai. In MMA, former champions such as Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke are known for their high-level Muay Thai.   So, going back… The card I went to that night was apparently a big one, with three championships up for grabs. The ticket cost me 1000 Baht, which is around 1500 PHP. A small price to pay, I believe, to get to see some honest-to-goodness Muay Thai action in the country’s most popular stadium. (I did, however, get into an argument with the ticket lady because I tried haggling for a lower price, to the point that she let out an exasperated 'OH MY GOD!' in the thickest Thai accent I've ever heard.) There was no reserved seating, at least for the ticket I paid for, so I had to find a spot that gave me a good view. Being that the stadium itself was small, my spot wasn’t too far away from the ring. Think lower box seats. It was close enough for me to see the action.   Also known as 'The Art of Eight Limbs" Muay Thai utilizes punching and kicking techniques, as well as knee strikes, elbow strikes and clinching. — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 When I said that Thai fans were immediately in to the action, I meant it. When I got in, it was towards the end of the first fight of the night, but it felt like it was already the main event, as the fans were as rowdy as they could get.   While the 5000-seater stadium isn't particularly packed, the active crowd makes it feel as though it is. — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 With every kick and with every punch, the people would go “EYYYYYY!!!” whether or not it connected or it missed, and with every knee, they’d yell out “KNEEEEEE!!!” Every fight had that ‘big fight feel.” The fights lasted for up to five three-minute rounds, and while much shorter than boxing bouts, there was definitely no shortage of action. Again, with the small stadium, you could hear every time that flesh hit flesh, which was both entertaining and at the same time unnerving.   All the fights have this "big fight feel" because the crowd roars with every hit. — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 One thing that you’ll notice in Muay Thai fights is that the competitors do a little dance before the fight commences.   Before each fight, the fighters perform a ceremonial dance known as the Wai Khru. This is to give honor and pay respects to their teachers. — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 This ritual is called the “Wai Khru” and it’s done to pay their teachers respect and show their gratitude. Interesting note: the Wai Khru isn’t just limited to Muay Thai. Students in schools in Thailand participate in this ritual as well. I asked my trainer about this years ago, and he said that usually, the actions and gestures in the Wai Khru are thought of on the spot. The thing that struck me the most about this experience was that bets were being placed inside the arena as the fights were going on. After every round, a few people in the crowd, would yell out and call for bets, much like the ‘Cristo’ that you see in cockfighting arenas. I really hate the comparison, but it looked a lot like human cockfighting. Be that as it may, when you look past the gambling aspect of it, (which in reality, is prevalent anywhere anyway, just not as blatant), you’ll see that the martial art is very much a part of Thai culture. If you can fill up a 5,000 seater arena three times a week, I’d say that you’re doing something right. The experience was really something worth going through, especially if you enjoy combat sports in it’s purest form. I’ve gotten to watch boxing and mixed martial arts in bigger, sold out stadiums, but getting to watch Muay Thai in a tiny arena such as the Lumpinee Stadium was very different experience. The action and the atmosphere was unlike any I’ve ever seen before, and it’s something that I highly recommend to anyone who gets to visit Bangkok, whether or not you’re a fight fan. If you are a fight fan, it’s definitely something to experience. I’m really happy that I did. Now to check that other thing on the bucket list off........»»

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