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What to expect at the new Greenhills mall

GREENHILLS Shopping Center in San Juan City is undergoing a multi-billion redevelopment as it keeps up with the latest global retail trends. Ortigas & Co. is pouring in P6.3 billion for the new integrated mall, which is expected to open in 2021. Ortigas Malls General Manager Renee C. Bacani said in a media briefing last […] The post What to expect at the new Greenhills mall appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 16th, 2018

New Greenhills mall coming in 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Property developer Ortigas & Company  unveiled its P6.3-billion plan for a new mall in its Greenhills estate in San Juan City, which broke ground on Wednesday, April 11. "This retail project is a showcase of what the public can expect from the new Greenhills. We are taking the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Refreshed Honorio Banario excited to prove he s a top lightweight contender

When Team Lakay lightweight contender Honorio 'The Rock' Banario steps into the cage at ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor at the Mall of Asia Arena Friday, April 20th it'll be his first time to do so in roughly a year...364 days to be exact.  Banario last outing, a second-round knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim, was back in April 21, 2017, also at the MoA Arena.  As it turns out, Banario's lengthy absence was due to an injury, and it needed half a year to recover.  "May injury ako last year, at least hindi naman gaano ka-lala, pero kailangan ko i-rest kasi yung parts ng katawan ko na na-injure is yung usually na lagi kong ginagamit, so kailangan yung total rest, so I rested it for six months, and I just started training last December until now, then strengthening four months prior to the fight." Banario said during the pre-fight press conference for ONE: Heroes of Honor.  Aside from getting his injuries healed up, Banario adds that the time off has also helped take care of his other aches and pains.  "Parang yung mga wear and tear ng muscle ko, na-repair din, so at least parang maganda yung katawan ulit," "Parang na-refresh, so expect na malakas ulit ako sa laban and in the future fights." Banario added.  On Friday, Banario finally makes his long awaited return to the cage against hard-hitting Australian Adrian Pang, and the 28-year old Baguio native couldn't be more eager to get back in the cage.  "I’m very very excited to come back and fight, especially here in our country, and to challenge myself to  a great opponent like Adrian Pang." For Banario, taking on a tough test like Pang will help solidify his position as a top guy in ONE Championship's lightweight division.  As it stands, Banario is already riding a four-fight winning streak, and a win over a guy like Pang will no doubt add to his stock.  "I’m very happy na they gave him as my opponent, kasi it’s a challenge for me to train hard and answer the question in my mind, if I am a top contender as a lightweight," "I need to fight this great athlete and surpass him and win the fight so that I can call myself a top, world class lightweight athlete." Banario added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Ortigas allots P6.3 billion to build new Greenhills shopping mall

By Krista A.M. Montealegre, National Correspondent PROPERTY DEVELOPER Ortigas & Co. is shelling out P6.3 billion to develop a new regional mall that will transform the Greenhills estate in San Juan City into the “ultimate shopping destination” in Metro Manila. In a briefing on Wednesday, Ortigas President Jaime E. Ysmael assured that Greenhills will continue […] The post Ortigas allots P6.3 billion to build new Greenhills shopping mall appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

KAI-vals Series: Arellano s all grown up Aaron Fermin

It has become some sort of a cliché now that Kai Sotto is not yet done growing. Indeed, Ateneo de Manila High School’s 7-foot-1, 15-year-old still has three more years to tower over the competition in high school. That doesn’t mean, however, that the rest of the competition will just take that lying down. Here, we take a look at the players who are more than capable of challenging Sotto’s dominance – now and even onto the future. --- Coach Marvin Bienvenida bypassed Kai Sotto as the top overall pick in the first-ever NBTC All-Star Game Draft. Instead, the NCAA Juniors champion coach went with his prized ward in La Salle Greenhills in Joel Cagulangan. After all, in his eyes, Cagulangan’s heart is as big as Sotto’s physique. More than that, Bienvenida also already had it all plotted out how to match up with Sotto. The first step of his plan was to use his second selection on Aaron Fermin – all 6-foot-5 and 99 kg of him. Fermin was the pillar of Arellano High School and would have been the NCAA Juniors MVP if only his team had made the Final Four. Now, the NCAA’s arguable best big man will finally be matched up against the UAAP’s undisputed best big man. And when the NBTC All-Star Game rolls along, Sotto should expect not only a physically stronger Fermin, but a mentally stronger one as well. That comes from all he has learned from the Braves’ missed playoff bid. “Ang naging kulang ko po siguro (last season), kung lamang na ang kalaban, ako na ang unang pinanghihinaan ng loob,” he said. From that, Fermin and the rest of his teammates are already hard at work, gearing up for their mighty rebound next season. “Sabi nga po ni coach [Tylon Darjuan], ‘Dalawang taon na tayong malakas, bakit ganito nangyayari sa atin. Kailangan pa ba kayong pahirapan sa ensayo para palabasin character niyo,’” he shared. He then continued, “Ngayon, pinu-push niya kami na mag-ensayo nang mag-ensayo. Training namin, ‘di na tulad nang dati, sobrang pinapahirapan talaga kami ngayon.” And Fermin, long a player who has taken a backseat to the likes of Carlo Abadeza, Guilmer Dela Torre, and Marlon Espiritu, is all ready and raring to lead the way. “Handang-handa na po ako (maging leader). Sinabihan na talaga kami ni coach na kami na ang beterano, kami na ang aasahan,” he said. --- Fermin and Sotto will go head-to-head first in the SLAM Rising Stars on March 18 and then on the NBTC All-Star Game on March 23. The future of Philippine basketball will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Madness in MOA as NBTC gears up for 11th season

Madness is about to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. As the National Basketball Training Center gears up for an 11th season, a new format has been installed for its national championships slated for March 18-23. Patterned after the US NCAA Tournament, this year's NBTC will host 32 teams, comprised of the very best high schools teams in the country as well as select teams from overseas, particularly AusPinoy (Australia), Durham Crossover (Canada), Camp David (New Zealand), and FilAm Sports (United States). The Philippines is also well represented as the seeded teams are led by UAAP Juniors champion Ateneo de Manila, NCAA Juniors champion La Salle Greenhills, University of Visayas, winners of CESAFI, and MBBL champion Chiang Kai Shek. "We started from three cities, ngayon nasa 80 na kami. From what I gathered, by next year nasa 100 na kami," SM-NBTC founder Eric Altamirano said. With NBTC expanding, the the tournament pattern, inspired by that of the US NCAA makes sense. This is where the very best high school teams settle the score to crown one true national champion. "Every year that we have been organizing the tournament, we have refined it to what it is now, a premier showcase for high school basketball," Coach E said. "It has also become a springboard for Fil-foreign teams to showcase their players who might want to study in the Philippines or play for various national teams," Altamirano added. Madness will start on March 18 with the seeding round to be followed by the Round of 32 for Division 1 the following day. On March 20, the Round of 16 for both Division 1 and Division 2 will start while March 21 will be for the Elite 8 and the NBTC 3x3 joust. March 22 is the Final 4 and March 23 will be the culmination of it all, with the Finals and the highly-anticipated NBTC All-Star Game. As it stands, the Blue Eaglets are seeded no. 1 while La Salle Greenhills is no. 2 followed by Chiang Kai Shek and UV. Nazareth School of National University complete the top-5 seeds in Division 1. Catch the livestream of the 2018 NBTC All-Stars Division 2 at 9 am, the All-Star Division 1 at 12 noon, the Division 2  Finals at  2 pm and the Divsion 1 Finals at 4 pm on March 23, Friday. The games will air on a delayed basis on March 27, Tuesday and March 28, Wednesday at 2 pm and 4 pm on S+A and S+A HD. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

GDLs, Melecio headline participants in first-ever UAAP 3x3

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut, and Afril Bernardino and Jack Danielle Animam are just some of the names who are bound to make history by taking part in the first-ever UAAP 3x3 basketball tournament on March 4, Sunday. The event will be available via livestream starting 9 a.m. With the country’s premiere collegiate league having organized its inaugural three-on-three tournament to be held on Sunday in Pasay’s Mall of Asia Music Hall, seven out of the eight member schools will each be sending one men’s and one women’s team. University of Sto. Tomas decided not to field a team in the men's division. Most notable are the representatives of the University of the Philippines which includes the GDL brothers as well as Jun Manzo and Gelo Vito. Juan GDL once wore the flag in the FIBA 3x3 Under-17 Championship. The Fighting Maroons should expect a challenge from De La Salle University which is fielding an equally-loaded lineup of former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Also gunning for the historic title are Adamson University’s June Rey Buenaventura, Lenda Douanga, Brendan Espeleta, and Jasper Longalong; Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong; Far Eastern University’s Michael John Casino, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, and Kenneth Tuffin. National University’s JP Cauilan, Chammy Diputado, Theo Fores, and Anthony Sistoza; and University of the East’s Mark Maloles, Philip Manalang, Alvin Pasaol, and Jason Varilla. In the Women’s tournament, it’s again the four-time champion Lady Bulldogs who are the team to beat. They will trot out a lineup that includes two-time MVP Afril Bernardino, most recent MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Mythical selection Ria Nabalan, and Annick Tiky. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito.   - Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

GDLs, Melecio headline participants in first-ever UAAP 3x3

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut, and Afril Bernardino and Jack Danielle Animam are just some of the names who are bound to make history by taking part in the first-ever UAAP 3x3 basketball tournament on March 4, Sunday. The event will be available via livestream starting 9 a.m. With the country’s premiere collegiate league having organized its inaugural three-on-three tournament to be held on Sunday in Pasay’s Mall of Asia Music Hall, seven out of the eight member schools will each be sending one men’s and one women’s team. University of Sto. Tomas decided not to field a team in the men's division. Most notable are the representatives of the University of the Philippines which includes the GDL brothers as well as Jun Manzo and Gelo Vito. Juan GDL once wore the flag in the FIBA 3x3 Under-17 Championship. The Fighting Maroons should expect a challenge from De La Salle University which is fielding an equally-loaded lineup of former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Also gunning for the historic title are Adamson University’s June Rey Buenaventura, Lenda Douanga, Brendan Espeleta, and Jasper Longalong; Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong; Far Eastern University’s Michael John Casino, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, and Kenneth Tuffin. National University’s JP Cauilan, Chammy Diputado, Theo Fores, and Anthony Sistoza; and University of the East’s Mark Maloles, Philip Manalang, Alvin Pasaol, and Jason Varilla. In the Women’s tournament, it’s again the four-time champion Lady Bulldogs who are the team to beat. They will trot out a lineup that includes two-time MVP Afril Bernardino, most recent MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Mythical selection Ria Nabalan, and Annick Tiky. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito.   - Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

No sibling favors

TNT knows it can't expect any favors from sister team, NLEX. Fortunately for the KaTropa, they will be back at full strength as they try to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. After missing the past couple of games following a bad fall in the clash with Magnolia, Troy Rosario returns to the lineup, while Jericho Cruz, acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine, is expected to make his debut as the flagship team of the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc hopes to avoid elimination against an NLEX team that has been in inspired form the past three weeks. Rain or Shine hopes to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals against defending champ...Keep on reading: No sibling favors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Mayor Sara: We expect 37 casualties from mall fire

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Authorities here have now shifted their efforts to recovering bodies of dozens of those trapped in a Davao City mall fire that broke out Saturday, December 23. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio met anew with the families of those 37 missing , this time at the Southern Philippines Medical ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Expect fireworks in Foton-Petron semis battle

Games Saturday: (MOA Arena) 4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Cocolife 6:00 pm – Petron vs Foton   After figuring in the championship round duriing the past couple of years, defending back-to-back champion Foton and bitter rival Petron will have an early collision for a spot in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals. Just like in their previous meetings, expect fireworks when the Tornadoes and Blaze Spikers take center court in the knockout Final Four at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. “It’s a tradition to play a good match kontra Petron,” said Serbian coach Moro Branislav, whose wards got the better of the Blaze Spikers in the last two editions of the import-laden conference.    But in their first encounter this year, Petron was able to shut down high-flying Serbian Sara Klisura, Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic and 2017 All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player Jaja Santiago, 25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20. Still, Branislav likes their chances against Petron, which will parade their former reinforcement in American Lindsay Stalzer together with compatriot Hillary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda as well as Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan. “Foton likes playing against Petron,” said the Serbian mentor following their 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 quarterfinal victory over Sta. Lucia on Thursday.  “This is going to be a very interesting battle. Unlike in the finals that we have three games, in the semifinals, it’s just one match and you’re out. So we have to give our best against Petron if we want to defend our title.” Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos vowed that their semifinal battle against Foton would be more intense and more dramatic than their two previous finals clashes. “We know that Petron and Foton have a little rivalry,” said Delos Santos, adding that Foton’s mastery over them the past two years will serve as motivation to fire up his wards. “But as I’ve said, we’re already in the semifinals. Unlike in the finals, we’re in a situation where we can’t afford to lose. We don’t have the luxury to adjust because one lost and we’re out. We have no choice but to play our hearts out.” The winner of the match will take on the survivor between top seed F2 Logistics and Cocolife. Game 1 of the Finals is on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Film, literary stars grace ‘circles’ premiere

Respected names in Philippine show biz and literature gathered to support the premiere of Raya Martin's latest film, "Smaller and Smaller Circles." Led by TBA Studios' executive producer Fernando Ortigas and president Vincent Nebrida, the premiere was held at Greenhills Promenade Mall Cinema 6 and 7 on Dec. 2. The movie is the film adaptation of FH Batacan's acclaimed crime novel. The movie's stars Nonie Buencamino, Sid Lucero, Carla Humphries, Bembol Roco, Ricky Davao, Alex Medina, Junjun Quintana and Mae Paner graced the premiere, as well. "It's not a conventional movie," Buencamino said. "But it's a very interesting film for the common Filipino." National Artists f...Keep on reading: Film, literary stars grace ‘circles’ premiere.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

Mbala vows comeback after lackluster Game 1

Expect a more aggressive and assertive Ben Mbala in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals. Limited to just eight points in the 70-76 defeat to Ateneo in the championship series opener at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night, the reigning Most Valuable Player from La Salle center vowed a resounding comeback this Wednesday when the fierce rivals square off anew at Smart Araneta Coliseum. While he acknowledged Ateneo's defensive schemes, which held him to a career-low output in points and field goal attempts with seven shots, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian insisted he could have played better. "They played good defense," said Mbala, who put up 28 points in La Salle's second-round win over ...Keep on reading: Mbala vows comeback after lackluster Game 1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

The journey doesn t end here : former champ Eduard Folayang remains motivated following loss to Martin Nguyen

Eduard Folayang's magical run as ONE Championship lightweight world champion is over.  Friday night at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila, Folayang was on the wrong end of a brutal knockout loss to now-two division world champion Martin Nguyen. It was a painful end to what was an insipiring journey to the top for the Team Lakay superstar, and the image of seeing the Pinoy hero getting seperated from his senses is one that will remain with Pinoy fight fans for a while.  Days after the loss, Folayang released a statement via ONE Championship, reassuring everyone that he's fine after the match's violent end.  "First and foremost, I thank God for His protection. At this point, I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition." Folayang said. "I extend my heartfelt gratitude to ONE Championship for seeing that I get the best medical attention after the match. Folayang went on to thank the Filipino fans who came and supported him and Team Lakay, Friday night.  "I take this opportunity to thank my countrymen for their support not only to me but to the entire Team Lakay athletes who competed last November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. My heart is overwhelmed with the outpouring of their encouragement. We hope we can pay it forward. As for Nguyen, the Baguio City native congratulated the new champion and added that this isn't the end of the line for 'The Landside." "I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared. Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn't end here." The former champion has been in the same situation before. Following a devastating KO loss to lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin back in 2014, Folayang went on an amazing run which led him to the top of the lightweight division.  ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong fully believes that the Pinoy warrior can once again rise to the top of the heap. "I expect Eduard to shine again."  Sityodtong said during the post-fight presser.  As for now, Folayang will likely take a break as he and the team prepare for what's set to be an eventful 2018. "The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018."     Eduard Folayang quotes courtesy of ONE Championship.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Star-studded Goldilocks Theatre Mall Greenhills opening

Star-studded Goldilocks Theatre Mall Greenhills opening.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 27th, 2017

Star-studded Christmas lighting ceremony at Greenhills

The stars came out to sparkle and shine at the Promenade and Theater Mall when over a thousand small and big lanterns were lit, one by one, at the traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

No regrets for Santiago as UAAP stint with NU ends without title

The era of one of the most dominant individual players in the UAAP has come to an end. Jaja Santiago bid her goodbye to National University after the Lady Bulldogs dropped out of the title race with a three-set defeat to defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. While the Lady Spikers celebrated their 10th straight trip to the finals, Santiago huddled all her teammates as much as her 6-foot-5 frame can handle as tears ran down her face. "I was super emotional because this was my last playing year with these ladies and we went through a lot at NU," said Santiago, a three-time Best Attacker, in Filipino aft...Keep on reading: No regrets for Santiago as UAAP stint with NU ends without title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News4 hr. 23 min. ago

Budding Sixers take control of series in Miami

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com MIAMI — Back in 2014, when the Miami Heat were wrapping up their championship-fueled era, the Philadelphia 76ers began plotting their own. And they did it unconventionally, laughably and by any measure, dreadfully. It was Year One of the most ambitious rebuilding plan before or since, when the Sixers willingly laid down and became a doormat and allowed other teams to wipe their sneakers on them. That season, while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh cruised to a fourth straight appearance, and their last together, in the NBA Finals, the Sixers lost 63 games. And then they got better at this tanking technique and lost 64 and 72 the next two years. But fast-forward to now, to Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at American Airlines Arena, and the roles with the Heat and Sixers are threatening to flip. Maybe not so drastically, but it’s clear through four games of this first-round playoff series that the Sixers are going one way and the Heat another. The Sixers have Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, a pair of young bedrocks slowly building something with the potential to be big. The Heat? They have banners in the rafters commemorating what they used to be, not so long ago. Philly also has something else on Miami, namely a 3-1 series lead after Simmons became the first rookie since Magic Johnson to drop a triple-double in a playoff game and Embiid fought through a poor shooting game and an irritating protective mask to spook any Heat player that challenged him at the rim. It was the Sixers who made all the right plays in the final crucial moments in the 106-102 win, getting key stops and buckets and pulling away, a team with a young core turning mature, and doing it rapidly, despite their lack of post-season experience. And having a front-row seat to this new Process was none other than Wade, a proud if aging member of the extinct Big Three who realizes something unique is happening with the Sixers. “This is a very good team,” said Wade. “They’ve got talent at almost every position. This is definitely one of the best first-round opponents I’ve played in my career.” Are the Sixers all that, already? “They’re good,” said Wade. “They’re special. They put the right team together.” Yes, they have. Maybe it wasn’t properly done in the spirit of competition, and perhaps they embarrassed themselves if not the league while doing so, but that’s all behind the Sixers right now. What’s ahead of them is a potential series-clinching Game 5 in Philly and from there, who knows? Yes, the core of the Sixers is Simmons, Embiid and Dario Saric, all under 25, and in the playing rotation only JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli earned any significant playoff money. But if a young team is ever going to reach the NBA Finals, this is the right time, and this is the right team. Just look at the wide-open landscape in the East: LeBron and the Cavaliers, winners of the last three East titles, are down 2-1 to the Pacers and haven’t appeared this fragile since LeBron returned to Cleveland. The Celtics are missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Toronto is the No. 1 seed in the East but inspires few outside Canada. Why not the Sixers? Why not now? Simmons is lacking a jump shot and little else, and still manages to score anyway. His direction of the club in the fourth quarter of Game 4 was near-masterful; Simmons stayed poised, found the open man and popped the Heat’s comeback hopes with an uncontested dunk when Miami pulled within a point. Embiid couldn’t hit a shot and yet didn’t fall into a funk; rather he terrorized Miami by being a defensive force, punctuated by his spike of a Goran Dragic late-fourth quarter breakaway layup attempt (followed by an Embiid stare down). “They make you pay every time you make a mistake,” said Wade. Speaking of which, the Sixers had 27 turnovers, certainly the recipe for disaster, and still found a way. In the words of coach Brett Brown: “I’m surprised we won this game. We really didn’t have any right to win this game.” But maybe it’s just additional proof that this is Philly’s time. It’s quite a contrast to the ex-bully on the block. Four years after LeBron made the second biggest decision of his life, the Heat are still searching for the identity they had when the champagne flowed, and the party rolled on South Beach. The only reminder is Wade, and at age 36 he’s only capable of having flashes now, like his 28 points in Game 2 and an impressive 25-point follow up Saturday that was marred only by a missed free throw in the final seconds. Besides that, there’s nothing special. Pat Riley’s latest attempt to recreate a winner is looking dubious right now. Riley decided two summers ago to build the Heat around a seven-foot center with low post-skills, which means Riley gave a $100 million to a dinosaur. And one with a decaying relationship with coach Erik Spoelstra. Hassan Whiteside can’t get on the floor in today’s NBA, where small-ball makes him a liability in certain situations. With no shooting range, and perhaps no incentive to develop one, Whiteside finds himself on the bench in fourth quarters and on the nerves of Spoelstra. “He’s a prisoner of the style of play,” said Brown. Plus: Riley also paid Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk. Which means the Heat are almost guaranteed to be a 43-win team fighting for the final playoff spot for the next few years. When the Heat searched for someone to bail them out Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), who did they turn to? An aging All-Star who’s on the downside, which says something about Wade … and the Heat’s roster. “He ended up being our best option,” said Spoelstra. There’s another path the Heat can take, of course. They could follow the current Hawks, Nets, Lakers and Magic, who all took their cues from the 2014 Sixers, and take a few steps back before moving forward. But that’s not a fool-proof plan — have you seen the Magic the last few years? — and besides, losing by any means isn’t in Riley’s DNA. So, mediocrity it is, then. Meanwhile, the Sixers have Embiid and Simmons and if you ask fans in Philly, they’d say it was well worth the steep price, in terms of the misery of tanking, paid for them. “They’re two players that have the chance to be great,” said Brown. “Joel has no right to be doing some of the things he does. Ben’s composure down the stretch is amazing. Those two are exceptional.” What the Sixers just did was win a pair in Miami, under the banners that hung over them, was fly in the face of basketball convention which says youth doesn’t get served in the post-season. They can close out at home and then get the survivor of Celtics-Bucks, and Philly can expect to be the favorite in that conference semifinal. “I can see how much we’ve grown and how much more room we have to grow,” said Brown. “To come here and get a win, in this building, against an organization of winning and culture and history, it’s special.” There’s another story here: If the Sixers eliminate the Heat, then it could be curtains for Wade, who doesn’t have a contract for next season, who hasn’t committed to playing beyond this season, and who paused suspiciously for about three seconds when asked if Saturday was his final game in Miami. “I don’t want to answer that right now,” he said. Whether he sticks around or takes the sunset cruise, Wade must realize that a transformation is taking place in the East. After years of deliberately bad basketball the Sixers are finally bearing fruit, and oh, speaking of food, Wade and the Heat can chew on this for a minute: The Sixers have room under the salary cap to give Embiid and Simmons some help next season. LeBron James, free agent-to-be, might reach the conclusion that the Sixers are his best championship option. for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.   The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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Belingon, Banario triumph

THE largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship, delivered another amazing spectacle at the Mall of Asia Arena, delighting the packed crowd with a display of world-class martial arts action. Manila played host to ONE: Heroes of Honor, featuring the absolute best in local and international martial….....»»

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FEU Lady Tamaraws clinch UAAP Finals berth over Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines (3RD UPDATE) – After 9 seasons, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws finally clinched a title berth after downing the Ateneo Lady Eagles in 4 sets, 25-20, 25-21,14-25, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Finals on Saturday, April 21, at the Mall of Asia Arena. After trailing ........»»

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Espejo sets UAAP record with 55 points, Ateneo forces rubber match vs FEU

Marck Espejo dug deep into his reserves and put on an historical performance to lead defending champion Ateneo past No. 2 Far Eastern University, 18-25, 25-14, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, in the UAAP Season 80 men's volleyball Final Four Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Espejo set the UAAP scoring record with 55 points as the third seeded Blue Eagles forced a deciding match on Wednesday. The reigning four-time MVP reached the half-century mark in the fifth set when he gave the Blue Eagles an 8-5 lead. Espejo then, put Ateneo in match point, 14-9, with a block on Redijohn Paler for his 54th point. "Marck is a monster," said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro. "Those 55 points don't m...Keep on reading: Espejo sets UAAP record with 55 points, Ateneo forces rubber match vs FEU.....»»

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