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TV only thing missing in Asiad Athletes Village

JAKARTA---The Athletes Village, which is close to one hour away from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, will be home to close to 11,000 athletes for the duration of the Asian Games, and just like how the organizers have handled the media, they seem to have done a good job at it. Unless, of course, if you're an oversized basketball player. "It's good, comfortable," Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer. "For me, I'm a normal sized guy. But for our other players, and most especially the other countries like China and Iran, their players will find it hard to fit in the beds." Other than that, some of the Filipino athletes the Inquirer was able to talk to are fine with it. "Th...Keep on reading: TV only thing missing in Asiad Athletes Village.....»»

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Coco Martin used to drive a tricycle for his school allowance

Kapamilya superstar Coco Martin, with his staggering net worth, now lives in a villa-like residence and owns luxurious cars. But there was a time when he used to drive a tricycle so he could have an allowance to spend in school. "Napakalaking part ng buhay ko ng pagmo-motor," he said in his contract signing for a brand endorsement Saturday. [Driving a motorbike has been a big part of my life.] "Nung college po ako, dahil alam naman ng lahat na di kami laking mayaman, talagang nung araw po ay nagsusumikap lang po kami sa buhay. Nung nagaaral po ako ng college nag-da-drive po ako ng tricyle para may pambaon po ako sa pag-aaral," he said. [As everyone knows, we were not r...Keep on reading: Coco Martin used to drive a tricycle for his school allowance.....»»

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PVL: Guino-o steps up for FEU this time in win over UP

Far Eastern University is slowly moving on into a new era without the talismanic Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws have found their platform in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. The offseason tournament has become some sort of testing ground for the teams before the start of the UAAP season and the Lady Tamaraws have used that opportunity to work on their system. No one player has stood out as its undisputed leader for FEU, just what Pons has done in the past, but the team saw several players don the leader's cap almost every game. Celine Domingo had that distinction in FEU's previous five-set win when she had 18 points over University of Perpetual Help...Keep on reading: PVL: Guino-o steps up for FEU this time in win over UP.....»»

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Davao City Mayor Duterte to launch Hugpong in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY --- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is expected to arrive on Sunday in this city to launch the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional party of which she is the founding chair. The party's provincial coordinator, Mayor Herbie Aguas of Sto. Domingo town, said that preparation was all in place for the launching of the party at the Legazpi City Convention Center here on Sunday. In a phone interview, Aguas said the launching would be attended by some 5,000 participants, mostly from Albay with some representatives from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate. Legazpi Mayor Noel Rosal will welcome the presidential daughter at a prog...Keep on reading: Davao City Mayor Duterte to launch Hugpong in Albay.....»»

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

GENEVA --- Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland's capital, Bern, on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died after a short unspecified illness. It did not give details and remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as "radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did." The president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said in a tweet that "I am ... comforted by the information, after speaking to (Annan's wife) Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep."...Keep on reading: Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80.....»»

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‘Hungry’ Durham has ‘nothing left to prove’ but lead Bolts to PBA title

Is the third time going to be the charm for Allen Durham? Well, the Meralco big man thinks so. Durham has won the Best Import award the past two PBA Governors' Cups, but those individual awards didn't result to titles. The Bolts were booted out of the finals twice and against just one enemy in Barangay Ginebra, but Durham is hellbent that his third stint with the Bolts is the time they will finally exorcize their demons. "Personally, I have nothing to prove," said Durham after their 109-106 opening day win over Columbian Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. "I think we need a championship." "It's all about the team right now, I don't have anything to prove. You guys see me play, I...Keep on reading: ‘Hungry’ Durham has ‘nothing left to prove’ but lead Bolts to PBA title.....»»

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Neil Etheridge saves Kenedy’s last-gasp penalty after Hayden sees red

Neil Etheridge was Cardiff's hero as the goalkeeper saved a last-gasp penalty from Kenedy to salvage a 0-0 draw against 10-man Newcastle on Saturday. Rafael Benitez's side were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute when half-time substitute Isaac Hayden was sent off for an ugly foul on Josh Murphy. But it was Newcastle who had the best chance to claim a first Premier League win this season despite their numerical disadvantage. However, on-loan Chelsea midfielder Kenedy wasted the opportunity as his weak penalty in the 96th minute was easily saved by Etheridge. Kenedy's blunder capped a frustrating afternoon for Newcastle, whose travelling fans once again protested at the lack of inv...Keep on reading: Neil Etheridge saves Kenedy’s last-gasp penalty after Hayden sees red.....»»

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Two Koreas march together as Asian Games burst into life

North and South Korea marched together in a stirring display of unity as the Asian Games, one of the world's biggest sports events, opened in a blaze of colour in Jakarta on Saturday. South Korean women's basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong-chol jointly held the Korean Unification flag aloft as they led the athletes out to an ovation from the packed crowd. It is the second such symbolic gesture this year by the two Koreas, who also walked together at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony -- an event that heralded an unprecedented warming of ties. The North and South, still technically at war, are joining forces in women's basketball, canoei...Keep on reading: Two Koreas march together as Asian Games burst into life.....»»

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After the fireworks, 1st medals up for grabs at Asian Games

JAKARTA, Indonesia --- Sun Yang has the international profile, three Olympic gold medals, and he'll compete in the first of the men's events in the pool on the first day of medal competition at the Asian Games. But there's one thing he's not likely to win on Sunday. The honor of winning the first medal in the games will likely come in wushu, one of the traditional martial arts, and could even go to another Sun of China. The men's changquan competition in wushu starts at 9 a.m. local time and is predicted to be the first final completed at the 18th Asian Games. Sun Peiyuan won the changquan when the 2015 world championships were held in Indonesia and is one of the favorites for gold ...Keep on reading: After the fireworks, 1st medals up for grabs at Asian Games.....»»

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Santos, Ocampo, Barrientos rule finals of GMTBC Open’s 3 divisions

  Nelia Santos of the Pasig Bowling Association ruled the finals of the Mixed Senior Division of the 4th Grand Mall Tenpin Bowling Club (GMTBC)-Yee Lu Fa Invitational Open Championships at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.   Santos scorched the lanes with a 8-game total of 1842, or an average of 230, to beat Jun de Guzman of Sletba-GMTBC with 1798, and Fernand dela Cruz of PBA with 1774 during the finals of the divisionon Friday.   In the Mixed Youth Division finals heldon Saturdaymorning, Art Barrientos of TBAM-Prima, rolled a total of 1747 to win a close fight with 1st runner-up Kayle Abad of PBA-Nobleland with 1735. Juancho Calumpon...Keep on reading: Santos, Ocampo, Barrientos rule finals of GMTBC Open’s 3 divisions.....»»

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Bigwigs pull the plug on noisy celeb’s campaign

Seems Bodacious Celebrity is hell-bent on milking every ounce of notoriety from a dubious venture. Wily Bigwigs sensed BC's nefarious plan to upstage everyone, including major stars, and swiftly pulled the plug on the scheme. They instructed underlings to downplay BC's existence and hype the true luminaries, instead. Of course, BC found a way around the ban. Ever creative and combustible, BC started several small-time skirmishes---just to hog the spotlight, which should be diverted to other more pressing issues. No-talent fee Look who's back with a vengeance. Just when everyone thought Raucous Wrangler was a has-been, the controversial personality managed to bounce back in hi...Keep on reading: Bigwigs pull the plug on noisy celeb’s campaign.....»»

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How Diego changed from cocky to cool racer

  Actor Diego Loyzaga was the first to admit that he could be a tad "wild" on the racetrack. So when Diego was tapped to join the third season of History Channel's reality racing tilt "Celebrity Car Wars," not a few observers pointed out that he had his work cut out for him. Diego recounted that host Bobby Tonelli had dismissed him, at the start of the competition, as "very cocky, obnoxious, a typical 20-year-old with a heavy foot, who was always in a rush." Diego owned up: "I was a leadfoot. I just wanted to go fast all the time." But as the show progressed, Diego related, the host had noticed marked changes in the young man-in-a-hurry. "Bobby said that I beca...Keep on reading: How Diego changed from cocky to cool racer.....»»

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‘Deadpool’ star on her character’s ‘amazing’ outing

  Brianna Hildebrand is openly gay, which became instrumental in the development of her "Deadpool" character, Negasonic Teenage Warhead. The mutant also "came out" as a lesbian in the sequel---a move that she credited to her costar, Ryan Reynolds. "I was surprised when I was pitched it, but Ryan just sent me an e-mail," Hildebrand recently told Playboy. "[It] was like, 'How would you feel about this?' And so that's great---I'm glad he asked... Obviously, I was like, 'I feel amazing about it. Let's do it!'" In "Deadpool 2," out she came, appearing in most scenes with mutant girlfriend Yukio, played by Shiori Kutsuna. Hildebrand, 21, currently lives with her girlfriend, J...Keep on reading: ‘Deadpool’ star on her character’s ‘amazing’ outing.....»»

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star ‘comfortable’ playing bi

  Gabrielle Ruiz, who plays ex-mean girl and yoga teacher Valencia in the comedy-musical series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," took to Instagram and answered questions sent by her followers. On her fave episode, she responded, "[It's] 'Josh's Girlfriend is Really Cool!' because [it's where] Valencia was introduced. My whole life changed when I booked [the show]." She added that she was originally meant to appear in only three episodes, but gladly became a regular by the second season. A tidbit from her 2008 Broadway debut, "In The Heights": "My first day of rehearsal, I'll never forget Lin-Manuel (Miranda, her costar) walking across the stage [and shouting], 'Hey Gabby!' It'...Keep on reading: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star ‘comfortable’ playing bi.....»»

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Mark’s Top 5 Apo songs

  Balladeer Mark Bautista is very much familiar with the music and legacy of OPM stalwarts Boboy Garrovillo, Jim Paredes and Danny Javier, collectively known as the Apo Hiking Society. After all, Mark grew up listening to the songs of Apo as a kid in Cagayan de Oro City. "I was in grade school when I first heard their songs," he recalled. "We had videoke sessions in our house and I used to belt out their hit, 'Ewan.'" Those ditties helped him "appreciate Original Pilipino Music" all the more. "When I started performing in lounges, I had another one of their songs, 'When I Met You,' in my repertoire," he recounted. If he were to choose the Top 5 Apo hits, he'd ...Keep on reading: Mark’s Top 5 Apo songs.....»»

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‘Eat Bulaga!’ to be available online 24/7

  To keep up with the times, "Eat Bulaga!" is embracing digital platforms to further widen its reach. Episodes of the noontime variety program are now uploaded to its official YouTube account. It has been made available for viewing via livestream. The team behind the show has also started producing exclusive content. "Eat Bulaga Behind the Scenes," for instance, has the hosts putting themselves in the shoes of the production team, be it a production assistant, floor director, social media manager or researcher. "The vision is to make the show 24/7 for people online," Jeny Ferre, senior vice president for creatives and operations, said in a statement. "You can check v...Keep on reading: ‘Eat Bulaga!’ to be available online 24/7.....»»

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Forced drama, less laughs in ‘Kissing Booth’

  If your best friend forbade you from getting interested in his hot older brother--- who's also interested in you---what would you do? That's the unenviable dilemma of outgoing teenage sweetheart Elle (Joey King), who's never been in an intimate romantic relationship, in the Netflix film, "The Kissing Booth." She has, however, a platonic bond with her male bestie, Lee (Joel Courtney), since they were born on the same day at the same hospital, and are practically inseparable. But, here's the thing: Lee's popular jock brother, Noah (Jacob Elordi), gradually becomes part of their shrinking world. Elle has always known Noah, but she's kept from entertaining thoughts...Keep on reading: Forced drama, less laughs in ‘Kissing Booth’.....»»

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No singing for Josh Groban in 1st lead role on TV

  LOS ANGELES---After conquering Broadway, Josh Groban lands his first lead role in a TV series via Netflix's "The Good Cop." And it's a nonsinging part. Josh costars with veteran TV and stage actor Tony Danza in the dramedy based on an Israeli show of the same name. They play father and son, Tony Sr. and Tony Jr. (TJ), who live together but couldn't be more different. Dad is a disgraced former cop who did not follow the rules while TJ is a straitlaced detective who always follows the rules. It's quite a shift for the popular pop opera star who earned a 2017 Tony Award best actor in a musical nomination for his Broadway debut in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Co...Keep on reading: No singing for Josh Groban in 1st lead role on TV.....»»

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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia --- Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the faithful have arrived in Mecca from across the world, all chanting "Labayk Allahuma Labayk," or "Here I am, God, answering your call. Here I am." The hajj offers pilgrims an opportunity to feel closer to God amid the Muslim world's many challenges, including the threat of extremists in the Mideast after the Islamic State group was beaten back in I...Keep on reading: Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage.....»»

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

BERLIN --- Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colors of the German Reich are marching through central Berlin, protected from counter-protesters by police in riot gear. Berlin police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said officers had to physically remove some left-wing demonstrators who had staged sit-down protests along the route of Saturday's march. He added that stones and bottles were thrown at some of the far-right protesters, but couldn't immediately say how many people were injured. The far-right protesters wore white shirts to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess and carried banners with slogans such as "I regret noth...Keep on reading: Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police.....»»

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