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NCAA: Mapua gets revenge on LSGH, grabs second title in three years

Mapua High School now has the most number of championships in NCAA Juniors Basketball – and its record-setting title could not have come in more dramatic fashion. Dan Arches finished what Paolo Hernandez started as the Red Robins stood strong in the face of a furious fightback from now-dethroned champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 77-74, on Thursday at the MOA Arena. Mapua was well on its way to a win, up 69-53 late in the third quarter before being at the wrong end of a 19-5 Junior Blazer rally that tied the tally at 74-all inside the last two minutes. “Credit sa lahat ng players na walang ginawa kundi sumunod sa game plan namin,” a beaming head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. It was at that point, however, that Arches scored from a split from the stripe and then an inside basket to put his team back on top, 77-74. CSB-LSGH had 66 ticks to go to make something happen, but was unable to find the hole the rest of the way. Up until the last moment, however, the game wasn’t over as the Junior Blazers had the ball with 0.5 on the clock. The inbound went to Joshua David at the top of the key and he had an open look that had the ball finding the bottom of the net. Only, he wasn’t able to release the ball before time expired – therefore, preserving the three-point win for the Red Robins. With that, Mapua claimed its second championship in the last three years and 22nd overall – tying it with San Beda High School as the winningest program in the Juniors. At the same time, they have gotten back at the same Junior Blazers who dethroned them a season ago. Hernandez was the firestarter for it all with a career-best 33 points on top of 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two steals. Arches then brought the finishing kick with 22 markers, including all six of his team’s points in the final frame, to go along with five boards. “Thank you nagkaroon ako ng ganitong klaseng mga players. Sila talaga ‘to e,” coach Randy said. For CSB-LSGH, Inand Fornilos topped the scoring column with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Cagulangan, though, was silent for his standards with just 10 markers, six boards, and four assists after incurring an apparent right ankle injury early in the game. BOX SCORES MAPUA 77 – Hernandez 33, Arches 22, Sarias 5, Smith 5. Quimado 4, Policarpio 4, Mariano 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 0, Diaz 0. CSB-LSGH 74 – Fornilos 18, David 13, Cagulangan 10, Palencia 8, Natividad 7, Calimag 6, Sangco 4, Lao 3, Mosqueda 3, Valenzuela 2, Lepalam 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 42-34, 71-56, 77-74. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports5 hr. 8 min. ago Related News

Juan GDL guaranteed all of this even before UAAP 81

Safe to say, along with ice, Juan Gomez de Liano has confidence running through his veins. That is exactly why the University of the Philippines’ second-year stud had a promise to his fans even before the beginning of UAAP Season 81. “I could say the Final Four is a sure spot for us,” he said then. After a 3-5 record in the first eight games, that looked like a farfetched idea for the Fighting Maroons. But then, something just clicked and they wound up their campaign by winning five of the last six games. For Juan GDL, neither he nor his teammates ever stopped believing. “I knew it was coming. I actually thought na last year pa nga dapat sana, but we fell short,” he said. He then continued, “I promised ever since offseason na we’re gonna make the Final Four. Here we are.” Indeed, with a convincing victory versus De La Salle University, State U booked a ticket into the Final Four for the first time since 1997. And they got it just the way team captain Paul Desiderio wanted them to – “16 Strong.” In the end, Juan GDL had 27 points, four assists, and three rebounds while kuya Javi had his own 19 markers built on five triples. MVP frontrunner Bright Akhuetie posted another double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds while Desiderio chipped in 10 markers, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. “We just stayed together as one unit. We never gave up even though there were a lot of struggles and ups and downs,” Juan GDL said. “We just stayed together and that was the most important thing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports17 hr. 21 min. ago Related News

UAAP: Paul Desiderio, the captain who brought UP back to the Final Four

In University of the Philippines' historic Final Four-clinching victory, Paul Desiderio was lit. Atin ‘To Papasok ‘To pic.twitter.com/LhhwhQGX4M — Mico Halili (@micohalili) November 14, 2018 👀 #AtinToPapasokTo pic.twitter.com/kwwtVFjMce — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 14, 2018 Funny to think that months before UAAP Season 81, UP almost didn't have this man. After Desiderio's spectacular Season 80 filled with buzzer-beaters and iconic mantras, the temptation of foregoing his fifth year and immediately entering the professional ranks was strong. But then, he sacrificed his good numbers and decided to go for his one last #UPFight. "Nag-sacrifice ako noon sa last year ko. Yun nga pinagisipan ko kung babalik ako o hinde. My personal goal, sinakripisyo ko para sa team," he said referring to his lifelong PBA dream. "Pero worth it naman. Kaya sobrang saya," Desiderio said moments after their 97-81 victory over De La Salle University. The road to Final Four of UP was not a smooth ride. Their first round campaign which ended at a 3-4 slate casted doubts on their chances. "Mayroong doubts din noon, pero yun nga, dapat labanan namin ngayon," said the Cebuano standout. But as the season progressed, the Fighting Maroons peaked. It was a spectacular sight for Desiderio. They were crushing a Final Four contender. Their supporters were abounding. The chants were deafening. During the dying moments of the match, Desiderio can't help but rush to his mentor Coach Bo Perasol. With a huge smile on his face, he hugged Perasol so tightly. "Coach Bo parang tatay ko yan. May times nga na nagaaway kami, di naman nag aaway pero di kami nagkakaintindihan tapos may times na kalagitnaan ng season lagi kami nagusap anong gagawin namin so yun, naging successful yung plano namin," he said. From being part of the team as early as the winless days of Season 76, Desiderio is now the captain of the third-seeded team in Season 81. "Syempre napakasarap na start ako ng 0-14, tapos ngayon Final Four may chance pa mag Finals. May chance pang mag champion kung ganun, so buhay pa kami. Buhay pa ang UP," he said. Truly, Desiderio's decision to stay for UP is worth it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports17 hr. 21 min. ago Related News

SSS partners with PIA for Sulit Conference

NAGA CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) -- Aligned with the Social Security System's (SSS) objective to establish a strong connection with its current and future stakeholders, a collaborative effort to come up wi.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: News22 hr. 21 min. ago Related News

Recto: Senate wants 100% rice tariffication profit ‘plowed back’ to farmers

  Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday said all profits that might be generated from the proposed rice tariffication bill must be "plowed back" to farmers through assistance, equipment, credit, insurance, among others. According to Recto, rice tariffication "is not a revenue measure" cautioning "some quarters in the government" who were playing with the idea of using rice tariffication to "shore up the government's fiscal position." He said the Senate's position "is that government should not profit from rice tariffication." "By stipulating in the bill that 100 percent of duties will be plowed back to farmers, we are sending a strong message to those who mig...Keep on reading: Recto: Senate wants 100% rice tariffication profit ‘plowed back’ to farmers.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 14th, 2018Related News

Metrobank, BPI register strong growth in net income

Metrobank, BPI register strong growth in net income.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceNov 14th, 2018Related News

Foreign direct investments for January to August 2018 up by 31%

MANILA, Philippines – Investor confidence in the Philippine economy "remained strong" as foreign direct investments (FDIs) from January to August 2018 soared by 31% at $7.42 billion. The  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported a dip for the month of August 2018 with only $752 million in FDI net inflows, 17.7% down from ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2018Related News

SSS partners with PIA for Sulit Conference

NAGA CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) -- Aligned with the Social Security System's (SSS) objective to establish a strong connection with its current and future stakeholders, a collaborative effort to come up wi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2018Related News

Ateneo overwhelms UST for fine finish in UAAP 81 eliminations

Ateneo de Manila University has won seven straight heading into the Final Four of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Blue Eagles’ latest win was a breeze as they dominated University of Sto. Tomas from start to finish, 102-62, on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. The defending champions began the game as if it was shot out of a cannon, scoring 16 unanswered points in the first six minutes. “We’re happy with the win because one of the first things we told the team is that coach Tab wasn’t there, but his system is already in place,” assistant coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said post-game. Ivorian rookie recruit Angelo Kouame dropped nine of his 22 points in that strong start as he and his team didn’t miss a beat even without head coach Tab Baldwin who was out due to an illness. That strong start ultimately became a 34-13 opening salvo that built up an insurmountable advantage in favor of Ateneo. Fellow first-year player William Navarro joined in on the fun in the second half, scoring eight of his 17 points after halftime while also totaling five rebounds and two assists. BJ Andrade and Jolo Mendoza also added nine points apiece as the Blue Eagles sweep the second round and end the elimination round holding a 12-2 record. “We didn’t want to take a step back or relax. That’s just our sentiments today,” coach Sandy said. Ateneo, though, is still uncertain about whom it will be facing in the Final Four as all of De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, and the University of the Philippines still have fighting chances at the third and fourth-seeds. For the Growling Tigers, Renzo Subido topped the scoring column with 18 points in their first game without super rookie CJ Cansino. They wind up their campaign at 5-9. BOX SCORES ATENEO 102 – Kouame 22, Navarro 17, Mendoza 9, Andrade 9, Go 8, Ravena 6, Asistio 6, Nieto Ma 5, Nieto Mi 5, Black 4, Verano 4, Daves 4, Belangel 3, Wong 0, Tio 0, Mamuyac 0 UST 62 – Subido 18, Agustin 15, Marcos 13, Mahinay 6, Huang 4, Lee 2, Ando 2, Cosejo 2, Bataller 0, Zamora 0, Bonleon 0, Caunan 0 QUARTER SCORES: 34-13, 58-31, 83-42, 102-62 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2018Related News

ONE Championship: Former champ Bibiano Fernandes believes pro-Pinoy crowd helped sway judges in title bout against Belingon

For the first time in five years, ONE Championship has a new undisputed bantamweight world champion in Team Lakay star Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon.  Belingon did the near unthinkable at ONE: Heart of the Lion in Singapore last November 9th when he edged out former long-time champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes via split decision.  It was Fernandes' first loss in 14 bouts and his first loss in ONE Championship.  The 38-year old Brazilian star believes that, while it was indeed a close battle, he deserved to still be the champion at the end of the five-round war.  “When I look at the ONE judging criteria, what they count more, it’s near knockout or submission first, and then damage, control," Fernandes told MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz. "When I saw it, I knew I won this fight. I almost submitted him three times. That punch he landed, I threw a kick and only had one foot on the ground when it hit me, so I lost balance. I waited for him to come, grabbed his leg and came back up. I know I won this fight.” Aside from going against Belingon, Fernandes believes that he had to deal with the strong Filipino contingent in the crowd as well.  Belingon was the clear crowd favorite inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium that night, and Fernandes says it may have had a hand in swaying the judges' decision.  "Thousands of fans there, and I think half of them were Filipinos,” Fernandes explained. “I was alone there against Kevin, the judges and the fans. Anything he did would drive the crowd nuts. If I lose, I lose, I don’t cry about it, but I think the judges were affected by the fans. I’m a fighter and I do my best, but I can’t fight against the judges and the fans.” Now, Fernandes is looking at an immediate rematch, something that he says is in his ONE Championship contract. The new champ believes that this is the most likely scenario as well.  The Belingon-Fernandes rematch will likely take place in 2019, when Belingon has completely healed from his injuries.  “I can fight tomorrow, but Kevin can’t. I saw him afterwards and he couldn’t even walk, so I have to respect his recovery, his rest, let him enjoy the belt because he fought bravely, too.” said Fernandes. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2018Related News

Ompong’s Wrath

Each time strong typhoon and passes, farmers tilling the lands on the banks of the Abra River lose their crops and land because of flooding. When Typhoon Ompong struck Ilocos Sur, among those hardest hit is the upland town of Quirino. While farmers in the coastal areas lost their harvest, farmers from Brgys. Patungcaleo, Namitpit and a number from Legleg lost both their crops and farms when Abra River overflowed. But “Ompong” is not the sole culprit, man-made conditions like large-scale mining and government neglect are contributory to this problem. Watch and listen to their stories......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2018Related News

The selfless servant

During his tenure as the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary from 2011 to 2016, Albert F. del Rosario exemplified a strong patriotism beyond the call of duty. With great passion and discipline, he defended the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, and worked persistently in ensuring the welfare and security of the […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2018Related News

SMC’s 9-month recurring profit up 20%

DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp.’s recurring profit jumped by a fifth in the nine months ending September, driven by strong sales volumes complemented by favorable selling prices......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2018Related News

PH boxers Gabuco, Petecio begin AIBA women’s boxing campaign

Former world champion Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio went through a strenuous camp that everybody hopes to serve them well in the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championships. Gabuco, the flyweight titleholder back in 2012, will begin the quest to reclaim her throne tomorrow in New Delhi, India along with Petecio, a featherweight silver medalist in the 2014 edition of the worlds in Jeju, South Korea. The 31-year-old Gabuco of Puerto Princesa City is a strong contender for the title with her blooming credentials on the international amateur scene that included four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games. Petecio, 26, has been raring to bounce back from a medal drought in the recent...Keep on reading: PH boxers Gabuco, Petecio begin AIBA women’s boxing campaign.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 13th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Vera, Folayang lead Pinoy cast at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila

Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang will be leading a strong Filipino continget to the the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City for ONE: Conquest of Champions on November 23rd.  Vera will be making his long-awaited return to the ONE cage when he defends his title against Italian Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion Mauro "The Hammer" Cerilli.  Undefeated in three fights under the ONE Championship banner, Vera is coming off a two-year layoff, with his last fight happening back in December of 2016. Cerilli on the other hand is riding a five-fight winning streak.  In the co-main event, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Folayang tries to become a two-time champion when he battles Amir Khan for the vacant title.  Folayang is coming off back-to-back victories against a pair of tough Russian grapplers, while Khan is also on a two-fight winning streak of his own, with the latest being a submission victory over Folayang's Team Lakay teammate Honorio Banario.  Speaking of Banario, the former ONE Featherweight World Champion makes a quick return to the cage to face Korea's Dae Sung Park.  A top contender in the lightweight division, Banario has won five of his last six bouts. Park on the other hand, is on an equally impressive run of his own, winning seven of his last eight contests including a pair of wins under the ONE banner.  Also on the card, Jeremy Miado meets China's Peng Xue Wen, while Rockie Bactol kicks off the card against Japan's Akihiro Fujisawa.  Conquest of Champions will be ONE's fourth and Final event in Manila for 2018.    Catch ONE: Conquest of Champions on Friday, November 23rd LIVE at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2018Related News

Generika-Ayala upsets F2 Logistics

Generika-Ayala scored a major upset when it defeated F2 Logistics, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 28-26, to notch its first win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Patty Orendain spearheaded the attack for the Lifesavers, who bravely turned a 21-24 disadvantage in the fourth set into a shocking win over a fluid and very disciplined Cargo Movers squad. Orendain tallied 18 points and 10 receptions while skipper Angeli Araneta added 15 markers to hand Generika-Ayala its first win in four matches. “Our hard work really paid off,” said Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses, who drew impressive performance from Mika Lopez, Fiola Ceballos and Marivic Meneses. "After three losses, we still kept going. I told the team to just be patient and continue working hard.” He said he kept on telling his wards that they are capable of making a strong run if they will keep on working hard. “We know that we will have our time so we didn’t give up,” he said, adding that their strong services threw the Cargo Movers off their comfort zone. "We’re happy that we stuck to our game plan.” Michelle Morente delivered14 points while Cha Cruz-Behag had 11 markers and Aby Marano, Ara Galang and Majoy Baron each had 10 markers for the Cargo Movers, who suffered a rare back-to-back setback. F2 Logistics also surrendered to reigning champion Petron in a thrilling four-set encounter over the weekend to fall to a 3-2 win-loss card.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2018Related News

Jollibee profit up 19.2% to P6.09B

STRONG sales boosted Jollibee Foods Corp.’s profit by nearly 20 percent in the first nine months of the year, the listed firm disclosed on Monday. Net income attributable to shareholders...READ MORE The post Jollibee profit up 19.2% to P6.09B appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Nov 13th, 2018Related News

Wrestling Association of the Philippines makes history in SEA tilt

Wrestling Association of the Philippines president Alvin Aguilar delivered a strong statement that the NSA won’t back down from any challenge as it singlehandedly organized the Southeast Asian Wrestling, Grappling and Pankration Championships that brought in 200 competitors from eight countries in San Pablo City recently......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Azkals open quest in AFF Cup vs Singapore

The Philippine Azkals kick off their quest for Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup glory tonight at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, gunning for a strong start against opening-day winner Singapore in front of home fans......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

US envoy cites unbreakable, strong US-PH bond

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Sunday saluted the two nations' enduring military alliance, "from the crags of Corregidor to the streets of Marawi," as he led the twin commemorations of Veterans' Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. "The Philippines is our oldest treaty ally in Asia and our strong bond remains unbreakable," Kim said at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City to an audience that included Filipino and American veterans, military officials and former President Fidel V. Ramos. Kim's remarks were the latest in a tenure full of public expressions of confidence in the durability of US-Philippine ties, despite President Rodrigo...Keep on reading: US envoy cites unbreakable, strong US-PH bond.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 12th, 2018Related News