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LOOK: Alexa Ilacad is blooming in her prom gown

Alexa Ilacad sent netizens awestruck when she showed off her dress and overall look for her prom night. The Star Magic actress posted photos of her prom gown on her Instagram page and proudly shared about doing her own makeup for the Treston International College school prom, held at the Discovery Suites, Ortigas. She wrote on one of her posts, "Did my own hair & makeup for prom last night. I enjoyed the whole process & was really happy with the result. Thanks to all those who complimented my look! Kilig ako(I feel giddy)." She even enumerated the special specs of her makeup, stating her use of a primer, eye enhancers such as 3D browtones, plus a bronzer. The ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Alexa Ilacad is blooming in her prom gown.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 5 hr. 10 min. ago Related News

AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work under sunny skies in the Arizona desert. Hosmer reached a preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the Padres, pending a physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the tentative deal, speaking on the condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's potential signing. It would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday — most were already in spring camp — ahead of Monday's first full-squad workout, Hosmer wasn't expected in the desert until at least Monday. Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million. Padres manager Andy Green could only discuss the acquisition of Hosmer in generalities since it isn't final, but was hopeful of having his full team together Monday. "I can't replicate the magic of the first day twice, so, yeah, you want him or anyone to be there when you're talking," Green said. "... Not that there is any real magic on the first day, but it's always nice to have your camp settled as early as possible." The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs. A four-time Gold Glover and All-Star in '16, he drove in 94 runs and scored 98 for the Royals last season. He also had a career-best .385 on-base percentage. Veteran right-hander Chris Young also came to the Padres this offseason after most recently pitching three seasons for the Royals, calling Hosmer "one of my all-time favorite teammates" who brings "a competitive fire" that will be much-welcomed. He hadn't been in touch with Hosmer in recent days but they did communicate earlier in the winter when Young chose San Diego and discussed that it was among Hosmer's top choices, too. Young said he didn't want to add any pressure to Hosmer making a decision. "Hos is a legitimate All-Star," Young said. "I think he brings a veteran experience, he's a winner, he's a champion and a great mentor for young guys. So I think he fits all the categories I think you're looking in terms of a teammate, a leader, a competitor. I think he makes any clubhouse better, much less this one." While most every club feels a sense of optimism this time of year with a fresh slate as spring training begins, the Padres were especially upbeat as they got going early Sunday at the idea of the power-hitting Hosmer in their lineup and at first base. San Diego went 71-91 last season for fourth in the NL West above only the San Francisco Giants, and the Padres haven't been to the playoffs since losing in the 2006 NL Division Series. Green knows what someone such as Hosmer could mean to a club's chances of turning it around. "It was always time to start contending for me," said Green, beginning his third season as San Diego skipper. "It was always go out and win opening day and go out and win every game. I haven't been very good at that, I have to acknowledge that. At this point in time, opening day has been cruel to me so far. "But I think we show up with the expectation of winning the first game of the season and don't waver from that no matter who's in that clubhouse. Does it get easier if certain people are in that clubhouse? Yeah, it sure does." Wil Myers, who played 154 games at first for San Diego last season, was ready to move positions as needed. He can play elsewhere in the infield and all three outfield spots and Green said he would be "magically" taking fly balls in right field Sunday. "Wil's been great with everything that's ever been asked of him," Green said. Myers said the Padres communicated with him during the offseason about the possibility of adding Hosmer, saying: "When I saw that possibility I was very excited. To be able to add a player like that I think is very cool." Myers played in 2010 with Hosmer in the minors with the Royals. "I know nothing's definite right now but just to be able to hopefully add a guy like that is pretty special," Myers said. "He's a great guy. He's going to be a guy that fits really well in this clubhouse. ... You've heard a lot of great things about him, what he does in the clubhouse and who he is as a person.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 36 min. ago Related News

(Kung) maibibigay sa akin ang bola, papatayin ko -- Jaja Santiago

Jaja Santiago was put on a leash with National University trailing defending two-time champion De La Salle University by four points in the closing stretch of the fifth set. Sitting on the bench after rotating at the back row, the graduating hitter could only just pray for her teammates to hold the fort.    “Siyempre kinakabahan ako pero kino-compose ko pa rin ang sarili ko na hindi, kahit wala ako sa loob, makukuha namin ito,” said Santiago. “Kung maabot ako sa unahan, ibibigay ko ang 100-plus percent ko para sa team.” The Lady Spikers made a grave mistake of giving NU a chance to get the 6-foot-5 Santiago back on court. Once inside, Santiago erupted with crucial kills to carry the Lady Bulldogs to a 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, win Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Santiago submitted 27 points anchored on a crisp 20-of-43 attacking clip but heroics down the stretch highlighted her performance that helped the Lady Bulldogs preserve their pristine 4-0 win-loss record.   NU trailed DLSU, 8-12, in the fifth set with Santiago substituted to the bench. Aiko Urdas’ kill put Santiago back on the floor and the hitter worked her magic to shock DLSU. Santiago pounded a kill to put NU at match point, 14-13. Kim Kianna Dy answered with a hit before Santiago gave the Lady Bulldogs their second match point off a thunderous spike.     Urdas sealed the morale-boosting win with a service ace. Asked if she took it to herself to provide the much-needed points, Santiago responded with authority.   “(Kung) mabibigay sa akin 'yung bola, papatayin at papatayin ko. Walang hesitation,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 18th, 2018Related News

Template for other Fil-Am or Pinoy talents

  Fil-Ams and Filipinos are over the moon due to Bruno Mars' "dominance" at the recent 2018 Grammy awards, with multiple trophies for his album, "24K Magic" and singles "24K Magic" and "That's What I Like," including the Album and Record of the Year honors. The fact that Bruno is "just a pint-sized guy from Hawaii" makes his "towering" achievement over some of the biggest stars in the music biz truly inspiring for other "pint-sized" but "unli" talents---especially since quite a number of them, in the Philippines and elsewhere, look a lot like him! Just goes to prove that, when it comes to talent, potential and actual achievement---like age, height is just a (vertical) n...Keep on reading: Template for other Fil-Am or Pinoy talents.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 17th, 2018Related News

Tiger Cubs stay alive in semis with comeback win over Baby Tamaraws

MANILA, Philippines – UST Tiger Cubs' magic run in the playoffs continues. The Tiger Cubs erased a 13-point deficit in the 4th quarter en route to an 81-80 win over defending champions FEU Baby Tamaraws to advance in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 juniors' ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Blast from the past with ‘The Platters’

        Music icon The Platters held its one night show in Manila and had a memorable post Valentine date with their fans on Friday night.     Held at the Kia Theatre in Cubao, the American vocal group walked down the memory lane as its members sang its classic hits such as "Only You," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Great Pretender." Lucky fans were also able to have a short moment as one of the The Platters members Frederick Berry went down the stage to personally sing "Magic Touch" to the audience.   Filipino artists Joaquin, Lilibeth Garcia, and JV Decena also performed as front acts during the concert. ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Blast from the past with ‘The Platters’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 17th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Jia Morado receives personalized shoes in Cool Smashers colors

A couple of months before the Premier Volleyball League tips off anew, Creamline setter Jia Morado received an early set of sneakers that are as dazzling as her playmaking. Last January 26, Miguel De Guzman, Morado's longtime boyfriend, took to Instagram to flaunt the personalized Jordan XXXIs and Nike Kobe ADs, accented with the ubiquitous Cool Smasher purple and hot pink.   Personal touch; for the girl with the magic touch A post shared by Miguel (@amigueldeguzman) on Jan 26, 2018 at 2:25am PST .   Mas excited pa ata ako sa season kaysa sa gagamit 😅 A post shared by Miguel (@amigueldeguzman) on Jan 26, 2018 at 11:21pm PST The Kobes have a pink swoosh, while Jia's jersey number 12 is in purple. Meanwhile the Jordans have a hot pink side panel and of course, a pink jumpman logo. With that kind of heat ready to be laced up, perhaps Jia may be even more motivated to start the season. After joining the Creamline Cool Smashers last season, Morado has transformed the Cool Smashers into immediate contenders. Teaming up with former Ateneo Lady Eagles teammate Alyssa Valdez, the veteran collegiate playmaker orchestrated an improved Cool Smashers offense from borderline playoff team into one of the tournament's favorites. With veteran libero Melissa Gohing and opposite hitter Michele Gumabao in the squad, keep your eyes peeled for Jia's setting, and shoes this coming PVL conference slated to start in April......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2018Related News

James scores 37 in Cavs win

LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James scored 17 of his 37 points in the third quarter as the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers outgunned the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-112 on Tuesday night. Cleveland held strong in the third quarter then took command in the fourth to post their second consecutive win since trading….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2018Related News

James erupts for 37 points as Cavs silence Thunder

LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2018Related News

The Browser for a Web Worth Protecting

The web is an incredible asset. It’s an engine for innovation, a platform for sharing, and a universal gateway to information. When we built Chrome, we wanted to create a way for people to interact with the magic that is the web, without the browser getting in the way. We created a browser that took up […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2018Related News

Bucks’ G-League affiliate picks up Brandon Jennings

OSHKOSH, Wis. --- The developmental league affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks has acquired former Bucks first-round draft pick Brandon Jennings off waivers. The Wisconsin Herd announced that it had picked up Jennings on Tuesday. Jennings was the 10th overall pick by the Bucks in the 2009 NBA draft, averaging 17.0 points over four seasons in Milwaukee. He was traded to Detroit in July 2013 in a deal that sent Khris Middleton to the Bucks. The 28-year old Jennings played two-plus seasons in Detroit before making stops with the Magic, Knicks and Wizards. He most recently played professionally in China....Keep on reading: Bucks’ G-League affiliate picks up Brandon Jennings.....»»

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

LaVine lifts Bulls past Magic, Jazz on a roll

LOS ANGELES: Zach LaVine’s scored 18 points but his biggest contributions came late in the game as the Chicago Bulls eased past the Orlando Magic 105-101 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). LaVine busted loose for a thunderous go-ahead dunk to break a 101-101 tie then iced the win with two free throws for the Bulls, [...] The post LaVine lifts Bulls past Magic, Jazz on a roll appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2018Related News

LaVine steal, dunk leads Bulls to 105-101 win over Magic

By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine broke for a tie-breaking dunk after stealing an inbounds pass in the closing seconds, Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 105-101 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). The Bulls blew an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter but still came away with their second win in three games after dropping seven in a row. ZACH. LAVINE. BALLGAME. pic.twitter.com/jkIPXxCLKz — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 13, 2018 LaVine stole Jonathon Simmons’ inbounds attempt with 15 seconds left and finished with a thunderous slam. He added two free throws after Mario Hezonja missed a three-pointer to lift Chicago to a tight win. LaVine finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. Bobby Portis added 19 points and seven boards, and Jerian Grant had 14 points and seven assists. Hezonja led Orlando with 24 points, and Evan Fournier scored 22. The Bulls appeared in control when they led 93-75 with 8:23 left after an 11-0 run. Denzel Valentine punctuated that spurt with a dunk and two free throws. But the Magic went on a big run of their own, with Hezonja leading the way. He nailed a three-pointer to give Orlando a 98-96 lead with 3:07 remaining. Portis tied it with a floater and responded to a triple by Fournier with one of his own, making it 101-all with 2:29 left. TIP-INS Magic: C Nikola Vucevic (broken left index finger) is eyeing the first game after the All-Star break — Feb. 22 (Feb. 23, PHL time) against New York — for his return. Sidelined since late December, Vucevic said his conditioning is there, but he is still getting “more comfortable with the hand.” ″[I’ll] keep working out during the break,” he said. “Then after the break, I’ll come back and have a couple practices with the team and get it straight going into the Knicks.” ... F Aaron Gordon (strained left hip flexor) missed his seventh straight game and likely won’t return prior to the break, coach Frank Vogel said. Bulls: G Kris Dunn missed his 11th consecutive game, and coach Fred Hoiberg wasn’t sure if he will be ready to return against Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). If Dunn doesn’t play against the Raptors, he still might compete in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend. “Right now it’s just about reconditioning himself, getting himself ready to sustain minutes in an NBA game,” Hoiberg said. “He’s just not quite there yet, he’s making progress. He’s still very sore from the increase in workload that he’s been doing this past week.” UP NEXT Magic: Host Charlotte on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Bulls: Host Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

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

Rejuvenated Cavs

Released early last week, The Atlantic’s in-depth article on the dysfunction surrounding the Cavaliers is a compelling read. Because it relied on unnamed sources and because no on-record validation followed, however, the reader is left to speculate how much of it was truth, how much was based on facts, and how much was an embellishment […] The post Rejuvenated Cavs appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsFeb 11th, 2018Related News

LeBron James approves of Cleveland Cavaliers roster revamp

LOS ANGELES, USA – LeBron James on Friday, February 10, welcomed the wave of new players brought into the Cleveland Cavaliers on deadline day as the team bids to reignite their season. The Cavs dominated the headlines on Thursday, February 9, with a sweeping restructure of their roster, bringing in four ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 10th, 2018Related News

The Florida Everglades – an environmental showcase?

By: Edgar Mana-ay HOUSTON, Texas – For almost all of the tourists going to Orlando, Florida, the main attraction is the Walt Disney World Resort. One has to spend about 10 days (which is of course very expensive) just to see/experience ALL the attractions such as the Magic Kingdom Park, the Universal Island of Adventure, […] The post The Florida Everglades – an environmental showcase? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsFeb 9th, 2018Related News

FringeMNL

It’s one of our favorite times of the year! It’s FringeMNL Season!! It’s going to be a great line up! Follow FringeMNL for the latest in all things Fringe!The annual gathering of Unicorns took place at Museo ng Makati last night! Here’s a look at some of the magic as we kicked off #Fringe2018! Looking… link: FringeMNL.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Feb 9th, 2018Related News

Twitter goes crazy over Cavs last-minute trade deals

MANILA, Philippines — The Cleveland Cavaliers made use of the trade deadline to completely revamp their roster. Source link link: Twitter goes crazy over Cavs' last-minute trade deals.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Feb 9th, 2018Related News

Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays

CLEVELAND --- Once summer rolls around, LeBron James stars on a different stage. All eyes in the NBA and across the sports world will focus on James during free agency. There are already teams lining up for an audience with The King, should he opt out of his contract. On Thursday, the Cavaliers turned their roster upside down in hopes of convincing James he doesn't have to go anywhere. And just like that, another chapter was added to a chaotic season in Cleveland. With an unexpected flurry of moves before the NBA trade deadline, the Cavs unloaded six players to change their identity and culture while moving back into title contention. They also showed James, who can be a...Keep on reading: Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 9th, 2018Related News

Cavs avert slow death with roster overhaul

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND – Koby Altman might not have completely made a name for himself on Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) NBA Trade Deadline Day, but the Cleveland general manager was busy and high-profile enough in his makeover of the Cavaliers that most people now will remember that he’s the one who spells it with a “y.” Those of us convinced for weeks now – at least since the Cavaliers’ home loss to the Warriors on Martin Luther King Day – that another Golden State-Cleveland Finals would be a dud movie we already saw last June, well, we no longer have to worry. Those stale, sputtering Cavs are no more. They are gone – six players out Thursday (Friday, PHL time), four new players in – and done, replaced by a younger, quicker, more athletic cast who’ll be force-fed their playoff experiences. What with so many in and out doors banging to a frenzied beat, All-Star forward Kevin Love barely got a mention. But Love, out with a fracture to his left hand, will be coming back in a month to six weeks to a vastly reconfigured roster and lineup rotation. However long it takes this team to incorporate new guys George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., count on another period of adjustment for Love playing with them for the first time. Presumably – for Love’s sake – it will go more smoothly than Isaiah Thomas’ learning and comeback curve, which sort of triggered much of Thursday’s maneuverings in the first place. Thomas was the fall guy of the day, the flip side of what most expect to be an enthused, rejuvenated and newly focused LeBron James. It already had been a tough nine months for the 5'9" scoring guard, going from the most valuable player on a formidable contender (Thomas finished fifth in NBA MVP balloting) to the hip injury that ate deep into this season, the Kyrie Irving trade that landed him in Cleveland and the rust and skepticism that marred his 15 largely forgettable games there. The Cavs went 7-8 with Thomas, who shot 25 percent on three-pointers and 36 percent overall. Their defense, leaky enough before, got worse (Thomas had a net rating of minus 15.1 points per 100 possessions). Ball movement ground down to a series of dreary isolation plays or desperate 3s. Also, Thomas began to serve as one of the team’s spokesman in the media, a role that suits his personality but one he had not earned in the Cavs’ locker room. He spoke of things “we” had to do better without quite yet being part of that “we.” That included comments after the team’s collapse in Orlando Tuesday about the Cavs failing to make adjustments during games, a criticism that went directly to coach Tyronn Lue and his staff. It was not appreciated. By the time Thomas followed up 24 hours later, after the last-second overtime victory over Minnesota at Quicken Loans Arena, with heartfelt comments about liking Cleveland and not wanting to be traded, he effectively already was gone. Altman reportedly talked with James before the game, running some possible trade scenarios by the team’s star. “We were marching a slow death,” Altman told reporters in a post-trades conference call Thursday evening (Friday, PHL time), “and we didn’t want to be a part of that.” Although it’s undeniably part of the dynamic of trades – dwelling on the down sides of the departed vs. seeing the upsides of the newbies – it’s fair to say that the players to whom the Cavs bid adieu (IT, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade) represented a lot of things that weren’t working or weren’t getting done. Energy was low, enthusiasm lower. The new arrivals, once they finally do arrive, bring not just their skills but – with three of the four, anyway – enough youth and hunger to jolt a Cavs locker room that lacked a bit of a pulse. Hill is the most like the veterans Cleveland shed Thursday (Friday, PHL time), but he does bring playoff experience and a defensive mindset. Also, his combo-guard ways that could frustrate those in search of a classic playmaker should be an asset where James is initiating so much offense. Hood, Clarkson and Nance get more than just changes of address and the newly dangled carrot of a deep playoff run. They – along with Cedi Osman, already in house and getting an opportunity – get James as a mentor, a role he has enjoyed (think 2015 playoffs and the wonders he worked with Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson, with Love and Irving out or hobbled). Make no mistake, James likes veterans but not in the mix, with the unreliable results, they had until Thursday (Friday, PHL time). So the Cavaliers hit a reset button that they believe will help them for this season. These deals – and the ability to not trade away the Brooklyn first-round pick they hold thanks to the Irving trade – also leave Cleveland in better shape this summer, more attractive to James when he hits free agency and even more resilient if he leaves. For those tempted to conflate the Irving trade with the deals made Thursday and decree that Cleveland didn’t get nearly enough, the economic concept of “sunk costs” comes to mind. Irving was gone, Thomas wasn’t working out, Crowder was not helping; that first deal was done. There was no going back. All Altman and the Cavs could do was go from there. There is a bigger issue that might not be answered over the remaining 29 games and however many follow in the postseason. The Cavaliers began this 2017-18 season as favorites to again win the conference title and reach the Finals. Even after the Irving trade, most NBA GMs and media mavens expected James and his vets to stomp through the East, whenever they chose to get serious about the season. Instead, we got an unprecedented makeover of a Finals favorite two-thirds of the way through a championship-minded season. In a league that preaches continuity and chemistry as ingredients of success, that’s mind-boggling. James’ inability to rouse this group out of its doldrums, on top of whatever Irving came to dislike even before this season began, raises questions about the superstar-down culture – as opposed to many teams’ top-down, or San Antonio’s Pop-down culture – wherever James has played. Or, for that matter, might play in the future. Bottom line on a busy trade day: Who gets to play for Team LeBron is a lot bigger deal than just on All-Star Sunday. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 9th, 2018Related News