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When Charice became Jake

HE BURST into the limelight as a little girl with a big voice, becoming an internet sensation, earning the recognition of composer David Foster and of American celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres, and singing with vocal heavyweights like Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. The post When Charice became Jake appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsSep 24th, 2018Related News

Eight breakout players who wowed in PVL s Collegiate Conference

Collegiate volleyball won’t be around until the second semester but the recently-concluded Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference on ABS-CBN S+A gave us a glimpse of what the girls may be raring to give us once their tournament in their respective leagues finally open. Some girls came out of nowhere to really provide the fireworks in the conference and came away with new fans and admirers thanks to their impressive play on the floor. As the PVL’s Open Conference is about to part its curtains, let’s take a look at the eight collegiate volleybelles who totally captured our hearts thanks to their display of heart and skill.   1.) Tonnie Rose Ponce, Adamson University (Tonnie Rose Ponce (libero) made a mark in the last PVL Collegiate Conference when she bagged a Mythical Six award) Adamson head coach Air Padda is proud of Ponce, her team’s libero, for being the best cheerleader of her teammates on the floor. Even with her small stature, she plays big with a fighting spirit that has endeared her to the fans. It still came as a surprise, however, to the dimunitive Ponce, to be named as one of the Mythical Six and the conference’s Best Libero. Maybe not for Padda, who has always seen the leadership potential of her squad’s cheerleader.   2.) Rosie Rosier, University of the Philippines (The sophomore Lady Fighting Maroon was instrumental in ending the school's 36 year major title drought in the PVL Collegiate Conference) Rosier was instrumental in breaking the UP Lady Fighting Maroons’ 36-year championship drought as the sophomore carried the team on her back in a thrilling five-set Game 1 match with the FEU Lady Tamaraws. She pumped in 15 points via 13 attacks to have probably one of her best birthday celebrations to date, and followed it up with a 10-point output in Game 2 to help her squad bring home the Collegiate Conference crown.   3.) Milena Alessandrini, University of Santo Tomas (Second year Golden Tigress Milena Alessandrini powered the Thomasians in the FInal FOur ddespite nursing a shoulder injury) UST’s Fil-Italian tower introduced herself to Filipino volleyball fans when she won Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 80. While it’s not easy to be on a different land where everyone speaks a different language, Alessandrini has been quick to adapt to what the coach wants done on the floor based on her performance in PVL. Her best game happened in the Battle for Third against Adamson where she broke out with a 31-point outing, a sign of things to come for the Golden Tigresses’ campaign in the coming UAAP wars.   4.) Celine Domingo, Far Eastern University (Celine Domingo followed up her stellar UAAP season 80 campaign with a masterful PVL Collegiate Conference under Coach George Pascua) Veteran setter Kyle Negrito is FEU’s top player and Jerrili Malabanan is their main weapon, no doubt, but Domingo is poised to take over the team as she continues to make an impact in the net in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference. The conference’s First Best Middle Blocker has been one of Coach George Pascual’s reliable players that are expected to carry the scoring duties now that super senior Bernadeth Pons’ career with the school is over. Too bad she was set back by a knee injury in Game One of the Finals against UP, which also sidelined her in Game Two.   5.) Jan Daguil, College of Saint Benilde (Jan Daguil (16) was one of the surprises for CSB in the PVL Collegiate Conference) With their MVP, Jeanette Panaga, moving on from her school career, the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers are hard-pressed to find a replacement. So far, Marites Pablo has emerged as the biggest candidate, but not too far behind is Daguil, who has come up big for them when they needed the points the most. During their battle for a Final Four spot in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference, Daguil led her team with 15 points, all on kills, to turn back the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags.   6.) Joyce Sta. Rita, San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Joyce Sta. Rita is the only holdover remaining for the Lady Stags but she is determined to be their main pillar) Sta. Rita is the only holdover from Coach Roger Gorayeb’s compact 7-woman squad from a year ago in NCAA Season 93, where she was named Second Best Middle Blocker. That did not stop her from being an example to her new teammates as she fought in each set and match to keep the young Lady Stags competitive even if they failed to notch a single win.   7.) Satrianni Espiritu, San Beda University (Satrianni Espiritu (10) looks to be the final piece of the puzzle for the SBU Lady Red Spikers) Everyone talks about SBU stars Cesca Racraquin and the Viray twins. But another player that should be acknowledged is Espiritu, who consistently chipped in to keep the Red Lionesses in contention with her consistent showing game in and game out. If her PVL Collegiate Conference showing translates to the incoming NCAA wars, the other ladies better be shaking in their shoes as the Red Lionesses will be a mighty force to be reckoned with. 8.) Cindy Imbo, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (With Bianca Tripoli out of commission, Cindy Imbo stepped up in the last PVL Collegiate Conference) Bianca Tripoli is the main pillar of strength for the Lady Altas. It was a shame that she had to limp off the PVL Collegiate Conference due to a mild tear in her quadriceps. Carrying the load for her during her absence is Imbo, who displayed her scoring abilities while their captain was injured. In a crucial game against favorite FEU Lady Tamaraws, Imbo fired away 15 points to lead the team. While they did not win the match, it showed her capability to step up when needed. Watch for these ladies when the 2018 seasons of the NCAA and UAAP women’s volleyball tournaments begin. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more scintillating volleyball action once the PVL resumes with their Open Conference this Saturday (September 22) on S+A, S+A HD, and via livestream......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 19th, 2018Related News

PVL: Lady Maroons shock Lady Tams, near title conquest

Championship newbie University of the Philippines Lady Maroons showed the kind of composure and grit of a seasoned team. The Lady Maroons shocked a more experienced Far Eastern University side in a come-from-behind 14-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-5, win Sunday to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Finals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. UP, which is on its first major tournament championship stint in decades, can close the series in Game 2 on Wednesday. “That was very, very close, again I just told them that we needed two things. One the pass, and, second less pressure on ourselves,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu, who is looking to steer the Lady Maroons to their first major title since ruling the UAAP in 1982.   “That’s what made the big change and then also I talked to Ayel (Estranero) and I was able to tell her to play smart as you can see we started running, by running you were able to split the blocks. It was a little too late but at least it gave us the three sets,” added the Kenyan mentor. Isa Molde finished with 16 points while sophomore Roselyn Rosier played like a veteran with 15 markers highlighted by 13 attacks and added 14 digs for the Lady Maroons. Marian Buitre hammered 13 of her 14 points on attacks while Aie Gannaban scored 11 for UP.   The Lady Maroons turned the tables around with a huge third and fourth set win. With momentum on their side, UP put chills on the UAAP Season 80 runner-up by racing to an 8-3 lead and never looked back. FEU lost an important piece at the middle in Celine Domingo early in the fifth set to a right knee injury and the Diliman-based squad capitalized. Heather Guino-o posted 17 points off 11 attacks and six aces while Domingo chipped in nine kills, four aces and three kill blocks for 16 markers for the Lady Tams, who gave away 35 points off errors.  Rookie Lycha Ebon logged in 14 points while Jerrili Malabanan had 12 for FEU, which finished second last year behind National University.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

PVL Finals: Domingo doubtful in Game 2

Far Eastern University could be looking at a bigger problem as the Lady Tamaraws look to survive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Finals. Ace middle Celine Domingo is doubtful to see action in the pivotal Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series after going down with a right knee injury. Domingo suffered her injury early in the fifth set of FEU’s 25-14, 25-22, 24-26, 18-25, 5-15, series opening loss Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.        Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday. “Wala namang major (injury) si Celine sa knee. Kaya lang, may tinatawag Plica Syndrome na meron siya which is caused by overuse,” said Lady Tams physical therapist Marilou Regidor. “Kailangan siyang i-rest and mag-heal.” Domingo was in pain when she was pulled out of the game and FEU lost a vital cog at the net as the Lady Maroons capitalized to complete a come-from-behind win. “Napaluhod kasi siya kanina kaya doon nag-trigger 'yung pain. With due rest, makaka-recover naman siya,” said Regidor. Domingo, who scored 16 points, will undergo further tests Monday.    “Depende tomorrow after ko siya i-test. Depende sa functionality niya sa training,” said Regidor. “Pero, magfo-follow up pa rin kami sa doctor. Napa-MRI na namin siya. Wala namang major tear. Meron siyang patellar tendonitis, pero na-ma-manange naman naming,” she added. “This time kasi hindi na siya pamamaga. May something inside her knee na nagko-cause ng pain.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

PVL: FEU to bank on Finals experience against newbie UP

If there will be one specific advantage in the Finals that Far Eastern University will look to capitalize on when the Lady Tamaraws face University of the Philippines for the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference crown, it’s definitely their championship experience. Head coach George Pascua sees it as a weapon that they could use against the first-time finalists Lady Maroons when their best-of-three title showdown begins Sunday. FEU finished runner-up in last year’s edition and took home silver in UAAP Season 80. The Lady Tamaraws also enjoy the luxury of having a seasoned and battle-tested core.    UP’s best finish in a high level tournament was a Final Four stint in the UAAP three years ago.        “Ah oo, malaking advantage ‘yun kasi ‘yun na nga experienced na ‘yung players namin. ‘Yung UP first time nila so kahit papano (lamang kami doon),” said Pascua, whose squad booted out University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four in a come-from-behind series win for a return stint in the Finals. Pascua will pin his hopes on veterans Jerrili Malabanan, Celine Domingo, Heather Guino-o, setter Kyle Negrito and top rookie Lycha Ebon. Still, the mentor knows that UP isn’t a pushover team especially after the fourth seed Lady Maroons scored a huge upset over Adamson University, which swept the elimination.         “Pero syempre mahirap din magkumpyansa kasi ang labanan ngayon character na lang eh kasi lahat ng teams unpredictable eh,” he said. “Hindi mo alam kung sino ‘yung mananalo that day so depende na lang sa player kung ano ang magiging desire nila.” FEU defeated UP in the elims but the Lady Tams will face a different Lady Maroons side. UP started out shaky but slowly jelled and found their rhythm as the conference progressed. The Lady Maroons’ veterans also stepped up their game with the likes of Marian Buitre, Marist Layug, Aie Gannaban and sophomore Roselyn Rosier helping out prized hitter Isa Molde on offense and in floor defense.  UP head coach Godfrey Okumu also has at his disposal veteran setter Ayel Estranero and a young but steady playmaker Marianne Sotomil. With the Lady Maroons' seemingly diverse rotation despite the absence of injured Tots Carlos and Nicole Magasarile, Pascua and his coaching staff are devicing a good game plan to defeat the Diliman-based squad.   “‘Yung UP very unpredictable din ang laro nila kumbaga hindi mo alam kung sino ang magle-level up sa kanila,” Pascua said. “Every game kasi iba ‘yung ano nila so meron din kaming specific person na binabantayan sina Molde, Buitre.” “Siyempre paplanuhin namin ‘yang game plan for UP,” he closed.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 3rd, 2018Related News

Lady on Viral Dance Challenge Apologizes to MMDA

The lady, who was shown in a viral video dancing the “Kiki Challenge” along Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA), apologized to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday. The lady, identified as Micha Anne Gabuten, met with MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago to extend her apology. “The girl on the viral video had a meeting […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsSep 3rd, 2018Related News

How Hong Kong arenas can bring back the stars

HONG KONG --- OnJune 29 and 30, Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion performed in Macao's Cotai Arena. The show followed her March 2008 Taking Chances World Tour, also performed at the then spanking new Venetian Arena. This was the second time Dion had passed over Hong Kong to sing in our sister SAR. The last time Dion performed in Hong Kong was in 1999. A part of her Let's Talk About Love World Tour, the show took place on a Kai Tak airstrip. Dion has a reputation for covering every inch of a stage to personally address fans. It is no wonder then that she chose the state-of-the-art Cotai Arena, twice, over a return to Kai Tak. Dion is not alone. Since its opening in 2007, Cotai Arena has ...Keep on reading: How Hong Kong arenas can bring back the stars.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 2nd, 2018Related News

PVL: FEU forces semis rubber match against UST

Celine Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Far Eastern University kept its title shot alive after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, in Game 2 of the Premi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 2nd, 2018Related News

PVL: Ebon fuels FEU charge in Game 2

Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua found an unlikely inspiration for his veterans to wake up from an early funk. With their backs against the wall in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Final Four, the Lady Tamaraws started on the wrong foot Saturday. The Morayta-based squad opened a 9-0 lead in the first set but saw the Tigresses gobble up their advantage before stealing the frame. Amid their chaotic start in Game 2 of the best-of-three series, Pascua saw a spec of hope in rookie Lycha Ebon. Pascua gave his veterans a little pep talk, pointing out the freshman’s effort in both offense and defense – a work he expected to see from his more seasoned players.         “Sabi ko nga kanina china-challenge ko ang mga beterano ko. Sabi ko sa kanila, “‘yung first year na wala pa talagang sungay kumbaga sa FEU baby pa lang ay lumalaban dapat kayong may mga sungay na kapag sinabing charge, charge,’” he said. And it was enough to lit the fire on the core of the FEU squad which finished runner up in the UAAP Season 80 and in the conference’s inaugural edition. The Lady Tams responded with a rousing 22-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, victory that evened the series to one game apiece and forced a decider Sunday. Ebon scored 10 points and her effort boosted the confidence of her seniors. But the rookie downplayed her role in FEU’s crucial win. “Para sa akin po, basta on-game kami, walang angat o walang mababa. Lahat pantay-pantay lang,” she said. “Ako, as a rookie, kailangan magstep up talaga para makasabay sa mga seniors ko.” The victory snapped the Lady Tams consecutive losses to the Tigresses this conference including a four-set defeat in the series opener last Wednesday. Celine Domingo led FEU with 19 points, Jerrili Malaban scored all of her 17 markers from attacks while setter Kyle Negrito dropped 12 points on top of 26 excellent sets. Pascua now hopes his wards will sustain their momentum to advance in the Finals.   “Hopefully, fresh pa rin ang ginawa nila ngayon, na ‘wag silang makalimot para bukas,” he said. “So ‘yun isa sa pampataas ng morale nila ‘yun.” “Bukas kasi labanan ng character na lang yan, lagi ko yang sinasabi sa mga players ko,” Pascua closed.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 1st, 2018Related News

‘Kiki Girl’ sa EDSA pangitaon sa NBI

Nagpatabang na sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) ang Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) aron matultulan ang babae sa viral video nga nag-Kiki Dance Challenge sa EDSA. Matud ni MMDA spokesperson Celine Piolago, nga ilaha nang nasayran nga si Micha Anne Gabuten ang pangalan sa babaye nga anaa sa viral video. Padad-an kiji ug pahibalo… link: ‘Kiki Girl’ sa EDSA pangitaon sa NBI.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Aug 30th, 2018Related News

PVL: UST, FEU rekindle old rivalry

University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University rekindle their old rivalry when the two proud teams clash in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference best-of-three Final Four Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air via livestream. The match will serve as a rematch of the their end of elimination clash where the Tigresses prevailed, 25-15, 25-27, 25-18, 22-25, 15-11, last Saturday in Cagayan de Oro. UST ended the elimination round with a 6-1 slate while FEU finished at third with a 5-2 mark. The Tigresses will pin their hopes on super rookie Eya Laure, Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini, Tin Francisco and Ysabel Jimenez. Celine Domingo is expected to suit up after sitting FEU’s last two matches because of knee injury. Helping her out are other veterans in Heather Guino-o, Jerrili Malabanan and rookie Lycha Ebon.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 28th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Who should rep NBA teams in 3X competition?

With the NBA 3X Philippines Playoffs kicking off this weekend at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, the mind inevitably drifts off to imagining how actual NBA players would do in a three-on-three competition. To aid that musing, here are our picks to represent the 30 NBA franchises, should the league decide to have such a tournament. Of course, this was easier for some teams, compared to others, and perhaps that challenge is what makes the mental exercise so intriguing. Disagree with our four-man selections? Let us know in the comments! Atlanta Hawks - John Collins, Taurean Prince, Trae Young, Vince Carter The Hawks go young with their squad, and could have even gone younger, plugging in rookies Kevin Huerter or Omari Spellman into their fourth spot. However, the very chance of 41-year-old Vince Carter dunking on people in a 3X game is too tantalizing to pass up. Boston Celtics - Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown The deep, deep Celtics have plenty of ways to go. You could field a defense-oriented squad with Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes leading the way, or go guns-blazing with Jayson Tatum. However, we're opting for a middle-of-the-road approach here, with the established superstars leading the way, plus the ultra-versatile Jaylen Brown filling the fourth seat. Brooklyn Nets - Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Joe Harris The Nets have acquired plenty of veterans in exchange for draft picks over their rebuilding process, and a Jared Dudley-Kenneth Faried-Allen Crabbe-Ed Davis quartet has some appeal. We're opting for some of their younger stars though, and you could definitely make the argument that D'Angelo Russell should be somewhere in the mix too. Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Nic Batum A pretty obvious selection for Buzz City here. We will possibly revise this if Malik Monk makes a second-year leap. Chicago Bulls - Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen Sure Denzel Valentine and Jabari Parker have claims to a spot, but the above four are definitely the pieces Chicago seems to be building around long-term. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman, Collin Sexton We'll pretend that Jordan Clarkson is off at Gilas practice and unavailable. Also, JR Smith not knowing the score might be more problematic in a 3-on-3 game, so he'll sit this one out. Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan The Mavericks' two super-kids in Doncic and DSJ are obvious shoo-ins, as is the venerable Dirk. The fourth spot is a bit up for grabs, but I'm opting here for their offseason acquisition Jordan. Harrison Barnes though would be deserving of the spot too. Denver Nuggets - Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic This is Denver's core and boy is it a powerful one, though Millsap will probably have to take on the bulk of the defensive chores. It's also tempting to figure out a way to add Isaiah Thomas, who has the potential to go off in such a tournament. Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson Detroit's 'Big Three' of Drummond, Griffin, and Jackson are obvious shoo-ins. The question mark is the fourth guy. Henry Ellenson for a little jack-of-all-trades? Luke Kennard for shooting? In the end, I'm going with Stanley Johnson, crossing fingers that under new coach Dwane Casey, his stats will take a leap forward. Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant With DeMarcus Cousins still iffy with his achilles tear, we'll have to "settle" for GSW's All-Star quartet. Also, we may have found the thing to start a little in-fighting among the Dubs - figuring out who of the four starts on the bench. Houston Rockets - Chris Paul, James Harden, Clint Capela, Carmelo Anthony Maybe there's a possibility that PJ Tucker would be a better fit than Melo, but Chris Paul says Anthony's in, and who am I to argue? Indiana Pacers - Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic The Pacers surprised many last season, and this quartet was at the center of their uprising. One extremely hard cut? New signing Tyreke Evans, though he would duplicate a lot of what Oladipo brings to the table. Los Angeles Clippers - Avery Bradley, Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley, Injuries aside, this is a very potent four-some from the Clips. The Bradley + Beverley combo should put the clamps on anyone, while freeing up Gallo or Harris from downtown. Los Angeles Lakers - LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma I was tempted to go with a Meme Team lineup of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee, along with LBJ (and apologies to Michael Beasley), but let's go with the Lakers kids instead. The mix of youth and James' experience ought to be a potent combo.   Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Chandler Parsons, Jaren Jackson Jr. Once upon a time, a Grit 'N Grind four of Conley, Gasol, Tony Allen, and Zach Randolph probably could have run away with this. Instead, we're hoping Parsons is healthy enough to spread the floor, and that Jackson Jr. is as impressive as he was in Summer League. Miami Heat - Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Josh Richardson There are plenty of ways to go with the Heat. Kelly Olynyk was a great addition last offseason. Hassan Whiteside, despite his clashes with the coaching staff, could still submit a dominant performance. A healthy Dion Waiters is a very 3x3-esque player. Oh, and if the Heat bring back Dwyane Wade, he's got to be a shoo-in. All of that said, I like this mix of players, but you can certainly change my mind. Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Thon Maker The Greek Freak is the centerpiece of any squad you form out of the Bucks. With the way the court is shrunk, you can be sure Antetokounmpo will be everywhere, on both offense and defense. The challenge is finding guys to complement him. Middleton is the obvious pick, while Bledsoe versus Malcolm Brogdon is a bit of a toss-up. To round out the team, I can't help but give the nod to Maker, you know, just in case we need someone to unleash a Mortal Kombat-esque flying kick. Minnesota Timberwolves - Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague Coach Thibodeau wouldn't reallllly consider a Butler-Taj Gibson-Derrick Rose trio right? *pause* Let's move on. New Orleans Pelicans - Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle This is as jumbo a line-up as you can get here, with Holiday being the only real guard, and that's what makes this Pelicans team so intriguing. New York Knicks - Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Tim Hardaway Jr. The Knicks go young with Zinger, Frank and the rookie Knox. The only real question is the fourth player. You could make the case for Enes Kanter, or even the resurgent Trey Burke, but my pick here is for THJ for more perimeter scoring. Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Steven Adams, Andre Roberson When this four-some were on the court last season, the Thunder slapped opposing teams into straitjackets and tossed them away into some dark cell. If Roberson's healthy again, this group will probably do the same in 3X. Orlando Magic - Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Mohamed Bamba It's all about the wingspan for the Magic. Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, Dario Saric We're going to trust the process here, and roll out the 76ers' core group. Sure you might want JJ Redick to address the lack of a true knockdown shooter, or roll the dice on the possibility of Markelle Fultz looking like a number one overall pick, but it's hard to argue with the skillset of this four. Phoenix Suns - DeAndre Ayton, Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Trevor Ariza The first three in the desert are all young and unpolished to varying degrees. That's why we're rounding out Phoenix's squad with veteran Trevor Ariza, in order to show this group how to notch W's. Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins Obviously you go with the Dame-CJ one-two punch. Nurkic, after signing his extension, is a lock too. The question comes with the fourth chair. Evan Turner? Seth Curry? Mo Harkless? Ultimately, my pick is second-year player Zach Collins, as the team could use his hustle, and a guy who doesn't really need a whole lot of touches. Sacramento Kings - De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III We're going young again here, and it's hard to argue with this Kings quartet. However, don't sleep on Harry Giles, who red-shirted what would have been his rookie season last year. He is primed to break out, based on his Summer League performance. San Antonio Spurs - LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Dejounte Murray The Spurs throw out a veteran squad, with the exception of the long-armed, defensively-stout Murray. Patty Mills might be a better option if you're worried about the team's lack of shooting, and you could certainly debate slotting in Pau Gasol for Rudy Gay as well. Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby In the regular season, the Raptors thrived thanks to a deep bench, but that's not an option in 3X. Instead, we'll make defense their calling card, as highlighted by new get Kawhi Leonard. Pairing "The Klaw" with Siakam and Anunoby turns any game into a defensive slugfest, and of course, Lowry is there to run the show. Utah Jazz - Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio You could very well make the argument that this is the second-best squad in this field. Washington Wizards - John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Dwight Howard Guys, when even John Oliver is making fun of Dwight Howard, you know we've all gone too far. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 24th, 2018Related News

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.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 18th, 2018Related News

PVL: Lady Tams clinch a Final Four berth

Far Eastern University once again went through the proverbial eye of the needle to carve out a come-from-behind 15-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 15-7 win over University of the Philippines and clinch a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tamaraws fought back from five points down in the fourth set to force a decider before unleashing a barrage of hits in early in the fifth frame to silence the Lady Maroons and climb to a share of the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas with 5-1 win-loss record. FEU joined UST and unbeaten Adamson University in the Final Four. Heather Guino-o stepped up on offense for 13 points while Jeannette Villareal had 10 markers for FEU, which survived its third straight five-set game. FEU rallied from a 16-21 deficit in the fourth set to extend the match before opening a 10-3 gap in the deciding frame to cruise to back-to-back victories.    “Ang sabi ko sa kanila hindi pa naman natatapos sa fourth set so may chance pa. Ang importante nandoon pa rin ang willingness nila, yung fighting spirit nila na kaya pa rin nilang talunin. Huwag na lang nilang intindihin ang score, ang intindihin nila ang laro nila,” said FEU coach George Pascua, whose squad played without Czarina Carandang while Celine Domingo sat out the match. Carandang had difficulty in breathing and was hospitalized while Domingo was nursing a sore left knee. UP was hounded by errors, committing 42 including three of the last four points of the match while allowing the Lady Tams to land 10 aces. The Lady Maroons continued to blow hot and cold in the conference. UP has yet to string back-to-back wins. Isa Molde scored 20 points, Marist Layug got 16 while Roselyn Rossier and rookie Nicole Magsarile finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Maroons, who dropped to 3-3 slate.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Nearly there

Adamson and Far Eastern University encountered rough roads en route to victories to both move one win shy of outright semifinal positions in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Sunday night. FEU encountered its most difficult assignment so far, struggling past Perpetual, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6, at Filoil Flying V Centre. Celine Domingo banged in 18 points, while Jeannette Villareal and Heather Guino-o chipped in 11 and 10 points each to help the Lady Tamaraws score their fourth win in five matches. Later, Adamson blew two match points in the fourth before downing University of the Philippines, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, in the other women's matc...Keep on reading: Nearly there.....»»

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

PVL: Lady Tams secure at least a semis berth playoff

Far Eastern University again went thru a marathon five-set in the Premier Volleyball Season 2 Collegiate Conference. But this time the Lady Tamaraws came out on top to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth with a come-from-behind 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6 victory over University of Perpetual Help Sunday at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Celine Domingo scored 19 points while Jeannette Villareal and Heather Guino-o added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for FEU, which rebounded from a five-set loss to Adamson last week for a 4-1 win-loss card. Jerrili Malabanan and rookie Lycha Ebon chipped in nine markers each for the Lady Tams.      Head coach George Pascua felt relieved after a close call but pointed out that he wanted to see more from his second unit.      “Although nanalo kami pero kailangan bigyan ng break starting six namin para may kumpyansa bench namin,” he said. Pascua tweaked his lineup in the second and third set that almost backfired before deploying his starters in the last two sets to put things back in order.   “Sabi ko sa kanila yung chance na binigay ko sa kanila dapat magpakita sila, best character nila kung ano mabibigay nila,” Pascua said. The Lady Altas, who played without injured skipper Blanca Tripoli (hamstring), suffered their fourth loss in five games. Cindy Imbo scored 15 points, Jenny Gaviola had 13 while Jowie Versoza got 10 for Perpetual.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 12th, 2018Related News

Domingo leading the way for FEU in PVL

Far Eastern University's post Bernadeth Pons era has started and the team is starting to stand on its feet without its former talisman. In the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, the Lady Tamaraws seemed to have found a new first option in middle blocker Celine Domingo. The third-year hitter has been carrying FEU's scoring load in the offseason tournament and she's slowly becoming the team's most potent scorer with outside hitter Toni Rose Basas sidelined with an injury. Domingo put up 18 points in FEU's five-set win over University of Perpetual Help, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6, and that production put her total at 70 points in the league's scoring table. ...Keep on reading: Domingo leading the way for FEU in PVL.....»»

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

Filmmaker Louie Ignacio on the hardest part of directing child actors

The hardest task for a director is to make child actors say curse words, steal and pretend to do drugs for the sake of art, according to Louie Ignacio, director of the gritty drama "School Service." "I made them do bad stuff here. They didn't know all these things before taking on the project, but they had to learn them because they're actors," Ignacio said of child thespians Therese Malvar, Felixia Dizon, Kenken Nuyad, Ace Cafe, Santino Oquendo and Celine Juan, who plays the lead character Maya. The film is an entry in the 2018 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which will run from Aug. 2 to 13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City. Maya, 8, ...Keep on reading: Filmmaker Louie Ignacio on the hardest part of directing child actors.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 1st, 2018Related News

Challenging role for Maine in Vic-Coco film

  Vic Sotto said that Maine Mendoza didn't need much convincing to join the cast of his 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, "Popo En Jack: The Puliscredibles." "She felt it was a good project. She will be taking on a challenging role, and it's something she hasn't done yet," he told reporters at a cocktail party hosted by Smart Music Live just a few hours before Celine Dion's second show at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. "I believe this is the first time she will do a film solo or without a love team. So it will really put her acting to test," added Vic, who related that shooting is set to start in August. Maine's last movie was "Meant to Beh," in which she and Alden ...Keep on reading: Challenging role for Maine in Vic-Coco film.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 27th, 2018Related News

PVL: Domingo steps up to the challenge

With Far Eastern University missing the services of Toni Rose Basas and the departure of top hitter Bernadeth Pons after last UAAP season, the Lady Tamaraws needed someone to step up on offense. Celine Domingo embraced that role with her recent performance for FEU in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference said it all. The UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker averaged 18 points per game as she led the Lady Tams to an early share of the lead with University of Sto. Tomas with back-to-back wins to open their campaign. However, instead of feeling pressured on her new role, Domingo treats it as a challenge.     “Nararamdaman ko naman (ang pressure), pero hindi ganoon totally kabigat. Hindi ko siya tine-take as pressure, kasi 'di naman kami pine-pressure ni coach eh,” she said. Domingo had her scoring prowess in full display Wednesday when she led FEU to a 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, win over San Beda University. The incoming sophomore, a transferee from University of the East, posted a personal conference-best 22 points built on 15 attacks, four kill blocks and three aces.     Domingo was the main weapon of the Lady Tams with her quick kills as they dismantle the Lady Red Spikers, who gave FEU a scare after taking the second frame.  “Siguro part kasi 'yun ng game plan namin na i-feed muna sa quickers, para pag binato sa open, magiging madali na para sa spiker na paluin,” said Domingo. Playing with na slew of newcomers, Domingo provided the maturity and composure as FEU dodged another upset-scare since escaping College of St. Benilde in five sets in their conference opener last Sunday. “Siguro isa na ding factor 'yung kailangan mag-step up din kami, tapos isa na rin ako sa nakakatanda, ayun po,” added Domingo. Still, Domingo admitted that she still has a lot to improve on as she prepares for UAAP Season 81. “Siguro 'yun ano pa rin, 'yung blockings. Siyempre may puhunan na ako doon, kailangan ko lang i-continue and mas mag-improve pa,” she said. “Big thing din 'yun, pag na-block na, wala ng kailangang gawin eh. So 'yun, kailangan ko pa i-improve 'yun.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 25th, 2018Related News