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Jett Manuel proud of his boys as UP finally makes UAAP Final Four

Although not being able to personally bring the UP Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Final Four, Jett Manuel was just as happy as he learned of his team's feat. The boys from Diliman have made the postseason for the very first time since 1997, when they were led by the late Bryan Gahol, Joseph "Ogie" Gumatay, and Paolo Mendoza.  Since then, the squad has experienced heartbreak for the next two decades, including a few winless seasons. Manuel, who donned the maroon and white from 2010-16 was not spared from UP's mediocrity, compiling an overall 10-60 record in his five-year playing career, including two 0-14 seasons and the infamous UAAP Season 77 bonfire back in 2014, which celebrated their only win of the campaign. The former team captain admitted that he was following the game while his team, Ginebra, was at shootaround at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, trying to keep their season alive, facing archrivals Magnolia in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. "Well, I was secretly following the game throughout my pre-game preparation. Di nga ako nag-pre-game shooting para mapanood ko yung game," Manuel shared. UP was already up by 23 when the opening jump took place for Game 3, so Manuel had a good feeling his alma mater had made it and never knew the actual final results until much later. Despite not leaving the bench the entirety of the game, Manuel went home a happy man as the Fighting Maroons downed the DLSU Green Archers, 97-81, while Ginebra forced a Game 4, 107-103. "I’m sad na I wasn’t there in person, but at least I got the win here today." But before some of his former teammates, now the veterans of the squad entered the hardwood, Manuel relayed a good luck message for the team, who were playing at the Mall of Asia Arena. "I spoke to Paul [Desiderio], I spoke to Diego [Dario], to Gelo [Vito] this morning, just telling them good luck, and yung usual ano, I mean, I’m always there for them. I’m just really happy for them. Yun lang talaga." The licensed engineer also shared how he expected that one day his teammates will bear the fruit of his squad's labor, an accomplishment the UP community has eagerly waited for a very long time. "Me personally, leaving UP with that goal na I wanted to leave something behind, leave a culture behind and try to start something, which will eventually lead to this." However, Manuel felt mixed emotions that UP's victory came at the expense of the Green Archers, where his younger brother, Joaqui plays for as a rookie. "...50-50 yung puso ko eh. I’m Maroon-blooded as well as a Manuel. So at the expense of my brother, yeah, I feel sad, but I’m more happy now that finally, finally [UP made it]." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports5 hr. 6 min. ago Related News

HOAX: US Senator Richard Black calls Duterte a ‘druglord’

Claim: US Senator Richard Black from Virginia supposedly criticized Filipinos for electing President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he called a “very powerful druglord.” Facebook user Paul John posted the claim to group “Freedom Wall (original)" on November 8. The full quote, as placed in a meme graphic with a ........»»

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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. 19 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. 19 min. ago Related News

PBA: Brownlee after saving Ginebra again: 'We ll be all right'

Justin Brownlee was the personification of the "Never Say Die" attitude Wednesday for Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. Ginebra's super import scored a career-high tying 46 points, 18 in a pivotal third quarter run, to will the two-time champion Gin Kings back from the dead in Manila Clasico. Brownlee almost single-handedly brought Ginebra back from an 18-point second half deficit and the Gin Kings' bid for a three-peat is still going. "I don't know man," Brownlee said, almost in disbelief of his own superhuman effort to save the series for Ginebra. "That's Never Say Die attitude. The fans, they got into the game and they gave us a boost of energy. We just wanted to keep it going, it's fortunate that we got the win, that's the most important thing," he added. Thins were not looking pretty for Ginebra at halftime. Mark Barroca scored 12 points to spark a late rally for Magnolia late in the second period and the Hotshots took full control of the game. Brownlee was the only one keeping Ginebra at that point, scoring 19 at the break. At the end of the third period and another 18 points later, he brought Ginebra back. To cap it all off, it appeared that Brownlee had a hand in Paul Lee's game-winning triple for the Hotshots. "We just find out if we stick together and stay positive," Brownlee said. "I think, we'll be all right. We'll overcome any adversity we have," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports17 hr. 19 min. ago Related News

Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep

LA Tenorio made the game-winning basket while Justin Brownlee matched his career-high and reigning two-time champion Barangay Ginebra escaped Magnolia, 107-103, in Game 3 to stay alive in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tenorio hit a floater that put the Gin Kings in front for good, 105-103, with 14.9 seconds left before the Hotshots failed to score on the other end after Paul Lee's deep 3-pointer hardly hit the front of the rim. Brownlee led the Kings' comeback from 18 points down in the third quarter en route to a 46-point night on top of 19 rebounds and three blocks while Tenorio unleashed 11 of his 14 points in the four...Keep on reading: Tenorio, Brownlee push Ginebra past Magnolia to avoid PBA semis sweep.....»»

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

Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project

LOS ANGELES---Jamie Dornan was pretending to be embarrassed. With a smile, he was turning his back halfway on me. I had just told him that I recently heard again his short version of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" from the "Fifty Shades Freed" soundtrack. I said he has a good voice.   I also told the actor that I Googled him as a singer and got to watch him croon "Fairytale" in a video back when he had a folk band named Sons of Jim with his friend David Alexander and his acting career hasn't taken off yet.   "Don't make me sing that song now," he said with a laugh. Wearing a gray wool sweater with sleeves rolled up and dark pants, the Irish actor sat amid t...Keep on reading: Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project.....»»

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

Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Harden powers Rockets to first home win as Melo situation gets sorted out

LOS ANGELES, USA – James Harden drained 8 three-pointers en route to a season-high 40 points as the Houston Rockets won their first home game with a 115-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Harden added 9 assists and 7 rebounds and Chris Paul tallied 26 points for the Rockets, who had ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Over P3-M Worth Nabbed in Hotels

P3 million worth of drugs were recovered inside a hotel from 4 suspected drug pushers in two different buy-bust operations in Cebu City on November 7 and 8. Ian Paul Bontilao Cabarrubias was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by Talamban Police Station 8 on November 7, 2018. Cabarrubias yielded 25 grams of suspected shabu […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Photo exhibit highlights SSI’s ongoing 30th anniversary celebration

FOR 30 years now, the SSI (Stores Specialists Inc.) Group has changed the retail landscape of the Philippine by bringing in some of the world’s most influential brands to the Philippines: think Gucci, Prada, Calvin Klein, and Alexander McQueen, among many, many, others......»»

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

Ababis and Star Wnrs : Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce

BEIJING, China – Sneakers on a popular Chinese e-commerce platform look like Adidas, but are branded "Ababis." Underwear resembling Calvin Klein are called "Caiwen Kani." Toys with an uncanny resemblance to a certain blockbuster movie franchise opt for "Star Wnrs." As China held its massive annual ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Rookie Doncic, veteran Barea lead Mavs past Thunder 111-96

DALLAS (AP) — Rookie Luka Doncic scored 22 points and veteran J.J. Barea added 21 off the bench, including 16 in a first-half surge, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Mavericks won for the second time in nine games and snapped the Thunder's seven-game winning streak after they had lost their first four games of the season. Harrison Barnes and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 11 points each and Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 for Dallas. Paul George and Steven Adams had double-doubles for Oklahoma City, each finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Dennis Schroder added 19 points and Jerami Grant had 13. Oklahoma City raced to an early 18-12 lead, but Barea scored 11 points in a foul-filled first quarter, including two free throws for a 23-22 lead at the end of the quarter. Barea accounted for 16 of the Mavericks' 20 points for a 32-24 lead before returning to the bench. Dallas stayed hot, building its lead to 24 points, 57-33, before the Thunder scored the last 12 points of the first half. The 34-year-old Barea was the second-oldest Maverick active for the game. He led the way as the Dallas bench outscored Oklahoma City's 22-5. The Mavericks' youngest player, 19-year-old Doncic, scored nine of his points in the third quarter. The Thunder made only 39 percent of their field goal attempts (38-for-97). In the first quarter, George and Schroder scored eight apiece for the Thunder, who committed eight of the 15 fouls in the quarter. Dallas outscored Oklahoma City 34-11 in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter. Barea scored his game-high 16 first-half points in 10 minutes. George and Schroder each had 11 at halftime. TIP-INS Thunder: Russell Westbrook missed his third game because of a sprained left ankle. . The bench scored only two points in the first half on 1-for-13 shooting. . Raymond Felton, Oklahoma City's oldest player, was born the same day as Dallas' J.J. Barea - June 26, 1984. Mavericks: Allowed a season-low 96 points -- 13 less than their previous low, 109 by Chicago on Oct. 22 . Led by J.J. Barea's 16, the bench provided 30 of Dallas' 57 first-half points. . Held the Thunder to 45 points in the first half, the fewest this season for a Dallas opponent. . The Mavericks shot 13-for-18 (72 percent) from the field in the second quarter, including 6-of-8 (75) from three-point range. UP NEXT Thunder: Play the first of two home games against Phoenix on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Mavericks: Take a quick trip to play Chicago on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

        ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – The Magnolia Hotshots held off Barangay Ginebra's late charge, 106-98, to take the opener of their best-of-five Manila Clasico semifinals in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Ynares Center here on Saturday, November 10.  Romeo Travis powered the Hotshots with 37 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and Paul Lee ........»»

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

Under Perasol, UP finds winning culture

  MANILA, Philippines – As the University of the Philippines (UP) moved a step closer to its UAAP Final Four dream, five-year veteran Paul Desiderio thinks there's one key person to credit for turning the Maroons' program around.   Desiderio said Bo Perasol impressively worked his coaching magic on the Maroons, who clinched their  seventh win of the season ........»»

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

Paul Lee downplays Magnolia s rare Clasico win over Ginebra

    ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Magnolia may have snapped a seven-game losing skid against Barangay Ginebra, but Paul Lee downplayed the Hotshots' achievements, knowing full well the sleeping bear they just poked awake. “That's nothing. The job is not yet finished,” said Lee after the Hotshots downed the Gin Kings,  106-98 , to ........»»

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

Hotshots too hot for sluggish Kings

Magnolia sprang out of a rut in its head-on matches with fierce rival Barangay Ginebra, banking heavily on the big games of Romeo Travis and Paul Lee to carve out a 106-98 win in Game One of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 10th, 2018Related News

Concrete plant defies Lipa mayor s closure order

BATANGAS, Philippines – Residents of Barangay Calamias in Lipa City are calling on higher authorities to look into the continued operations of a batching or concrete plant despite an earlier closure order issued by the city government of Lipa.   In a document obtained by Rappler, members of the Sangguniang Barangay of Calamias ........»»

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

Caris LeVert hits floater to lift Nets past Nuggets, 112-110

By MICHAEL KELLY,  Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Caris LeVert hit a floater in the lane with 0.3 seconds left and the Brooklyn Nets scored the last six points to beat the Denver Nuggets 112-110 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). The Nets overcame a big bounce-back night from Denver's Nikola Jokic to win their third straight. In an offensive funk for the last four games, Jokic had a season-high 37 points and tied his career best with 21 rebounds. It wasn't enough to prevent Denver's first home loss of the season. Jokic took only one shot Wednesday night in a loss to Memphis, a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have given Denver the win. He took only 18 shots in the first four games of November but topped that before the end of the third quarter. He had 11 points in the first quarter and a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds at halftime. Denver appeared to take control after Jokic blocked Jarrett Allen, grabbed the rebound and fed Malik Beasley for a layup and a 108-106 lead with 1:23 left. After a Brooklyn miss, Paul Millsap's two free throws made it a four-point game. The Nets tied it with 29 seconds left and Jokic was called for traveling with 22 seconds left. LeVert got the ball up top and was blanketed by Gary Harris. He broke through the tight defense to get into the lane and hit a soft lob to give Brooklyn the win. D'Angelo Russell led the Nets with 23 points, and Allen had 18. TIP-INS Nets: DeMarre Carroll scored nine points in 14 minutes in his season debut. He missed the first nine games following right ankle surgery. ... The Nuggets played a short tribute video for Kenneth Faried's return to Denver. Faried was traded to Brooklyn after seven years with the Nuggets. Nuggets: Denver attempted two free throws in the first half and 32 in the second half. ... Harris scored a season-low four points. It is the first time in 12 games he hasn't scored in double figures. GOT YOUR BACK Denver head coach Michael Malone defended Jokic for his comments last week that drew a $25,000 fine from the NBA. Jokic's was dinged for his use of a gay slur after a win in Chicago on Oct. 31. "There's so many things being said about this poor kid, and I understand some of it," Malone said. "Those of us who know him, give the kid a break. He made a mistake, he paid for it, get off his back a little bit. He's a great kid, he loves everybody and meant no offense to anybody. He's going to be fine and let the kid be a 23-year-old young kid who's going to have a great, great future in a Nuggets uniform." UP NEXT Nets: Continue their four-game trip at Golden State on Saturday night. Nuggets: Host Milwaukee on Sunday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 10th, 2018Related News

Hello Susan!

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres BROTHERS Paul and Wendel Wang recently hosted a birthday dinner party for their beloved mother, Susan Wang, at the Mr. Misono Japanese Restaurant. Well-wishers came to enjoy Japanese cuisines especially prepared by Susan’s close friend, Chato Javellana. The fares included Wagyu Beef, Sukiyaki, Teppanyaki, Tempura, Chicken Teriyaki, Yakitori, California Maki, Kani […] The post Hello Susan! appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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