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Knicks won t rush Porzingis or future building plans

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis is back with his teammates, though the New York Knicks don’t know when he’ll be back on the court. Joakim Noah won’t be back, though the terms of his departure still are being negotiated. So while there are questions, the Knicks also feel they have certainty with the way they are building their team. They insist their future first-round draft picks will be used to select players for their own team, not to be dangled in trades that could land them an established player. “We’re committed to following a plan and not just shifting and pivoting because we see something that we think is attractive and might fast track something,” Knicks president Steve Mills said Thursday. “I’ve seen that happen and go wrong too many times and that’s not what we’re going to do.” It’s happened in New York, where the Knicks traded young players and future assets in 2011 to acquire Carmelo Anthony, rather than sign him the following summer as a free agent with the cap space they had. This time, they say they will wait for the summer of 2019, when Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard could be among the free agents — even if one of them suddenly became available by trade now. “We don’t want to jump at the shiny things,” coach David Fizdale said. “We want to make solid decisions and be patient with this process.” They will be patient with Porzingis, their All-Star forward who is still recovering from a torn ACL in February. He is back in New York and working out with his teammates, but faces more testing and rehab before the Knicks know when he can play. “As he meets certain milestones, we’ll continue his rehab process,” Mills said, “all toward the direction of when he feels 100 percent comfortable and we feel 100 percent comfortable that we’re not taking any risks with him, then he’ll be ready to come back.” Not so for Noah, despite the two years left on the $72 million deal he signed in 2015. He has been away from the team since clashing with former coach Jeff Hornacek last season. The Knicks remain in discussions with Noah and his representation to determine how he’ll leave the club. “The hope is that we can come to a resolution that is both advantageous to both Joakim and to the Knicks, and so that’s where it sits right now,” general manager Scott Perry said. Porzingis is eligible for an extension this fall, but the Knicks seem prepared to wait until next summer. That would allow them to have more salary-cap space in July if they try to sign a player they won’t mortgage any of their future for now. “We feel comfortable with our organization and where we’re going and what we’re developing here,” Mills said, “and we think that when it’s time for us to go after free agents, we’ll be a place to attract free agents and we shouldn’t use our draft picks like that.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 20th, 2018Related News

Asian American media coalition bolsters diversity lobbying with new officers

LOS ANGELES -- Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) has elected three new vice chairs to bolster its advocacy efforts, following the recent successes of "Crazy Rich Asians," "Searching," and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," which cap nearly two decades of community advocacy work Named as new vice chairs were Robert Chan, president of media watchdog group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA); Milton Liu, writer/producer/director and director of programs and artist services for Los Angeles arts nonprofit Visual Communications; and Lisa Thong, representing OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates. They will serve one-year terms through fall 2019. Longtime leader...Keep on reading: Asian American media coalition bolsters diversity lobbying with new officers.....»»

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

Darren Criss first Fil-Am to win major Emmy prize

  LOS ANGELES --- Darren Criss won best actor in a limited series or movie for his performance in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" in the 70th Prime-time Emmy Awards held on Monday (Tuesday morning in Manila) at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.   Criss, whose mother Cerina Criss is from Cebu, became the first Filipino-American to win a lead actor Emmy trophy for his widely acclaimed portrayal of Andrew Cunanan, who killed fashion designer Gianni Versace and four other men in 1997.   The 31-year-old actor bested five others --- Antonio Banderas ("Genius: Picasso"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Patrick Melrose"), Jeff Dan...Keep on reading: Darren Criss first Fil-Am to win major Emmy prize.....»»

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

FIBA WORLD CUP: Lassiter-Wright is the shooter combo Gilas deserves

In an ironic twist of fate, three-point shooting has been one of the issues Gilas Pilipinas has been dealing with so far in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. In seven games so far, the Philippines is only shooting 28.5 percent from distance, which is 12th in a field of 16 teams. Gilas is only averaging 6.4 makes per game despite attempting an average of 22.6 shots per outing. In their last loss to Iran, Gilas shot 5/28 from three-point range for a woeful 17.9 percent. Fortunately, it looks like brighter days are ahead for Team Pilipinas from rainbow country as the national team is set to welcome back Matthew Wright from one-game suspension. The Fil-Canadian sniper is shooting 43.8 percent in these Qualifiers, second-best in Gilas. Wright will team up with Marcio Lassiter starting Monday against Qatar, giving the Philippines its best two-man shooter combo since Jeff Chan and Larry Fonacier shared the floor a couple of Gilas versions ago. "I'm excited because Marcio is one of the players I look up to," Wright said of his upcoming tandem with Lassiter. "Coming in, I've heard comparisons between us and it's very flattering with Marcio being a great shooter and a champion," he added. While it's they're first time teamming up ever, Wright is confident that he'll mesh well with Lassiter. As Gilas looks to recover from back-to-back losses in the Asian Qualifiers, a Lassiter-Wright combo should greatly help the national team's cause. "We get along off the court too. We have great chemistry and we will make things happen and open the floor for everybody else," Wright said. "We just got to do our job and knock down shots," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2018Related News

Steve Bannon: ‘Time’s Up is most powerful political movement’

WASHINGTON (AP) --- President Donald Trump's former chief strategist says he's surprised the #MeToo movement hasn't had more impact on corporate America. Steve Bannon says he thinks Time's Up is "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world." Bannon spoke Saturday in New York during an ideas festival sponsored by The Economist. His comments came the same week Les Moonves (MOON'-vehz) stepped down as head of CBS Corp. and the network fired "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager. Both men deny sexual misconduct allegations against them. Asked about Time's Up, Bannon said: "I'm quite shocked that the #MeToo movement hasn't cut through corporate America...Keep on reading: Steve Bannon: ‘Time’s Up is most powerful political movement’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 16th, 2018Related News

TERRIFIC 12: Speights and the other (former) NBA players in Macau

The Terrific 12 is the Asia League's premier tournament and it sure comes through when it comes to the talent present in all 12 teams. Several ball clubs will feature NBA talent in the week-long joust set to tip off Sept. 18 at the Studio City in Macau. Before actions starts, here's the list of former NBA players seeind action in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament.   Al JEFFERSON, Xinjiang FLYING TIGERS A former first round pick, Al Jefferson will play import for China's Xinjiang Flying Tigers, or the former team where Gilas Pilipinas' Andray Blatche used to play for in the CBA. Jefferson has career averages of 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds and he last played in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers.   Jeff AYRES, Ryukyu GOLDEN KINGS Ayres played for four NBA teams including the San Antonio Spurs where he won an NBA title in 2014. A former second round pick, Ayres last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2016.   Marreese SPEIGHTS, Guangzhou LONG LIONS Playing for the Orlando Magic in the past NBA season, Mo Speights finds himself in the CBA after signing with the Guangzhou Long Lions, the winner of the Asia League's Super 8 tournament two months ago. Speights will debut for the Long Lions in the Terrific 12 and he has NBA averages 7.9 oints and 4.5 rebounds. He won an NBA title in 2015 with the Golden State Warriors.   Andrew GOUDELOCK, Shandong GOLDEN STARS Goudelock was drafter by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2011 Draft. The scoring guard had two stints with the Lakers and another one with the Houston Rockets before he embarked on his international career. Goudelock previously played for the Flying Tigers and after spending time in the EuroLeague, the former NBA D-League MVP is back in the CBA to play for the Golden Stars.   Donatas MOTIEJUNAS, Shandong GOLDEN STARS The Lithuanian forward was drafted by the Timberwolves in the first round of the 2011 Draft but Motiejunas spent most of his NBA career with the Houston Rockets where he averaged a career-best 12 points per game in the 2014-2015 season. Motiejunas also played for the New Orleans Pelicans two season ago before moving to China.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2018Related News

Atty. Gen. Sessions makes it harder to obtain court continuances/postponements

On Aug. 16, 2018, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions issued an opinion, to be binding on all immigration courts, on when an immigration judge may grant a continuance of deportation/removal proceedings, where the alien is pursuing a green card or other relief from USCIS (collateral relief)......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2018Related News

30 Teams in 30 Days: Can Wizards realize their potential?

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com What offseason? That's a question many fans ask as the flurry of trades, free agent news and player movement seems to never stop during the summer. Since the Golden State Warriors claimed their third title in four years back on June 8 (June 9, PHL time), NBA teams have undergone a massive number of changes as they prepare for the season ahead. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- from the team with the worst regular-season record in 2017-18 to the team with the best regular-season record -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Washington Wizards 2017-18 Record: 43-39, lost in first round to Toronto Raptors Who's new: Dwight Howard (free agency), Jeff Green (free agency), Troy Brown, Jr. (Draft), Austin Rivers (trade) Who's gone: Marcin Gortat (trade), Mike Scott (free agency) The lowdown: With John Wall limited to half a season because of knee surgery, Bradley Beal became a leading man and, on some nights, pushed the boundaries of stardom. If anything, he gave the Wizards confidence in knowing that, when the pair is healthy, Washington boasts a top-three-or-four backcourt in the NBA. Forward Otto Porter Jr. was third in the NBA in 3-point shooting (a blistering 44.1 percent) and served as a secondary source of scoring. However, the Wizards weren’t so clear-cut elsewhere. The frontline continued to be a source of mixed results and frustration and, other than Kelly Oubre Jr., depth was an issue. The Wizards went chilly late in the season, lost nine of their last 12 games and dropped to the eighth seed. In some ways, the Wizards are on the clock. They must seize the opportunity to win big while Wall, 27, and Beal, 25, are still in their primes. Yet they’ve rarely stayed healthy together and besides, nothing is promised. Remember, the Toronto Raptors broke up the sterling DeMar DeRozan-Kyle Lowry backcourt this summer when their patience finally ran out. Also, keep in mind the cost. Wall’s super max deal doesn’t begin until 2019-20. Beal is due $80 million the next three years, roughly the same money Washington will pay Porter Jr., who’s a good (but perhaps overpriced) complimentary player. For the time being, the Wizards will put their frontcourt faith in Dwight Howard, who arrives about five years past his prime, but should be an upgrade over Gortat. Howard, 32, came cheap after his Brooklyn Nets buyout and remains a deluxe rebounder (12.5 per game last season). The decision to bring in Howard could be the banana peel in the path of progress, however. This is his fourth team in four years. His “act” -- being easy-going, goofy and fun-loving -- didn’t play well with some previous teammates, including, among others, Kobe Bryant and James Harden. Howard is headed to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and anyone who believes otherwise is foolish -- the man did carry the Orlando Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals. For a seven-year stretch, he was one of the game’s biggest impact players. Yet his twilight is bewildering, which is not surprising. Howard never developed his offensive game (namely a go-to move or mid-range shot) and as a result, he’s a dinosaur in a changing environment, someone who shrinks considerably when he strays six feet from the basket. Plus, he’s not the defensive demon of before, although he stays in tremendous physical shape and still runs the floor. There’s also the matter of his personality, which might be overstated to a degree, yet was an issue ever since he left the Magic. Howard appears to be on a mission to please everyone and in the process, tends to ruffle some feathers along the way. Finally, he often becomes irritated when he doesn’t see the ball in the low post. He won’t get many touches on a team with Wall and Beal taking upwards of 35 shots a night. (Ball movement and sharing was a complaint Gortat voiced at times in the past, too.) Over the summer, Wall said he will do whatever he can to make Howard comfortable ... because what’s the alternative? Since Beal joined Wall in 2012-13, they have won three playoff series together -- but have never reached the East finals. However, the East is wide open this year with LeBron James out West. The Wizards chose not to trade Oubre Jr. in the offseason, but this situation bears watching. He’s a developing player at a stacked position, and the swingman spot became even more crowded when the Wizards drafted Brown, who’s cut in the same mold. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Wizards move Oubre Jr. or Porter Jr. by the trade deadline if the right deal comes along, simply because Washington can’t pay both. Plus, Oubre Jr. is eligible for a contract extension next summer. Brown, 19, brings court vision and a reliable handle, but it's hard to see him playing much given the bodies in front of him on the depth chart. After all the quality big men and point guards were gone (and they passed on picking Michael Porter Jr.), Washington was in a weird position at No. 15 in the Draft. They could either trade the pick or Draft a wing-type. They traded Gortat for Rivers, who’s listed at point guard but lacks the court vision and ability to create for others to see much time at the position. Rivers is more of a 3-point shooter, and he did well enough (37.8 percent) last season to ably bring that element off the bench. For the most part, the Wizards made minor moves this summer, none of which are expected to dramatically change the complexion of the club. It should be enough to keep them in the playoff mix, especially with LeBron gone. From there, their hopes will be tied to their health. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or 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: SportsSep 15th, 2018Related News

Amazon s Jeff Bezos unveils $2B philanthropic fund

  WASHINGTON, USA – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, announced Thursday he was creating a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools in low-income communities, committing an initial $2 billion. Bezos made the announcement on Twitter a year after asking for ideas on how ........»»

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

Get to know the top veteran lawyers who volunteered to defend Trillanes

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is tapping some big names in the legal field to contest the nullification of the amnesty granted to him. Trillanes announced that veteran lawyers Pacifico Agabin, Florin Hilbay and Joselito Chan will be joining chief counsel Reynaldo Robles on his legal team. The lawmaker said that the members of his team […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopSep 13th, 2018Related News

TNT s former Best Import to lead Team Philippines in Terrific 12 joust

The lone Philippine team in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament will have a former PBA Best Import as its main reinforcement. Richard Howell, the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Import for TNT, will lead the campaign for the iECO Green Warriors seeing action in Macau starting Sept. 18. Playing for the Tropang Texters, Howell helped TNT sweep the Commissioner's Cup through the semifinals. Unfortunately for him and the Texters, San Mig Coffee took the Finals, 3-1, to win the third of four straight titles that led to their Grand Slam that year. Howell would return to TNT the following year, leading the team to a 4-1 start. However, he was replaced by Ivan Johnson and the Tropang Texters would later win the 2015 Commissioner's Cup, beating Rain or Shine after two overtimes in Game 7 of the Finals. Howell, who has since played for Israel national team, is back in the Philippines to play for the Green Warriors coached by former Phoenix Fuel Masters mentor Ariel Vanguardia. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Vanguardia-coached D-League All-Stars start prep for Macau invitational] Sam Logwood is iECO's other import and the local crew is composed of several D-League standouts including 2018 Foundation Cup champion Gab Banal. Also in iECO's roster is Joshua Munzon from the ABL's Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Green Warriors will have work cut out for them in Group C. iECO will debut in the main game of Sept. 18 against Japan's Ryuku Golden Kings which has 2014 NBA champion Jeff Ayres and former Japan naturalized player Ira Brown on deck. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Jefferson takes over Blatche's old spot with Flying Tigers] iECO will then take on the Xinjiang Flying Tigers two days later on Sept. 20. The Flying Tigers have former NBA veteran Al Jefferson as import.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

NCAA: Streaking San Beda wages war on inspired Letran

Games on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 2:00 PM – Letran vs San Beda 4:00 PM – CSB vs San Sebastian In the first round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Colegio de San Juan de Letran was oh so close to giving head coach Jeff Napa his very first triumph over San Beda University. Only, the Red Lions, as they always have, found a way to win. Now, the Knights have even more reason to want that victory versus their archrivals as they hope to continue rallying around ailing Jerrick Balanza when they meet defending champion San Beda in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Tuesday. The bell rings on Round 2 of San Beda-Letran at 2:00 PM and as always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. In the first round, the Red Lions (10-1) were three seconds away from a loss before Donald Tankoua and Robert Bolick came through for an 80-76 decision over their archrival Knights (7-3) Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde (7-3) is looking to stay hot against dangerous San Sebastian College-Recoletos (2-9) at 4:00 PM. In the Juniors division, the CSB-La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers (9-1) defend their top spot opposite the hard-charging San Sebastian Staglets (4-7) at 12:00 PM and the San Beda Red Cubs (7-4) seek a bounce back win at the expense of fierce foe Letran Squires (3-7) at 10:00 AM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

ABS-CBN s Jeff Canoy wins a Palanca Award

Canoy’s winning entry was his longform piece on the 5-month-long siege of Marawi, “Buhay Pa Kami (We Are Still Alive): Dispatches from Marawi” which was written for ABS-CBN News Digital. Source link link: ABS-CBN's Jeff Canoy wins a Palanca Award.....»»

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

Letran s Balanza unites all of NCAA as Player of the Week

Jerrick Balanza did not need to be on the court to make his presence felt for Letran. In a battle of his own after getting diagnosed with a brain tumor, Balanza served as the Knights' inspiration in their 99-82 win over the Arellano Chiefs last Thursday to stay hot in NCAA Season 94.  For showing tremendous strength in his own battle and serving as an inspiration for his team, the NCAA Press Corps has decided to give the Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award to none other than Balanza. "Si Jerrick, hindi naman nawala sa team namin yan e. He's still part of the team," said Letran head coach Jeff Napa.  "Kailangan intindihin namin ang health niya, pero yung presence niya sa dugout, sa ensayo, nandun pa rin yun," he added.  Last Friday, Balanza underwent successful operation for the removal of the tumor in his brain. The tumor is now set for biopsy to see if it's benign or malignant.  The operation lasted for four and a half hours and the lanky swingman is now recovering. It's not only Letran that Balanza united as all of the NCAA also rallied around him, receiving well wishes from rivals and fans alike.  "We wish and pray for nothing but the best for Balanza," said head coach Boyet Fernandez of archrival San Beda. "It's unfortunate and we wish for his fast recovery," he continued. For that, Letran skipper Bong Quinto extended his gratitude to all and said that it's amazing to see the league rally around his good friend. "Kailangan tayo ni Jerrick. Good thing naman na buong NCAA, kahit yung mga kalaban namin, nagkakaisa para makatulong kay Jerrick," said Quinto.  While his operation was successful, Balanza is still in need of assistance to ease off his financial obligations due to his treatment. For those who wish to donate, here are the details: Bank: BDO Branch: BDO Intramuros Account Name: Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Inc. Account Number: ‎4500003129.....»»

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

Celebratory birthday dinner also the ‘start’ of the holiday season

So what's the fuss about Jose Mari Chan and the beginning of the "ber" months? At the intimate, joint birthday dinner party hosted by Philippine Tatler editor Anton San Diego for Fila CEO Cris Albert and me, we started singing Joe Mari's now-classic songs and joked about how Filipinos have the longest Christmas season.   Although a few weeks late, Cris celebrated her birthday at Manila House to jointly mark Fila's participation at the upcoming Milan Fashion Week. Anton and I are very excited to attend the by-invitation-only fashion show with Cris.   After the scrumptious dinner, members of Red Turnip Theater showed how real singers jam. Ana Abad Santos, Topper F...Keep on reading: Celebratory birthday dinner also the ‘start’ of the holiday season.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 8th, 2018Related News

Aburido sa buhay, nagpakamatay

DAHIL sa hindi makayanang problema, nagpasyang wakasan ng isang lalaki ang kanyang buhay nang magbigti sa Caloocan City, kamakalawa nang gabi. Hindi na naisugod pa sa pinakamalapit na pagamutan si Andro Jeff del Prado, 26-anyos, naninirahan sa No. 53 Bagong Kaunlaran, Brgy. Paso de Blas ng nasabing lungsod. Sa salaysay ni Me­lanie Del Prado, ate ni Andro Jeff, bandang alas-6:30 nang gabi nang pumasok… link: Aburido sa buhay, nagpakamatay.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Sep 7th, 2018Related News

Manila Gilas fall short vs Bosnia to cap off Shanghai 3x3 tourney

Manila Gilas sustained a heartbreaking 20-21 loss to Bosnian squad Vitez EcosRomari to come back home with a 0-2 record in the Shanghai Challenger 3x3 tournament. Down 19-20, the Filipinos went for a quick layup to even the score late. The Ronnie Magsanoc-mentored squad however fouled in the next possession, giving the Bosnian side two free throws. Vitez EcosRomari split the charities to secure the victory. The Philippine squad, made up of PBA D-League stars Jeff Viernes and Gab Banal and reinforced by Filipino-American Trevis Jackson and Jamal Thomas, suffered its first loss at the hands of Serbian side Zemun, 10-22. Both Vitez EcosRomari and Zemun are bound for tomorrow's quarterfinals. The event features 16 teams from Asia and Europe......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 7th, 2018Related News

NCAA: Knights, Squires win the day for ailing birthday boy Balanza

As always, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s got the back of Jerrick Balanza. “Right now, naka-admit na siya e, pero nag-request siya na i-dedicate sa kanya ‘to kasi birthday niya,” head coach Jeff Napa told reporters after the Knights dropped Arellano University for a third win in a row on Thursday. Just two days ago, Balanza was diagnosed with a tumor in the temporal lobe of his brain and will have to undergo surgery on Friday. With that, he is not out for the season. Before his operation, the fourth-year swingman celebrated his 22nd birthday. And so, those left playing for Letran gifted him with a big-time win. Even though he will no longer see action, coach Jeff said that Balanza will always be part of the team. “’Di naman mawawala si Jerrick sa team. He’s still part of the team kaya yung presence niya sa dugout sa ensayo, andun pa rin yan,” the former said. And with that, the Knights will always be behind their ailing teammate. “Kami ni coach Jeff, ‘di naman kami nagkukulang sa pag-encourage sa kanya. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, kahit anong mangyari, wag niya isipin ang team namin,” team captain Bong Quinto shared. He then continued, “Ang isipin niya, sarili niya. Kung kailangan niya kami, nandito kami para sa kanya.” Along with the all-out support from Letran, Quinto said they are nothing but thankful for all the love from the rest of the NCAA and the basketball community at large. As he put it, “Good thing naman, buong NCAA, kahit mga kalaban namin, nagkakaisa para makatulong kay Jerrick.” In the end, Balanza will be the rallying point as the Knights try to return to the Final Four for the first time since their champion season in 2015. “At least, dagdag motivation din sa amin para magtrabaho lalo,” coach Jeff remarked. It isn’t just the Knights who are being motivated by Balanza either. Earlier in the day, Letran High School dropped an upset ax on Arellano HS. With the win, the Squires fanned the flames of their playoff hopes. More importantly, however, they also dedicated their biggest win of the season to Letran-lifer Balanza. “Yung isa sa (inspiration) namin, yung nangyari kay Jerrick. Talagang pinu-push ng mga bata na lumaban para sa Letran at para kay Jerrick,” head coach Raymond Valenzona said. Balanza was a start for the Squires before moving up to Intramuros’ Seniors squad. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 6th, 2018Related News

Jose Mari Chan’s one-man effort to usher in Christmas in September

Christmas hits of multi-awarded musician Jose Mari Chan has become a staple on the playlist of radios and piped-in music in malls and stores as soon as September starts. And Filipinos do notice! They share witty memes about him on social media and recount the many ways that veteran crooner and composer have inspired the […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopSep 6th, 2018Related News

It’s September — and Jose Mari Chan memes are coming

It's that time of year again, and the Jose Mari Chan memes have once again invaded the recesses of the internet. It's least surprising, as a lot of Filipinos have associated the beginning of Christmastime with September; for some odd reason, it also appears to be the month when Chan's iconic Christmas songs get blared from speakers just about anywhere. But who's complaining? Unknown it may be as to how or when this "tradition" started, perhaps these netizens' speculations of such can help in cracking this Yuletide mystery. A certain Larry (@taongbalai) took to Instagram last Sept. 2 to offer his take on the matter, speculating that perhaps, it was all down to fate. The netizen ...Keep on reading: It’s September — and Jose Mari Chan memes are coming.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 6th, 2018Related News