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PVL: Can Vice Ganda’s magic touch turn men’s volleyball into a blockbuster?

A volleyball fan at heart and a low-key supporter of Far Eastern University’s stable of athletes, Vice Ganda needed no further convincing when approached to form his own team for the second edition of the Premier Volleyball League.  The ABS-CBN’s prized talent said yes no sooner than Berlin Paglinawan, a former PVL best opposite spiker, had made the request.   Paglinawan began his collegiate career playing for FEU, Vice Ganda’s alma mater, before transferring to National University. And that’s their connection.  This explains why the core of the Vice Company Blockbusters is made up of mainstays of the FEU Tamaraws who finished second in the UAAP last season.     Men’s volleyball fans until now are cheering the entry of Vice Ganda in the PVL, a two-year-old groundbreaking project of Sports Vision, the sports outfit that through its successful series of V Leagues has largely helped steer women’s volleyball to unprecedented popularity.    Everyone seems privy to how Vice Ganda has risen to the top of the local entertainment world, how he almost singlehandedly pushed the Kapamilya noontime show, It’s Showtime, to the pinnacle of the ratings game, and how his movies kept breaking box office records. With his official involvement in volleyball as a club owner and player – he is listed as a player wearing jersey no. 1 -- can his golden touch pull in the crowds for men’s volleyball? That’s the question foremost in every volleyball aficionado’s mind.   Shared passion  Another connection between Vice Ganda and Paglinawan, his team captain, is their common passion for volleyball.     The TV host-actor-standup comedian would be seen time and again rushing from his afternoon television program to wherever the volleyball action may be.     After helping win the NU Bulldogs’ back-to-back championships and eventually graduating from the UAAP, Paglinawan never stops from playing -- for different clubs in the defunct Spikers’ Turf, another event organized by Sports Vision, and now the PVL.  For his present ballclub, Paglinawan said he shed 10 kilos in one month to keep fit and sharp. He insisted that he did it for volleyball, not for health reasons. If that’s not passion for volleyball, then what is?    To the FEU Tamaraws’ juggernaut, Paglinawan, who did the recruiting for Vice Co., has added the tested might of middle blocker Kim Malabunga of reigning UAAP titlist NU and high-flying Paolo Publico of Adamson U, a discovery from Vigan City. The full lineup: Vice Ganda, Richard Solis, Cian Silang, Owen Suarez, Rikko Marmeto, Jude Garcia, JP Bugaoan, Redijohn Paler, Paolo Pablico, Jayson Ramos, Jack Kaligking, Berlin Paglinawan, Peter Quiel and Kim Malabunga. Sammy Gaddi, team manager; Rei Diaz Jr., head coach; Manolo Refugia and Brendon Santos, assistant coaches; and EJ Ramos, therapist/trainer......»»

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Ex-solon, wife slaps daily with P140-M libel suits

BACOLOD City – Former congressman Julio Ledesma IV (1st District, Negros Occ.) and his actress-wife Assunta de Rossi, filed separate libel cases against a daily newspaper columnist, its editors, and officers. The couple, who went to the San Carlos City Prosecutor’s Office on May 18, 2018, filed their separate criminal complaints, asking for a total […] The post Ex-solon, wife slaps daily with P140-M libel suits appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: News20 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Hidilyn Diaz sweeps weightlifting honors

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz bested all comers in weightlifting’s Open division, ruling the event she was heavily favored to win in the Philippine National Games at Naga Covered Court here yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2018Related News

Russell retains WBC belt

Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz didn’t dare raise their arms in victory after their 12-round title bout. Russell retains WBC belt OXON HILL, Md. — Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz didn’t dare raise their arms in victory after their 12-round title bout. It was only when the words Source link: Russell retains WBC belt.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: May 20th, 2018Related News

Duterte, Diaz highlight opening ceremonies

CEBU CITY--After receiving handshakes from President Duterte and swearing the oath of sportsmanship with Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, participants are all set for the start of the Philippi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2018Related News

Cuba mourns after 107 killed in airliner crash

HAVANA, Cuba –  Cuba begins two days of national mourning on Saturday, May 19 for victims of the crash of a state airways plane that killed all but 3 of its 110 passengers and crew. President Miguel Diaz-Canel said an investigation was under way into Friday's crash of the nearly ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 19th, 2018Related News

Comment on Bloodline: A family drama gets swamped in the telling by Bisaya Short Films

After watching Lav Diaz' stupendous and chills-giving Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, no slog can seem to get into my nerves. Cebu traffic. Waiting in a kind of queue that David Foster Wallace tackled in his This Is Water Speech, waiting for love, and watching Bloodline are now nothing in post-Hele consumer life. Ah, what if Infinite Jest's weapon of mass destruction can now be possible because we can now get through any kind of drag!.....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

WATCH: Gloria Diaz gets candid with daughters Ava and Isabelle

MANILA, Philippines – Gloria Diaz reveals a lot of interesting details about herself as she judges a “Who knows mother best?” face-off between her two daughters Ava and Isabelle. In the video, the 3 women answer questions about Gloria, from basic ones like “what is mom’s favorite food,” and “what is ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 15th, 2018Related News

Two PH films in Seattle

Gloria Diaz (left) and Elizabeth Oropesa in 'Si Chedeng at si Apple' Two Filipino films will be shown at the 44th Seattle International Film Festival in the United States, from May 17 to.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 15th, 2018Related News

Fall of edgy author Junot Diaz disappoints, confounds followers

Long before an emotional public disclosure of his childhood rape, or the allegations of his own sexual misconduct that followed, author Junot Diaz was a pioneering and polarizing figure. He emerged as one of the few prominent Latino voices in English literature, with a reputation earned through story lines that featured blurred sexual consent, victims who wanted to be victims and characters caught in a cycle of unhealthy relationships. The plots edge eerily close to some accounts his accusers have shared. The women, empowered in part by the #MeToo movement, broadened his notoriety with their allegations of abusive behavior. They told of forced kisses and inappropriate verbal at...Keep on reading: Fall of edgy author Junot Diaz disappoints, confounds followers.....»»

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

Pulitzer board to conduct review of Junot Diaz accusations

NEW YORK (AP) --- The Pulitzer Prize Board said Thursday it will launch an independent review of the misconduct allegations against Junot Diaz, and that the author will relinquish the role of chairman of the board. In a statement, the board said that Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creative writing professor, had asked to relinquish the chairman role, to which he was elected in April on the basis of seniority. Diaz remains on the board, the statement said, adding that he welcomes the review and will cooperate fully with it. Author Zinzi Clemmons said on Twitter last week that Diaz forcibly kissed her several years ago. Other female writers also shared their encounters...Keep on reading: Pulitzer board to conduct review of Junot Diaz accusations.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 11th, 2018Related News

Con-Com proposes ban on political turncoats, stricter rules for political parties

MANILA, Philippines – A ban on political turncoatism is among the provisions on political reform that the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) finalized on Wednesday May 2. With the majority vote for the wording sponsored by political scientist Julio Teehankee, the Con-Com will propose that the provisions be part of a new constitution. ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 2nd, 2018Related News

Humility lang to accept na merong problema

Ayaw magbigay ng advice ni JM de Guzman kay Julio Diaz sa pagkakaaresto nito kamakailan sa isang drug buy-bust operation sa Bulacan. Ayon sa aktor, na as we all know, minsan ding nalihis ng landas, hindi niya alam kung nasa posisyon siya para magbigay ng payo. “Hindi ko alam kung….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsApr 27th, 2018Related News

ConCom introduces provisions on turncoatism

By Charmaine A. Tadalan A SUBCOMMITTEE of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) on charter change has proposed provisions banning elected officials from switching political parties within their term. “The Subcommittee on Political Reforms: Leveling the Political field has passed in principle the provisions on turncoatism,” professor Julio C. Teehankee said in a press briefing on Thursday. […] The post ConCom introduces provisions on turncoatism appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2018Related News

Con-Com eyes ban on political butterflies in proposed charter

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee (Con-Com) on the revision of the 1987 Constitution eyes banning turncoatism or changing of political parties. Con-Com spokesman Ding Generoso said the subcommittee on political reforms and levelling of political field approved the proposal on April 19. Julio Teehankee, political scientist and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2018Related News

Tricycle driver nabbed in drug sting

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – A 40-year-old tricycle driver was arrested by police in a drug buy-bust operation evening of April 24, 2018 at Barangay Bato, Panay, Capiz. Frankie Diaz of Barangay Libas here but temporarily residing at Brgy. Linatiran, Panay town did not resist when the police handcuffed him. Recovered from the suspect were three […] The post Tricycle driver nabbed in drug sting appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsApr 25th, 2018Related News

Personalidad na humingi ng pabor para sa akusado sa shabu lab, binisto ng Huwes

Virac, Catanduanes- Isiniwalat rin ni Judge Lelu P. Contreras na may dalawa (2) umanong NBI agents at isang (1) gobernador ang humingi sa kanya ng pabor upang mapanatili sa kustodiya ng NBI si Isidoro. Isa na umano rito si Atty. Rick Diaz ng NBI, “I receive a text message, number lang. ang sabi niya ‘Madi, […].....»»

Source: Bicolperyodiko BicolperyodikoCategory: NewsApr 25th, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo, FEU in a no tomorrow battle for last Finals seat

For three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University, their UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball Finals berth bid will be decided in one final battle at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blue Eagles and Tamaraws will duke it out on Wednesday for the right to face National University in the best-of-three championship series starting on Saturday. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. Four-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo played a monster game with a record-setting 55 points in Ateneo’s 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9 win in series opener Saturday to force a decider over the twice-to-beat FEU. But Espejo is bracing for a tougher battle against the Tams, who are looking to advance in the Finals for the first time after five years. “Siyempre 'di natin maiiwasan, 'yung FEU aaralin 'yung Game 1 namin, pero wala naman sa isip ko 'yun, kahit anong gawin nila, bantayan nila ako,” said Espejo, who dropped 47 attacks, six kill blocks and a couple of aces in the Blue Eagles’ first win over the Tams this season. FEU head coach Rey Diaz need not to think twice on what will be their priority in their do-or-die match. “Kailangan maging ready, especially how to handle the situation,” he said. “Ganun pa rin, kailangan siguro talaga mabantayan si Marck.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Julio Diaz opens up about his struggle with drugs: It was temptation

Julio Diaz, who has been arrested on drug charges, opened up about his battle. Science can explain why it's a hard climb......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopApr 23rd, 2018Related News

Cuba’s Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in his first official act as the country’s leader. Cuba’s Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president HAVANA — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country’s leader. Source link: Cuba’s Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Apr 23rd, 2018Related News