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Balanced Bullpups sweep Sotto-led Eaglets in UAAP Jrs. eliminations

STANDINGS NU 7-1 FEU-Diliman 6-2 Ateneo 5-3 Adamson 5-3 UST 4-4 DLSZ 3-5 UE 1-7 UPIS 1-7 Yet again, Carl Tamayo came up big for Nazareth School of National University in its heavyweight bout against Ateneo de Manila High School in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Tamayo’s basket and bonus quelled the Blue Eaglets’ late uprising and carried the Bullpups to a hard fought 78-71 decision on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The versatile big man only had seven points to go along with nine rebounds, but it was his offensive board and ensuing short stab that re-increased his team’s slim one-point margin into a 73-69 lead. “Good thing he converted it kasi he was in and out kanina,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said post-game. Still, the defending champions had 46.3 ticks to go and Forthsky Padrigao’s scoop shot was able to pull them within two points. It was at that point, however, that Ernest Felicilda’s steady hands from the line joined forces with a stout defense to put the game away for NU. Felicilda wound up with 14 points, four coming from the free throw line in the last 27 seconds, on top of six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea also added 16 points apiece as the Bullpups started the second round by downing Ateneo – the same story from how they finished the first round. Now at 7-1, they have also widened the distance between them and now second-running Far Eastern University-Diliman. Nonetheless, coach Gold said they haven’t won anything just yet. “It’s just part of the war. We still have six games to go in the eliminations and ang importante ngayon, our next game,” he said. Sotto paced the Blue Eaglets with 24 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. He was well-defended in the endgame, however, and saw his side fall to their rivals for the second straight time. In the day’s other game, the University of the Philippines Integrated School finally got a taste of victory after downing De La Salle Zobel, 64-56. Rookie Allen Torres scored 22 points, including a pair of booming threes inside the last five minutes, while graduating guard Polo Labao did it all with 18 markers, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals to make sure the Junior Maroons improved to 1-7. On the other hand, the Junior Archers dropped to 3-5 following the shock loss. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME UPIS 64 – Torres 22, Labao 18, Tuazon 12, Estrera 4, Vergeire 4, Gomez de Liano 4, Galotera 0, Cordero 0, Lopez 0 DLSZ 56 – Macasaet 18, Jomalesa 15, Pingol 5, Subido 4, Sevilla 4, Milan 3, Villarin 3, Cudiamat 2, Buncayo 2, Luna 0, Unisa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-12, 23-24, 50-41, 64-56 FOURTH GAME NU 78 – Abadiano 16, Fortea 16, Felicida 14, Quiambao 10, Gonzales 8, Tamayo 7, Torres 5, Javilonar 2, Dayrit 0, Mailim 0, Alarcon 0, Enriquez 0. ATENEO 71 – Sotto 24, Chiu 12, Padrigao 12, Espinosa 8, David 6, Jaymalin 3, Diaz 2, Fetalvero 2, Salandanan 2, Coo 0, Zyrus 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-13, 36-35, 57-52, 78-71. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 13th, 2019Related News

Travel Goals: Pinoy athletes celebrate the New Year in style

With most of the major sports leagues in the Philippines currently on a break to start 2019, some of your favorite athletes took some time to unwind before another year of grinding fully begins. Star athletes flew to different parts of the Philippines and the world to unwind, checking off their travel goals before they reach their actual career goals this year. Some of the reigning UAAP women's volleyball champions DLSU Lady Spikers trekked to the Summer Capital of the Philippines to soak up some fresh air before their title defense in UAAP season 81 this February.         View this post on Instagram                 •Gon’ slay, okay• - @beyonce . . . 📷 @_maylunaaa A post shared by Ernestine Tiamzon (@ernietiamzon) on Jan 6, 2019 at 2:13am PST           View this post on Instagram                 All smiles, 2019 💞 A post shared by May Luna (@_maylunaaa) on Jan 5, 2019 at 8:12pm PST Meanwhile, former Lady Spikers Dawn Macandili and Kim Kianna Dy both travelled abroad to enjoy nature and to surprise a loved one, respectively.  The multi-awarded libero went to Australia with her family, while KKD flew to Japan to surprise her boyfriend, Marck Espejo, who has been reaching goals playing in the Japan V. Premier League.         View this post on Instagram                 “Di na maka-solo” -Donato (2018) A post shared by Dawn Macandili (@dawn_macandili) on Dec 31, 2018 at 2:45am PST           View this post on Instagram                 Yannn, ginagalit niyo kasi si Dudut eh 😑🤣 —— Kidding aside, never been more proud of you! Watching you play the same level even internationally makes me so proud. It was worth every second & mile just to see and be with you ❤️ see u in 4 months ❤️ A post shared by Kim Kianna Dy (@kiannady) on Jan 6, 2019 at 12:57am PST Woman In Action Gretchen Ho tagged along fellow former Ateneo Lady Eagles Jem Ferrer and Dzi Gervacio as they scaled Mount Pamitinan in Rodriguez, Rizal.         View this post on Instagram                 Started my year right 🤙🏻🏞 All is well, all is well ☺️ #womaninaction ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ There have been a lot of things going on with my career and personal life. People know I like pursuing my passions no matter how difficult they are. But despite my #womaninaction lifestyle, I still make sure to get my #adulting right!! - - @prulifeuk’s #PRULifeYourTerm makes it easy for me to reach my financial goals as it is the ONLY renewable term insurance in the country that can be upgraded with an investment component rider. Happy to move forward as secure as I can be :) #prulifeuk - While it’s good to make the most of “NOW”, we must not lose sight of the future. Here we go! #2019 #mountainclimbing #mountaineering #philippines #mountpamitinan #rizal #montalban #mtpamitinan A post shared by Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) on Jan 7, 2019 at 4:50pm PST           View this post on Instagram                 Fearless. A post shared by Jamenea Ferrer (@jemferrer) on Jan 5, 2019 at 10:16pm PST Michele Gumabao got a much-deserved break after a successful Premier Volleyball League title run with the Creamline Cool Smashers, posing while in an unidentified, but picturesque island.         View this post on Instagram                 And so another adventure begins ☀️ 👙@soakswimwearph 📸 XT100 @fujifilmph @fujifilmphlifestyle #ShowMeYourWorldXT100 #FujifilmPHXMicheleGumabao #fujifilmlifestyle A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Jan 7, 2019 at 3:23am PST Olympian Hidilyn Diaz made sure to promote her hometown of Zamboanga in her #TravelGoals post, endorsing the wonderful 11 Islands in Zamboanga Peninsula.         View this post on Instagram                 Kung nasa Zamboanga Peninsula kayo baka maconsider niyong pumunta sa Onse isla at malamawi. Suggestion ko magdala kayo ng mat or duyan para makapagsunbath kayo at matulog under the coconut tree or under the sun then marinig niyo ang waves and air. Sobrang refreshing and relaxing! 📸 @imjulius 😎 🌴 🏝 🏖 #Zamboanga #vacation A post shared by Hidilyn Diaz OLY (@hidilyndiaz) on Jan 6, 2019 at 3:45am PST The entire Ildefonso family bonded in Japan capturing some IG-worthy photos along the way.        .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 8th, 2019Related News

LOOK: PNP releases mugshots of 6 Batocabe slay suspects

    MANILA, Philippines --- The Bicol Region police released on Monday the mugshots of the six suspects in the murder of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz. The Philippine National Police (PNP) said testimonies of the suspects have pointed to Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the brains behind the killing. Police said the suspects were all confidential staff of the Office of the Municipal Mayor of Daraga, Albay under fictitious names and were receiving P7,000 a month. READ: PNP: Daraga mayor is Batocabe slay 'mastermind' Baldo, meanwhile, has denied plotting the murder of Batocabe, who was challenging him in the mayoral post ...Keep on reading: LOOK: PNP releases mugshots of 6 Batocabe slay suspects.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 8th, 2019Related News

Panel to decide how and when P50-M Batocabe bounty will be distributed

A panel composed of contributors to the P50-million reward for the solution of the Batocabe-Diaz murders will have to be formed to decide the criteria that will be used when the unprecedented bounty would have to be given out. Panel to decide how and when P50-M Batocabe bounty will be distributed Source link: Panel to decide how and when P50-M Batocabe bounty will be distributed.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 7th, 2019Related News

6 prime suspects, key witness in Batocabe slay in police custody

MANILA, Philippines – Six prime suspects and a key witness in the double murder case of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his aide Senior Police Officer 1 Orlando Diaz are now in police custody. Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced this on Saturday, January 5, after ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 5th, 2019Related News

2nd gunman in Batocabe slay yields in Masbate

LEGAZPI CITY -- The second gunman in the killing of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe in Daraga town in Albay province on Dec. 22 surrendered to the police in Masbate province Saturday morning. Rolando Nonsol Arimado, 50, a former member of Philippine Army's Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu), surrendered in Barangay (village) Nursery in Masbate City around 7 a.m., a police report said. Arimado is one of the six suspects in the murder of Batocabe and his police aide SPO2 Orlando Diaz. The lawmaker and Diaz were gunned down in a Christmas event last year. Batocabe was running for mayor of Daraga in the coming May elections when he was murdered. Arimado, according to the...Keep on reading: 2nd gunman in Batocabe slay yields in Masbate.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 5th, 2019Related News

DILG chief commends PNP for swiftly solving Batocabe slay

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao has commended the Philippine National Police (PNP) for solving "in record time" the killing of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced on Thursday that investigation pinpointed to Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay as the mastermind of the murder. "We commend the Philippine National Police led by Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, Police Regional Office 5, PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the PNP Intelligence Group for solving the case of the killing of Congressman Rodel Batocabe in record time and for identifying ...Keep on reading: DILG chief commends PNP for swiftly solving Batocabe slay.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 3rd, 2019Related News

Daraga mayor offered P5 million for Batocabe s life

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo , the alleged mastermind in the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his bodyguard SPO1 Orlando Diaz, supposedly offered P5 million to the hitmen, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). "Mayor Baldo allegedly offered P5 million for the hit ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 3rd, 2019Related News

Gloria Diaz s daughter Ava Daza is engaged

MANILA, Philippines – Ava Diaz Daza, daughter of actress and former beauty queen Gloria Diaz, is engaged. On Wednesday, January 2, Ava posted a photo of her and fiance Luch Zanirato, with her holding the ring. "Soo, this happened!!! and it was the most perfect moment ever I also ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 3rd, 2019Related News

Several witnesses in Batocabe slay now being interviewed by police — Durana

  MANILA, Philippines --- Several witnesses in the killing of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz have come forward and are now being interviewed by the police.     PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. confirmed this to reporters on Wednesday, but said he is not privy to other information on the investigation.     "There are a lot of witnesses that came in at sila po ay ini-interview ngayon. Let's see if out of these witnesses we can get [the identity of the] suspects. Ongoing 'yung investigation," he said.     (There are a lot of witnesses that came in and they are being intervi...Keep on reading: Several witnesses in Batocabe slay now being interviewed by police — Durana.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 2nd, 2019Related News

INQUIRER Sports Top 7 Stories of the Year: ‘Golden Girls’ bring pride to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines---Female Filipino athletes Hidilyn Diaz, Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, Kaye Go, and Margielyn Didal brought the biggest pride to the nation during the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. These inspiring women delivered four gold medals---the first time for the Philippines in the continental athletic meet--- earning them the no. 1 spot in INQUIRER.net's top 7 sports stories of 2018. Diaz was already considered a weightlifting power even before the Asian Games as she nabbed the silver in the women's 53-kilogram category in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, but taking the gold was in Jakarta the brightest moment for the outspoken icon. She broke the gold medal drought...Keep on reading: INQUIRER Sports Top 7 Stories of the Year: ‘Golden Girls’ bring pride to Philippines.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 31st, 2018Related News

2018: A giant leap for Filipino womankind

    MANILA, Philippines --- The year 2018 was filled with remarkable achievements in many different forms as outstanding women stamped their marks on the international stage.   This year saw the Philippines soared in the world of sports, as many of the country's female athletes brought home not only medals to their motherland but took along with them a sense of pride.   Hidilyn Diaz   Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz gave pride to the country after she clinched the Philippines' first ever gold medal 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia during the women's weightlifting event.   Diaz, who hails from Zamboanga City, be...Keep on reading: 2018: A giant leap for Filipino womankind.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 31st, 2018Related News

Top sports headliners in the year that was

From the FIFA World Cup to the NBA, the PBA to the UAAP and NCAA, the Asian Games to Manny Pacquiao, volleyball to MMA, the past 12 months truly was a great year for Filipino sports fans.   Here are some of the most memorable sports headliners that bannered the year that was.    San Miguel Corporation dominates PBA San Miguel Corporation owned 2018. For the first time in the history of the Asia’s first professional basketball league one company dominated all three conferences of the PBA. The San Miguel Beermen annexed their fourth straight Philippine Cup title against sister team Magnolia last May, while Ginebra rode on undersized do-it-all forward Justin Brownlee to the Commissioner's Cup title at the expense of San Miguel last August. Then it was Magnolia's time to shine in December. The Hotshots dismantled Alaska in six games to complete SMC’s domination of PBA 2018. Outside of basketball, SMC also made its presence felt in volleyball as Petron bagged the Grand Prix, Challenge Cup (beach volleyball) and the All-Filipino Conference in the Philippine Superliga.   Kai Sotto stands tall as Ateneo takes title vs NU Kai Sotto became a household name in 2018 as the 7'1" wunderkind showed off in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament. The eventual Finals MVP was a beast in Game 1 of the Finals against the NU Bullpups, tallying a triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in the 86-70 win, the first of its kind since 2003. Ateneo finished the season almost unscathed at 16-1, with their lone loss in Game 2 of the series, a very chippy one to say the least. In Game 3, Sotto came up clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket, 60-58, with about 30 seconds left as Ateneo came away with the 63-58 win to take the title.  SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo, and coach Joe Silva all appeared in their last games for the Blue Eaglets.   DLSU completes three-peat; NU dethrones Ateneo  The UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament was filled with lasting memories that will surely be remembered for a long time. Numerous upsets in the eliminations, great games, and much more were the name of the game for the women's tournament. However, a long-time rivalry was rekindled when two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers met 29-time title holders FEU Lady Tamaraws for all the marbles last May. Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili all ended their careers on a high note as they swept graduating Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws in two straight games to win their third straight title. Graduating libero Macandili was named Finals MVP for the first and final time in her collegiate career.  Behind their magnificent floor defense and some stellar play from Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas, the NU Bulldogs also swept three-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles to reclaim a title they last enjoyed in Season 76. Espejo, a five-time UAAP MVP, had an awesome performance for the world's record books, scoring a record-55 points to force the FEU Tamaraws to a do-or-die Final Four. The Blue Eagle legend had played his last, and has since suited up for a semi-pro team in Japan's topflight volleyball league.   Alab fends off Mono Vampire to claim ABL title San Miguel-backed Alab Pilipinas were such a glorious sight to see in the eighth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) last March. Coached by perennial fan favorite Jimmy Alapag in his very first season, the trio of Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Local and Finals MVP Bobby Ray Parks to their first title in home soil. Alab faced Thailand-based Mono Vampire, who were led by Mike Singletary, towering Sam Deguara, Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Pinoy Paul Zamar. In the very same day as the coronation of the UAAP volleyball championships, Alab took home the crown in a rousing 102-92 victory in Sta. Rosa, much to the delight of the home crowd. Balkman, the league's Defensive Player of the Year led Alab in scoring with 32, while Brownlee added 24 of his own. Parks added 13 markers. The two imports played in the PBA for the Commissioner's Cup, where Balkman (San Miguel) and Brownlee (Ginebra) would face each other in the Finals.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Warriors send LeBron packing to Los Angeles The Golden St. Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked horns in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season after the two teams were pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals. Both teams were down 3-2 and won Game 7 on the road to win their respective conferences, with both teams banking on experience to forge another bout in the championship series. Game 1 was undoubtedly the most exciting game in the series as LeBron James had an epic performance of 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  However, JR Smith's blunder at the end of regulation became the lasting image of that game, as he dribbled out the clock with the score tied at 107-all. The defending champions rode the surge and took the opening game, 124-114. Stephen Curry's brillant performance throughout the series was overshadowed by Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3, a few feet away from the spot where he launched the go-ahead three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant was named as the Bill Russell Finals MVP after norming 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.5 apg in the four-game sweep, demolishing the Cavs 108-85 in the series finale last June. It would also be the last game LeBron James had in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, as he bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers almost a month later.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) France rules 2018 FIFA World Cup The most-coveted title of the beautiful game returned to France after two decades. The youthful French squad celebrated their conquest soaked in a downpour in Moscow after a 4-2 victory over first-time finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last July. Teenager Kylian Mbappe stood out in the French team composed of a bunch of 25 and under players. Speed, strength and youth became France’s biggest asset during the quadrennial football spectacle watched by almost 3.5 billion viewers around the world.  The 19-year-old migrant scored one of the four goals in the championship match to become the second teen to score a goal in the Finals after the legendary Pele back in 1958. France defeated Belgium in the semifinal, 1-0, while Croatia outlasted the favored Russians in penalty shootout, 4-3 (2-2). The French team also displayed diversity, with players born of migrant parents including Alphonse Areola, whose parents are both Filipinos working in France.   Pac on top, The Filipino Flash returns The most-celebrated Filipino athlete continued make the headlines this year. Manny Pacquaio stripped Lucas Matthysse of his WBA welterweight world championship belt with a seventh round technical knockout win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. Pacquiao split with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his build up for the Matthysse bout back in April but confirmed their partnership once again for the 40-year old boxer’s title defense against Adrien Broner next year. Nonito Donaire Jr. announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight after a loss to Carl Frampton in April for the interim WBO Featherweight belt and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury to snatch the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.           Pinay power in the Asian Games   The Philippines participated in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia that ran from August 18 to September 2. A total of 272 athletes that participated in 31 sports represented the country in the quadrennial meet with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and medalist Margielyn Didal marching as flagbearers in the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz gave the PHI its first gold medal in women’s -53 kg. weightlifting. Five days after Diaz’s victory, the trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go accounted for the women’s golf team mint. Saso also bagged the individual gold. In Palembang, Didal rolled her way into winning the women’s street skateboard gold. The celebrated men’s basketball team started out strong after routing Kazakhstan but lost by two-points to China in the group stage. The Gilas Pilipinas squad advanced in the quarterfinals but bowed down to South Korea by nine points eventually settling for a fifth spot in the classification phase after wins over Japan and Syria. The PHI finished with a 4-2-15 gold-silver-bronze haul and landed at 19th spot, three places higher that its 2014 finish in Incheon, South Korea.      Red Lions roar, Blue Eagles soar San Beda University continued its mastery over the NCAA as it annexed its third straight title and 22nd overall. The Red Lions grabbed its 11th crown in 13 years at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University. It was one-sided championship series – just like in their Finals meeting last year – with the San Beda ripping the Pirates apart in Game One with LPU playing sans its best player in CJ Perez, who was banned for one game after failing to notify the league of his intention to join the PBA Draft. Perez returned in Game 2 but even his presence didn’t stop the Red Lions from painting the NCAA red once again. In probably one of the most memorable UAAP season in recent years, Ateneo de Manila University won its second straight crown. Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year 6-foot-11 Ange Kouame made an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles complementing the already stacked Ateneo squad led by Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. But the glory of Ateneo was overshadowed by the Cinderalla story of the team it vanquished in the Finals. Climbing up from the cellar in the past years, University of the Philippines made history by making it in the Finals for the first time since winning it all in 1986. But before their championship stint, the Fighting Maroons ended a two-decade Final Four drought. UP then shocked twice-to-beat Adamson University with both games decided by game-winners. Ateneo came in the series as the title favorites but overwhelming support from a very hungry UP community and underdogs fans backed the Fighting Maroons. But in the end, it was the Blue Eagles championship experience that prevailed.       Pinoys make wave in MMA Fighters under Team Lakay flexed their muscles in One Championship. Flyweight star Geje Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Eustaquio then defeated two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau last July to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  Joshua Pacio earned the ONE Strawweight World Championship last September after a unanimous decision win over two-time champion Japanese Yoshitaka Naito. Kevin Belingon dropped former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April. He followed it up with a dominating win over then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion. Belingon ended the five-year reign and seven-year winning streak of of long-time bantamweight king Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes in November via split decision.  Eduard Folayang outclassed Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to bag the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.  Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera needed only 64 seconds to knockout hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila early December to remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    Petron, Creamline rule respective club leagues Creamline claimed its breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League by sweeping PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference Finals series last July. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought with the Cool Smashers' victory. Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao was named Miss Globe-Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last March. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania last October and won the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while landing a spot in the Top 15.     The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the PVL’s Season 2 after claiming the Open Conference crown at the expense of Ateneo-Motolite via an emphatic series sweep this month. In the Philippine Superliga, Petron reigned supreme in the Grand Prix after taking down archrival F2 Logistics last May. Petron extended its supremacy in the sands after the tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadethn Pons defeated Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackielyn Estoquia of Sta. Lucia in the Challenge Cup final last May. The Cargo Movers got its revenge in the Invitational Cup, toppling the Blaze Spikers in a series sweep last July. Petron wrapped the year with the All-Filipino Conference in its pocket. The Blaze Spikers won its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the Finals. Petron swept F2 Logistics in Game 3......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 30th, 2018Related News

Filipino novel “America Is in the Heart” joins prestigious Penguin Classics roster

By Glenn Diaz/CNNPhilippines – Being “recovered” is not new to Carlos Bulosan and his oeuvre. Virtually ignored in his home country during his lifetime, the Binalonan, Pangasinan native gained renewed attention in the 1970s following the republication of his magnum opus “America Is in the Heart” in 1973 by the Read more ».....»»

Source: Thepinoy ThepinoyCategory: NewsDec 29th, 2018Related News

Batocabe case: Impatience grows

LEGAZPI CITY---The son of slain Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe expressed fear that his father's death would be just added to the growing list of crimes unsolved by police. It has been seven days since his father and security escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz were shot dead in a gift-giving event at the remote village of Burgos in Daraga town, Albay province. "They always say that there are persons of interest," Justin Batocabe said at a press conference in Bicol University Daraga Campus, where his father's wake was being held. "I am somehow worried, but I still believe in the [justice] system," he said. When asked if he was in favor of carrying out the death penalty for his father'...Keep on reading: Batocabe case: Impatience grows.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 28th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Sketches of 2 suspects in Batocabe killing

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday, December 29, released composite sketches of two suspects in the killing of AKO BICOL Representative  Rodel Batocabe and his security escort, Senior Police Officer 1 Orlando Diaz. The PNP released the composite sketches two days after police announced they were ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 28th, 2018Related News

CHR looking into killing of Batocabe, aide

The Commission on Human Rights is looking into the killing of Rep. Rodel Batocabe (AKO Bicol party-list) and his police aide SPO1 Orlando Diaz......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 28th, 2018Related News

Batocabe widow: I am being asked to run in my husband’s place

    DARAGA, Albay -- The widow of slain Ako Bicol (AKB) Rep. Rodel Batocabe admitted to media in a press conference Thursday that she was being pushed as this town's mayor, replacing her husband in the 2019 elections. "Last night, the president no less asked me to run in his place, to not let his death go in vain," Gertrudes "Gertie" Duran-Batocabe said. Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz were shot and killed on Saturday in a Christmas event in this town. At the time of his death, the lawmaker was running for Daraga mayor. "I have been told that I can. But my main focus right now is to bury him (Rodel) with dignity and honor in accordanc...Keep on reading: Batocabe widow: I am being asked to run in my husband’s place.....»»

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

Widow remembers slain security aide as husband, father, police officer

MANILA, Philippines – Far from her first reaction to her husband’s death, Juvy Diaz, the widow of 45-year-old SPO1 Orlando Diaz, is now calm and composed. Orlando was the security officer of the late Congressman Rodel Batocabe. He and the lawmaker were  killed  in an ambush in Daraga, Albay on Saturday afternoon, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 27th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Gloria Diaz joins Isabelle Daza’s family for Christmas in France

LOOK: Gloria Diaz joins Isabelle Daza’s family for Christmas in France.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 26th, 2018Related News