Troopers stay alive; Coffee Lovers winless no more

Needing a big-time boost to stay in the running in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Romnick Rico and Benjaylo Labide delivered for Philippine Army. Behind those two, the Troopers overcame a sloppy showing and overcame Instituto Estetico Manila in five sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 21-25, and 15-11 on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Rico and Labide scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, to help their team survive 36 errors. It was Michael Medina and Antonio Torres, however, who steadied the ship in the endgame and turned an 11-10 cushion into a four-point win in the fifth set. The hard-fought win puts a stop to Army’s two-game slide and pushes them forward in the playoff race now with a 2-3 card. “Kulang kami sa panalo, pero lagi ko na lang sinasabi na ibigay pa rin natin yung best natin sa bawat laro,” head coach Rico de Guzman said. The Troopers are now knotted with also 2-3 Sta. Elena for the fourth and final semifinals spot. On the other hand, the loss dragged down the Phoenix Volley Masters to sixth with a 2-4 standing. Mark Christian Enciso’s 26-point outburst proved to be far from enough to make up for the absence of Greg Dolor who is fulfilling his duties with the national team. Meanwhile, Gamboa Coffee is finally on the board in its fifth try after proving stronger than Café Lupe in four sets, 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, and 27-25. The two teams headed into their clash winless through four games. At the end of this one, however, the Coffee Lovers’ brew proved to be stronger. “Ang tagal, pero sobrang saya na nakuha na rin namin ang first win dito,” head coach Mario Mia expressed. All of it was made possible by a total team effort with Alfred Pagulong scoring 13 points, Angelino Pertierra scoring 12 points, and Mark Egan scoring 11 points. Standing at 1-4, Gamboa wants nothing more than to keep learning in their last two assignments. “Yung pinaka-goal naman namin is to gain experience. We will try to win, of course, pero kung hindi kaya, gusto lang namin ipakita kung ano kaya namin,” Mia said. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Sunrisers. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 23rd, 2017Related News

HD Spikers rip Troopers, take share of lead

Peter Torres showed his vintage form to power Cignal to its third straight win for a share of the lead at the expense of Philippine Army, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17, in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The National University product pounded nine attacks and scored three kill blocks in his 12-point performance for the HD Spikers, who climbed on top of the standings with 3-0 win-loss record tied with Mega Builders. Lorezo Capate added 10 markers, nine coming off kills, while national team member Mark Alfafara and Ysay Marasigan had nine points each for Cignal. The Troopers slid to 1-2 slate tied with Sta. Elena. Manuel Medina scored 10 points while Romnick Rico had nine for Army. Meanwhile, Instituto Estetico Manila buried newcomer Gamboa Coffee, 25-22, 25-17, 25-13, to improve to 2-1 card. Kurl Rosete finished with 13 points while Mark Enciso had nine for the Phoenix Volley Masters, who scored their second win after a straight sets loss to Sta. Elena in their tournament opener. The Spikers went further down the cellar with 0-3 card tied with Café Lupe. Alfredo Pangulong and AJ Pertierra combined for 16 points for Gamboa Coffee.   ---                   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2017Related News

Volley Bolts take solo lead, Troopers shoot down Jet Spikers

Mega Builders climbed to solo lead after a walk in the park crushing of Gamboa Coffee, 25-23, 25-11, 25-16, Sunday in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Kim Malabunga and Fauzi Ismail spearheaded the 70-minute drubbing of the Volley Bolts over the Spikers for their third win in as many outings. Malabunga hammered seven kills and had five kill blocks for 12 points while Ismail scored 10 markers anchored on seven attacks for Mega Builders, which will take on Instituto Estetico Manila on Saturday. The Spikers absorbed its second loss in as many games. Philip Bagalay scored eight to lead Gamboa Coffee, which gave away 28 points off errors. Meanwhile, Philippine Army bounced back from its opening day setback as the Troopers outdueled Philippine Air Force, 25-20, 23-25, 17-25, 25-22, 16-14, in an early rematch of their semifinals duel in the Reinforced Conference.  The Troopers improved to 1-1 slate tied with IEM. Benjaylo Labide had 20 points, 16 off spikes, while Romnick Rico and Manuel Medina finished with 11 markers each for the Troopers, who opened their campaign with a sorry five-set loss to the Volley Bolts. The Jet Spikers had their two-game winning streak snapped. National team member Ranran Abdilla had 17 points, Edwin Tolentino posted 16 points while Rudolfo Labrador and Jeffrey Malabanan registered 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for Air Force.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 9th, 2017Related News

Diarrhea downs 400 in Misamis Oriental

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – At least 400 people in Medina, Misamis Oriental have been affected with diarrhea since June 29......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 8th, 2017Related News

Volley Volt, Jet Spikers score opening day victories

Philippine Air Force gave newcomer Gamboa Coffee Mix a rude welcome Saturday as the Jet Spikers blasted the Spikers, 25-19, 25-10, 28-26, in the opening day of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Veteran Edwin Tolentino and Nino Jeruz scored 12 points each to lead Air Force, the Reinforced Conference runner up. Tolentino had an all-around scoring performance, hitting eight attacks and coupled with two kill blocks and a pair of aces while Cruz wreaked havoc at the net with four of his points coming off the Jet Spikers’ 10 kill blocks. Jeffrey Malabanan and Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player Ranran Abdilla finished with 11 markers each for Air Force. Mark Egan had 10 points for the Spikers, composed mostly of Mapua players. Meanwhile, rookie team Mega Builders recovered from a 1-2 match deficit to pull off an upset over seasoned squad Philippine Army, 25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 25-22, 20-18, in the second game. Skipper Francis Saura and Madzlan Gampong led the Volley Volts' charge with 24 and 21 points, respectively. Fauzi Ismail added 18 markers for the National University-backed Mega Builders, which played sans young guns Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad.            “Dalawa wala sa amin, nasa beach volley,” said assistant coach Dong dela Cruz. “Mas gaganda kapag dumating na 'yung dalawa kasi madagdagan 'yung pumupuntos sa amin.” The Troopers, who took the Reinforced Conference third place trophy, failed to capitalize on their 2-1 match lead and lost steam in the closing stretch of the deciding frame to surrender their opening day outing. Romnick Rico finished with 18 points while Manuel Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay scored 16 and 10 makers, respectively, for Army.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2017Related News

First Philippine Paralympics summit to rally support for para athletes

Quezon City, Philippines &'65293; The Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) and the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) will hold the first Philippine Para Sports Summit that will focus on the Parlympic movement in the country on June 9, 2017 at the Microtel, Technohub in Quezon City. PPC, the National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines and PHILSPADA are the organizations spearheading the activities and operational requirements of elite athletes with a disability (orthopedic disability, cerebral palsy, visual impairment and mental disabilities).  With the theme “Transcending Barriers Through Sports”, the one-day gathering of sports officials, athletes, coaches and trainers, sports doctors, marketing experts and policy makers who are the key players in the industry will look into the state of Paralympic Sports in the Philippines to identify local and international goals to enable Filipino para athletes to achieve sporting excellence to excite and inspire the world. br /> Another goal of the convention is to find ways to develop para sports as a tool for changing the lives of Filipinos with disabilities while contributing to the development of an inclusive society.  One hundred participants are expected to attend from various sports organizations including national sports associations, non-government organizations, private corporations and the government sector. br /> The past decade saw the rise of Filipino Para athletes in the global arena such as Josephine Medina, the para table tennis player who gave the country its second Paralympics Bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, sixteen years after powerlifter, Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, got the first ever Bronze medal in the Sydney Paralympic Games in year 2000 and Ernie Gawilan, the legless swimming sensation discovered from Davao City, who is a consistent Gold medalist in the ASEAN Para Games ever since becoming a member of the national team. There has also been an increase in number of para athletes and their participation in local, regional and international competitions. Support and recognition from government and private partners, have also improved over the years.  br />   br /> The summit hopes to provide PPC-PHILSPADA with additional muscle and momentum as it strengthens itself to capably enact its comprehensive Mid-Term National Para Sports Development Program. The program will open up more opportunities for para-athletes from grassroots to the elite level of competitions.  With sights set on the 9th ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia this September 2017, the Asian Para Games in Indonesia in 2018, the 10th ASEAN Para Games in Manila and the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, the para sports summit envisions key partnerships with government and private sector to further inspire and equip para-athletes who are only too eager to compete and do their part for the country’s glory. Key speakers in the summit are: Chairman William I. Ramirez of the Philippine Sports Commission; Mr. Peping Cojuangco, President of the Philippine Olympic Committee; Michael Barredo, President of PPC-PHILSPADA; noted sports medicine expert Dr. Raul Canlas; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation expert, Dr. Raul Cembrano; Sec. General and former Olympic swimmer Gerardo “Ral” Rosario; para-coaches Joel Deriada of Athletics and Vernon Perea of Wheelchair Basketball; as well as para-athletes Gawilan, Medina and Dumapong-Ancheta. br />   br /> An interesting sidelight of the event will be a Wheelchair Dance Sport exhibition while the high point of the summit will be the launch of the “Alay Para Atleta” program, a nationwide campaign that will enable the general public to participate in the Paralympic Movement via a P50 annual contribution through mobile phone access.   ------ ABOUT PPC-PHILSPADA: The Philippine Paralympic Committee of the Philippines is the National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines recognized by the International Paralympic Committee while the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) is the PSC recognized national sports association for physically impaired athletes, tasked to spearhead developing sport competency for Filipino persons with disabilities from grassroots to the highest level of  sports competition.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 3rd, 2017Related News



Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsMay 24th, 2017Related News

Maxine Medina, Bea Rose Santiago at ibang beauties, nagparada sa Santacruzan

Maxine Medina, Bea Rose Santiago at ibang beauties, nagparada sa Santacruzan.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: MoviesMay 23rd, 2017Related News

READ: Maxine Medina's farewell speech, message to successor

READ: Maxine Medina's farewell speech, message to successor.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 1st, 2017Related News

Maxine at Kylie, binalikan ang kanilang journey sa Binibining Pilipinas 2016

Maxine at Kylie, binalikan ang kanilang journey sa Binibining Pilipinas 2016.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: MoviesApr 30th, 2017Related News


ARESTADO ang apat na big-time drug personalities na kinilalang sina Julius Garcia, 30, Jeremy Perez, 31, Zaldy Medina, at Rhanie Ampuan Magdara, sa ikinasang buy-bust operation ng mga tauhan ng Drug Enforcement Unit ng Northern Police District (NPD) sa Caloocan at Malabon City. Nakuha sa mga ito ang isang plastik na naglalaman ng shabu na [&'].....»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsApr 27th, 2017Related News

From ‘happily ever after’ to hell – CNN News

Islam and Ahmed met online, looking for their &'8220;happily ever after&'8221; through a Muslim dating site. But instead of bringing love and contentment, their marriage left Islam trapped in a living nightmare. Fast forward four years &'8212; and three husbands &'' and she and her two small children are caught in limbo in northern Syria. Islam Mitat is from Morocco; Ahmed Khalil was originally from Kabul in Afghanistan, but had moved to the UK and become a British citizen by the time they met on Mitat dreamed of a career as a fashion designer, and saw a British husband as a way out of her drab existence in the Moroccan town of Oujda, near the Algerian border. Months after their first online encounter, Khalil traveled to Morocco with a woman he said was his sister. He met Mitat's family, and proposed marriage, showing them bank statements to prove his intentions were serious. &'8220;He was a normal person,&'8221; Mitat recalls, though she says he did make her swap her regular choice of clothing &'8212; tight jeans and t-shirts &'' for long dresses. After they were married, the couple traveled to Dubai, and from there to Jalalabad in Afghanistan to meet Ahmed's family. Mitat says she only stayed in Afghanistan for a month, because of the security situation there, before returning home to Morocco. Khalil went back to Dubai, but shortly afterward he called her with news. &'8220;He told me had a job in Turkey,&'8221; she says, &'8220;and we're going to go for a holiday too, me and him.&'8221; The &'8220;holiday&'8221; got off to a strange start. Instead of heading to a resort or a hotel, the couple flew to Gaziantep, on southern Turkey's border with Syria. A certified copy of Ahmed Khalil's passport shows his birthplace as Kabul in Afghanistan. A man who spoke only Turkish drove them to a house full of men, women and children. The women and children were in one room, the men in another, Mitat says. She was confused, and asked the other women where they were going. &'8220;We're going hijra,&'8221; they explained. To Syria. Hijra was the journey of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers, the fledgling Muslim community, from Mecca to Medina in 622 to escape persecution. In a modern context, it signifies escape from the tyranny of the enemies of Islam to the realm of the faithful. &'8220;When we were in Dubai he told me, 'I have for you a surprise, but I will give it to you in Turkey.' This is the surprise: to go in Syria,&'8221; she says. When she objected, Khalil's response was blunt. &'8220;You are my wife and you have to obey me,&'8221; she says he told her. Mitat says she wanted to tell Turkish border officials about her predicament, but says that as she and the others approached the Syrian border, the guards opened fire so they ran into Syria. When asked about the incident on the border, a Turkish police spokesman said he could not share information about individual cases. Once inside the country, they headed to the nearby town of Jarablus, to a guesthouse for &'8220;muhajarin&'8221; &'8212; those who were making hijra to the so-called caliphate &'' like them. Mitat says the place was packed with people from &'8220;everywhere&'8221; &'8212; the UK, Canada, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. No sooner had they arrived, than Khalil was sent off for a month of military training, leaving Mitat, who was now pregnant, behind. Once he'd been trained, ISIS sent Khalil to fight. He was killed on his first day, in the battle of Kobani. After his death, Mitat says she was terrified and didn't know what to do; banned from talking to ordinary Syrians, she was forced to stay within the muhajirin community. She moved in with her husband's brother and his family, who had also traveled to Syria, but when her brother-in-law was killed too, ISIS moved her into a guesthouse, where she stayed until her son, Abdullah, was born. As Kurdish fighters closed in, ISIS told Mitat she had to marry again and get out of the area to safety, so she wed a friend of her first husband, a man known as Abu Talha Al-Almani (his name means &'8220;the German&'8221;). He took her to Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, before moving again, this time to Raqqa as Kurdish forces closed in. A month after they got there, Mitat says she divorced Abu Talha because he wouldn't let her leave the house. She says fear played a major role in her decision not to leave immediately. Islam says she was told that other people who tried to leave had their children taken away, or were forced into weeks of intense Islamic studies. All the while, Mitat was trying to escape with little Abdullah. ISIS did its best to keep her and other muhajarin away from local Syrians who might help them, and smugglers hesitated to help, because they faced execution if caught. Others asked exorbitant fees &'8212; as much as USD $5,000 &'8212; according to Mitat. Eventually ISIS compelled her to marry for a third time, this time to a man who Mitat describes as a gentle soul, called Abu Abdallah Al-Afghani. This name &'' given to him by ISIS &'8212; indicates he was of Afghan origin. Mitat, though, says he was Indian, and that his mother lived in Australia. She says he [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2017Related News

Robi at Maxine, sinubukan ang Q & A challenge ng mga candidates

Robi at Maxine, sinubukan ang Q & A challenge ng mga candidates.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: MoviesApr 23rd, 2017Related News

Tams survive first stepladder semis phase

Far Eastern University faced a tough challenge against University of Sto. Tomas the whole match of their do-or-die stepladder semifinals. But the Tamaraws showed that they wanted the win more. FEU asserted its mastery over the Espana-based squad and showed the Tigers the exit door with an emphatic, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, win Wednesday in the 79 suth /su UAAP men’s volleyball tournament semis at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tamaraws duo of Greg Dolor and Jude Garcia were just unstoppable, sending missiles in every angle and the Tigers just don’t have an answer to the same suspects that punished them in their first two meetings in the elimination round. FEU advanced in the next phase of the stepladder semis adn will take on the twice-to-beat National University on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.     Down 10-16 in the third set, the Tams unearthed a fiery 15-2 rally capped by the game-clinching ace by the graduating Dolor that left UST in shock. “Masayang-masaya po ako kasi matagal po naming hinintay to. Dalawang taon din po kaming wala sa semifinals,” said Dolor. “Gusto ko pag-exit ko maganda ang nangyari sa last playing year ko sa FEU.” Dolor pounded 10 attacks in his 13-point production and added seven excellent digs for an all-around performance for the Tams. Garcia finished with 12 markers including 10 coming off kills. FEU libero Rikko Marmeto played through a hurting hand but still came up with 19 receptions and 17 digs.      The Tams completed a season sweep of the Tigers and won all of their meetings in straight sets. Only skipper Arnold Bautista scored in double figures with 12 while Manuel Medina scored with nine for UST, which gave away 28 points off their errors. Waiting in the best-of-three Finals is the three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 19th, 2017Related News


Jesus Christ portrayed by pedicab driver Efifanio Dorimon writhes in pain as Roman soldiers tie him to the cross during the Hinuklog Lenten presentation in the town of Medina, Misamis Oriental on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. The town has been hosting the Hinuklog Lenten play since the 1970s. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO   [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsApr 15th, 2017Related News

Hinuklog: Lenten tradition lives on in Medina town  

MEDINA, MIsamis Oriental (MindaNews/15 April) &'8212; Every Holy Week, everyone in this town from public officials, workers, professionals to student, don their costumes and become actors in the reenactment of the traditional Lenten presentation, “Hinuklog&'8221; (Reflection or Pagnilay-nilay). Even Energy Undersecretary Benito Ranque comes home and dons his costume as a market vendor. “Eight years. [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsApr 15th, 2017Related News


Residents and visitors watch the reenactment of Jesus Christ's last hours before he was nailed on the cross during the Hinoklog Lenten presentation in Medina, Misamis Oriental on Good Friday, 14 April 2017. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO.....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsApr 14th, 2017Related News

In Focus: Five Jaw-Dropping Celebrity Travel Destinations To Add To Your Bucket List

New destinations to add to your bucket list, courtesy of Sue, Jessy, Julia, Lauren, and Maxine......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleApr 7th, 2017Related News

Tigers claw Green Spikers, inch closer to a semis berth

A long preparation against De La Salle paid off for University of Sto. Tomas as the Tigers outlasted the Green Spikers, 28-30, 25-23, 25-20, 16-25, 15-11, Wednesday to fortify their bid to clinch a semis seat in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. UST won its fifth of six five-set matches this season and climbed to a 6-6 win-loss card in a tie at third to fourth with idle Far Eastern University.  The win also formally eliminated Adamson from the semis race. The Tigers were able to dictate the outcome of the match after shattering an 8-all deadlock with three straight points. A crucial service error by DLSU’s Cris Dumago pushed UST at match point, 14-10, but the Tigers answered with a flubbed service on the other end to give the Green Spikers another chance. DLSU surrendered the game after a miscommunication in its reception that sealed the two-hour, 14-minute duel with the Green Spikers again bowing down to UST in a five-set battle. 'Medyo maayos-ayos ang execution namin doon sa prepared na set plays. We stuck to the game plan, talagang pilit na iniiwas sa main passer nila ang service namin,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon. “Although nagi-error kami, deserving naman na i-risk kumbaga hindi outright point per madali sa amin na makapuntos.” Mamon put his trust on his wards, battle-tested in five-set matches, in the tight deciding frame. “Sinabi ko na ilaro na lang nila kasi nasa kamay na nila (ang kapalaran nila),” he said. “Wala na kaming magagawa roon eh. Nag-respond naman sila saka pinag-aralan talaga namin ang La Salle like more than three weeks.” Manuel Medina scored 15 for the Tigers while Jerico Jose had 14. Jayvee Sumagaysay finished with 13 while skipper Arnold Bautista got 12 for the Espana-based squad, which will face Adamson on April 2 before closing the elims against FEU on April 8. With a 4-8 record, the Green Spikers need to sweep its remaining games against Ateneo and University of the East. But DLSU will have to pray that there will be a tie at 8-6 slate at fourth to fifth spot to force a playoff. Geraint Bacon and Dumago scored 17 each while Arjay Onia got 16 for the Taft-based squad.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 29th, 2017Related News

Rhett Eala on designing Maxine Medina's Miss Universe gowns

Rhett Eala on designing Maxine Medina's Miss Universe gowns.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMar 28th, 2017Related News