Advertisements


Ateneo s Fab 5: The Fearless Underdogs of UAAP Volleyball

Newly-appointed head coach Roger Gorayeb looked at his line-up heading into UAAP Season 71. A champion mentor of NCAA powerhouse San Sebastian College - Recoletos, Gorayeb had in his hands a gargantuan task of rebuilding Ateneo de Manila University women’s volleyball program. Just a few months before, Ronald Dulay, the mentor before him landed a trio of blue chip recruits who were fresh from a successful stint in the Palarong Pambansa. Angeline "Dzi" Gervacio, Fille Saint Cainglet and Jamenea "Jem" Ferrer just joined the Katipunan-based squad. Gervacio and Cainglet were products of St. Scholastica's College in Manila while Ferrer was a gem from Hope Christian School under girl’s volleyball guru Jerry Yee. Looking at his 15-woman line-up with the season just a few months ahead, Gorayeb knew he needed to do something drastic. The roster just won’t do. Talking to then athletic director Ricky Palou and team manager Tony Boy Liao, the mentor told the team officials that he intended to cut five players from the list. One could just imagine the shock in their faces. “Nakita ko may line-up pero player-playeran lang yung ganoon bang tipo, 15 ata yun. Sabi ko ‘Magtatanggal ako ng lima then magre-recruit ako,’” he said. The three rookies were in. Middle Bea Pascual, Kara Acevedo and libero Steph Gabriel retained their spots. He needed more. “Sa mga tinira kong players, si Kara Acevedo sabi niya, ‘Coach mayroong player ang ICA (Immaculate Conception Academy) na gumraduate naka-exam na rito pasado.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige papuntahin mo,’” said Gorayeb. It was Gretchen Ho. “Sa akin kasi ang talagang nagyaya sa akin si coach Ron Dulay. Si Kara Acevedo teammate ko and she’s been recruited by Ateneo. So one summer wala akong magawa naki-train lang ako noon tapos nagustuhan nila ang laro ko and then fourth year noong graduate na ako I passed the ACET then niyayaya na nila ako,” she said. “Then nagbago ng coach na si Coach Roger and dun niya ako nakita.”   “Pagdating ko ng March (sa Ateneo) wala na akong way para maka-recruit pa. Ang nangyari yung tatlo accepted na kaagad. Si Gretchen tinanong ko sabi ko, ‘ano ba ang laro mo?’ Sabi niya the usual panggitna, tres,” Gorayeb recalled. “So sinubukan ko pero ang laro niya tres hindi quick. Siya panggitna pero hindi quicker na gusto ko saka yung height niya (maliit). Kaya lang si Gretchen takbo ng takbo, mahilig magtatakbo so sabi ko sige pwede na yan. Wala namang player na during that time. So kinuha ko si Gretchen.” Gorayeb just needed just one more. “Ngayon nagkaroon ng STCAA (Southern Tagalog Calabarzon athletic association) eh kulang pa ako ng isa, wala akong panggitna. Ang gitna ko during that time si Bea lang tapos si Gretchen so wala akong pamalit. So naisipan ko may nakita ako sa STCAA,” he said. He spotted a lanky player from Canossa Academy-Lipa, Aillysse Nacachi. “Sabi ko kay Sir Tony pagtyagaan ko na lang ito kahit hindi naman kalakasan at wala naman na rin akong choice na makapili kasi rush ang pagdating ko dyan. Nakiusap lang sila sa akin na magbuo ako ng team kasi si Ronald nag-resign,” said Gorayeb. Another freshman could’ve had ended up with Ateneo, Hope’s libero Melissa Gohing. But a few obstacles prevented her from fulfilling her promise to join Ferrer in Ateneo. She instead chose to join the ladies in green and white in Taft.    SOMETHING PROMISING December 7, 2008. Far Eastern University Gym. Excitement filled the air. Fans, mostly volleyball purists and some who just came to support their classmates or were just curious to see a new spectacle after the basketball season ended, slowly settled in their seats for the women’s division’s second game. It was Adamson University, the previous year’s runner-up, which just visited the turf of their arch nemesis and defending champion FEU, which was led by that era’s finest and most popular volleybelle Rachel Anne Daquis. Fans wanted to see if the Lady Falcons still had the same firepower they had the previous season with the loss of top setter Janet Serafica and power hitter Sang Laguilles. A rookie-laden Ateneo squad should be easy pickings with Angela Benting, rookie Pau Soriano and libero Lizlee Anne Gata in the roster. Besides the Lady Falcons got the Lady Eagles’ number. Or so they thought. “Naalala ko nu’ng time namin sinasabi sa amin ng seniors namin na, ‘Hay naku ang lakas ng Adamson, never kami nanalo dyan,’” Cainglet, now happily married to film director Lino Cayetano and with three beautiful children, recalled.  But the Lady Eagles stunned Adamson in the opening set. The Lady Falcons took the next two frames. Ateneo stole the fourth.  “Ako naalala ko ano eh, parang alam namin na lahat kasi kami palaban. Nasa amin yun. Tapos binigyan kaming lahat ng chance to be in the first six so parang dream come true,” said Ho, now an ABS-CBN host. “Naalala ko rin na palaban kaming lahat kumbaga nothing to lose eh so ang ano namin, sumasabay kami sa laro and nu’ng nakita na namin na ‘Ay kaya pala natin ‘to guys. Kaya pala naming lumaban.’” Still, Adamson had the upper hand in experience. The Lady Falcons, used to pressure and were steady at crunch time, outlasted Ateneo.           The young Katipunan-based squad fell short, 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-15, 8-15. But for the Fab 5, it was a loss that felt like a resounding victory. “Parang sobrang natutuwa kami and everybody in the crowd, kaya siguro kami natawag na Fab 5 kasi rookies kami pero kahit ganoon palaban kami,” said Ho. “Saka close game. Five sets yun.” However, it was the first of five five-set matches that Ateneo will drop that season including one in the second round against the Manilla Santos-bannered De La Salle University. “Pero ang problema di kami nananalo ng five sets. Parang ilan lang ang naipanalo namin na ganoon. Feeling ko na-overwhelm kami na ‘Uy nananalo tayo.’ May ganoong disbelief ng konti pero alam namin na may ibubuga kami,” said Ho. “Definitely, our rookie season was full of five-set matches. It was tough, we felt like we were so close, but still so far away. At some point, it gave us frustration also. We just couldn't figure out that time what is it that's still lacking because we couldn't win the five-set matches,” according to Nacachi. “People said, it was because the team was still so inexperienced. We still didn't have the tenacity unlike of those more matured teams. But we didn't take it as bad, it was a learning experience for us all at the end. We had to learn how to develop that finishing will to be able to win games like that in the future.” The Fab 5 finished their rookie season with a 6-8 slate at fifth spot.   ‘MAY MEDAL NA TAYO’ Gorayeb remembered on their second year the look on Pascual’s face in their last elimination game match against Adamson. Already wrapping up their first win over the Lady Falcons, Pascual was giddy. “Natatawa nga ako dyan kay Bea kasi papanalo na kami nu’n tapos sumesenyas na siya ng tres. Sabi ko, ‘Hoy anong ginagawa mo?’ Yun pala sobrang saya na niya kasi for the first time in 30 years magkaka-medal na sila,” he said. It was the most important match of the season for the Lady Eagles. With the Fab 5 already in their sophomore year, Ateneo was already making great strides. The Lady Eagles closed that season’s elims with five straight wins capped with a victory over Adamson. Ateneo posted a 10-4 win-loss mark to enter the Final Four legitimately. “Ang nangyari kasi nu’ng time nila Charo (Soriano) kaya sila nakapasok sa semis kasi may nag-squeal na si (Jacq) Alarca di pala naka-enroll nu’n kaya na-forfeit mga laro ng La Salle,” said Gorayeb. The Fab 5 proved that they were not just a bunch of much-hyped up pretty faces. They backed it up with their skills on court. It didn’t matter that Ateneo were swept by eventual champion University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four.      But the podium finish of Season 72 was short-lived. Adamson got its revenge in the last game of Season 73 elims, bumping off the Lady Eagles in the podium finish. The loss put Ateneo in a collision course with the twice-to-beat DLSU, who could’ve completed an elims sweep if not only for a forfeited match against University of the East after UAAP found out that Carmela Garbin and Clarisse Yeung participated in a ‘ligang labas’ while the season was onoing, in the Final Four. Ateneo gave the Lady Spikers a scare before succumbing in another heartbreaking five-set match. The Lady Eagles finished fourth but that lone semis game gave Ateneo and its maturing Fab 5 enough experience to dream for something big – A ticket into the Finals.      ‘HINOG NA KAYO’ The first three years saw the gradual improvement for Ateneo. But Season 74 proved to be the turning point for the Fab 5. A fresh new recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school, who just completed a year of residency, came into picture and with the Fab 5 armed with years of experience, the Lady Eagles’ fate will forever be changed. Alyssa Valdez, a highly recruited open spiker just like Gervacio, Cainglet-Cayetano and Ferrer years back, gave renewed excitement for the Ateneo faithful. “Alyssa's joining with Ateneo was a great turning point for us. We needed as much support we can get, and Alyssa's entrance to the team was a great boost to the team's morale,” said Nacachi. “The girl is a powerhouse and we felt like with her presence, the team finally became solid.” “We were able to play around with the positions and the rotations, since we had different versatile open players who can also greatly play other roles,” she added. “We were also able to formulate a lot of plays and attacks because Alyssa can generally do all kinds; open, running, quick, name it all. She gave the team the power and the versatility that we previously lacked from the past seasons.” Social media was just gaining traction then but the Lady Eagles were already on the radar of volleyball purists through online forums. For the first time, Ateneo was considered a legitimate contender.   The Fab 5 proved it by winning 11 games in the elimination round, losing only to UST once and dropping two against the Lady Spikers. Valdez’s arrival gave Ferrer an even broader option on offense. It eased the scoring load off the shoulders of Cainglet and Gervacio, who was then moved to an opposite position. “I guess sakto lang din yung dating niya because by that time Kara Acevedo graduated so someone had to fill in her spot so coach Roger decided for me to move to utility or opposite,” said Gervacio. “And then sakto Alyssa naman could fill in the spot na other open spiker.” “So timing din na we had all the pieces put together at the right time,” she added. With a good performance in the elims despite missing a legit middle in Bea Pascual and the entry of Aerieal Patnongon barred by academic problems, Ateneo finished second and for the first-time was armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. The Lady Eagles faced an experienced Tigresses side in the last stepladder semis stage. UST just came from a hard-fought four-set do-or-die match against FEU and were banking on their four-set win over Ateneo in the second round to force another sudden death. Ateneo’s date with destiny was sealed with a four-set win over the Tigresses, who then bid goodbye to Maika Ortiz and Judy Anne Caballejo. “Pinu-push na rin kami ni Coach Roger noon eh, ‘Hinog na kayo ngayon. Kasi dalawang taon na lang, kailangan makapasok na kayo sa Finals,’” said Ho. “Somehow senior na rin kami,” added Cainglet.  “Season 74 was really the target season for us to be in the finals and target even to win the championship,” according to Nacachi. “During this time, we were already thinking we could not afford to not go in the finals.” “So it was with our mindset and our level of commitment that we were able to finally reach our goal of reaching the finals,” she added. “We had enough experience that time already, and it was really time for us to show the level of game maturity the team had obtained from the past seasons.” But then they had to face an unbeaten team. Unscathed in 14 games, De La Salle University was poised to complete a perfect season. The Lady Eagles spoiled it. Ferrer outplayed DLSU setter Mika Esperanza, 57-42, in excellent sets as Ateneo handed the Lady Spikers its first loss after 25 straight victories in a come-from-behind 23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, Finals opener win. Witnessed by 3,002 spectators inside the then The Arena in San Juan, all of the Fab 5 produced points. Cainglet had 19 behind Valdez’s 24, Gervacio scored 12, Ho had 10, Nacachi finished with five while Ferrer had one. Gorayeb made a big gambit and it worked. “Dahil sa wala kong panggitna, yung laro namin ng La Salle, ginawa kong quicker si Alyssa. Kasi si Alyssa nakakapalo. Nagulat si Ramil (de Jesus) dun.” It was a big win. A huge upset. Unfortunately, Ateneo needed to win two more.  DLSU held a thrice-to-beat advantage.   THAT SWAG After Ateneo made a miracle in Game One, fans began to feel a new rivalry born. The attendance spiked. From just 3,000 spectators, the gate attendance more than doubled its size. The interest was there. Fans of traditional powers began to notice the Lady Eagles as a rising team. For the first time, a squad with no previous championship experience except for a title during the Marcos era in a different collegiate league, made a giant jolt. Everybody wanted to see what these girls would do next.    The Lady Eagles, still high on adrenaline after their Game 1 upset, took the opening set in Game 2. But just like in their opener, a well-experienced DLSU squad adjusted to take the next three frames to move a step closer to a repeat crown. With then Rookie of the Year Ara Galang, Season Most Valuable Player Aby Marano, an intimidating Michele Gumabao and a very efficient Finals MVP Cha Cruz teaming up for the kill, the Lady Spikers ripped Ateneo apart in Game 3 in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13. “Sabi nga ni Dzi na nadyan na lahat eh. So I guess noong Season 74 nandoon na pero may kulang pa rin,” said Ho. “I guess we we’re able to make it to the Finals pero wala pa kaming championship experience.” Ferrer agreed. "Siguro ang kulang yung championship experience kasi nasa La Salle na ‘yun eh. Ilang years na silang nagpa-finals, nag-champion and for Ateneo doon pa lang namin sinimulan," said the three-time Best Setter. Lacking championship experience is one thing, but Ateneo during that time wasn’t ready for DLSU’s most feared weapon: the Lady Spikers’ swag.  “They have that swag,” said Gervacio. “Everyone knows about it naman. It’s really coach Ramil’s style talaga kasi as I remember when we were first year, four out of six of the players inside the court were rookies and even if we go against the powerhouses UST, FEU, Adamson, hindi sila yung nakikita nyo na kapag championship na rivalry, na swag, angas, stare down. Pero La Salle talaga kahit sino ang kalaban nila they’ll bring that attitude inside the court.” That Finals series cemented a new rivalry that will become one of the most celebrated in the sport. “I think it also helped that Ateneo-La Salle basketball didn’t face also,” said Gervacio. “Siyempre nandoon ang hunger for the rivalry eh and timely din na its been Ateneo-La Salle na rin sa volleyball.”   CLOSING A CHAPTER The Fab 5 were now in their fifth and last year. They wanted to leave a winning legacy. The pieces were already there. Gorayeb had at his disposal five seniors, a rising star in Valdez, a sophomore middle in Amy Ahomiro, a versatile Ella De Jesus, a steady libero in Denden Lazaro and a new kind of weapon – a massive crowd that can turn any venue into a sea of blue.              As expected, the second installment of the Ateneo-DLSU rivalry was set into place. Both sweeping their semis opponents. The Lady Spikers crushed National University while the Lady Eagles shot down Adamson. Game One was a shocker. DLSU heading into the Finals are on a 14-game roll but were stunned in the first two sets with Ateneo stepping on the gas. But a string of miscues, mostly from the service line, did the Lady Eagles in as they allowed the Lady Spikers to force a decider. DLSU, smelling blood, punished Ateneo to eke out a 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6, victory inside the Big Dome witnesses by 17,342-strong gate attendance. Then the series transferred to a newly-built, state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena that drew a crowd of 18,799. The first two frames were frustrating for the Lady Eagles.   Ateneo came back to life in the third set to gain a 9-5 lead. But DLSU easily erased it with Ateneo crumbling under pressure. The Lady Spikers were on an onslaught. Sophomore Galang pushed DLSU at matchpoint with a cold-blooded ace that went in a few inches from the baseline. The score, 24-16. It was a tense moment for the Fab 5. A long rally ensued in the next play. Gervacio, with all her might pounded a kill. Her hand making a great contact on the ball off Ferrer’s backset.     Smack! The ball ricocheted off the hands of DLSU’s Wensh Tiu before falling on the same landing area of Gervacio, who tried to dive for a dig together with Lazaro. DLSU swept Ateneo, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16. Game over.          “Kahit hindi kami nanalo alam naming ibinigay namin ang lahat namin, all-out talaga kaya wala kaming pagsisisi,” said Ho. It was the end of the Fab 5 era, but they left more than what any of them could have imagined. "I remember so many people or fans telling me that they started really watching UAAP Volleyball because of our batch. And that is really touching and fulfilling to know. Knowing that you were able to leave an impact like that to people. We were not able to bring even a single championship to our school, Ateneo, but we were able to touch a lot of people's hearts despite that," Nacachi shared. The Fab 5 closed a colorful chapter of Ateneo volleyball in tears. They were there during the Lady Eagles’ birth pains. They labored. They shed tears, blood and sweat. They laid the foundation for something big. The Fab 5 planted the seeds that would eventually bear fruit and would change the course of Ateneo women’s volleyball program forever. Glory didn’t happen during their time. It started in theirs.    Amidst the roar of the crowd, the falling confetti, banging of drums and the echoing chant of ‘Animo La Salle’ from the sea of green, the Fab 5 hugged each other tight. They found comfort in each other. It was their time to say goodbye. For those who remained – Valdez, Lazaro, Ahomiro, De Jesus – the defeat added fuel to their already blazing desire to bring glory for the blue and white. They were the next in line, heirs to unfinished business. WATCH: FAB 5 Reunion Part 1 and Part 2 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach

This story was originally published on May 7, 2017 De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions. The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters. From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michel Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program. Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country. Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila. Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.   De Jesus shared the secret of his success. “Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said. His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike. DLSU embraced him as one of its own. “Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).” De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.                He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him. De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens. He means business all the time.   Brilliance of De Jesus 246-65. De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all. The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.   It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.           He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition. Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons. Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.   De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad. In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed. The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more. With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown. Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do. He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title. A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill. But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy. In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history. DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.     It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.              Grand Slam After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU. Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat. Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest. With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat. DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam. A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.       When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson. But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place. It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU. With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns. DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year. The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat.   DLSU-Ateneo rivalry Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today. Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into. A continuous rivalry, perhaps? For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that. The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball. De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back. Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times. Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit. For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76. DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games. De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics. He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game. Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always. When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance. Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis. It was a devastating loss to say the least. But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust. Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78. Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination. The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row. De Jesus was ready for Ateneo. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener. The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.                  Road to back-to-back Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.  Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew.  “Sa laht nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.” DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo. “Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.” “Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.” When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown. And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.    “Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.” In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little. He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena. De Jesus won his tenth title. When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome. Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

LOOK: Volleyball queens bring the heat for ABS-CBN 'JustLove summer station ID

The summer follow-up to the widely-successful #JustLove anthem for the ABS-CBN station ID will be graced by volleyball royalty.  Former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez, Binibining Pilipinas-Globe Michele Gumabao, former Queen Falcon Amanda Villanueva, and  Queen Lady Red Spiker Ces Racraquin all donned #JustLove shirts as they joined the shoot for the summer TV ad for ABS-CBN.   Had a great time with these Queens 👸🏻 felt out of place pero laban lang 😅✌🏼 A post shared by Cesca Racraquin (@cescarac) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:31pm PDT     Ako talaga ang Dyosa hanggang sa Dumating sila @alyssa_valdez2 @gumabaomichele @cescarac and @aamandavillanueva ⛰🌳 A post shared by Mikygandara (@mikygandara) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:34pm PDT      Shooting for the ABS CBN Summer Station ID ☀️☀️☀️ #JustLove #GameChangersPH A post shared by The Game Changers (@gamechangersph) on Apr 5, 2018 at 10:27pm PDT #JustLove 💙💙 Shooting for the ABSCBN summer station ID. ☀️☀️☀️ Can't wait for this to be out very soon!!! #MomagerDuties #GameChangersPH pic.twitter.com/uKCHAB2f7t — Vania PadillaEdralin (@vaniaedralin) April 6, 2018 Joined by Kapamilya star Kim Chiu (a known UAAP volleyball fan herself), the queens of the court more than held their own, making sure the sport we all know and love gets proper representation in the annual TV spot. If you needed more reasons to be excited for the upcoming summer iteration of #JustLove, then here you go: .....»»

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

Pocari Sweat names American reinforcements

Pocari Sweat-Air Force flew in a pair of blue chip American imports to help the Lady Warriors in their quest for back-to-back Reinforced Conference titles in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2. US NCAA Division 1 veterans Maddie Palmer and Arielle Love will beef up the Lady Warriors’ line-up in the import-laden tournament set to open shop on May 6.         The duo will team up with the holdovers of last year’s championship core in power hitter Myla Pablo, Elaine Kasilag and Jeannette Panaga with new recruit Cesca Racraquin. Love is an accomplished product of Duquesne University while Palmer played for Radford University with a couple of school records under her belt. Love helped the Dukes land a breakthrough NCAA tournament appearance in 2013 in her junior year.  She was the program's first-ever Division 1 Player of the Week, and the first Duke player to be included in the Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference. Palmer was the Big South Player of the Year in 2016 and 17, and on her senior year powered the Highlanders to the NCAA. She holds the schools kills and digs record making her an important piece for Pocari Sweat’s offense and defense in the battles ahead. Palmer and Love will be on their first professional stint. "Watching the videos, I saw that the fans just get super into it. That's one of the things I'm very excited about; that the fanbase is huge," said Palmer. Both reinforcements will have huge shoes to fill after compatriots Michele Strizak and Krystal Rivers delivered the Federated Distributors, Inc. franchise to the throne last year – the team’s third straight title after dominating the defunct V-League’s Reinforced and Open conferences.        "Pocari has great tradition and we're looking to bring that championship back. I'm really looking forward to doing great things," said the Ohio native Love. Joining the Lady Warriors are Air Force veterans Wendy Semana, Gena Andaya, Mary Ann Balmaceda, Mary Ann Pantino, Iari Yongco, Angel Antipuesto, Mae Crisostomo and middle blocker Dell Palomata. Jasper Jimenez will call the shot for Pocari Sweat-Air Force......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 2nd, 2018Related News

PVL Team Preview: Creamline

Creamline is dead serious in its campaign of claiming a breakthrough title in the second season of Premier Volleyball League. After disappointing bronze medal finishes in the inaugural edition, the Cool Smashers made a recruitment coup to help its prized star Alyssa Valdez capture the elusive crown in the Reinforced Conference set on May 6. Valdez, the reigning conference Most Valuable Player, has fully committed with the team after a short stint in the Open Conference to fulfill her duties as part of the national team. The former Queen Eagle's last title was in 2015 when she led the star-studded PLDT to a V-League Reinforced Conference championship.    To beef up their lineup, the Cool Smashers tapped the services of their last year’s import Kuttika Kaewpin and Serbian middle blocker Nikolina Asceric.   Also out to help Valdez are holdovers from last year’s team in veteran setter Jia Morado, Alex Cabanos, Pau Soriano, Ivy Remulla, Coleen Bravo and Rizza Mandapat.   Creamline also landed a deal with seasoned libero Mel Gohing to strengthen its floor defense and opposite hitter Michele Gumabao, who recently won the Binibining Pilipinas-Globe crown.    The Cool Smashers lost versatile hitter Cesca Racraquin, Jamela Suyat, Aerieal Patnongon, veteran Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo and Rosemarie Vargas. Risa Sato and Jema Galanza, who were earlier reported to have joined the team, were not in the initial lineup submitted by Creamline. PVL teams are given at least a month before the start of the season to finalize their respective rosters and clear their imports’ international transfer certificates (ITCs).     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 29th, 2018Related News

Gumabao to use lucky 'No. 19' for Creamline jersey

After her success in the pageant world, Michele Gumabao will be back on the volleyball court to beef up a star-studded Creamline squad for the coming 2nd Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference starting May 6. The former three-time UAAP champion will be bringing in the same lucky charm she had when she won the Binibining Pilipinas-Globe crown recently for good measure. Gumabao will be donning the Cool Smasher jersey no. 19, parting ways with her long-time volleyball jersey no. 7 – the number she carried since her college days in De La Salle University. The 5-foot-10 opposite spiker is the newest recruit of Creamline, which is looking to capture its breakthrough title after finishing third in both the Reinforced and Open conferences last year.         She and long-time friend libero Melissa Gohing are reunited after a year following Gumabao’s transfer to Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga in 2017. The duo brought Pocari Sweat together with top hitter Myla Pablo to a sweep of the Open and Reinforced conferences of the defunct V-League two years ago. Unfortunately, for Gumabao, holdover Ivy Remulla has been wearing the no. 7 jersey since last season.   “Every time naman when you join an new team, syempre being a rookie you don’t want to take naybody’s number and Ate Ivy is no. 7,” said Gumabao. “So sabi ko ayoko ng issue siyempre so sabi ko, ‘Sir ako na ang magpapalit siyempre ayoko ng issue. Don’t ask her to change.’” “Kasi even though kilala ka naman on that number, it’s just a jersey number at the end of the day,” she added. “Nagkataon lang talaga na when I’ve been transferring teams the past few years, nagkakataon na walang jersey no. 7 o bagong team talaga. So it’s the first time na I’m joining a team that’s already there.” With her jersey No. 7 already taken, the next option for Gumabao is a no-brainer. “So may jersey no. 7 na so sabi ko, ‘Oh, I’ll just get jersey no. 19 kasi it’s also my Binibining Pilipinas candidate number,’” she explained. “Everything just worked out naman, walang may no. 19 and I’m very happy na I’m bringing the number. Something new, that’s the only thing I want naman no, change,” Gumabao added. “The fans naman I think they'll love it all. At least kilala ka bilang Binibini 19 and jersey no. 19.” Gumabao’s presence adds firepower, experience and leadership to the Cool Smashers bannered by ace scorer Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2018Related News

In Focus: Champion Racer Michele Bumgarner Gets Real On Slaying It In A 'Man s World' Of Motorsports

When it comes down to it, the Asian Karting Queen would much rather let her driving do the talking......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleMar 26th, 2018Related News

Volleybelle Michele Gumabao wins Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018

MANILA, Philippines – From volleybelle to bona fide beauty queen. Michele Gumabao proved she is not just prolific in the volleyball court after taking home the Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 crown Monday, March 19.  The 25-year-old, who admitted she was inexperienced when it comes to pageantry before, was quick ........»»

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

Gumabao gives her piece on fighting fake news in Bb. Pilipinas Q& A

Volleyball star Michele Gumabao slayed the question and answer portion of the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Sunday night at the Big Dome. The former De La Salle University standout and three-time UAAP champion, known to give sportswriters meaty post-game interviews, received great applause from the audience when she answered the question given to her by renowned journalist Ces Drilon in the Top 15 during the most-awaited part of the pageant. “What can you do to fight fake news?” was Drilon’s question. Candidate no. 19 Gumabao’s answer: “I know that fake news is rampant nowadays, but, in order to fight this, we must first know what we are reporting, know what we are reading, and, at the same time, be accountable for what we say, especially online. And I hope that media always filters and use their resources to always deliver truth and authentic news.” Gumabao's answer, poise and beauty earned her the title of Bb. Pilipinas Globe.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 18th, 2018Related News

Volleybelle Michele Gumabao wins Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2018 crown

Michele Gumabao's Cinderella run has ended with her being crowned as Miss Philippines-Globe Monday morning during the coronation at the Big Dome. Coming into the contest, the 5'9" volleybelle had no prior experience in beauty pageants, but has been vocal about being eager to prove doubters wrong. Indeed, Gumabao has done just that, claiming one of the six titles in the Philippines' most prestigious beauty pageant. Aside from the crown, the 25-year-old also won the special Miss Cream Silk award. Gumabao made a lot of buzz in the weeks leading up to the coronation night, all while making an important statement about athletes being multi-dimensional individuals. As Binibini #19, Gumabao impressed audiences with her straightforward manner of answering interviews and free-spirited personality that she has possessed since her playing days with De La Salle University in the UAAP. The volleybelle out of Quezon City is currently an assistant coach for the all-female tactical crew of Adamson University's women's volleyball team, and she is currently signed to the Creamline Cool Smashers in the Premier Volleyball League.  Gumabao's winning tradition is well-documented. As a part of the UAAP powerhouse DLSU Lady Spikers and the PVL Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, she has won numerous titles, and with her win in the Bb. Pilipinas, Gumabao is primed for even bigger things......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 18th, 2018Related News

Volleybelles unite to cheer for Bb. Pilipinas-Globe Michele Gumabao

Volleybelles unite to cheer for Bb. Pilipinas-Globe Michele Gumabao.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 18th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Alyssa Valdez, Thirdy Ravena look sharp as Bb. Pilipinas judges

The entire Philippines all shifted its on the most beautiful night of the year, during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night, Sunday at the Big Dome.  The most esteemed beauty pageant judges were all present, but fans of the UAAP may have chanced upon two people from the world of Pinoy sports, proudly representing their group. Former Ateneo volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez and Blue Eagles forward Thirdy Ravena were chosen to be part of the special panel of judges in the 55th Bb. Pilipinas coronation night. Your judge for tonight's #BinibiningPilipinas2018 , Alyssa Valdez 💗👑 pic.twitter.com/PgGejbu7Ut — Vania PadillaEdralin (@vaniaedralin) March 18, 2018 Aside from the two athletes, Michel Gumabao, a multi-titled volleyball player and a former De La Salle Lady Spiker, was a candidate herself. These stars show that athletes can indeed slay in any setting. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 18th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Jia Morado receives personalized shoes in Cool Smashers colors

A couple of months before the Premier Volleyball League tips off anew, Creamline setter Jia Morado received an early set of sneakers that are as dazzling as her playmaking. Last January 26, Miguel De Guzman, Morado's longtime boyfriend, took to Instagram to flaunt the personalized Jordan XXXIs and Nike Kobe ADs, accented with the ubiquitous Cool Smasher purple and hot pink.   Personal touch; for the girl with the magic touch A post shared by Miguel (@amigueldeguzman) on Jan 26, 2018 at 2:25am PST .   Mas excited pa ata ako sa season kaysa sa gagamit 😅 A post shared by Miguel (@amigueldeguzman) on Jan 26, 2018 at 11:21pm PST The Kobes have a pink swoosh, while Jia's jersey number 12 is in purple. Meanwhile the Jordans have a hot pink side panel and of course, a pink jumpman logo. With that kind of heat ready to be laced up, perhaps Jia may be even more motivated to start the season. After joining the Creamline Cool Smashers last season, Morado has transformed the Cool Smashers into immediate contenders. Teaming up with former Ateneo Lady Eagles teammate Alyssa Valdez, the veteran collegiate playmaker orchestrated an improved Cool Smashers offense from borderline playoff team into one of the tournament's favorites. With veteran libero Melissa Gohing and opposite hitter Michele Gumabao in the squad, keep your eyes peeled for Jia's setting, and shoes this coming PVL conference slated to start in April......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2018Related News

NBA stars to coach top prospects at 4th BWB Global Camp

NBA press release NEW YORK AND MIES – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries who will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 16-18 (Feb. 17-19, PHL time) at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2018, and Nike will serve as the official partner. Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Horford, Dragic, Sabonis, Mozgov and Dekker will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Michael Cooper (U.S.), Acie Law (U.S.), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (England), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Mamadou N’Diaye (Senegal), Cherokee Parks (U.S.), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Rod Strickland (U.S) and Ronny Turiaf (France), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members Jennifer Azzi (U.S.) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (U.S.), former WNBA players Lindsey Harding (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.), Ruth Riley (U.S.) and Michele Van Gorp (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2018. For the first time in BWB history, the camp will feature nine current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal. Current NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Philadelphia 76ers), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jonah Herscu (Los Angeles Lakers) and Will Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), former NBA head coach and 1992 “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, former NBA Champion head coach Paul Westhead, and USA Basketball coach Don Showalter will also serve as BWB Global coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Former NBA trainer Wally Blase (U.S.) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.   Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp. The camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League. The campers will attend Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016). The first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. The NBA and FIBA have staged 52 BWB camps in 32 cities across 27 countries on six continents.  More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy). The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change): GIRLS BOYS.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 8th, 2018Related News

'AnimoKasal: Past and present DLSU Lady Spikers reunite at Cha Cruz bridal shower

Some former and current members of the DLSU Lady Spikers once again met as a team, not on the court, but this time to one of their teammates' bridal showers. Cha Cruz, who will be wed to her 'Mr. Everything' Ray Behag, held a bohemian-themed bridal shower at the Ascott Manila Sunday, which saw some of her former teammates attending the affair. Dubbed the #bridalCHAwer, some of her former teammates visited and supported Cruz to celebrate one of the most important stages of her life. In a Tweet, Melissa Gohing captured the emotions of Cruz, with the former De La Salle Lady Spikers exhibiting euphoric glee. Beautiful bride-to-be. ❤@chaarcruz #BridalCHAwer #BridalCHAwerinMyrons#CHAmpionsiRAY #AnimoKasal pic.twitter.com/LS8TlvOGIi — Melissa E. Gohing (@GOHINGMELISSA) February 3, 2018 Michele Gumabao meanwhile posted her picture some of the members of her championship squad, as she wishes Cruz and her husband-to-be good luck.     From volleyballs to bridal showers!! So happy for you ate @chaarcruz 😙 love you ate and kuya @raybehag ❤ #bridalCHAwer #myrons #ascottmakati A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Feb 3, 2018 at 6:10am PST Mika Esperanza, who looks at Cruz as her role model, wrote a long message for her on her Instagram.  "To the person that I have always looked up to since I was a rookie, congratulations!  I feel so blessed to have witnessed how you and kuya Ray have stayed in love all these years and now you will finally seal the deal!!! You have always been my role model!  I wish you nothing but happiness!"     To the person that I have always looked up to since I was a rookie, congratulations! 😊 I feel so blessed to have witnessed how you and kuya Ray have stayed in love all these years and now you will finally seal the deal!!! You have always been my role model! ❤ I wish you nothing but happiness! Love you ate Chaaaaaaaaaa 😚😚😚 Love, Mowky aka your kapitbahay above your room hahahahahaha (EGImates) A post shared by mika esperanza (@mikaesperanza) on Feb 3, 2018 at 8:57am PST     What a reunion 🙈 Congratulations Ate @chaarcruz on your upcoming wedding 💚 #BridalCHAwer A post shared by Diemmy Alexi Tatlonghari (@diemmylhexie) on Feb 3, 2018 at 4:40pm PST Aby Marano also Tweeted a photo with her fellow teammates, and even included current Lady Spiker Aduke Ogunsanya in the photo. What a night it was 😍 Reunited with UAAP batch Season 74 💚🏐 #BridalCHAwer pic.twitter.com/6MOx3E4yre — Abigail P. Maraño (@Abymarano) February 4, 2018 The 29-year old Cruz was proposed upon by her longtime beau at a Coldplay concert in Seoul, South Korea last year. They will be wed later in the year.     In a sky full of stars, he gave me the brightest one.❤❤❤ A post shared by Cha Cruz (@chaarcruz) on Apr 15, 2017 at 5:53pm PDT.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Lea Michele meets (and fangirls over) Lea Salonga

MANILA, Philippines – Broadway veteran Lea Salonga has won over fans from all around the world, and not even her fellow stars are spared. For instance, there is Broadway and TV actress Lea Michele, who took to Twitter on January 25 to fangirl over Salonga after seeing her in the ........»»

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

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez ready to play, learn alongside “champions” Gumabao, Gohing

Filipino volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez can’t wait to play with the Creamline Cool Smashers’ newest additions, opposite spiker Michele Gumabao, and libero Melissa Gohing. In an exclusive video interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Valdez revealed that playing with the veteran duo of Gumabao and Gohing, a tandem she used to play against, is an enticing idea, as they can add experience and a winning mentality to a stacked team that has star setter Jia Morado. “Sobrang nakakaexcite at the same time siyempre parang bago samin lahat kasi sabi mo nga, first time ko magiging teammates yung dalawang MG na very well-known sa UAAP also and sa ibang professional league, commercial league sa natin dito sa Pilipinas,” Valdez said. “I’m really excited to team up with them kasi alam natin yung talent and alam natin din talaga yung madadala nila sa team namin,” she continued. Valdez is quick to ensure fans, however, that even with the bevy of go-to stars now on the stacked team, everyone in the squad still has equal footing, and should learn from one another to be successful in the PVL. “Pinaniniwalaan ko talaga na everyone is really equal inside and outside of the court and marami rin experiences si Michele and Mel na siyempre hindi ko rin napagdaanan, and sila lang din nakakaalam kung pano,” Valdez said. “We’re really happy na sana, matutunan namin and makuha namin yung madaming learnings also from them,” she continued. Valdez touches upon Morado and Gohing's pivotral roles on the team, Gumabao's championship experience, and more in the FULL VIDEO below:  The inclusion of Gumabao and Gohing creates an interesting mix, as they will team up with Valdez and another former Ateneo star in setter Jia Morado in Creamline. #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/yF0lBai4ip — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 20, 2018.....»»

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

Michelle malaki ang pag-asang masungkit ang Bb. Pilipinas title

PASOK ang nakatatandang kapatid ng Viva young actor na si Marco Gumabao na si Michelle Theresa Gumabao (25) sa 40 official candidates ng 2018 Bb. Pilipinas, gayundin ang kasintahan ng actor na si Jason Abalos na si Vickie Rushton at ang nanalong 2016 Miss World Philippines na si Catriona Grey.….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2018Related News

Michele Gumabao enters Top 40 of Binibining Pilipinas 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Michele Gumabao has moved a step closer to becoming a beauty queen.  .....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2018Related News

Gumabao announces official transfer to Creamline

Michele Gumabao officially announced her commitment with Creamline on her Instagram post Thursday evening.   2018 just got a whole lot sweeter ♥️ playing for Creamline Cool Smashers, plus reunited with lil mg once again! Happy New Year everybody!!! @gohingmelissa @coolsmashers_ A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Jan 11, 2018 at 4:41am PST The opposite spiker’s post came hours after the Rebisco franchise revealed on their Facebook page the addition of Gumabao and another De La Salle University product libero Melissa Gohing as the Cool Smashers shore up their roster to capture the elusive Premier Volleyball League crown. This will mark the return of Gumabao, a three-time UAAP champion, to the Sports Vision-organized volleyball league after bolting out of Pocari Sweat following the Lady Warriors’ victorious campaign in the V-League that saw them capture the Open and Reinforced conferences back in 2016. She transferred to Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga the following year before deciding to return in the PVL under the Creamline banner. Gumabao, who is also a 2018 Binibining Pilipinas aspirant, joined a stacked Cool Smashers lineup where she will team up for the first time in a commercial squad with Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado. Creamline settled for bronze medal finishes in the Open and Reinforced conferences of PVL's inaugural season last year. .....»»

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