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How Ponggay Gaston, Maddie Madayag reawakened Ateneo s happy-heartstrong mentality

Lost in the thrilling UAAP season 80 women's volleyball Finals series between eventual champions De La Salle University and worthy challenger Far Eastern U was one of the most underappreciated feats of the tournament. The Lady Eagles lost to the Lady Tamaraws in disappointing fashion in the Final Four, and FEU didn't have to use its twice-to-beat advantage to do so.  But even with the exit, discounting Ateneo's path to the Final Four would deny all the heart-stopping comeback wins, and hardwork they've shown, considering that they weren’t even expected to compete all that much, given the problems they faced during the offseason. After an alarming 0-2 start to the season, things somehow clicked for the Katipunan-based ladies. Having adjusted to the loss of veteran setter Jia Morado, among other key players, communication started getting better, and they became the league's best defensive team at the net.  That surprising turnaround changed Ateneo from an afterthought, into a legitimate title contender. And the Lady Eagles, along with its legion of fans, can specifically thank two players for their reawaking, namely Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston. After being thrusted into a leadership role, Madayag was not afraid to call out the team whenever its members fall short of expectation. More than words, though, Madayag also motivated the team through her improved net defense, helping Ateneo make up for its other shortcomings, eventually led an upstart Ateneo squad many experts had already written off before the start of the season to fight until the Final Four. On the other side, Ponggay offered a somewhat intangible trait, but it helped Ateneo immensely. Mid-slump, Ateneo was looking for a ray of light to follow so it can finally rise. That proverbial light came in the form of Ponggay Gaston, a hitter that has captured the hearts of many fans for her antics on the court. Ponggay's happy-happy ways may have irked a few people, accusing her of not taking the game seriously, but it proved to be her way of towing the Lady Eagles past their troubles. She brought the carefree disposition back to the Lady Eagles' camp, while also giving a huge boost to their floor defense when she accepted the role of a libero at the middle of the season. The move was the ultimate test of Ponggay's versatility, and she delivered, proving to be the dependable player who's ready to adjust for the good of the team. Ponggay brought the happy-happy, while Maddie had the heartstrong as they reclaimed the Lady Eagles' identity and winning culture before it disappeared for good. Off the court, however, Maddie and Ponggay can also pull off stunning feats of style with the help of H&M Philippines. Their busy sched may have prevented them from exploring different looks. But now, their jerseys are going to take a rest because they’re up for their much-deserved full makeover. See Maddie Madayag sporting tonal dressing trends and Ponggay Gaston pulling off an all-denim look in their style transformation videos below. They may have lost in the #UAAPSeason80Volleyball championship, but these two are winners in the beauty and fashion arena—without doubt. .....»»

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

UP stuns Ateneo to stay in Final Four race

University of the Philippines remained in the Final Four hunt after pulling off a stunner over semifinals-bound Ateneo, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Maroons hiked their record to 5-8 and took sole possession of the sixth seed while the Lady Eagles saw their five-game winning streak snapped to settle for a 9-4 record. From a 19-14 deficit in the third set, the Lady Maroons stormed back to tie the set at the vital 24-24 score line after Marist Layug denied Jhoanna Maraguinot. UP then took the 25-24 match point after libero Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino failed to get in tune on who will get ...Keep on reading: UP stuns Ateneo to stay in Final Four race.....»»

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UAAP 80 Volleyball s Greatest Hits (so far)

We're right in the middle of the thrilling UAAP season 80 volleyball tournament, and while fans are all being treated to one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, they are also being continuously entertained by some of the wackiest celebrations and on-court snippets that make watching the matches all the more fun. Along with the latest highlights, we also make it our mission to provide those fun and light moments that are probably as important when enjoying the UAAP experience. Let's take a look at the wackiest and most iconic moments and bloopers from the  UAAP volleyball season so far, in GIF form, of course. From botched high-fives, epic and controversial celebrations, moments of swag, and just general fun, here are the UAAP volleyball's greatest hits (so far).   Rare clip of DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus smiling (kind of) Coach RDJ spotted! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/1yGd4IBoiO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 UP Lady Maroons celebrating each small victory  Cailing's ace takes set 1 for UP! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/r6lo1iTvM1 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 Mylene Paat showing her inner Wakandian Mylene Paat is coming alive! Adamson takes the 16-7 lead over UP in set 2! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/GGkvSM5iT8 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 Chiara Permentilla's sweet-faced assasin smile  Adamson restores order, taking Set 2 over UP, 25-14! UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/EscapyY66p — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 UP Fightin Maroon Paul Desiderio inspires to Lady Maroons to go #AtinTo Paul Desiderio in the house for UP vs AdU! 👀 #AtinToPapasokTo #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/7Pni9wSnhu — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 Adamson head coach Airess Padda representing all of us after all of those five-set matches These five-setters got us like pic.twitter.com/G7s1dpahS8 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 Des Cheng keeping the DLSU swag alive and well with her finger-gun celebration 2-0 lead now for La Salle! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/42LLXOcaEB — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 10, 2018 Ateneo Blue Eagles showing unity after another win Ateneo Blue Eagles improve to an 8️⃣-1️⃣ slate after dropping Adamson in straight sets! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/HxvIWTta55 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Bryan Bagunas breaking out the flex after a dominant outing for National U. 7th straight win for the NU Bulldogs 💪 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/tOctm3Ddg1 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Des Cheng back at it with the celebratory finger pointing! (To her teammate, of course) Des Cheng is on-point early against UP. DLSU leads, 14-8 in Set 1. #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/IReiUbrVHO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Tin Tiamzon and Dawn Macandili showing that good teammates take the fall for each other Tin Tiamzon with an accurate representation of what Wednesdays are like 😫 pic.twitter.com/1MDbgxIFWy — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Bea De Leon letting out an intense roar after scoring against their rivals. BDL lets out a loud roar after a hard-earned point 😤 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/IYvmk4sUx9 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 4, 2018 Yup, Desiree Cheng once more, this time breaking out the Michael Jordan shrug  La Salle holds off UP's brave rally to take the 2-0 lead! ¯backslash_(ツ)_/¯ #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/ovP1W04wEF — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Milena Alessandrini completely shuts down Sisi Rondina's high-five attempt. Ouch. Why'd you do Sisi like that, Milena? 😭😂 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/ysVRRBukZQ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 FEU's Czarina Carandang showing a different type of swag that she got from former Lady Tamaraw Rem Palma Czarina Carandang is HYPED after a strong hit! 😂 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Vimvdcl1Pz — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Meanwhile, here's UE interim head coach Rod Roque and Adamson men's volleyball mentor Domeng Custodio sharing a warm embrace UE interim head coach Rod Roque and Adamson head coach Domeng Custodio share a light moment after the match. #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/LuFuMA7DGN — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 4, 2018 Sisi Rondina looking pumped dangerous as she heats up Sisi Rondina leading UST's rally! WE ARE TIED at 22! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/CLV3ejLbII — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Just an Adamson Soaring Falcon joking with one of his coaches 😂 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/2RNu8W7C0L — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 17, 2018 Blue Eagles coach Oliver Almadro being his energetic and passionate self  Coach O is hyped after that Set 1 win by Ateneo! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/0jmOGvwwBl — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 17, 2018 Sisi Rondina once more, bringing out those fighter jet wings SISI IS BACK 🔥 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/yZ2VvN2c1u — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 17, 2018 ...And basically being an extremely GIF-able character When you get blocked pero may sumigaw ng "selfie!!" #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/8Uf4Z15PCn — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 17, 2018 Speaking of characters, here's Ponggay Gaston being happy happy, as always Ponggay is HYPED! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/49dTSUF3s0 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 17, 2018 ...And being more than just a player: Ponggay Gaston: Hitter ✓ Libero ✓ Singer ✓ Dancer ✓ #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/XG5T8K8s3c — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 7, 2018 Maddie: We're in the middle of a game, act cool Ponggay: pic.twitter.com/fCxplwxGeD — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 7, 2018 Here's Bea De Leon being pumped up after her masterful block party 3️⃣ STRAIGHT BLOCKS by BDL! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/RGyYbSwLpq — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 17, 2018 UE Red Warrior Geric Ortega performs a little running man dance after stunning UST in a set UE draws first blood vs UST! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/KCQRZbkThl — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 UE Lady Warrior Shaya Adorador is feeling good after scoring a couple of wins The UE Lady Warriors supporting their men's team! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/LaVVpsjKQZ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 UST's Jayvee Sumagaysay just brushing off his opponents after taking over a set Can't keep a Tiger down, says Jayvee Sumagaysay #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/qK6fBW5vaR — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Here's Judith Abil running and smiling hysterically after taking a set UE takes Set 1 over Adamson!!! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/1iqBsoMfZl — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 UE star libero Kath Arado showing her heart by dusting off an injury scare to continue playing Kath Arado, ladies and gentlemen! 🙏 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/MhJGkm3qpY — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Des Cheng just nonchalantly celebrates a point with her teammates DLSU Lady Spikers strike first! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/AtxSEkNuyx — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Judith Abil showing all of us that she's excited for Bb. Pilipinas  Queen Abil is excited for #BbPilipinas2018! 😂 pic.twitter.com/0tKzb8cyri — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Here's FEU head coach George Pascua venting his frustrations Things are getting too close for comfort 😳 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/sm4SkdUrZK — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 28, 2018 Carly Hernandez fanning herself for dropping all those service aces Carly Hernandez is feeling it! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Pg3gWPze3j — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Toni Rose Basas showing off some hidden swag with this pretty rad slow-cap celebration FEU fights back! WE ARE TIED, 1-1! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/tLaO3b3dYO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Michelle Cobb's electrifying, albeit infamous celebration after blocking Kat Tolentino Michelle Cobb already has that signature La Salle swag 😎 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/dE8006uy1f — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 4, 2018 Dawn Macandili's RIDICULOUS football save!  Dawn Macandili is on a different level 😳 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/QUsKkJ2RzO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Des Cheng's roar after helping DLSU stay alive vs FEU DLSU STAYS ALIVE! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/rIT9ZgQ8nw — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 Respect from one UAAP-great to another.  💯 pic.twitter.com/sHAd2dV0gv — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 18, 2018 What's your favorite "hit" from the season so far?.....»»

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

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: That was crazy -- Gaston on playing libero

Ponggay Gaston is always ready to heed the call to step up for Ateneo de Manila University. Yes, even if it meant wearing the libero uniform. Lady Eagles coach Tai Bundit, needing stability on their floor defense, converted the utility as defense specialist and it worked wonders for Ateneo as they snapped Far Eastern University’s four-game winning streak with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, victory to open the second round of the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.      “Sobrang malaking factor kasi ginawang libero si Ponggay kasi matigas 'yung arms, I guess, tsaka mas nakaka-receive siya,” said team captain Maddie Madayag. “Maganda 'yung receives today. Konti lang ang errors namin and everything.” Ponggay, who skipped the Lady Eagles four-set loss to archrival two-time defending champion De La Salle University last Saturday because of a sprained left ankle, was informed of her new role just a day before their rematch against their first round tormentor. “Yesterday lang, as in yesterday lang sinabi ni coach Tai, nag-training kami ng libero,” said Gaston, who had seven excellent reception as she shared the libero duty with Ria Lo. It was a new challenge for the bubbly Lady Eagle especially with Ateneo going up against the same team that rained 20 aces in their first meeting.  But Gaston embraced the role to help her team win their fifth win in eight games tied with their victim. “Well kasi I have a sprain, so iniisip ko na lang na 'yun na lang ang trabaho ko, mag-receive. At saka dumepensa kung kaya,” she said. “Pero 'yun na lang ang iniisip ko kasi I don't have to jump. Talagang 'yung focus ko lang is to do my job, and to make my teammates happy.” Her transition according to Gaston was not that difficult as she’s used to play different roles depending on the need of the team. She played middle when she was still playing for University of Sto. Tomas high school. In Ateneo, she played open spiker, utility and middle. “Um, yeah that was crazy. Siguro kasi when I got to Ateneo na, sobrang nagbago na ‘yung position ko. I'm just used to changing all the time in training,” she said. “Parang tanggap lang ng tanggap ng kahit anong binibigay ni Coach Tai, kasi siya naman ang may alam kung anong maganda sa team.” “So instead of complaining or iniisip ko na, ‘shucks nahihirapan ako’. Iniisip ko na lang na siguro kaya ko kaya siguro binibigay ni Coach Tai ng palit-palit ng position -- open, uti, middle,” said Gaston. “Kasi hindi naman ako first six, so my job is to help the first six, and if it means be ready for any position, pumasok ka, gawin mo 'yung trabaho mo. Yun ang iniisip ko.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Ateneo energizer Ponggay Gaston had no fear with Lady Eagles vs NU

MANILA, Philippines – The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs pummeled the Ateneo Lady Eagles early in the first set, bringing the score up with 7 unanswered points, on Wednesday, February 7.  Errors on defense plagued the Lady Eagles' starting 6, which brought their spirits down. Being an advocate of the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2018Related News

Ponggay Gaston: My faith in my teammates pushed me to give me my all

Ateneo middle utility Ponggay Gaston said that her faith in her team pushed her to give it her all, helping her to contribute a career-high 10 points in their 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-12, 7-15 loss againt the NU Lady Bulldogs in their match at the FilOil Flying V Centre Wednesday.  Gaston, who was dubbed as the energizer of the team, said that the fact Coach Tai Bundit subbed her in as a starter in the second set was all the motivation she needed in order to display the best scoring performance of her college career.  "[E]ven if I made mistakes or even if like I’m not a starter, the fact that my coach wants to put me in, like I had to really show my best so I had to like mentally like psych myself not to panic or get too excited, just to give what I can. We’ve been training since like after UAAP," Gaston said after the game. Ateneo looked unstoppable in the third and fourth sets, forcing NU to a fifth and deciding set. During that run, Gaston was at the forefront of the Lady Eagle blitz, as the girls suddenly played with vengeance in her eyes, coupled with unforced errors from the opposing side. "[I]n the 3rd and 4th set it was like we had no fear. We just said that ‘let’s do our best, let’s give our all’ and you can see it in each player, you can see that if someone made a mistake, or even if one of us was panicking, we were all together." However, when the game-clinching set rolled along, Ateneo was nowhere to be found, as NU banked in on Jasmine Nabor's clutch play to give the Lady Bulldogs their second straight win of the season. "The energy of team was like 'We had no fear' like we just kept going, there was no like in the 5th set, I could feel like there was bit of tension," the former UST high standout lamented. As last year's runner-ups just had their worst start since Season 70, the girls are expecting to put up a fight against the UST Golden Tigresses on Sunday, "I think what everyone should expect from that this game will be is that it will be another 5 setter. We’re not going to come down without a fight. We have to give our best like hindi pwede na papasok sa game lang na half-hearted. We’re gonna do our best in each game whether our kalaban is UST or NU, FEU, we had to give our all." The 20-year old added that she fulfilled her mission for the team, when she and a couple of subs came along and entered the game, the Lady Eagles suddenly turned from looking dead in the water to making the comeback win. "Because if you’re happy, you change the way you play. If you’re too serious, or if you make a mistake, it can affect your team because it’s not a solo game you know. If one person can change it, if one person makes a mistake, then everyone makes a mistake. So it’s like if I could just make the team happy, that’s what I can do whether I’m on the bench or on the court. " -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

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

Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston channels modern women empowerment icons with new pixie cut

Ateneo Lady Eagles outside hitter Ponggay Gaston stunned fans on Twitter when she was seen Friday afternoon rocking a new shorter “pixie” hairstyle during their UAAP season 80 photoshoot in ABS-CBN. .@pingpongPONGGAY rocking the new ‘do! 👀💇🏻 #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/zq7pQbPKUG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 19, 2018 Far from the long, flowing locks from seasons past, Gaston’s shorter hair was both a fashion choice, and a social statement as well. “I wanted to be like Eleven from hit Netlfix series ‘Stranger Things’ and Natalie Portman’s character in ‘V for Vendetta’,” she bared. Ponggay, a bubbly presence on the court for Ateneo, is of course talking about two fictional characters in TV and in film who she felt best represented the empowerment of women.  “Wala lang, I think that there is more to a woman than her hair,” she said, after revealing that she actually had the haircut right before Christmas last year.   Snip snip snip 💇🏽 A post shared by i come for ür doggos (@pingpongponggay) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:21am PST While Gaston originally wanted to emulate the shaved hairstyles popularized by Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, and Evey Hammond, played by Natalie Portman in the 2006 film, she compromised for a slightly longer cut.  “I wanted to make it really semi-kalbo, I wanted it short,” Gaston shared, “But then they wouldn’t let me cut it that short.” Ever the trendsetter, Gaston, who also used to be a runway model, had nothing but positive reactions from her peers, after the initial surprise, of course.  “They were shocked because I’ve always had long hair. But then, you know, what choice do they got, they’re going to see it everyday,” she said. “They liked it naman.” With the season already near, Ponggay says she’d let her hair grow back until the UAAP wars end, then she’ll push for her original plan. “I think I’m gonna go for my goal, which is to make it really shaved. Maybe after [the season],” Gaston shared. While fans are yet to get used to Gaston’s new hair, they’ll get to see the outside hitter step up for Ateneo when the Lady Eagles open their bid this February 4 against FEU at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 19th, 2018Related News

These volleyball-playing sisters prove great things come in pairs

With the rise of volleyball in the Philippines, 2017 saw an even bigger growth among the youth who'll end up loving the sport even more as the years go by. And as a kid with humble volleyball dreams, what's better than having a sister you can play with? Aside from being each other's closest buddy on and off the court, these sets of spiking siblings prove that great things come in pairs. Kim and Candice Gequillana   happy birthday manang! sml 💕 A post shared by cacee ❁ (@caceegequillana) on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:56pm PDT Kim Gequillana has long been the Ateneo Lady Eagles' "Magic Bunot", providing much-needed contributions be it with her timely service aces or her wide smile beaming from the bench. Kim's sister Candice, or Cacee, as she is fondly called, is a newcomer for the Heartstrong team, and beside her ate, she's expected to have that signature Gequillana energy to help keep the Lady Eagles in form after a number of veteran departures.   Desiree and Djanel Cheng   Proud of you achi 💚❤️ A post shared by Desiree Wynea Cheng (@chengcherengcheng) on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:26pm PST Des Cheng's renaissance season came last year, when she was a key part of the DLSU Lady Spikers' repeat championship. Coming from an injury, Des showed incredible heart in bouncing back, even leading the Lady Spikers as the season 79 Finals MVP in their win against Ateneo. On another collegiate league, Djanel has been a steady presence for another Green team. She was a part of the College of St. Benilde's historic NCAA volleyball title back in season 91.  They've been a great part of each others' success, and they're a great example to sisters and athlete-siblings, everywhere.    Myla and Marites Pablo Sister 👭👭👭 pic.twitter.com/41w77d57Ec — myla pablo (@iamMylaPablo) January 23, 2016   Myla Pablo needs no introduction. She's been a constant in Philippine volleyball since her days as a National University Lady Bulldog, up to her current stint with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Her younger sister Marites, a former Lady Bulldog herself, has transfered to Benilde in the hopes of making a name for herself. With a mentor like Myla, Marites would have no problems doing so.   Therese and Ponggay Gaston Therese may not be playing for Ateneo anymore, but the Gaston lineage in the Lady Eagles continues through the bubbly and athletic Ponggay. Daughters of former PBA player Fritz Gaston, they've always had sports in their genes, but more than that, their dad instilled a sense of competitiveness on the siblings early in their lives. "So, high school pa lang, we were very dedicated to volleyball and it was very serious for us," Therse shared in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports last 2016.   Jaja and Dindin Santiago   Nice outfit, Nice Bagsss... #kambal #twintowers #nikebagpack #nikeslingbag #dress #passion haha. A post shared by Alyja Daphne Santiago (@alyjasantiago3) on Jun 20, 2014 at 4:19am PDT National University's twin towers have been tearing it up since their UAAP days. From bright prospects as high school players back in UST, to their collegiate careers as towering players at the net, able to deliver lethal hits, or thunderous blocks. With Jaja standing at 6'6", and older sister Dindin reaching a still-impressive 6'2", it's safe to say that the Santiago sisters are strong by themselves. But together? Unstoppable.  Dindin may be nursing an injury at the moment, but Jaja is proudly representing the Santiago clan with her stellar outing as a member of the Philippine team for the AVC and SEA Games, and now back in NU in the Premier Volleyball League.   Jiezela and Nieza Viray From one set of "twins", to a legit pair, Jiezela and Nieza Viray are both currently playing for San Beda College. From Pangasinan to Mendiola, the Viray twins' exploints aren't limited to indoor volleyball.  They also compete regulary in the NCAA beach volleyball tournament, and in the Beach Volleyball Republic. As you would expect from twins, Jiezela and Nieza are dangerous weapons for the Lady Red Spikers with their high-flying hits and a connection that has been going strong since Day 1.    EJ and Eya Laure Daughters of former PBA player Eddie Laure, Ennajie or EJ, and Ejiya or Eya, definitely carry the stamp of their father. From their athleticism to their first name, which both start with the letter "E", and they're certainly making waves for UST as a formidable duo seen in the previous V-League season. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 26th, 2017Related News

Negrenses urged to buy locally-made products

BACOLOD City – The Association of Negros Producers (ANP) is urging Negrenses to patronize locally-made products as they opened a second showroom to reach out to more customers in the province. “We continue to urge Negrenses to support local by buying ANP products which are all made in Negros,” ANP president Christina Gaston said. Gaston […] The post Negrenses urged to buy locally-made products appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2017Related News

Lady Eagles keep it together despite injuries

Ana Gopico showed up in uniform in Ateneo’s first outing in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, but couldn’t play yet due to injury sustained much earlier. Then Madelaine Madayag sprained an ankle only to be followed in the injury list by Jhoana Maraguinot. When Madayag and Maraguinot came back, Kim Gequillana crumpled down the floor with a torn left ACL. Through this string of injuries, the Lady Eagles bravely forged ahead, largely because of their indomitable spirit and, in equal measure, the leadership of team captain Bea de Leon. De Leon, who now commands a large following, always has a comforting word for a teammate who commits an error and praises for the team rookies who give a fair accounting of themselves in their few minutes on court. Or a congratulatory pat or hug for one who scores a point. Only Gequillana will be out of commission when the Lady Blue Eagles, sporting a 3-1 win-loss record, play the undefeated National University Lady Bulldogs (4-) Sept. 30 in a game they must win or they go bust. A fourth victory for them would force a triple tie among themselves, the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Tamaraws (3-1) assuming FEU wins their final assignment as well against lowly Lyceum of the Philippines University (1-3). Playing without the indisposed Madayag and Gopinco and de Leon, who was away at the time in an immersion class in Nueva Ecija, Ateneo lost to FEU in four sets. For a while there, not a few wondered if there’s something wrong with coach Tai’s program that his women keep injuring themselves during training or a game. Sherwin Malonzo, head of Ateneo’s volleyball program, dismissed the insinuation, saying that a player is bound to get injured in a high-level competition such as the PVL and the UAAP. “Injuries will be injuries and can’t be avoided,” he added. strong>The Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles lineup: /strong> Danielle Ravena, Ma. Deanna Isabella Wong, Juliane Marie Samonte, Bettina Andrea Paz Abella, Pauline Marie Monique Gaston, Katrina Mae Tolentino, Sydney Alexandrine Tolentino, Candice Gequillana, Jhoana Louisse Maraguinot, Isabel Beatriz de Leon, Ana Laureen Gopico, Janelle Marie Lo, Madelaine Yrenea Madayag, and Kassandra Miren Gequillana. Anusorn Bundit, head coach; and Sherwin Meneses, assistant coach. .....»»

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

We just have to stay together -- De Leon on Ateneo's health woes

Ateneo de Manila University team captain Bea De Leon is facing the challenge of leading an injury-laden team head on. The fourth year middle blocker remains positive despite the health issues plaguing the Lady Eagles.      “It’s very hard kasi pati ako affected din kasi pinakauna kong kalaban sarili ko. It’s hard to see a lot of them injured, very hurt, all of them who really want to be there and want to help,” said De Leon after Ateneo’s straight sets win over the gritty Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Katipunan-based squad defeated the Lady Pirates, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, to get back in the win column in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Saturday despite a number of players sidelined with injuries. De Leon returned to action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ four-set loss to Far Eastern University last week to attend an immersion in Capas, Tarlac and finished with eight points. Maddie Madayag, who sat out Ateneo’s previous game because of an ankle injury, chipped in nine markers while Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston combined for 16 points to fill in the scoring void left by injured Jho Maraguinot, Kim Gequillana and Ana Gopico. Maraguinot was nursing a left foot sprain, Gopico has yet to see action due to a hamstring injury while Gequillana’s left leg was strapped with an immobilizer after hurting her knee last week against FEU.    “There’s nothing much to say but really sad, very hard and I hope we’ll get through it and sana we’ll see maybe these things are blessings in disguise,” said De Leon. “We can only hope ‘cause syempre any loss is hard to take in but we can’t stop eh.” Gequillana, who watched the game on the sidelines, is still waiting for the final result of her MRI to know the extent of her injury and the timeline of her return. But with Gequillana limping and obviously still in pain, suiting up for Ateneo might not come any sooner.  “Medyo nakakagulat pa rin, I wasn’t really expecting to get injured sa last game kasi I don’t know, like for me, I have like a big responsibility sa team last game kasi nga wala si Bea so I thought na I had this responsibility to help the team,” she said. “Then noong na-injure ako it was a bit hard to take kasi parang wala na akong magagawa that game kasi it should be me helping the team. But you know wala talaga sa kamay mo 'yung mga ganong circumstances.” With limited offensive option, the Lady Eagles came out with a quiet 26-kill outing, 10 attack points less than LPU’s output. Save for Ateneo’s 12 service aces and 31 free points off the Lady Pirates errors, the match could’ve gone the other way.    Ateneo improved to 2-1 win-loss record but their journey for a semifinals lot will not come any easier with their remaining games against San Sebastian College and National University. Another loss will put the Lady Eagles in a precarious position of missing the semis cut.  Still, De Leon keeps a positive mindset. “Motivating them I think it comes more na you have to let them know na, when one goes down another one must come up, so they have to believe in themselves na we can fill the spot,” she said. “We just stay together and make sure na all these things we try to process. Magkakasama pa rin kami kasi at the end of the day, 'yun ang kailangan ng team to just stay together.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2017Related News

Limping Lady Eagles survive tough Lady Pirates

Injury-riddled Ateneo de Manila University survived a gritty stand of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday to get back on the winning track in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Maddie Madayag and skipper Bea De Leon saw action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ four-set defeat against Far Eastern University last week and delivered nine and eight points, respectively. Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston finished with eight markers each for Ateneo, which improved to 2-1 win-loss record. “Definitely, we’re happy about the win. It’s always good to win,” said De Leon, who was unavailable last game to attend an immersion in Capas, Tarlac. Madayag was back in action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ last match due to an ankle sprain. Ana Gopico was present but sat out the game for third straight time because of a hamstring injury, Kim Gequillana was in uniform but was reduced to a mere spectator with an immobilizer strapped on her left leg after suffering a knee injury against FEU while Jho Maraguinot skipped action due to an ankle sprain.          The Lady Eagles started out flat and needed a late set rally to stave off the Lady Pirates. “I think we started out really slow, really, really poorly,” said De Leon. “The energy on the court on the second set was very slow but then we picked it up, in the third set it was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so ‘yun lang.” LPU kept the game close in the next two frames before fizzling out in the end. The Lady Pirates dropped to 1-2 mark. Rocelyn Hongria led LPU with 12 points while skipper Cherilyn Sindayen and Cherry Genova combined for 17 markers.     --- Follow this player on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2017Related News

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Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 5th, 2017Related News

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