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Look around, there is love everywhere!

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Everyone is so high on getting into romantic relationships. Going on dates, traveling together, going on fun adventures and many more are the things most of us will want to experience. But, surprise! You can do all those outside romantic love. Yes, there are different kinds of love that you can focus […] The post Look around, there is love everywhere! appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2020Related News

FIBA: Dickel on cancelled Gilas game: 'There are bigger things going on'

With Gilas Pilipinas busy preparing for the start of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, a curveball was thrown the way of the national team less than a week before it was supposed to play its first game. FIBA made it offical Friday that the Philippines' home game against Thailand has been postponed until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The game was originally set for Feb. 20 at the Big Dome. Gilas' away game against Indonesia on Feb. 23 is still a go but you never know. "Obviously, we wanna play games. But at the same time there are bigger things going on in the world than our game," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "You can be cognizant of the fact that other governments are making decisions that they think are putting their citizens at the safest possible position," he added. For now, everything's still business as usual for Gilas Pilipinas. The Indonesia game is in a week and they'll still play Thailand down the line one way or another. "Maybe we scale back the practices to maybe one or two a week and just get ready to go to work whenever the games do come again," Dickel said. "You just control what you can control and stay focused, keep you eye on what your job is," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2020Related News

5 Things to enjoy with your double data from PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid

This February, show your love to your family by getting the fastest, most affordable, and family-sized home internet for your household as PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid......»»

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ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang assures fans he s staying put

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang’s last match left more questions than answers about the career of the three-time ONE Lightweight World Champion.  But when it comes to the question of retirement, Folayang has a definitive answer – he is not going anywhere. “Landslide” dropped his third match in four outings against Pieter "The Archangel" Buist at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena. However, it is not the end for the Team Lakay representative. “I’ll return. I’ll definitely return. I think there’s more to unleash,” Folayang said.  “It’s not like I was trashed in the Circle. I gave it my all and the difference between us wasn’t far. It was not a definitive loss at all.”  The 36-year-old even gave himself a passing mark after the match, noting that he was in the contest before the Dutchman stole the match in the third round.  Folayang does have a point.   Buist’s seven-inch height advantage over the Filipino was evident the moment they stood face-to-face in the Circle, but the Filipino legend was not intimidated.  For two rounds, Folayang bravely cut Buist down to size, mixing in his deadly striking with well-timed takedowns to frustrate “The Archangel.”  Things went south in the third round, but “Landslide” believes the final canto was not a representation of his overall performance. “I think I would give myself a seven. I thought I adjusted well in the first two rounds. It was only in the third round when I struggled,” Folayang said.  “I wasn’t expecting the head kick, I could have evaded it. I wish I had more time to spar against bigger opponents.” Things will not get easier for the pride of the highlands. To get to the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion, Christian “The Warrior” Lee, Folayang has to go through big names such as Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, Timofey Nastyukhin, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, and Iuri Lapicus – all of whom are hungry for gold.  It is a journey “Landslide” plans to take as he believes retirement – though a natural transition for athletes – will just have to wait.  “Retirement is not yet in our vocabulary because we’re still here. You cannot tell a fish to stop swimming. I am in the world of martial arts and if ever I retire, I am still going to be here,” Folayang said.  “But my mind is still in the competitive stage. I am not in the point where I want to focus on being a coach or a trainer. I know I’ll be headed there somewhere, so why rush?.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

LOOK: Millie Bobby Brown is the new face of Penshoppe

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Millie Bobby Brown is the new face of Penshoppe, the Filipino retailer announced on Tuesday, February 11. Millie will be launched as the face of the brand’s 2020 Spring/Summer Collection. The actress first rose to fame as “Eleven” of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. She has since ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 11th, 2020Related News

FIBA: Dickel wants 'good show' in Gilas one-and-done

Mark Dickel is handling Gilas Pilipinas for pretty much only two weeks as the national team's interim head coach. It's an extreme task, that's for sure. The Philippines started practice exactly two weeks before group play starts in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. In less than a week since training began, three players have begged off due to injuries and personal reasons. The fact that Dickel is only in charge for Gilas' upcoming two games likewise presents an intriguing challenge. "You just play the cards that you've been dealt," Dickel said. "You don't really about too much, you just lock in and feel lucky and thankful to have the players that you have, we got a lot of good players here," he added. Gilas will start the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers against familiar opponents. The Philippines will open things up at home on Feb. 20 against Thailand, a rematch of the gold medal game from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Gilas will then take on Indonesia on Feb. 23 on the road. He'll only handle Gilas for two games but Dickel is raring to put up winning performances. "I'm just excited. I know we're gonna be motivated and ready to go," he said. "We should put on a good show," Dickel added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 10th, 2020Related News

Style Inspo: Nicole Andersson s Feminine & Sometimes Extra Fashion Sense To Adore!

Her fashion philosophy revolves around having fun and trying new things.....»»

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Xia Vigor now Viva& rsquo;s wonderkid

Five years in show business. That’s how long Xia Vigor has been in the industry. It’s literally half of her life. And things just keep on getting better for the 10-year-old kid who was part of the blockbuster film Miracle In Cell No. 7, which has raked in half-a-billion-peso at the local tills......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesFeb 10th, 2020Related News

5 things to watch for on Oscars night

HOLLYWOOD,USA– The silver screen's biggest night is here – Oscars campaigns have been wrapped up, predictions placed and champagne iced. While many pundits expect relentless marches to victory for 1917 and the 4 leading acting nominees, surprises will no doubt be in store. Here are 5 things to look out for ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2020Related News

Gina Iniong s struggles in camp pay off in the circle

MANILA, Philippines – Filipina Gina "Conviction" Iniong  took things the hard way during her preparations for Asha "Knockout Queen" Roka in the ONE Championship: Fire and Fury card.  But the result speaks for itself. (WATCH:  Top 10 Knockouts | ONE: FIRE AND FURY Athletes | ONE Full Fights ) For 3 rounds, Iniong overpowered Roka at the sold out Mall Of Asia Arena, using her improved ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2020Related News

Jones to defend title against Reyes at UFC 247

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Jon Jones believes he’s a superior fighter to Dominick Reyes. But the UFC light heavyweight champion knows that he can’t underestimate Reyes on Saturday night when they meet in the main event of UFC 247. “For him to be so inexperienced there’s something inside me that lets me know, Jon you cannot take this guy lightly,” Jones said. “In a way he could be more dangerous than the guys that are more experienced because he just doesn’t know any better.” Jones (25-1-1) and the fourth-ranked Reyes (12-0) highlight a 12-bout event at the Toyota Center in Houston. The champion looks to improve to 14-0 in title fights when he meets Reyes, a rising star in the sport who worked as an IT support specialist. “I’m knocking on the door,” Reyes said. “I’m just days away from reaching what I believe is my destiny and that’s to be the greatest light heavyweight in the world. It’s life-changing.” Jones said he’s worked to get stronger to prepare for this fight and that’s he’s studied Reyes extensively leading up to the event. He’s knows he’s going to get the best shot from Reyes because he’s wanted this opportunity to dethrone Jones for so long. “When you’re fighting someone like that you’ve got to take a step back,” Jones said. “You’re dealing with a wild dog here. You can’t just reach in there and get bit. You got to come at him with a really strategic approach.” While Jones is one of the undisputed stars of the sport, Reyes is much more of a unknown commodity despite his undefeated record. “Everybody knows how great Jon Jones is but not a lot of people know how tough Dominick Reyes is,” UFC President Dana White said. “This guy is young, fast, has got knockout power in both hands. He’s hungry and he truly believes he can beat Jon Jones. So, this is a really good fight.” Before beginning his UFC career, Reyes was a wrestler and a football player. He was a defensive back at Stony Brook University and dreamed of playing in the NFL. But when he wasn't drafted, he embarked on his UFC career. It’s this background that led to a comment Reyes made recently that irked Jones. Reyes said Jones had never faced an “athlete” before. “I think he’s reaching, and my job is just to call him out on his silly comments,” Jones said. “The guy is hanging onto these wild ideas to pump himself up. And my job is to take his ideas away and send him into the fight with nothing.” Despite ruffling the champ’s feathers with that quote, Reyes hasn’t backed down from it. “That comment was based on, I’m faster than him, I’m more agile and I have all these skills that I’ve acquired through other sports,” Reyes said. “My whole lifetime of athletic achievements has prepared me for this moment.” Reyes has watched and admired Jones for years and admitted to having an eye on him even before getting into the sport. “I wasn’t really studying him back then, I was more of a fan,” Reyes said. “But I was aware of everything he was doing, and I was impressed. It was cool to watch him win those titles and do those things but as soon as I got in the sport I was like, ‘This is the mark. This is who we’ve got to beat.'" Before Jones and Reyes meet Saturday night another belt will be on the line when Valentina Shevchenko defends her women's flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian. Shevchenko (18-3) has won four bouts in a row and Chookagian (13-2) is the top contender for the belt......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 8th, 2020Related News

30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is feeling good

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirty years after his startling victory against boxing titan Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas is feeling healthy and basking in the glory he says he was denied at the time. “Right now, everything is looking up,” Douglas said in a recent Associated Press interview, noting he struggles with diabetes. “Feeling good and the numbers are good. It's a good thing.” The 59-year-old fighter will be celebrated at an anniversary gala Friday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he'll raise money for programs that help others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. His stable of students throughout Columbus' parks and recreation system look up to the man they call simply “coach” as a teacher, friend and hero. “I mean, I really look up to Mike Tyson, but I don't look up to him as much as Coach," said 11-year-old Colton Matson, who has worked with Douglas since he was 6. “Really, Mike Tyson was the second-most greatest boxer in the world still to this day. It's crazy that Coach, like, just beat him," he said. "It might have just been luck, but I can tell you that Coach worked hard for it even if it was luck.” Tyson was the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and a frightening opponent to boot, when he entered the ring against James “Buster” Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Only one Las Vegas bookie — whether brave or stupid — would set odds on the fight: 42 to 1. Douglas won, stunning the sports world. But what followed was anything but a celebration. Tyson and fight promoter Don King challenged Douglas' victory, claiming Douglas had gone down first in the fight but been given more time than allowed to get up. Douglas' victory was ultimately upheld, but not before months of drama and expensive litigation. “Don came at me with a vengeance and I was subpoenaed everywhere I went to," Douglas said. "It made it very uncomfortable and kind of took the ‘f’ out of fun.” A message was left at a phone number for King. Tyson didn't respond to an interview request. He told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2015 that it was “Buster's anniversary” to celebrate, not his. Tyson said the loss was a positive for him in the end, allowing him to learn how to “overcome adversity.” The two have barely crossed paths since the fight. The dispute over the fight's outcome — combined with lingering grief over his mother's death shortly before the fight — sent Douglas into a slump, he said. “Believe it or not, I was where I really didn't care about anything,” he recalled. “Something I always looked forward to becoming one day and then you get it and it turns into a nightmare really quick.” Douglas said he was almost relieved when Evander Holyfield knocked him out in the third round of their match-up a little over eight months later, taking the title. “It was a relief and then it was upsetting, too, because of how it all came to an end,” Douglas said. A short reign, with a long legacy. The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas' story gained new attention with the 2018 release of an ESPN documentary, titled "42 to 1" after the odds against Douglas. Douglas has given his charity effort the same name and formed an ongoing strategic partnership aimed at delivering several programs focused on workforce development, diversity and soft skills training to at-risk youth. He said working with kids is one of his favorite things to do. Inside a training ring at Columbus' Thompson Community Center, Douglas towers over most of his students, chanting, “Left, right, left, right, left, left” as they punch away at the pads on he wears on his hands in place of gloves. He said he gave up on his life and health for a period after the fight. In 1996, he woke up in a hospital on death's door. Again, life presented him a mountain to overcome. “A light bulb came on. It was either get back into life or cash it on in,” he said. “I decided to get back into life.” He staged a six-fight comeback before retiring from boxing in 1999, then launched into his work with the city of Columbus. Students say he's kind, tough, generous and “very genuine.” It's all enhanced by what he accomplished in 1990. “It really inspires me that he beat the best boxer in the world back then,” Matson said, "and I just think that's awesome.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 8th, 2020Related News

How Kim Chiu wanted to be loved

At the grand press conference of Love Thy Woman, the female stars were each asked how they wanted to be loved by their man. Everyone almost had the same answer, they wanted their man’s attention and support even at times when they prefer to do things alone......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesFeb 7th, 2020Related News

Shadows, light and things that spark joy in Kaye Tinga

‘I have a store that’s a showroom, but for my house it was important to me that as soon as you walk in, it feels cozy — that’s why it’s dark,’ says Kaye Tinga — style icon, fundraiser, retailer. Shadows.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

Balkman, Blatche were guiding light in Mighty s Dubai title run

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas gathered many of the top young talent in the Philippines and got them to the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. With Isaac Go, Dave Ildefonso, Jamie Malonzo, Thirdy Ravena, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, the Filipino side, indeed, gave a glimpse of the future of the national team. Still, that young yet talented core wouldn't have gone anywhere without the push of NBA veterans Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche. "We're very honored to win this tournament. It was a tough tournament that I think was tougher than last year," head coach Charles Tiu said, referring to the 2019 iteration of the invitational tourney where they settled for third. He then continued, "The players did a great job. Andray and Renaldo, they showed us why they're NBA players." In particular, Coach Charles said that Blatche, long a source of scrutiny from the time he was naturalized, showed the way and his teammates only followed suit. As he put it, "Andray surprised me a lot. When he was playing for the national team, you hear a lot of things about Andray Blatche - some positive, some negative, but he was a good guy, no attitude." He then continued, "Whatever he had to do, he was there. That just rubbed off on the team. You're supposed to be the best player on the team and he had no excuses so how could anybody make excuses." For his part, Balkman further added to his personal tale of redemption. "Balkman, again, before getting him, I was very apprehensive, very worried about his history, but after that, I was like, 'Wow! This guy is just a pro,'" the Mighty mentor said. In the end, Balkman and Blatche were both the engine and the fuel that boosted the Filipinos, with its young yet talented core, to a breakthrough championship. "These two guys really set the tone for the team. Without them, we would not win this tournament," Coach Charles said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

Next BSP decision to depend on coronavirus impact on economy, credit growth

With inflation no longer a headache for Philippine monetary authorities, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ next decision will likely depend on two things: speed of the economy’s recovery from the novel coronavirus outbreak and trajectory of credit growth......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceFeb 7th, 2020Related News

Tokyo tries to quell fear of Olympic-Paralympic cancellation?

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers again tried on Thursday to allay fears that the 2020 Games could be postponed or canceled by the fast-spreading virus from China. Tokyo Olympic CEO Toshiro Muto, who on Wednesday said he was “seriously worried” the virus could disrupt the Olympic and Paralympics, backtracked a day later and was more cautious in a news conference with officials from the International Paralympic Committee. “In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I would like to say that the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held as scheduled,” Muto said, adding people need to remain “cool headed.” Craig Spence, the spokesman for the IPC, was even more direct with the Olympics opening in just under six months — and the Paralympics in just under seven. “One thing I am noticing at the moment is fear is spreading quicker than the virus, and it is important that we quell that fear,” Spence said. On Thursday, Japan confirmed 45 cases of the virus but no deaths have been reported. Tokyo Olympic officials said they have established a task force to focus on the virus and have been repeating for a week that the games will go ahead as planned. Despite the assurances, questions keep coming with organizers saying they are deferring to the World Health Organization for advice. “We need to put things into perspective, and until the World Health Organization tells us otherwise, we will proceed with business as usual," Spence said. The Olympics open on July 24, and the Paralympics follow on Aug. 25. Both events are experiencing record ticket demand, which could begin to shift the longer the virus threat spawns uncertainty. It's a similar story with hotel demand. Toshiaki Endo, a vice president of the organizing committee, earlier in the week said organizers “are facing all sorts of problems including coronavirus infections, cyber security and transportation systems.” Some Olympic and Paralympic qualifying events around the globe have been canceled or postponed by the virus outbreak. Travel restrictions also complicate matters, particularly for China's large Olympic and Paralympic delegations. There is also the question of housing 11,000 Olympic athletes safely in the Athletes Village. The number is smaller for the Paralympics, but still in the thousands. The Olympics have been canceled during wartime, and faced boycotts in 1980 and 1984. The event has grown rapidly in the decades since, driven by multi-billion dollar television contracts and billions more from sponsors......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

Film and fascism: Notes on the first Cinema Kritika

That violence is normal and impunity inevitable, the very things we fought against during the first People Power uprising, are the same things this regime wants to make acceptable through Misyon, Bato, Children, and Mindanao so it could justify the Drug War and the Martial Law. The post Film and fascism: Notes on the first Cinema Kritika appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsFeb 6th, 2020Related News

Ateneo football star Jarvey Gayoso wraps up legendary UAAP career

Ateneo football star Jarvey Gayoso announced that he will be foregoing his fifth and final playing year in the UAAP to prepare for a professional club stint overseas.  In a lengthy, heartfelt post on Instagram, Gayoso announced that he would not be returning to the Ateneo Men's Football Team this year, just days before the start of the UAAP Football tournaments.  "After much thought and deliberation, and with the guidance of Ateneo de Manila University and the AMFT, I have decided not to return to the UAAP this year," Gayoso wrote. " Although this was a tough decision to make, ultimately I had to choose what I believe would be what’s best for me and my future." The opportunity, Gayoso detailed, came following his most recent National Team call-up during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines.  "After my stint at this year’s South East Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas. Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team." The 22-year old added that he will continue to finish schooling in the Ateneo, as this was a 'lifelong dream.'          View this post on Instagram                   After much thought and deliberation, and with the guidance of Ateneo de Manila University and the AMFT, I have decided not to return to the UAAP this year. Although this was a tough decision to make, ultimately I had to choose what I believe would be what’s best for me and my future. After my stint at this year’s South East Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas. Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team. I will, however, continue to pursue my college degree at the Ateneo, as this has also been a lifelong goal. I have played my heart out for the Ateneo for 8 wonderful years. 8 years that have brought me trials, triumph, and memories I will keep with me forever. As a student, my biggest task was to balance my academics and my love for the sport and along with this, came setbacks that tested my ambition. Being an athlete, I was given the opportunity to compete in football and track and field which strengthened my athleticism and versatility. As a football player, I have suffered devastating losses which helped build my character. And taking on the responsibility of representing my country and my alma mater showed my heart and my passion for the beautiful game. So to my dear Ateneo, I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to strive for an Ateneo education, while proudly representing the blue and white. Playing for the Ateneo has improved every aspect of my life and opened numerous doors for me and I could never thank you enough. Choosing the Ateneo was and will always be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. To the 12th men, thank you for your continuous support and love for the game and for cheering us on through every minute. Thank you for all your sacrifices - for coming to watch our games under the heat of the sun, taking the time off your busy schedules to watch us do what we’re most passionate about, and for crying, celebrating, and fighting with us. (1/2) A post shared by Jarvey Gayoso (@jarveygayoso) on Feb 5, 2020 at 7:11am PST           View this post on Instagram                   To my teammates, thank you for being a part of my journey as a player. You have all taught me many important things in football and constantly pushed me to be the best that I can be for the team. Thank you all for giving your one big fight whenever we’d face the most difficult situations. We have gone through painful losses, celebrated championship highs, some players have been with me since high school, while others were new faces, but one thing was constant throughout, we were a brotherhood, a wolf pack. It has been an honor playing alongside each and every one of you. To the coaching staff, managers and coach JP Merida, thank you for guiding me to become who I am today. Thank you for pushing me to work my hardest and trusting me to give my all for the team. You have always been like a father to me, coach. I’m thankful that we were able to achieve championships together. I believed in your system and coaching style and it has led, not only me, but the entire football program to greater heights. I know I carry a big part of your legacy and I will continue to keep it as my inspiration wherever my passion takes me. To my family, I thank you for your undying support. Thank you for keeping me grounded and guiding me through situations I couldn’t deal with on my own. I stand proud representing the Ocampo-Gayoso name across my jersey knowing I have such wonderful people in my life cheering me on. You’ve all inspired me to continue carrying the torch Lolo Ed and Lolo Poch once carried. It’s a scary step I’m about to take but knowing that you will all be there for me makes this journey a whole lot more exciting. The Ateneo and the Ateneo Men’s football team have prepared me well enough for my next step. I know the team will continue to represent the Ateneo name with the highest honor. As I continue on with my journey, know that my heart will ALWAYS BLEED BLUE. I will continuously strive to leave a legacy in this beloved school and I will always carry the Jesuit values instilled in me. You have all been a blessing in my journey and I hope to continue to make all of you proud. This is Jarvey Ocampo Gayoso, number 11 signing off! (2/2) A post shared by Jarvey Gayoso (@jarveygayoso) on Feb 5, 2020 at 7:11am PST A third-generation sports star, Jarvey is the son of PBA veteran Jayvee Gayoso and the grandson of Filipino sporting great Ed Ocampo, and the nephew of De La Salle coach and former National Team member Alvin Ocampo.  In his four seasons in the UAAP, Gayoso was nothing but impressive as he was able to lead the Blue Eagles to two UAAP Men's Football Championships (Season 79, Season 81) and a Runner-Up finish in Season 78, while also claiming two Most Valuable Player Honors and a remarkable four Best Striker nods. During his time in the UAAP, the Blue Eagles never missed a final four appearance. Gayoso will likely go down in UAAP and Ateneo history as one of the best to ever lace up a pair of football cleats. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 6th, 2020Related News