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ONE Championship: Rene Catalan still won t fight a fellow Filipino, not even for a championship

Veteran martial artist and ONE Championship strawweight contender Rene Catalan is standing his ground with regards to his statement about not wanting to fight a fellow Filipino.  In an interview with ONE Championship back in August, the former Asian Games Gold Medalist in Wushu stated that he'd rather not fight a fellow Filipino, regardless of the stakes.  Back then, Catalan and fellow pinoy strawweight contender Joshua Pacio were thought to be on a collision course, with both having put together respective winning streaks.  "I’d rather not face a fellow Filipino.” said Catalan. “Since 2003, I’ve been representing for the Philippines, and until now, I try to avoid having to compete against one of my countrymen.”  Both Catalan and Pacio were coming off impressive wins in Manila, but it was Pacio who was rewared the opportunity for the championship. The Team Lakay strawweight standout will challenge reigning ONE Championship Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: Conquest of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia.  When asked about the possiblity of having to face Pacio with a world title on the line, Catalan's answer didn't change.  "Ibibigay ko na siguro kay Joshua 'yun," the 39-year old said. "Kung manalo siya, maraming foreigner na mag-hahabol sa kanya at sa belt. Andiyan si Hayato Suzuki, si Alex Silva, marami."  Catalan is also in Jakarta, cornering prized pupil Jomary Torres as she takes on Indonesia's own Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.  "Naniniwala ako na may time din ako." he added.  Catalan even hinted at playing gatekeeper for Pacio, should the Baguio-based fighter pull off a victory on Saturday night.  "Pwedeng ako yung kalabanin nung mga ibang challenger, pero hindi talaga natin kakalabanin yung kababayan natin."  "Yung kapwa natin Pilipino, tutulungan dapat natin." he added.  Catalan was slated to meet Japanese submission specialist Hayato Suzuki at ONE's return to Bangkok in October, but had to pull out due to an ankle injury.  Taking Catalan's place against Suzuki will be his younger brother Robin.  Before anything else of course, Pacio will have to take care of business against Naito.  Saturday's main event will be a rematch of their 2016 title bout which saw Naito defeat Pacio in the third round via submission.    Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

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Internet boosts youth car buying

The top three car companies with the highest sales satisfaction rating in the country are (in order of lead) Kia, Suzuki and Toyota. This is according to the latest J.D. Power Philippines survey on the 2018 Philippines Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study released last 3 September 2018. “An increasing number of younger buyers (29 years […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 7th, 2018Related News

Stephan Schrock joins Azkals tuneup vs Bahrainis

Stephan Schrock makes his return to the national team as the Philippine Azkals play Bahrain in a friendly in Bahrain to kickstart their preparations for both the coming AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 5th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Etheridge, Schrock banner Azkals Bahrain camp call-ups

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals will finally begin their preparations for the 2018 Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup this September as they face Bahrain in a FIFA International Friendly Match on Thursday, September 6 at the Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa. The 23-man national men's football team will ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 4th, 2018Related News

Three Japan automakers admit false emissions data

Japan's Suzuki Motor, Mazda and Yamaha have admitted using false emissions data for some vehicles, the transport ministry said Thursday, in the latest product quality scandal to hit the countr.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 10th, 2018Related News

No turning back on Azkals’ Suzuki, Asian Cup buildup

Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami assured there won’t be any disruption in the Pinoy booters’ buildup for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and 2019 Asian Cup following the withdrawal of former English captain Terry Butcher as head coach......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 8th, 2018Related News

Philippine Azkals move on as Terry Butcher withdraws

The Philippine Azkals will proceed with their preparations for both the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup without the coach they originally tapped to take the helm, former England captain Terry Butcher......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 3rd, 2018Related News

Buncio breaks two-minute barrier, wins 3 races

Jacq Buncio of the Suzuki-Wheeltek Racing Team, powered by Total Phils., showed no signs of easing off by ruling three races in Round 3 of Pirelli Cup Superbike Championship at Clark International Speedway recently......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 29th, 2018Related News

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

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

Suzuki PH unveils two new B-segment cars

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) simultaneously launched the new Swift and Dzire models on Wednesday last week at the Mariott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City, eyeing a bigger slice from the ever-growing B-segment market. “As a testament of our commitment to delivering only the best quality products and services, we at Suzuki Philippines are more than happy [...] The post Suzuki PH unveils two new B-segment cars appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Jul 3rd, 2018Related News

Buncio sisters dominate superbikes

Suzuki-Wheeltek Racing Team, powered by Total Phils, put on another dominant show as Jacq Buncio scored back-to-back victories aboard her trusty sportbike – the Suzuki GSX-R1000R at the Phl Superbike (PSBK) Races – the Phl Superbikes National (Nationals) Rookie Category and the Philippine Superbikes Cup (Pirelli Cup) Heavyweight A Class at the Batangas Racing Circuit recently......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2018Related News

Suzuki reveals new Swift and Dzire

Ending months of speculation, Suzuki finally unveiled the covers off the new Swift and Dzire in a huge ceremony held at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Pasay City on June 27. “We are grateful for the strong support we continue to receive from the Filipino market, particularly during the first months of the year. As […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 29th, 2018Related News

Porteria brace props Ceres-Negros

  OJ Porteria bagged a brace as Ceres-Negros turned back Stallion Laguna, 2-0, Wednesday night to keep its nine-point lead at the top of the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. Aching to atone for a disappointing performance in a 0-2 defeat to JPV Marikina last Saturday, the Busmen relied on Porteria's brilliance to increase its output to 35 points from 16 matches. Kaya-Iloilo continued to put pressure on Ceres after whipping JPV Marikina, 4-2, behind Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy's hat trick at Iloilo Sports Complex. An own goal from Marikina defender Suzuki Tsubasa in the second minute triggered a perfect start for coach Noel Marcaida...Keep on reading: Porteria brace props Ceres-Negros.....»»

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

HAPPENING NOW: Hiroshi Suzuki, SUZUKI PH President welcomes guests to the launc…

HAPPENING NOW: Hiroshi Suzuki, SUZUKI PH President welcomes guests to the launch of the new Suzuki Swift and Dzire. Source link: HAPPENING NOW: Hiroshi Suzuki, SUZUKI PH President welcomes guests to the launc….....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jun 27th, 2018Related News

Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on Seattle Mariners bench in fake mustache disguise

Ichiro Suzuki, special assistant to the chairman of the Seattle Mariners, wears a fake mustache and a hoodie as he sits in the dugout and watches the New York Yankees bat during the first inning of.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 22nd, 2018Related News

Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on Seattle Mariners’ bench in fake mustache disguise

NEW YORK --- Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie? Wait a second --- it was Ichiro! Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium. Exactly as he hinted, in fact. "He was perfect. I never would have known it was him," Valentine texted to The Associated Press. Officially, Suzuki isn't allowed to be in the dugout during games under Major League Baseball rules. The 44-year-old outfielder with 3,089 career hits came off the Seattle roster in early May and moved into the...Keep on reading: Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on Seattle Mariners’ bench in fake mustache disguise.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 22nd, 2018Related News

Friendlies, camps to toughen up Azkals

The Philippine Azkals, now under new coach Terry Butcher, are lining up a series of friendlies and training camps both overseas and at home to gear up for two major tournaments, the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November-December and the Asian Cup in January 2019......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Azkals name Terry Butcher as new coach

  MANILA, Philippines – Former England national team player Terry Butcher will officially take the reins of the Phillippine football team as the Azkals gear up for the 2019 Asian Cup and 2018 Suzuki Cup. The Englishman was among the coaching candidates considered by the Azkals management to replace Thomas ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

Irish coach joins Azkals coaching staff as senior football adviser

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from Terry Butcher , the Philippine Azkals picked up another mastermind in the form of Scott Cooper to help lead the nationals to a promising finish in the upcoming 2018 Suzuki Cup  and 2019 Asian Cup. Cooper was appointed as the senior football adviser, who will ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

Azkals announce Terry Butcher as new head coach

The Philippine Men's National Football team has announced the appointment of former English skipper Terry Butcher as the Azkals' new head coach. The coaching change comes just months after the Azkals achieved arguably their biggest victory, qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a win over Tajikistan at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Butcher will be replacing Thomas Dooley, who served as the Azkals' mentor from 2014 to 2018. An experienced manager and former player with a long and storied career, Butcher represented the English national team from 1980 to 1990, which included 77 caps and three World Cup appearances. In 1990, Butcher began his managing career, which lasted until 2015, last handling Newport County AFC. More new names will be joining Butcher on the Azkals coaching staff, as former player Chris Greatwich will be coming on board as a coaching assistant, while Steve Marcells was named as the goalkeeping coach. Ireland's Scott Cooper will also be joining the Azkals as the team's Senior Football Adviser. Cooper is coming off a stint as Thai club Police Tero's manager. The changes come in time for the Azkals' preparations for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup later this year, and the AFC Asian Cup in January of 2019......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 14th, 2018Related News