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Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

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    I just got back from Gothenburg, Sweden, where my son, Diego, with 44 other boys from the Makati Football Club, represented the Philippines in the Junior World Cup or Gothia Cup. Lingering in my taste buds are the unforgettable flavors of Feskekrka (Fishchurch, an indoor fish market) and of Kometen, a traditional Swedish restaurant, that was highly recommended by a dear friend, Mats Loo. Loo is a Swedish chef who has made the Philippines his home. With partners he founded the First Gourmet Academy where he shares his passion for food with future culinary professionals. Seasonal "As a country in Northern Europe, Sweden is famous for serving food that is sea...Keep on reading: How the Swedes do their famous meatballs and shrimp salad.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

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Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2018Related News

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Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsAug 5th, 2018Related News

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

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2018Related News

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Comedian Jon Santos is ecstatic to be in the cast of the Eraserheads musical, "Ang Huling El Bimbo." It has been a wonderful journey so far, he related, "from the exploratory readings to the unforgettable opening weekend." Santos told the Inquirer: "I am truly grateful to be part of this musical. All of us know the iconic band and the iconic songs, but no one could've imagined the songs told in a story like this. For the fans, it will be a surprise ... an experience they shouldn't miss." He volunteered that his fave Eheads song is "Toyang"---his theme song as a young adult in the 1990s. "I loved the wordplay and the wit. I had just moved into my first, very little, apartment and i...Keep on reading: Jon Santos in cast of ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ musical.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 1st, 2018Related News

Matty Ice gives Ateneo its own Atin to moment

The young Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles spread their wings in the recently concluded 2018 William Jones Cup. With a 5-3 record and a fourth-place finish, the Blue Eagles – the only collegiate team in the tournament – did nothing but prove they belonged in the regional tournament. Among many, many unforgettable moments, however, one stands out for the reigning UAAP champions. Let’s just hear Gian Mamuyac’s take on it. Asked about their most memorable moment in the Jones Cup, he answered while laughing, “Tinatanong pa ba yan? Siyempre, Matt Nieto game-winner.” Last Saturday, the kids from Katipunan were trailing by two with 3.1 ticks to go in their matchup against the home team before head coach Tab Baldwin had the perfect play with Thirdy Ravena inbounding and finding Nieto for a good look from beyond. “Matty Ice” then rose and launched a triple and the defense was unable to do anything as the ball found the bottom of the net, winning the game for Ateneo. Videos showed that Nieto was mouthing words after he hit that shot – and make no mistake about it, he wasn’t taunting Chinese Taipei. Was he saying “Atin ‘to?” “Oo, atin ‘to kasi talagang gusto naming manalo sa laro na yun. Nung tinira ko yun, tinignan ko teammates ko tapos sinabi ko ‘Atin ‘to,’” he shared. He then continued, “Parang nagpaka-Paul Desiderio ako.” Yes, the Blue Eagles’ court general took inspiration from neighboring University of the Philippines’ main man. Last season, Desiderio coined a rallying cry for the Fighting Maroons when he said “Atin ‘to! Papasok ‘to!” He said that during a timeout in the dying moments after which, he proceeded to take and make the game-winning three that downed University of Sto. Tomas. "Atin to, papasok to!" -- Paul Desiderio during the timeout. Moments later...#UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/7yafSpldJM — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Setyembre 10, 2017 Now, Nieto has given Ateneo its own “Atin ‘to!” moment – and he’s sur Gilas cadet teammate Desiderio wouldn’t mind. “Magkakampi rin naman kami e tsaka idol ko rin naman siya. Nothing wrong in doing the same,” he said. He then continued, “Para sa bayan din naman yun.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

Eddie Garcia on ‘ML,’ his 3rd Cinemalaya starring film

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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 25th, 2018Related News

When Harry Met Sally director on film s 30th anniversary-and that orgasm scene

Meg Ryan (left) and Billy Crystal in 'When Harry Met Sally' LOS ANGELES--It's been almost 30 years since Meg Ryan's unforgettable orgasm scene in 'When Harry Met Sally......»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2018Related News

Amy Adams on doing sex scenes, getting pushed hard

LOS ANGELES---Add Amy Adams' portrayal of a self-loathing, alcoholic reporter in HBO's "Sharp Objects" to her list of masterful performances that were previously limited to cinema: "American Hustle," "The Fighter," "Doubt," "Junebug," "The Master," "Arrival" and "Big Eyes." In her first major television role, Amy is unforgettable in director Jean-Marc Valle's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel about journalist Camille Preaker (Amy) who, after a short stay in a psychiatric hospital (for self-harm---her pain is literally cut in words on her skin), must return to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Back in Wind Gap, Missouri, Camille interacts with chara...Keep on reading: Amy Adams on doing sex scenes, getting pushed hard.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 12th, 2018Related News

Why we can’t forget our first love

MANILA, Philippines — They say first loves burn the brightest, that they never die but instead lay low inside us. It waits for the right moment to strike, to make us feel all warm and fuzzy again. Firsts for many are often unforgettable because they introduce us to experiences ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 12th, 2018Related News

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Emiliano Cyrus | EC一平_Performance Highlight in Manila, Philippines_29Apr2018 – Manila Video

It was such an unforgettable experience to have performed in front of a huge pool of beautiful audience who were so excited! I performed my third single “Wonderful 神奇” and my upcoming 4th Single “The Closest Embrace 最近的拥抱” a new song that I am honored to showcase alongside with my celestial fairy mentor, Zeng Yan… link: Emiliano Cyrus | EC一平_Performance Highlight in Manila, Philippines_29Apr2018 – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: May 12th, 2018Related News

The charm of Las Colinas

It's always the happy, unforgettable experiences that spell the difference.   Such memories often define one's perception and recollection of a place, and hence, it would be necessary for any property developer to ensure that all the necessary elements are in place to create those truly magical moments.   And this is what the company behind Las Colinas Verdes in Eden, Davao promises to provide Davaoneos and future residents of the said development.   Through Las Colinas, renowned property developer Sta. Lucia Land Inc. aims to deliver a community where homeowners can celebrate milestones and create special memories with friends and families.  ...Keep on reading: The charm of Las Colinas.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 12th, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Who will replace Macandili?

De La Salle University completed its third three-peat with a clean sweep of an inexperienced Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The Lady Spikers’ might inside the volleyball court is hinged not only on their powerful hitters or menacing middles but also on the precision and efficiency of their floor defense. For half a decade Dawn Macandili manned the floor like her life depended on it. Rolling, diving, twisting in midair and sacrificing her five-foot frame just to prevent the ball from hitting the floor. Her performance throughout her collegiate career put her in the elite list of great and unforgettable liberos in the league. But after the final whistle was blown Wednesday as the Lady Spikers wrapped the season with a 26-24, 25-20, 26-24, win in Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals series, Macandili bowed for the green and white for the last time. Now the question is: Who will fill in the huge shoes left by the Tanauan, Batangas star. The Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player Macandili gave a few names that could take her spot in Season 81 depending on the decision of course of head coach Ramil De Jesus. “Meron naman, maraming prospects like si CJ (Saga), sina Marionne (Alba), yung mga aakyat galing senior high,” said Macandili, the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship 2nd Best Libero. But taking Macandili’s role could be quite a challenge. Saga on her third year barely saw action in a setter spot. “Mahirap sabihin eh kasi si CJ ginagawang setter. Actually mahilig si coach mag-shuffle ng positions kaya mahirap sabihin eh,” said Macandili. “Pero marami namang possible na libero (na papasok).” Alba was recruited by DLSU last year after her great performance in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa but as a hitter. She has been training with the team and performed well in other tournaments as a converted libero but playing in the most celebrated collegiate league is another thing.    However, knowing her long-time mentor, Macandili, who played under De Jesus since her second year high school in DLSU-Zobel, believes that the 11-time UAAP champion coach will be able to find a fine replacement for her spot. “Tiwala naman ako sa program ni coach Ramil and the way he assigns roles to the players na alam niya kung anong ginagawa niya,” Macandili said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 3rd, 2018Related News

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Sunburst Fried Chicken started in Iligan City in 1971 as the A & C Chicken and Pizza House and adopted the name Sunburst Fried Chicken later when it expanded. Loyal patrons love Sunburst Friend Chicken for its distinctive crispy skin and great taste. Sunburst Centrio only opened last August but has already expanded due to the warm welcome of patrons who keep coming back for that unforgettable Sunburst Fried Chicken taste!.....»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsApr 27th, 2018Related News

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsApr 12th, 2018Related News

Determined Dzeko delivers a Romantada over Barcelona

By Andrew Dampf, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Edin Dzeko surprised a lot of people when he turned down a lucrative offer from Premier League champion Chelsea in January to stay with Roma. Pledging his allegiance for Roma then, Dzeko declared that he was determined to accomplish something important with the Italian club. Consider his desire realized. Dzeko's sheer will and brute force were the primary reasons behind Roma's shocking elimination of Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals. The Bosnia and Herzegovina striker scored two goals and drew a penalty to set up another over the two legs as Roma clawed back from a three-goal deficit to advance to the semifinals. "I stayed with Roma to experience matches like these. I'm happy to be with Roma and I think the club should be, too," Dzeko said after Roma's 3-0 win Tuesday overturned a 4-1 first-leg defeat. "I turned down a lot of money by not going to Chelsea but that's not what I'm interested in. If we play like this we can play with anyone. I've never seen Barcelona in so much difficulty." Dzeko should know. He was on the Manchester City team that was eliminated by Barcelona in the last 16 in both 2014 and 2015. Roma suffocated Barcelona with high pressure, prompting the Catalan club to make a series of errant passes and turnovers. Barcelona had no answer for the aerial abilities of Dzeko and fellow forward Patrik Schick, who was the revelation of the night. Sparingly used previously this season due to a series of injuries, the 22-year-old Czech Republic striker had been set to join Juventus during the offseason but the deal collapsed because of a reported heart problem. So Roma picked him up instead from Sampdoria, where Schick scored 11 Serie A goals last season. Cengiz Under, another young attacking player, scored six goals for Roma in February and March and returned from injury by coming off the bench in the second leg. The 20-year-old Turkey winger's corner set up the header from Kostas Manolas that provided Roma's third goal. That came moments before Stephan El Shaarawy, another speedy and talented winger, was denied from close range. In all, Roma is developing a wealth of options in attack that combine velocity and strength, and Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco was hailed for his 3-4-1-2 formation. "We had never tried it before but over just three days he got it into our heads," said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi, who converted a penalty for Roma's second goal. "After the first leg we saw that the gap between us and them wasn't really all that large." Own-goals from De Rossi and Manolas handed Barcelona a 2-0 lead last week but Dzeko's late consolation goal in that match proved decisive when Roma advanced on away goals. Dzeko also scored the key goal when Roma eliminated Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16. He has six goals in all in this season's competition. "The best is yet to come. The semifinal will be even greater," Dzeko said. "But of course, tonight is unforgettable," Dzeko added. "I don't have an adjective to describe it. Let's just say it was a crazy match — incredible. Nobody believed in us." Roma fans celebrated throughout the night, waving flags and driving scooters around the central Piazza Venezia. "Imperiali!" — Imperials — said the headline in Wednesday's Gazzetta dello Sport. French sports daily L'Equipe labeled it a "Romantada" — a play on the Spanish word "remuntada," which translates as comeback. It's the first time that Roma has reached the last four since it lost the 1984 final to Liverpool on penalties in its own stadium. The semifinal draw is scheduled for Friday and so far the only other club which has advanced is Liverpool, which is spearheaded by former Roma striker Mohamed Salah. While Roma keeps on surprising in the Champions League — see its 3-0 domination of Chelsea in the group stage — the Giallorossi have struggled in Serie A. Roma is fourth in the Italian league, a distant 21 points behind leader Juventus and level on points with Lazio entering Sunday's Rome derby. "Honestly I don't know why we can't transfer the mentality we have in the Champions League to Serie A," said Dzeko, who led Serie A with 29 goals last season. Still, this season already marks a turning point for Roma's American ownership team led by Boston executive James Pallotta. Roma has received preliminary approval to build a long-delayed new stadium with a design inspired by the Colosseum. The Champions League success might help speed up the stadium process — especially if Roma reaches the final in Kiev. "We can't think like we've achieved a miracle," De Rossi said. "We've got to keep playing and try to go all the way.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 12th, 2018Related News