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& lsquo;Inagaw Na Bituin& rsquo; sings its swan song

& lsquo;Inagaw Na Bituin& rsquo; sings its swan song.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardMay 16th, 2019

UAAP Season 76 will always be memorable for Jaja Santiago

Jaja Santiago’s most memorable and unforgettable UAAP moment was back in the UAAP Season 76 stepladder semifinals against Ateneo de Manila University.    It happened during her freshman year with National University, playing alongside her sister, Dindin Santiago, who was then on her swan song. It was not just because NU came close to a Finals stint or the fact that it ended with a heartbreak after the Lady Bulldogs squandered their semis advantage but because it was the last time that her father, Jojo, got to watch her and sister play. “’Yun ang huling panood din sa akin ng tatay ko na maglaro ng volleyball,” recalled Santiago in an interview in the Stay At Home edition of Kalye Confessions hosted by Cherry Nunag of PetroGazz.     During that time, Jojo, who was a law enforcer, was making up for lost time with his children. Days after NU blew their chances of advancing into the Finals to the then Alyssa Valdez-led Lady Eagles, tragedy struck the Santiago family when Jojo died in the line of duty. “Hindi ako close sa tatay ko. Kaya siya unforgettable kasi yun ang time na babawi pa lang ang tatay ko. Broken family kasi kami,” said Jaja. “’Yun yung time na babawi pa lang siya sa amin. Gumagawa siya ng way para mapalapit ang loob niya sa aming magkakapatid. Yun yung time na consistent talaga siyang nanonood ng games namin.” Jaja vividly remember the last moments she had with her father. It was a moment where she witnessed how he protected her and her sister from a heckler after the last semis match. “’Yun kasi after ng game kasi may lalaki na parang… kasi nag-hug ako sa ate ko saka sa tatay ko tapos sabi ng lalaki, ‘Hoy kayo Santiago sisters hindi naman kayo magagaling!’ Tapos sabi niya, ‘Sino ka para sabihan ang mga anak ko?’ Sabi ko, ‘Tay tama na!’ So lumabas na kami,” she said. “After nun sinundan ng tatay ko yung nagsalita, ‘yung nagsabi nun tapos kinausap niya. Di ko alam kung ano [sinabi] kasi ate ko yung sumunod sa kanya,” Jaja added. Jojo continued to comfort his daughters on the bus ride after the game and even offered to treat them the following day. “Tapos after nun eh di uwian na sumabay siya sa bus namin tapos sabi niya, ‘Nak, uuwi muna akong Nueva Ecija.’ Kasi sa Nueva Ecija siya umuuwi. ‘Uwi muna akong Nueva Ecija, magse-celebrate tayo.’ Kasi di kami pinakain ng manager namin after game,” said Jaja. “Sabi niya, ‘Hayaan mo ako ang mag-treat sa inyo bukas.’ “So ‘di sabi ko, ‘Tay wag ka na umuwi.’ Sabi ng tatay ko, ‘Di nak kailangan ko umuwi, kailangang makapaningil. Wala tayong pangkain.’ Eh to na sabi ko, ‘Tay, wag ka na umuwi.’ ‘Tay ka nang Tay, eh di naman ako lilisan,’ sabi niyang ganun,” added Jaja. Knowing that her daughters were still hurt with the loss, Jojo, kept cheering them up. “Kinagabihan ka-chat na ang ate ko sabi niya, ‘Wag na kayong malungkot para sa akin kayo ang champion.’ Sabi ko, ‘OK lang yan Tay, OK lang naman may plano si God,’ said Jaja. “After noon nag-I love you siya. Eh ako di pa ako ma-response sa kanya kasi di pa kami ganun ka-close. Kasi nga may sama pa rin ako ng loob sa kanya kasi nga iniwan nya kami.” It would be the last time that Jojo would get a chance to tell his children he loved them. “After nun kinabukasan, umaga 6:00 a.m. may tumawag sa amin na nawala na nga yung tatay ko. Yun na yung last na pagsasama saka usap,” said Jaja. That’s why even if Season 76 ended up with a painful loss, Jaja would love to see it once again be aired on TV. “Sana mapanood ko rin. Kasi napapanood ko nitong mga nakaraan nagri-replay sila ng mga games sa UAAP. Sana naman Season 76, NU vs. Ateneo yung twice beaten kami. Pwede pa yun i-replay?” she said.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

Greatest Performance: Marck Espejo’s 55-point game

Playing in a sport where posting records is hard to do, Marck Espejo proved that he is a cut above the rest. In his last year in the UAAP, Espejo led then-defending champion Ateneo de Manila University in an amazing Final Four victory, defying the odds stacked against the Blue Eagles. The five-time Most Valuable Player not only carried Ateneo on his shoulders for another trip to the Finals, but Espejo also registered a league scoring record in an incredible display of his offensive prowess, determination and heart.      Espejo did that two years ago in the UAAP Season 80 semifinals against twice-to-beat Far Eastern University on a balmy Saturday morning. Fans inside the Mall of Asia Arena were all up on their feet in the closing stretch of the fifth set. The raucous crowd were about to witness history unfold before their eyes.  Playing in his final year for the blue and white, Espejo knew that their three-year reign was hanging in the balance. The Blue Eagles survived the nip-and-tuck fourth set to force a decider after going down, 1-2, in the match against the confident Tamaraws. Espejo already had 44 points. In the first four sets the open spiker fired missile after missile to frustrate FEU, which was already committing three blockers on Espejo to no avail. He just kept coming. He was unstoppable. One more final push and Ateneo will get a chance to live to fight another day.   Espejo assumed the Herculean task of providing the much-needed firepower in the deciding frame. He was running on pure adrenaline. Espejo stepped up big time in the deciding frame when he scored 11 of Ateneo’s points. The King Eagle, who held the Blue Eagles together in the fourth frame, wreaked havoc in the fifth set and gave Ateneo an 8-5 lead. FEU closed the gap 8-9 before the Blue Eagles extended their advantage to 11-8 off an off the block kill by Espejo. The Ateneo star finished off FEU with a thunderous spike to cap the Blue Eagles' closing 4-1 assault with the last four points all coming from Espejo.  “’Yung points naman po, hindi ko siya iniisip. Basta iniisip ko lang, ‘pag binigay sa akin 'yung bola, kailangan ko pumuntos, kasi para sa team ko naman 'yun eh,” said the soft-spoken Espejo, whose monster production in the series opener came from 47 attacks, six kill blocks and two aces. The King Eagle pushed Ateneo at match point with a kill block before Espejo put the icing on the cake with a powerful smash that shattered the two-man block of FEU. That was the last of Espejo’s league-record 55 points – the highlight of the Blue Eagles’ 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9 win. WATCH:  “Nagulat nga ako, sabi ko, typographical error ba ito?” said a surprised Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who was on his last year with the Blue Eagles before taking over the Lady Eagles the following season The mentor, who in Season 81 steered Ateneo back to the women’s division throne, admitted that no one on his bench knew that Espejo was already putting up record numbers. He just instructed his setter Ish Polvorosa to toss the ball to Espejo for a high percentage attack. “Hindi namin alam. Hindi nga namin alam eh,” said Almadro. “Minsan nga, naano pa ako kay Ish (Polvorosa) - 'Ish, bigay mo na kay Marck, bigay mo na kay Marck.' 'Yun pala, he is making these points na.” Espejo again wreaked havoc in the winner-take-all match, scoring 37 points as the Blue Eagles booted out FEU for a fifth straight championship dance with archrival National University.         However, Ateneo’s dynasty crumbled at the hands of the Bryan Bagunas-led Bulldogs.    It was a painful defeat to close Espejo’s collegiate career. But didn’t diminish the sparkle of Espejo’s performance in his swan song especially is record feat, which might stand as the league’s scoring benchmark for years.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 1st, 2020

Arocha wraps up Lady Chiefs stint with head held up high

Regine Arocha is calling it quits after five fruitful years donning the Arellano University jersey. The winger saw her collegiate women’s volleyball career end after the NCAA terminated Season 95 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although the NCAA is looking at the possibility of extending the playing year of seniors of sporting events affected by the termination given they meet the eligibility requirements, Arocha has decided to hang up her Lady Chiefs jersey. The 2019 Collegiate Press Corps Volleyball Player of the Year for NCAA is looking forward to graduating from her Business Administration course this year. The NCAA does not allow student-athletes who have already graduated from their course to play further. “’Dun naman po sa extra playing year na binibigay nila, di na po siguro ako lalaro. Tama na po ‘yung six years in college,” said Arocha, who had to shift to an Education course before shifting back to Business Ad to max out her playing year. “Gusto ko na pong gumraduate,” she added. “My family is waiting for me to graduate po.” The two-time Finals Most Valuable Player admitted that it was disappointing to see her swan song end prematurely but understood that the decision of the league was for the welfare and safety of the players, officials, students and fans.   “Just like what I've said in my tweet, it hurts more than a heartbreak!”  said the do-it-all spiker. “Pinaghandaan po namin yun ng isang taon pero ganyan ‘yung nangyari.” “As a graduating player syempre goal po namin ‘yung magandang exit. Still I can't believe na ganito ‘yung nangyari,” she added. “But alam naman po namin na ‘yung safety po namin ‘yung iniisip nila kaya thankful din po kami sa pagiging caring nila.” Although it’s not the exit she envisioned, Arocha finished her tour of duty as the Queen Lady Chief with head held up high, leaving a winning legacy of three straight championships. She is still walking away a champion after the league decided to retain the title of all defending champions of affected sporting events.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 21st, 2020

Arocha wraps up Lady Chiefs stint with head held up high

Regine Arocha is calling it quits after five fruitful years donning the Arellano University jersey. The winger saw her collegiate women’s volleyball career end after the NCAA terminated Season 95 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although the NCAA is looking at the possibility of extending the playing year of seniors of sporting events affected by the termination given they meet the eligibility requirements, Arocha has decided to hang up her Lady Chiefs jersey. The 2019 Collegiate Press Corps Volleyball Player of the Year for NCAA is looking forward to graduating from her Business Administration course this year. The NCAA does not allow student-athletes who have already graduated from their course to play further. “’Dun naman po sa extra playing year na binibigay nila, di na po siguro ako lalaro. Tama na po ‘yung six years in college,” said Arocha, who had to shift to an Education course before shifting back to Business Ad to max out her playing year. “Gusto ko na pong gumraduate,” she added. “My family is waiting for me to graduate po.” The two-time Finals Most Valuable Player admitted that it was disappointing to see her swan song end prematurely but understood that the decision of the league was for the welfare and safety of the players, officials, students and fans.   “Just like what I've said in my tweet, it hurts more than a heartbreak!”  said the do-it-all spiker. “Pinaghandaan po namin yun ng isang taon pero ganyan ‘yung nangyari.” “As a graduating player syempre goal po namin ‘yung magandang exit. Still I can't believe na ganito ‘yung nangyari,” she added. “But alam naman po namin na ‘yung safety po namin ‘yung iniisip nila kaya thankful din po kami sa pagiging caring nila.” Although it’s not the exit she envisioned, Arocha finished her tour of duty as the Queen Lady Chief with head held up high, leaving a winning legacy of three straight championships. She is still walking away a champion after the league decided to retain the title of all defending champions of affected sporting events.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Who made Ramil De Jesus proudest?

Pleasing multi-titled coach Ramil De Jesus of De La Salle University is never easy. So for a Lady Spiker, earning the praise and approval from the stoic mentor for a job well done is a badge of honor. Graduating hitter Tin Tiamzon was happy she got hers during her impressive first game in her swan song. The veteran poured 17 points last Saturday as DLSU defeated archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 25-17, 17-25, 25-17, 25-15, to open its campaign in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament on a high note. However, the highlight of Tiamzon’s performance was when she received a high-five from the bedimpled coach.      TIamzon is HYPED ???? pic.twitter.com/wga3T5VZd5 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 7, 2020 “Ay! Kinilig ako dun. First time, yeah yun lang,” said Tiamzon. “Nakakapanggaan [ng pakiramdam] as a player na your coach acknowledges that.” Tiamzon’s highlight reel drew traction on social media. Being naturally competitive, her former teammates and other DLSU volleyball program products posted their own ‘proud moment’ with De Jesus seemingly trying to upstage each other.     Desiree Cheng, who graduated last season, couldn't predict more accurately.  ITS GAME DAY ???? All the best, bbs. Mapapasa na ang apir ni Coach ramil. ???????? pic.twitter.com/A26pYzLmNH — Desiree Wynea Cheng (@itsmedescheng) March 7, 2020   The skill. The swag. Volleyball's better when La Salle is BRINGING IT ???? pic.twitter.com/0k0GstF6AQ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 26, 2020   Former setter Kim Fajardo flexed back. Apir ba kamo? ???? Teka nga..may yayabang din ako konti. Kala nyo kayo lang ah HAHAHA @kiannady @itsmedescheng @majoybaron @ernietiamzon @jolinadelacruz #bestfeeling#powerhugnicoach pic.twitter.com/47zjrtMZC2 — Kim Fajardo (@kimfajardo9) March 8, 2020   Kim Kianna Dy posted this one on her Instagram seemingly giving this current Lady Spikers motivation to work hard.         View this post on Instagram                   If you ask me what the best feeling is during a game it would def be getting a high 5 from this guy! First game of the lady spikers tmrw, who’s ready? ???????? #AN1MO A post shared by Kim Kianna Dy (@kiannady) on Mar 6, 2020 at 4:11am PST     Who do you think made coach RDJ proudest?     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Santiago gives back to Lady Bulldogs

National University product Jaja Santiago is giving back to her alma mater by helping the current pack of Lady Bulldogs prepare in their campaign in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament. On vacation after her stint in the Japan V. Premier League playing for third place winners Saitama Ageo Medics, Santiago spends her free time sharing the things she learned playing abroad to her juniors.  “Pinupuntahan ko itong mga bata na ito sa training, hindi lang araw-araw, pero yun nga sini-share ko sa kanila kung ano ang mga tinuro sa akin ng mga naging coaches ko sa Japan,” shared Santiago on Sunday while watching the Lady Bulldogs’ match against Adamson University. Santiago’s efforts to help the team paid off as NU grabbed its second straight win with a sweep of the Lady Falcons, 26-24, 25-14, 25-21, to remain on top of the leaderboard. “So far nakikita ko ang ganda ng improvement,” said Santiago. “Ang tatangkad ng mga players and well-disciplined ang mga bata ngayon.” The victory gave NU its best start in two years or since the swan song of Season 80 Most Valuable Player Santiago when the Lady Bulldogs won five straight matches.  All thanks to Santiago’s contribution. "Si Jaja after her Japan stint n’ya she went back to the Philippines, pumupunta siya sa training,” said NU coach Norman Miguel. “Binibisita n’ya ‘yung girls, kami and then nagi-impart siya ng techniques kung pano sa blocking, pano magri-read and react. Sumasabay siya sa practice namin. She did that ng three visits para mag-impart.” Santiago’s presence according to graduating senior Audrey Paran boosts the team’s morale and she serves as an inspiration for her and the rest of the team. “Si Ate Jaja talaga is someone I look up to in terms of leadership, in terms of skills lahat talaga,” said Paran, who paced NU with 15 points. “Saka nu’ng time niya talaga lahat kami si Ate Ja yung sandalan.” “This time na-inspire ako parang, Ate Ja ito yung natutunan ko sa kanya, ito yung pinapakita mo before. Ako naman time ko naman ngayon,” added Paran. Santiago will stay in the country up until the end of March before flying back to Japan. But for the meantime, the versatile player will be here to assist in training the Lady Bulldogs. “Nakakatuwa talaga na may spot pa rin sila kay Jaja,” Miguel ended.     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Risa Sato hopes to find redemption in return

Tears rolled down Risa Sato’s cheeks as she recalled how helpless she was at the sidelines while National University campaigned in the UAAP wars last year. She was supposed to suit up as the leader of the Lady Bulldogs, guiding a young pack after the departure of Jaja Santiago. But instead, Sato came with the team to the games in street clothes as a spectator after academic issues barred her from seeing action. “Last year sobrang nasaktan ako,” said the Fil-Japanese, whose eyes welled with tears while talking with ABS-CBN Sports. “Di ba last season lagi lang ako nood sa kanila? Gusto ko pumasok sa court.” A year after her ordeal, Sato rejoins the Lady Bulldogs with the vow of taking NU all the way. “Ito iniisip ko, babawi ako talaga,” said Sato, who has shown impressive improvement with her Filipino. “Sobrang happy ako. Matagal akong naghintay for Season 82.” In her return, Sato is tasked by head coach Norman Miguel to lead a squad composed of a good mix of veterans, experienced sophomores and promising recruits. Her new role, Sato admits, came as a surprise. “Nu’ng sabi nila team captain daw ako sabi ko, ‘Eh wait lang, paano salita ko?’ Yun naisip ko talaga na sana naintindihan nila ako, yan lagi isip ko,” said Sato, who is also playing in the PVL for powerhouse Creamline. Aside from her much-needed presence at the net following the departure of last year’s 1st Best Middle Blocker Roselyn Doria and as a court leader, Sato is also helping the team adapt the Japanese system she’s very much familiar with. “Gusto ko na help din si coach Norman sa training,” she said. “Ang mga players kapag mali ang ginagawa, mali ang spike parang ako din nagtuturo sa kanila, hindi si coach Norman lang. Naghi-help din ako sa kanila.” Her inputs and contributions are well-received. “Isip ko sa Japan sistema saka Philippines sistema, iba-iba. Gusto ko turo ko sa kanila na Japanese na sistema,” said Sato. “Hindi ko alam nu’ng una if turo ko sa kanila Japanese na sistema follow ba sila sa akin? Dami isip ko. Iniisip ko basta OK lang adjust lang ako and turo ako sa kanila ng Japanese system.” “OK naman lagi ako sabi sa kanila na happy-happy lang paglalaro and follow naman sila,” she added. Sato is also very excited to play alongside sophomore middle Ivy Lacsina and libero Jen Nierva and 6-foot-2 rookie hitter Margot Mutshima Kabasu of Congo.       “Si Audrey [Paran] lang at Joni [Chavez] kasama [ko dati] kasi iba first time ko lang kasama sa UAAP. Sina Jennifer at Ivy first time ko makasama. Excited talaga [ako],” Sato said. Motivated to reintroduce herself in the UAAP, Sato has a laser-like focus in her swan song.   “Babawi talaga ako this season para mag-champion,” said Sato.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

PVL: Flying Titans make good impression in debut

ChocoMucho made its presence felt with an explosive debut on Wednesday after crushing BaliPure, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Flying Titans played sans Bea De Leon, who was rested by head coach Oliver Almadro, but showed no signs of slowing down with their deep arsenal flexing their muscle to dominate the Water Defenders. Kat Tolentino, Bang Pineda and Maddie Madayag showed the way for ChocoMucho, which came back from four points down in the second frame. Tolentino finished with 14 points off 10 spikes, two kill blocks and two aces with 10 digs for an all-around performance for the Flying Titans, who landed 10 aces. Madayag had 11 markers while Pineda scored eight with four excellent receptions for ChocoMucho. Acy Masangkay tallied 18 excellent sets to help the Flying Titans hammer 33 kills. Legendary Manilla Santos-Ng made her return to competitive volleyball midway in the opening set with the Flying Titans up 15-8. Santos-Ng subbed in for Shang Berte and immediately made an impact as ChocoMucho blasted a 6-0 spurt capped by an ace by the former De La Salle University star, who last played in the UAAP Season 71 back in 2009 where she also won her fourth title and the Most Valuable Player award in her swan song. The Flying Titans went behind, 9-13, in the second set before mounting a rally to tie the frame at 13 off a Madayag kill block on Grazielle Bombita. Pineda gave ChocoMucho the lead as the Flying Titans regained their bearing to control the frame. BaliPure showed signs of resistance in the third but were easily repulsed by ChocoMucho, which got a chance to field in its bench. "We’re happy na we won on our first game. Sabi ko nga sa kanila kanin sa huddle, normally people will say first game jitters, but sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Mawawala yun if you play maturely. So we really have to play maturely and we really have to stick together and be one,’" said Almadro.   The Water Defenders bowed down in their first game in  the tournament and absorbed their 11th straight overall since an empty trip in the Reinforced Conference. No BaliPure player finished in double figures with Menchie Tubiera and Bombita scoring nine each.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Finals: Blessed na nag-UST ako -- Rondina

University of Sto. Tomas prized hitter Sisi Rondina was at loss for words for the touching gesture of the UST alumni, community and supporters to fly in her family to watch her play in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Finals.     Rondina, who is set to receive her Most Valuable Player award on Wednesday before the pivotal Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series against Ateneo de Manila University, welcomed her family who came from Cebu Tuesday afternoon at the NAIA Terminal 4. UST alumni and supporters chipped in to fund the airfare and accommodation expenses of Rondina’s family. In a separate interview, Rondina admitted that due to her priority of buying a 2-storey house in her hometown in Compostella, she won’t be able to fly her family to Manila to watch her in the biggest stage of country’s premier collegiate league in her swan song.       “Blessed na nag-UST ako and syempre to be part of the UST community. For me, masaya ako kasi first time nilang makapanood dito sa Manila, championship pa,” said a very thankful Rondina, who is also set to claim the 2nd Best Open Spiker award. “Masaya ako syempre kasi ma-a-awardan ako bukas na andoon sila.” The Queen Tigress was grateful for her UST family for the special gift not only to her but also for her teammates Alina Bicar and Dimdim Pacres. Bicar's family flew in from Samar Tuesday morning while Pacres' family landed in Manila in the afternoon a few minutes after Rondina's family's arrival.      “Sobrang thankful ako kasi plano ko talaga na makapanood sila ng live and naisip nila [fans] na papuntahin sila [family ko] dito. And hindi lang ako pati sina Dimdim (Pacres) and Alina (Bicar) [family nila andito rin].” “Mapapasabi ka na lang na ‘buti na lang nag-UST kami’ kasi ‘yung support ng community andoon talaga,” she added. “Sobrang sarap ng feeling na ‘yung mga taong tumulong sayo hindi nagdalawang-isip. Hindi ko alam kung paano ako magpapasalamat.” Rondina promised the UST community that she will play her best to deliver the title and end a nine-year wait. “Syempre I will do my best para sa game namin and syempre para worth it lahat ng efforts nila,” she said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

Not a song for Catriona Gray

After admitting his dating status confirming his romantic relationship with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Sam Milby sings the Love Lockdown’s theme song, “Last Goodnight.” Love Lockdown is an original digital movie streaming on iWant......»»

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& lsquo;Pwede na lumabas& rsquo;: Kim Chiu learns her lesson, shakes off negativity

Kapamilya star Kim Chiu claps back at the criticisms thrown at her for her viral classroom analogy statement through her newest feel-good single “Bawal Lumabas (The Classroom Song)” released under Star POP......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

DO YOU REMEMBER... the Lady Stags’ not so perfect seasons?

It’s not uncommon to see a team squander a huge advantage. A defeat like that will surely sting. But what more in a championship series and in a situation where a squad holds a thrice-to-beat advantage? San Sebastian College found itself on the wrong side of history after its infamous collapse in the NCAA women's volleyball finals. Twice. Not only did Lady Stags came up short of winning the crown while holding a thrice-to-beat advantage in consecutive seasons, but in those two series the Lady Stags only won one game. In a thrice-to-beat scenario, the team holding the advantage need only two victories to wrap the series. The disadvantaged side must win three times. Getting in that position is not easy. It means, a team must sweep the elimination round. And if you did brush off all your rivals that would mean you're the dominant team. Easily, the title favorite According to the NCAA Season 91 and 92 rules, the sweeping team gets an outright Finals seat armed with a twice-to-win advantage. A 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five series. The rest will have to duke it out in a stepladder semifinals to earn a championship seat. The unbeaten team will have fresh legs as it gets enough rest while waiting for its Finals opponent. For the other team, it means more games and no time for rest plus the possibility of wear and tear. The odds were stacked in favor of the Lady Stags. Or so they thought. SSC-R was a force to be reckoned with in those two seasons. Leading the Lady Stags was power-hitter and bulk-scorer Grethcel Soltones. She had a solid supporting cast in Nikka Dalisay, Jolina Labiano, Dangie Encarnacion, Kat Villegas, setter Vira Guillema and libero Alyssa Eroa under multi-title head coach and NCAA legend Roger Gorayeb. In Season 91, SSC-R fielded a well-experienced roster which came from two unsuccessful championship trips in the previous three years. The Lady Stags crushed all of their nine competitions in the elims including the CJ Rosario, Jovielyn Prado and Dana Henson-bannered Arellano U, which the year before beat SSC-R for the title. SSC-R completed its elims sweep after beating College of St. Benilde in four sets and got a nine-day rest. The Lady Blazers took the long route to secure a Finals seat, beating University of Perpetual Help in first stepladder semis before dethroning the Lady Chiefs. The Lady Stags came in the Finals brimming with confidence as they faced the same squad they defeated before their break. SSC-R barely escaped a tightly-contested extended first set but the Lady Stags unraveled in the next three frames. CSB coach Macky Carino knew that SSC-R will live and die with Soltones so he sent his best net defenders Jeanette Panaga, Janine Navarro and Ranya Musa to clog the net. SSC-R was also plagued with errors and miscues in their reception. The second game followed the same pattern with only Soltones scoring in double figures and the Lady Stags finding themselves on the brink of collapse. Soltones, upon receiving her second straight Most Valuable Player award, saved SSC-R from total collapse as she scored 31 points in a four-set escape in Game Three. But it all just delayed the inevitable doom that would befall the Lady Stags. In the series decider, CSB showed no signs of fear as it already faced two do-or-die matches before. SSC-R crumbled in the first two sets, showed life in the third before eventually yielding as the Lady Blazers claimed a historic breakthrough title in vanquishing a more seasoned rival. It was the same nightmare that the Lady Stags encountered the following season. Again, Soltones rallied SSC-R back to the Finals outright on her swan song. Once again with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Arellano U, on the other hand, got its revenge over CSB in the last stepladder match to book a championship showdown against the Lady Stags. The Lady Chiefs, behind Andrea Marzan, Regine Arocha and Mary Anne Esguerra, stunned SSC-R in straight sets in the series opener. It was Rialen Sante and Prado who did most of the damage in Game 2 as Arellano U beat the Lady Stags in a come-from-behind five-setter. And on Valentine’s Day 2017, SSC-R absorbed another humiliating defeat. Thrice-to-beat. Thrice beaten.        Soltones closed her NCAA career as a three-time MVP and one of the most decorated players in the league. But she will always be haunted by the ghost of her past. A legacy stained by the misfortune of leading a team found wanting in titles. The Lady Stags since then failed to recover their lost glory as they bowed out of the final four the following year for the first time in decades. SSC-R followed the same dark path the year after.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

WHAT IF...Tony Koyfman played for the Blue Eagles in UAAP Season 80 Finals?

In UAAP Season 79, Ateneo de Manila University completed an amazing sweep of the men’s tournament. The Blue Eagles stamped their class on the competition thanks to the powerful tandem of Marck Espejo and Tony Koyfman and the then graduating pair of Rex Intal and Josh Villanueva as they went unbeaten in 16 games, including a pair of thrilling five-setters in the championship series against National University. However, the following season proved to be huge challenge for Ateneo not just because of the departure of Intal and Villanueva but also with the absence of Koyfman. The Russian-American skipped Season 80 because of health issues. With the 6-foot-8 opposite hitter out, Espejo had to shoulder most of the scoring load for the Blue Eagles in his swan song. Ateneo managed to advance to the Finals, but Espejo, who made history with his 55-point explosion in the semis against Far Eastern University, could only do so much against the onslaught of the Bulldogs as the Blue Eagles' three-year reign crumbled in two games.        Ateneo sorely missed the services of Koyfman in that series. But what if Koyfman suited up for the Blue Eagles in that championship showdown? Koyfman would have given Ateneo an added offensive threat, first of all. The Blue Eagles that season still had one the one of the league’s best playmakers in Ish Polvorosa and with him controlling the offense and with more options at hand, it would surely have caused problems for the Bulldogs’ net defense. Koyfman’s presence would have eased the scoring burden of Espejo, who was the obvious marked man in that series. In Season 79, Koyfman averaged 14.5 points per game in the Finals on his way to winning the Finals Most Valuable Player award. With the tandem of Koyfman and Espejo at the wings, it would also free up other scoring threats like Ron Medalla, John Rivera, Gian Glorioso and middle Chu Njigha. Koyfman would’ve also been an imposing defensive piece for Ateneo at the net. With him around to help Glorioso and Njigha, the Blue Eagles would’ve given NU’s top spikers Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad a hard time penetrating their attacks or pose a challenge for Kim Malabunga and Francis Saura at the middle.           Another key contribution that he could've given the Blue Eagles was his championship experience. The Bulldogs paraded an intact core. It would've had been a better matchup had the Katipunan-based squad had another veteran available.  Although, we cannot say if Ateneo can indeed complete the four-peat with Koyfman around against a very determined NU squad, we can agree that he was a missing piece to the Blue Eagles championship puzzle that season.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2020

Jeremy G releases poignant single & lsquo;Dito Na Lang& rsquo;

Star POP artist Jeremy G takes music fans to a heartrending journey of moving on in his new song “Dito Na Lang,” which is dropping on digital platforms tomorrow, May 15......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

Be Like Mike jingle almost didn t happen, says creator

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s docuseries detailing the 1998 and final season of the Chicago Bulls championship dynasty, has served as a reminder to basketball fans of the greatness of Michael Jordan on the court. While it’s showcased Jordan’s dominance between baselines, it’s also shed light on his worldwide marketing allure. Although the Hall-of-Famer starred in many memorable commercials throughout the 1990s for major brands such McDonald’s “Nothing But Net” spot and Nike’s “Failure” ad, one of his most famous may be Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” commercial. But if it weren’t inadvertently for the Walt Disney corporation, the melodic jingle would’ve never been made. “My whole goal in advertising, I told my wife right when I got into it, was I just wanted to create a little sliver of pop culture somewhere along the line,” said Bernie Pitzel, the advertising executive who created the song. “Everybody knows I’ve been saying that for years. And they go, ‘Well, I think you did it'.” In 1992, Pitzel was working for Chicago-based ad agency Bayer Bess Vanderwarker and tasked with overseeing a spot for Jordan that they had already created. Pitzel thought it was lackluster and too similar to Jordan’s early Nike commercials. But he became inspired as his children watched Disney’s 1967 film “The Jungle Book.” After changing a few lines of the song “I Wanna Be Like You” and presenting a mock-up, all parties settled on his idea. After filming visuals for the commercial, there was one last hurdle to cross: convincing Disney to allow them to use the “Jungle Book” music; Pitzel said they wanted too much money to approve it (a rep for Disney said they could not confirm Pitzel's account as it was decades ago). With the season scheduled to start soon and the agency unsure of the next move, Pitzel went to a favorite restaurant where he frequently brainstormed. He jotted down the lyrics for the jingle on a paper tablecloth, and then faxed a few music production houses while still at the restaurant. He settled on a melody the next day with the music and singing all performed by session singers. “I heard that instrumental opening that I’m like, ‘Oh, my God. We got it,’ Pitzel said. “As it turned out, it was way better that I wrote the song because that’s what people remember. If we’d just done it with the ‘Jungle Book’ music, it would have been a cute little spot, but it never would have resonated like it did.” Now retired in Phoenix, Pitzel had fond memories of working on that project—his kids appear in the commercial and played one-on-one with Jordan during takes. While he thought the spot was great and witnessed it become a pop culture staple, he couldn’t have predicted it would still be discussed nearly three decades later. When asked what goes into a creating an iconic ad, he says it’s not much different than the ingredients of winning a championship. “You just gotta believe in it. You gotta put your soul into it,” Pitzel said. “You gotta put your heart in it, and then you’ve gotta get some luck.” ___ Follow Associated Press entertainment journalist Gary Gerard Hamilton at twitter.com/garyghamilton.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Theme Song “Party Legends” Launched

As Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) gears up to celebrate its global wide campaign 515, the most popular mobile MOBA game launches this year’s theme song ‘Party Legends’ during MLBB’s Music and Dance week. The theme song talks about the journey and the challenges being experienced by every MLBB player.  After introducing the song on MLBB’s official Facebook, Youtube and Spotify accounts, TV Personality Eric “Eruption” Tai aka FitGamer even releases a dance tutorial of the song and encourages every gamer in the country to post their own version while staying home during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). “We know that Filipinos love to sing and dance and we’re very happy and overwhelmed with the feedback and appreciation that we’re getting. We saw that the fans and celebrity streamers even started posting their own song and dance covers on their social media accounts. It only means that the lyrics of the song ring true to every MLBB gamer,” shares Hanqing Mei, Moonton Marketing Manager of Moonton, the game developer behind the massively popular game. Meanwhile, gamers can enjoy and participate in several ‘515’ activities Painting and Bottle of Truth Week (April 30-May 6) and Cosplay Week (May 7-May 14), where fans and cosplay enthusiasts can use their creativity while at home and create a costume based on their favorite MLBB heroes.  Fans and players are in for a treat and receive a free hero when they log-in on May 16. They can also collect materials for weekly check-ins in-game with the biggest check-in to win physical rewards like Airpods, Beats Solo, and Nintendo Switch. Winners will be raffled off during the finals of Community Hero: City Rival. Mobile Legends Bang Bang and Moonton is asking everyone to stay at home and for more info on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, follow its official Facebook page. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2020

Queen releases tribute song: & lsquo;You Are The Champions& rsquo;

British band Queen on Friday released a new version of their rock classic “We Are The Champions” to raise money for health workers tackling the coronavirus outbreak......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2020

Grossly misinterpreting & lsquo;Isang Dagat& rsquo;

There is now a brouhaha of protest over the song “Isang Dagat” composed by the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Huang Xilian. The song was dedicated to the Filipino people to help ease the suffering they now experience, and to reemphasize that the sea that sets us apart is one, that we in Asia are living in one planet, sharing a common future......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Jett Pangan revives & lsquo;Salamat& lsquo; for special tribute video

The Dawn’s Jett Pangan found himself singing a familiar song in unfamiliar territory when he had to revive “Salamat” in a tribute video reflecting meaningful connections in the time of COVID-19......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Coaches hope for extension on senior players

Coaches are looking forward to the possibility of giving seniors whose swan songs were cut short because of the cancellation of the UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament an extension.  The UAAP Board last week decided to scrap the remainder of the season following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to April 30 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UAAP volleyball ran for only a week or a total of four playdates. With the abrupt and unexpected end of the season, there is clamor for the league to consider giving the seniors another year to play. The UAAP in its statement regarding the cancellation said that ‘all other issues will be resolved at the proper time.’      “Talking of another season, it is very disappointing for many seniors not only in UP,” said University of the Philippines mentor Godfrey Okumu, who has key seniors who were supposed to play their last year for the Fighting Maroons. According to the existing UAAP rules, only those who are under 25 years old before the eligibility deadline will be allowed to play.     If given an extension, UP seniors Tots Carlos, Isa Molde, Jessma Ramos, Marist Layug, Rem Cailing and Justine Dorog, are still eligible at least under the age requirement. “Most of my seniors are only 21 years old, so if their eligibility is extended, it is my sincere hope that they may choose to play,” added Okumu, whose squad had a 1-1 win-loss record before the cancellation. “But I will not want us to cross that bridge now, until we get to it.” Coach Oliver Almadro of women’s defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is just waiting for the UAAP Board’s decision on the matter. Seniors Kat Tolentino turned 25 last January, Jamie Lavitoria will be 26 this year while Jho Maraguinot is just 24.     “I haven’t talked to my graduating seniors what’s the next step,” said Almadro. “We just have to wait and see what the UAAP Board’s decision on eligibility, etc.” National University coach Norman Miguel has two key seniors in his Season 82 lineup in returning Risa Sato and Audrey Paran. Sato will turn 26 in October while Paran will turn 23 in December.   “I remember one time, we have brought this up to the team that there may be a possibility na ma-extend ang playing years ng mga seniors like Risa and Audrey,” said Miguel, whose Lady Bulldogs won all of their two outings. “Pero wala pa akong nakuhang sagot sa kanila that time, and since magkakalayo pa kami ngayon.” On the other hand, Far Eastern University men’s team mentor Rei Diaz is not pressuring his seniors JP Bugaoan, Peter Quiel, Jude Garcia, Owen Suarez and Kris Silang to stay in case of an extension.  “Siyempre may kanya-kanyang plano din sila pagka-graduate nila. Sa ngayon support muna tayo sa plan nila kung anumang maging desisyon nila rerespetuhin natin,” he said. “Although some of them nagsabi na tutulong pa rin sila sa team at kung may pagkakataon eh lalaruin nila. ‘Yung iba pinag-iisipan pa nila.” The UAAP Board is set to meet after the lifting of the ECQ.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020