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& lsquo;Magpakailanman& rsquo; presents all-new episodes this month

This October, GMA Network’s award-winning drama anthology Magpakailanman presents five brand new episodes featuring inspiring stories of bravery, hope, and love for all viewers......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardOct 13th, 2020

& lsquo;Dear Uge Presents& rsquo; narrates reality of marriage in fresh episode& nbsp;

This Sunday (Aug. 23), witness the heartwarming and timely story of a failing marriage who sees the light again amidst the pandemic in the two-part fresh episodes of GMA Network’s well-loved comedy anthology ”Dear Uge Presents.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2020

1,000 free concert tickets for Blackpink& rsquo;s & lsquo;The Show& rsquo;& nbsp;

On Friday night, Globe gave away 1000 The Show tickets to Blackpink fans as a gesture of appreciation to those who waited at least two hours during the kick-off event of Korea’s most sought-after girl group concert at the end of this month.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 24th, 2021

SC limits lawyers in & lsquo;terror& rsquo; hearing

The Supreme Court will limit the number of lawyers allowed to attend the oral arguments on the anti-terrorism law this month in compliance with the strict health protocols being implemented by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

After dominating Netflix, & lsquo;Barangay 143& rsquo; comes to POPTV

Barangay 143, widely known as the country’s first anime series, continues to bring local talent to the global stage after it debuted on streaming giant Netflix last month and even landed among the top ten most-watched titles in Netflix Asia......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020

Join 100 Steps Challenge for & lsquo;Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig& rsquo;

Runners now have a chance to quench their thirst to complete a marathon even in the new normal sans the crowds and throng of other runners as SKY presents the third and final leg of the RUNRIO Trilogy Run Asia Virtual Run happening from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

& lsquo;Descendants of the Sun& rsquo; picks up the threads after airing catch-up episodes

Despite being taped under strict safety protocols during the quarantine, Descendants of the Sun: The Philippine Adaptation director Dominic Zapata, promises viewers that they can expect the same quality from the previously aired episodes......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 4th, 2020

& lsquo;Lockdown: Food Diaries& rsquo; with Alden Richards

Today, GMA News and Public Affairs presents Lockdown: Food Diaries, a special documentary hosted by actor and Department of Health’s Anti-COVID19 awareness campaign ambassador Alden Richards that presents how COVID-19 changed the landscape of the food industry......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

BTS on success of & lsquo;Dynamite,& rsquo; love for ARMY

The indisputable success of BTS’ latest release “Dynamite” has certainly taken the world by storm, setting a new record on Spotify with 12.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release last month. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020

The Apprentice: ONE Championship set for local airing

Filipino fans can now follow ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ on Free-to-Air TV when the episodes kick off early next year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020

Rahm channels frustrations into big win with big moments

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Jon Rahm is no stranger to wild shifts in emotions, whether it was irritation from an absent-minded penalty that led to his only bogey of the weekend or his 65-foot birdie putt that capped an amazing victory at the BMW Championship. The difference now is he enjoyed it. All of it. The shot that will be remembered at Olympia Fields was a putt in the playoff Sunday that was just over 65 feet from the hole and had to travel even farther to get there, across the 18th green toward a ridge and then down the slope toward the cup, 11 seconds of watching, hoping and celebrating. Rahm wonders how different it might have been if not for his mental blunder. That happened on the fifth hole Saturday, when he was five shots behind. He might never be able to explain how he could walk up to his golf ball on the green, pick it up and freeze upon realizing he never marked it. He feared even after a 66 to get back in the mix that one shot could cost him. “I just hope I don't lose by one,” Rahm said that day. “I'm just going to say that. I just hope. And if I do, well, my fault.” He allowed his mind to think back to the penalty while on the range Sunday afternoon after a 64, the best score of the week, and hearing that Dustin Johnson was one shot behind facing a birdie putt just inside 45 feet. “I was like, that extra-shot cushion would be extremely nice right now, I'm not going to lie,” Rahm said. "But at the same time, it happened. I don't know if I would have won had it not happened. It kind of made me mad at myself, and I just went on with my focus after that and was able to play amazing golf. “I can tell you after making that 6-footer for bogey, I was like, ‘OK, that’s it. No playing around. Go.' That's kind of what mentally did it for me.” Rahm has always said he needs time to process success and failure, and this one could take a while. Even after it was over, and he posed with the BMW Championship and Western Golf Association trophies, part of him still felt like he was on the golf course in a playoff. He looked like a winner when his tee shot on the par-5 15th sailed into the trees and ricocheted out into the rough, avoiding a penalty, and his third shot was a 6-iron from 218 yards to 10 feet for birdie. He followed that with a 30-foot birdie putt across the 16th green for a two-shot lead. He feared for the worse when Johnson, down to his last shot, rolled in his improbable birdie putt down the slope on the 18th green for a 67 to force the playoff. That penalty shot looked as though it might be the difference when Johnson's drive on the 18th in the playoff hit a tree and came back to the fairway, and Rahm's shot from deep rough rolled out to the back of the green, leaving a putt so difficult that Rahm was hopeful of making par. “Honestly, I hoped it would be a decent putt for par coming back and have a chance to keep the playoff going,” he said. It was better than decent. It was perfect. The heart rate never eased up as Rahm watched Johnson's 30-foot birdie putt track toward the cup until it peeled away by inches and Rahm was the winner. “I still can’t believe what just happened,” Rahm said. "That stretch of waiting for DJ, him making the putt, going in the playoff, me making the putt, then trying to stay mentally in it just in case he made the last putt, it’s been a roller coaster. But so much fun. ... I set out to enjoy even the uncomfortable moments we had out there. “And man, it was fun.” Johnson took plenty away, too. He twice beat Rahm in 2017 in the span of a month at World Golf Championships, holding off a Rahm rally in the Mexico Championship and withstanding another ferocious comeback attempt in the Match Play. For Johnson, it was his third straight tournament with the 54-hole lead. He shot 68 in the PGA Championship and was beaten by a 65 from Collin Morikawa, which featured the driver onto the 16th green at Harding Park for eagle. Johnson shot 67 at the BMW Championship and lost to a 65-foot birdie putt in a playoff. Johnson held onto No. 1 in the world ranking and in the FedEx Cup, the latter meaning he will start the Tour Championship with a two-shot advantage. Rahm now has multiple victories worldwide for the fourth straight year. What stands out from this year is winning on the two toughest tests — Memorial, where the greens were allowed to bake out because they were being replaced after the tournament, and Olympia Fields, which played as hard as a U.S. Open. Rahm will get another U.S. Open test in three weeks at Winged Foot. The U.S. Open is billed as the ultimate test, most of that between the ears. Rahm looks more capable of that with each victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

Eduard Folayang: When an underdog finally became a world champion

In the five years that I was with the ABS-CBN Sports website, I was fortunate enough to have covered quite a number of memorable sports moments, so when I was asked to write about which was the most memorable for me, it was tough to narrow it down to just one single coverage. I could have written about Letran’s momentous upset of a dynasty-seeking San Beda in the NCAA Season 91 Finals, or I could have written about the Philippine Azkals making history by clinching a spot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.  Being an MMA fan, I could have written about getting to be Octagon-side for the UFC’s first and only trip to Manila, which was indeed a dream come true for me.  When I think about it however, the coverage that sticks with me to this day, even four years later, was being cage-side, just inches away from Eduard  “Landslide” Folayang as he pummeled Shinya Aoki to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion in Singapore back in 2016.  I tell people about that night all the time, and I believe I’ll continue to do so for the rest of my life.  A Fan First As I mentioned earlier, I’m an MMA fan. In fact, being a fan was actually how I eventually got into sports writing.  During my first year or so with ABS-CBN, I got wind of a show on Balls Channel entitled “The Takedown” which was, you guessed it, about the UFC. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that show, in any capacity. I even offered to research or write for free, LOL.  While I never did get to work on the show (because unfortunately, it lasted only a few episodes), I did get to make some connections (shoutout to Sir Lori, Ms. Jo, and Ms. Anna!) which eventually landed me a gig as a UFC writer for the Balls Channel Website. During that time, I got to meet and interview stars like BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson, Urijah Faber, Cung Le, and even Arianny Celeste. For an MMA fan like me, it was like working a dream job. It was a pretty sweet gig.  Eventually, that job with the Balls Channel Website would lead me to a spot on the ABS-CBN Sports Website which was launched in 2015. By 2016, I had started covering Asia-based MMA promotion ONE Championship quite a bit because ABS-CBN had signed a broadcast deal with them, and because ONE had a ton of homegrown Pinoy fighters on their roster, most notably Folayang and the Team Lakay guys.  Folayang, whose contract with ONE expired in March of 2016, re-signed with the promotion and returned to action in August, defeating Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision in Macau. That win over Pang earned Folayang the biggest bout of his career at that point: a title shot against reigning champion Aoki.  When I learned of that title fight, I was very excited for Folayang, but had little expectations for his chances, being that Aoki was a legend in the sport.  Best Seat in the House Eduard Folayang finally getting to fight for a world championship was a huge deal for Filipino MMA fans, especially those that had followed the Baguio-based star’s career since his days in the URCC. The Pinoy star was on ONE’s first ever event, but could never seem to gain enough momentum to compete for a world title, until that point.  That November night in Singapore, all the years of work sacrifice that Folayang had put in during his nine-year MMA career would finally pay off.  This was only my second time to cover a ONE event overseas, so apart from having to write stories, I also had to take pictures. Learning from my past mistakes, I asked if I could have a spot cage-side so that I could take some at least decent photos. Thankfully, the ONE people agreed and gave me a spot just beside one of the judges’ tables.  I had the best seat in the house.  Now, as I said, I had tapered my expectations for the fight. I had seen what Aoki could do in the cage. I’ve seen the guy break peoples’ bones before, so honestly, I was just hoping that he wouldn’t injure Folayang. Our guy was the underdog heading into this fight, no doubt about it.  Of course, as a Filipino and as a fan I was hoping for a massive upset. The beautiful thing about MMA is anything can happen.  Shock The World This was legitimately the first time that I felt nervous covering a fight. It’s like that feeling you have when your favorite basketball team is in a close game with just seconds left.  That first round was a frigging whirlwind of emotions if you’re a Pinoy MMA fan. It looked like Aoki was within moments of being able to submit Folayang on multiple occasions.  The second round was a little bit more relaxed for Folayang, especially since he had been able to survive Aoki’s opening round grappling blitz. It looked like he was a bit more confident and he started to throw some of his trademark spinning kicks and elbows.  A miscalculated flying knee attempt led to another Aoki takedown, but this time around, Folayang appeared a little more calm and relaxed under the pressure.  Late in the round, Folayang began to attack Aoki’s torso with punches and kicks, and it looked like it had the Japanese legend a bit winded. The tide had shifted.  Heading into the third round, there was a different feeling in the air. It felt like Aoki was done, and it felt like Folayang knew it.  In the opening seconds of that fateful third frame, Folayang knew exactly what Aoki was going to do and had an answer for it. Aoki shot in for a takedown, and Folayang countered it with a jumping knee to the jaw.  For a brief second, Folayang was on his behind, but managed to outmuscle Aoki and deliver another vicious knee.  “Oh sh*t!” I yelled internally while scrambling to take photos of the ensuing beatdown.  Folayang turned Aoki over and began to connect with punch after unanswered punch.  Without taking my eye away from my camera’s viewfinder, I started yelling for Folayang to finish it.  Folayang continued to punish Aoki with piston-like punches as the Singapore Indoor Stadium began to erupt.  For what felt like an eternity, referee Yuji Shimada watched as Folayang unloaded nine years worth of heartbreak and frustration into a ground-and-pound sequence.  And then, it was over.  There was a new lightweight king.  AND NEW! EDUARD FOLAYANG STOPS SHINYA AOKI IN ROUND 3! — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 11, 2016     The Landslide Reigns As much as I would have wanted to keep it cool, I started to freak out. I looked to my right and saw my fellow Pinoy journalists doing the same, one was even standing on the table, cheering the new world champion on.  At that point, I had watched UAAP championships, NCAA championships, even some boxing world championships, but this one was different. I knew what Folayang had gone through. I knew that the odds were stacked against him.  As the confetti began to rain down and the celebration inside the ring continued, I recomposed myself and started to take pictures again. I wanted to be able to capture this moment.  After the official decision and the post-fight interview, I remember calling out to Folayang so that I could take a photo of him with his shiny new toy.  I’ve gotten to witness other members of Team Lakay become champions since then. I’ve been blessed enough to see Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Joshua Pacio all become titleholders within a single year. While getting to see Team Lakay draped in gold to end 2018 was definitely a sight to behold, being there cage side as ‘Manong Ed’ realized a life-long dream was definitely an experience that I won’t soon forget.  Folayang's title win wasn't Team Lakay's first world champmionship, and it isn't the last. For me however, I think it's the most important, because it showed that no matter how many times you fall, you can still find your way to the top.  Everyone loves a good underdog story.  -- Santino Honasan has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2015. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Exciting activities at home with new & lsquo;I Know Right/IKR& rsquo; episodes

Looking for fun yet productive things to do while stuck at home? GMA Artist Center gives everyone another set of creative activities to try with the new episodes of the online show I Know Right/IKR this week. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

PBA sees condensed conference schedule in restart

The Philippine Basketball Association is looking at a possible condensed tournament as soon as the government gives the go-signal to resume competition amid the pandemic. League Commissioner Willie Marcial said that the Philippine Cup could run within a month or two depending on the game schedule the PBA Board will approve. “May nakaplano na kami. Nagpagawa na ako ng shortened at yung full conference na laro. So ipi-present pa rin namin sa Board,” said Marcial on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum. [Related story: Batangas, Laguna, Araneta all options for 'PBA Bubble'] Marcial also mentioned that the TV coverage schedule will also be a big factor in deciding the length of the PBA restart.   The PBA’s broadcast partner has allotted three TV coverage schedule per week. “Kasi mayroon tayong [dami] parang appearance ng teams kada conference so kailangang pag-usapan yun. Baka hindi natin ma-meet yun,” Marcial said. “Tapos ang problema ko ‘yung araw-araw. Ang ibinibigay lang sa atin ng TV5 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.” In this set-up, the conference would run for two months. Another option that the PBA is looking at is to hold games every day with some playdates airing on other available channels of its broadcast partner. “Siguro puwede tayong mag-araw-araw pero di sa TV5. Nandyan ang One Sports, Rush, Cignal. Madami pang pag-uusapan tungkol doon,” said Marcial. This according to the official is one of the matters that the Board will discuss in another round of meeting which will also include the proposal adapting a ‘bubble concept’ for the season to push through.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

Tokyo-bound vaulter Obiena wins silver in online competition

Tokyo Olympics-bound pole vaulter EJ Obiena snatched another podium finish after winning the silver medal in the ‘Who is the Finest Vaulter in the World?’ competition late Monday (Philippine time). Obiena cleared 5.60 meters to finish runner-up to reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz of Brazil in the virtual showdown of four of the best pole vaulters in the world. The 24-year old Filipino bet grabbed his second medal in three days after bagging bronze in the 2020 Monaco Diamond League where he registered his season-best 5.70 meters last Saturday. Braz, who was the mystery competitor in the event where participants competed in their respective locations, cleared 5.70 meters to win the gold medal. American Matt Ludwig finished third clearing 5.35 meters while fellow Tokyo Games-bound Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland had 5.20 meters. It was the Formia, Italy-based Obiena’s third podium finish this month after winning silver in the 13th Trivento International Meeting in Trieste, Italy. Obiena is the first of four Filipino athletes who already qualified in the Summer Games, which was postponed to next year because of the pandemic. Gymnast Caloy Yulo and boxer Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno are the other Filipino bets who earned their tickets to the Tokyo Games.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

SkyCable premieres & lsquo;Star Wars,& rsquo; & lsquo;Abominable,& rsquo; more blockbuster films

The movies that took the world by storm will soon be enjoyed once more by SKYcable subscribers at home as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “Frozen II,” “Abominable,” and a lot more air this month......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

& lsquo;iBilib& rsquo; makes learning at home more fun with fresh episodes

Join Kapuso TV personality and youth icon Chris Tiu today as he tries fun experiments and unravels bizarre facts in the world of science with brand-new episodes of GMA Network’s award-winning infotainment show iBilib. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

TV5 links up with Cignal as the & lsquo;network of the new normal& rsquo;; unveils program lineup& nbsp;

“TV5 is known to bring the best content on sports and news. Collaborating with Cignal will allow us to strengthen our program offerings,” says Cignal TV and TV5 Pres. and CEO Robert Galang.The month of August brings televiewers to a whole new television experience with Cignal TV and TV5 as the country’s leading pay-TV provider, Cignal TV, is partnering with free-to-air television network TV5 to offer some of the best entertainment programs while adapting to the new normal way of living......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Keiko Necesario& rsquo;s & lsquo;Dangerous& rsquo;& nbsp;

Rising music artist Keiko Necesario releases “Dangerous,” the second single in her upcoming album under Warner Music Philippines Ready, Let Go, set for release next month.   .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Keiko Necesario& rsquo;s & lsquo;Dangerous& rsquo;& nbsp;

Rising music artist Keiko Necesario releases “Dangerous,” the second single in her upcoming album under Warner Music Philippines Ready, Let Go, set for release next month.   .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Chooks-to-Go 3x3 to observe strict protocol in bubble

Strict health protocols will be practiced and observed once the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 gets the green light to practice, and eventually, hold its actual tournament. This was assured by league commissioner Eric Altamirano on Tuesday during his appearance in the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Altamirano, who was joined by player Alvin Pasaol, said the league is taking all the necessary steps and precautions to assure the safety and welfare of players, officials, and staff from contracting the COVID-19. “We’re ensuring that we will cover everything from testing to contact tracing,” said Altamirano. All involved personnel will be required to undergo swab testing (PCR-testing) especially those who are going to enter the 3x3 bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna once competition in the newly-turned pro league gets going hopefully, by September. Practices among 12 participating teams are supposed to start within the month, but had to be pushed a little back when the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjacent provinces including Laguna, reverted back to a Modified Enhance Community Quarantine (MECQ) status. “Right after ma-lift ‘yang MECQ, we will resume our testing and training,” Altamirano said. The league official added he has been in close consultation with Dr. Tony Leachon, the former special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, and other health experts about the protocols the league will have to observe before and during the tournament. The league is on the lookout for a centralized training facility where all teams would be able to workout under strict monitoring. “Pag isang venue lang ang pagpa-practisan, now we can have contact tracing, we can ensure the safety of the facility in terms of cleaning and disinfecting. May scheduled protocol when it comes to that. For every practice, may cleaning gap bago (mag-practice) yung next group,” he explained in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart with Upstream Media as webcast partner. In the league’s bubble, meanwhile, protocol is even stricter. A single person who just showed even a single symptom of the virus will be immediately isolated. A maximum of around 150 persons to be inside the Inspire Sports Academy in the entire duration of the meet......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020