Basilica assures Sinulog 2021 will push through

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Augustinian friars, who are among the lead organizers for the annual Sinulog celebration, assured the public that the much-awaited event will push through in 2021. This was announced last Saturday, September 26, 2020 in an online briefing for the 500 Years of Christianity Celebration of the Archdiocese of Cebu. Fr. Ric […] The post Basilica assures Sinulog 2021 will push through appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 28th, 2020

Cebu City begins planning of Sinulog 2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government has officially begun planning for the 2021 Sinulog festival that will run from January 8 to January 17, 2021. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño priests, the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI), and the other public officials of the […] The post Cebu City begins planning of Sinulog 2021 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Traslacion 2021, kanselado dahil sa coronavirus

Kanselado ang taunang pagparada ng Itim na Nazareno sa Maynila sa darating na Enero 9, ayon sa pahayag ng pamahalaan ng Maynila ngayong Biyernes. “The grand procession of the image of the Black Nazarene will no longer push through on January 9, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” wika ng Manila Public Information Office. Ito […] The post Traslacion 2021, kanselado dahil sa coronavirus appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Pacquiao-McGregor 2021 on track

The top man of Paradigm Sports — the promoter that handles both eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor — said the much-anticipated bout between the two fighters from different combat sports will push through in the first half of 2021 in the Middle East. Paradigm Sports CEO and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

House peers push resolution calling for resumption of session

A resolution calling for the immediate resumption of plenary sessions is now making rounds at the House of Representatives, which will pave the way for the timely approval of the 2021 national budget. This was disclosed Friday by Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, who is expected to assume House Speakership on 14 October, and was  […] The post House peers push resolution calling for resumption of session appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

We will miss the massive Traslacion in January

  THE country’s biggest mass gathering – the annual Traslacion of the Black Nazarene from the Luneta Park to its shrine, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo – is still three months away, January 9, 2021, but Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has started considering the problems it will present in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

Osmeña: Rama has no authority over SFI

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Fomer Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, member of the board of the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI), refused to attend the supposed October 6, 2020 meeting called by Vice Mayor Michael Rama to plan for the Sinulog 2021. Osmeña in a response letter to the invitation of Rama said that the vice […] The post Osmeña: Rama has no authority over SFI appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Labella okays revocation of Sinulog Governing Board

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said he no longer see the need for the Sinulog Governing Board on 2021 and would heed the request of Vice Mayor Michael Rama to revoke the Sinulog Governing Board (SGB). Labella said that the SGB was created for the Sinulog 2020 to ensure that the […] The post Labella okays revocation of Sinulog Governing Board appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Rama to lead Sinulog 2021, wants ‘governing board’ out

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama is back to lead the organizing team behind one of the country’s grandest festivals. Aside from planning to hold a meeting with the other officials of Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) and stakeholders as soon as possible for Sinulog 2021, Rama said he would want to […] The post Rama to lead Sinulog 2021, wants ‘governing board’ out appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Congress promises PSC funding for Tokyo Olympics

Lawmakers promised to heed the Philippine Sports Commission’s call for financial support for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Congressmen who are members of the Committee on Youth and Sports Development gave a positive response when the government’s sports arm lobbied for Tokyo 2021 budget in the House of Representatives.   "Rest assured that we will do our part to get the funding for this Olympics. All hands are in. Dapat lahat tayo dito. This is the best chance we have," said committee head Rep. Eric Martinez. He added that they would discuss the matter with the Department of Budget and Management and schedule it the soonest time possible because the athletes "need that budget for the Olympics." PSC Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez during the regular committee meeting on Wednesday bared the sports agency's need for its slashed funds to continue supporting the training and competitions of Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers and hopefuls vying for slots.   "We were one of those government offices who also contributed to the Bayanihan Act. The DBM deducted from us. Para sa amin malaking bagay 'yun kasi kasama doon 'yung Olympic budget namin. Hanggang ngayon po bakante 'yan. It's an opportunity for us to ask, we need your help," expressed Ramirez. After presenting the Olympic budget request of more than P182 Million for Tokyo-bound athletes and hopefuls made by Chef de Mission (CDM) Mariano Araneta to the PSC, the sports agency chief highlighted the push Congress can give to the country's Olympic dream.     "Rep. Bambol Tolentino has initially supported ‘yung P180 million na allowances ng atleta which was approved by the bicam, and to be approved by the President. Thank you sa lahat ng congressman na sumuporta. Pero 'yung Olympic budget namin, we are hoping again for your support," said Ramirez. The PSC chief informed the body that "the Philippine Sports Commission is operating on the savings coming from PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation)" and that "when we talk about the elite athletes of the national team, the budget being used is the NSDF (National Sports Development Fund)” prompting PSC to lessen grassroots sports program related to local government units. "Dito kami naka-focus sa elite athletes. We still have some budget just enough for us to reach December," admitted Ramirez in his response to Committee Vice-Chair Jericho Nograles' inquiry on the PSC's funds. To aid in the government’s effort to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, P596 million from the National Sports Development Fund and another P773 million from the General Appropriations Act by the DBM was slashed from the PSC’s budget. Gymnast Caloy Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial already qualified for the Summer Games. Eighty-two more hopefuls are training to earn spots in the Tokyo Olympics.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

Telcos brace for greater capex pressure in 2021

Regulatory pressure and looming competition are likely to push telecommunication giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. to further bolster spending next year, Fitch Ratings said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2020

ABAP head hopes pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics to push through

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is keeping its fingers crossed that the Tokyo Olympics will push through in July next year. “I’m just hoping that the Olympics will push through because this is our best chance,” ABAP president Ricky Vargas told Tuesday’s online version of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Vargas was reacting to wire reports saying that over half of Tokyo residents that took part in a recent survey are not comfortable with the staging of the Olympics in 2021. They either backed a “further delay or an outright cancellation” of the Tokyo Olympics. The Philippines has qualified two boxers in Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno to the Tokyo Games, and had hoped for a few more to make the grade, including Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, and Ian Clark Bautista. “When I look at our boxers, we were ready (for Tokyo 2020),” said Vargas, who was joined by ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson in the forum and presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold PH, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and powered by Smart. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything came to a halt, including the rest of the qualifying tournaments. “We lost steam,” said Vargas. Picson said the Filipino boxers remain steadfast in their training even if there’s no definite schedule on hand. He said training is done mostly with the coaches’ online supervision. “But it’s not the same. Training online is not the same. We need to be able to go back to the gym and spar and box. Not only here but overseas as well,” said Vargas. “Given the situation, that is the next best thing,” Picson added. Vargas said it’s difficult to pin their hopes on a vaccine for things to be even close to what they used to be. “Mahirap hintayin ‘yung vaccine. They may have the vaccine but normally it takes years before we’d like to risk ourselves in getting the vaccine,” he added.   “It’s very sad if the Olympics will not push through at least next year. Or we wait for the next Olympics (in Paris in 2024),” Vargas said. “It’s a very tough decision. The IOC (International Olympic Committee), I’ve been reading, is having a very difficult time because of all the investment put in by the Japanese government,” he added. The ABAP chief had high hopes that the country could win the elusive gold in the Tokyo Olympics – through boxing. But the pandemic, somehow, had turned things around......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

NCAA Season 96 opening depends on health crisis situation

The NCAA remains hopeful that it will be able to hold the shortened Season 96 in the early months of next year. However, Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, OP of season host Letran said that everything is still dependent on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The NCAA is hoping to open the season in March 2021 assuming that the government will allow athletes to resume training by November.   “It’s actually 12 to 14 weeks bago mo makuha ang kondisyon mo eh. We’re assuming as early as November based on available data or December. Kaya ang proposed po namin ay March (ang opening),” said Calvo on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum where he was joined by former ManComm chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano. “Ang assumption namin dyan kapag in-allow ang practice you count three months saka tayo mag-game. Ayaw naman naming i-sacrifice ang quality ng games,” Calvo added in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart. The NCAA announced earlier that only mandatory sports basketball, volleyball, swimming and track and field are the only events to be held in the coming season. But the league is not closing its doors to adding other sports including online chess and E-sports depending on the health situation in the coming months.       Calvo also mentioned that health and safety protocols will be observed once the season opens. The league is also considering holding closed-door games while the gyms from member schools will serve as game venues. The ManComm head added that they have different options regarding their plans and programs for the season but their main concern right now is to when they will be able to push through with the opening. “Hopeful naman tayo based dun sa mga reports na naririnig natin na the vaccine is coming on the way. Baka pagdating ng November, for example, pwede na mag-practice, by February pwede na tayo mag-NCAA,” said Calvo. “Depende pa rin naman sa decision ng ManCom then i-suggest naming sa Policy Board. Kasi yung safety issues importante rin yun.” Last March, the NCAA cancelled Season 95 affecting second semester sports volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. And with the country still trying to cope with the health crisis, the NCAA just like other leagues and sports events could only just hope for the situation to get better.   “Mahirap kasi kung tatanungin kami nu’ng definite answer (kung kailan ang opening) hindi kami makakapag-bigay ng ganoon,” said Calvo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

Obiena badly wants Tokyo Olympics to push through

Olympic-bound pole vaulter EJ Obiena can’t stand the thought of the 2021 Tokyo Games being cancelled entirely. Just entertaining that possibility made him shed a tear......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

NCAA looking at fewer sporting events for Season 96

With the fate of Season 96 still up in the air because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NCAA braces for the possibility of holding fewer sporting events in its calendar. Season 95 Management Committee (ManComm) chairman Peter Cayco said that because of the effects of the pandemic, which put Luzon and other parts of the country under community quarantine since March, some member schools might not be able to field teams in other non-mandatory sporting events. Member schools may opt to take a ‘leave of absence’ in those events except for mandatory sports basketball, swimming, volleyball and track and field. “’Yung mandatory na apat ‘yun muna,” said Cayco. “Ngayon ang rekomendasyon naman ni Fr. Vic (Calvo) ‘yung wala dun sa apat na events at mayroong mga schools na gustong lumaro na makaka-more than four teams sila eh ‘di tuloy.” Under the NCAA rules, a sporting event can only be held if there are at least four participating schools. The ManComm is also submitting a proposal to the Policy Board to push the opening of Season 96 to 2021 in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force directive of suspending all sporting events until the end of the year. Aside from the delayed opening, the committee is also recommending an extension for senior student-athletes affected by the cancellation of Season 95.   Affected second semester sports were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading while completed events were basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

NCAA ManComm to propose opening of Season 96 to 2021

With the country’s current situation amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NCAA Management Committee is proposing to push back the opening of Season 96 to next year. “What's on the table now that we want the Policy Board to approve is we move Season 96 to 2021,” said Season 95 ManComm chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano University. Initially, the committee planned to move the opening of Season 96, which will be hosted by Letran, from July to November.   However, Cayco pointed out that they have to comply with the directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force including the suspension of sporting events until the end of the year. The ManComm official also added that with Luzon put under an enhanced community quarantine since March, it will take time for student-athletes to get back into competitive shape and for teams to prepare for the season. “Right now, we are following the directives of the IATF. Nagsabi na sila na there will be no sports activities until the end of the year,” said Cayco. “Number two, if for example January 1, puwede na sports activities, ‘yung atleta natin puro wala sa kondisyon ‘yan,” he added. “Of course, alam naman natin na iba ‘yung practice shape sa game shape. Siguro it would take at least three months to get them back in shape. That would be March already. Then, Holy Week na on April. So we are looking at May or June.” Part of the committee’s proposal is to hold friendly games among member schools to aid in their preparations. “We would host 'friendlies'. Meaning pre-season games na parang FilOil among NCAA schools,” said Cayco. But all will still be up to the Policy Board to decide. “Pina-finalize na namin tapos i-approve muna ng ManCom. Kasi in principle approved na ng ManCom kaya lang kailangan mong i-formalize muna into a resolution. Tapos forward namin sa Policy Board. Kung ma-approve 'yun na,” said Cayco. The NCAA announced the cancellation of Season 95 last March 19 because of the pandemic. Affected second semester sports were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. Completed events for Season 95 were first sem sporting events basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

40 years later, vote to skip Moscow Games still horrible

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer DENVER (AP) — By the time the news filtered to him, Edwin Moses had already left a promising engineering job to focus on a full-time career on the track. He was lucky. He already had an Olympic gold medal hanging on his wall. Hundreds of other American athletes would never get their chance. They were part of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team — the team that never made it to the Moscow Games after President Jimmy Carter spearheaded a now-infamous first-of-its-kind decision to boycott the Olympics. The full board of the U.S. Olympic Committee rubber-stamped Carter's decision 40 years ago Sunday — April 12, 1980. “I'd walked away from my career to get ready for the 1980 Olympics, and all was moot,” Moses told The Associated Press by phone. “So, it was horrible. For me, and for everyone.” Moses said by the time the USOC's unwieldy delegation of nearly 2,400 people met at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on a Saturday morning in April, with Vice President Walter Mondale in attendance, it was all but a done deal that the U.S. team would not be traveling to Moscow. Carter had begun the push in late 1979, with the Soviet Union pressing a military campaign into Afghanistan. In his 2010 memoir, Carter called it “one of my most difficult decisions.” Maybe more telling, as former USOC spokesman Mike Moran wrote in a recap of the events leading to the boycott, was an exchange the late 1984 Olympic champion wrestler Jeff Blatnick had with Carter on a plane many years later. “I go, ‘President Carter, I have met you before, I am an Olympian,'” Moran said in his retelling of Blatnick's story. “He looks at me and says, ‘Were you on the 1980 hockey team?’ I say, ‘No sir, I’m a wrestler, on the summer team.’ He says, ‘Oh, that was a bad decision, I’m sorry.’” Forty years later, there is virtually no debate about that conclusion. And the lingering irony of this year's games postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic isn't lost on Moses. “As an athlete, you lose one of your cat's nine lives,” he said. There will be a handful of could've-been 2020 Olympians who will not make it to 2021, because of age, injury or a changed qualifying procedure. Of the 466 U.S. athletes who had qualified for Moscow in 1980, 219 would never get to another Olympics, Moran wrote. Most of those who did would compete in 1984 against a less-than-full field. The Soviets and a number of Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the Los Angeles Games in a tit-for-tat retribution to the U.S. move four years earlier. Moses romped to a victory at the LA Coliseum in 1984, and he almost certainly would've won had the Soviets been there, too. He was the world-record holder and in the middle of a string of 107 straight victories in finals at 400 meters. If there was any silver lining to the 1980 boycott, Moses believes it was the recalibration of the Olympic model. During the years of the Moscow and Los Angeles boycotts and massive red ink from Montreal in 1976, the forces that had compelled Moses to quit his job — a profession unrelated to track and field — to retain his amateur status as an Olympian were exposed as unfair and unrealistic. The 1984 Games marked the beginning of the Olympics as a money-making venture and the beginning of the end of the strict rules regarding amateurism that put many Americans at a distinct disadvantage. All good for those who were able to take advantage of it. Many from that 1980 team, however, saw their Olympic careers shuttered without ever competing on the biggest stage. “Nothing was ever done to celebrate the team, and a lot of those members aren't around anymore,” Moses said. “We made the ultimate sacrifice in a sports world that no one was asked to do — and it was completely involuntary.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 12th, 2020

POC supports late 2021 SEA Games staging

With the Tokyo Olympics reset to 2021 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippine Olympic Committee will support Vietnam’s initial target of hosting the Southeast Asian Games in November. POC president Bambol Tolentino in a statement on Wednesday said that it is ideal that the biennial meet be held months after the Summer Games. “We will recommend that Vietnam hosts the 31st SEA Games during the latter part of the year,” said Tolentino Vietnam is reportedly looking at holding the 31st edition of the SEA Games from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2. However, Tolentino cleared that the SEA Games Federation has yet to approve the date of the regional sports meet. “Vietnam has yet to get the SEAG Federation’s official/formal approval. But we will support the dates,” Tolentino said. The International Olympic Committee made their decision to postpone the Olympic Games to 2021 in a yet to be determined date after talking to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers Tuesday night (Manila time). “Those dates provide enough window from Tokyo which could be in the July-August period,” Tolentino said. Vietnam has set a SEA Games meeting with officials coming from participating countries in Hanoi set on May 20-21 to present its program and Games calendar. The incoming host nation has yet to announce whether it will push through with the meeting or reset it to a later time with the world still battling the contagion. The Philippines hosted the 30th staging of the SEA Games where the country won as overall champion for the second time since the 2005 edition, also held in Manila, with a 149-gold medal haul.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Gilas match vs Indonesia to push through on Sunday

By JONAS TERRADO   Gilas Pilipinas will play its only match of the upcoming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers window after the world governing body ordered Indonesia to hold its two home matches despite the threat of the coronavirus disease. A FIBA letter that surfaced online said that it “determined that there exist no exceptional […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

FIBA: Business as usual for Gilas despite cancelled Thailand game

With the postponement of its opening home game against Thailand Thursday, Gilas Pilipinas' initial schedule for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers has been slightly altered. FIBA has opted to move the Philippines-Thailand game set for Feb. 20 to another date due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. It is what it is and Gilas is business as usual, returning to practice Friday. "Obviously disappointing because it would have been awesome to play a game here in front of our fans," Gilas interim head coach Mark Dickel said. "But we can't control that, so just get ready to go over to Indonesia nad find a way to play a good game and win," he added. There's no date for the Gilas-Thailand game but Dickel assures that the national team will be ready to go when a new schedule is announced. For now, Dickel is focused on using the extra days to drill more reps on his players. "If you get more time to really have everybody understand what their roles are, what is expected, and what they gotta do out there, the games are gonna look better," he said. "I'm happy about it, we get two or three more days to prepare. Just gotta take advantage of those days," Dickel added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

LOOK: Kids in Niño clothes grab spotlight in Sinulog 2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The annual celebration of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu is held in honor of the Holy Child Señor Santo Niño of Cebu. So it’s not surprising that during the Sinulog-related celebrations, they be on the streets or inside the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, you’d see children dressed up in Santo Niño clothing. […] The post LOOK: Kids in Niño clothes grab spotlight in Sinulog 2020 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020