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DILG reports 500+k signatures from LGUs back & lsquo;surgical& rsquo; Cha-cha

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has presented to Congress the half-million signatures gathered across different provinces to signify grassroots support for “surgical” amendments to the 1987 Constitution, especially its economic provisions......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 14th, 2021

Si Coach Boc ang game-changer ko -- Dawn Macandili

If there is one person that multi-awarded libero Dawn Macandili would give credit to for all that she has achieved in her career aside from college coach Ramil de Jesus it would be assistant coach Benson Bocboc. The quiet and soft-spoken De La Salle University deputy has been De Jesus’ numbers guy on the Lady Spikers bench, his reliable scout and a trusted strategist. [Related story:  DLSU's weapon against Ateneo: Clipboard and tablet] But for Macandili he is more than just DLSU’s man who crunches numbers or the one who prepares scouting reports.   “Si Coach Boc ang game-changer ko,” Macandili said in her appearance on Volleyball DNA hosted by Anton Roxas and Denden Lazaro. Macandili said that when Bocboc went on board as the Lady Spikers prepared for Season 78 – the start of DLSU’s third three-peat – he immediately went down to work to help strengthen DLSU’s floor defense particularly focusing on liberos Macandili and CJ Saga.     “Nu’ng dumating si Coach Boc, sobrang na-focus niya ang mga libero kasi ang style niya is Japanese training,” Macandili shared. “In-introduce niya kami sa mga drills na pang-Japanese. Sobrang na-amaze ako, ‘Wow Japanese style na defense.’” Macandili added that it was the first time since she joined the Lady Spikers that a practice session solely dedicated for liberos was added into their training schedule.    “Ang daming drills na pinapagawa sa amin. Natutuwa ako kasi I’m always looking forward to learning something new,” she said. Bocboc according to Macandili was very technical, correcting them down to the smallest details. “Lagi niya kaming ini-introduce sa techniques. Gusto ko siyang ma-master. So every training may pinapagawa siya sa amin. Iba rin kasi talaga siyang mag-correct, to the slightest detail,” said the Tanauan, Batangas pride. “Dun ko na-realize na volleyball is very technical. Di lang basta na marunong kang mag-receive, marunong kang mag-dig pass. Hindi, kung marunong kang mag-receive kailangan ganito ang form mo, kailangan ganito kababa, mga ganoon.” He came into the team at the most critical time as DLSU was then shifting to a new approach to its system following two straight heartbreaking championship losses to the powerhouse Alyssa Valdez-led archrival Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles. “[Up to the] smallest details ang itinuturo niya sa amin and makikita mo talaga ang effect niya sa training and sa game,” said Macandili. Under Bocboc’s guidance, Macandili had her breakout season in 2016 as she played a key role in the Lady Spikers’ ascent back to the UAAP throne. Macandili in Season 78 was named Best Receiver, which she would win again the following year, and Best Digger while helping DLSU begin another three-year reign. Macandili would continue to rack in individual accolades, winning the Most Valuable Player award in the Philippine Superliga in 2016, being named the 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 AVC Asian Women’s Senior Championship as a member of the national team before wrapping up her UAAP career by bagging the Finals MVP in Season 80 - the first defense specialist to receive the honor. All thanks to the DLSU assistant coach. “Nag-iba talaga ang mindset ko nun sa volleyball na parang ang lawak niya na ang dami ko pang di alam. Doon ako na-engganyo na I want to learn more, more, more. I want to learn more talaga,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 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

Noose found in stall of Bubba Wallace at Alabama NASCAR race

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR said late Sunday that a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Talladega. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. NASCAR said it has launched an immediate investigation into the noose. The series says it was “outraged” and said there is no place for racism in NASCAR. On Twitter, Wallace said the “the despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and ow persistent we must be in the fight against racism.” “As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you,'” he wrote. " This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's previous story is below It cost $40 to get into Talladega Superspeedway if you were one of 5,000 people to purchase a ticket and live within 150 miles of the NASCAR staple. But to get to the seat in Row 26A, Seat 12W, you first likely passed dozens of people outside the track proudly displaying Confederate flags, some flying them from pickup trucks. Look up, and you might spot a plane pulling a banner of the Southern symbol, now banned from being displayed inside race tracks, with the words “Defund NASCAR” The Confederate flags that once flew openly around the infield and stands are still for sale across the street. NASCAR hasn't disclosed how it will handle fans flying flags. With the most fans allowed into a NASCAR race during the Coronavirus pandemic it put the spotlight on the Confederate flag ban. There weren't any immediate reports of how many, if any, flags were confiscated or taken down at the venue. NASCAR two weeks ago said it would ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and venues following a call from Bubba Wallace, the series’ only full-time Black driver in the Cup Series. The ban was not tested last week at a track near Miami, where 1,000 military members attended the race. This weekend was seen as a much bigger challenge in the heart of the South with up to 5,000 fans allowed in and a relatively small number of RVs cleared to camp nearby. The ban drew informal protests Saturday and Sunday alike, with cars and pickup trucks driving along nearby roads flying the flag and parading past the entrance to the superspeedway, along with the plane. NASCAR did not acknowledged the plane or its banner, though executive Steve O’Donnell Tweeted a picture of black and white hands shaking: “You won’t see a photo of a jackass flying a flag over the track here...but you will see this...Hope EVERYONE enjoys the race today.” Rapper Ice Cube even tweeted about the plane saying, “(Expletive) him NASCAR, you got new fans in this household.” The race was pushed back to Monday afternoon because of heavy rain and lightning. But before the rain came, the scene was a dramatic departure from the Talladega norm. “It’s weird. It’s eerie,” said David Radvansky, 32, from suburban Atlanta, who brought his wife and boys, 3 and 6. Radvansky, who started coming to Talladega in the 1990s when his father parked cars at races, applauded NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flags. “I don’t think there’s a place for it in NASCAR, to be honest with you,” the 32-year-old said. “That doesn’t sit well with all the good ole boys but it is what it is.” Fans had to go through screening and wear masks to get in for the race, though a few were walking around inside without theirs on. But lines seemed to flow quickly and the sun was shining until about an hour before the race, when rain and lightning started. Bathrooms had arrows directing patrons which way to enter or exit, and attendants lined the way holding signs urging them to “please wear your masks.” Directly across from the track, Ed Sugg’s merchandise tent flew Confederate flags prominently in a display alongside Trump for 2020 banners and an American flag. “They’re doing very well,” said the Helena, Alabama resident, who has been selling an array of wares at NASCAR races for 21 years. “People are disappointed that NASCAR has taken that stance. It’s been around for as long as all of us have been. I don’t think anybody really connects it to any kind of racism or anything. It’s just a Southern thing. It’s transparent. It’s just a heritage thing.” Longtime racing fan Faron Elam, meanwhile, wasn’t thrilled by the fan restrictions and more minimal atmosphere. “This ain’t racing,” said Elam, a 50-year-old from Cottondale, Alabama. “This is nothing like it used to be. You used to come up here and have fun, go to all the souvenir trucks, everything. “You’ve got two out front now. That’s all you’ve got and if you don’t like who’s in it, then you don’t get anything.” Then again, it was to provide the key element for the fan of everything from dirt track to drag racing. “Just anything with speed,” Elam said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

DOH, DILG to LGUs: Ensure jab centers are safe amid rainy season

The two agencies issued the call Tuesday following reports of people waiting under the rain and in flooded areas for hours to get inoculated......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 53 min. ago

& lsquo;Gameboys& rsquo; is back to play with our hearts

The IdeaFirst Company has finally released the official trailer of the movie sequel of the internationally-acclaimed web series, “Gameboys.” .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

& lsquo;SupermodelMe& rsquo; returns with Catriona Gray, star-studded cast

Refinery Media, an award-winning production company renowned for producing compelling content for international networks, is bringing back its popular reality competition series, SupermodelMe. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 12th, 2021

Jam Quijano& rsquo;s new single & lsquo;Duyan& rsquo; yearns for basic beauty

A couple of months back, a new voice was introduced to the streaming public with the release of Jam Quijano’s “Bribe My Heart.” The beautifully written and recorded track, produced by Ebe Dancel who discovered the young performer, is worthy of a strong follow-up. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

Stray Kids, iKON, Astro among K-Pop acts to perform at & lsquo;KCON:TACT 4U& rsquo;& nbsp;virtual fest

One of the world’s largest K-Culture events is coming back once again to Filipino K-Pop fans as mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is bringing the KCON:TACT 4U virtual festival from June 19 to 27 via Gigafest.Smart......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2021
Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

& lsquo;Dante& rsquo; re-enters PAR, storm death toll climbs to 6

Cyclone Dante veered back into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and weakened into a Tropical Depression on Friday as it left six people dead, local disaster officials said.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Yassi Pressman is & lsquo;Rolling In It& rsquo;

Fresh off the success of her acting stint in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Yassi Pressman goes back to her hosting roots and is now taking centerstage as the game show’s host of Rolling In It Philippines---a game of luck, mind, and strategy---the local adaptation of the United Kingdom’s number one game show in 2020. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

Duterte chides & lsquo;selective& rsquo; LGUs

President Rodrigo Duterte has reprimanded  local government units for choosing to use Pfizer, the US brand of COVID-19 vaccine, noting that being selective was not feasible in light of the global supply shortage......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

& lsquo;Innamorata& rsquo; returns to Afternoon Prime

Beginning today, reminisce the dramatic and mystifying tale that explores the boundaries of beauty and tests the limits of love as GMA Network brings back its well-loved 2014 series Innamorata on the afternoon block. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

& lsquo;Job-creating bill to give OFWs new livelihood& rsquo;

Amid reports that many overseas Filipino workers remain jobless, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Ray Villafuerte on Sunday cited the urgency for the Congress to pass the proposed “Balik Probinsya, Balik Pagasa” law to create jobs outside Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

Organizers: Full venues at Olympics & lsquo;very difficult& rsquo;

Tokyo---Full stadiums will be “very difficult” at the Tokyo Olympics, the head of the Games warned Wednesday, as organizers pushed back a decision on how many domestic fans can attend until June......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Bong Revilla back with movie-like series & lsquo;Agimat ng Agila& rsquo;

When director Rico Gutierrez received the offer to be part of Agimat ng Agila, he did not have any second thoughts. He agreed to do the project right away. With his brilliance as an acclaimed director, the series is now having its grand premiere this Saturday on GMA......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Oust & lsquo;Red hunters& rsquo;& mdash;Sotto

Senate President Vicente Sotto III pushed back against moves by some senators to defund the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), saying it would be hasty to end a program because of irresponsible statements from some of its officials, who should be replaced......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

& lsquo;Deal me in!& rsquo;

As President Duterte nears his final year in office, it’s heartening to note that the Philippines is finally getting (back) into the game on a growing number of economic and geopolitical fronts. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

AFP chief crushes & lsquo;war& rsquo; rumor

Armed Forces chief Gen. Cirilito Sobejana on Sunday dismissed as false social media reports that war was about to break out between the Philippines and China over the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

& lsquo;80s OPM exponent, back with new track

“My Everyday Valentine” is the latest digital single released by one of Original Pinoy Music’s (OPM)  exponents in the ‘80s and ‘90s,  JoAnne Lorenzana.  The singer and songwriter penned the lyric while the melody was created by brilliant, prolific songwriter Jimmy Borja, with arrangement by Jimmy Antiporda......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2021