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Gerald may balak humingi ng tawad kay Bea: I made a mistake

MATAPANG na sinagot ni Gerald Anderson ang mga nagbabagang tanong ng King of Talk na si Boy Abunda kasama ang co-stars nito sa “Init sa Magdamag” na sina Yam Concepcion at JM de Guzman. Inamin ng Kapamilya actor na kung may pagkakataon ay plano niyang ayusin ang mga nangyari matapos ang kontrobersyal na exclusive interview […] The post Gerald may balak humingi ng tawad kay Bea: I made a mistake appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 21st, 2021

Gerald may balak humingi ng tawad kay Bea: I made a mistake

MATAPANG na sinagot ni Gerald Anderson ang mga nagbabagang tanong ng King of Talk na si Boy Abunda kasama ang co-stars nito sa “Init sa Magdamag” na sina Yam Concepcion at JM de Guzman. Inamin ng Kapamilya actor na kung may pagkakataon ay plano niyang ayusin ang mga nangyari matapos ang kontrobersyal na exclusive interview […] The post Gerald may balak humingi ng tawad kay Bea: I made a mistake appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Leisure biking still allowed in Talisay City but only for city residents

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas said he will continue to allow leisure biking in his city during the duration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MEQC). However, this will only be limited to city residents to avoid overcrowding of the bike routes. Gullas made his announcement on his social media […] The post Leisure biking still allowed in Talisay City but only for city residents appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

I was stupid : Daniel Padilla admits mistake but swears Kathryn Bernardo is the only one

Kapamilya actor Daniel Padilla revealed that he made a mistake but girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo forgave him. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Yasmien Kurdi umiiyak na humingi ng paumanhin sa ‘Las Hermanas’ production

UMIIYAK ang Kapuso actress na si Yasmien Kurdi habang nagkukwento sa kaniyang kasalukuyang kondisyon sa YouTube vlog nito. Ayon sa aktres, nahihiya siya sa mga staff at crew ng “Las Hermanas” dahil made-delay ang taping nila dahil sa kanya. Sumama kasi ang pakiramdam ng aktres habang nasa lock-in taping ito sa Pampanga. “Ang nangyari sa […] The post Yasmien Kurdi umiiyak na humingi ng paumanhin sa ‘Las Hermanas’ production appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

'UndoingDuterte | Duterte’s economic legacy: Crisis worse than pandemic

Data show that the policies and programs of Duterte continued and inflamed the structural crisis of our economy. To be sure, the pandemic made it more acute. But make no mistake - Duterte’s economic legacy is far worse than the pandemic. The post #UndoingDuterte | Duterte’s economic legacy: Crisis worse than pandemic appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

Dante PH causes minor landslide in Talisay City, Manipis-Toledo road closed

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Tropical Storm Dante is yet to make landfall but the heavy rain it brought to Cebu has already caused landslides particularly in Talisay City. On Tuesday evening, Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas said in a post, that a minor landslide along the Manipis-Toledo Road has made it dangerous for […] The post Dante PH causes minor landslide in Talisay City, Manipis-Toledo road closed appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2021

Jason Abalos, nag-sorry sa mga Pinoy sa pagboto kay Duterte

Humingi ng tawad sa publiko ang Kapuso actor na si Jason Abalos dahil isa siya sa mga bumoto para mahalal sa puwesto si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong 2016. “Isa ako sa mga bumoto dito. Patawarin nyo ako mga kababayan ko, gusto ko lang naman ay pagbabago,” caption ni Abalos nang i-retweet niya nitong Martes, Abril […] The post Jason Abalos, nag-sorry sa mga Pinoy sa pagboto kay Duterte appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Bishop consoles faithful feeling guilty over kin’s COVID-19 death

Feeling guilty because you think you made a mistake in taking care of a loved one afflicted with coronavirus disease?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

Ilang netizens kumampi kay Gerald, Bea sinabihan ng, ‘Shut up na lang!’

BAKIT nga ba hindi pa nagso-sorry si Gerald Anderson kay Bea Alonzo?  Bagkus ay puro pasaring ang mga post nito sa kanyang Instagram account. May punto de vista si Ogie Diaz kung bakit walang remorse o ayaw humingi ng sorry ang aktor sa kanyang ex-girlfriend. “Well, kung ano si Gerald, para lang magkaroon ng closure, […] The post Ilang netizens kumampi kay Gerald, Bea sinabihan ng, ‘Shut up na lang!’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

Bea Alonzo buzzes netizens with cryptic post

Actress Bea Alonzo shared a cryptic post of her recent vacation photo with the caption: “Time as the ultimate truth-teller.” Netizens immediately speculated that the post was about the recent admission of her ex-boyfriend Gerald Anderson that he is “very happy” with his relationship with actress Julia Barretto. Gerald made public admission during his interview […] The post Bea Alonzo buzzes netizens with cryptic post appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Pokwang naloko sa pera: Pinagpaguran ko yan pero sige sa inyo na lang, ayoko nang magalit

IBINAHAGI ng komedyanang si Pokwang sa kanyang Instagram account ang larawan ng Antipolo Church na kinunan niya kaninang umaga. Doon siya laging nagsisimba para humingi ng tawad at ipanalangin ang mga mithiin niya sa buhay. Sabi ni Pokwang sa kanyang caption, “1980 from Pasig lumipat kami sa Antipolo, dito namin naranasan ang buhay na kahit […] The post Pokwang naloko sa pera: Pinagpaguran ko yan pero sige sa inyo na lang, ayoko nang magalit appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

BB Gandanghari umiiyak na namaalam kay Royette Padilla: Sana mapatawad mo ‘ko…

HUMINGI ng tawad si BB Gandanghari sa kapatid niyang si Royette Padilla na sumakabilang-buhay nitong nakaraang linggo matapos umanong atakihin sa puso. Pinagsisisihan ni BB na hindi niya itinuloy ang planong pagtawag sa kanyang kuya para personal itong makausap bago mag-Pasko. Muling gumawa ng vlog ang dating aktor (Rustom Padilla) bilang bahagi ng kanyang pagluluksa […] The post BB Gandanghari umiiyak na namaalam kay Royette Padilla: Sana mapatawad mo ‘ko… appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021

Banat kay Toni: Wag mong insultuhin ang mga Kapamilya na lumaban pero nawalan pa rin ng trabaho

MARAMING netizens ang umalma nang nakiusap si Toni Gonzaga-Soriano sa publiko na huwag i-bash si Russu Laurente, ang ikalawang evictee sa “Pinoy Big Brother Connect”. Si Russu ang housemate na umaming sumuporta noon sa panawagang huwag nang bigyan ng bagong prangkisa ang ABS-CBN. Inamin naman ni Russu ang pagkakamali at humingi ng tawad kay Big […] The post Banat kay Toni: Wag mong insultuhin ang mga Kapamilya na lumaban pero nawalan pa rin ng trabaho appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

Pagluhod ni Jinggoy sa ‘Coming Home’ para humingi ng tawad sa mga anak, gagawin kaya sa totoong buhay?

Ang mga eksenang lumuhod si ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada para humingi ng tawad sa anak niyang si Edgar Allan Guzman as Neb, ‘yung confrontation scene na nagtatanong ang mga anak nila ni Sylvia Sanchez na sina Vin Abrenica, Shaira Diaz at Martin del Rosario kung bakit tinanggap pa ulit ang papa nila gayung iniwan sila ang […] The post Pagluhod ni Jinggoy sa ‘Coming Home’ para humingi ng tawad sa mga anak, gagawin kaya sa totoong buhay? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2020

Onic PH parts ways with OhMyV33NUS, Wise; FULLCLIP quits Blacklist

Photo from Ohmyv33nus Facebook page Onic Philippines has parted ways with its captain Johnmar “OhMyV33NUS” Villaluna and hyper-carry Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario while Blacklist International granted the request of carry Kairi “FULLCLIP” Rayosdelsol to be released from the team.  Onic, two-time MPL-Philippines runner-up, made the announcement through a Facebook video on Wednesday.  “Kapag mahal mo, dapat kaya mong i-let go para pareho kayong mag-grow. Kaya sa minamahal naming Vee at Wise, we wish you all the best!” the caption reads.   “Mami-miss namin lahat ng VeeWise moments ninyo. Pero patuloy pa rin naming susuportahan at susubaybayan ang inyong future endeavors.” OhMyV33NUS and Wise played an integral part in Onic’s emergence in the MPL.  Together with Gerald “Dlar” Trinchera, Jason “Jay” Torculas and Christian “Iy4knu” Manaog, the iconic duo powered Onic to back-to-back second-place finishes in Season 4 and 5.  Onic, however, fell short of living up to expectations as it settled for fourth in Season 6 even after eliminating bitter rival Aura PH in the first round of playoffs.  Onic earlier announced the acquisition of former Execration carry Jaylord “Hate” Gonzales. The team has yet to reveal the last player who will join Dlar, Jay, Iy4knu and Peter Bryce “Basic” Lozano.  Meanwhile, Blacklist bid goodbye to prodigy FULLCLIP.  “Kairi asked to be transferred to another team. While we are heartbroken, we are never here to impede our player’s growth so we made this happen,” the team posted on Facebook.  “From the day we discovered your skill and potential, we know that there’s a bright future ahead of you. Best of luck!”  FULL CLIP immediately showed his vast potential in his rookie season by powering Blacklist to a playoff finish in Season 6.  The team has yet to unveil his replacement who will join veteran Mark Jayson “ESON” Gerardo, Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap, Arvie “AQUA” Antonio, Archie “KIL LER” Valencia and Dexter “DEX STAR” Alaba. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

US voters correct their 2016 mistake

Almost exactly four years ago, the eligible voters of the United States were made to choose between a woman and a man as to who should be the 45th American president......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Believe it or not: Rival gangs vow to maintain peace inside Bilibid

Leaders of rival gang Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Sigue Sigue Commando vowed to end their squabble and maintain peace among their members. (BuCor / MANILA BULLETIN) They made the assurance through a conversation with Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag on Monday during a joint search operation or Oplan Galugad at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. BuCor said that both parties gave their assurance that the brawl will never happen again. Members of BuCor NBP, Muntinlupa City Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine National Police – Special Action Force, and National Capital Region Regional Mobile Force Battalion conducted the search operation NBP Quadrant 4 (Quadrant East – Bldg. 5) and Quadrant 3 (Quadrant South – Bldg. 8). BuCor said that the search operation sustains the preventive and preemptive efforts to halt the violence among the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) inside the NBP. It added that Building 5 and Building 8 including its surrounding areas were targeted as persistent intelligence reports continue to come in that bladed weapons are being strategically stored in these areas to be used as weapons by members of the two rival groups. More than 400 confiscated prohibited items of bladed weapons and blunt instruments were discovered in various corners and compartments of PDLs’ cells, temporary shelters and even those hidden or buried in the ground. “This search operation is a strong message delivered to these two groups creating violations and distraction inside the prison camp that such criminal behaviors and activities need to be stopped at all cost,” BuCor said. “This search operation will be sustained until such violent behaviors subside and normalcy return to the prison camp,” it added. BuCor expressed gratitude to the PNP especially for the support from NCRPO Regional Director Debold Sinas. They lent anti ballistics shields and Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) shields to the BuCor that tremendously boosted the confidence of its personnel in accomplishing their mission. The PNP-SAF elements also provided perimeter security and standby force during the entire search operation......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Talisay residents urged: Help 466 Tangke fire victims

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 466 individuals or 101 families displaced by the late morning fire today, September 10, 2020 in Sitio Kilawan, Barangay Tangke, Talisay City need your help. Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas made the call to Talisay City residents, encouraging them to donate in cash or in kind to help […] The post Talisay residents urged: Help 466 Tangke fire victims appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Behind the Scenes: The Heroes of ABS-CBN Sports

While the general public sees or hears the finished product on-air or online, most do not witness or appreciate those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at ABS-CBN Sports. There’s an African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took almost exactly that to make ABS-CBN Sports work. As we commemorate National Heroes Day in the country on the final day of ABS-CBN Sports, it is only fitting to acknowledge and thank those behind-the-scenes heroes who have been part of the amazing journey (DISCLAIMER: I may have left out some names, but it is purely unintentional so my apologies). Thank you, first and foremost, to our Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez, whose passion and love for sports led to the initiative that is ABS-CBN Sports. Thank you to our former President and CEO, Charo Santos-Concio, our current President and CEO, Carlo Katigbak, a true tennis fan, and our Chairman Mark Lopez, who showed us composure, class and grace as leaders.  Thank you to our beloved COO, Cory Vidanes, who allowed ABS-CBN Sports to reach a broader audience when it aired special events on Channel 2 as well as feature athletes and sports personalities on entertainment programs.   Thank you to the voice of ABS-CBN and former ABS-CBN Sports head, Peter Musngi, for leading the division during its early years. Thank you to Narrowcast head, Antonio “March” Ventosa, as well as his executive assistant, Trina Magallanes, for helping us navigate during the transtition period of ABS-CBN Sports.   Thank you to the captain of our ship, ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head, Dino Laurena, who inspired us to work harder and better to serve our audience.  Thank you to Sir Dino’s gatekeeper, his executive assistant, Donna Seat, who was our bridge whenever we needed to reach out to the boss. Thank you to S+A channel head and production head, Vince Rodriguez, LIGA channel head, Jojo Neri-Estacio and Business Unit Head, Jun Martinez. They were our constant guides who enabled us to provide quality content on broadcast despite immense internal and external pressure.  Thank you to the people who made sure we never went beyond our budget and reached our targets – our Finance team made up of Berg Capiz, Jem Castro and Lorna Gendrano. Thank you to our S+A On-Air team of Rommel Noviza, Janice Rulloda, Princess Basye, Biboy Diga, Mark Marinay, Arnold Saclolo, Borge Raval and Hans Espiritu as well as our Liga Channel team of  Anna Santos, Francis Patawaran, Aprille Signo and Joramie Roque, for ensuring everything airs on time.  Thank you to our Digital Head, Mico Halili, for his innovative and fresh ideas on the digitial space.   Thank you to the men and women who made our broadcast coverage as close to flawless – our Production Manager, Jennifer Jimenez, our directors, which include THE Abet Ramos, Al Neri, Raul de Ocampo and Rommel Pedrealba, and our technical directors made up of Elmond Salvahan, Jhonnald Garcia, Marvin Chavez, Bingbong Pangan, Arnold Bulaong and Joseph Vega. Thank you to the men and women who made sure our partner properties were happy with our coverage, and that everything was in place for each and every game or show we put out there – our Executive and Associate Producers Vic Caridad, Malou Neri, Ada Bayuga, Diana Sayson, Oxy del Rosario, Mae Mañalac, Aries Galot, Apples Dela Vega, Kristina Manzana, Roy Briones, Ledz Cahinhinan, JC Gonzales, Gab Gonzales and Manny Gabutina.  Thank you to those who crafted and produced memorable segments – our segment producers Eva Evangelista, Carlo Grajo, Cha Lucero, Mark Morados, Jeff Sta. Maria, Jet Montebon, Sharon Muli, Alex Brocoy, Mika Barrios, Bill Barrinuevo and Volta delos Santos as well as our video editors Pido Cruz and Fonz Fajatin. Thank you to those who put the right words into play – our writers Monica Magpantay, Paul Loyola, Jigs Guardiano, Adrian Dy, Sheiden Dela Cruz, Ken Natividad, Syjin Reyes and Migs Gomez. Thank you to those who gave the right cues to our anchors, analysts and courtside reporters – our panel director Larry "Care Mo Naman" Deang, our floor directors Miky "Gandara" Mirabueno, Lyanne Ocampo-Tan and Fritz Dizon. Thank you to the people who made sure that the right moments were captured – our Camera Control Unit made up of George Austria, Joel Supremo and Edgar Guarte, our Cameramen Lloyd Villamor, Rovic Pacis, Gerald "Superman" Fermin, Ron Fermin, Ronald Mangcoy, Michael Pico, Emman Andes, Butch Pineda and Mark Nicolas. Thank you to those who made sure we heard the sounds and voices loud and clear – our audio engineers Elias Javier, Ramil Ciruano, Albert Agbay, Jancel Abobo as well as our audiomen Joseph Nicolas and Ameng Atienza. Thank you to the guys who allowed us to get another look at the action – our EVS/Slomo Operators Joejay Abarquez, Raymond Biojon and Dido Batallion and VTR men Christian Abarquez, Kenneth Abarquez and Oliver Sañez. Thank you to the people responsible for making things more visible on our screens –our Electrician/Lighting Directors Alvin Saavedra and Jorge Paraon and our lightman Calvin Liong. Thank you to those who create those cool graphics and effects that catch our attention during games and shows - our Graphic Artists/Operators Jam Memdoza, Denice Ylagan, Erol Corpuz, Sara Concepcion, Jeff Jugueta and Kevin Camero. Thank you to the team who put the little things in order – our set-up assistants Jerald Testor, Ivan Castillo, Ferdie Mangaong, Remus Taniengra, Daniel Dimaculangan, Eduardo Dacumos, Ryan Ancheta, Allan Porsioncula, Laurence Sosa, Illac Alvarez, Benjo Asiatico, Manny Cajayon, Lepoldo Bofill, Victor Taniegra, Caleb Bautista, Jeremiah Mallari and Bennett Cabus. Thank you to the guys who provided the correct statistics and graphics – our panel scorers/GFX feeders Rico Bayuga, Ronaldo Serrano, Arvin Estabillo and Gilbert Serrano. Thank you to those who made our on-cam talents look good – our makeup artists Mylyn Concepcion, Nina Concepcion, Estrella Besabe, Norma Calubaquib and Nizel Reduta and our stylist Lyle Foz. Thank you to those who were always ready to lend a helping hand – our production assistants, Lian Salango, Pau Hiwatig, Helen Trinidad, Riri Gayoma, Jade Asuncion and Lovely Dela Cruz. Thank you for the imagination and artistry of our Creative Communications Management (CCM) team composed of Elirose Borja, Jerome Clavio, Djoanna San Jose, Lara Mae Allardo, Robin Lorete, Cristy Linga, Christopher Eli Sabat, Archimedes Asis (the voice of S+A), Jan Dormyl Espinosa, Aila Onagan and Nyro Mendoza. They say that advertising is the lifeblood of media and that we wouldn’t be able to deliver high-quality content if not for advertisers brought in our by our Sports Sales team, so thank you to our Sports Sales Heads Jojo Garcia, Nicole Moro and Ken Ti, along with our account executives Tin Saw, Annalyn Herrera, Trina Vallarta, Joey Tang, Karlo Miguel, Paul Sembrana, Mike Tan, Ray Del Castillo, and Jason Gaffud. Thank you to those who constantly pitched ideas and presented to clients on our behalf, our Business Development Executive, Tonyo Silva, and our Sports Marketing team made up of Thirdy Aquino, Maui Tang, Jason Roberto, Danica Jose, Lala Cruz and Hanz Trajano. Thank you to the people who looked out for the wellfare and concerns of our division members – our Human Resources squad made up of Arvin Crisol, James Lee, Anika Gregorio and Donna Yabut. Social media has been a game changer and enabled people to relive key moments in sports events, so thank you to our social media team made up of Jon Rodriguez, Alvin Laqui, Danine Cruz, Aia del Mundo, Melvin Rodas, Clev Mayuga, Migs Flores and Lloydie Moreno. We would also like to give special thanks to our former bosses and colleagues who have moved on from this world, Rolly V. Cruz, Danilo A. Bernardo, George G. Padolina, Marco Franco, Gerald Gicana, Rhodora "Dhanda" Panganiban, Vernie Calimlim and Erwin Evangelista.  Lastly, I personally want to thank the website content team made up of sub-section editors Santino Honasan, Mark “Mr. Volleyball” Escarlote, Norman Benjamin Lee Riego (Yes, it has to be his complete name) and Paul Lintag, former sub-section editor Milan Ordonez, former writer Philip Matel, videographers Nigel Velasquez, Rocio Avelino and Steph Toben, photographers Arvin Lim, Richard Esguerra and Joshua Albelda, former NBA Philippines website managing editor Adrian Dy, contributing writers Anton Roxas, Marco Benitez, “Doc Volleyball” AJ Pareja, Migs Bustos, Mikee “Diliman Legend” Reyes and Ceej Tantengco. While our journey in telling these stories with ABS-CBN Sports will abruptly come to a halt, it has been an honor and a pleasure serving the Filipino sports fans worldwide. We may no longer be around as an organization, but the great athletes will keep playing and inspiring and the games will continue. And so, with a sense of immense gratitude, we say: Maraming Salamat Kapamilya! Hanggang sa muli! --- Lorenzo Z. Manguiat has been the Editor-in-Chief of sports.abs-cbn.com since 2014 and Sports News Desk Head since 2015. He started as game writer for ABS-CBN Sports in 2000 and served in various other capacities within ABS-CBN. He is among the thousands of employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

Aljun Melecio s never-ending quest to prove he belongs

Aljun Melecio has these hardware sitting pretty on his trophy case: UAAP 78 Jrs. MVP, UAAP 79 Rookie of the Year, UAAP 79 champion. Now heading into his fifth and final year in De La Salle University, he remains recognized as one of the best point guards in all of college. Well, recognized by just about everybody except himself. Asked if he feels worthy to stand alongside the likes of NCAA 95 Finals MVP Fran Yu or UAAP 82 Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy, he answered, modest as always, "Nope. I don't. Wala pa akong napapatunayan." Yes, the 5-foot-8 super scorer who was then head coach Aldin Ayo's "most-wanted recruit" feels he is yet to prove himself. Yes, the primetime playmaker who was once comforted by Tab Baldwin after the Green Archers had lost the championship despite his 16 points in Game 3 of the Finals feels he is yet to prove himself. That in itself is not necessarily surprising, though. And that's because all throughout his young career, Melecio has felt, again and again, that he has to prove himself. He had to prove himself even to La Salle, his home of nine years now. "Actually, 'di naman ako ni-recruit ng Zobel dati," he shared. "To be honest, my mindset at that time ay mag-Team B lang sa Zobel para pag may games, mas magagamit ako. Kaysa naman mag-Team A ako and nakaupo lang sa bench." BREAK IN Aljun Melecio, now a graduating guard, is La Salle's most recent homegrown product. Of the Green Archers' probable UAAP 83 roster, the now-22-year-old is the lone player to have come from the Taft-based school's Jrs. programs - and mind you, they have two in La Salle Zobel and La Salle Green Hills. In DLSZ, Melecio was a scoring dynamo who once dropped 42 points on archrival Ateneo de Manila High School. Did you know, though, that he wasn't even supposed to wear the green and white? "I was supposed to transfer sa UST nung high school," he recalled. "Pero napag-usapan naming family na since si kuya, nasa Zobel na nung time na yun, mas okay sigurong Zobel na lang din ako para magkasama kami." Aljun was referring to older brother Aleck who was also his teammate for three years with the Jr. Archers. If not for Aleck, however, Aljun would have suited up for University of Sto. Tomas High School where good friend Renzo Subido had already committed to play for college. After all, it was Subido, and dad Henry, who had convinced the Melecios to move to Manila from Bukidnon. "The reason talaga why we took the risk to come here was because of Coach Henry," Aljun shared, looking back at the time when all of them were repping Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. "They invited us to play basketball in Manila kaya malaki ang utang na loob namin sa Subido family." While Coach Henry and Renzo have been always there to lend a helping hand, that did not necessarily make the transition any easier - especially for a 10-year-old kid who was born and bred in Valencia City. "Grabe yung sacrifice na ginawa namin just for me to have more opportunities in life. That was a big adjustment not just for me, but also for my parents," Melecio said. He then continued, "Dumating yung time na ayoko nang bumalik sa Manila kasi na-homesick ako. Looking back now, normal lang naman siguro yun, lalong-lalo na bata pa ako." BREAKTHROUGH Make no mistake about it, looking back now, Aljun Melecio has no regrets. As he put it, "It was all worth it." Of course, he also had lady luck smile on him somewhat as, yet again following the footsteps of Subido, he transferred from Lourdes to DLSZ. And there, he found yet another mentor willing to believe in him. "Sina Coach Boris [Aldeguer], pagdating ko sa Zobel, they invited me to join yung practice ng Team A. Nagulat ako na kaya ko naman pala so doon na nag-start yung confidence ko," he said. Indeed, Melecio did not let Coach Boris down as in his first year, he proved to be a building block in their rebuild. While the boys from Alabang eventually ended outside the playoff picture, he had made more than enough noise to get the attention of the Philippine national youth team. There, DLSZ's top gun got his first taste of wearing the flag as part of the Batang Gilas training pool. "Masayang-masaya ako nun na makasama sa practice team dahil dream ko talaga maging part nun," he narrated. "May jersey lang and makasali lang ako sa practice, masayang-masaya ako." There, Melecio showcased his skills alongside other promising prospects such as Nieto twins Mike and Matt as well as Jolo Mendoza of Ateneo, Renzo Navarro of San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Jollo Go of Hope Christian High School. And there, yet again, he knew full well he had to prove himself. During training itself, the new kid on the block believed he was doing so. At the same time, however, he had to come face-to-face with another beast altogether - how to get to practice in the first place. As it turned out, the then-13-year-old had to commute from south to north each and every time he participated in Batang Gilas training. How did his trips go? "From Alabang, mag-tricycle ako to [Alabang] Town [Center] then jeep going to Starmall [Alabang]. After nun, bus to Magallanes, MRT, then LRT, tapos jeep ulit," he shared. He then continued, "So papunta pa lang to Moro, pagod na ako. Then after practice, mag-commute na naman pauwi." Fortunately for him, there were also kind hearts like the Nieto twins who took him to the LRT station in Katipunan or Evan Nelle whom he rode with going back south. Still, around 33km and about an hour separated DLSZ in the south and Ateneo's Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in the north - indeed, that was some sort of workout already. BREAKDOWN In the long run, that was, unfortunately, much too much for young Aljun Melecio. While wearing the flag would have meant much, he also felt circumstances, such as that hell of a commute that cost him PHP 200 for a one-way trip, held him back from giving his all. Instead, Melecio felt he could do much more if he just rechanneled his energy to DLSZ. "After ilang weeks na ginagawa ko yung routine na yun, I started asking myself kung paano maayos yung priorities ko. Pinakiramdaman ko kung saan ako mag-iimprove so I talked to Coach Boris," he said. He the continued, "And I decided na mag-all in sa Zobel." All in for the Jr. Archers, he did, and boy, did it prove to be the right call. He was just getting started in UAAP 76, slowly but surely getting a grasp of both his capabilities and confidence as he helped the green and white barge back into the Final Four. Then in Season 77, it all clicked as he shot the green and white to the second rung of the stepladder all while putting up per game counts of 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.3 steals. Without a doubt, he willed his way into the Mythical Team that included the Nieto twins, his batchmates in Batang Gilas. The following year, with averages of 22.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals, he carried DLSZ all the way to the Finals where they stole one game from eventual champion Nazareth School of National University. And oh, he was the unanimous MVP of Season 78, besting the likes of future Gilas Pilipinas pool members Justine Baltazar and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan. Even then, though, he wouldn't call himself the best of the best. "I didn't think na I belonged kasi never kong gustong isipin na ganun ako," he said. He then continued, "Ang alam ko lang, I worked extra hard, I had extra motivation to play. Thankfully, coach Boris supported my decision and dahil dun, na-boost yung confidence ko." BREAK FREE From there, Aljun Melecio did nothing but go onto greater and greater heights in La Salle's Srs. squad. Never tell him he has accomplished anything, though, as he would be the first to tell you that you're wrong. Up until now, he feels that he is yet to prove himself. He hopes to prove that he has what it takes to be behind the wheel for the Green Archers' new era. He hopes to prove that he could bounce back following the worst statistical season for him. And he hopes to prove that he has every right to be mentioned in the same breath as his one-time teammates in the Batang Gilas pool and his batchmates who are now part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool. "Lahat naman, ginagawa kong motivation," he said. "May it be positive or negative, we all have our timing so I'm just being patient para sa kung anuman ang ibibigay na chance sa akin." If and when that next shot at wearing the flag comes along, Melecio only vows to do what he has never stopped doing. Asked about getting a golden opportunity at the Gilas pool, he answered, "That's still a dream for me. I know I still have a lot to prove." He then continued, "But I will give my all if given the chance to represent. I always do." If and when that time comes, there would be no more 33km distance, one-hour travel time, or PHP 200 cost. Still, Aljun Melecio would work just as hard - if not more - as he did when he once had to commute south to north just to get to practice. Don't forget, proving himself is already second nature to him. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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