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GMA& nbsp;Network welcomes April with a movie marathon for the whole family

GMA Network continues to bring non-stop fun and entertainment to its loyal viewers with its exciting Sunday movie line-up. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardApr 5th, 2020

GMA Network offers fantastic movies for viewers

Need something to cheer up the family during this lockdown? Count everyone in as GMA Network brings another exciting movie marathon today......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 17th, 2020

Magical, thrilling, and spooky movies on& nbsp;GMA

The family bonding never ends as GMA Network offers another fresh set of movies for the viewers. Discover a wonderful and futuristic themed land on Kapuso Movie Festival’s first feature Tomorrowland. Witness how a genius inventor (George Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Britt Robertson) embark on an intriguing alternate dimension where their actions directly affect their own world......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas to make ABS-CBN debut

Rising Filipino boxing star Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas can’t wait for the bell to ring this Sunday (May 5) when he defends his IBF Superflyweight world title against Ryuichi Funai of Japan.   The match will air LIVE from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California, USA on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD at 10 am, to mark the Pinoy “Pretty Boy’s” debut in the country’s premier sports channel. “Being aired on the biggest network is a big opportunity. I'm sure that my family and friends in Davao will get to see my fight,” shared Ancajas to ABS-CBN Sports during his press conference in his Cavite gym last April 11 for the announcement of the partnership between ABS-CBN Sports and his promoters. Ancajas has been rampaging for the past two years, having defended his title successfully for six straight times. With a 30-1-2 record with 20 knockouts, the Filipino is banking once more on his skill and power to pull through Funai, who at age 33 has amassed a 31-7-0 record spiked with 22 knockouts.  The power-punching Japanese is also riding on a three-fight win streak via knockouts and looks to trade power shot with power shot with the Filipino rising star, who is coming off a competitive draw last September 28 against Alejandro Santiago Barrios of Mexico. Don’t miss the S+A debut of one of Pinoy boxing’s exciting fighters Jerwin Ancajas as he stakes his IBF Superflyweight Belt against Japanese pugilist Ryuichi Funai this Sunday (May 5). Watch the fight LIVE on S+A and S+A HD from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California, USA at 10 am. For more stories about Jerwin Ancajas and boxing, head to sports.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbnsports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

Viray continues relief operation for families in Cavite

There’s no stopping University of Sto. Tomas women’s volleyball standout Caitlin Viray from extending help to families affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  After two successful relief operations, Viray and her family are planning to have another one to assist those in need while Luzon is still under the extended lockdown. The Tigress, with the help of her family and other generous sponsors, prepared and handed relief goods last week. Hello everyone!! Thank you so much to all those who donated! We were able to raise 58k and the 2nd batch of relief operation was successful ???? Will upload more pictures soon. pic.twitter.com/cwdgJoDj8v — Caitlin Viray ???? (@_KEYTLEEN) April 30, 2020 On April 19, the group, with help from Cavite Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, gave 166 bags of goods to families in Molino 4 in Bacoor who have yet to be reached by the local government unit’s relief operation. For donations, you can contact Caitlin Viray through her Twitter account and Facebook or send thru GCash: 09167182612......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

Ricci Rivero continues to give back to hometown

Since the enhanced community quarantine was implemented in the entire island of Luzon, the University of the Philippines' Ricci Rivero and his family went back home to Isabela. But the Rivero family did not just sit back and wait for the quarantine to end in the comfort of their ancestral home. For the past month, Rivero, together with brothers Prince and Rasheed, father and Nazareth School of National University assistant coach Paolo, and good friend John Vic De Guzman, have been going around the province to distribute relief goods to the medical frontliners and the people in need in the province. On Thursday, Ricci and his brothers went back to Iligan to give thanks to the barangay officials and community volunteers there, as well as people affected by the work stoppage caused by the ECQ. Each relief pack he distributed included 10-kilograms of rice, instant noodles, packs of coffee and sugar, cupcakes, and bottles of Gatorade. “It's been a while since I stayed in Isabela this long since I came to Manila, kaya I wanted to maximize the chance to give back and support my kababayans here who needs help kahit sa simpleng paraan," shared 21-year-old Fighting Maroon Ricci. Last April 7, the Riveros gave back to the street frontliners of Iligan. Then last April 23, they donated respiratory care and hygiene essentials to the medical staff of Dr. Villaroman Hospital and Isabela Doctors Hospital, the latter the hospital he and his family have been going to since he was a young kid. And the Riveros vow to continue giving back to their home province in their own little way.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

MPBL: Bacolod s Custodio serving country as part of Army

Birthdays are one of the most awaited moments in a year. But Jopher Custodio has already missed a lot of those celebrations during the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The former Bacolod-Master Sardines bruiser in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is currently serving the country as part of the Philippine Army. Because of this, Custodio spent his 33rd birthday last April 2 away from his family as he was in Fort Bonifacio, doing Army duties. In addition, he has missed the seventh, eighth, and ninth month celebrations of his second child, Eriene Jia. He will also miss his wife Ericka Mae's birthday on May 2 as the enhanced community quarantine in some areas of Luzon, including the National Capital Region, was extended to May 15. "Malungkot din na hindi ko nakasama yung family ko sa kaarawan ko, pati yung seventh, eighth, ninth month celebration ng baby ko (Eriene Jia) at birthday ng asawa ko sa May 2," said the 6-foot-3 big man. "Babawi na lang ako sa kanila after ng COVID-19 na ito." Being on duty has resulted in a lot of lonely nights for Private First Class Custodio. Still, the native of Pangasinan looks at the positives of serving the country during the pandemic. "Masaya ako na nakakatulong kami sa taong bayan. Malungkot lang na hindi namin nakakasama ang pamilya namin," he expressed. "Ganon pa man, sakripisyo na lang muna kami sa panahong ito kasi ito yung sinumpaang tungkulin namin para sa inang bayan." Despite no existing contract, Custodio, who averaged 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game during the Lakan Season, disclosed that he will be back next season -- the second of five MPBL seasons Chooks-to-Go will back.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2020

UST s Viray backs relief operation for families in Cavite

Caitlin Viray extends a helping hand in a relief operation for families heavily affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The University of Sto. Tomas women’s volleyball team standout, her family, beau Kris Roy Guzman of the Golden Spikers and other generous sponsors raised funds to buy and hand out relief goods in Cavite. Last Sunday, the group, with help from Cavite Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, gave 166 bags of goods to families in Molino 4 in Bacoor who have yet to be reached by the local government unit’s relief operation. Hi everyone! We are giving out relief goods to people here in Cavite who are not yet reached by the LGU's relief operation. Our first batch was successful and we were able to give 166 bags of goods to the families with the help of PDEA Cavite. pic.twitter.com/OJtgX25Soz — Caitlin Viray ???? (@_KEYTLEEN) April 19, 2020 But there are still a lot of families who need help. So, the group is now planning to raise another P50,000 for their second relief operation. For donations, you can contact Caitlin Viray through her Twitter account and Facebook.  Aside from Viray, other UST Tigresses are doing their share in helping out those in need. Sisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez, Ysa Jimenez are among those who donated their jerseys and shoes in different fundraising auctions for frontliners......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Team Lakay stars support ONE Championship s decision to post-pone closed-door events

As the world went into quarantine, sporting events started to either get postponed or cancelled as mass gatherings were prohibited and social distancing was imposed. ONE Championship, the Singapore-based martial arts promotion, has initially planned on continuing to hold events in Singapore behind closed doors starting April, but just days before the first event was supposed to take place, ONE ultimately decided to postpone the events as a result of Singapore going into a partial lockdown. While the events would have provided the fans something to look forward to and would have given athletes a chance to work and provide for their families, health, safety, and combatting the COVID-19 ultimately became the primary priority. Team Lakay stars shared their thoughts and are in full support of ONE Championship’s decision. “I totally agree with the decision, and I'm so proud to be a part of ONE Championship family,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. “I feel so fortunate to belong to an organization that values life over profit.”   “I believe this is very reasonable as most countries are lockdown and the organization’s cooperation is necessary to make sure this COVID-19 pandemic will be eased,” said former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.   “I believe that ONE made the right move in postponing their events,” said former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon. “It shows that ONE cares about the safety of their crew, athletes and the fans.”   “ONE is the best. They really care for all the fighters and all people that organize the events behind the scenes,” said ONE featherweight contender Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly.   “I believe that it is a good decision,” said ONE Flyweight contender Danny "The King" Kingad. “It shows that they really think about the safety of the athletes and everyone who works with ONE.”   “I support ONE Championship postponing their closed-door events for now because even if it is a closed-door event,” said ONE Strawweight contender Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang. They may need fighters based outside of Singapore to participate, and with our situation that we can’t travel yet, I believe ONE did the right thing.”   “For me, I believe that it’s the wisest thing to do to make sure that the athletes are totally safe,” said former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario. “Remember, ‘What you cannot see, you cannot defeat’, the virus is so small that the eye cannot even see it.”   “I’m happy that I can say that ONE Championship is always looking out for the safety of us athletes, of the people in the company, and the fans,” shared ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.   “I trust ONE Championship and their decisions,” said former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio. “They are one of the best companies in the world, they aren’t selfish and they make sure that they promote good things for everybody. I believe that we will overcome this.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

From Hopkinton to Boston, marathon absence is seen and felt

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — “It All Starts Here.” The motto is bannered on the Hopkinton website, laid into the floor of the Marathon Elementary School, painted on a sign that sends Boston Marathon participants off on their way to Copley Square. Since 1924, this 300-year-old town serendipitously located 26.2 miles west of Boston has been the starting line for the world’s most prestigious road race and, like Marathon and Athens themselves, the two are enduringly linked. “It gets stronger and stronger every year, this relationship,” said Tim Kilduff, a longtime Hopkinton resident and former Boston Marathon race director. “We see it as: The spirit of the marathon resides in Hopkinton, and we lend it out one day a year.” From the starting line in this leafy Colonial town to the finish on Boylston Street, residents and runners are preparing for a spring without the Boston Marathon — the first in 124 years. Organizers and authorities have postponed the race originally scheduled for Monday until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, stripping the streets of brightly colored singlets and opening a gap in the sporting schedule for runners from all over the world. “Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring,” Kilduff said. “So this year it will lead into a beautiful fall season in New England.” ___ On a regular marathon weekend, Hopkinton triples in size from its 16,000 residents to absorb a field of more than 30,000 runners, wheelchair racers and hand cyclists. The Town Common teems with people, along with food carts and other vendors serving both tourists and race participants previewing the course. But while others may think of Hopkinton only on the third Monday in April, the marathon and its essence permeates the town all year. Residents drive over the starting line painted on Main Street on their way to work or to concerts at the gazebo. An International Marathon Center is planned for the town, a sister city of Marathon, Greece, where the long-running tradition was birthed. There are three marathon-related statues in Hopkinton, including “The Starter,” which stands at the starting line, pistol raised, ready to send the field off for another race to Boston’s Back Bay. These days, his face is covered with a cloth mask. “This is not the NBA or baseball or the NFL. This is ours,” said Kilduff, who was the race director in 1983-84, ran the marathon in 1985 and for the last 33 years has been a spotter on the truck that leads the men’s field to the finish line. “Anybody who has run the race, volunteered for the race, supported the race, feels that they own a part of the race. They own just a little bit. So it’s ours,” he said. “The Boston Marathon is almost bigger than itself in the emotion it elicits, and the respect that people have for it.” ___ Training for a marathon can be a solitary endeavor, but the event itself is a social distancing calamity. Participants crowd into corrals to wait for the start, then run in packs to minimize air resistance. Volunteers hand out water on the course and medals at the finish. Fans and family are waiting with high fives or hugs. At Wellesley College, where the cheering is so loud it is known as the Scream Tunnel, students traditionally wave signs encouraging the runners to stop for a kiss. It’s hard to imagine this custom — already a relic of another era — surviving post-pandemic. “A lot of the signs are jokes about kissing. That’s part of the tradition, too,” said Erin Kelly, a senior who returned home to San Diego when the campus closed. “The marathon is just a big part of Wellesley’s culture. I was looking forward to seeing it as a student one last time.” ___ Oncologist Amy Comander decided to run the Boston Marathon in 2013, when colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital treated many of those injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line. “I just told myself: You’re running next year. And I did,” she said. And every year since. After starting work at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, right around the Mile 16 marker, Comander has used it as a base for her training runs. During the race itself, the sight of coworkers, friends and even patients out front cheering her on gives her a boost of energy right when she needs it: just before making the turn toward Heartbreak Hill. “I see it as a true privilege that I can go to work and I’m on the marathon course," Comander said. “You’re talking to someone who truly loves everything about the Boston Marathon." Comander is registered to run for her seventh year in a row, this time to raise money for cancer survivors and their families; she is still determined to do so in September. But on Monday, she will be caring for cancer patients, a task more stressful because of the danger the coronavirus poses to their weakened immune systems. “I will be a little sad,” said Comander, who plans to take a break from the clinic to get in an 8-mile run — but not on the course, per the request of authorities concerned about crowds. “I feel like I need to do that for myself.” ___ The daffodils are in bloom now from Hopkinton Green to Copley Square and all along the 26.2-mile route in between. Thousands of the bright yellow flowers were planted after the 2013 bombing as a symbol of rebirth and resilience, and they have the benefit of blossoming in mid-April — right around Patriots' Day — to cheer the runners along. Thousands more potted daffodils have decorated the course each year since the explosions at the finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. With the state holiday and the race postponed until the fall, the blooms will have long since withered. Instead, many of the flowers grown to decorate the course were placed outside of hospitals to thank health care staffers for working through the pandemic. Outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, just down the road from the 1 Mile To Go marker in Kenmore Square, the flowers were arranged in a heart. A sign encouraged workers to take a plant home. ___ Just a few steps from the finish line, the Marathon Sports shoe store on Boylston Street gets especially busy over the weekend leading up to the race, when tens of thousands of runners descend on the Back Bay. Things typically cool off on Monday, giving the staff a chance to pop out and cheer the finishers. "We don’t have any official party," said Dan Darcy, the chain’s marketing director. “It’s really just a celebration of the runners that day." Marathon participants are easily recognizable after the race: There is the medal around their neck, of course, and a mylar warming blanket draped around their shoulders if the weather is cold. Often their bib number is still pinned to their chest. “If we have any runners coming through our doors on Marathon Monday, I can tell you they’ll be recognized and they’ll hear the support from our staff,” Darcy said in a telephone interview from Fairbanks, Alaska, where he is working remotely. Marathon Sports has been a reluctant landmark since the first of the two bombs exploded outside its window at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Darcy was watching the race from a different spot that day and tried unsuccessfully for hours to get in touch with his coworkers. A few were injured; others turned the store into a field hospital, treating the wounded until trained first responders could arrive. A memorial stands on the sidewalk outside to the three killed in the explosions and the two police officers who died in the ensuing manhunt, which shut down the city and surrounding area for much of the week. The store reopened about two weeks later. Now it’s closed again. “We are going to be encouraging runners to go out and get a run in on their own, keeping the social distancing, but not to run the race route itself,” Darcy said. “We’re not able to do any sort of celebration.” ___ Last month, as Americans began to isolate indoors and one sporting event after another was canceled, the Boston Athletic Association sacrificed its spring start in the hopes of keeping its 124-year tradition alive. Since the first edition in 1897, the race had always coincided with the state holiday of Patriots' Day that commemorates the first shots in the Revolutionary War. As the snow melts in New England, the course becomes increasingly populated with joggers emerging from a winter indoors to get in their training runs. To Kilduff, this year's fall race will be an opportunity to come out of a different kind of isolation. “You know what happened in the year after the bombing: There’s going to be this huge buildup of pent-up energy. And it’s going to be exhibited on the course,” he said. "It’s going to create a brand new chapter in the history of the Boston Marathon. "I’m excited as hell about this.” ___ Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon for The Associated Press since 1995......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

WNBA introduces Kobe and Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award

NEW YORK, April 17, 2020 – The WNBA today introduced the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, which will recognize an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels. The new annual award will honor the late Kobe Bryant, a staunch supporter of the WNBA and women’s basketball, and his daughter Gianna (also known as Gigi), who loved the game of basketball and aspired to reach the pinnacle of the sport like her father. “Kobe was an incredible champion of women’s basketball and Gianna shared his passion and dedication to our game,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  “The Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award will honor their legacy and reflect Kobe’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of players, promoting the game and giving back to the community.” The recipient of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award will be a tireless advocate for women’s basketball and foster the highest levels of leadership.  The award will honor advocates and influencers who use their time, talent and platform to raise awareness for the game. The WNBA and the Bryant family will announce the inaugural recipient during NBA All-Star 2021 in Indianapolis.  Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, will play a large role in determining the honoree and present the award each year at NBA All-Star. The Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award will include a charitable component that highlights Kobe’s legacy as a coach and mentor and Gigi’s inspirational, relentless commitment to playing at the highest levels of the game.  Additional details will be announced at a later date......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Chris Paul and Trae Young Headline First-Ever NBA HORSE Challenge

ESPN, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced that 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 2020 NBA All-Star Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and newly elected Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings headline the list of eight NBA and WNBA players and legends who will participate in the new NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm, exclusively on ESPN and streamed via the ESPN App.  Beginning Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. ET (Monday, April 13, 7 a.m. Philippine time), Paul, Young, Catchings, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, three-time WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. and NBA Finals MVPs Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce will match shots against one another in a single-elimination HORSE competition from their respective, isolated home courts. ESPN NBA commentator Mark Jones will serve as the official host. State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts. This donation builds on the more than $74 million that has been contributed by the NBA Family to date to support coronavirus relief efforts through its NBA Together campaign. NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm participants will be divided into two groups of four, with the winners of the first two games in each group meeting in the semifinals.  The winner from each group will move on to the championship round.  ESPN will present the four quarterfinal games on Sunday. The semifinals and the championship game will air on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. A coin toss at the start of each game will determine who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails.  Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated. NBA HORSE Challenge presented by State Farm participants:   Group 1: Group 2: Chauncey Billups NBA Legend, ESPN Analyst Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls Tamika Catchings WNBA Legend Chris Paul Oklahoma City Thunder Mike Conley Jr. Utah Jazz Paul Pierce NBA Legend, ESPN Analyst Trae Young Atlanta Hawks Allie Quigley Chicago Sky   ESPN NBA HORSE Challenge presented by State Farm schedule:   Date Time (ET) NBA HORSE Challenge Sun, Apr. 12 (Mon, Apr. 13 in the PHI) 7-9 p.m. (7-9 am) Quarterfinals Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups     Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.     Quarterfinals Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce     Quarterfinals Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley   9-11 p.m. Quarterfinals Encore Presentations Thu, Apr. 16 7-9 p.m. Quarterfinals Encore Presentations   9-11 p.m. Group 1: Semifinals     Group 2: Semifinals     HORSE Championship Game ESPN will televise the NBA HORSE Challenge as it continues its commitment to bring the sports community together through its #oneteam initiative.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera uses nature as his gym during quarantine

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera may be quarantined up in his farm somewhere in Guam, but that doesn't mean that he isn't putting in the work to stay healthy and in fighting shape.  The 42-year old Fil-American mixed martial arts star is scheduled to defend his ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Canadian-Indian former Olympian wrestler Arjan "Singh" Bhullar in Manila on May 29th, but with the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, whether that title fight pushes through or not remains up in the air.  ONE Championship recently announced that they have decided to postpone their scheduled closed-door events in Singapore for April due to the country going into a partial lockdown for 30 days to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country.  So while Vera is keeping himself busy with farm life and preparing to become a father, he isn't slacking off when it comes to working out.  After all, with an entire farm at your disposal, nature becomes your gym.  In partnership with Global Citizen and the WHO, Vera went live on Instagram to share a "jungle workout" routine using just some simple excercise equipment and the nature around him to promote staying #TogetherAtHome. Be warned however, as this workout was quite intense.          View this post on Instagram                   For those of you who missed out! Here’s my #TogetherAtHome livestream with @glblctzn and @who ! Social distancing may be difficult, but it doesn't have to be boring!! Learn about actions YOU can take to help slow the spread of coronavirus at globalcitizen.org/togetherathome. Tell me in the comments what ACTIONS you are taking and I will send one of you a @onechampionship care package with some of our newest merchandise!!! ?? I will be choosing a winner on 10 April!! A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on Apr 8, 2020 at 8:40pm PDT (READ ALSO: Brandon Vera talks movie projects and The Apprentice).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

UAAP football stars express sadness, disappointment over Season 82 cancellation

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly affected the Philippines, among the rest of the world, many of the country’s sporting leagues have been left with no choice but to postpone or cancel their tournaments. For the University Athletic Association of the Philippines or the UAAP, the decision to cancel their 82nd season completely came after the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon was extended until April 30th. For a lot of the second-semester sport athletes, it meant an abrupt end to a tournament that they’ve been preparing for for months, which is the case for the participants of the UAAP football tournaments. Already delayed two weeks due to an initial COVID-19 scare, the UAAP football tournaments lasted a total of three playdates. (READ ALSO: UAAP volleyball players react to Season 82 cancellation) “As a team we're all devastated of course, that this is how our season had to end. Months of preparation and sacrifice for the UAAP season and we weren't able to play it out,” said AJ Arcilla, goalkeeper for the defending champion Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles. “It's heartbreaking honestly, knowing that we won't be able to play the sport that we all love.” Arcilla added that he was fortunate enough to be able to fly home to his family in California before travel bans and lockdowns were put in motion. With that, he sees a silver lining to the otherwise difficult situation. “Personally, I was able to go home to my family in California and spend time with them, which is something I don’t get to do very often so I’m very grateful for that. I just hope and pray that everyone is able to spend time at home and stay healthy and safe despite the current situation.” For Adamson University sophomore Rey Poncardas, what stings the fact that the months of preparation have been all for naught. “Siyempre nasasayangan ako, kasi almost one year yugn pag-hihirap namin sa training, araw-araw gumigising ng maaga.” Poncardas admits however that he saw the cancellation coming because of the rising number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in the country. “Expect ko din na maca-cancel yung season kasi palala ng palala yung virus eh.” Now, with an extended off season in front of him, the second-year midfielder plans to work on improving himself for the coming season. “Para sa akin, sakripisyo lang sa training and stay focused lang po palagi, disiplina sa sarili.” While Ateneo’s Arcilla and Adamson’s Poncardas still have some playing years left on their UAAP careers, there are others who might be looking at the end of their days as collegiate athletes. “Personally, I was quite disappointed when I heard the season won’t push through because I really wanted to leave the team with good results,” said senior University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons forward JB Borlongan. “But with what is going on right now, our number one priority is the safety of everyone so I just have to accept everything that’s happening.” Borlongan was instrumental in UP’s last two title reigns in UAAP Season 78 and UAAP Season 80. If this is indeed this is the end of the line for Borlongan in his college career, the two-time UAAP champion says he can hold his head high and be proud what he was able to achieve. “Personally, I’m happy with what the team and I achieved during those 5 years. My most memorable moments with the team were Season 78 and 80 because I think those were the seasons were we played really well as a team and every game, we were really hungry to play,” Borlongan concluded. Far Eastern University Tamaraws right back Martin Salilig was expecting for the season to be cancelled, but admits that the news hit him differently once his expectations became reality. “I was in my workout yesterday when I found out about the cancellation of UAAP season 82. I was shocked and disappointed. Disappointed because of the situation and not because of the decision of the board,” Salilig explained. “Actually, I’m expecting that to happen, pero iba pala pag official cancelled na talaga. Sobrang sakit.” It was all the more difficult for Salilig who had hoped his final year could have played out differently. “It’s all about hard work, dedication and sacrifice, me and whole team gave it our all to show our best shot this season. I was not able to continue my workout because of sadness, naupo na lng ako sa sala, reminiscing all the memories I had with UAAP and with FEU.” “Knowing it’s my last playing, it broke my heart so much because I know inside of me, I want to do more, I want to play more. It never came to my mind that I will end my UAAP this way. I don’t know what’s next but still hoping for a positive outcome. We still want to play,” Salilig continued. Like Salilig, De La Salle University Green Archers team captain Jed Diamante was expecting for the worst, but actually hearing it happen was a different story. “From the time the games were postponed due to the pandemic, you can’t avoid thinking about all the possible scenarios the tournament could take, and the cancellation was honestly one of those being considered.” “However, mentally preparing ourselves for the decision of the board may not have been enough to prepare us from hearing the news because honestly it took us, especially the seniors, by surprise,” he continued. “I believe everyone has their own reasons for how they reacted to the news because we are all going through different situations amidst this global crisis.” “Although disheartening as it may seem, the decision of the board may be what is best for everyone at this stage. What we're going through is beyond sports and I sincerely hope that everyone is safe and healthy wherever they may be,” Diamante continued. Diamante hopes that fate would allow him to return to the pitch for one more season. If not, then he’s nothing but grateful for the opportunity and the experience. “Hopefully it's not [my last year yet] but if it were, then what I can say is I enjoyed every second of [my UAAP career]. By being able to wear the Green and White alone opened so many opportunities for me to grow as a student-athlete and as a person.” “I’ll also keep close to my heart the connections that were built throughout the years with my family on the field - my teammates and coaches. I'm profoundly blessed to have experienced all the challenges and victories with this group of respectable and genuine men,” he added. Although disheartening as it may seem, the decision of the board may be what is best for everyone at this stage. What we're going through is beyond sports and I sincerely hope that everyone is safe and healthy wherever they may be,” Diamanted concluded. Because of his transfer to National University, Bulldogs striker Rico Andes had to sit UAAP Season 81 out due to residency. In Season 82, he was supposed to be one of the focal points of a revamped NU side. “Nanghihinayang ako lalo na’t last playing year ko na sa UAAP, at gusto ko rin sanang suklian yung NU sa binigay nila sa akin na opportunity,” Andes said. “Pero wala namang may gustong mangyari ito. Lahat ng teams naman ang nag-handa ng ilang months at may gustong maabot this season, pero ngayon po, ang pinaka-importante ay ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng lahat.” “Nakakapang-hinayang man pero alam kong ito ang ika-bubuti ng lahat,” he added. Because of the year off, Andes says that having the season end this way hurts a little more. “[Sobrang sakit po]. Naghintay ako ng mahigit isang taon para bumawi at makabalik sa UAAP tapos ito pa nangyari,” he stated. Andes may not have been able to taste UAAP glory, but the speedy scorer says he’s grateful for the experiences he was able to go though during his five-year UAAP career, if this is indeed the end. “Hindi man ako nakaranas na maka-kuha ng championship, pero sa limang taon ko sa UAAP, sobrang grateful ko sa tiwalang ipinadama ng mga coaches, teammates, friends, at familiy ko, especially sa nanay ko. Sobrang thankful ako sa FEU na nag-bukas sa akin ng football opportunity at naging tahanan ko ng ilang taon.” “Sobrang pasasalamat ko din sa NU na nag-bigay sa akin ng pangalawang tahanan. Walang kapantay na saya. Napaka-raming maliit at malalaking bagay ang natutunan ko sa UAAP career ko,” Andes concluded.      “Sa totoo lang, talagang nasayangan ako nung nag-cancel na yung UAAP ng mga natitirang games, kasi unang-una, sayang yung one year o higit pa na preparation para lang dun,” shared University of the East goalkeeper Franklin Rieza, who could also be on his way out. “Sakin kasi, parang last ko na din, kaya sayang talaga.” If given the chance to return next year, Rieza added the he wouldn’t hesistate, especially if the team still needs him by then. “Depende na, kasi graduation na lang hinihintay ko for this year eh, pero kung kakailanganin pa ako sa team, bakit hindi?” Following their forgettable UAAP Season 81 campaign, senior University of Santo Tomas striker Conrado Dimacali was hoping that Season 82 would be a bounce-back season for himself and the Growling Tigers. “Siyempre una po nalulungkot ako kasi last year na namin nila [Aljireh] Fuchigami, AJ Pasion, Jayson Rafol, at Ralph Logornio. Kaming mga graduating, gusto namin bumawi dahil nung last year na nangyari sa amin na hindi kami naka-pasok sa top-4, kaso yun lang nga, dahil sa nangyayari ngayon, wala din kami magagawa, pero masakit talaga,” Dimacali expressed. “Sobrang nakakalungko talaga, hindi nami ine-expect na magiging ganito yung last year namin.” While the future remains unclear for seniors like Dimacali, he’s hoping for the best and hoping for another chance to don the blue and gold of Espanya. Whatever happens, it was still quite the memorable collegiate run for the Growling Tigers scorer. “Yung pinaka-memorable sa akin yung Season 80 kasi yun yung nasa Finals kami, kaso hindi lang talaga para sa amin yun. Yung natutunan ko bilang college player ay maging strong sa loob ng football field at i-command yung mga teammates ko ng maayos sa loob at labas ng football field.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Maine Mendoza fulfills dream of becoming a VJ

It was in 2010 when Maine Mendoza uttered her dream of becoming a MYX VJ.  Ten years later, she gets her wish as the music channel welcomes her as the MYX Celebrity VJ this April......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

SKY brings happiness to your home with more channels to watch

Leading cable service company SKY gives families more chances to bond during their homestay with channels  added to their basic line up. With access to more kiddie programs, educational shows, cooking shows, to movies, sports and news, the whole family’s entertainment needs are covered until April 30......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

'NBA Together' Campaign Launched in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the 2019-20 NBA season, it has not lessened the league's global impact and reach. Over the past week, 20 NBA and WNBA players created public service announcement videos to share important health and wellness information about ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Those videos have generated more than 37 million views across the league's social media accounts. The league is using its vast digital footprint and the powerful voices of teams, players, coaches, doctors and others across the NBA family to launch "NBA Together" - a global community and social engagement campaign that aims to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of NBA Together, the NBA family is committed to contributing and helping raise more than $50 million to support people impacted by the coronavirus and community and healthcare organizations providing vital services around the world, which includes the more than $30 million financial commitment already made by NBA and WNBA teams and players to date. NBA Together is centered on four key pillars that will amplify the latest global health and safety information, share guidelines and resources, and keep people and communities socially connected through digital tools and virtual events as everyone copes with the impact of the pandemic: 1. Know the Facts: The NBA launched its  Coronavirus Information For NBA Fans webpage, which is updated daily with the latest information in their regions on how they can best protect themselves and stop the spread, featuring infographics and shareable resources with guidance from the CDC, WHO, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and local and federal health experts. We have produced 20 public service messages to date featuring current and former NBA and WNBA Players. The NBA and WNBA will continue to use the influential voices of players, coaches and legends through public service announcements to inform fans on the best ways to stay safe and healthy in both their body and mind as the world faces the rapidly changing and evolving pandemic. 2. Acts of Caring: “Acts of Caring” will aim to inspire 1 million big and small acts of kindness to support those impacted, including community and healthcare organizations providing relief.  Using #NBATogether, we will call on players, fans and the general public to share ways they are sacrificing in this time of crisis to support friends, families and communities.  These acts can include teaching virtual classes, buying groceries for neighbors in need and donating supplies to local health centers.  Visit  cares.nba.com/actsofcaring to learn more. 3. Expand Your Community: “Jr. NBA at Home” – a new, interactive content series – will include daily posts on Jr. NBA social channels and NBA digital properties around the world to provide at-home basketball skills and drills that promote physical activity and character development and can be completed individually and in limited space.  The program features curated content and messages from NBA and WNBA players to inspire boys and girls around the world to stay active in a healthy and safe way. The program will feature daily posts on the @jrnba social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and NBA digital properties across the globe, and integration with NBA technology partner and mobile basketball training application HomeCourt. Jr. NBA Philippines Facebook will integrate these content pieces and feature additional videos in the future. In addition to "Jr. NBA at Home," the NBA will engage education and wellness partners, such as  Scholastic Inc., Discovery Education, and NBA Math Hoops, to promote existing resources for students and parents that have been adapted for at-home learning. NBA personalities and educators will create short virtual lessons that will make learning at home fun. And in an effort to combat the higher levels of anxiety and stress during these uncertain times, the NBA, in partnership with  Headspac, will provide mental wellness and resiliency resources and tools to encourage fans to be mindful of their mental wellness and the wellbeing of those around them. 4. NBA Together Live: Every day at 3 p.m. ET (3 a.m. PHT) on the league’s official Instagram account, members of the NBA family, including current and former players, coaches and others, will join live broadcasts for engaging interviews.  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love tipped off the series last Saturday, March 21 PHT and we will soon be adding other platforms where we will have daily live content at a set time.  We will also be streaming classic games every night at 8 p.m. ET (8 a.m. PHT) on NBA social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.  To further help NBA fans stay connected with their favorite players and teams, the NBA continues to offer a free preview of NBA League Pass, the league’s premium subscription-based product, until April 22 (April 23 12 nn PHT).  This complimentary offering features access to full length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content. Fans can redeem this free offer by signing into their NBA account through NBA.com or the NBA App on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android mobile and tablet devices, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and other supported devices. The phrase “bigger than basketball” is often used when discussing the efforts of a player or team to make a positive impact in their community. The response to this global pandemic is the epitome of “bigger than basketball” as the NBA looks to do its part to help people across the globe come together and work through these tough times......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

You can binge-watch ONE Warrior Series Season 3 and 4 on ABS-CBN S+A!

Apart from bringing you re-airings of the best ONE Championship events of 2019, ABS-CBN S+A is also set to give you something else to binge-watch!  If you're interested in how up-and-coming stars like Team Lakay's Lito Adiwang and former two-sport world champion Stamp Fairtex made their way to ONE Championship, then this one's for you.    ONE WARRIOR SERIES SEASON 3 - Sunday, March 29th, starting at 6:00 PM On Sunday, March 29th, ABS-CBN S+A will be airing a marathon of Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series Season 3 starting at 6:00 PM! Join ONE Warrior Series CEO Rich Franklin and ONE Warrior Series director Jonathan Fong as they search the globe for the next breakout ONE Championship star!    ONE WARRIOR SERIES SEASON 4 - Sunday, April 5, starting at 6:00 PM The following Sunday, April 5th, ABS-CBN S+A will premier Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series Season 4 and you can marathon-watch it starting 6:00 PM!  Rich and Jonathan are back with new adventures, new experiences, and most importantly, new future stars discovered  Replays of the first four episodes will be on Monday, April 6, Tuesday, April 7, Wednesday April 8, and Saturday, April 11.   For more schedules and announcements, stay tuned to ABS-CBN S+A channel 17, or head over to sports.abs-cbn.com!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: UST Golden Spikers take on home workout challenge

Even with the whole of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, players of the University of Sto. Tomas men’s volleyball team found ways to keep themselves in tip-top shape. Some of the Golden Spikers posted on their social media accounts videos of them taking on the home workout challenge and how they protect themselves from the dreaded virus.   WEWE MEDINA         View this post on Instagram                   March 17,2020 Workout with mama and cousin ???????? A post shared by Manuel Andrei Medina (@wewemed) on Mar 17, 2020 at 6:58pm PDT Back in his hometown in Orani, Bataan, Wewe Medina follows a daily workout routine while waiting for the community quarantine to be lifted.     “Everyday po talaga ako nag-workout. Ang hirap po kasi mapahinga and tumaba and bawas po talaga sa food,” he said. Medina also sees the lockdown as a chance to bond with his family. And what better way to spend time with them than working out together.       “Lockdown po dito sa province namin so lagi lang po kami nasa house and ayun lagi lang pong bonding with them,” said Medina.    JAU UMANDAL UST Golden Spikers home workout challenge Instagram: umandaljoshua pic.twitter.com/UVDtbGd0dm — Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) March 18, 2020 The national team member gets a little creative with his workout. In his video, Umandal plays with his cute little cousin while doing lunges. “Pinapangalagaan ko ang sarili ko sa panahon ng COVID-19 through workout. Siyempre pampalakas ng katawan,” said UST’s leading scorer. “Nagti-take rin ng vitamins and kumain ng mga healthy food.”   “Saka palagi kami nag lilinis ng bahay at palagi kami gumagamit ng alcohol para sa safety din naming,” added Umandal. Umandal works out twice a day while binge-watching series on Netflix.   “Ang mga activities na ginagawa ko habang naka community quarantine kami is watching series in Netflix and work out every morning and evening para ma-maintain yung body fat,” he said. “Kasi ‘di naman sure if cancelled ba talaga ang UAAP mas okay na naghahanda ka pa ren kaysa sumabak ulit ng walang kondisyon ang katawan.”   LORENZ SENORON         View this post on Instagram                   Sweat, Smile, Repeat???? A post shared by Lorenz Señoron (@lorenzsenoron) on Mar 17, 2020 at 7:38pm PDT This rookie follows a strict schedule when it comes to his home workout and activities. “What I usually do ngayon nag-stay lang sa bahay. Every morning, 7:00 a.m. workout and pahinga. Have some chill, time watch movies and then at 5:00 p.m. back to workout pa din,” said the very disciplined freshman. “Kasi kahit suspended pa ang UAAP I need to keep myself na kondisyon pa din,” added Señoron. “Para if ever na bumalik na sa training hindi mabibigla ulit at ready pa din sa upcoming games.” To keep safe in these trying times, Señoron follows the government’s directive to stay at home and keeps himself healthy.        “Stay lang palagi sa house para makaiwas sa lugar na maraming tao and proper hygiene, and gamit palagi ng alcohol para ma-sanitize,” said Senoron. “Water lang palagi kong iniinom and of course ‘di pwedeng mawala kumakain pa din ng tama.”   GENESIS REDIDO UST Golden Spikers home workout challenge Instagram: redido.genesis pic.twitter.com/7fghcv3YUl — Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) March 18, 2020 UST coaches gave their players a home workout program to follow during the long break. Redido makes sure to follow the workout routine to a tee as well to keep a healthy diet while at home.    “First of all siyempre stay at home. Eat healthy foods. Mag-home workout pa rin kasi may ibinigay naman na program ang coaches,” he said. “Siyempre, bawal pa rin sa matatamis. Kumain lang ng tama.” In between his workouts, Redido spends his time on movie binge-watching or helping out on household chores.     CHARLEE MAGPAYO         View this post on Instagram                   NO EXCUSES!! #homeworkout ???? A post shared by CharlesMagpayo???????? (@charlee_dodds) on Mar 17, 2020 at 8:02pm PDT The Luzon lockdown as well as the suspension of the UAAP Season 82 is not an excuse to slack around. Magpayo makes sure that no time will be wasted while he’s stuck at home in Orani, Bataan.          “Hindi ako makakalabas papunta sa gym kase sarado lahat ng mga barangay so the first thing i do is home workout syempre,” he said. And his weapon of choice: kettlebell When done with his workout, Magpayo is busy with other activities. “Sko ang nagluluto sa amin and inaalagaan ang pamangkin ko,” he said. “Sometimes kapag bored ako nagagawa kong mag-Tiktok and manood ng Netflix, haha!”     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo concert tonight on Kapuso Movie Night

GMA Network extends the love this February as it airs  Dennis Trillo and  Jennylyn Mercado’s sold-out concert CoLove Live on Kapuso Movie Night......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 29th, 2020

Fielding powerhouse cast in new afternoon drama

Beginning today, three generations of women take on a quest to pursue their dreams on GMA Network’s much-awaited TV adaptation of the 1989 award-winning blockbuster movie by Regal Films, Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020