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Indonesia wins gold in Pencak Silat Seni Tunggal Women’s

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Puspa Arum Sari assured that she takes home the gold medal in the Pencak Silat Seni Tunggal, the sport’s country of origin Indonesia, as she defeated Philippines and Brunei Darussalam on Tuesday at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). With her firm and powerful movements, Sari garnered a total […] The post Indonesia wins gold in Pencak Silat Seni Tunggal Women’s appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneDec 3rd, 2019

Philippines SEA Games gold rush continues in pencak silat

SUBIC - The Philippines proved that its win in pencak silat two years ago was no fluke as it grabbed the gold in the sport's first event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Edmar Tacuel reigned supreme in the seni tunggal male event, Monday at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, with a score of 470. Tacuel got 296 points in accuracy and 174 points in firmness, rating higher in both criteria than silver medalist Muhammad Iqbal Bin Abdul Rahman of Singapore and bronze winner Dino Bima Sulistianto of Indonesia. Rahman scored 461 while Silistianto scored 460. This win follows the Filipinos' breakthrough in the 2017 SEA Games when Dimes Dumaan claimed the country's first gold medal in pencak silat in over a decade. Before that, the Philippines last won an event in the sport back in 2005 thanks to Earl Buenviaje. Later in the day, Abad brothers Alfau Jan and Almohaidib scored a silver medal in the seni ganda male event. The brothers actually had a similar score with gold medalist Malaysia, but the jury ultimately ruled that the latter was first while the former was second. As per competition rules, ties will be broken by decision of the jury. The bronze went to Indonesia. In the seni regu male event, Team Philippines ranked sixth with Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia going 1, 2, and 3. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: Second silver ng pencak silat hatid ng 16-anyos

SUBIC – Marahil siya ang pinakabata at kulang pa sa karansan kumpara sa kanyang mga katunggali, pero nagpakita agad ng gilas si Mary Francine Padios nbg Pilipinas matapos ang podium finish sa pencak silat women’s tunggal Martes sa Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center dito. Ibinulsa ni Puspa Arum Sari ng Indonesia ang kanyang kauna-unahang […] The post SEA Games: Second silver ng pencak silat hatid ng 16-anyos appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

SEA Games: 20-year old newbie nagbigay ng unang pencak silat gold

SUBIC BAY EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTER – Kinuha ng pencak silat ang unang gintong medalya nito para sa Pilipinas sa 2019 Southeast Asian Games matapos paibabawan ni  Edmar ang men’s seni tunggal event Lunes ng tanghali dito. Pinahanga ng  20-anyos mula Tubongan, Iloilo ang mga hurado sa kanyang kauna-unahang biennial meet stint sa iskor na […] The post SEA Games: 20-year old newbie nagbigay ng unang pencak silat gold appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

When the Philippines showed its best as SEA Games hosts in 1981, 1991 and 2005

Hosting the biennial Southeast Asian Games, just like any international multi-sport competition, offers an opportunity for a country to flaunt its best—in terms of organizing the event, making the tournament stand-out, and unleash a vaunted athletic campaign against the region’s best. Before this year’s SEA Games, the Philippines has hosted the SEA Games three times—all of which were momentous and ground-breaking. And in each successive staging, the Filipinos went up the medal standings, reaching the top in the country’s most successful showing in international sports when the country last hosted the biennial event 14 years ago. 1981 This was the first time the Philippines took the cudgels in hosting the Games. Already in its 11th staging, the SEA Games became a centerpiece event of President Ferdinand Marcos’s presidency, as it highlighted his administration’s heightened focus on sports development. This was through the initiative of Marcos nephew Michael Keon’s Gintong Alay program.  The Games was known as the launching pad of Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega, who marveled everyone with her speed and track prowess that earned her the Gold in record-breaking performances in the 100, 200, and women’s relay teams. Isidro del Prado was another track phenom, ruling the 400 meters also in record fashion. The Games was the breakthrough year in Philippine sports as it produced a bountiful harvest in Golds from track and field, cycling, bowling, boxing, basketball, swimming, and weightlifting, among others. The Philippines ended at third, its highest place at the time, with 55 golds, 55 silvers, and 77 bronze medals for a total 187 medals. 1991 Ten years after its impressive first-ever SEA Games hosting, a new government and political climate enveloped the biennial meet. Under President Corazon Aquino, the 16th SEA Games showed the remarkable change the country attained since the 1986 EDSA Revolution, which would be emphasized with an astonishing medal performance, almost topping the 16th edition if not for Indonesia’s marathon gold.  Swimming took the spotlight with ace tanker Eric Buhain capturing a record six golds, making him the most bemedalled athlete, and Akiko Thompson becoming the crowd darling, donning two golds. Bea Lucero also achieved a first-ever milestone of being the only athlete to win medals in two sporting events—two golds in gymnastics in 1987 Jakarta and a gold in the bantamweight division of women’s taekwondo in the 1991 Manila games. A 27 year-old Lydia de Vega-Mercado reclaimed the Asian sprint queen title by winning the Gold in the 100 meters over compatriot Elma Muros and Malaysian Goldivasamy Shanti. Muros, however, won the 100 meter hurdles and won the long jump gold for four successive stagings—a SEA Games first.  The Philippines would rule several sport events with a gold rush in swimming, boxing, basketball, shooting, wushu, track and field, taekwondo, bowling, billiards, among others. Its 91 Gold, 62 Silver, 84 Bronze, and 237 total medal count was good for second. 2005 It took fourteen years before Manila hosted the SEA Games again. And in 2005, its rise as the regional powerhouse in sports was completed with the contingent under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo reaching the top of the medal standings.  The 23rd  staging was unprecedented, starting with the Opening Ceremonies being held at the Quirino Grandstand instead of a sports stadium, drawing an immense live audience—estimated as the largest ever for a sports event at 200,000. It was the grandest, having the widest array of sports legends appearing in the grand parade of colors, such as SEA Games legends Lydia de Vega-Mercado and Akiko Thompson, Olympic silver medalist Onyok Velasco, top basketball player Allan Caidic, and champion equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. When the Philippine delegates arrived, they were accompanied by Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, actress Angel Locsin, and then World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.  Best of all, the Philippines erased the stigma of being the “sick man” of Asian sports, as it won golds left and right, even in sport events it was not usually dominant. Diver Sheila Mae Perez, swimmer Miguel Molina, rower Benjamin Tolentino Jr., and billiards ace Alex Pagulayan were the winningest Filipino athletes with three golds each. Wushu had the most golds with 11, followed by track and field, aquatics, boxing, billiards and snooker, taekwondo, traditional boat race, fencing, wrestling, bowling, judo, and archery. In addition, the Philippines won golds in arnis, karatedo, muay, rowing, shooting, lawn tennis, cycling, dance sports, golf, gymnastics, softball, baseball, lawn balls, equestrian, and pencak silat.  In total, the Philippines won the overall championship with an astonishing 113 gold, 84 silver, 94 bronze, and 291 total medal haul—its best ever in international competitions. Will the Philippines match or eclipse its historic achievement 14 years ago and continue its rise in the medal tally when it hosts the biennial event? Catch the 30th SEA Games in various locations in the Philippines from Saturday, November 30 until Wednesday, December 11 on ABS-CBN S+A, ABS-CBN S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant Sports, and sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

More foreign training, competitions for PMVT in 2020 -- LVPI

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. is set to sit down with the Philippine men’s volleyball team coaching staff to plot out the squad’s schedule of training and international competitions for next year. After surpassing expectations with its remarkable silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Dante Alinsunurin-coached squad is expected to participate in a number of foreign exposures.   “Magmi-meet kami siguro third week ng January. I-plot natin ang buong taon,” said LVPI board chairman and national team program head Peter Cayco. The men’s squad bannered the successful outing of the local governing body of volleyball with its first silver medal finish in 42 years and ending a 28-year wait for a podium finish in the biennial meet.      Right after bowing to well-experienced Indonesia in straight sets in the gold medal match on Tuesday, Alinsunurin said that LVPI assures the squad that their hard work, despite being overshadowed by the more popular women’s division, will be rewarded with sufficient support from the association.   “Kanina kinausap ako ni sir Peter, ang sabi niya magtuluy-tuloy ang training namin,” said Alinsunurin, who was formally introduced as head coach early March.   The assurance was welcome news for the squad, who heading into the SEA Games trained continuously and consistently for eight months. As part of their preparation, the Nationals joined the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championship last July where they won bronze and went on a 16-day training camp in Japan.    “Yun ang hinihiling din namin na magtuluy-tuloy ang team na mag-training kasi importante talaga sa amin yun lalo na nasisimula pa lang kami,” said Alinsunurin. “Siyempre kung gusto talaga naming iangat ang laro namin kailangan talaga namin na January mag-start na kami [ng training]. Sana tuluy-tuloy na talaga.” Behind main guns Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas and the impressive debut of young setter Joshua Retamar and Kim Malabunga, the Nationals climbed to the SEA Games semifinal with wins against Cambodia and Vietnam. The Filipinos wrote history when they dethroned five-peat-seeking Thailand in a dramatic come-from-behind five-set victory to set up a gold medal match against their group stage tormentor Indonesians, whose experience and firepower proved too much for the young Nationals in the final. But despite of the loss, the Nationals achieved their goal of making the country proud and bringing the spotlight to men’s volleyball.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

SEA Games: After missing NU’s 6-peat, Jack hopes for gold with Gilas women

MANILA — One of National University’s basketball anchors, Jack Animam missed the Lady Bulldogs’ crowning glory in the UAAP after she was out when her team completed an undefeated 6-peat. Suffering an eye injury during the FIBA Olympic pre-Qualifying tournament in New Zealand, Animam wasn’t around for NU’s 95th and 96th straight victories in the UAAP to extend an unbeaten dynasty. Now fully healthy and back in action for Gilas Pilipinas women, Animam wants to make up by winning a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. She’s certailnly off to a good start after the Philippines beat previous SEA Games tormentor Indonesia Thursday at the MOA Arena, 63-56. “2-3 weeks ago nandito yung collegiate team ko, nag-champion sila without me. Syempre gusto ko rin ma-emulate kung ano yung nagawa nila without me,” Animam said. “But with Gilas women. Gusto ko mag-gold. Gusto ko manalo para sa lahat ng mga taong sumusuporta samin,” she added. Animan has a habit of predicting wins — and she’s right pretty much all the time — but for 5x5 basketball in the SEA Games, she won’t make one. [Related: SEA Games: Animam predicts 3x3 gold for Gilas women] Instead, she says Gilas women will keep their focus as they know winning gold here will not be as easy as just speaking it into existence. Unlike the men’s team, the Philippine national women’s team has never won a gold medal in SEA Games basketball. At least not yet. “Basta ngayon ang masasabi ko lang, one game at a time kami,” Animam said. “Di kami pwede maging complacent, di kami pwede maging relaxed. One game at a time, papakita namin kung bakit yung women’s basketball nandito, and we will stay,” she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Silver still feels like gold for Filipino brothers in pencak silat

SUBIC - The Philippines was on the verge of a gold medal in the seni ganda male event in pencak silat in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Abad brothers Alfau Jan and Almohaidib scored 564 points after their routine - tops among six pairs. Only, they were tied with Malaysia and as per competition rules, ties will be broken by the decision of the jury. Ultimately, they ruled that Malaysia was first and the Philippines was second. And so, the Filipinos had to settle for silver even though their score was very much for gold. Asked about it afterward, Alfau Jan, the older brother, said, "Para sa amin, alam ko kami yung gold. Siguro, nadali lang kami sa time namin." Pressed further, he said that no categorical explanation was given, but in their eyes, their time most probably had something to do with it. "Inaantay nga po namin kaso wala pa pong explanation. Nung ni-review po nila, parang nabawasan kami ng isang segundo," the 21-year-old shared. He then continued, "Dapat 3:00, pero naging 2:59 lang kami. Tinapos na kasi nila, nag-gong agad sila, pero dapat, 3:00 kami." Make no mistake, however, the brothers are nothing but thankful for their medal as the last time around, they were actually ranked sixth. "Sa totoo lang po, last time, pang-sixth lang kami. Wala pa talaga kaming skills kasi yun yung first na sinalihan namin," Alfau Jan said. He then continued, "Kaya po after nun, training talaga kami. Napakalaking bagay po nun kaya mabuti pa rin pong naka-silver kami." After all, pencak silat is how they are strengthening their brotherly bond. "Kapag nagko-compete po kami, parang naglalaro lang kami. May connection na po kami kaya napapaganda lalo rito," the kuya said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: Pontejos mutes cheers as Gilas women focus on gold

MANILA — Much like her electric performance in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here allowed Janine Pontejos to once again thrill a rabid home crowd. The diminutive sharpshooter dazzled Sunday as 3x3 play started at the Filoil Flying V Center for the 30th SEA Games, serving as a key cog for Gilas Pilipinas women’s perfect 3-0 start. Her ball handling skills and incredible range have once again captured the attention of Filipino fans. Still, as she’s getting showered by cheers, Pontejos tries to block everything out while on the court. She and the rest of Gilas women have a gold medal to win. “Hindi ko na iniisip yung crowd favorite,” Janine said. “Iiniisip ko yung game and yung focus namin sa laro. Kailangan manalo kami every game,” she added. Gilas women are a perfect 3-0 in the SEA Games but the national team has been challenged that’s for sure. The wins against Malaysia and Indonesia were certainly not easy. As 3x3 action moves to a pivotal Day 2 Monday, Pontejos and the rest of her crew intend to keep their focus and finish the day with gold. “Samin, panibagong araw na naman,” she said. “Kailangan tuly-tuloy pa rin yung momentum namin. Kailangan manalo kami hanggang matapos yung 3x3 at makuha yung gold,” Pontejos added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas shoots for twin golds in 3x3 basketball

3x3 basketball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games conclude Monday at the San Juan Arena. The Philippines will shoot for twin gold medals in both men’s and women’s divisions. Gilas Pilipinas women are a perfect 3-0 after Sunday’s action with wins against Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia. To end preliminary play, the Filipinas will take on Vietnam and Thailand in the morning. Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas is 4-0 in men’s play, taking down Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. The national team will wrap up pool play against Malaysia and Cambodia. The medal rounds will then be played in the afternoon.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

DID YOU KNOW? Rondina s first commitment was not to UST

University of Sto. Tomas will never ever forget Sisi Rondina. The diminutive spiker will be a lifetime legend in Espana as she played much, much bigger than her size for each and every one of her five seasons as a Golden Tigress. Be it on the sands, where she won four championships and MVPs, or the taraflex, where she won one MVP, her heart was, more often than not, more than enough to will the black and gold to wins. Behind Rondina, UST was reminded that it is a powerhouse in women's volleyball - and she rejuvenated the school's long line of greats. Without a doubt, she is now the standard for all Golden Tigresses to follow. However, that all came oh so close to not coming true. Apparently, the now-23-year-old had committed to a different UAAP school before she headed to UST. "Dapat po talaga, committed na ako sa isa pang UAAP school," she shared in The Prospects Pod last Friday. Yes, Rondina wasn't supposed to be UST's next big thing. Pressed further on which different school that was, though, her lips were sealed. "Ayaw ko na lang po i-mention, pero meron po. Hindi naman lahat, pero basta yon," she said. Nonetheless, that wasn't meant to be and "The Cherry Bomb" became a Golden Tigress. "Medyo natagalan din po kasi. Medyo natagalan yung pag-update sa akin," she said. And Espana can thank UST beach volleyball head coach Paul Jan Doloiras for all of that. As she put it, "Itong si coach Dolo, update nang update sa akin kahit hindi ko naman siya pinapansin china-chat. Ang ginawa ni coach, binigyan ako ng ticket, sabi niya tour lang ng mga five days sa Manila." She then continued, "Ako naman, summer yun e so wala rin akong ginagawa. Binigyan nila ako ng ticket tsaka ng dorm. Pero ang galing ni coach, may USTET (UST Entrance Test) din pala nun so wala akong magagawa." Of course, Rondina passed the USTET - and not long after, UST itself passed her standards. "Nag-take na nga ako and then pagkauwi namin dito, sabi ko kay papa, 'Pa, okay yung UST, maganda.' Sabi naman niya, 'Papuntahin mo muna yung coach mo dito. Manligaw muna sa akin,'" she shared. Coach Dolo did just that. "Pumunta si coach dito, niligawan si papa and then ayun, parang yung responsibilidad ni papa, pinasa niya kay coach. Nagtuloy-tuloy na," the proud Cebuano said. And in the end, Sisi Rondina is a Thomasian through and through. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

Dawn Macandili: It All Started With a Flying Shoe

Libero Dawn Macandili had to start somewhere before becoming Miss Everywhere. Her first venture into volleyball – the start of her successful journey – is as memorable as the pair of shoes she was wearing that day. Coming from a sports-loving family, it’s all but natural for the former De La Salle University star to be into sports. Her father played hoops for Jose Rizal University for a while but had to give it up as he was already juggling his studies and work. Macandili's paternal grandmother was a slugger on a softball team and her brother played basketball before shifting to tennis. Her eldest sister played volleyball and then became a team captain of a cheering squad in college while her other sister fell in love with tennis.   She ended up choosing volleyball as her sport.      “I started playing (volleyball) in the middle of fifth grade,” said Macandili, who recalled that she was around 11-years-old then when she joined the De La Salle University-Lipa team. The national team standout shared a humorous anecdote about her official volleyball game debut. Back then she was a spiker. “My first-ever official volleyball game was back when I was in Grade 5 and I was playing in Skechers with Velcro straps,” she said.   “In the middle of the game while I was running for the ball, one of my shoes came off,” Macandili continued. “That was the most memorable first game ever.” From there Macandili never looked back. Transferring to De La Salle-Zobel, Macandili was given a new role under Ramil De Jesus, who was also the coach La Salle's high school team.    “At first, I was a spiker for DLS-L’s grade school team because my teammates were almost the same height as me. When I moved up to the high school team I played libero as my height wouldn't suffice (as a spiker) anymore,” she said. “Our coach in the high school team was coach Ramil de Jesus. I, being a Lasallian at heart, could not imagine studying anywhere else but in DLSU,” Macandili added. “Another big factor was that coach Ramil is a great mentor and has produced elite players. I thought that if I was going to play in college. I was gonna play for him.” She won three high school UAAP titles from Season 73 to 75. Macandili was also a member of the team that won gold in the 2010 and 2012 Guam Youth Games and helped NCR win the Palarong Pambansa 2013 gold medal where she was also named Best Libero. Naturally, she moved up to play for the Lady Spikers in college. Her first two years weren’t as successful as she wished it to be after DLSU lost to Ateneo in the UAAP Finals in Season 76 and 77. The Lady Spikers got their payback in Season 78 and won two more titles as Macandili closed her collegiate career a champion. In that three-year reign, Macandili bagged two Best Receiver awards, Best Digger honors and the Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player award.   She brought her success to the Philippine Superliga, winning numerous titles and individual accolades, including the 2016 All Filipino Conference MVP. Macandili joined the national team in 2017 and saw action in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games, 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and in the Manila SEA Games last December 2019.  Macandili was also recognized as 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship held in Binan, Laguna. Looking back, Macandili can’t help but be grateful on that first volleyball game of hers. After all, the shoe that flew off somewhere brought her to where she is now.     That gem of a memorable moment never fails to put a smile on her face.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Coach Rene Catalan has nothing but faith in Jomary Torres

When Filipina mixed martial artist Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres made her ONE Championship debut back in 2017, she made such a big splash that it didn’t take long for her to be in the conversation for a world title shot.  The soft-spoken atomweight did all her talking in the ring, as she stunned fan favorite Rika Ishige in her promotional debut, followed by wins over Nita Dea and a tremendous 40-second TKO win over Team Lakay’s April Osenio.  That impressive start however, feels like it happened ages ago, as Torres has lost four of her last five outings, and her most recent one ended in a No Contest following an accidental low blow from former title contender Jenny Huang.  Once possibly just a win away from a shot at gold, Torres now finds herself on the bottom of the rankings.  Still, at just 23 years old, Torres still has a lot of time left to bounce back, and Catalan Fighting System head coach Rene Catalan has nothing but faith in his student.  “It’s a good challenge,” Catalan told ONE Championship, “not just for her but for the team to persevere.” “We’re still positive. We want to remain positive so we can further motivate Jomary and the team to train even harder so they can barge into the rankings soon,” he continued.  Catalan, a top contender and former world title challenger in his own right, revealed that it was Torres’ lack of discipline that led to her downfall.  Following the big win over Osenio, Catalan explained that Torres began to lose focus.  “There are times when she missed training, because sometimes it’s already 3 am and she is still on her phone,” Catalan revealed. “She lost her discipline, the things that she was previously doing. Her focus wasn’t there, the focus that we saw in her training initially.” When at her full potential, Torres has shown that she can be as dangerous as they come in the women’s atomweight division. For Catalan, all that “the Zamboanginian Fighter” needs to do is to re-discover her drive and her hunger in the sport.  “For as long as she remains focused and disciplined, I think there’s a big chance for Jomary to get back on track and maybe put herself in contention in the near future,” Catalan stated.  So far, Catalan says that he’s beginning to see shades of the old Jomary Torress that won three straight.  “She’s still young and I can see her focus in training is back. I have been telling her that I need to see the Jomary Torres of old, and so far I like what I am seeing,” Catalan shared. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

Four-year effort brought historic SEA Games silver - De Guzman

The Philippine men’s volleyball team’s historic silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December is the culmination of the squad’s four-year effort to bring honor to the country. Overshadowed by the more popular – and sometimes controversial - women’s team, the Pinoy spikers worked silently since the country’s return in the biennial meet in 2015 after a decade of hiatus. Team captain John Vic De Guzman said in an interview in the ‘Athletes’ Tribune’ podcast that the previous national team’s mentored by Oliver Almadro and Sammy Acaylar blazed the trail for the success of the current Dante Alinsunurin-coached squad. “Alam naman natin na kahit magkaiba sila ng coaching ‘yun pa rin ang iisang goal nila – ang magka-medal. Yun nga nakuha namin noong 2019,” said De Guzman, who played in all three national selections. The Philippines, for the first time since the 2005 SEA Games was held in the country, fielded a men’s team in the regional sporting spectacle in Singapore. The Marck Espejo-bannered Nationals, who were was composed of then UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University’s core, won against Malaysia before bowing down to powerhouse Myanmar and Thailand. Two years later, Almadro was replaced by Acaylar. De Guzman was the only player from the previous team to return for another tour of duty and was named team captain. Top hitters Bryan Bagunas and Ranran Abdilla joined the squad, which trained in South Korea. However, the Nationals ended up with the same result:  a lone win over East Timor and defeats at the hands of Vietnam and Indonesia.        “Ang pinaka na-observe ko before kasi si Coach Sam, ‘yung way niya ng pagtuturo ‘yung mga before, like endurance, sprinting, circuits more on ganoon kami,” said De Guzman, who led College of St. Benilde to its breakthrough NCAA title in 2017. “Which is noong 2017 ‘yun naman ang pinagpapasalamat ko kay coach Sam kasi sobrang lakas ng katawan namin.” With Alinsunurin on board, the Nationals saw the return of Espejo, Rex Intal and setter Ish Polvorosa while De Guzman, libero Jack Kalingking, Abdilla and Mark Alfafara retained their spots from the previous lineup. Veteran playmaker Jessie Lopez and new faces like Kim Malabunga and setter Owa Retamar also joined the crew.    “Nu’ng time ng tryout, na-feel ko rin na compared noong 2017, nu’ng 2019 siguro mas complete ang lineup ng men’s volleyball,” said De Guzman. “Lahat ng hinahanap namin noong 2015 at 2017 nakuha namin nitong 2019 kaya mas powerful ang lineup, mas maganda ang defense, mas matatangkad and siguro nakatatak na rin sa puso namin na kailangan naming iangat ang men’s volleyball.” Heading into the SEA Games, the Filipinos participated in a pocket tournament in Thailand where they finished third and held a training camp in Japan. “This time kasi (under coach Dante) more on technique and naging key namin para makakuha ng medal sa SEA Games,” De Guzman shared. “Kung paano ‘yung pinaka best way kung paano mag-block, best way kung paano papalo and defense ‘yun naman ang na-adopt namin kay Coach Dante,” he added. “Yung mga nakalaban namin sa Japan pinag-aralan na namin kung ano ang pinaka-best na paraan para ma-block ang bola, best na paraan para ‘yung connection nyo sa i’sat isa. Yun ang pinag-aralan namin.” With good preparation and solid lineup, the Nationals surprised Cambodia and Vietnam with straight sets victories. A loss to Indonesia put the host team into a collision course with defending champion Thailand. The Nationals pulled off a huge upset in the semis when they outlasted the Thais in five sets in a come-from-behind fashion to assure themselves of a first-ever silver medal since 1977 and first podium finish since wining bronze in the 1991 edition. However, Indonesia’s firepower and experience were too much for the Filipinos to handle in gold medal match. The Nationals may have failed to win the elusive gold but the squad did achieve its goal of stepping on the podium once again. De Guzman and the team are now looking forward for another chance for the top podium next year in Vietnam.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

When We Were Volleyball Queens (Part 2)

(This story was originally published back in March 24, 2015) Back in 1993 the Philippine national team defied the odds by toppling the region’s women’s volleyball giant Thailand. Rosemarie Prochina, part of the national team sent to the 17th Southeast Asian Games, continues with her story of the things that transpired during the last shining moment of our Filipina athletes in the sport.    Buy gold? No, we’ll win them   Prochina revealed that they had an extra motivation in the championship match against Thailand after an incident involving her teammate Bernadeth Burcelis. A Thai tried to get into their heads. A warning shot of psychological warfare, perhaps an attempt to bully the Filipinas out of their wits.      “Actually yung team manager nila kinantyawan kami nu’ng mag-shopping kami,” Prochina said. “Sinabihan niya si Burcelis, sabi niya “Oh you buy many, many golds now because tomorrow you will only get silver.” The Filipina didn’t talk back, she and the national team simply let their game do the talking.      “Yun ang sabi niya. So kami parang di naman din niya sinabi sa amin (kaagad), pero sa kanya (Burcelis) OK lang yun. Basta maglaro lang kami,” Prochina said. During the game, Prochina said that everybody was doing their part even those sitting on the bench. “Yun ang maganda sa team namin na kahit na kaming nasa bench, di ako first six kasi,” she admitted. “Kaming nasa bench kahit parang di kami makakalaro nandoon kami sa bench nagpi-pray, lahat todo support. Tapos kapag may timeout, magma-massage kami sa mga teammates namin.” Zenaida Ybanez also won the Best Spiker and Most Valuable Player award while Leonora Escolante was named Best Setter.  For Prochina their feat showed the never-say-die spirit of the Filipinas. “So yun very (inspiring) ang pagkapanalo dun kasi underdogs kami,” she said.    Coach Tai, the lover boy?  SEA Games is not just about athletes trying to outplay their opponents for a podium spot. The biennial meet is organized for the purpose of developing friendship and camaraderie among nations. And some tried to take this fellowship into another level. Prochina gave away a secret that involves a name that is very famous in the volleyball circle today. Ateneo de Manila coach Tai Bundit did capture the hearts of local fans with his charm and heart strong mantra proven by the Lady Eagles’ back-to-back UAAP crown but 22 years ago the Thai had an early encounter with the Filipinos – and we are not talking about how he and his team demolished the PHI men’s squad. It was about something romantic. “Yung coach nila (Ateneo) magkasabayan kami sa national team,” said Prochina, who’s an Ateneo fan herself. “Yung coach nila na si Tai nagpang-abot kami.” The Thai women’s team looked at the Filipinas with fire in their eyes, but not Bundit as he glowed with sparks of stars and moonshine while focused on a Pinay whose name gives happiness to his heart.   Yes, before Bundit danced his signature ‘kitiki-Tai’ moves, he tried to tango.            “Kami yang (magkakasabayan) noong nanliligaw-ligaw pa yan sa teammate ko, si Joy Degoroztisa,” Prochina said in a chuckle. “Ewan ko kung nagkasagutan sila, huh!” she continued. “Naku baka (mapagalitan ako ni Joy) kasi nanligaw siya (Bundit) dun. Si Joy nasa Kuwait na siya ngayon.” Asked for more juicy details, Prochina said that her memory is a bit sketchy about the whirlwind romance.   “Actually, di ko masyado (nasubaybayan na yung nangyari) kasi nga yung laro di ba ilang weeks lang yun tapos hindi ko na alam kung anong nangyari,” Prochina added. And she really has no idea if Bundit got one through the block or totally got shut down. Bundit is now happily married while Degoroztisa is based in Kuwait.   “Masakit para sa amin”  After the team brought home the mint, the Pinays failed to win it all in the next SEAG editions paving way for Thailand’s domination in the region.  The Thais got their revenge on their turf in 1995 against the Filipinas in the finals. Again winning another gold after two years at the expense of PHI, who had bronze finishes in 2001, 2003 and in 2005 edition held in Manila.  Sadly, in the next four SEA Games no women’s team were fielded and the Pinays were overtaken by in terms of competitiveness by Vietnam and Indonesia.     “Masakit para sa amin kasi hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin na-break,” a regretful Prochina said. “Nag-20 years na hindi pa rin na-break yung record, nag-post ako sa FB sabi ko “Happy 20th year sa pagka-gold naming”, ganyan, pero napakasakit kasi wala pang pumalit,” she added. “Hindi ka-proud na kayo lang kasi siyempre parang anong nangyari sa programa ng volleyball sa Pilipinas?” A degradation of the sport she painfully watched. “Yung 1995 malakas pa rin yun kahit nawala na yung iba,” she said. “Maraming mga matatangkad gaya nina Cherry Rivera Macatangay, Roxanne Pimentel, si Joy Degoroztisa, Estrella Tan Enriquez na nag-convert na lang sa basketball kasi nawala na nga yung (volleyball program).”   New beginning  The dream of standing taller than Thailand may still be years away, but Prochina is happy that there is a rebirth of volleyball in the country. With the sport having an avenue outside of collegiate leagues with the Shakey’s V-League and Philippine Superliga and the interest of the nation to volleyball taking its roots again, the future looks bright. “Yung volleyball sa atin paangat na talaga saka sobrang happy kaming mga older players na nakikitang ganoon na ang progress ng volleyball sa Pilipinas,” she said. It’s a fact that we are not at par in skills and development wise with the Thais – a solid proof of it is having their players fielded as imports to raise the level of competition in our local leagues – but Prochina is glad that we are now taking small steps.      “Kasi lumayo na ang Thailand e, lumayo ng milya-milya and nawala tayo. Pero kaya yang (mahabol) wala namang imposible,” she said. “Pero mas malalaki nga tayo actually. Ang players natin may 6-foot-5, may mga ganoon. Yung mga players natin malalaki. “Sa atin lang siguro yung continuity ng training, at ng support.” Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. as part of their volleyball program has formed an Under-23 men’s and women’s team that will compete in the Asian age group championships on May. After skipping volleyball events in four SEAG editions, the PHI will field both men’s and women’s teams for the meet in Singapore on June.            Promise of tomorrow          Prochina believes that PHI volleyball has a bright future and a repeat of their feat two decades ago is not far away.  “Of course. Malalaki and mas may advantage ang mga bata ngayon kasi sila yung skills at techniques nila meron na. Yung sa katawan, sa bilis, sa talon, meron,” she said. “Kami noon dinevelop pa. Ako personally dinevelop ako, kung hindi dahil sa coaches ko na sina coach Kid Santos and coach Emil Lontoc, na naniwala sa akin na gagaling ako at aabot ako sa level na ganoon, hindi ako tutuloy,” Prochina added. “Hindi katulad ngayon sobrang andami nating players na malalakas.” She is also overwhelmed by the fan base this generation of players built. “Marami talaga ngayon. Pero noong 2005 na naglaro kami ng V-League (for PSC (Lady Legends) nakakatawa lang noon na mayroong mga nagdadala (ng mga gamit) na mayroong mga signature naming na mga lumang players. Sinasabi nila na “Ay fan kami sa inyo.” Kami naman “Ay talaga, mayroon pala kaming mga fans,”” she said. “Mas malaki na (ang fanbase) kasi sa social media, alam na ng lahat ng tao ang nangyayari sa volleyball.”    Comparison Prochina picked Ateneo when asked if what team in her opinion mirrors the character of the 1993 team. “Kasi sila nag-start sila from scratch e. Tapos yung mga bata alam mong obedient sila sa nakikita mo sa laro. Hindi ko naman sinasabi na hindi obedient yun ibang teams ha,” she justified. “Pero kasi yung Ateneo galing talaga sila sa baba.” She also cited that long before Ateneo practiced meditation before and during games, they were already doing it as part of their routine. “Yes matagal na. Kasi nung nakita ko sila (Ateneo in meditation) sabi ko “Ah Ok. Kasi nag-coach din ako ng mga five years ago (in University of Asia and the Pacific) yun din ang itinuturo ko sa mga players na malaking bagay yung meditation,” she said. “Kasi sa SMAP (Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines) dati sa PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) sila ang nag-handle sa amin na nilagay kami sa isang room (for meditation),” Prochina added. “Tinantanong pa nga namin ang isa’t isa kung nakakatulong. Nakakatulong talaga siya tapos tinuruan nila kami na bago matulog, ayun, dapat may relaxation technique kami. Na dapat relaxed, alisin ang tension sa katawan tapos isipin mo na kinabukasan madali lang yung game. Yun talaga, malaking bagay siya." Just like Ateneo, they enjoyed every game. They are the original happy team. “Oo. Kasi yang si coach Emil Lontoc ang sinasabi niyan kapag maglalaro na kami “tiwala sa sarili at mag-enjoy sa game.” Yun yung sinasabi nila kapag magi-game kami. Kasi kung hindi ka naman magi-enjoy the game wala na, ano yun? E volleyball ito,” she said. And she agrees that Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez is the new face of volleyball in the country – the phenom that was yet to be born a few days after they bagged the SEAG gold.  “Of course, siya talaga. Kahit asawa ko idol siya. Humble yung bata, bilib ako sa bata,” Prochina explained. “Nakikita ko yung eagerness niya. ‘Yung kapag umatras siya na papatay siya ng bola, makikita mo talaga yung killer’s instinct niya. Kapag naglaro na 100% talaga siya.” For Prochina, Valdez is Barina-Rojas of her time -- a sign of hope.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

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Catch the most memorable SEA Games matches on S+A

Relive the glorious triumphs and historic feats of the Filipino athletes this May as ABS-CBN S+A and sports.abs-cbn.com bring back the most memorable moments and marquee matchups from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Replays will air at 11:00 a.m. and are available on S+A Channel 23 and via streaming. Revisit the historic run of the Philippine men’s volleyball team to capture the silver medal 42 years in the making starting May 4. See how Bryan Bagunas, Marck Espejo and rookie sensation Owa Retamar lead the Nationals into its first championship appearance with its group stage match against Vietnam. On May 5 is the PHI’s clash with Indonesia while on May 6 is the thrilling semifinal showdown between the host team and powerhouse Thailand. The championship game between the PHI and Indonesia is on May 11. See how Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz lift her way to the top podium in women’s 55kg. weightlifting competition on May 13. Women’s volleyball action replays begin on May 12 with the Filipinas taking on Vietnam. On May 13, the Pinay spikers face regional powerhouse Thailand and on May 18 is the Nationals’ match against Indonesia. The battle for bronze showdown is on May 19.   On May 25, watch the women’s basketball team’ historic gold medal win over Thailand. Lastly, revisit Gilas Pilipinas' basketball dominance in the SEA Games with their semifinal victory over Indonesia on May 26 and gold medal win over Thailand on May 27.  Host Team PHI dominated the 30th edition of the biennial meet with 387 medals including 149 gold in the country’s second overall championship since winning the honors in the 2005 SEA Games which was also held in the Philippines.     Watch more 2019 SEA Games highlights, unforgettable 2019 SEA Games moments, and interviews with our 2019 SEA GAMES heroes on the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel and sports.abs-cbn.com......»»

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Catch the most memorable SEA Games matches on S+A

Relive the glorious triumphs and historic feats of the Filipino athletes this May as ABS-CBN S+A and sports.abs-cbn.com bring back the most memorable moments and marquee matchups from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Replays will air at 11:00 a.m. and are available on S+A Channel 23 and via streaming. Revisit the historic run of the Philippine men’s volleyball team to capture the silver medal 42 years in the making starting May 4. See how Bryan Bagunas, Marck Espejo and rookie sensation Owa Retamar lead the Nationals into its first championship appearance with its group stage match against Vietnam. On May 5 is the PHI’s clash with Indonesia while on May 6 is the thrilling semifinal showdown between the host team and powerhouse Thailand. The championship game between the PHI and Indonesia is on May 11. See how Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz lift her way to the top podium in women’s 55kg. weightlifting competition on May 13. Women’s volleyball action replays begin on May 12 with the Filipinas taking on Vietnam. On May 13, the Pinay spikers face regional powerhouse Thailand and on May 18 is the Nationals’ match against Indonesia. The battle for bronze showdown is on May 19.   On May 25, watch the women’s basketball team’ historic gold medal win over Thailand. Lastly, revisit Gilas Pilipinas' basketball dominance in the SEA Games with their semifinal victory over Indonesia on May 26 and gold medal win over Thailand on May 27.  Host Team PHI dominated the 30th edition of the biennial meet with 387 medals including 149 gold in the country’s second overall championship since winning the honors in the 2005 SEA Games which was also held in the Philippines.     Watch more 2019 SEA Games highlights, unforgettable 2019 SEA Games moments, and interviews with our 2019 SEA GAMES heroes on the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel and sports.abs-cbn.com......»»

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Fil-Am baller Vanessa De Jesus set to go to Duke

While Filipino-American five-star recruit Jalen Green’s decision to sign with the NBA G-League’s Professional Pathway Program has been the talk of the town for the last couple of days, another Fil-Am recruit’s decision to join a prestigious collegiate basketball program has flown under the radar. In late-2019, through the early-signing period, collegiate basketball powerhouse Duke University secured the services of Vanessa De Jesus, the senior star point guard of the Sierra Canyon Girls’ Basketball Team. Sierra Canyon is also home to the sons of NBA stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. "Vanessa is a person of incredible character and consistency," said Duke University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie, via GoDuke.com. "She plays the game immediately all the time. Vanessa has a great three-ball, can go off the bounce, can play the one or the two, and it's her maturity and her mindset that she really brings to the table.” The 5-foot-8 De Jesus averaged 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals in her sophomore year while leading Sierra Canyon to a 33-1 record and the state championship. In her senior year, De Jesus put up 15 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists.  A full-blooded Filipina based in Valencia, California, De Jesus also recieved offers from other universities such as Gonzaga, San Diego, and Washington. De Jesus’ impressive resumé includes being named to the All-CIF Open Division 1st team and Gold Coast League MVP in 2020 ,and the the All-CIF Southern Section Co-Player of the Year in 2019. What a game-winning shot by Vanessa De Jesus. Sierra Canyon wins in OT over Windward 56-54 pic.twitter.com/rBcEBoCUqp — eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) January 23, 2020.....»»

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What if the Santiago sisters played in the 30th SEA Games?

When the Philippines accepted the hosting rights for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, local volleyball fans had high hopes for the national women’s volleyball team. First, the squad had the experience of playing in the previous two editions of the biennial meet. Then Nationals played in the Asian Games the year before with at least a decent showing, finishing 8th out of 11 participants in their first stint in the continental sporting spectacle since 1982.    The towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat were also equipped with international experience having been recruited to play in the prestigious Japan V. Premier League for clubs Saitama Ageo Medics and Toray Arrows, respectively. The arrival of 6-foot-2 Fil-American Kalei Mau also added more ceiling and fire power to the Nationals.   But then came the shocker. With just a few months before the SEA Games, Jaja failed to get a clearance from her club to return to Manila to play for the Nationals while Dindin also had to withdraw from the pool. It didn’t help that issues with Mau’s residency also deprived the Nationals of another scorer. We all know what happened next. But what if the Santiago sisters suited up for another tour of duty? First, it would have given the Philippines the height advantage it needed, after all, Jaja stands 6-foot-5 and can play multiple positions while Dindin is 6-foot-2 and is an intimidating figure at the net. Of all the four participating teams in the SEA Games, the Philippines was the shortest with an average height of 5-foot-6 according to the official team rosters list. Bronze medal winner Indonesia’s lineup was a bit taller with an average height of 5-foot-7, silver medal winner Vietnam and champion Thailand both averaged around 5-foot-9. Jaja would have been a dangerous scoring option at the wing. Head coach Shaq delos Santos would’ve utilized Jaja’s versatility. Jaja last year averaged almost 12 points per game in the Japan V. League. Dindin would’ve been a big help at the middle together with Majoy Baron against the Indonesians, who played without volume hitter Aprilia Manganang, and the Vietnamese. If the Santiago sisters played, the Nationals might have duplicated their two wins over Vietnam in the ASEAN Grand Prix legs and not fall into a stinging five-set defeat in the preliminary round. The Vietnamese scored 15 kill blocks in the said match. A taller hitter would have given Vietnam quite a challenge and would ease the pressure off Alyssa Valdez. Obviously, winning a match against powerhouse Thailand is improbable but it would’ve been interesting to see how a complete Philippine team fare against the region’s dominating force. Then against the Indonesians, Jaja could’ve taken the main scoring role with Valdez struggling in form. Jaja's height advantage would have wreaked havoc on Indonesia’s net defense. The Santiago sisters would have also frustrated the Indonesian attackers or slowed down the offense of Indonesia. Two wins in the prelims would have propelled us to the Finals and assured the country of a podium finish for the first time since 2005. Of course, we can just assume that we’ll be successful with the Santiago sisters onboard. But then again, maybe, things would have been different if the Nationals had them. Let’s just hope the two will be available next year in the Vietnam edition.     .....»»

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A champion for women, Jack Animam wants ideal future for female athletes

Jack Animam is fighting the good fight. Animam is at the forefront the women's basketball revolution in the Philippines, and she has the wins and the trophies to prove that women ballers deserve the spotlight too. In an incredible run, Animam's NU Lady Bulldogs won a 6th straight UAAP title without losing a game. She also won two SEA Games gold medals, and was recently named as the Philippine Sports Association's Ms. Basketball. It was a fitting recognition for Animam to receive on Women's Month no less. "To all the aspiring athletes, not just for basketball, just continue what you want. Fight for what you want," Animam said. "Kung yun talaga yung gusto mo, then go for it. Don't be scared of the stereotype and the discrimination. Wala yun eh. As long as yung heart and passion mo [nandoon], yun pa rin ang mananaig," she added. Animam is heeding her own advice, continuing to blaze the trail not just for her but for her contemporaries. But as much as she fights hard now for her and her peers' benefit, Animam wants to set up a future where the women athletes after her won't have to go through the hardships they're dealing with today. "Marami na dumaan bago ako, marami mas magaling sakin. Pero nasaan na sila ngayon?" Animam said. "Dun sa susunod na generation, para ito sa kanila. After nila mag-college, kung hindi man ngayon, sana sa susunod na taon. Sana talaga magkaroon na tayo ng established women's league, kasi sobrang dami magbe-benefit," she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Team Lakay s Adiwang, Iniong victorious at ONE: FIRE & FURY prelims

Team Lakay got off to a 2-0 start in the preliminary card of ONE: FIRE & FURY iwith Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang and Gina “Conviction” Iniong both getting big wins, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Explosive strawweight Adiwang lived up to the hype as he needed just over three minutes to submit Thailand’s Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit. Lito Adiwang ???????? makes it 2-0 for Team Lakay with a slick kimura submission against Pongsiri Mitsatit! ???????? #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/iZIiFp2k1n — ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 31, 2020 After feeling each other out, Adiwang blasted Pongsiri with a kick to the body and a flurry of punches that had the Thai striker rocked and in survival mode. Adiwang unloaded a barrage of elbows, but Pongsiri was able to survive the Pinoy’s onslaught.  Adiwang shot in for a takedown and was able to bring the action to the ground, but Pongsiri managed to reverse positions and control the Pinoy from the back.  The 27-year old Baguio native trapped Pongsiri’s arm and timed his transition well, securing the modified kimura lock and forcing the tap, reminiscent of what his teammate Joshua Pacio did to the same Thai opponent.  The stoppage came at the 3:02 mark of the first round.  This comes after the ONE Warrior Series contract winner made a splash in his main card debut at ONE: CENTURY back in Japan, defeating Senzo Ikeda, also via submission.  Adiwang improves to 11-2 in his professional career with seven consecutive wins.  In a women’s atomweight contest, Iniong used her superior wrestling and grappling skills to grind out a Unanimous Decision win over India’s Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka.  Gina Iniong ???????? gets Team Lakay off to a hot start with a unanimous decision win over Asha Roka! ???????? #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/zRbSRdnIZz — ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 31, 2020 Iniong, a 2019 SEA Games Kickboxing gold medalist, opened with a takedown and kept Roka grounded all throughout the opening round.  Roka offered up a bit more resistance in the second round, but Iniong proved to be the stronger grappler, threatening for a guillotine choke late in the round.  It was all Iniong again in the final round as she was able to take Roka down at will to secure the clear-cut decision win.  Iniong improves to 9-4 in her career as she earns back-to-back victories.  In the opening bout, Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres wasn’t as fortunate, as she was rendered unable to continue after taking a pair of unintentional knees to the groin, leading to a No Contest. .....»»

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