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Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 17th, 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          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

CAMPEONE: Year of the Tiger (2010)

(This story was originally published on May 09, 2019) University of Sto. Tomas head coach Shaq delos Santos looked at his squad inside the dugout of The Arena in San Juan one last time. It was a cool Saturday afternoon. He took a glimpse at his graduating hitter Angge Tabaquero, who was all pumped up, but was feeling under the weather and could barely speak because of a sore throat. Delos Santos then shifted his eyes towards fourth-year team captain Aiza Maizo, Maika Ortiz, libero Jessica Curato, then to his prized rookies Dindin Santiago and Maru Banaticla. From their closed locker room, the Tigresses could hear the drums outside and felt the vibration that followed. The weekend crowd packed the venue in a sea of yellow and green. Excitement filled the air. It was electric. Less than an hour before, coach Emil Lontoc celebrated the Tigers’ conquest of Far Eastern University to complete a three-peat in the men's division. With his eyes closed, Delos Santos murmured one last prayer. Then there was a soft tap on their dugout door. It was time to march to the court for the official warm-up for Game 2 of the UAAP Season 72 women’s volleyball tournament.   THE YOUNG AND THE BOLD Delos Santos knew that they’re in for ride in Season 72.   They prided themselves with three pre-season titles, but those conquests meant nothing when it comes to their mother league. “Before mag-start (ang season), for me, hindi ko napi-feel na magtsa-champion agad kami,” said Delos Santos. “Kasi ang adjustment kailangan makita mo muna ang lahat ng naglalaro. So depende pa rin sa nilalaro ng every team na makakalaban mo.” And besides, the mentor will be navigating with a young crew, mostly in their early collegiate careers save for Maizo and returning Tabaquero, two of the remaining heroes of UST’s Season 69 championship run. Maizo was named team captain while Tabaquero, who skipped Season 71 for personal reasons, brought in the needed veteran presence to guide the squad. “Ako personally ang mindset ko sobrang hungry lang rin ako personally and I think si Aiza rin kasi halos pa-exit na rin siya nun,” said Tabaquero. “Ako sobrang gusto ko lang for myself na maka-graduate sa UAAP on a high note.” “On a high lang ako nun kumbaga, ‘Last playing year ko na ‘to wala na akong balikan pa, ibubuhos ko na lahat,’ she added. “Plus the fact na hindi ako nakapaglaro noong Season 71 dagdag gutom sa akin ‘yun.” But then again, the Tigresses remained relatively young. Dimaculangan was just in her third year, her first two saw the bitter memory of losing the title in the semifinals at the hands of the Rachel Anne Daquis-led Far Eastern University and then another Final Four heartache against the same tormentors the following year. Ortiz, Hannah Mance and Curato barely had enough experience on them so did Judy Ann Caballejo.   Then there were the young bloods. UST got a pair of blue-chip recruits in a small but high-flying power-hitter in Banaticla and a lanky 6-footer Santiago.   The Tigresses were parading a decent squad, but not a super team that they had before with Mary Jean Balse and Venus Bernal.       “Nagkaroon kami ng mga rookies noon,” said Dimaculangan. “Nu’ng time na ‘yun kumpiyansa naman ako sa team kasi bakit ka pa maghahanap ng mga wala o bakit ka pa hahanap ng mga naka-graduate na? So kung ano na lang ang meron kami siguro doon na lang.” Delos Santos, himself, was just on his second year as head coach after taking the reins from legendary mentor August Sta. Maria, who suffered a stroke in 2008. Expectations were high from the UST faithful. For the Tigresses, they just have to deliver.   STRUGGLE WITHIN The Tigresses began the season with an early litmus test. Their first game: against the defending champions De La Salle University Lady Spikers. UST faced a squad assembled to build a dynasty. DLSU was denied of a four-peat three years ago when the league suspended the school in Season 69 because of an eligibility issue with its men’s basketball team. In Season 70, the Lady Spikers were forced to forfeit games because of another eligibility issue with Jacq Alarca. The following year, in Manilla Santos’ final year, DLSU reclaimed the throne. Now, looking to for a repeat, the Lady Spikers just need to break the will of one of their threats. DLSU paraded a formidable team centered on its ‘Big Three’ in Alarca, skipper Paneng Mercado, daughter of Asia’s Sprint Queen Lydia De Vega-Mercado, and versatile hitter Cha Cruz. Then there’s the great wall of Michele Gumabao and rookies Aby Marano and Joanne Siy, who would eventually win the Rookie of the Year and Best Blocker awards. UST was facing a nightmare. But the Tigresses were undaunted. They clung on the confidence of bringing down the same giant they slew in the UniGames championship before the start of the season. With guns blazing and adrenaline in their veins, the Tigresses were able to control the match as they led, 2-1. Then comes their Achilles’ heel. UST was a determined team, but the Lady Spikers had in them the championship experience, the veteran composure of a battle-tested squad. The Tigresses had no answer to that. DLSU walked away with a 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11, victory to start its amazing elimination round winning streak. UST recovered in the next three games, walking past University of the Philippines, a rebuilding FEU, and cellar-dwellers National University. Then came another big challenge. The Tigresses collided with a feisty young team in Ateneo de Manila University bannered by a hyped Fab Five of sophomores Gretchen Ho, Dzi Gervacio, Fille Cainglet, setter Jem Ferrer and A Nacachi. The result was a shocker: the Lady Eagles upset the Tigresses. It may not show inside the court, but the Tigresses were struggling from the inside.   Delos Santos admitted that being a Tigress under his watch was not for the faint of heart. His relationship with the players was not smooth. He was a blacksmith trying to sharpen a deadly weapon. He needed to put his players into the blazing fire of his Spartan-like training, hammer them into shape and sharpen them into a weapon ready for brutal war.       “Napaka-strict ko kaya medyo ano sila sa akin pero at the end of the day na-realize rin nila na ang lahat ng sinasalihan naming tournament, lahat ng paghihirap namin, kapag naglalaro kami talagang quality,” he said. “’Yung pinaghirapan namin talagang nilalabas namin sa game.” Dimaculangan recalled that that season was marred with conflicts within the team. “’Yung year na 'yun ang dami talagang pinagdaanan. Ang daming naging issues,” she said declining to divulge what the problems were. “Lahat kami takot sa kanya (Delos Santos). Tapos my time din na feeling namin nabe-burnout na kami.” “Baliktad nga eh kasi kung kailan ang dami naming issue doon pa namin nasabi na ‘Ay kailangan nating mag-champion.’ Ganoon ang feeling namin,” Dimaculangan added. Tabaquero would simply describe that Tigresses team as ‘shaky’. “On the rocks ang team and noon may internal issues din,” she revealed. “Medyo magulo siya pero as players, ‘Kung may mangyari man dyan, labas na sa volleyball ‘yan. Kung ano ang pini-perform natin maglaro tayo ng maayos.’ Siguro yun na lang ang tumatakbo sa isip namin.” Whatever the issues were inside their team, the Tigresses were able to put them aside as they made an amazing run to close the eliminations. “Nagulat kami kasi sobrang nakasabay ang mga bata,” said Tabaquero. “Kami ni Aiza halos ang nag-lead sa team na ‘yun pero kasi experienced na ang mga bata na ‘yun kasi coming from UST program sila eh.” “So medyo kumbaga ang pinanggalingan nilang team mataas din so I guess doon na lang din sila humugot from their experience sa high school. Nadala na lang din siguro pagdating nila,” she added.   ENTERING THE END GAME Valentine’s Day. With most of the country looking forward to celebrate that special Sunday, the Tigresses were preparing for something bigger. It was their most-awaited rematch with the Lady Spikers, who heading into that game were already ravaging the league with 13 straight victories. One win and DLSU will enter the Finals outright armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage.   The Tigresses didn’t allow that. UST prevented a Lady Spikers elims sweep by slipping past DLSU in a thrilling five-setter. The Tigresses avoided a stepladder semifinals. UST ended the elims with a nine-game winning streak and second-best 12-2 win-loss record. From there everything changed. “Kasi nakuha nila (ang panalo) sa first round then February 14 tinalo namin sila so dun tumaas ang kumpiyansa namin na ‘Ah kaya namin itong La Salle,’” said Tabaquero. The Tigresses came in the Final Four armed with a twice-to-beat advantage against Ateneo. They split their elims head-to-head but now UST wanted to settle an old score. It was Maizo and Tabaquero who did most of the damage in the Final Four as the Tigresses crushed the Lady Eagles, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20, all while playing without starting libero Curato, who was out because of typhoid fever. “I guess kung ikaw mayroon kang chance na makapasok sa championship siguro ibibigay mo ang lahat. Laban kung laban,” said Tabaquero. “’Yun talaga ang mentalidad namin nu’ng time na yun. ‘Yun ang nag-push sa amin na, ‘For championship ito, ibibigay namin ang lahat 110%.’” Earlier that playdate, the Lady Spikers took the other Finals berth after booting out Adamson University, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22.         "EH ANO NGAYON KUNG DEFENDING CHAMPION KAYO?" Maizo and Tabaquero were UST’s contrasting leaders. They're yin and yang. Maizo was a silent operator. She would rather let her work do the talking. Tabaquero was from a different world. She will get under your skin, play with your head and she was just plain nasty. “Season 69 pa lang salbahe na ako maglaro,” she admitted. “Dun lumabas ‘yung moniker ko na ‘Pamewang Queen’. Sobrang intense lang din ng game namin ng FEU nun. Parang sobrang thrashtalkan. Hindi mo man makita on-cam pero doon pa lang talagang may verbal.” She’s no different in Season 72. “Hindi naman sa mayabang ako pero nasa utak ko nu’ng time na yun, ‘Ay kaya namin kayo kasi tinalo namin kayo nu’ng eliminations,’” Tabaquero continued.  “Doon ako humugot ng lakas na, ‘hindi tayo papatalo rito.’ Sobrang inspired lang din siguro akong maglaro noon kasi ang daming tao nun. Grabe puno itong San Juan Arena,” she recalled.    Facing DLSU, Tabaquero knew they can rip the crown off the Lady Spikers’ heads. “Ako personally, ‘Eh ano ngayon kung defending champion kayo?” she said. It was 2010 and UST just needed to look at the Chinese calendar for an inspiration.    “Year of the Tiger yun, sumakto,” said Dimaculangan. “Iba ang kompiyansa namin na parang amin ‘to.” The Tigresses could see the stars aligning for them, the opportunity was there. Then came the best-of-three series opener. Delos Santos was not new to the Finals. He worked as Sta. Maria’s deputy before. But this was his biggest challenge. His shining moment. Looking back, he felt that Sta. Maria molded him for this situation. “Before nakakuha rin kami ng isa pang championship eh. Sina Bernal, Balse pero si Coach August ang head coach pa nun that time,” he said. “Ang ginawa niya that time sobrang gusto niyang mag-grow ako. Noong Finals namin against FEU, umalis siya. Hindi siya nagpunta ng game tapos nung mag-start na ang game hinahanap ko siya,” Delos Santos continued. “Tinawagan ko siya, sabi ko, ‘Boss nasaan ka?’ Nasa norte siya eh parteng norte." "Sabi ko, ‘boss nasaan ka?’ Sabi niya, ‘kayang-kaya mo na ‘yan. Ikaw ng bahala dyan,’” he said. “’Yung time na yun doon ko na-feel na grabe ang tiwala niya sa akin.” Against a taller Lady Spikers side, Delos Santos needed just one key to success: speed. “I think that time sobrang lucky ko rin kasi ang mga players ko. Yun nga sina Rhea na, sina Tabaquero, sina Aiza. So that time yung system na gusto naming mangyari, more on lalo na kailangang maging speedy kami. Mabilis kami, nakuha namin that time. Siguro yun ang naging key,” he said. “Kasi knowing La Salle ang no. 1 weapon nila is blocking eh. Bukod dun sa service nila na napakabigat, yung blocking. Mayroon silang malalaking players and ang ganda lagi ng line-up nila,” Delos Santos said. As the battle ensued, Delos Santos felt that they had the upper hand. “I think nu’ng time na ‘yun medyo na-feel ko na makukuha namin,” he said. “That time na naglaro na kami sabi ko, sa galawan na nangyayari nakuha namin yung magandang diskarte.” And that strategy was to exploit the height disadvantage of DLSU setter Kaye Martinez. For Delos Santos the best way to stop the Lady Spikers’ deadly arrows was to break their bow.  “That time malalaki sila pero meron silang maliit na setter. Maliit ang setter nila so more on dun kami nagsi-set play ng nagsi-set play,” he said. “Nagkaroon din kami ng magandang receive and then si Rhea nabibigay niya ng maayos sa mga spikers.”  It was shocker. UST recovered from a set down to beat DLSU, 24-26, 25-23, 25-16, 25-21.   For the first time in Season 72, the Taft-based squad got its back against the wall.   SHAQ THE WORLD The Tigresses were on a high as they arrived at the game venue in the last weekend of February just three days after shocking the Lady Spikers in the series opener.     Entering the venue, the Tigresses were greeted by a huge crowd of UST faithful, all hoping for the clincher.  Tabaquero was feeling ill that day. “Naalala ko may sakit ako nu’ng Game 2. Wala akong boses nun,” said the senior, who skipped Thursday’s practice to rest. But Tabaquero was determined to play one last time, give her team the firepower and angst it needed, to finish her collegiate career on top.   “Wala ng sakit-sakit, di pwedeng may sakit. Di ko na siya nararamdaman. Minsan napapagod pero wala kailangang magsakripisyo. Saka yung adrenaline ko sobrang taas nun,” said Tabaquero. As the Tigresses trooped to the court for the warm-up, they were showered by loud cheers from the UST fans. “Go USTe! Go USTe!” echoed inside the arena like a rolling thunder signaling the arrival of a storm. A serenade for conquering heroes. There was a huge banner that read: ‘Kami po ang University of Sto. Tomas.’ It added fuel to the Tigresses’ burning desire to reclaim the throne. The squad came into the venue brimming with confidence but with their supporters egging them on even before the opening serve, the Tigresses felt invincible. They were. UST dismantled the confused Lady Spikers in the first two sets, dominating DLSU with sharp angled attacks and frustrating its blockers. Defensively, the Tigresses were punishing DLSU’s attackers. “Dumipensa lang talaga kami noon saka nagkaroon kami ng first ball. ‘Yun talaga ang edge namin nun,” said Dimaculangan. “Kumbaga parang hindi ako masyadong nahirapang dumiskarte kasi alam kong darating sa akin ang bola.” The Lady Spikers’ defense was also in disarray. Even DLSU’s celebrated libero Mel Gohing, the rookie of the year the season before, was already struggling to keep up with the Lady Spikers’ net defense collapsing. “Yung mga spikers ko ang gagaling din dumiskarte and alam din nila kung ano ang gagawin nila sa bolang ibinibigay ko sa kanila,” added Dimaculangan. The Tigresses were already smelling blood.   But the Lady Spikers regrouped in the third as hitters Cruz and Mercado’s hits found their mark. Gumabao, Siy and Maarano were holding their own. DLSU took the third frame in dominating fashion. It may have turned the tides around for the Lady Spikers. It didn’t.      DLSU built an early five-point cushion in the fourth frame, but the Tigresses raced to a 16-11 lead before Gumabao stopped the bleeding with a crosscourt hit.  Maizo then landed an off speed hit over blockers Siy and Martinez, then the lefty again scored another heady off speed this time over Alarca for an 18-12 lead. Then came the deluge of errors by DLSU. The Lady Spikers crowd went quiet in the pivotal run of the Tigresses. A kill block by Ortiz put UST at championship point, 24-13, as the DLSU faithful froze, seemingly awaiting an inevitable defeat. “Parang pa-last point pa lang ata naiiyak na kaming lahat,” said Dimaculangan. An overexcited Tabaquero sent her serve long then Maizo’s attack was turned back. Two match points saved by DLSU. The Lady Spikers tried to hold on. But it was too late. Nerves got the best of Emeli Zuno as she made contact with the ball at the service line.       It sailed long. Pandemonium broke out. “Nagtatalon na kami nu’ng moment na yun, na ‘Heto na ang pinaghirapan natin.’ Ang sarap sa feeling na mag-champion ulit,” said Tabaquero after the final whistle of the season was called with UST completing the sweep with a 25-18, 25-14, 16-25, 25-15, victory.   For Delos Santos that championship was the fruit of their hard labor. “Sobrang happy kasi siyempre nagkaroon kami ng championship sa UST,” said Delos Santos of his only title for the Tigresses as head coach. “Sobrang memorable. Marami rin kaming pinagdaanan (bago makuha),” he added. UST accomplished a double-crown feat in volleyball that year, its fifth since the 1976-77, 1985-86 at 1987-88 and 1992-1993 seasons. As a reward the Tigresses earned a trip to Hong Kong. But even that trip had some good anecdotes for Delos Santos, Dimaculangan and Tabaquero. “Nag-trip to Hong Kong kami for two to three days sa Disneyland at Ocean Park,” said Delos Santos. “Sila lang mahilig mag-rides eh. Ako may phobia ako sa heights. Nung sumakay kami ng cable car para akong mahuhulog na ewan dun sa cable car.” Dimaculangan remembered vividly their flight. “Nag-Hong Kong kami noon tapos sakto pa na bumabagyo noong umalis kami noon. Buti nga natuloy kami noon eh,” she said. As for Tabaquero, unfortunately, she had to skip the trip. “Nagpunta sila ng Hong Kong pero ako di ako nakasama kasi late yung Hong Kong trip. Di ako nakasama kasi na-ACL (left injury) na ako nun sa Shakey’s V-League, yung sa championship ng San Sebastian,” she said. “Naka-schedule na ako ng surgery nun sa UST hospital kaya di ako nakasama.” “May incentive naman ako nun kahit di ako nakasama nun,” Tabaquero cleared. Ten years ago, UST ruled Season 72. It was the year of the Tiger. The year of the mighty, mighty Tigers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

'WALANG PERSONALAN: CRISTINE, XIAN PINAHIRAPAN NANG TODO NI DIREK SIGRID SA ‘UNTRUE’

PERFECTIONIST ang award-winning director na si Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. Kaya talagang pinipiga niya ang bawat artistang nakakatrabaho niya. At dahil dito, hindi maiiwasan ang magkaroon ng tensiyon sa shooting lalo na kapag pagot at stressed na ang lahat sa set. Sa solo presscon ni Direk Sigrid para sa latest movie niyang “Untrue” mula sa Viva […] The post #WALANG PERSONALAN: CRISTINE, XIAN PINAHIRAPAN NANG TODO NI DIREK SIGRID SA ‘UNTRUE’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

Tetchie Agbayani sa nangyayari sa Pinas: Hindi ko maatim na magsawalang-kibo at magbulag-bulagan

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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Carlo sa mga walang-awang bashers: Bakit naman pati mga sanggol na walang kalaban-laban?

“HUWAG naman sanang ganu’n kawalang puso!” Ito ang bahagi ng panawagan ni Carlo Aquino sa lahat ng netizens na walang ginawa kundi ang magpasabog ng kanegahan at galit sa social media. Kahit naman sinong magulang ay magagalit kapag ang mga anak na nila ang binu-bully ay binabastos ng bashers, lalo pa’t wala pang kamuwang-muwang ang […] The post Carlo sa mga walang-awang bashers: Bakit naman pati mga sanggol na walang kalaban-laban? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Osang kinontra ang bashers ni Direk Darryl Yap: Hindi siya bastos, mabait na anak at loyal na kaibigan

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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2021

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WALANG planong tumigil sa pag-aartista ang Kapuso actress na si Carla Abellana kahit mag-asawa na sila ni Tom Rodriguez. Nangako naman si Tom na hindi rin niya pipigilan ang kanyang fiancée kung gusto pa rin nitong ipagpatuloy ang pag-aartista, 100 percent daw niyang susuportahan si Carla sa lahat ng gusto pa nitong gawin. Bago matapos […] The post Payag ba si Carla na iwan ang showbiz kapag kasal na sila ni Tom? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 28th, 2021

Ang Lihim ng Panginoon (Ikatlong Bahagi)

Ni Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy   KUNG kaya ginawa Niya akong ginto sa aking pagsusunod, pagsisisi, pangako, at dedikasyon. Bagama’t ang ginto ay kailangang dumaan sa apoy, ang ginto ay mananatili. Mas lalong nagiging dalisay at banal, kapag ito ay laging dumadaan sa apoy.   ANG GINTO AY MANANATILI SA LAHAT NG KAPAGSUBUKAN   Kaya […] The post Ang Lihim ng Panginoon (Ikatlong Bahagi) appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsMar 26th, 2021

Vice, Vhong, Amy nagpaalala uli sa madlang pipol kontra COVID: Please, alagaan natin ang isa’t isa nang tama

SA gitna ng nakaaalarmang pagtaas ng bilang ng tinatamaan ng COVID-19 sa bansa, muling nagpaalala ang mga host ng “It’s Showtime” na triplehin ang pag-iingat kapag lumalabas ng bahay. Sa pangunguna ni Vice Ganda, ipinagdiinan ng mga ito ang kahalagahan ng pagsunod sa lahat ng safety at health protocols para mapigilan ang muling pagdami ng […] The post Vice, Vhong, Amy nagpaalala uli sa madlang pipol kontra COVID: Please, alagaan natin ang isa’t isa nang tama appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

Shooting ng ‘Yorme’, umarangkada na!

BY JUN NARDO Nagsimula na ang shooting ng pelikulang “Yorme” nitong nakaraang araw sa Pritil area, Capulong St., Tondo, Manila. Siyempre, kapag nabanggit ang salitang Yorme, alam na nang lahat na si Manila Mayor Isko Moreno ito. Ang napiling gumanap bilang batang Mayor Isko ay ang aktor na si McCoy de Leon. Sa ilang pictures […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 10th, 2021

Sharon sa mga artistang nagpapabayad para magpakalat ng fake news: OMG! Ikinahihiya ko sila!

“NEVER ako nagpabayad!” Yan ang diretsahang sinabi ni Megastar Sharon Cuneta sa lahat ng mga politikong inendorso o ikinampanya niya nitong nga nakaraang eleksyon. Ayon sa actress-singer-TV host, kapag naniniwala at pinagkakatiwalaan ni Mega ang isang kandidato, talagang sinusuportahan niya kahit walang talent fee. Nasabi yan ni Shawie nang hingan ng reaksyon tungkol sa mga celebrities […] The post Sharon sa mga artistang nagpapabayad para magpakalat ng fake news: OMG! Ikinahihiya ko sila! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

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MULING hahataw ngayong 2021 ang all-girl group na MNL48 at asahan na raw ng kanilang mga fans ang mga bonggang projects na naka-line up nilang gawin. Matapos ngang makumpleto ang kanilang third-generation group, handang-handa na ang MNL48 members na muling magbigay ng inspirasyon at magpalaganap ng positivity sa madlang pipol. Ayon kay MNL48 center girl […] The post Kapag idol group ka, lahat magagawa mo…sarap sa pakiramdam appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2021

Aktor mahilig sa promo, seat sale at laging karay-karay ang GF na aktres. Pero sino nga bang nagbabayad?

Sobra-sobrang pogi points na ang natatanggap ng aktor sa netizens kapag lagi niyang ipinapasyal sa ibang lugar ang nobyang aktres dahil sa pagkakaalam ay sagot nito lahat ang gastos, pero ang totoo ay 50-50 sila sa gastos. Tsika ng taong malapit sa aktor na sinasabihan niya ng lahat, “Lagi siyang nakaabang ng seat sale at […] The post Aktor mahilig sa promo, seat sale at laging karay-karay ang GF na aktres. Pero sino nga bang nagbabayad? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2021

Pabuya sa Dacera case suspects, tuloy pa rin – Pacquiao

Iginiit ni Senador Manny Pacquiao nitong Biyernes na tuloy pa rin ang bounty na kanyang inihain laban sa mga suspek na kasangkot sa pagkamatay ng flight attendant na si Christine Dacera noong Bagong Taon. Ayon sa senador, ang reward money ay iko-convert bilang financial aid sa pamilya ni Dacera kapag lahat umano ng persons of […] The post Pabuya sa Dacera case suspects, tuloy pa rin – Pacquiao appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

Ordinaryong tunog pwedeng ‘makabaliw’

Lahat tayo ay mayroon marahil paboritong musika o tunog na kapag naririnig ay nakakapag-relax sa ating isipan, ito man ay awit, huni ng ibon, tunog ng orasan o simpleng pagsipol. The post Ordinaryong tunog pwedeng ‘makabaliw’ first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Ticket sa Olympics abot-kamay ni Yuka

PANGARAP ng lahat ng mga atleta ang sumungkit ng gintong medalya sa Olympic Games kaya naman kapag malapit nang idaos ang quadreenial meet ay puspusan na ang pag-eensayo nila para sa mga qualifying tournaments upang makakuha ng slot. The post Ticket sa Olympics abot-kamay ni Yuka first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsDec 30th, 2020

Bakit dapat panoorin sa Pasko ang BL movie na The Boy Foretold by the Stars?

ANO nga ba ang selling point ng BL o Boy’s Love movie na “The Boy Foretold by the Stars” para panoorin ito ngayong Metro Manila Film Festival 2020? Alam naman ng lahat na kapag MMFF ay mabenta ang comedy, horror at fantasy films lalo na sa mga bata at drama naman para sa may edad […] The post Bakit dapat panoorin sa Pasko ang BL movie na The Boy Foretold by the Stars? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

Kitkat matapos ma-food poison: Umiiyak na ako nang todo, lahat na ng santo natawag ko na!

FOLLOW-UP ito sa kalagayan ngayon ng mag-asawang Kitkat at Walby Favia na na-food poison sa pagkain ng seafoods na ipinadala ng kanilang kaibigan. Nasulat namin dito sa BANDERA kahapon ang tungkol sa matinding sakit ng tiyan na naranasan ng komedyana dahil nga sa kanilang kinain. “Iluluwa ko na kaluluwa ko kaka-suka at nais ko nang […] The post Kitkat matapos ma-food poison: Umiiyak na ako nang todo, lahat na ng santo natawag ko na! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

Catriona nag-react sa ginawang pagpapakilala sa kanya sa 2020 Miss Universe Colombia

SA bansang Pilipinas kapag may inimbitang personalidad mula sa ibang bansa para mag-guest sa Kapamilya, Kapatid at Kapuso network ay talagang nire-research ang lahat ng tungkol sa kanyag pagkatao at achievements. Lalo na kung may kinalaman sa showbiz, dito mahuhusay ang mga taga-production o ang organizers mga events sa ating bansa. Kaya namin ito nabanggit […] The post Catriona nag-react sa ginawang pagpapakilala sa kanya sa 2020 Miss Universe Colombia appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

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

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

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