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Marano on beast mode in delivering relief goods to affected volleyball game personnel

Aby Marano once again unleashed her beast mode. Not on court, of course, because we’re still under community quarantine and volleyball action is still far from its resumption with the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This time, the national team skipper strapped on her seatbelt and went on a three-day relief run in cities within Metro Manila and nearby provinces to deliver relief goods for volleyball match-day personnel affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The F2 Logistics star brought the food packs, groceries and essentials bought from the funds collected in the fundraising event organized by the Volleyball Community Gives Back PH to the homes of volleyball personnel whose source of income was halted after the cancellation of volleyball leagues including the NCAA, UAAP, the Philippine Superliga and the Premier Volleyball League. Marano posted a video of her delivering the goods on her YouTube Channel. She drove to Sta. Maria and Bocaue in Bulacan, Cavite and around Metro Manila, bringing help to technical officials, referees and court assistants.   The VCGBPH over the weekend held a fund-raising event where volleyball stars showcased their off-court talents online in the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show. The organization has been very active in its relief efforts since the outbreak of the contagion as they donated personal protective equipment (PPEs), face masks, alcohol, disinfectants and goods to frontliners as well as extended help to families in vulnerable communities.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 11th, 2020

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH to hold SERVE AS ONE Variety Show

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH has something to serve up for those matchday personnel affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Charo Soriano, who is one of the VCGB PH leaders, is looking forward for two memorable fun days from the sport's biggest stars through the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show.  A fundraising effort for volleyball personnel presented by Volleyball Community Gives Back PH, the show is scheduled on June 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. on the ABS-CBN Sports Website, ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Channel. "Time and time again, the Philippine volleyball community has exemplified solidarity in the face of various adversities - from community development, natural disaster responses, relief operations and more recently,  distribution of PPEs to different provinces. Everyone helps out. And people - players, coaches, management, staff, officials, and fans - all do their part," said Soriano. Last month, the #CARINGFORALL: Down The Line, We Are One was launched to provide assistance for the paid-per-day personnel, as any help will go a long way. As of last Friday, VCGB PH was able to provide 200 care packs to volleyball personnel all over Metro Manila. The group hopes to raise funds and provide care packs to be distributed for more volleyball personnel families affected by the postponement and cancellation of volleyball leagues. Help is on the way and Kiwi Ahomiro, who recently lent her hand in delivering PPEs to the Philippine Army, is more than ready.  "We wanted to reach out and help our volleyball personnel and staff and all those who made our games possible - bouncers, ball retrievers, referees, technicians all those whose livelihoods have been threatened due to COVID-19 so we came up with the idea of putting up the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show. All proceeds will go to the care packages for their families," said Ahomiro. Aby Maraño, who was involved in distributing the second wave of care packages, saw the hardships of the matchday personnel. "Our volleyball officials and personnel felt really sad about the fact that volleyball will stop for the next month cause volleyball from most of them is the only source of income they have. I learned that they started small businesses like selling sweet Pinoy desserts, some are selling peanut butters and garlic spicy sauce only to sustain their lives amidst the pandemic situation," said Maraño. Also taking part in handing out the care packages was Amanda Villanueva, who hopes that the help will go a long way to boost the spirits of the volleyball game's unsung heroes. "In these trying times my main motivation in helping our dearest group of volleyball personnel is the vision of hope that everything will eventually come to an end. To let them know as well that we are in this together and that nobody gets left behind in life whichever direction life leads us because we are one community and we strive to help each other in whatever way we can. To stand together as one family not just on the court but also outside of the court," said Villanueva. It may still a long way to go but Alyssa Valdez believes that the volleyball community will be in the same page to keep the personnel afloat in this challenging time. "The fight is far from over, we’re like in a championship situation, like 14-14 all, fifth set. We need one another to be able to win this fight! So I’m inviting everyone...let’s go help serve and win as one," said Valdez. Donations can be sent to Ryan Sordan through BPI bank account 8069 0632 77, GCash at 0917-5003390 and PayMaya at 0917-5003390.       Meanwhile, a total of 2,081 protective personal equipments (PPEs) was distributed by the VCGB PH in the #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES fund drive for the medical frontliners who are doing a valiant battle against coronavirus.    VCGB PH was already able to donate 310 PPEs to Sultan Kudarat, 220 to Quezon Medical Center, 301 PPEs to Batangas, 200 to Aklan, 100 to Puerto Galera, 200 to Cebu, 250 to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, 300 to National Children’s Hospital, 100 to Army, 50 to Navy and 50 to Maysan Health Station.  Please visit Volleyball Community Give Back on Facebook and @vcgbph on Instagram and Twitter for more details......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Student-athletes helping out in pandemic emulate UAAP values

UAAP officials lauded the student-athletes of member schools for their initiative to actively extend help to those in need during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the start of the community quarantine, athletes in their own capacity organized and joined fundraising drives, distributed personal protective equipment and other essentials to medical and security frontliners, handed out relief goods to affected communities and even served as frontliners. “Allow us to emphasize lang na wala kaming inutusan sa mga ‘yan. Nagugulat na lang kami na it's very voluntary,” said UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. “These are student-athletes na nag-aaral, naglalaro but at the end of the day when the nation calls for it in a broader spectrum of life they were able to respond,” added Saguisag, who was joined by Season 83 President Em Fernandez of Ateneo in the in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Go For Gold PH and powered by Smart. Basketball stars including Ricci Rivero of University of the Philippines, Mike and Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, Rhenz Abando and CJ Cansino of University of Sto. Tomas, Encho Serrano and Justine Baltazar of De La Salle University and women’s cager Jack Animam of National University were among those who participated in fundraising drives and donated relief goods to vulnerable communities. Animam’s teammate Ria Nabalan served as a frontliner as a Philippine Navy personnel.   Active volleyball players joined former UAAP volleyball stars in various jersey auctions and fund-raisers while other student-athletes from different sports disciplines, including fencer Maxine Esteban of Ateneo did their part to help.        “We have a lot of student-athletes who have been helping in their own capacity. We have athletes from the tennis community, athletes from the volleyball community and athletes from the fencing community who have been helping everyone. Even internally, we have athletes in the dorm who have been helping out with the relief efforts of Ateneo,” said Fernandez talking about Ateneo athletes’ efforts.   “Just to cite, the athletes of Adamson who are still in the dorm of Adamson are helping out the communities outside,” he added. Despite being affected by the pandemic themselves especially with the cancellation of Season 82 and the possibility of pushing back the opening of Season 83 to early next year, the officials gave praise to the student-athletes for their actions amid this trying time.    “It’s reflective of the values taught by each member institution and I guess the value of the UAAP wants to share. We’re all in this together,” said Saguisag.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

Marano continues graduate studies amid COVID-19 pandemic

What’s keeping National women’s volleyball team captain Aby Marano busy with the whole of Luzon placed under enhanced community quarantine amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Aside from extending a helping hand to frontliners and communities affected by the contagion through fundraisers as well as keeping her more than 100,000 subscribers entertained with fun content on her YouTube channel, the beast mode queen is currently working on finishing her master’s degree.        “Marami pa ring ginagawa. Siyempre pagkagising sa umaga magwo-workout para tuluy-tuloy ang kondisyon. At the same time, tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang pag-aaral kasi tinatapos ko ang Masters ko ngayon,” said Marano, who is taking up graduate studies in Philippine Studies, major in Filipino Mass Media at De La Salle University, in the latest episode of The Score’s ‘Homework’ segment.   The 27-year old middle blocker is busy completing her term requirements.   “So tinatapos ko ang mga assignments, online homework, saka final papers kasi patapos na rin ang term,” she said. “Patapos na siya kaya marami pa ring ginagawa.”   Taking a little break, Marano went up against national squad teammate Jaja Santiago in ‘Homework’. With the contagion still ravaging the country, Marano reminded everyone to keep safe, stay at home, follow the ECQ guidelines and if able, extend help to those in need.   “Stay at home, mag-ingat and magdasal tayo na sana matapos na ‘tong pinagdadaanan ng buong mundong pendemikong dulot ng coronavirus,’ said Marano. “Siyempre suportahan natin ang lahat ng effort na ibinibigay ng mga kababayan natin. Magtulungan, magbayanihan at [para] masolusyunan natin ang problema,” she added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2020

Marano s YouTube channel reaches 100K subscribers

National women’s volleyball team captain Aby Marano reached another career milestone. But this time outside the volleyball court. The F2 Logistics star’s Youtube channel, which she christened ‘Vlog-galag’, reached 100,000 subscribers. The 27-year old middle blocker posted on her Instagram account a photo of her holding an edited silver play button plaque after getting a notification of the milestone on Thursday. Marano has yet to receive the actual award.         View this post on Instagram                   Thank you so much swishiees! Thank you for appreciating Vlog-galag. Hobby ko lang magshoot ng memories namin and YT is the only platform na pwede ko masave lahat even wala na kong copy sa gadgets ko. Ngayon, naka 100k subscribers na! Jusko NKKLK! ???? KILIG ME! Hindi ko inexpect na magugustuhan nyo. Will keep filming fun memories during our down times para makilala nyo kami ng lubos outside the volleyball court ???? Special thanks sa aking mga teammates na always game for vloggalag and more fun! Yung mga maniningil sakin jan, wag kayo mag-alala, gawin niyo kong ninang sa lahat ng mga anak niyo di ko kayo tataguan tuwing pasko! HAHAHA ♥? Love you swisshiees, x.o.x.o ???????? P.S. edited yung plaque wag kayong ano jan ???????? A post shared by Abigail Palmares Maraño (@abymarano) on Apr 22, 2020 at 9:02pm PDT Known for her tenacity, aggressiveness and passion inside the volleyball court with a beast mode don’t care attitude, Marano showed her lighter side with her vlog entries. Sending good vibes and pure fun as well as giving viewers a chance to peer on how Marano and her vlog guests – mostly volleyball stars - are outside the court. Marano’s vlog also features her travels with her club and national squad teamates as well as fun clips with her beau NorthPort guard Robert Bolick......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

PBA: Parks Jr. sends complete meals to COVID-19 frontliners

It's a KaTropa thing. TNT's Ray Parks Jr. and his girlfriend are also in on the fight against COVID-19, doing their part by having the backs of the brave medical frontliners. Parks Jr. and girlfriend Maika Rivera sent over food packs to some frontliners, making sure our moder-day heroes are well-fed and energized as they take on the coronavirus.         View this post on Instagram                   @riveramaika and I just wanted to show appreciation to our front-liners. We know its not easy and it takes a lot of sacrifice and dedication. We continue to pray for God to bless y’all, grant you protection and strength as y’all go out and face this Covid-19 head on???????? Stay safe! SALUDO KAMI SAINYO ???????? we shall continue to do our part to stay home and wear our masks! Thank you to Doc Robert Ponoc and @kapitangimmo for making this happen A post shared by Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) on Apr 16, 2020 at 2:42am PDT Parks Jr. is just one of the many PBA personalities doing their part in the fight against COVID-19. TNT teammate Troy Rosario delivered relief goods last Easter Sunday. [Related: PBA: Rosario steps up relief effort as plight of homeless hits close to home] Earlier, an initiative spearheaded by Alaska head coach Jeffrey Cariaso was done in order to help PBA game-day personnel who are affected by COVID-19 and are out of income due to the league season being suspended at the moment. [Related: PBA: Cariaso pledges P100k for game-day personnel affected by COVID-19]   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

Monikers that made their mark in UAAP women’s volleyball

It is common in the Philippines for basketball players to earn nicknames given to them in the collegiate level or when they climbed up to the professional ranks. In volleyball, specifically in the UAAP, monikers for women’s volleyball players came a little much later. UAAP volleyball sportscasters and sportswriters use these monikers, mostly suggested by fans, not only to add color to their broadcasts and stories but to give an identity to outstanding players who earned their nicknames through their skills and passion for the sport. “Sa tingin ko karamihan sa mga monicker ngayon ay nanggagaling sa mga fans ng players,” said ABS-CBN S+A sports broadcast anchor Anton Roxas. “Pero bilang mga commentator, nasa amin na lang kung gagamitin namin ‘yung mga monicker na yun sa broadcast.” “Para sa akin, ang pinaka-importante, gusto ng player mismo yung monicker,” he added. “My personal rule is: If the player approves of the monicker, then you can use it.” We’ve gathered some of best monikers that made their mark in UAAP women's volleyball.   PHENOM When you think about Alyssa Valdez there are no other words that could best describe the best player to ever don the Lady Eagles jersey.     Her all-around game, powerful attacks, high volleyball IQ, leadership, charm and meteoric rise is nothing short of phenomenal and her nickname best describes it all.      Valdez lived up to her billing when she led the Lady Eagles to two straight titles while earning three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards in her five-year stint with Ateneo. Ateneo fans are known to give almost every Lady Eagle a moniker. Libero Denden Lazaro is the ‘Iron Eagle’ because she will deliver even if she’s hurt and all. Ella De Jesus is the ‘Ellavator’ because of her elevation when attacking, Jho Maraguinot is known as the ‘Eagle Claw’ being one of Ateneo’s best spikers while Maddie Madayag is the ‘Madzilla’ for being a monster at the net.  The ‘Fab Five’ of Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio, Gretchen Ho, Jem Ferrer and A Nacachi will always be remembered as the most popular quintet in UAAP volleyball.       JIAMAZING Jia Morado makes her Ateneo teammates look good all the time. She never fails to amaze the crowd with her heady plays and drop shots.   CHERRY BOMB Cherry "Sisi" Rondina packs a lot of firepower in a small package. She may not the tallest of University of Sto. Tomas hitters but when she skies for an attack, expect it to be an explosive one.     BEAST MODE QUEEN No one who ever wore De La Salle University’s jersey had the same passion, tenacity, fierceness and swag as that of Aby Marano.         MISS EVERYTHING During her DLSU stint, Cha Cruz is known for her versatility having played in almost all positions head coach Ramil De Jesus wanted her to be in. Skills, talent, heart, leadership and beauty, Cruz has it all.      MISS EVERYWHERE DLSU’s Dawn Macandili is arguably the best floor defender during her days in the UAAP. She’s all over the court diving for the ball or setting up a good transition for an attack for the Lady Spikers off the serve.      THE NINJA Mel Gohing is one of the best liberos during the late 2000s and early 2010’s with her cat-like reflexes while manning the floor. The Season 71 Rookie of the Year won four titles for DLSU.      THE CLOSER (Photo: Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News)  When you think about Aiza Maizo-Pontillas you can just imagine UST engaged in a long rally and leaning on this lefty to finish the play.   PAMAYWANG QUEEN Angge Tabaquero is UST’s standard when it comes to swag. She’s knows how to get into the Tigresses’ rivals’ heads with her signature hands-on-her-waist followed by a stare down after scoring a point.      PAGPAG QUEEN Maica Morada is one of Far Eastern University’s most dreaded attacker. Aside from her firepower she’s also known for her swag and her jersey-shaking antics.       QUEEN TAMARAW Rachel Anne Daquis is the undisputed Queen Tamaraw of FEU even after more than a decade since she delivered the school’s last UAAP title. Being the QUEEN, FEU had her jersey retired.     TAFT TOWER Mika Reyes is known as DLSU’s ‘Taft Tower’ for being a menace at the net.     NU TWIN TOWERS NU’s rise from the doldrums can be attributed to the arrival of the towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.      MISS PHOTOGENIC Photographers are bewildered why Adamson University’s Jema Galanza seems to be always ready for the camera even while Adamson University is the middle of a battle. Photographers are sure get great shots of her all the time.   BAGYONG PABLO   Powerful, hardworking and relentless are the characteristics that best describe Myla Pablo during her time with NU.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Valdez, Galang reveal their go-to type of spike

Ateneo de Manila University’s Alyssa Valdez and Ara Galang of De La Salle University are two of best and most effective wing spikers to ever take flight in the UAAP. Both brought glory to their respective schools and faced off in the championship four times. Strong, consistent and efficient, these are the traits they share when it comes to offense. But when it comes to their go-to spikes, Valdez and Galang have their preferred angles when attacking. Reacting to some of their highlight clips in the 'GaDez React' segment of the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show fundraising event for volleyball game day personnel, the top spikers shared what kind of attacks they go to achieve a high percentage of success.       “Si Coach Tai (Bundit) lagi niya akong pinagko-crosscourt,” said Valdez, a two-time UAAP champion and three-time Most Valuable Player winner. For the Phenom, hitting the ball crosscourt gives her a wider target and better chance to score.   “Sa crosscourt malaki ang area na mata-target mo kaysa sa down the line,” said the former Queen Eagle, who currently has the most points in a single game in the UAAP with 35 tied with Sisi Rondina. “Ang laki kasi ng chance na mag-out talaga sa sideline saka sa end line. ‘Pag crosscourt may check ball, ang dami mong angles na pwedeng puntahan.” While Valdez loves crosscourt hits, Galang prefers to punch her attacks down the line. “Mas madali kong nakikita (spot to attack). Ewan ko, sa pagsilip (sa anggulo),” said Galang, who shared the Season 75 MVP award with teammate Aby Marano.      Aside from her laser-like down the line spikes, Galang is also a master of cut shots. The two players also discussed about their service game. Galang likes to serve from the corner. “Siguro kasi mas kaya ko ang power. Doon ang strength kapag pwesto lang,” said the Lady Spiker. Valdez, on the other hand, puts extra effort on her service game for a specific reason.    “Kailangan kong galingan mag-serve para ‘di ko na kailangang dumepensa (sa likod),” she joked. Shifting on a lighter note, Galang reacted to her video on a skateboard while Valdez had a good laugh watching for the first time her hosting stint for University Town where she joined the multi-titled National University Pep Squad in a cheerdance routine.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

How Pinoy athletes kept winning during the lockdown

Sporting events may be suspended or canceled, but that won't stop your favorite Filipino athletes from inspiring or entertaining people as they spend their extra time off doing worthwhile activities during the lockdown period. From reaching out to affected communities to learning a new skill, here are what your idols are up to during the community quarantine. 1)  Proudly serving the nation as frontliners Some athletes have taken their in-game dedication off the court, as they proudly serve the country as frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic. MPBL players such as Bacoor City's Eric Acuña and Bacolod-Master Sardines' Jopher Custodio are currently heeding the call as frontliners for the Philippine Army, as well as their fellow soldiers UST women’s volleyball coach Kung Fu Reyes and volleyball star Jovelyn Gonzaga. Pasay Voyager's Dhon Reverente also suited up for the Philippine Navy while his teammate Jesse Bustos is serving in the frontlines in another way, using his camera as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper.  2)  Raising funds and holding donation drives Your beloved players continue to exemplify teamwork in these challenging times as they help the dedicated frontliners and affected households in different parts of the country. UST student-athletes joined former Golden Tigresses star Sisi Rondina in auctioning their jerseys for a cause to donate supplies to the frontliners of Barangay Luz in Cebu City. Meanwhile, volleyball legends Alyssa Valdez and Charo Soriano led a fundraiser called "Volleyball Community Gives Back PH," which aims to supply frontliners in the country with PPEs and other essentials—with celebrities like Kathryn Bernardo and Pia Wurtzbach joining their cause. Former DLSU Lady Spikers standout and Creamline utility spiker Michele Gumabao also provided relief packs and gave them personally to the affected communities in Pampanga with the help of the group Your 200 Pesos. 3)  No days off for training and getting the gains Leagues and competitions may have been put on hold, but athletes won't be stopped from keeping themselves in tiptop shape. Observing quarantine, ONE Championship's heavyweight champion Brandon Vera took his workout to the forest, preparing for his upcoming bout against Arjan Bhullar, while Team Lakay fighters, such as Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio improvised household materials as gym equipment. National athletes, such as karateka Junna Tsukii, wushu artist Agatha Wong, and Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz, did rigorous training sessions at home to keep themselves in form for upcoming tournaments. High-flyer Ricci Rivero also taught his fans some basic dribbling drills to improve basketball handles—as seen in an episode of "Upfront" on LIGA cable sports channel. 4) Unlocking new skills and focusing on fave hobbies Your fave sports idols also overcame boredom by learning new skills and focusing on their favorite hobbies. For instance, DLSU Green Archers guard Aljun Melecio learned to cook scrumptious lechon while taking a time-out from the hardwood. UAAP volleyball champion and national team player Rex Intal also reminded us that he is a dedicated painter with his mixed portrait of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, channeling his passion for sports and art into one. And did you know that top local setter Jia Morado is a talented photographer? Check out her Instagram and be amazed by her works. 5)  Taking their talents to TikTok Athletes joined the trending TikTok craze as a source of entertainment during the lockdown. Former UAAP stars Kim Kianna Dy and Jema Galanza posted their dance covers of Young Thug's "Relationship," and Deanna Wong took on "The Weekend" dance challenge. UST Golden Tigresses' rookie Imee Fernandez also wowed the TikTok crowd with a pre-workout dance video, which garnered over 600,000 views online. For Ateneo Blue Eagles guard SJ Belangel, TikTok has also been his avenue to overcome his shyness, doing hilarious skits online.   6)  Becoming stars online No live sports to entertain the audiences? It's not a problem for these athletes who continue to provide fun content to every sports fan, with the help of ABS-CBN Sports. Catch Shaun Ildefonso as he does an entertaining commentary about everything sports on "SRSLY." Also watch Cherry Nunag’s wacky chikahan with famous athletes in "Kalye Confessions: Stay-at-Home Edition." Lastly, the lockdown won't stop the basketball conversation as Beau Belga chats with your favorite hoop idols online, while still chowing down on their fave treats on "Extra Rice with Beau Belga." Watch all of these on ABS-CBN Sports' Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and YouTube channel. Also stay tuned for more new offerings from the sports arm of ABS-CBN.  These athletes have proven they are truly winners in and out of the court. While waiting for live sports to return, you can rewatch the best games of these athletes on LIGA (SD channel 86 and HD channel 183 on SKYCable) and game highlights and special features on ABS-CBN Sports' social media pages and official YouTube account. ABS-CBN Sports will continue its commitment to providing a variety of world-class, exciting, and inspiring content to every Pinoy sports fan. Visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For updates, you may also visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom or follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Showbiz personalities join VCGBPH drive for frontliners

Fresh from its highly-successful volleyball bundle raffles, Volleyball Community Gives Back PH is not yet done in raising funds for the frontliners battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The group will be raffling off memorabilias from famous showbiz celebrities.      Among the pre-loved items which the celebrities will give away from this campaign are Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach's Converse sneakers, actor Dingdong Dantes' motorcycle helmet and Kapamilya star Kathryn Bernardo's two pairs of Sunnies sunglasses.      Derek Ramsay, Jennylyn Mercado, Rovilson Fernandez, Angelica Panganiban, Marco Gumabao, Mimiyuuh, Elisse, Hashtag Luke and Paulo Arvie are also taking part of the Celebrity Bundle raffle, with all the proceeds to be dedicated in producing more personal protective equipment (PPEs).       Led by Alyssa Valdez, Charo Soriano, Amy Ahomiro, Gretchen Ho, Aby Maraño and Amanda Villanueva, VCGBPH has produced 2,000 PPEs which have already distributed to Sultan Kudarat, Quezon Medical Center Batangas, Aklan, Puerto Galera, Cebu, Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro, Muntinlupa and Quezon City.        This was made possible from the #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES campaign, where memorabilia from the volleyball players including jerseys, training shirts, shoes and a coffee table book were given away for the winners.             All raffle items will be shipped once the lockdown has been lifted.      Donations can be sent to Ryan Sordan through BPI bank account 8069 0632 77, GCash at 0917-5003390 and PayMaya at 0917-5003390.            In the #CareForAll fund drive for those volleyball game day personnel who were affected by the suspension and cancellation of leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VCGBPH has already distributed care packs to about 175 families.        VCGPH will also have a unified Philippine Volleyball Community Variety Concert online to raise funds for the #CareForAll campaign. For more details, visit Volleyball Community Gives Back on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

Viray continues relief operation for families in Cavite

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

DID YOU KNOW? Aby Marano is into filmmaking and editing

Aby Marano is known for being competitive, aggressive and fierce inside the volleyball court. From her playing days in De La Salle University in the UAAP, to her career in the commercial league and with the national team, Marano brings her signature beast mode attitude. A fact that most local volleyball fans know.     But did you know that Tyang Aby is also into filmmaking and editing?  “Actually, since college mahilig na ako mag-film,” said Marano, a Philippine Studies graduate of DLSU.  “Into filming and editing talaga ang interest ko.” The three-time UAAP champion and two-time Most Valuable Player shared that she started by taking videos of the Lady Spikers while still in college.     “Tapos nu’ng college mayroon kaming tinatawag na Lady Spikers TV pinauso ko ‘yun para lang sa team namin,” she said. “Katuwaan lang. Di pa uso vlogs nun, hahaha! “Lagi ako nagho-host ng Lady Spikers TV at guests ko ay s’yempre teammates ko nu’ng college.” “Kahit saan kami mapunta mapa-Baguio, Hong Kong, Singapore etc. nagpi-film kami sa mga digicam namin,” she continued. After her UAAP stint, Marano admitted that she had to put her hobby aside to focus on her club commitments. “Then nu’ng magpunta kami ng National Team sa Japan saka ko naisip mag-film ulit, again hobby ko lang ‘yun,” she said. “Gusto ko lang i-shoot yung mga ganap namin kapag free kami and wala sa training kasi sabi ko sa sarili ko someday mamimiss ko to, kapag di na ako naglalaro.” Her video collection piled up over time. Fearing that she might lose some of the precious memories she captured on video, Marano decided to store her videos online.   “Kaso problem ko baka mawala ‘yung copy sa gadgets ko over time. Kailangan makaisip ako ng paglalagyan and nakita ko YouTube, na pwedeng dun ko i-save lahat para kahit retired na ako sa volleyball mapapanood ko pa rin videos ng kalokohan naming,” said Marano. Her YouTube channel ‘Vlog-galag’ turned out to be a hit. “Nagulat na lang ako at biglang dumami ang views,” she said. “Kung dati, kaming teammates lang tumatawa about sa videos, ngayon libu-libo ng mamamayan ang nakikitawa sa amin. Ang saya!” Little did she know that what started to be a just a place to store her videos almost three years ago would later blow up and even hit a milestone of reaching 100,000 subscribers.   Through her vlog, fans get to know more about their volleyball idols. “Na-realize ko maganda rin pala ito kasi may fans na nag-thank you sa akin sabi nila na mas nakilala nila kami outside volleyball court,” said Marano. “Akala nila puro kami swag, yabang, beastmode, yun pala nakakatawa kami at masaya kasama sa labas,” she added. “So ayun kaya mas naging makabuluhan ang Vlog-galag.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

UST s Viray backs relief operation for families in Cavite

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Volley group extends charity work

The volleyball community has extended its charity work to include game-day personnel affected by play suspension even as its fund drive to produce PPEs for medical frontliners working in the fight against the spread of coronavirus hits its third week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

VCGBPH starts fund drive for for personnel

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH has initiated a fund drive for those game day personnel who were affected by the suspension and cancellation of leagues due to the Covid-19 pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Volleyball stars initiate fundraiser for game day personnel

Suspensions and cancellations of different volleyball leagues due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have left game day personnel jobless.     The Volleyball Community Gives Back PH initiated a fund drive to help affected referees, ball retrievers and bouncers.      "With the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, daily wage earners have found themselves struggling to earn a living,” according to VCGBPH, which is led by Charo Soriano, Alyssa Valdez, Dzi Gervacio and Gretchen Ho. “Earning their livelihood has been one of the greatest uncertainties that a lot of our countrymen have been worrying about. Some of these daily wage earners hit closer to home." In the spirit of bayanihan, VCGBPH is launching ‘#CARINGFORALL: Down The Line, We Are One’ to provide assistance for the paid-per-day personnel.            Among those who responded to the call is Rebisco, which already sent goodies for the affected volleyball game day crew.      Donations can be sent to Ryan Sordan through BPI bank account: 8069063277.      Please visit Volleyball Community Give Back on Facebook and @vcgbph on Instagram and Twitter for more details on how to help.      Meanwhile, the #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES, a fund drive to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the medical frontliners is still ogoing.    VCGPH had already donated 310 PPEs to Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Volleyball stars extend help to affected game-day personnel amid pandemic

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH (VCGBPH) will be launching #CARINGFORALL: Down The Line, We Are One — a fund drive for personnel who are affected by season stoppage of different sports leagues in the country due to the health crisis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Enlisted volleyball stars on duty in fight against COVID-19

Enlisted volleyball players and coaches are working behind the scenes in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Athletes who are part of the different branches of the Armed Forces are serving in their mother units, heeding the call of duty as the country battles the global pandemic. While others are actively deployed in the field to help curb the contagion, there are those like women’s national team assistant coach Kungfu Reyes who work inside the camps.     “So far nasa work pa rin kami. May mga tasking for decontamination sa tropa namin, kami nasa QRF (Quick Reaction Force),” Reyes, who is a Staff Sergeant in the Philippine Army, told ABS-CBN Sports. Since Metro Manila and then the whole of Luzon went under a community quarantine, military personnel were called to report to their camps for deployment orders.     In the case of Reyes, who is also the head coach of the Army Lady Troopers in the Premier Volleyball League, he and his crew are tasked to work inside Fort Bonifacio. “Nasa loob lang kami,” said the University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses mentor. “May quarantine area kami para sa mga tropa na nasa checkpoint. Ngayon kami nag-aayos ng facilities namin.” Jovelyn Gonzaga, who is an Army Corporal, is also based in the Taguig camp. She and other enlisted members of the Lady Troopers are just waiting for their deployment orders. “Nandito kami ngayon sa camp, naka-quarantine lang din pero ready for deployment,” said the national team member. “For now naghihintay lang kami ng instructions,” said the Ilongga hitter. “In case ma-deploy kami sa repacking [of relief goods] at sa mess para sa pag-ready ng mga food ng mga sundalo na galing sa deployment.” Gonzaga explained that their work if given the order is to serve the frontline soldiers deployed in the field who will be quarantined. “Kami ang mag-ready ng food nila kapag ma-quaratine sila dito sa camp,” she said. “Kasi after nila mag-checkpoint and all, makaka-quarantine sila for 15 days [dito].” Meanwhile, the 30th Southeast Asian Games silver medal winning men’s team head coach Dante Alinsunurin, setter Jessie Lopez and winger Ranran Abdilla of the Philippine Air Force are on duty in Villamor Airbase.           “Nasa base po kami mga Air Force, duty kami dito katulad nang ginagawa namin ‘pag walang laro kasama si coach Dante at iba pang national team,” said the Airman 2nd Class Lopez. Just like their counterparts in the army, Lopez, SSG. Alinsunurin and Airman 1st Class Abdilla and Jeffrey Malabanan, a reserve in the national squad, are on standby for deployment.    “Naka-ready naman po kami lahat dito sa base in case na i-deploy kami sa labas kung need po,” said the veteran playmaker. “Kaya di rin kami maka-uwi sa family namin. Halos lahat kami nandito.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Volleyball community doing its share in fight vs. COVID-19

The Philippine volleyball community is once again showing unity, this time in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Volleyball stars are auctioning off their jerseys to raise funds for our frontliners or packing and delivering relief goods in their community while fans are doing their share by through monetary donations and following the government's directive to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus. Creamline setter Jia Morado is currently leading a fund-raising campaign, Every Little Thing Counts, to purchase personal protective equipment (PPEs) and facemasks for frontliners risking their lives to care and help our kababayans infected by the deadly virus. She started off by putting her Ateneo de Manila University jersey from Season 79 for bidding as other players followed suit. Ara Galang of De La Salle University put up her jersey for bidding last Saturday. On Sunday, University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez, Maji Mangulabnan, Det Pepito and Janna Torres joined the drive by putting up their Season 80 girls’ volleyball jerseys for bidding. Mika Reyes on Monday led eight other members of the Philippine Superliga team Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors in donating their jerseys for the auction. Pam Lastimosa, Royse Tubino, Bang Pineda, Djanel Cheng, Ruby De Leon, Amy Ahomiro, Marje Tejada and Alex Bollier all participated in the campaign. Genesis Redido of UST men’s volleyball team provided assistance to frontliners and victims of a recent fire in his hometown in Bacoor, Cavite.        Bea De Leon of ChocoMucho extended a helping hand to her community in Marikina City. MVP on and off the court. Salamat sa iyong donasyon para sa batang Marikenyo, @_beadel! #KapitBisigMarikina pic.twitter.com/is0UqLSlCY — Teacher Stella Quimbo (@TeacherStellaQ) March 28, 2020 Meanwhile, volleyball players who are members of the military are also doing their part in their respective camps while the whole of Luzon is on an enhanced community quarantine. The Philippine volleyball community once again showed its generosity, support and love through its own little ways......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Marikina sends relief goods for Taal Volcano victims

MARIKINA CITY, 24 Jan. (PIA) - The Marikina City Government will send relief goods to communities affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.Mayor Marcy Teodoro ordered his personnel to to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 24th, 2020

Cebu City to donate goods, not cash, to quake-stricken Mindanao

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government will be donating P10 million worth of relief goods to the three towns in Mindanao which were severely affected by the recent earthquakes. This decision was reached following the assessment of Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak and personnel of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office […] The post Cebu City to donate goods, not cash, to quake-stricken Mindanao appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2019