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Margielyn Didal gets own skate shoes colorway

A week after being named to Forbes Asia's "30 Under 30" list, Didal revealed her own signature colorway for skate shoes with New Balance......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 8th, 2020

Margielyn sumali sa ‘Lockdown Skate Video’

KAHIT nasa loob ng bahay o sa maliit na espasyo sa labas ng kanilang tahanan sa Lahug, Cebu City, hindi nagpaawat sa paglalaro si 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist skateboarder Margielyn Didal......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsMay 20th, 2020

Local bets Didal, Ledermann rule skateboarding action

Margielyn Didal and Daniel Ledermann swept the gold medals in their respective categories in the game of SKATE in skateboarding on Thursday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Sigtuna Hall, Tagaytay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Cebuano skateboarders Didal, Lederman bag gold medals in Game of Skate in SEA Games

TAGAYTAY, Philippines — Cebuano skateboarders Margielyn Didal and Daniel Lederman swept the Game of Skate men and women of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.  Didal, also an Asian Games gold medalist, bagged the gold medal in the women’s division at the expense of teammate, Christiana […] The post Cebuano skateboarders Didal, Lederman bag gold medals in Game of Skate in SEA Games appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Cebuano athletes gear up to win medals for skateboarding events

TAGAYTAY, Philippines — Cebuanos have a chance to hand the Philippines more medals after advancing to the finals and semifinals round at the Game of Skate, one of the skateboarding events of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.  Cebu’s Margielyn Didal will try to […] The post Cebuano athletes gear up to win medals for skateboarding events appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Cebu’s Didal, Lederman to plunge into action as weather improves in Tagaytay

TAGAYTAY, Philippines—Cebuano skateboarders Margielyn Didal and Daniel Lederman will be opening their campaign in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday afternoon, December 4, 2019, here.  The Game of Skate, one of the skateboarding events of the biennial meet, was supposed to be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at the Tagaytay Skate Complex. But it […] The post Cebu’s Didal, Lederman to plunge into action as weather improves in Tagaytay appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Margielyn Didal, Philippine skaters raring to begin SEA Games bid

Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal and the rest of the skateboarding team can’t wait to strut their wares with the completion of the skate park in Tagaytay in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games firing off Saturday in Bulacan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

Filipina skaters Didal, Means chosen for Women s Battle at the Berrics

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will be well-represented in the inaugural staging of the Women's Battle at the Berrics as Margielyn Didal and Christiana Means were selected to compete.  Didal and Means will vie with 14 other skateboarders in a bracket-style tournament of SKATE, which has rules based on the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

Margielyn Didal strikes gold in 2019 National Skateboarding Championships

MANILA, Philippines – Margielyn Didal still emerged as the country's best skater after topping the first National Skateboarding Championships on Saturday, July 13 at the Backyard Skatepark in Sta Rosa, Laguna. Didal copped the gold with a score of 28.73 in the women's free skate, the same event she ruled in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal happy to see growth in Philippine skateboarding scene

Twenty-year old Margielyn Didal was one of the Philippine contingent's biggest stars during last year's Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang.  The Cebuana was one of four Filipina athletes to take home a gold medal, representing the tri-colors in an event that wasn't necessarily a popular sport in the Philippines: street skateboarding.  Nearly a year since, the Philippine skateboarding scene is seemingly getting more and more traction, and Didal's success on the big stage served as a catalyst.  "I think the Philippine skateboarding scene, malaki siya, and it’s getting bigger and bigger, especially because they put it in the Olympics, and some parents are interested in putting their kids into skateboarding now," Didal shared during a media scrum at the New Balance Numeric Asia Specific Tour, Friday afternoon in Manila. "I’m super hyped na mas lumaki yung skate scene and mas nabigyan ng pansin." Since becoming an Asian Games gold medalist, life has not been the same for Didal, who has continued to compete with the hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  "It [has been] hectic, with schedule and skate events especially, for these qualification and ranking for the Olympics. I’m super happy about that, getting support from the Philippine government." she said.  For Didal, the busy life is all worth it, especially since the Philippine skateboarding scene is getting some shine along with it.  "Sobrang mas naging busy yung life, pero mas naging okay kasi nabigyan ng pansin nga yun skateboarding dito sa Pilipinas, kasi dati, wala lang." "Before hindi naman sport yung skateboarding. Skateboarding is to have fun. Even now, we’re still having fun, in a good way naman na we’re getting support, we’re getting exposure, at mas lumaki pa nga, tsaka skateboarding kasi, sobrang saya. Hindi ko na-expect na gagawin siyang sport, and from this, I’ve changed my life a lot, and my family’s," she continued.  As such, Didal has become an inspiration to aspiring skaters in the Philippines. Pinoy skateboarders, young and young at heart alike, trooped to the press conference with hopes of getting to meet, and take photos with Didal as well as the other members of the New Balance Skate Team, including Jamie Foy and Franky Villiani.  Seeing the turnout was an amazing feeling for the young Filipina skater.  "Sa mga kids din diyan na naiinspire ng mga pro-skaters katulad ni Jamie Foy, it’s such an honor and it feels amazing na may na-iinspire kami na mga kids or mga other skaters din na gusto mag-skate or yung nag-stop mag-skate and gusto bumalik dahil nami-miss nila yung feeling pag-skateboard." It wasn't only the fans that took notice of Didal's success, but also her hometown's government. Following her Asian Games gold, the Cebu City government pledged the construction of a skate park, which will not only hopefully develop even more future medalists, but also keep them from skating in potentially dangerous places like the streets and main throroughfare.  "It’s such an honor to represent the Philippines, especially for me, I grew up in my hometown without a skate park, getting chased by security, but still, we made it, and now they recognize us and give us the support. That’s overwhelming, na nakita nila lahat, na gusto nila mag-build ng skate park for all skaters," Didal said of the development.  Apart from bringing honor to the country, Didal was also able to show the world that while skating is mainly a male-dominated sport, the girls can hang as well.  "Before, it’s kinda [considered] as male stuff, now there are girl skaters growing all over the world, and it’s good, seeing these girls skating, shredding with them in big events, it’s cool that these girls can skate." Barely in her 20s, Didal still has a lot more skating to do in her career, but already, she has an idea of what she wants her legacy to be when it's all said and done, and that's to have been able to share her talent and her knowledge to the next crop of star skaters.  "I want to share my talent sa ibang tao," Didal expressed. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

LeBron James shows Manila love with new Agimat shoe

The new colorway features an all-red look with gold accents, contrasting the blue motif for the first three Agimat shoes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

Sneaker Stories: Paul Lee s ECQ kicks game is very strong

It’s gotta be the shoes. Sneakers are all the craze these days, everyone’s after them whether you’re an actual sneakerhead or just in it for the business of it. Since footwear is pretty big on basketball, some of the more coveted ones are basketball shoes after all, you know, made for actual performance, basketball folks are naturally the source of some heat. It’s been a little difficult with the quarantine life lately, but that hasn’t stopped Magnolia’s Paul Lee from rocking his sneakers. Here are some of the best quarantine kicks from the PBA’s Hotshot.   #StayAtHome Lee opened his quarantine kicks series with the Air Jordan 3 SE that released for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. He was twinning with his daughter Tokyo.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 16 of community quarantine. Twining with tokyo ???? What to do? ???? Maybe I’m starting to post my shoes everyday ???? wala na akong maisip eh. Ayaw ko naman tumambay sa room namin nandun kasi si misis eh ????????‍?????????????? Stay safe everyone ?????????????? A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Mar 28, 2020 at 4:48pm PDT Jordan 1s are popular with anyone and Lee is no different. A shoe that would surely match his Magnolia jersey, Lee rocked the Royals very early in his quarantine kicks series.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 20 of community quarantine ???? Good morning everyone ???? habang tumatagal nakaka-boring na ???? buti na lang nandyan si @tokyochualee may kalaro ako sa umaga at nandyan din si misis @rubiechualee may kalaro ako sa gabi ???????????????????? Kamusta na po kayong lahat? Sana sa ngayon ok pa din po kayo ???????? hindi ako magsasawa na magsabi sa inyo na stay home and stay safe, wag na po tayong makulit para matapos na itong nararanasan natin ?????????????????????????? And let’s talk about naman yung kicks of the day namin ng anak ko ???? for me Jordan 1 and for Tokyo naman is Jordan 13 ???????????? A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:10pm PDT After an “issue” with his wife, Lee rocked the Jordan 1 LA to Chicago the next day. All the lols for the Lee family.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 23 of community quarantine ???? Good morning to y’all ???????? For today’s kicks Jordan 1 LA to Chicago ???? didn’t know this one was a heat pair ????????‍?????? #Nike #Swoosh #Jordan1 . . . . Ps: kung nagtataka kayo bakit may band aid yung mukha ko dahil binugbog po ako kagabi ng misis ko ????????‍?????????????? Kala ko Fifty shades of Grey na kagabi kasi may mga candle light, torture na pala yun ???????? yun na pala yung bawi niya dahil sa prank na ginawa ko sakanya ????????????????????‍?? Again STAY SAFE and STAY AT HOME!!!!! Tiis lang po tayo matatapos din ang lahat ?????????? A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 4, 2020 at 5:56pm PDT Digging deep into his massive collection, Lee paid tribute to the Black Mamba by unearthing the Kobe 7 in the Laker home colorway.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 26 of community quarantine ???? Good morning sa lahat ng mga kumpadre at kumare ko dyan ?? Medyo malalim yata yung hinukay ng mahiwagang kwarto para makuha itong Zoom Kobe 7 Lakers Home ???? Medyo mahirap yata ito sundan bukas ah ????????????‍?? Kayo mga kumpadre ano favorite kobe shoes niyo? #kobe7 #Nike #Swoosh #JustDoIt #MambaMentality A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 7, 2020 at 4:32pm PDT A classic close to his heart, Lee just had to go with the Nike Dunks that pay tribute to the UE Red Warriors, the college team he took to the UAAP Finals.         View this post on Instagram                   Day 32 of community quarantine ???? Good morning sa inyong lahat! ???? For today’s kicks ay SB Nike Dunk High UE Red Warriors Edition ???????? Sobrang solid ng sapatos na ito. Every time na hahawakan ko at titignan ko ito, naaalala ko lahat yung hirap ko noong college. Isa lang masasabi ko talaga kapag may tinanim ka may aanihin ka. Kaya sobrang thankful ngayon ???? #Nike #JustDoIt #SbDunkHigh #DunkHigh A post shared by Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) on Apr 13, 2020 at 5:36pm PDT Lee posts almost daily on Instagram as he deals with the quarantine period. You can follow him @lethalweapon03. He also has a Youtube page and he talked about his extensive sneaker collection in a recent video, which includes personal pairs that pay tribute to his family.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Giannis Antetokounmpo teases new signature shoe

Low-res photos of the Milwaukee Bucks star's new shoes circulated as early as late March but now, detailed images of a "Black/White" colorway have surfaced on Instagram with Antetokounmpo confirming the authenticity with a comment......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Sneaker Stories: Jordan s era-defining shoes for 'The Last Dance'

It’s gotta be the shoes. Sneakers are all the craze these days, everyone’s after them whether you’re an actual sneakerhead or just in it for the business of it. Since footwear is pretty big on basketball, some of the more coveted ones are basketball shoes after all, you know, made for actual performance, basketball folks are naturally the source of some heat. The Sneaker Stories series takes a minor twist today, focusing on the GOAT himself. With the release of The Last Dance, the 10-episode docuseries featuring Michael Jordan, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at the shoes that defined His Airness’ 1997-1998 season. [Related: Sneaker Stories: Around the world in Matthew Wright's boat shoes]   He Got Game The Air Jordan XIII was the flagship shoe worn by Michael for the 1997-1998 season, his last as a Chicago Bull and the focus of The Last Dance. Designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the XIIIs were inspired by MJ’s other persona as The Black Cat, with the midsole supposed to mimic the paw of a panther. The heel jewel - the hologram - is for the cat’s eye that instills fear to those who make contact. [Related: Prepare for The Last Dance with these essential Michael Jordan pieces] A forgotten detail about the XIIIs is that the black Playoff colorway might as well be the shoe worn by Jordan for his last shot as a Bull. Up 3-1 in the 1998 Finals, the Bulls were down two to the Jazz at home for Game 5. Jordan tried to go for the title but his final three at the buzzer missed, sending the series back to Salt Lake City for Game 6.   Big Apple While Jordan Brand makes a ton of money with its retro business, Jordan himself rarely wore his older shoes back when he was playing. It was all about his latest flagship. One of the exceptions came in 1998, when Jordan wore a retro of the Air Jordan 1. The model originally first released in 1985, and MJ wore the retro of the Chicago colorway in New York at the Madison Square Garden, torching the Knicks for 42 points in a win Bulls win.   Last Shot The Air Jordan XIV was the last sneaker Jordan wore as a Bull, however, the shoe didn’t release for retail until the next NBA season. Still, Jordan debuted the shoe way early, wearing it three times during the 1998 NBA Finals against the Jazz. The black and red colorway was on the feet of His Airness when he stripped Karl Malone of the basketball late in Game 6 and Chicago trailing by one. Then, with his unreleased flagship, Jordan put the moves on Bryon Russell, elevated for his signature mid-range jumper, and handed the Bulls a sixth championship with one more iconic swish. The black and red 14s would be later aptly-named “Last Shot” and Jordan himself provided a timeless moment for the model. However, the same shoe wouldn’t hit retail until March of 1999. The 14s actually debuted with the Candy Cane colorway late in 1998. Also designed by Hatlfield, the 14s were inspired by Jordan’s Ferrari 550 Maranello.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Didal surprised at being named in Forbes Asia’s ’30 under 30’ list

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu’s Margielyn Didai, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in skateboarding, was surprised that she was named into the Forbes Asia’s famed “30 under 30” list, which the magazine announced on Wednesday night, April 1, 2020. According to Didal, she had no knowledge about it as she hasn’t been […] The post Didal surprised at being named in Forbes Asia’s ’30 under 30’ list appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

Yulo, Didal make elite ‘forbes’ list

Olympics-bound gymnast Caloy Yulo and skateboard queen Margielyn Didal landed in Forbes Asia’s “30 under 30” for 2020, joining three other Filipinos in the list of the most influential youngsters across the continent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2020

Didal habol pa rin ang Olympic qualifiers

MALAKI man ang pag-asang makalusot sa 2020 Summer Olympic Games sa Tokyo, Japan kung sakaling makansela ang mga nalalabing Olympic qualifying events para sa skateboard competition, mas gugustuhin pa rin ni Margielyn Didal na makasabak sa mga nasabing torneo. Kasalukuyang No. 14 ranked sa mundo at No. 3 ranked sa Asya base sa listahan ng […] The post Didal habol pa rin ang Olympic qualifiers appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

Margielyn Didal, nasungkit ang bronze medal sa Tampa Pro Competition

MARGOT GONZALES   LUMAGAY sa ikatlong puwesto ang Pinay Skateboarder na si Margielyn Didal sa katatapos lang na 26th Tampa Pro Competition Women’s Open sa Florida, USA. Nakuha ni Didal ang bronze medal sa street event habang nanguna sina Japanese skaters Hina Maeda at Yumeka Oda at nakuha ang top 2 spots. Ang Tampa event […] The post Margielyn Didal, nasungkit ang bronze medal sa Tampa Pro Competition appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

Schrock, Pagdanganan to receive PSA special honors

Two more outstanding Filipino athletes in Stephan Schrock and Bianca Pagdanganan will be the recipients of special awards from the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA). Schrock will be conferred with the Mr. Football award, while Pagdanganan is going to be the first ever to receive the Ms. Golf title during the SMC-PSA gala night on March 6 at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. The 33-year-old Schrock and Pagdanganan, 22, join Ms. and Mr. Basketball Jack Animam and Thirdy Ravena, Ms. and Mr. Volleyball Sisi Rondina and Bryan Bagunas, and Coach of the Year Pat Aquino as among those to be honored with special awards by the country’s oldest media organization. For making the country proud with its exceptional performance that netted for the host the overall title of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Team Philippines was the unanimous choice as the recipient of the coveted Athlete of the Year award. Pagdanganan had her own share in the Filipinos’ successful title drive in the SEA Games as she spearheaded the country’s two-gold romp in golf by winning the women’s individual event and the women’s team event in tandem with Lois Kaye Go. The recipient of the 2018 PSA Athlete of the Year (with fellow golfers Go and Yuka Saso, Hidilyn Diaz, and Margielyn Didal), Pagdanganan also won the Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational in Mexico last year. A gold medal winner in the 2018 Asian Games, the Filipina golfer attended Gonzaga University and later, the University of Arizona, which she helped win the NCAA Division 1 women’s golf championships in the same year. A sports and society major, Pagdanganan turned pro last year. Schrock, meanwhile, will be receiving his second Mr. Football award after winning his first in 2013. The veteran midfielder of Ceres-Negros FC stood as the rock of the Philippine Azkals that is currently on a transition, serving as the captain of the U22 team in the SEA Games that came close to reaching the knockout stage. The Fil-German player was also named by the ASEAN Football Federation as one of the recipients of the AFF Best XI Award during the AFF Awards held in Hanoi, Vietnam. On the domestic front, Schrock led Ceres Negros to a third successive Football League title and steered the team to the ASEAN Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup. Along with goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, Schrock also spearheaded the Azkals’ campaign in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

All Kobe products pulled out for now following his tragic death

After Kobe Bryant's tragic passing Sunday due to a helicopter crash in California, Nike is pulling out all products related to him for the moment. Bryant died with his daughter Gigi and seven others in a fatal crash that shocked the world. The former Lakers star was 41 and his daughter was 13. Nike, the sportswear giant that has partnered with Kobe for 11 signature shoes and five post-retirement shoes, has pulled out all products related to him from its webstore. In a statement, Nike called Kobe as one of the greats. "Along with millions of athletes and fans throughout the world, we are devastated," the statement read. "Kobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sport and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever," the statement from Nike ended. Typing "Kobe" in Nike's US website redirects to the brand's memorial message. Kobe's fifth signature shoe in a brand-new colorway taking the identity of two iconic looks from his final title, the Big Stage Home and Parade PE, is next on Nike's calendar for release reportedly on Feb. 7. But with his tragic passing, it appears all products related to him will be reworked in terms of schedule and release.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

20 for 20: Pinoy Sports Personalities to Watch in 2020

As we enter a new decade, ABS-CBN Sports takes a look at 20 Pinoy sports personalities destined to shine in 2020.    Kiefer Ravena After an 18-month wait, Kiefer Ravena is finally back in basketball. Despite only playing in the PBA’s third conference, his impact was immediate, leading NLEX to the number 1 seed in the Governors’ Cup. The Road Warriors didn’t advance sure, but if Kiefer can impact a team that way in limited time, wait until you see what he can do with a full offseason.   Alex Eala At just 14 years old, Filipina tennister Alex Eala is already turning heads, and she’s yet to turn pro. With a runner-up finish at the ITF Mayor’s Cup in Osaka, Japan and her first ITF Juniors title in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex has had quite the fruitful year, leading to a career-best 11th-place ranking in the ITF Juniors table to finish the year.  Heading into 2020, Eala now has her sights set on turning pro as she plans to join more professional tournaments to raise her ranking even more. Expect the young tennis star to make even more headlines in the coming year.     Bryan Bagunas A vital cog in the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Bagunas is considered as one of the best Filipino volleyball players in this generation. Eyes will be on his blossoming international career playing as an import in the Japan V. Premier League.         Margielyn Didal While already a household name in Philippine skateboarding due to her success in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Margielyn Didal made even more waves in 2019. The 20-year old Cebuana reached the semifinals of the 2019 SLS World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and captured gold in the 2019 National Championships and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  Didal is currently looking to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and if she can do so, it’s highly likely that the Pinay skater can become an even bigger star in the industry.    Marck Espejo After his spectacular collegiate career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Marck Espejo's colorful career as part of the men's national volleyball team and in the club league continues to blossom. Just like Bryan Bagunas, Espejo will be showing his skills internationally with a stint in Thailand following a historic silver medal finish at the 30th SEA Games.   Yuka Saso After a decorated amateur career that saw her  participate in major tournaments such as the Ladies’ European Tour, the Summer Youth Olympics and claim top honors in the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 and 2019 Philippine Ladies Open, and the 2019 Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, 18-year old Pinay golfer Yuka Saso finally made the jump to pro in November of 2019.  With even more competitions in store plus a 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth in her crosshairs, it’s quite likely that we hear more about Saso in the coming months.  Carlos Yulo Perhaps no other young athlete in the Philippines shot to stardom faster than gymnastics phenomenon Carlos Edriel Yulo. After a gold medal finish in the floor exercise at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Yulo hauled in even more hardware in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, taking home two more gold medals and five silvers.  Yulo’s spectacular 2019 earned him a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and if his SEA Games and World Championships performances are any indication, Caloy is bound for another podium finish on the biggest stage there is.   Eya Laure Last UAAP season’s rookie of the year will return as the heir apparent of Season 81 MVP Sisi Rondina. With her national team stint, all eyes will be on the younger Laure as she reunites with older sister EJ as they try to bring University of Sto. Tomas back in the Finals after falling short last year. Hidilyn Diaz 2019 was another big year for Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, highlighted by her first ever gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Diaz also finished with silver medals in the 2019 Asian Championships and a bronze in the 2019 World Championships.  All those podium finishes are crucial in Diaz’s quest for another Olympics berth in 2020. Should the 28-year lock up another spot in the Summer Games in Tokyo, we could see another Olympic medal coming home.    Kat Tolentino  After initially announcing that she would not come back for her final season in the UAAP, Kat Tolentino changed her decision and will suit up for the Ateneo Lady Eagles once last time, providing a great morale-booster in their bid for back-to-back titles. Tolentino’s leadership will be tested as she will be leading a young team.      Joshua Pacio 23-year old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio proved to be the brightest spot for Philippine MMA stable Team Lakay in 2019. After opening the year with a questionnable decision loss to Yosuke Saruta, Pacio silenced any doubts in the rematch and regained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a highlight-reel headkick knockout. Pacio would follow that up with another masterful performance, this time with a second-round submission win over top contender Rene Catalan before the end of the year.  2020 is shaping up to become another banner year for the rising Pinoy star, as he’s scheduled for another title defense on January 31st in Manila, this time against former champ Alex Silva of Brazil. A win for Pacio will solidify his claim of being the best strawweight ever in ONE Championship history.     Louie Romero The Adamson University freshman displayed great potential during the pre-season when she piloted the Lady Falcons to title win in the PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference. Romero is expected to be a gem of a setter for the young Adamson squad hoping make a return in the UAAP Final Four. Manny Pacquiao While eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is certainly in the twilight of his professional boxing career, 2019 showed that he is still one of the best around. A successful title defense over Adrien Broner followed by an impressive dismantling of the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA’s primary world title proved that even at 40, Manny Pacquiao is still a big name in the sport.  With Pacquiao targeting an early return in 2020, more big names are lined up to fight “the People’s Champ”, including names like Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and even a title-unification bout against Errol Spence. Still, the biggest fight that is out there proves to be a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr, granted that “Money” finally bites.    Faith Nisperos A key addition for the repeat-seeking Ateneo de Manila University. The highly-touted rookie hitter will add height and firepower for the Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball. In the previous PVL Collegiate Conference, Nisperos flashed her scoring prowess, exploding for 35 points in one outing.   Robert Bolick The two best rookies of 2019 were CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. We know what we can expect from CJ, but Bolick is an interesting case as 2020 will be his return from knee injury. Bolick could still win Rookie of the Year, but even if he doesn’t, his return to Northport could push the reloaded Batang Pier from a Cinderella team to full-on PBA title contender.   Joshua Retamar His playmaking skills as well as his efficiency on net defense during the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games makes him a setter to watch out for come UAAP. Retamar is an asset for National University’s three-peat bid.       Kai Sotto The Philippines' 7-foot-2, 17-year-old is opening eyes as he suits up for Atlanta-based The Skills Factory - so much so that he has already gotten interest from quite a few US NCAA schools. Before Sotto continues breaking the glass ceiling for Filipinos, though, he will go home for a while to wear the flag with Mighty Sports-Pilipinas in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.   Jema Galanza Coming off a great outing to close the PVL Season 3 highlighted by copping the Open Conference MVP award, expectations are high for Jema Galanza as Creamline aims to reclaim the PVL Reinforced Conference crown and complete an Open Conference three-peat.      Kobe Paras Many questioned just what the 6-foot-6 tantalizing talent would bring to the table for UP - but more often than not, he had all the answers as he led the Fighting Maroons to their second straight Final Four. In the end, Paras was actually the steadying force State U needed in what was a hyped up season. They may not have made it back to the Finals, but they still got much more motivation as they run it back for next year.   Pat Aquino What's next for the most decorated mentor in women's basketball? Pat Aquino followed up a six-peat for National U with the Philippines' first-ever gold medal in women's basketball in the SEA Games. Without a doubt, he will only continue steering the sport forward especially as the likes of UST and FEU are already gearing up to put up greater challenges in the new year.   Isaac Go Isaac Go is technically not the no. 1 pick of the 2019 PBA Draft but he is without a doubt, the no. 1 prospect of the year. His top selection from the special Gilas Pilipinas Draft is proof of that. Gilas Pilipinas has the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on deck in 2020 and as a new era dawns on the national team, all eyes will be on the biggest piece for the future that’s already drafted into the new Philippine squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020