Please allow family ‘reunions,’ Mr. President

ABS-CBN Corp. once a-gainst demonstrated its combativeness against President Rodrigo Duterte — a portent of things to come if it gets to open again — when it very pettily picked on his trip to his hometown Davao City last week, claiming that he was violating the quarantine rules that his own government has instituted. It was only ABS-CBN that tried to make an […].....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netMay 21st, 2020

Neri-Chaves Clan: A Tale of Southern Nobility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, the crown jewel of Mindanao, is the country’s newest boom town, experiencing an accelerated level of modernization and real estate investments. Infrastructures such as hotels, malls and condominium towers are vigorously constructed one after the other to accommodate the influx of new residents and visitors to the city. Proof that, Cagayan de Oro as it is fondly called, had long since shed its small-town roots, to become the mega melting pot of pioneering entrepreneurs and upwardly mobile young professionals that it is today. Apart from the perks and comforts of living in a highly urbanized city, people who call Cagayan de Oro home also bask in its rich and colorful history that dates back to pre-colonial times. One clan in particular has been a prominent figure in the city’s enduring saga and cultural evolution. The Neri-Chaves family are descendants of a strong-willed Rajah whose resoluteness drove him to seek out dominions beyond his stronghold’s fertile terrains in Lanao province. The Malay prince, whose name was Samporna, or Sanskrit for ‘perfect’, decided to invade Cagayan or Kalambagohan as it was then known. Excerpts from the writings of the Neri-Chaves family historian, Filomeno M. Bautista, recounted how a potential bloody struggle was averted, when the then chief of Kalambagohan, Datu Bagani, sent his beautiful daughter guarded by his bravest warriors to meet Rajah Samporna. She was to initiate the conditional surrender, so that their people would not be enslaved by the invaders. It was told that the Rajah, captivated by Datu Bagani’s daughter, ended up marrying her. The prince also built a fortress around their village in Kalambagohan to protect them from other conquistadores. Rajah Samporna later succeeded the Datu as ruler of Cagayan. He also converted from Islam to Christianity to solidify his devotion to his wife’s religion, and in 1779 was baptized by a Spanish priest with a peculiarly Italian name, Neri. It ushered an era of peace in Mindanao, when Muslims lived harmoniously with Christians. The Neris intermarrying with the Chaveses of Cagayan was perhaps providential as it produced one of the most enduring clans in the country. Today, the Neri-Chaves clan is many thousand strong. Well-known lawyer and congressman Rufus Bautista Rodriguez attributes the successes enjoyed by many family members throughout many generations to the tireless pursuit of life’s true purpose. “We are hardworking people. We are also fortunate to have had many individuals in the family who continue to inspire us, like Vice President Emmanuel Neri Pelaez and Ambassador Felino Neri”, Rodriguez said, adding in jest, “At mga gwapo, gwapa pa!” Most if not all of Cagayan de Oro’s earliest leaders, from Governors to Mayors, were members of the Neri-Chaves family. Some became pioneers in other fields like business, education and the arts, from Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan to musicologist and concert pianist Vilma May Chaves Cataylo. The clan has had three grand reunions, first in 1985, then in 1993, and the most recent one took place in August 2016 where hundreds of family members came together from all over the world to rekindle family ties. Jessica Dingcong, who spearheaded the recent reunion held at the Chaves family-owned Chali Beach and Mallberry Suites in Cagayan de Oro City, wants to inspire the next generation to carry on the legacy of benevolence and integrity of their forebears. “We should be proud that we are very family oriented,’ Dingcong said. In attendance at the grand reunion were the Neri-Cheves clan’s many young professionals and millennials. Sixth generation Neri-Chaves and journalist Alessandra Marie Chaves Jalandoni, who carries her nickname Apples professionally, admits feeling the pressure of belonging to a family of achievers. “We have some pretty big shoes to fill, so we soldier on, and never give up,,” Jalandoni said, adding that, “We have always been taught to do the right thing, and not just what looks good on paper.” Jalandoni’s maternal grandfather Engineer Camilo Vamenta Chaves was a World War II veteran and subsequently Dean at the family-owned Liceo de Cagayan University. Her mother Alma Marie Chaves Jalandoni is a pioneer in garments manufacturing and export in the Philippines. Current Social Security Services Commissioner Pompee La Viña will head the next Neri-Chaves grand reunion in 2018. La Viña is the son of Lourdes Chaves Maestrado La Viña who was the first woman elected to the City Council in Cagayan de Oro. His younger brother is former Ateneo School of Government dean and climate change lead negotiator Tony La Viña. Commissioner La Viña hopes to welcome many more family members to their tight-knit Mindanaon clan. “It roots us in Mindanao, the blood of Mindanao is running through us,” he said. La Viña also ponders on how leadership is ingrained in the members of the clan. After all they are descendants of a warrior prince. But the word is also taking on a new meaning as the Neris and Chaveses usher Mindanao to its most vibrant era. “We will always be leaders, we are simply inclined to lead,” La Viña maintained, “but to lead as serving the people rather than ruling them.” (By J. C. Bautista) &'160; 121&'160;total views, 121&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

With foreign blood

  HIGHSPEED continues to write about Filipinos with foreign blood. Let’s start with the First Family. President Duterte said he has Chinese and Moro Blood. But no doubt his three children inherited their good looks from their mother, Elizabeth Zimmer­man, American of German extraction. Am referring to Davao City Mayor Sara, Vice Mayor Baste, Congressman […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

160 PSG positive for COVID-19

At least 160 personnel of the Presidential Security Group have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 based on the mandatory rapid testing implemented by the PSG to ensure that no infected personnel will be detailed to President Duterte and members of the first family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2020

Free COVID testing for PBA employees

San Miguel Corporation is making sure the health and safety of its own PBA family is secured. All 41 employees of the league led by Commissioner Willie Marcial are scheduled to undergo free COVID-19 testing courtesy of no less than SMC President and COO Ramon S. Ang. The firm, which has been at the forefront […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2020

Hemilyn Tamayo talks about pageant, family, love of painting

  By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA Former Mutya ng Pilipinas President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo was preparing to make a comeback in the pageant world until the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way. “I miss the pageant world. Actually we had talks of producing a new pageant late this year pero hold muna (because of the health crisis). […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 6th, 2020

200 billion reasons to explain

With the means of livelihood of almost every Filipino family virtually grinding to a halt at the declaration of an enhanced community quarantine, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of P200 billion to be distributed among 18 million families......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

Bolsonaro backs down on police chief pick

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro withdrew his controversial nomination of a family friend for federal police chief Wednesday after a Supreme Court judge stayed the appointment over allegations the far-right leader wanted to block sensitive investigations......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 30th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao thankful after PCR-based test confirms he is COVID-19 free

        View this post on Instagram                   Enjoying all the extra family time in quarantine. Love these people more than anything! A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Apr 19, 2020 at 5:56pm PDT Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has been cleared of COVID-19 infections, as confirmed by a PCR-based test, he said in a statement, Monday. Pacquiao and his family were instructed to go under home quarantine by Dasmariñas Village officials led Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang back in late-March after Pacquiao was said to have hosted a ‘party’ that included Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier that week. In a response, Pacquiao clarified that it was not a ‘party’ but rather a political meeting that took place weeks before Pimentel tested positive. "This event happened on March 4, 2020. I am sure our Dasmariñas Village guards have records of this if only proper verification was made. Let me also emphasize that it was not 'partying' as stated in your letter. It was a political meeting. The word 'partying' casts me as someone insensitive to the current crisis of the nation," Pacquiao said. Pacquiao added that prior to the letter from Hwang, he had already decided to put himself under home-quarantine after a Special Senate Session back in March 23. He also said that he tested negative using rapid testing kits from South Korea. Upon the advise of Dr. Rontgene Solante, head of the Infectirous Disease Department of the San Lazaro Hospital, Pacquiao also took the PCR-based test, which also came back negative. "Nagpapasalamat po tayo kay Lord dahil patuloy tayong prinoproteksyonan,” Pacquiao stated. “Nagpapasalamat din ako sa DOH at sa mga taong sumama sa pagdarasal upang malampasan natin ang pagsubok na ito.” Prior to undergoing home quarantine, Pacquiao was quite active in the battle agaisnt COVID-19, helping donate facemasks and setting up free transport for frontliners, as well as partnering with the Jack Ma Foundation to donate test kits.  “Huwag po kayong mag-alala at hindi ko sasayangin ang inyong pagmamahal. Susuklian ko po ito ng mas masigasig pang paninilbihan sa bayan," Pacquiao continued......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Jett Manuel wearing engineer s hard hat in fight vs COVID-19

Jett Manuel is many things - Xavier Stallion, University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon, Mighty Sports-Pilipinas player, Ginebra Gin King, PBA champion, S+A analyst. In the continuing COVID-19 crisis, though, he has found one identity to be most helpful of all - engineer. Manuel, who obtained his civil engineering license in 2017, actually declined a second contract in the PBA and decided to put his focus on their family's logistics company Megacem, Inc. Now, he is serving as its Vice President for Construction. And now, he and Megacem have partnered with WTA Architecture and Design Studio to build emergency quarantine facilities (EQF) in the fight vs COVID-19.         View this post on Instagram                   Megacem Inc. Has partnered and provided logistical support for this cause, hoping to do our part in this fight agains COVID-19. Please visit the links below. ???? • • In our darkest hours, #WeBuildAsOne as a nation. May this small light shine as we promise to build more and light up this darkness in Mega Manila. . Check out + to learn more. . #eqfacility #eqf #wehealasone #flattenthecurve #emergencyarchitecture #MegacemInc. A post shared by Jett Manuel (@jettmanuel) on Apr 13, 2020 at 9:45pm PDT "My friend who's directly involved in the project was looking for construction materials and suppliers and that's when I found out more about it," he shared. "I openly offered logistical support if they needed it because we have Megacem trucks. It's really a big project and we believe in what they are doing." Indeed, from there, the engineer-athlete and his company went all-out in supporting the EQFs. "It feels very fulfilling for us. This is really a time when people rediscover their humanity," he shared. He then continued, "It's really cool to see a lot of people doing what they can with what they have to help out." According to the effort's website, EQFs are being and will be built for hospitals and institutions that are already at maximum capacity. A total of 51 EQFs are being planned or already under construction in Antipolo, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Makati, Manila, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Quezon City, and Taguig. EQFs could house 15 beds, an external testing box, a sanitation and disinfection area, a changing area, and a nurses' lounge. They cost around PhP 350,000 and take four to five days to put up. Those interested to help out with the effort could find instructions on how to do so here:         View this post on Instagram                   What can we do to help flatten the curve? At this point of our build journey, we all know that it takes a village to treat the sick and heal the wounded. It also takes a village to sustain what we have started. It also takes a village to accomplish all these worthy acts. . Help us flatten the curve because your participation matters, and your help can help build a village that will save lives and bring families together again. Check out + to learn more. . #webuildasone #eqfacility #eqf #wehealasone #flattenthecurve #emergencyarchitecture A post shared by Jett Manuel (@jettmanuel) on Apr 13, 2020 at 9:51pm PDT --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Dad-to-be Munzon thankful for continued support from Philippine 3x3

Joshua Munzon is about to become a father in the face of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Within the week or two, the Filipino-American and girlfriend Crystal Barker will be welcoming with open arms their firstborn. The couple are currently in California and are nothing but excited to carry their daughter who is already on the way. Still, Munzon and family are getting continued support from the Philippines through the 3x3 national team and backer Chooks-to-Go. "I'm very grateful for them to be supporting me during this time especially with me expecting the birth of my daughter any day now," he said. Munzon and longtime 3x3 partner-in-crime Alvin Pasaol as well as CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa were supposed to see action in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in India last March. Due to COVID-19, however, the competition was indefinitely suspended. Still, Chooks-to-Go has pledged continued support to the national team and its pool of players who have showcased their skills in the national 3x3 league which includes Munzon, Pasaol, Dylan Ababou, Troy Rike, Karl Dehesa, Santi Santillan, Franky Johnson, Chris De Chavez, and JR Alabanza. For that, all of them are nothing but grateful. "Sobrang laking pasasalamat namin kay boss Ronald [Mascarinas] kasi kahit na-postpone na yung OQT and yung liga, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang suporta nila sa amin," Pasaol said, referring to the Chooks-to-Go president and 3x3 patron. Munzon only shared the same sentiment. As he put it, "This means a lot to me and my family." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao teach kids to do laundry by hand during quarantine

It appears as though eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee have been using the quarantine period quite productively.  Pacquiao and his family were instructed to put themselves under home quarantine after being in contact Senate President Koko Pimentel, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month.  Since then, the Pacquiaos have used their time together to bond, get fit, and even learn some life skills.  Jinkee took to Instgram to share that he and Manny have been teaching their daughters to do basic house chores like washing clothes by hand.          View this post on Instagram                   Habang naka-quarantine, tinuruan namin ang mga girls kung paano maglaba! Happy ako sa mga anak ko dahil masunurin sila at gusto rin nilang matutunan ang paglalaba. Abangan nyo po sa youtube channel ko ang video. ???????? #stayhome #staysafe #Godisgood A post shared by jinkeepacquiao (@jinkeepacquiao) on Apr 8, 2020 at 10:17pm PDT "Habang naka-quarantine, tinuruan namin ang mga girls kung paano maglaba!" Jinkee proudly posted. "Happy ako sa mga anak ko dahil masunurin sila at gusto rin nilang matutunan ang paglalaba."  While the Pacquiao kids likely won't need to do their own laundry by hand on a regular basis - or at all, even - it's nice to see that Manny and Jinkee find it necessary to teach them simple life skills that could come in handy one day.  Speaking of the Pacquiao kids, did you know that three of them are Youtube sensations? .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

Lapu-Lapu beach trips barred

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan yesterday warned individuals who planned to celebrate their Easter Sunday holiday in the island’s beaches are off-limits as the enhanced community quarantine is still in place. Chan threatened to revoke business permits of violators who will allow family reunions to be held in their private beaches or resorts during this […] The post Lapu-Lapu beach trips barred appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 11th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao and family instructed to undergo self-quarantine

Earlier this week, eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao shared a message of hope and said a prayer for the country as it continues to combat the deadly COVID-19 virus.  Friday, Pacquiao and his family were instructed by the Makati City village that they reside in to place themselves under self-quarantine.  "Many of your colleagues in Senate have been identified to be COVID positive. Therefore you have to be quarantined at your own house," said Dasmariñas Village Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang in an official letter, as reported by ABS-CBN News.  The cause: a viral photo of Pacquiao coming into contact with Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who was recently diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered Persons Under Monitoring or PUM.  "This was the recommendation of doctors from Makati Medical Center who is also a resident here. And recommended by Makati Health Department," Hwang continued, before urging Pacquiao to "Please be a model example." In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao's camp says that the Filipino boxing legend intends to abide by the rules. "Sen. Manny says he will always follow the law." Pacquiao's Special Assistant Jake Joson adds that Pacquiao and his family had already been in quarantine days before the letter was sent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao and family keep active during Enhanced Community Quarantine)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao issues statement on self-quarantine mandate

Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has issued a statement regarding the village-issued mandate for himself and his family to undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Viral photos of Pacquiao and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III surfaced after it was reported that Pimentel had tested postive for the highly-contagious virus that is spreading all over the world.  As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered persons under monitoring, and were instructed to undergo self-quarantine by their village of residence.  In response, Pacquiao said that he has been in self-quarantine even days before the letter was issued.  "Mga kababayan, nais ko pong linawin na bago ko pa man natanggap ang sulat mula kay Barangay Captain Rosanna Hwang, nakapagdesisyon na po akong mag-home quarantine," Pacquiao said in an official statement. "Pagkatapos po ng Special Session sa Senado noong Lunes, March 23, ay hindi na po ako lumabas ng aming bahay." Pacquiao also expressed disappointment that he would not be able to turn over the 57,600 COVID-19 test kits donated by Chinese businessman Jack Ma through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.  "Excited pa naman sana ako sa turn-over ng 57,600 Test Kits mula sa aking kaibigan na si Jack Ma para sa Manny Pacquiao Foundation ngunit minabuti kong manatili sa bahay."  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao urges Pinoys to stay strong and pray amid COVID-19 pandemic) Pacquiao also stated that because he has come into contact with a number of colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19, he understands that he is considered a Person Under Monitoring.  "Nalulungkot po ako na may mga kasamahan ako sa Senado na positibo sa Covid-19. Dahil nakasalamuha ko sila, alam ko na ako ay considered as Person Under Monitoring o PUM." "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. May natanggap po akong Rapid Testing Kits mula sa aking mga kaibigan sa South Korea. Gamit ang rapid test kit na approved sa Korea, ako po ay nag-negatibo. Hindi pa approved ng FDA dito pero yon po ang ginagamit sa Korea," Pacquiao added.  The Filipino boxing legend also said that while he has been invited to be tested at the RITM, he did not feel the need to do so, as he is asymptomatic. Should that change, Pacquiao said that he is more than willing to undergo the necessary testing.  "Matagal na po akong hinihikayat na magpa-test sa RITM ngunit nais ko pong ipaalam na wala po akong nararamdaman na anumang sintomas. Ibang usapan na po kung meron akong kakaibang nararamdaman sa aking katawan. Once I experience symptoms, I am willing to undergo the swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. Naniniwala po kasi ako na marami tayong Persons Under Investigation o PUI na dapat unahin pagdating sa testing." Pacquiao maintains that even under self-quarantine, he will continue to find ways to work and help in the fight against COVID-19.  "Kahit naka-home quarantine, patuloy po akong maghahanap ng paraan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa ating mga magigiting na frontliners. Marami pa pong test kits at medical supplies na darating na magagamit ng ating mga health workers sa buong bansa. Magkakaroon din po ng allocation ang DOH Regional Centers sa Visayas at Mindanao." "Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na makipagtulungan sa ating pamahalaan. Gawin po natin ang nararapat. Patuloy din po tayong magdasal at manalig sa Panginoon. Sa kanya po tayo humugot ng lakas at pag-asa. Malalampasan natin itong pagsubok, mga kababayan. Tiwala lang," Pacquiao concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao and family instructed to undergo self-quarantine

Earlier this week, eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao shared a message of hope and said a prayer for the country as it continues to combat the deadly COVID-19 virus.  Friday, Pacquiao and his family were instructed by the Makati City village that they reside in to place themselves under self-quarantine.  "Many of your colleagues in Senate have been identified to be COVID positive. Therefore you have to be quarantined at your own house," said Dasmariñas Village Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang in an official letter, as reported by ABS-CBN News.  The cause: a viral photo of Pacquiao coming into contact with Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who was recently diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered Persons Under Monitoring or PUM.  "This was the recommendation of doctors from Makati Medical Center who is also a resident here. And recommended by Makati Health Department," Hwang continued, before urging Pacquiao to "Please be a model example." In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao's camp says that the Filipino boxing legend intends to abide by the rules. "Sen. Manny says he will always follow the law." Pacquiao's Special Assistant Jake Joson adds that Pacquiao and his family had already been in quarantine days before the letter was sent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao and family keep active during Enhanced Community Quarantine)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Altas relish good outing despite unfinished season

Although University of Perpetual Help’s three-peat bid in men’s volleyball ended prematurely following the termination of NCAA Season 95, head coach Sammy Acaylar still praised his wards for a job well done.    The NCAA Policy Board announced its decision to end the season amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Thursday. No champion was declared for Season 95 on all affected second semester sporting events including centerpiece volleyball, which was already wrapping up the elimination round prior to the cancellation.     “Happy naman ako na kami pa rin ‘yung defending champion,” said Acaylar, whose Altas remained as back-to-back champions. The Las Pinas-based squad, who coming into the season parted ways with two-time Most Valuable Player and top hitter Jobert Almodiel, was unbeaten in the elims and already secured an outright Finals berth. Overall, Perpetual won 22 straight games starting from the last two games of its Season 93 championship series against Arellano University.    “Super proud ako sa team ko at lalo sa Perpetual school, lalo kay chairman Tony Tamayo at president Anthony Tamayo na walang sawang support na binigay nya sa amin,” Acaylar said. “Siyempre sa Perps community at kay Lord.” The multi-titled mentor admitted that although they understood that the termination of the season was for the safety and welfare of student-athletes, officials and fans, they couldn’t help but feel saddened with the development. “Actually, wala kaming magawa dahil sa coronavirus. We are after safety ng lahat. Pero ang morale ng players ko sobrang disappointed lalo ako kasi siyempre pinaghandaan namin at wala pa kaming talo,” he explained. “I respect their decision naman,” Acaylar added. “Ang mga players nagsi-uwian, after nalaman nila sobrang nanghihinayang sa pagod nila at sobrang paghahanda.” With the season done, Acaylar now turns his attention on their second attempt for a three-peat next year. Back to lead the Altas next year is power-hitter Louie Ramirez. New recruits are also expected to make their marks next year while seniors Ronniel Rosales and libero Jeric Atentar can opt to extend their stay if the NCAA pushes through with its plan to allow graduating players who have not completed Season 95 to see action for another year if they meet the eligibility requirements.       “Qualified pa rin sila,” said Acaylar of the two veterans. “Pero siyempre tatanungin ko sila kasi may pangarap sila para sa family nila.” “Kasi may kumuha sa kanila na military team. Kung ako ang masusunod gusto ko [stay] para solid ,” he added. “Pero I respect their decision naman. Maglaro sila o hindi, still preparado ung team ko , lalong malakas kami this Season 96.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

Duterte family undergoes COVID test

Members of President Duterte’s family have started to take the medical test for the new coronavirus disease. According to Senator Christopher Go, samples were taken from the President’s partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña and children Paolo, Sebastian and Veronica in Davao City for coronavirus testing. The swab samples conducted on the President’s family members, however, have not yet been brought to Manila […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

Duterte family undergoes Covid-19 test

MEMBERS of President Rodrigo Duterte’s family underwent the test for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), his former top aide and now Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go confirmed on Tuesday. In a text message to reporters, Go said swab tests were performed on the President’s partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, as well as his three children, Veronica, Sebastian, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

No fans, no work: Arena workers caught in sports shutdown

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — David Edelman can usually be found at a Denver Nuggets basketball game or a Colorado Rapids soccer game. As an usher, he interacts with fans in a role he calls a staple of his life. But there are no Nuggets games for at least a month. No Rapids games, either. And Edelman has no idea what he’ll do now. “This is what I do for a living,” Edelman said earlier this week, as the realization hit that sports were going on hiatus because of the coronavirus. “This is my income.” Thousands of workers would have staffed the 450 NBA and NHL games that will not be played over the next month in response to the pandemic. And then there are the more than 300 spring training and regular-season baseball games, 130 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tournament games, 50 or so Major League Soccer matches, all international golf and tennis tournaments, and who-knows-how-many high school, small college and other entertainment events canceled or postponed because of the global health crisis. The total economic impact of the loss of sports and other events because of the pandemic — assuming only a month shutdown — is impossible to calculate but will reach the billions, easily. Tickets aren’t being sold, so teams and leagues and organizing bodies lose money. Fans aren’t going to events that aren’t happening, so taxi drivers and ride-share operators have no one to ferry to and from those places. Hotel rooms will be empty. Beers and hot dogs aren’t being sold, so concessionaires and vendors lose money. Wait staff and bartenders aren’t getting tips. Without those tips, their babysitters aren’t getting paid. The trickle-down effect sprawls in countless directions. Some teams are trying to help. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, within minutes of the NBA shutdown announcement, said he wanted to find a way to help workers who will lose money because games won’t be played. By Friday, he had his plan: “We will pay them as if the games happened,” he told The Associated Press in an email. Other teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, have made similar commitments to workers at not just NBA events but also the building’s minor-league hockey games. The Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks were among the earliest NBA franchises to reveal they’re working on how they’ll take care of arena staffs. So have the NHL’s Washington Capitals, among others, and the ownership group for Detroit's Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers on Friday said they were setting up a $1 million fund “to cover one month's wages for our part-time staff for games, concerts and events that they would have otherwise worked." “Our teams, our cities and the leagues in which we operate are a family, and we are committed to looking out for one another,” New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris said. There were many more significant gifts revealed later Friday. Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans said he would “cover the salaries” for workers at the team’s arena for the next 30 days. Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons pledged $100,000 for workers there, the San Jose Sharks said part-time arena workers would get paid for all games not played and Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky said he was giving $100,000 to workers in that club’s arena -- a donation matched by his teammates and followed by another pledge from the team’s ownership group. “This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis,” Williamson wrote on Instagram. At Chicago Blackhawks hockey games alone, about 1,500 workers are in or outside the building on event nights: guest services, concessions, parking, security, box office and so on. “The per game payroll is more than $250,000,” said Courtney Greve Hack, a spokeswoman for the United Center. If that’s the NHL norm — no official numbers are available — then workers around the league would stand to lose more than $60 million if hockey does not return this season. “I get it,” said Chris Lee, who owns a coffee and smoothies franchise in Arizona that draws 70% of its annual revenue sales at spring training and Arizona Coyotes hockey games. “But this is going to be really tough.” Lee was packing up cups that won’t be used when baseball announced Thursday that spring training was ending about two weeks early. He and his staff — one full-timer, 14 part-time employees — aren’t sure what comes next. The enormity of the numbers stacks up quickly. The group that owns the Raptors and other pro sports clubs in Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, says it's trying to help 4,000 workers in that city. Extrapolate that across other Canadian and U.S. pro sports cities, and those teams could be looking at 100,000 workers feeling some sort of pinch — not counting the impact at college and other levels. Cavaliers star Kevin Love pledged $100,000 to help the workers in Cleveland address what he described as their “sudden life shift.” On Friday, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks made a $100,000 pledge on behalf of his family “It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier," Antetokounmpo wrote on Twitter. The NCAA men’s Division I tournament generates about $900 million annually through television and marketing rights alone. In Albany, New York, which was scheduled to host men’s tournament games for the first time in 17 years, organizers estimated the economic loss from the three-day event to be about $3 million. Bars and restaurants bought tons of additional stock and perishables to prep for crowds that won't arrive. It’ll probably take a few years before the NCAA can bring the tournament back to many of the cities slated to host games next week. “It’s incredibly disheartening. There’s no question about that,” said Mark Bardack, president of public relations and management firm Ed Lewi and Associates, which had worked for more than a year on the planning of the tournament in Albany. “To have it all disappear, though obviously no one’s fault.” Some arena workers, many not wanting to be identified because of workplace policies about speaking to reporters, said they are living paycheck-to-paycheck. They’re not alone, of course: A study last fall by the American Payroll Association said 74% of workers in the U.S. would “experience financial difficulty” if their usual payday was delayed by as little as one week. In Philadelphia, Rodney Thompson works on commission selling popcorn and beer at 76ers basketball games, Flyers hockey games and Phillies baseball games. They’re all on hold. "The more I sell, the more I make,” the 56-year-old said. “The less I sell, the less I make. It would hurt me, financially. I would have no income coming in. ... I make pretty good money. But if there's no fans, there's no work.” ___ AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington, AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland, David Brandt in Scottsdale, Arizona, Josh Dubow in San Francisco, Stephen Hawkins in Dallas and Dan Gelston in Philadelphia, and Associated Press Writers Matthew Carlson and Tim Cronin in Chicago contributed to this report. ___ The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer The world's sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders at all levels of sports, including the NCAA, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer, decided the risk of playing games with the threat of the virus hanging over them was too great despite the billions of dollars — to say nothing of the trophies, pride and once-in-a-lifetime experiences — hanging in the balance. By late in the afternoon of an extraordinary, headline-a-minute day across a pandemic-rattled globe, the NCAA, which regulates March Madness and virtually all major U.S. college sports, basically had no choice. With conferences and individual teams calling off their basketball seasons at breakneck pace, the NCAA followed suit. They scrapped all college winter and spring championships, the highlight of which is the men's basketball tournament — a three-week extravaganza that stands as the biggest event this side of the Super Bowl on the U.S. sports calendar. The cancellation leaves a massive hole in American sports — from campuses across the country, to a growing passel of sports-betting businesses that rely on college hoops money, to say nothing of the hearts of players who were poised to get their first, or last, or only chance to shine on the big stage. All of it was to be covered by CBS and its partners; about 80 percent of the NCAA's $1.05 billion annual budget is bankrolled by the money the networks pay to present the 68-team tournament over the air, on cable and online. “This is bigger than a sport or championship,” said Kansas University coach Bill Self, whose team would've been the likely favorite to win it all. Hours earlier, Kansas and Duke had each taken matters into their own hands, announcing they wouldn't be sending any of their teams to games, no matter the stakes. It wasn't even the most jaw-dropping moment of the morning. That came, fittingly, at one of the world's most renowned sports venues — Madison Square Garden — where at halftime of a Big East Conference tournament game, the PA announcer came on and said the tournament had been called. By then, every major conference, and virtually all of the minor ones, had done the same thing. They were prompted in part by the NCAA's decision a day earlier to hold all its tournament games — which had been scheduled to start next week in nine cities and close April 6 at a 71,000-seat stadium in Atlanta — in front of friends and family and limited “essential” personnel. Only 24 hours later, with the stock market tanking, mixed messages coming out of Washington and no promise of quick relief being offered by world health experts, it became even more clear that gatherings involving thousands of people were hard to justify. Also clear: The NCAA would have trouble assembling an equitable bracket for its tournament, given that most games designed to suss out the most-deserving teams and automatic qualifiers had already been scrubbed. “I’m not a researcher in immunology or infectious disease, but those who are engaged at the NCAA level provided some stark information yesterday,” said Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. The March Madness news meant it will be a world free of basketball for the foreseeable future. A day after the NBA put its season on temporary hiatus, a second member of the Utah Jazz — Donovan Mitchell — tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said its suspension would last for at least 30 days — possibly a conservative guess, as teams undertake the task of identifying any player or referee who has had recent contact with the Jazz, then putting them into isolation for the required two weeks. “What would kill the NBA season is if more players catch it,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an interview on CNBC. He called the hiatus a matter of “us being vigilant, as all businesses should be. Businesses are going to have to be incredibly vigilant, and that's hard.” The NHL also suspended its season, though it did not report any positives for COVID-19. Major League Baseball scrapped spring training and postponed the start of its season, currently scheduled for March 26, for at least two weeks. Before the start of one of the biggest golf tournaments on the calendar, the PGA Tour announced that the last three rounds of The Players Championship, best known for the rowdy gatherings around the island green on the 17th hole, would be played without fans. The same goes for the three events that follow, all of which lead into the Masters, which was, for the time being, slated to go on as scheduled the week of April 6. The LPGA postponed three tournaments, beginning next week, including its first major of the season. Tennis will also be canceling events. The ATP called off men's tournaments for the next six weeks; the WTA said its tournament in South Carolina, set for April 6-12, would not be held as scheduled, with decisions about the rest of the season to come in the next week. NASCAR announced it would race the next two weekends, in Atlanta and Miami, without fans, and IndyCar made the same decision for its race this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. Horse races were going on in several states, though without fans in the stands — leaving the parimutuel wagers to be made online; organizers of the Kentucky Derby were moving forward with plans for the May 2 race. The NFL, never off the radar even in the depths of the offseason, announced a number of changes and cancellations on its schedule of meetings, fan fest and scouting trips — all related to coronavirus. The U.S.-based Major League Soccer said it would shut down for a target period of 30 days. Earlier in the day, soccer leagues and teams scrambled to make changes: —Belgium's soccer league backpedaled on an earlier decision, and decided to close stadiums to fans. —A Champions League game involving Real Madrid was postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine. —Dutch soccer authorities canceled all matches through the end of the month, including friendlies against the United States and Spain. —Also, a second player from Italy's top soccer division tested positive. All sports in that hard-hit country have been suspended through April 3. For once, there were no major announcements coming out of Tokyo, where conflicting messages about the status of this summer's Olympics have come out of the country, and the IOC, for weeks. Instead, the IOC went ahead with its ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame, an event held in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia. "We are strengthened ... by the many authorities and sports organizations around the world which are taking so many significant measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” IOC president Thomas Bach said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020