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realme brings world& rsquo;s first MediaTek Helio G95 realme 7 to PH on September 30

There is no stopping realme Philippines from elevating the midrange smartphone experience as it brings another champ into the price segment on September 30......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 27th, 2020

realme to launch PH& rsquo;s fastest-charging smartphone realme 7 Pro on Sept. 30

The lifestyle partner of the youth, realme Philippines, is launching the midrange supreme realme 7 Pro on September 30, 1pm. The new smartphone will be launched via livestream on realme Philippines’ official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Bearing a 65W SuperDart Charge, the realme 7 Pro is officially the Philippines’ fastest-charging smartphone to date. The device also has a 2nd Gen 64MP Sony IMX682 Quad-Camera rear set-up, a 32MP in-display selfie snapper and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G mobile processor......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

realme stays as one of world& rsquo;s fastest-growing brand

Global industry analysis firm Counterpoint once again reports that realme is the the fastest growing smartphone brand in the world — a title the young brand has held for four consecutive quarters. realme is the only major brand to have registered a double-digit positive figure with 11% growth in the second quarter of 2020. In the preceding quarter, Counterpoint reported that realme is one of the only two brands to have registered positive growth with 157% year-on-year (YoY)......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in America. And the oldest championship of them all won’t even be played. Golf organizations tried to salvage a season unlike any other Monday with a series of changes, starting with the British Open being canceled for the first time since 1945. The PGA Championship, which last year moved to May, would go back to August. That would be followed by the PGA Tour’s postseason, the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup in consecutive weeks, and then the Masters on Nov. 12-15. “Any Masters is better than no Masters,” Augusta native Charles Howell III said. Still to be determined was when — or even if — golf could resume because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down sports worldwide. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said the Masters identified November as “intended dates.” CEO Seth Waugh said the PGA of America was “holding” Aug. 6-9 as dates for the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. USGA chief Mike Davis said moving from June to September was the best chance to mitigate health and safety concerns — Winged Foot is 5 miles from New Rochelle, New York, a virus hot spot — to have “the best opportunity” of staging the U.S. Open. The British Open effectively is pushing its schedule back one year, saying the 149th Open still is set for Royal St. George’s on July 15-18, leaving the 150th Open for St. Andrews the following year. “I can assure everyone that we have explored every option for playing The Open this year, but it is not going to be possible,” R&A chief Martin Slumbers said. Golf’s major organizations, starting with the PGA Tour and its calendar filled with tournaments, have been trying to piece together a puzzle for the last three weeks. Each agreed to announce their plans together in a show of collaboration. Still missing is the starting line, along with some details on what could be the most hectic pace golf has ever known. “We hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport,” Ridley said. “We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon favorable counsel and direction from health officials.” Augusta National closed early this year because of the coronavirus and does not open until October. The bloom of dogwoods and azaleas will give way to fall foliage. Instead of being the second full week in April, it will compete against football. “It feels like in these extraordinary times, we need to do extraordinary things,” said Kevin Kisner, who grew up 20 miles away in Aiken, South Carolina. “We can sacrifice a little bit of our life being perfect.” The PGA Tour has tentatively planned to complete its FedEx Cup season close to schedule, with the Tour Championship finishing on Labor Day. It is contemplating putting tournaments in dates that previously belonged to the U.S. Open, British Open and Olympics. “It’s a complex situation, and we want to balance the commitments to our various partners with playing opportunities for our members — while providing compelling competition to our fans,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “But all of that must be done while navigating the unprecedented global crisis that is impacting every single one of us.” The new schedule: — Aug. 6-9: PGA Championship. — Aug. 13-16: End of PGA Tour regular season at Wyndham Championship. — Aug. 20-23: Start of FedEx Cup playoffs at The Northern Trust. — Aug. 27-30: BMW Championship, second playoff event. — Sept. 4-7: Tour Championship for the FedEx Cup. — Sept. 17-20: U.S. Open at Winged Foot. — Sept. 25-27: Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. It was not immediately clear how the teams from Europe and the United States would be determined for the Ryder Cup, although European captain Padraig Harrington has said he would not be opposed to picking all 12 players. For the 24 players, that means going from what long has been regarded as the toughest test in golf to what has become the most tiresome three days in golf. “It’s definitely better than leaving the Tour Championship and going to France, or leaving the Bahamas to go to Australia,” said Patrick Cantlay, referring to the Americans' most recent Ryder and Presidents cup itineraries. Like everything else, so much remains up in the air until golf get the signal to resume. Gian Paolo Montali, the general director for the 2022 Ryder Cup, said on Italian radio Monday that officials faced a May deadline to postpone the Ryder Cup to odd-numbered years (as it was before the matches were postponed by the Sept. 11 attacks). He described the chances as 50-50. Montali also said players already have vetoed a Ryder Cup without its raucous fans. Other details must be sorted out, such as U.S. Open qualifying. The next tournament on the PGA Tour schedule is Colonial on May 21-24, though that appears unlikely. Ridley said every player who has received invitations to play the Masters in April will stay on the list. He said the Augusta National Women’s Amateur was canceled, and every player can keep their spots for next year provided they don’t turn pro. The U.S. Senior Open at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn Country Club in Connecticut have been canceled. As for the British Open, Shane Lowry gets to keep the claret jug longer than anyone since Dick Burton, who won in 1939 at St. Andrews in the last Open before World War II. Burton went from “champion golfer of the year” to member of the Royal Air Force. Lowry said in a video tweet he understood and supported the R&A’s decision. “You can trust me when I say the claret jug is going to be in safe hands for another year,” Lowry said. ___ AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf in Italy contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2020

Sharing a sustainable future together: Embracing Taiwan

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), the world’s most renowned intergovernmental organization. The UN is now convening its annual General Assembly at its Headquarters in New York City until September 30, 2020. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

FIDE Trainers& rsquo; Online Seminar set Sept. 25 - 27

The Philippines is eyeing to produce world-class chess trainers and coaches as it hosts the FIDE Trainers’ Online Seminar slated from September 25 to 27 via Zoom platform......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020

Durex& rsquo;s digital campaign focuses on HIV protection, preparedness education

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of HIV and the dangers it brings seems to have taken a backseat amidst everything that the whole world is experiencing right now......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 12th, 2020

realme PH goes all-out at 9.9. sale, score discount promos up to 38% off

The Ber months are officially here, commencing the longest Holiday season in the world. realme Philippines, the lifestyle partner of the youth, kicks off the Filipino Christmas season by offering exclusive discounts at the much-awaited Lazada and Shopee 9.9. Sale......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020

realme proud of C15& rsquo;s beast of a battery

The buzz surrounding realme’s latest smartphone model---the C151---is warranted. It really is a game changer, particularly with its massive 6,000 mAh battery......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

MediaTek conducts world& rsquo;s 1st 5G Satellite public test

Fucino Space Center, Italy---MediaTek is pushing the boundaries of advanced IoT 5G satellite communications with a successful field trial that transfers data through Inmarsat’s Alphasat L-band satellite, in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) 35,000 kilometers above the equator......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2020

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Honorio Banario and Mark Sangiao share their closed-door event experience

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently announced nine more events following ONE: NO SURRENDER, which is set for 31 July in Bangkok, Thailand.  Sityodtong marked the 14th, 21st, and 28th of August; the 11th, 18th, and 25th of September; and the 9th, 16th, and 30th of October as the event days.  Those shows will take place behind closed doors as a safety measure for the COVID-19 pandemic.  But what is it like competing in a closed-door environment when ONE athletes are used to sold-out arenas and interactive fans? Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who competed at ONE’s first closed door event, ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, said that he had to make a few minor adjustments.  “I had a good experience about it actually,” Banario said. “It’s like we’re just sparring, the instructions are clear because you can hear your coach clearly. There isn't any pressure and I believe it turned out good for me.”  His head coach, Mark Sangiao, echoed Banario’s sentiments, though he admits that he found it odd at first, having coached in front of the liveliest crowds all over Asia.  “Because we’re all so used to having a crowd, it was weird at first. You can hear a pin drop there because it was so silent,” Sangiao said.  “But it turned out to be good. There’s less pressure on the athlete, and we were able to communicate well, but other than that nothing’s really changed.” ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon and his challenger Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy will get to experience headlining a closed-door event, though Rodtang promises to deliver a show for the fans watching from afar on the 31st.  The ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title will likewise be at stake as Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defends his strap against “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020

Rahm s wild day ends with Memorial win and No. 1 ranking

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The drama was more than Jon Rahm wanted. The result was what he always imagined. Rahm became the No. 1 player in the world Sunday with a victory in the Memorial in which he watched an eight-shot lead at the turn shrink to three shots with three holes to play, and then hit what he called the greatest shot of his life that turned into a bogey because of a penalty. All that mattered was that fist-bump — not a handshake — with Jack Nicklaus, and taking his place along his idol Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1 in the world. With a two-shot penalty for his ball moving the length of a dimple on his chip-in behind the 16th green, Rahm closed with 3-over 75 for a three-shot victory over Ryan Palmer. Rahm got up-and-down on the final four greens, which made it feel even sweeter. “One of the best performances of my life,” Rahm said. “Yesterday was probably one of the best rounds of my life, and finished today with some clutch up-and-downs. As a Spaniard, I'm kind of glad it happened that way.” The fiery emotion is his hallmark. He showed it with a tee shot that sailed left into a creek on the 11th hole, Rahm slamming his club into the ground in a pique of anger. And it was evident with that ferocious fist-pump when his flop shot from deep rough behind the 16th green rolled into the cup. Birdie or bogey, it was a winner, a shot that would have made Ballesteros proud. “I still can't believe it, I'm not going to lie,” he told Nicklaus off the 18th green. With the penalty — Rahm had no idea it was an issue after his round, but accepted the penalty when he saw a video that zoomed in close on the ball — he finished at 9-under 279 for his 10th career victory, fourth on the PGA Tour. Muirfield Village played its toughest in 42 years, with only five players under par, the fewest for the final round since this tournament began in 1976. Rahm's 75 was the highest finish by a winner since Roger Maltbie shot 76 the inaugural year. The rough wasn't cut all week. The greens were allowed to go to the edge because they are being replaced. Crews already had stripped the entire fifth green as the leaders were on the back nine. Rahm looked to be playing a different course. He played bogey-free on the front nine with birdies on the two par 5s. That put him eight shots clear on his way to No. 1. And then he made bogey on the 10th. Not a problem. He yanked his tee shot into a creek on the par-5 11th, and that was a bigger problem based on how hard he slammed the club into the ground in a pique of anger. He made double bogey. Palmer made birdie on the 12th, and then Rahm made another bogey from the bunker on the 14th. Just like that, the lead was three shots. Only a week ago at Muirfield Village for the Workday Charity Open, Justin Thomas had a three-shot lead with three holes to play and wound up losing in a playoff to Collin Morikawa. Rahm was worried his tee shot might find the back bunker, though the rough was not a great option with how fast the greens were running. Rahm was thinking anything inside 10 feet would be good. This was perfect, the ball landing on the fringe and sliding down the slope into the cup. As for the penalty? “It doesn’t change the outcome of the tournament,” he said. “It just puts a little bit of an asterisk in it in the sense of I wish I could just keep that birdie because it was one of the greatest shots of my life, right?” The chip was similar — but from a different angle — to Tiger Woods chipping in from behind the 16th green when he won the Memorial for the fifth time in 2012. Woods, in his first competition since Feb. 16 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, shot 76 and tied for 40th. “Tough, tough conditions to start out my first week back, Thursday and Sunday,” Woods said. “But it was good to get the feel and the flow of competing again.” Matthew Fitzpatrick had a 68 for the low score of the final day to finish third. The consolation prize went to Palmer (74) and Mackenzie Hughes (72), who earned spots in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in September as the leading two players from the top 10 who were not already eligible. Henrik Norlander could have taken the final spot with a par on the 18th, but he missed the fairway well to the right, couldn't reach the green and made bogey. Norlander and Hughes tied at 3-under 285, but the spot went to Hughes because he had the better world ranking. That ranking now starts with Rahm, who only four years ago was at the Memorial to receive the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation's best college player. Now he's the best in the world, a ranking that McIlroy had since Feb. 9. “He deserves it,” McIlroy said after his tie for 32nd. “He's been playing great for a long time. Even the display this week, it's pretty impressive.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Lenovo ThinkStation P620: World& rsquo;s First AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Workstation

Today marks a new generation of workstation computing with Lenovo’s launch of the ThinkStation P620, adding a first-of-its kind workstation to the tower portfolio. As the first and only professional workstation powered by AMD’s brand-new Ryzen Threadripper PRO processor, the new workstation brings together unprecedented levels of power, performance and flexibility in a single socket CPU platform......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

realme reveals new 125W UltraDART Flash Charging technology

realme has officially launched its 125W UltraDART Flash Charging Technology, making it one of the first smartphone brands in the world to introduce ultra-fast charging capability. The launch of the 125W UltraDART Flash Charging Technology is set to match the power required by 5G-capable smartphones......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 17th, 2020

MediaTek introduces Helio G35, G25 Gaming Series Chipsets

Hsinchu, Taiwan---MediaTek, the world's 4th largest global fabless semiconductor company, today launched its newest chips in the smartphone gaming-focused G series—the MediaTek Helio G25 and G35. The latest chips feature MediaTek HyperEngine game technology for faster, smoother performance, enhanced power efficiency, and brilliant graphics......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

ONE Championship: Angela Lee banking on grappling experience against Denice Zamboanga

Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee has been nothing short of dominant at the top of the women’s atomweight division.    The Singaporean star has been able to dispatch every challenger put in front of her, and when she finally steps into the ONE circle once again, Lee will face another new challenger in Filipina newcomer Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga.  Just two fights into the Asia-based promotion, Zamboanga has been impressive, posting wins over Jihin Radzuan and two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi. Those two outings were enough for Zamboanga to earn a shot at the queen of the atomweight division.  For her part, Lee believes that it will be an great matchup.  “I’m just excited to get back in the ONE Circle again. I’m feeling extremely motivated for my next matchup. I think it’ll be a great fight,” Lee told ONE Championship.  In her two wins, Zamboanga was able to utilize superb wrestling and grappling to grind out victories, which poses an interesting challenge to Lee, who has put her elite-level grappling to good use as well.  “I think Denice is very well-rounded,” Lee said. “She’s an up-and-coming fighter. I also think that her team did a great job in creating a smart game plan for her in the Yamaguchi fight, and she was able to execute that plan and get the decision win.” “She’s young, hungry, and well-rounded. She is the new breed of MMA fighter that can do it all. She can strike, wrestle, and grapple. But I think she may be inexperienced in certain areas of the game,” Lee added.  Lee’s grappling has been her number one weapon throughout her career, winning seven of her ten career fights via submission, including her latest victory over reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight titleholder Xiong Jing Nan.  Having a top-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt for a husband and training partner surely helps Lee’s cause.  Lee is married to fellow ONE Championship athlete and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Bruno Pucci.  “I love training with my husband. He always pushes me hard and brings out the best in me,” said Lee. “I’m very grateful to have him as my partner in life and in training. Bruno is a second degree BJJ black belt and a two-time No Gi world champion. He has a lot of knowledge and I really appreciate everything that he shares with me.” Zamboanga definitely provides a refreshing challenge for Lee, but the reigning champion is confident in her chances of holding on to the title.  “I just think it’ll be a great fight. The fans will love it. It will definitely be exciting. But when that final bell rings, you will hear the words, ‘and still,’” Lee concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao among possible opponents for Terence Crawford s return to action later this year

Could Manny Pacquiao versus Terence Crawford happen later this year?  It’s a possible scenario, according to Top Rank Boxing head honcho Bob Arum.  The former long-time Pacquiao promoter says he expects Crawford, the reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion to return to action by late-2020 and the Filipino eight-division champion is on the top of the list of possible opponents.  "We're going to have Terence fight in September, or October, period," Arum said in an interview with ESPN’s Steve Kim.  Apart from Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) however, Arum says other options include the likes of Kell Brook, Yordenis Ugas, or Shawn Porter.  "We're looking to either match him with Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Ugas or Porter." Arum has been discussing the Pacquiao-Crawford matchup a lot as of late, even bringing up the possibility of the fight taking place in the Middle East.  The problem now however, is that the current COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard for venues to commit to major sporting events.  "We're hamstrung because none of these [venues] want to commit to a fight this year because of the coronavirus,” said Arum.  England’s Brook, (39-2, 27 KO) also poses an intriguing matchup for Crawford. The 34-year old is a former IBF Welterweight World Champion. Brook’s only losses have been at the hands of current IBF Welterweight king Errol Spence Jr. and against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.  The only problem with Brook, Arum says, is being able to fly the Englishman to the US. "And Kell Brook, if we made [that fight], we couldn't get him here." Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO) is a two-time welterweight world champion, having held the IBF and the WBC titles in his career. Porter’s only losses have come against Spence Jr., Brook, and Keith Thurman.  Ugas (25-4, 12 KO) has won ten of his last eleven bouts, with the only loss coming against Porter in a WBC world title bout. He’s coming off back-to-back wins against Omar Figueroa Jr. and Mike Dallas Jr. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2020

ONE Championship flyweight star Danny Kingad happy, but not satisfied with ranking

ONE Championship’s first official batch of athlete rankings released last month have elicited different reactions from different people.  Some are angry at being left out while others, like former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, are using being snubbed as motivation.  For those who saw their names on the top-5 of their respective division, it’s a testament to their hard work but also a source of inspiration.  Take for example ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny “The King” Kingad of Team Lakay.  The young flyweight star is the second-ranked flyweight contender, behind only number one contender and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, and of course reigning titleholder Adriano 'Mikinho' Moraes.  “When I first saw the top five, I thought it was accurate, I think that’s a pretty fair ranking,” Kingad said. “It will show where you truly stand in the division.” Kingad brings up a fair point, given that in his last eight bouts, his only loss came against Johnson. Kingad’s only other loss came back in 2017 against Moraes.  Below Kingad in the rankings are former champion Kairat Akhmetov, Yuya Wakamatsu, and Reece McLaren.  While Kingad could very well be one win away from another title shot, the young star feels as though he still has a long way to go before becoming a champion.  “I feel like I still need to work on a lot of things, need to pursue more, I need more training,” Kingad admitted. “The goal is to win the championship. That’s it. I really need to push harder because I don’t want to be ranked two, or one, I want to be ranked as the champion.” Obviously, Kingad would like another chance to get a win back against Johnson and Moraes, the only two men to beat him in his career so far, but the likely step for the young Pinoy is a matchup with another contender in the top-5, and it just so happens that Kingad has long been angling for a match with Akhmetov.  “One of the guys in the rankings is Kairat, I haven’t faced him yet and I’d like to try myself against him as well,” Kingad said.  “I want to experience his wrestling skills and how strong he is. But it still depends on who they give me. I just want to get better and better. I’ll face whoever,” he added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Did you know? Brandon Vera is a huge toy collector

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera, one would assume, is all about bad-assery.  The towering Fil-American is covered in tattoos and makes a living kicking ass, both in real life inside the ONE Championship circle and on the silver screen.  But while "The Truth" is indeed a bona-fide tough guy, there might be one thing that not a lot of people don't know about him, and it's that he's a massive toy collector, specifically Funko Pop figurines. You know, those cute, little figures with the big heads and big round black circles for eyes?  Yeah, Vera loves those and has collected tons of them over the years.          View this post on Instagram                   I almost lost it when I received this 1-off #fanart from my cousin Digo and @jadeaparta They killed it on the Tattoo Details ???????????????????????????? . Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!! Maraming Salamat???????????????????????????????????? . Hope to have an official @onechampionship @originalfunko one day ???????????????????????????????????????? . #nerd #nerdlife #fanart A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on Mar 13, 2019 at 7:39pm PDT           View this post on Instagram                   Hunting at #toycon2018 for my @funko_popvinyl was a success ???????????????????? See y’all again Bukas!!!!!! . . #smxconventioncenter #nerds #nerdsoftheworldunite #OneChampionship #Heavyweight #World #Champion #Verafied #VirtualPlaygroundPH A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on Jun 9, 2018 at 5:48am PDT “I was at a Comic-Con. It was back when the parking lot was so empty because no one even went to those things,” Vera told ONE Championship's John Wolcott. “I was inside, and I saw this thing – I thought it was a bobblehead. But when I looked closer, it was something else.” Vera shared that his first-ever Funko Pop figurine was one of Boba Fett of Star Wars fame.  “I picked up a Boba Fett Funko Pop first. He was a bad guy in Star Wars, but he was misunderstood, kind of like how I was growing up."  Vera's collection continued to grow, and some of the ones he's gotten, Vera admits, reminds him of his childhood.  “When I got the Fraggle Rock set, it reminded me of being young again,” he shared. “I used to sit around with all my cousins and watch Fraggle Rock on this giant Zenith TV with the knobs you had to turn and that you had to bang on the sides to get the lines to go away. Those were simpler times.” Nowadays, Funko Pop figurines have become more and more popular, with the average price being around PHP 500 to PHP 600, while the more rare and exclusive ones can cost up to tens of thousands of pesos.  Vera is the proud owner of 437 figurines, and isn't planning on stopping his collecting anytime soon.          View this post on Instagram                   Pinsan ko si Digo (sorry pic is cropped pogi) went to the same store the day before here @bullyboycollectibles ????????????????????????. Great minds think alike???????????????????????? . If you’re a nerd or geek you’re my kind of people. I got your back ???????????????????????????????? #nerdsoftheworldunite #nerd #verafied #veraclan #onechampionship #heavyweight #world #champion A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on May 30, 2018 at 11:27pm PDT As for his favorites, well the jolly giant says that it has to be his Christmas Funkos, because of how the season just brings people joy.  “It’s just that time of year, you know?" Vera stated. “From the end of December to the New Year, everybody’s just nicer to each other. Everybody’s more polite to each other. It’s just a different vibe around the entire world – and I love that vibe.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

From Hopkinton to Boston, marathon absence is seen and felt

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — “It All Starts Here.” The motto is bannered on the Hopkinton website, laid into the floor of the Marathon Elementary School, painted on a sign that sends Boston Marathon participants off on their way to Copley Square. Since 1924, this 300-year-old town serendipitously located 26.2 miles west of Boston has been the starting line for the world’s most prestigious road race and, like Marathon and Athens themselves, the two are enduringly linked. “It gets stronger and stronger every year, this relationship,” said Tim Kilduff, a longtime Hopkinton resident and former Boston Marathon race director. “We see it as: The spirit of the marathon resides in Hopkinton, and we lend it out one day a year.” From the starting line in this leafy Colonial town to the finish on Boylston Street, residents and runners are preparing for a spring without the Boston Marathon — the first in 124 years. Organizers and authorities have postponed the race originally scheduled for Monday until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, stripping the streets of brightly colored singlets and opening a gap in the sporting schedule for runners from all over the world. “Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring,” Kilduff said. “So this year it will lead into a beautiful fall season in New England.” ___ On a regular marathon weekend, Hopkinton triples in size from its 16,000 residents to absorb a field of more than 30,000 runners, wheelchair racers and hand cyclists. The Town Common teems with people, along with food carts and other vendors serving both tourists and race participants previewing the course. But while others may think of Hopkinton only on the third Monday in April, the marathon and its essence permeates the town all year. Residents drive over the starting line painted on Main Street on their way to work or to concerts at the gazebo. An International Marathon Center is planned for the town, a sister city of Marathon, Greece, where the long-running tradition was birthed. There are three marathon-related statues in Hopkinton, including “The Starter,” which stands at the starting line, pistol raised, ready to send the field off for another race to Boston’s Back Bay. These days, his face is covered with a cloth mask. “This is not the NBA or baseball or the NFL. This is ours,” said Kilduff, who was the race director in 1983-84, ran the marathon in 1985 and for the last 33 years has been a spotter on the truck that leads the men’s field to the finish line. “Anybody who has run the race, volunteered for the race, supported the race, feels that they own a part of the race. They own just a little bit. So it’s ours,” he said. “The Boston Marathon is almost bigger than itself in the emotion it elicits, and the respect that people have for it.” ___ Training for a marathon can be a solitary endeavor, but the event itself is a social distancing calamity. Participants crowd into corrals to wait for the start, then run in packs to minimize air resistance. Volunteers hand out water on the course and medals at the finish. Fans and family are waiting with high fives or hugs. At Wellesley College, where the cheering is so loud it is known as the Scream Tunnel, students traditionally wave signs encouraging the runners to stop for a kiss. It’s hard to imagine this custom — already a relic of another era — surviving post-pandemic. “A lot of the signs are jokes about kissing. That’s part of the tradition, too,” said Erin Kelly, a senior who returned home to San Diego when the campus closed. “The marathon is just a big part of Wellesley’s culture. I was looking forward to seeing it as a student one last time.” ___ Oncologist Amy Comander decided to run the Boston Marathon in 2013, when colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital treated many of those injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line. “I just told myself: You’re running next year. And I did,” she said. And every year since. After starting work at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, right around the Mile 16 marker, Comander has used it as a base for her training runs. During the race itself, the sight of coworkers, friends and even patients out front cheering her on gives her a boost of energy right when she needs it: just before making the turn toward Heartbreak Hill. “I see it as a true privilege that I can go to work and I’m on the marathon course," Comander said. “You’re talking to someone who truly loves everything about the Boston Marathon." Comander is registered to run for her seventh year in a row, this time to raise money for cancer survivors and their families; she is still determined to do so in September. But on Monday, she will be caring for cancer patients, a task more stressful because of the danger the coronavirus poses to their weakened immune systems. “I will be a little sad,” said Comander, who plans to take a break from the clinic to get in an 8-mile run — but not on the course, per the request of authorities concerned about crowds. “I feel like I need to do that for myself.” ___ The daffodils are in bloom now from Hopkinton Green to Copley Square and all along the 26.2-mile route in between. Thousands of the bright yellow flowers were planted after the 2013 bombing as a symbol of rebirth and resilience, and they have the benefit of blossoming in mid-April — right around Patriots' Day — to cheer the runners along. Thousands more potted daffodils have decorated the course each year since the explosions at the finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. With the state holiday and the race postponed until the fall, the blooms will have long since withered. Instead, many of the flowers grown to decorate the course were placed outside of hospitals to thank health care staffers for working through the pandemic. Outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, just down the road from the 1 Mile To Go marker in Kenmore Square, the flowers were arranged in a heart. A sign encouraged workers to take a plant home. ___ Just a few steps from the finish line, the Marathon Sports shoe store on Boylston Street gets especially busy over the weekend leading up to the race, when tens of thousands of runners descend on the Back Bay. Things typically cool off on Monday, giving the staff a chance to pop out and cheer the finishers. "We don’t have any official party," said Dan Darcy, the chain’s marketing director. “It’s really just a celebration of the runners that day." Marathon participants are easily recognizable after the race: There is the medal around their neck, of course, and a mylar warming blanket draped around their shoulders if the weather is cold. Often their bib number is still pinned to their chest. “If we have any runners coming through our doors on Marathon Monday, I can tell you they’ll be recognized and they’ll hear the support from our staff,” Darcy said in a telephone interview from Fairbanks, Alaska, where he is working remotely. Marathon Sports has been a reluctant landmark since the first of the two bombs exploded outside its window at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Darcy was watching the race from a different spot that day and tried unsuccessfully for hours to get in touch with his coworkers. A few were injured; others turned the store into a field hospital, treating the wounded until trained first responders could arrive. A memorial stands on the sidewalk outside to the three killed in the explosions and the two police officers who died in the ensuing manhunt, which shut down the city and surrounding area for much of the week. The store reopened about two weeks later. Now it’s closed again. “We are going to be encouraging runners to go out and get a run in on their own, keeping the social distancing, but not to run the race route itself,” Darcy said. “We’re not able to do any sort of celebration.” ___ Last month, as Americans began to isolate indoors and one sporting event after another was canceled, the Boston Athletic Association sacrificed its spring start in the hopes of keeping its 124-year tradition alive. Since the first edition in 1897, the race had always coincided with the state holiday of Patriots' Day that commemorates the first shots in the Revolutionary War. As the snow melts in New England, the course becomes increasingly populated with joggers emerging from a winter indoors to get in their training runs. To Kilduff, this year's fall race will be an opportunity to come out of a different kind of isolation. “You know what happened in the year after the bombing: There’s going to be this huge buildup of pent-up energy. And it’s going to be exhibited on the course,” he said. "It’s going to create a brand new chapter in the history of the Boston Marathon. "I’m excited as hell about this.” ___ Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon for The Associated Press since 1995......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Shaun Ildefonso stars in ABS-CBN Sports’ “SRSLY” digital series

UAAP star Shaun Ildefonso brings his A game from the basketball court to the digital world in the new series “SRSLY” of ABS-CBN Sports. In “SRSLY,” the NU Bulldogs team captain gets to speak his mind and let his personality shine as he talks about sports culture and trending topics in the sports world with a no-holds-barred approach. The show, shot entirely in Shaun’s home due to the enhanced community quarantine, can be viewed on ABS-CBN Sports accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube, where its first four episodes have already garnered 5.5 million views across all platforms. As the star of the show, the 22 year-old forward brings the same intensity that he is known for inside the court, where he is used to banging bodies and roaring at the crowd, while also showing his fun and charming side as he reacts to viral social media posts. In the first three episodes, Shaun called out haters while praising UAAP volleyball athletes, gave his two cents on how athletes are coping without sports, and provided a critique on the tribute performance of PBA players. In the latest episode, he gives his take on famous athlete-couples such as Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez and Deanna Wong and Jema Galanza. “I think the authenticity of my reactions and genuineness of my opinion sets this series apart,” said Shaun, who’s used to sharing the spotlight with his father, basketball legend Danny Ildefonso, and brother Dave, another UAAP superstar and a Gilas Pilipinas pool member.   But while the show allows him to freely express his thoughts, Shaun said that “SRSLY” looks to remind viewers to not take everything too seriously. He hopes that his good vibes rub off to his viewers as he believes that having a good laugh from time to time is needed. “Stay lighthearted in these times of anxiety and uncertainty, take moments to relax and get a good laugh in because everyone needs it,” he said.  “SRSLY” is one of the exclusive social media content being offered by ABS-CBN Sports as its parent network ABS-CBN transitions into a digital company, with the biggest online presence among all media companies in the Philippines and a growing list of digital properties.  Watch the first four episodes on the YouTube channel, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts of ABS-CBN Sports, the sports arm of the country’s leading media and entertainment organization. Celebrate sports culture in the Philippines with Kapamilya sports fans. Follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribe to the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel. To watch more sports videos, visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020