The Philippines biggest multi-arts festival Pasinaya is back with a vengeance

After three years of having no physical celebration, relying instead on online editions to keep the tradition alive, Cultural Center of the Philippines' Pasinaya Open House Festival stages a grand comeback this year......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 25th, 2023

Rodtang retains title in ONE Championship’s return to action

31 July 2020 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), made a successful return to its flagship event schedule, starting off with ONE: NO SURRENDER last Friday night, 31 July in Bangkok. The event was broadcast live around the world from a closed-door, audience-free venue. Once again, the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent showcased their skills in the ONE Championship ring. In the main event, reigning and defending ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon successfully defended his title against former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy after five action-packed rounds. Petchdam established his jab early in the first round, setting up his vaunted left kick. Rodtang was slow to start, as he instead opted to get reads on his opponent from a distance. Rodtang turned up the pressure towards the end of the second round, hunting Petchdam with his trademark boxing combinations and thunderous elbows. In the third round, Rodtang began walking Petchdam down with his punches. The champion caught Petchdam with a left hook, testing the challenger’s chin on wobbly legs, but the latter recovered well. In the fourth round, Rodtang resumed his onslaught, rolling forward like a tank as Petchdam fired away with kicks to the body. In the fifth round, Petchdam again found success with his left roundhouse kick, but it wasn’t enough to thwart Rodtang’s forward pressure. After five fiery rounds, two of three judges scored the bout in favor of Rodtang to win by majority decision, who retaind his title. Reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy turned in perhaps the most important victory of his career, outlasting legendary Thai striker “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex to retain his title in the co-main event. The first round saw the legendary Yodsanklai connect on his patented triple uppercut, while Petchmorakot tried to shake off the cobwebs. Petchmorakot upped the aggression in the second round, catching Yodsanklai’s kick as he uncorked a myriad of straight punches to the head. Yodsanklai answered back with slicing elbows, creating a cut on the defending champion’s eyelid. In the third round, Petchmorakot opened up the action with a left elbow, while Yodsanklai countered with a straight left hand down the middle. Petchmorakot increased his punch output in the fourth, tagging Yodsanklai with elbows and straights, but the legend would not surrender. In the fifth and final round, Yodsanklai ambushed Petchmorakot with combinations, while the champion danced away to keep himself safe from range. In the end, Petchmorakot did just enough to earn the victory by a close majority decision. In a ONE Super Series Kickboxing Super-Bout, Thai featherweight talents Superbon and Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong figured in a thrilling three-round war of attrition. The first round was close, as both Sitthichai and Superbon traded their best offense at the center of the ONE Championship ring. The second round saw much of the same action, with both men winding up on their kicks and doubling up on their punches, but it was Superbon who started to pull away with a higher output and more impactful strikes. In the third and final round, Sitthichai and Superbon turned on the aggression, attacking each other from multiple angles with neither man willing to take a step backward. In the end, Superbon recorded a hard-earned victory, getting the better of his trilogy with Sitthichai via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. In the mixed martial arts women’s atomweight division, reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex continued her rise through the ranks with another exciting victory. Stamp put together another masterful striking performance, dominating fellow Thai warrior Sunisa “Thunderstorm” Srisen to earn win number five in her young career. At the sound of the first round bell, Stamp came out aggressively, looking for the Thai clinch. Once she had Srisen secured in close quarters, Stamp began unloading on a plethora of hard knees to the midsection. Srisen showed incredible toughness in enduring Stamp’s offensive barrage, but the end came shortly after. Stamp capitalized on a botched takedown from Srisen, winding up on her opponent’s back where she finished the bout with a series of punches. In a mixed martial arts catchweight contest, Brazilian newcomer Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade made an impressive ONE Championship debut, dominating Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo of New Zealand and the Philippines en route to a spectacular finish within two rounds. Action started off on the feet in the first round, with each man landing significant power shots. Abelardo stalked and chased Andrade across the ring, but the Brazilian showed poise and was able to pick the Filipino-Kiwi apart from the outside. In the second round, Andrade continued his elusive movement, peppering Abelardo from range before swiftly taking his back when the opportunity presented itself. From there, Andrade latched onto in a deep rear-naked choke. Abelardo faded rapidly, and was effectively put to sleep as the referee called a halt to the contest. Kicking off the action at ONE: NO SURRENDER were Thai striking superstars “The Angel Warrior” Panpayak Jitmuangnon and "The Kicking Machine" Superlek Kiatmoo9, who squared off in a three-round ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. This was the first time the two flyweights met inside the ONE Championship ring, after having faced each other multiple instances before in Thailand’s biggest arenas. Superlek was aggressive to start the bout, connecting on a series of combinations in the opening round. Panpayak scored with a handful of solid counter shots in the second frame, as Superlek continued his onslaught. In the third and final round, Superlek repeatedly found a home for his right kick on Panpayak’s body, as he ran away with a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards. Official results for ONE: NO SURRENDER ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Petchdam Petchyindee Academy by Majority Decision (MD) after 5 rounds ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex by Majority Decision (MD) after 5 rounds Kickboxing Featherweight bout: Superbon defeats Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight bout: Stamp Fairtex defeats Sunisa Srisen by TKO (Strikes) at 3:59 minutes of round 1 Mixed Martial Arts Catch Weight (67.0 KG) bout: Fabricio Andrade defeats Mark Fairtex Abelardo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:11 minutes of round 2 Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Superlek Kiatmoo9 defeats Panpayak Jitmuangnon by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

WHAT IF: Eduard Folayang had stopped Eddie Alvarez back in 2019?

In August of 2019, the Mall of Asia Arena in Metro Manila played host to arguably one of the biggest matches in ONE Championship lightweight history.  In one corner was Filipino mixed martial arts icon and hometown favorite Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, a two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion who was looking to bounce back after dropping the title to Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in Japan earlier that year.  Standing in the opposite corner was American star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator Lightweight Champion and one of ONE’s biggest acquisitions in recent memory. Like Folayang, Alvarez was also looking to get back on track after a disappointing KO loss to Timofey Nastyukhin in his ONE debut.  Considered a dream match by ONE Championship fans, Folayang versus Alvarez was billed as East versus West. One of ONE’s pioneers against one of ONE’s newest stars.  As much as the storylines made the match very intriguing, the stakes were quite high as well.  With the semifinals of the then-ongoing ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix doomed by injuries, the Folayang-Alvarez bout was elevated to Grand Prix semifinals status, meaning that the winner would go on to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the Finals at ONE: CENTURY.  For Folayang, it was a step towards reclaiming the title that he held at the start of the year. For Alvarez, it was a way to erase the memory of his bitter debut loss and also a step closer towards capturing his third major world championship.  While the Folayang-Alvarez was the third-to-the last bout on the bill, for many of the Pinoy fans in attendance at the MOA Arena that night, it sure felt like the main event.  From the opening bell, the crowd was buzzing, anxious to see of their hometown hero could pull off the massive victory.  Chants of “Folayang! Folayang!” rang through MoA Arena just seconds before the Pinoy connected on a solid counter left hook that definitely got the American star’s attention.  After a flurry of kicks from Folayang, the briefly fell into a nervous silence as Alvarez caught a leg kick and managed to get Folayang to the ground before trapping him in a standing guillotine.  Folayang simply shrugged off the half-hearted submission attempt, much to the delight of the partisan-Pinoy crowd. So far so good for Team Philippines.  A flying knee from Alvarez collided with a spinning back kick from Folayang, which elicited some oohs and ahhs from the crowd, which was ready to go off as soon as their bet landed something big.  Folayang began to pick up steam as he launched strike after strike, throwing kicks, punches, and elbows. It was clear that the Team Lakay star was in control of the stand-up aspect of the fight.  Then, at the 3:37 mark of the first round, the big strike that the fans were waiting for finally came. Folayang, with his massive tree-trunk legs, whipped a right low kick that connected on Alvarez’s left leg, sending the American down to the mat. The way Alvarez sat back down, it looked like he was hurt.  Sensing blood in the water, Folayang went for the kill and began dropping fists as Alvarez tried to defend himself. A failed armbar attempt from Alvarez forced Folayang to reposition himself, moving into side control while still throwing hammerfist after hammerfist.  Then, all of a sudden, Alvarez managed to slip his right hand in between Folayang’s legs and then flip the Pinoy over. Just like that, it was Alvarez who was on top.  Unlike his Pinoy opponent however, Alvarez remained calm and slowly transitioned into full mount. Making things worse, Folayang, likely looking to prevent and ground and pound damage, turned and gave up his back.  Almost immediately, Alvarez sinked his hooks in and flattened Folayang out before locking in a rear naked choke and forcing the Pinoy to tap out.  While he did win, Alvarez would miss out on the Finals anyway after an injury would force him to withdraw as well. As a result, Dagi ended up facing - and losing to - reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee.  Folayang was offered the Finals spot against Dagi, but last-minute visa issues would prevent him from being able to step up.  The loss was quite a painful one to swallow, not just for Folayang, but also for the fans.  Folayang admitted after the fight that he had rushed to get the finish, causing him to be a bit careless and make some costly mistakes.  "I was too eager to get the finish, and I think that’s the mistake, I became impatient, and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way, so, that happened," Folayang explained.  But WHAT IF Folayang hadn’t rushed? Close your eyes and imagine:  After chopping Alvarez down with the leg kick at the 3:37 mark, Folayang pounced and picked his spots, landing some good shots to the head, enough to stun the American and force the referee to step in and stop the fight.  Or, what if instead of pouncing, Folayang allowed the visibly hurt Alvarez to get back up and from there, continued to punish The Underground King’s leg (or legs) en route to a TKO finish.  Folayang would have booked his ticked to the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals. More importantly, Folayang would have been able to add Alvarez to the name of legend’s he’s beaten, and it would have skyrocketed his stock to even greater heights.  Would he have been able to defeat Dagi in the Finale? Of course it was very much possible. At the rate Dagi was knocking guys out up to that point, Folayang would have likely been considered an underdog, but a high-level striker like Folayang is never without his chances.  If Folayang had been able to get past Dagi as well, it would set up a very intriguing matchup between himself and Lee, which could have been a good matchup for the Pinoy star.  Now, Folayang finds himself once again looking to bounce back following a close loss to Dutch striker Pieter Buist.  Still hungry for a third run as world champion, Folayang will need to work his way back to the top of the division.  Who knows? Maybe two or three wins in, Folayang could find himself standing opposite Alvarez once again, with the chance to re-write history. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

Philippine Scrabble Caravan invades Cebu on Jan 28-29

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Scrabble Caravan, one of the country’s biggest scrabble tournaments, will invade Cebu on January 28-29, 2023. The tournament will be held at the Arts and Sciences Hall of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu campus. The event is organized by the Unified Scrabble Association of the Philippines Inc. […] The post Philippine Scrabble Caravan invades Cebu on Jan 28-29 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2023

Cebu governor on Sinulog at SRP: I wish, pray for event’s success

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Despite their decision to back out of the Sinulog Festival 2023 due to safety and security concerns over the new venue at the South Road Properties (SRP), Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia wished all the best and would pray for the success of the event. Garcia announced on Friday, Jan. 13 that […] The post Cebu governor on Sinulog at SRP: I wish, pray for event’s success appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2023

Barili backs out of Sinulog 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The contingent from the municipality of Barili in southwestern Cebu will no longer proceed on joining the Sinulog Festival this year. Barili Mayor John John Garcia confirmed on Saturday, Jan. 7 that they decided to back out due to lack of time. “Ang organizers…ang pagassess namo, sa among props, tanan, kinahanglan […] The post Barili backs out of Sinulog  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2023

Inspired to come back : Eraserheads grand return in Huling El Bimbo concert

If Ely's words are to be believed, the fans made it possible for arguably the Philippines' biggest band to reunite and perform once more, so there can be hope that all the Eraserheads will grace a stage together again......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2022

Thirsty Football Cup to be back with a bang in Feb. 2023 – organizers

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With the postponement of its 2020 edition, the Thirsty Football Cup is preparing for an exciting comeback on Feb. 10 to 12, 2023, at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) pitch. This tournament, which is one of Cebu’s biggest and grandest football tilt, will open up its online registration on Dec. […] The post Thirsty Football Cup to be back with a bang in Feb. 2023 – organizers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2022

Garcia feels vindicated as Trailblazers annihilate Baby Jaguars

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Coach Leodie Garcia of the City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy (CBSAA) Trailblazers on Tuesday proved to his former team, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars that getting rid of him was their biggest mistake. This as the Trailblazers defeated the USJ-R Baby Jaguars, 84-69, to stretch their impressive unbeaten […] The post Garcia feels vindicated as Trailblazers annihilate Baby Jaguars appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2022

12th Tam-Awan International Arts Festival highlights artists rights, protection

The 12th Tam-Awan International Arts Festival highlighted artists' protection with the signing of the memorandum of understanding between artists group Chanum Foundation, Inc. and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2022

Back to running: Sorongon wins two races over the weekend

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu-based multi-titled long-distance runner Ruffa Sorongon flexed her winning form last weekend after ruling two separate long-distance footraces.  The Sultan Kudarat native dominated the TWM Marathon’s 42-kilometer category on Saturday, September 24, 2022, in Curva, Medellin town, northern Cebu before capping her weekend with another spectacular win in the 7-Eleven Run 21-kilometer race.  […] The post Back to running: Sorongon wins two races over the weekend appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2022

FACES OF CEBU: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr., 25, viral energizer teacher

CEBU, Philippines — MAPEH (music, arts, physical education, and health) teacher Ariel Casimero Grijaldo of Lapu-Lapu City is absolutely one of the coolest teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest disruption to education in history, which is why when face-to-face classes returned after a two-year hiatus, Grijaldo made sure to welcome back his students […] The post FACES OF CEBU: Ariel Casimero Grijaldo Jr., 25, viral energizer teacher appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 25th, 2022

LIST: Winners of Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2022, cash prize

CEBU CITY, Philippines – No less than 15,000 individuals witnessed the second comeback of the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo festival last Sunday, August 28, 2022. Organizers also considered it the biggest yet, with at least 50 contingents that competed during Sunday’s Street Dancing Competition and Ritual Showdown. After busting their moves along Osmeña Boulevard for the […] The post LIST: Winners of Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2022, cash prize appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2022

Carcar City’s Mia Loureen Tamayo is Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2022 Festival Queen

CEBU CITY, Philippines — After two years of waiting for a new Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival Queen, the crown would eventually remain with Carcar City. Mia Loureen Tamayo of the famed Kabakaban Festival bested 39 other queens, securing a back-to-back win for Carcar City in the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival Queen tilt on Friday evening, […] The post Carcar City’s Mia Loureen Tamayo is Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2022 Festival Queen appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2022

Asia Album: Wattah-Wattah Festival is back in the Philippines

© Provided by Xinhua SAN JUAN, Philippines, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The annual Wattah-Wattah Festival, called off twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was celebrated in the City of San Juan in central Metro Manila of the Philippines on Friday, with vigorous and b.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2022

PRA brings back Philippine’s biggest retail gathering

The National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo, the biggest and most important retail industry event in the Philippines, is coming back for its 27th edition on Aug. 12 and 13 to help local retailers reboot and emerge stronger from the impact of the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2021

FDCP leads biggest PH animation sector delegation to Annecy Animation fest

The world’s biggest and most prestigious animation festival, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France from June 14 to 19, has strong representation from the Philippines with the largest country delegation to be led by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), including the country’s first competing film, four projects, and more than 50 animation workers from 29 animation studios......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2021

Sangalang sees similarities with North Pole race, The Apprentice

Back in 2018, multi-sport athlete and cancer survivor Luisito “Louie” Sangalang was full of confidence when he flew to the northernmost point of the Earth  as a sponsored athlete from the Philippines......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

Korean Film Fest goes digital anew

In celebration of the Family Month in Korea in May, Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines will be bringing back the crowd-favorite Korean Film Festival, running from May 7 to 27. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Queering The Region

While the Philippines is celebrating National Arts Month, the first-ever Southeast Asia Queer Cultural Festival (SEAQCF) has just formally opened, celebrating LGBTQ+ creativity across the region and tackling, defining and rhapsodizing about belonging, being and longing. The formal opening was held online on 13 February 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that forces many […] The post Queering The Region appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2021

Higante maker looks forward to the day Sinulog parade will again bring back the fun, the crowd, and the giants

CEBU, Philippines — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way people celebrate occasions and special events such as birthdays, holidays, festivals among others. Following the health protocols and risk against COVID-19, the government has to cancel physical performances and other events of the Sinulog Festival, one of the nation’s most awaited and […] The post Higante maker looks forward to the day Sinulog parade will again bring back the fun, the crowd, and the giants appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021