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UAAP cheerleaders unite to back COVID-19 frontliners

With the UAAP season officially canceled, members of different pep squads have joined in encouraging frontliners battling the virus......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 8th, 2020

MontCarMel re-unite to raise funds for COVID-19 frontliners

The band is back together - still with respect to the enhanced community quarantine, of course. Kib Montalbo, Andrei Caracut, and Aljun Melecio have virtually gotten together to raise funds for frontliners in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Imitation jerseys of the three when they were representing De La Salle University are now up for grabs courtesy of Blaze Athletics Philippines. Proceeds of the fundraising effort will be passed on to Pinoy Youth Dreamers, a youth organization that has helped out healthworkers in Marikina Doctors Hospital and UST Hospital, among others. Of course, the trio fondly called "MontCarMel" are nothing but glad to be able to give an assist. And it's all thanks to a set-up by La Salle courtside reporter Aiyana Perlas. "Actually, Aiyana contacted us for this fundraising. I said agad-agad, 'Why not, it's for a good cause,'" Montalbo shared. Caracut could only agree. As he put it, "Ayun nga, para sa frontliners, basta makakatulong ako kagit maliit na bagay." Montalbo, Caracut, and Melecio played three years together and won a championship as Green Archers while also growing to be good friends off-court. Now, they are joining forces once more to lend a helping hand in the fight vs COVID-19. "Siyempre, grateful lang ako kasi sila yung closest friends ko and sila rin yung makakasama kong tumulong para sa frontliners," Caracut, who last saw action with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, said. TNT-signee Montalbo only shared the same sentiment. "It feels great na kahit tapos na playing years ko at ni Andrei, we're still really close to each other and ngayon, makakatulong pa kami," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2020

DID YOU KNOW?: Rex Intal is into painting

Rex Intal is an accomplished volleyball player. He won three straight titles in the UAAP while playing for Ateneo de Manila University. He also collected championships in the commercial league and made history when he helped the national team capture a silver medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. But did you know that Rex is also a talented painter?      “Growing up siguro I didn’t know I had talent in art,” Intal told ABS-CBN Sports. “I kept drawing lang and thought my works were normal and anyone could do that.” He likes to draw, but didn’t realize then that he’s actually good at it.    “I compared my artworks with my classmates’ and I thought na baka tinatamad lang sila, haha!” he said. Rex shared that it was during grade school that people started to recognize his talents.    “I think I was Grade 2 ata when I copied and drew Spiderman from the newspaper, then everyone got impressed,” he recalled. “Since then I was hailed as the class artist, haha!” got to squeeze in some time to paint before i go to sleep! #wip pic.twitter.com/xzqqtVgynl — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 2, 2020 The interest in the arts according to Rex runs in his family. Actually, his brother Phoenix Fuel Masters forward JC launched his first solo exhibit last February after rekindling his interest in the arts recently. “My mother, and two of my brothers, JC and JR have talent in art but they never pursued it,” said Rex. “Well, except for Kuya JC who rekindled his passion two years ago and ventured the art world.” But back then, just like other kids his age, Rex had other interests.   “Growing up I never wanted to be an artist,” he admitted. “I wanted what the other kids dreamed of, a businessman, a doctor, an NBA player, an astronaut,” Rex continued. “I knew so little growing up and I just fixated my mindset na I wanted a lucrative job in the future.” It didn’t help that no one in his family, although gifted in the art, seriously pursued it. “And I knew na I had no one to lean on kasi growing up, ako na lang ‘yung nagdo-drawing,” said Rex. “So I knew I had talent but didn’t wanna pursue it like what they did.” His artistic side had to take a backseat further more when Rex discovered his athletic talent. Following the footsteps of his high-flying and athletic brother JC when he donned the blue and white as part of the Ateneo basketball team, Rex landed a spot on the Blue Eagles volleyball squad. Quick abstract portrait exercise with @MasonNjigha as my model pic.twitter.com/409VYZRJH4 — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 3, 2020 pic.twitter.com/I0AjHNpo8n — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 3, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Ca8XgWWxPj — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 3, 2020 But like soulmates destined for each other, Rex and his love for art crossed paths once again. “Entering college, I took up BS Management in my first year. Latter part of my first year, I was so focused on my course, but I thought it was too broad for me,” he said. “That’s when I saw the BFA Information Design students,” Rex added. “I took a look at their curriculum and saw Drawing, Painting, and Graphic Design classes and I felt that urge and passion again.” He felt his heart beat once again. “I felt na this was more fit for me,” he said. “So in my second year I shifted to BFA Information Design and that’s when I made my first painting.” His first artwork? “It was a dog lang and my brother, JC, wanted to buy it,” said Rex.    “I never really painted ‘til after college. My teammate asked me to paint for his thesis so I painted another piece and my brother wanted to buy it again.” JC, who like his younger brother, found his way back into painting, gave Rex the confidence to pursue his artistic craft.   “Then around a year and a half ago, my brother got inspired to paint. His works are abstract so we have different styles but that gave me the confidence to paint,” he said. “Before kasi I thought I was alone lang in this field but my brother paved the way in the art world and I wanted to follow his footsteps, just like how I followed his footsteps in being an athlete,” Rex continued. “We both represented the country in sports and we also entered the arts industry but different fields. He plays basketball I play volleyball. He paints abstract I paint portraits.” Art also serves as a way for the Intal brothers to bond. “Sometimes we would paint together in his house and my other brothers would either watch or join in so nagiging bonding na rin,” said Rex, who also found a way to help the frontliners battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through his art.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

UP Men s Basketball players stay fighting amidst COVID-19

The whole world of sports has come to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team (UP MBT) stay fighting. Every member of the team is optimistic that Filipinos and the Philippines will get through the difficult challenges they are facing and are staying positive in words and deeds. Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol has reminded his players to put in the same heart and passion they show in the game into their response to the pandemic, encouraging them to practice teamwork and find ways to help those who are affected by the scourge of the coronavirus. “During these trying times, our “never give up” attitude on court should be evident in how we battle this pandemic together as a team. We are optimistic that we can bounce back and come out stronger. While we face our own personal battles, let’s not forget our fellow Filipinos who are greatly affected by this virus. Let’s do our share, no matter how big or small,” said Perasol. The ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) have prohibited sports-related mass gatherings like training, competitions and tournaments. Holed up in their respective homes, the Maroons still find ways to stay competitive and in shape, both physically and mentally. UAAP Season 82 team captain Noah Webb says they “try our best to stay in shape by doing our workouts at home since we can't go to the gym. Our coaches are always guiding us and giving us programs to follow. It’s also very important for us to stay mentally tough since this is a different opponent we are facing.” UP MBT team manager Atty. Agaton Uvero said it is also important for the team and the players to be resilient since a lot of things will change and new protocols will be implemented even after the ECQ is lifted. “Our primary concern will always be the safety of each and every one. But we will stay committed to keeping the team intact so we can still give our best performance with or without games in the near future,” Atty. Uvero said. He reiterated his gratitude to all the team’s fans, supporters, and sponsors who continue to support the Fighting Maroons and their various initiatives. “We will always stay thankful to our fans who never tire of supporting us whether we are in active competition or not. And we will always be indebted to our partners and sponsors -- Robinsons Retail Group, STATS Performance Apparel, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PayMaya -- for remaining committed to the team despite difficult times like these. Their support and their various efforts to provide assistance and relief to the frontliners and those most affected by the ECQ inspire us and buoy up our spirits,” Atty. Uvero added.   UPMBT players and alumni along with various UP teams and organizations sprang to action soon after the ECQ was declared. They initiated efforts to provide frontliners with necessary items like personal protective equipment (PPEs) and meals. They also reached out to affected communities with rice and other daily necessities.   Among those who raised funds and donated in kind are Fighting Maroons Paul Desiderio, Jett Manuel, Ricci Rivero, Diego Dario, Kyles Lao, Jarrell Lim, Ibrahim Ouattara, Jaybie Mantilla, and the Gomez de Liaño brothers, Joe, Javi, and Juan. NowheretogobutUP Foundation, the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK), and the Salamat PH Healthcare Heroes also conducted fundraisers to help the frontliners, stranded UP students and staff, and various communities.   “There is so much uncertainty right now and these are extremely difficult times for many Filipinos. That’s why this is the time to be one with our people as we all go through these hardships together. Let’s all do our share in helping one another. Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. The goal of resilience is to thrive,” said NowheretogobutUP Foundation founding chairman Renan Dalisay......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

School leagues in jeopardy

Top officials of the UAAP and NCAA are going back to the drawing board to discuss the fates of both leagues amid President Duterte’s pronouncement that he will not allow the opening of classes this year until the COVID-19 vaccine is found......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

UAAP, NCAA to redraw plans amid Duterte s no vaccine, no classes pronouncement

UAAP and NCAA officials are going back to the drawing board anytime soon to discuss the fates of both leagues amid President Duterte’s recent statement that he will not allow the opening of classes this year if a COVID-19 vaccine will be found.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Former and current Lady Spikers reunite in online fund-raiser

De La Salle University alumnae gave encouraging words for the current crop of Lady Spikers in their virtual reunion Sunday night in the Kada-Uno Lasalyano fundraiser for families affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Led by DLSU legends Michele Gumabao, Aby Marano, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes and Dawn Macandili, the Lady Spikers came together for an online fan meet and greet, games and a question and answer session in the six-hour program aimed at raising funds for over 1,000 families. In the cancelled UAAP Season 82, the Lady Spikers showed much promise in their lone match as they defeated archrival and defending champion Ateneo De Manila University in four sets. Rookies Leila Cruz and Thea Gagate as well as sophomore Jolina Dela Cruz, Michelle Cobb and seniors Tin Tiamzon and Aduke Ogunsanya made their intentions clear of reclaiming the throne they lost last year. Unfortunately, the tournament was cut short because of the contagion. Still the Lady Spikers’ performance impressed those who came before them. “Super proud. Nakita naming sila kung papaano mag-training,” said Fajardo, who three titles for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. Macandilli, who was a catalyst on defense for the DLSU’s third three-peat batch from Season 78-80, gave an advice to the current Lady Spikers.       "Lahat ng tao may masasabi sa team ninyo. Maku-compare at maku-compare ang team ninyo sa previous teams ng La Salle. Ang advice ko lang sa inyo ay mag-focus kayo sa kung ano meron sa team ninyo. Huwag kayo maghahanap ng iba na wala naman. Yun naman ang laging sinasabi ni coach,” said Macandili in the video conference which included rookies Jus Jazareno, Ali Borabo, Fifi Sharma, Juls Coronel, Matet Espina, Cruz and Gagate.   “Nasa inyo lahat ng answers, you just have to find it for yourselves," added Macandili. “Sa side ko naman as an audience, wag kayong panghinaan ng loob,” said Reyes. “Ngayon very challenging talaga ito for us kasi very uncertain ang future. Let’s enjoy this moment muna and i-appreciate natin ang mga dumadating na blessings sa atin.” Galang, who came back from a career-threatening knee injury to help the Lady Spikers reclaim the crown in 2016, remains upbeat that her alma mater will make it back on top. "Excited talaga ako sa Season 82 kasi nakakasama natin sila sa training. Nakikita natin ‘yung pag-improve nila. Sayang kasi di nila ma-showcase. Alam kong dadating ‘yung time na ma-share nila talent nila. Keep working hard, magtiwala sa sarili at magtiwala sa kasama ninyo," said Galang. The event, which also featured performances from Gary Valenciano, Barbie Almabis and Jett Pangan, raised P4,009,241.59. (Watch the event here)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

Bagunas tests negative for COVID-19, cleared to go home

Bryan Bagunas tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) and was cleared to go home after almost a week since he arrived from Japan. The Philippine men’s volleyball team star received his swab test result on Thursday, six days after he arrived in Manila. In a Twitter post by Dyan Castillejo, the 30th Southeast Asian Games silver medalist got his test result through the help of Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO and deputy chief implementer of the national policy against COVID-19 Vince Dizon, Department of Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat and the Philippine Sports Commission chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez.. Negative Result received and happy to be able to leave hotel after 7 days and go home ! @bryanbagunas01_ SeaG Volleyball Silver Medalist . Thank u for the quick help Vince Dizon and DOT Sec Berna and PSC pic.twitter.com/HtLOiO84BM — Dyan Castillejo (@DYANCASTILLEJO) May 21, 2020 Bagunas, who plays for Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler in the Japan V. Premier League, on Wednesday aired his concerns about the duration of receiving his test result in his Twitter account. Like other Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and others flying in from abroad, Bagunas had undergo swab testing as part of the government’s preventive measure against the pandemic. He was holed up in a hotel in Quezon City while waiting for his clearance. The two-time UAAP champion and Season 81 Most Valuable Player returned to the country after the cancellation of a pre-season tournament in Japan where his team was supposed to participate. Bagunas, a native of Balayan, Batangas, plans to fly back to Japan in August or September.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

Showbiz personalities join VCGBPH drive for frontliners

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

ABS-CBN Sports Upfront serves up new episodes on LIGA

ABS-CBN Sports continues to deliver fresh content to its viewers with its sports and lifestyle show “Upfront” offering new episodes featuring some of the biggest sports stars starting May 17. Now airing on cable sports channel LIGA, “Upfront” debuts its fun online at home edition with a feature on UP Fighting Maroon Ricci Rivero, who will answer fan questions in #UpfrontAsk. The UAAP guard will also share basic dribbling moves that can easily be done at home.  Also joining the show are fellow UAAP stars and animal lovers Kiefer and Dani Ravena, Kim Fajardo, and Mel Gohing. The basketball phenom and the three volleyball champions will be giving some tips on how to take care of pets during this quarantine period. Viewers must also stay tuned this May 24 as Ateneo Lady Eagle Kat Tolentino joins the cook-off challenge with “Upfront” host Turs Daza. The UAAP champion will also share how she is keeping busy now that she is back home in Canada during this COVID-19 lockdown. Meanwhile, fans can also expect never-before-seen episodes of “Upfront: What’s In My Bag?” featuring PVL MVP Jema Galanza and former Ateneo setter Deanna Wong. “Upfront,” which received the Anak TV Seal award in 2018, is hosted by Martin Javier, Angelique Manto, Janeena Chan, and Turs Daza. Don’t miss “Upfront’s” new and exciting episodes every Sunday starting May 17 at 8 am, with replays at 1 pm and 6 pm on LIGA on Channel 86 and LIGA HD on Channel 183 on SkyCable and Destiny. LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates.   Continue to celebrate sports culture with Kapamilya sports fans by following @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribe to the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel. For sports news, visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Fighting Maroons thank UP frontliners in Zoom call

Led by head coach Bo Perasol and skipper Noah Webb, the UAAP Season 82 third-placers went on a call with doctors, health care professionals and scientists who are doing their part in combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2020

Rain or shine, Rey Nambatac got the back of frontliner-girlfriend

This time around, it's Rey Nambatac who's the no. 1 fan of girlfriend Kiesha Ancheta. Ancheta is a frontliner in the continuing COVID-19 crisis as she serves as kagawad in Valenzuela's Brgy. Veinte Reales. Even more, she is the secretary of the city's "SABAK" or "Samahan ng Barangay Kagawad." With that, Ancheta has been in the frontlines at least once a week, reaching out a helping hand to her kabarangays. "Nagpapamigay sila ng food vouchers sa buong barangay," Nambatac said in a tone only proud of his significant other. "Tinutulungan din nila yung DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) para maiayos yung cards para sa Special Amelioration Program (SAP). Minsan, nagpapamigay rin yung family nila mismo ng relief goods." As it turns out, Ancheta even does her part in the neighborhood watch for the enhanced community quarantine. "Sa mismong compound nila, nagbabantay rin siya, nagsasaway sa mga pasaway sa curfew," her boyfriend said. With that, it's now Nambatac's turn to be in all-out support of his partner who has long got his back from his time in Colegio de San Juan de Letran to now in Rain or Shine. "Proud na proud ako sa kanya kasi kahit delikado, iniisip niya pa ring makapaglingkod at maibigay yung pangangailangan ng mga tao," he said. At the same time, the Elasto Painters' breakout guard has been counting assists to Ancheta left and right. As he put it, "Tumutulong ako mag-repack ng mga relief goods. Minsan din, pinagda-drive ko siya para hindi na siya mapagod." Of course, Nambatac wants nothing more than to help out his girlfriend who is already doing more than enough as a frontliner. "Naaawa rin ako sa kanya kasi andami niyang ginagawa araw-araw. Mga frontliners kasi talaga ang inaasahan ng mga tao ngayong krisis," he said. He then continued, "Imbes na nasa bahay na lang siya, kailangan niya pa ring umalis so kahit maliit na bagay, makatulong man lang kay Kiesha, gagawin ko tutal wala rin naman akong ginagawa." Indeed, the one-time NCAA champion is just making the best use of all this downtime. And in doing so, he is also stepping up in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. "Sobrang sarap at saya sa pakiramdam na may natutulungang tao. Ako bilang civilian, gusto kong kahit papaanong makatulong sa krisis kasi ito ang kailangan natin ngayon," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2020

National men s volleyball team standout Rex Intal uses art to help frontliners

The local volleyball community is doing its share to help the frontliners and vulnerable communities amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From jersey auctions to fund-raising drives, volleyball stars and fans have been working together to extend help to those in need in this time of crisis.   National men’s volleyball team member Rex Intal is no different. But the 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist used his artistic side, his personal touch in his effort to help. The middle blocker posted on his Twitter account his yet to be finished art piece which he intends to sell to raise funds for medical frontliners. got to squeeze in some time to paint before i go to sleep! #wip pic.twitter.com/xzqqtVgynl — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 2, 2020 The Ateneo de Manila University product shared that the heroic effort of medical frontliners in the fight against the contagion was his inspiration in creating his oil painting.                            “Got inspired while I was watching news and videos online,” said the three-time UAAP champion. “I saw and felt the frontliners sacrifice and dedication.” “So, in this artwork I hope I could help and support their ongoing battle because they are the real heroes in this pandemic,” he added. The amount the painting will raise, according to Intal, will be used to buy personal protective equipment and other essentials for medical frontliners. “Once finished I will put it up for sale or for auction and 100% of the proceeds will go to the frontliners’ essential needs like PPE’s, etc.,” he said. “Haven’t put that much thought pa which foundation, hospital, or wherever ko ido-donate.” Intal posted a sketch of his painting on his Twitter account last month. “I take like two to three hours per session while painting this one,” he said. “And siguro mga two to three days interval din kasi I’m letting it dry pa kaya natatagalan. In those 2-3 days that’s where I squeeze in some time to exercise painting and paint other stuff.”    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

UST s Nonoy makes personal sacrifice for Negros frontliners

Ever since University of Santo Tomas barred its student-athletes from practicing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic last March, Mark Nonoy has been back home in his hometown of La Carlota, Negros Occidental......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

Pinoy athletes show gratitude to frontliners in music video

Filipino athletes band together in an online rally to show appreciation and gratitude to frontliners braving the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this Labor Day. Virtual Playground, which manages a stable of athletes, launched on Friday a music video of the song ‘Fly High” featuring sports personalities. The song was composed by songwriter Joven Tan and sung by Yohance Buie, Hans Paronda, Althea Pinzon and KM Oliveros. With the hashtags #TogetherWeFlyHigh #VPCares and #VPSalutes, the music video highlights the sacrifices and heroism of Filipino frontliners who risk their own lives to help and save those affected by the virus. The song also gives hope and inspiration to Filipinos in this time of crisis.   Among the athletes featured in the music video were PBA stars James Yap, Ranidel de Ocampo, Chris Ross and Sol Mercado. UAAP athletes Ricci Rivero, Andrei Caracut, CJ Cansino, Christiana Dimaunahan, mixed martial artists Brandon Vera and Mark Streigl and volleyball stars Mika Reyes, Kat Tolentino, Jema Galanza, Mela Tunay and John Vic De Guzman participated in the video......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Esteban donates PHI team allowance, incentive for frontliners

Maxine Esteban of Ateneo added her entire 2019 salary from the Philippine Sports Commission to close out her "A Small Thing Goes A Long Way" fundraising drive for medical frontliners and vulnerable communities last Sunday. Wanting to reach exactly P500,000, the 19-year-old national team fencer decided to add her allowance and, as well as, her incentive for winning a bronze medal in the Team Foil event during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. "First off, I want to thank all our donors, without whom this project would not have been possible," expressed Esteban. "We were able to raise around 360,000 pesos from our donors but my sisters and I wanted to reach 500,000 so I decided to share my blessings as well." The money raised went to purchasing packs of rice and personal protective equipment. The Esteban sisters distributed 150 packs of five-kilogram rice for UERM, 400 packs of five-kilogram rice for UST Hospital, 150 packs to National Children's Hospital, 2,400 packs of two-kilogram rice and 150 packs of 25-kilogram rice to the San Juan City Hall, and 1,000 pieces of face shields to Cardinal Santos, UERM, MMC, and NCH. Besides this, they also sent out 92 bottles of alcohol and 50 Uratex COVID-19 pillows to numerous hospitals as well. But it does not stop there for Esteban and her sisters. Currently, they are working on 10 paintings that they will sell or auction off to raise more funds for the frontliners. "Because we heard that there are many of our brothers and sisters that are still in need. We wanted to think of more ways to help them, that is why me and my sisters have another project on-going which is to sell our paintings," shared the UAAP Season 81 Women's Fencing Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. "We plan to put up 10 of our paintings. Me and my sister have been painting a lot during the quarantine period. We have been watching the tutorials of Jay Lee, an artist who uses aluminum foil and cotton buds for his work." Esteban, a sophomore taking up Management Engineering, also made the most of her time during the on-going enhanced community quarantine. Instead of being idle, Esteban enrolled in multiple online classes by Wharton and Yale University, finishing short courses in Entrepreneurship, Viral Marketing, Introduction to Marketing, Customer Analytics, Introduction to Marketing, Financial Markets, and Introduction to Negotiation.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

MPBL: Bacoor Strikers give back to Army frontliners

Bacoor City Strikers team owners Congressman Strike Revilla and wife Chaye Revilla extended their helping hand to the Philippine Army based in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig last Friday. The Strikers’ top brass sent 12 sacks of rice and hundreds of canned goods to the unit through Strikers guard and Private First Class Eric Acuña. Acuña is serving as a front liner ever since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) took place in Luzon due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic last March. It was their way of supporting the military men who have spent countless hours working during the Philippines’ on-going battle against the pandemic. But aside that, it is also a means of support for Acuña – an adopted son of Bacoor City – who played 29 games for the Strikers in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. “Malaking tulong talaga siya lalo para dito sa mga tropa sa Army, lagi rin akong kinakamusta ni Cong. Strike kung may kailangan ako e” bared the 5-foot-8 Acuña, who enlisted in the Philippine Army last 2015. “Sobrang blessed ako kaso hindi lang sa loob ng court nila ako pinapahalagahan, tinuturing na rin talaga nila kaming pamilya. Sobrang malaking blessing talaga sila Cong. Strike at ma’am Chaye sakin kasi laging silang nandiyan kahit wala na kaming laro.” Besides this, the Revillas have also been taking care of the Strikers squad, continuing to give the players’ salaries and giving them whatever they need during this trying times......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2020

Wag na raw ipilit.. Frontliners bawal mag-backride–MMDA

INULIT ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority na hindi exempted ang mga healthcare workers na frontliners sa laban kontra Covid-19 sa “no motorcycle back-riding” policy na ipinaiiral sa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Ayon sa MMDA, sumusunod lamang sila sa guidelines ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). “We are […] The post Wag na raw ipilit.. Frontliners bawal mag-backride–MMDA appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

Ricci Rivero continues to provide help in Isabela amid COVID-19 pandemic

University of the Philippines basketball star Ricci Rivero continues to find ways help out in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in his home province of Isabela. After handing out relief goods to security frontliners a few weeks ago, Rivero donated upper respiratory care and hygiene essentials to frontliners in Dr. Victor Villaroman Hospital and Isabela Doctors Hospital on Friday. The high-flying UP guard, together with his father PetroGazz conditioning coach Paolo, mother Abigail, brother Rasheed and good friend national men’s volleyball team captain John Vic De Guzman, personally delivered the items to the said hospitals.    “I am blessed to be representing a brand that is very essential to protect ourselves against any virus, that’s why I personally requested my Betadine and Mundipharma family if they can drive all the way up to Isabela so that we can support the fight of our frontliners here,” said Rivero. Among the items given were antiseptic products such as nasal sprays, throat sprays, mouth wash and hand sanitizers. Rivero added that it’s also a way to give back to the medical institutions that have been taking care of his and his family’s health.   “Masaya po ako na sa kahit sa maliit na paraan at kahit malayo ako I can give back my blessings to them,” said Rivero. “Especially po dito sa mga doctors and nurses po ng Dr. Villaroman and Isabela Doctors Hospital kung saan po ako and buong family ko po nagpapa-check since bata po ako.” The Rivero family and De Guzman went to Isabela days before the government put Metro Manila and eventually the entire Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine last month.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Gamban bests Duremdes in ‘Homework’ face-off

University of the Philippines men’s volleyball team rookie Louis Gamban proved that he can pull off an upset even off the court. The hero in the Fighting Maroons’ straight sets stunner over Ateneo de Manila University in the cancelled UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament squared off with Far Eastern University’s Buding Duremdes in the latest episode of The Scores’ ‘Homework’ segment. Duremdes got the upper hand early, getting the right answers in the first two questions. With his back against the wall, Gamban won the next three points to steal the win in Group B. Gamban put UP in their bracket’s top spot to join Group A’s leader Adamson, which won in the first episode of the segment when Jema Galanza defeated Ponggay Gaston of Ateneo. The UAAP cancelled Season 82 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Nakakalungkot kasi gusto ko na mag-volleyball. Di ako makalabas dito sa bahay,” said Gamban. The UP freshman reminded everyone to stay at home and keep safe. “Manood na lang muna ngayon ng replay ng UAAP. ‘Wag na lumabas ng bahay,” he said. “Wag na tayo dumagdag sa problema ng LGU and government. Wah na tayong lumabas. Sa simpleng ganoon, malaking tulong na.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

New JLC gets back in front of camera through YouTube channel

JLC has returned to a screen near you - John Lloyd Clemente that is. National University's super swingman is using the downtime due to the community quarantine to put himself in front of the camera and present another side of himself. With his brand new YouTube channel, JLC is, slowly but surely, coming out of his shell. "Naisipan naming gawin yun kasi gusto naming magpasaya ng mga taong nasa bahay lang. Alam kong bored na bored na tayo lahat dahil hindi makalabas," he said, talking about the community quarantine in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Known more as a player who lets his game do the talking, the 21-year-old is out to prove that he has a voice as well - and a quite interesting voice at that. In fact, his first video has him and sister Jai trying out the "mukbang challenge." Of course, the Clementes have only gotten closer thanks to this. "Actually, siya talaga maghilig sa vlog tapos niyaya lang niya ako. Ayun, nakagawa naman kami kahit hindi talaga kami marunong," he shared. He then continued, "Ngayon, may new bonding kami dahil sa vlog. Naging close kami lalo kasi may new skill kaming nalaman." Along with that, going on air is actually a step towards improvement for JLC as he takes on more of a leadership role in National U. With Dave Ildefonso having gone back to Ateneo de Manila University, the 6-foot-3 wing is now the Bulldogs' top gun. And entering his third year, he is also now one of the veterans looked at to lead. That's why Clemente is hard at work at finding his voice and then forwarding it. "Kailangan talagang maging vocal na ako ngayon. Hindi na ako rookie kaya kailangan maging leader ako on and off the court," he said. In this light, National U could only expect a new and improved JLC come UAAP 83. "Yes, sana madala ko nga itong confidence na ganito next season. Next season, new JLC na dapat," he said, through chuckles. Turning serious, though, he also added, "Isa na ako sa mga veteran kaya goal kong maging isa sa mga magiging boses ng NU men's basketball team." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020