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Limited PH boxing delegation for Dubai tilt

By WAYLON GALVEZ Upon the recommendations of the national boxing team coaching staff, the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) has decided not to send the majority of its delegation that is currently in a training camp in Thailand in the ASBC Elite Men and Women Boxing Championships in Dubai. ABAP secretary-general Ed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

Rabiya nalaglag sa swimming pool habang nasa Miss Universe pictorial, video shoot

AKSIDENTENG nahulog sa swimming pool ang Pinay beauty queen na si Rabiya Mateo habang kinukunan para sa pictorial at video shoot ng Miss Universe 2020 pageant. Tawa nang tawa ang dalaga nang mangyari ang insidente kung saan talagang nabasa ang kanyang OOTD. Base sa video clip na ipinost sa Instagram ng training camp ni Rabita […] The post Rabiya nalaglag sa swimming pool habang nasa Miss Universe pictorial, video shoot appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

Boxing tipped to end Philippines Olympic gold drought

Abnett is currently in a training camp in Thailand with the national team that included Tokyo-bound Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 10th, 2021

ABAP team ready to go

After a tedious process of finalizing travel arrangements, an ABAP team of 10 fighters is set to leave for training camp in Thailand this Wednesday and will stay about 1 1/2 months before possibly relocating to another country where a pre-Olympic tournament may be held......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2021

SEA GAMES: The silver that glittered like gold

When the editorial staff of ABS-CBN Sports was tasked to come up with our most memorable coverage, it didn’t take long for this writer to respond. The Philippine men’s volleyball team’s Southeast Asian Games semifinal match was the first thing that came to mind. Pesonally, that game against the highly-fancied Thailand squad topped all the countless volleyball matches that I’ve covered in my career. I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the emotions I felt that chilly night of December 8, 2019. Around 6,700 fans filled the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City not knowing that what they were about to witness was something historic. A magical night that would take away the frustrations they felt the day before when the more popular women’s team finished the preliminary round winless. For us sportswriters covering that assignment, we knew the Filipinos were up for a tough ride. Thailand ruled the last four editions of the event. On the other hand, the Philippines’ last significant outing in the biennial meet was a bronze medal finish back in 1991 – or when the current national team’s oldest member, setter Jessie Lopez was just five-years old.      Did we doubt our own team? Let’s just say we prayed to the high heavens to give us something positive to write about. But don’t get us wrong. Those who followed the formation and preparation of the squad knew it would yield results come the SEA Games. After all, in all three batches of the Nationals that participated in the regional sports meet since 2015, this particular team had the longest time to prepare – around eight months to be exact. The team’s composition itself looked really promising. For the first time, two of country’s best hitters in Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, who both have experience playing in the Japan V. League,  donned the tricolors together. Espejo returned after skipping the 2017 edition so did his teammates in the 2015 squad Rex Intal and setter Ish Polvorosa. Bagunas was on his second tour of duty along with team captain John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, RanRan Abdilla and libero Jack Kalingking. Head coach Dante Alinsunurin, who was appointed to handle the team after Oliver Almadro and Sammy Acaylar in 2015 and 2017, respectively, tapped an old hand in Lopez and injected young bloods in playmaker Owa Retamar, Jau Umandal, Kim Malabunga, Ricky Marcos and Francis Saura. As part of their buildup the Nationals joined the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championship July last year.          The Filipinos achieved a great feat when they won bronze. Fans were able to witness the Nationals’ campaign via YouTube streaming while we volleyball writers, got to file our full stories through the help of De Guzman and Bagunas (God bless their beautiful hearts) who supplied us with game stats and granted postgame interviews. It’s just a shame I never got to cover the team’s training in Japan when the Nationals’ preparation went on full throttle. (Note: A little confusion in the training camp coverage assignments had me flying to Japan with the women’s squad and Lance Agcaoili of Spin.ph joining the men’s team. But it was a great experience, nonetheless, and I’m grateful for Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. for the opportunity.)     I was as confused as the other sportswriters present during the draw for the group stage a couple of months before the SEA Games when Alinsunurin chose to join the four-team bracket with Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Those three teams are considered contenders every SEA Games edition. And earning a semifinal spot would be harder compared to the other group composed of Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore. Fortunately, the gamble was worth it. Espejo and Bagunas were superb offensively, Malabunga and Retamar made their presence felt and the Nationals’ blocking shocked Cambodia and Vietnam as the Filipinos swept them both to secure a semis seat.   Then came the steamrolling Indonesians. Honestly, I thought the Nationals would sweep their way to the group’s top seeding. That way the PHI’s would've avoided a semis clash with Thailand. Forced to take on the defending champions, the Filipinos found themselves down in the first set. They got back in the second frame before yielding the third. And when the Thais came to match point, 24-21, in the fourth we all thought it was over. Fans were slowly emptying the bleachers not wanting to see the impending defeat. I was already waiting for the final score. Ready break the result. Then a miracle happened. The Nationals nibbled on the Thais' lead to force a deuce. After another deadlock, the Filipinos stole the set. The fifth frame was classic story of ‘who wants it more will win.’ An extended set made it even more dramatic. I vividly remember that sequence when Bagunas hammered the game-clinching kill off a lob from Lopez. After that all that I can recall was me pumping my fist up in the air and slapping the hardest high-fives I ever did with those inside the press room while howling like a madman.    The national team assured itself of a silver after 42 years. A silver after four freaking decades. They did it. Of course, the Indonesians bullied their way to winning the gold medal in a sweep of the inexperienced Filipinos. But who cares, the host team exceeded its podium expectations. That silver that glittered like gold made that coverage truly memorable. But it never crossed my mind that it would be the last important volleyball event that I will get to report. (Note: It would’ve been the UAAP if not for the health crisis that put all sporting events to a halt. Sad.) And that’s why I ended up writing these last few paragraphs. A farewell from this section. From my first article for this website back on December 1, 2014 – a post-mortem of Petron’s breakthrough title in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix – to my last published story, these were all written with only one thing in mind: in the service of the Filipino sports fan worldwide. Our run may have not been perfect, of course, we had our flaws. We had our fair share of criticisms from fans, athletes, sports personalities and sometimes even from our partner leagues and properties. We accepted our shortcomings. We tried to be better. But we are proud of what we did. We take pride with how we delivered sports stories through various digital executions that showcased sports beyond the confines of competition. On midnight of September 1 while most of you lay sound asleep, deep in slumber, hopefully, having a good dream and hours away from waking up looking forward to a better day, this website will be snapped out of existence.  More than half a decade of sharing stories to the Filipino sports fan will be seeing its last presence online on Monday – a holiday to celebrate the nation’s heroes. This website will then hear its final buzzer, its final whistle. Thousands of articles – written with passion, dedication and love – will be taken down as this website goes offline together with majority of ABS-CBN Sports’ social media accounts. But soon, hopefully, it will once again see the light of day.    We do hope that you will remember us, for we will remember all of you who made us your Kapamilya.   -- 30 --   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles Mark Escarlote has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2014. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

SEA GAMES: The silver that glittered like gold

When the editorial staff of ABS-CBN Sports was tasked to come up with our most memorable coverage, it didn’t take long for this writer to respond. The Philippine men’s volleyball team’s Southeast Asian Games semifinal match was the first thing that came to mind. Pesonally, that game against the highly-fancied Thailand squad topped all the countless volleyball matches that I’ve covered in my career. I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the emotions I felt that chilly night of December 8, 2019. Around 6,700 fans filled the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City not knowing that what they were about to witness was something historic. A magical night that would take away the frustrations they felt the day before when the more popular women’s team finished the preliminary round winless. For us sportswriters covering that assignment, we knew the Filipinos were up for a tough ride. Thailand ruled the last four editions of the event. On the other hand, the Philippines’ last significant outing in the biennial meet was a bronze medal finish back in 1991 – or when the current national team’s oldest member, setter Jessie Lopez was just five-years old.      Did we doubt our own team? Let’s just say we prayed to the high heavens to give us something positive to write about. But don’t get us wrong. Those who followed the formation and preparation of the squad knew it would yield results come the SEA Games. After all, in all three batches of the Nationals that participated in the regional sports meet since 2015, this particular team had the longest time to prepare – around eight months to be exact. The team’s composition itself looked really promising. For the first time, two of country’s best hitters in Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, who both have experience playing in the Japan V. League,  donned the tricolors together. Espejo returned after skipping the 2017 edition so did his teammates in the 2015 squad Rex Intal and setter Ish Polvorosa. Bagunas was on his second tour of duty along with team captain John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, RanRan Abdilla and libero Jack Kalingking. Head coach Dante Alinsunurin, who was appointed to handle the team after Oliver Almadro and Sammy Acaylar in 2015 and 2017, respectively, tapped an old hand in Lopez and injected young bloods in playmaker Owa Retamar, Jau Umandal, Kim Malabunga, Ricky Marcos and Francis Saura. As part of their buildup the Nationals joined the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championship July last year.          The Filipinos achieved a great feat when they won bronze. Fans were able to witness the Nationals’ campaign via YouTube streaming while we volleyball writers, got to file our full stories through the help of De Guzman and Bagunas (God bless their beautiful hearts) who supplied us with game stats and granted postgame interviews. It’s just a shame I never got to cover the team’s training in Japan when the Nationals’ preparation went on full throttle. (Note: A little confusion in the training camp coverage assignments had me flying to Japan with the women’s squad and Lance Agcaoili of Spin.ph joining the men’s team. But it was a great experience, nonetheless, and I’m grateful for Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. for the opportunity.)     I was as confused as the other sportswriters present during the draw for the group stage a couple of months before the SEA Games when Alinsunurin chose to join the four-team bracket with Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Those three teams are considered contenders every SEA Games edition. And earning a semifinal spot would be harder compared to the other group composed of Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore. Fortunately, the gamble was worth it. Espejo and Bagunas were superb offensively, Malabunga and Retamar made their presence felt and the Nationals’ blocking shocked Cambodia and Vietnam as the Filipinos swept them both to secure a semis seat.   Then came the steamrolling Indonesians. Honestly, I thought the Nationals would sweep their way to the group’s top seeding. That way the PHI’s would've avoided a semis clash with Thailand. Forced to take on the defending champions, the Filipinos found themselves down in the first set. They got back in the second frame before yielding the third. And when the Thais came to match point, 24-21, in the fourth we all thought it was over. Fans were slowly emptying the bleachers not wanting to see the impending defeat. I was already waiting for the final score. Ready break the result. Then a miracle happened. The Nationals nibbled on the Thais' lead to force a deuce. After another deadlock, the Filipinos stole the set. The fifth frame was classic story of ‘who wants it more will win.’ An extended set made it even more dramatic. I vividly remember that sequence when Bagunas hammered the game-clinching kill off a lob from Lopez. After that all that I can recall was me pumping my fist up in the air and slapping the hardest high-fives I ever did with those inside the press room while howling like a madman.    The national team assured itself of a silver after 42 years. A silver after four freaking decades. They did it. Of course, the Indonesians bullied their way to winning the gold medal in a sweep of the inexperienced Filipinos. But who cares, the host team exceeded its podium expectations. That silver that glittered like gold made that coverage truly memorable. But it never crossed my mind that it would be the last important volleyball event that I will get to report. (Note: It would’ve been the UAAP if not for the health crisis that put all sporting events to a halt. Sad.) And that’s why I ended up writing these last few paragraphs. A farewell from this section. From my first article for this website back on December 1, 2014 – a post-mortem of Petron’s breakthrough title in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix – to my last published story, these were all written with only one thing in mind: in the service of the Filipino sports fan worldwide. Our run may have not been perfect, of course, we had our flaws. We had our fair share of criticisms from fans, athletes, sports personalities and sometimes even from our partner leagues and properties. We accepted our shortcomings. We tried to be better. But we are proud of what we did. We take pride with how we delivered sports stories through various digital executions that showcased sports beyond the confines of competition. On midnight of September 1 while most of you lay sound asleep, deep in slumber, hopefully, having a good dream and hours away from waking up looking forward to a better day, this website will be snapped out of existence.  More than half a decade of sharing stories to the Filipino sports fan will be seeing its last presence online on Monday – a holiday to celebrate the nation’s heroes. This website will then hear its final buzzer, its final whistle. Thousands of articles – written with passion, dedication and love – will be taken down as this website goes offline together with majority of ABS-CBN Sports’ social media accounts. But soon, hopefully, it will once again see the light of day.    We do hope that you will remember us, for we will remember all of you who made us your Kapamilya.   -- 30 --   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles Mark Escarlote has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2014. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

Mark Magsayo training for September return to action

Undefeated Filipino boxer Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo is hard at work as he looks a September return to the ring.  The 25-year old, who's 20-0 with 14 KOs in his career, posted a video of himself shadowboxing and working up a sweat in Los Angeles.  (READ ALSO: Pinoy boxing stars John Riel Casimero, Mark Magsayo link up in the US) The Tagbilaran, Bohol-native has been in Los Angeles since the start of July, working with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning trainer Justin Fortune, both longtime-members of Manny Paquiao's camp.  According to The Ring Magazine, Magsayo is expected to make a return to boxing on September 23rd, on yet-to-be-announced PBC on Fox card in Los Angeles. Magsayo last fought back in August of 2019, defeating Thailand's Pungluang Sor Singyu by Unanimous Decision.  Earlier this year, Magsayo inked a promotional deal with Pacquiao's MP Promotions, joining fellow young stars such as world champions Jerwin Ancajas, John Riel Casimero, and Pedro Taduran. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

Fox to miss at least a week with ankle sprain

Miami, United States—Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox sprained his left ankle in practice Wednesday (Thursday Philippine time) and will miss at least a week of training as the NBA gears up for a July 30 return......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

Opening of KCS’ training camp depends on Mindanao leg tipoff

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The reigning Visayas leg champions of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, the KCS Computer Specialists Mandaue City, will not start their training camp unless there is an official announcement about the tipoff date of the Mindanao leg. The league has yet to announce the start of the Mindanao leg, which […] The post Opening of KCS’ training camp depends on Mindanao leg tipoff appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2021

refugees | Football Against Racism: Fighting Hate Through Sport – Salto

“I miss you! We’ll settle scores outside,” Amadou Sarah Bah points to one of his teammates at the end of training and laughs as he.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

PH beach volleyball training camp set in Ilocos Norte

The national teams for beach volleyball for men and women began training on three courts set up on the beach off Villa Del Mar Resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, during a visit by Philippine National Volleyball Federation president Ramon “Tats” Suzara on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

Colorado Springs training for Tokyo Games-bound Marcial

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) has succeeded in its efforts to bring Olympic middleweight qualifier Eumir Felix Marcial to the United States Olympic Boxing Training Center in Colorado Springs for the last stage of his preparations for the Tokyo Games. Marcial was supposed to fly directly to Thailand after the ongoing […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

Colorado Springs training for Marcial

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) has succeeded in its efforts to bring Olympic middleweight qualifier Eumir Felix Marcial to the United States Olympic Boxing Training Center in Colorado Springs for the last stage of his preparations for Tokyo. Marcial was supposed to fly directly to Thailand after the ongoing Asian Championships […] The post Colorado Springs training for Marcial appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

13 Azkals now in Qatar for training camp

Thirteen of 25 players called up for the Philippine Azkals’ national men’s football training camp are now in Doha, Qatar......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

El Tocuyo : Miss Universe 2020 fan favorites who were snubbed as finalists

In pageant parlance, "el tocuyo" happens when a frontrunner is booted out of a race for numerous reasons. In local gay lingo, that candidate went from highly favored to becoming a "luz valdez.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2021

Philippine archers cancel Chinese Taipei training

The Philippine archery team seeking Tokyo Olympics qualification is no longer holding a training camp in Chinese Taipei due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases there......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

Taipei buildup scratched

The Philippine archery team seeking Tokyo Olympics qualification is no longer holding a training camp in Chinese Taipei due to the spike of COVID-19 cases......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

Rabiya Mateo ends her Miss Universe journey in Top 21

Miss Philippines Rabiya Mateo has ended her Miss Universe journey, after making it to the Top 21 candidates but failing to enter the competition’s Top 10 today, May 17. Candidates who made it to the top 10 were: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, India, Peru, Australia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil. Mateo, an Iloilo […] The post Rabiya Mateo ends her Miss Universe journey in Top 21 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Bolts start Ilocos training today

Early bird Meralco hopes to lead by example as it opens its training camp in Ilocos Norte today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Catriona Gray clarifies leaving out Phl in national costume picks

Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray explained why she left out the Philippines in her personal list of top candidates in the national costume competition of the 69th Miss Universe on Friday. The 2018 winner picked Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam as her favorites in a Twitter post. Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Thailand, Ukraine and […] The post Catriona Gray clarifies leaving out Phl in national costume picks appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021