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Visayas a & lsquo;serious concern& rsquo;

While COVID-19 infections are slowing down in Mindanao, Western Visayas is a serious concern as cases are rising there and hospital beds in intensive care units are filling up, an independent research group tracking the pandemic said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 10th, 2021

& lsquo;Illegal fishing in WPS a cause of concern& rsquo;

The United States said Thursday the multi-billion “illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and destruction of the rich marine ecosystem in the West Philippine Sea is a cause of concern for both the United States and the Philippines.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

& lsquo;Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels& rsquo; continues to touch Filipino lives& nbsp;

GMA Regional TV remains committed to providing unparalleled community service to Filipinos in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao via its ”Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels,” which to date, has benefitted 11,850 families......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

Too many & lsquo;isolated cases& rsquo;

In the wake of the cold-blooded murder of Sonya Gregorio and her son, Frank Anthony, by off-duty policeman Jonel Nuezca in Tarlac recently, we’ve been fed the official line that this should be no cause for concern or even outrage as this is an “isolated case.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 30th, 2020

& lsquo;Vicky& rsquo; exits PAR, leaves eight dead

At least eight people were killed during the onslaught of Tropical Depression Vicky in Mindanao and the Visayas during the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2020

2 killed in Leyte landslide as & lsquo;Vicky& rsquo; batters Visayas, Mindanao

Two elderly women were killed in a landslide which hit Barangay Cuatro de Agosto in Mahaplag, Leyte early Saturday, but two others were rescued, including a 14-year-old boy as hundreds were forced to flee their inundated homes in the Philippines as torrential rain triggered flooding and landslides in the storm-battered archipelago......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Turning PH into& nbsp; & lsquo;Smart& nbsp;5G country& rsquo;& nbsp;

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. has pushed ahead with the initial phase of its 5G commercial rollout as it becomes the first provider in the Philippines to fire up 5G sites in key cities in Visayas and Mindanao......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

CHED to schools and universities: Follow guidelines

The Commission on Higher Education stressed the importance of putting the students’ safety first and to follow government guidelines and protocols after the alleged training sessions of some varsity teams amid the pandemic.   In a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board and Department of Health, which issued the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) on the conduct of physical activities and sports, CHED reminded universities and colleges to follow applicable guidelines. CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III mentioned that their agency, which supervises tertiary education in the country, has issued several advisories and guidelines since March advising the students to stay home.  These were consistent with the guidelines issued by the IATF and the tri-agency-issued JAO.  “Safety of our students is the topmost concern,” said De Vera. This statement mirrors the constant stand and reminder of PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez who, in his statement related to this issue, said that the life and safety of athletes is “important that no medal can ever equal.”  In the same statement, Ramirez also advised sports officials to always keep the safety of their athletes “top priority.” University of Sto. Tomas is in hot water following the alleged ‘Sorsogon bubble’ of its men’s basketball team conducted by head coach Aldin Ayo. UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag and Season 83 President Nonong Calanog said that the university in question is now finalizing their internal investigation and UAAP expects to receive the final report before their meeting on Friday.  The UAAP was also requested to seek clarification from National University, whose women’s volleyball athletes allegedly trained as well, despite government issued restrictions. PSC National Training Director Marc Velasco thanked De Vera and reiterated the PSC’s stance on the safety of athletes. “The PSC will always push to uphold the issuances regarding sports and physical activity and we are happy that CHED is a steady partner when it comes to sports in universities and colleges,” said Velasco. GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra appreciated the input of CHED saying that De Vera’s inputs “gave the group another perspective on these issues” and actively gave examples of how the GAB handles similar situation on professional sports. Also in the meeting were CHED Executive Directory Atty. Cindy Jaro and DOH Section Head of Policy and Technology Rodley Carza. The group expects to have representatives of the two universities join the next meeting set on September 1, where they hope to resolve the matter and take final action......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

DID YOU KNOW? Deanna Wong dreamed of playing for DLSU

Ateneo de Manila University struck gold when it recruited Deanna Wong. The Cebuana displayed versatility and commitment when given the role of a back-up setter before sliding to a libero spot and then back again as a playmaker for the Lady Eagles.   Behind her playmaking, Ateneo was able to reclaim the UAAP women’s volleyball throne last year in Season 81 as the Lady Eagles captured their third overall title since winning back-to-back crowns in 2014 and 2015. Wong truly is a gem of a setter, earning her spot alongside other Ateneo playmaking greats Jem Ferrer and Jia Morado. But five years ago, Wong almost joined another UAAP team. The 22-year old setter admitted that she’s a fan of De La Salle University and idolized former Lady Spikers middle Mika Reyes back in high school. So it was all but natural for the University of San Jose-Recoletos product to dream of playing for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored Lady Spikers. And she almost did after the multi-titled mentor himself approached her during her stint with Central Visayas during the 2015 Palaraong Pambansa in Tagum, Davao Del Norte.   “La Salle ako before,” shared Wong during her appearance on Volleyball DNA hosted by Anton Roxas and Denden Lazaro. It was Wong’s first and only Palaro stint and she never imagined to see De Jesus in person and even more approached by the mentor during a scouting run. “Kaya na-shock ako nung nandoon sina Coach Ramil. Starstruck lang wala akong masabi. Feeling ko kung nandoon ang mga players baka mas lalo akong ma-starstruck but it was a good thing si Coach Ramil lang,” said the UAAP Season 80 Best Setter. "Coach Ramil he talked to me," Wong added. Aside from DLSU, Far Eastern University also showed interest in her. “FEU they talked to me. Sina (Gen) Casugod and Ate Bernadeth Pons. Wala akong naalala na may coach sa FEU it was just them,” Wong added. But donning the green and white wasn’t meant to be for Wong. All thanks to a chance encounter between her dad, Dean, and then Ateneo men’s volleyball team coach Oliver Almadro. “Sila ni dad nagkakilala sa elevator or something,” said Wong. “I don’t know that’s what he said to me. Di ko alam bakit.” And as fate would have it, Wong really was really meant to wear the blue and white. Wong was in Bacolod that time participating in a tournament and coincidentally Almadro was also there together with the Blue Eagles competing in the UniGames.    “It happened in Bacolod. May tournament kami and dun din nangyari ‘yung UniGames. Nag-participate ang men’s volleyball team. Alam mo naman si Coach O he really recruits players and dumating siya bigla,” said Wong. From there Almadro did his best to convince Wong’s dad to allow her to play for Ateneo. Wong agreed. The Lady Eagles just landed the heir-apparent to playmaker Jia Morado.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2020

GBP empowers employees through & lsquo;Coaching Caf& eacute;& rsquo;

Global Business Power Corp., a leading energy company in the Visayas with presence also in Mindanao and Mindoro, acknowledges the value of its people and has worked to develop a culture of communication and mentorship across its organization through programs like the “Coaching Café”......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

NPA & lsquo;purge executioner& rsquo; falls

Tacloban City—An army official in Eastern Visayas lauded newly-organized joint task force Tandaya who arrested Felomino Salazar Jr., the alleged “purge executioner” of the New People’s Army in Leyte province in the 1980s......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

Lawmakers slam & lsquo;overpriced& rsquo; P1.8-B fertilizer supply deal

The Department of Agriculture recently conducted a series of negotiated biddings for supply contracts of urea fertilizer worth P1.8 billion intended for distribution to four regions, namely Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Western Visayas and Central Visayas......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Australian PM & lsquo;concerned& rsquo; over Aussie actor on China death row

Sydney--Australia’s prime minister expressed concern Monday after an Australian man was sentenced to death, in a case that could further inflame tensions between Beijing and Canberra......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Bryan Bagunas: Basketball s loss is volleyball s gain

Who would’ve thought that a flubbed lay-up in a basketball game would convince Bryan Bagunas to embrace a different sport that eventually brought him success? The Southeast Asian Games silver medalist shared on The Score’s Kalye Confessions an anecdote on how his volleyball career started. Just like most boys in this hoops-crazy nation, Bagunas initially found interest playing basketball. He tried volleyball just out of curiosity.    During his sophomore year in high school, the Balayan, Batangas native joined both basketball and volleyball competitions in his school’s intramurals. A rather embarrassing moment made him realize that basketball may not be for him. “Naglaro ako ng basketball. Kaso nag-iisa na lang ako, nag-layup ako sablay,” recalled the Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler import in the Japan V. Premier League. “Kaya sabi ko parang ayoko nang mag-basketball ah.” He fared better in volleyball. “Eh ‘di ‘yun sa volleyball naman. Nag-OK naman, second year high school ata kami nun nu’ng nag-champion kami nun sa Intrams eh,” he said. “Eh ‘di ‘yun kinuha na nila ako. Dun na nagsimula ‘yun.” From there he became a member of Balayan National High School’s volleyball team and was eventually chosen to represent Region IV-A in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, Laguna in his senior year. Although his team was booted out in the quarterfinals by eventual gold medalist Western Visayas, National University scouts noticed Bagunas' height and talent.     Bulldogs head coach Dante Alinsurin and his assistant Jessie Lopez offered Bagunas a chance to play for the then reigning two-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion NU.   “Si Coach Jessie siya pa kumuha ng phone number ko nun saka si Coach Dante. Tapos pinuntahan nila ako sa bahay sa Balayan, Batangas,” said Bagunas. His first three years with the Bulldogs resulted in heartbreaks as NU fell short in the Finals against the Marck Espejo-bannered Ateneo de Manila University. Bagunas finally won his first UAAP title in Season 80 when the Bulldogs knocked the crown off the Blue Eagles’ heads. He led NU to back-to-back titles the following year where he also bagged the Most Valuable Player award for a perfect collegiate career exit. Bagunas has been a member of the national team since 2017. In the 2019 SEA Games, Bagunas helped the Philippines establish history by taking the silver medal for the first time since 1977. He is also the second homegrown talent to be tapped as an import in Japan after Espejo. Bagunas is enjoying great success in volleyball, all thanks to a missed lay-up.   ---         Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

EXO tops chart; sells a million with & lsquo;Don& rsquo;t Fight the Feeling& rsquo;

K-Pop boy group EXO bags another ‘million seller’ title with its latest album, Don’t Fight the Feeling......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News6 hr. 44 min. ago

Stray Kids, iKON, Astro among K-Pop acts to perform at & lsquo;KCON:TACT 4U& rsquo;& nbsp;virtual fest

One of the world’s largest K-Culture events is coming back once again to Filipino K-Pop fans as mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is bringing the KCON:TACT 4U virtual festival from June 19 to 27 via Gigafest.Smart......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News6 hr. 44 min. ago

BLACKPINK reaches new milestones, teases fans with & lsquo;4+1 Project& rsquo;

BLACKPINK trended on Twitter in the Philippines on Tuesday morning following the announcement of “4+1 PROJECT,” in celebration of the group’s fifth anniversary and the third anniversary of its massive hit track “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News6 hr. 44 min. ago

DonBelle& rsquo;s & lsquo;He& rsquo;s Into Her& rsquo; makes big buzz on social media

He's Into Her, Star Cinema’s newest youth-oriented series about empowerment starring Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano became one of the most talked-about shows on social media, landing number 6 on the TheWit.com’s Social Wit List, a round-up of shows that have generated the biggest buzz on Instagram in May.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2021

PH & lsquo;hate crime& rsquo; victim in NY recounts verbal abuse

A Filipino consular officer in New York was the latest victim in a series of hate crimes against Asians in the United States after she was verbally assaulted on her way to work last Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

& lsquo;American Idol& rsquo; star David Archuleta comes out of closet

American singer David Archuleta has revealed his gender identity as a part of the LGBTQIA+ and gave his perspective about the circumstances that people like him have experienced. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Being & lsquo;Inn Love& rsquo;

Remember that scene in Marriage Story, when Adam Driver, as Charlie Barber, burst into a song after he heard a few bars coming from the piano? Driver stood up and sang the most popular anthem from Stephen Sondheim’s The Company complete with all the feelings of a man who experienced the ecstasies and agonies of being in and out of love. And boy, when you watch and hear him interpret the song, something inside you would want to scream......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021