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Rainy season approaching

The prevalence of a stationary front over the extreme portion of Northern Luzon yesterday is one of the manifestations of the approaching rainy season in the country. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration weather specialist Ariel Rojas said a stationary front is the boundary of warm air coming from the Pacific Ocean and slightly […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: News9 hr. 34 min. ago Related News

Phl virus cases breach 14,000-mark

Over 14,000 individuals in the Philippines had been infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the Department of Health (DoH) validated 258 new cases on Sunday. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 14,035, with 195 new cases coming from Metro Manila, 12 from Filipino repatriates, and 51 from other regions. […] The post Phl virus cases breach 14,000-mark appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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BIONIC ILONGGA: Gonzaga once played back-to-back 5-setters in less than 24 hours

(This article was originaly published August 21, 2019) PacificTown Army star Jovelyn Gonzaga is living up to her moniker as the ‘Bionic Ilongga’. Less than 24 hours after a grueling five-set match in a different tournament, Gonzaga’s endurance and heart went to the test once again, this time with the Lady Troopers coming back from two sets down including a record-setting opening frame to down ChocoMucho on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Gonzaga led PacificTown Army to a 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12, win to remain unscathed in two outings. The lefty Guimaras native displayed an all-around game and played her heart out despite seeing action in a draining five-set decider with Cignal in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference semifinals against Petron. “Pagod na pagod pero wala, high morale ako kasi puro panalo,” said Gonzaga, who just came back from a two-year hiatus following a knee injury. “Yun na lang ang attitude ko. High morale talaga ako, wala akong iniisip na iba.” Gonzaga displayed her vintage form as she finished with 24 points with all but one coming off attacks. The 27-year old former national team standout also contributed well on floor defense with 26 digs and 16 excellent receptions in the two-hour, 46-minute duel. Army allowed the opposite spiker to play in both leagues and as a way of giving back, Gonzaga vowed to give her 100% effort every game for the Lady Troopers. “Ang lagi ko ngang sinasabi gusto kong mag-give back sa coaches na nag-iintindi sa akin,” said Gonzaga, who in the Reinforced Conference helped PacificTown Army capture the bronze in the squad’s first stint in the league. “Kasi siya (coach Kungfu Reyes) grabe yung pag-intindi niya sa akin, hindi niya ako binubugbog sa training,” said Gonzaga. “Ito naman yung way ko paano ako makabalik ng tiwala.” Gonzaga will rest tonight, knowing that she accomplished her task for the day for the Lady Troopers. On Thursday, she’ll be back in action for her other club team.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 23rd, 2020Related News

Temp to Champ: Justin Brownlee s Magical PBA journey with Ginebra

(This story was originally published on January 31, 2020) With Barangay Ginebra's recent title win in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, Justin Brownlee is now a four-time champion. In just under four years, Brownlee has completely captivated Ginebra and its legion of fans. Brownlee's influence extends beyond the barangay, one can only hear the continuous calls for him to become Gilas Pilipinas' naturalized player as proof of his influence. He is well-loved not just because of his on-court ability but more so because he is genuinely a good human being. But for all of Brownlee's brilliance in the PBA, everything almost never actually happened. He wasn't even supposed to stay here, let alone come.   THE TNT CONNECTION In 2011, Paul Harris came to the PBA and won the Commissioner's Cup title with the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. They beat Barangay Ginebra in the Finals after six games. Also in 2011, Harris was playing in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws and one of his teammates was Justin Brownlee. The link has been established long before the Gin Kings cashed in. "To be honest, very ironically, the only person who ever told me about the Philippines was Paul," Brownlee told ABS-CBN Sports. "After he played with Talk 'N Text, we played together in the NBA D-League and I knew Paul before but I really met him when we played in the D-League. He had a lot to say about the Philippines and the way they loved basketball and the way he just won a championship," he added. After his 2011 championship, Harris would come back for a couple more stints with the Tropang Texters. But in 2016 for the Governors’ Cup, Harris would switch teams. Five years after taking them down for the Commissioner’s Cup title, the former Syracuse forward was now suiting up for Barangay Ginebra. Unfortunately, Harris’ Ginebra tenure lasted only one game after he injured his thumb at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings were now scrambling and Ginebra had to make a call for a replacement. It was Justin Brownlee that answered. The rest is history. "He told me if you ever have a chance to play in the Philippines, you should really take it," Brownlee said of Harris' advice. "It was my first opportunity for Ginebra so I took it. It's just crazy, because it was for him being injured [that I got a call],' Brownlee added.   3 AND D As a 22-time PBA champion, coach Tim Cone has an eye on players that can do well in the Philippines. Coach Tim knew that Justin Brownlee would have success in the PBA the moment he laid his eyes on him. "I remember scouting him in the NBA Summer League and thought, 'Wow, that guy would really do well in the Philippines,'" Cone said of Brownlee. "But he was a little bit more one-dimensional back then. He was more of a just a 3-and-D guy, he was a stretch four, shot a lot of three-points. He proved he could play bigger guys and play against bigger guys even though he was only 6'5". Those kind of guys usually do well here," the champion mentor added. From the time Brownlee first entered the PBA as Paul Harris' replacement as Ginebra import in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup to now, Cone was proven right. Brownlee turned out to be quite successful in the PBA. With more championships than playoff series lost, he shows no signs of slowing down. About four years in, teams still can't check Brownlee and there's a reason for that according to Cone. "The thing about Justin that impressed me is that while he's been here, his game has improved so tremendously," Coach Tim said. “I was talking to my son who lives in San Francisco. And we were talking about, you know how great Justin is and how hard it is to defend them and how happy I am that he's on my team. I would hate to have to try to guard him on the other side.” "Reminds me a lot actually a Bobby Parks, you know, when I was trying to figure out ways to guard Bobby Parks. Just could not find ways. He always would find a way to beat you and that's exactly what Justin does," Cone added, pretty much giving Brownlee one of the ultimate seals of approval for a PBA import.   WRONG LEAGUE Justin Brownlee could have been a star anywhere else in the world. He was already in the NBA D-League, he could have gotten an actual shot in the NBA if he stayed long enough for what it's worth. But he found himself in the PBA with Barangay Ginebra. The Gin Kings certainly hit the jackpot with him and they're not letting Brownlee go. "The one thing my son said, he said, 'Sorry, dad. But you know, Justin's in the wrong League. He shouldn't be in the PBA. He should be in the NBA, playing as a star somewhere, if he had  been given a chance,'" Coach Tim recalled about a conversation he had with his own son about Brownlee. "He's an NBA-caliber guy. I don't think there's any doubt. He'll be back next year and I think he'll be better even next year than he was this year," Cone added. Brownlee could have been a star anywhere else but the Philippines has become a second home for Brownlee. He will remain a Gin King as long as the barangay wants him to stay. “It’s just the mentality, to be honest. It starts with the ‘Never Say Die’ mentality. Just seeing how the people can come together and motivate other people to do something positive. All the way from the boss, to Coach Tim, to each player, it’s all about coming together,” Brownlee said on what allures him to Barangay Ginebra. “Thet [first] championship was great of course, but for me to come back, it was more so the culture. How the people treated basketball here and the relationship I started building with my teammates, and Coach Tim and the whole management. Over the championship, those are the things I love most, the real reason why I came back. Even if we never won, if I was asked to come back, I would come back in a hurry,” Justin added.   TEMP TO CHAMP Justin Brownlee most definitely made a name for himself in the Philippines with four Finals appearances, four PBA championships, one Best Import award, most three-pointers ever made by an import, and “The Shot.” For a replacement import, that's not too bad. Brownlee's legacy here is set, when he comes back for more, he’s just going to continue to make his case as the PBA’s GOAT import. But for all of Brownlee's brilliance in the PBA, everything almost never actually happened. He wasn't even supposed to stay here, let alone come. “My contract was only for one month,” Brownlee told ABS-CBN Sports on his first stint with Ginebra all the way back from the 2016 Governors’ Cup. “I didn’t know the full details of Paul’s injury at the time. I just remember they [Ginebra] wanted me another month, and it just turned into the rest of the conference. “ “It wasn’t even to stay for the whole conference [first contract]. It was very unfortunate that Paul got hurt but the opportunity presented itself to me and I tried to just take advantage of it the most I can,” Brownlee added. He took advantage indeed.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 23rd, 2020Related News

OFW quarantine certificates now available online

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 23 (PIA) -- Expect more Boholano Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), seafarers, and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) coming home soon as the Sub Task Group for the Repa.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 23rd, 2020Related News

Business priorities to consider when recovering from Covid-19 crisis

There is no doubt the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has changed the world. For many business executives, the toughest leadership test posed by this global health crisis is how to deal with it and its aftermath. For business leaders in the Philippines, the actions they take now and in the coming weeks — especially when […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsMay 23rd, 2020Related News

U.S. turns back on ‘Open Skies’

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, the third arms control pact Trump has abrogated since coming to office. The US leader said Moscow had not stuck to its commitments under the 18-year-old pact, which was designed to improve military […] The post U.S. turns back on ‘Open Skies’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

SMC buys corn from farmers

San Miguel Corporation made good on an earlier commitment to protect farmers’ income and ensure the country’s stable food supply in the coming months with its purchase of 69 million kilos of corn to date from farmers nationwide, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

Building the ideal UAAP baller for modern times

There is no perfect player. Each and every one who sees action in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament is an unfinished product who needs to realize there remain many, many holes in his game. Improvement and rounding out one's game is a constant for all these talented youngsters. But if we were given a chance to build the ideal baller for modern times, how would he turn out? Well, this is our take on all the physical attributes and skills that he should have: L-JAY GONZALES's vision Far Eastern University's floor leader is a pass-first point guard. L-Jay Gonzales has been a playmaker through and through and has the skill to set up his teammates for the right play. In UAAP 82, he was the league-leader in assists with 4.3 per game and was the engine that drove the young Tamaraws to a pleasant surprise of a playoff berth. CJ CANSINO's nose for the ball CJ Cansino seems to have a knack for being at the right place, at the right time. Whether it be a defensive or offensive rebound, University of Sto. Tomas' do-it-all guard has long had positioning down pat. Because of that, he has, time and again, gotten boards away from bigger opponents as evidenced by his 5.2 rebounds a game - with 1.7 coming from the offensive glass. MIKE NIETO'S voice Born leader is the forever descriptor for Mike Nieto. A co-captain in his third year and skipper in his last two seasons in Ateneo de Manila University, "Big Mike" knows how to take charge all over the court - be it inside huddles or in-game. While he would not be the first to take charge in terms of scoring, it is him who is, without a doubt, the first to make sure the Blue Eagles are in position to make something happen. REY SUERTE's veteran smarts Showcasing his skills for University of the Visayas in CESAFI before moving to Manila, Rey Suerte has seen it all. And that experience proved key as he led University of the East to a respectable showing despite a 4-10 standing. At the end of it all, Suerte's most memorable moment in his one-and-done year is a game-winning dagger straight through the heart of De La Salle University - a play he was able to make thanks to cool, calm, and collected moves that had him inbounding the ball, getting it back, and then firing a cold-blooded triple over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-2 Kurt Lojera. SOULEMANE CHABI YO's size The UAAP 81 Season MVP has the build to be able to take a beating - and he has all of it in a compact 6-foot-6 frame that could viably be put in all five positions. We could go with Ange Kouame's blend of height and length, of course, but that would not necessarily be the perfect fit for the ideal player for the modern times we're building. Position-less basketball is all the rave nowadays and Soulemane Chabi Yo's size is the perfect fit for just that. RHENZ ABANDO's length Limbs for days has been Rhenz Abando's calling card and thanks to those, he now has quite the trademark after just his first year - chasedown blocks. With his long legs never letting him get too far left behind and his long arms granting him greater reach than normal, UST's two-way force is as devastating a rim protector with a 1.3-block average as he is a determined defender. Then at the other end, those same long limbs allow him to launch his long-range missiles from a high point that not many opponents could even contest. ALJUN MELECIO's hands Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University remains the best shooter in the league, but he is more of a catch-and-shoot player compared to De La Salle University's scoring guard who has both the ballhandling and the range to get any shot he wants from anywhere he wants. Aljun Melecio has long been compared to Stephen Curry and that's with good reason as he is a threat from the moment he steps over to their side of the court - as anybody could see in his conversion clip of 32.5 percent from behind the arc. And even when he ventures into the paint, he has the confidence and capability for fine finishes at the rim. KOBE PARAS's legs We could go with Thirdy Ravena from Ateneo here, but the University of the Philippines' shining star just seems to have a bit more explosion in his hops. Of course, Kobe Paras was once known as just a high-flyer and has now rounded out his game. Still, high-flyer, he remains, for sure. MARK NONOY's feet Speed kills and in UST's run-and-gun system, the turbo is always on for their lead guard. In all of the league, perhaps only FEU's Gonzales could come close to Mark Nonoy. And not only is he deadly on the open court, he also has an explosive first step that could leave an opponent in the dust even in the face of a set defense. Taking all of these together, doesn't it look like.. Thirdy Ravena comes close? No? Yes? Well, we would never know for sure. What we do know is we would love to hear your take on this: what is your ideal baller for modern times? --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

Lito Adiwang talks training at Team Lakay, dream match with Demetrious Johnson

Team Lakay strawweight Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang has been on fire since coming up to the main roster of ONE Championship.  Adiwang, who earned a ONE contract after three wins on Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, scored back-to-back submission wins on the big show, first against Japanese contender Senzo Ikeda and then against Thai star Pongsiri Mitsatit.  Adiwang’s immediate success however, should not come as a surprise, considering that he’s got some really good teammates around him over at the La Trinidad-based gym.  On a daily basis (at least before the COVID-19 pandemic), Adiwang sharpened his tools alongside world champions like Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Stephen Loman, and of course, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio.  Being around all those winners, Adiwang admits that training can sometimes get a bit intense, which is expected since everyone is working towards a common goal and everyone is looking to push each other.  “Training at Team Lakay is intense. I’m very fortunate to be working with a great group of guys who are not just talented and highly-skilled, but also close like family,” Adiwang shared in an interview with ONE Championship. “There are instances when we are really deep in training, and we let loose and forget to hold back. There’s the occasional heavy shot we land here and there, or sometimes we put each other in some painful submissions.” “But we’re all professionals, and we know it’s part of the game. We just say sorry and continue with no hard feelings. After all, we’re like brothers here,” he continued.  Adiwang is just two fights into his ONE Championship career, but by the looks of it, he’s primed for an upward trajectory.  In the same light, his teammate Pacio, who has handily defeated some of the division’s top contenders and former champions, also appears to be at the top of the heap for a while.  It appears as though their paths could inevitably cross.  “My personal goal is to be known as one of the best fighters in the division. Of course, I want to eventually compete for a World Title. It’s every athlete’s dream to become a World Champion,” Adiwang stated.  As has been the case with former Team Lakay champions and their teammates in the same division however, Adiwang would rather not fight his family. “While it will ultimately depend on ONE Championship, I still prefer not to face Joshua Pacio as much as possible. I want to avoid that. Instead, I want the top guys in the division,” Adiwang expressed.  Fortunately for the 27-year old, the strawweight division presents a number of possibilities for him to raise his stock.  “Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Yoshitaka Naito, Alex Silva, Yosuke Saruta -- these are all great matchups for me and challenges I’m willing to face. I just want to face the best and prove myself. My plan is to keep taking on anyone they put in front of me and beat them. I’ll take any fight, no matter how short the notice. I’m always ready, always training, and always ready for action,” he continued.  If Pacio’s reign at the top of the strawweight division continues, Adiwang says he’s open to jumping up to the flyweight division to test himself there.  “If Joshua still has the belt in the next couple of years, I have no issues moving up to flyweight to take on challenges there. There’s a lot of great talent in that division that I wouldn’t mind testing myself against. But we’ll cross the bridge when we get there.”  A move to flyweight will move Adiwang a step closer to a potential matchup with ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix champion and MMA legend Demetrious Johnson, a bout that he’s longed for.  “That would be a dream come true for me,” Adiwang said. “Demetrious Johnson is the best in the world right now, in my opinion. And I’ve dreamed of facing him since I started my career. Before, that was just an impossible dream. But now that he’s with ONE Championship, it’s closer to reality.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

DepEd allays fears of parents: Opening of classes may not be ‘face-to-face’

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday reminded parents that the opening of classes for the coming school year on August 24 may be done either physically or virtually, allaying the fears of parents about sending their children back to classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Gusto kong ipaliwanag na paulit-ulit na namin ‘yan sinasabi […] The post DepEd allays fears of parents: Opening of classes may not be ‘face-to-face’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

Not on the same wavelength

By the estimates of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging and Infectious Disease, some 42,000 more of our overseas Filipino workers coming back from various parts of the world are set to return to our country within the next few days......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

foodpanda Opens in Zamboanga, Palo, Leyte and More Cities

foodpanda, the biggest online food ordering and delivery service in the Philippines, has reached another milestone this month by adding delivery services to certain cities, beginning in Zamboanga in Mindanao and Palo City in the Visayas. Additionally, the wait will be over as the famous delivery service fleet of pink riders is also coming soon […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2020Related News

Coming soon: Paperless immigration records

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is preparing to implement digitized arrival cards and records for more effective passenger monitoring in all airports and seaports, especially with the country dealing with a health crisis. Commissioner Jaime Morente said the BI will soon launch an advanced passenger processing and information system and use digitized arrival cards and […] The post Coming soon: Paperless immigration records appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2020Related News

Baby Joker is coming : Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara reportedly expecting first child

In July 2019, reports said that Phoenix and Mara became engaged. .....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 19th, 2020Related News

ONE Championship: Robin Catalan inspired by kuya Rene s success

Filipino strawweight contender Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan is likely riding high right now. The Catalan Fighting System product is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career, a second-round head kick knockout win over Cuban grappler Gustavo Balart in Manila back in November of 2019. Another big win like that could catapult Catalan into top contender status, just like his older brother Rene, who has been nothing but a guiding force in his life. “He’s been like my father,” Robin told ONE Championship. “He guided me to [make] better decisions in life. He told me the heights I could reach in a martial arts career if I focused. If I stayed in the province, I’d probably be planting crops, doing construction, and whatnot.” After going winless in his first three professional mixed martial arts contests, Rene, a former decorated Wushu National Team member, rattled off an impressive six consecutive victories, which eventually earned him a shot at the ONE Strawweight World Championship. While Rene fell to reigning champion Joshua Pacio in the title bout, what the 41-year old from Iloilo was able to accomplish was nothing short of spectacular, and his younger brother took note. “He’s been an inspiration,” Robin said.  “People saw my brother as an old, washed-up fighter, and then he [went on] his win streak. I saw his dedication to win. His skill was still there, and he paired it up with veteran smarts,” he continued. Now, being able to see what his ‘Kuya’ was able to do, Robin hopes to follow the same path to the top of the division, and his most recent win was no doubt a massive first step. As he navigates his way towards a world championship, Robin is happy to have his Kuya Rene right by his side. “He pushes us to elevate our lives, which is why he wants us to train hard,” Robin shared.  Robin knows that much is expected from him by his older brother. “I’m the one that Rene pushes to prepare well because I’m younger than him. He uses me as an example for his students. He doesn’t tell me directly, but I learn from the students that he wants to push me hard and see me succeed more than anyone,” Robin stated......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2020Related News

Half of Chile senate, four ministers in coronavirus quarantine

Around half of Chile's 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santiago clashed with police to demand food aid. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsMay 19th, 2020Related News

Expect more thunderstorms – PAGASA

Filipinos should brace for frequent thunderstorms in the coming days, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 18th, 2020Related News

Coming Up on Netflix: It’s Going to Be One Hell of a Ride. Snowpiercer Leaves the Station May 25th.

Snowpiercer tidbits: Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Grammy® and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish) star in the series. Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsMay 17th, 2020Related News

Moving On To The New Normal

“We are ‘business as usual,’” these were the words uttered by my former boss when we started the work from home set up on the 2nd week of March, while the rest of the country was on community quarantine. March was also my last time to be part of the sales division of our multinational company as the company moved me to another department. As the weeks progressed, the stringent lockdown meant that the business could not go as usual. A lot of companies were caught off guard on how this pandemic would hit us; even well-established companies needed to fast track learnings coming from their counterparts in China......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceMay 17th, 2020Related News