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Cebu City Council to CCTO: Reconsider e-scooter ban

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera has officially brought the concern of the planned ban on electric scooters (e-scooters) to the City Council. Garganera delivered a privilege speech during the regular session on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, explaining to the council that the ban on the e-scooters on the grounds of a […] The post Cebu City Council to CCTO: Reconsider e-scooter ban appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: News6 hr. 43 min. ago Related News

Cebu City Construction Sector to Improve Safety Against COVID-19

After following reports of the increased transmission of COVID-19 among construction workers, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is looking for more effective ways of battling COVID-19 in the construction sector. EOC head and Cebu City councilor Joel Garganera said that recent reports of the increase of transmission among construction workers were alarming, and finding ways […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsSep 22nd, 2020Related News

Rise in COVID cases in construction sites worries Cebu City officials

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Local officials in Cebu City will be meeting with construction experts and officials as they race to address the rising number of construction workers who test positive for the new coronavirus. Councilor Joel Garganera, who leads the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said they recently discovered 15 construction workers staying at […] The post Rise in COVID cases in construction sites worries Cebu City officials appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 20th, 2020Related News

Cebu City’s new COVID-19 cases are local transmissions

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said that the slight spike of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Cebu City on September 16, 2020, were all local transmissions. Councilor Joel Garganera said that most of the cases were recorded in Barangay Apas including the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command in […] The post Cebu City’s new COVID-19 cases are local transmissions appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 17th, 2020Related News

Doctor to the stars Joel Mendez nabbed anew for attempted rape

  BY NEIL RAMOS     Authorities handcuffed Sunday celebrity cosmetic surgeon Joel Mendez for “attempted rape and 2 counts of rape through sexual assault.” Police Brigadier General Rolando B. Anduyan, PRO 10 regional director, announced Mendez’ arrest on Facebook, Tuesday.     He said, “We will never stop until all wanted person will be arrested […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsSep 17th, 2020Related News

Celebrity cosmetic surgeon Joel Mendez arestado uli sa kasong rape

ARESTADO ang kilalang cosmetic surgeon na si Joel Mendez dahil sa kasong “attempted rape” at “2 counts of rape through sexual assault”. Ito’y matapos magsagawa ng operasyon ang mga operatiba ng Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 sa Robinsons Mall sa Barangay Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro kamakailan. Ang paghuli kay Mendez ay sa bisa ng warrant […] The post Celebrity cosmetic surgeon Joel Mendez arestado uli sa kasong rape appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 16th, 2020Related News

Two more barangays in Cebu City are COVID-19 free

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two more Cebu City barangays are now free of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Councilor Joel Garganera, the head of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). According to Garganera, Barangays Duljo Fatima and Kalunasan have joined the 35 others that recorded no new COVID-19 cases for the last 14 days […] The post Two more barangays in Cebu City are COVID-19 free appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2020Related News

After two weeks under MGCQ, 35 barangays in Cebu City remain COVID-free

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Thirty-five barangays here remain free from any coronavirus transmission even if the city has already been placed under the most relaxed form of community quarantine. City Councilor Joel Garganera, who heads the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said these villages reported no new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases for the past […] The post After two weeks under MGCQ, 35 barangays in Cebu City remain COVID-free appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 14th, 2020Related News

6 Cebu City establishments suspend operations due to COVID infections

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least six business establishments in Cebu City have suspended operations due to coronavirus infection, a local official here confirmed. Cebu City Councilor and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) czar, Joel Garganera, told CDN Digital in a phone interview on Sunday, September 13, that workers from these establishments were recently found out […] The post 6 Cebu City establishments suspend operations due to COVID infections appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2020Related News

Remains of Filipino sailor from sunken ship in Japan to be flown home next week – DOLE

MANILA, Philippines — The remains of a Filipino mariner from a livestock ship that sank off Japan are set to be flown home to the Philippines next week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. In an update sent to reporters on Friday, DOLE identified the Filipino sailor as Joel Canete Linao, who hails from South […] The post Remains of Filipino sailor from sunken ship in Japan to be flown home next week – DOLE appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 11th, 2020Related News

Cebu City dad urges CCENRO to stop Agsungot quarry by Friday

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, the City Council’s chairperson for the committee on environment, urged the Cebu City Environment Office (CCENRO) to issue a cease and desist order for the quarry in Barangay Agsungot by Friday, September 11, 2020. Garganera said that the quarry in Agsungot must be ordered to stop […] The post Cebu City dad urges CCENRO to stop Agsungot quarry by Friday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

‘I am Totoy Tigas at home’

Body Talk with Kapuso macho TV host Joel Reyes Zobel who bares his offcam persona.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 3rd, 2020Related News

Villanueva cites value of teaching labor laws to tertiary students

CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday said teaching Philippine labor laws to students in tertiary education will help empower them in case they would opt to be future.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 3rd, 2020Related News

Bacayan subdivision needs intervention for slight rise in COVID cases — Garganera

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A private subdivision in Barangay Bacayan, a mountain barangay in Cebu City, is currently the focus of attention of the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as a rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases is being recorded in the area. According to Councilor Joel Garganera, czar of the EOC, there […] The post Bacayan subdivision needs intervention for slight rise in COVID cases — Garganera appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 3rd, 2020Related News

Dine-in restaurants told: Be extra vigilant

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Dine-in restaurants must be extra vigilant because eating is one common way of spreading the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementor of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), said on Thursday, September 3, 2020, that dine-ins might be a new spreading site for the virus if the restaurants […] The post Dine-in restaurants told: Be extra vigilant appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 3rd, 2020Related News

Being too complacent under MGCQ could lead to spike in COVID-19 cases, Cebu City EOC warns

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is warning the public not to be too complacent now that Cebu City is under a more relaxed Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Councilor Joel Garganera, the deputy chief implementor of the EOC in Cebu City, cited a World Health Organization (WHO) study that […] The post Being too complacent under MGCQ could lead to spike in COVID-19 cases, Cebu City EOC warns appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 1st, 2020Related News

Behind the Scenes: The Heroes of ABS-CBN Sports

While the general public sees or hears the finished product on-air or online, most do not witness or appreciate those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at ABS-CBN Sports. There’s an African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took almost exactly that to make ABS-CBN Sports work. As we commemorate National Heroes Day in the country on the final day of ABS-CBN Sports, it is only fitting to acknowledge and thank those behind-the-scenes heroes who have been part of the amazing journey (DISCLAIMER: I may have left out some names, but it is purely unintentional so my apologies). Thank you, first and foremost, to our Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez, whose passion and love for sports led to the initiative that is ABS-CBN Sports. Thank you to our former President and CEO, Charo Santos-Concio, our current President and CEO, Carlo Katigbak, a true tennis fan, and our Chairman Mark Lopez, who showed us composure, class and grace as leaders.  Thank you to our beloved COO, Cory Vidanes, who allowed ABS-CBN Sports to reach a broader audience when it aired special events on Channel 2 as well as feature athletes and sports personalities on entertainment programs.   Thank you to the voice of ABS-CBN and former ABS-CBN Sports head, Peter Musngi, for leading the division during its early years. Thank you to Narrowcast head, Antonio “March” Ventosa, as well as his executive assistant, Trina Magallanes, for helping us navigate during the transtition period of ABS-CBN Sports.   Thank you to the captain of our ship, ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head, Dino Laurena, who inspired us to work harder and better to serve our audience.  Thank you to Sir Dino’s gatekeeper, his executive assistant, Donna Seat, who was our bridge whenever we needed to reach out to the boss. Thank you to S+A channel head and production head, Vince Rodriguez, LIGA channel head, Jojo Neri-Estacio and Business Unit Head, Jun Martinez. They were our constant guides who enabled us to provide quality content on broadcast despite immense internal and external pressure.  Thank you to the people who made sure we never went beyond our budget and reached our targets – our Finance team made up of Berg Capiz, Jem Castro and Lorna Gendrano. Thank you to our S+A On-Air team of Rommel Noviza, Janice Rulloda, Princess Basye, Biboy Diga, Mark Marinay, Arnold Saclolo, Borge Raval and Hans Espiritu as well as our Liga Channel team of  Anna Santos, Francis Patawaran, Aprille Signo and Joramie Roque, for ensuring everything airs on time.  Thank you to our Digital Head, Mico Halili, for his innovative and fresh ideas on the digitial space.   Thank you to the men and women who made our broadcast coverage as close to flawless – our Production Manager, Jennifer Jimenez, our directors, which include THE Abet Ramos, Al Neri, Raul de Ocampo and Rommel Pedrealba, and our technical directors made up of Elmond Salvahan, Jhonnald Garcia, Marvin Chavez, Bingbong Pangan, Arnold Bulaong and Joseph Vega. Thank you to the men and women who made sure our partner properties were happy with our coverage, and that everything was in place for each and every game or show we put out there – our Executive and Associate Producers Vic Caridad, Malou Neri, Ada Bayuga, Diana Sayson, Oxy del Rosario, Mae Mañalac, Aries Galot, Apples Dela Vega, Kristina Manzana, Roy Briones, Ledz Cahinhinan, JC Gonzales, Gab Gonzales and Manny Gabutina.  Thank you to those who crafted and produced memorable segments – our segment producers Eva Evangelista, Carlo Grajo, Cha Lucero, Mark Morados, Jeff Sta. Maria, Jet Montebon, Sharon Muli, Alex Brocoy, Mika Barrios, Bill Barrinuevo and Volta delos Santos as well as our video editors Pido Cruz and Fonz Fajatin. Thank you to those who put the right words into play – our writers Monica Magpantay, Paul Loyola, Jigs Guardiano, Adrian Dy, Sheiden Dela Cruz, Ken Natividad, Syjin Reyes and Migs Gomez. Thank you to those who gave the right cues to our anchors, analysts and courtside reporters – our panel director Larry "Care Mo Naman" Deang, our floor directors Miky "Gandara" Mirabueno, Lyanne Ocampo-Tan and Fritz Dizon. Thank you to the people who made sure that the right moments were captured – our Camera Control Unit made up of George Austria, Joel Supremo and Edgar Guarte, our Cameramen Lloyd Villamor, Rovic Pacis, Gerald "Superman" Fermin, Ron Fermin, Ronald Mangcoy, Michael Pico, Emman Andes, Butch Pineda and Mark Nicolas. Thank you to those who made sure we heard the sounds and voices loud and clear – our audio engineers Elias Javier, Ramil Ciruano, Albert Agbay, Jancel Abobo as well as our audiomen Joseph Nicolas and Ameng Atienza. Thank you to the guys who allowed us to get another look at the action – our EVS/Slomo Operators Joejay Abarquez, Raymond Biojon and Dido Batallion and VTR men Christian Abarquez, Kenneth Abarquez and Oliver Sañez. Thank you to the people responsible for making things more visible on our screens –our Electrician/Lighting Directors Alvin Saavedra and Jorge Paraon and our lightman Calvin Liong. Thank you to those who create those cool graphics and effects that catch our attention during games and shows - our Graphic Artists/Operators Jam Memdoza, Denice Ylagan, Erol Corpuz, Sara Concepcion, Jeff Jugueta and Kevin Camero. Thank you to the team who put the little things in order – our set-up assistants Jerald Testor, Ivan Castillo, Ferdie Mangaong, Remus Taniengra, Daniel Dimaculangan, Eduardo Dacumos, Ryan Ancheta, Allan Porsioncula, Laurence Sosa, Illac Alvarez, Benjo Asiatico, Manny Cajayon, Lepoldo Bofill, Victor Taniegra, Caleb Bautista, Jeremiah Mallari and Bennett Cabus. Thank you to the guys who provided the correct statistics and graphics – our panel scorers/GFX feeders Rico Bayuga, Ronaldo Serrano, Arvin Estabillo and Gilbert Serrano. Thank you to those who made our on-cam talents look good – our makeup artists Mylyn Concepcion, Nina Concepcion, Estrella Besabe, Norma Calubaquib and Nizel Reduta and our stylist Lyle Foz. Thank you to those who were always ready to lend a helping hand – our production assistants, Lian Salango, Pau Hiwatig, Helen Trinidad, Riri Gayoma, Jade Asuncion and Lovely Dela Cruz. Thank you for the imagination and artistry of our Creative Communications Management (CCM) team composed of Elirose Borja, Jerome Clavio, Djoanna San Jose, Lara Mae Allardo, Robin Lorete, Cristy Linga, Christopher Eli Sabat, Archimedes Asis (the voice of S+A), Jan Dormyl Espinosa, Aila Onagan and Nyro Mendoza. They say that advertising is the lifeblood of media and that we wouldn’t be able to deliver high-quality content if not for advertisers brought in our by our Sports Sales team, so thank you to our Sports Sales Heads Jojo Garcia, Nicole Moro and Ken Ti, along with our account executives Tin Saw, Annalyn Herrera, Trina Vallarta, Joey Tang, Karlo Miguel, Paul Sembrana, Mike Tan, Ray Del Castillo, and Jason Gaffud. Thank you to those who constantly pitched ideas and presented to clients on our behalf, our Business Development Executive, Tonyo Silva, and our Sports Marketing team made up of Thirdy Aquino, Maui Tang, Jason Roberto, Danica Jose, Lala Cruz and Hanz Trajano. Thank you to the people who looked out for the wellfare and concerns of our division members – our Human Resources squad made up of Arvin Crisol, James Lee, Anika Gregorio and Donna Yabut. Social media has been a game changer and enabled people to relive key moments in sports events, so thank you to our social media team made up of Jon Rodriguez, Alvin Laqui, Danine Cruz, Aia del Mundo, Melvin Rodas, Clev Mayuga, Migs Flores and Lloydie Moreno. We would also like to give special thanks to our former bosses and colleagues who have moved on from this world, Rolly V. Cruz, Danilo A. Bernardo, George G. Padolina, Marco Franco, Gerald Gicana, Rhodora "Dhanda" Panganiban, Vernie Calimlim and Erwin Evangelista.  Lastly, I personally want to thank the website content team made up of sub-section editors Santino Honasan, Mark “Mr. Volleyball” Escarlote, Norman Benjamin Lee Riego (Yes, it has to be his complete name) and Paul Lintag, former sub-section editor Milan Ordonez, former writer Philip Matel, videographers Nigel Velasquez, Rocio Avelino and Steph Toben, photographers Arvin Lim, Richard Esguerra and Joshua Albelda, former NBA Philippines website managing editor Adrian Dy, contributing writers Anton Roxas, Marco Benitez, “Doc Volleyball” AJ Pareja, Migs Bustos, Mikee “Diliman Legend” Reyes and Ceej Tantengco. While our journey in telling these stories with ABS-CBN Sports will abruptly come to a halt, it has been an honor and a pleasure serving the Filipino sports fans worldwide. We may no longer be around as an organization, but the great athletes will keep playing and inspiring and the games will continue. And so, with a sense of immense gratitude, we say: Maraming Salamat Kapamilya! Hanggang sa muli! --- Lorenzo Z. Manguiat has been the Editor-in-Chief of sports.abs-cbn.com since 2014 and Sports News Desk Head since 2015. He started as game writer for ABS-CBN Sports in 2000 and served in various other capacities within ABS-CBN. He is among the thousands of employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 31st, 2020Related News

5 kelot timbog sa manok na pula sa Bulacan

Bulacan – Arestado ang limang sabungero nang isumbong at salakayin ng mga pulis ang iligal na tupada sa Marilao. Kinilala ang mga naaresto na sina Joel Balisi Vega, 44, John Mark Seminiano Sabilona, 19, Wilfredo Arsinue Hagad, 46, Francisco Lianera Loyola, 46 at Micoh Inoh San Agustin, 22, pawang residente ng naturang bayan. Sa report […] The post 5 kelot timbog sa manok na pula sa Bulacan appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsAug 31st, 2020Related News

Built by Bo, bonded for Bo, believe in Bo

This is not the first time that Bo Perasol has had a recruiting haul this huge. Now heading into his fifth season in the University of the Philippines, he has brought in blue-chip recruits such as Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo and talented transferees like Joel Cagulangan, CJ Cansino, and Malick Diouf to a team that already has Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, and Ricci Rivero. And don't forget that Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan are only sitting out the next season - and what lies beyond for them is yet to be determined. This is not that different from his time in Ateneo de Manila University when he scored UAAP Jrs. Season MVP Jerie Pingoy, UAAP Jrs. Finals MVP Hubert Cani, NCAA Mythical selection CJ Perez, and NCAA Jrs. standout Arvin Tolentino in his first few years. Those promising prospects then joined forces with Blue Eagle stalwarts Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal Unfortunately, all of Pingoy, Cani, Perez, and Tolentino - along with the rest of the so-called "Magnificent 7" - found themselves with academic deficiencies and, therefore, ineligible by the blue and white's standards. Not long after, they transferred to different schools and squads and then had varying degrees of success. Will Coach Bo's tale get a different ending this time with the Fighting Maroons? Perasol is making sure of that. "From my experience in Ateneo, natuto ako. Ngayon, meron kaming grupo sa programa na nagha-handle lang ng academics ng players," he shared. He then continued, "Sinasamahan sila sa mga klase, pinapakilala sa mga propesor, ine-explain na player natin yan, pag merong problema, coordinate lang po tayo." Apparently, this academic assistance team is made up of former student-managers who have graduated. Now, their first job is all about seeing to it that State U would not have to go through the same sort of headache Ateneo had with its "Magnificent 7." With that, you could be sure that UP's pillars of honor and excellence still stand strong even as all these new faces join Men's Basketball Team. "Walang special consideration. Pumapasok sila, bumabagsak sila. Binibigyan sila ng extra work, humihingi sila ng extra work," Coach Bo said. He then continued, "Ang ine-explain ko lagi sa players at sa professors, ang mahalaga, basta masipag pumasok at nagpapakita ng intensyong matuto." STARRING AND STRIKING At present, just about everybody is still getting used to blue-chip recruits and talented transferees going for UP. That is why there are more questions than answers each and every time they announce a new player. And along with the question of whether or not all these new faces would be up to par in terms of the honor and excellence the Philippines' prime public university prides itself in, there is a question of just how the Fighting Maroons got here in the first place. How could State U, not that far removed from its self-proclaimed "dark days," get all of these players? And not just players, at that, but many big name players. The categorical answer? The program could now afford it. "Meron nang pondo salamat sa sponsors," head coach Bo Perasol explained. "For example, kung makikita mo lang yung patches sa harap ng jersey, malaking pera yun. Nag-aagawan ang marami para dun." At present, the shot-caller said that UP has eight corporate sponsors all getting together for the funds for the program. And unlike Ateneo which has Manny V. Pangilinan or National University which has Hans Sy as primary backers, the Fighting Maroons' system is quite different. "Ang source ng funds ng UP, halos lahat galing sa alumni. Tapos lahat yun, mina-manage ng nowheretogobutUP," coach Bo said. According to its website, nowheretogobutUP (NTGBUP) is "a volunteer group of UP alumni that aims to help, assist, and support the development, improvement, and advancement of the varsity program of UP." All of the finances it manages, however, are not necessarily donations. As Perasol put it, "Yung model ng UP is unique kasi yung support nila, kailangan may balik din from us." For example, the tactician said that many of their players have made appearances, online in this continuing COVID-19 crisis and in person prior to the pandemic, to cheer up employees of Palawan Pera Padala, one of the team's sponsors. More importantly, Coach Bo reminded yet again that the only reason they have all these new faces is because they have to. He pointed out how Abadiano and Filipino-American Sam Dowd would make up for the losses of Jun Manzo and Juan GDL as well as how Diouf and Cansino are already waiting in the wings once Bright Akhuetie and Ricci Rivero graduate. "We're also recruiting for the impending need," Perasol said. "Hindi naman ito biglaan. Since nagsimula kami rito, we all did this nang dahan-dahan lang. Kaya rin yung support from alumni for funding, hindi na rin naging mahirap." DREAMING Still, the mere fact that UP is now a big-time player on and off the court in collegiate basketball seemed so farfetched just five years ago. Before Bo Perasol, the Fighting Maroons were stuck in a vicious cycle. Now, though, they have back-to-back playoff appearances and have traded blows with traditional powerhouses for recruits and transferees. All of this made possible because the very moment he came in, Coach Bo already knew the secret to success. "You cannot build a program without funds," he said. Perasol furthered that his biggest takeaway from his time in Ateneo was that competing with the traditional powerhouses on the court entailed competing with them as well off of it. "Alam ko yung kakayanan ng Ateneo and siyempre, kakumpetensya ko rin nun yung La Salle so alam ko rin yung kanila. Ganun na rin ang kakayanan ng NU and yung iba pa, kakayanin din nila kung gustuhin nila," he said. He then continued, "Kaya kung ang objective ng programa is to be in the top four, your program should be levelled din sa capacity ng top four." The General Santos native then went on to point out how training in the country or abroad, recruitment local and overseas, housing, and food and nutrition all have costs. "To sum it up, everything you're going to do would entail financing. Hindi ito kakayanin ng UP as a public school dahil wala namang pondo ang gobyerno para dyan," he said. He then continued, "Ang pinakasagot nalang ng school is yung scholarship. And siyempre, yung nag-aaral ka sa UP." That doesn't mean, however, that their hands were tied. In fact, the answer to the questions had always been there. "The good thing about UP is there's millions of alumni all over the world and a lot are successful people and businessmen who are willing to help," Perasol said. BELIEVING Indeed, having educated Filipinos for over 112 years now, UP has, without a doubt, more than a few successful alumni. It was all a matter of uniting - and then unleashing - them. Even before Bo Perasol came home to Diliman, NTGBUP was already organized. They were not necessarily thrilled with the Fighting Maroons, though. "Nung una, dahan-dahan lang, ambag-ambag lang para merong kakainin, pambayad sa dorm. Merong nag-donate ng shoes," Coach Bo said. He then continued, "Pero siyempre, they want first and foremost a program with improvements and direction." NTGBUP and the UP community got just that from Perasol as a 3-11, seventh-place finish in 2015 became a 5-9, sixth-place finish in 2016 in Coach Bo's first year. In his second year, the squad improved to a  6-8, fifth-place finish. From there, the Fighting Maroons have been in the Final Four for back-to-back years now - and even made the Finals in 2018. "Nagsimula maging excited ang alumni nung nagsimula ring manalo," he shared. "When we started winning, nagkaroon hindi lang ng physical support, but financial support as well. We were ascending eh." In his third year at the helm, State U, finally, officially had corporate sponsors. And you know how that year went? That was when they ended a 21-year Final Four drought and then a 32-year Finals absence. Safe to say, the sleeping giant was awoken. "Yes, sleeping giant talaga tayo and when we say nagising, ang pinaka-catalyst was the winning," its fearless leader said. Now, UP MBT has a mean machine of financial support on its back, paving the path for its big-time recruiting haul in 2020. Even better, they now have a loud and proud fanbase that is making up for all the lost time they stayed away during the "dark days." "Actually, sa pitches ko sa recruitment, kasama sa presentation ko yung machi-cheer sila nang ganung klaseng crowd," Coach Bo said. SURVIVING At the same time, though, that loud and proud fanbase expects much, much more from this brand new power. For each and every one of them, Bo Perasol has but one reminder. "What we have done in the past years is to level up lang. We have a new gym, we have all these players, we can train abroad," he said. He then continued, "Pero yung mga Ateneo, La Salle, 20 to 30 years na nilang ginagawa yan. What we did was just to level up alongside them." Again and again, Coach Bo has said that what he has been doing is, put simply, putting UP in the best position to win. Still, with a roster as overflowing with talent as this, he could only acknowledge that just about everybody sees them as having gone championship or bust. Credit to him, however, Perasol was blunt with his assessment that he would also be disappointed if they would not be able to taste their first championship since 1986 sooner than later. "Yes, it will be a failed plan kung hindi tayo makakakuha ng championship in the next three to five years," he said. He then continued, "Yan naman talaga ang plano and ang ginagawa natin ngayon is all going towards that objective." And again and again, he is putting all those great expectations on his shoulders - and on his shoulders alone. "Ako naman, hindi ko rin pwedeng hindi gawin itong ganitong recruitment kasi hindi rin naman ako magkakaroon ng chance kung ganun. I have to be in the best position to succeed so that we are in the best position to succeed," he said. Only time would tell if all the seeds he has sown would bear fruit. But Coach Bo is already guaranteeing that whatever happens then, he would have no regrets. "In the end, alam ko namang babalik ang lahat sa akin. Alam na alam ko namang ako ang leader ng team," he said. He then continued, "Ang mahalaga is we gave ourselves a chance. Anuman ang outcome, basta nabigyan natin ang sarili natin ng pagkakataon." After years and years and years as the laughingstock of men's basketball, it looks like it's now UP's turn to smile and wave. Whether or not that ultimately turns into jumps for joy for their first title in three decades remains to be seen. But maybe, just maybe, Coach Bo is right - this is all worth it just to have a chance to compete. Just remember that in the "dark days," that chance to compete wasn't there at all. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 30th, 2020Related News

Police say terror group possibly supplied arms to Kapa

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 August) – Police are eyeing an Islamic State-inspired local terrorist group operating in South Cotabato province as among the possible sources of the high-powered firearms that were seized last month from Kapa Community Ministry International founder Pastor Joel Apolinario. Col. Jemuel Siason, South Cotabato police director, said Friday a […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsAug 29th, 2020Related News