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Julia Montes confusion on new PH coins: Kailangan mong makitang maigi

Image: Instagram/@montesjulia08 Are you still not used to the new look of Philippine peso coins issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)? You are not the only one, because Julia Montes feels.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesJul 12th, 2018

Feeling ko parang 60% pa lang ako -- Arellano U hitter Arocha

Last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Regine Arocha admitted that she’s far from the same explosive player who helped Arellano University capture back-to-back titles in the NCAA women’s volleyball competition. The hitter, considered to be the Lady Chiefs’ leader this season after the departure of Jovielyn Prado, Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan, felt that she’s still adjusting to her role. It doesn’t help that she’s nursing a nagging sore back and mild leg pain.     “Sa ngayon feeling ko parang 60% pa lang ako,” said Arocha, also the Season 93 Best Opposite Spiker, Tuesday in the Lady Chiefs’ 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14, win against College of St. Benilde at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Arocha finished with 14 points but Arellano U head coach Obet Javier wasn’t satisfied with his wards game despite the Lady Chiefs’ 2-0 record.    “Sinabi ko kay Regine na talagang kailangan mong buhatin ang team mo,” said Javier, who gave his hitter a tongue-lashing during Arellano’s fourth set collapse. “Aminin man natin o hindi talagang siya ang sinasandalan ng team, kahit ako siya ang sinasandalan ko.” “Lagi ko lang nire-remind sa kanya na kapag ikaw ang nawala, talagang mawawala ang team dahil ikaw ang tinitingala ng mga mga bata,” he added. Arocha apologized for her lapses.   “Kaya sobrang nagso-sorry ako kay coach,” a teary-eyed Arocha told Javier during their postgame interview. “Kaya gaya ng sinasabi ko kay coach, ‘Wait ka lang. Darating din tayo dyan’” With her early struggles, Arocha was thankful to her teammates for stepping up. Against the Lady Blazers, the only team which defeated the Lady Chiefs last year, Season 93 Rookie of the Year Necole Ebuen dropped 22 points while Princess Bello had 18 markers. “Sa laro alam ko po kulang pa ako eh,” said Arocha. “Kulang pa yung ipinapakita kong laro kaya sobrang laking pasasalamat ko sa teammates ko na nagagampanan nila ang responsibilidad nila. Na kapag wala ako nandyan sila.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

PVL: I don’t care –- Almadro on bashers

Ateneo-Motolite head coach Oliver Almadro isn’t bothered with the flak he received from fans on social media after giving Deanna Wong a tongue-lashing Saturday in a straight sets loss to BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “I don’t care!” Almadro quickly answered even before reporters could finish their question about him trending on social media as he entered the pressroom for a post-game interview Sunday. Twitter went abuzz Saturday night following a clip during Ateneo-Motolite’s timeout where the very animated Almadro lashed out at Wong as the Lady Eagles trailed the Perlas Spikers, 7-11, in the third set with BanKo controlling the match, 2-0. Grabe naman. pic.twitter.com/H3CtjifrnI — PINOY BALIBOLISTA (@pinoybalibol) November 10, 2018 Fans went to social media to express their criticisms on Almadro. But the mentor, who steered the Blue Eagles to three straight UAAP titles, just brushed everything off.      “Few people don’t matter for me, what’s important for me is I use them as our strength,” said Almadro, whose squad recovered from a 24-26, 22-25, 16-25 loss to the Perlas Spikers with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20 win over Adamson-Akari. “I use them as a creative criticism for me and of course I don’t put energy in the things I don’t have control rather I put all my energy at things I have control, which is my team so yun ang importante.” Almadro said that even before the game his team was already dealing with off-court issues. “Natatawa ako kasi hindi naman nila alam ‘yung problema namin e, we have internal problems prior to the match medyo pagod kasi kami. Maraming players ang hindi dapat a-attend yesterday because of biglaang ‘Binhi’ it’s a school activity so talaga three players, four players will not come yesterday so everybody’s bothered,” he explained. “So they don’t know Deanna is bothered, everybody’s bothered pero good thing, Ateneo community, Ateneo professors, Binhi for mentors are really supporting the program so they opted to finish the Binhi earlier so nakapunta lahat pero of course bothered.” The mentor admitted that he took some time reading the fans’ reactions but kept firm on his action to discipline the UAAP Season 80 Best Setter.    “I read all of that but what matters for me sabi ko nga I will sacrifice my kindness so that my players will know what is right or wrong because life is cruel if you will just be kind all the time, they will not understand what is right or wrong,” he said. “As a parent sometimes I have to sacrifice kindness because life is cruel in the end because they have to know is right or wrong.” He scolded Wong, Almadro added, so that the playmaker will know her mistakes for her to address it. Wong only had 13 excellent sets out of 64 attempts against BanKo with five markers and seven digs. To make amends for her subpar performance, Wong tallied 28 excellent sets with four markers against the Lady Falcons. “Now Deanna is in the right position now. Deanna is gambling with the set now. We are receiving right today, so ibig sabihin we learned yesterday,” Almadro pointed out. Upon learning about the bashing he received, Wong apologized to Almadro, who then told his ward not to worry about it. “Deanna cried to me ‘coach sorry’. Bakit ka magso-sorry? It's my job,” he said. “And it’s your job to play now what's important is kaya mong bitbitin yun kaya mong dalhin.” “And what did she do now? She played well, it’s because hindi kami nagpapa-bother sa mga nandiyan. What’s important for us are those who believe in us, those who fight for us win or lose,” Almadro added. “I will always reiterate to my players right motivation, right motivation every time because ‘pag pinasukan ng wrong motivation ang utak mawawala sa pwesto, hindi kikilos. It’s because walang meaning sa ginagawa so kailangan talaga right motivation.” Almadro still gave some kind words to his bashers.   “Those who do not support us when we lose, it’s okay with us. We still pray for them,” he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Julia Montes on close relationship with biological dad: ‘Dreams really do come true’

It was only in 2016 that actress Julia Montes first met her biological father, German national Martin Schnittka, after years of praying that she would meet him one day. It's known that Montes grew up in the care of her mother, Gemma Hateau, and grandmother Flory after Martin left them when she was still a baby. Her parents are both deaf-mute. Today, Montes has developed a close relationship with her father, as she regularly posts pictures of him on social media during their trips. Montes recently took to Instagram where she shared a picture of her with her father giving her a kiss on the cheek. "DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE..." wrote Montes, obviously over the moon and grateful, ...Keep on reading: Julia Montes on close relationship with biological dad: ‘Dreams really do come true’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

NCAA: Perez, LPU excited to play in their first-ever Final Four

Last year, Lyceum of the Philippines University went straight to the Finals in the NCAA after sweeping the elimination rounds. This Season 94, after dropping three games against University of Perpetual Help, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and San Beda University, the Pirates will have to go through the tough Final Four format before they get the chance to avenge their heartbreaking bridesmaid run last season. Second-seed Lyceum's situation may not look as pristine as last year's, but CJ Perez thinks going through the eye of the needle will be better for them. "Sa aming lahat, excited kami maglaro sa Final Four. And yun nga, mas maganda itong ganito kasi kailangan mong dumaan sa mga adversities na kailangan mo lagpasan ang Letran muna," said Perez as they are set to face the third-seed Letran on October 26 for the semifinals. This, even though in their game against San Beda on Thursday, the Pirates struggled with the Red Lions' zone defense. Perez who usually scores 19.1 points per game was limited to only nine points. When asked about it, Perez bared that he was not feeling good about his game right from the get-go. "Actually 'di yung sila yung naka-stop sa akin. Feeling ko sarili ko yung nai-stop ko kasi yun nga, pagpasok pa lang ng game, parang 'di ko ramdam na magaan yung katawan ko today. Feeling ko ang tight ko ngayon so parang pumasok sa utak ko tapos nawala ako sa focus," said Perez after playing his last eliminations game in his college career. San Beda led by as much as 20 points late in the third quarter, but Lyceum was able to inch within five points with less than a minute to go in the game. Ultimately, however, things didn't go their way as turnovers got the best of them. Still, Perez didn't point fingers at anyone. "Sa mga ganitong talo hindi kami nagsisisihan, wala kaming excuses. Siguro yun yung na build na culture sa Lyceum. Kahit na nagtatalo, walang nagsisisihan, walang excuses, kaya mas maganda mag move forward kung yun yung na build na culture sa amin," he shared. "Pero may bawi naman yan eh, 'di naman every game talaga Pasko eh. 'Di naman laging Pasko," he added. His game today may have been uncharacteristic, but he assures that come the semifinals, the CJ Perez that fans all know of will be back. "Andito naman yung tunay na CJ Perez. 'Di ko naman talaga mabubuhat yung team kung ako lang talaga. So kailangan lang mag work together. Siguro sabihin natin bad day siguro kaya ganun pero I'm okay naman," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

UAAP: Too much papogi, not much fight for UP in loss to UST?

University of Sto. Tomas got the jump on the University of the Philippines on Wednesday and never let go. The Growling Tigers got off to a 12-2 start and only took the fight out of their opponents the rest of the way. The Maroons tried anything and everything, but just couldn’t get going. In one instance in the second quarter, in fact, assistant coach Ricky Dandan yelled at their players from the bench, seemingly trying to light a fire under them. After UST’s Ken Zamora took and then made a triple over the outstretched arms of State U’s Juan Gomez de Liano, coach Ricky was seen shouting. “Ayaw niyong dumepensa? Ayaw niyong dumepensa,” he was exclaiming. He also added, “Puro tayo papogi!” Post-game, head coach Bo Perasol could only agree with his assistant. Asked if he believes his boys, indeed, were “papogi,” he answered, “Oo. Oo. Oo. Oo.” That is exactly why he understood coach Ricky’s outburst. “Coach Ricky is in charge of our defense. Parang, he lost it na why can’t you do it if you can do it,” he shared. In the eyes of the always amiable mentor, UP is, clearly, still getting used to the fact that it is getting so much attention. As he put it, “It’s part of getting used to the adulation, na ‘Ang galing niyo.’ As a coach, kailangan mong ipaalala na ang focus mo, wala sa tao, wala sa tambol, kundi ginagawa natin.” He then continued, “I think, in the beginning, that was exactly what happened.” Indeed, in the first half alone, the Maroons gave up 53 points and allowed their opponents to shoot 52 percent from the field. Without a doubt, it was the defense that was the problem. For his part, Juan GDL did nothing but own up to his shortcomings. “I don’t know. I was just playing bad defense to be honest,” he said. He also added, “The blame is on me. I wasn’t able to lead the team much. I wasn’t being aggressive.” In that light, it is the coach’s job to keep teaching his players – and for coach Bo, that was all that coach Ricky was doing. “As young players, they just have to understand that these coaches are trying to help them. They’re just trying to tell you that you’re better than that,” he shared. He then continued, “They all know the personality of coach Ricky so that is nothing that is new to them.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

UAAP: La Salle s Encho Serrano doesn t want to be the next Calvin Abueva

Encho Serrano’s first two games in the UAAP Seniors were, put frankly, forgettable. The one-time top high school player only had a total of four points in a total of 21.5 minutes as De La Salle University started the season with a loss and then a win. Of course, Serrano acknowledged that he felt rookie jitters – especially after an almost two-year layoff from the UAAP. “Medyo pressured, pero kailangan ko talaga kasing bawiin yung matagal akong hindi naglaro,” he said. He then continued, “Sobrang gigil nung una kaya naging ganun na nga siguro.” The nerves finally settled for the first-year player on Sunday as he turned in his best game thus far with 11 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action. Yes, he nearly tripled his scoring total in the Green Archers’ 82-72 triumph over University of the East. Still, Serrano said he knows full well he could do much more. “Masaya, pero malayo pa. Wala pa masyadong kumpyansa, pero papunta na dun,” he said. Indeed, the native of Apalit, Pampanga is confident that he is already on his way there – especially if he is to fulfill the story behind his jersey number. Serrano once wore jersey number 27 in his time as star of Adamson High School, but had number 8 on his back in preseason leagues once he joined La Salle. “Dapat talaga, 8, kasi idol ko si Calvin [Abueva],” he said. That would have made sense as, even in high school, he was already being compared to PBA superstar Calvin Abueva. Come the UAAP Season 81, however, the Green Archer was now donning number 18. “Sabi kasi ng daddy ko, gamitin mo na lang 18, gumawa ka ng sarili mong pangalan. Yun na nga yung gusto kong gawin,” he said. If he only builds on this breakout game, he may very well do just that. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Whatever happened to two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme?

Alwell Oraeme, without a doubt, dominated in his two years in the NCAA. Averaging 16.3 points, 20.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in Season 91 and 15.8 markers, 19.8 boards, and 2.3 rejections in Season 92, Mapua University’s Nigerian powerhouse was the hands-down MVP in back-to-back years. Early last year, however, Oraeme had a falling out of sorts with Cardinals mentor Atoy Co. “Wala nang Oraeme (sa Mapua),” Co said last April 2017. Since then, the 6-foot-8 center’s whereabouts have been a mystery. Now, however, it looks like somebody finally has an answer to the question, “Where is Allwell Oraeme?” And, ironically, it’s coach Atoy himself who has the answer. “I heard he’s in Florida now,” he told reporters in their visit to their campus in Intramuros on Thursday. According to the always amiable mentor, Oraeme had been sending out feelers that he is hoping to return. As he put it, “Meron siyang mga pasabi, hindi sa akin, pero nakakarating sa akin, na may kinakausap siyang tao rito na gusto niyang bumalik.” For Co, that would be a welcome development for a Mapua side hoping for a return to relevance in the looming NCAA Season 94. “Kung gusto niyang bumalik, wala namang problema. Alam ko namang kailangan ko siya sa team,” he remarked. However, another misunderstanding has emerged in the relationship of coach Atoy and Allwell. “Gusto niya na bayaran namin yung airfare. Sa akin, wala namang problema yun kasi magkano lang ba airfare,” the former shared. He then continued, “Kaya nga lang, kung willing ka talagang bumalik, bumili ka ng sarili mong airfare para ipakita mo na in good (faith) na willing kang bumalik.” In the end, Co said that Oraeme has yet again proven that he does not value their relationship. “Ang gulo niyang kausap. Una sa lahat, hindi makatotohanan yung sinabi niya sa amin. Sabi niya, magpapahinga raw, pero yun pala, may balak siyang iba,” he said. Finally, the Cardinals mentor revealed the real reason for the departure of the two-time NCAA MVP. “In January (2017), he begged off, nakikiusap kung pwede siya mag-rest to heal yung injury sa legs niya. I said we’ll see and kung talagang ‘di ka makaka-recover, I will let you rest,” he said. He then continued, “Pero hindi pala yun ang katotohanan. Meron siyang girlfriend na nabuntis niya. Tamang-tama, yung girlfriend, American citizen na nagwo-work sa US Embassy and that’s why he was able to get a US visa.” If Mapua head coach Atoy Co is to be believed, Allwell Oraeme is in Florida. Until Allwell Oraeme himself comes out of hiding, though, nobody could be certain about that. What’s sure is that Mapua looks like the last of places the Nigerian powerhouse would be in – if ever he surfaces in the Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Final test for DLSU’s Big 3

It was Game 4 of the UAAP Season 76 Women's Volleyball Finals. A monstrous 21,314-strong crowd filled the Mall of Asia Arena, rocking the three-year-old state-of-the art venue in Pasay City. A do-or-die match for the four-peat-seeking De La Salle University, which a few weeks ago was the favorite to go all the way, make a flawless title run in the women’s volleyball tournament following a 14-0 sweep of the elimination round. They only needed two wins. The Lady Spikers held a thrice-to-beat advantage. They could’ve had won it all the game before. But a young and hungrier Ateneo de Manila University led by a third-year hitter in Alyssa Valdez and piloted by a newly-appointed Thai coach spoiled their run late in the fifth set. Then it all came to one final battle for the crown. Graduating Aby Marano, a feisty and vocal leader, tried to rally her teammates. DLSU was down two sets to none. Rookie Kim Kianna Dy was deployed for the first time in the series as a substitute. With her was another rookie, libero Dawn Macandili, her high school teammate at De La Salle Zobel. On the bench, freshman middle Majoy Baron, a recruit from Baguio City National High School, looked at her teammates as the Lady Eagles reached their 25th point. Tears fell almost simultaneously as the final whistle blew. DLSU lost their three-year throne. It was second stringer Baron, reserve libero Macandili and benchwarmer Dy’s first taste of the championship round. It was bitter. It was painful. They vowed for revenge the following season. But the aftertaste of that defeat lingered up until Season 77.      CHANGE OF FORTUNE   The trio under the guidance of head coach Ramil De Jesus were molded into legit stars in just three years. They finally earned the trust of the mentor, the architect of DLSU’s success the past two decades. Before Season 78, the Lady Spikers joined the Philippine Superliga under the Meralco banner during the off-season. There they became the whipping girls of the tournament, finishing fifth in the six-team field. But it was De Jesus’ way to strengthen the Lady Spikers’ minds and develop their skills. In order to build a strong team, he had to make them feel defeat. The trio of Macandili, Baron and Dy benefited from all of these. They had the weapons this time around against Ateneo in the bitter rivals’ fourth straight championship installment. Macandili’s floor defense was superb, Baron was a solid net defender alongside a graduating Mika Reyes. And Dy, the opposite who only saw action on borrowed playing time in Season 76, made her presence felt in the most important three games of the season. Dy brought down on its knees the mighty Ateneo with an average of 17 points per game in the Finals that went the full distance and earned the Finals Most Valuable Player award. Macandili won the Best Receiver and Best Digger honors while Baron was named Best Blocker. They gave the ‘Big Three of Reyes’, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo a fitting farewell gift. As they bid adieu to the trio, it was the time for Macandili, Baron and Dy to fit in to the shoes of DLSU’s new ‘Big Three’. SHINING MOMENT Season 79 became the litmus test for the three. DLSU lost most of its veterans save for graduating setter Kim Fajardo while hitter Desiree Cheng just came back from an ACL tear injury. The trio needed to step up. Most of the pressure was on Macandili’s shoulder. Before the start of the season, the five-foot Tanuan, Batangas defense specialist was named PSL All-Filipino Conference MVP as the DLSU-backed F2 Logistics ruled the tournament on June 2016. However, the Lady Spikers encountered a bumpy road in the UAAP, losing three games in the elims. Two against Ateneo. But it didn’t deter the three volleybelles from doing their part to carry the team back into the Finals against the Lady Eagles. It was the trio’s shining moment. Bringing in the experience, confidence and the signature swag, the Lady Spikers steamrolled past the Ateneo in two games to cap a successful season that saw Baron win the coveted Season MVP plum for her undeniable efficiency the whole tournament long. Baron was the first DLSU player to win the highest individual honor since Marano and Galang shared the award in Season 75. FINAL TEST “Iba ’yung pressure na kailangan mong buhatin ang team kasi last playing year mo na.” This was how Macandili described Season 80. Now playing on her last year, Macandili, like the rest of the ‘Big Three’ wanted to leave a winning legacy. “Siyempre gusto mong maging maganda ang exit mo and para sa team din na ma-achieve ang goal naming,” added Macandili, who a few months back was awarded as Asia’s Second Best libero during the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. “Nandoon din ang takot na last playing year mo na and hindi mo na mababalikan ‘to. Ayoko namang mag-exit na may regrets.”   The Lady Spikers advanced to the Finals for the tenth straight year and are on the brink of handing De Jesus his third career grand slam and DLSU’s 11th overall crown after taking down Far Eastern University in straight sets in Game 1. “Siguro this is our chance to bring back the three-peat and siyempre lahat ng sacrifices namin, lahat ng pinaghirapan namin, ito na 'yung final test namin,” said Dy. One last push to return the trust and confidence given by de Jesus. “We want to show coach na sa five years naman dito, these are the players that you produced. We want to honor him,” added Dy. Baron, for her part, wanted to fulfill a promise she made before the start of the season. To keep DLSU’s winning tradition. “Ayaw kong masira 'yung record ni coach. Kaya as much as possible, parang sobrang nabilib din ako sa sistema niya at mga seniors ko before, parang ayaw ko na puputulin ko 'yung history na ginagawa nila sa time ko ngayon,” she said. “Personally, 'yun ang motivation ko.” On Wednesday, Macandili, Baron and Dy could be playing their last games as Lady Spikers. The Big Three could be making their final bow. A last chance to join their teammates in forming a circle, kneeling and posing with an arm stretched while the other bent imitating an archer ready to release a flaming final arrow.   Three more DLSU players will be leaving the lair of the Lady Spikers. A trio that gave everything they got for five fruitful and colorful years. People, for sure, will be talking about their stints for the green and white for years. The stories of their ups and downs. The glory that they made together.   But for Baron, Macandili and Dy, it was the honor of playing for La Salle under the great Ramil De Jesus that will be their most cherished college memories.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Coco at Julia sa iisang lugar nakatira

TAONG 2012 nagsimula ang TV series na “Walang Hanggan” na tumagal sa ere hanggang 2014. Dito nagsimulang ma-link romantically sina Coco Martin at Julia Montes at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin mamatay-matay ang tsismis sa kanilang dalawa. Walang ibang na-link up to now kay Coco gayundin kay Julia. Ang….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Death threats and 5-peso coins, the MBA was crazy

There was confidence in the Metropolitan Basketball Association's regional format to succeed. After all, people love it when their home gets the spotlight. At the very least, the MBA was going to be a strong league for the actual cities and provinces that were represented in it. However, even those who believed in the MBA the most probably didn't expect just how big the reception was going to be. It was crazy and someone like this writer, who was too young to experience the bliss that is the MBA, can't do it justice. Fortunately, those who actually lived through the craziness of the MBA can tell those stories now, 20 long years later. Chito Victolero, former guard of the San Juan Knights and current head coach of Magnolia in the PBA: Sometimes merong mga unruly crowd na talagang very supportive sila at merong fanatics so sometimes nakakagawa sila ng mga ‘di tama, but you know kasama ‘yun eh. Kasama ‘yung sa dapat mong paghandaan, kasi you have to include it in your scouting report, ‘yung how to be mentally tough during the game. Kasama ‘yung crowd dun. ‘Yun nga ‘yung MBA. That’s why kakaiba siya kasi kung regular crowd lang siya, parehas lang ng ibang liga ‘yan. That’s why kakaiba ‘yung MBA. The crowd was very different then. ‘Yun ‘yung maganda dun. Kasama siguro sa marketing strategy ng MBA ‘yun, how to deal sa ganung crowd. Kasi iba ‘yung crowd, iba ‘yung atmosphere, iba ‘yung spirit ng game, lahat nandun eh. Nakaka-miss nga eh. When you go to Bacolod, to Cebu, nae-excite ka agad because you know there’s a big crowd. We wonder if coach Chito has a scouting report for Ginebra fans during Manila Clasico?   Dondon Hontiveros, former guard for the Cebu Gems who went on to become a PBA legend. Current guard for Alab Pilipinas: There was a time talaga na masasabi ko na ‘yung outrageous na ginagawa ng mga fans pa… may mga batuhan. Nakita nga natin dito may nagbato ng bottled water sa referee pero it was worse then. It even came to a point na kapag nalaman ng fans kung ano ‘yung hotel ng kalaban parang inaabangan na ba. And ganun din kami if we go travel to Bacolod, ganun din ‘yung nae-experience namin. Fortunately for me, pagkakaalam ng mga taga-Bacolod, taga-doon ako because the year before, in 1997, I played there sa Negros Basketball Association for Central and maganda pinakita ko. So naalala nila na dun ako naglaro, so ‘di naman masama para sa’kin. Cebu vs. Negros was one of the premier rivalries in the MBA and Hontiveros was the star of the Gems. "Fortunately for me," might be an understatement for Dondon.   Rafi Reavis, former center for the San Juan Knights. Still plays for Magnolia in the PBA and is the winningest active player, with 10 championships: It was always one of the teams at the South, because it was always the North versus the South. Negros, we had a tough time down there. Cebu’s also a tough place to play – not only did you have do play in a hostile environment, and when I say hostile I mean coins being thrown at you, hamburgers, apples, anything you can think of, it can be coming your way. You really had to watch out if things get heated in those places. That was just how passionate the fans were. I mean, they’re the nicest people but hey, don’t come in here and try to take what we’re trying to achieve here. It was pretty cool.  I never heard any racist things but I’ve been cursed out by old ladies before. I remembered an old lady, about 80-plus year-old, she just walked by me before the game cursing me out so I was like ‘Wow!’. But I also understood these fans are just passionate, this was their home team, so I understood. I get it. And as a player, you cannot let stuff like that affect you, and that’s just the will power you had to have. You have to put yourself inside of a bubble and focus on the task at hand which is the game, win the game and get out of there, hopefully safely, and leaving everything else to the fans and the things you can’t control, you leave it alone. Rafi must have been quite the charm back in the MBA.   Reynel Hugnatan, former forward for the Negros Slashers and current forward for the Meralco Bolts with at least 5,000 career points in the PBA: Naalala ko nun naglaro kami sa Cebu, may dala na kamig mga payong sa ilalim ng upuan namin. Kasi alam namin, pag konting ano lang, magbabatuhan na naman. Pag nagbatuhan, ready na kami, may payong na kami. Always bring an umbrella folks.   Nash Racela, former head coach for the Batangas Blades and current head coach for TNT KaTropa: If you watch the MBA ang daming hecklers di ba, talagang sinisigawan ka the whole game. I'm thinking one game in Davao, and there was another game in Negros na parang the whole game, may isang tao nasa likod ko na sigaw lang ng sigaw sa akin. Ganun talaga eh, it just shows the passion of the Filipino basketball fans. That's understandable, it really made the game more interesting nung mga panahon na yun. We think coach Nash would prefer this set up than having to bring his own umbrella to the bench.   Alex Compton, former guard for the Manila Metrostars and current head coach for the Alaska Aces: It hurts if a five-peso coin comes flying from the upper deck and hits you in the head. That leaves a bump and that happened a few times in a few different places. In the MBA that was almost expected because everybody was so intense. You should have brought an umbrella coach.   Peter Musngi, the one and only "Voice of ABS-CBN," he was one of the key people for ABS-CBN in the MBA from the league's inception to its untimely demise: One of the things that I remember, and kapag inaalala ko nga lang kinakabahan pa ko eh, I think I was seated beyond Commissioner Ogie Narvasa then sa official’s table and noong nagbatuhan… we were warned already kasi it was Negros vs. Cebu, sabi baka magkagulo. Noong may questionable call daw ng referee, biglang nagliparan ‘yung mga coins. Nakita ko talaga tumatama kay Commissioner Ogie Narvasa, but he looked at the back and stayed. Ako naman, tatakbo na sana ako (laughs) kasi nagkakagulo na pero ‘nung nakita ko si Ogie, ‘Ay nakakahiya, sige na nga bahala na matamaan sa ulo’ (laughs). So that’s one. The others are from the coverage standpoint, dahil we were always moving around, and it came to a point paggising mo ‘di mo alam kung nasaan ka. It takes a few minutes to think ‘Oh, saan kami nanggaling? Saan na kami ngayon?’ Or the fact that we were eating Jollibee for breakfast, lunch and dinner (laughs) because ‘yun ang sponsor eh. That wasn’t bad, but we had to be creative and say, I mean kasi umuulan, umaaraw, ‘di mo alam tapos, sabi naming ‘At least man lang arroz caldo, mainit.’ Jollibee all day, everyday? Now that's crazy.   Ramon Fernandez, the "El President" and four-time PBA Most Valuable Player served as the MBA's very first Commissioner: The biggest problem of the Commissioner's Office at the time were the fans, the rowdy fans. Masyadong fanatic sa mga teams nila. I remember distinctly one game in Negros, it was the Cebu Gems and the Negros Slashers, nagkagulo yung players. The fans just started throwing things and I had to stop the game. Mabuti na lang nandoon yung bishop, sitting beside me. So pinakiusapan ko siya na, 'Bishop baka pwede mo naman kausapinyung crowd na let's just enjoy and have fun' pumayag naman siya. Natuloy yung game, laro ulit. Eh nagkaroon na naman ng gulo, ganun na naman nangyaro so I said, 'Bishop baka one more time,' sabi niya, 'Mon leave it all to God.' Sometimes all you can do is just pray and ask for Divine Intervention.   Ramon Tuason, CEO of MetroBall, Inc., the mother company of the Metropolitan Basketball Association: It was a Cebu-Davao game and Ramon Fernandez was able to gather 14 large garbage cans of debris [from the game]. From rocks, to plastic bottles, to bottles with green liquid inside, anything. Marbles, socks with marbles inside, they were throwing everything inside. As a matter of fact, we had to ban plastic drinking water from entering the stadium after like the fourth or fifth game. We had to go through the Army, the PNP, and everybody to have support in the stadiums because of the fans' passion. We call it the passion of the nation but sometimes, they become too passionate, too emotional. Very difficult to control the crowds. In Bacolod, there was a situation where a bomb exploded inside a garbage can. Players, coaches, and including us got death threats especially during the inauguration game, because as you remember, the PBA, who was I guess threatened, decided to move their opening day to our same opening day and made it a Robert Jaworski birthday bash. I guess Jaworski fans were a bit pissed off that we were in the same day but actually, they moved their opening day to ours, as a matter of fact, ABS-CBN had a countdown. The PBA was threatened? Interesting... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more! READ PART 1: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The logo that started a basketball revolution READ PART 2: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The Passion of the Nation READ PART 3: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Finals MVP Kai Sotto: ‘Ako ang pinakamasayang tao sa Pilipinas’

Kai Sotto was all smiles after Ateneo de Manila High School edged out Nazareth School of National University to win the championship in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. That was from the very end of Game 3 until his post-game interview. “Siyempre, sobrang saya ko po. Isa ako siguro sa mga pinakamasayang tao sa buong Pilipinas,” he told reporters. He then continued, “Siyempre, nanalo kami ng championship. Siyempre, sino ba namang ‘di masasarapan dun?” Indeed, why wouldn’t the towering teen be happy as it was his putback that proved to be the go-ahead basket for the title. And proving to be a wonderful team player, he deflected all credit to his teammates – even after being hailed as the Finals MVP. Great show of sportsmanship for the Finals MVP, Kai Sotto. #UAAPSeason80jrs pic.twitter.com/urKJZWZD4Z — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Marso 2, 2018 Asked about his gesture, the 7-foot-1 big man answered, “Yung Finals MVP, lahat yun, para sa team ko. Hindi ko naman makukuha yun kung ‘di dahil sa coach ko at sa teammates ko. Showing that he has a clutch gene and championship DNA to go along with his otherworldly height, Sotto exhibited more evidence that he is more than worthy of the hype. “Tinext po kasi ako ni coach Joe (Silva), sabi niya, ‘Kai, kailangan ka namin. Kailangan mong ipakita talaga yung galing mo,’” he shared. He then continued, “Sabi ko naman, ‘Coach, ‘di na kailangang sabihin yan. Gagawin ko talaga yan kasi itong last game, para sayo ‘to.’” He did what he said he would do and now, the 15-year-old has two trophies to showcase his worth – one, a UAAP championship and two, a Finals MVP. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

‘Alyana’ Yassi Pressman resists being ‘third wheel’ to Coco Martin, Julia Montes

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Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

‘Lola’s boy’ Daniel proud of his old-soul taste and sensibility

  Daniel Padilla has been setting young girls' hearts aflutter since he was 14 years old, when he began playing consort to then teen princesses, Julia Montes ("Gimik 2010") and Kathryn Bernardo ("Growing Up" and, later, "Princess and I"). The heartthrob has since come into his own, proving he's an actor worth his salt in cachet-boosting portrayals in films like "Crazy Beautiful You," "Barcelona: A Love Untold" and "Can't Help Falling in Love." But, don't let his millennial swagger fool you. When DJ isn't peppering his easygoing replies with slang words like "petmalu" and "ermat," he evinces the maturity of an old soul who doesn't mind sharing how his grandmother has hel...Keep on reading: ‘Lola’s boy’ Daniel proud of his old-soul taste and sensibility.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Adamson bashers push Paat to make a comeback

Mylene Paat clearly remembers the moment that made her decide to return to the Adamson University Lady Falcons for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. “Mga a year after (ko umalis), noong nakita kong naglalaro 'yung Adamson sa UAAP, nagkaroon ako ng goosebumps, naramdaman ko na kailangan kong bumalik at patunayan na may igagaling pa 'yung Adamson,” said the graduating middle. Paat left Adamson in 2016 and brought her trade in the commercial league.   “Noong umalis ako sa Adamson, nagpaalam ako nang maayos sa mga pari, sa team, sa Akari. At that time, gusto ko mag-focus na maglaro ng pro at mag-work na lang muna. Graduate naman na ako so 'yun 'yung sinabi ko sa sarili,” she explained. But even after quitting the disjointed Lady Falcons after a shaky Season 78 when then head coach Sherwin Meneses resigned from his post midway into the tournament, Paat kept track of Adamson’s campaign the following year. It was a disastrous Season 79 for the San Marcelino-based squad. The Lady Falcons lost all of their first 13 games before snapping their slump with a win against University of the East. A 1-13 win-loss record – the school’s worst in 15 years – relegated Adamson to the bottom.      “Nakaka-frustrate lang marinig na maraming nagda-down sa Adamson dahil sa standings namin,” recalled Paat. “Mas nakaka-frustrate kasi alam kong kaya ko pang tumulong sa kanila.” Paat, together with another returnee in setter Fenela Emnas, slowly tried to get back into the team and found coach Air Padda as a no nonsense mentor that could help her develop her skills further.  “Noong una, kumukuha muna ako ng time hanggang sa nakiki-training na ako sa kanila. Nakikita ko 'yung jelling nila. Naabutan ko din 'yung mga umalis ng Lady Falcons, narinig ko 'yung concerns nila. Nakita ko kung paano mag-coach si coach Padda,” she said. “Sabi ko kahit nasa pro league ako, kahit magagaling na 'yung coaches na humawak sa akin, noong nakita ko 'yung training ni coach Air, alam kong talagang gagaling pa ako sa kanya. Kahit hard training siya, nasa tao naman 'yung kung tatanggpin nila.” “Unang training ko pa lang kay coach Padda, kasali na agad ako doon sa mga parusa pag di tama 'yung ginawa mo. Siyempre, sprint lang ako,” Paat added. “Kita mo agad na gusto talaga ni coach na gumaling ka. Parang may pake talaga siya sa ilalaro mo. Gusto ko 'yung style niya. Isa-isa talaga siya mag-coach at detalyado siya sa mga kailangan mong i-improve.” “Masaya nga ako kasi tinanggap nila ako kahit di ako makapag-training agad sa kanila kasi may commitments pa ako sa Cignal (sa Philippine Superliga). Na-realize ko na kung di man skills ang pinakama-contribute ko, kahit sa maturity na lang.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Julia Montes looks up to Kathryn Bernardo for action scenes

MANILA, Philippines — After Mara, it is now Clara’s turn to become an action star. Source link link: Julia Montes looks up to Kathryn Bernardo for action scenes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Julia Montes shares Coco Martin’s Nazareno devotion

MANILA, Philippines — Julia Montes, rumored girlfriend of Coco Martin, admitted that she and the “Ang Probinsyano” star share the same faith in Quiapo’s famo.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Julia Montes looks up to Kathryn Bernardo for action scenes

MANILA, Philippines — After Mara, it is now Clara’s turn to become an action star......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Beauty queen, nadulas sa tunay na estado ni Coco

HANGGA’T walang pag-amin o pagtanggi na personal na manggagaling kay Coco Martin, sadyang hindi siya tatantanan tungkol sa tunay na relasyon nila ni Julia Montes. Nang mag-guest ang beauty queen turned actress na si Kylie Versoza sa Tonight with Boy Abunda, natanong ito kung posible ba siyang makipag-date kay Coco….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Nancy Asks BSP To Temporarily Stop New P5 Coins in Circulation

To avoid further public confusion, Senator Nancy Binay today said that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) might consider to temporarily stop the issuance of new generation coins that it plans to release in January... The post Nancy Asks BSP To Temporarily Stop New P5 Coins in Circulation appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

WATCH | Senator Nancy Binay asks BSP to delay release of new coins

Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday asked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to temporarily hold in abeyance the distribution of a new set of coins next month, pending the conduct of an effective public information campaign. The initial rollout of the new generation of the PhP5 coin, Binay noted, has been accompanied by some confusion because […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017