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Celine Dion on what keeps her young

Three years after being forced to cancel her first concert in Manila to take care of her then ailing husband, Canadian pop superstar Celine Dion is finally scheduled to fulfill the engagement with two shows, July 19 (sold out) and 20 at Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, via Ovation Productions. Dion, winner of five Grammy Awards and currently the highest paid resident performer in Las Vegas, talked via email to Nightlife, with help from Raoul Chee Kee. What is one career highlight that you like remembering or reliving, and why? I think I've been more than fortunate to experience quite a few highlights throughout my career, so it's difficult for me to name just one. But my very first...Keep on reading: Celine Dion on what keeps her young.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 15th, 2018Related News

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 11th, 2018Related News

How to deal with concert stars-from Celine Dion to Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Ovation Productions is unequaled on the concert scene. I fondly call Renen de Guia, the man behind it, Concert Producer King. His production company has mounted sold-out shows for countle.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 29th, 2018Related News

PVL: Perlas Spikers survive 5-set thriller, snap 4-game skid

BanKo cashed in on Nicole Tiamzon’s heroics in the fifth set to snap a four-game slide to complete a come-from-behind 18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11, win over PayMaya Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The former University of the Philippines hitter Tiamzon scored five of her 11 points in the deciding frame to deliver the Perlas Spikers second win in six games. American import Kia Bright finished with 25 points anchored on 23 attacks and two kill blocks while Thai reinforcement Jutarat Montripila had 24 markers including 22 off kills for BanKo, which survived High Flyer American import Tess Rountree’s 39-point explosion. With momentum on their side after stealing the third and fourth sets, the Perlas Spikers built an 11-8 lead. PayMaya rallied to close the gap, 12-11, before Bright scored on a next play followed by back-to-back errors by the High Flyers as BanKo walked away with an upset. “Pahirapan ang panalo naming, pero kahit papaano na-relieve kami kasi emotionally drained ang team dahil sa sunud-sunod na talo,” said a very relieved Banko head coach Dong Dela Cruz. The High Flyers were sharp in the first two frames before slowly fizzling out. Rountree hammered 31 spikes and had five kill blocks and three service aces for PayMaya, which fell to 3-2 card. American Shelby Sullivan had 13 markers while Jerrili Malabanan and Celine Domingo chipped in 11 and nine points, respectively, for the High Flyers.     ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

PVL: PayMaya downs Pocari Sweat-Air Force, wins second straight

PayMaya made quick work of debuting defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22, on Saturday for a hold of the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao.   The High Flyers took advantage of the Lady Warriors’ error-filled first outing inside the sweltering packed venue to claim their second win in as many outings. American import Tess Rountree waxed-hot with 18 points to pace PayMaya. Jerrili Malabanan scored nine markers while American reinforcement Shelby Sullivan had eight for the High Flyers, who played its first of back-to-back games. PayMaya will take on Creamline on Sunday in the same venue. “Maganda 'yung ginalaw ng team. Kumpara doon sa first game namin, mas kaunti 'yung mistakes, 'yung errors,” said PayMaya coach Roger Gorayeb, who had the chance to shuffle his lineup. “'Yung imports naman very determined lang talaga kasi alam din nila na they could play better than last time tapos defending champions nga 'yung kalaban namin.”      Aiko Urdas had five points while Celine Domingo scored three with her last two coming off back-to-back hits that sealed the victory for the High Flyers. Jasmine Nabor tallied 20 excellent sets while Grethcel Soltones saw action in the second set as a reliever and was scoreless for PayMaya. It was a terrible first match for the Lady Warriors. Pocari Sweat-Air Force gave away 32 points off errors with Myla Pablo serving as the only Lady Warrior in double figures with 12 points. Import Madeline Palmer and Jeanette Panaga finished with nine each while Amele Love was limited to only six markers for Pocari Sweat-Air Force.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 12th, 2018Related News

PVL: New teams Tacloban, PayMaya clash in debut

Jovielyn Prado and the core of NCAA back-to-back champion Arellano University hopes to bring the same intensity and power when rookie team Tacloban goes into action against the Grethcel Soltones-led PayMaya on Sunday in the 2nd Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. The battle begins at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA and via livestream. Meanwhile, the men’s division duel between Vice Co. Blockusters and Philippine Army starts at 10:00 a.m. Prado will reunite with college teammates Anne Esguerra, Andrea Marzan, libero Eunice Galang and Regine Arocha to banner the Nes Pamilar-mentored Fighting Warays owned by Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami. Joining the crack crew are NCAA Season 93 Most Valuable Player Shola Alvarez, University of the East’s Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez and UAAP Season 80 runner-ups Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o of Far Eastern University. Tacloban has Thai stars Amporn Hyapha and Sasiwilmol Sangpan as imports. They will face a High Flyers squad that is composed of last year’s Open Conference champion core. Soltones, a three-time NCAA MVP, will have Lizlee Ann Pantone, Jasmine Nabor, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas, Jerrili Malabanan and Alyssa Eroa, all coming from last year’s Open Conference champion BaliPure, as her crew for the Roger Gorayeb-mentored team. Also in the team are Kat Villegas, Joyce Sta. Maria, FEU’s Czarina Carandang, Angel Cayuna and UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker Celine Domingo with imports Nicole Roundtree and Shelby Sullivan providing added firepower and muscles for the High Flyers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 5th, 2018Related News

What Anne Curtis and Karylle Love About Korean Music and Drama

Before 2017 ended, Anne Curtis and Karylle announced that they're officially business partners. The two ladies opened a KTV restobar named Rockstar, which features themed rooms inspired by musical legends like Beyonc, Prince, and Elvis Presley. There's also a K-pop room because both Anne and Karylle are avid fans. "I've always wanted to be a partner for a KTV. So when K called me and said that they're opening Rockstar, I was so happy!" Anne told everyone. "This is a place where non-singers can become superstars. Just like me!" She also showcased her singing talent, together with Karylle and Spongecola vocalist Yael Yuzon, with Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back." In the middle...Keep on reading: What Anne Curtis and Karylle Love About Korean Music and Drama.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 4th, 2018Related News

DOC VOLLEYBALL: An Unpredictably Exciting Season

And it finally comes to a close. Season 80 of the UAAP volleyball, from its opening game up to the very last point of the season, will be remembered as the most unexpected and exciting year for Philippine Collegiate Volleyball. While most other competitors had a good share of ups and downs, the emerging champions NU Bulldogs and DLSU Lady Spikers proved to be just a cut above the rest in exerting volleyball dominance. Bulldogs’ Bite Tired of a three-peat runner-up finish, the National Univeristy Bulldogs finally claimed the glory by snatching the crown from perennial rivals, the Ateneo Blue Eagles. With both teams having a shared rivalry once as cellar dwellers and now as championship contenders, the rivalry between NU and Ateneo in men's volleyball has been a wonder to see evolve. For Season 80, the Bulldogs finally left a mark by serving up height, athleticism, and cohesion to dominate the men's division. In their finals match against the Blue Eagles, the Bulldogs showed exemplary net play in terms of offense led by eventual Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas. With King Blue Eagle Marco Espejo relegated to the opposite position, NU coach Dante Alinsunurin’s choice to field in Madzlan Gampong proved to be beneficial in checking Ateneo’s offensive behemoth. Though still capable of producing his usual output, Espejo was closed down on key situations, giving confidence boosters to the NU wall as well as compensating for their floor defense, which was relatively their disadvantage. Perhaps the other contributing factor in NU’s victory was how the Blue Eagles were not able to maximize on their skill advantages such as service and blocking. In both finals matches, Ateneo was not able to capitalize on the passing of NU with aggressive serving leading to clean execution of offensive plays from the latter. In instances where the Blue Eagles were making a rally and even obtaining a Game 2 set, it was highly evident that their blocking was significantly altering the hitting tendencies of NU, but Ateneo was not able to stay consistent with such tactic. Archers’ Aim Over in the ladies division, the finals match-up of the two powerhouse squads, the De La Salle Lady Spikers and the FEU Lady Tamaraws, was highly consistent with the theme of the encounters throughout the season. With the two best serving and passing teams in the league, it was expected that both teams would bring out the best in each other and that was just what both teams did in the Finals series. In both encounters during the elimination season, the Lady Tamaraws were able to challenge the passing efficiency of the Lady Spikers by giving them a taste of their own medicine which was aggressive serving. In the instances that FEU was able to subdue La Salle in their encounters, it was because of well placed heavy serves that negate the threat of middles Majoy Baron and Aduke Ogunsanya. In similar fashion, Season 80 Best Blocker Celine Domingo was also able to pose a significant defensive threat in the net due to the team’s ability to disrupt oponent attack patterns through aggresive serving. Coming into the Finals series, it can be considered that both FEU and DLSU are the most balanced teams in the league. With starters who are notable in producing points in every rotation, the biggest factor for both teams would be the ability of the middles to execute as Baron was capable of racking up the points left unchecked and Domingo was essential in running FEU’s bread and butter combination plays. As such, the main determining factor in the outcome of the finals series was who could out-serve who given both team's proficiency in both serving and passing. True enough, the Lady Spikers proved that they were the better serving team as they were able to establish a tight wall defense to check The Lady Tamaraws’ offense. Consistent with their elimination round encounters, FEU’s inability to execute the set given a substantial lead combined with La Salle’s tenacity to thrive under pressure eventually won the Lady Spikers the crown. Beyond 80 The exit of big names such as Dy, Baron, Bernadeth Pons, Dawn Macandili, Jaja Santiago, Jho Maraguinot, Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat and Shaya Adorador to name a few would spell some concern for their respective teams ,but would serve as a challenge and inspiration for newcomers to reach the achievements of their predecessors. In similar fashion, teams left with solid line-ups like UST and UP would have better chances to dominate albeit higher expectations. In line with that, familiarization with more foreign coaching ideologies from the likes of Air Padda and Gody Okumu will further elevate the level of the sport in the women's division. On the other hand, an intact champion in the NU Bulldogs as well as contender FEU Tamaraws will ensure dominance for both. As such,the exit of inarguably one of the best tandems in UAAP history, that of Ish Polvorosa and Espejo, would entail a tough challenge for Ateneo to produce new outstanding inclusions in order to maintain their place in the upper echelons of the league.    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 4th, 2018Related News

WATCH: Deadpool interprets Celine Dion s new song through dance

MANILA, Philippines – Celine Dion and Deadpool have teamed up for a dramatic music video for “Ashes,” a song in the Deadpool 2 soundtrack. (IN PHOTOS: Ryan Reynolds visits Seoul for 'Deadpool 2' ) In the video above, which was released on Thursday, May 3, the pop powerhouse shows off her signature strong vocals as Deadpool performs graceful ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 4th, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Top performers after the elims (women s)

University of Sto. Tomas’ explosive hitter Sisi Rodina and graduating player Jaja Santiago of National University topped the statistics race on offense while University of the East libero Kath Arado dominated the rest of the field in floor defense after the elimination round of the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The 5-foot-5 Rondina led the league in scoring with a total of 296 points she accumulated from 271 spikes, 17 service aces and eight kill blocks, edging Santiago by 16 points. Santiago finished at second with 280 points (223 kills, 36 kill blocks, 21 aces) followed by Tots Carlos of University of the Philippines’ 274 (235 kills, 17 kill blocks, 22 aces), Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons’ 215 markers (198 kills, 7 kill blocks, 10 aces) and Jema Galanza of Adamson University’s 207 points (183 kills, 10 kill blocks, 14 aces). But the 6-foot-5 Santiago was the most efficient attacker during the elims with a 41.76% success rate followed by Rondina (38.44%), Adamson’s Mylene Paat (34.84%), Jho Maraguinot of Ateneo (33.15%) and Carlos (32.73). On defense, Arado, the Season 77 Rookie of the Year, bested De La Salle University’s Dawn Macandili in both digs and reception. The fourth year libero averaged 6.72 digs per set ahead of Macandili (6.34), Pons (3.71), Isa Molde of UP (3.10) and Rondina (3.00). Arado also showed her efficiency in reception with a 53.07% success rate to eclipse Macandili (52.31%), Pons (45.16%), Kyla Atienza of FEU (42.47%) and Galanza (39.13%). Meanwhile, FEU’s Celine Domingo topped the blocking department as she collected 41 kill blocks overall and averaged 0.73 kill blocks per set. Santiago landed at second with 0.68 kill blocks per set followed by Majoy Baron of DLSU (0.66), Paat (0.63) and Roselyn Doria of NU (0.60). La Salle’s Desiree Cheng was the most dangerous player on the service line after she landed a total of 35 aces or 0.66 service winners per set followed by teammate Michelle Cobb (31, 0.58 per set), Toni Basas of FEU (32, 0.57 per set), Ateneo’s Kat Tolentino (26, 0.46 per set) and Kyle Negrito of FEU (25, 0.45 per set). Deanna Wong of Ateneo took the no. 1 spot in setting with an average of 8.54 excellent sets per frame ahead of NU’s Jasmine Nabor (8.32), Cobb (8.26), Fenela Emnas of Adamson (7.67) and Negrito (6.79).   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 16th, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU secures Final Four berth

Far Eastern University banked on the fifth set heroics of graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons and Heather Guino-o as the Lady Tamaraws secured the third Final Four berth in a come-from-behind 25-22, 25-27, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11, win Saturday over Adamson University in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. The Lady Tams duo delivered nine points in the fifth frame including the crucial hits in the closing stretch of the match to advance in the semis for the fourth straight year and keep their semis twice-to-beat hopes alive. FEU improved to 8-4 win-loss record while dropping their first round tormentors to 5-7 card. “‘Yun naman talaga ang goal namin na mag-top two kasi hinahabol namin ang twice-to-beat advantage so ‘yun nakuha naming,” said FEU coach George Pascua. The Lady Tams must sweep their last two games against University of the East and National University and hope that either of the grand slam-seeking De La Salle University (9-2) and Ateneo de Manila University (9-3) won't reach 11 wins to force at least a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat.     “Hopefully ‘yung mga susunod na games pa namin mas pagbubutihan namin kasi nabigyan kami ng chance, so ‘yung chance na nabigay sa amin hindi na namin pakakawalan,” said Pascua. Pons had another all-around performance, boosting her stock in for the Most Valuable Player award, scoring 22 points highlighted by 20 attacks while adding 24 excellent receptions and 23 digs for the Morayta-based squad. Celine Domingo dominated the front of the net with six kill blocks in her 18-point explosion while Toni Rose Basas and Guino-o posted 16 and 12 markers, respectively, for FEU.   After clawing their way from a 1-2 match deficit, the  Lady Tam raced to an 8-5 lead capped by Guino-o's hit only to allow the Lady Falcons behind Jema Galanza to overtake them, 10-8, with five straight points. Pons scored four of the Lady Tams' closing 7-1 blitz. Galanza finished with 16 points while Mylene Paat had 15 markers for Adamson. Joy Dacoron and Eli Soyud added 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Lady Falcons., who now need to win their last two elims games against two-time defending champion De La Salle and University of Sto. Tomas and hope that National University (6-6) won't reach eight wins to force at least a playoff for the last semis spot.      ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 7th, 2018Related News

Preen Tries the Tightest Trend in Fashion: Cycling Shorts

To everyone who thought that their cycling shorts will never see the light of day, then we're sorry, but you're wrong. Time to bust them out or even buy a new pair, either way, it looks like it's here to stay. It started with Kim Kardashian with what looked like a questionable look---she stepped out last year wearing a pair of tight cropped shorts and paired it with a corset and a cover up. Now we see it on other celebrities too and even on the runways of spring 2018. Brands like Off-White (inspired by Princess Diana's workout lewk), Saint Laurent, Fenty, Dion Lee, Nina Ricci, Dolce & Gabbana, and more had models wearing cycling shorts paired with blazers and other st...Keep on reading: Preen Tries the Tightest Trend in Fashion: Cycling Shorts.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 4th, 2018Related News

An exciting finale, new players at Fila Cup

The polo season ended in high style at Manila Polo Club (MPC) with the Fila Cup. This year's edition had a motley group of attendees---the pedigreed set (former MPC president Tony Rufino and his sister Marivic), socialites (Duday Tuason, Connie Haw), the diplomatic corps (US Ambassador Sung Kim, French Ambassador Nicolas Galey and European Union deputy chief of mission Mattias Lentz), fashionistas (Henri Calayag, Tonichi Nocom, Celine Lopez), and theater artists (Rem Zamora, actor-photographer Jojo Lorenzo), as well as "lovees" of Fila CEO Cris Albert (Anton San Diego, chef Javier Btesh), and her mother, former model Wanda Louwallien. Albert's sister, Ana Abad Santos, who handl...Keep on reading: An exciting finale, new players at Fila Cup.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 2nd, 2018Related News

Celine Dion turns 50, to go on with Manila show despite illness

MANILA, Philippines — Like her heart, Celine Dion will go on and on with her Live 2018 Tour in Manila on July 19 at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: MoviesApr 2nd, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU inches closer to a Final Four spot

Far Eastern University rallied from a set down to carve out a 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, win over University of the Philippines Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tamaraws inched closer to a Final Four berth with their seventh win in 11 games for the solo third spot behind Ateneo de Manila University (7-3) and league-leading two-time defending champion De La Salle University. Bernadeth Pons and Jeanette Villareal led the way with 15 points each. Pons scored all but one of her points on attacks while adding 20 digs and 18 excellent receptions for the Morayta-based squad. Villareal had five kill blocks, seven kills and three service aces. Celine Domingo had 11 markers while Toni Basas finished with 10 for the Lady Tams. Kyle Negrito tallied 46 excellent sets and nine points. FEU shook off a slow start and fended off the Lady Maroons furious fight back in the fourth set to complete its elimination sweep of UP and bounce back from a sorry five-set loss to DLSU the last time out. “Ang ginawa kasi ng UP noong una very aggressive sila. Sabi ko dapat sabayan yun. Nandun naman eagerness, timing lang nawawala pero nung nakuha na, yun OK na,” said FEU coach George Pascua. UP kept the fourth set close with Tots Carlos scoring on an attack to close the gap, 20-19. FEU plucked four of the duel’s next five points capped by a kill block by Villareal on Carlos to push the Lady Tams at match point. Carlos answered with a kill followed by an ace by Ayel Estranero as the Lady Maroons saved two match points before Villareal sealed the win with a running attack.   The Lady Maroons dropped their third straight match to fall to 3-8 mark and are on the brink of falling short of a Final Four return for the second straight year. Carlos registered 23 points on 19 kills, three kill blocks and a pair of aces while Isa Molde posted 18 markers for UP, which gave away 31 points off errors.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 24th, 2018Related News

Blazers beat Heat 115-99 for 10th straight victory

By Erik Garcia Gundersen, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 32 points and 10 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Miami Heat 115-99 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) for their 10th straight victory. Jusuf Nurkic added 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who have the longest current winning streak in the NBA and a two-game lead over Oklahoma City for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The Heat used an 18-2 run to start the fourth quarter to trim a 19-point deficit to three, but Lillard took charge for the Blazers, just as he has throughout the winning streak. The All-Star guard broke Portland's drought of over five minutes with a three-pointer midway through the period to put Portland back in front by six, and the Blazers stayed safely ahead from there. Lillard scored 21 points after halftime. He leads the league in second-half scoring. Goran Dragic scored 23 points for the Heat, who were without two key players in starting center Hassan Whiteside and sixth man Dwyane Wade. The Blazers closed the first quarter on a 14-4 lead to take a 34-25 lead, capped by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from rookie Zach Collins. Another three-pointer by Collins with 7:03 left in the second quarter put Portland up 45-33, forcing the Heat to call time. TIP-INS Heat: Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) was the deadline for the Heat to use a $5.5 million trade exception they were granted after shooting guard Dion Waiters underwent season-ending surgery on his ankle. The Heat would have had to release a player already on their roster to open up a roster spot to use the sizable exception. Trail Blazers: Lillard came in averaging nearly 33 points during the streak, which includes two victories over the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. "I think this might be the best level that he's played," coach Terry Stotts said. "I thought what he did last year after the All-Star break was amazing. He carried us to the playoffs last year, showing great leadership and a high quality of play. It might be better this year, but we still have 16 games to go." UP NEXT Heat: Miami continues its three-game road trip in Sacramento on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Trail Blazers: Welcome LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 13th, 2018Related News

Whiteside, Wade carry Heat past 76ers, 108-99

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 16 and the Miami Heat moved a step closer to the playoffs by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 108-99 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Josh Richardson scored 13 points, Tyler Johnson had 12 and Kelly Olynyk added 10 to help the Heat stay No. 7 in the Eastern Conference and move within a game of No. 6 Philadelphia. Dario Saric had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who got 19 points from JJ Redick and 17 from Joel Embiid. Marco Belinelli added 14. It came down to the fourth — Miami shot 13-for-18, Philadelphia 7-for-22. And in the end, the Heat and 76ers split their four meetings this season. Combined score: Heat 409, 76ers 407. The Heat used 10 players — all 10 scored, all 10 had at least two rebounds, and eight of the 10 had at least two assists. Miami controlled the fourth and led by 11 with 2:01 left, before the 76ers had one last gasp. Redick was fouled by Whiteside before an inbounds pass came in, giving him one free throw. Redick added a jumper on the ensuing possession, and after a stop Belinelli connected on a three-pointer — and just like that, after six points in 37 seconds, Miami's lead was 101-96. The drama essentially ended there. Whiteside made two foul shots, and Wade slammed home a lob from Richardson with 50.6 seconds left for a nine-point edge. Embiid banked in a three from the wing to get Philly within six, but the outcome wasn't in doubt again. Miami was up 12 late in the first half, before Redick willed the 76ers right back into things. He was 3-for-3 from three-point range in the final 2:42 of the half, helping Philadelphia get within two late before Wade made a spinning jumper with one second left that sent Miami into the break with a 53-49 lead. No separation was to be had in the third quarter, either. Miami led by four early, Philadelphia led by five twice — both times after three-pointers by Belinelli — and the 76ers wound up leading 74-73 going into the fourth. TIP-INS 76ers: Robert Covington missed all 10 of his shots. In the last 50 years, only two 76ers have gone 0-for-11 in a game — one of them being Covington, on Dec. 29, 2016. The other was Evan Turner, in 2013. ... Embiid's 5-for-17 night was his second-worst shooting effort of the season. His previous low was a 4-for-16 game against Boston on Oct. 20. ... Heat: Miami's one player from Philadelphia — Dion Waiters — missed all four Heat-76ers games this season because of his ankle surgery. Waiters got his cast removed earlier this week. ... Wade is 23-4 in home games against Philadelphia. ... Whiteside made 9 of his 12 shots. SWING GAMES Double-digit leads have meant almost nothing in this Heat-76ers season series. Miami let an early 12-point lead get away Thursday (Friday, PHL time) — and that was no big deal compared to what happened in the first three matchups. Philadelphia won a game where Miami led by 24, the Heat won a game where they trailed by 13, and the 76ers had to scramble to win a game by six — after seeing a 28-point lead cut to four later. EASY FINISH The 76ers have 18 games left, and at least 13 will be against opponents who aren't in the playoff picture. They still face Brooklyn three times, New York and Atlanta twice. And they have only seven road games remaining — zero against teams with winning records. UP NEXT 76ers: At Brooklyn on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Heat: Host Washington on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 9th, 2018Related News

FEU solves Sisi Rondina puzzle

Far Eastern University had one simple game plan against University of Sto. Tomas. Make Sisi Rondina bleed for her points. The Lady Tamaraws followed their battle plan to a tee as FEU collected its fourth straight win with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-20, demolition of the Tigresses Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Rondina, who terrorized their previous six opponents with 23.33 points average per game, was limited to a season-low 11 points on a 11-of-30 spiking clip. “Nu’ng training pa lang namin, nag-usap na kami lahat. Kasi alam naman namin kung ano yung palo ni Sisi. More on crosscourt sya eh,” said FEU skipper Bernadeth Pons. “Mas lalamangan namin yung block namin sa cross, which is naging effective naman sya kanina,” Pons added. “Na-block namin sya kasi minsanan lang talaga sya nagdo-down the line. Kaya mas lamangan namin yung cross pero may tao pa rin kami, basta ready pa rin kami palagi sa likod.” Aside from shackling Rondina, FEU also silenced Dimdim Pacres. The opposite spiker was limited to only five points and sat out the third frame.              “Pinag-aralan namin ‘yun. Sabi ko nga 70% kay Sisi. But di natin pwedeng pabayaan sina Pacres saka yung core ng team nila kasi baka na-check natin ito, yung iba naman (gumawa). So kailangan balansehin lang,” said FEU coach George Pascua. Fortunately for the Lady Tams no other Tigresses aside from Carla Sandoval, who paced UST with 12 points, stepped up.     “Priority si Sisi sa block then itinapat namin si Sisi kay (Celine) Domingo saka kay Kyle (Negrito)," he added. It didn’t help that the Espana-based squad committed 29 errors and had a poor outing on service reception as UST allowed FEU to land 12 service aces. The win came a lot sweeter as the Lady Tams snapped a two-game slide against the Tigresses as FEU climbed to second spot with a 5-2 slate.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 3rd, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU eyes fourth straight win to end the first round

After a huge morale-boosting win over erstwhile unbeaten team National University, Far Eastern University sets its sights on closing the first round of eliminations on a high note Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. The Lady Tamaraws will take on a fierce University of Sto. Tomas side at 2:00 p.m. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. FEU started the season shaky before sparking a three-game winning streak capped by a 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, win over the Lady Bulldogs Wednesday in a shocking upset. The Lady Tams are on a three-way tie with two-time defending champion De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University at second to fourth spots with 4-2 win-loss slates. Bernadeth Pons, Toni Rose Basas and Celine Domingo, who all logged in double-digit productions the last time out, are expected to provide the firepower needed to suppress the Tigresses’ arsenal led by the explosive Sisi Rondina.  UST, on the other hand, is coming off back-to-back setbacks at the hands of NU and University of the Philippines. The Espana-based squad bowed to the slumping Lady Maroons, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 12-25, Wednesday despite the 23-point effort of Rondina. Dimdim Pacres, Tin Francisco and Carla Sandoval need to step up big time to help UST improve its 2-4 slate it shares with UP.     ---        Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 2nd, 2018Related News

Celine Domingo sympathizes with former team UE s woes

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University's (FEU) middle blocker Celine Domingo left no mercy for her former team, the Univeristy of the East (UE) Lady Warriors, with a 19-point production on Saturday, February 24.  Domingo last played for UE in Season 78 and served her residency in Season 79 before ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 26th, 2018Related News