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Our Santo Niño and other festivals

THE Philippines is known for its festivals, with three of the biggest celebrated in this month of January – the Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan, the Sinulog of Cebu City, and the Dinagyang of Iloilo City, all in honor of the Sto. Niño. The Ati-atihan is one of the oldest festivals in the country. It celebrates the coming of ten datus led by Datu Puti and their people from Kalimantan, Borneo, in the 13th century to Panay island, where they were welcomed by dark-skinned Atis led by Ati Marikudo. Together the highland Atis and the lowland Marayons came to celebrate good harvests with street dancing. After the Spaniards came in the 16th century, the festival became a homage to the Santo Niño......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 21st, 2017Related News

Body found floating off Nocnocan Island identified

Body found floating off Nocnocan Island identified.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 21st, 2017Related News

6 Negros cops relieved

MANILA, Philippines - Six more policemen linked to the illegal drug trade in the Negros Island Region (NIR) were relieved on Thursday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 20th, 2017Related News

After good start, time for Balotelli to score away from home

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer   PARIS (AP) — It is about time for Mario Balotelli to start scoring away from home. The Italian striker's return from suspension is much needed for Nice, which faces a difficult match at Bastia on Friday after losing ground last weekend. Nice unexpectedly dropped points by drawing 0-0 against struggling Metz, and Balotelli's absence — through suspension — was felt. The draw played into the hands of free-scoring Monaco, which moved to the top on goal difference, and defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, now only three points behind. Nice will be stronger with Balotelli leading the line, considering he averages nearly a goal a game since joining on a free transfer from Liverpool in the offseason. But the worrying statistic for Nice is that his eight league goals — and nine of the 10 he has scored overall — have all been at home. When Nice plays at home, it often dominates possession through its slick midfield and Balotelli, with his outstanding ability to hold the ball up, is regularly involved in the quick and neat approach play. It's a different story away from home, where Balotelli often drifts in and out of position as he roams for space to create opportunities out of nothing. Nice coach Lucien Favre needs Balotelli to be at his disciplined best on Friday, rather than in improvisational mode. Balotelli, who has a long history of controversy on and off the field, will also have to keep this cool. Although Bastia is only one place above the relegation zone, the Corsican side is always fiercely motivated at home, where the passionate locals at the compact 20,000-capacity Armand Cesari Stadium reserve their most vitriolic and hostile welcomes for southern clubs Nice and Marseille, and for PSG. Because of the seething animosity between Bastia and Nice fans — there have been violent clashes in the past — France's Interior Ministry decreed a ban on travelling fans. Any daring Nice fans trying to circumnavigate the ban will be prevented from trying to reach the island of Corsica either by sea — via the ports of Nice, Marseille and Toulon — or by air. Nice deplored the ban, which it says 'automatically deprives its fans of passion for the umpteenth time.' Favre, who took charge in the offseason after leaving German side Borussia Moenchengladbach, is bracing himself for a heated encounter. 'There's always something special about this game, so I've been told,' said Favre, who replaced Claude Puel after he joined Premier League club Southampton. 'In football, you always have commitment, headers, tackles. It's part of the game, if it's fair. It's up to us to react properly. You must control your emotions.' ___ GOALS GALORE Lorient's players can hardly be looking forward to the trip to play Monaco, given how many goals the French leaders are scoring. Last weekend's 4-1 rout of Marseille made it 60 league goals in 20 games — comfortably more than any other team in Europe's top five leagues — and 86 in 33 games overall this season. Bad news for Lorient, which is languishing in 19th place and has conceded 39 goals — more than any other team in the league. Monaco must be relieved it did not sell Colombian striker Radamel Falcao after he spent two unsuccessful seasons on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea as he fought back from a serious injury. Falcao has been an inspirational captain, scoring eight in the past seven games and 17 in all competitions this season. Behind him and strike partner Valere Germain, the midfield quartet of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva is striking a good balance. Bakayoko and Fabinho do much of the holding work, thus freeing up the skillful Lemar and the quick Silva to roam free. They were unstoppable against Marseille, with Lemar scoring an audacious lob and Silva netting twice. ___ A TIGHTER DEFENSE PSG is looking for a fifth straight win when it travels to play Nantes on Saturday. Following a rocky spell just before the mid-season winter break, PSG has won its two league games and two cup games since without fuss and without conceding a goal. But Nantes could be a different proposition, especially given how well the team is playing under coach Sergio Conceicao. Wednesday's 1-0 win over Caen was the sixth in seventh games since the former Portugal winger took charge in early December. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 19th, 2017Related News

PDEA regional director, 5 others relieved

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Negros Island Region and five of his personnel have been rel.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 19th, 2017Related News

1 dead as ship sinks off Corregidor

The casualty, identified as Sonny Ruado, was confirmed when four survivors were rescued Tuesday morning by a passing fisherman at the vicinity waters between La Monja and Fortune Island......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 19th, 2017Related News

Raps filed vs suspects in fishermen’s slay

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Charges have been filed against suspected sea pirates who killed eight fishermen off Siromon Island last week......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2017Related News

Top defense, military officials visit PHL's southwestern-most island - GMA News

Top defense, military officials visit PHL's southwestern-most island - GMA News.....»»

Source: Googlenews GooglenewsCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2017Related News

MGA PIRATA LIPULIN, PUGUTAN

SUMALAKAY ang isang grupo ng pirata sa Siromon Island sa karagatan ng Zamboanga City at naiulat na walong seaman ang pinatay nila. Dalawang seaman ang nakaligtas sa masasamang-loob ngunit lima pa sa kanilang kasamahan ang 'di pa malaman kung ano ang sinapit. Matagal nang nangyayari ang ganyang pag-atake at marami nang nabibiktima na mandaragat. Iyan [&'].....»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2017Related News

Young Americans coming of age at Australian Open

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than 13 years after Andy Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open, the last time an American man triumphed at a Grand Slam, the future of U.S. men's tennis appears bright. The next generation of young players, all aged between 18 and 20, is starting to emerge and showing enough promise at this year's Australian Open to suggest they may be on the cusp of a breakthrough. Seven made the main draw at Melbourne Park and three were still in contention after the first round. br /> Frances Tiafoe, who turns 19 on Friday, defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday, while 20-year-old Ernesto Escobedo beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1. They joined 20-year-old Noah Rubin, who won his opener a day earlier to set up a second-round match against Roger Federer. The others failed to advance, but not before serving notice to the tour's old guard. Reilly Opelka, 19, lost a tight five-setter to 11th-seeded David Goffin, while Jared Donaldson, 20, lost to Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva after leading two sets to none. Taylor Fritz and Michael Mmoh, both 19, each put up good fights in defeats to veterans Gilles Muller and Gilles Simon, respectively. 'We're all really supportive of each other and happy to see all of us doing so well,' Tiafoe said. 'Hopefully we can keep going and not stop now.' br /> Much has been expected of Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, since he won the Orange Bowl at age 15, the youngest champion in the prestigious 18-and-under tournament's history. Tiafoe just missed out on a career-defining win at last year's U.S. Open, where as a wild card, he led the long-time top-ranked U.S. player, John Isner, by two sets to none before the match slipped away. It was a heartbreaking loss, but one Tiafoe learned from. 'I was like, the next opportunity I'm definitely going to take it,' he said after his first-round win on Tuesday, flashing a wide grin. 'Now, getting through relatively comfortable today means a lot. ... I really feel like I belong now.' He next plays another 19-year-old, his close friend, Alexander Zverev of Germany. Both Opelka and Donaldson, meanwhile, got their own tastes of Grand Slam agony in Melbourne. br /> Opelka, a 6-foot-11 (2.11 meter) former Wimbledon junior champion with a booming serve and whip-like forehand, had two break points to go up 4-2 in the fifth set against Goffin, but couldn't convert either and ultimately lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Opelka had never before played a five-set match and was making his debut in the singles main draw of a Grand Slam. Yet he showed grit — and no hint of nerves — deep into the fifth set against a seasoned pro like Goffin, even as he started to cramp and struggled to move. 'I've played some guys in the top 10 before so I wasn't uncomfortable,' he said. 'With the way I play, hopefully it really shouldn't matter who's on the other side of the net.' Donaldson's loss was less expected. The Rhode Island native made a stunning run to the third round of last year's U.S. Open, upsetting the 12th-seeded Goffin and Viktor Troicki, a former top-20 player. And he was well on his way to a commanding win over Dutra Silva before the Brazilian stormed back for a 3-6, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory. 'Losses like this really define your character,' he said. 'So I can be upset and sulk about it or I can get back on the practice court and keep working hard and get better so matches like that don't happen again.' br />   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2017Related News

Cebu enjoys Miss U swimwear presentation

MANILA, Philippines - Excitement gripped Cebu as candidates for the Miss Universe pageant glided along the runway in their swimwear at the JPark Island Resor.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2017Related News

Miss Universe bets get warm welcome in Cebu

Thousands of high school students waving colorful flaglets lined up the streets yesterday morning from the Mactan Cebu International Airport to the Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark to greet the 86 candidates of the 65th Miss Universe pageant......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2017Related News

Defense chief to visit Pag-Asa

MANILA, Philippines - With the improving relations between the Philippines and China, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is planning to visit Pag-Asa Island.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2017Related News

Malaysia to build giant $64 billion port on Carey Island

Malaysia to build giant $64 billion port on Carey Island.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2017Related News

Island adventure for Jordan Spieth, Smylie Kaufman

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   HONOLULU (AP) — The fishing didn't quite work out for Jordan Spieth and Smylie Kaufman. The kayak wasn't much better. Not long after Spieth watched good friend Justin Thomas shoot 59 at the Sony Open, he decided to join Kaufman for an island adventure . It was all that. They abandoned plans to fish from the shore, especially when Kaufman's first cast landed a few feet in front of him. So they wandered out in a two-man kayak. Spieth put his phone in a plastic bag. Kaufman held onto his. They were surprised by a few waves, especially the one that broke on top of them and toppled the kayaks. As Kaufman tried to climb back into the kayak, another wave got them. 'Chasing a sea turtle 'crush' was a bad idea,' Kaufman tweeted. 'That's when our fishing trip took a turn for the worst. Lost the fishing poles but survived.' Moments later, Spieth saw a plastic bag floating on the water. It had enough air in it to float, and his phone was safe. Spieth thrust both arms in the air and celebrated as if he had just won a tournament. Kaufman wasn't so fortunate. By late afternoon, when the S.S. Minnow made it back to shore, Kaufman put his water-damaged phone in a bag of white rice. 'An old college trick,' Spieth said. Kaufman removed the phone, filled with replies to his Instagram, and they were blurred. Spieth pulled out his phone, and it was in good enough shape for him to watch video of their wobbly entry into the water, the kayak capsizing and Spieth finding his phone. Maybe the Texan had it right when he said last month about the Hawaii swing, 'Try and make it last as long as possible,' Spieth said. 'Because once you get off the islands, it's back to reality.' .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 13th, 2017Related News

$9-B needed for Minda railway

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) director for investment promotion and public affairs Romero Montenegro said their consultants are currently finalizing the feasibility study on the railway system that will connect key areas of the island such as Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos, and Davao......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2017Related News
Source: Manila_shimbun Manila_shimbunCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2017Related News

Bora earns P48-B

An estimated P48.89 billion was generated from the tourism industry at the country’s premier beach destination of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan province......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2017Related News

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2017Related News

Trump s bet for state secretary wants aggressive stance in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — United States President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state sees the need to send a clear signal against China's island.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 11th, 2017Related News