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Alex knows how to work hard and reward herself

Watching her on TV5’s Lunch Out Loud or following her vlogs is always a fun time to many. Alex Gonzaga exudes good vibes that brighten up one’s day. It can be attributed to her bubbly, amiable personality......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarMay 12th, 2021

Refreshing reward for hard work: Success story of Brilliant Juice

Brilliant Juice’s products are currently distributed to direct consumers, schools, catering services, hotels and groceries within Marinduque and outside the province as well......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Always About the People

“Solid!” That was the only reaction, or lack thereof, that I could muster after that first breakaway slam of Kiefer Ravena’s UAAP collegiate basketball career over the outstretched arms of UST’s foreign center, Karim Abdul. Moments before, you could see Kiefer was going to go hard, as it was a one-on-one breakaway and he had the speed advantage over Abdul, who was hot on his heels. Little did I know that he was going to go for that highlight that would announce his entry into college basketball. That reaction, that loss for words, can pretty much sum up my past 10 years of covering college basketball for ABS-CBN Sports.  They first asked me to write about my most memorable UAAP game coverage; but I must confess, I was never really good at remembering exact details of games, unlike some of my fellow sportscasters, or even coaches I know, who remember almost detail for detail, or play by play. My memories come in highlights, or sometimes even just flashes of good or memorable plays.  I remember a 6’8”, 18-year old Ben Mbala, whom we first saw a glimpse of while Anton Roxas and I were covering the CESAFI league in the hot and humid Cebu Coliseum, sometime around 2012. He was playing for the Southwestern University Cobras, wasn’t as built and polished as when he was with DLSU, but you could already see the raw talent and athleticism. Fast forward a few years, I remember well how he took the UAAP by storm, with his monster dunks, and how he piloted La Salle to a championship while winning league MVP in Season 79.  I remember the heralded rookie season of Kiefer Ravena in the men’s division, after a storied juniors career. Kiefer won Rookie of the Year honors and helped lead Ateneo to two more titles to round up their 5-peat, before it was Jeron Teng’s turn to lead the Green Archers to a championship over his elder brother Jeric and the UST Growling Tigers.  I remember Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and his back-to-back MVP seasons. He was arguably the most complete college player during that time. It was painful to see his team fall short especially during his second MVP year. The Bulldogs made history the year after though, with Alfred Aroga, Troy Rosario, and Gelo Alolino now at the helm, winning the school’s first ever championship after more than forty years. I would argue that the past decade saw some of the brightest UAAP college basketball stars, both local and foreign, take to the hard court. It would almost be unfair to start naming them because I’ll surely end up leaving some names worthy enough to be mentioned. But we all remember Greg Slaughter, Ryan Buenafe, RR Garcia, Terence Romeo, Mac Belo, RR Pogoy, Roi Sumang, Charles Mamie, Alex Nuyles, Jericho Cruz, Papi Sarr, Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Aljun Melecio, Kiefer and Thirdy, Bobby Ray, Alfred Aroga, Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abul, Jeric Teng, Ange Kuoame, Matt and Mike Nieto, Paul Desiderio, Juan GDL, and the list goes on and on… all of them making their mark in the UAAP the past ten years. Aside from the highlights, there were the more mundane, behind-the-scenes memories, especially covering out-of-town games when we used to do the CESAFI and the PCCL. That was basketball coverage at its purest. There was a time we traveled to Lanao Del Sur to cover the Mindanao regional selection of the PCCL. Lanao was about another two to three hour drive from Cagayan de Oro along a dark highway with trees and mountains all around; and where there was only one mall in the entire town. Or when we traveled by van to La Union to cover the north regional selection of the PCCL… or even staying a whole week at the Cebu Grand Hotel, for the VisMin regional selection. Coverages then were bare bones: no real-time stats or live graphics, and I would even sometimes have to tally the points and rebounds of each player in-game on my notebook just so that I’d have some semblance of stats to mention on the coverage. Still, those games were so much fun because the players, getting their first shot at national TV coverage, would leave everything out on the floor.  In a year or so, both the UAAP and the NCAA will announce their respective new homes, and new broadcast teams will have the privilege of covering the best collegiate basketball players in the country. That’s how the ball bounces. I’m a firm believer that in life there are seasons, and a perfect time for everything. I’m just thankful for the opportunities thrown my way. If you were to ask me why the coverage of the UAAP helped build the league into what it is today, my answer would be simple: it was always about the people. At the end of the day, what makes the UAAP and its coverage great are the stories of the people that play, coach, officiate, cover, and run the games. It’s not really about the championships or the awards, but rather the challenges, hardships, and journeys of each of the individuals that brought them there.  And it is also about the directors, producers, cameramen, reporters and make-up artists that make sure that the audience sees what is supposed to be seen – the winning basket, a fan’s priceless reaction, the agony in defeat, and the glory of victory. It’s what Boom Gonzalez or Mico Halili would always say, that our job as anchors and analysts is to tell the people watching at home the story of what is happening in the game in the best way possible.  I just want to tip my hat to all the people that allowed us to do our jobs the best way possible. From our directors, producers, cameramen, floor directors, fellow panelists, courtside reporters, league officials, statisticians, make-up artists, and all those people behind the scenes whom we worked with, know that we were able to give our best because of you; and the UAAP coverage will not be what it is if not for all of your hard work and dedication.  It was, is, and will always be about the people. Marco Benitez was the team captain for the Ateneo Blue Eagles when they won the UAAP Season 65 men's seniors basketball title in 2002. Marco eventually covered collegiate basketball as analyst for ABS-CBN Sports starting in 2010. He is presently the President of the Philippine Women's University (PWU)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

ONE champ Joshua Pacio now lives in the Team Lakay gym…literally

For the last couple of months, athletes like reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Team Lakay have been left with little to no alternative but to work out from home, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantines, lockdowns, and restrictions that it brought upon.  Pacio and his Team Lakay teammates have been doing a good job of keeping themselves fit even during home quarantine, but at some point, elite athletes will need to log in some gym time.  While Baguio and Benguet have already transitioned to General Community Quarantine, there remains no word as to when fitness establishments, like Team Lakay’s gym in La Trinidad, will be allowed to open up again.  (READ ALSO: Team Lakay mentor Mark Sangiao looking forward to re-opening gym once lockdown is lifted) Because of this, Pacio has decided to move into the gym for the time being in order to be able to train properly.  “If you’re an athlete you can always train at home but it’s different from the gym,” Pacio shared with ONE Championship. “When I train, I always want to improve by one percent every day. I decided to live in the gym because I know we have athletes there who can work with me.” Joining Pacio in the gym are teammates Jhanlo Sangiao, Edilberto Coquia Jr., Carlo Von Bumina-ang, and Renato Hepolito Jr.  According to Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, former champs Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon also drop by the gym, but only when they absolutely need to.  “We have two rooms where we can stay, with beds,” Pacio said. “I’m just lucky to get a pass that’s why I have access to this gym,” said Pacio.  The 24-year old Pacio is on arguably the best stretch of his young career, regaining the ONE Strawweight World Championship against Yosuke Saruta back in mid-2019 and successfully defending it against Rene Catalan and former champion Alex Silva since.  The young champion, who can already be considered the promotion’s best strawweight ever, is always on a mission of self-improvement, and finding a way to get gym time in - even if it means living in it - is a testament to his hard work and dedication.  “Even though I am already at the top, I know that I have a lot of quality opponents waiting for me,” Pacio said. “Even though we’re in this situation, I have to find ways to improve.” Pacio admits that the quarantine took a toll on his fitness, but believes that he can get back on track in no time.  “Now I know I am still far from my desired shape, especially with my weight,” Pacio said. “But if they give me a date, I know I can quickly catch up. I am ready to return any time this year,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

The Academy: The participant of the reality show was transferred to the hospital

Stress and intense criticism from judges and hard days of work for students “academy” Many of them have caused damage to their physical and psychological.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 25th, 2022

No gossiping at workplace, Pangasinan gov t employees told

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - Governor Ramon Guico III on Monday urged provincial government employees to shrug off "any dust of politics" following the elections, and buckle down to work."Roll up our sleeves and get down to work. We would like to work hard to achieve our province'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 4th, 2022

Changing its image through hard work

The foremost revenue-collecting arm of our government held its 117th anniversary recently amidst an uncertain, challenging, yet very productive period in its history......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

Diaz remembers journey, hopes to inspire fellow Filipinos

The Philippines’ first gold medal and Olympic record were the product of all the hard work Hidilyn Diaz and ‘Team HD’ put together that past two years before the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Diaz recalls ‘Team HD’ rollercoaster ride

The first gold medal for the Philippines was the product of all the hard work Hidilyn Diaz and “Team HD” put together the past two years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Max Collins strives to work hard for son Skye

Max Collins has spent a decade of her 14-year showbiz career with GMA and found her foothold in acting. She commences her next decade with the soon-to-premiere To Have And To Hold......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2021

Hard or soft enough

Google has long been considered the benchmark for HR policies and practices. Suppose you were to trace the development of open-work spaces, gourmet pantries, 20 percent off your regular time to do something completely different from your regular job, amusing games, and facilities for their employee’s enjoyment......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2021

Archbishop remembers Aquino for strong and decisive leadership in ‘Sendong’ aftermath,  for “honesty, humility and hard work”

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 03 July) — The late President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is being remembered here as a strong and decisive leader after tropical storm “Sendong” devastated this city and neighboring Iligan City in late 2011. Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Emeritus Antonio Ledesma recalled how Aquino came to Cagayan de Oro soon […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

Breezy win this time for Alex Eala at grass courts in London

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA Alex Eala continued her Wimbledon Girls Championship preparations after her impressive second round win in the J1 Roehampton tournament in London Thursday (Friday in Manila). Adjusting well to the grass courts, the second-seeded Eala hardly encountered problem in dispatching Italy’s Matilde Paoletti, 6-2, 6-0. In the first round, Eala had hard time […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2021

Lacson: Hard work in store for Rody s succesor

Senator Panfilo Lacson said President Rodrigo Duterte's successor will face “hard work” due to the “overwhelming” problems that he or she will inherit, including a ballooning national debt, unemployment and continued corruption as well as the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

A young warrior& rsquo;s passion for combat sports

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Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Work continues for SEAG prep despite challenges

“Despite many uncertainties, the national team can be certain that we are working very hard to make sure they are prepared to defend our title,” said Southeast Asian Games Chef de Mission and Philippine Sports Commission Commissioner Ramon Fernandez as he led Team Philippine’s working group meeting held Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 9th, 2021

Andanar scores `politicking’ over admin’s pandemic response

The administration’s communications chief on Thursday scored critics’ comments regarding the government’s coronavirus disease pandemic response and insisted such remarks only diminishes the hard work and sacrifice of medical front liners and people in government working non-stop amid the crisis. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, in a statement, voiced out that the […] The post Andanar scores `politicking’ over admin’s pandemic response appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

Eala yields in three sets vs world no. 104 Kuzmova at Miami Open

Tennis prodigy and Globe ambassador Alex Eala fought hard but ultimately fell short against the world no. 104 Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, in the first round of the Miami Open qualifying draw at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida on Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 24th, 2021

Eala gets wild card at Miami Open

Filipina tennis phenom and Globe ambassador Alex Eala has been given the rare chance to compete in one of tennis’ biggest stages after she received a wild card to the 2021 Miami Open qualifiers set on March 22 to April 4 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 17th, 2021

Do you know what women REALLY want for her me-time? Read on

We all have a special woman in our lives that deserves to be treated well for the hard work and dedication that they strive every day — be it our mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, bestie or our mentors. Not to mention that women are truly superheroes in disguise that make a huge impact in society. […] The post Do you know what women REALLY want for her me-time? Read on appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

NZ lifting lockdown on largest city

It’s completely natural to feel fatigued, Covid is hard work for everyone. The post NZ lifting lockdown on largest city appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021