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Fired-up Djokovic makes perfect start

Melbourne---Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic got his season off to a perfect start with a battling win over hot-shot Denis Shapovalov in the ATP Cup Tuesday, but world number three Dominic Thiem crashed to defeat......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 3rd, 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

WHAT IF… Ateneo didn t lose to La Salle for an elims sweep in UAAP 80

History lesson: Ateneo de Manila University is the first-ever team to sweep the season - both elimination and championship rounds. Winning each and every one of its 16 games in the eliminations and then winning back-to-back games in the UAAP 82 Finals, the Blue Eagles were perfect en route to being hailed as king for the third year in a row. It was a momentous milestone that let all of Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt to move on from their collegiate careers on the highest of highs. Only, they could have actually made history two years prior. In Season 80, the blue and white won 13 games in a row to start the season. And then, in the last game in the elims, they were thwarted by archrival De La Salle University, 76-79. And so, Ateneo fell short of an elims sweep and an automatic advance into the Finals. They were then upset in the first game of the Final Four by Far Eastern University before taking care of business in the do-or-die match. In the championship round, they went toe-to-toe with the Green Archers and ultimately prevailed - winning the first of their three-peat. However, how would the story have gone if and only if the Blue Eagles got an elims sweep? If so, they would have jumped straight into the Finals, therefore jumping over the Tamaraws who had always given them a tough time. If so, a stepladder playoff would have taken place, with Ron Dennison, Arvin Tolentino, and fourth-seeded FEU charging through third-seeded Adamson University led by Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti. If so, in the next rung, back-to-back Season MVP Ben Mbala and La Salle would have made quick work of the Tamaraws. If so, it would still be Ateneo-La Salle in the championship round for the second straight season. Still, if so, the Blue Eagles' record would have been perfect at that point. Then in Game 1, well-rested Ravena and company would then impose their will on their archrivals for a convincing victory. Mbala and Ricci Rivero would not quit just yet, however, and energize La Salle to a well-earned win in Game 2. Game 3 would then, pretty much, play out the way it played out in real life - a close contest that had Isaac Go hitting the win-sealing three. In the end, Blue Eagle, the king, still. And in the end, they still don't get a perfect season. Worse, however, is the fact that the story would have been a lot less interesting. Without having been challenged by FEU in the Final Four, Ateneo would not have witnessed the beginning of Go's rise Remember, it was the 6-foot-9 big man who fired a triple to send the do-or-die match into overtime. Then in the extra period, Go made good on an impossible short stab just as he was falling to the floor to ice the game. Put simply, a world without those shots is not a world worth living in. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

Converge makes PBA debut in Season 47 opener

MANILA - Converge will quickly get a baptism of fire as the team's much-anticipated Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) debut will happen right at the start of the league's 47th season on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.In a copy of the Philippine Cup elimination roun.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 30th, 2022

EDITORIAL - Practice makes perfect

After nearly 17 months of various stages of lockdowns to contain COVID-19, the government by now should be adept at the orderly distribution of aid to affected communities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Rosario rises to TNT challenge, earns weekly PBA player award

Comeback coach Chot Reyes called up, and big man Troy Rosario quickly answered as TnT Tropang Giga kept its perfect start in the PBA Philippine Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

Roaring start for Eala, pal

Filipina Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho announced a roaring arrival in the Wimbledon girls’ doubles tilt, obliterating their first-round counterparts with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win late Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2021

Team PH ready for Tokyo Games – Tolentino

Twenty-two days from now, 17 Filipino athletes – hopefully two more in swimming – will start their Tokyo Olympics campaign – all of them ready and fired up for the greatest competition of their lives and the entire delegation secured of its more than three-week stay in the Japanese capital. “In three weeks, the urn […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 1st, 2021

Djokovic wins, Tsitsipas falls, Murray shines

London—Novak Djokovic got his bid for a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title off to a winning start on Monday and then saw potential semi-final opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas crash out at a soggy All England Club......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 29th, 2021

Ardina stays hot as Saso makes move

Dottie Ardina fired a second straight 70 to stay in joint 10th while Yuka Saso bounced back with a two-under card in the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship yesterday in Johns Creek, Georgia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2021

Bianca, Claris fire 70s in Meijer Classic

The Philippines’ Bianca Pagdanganan and Claris Guce fired identical two-under 70s, joining a slew of shotmakers submitting low rounds at the start of the Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club course in Grand Rapids, Michigan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2021

Marco Gomez makes his mark

Brown-skinned gods or goddesses are a rarity in our mestizo and mestiza populated Southeast Asian Hollywood. That is why when they arrive in local Tinseltown, the oohs and the aahs are palpable. Senses razor-sharp as all scrutinizes the most perfect specimen of a kayumangging kaligatan man and woman......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

5 important steps in building an online business from home

Waiting for the right time to start an online business from home? Now would be the perfect time, with everyone at home, logged onto their social media accounts every single day. With the power of the Internet comes great opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

AboitizPower rolls out 10-year strategy

AboitizPower Corp. will start rolling out its 10-year strategy this year by developing its renewable energy (RE) service contracts, resuming its search for overseas prospects, and exploring gas-fired plant developments......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 28th, 2021

Blachowicz edges Adesanya to retain UFC crown; Nunes wins, makes it 12 in a row

Jan Blachowicz bounced back from a slow start to outpoint Israel Adesanya and retain his light heavyweight title after an enthralling tactical battle at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Saturday. In the co-main event, Amanda Nunes blasted Megan Anderson en route to an easy first-round submission win to defend her featherweight title, and Petr […] The post Blachowicz edges Adesanya to retain UFC crown; Nunes wins, makes it 12 in a row appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Birdie binge lifts McIlroy

MIAMI (AFP) — Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy made five consecutive birdies in his self-declared best round of the year to share the lead after Thursday’s start of the US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational. The 31-year-old from Northern Ireland fired a six-under par 66 at Bay Hill in Orlando to share the lead with Canada’s […] The post Birdie binge lifts McIlroy appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

BGYO: All the hard work was worth it

Practice makes perfect. This is especially true to Akira Morishita, Gelo Rivera, JL Toreliza, Mikki Claver and Nate Porcalla who put a lot of time and energy polishing their dance moves and strengthening their vocal power. If the names ring a thousand bells, well, that’s because the boys were initially known as the Star Hunt Boys, or SHA Boys, formed by ABS-CBN Star Hunt Academy......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

Ma, what’s on my plate?

THE WEEKEND READER: This submitted essay proposes an alternative way of living this new year, with a mind set to be more international and conscious of what we do—beginning with what we eat By Khennan John Suarez The year 2020 has been… unhealthy. But if there’s one thing we were given a chance for, it’s to take a harder look at our lifestyles in retrospect. For some, myself included, this means becoming more conscious of the food that goes into my body. The advancement in nutritionism over the past 20 years has changed the way we look at our plates. Once colorful meals that consisted of “go, grow, and glow” staples are now replaced with single, nutrient-packed breakfast bars coupled with energy drinks endorsed by the influencer-of-the-week. One would think that all these diet bars, and pills, would’ve transformed people healthier, with lifestyle diseases kept at bay. Sadly, this remains a dream today as it was 10 years ago. (Manila Bulletin/Unsplash) Data from WHO, CDC, and UN reveal that some of the top killer diseases in our country are attributed to lifestyle. And while life expectancy has increased over the past decade, so have cases of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and stroke. This fact raises more questions in nutrition. Despite crazy fads that promise longevity, what are we doing wrong? It makes sense to start a closer examination of what goes into our bodies. In An Eater’s Manifesto—highly recommended!—by Sam Pollan, there is a mantra that could be an ultimate guide to eating better. Eat food. And by this, he means eat whole food. For a beat, let’s forget about these canned goods, boxed cereals, processed fruit juices, and everything with ingredients we can’t even pronounce. Let’s forget about the most recent trend in nutrition and trace back to what our bodies (and our ancestors’ bodies) instinctively know as good food—whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables, sizeable portions of animal meats, milk, nuts, and all other products that are organic. Food products that are as close to their most natural forms as possible. Let’s assemble our plates in a way that pushes highly processed and artificial products away from it, whenever we can. For as hard as science has been working to understand nutrition better, and until we eventually come up with a “fountain-of-youth” pill, there remain cellular processes that we are yet to discover. For the meantime, it makes more sense to stick with natural basics. (Manila Bulletin/Unsplash) It’s also quite notable to know that while nutritionists still argue about which diet is best for us, they can all agree that plants do not kill us. Becoming more in tune with our nutrition is also an opportunity to start building relations to our farmers, and ask how produce is grown. Is the ground healthy? Are they showered with chemicals? Are the animals that supplied our food well-fed? This even raises ethical questions as to how they were raised and slaughtered. This strengthens the relationships we have with people that grow our food, our connection to our community, and the relationship we have with the earth around us. After all, nutrition is just a portion of more complex symbiotic relationship bigger than all of us. With the dawn of a new year, it pays that we become more intentional and more conscious of what we do. And today, we can start by asking, “Ma, what’s on my plate?” About the author: Khennan John is a 20-something health enthusiast with a knack for writing. The Weekend Reader is a Sunday submission segment of Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Arts + Culture. Those who wish to submit their essays for the Weekend Reader may do so via email: mblifestyleonline@gmail.com. As subject of the email, write WEEKEND READER followed by the title of your essay. The opinions and views expressed in The Weekend Reader are of the respective authors and not of the Manila Bulletin......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Marin makes fast start at Thailand Open

Bangkok---Spain’s Carolina Marin sailed through the Thailand Open badminton first round on Tuesday as she made a fast start to her season, six months before her Olympic title defence......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

Robinson brings the heat as Miami beats New Orleans

Duncan Robinson tied the most made triples on Christmas ever as the Miami Heat beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 111-98, to start the NBA’s holiday quintuple-header Friday. Robinson racked seven three-pointers to finish with 23 points while helping head coach Erik Spoelstra remain perfect on Christmas. Spoelstra moved to 8-0 on Christmas as coach of […] The post Robinson brings the heat as Miami beats New Orleans appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 25th, 2020

Black wedding in Iloilo defies tradition making their wedding one of a kind

CEBU CITY, Philippines— A bride’s wedding gown defying traditions makes their wedding truly one of a kind. A big black wedding gown spoke volumes during Gerald and Daryl Jetonzo’s wedding in Iloilo City last December 12, 2020. Read: Intimate wedding can be perfect in the new normal Instead of the traditional white gown, the bride […] The post Black wedding in Iloilo defies tradition making their wedding one of a kind appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2020