Mary, the Mediator

Today is not just the last Sunday of May nor Pentecost Sunday; but, it is also the last day of the month that the Catholic Church has dedicated to honoring Mary, the Mother of Christ......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News2 hr. 38 min. ago Related News

WHAT IF... Paul Desiderio missed the Atin To shot

History lesson: The University of the Philippines' rise began even before Kobe Paras, even before Bright Akhuetie, and even before Paul Desiderio. The Fighting Maroons, with Jett Manuel at the helm, were already knocking on the door of the UAAP 79 Final Four. In the end, they fell short, but tying for fifth-place remains a step forward from their so-called "dark days." From there, they improved year-by-year. Technically, that was the origin story of their transformation into the “Winning Maroons.” In essence, however, this new State U, this legitimate contender State U, was born on the day Desiderio claimed victory. "Atin to, papasok to!" -- Paul Desiderio during the timeout. Moments later...#UAAPSeason80 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 10, 2017 “Atin ‘to, papasok ‘to,” he yelled in the middle of a timeout with just 5.3 ticks to go in their Season 80 opener opposite University of Sto. Tomas. Not long after, he took a pass from Jun Manzo and then launched a long-range missile over Zach Huang. Game, set, and match for him and his team. UP still fell short of the playoffs that year, but next season, they finally broke through for their first Final Four appearance since 1997 and then their first Finals stint since 1986. From then until now, “Atin ‘To” has been the battlecry of a long-suffering team and fanbase. Sometimes, however, don’t you ever think what if… What if Desiderio missed that shot? That guarantee he made and that game he won was just the jumpstart the Fighting Maroons needed to believe that hey, they could really, really do this. When the proud Cebuano said it, though, there was also a 50 percent chance he was going to disappoint his teammates, his coaches, and their faithful. What if he did? Of course, Desiderio would not be a lifetime legend in Diliman. There is a credible chance he still goes on to make the Mythical Team that year, but wouldn’t have his iconic moment. In turn, State U wouldn’t have a battlecry - two words so simple, yet so strong. “Atin ‘To” was the short and sweet statement that all has changed for UP and it will now stand alongside the best of the best in men’s basketball. And that means that one of the four spots in the playoffs was theirs. In Season 81, the Fighting Maroons would still put an end to their 21-year Final Four drought and 32-year Finals absence - of course they do behind MVP Bright Akhuetie, Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, and team captain Desiderio. They do so, though, with a battlecry with a lot less passion that “Atin ‘To” encapsulated and entailed - think “16-strong” or something to that effect. Without an iconic moment, Desiderio fails to stand out all that much in the 2018 PBA Draft and falls lower than the no. 4 he was picked at. Other players, friends and foes alike, would also have to find a new name for claiming victory. From Matt Nieto. To Akhuetie. To Emilio Aguinaldo College. The ripple effects even reach outside basketball as, without the recent comparison, UST’s “Kami Naman” becomes even more powerful. In terms of on-court results, nothing much would have changed if Paul Desiderio missed the “Atin ‘To” shot. The story, however, would be a lot less colorful. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 27th, 2020Related News

Payo ng netizens kay Vice: Wag nang patulan si Quiboloy, mag-sorry na lang

TEAM Vice Ganda versus Team Apollo Quiboloy!  Kanya-kanyang komento ngayon ang madlang pipol sa muling pagsasalita ng founder at leader ng Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name laban kay Vice sa ginawa nitong paghahamon at panghihiya noon sa kanya sa It’s Showtime. Nag-ugat ito nang hamunin ng TV host-comedian si Quiboloy na pahintuin nito […] The post Payo ng netizens kay Vice: Wag nang patulan si Quiboloy, mag-sorry na lang appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2020Related News

The idea behind 'SikapPinoy

“People with passion can change the world for the better,” Steve Jobs declared. With passion and an uncommon “common sense,” he did in many ways change the world......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 25th, 2020Related News

Bea Alonzo, Beauty Gonzalez share newfound passion during quarantine

Kapamilya actresses Bea Alonzo and Beauty Gonzalez found themselves a new hobby during this community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2020Related News

Inspired DeBlass rekindling passion for competition

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu icon and mixed martial arts veteran Tom DeBlass is excited to step inside the Circle for ONE Championship as soon as tense circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic have eased......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMay 21st, 2020Related News

Mark Sangiao pleased to see Team Lakay wards maintain fitness even during quarantine

With Baguio City beginning to ease up on quarantine restrictions, it’s only a matter of time before gyms begin to open back up, something that Filipino martial arts stable Team Lakay is eagerly looking forward to. Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao has stressed the importance of being able to return to the gym for proper training, but he’s pleased to see that even during the two-month period that the whole of Luzon was under Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his wards had maintained their commitment to staying fit and in tip-top shape. “The good thing about it is that they stayed locked-in and never really relaxed, even though we’re in a quarantine period,” Sangiao expressed. Given that at home, it’s easy to be lazy and blow off training, the level of commitment that these champion athletes is indeed commendable. “Their fitness levels are very good. I am happy they did their part as athletes during ECQ and they were even posting home workouts on social media,” Sangiao added. Even more impressive is that some of them were able to find creative ways to stay in peak condition. Take for example ONE featherweight contender Edward ‘The Ferocious’ Kelly, who channeled his inner McGyver to create training tools from scrap, while former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario went even further up north in order to continue his outdoor runs. Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio and former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon were fortunate enough to be neighbors, so they were able to train with each other during the lockdown. While Baguio has already transitioned into General Community Quarantine, there are still some restrictions in place, that’s why Pacio and other members of the famed Filipino stable decided to move into the gym for the time being. “Joshua and the others are already living here in the gym, in-house,” Sangiao shared. “Joshua decided to stay here, so he does not have to go out often. On the other hand, we go here two to three times a week.” Even with the time off from proper training in the gym, Sangiao noted that there were no signs of rust. “They look like they did not miss a beat because they were disciplined during the quarantine.” With ONE Championship postponing their events for May and with no timetable yet for the events to resume, Sangiao isn’t sure when competition will resume for Team Lakay. Still, there’s no reason to relax. “The plan now is to build up again, train hard, and refocus. As much as possible, we want to pick up where we left off,” Sangiao said.  “I think in one month, they’ll be in competition shape,” he concluded......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 21st, 2020Related News

UST coach Kungfu Reyes finds deeper purpose through coaching

Teaching runs in the blood of Kungfu Reyes. Born to a family of teachers, Reyes found a similar calling but in a different classroom. In an episode of The Score’s Kalye Confessions, the University of Sto. Tomas women’s volleyball team head coach shared how he gets a sense of fulfilment as mentor and teacher to his players. A former UST player himself, Reyes found a deeper purpose through coaching. “Passion na ‘yun eh bukod sa pagiging military,” said the Army staff sergeant. “Kapag may extra time kami, may mga bata na pupunta ka sa school maglalaro tapos dun na kami magtuturo hanggang pumasok na katawan namin ‘yung dedication na talagang tyagain ang pagtuturo sa mga bata.” “Kasi those things pwede ka magbago ng buhay through sports,” added Reyes, a physical education graduate. In his 15-year coaching career, Reyes rose from a deputy role to becoming a fulltime coach of UST girls’ team to calling the shots for the Tigresses. He helped the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, EJ and Eya Laure and Sisi Rondina grow into the stars they are today.       “’Yung teaching kasi ano na lang nasa katawan kasi ang tinapos ko rin, yung vocation ko, in line naman ako sa pagtuturo, di ko naman naalis sa katawan ‘yun,” said Reyes. Reyes’ interest in teaching or coaching in his case, is an influence he got from his family.       “Siguro nasa dugo na kasi sa pamilya namin meron kaming… yung Tito ko teacher din, yung kuya ko teacher rin, yung younger sister ko nagtuturo rin,” he said. Just like all dedicated teachers, a coach’s life also goes beyond the confines of a classroom or a gym. “’Di natatapos yung trabaho paglabas namin ng school. Minsan mayroong mga late calls, may kailangang asikasuhin, may problema ang bata,” Reyes said. “Sometimes personal problem, family problems tumutulong kami doon sa mga ganoong bagay,” he continued. For Reyes, coaches play the role of mentor, father and friend to their players.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 20th, 2020Related News

Wilson to become official game ball of the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced a multiyear global partnership on Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines) that will make Wilson the official game ball of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League (BAL).  The partnership will tip off at different times by league. The NBA Wilson game ball will first be used during the league’s 75th anniversary season in 2021-22.  The other debuts will be during the 2022 WNBA season, 2021-22 NBA G League season, 2021 NBA 2K League season and the inaugural BAL season. “This partnership with Wilson returns us to our roots as we plan for the future,” said Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global Partnerships.  “We were partners for 37 seasons dating back to when Wilson manufactured the first official NBA basketballs in 1946, and we look forward to growing the game of basketball together.” “Our commitment to growing the game of basketball on the global stage is at the heart of Wilson and our new partnership with the NBA,” said Kevin Murphy, General Manager, Wilson Basketball.  “Our passion for this game and the league runs incredibly deep, as does our history with it.  And as we start this new chapter in the game, our focus and energy will be on supporting the league and the players, coaches and fans with the most advanced, high-performance game basketballs possible.”   Wilson will manufacture the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League game balls using the same materials, eight-panel configuration and performance specifications as current game balls and will also source the same leather currently used in the NBA.  The NBA and its players will work jointly with Wilson to develop and approve the new game ball......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 14th, 2020Related News

GMA Pinoy TV honors fallen heroes of pandemic

GMA Pinoy TV pays tribute to the Filipino heroes who have fallen in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in honor of their passion and sacrifice while serving at the frontlines in the Philippines and abroad......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesMay 13th, 2020Related News

It was really ABS-CBN who showed the PHI athletes to the world -- Mela Tunay

Former University of Sto. Tomas star and volleyball analyst Carmela Tunay shared how ABS-CBN helped her career on and off the volleyball court.   Days after the country’s biggest broadcasting network went off air Tuesday night in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission’s cease and desist order, Tunay posted on her Instagram her experience from being a fan of ABS-CBN shows to being a part of the Kapamilya network.         View this post on Instagram                   here's one of my favourite features from 3 years ago. ????????? being a Kapamilya will always be one of my greatest fulfillments . . . let's backtrack a little ????. One day, while my sister was watching a UAAP volleyball game on TV, i passed by and got hooked to what she was watching right away. it has, then, become a daily habit for us to watch ABSCBN Sports and Action (aside from watching ABSCBN mainstream shows bc our household has always been a certified Kapamilya ????). i became a solid fan girl, which most of the volleyball community today knows ???? and everything i did from there was all inspired by what @abscbnsports have shown me through those games and heartwarming stories behind sports. . . fast forward to 2011, this simple fan girl was given the privilege to play in the UAAP. My life has changed since then. Thousands of people saw me---my career, my struggles, my life even, because ABSCBN showed everyone our lives inside and outside the court. i would say that many others like me have had our lives changed by volleyball, but more than the sport, it was really ABSCBN who showed PH athletes to the world. . . in 2014, i worked for ABS CBN Integrated Sports as an intern and learned the best work ethics from my awesome bosses ????? the story goes on because right when I graduated, the network took a chance on me by giving me the opportunity as an on-air talent. looking back, i really never imagined myself to be a host or sportscaster, but S&A showed me that dreams don't stop, they just keep on growing as we go on. i found a new passion in sports aside from playing. i loved reporting. i loved sportscasting. i loved everything that ABSCBN Sports & Action stood for. . . hence, i #StandWithABSCBN on this fight. Let's not kill what gives life and inspiration to millions out there. #NoToABSCBNshutdown A post shared by Carmela Tunay (@carmelaloo08) on May 6, 2020 at 8:17pm PDT “Let's backtrack a little. One day, while my sister was watching a UAAP volleyball game on TV, I passed by and got hooked to what she was watching right away,” she said. “It has, then, become a daily habit for us to watch ABS-CBN Sports and Action (aside from watching ABS-CBN mainstream shows because our household has always been a certified Kapamilya),” she added. “I became a solid fan girl, which most of the volleyball community today knows and everything I did from there was all inspired by what ABS-CBN Sports have shown me through those games and heartwarming stories behind sports.” Tunay, who played for the Tigresses for five seasons, was also grateful for ABS-CBN S+A, which owns the broadcast rights of the UAAP. “Fast-forward to 2011, this simple fan girl was given the privilege to play in the UAAP. My life has changed since then. Thousands of people saw me - my career, my struggles, my life even - because ABS-CBN showed everyone our lives inside and outside the court,” she said. “I would say that many others like me have had our lives changed by volleyball. But more than the sport, it was really ABS-CBN who showed the PHI athletes to the world.” Tunay also took her internship in the TV giant. “In 2014, I worked for ABS-CBN Integrated Sports as an intern and learned the best work ethics from my awesome bosses,” she said. ABS-CBN also opened a new career opportunity for Tunay. “The network took a chance on me by giving me the opportunity as an on-air talent,” said Tunay, who worked as a segment reporter for The Score. From there Tunay branched out from telling sports stories to sitting down as part of the broadcast panel. “I found a new passion in sports aside from playing. I loved reporting. I loved sportscasting. I loved everything that ABS-CBN Sports & Action stood for,” said Tunay. “Hence, I #StandWithABSCBN on this fight. Let's not kill what gives life and inspiration to millions out there. #NoToABSCBNshutdown”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 7th, 2020Related News

Dumaguete mourns death of broadcaster 2 days after World Press Freedom Day

“His ultimate passion was for good governance and his advocacy was to help save the environment. He was a highly principled man who sought refuge in his faith.” The post Dumaguete mourns death of broadcaster 2 days after World Press Freedom Day appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsMay 6th, 2020Related News

DID YOU KNOW?: Rex Intal is into painting

Rex Intal is an accomplished volleyball player. He won three straight titles in the UAAP while playing for Ateneo de Manila University. He also collected championships in the commercial league and made history when he helped the national team capture a silver medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. But did you know that Rex is also a talented painter?      “Growing up siguro I didn’t know I had talent in art,” Intal told ABS-CBN Sports. “I kept drawing lang and thought my works were normal and anyone could do that.” He likes to draw, but didn’t realize then that he’s actually good at it.    “I compared my artworks with my classmates’ and I thought na baka tinatamad lang sila, haha!” he said. Rex shared that it was during grade school that people started to recognize his talents.    “I think I was Grade 2 ata when I copied and drew Spiderman from the newspaper, then everyone got impressed,” he recalled. “Since then I was hailed as the class artist, haha!” got to squeeze in some time to paint before i go to sleep! #wip — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 2, 2020 The interest in the arts according to Rex runs in his family. Actually, his brother Phoenix Fuel Masters forward JC launched his first solo exhibit last February after rekindling his interest in the arts recently. “My mother, and two of my brothers, JC and JR have talent in art but they never pursued it,” said Rex. “Well, except for Kuya JC who rekindled his passion two years ago and ventured the art world.” But back then, just like other kids his age, Rex had other interests.   “Growing up I never wanted to be an artist,” he admitted. “I wanted what the other kids dreamed of, a businessman, a doctor, an NBA player, an astronaut,” Rex continued. “I knew so little growing up and I just fixated my mindset na I wanted a lucrative job in the future.” It didn’t help that no one in his family, although gifted in the art, seriously pursued it. “And I knew na I had no one to lean on kasi growing up, ako na lang ‘yung nagdo-drawing,” said Rex. “So I knew I had talent but didn’t wanna pursue it like what they did.” His artistic side had to take a backseat further more when Rex discovered his athletic talent. Following the footsteps of his high-flying and athletic brother JC when he donned the blue and white as part of the Ateneo basketball team, Rex landed a spot on the Blue Eagles volleyball squad. Quick abstract portrait exercise with @MasonNjigha as my model — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 3, 2020 — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 3, 2020 — Rex Intal (@rexintal) May 3, 2020 But like soulmates destined for each other, Rex and his love for art crossed paths once again. “Entering college, I took up BS Management in my first year. Latter part of my first year, I was so focused on my course, but I thought it was too broad for me,” he said. “That’s when I saw the BFA Information Design students,” Rex added. “I took a look at their curriculum and saw Drawing, Painting, and Graphic Design classes and I felt that urge and passion again.” He felt his heart beat once again. “I felt na this was more fit for me,” he said. “So in my second year I shifted to BFA Information Design and that’s when I made my first painting.” His first artwork? “It was a dog lang and my brother, JC, wanted to buy it,” said Rex.    “I never really painted ‘til after college. My teammate asked me to paint for his thesis so I painted another piece and my brother wanted to buy it again.” JC, who like his younger brother, found his way back into painting, gave Rex the confidence to pursue his artistic craft.   “Then around a year and a half ago, my brother got inspired to paint. His works are abstract so we have different styles but that gave me the confidence to paint,” he said. “Before kasi I thought I was alone lang in this field but my brother paved the way in the art world and I wanted to follow his footsteps, just like how I followed his footsteps in being an athlete,” Rex continued. “We both represented the country in sports and we also entered the arts industry but different fields. He plays basketball I play volleyball. He paints abstract I paint portraits.” Art also serves as a way for the Intal brothers to bond. “Sometimes we would paint together in his house and my other brothers would either watch or join in so nagiging bonding na rin,” said Rex, who also found a way to help the frontliners battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through his art.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 4th, 2020Related News

UP Men s Basketball players stay fighting amidst COVID-19

The whole world of sports has come to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team (UP MBT) stay fighting. Every member of the team is optimistic that Filipinos and the Philippines will get through the difficult challenges they are facing and are staying positive in words and deeds. Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol has reminded his players to put in the same heart and passion they show in the game into their response to the pandemic, encouraging them to practice teamwork and find ways to help those who are affected by the scourge of the coronavirus. “During these trying times, our “never give up” attitude on court should be evident in how we battle this pandemic together as a team. We are optimistic that we can bounce back and come out stronger. While we face our own personal battles, let’s not forget our fellow Filipinos who are greatly affected by this virus. Let’s do our share, no matter how big or small,” said Perasol. The ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) have prohibited sports-related mass gatherings like training, competitions and tournaments. Holed up in their respective homes, the Maroons still find ways to stay competitive and in shape, both physically and mentally. UAAP Season 82 team captain Noah Webb says they “try our best to stay in shape by doing our workouts at home since we can't go to the gym. Our coaches are always guiding us and giving us programs to follow. It’s also very important for us to stay mentally tough since this is a different opponent we are facing.” UP MBT team manager Atty. Agaton Uvero said it is also important for the team and the players to be resilient since a lot of things will change and new protocols will be implemented even after the ECQ is lifted. “Our primary concern will always be the safety of each and every one. But we will stay committed to keeping the team intact so we can still give our best performance with or without games in the near future,” Atty. Uvero said. He reiterated his gratitude to all the team’s fans, supporters, and sponsors who continue to support the Fighting Maroons and their various initiatives. “We will always stay thankful to our fans who never tire of supporting us whether we are in active competition or not. And we will always be indebted to our partners and sponsors -- Robinsons Retail Group, STATS Performance Apparel, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PayMaya -- for remaining committed to the team despite difficult times like these. Their support and their various efforts to provide assistance and relief to the frontliners and those most affected by the ECQ inspire us and buoy up our spirits,” Atty. Uvero added.   UPMBT players and alumni along with various UP teams and organizations sprang to action soon after the ECQ was declared. They initiated efforts to provide frontliners with necessary items like personal protective equipment (PPEs) and meals. They also reached out to affected communities with rice and other daily necessities.   Among those who raised funds and donated in kind are Fighting Maroons Paul Desiderio, Jett Manuel, Ricci Rivero, Diego Dario, Kyles Lao, Jarrell Lim, Ibrahim Ouattara, Jaybie Mantilla, and the Gomez de Liaño brothers, Joe, Javi, and Juan. NowheretogobutUP Foundation, the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK), and the Salamat PH Healthcare Heroes also conducted fundraisers to help the frontliners, stranded UP students and staff, and various communities.   “There is so much uncertainty right now and these are extremely difficult times for many Filipinos. That’s why this is the time to be one with our people as we all go through these hardships together. Let’s all do our share in helping one another. Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. The goal of resilience is to thrive,” said NowheretogobutUP Foundation founding chairman Renan Dalisay......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 3rd, 2020Related News

Dignadice still active in hoops

Basketball remains a focal point in former PBA star Yves Dignadice’s life, pandemic or not, and now that he’s 56, a consuming passion is growing the game with kids in Torrance, metro Los Angeles......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 2nd, 2020Related News

Pacio, 6 others break into ONE& rsquo;s rankings

ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio is just one of seven local stars to break into the first official rankings for ONE Championship in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsApr 28th, 2020Related News

A Galilean Approach to Rebuilding the Human Colony

5 MIN READ "About fifty days after his crucifixion, the Galilean rebel became the Christ of faith to a movement that would change the world forever. Whatever happened to that change it brought to the world and all history, it all started in Galilee." The post A Galilean Approach to Rebuilding the Human Colony appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2020Related News

Jesus Christ is a Muddled Hero

7 MIN READ "The basic tenet of loving our fellowmen and serving them had been and is being muddled by those who control history, those whom Christ has described as not being our 'neighbors'." The post Jesus Christ is a Muddled Hero appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2020Related News

Christ is alive in good people

    DID you know why Jesus rose from death on the third day? A guy bantered, “Because the tomb was borrowed only for the weekend from a wealthy Jew. Jesus had to vacate it otherwise he would be evicted!” Of course, that’s not the reason why he rose from the tomb. Rather he wanted […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsApr 26th, 2020Related News

In the contagion, we see Who’s really in control

And he [Jesus] said to them, “Oh how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” — The Gospel of Saint Luke, 24:25-27 During his televised appearance announcing the extension of the enhanced […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsApr 25th, 2020Related News