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PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “This is just the beginning, we got long ways to go, hopefully we can sustain it in the late rounds,” said Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.The wins ushered Bautista and Marcial to the semifinals which assured the country at least bronze medal. But the reigning champions are here for the top honours.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 24-year-old Fernandez, reigning 56kg champion, needed just over two minutes in the first round to stop Myanmar’s Maung Nge via knockout.Fernandez took down the shorter Nge with powerful head and body combinations that dismantled the Burmese fighter. MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments Bautista opened up the action with a masterful decision over hometown bet Abdul Salam Kasim in the 52kg division.The Binalbagan, Negros Occidental native peppered Kasim with a barrage of hits in the first round and appeared bent on finishing off the Malaysia early.“He was too eager to knock him out which I advised him not to because it’s dangerous,” said PH coach Elias Recaido.Good thing for Bautista, he coasted along in the third, throwing solid punches on the fly to keep Kasim at bay en route to win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Archer Tagle settles for silver in recurve event Teen gunned down in Masbate OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes. He was give standing count and when referee asked him if he can still go on, he shook his head.Eumir Felix Marcial capped the brilliant day for the Philippines with an easy decision win over hard-punching Nguyen Manh Cuong in the 75kg.“They really prepared well, all the fighters are ready and trained hard,” said Marcial in Filipino. He came here fresh from winning gold in Mongolia recently.The lefty got into heavy exchange with Cuong who bore the brunt of Marcial’s quick combinations.“I wasn’t using much of my jabbing hand, I don’t want to re-injure it,” said Marcial, whose left hand got injured and jeopardized his Olympic qualifying quest last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mario Fernandez of the Philippines stops Maung Nge of Myanmar in the first round of their bantamweight preliminaries in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Philippine boxing delivered the expected punch Sunday as all three of its fighters qualified to the next round in the Southeast Asian Games at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.Defending champions Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez and Eumir Felix Marcial overwhelmed their foes en route to the second round all in flashy, slam-bang fashion.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Kiefer channels ‘Elsa’ during rookie initiation

first_imgThe rookie initiation is a usual tradition in sports league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Verutiao impresses in first start for Arellano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIEScenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ And Ravena can now add Queen Elsa to his growing list of accomplishments.Screengrab from Kiefer Ravena’s Instagram story.In an team-building event, the no. 2 overall pick performed his rendition of Let it Go from the movie Frozen as part of the rookie initiation rites.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlex Mallari posted a video on his Instagram showing the rookie gamely dancing to Idina Menzel’s Let it Go as the older members of the team peppered Ravena with laughs and cheers.And if Elsa can form ice from her hands, Ravena had to resort to baby powder for his powers. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Screengrab from Kevin Alas’ Instagram story.Kiefer Ravena is a man of many things.He’s a multiple-time gold medalist for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games, Seaba Championship while also becoming a two-time UAAP champion and two-time MVP.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers

first_imgWhiteside leads Heat to 106-101 win over Bucks Anthony became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by playing mostly isolation ball, but coach Billy Donovan has asked him to become more of a catch-and-shoot scorer. It worked in this one — the 33-year-old forward made 10 of 15 shots overall and shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers in one of his best performances of the season.“Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, you become comfortable with it,” he said. “I think you start putting your all into it and you start working on that role and on that acceptance and it’s becomes fun. I think right now, I accepted that role early in December and the game is starting to become fun again. Fun for me and fun for us as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSteven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.“They just big-boyed us,” rookie Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Steven Adams, we couldn’t stop him from getting rebounds today. He was the head of the snake in that department.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Lakers host the Pacers on Friday.The Thunder play at Cleveland on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Julius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.The Thunder led 60-54 at halftime behind 16 points from Anthony and 14 from Adams. Westbrook had just two points until scoring eight in the final three minutes of the second quarter.Oklahoma City started strong in the second half. A 3-pointer by George bumped the lead to 11, and a 3-point play by Westbrook midway through the quarter pushed the margin to 14.Westbrook got Corey Brewer off balance with multiple crossover dribbles before blowing by him for a layup that gave the Thunder an 86-70 lead. A 3-pointer by Anthony made it 91-70 and forced the Lakers to call timeout late in the third quarter. The Thunder controlled the game the rest of the way.“They just hit shots,” Kuzma said. “We didn’t really defend them too well. They’ve got a lot of good players.”TIP-INSLakers: F Brandon Ingram returned after missing a game with a mild left ankle sprain. He had eight points in 26 minutes. … Shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, but just 47 percent in the game. … Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points in 15 minutes. He was one of two Lakers to score in double figures.Thunder: Boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather attended the game. … G Andre Roberson returned after missing eight games with left patellar tendinitis. He finished with four points and three steals in 17 minutes.STAT LINESThe Thunder committed just one turnover in the third quarter and outrebounded the Lakers 16-7. Oklahoma City took six more shots than Los Angeles in the period and outscored the Lakers 33-18.QUOTABLEGeorge, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “It always comes down to defense. We got stops. We turned those stops into baskets. When we are scoring, it slows the other team down.”UP NEXT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 0-8 when he doesn’t play, and they have scored fewer than 100 points in six of those games.The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain and did not return, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain and did not return.“Just play as a team defensively, just be solid,” Kuzma said. “There’s got to be a lot of team basketball.”Seven of Adams’ rebounds were on the offensive end. The Thunder have gotten used to him bailing them out.“We can take any shot that we want because he will go get it,” Thunder forward Paul George said. “We feel that. Russ feels that, Melo feels that. It puts us in a better rhythm knowing there is a guy that, whether it is a good or bad shot that we take, it’s possible to get an offensive basket anyways by Steven. It allows us to be more aggressive. There is not many guys that physically can match him. He is in a category of his own.”ADVERTISEMENT Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role.He scored 27 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian claims third spot, drops Letran in three

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We just have to face the reality that we don’t have that many players, and that we just have to manage every thing and get to the Final Four.”Joyce Sta. Rita led all scorers with 18 points while Dalisay and Santos added 12 and 11 points, respectively.Jaymeleene Parin and Kathleen Barrinuevo had six points apiece to lead the 2-4 Lady Knights.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments Nikka Dalisay then scored two straight points for the Lady Stags 24-18 lead before Daurene Santos finished things off with an off-the-block kill.The Lady Stags improved to 4-2 card, the same as University of Perpetual Help, but edged the Lady Altas to the third seed by virtue of a 14-11 lead in points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLady Stags head coach Roger Gorayeb, who has only been utilizing eight players, believes a Final 4 stint is still a possibility but he’s no longer focusing on the seeds as long as they get to the semifinals.“The Final Four is still in the firing range,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “At least I can already see the performance that I want from them, but we still have to work harder.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian crept into the third seed after cutting down Letran in straight sets, 25-9, 25-22, 25-18, of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Stags had full control of the game, but the Lady Knights put up a semblance of a fight in the third set as Miracle Mendoza scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to 22-18.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ All-Star Harden question Paul snub Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more

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Still some fine-tuning to do as new faces, system welcomes Smith in TNT

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “We’re running new plays that we didn’t run last year, and this is a new system so I’m just trying to get used to it,” said Smith Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’m playing with some new guys, playing with some guys I played with last year, but all that matters is we won.”READ: TNT thrashes Columbian for share of lead in PBA Commissioner’s CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’ll go to practice tomorrow, fix up some stuff, and go about what we got to work on.”Smith shared the frontcourt with Moala Taututaa in his first foray in the PBA, but the bearded big man is now at Globalport in exchange for guard Terrence Romeo. TNT also added another backcourt player in Jericho Cruz since during Smith’s time away with the team.Smith, who put up 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting, said he welcomes the opportunity to work with Romeo and Cruz who can easily put up points on the box score.Romeo had 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Cruz had a similar line of 17 points, six rebounds, and seven assists.“Terrence is a hell of a player, him and Jericho,” said Smith. “To add two guys like that to the guys we have right now, man, we’re deep.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brownlee on Ginebra slump: ‘We have to play with sense of urgency’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Joshua Smith. PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith is no stranger to the PBA, but in his return to TNT after a one-year absence, the jovial big man admits he still needs a little more time to adjust.Despite his team’s almost seamless 123-95 victory over Columbian Dyip in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Smith said he still has to work on how to play better with his teammates, especially the new faces.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “We are aware of the level of demand of the team each season. We are Real Madrid and we always want more. We must reinforce the present and at the same time strengthen the future.”Real, however, has also been linked to a move for Chelsea’s Belgium World Cup star Eden Hazard, who indicated on Saturday he was keen to leave the London club.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Road Warriors get ‘newfound confidence’ after Asia League Super 8 stint Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Brazilian PSG’s footballer Neymar Junior, arrives to participate in the charity auction of the Neymar Jr. Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDABrazilian superstar Neymar on Thursday sought to quash speculation about his future, insisting he planned to remain with French giants Paris Saint-Germain.“I’m staying, I’m staying in Paris, I have a contract,” Neymar told reporters at an auction to raise money for his charitable foundation in Sao Paulo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “The two clubs enjoy an excellent relationship and, as such, if Real Madrid were at any stage to consider securing the services of a PSG player, they would approach the club in the first instance.”Although Neymar insisted Thursday he was staying in Paris, reports persisted that a move could be on the cards.British media reports said Thursday PSG were open to the possibility of selling Neymar.Madrid president Florentino Perez meanwhile said the club was determined to reinforce its squad following Ronaldo’s departure.“Real has a great squad that is going to be reinforced with magnificent players,” Perez said earlier this week.ADVERTISEMENT Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive footballer last year after moving to PSG from Barcelona in a record 222 million euro ($264 million) deal, has repeatedly been linked to a move to Real Madrid.The European champions have issued a series of statements in recent weeks denying they have an interest in signing the 26-year-old striker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Speculation of a Neymar move to the Bernabeu has intensified in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock move to Juventus, a development that has left a vacancy at Madrid for an elite, superstar player.“In the face of the constant reports linking PSG’s Neymar Jr. to our club, Real Madrid C. F. wish to clarify that the club has no intention of making any offer for the player,” a Real Madrid statement said last week. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

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Hotshots, Kings eye semis seats

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Our first meeting is history now,” said Ramos. “This is the more important game.”Unlike Magnolia, which last played Oct. 28, Blackwater lost an exhausting match to Phoenix on Sunday, 91-97. —PBA.PHSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barangay Ginebra team steps up its PBA Governors’ Cup three-peat drive as the Gin Kings clash with the NLEX Road Warriors in the quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday.The top-seeded Kings are the heavy favorites in their 7 p.m. clash with their formidable star-studded roster ranged against the eight-seeded Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “The real hard work starts,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We know there’s no easy way in the playoffs. It’s all hard work and it’s always a tough route no matter who you’re playing.”The two-time Grand Slam coach said NLEX is a tough rival because of coach Yeng Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think we, coaches, try to avoid certain coaches in the playoffs. And certainly, Yeng Guiao is one of those coaches you want to avoid,” Cone said.Giving Cone a comforting thought are the return of Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado and the addition of Art dela Cruz. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The trio had a good warm-up in Ginebra’s 112-93 demolition of TNT KaTropa during the final game of the elimination round on Sunday at the Big Dome.“It’s important for us to get more minutes and more time and play hard with Greg in the lineup and also Sol, and also we started with Art in the lineup,” Cone added.In the opening playoff match at 4:30 p.m., fourth seed Magnolia seeks the first semifinal seat against No. 5 Blackwater.The top four teams need to win just once to advance.Magnolia dealt Blackwater a 133-99 whipping on Oct. 10 but coach Bong Ramos said the loss was a thing of the past.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady already was the GOAT before beating Aaron Rodgers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

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Valdez, Ravena nip Soriano, de Guzman

first_imgNew foe for Pacio defense Soriano, one of the BVR founders, said proceeds of the celebrity match will go to Mindanao State University-Marawi College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Academy.“It’s been an honor being able to play the game that we love and at the same time being able to help our young brothers and sisters in Marawi,” Soriano said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sharing a light moment during the game are (from left) Alyssa Valdez, Charo Soriano, John Vic de Guzman and Kiefer Ravena.Volleyball sensation Alyssa Valdez and basketball star Kiefer Ravena teamed up for a 23-21 victory over Charo Soriano and John Vic de Guzman in the celebrity match of the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour December Open 2018: A Christmas Rally recently at The Sands SM By The Bay.Ravena and Valdez scored the match’s last three points of the match to seal the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

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My Transformation

first_imgThis is the story of my transformation:I’ve been transformed from normal to newborn to new man, it’s my emancipation. From slave to liberator, the blood of the Savior pressed upon me and paved a new path to freedom – I shook “The Man’s” plantation.I gave it all up for a just cause just because, just as Christ gave His life and paid the price for a chosen nation,He chose me to be a soldier in this war against the flesh and the spirit – until it’s over I’ll give my best, not for merit or standing ovation.See, I was wrong for going off and on, weak and torn, full of sin,Wavering to and fro in the wind, raging like an ocean;Now uplifted from the lowly, marching slowly to glory – I’m telling you a true story but no, this isn’t my promotion.It’s the Most High working thru Messiah, working thru me.I’m being tried in the fiery furnace of adversity;The wicked may persecute, but that which I seek is my Father’s will, love, law, wisdom and intimate mercy.With His Hands, He formed me from clay to gold to an eternally living soul, to perfectly fit in His mold before His oven turns cold. I look on as He holds in His power the globe, and measures the deeds of all the righteous and the noise of His foes;He holds in His balance all the woes of the meek and the commotion in the streets as tares are severed from wheat.He doesn’t cultivate fear – this road is a challenge for those who truly seek a companion or advocacy, but many seeds get entangled in thorns or dry up in the heat.But I’m embalmed by the earth that’s under my feet; His Word is the pasture where I can rest and freely graze like a sheep.I extend from the roots of this powerful tree; in my palms are the fruits of His knowledge and peace.And that warm bread of life is what I live on; it’s my food, fire and sword, a handy shield that I slip on to stop wicked darts.Yes, it consumes, quenches, and pours salvation upon sickened hearts and hordes of dry bones in the valley of Kidron that lie among rocks…Our people call themselves “following God”, but follow doctrines that got them stuck in boxes, not knowing who they are, or were, and will be in the end when Messiah again calls Jacob His friend;They will be the recompense if they truly repent and put off the filthy garments that were given to them.But first they must go before Him and atone for their sins, make amends, and return to His holy laws and  commandments.And now it’s time for new robes, new minds, and new roles;We all play a different part, but have the ultimate goal. Seeing all the signs and waking up from your doze requires willingness and patience to transform as a whole.So…how do we go, and where do we stand? Is there map in the sand to guide us back to our land?No…but there’s a light in our hearts to shine bright in our inner parts so we can project it outwardly and be lamps in the dark.Though this light is transparent, it needs to cleave through the evil and can’t be hid under bushel as to not reach all of our people. This way of life is inherent as is our conscience and bearing, or like the fog that disperses when you come into a clearing,Where the lion is sleeping but he’s not in a jungle – and though it’s not night time, instead of roaring, he mumblesBut when it is game time, he better hope he don’t stumble, or that the crown which he runs for is not solely corruptible.We run a race for that which is truly eternal, and will guide us to light;So with temperance, subjection and humility, we do fight, avoiding with all prudence the infinite grip of inferno.And as always, we give the Father all praise for His salvation immortal, and heed His righteous ways ’cause angels write our journals;They take our thoughts, prayers, and all conceptions internal, and He intercepts and discerns if we are worthy and faithful.So when the Master returns, we’ll have a place at His table and a seat at His feast!We must invest as we’re able, with all the gifts we are given:So that through faith, we’re patient and grateful, because He’s made His petition for us to be sealed in His book of life,Where our names are forever written, because, before being revealed in this earthly cradle, He knew us; for by Him, we were already labeled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘CBL Loans Focus on Poverty Reduction’

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has assured the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) that CBL and its board of governors remain committed to sustaining economic growth in the country despite the negative propaganda against the Bank. Speaking at a program marking the inauguration of officers of the ULAA leadership in the US recently, Dr. Jones emphasized that the CBL loan initiative does not only focus on micro economic stability, but is also waging war on poverty in the country.He said the initiative should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians and not the CBL alone. The CBL boss clarified that claims in some quarters in Liberia and the US that the Bank was misusing the country’s money are misleading and called on Liberians in the Diaspora not to give credence to such assertions.Governor Jones explained that the CBL has, over the years, cooperated with central government in smoothening it’s spending to keep certain national development programs on track by providing short term borrowing facility to the government.He, however, challenged Liberians in the Diaspora to foster economic growth and development back home.The CBL boss is under fire by some politicians on Capitol who have accused him of politicizing the CBL; an allegation the Governor has vehemently denied terming it “empty talk.”Jones has challenged his accusers to adduce evidence that he is using CBL money to run a political campaign, but his accusers are yet to come forward.They recently enacted a legislation amending the CBL Act to ban him, his deputies and the board of governors from contesting any political seat for three consecutive years after the expiration of their respective tenures.Several society groups including the business community who benefits from CBL loan schemes have challenged the bill in court terming it as exclusion and a blatant violation of the Liberian constitution.The actual whereabouts of the bill is still not clear amidst conflicting reports that it is on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s desk, while others are suggesting the President has already signed it into law. Dr. Jones’ second tenure as Governor of the CBL will end in 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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