Suns lead semifinal series 3-2 after 110-80 win over Mavericks

The Phoenix Sun beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-80 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. Devin Booker scored 28 points and his teammate Deandre Ayton added 20 points for the Suns’ victory at Footprint Center in Phoenix. The Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic dropped 28 points and got 11 rebounds, while his teammate Jalen Brunson scored 21 points. The top-seeded Suns are now one win away from the final as the next game between the two sides is scheduled to be played at American…

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Pacquiao concedes to frontrunner Bongbong Marcos

Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has conceded the presidential race to election frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. but promised to continue to serve poor Filipinos. “Bilang isang boxer at atleta, marunong akong tumanggap ng pagkatalo. Sana lang kahit talo ako sa laban na ito, panalo pa rin yung mga kapwa ko Pilipino – iyong mga naghihirap. Huwag po kayong mawalan ng pag-asa dahil hinding-hindi po kayo pababayaan ng Panginoon (As a boxer and an athlete, I know how to accept defeat. I just hope that even if I lose this battle,…

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Pencak silat’s bet Padios wins PH’s first gold in Vietnam SEAG

Mary Francine Padios won the Philippines’ first gold medal in the 31st Southeast Asian Games by ruling on Wednesday pencak silat’s women’s seni (artistic or form) tunggal single at the Bac Tu Lien Gymnasium here. Padios thus put the Philippines on the medals table Vietnam started to dominate on Wednesday, a day before this side of Asia celebrates its biennial multi-sport festival—proof that sports, and mankind for that matter, has started to champion its way over and above the pandemic that for more than two years stunted the entire world.…

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FIFA video game series to be rebranded after this year

This year’s FIFA 23 will be the final FIFA game using the name of world football’s governing body as US video game publisher Electronic Arts said it will rebrand the game “EA SPORTS FC.” “EA SPORTS FC will allow us to realize this future and much more…but not before we deliver our most expansive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA, for one more year,” EA Sports said in a statement Tuesday. “We are committed to ensuring the next FIFA (FIFA 23) is our best ever, with more…

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Lotto ticket bought in Pasay wins P71-M jackpot

A lone bettor in Metro Manila became PHP71 million richer after winning the Super Lotto 6/49 Tuesday night. In an advisory on Wednesday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the lucky bettor guessed the winning combination of 44-05-17-48-13-43 with a jackpot of PHP71,360,581. The ticket was purchased in Pasay City. The bettor can claim his/her cheque at PCSO’s main office in Mandaluyong City and present the winning ticket and two identification cards. As provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, lotto winnings of more than PHP10,000…

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Palace hails Padios for winning PH’s 1st gold in SEAG

Malacañang on Wednesday congratulated pencak silat athlete Francine Padios for delivering the Philippines’ first gold medal in the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. “The Palace congratulates Mary Francine Padios for bringing pride and glory to the country by winning the first gold medal for the Philippines in Pencak Silat Women’s Seni (Artistic) Tunggal single event in Vietnam,” acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement. Padios ruled the Pencak Silat Women’s seni (artistic) tunggal single final at the Bac Tu Liem…

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Bucks beat Bulls, take 3-1 lead in NBA playoffs’ 1st round

The Milwaukee Bucks took a 3-1 lead against the Chicago Bulls in the 2022 NBA playoffs’ Eastern Conference first round after a 119-95 win on Sunday. The Bucks’ Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points, took 17 rebounds and produced seven assists to be the key player for his team in Game 4 at United Center in Chicago. Milwaukee has a big advantage to eliminate the Bulls as the NBA playoffs are played in a best-of-seven format. The Bucks’ shooting guard Grayson Allen scored 27 points, and his teammate Jrue…

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PSC condemns Maguindanao bus bombing

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) confirmed on Monday that some young athletes were passengers in the bus that was hit by a blast in Parang, Maguindanao. PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez said the athletes with their coach were on the way to Pagadian from Cotabato City to join the qualifiers for the Asean School Games. “The Philippine Sports Commission strongly condemns the act of terrorism which ended up hurting and injuring four sepak takraw athletes and one coach in their bus ride to Pagadian City from Cotabato City to participate in…

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Athletic body alleges absence of due process in suspension

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) is dismayed over the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) decision to suspend the organization for three months due to its spat with world No. 5 pole vaulter EJ Obiena. PATAFA cried that the ban was a blindside. “PATAFA was not accorded due process and has yet to receive any document on the alleged POC suspension,” read the statement released Thursday night, hours after the POC released its verdict. It also denied that it barred Obiena from competing in the World Indoor Championships in…

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Alaska extends PBA life, sends QF series vs. NLEX to decider

Alaska’s “Last Dance” got an extension on Wednesday after canceling NLEX’s twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals with a 93-79 win at the start of the knockout stages at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Just when they were about to be sent off from the league in an awful manner, the Aces turned the tides in the final three quarters and forced another game on Saturday night against the Road Warriors for one of the semifinal spots at stake. NLEX surged ahead at the start of…

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Works of 25 artists highlight Negros museum’s silver anniversary

The Negros Museum (TNM), celebrating its silver anniversary, is featuring the works of 25 Negrense artists in an opening event dubbed “Gibwang”: The Flow of Arts in Negros Province on Wednesday night. Executive director Tanya Lopez said the celebration would recall how the TNM remained steadfast amid the hurdles brought by time and significantly, the pandemic. “We commemorate all the milestones and the rebirth of the organization as it takes on new forms of creative connections and other collaborative endeavors,” she added. In a press conference, Lopez said the educational…

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Sports Minister readies Indonesia as host of Asean Para Games

Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali has said he would immediately begin working to prepare Indonesia to be the host of the Asean Para Games 2022, which will be held on July 20 to 31 in Solo, Central Java. Indonesia was officially chosen as the host of the Asean Para Games 2022 on February 23, replacing Vietnam, which decided to withdraw and will only hold the SEA Games in May this year. “I had reported to President Joko Widodo that Indonesia has been appointed as the host of Asean…

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Football world loses many players in tragic crashes

Turkish footballer Ahmet Calik died in a road accident on Tuesday, reminding everyone that he was not the only player in the football world losing his life in a crash. Here are some tragic losses that the football world has witnessed: Czech striker Sural leaves behind his wife, 2 children Czech striker of Turkish football club Alanyaspor Josef Sural died in a road accident in the Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya at the age of 28. On April 29, 2019, the accident happened when a minibus carrying players of Alanyaspor…

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Grizzlies seal 116-108 win over Warriors for 10th straight win

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-108 late Tuesday to record their 10th consecutive win. Ja Morant scored 29 points to lead the Grizzlies while Ziaire Williams added a season-high 17 points. Tyus Jones also finished with 17 points. For the losing side, Stephen Curry recorded his second triple-double of the season with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Klay Thompson played with 14 points. Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II each scored 13 points. The Grizzlies continue their impressive form as they are fourth in the…

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PATAFA formally enters mediation

The Philippine Athletics Track And Field Association (PATAFA) has formally confirmed its participation in a mediation process called by Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez to resolve the national sports association’s row with pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena. In a letter sent to Ramirez by PATAFA board of trustees member Datu Yusoph Mama on Tuesday, PATAFA president Popoy Juico, legal counsel Aldrin Cabiles, and Alfonso Sta. Clara will represent the national sports association in the mediation. In his letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Philippine…

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’Kuyamis’ Festival one of outgoing guv’s legacies: MisOr exec

The celebration of the annual “Kuyamis” Festival is one of the legacies of outgoing Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano who started it when he assumed office in 2013. During the official opening rites of the celebration Monday, lawyer Jeffrey Saclot, provincial tourism chief, said it was Emano who ordered the creation of the festival in line with the celebration of the founding anniversary of the province, which is now on its 92nd year. “Since then, it has become a source of pride and inspiration; the festival established the cultural…

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Dallas Mavericks retire German legend Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey

The Dallas Mavericks retired their German legend Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey in a ceremony on Wednesday night. The Mavericks beat the Western Conference leaders Golden State Warriors 99-82 in an NBA game in Dallas, with a postgame ceremony held to honor Nowitzki, the team’s former power forward. The 2011 NBA champion’s No. 41 jersey was raised to the rafters of the American Airlines Center. Nowitzki, 43, played 21 seasons with the Mavericks from 1998 to 2019. Several players from the 2011 championship team, including the Dallas’ head coach Jason Kidd, attended…

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‘Let athletes focus on bringing glory’, Go to sports officials

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go called on sports officials to promote the welfare of national athletes and let them focus on their training, instead of dragging them into issues that should be resolved amicably by sports officials. “Trabaho ninyo na tulungan sila. Iresolba at ibigay mga pangangailangan nila. Pagaanin ang pinapasan nila. Hindi para ipitin at mas pahirapan pa sila! (It’s your job to help to help them. Resolve and provide their needs. Lessen their burden and not to accost and make life hard for them),” Go said in a news…

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Beijing Winter Olympics pushing through: IOC

Despite an ongoing spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in many nations mainly due to the Covid-19 omicron variant, the Winter Olympics scheduled this year in Beijing will push through. In an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting on Wednesday, President Thomas Bach announced that the Beijing Winter Olympics will still happen as scheduled from Feb. 4-20 in the Chinese capital. With Covid-19 scientifically proven to be more prevalent in cold weather, stricter health and safety protocols will be implemented during the Winter Olympics. One major aspect of the protocols…

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Samar village, runner-up in UN Best Tourism Villages 2021

The village of Tenani in Paranas, Samar, known for its extreme riverboat ride, has been listed as one of the runners-up in the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Best Tourism Villages for 2021. The village of Bojo in Aloguisan, Cebu made it to the list of the 44 Best Tourism Villages in the world, the UNWTO announced on Friday night. “Home to the Ulot Torpedo Boat Adventure Ride and the Paranas Eco-Trail and Birding Site, Tenani will be included in the UNWTO’s Upgrade Program,” Department of Tourism 8 (Eastern…

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Stand with Myanmar in peacefully resolving coup, PRRD tells Asean

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged fellow Asean leaders to stand with Myanmar after its military took control of the country in a coup earlier this year. In his speech at the 39th Asean Summit Plenary held via video conference on Oct. 26, Duterte expressed concern that Myanmar’s crisis would worsen the impact of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic. “I am deeply concerned that the ongoing situation in Myanmar may further exacerbate the effects of the pandemic,” he said. He emphasized the need to stand with Myanmar in resolving issues peacefully and…

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What motivates Hidilyn Diaz to win

Hidilyn Diaz was not born with a silver spoon but struggled, persevered, and made a mark in Philippine history as an Olympic gold medalist. It wasn’t an overnight success. While Diaz may have several motivations, giving back to her family has been the main pushbutton for her to hit her goals, and eventually bag the gold. “When I was younger and would ask for money from my mom and she didn’t have it, I told myself that next time, part of the prize that I would get would be for…

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Calvin Abueva is PBA PH Cup best player

Calvin Abueva has been named the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference. The announcement was made prior to Game 4 of the championship series between Magnolia and TNT. Abueva tallied a total of 934 points after all the votes from the media, the players, and the PBA Commissioner’s Office have been collected and tabulated together with the statistical points, beating Mikey Williams, Ian Sangalang, Robert Bolick, and June Mar Fajardo. Abueva led the pack in the stat sheet up to the semifinals, getting 415 statistical points or…

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Solon seeks creation of new commission for boxing, combat sports

A lawmaker on Friday pushed for the passage of a measure seeking to create a commission that will oversee the grant of welfare benefits and incentives to boxers, kickboxers, and all other athletes engaged in combat sports. Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte said the proposed Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission (PBCSC) under House Bill 9443 will be tasked to provide and implement the necessary incentives and benefits “long overdue” to all professional boxers and combat sports athletes who have brought honor and prestige to the country. Villafuerte said…

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Azkals vie for Asian Cup U-23 slot in Singapore qualifiers

The Philippine Azkals’ under-23 team is looking to make it to the AFC U-23 Asian Cup through the qualifying stage next month in Singapore. Making up the core of the national team are members of the Azkals Development Team (ADT), led by midfielder and team captain Oliver Bias. Also joining in from the ADT are goalkeeper Quincy Kammeraad, defender Christian Rontini, midfielders Jethro Borlongan, Yrick Gallantes, Mandy Ignacio, Oskari Kekkonen, Sandro Reyes, Mark Swainston, Mark Winhoffer, and Dennis Chung, and striker Ivan Ouano. In 2012, the then nine-year-old Reyes made…

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Chooks 3×3 kicks off with invitational tourney

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is back in business! The country’s premier professional 3×3 basketball league returns as its new season ushers in on Wednesday. A special one-day event, called the Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Invitational, will tip off the 2021 calendar for the said league. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 owner Ronald Mascariñas said this tournament slated at the Laus Events Centre in San Fernando City, Pampanga hopes to rekindle the flame of the league’s stakeholders as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has slowed the league down as it aims to qualify outright for the…

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TikTok, DOT collaborate to promote beauty of PH islands

MANILA – As the country’s tourist destinations reopen, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with popular video-making app TikTok to promote the islands through #GandaMoPinas campaign. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the agency is using all channels to promote reopened tourist destinations. “This collaboration with TikTok is one way of enticing people to travel locally while reiterating the importance of following the minimum health and safety protocols when traveling,” Romulo-Puyat said. The joint campaign will feature the country’s beautiful destinations through live video sessions with nine content creators from…

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’More fun awaits’ global drive preps launched

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched the More Fun Awaits campaign to strengthen the Philippines’ positioning as a top-of-mind tourist destination in the global market once international leisure travel to the country resumes. More Fun Awaits showcases the preparations that the DOT has been carrying out while tourism has been put on hold because of the pandemic. The campaign is focused on communicating destinations to visit, starting with those that have been ready to welcome local tourists and have minimum health and safety protocols in place. “The More Fun…

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IOC urges all Tokyo Olympics teams to have female flag bearers

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called for all delegations for the Tokyo Olympic Games to have both male and female flag bearers at the opening ceremony. The IOC said in a joint statement with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Government of Japan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) that all 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will be encouraged to have their flag carried by one female and one male athlete at the opening ceremony. The statement, released…

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Is mobile gaming good or bad?

We hear some parents complain that their kids are always glued to their mobile phones, “addicted” to gaming. Does that mean mobile gaming is bad? Does it bring any good? For mom of two, Glenda Flaviano, mobile gaming is actually one of her platforms to bond with her kids. “Yhana (8) and Kuya Math (14) are very fond of playing mobile games, every day except during school time. I guess they are both responsible gamers because when I ask them to help in household chores, they respond immediately,” she told…

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Tokyo Olympics head Mori quits over sexist comment

Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori resigned over sexist comments made at a meeting, Kyodo news agency reported on Friday. Mori, who has led the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee since 2014, drew widespread criticism after saying that “women talk too much” in a meeting of the committee more than a week ago. Initially scheduled for last July, the Tokyo Olympics were among a host of sporting events postponed worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. They are due to be held this year in Tokyo from July 23 to Aug. 8, followed…

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Liao named PH volleyball team chair

Tonyboy Liao, the architect of the last Philippine team to win the volleyball gold medal in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, has been put into task of managing the national team once again. The decision was made following the first board meeting of the new Philippine National Volleyball Federation Inc. (PNVFI) on Wednesday at The Vault Restaurant in Taguig City. “It’s a privilege to head the department and I know that the task is challenging but I promise to do my best,” the current commissioner of the Premier Volleyball League…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic basketball tourneys draw unveiled

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Basketball Tournaments draw ceremony for both women’s and men’s competitions took place on Tuesday in Mies, Switzerland. “We are looking forward to enjoying the world’s best basketball players performing this coming July in the capital of Japan,” FIBA Secretary-General Andreas Zagklis said in the ceremony. He said FIBA (International Basketball Federation) is confident for the smooth delivery of the Olympic Basketball Tournaments based on the close partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) “as…

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AIMAG postponement ‘best decision by OCA’: PH sports exec

Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Inc. president Richard Lim said on Tuesday he backs the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) decision to postpone the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) this year. OCA recently moved the AIMAG season to March 2022 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, which took a major twist over the Christmas season upon the discovery of a new variant from the United Kingdom. “I think it is the best decision for the OCA to postpone it and then move it to a later date where…

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32 Reds yield in Agusan Norte on CPP anniversary

At least 32 active members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) formally surrendered to the government on December 26, the 52nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Agusan del Norte Police Director, Col. Martin M. Gamba, said Saturday the mass surrender was the result of the collaborative efforts of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, local government units, and national agencies in line with the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70 in the region. Signed in late 2018 by President Rodrigo…

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Nat’l athletes allowed to resume training for Tokyo Olympics

National athletes are now allowed to resume training for the Tokyo Olympics in a “bubble-type” setting amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang announced Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the recommendation of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to allow national athletes to resume training under IATF Resolution No. 88. “The request of the Philippine Olympic Committee to resume the training of national athletes vying for the Tokyo Olympics in a ‘bubble-type’ setting is…

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LGUs not stupid to back godless, obsolete ideology, DILG to CPP

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday said local government units (LGUs) “enjoy local autonomy, are not stupid to support the godless and obsolete ideology of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) and are fed up with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front’s (CPP-NPA-NDF) violence and atrocities.” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año made the comment following allegations by the Communist Party of the Philippines that LGUs are being forced to declare the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata by threatening to withhold the LGUs’ budget.…

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Intramuros is Asia’s leading tourist attraction: 2020 WTA

The historic walled city of Intramuros has emerged as Asia’s leading tourist attraction in the 2020 World Travel Awards, besting such world-class landmarks as India’s Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. This is the second time the Philippine destination won the title after getting the award in 2016. Trailing Intramuros in this year’s awards are the Angkor Temples in Cambodia, the Borobudur Temple Compounds in Indonesia, the Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, the Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum in Japan, Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, the Tokyo Imperial…

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GAB to reinstate Calvin Abueva’s license

The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) on Friday decided to reinstate Calvin Abueva’s professional athlete license.   GAB chairman Baham Mitra announced that the Phoenix forward can get his license back in a major breakthrough toward his possible return to action for the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) bubble.   The PBA first slapped Abueva with an indefinite suspension for his unsportsmanlike conduct to a fellow player and another player’s loved one during last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, leading to GAB putting his license on hold as well.   “Calvin Abueva…

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Internet cafés, sports gyms now allowed to operate in Manila

Internet cafes, gyms, fitness studios, and sports facilities are now allowed to operate in the city of Manila in a limited capacity and in compliance with imposed safety health protocols, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said Tuesday.   “If your business is internet café, gym, or sports facilities where people go to do physical exercise, starting tomorrow, September 1, you are now allowed to open by your city government,” Domagoso said in a Facebook update.   Domagoso signed on Executive Order No. 37 emphasizing the strict implementation of Covid-19…

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Bulacan marks 170th birthday of Marcelo H. del Pilar

Bulakenyos commemorated on Sunday the 170th birthday anniversary of this town’s greatest son–propagandist and writer Marcelo H. Del Pilar — in a simple yet meaningful way.   Unlike the previous years, the occasion was only marked with a wreath-laying ceremony in front of Dambanang Marcelo H. Del Pilar in Sitio Cupang, Barangay San Nicolas here amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.   The activity was led by Vice Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Mayor Vergel Meneses and other local officials and members of the Bulacan Press Club.   Meneses called on…

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Go hopes for ‘normal’ Kadayawan celebration in 2021

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go is optimistic the city will celebrate the Kadayawan Festival next year free from coronavirus disease (Covid-19).   The pandemic has compelled the local government to hold most of the Kadayawan festivities online, in keeping with the minimum health standards to contain the virus.   “I am saddened that we cannot celebrate it like it was before. Every year, I celebrate the festivity along with the Dabawenyos where we can see street parties,” Go said in an interview on Friday afternoon.   He also asked Dabawenyos for…

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‘Bubble’ for PH golf events eyed

Games and Amusements Board golf consultant Oliver Gan bared on Thursday that plans for local golf tournaments, particularly those of the Philippine Golf Tour (PGT), will happen via a bubble.   Gan confirmed in the online Usapang Sports Forum of the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports that the PGT is eyeing the bubble setup, an isolation zone with strict rules similar to that of the National Basketball Association for its season to push through amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.   “May proposal ang Philippine Golf Tour na yung mga…

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GAB hands Global Makati show cause order for unpaid salaries

The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has launched a probe regarding the financial status of Global Makati.   In a statement on Saturday, GAB gave the Philippines Football League (PFL) outfit 10 days to explain about the allegations by some of its players that they have not been receiving salaries for a long time already.   “To comply with the due process requirements, the board has conducted [an] investigation and thus issued a show cause order to the management of Global FC to explain its side in writing within 10…

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PH media enjoy freedom in reporting: Palace

Philippine media workers continue to enjoy their freedom in writing any news report concerning the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said on Saturday.   “Media remains alert and vibrant in their reportage of the government and the actions of officials,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.   Roque was responding to the July 3-6 poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which showed that 51 percent of Filipinos believed that it is “dangerous” to print or broadcast “anything critical of the administration, even if it is…

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GAB chair hopes athletes could resume practice after MECQ

Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Baham Mitra has expressed optimism that provinces that reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) would have their quarantine status downgraded to a less strict general community quarantine (GCQ) so that professional athletes could resume their practice.   “Sa tingin ko, mag-i-improve at tingin ko, makakapag-practice na tayo (The way I see it, the situation will improve and we can resume our practice) in two weeks’ time,” Mitra said in the online Philippine Sportswriters Association forum.   He based his optimism on what he saw…

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House leader pushes for revitalization of PH film industry

A leader of the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure seeking to accelerate the economic recovery and performance of film companies and improve the vulnerable workers’ quality of life amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.   House Committee on Economic Affairs Chairperson Sharon Garin filed on July 28 House Bill 7192 to provide response and recovery interventions to companies and workers of the film industry.   A copy of the bill was sent to the media on Thursday.   “The film industry suffered great losses due to…

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