6 teams brace for Shakey’s girls volley T-of-C

Six teams, led by defending champion University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, gear up for a showdown of regional champions in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Tournament-of-Champions which fires off Monday (April 4) in Bacolod.

The hosts open their title-retention campaign against the Pajo National High School side, which beat University of San Jose-Recoletos to top the Cebu regional elims, before an expected big crowd at the USLS gym.

Also vying in the grand finals of the eighth staging of the event, sponsored by Shakey’s, are Central Philippine University, Ormoc National High School, Davao City National High School and Hope Christian High School, which lorded it over the field in the NCR elims.

The CPU tossers ruled the Iloilo qualifiers, while Ormoc NHS and Davao NHS reigned in the Tacloban and Davao regionals of the annual tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Volleyball Federation and organized by Metro Sports.

Bacolod is set to play two games on Monday, taking on Iloilo at 9:30 a.m. and then squaring off with Pajo NHS at 3:30 p.m. in the tournament backed by LBC, Toby’s Sports, Mikasa, Asics and Metro Sports.

Hope CHS, which stopped Angeles University Foundation, 28-26, 25-20, 25-21, in the NCR finals, battles Davao NHS, which toppled Ateneo de Davao, at 2 p.m.

Like USLS-Bacolod, Pajo NHS is also scheduled to play two games in the day as it collides with Ormoc NHS in the 11 a.m. second match of a four-game bill.

Format is a single round robin tournament with the top two teams slugging it out for the championship and the next two disputing third place honors. PR

Phl bets gain quarters in PBaRS tilt

Carlos Cayanan needed an extra set to repulse Jon Masongsong, 21-17, 12-21, 21-17, as he led three other members of the national juniors team into the quarterfinal round of the U-19 boys’ singles in the P1-million Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) at the Powersmash in Makati City yesterday.

John Kenneth Monterubio bucked Lance Bautista’s tough challenge and pounded out a 21-16, 21-17 victory while fellow Phl jrs team members Joper Escueta and Gerald Sibayan likewise essayed a pair of straight-set victories to advance to the Last 8 phase.

Escueta, winner of last year’s U-19 National Open crown, ripped Joshua Malelang, 21-10, 21-9, while Sibayan toppled Patrick Gosiaco, 21-6, 21-8, in a pair of 20-minute victories by two of the fancied players in the group.

Joshua Monterubio and Kevin Cudiamat of Allied Victor, Prima’s Rabie Obaob and Wilbert Natividad of Golden Shuttle Foundation (GSF) also won their respective matches to join the four Phl bets in the quarters of the event sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation-Goal Pilipinas!, Bingo Bonanza Corp. and Victor.

Joshua Monterubio downed Christian Sison, 21-10, 21-18; Cudiamat rapped Jeffrey Forondo, 21-14, 21-9; Obaob defeated Clarence Filart, 21-15, 21-16; while Natividad turned back Elijah Boac, 17-21, 21-19, 21-11.

Three GSF bets, on the other hand, made it to the quarters in the girls’ U-19 side as Bianca Carlos, Patrisha Malibiran and Victoria Vizmonte scored contrasting victories over their respective rivals in the tournament backed by PLDT-Smart Foundation, Victor PCOME Industrial Sales, Gatorade and Powersmash.

Carlos made short work of Desiree Buiza, 21-8, 21-15; Malibiran held of Alizandra Candelaria of Allied-Victor, 21-19, 21-7; while Vizmonte stopped Bettina Abrahan, 21-14, 20-22, 23-21.

Joining them were Pamela Lim of Escoses Training Camp, who disposed of Anne Macabenta, 21-12, 21-7; national team member Danica San Ignacio, who beat Gabrielle Abrahan, 21-6, 21-4; Elisha Ongcuangco of IJMS Badminton Club, who turned back Selina San Diego, 21-14, 13-21, 21-10; and Bacolod’s Nikki Therese Servando, who outplayed Althea Osorio, 21-11, 21-11.

In the U-15 girls singles, Denise De Vera and Ysabel Leonardo hurdled their respective rivals to lead the quarterfinalists, who included Jessie Francisco, Carmen Dumandan, Samantha Ramos, Joy Anuales, Mary Ann Maranon and Joella De Vera.

Twelve-year-old Markie Alcala, meanwhile, continued his big strides in boys’ U-15 as he survived Vincent Manuel, 22-20, 17-21, 21-17, to tow Arman Mannlalangit, Julius Quindoza, Erick Balatbat, Frell Gabuelo, Raphael Deato, Alvin Morada and Patrick Gecosala into the quarters.

The media partners of the event are The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! as media partners. For results and other details, log on to pbars.com. PR

Will San Miguel Corp. welcome a friend?

Reports have clearly indicated that should San Miguel Beer pursue to change its name to Petron Blaze, this would likely kill Phoenix Petroleum Philippines’ chances of joining the PBA.
Likely, I say, because the PBA has allowed in the past rival products in the league but eventually stuck to a lockout rule.
I don’t know what’s on the minds of San Miguel Beer officials, why they have to rename the team when, in fact, another petroleum company has expressed its interest to join. But the PBA Board will have the final say on whether to accept the team of sportsman Dennis Uy, according to the report.
But take note that the PBA Board is dominated by San Miguel Corp. and I clearly remember when an unhappy Bong Tan Jr. of Tanduay Rhum Masters eventually left the league and complained that the PBA is not the PBA league but a “San Miguel league”.
We closely followed Tanduay because Matina resident Joemer Rubi of the Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders was their point guard and so far, as per happy memory, the
best player of the late multi-titled college coach Arthur “Tura” Sumalinog, whose strict and efficient training program led to the domination of the Crusaders in the league during the 1990s.
Phoenix Petroleum, you see, is buying the franchise owned by Barako Bull, which is taking a leave, for a reported amount of at least P60 million. It could be even more. Whew! Yes, that’s expensive.
I hope that the PBA Board will give its approval for Phoenix to join and give chance to a Davao-based company to soar high and get noticed by millions of PBA fans and, eventually, boost its presence in the petro market.
For long-time SMB Pale Pilsen fans, they can never forget the company’s famous commercial tagline, “Iba na ang may pinagsamahan”.
Dennis Uy and Phoenix Petroleum would like to join the PBA samahan, but will San Miguel Corp. welcome a new friend to join the club?
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Top Rank chief Bob Arum confirmed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will only fight world boxing champion and Davao City’s adopted son Manny Pacquiao for $100 million.
What?
Floyd Jr. is dreaming.
While our poll says that 82.56% of the voters wanted them to fight and it could not be argued that this is what fans are craving for, the money Floyd Jr. is asking for is just too much.
Fans troop to the stadium because they love to see Manny Pacquiao, not Floyd Jr.
Unfortunately, Floyd Jr. does not see it that way.
Floyd Jr. should better settle for a lower prize money and give boxing fans the fight they want to see.
Frankly, the Pacquiao-Sugar Mosley fight on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is not what the hard-core Pacman fans really want.

RP triathletes shine abroad

NOT even an intensity seven earthquake days before the race start could dampenthe spirits of the lean but mean Philippine delegation that is seeing action inthe 2011 Mekong River Multi-Sports Festival at Chiangsean district, ChiangraiProvince, Thailand.

Lea Coline Langit had the Philippine flag soaring high with agold medal finish in the Asian Aquathlon (1,500m swim, 5K run) event afterRobeno Javier took a bronze medal showing in the Asian duathlon (10k run, 40kbike,5k run) race.               Both races were held Friday and the one-gold, one-bronze medalfinish surpassed the two bronzes delivered by duathletes August Benedicto andMonica Torres in 2010 edition.

It was also Langit’s second Asian Aquathlon title after baggingthe said crown in 2009 in Palembang Indonesia. The said event also saw herclaiming the bronze medal in triathlon.

The feat however did not come without a sweat as the team andthe rest of the competitors have harrowing experience Wednesday night when anintensity 7 earthquake rock the province.

“Around 9pm, we experienced a 7.0 earthquake and it shook us allup a little including the stuff in our rooms. There were aftershocks all nightso most people either slept out in the street or in the massage room on thefirst floor. An easier getaway than the 4th,” narrated by coach Dan Brown wholed the six athletes and three officials sent by Triathlon Associaition of thePhilippines (TRAP) and financed by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Despite the lack of sleep, Langit was still in her best formcome race day as she anchored her campaign on her strength in the swim to submitthe Asian best time at 36 minutes and 19 seconds.

Langit came out of the water second behind world’s 25th rankedtriathlete Rakda Vodickova of Czech Republic at 13 minutes and 59 seconds as sheenjoyed a minute and 13 seconds advantage over challenger Hoi Long of Macau.           She relaxed in the run leg for a slow 22:20 time but the huge gapLangit had against Long was more than enough to cushion the late surge of herrival who finished fourth overall in the 2010 Asian Games triathlon inGuangzhou, China.

Long took the silver with 36:21 while Chinese Taipei’s Chang Luo-Yibaggged the bronze with 36:23 time.           Vodickova who submitted the best splits at 13:39 and 20:41 for aleading 34:20, was not part of the Asian Championship but was awarded the goldmedal in the international division.

Meanwhile Robeno kept in stride with Japanese duathletes FukauraYuya and Kurihara Masaaki for a bronze medal finish in one hour, 59 minutes and34 seconds.

The performance is a fitting follow-up after Robeno also claimed thebronze medal in the Subic Asian Duathlon Open held last November.

Yuya, who won the gold medal in the Subic race, submitted 1:55:30time while Masaaki, who topped the male U-23 in the race last November, took thesilver with 1:56:03.

August Benedicto (2:01:36), Neil Catiil (2:02:05) and CarloPedregosa  (2:05) settled for fourth, sixth and eighth spot respectively whileJeff Valdez wound up at eleventh place with 2:12:33.

“Conditions were great for the event with little wind and cloudcover to keep the heat down. This year’s field was very strong and the depthshowed up in the results. A good experience for the athletes,” added Brown.

The event has attracted participants from Japan, Philippines, Iran,Malaysia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan, Macau, Syria, CzechRepublic, Germany and USA.PR

Alcala, De Vera breeze thru PBaRS Last 16

Markie Alcala bundled out Junean Hendriyanto with a clinical 21-8, 21-3 rout to cruise to the third round of the U-15 boys singles while Faith De Vera held off Angela Ramos, 21-18, 21-18, in the girls side in the third round action of the P1-million Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) at the Powersmash in Makati City.
The 12-year-old Alcala, younger brother of top Phl ace Malvinne and holder of the U-13 crown in the recent Ming Ramos-Victor National Open, dominated Hendriyanto with his wide array of shots with the Allied-Victor bet essaying the victory in 19 minutes for a Last 16 match with Vincent Manuel, who disposed of Wilson Lopez, 21-14, 21-11.
De Vera, playing of WWGBA, hung tough in the closing stages of each set to thwart an equally determined Ramos as she arranged a duel with Kyle Bernas for a spot in the quarterfinals in the event sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation-Goal Pilipinas!, Bingo Bonanza Corp. and Victor.
Gabrile Vargas of JLTC produced the toughest win in the day, battling back from a first set setback and holding on to pull off a cliffhanger of a win over Boris Sumabat of WWGBA, 11-21, 21-17, 26-24.
In the Open class, Danica Bolos, Jen Cayetano, Anna Barredo, Alizandra Candelaria, Ma. Bianca Carlos, Pamela Lim, Pauline Tan and fancied Gelita Castilo all advanced to the Last 16 of the tournament backed by PLDT-Smart Foundation, Victor PCOME Industrial Sales, Gatorade and Powersmash with The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! as media partners.
Bolos booted out Paula Filart, 21-10, 21-8; Cayetano scored a 20-2 (Ret.) win over Anna Lyn Tadeo; Barredo, a national team mainstay, defeated Kristine Cornista, 21-10, 21-8; Candelaria held off Isabel Tan, 21-16, 21-10; Carlos and Lim won by default over Janelle De Vera and Audrey Ng; Tan thwarted Kristina Tan, 21-13, 21-18; and Castilo whipping Mayen Chua, 21-7, 21-0.Others who advanced in the U-15 boys division were Arman Manlalangit, Cayel Pajarillo, Jan Sinfuego, Julius Quindoza, Don Balatbat, Jyrus Casilan, Frell Gabuelo, Glen Lopez, Joaquin Deato, Wilfred Deato, Alvin Morada, Patrick Gecosala and Josef Dumapit.
Manlalangit won over Edrikkson Malibiran, 21-8. 21-10; Pajarillo downed John Batiles, 21-7, 21-5; Sinfuego beat Paul Gonzales, 21-17, 21-14; Quindoza prevailed over Melvin Sarao, 21-14-, 21-3; Balatbat ripped Ramoncito Victoria, 21-11, 21-10; Casilan outclassed Juacs Nadong, 21-8; 21-10; Gabuelo routed Ryan Dizer, 21-7, 21-0; Lopez tripped Kenneth Cuden, 21-8, 21-6;
Joaquin Deato held off Enrico Asuncion, 21-8, 21-13; Wilfred Deato beat Karl Ganaden, 21-15, 21-9; Morada overcame Nephtali Pineda, 21-18, 21-12; Gecosala dominated Michael Clemente, 21-10, 21-6; and Dumapit toppled Jose Santelices, 21-9, 21-14.
Joining De Vera in the girls side were Christine Inlayo, who scored a walkover win over Aldreen Concepcion; and Alyssa Leonardo, Mikaela Aquino, Jessie Francisco, Mikaela Dayanghirang, Ysabelle Dumandan, Samantha Ramos, Giselle Manuel and Joy Anuales, who all scored straight-set victories over their respective rivals.
Bianca de Guzman needed three sets to stop Djali Balingcongan, 21-23, 23-21, 21-15, while Joela De Vera and Ellysa Nolasco beat Michelle Cruz, 21-13, 21-9, and Angela Olonan, 21-10, 21-0, respectively.
For results and other details, log on to pbars.com.PR

Sports break: Lessons

Received this info from a friend and I could not help but share this to you.
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day.A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”
The crow answered: ” Sure, why not.”
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Lesson: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
Lesson No.2
A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.” “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Lesson: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.
Lesson No.3
When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to be Boss. The brain said, “I should be Boss because I control the whole body’s responses and functions.” The feet said, ” We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go.” The hands said, “We should be the Boss because we do all the work and earn all the money.” And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up. All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work. Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered.Eventually they all decided that the asshole should be the Boss.
Lesson: You don’t need brains to be a Boss – any asshole will do.
Lesson No.4
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung,it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him!
Lesson:
1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3) And when you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!