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2014 FIBA U17 World Championship: Philippines fall to Angola, 82-72

8 Aug

Philippines U17 National Team

Al-Ahli Arena, Dubai, UAE- The Philippines U17 National Team started their 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship campaign in a sour note after losing to a very tall Angola team, 82-72.  The Filipinos had a difficulty dealing with the massive height disparity. The Angolans had an average height of 6-4 which could very well match-upsize-wise  with the older Smart Gilas who will be competing in the World Cup in a few weeks time. Half of Angola national team is 6-6 and above  while the tallest Filipino is Richard Escoto who stands at 6-3. Skill-wise though the Filipinos can match up with the best in the world.

Both teams were tentative at the start of the game.  The game was scoreless for almost 3 minutes before 6-1 Cebuano Paul Desiderio who was playing Power Forward scored the first basket at the 7:19 mark of the first period. 6-6 Joao Jungo of Angola tied at 2 a piece at the 5:51 mark. 6-8 Bruno Fernando gave Angola its first lead with a jump shot, 4-2.  Jose Go completed a three point play to give back the lead to the Philippines at 5-4. Desiderio increased the lead to 7-4 after making a basket. The Philippines’ biggest lead was 10-6 after Michael De la Cruz hit 3 bonus free throws after drawing a foul from 6-4 Avelino Do while attempting a three-point shot. Jungo and Eric Amandio orchestrated an 8-0 blast to give Angola the lead at 14-10.  UP’s Diego Dario was able to stop the bleeding for the Philippines to trim the lead to 14-12. Milton Valiente ended the scoring for the quarter with a free throw.  The first period ended with score of 15-12 in favor of Angola.

The Philippines started the second period with a 7-3 blast behind Go and Jolo Mendoza to take back the lead at 19-18.  Angola behind the hot 3-point shooting of Amandio and Edmilson Miranda responded with a 9-2 run to give Angola a 27-21 lead at the 7-miunte mark of the 2nd period. Mendoza scored 7 straight points for the Philippines to narrow the margin to 28-30 with 5:14 left before halftime. The Angolans closed out the half with an 11-4 spurt to pull away from the pesky Philippine team.  Halftime score was 41-32.

The Philippines once again started strong in the opening minutes of the second half trimming the lead to just 5 at 37-42. Just like the previous quarters, Angola would respond with a run of its own as they were able increase the lead to 13 at 52-39 with less than 5 minutes left in the quarter.  The game was even for the rest of the quarter as the Angolans took 61-52 lead going to the payoff period.  In the fourth period, Angola was able to just match the Philippines in scoring and they were able to quell every rally the Filipino boys have tried.  The Filipinos were able to trim the lead to 7 at 77-70 with 44 seconds left after Desiderio made a 2 point shot.  The Filipinos were forced to foul but Miranda was able to hit both free throws to give Angola a 79-70 lead.  Former Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu player Arnie Padilla madea  jump shot with 23 seconds left to once again trim the lead to 7 at 72-79 but Angola held on to win the game at 82-72.

The Filipinos lost by a respectable 10 points.  They were sorely out rebounded as Angola had a 24 rebound advantage 70-46. 6-8 Valdir Manuel, Jungo, and Amandio combined for 36 boards.  The Angolans had 20 offensive rebounds giving them more opportunities at the basket.  The score was closer due to the atrocious free throw shooting of the taller African representatives who will only shot at 31.6% clip (12/38).  The Philippines were also able to force 22 turnovers while only giving up the ball 9 times. The Filipinos had 10 steals led by the 4 of  Jolo Mendoza. The Angolans, however, hit 10 3-point shots compared to the 5 of the Philippines. The Angolans also had 7 to 1 advantage in blocks.

The best players of the game were Joao Jungo of Angola who finished the game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 1 three-point shot, Eric Amandio who had 17 points, 12 caroms, and 4 3-pointers, and Jolo Mendoza who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 3-pointers in a losing effort.  Cebuano Paul Desiderio had 9 points, 2 steals, and team leading 10 rebounds. Arnie Padilla had 2 points.

The Philippines will next face Greece while the Angolans will battle the powerhouse USA.


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Cebu Milo BEST Passerelle: UV stuns SHS-AdC to bag Crown

26 Jul The Champs - UV Passerelle Team

Capitol Parish Gym, Cebu City – The University of the Visayas Baby Lancers will be Cebu’s representative in the regional championships in Roxas City for the Milo BEST Center Passerelle Tournament after beating rivals Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles in a thrilling final game, 56-53.  The winner of  the regional tournament will represent the Visayas in the National finals to be held in Cebu in December of this year.

It was the Magis Eagles who struck first outscoring the Baby Lancers 10-6 after the first period behind the efforts of Jed Colonia who outscored UV by himself with 7 points.  The second period was even as both teams scored 12 points. Andre Chua had 8 points for the Eagles while Denzel Sabroso had 6 points to lead the Lancers.  The score was 22-18 in favor of Ateneo de Cebu after the first 20 minutes of play. Then, everything went downhill for the favored Eagles.

The third quarter belonged to UV and John Clint Pacquibut as they totally overhauled the deficit by outscoring the Eagles 22-9. Pacquibut hit 3 three-point shots to stun the Magis Eagles-dominated crowd.  He made the long range shots in succession to shift the momentum to the green shirts. He finished with 15 points in 10 minutes.  UV led 40-31 entering the final period.

The final period started at a frenetic pace as the SHS-AdC team employed a vicious full court press that led to several UV turnovers and easy scores.  They started the period with a 10-0 blast to take back the lead.  Colonia had several steals and Andrew Velasco waxed hot as he scored 7 in the quarter.  Fatigue may have finally caught with the Magis Eagles as the Lancers were able to employ an effective press break.  The game was tied at 47-all going to the final 2 minutes. Ateneo had ball possession. Velasco missed his long range shot but Colonia was there to score the putback to give Ateneo its final lead at 49-47.  UV responded with a booming triple from Sabroso to give the Lancers a slim 50-49 lead.  Ateneo failed to capitalize on its opportunity as they gave up possessions and were forced to foul the Lancers.  Gonzaga, Zenarosa, and Sabroso had nerves of steel as they hit their free throws giving UV a 56-51 lead with less than 12 seconds left in the ball game.  Chua scored for SHS-AdC to make it a one possession game with less than 8 seconds left at 56-53.  UV quickly inbounded the ball but it was stolen by Velasco.  The ball ended up with Chen who had a good look for a 3-point attempt but the his attempt to send the game to overtime bounced off the cylinder and ended up in a UV player’s hands to end the championship game.

It was a major victory for UV as they rarely beat SHS-AdC in the Passerelle level. Sabroso and Pacquibut paced the Baby Lancers with 15 a piece. Eight other players scored for the victors. Chua, Colonia, and Velasco combined for 36 points to lead the losing team. It was a great championship match and the result will just fuel more fire to the budding UV-Ateneo rivalry in Cebu high school basketball.

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Cebu Milo Best Passerelle: USC routs CEC to bag 3rd place

26 Jul USC finishes 3rd

The University San Carlos vented all its frustrations at Cebu Eastern College to capture 3rd place in the Cebu eliminations of the Milo-backed BEST Center Passerelle Tournament, 86-58.  The USC Passarelle Team were the defending Cebu champions but they were eliminated by the Univesity of Visayas in the semifinals.

The game was close after the first quarter with USC leading only by 5 at 20-15. King Balaga led the scoring for USC in the quarter with 10 points while CEC was paced by the 6 points of Johan Orillaneda. The rout started in the second period as the USC’s second five outscored CEC’s 2nd five 30-4 for a 50-19 lead after the first 20 minutes. The 2nd period onslaught was led by Fontanosa and Libradilla who scored 9 and 8 points respectively. Only Tecson scored for CEC in the period.

CEC somehow reduced the lead in the 3rd period behind the efforts of Tiu who had 9 points.  The Dragons still trailed the Warriors 42-66 entering the final period. The USC Warriors coasted in the final period with Center Briedyn Smith finishing with 8 points in the quarter to complete the rout.

10 players scored for the victors lead by Smith’s 13 points. CEC was topscored by Orillenada with 13.



Doctor-Patient Tragedy: Orthopedic Surgeon killed by wheelchair-bound Patient

24 Jul

Dr. Cris Cecil C. Abbu succumbed to two gunshot wounds after being shot by wheelchair-bound Wilfredo Sabonsolin inside the PT Center of the Sacred Heart Hospital at the Southwestern University Compound in Urgello, Cebu City.   He was hit in the arm and the chest. The fatal shot was the one that hit the left side of the doctor’s chest with the bullet piercing through his heart.  Dr. Abbu was rushed to the emergency room of the hospital but the doctors were not able to save him and he was declared dead at 10:30 a.m by attending physicians James Guardiaro and Ferdinand Kionisala. After shooting the victim, the assailant shot himself in the head. The bullet entered his left temple and exited in his right temple killing him on the spot while on his wheelchair.

Wilfredo Sabonsolin was a patient of Dr. Abbu  since 2010.  He was suffering from a spinal injury.  He was operated 4 times by the surgeon and the last operation was in December of last year.  The patient was confined to a wheelchair ever since the last operation.  The two meet at least twice a week for check up and therapy sessions.

Fatal Check up/ Therapy Day 

Sabonsolin rode a taxicab and arrived at around 9:30 a.m. at the Southwestern University compound.  He proceeded to the PT Center at the back of the Sacred Heart Hospital accompanied by his helper Rene Tanelon.  Based on the investigations, the security guards of the SWU compound were not as strict in inspecting  his belongings because he has been a regular patient in the medical facility that is managed by the Aznar family. The patient was scheduled for a therapy at 9:45 a.m. According to his helper, when it was Sabonsolin’s turn, he was greeted by the orthopedic surgeon and asked how he was doing.  The patient answered that he can not walk.  The doctor tried to assure him that regular therapy will help him regain his ability to walk. Then, tragedy happened.

The patient suddenly pulled out a .380 caliber pistol from his sling bag.  His first shots misfired as the responding police investigators found two bullets on the floor in their initial investigation.  His next two shots hit the doctor in the right arm and the chest. One of the bullets also ricocheted to the ceiling of the clinic. The helper was stunned when he saw his employer shoot the doctor and he asked why did he do it.  Sabonsolin did not say a word then, the helper out of panic ran towards the exit because he was scared that the assailant would also shoot him. When he was outside the facility, he heard another gunshot.   It was the shot that claimed the life of the shooter. Three empty bullet casings were recovered on the scene of the crime.  The police is investigating the real motive of the crime and also if there were security lapses on the side of the hospital.

Dr. Cris Cecil Abbu is survived by his wife Dr. Amelia Escobar Abbu.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Laws degrees in SWU.  |He is connected with the hospital and has been a faculty member College of Medicine and College of Rehabilitative Sciences of the university for almost 20 years.

FC Barcelona School to hold Training Camps for Kids in Cebu

23 Jul
FC Barcelona Rugby League

FC Barcelona Rugby League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the world’s most popular football clubs, the FC Barcelona of Spain will hold training camps for kids via its official school, the FCB Escola. It would be the third time for the FCB Escola to hold a training camp in the country. The 5-day camp will be held at the Aboitiz Football Field from October 26 to 30.

The camp is open for boys and girls from the ages 6 to 14.  There will be two time slots for training.  The first session will be 2 to 4 pm while the evening session will be from 5-7 pm. Expected in the camps will be participants from all over the country and the expected majority will come from the Visayas.

There are also slots reserved for the underprivileged children through the organizer’s sponsorship program.

Visit the website http://www.fcbescolaphilippines.com to learn how your kids can start training and learning the Barca way at an early age.


2014 Typhoon Season: Bagyong Henry now in Taiwan area; New weather system to enter PAR in the next few days

22 Jul

Bagyong Henry (International Code: Matmo) is now on its way to Taiwan and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility.  As of the latest PAGASA update issued 5 p.m. July 22, 2014, the typhoon still packs 130 kph winds near the center with gustiness reaching up to 160 kph. Typhoon Henry will be out of the P.A.R. by tomorrow morning.

Bagyong Henry Storm Track from (http://www.jma.go.jp)

Bagyong Henry will make landfall in Taiwan.  The category I Tropical Cyclone did not make landfall in the Philippines. It is expected to cross Taiwan at around midnight and will go to mainland China before dissipating.

Another weather disturbance is set to enter the PAR.  It is highly likely to develop into a tropical depression within 24 to 48 hours. If it becomes a tropical depression, it will be named Inday in the Philippines.

Weather outlook:  The Philippines especially Luzon including Metro Manila will experience an enhanced surge of the Habagat or Southwest Moonsoon. The Habagat will bring strong winds accompanied by moderate to heavy rains.  Residents in hazard-prone areas are advised to take precautions.

Cebuana Kim Chiu dominates 2014 Yahoo! Celebrity Awards

21 Jul
Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fans of young Cebuana actress catapulted her to bag the Celebrity of the Year Award in this year’s Yahoo! Celebrity Awards.  The 2014 Yahoo! Celebrity Awards night belonged to Kim Chiu as she also got the Actress of the Year Award.  The teleserye that she stared “Ikaw Lamang” was voted teleserye of the year while her movie “Bride for Rent” was awarded as the Movie of the Year.  The KimXi fans club won as well as the Fan Club of the Year.

The 2006 Pinoy Big Brother Female winner is not new to the Yahoo! Awards as she was voted 2012 Breakthrough Actress of the Year. Her pairing with Xian Lim was the Love Team of the Year for 2012 and 2013.  This year, however, the award surprisingly went to Vice Ganda and Karylle.  Vice Ganda took another trophy as the Social Media Star of the Year.

Here is complete list of winners:
Celebrity of the Year – Kim Chiu
Actress of the Year – Kim Chiu
Actor of the Year – Coco Martin
Celebrity Couple of the Year -Jake Vargas and Bea Binene
Celebrity Family of the Year – Padilla Family
Social Media Star of the Year – Vice Ganda
Male Emerging Star – JC de Vera
Female Emerging Star – Julia Barretto
Male Kontrabida – Jake Cuenca
Female Kontrabida of the Year – Jennylyn Mercado
Love Team of the Year – Vice Ganda and Karylle
Child Star of the Year – Andrea Brillantes
Male TV Host – Vhong Navarro
Female TV Host – Kris Aquino
Fan Club of the Year – KimXi
Teleserye of the Year – “Ikaw Lamang”
News Program of the Year – “TV Patrol”
Movie of the Year – “Bride for Rent”
Male Hothlete of the Year – Jeron and Jeric Teng
Female Hothlete of the Year – Gretchen Ho
Male Performer of the Year – Bamboo
Female Performer of the Year – Sarah Geronimo
Band of the Year – Parokya ni Edgar
Emerging Band of the Year – Yolanda Moon
Song of the Year – “Bakit Ngayon” by Julie San Jose
FM Radio Station of the Year, 90.7 Love Radio
Male DJ of the Year, Papa Jack (Love Radio 90.7)
Female DJ of the Year – DJ Chacha (MOR 101.9)


2014 Typhoon Season: Bagyong Henry further accelerates; Will be out of PAR by Wednesday morning

21 Jul

Typhoon Henry is moving towards Taiwan at a very fast speed of 28 kph.  The typhoon has maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness reaching up to 160 kph. As of 5 p.m., Henry was tracked at 420 km East of Aparri, Cagayan. PAGASA has upgraded its storm signal warnings in Batanes group of islands to Signal No. 2. The province of Cagayan including Babuyan Island and the Calayan group of islands are still under public storm signal No.1.

Current active track of weather disturbances within PAR (courtesy of typhoon2000.ph)

Bagyong Henry will continue to enhance the Southwest Moonsoon or Habagat bringing rains all over the country. Sea travel using small seacraft in the Eastern seaboard of the country is not advisable.  Residents of landslide-prone and flood-prone areas are advised to take necessary precautions as occasional rains are expected throughout the day specially in Southern Luzon and the Visayas region.

Another Typhoon

Another low pressure system is developing near Guam and it has a 30-50% chance to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

2014 Typhoon Season: Bagyong Henry accelerates; Signal No. 1 in 3 areas

20 Jul

Typhoon Henry (Matmo) is now packing wind speeds of 130 kph with gustiness reaching 160 kph.  The typhoon continues to move in a NW direction at 20 kph.  It is expected to make landfall in Taiwan Wednesday morning.  Henry has a potential to develop into a super typhoon that will have wind speeds over 200 kph.

Typhoon Henry (Matmo) storm track

PAGASA has issued Public Storm Signal Warning No.1 to the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan Province including Babuyan Island, and Calayan Group of Islands. Residents in the storm warning areas and nearby provinces are advised to be on alert for possible landslides and flashfloods due to the big possibility of moderate to heavy thunderstorms in the eastern of the country.  As of 4:00 am today, Bagyong Henry was tracked to be 340 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes.  Fisherfolks in the eastern seaboard of the country are advised not to venture out.

Cebu Outlook: Typhoon Henry enhances the Southwest Moonsoon or Habagat bringing breezy conditions with cloudy skies and occasional rainshowers in Cebu and nearby islands including Mindanao.

2014 Typhoon Season: Henry Intensifies; Still not expected to make landfall in the Philippines

19 Jul

Bagyong Henry (International Code: Matmo) has intensified while trudging along the Philippine sea.  The weather disturbance now packs maximum sustained winds of 95 kph with gustiness reaching up to 120 kph. PAGASA tracked Tropical Storm Henry at the North Philippines Sea, 560 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of its 11 am update Saturday July 19, 2014.  Henry is currently moving at a slow pace of 9 kph in a NNW direction.

Active weather systems in the PAR

Based in the current storm track projections, Henry will further intensify and will become a full-fledged typhoon in the next couple of days. The weather system is moving very slow making it gain more strength as it spends more time in the sea. There is a good chance for Henry to become a super typhoon like what happened to Glenda when it made its landfall in China.

The PAGASA has not issued any storm warning signals yet but smaller sea vessels are advised to avoid venturing out to the ocean especially those in the eastern seaboard of the country. The whole country is expected to experience isolated rain showers and thunderstorms in the coming days due to Henry and its Trough. People living in flood-prone and landslide-prone areas are advised to take necessary precautions and prepare for possible evacuation.




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