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UST coach Aldin Ayo says Tatay Aric inspired him to go to Manila

Aldin Ayo and Aric Del Rosario’s connection extends far beyond University of Sto. Tomas. As it turns out, Del Rosario was one of Ayo’s inspirations in basketball. “Malaki ang impact sa akin ni Coach Aric lalo yung four-peat team niya,” Ayo said of the legendary coach who passed away a week ago. “Lumaki akong sila ang pinapanood ko nung nasa Sorsogon pa ako. Isa siya sa mga dahilan bakit ako nagpursiging makapunta sa Manila.” When Coach Aric won four consecutive championships with the Growling Tigers, Aldin was still a teen in his hometown of Sorsogon. Apparently, though, that black and gold dynasty was one of the seeds that ultimately took root inside of Ayo. Not long after, he was in Colegio de San Juan de Letran and won his own title as a Knight in 1999. Fast forward 16 years and Al...

Palarong Pambansa babaguhin ang petsa

Inaasahan ang paglili­pat ng buwan sa pagdaraos ng 63rd Palarong Pambansa 2020 habang iniutos na put on hold din ang lahat ng mga regional qualifying event na itinakda para sa national finals na gaganapin sa Marikina City dahil sa pangamba sa kalusugan ng mga kabataang estud­yante na atleta. Ito ang napag-alaman sa ilang regional director na dumalo sa ginanap 2020 Palarong Pambansa Final Technical Conference sa Marikina City Convention Center. “All regional Palaro (meet) on hold until further notice. Palarong Pambansa is now postponed, new dates to be determined by EXECOM,” post ng isang regional director kahapon. Una nang inihayag ng Department of Education (DepEd) na ipagpapatuloy ang pagsasagawa ng Pala­rong Pambansa kahit na marami ang nangangamba sa panganib at posibleng epekto ng lum...

Army riders’ collective effort lauded

Individual honor is good, but to win, even lose, as a team is better for the Bicycology Shop-Philippine Army in the just-concluded LBC Ronda Pilipinas. “We don’t race for ourselves, we race as a team. While we toast individual feats and are proud of lap honors won, it is the collective effort that truly define the maturity and worth of the Bicycology Shop-Philippine Army,” said team manager Eric Buhain, a bemedalled swimmer during his national team days turned multi-sports patron and enthusiasts. The Bicycology Shop-Philippine Army placed third overall this year, two years after shocking the field with a second-place finish during its debut in 2018.“Third place, that’s not bad at all. This year’s field is tougher than before, I’ve seen some really well-prepared teams and truly talented rid...

Cycling: Oconer, Standard Insurance claim Ronda title

MANILA, Philippines — George Oconer went on to become LBC Ronda Pilipinas king while steering his squad Standard-Insurance to win the championship as the 10th anniversary race ended in front of the provincial capitol in Vigan on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who was already a sure victor owing to his lead in the individual general classification, contented himself in staying at the back end of the peloton that checked in first in the Stage 10 criterium. He raised his arms in victory, rode his ceremonial victory lap and was met by a wild applause from the appreciative crowd at the finish where he was met by hug and congratulatory message from Ronda chairman Moe Chulani and Standard Insurance Group chairman Ernesto “Judes” Echauz. After 10 stages and 11 days covering a total of 14 provin...

Jerry Aquino Jr tops Ronda Pilipinas Stage 3

NAGA City, Philippines – Jerry Aquino Jr of Scratch It came through with a race of his life as he topped Stage Three and snatched the overall general classification lead from Mark Julius Bordeos of Bicycology-Army in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race that started in Legazpi City and ended at Panganiban Drive on Tuesday, February 25. The 27-year-old Aquino edged Go for Gold skipper Ronnel Hualda and Bicycology-Army’s Dominic Perez in a mass finish as all clocked two hours, 47 minutes, and 12 seconds to achieve many firsts – a breakthrough lap victory and his first ever taste of the overall lead. “It was always my dream to wear the leader’s jersey so it was really a dream come true,” said Aquino in Filipino. Aquino’s father Jerry Sr was a veteran of the fabled M...

Tugawin scores first stage win in Ronda Pilipinas

LEGAZPI CITY — Ryan Tugawin of Tarlac took his very first stage victory while 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines and Standard Insurance-Navy waged a heated battle for cycling supremacy in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race. Tugawin, 30, outfoxed a talented but inexperienced 21-year-old Ismael Grospe, Jr. of Go for Gold in a frantic mass finish to take the 154.5-km Sorsogon-Legazpi Stage Two and essay his best effort after winding up second in the Guimaras stage a year ago. Grospe slid to second while George Oconer of Standard Insurance completed the podium finish as all — including 43 riders from the peloton — clocked three hours, 50 minutes and 37 seconds. It was an epic win for Tugawin as he sprinted past Grospe by coming out from the right side and besting a slew vet...

Ronda Pilipinas rolls off in Sorsogon

Five former champions headed by two-time winners Jan Paul Morales of Standard Insurance-Navy and Santy Barnachea of Scratch it and a slew of worthy challengers battle it out for cycling supremacy as the 10-stage LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race unfolds on Sunday (Feb. 23) in front of the provincial capitol in Sorsogon. Morales, who won it in 2016 and 2017, and Barnachea, the inaugural winner in 2011 who repeated in 2015, will both aim to write history as they seek to become the first three-time winner of this annual race staking a whopping purse worth P1 million for the individual champion alone. “I always aim to win in all the race I join and I’m confident of my chances this year,” said the 34-year-old Morales. Barnachea, 43, for his part, said he would do his best to win in this...

Ador Torres of Sorsogon vs. Benjie Suganob of Zamboanga

DAVAO CITY — Indian Prabhjot “Punjabi Lion” Singh, who now lives in Meycauayan City, Bulacan will fight Nelson “Mr. Fantastic” Gulpe of Surigao del Sur for the vacant Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) middleweight title on Feb. 15 at the Manila Arena in Sta. Ana, Manila. The 26-year old Singh (8W-4L-1D, 7KO) recently won a unanimous decision over Edsil “Toto” Jungco of Antique to win the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation middle weight title last Aug. 3 in Mandaluyong City. Gulpe (8W-13L-0D, 3KO), on the other hand, lost to Rimar Metuda of Gen. Santos City by a unanimous decision last Dec. 15 in Gensan. Meanwhile, there are also four other title fights and 12 local matches included in the fight night. The local fights are:– Richard Claveras of N...

Buenaobra to fight ex-world champ Higa on Feb. 13 in Japan

DAVAO CITY — Southpaw Jason “Manefisto” Buenaobra of Sorsogon City will battle former World Boxing Council World flyweight champion Daigo Higa of Japan on Feb. 13 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The 25-year old Buenaobra (7W-4L-3D, 3KO) recently lost to Joseph Ambo of Pangasinan in a vacant Philippine Boxing Federation bantamweight title last March 13 in Tayug. Higa (15W-1L-0D, 15KO), on the other hand lost for the first time to Cristofer “El Latigo” Rosales of Nicaragua in a title match last April 2018 in Japan. Higa never fought in 2019. Meanwhile, undefeated Shuichiro Yoshino (11W-0L, 9KO) will fight Izuki Tomioka (7W-2L-1D, 2KO) for the Japanese lightweight title. By Lito delos Reyes Source: http://philboxing.com/news/story-149400.html

Ateneo enters PCCL Final 4; Diliman clobbers Annunciation College of Bacon Sorsogon, 86-61

STA. ROSA, Laguna — The Ateneo Blue Eagles booked their ticket to the final four after romping University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 82-71, in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League NCAA-UAAP Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on Sunday night. The Blue Eagles recovered in time after the Growling Tigers came alive in the third quarter of their UAAP finals rematch. Ateneo waxed hot in the first quarter, scoring 29 points while opening a 14-point lead. UST, however, slowly recovered and cut the lead to just one, 66-65, after the third quarter. The Growling Tigers eventually fizzled as the Blue Eagles held them to just six points in the fourth quarter. SJ Belangel exploded anew for Ateneo, dropping 26 points on 6-of-9 shooting from long range, two rebo...

Ateneo vs. San Beda; Letran vs. UST sa UAAP-NCAA challenge

Magsisimula ngayong araw ang inaabangan na NCAA-UAAP Challenge sa FilOil Flying V Centre tampok ang mga lumaban para sa kampeonato noong 2019. Haharapin ng kampeon ng 82nd UAAP Ateneo de Manila University ang San Beda University sa tampok na laban ng  4:00 p.m. matapos ang pambungad na laro ng kampeon ng 95th NCAA Colegio de San Juan de Letran kontra University of Santo Tomas sa 2:00 p.m. Maglalaro ng single round ang apat na paaralan at ang dalawang may pinakamataas na kartada ay tutuloy sa 2019 National Collegiate Championship sa Davao City sa Peb. 22 at 23.  Sasamahan sila doon ng mga kampeon ng Luzon at pinagsamang Visayas-Mindanao.  Magpapalit ng kalaro ang mga koponan bukas (Peb. 9) at maghaharap muli ang mga lumaban para sa kampeonato ng kanilang inang ...

‘Ronda’: 88 cyclists make up starting cast

The annual bikathon takes off in Sorsogon and climaxes in  Vigan, Ilocos Sur. A total of 88 riders headed by returning champions Santy Barnachea, Reimon Lapaza and Mark Galedo will battle it out for the top purse of P1 million when the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race is staged from Feb. 23 to March 4. The 43-year-old Barnachea, who won the inaugural race in 2011 and the fifth edition in 2015, will suit up for Scratch It while Lapaza, the 2014 titlist, will ride for Celeste Cycles PH-Devel Project Pro Team and Galedo, the 2012 winner, is back along with 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines after years of absence. They will battle 2018 champion Ronald Oranza and 2016 and 2017 title-holder Jan Paul Morales, who will spearhead the powerhouse Standard Insurance (Navy) that...

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