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Global Cebu FC fails to break Davao Aguilas defense, settles for draw

Global Cebu FC wasted a golden chance to go on top after settling to a scoreless draw against a gritty Davao Aguilas at the Cebu City Sports Center in the…

Global Cebu FC wasted a golden chance to go on top after settling to a scoreless draw against a gritty Davao Aguilas at the Cebu City Sports Center in the Philippines Football League.

Global Cebu remains at second place with 21 points, two off leaders Meralco Manila, which saw its unbeaten streak ending in embarrassing fashion with a 7-0 loss to the rampaging Ceres Negros.

A win would have put Global on top on goal difference over Meralco.

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Matt Hartmann splits the Davao defense. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The players tried really hard but Davao was better organized on defense and they were able to adjust well,” said Global Cebu coach Marjo Allado.

Global Cebu controlled the pace of the match but couldn’t break through in the final third. Misagh Bahadoran, who had two against the Stallions, was ineffective up front, while Sekou Sylla, who came in the second half for Paolo Bugas, couldn’t get past Keeper Marko Trkulja.

Global Cebu Davao Aguilas

Davao Aguilas Jordan Jarvis receives his citation from the Sportswriters Association of Cebu or SAC for making the national u19 team. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The Davao custodian, who was named the Man of the Match, also collected a last-minute header off Sylla deep in injury time to preserve the draw.

“I’m very happy getting the Man of the match but it was the team that helped me make those saves,” said Trkulja.

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Shu Sasaki (25) tries to get past his defender. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Shu Sasaki, whose bicycle kick capped Global Cebu’s 3-0 win over the Stallions, also had a brilliant chance but his first touch off a lovely through ball from Paul Mulders was just too strong.

“Obviously very happy with the results today compared to the last time. They were very organized and Trkilja managed the back four very well,” said Davao coach Gary Philippis, whose team lost to Kaya FC, 5-1, at home in their last game.

More photos of the match by Albert Flores

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

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Organique fields triathlon team to help spread word on acai berry drink

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink. The company, founded in…

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink.

The company, founded in 2008 by couple Joseph and Catherine Salimbangon, bottles and distributes a health drink based on the acai berry.

“Aca berries are considered superfood, a term used to describe nutrient-rich food that is good for one’s health,” the company said.

During the unveiling of the team, Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza touted the health benefits of the acai berry and their drink supplement. The berry, which grows in the Amazon River, has a high concentration of anti-oxidants that can offer a myriad of health benefits, Mendoza said.

Organique Acai Berry

ACAI BERRY DRINK. Organique touts its acai berry drink as having a myriad of health benefits. It is available in Watsons, Mercury Drug, 7Eleven and Landers Superstore. Its latest product is the freeze dried acai capsule.

Boost wellness

She said the acai berry helps improve one’s health and boosts overall wellness.

Ms. Salimbangon, on the other hand, assured consumers of the highest quality of their products. She used to work as a nurse in the US before she decided to embark on the business with her husband, an IT professional.

She said they were already drinking acai berry and were convinced of its health benefits that’s why they decided to turn it into a business.

Organique triathlon team

ORGANIQUE TRIATHLON TEAM. The group of triathletes supported by the company placed 3rd in the recent Dipolog 104 Triathlon. At the center are Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza (seated, 3rd from left) and founder Catherine Salimbangon.

Organique triathlon team

As one way to help market the product, Organique decided to sponsor a triathlon team. The Organique Triathlon Team has 18 members – local athletes mostly with day jobs. Its members compete individually or as a team in various events.

This early, the team has already made its mark, finishing 3rd overall against the country’s top teams during the Dipolog 104 Triathlon. They are competing in future races all over the country, notably the coming Ironman event in Cebu.

Members of the team said they benefit from their regular drinking of Organique Acai Berry.

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Run to support ERUF by joining Marco Polo Plaza Cebu fun run

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF. The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF.

The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April 30 and will have the following distances: 1K, 3K, 6K, and 12K.

Registration fees are P200 for 1K, P400 for 3K, P500 for 6K. amd P600 for 12K. The 1K distance is made available for families who would want to join with their kids or grandparents.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Run For ERUF

Support ERUF services

All proceeds of the run will go to ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Assembly time for the run is 4 a.m. at the hotel tennis court located near the parking lot. Gun start will be at 5 a.m. Each participant will get a race kit, which includes a singlet, race bib and refreshments which they can claim after the run.

The first 100 finishers in the 12K category will get a finisher’s medal. After the race, awarding will follow with special prizes and cash prizes for the top winners of each category.

ERUF has always assisted the hotel in various events, promoting safety and security to Marco Polo Plaza’s guests and associates.

Run for ERUF 2

SUPPORTING ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Registration

“They value life, encourage volunteerism and because they serve so others might live, we are showing them how we value their efforts for the community through this run,” the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu press statement said.

Registration will be at Marco Polo Plaza Hospitality Desk. You can call (63 2) 253-1111 local 8249 or email runforeruf@marcopolocebu.com. From April 16 to 29, you can also register at the 2nd Floor of Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone.

This run is made possible through a partnership with Federal Land, Fluor Daniel Inc. Philippines, Ayala Center Cebu, Graphic Star, Pyroworks, Nature’s Spring, Pocari Sweat, The Freeman and Cebu Daily News.

For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

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Fitbit Introduces Alta HR, world’s slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate tracking

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you…

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you actionable insights and guidance in the Fitbit app to make more informed decisions about your health and stay motivated to reach your wellness goals in style.

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

Alta HR is already available for presale and is expected to be available in the Philippines by April to May.

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

“Alta HR and these powerful new sleep features demonstrate our continued focus on evolving our innovative technology to deliver deeper, more actionable insights to help our users improve their health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

“The miniaturization of our PurePulse heart rate technology opens up exciting opportunities for future generations of devices and new form factors. Our advances in sleep will provide millions of users around the globe accessibility to invaluable insights that previously could be obtained only through expensive lab tests,” he said.

Heart Rate and Style in a Sleek Design

Fitbit was able to bring PurePulse, the feature requested most by Fitbit Alta users, to Alta HR by developing a one-of-a-kind chip that reduced the size and number of components needed, achieving a 25% slimmer design than Fitbit Charge 2. The result is a stylish device that offers all-day, continuous heart rate tracking, making it easier for you to make more informed decisions about your health:

  • Better measure calorie burn all day, including during non-step based exercise like yoga and spinning, to help you stay on track toward your health and weight goals by tracking calories in versus burned.
  • See real-time heart zones on your wrist and exercise summaries in the Fitbit app to work out at the right intensity for your health and fitness goals.
  • View resting heart rate on-device and trends in the Fitbit app, and compare it to your activity to see how consistent exercise can improve your heart health over time. A decrease in resting heart rate is a key indicator of cardiovascular health; changes up or down may indicate illness or other issues.

Smart, Insightful, Automatic Sleep Tracking to Help You Sleep Better

Fitbit is also introducing two dynamic sleep tools – Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights – that provide deeper insight into your sleep quality and guidance on how to improve, building on its popular sleep features that have empowered millions of people to track their sleep since 2012. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is a key factor in overall health, but most people have very little insight into it. Good sleep plays a critical role in your health and overall wellbeing, from protecting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to boosting neurocognitive functions, mental health and longevity.

Sleep Stages, powered by PurePulse, uses accelerometer data and heart rate variability (the changes in time between beats), plus Fitbit’s proven algorithms to more accurately estimate how long you spend in light, deep and REM sleep stages, as well as time awake, each night:

  • Light Sleep (including sleep stages N1 and N2) occurs throughout the night and is important for memory, learning and letting your body recover from the day; for most people that’s 50%-60% of your night.
  • Deep Sleep (sleep stage N3) promotes a healthy immune system and muscle growth and repair; for most people that’s 10%-25% of your night (depending on your age).
  • REM Sleep is when most dreaming occurs and is important for mental recovery and memory formation; for most people that’s 20%-25% of your night. Most REM sleep comes at the end of the night, and is often the stage to be cut short when your sleep duration decreases.
  • Awake periods (between 10-30 times) are a normal part of your sleep cycle each night.

Everyone’s sleep cycle is different, but by better knowing your sleep quality and patterns, and realizing the impact they have on your day, you can make lifestyle changes that can help improve your sleep over time – such as diet, exercise, winding down before bed and keeping a consistent sleep schedule. For example, if you wake up feeling exhausted each morning, despite seemingly getting enough sleep, you may not be getting sufficient deep sleep.

Tracking sleep patterns could also help identify variations that can be indicative of other issues. For example, it has been shown that irregularities in sleep patterns could be a sign of a sleep condition that should be discussed with a doctor.

Alta HR

SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.

Scientific approach

“From helping maintain a healthy immune system, to preserving your cognitive functions and managing a healthy weight, your sleep – or lack of – plays a critical role,” said Dr. Allison Siebern, Stanford University and Fitbit Advisory Panel Sleep Expert.

“Fitbit’s new sleep features use a scientific-based approach to show your sleep patterns over time, and provide you with validated, actionable guidance to help you make changes in your daily routine to achieve greater quality sleep – and in turn improve your overall health. Given the comfort and accessibility of this product, it’s one of the most valuable and useful sleep tracking solutions available to consumers outside of a sleep lab,” Dr. Siebern said.

Developed with Fitbit’s panel of sleep experts over the last two years, Sleep Stages makes information previously only accessible through a sleep lab accessible to millions of consumers, while Sleep Insights offers personalized guidance to help improve your sleep.

Alta HR

Stay Motivated, On Track and Connected

In addition to the advanced health and fitness tracking experience PurePulse brings to Alta HR, popular features and notifications keep you connected and motivated to reach your goals:

  • All day, automatic tracking of your most important stats (heart rate, steps, distance, calorie burn, active minutes) day and night, powered by battery life of up to seven days.
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.
  • Reminders to Move help you stay active throughout the day, and reducing sedentary time can play a significant role in the prevention of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Call, text and calendar notifications keep you connected so you can focus on your day.
  • Connect with one of the largest social fitness networks in the world through the new Community tab in the Fitbit app to find support and inspiration on your path to better health and fitness.

“For me, a big part of staying healthy and active is understanding how the things I do every day – like hiking with my dogs, hitting a dance class and how well I sleep – impact my overall health and fitness goals,” said Julianne Hough, Fitbit Ambassador, actress and dancer. “I love that Alta HR is so stylish, I can wear it with any outfit no matter what I’m doing so I stay motivated and on track.”

Alta HR

Reflect Your Personal Style

Whether you’re going to a workout or a night out, the slim design and distinctive Alta HR tracker will give you the information you need while transforming to fit your look with a variety of accessories that fit Alta and Alta HR devices.

  • Classic trackers with black, blue gray, fuchsia or coral classic fitness wristbands and matching aluminum buckle.
  • Special Edition trackers in soft pink classic band with 22k rose gold plated tracker and black classic band with matte gunmetal tracker.
  • Luxe leather collection in brown, indigo and lavender with matching buckle.
  • Luxe stainless steel bracelet that can stack with your other jewelry.
  • Designer collections from PUBLIC SCHOOL, Simply Vera Vera Wang and soon from Tory Burch.

Pricing and availability

Alta HR will be available in the Philippines for P8,690.00 from April in Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, iCENTER, Mobile1, Globe, Gadgets in Style, Hivemind, Lazada, Zalora, Timeline, The Inbox Store, iLiberty and Rnnr stores.

  • Special Edition Alta HR, P9,990.00.
  • Classic fitness bands, P1,448.00; Luxe Leather bands, P3,380.00; and Luxe Metal Bracelet, P4,950.00. (Press Release)
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Gifts for the outdoor lover

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Rushing to complete it can be brutal. Before heading out to do your shopping, create a simple list, it’ll be best to have an…

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Rushing to complete it can be brutal. Before heading out to do your shopping, create a simple list, it’ll be best to have an idea in mind on what to buy.

Here’s a handy little gift guide that will help you complete your search of the best gift you can give to an outdoor enthusiast, traveller friend, or to your adventure-seeking loved one.

Backpack

The Northface Ironpeak

The Northface Ironpeak

One of the most reliable outdoor backpack brand is The Northface. This Northface Ironpeak backpack is a 28-liter bag that can carry your essentials. It doesn’t skimp on features, it has a fleece lined laptop sleeve and tablet sleeves. Its injection-molded shoulder straps create flexible points to alleviate clavicle and pressure point strain and neck pain.

For longer trips, the Ozonic Outdry backpack from Mountain Hardware is just what you need. It’s comfortable, fully padded, and watertight.

Jacket

Columbia Outdry Extreme

Columbia Outdry Extreme

Ready for backcountry storms or everyday excursions, this waterproof, windproof hooded men’s jacket is designed to protect you from rain, year-round. This is also a great gift for a traveller friend or loved one.

Columbia’s newest revolutionary rain jacket is also interesting. The OutDry Extreme is the ultimate tested tough waterproof, breathable rain jacket that you need in your wardrobe essentials.

Shoes

For those who love the outdoors, a pair of new trail running shoes would be perfect. The comfort and the balance that this pair gives is unbeatable. It’s very light weight and perfect for all conditions.

Columbia Women's Minx boots

For women travelling abroad this holiday season, this winter boots is a perfect present. Waterproof, woven synthetic textile with jacket-like baffling and faux-fur at collar and tongue make a fashion statement while 200g’s of insulation, heat-trapping reflective lining, and advanced traction outsole take care of business.

Salomon S Lab Wings

This pair offers an easy-on, easy off system that runners and hikers love. It provides easy storage for the Quick Fit lacing system and has a 3D open mesh that provides maximum breathability. It has a Sensifit system that works to cradle the foot, providing a precise and secure fit. Minimalistic and strong lace for one-pull tightening.

 

Sleeping bag

Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch

Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch

Camping out can be such fun with friends but the comfort of sleeping in the outdoors can sometimes be compromised. Give the gift of comfort. This mummy-cut sleeping bag is the perfect companion during campings.

There you have it. We just gave you a quick list of must-haves for every outdoor enthusiast. Looking for the perfect present just got easier. (Press release)

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Melindo wins IBF interim belt in Pinoy Pride 39

AFTER two failed tries and a disastrous comeback that had him woefully overweight, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured a world title after beating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. by unanimous decision…

ON TARGET. Milan Milendo (right) hits Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with a left in their 12-round fight (Photo by Albert Flores)

ON TARGET. Milan Milendo (right) hits Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with a left in their 12-round fight (Photo by Albert Flores)

AFTER two failed tries and a disastrous comeback that had him woefully overweight, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured a world title after beating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. by unanimous decision for the interim IBF world lightflyweight title at the Cebu Coliseum.

Melindo, who lost to Javier Mendoza on May 30, 2015 for the IBF light flyweight belt and to Juan Francisco Estrda for the WBO version of the belt, withstood the game Thai for 12 rounds,using his counterpunches to earn the points win. Two judges saw a narrow, 115-113, win, while the other hand it 117-111 for Melindo, who improved to 35-2-0 with 12 KOs.

Sakkrekin, who shook his head as the decision was announced, dropped to 31-5-1.

BODY SHOT. Milan Melindo won most of the exchanges against his Thai foe to carve a unanimous decision win. (Photo by Albert Flores)

BODY SHOT. Milan Melindo won most of the exchanges against his Thai foe to carve a unanimous decision win. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Validation

“I would like to thank God almighty first of all and the Aldeguer family for giving me this opportunity,” Melindo said in his post-match interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

The comeback win was validation for ALA Boxing’s faith on Melindo, whose last fight in Bacolod City was a disaster. He was supposed to fight Max Flores of Mexico at a catchweight of 110 pounds, but he came almost five pounds over the limit and was forced to give 35 percent of his purse to his foe. That fight could have earned him a shot for Akira Yaegashi’s IBF crown.

ON TARGET. Though he kept missing against the Thai who showed excellent head movement, Milan Melindo also connected on a few occasions. (Photo by Albert Flores)

ON TARGET. Though he kept missing against the Thai who showed excellent head movement, Milan Melindo also connected on a few occasions. (Photo by Albert Flores)

But now that the Cagayan de Oro-born fighter is the interim title, a fight with Yaegashi is in the horizon.

In the undercard, Albert Pagara’s road to redemption started with a tough unanimous decision win over Raymond Commey, 99-91, 99-91, 99-91. Pagara, now 27-1 with 18 KOs, lost to Cesar Juarez in eight rounds in his last fight and wasn’t also impressive in his comeback. The crowd let him know it and booed him, while a few praised Commey, who dropped to 16-3.

Early knockout

Albert’s brother Jason was more impressive, needing only one round to beat Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua to improve to 40-2 with 25 KOs.

Jason stalked the Nicaraguan all throught the round before connecting to the body to end the night of the Nicaraguan, who dropped to 28-11-1.

Twenty-year-old Jeo Santisima also won via knockout, ending the night of Rex Wao of Baguio City in the fifth to improve to 12-2 with 11 KOs. Wao, who tried to shrug off Santisima’s powerful punches, turned his back from Santisima, forcing the referee to end the fight. In the other bouts, Jimmy Paypa (19-3-1) beat Jerry Nardo (21-10, 11KOs) in three rounds; Kevin Jake Cataraja (5-0), 4KOs) stopped John Kenan Villaflor (6-2-2, 2KOs) in the first; Gringo Jakosalem decisioned Fabio Marfa in six rounds and Virgel Vitor stopped Jonathan Francisco in four rounds.

DODGE THIS. Milan Melindo's left jab connect to Sakkreerin's head. (Photo by Albert Flores)

DODGE THIS. Milan Melindo’s left jab connect to Sakkreerin’s head. (Photo by Albert Flores)

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Argao to host dragon boat clinic, competition

An inter-barangay dragon boat clinic and competition organized by PrimaryHomes, Inc. and Argao Royal Palms Serviced Villas in collaboration with the municipality of Argao will be held in the town….

An inter-barangay dragon boat clinic and competition organized by PrimaryHomes, Inc. and Argao Royal Palms Serviced Villas in collaboration with the municipality of Argao will be held in the town.

The 2nd Dragons in Argao: Dragon Boat Inter-barangay Clinic and Competition will take place on October 1, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Argao Royal Palms.

The 250-meter race course will have men and women participants from various regions in Visayas and Mindanao. They will be competing in Men’s Open, Mixed (men and women), and Local Barangay categories. Cash prizes, trophies and medals await the winners.

Argao dragon boat

PRESS CON. (From left) Primary Homes Marketing manager Michelle Cutang, Habagat Gruppo Dragon Boat Team coach Nonie Lopez, Go Active President Jerome Mil and Habagat dragon boat team manager Randy Su during the press conference to announce the event.

Argao fiesta

The event will also feature an all-women’s and PWD (persons with disabilities) races. Invitations were sent to teams in Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol and Mindanao.

Performances by fire dancers and tribal drum beaters will cap the October 1 event.

A free dragon boat clinic and elimination race for competing teams from Argao’s coastal barangays will be held on September 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day event is timed with the holding of the Argao fiesta.

The 1st to 3rd placers from the barangay categories will race on October 1.

The Habagat-Paramount Dragonboat team, headed by Randy Su and Coach Nonnie Lopez, will serve as the race technical committee. The event will be quarterbacked by Go Active Marketing and Events, Inc. or GAME Inc.

During the press conference to announce the event, Su said, “This sport is appropriate for Filipinos and especially now that we are considered as one of the top paddlers internationally. This sport doesn’t need height but what it needs is passion, that is why we should promote the growth of dragon boat in the Philippines.” (Press Release)

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High school brawl nets P110,000 fine; Borromeos eye multi-billion complex in Escario; 4 police chiefs in Cebu axed–Cebu News Digest for July 14, 2016.

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 14, 2016. Cesafi fines 2 schools P110,000 for high school brawl Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy meted a record P110,000…

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 14, 2016.

Cesafi fines 2 schools P110,000 for high school brawl

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy meted a record P110,000 fine on 22 high school players from the University of the Visayas and Don Bosco Technological Center after they figured in a free-for-all in a pre-season game in Cordova. The 22 were also ordered to render four hours of community service each at the Cebu City Sports Center before they could suit up for Cesafi.

“There was a bench-clearing brawl between UV and DBTC high school players. Based on the incident report of (deputy commissioner Danny) Duran and (referee Jebrel) Calma, 10 players form UV and 10 players form DBTC are suspended for the rest of the tournament.” Felix Tiukinhoy in his letter to DBTC and UV.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cesafi fines brawling UV, DBTC players P110,000.

Cebu Daily News: Pre-season game in Cordova erupts into chaos.

Cebu Daily News: Gullas issues additional penalty to UV high school team.

Freeman: UV team manager blasts own players, say they violated principles and values of the school.

Borromeo family eyes multi-billion complex in Escario

While other companies and developers are putting up buildings in the outskirts of the city, the Borromeo family will develop a multi-billion complex right at the heart of the city. After being left idle for close to four decades, the family is planning a multi-purpose complex that will have a supermarket, residences, offices centered on the P2.2 billion Vibo Place along Escario St.

“My father wanted to make sure that everything will be in place the old school way…It was a long process. It took us time to develop …however, because of further studies, our consultants told us that we should have a different concept and we should not be competing with other big players.” company president Gerardo Borromeo.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Borromeo family eyes multi-billion complex along Escario St.

Cebu Daily News: Borromeo firm reinvents Escario complex.

War against drugs update: Major revamp

PRO 7 underwent another major revamp, and four new police chiefs will head Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City and Cebu Province. Mayor Tomas Osmena was disappointed about the changes and blasted the PNP for changing personnel in the middle of the “war against drugs.”

“Why don’t they relieve me also? I don’t understand the logic. It’s very simple. It’s like you have a basketball team that is winning and you’re going to change the players?” Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Four police chiefs in Cebu re-assigned.

Cebu Daily News: Major revamp continues in PNP Region 7

Freeman: PNP continues to clean ranks, four police chiefs in Cebu get axed.

Other news on the war against drugs:

Sun.Star Cebu: Former reality-TV star Jay-R Siaboc surrenders to cops, admits he’s a drug user.

Sun.Star Cebu: Eight job-order employees in Lapu-Lapu City fail drug test.

Sun.Star Cebu: Drug suspect in Mandaue city killed in shootout.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City plans to susidize rehab of drug users.

Sun.Star Cebu: Samsam Gullas assures public, no LGUs in first district are into drugs.

The Freeman: Alleged drug protect Loot denies he plans to leave the country.

The Freeman: Siaboc’s wife denies report husband is into drugs.

Cebu Daily News: Suspect killed in Mandaue shootout.

Cebu Daily News: Mandaue City Hall employee nabbed in pot session.

Cebu Daily News: 136 surrenderees in Mandaue City join cleanup drive.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: After firing workers, Tomas sets eye on senior citizens

» The Freeman: Twin teachers accused of child abuse cry harrassment

» The Freeman: Barok falls ill in jail

» The Freeman: Tomas to cut allowances of seniors citizens, and judges

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu businessmen, officials have mixed reaction on Unclos decision

» Cebu Daily News: COA reminds Capitol officials to liquidate P24M advances

» Cebu Daily News: COA report shows Capitol’s bank deposits has P154-million discrepancy

» Cebu Daily News: Five more environment officers of Capitol face probe for extortion

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Economist says push for tourism to sustain economic growth

» Sun.Star Cebu: Global expert says sales of men’s personal care product on the rise

» The Freeman: Local delivers elated over plan to review real estate law

» The Freeman: Businessmen welcomes move to ease check-clearing system

» Cebu Daily News: 2015 saw P20 billion worth of real estate projects

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Pacquiao won’t take leave from senate, yet

» The Freeman: Redemptorist to spear head run for Mary

Cebu Opinion

» Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: What’s the real reason behind Osmena’s plan against CCUVA?

» Publio Briones: Victory in Unclos means time for pragmatism

» Bong Wenceslao: Let’s not belittle effect of Unclos ruling

» Cheking Seares: Duterte should let Senate do its work

» The Freeman Editorial: Allow China to save face

» Cherry Ballescas: PHL vs. China is David vs. Goliath

» Atty. Joseph Jimenez: Gov’t cannot abolish contractualization

» Korina Sanchez: Award-winning film Ma Rosa is a perfect picture of present society

 

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DBTC wins six titles after revamping program

A REVAMPED football program of Don Bosco Technological Centers seems to have started on the right foot after winning six titles in the 5th BRO Cup, its first tournament since…

FIRST MEDALIST. DBTC's Players 7 team was the school's first medalist of the tournament, finishing second in their division.

FIRST MEDALIST. DBTC’s Players 7 team was the school’s first medalist of the tournament, finishing second in their division.

A REVAMPED football program of Don Bosco Technological Centers seems to have started on the right foot after winning six titles in the 5th BRO Cup, its first tournament since making some changes in their football program.

Don Bosco named high school head coach Glenn Ramos the head of the football program for this year and he is now tasked to oversee training and identify which coach will handle which category.

“This year, before the summer clinic started, we also had a three-day refresher course for the coaches,” said Engr. Keith Buyco, one of the backers of the DBTC football.

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Donaire knocks Bedak out in 3 rounds to keep title

Nonito Donaire Sr. said his son would win in six. Junior proved him wrong and took only three rounds to retain his WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports…

Nonito Donaire Sr. said his son would win in six. Junior proved him wrong and took only three rounds to retain his WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports Center tonight in front of a crowd estimated at 20,000.

After a cautious first round, Donaire, known as The Filipino Flash, sent Zsolt Bedak to the canvas twice with his signature left, the last in the dying seconds of Round 2. A dazed Bedak was saved by the bell from further damage, but couldn’t last for long in the third round.

Sensing that the former Olympian was near his end, Donaire pounced on Bedak quickly in the third, and a solid left and right to the face sent Bedak on his knees just 16 seconds after the break. Bedak, who was on a 10-fight winning streak, opted not to continue the fight and the match was officially called off at 1:44 of the third.

Donaire improved to 37-3, with 24 KOs after his first title defense of the crown he won against Cesar Juarez last Dec. 11, 2015. Bedak, a former Olympian who fought in the Beijing Olympics for Hungary, dropped to 25-2 and has lost his second world title shot. He also lost to Wilfredo Vasquez when he challenged for the same crown on May 29, 2010.

Donaire, after being announced the winner, later grabbed the mike from ring announcer Ted Lerner to thank the crowd, which was starting to leave the venue.

Salamat sa pagmahal ninyo kanako ug sa boxing (Thank you for your love for me and boxing),” he said.

Nonito Donaire knocks out Zsolt Bedak

DOWN IN 3. This exchange happened shortly before Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. floored Zsolt Bedak with a sold left that was followed by a right to win the encounter in the Cebu City Sports Center and keep his WBO super bantamweight title. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

Pagara also wins

Jason Pagara also scored a unanimous decision win, surviving a cut on his eye to win 99-91, 98-2 and 98-92.

One-time world title challenger Rocky Fuentes won by majority decision over Romnick Magos. 78-74, 78-74, 76-76.

Pagara improved to 38-2 with 23 Kos while Miguel Zamudio is now 35-9-1, with 21 KOs.

Nonito Donaire Jr. Zsolt Bedak

DOMINANT. A strong Nonito Donaire Jr. pounds challenger Zsolt Bedak in this exchange for the match’s first knockdown. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

Fleming still unbeaten

In the main undercard, Australian Paul Fleming extended his unbeaten run to win the WBC continental America’s super featherweight belt by unanimous decision over Miguel Gonzales.

Walking into the ring to the music of “Filipino, Filipino,” the Australian boxer with Aboriginal descent got knocked down early in the first round but held on to survive the round. Using his reach advantage, he controlled the pace of the bout to win, 96-93, 97-92, 97-92. He improved to 22-0, with 14 KOs, while Gonzales dropped to 22-8-2, with 12 KOs.

“I am very lucky to have fought here in front of a wonderful crowd and fight fans. I think you are one of the best fans in the world. This is one of the best places to fight in,” Fleming said after the bout.

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STILL UNBEATEN. Australian Paul Fleming (left) extended his unbeaten run to win the WBC continental America’s super featherweight belt by unanimous decision over Miguel Gonzales. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

In the other undercard, Mark Magsayo passed the biggest test of his career with a sixth-round KO of the tough Chris “The Hitman” Avalos, winning the WBO international super bantamweight title in the process.

Magsayo staggered Avalos in the second round with a solid left and unleashed a barrage of punches as he went for an early knockdown. The Hitman survived the round and caught Magsayo flush in the third, sending him on his first knockdown of his career.

Biggest test

“This is my biggest test. When I got down, I didn’t forget to pray,” said Magsayo, who said he got his energy back when the crowd chanted his name.

Magsayo admitted that when he went for that knockout in the second, he seemed to have lost that wind in him.

In the 5th, Magsayo connected on a couple of solid left, making Avalos wobbly. Avalos clinched to the survive the round and was checked by the doctor if he was fit to continue.

He came out in the sixth, but the round didn’t last long. Cautious but aggressive, Magsayo connected on a few exchanges anew, forcing Danrex Tapdasan to step at 1:44 of the round in as Avalos was unable to defend himself.

Mark Magsayo Chris Avalos

BIG WIN. Mark Magsayo (red shorts) passed the biggest test of his career with a 6th round KO of the tough Chris “The Hitman” Avalos, winning the WBO international super bantamweight title in the process. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

He improved to 14-0, with 11 KOs.

“We told him to keep his distance, because he was groggy. And to keep his presence of mind,” trainer Edito Villamor said on his instructions for Magsayo after the knockdown. “That’s why we kept shouting ‘mind! mind!’”

A visibly happy Michael Aldeguer and Antonio Aldeuger, the founder of ALA Promotions, greeted Magsayo when he got off the ring.

“You have just seen one of the best fights,” Lerner later told the crowd after the fight.

In the early bouts, Jeo Santisima improved to 10-2, 9KOs after stopping Tabthong Tor Buamas in the first round. The Thai dropped to 14-4, 12KOs. Virgel Vitor also knocked out Paulo Pereno in three rounds to improve to 7-1, 4KOs.

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FWD shakes up Visayas, brings “Live to Move” to Cebu

A 30-minute run to kick start the day. Biking to and from work. Yoga classes thrice a week after work. A trek to the mountains on weekends, then an out-of-town…

A 30-minute run to kick start the day. Biking to and from work. Yoga classes thrice a week after work. A trek to the mountains on weekends, then an out-of-town trip to recharge after a hectic month. If any of these are part of your routine, then you’re most likely part of the growing population of active and health-conscious Filipinos who are driven by the desire to experience more out of life

Recognizing and emphasizing the growing need to complement the active Filipinos’ lifestyle, FWD Life Philippines—the fastest-growing insurance provider in the country today—has spearheaded the “Live to Move” movement, a wellness campaign inspired by the virtue that achieving better health is key in getting ready to live life to the fullest.

Live To Move FWD

WORKOUT. “Live to Move” is centered on the FWD Motion, a four-minute workout specially designed by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret (above) to provide Filipinos the health benefit equivalent to an hour’s worth of exercise. (Photo from FWD Philippines website)

Cebu shakes it up

“Live to Move” is centered on the FWD Motion, a four-minute workout specially designed by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret to provide Filipinos the health benefit equivalent to an hour’s worth of exercise. Depending on the intensity of the routine and the number of repetitions, the work out is scientifically proven to burn as much as 600 calories through four primary steps: jump, squat, push up, and lunge.

Following its successful maiden run last year at the Bonifacio Global City and recently in Cagayan de Oro, FWD is bringing “Live to Move” to Cebu today, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Ayala Center Cebu as part of its regional efforts to promote healthy lifestyle and expand awareness for the brand and its advocacy this 2016.

For FWD Philippines President and CEO, Peter Grimes, a lifestyle anchored on health and wellness puts people at the best position to do and achieve more. “We’ve conceptualized the idea of the Live to Move campaign by placing a huge emphasis on lifestyle continuity and pursuit for passions, en route to empowering Filipinos to get ready to live their lives to the fullest,” he said.

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Get moving to start living

Research says, regular, moderate activity helps add several years to one’s life expectancy, which means more time for better and more rewarding life experiences. Also, regular exercise—the kind that gets the heart pumping—not only has been linked to better mood and increased energy, but also improved memory and better thinking skills.

The Live to Move wellness campaign is in support of the Philippine Heart Association’s (PHA) 52100 advocacy, a simple guide to remind people of the essentials of good health, with each number representing a daily target: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours maximum recreational screen time, 1 hour of moderate activity, zero sugared drinks, and zero smoking/second-hand smoke.

A game-changer in the insurance industry, FWD Life Philippines is geared towards providing easy-to-understand products to their customers, aided by digital technology for a more relevant brand presence. Recognizing Cebu’s standing as one of the most progressive provinces in the country, FWD also looks into broadening its reach by raising awareness about how Filipinos can truly achieve more and get ready to live with the most rewarding experiences through campaigns like “Live to Move.”

“Our goal is really to change the creative and passionate Filipinos’ perception about pursuing multi-faceted and mostly active lifestyles. Among the ways we’re setting this goal in motion is through our Live to Move campaign,” adds Grimes.

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Donaire Sr. sees 6th round knockout win by son over Bedak

A visibly pumped Nonito Donaire Jr. is drawing energy from the home crowd, hoping for an explosive finish against challenger Zsolt Bedak in his first defense of the WBO super…

A visibly pumped Nonito Donaire Jr. is drawing energy from the home crowd, hoping for an explosive finish against challenger Zsolt Bedak in his first defense of the WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports Center.

“I feel like there’s a fire burning inside me. Dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa mga tawo, I am very motivated because of the crowd,” the defending champion said after hitting 121 and 3/4 pounds in his first try at the official weigh-in today.

Donaire, a five-division champion with a 36-3, 23KO record, is making his first title defense of the belt he won against Cesar Juarez in his first fight in Cebu.

Zsolt Bedak, who is 25-1 with 8KOs, also made the limit easily at 121 and 1/2 pounds. He expects the fight to go the distance as he came prepared to last 12 rounds against the champion.

Nonito Donaire Zsolt Bedak weigh-in

I CAME HERE TO BOX, that’s what challenger Zsolt Bedak (left), a technical former Olympian, said about his fight tomorrow with WBO super bantamweight title holder Nonito Donaire Jr. He said the match will go 12 rounds. However, for Nonito Donaire Sr., the trainer of the champion, the fight will end with Bedak’s knockout in the sixth round.

Knockout win

However, for Nonito Donaire Sr., the trainer of the champion, he sees the fight ending as early as the sixth round.

“I think it will be until the sixth round only,” said Donaire Sr.

Though he said his son is no longer looking for that one-punch KO, he still sees a knockout win.

“It’s not like before that he’d go in and throw a punch. We will be looking at combos, straight,” he said. “If you feint, Bedak covers up.”

The elder Donaire sees the fight ending in the later rounds should Bedak opt to hold and run, but said the technical former Olympian is perfect for his son.

Bedak ‘won’t be running’

“I like a fighter who throws a lot of punches, because that’s when you can see an opening,” said Donaire Sr.

However, the challenger said he won’t be running come fight night.

“I didn’t come here to put up my hand and run, I came here to box,” he said. “It’s going to go 12 rounds, we prepared for 12 rounds. It’s going to be a decision.”

Bedak has won his last 10 fights since losing to Coliseo Rodriguez in their WBO super bantamweight title bout.

Meanwhile, ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer expects a crowd of 30,000 for tomorrow’s bout, eclipsing the 24,000 who saw Z Gorres’ fight against Fernando Montiel.

Breaking ticket record

“Based on the ticket sales, we are going to hit 30,000. We are going to break the record of Gorres-Montiel,” said Aldeguer.

Aldeguer is hoping for an exciting night in boxing to burnish Cebu’s unofficial status as the boxing mecca of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Mark Magsayo (13-0, 10KOs) and Chris the Hitman Avalos (26-4, 19 KOs) also made the weight easily for their clash for the vacant WBO international featherweight title.

The two, who had some heated exchanged during the press conference, also got into an intense staredown with Magsayo, slashing his throat. Avalos, whose camp described the match as a fight between a man and a kid, merely smiled. Both fighters weighed 125 pounds.

Undefeated Paul Fleming (21-0, 14KOs) also hit 129 pounds, while Miguel Angele Gonzalez (22-7-1, 12KOs) was on the dot at 130 pounds. They will fight for the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title.

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Inspired Donaire Jr. dedicates fight to Dad, draws strength from Cebu crowd

LAHI gyud ang Cebu. An inspired and emotional Nonito Donaire Jr. said he is drawing strength from the support of the Cebuanos and is dedicating his title defense of the…

LAHI gyud ang Cebu.

An inspired and emotional Nonito Donaire Jr. said he is drawing strength from the support of the Cebuanos and is dedicating his title defense of the WBO junior featherweight title against Zsolt Bedak to his father and namesake, Nonito Donaire Sr.

Sa mga Cebuano, grabe kaayo ang inyong suporta sa mga boxers. Sa akoa, dako kaayong nga motivation nga mudaug aning awaya kay ang inyong pagmahal, pagusporta, hometown gyud kaayo. Lahi gyud ang Cebu,” Donaire Jr. said during the final press conference of his fight this Saturday at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Donaire, 36-3 with 23 KOs, is defending the belt for the first time against Zsolt Bedak, a former Olympian who is 25-1 with 8 KOs.

First in Cebu

The Filipino Flash, who is a regular Cebu visitor but is fighting in Cebu for the first time, also turned emotional in the press conference, admitting that he has been ungrateful in the past.

“I dedicate this fight to my father, who has always been there for me and I feel I have always been ungrateful for him,” Donaire Jr. said while his voice was breaking down. “I feel I have never given him this moment to thank him. I am truly grateful for him.”

Donaire, the five-division world champion, said he is a different fighter now than how he was years ago, when he relied on sheer talent and admitted that at times, he wouldn’t study his opponents’ film.

“I never really studied my opponents because I believed in my talent, but due to my ups and downs, talent can get you there but talent can’t make you stay there. Hard work brougt me above my talent. I study my opponent. I don’t consider myself a master, I’m a student,” he said. “Before, I thought I can go through everybody through sheer talent. But I learned to study, to prepare myself and be five steps ahead.

Donaire admitted that everything went downhill for him after losing to Nicholas Walters by knockout. He was stopped by Walters in the sixth round and lost his WBA super featherweight title in the process.

Nonito Donaire Jr.

DIFFERENT FIGHTER. Nonito Donaire Jr., the five-division world champion, said he is a different fighter now than how he was years ago, when he relied on sheer talent and admitted that at times, he wouldn’t study his opponents’ film.

Needed to change

“I was given a situation, a breaking point with my defeat with Walters. For the first time in my life, I went down…I realized I needed to change, I’ve always been ungrateful, I’ve always been about ‘me, me, me,” he said.

Donaire said he and his team went on an adventure and a series of seminars after that defeat, and that’s when he learned to be grateful and be more appreciative of the things he has.

“The hardest thing to is for a man to face himself in the mirror and realize that I make mistakes…that’s when gratitude came into the picture, you realize that the love my family and my team show me is more than enough.”

After losing to Walters, he fought twice before taking the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt from Cesar Juarez in one of the best fights of 2015.

On the other hand, Bedak, a former Olympian is happy to get a chance to fight in Cebu.

Tough fight

“I thank you for the chance to fight in Cebu. I’m happy for the chance to fight Nonito for the world title, expect a tough fight, a good fight, hopefully in front of a sell out crowd,” the Hungarian said through a translator.

Top Rank, ALA Promotions and ABS CBN expect to have more than 15,000 fans for the fight, which also features the WBC continental Americas super featherweight bout between Paul “Showtime” Fleming and Miguel Angel Gonzalez and an the WBO international featherweight title bout between undefeated Mark Magsayo and the dangerous Chris Avalos.

Avalos’ camp has described the fight as a battle between a man and a boy.

“I have seen and studied his fights and we have formulated a strategy with my coach,” Magsayo said,

Avalos, who is 24-4 with 19KOs, said he isn;t looking for a knockout against Magsayo, who is undefeated in 13 fights.

Game plan

“I came here to fight with a game plan and I’m sticking to that. If it comes, it comes,” he said.

Michael Aldeguer, who is Magsayo’s promoter, admits his ward is in for a tough night.

“It’s always going to be a risk. Mark knows what we have planned for him, but for him to be a great fighter, you have to go through the great fighters. Mark has to win,” he said.

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Mary Joy Tabal named Cebu’s Athlete of the Year

Cebuana athlete Mary Joy Tabal made her mark in the national and global stage of running in 2015. Her accomplishments gave Cebuanos something to cheer about. Tabal shone the brightest…

Cebuana athlete Mary Joy Tabal made her mark in the national and global stage of running in 2015. Her accomplishments gave Cebuanos something to cheer about.

Tabal shone the brightest among the top athletes of Cebu in 2015 and earned the “Athlete of the Year” award from the Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC) in the 36th SAC-San Miguel Beer Sports Awards at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu this evening.

“I’m honored to be given this award (Athlete of the Year). I think 2015 has been good to me. I’ve accomplished some major races which helped me to where I am now,” Tabal said after finishing the 2016 Boston Marathon last Tuesday where she ranked 21st among 50 female elite runners of the world.

Mary Joy Tabal

RUNNING QUEEN Mary Joy Tabal won her 3rd straight Milo Marathon national crown in 2015. (Photo taken from Mary Joy Tabal’s Facebook page)

SEA Games silver

The 26-year-old Tabal won silver medal in the women’s marathon of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore in June 2015, despite being a first-timer on the biennial sporting event.

Six months after, Tabal got a piece of Philippine running history as she won her third straight title in the National Milo Marathon Finals. Tabal joined Arsenia Saragay and Christabel Martes on the short list of female runners who won three-peat in the National Milo Marathon.

The all-expense paid trip to 2016 Boston Marathon was her prize for winning the Milo Marathon Finals in December 2015.

Milo Marathon national finals

The win also made Tabal the third-winningest female runner in Milo Marathon national finals next to Saragay and Martes, who have five and four titles, respectively.

In November of 2015, the former sprinter of Southwestern University (SWU) finished fourth overall out of 17 elite runners in Asia in the Great Eastern Women’s Run in Singapore. She was able to ink then her best time in half-marathon which was 1:19:32. Her new best time now in 21K is 1:18:44 set in Japan this month, which could potentially become the new Philippine record for women’s 21K.

Tabal bucked the odds in Great Eastern Women’s Run and came out as the fastest Filipina on the race, beating the Filipina runners who were sent as representatives by Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA).

Tabal also had impressive runs in Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon and L.A Marathon on the first quarter of 2015.

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Mary Joy Tabal finished the Boston Marathon 21st among 50 female elite runners of the world. (Photo from her Instagram account)

Giving back

The native of Brgy. Guba, Cebu City came second in the women’s division of the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon. She finished 27th in the women’s overall ranking and 12th in the 25 to 29 division in L.A Marathon which was joined by runners from 50 US states and 60 countries.

With all the accomplishments she had in 2015, Tabal did not forget where she come from and has worked with Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) to teach the fundamentals of running to the kids in the mountainous areas.

Tabal together with coach John Philip Dueñas, CCSC and Department of Education (DepEd) started the grassroots program in summer of 2015. The first batch of students was from Brgy.Guba with more than 100 kids introduced to running.

Sporting meets

With the efforts of Tabal and the grassroots team, some of these kids are now taking running seriously, winning fun runs and sporting meets.

“I am very blessed in 2015. So far, it was the most special year for me. I think my discipline, focus and determination have paid off for me. I was also blessed because of the people who support me,” said Tabal.

Tabal has come a long way; the runner who once collapsed at the finish line on her first 10K run is now the country’s current top female marathoner.

Other major awardees

Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world boxing champion, and back-to-back PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo of the San Miguel Beermen were also given awards in the annual SAC-SMB All-Cebu Sports Awards.

Other major awardees are Grandmaster Richard Bitoon and Jerish John Velarde (chess), Lloyd Jefferson “LJ” Go and Charles Hong (golf), Daniela Reggie de la Pisa (gymnastics), Kiyomi Watanabe (judo), Rafael Vidal (karatedo), Ken Caniga (Muay Thai), Raven Faith Alcoseba and Maxime Rooney (swimming), Rinna Babanto (taekwondo) and Justin Liam Chiongbian (triathlon).

Special citations were also handed out to various individuals who made their marks in their respective fields.

They are Shanelle Siasoyco, Eden de la Fuente and Mart John Torregosa for athletics, Vincent Villa for archery, the Central Visayas and Southwestern University badminton teams, Kristine Ortega Acuna, Jasper Cabrera, Oscar Bradshaw IV, Ben Maravilles and Isaac Bacarisas for batted sports, pro basketball stars Dondon Hontiveros, Sonny Thoss and Terrence Romeo, Cebuano NBA trainer/coach Jefferson Codera, Jed Cedric Colonia, Team Pura and the University of San Carlos Warriors and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles.

Special citations

Also feted were Rubilen Amit and Warren Kiamco for billiards, Xyrra Cabusas, GJ Buyco and Clarence Hubert Tiu for bowling, brothers Jason and Albert Pagara, Mark Magsayo, Kenny Demecillo, Marlon Tapales, Arthur Villanueva, Kevin Jake Cataraja, John Nino Vega, Vicente Sios-e, Eduardo Jimenez, Alexander Bonito, Berland Robles and Dominic Casanares for pro and amateur boxing, Josephine Teria and Dennis Delgado for bodybuilding.

Rounding up the honorees were Andres Calma for car racing, Laila Nadera and USC chess team, Nino Surban, John Mier, and Jun Duron for cycling/mountainbike, Aaliyah Mataragnon and Yuan Chiongbian for triathlon/duathlon/cycling, Pearl Caneda, Wilbert Aunza and Team Cebu City Dancesport, Alexandrea Gumilao, Leo Gabriel Maquiling, Kyle Ronquillo, Jessie Riel Semblante, Major Dean Ebarle, Lawrence Colina, Jake Allen Vicen, Kintaro Miyagi, Jordan Blair Jarvis, Paref-Springdale, Mandaue City/SHS-AdC, Dominique Canonigo, Mark Joseph Arranguez, Raphael de Guzman and Leylam FC for football, Weiwei Gao form golf, Marian Delgado, Eunice Odag and Dianne Sophia Navarro for gymnastics, Lovely Gitaruelas for jiujitsu, Orencio James Virgil delos Santos and Tracy Lynn Basalo for judo, Cebu City Muay Thai team, Jubenile Abellar for motocross, Dixie Yu, Aiumi Ono, Madille Salinas and Cebu Lady Dragons for rugby football, Reynante de la Cerna and USJ-R Scrabble Team, RheyJey Ortuoste for sepak takraw, Paul Bryant Yu for shooting, Jasmine Alkhadi, Loren Dale Echavez, Michael Ichiro Kong for swimming, Richard Gonzales, Berto Bas and the University of Cebu Webmasters for table tennis), Veronica Garces, Dineson Caneda, Nichole Maurin, Lee Robeigayle Navales, Aidaine Laxa, Cheyena de la Fuente, Moses Bullicer, Clement Tan and MacAvyngr Alob for table tennis, Elizabeth Abarquez and Zethley Mae Alferez for lawn tennis, Catherine Yu, Issa Priagula, Jundeb Andre Esquivel, Ralph Edward So, John Philip Duenas, Joseph Miller and Tenggoy Colmenares for triathlon/duathlon, Suzuki BMR Zic Racing Team for underbone, Gretchel Soltones, USJ-R, Catmon EZS and Edward Ybañez for volleyball, Danika Gendrauli, Jade Becaldo, Edward Ybañez and Edmar Bonono for beach volleyball. (POOLED REPORT)

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9 things you need to know about the Donaire vs. Bedak fight

Cebu City will host the biggest boxing match in the Philippines this year on April 23, with Nonito Donaire Jr. himself in the main event. The event, co-promoted by ALA…

Cebu City will host the biggest boxing match in the Philippines this year on April 23, with Nonito Donaire Jr. himself in the main event. The event, co-promoted by ALA Promotions and Top Rank promotions, is also expected to draw the who’s who in boxing like Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum himself. Excited? Here are 9 things you need to know about the event.

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Nonito Donaire will be fighting in his 17th world title fight in Cebu City on April 23. (Photo from Nonito Donaire Jr’s Facebook page)

1.) The fight itself.

This is Nonito Donaire Jr’s first title fight in Cebu and will be his first defense of the WBO super bantamweight title he won against Cesar Juarez.

2.) The champion.

The Filipino Flash is 36-3 with 23 KOs. He has won his last three fights, two by KOs, since losing the WBA super featherweight title to Nicholas Walters.

3.) The challenger.

Zsolt Bedak is 25-1 with only eight KOs. He has won his last 10 fights.

4.) Nonito’s edge in experience.

Aside from having more knockouts, Donaire has fought more quality opponents like Vic Darchinyan, Cesar Juarez and Jorge Arce. Bedak, on the other hand, got his 10-fight winning streak against boxers who had a combined record of 133 wins, 112 losses and 10 draws. His last three KOs were against Giorgi Gachechiladze (13-9-1), Ignac Kassai (13-28-2), and Michael Isaac Carrero (11-23-3).

5.) The venue.

This is the second time the Cebu City Sports Center will host a fight, the first one was the Z Gorres vs. Fernando Montiel match. (Montiel, of course, is another famous Donaire victim.) The ring will be in the football pitch, just beyond the rubber oval.

Check the highlights of Donaire’s second-round win over Montiel.

6.) Tickets.

The most expensive is P10,000 and includes cocktails and appetizers, while the cheapest is P50, for those willing to stand the entire fight.

Here’s the breakdown of the ticket prices.

VIP red carpet (ring side)–P10,000
VIP first row –P7,000
VIP second row–P6,000
VIP third row–P5,000
VIP fourth row–P4,000
VIP fifth row–P3,000
Gold seats–P2,000
silver seats–P1,000
grandstand gray–P750
grandstand red–P500
grandstand yellow-P300
grandstand green–P100
standing–P50.

7.) Where to buy the tickets.

Call these numbers (+632) 505 9513 (tap on numbers to call on our phone) and (+63) 936 994 1656. You may also get them at the ALA Promotions office, ALA Gyms in BTC, Banawa and Parkmall, Ayala Center Cebu concierge, Robinsons Fuente and online through Ticketworld (link not yet available).

8.) Parking.

CCSC has limited parking but there are a lot of options if you plan on bringing a car. During previous Azkals matches, fans parked behind the Cebu Normal University campus, while some chose to park at Robinsons Mall and walk to the venue. (It’s only a 10-minute walk away.)

9.) Complete fight card.

Aside from Donaire, two of the Philippines most exciting fighters Mark Magsayo and Jason Pagara will also see action, while Mexican Miguel Gonzales will be facing Paul Fleming for the WBC Continental America super featherweight crown.

Here’s the complete undercard.

Paul Fleming (21-0, 14KOs) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (22-7-1, 12KOs)

 

Mark Magsayo (13-0, 10KOs) vs. Chris Avalos (26-4, 19KOs)

 

Jason Pagara (37-2, 23 KOs)) vs. Miguel Zamudio (35-8-1, 21KOs)

 

Jeo Santisima (9-2, 8KOs) vs. Tabthong Tor Buamas (14-3, 12KOs)

 

Rocky Fuentes (36-8-2, 21KOs) vs. Romnick Magos (12-5, 7KOs)

 

Virgel Vitor (6-1, 3KOs) vs. Paulo Perono (3-8-1)

 

Junriel Jimenez (4-0) vs. Marlou Sandoval (8-0-2, 3KOs)

 

Lorenz Ladrada (1-0, 1KO) vs. Renjie Sabanal (1-3-1)

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Marco Polo gives back on its 10th year by holding Run for ERUF

Marco Polo Plaza will be kicking off its 10th anniversary celebration by giving back. This April 3, lace your running shoes as Marco Polo Plaza brings you Run for ERUF #TimelessAt10….

Marco Polo Plaza will be kicking off its 10th anniversary celebration by giving back.

This April 3, lace your running shoes as Marco Polo Plaza brings you Run for ERUF #TimelessAt10. There are three distance categories – 10K, 5K and 1K with registration fees of P550.00, P400.00 and P250, respectively. The 1K distance was made available for families, so that kids and their grandparents can participate in. All proceeds of the run will go to the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation.

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Assembly time is 4:00 a.m. at the hotel tennis court located near the parking lot where the gun start will be at 5:00 a.m. Each participant will get a race kit, which includes a singlet, race bib and refreshments which they can claim after the run. The first 400 finishers in the 10K category will get a finisher’s medal. After the race, awarding will follow with special prizes and cash prizes for the top winners of each category.

In various hotel events, the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF has always assisted the hotel in promoting safety and security to Marco Polo Plaza’s guests and associates. They value life, encourage volunteerism and because they serve so others might live, we are showing them how we value their efforts for the community through this run.

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To sign up for the run, head to the Marco Polo Plaza Hospitality Desk or call them at (032) 2531111 (tap to call on your phone) local 8249 or email runforeruf@marcopolocebu.com.

This run is made possible through our partnership with Ayala Center Cebu, Nature Spring, Graphic Star, Federal Land, Wrock, Serenitea and Copanhagen

For more details, visit the website at www.marcopoloplazacebu.com. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. (Press Release)

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