Gilas Pilipinas wins silver, China bags gold in FIBA Asia 2015

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine national men’s basketball team Gilas Pilipinas won silver after China emerged victorious, 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship match on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the College of Social Work Dayun in Changsha, China.

Gilas Pilipinas wins silver

China bagged the gold medal and has secured spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. They became undefeated throughout the tournament.

The finals match between Philippines and China was tight because China has 4 legit 7-footers against Philippines’ front court muscles: 6’11 Andray Blatche and 6’10 - 42 years old Asi Taulava.

Gilas Pilipinas' star guard Jayson Castro was included to the Mythical Team for the second straight time after also earning the accolade in the 2013 edition of the tournament held in Manila.

Jayson Castro maintains title as one of the best players in Asia
Jayson Castro maintains title as one of the best players in Asia | Photo Credit: FIBA
Joining Castro are Iran’s Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and three Chinese players in Guo Ailun, Zhou Qi and Yi Jianlian who was hailed as the tournament MVP.

China erects biggest lead in the third quarter with 16, 60-44.

Andray Blatche gave the firepower anew for Gilas Pilipinas, 17 points and 5 boards but not enough to win the title.

Jayson Castro also had a hard time on the offensive end, finishing with eight points while only shooting three out of 14 baskets from the field.
China's Yi Jianlian and Gilas big man Andray Blatche
China's Yi Jianlian and Gilas big man Andray Blatche | Photo Credit: FIBA
Gilas Pilipinas still have a chance to get one via another FIBA Olympic Qualifier. This time, it will be tougher than the Asian version. Runners-up from FIBA Americas, Africa and Europe will be trying their luck for 2 more tickets to Rio 2016, the likes of: Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Serbia, Czech Republic, Angola, Tunisia and Senegal which all have NBA veterans playing for their flag.

In 2013, Gilas Pilipinas lost at home in the title game to Iran. The Philippines maintained their status as one of the powers of Asian basketball, making it to the Final for the second straight time.

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NU Pep Squad secures 3-peat win in Cheerdance Competition 2015

MANILA, Philippines - The National University Pep Squad has secured their 3-peat win and bagged the top prize in the 2015 UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) on Saturday, October 3 at the jam-packed SM Mall of Asia Arena.

NU Pep Squad is 2015 Cheerdance Competition Grand Champion
NU Pep Squad is 2015 Cheerdance Competition Grand Champion
Perennial powerhouse University of Santo Tomas came in second place while University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad took the third spot.

UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe clinches second place
UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe clinches second place
UP Pep Squad wins 2015 Cheerdance Competition (CDC)
#UPuso. UP Pep Squad showcased 'utak-puso' routine

NU pocketed P340,000 check while UST and UP got P200,000 and P140,000, respectively.

ABS-CBN, the official broadcast channel of UAAP Season 78 officially released videos of performances of each competing school in few hours after the championship battle.

(VIDEOS: UAAP Cheerdance Competition CDC 2015 Performance of Schools )

WATCH: NU, UST and UP Performances in the UAAP Season 78 Cheerdance Competition 2015 (video courtesy of ABS-CBN)

Major Awards (List of Winners):
  • Grand Champion: NU Pep Squad
  • First runner-up: UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
  • Second runner-up: UP Pep Squad

Group Stunts Competition 
  • Grand Winner: UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe (P25,000 cash)
  • First runner-up: NU Pep Squad
  • Second runner-up: FEU Cheering Squad

Here are the winners for the special awards:
  • SMART Fearless Jump Winner: UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe (P100,000 cash)
  • Oishi O-Wow Surprising Move Winner: FEU Cheering Squad (P40,000 cash)
  • Yamaha Best Toss Winner: UP Pep Squad (P10,000 cash)
  • Purefoods Eats So Easy Move Winner: Adamson Pep Squad
  • PLDT Fantastic Pyramid Winner: UP Pep Squad

Other UAAP member schools who have competed in the blockbuster weekend with 25,388 attendance at MOA Arena are De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad, Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Babble Battalion, University of the East (UE) Pep Squad, Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad and Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad.

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VIDEO: AlDub gets real 'holding hands', sings a duet on #ALDUBmeetsTVJ episode

MANILA, Philippines - Avid fans of the hit loveteam of Maine 'Yaya Dub' Mendoza and Alden Richards popularly known as AlDub were delighted as the tandem got the sweetest 'holding hands,' duet and took another selfie during the 'Kalyeserye' episode on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

AlDub holding hands

Alden and Yaya Dub

"Ganyan ang pununuyo... kinakantahan, pinagsisilbihan, pinupuntahan sa bahay... Hindi sa kalye nagliligawan. Ngayon,...
Posted by Eat Bulaga on Saturday, October 3, 2015

#ALDUB Day 69: LIVE LAUGH Love Part 1 of 2
EAT's a very happy weekend! Kasama ang mga dabarkads! :D #KalyeSerye #AlDUB #Dabarkads
Posted by Eat Bulaga on Saturday, October 3, 2015

The third date of the AlDub loveteam was set in the Broadway Studio for Yaya Dub and Lola Nidora (played by Wally Bayola) to meet the Eat Bulaga icons TVJ (Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon).

TVJ serenaded Lola Nidora, as she is also being teased to Jimmy Santos.

"Kahit gaano kayo ka-busy, spend time with your family," Lola Nidora's words of wisdom today.

Another twist on the story was revealed on Saturday. The Kalyeserye ends with Alden leaving together with Lola Nidora while Maine was left in the studio. The exchange of Alden and Maine was requested by Lola Nidora.

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HIGHLIGHTS: It's Showtime, ASAP 20 'Kapamilya Thank You' Biyaheng Biñan

MANILA, Philippines - Kapamilya stars of “It’s Showtime” gave tribute to the unwavering support of Kapamilya fans by giving spectacular and entertaining performances in the “Kapamilya, Thank You! Biyaheng Biñan” on Saturday (Oct 3, 2015) at the Alonte Sports Arena.

 It's Showtime, ASAP 20 'Kapamilya Thank You' Biyaheng Biñan

After their successful ANIMversary Kick Off at the Araneta Coliseum last week, “It’s Showtime” hosts Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Kim Atienza, Jhong Hilario, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, Coleen Garcia, Ryan Bang, and Eruption heat up the stage once more with their highly anticipated annual ‘Magpasikat’ performances.

It's Showtime gave a sneak peek with the past finalists and winners of hit segments “That’s My Tomboy,” “Mini Me,” and “Funny One.”

Asia's Got Talent grand winner El Gamma Penumbra wowed the viewers on their performance.

Here's the live feed of It's Showtime 'Kapamilya Thank You' Biyaheng Biñan:

On Sunday, it’s “ASAP 20’s” turn to entertain and give thanks to Kapamilya fans.

Kapamilya heartthrobs Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dee, Rayver Cruz, together with “Kapamilya Gold” and “Primetime Bida” leading men Anjo Damiles, Jerome Ponce, Joshua Garcia, Diego Loyzaga, Albie Casino and Richard Yap will make girls giddy as they perform together at the “ASAP 20” stage.

Teen King and Queen Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla with Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion will also hype up the “kilig” as they kick-off “Pangako Sa ‘Yo Thank You Day” for the show’s avid viewers.

Also joining the party are “ASAP 20’s” world-class singers Jed Madela, Erik Santos, and Concert King Martin Nievera with the casts of “Ningning,” “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita,” and “All of Me.”

“Dance Floor Princess” Maja Salvador and “King of the Gil” Enrique Gil will fire up the “ASAP 20” stage with a new dance craze that will surely top social media trends.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN also launched ABS-CBN HD channel on Saturday exclusive for SKY and Destiny cable subscribers with SKY Cable HD Digibox. Once again, ABS-CBN set the bars as the first free-to-air channel to broadcast in HD 24/7. Kapamilya viewers from Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan can finally watch their favorite Kapamilya shows in high definition format on Channel 167, while solid Kapamilya fans from Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Baguio will enjoy a better viewing experience of ABS-CBN TV shows on Channel 700.

Watch out “ASAP 20” at the “Kapamilya, Thank You! Biyaheng Biñan” this Sunday (Oct 4) in Biñan, Laguna.

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VIDEO: Maine 'Yaya Dub' Mendoza stars 555 Sardines commercial

MANILA, Philippines - "Hindi lang pala para kay Tisoy ang puso ni Meng, dahil #‎DalawaAngPusoNiMaine‬."

Maine 'Yaya Dub' Mendoza stars 555 Sardines commercial

This is the teaser of latest endorsement of Maine Mendoza known as 'Yaya Dub' from the hit Kalyeserye of Eat Bulaga.

The commercial video was released Saturday, October 3, 2015 in time for Eat Bulaga's '#ALDUBmeetsTVJ' episode.

WATCH: Yaya Dub's 555 Sardines TV commercial video is out!

Si Maine, sobra mag mahal… not once but twice! #MaineHearts555
Posted by 555 Sardines on Friday, October 2, 2015

Reports said that Yaya Dub will have in another TVC for a popular brand of shampoo. 555 Sardines is the fourth endorsement of Maine after McDonalds, Talk 'N Text and O Plus USA.

Maine rose to popularity as her Dubsmash videos became viral online. She then became part of Eat Bulaga and was accidentally partnered to actor Alden Richards in the 'Juan for All, All for Juan' segment. The AlDub loveteam is now popular not only in the Philippines but to other Filipinos worldwide conquering the Twitterverse daily.

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