FIBA World Cup 2014: Croatia defeats Gilas Pilipinas, 81-78 in OT



Manila, Philippines - Croatian national basketball team has defeated Gilas Pilipinas, 81-78 at the FIBA World Cup round 1 game on Saturday, August 30, 2014 with live telecast from Seville, Spain.

Croatia FIBA World Cup 2014 roster
Croatia FIBA World Cup 2014 roster
The Philippine team was not able to exceed expectations due to the much tougher competition against Croatia in the overtime round.

Andray Blatche led the way with 28 points for the Philippines.

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Croatian superstar Bogdan Bogdanovic, who finished with 27 points, scored two free throws to break the game's final deadlock.

Philippines within one, 78-79, with 5.6 ticks left in the overtime round. Croatia hits free throws for an 81-78 lead with 6.1 ticks left.

Philippines hanging tough, just trails by two, 69-71, with 1:35 remaining. Castro rattles in floater to tie the game at 71. However, Chan has missed game-winning trey to push for an overtime.

Bogdanovic has scored easy two to open 5-minute overtime, 73-71.

Blatche lost the ball, but Croatia also muffed it as the game tied on 73. Bogdanovic hits free throws; Croatia on top, 77-75, with 41 ticks left in the overtime.

Philippines forces charge with the chance to tie the game with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter. Andray Blatche buries triple to achieved 64-all. Jeff Chan makes three free throws as Philippines takes the lead, 67-66, with 2:49 left.

Ranidel de Ocampo opened the fourth quarter for Gilas as he sank trey for 52-57.

Chan fakes off defender and buries a booming triple, 34-37, early in third quarter. Croatia sinks technical free throws, then a triple to end third quarter.

Jeff Chan buried a buzzer-beating trey as Philippines comes within six, 31-37, vs Croatia at the half
Jeff Chan buried a buzzer-beating trey as Philippines comes within six, 31-37, vs Croatia at the half
The first quarter has ended with Croatia leading by 14 points against Philippines, 23-9. A big leap on scores was achieved by Gilas at the end of second quarter, 37-31 in favor of Croatia. The end of third quarter gave hope with Croatia leading by 8 points, 57-49.


After the Croatia match, Gilas Pilipinas will next take on Greece on Sunday (August 31) at 2 p.m. before the Filipinos collide with the Argentina side at 11:30 p.m., also tomorrow.

The Croatian team is a young squad with only one player at least age 30. The team also has six players who are at least 6-foot-10, including 7-foot-2 giant Ante Tomic.

Meanwhile, Smart Gilas roster is composed of Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Paul Lee, Gary David, Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo, Junemar Fajardo, Marc Pingris and naturalized center Andray Blatche.

Group B FIBA World Cup 2014
Group B FIBA World Cup 2014
The game on Saturday marks the country's return to the world championships, 36 years after it last competed in the 1978 FIBA Worlds.


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FIBA World Cup 2014 TV5 Free Livestream video now available



Manila, Philippines - TV5 airs the live telecast of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the biggest international basketball event hosted by Spain today, August 30 until September 14, 2014. Free livestream video feed of the 17th edition of FIBA World is now available online.

FIBA World Cup 2014 TV5 Free Livestream video now available
FIBA World Cup 2014 Game Schedule

TV5 starts its telecast of basketball games at 6:30 tonight with the Gilas Pilipinas vs. Croatia to be held in Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo, Seville, Spain.

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Aside from Croatia, the Philippines is bracketed in Group B in the FIBA World Cup with Senegal, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Greece.

Here's the livestream feed of FIBA World Cup 2014 courtesy of News5 Everywhere (TV5):


Note: The video above is not copyrighted and can be shared on different social media platforms.

After the Croatia match, Gilas Pilipinas will next take on Greece tomorrow. It will be aired starting at 2 p.m. before the Filipinos collide with the Argentina side at 11:30 p.m., also tomorrow.

Gilas goes up versus Puerto Rico on September 3 at 7:30 p.m. before rounding up its prelims assignment against Senegal on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

The Philippine pride Smart Gilas roster is composed of Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Paul Lee, Gary David, Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo, Junemar Fajardo, Marc Pingris and naturalized center Andray Blatche.

The Philippines last participation in the FIBA Basketball World Cup was in 1978 having 3rd place as the best result in the history of the FIBA.

Sports5 will now have the rights to broadcast live all the games of Gilas, either on TV5 or its sister channel on the UHF band AksyonTV 41, for the duration of the Spain showpiece.

Replays of FIBA World Cup 2014 are available on AksyonTV (on UHF free TV Channel 41 in Metro Manila, Channel 29 in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao), on cable Channel 59 on SkyCable, Channel 78 on Destiny Cable, and Channel 1 on Cignal Digital TV.


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MTRCB summons Vice Ganda, ABS-CBN shows GGV and Showtime



MANILA, Philippines - The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) summoned comedian Vice Ganda and staff of ABS-CBN shows “It's Showtime” and “Gandang Gabi Vice” (GGV) due to several complaints the agency has received during the past weeks.

MTRCB has ordered ABS-CBN to undergo "remedial and self-regulatory measures" for three months in relation to insulting scenes and words with double meaning on the two shows.

MTRCB on its Twitter account said that the 'armpit' humor which was aired live on July 28 is allegedly offensive, demeaning and not fit for very young viewers.

Vice Ganda on July 28 episode of 'Gandang Lalake'
Vice Ganda on July 28 episode of 'Gandang Lalake'
Vice Ganda wiped his sweaty armpits with a towel | It's Showtime
Vice Ganda wiped his sweaty armpits with a towel | It's Showtime

In the said episode, Vice Ganda wiped his sweaty armpits with a towel and used that on the face of one of the show’s male dancers codenamed 'Toyotot' during the “Gandang Lalake” portion of the show.

Vice Ganda on #Toyotot
Vice Ganda on #Toyotot


In the August 3 episode of GGV, Vice had actor Piolo Pascual and his assistant Moi Bien as guests. There were instances he used words that were either inappropriate or had double meaning.

WATCH: Piolo Pascual and Moi Bien on GGV (video courtesy of ABS-CBN Online)



In connection with this, the MTRCB has ordered ABS-CBN to no longer accommodate minors in the audience of "Gandang Gabi Vice," which airs taped episodes on Sundays.

The MTRCB also recommended that Vice Ganda and the staff of both programs should undergo a seminar about audience and child sensitivity.

ABS-CBN business unit head Reily Santiago accepted that they had a lapse on self-regulation and has apologized to those who may have been offended by Vice’s action on the show.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN has assured MTRCB of its cooperation for the benefit of its audience as they are scheduled to submit self-regulatory recommendations on September 1.

The MTRCB earlier had Vice Ganda and ABS-CBN staff attend a dialogue with the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the National Counfil for Children's Television.


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Megastar Sharon Cuneta leaves TV5



MANILA, Philippines - Megastar Sharon Cuneta is no longer part of the Kapatid Network TV5 as she has announced late Friday through her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Megastar Sharon Cuneta leaves TV5
Sharon Cuneta

In a series of post on Twitter, Cuneta said: "I am going to drop clues every now and then as to the things I will be working on which will start sooner than you think!. So keep watching out for those clues. Goodnight, everyone! Sweet dreams and May God bless you always!"


The announcement of the veteran actress came 12 days after she posted an open letter on her Facebook page in which she apologized to her fans for “mistakes that have affected all that I have worked for, bled for over the past thirty-six years”, not least of which was her failure to curb her weight problems.

"I just do not like being big and fat because of the demands of this industry I move around in. And also, I have always enjoyed wearing my kind of clothes," she said.

On Saturday, TV5 issued this brief statement, it says: “TV5 wishes to extend its gratitude to Ms. Sharon Cuneta for being part of the Kapatid Network for almost three years. The network wishes her well in all her future endeavors.”

Cuneta has promised to “go back to basics in the coming weeks." Meanwhile, the new network and projects of the Megastar are not yet revealed.

In 2012, Sharon signed the controversial P1-billion contract with the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned TV network.

“In my desire to venture into new territory and broaden my world, with the intention of giving you, my fans, supporters, and friends the rest of the best of me that I still had left, I made certain decisions that in the end, turned out to be of the wrong kind,” she said in her lengthy Facebook post.

Cuneta starred three shows in TV5 - the talk show “Sharon: Kasama Mo, Kapatid”, the sitcom “Madam Chairman” and the musical variety show “The Mega and the Songwriter” opposite Ogie Alcasid. She also had a co-hosting stint on “Pinoy Explorer”, the travel show hosted by fellow ABS-CBN alumnus Aga Muhlach.


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Sanrio shocks the world: Hello Kitty is not a cat!



Manila, Philippines - "Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat."

Hello Kitty is not a cat but a girl
Hello Kitty is not a cat but a British girl

This is the official statement of Sanrio Inc, the global lifestyle brand that owns icon 'Hello Kitty' which shocked the world today, August 29, 2014 over the unusual news.

Filipino netizens react on micro-blogging site Twitter and can't get over with a lie for about 40 years. 'Hello Kitty' currently dominates online conversations.

During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, a Hello Kitty trend expert and anthropologist Christine Yano said she was told sternly not to confuse Hello Kitty with a cat. While preparing a script about Hello Kitty for a big conference, Sanrio set Yano straight.

According to LA Times: When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. "I was corrected — very firmly," she says. "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."

Yano also revealed that Hello Kitty's real name is "Kitty White," and she is British with a twin sister, according to a backstory Sanrio and the cartoon's creator, Yuko Shimizu, made about her. She's also a perpetual third-grader.

In addition, Yano further discussed the story of the beloved character:

"A lot of people don't know the story and a lot don't care. But it's interesting because Hello Kitty emerged in the 1970s, when the Japanese and Japanese women were into Britain. They loved the idea of Britain. It represented the quintessential idealized childhood, almost like a white picket fence. So the biography was created exactly for the tastes of that time."

Hello Kitty, the pop icon created to inspire happiness around the world, is kicking off a year of festivities to celebrate her 40th Anniversary. In honor of this occasion, Sanrio will present a world premiere Hello Kitty fan convention in partnership with Target, a first-of-its-kind museum exhibition, unique collaborations and limited edition commemorative products.

Hello Kitty will celebrate her anniversary throughout the year with her devoted fans and continue to spread the message of friendship through the global 'Share a Hug with Hello Kitty' campaign.


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