One down, two more to go for Rain Or Shine

MANILA, Philippines – For majority of Christian Catholic Filipinos, March 31 is marked as Holy Tuesday. But for most Filipino Basketball aficionados, it is also the date where the Commissioner’s Cup Semi Finals started.

Super Subs step-up to help ROS gained 1 win advantage over Bolts
Super Subs step-up to help ROS gained 1 win advantage over Bolts | Credit: Pinoy Exchange

Fresh from their respective and very convincing wins, the league’s top seeded team, Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters and PBA’s Dark Horse – Meralco Bolts lock horns for a best-of-five semis showdown where Coach Yeng Guiao is now one step ahead of his rival, Coach Norman Black for a buena mano 99-86 win on Tuesday, March 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Everybody was looking forward to a Gary David - Jeff Chan shootout, two of Philippines’ top gunners, as early as the first quarter. But to the surprise of many, Coach Yeng Guiao started the game with an unusual first five. Instead of Norwood, Chan and Belga, the fiery coach fielded in Jervy Cruz, Jireh Ibanes and Jonathan Uyloan with Paul Lee and Wayne Chism.

The less-utilized starters did not waste the very rare opportunity which Coach Guiao has entrusted to them. Jervy Cruz fired a back-to-back perimeter jumpers while Jonathan Uyloan quickly sank a three to forced Coach Norman Black to call a cease fire and re-assemble his squad. The Bolts obediently responded on their Coach’s call and made an 11-2 run to close the gap with just two shots.

Paul Lee cut Meralco’s scoring momentum by owning the rainbow country along with the entry of Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan and Raymond Almazan to protect their margin from the game’s underdogs.

Interestingly, the locals of both teams were filling-up the score board while both of their imports were tightly guarding each other and just contributed four points apiece in the second period. Meralco Josh Davis slightly got an advantage over Wayne Chism due to latter’s three personal fouls midway in the second but apparently had an off-night with an unsual 11-point output in four quarters. Reynel Hugnatan sensed Chism was in trouble so he capitalized on it and pounded the Elasto Painters import to the point of sending him sprawling on the floor with a sick up and under move.

Gary “El Granada” David and former three point king Mark Macapagal both launched long bombs to tie the game 49 all at the end of the first 24 minutes of the ball game.

Frustrated due to his very slow start, Wayne Chism opened the third quarter with a pump fake shot plus one and finally got his scoring rhythm and booked 18 total points, 14 boards, 3 blocks and enough for him to be chosen as the Best Player of the game. But Gary David’s hot hands continued after the half time break for a quick equalizer. The third canto remained too close to call but Coach Yeng’s super subs Jeric Teng, Jerico Cruz and Jonathan Uyloan were giving Coach Norman a headache in all sides of the floor.

One of Rain Or Shine’s major advantages over Meralco Bolts is their height. Coach Yeng sent his big boys Raymond Almazan, JR Quinahan and Beau Belga alternating plus their 6’9” reinforcement Wayne Chism for their first ever double digit lead 85-74 with 8 minutes remaining in the final quarter. Meralco big man Reynel Hugnatan had a hard time guarding his counterparts especially in the rebounding department.

Both Coaches had heated arguments with the game officials after Gabe Norwood made a three to beat the shot clock with less than four minutes in the fourth but got voided by the referees after reviewing the incident. Norwood sank another trey but this time made sure that it will count and followed by Paul Lee’s fast break layup to maintain their 10 point, 94-84 lead after the two minute warning. Beau Belga placed the icing on the cake by making two foul shots and his only points after getting hacked by Gary David.

Coach Norman Black vowed to even the series on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Interesting game fact: All Rain Or Shine players on the Roster scored except for Gilas Pilipinas Shooter Jeff Chan who only played for 5 minutes with 0-1 shooting and probably his career low.


Rain Or Shine – Chism 18, Lee 14, Norwood 9, J. Cruz 9, C. Tiu 9, J. Cruz 9, Almazan 8, Uyloan 6, Teng 6, Arana 3, Belga 2, Quinahan 2, Ibanes 2, Tang 2, Chan 0

Meralco – David 14, Hodge 13, Anthony 13, Davis 11, Cortez 11, Hugnatan 10, Ferriols 6, Wilson 3, Macapagal 3, Caram 2, Reyes 0

- D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress

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Banking Hours Schedule Holy Week 2015 announced

MANILA, Philippines - Major banks in the country announced the banking hours schedule in observance of the Lenten Season or Holy Week this 2015.

Bank Schedule Holy Week 2015

Banco de Oro (BDO) Bank Schedule

BDO Unibank Inc. announced that its branches nationwide will be closed from Maundy Thursday to Sunday (April 2 - April 5, 2015) except for NAIA, NAIA 3, BDO Clark Forex Counter, City of Dreams Manila and Solaire Manila Resort which are open on Black Saturday and Easter Sunday (April 4-5).

BDO said its ATMs and online banking channels will be operational for withdrawal transactions and other banking services.

Banco de Oro (BDO) Bank Schedule

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Bank Schedule

Metrobank Schedule

Metrobank said that payments received after April 1, 2015 (Wednesday) shall be processed on April 6, 2015 (Monday).

Selected branches will be open during Holy Week. Please refer to this list.

If you have queries or require further assistance, please call our Metrobank Contact Center at 8700-700 (domestic toll free 1-800-1888-5775) which will remain in service 24/7 during the entire period.

Philippine National Bank (PNB) Bank Schedule

PNB announced on its official Facebook page that selected branches are OPEN on Holy Week.

"PNB is open this Holy Week! Selected PNB branches are open on April 2, 3, 4, and 5," PNB said in a statement.

Philippine National Bank (PNB) Bank Schedule

China Bank Schedule

All China Bank branches will be closed from April 2 to 4, 2015. Regular banking schedule will resume on Monday, April 6, 2015.

The company said China Bank ATMs are available 24/7 nationwide. You may also do real-time transactions via China Bank online (, thru the TellerPhone (88-55-888) and thru the China Bank mobile app.

Note: SM North EDSA -Annex Branch wil open to serve on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Security Bank

In observance of the Holy Week, Security Bank branches will be closed starting April 2 and normal operations will resume on April 6, Monday. During these days, Security Bank Online and all Security Bank ATMs will be available. Access their branch locator here.

Maybank Schedule

All our branches will be closed from April 2-5, 2015, including Maybank Main Office and Resorts World Branches.

Regular banking operations will resume on Monday, 6 April 2015. Resorts World Branch will also be open on April 6 at 7:30 am.

Schedule for other banks (RCBC and PBCOM) will be posted as soon as available online.

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LRT, MRT and PNR schedule Holy Week 2015 released

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LRT, MRT and PNR schedule Holy Week 2015 released

MANILA, Philippines - The Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Philippine National Railways (PNR) schedule has been released for April 1 - 6, 2015 ( Holy Week) operations.

MRT Holy week schedule 2015

Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera announced on Twitter that last train schedule (LRT 1 and 2) is 8:00 PM on April 1 (Wednesday) and there will be no operations from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday , April 2-5, 2015.

"This is also to give way for the annual scheduled maintenance of LRT 1 and 2 systems," LRTA stated on Facebook post.

The normal LRT operations will resume on Monday, April 6 at 5:00 AM.

Here is the LRT Holy Week Schedule:

April 1, 2015 (Holy Wednesday):

Line 1 last trip (Commercial Train)
  • Baclaran Terminal - 8:00 PM
  • Roosevelt Station - 8:00 PM

Line 2 last trip (Commercial Train)
  • Santolan Station - 8:00 PM
  • Recto Station - 8:30 PM
No operations/ revenue service on the following dates:

April 2, 2015 - Maundy Thursday
April 3, 2015 - Good Friday
April 4, 2015 - Black Saturday
April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday

LRT holy week 2015 schedule

Meanwhile, DOTC-MRT3 also advised that there will be no MRT operations/revenue service on April 2-5, 2015. Regular Operations will resume on April 6.

On April 1, the last trip from North Avenue station will be at 7:40 p.m. while the last trip from Taft Avenue station will be at 8:20 p.m.

The LRT1 is the oldest mass transit system in Southeast Asia that runs from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City. Meanwhile, LRT 2 stretches from Recto in Manila to Santolan in Pasig City.

MRT runs along EDSA from Taft Avenue in Pasay City to North Avenue in Quezon City.


PNR also announced that Metro South Commuter Line (MSCL) will operate until Maundy Thursday but with fewer trips. The MSCL will suspend operations from April 3 to 4 and will deploy fewer trips when it resumes operation on Easter Sunday. MSCL will resume normal schedule on April 6.

The PNR Bicol Commuter Train Service will operate as usual until Maundy Thursday and suspend operations on Good Friday and Black Saturday. The BCTS will resume normal operations on Easter Sunday.


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has lifted the number coding scheme on April 1-3 and 6.

The Pasig River Ferry will be operational from April 1 - 5.

The DPWH road repair and reblocking is scheduled on April 2, Thursday from 12:01 AM to April 5, Sunday at 12nn.

Banking Hours Schedule Holy Week 2015 announced

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List of Passers: OWWA Scholarship Exam Results AY 2015-2016

MANILA, Philippines - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) officially released recently the results of Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) exam and Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) exam for AY 2015-2016 conducted last September 21, 2014 in DOST-designated centers in Manila and in the provinces.

OWWA logo

OWWA has named the top 200 qualifiers or passers of the EDSP out of the 4,734 dependents of active member-OFWs who took the examinations, including the 346 dependents of member-OFWs in the Middle East.

The number of awardees under the EDSP was increased to 200 slots starting last year to give opportunities to deserving dependents of OWWA members to continue their studies through the scholarship programs offered by OWWA.

According to Administrator Calzado, scholars under EDSP are provided with a maximum education assistance of Php60,000.00 per school year, for bachelor degree courses in any college or university of their choice.

“We, at OWWA, are pleased every time that we hear about the achievements of our scholars considering the fact that one or both of their parents are not around to guide them in their studies. Be that as it may, they are able to draw inspiration and strength from the situation. This positive attitude and strong character made them more mature and responsible to do their best and make their parents proud of them, which made them truly laudable,” the OWWA Chief said.

Aside from EDSP, OWWA offers other scholarship and training grants to dependents of active OWWA members such as the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP), Skills-for-Employment Scholarship-Program (SESP), Skills Upgrading Program for Seafarers (SUP), and Information Technology Program.

This year, OWWA has named the 44 qualifiers out of the 352 examinees with scholarship grant funded by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The CMWSP is a 4-5 year scholarship program established under Republic Act 8042 which grants educational financial assistance to deserving migrant workers and/or their dependents, who intend to pursue courses in the field of science and technology identified by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). Scholars under the program receive assistance of P60,000.00 per school year.

Here's the alphabetical list of 2015 EDSP and CMWSP qualifiers as released by OWWA:

2015 EDSP and CMWSP qualifiers as released by OWWA

OWWA Scholarship Exam Topnotchers

RAMON ASPERA GALVAN lll of the Hua Siong College (Ledesco Campus), Region 6, Iloilo City, ranks number 1 in the roster of qualifiers for OWWA’s EDSP Exam.

Over-all, NCR ranked number 1 with 40 top qualifiers, followed by 35 from Region lV-A. The regional distribution for the rest were Middle East, 20; Region lll, 17; Region Vl, 16; Region Vll, 14; Region Xl, 11; CAR, 10; Region V, 9; Region l, 6; Region X, 5; Region Vlll, 4; Region ll, 4; Region Xll, 3; Region lX, 3; Caraga, 2; and Region lV-B, 1.

Here's the list of the Top 10 EDSP Scholars for 2015

  •  RAMON ASPERA GALVAN lll, Hua Siong College of Iloilo, Region 6
  • NATHANIEL ADRIAND CARPIO DE OCAMPO, Quezon City Science High School, NCR
  • JAMES QUIN BATERNA MARANAN, Philippine Science High School, Quezon City, NCR
  • AZEL BALBON AMADA, Silliman University High School, Dumaguete City,Negros Oriental, Region 7
  • BHEE-JAY LADERAS ROBLES, Holy Spirit Academy of Malolos, Bulacan, Region 3
  • LANCE ARCILLA HERNANDEZ, International Philippine School in Al Khobar, Al Khobar, KSA
  • ENGELICA VALLE PEREZ, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, Batangas, Region 4-A
  • RAY CHRISTOPHER MACARINE PASCUAL, Holy Cross of Sasa, Inc., Davao City, Region 11
  • ANGELA MARIE MAÑALAC, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Laguna, Region 4-A
  • JAN REGGIE TOREMOTHA, Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Sciences, Valenzuela City, NCR

Meanwhile, AIAN CHESTER CONCORDIA TUNGPALAN, student of Saint Joseph High School, Flora Apayao, Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), is this year’s topnotcher for CMWSP exams.

Here's the list of the Top 10 CMWSP Scholars for 2015

  • AIAN CHESTER CONCORDIA TUNGPALAN, Saint Joseph High School, Apayao, CAR
  • AILYN BOGEN SALUNGASING, Baguio City National High School, Baguio City, CAR
  • SALAHUDIN ABOLAIS DATU-DACULA; Ranao Council Al-Khwarizmi International College-Science Laboratory School, Marawi City, ARMM
  • XAVIER LEMMVELLE CASTRO ROMANO, University of St. Louis, Tuguegarao City, Region 2
  • JAYHART V. RAMIREZ, Ifugao State University, Ifugao, CAR
  • FRANCIS DIWA CORDOVA, Saint Tonis College, Inc., Tabuk City, Kalinga, CAR
  • ROBINSON MOHAMAD ESTEPA, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College-Laboratory School, Cotabato City, ARMM
  • JERICK BANTAYAN AYADI, Sta. Cruz Pingkian High School, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Region 2
  • FEBBY ANNE TAQUIQUI ABUZO, St. University Philippines, Tuguegarao City, Region 2
  • MARK JAYSON MOLINA AGUDA, Flora National High School , Flora Apayao, CAR

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VIDEO: Nonito Donaire wins in just 2 rounds vs William Prado

MANILA, Philippines - The 'Filipino Flash' Nonito Donaire made an impressive comeback inside the ring as he won in just 2 rounds the NABF Super Bantamweight title against Brazilian William Prado in the co-featured bout of Pinoy Pride 30 on Saturday, March 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Nonito Donaire wins in just 2 rounds vs William Prado
Nonito Donaire scores TKO win against Prado | Photo Credit: Anton Tabuena (Twitter)

Donaire (34-3, 21 knockouts) once again showcased his trademark left hook, with series of punches which rendered Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs) defenseless, forcing the referee Bruce McTavish to stop the fight even without officially scoring a knockdown.

The 32-year-old boxing star from Bohol overwhelmed Prado at the 2:16 mark of the second round with the Brazilian's left eye a bloody mess.

WATCH: Pinoy Pride 30 Results ( Donaire vs Prado Full TKO Video Highlights)

It was his first fight since he suffered a sixth-round technical knockout loss to Jamaican Nicholas Walters last year.

“Para sa inyo ito lahat sa mga Pilipino (this win is for every Filipino),” said the 32-year-old Donaire addressing the crowd at the center of the ring.

On the main event of Pinoy Pride 30, Filipino Donnie Nietes has defended his WBO title and secured his stay as the longest reigning champ in Philippine boxing history. Nietes knocked down Gilberto Parra at the 8th round of their championship fight.

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