ABL: Alab Pilipinas scores another win vs. CLS Knights Indonesia



MANILA, Philippines – CLS Knights Indonesia erased an 18-point San Miguel Alab Pilipinas lead but the Filipinos led by import Renaldo Balkman outlasted the home team, 88-80 in overtime in Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Renaldo Balkman finished with 36 big points to spoil CLS Knights Indonesia at home
Renaldo Balkman finished with 36 big points to spoil CLS Knights Indonesia at home | Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin

Just a week ago, the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas made an impressive debut in the 2018-2019 ASEAN Basketball Leage (ABL) as they edged the CLS Knights Indonesia in a home game. Tonight, team Pilipinas travelled miles away from home to continue its winning streak.

It was not the same way Alab started way back in Sta. Rosa, Laguna as the nationals found it tough to score in Knights’ turf. Good thing that Indonesia had missed a handful of shots too early in the 1st quarter.

Halfway through, the score got stuck with 6-0 in favor of Philippines. Knights made a way to put themselves on the scoreboard but Alab had finally found its rhythm and quickly doubled their lead in less than couple of minutes.

It was an overall effort from the Filipinos as they ended the opener with a convincing 19-11 lead.

Josh Urbiztondo’s insertion in the 2nd period helped Alab Pilipinas widened its margin to double digits.

Renaldo Balkman caught fire in the latter phase of the second and steered his team to a personal 5-0 scoring run to post an 18-point big lead. Max Esho on the other hand, had his own 5-0 personal scoring surge to lessen the Alab margin.

Aside from Balkman, his compatriot, the 7’3” PJ Ramos had his offensive momentum as well that kept Philippines apart from Indonesia and wrapped up the 1st half with a 13-point, 42-29 lead.

Max Esho carried on with his offensive mindset in the 3rd quarter and aided the Knights in lowering Alab’s lead to 8 in just 2 minutes. The Indonesian crowd even went wild after Esho sank a seamless trey to downsize Philippine’s lead to just 2.

Alab’s once 18-point advantage had totally vanished at the 4-minute mark as the Knights finally turned the tides to their favor and levelled the game at 47.

Just as Indonesia had its offense going, Caleb Tiongson spoiled the party as he unleashed 2 consecutive long three-pointers to regain the lead.

Alab Pilipinas survived the 3rd period with a razor-thin 57-55 advantage.

CLS tasted its first ever lead of the game as Brandon Jawato scored a triple followed by another long bomb from Sandy Kurniawan as the final quarter started.

Knights’ margin had gone up to 7 but the Puerto Rican Dynamic Duo: Balkman and Ramos quickly erased it.

The game was tied at 75 with 30 seconds left in the game. PJ Ramos forced his shot in the middle but missed. Wong Wei Long had his own opportunity to win the game with few ticks remaining but hit an airball instead that sent the game into an overtime.

Both Max Esho and Renaldo Balkman entered the extra period with a 30-point ballgame performance. The ace players from both squads traded baskets but it was Balkman who came out stronger with 36 points and helped Alab Pilipinas secured an 88-80 win.

Alab Pilipinas will be facing Formosa Dreamers next on Friday, December 21, 2018.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express


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LIVE RESULTS: Miss Universe 2018 full list of winners



MANILA, Philippines – The Miss Universe 2018 full list of winners was announced on Sunday, December 16 (Monday, December 17 Manila time) during the grand coronation night at the Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The Summit Express updates this page for the live results as the competition happens.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa is the reigning Miss Universe.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa is the reigning Miss Universe. Who will win the crown this year?

Ninety-four candidates are vying for the most coveted title and the priviledge of being the Miss Universe 2018. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the competition.

The Philippines' bet Catriona Gray will try to get the title and win for the country's fourth Miss Universe crown.

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Miss Universe 2018 format

Following the preliminary round, the top 20 will be determined prior to the coronation night. The pageant will keep the regional selection format with five women from three groups of countries—Europe, Americas, and Asia and Africa—will each have five representatives and five wildcards which could come from any continental grouping.

The Top 20 semi-finalists will then give 15-second "opening statement" to the judges and viewing public, after which the judges will eliminate ten contestants and move on to the top 10.

The Top 10 will compete in the swimsuit and evening gown competition, and the judges will choose a top 5.

The top 5 will compete in the Q&A portion, and are then cut down to a top 3. The top 3 will have their final word and final look portions, and the judges will then choose Miss Universe 2018 and her two runners-up.

As also announced, there will be no online voting to determine the winner.

Here are the final results of Miss Universe 2018 (refresh page for the updates):

Placements Contestant
Miss Universe 2018
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
Top 5
Top 10
Top 20 Africa and Asia Top 5

Europe Top 5


Americas Top 5


Wildcard 5 spots

Live updates courtesy of Miss Universe on Twitter:


Comedian and Emmy award winner Steve Harvey together with Ashley Graham are the hosts during the pageant night.

ABS-CBN Channel 2 airs exclusively on free television the live broadcast of the competition at 8:00 in the morning.

It is also available on free livestreaming via ABS-CBN’s streaming service iWant (iwant.ph on browser or iWant app on iOS and Android).

The Miss Universe pageant will also be replayed on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best after “Gandang Gabi Vice” on December 23.

The pageant can also be seen on SKYcable via the Metro Channel on December 24 at 3 PM and on digital television via ABS-CBN TVplus.

— The Summit Express


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Live stream, where to watch Miss Universe 2018 Grand Coronation Night



MANILA, Philippines – The grand coronation night for the 67th edition of Miss Universe pageant happens on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The list of livestreaming video and channels to watch the "most beautiful day in the universe" are available on this page.

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is a frontrunner to win the Miss Universe 2018 title.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is a frontrunner to clinch the Miss Universe 2018 title.

Ninety-four candidates are vying for the most coveted crown and the priviledge of being the Miss Universe 2018.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the competition.

Philippines' Catriona Gray is ready to shoot for the country's fourth Miss Universe crown. She was named a frontrunner to bring home the title by international media and some critics. Gray also made headlines for her performance during the swimsuit competition at the preliminaries.

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WATCH: Miss Universe 2018 Preliminary Competition Full Show


The event is hosted by comedian and Emmy award winner Steve Harvey together with supermodel Ashley Graham. It will be graced by all female judges, the first time in pageant’s 67 year history: Filipino judges Monique Lhuillier and Richelle Singson-Michael, Miss Universe 1988 from Thailand Bui Simon, Miss New Jersey USA 2004 Janaye Ingram, Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia Michelle McLean, Moroccan-American entrepreneur Iman Oubou and Entrepreneur and CEO of CulturIntel and CIEN + TV Lili Gil Valetta.

TV personality Carson Kressley and runway coach Lu Sierra will provide commentary throughout the event and R&B superstar Ne-Yo will perform a special number.

The three-hour special programming event airs live on FOX in the United States and FOXlife on cable/satellite TV in the Philippines (Cignal).

WATCH: Miss Universe 2018 livestreaming video (updating)

Here are the live updates courtesy of Miss Universe on Twitter:


How to watch Miss Universe in the Philippines?

ABS-CBN Channel 2 airs on free television the live broadcast of Miss Universe 2018 at 8:00 in the morning.

It is also available on free livestreaming on ABS-CBN’s streaming service iWant (iwant.ph on browser or iWant app on iOS and Android).

The “Miss Universe” pageant will also be replayed on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best after “Gandang Gabi Vice” on December 23.

The pageant can also be seen on SKYcable via the Metro Channel on December 24 at 3 PM and on digital television via ABS-CBN TVplus.

— The Summit Express


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Perez, Parks and Bolick shine in 2018 PBA Rookie Draft



MANILA, Philippines - It’s the time of the year again where the PBA teams pick their bets to bolster their roster and draftees take their first steps to stardom at the annual rookie draft on December 16, 2018 at Robinsons Ermita.

Perez, Parks and Bolick shine in 2018 PBA Rookie Draft
No folks, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is not the 1st pick, CJ Perez is. While Robert Bolick picked at 3 as predicted by the fans and experts | Photo Credit: Philstar

A major change occurred in this year’s draft as Commissioner Willie Marcial imposed a no-trade rule during the draft day. Teams can only submit their trade proposals to the commissioner’s office a day after the event.

Basketball aficionados’ eyes are all on Gilas Pilipinas cadet and Alab Pilipinas guard Bobby Ray Parks, Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates’ CJ Perez and San Beda College “King Lion” Robert Bolick who are predicted to occupy the top 3 spots.

Just like in 2017, Columbian Dyip got the overall pick this year. The only difference is, the team traded its rights to San Miguel Beermen. But who knows, Columbian might once again gamble and trade for better players in exchange for Perez.

As Commissioner Marcial opened the floor for the rookie selection for the teams, Columbian opted for the agile Pirate, CJ Perez.

The second pick of this year belongs to Blackwater Elite and Coach Bong Ramos picked Bobby Ray Parks while North Port Batang Pier selected Robert Bolick at number 4.

Pundits’ prediction on top 3 picks got fulfilled. However, prior to the draft proper, experts leaned on Parks Jr. to be the overall draftee.

NLEX Road Warriors and their head coach, Yeng Guiao surprised the crowd by taking UP Fighting Maroon point guard Paul Desiderio at number 4.

Desiderio steered the Maroons in their 1st UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals appearance after 32 long years and famous for his “Atin to” battle cry.

The Meralco Bolts added another guard on their rotation after going with Fil-Am Trevis Jackson who’s being compared to Beerman Chris Ross for the 5th pick of the night.

Another San Beda Red Lion got picked up as Coach Caloy Garcia announced that the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters are choosing legit three-point shooter Javee Mocon at the 6th pick.

Veteran big man Asi Taulava got another partner at the front court after NLEX selected De La Salle Green Archer and one-time Gilas Pilipinas center Abu Tratter for their 7th pick.

8th pick went to Rain Or Shine and the Elasto Painters selected National University and Go For Gold PBA D-League two-guard Jay Jay Alejandro.

The Alaska Aces made their first pick of the night as they chose Jesper Ayaay from Lyceum of the Philippines at 9th spot.

Likewise, Aces’ rivals in the Governors’ Cup Finals, Magnolia Hotshots at the 10th pick, went for big man Michael Calisaan who’s being compared to Mark Borboran in terms of play style and shooting prowess.

Columbian Dyip, at the 11th pick, chose the youngest draftee in this batch at 21 years old, John Paul Calvo, who, according to analyst Andy Jao, is a quicker version of JV Casio.

The last pick of the first round belongs to the Phoenix Fuel Masters and Head Coach Louie Alas selected lees-known Jorey Napoles from Technological University of the Philippines (TIP).

Here are the top 12 picks in the second round:

1st - Paul Varilla (Rain Or Shine)
2nd - Bong Quinto (Meralco Bolts)
3rd - Jeepy Faundo (Magnolia Hotshots)
4th - Kris Porter (NLEX Road Warriors)
5th - Gideon Babilonia (Alaska Aces)
6th - Cyrus Tabi (Columbian Dyip)
7th - Robbie Manalang (Rain Or Shine)
8th - Harold Ng (Rain Or Shine)
9th - Pass (Alaska Aces)
10th - Pass (Magnolia Hotshots)
11th - Ron Dennison (Phoenix Fuel Masters)
12th - Joe Allen Trinidad (Phoenix Fuel Masters)

This year’s draft is a guard-laden prospects. Aside from the top 7, experts branded this batch as a shallow one compared to the previous year.

For the drafted talents, being selected by their respective teams is just the inaugural step to their dream careers as they still need to show their skills and abilities to impress the management and their coaches to sign a contract and make a living.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express


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Pinay wins as UAE’s best nanny, receives Php 1 million



When her ex-husband left her and their newborn daughter, Rosie Villa decided to find a job abroad to support the child and give her a better life. For 17 years, she worked as nanny in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This year, she goes home with Php 1 million in her bank account as she was chosen as UAE’s best nanny!

Pinay wins as UAE’s best nanny, receives Php 1 million
It’s the third year a Filipina won as UAE’s Best Nanny!

The 39-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was grateful for the award and the money, especially since this came at the time when she needed it the most.

Rosie’s 17-year-old daughter is set to start college and she plans to take up BS Accountancy, a 4-year course.

Currently, Rosie earns Dh2,800 (Php40,000) but she sends most of the money to her siblings who are taking care of their parents, both of whom are bedridden.

With the money she won from the award, Rosie is happy that she will now have sure money to send her daughter to school and also help her parents. She also plans to build a house for her and her daughter, using part of her award.

“This money is a big support just at the time I needed it the most. Firstly, my daughter is about to start her college and this will secure her college fee,” Rosie shared.

“Secondly, my employer helped me set up a small grocery store in the Philippines for which I have to repay the loan. And lastly, I will use it to build a house for me and my daughter so that I can spend some quality time with her and give her back all the time I couldn't be with her.”

Rosie got lucky with her employers, In April 2019, she would be completing 6 years with her current employers, Agustina Rastelli and Andrew Wojecki. They were very supportive during the contest.

How Rosie Won as UAE’s Best Nanny

The award Rosie received came from rise, a fintech platform for migrants. On its third year now, UAE’s Best Nanny award is given to the nanny with exemplary performance.

Family and friends nominate the nanny they think deserved to win the award. Then, they have to share the official post on social media, getting as many likes as they could.

Aside from the social media aspect of the contest, a panel of judges will also judge the nannies according to their capabilities and skills, particularly in child-learning and development, health and nutrition, safety, role modeling, building a nurturing environment, and impact to the family.

The expert panel comprised of Michelle LaRowe, Stella Reid, Sarah Rasmi and Caroline Kanaan chose Rosie as the winner of the competition, not just for her excellent skills as nanny and the way she cared for her employer’s family but also on how she handled her own family in the Philippines.

Despite being a single mom, she was able to closely monitor and raise her daughter with the help of her siblings.

“It is my employers' support and trust that has given me this opportunity to secure this. They have stood by me at all times. And I am grateful to the rise team for this gift of a lifetime,” Rosie said, thanking her employers.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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Meet the Fil-German model who stole Catriona Gray's heart



MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray maybe the Filipino's beauty queen but for Clint Bondad, she's “the perfect girlfriend.”
Meet the Fil-German model who stole Catriona Gray's heart

Catriona and Clint have been together for six years. They celebrated their anniversary coincidentally on the Philippines’ independence day.

Clint shared on Instagram, “Funny when we realized that our anniversary was on the Independence Day of the Philippines. Ironically, however is that we lost our independence but won an amazing journey together that I personally wouldn't exchange for anything.”

Clint Bondad calls Catriona Gray the “perfect girlfriend”
Clint Bondad calls Catriona Gray the “perfect girlfriend” | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Clint Bondad

The 33-year old sweet boyfriend also sent a message for Catriona, “You have given an amazing 6 years. You supported me literally in my weakest moments but also kept me from becoming a complete idiot.”

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With their busy schedules, the lowkey couple would often spent days apart. When they weren't able to be together for last Valentine's Day, Clint told Catriona, “There are 365 days in a year and I dedicated them all to showing you how much I love you ... even if I am on the other side of the planet."

Clint and Catriona have been together for 6 years
Clint and Catriona have been together for 6 years | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Clint Bondad

Just like any couple, Clint and Catriona also enjoy a simple dates together.

Catriona Gray and boyfriend Clint Bondad
Clint is more than proud of his beauty queen girlfriend | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Clint Bondad

Meanwhile, Catriona calls Clint “my love” as they squeezed in a day at the beach despite their busy schedules.

Catriona Gray and boyfriend Clint Bondad
Catriona and Clint enjoy beach day | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Catriona Gray

From the historic sights of Vigan to the Eiserner Bridge (Love Bridge) of Germany, the lovely couple only had eyes for each other.

Catriona Gray and boyfriend Clint Bondad
Clint and Catriona enjoy Vigan | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Catriona Gray

Catriona Gray and boyfriend Clint Bondad
The couple locked in each other’s arms | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Catriona Gray

Clint Bondad was a member of ASAP's defunct group, the Coverboys. He stars in latest commercial of Jollibee as Ken. In 2016, Bondad was named first runner-up in the Century Tuna Superbods.



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Clint Bondad stars in Jollibee commercial.
Clint Bondad stars in Jollibee commercial.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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Catriona Gray hailed as ‘frontrunner’ for Miss Universe crown by international press



MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray is named a frontrunner to bring home the Miss Universe 2018 crown by some international media.
Catriona Gray hailed as ‘frontrunner’ for Miss Universe crown

Catriona is proving that she's not only a fan favorite but is now a “media darling” by some international veteran reporters who are covering the prestigious pageant. Just a few hours before the much-anticipated Miss Universe coronation night, everyone is up and ready to bet for their favourites.

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray is a “media darling”
Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray is a “media darling” | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Catriona Gray

After Catriona's impressive preliminary contest performance, fans have been rallying for her win. And it's not only the Pinoy fans who are raving about Catriona, even several reporters and critics from all over the world agree that she's “the one to beat.”

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Andrea Jaramillo of RCN Televisión Colombia said the words,"I think she's the contestant to beat.”

Alex Medela of Telemetro Panama has his bet on Catriona Gray
Alex Medela of Telemetro Panama has his bet on Catriona Gray | Screengrab: ABS-CBN News

Even Alex Medela of Telemetro Panama also agreed and said, “Everybody says she's gonna be the winner. She's done a great job, she knows what to do. She's almost there.”

Missosology, the number 1 pageant-related community forum today with almost a million followers on Facebook also hailed Catriona as their top choice. They stated, “Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is Missosology’s Choice for Miss Universe 2018!

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray is Missosology’s top choice
Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray is Missosology’s top choice | Photo Courtesy: Missosology/Bong Tan

“The Missosology’s Choice is chosen by our core group of correspondents and editors based on a candidate’s overall performance and popularity,” their statement reads.

Missosology stated that, “No one came to Miss Universe 2018 more prepared than Catriona Gray.” They pointed out Catriona's impressive pageant record and viral preliminary performance. The critic group even said, “If Miss Universe is sensible enough, they will crown her because from whatever perspective, Catriona is a perfect titleholder.”

Meanwhile, Catriona is asking for prayers from everyone hours before the big night. The pageant community is all excited for the Miss Universe coronation night on December 17 (PH time).


— Sally, The Summit Express


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Shopee, Jose Mari Chan give back this Christmas



MANILA, Philippines – Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, celebrates the success of Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale by giving back this festive season.

Shopee, together with its Christmas Ambassador, Jose Mari Chan, ran a donation drive where all proceeds from the sale of Jose Mari Chan’s Going Home to Christmas album via the JMC Music Official Store on Shopee would go towards the funding of the San Juan Nepomuceno School’s educational and renovation programs.

Shopee, Jose Mari Chan give back with donation drive
Karen Perez, Head of Operations of Shopee Philippines, and Jose Mari Chan, Shopee’s Christmas Ambassador presenting a cheque to a representative from San Juan Nepomuceno School

With the help of users, Shopee raised a total of ₱500,000 from the sale of the album. This amount was matched dollar for dollar by Jose Mari Chan, amounting to a total of ₱1 Million donated to the school.

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer, Shopee, said, “Shopee would like to thank our users for joining us in this meaningful cause. We are heartened by the response received and by Jose Mari Chan’s heart-warming generosity. This quarter has been extremely fulfilling for Shopee as we not only clocked in major milestones with the success of our of Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, but also continued to do our part for the local community.”


“I am so pleased to be helping a school that we’ve been supporting for a long time. I am grateful to be part of the Shopee family. This has been a very fulfilling experience and I would like to thank everyone for their warm support,” said Jose Mari Chan.



The final wave of the Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale concluded on a high note with the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.

On 12 December, Shopee saw over 12 million orders across the region, surpassing all past records including the recent Shopee 11.11 Big Sale.

In the Philippines, Mobile and Accessories, Health and Personal Care, and Women’s Apparel were the top three most popular categories. Leading brands, including Maybelline, the SM Store, Xiaomi, and Pampers emerged as favourites amongst users.

— The Summit Express


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