VIDEO: Leah Patricio sings "Muli", "Titanium" on 'The Voice PH' Grand Finals



MANILA, Philippines - Power belter Leah Patricio sang Gary Valenciano's hit song "Muli" on the Final Showdown of ABS-CBN's Twitter-trending singing competition 'The Voice of the Philippines' on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City.

Leah Patricio sings 'Muli' with Jed Madela on The Voice PH' Grand Finals


The 35-year band vocalist from Tondo, Manila performed a duet song with ASAP mainstay Jed Madela.

Coach Sarah Geronimo was impressed on her performance and said the music industry needs Leah.

Leah has joined a lot of singing contests before, but now she is even more determined to build a successful singing career. “This time, I will fight for my family and for the future of my kids so I can provide for their needs,” she shared.

WATCH: The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finale "Muli" by Leah Patricio (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)



WATCH: Leah Patricio sings 'Titanium' on The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finals (Solo)


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Aside from Lea, other artists fighting for the grand title are Team Apl’s Alisah Bonaobra, Team Bamboo’s Rence Rapanot, and Team Sarah's Jason Dy.

The second winner of 'The Voice of the Philippines' will be named based from the outcome of the public and online votes.

The winner will receive a trophy designed and crafted by contemporary artist Leeroy New, a house and lot worth P2 million, a music instrument package worth P100,000, shopping spree and Asian tour package worth P350,000, a business package worth P1 million, a new car worth P1 million, a recording and management contract with MCA Music, and P2 million in cash.

Voting lines will open per round. Viewers may support Leah by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE LEAH and send to 2331 for ABS-CBN Mobile, Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers and 231 for Smart and Talk 'N Text subscribers. The tariff is P1.00/vote for ABS-CBN Mobile, P2.50/vote for Globe, TM, Smart and Talk 'N text and P2.00/vote for Sun Cellular subscribers. Note: One vote per artist per SIM per round only.

Just like in the previous season, the finale was aired in a two part episode (Saturday and Sunday).

On Saturday, the four coaches and the top 4 artists opened the show. Lea Salonga and apl.de.ap first sang Christina Aguilara's "Feel This Moment," it was followed by Bamboo Mañalac and Sarah Geronimo who sang Ed Sheeran's "Sing". All the coaches and the top 4 artists then performed "Feel This Moment."

Partial percentage of votes was revealed on Saturday after the duet song round, Artist T leads with 44.78% followed by Artist V with 18.98. Artist O and P got 18.54% and 17.69% of votes respectively.

The finale episode on Saturday tops online conversations with '#VoicePH2Finale' among the trending topics.


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VIDEO: Jason Dy sings 'Wrecking Ball' with Charice on 'The Voice PH' Grand Finals



MANILA, Philippines - Haranista Jason Dy sang Miley Cyrus' hit song "Wrecking Ball" on the Final Showdown of ABS-CBN's leading vocal competition 'The Voice of the Philippines' on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City.

Jason Dy sings 'Wrecking Ball' with Charice on The Voice PH' Grand Finals


The 23-year old singer from Butuan City performed a duet song with International Singing Sensation Charice.

Jason wants to achieve his longtime dream of creating a name in the industry. “It feels great to be a haranista, but I feel happier when I sing on a bigger stage because I am able to convey what I feel to more people through singing.”

He joins The Voice of the Philippines to honor his mom who had been supportive of him and his passion.

WATCH: The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finale "Wrecking Ball" by Jason Dy (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)



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Aside from Jason, other artists fighting for the grand title are Team Apl’s Alisah Bonaobra, Team Bamboo’s Rence Rapanot, and Team Lea’s Leah Patricio.

The second winner of 'The Voice of the Philippines' will be named based from the outcome of the public's votes.

The winner will receive a trophy designed and crafted by contemporary artist Leeroy New, a house and lot worth P2 million, a music instrument package worth P100,000, shopping spree and Asian tour package worth P350,000, a business package worth P1 million, a new car worth P1 million, a recording and management contract with MCA Music, and P2 million in cash.

Voting lines will open per round. Viewers may support Jason by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE JASOND and send to 2331 for ABS-CBN Mobile, Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers and 231 for Smart and Talk 'N Text subscribers. The tariff is P1.00/vote for ABS-CBN Mobile, P2.50/vote for Globe, TM, Smart and Talk 'N text and P2.00/vote for Sun Cellular subscribers. Note: One vote per artist per SIM per round only.

Just like in the previous season, the finale was aired in a two part episode (Saturday and Sunday).

On Saturday, the four coaches and the top 4 artists opened the show. Lea Salonga and apl.de.ap first sang Christina Aguilara's "Feel This Moment," it was followed by Bamboo Mañalac and Sarah Geronimo who sang Ed Sheeran's "Sing". All the coaches and the top 4 artists then performed "Feel This Moment."

Partial percentage of votes was revealed on Saturday after the duet song round, Artist T leads with 44.78% followed by Artist V with 18.98. Artist O and P got 18.54% and 17.69% of votes respectively.

The finale episode on Saturday tops online conversations with '#VoicePH2Finale' among the trending topics.


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VIDEO: Rence Rapanot sings 'Karaniwang Tao' on 'The Voice PH' Grand Finals



MANILA, Philippines - Singer-farmer and four-chair turner Rence Rapanot sang Joey Ayala's "Karaniwang Tao" on the Final Showdown of ABS-CBN's top-rating vocal competition 'The Voice of the Philippines' on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City.

Rence Rapanot sings 'Karaniwang Tao' on The Voice PH' Grand Finals


The 22-year old singer from Laguna performed a duet song with Joey Ayala and Bayang Barrios. Rence impressed the coaches as they believed Rence is needed in todays OPM industry.

Rence gears up to win the competition to encourage the younger generation of Filipinos to listen to OPM. “All I want is for people to love our own music, and I’m ready to fight for that,” he said.

WATCH: The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finale "Karaniwang Tao" by Rence Rapanot (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)


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Aside from Rence, other artists fighting for the grand title are Team Sarah’s Jason Dy, Team Apl’s Alisah Bonaobra, and Team Lea’s Leah Patricio.

The second winner of 'The Voice of the Philippines' will be named based from the outcome of the public's votes.

The winner will receive a trophy designed and crafted by contemporary artist Leeroy New, a house and lot worth P2 million, a music instrument package worth P100,000, shopping spree and Asian tour package worth P350,000, a business package worth P1 million, a new car worth P1 million, a recording and management contract with MCA Music, and P2 million in cash.

Voting lines will open per round. Viewers may support Rence by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE RENCE and send to 2331 for ABS-CBN Mobile, Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers and 231 for Smart and Talk 'N Text subscribers. The tariff is P1.00/vote for ABS-CBN Mobile, P2.50/vote for Globe, TM, Smart and Talk 'N text and P2.00/vote for Sun Cellular subscribers. Note: One vote per artist per SIM per round only.

The finale episode on Saturday tops online conversations with '#VoicePH2Finale' among the trending topics.


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VIDEO: Alisah Bonaobra sings 'Ako Ang Nagwagi' on 'The Voice PH' Grand Finals



MANILA, Philippines - The ‘Singing Tindera’ Alisah Bonaobra sang Dulce's hit song "Ako Ang Nagwagi" on the Final Showdown of ABS-CBN's top-rating vocal competition 'The Voice of the Philippines' on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City.

Alisah Bonaobra sings 'Ako Ang Nagwagi' on The Voice PH' Grand Finals

The 19-year old singer from Paco, Manila performed a duet song with the Ultimate Birit Queen Dulce. The coaches said Bonaobra managed to meet expectations given the complexity of the song.

“Singing has brought me the happiest and most painful things in my life, but it also brings me hope that I can change my life and my family’s,” said ‘singing tindera’ Alisah, who hopes to go back to school and help her family out of poverty.

WATCH: The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finale "Ako Ang Nagwagi" by Alisah Bonaobra and Dulce (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)



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Aside from Alisah, other artists fighting for the grand title are Team Sarah’s Jason Dy, Team Bamboo’s Rence Rapanot, and Team Lea’s Leah Patricio.

The second winner of 'The Voice of the Philippines' will be named based from the outcome of the public's votes.

The winner will receive a trophy designed and crafted by contemporary artist Leeroy New, a house and lot worth P2 million, a music instrument package worth P100,000, shopping spree and Asian tour package worth P350,000, a business package worth P1 million, a new car worth P1 million, a recording and management contract with MCA Music, and P2 million in cash.

Voting lines will open per round. Viewers may support Alisah by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE ALISAH and send to 2331 for ABS-CBN Mobile, Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers and 231 for Smart and Talk 'N Text subscribers. The tariff is P1.00/vote for ABS-CBN Mobile, P2.50/vote for Globe, TM, Smart and Talk 'N text and P2.00/vote for Sun Cellular subscribers. Note: One vote per artist per SIM per round only.

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YOU DECIDE: Alisah, Jason, Rence or Leah for "Voice of the Philippines" Grand Winner



MANILA, Philippines - “The Voice of the Philippines” wraps up its Season 2 with the much-anticipated Final Showdown of its top four artists, who are vying to win the grand title in the singing competition’s Live Showdown this Saturday and Sunday night (Feb 28 at Mar 1, 2015) on ABS-CBN.

Alisah, Jason, Rence or Leah for "Voice of the Philippines" Grand Winner


Who among Team Apl’s Alisah Bonaobra, Team Sarah’s Jason Dy, Team Bamboo’s Rence Rapanot, and Team Lea’s Leah Patricio will get the highest percentage of public votes to be hailed as the show’s second grand winner?

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As the four artists prepare to go head-to head in this weekend’s finale, coaches Apl, Sarah, Bamboo, and Lea coaches are also busy campaigning, especially on social media to encourage viewers and fans to support their bets.

The winner will receive a trophy designed and crafted by contemporary artist Leeroy New, a house and lot worth P2 million, a music instrument package worth P100,000, shopping spree and Asian tour package worth P350,000, a business package worth P1 million, a new car worth P1 million, a recording and management contract with MCA Music, and P2 million in cash.

“Singing has brought me the happiest and most painful things in my life, but it also brings me hope that I can change my life and my family’s,” said ‘singing tindera’ Alisah, who hopes to go back to school and help her family out of poverty.

Jason, meanwhile, wants to achieve his longtime dream of creating a name in the industry. “It feels great to be a haranista, but I feel happier when I sing on a bigger stage because I am able to convey what I feel to more people through singing.”

Singer-farmer and four-chair turner Rence gears up to win the competition to encourage the younger generation of Filipinos to listen to OPM. “All I want is for people to love our own music, and I’m ready to fight for that,” he said.

Power belter Leah might have joined a lot of singing contests before, but now she is even more determined to build a successful singing career. “This time, I will fight for my family and for the future of my kids so I can provide for their needs,” she shared.

Watch the four artists clash this weekend, as well as the special performances from special guests Jed Madela, Charice, Joey Ayala, and Dulce.


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Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla tries to commit suicide?



MANILA, Philippines - Reliable source says Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, son of detained senator Ramon Revilla Jr. tried to commit suicide on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Jolo Revilla
Jolo Revilla

A report from Southern Luzon Inquirer correspondent Maricar Cinco has confirmed on Twitter few hours after the news broke on social media that Jolo Revilla was rushed to the hospital.

Jolo Revilla Suicide


Sources said that Revilla is currently "in stable condition" and "will survive." He is currently being treated at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City.

“He sustained a gun shot that went through his upper right chest. I don’t know how it happened,” Cavite Gov. Juanito Vicor Remulla told Inquirer.

11:00PM Update: According to a GMA "News TV Live", lawyer Raymond Fortun has said Revilla accidentally pulled the trigger of a gun that he was cleaning at their home in Ayala Alabang. Here's the video:


Fortun said Revilla will have to stay in the hospital for the next 48 to 72 hours.

Meanwhile, Revilla’s talent manager Lolit Solis told to media that Jolo was hit hard by his father’s detention over corruption charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. “Jolo idolizes Bong. Jolo lost a source of strength.”

Solis added in an interview on dzBB that "sad to say," the gunshot wound appears to be self-inflicted.

She also said that his rumored girlfriend Jodi Sta Maria quickly rushed to the hospital to be with Revilla.


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DepEd: Keep 2015 graduation rites simple but meaningful



MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday reiterated that graduation ceremonies in schools should be simple but meaningful and should promote civil rights, foster a sense of community, and encourage personal responsibilities.

graduation 2015


Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said, “While graduation rites mark a milestone in the life of the graduates, these should be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attires, or extravagant venues.”

Luistro directed the public school heads to charge any expenses related to the graduation rites to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) under the 2015 budget.

“Contribution for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on a voluntary basis,” he added. Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) may donate funds as long as these are from voluntary contributions.

Luistro added that non-academic projects such as but not limited to attendance to field trips, film showing, Junior/Senior (JS) Promenade and other school events should not be imposed as requirements for graduation.

The graduation ceremonies should be scheduled either on March 26 or 27, 2015.

This year’s graduation theme is “Saktong Buhay: Sa De-kalidad na Edukasyon Pinanday”. This year’s commencement exercises shall highlight the importance of quality education in forging a decent future for the Filipino youth.

“Through this theme, we hope to emphasize the Department’s commitment in honing the 21st century skills among Filipino graduates in order for them to actualize their life goals and dreams not only for themselves but also for the less fortunate,” Luistro said.

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LIVE BLOG: Pilipinas Aguilas vs Korea Tigers Coverage, Results



Live blog of  Pilipinas Aguilas vs Korea Tigers international friendly match dubbed as the Phil-Kor Cup 2015.

Pilipinas Aguilas vs Korea Tigers Coverage, Scores, Results


MANILA, Philippines – Pilipinas Aguilas sharpen talons and now ready to claw Korea Tigers!

For the third time in a year, the Pilipinas Aguilas National Tackle Football Team will once again fight for Honor, Pride and Flag against the youthful Korea Tigers today, February 28, 2015 at Emperador Stadium, McKinly Hill in Taguig City.

Local American Football League – Arena Ball Philippines (ABP) has successfully concluded its 5th Season last February 7 with the undefeated Wolves snatched the crown from fomer 4-time champions, Team Bandits. Exactly a week after the closing ceremony, the American Tackle Football Association headed by Chairman Apollo Anco, ABP President Bernardo “Dodi” Palma re-assembled the National Team to test the younger Korea Tigers.

Ranked 24th by the International American Football Association (IFAF), the Pilipinas Aguilas had its first International-Sanctioned game against the World’s number 2, Team Japan in in their home turf for the IFAF Senior World Championship to be held in Stockholm Sweden, walloped the inexperienced Aguilas 86-0. 4 months after the heavy beating from the Japanese, the Aguilas hosted a friendly game against the Western Australia Raiders but got humiliated in front of the home crowd 56-7.

The Tigers have landed.

On the eve of February 26, the Korea Tigers landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. The Tigers, guided by Canadian Head Coach Lawrence Bowlby and comprised by youthful students from Korea University is just one of Major American Football Clubs in South Korea has a great winning and championship tradition in Korea American Football Association which inaugurated in 1962.

The Aguilas ready for take-off.

The National Team bannered by high-caliber players from 6 ABP Teams really learned a lot from its previous defeats from the hands of the more talented Japanese and Aussies has now finally adjusted and ready to make the country proud and avenge its painful losses.

Join us as we provide live and exclusive updates of the Fil-Korea Cup. Kick-off starts at exactly 1pm. - D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress

FULL STORY: Korea Tigers hand Pilipinas Aguilas 3rd straight loss

Korea Tigers win 38-33.

Last chance for Aguilas to shut down the Tigers 1:31 remaining in the game.

Seesaw battle. Korea scored back with a Touch Down and 2 pt conversion. 38-33 Tigers. 6:21 remaining in the 4th.

Aguilas immediately fired back with a Touch Down from Emilio Lim. 33-30 Aguilas.

Korea regained the lead by a Touch down and 2 point conversion. 30-26, Tigers.

End of 3Q. Aguilas still up, 26-22.

Touch Down by Tigers #4. 26-22, Aguilas.

Aguilas started the Q3 with a Field Goal Kick. 26-16, Aguilas.

End of 1st half 23-16, Aguilas lead.

Aguilas field goal kick is good for 3 pts. 23-16 Aguilas.

Touch down Korea #20. 20-16 Tigers.

Johnny Babaran Touch Down! 20-8 Aguilas! 7:43 remaining in Q2.

Korea forced to punt. Aguilas ball on the 37 yard line. Aguilas Touch Down! 20 yard pass from QB 16 to WR 82. 14-8 Aguilas. Aguilas Touch Down! 20 yard pass from QB 16 to WR 82. 14-8 Aguilas.

Johnny Babaran for Aguilas' 1st Touch Down! Extra point good for Dj Melo. 8-7 Korea. End of 1Q.






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VIDEO: Jam Sebastian of Jamich is still on life support | Latest News Updates, Photos



MANILA, Philippines - Youtube star Jam Sebastian of Jamich is still on life support, family of his fiancée Paolinne Michelle “Mich” Liggayu has confirmed on Facebook on Friday, February 27, 2015. Check out the latest news, photos and videos of Jamich as Jam is battling against lung cancer for more than a year now.

Jam Sebastian of Jamich is still on life support
JAMICH faces a tough challenge. | Photo Credit: Jamich on Instagram

On Thursday, rumors that Jam dies of cancer circulate online. But, Jamich and their parents clarified that he still alive and fighting inspite the pain he's suffering.

"Still on life support. Meds are machine calculated and closely monitored by a private nurse. He was suppose to be brought down to the ICU but the family opted for him to stay in his room," Mich father Christopher Joseph Liggayu said on Facebook.

"He is awake now. Interacting to all that's around him. My God! He is saying he loves us. He is now wide awake. Looking at us one by one. He looked at me with both eyes opened and smiled. Tears poured out but I'm happy," Liggayu captioned on as he shared video of Jamich.


Jam wakes up to say 'I Love You'

"Biglang nagising si Jam ngayon. Naging malinaw yung eyes niya. Tinanong ko siya kung anong feeling kung parang bagong gising lang ba na biglang may energy, nag nod siya. Oo daw. Di pa siya makasalita kaya humingi kami ng pen and paper. Kasi baka may gusto siya sabihin. Ayan sinulat niya para samin lahat. Solid!," Mich posted on Facebook.

Jam wakes up to say 'I Love You'


Christopher Liggayu said that Jam's lead cancer doctor, Dr. Charity Gorospe has explained to them the reality of Jam's condition. "All vital signs are weak and that it is a fight that we will not win over."

Dr. Charity Gorospe explains Jam's current condition
Dr. Charity Gorospe explains Jam's current condition

"She also added that what we are doing to Jam right now is just prolonging his pain if we keep him under meds and the ventilator." He is just alive because of the meds and will not recover anymore, the doctor said.



Mich has posted on Instagram a prayer of surrender. “….may Your will be done”

A photo posted by Jamich  (@jamich) on


Jam's mother also shared on Facebook her request of prayer for her son.

"Prayers are really powerful lets all continue praying for my son Jam Fernando Sebastian in JESUS name hear our prayers." Maricar Fernando Sebastian

"This is the saddest moment of my life d ko alam pano kayanin toh Lord please give more strength and power to accept that my son is dying," Maricar Sebastian added.


Friends and celebrities offer prayer

On Friday, some of Jam's friends and celebrities which include Cav of Chicsers, Mark Herras, Jimmy Alapag, Mikey Bustos and Budol Gang have visited him at Saint Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Friends and celebrities offer prayer


"Jimmy Alapag and wife LJ visiting Jam yet again. Jimmy shows support telling Jam that he is here for him. On his first visit to Jam just barely a month ago, he gave Jam a Philippine Team Jacket. Jam by the way loves basketball," Christopher Liggayu said.

Meanwhile, the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino also went to Saint Luke's on Thursday night to visit Jam.

Kris Aquino visits Jam
Kris Aquino visits Jam on Thursday

"My prayers are w/ her (Maricar), their family, close friends and Jam- that God may ease his suffering. And that they will continue to have unwavering faith in our Creator's love," Aquino posted on Instagram.

Netizens also shared their sympathy and prayer for Jam and his family.






"Jamich", a combination of Jam's name and Paolinne’s second name Michelle have gained popularity through their channel on Youtube which tackles their interests and different types of love stories.


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Recto: May 3 must be 'National No Brownout Day' for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight



MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ralph Recto on Wednesday challenged the Department of Energy (DOE) officials to ensure May 3 as "National No Brownout Day" as any outage anywhere will turn them into "punching bags" by people who would be deprived of watching on TV the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

May 3 must be 'National No Brownout Day' for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight


Recto said the executive branch should use the emergency powers it is asking and which Congress is poised to grant to prevent blackouts this summer, when electricity use is at its peak, "especially on May 3."

"The effectiveness of the emergency powers will be tested on May 3," Recto said.

"I think one promissory note we should be asking from the Department of Energy (DOE) is that there will be adequate supply of electricity on the day of the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout," he said.

"If the people won't be able to cheer Manny because power is out, they will jeer the government," Recto said.

"You have the powers, you will have hundreds of millions of pesos, you have the time, so please see to it that there will be no brownout not only on May 3 but throughout summer," Recto said.

Malacanang has invoked a section in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) in asking Congress for emergency powers to contract additional capacity to avert an impending power crunch.

Section 71 of EPIRA states that "upon the determination by the President of the Philippines of an imminent shortage of the supply of electricity, Congress may authorize, through a joint resolution, the establishment of additional generating capacity under such terms and conditions as it may approve."

Billed as the fight with the richest purse in history, the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is on May 2 (May 3 in Philippine Time) in Las Vegas, USA.


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Gins extend winning streak; Kia slays another champion



MANILA, Philippines – Crowd favorite Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel played their last game before the PBA All-Star break by winning over a very dangerous Blackwater Elite, 89-82 on Wednesday, February 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.



Blackwater Elite import Marcus “Big Daddy” Douthit who had to battle EDSA’s heavy traffic this afternoon by riding a bicycle from his home to the Big Dome contributed 11 points in the 1st quarter. The Naturalized Filipino had to earn majority of his points from the perimeter due congested shaded lane caused by Ginebra Gin Kings’ Twin Towers Michael Dunigan and Greg Slaughter.

Michael Dunigan, who is now playing in great shape matched his counterpart with 19 points in the 1st half. Greg “Gregzilla” Slaughter and Mark “Spark” Caguioa contributed 11 points apiece to end the half with 5-point lead. Before moving to the dugout for half time break, Dunigan literally shook the backboard with a reverse double-handed slam dunk making 4 total jams in this game.

Prior to this game, Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters tried to grab the solo lead but dropped to the 2nd spot instead. Head Coach Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao drove his Kia Carnival to its 3rd victory of the season by knocking out another league heavy weight, Talk ‘N Text 106-103.

Kia’s 7’3” import, PJ Ramos, continued his usual twenty-twenty performance with 24 points and 25 rebounds. The Puerto Rican giant got a huge aid from his teammates with 5 of them posting double digits led by former Green Archer shooting guard, Hyram Bagatsing.

It was Kia’s 3-point shooting prowess which helped them foil Tropang Texter’s solo-lead attempt with the unheralded Bagatsing rained 6 of his team’s 18 triples to obtain the Best Player of the Game Award.

Coach Manny Pacquiao grabbed this opportunity to warm-up for his May 2 slug fest with Floyd Mayweather Jr. by fielding himself in for 7 minutes with 0 out of 2 shootings.

Before this hard-earned win, Kia Carnival, now dubbed as “Champions Killer” beat Defending Commissioner’s Cup Champions Purefoods Star Hotshots and newly-crowned All Filipino Cup Champions San Miguel Beermen. Kia Carnival moved up to the 8th spot of the standings with 3-4 record.

The Gins’ Twin Towers continued their scoring run in the 3rd Quarter along with the Veteran Caguioa imposing a 16-point lead over Coach Leo Isaac’s squad. Ex-Gin Sunday Salvacion, former San Beda Red Lion Bam Bam Gamalinda and guard Jeric Canada all fired threes to trim down the lead 69-60 under a minute remaining in the penultimate quarter.

Big Daddy Douthit who did not make too much impact offensively in the entire game was backed-up by his comrades with 10 of them chipped-in scoring. JP Erram muscled his way under the rim to cut the lead down to 4 points followed by another 2 points by Brian Heruela to force Coach Ato Agustin to call a time-out. The Kings responded positively with LA Tenorio’s deep three and Greg Slaughter’s slam dunk and one.

The combination of Michael Dunigan and Greg Slaughter in the front court became a headache for Coach Leo Isaac. The twin towers combined for 44 points and 30 boards.

Gin Kings improved their 4-3 record and tied for the 5th spot with Purefoods Star Hotshots and Globalport Batang Pier while Blackwater Elite hit rock bottom with 1-6.

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel will be having a very relax and long break and will have an ample time for practice and conditioning before going back into action on March 11 against upbeat NLEX Road Warriors.


Scores:

Game 1

Kia 106 – Ramos 24, Bagatsing 21, Avenido 16, Cervantes 10, Pascual 10, Buensuceso 10, Revilla 5, Dehesa 5, Cawaling 3, Alvarez 2, Pacquiao 0, Thiele 0, Poligrates 0

TNT 103 – Castro 24, Johnson 21, Ganuelas-Rosser 12, Aban 12, De Ocampo 11, R. Reyes 6, Alas 4, Miller 0, Carey 4

Game 2

Ginebra 89 – Dunigan 27, Slaughter 17, Tenorio 17, Caguioa 15, Yeo 7, Baracael 4, Aguilar 2, Monfort 0, Ellis 0, Pena 0, Ababou 0

Blackwater 82 – Douthit 16, Gamalinda 11, Erram 11, Celiz 9, Heruela 8, Salvacion 8, Ballesteros 6, Canada 5, Faundo 3, Timberlake 3, Reyes 1, Laure 1, Acuna 0

- D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress


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Derrick Rose re-injures right knee, undergoes surgery



Chicago Illinois, USA – NBA 2011 Most Valuable Player, Chicago Bulls superstar guard, Derrick Rose suffered a Right Medial Meniscus tear, 3rd time in 3 years.

Derrick Rose re-injures right knee, undergoes surgery
Derrick Rose re-injures knee done for this season and will undergo a surgery | Credit: houndsports.com

Bulls’ coaching staff revealed on Tuesday that Rose complained a serious pain in his right knee during their practice and immediately gave the shifty guard a medical attention. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) shows that Rose re-injured his Right Medial Meniscus and was told to undergo surgery.

For the third time, Derrick Rose damaged his knee and Bulls management fears that this could be another painful season-ender for the former MVP.

It was playoffs of 2011-2012 Season when DRose tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of his left knee and placed him on the injured-reserve list for the reminder of the playoffs. He was also forced to skip the entire 2012-2013 season for his full rehabilitation and recovery.

He was cleared during the 2013-2014 season but unfortunately after playing 10 games, he injured his right knee and this time tearing his Medial Meniscus, his 2nd straight after his ACL and got side-lined for the remaining 50 plus games of the tournament.

Many fans and experts believe that Rose is another Brandon Roy in the making. A very explosive all-star player who prematurely hang his jersey due to series of knee injuries.

On the positive note, not all athletes who had serious knee injuries ended in retirement. Take NFL Running Back, Adrian Peterson as an example. The 6’1” Minnesota Viking who suffered torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in 2011, defied all odds and made a unbelievable comeback by recording a 2,000 plus rushing yards and bagged the season MVP.

Rose tried to return ala Adrian Peterson but he was never the same after 2 major knee surgeries. His stats diminish drastically. 2014-2015 was a great and hopeful season for Rose and the Bulls. They even fortified their line-up by acquiring 7’1” ex-Laker Pau Gasol and many basketball gurus believed that this was the best move of the off-season after Lebron James’ home coming to Cleveland.

DRose is averaging decent numbers in this current season with 18.4 PPG, 5.0 APG and 3.1 RPG and he even played for team USA who got gold at the FIBA World Cup in Spain in early 2014 which served as his testing grounds for this season.

Medical experts agree in unison that Derrick Rose is done at least for this season. It takes 6-8 weeks to heal a torn Medial Meniscus.

NBA playoffs starts in 2 months, with or without Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls will still be a threat in the Eastern Conference. Such a great timing for Jimmy Butler to mature, step-up and fill-in DRose’s shoes. As of the moment, the Bulls are in a very comfortable 3rd place of the standings and 2 wins ahead of Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The question is: will we ever see DRose on court again after a year? Or, we will rather see a Jersey Number 1 hanging on the ceilings of United Center Arena beside the Bulls Legends.

The Summit Express wishes Derrick Rose a speedy recovery. - D' Waterboy


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NLEX Road Warriors win, give SMB 5th heartbreaking loss



MANILA, Philippines – Tied at the 11th spot with 1-4 record, the San Miguel Beermen and NLEX Road Warriors tried to boxed-out each other to escape the danger of early elimination and after 48 minutes of basketball, the Manny V. Pangilinan owned team moved a step closer to the middle of the standings by edging the vulnerable San Miguel Beermen, 100-93 on Tuesday, February 24 at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Road Warrior Asi Taulava schooled the youthful SMB starting center Junmar Fajardo
Road Warrior Asi Taulava schooled the youthful SMB starting center Junmar Fajardo

As early as second quarter, the Cagayan De Oro out of town game top scorer, Arizona Reid was looking to replicate his perfect debut last weekend by dropping 16 points with 3 out 4 shooting from down town. The 6’4” small forward in dread locks seems a perfect fit for Leo Austria’s squad and style of coaching with the Beermen up again by double digits at the end of the 1st half.

READ: Beermen Winless No More

Entering the penultimate quarter, the come-backing AZ Reid continued to wax hot by contributing 11 more points, 1 shot shy of his debut stats of 29. Previously timid players Arwind “Spiderman” Santos and Doug “Bicepticon” Kramer contributed 15 and 12 points respectively in the 3rd quarter to give the Beermen a 21 point lead crossing to the 4th canto.

The Road Warriors tried to shift the momentum to their side with their NBA Veteran import, Al Thornton and the age-less Asi Taulava spear-headed the offensive attack to trim down the lead to 11.

The 42 year old Fil-Tongan, schooled the youthful SMB starting center Junmar Fajardo by clogging the shaded lane and making the 25 year old Cebuano big man took shots outside of his comfort zone. Asi “The Rock” Taulava, showed no signs of aging by staying on the floor for more than half an hour until mid-way of the 4th quarter.

Junmar Fajardo appeared to be bothered by Meralco Wingman Josh Davis whom he accidentally undercut during their out of town game last Saturday in Xavier Gymnasium in Cagayan De Oro City and still listed on a day-to-day basis. The gentle giant had an off-night tallying only 10 points and 9 rebounds compared to the oldest active player in the league Asi Taulava who jotted down 20 points and 7 boards.

Coach Boyet Fernandez and his wards owned the final quarter and was able to grab the lead for the first time with under 4 minutes of the quarter. KG Canaleta helped Taulava and Thornton by sinking 2 rainbow shots while former FEU Tamaraw guard, Jonas Villanueva forced Coach Leao Austria to call a cease fire by burying another dagger three to give NLEX a 5-point lead with 1:51 remaining in the ball game. Al Thornton secured Road Warriors’ 2nd win of the conference by completing 2 of his foul shots and recording a total of 30 points.

The ghost of the past continues to haunt the Bermeen with this painful defeat and will stay at the bottom of the standings tied with Black Water Elite both with 1-5 league-worst record.

Scores:

NLEX 100– Thornton 30, Taulava 20, J. Villanueva 15, Cardona 9, Borboran 8, Canaleta 6, Lingganay 6, E. Villanueva 2, Ramos 2, Apinan 2, Arboleda 0, Raymundo 0

SMB 93 – Reid 27, Santos 20, Kramer 15, Lutz 10, Fajardo 10, Cabagnot 6, Ross, 2, Lassiter 2, Tubid 1,

- D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress


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VIDEO: UFC fighter "California Kid" batters radio host



Las Vegas Nevada, USA – In a very rare occasion, a UFC Fighter showcased his talent outside the Octagon and in an unsanctioned event.

Urijah Faber goes HAM on Jason Ellis before fight
Urijah Faber goes HAM on Jason Ellis before fight
UFC Bantamweight Fighter Urijah “California Kid” Faber, pummeled radio host Jason Ellis in an intermission match at the latter’s annual Ellis Mania celebrity boxing match and party at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The California Kid, who is set to lock horns with former Bantamweight Champion, Frankie Edgar on May 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City Philippines for the UFC’s first ever Philippine Invasion, exhibited his boxing skills and gave the radio host a serious beating.

Faber climbed up in the ring and boxed with Jason Ellis for a little over a minute in an unusual fighting gear. In a pair of jeans and sneakers. Yes, Urijah was in jeans instead of his usual MMA shorts. Nevertheless, he still clobbered Ellis with barrage of punches to the body and head.

Jason Ellis is not your typical type of DJ with a sweet and charming voice. The heavily-tattooed radio host with proper boxing stance and footwork gave his best and exchanged decent blows with Urijah Faber.

After the bell sounded, the gassed-out radio host moved to his neutral corner and approached by Faber for a job well done. He sat on a stool while gasping and panting hard for couple of minutes and surprisingly stood up and went all in for few more rounds against two different opponents.

Here’s the video of the exciting match of Faber and Ellis:


- D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress


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Pac-Floyd: Tale of 100 Million Dollars and 3 Welterweight Belts



MANILA, Philippines - 69 more days to go before the much-awaited mega fight of Floyd “Money” Mayweather versus Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao commences, boxing pundits and wannabes are now giving their takes and predictions on this historic bout on May 2.

Pac-Floyd fight


The focal point of all conversations is who will be the last man standing inside the ring. Majority of the newspapers, sports forums and online gazettes highlight the strengths and weaknesses of both Pretty Boy Floyd and Pacman Pacquiao.

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OFFICIAL: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather square off on May 2

Have you ever heard what’s at stake on this bout? Yes, after 12 rounds of fist fight, one of them will at least be a $100,000,000 richer. And? What else?

Yes correct, this will be a title bout for heaven’s sake!

I guess it’s not that relevant for all the boxing fans out there. What matters most is, wish finally granted: the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier of the modern era will officially be exchanging punches on the canvass.

Both fighters will be clashing on 147 lbs, under Welterweight Division. The Undefeated American currently holds WBC and WBA belts while the Underdog Fighting Congressman from Philippines banners his WBO Welterweight Title which he reclaimed from Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley during their rematch almost 1 year ago.

So aside from the hundred million dollar plus pot money, the Ultimate Welterweight Champion of the World will be boasting and parading 3 more belts on his waist and will be cementing his legacy as the greatest boxer ever.

Aside from the prize money, belts still matter. - D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress


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OFFICIAL: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather square off on May 2



MANILA, Philippines - Mark your calendars folks, May 2 it is!

Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather square off on May 2
Pac-Floyd square off at MGM, Nevada on May 2, 2015.

After more than half of a decade of failed negotiations, we will finally see two great fighters of our era collide. The undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will settle everything inside the ring at MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada, USA.

The two legends will slug it all out for $250,000,000 and making this bout the richest fight in the history. The contract states that “Money” Mayweather gets 60% of the fight purse or $150,000,000 while “Pacman” gets 40% of the equation or $100,000,000.

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Now that the table is all set for this greatest sports event ever, the fans in all corners of the globe are excited, the question is: Will the Pac-Floyd be as exciting as it’s being advertised?

“It could be a boring fight if both of them try to box each other. Some people have such high hopes for the fight but it could be boring.” Says Amir Khan, Pacquiao’s former stable mate and sparring partner.

Considering Floyd’s style of Boxing, Khan might probably be right. Mayweather’s great-wall-of-china-like defense could make this mega fight boring as turtle race. But Manny Pacquiao’s always-on-attack-mode could make all our money worth it. Envision this fight like Pacquiao vs Clottey, Mayweather being Joshua Clottey but more agile and has a great footwork.

Another question on the table: Can Pacquiao beat the Undefeated American?

We all know that Manny Pacquiao has both speed and power. But, it seems that Pacman has already forgotten to win via knock out. His last KO win was almost 5 years ago against Antonio Margarito and after that, he just won all of his 5 fights by decision. In fact, he was knocked out cold by his arch enemy, Juan Manuel Marquez 3 years ago.

"Does he have the killer instinct he once had? I have to answer honestly, I don't think so… He feels that to beat a person, you don't have to kill him or knock him out." Commented by Pacman’s Chief Trainor, Freddie Roach.

These words might be a morale booster for Floyd Mayweather. He watched all of Pacquiao’s recent bouts for sure. He is pretty much aware that extra-curricular activities such as: politics, family, basketball head coaching, TV shows and Bible studies diminish Pacquiao’s killer instinct. So he knows his advantages over the Filipino South Paw and possibly one of the reasons why he signed the contract.

Pacman might forgot how to knock out his opponents but his punching power still remains. He is still a heavy-hitter. Chris Algieri kissed the canvass six times due to variety of punches that he absorbed from the Fighting Congressman from Philippines. Chris Algieri is 6 years younger than Pacquiao and was once undefeated too, bannering his 20-0 record before bowing down to his recent tormentor.

Floyd Mayweather will be turning 38 in couple of days. Will age be a factor?

Yes it will be a factor. It became a factor on Pacquiao, where he can no longer book a knock out win and it will also apply on Mayweather. It clearly manifested on his last fight against Marcos Maidana, where he got caught by El Chino many times and even almost decked him once. Records show that the younger Pacquiao is the more experienced fighter than Mayweather. Pacman has 10 more wins and 12 more KOs than Money Mayweather.

Speed, Power, Age and Experience are clearly Manny’s edge over Floyd. However, Mayweather has the Height, Reach and Wit inside the Ring advantages.

For Manny, he has really nothing to lose. He just wants to make the boxing fans’ wish come true: to see two of the world’s greatest boxers clash. But for Floyd, he has plenty of things to lose: his Immaculate Record, his Pride and his Legacy.

May 2 is D Day. Two Great Fighters will stand toe-to-toe for 12 rounds. All ends of the earth will roar. Blood will spill. Bell will ring. May the best man win. - D'Waterboy, TheSumitExpress


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List of Winners: Oscars 2015, the 87th Academy Awards



The complete list of winners for the 87th Academy Awards better known as the Oscars is officially revealed on Sunday, Februrary 22, 2015 (Monday on Philippine Time) in the awards night ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The Oscars 2015 winners


Oscars 2015 is mainly dominated by the entries from "Birdman" as it won the best picture, cinematography and original screenplay, and the film's director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, won the directing Oscar.
In the acting categories, Eddie Redmayne won for best actor and Julianne Moore took home the award for best actress.

Meanwhile, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took home several awards which include costume design, makeup and hairstyling, production design and best original score.

During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presents the Academy Awards to honor the best films of 2014.


List of Winners: Oscars 2015, the 87th Academy Awards
Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles | Photo Credit: Reuters

The final round of voting by the Academy's 6,292 members ended on Tuesday.

Each of this year's nominees for Best Original Song performed by the likes of John Legend and Common, Tim McGraw, Rita Ora, Maroon 5 and Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island. A special tribute performances from Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga and Jack Black are also scheduled.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the starriest event for the first time.

Here's the live feed and updates for Oscars 2015:



Here's the complete list of winners for Oscars 2015 (Updated):

BEST MOTION PICTURE
  • "American Sniper"
  • "Boyhood"
  • "Birdman" - WINNER
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • "The Imitation Game"
  • "Selma"
  • "The Theory of Everything"
  • "Whiplash"

BEST DIRECTOR
  • Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman" - WINNER
  • Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
  • Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"
  • Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"

BEST ACTOR
  • Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
  • Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
  • Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
  • Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" - WINNER

BEST ACTRESS
  • Marion Cotillard, "Two Days One Night"
  • Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" - WINNER
  • Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
  • Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
  • Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
  • Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
  • Edward Norton, "Birdman"
  • Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
  • J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" - WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" - WINNER
  • Laura Dern, "Wild"
  • Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
  • Emma Stone, "Birdman"
  • Meryl Streep, "Into The Woods"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • "Boyhood"
  • "Birdman" - WINNER
  • "Foxcatcher"
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • "Nightcrawler"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • "American Sniper"
  • "The Imitation Game" - WINNER
  • "Inherent Vice"
  • "The Theory of Everything"
  • "Whiplash"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
  • "Big Hero 6" - WINNER
  • "The Boxtrolls"
  • "How To Train Your Dragon 2"
  • "Song of the Sea"
  • "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - WINNER
  • "The Imitation Game"
  • "Interstellar"
  • "Into The Woods"
  • "Mr. Turner"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • "Birdman" - WINNER
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • "Ida"
  • "Mr. Turner"
  • "Unbroken"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - WINNER
  • "Inherent Vice"
  • "Into The Woods"
  • "Maleficent"
  • "Mr. Turner"

BEST FILM EDITING
  • "American Sniper"
  • "Boyhood"
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • "The Imitation Game"
  • "Whiplash" - WINNER

BEST MAKEUP and HAIRSTYLING
  • "Foxcatcher"
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - WINNER
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy"

BEST SOUND MIXING
  • "American Sniper"
  • "Birdman"
  • "Interstellar"
  • "Unbroken"
  • "Whiplash" - WINNER

BEST SOUND EDITING
  • "American Sniper" - WINNER
  • "Birdman"
  • "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
  • "Interstellar"
  • "Unbroken"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  • "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
  • "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy"
  • "X-Men: Days of Futures Past"
  • "Interstellar" - WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel' - WINNER
  • "The Imitation Game"
  • "Interstellar"
  • "Mr. Turner"
  • "The Theory of Everything"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
  • "Everything is Awesome" (The Lego Movie")
  • "Glory" ("Selma") - WINNER
  • "Grateful" ("Beyond the Lights")
  • "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" ("Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me")
  • "Lost Stars" ("Begin Again")

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
  • "Citizenfour" - WINNER
  • "Finding Vivian Maier"
  • "Last Days in Vietnam"
  • "The Salt of the Earth"
  • "Virunga"

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
  • "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" - WINNER
  • "Joanna"
  • "Our Curse"
  • "The Reaper"
  • "White Earth"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  • "Ida" - (Poland)WINNER
  • "Leviathan"
  • "Tangerines"
  • "Timbuktu"
  • "Wild Tales"

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
  • "The Bigger Pictures"
  • "The Dam Keeper"
  • "Feast" - WINNER
  • "Me and My Moulton"
  • "A Single Life"

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
  • "Aya"
  • "Boogaloo and Graham"
  • "Butter Lamp"
  • "Parvaneh"
  • "The Phone Call" - WINNER
Congratulations to this year's winners of Oscars!


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'The Voice PH' Season 2 Top 4 Finalists named: Jason, Alisah, Leah and Rence



MANILA, Philippines - The top 4 artists of 'The Voice of the Philippines' Season 2 were named on the results night of the top-rating and Twitter-trending vocal competition on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila,Newport City, Pasay City.

'The Voice PH' Top 4 Finalists named: Jason Dy, Alisah Bonaobra, Leah Patricio, Rence Rapanot


One artist per team entered the Grand Finals - Alisah Bonaobra (Team Apl.de.ap), Rence Rapanot (Team Bamboo Mañalac), Jason Dy (Team Sarah Geronimo), Leah Patricio (Team Lea Salonga) and  after garnering the highest average of votes.

Alisah, Rence, Jason and Leah got 50.07, 56.21, 60.1 and 50.29 of total votes respectively.

The last remaining contestants will battle it out for the title of the next 'The Voice of the Philippines' next week after four other artists were booted out in tonight's live semi-finals.

The semi-finals cover 2 rounds of the competition - solo and duet song. The latter was done on Sunday while the solo song was performed on Saturday as basis of the viewers and judges in picking the best artists for the penultimate stage of the competition.

The selection of final four artists was based from the results of the public's votes and judges decision, 50-50.

The coaches have decided to give ratio of 55-45 percent of votes to their top 2 artists. For Coach Apl, Alisah got 55 while Daryl received 45; Coach Bamboo gave 55 for Rence and 45 for Rita; Coach Sarah was impressed by Jason, 55 over Monique, 45 and lastly, Coach Lea gave 55-45 to Leah and Timmy respectively.

On Saturday, partial results of public votes for the solo round were revealed: Artist A and B from Team Sarah got 65.72% and 34.28% respectively; Artist C and D for Team Apl received 54.5% and 45.5% respectively; Artist E and F of Team Bamboo already garnered 57.24% and 42.76% respectively and Team Lea's Artist G and H got 52.1 and 47.9 percent of votes respectively.

Here's the semi-finals results of 'The Voice of the Philippines':

Team Sarah

  • Jason Dy - "Back at One" | "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - SAVED
  • Monique Lualhati - "Fighter" | "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - ELIMINATED

Team Apl

  • Alisah Bonaobra - "Lipad ng Pangarap" | "One Sweet Day" - SAVED
  • Daryl Ong - "Take Me Out of the Dark" | "One Sweet Day" - ELIMINATED

Team Bamboo

  • Rence Rapanot - "Ikaw at Ako" | "Mahirap Magmahal ng Syota ng Iba" - SAVED
  • Rita Martinez - "Himala" | "Mahirap Magmahal ng Syota ng Iba" - ELIMINATED

Team Lea

  • Leah Patricio - "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" | "Locked Out of Heaven" - SAVED
  • Timmy Pavino - "Ikaw Lamang" | "Locked Out of Heaven" - ELIMINATED


In the Saturday episode, after the performance of the first two teams, Voice Kids finalists Lyca Gairanod, Juan Karlos Labajo and Darlene Vibares performed Itchyworms's "Ayokong Tumanda" and Imago's "Taralets." After the performances of the last team, the top 8 artists peformed Lady Gaga's "Applause."

The episodes of Voice Semi-Finals on Saturday and Sunday topped online conversations with '#VoicePHSemis' among the trending topics nationwide and worldwide.

Don’t miss the grand finale of “The Voice of the Philippines” next Saturday at 8:45 PM and Sunday 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN’s Yes Weekend.


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The Next Galaxy: Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, price, release date Philippines



MANILA, Philippines - Samsung Mobile is expected to launch their next smartphone flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6 (or the next galaxy) in late March or April 2015 in the Philippines.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Is this the next Galaxy? Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor | Credit: techradar

It's already confirmed that the Galaxy S6 will be seen first at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Unpacked 2015 event in Barcelona on March 1. Various rumors continue to circulate guessing the specs, design and price for the new 'big thing' in the mobile market.

READ: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge now official | Specs, Photos, Price, Availability Philippines

It's almost a year since the Galaxy S5 has been released globally. Though SGS5 did well on sales and was lauded by tech experts but many people said that it's merely an improvement of the Galaxy S4. Due to stiffer competition and declining revenue of the Korean giant, Samsung has reshuffled its priorities and put a higher focus on adopting new trends for the next galaxy.


In the recent teaser for #TheNextGalaxy, its says that SGS6 is borderless and metal. There are further hints of a curved (and reflection-free) display, too.

"Tomorrow, metals will flow. Beauty will be powerful. Borders will disappear. Reflections wil be free. Colors will live. The future will be the present," Samsung Tomorrow promotional video stated.



Samsung Galaxy S6 specs

SamMobile, a website dedicated to Samsung products said that Samsung’s sixth-generation Galaxy S flagship will have Quad HD (2560×1440) display, IMX240 camera sensor that is same as found on the Galaxy Note 4, 16-megapixel or 20-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel unit front camera, 32, 64 and 128GB variants of storage, brand new Exynos 7420 processor which will have 64-bit chip with four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores, LTE support using in-house LTE modem SS333.

Samsung Galaxy concept
Samsung Galaxy evolution | Photo Credit: Tobias Hornof

Samsung Galaxy Price and Availability

Since the new device is still for unveil in the coming weeks, pricing is still not clear. However, some reports say that it's possible that cost is more or less similar with Samsung Galaxy S5 or in the range of P34,000 to P36,000.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 both launched in April, of 2013 and 2014 respectively, so it's probable you'll be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 from April 2015.

Follow Us on Twitter or Like Us on Facebook to receive more updates regarding the upcoming flagship device of Samsung.


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VIDEO: Monique Lualhati vs Jason Dy on 'The Voice PH' Semi-Finals



MANILA, Philippines - Team Sarah Final 2 artists Monique Lualhati and Jason Dy battled to win slot in the Finals of 'The Voice of the Philippines' on Saturday, February 21.

Monique Lualhati vs Jason Dy on 'The Voice PH' Semi-Finals


The two artists opened the semi-finals solo round of the competition with Lualhati kicked things off with Christina Aguilera's "Fighter."

WATCH: TEAM SARAH 9th Live Shows "Fighter" by Monique Lualhati (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN/ Youtube)


"That was such an awesome performance from you. Alam ko na you had a rough time last week, but just like the definition of the song, you are a fighter and that's why you deserve to be here," Coach apl.de.ap said.

Lualhati entered the Top 8 with controversy as Coach Sarah picked her to retain in her team over crowd favorite Kokoi Baldo.

"Alam mo, isa lang ang hinanap ko sa iyo ngayong gabi. Yun patindigin mo ako at nangyari iyon. Congratulations, Monique," Geronimo told the 23-year-old.

Meanwhile, 'haranista' Jason Dy performed Brian McKnight's "Back at One" of which he dedicated to his estranged father.

WATCH: TEAM SARAH 9th Live Shows "Back at One" by Jason Dy (Season 2)


Coach Sarah told Dy: "I think your connection talaga to the song, to us na nakikinig sa iyo ang strength mo. You're very special. It's magic every time you sing."

The results of the semi-finals will be announced tonight, February 22 after the duet live performances. Artists will be judged based from the combined votes from the public and the judges.

Partial result of the voting based on solo round was announced on Saturday. The leading finalist of Team Sarah got 65 percent of the total votes.


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WATCH: 'Cebu Dancing Inmates', 100 others on Youtube Best Videos for Past 10 Years



MANILA, Philippines - The 'Cebu Dancing Inmates' Youtube video is one of the best and viral videos uploaded to the website for the past 10 years.

 'Cebu Dancing Inmates', 100 others in Youtube Best Videos for Past 10 Years


Uploaded in July 2007, the video titled "Thriller" has reached over 54 million views as of press time.


Youtube, which celebrates 10-year anniversary this month become a breeding ground for a whole generation of brands, artists, and political actors. As an honor to its birthday, 'The Daily Conversation' Youtube channel compiled list of the 101 biggest videos to appear on the site starting with the very first upload in 2005.

The almost 17-minute video covers the evolution of viral videos on Youtube, a decade since the days of Charlie the Unicorn.

Some of the other notable viral videos in the past years are Psy's "Oppa Gangnam Style", Bill Gates' "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge", Internet meme "Harlem Shake" and US President Obama's "Between Two Ferns."

WATCH: 101 of the craziest, most hilarious, biggest viral videos in the ten year history of YouTube


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Beermen Winless No More



MANILA, Philippines - Recently crowned All-Filipino Cup Champions San Miguel Beermen started the Commissioner’s Cup slow with a very rare 0-4 record. But the Leo Austria-mentored team clamored that this losing streak has to end in Xavier University Gymnasium, Cagayan De Oro City.

Beermen Winless No More
SMB’s new import Arizona Reid helps the Beermen to a 102-83 win over Meralco Bolts | Photo Credit: GMA News

True to their word, the Beermen showed what they are capable of by owning the shaded lane, both offensively and defensively in the 1st 24 minutes of the ball game against the League Leader Meralco Bolts. Reigning MVP, Junmar Fajardo tallied 16 solid points while SMB’s new import, come-backing Arizona Reid contributed 15 convincing points to enjoy a 45-40 lead after the 1st half.

The 6’4 small forward and 2-time best import, who previously reinforced Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, AZ Reid, replaced the athletic Ronald Roberts Jr., helped the Beermen with their 1st ever win of the conference recording 29 big points in his Commissioner’s Cup debut. His counterpart, on the other hand, Meralco Bolts Import, high-flying Josh Davis who only made couple of baskets suffered a bruised hip and forced to leave the court with with 7:06 remaining in the 2nd Quarter.

Fresh from his heroic buzzer beater against Global Port Batang Pier, Josh Davis left the floor on a stretcher after sustaining a hard fall off Junmar Fajardo’s pump-fake shot. He laid flat on his back for more than 5 minutes while being attended by the paramedics. Meralco Bolts Head Coach Norman Black got a sigh of relief after his talented import stood-up and walked on his own at the dugout but decided to play All-Filipino for the rest of the ball game to give Davis a well-deserved rest.

The San Miguel Beermen took advantage of the situation giving Fajardo and Reid an ample space under the rim to pummel all Meralco Bolts front court defenders Reynel Hugnatan and ex-Beerman Danny Ildefonso. Gilas Pilipinas Center, Junmar Fajardo showed height and might by posting 21 points and 22 boards and grabbing the Best Player of the Game Award.

Veteran Shooting Guard, Gary David, took the scoring duties from injured Josh Davis exploded with 20 points but got side-lined for 3 minutes due to a flagrant foul 1 he committed during a scuffle on the floor with SMB flashy point guard Chris Ross with 7:12 remaining in the final quarter. That incident almost escalated into a fist fight but Coach Norman Black and his assistants rushed to court to pacify both players.

The Bolts kept chasing the Beermen in the final quarter but Chris Ross, Chris Lutz and Arwind Santos did not give them any chance to get closer and sealed their first ever win in the conference after 4 frustrating losses.

Coach Leo Austria admitted that AZ Reid was set to reinforce his team next conference but due to their losing streak, he was forced to give his former import, Ronald Roberts Jr. a pink slip in order to make space for the smallest import of the Commissioner’s Cup. AZ Reid’s stint with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and familiarity in the league gave him an edge over the much taller, much younger and more athletic NBA DLeague power forward, Roberts Jr.

Scores:

San Miguel 102 – Reid 29, Fajardo 21, Ross 16, Santos 14, Lutz 7, Kramer 6, Cabagnot 5, Lassiter 2, Tubid 0, Reyes 0, Omolon 0, Fortuna 0

Meralco 83 – David 20, Hodge 9, Wilson 9, Hugnatan 9, Anthony 8, Dillinger 6, Sena 5, Cortez 5, Ferriols 4, Davis 4, Macapagal 2, Reyes 2, Ildefonso 0, Buenafe 0, Atkins 0

With this win, the San Miguel Beermen’s hope of back-to-back championships is pretty much alive. Their next assignment will be against Al Thornton-backed-up NLEX Road Warriors on Tuesday, February 24 at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City - D'Waterboy, TheSummitExpress


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Sen. Marcos to Aquino: "Don't step down, step up to your responsibility"



MANILA, Philippines - "Don't step down. Step up. Step up to your responsibility. Step up to the country and tell them what is happening and what your role was in the Mamasapano massacre."

Sen. Bongbong Marcos to PNoy


This is the message of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr. to President Benigno Aquino during an interview at Radyo 5 with Erwin Tulfo and Martin Andanar on Friday.

Marcos has rejected calls for PNoy to step down amid public outrage over the Mamasapano massacre and instead urged the Chief Executive to step up to his responsibility to the entire country.

Marcos warned that the growing sentiment calling for the President to step down is dangerous and could only plunge the country into deeper trouble.

The senator said knowing the President's role in the disastrous Oplan Exodus that lead to the death of 44 SAF troopers is essential in the Senate's investigation into the Mamasapano massacre and its implication on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

He noted that BBL, which is meant to give flesh to the peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is precisely meant to prevent incidents similar to the Mamasapano massacre.

Marcos said that from the executive sessions the Senate conducted, the lawmakers already have a detailed picture of what happened in the ground level in Mamasapano. However, he said they don't have a clear picture of what went wrong in the command and control level.

"I think the President only needs to answer these simple questions: What exactly is your role in Oplan Exodus? Were you the one in charge, or did you merely intercede? When did you know that we are already suffering from heavy casualties and what were your instructions after learning this?" Marcos said.

"I hope the President takes it upon himself to tell us all about this. If his explanation is credible, we can conclude our investigation. We already knew what happened and that will enable us to make the necessary corrections in the BBL," Marcos said.


MILF's hardening of position not helping BBL process

Meanwhile, Marcos expressed alarm after Erwin Tulfo said that in an interview with MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghadzali Jaafar, the MILF's probe has concluded that their men only acted in defense of their territory from an attacking armed group, and so the Special Action Force should be held responsible over the tragic clash.

"I would like to rather wait and see what is in their report. But if they would indeed heap the blame on the PNP alone, that would not help the peace process at all because nobody was massacred among the MILF troops. Nobody (from the MILF) who was already wounded and down on the ground was mercilessly gunned down," Marcos said.

"We knew that our SAF troopers were surrounded, and we knew that the MIFL commander in the area knew they were facing the police yet they proceeded to kill our troops. It is not justifiable. You cannot say: you did not coordinate, so it's okay to kill 44 policemen. To say that MILF does not have any responsibility at all over the incident---that will not help the peace process at all," Marcos said.


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