The newly promoted masters passed the 2nd NOBF Rank Advancement Examinations after a preliminary open discussion and a subsequent technical test wherein the three highest ranking grandmasters of the federation - NOBF Founder/President Emeritus Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo "Pope" C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., NOBF President P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao "Eslao" T. Guarra, and NOBF Vice President P/Insp. (Ret.) Grandmaster Ibarra E. Lopez of the Golden Kamagong international -
With the assistance of GM Guinabo, executed attacks where the candidates had to defend against using blocking, disarming, locking, and countering methods from their particular system/style of Arnis.
Another set of promotions, this time in Conceptual Arnis System (Conceptual Martial Arts System) were awarded by Master James U. Sy Jr., Founder of Conceptual Arnis System and Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Promoted to Manunuon III was Montano "Mon" Mondia IV, a long time student of Sy at the USLS Aikido Club and CMAS-USLS; to Manunuon II, Rapahel "Rocky" K. Molina of Livingstone International School; and Manunuon I to Kimberly O. Longno of Riverside College.* (JUS)
‘The Beast’ is leading 2013 PBA MVP candidate
After two conferences and a first ever Philippine Basketball Association title in his rookie season, neophyte Calvin Abueva of Alaska is the early frontrunner in the Most Valuable Player race after 39 games for the Uytengsu franchise with 21.1571 statistical points.
In second place is Arwind Santos of Petron Blaze with 20.9454 statistical points in 31 outings for the Boosters in two conferences followed by Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text who has 20.0071 SPs after 45 games for the Philippine Cup champions Tropang Texters.
Also in the Top 10 are Solomon Mercado of Meralco/Globalport (19.3795 SPs), Mark Caguioa of Ginebra (19.2324), Ranidel De Ocampo of TNT (19.0137), Jayvee Casio of Alaska (18.5192), LA Tenorio of Ginebra (18.3373), Cyrus Baguio of the Aces (18.1459) and Marc Pingris of San Mig Coffee with 17.6940 statistical points.
DUMAGUETE CITY - Iloilo join the win column beating Iligan-Lanao, 1-0 even as Baguio and Cebu ended in 1-all draw in the 2013 PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium football field here yesterday.
After a scoreless half with both teams trying to score in a physical match but failed which cost Iligan-Lanao player Juvie Alvino’s red card in the 35th minute.
As the second half resume, Andrew Supeña find his mark in the 66th minute for the winning goal of Iloilo to avenged their inaugural match against North Cotabato, 2-0 last Sunday.
Each team made six substitutions in the duration of the game.
Baguio-Benguet and Cebu ended in a 1-all draw after Cebu’s Agapito Bacla-an scored in the 8th minute. But Aude Menzi connects in the 14th minute to equalize the score. It was Menzi’s second goal in the tournament after scoring against Baguio-Benguet that also ends in a draw on opening match Friday. Cebu, on the other hand, secured two wins and a draw in Group A.
The coach we refer here is multi-titled coach Freddie Lazarito.
Coach Nene, as we fondly call him, is the most dominating figure in football. He is the former national mentor (when foreign coaches have yet to invade the Philippines). He may be considered a dominating school-case mentor not only in the province and region but in national tournaments. His recent accomplishment is winning the 2013 National PRISAA held in Lingayen, Pangasinan last February. He also steered the Ceres-backed team of Negros Occidental Football Association in last year’s PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup and is defending the title in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. I saw Coach Nene with NOFA-Ceres team on opening games of the 2013 PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup Friday at Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium, the venue of this year’s tournament. I saw him with Mr. Ramon Janeo sitting side by side each other when I glanced back. I saw him go outside with his team after the half of Baguio-Benguet and Iligan-Lanao opening match. But I DID NOT SEE HIM during the Media Thanksgiving Dinner Friday night at Bethel Guest House and instead Ali Go was sitting on his behalf. This really puzzled me only to find out that their Saturday, May 18 game against Zamboanga-Dipolog which they won, 6-0, Ali Go is calling the shots. Was this his furlough as what he had said before that he will give up coaching this team and only concentrate on school-based teams? Well, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt until he issues statements of his "disappearance".
Bacolod Tay Tung High School and St. John’s Institute are still the teams to beat in the 12 Under category while St. Benilde School, BTTHS and University of St. La Salle took notice in the 10-Under in the ongoing Condura-Basketball Coaches Association of Negros at USLS-IS covered court.
Tay Tung gave Mike Lim Basketball Clinic-Stallions a neat lesson, 82-38 and SBS, 70-48 over the weekend. SJI likewise stunned USLS, 55-37 and LLZ Warriors, 77-48 to stay within striking distance in the 12U group.
The Philippine Football Federation and Suzuki-Philippines disclosed during the press conference of the 2013 PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup held last Friday at the Bethel Guest House in Dumaguete City that around a thousand balls have been donated by the motor company to the federation to strengthen its grassroots development program.
"It is a fact that not all provincial associations get equal support or sponsors. But by creating activities and posting competitions in various areas as well as strengthening the structure of competitions in these areas, it will encourage provincial associations to support their players because this is our commitment to Philippine football," said Cyril Dofitas, Department Head –PFF.
Dofitas also made correction on the impression that the federation is rich. "The subsidy of FIFA is being divided into several departments. It supports the grassroots development program, administration program, women’s committee and other programs to improve and strengthen the association. Likewise, we also set aside budget for our national team," he clarified.
Cebu 2 0
North Cotabato 1 1
Baguio-Benguet 1 0 0
Iligan-Lanao 1 0 1
Iloilo 0 1
NOFA 2 0
Davao 1 1
Zamboanga-Dipolog 1 1
Masbate 0 2
DUMAGUETE CITY - Defending champion NOFA has fortified its grip on top in Group B after a hard-earned victory against Davao, 5-0 and at least tied with Cebu in Group A with two straight wins in the 2013 PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial football field here yesterday.
NOFA’s title retention bid was shown after BJ Baguiro hit on the 4th minute unguarded by opponent and Joshua Beloya followed at 10th minute and Jimuel Ariola in the 11th minute. Actually, Baguiro and Beloya had two goals apiece, connecting in the 36th and 42nd minute, respectively.
The defending champion is aiming for its third game against winless Masbate on Wednesday for its last elimination match.
Meanwhile, in the first game, Zamboanga-Dipolog avenged its loss to defending champion last Saturday to blank Masbate, 2-1 yesterday.
With a few days after the election is over, the Negros First team that is leaving for 2013 Philippine National Games (PNG) has two options to be at the venue in ULTRA, Pasig in Metro Manila before the start of the competition on May 24 to June 2, 2013.
This was disclosed by Cecil Bando-Oyos, who said they are still awaiting approval of the budget for the team. Oyos said it is either on May 23 or May 25. If they will take a ship from Bacolod City, they should leave May 23. If they take an airplane, they should leave on May 25, a day after the opening starts, depending on the release of the budget.
There are about 30 athletes to compete in our sports events, out of 42 sports disciplines to be contested in 10-day sports competition. These are boxing, athletics, taekwondo and dance sports. A separate badminton team will also join from Negros Occidental.
Antonio Ivan S. Aguirre, chess patron of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental said last Sunday that despite the setbacks earned by Negrense woodpushers in chess tournaments abroad, the important thing is that Negrense players were able to get breaks in playing internationally. This is an opportunity which is seldom offered, he added.
This is his reaction after Ellan Asuela and National Master Carlito Lavega, who finished champion and first runner-up, respectively, in the 2012 Negros-Closed Chess Championships – only settled No.41 and No. 115 in the 2013 Bangkok Chess Club Tournament in Thailand.
"As a sponsor, I don’t expect that they will win the tournament as it is a very tough field. I just expect them to be above the mid-field and get a decent international Fide rating which they have accomplished. And, that’s fair enough for me," Aguirre said.
Miami and San Antonio will enjoy homecourt advantage in their respective conference finals duel against Indiana and Memphis, respectively, with the Pacers and the Grizzlies deemed hardpressed to turn the tide in their favor what with the Heat and the Spurs’ edge when it comes to the home town crowd.
Today, we won’t be talking much of the reigning National Basketball Association winner Miami or the Western Conference No. 2 seeds San Antonio. In contrast, we will be allocating this corner to both Indiana and Memphis, both considered lightweights when it comes to the NBA Finals.
That is, if both teams go on to defeat and pull the rug from under the Heat and the Spurs in their respective conference finals which started yesterday with the Spurs-Grizzlies Game 1 at the AT & T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Tomorrow, the Heat and the Pacers begin their Eastern Conference titular battle at the American Airlines Arena in Florida.
Indiana upset No.2 seed New York during their best-of-seven conference semifinal meeting, 4-2, highlighted by the Pacers’ Game 6 win over the Knicks last Sunday over at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to the tune of a 106-99 triumph.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) should be transparent in its programs, including the grassroots cloud of doubts be erased on running the organization.
There are so many queries that need to be clarified. First and foremost is the recruitment of foreign players instead of tapping local players and also tapping foreign coach instead of local ones. Well, we know there are lots to explain by PFF under the leadership of Ilonggo Mariano "Nonong" Araneta, of all of these things and especially in its so-called programs in propagating football in the country. Last Friday, one PFF personnel answered a query from sportswriters in Dumaguete City where the subsidy of FIFA goes and he claimed it goes to grassroots football program and other educational programs including the direct assistance to the national team. PFF has commitment for football in the country. However, last Friday’s open forum, it was known that some football clubs in the country are not supported partially or wholly by PFF- that is if they have commitment for football.
When asked their preparations to the 2013 PFF Suzuki National Cup, most of the teams that participate have difficulty in assembling their players and most important is the support to their teams. Iloilo Football Club where Araneta came from confided they have a hard time looking for sponsors in going to Dumaguete City. Maybe, only one team has the much needed support and thanks to Yanson siblings, Ricky and Leo Rey for their love of football, providing a world class football field back home at Ayala North in Talisay City. Then where is that commitment for football goes?