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Lady Maroons Sweep UAAP Badminton Games, Gain Outright Finals Seat

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UP downed FEU, 4-1, to complete a 7-0 season sweep of the UAAP Women's Badminton Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts.

Paola Bernardo and Mary Ann Maranon scored the singles wins, while the tandem of Maranon and Marina Caculitan and the pair of Elisha Ongcuangco and Jessie Francisco sealed the Lady Maroons' drubbing of the Lady Tamaraws with wins in the doubles.

With the sweep, the Lady Maroons automatically enters the championship series with a thrice-to-beat advantage against the winner of the stepladder semifinals.

Meanwhile, La Salle made the playoff picture more interesting with a 3-2 win against defending champion Ateneo.

The pair of Dawn Salatan and Aires Montilla and the tandem of Alyssa Leonardo and Danica San Ignacio delivered the goods for the Lady Archers, who tied the Lady Eagles for second place at 5-2.

The two teams will meet again at 1:00 PM today to decide who will finish in second and take a twice-to-beat edge in the second stepladder phase.

UST, on the other hand, kept its season alive with a 3-2 win against also-ran UE.

The Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws will also play at 1:00 PM with the winner advancing to the stepladder semifinals.


Lady Bulldogs Clinch Final Four Berth in UAAP Basketball

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NU officially booked a ticket to the UAAP Women's Basketball playoffs after walloping FEU, 67-50, at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Shelly Gupilan made 15 points, Afril Bernadino had 14, and Trixie Antiquera scored 11 for the Lady Bulldogs, who cruised to their tenth straight win.

Meanwhile, La Salle also drew closer to clinching a seat in the semis after blasting Ateneo, 53-37.

Trisha Piatos led the Lady Archers with 15 points, while Cass Santos added 14 points and seven rebounds.

The other matches saw UST crushing UE, 54-36, and Adamson downing UP, 59-47. Both the Tigresses and the Lady Falcons are tied for third with identical 5-5 slates.


Batang Gilas Falters to Chinese Taipei in FIBA Asia U-18 Quarterfinals

Lin Ming-Yi scored the go-ahead triple with exactly a minute left as Chinese Taipei ousted the Philippines from FIBA Asia U-18 Championship contention with a 90-86 quarterfinal win in Doha, Qatar.

Lin made the three-pointer just after Paul Desiderio tied the game on the other end.

The Batang Gilas started cold, trailing 6-13 four minutes into the match. Jamike Jarin's team, however, ignited a 23-7 run late in the first frame to open a 29-20 lead.

The Taiwanese team, however, fired 14 unanswered points spanning the first two periods to go ahead, 34-29.

The Filipinos again scored seven straight to retake the lead, 36-34, before engaging in a seesaw battle the rest of the second quarter that saw their opponents reclaiming the edge, 55-51, at the half.

Chinese Taipei looked to pull away early in the third quarter as the team opened a 65-56 advantage with 5:30 left in the period.

But the Philippines slowly crawled back and came to within one, 74-75, at the end of the third canto.

The Batang Gilas opened the payoff period with a 6-2 run to take an 80-77 lead with 6:45 remaining, but Tu Su-Tan nailed a three-pointer to tie the game, 80-all, in the ensuing possession.

Kobe Paras gave Batang Gilas its last taste of the lead, 82-80, with a field goal with 6:08 to go.

The Taiwanese made five straight points to recapture the advantage, 85-82, with 2:46 left as offensive rebounding and turnovers hounded the Filipinos.

Paras, who struggled from the free throw line, made two free throws on the other end for Batang Gilas to draw closer, 84-85, in the next play.

Tseng Po-Yu got fouled by Desiderio in the next play, but Tseng made only one of two charities, giving Batang Gilas a chance to tie.

Josh Caracut, however, missed a potential equalizer at the two-minute mark as Tu grabbed the board.

Tseng missed a chance to extend his team's lead, but Lin caught the ball and got fouled by Mark Dyke.

Lin, however, missed two free throws, and Dyke grabbed the rebound. Dyke then found Radge Tongco, who gave the ball to Desiderio for the fastbreak layup to tie the game, 86-86, with 1:18 left.

Lin made up for his free throw misses by converting on a pull-up trey that turned out to be the game-winner for Chinese Taipei.

Caracut then turned the ball over on the other end, giving his opponents a chance to seal the win.

Lee Kuan-Yi, however, missed a three-pointer at the shotclock buzzer. Tu grabbed the board, but the referee caught him stepping on the baseline, giving Batang Gilas another crack at the win.

Batang Gilas, who was 4/22 from beyond the arc the entire game, opted for a quick two, but Paras and Dave Yu missed their tries and Tu was fouled after getting the rebound.

Tu made one of two from the stripe for the final tally as Caracut and Paras again missed on the other end.

Tu made 23 points and six rebounds off the bench for Chinese Taipei, which will face China in the semifinals. China earned the semis slot after crushing Kazakhstan, 106-53, in an earlier game.

Lee, who played through foul trouble, added 17 points and six boards, while Tseng had 14 markers, six rebounds, and five assists for the Taiwanese.

Lin played the entire game and contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals for Chinese Taipei.

Dyke had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Paras added another double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists, three blocks, and three steals for Batang Gilas, who despite outrebounding the Taiwanese squad, 48-38, committed 23 turnovers compared to the opposition's 13.

Box Scores:

Chinese Taipei 90-Tu 23, Lee 17, Lin 16, Tseng 14, Y. Sun 11, S. Sun 5, Chen 3, Hsu 1

Philippines 86-Dyke 26, Tongco 16, Paras 15, Desiderio 11, Santillan 8, Caracut 7, Escoto 3, Yu 0, Go 0, Mosqueda 0, Black 0

Quarterscores: 25-29, 55-51, 75-74, 90-86


Master Reveals Spanish Trip Winners

Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo winners are excited to put their game
faces on as they cheer for Gilas Pilipinas in Seville, Spain. (From L-R) Jarvie
Ramos (Master Brand Assistant), Master Goes to Spain Winners: Jeiel Guarino,
Jerome Christopher Hernandez, Michael Cleofe, Jose Clipper Besin, and Andrew
Paul Peñaranda; and Jonathan Pua (Master Brand Manager).
Master, the number one male face care brand for men, send five lucky Filipinos on an eight-day all-expense paid trip to Spain to watch the Gilas Pilipinas national men’s basketball team as they put their oil-free game faces on to battle some of the world’s best basketball teams at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo winners Jose Clipper Besin, Michael Cleofe, Jeiel Guarino, Jerome Christopher Hernandez and Andrew Paul Peñaranda will get to watch live the Gilas Pilipinas matches against Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Senegal. The winners will also tour the Spanish capital of Madrid.

“We are very excited to give these five lucky men a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go to Spain and personally experience a higher level of basketball thrill, cheering for our Gilas Pilipinas guys, especially Master Game Face brand ambassador Marc Pingris,” said Jonathan Pua, Unilever Male Grooming brand manager.

Jerome Christopher Hernandez was very excited when he learned he will be going to Spain for the FIBA World Cup.

“It was a very welcome surprise because I was really preparing and saving up for a trip to Spain just to watch Gilas Pilipinas,” said the 30-year-old real-estate sales manager.

Master users can get a chance to win other exciting prizes as hundreds of instant prizes like jerseys and Master premium items are still up for grabs until December 31, 2014. Any purchase of specially-stickered Master Facial Wash and Face Cleanser packs will automatically entitle them to a special prize.

To join the Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo, simply buy a Master Oil Control Max Facial Wash or Master Oil Control Max Deep Cleanser with the special promo sticker, scratch the sticker to see the special promo code, text Master<space>SPAIN<space><code>, and send to 5656.You will receive an SMS notification on where and how to claim your prize from Master.


THE 10 ELECTRIFYING Emerging Blogs for 2014 (Special Edition)

My annual tribute to the newest but already hot sites is back! Ten online media portals has once again gave me a nod for this special article. Presenting the ten electrifying emerging websites for 2014.

1. DailyPedia ( may have been launched just this year, but DailyPedia has trended a lot of topics, from the simple events to the more controversial ones.

2. Astig.PH ( catching fire in just a few months time is Astig.PH. Another news portal to look out this year.

3. Lookout Philippines ( may sound like Dugout's sister page (actually, Dugout and Lookout are not related to each other), but Lookout is more on the non-sports side. Political issues and some more opinions are here. (PS: Lloyd Luna, forge a Dugout-Lookout brotherhood maybe. hehe)

4. TechnoRush ( mother-and-son tandem of Corinne and Jeremy Emata put up this brand new tech site. I respect these two a lot being yours truly a son of a single mom too.

5. Rumors, Humors, and More Issues ( makes this site interesting? Its first post was on April Fools Day! Talk about already giving laughs at the start.

6. Delightfully Desserts ( all-desserts food blog? This is a unique idea by Zheyme Manahan

7. Raket Hub ( insights for freelancers can be found here.

8. Slambook Project ( comics have become trending now. This, however, could set the tone in the future.

9. CDO's Breathing Space ( you are looking for a place to call home in Cagayan De Oro or if you want more info about the city, go to this site.

10. Fervil SEO ( think this is the first SEO blog I mentioned ever in this annual list. I want to learn more about SEO, and by its name alone, I think this could help.

PS: I wanted to nominate these sports blogs, but because they were all launched before August 2013, they would fail to make the cut as per the rules set by Janette Toral. Anyway, I still want to give some props to my fellow sports journos.

11. The Final Buzzer ( and Sports Desk writer Levi Verora puts his insights here. Hey! If you want WNBA news, go to his site.

12. Armchair Sports Blogger ( Central EIC JP Manahan puts his soccer and also his non-soccer thoughts here.

13. Sportsmaryosep ( you read my article entitled "A Principle to Adhere" on either Wazzup Pilipinas or The Lord is My Coach, it was a blog post by Philippine Star sportswriter Joey Villar that inspired me to do the write-up.

14. The Sportswriter ( writer Francis Ochoa's sports blog round up my special shoutouts to the emerging sports blogs of the year. You would love his takes of UP's recent win.

Update: 15. Matakaw na Bata ( found out that Melanie Lee owns this food blog. Being one of the certified online influencers of today, I'm pretty sure her new blog will blossom too.

You have until Sunday to make your own 10 Electrifying Emerging Blogs list. For more info, go to The Influential Blogger.

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