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  1. Anton Miguel Yang: Hope Christian’s “White Mamba” unleashes fury in MMBL tourney

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
    The Philippines is a country known for world-class sports figures like boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, kegler Paeng Nepomuceno, runner Lydia De Vega, the magician Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. These athletes are products of hard work and training that they developed when they were still young. Such is the case of this upcoming star from Hope Christian High School.

    Born Antonio Miguel Yeo Yang on December 26, 1998 to Mr. Anthony Yang and Ms. Cheri Yang, this Manila-born 6-foot-1 forward of Hope Christian High School

    “My dad Anthony Yang inspired me to play basketball”, quipped the chinito cager who scored his career high of 28 points in the Tiong Lian basketball tournament. In their game against the Lyceum of the Philippines Junior Pirates in the recent MMBL tournament, he scored a team best 19 points as they routed their opponent, 95-65.

    In the NBA, he looks up to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and five time NBA Finals champion Kobe Bean Bryant, while in the PBA, he likes Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. In the collegiate ranks, he likes Clint Dolinguez, an Alumnus of HSCHS, who now plays for Ateneo Blue Eagles. Anton acknowledges the fact that the basketball program of HCHS is still the best, and the team is still in the process of rebuilding.

    Aside from basketball, he also likes swimming. He used to compete before as a tanker for his school. “I want to be a professional basketball player someday. I also want to be a businessman and a motivational speaker”, added Anton Yang who is now a fourth year student of Hope Christian High School.

    Email the author at paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com
  2. Hope Christian’s Ken Mark ‘SuperMan’ Miranda ready to take flight on cape of greatnes

    His towering height and pretty boy looks can turn the head of any Louis Lane on his way, but this 6’ 2” Senior High School student from Hope Christian High School has more to offer in the hard court than just his boy-next-door image.

    HCHS’s so-called ‘Superman’, the shooting guard who dons jersey # 15 Ken Mark Miranda
    has played for several tournaments including FilOil Flying V, Metro Manila Basketball League
    (MMBL), Las Pinas Private Schools Athletic Association (LAPRISSA) where he was awarded as the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), and now in the Pilipinas Chinese Amateur Basketball League (PCABL).

    Born Ken Mark C. Miranda on April 1, 1996, in Cardona, Rizal, to Raffy Miranda and Marivic C. Miranda, the cager is on his way to pursue his dream in the world of hoops sports.


    No Kryptonite hindered SuperMark from draining shots in his basketball games. In his MMBL game against Ateneo de Manila University, he scored 40 points and 8 rebounds with 6 assists while he poured in 20 points against the Adamson University also in the same tourney. In their FilOil tournament against the Mapua Institute of Technology, he scored 16 points, 9 boards and 2 steals. In his last games, Ken Mark averages 29.25 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. This guy’s stats speak volumes of his talent as a future playmaker and star player in the big basketball leagues of this country.


    On February 7 of this year, the Las Pinas Private Schools Association (LAPRISSA) handed out its Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their high school basketball tournament to Ken Mark Miranda. He is currently playing in the PCABL for Hope Christian High School where he pitched in 13 points, 20 rebounds and 1 block in his last game against UPHSD. “I’d like to thank God and my family for this achievement. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Thank you also for all those who supported me and my teammates.” quipped the beaming cager of Hope Christian who hails from Pangasinan province.

    In the PBA, he looks up to the reigning Governor’s Cup and All-Filipino Cup champion team San Mig Coffee Mixers, and one of its star players, Peter Jun “The Scoring Apostle” Simon. “Sobrang galing niya, magaling yung skills at matalino siya maglaro” said Ken Mark. In the
    NBA, he likes the 4-time Regular Season MVP Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the young squad of Golden State Warriors. “I like Lebron James as a player because he doesn’t only work for his points but also for his team. He assists, he blocks, he scores, and he steals. He is an all-around player.” said Kenmark. His ambition in life is to make it big someday in basketball leagues like the PBA so he can help his family.


    With his persistent training and love for the game, Ken Mark’s vision is not far-fetched to become a reality in the future. He is currently in the roster of the Junior team that will play for this year’s PCABL for multi-titled Hope Christian High School. Playing for his respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make his team at the top of their game is also another achievement that he always likes to share with the rest of his teammates. May SuperMark be a true hero inside and outside of the basketball court and be a good role model for the young to emulate.

    Email the author at paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com
  3. Braveheart of Arellano University: John Kenneth ‘Super Ken’ Zamora

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    When he side steps from way beyond the arc and hit that lethal dagger three, the AU crowd goes wild. Indeed, he is more than just his boy-next-door image in campus; he is also an ace player, playmaker, and shooter of the Arellano University Braves.

    Born John Kenneth Miranda Zamora to Mike Zamora and Thet Zamora on December 6, 1997, the 5’7 cager from Arellano University Legarda is the title holder for this year’s search for Mr. Arellano University 2014 High School Division. He bested other high school students of his age in the inter-campus pageant.

    With his boy-next-door looks and perseverance in the hard court and at school, John Kenneth Miranda Zamora is on the verge of achieving his goals in the near future.

    At 16 years old, he currently plays as a point guard for the Arellano University Braves in the Juniors Division of the NCAA basketball. In their last four games of NCAA season 90, he averages 10.5 points per game including four triples in their game against San Beda Red Cubs.

    The shot that he likes the most is set shot. He is more comfortable with this shot because he knows if his shot will go thru or not. In the UAAP, he likes RR Garcia when he was still with the FEU Tamaraws. In the PBA, he idolizes Peter Jun ‘The Scoring Apostle’ Simon because he has high basketball IQ. In the NBA, he likes the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. He looks up to 4-time league MVP Lebron James because he is an all-around player and he can defend players who are taller and bigger than him. Asked about his goal for this year and the preparations he is doing at the moment, Kenneth said, “For our team to go to the Final four and everything will be a step by step procedure once we get there. I think I need more practice so that I can improve my game and hopefully contend in the championship”.


    Being in the roster of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA Juniors’ team to
    play for your respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make your team at the
    top of their game is also another achievement. And it is never an easy task for any high school student just like John Kenneth Zamora. “I will do my best for me to win in every competition I’m in. Thank you for those who supported me in my endeavors”, quipped the chinito cager from Legarda.
  4. Braveheart of Arellano University: John Kenneth ‘Super Ken’ Zamora

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    When he side steps from way beyond the arc and hit that lethal dagger three, the AU crowd goes wild. Indeed, he is more than just his boy-next-door image in campus; he is also an ace player, playmaker, and shooter of the Arellano University Braves.

    Born John Kenneth Miranda Zamora to Mike Zamora and Thet Zamora on December 6, 1997, the 5’7 cager from Arellano University Legarda is the title holder for this year’s search for Mr. Arellano University 2014 High School Division. He bested other high school students of his age in the inter-campus pageant.

    With his boy-next-door looks and perseverance in the hard court and at school, John Kenneth Miranda Zamora is on the verge of achieving his goals in the near future.

    At 16 years old, he currently plays as a point guard for the Arellano University Braves in the Juniors Division of the NCAA basketball. In their last four games of NCAA season 90, he averages 10.5 points per game including four triples in their game against San Beda Red Cubs.

    The shot that he likes the most is set shot. He is more comfortable with this shot because he knows if his shot will go thru or not. In the UAAP, he likes RR Garcia when he was still with the FEU Tamaraws. In the PBA, he idolizes Peter Jun ‘The Scoring Apostle’ Simon because he has high basketball IQ. In the NBA, he likes the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. He looks up to 4-time league MVP Lebron James because he is an all-around player and he can defend players who are taller and bigger than him. Asked about his goal for this year and the preparations he is doing at the moment, Kenneth said, “For our team to go to the Final four and everything will be a step by step procedure once we get there. I think I need more practice so that I can improve my game and hopefully contend in the championship”.


    Being in the roster of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA Juniors’ team to
    play for your respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make your team at the
    top of their game is also another achievement. And it is never an easy task for any high school student just like John Kenneth Zamora. “I will do my best for me to win in every competition I’m in. Thank you for those who supported me in my endeavors”, quipped the chinito cager from Legarda.
  5. Braveheart of Arellano: Guilmer ‘the Quicksilver’ Dela Torre

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    His speed on the court can be likened to that of an unstoppable bullet train in full throttle. Better mark his name in the halls of future basketball stars of this country because he is definitely the real deal. Meet Guilmer B. Dela Torre. The 5’ 8” rookie who plays shooting guard and point guard for the Arellano University Braves is indeed a revelation in this year’s NCAA.

    In his debut for the NCAA, he rattled in18 points in their game against LPU Junior Pirates, while he registered 13 points against five-time champions San Beda Red Cubs. He made his career high 78 points during an inter barangay 13-under game in Bataan.

    Born November 25, 1997 in Balut 2, Pilar, Bataan to Maricar Dela Torre and Guillermo Dela Torre, Guilmer hopes to make it someday in the pros, and what better way than to start in
    the NCAA.

    Guilmer is a student athlete so he learns to manage is basketball and studies. “If it’s training time, I am focused on my training. For my studies, I make sure to ask my classmates or teachers
    about the lessons or activities I missed”, quipped the cager from Bataan.

    His favorite shot is teardrop shot like that of PJ Simon’s. His favorite players include all-time great Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, Ateneo’s Kiefer Isaac Ravena, AU Chief’s John Pinto, and San Mig Coffee’s PJ Simon of the PBA. His ambition in life is to finish his studies and for his dreams to become a reality.




    Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com or text 09184059751
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