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  1. #21
    Energen Pilipinas trips Taipei to book q'finals berth
    By Joey Villar Home Updated August 21, 2012 03:06 PM

    MANILA, Philippines -- Energen Pilipinas came back from the jaws of defeat by showing nerves of steel in the stretch and turned back a gritty Chinese Taipei side, 88-83, to advance to the quarterfinals of the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia today.

    Jerie Pingoy, a Far Eastern U-FERN standout and the reigning UAAP high school MVP, sizzled with 25 points including a crucial three-point play while Jay Javelosa, a standout from Reedley, had key blocks and several crucial rebounds in an 11-3 run that saw the Filipinos rally back from three points down with three minutes to go.

    The Filipinos, who routed Southeast Asian rival Indonesia, 88-62, Monday, thus jumped to a share of second spot in their group with their recent victims on 3-1 (win-loss) records while booking a spot in the playoff round.

    Powerhouse Iran, which walloped Energen, 93-72, Sunday, remained undefeated at press time and is expected to sweep its way to the quarters.

    It was the second straight game that Pingoy led the team after a 16-point performance in that triumph over the Indonesians while the 6-4 Javelosa, who finished with six points and eight rebounds, have been carrying the fight in the interior for Energen from the start and even twice had blood on his face fighting bigger, taller frontcourt players of the other teams.

    Energen seeks another win against Bahrain at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Phl time) hoping to end up at least in the top two in the group that would give them a chance to avoid facing off with Asian powers China and South Korea and play weaker teams instead in the quarters.

    "The players followed the game plan to the letter," said Energen coach Olsen Racela through a text message from team mom Ito Lopa. "They sustained the playing level all throughout the game.

    "We were down with more than two minutes left but the boys never gave up and my hats off to my coaching staff for a very good game plan," he added referring to lieutenants Nash Racela, Eric Gonzales, Richie Ticzon and BJ Manalo.

    Co-Captain Rodolfo Alejandro was also in a zone on this one as he finished with 22 points while Rey Nambatac, a Letran standout who is the reigning NCAA juniors MVP, chipped in 10 points to help in the cause.

    Down 77-80 with less than three minutes to go, the Filipinos unloaded an 11-3 exchange fuelled by key shooting by Pinggoy and solid defense by Javelosa to complete a come-from-behind win.

    Energen Pilipinas, which swept the Southeast Asian Basketball Association U-18 Championship in Singapore last month to make it here, hopes to improve on its fifth place finish the last time in Sana’A, Yemen while aiming for one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

    It also helped Javelosa that Gideon Babilonia, Kris Porter and Prince Rivero alternated to provide muscle down low that made life miserable for Taipei's big men.

    The Scores:

    ENERGEN PILIPINAS 88 - Pingoy 25, Alejandro 22, Nambatac 10, Javelosa 6, Suarez 6, Cani 5, Olayon 5, Rivero 5, Babilonia 2, Porter 2, Lao 0, Bonleon 0.

    TAIWAN 83 - Lin 25, Li 16, Fan 16, H. Huang 9, Chiu 6, Lee 6, Wu 3, Lu 2, Chen 0, Cheng 0, T. Huang 0, Chin 0.

    Quarters: 17-14, 43-34, 63-64, 88-83.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  2. #22
    Energen raps Bahrain
    By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) Updated August 23, 2012 12:00

    MANILA, Philippines - Energen Pilipinas fought back from 11 points down to blast Bahrain, 99-72, but faced an uphill battle in the quarterfinal round after Chinese-Taipei shocked fancied Iran, 78-77, in overtime in the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia yesterday.

    The Filipino youths rode on a big second half run to wallop the Bahrainis but settled for the No. 3 spot in its group after the Taiwanese stunned the Iranians to snatch the No. 2 seat in the quarters.

    Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chief Manny V. Pangilinan said Energen’s victory over Bahrain has been dedicated to the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

    Pangilinan also stressed that the Smart Gilas thrilling win over South Korea in the Jones Cup was offered by the Nationals to the memory of the late DILG secretary.

    Iran, Taiwan and the Phl finished tied at 4-1 after the single round elims but the Iranians, who routed the Filipinos, 92-73, earlier, took the No. 1 spot with a superior quotient with the Taiwanese snatching second place while relegating the Energen boys, who beat the Taiwanese, 88-83, to No. 3.

    Energen outscored Bahrain, 38-15, in the third period, turning an 11-point halftime deficit to a 12-point advantage going to the fourth.

    The Nationals sustained their firepower in the last 10 minutes and went on to outscore the Bahrainis, 26-11, to post the runaway victory.

    Energen will face the other group’s No. 2 team, South Korea, which blew double-digit leads and dropped a heartbreaking 102-107 overtime loss to defending champion China.

    Co-skipper Rodolfo Alejandro led the Nationals with 23 points while Jerie Pingoy, Hubert Cani and Rey Nambatac added 19, 11 and 11 points, respectively.

    Energen also outrebounded Bahrain, 42-25, with Mark Anthony Olayon and Jay Javelosa combining for 22 rebounds.

    The Phl youth trailed by double digits in the first half after a cold start.

    Ali Hassan Shukralla led Bahrain with 32 points, 12 boards, five steals and three blocks.

    Energen Pilipinas, which swept the Southeast Asian Basketball Association U-18 Championship in Singapore last month, is out to improve on its fifth place finish the last time in Sana’A, Yemen while aiming for one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

    The scores:

    Energen 99 – Alejandro 23, Pingoy 19, Cani 11, Nambatac 11, Suarez 8, Porter 7, Javelosa 6, Lao 5, Babilonia 4, Olayon 3, Rivero 2, Bonleon 0

    Bahrain 72 – Shukralla 32, Buallay 16, Naser 7, Melad 7, Abul 6, Sayed 4, Abdulrasool 0, Abdulredha 0

    Quarterscores: 13-22; 35-46; 73-61; 99-72
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  3. #23
    Energen Pilipinas vents ire on Lebanon
    (The Philippine Star) Updated August 26, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments
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    MANILA, Philippines - Energen Pilipinas clawed back from its heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to South Korea the night and vented its ire on Lebanon, 80-69, in the consolation round of the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia yesterday.

    With their semifinal hopes dashed by a stinging 77-90 setback to the Koreans, the Filipinos kept their composure as they dominated the Lebanese from start to finish to arrange a duel for fifth place with Chinese Taipei, the same team the former beat in the second round.

    The Filipinos not only are looking to repeat over the Taiwanese, who lost to the Japanese in their quarters duel today, but also to match their predecessors’ fifth place in the last Asia U-18 tilt in Sana’A, Yemen.

    Mario Bonleon, a La Salle-Greenhills standout, led Energen with 19 points on an impressive eight-of-16 shooting clip on his return since missing three straight games with a sprained ankle.

    Rey Nambatac, the reigning NCAA high school MVP, scattered 12 points while co-skipper Rodolfo Alejandro chipped in 10 to help the Filipinos snare this win.

    Their best big man in Jay Javelosa got injured in the first half of the Korea game and was a non-factor in succeeding games.

    That loss zapped the hopes of the Nationals, who swept the SEABA U-18 in Singapore last month, in nailing one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Beating Chinese Taipei, which lost to Energen but wound up finishing second going into the playoffs, for fifth place will not be that bad considering the country has brought an undersized team.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  4. #24
    FEU extends beach volleyball win streak to 17

    By Dongil Carreon Posted Aug 25th 2012
    Tags: Recap


    Far Eastern University continued its amazing winning streak at the opening of the UAAP men's beach volleyball competition.

    It has been nearly three years since the two-time men’s beach volleyball titlist Far Eastern University last lost, and it was not ready to drop its streak at the opening game of Season 75.

    FEU extended its winning-streak to 17 after it defeated Adamson University in the opening day match yesterday at the University of the East (UE) sand court.

    Third-place Adamson put up a tough fight but still fell in straight sets to FEU, which has swept the two previous season's elimination rounds and last lost to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in the Season 72 finals on Sept. 20, 2009.

    In the first set, reigning MVP Arvin Avila and Karl de la Calzada displayed their attacking prowess to fluster the Falcon pair of John Hendrix Competente and Gilbert Longavela. 21-15.

    FEU drew from its championship experience to claim the second, 21-18,as it calmly turned back several comeback attempts by Adamson.

    The Tamaraws had built a 13-7 lead, only to have the Falcons answer with three straight points. Avila and de la Calzada again built a 17-10 buffer with several spikes, but the Falcons again clawed back to within 17-16.

    Avila and de la Calzada then took turns scoring on spikes, but a third attempt was stuffed by Competente for a 19-17 count. Adamson, however, wasted the opportunity to move closer to FEU as Comptente botched his serve. The Falcon captain would again score, but de la Calzada finally ended the match with a spike to preserve the streak for FEU.

    In other matches, UST bounced back from an opening set defeat and outlasted the University of the Philippines, 17-21, 21-15 and 15-11. National University, meanwhile, lost to La Salle despite winning the first set, 21-15, after it dropped the next two, 20-22 and 14-16. Finally, Ateneo de Manila University succumbed to UE, 21-15, 20-22 and 9-15.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  5. #25
    Energen PH U-18 five settles for sixth Place

    THE ENERGEN Pilipinas Youth team rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final two minutes before bowing to Chinese Taipei, 89-85, and settling for sixth place in the 22nd Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship Sunday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

    The Taiwanese saw their 77-63 lead reduced to 83-80 with 34 seconds left but they kept their poise to prevail behind Fan Shi-en (21 points and 11 rebounds) and Lin Kuan-chun (17 points).

    Jay Alejandro pumped in 21 points, including 14 in the thrilling run that fell short as the Philippines ended its campaign at Buyant-Ukhaa Arena.

    Jerie Pingoy and Mario Bonleon added 15 points each for the Philippines, which finished a rung lower than the fifth-place finish of the PH team in the tournament’s last edition in 2010 in Yemen.

    The Philippines failed to duplicate its upset of Chinese Taipei in the second round, 88-83.

    Although the young Filipinos had a strong run in the first two rounds, they bowed to powerhouse South Korea, 90-77, in the quarterfinals on Friday night.

    Led by Bonleon, the Philippines drubbed Lebanon, 80-69, in the consolation round to stay in the hunt for fifth on Saturday

    China and Korea, the finalists in the last edition, were battling for the crown at presstime last night.

    The Chinese drubbed Japan, 103-80, in the semifinals. Jasmine W. Payo

    The scores:

    CHINESE TAIPEI 89—Fan 21, Lin 17, Wu 16, Lu 10, Huang 8, Li 6, Chin 6, Lee 3, Chiu 2, Chen 0Huang 0, Cheng 0,

    PHILIPPINES 85—Alejandro 22, Pingoy 15, Bonleon 15, Nambatac 7, Babilonia 6, Suarez 6, Cani 5, Rivero 4, Olayon 3, Lao 2, Porter 0, Javelosa 0.

    Quarters: 22-20, 35-34, 60-48, 89-85
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  6. #26
    The Rondo Routine - Boston Celtic holds hoops clinic in Manila
    CARLO PAMINTUAN, GMA News August 29, 2012

    Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo made the trip to the Ronac basketball court in San Juan, to show off, and then teach, some of the moves and skills of an NBA champion point guard, to a captive audience of some of the country's best high school and college players, Tuesday, in an event presented by Red Bull.

    Some of the players involved in the clinic were brothers Kiefer (ADMU) and Thirdy Ravena (AHS), Kevin Alas of Letran, Baser Amer of San Beda, Nate Matute of JRU, and Jett Vidal of Perpetual Help.

    Rondo came onto the court after the participants were done with their warm-up and stretching exercises. Rondo was assisted by Philippine National Team head coach Chot Reyes, who was fresh from leading Smart-Gilas II to the Jones Cup title, Ateneo head coach Norman Black, Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texter Jimmy Alapag, and Alaska Ace Tony dela Cruz.

    The NBA All-Star and one-time NBA Champion showed the participants how to dribble, pass, and make baskets properly. Rondo wowed the crowd with his dribbling skills even if he was clearly performing way below his capacity. As the clinic was going on, Rondo pulled aside some of the players to share some pointers on how to improve their game.

    The group was divided into two squads to compete against each other. Rondo’s group, which was mostly composed of high school players, lost four straight challenges to the other team bannered by the older Ravena, Amer, and Alas. As a consequence, Rondo’s team, including himself and coach Norman Black had to drop down for a total of 36 push-ups.

    “I’m an LA Lakers fan but I have a lot of respect for Rondo,” said Alas. “I want to be as consistent as he is. Even though he isn’t scoring, he’ll be getting rebounds and dishing out assists.”

    Reigning UAAP MVP Rayray Parks also attended the event although he didn’t join the clinic. “I hope I can get pointers on how to run the pick and roll the way Rondo does,” Parks said. “But I really hope I get the chance to play him one-on-one,” he added while letting out a quick laugh.

    Other collegiate players who attended the event were Ateneo’s Nico Salva, Nico Elorde, and Juami Tiongson, and brothers Jeron (DLSU) and Jeric Teng (UST). A bunch of PBA players also attended the event such as Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood, Meralco’s Chris Ross and Sol Mercado, and Air21’s Rob Reyes.

    Asked about the chances of seeing a Filipino in the NBA someday, Rondo answered that he thinks there is a definite possibility. “You have to believe it mentally before you achieve it,” Rondo said. “You may be small and you may come from another country but if you have talent, the NBA will find you.” - AMD, GMA News
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  7. #27
    Chot to tweak Gilas lineup for FIBA Asia
    By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated September 05, 2012 12:00

    MANILA, Philippines – When the Philippines plays in the FIBA Asia Championships in July next year, the Gilas roster may be different from the lineups for the recent Jones Cup and the coming FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo. Nothing is set in stone and coach Chot Reyes said yesterday he wants to keep his options open.

    There will be spots waiting for Talk ‘N’ Text mainstays Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes and Kelly Williams who are all familiar with Reyes’ system. If San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingris is available, Reyes said he’ll likely make room for the former FEU star. The choices will depend on who’s healthy, which players are able to adjust quickly to each other, who’s ready to sacrifice a lot of practice hours and who’s fit to endure the grueling grind of international play.

    PBA players named in the national pool were asked to submit letters of commitment but Reyes said he could understand why some candidates hesitated because of injuries, rehab treatment, rest from an exhausting season and family obligations. Pingris, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and James Yap didn’t enlist but Reyes said he was informed that there was no policy from their PBA teams restricting them from signing up. Pingris personally spoke to Reyes and said he would be ready if called to play for Gilas.

    San Miguel Corp. director of sports Noli Eala confirmed that the five players were not prohibited from joining Gilas. He pointed to Enrico Villanueva, then with Barangay Ginebra, as a San Miguel group player who saw action in the Jones Cup and is in the lineup for the FIBA Asia Cup. L.A. Tenorio, recently traded to Ginebra, will also play in the FIBA Asia Cup.

    “We submitted the names for the national pool to the PBA Board,” said Reyes. “We left it up to the players to decide whether or not to submit letters of commitment. Of course, we’d like to open the pool to players who’re interested to join. We were told to write the players individually and we’re ready to do it. We’ll consult with commissioner (Chito) Salud on the next step to take. Participating in the FIBA Asia Cup is part of the build-up for the FIBA Asia Championships. We’re forming an all-inclusive team.”

    Reyes said the ultimate goal is to qualify for the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 30-Sept. 14, 2014, in Spain. “We’re not totally dismissing the Olympic dream,” he explained. “But our focus right now is the World Cup. The top three finishers in the FIBA Asia Championships will earn tickets to the World Cup so that’s our objective. We can’t think too far ahead because we still don’t know what will happen in the 2016 Olympics, if they’ll put an age limit of 23 for basketball or increase the number of participating countries or add a 3-on-3 event with an age limit. All we know is the top three placers in the FIBA Asia Cup will automatically qualify for the FIBA Asia Championships, meaning if we make it, we won’t need to qualify via the SEABA Championships.”

    The Philippines is bidding to host the FIBA Asia Championships next year and the FIBA Asia Congress will decide where to stage the World Cup qualifiers in Tokyo on Sept. 18. Japan is also bidding to host even if Tokushima was the 2007 site. China hosted the last two FIBA Asia Championships in Tianjin in 2009 and Wuhan last year. Manila hasn’t hosted the biennial competition since 1973. The Philippines won its last FIBA Asia title under coach Ron Jacobs in 1985. Last year, the Philippines took fourth place – its best finish since claiming the same spot in 1987.

    Reyes said Marcus Douthit will remain at the forefront of Gilas’ charge even as talks are ongoing to enlist Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee as a naturalized player for the future. “After JaVale signed a humongous deal with Denver, we’re now not sure how to proceed because if he plays for us, we’ll have to cover the insurance premium for his four-year $44 million contract and that’s a big amount,” said Reyes. “JaVale hasn’t changed his mind. He’s fine with the idea of playing for the Philippines. We’ll just have to figure out what it takes to suit him up.”

    Reyes said the new FIBA rule requiring players with the birth right of dual citizenship to claim two nationalities before turning 16 has put the recruitment of Fil-Ams Chris Banchero and Stanley Pringle on hold. In last year’s FIBA Asia Championships, Lassiter and Chris Lutz were almost disqualified because of the new rule but were allowed to play anyway on condition it would not be considered a precedent. FIBA decreed that they would be subject to the new rule in the future. The rule has also kept Sol Mercado, Cliff Hodge and Chris Ellis on hold. Reyes said the SBP would appeal the rule at the FIBA Asia Congress, citing the law of the land should be upheld in recognizing who is eligible for citizenship.

    Reyes said Fil-Am recruit Matt Ganuelas Rosser isn’t affected by the FIBA rule because he was born in the Philippines. Gabe Norwood and Sonny Thoss are also unaffected as they had previously played in a FIBA Asia competition and the rule is not retroactive. Reyes said it affects the case of two Fil-Ams who are presently playing for US NCAA Division I schools.
    Last edited by LaKazTaMa; 09-06-2012 at 01:07 PM.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  8. #28
    Can't Outshoot These Deputies
    By Paolo Mariano Posted Sep 3rd 2012

    Former PBA MVP and Adamson University great Kenneth Duremdes is back in the UAAP, but this time with an entirely different role.

    Ronald Perada, Gene Afable, Juno Sauler, Michael Oliver, Vic Ycasiano, Billy Reyes, Joey Mendoza, and Cenen Dueñas.

    No, they are not local politicians running in next year’s elections. They are some of the assistant coaches of the eight competing teams in the UAAP. Safe to say, almost none of them ring a bell.

    The assistant coach is arguably the most undervalued member of a basketball team. They are unrecognized, unnoticed, and unappreciated. Most casual fans have this impression that deputies only serve as the shadow or the echo of the head coach, following him wherever he goes and repeating whatever he says. Like the token sidekick in all those old local action movies.

    But this season, three assistants are far more popular than all of the rest. In fact, they’re even more renowned than majority of the head coaches. They are former pro superstars, who brought their expertise and star power to the collegiate ranks to help their respective alma maters.

    Starry sidelines

    He’s known as “The Flying A,” but for the players of Far Eastern University (FEU), he’s simply “Coach.” But oh yes, the boys know Coach’s exploits in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Johnny Abarrientos, however, is not back in the UAAP to brag about his glowing accolades, he’s here to teach.

    “I’m happy with my job, giving pointers to the future (of Philippine basketball). It’s really an honor,” said Abarrientos, who joined the Tamaraws last season after a brief coaching stint in the PBA.

    Abarrientos’ former Alaska teammate also found his way back into the UAAP. Kenneth Duremdes, who has already served as head coach in the pros, is now with Adamson University after being invited by the school’s athletic department prior to the season.

    Also a rookie tactician in college, Jun Limpot, on the other hand, was personally asked by new De La Salle University mentor Gee Abanilla to join his staff. He immediately grabbed the opportunity despite not having any experience in calling the shots.

    “It’s a totally different ballgame for me. Before, I only had to focus on myself, now I have to focus on a lot of other people. But it’s exciting,” said Limpot.

    Winning pedigree

    These assistants are no strangers to winning, having earned countless championships and awards in the PBA. Abarrientos and Duremdes—both part of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players—won as Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1996 and 1998, respectively, while Limpot was a many-time All-Star and Mythical Team member.

    That’s why it’s extra easier for them to make the players follow their instructions. They’ve been there, done that, and they have proof. Their wards can simply look it up on Google or Wikipedia.

    “It’s a student-teacher atmosphere and you have to handle different characters,” said Duremdes. “Pero galing na tayo diyan (But I’ve already been to where they are now).

    Nicknamed “Captain Marbel” as an allusion to his birth city in Koronadal, South Cotabato, Duremdes is in charge of developing the individual skills of the Soaring Falcons, having made a name for himself as one of the most athletic and most versatile players in PBA history.

    Abarrientos and Limpot, meanwhile, focus on opposite positions—big men and guards—the former being one of the best playmakers the country has ever produced and the latter being a highly skilled pivot.

    “La Salle has a lot of big men, they’re my priority. But as much as possible, I try to help the team any way I can,” said the 6-foot-7 Limpot.

    It also helps a lot that Abarrientos, Duremdes, and Limpot already know the ins and outs of college hoops, having starred in the UAAP during the early 90s.

    The 5-foot-7 Abarrientos brought back-to-back titles to Morayta in 1991 and 1992. He also won Rookie of the Year in 1989, Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991, and ultimately, Mythical Five member and MVP in 1991. For his accomplishments, FEU retired his no. 14 jersey last year.

    Duremdes, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the best scorers in the history of the UAAP. He averaged over 35 points a game in his final year in 1993, highlighted by a 40-plus-point performance, and was named to the Mythical Five from 1990-1993.

    Lastly, not many remember that Limpot is the only three-time MVP in the UAAP, taking it home in 1989, 1990, and 1992. He also led the Green Archers to three straight titles from 1989 to 1991, making a strong case for being the best player to come out of the league.

    Giving back

    But these famous assistant coaches aren’t looking to reclaim the spotlight. They returned to their alma maters to share their valuable knowledge and priceless wisdom to the young players. It’s their contribution to the communities that also molded their careers.

    “I’m standing where I’m right now because of FEU. It’s (coaching) my way of giving respect to my former team,” said Abarrientos, who donned the Green and Gold from 1989 to 1992.

    “It’s great to be back with Adamson. This is where I started. The school is a big reason why I got discovered. This is my way of giving back,” said Duremdes, who played from 1990-1993.

    It’s very fulfilling, transferring to the kids what I know. It’s hard, but it’s a positive experience,” shared Limpot, who ruled Taft from 1989-1993.

    They may serve as assistants for different schools, but they are surely in consensus about one thing: coaching is far more difficult than playing.

    “What I learned from coaching is you have to deal with different attitudes of players. You have to build chemistry on and off the court,” said Abarrientos.

    “In the pros, it’s just all about motivation and mind-setting, unlike here in college, it’s more of teaching. You have to develop everything. It’s very challenging,” admitted Duremdes.

    Yes, lesser known deputies are just as valuable as the more recognizable ones. They may be even better or deserving of credit. But it’s hard to deny that having basketball legends on the team is a vital luxury, especially for the players, who are looking to follow their fabled footsteps.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  9. #29
    MVP withdraws support for Ateneo after disagreements over mining and RH
    September 21, 2012 5:52pm

    "Time to call it a day."

    After being one of the prime patrons of the Ateneo de Manila University for nearly a decade, business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan announced on Friday that he is cutting ties with the school following disagreements over mining and the RH Bill.

    Pangilinan is also the main sponsor of Ateneo's champion basketball team, which is gunning for its fifth consecutive UAAP title this year.

    In a letter to university president Fr. Jett Villarin, Pangilinan highlighted the difference between his and the school's stand on the RH Bill. After Ateneo professors came out in support of the bill, Villarin issued a statement saying that the university still supports the CBCP's stand against the proposed legislation.

    Pangilinan, who is the Chairman and CEO of Philex Mining, was also reacting to a letter by Rev. Fr. Jose Magadia, Jesuit Provincial of the Philippines, in which he referred Jesuit communities to a document entitled "The Golden Mean in Mining: Talking Points."

    "Failure to manage one’s affairs – such as weak institutions, failed regulatory agencies, corrupt enforcements – do not mean a particular business is per se evil, as suggested about mining in that Jesuit Paper. It is man’s frailty – Filipino frailty to be exact – that should be blamed, not the business," said Pangilinan.

    "And in the context of two other gruesome incidents (i.e., plagiarism and the first mining blow-up) in the recent past, I believe we have come to the irretrievable point where it is best and appropriate to draw the line in the sand, to conclude that we have little or no common interest, and to say that I’d look like a fool helping an institution which opposes my conviction diametrically and unequivocally ('non-negotiable')."

    By "plagiarism," Pangilinan was referring to his Ateneo commencement speech in 2010 which was found to contain passages lifted from speeches by US President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and others.

    After explaining his disagreements with the Ateneo, Pangilinan ended his letter to Villarin with the following lines:

    "The logical consequences of this are: (i) each of us can pursue our advocacies freely without having to be sensitive with regard each other’s feelings; (ii) my complete and total disengagement from the Ateneo – something which, after reflection, I must confess I welcome with some relief at this stage."

    The letter was originally posted on the Twitter account of Denis Lucindo, with the caption, "for the attention primarily of my Ateneo Alumni Friends, the full text of MVP's letter to Fr. Jett Villarin with the subject 'Jesuit Paper.'"

    Lucindo is identified as the Vice President for Business Development of Philex Mining Corporation.

    Ateneo president Villarin could not be reached for comment, but Sonia Araneta, Ateneo's public relations head, confirmed the Pangilinan letter and said that Villarin has sent him a reply, but declined to say whether Villarin accepted Pangilinan's "total disengagement."

    "This matter is now best handled in quiet and private conversation," Araneta said.

    An Ateneo official said they were surprised by the letter and were still "reeling."

    The break-up with Ateneo was just the latest of Pangilinan's recent bitter experiences. He personally went to Japan in order to endorse the Philippines as host for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, only for the organization to award that role to Lebanon.

    He was also dragged into a row on Wednesday involving Senators Enrile and Trillanes, regarding the latter's participation in backdoor deals with China.

    Trillanes claimed that Pangilinan was helping orchestrate the Philippines' dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea to serve his business interests in the region, which Pangilinan has vehemently denied. - Renee Fopalan/Adrian Dy/HS, GMA News
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  10. #30
    MVP says no to politics, yes to backing another school
    By Nelson Beltran ( Updated September 22, 2012 06:42

    TOKYO – Businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan said he’s not inclined to run for public office, much more for the presidency in 2016, in reaction to clamor by those impressed by his stand in a latest rift with Ateneo de Manila University.

    “I’m not built to be a politician,” said Pangilinan, now here in the Japanese capital cheering for Smart Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Cup as president of the national cage federation.

    “The moment ipakita mo mukha mo, babarilin ka na. Di naman ako si Jose Rizal,” added Pangilinan, in the news back home after withdrawing his support to his alma mater because of differences over mining and the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

    Pangilinan is the chairman of Philex Mining Corp. and the Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) Group, and also has controlling shares in Meralco, Maynilad, Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Hospital and North Luzon Express (NLEX), among others.

    In a letter addressed to Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, Pangilinan said he decided to sever ties with the institution because the university’s position on mining runs contrary to the corporate position of Philex.

    He also disagreed with the university’s stand on the Reproductive Health Bill now pending in Congress.

    Is there anyway he’ll reconsider his stand? “Pagod na ako. Una yung plagiarism case, tapos the First Mining blow-up. Siguro tama na, strike three na tayo,” said Pangilinan, a major backer of the institution in various academic and sports programs.

    He neither had plan of showing up even in the Ateneo games in the UAAP.

    “I don’t think so. Tapos na,” said Pangilinan, the chief benefactor of the Ateneo Blue Eagles now in pursuit of a “Five-Peat.”

    For his love of basketball, Pangilinan said he’s open to supporting another varsity team.

    He didn’t indicate plan to relocate his businesses abroad as feared by some quarters with his name being dragged in the spat in the Senate.

    “Actually, the corporate headquarters of First Pacific is in Hong Kong. I still maintain office there and a flat. In fact tomorrow, balik ako Hong Kong for meetings this week,” he said.

    “I am there once a month and stay a few days, kasi syempre may ibang negosyo kami sa Hong Kong,” he added.

    House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II has appealed to Pangilinan to stick it out in the country with the business mogul reportedly threatening to pull out his corporate operations and return to Hong Kong.

    His businesses were earlier dragged into the quarrel between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

    “I am gravely concerned to hear of Mr. Pangilinan expressing his intention of reverting back his corporate operations to Hong Kong because of the recent spat in the Senate,” Gonzales has said.

    In sports, Pangilinan, as SBP president, has declined offer to run under the ticket of re-electionist Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. in the coming polls of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

    “It’s a full-time job and I don’t have the time. I can help Philippine sport in a different capacity,” said Pangilinan

    Asked whether he supports Cojuangco’s re-election bid, Pangilinan said: “We want to stay neutral.”
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