Bread Story, AMA Leave Cellar

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

QUEZON CITY – Bread Story-Lyceum and AMA University broke away from the big logjam at the bottom of the standings by tallying their second wins at the resumption of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the JCSGO Gym Monday (November 24). Entering the day, six teams were tied with similar 1-3 win-loss cards.

Bread Story took advantage of an undermanned MJM M-Builders squad, 108-97. Earlier in the day, the AMA Titans held steady in crunch time to derail Racal Motors Alibaba, 83-76.

Nursing a shaky 46-43 lead at the halftime break, Bread Story leaned on the offensive explosion of frontline stalwarts Jackson Corpuz, Joseph Gabayni, Jebb Bulawan and Aziz Mbomiko to turn the game wide open entering the final canto, 77-66. Mac Belo tried his best to fight back from as much as 16 points down, 59-65, with Raymar Jose threatening for the last time entering the final two minutes, 89-95.

Back-to-back field goals by Corpuz and Jiovani Jalalon gave the Giants breathing room and restored the twin-digit lead, 99-89. Timely free throws from Louie Vigil and Jalalon sealed the deal, with Corpuz putting the exclamation point with a slam dunk at the buzzer.

Corpuz paced the Giants with 18 points and six rebounds. Jalalon and Ed Daquioag supported him with 16 each while Gabayni had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Belo scattered 30 points, including 14 in the fourth period, on top of 10 rebounds. Cody Tesoro was next with 18 points, 10 scored in the first period which the Builders took, 26-24.

The Builders started the game with only nine players and missed the services of Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and head coach Nash Racela as they attended to their varsity duties with Far Eastern University with reinforcements Glenn Khobuntin and Tristan Perez arriving for the second half. Assistant coach Eric Gonzales took over for the day.

“I want to teach my players how to close out games,” said winning coach Bonnie Tan, who already announced that he will not return as Lyceum’s varsity coach next season. “Hopefully, this will serve them well before the new coach takes over.”

In the day’s opener, the Titans squandered a 22-point lead in the third period, 57-35, but Racal Motors staged a furious rally that saw Jeff Alvin Viernes cut the deficit to only three points, 65-68, and 5:30 to play in the game. That was the cue for Philip Paniamogan to sink a pair of triples to restore order for the Titans, 74-66.

Refusing to quit, Jamil Ortuoste and Jayson Ibay made a free throw each and Viernes scored a basket to threaten, 72-76. However, Paniamogan was there again to save the day with another crippling triple, 79-72, and the Titans hung on to the hard-earned victory.

Paniamogan came off the bench and finished with five triples for 22 points, 11 each in the third and fourth period. Jay-R Taganas had another monster performance with 21 points, 20 rebounds and two steals.

Ortuoste topped Racal’s scoring charge with 21 points on three triples. Viernes added 15 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists.

AMA and Bread Story improved to 2-3. Racal and MJM fell to 1-4.

Meanwhile, the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants of Coach Stevenson Tiu moved to half-a-game behind idle undefeated co-leaders CaféFrance and Cagayan Valley by annihilating the listless MP Hotel Warriors, 94-57. The Giants led from the opening tip as Kris Rosales unloaded six points to set the stage for a 15-6 Jumbo Plastic lead after one period.

Marion Magat and Dennice Villamor topped the Giants with 18 and 13 points respectively to improve to 4-1. Wowie Escosio was the top man for the Warriors with 11 followed by JR Sumido with 10.

How They Scored:

First Game

AMA COMPUTER (83) – Paniamogan 22, Taganas 21, Cubillo 12, Erioubu 10, Camasura 8, Balucanag 8, Casajeros 2, Purdy 0, Sabangan 0, Torres 0.

RACAL MOTORS (76) – Ortuoste 21, Viernes 15, Jamito 12, Ibay 9, Reyes 7, Saitanan 6, Gil 3, Gabawan 2, DiGregorio 1, Mercader 0, Canta 0, Ruaya 0, Publico 0.

Period Scores: 21-14, 36-31, 62-51, 83-76.

Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC (94) – Magat 18, Villamor 13, Cruz 11, Maiquez 9, Rosales 8, King 8, Javier 8, Rios 6, Colina 6, Eguilos 5, Terso 2, Petilos 0.

MP HOTEL (57) – Escosio 11, Sumido 10, McCarthy 9, Calo 9, Pacquiao 8, Collado 3, Bulac 2, Morillo 2, Yusop 2, Masaglang 1, Yaya 0, Hainga 0, Belorio 0.

Period Scores: 15-6, 45-16, 71-36, 94-57.

Third Game

BREAD STORY (108) – Corpuz 18, Daquioag 16, Jalalon 16, Gabayni 15, Mbomiko 11, Vigil 11, Gamboa 6, Taladua 6, Bulawan 6, Baltazar 3, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Lasa 0.

MJM M-BUILDERS (97) – Belo 30, Tesoro 18, Khobuntin 11, Jose 10, Dennison 10, Mendoza 6, Perez 6, Cruz 4, Inigo 2, Alberto 0, Pineda 0.

Period Scores: 24-26, 46-43, 77-66, 108-97.

Posted in Basketball, PBA, Sports | 1 Comment

Wagdos, Miranda Rule Davao


DAVAO CITY – The final spots to the National Finals were handed out at the conclusion of the 38th MILO Marathon Davao City qualifying race Sunday morning (November 23) at the Ateneo de Davao University. Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda emerged the toast of the estimated field of 10,000 participants by topping the centerpiece 21-kilometer category.

Wagdos’ winning time of 1:13:59 was also good enough to earn an all-expense paid trip to the Nationals on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on top of a trophy and PHP 10,000.00 in cash. Finishing two minutes later in Second Place Machale Jan Echalico (1:15:03) followed by Gilbert Maluyo (1:18:13).

Miranda had an easy time by checking in at 1:33:55, adding another regional championship to her resume after topping last year’s Butuan City qualifiers. Coming in at a far Second Place was Madelyn Carter at 1:49:43 followed by Daisy Joy Dayondon at 1:58:09.

In other distance categories, the 10 kilometers were won by Joerge Andrade (34:26) and Diana Mae Memoracion (44:54) while the five kilometers went to Erwin Gubal of Holy Cross of Davao College (18:39) and Meagey Ninura (21:25). Emmalyn Typin retained her three-kilometer kiddy race Girls crown in 11:03 to share honors with Boys winner Jimboy Er-Er (10:25).

This year saw a lot of runners raising their game. Wagdos, a student at the University of Mindanao, won the local 10 kilometers last season while Echalico improved from his Third Place finish in the 21 kilometers.

The 17th and final regional qualifying leg for the year had 38 men and four women earning spots after meeting their respective age group time standards. Since the qualifiers started last June 29, a total of over 1,100 runners made the grade in what could be the largest field ever in the country’s oldest and most prestigious footrace.

The start list is expected to grow as several overseas-based runners have signified their intention to compete. All they need is to submit a certification that they have met MILO’s qualifying time in any 21 or 42.195-kilometer AIMS member race held after December 7, 2013.

Other runners can still join the marathon qualifiers on the road by signing up for the 21, 10, five and three-kilometer categories. Registration is ongoing at Asics branches at Bonifacio High Street, Fairview Terraces and Trinoma Mall and at Sports Central branches at the SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall.

As the 2014 season draws to a close, the MILO Marathon has once more broken attendance records, thus ensuring more funding for its advocacies primarily the distribution of athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school pupils in coordination with the Department of Education. This year also marked the start of the “One Child, One Sport” program to encourage more children to get into sports.

For more information, log on to Check out MILO’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Posted in Marathon, Running, Sports | Leave a comment

Cagayan Valley Rises to 4-0

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

PASIG CITY – It was definitely worth the wait as top rookie draft pick Moala Tautuaa finally joined the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns and powered them to their fourth straight win in as many games, 89-84, in double overtime against erstwhile undefeated CaféFrance Bakers Thursday (November) at the resumption of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena. The wide-bodied 6’6” Tautuaa had to finish his playing obligations in Malaysia thus forcing him to sit out the Rising Suns’ first three victories.

While all eyes were on the newcomer, his teammates came away with the crucial shots to deliver the win. Alli Austria hit a running triple with less than a second to go to force the second extension, 67-67, followed by the 10-point explosion of Abel Galliguez to seal the deal.

Austria’s triple was upheld by the referees after a video replay amidst contentions by the opposition that he stepped on the line. The Bakers though had a chance to win but Rodrigue Ebondo failed to convert on a perfectly executed inbound lob pass towards the goal.

The Rising Suns then scored the first eight points in the second overtime, capped by a rare four-point play by Galliguez followed by another of his baskets for an 84-76 count. The Bakers would counter with triples by Jonar Huertas and Joseph Sedurifa but both of these were quickly neutralized by timely scores by Galliguez.

In regulation play, Cagayan Valley enjoyed leads as big as 13 markers late in the third canto, 47-34. However, the Bakers went on an 18-2 tear spanning the third and fourth periods to grab back the upper hand, 52-49. Michael Mabulac, Randy Dilay and Tautuaa then answered with a 12-0 burst of their own with Tautuaa displaying his range with a triple for a 61-52 tally.

“The play here is more physical than I thought but it is also fun,” said Tautuaa whose mother, the former Romanita del Valle of Taguig City, watched at courtside. “Someone pushed me from behind so I have to prepare for that next time.”

Tautuaa finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes of play. Dilay backstopped him with 13 points, eight made in the fourth canto.

Jonar Huertas paced the Bakers with 19 points and seven rebounds. Sedurifa followed with three triples as part of his 15 total points.

The day’s other games were blowouts. The Cebuana Lhuillier Gems halted the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 77-57, while Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants plastered Wang’s Basketball, 81-65.

The Giants and Bakers ended up tied for Third and Fourth Place with 3-1 win-loss cards. A game behind are the Gems and Wang’s at 2-2 while Tanduay made it a six-way logjam with five other teams at 1-5 for Seventh to 12th Place.

The Rising Suns and idle Hapee Fresh Fighters share the top spot at 4-0 as the only undefeated entries. If both maintain their winning ways, it will add a lot of color to their clash on the penultimate day of the elimination phase on January 22, 2015 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

How They Scored:

First Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER (77) – Villahermosa 14, Ferrer 13, A. Mangahas 11, Torres 10, Enciso 7, Vosotros 7, Guinto 5, Lopez 4, J. Mangahas 3, Sarangay 2, Arellano 1, Acibar 0, Canlas 0.

TANDUAY LIGHT (57) – Sumang 11, Jumao-as 8, Ignacio 7, Ilagan 6, Tagarda 5, Escueta 5, Mandani 4, de Leon 4, Foronda 4, Banal 3, Santos 0, Belencion 0, Rono 0.

Period Scores: 17-11, 38-23, 63-39, 77-57.

Second Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY (89) – Tautuaa 26, Dilay 13, Galliguez 12, Austria 11, Mabulac 10, Salamat 5, Olayon 4, Celada 3, Tayongtong 3, Trollano 2, Capacio 0, Flores 0, Melano 0.

CAFÉFRANCE (84) – Huertas 19, Sedurifa 15, Ahanmisi 13, Ebondo 13, Abundo 7, Andrada 6, Cortes 4, Galanza 3, Jeruta 2, Batino 2, Habelito 0, de Leon 0, Noble 0.

Period Scores: 13-18, 31-30, 47-43, 67-67 (reg.), 76-76 (OT), 89-84 (2OT).

Third Game

JUMBO PLASTIC (81) – Villamor 17, Sabellina 16, Cruz 9, Maiquez 9, Javier 8, Rios 7, Rosales 6, Terso 6, Magat 2, Eguilos 1, King 0, Petilos 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (65) – Juico 17, Acidre 13, Acosta 11, Montuano 6, Mendoza 5, Rosopa 4, Pontejos 3, Miranda 3, Vijandre 2, Importante 1, Acuna 0, Montemayor 0, Arambulo 0, Lina 0.

Period Scores: 12-11, 32-29, 62-44, 81-65.

Posted in Basketball, PBA, Sports | Leave a comment

Sharapova, Murray To Lead Manila Mavericks

g4V-FSnk_400x400     THE BIGGEST tennis event to hit the Philippines in recent memory, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), will be held from November 28 to 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Some of the biggest names in the game will arrive for the inaugural leg of the novel four-team competition.

Spearheading the “host” Manila Mavericks are Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray. They will be joined by Carlos Moya, Daniel Nestor, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kirsten Flipkens and Filipino doubles specialist Treat Conrad Huey.

The Mavericks will defend their home turf against visiting teams Singapore Slammers, Micromax Indian Aces and the United Arab Emirates Royals. The player rosters of the visitors are no pushovers.

The Slammers count Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Tomas Berdych, Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Daniela Hantuchova, Bruno Soares and Patrick Rafter. The Aces have Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Fabrice Santoro and local stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.

Finally, the Royals will feature Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Eugenie Bouchard, Marin Cilic, Nenad Zimonjic and Malek Jaziri. The ITPL will then play games in the home cities of the three other teams before declaring a champion by December 13.

Filipino tennis aficionados are expected to get their fix from 10 matches per day as the four teams will play a single round robin. Each tie will be composed of a Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Mixed Doubles and a Legends Singles.

Teams earn points for every win. Special rules have also been instituted to speed up the game thus making it easier to watch.

Recently, PLDT Home FIBR was named as the official presenter of the IPTL Manila Leg. To celebrate this event, PLDT Home FIBR is raffling away a pair of VIP tickets valued at PHP 58,500.00 each to three of their valued subscribers which will allow them to enjoy three straight days of world-class tennis.

To join the raffle and for more information, visit

Posted in Sports, Tennis | Leave a comment

Racal Motors Finally Wins!

No less than a win to welcome new Racal Motors coach Carlos Garcia.

No less than a win to welcome new Racal Motors coach Carlos Garcia.

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

PASIG CITY – Racal Motors Alibaba welcomed newly-hired head coach Carlos Garcia with the team’s first win, a 74-65 decision over the skidding MP Hotel Warriors in continuing action from the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (November 17) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Garcia took over from Coach Jinino Y. Manansala effective November 12 after the team began its campaign with a three-game losing streak.

Jeff Alvin Viernes beat the third period buzzer with a running triple that capped a 14-1 Racal run that resulted in their biggest lead of the game, 60-45. The Warriors responded by scoring the first 10 points of the fourth period to threaten, 55-60, but a basket by Jam Jamito followed by a Michael DiGregorio triple gave Racal much needed breathing room with 4:33 remaining, 65-55.

Wowie Escosio completed a three-point play just before the final two minutes, 64-69, and it proved to be the Warriors’ last gasp. From there, Racal preserved the breakthrough win via the free throw stripe as the Warriors could only muster a free throw from Jesse James Collado.

Viernes and Jamito paced Racal’s balanced attack with nine markers each with Jamito grabbing 12 rebounds. New recruit Raffy Reyes also had a good debut with eight points and six assists as six other teammates submitted six points or more.

Escosio had a monster effort with 12 points and 16 rebounds but lacked support. Russell Yaya was next with 10 followed by Rashawn McCarthy with eight as the Warriors fell to 1-3, same record as Racal.

“We are still feeling each other out as we have had three practice sessions only,” said Coach Garcia, who used to coach the now defunct Hog’s Breath Café Razorbacks. “What I like about this team is that it is a fighting team but we really have to work on the basics and polish our defensive system.”

While Racal Motors continued to savor their victory, Hapee Fresh Fighters cruised back to the solo lead of the 12-team table by crushing Bread Story-Lyceum in the second game, 67-52. Mike Gamboa completed a three-point play to give Bread Story their only lead, 3-2, and it was an all-Hapee showcase henceforth as Ray Parks went ballistic by adding eight more points to his opening basket as the Fresh Fighters pulled away for good, 22-12.

Days prior to the game, Coach Ronnie Magsanoc had fears that Hapee would lose by default as most of his wards had to join their school teams for games in Cebu City over the weekend. He heaved a sigh of relief after they arrived in batches yesterday and a few hours before the game.

Hapee’s defense went to work and limited Bread Story to a measly four points in the second period. The game was already a blowout by halftime, 37-16.

Parks finished with a game-high 18 points on top of eight rebounds and three steals. Kirk Long hit three triples en route to 11 markers.

Joseph Gabayni came off the bench to lead Bread Story with 14 points and nine rebounds. He was the only player in twin digits as Gamboa and Jeremiah Taladua chipped in nine apiece.

In the nightcap, MJM M-Builders also barged into the win column for the first time by shellacking the AMA University Titans, 90-75. Because of the result, a five-way logjam at 1-3 for Eighth to 12th Place ensued among MJM, AMA, MP Hotel, Racal Motors and Bread Story.

Mac Belo scattered eight of his team-best 19 points in the fourth period but it was new signee Mike Parala that made the difference with eight of his 14 points in the second period that signaled the Builders’ breakaway. Coach Nash Racela also drew solid contributions from Glenn Khobuntin with 12 and Raymar Jose and Dan Alberto with 10 markers each.

Joshua Cubillo paced the Titans with 19. Philip Paniamogan backed him up with 13 while Joseph Eriobu added 11 and Ivan Camasura 10.

How They Scored:

First Game

RACAL MOTORS (74) – Viernes 9, Jamito 9, Reyes 8, Gabawan 7, Ibay 7, Mercader 7, Publico 7, Ambulodto 6, Ortuoste 6, DiGregorio 3, Ruaya 3, Asuncion 2, Gil 0, Saitanan 0.

MP HOTEL (65) – Escosio 12, Yaya 10, McCarthy 8, Collado 6, Allen 5, Sumido 5, Bulac 4, Belorio 4, Masaglang 3, Calo 3, Pacquiao 3, Morillo 2, Hainga 0, Yusop 0.

Period Scores: 16-13, 37-33, 60-45, 74-65.

Second Game

HAPEE (67) – Parks 18, Long 11, Amer 8, Lanete 7, Thompson 6, de la Cruz 6, Adeogun 5, Rosario 3, Hayes 2, Van Opstal 1.

BREAD STORY (52) – Gabayni 14, Gamboa 9, Taladua 9, Vigil 7, Daquioag 4, Bulawan 3, Mbomiko 2, Baltazar 2, Corpuz 1, Lacastesantos 1, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Lasa 0.

Period Scores: 22-12, 37-16, 53-38, 67-52.

Third Game

MJM M-BUILDERS (90) – Belo 19, Parala 14, Khobuntin 12, Jose 10, Alberto 10, Tolomia 9, Tesoro 8, Inigo 5, Cruz 2, Mendoza 1, Dennison 0, Pineda 0.

AMA COMPUTER (75) – Cubillo 19, Paniamogan 13, Eriobu 11, Camasura 10, Balucanag 9, Taganas 7, Ballesteros 2, Sabangan 2, Magpantay 2, Santiago 0, Purdy 0, Dizon 0, Cruz 0, Casajeros 0.

Period Scores: 24-20, 47-34, 69-56, 90-75.

Posted in Basketball, PBA, Sports | Leave a comment

Unabia, Ambasa Rule GenSan


GENERAL SANTOS City – Veteran elite runners Arnold Unabia and Monaliza Ambasa hugged the limelight at the conclusion of the 38th MILO Marathon General Santos City qualifying race last Sunday (November 16) at the Carlos P. Garcia Park Oval Plaza. The duo headlined the 24 men and four women that booked spots in the National Finals on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Unabia of Tangub City successfully retained the title he won last season. He clocked the 21-kilometer course in at 1:15:12 to slip past Second Placer Dante Baay (1:15:30) and Third Placer Joselito Dugos (1:16:30).

Last year’s leg runner-up, Ambasa of of the Davao Titans was virtually unchallenged this time by finishing in 1:31:36 while matching pace with the male chase pack. A far Second Place was Gelyn Ninofranco (1:53:07) followed by Rosilie Lim (1:53:18).

Both champions received trophies and PHP 10,000.00 plus all-expense paid trips to the Nationals thanks to their impressive times. Last year, both performed well with Unabia getting 11th Place while Ambasa landed in Ninth Place.

The 9,300 combined entries in all distance categories easily made Sunday’s race the biggest running event to date in the country’s Tuna Capital. The high turnout meant more proceeds for MILO’s continuing advocacy of providing athletic shoes to poor public schoolchildren with emphasis this year to those in Eastern Visayas.

Defending champion Jollibee Gomora retained her crown in the 10-kilometer race in 46:57 while Arlan Arbios took the Men’s Division in 34:58. Glecery Joy Olama of Holy Trinity College also defended her five-kilometer title in 21:37 with Jan Dandoy of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University ruling the Men’s side in 17:57.

NDDU produced another champion in the Girl’s three-kilometer kiddy race through Oona Coronel in 12:42. The Boy’s title went to Renz Jude Escaleta of Mindanao State University (10:34).

The final chance to qualify for the Nationals will be next week (November 23) in Davao City. For more information and to register, contact local organizer Kenneth Sai at mobile phone (0921) 594-9303.

The complete results of the General Santos leg as well as the other completed regional races may be downloaded at Visit MILO’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

Posted in Marathon, Running, Sports | Leave a comment

Miles For Jeremiah This Jan. 11

PAR POSTER 9     IN CELEBRATION of its Second Anniversary, the Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR) will give back anew as they host “Miles For Jeremiah”, a charity fun run on January 11, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) grounds. True to its title, runners may choose to join distances denominated in 10, six and three miles.

Beneficiary of this noble project is the Jeremiah 33 Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Bro. Rey Ortega that caters to victims of juvenile rape. The young girls aged are housed in the foundation’s facilities in Pasig City where they undergo intensive rehabilitation and therapy until they are deemed fit to return to society.

Registration will begin on November 16 (Saturday) at Mizuno stores at the SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall, Olympic Village at SM City North EDSA and the newly-opened Garmin store in Glorietta 5. The race packet includes a specially-designed singlet and race bib.

Fees are set at PHP 800.00 for 10 miles, PHP 650.00 for six miles and PHP 550.00 for three miles. All finishers in all distances will receive die-cut medals with 10-milers grabbing a finisher shirt.

Slots are expected to be filled up fast as organizers have allotted provisions for a combined 2,500 total runners in all categories. Aside from the hosting PAR, several other running groups or clubs have thrown their support to the activity in a show of force and unity of the Filipino running community.

Minimalist design on singlet and shirt make it very reusable, a true keepsake.

Minimalist design on singlet and shirt make it very reusable, a true keepsake.

Established in 2013, PAR marked its first anniversary last January with a fun run that generated PHP 120,000.00 for the abandoned senior citizens of the Anawim Grace Foundation. In the last year alone, PAR’s membership has grown exponentially from 400 to over 700 registered members.

From a simple group of friends who wanted to join fun runs together, PAR has metamorphosed into organizing events of its own. Expect several more races in the coming months from an organizer that really knows the needs and wants of their fellow runners.

For more information and to directly donate, please log on to or like their Facebook Page. Visit also the event’s official Facebook page.


Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. (Jeremiah 33:6-7 NIV)

Posted in Running, Sports | Leave a comment