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Crossovers seek PVL redemption in Invitationals

July 5, 2022 7:01 p.m.
Games Saturday
2:30 p.m. – Cignal HD vs Army
5:30 p.m. – Choco Mucho vs Chery Tiggo

From top to near-bottom, Chery Tiggo believes there’s no way to go but up as the Crossovers seek to get over the hump of their Premier Volleyball League Open Conference debacle with another top podium finish in the PVL Invitationals unfolding this weekend.

Sure, Jaja Santiago’s absence told heavily on their unsuccessful title-retention drive but limping to eighth place in a field of nine certainly didn’t speak well of the caliber of the players, who, under then-head coach Aaron Velez, bucked the odds and defanged the fancied Creamline Cool Smashers in a gripping Open finale in bubble setup in faraway Ilocos Norte last year.

But the Crossovers struggled without the 6-5 middle blocker in the recent Open that saw them grope for form at 1-3 in pool play, lose to the Cool Smashers in the quarterfinals and bow to the cellar-dweller BaliPure Water Defenders in the classification round.

The team management felt it was time to do a crossover, tapping coach Clarence Esteban to whip the team back into fighting form, fulfill the team’s goal to rebound and earn at least another crack at the championship.

That’s despite the pressure and challenge not just from the rest of the six other local squads but also from two top-notch foreign teams spicing up the title chase in the second round of the mid-season offering of the league organized by Sports Vision.

“Our lineup is intact since all players have existing contracts. So our focus is on improving their skills and abilities. We want them to play as a team and we will instill the importance of the role of each individual inside the court,” said Esteban, also the man at the helm of UST boys’ volley squad and current coach of Mapua’s women’s team.

“Expect us to give our very best to rebuild and organize the team for us to achieve our goal,” he added.

Chery Tiggo kept assistant coach Brian Esquivel while Yani Fernandez returns after helping steer Foton to the 2015 Superliga Grand Prix title romp. Joining them are trainer Robertly Boto and strength and conditioning coach Kevin Villegas.

Velez is now the team manager.

Meanwhile, the league will have a press conference with social media platform KUMU today (Wednesday) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Infinity Ballroom of F1 Hotel Manila in Global City, Taguig.

“We knew what we went through the last conference, so we will work hard and will do it step-by-step to be able to perform well this conference,” said ace Dindin Santiago-Manabat.

The veteran power hitter, however, said Jaja Santiago still won’t be around due to her commitment in Japan but the team remains as talent-laden as ever with Mylene Paat, EJ Laure, Jasmine Nabor and Buding Duremdes raring to showcase their wares and the rest of the Crossovers eager to step up and put Chery Tiggo in the conversation again.

“While the team had a disappointing campaign the last time out, we will not disappoint the team management for the trust it has given us to lead and guide this team,” added Esteban, whose wards will be as much tested as the rest as it kicks off its campaign against Choco Mucho, one of the young but tall and talented squads in the league, on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

They clash at 5:30 p.m. after the 2:30 p.m. tussle between Cignal HD and Army Black Mamba.

Petro Gazz and PLDT complete the seven local teams with the top four after the single round elims advancing to the next stage that will feature Japan’s Kobe Shinwa Women’s University and Chinese-Taipei’s Taipei King Whales.

Games will be aired live on One Sports (free to Air Ch 41 and Cignal CH 6) and One Sports+ (Cignal Ch 91 SD, Ch 261 HD) with both channels also available on Cignal’s OTT Platform, Cignal Play, with video on demand also available on the platform.

Matches can also be streamed on social media application KUMU and on the league’s official website pvl.ph.

All the games will be played at the San Juan venue except for the July 23 playdate that will feature Creamline against Choco Mucho, set at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

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Australian delegates visit Clark

August 18, 2022 7:23 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – As part of their business mission in the Philippines, a delegation from Australia composed of industry leaders on various business sectors recently visited this Freeport to explore potential trade, tourism, and investment opportunities.

In a simple activity held at the New Clark City (NCC) on Wednesday, the delegates were given presentations on the current developments in NCC, Clark Freeport Zone, Clark International Airport, and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Aileen Zosa, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan, CDC Vice President for Engineering Services Group (ESG) Dennis C. Legaspi, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Officer-In-Charge Darwin Cunanan and TIEZA Division Manager Donald Maldonado welcomed the delegation led by Philippine Ambassador to Australia Hellen De La Vega.

Former President and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also delivered a message for the delegation through a video message.

“The province of Pampanga has already prepared its land development plan with Clark as its hub, and implementing this is underway. The BCDA has integrated four major contiguous investment districts, mainly the Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Global City, Clark International Airport, and Subic. My wish related to your visit is for the Philippines to have closer ties and expand the depth of scope of our economic cooperation with Australia and New Zealand,” Arroyo said. 

Meanwhile, in his speech, Pamintuan thanked the delegation for visiting Clark and for choosing the Philippines as an investment destination. He also mentioned that the business mission will fortify the economic cooperation between Australia and the investment hubs in the Philippines.

“Your visit signifies the strengthening of the economic partnership between Australia and the Freeport Zones in Clark, Subic, represented by Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Clark International Airport Corporation, Clark Development Corporation, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority,” he said.

Pamintuan also cited how new investment opportunities will intensify the promotion of inclusive development that will benefit the communities surrounding the Freeport.

“The forging of new investment and trade cooperation will benefit the local government units that form massive economic and investment corridor traversed by the Subic-Clark- Tarlac Expressway,” he added.

For her part, Zosa, in her presentation, underscored the suitability of Clark as an investment hub.

“Our jewel is really Clark. It’s the biggest and has the best potential for unlocking the value of these prime properties,” she added.

Aside from Clark, the delegation also visited the areas of Bataan and Subic for other set of activities that include investment briefings and business-to-business meetings.

USHERING MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN CLARK.  Delegates from Australia, led by Philippine Ambassador to Australia H.E. Hellen De La Vega (8th from left, first row) and Tourism and Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison (7th from left, first row), recently visited Clark Freeport Zone and New Clark City to learn about the areas’ developments and potential investment opportunities.  BCDA President and CEO Aileen Zosa (5th from left, first row), Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan (6th from left, first row), CDC Vice President for Engineering Services Group (ESG) Dennis C. Legaspi (9th from right, second row), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Officer-In-Charge Darwin Cunanan (3rd from left, first row) and TIEZA Division Manager Donald Maldonado welcomed the delegates and presented some of the developments in Clark.  Also in the photo are MTD Philippines Chairman Engr. Isaac David (3rd from right, 2nd row), and MTD Philippines President Patrick Nicholas David (extreme right, 2nd row). (CDc-CD Photo)
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Rep. Matibag files ‘Anti No-Permit, No-Exam Bill’

August 17, 2022 11:30 p.m.

The Anti No-Permit, No-Exam Bill of Rep. Ann Matibag of San Pedro City of the first district of province of Laguna passed on first reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed house bill (1486) seeks to allow students to take their preliminary, midterm or final examinations without the need to secure a permit as proof of payment of tuition and other school fees.

“It is really high time to get rid of the ‘no permit, no exam policy’ being imposed in schools and most universities,” said Matibag, whose anti-trans fat bill was also passed on first reading.

 “Every student has a right to finish his/her studies. Now that the opening of classes is near, no student should have his/her education interrupted just because he or she cannot pay tuition fees at the moment,” added Matibag, who is known for her initiatives for the youth and mother sectors.

Despite the ongoing global economic inflation caused by the pandemic and the rise in fuel prices, Rep. Matibag explained that the right of Filipino students to study in private and public universities must not be affected by their economic status.

Matibag believes that education is not a privilege, but an absolute right — reassuring parents that their children should be able to pursue their education without the heavy pressure to settle debts.

“In my explanatory note, it is time to have an act penalizing the ‘no permit, no exam policy’ in all educational institutions,” said Matibag, also a former Laguna provincial board member. “This is consistent with State policy to prioritize education, science and technology, arts and sports to foster patriotism.”

She added despite this mandate, many schools and college universities still prohibit their students to take their exams if they don’t settle or pay their tuition fees.

Matibag added that she is sad to learn that some colleges and universities are also capitalizing on hybrid classes, which cost them less on overhead expenses such as electricity and maintenance.

“We cannot allow our students and their parents to be exploited and used as milking cows especially during these hard economic times. The present condition is very depressing. We must correct it to guarantee the universal right to education of the Filipino youth,” Matibag added.

The Department of Education, meanwhile, announced the resumption of classes on August 22, 2022, while the full implementation of face-to-face classes will start on November 2, 2022.

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Obiena back with PH team

August 17, 2022 9:15 p.m.

Olympian Pole Vaulter Ernest John Obiena has been formally reinstated to the national team after Philippine Athletic Track and Field Association (PATAFA) endorsed his re-inclusion along with five other athletes to the Philippine Sports Commission. 

This happy development came after majority of PATAFA Board members voted on it during their special board meeting held last Saturday, August 13.

This was bared by PATAFA Executive Vice President Willie Torres, as instructed by PATAFA President Terry Capistrano.  

PSC Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. said that this decision takes effect this month and that the changes fall within the existing team quota of athletics.

Current PSC Officer in charge, Commissioner Bong Coo is pleased with this turn of events saying that “we are thankful to the PATAFA leadership” for taking this step to solidify the strength of our national athletics team. 

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