December 13, 2021 2:28 p.m.
Your SUV will encounter different kinds of obstacles, on and off the road. That’s why it’s important to invest in tires that live up to the demands on the vehicle. Tires will take a lot of punishment and have to keep up with the purpose of the vehicle.
SUVs on Philippine roads, particularly, have to deal with potholes and a lot of road hazards on city roads, and mud, rocks and uneven terrain in the countryside. Not many realize it but a puncture-resistant, heavy duty construction is an investment in value as these make them ultra-durable and will take a long time and a lot of abuse before they succumb to wear and tear.
These choices from Maxxis are all engineered and reinforced to resist punctures and wear so they last longer despite being subjected to punishing conditions. There’s a tire that can keep up with the tough life of your SUV, on the country roads and on city streets, and it’s bound to be one of these:
The RAZR MT772 is made to meet a different kind of challenge: being discreet and silent on city pavements while not compromising on performance. The first thing off roaders will notice with the RAZR MT772 is that there is definitely something missing: the tire noise.
Quite surprising since all the other specs of the RAZR MT772 read like what you would expect of a road warrior: it’s puncture-resistant and has deeply staggered shoulder blocks to ensure additional traction on tough terrain. A novel and sturdy sidewall design maximizes sidewall traction and adds to puncture resistance.
No doubt these would come in handy in the rough roads, but you will thank the tread design that ejects stone and mud when your wheels arrive clean as a whistle as you roll into the city after a weekend in the countryside.
The Trepador series, on the other hand, is all business. It is road-legal, of course, but you have to treat the Trepador M8060 with respect. It’s the choice of professional racers and championship rallies, now made accessible to mere mortals. It expects to be punished on rough roads so it’s made using a heavy-duty ply construction with composite material-belt reinforcement to make it resistant to punctures.
A multicurve tread siping can grip both loose dirt and wet surfaces because the unique arrangement of the tread creates even contact with the surface and hangs on to the surfaces even as this varies from terrain to terrain.
The Trepador M9060 is also reliable on all types of extreme terrain, wet or dry. Aggressive directional treads with deep-set lugs let you shed mud on the dirt road. It’s also composite material-reinforced so it extends tread life. Good for unpaved roads and off-road trails, it delivers sports traction and endurance yet never compromises on safety.
The Bighorn MT764 also has a motorsports pedigree. Created to frolic in the mud, it has the “eagle claw” – a dual-stage tread design that grips mud extra hard, but sheds it just as easily, making it practically self-cleaning.
You know The Bighorn MT764 is made for the mud just by looking at it: the treads are extra-large and deep, and the lugs on the shoulder are pronounced, giving it sidewall traction on dirt roads. A nylon-cap ply and G-buttresses spit out stones and repel sharp objects, prolonging its life on the road.
Rounding out the choices for hardworking SUV tires is the Creepy Crawler M8090, so named because it practically bites the surface with wraparound square shoulder lugs that are hard to ignore. These provide extra grip as you try and get out of deep ruts and uneven surfaces, and cleans itself as it goes. And there’s plenty of these deep, multi-edged lugs on the Creepy Crawler M8090.
So what do all these choices have in common? Performance, safety and prolonged life – all you’ll ever need to consider w
hen fitting your SUV for the action it’s bound to encounter.
Ateneo, UP face off again for UAAP title
December 7, 2022 9:54 p.m.
For the second straight season, it will be Ateneo de Manila University versus University of the Philippines in the UAAP men’s basketball finals.
Moments after the Fighting Maroons escaped National University, the Blue Eagles thrashed Adamson University, 81-60, to advance to its sixth consecutive Finals appearance on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Game One of the best-of-three championship series will be on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
“We had our best offensive performance of the year. I think when you get some time to prepare and your opponent doesn’t have much time and they were playing on heart, they were playing on Nash’s brain, and all of those things they have a ton of,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin.
“But the cauldron of the semifinals you need more than that you need time to prepare, you need rest, and you need a full team hitting on all cylinders and tonight we were that team,” continued Baldwin.
Already ahead by eight early in the third period, Dave Ildefonso scored eight straight points before Ange Kouame and Chris Koon connived to end the quarter with 19 unanswered points and give Ateneo a 27-point advantage heading into the fourth, 63-36.
Sean Quitevis then opened the payoff frame with another trey to put the Blue Eagles up by 30 with 9:14 left, 66-36, before Jed Colonia made the Soaring Falcons’ first basket in nine minutes with 8:30 to go. Jerom Lastimosa last scored on a layup at the 7:27 mark of the third.
Forthsky Padrigao had 16 points and five assists, while Koon was 4-of-5 from deep to end with 15 points to go with five assists and a plus-21 in his 19 minutes on the floor.
Kai Ballungay chimed in 13 points, while Ildefonso had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Lastimosa was the lone Falcon in double figures with 10 points on a woeful 4-of-15 shooting from the field.
Adamson eliminates La Salle, claims last seat in Final 4
December 4, 2020 10:11 p.m.
Adamson University knocked out De La Salle University, 80-76, to grab the last Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Soaring Falcons will face top seed Ateneo de Manila University, which holds a twice-to-beat edge, in the Final Four on Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’re happy to be in the Final Four. We’re actually gatecrashing the Final Four. People didn’t expect us to be in the Final Four, they expected I don’t know what you call them… big spenders. To me, they’re all big spenders but I’m happy the team did their part,” said Adamson coach Nash Racela.
“We will check our emotions because we don’t want to be in a high because may trabaho pa and we’re still gonna play Wednesday and the weekend,” he added.
With the Falcons down by a single point, Lenda Douanga took matters into his own hands, draining a push shot before dishing to Cedrick Manzano the next play for the reverse layup and a three-point Adamson lead with 58.8 seconds left, 77-74.
After multiple empty possessions on both ends, Evan Nelle came up clutch, stealing Joem Sabandal’s inbound and burying a lay-in to pull La Salle within one with 15.4 ticks to go, 76-77.
The Green Archers were forced to put Jerom Lastimosa on the line in the ensuing play, which the Soaring Falcon made both to push them up by three anew, 79-76, before Nelle missed his three-pointer attempt badly, only hitting the side of the board as Joshua Yerro iced the game from the charity stripe.
La Salle led by as much as 13 in the third frame, 51-38, but Lastimosa went ballistic, going for 11 from his 22 points there to help Adamson inch within one at the end of the quarter, 59-60.
Lastimosa also added six assists and a steal, while Yerro had 13 points and six rebounds.
AP Manlapaz chimed in 22 points, while Douanga got 10 points and seven rebounds.
In the sudden death playoff for fourth seed, the Green Archers did not have three of their best players in Schonny Winston, Mike Phillips, and Kevin Quiambao.
URCC 81: Decades of Success happens Dec. 6 in Okada
November 27, 2022 7:22 p.m.
THE Universal Reality Combat Championship will celebrate two decades of greatness titled the “Decades of Success” in a fight night on December 6, featuring the country’s best mixed martial artists at the Okada Manila in Parañaque City.
Three years since the last time they held their last main event, URCC founding president Alvin Aguilar announced the coming URCC 81 will definitely be a night to remember with events like the 3 Versus 3, MMA fight and the bare-knuckle bouts.
“Our first main event in three years will definitely be an unforgettable night in mixed martial arts. We have a lot of good fighters and everyone is very excited,” Aguilar said.
The last time URCC held a main event — Retribution— was in November 2019, at the same venue. Despite the pandemic, URCC didn’t stop as it held three fight nights when the government finally allowed contact sports.
In celebrating URCC’s main event return, Aguilar will be having Team Philippines of Sugar Ray “Mammoth” Estroso, Caloy “Bad Boy” Baduria and Boss Bullet Manliclic taking up against South Koreans Jeong Minhun, Choi Wontae and Jeon Youngjun in an exciting 3 versus 3 event.
“We have to go up against other Asian countries before we start expanding. So we meet Korea then later on China again and then we will invite people from Russia and the USA. This is the fourth time we will be holding this 3 versus 3 fight,” Aguilar said, who also expects the other events to live up to the hype.
A URCC welterweight interim championship is also set between Filipino Arvin Chan and American Will Chope as the other highlight of the main event presented by Okada Manila and sponsored by Winzir.
URCC Global Chairman Arnold Vegafria said the promotions have been evolving since 2002, becoming a household name in the local mixed martial arts industry, where it discovered great MMA fighters and promoted quality fights abroad.
For inquiries about tickets sale, go to www.urcc.online and download app https://apps.wix.com/place-invites/join-lp/b4e05b90-55a0-40a8-8fac-17ccf4a2c074?ref=pre_banner_top which is available for iOS and Google.
Other MMA undercard bouts feature Dunlee Stewart facing John Tirona in a 170 lbs bout, followed by Gester Maglaque meeting Mariano Jones in an 185 lbs bout; Kimbert Alintozon battling Junie Kimayong (125 lbs); Rhyle Lugo clashing against Alex Aballe (145 lbs) and Eros Baluyot taking on MJ Abrillo (125 lbs).
For the thrilling bare-knuckle competitions, Damsa Abrenica collides with Joseph “King Pinoy” Cabral, while Dondon Serrano squares off with Sherwin Niro and Denzel Dimaguila fights Mark Jalaron.
Details of the fight and future fight cards are available to download at https://apps.wix.com/place-invites/join-lp/b4e05b90-55a0-40a8-8fac-17ccf4a2c074?ref=pre_banner_top, which is available for iOS and Google.