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Ateneo completes another Golden Double



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In the final day of the 78th UAAP Swimming Championship, the Ateneo de Manila University achieved what they set out to do – defend their crowns in both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.

The Ateneo Blue Tankers continued piling up the points and medals in the final day of competition as they collected six gold medals to sweep all events. Four of these gold medals were done in UAAP record time. They also added two silver medals and a bronze medal to their total haul for the day. De La Salle University followed Ateneo with their three silver medals and two bronze medals. University of the Philippines had one silver and bronze medal each, while the University of Santo Tomas ended up with two bronze medals.

Kicking it off for Ateneo was Aldo Batungbacal who swam the 1500m Freestyle event aiming for the gold but expecting nothing more. To his surprise, after touching first at 16:49.89, he was able to break the oldest standing UAAP record in the books. The 26-year-old mark of 16:55.53, established by Cesario Palacios of National University in 1989, was finally broken. Ateneo rookie Eman Dapat caught up with UST’s Jux Solita to finish second in 17:06.86 while Solita settled for the bronze medal in 17:14.27.

Axel Ngui of Ateneo then shattered not just the UAAP mark in the 50m Backstroke, but also the Philippine record by registering a time of 26.57 seconds. DLSU rookie Neil Puyo settled for silver with his 27.51 second time, and UP’s Christen Mercado managed to sneak in at third in 28.21 seconds.

The 200m Breaststroke event was again an all-Ateneo affair as Carlo Silva (2:23.03), Aldo Batungbacal (2:25.36) and Paolo Mutuc (2:26.21) crowded the podium. Silva managed to complete his Breaststroke romp by establishing a new UAAP record in this event. He now has the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke records under his name.

To complete his seven events, Jessie Lacuna of Ateneo swam in the 200m Butterfly and won gold in 2:06.31. DLSU’s Puyo was a far second at 2:12.78 while UST’s Solita was third at 2:14.75. Lacuna complete his seven events with seven gold medals and four new UAAP records, en route to his second straight Most Valuable Player prize.

Ateneo’s Ngui returned to the pool for the 50m Freestyle, breaking yet another record as he also swept his competition with a 23.23 second finish and a new UAAP record, his fifth for the four-day meet. DLSU completed the podium with Red Silvestre touching in at 24.18 seconds while rookie Alfonso Bautista took the bronze in 24.21 seconds.

It still wasn’t over for the Blue Tankers, though, as they also fielded in a star-studded team in the 400m Medley of Jeric Santos, Carlo Silva, Gio Palencia, and Justin Sy. They dominated the competition, clocking in at 4:06.07 and establishing a new UAAP record. UP’s Enzo Abanilla, Jerem Esguerra, Lans Donato, and Alfred Rojo came next at 4:09.92, while DLSU’s Jose Santos, Ambrose Agustin, Baron Ong, and Troy Espiritu rounded out the podium in 4:20.55.

By collecting one gold medal, three silver medals, and two bronze medals, DLSU’s Neil Puyo won the Rookie of the Year award. His closest rival, Ateneo’s Eman Dapat, only managed 52 points, 19 points away from Puyo’s 71. The Best Coach award was given to Sherwin Dela Paz of Ateneo for winning the back to back UAAP Championships and the third overall for the Ateneo Men’s Swimming Team.

In a starkly contrasting story, the Ateneo Lady Tankers managed to weather a charging UP Fighting Maroons storm. They amassed a total of two gold medals, one of them in record time, and three bronze medals. However, UP would also claim two gold medals on top of a silver and a bronze medal. DLSU also snared one gold medal and three silver medals, while UST collected one bronze medal.

Entering the final day, Ateneo had a 32 point lead over rival UP. In the first event of the day, UP’s Mikee Bartolome started strong with her time of 31.15 seconds in the 50m Backstroke to win the gold medal. DLSU rookie Catherine Bondad took the silver in 31.30 seconds while Ateneo’s Ariana Herranz was third at 31.58 seconds. The Fighting Maroons trimmed the lead down to 20 points.

The next event, the 200m Breaststroke, was an event UP dominated as they had four swimmers qualifying for the event against Ateneo’s two. Luckily for Ateneo, the gold medal would be won by DLSU’s Ingrid Ilustre in 2:48.54. UP completed the podium with Joy Rodgers touching next in 2:51.42 followed by rookie Pricila Aquino in 2:52.30. But UP still turned things around after the event, then leading by three points.

UP knew, however, that they could not celebrate the 3 point lead as Ateneo’s Hannah Dato still had two events left. In the 200m Butterfly, Dato would dominate to win the gold in 2:23.21. DLSU’s Ilustre collected the silver medal in 2:29.76 to conclude her UAAP swimming career. Ateneo rookie Romina Gavino touched third with her time of 2:31.46. Ilustre bid farewell to the UAAP scene with a total of one gold medal, two silver medals, and a bronze medal. After this event, Ateneo reclaimed the lead, bringing it up to 14 points.

With the 78th UAAP Women’s Swimming Championship on the line, the second to the last event of the day, the 50m Freestyle, was crucial as four UP swimmers were able to qualify against Ateneo’s three. Dato, however, was a sure cinch for the gold. All the rest was an even playing field where anything could happen. Dato, who set the new UAAP mark in the morning preliminaries with a time of 26.40 seconds, landed first in 26.62 seconds. UP rookie Nadine Tee Ten was second in 27.61 seconds, while Ateneo rookie Shaye Uy came third with 28.01 seconds. As things unfolded, Ateneo increased their lead to 16 points, virtually sealing their back-to-back championship along the way.

The final event, 400m Medley Relay, would be a mere formality as UP could only bring the lead down to 1 point at best. They went on to win the event with Mikee Bartolome, Joy Rodgers, Kyla Mabus, and Ariana Canaya ruling the competition with a 4:41.30 time. DLSU’s Cathy Bondad, Aya Panganiban, Glycel So, and Aya Carandang took the silver medal in 4:50.87 while UST’s Danica Locsin, Samantha Cambronero, Celyn Parco, and Isabelle Gubat took the bronze medal in 4:52.59.

Ateneo’s Dato won the Most Valuable Player award, securing seven gold medals and three new UAAP records. Teammate Romina Gavino won the Rookie of the Year award, collecting three silver medals, two bronze medals, and a total of 66 points. UP’s Nadine Tee Ten was a close runner-up with 60 points, while two other UP rookies, Pricila Aquino and Kayla Taguibao, had 52 points each. For thwarting a mad UP charge on their way to a back-to-back Championship, Ateneo coach Candice Esguerra was awarded Best Coach.

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Event 65 Men’s 50 Meter Back
Men's 50m Backstroke Awarding
GOLD – Ngui, Axel Toni Steven (ADMU) 26.57R NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Puyo, Arian Neil (DLSU) 27.51 12.0
BRONZE – Mercado, Christen (UP) 28.21 10.0

Event 66 Women’s 50 Meter Back
Women's 50m Backstroke Awarding
GOLD – Bartolome, Anna Dominique (UP) 31.15
SILVER – Bondad, Catherine (DLSU) 31.30
BRONZE – Herranz, Ariana (ADMU) 31.58

Event 69 Men’s 200 Meter Breast
Men's 200m Breaststroke awarding 2
GOLD – Silva, Gian Carlo (ADMU) 2:23.03R NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Batungbacal, Alberto (ADMU) 2:25.36
BRONZE – Mutuc, Paolo Gabriel (ADMU) 2:26.21

Event 70 Women’s 200 Meter Breast
Women's 200m Breaststroke Awarding 2
GOLD – Ilustre, Sabrina Ingrid (DLSU) 2:48.54
SILVER – Rodgers, Joy (UP) 2:51.42
BRONZE – Aquino, Pricilla Loren (UP) 2:52.30

Event 73 Men’s 200 Meter Fly
Men's 200 M Fly Awarding 2
GOLD – Lacuna, Jessie Khing (ADMU) 2:06.31
SILVER – Puyo, Arian Neil (DLSU) 2:12.78
BRONZE – Solita, Jux (UST) 2:14.75

Event 74 Women’s 200 Meter Fly
Women's 200m Fly Awarding
GOLD – Dato, Hannah (ADMU) 2:23.21
SILVER – Ilustre, Sabrina Ingrid (DLSU) 2:29.76
BRONZE – Gavino, Romina Rafaelle (ADMU) 2:31.46

Event 77 Men’s 50 Meter Free
Men's 50m Free Awarding
GOLD – Ngui, Axel Toni Steven (ADMU) 23.23R NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Silvestre, Leon Red (DLSU) 24.18
BRONZE – Bautista, Alfonso Jose (DLSU) 24.21

Event 78 Women’s 50 Meter Free
Women's 50m Free Awarding
GOLD – Dato, Hannah (ADMU) 26.62
SILVER – Tee Ten, Winona Nadine (UP) 27.61
BRONZE – UY, Shaye Chantal (ADMU) 28.01

Event 81 Men’s 1500 Meter Free
Men's 1500m Awarding
GOLD – Batungbacal, Alberto (ADMU) 16:49.89R NEW UAAP RECORD!!!
SILVER – Dapat, Eman Nuellito (ADMU) 17:06.86
BRONZE – Solita, Jux (UST) 17:14.27

Event 83 Men’s 400 Meter Medley Relay
Men's 400m Medley Relay Awarding
GOLD – Santos, Jan Jeric, Silva, Gian Carlo, Palencia, Jose Gio Fidel, & Sy, Justin Vito (ADMU) 4:06.07R NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Abanilla, Lorenzo, Esguerra, Jeremiah Andrew, Donato, Lans Rawlin, & Rojo, Alfred Valentin (UP) 4:09.92
BRONZE – Santos, Jose Maria, Agustin, Ambrose RaymunD, Ong, Baron Joaquin, & Espiritu, Troy Jordan (DLSU) 4:17.32

Event 84 Women’s 400 Meter Medley Relay
Women's 400m Medley Relay Awarding
GOLD – Bartolome, Anna Dominique, Rodgers, Joy, Mabus, Kyla Isabella, & Canaya, Ariana Mikaela (UP) 4:41.30
SILVER – Bondad, Catherine, Panginiban, Maria Noelle, So, Glycel Marie, & Carandang, Mariel Andrea (DLSU) 4:50.87
BRONZE – Locsin, Danica Claudia, Cambronero, Samantha Janne, Parco, Celyn, & Gubat, Isabelle (UST) 4:52.59


Men’s DivisionWomen’s Division
1. Ateneo de Manila University563 points1. Ateneo de Manila University428 points
2. De La Salle University2862. University of the Philippines419
3. University of the Philippines1993. De La Salle University177
4. University of Santo Tomas1204. University of Santo Tomas113
5. National University735. University of the East28
6. University of the East

7. Adamson University



6. National University, Adamson University0



Aldo is an ultimate sports enthusiast who watches and plays a multitude of sports like basketball, volleyball, swimming and water polo. His heart bleeds blue as he graduated in Jesuit institutions and is currently employed in one. Purefoods (or whatever name they call it now) in the PBA and the LA Lakers in the NBA are his favorite basketball teams.

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ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty



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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss



Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training



Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut



Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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