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PBA 40 Opening Ceremony: Muse Review by Katie and Lee

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Since we hardly know anything about fashion, we asked for the help  from our friends at the fashion brand Katie and Lee to explain what each muse wore and who was the star of the night.

PBA 40th Season Opening Ceremony Muses


ALASKA Aces:
Michelle Gumabao
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BARAKO BULL Energy:
Nathalie Van Decker
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K&L: Michelle wore a red long sleeve red dress with a high slit. The dress looked lovely on her! She wore black strappy shoes to complete the whole array. Her overall look projected simplicity and elegance at the same time.K&L: Nathalie Van Decker was wearing a simple red sheath dress with nude shoes. She looked noticeable with her smoky eyes and red lips.
BLACKWATER Elite:
Annalie Forbes and Sunshine Cruz
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GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL Kings:
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K&L: Annalie Forbes was in a red spaghetti strap dress with sliver platform heels. Her dress was simple and sexy, her silver shoes were a little bit too bulky but never the less she still pulled off a look that made her evident. Her partner Sunshine Cruz looked stunning in her black dress with cuts on the sides. The dress was simple yet classy. Her nude gold heels was the perfect accessory for her dress.K&L: Ellen was stunning in her dark red sheath dress. Her dress complimented her body shape which made her look really urbane. She paired up the whole ensemble with red lipstick that made her stand out!
GLOBALPORT Batang Pier:
Rachel Daquis and Cha Cruz
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MERALCO Bolts:
Ritz Azul
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K&L: Rachel Daquis chose to wear a body con printed dress together with black platform shoes. Her look was chic and hip and deviated from the usual simple and elegant style of the others. Her partner Cha Cruz was wearing simple pink baby doll dress with black heels. These two represent young and trendy fashion.K&L: Ritz was not in a usual body con dress. She chose to wear a flowy orange dress and gold accessories. She really looked beautiful during the opening.
NLEX Road Warriors:
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PUREFOODS STAR Hotshots:
Mary Jean Lastimosa
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K&L: Dianne was in a cotton and satin body con dress that made her look very alluring. She also wore royal blue heels that matched her dress.K&L: White represents simplicity and this girl pulled off a simple yet unforgettable look. Mary Jean Lastimosa’s shoes were edgy and classy. She looked dazzling!
RAIN OR SHINE Elasto Painters:
Glennifer Perido
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SAN MIGUEL Beermen:
Alaina Bergsma, Erica Adachi, and Alice Dixon
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K&L: Glennifer wore a red body con dress with short sleeves and chandelier earrings, she paired her whole look with Gold platform heels. The red dress complimented her skin tone that made her indeed eye-catching.K&L: We love how the girls played with accessories to define the simplicity of their dresses. Alaina Bergsma in red and simple black shoes looked astonishing! Erica Adachi wore a white patterned dress and black shoes epitomized modern simplicity in fashion. Alice Dixon was looking youthful and classy in her black dress. Her lovely earrings were very stylish and contemporary.
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Tropang Texters:
Megan Young
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 K&L: Megan was wearing a blue sophisticated body con dress with elegant chandelier earrings that left the audience in awe. Her silver platform stilettos was a good choice in completing the whole beauty queen look.
STAR OF THE NIGHT
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Sorento:
Jinkee Pacquiao
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 K&L: Jinkee was the star of them all. She wore a print on print dress paired with her plum YSL tribute. The whole look depicted elegance, style and sophistication. She wore her dress with simple hair and make up which made it stand out even more.

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Katie Pineda and Leeann Rubio are fashion designers and entrepreneurs. They opened their fashion line, Katie and Lee, when they were studying at the College of Saint Benilde. Katie and Lee’s current fashion line can be seen in the company’s Instagram account: @katieandlee

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Rose Vargas all set for UAAP return after four-season absence

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In an unprecedented move, hard-hitting Far Eastern University spiker Rose Vargas will return to finish her UAAP career when Season 80 kicks off on February 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Vargas last played for the Lady Tamaraws in Season 75. With a year of eligibility left, Vargas left the Morayta-based program to focus on her academics and pursue a career in the semi-pro ranks.

Five years since her last UAAP game, Vargas says that she did not hesitate when FEU officials asked if she wanted to return to play out her final year of eligibility.

During her time in the V-League, she played for the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns, the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, the Bureau of Custom Transformers, and, most recently, the Creamline Cool Smashers.

“‘Yung pag-babalik naman dito (FEU) is hindi ko naman pinag-isipan matagal or nag-dalawang isip ako,” said the Season 74 Best Scorer. “Noong tinanong lang sa akin kung gusto ko daw bumalik, ang sagot ko lang, oo.

“Kasi gusto kong makatulong, and gusto kong makuha ‘yung championship namin na matagal ng hindi nakukuha ng FEU.”

Vargas adds to an already solid FEU core which includes graduating captain Bernadeth Pons, Toni Rose Basas, and Jerrili Malabanan.

The last time Vargas suited up for FEU, she was the main piece to a core that included Mari Toni Basas — Toni Rose’s older sister, a young Remy Palma, Gyzelle Sy, and Tin Agno.

Vargas now sees herself as more of a complimentary piece, the hardened veteran looking to guide FEU’s younger guns in a season where much if expected of them.

“Ngayon, nadagdagan siguro yung maturity and ko, pagiging veteran daw, sabi, na pwede ko mai-share din sa mga bata ‘yun, as a leader, as an ate,” added Vargas.

“Nako-contribute ko kung anong knowledge ang natutunan ko.”

League insiders are confident that Vargas, who turned 25-year-old on December 12 last year, will be declared eligible to play in Season 80. Although the UAAP is yet to have their eligibility meeting this week, a source closely monitoring the situation expressed confidence that Vargas will pass the league’s eligibility rules.

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23 for 2023 cadet CJ Perez honored to help out Gilas

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Having had the chance to represent the Philippines in FIBA-sanctioned cagefests such the Asia Challenge Cup and the 3X3 All-Stars back in 2016, Lyceum Pirates star CJ Perez is no stranger to the international stage.

But the 24-year-old do-it-all swingman admits that he still gets overwhelmed whenever he sees his seniors — the stars and pillars of the program — in the team. “Nasusurprise [pa rin] ako,” he said. “Mga professionals eh.

“Na-istarstruck pa rin ako sa kanila.”

Perez said so when he finally made his return within Gilas’ realms last Monday night. The last time he was with the National Team was in August 2016, when the SBP built an amateur-laden batch of Gilas cagers that served as the transition from the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers squad to the 2017 SEABA team.

“Sobrang grateful ako (sa invitation),” said the talented six-foot-two guard, after practice at the Meralco Gym.

The reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player is back in the fold for Gilas as his name, along with young, up-and-coming stars, was included in the 23 for 2023 pool — a list of cagers projected to be the contingent for the Manila-hosted World Cup.

“Iniisip ko yun (FIBA World Cup 2023) simula magtawag sila ng practice. Actually nandoon na yung utak ko eh,” the Lyceum Pirate ace bared. “Kailangan ko lang mag work hard pa para makapasok dun sa lineup na yun, kahit malayo pa.

“It’s an honor para ma-represent yung country.”

Unlike in 2016, Perez graced the court and took part in drills with the veterans such as Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, among others. With those type of players around him, he feels that the lessons he can get will be limitless.

“Oo sobra. Kahit kanino naman (matututo ka talaga),” Perez shared. “(At tsaka) Dito parang more on sa mental. ‘Di na iniisip yung conditioning kasi may ibang teams naman sila so about sa mental toughness [talaga].”

For now, the 23 for 2023 cadets are already working out not just for familiarity, but also to help the seniors in preparing for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this February.

“Sobrang happy and grateful na nakakatulong ako sa kanila kahit sa simpleng practice lang.”

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Blistering Mikey Williams takes home Heritage Import of the Week honor

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The resurgent Saigon Heat have been the thorn to topflight clubs teams Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club and Nanhai Kung Fu, handing both squads their first losses in the eighth season of the ASEAN Basketball League. The Heat would not have done it without Filipino-American import Mikey Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Cal State Fullerton, dropped 39 points on 14-for-25 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and nine assists in Saigon’s 121-115 overtime win over Hong Kong.

The former NBA G-Leaguer followed it up with a sensational 24-point, five-rebound, and seven-assist outing in their 96-93 win over Kung Fu.

Overall, the 26-year-old guard averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.0 steals to edge out fellow Filipino AJ Mandani of the Singapore Slingers for the weekly award.

For the Local Player of the Week, two Alab Pilipinas stalwarts were the runners-up for the crown.

Reigning local Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and his floor general Josh Urbiztondo had stellar weeks that earned them honorable mentions.

Parks averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists for the week that saw Alab lose to the Slingers at home last Wednesday before bouncing back on the road against the Mono Vampire last Sunday.

Urbiztondo, on the other hand, had norms of 14.5 points on a hot 9-for-17 clip from downtown.

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Brazilian football legend Zico to visit Manila

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One of the best to ever play the Beautiful Game is coming to the Philippines. Zico, who electrified the footballing world in the ’70s and ’80s, is slated to visit Manila on the weekend of January 27.

The Brazilian, whose real name is Arthur Antunes Coimbra, is considered one of the best footballers in the world during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Zico starred for the Brazilian national team, scoring 48 goals in 71 appearances for the Selecao. In 1999, the attacking midfielder came 8th in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote, and in 2004 was named in FIFA’s list of the world’s greatest living players.

Zico played for legendary Brazilian club Flamengo and also for the Italian Serie A team Udinese. He finished his playing career suiting up for Kashima Antlers in the J-League, the top tier of Japanese football, leading them to an unlikely runner-up finish.

The 64-year-old also had a successful managerial career, leading Turkey’s Fenerbahce, Greek team Olympiacos, and CSKA Moscow to titles. Zico was also in charge of the Japanese national team when they won the AFC Asian Cup in 2004. Because of that accomplishment, Zico is one of the most beloved football figures in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Seven Seas Properties, a company that promotes Philippine real estate and Philippine stocks in the Japanese market, is bringing the football icon here.

“We are delighted to welcome Zico to the Philippines. I’m sure he will give a big boost to the growing football scene here,” says Seven Seas Properties President Yukihiro Nishimura.

Zico will attend a CSR event with young footballers from underprivileged communities on Saturday, January 27. The following day, Sunday January 28, he will lead a football clinic for elite young players and coaches in the McKinley Hill stadium in Taguig. Football fans and media are welcome to watch this event, which kicks off at 2:00 pm. Admission is free.

Zico in Manila is also made possible by Otsuka – Solar Philippines, Inter Sports Partners, AgriNurture, and Primex.

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