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This is video is a tribute to some of the personalities that have made us proud this year 2012. These artists and athletes may or may have not won, but these artists and athletes gave us every reason to hold our heads up high as a the Filipino people... Salamat, kababayan!
Song by: "Sige Lang" by Quest
1. Jessica Sanchez - American Idol, Runner-up
3. Janine Tugonon - Miss Universe, Runner-up
4. The Crew - World Hip Hop Dance Championship, Winner
5. Smart Gilas Pilipinas - Jones Cup, Winner
6. Philippine Azkals - Peace Cup, Winner
7. Philippine Volcanoes - Rugby Division 1 Champsion, qualified for the World Cup.
8. Philippine Dragon Boat - ICF World Championships, 6 gold and 1 silver
9. Mark Anthony Barriga - London Olympic Boxing, Top 16
10. Marvin Somodio - Assistant Trainer to Freddie Roach
11. Bryan Viloria - unified WBO and WBA world flyweight titles
12. Nonito Donaire - reigning WBO, The Ring and WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight Champion
13. Manny Pacquiao (no description needed)
- Be Proud, Philippines...
Baguio cools down Meralco as Alaska takes Game One of quarterfinals series
Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Thursday, December 13, 2012 · 12:15 am
New faces have joined Alaska to change the fortunes of the Aces, but it was an old reliable who carried the cudgels come playoff time.
Cyrus Baguio scored 26 points to lead Alaska to a 90-84 triumph over the Meralco Bolts to start their best-of-three Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
"There are six, seven new guys who have come in to this team, but Cyrus has been steady for us," said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo. "He made good plays out there tonight."
Baguio hit four three-pointers, including one at the four-minute mark of the third quarter that kicked off a 7-0 run that gave the Aces their biggest lead of the game, 69-47.
Alaska was still up by 16 points, 74-58, heading into the fourth quarter. The Aces kept the Bolts at bay for most of the period, before Sol Mercado and Jay-R Reyes teamed up to cut the lead to just six points late in the game.
But Meralco could not come any closer, allowing the Aces to come away with the victory.
"Let's give credit to Meralco. Their energy was there. There are guys who are thoroughbreds out there, including Chris Ross and Mercado," said Trillo.
Veteran Tony dela Cruz also gave Alaska a boost, posting 13 points and seven rebounds to make up for a subpar game from star rookie Calvin Abueva, who scored just six points before fouling out of the game in the fourth quarter.
Mercado, playing with an ankle injury, led the Bolts with 22 points.
Alaska can close out the series with a win in Game Two set on Friday, also at the Big Dome.
ALASKA 90 -- Baguio 26, Espinas 19, Dela Cruz 13, Thoss 10, Baracael 9, Abueva 6, Casio 5, Jazul 1, Hontiveros 1, Eman 0, Belasco 0.
MERALCO 84 -- Mercado 22,Cardona 14, Reyes 13, Ross 9, Hodge 8, Buenafe 7, Hugnatan 5, Nabong 2, Bulawan 2, Sharma 2, Borboran 0, Salvacion 0.
Quarters: 18-20, 44-33, 74-58, 90-84
Talk 'N Text rallies past Ginebra to ride into playoffs with win
InterAKTV · Sunday, December 9, 2012 · 8:47 pm
The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters rallied to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 87-80, Sunday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to ride into the Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory under their belt.
Ali Peek had 16 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks to lead Talk 'N Text, which came back from a 17-point third quarter deficit to book the victory.
The game held little meaning for either team, as both were locked into their respective quarterfinal matchups. But the two squads didn't play like it was a no-bearing game, with the action getting heated at several junctures.
"There's no such thing as a non-bearing game. The objective is to always give the paying customers their money's worth. I've been long enough in the league and I know our priority is the customers and win basketball games for them. We all owe it to the fans," said Talk 'N Text coach Norman Black.
"The win was more about pride. We're the No. 1 team no matter what, but we may see this team down the road."
The Tropang Texters worked double time on defense in the fourth period, when they held their rivals to just two field goals.
Barangay Ginebra's seven-point output in the final period is the team's lowest scored this conference. The Gin Kings' last field goal came at the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter courtesy of Rico Maierhofer.
Talk 'N Text finished with just two defeats in 14 elimination round games, while Ginebra's win-loss record fell to 7-7 to wrap up its campaign.
The Tropang Texters will play Air 21 in the quarterfinals, with the Tropang Texter enjoying twice-to-beat advantage. The series starts on Thursday.
"You can't take any team for granted. I believe they're better than their record," said Peek.
Ginebra will take on Rain or Shine in a best-of-three series that kicks off Wednesday. It marks the second straight year the two teams face each other in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals. The Elasto Painters swept the Gin Kings in two games last season in the final eight of the same tournament.
Sizzling Simon shoots down GlobalPort as San Mig Coffee seals second spot
Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Friday, December 7, 2012 · 9:58 pm
Needing to win one win to secure the twice-to-beat prize for the Philippine Cup quarterfinals, San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone knew his team would to struggle for it.
The Coffee Mixers did it the hard way, hacking out a 107-96 win against a GlobalPort squad that fought hard despite playing merely for pride Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Peter June Simon came up big, picking up the slack for the hurting James Yap with 27 points to lead the way for the Mixers, who formalized their hold of the No. 2 spot in the quarterfinal round.
"I know it wasn't pretty, but it's a lot harder than what people see from the outside," said Cone.
"There's the other team which has gotten loose and another team looked stressed. Looking at each other, you know there's going to be a real battle. Certainly, there's no easy games in the PBA."
San Mig Coffee did not get its rhythm going until the early part of the fourth quarter, when the Mixers outscored the Batang Pier, 34-18, to secure their 10th win in 13 games.
"We just took care of business tonight. I told my players that all we have to do is walk out there and win. Let's not misunderstand our expectations. We don't have to win by 25 points, but we only need to win by one and win," said Cone.
The Mixers still have one game left on their elimination round schedule against the Meralco Bolts, but are locked into a playoff duel against the underachieving but dangerous Petron Blaze Boosters.
"Anybody could pick a harder opponent, but Petron. There's a saying that you don't choose who to play in the playoffs because you need to go through everyone of them," said Cone.
GlobalPort ended its campaign with just a lone win to show in 14 games.
San Mig Coffee 107 -- Simon 27, De Ocampo 18, Pingris 14, Barroca 12, Ramos 8, Yap 8, Reavis 7, Devance 5, Intal 4, Villanueva 4, Gonzales 0.
Globalport 96 -- David 22, Al-Hussaini 20, Deutchman 13, Miller 13, Mandani 10, Salvador 6, Guevarra 4, Raymundo 2, Manuel 2, Lingganay 2, Yee 2, Vanlandingham 0.
Quarters: 20-27; 47-49; 73-78; 107-96
Rain or Shine eliminates Barako Bull in explosive performance
Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Friday, December 7, 2012 · 7:57 pm
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was caught in heavy Friday traffic, failing to make it in time for the start of the Elasto Painters' match against Barako Bull at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
But Guiao had specific instructions for chief deputy Caloy Garcia — starting the game with seldom-used Jonathan Uyloan before bringing in the returning Paul Lee at the six minute mark in the first quarter — and the tactical moves worked to perfection in an easy 116-101 victory.
Uyloan played the game of his career, finishing with 18 points, three steals, and two blocks, while Lee played as if he hadn't missed Rain or Shine's past 18 games dating back to last season, contributing 16 points, six assists, and four rebounds.
They led six players who scored in double-figures as Rain or Shine finished the elimination round with a 9-5 record.
"Unexpected naming ma-le-late si Coach Yeng, but when he called up, we thought na baka hindi na siya umabot," said Caloy Garcia, who took over the reins of the squad. "His first instruction when he called up is to field in Paul Lee after six minutes, then have Jonathan starting for us.
"The nice thing about this win was everybody stepped up."
Jervy Cruz also scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field.
Jeff Chan and JR Quinahan each had 11 points while Beau Belga chipped in 10 for the Elasto Painters.
The loss eliminated Barako Bull (4-10) from playoff contention, giving the Air 21 Express (5-9) the last ticket to the quarterfinals.
Rain or Shine 116 -- Cruz 23, Uyloan 18, Lee 16, Chan 11,Quinahan 11, Belga 10, Tiu 8, Norwood 8, Rodriguez 4, Arana 4, Jaime 3, Matias 0, Tang 0.
Barako Bull 101 -- Seigle 21, Tubid 17, Yap 16, Kramer 15, cruz 13, Anthony 11, marcelo 8, Najorda 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarters: 32-19; 54-47; 86-66; 116-101
Furious rally pushes Alaska to big comeback win over Petron Blaze
Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Wednesday, December
Alaska has built a reputation in the Calvin Abueva era as a defensive, hustling team.
Make the Aces the new comeback kids this time as well.
The Aces held the Petron Blaze Boosters to an all-time franchise low six points in the fourth quarter to complete a hard-earned come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Down by 21 points in the closing minute of the third period, the Aces willed themselves to victory behind the efforts of JVee Casio, Abueva and Cyrus Baguio.
Casio and Abueva have recently returned from sick bay.
But neither injuries nor the Boosters could keep these Aces from spurring their team to a huge comeback win.
"There were injuries all around, but these guys just willed themselves to victory. I was kind of quiet during the huddle and going through the motions, but guys just don't want to quit," said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
The Boosters were held down to only a single field goal for nearly nine minutes and saw their lead chopped down by repeated Alaska uprisings.
Arwind Santos broke the silence for the Boosters with a jumper, giving his squad a 69-63 lead.
JVee Casio scored on a triple to push the Aces within three, 69-66, but Chris Lutz had a jumper from the right corner.
That was the end of the line for the Boosters, though, who failed to score in the next 2:43 of the match and watched as the Aces scored the next 13 points.
Overall, the Boosters shot a measly 3-of-18 from the field (16.7%).
ALASKA 79 -- Baguio 20, Abueva 12, Casio 12, Hontiveros 10, Thoss 8, Espinas 7, Reyes 3, Baracael 3, Eman 2, Dela Cruz 2, Jazul 0, Laure 0, Belasco 0.
PETRON 71 -- Lassiter 14, Santos 13, Cabagnot 11, Fajardo 10, Yeo 9, Miranda 8, Lutz 4, Ildefonso 2, Washington 0, Pena 0.
Quarters: 19-25, 29-41, 46-65, 79-71.
After the devastating effects of Pablo on Mindanao... we thought the bad news was over... but ... then we had this weekend...
I remember Coach Chot mentioned after the FIBA Asia Cup in Japan... he said that it is a different feeling/pressure altogether when the name printed on your chests is the country that you represent. Just like the victory is much sweeter... the weight of defeat would seem more crushing.
The last time I watched them play was in the Final Game vs Taipei during the peace cup a couple of months back, and it was not as electric as last night, especially when it came to the number of fans on the stands on the cheers. But when the final whistle was blown, and the score was still 0-0, ofcourse everyone felt disappointed.
But when I saw the Azkals take customary post-game walk around the stadium after the match, though we (the crowd) was somehow disappointed that it was a draw, we couldn't help but cheer in encouragement because you could really feel the disappointment radiating from them. Either it was because they couldn't score a goal in the match, or because they wanted to dedicate the game win the victims of Typhoon Pablo, the frustration was evident.
I may have gone to see us make history... but seeing your faces as you walked around the stadium... faces that felt so dejected because you couldn't get a W infront of the thousands who came to Rizal Memorial Stadium to cheer you... so we cheer for you... you who sacrifice so much, just like your parents who connects you to us... you sacrifice so much for the Filipino people... and we thank you...
after a couple of hours....
I, unlike everyone else who was watching via PPV in bars, restaurants, and in other homes... I was just watching twitter during the fateful minutes that the world watched the PacquiaoMarquez4 Match. I was feeding off the emotions off the people around the world...
when Manny got KO in the 3rd round... and then when Marquez got caught in the 5th... and finally that punch in the 6th when it all ended...
the shock... the tears... the surge of emotion... the expression of disbelief... and finally the feeling of resolve and saying... we still love you Manny... we stood with you in triumph... we will stand with you in defeat...
#FilipinoPride (top trending tweet worldwide)
In defeat, in emotional moments... we comfort each other... and we say that we still support them no matter what...
As a nation, somehow we're used to getting the short end of the stick... we're used to losing... to being the ones to suffer... we've experienced it so much that we know how to cope...
So that when it comes to our athletes... its ok for them to loose... as long as we see that they put your whole heart into the fight, holding nothing back...
- for the Azkals.... just like your parent/s, we know that you will not only fight back, but you will succeed when you go battle in Singapore. Because somehow... when you are considerered the "underdogs" , that is when the HEART comes out and gives you the extra push to win it all.
- for Manny.. even in defeat you demonstrate the class of true sportmanship... and that's the what gives us, the GLOBAL PINOY COMMUNITY, Pride in the midst of defeat...
Azkals... as you go to SIngapore... take this memory with you... the Filipino Nation may be harsh at times, but even if you do not win... just knowing that you leave it all on the court is enough for us....
CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO... THANK YOU. Whatever you decide after this, we're standing behind you. You've taken us on your shoulders in the last decade and made the Philippines known to the world... our nation is in a much better place because of you.