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Filipino cue master Biado bags gold in World Games

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(Photo from The Manila TImes)


MANILA — Another good news for Filipinos in sports.


The Philippines’ Carlo Biado on Saturday (July 30, Manila Time) won the gold in men’s pool finals, beating Great Britain Jayson Shaw, 11-7 to win the country's first gold in the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.


Biado’s sterling performance gave the Philippines its first ever gold in the World Games, a world competition of non-olympic games held every four years, according to Robert Manaquil, secretary general of the local billiard-snooker association and media officer of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).


Dennis Orcullo gave the Philippines its lone medal in the world games by winning the bronze in the 9-ball pool in 2014 in Cali, Columbia.


Earlier in the day, Biado, demonstrated mental toughness and steady form and defeated Oi Naoyuki of Japan, in a masterful, 11-7, in the first semi finals match to face Jayson, who won over Taipei’s Ko Pin Yi in other semis, 11-4, in the finals of the 9-ball tussle.


Chezka Centeno lost her play off for bronze to China’s Han Yu, 9-3 in the women’s pool. Earlier, Centeno was defeated in the finals by Chen Siming of China, 6-9. 


Chezka Centeno tumbled out of the medal podium following a 9-3 defeat at the hands of China’s Han Yu during their playoff for the bronze.


The 18-year-old from Zamboanga City who won the women’s 9-ball gold in the 2015 World Games held in Shanghai, China lost to Siming earlier in the semifinals.


Biado, who briefly ranked No.1 in the world two years ago, and the seventh-ranked Centeno formed part of the eight players from Asia who made it to the world games based on their world rankings.


Biado and Centeno are part of the eight players from Asia-composed of four men players from Taipei, China and Japan and four women from Taipei, Korea and Japan-qualified to compete in the world games based on their world rankings.


The two Filipino cue artists will spearhead the 11-man billiard sports in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month.


Biado and Centeno will defend their titles in the 9-ball pool. 

Julia Montes linked to Coco Martin

Published in Entertainment

(Photo from Facebook | @JuliaMontesPH.Official)


Are they or are they not?

Showbiz fans are raising the poser referring to actor Coco Martin and Filipino-German actress Julia Montes.

Showbiz authority and columnist Ethel Ramos sought out the young Filipino-German actress, whos real name is Mara Hautea Schnittka, and came out with a report -  Julia Montes would neither admit nor deny her reported romance with the popular young actor.

In her latest column, Ethel Ramos though reported that Julia, now 22, is close to Coco’s mother and added that this is no secret.

The columnist revealed that Coco's mother and Julia were even recently spotted in Hong Kong together.

The rumored lovers, though mum about their personal lives, remain very visible on screen, according to the columnist.

In a column, Coco, 35, whose full real name is Rodel Luis Pacheco Nacianceno, was reported to be juggling work on the primetime ABS-CBN network hit television series, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” and his acting and directing duties for the movie “Ang Panday,” an entry in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.

Julia, it was learned, has just finished playing the snobbish Annika Pintasera in “Wansapanataym” and will soon be seen in the new ABS-CBN series, “Victims of Love.” 

 “The series excites me. Mantakin mo, I will have two confirmed drama actresses for my co-stars,” she revealed, referring to much-awarded actresses Lorna Tolentino and Cherry Pie Picache, with whom she will be working for the first time.

While mum on her relationship with the actor, Julia, hoever, does not deny that Coco gives her financial advice, especially on where to put her earnings, according to the columnist.

It was reported that it was Coco who encouraged the actress to build a house in a plush subdivision in Antipolo City.

“Coco told Julia that the house is not only for her family, but a sound investment, too,” a friend of Julia was quoted as saing. “One of these days, she just might put up her own business," she added.

(Photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


MANILA — The United States (US) has vowed to work with the Philippines to resolve the issue involving the Balangiga bells, which were seized by US troops from a town in Samar 116 years ago.


”We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution,” the US Embassy in Manila said in a statement issued following President Rodrigo Duterte's call for US to return the bells.


"We are aware that the Bells of Balangiga have deep significance for a number of people, both in the United States and in the Philippines,” it added.


President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in his second State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA),, called on the US to return to the Philippines the bells of the Balangiga church.


The President said those bells belonged to the Philippines and were part of its national heritage.


During the Philippine-American war in 1901, Filipino freedom fighters from the village of Balangiga defended Samar Island from American colonizers, resulting in death of 48 American officers and men and 28 Filipinos.


The US troops looted three bells from the burned out Catholic town church, which they took back to the US as war booty.

Bruno Mars coming back to Manila

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(Photo from Instagram | @brunomars)


The loss of Justin Bieber in the local concert circuit is a win for Emmy award winning artist Bruno Mars.


This as the Filipino American from Hawaii announced he is coming back to the Philippines on May 3, 2018 in a concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


The concert is  the singer’s third visit in the country. He first performed in April 2011 in Cebu, followed by a concert in Manila in 2014 as part of his “The Moonshine Jungle” world tour.


His visit in 2018 is part of his "24k Magic World Tour.


The tour, which kicked off last March in Europe, is in support of Mars’ latest album of the same tour name, with three hit singles so far: “Versace on the Floor,” “That’s What I Like,” and the title track.


The half-Filipino singer and songwriter whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, now 31, is behind latest hit "Versace on the Floor" and well-loved songs "Just the Way You Are" and "That's What I Like".


Concert promoter Music Management International (MMI Live) said tickets will go on sale starting on Sept. 7 via SM Tickets.


The 24K Magic World Tour is the third concert tour by the Grammy Award winning popstar, to support his album 24K Magic (2016). It began March 28, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, and will conclude at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018.


Meanwhile, 24K Magic, the album, has been consistently on top of the charts, with songs like “24K Magic,” “Versace on The Floor,” and “That’s What I Like.”


The 31-year old Filipino-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter rose to fame for his early hits “Just The Way You Are,” “Marry You,” “The Lazy Song,” and “Grenade.” His other hits include “Uptown Funk” and “Versace on the Floor.”

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