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FilAms carry PHL flag, haul medals in SEA Games

Published in Sports

By JO ERLINDA MAUFIT

 

(Photo from GMA News)

 

KUALA LUMPUR — Many Filipino Americans shined in the 29th Southeast Asian Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

 

New York's Trenten Anthony Beram, 21, a University of Connecticut mathematics major whose mother hails from Cebu, led the Filams with two gold medals in the men's 200 and 400 meters run.

 

Beram also won a bronze medal when their 400-meter relay team consisting of fellow Filipino American Eric Cray, and Anfernee Lopena and Archand Bagsit came in third behind Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

Cray, 28, who was born in Olongapo City, before moving to Sacramento, California with his parents, earlier won gold in the 400 meters hurdles and silver in 100 meters sprint.

 

Cray studied at the James Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas, has a degree in Education from Bethune-Cookman University and  a master's degree in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma.

 

FilAm Kaitlin de Guzman, 17, of Rowlett, Texas and a member of the University of Oklahoma team, is the winningest woman athlete with a gold, silver and bronze in gymnasts.

 

Another FilAm, Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison, romped off with the gold in the taekwondo competition on Aug. 29.

 

Born in Olongapo City of an American serviceman father and Filipina mother, Morrison and family migrated to Maryland but returned to the Philippines when he was seven years old.

 

Now 27, Morrison, a graduate of rhe University of Sto. Tomas vowed to compete in the 2019 SEA Games which Manila will host.

 

Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano rallied Team Philippines seeing action in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which the country will host in 2019.
 


 

Cayetano congratulated the victors as well as commended all Filipino athletes who gave all out their best for flag and country.
 


On Saturday, the Philippines routed the Indonesian five 94-55 and retained the basketball crown, which mattered most for Filipinos struggling to make the Big 5 among 11 nations in the games, raising the country's gold to 18.

 

Other Filipino Americans who shined in the games were fencing gold medalist Louie Wayne Brennan of California, gymnast gold, silver and bronze medalist Kaitlin de Guzman of Texas, only 17 years old, whose mother Cintamoni de Guzman was also a gymnast gold medalist in the 1995 SEA Games, swimmer silver and bronze medalist James Deiparine of Seattle, Washington but graduated from the California Polytechnic State University, golf bronze medalist Lois Kaye Go, 18,  who studies at Boston College, BMX cycling bronze medalist Daniel Caluag and swimmer Nicole Justine Marie Oliva.

 

On the same day, the Philippines collected three more golds two of which courtesy of the poomsae team in taekwondo and the third from judoka Miyoki Watanabe. 

 

The two-time poomsae champion team annexed its third straight crown while Watanabe, training her sights beyond the SEA Games, gained her third straight crown.

 

Also that day, Fil-American James Deiparine who topped the 50m breaststroke event in 28.20 seconds in the morning heats, clocked only 28.60 for the bronze behind defending champion Indra Gunawan of Indonesia in 28.25.

 

As of Saturday night (Aug. 26), the Philippines had a gold-silver-bronze medal tally of 18-24-45, not counting the gold-silver in the 9-ball women’s singles. The Philippines trailed Indonesia (31-43-52), Thailand (44-64-63), Singapore (46-35-52), Vietnam (49-34-43) and frontrunning Malaysia (82-58-53).

 

Brothers Dustin Jacob and Raphael Enrico Mella, who first won the gold in 2013 and in 2015, and this year in partnership with Rodolfo Reyes, scored an average of 3.40 in accuracy and 4.97 in presentation for a total of 8.37 in the men’s team poomsae to give the taekwondo team its first gold following the bronze medal win of the women’s team.

 

Reyes won the Philippines’ bronze in the men’s individual poomsae earlier.

 

The women’s team of Rinna Bananto, Juvenile Faye Crisostomo and Jocel Lyn Ninobla scored 8.27 for the bronze in the women’s event. 

 

Watanabe immediately threw her opponent to the ground, then pinned her down for 36 seconds to win the gold in the -63 kg class in women’s judo.

 

The win gave judo its first gold and one of many other international medals for the Filipino Olympian who is already being included by the Philippine Sports Commission in its program for the 2020 Olympics following her impressive bronze medal finish in the tough Tokyo International Judo Championships last July. 

 

Right after receiving the gold medal in the awarding ceremonies, she left the stadium and Malaysia to catch the first flight to the World Championships in Budapest.

 

Three silver and eight bronze medals were the other mints in the day following second place finishes by Anna Clarice Patrimonio in the women’s singles in tennis, the pair of Marcelito Pancho and Angelo Morales in men’s pair event in lawn bowls and the team of Sophia Joker Arroyo, Marie Antonette Leviste and Syquia Collins in the showjumping event of equestrian.

 

Asian Games champion Daniel Caluag, a Filipino American from California, lacking the training and preparation that earned him the gold in the quadrennial meet in 2014, settled for the bronze in BMX cycling. 

 

Athletics’ last bronze medals came from Kingsley Bautista in the 110 meter hurdles and the 4x400m relay. The fourth bronze came from Mark Griffin in waterski.

 

Jasmine Alkhaldi earned her fourth bronze medal, finishing with a time of 2:02:02 in the 200m freestyle.

 

The following is the official partial list of Filipino medal winners as of August 26:

 

GOLD

1. Mary Joy Tabal (ATHLETICS -- Women’s marathon)

2. Nikko Huelgas (TRIATHLON -- Men’s Individual)

3. Marion Kim Mangrobang (TRIATHLON -- Women’s Individual )

4. Reyland Capellan (MEN'S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS -- Floor Exercise)

5. Kaitlin Cera Lianne De Guzman (WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS -- Uneven Bars)

6. Agatha Chrystenzen Wong (WUSHU -- Tajiquan)

7. Louie Wayne Brennan (FENCING -- Men’s Foil Individual)

8. Eric Shauwn Cray (ATHLETICS – Men’s 400m Hurdles)

9. Aries Toledo (ATHLETICS – Men’s Decathlon)

10. Anthony Beram (ATHLETICS -- 200m)

11. Robert Curte Guarin/ Emmanuel Portacio/ Leoncio Carreon Jr./ Ronald Lising (LAWN BOWLS -- Men’s Four)

12. Felix Eumir Marcial (BOXING – Middleweight 75kg)

13. Marvin John Nobel Tupas (BOXING – Light Heavyweight 81kg)

14. Anthony Beram (ATHLETICS – 400m)

15. Men’s Team (ICE HOCKEY)

 

SILVER

1. Alvin Pangan/ Joeart Jumawan/ John Jeffrey Morcillos/ John John Bobier/ Rhemwill Catana/ Ronsite Gabayeron/ Regie Rezna Pabrigas (SEPAK TAKRAW -- Men’s Chinlone event)

2. Nicole Tagle (ARCHERY -- Women’s Individual Recurve)

3. John Leerams Chicano (TRIATHLON – Men’s Individual)

4. Claire Adorna (TRIATHLON – Women’s Individual)

5. Agatha Chrystenzen Wong (WUSHU -- Women’s Optional Taijijan)

6. Samantha Catantan (FENCING – Women’s Foil Individual)

7. Nathaniel Perez (FENCING -- Men’s Foil Individual)

8. Haniel Abella (FENCING -- Women’s Epee Individual)

9. Jason Ramil Macaalay (KARATEDO -- Men’s Kumite below 60kg)

10. Rexor Romaquin Tacay (KARATEDO – Men’s Kumite below 67kg)

11. Eric Shauwn Cray (ATHLETICS -- Men’s 100m)

12. Kaitlin Cera Lianne De Guzman (GYMNASTICS -- Women's Artistic Floor Exercise)

13. John Paul Bejar (KARATEDO -- Male Kumite below 55kg)

14. Mark Harry Diones (ATHLETICS -- Men’s Triple Jump)

15. Marco Vilog (ATHLETICS -- Men’s 800m)

16. Mario Fernandez (BOXING – Bantamweight 56kg)

17. Women’s Four (LAWN BOWLS)

18. Jemyca Arebado/ Yvonne Alyssa Dalida (SQUASH – Women’s Jumbo Doubles)

19. Ruben Gonzales/Francis Alcantara (TENNIS -- Men’s Doubles)

20. Hazel Jagonoy/ Rosita Bradborn/ Vilma Greenlees (LAWN BOWLS -- Women’s Triples)

21. James Deiparine (SWIMMING – Men’s 100m Breaststroke)

 

BRONZE

1. Paul Marton Dela Cruz (ARCHERY -- Men’s Individual Compound)

2. Joseph Benjamin Vicencio (ARCHERY-- Men’s Team Compound)

    Paul Marton Dela Cruz (ARCHERY – Men’s Individual Team Compound)

4. Kareel Hongitan (ARCHERY -- Women’s Team Recurve)

    Mary Queen Ybanez (ARCHERY -- Women’s Team Recurve)

    Nicole Tagle (ARCHERY -- Women’s Team Recurve)

5. Florante Matan (ARCHERY -- Men’s Team Recurve)

6. Gabriel Moreno (ARCHERY -- Men’s Team Recurve)

7. Mark Javier (ARCHERY-- Men’s Team Recurve)

8. Mazine Esteban (FENCING --Women’s Foil Individual)

9. Rizzalyn Amolacion/ Mary Ann Lopez/ Jean Marie Sucalit/ Kristel Carloman/ Lhaima Lhiell Mangobat (SEPAK TAKRAW -- Women’s Regu)

10. James Orencio (KARATEDO -- Kata Individual)

11. Richard Gonzales (TABLE TENNIS -- Men’s Singles)

12. Harlene Raguin (FENCING -- Women’s Epee Individual)

13. Junna Tsukii (KARATEDO – Women’s Kumite below 50kg)

14. Roxanne Ashley Yu (SWIMMING – Women’s 200m Backstroke)

15. Evalyn Palabrica (ATHLETICS -- Women’s Javelin Throw)

16. Kaitlin Cera Lianne De Guzman (GYMNASTICS -- Women Balance Beam)

17. Reland Capellan (GYMNASTICS – Men Vault)

18. Mae Soriano (KARATEDO -- Women Kumite below 55kg)

19. Arniel Ferrera (ATHLETICS – Men’s Hammer Throw)

 

 

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE

 

(Photo from PCOO)

 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — President Rodrigo R. Duterte personally showed support to poultry raisers of Pampanga and Nueva Ecija affected by avian flu by joining a boodle fight to assure the people that poultry products from the two provinces are safe to eat.

 

Duterte, along with former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, Gov. Lilia PIneda and other officials, ate "balut," chicken, quail and "itik.:

 

At the same time, Duterte distributed checks to chicken, quail and duck raisers affected by bird flu as indemnity and assistance for the culling of some 700,000 birds in poultry farms in four towns in the two provinces.

 

In the presence of former Pampanga congresswoman Andrea Domingo, now Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), Mr. Duterte said the assistance to the poultry raisers maybe increased possibly from Pagcor funds.

 

The President also presented citations to soldiers, policemen and other local and national officials who helped in culling the birds and in containing the avian flu before it could spread to other areas.

 

Duterte also assured that the national government will continue its surveillance and vigilance to mitigate the impact of bird flu.

 

Speaking before some 1,000 people from the local government units and poultry raisers, Duterte said Pampanga is not only a factor in food security but part of the food chain.

 

“The efforts and sweat poured in by the Kapampangans play a crucial role in securing the country’s food chain,” the President added.

 

He also pointed out the resiliency of the Kapampangans in these trying times, and that he is confident that the LGUs can contain the avian flu outbreak.

 

The President, together with Secretary  Piñol, awarded an indemnity check to San Luis town worth P20,723,790.

 

He also gave checks to two poultry farm owners from Jaen town, Mary Grace Castro and Manuel Ruiz Luiz, whose poultry farms were depopulated because of the avian flu outbreak.

 

Shortly after the awarding ceremonies, President Duterte, along with Piñol, Governor Pineda, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Rep. Aurelio Gonzales, Bulacan Goveror Willy Alvarado and local chief executives ate chicken, balut, and eggs in a boodle fight here to show the public that poultry products in Pampanga are safe.

 

  Piñol said an opportunity was presented by the crisis brought about by the avian influenza outbreak after a group of German and Colombian engineers committed to provide technology to turn chicken manure to organic fertilizer.

 

He said the group is now establishing a facility for the project.

California is an undisputed national and global leader in protecting our environment and championing policy that will ensure the sustainability of our natural resources for generations to come. And especially after facing multiple dry years in a row, it’s clear this sort of foresight and proactive approach is desperately needed when it comes to water issues as well.

 

Unfortunately, however, some legislators want to take California in the opposite direction by blocking the development of a safe, reliable new water supply – and, in doing so, block jobs and economic growth, including for the Filipino community. Assembly Bill 1000, by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, is a “gut and amend” bill that circumvents the normal legislative process in an attempt to stop a carefully studied water project that has earned the approval of multiple state and local agencies and shown to be safe for the environment.

 

The Cadiz Water Project will access underutilized water from the Mojave Desert that is currently evaporating into the air to provide a reliable water supply that can serve up to 400,000 people every year. Filipino families, businesses and communities need affordable and reliable water; a safe water supply is critical for the long-term sustainability of our state and has a significant role to play in creating socio-economic opportunity and progress.

  

Unlike the false claims perpetrated by the supporters of AB 1000 – many of them coastal interests and Sacramento politicians whose communities rely on imported water and won’t feel the pain of the lost jobs and water caused by the bill – the Cadiz Water Project does not pose a threat to the environment. The project has withstood all of California’s robust environmental reviews, and mechanisms are built into the project to allow the County of San Bernardino to halt project operations if it unexpectedly poses harm or if groundwater levels fall below a certain point.

 

Equally importantthe project is expected to create thousands of skilled jobs – including for veterans and for unions – and generate nearly $1 billion in economic activity. A project that’s safe for the environment, creates good-paying jobs and put more money into local coffers? It’s a clear win-win-win – and the fact that some special interests want to derail the project reveals only ugly political games.

 

Beyond threatening the jobs and water that would come from the Cadiz Water Project, AB 1000 is also just bad policy. By adding additional layers of bureaucratic review on top of those already provided for by California’s environmental laws, the policy behind AB 1000 would make it even harder for the state to move forward on projects that serve the Filipino community, like school and hospital construction, affordable housing development or even bridge and roadway investments. We already have a robust – and often confusing and complicated – environmental review process; why make it even harder for these important projects by allowing politicians and political appointees to quash them at the very last minute?

 

We cannot allow politics to drive policy decisions that would negatively affect our state for generations to come. For these reasons, we urge the Legislature to reject AB 1000.

Pia Wurtzbach and Marlon break up?

Published in Entertainment

By JO ERLINDA MAUFIT

 

 

Are beauty queen Pia Wurtzbach and boyfriend, Filipino-Swiss car racer Marlon Stockinger headed to Splitsville?

 

 Or have they broken up?

 

The questions were raised after reports indicated that the two celebrities have removed all images of them together from their social media accounts.

 

The decision to delete their sweet memories together on Instagram came more than a month after Marlon unfollowed the former Miss Universe title holder on Instagram.

 

Among their images together which they removed from their Instagram accounts were a shot of them cuddling while on a vacation in Hawaii and a photo in which Marlon reassured their followers that "nothing's changed" between him and the Miss Universe 2015 winner. 

 

Earlier, Marlon reassured their followers that “nothing’s changed” between him and the Filipina-German beauty from Cagayan de Oro city.

 

The Filipino-Swiss car racer also explained that he and Pia are merely keeping their romance more private. 

 

There is no official word yet from Pia on her relationship with Marlon.

 

Pia is busy with her comeback movie for the Metro Manila Film Festival, modelling, endorsement and promotion activities, as Miss Universe ambassador and just recently she had some quality time in Cancun, Mexico with her fellow beauty queens from the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

 

The Miss Universe 2015 titleholder attended an event in Cancun with her successor, reigning queen Iris Mittenaere of France who got the crown in Manila, and her former roommate Olivia Jordan, who is Miss USA 2015.

 

Also present were Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez.

 

Aside from being a Miss Universe ambassador, Pia is also busy with her HIV-AIDS awareness advocacy, as well as endorsement deals and showbiz projects. Her taking an HIV-AIDS tests recently raised eyebrows of fans and netizens, with some indicating she may have the disease which she and health officials immediately shrugged off.

 

Pia emphasized the need to know one’s HIV status and what to do when he or she tests positive for AIDS as she continues her advocacy to eliminate HIV and AIDS.


Even before she won the Miss Universe crown, Pia has been vocal about her desire to be an advocate in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

 

“Dapat regular ang pagpapa-testing. Hindi isa lang. Depende sa lifestyle ng tao (Testing should be done on a regular basis, and not just once. It depends on a person’s lifestyle),” said Pia as she got herself tested for the virus for the second time. Her first was in New York.

 

“There’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she said about the tests.

 

“If I could invite my (relatives), my cousins, we would join hands going to the clinic to undergo testing,” she said, explaining that people should not be ashamed of going to clinics to undergo this test.

 

Pia said her cousin, her handler, and some of the people who work with her also had the HIV testing with her in Taguig City.

 

The test was done at the Kalayaan Room of SM Aura in Taguig City shortly before the launch of the Love Gala event and the Ripple Awards -- part of her continuing advocacy to check the spread of HIV/AIDS beyond her reign as Miss Universe.

 

"These projects are simply called Progressive Information Awareness Campaign or Project PIA," Wurtzbach said, noting that with these projects, she hopes to create awareness of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE).

 

She said she intends to use the social media power campaign #Live2Luv in targeting the key affected population and the general public.

 

Once it is rolled out, she said, the campaign will promote HIV testing in community centers and social hygiene clinics in the hope of making HIV tests regular medical exams.

  

Pia and Marlon actually have been rumored to have broken up for a while now. The rumor intensified when it was reported that Marlon has a child from a previous relationship with a comely model.

 

The model alleged that Marlon is the father of her twin kids who were born in 2009 when he was only 18. 

 

The model said that she has been raising the kids alone, but stressed that she came forward not to seek any financial support from Marlon and his family. 

 

Marlon initially denied her relationship with the model as well as fathering her two kids.

 

Pia and Marlon confirmed their relationship in January, with the beauty queen saying that she's lucky to have found "somebody who’s very secure with himself and who understands [her] job." 

  

Pia’s co-stars in the movie being made for the Metro Manila Film Festival  are Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla who have proven box office prowers.


Their movie is the MMFF entry “The Revengers,” which is expected to be shown in December together with the other filmfest entries.


With her big movie comeback, Pia, who began her acting career as a child star, said she is ready to handle everything, including intrigues in the rumor-laden showbiz.

 

“I’ve been doing refresher acting workshops to prepare for my role. With intrigues, I’ve been dealing with them for years, especially during my reign as Miss Universe. I am prepared for anything that will come my way,” the Filipino-German beauty said.

 

Pia said she’s excited to play a superhero in “The Revengers,” a fantasy comedy adventure inspired by Marvel’s “The Avengers” to be directed by Joyce Bernal, Edwin P. Sallan reported on Interaksyon.com.


The film is her first big screen project since “All About Love” in 2006 where she played a minor role and when she was still billed as Pia Romero.

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