SACRED Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles star forward Zachary Lance Eden Huang will join the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, fulfilling a dream.
“This is a blessing for me. I feel grateful for this opportunity (to play for UST and the UAAP). One dream comes true and hopefully I can live up to their (coaching staff’s) expectation,” the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation All-Star said.
THE Philippine Volleyball Federation is gone and the final kick was made by its parent organization, the FIVB, which has recognized the newly organized Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas as the official national sport association of the Philippines..
I hope that ends the intramurals in Manila in the volleyball scene, because that’s what ails most of the national sports association that are wrecked by factions—groups in Manila fighting over each other on who should have hold control over a sport in the country.
FINALLY, we are almost there. If this were a climb up to Mt. Apo, if not Mt. Data, we are close to the summit.
Happily, that is the score in the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
THREE of Cebu’s outstanding runners, Mary Joy Tabal, John Philip Dueñas and Noel Tillor, will invade Manila anew, this time for the Condura Skyway Marathon tomorrow.
The reigning Milo marathon queen Tabal was with her long-time coach Dueñas in Manila to renew their sponsorship contract for Asics, which in turn gave them slots for the run.
THE Cebu Ultrarunners Club (CUC) founder and president Tony Galon will organize a 44-kilometer ultra as tribute to the 44 members of the Special Action Force who died in Maguindanao.
BECAUSE of the recent success of Danao City's hosting of the 2015 Asean MTB Cup last weekend, Integrated Cycling of the Philippines (Philcycling) president Abraham Tolentino thought it best to bid for the hosting of the Asian Mountainbike Championship.
WITH the huge fan base of mixed-martial arts (MMA) here in the Philippines, the biggest MMA promotion in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), has finally taken notice and will hold its first ever MMA event in the country this year.
The UFC announced yesterday in their website that the leading MMA promotional outfit will stage its inaugural MMA event in the Philippines, the UFC Fight Night Manila, on May 16 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Manila.
THE games of the 17th Aboitiz Football Cup officially kicks off tomorrow in two different venues.
There will be a total of 42 matches this weekend in five different divisions – Boys Under-18, Girls Under-18, Girls Under-15, Under-11 Mix and Under-9 Mix – at the San Roque football pitch and the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) football field.
THE annual club championships of Alta Vista Golf and Country Club (AVGCC)—2015 Tournament of Aces will kick off with a match play this week pitting the club’s best players.
The match play for the seniors and super seniors opened yesterday, while the class A and B will be this Saturday. The class C and ladies divisions will be on Sunday.
THE tournament in Wijk Aan Zee has a long tradition. Now known as Tata Steel, it is on its 77th year and has grown into an international tournament of world class renown, for which top players will clear their diaries. Among chess players it is known as the “Wimbledon of chess.”
During the tournament more than one million people visited the official website.
HOME court advantage had been pivotal for the powerhouse team University of Cebu (UC) in capturing all its 17 overall titles in the Milo Little Olympics. With the sporting meet heading to Iloilo City this year, the school’s athletic director Bernard Ricablanca said Cebu’s schools would have a lesser chance to winning the overall title.
THE Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVP) was awarded the recognition by world governing body International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) as the new national sports association for volleyball.
This basically dissolves its predecessor, the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF). PVF official Karl Chan still refuses to buck down and claims they are still in operation as an organization.
AFTER 19 years in Cebu, the Milo Little Olympics Visayas leg will be held in Iloilo City in for the first time in October.
This was confirmed yesterday by Visayas delegation head Ricky Ballesteros, who added that other cities have long requested to host the multi-event meet.
WE are still seven months before the most coveted Fiba-Asia Championship but the hunt for the players who will wear the national colors is on. Newly- appointed head coach Tab Baldwin will have his hands full in selecting the 11 who will represent the Philippines in the Asian Championship.
Only Andray Blatche is sure of a spot for the upcoming tourney, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The stakes are now even higher and picking the right players will be a vital factor for a great run in the Olympics.
WHEN I first covered a Cebu football match in 1997, I was quite impressed with the turnout of teams, even if it was just the men’s open.
I was surprised, too, with the zeal of some of the teams, even if they had no chance at all of winning the title and the chance to represent Cebu in the regional qualifiers.
THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the provincial government of Davao del Norte signed yesterday the memorandum of agreement for this year’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa, which will be held on May 3 to 9 in Tagum City.
According to DepEd’s official Twitter account, this year’s games will carry the slogan “Sports: Breaking Borders, Building Peace.” This was approved by the organizing committee last Tuesday.
ERCO-BRO Nationals was once again humbled following defeat in the hands of powerhouse club Global FC, ending their campaign in the Smart Philippine Football Federation (PFF) National Club Championships at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
Global FC massacred local Cebu club ERCO, 9-0, last Tuesday and held them winless in the annual national tournament of clubs.
LEARNING from the best marathons around the world inspired the Kawasan Falls Marathon (KFM), which will stage its fourth edition on March 15 in Badian, Cebu.
The race, which is known for bringing marathoners to scenic views in three Cebu towns of Malabuyoc, Alegria and Badian, features the 42K, 21K and 12K categories.
CEBU’s Jan Godfrey “Noy” Seno aims to be part of the PH junior tennis squad that will be competing in the 2015 Davis Cup qualifying tournament this April.
Seno, 15, of the University of San Carlos North Campus, received an invitation from the PHL top junior netter, Alberto Lim, Jr. to be part of the team. For him to get a chance to represent the country, he had to double his efforts in collecting Philippine Lawn Tennis Association (Philta) points to make it to the Junior Davis Cup squad.
CEBU City is sending players to the World Pool Association (WPA) World 10-Ball Championship in General Santos City on Feb. 15-21.
Sports patron and Cebu City Sports Commission Commissioner Lorenzo “Chao” Sy will finance the trip of Cebu’s top billiard players Anton Raga and Boots Augusto to the qualifying tournament in Manila. The two will vie for two of the 128 spots in the main draw.
THE final four of the City Hoops League (Cebu Amateur Basketball Tournament) is all set after a physical and exhilarating quarterfinal round at the Visayan Glass Basketball Gym in Guadalupe.
Velez College Physical Therapy Alumni scored the biggest upset in the quarterfinals beating a bigger and more physically imposing Joe Mangs squad, 78-76.
BASED on what they have achieved the past year, it is beyond doubt that the fistic capabilities of our fighters are definitely of world-class ilk.
What has not been commensurate has been the capacities of local promoters to come up with boxing events and cards that will showcase local talent on a regular basis.
ENGR. Rodney Orale, a calm presence in football tournaments here, was livid last Sunday night.
While talking with CFA sec-gen Atty. Julius Entise, Dino and Raffy Musni after the Aboitiz Cup opening, Dino called up Rodney for updates of their game against M'lang.
TWO of Arthur Villanueva’s last two fights weren’t exactly picture perfect wins. In fact, he was fighting for his life in both bouts.
Villanueva wants to erase that in the minds of everybody with a notable victory against a very credible opponent in former world champion Julio Cesar Miranda.
ROCK climbing legend Yuji Hirayama will lead the North Face team together with climbing couple James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini on Feb. 9 to 19 in Cebu.
The renowned climbers will visit Cebu to bolt sport climbing route and create more awareness for rock climbing in the country. They aim to help the local climbing scene get to the next level by bolting sport climbing lines above locals’ maximum level.
AFTER a woeful season, two-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) champions University of Cebu Webmasters will be the third team to change their coach.
UNSEEDED Christopher Encarnacion shocked top seed Auden Aaron Paduganan, 7-5,6-2 in the Boys 18 under quarterfinals of the Cebuana Lhuillier-Dunlop Sports Age Group Tennis Championship at the Citigreen Tennis Resorts.
Encarnacion,16, of the University of San Carlos Basic Education Department (USC-BED) struggled in the first set against Paduganan but was able to recover.
EVERY time you coin the words “first” and “inaugural” in an event, there will always be hiccups. Not this time. That’s because the women and men behind the 1st Cebu City Triathlon are, themselves, runners, cyclists and swimmers.
WHEN you guard San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, how do you stop him from doing harm to your team?
I ask that because in Game 7 of the just-ended PBA Philippine Cup, Fajardo was simply unstoppable.
CEBU Football Association representative Erco BRO Nationals blasted the officiating in their 2-2 draw against Mlang FC in the Philippine Football Federation Smart Club Championships last Snday.