Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “Of course I’m proud to be the flag-bearer and we’re more inspired to strive harder because as the flag-bearer everyone will be looking at me” said Alora during the athletes’ send off. “We’ve prepared hard for this and I’m pretty sure we can produce the medals.”The Philippines had the second-best medal tally in taekwondo in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games winning three golds, three silvers, and two bronzes. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnly Vietnam had a better record with five golds and three silvers.Alora, who represented the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said it’s either gold or bust for her and the team in the Kuala Lumpur Games and that she wants to prove that she deserved her role as the Philippines’ flag-bearer. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next “I’m the one carrying the flag because I know I deserve the role,” said Alora in Filipino. “And I also want to prove that I deserve to carry the flag by winning a gold medal in the SEA Games.”“When I heard that I would be carrying the flag, I told myself that I would I have to prove it in Malaysia by winning.” View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s netball team begins SEA Games campaign vs Thais Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Kirstie Alora. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netFilipino jin Kirstie Alora is not the type who has a shortage of confidence.Alora will lead the Philippine contingent in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 27-year-old is going to Kuala Lumpur with a goal she and the country would be proud of.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

LOOK: Retired NBA, WNBA vets confirmed as cast members for upcoming film ‘Uncle Drew’

first_imgRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The newly acquired Boston Celtics guard—who was seen in full “elderly” makeup—posed for a photo along with the rest of the cast of the upcoming feature film.ESPN tweeted the now viral image, which featured a group of familiar faces from both the NBA and WNBA community.Senior-citizen versions of retired NBA superstars-turned-analysts Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber were confirmed as Uncle Drew’s newest teammates, along with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie.Diminutive guard Nate Robinson was in the photo as well, who will most likely reprise his role as “Lights” from the third Uncle Drew commercial in 2013. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UAAP Season 80 Preview: UP Fighting Maroons looking for results Actors Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”), Nick Kroll (“The League”) and Erica Ash (“Survivors Remorse”) will star as well, according to Deadline.Meanwhile, “Uncle Drew” the movie will follow the adventures of the seasoned former playground legend, as he travels the country in hopes of uniting his old squad for a basketball tournament in Harlem.The film is expected to hit cinemas on June 29, 2018. /ra SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  READ: Kyrie Irving’s ‘Uncle Drew’ ads to be made into a film Exclusive first look: Kyrie Irving and the cast of the upcoming @UncleDrewFilm.Can you name all the NBA stars? pic.twitter.com/WkTvas81il— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 5, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast February, it was announced that Kyrie Irving’s popular “Uncle Drew” ads for Pepsi would transition into the big screen.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

Veteran fencers shine in Asian tilt

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Other winners were Myra Cruz (bronze 60 to 69 women’s epee), and Lenita Otadoy (bronze, 35-49 women’s saber).The ladies’ saber team also captured a dramatic gold medal after one member had to check out of the hospital to play in the event. The team was made up of past SEA games medalists Aurea Dioquino, Lenny Otadoy and Bevery Alarcon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reynaldo Navarro wins the gold. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines put up a strong stand in the recent Asian Veterans Fencing Championship in Thailand, with Reynaldo Navarro bagging a gold in the men’s 50 to 59 saber competition.Former Philippine Olympic Committee president Celso Dayrit won a bronze in the men’s 60 t0 69 epee while three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Maria Leonor Estampador topped the 50 to 59 women’s foil.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Rain or Shine continues chase for top 4, downs Blackwater World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss

first_imgChicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber reacts after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs’ season had just ended when Anthony Rizzo made a bold prediction.No, he didn’t promise another championship.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber and rookie Ian Happ are all 25 or younger. Rizzo is hardly an old man at 28. The same goes for 27-year-old Kyle Hendricks.Even so, some big questions loom for a team with three straight trips to the NLCS.Topping the list is Jake Arrieta’s future since he has an expiring contract. John Lackey is likely on his way out. Closer Wade Davis has an expiring contract, and the bullpen struggled in the playoffs after a strong regular season.Here are some things to know heading into the offseason:ARRIETA OUT?: Arrieta got quite a send-off in Game 4 of the NLCS, if indeed that was his final start as a Cub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA He pitched three-hit ball into the seventh to help Chicago avoid a sweep and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound.“He’s so steady,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s kind of like that stoic figure that you’d like to have, kind of unflappable in most situations. So every team wants guys like that.”The trade that brought Arrieta from Baltimore in July 2013 helped fuel the Cubs’ rise. He is 54-24 over the past three seasons with a 2.71 ERA, two no-hitters and a Cy Young Award in 2015. But he turns 32 in March and figures to land a huge deal in free agency.ROTATION MATTERS: The Cubs could have two rotation spots to fill with Arrieta and Lackey possibly gone.One of them could go to Mike Montgomery. He made 14 starts and 44 appearances, finishing with a 7-8 record and 3.38 ERA.The 38-year-old Lackey has an expiring contract and might retire.DAILY DOSE: With his booming bat and limited skills in the field, Schwarber’s game appears made for the American League.Maddon, however, insisted he can be an everyday player in the NL. He said Schwarber has improved his footwork on throws from left field but needs to take better routes on fly balls.“So the stuff you see to this point that you don’t like maybe is very correctable,” Maddon said. “And when you have a guy that works like he does, you have to believe it’s going to happen.”Though he hit just .211, Schwarber came on strong near the end of the season to finish with 30 home runs. MOST READ CLOSING TIME: The Cubs could be in the market for a closer for the second year in a row.Aroldis Chapman signed with the Yankees last winter after a midseason trade brought him to Chicago from New York. Davis now has an expiring contract.Acquired from Kansas City last winter, he converted 32 of 33 saves. But the three-time All-Star was shaky in the postseason with a 4.26 ERA.NO RELIEF: President of baseball operations Theo Epstein insisted he has not lost faith in Carl Edwards Jr. and Montgomery despite their playoff struggles out of the bullpen. Edwards — like Montgomery — pitched well during the regular season.“Those two guys who have been the ones struggling this postseason, they got the three biggest outs in Cubs history last year,” Epstein said, referring to the 10th inning of Game 7 at Cleveland. “They both had really good years, and they both finished strong.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments “We’re gonna consistently compete here for years to come,” Rizzo said. “That’s what this organization has been built on. We want to compete for a five- or six-year period, every single year. We’re in position to do that. We’re gonna be in a position next year to make a postseason run, but it’s not gonna come easy and it’s something we can’t take for granted.”The Cubs started slow this season after beating Cleveland last year to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut they looked more like themselves in the second half, posting the best record in the National League after the All-Star break. Chicago finished with 92 wins to capture its second straight NL Central championship and beat Washington in a grueling Division Series.The Cubs just couldn’t hang with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and got knocked out in five games. Even so, this team was built to last and doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon. 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Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City He did it in the Final Four in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over Far Eastern University when he hit the game-tying three that sent the game into overtime and an improbable kneeling bank shot in the extra period.And Go did another of his backbreaking baskets this time in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals when he punched home a bank shot with 10.4 seconds left that gave Ateneo a 75-70 lead over defending champion De La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGo said it was his team’s collective trust on each other that made the shot possible for him.“First off, I have to thank God because without him none of this would be possible,” said Go Saturday after their 76-70 win at Mall of Asia Arena. “Second, I guess, it’s the trust again. Thirdy [Ravena] passed me the ball to show that we don’t care who scores the last two points or the crucial baskets.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn just two games, Isaac Go turned from Ateneo’s jovial center to a cold-blooded, clutch-shot maker. Go’s still the same lighthearted big man for the Blue Eagles but he’s established himself as one reliable scoring option when Ateneo is in dire need of points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsRavena first shook off the double team of Ricci Rivero and Abu Tratter before bouncing a pass to Go, who then had to get a shot up against Kib Montalbo and Ben Mbala that earned him a trip to the foul line for the game’s final point.Go, who finished with five points, two rebounds, and two assists, was quick to defer the praise given to him saying that any Blue Eagle could’ve taken the clutch shot.“Even though I could’ve scored it, or anybody else, we would’ve looked at that rather than saying I scored or Matt scored or anybody else,” said Go. “At the end, it’s for Ateneo.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bloodied Nieto willing to ‘sacrifice anything’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

La Salle left in awe: ‘Before there was Alyssa, now there’s Rondina’

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Every year she just gets better, the character that kid has is tremendous,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “Before there was Alyssa [Valdez, who won three MVPs], but now there’s Rondina.”“We don’t have someone like Rondina, UST has, she will do whatever it takes to lift her team up,” added De Jesus.Rondina finished the game with 28 points to lead all scorers, a mark that was just two points shy of her career-high.And if De Jesus’ choice of words were in praise of Rondina, reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron’s statements perfectly exemplified the intimidation UST’s dynamo inspires in the UAAP.“Rondina has this aggressive style when she hits the ball so it really disrupts our blocking,” said Baron, who had 19 points, in Filipino. “I think all that aggressiveness sometimes takes away our confidence when we prepare for a block.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City UST rookie Alessandrini impresses in UAAP debut vs DLSU In the storied history of De La Salle’s volleyball program, only a handful of entities have managed to live up to the mythos of the Lady Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Kianna Dy, who started the game watching from La Salle’s bench, ultimately chose a word that once again described Rondina’s volatile style of play.“Oh my God when I was in the bench I told myself ‘shucks I want to get in [and face her],’” said Dy in Filipino. “And when the game was over I told her ‘you’re a monster.’”“She’s very aggressive. Backline, frontline, wherever the ball goes she’ll jump for it.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recently, Ateneo became La Salle’s archrivals after fighting over the championship for six straight years since 2012, but even before the Lady Eagles dueled against the Lady Spikers there were Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas.And on Saturday, the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament there was a certain Golden Tigress that La Salle found too difficult to stop and had the Lady Spikers just straight up gave their collective respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat person was Cherry Rondina.Although La Salle ultimately won in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, there was no denying that Rondina terrorized the Lady Spikers for more than two hours. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Terror in Turin as stampede leaves 1,500 injured

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU clinches quarterfinals spot, tramples Adamson BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES “This is a city that lives with anxiety and panic is something that is very difficult to control,” said Turin Prefect Renato Saccone.Beer bottlesThe scare in Turin came just minutes before another deadly attack unfolded in London with assailants driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then going on a stabbing spree before being shot dead by police.“Even if there have been no Islamist attacks in Italy, the panic of last night shows they are achieving their objectives even here,” said Roberto Calderoli, a Senator for the Northern League.Several thousand fans had turned up to watch the match in the Piazza San Carlo in downtown Turin.As fear took hold, a rush towards exit points quickly accelerated and the square emptied so quickly it was left strewn with hundreds of shoes ripped off people’s feet as they ran.ADVERTISEMENT Three people were in a serious but not life-threatening condition, including a young boy. Local media described him as a seven-year-old and said he was in a coma with serious chest injuries after being trampled in the crush.AFP reporters who witnessed the scenes said the panic seemed to have been triggered by fireworks, followed by one or more people shouting that a bomb had exploded — a notion that quickly filtered through the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe incident compounded a miserable night for fans of Turin-based Juventus, who lost the final 4-1 to Real Madrid.It also underlined the impact recent acts of terror are having on a jittery public across Europe, and the dilemmas now faced by organisers of any mass gathering of people following the Bataclan, Paris and Manchester concert attacks. The square was still dotted with shoes, clothes, bags and patches of blood on Sunday morning. The high number of cuts was blamed on beer in glass bottles having been freely available before and during the match from unlicensed vendors.“We heard a noise, then there was a movement of people like a wave and everyone started falling over each other,” said Luca, one of the fans caught up in the drama.“I have got blood on me from the people who fell on top of me, people were screaming, jumping over each other,” he told AFPTV. “It was really awful – we really thought it was Manchester again.”Heysel memoriesSome of the injuries occurred after a railing around the entrance to an underground car park beneath the square gave way under the weight of the crush, causing some of those injured to fall up to two metres (nearly seven feet) onto tarmac.Local media cited older Juventus supporters present as saying the panic had evoked painful memories of the 1985 Heysel disaster, in which 39 mostly Italian fans died when they were crushed by a collapsing wall before the start of that year’s European Cup final, against Liverpool.Another fan, Giulio, said he had been knocked to the ground. “Everyone just trampled over me. I got separated from all my friends. I don’t have the slightest idea what happened.”Fellow supporter Filippo took refuge in a restaurant in a neighbouring square. “They gave us something to drink and we stayed there until it was calm outside and we went back to find the shoe my daughter had lost.”“It was very stressful,” added Gaetan. “With everything that is going on nowadays, it’s only to be expected. We just panicked and tried to get out of there.” Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Juventus fans leave San Carlo’s square at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Juventus fans watching the Champions League final have rushed out of a Turin piazza in panic in what news reports said was an apparent false alarm. Hundreds of people watching the match on giant TV screens ran in a near-stampede from the center of the piazza. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin, local authorities said Sunday.In an update on Saturday’s dramatic events in a square packed with supporters watching the Cardiff match on a giant screen, the local prefecture said 1,527 had been treated for mainly minor injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

PNP, AFP clinch semis berths

first_imgPNP stayed on top with Armed Forces of the Philippines, which also secured a semifinal slot in a dominant win against Judiciary, 82-68.Army Col. Oliver Vesliño led AFP with 16 points, while Gen. Mel Feliciano and Col. William Gonzales combined for 27 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSenate kept its bid alive after eliminating Bureau of Customs, 88-67, behind Lino Ong, Sen. Sonny Angara and Warren Tan, and tied DOJ and Judiciary at 2-2. —KRISTOFER PURNELL, CARLO ANOLIN MOST READ Bali Pure stays alive in PVL Finals, forces Game 3 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Philippine National Police picked up a third win in four games after beating Department of Justice, 88-82, to clinch a semifinal berth in the UNTV Executive Face-Off tournament held over the weekend at Pasig City Sports Center.Supt. Anthony Padua led the PNP Responders with 32 points, while Dexter Vitug added 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

The Fullness of being

first_imgOne is a fashion icon of the 1960s and ’70s, the other a contemporary national award-winning actor. Asha Parekh, 68, and Kangana Ranaut, 23, compare notes on beauty and the role of women in Bollywood. Parekh, who is known for a string of hits in a career spanning nearly four,One is a fashion icon of the 1960s and ’70s, the other a contemporary national award-winning actor. Asha Parekh, 68, and Kangana Ranaut, 23, compare notes on beauty and the role of women in Bollywood. Parekh, who is known for a string of hits in a career spanning nearly four decades, tells Ranaut of a time when there were no vanity vans, hairstylists for men and certainly no botox. Heroines dressed behind trees, sported elaborate coiffures and had their make-up done by the side of the road. Curvy was in, skinny was out. The salwar-kameez was fashionable, skin show was not. What has not changed is that the audience is just as obsessed about the woman’s beauty and for all the talk about size zero, curves still count, even if they are artificially created. Q. How has the perception of beauty changed since the ’70s?”Now high fashion means shopping abroad with your designer. In films, high society girls don’t wear salwars. Those who do are poor girls.”- Kangana Ranaut”It’s sad that our saris and salwar-kameezes, which looked so fabulous are now considered outdated. The dresses worn now are not ours.”- Asha ParekhKangana Ranaut: A lot. I think in the ’70s, women were more feminine, they were seen as more vulnerable and polite. But these days, the female characters in films are portrayed in a way filmmakers think is contemporary but is actually very reckless. Especially me, in my films I am either doing drugs or killing myself. It is because the society we are in now is torn between India and the West.Asha Parekh: I think the reason for this is that we have become Westernised. We are no longer Indian and that’s the unfortunate part. Many girls have size-zero figures because they have to wear western dresses which won’t look good on a plump woman.advertisementRanaut: That’s true. Our women are very curvy. Now we are in an age where women are extremely fashionable and even wear bikinis. A man likes to see an actress in such clothes, but when he has to take a woman home, he would want her dressed in a sari.Parekh: That’s the thing, we have double standards. At that time, the actresses were all such beautiful women. They were all elegant and each had her own stature.Q. How has the trend of size zero changed things?Parekh and RanautRanaut: It’s died a natural death because you can’t really get attracted to someone who is all bones. This whole concept came from the ramp because there, you need hangars to hang clothes. For example, this film I am doing now, my director tells me everyday not to lose weight.Parekh: I think Indian men used to like buxom women. Our saris are supposed to be draped around a figure that has a bottom as well as something on top. I am being blunt and should not say this, but when you are skinny, it’s like the sari has been wrapped around a stick.Ranaut: The sari itself is such a teasing thing because it is transparent with a small little blouse and your tummy showing. You don’t really have to wear a bikini and shorts to catch the attention of a man. Every man without exception thinks that the sari is the sexiest outfit. So there must be some reason for it.Q. And how is the grooming different from what was done at that time?Parekh: It’s not changed much as we had make-up men and hairdressers even then. In fact, we had very complicated hairstyles. In our time, everyone had a different style and only the hero and heroine had a make-up artist and hairstylist. The rest of the crew had one make-up man. What we didn’t have back then was the trend of men having hairdressers. It’s quite shocking to see men with hairdressers on the sets now. They keep combing their hair.Ranaut: And they get paid so much. My hairdresser complains, I create so many hairstyles and I get paid less than the actors’ stylists because they are from fashionable salons. During one of my shoots, the actor had barely inch-long hair and the hairdresser kept fussing with it.Q. How important is fair skin now?Ranaut: I think it remains an obsession.Parekh: It wasn’t important. A dark girl can be very beautiful. Smita Patil was never fair, neither is Shabana Azmi. There are so many of them I can point to. They weren’t so very fair but they were such great artistes. You couldn’t help but be dumbfounded on seeing them perform on screen.advertisementQ. Is there an emphasis on cosmetic surgery now?Parekh: You shouldn’t play with your body. The effects are temporary and you don’t know what will happen after a period of time. The reaction may come years later. You have to respect what God has given you. We did do things like diet to lose weight. I once had to wear tuxedos for a film. I was plump at that time and felt I looked horrible in them. So I went on a crash diet but I don’t like the idea of going under the knife to lose weight.Ranaut: The camera can magnify even the tiniest flaw. I had an accident when I was small and no one could really see the stitches, but on screen they looked so stark. Cosmetic surgery helped me but there are things like botox that freeze your face forever and you can’t really express yourself.Parekh: If you have scars from an accident and use plastic surgery to remove them, it’s all right. But why do people need botox when they are growing old? One should age gracefully.Ranaut: It has allowed actresses to work for longer. But I personally feel that an actor is all about the characters he or she plays. If I am young, I can play a young seductress but when I get older, I would want to play roles befitting my age. As I age, experience motherhood and gain maturity, I would like to portray characters who reflect that life experience. If I am 40, why should I play a 16-year-old?Q. How has the body image changed since the ’70s? When did breast implants become popular?Parekh: I shouldn’t be naming them but one of the best known actresses today has had so many surgeries that you can see that doctors have actually sculpted her. It is shocking but even her face is completely done. When she speaks, you can see all her muscles are jammed.Ranaut: It’s an individual choice. It is mostly people who do stage shows who tend to go for implants. These have their own problems. To put it this way, when you jump, your house jumps more than your implants, and that’s not a good thing at all.(After recovering from peals of laughter, they continue)Parekh Indian clothes look nice if you have a little bit of flesh. It’s sad that our saris and salwar-kameezes, which looked so fabulous, are now considered outdated. The dresses worn now are not ours. And if you are wearing a dress and you are fat, you will look obnoxious. I see some very fat people wearing tight dresses and they look really terrible.Ranaut That’s not true. If you have curves, it always looks good. I liked the way all of you carried Western clothes even when you were all so curvy. When I was doing my first film, I was painfully skinny. People would ask me if I ate air but I was a teenager then and it’s normal for them to be thin. Actresses from your time ask me, why am I so thin but the point is they are so much older than me and when they were my age, they were even skinnier. When I become my mother’s age, I am sure I will look exactly like her.advertisementQ. Kangana, after working on Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, what is your perception of beauty in the ’70s?Ranaut: Women were more dressy then. I used to spend a lot of time getting my hair done. But these days, the director says I want you to be normal, like how you would be at home. They focus a lot on reality now which I didn’t feel in Once Upon… I felt like this woman who is like a dream girl. So she doesn’t have to be a reflection of reality.Parekh: At that time, everything looked like a dream. It wasn’t that we didn’t have plain dresses. But there are films where we had to look gorgeous and really done up. We had very complicated hairstyles and often it would take two hours to create a single hairstyle.Q. How has the sense of fashion and clothing changed?Parekh: A lot. Girls don’t wear saris now.Ranaut: Films now don’t have characters who wear salwar-kameez and even if they do, they are shown to be poor girls who don’t dress up. Like the way Saira Banu was dressed in Padosan. She was so sophisticated and she wore churidars and saris. But now high fashion means shopping abroad with your designer. In films, high society girls don’t wear salwars. Those who do are poor girls, like Priyanka Chopra in Kaminey or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Taal. It’s like you are poor and cannot go beyond a Rs-250 salwar-kameez.Q. Does skin show enhance beauty?Parekh: We did have skin show, but not so much. In our time, you wouldn’t find a lead heroine in a bikini. You would have a Helen in feathers and sequins, but never the lead actress because she was seen to be gharelu (homely).Ranaut: I agree. In those films, you wouldn’t see a mainstream heroine in a bikini because then the perception was that this is the girl the hero wants to marry. So if you put her in a bikini, you break the audience’s reverie. But today’s hero is confused and he doesn’t know whom he loves. He may like three actresses at the same time. It’s not about just actresses or changing fashion, it’s the whole society around us that has changed.Parekh: Yes. What is projected in films is what you see happening.Ranaut: Which hero can you imagine from the ’70s or ’80s who will say something crazy to his girlfriend like, I am in love with you but I’m not sure I want to marry you, or I’m in love with you but I need a break from you, or I’m in love with you but I think I’m in love with her too?Q. How differently were actresses treated then?Ranaut: Today filmmakers think all actresses are fools, they are dumb blondes, don’t know what they are saying and are stupid creatures who are lucky to be born beautiful. It is sad. You get to hear things like, “You are probably the first actress I have met who is intelligent.” If you ask why or how a certain scene happened, they will be surprised and happy to see you are thinking and will explain it to you. But the perception is that you don’t understand anything and you just want to know who the hero is, how much money you are getting and who is dressing you. They treat you like a baby who doesn’t know anything and doesn’t need to know anything.Parekh: That is shocking. In my time, there was a lot of dignity. A lot of people looked up to us and there was an aura about each artiste. I have been a great fan of Vyjayanthimala. I remember when she was shooting for Amrapali at Mehboob Studio, no one was allowed to go on sets. I was shooting for Teesri Manzil (1966) at that time with Shammi Kapoor and we thought we must go to see her because she is so gorgeous. We couldn’t just barge on to the sets because she didn’t allow anyone. He told me, “I am the distributor of the film so she can’t throw me out”, and when I said what about me, he said “You come with me”. So we crept on to the set. It was a round set with staircases all over and we watched from there. She just took our breath away; she was so gorgeous. Her figure looked like a sculpture standing in front of us. People looked up to these stars when they saw them. When Madhubala arrived on the sets, a hushed whisper would descend on everyone. That was the kind of aura the stars carried at that time.Ranaut: Today, the way a director treats my hero is not the same as he would treat me. It’s because the hero is like family to the filmmaker with an understanding that they have worked together for 15 years and will be together for the next 15 years. The actresses though are flavours of the season, here today, gone tomorrow. The life of an actress has become very short and most don’t last for more than three to five years. It is very unlike your time when actresses worked for up to three decades. Madhuri Dixit was the last one but even she had 20 years.Parekh: Filmmakers respected us. It was a different time altogether. It was like a family, an emotional tie. There was a lot of camaraderie in the unit. So much so that when a film ended, we would all be very upset at the thought that we would spread out again. Now it depends on the films. If your film clicks, you are on top.Ranaut: Earlier it was never just about the hero. Today the hero selects four girls and of these, whoever is available gets the part. That’s why actresses who don’t even know the language are on the top. It is because she is required just for a song and a few funny scenes, so it’s easy to replace her. Who could have replaced an Asha, a Hema or a Sharmila? That’s how you last 30 years, have a strong fan following and a relationship with people. That is how you command respect. It isn’t the same now. You can still go back and relive so many of your great performances but now heroes are so insecure they cut all your scenes. For Fashion, all UTV kept saying was there was no hero, so how could they put so much money in such a film.Parekh: In our time too, there were few heroine-centred films but we did have our individual styles. Everybody in the industry right now is so insecure-not just heroes. It is because all are trying to run fast and get the maximum mileage. So everyone is running and grabbing things. But it is commendable how you face the media today; it’s madness. I don’t know how much stress all of you go through. I don’t think I would have been able to cope with such pressure.Ranaut: I always wanted to know why you never married. I can’t understand how someone like you could remain single.Parekh: It was never destined. I am happier being single when I see the children of others going haywire.last_img read more

Pak worst prepared for World Cup but can still win: Imran

first_imgThe current Pakistan cricket team has had the “worst” possible preparation for the World Cup but is still capable of lifting the trophy if it manages to stay united through the mega-event, feels the country’s 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan.”The team had the worst preparation for the World Cup but it is all a matter of some players putting up their hands and performing consistently in the tournament and the team clicking and gelling together after a good start and anything can happen,” Imran said when asked about the team’s chances in the event starting February 19.But Imran said the team management and the captain need to be very clear about how they approach the tournament.”My mind is clear and my planning is clear the specialist players can win you matches so play them at the top. The top three or four batsmen should all be specialists and you can’t have ‘pinch hitters’ coming in at the top even on the sub-continental pitches,” the former captain said.Imran feels the responsibility lies primarily with seniors such as Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq as far as batting is concerned.”They have to play central roles in every match. The team management must focus their plans and strategy for every game around them. Because the World Cup is all about pressure and once you lose quick, wickets it becomes difficult for the incoming batsmen to handle the pressure,” he said.The cricketer-turned-politician also felt that it was wrong for critics and pundits to describe captain Shahid Afridi as a batting all-rounder.advertisement”I don’t consider him a batting all-rounder. To me he is a very energetic captain on the field a very good stock bowler and brilliant fielder. His batting is a bonus. We should not depend on it we should consider his captaincy, bowling and fielding as his main assets,” he explained.”He has all the batting talent in the world but he lacks management while batting and that has always been his weakness.”Imran said there were a number of players in the team who were not doing justice to their talent.”Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Afridi and even Abdul Razzaq are examples they have immense batting abilities but don’t manage their innings well,” he said.Imran also felt that Afridi should never have left playing Test cricket last year.”If he had decided to fight on and not left the test captaincy he would have been a much better captain today.Because test cricket is the real cricket and if as a captain you can learn to deal with the pressures of Test cricket then captaining in ODIs become much easier.”last_img read more