Fil-Am artist apl.de.ap to perform in SEA Games ceremonies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019   •   1760

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), hosted on Tuesday the signing of a pledge of support by world-renowned music artist apl.de.ap, to the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. (Courtesy: House of Representatives)

Fil-Am hip-hop artist Allan Pineda Lindo or most widely known as apl.de.ap will perform at the opening and closing ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The ceremonies will be held on November 30 and December 11 at the New Clark City in Pampanga.

Lindo said he is excited to perform onstage and be part of the SEA Games.

“[I want to perform] simply because I’m from Angeles City, Pampanga and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I wanted to be part of this historical moment. It only happens every 20 years. I’m really proud of my country and I just really wanted to share my talent and what I can provide for this event,” Lindo said.

He also added that his group, the Black Eyed Peas, will also perform alongside him.

The signing was held at the House of Representatives on August 20. Meanwhile, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano hopes more Filipinos will be inspired by the musician.—AAC

Inoue lets Donaire borrow Muhammad Ali trophy for his sons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

Naoya Inoue (L) of Japan lets Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire (R) borrow the Muhammad Ali trophy for his sons after the latter bowed to the Japanese by unanimous decision on Thursday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo: World Boxing Super Series Instagram Account)

After winning the bantamweight championship of the World Boxing Super Series, Naoya Inoue lets Nonito Donaire borrow Muhammad Ali trophy in order to fulfill a promise to his sons.

In his Facebook post, Donaire said he promised his sons that he would take home the trophy if he wins his fight against Inoue for the bantamweight championship on Thursday (November 7) at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

But Inoue won by unanimous decision and is set to take home the championship.

“I humbly asked Inoue to borrow it for a night, not for me but for my word. It’ll be a life lesson my boys will soon learn,” Donaire said in his post.

“It’ll pain them to see my face. They’ll kiss my wounds. They’ll see a trophy we don’t get to take home and understand what it means to want to train harder,” he added.—AAC

Samantha Catantan wins gold medal in Asian Fencing Championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

Samantha Catantan

Philippine bet Samantha Catantan bagged the gold medal at the Asian U23 Fencing Championships Women’s Individual Foil competition on Thursday (October 24) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 17-year-old secured first place after defeating Choi Yu Min of South Korea, 15-9.

This is the country’s first Women’s individual gold medal in the Asian Under-23 Fencing Championship.

In 2017, Catantan won the silver medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.—AAC

Vanessa Sarno reaps two gold at Asian Junior Weightlifting Championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

The Philippines’ Vanessa Sarno won two gold and one silver medal at the 2019 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships Friday (October 25) in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Sarno lifted a total of 209 kilograms at the 71-kilogram youth women’s division.

She lifted 91 kilograms in the snatch event, taking home another gold. She won a silver medal in the clean and jerk event for lifting 118 kg.

North Korean bet Ju Hyang U, meanwhile, was able to lift a kilo heavier in the clean and jerk event (119 kg), winning the gold medal for the said category.

She lifted 85 kg in the snatch event, settling in second place overall (204 kg).

Uzbekistan’s Nigora Suvonova won three bronze medals.

Meanwhile, other Filipino bets also took home medals in their respective categories.

Chariz Macawli in the 40-kg youth women’s division won the silver medal with a total lift of 116 and 66 kg in clean and jerk.

She took home a bronze medal in the snatch event for lifting 50 kg.

Rosegie Ramos in the women’s 49 kg division took home the bronze after lifting 76 kg in the snatch category.—AAC

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