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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019   •   2105

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

DENR Warriors make UNTV Cup history, wins championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 10, 2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors made UNTV Cup history after winning the championship on Monday (March 9).

The DENR Warriors defeated the previous champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers in a best-of-three series of the UNTV Cup Season 8.

The rookie team dominated in the first and second game of the series. The AFP Cavaliers did not back down in fighting for the championship but the DENR Warriors were relentless in securing their first championship.

Game 2 ended with the finals score of 99-91.

DENR Warrior coach Norlito Eneran expressed his gratitude to the DENR Warrior players for their sacrifices.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players, coaching staff talagang ang dami nilang sakripisyo para rito. Hindi biro ang ginawa namin, (I am thankful to the players and coaching staff, they sacrificed a lot for this. What we did was no joke),” he said.

Ed Rivera of the DENR Warriors is the most valuable player for his boldness in the court, scoring a total of 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Meanwhile, Ralp Lansang secured 22 points for the DENR, Ryan Abanes and Archie Gamboa scored 20 and 11 ponts, respectively.

For the AFP Cavaliers, Boyet Bautista scored 29 points followed by Romeo Almerol with 17 points and Jerry Lumongsod scored 15 points.

The DENR Warriors will receive P4 million for their chosen charity, the Environmental Heroes Foundation Incorporated. Meanwhile the AFP Cavaliers won P2 million for AFP Educational Benefits System Office.

UNTV Cup Season 8 will give a total of P10 million to various institutions and their chosen charities.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Hidilyn Diaz bags 3 golds in Weightlifting World Cup

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

Hidilyn Diaz dominated in the Weightlifting World Cup in Rome, Italy after bagging three gold medals in the women’s 55kg category.

The Olympic silver medalist has lifted 93kg in the snatch and 119kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 212kg,

Ukraine’s Kamila Konotop won two silvers with total lift of 196kg and 90kg lift in the snatch while Russia’s Kristina Novitskaia bagged the silver in clean and jerk with a 109kg lift.

Diaz is aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in July where fourteen lifters per weight category will qualify. Diaz is currently ranked 4th in the 2019 Annual Ranking.

Meanwhile, Southeast Asian Games silver medalist John Fabuar Ceniza bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 61kg category with a total of 269kg: 117kg in the snatch and 152kg in the clean and jerk.—AAC

30th SEA Games ends with festivities, concert

Maris Federez   •   December 12, 2019

Fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium near Capas, Philippines, 11 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

With colorful fireworks displays, the parade of athletes from the 11 countries from Southeast Asia and the concert treat from Arnel Pineda and the Black Eyed Peas, the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games came to an end on Wednesday (December 11).

With the festivities, the SEA Games committee officially ended the 56 sports and over 500 events of the biennial meet.

The Philippines was hailed the Overall Champion after bagging 386 medals, with 149 gold, 118 silver, and 119 bronze.

Filipino surfer Roger Casugay was conferred with Fair Play Athlete award after his heroic act of saving fellow surfer from Indonesia during their competition.

“We didn’t allow the glitter of the gold to blind us. Hindi po tayo nabulag sa ginto. When an athlete’s life was at risk, it was clear to Roger what was more important than the gold,” PHISGOC Chairman House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano proudly said during his speech.

Male Mega Athlete was awarded to swimmer Zheng Wen of Singapore, while Female Mega Athlete was given to Thi Anh Vien Nguyen of Viet Nam.

The official handover of the SEA Games Flag to Viet Nam who will host the event in 2021 was also the highlight of Wednesday’s closing ceremony. — (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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