Pacquiao, Rios camps come to blows in Macau

MACAU (Updated) – Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach was involved in a physical altercation with the entourage of opponent Brandon Rios on Wednesday, four days out from their fight. Roach approached Rios trainer Robert Garcia in the gym both camps are sharing at The Venetian casino on Macau’s Cotai Strip, saying they had gone past their […]

MassKara Festival 2013 opens

THE 20-day celebration of one of the country’s highly anticipated fiestas kicked off Tuesday at the Bacolod City public plaza as City Mayor Monico Puentevella declared the 2013 MassKara Festival open.

This year’s festivities started with the “Fun MassKa-Run, Walk, Bike, PWD” and were attended by different schools, the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and employees of the Bacolod Government Center.

Starting points commenced at the Old Bacolod City Airport, Provincial Lagoon and at the Ayala North Point, respectively. [Read more]

15 villages, 7 schools to compete for MassKara 2013 streetdance tilt

FIFTEEN barangays and seven schools in Bacolod City have enlisted for the MassKara Festival streetdance competition, said Rudy Reveche of the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc.

The MassKara streetdance competition — barangay and open categories — will be held October 20, while the schools category will be held on October 18. [Read more]

Countdown to grander 2013 Giant Lantern Festival starts

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — It’s a hundred days to go before the grander, more colorful and extra-exciting Giant Lantern Festival or GLF 2013.

On Thursday, the 2013 GLF Executive Committee chaired by Engr. Marni Castro, co-chair Multi-Sectoral Governance Council Committee on Tourism and Culture head Ma. Teresa Laus, Mayor Edwin Santiago and other partners in the world-renowned festival inked separate agreements for the staging of the “Ligligan Parul” at Robinsons Starmills on December 14.

Erstwhile sponsor Robinsons Land Corporation upped the sponsorship package from P1.9 million in 2012 to P2.2 million this year to provide greater assistance to the lantern makers and estimated 11 participating barangays, aside from boosting the lantern making industry in this city, said Robinsons Land regional manager Jodie Arroyo. [Read more]

Bayan Basketball Club hosts 26th NABA tournament

By Romy Zetazate and Manny Papa

THE 26th Annual Inter-City NABA’s basketball tournament is slated at the Ray Twinney Recreational Complex in Newmarket, Ontario, and in some other Catholic and High School Gyms around the York Region, specifically in Newmarket, Aurora, King City, and Richmond Hill.

The three-day event will be held commencing Friday, August 30, when it holds its opening ceremonies. Actual basketball game competitions will be held starting Saturday, August 31, through Sunday, September 1.

The tournament is one of the biggest basketball tournaments for Filipinos of Filipino descent in North America. There will be about 22 cities participating from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.

About 155 basketball teams have confirmed their participation.

The basketball divisions include Tykes, Peewee, Bantam, Damsel, Girls, Ladies, Junior, Juvenile, Open, Senior and Masters.

The host club, Bayan Basketball Club, is inviting all basketball aficionados in Canada to watch and enjoy the games, and at the same time welcome visiting teams of all ages and nationalities in the different locations in Newmarket, Ontario.

Bayan Basketball Club is also looking for volunteers and coaches who will assist the different teams during the scheduled basketball games.

In addition to basketball games, volleyball games will be conducted in the sports tournament.

The sports tournament organizers are also calling on all volleyball teams not only in Canada but also in other parts of the world to participate in this big event.

For more information, please get in touch with Alex A. Dooc, at telephone numbers: (647) 203 – 1260 (landline) or (647) 203 – 1260 (mobile), or by email at (St. Jamestown News Service)

Filipino student named a Brisbane ambassador

A STUDENT from The Philippines now studying in Brisbane, Australia has been honored for a second time by the Lord Mayor in his adopted home.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced 28-year-old Adonil Paul Mariano was one of 33 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for 2013.

“The ambassadors will use social media to tell the world what it’s like to study and live in our city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane’s 33 passionate new advocates from 29 countries will share their experiences back home as well as participate in media interviews, volunteer at multicultural events, and assist with hosting official visiting delegations. As well as coming to grips with a different language and unfamiliar campuses, they will witness unique Australian sporting events, feed dolphins, visit our world-renowned Gallery of Modern Art, and much more,” he added.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s 75,553 international students were attracted by the city’s growing global reputation as an Australasian centre of excellence for science and technology, drawing international collaborations from industry and research institutes worldwide.

“Another bonus for students is that many companies in Brisbane offer internship and graduate programs which embrace cross-cultural skills. Our strong economy, lifestyle and weather are also drawcards,” Cr Quirk said.

Adonil Paul Mariano is from the Town of General Mariano Alvarez in The Philippines but lives in Brisbane while he completes his Diploma of Nursing at South Bank Institute Technology.

“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane has a high quality of life and education, freedom and security, and tremendous support to international students,” Mariano said.

“I enjoy the efficient transport services and student concession privileges. Almost everything is pretty to the eyes while services are streamlined and accessible making living in Brisbane a breeze. Being a Brisbane International Student Ambassador allows me to use my skills, talents and intellect to help convey to the rest of the world that Brisbane is the destination to be when it comes to obtaining world class education,” he said.

Cr Quirk said the honorary appointments were for one year. In that time, the ambassadors will use a variety of social media and digital tools, including Facebook, Twitter and the recently relaunched Study Brisbane website, to communicate their real life experiences.

“International students contribute so much to Brisbane and not just on an economic level. They help create a cosmopolitan, vibrant city and strengthen our network with cities around the globe, creating lifelong relationships,” he said.

The student ambassador program was established by Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane ( program in 2009 and is open to both domestic and international students in Brisbane. (PR)

Lenore RS Lim’s 10th Solo Show in New York

Filipina artist Lenore RS Lim is currently exhibiting “Calado,” her 10th Solo exhibit in New York at Tally Beck Contemporary, a lower eastside Manhattan gallery specializing in contemporary Asian art. The show runs from May 8 to June 21.

During the exhibit, the gallery will also give a presentation on “A History of Contemporary Art in the Philippines” by Tally Beck on May 22 and an “Artist’s Talk and Q&A” with Lenore RS Lim on May 29.

In this photo, from left to right, are: Mdme Fe Cabactulan, wife of the Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations, Tally Beck and artist Lenore RS Lim at the opening reception on May 9.

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