Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH 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 Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.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“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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PH squash team nets two more bronzes

first_imgRobert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH gets first bronze in pencak silat Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH 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 View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.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 shutoutCompatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Meralco takes 2-0 lead

first_imgPBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA, LAGUNA—The Meralco Bolts turned a supposed showdown into nothing more than a showcase of their collective prowess.With their offense clicking, the Bolts throttled the Star Hotshots, 98-74, Tuesday night in a crucial road trip in the PBA Governors Cup playoffs at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.ADVERTISEMENT And handing TNT a second straight semifinal loss is exactly what defending champion Barangay Ginebra will try to do when it takes the floor against the Texters Wednesday in Batangas City.Game time is 7 p.m.The Gin Kings hammered the Texters in Game 1, 121-94, flashing the form that helped them send off Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals. The win gave Ginebra a 1-0 edge in the best-of-five series and sent TNT scrambling for solutions to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.“We have a lot of things to work on,” Racela said. “We were outplayed, we were out-coached, and we were out-hustled. Hopefully, [we can] correct everything [in Game 2].”Meralco certainly didn’t need to correct anything from its Game 1 performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Azkals fly to Doha seeking maximum points Energetic guards Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia set the tone for the rout, shooting accurately from every angle that helped the Bolts race to an early 22-point lead in a wire-to-wire finish.The narrative of the one-sided contest hardly altered after that big bubble with Durham doing all things necessary as the reigning best import established himself not only as a defender but as a scoring threat as well.Star’s Kris Acox had no answer for Durham, who unceasingly collected rebounds on both ends, challenged every Hotshot attempt in the lane and hammered his bulky frame inside.Star coach Chito Victolero threw in the towel and pulled the overmatched Acox out of the battlefield early in the third with the Bolts piling on the lead to eventually reach the 30-point mark. For the second straight game, Acox failed to score in double figures.Making matters worse for the Hotshots, Paul Lee only showed up on the floor briefly in the opening period and rode the bench throughout with a battered right knee.Fiery playmaker Gio Jalalon also couldn’t get his high-scoring act going as well as fellow guard PJ Simon. Mark Barroca contributed 16 points but that hardly mattered.Meralco can now go for a sweep in their series in Game 3 on Thursday.Ginebra will try to put TNT in the same dire situation as Star’s and import Justin Brownlee, who had 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Game 1, hopes that their rout of the Texters won’t result in a laid-back Kings squad in Game 2.“We know TNT is a tough team,” he said. “They will come out and make adjustments and we just got to be prepared. Whatever we’re running, we just gotta run it with great purpose and do what we want to do. We’ll try to keep defending them the best way we can and try to force them into things they don’t usually do.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Allen Durham was virtually unchallenged all game long, scoring 18 points, grabbing 25 rebounds and tallying four rebounds and three blocks as Meralco’ s overpowering performance gave the Bolts a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.Star now needs to win three straight games to keep its bid alive and deny Meralco a semifinal berth.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 shutoutIt is a predicament TNT hopes to avoid because as far as coach Nash Racela is concerned, there’s no two ways about it: The Texters have to shape up or they’ll soon be shipping out.“If [we’re] not better come Wednesday, we’ll lose two straight. It’s that simple,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFilipinos have long been regarded as the best basketball players in Southeast Asia.So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Filipino ballers are coveted in the region with 10 players enlisted as Heritage Imports this upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ABL tips off on Friday with the Slingers taking on Nanhai Kung Fu in China, while Alab opens its campaign at Mall of Asia Arena against Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Headlining the list is 2017 PBA Draft’s top overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who will bolster the already potent Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club.The Fil-German forward will reinforce the deadly frontline for the defending champion Long Lions for the next six months in Hong Kong before debuting for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.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 shutoutFil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman will once again orchestrate the offense for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.Ex-PBA players have also taken their act to the ABL hoping to reinvigorate their careers overseas. No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Former Ginebra first-rounder James Forrester seeks to revive his career with ABL newcomer Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, ex-Blackwater forward Reil Cervantes will reinforce Westports Malaysia Dragons, and former GlobalPort slasher AJ Mandani will fortify last season’s runner-up Singapore Slingers.Hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo goes on a return trip for Alab Pilipinas as the 23-year-old will once again serve as the Heritage Import for the home crew.The ABL also provides a new opportunity for unheralded Filipino ballers, some of which are hoping to get a second wind in their basketball careers, or chance to introduce themselves to the public.Guard Paul Zamar of UE partners with Brickman in Thailand with Mono Vampire, while former Adamson forward Patrick Cabahug teams up with Cervantes for the Dragons.Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club of China will also roll the dice with little-known Caelan Tiongson of Biola University and Jonathan Bermillo of Bishop’s University.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster

first_imgMOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 READ: Valdez’ full focus now on national teamPerennial national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga, who played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, is also in the lineup with PSL-F2 Manila teammates Aby Maraño, Ces Molina, Kim Fajardo, and Jaja Santiago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGenevieve Casugod, who played in the 2017 AVC Women’s Club Championship, will join Reyes as the team’s middle blockers while Valdez’ collegiate partner Denden Lazaro will be team’s libero.READ: SEA Games high priority for PH women’s volleyball team Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMika Reyes and Alyssa Valdez lead the 12-woman lineup that will represent the Philippines in future international tournaments as announced by Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. Wednesday.Reyes and Valdez met in the UAAP volleyball five straight times while representing De La Salle and Ateneo, respectively, but will now don the same tricolor of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas icons Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Maika Ortiz round up the lineup.Rachel Daquis, who captained PSL-F2 Manila in the Worlds, was named as a reserve together with libero Dawn Macandili.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEarlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Molina hopes for positive end to PH’s AVC stint ahead of SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Kazakhs have a 7-centimeter average height advantage over the Philippines with only Jaja Santiago serving as the hosts’ lone towering figure as the lanky hitter stands at 6-foot-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Tomorrow will be our last game in the tournament so we really have to take a strong win before we head to the SEA Games,” said Frances Molina in Fiipino at Alonte Sports Arena.The 59th-ranked Philippines will face Kazakhstan, the no. 21 team in the FIVB rankings, for the seventh place in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMolina said they will look to bounce back after their earlier loss to the Kazakhs in the preliminaries where they got swept 25-23, 25-20, 25-19.“We were prepared for them in our last game but we just couldn’t get over their height advantage,” said Molina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines is looking to end its campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship with a win ahead of its campaign in the Southeast Asian Games.The Philippines were fresh off a three-set loss to Chinese-Taipei, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19, in the classification stage that took their chance away to take the fifth seed.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Vietnam overcomes Kazakhstan, guns for 5th place in AVC 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 MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Green patch at Philippines

first_imgA panoramic view of the Chocolate Hills”Did you manage to find anything on the net?” I asked with eyes wide shut. The query was directed to my elderly companion from Mumbai, seated across the narrow aisle on the ageing Airbus.”Not much. I hope they have spelt it right on the itinerary,” came the rejoinder.”Aaah… I guess it has to be all wait and watch in Tagbilaran,” I concluded, still adamant on keeping the world out of sight. What led things to such a pass was the turbulent weather which trailed us right from Manila. The lukewarm smiles of the cabin crew did little to alleviate my aerophobia and the only distraction I found was in the quaintness of the destination. A place called Tagbilaran that throws up only a handful of coherent results on the world’s most trusted search engine. And after exchanging notes with all eight travellers in the group, I found myself exactly where I started.The smooth road to the Chocolate HillsI ran through the sketchy details as the aircraft oscillated with alarming precision: Tagbilaran is the principal city of Bohol, a small island near the southern end of the Philippine archipelago. Less than two hours away from Manila, this lush island has come up as a promising ecotourism destination in the last decade.An announcement by the captain finally compelled me to open my eyes. “Look out of the window for the Chocolate Hills… we are flying above them now. But please don’t be disappointed that the hills are now green, not chocolate in colour…” the voice trailed off while some of us craned our necks to admire what the captain had dutifully drawn our attention to. And of course the hills were green. That shade of green one finds only in places where it rains heavily. The colour, quite frankly, was not important enough to whet my curiosity. What suitably captured my attention was the shape of the hills spread out on the scenic canvas below us. Gumdrops? Turtle shells? I searched for more descriptors even as we lost the pretty picture to a carpet of grey clouds.A cruise boat on the LobocThe grey notwithstanding, I felt resuscitated enough to look forward to the overnight sojourn at Tagbilaran. Walking through sheets of rain into the coach, I quickly devoted my rested eyes to the brochures I had collected from Cecilia, our guide in Bohol. While some in the group contemplated a lazy afternoon at the beachside resort, the rest of us filed back into the coach for a river cruise. It was on the way to the jetty that I first turned my eyes to the place I was in. To be honest, it looked nothing more than a tropical island village. Roads lined with coconut trees, modest huts breaking the monotony of velvety green rice fields, a chapel or two and a town square sporting a cluster of shops and eateries in haphazard arrangement.It was, however, this very unpretentiousness that distinguished Bohol. A world apart from the glitz and cacophony of Manila’s malls–of which we’d had our fill in the last three days–the island’s main attractions can be safely put at three: the tarsier, perhaps the world’s tiniest primate; the forests that guard Loboc river and the curious hills aforementioned. A tarsier stares back at the cameraIt took only a minute-long discussion to change our course of action. Instead of the jetty, we were headed for a tarsier reserve near Corella, about 15 km from Tagbilaran. As we drove up canopied roads, I stole a glance at the primate on the glossy brochure. A pair of bulging eyes, as glazed as glazed can get, stared right back. Though the seemingly cute, furry creature promised to be no bigger in size than half my palm, the brochures fittingly warned us against its nocturnal and predatory traits. In a matter of 15 minutes, I stood face to face with the first tarsier. It was everything that we were promised and described. It clung effortlessly to the slim tree stem while silently challenging everyone to an impromptu round of Who Blinks First. The stillness of its beady eyes led me to doubt if the creature was not a stuffed one. Perhaps reading my cynical mind, it turned its neck an inch to the right, drawing gasps of admiration from all. The path to the Chocolate Hills viewing gallery is skirted with greenery”Don’t use the flash,” the guide announced as we herded behind him to greet the second tarsier of the day. The tiny reserve, which takes barely half an hour to cover by foot, echoed with exclamatory sounds each time we spotted the primate. Back on the artificial hanging bridge across a pool in the reserve, I happily took stock of how many tarsiers I had captured in my camera. And with enough memory space for the cruise up the Loboc, I sprinted towards the coach.Squeals of excitement and strains of music from other cruise boats greeted us as we disembarked at the jetty. The river of green, aptly surrounded by rainforest-like greenery, seemed all we needed to erase the last trace of mall-weariness. And Loboc, not to forget the hospitable crew on board the modest vessel, lived up to every expectation. As I settled down to a lunch of Chicken Adobo and rice, the young singer on board triggered a pleasant journey down the retro lane. Harry Belafonte joined the cruise as did the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. Torn between the crooner’s magical voice and the captivating scenery upriver, I struggled to be fair to both. But it wasn’t long before the latter scored over the other. Leaning against the wooden railing, I trained my lens on the gigantic trees that lay splayed across the banks. The foliage was one of the thickest I’d seen and I soon regretted not carrying my binoculars for a closer look at the huts on stilts that lined the course.Young girls do a jig on a tourism raft on the LobocFriendly locals, dressed in bright pinks and blues, waved back even as they sipped coconut wine, the local brew, from bottles. And before long, the boat stood inches away from a mini cascade at the heart of the Loboc. We waited a good ten minutes, soaking in the quiet, tranquil beauty of the jungle and the river. Our next stop, on the river itself, was a couple of ‘tourism’ rafts. Anchored to the sides of the river, these rafts were anything but as boring as their names. These are in fact used by the local community as stage. So there was song, dance and smiles galore. Men and women strummed the banduria, the Philippine mandolin, with great gusto while teenagers danced with gay abandon. Happy with whatever we stuffed into the small wooden donation boxes, they saw us off with more music that still ring in my ears.The ride downstream was equally relaxing. What followed next was a dash to the Chocolate Hills, up snaking roads flanked by mammoth trees. The rain-sodden paths reminded of pleasant drives up north in India and I silently agreed as some of my companions compared the scenery to those in Indian hill stations. An hour after bidding farewell to Loboc, I said hello to the Chocolate Hills, for the second time that day. And what I saw before my eyes truly defied logic. A view of the dense forests that run along the course of the LobocThe Unesco website describes the wonder thus: “… the symmetrical and same-sized hills known as the Chocolate Hills… were the uplift of coral deposits and the result of the action of rainwater and erosion. The hills are located throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan and consist of about 1,776 mounds of the same general shape. During the dry season when precipitation in inadequate, the grass-covered hills turn chocolate brown, hence the name in reference to a branded confection.”From the viewing gallery–an easy climb of not more than 15 minutes–the mounds looked like cowrie shells scattered across a moss green carpet. I watched in amusement as tourists posed for souvenir photos against a hand-painted backdrop of the hills. While some rode a broom for the Potter-esque touch, others chose to jump across the screen. Farmlands melded with coconut plantations in creating the most alluring mosaic around the hills. And wild blooms, as bright as the costumes I found myself surrounded with, highlighted the natural abundance that Bohol was all about. That’s when pangs of regret gripped my heart. My time here was coming to an end. Thankfully, though, I could still look forward to dinner–at a bee farm, amid acres of greenery and all-organic. Just the tonic I need before I head to another city. Trailing the TarsierThis one is for the adventurous. If you want more than just spotting tarsier spotting in the Corella reserve, you can go for a 15-km hike on the Tarsier Trail. This walkway in the rolling hills, north of Tagbilaran, links the towns of Corella, Sikatuna and Loboc. Remember to carry good walking shoes, insect repellent and hat for the trek. For details, visit www.tarsierfoundation.orgFact fileGetting there: Fly Delhi/Mumbai-Bangkok-Manila on Thai Airways Fare: Rs. 35,000 approx. Tagbilaran, Bohol’s only airport, is connected to Manila.When to go: Early winter is the best time to visit. Avoid the rainy season.Plus saysStay: Bohol Tropics; Graham Avenue, Tagbilaran City; e-mail: info@boholtropics.comEat: Have at least one meal at the Bohol Bee Farm. Among other delicious items, the honey glazed chicken and the homemade avocado ice-cream are absolute must-trys. To book a table, visit www.boholbeefarm.comShop: Pick up a bottle of coconut wine or a banduria, the local mandolin, as souvenir.See: Go snorkeling or scuba diving off Panglao Island.Courtesy: Travel Plusadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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SRCC wrestling venue deadline hits a dead end

first_imgThe sole Commonwealth Games (CWG) training venue for women wrestlers at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) won’t be ready on time.The SRCC stadium has Delhi University (DU) officials and members of the CWG Organising Committee (OC) worried as it is expected to be ready only by September end.Participants, ironically, are scheduled to arrive on September 23. “About 20 per cent of the work is incomplete. It should be over by September 30,” said an OC member on the condition of anonymity. The SRCC stadium, however, has not been scrapped as a training venue.”The two other training facilities at the Games Villages and the Ludlo Castle, respectively, are ready and the wrestlers can practise there till the SRCC work is complete. Wrestlers with events scheduled after October 6 will be able to use this stadium,” the OC member added.The stadium, which is one out of the total three training venues designated for wrestling, is a project that missed several deadlines and has cost the exchequer close to Rs 18 crore.Built on the area where SRCC’s badminton, basketball and tennis court used to be, the stadium has a seating capacity of 1,200 and spans an area of 3,500 square metres.Though its tender was awarded to Engineers India Limited in early 2008, the work began only in April last year. The project has missed several deadlines since. Its last extended deadline was July 15.The delay has been blamed on incessant rainfall this year. “I am under the impression that the agency will be able to complete the work perfectly well if there is a dry spell of three to four days. Let’s be optimistic as it’s a matter of national pride and I am sure everything will fall in place in time,” Dinesh Singh, pro vice-chancellor, Delhi University, said.advertisementAuthorities said over 500 labourers had been working day and night for the past one week to ensure completion of the work before the participants arrive.While the inside of the stadium looked almost complete when MAIL TODAY visited the venue on Thursday (the maple wood flooring was incomplete and seats were not in place yet), the exterior and the surrounding areas were nothing close to being ready. The contractors on the site, however, claimed that just five per cent of the work was left and that the venue would be handed over to the OC by September 20.The college staff, however, are not too happy with the quality and progress of the work. “The agency has deputed hundreds of labourers on the site, but has made no toilet facility for them.The labourers defecate and relieve themselves in the drain that runs along the road leading up to the SRCC faculty and staff quarters. That apart, the constant digging has destroyed the road completely,” S. K. Chaudhury, an SRCC faculty member said.last_img read more

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