This Plaridelian Cartoonist is also a chess wizard

Wearing two hats at the same time is something that Mark Angelo Fugen is in familiar territory. He is the current cartoonist of The Plaridelians, the official school organ of Plaridel National High School, Nagcarlan, Laguna.
Aside from that, he is also a chess player. Mark Angelo Parena Fugen was born on August 3, 1999 to Mr. Bernaldo C. Fugen and Ms. Corazon P. Fugen. He is the youngest in a brood of five. Currently, he is studying at Plaridel National High School  grade 10- Matulungin under his Adviser Ms. Teresa Suazo. 
He started playing chess tournaments in school when he was in grade 8. For Mark, the hardest part of playing chess is when he knows he is going to be mated by his opponent or when he loses his Queen. Aside from playing chess, he also likes to play basketball games. His idols in the NBA are Lebron James and Kyrie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers. His inspiration in playing the game is his family. 

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Manny Pacquiao will face Juan Manuel Marquez a fourth time

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are great fighters, they have given us 3 classic and highly controversial fights. And now here we are again with another one, what was reportedly just an optional fight for Pacquiao is now looming to be the primary opponent on his next fight. With Mayweather jr gone in the picture the options are Marquez, Bradley, Peterson and Cotto. 
Manny Pacquiao was recently quoted from local news that he is willing to fight Marquez again for the fourth time because people are not satisfied with the win but not only that he wants to get 28 million dollar guarantee for the fight. Marquez on the other hand should at least get 10 million.

Gilas wants Douthit, McGee for national five

Smart Gilas Pilipinas is now preparing to negotiate with Marcus Douthit for a new contract while keeping its line open for NBA player Javale McGee as another option for naturalization. “We’re now getting him back as we’re now forming the national pool,” said Antonio. At the same time, Antonio said McGee is still an option even as the NBA has resumed. (source)
Javale McGee into the Philippine National Basketball National team?! , I say its nice but the management must be crazy to even hope for Javale to play for the Philippines. NBA is the place to be for basketball players, even Pinoy players would opt out playing for the national squad if they are offered an NBA contract. McGee is young and tall with a lot of potential. Javale McGee is radical and crazy and does a lot of crazy stuff but i don’t believe he is crazy enough to play for the Philippines at this point of his career maybe when he gets older and past his prime he can consider playing. So enough news about hyping up the fans about Javale McGee.

Yearend Boxing Report Card: Five Phl fighters rule world

The year 2011 comes to a close with five Filipino fighters recognized as world champions, a watermark in the history of Philippine boxing. In all, there were 13 world title bouts that featured Filipino boxers with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, WBC/WBO bantamweight ruler Nonito Donaire, WBO flyweight king Brian Viloria and WBO female superbantamweight queen Ana Julaton accounting for two wins apiece. WBO lightflyweight champion Donnie Nietes chalked up a win, too. The overall tally showed nine wins and four losses. (source)

Brandon Vera vs Eliot Marshall Fight Result

Brandon Vera vs Eliot Marshall Fight was the make or break for  Brandon Vera. I am glad that he won this fight. Brandon Vera did very well in the first two rounds controlling the fight with combination of punches and knees that ultimately gave him the edge to win the fight. The third round was a different story as Eliot Marshall rallied and broke Vera’s arm. Vera survive the third round and the fight was declared a unanimous decision win for Brandon Vera. He needed this win badly and this would give Brandon Vera not only a win on his record but the much needed boost confidence. Congratulation Brandon Vera a well deserved win, hopefully you can still get back to the main stream.

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Winless Alaska in PBA needs help!, Terminate Banal!

Gone are the days of the championships, grand slam and triangle offense. Its all down to the drain as Alaska continue to struggle under their new coach. Being one of the worst team from being one of the top  team is heartbreaking for the Management of Alaska especially if their former head coach left to transfer to a different team.  I think Alaska should terminate Joel Banal, he is not fit for the team. Should Alaska terminate Banal?!

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WOTL: Why you laugh at my English?

Word of the Lourd is a show on TV 5 that features some very interesting and controversial segments.This video is in titled “Spokenin Ingles”. this was an old video but I decided to post it since it feature Manny Pacquiao.
Lourd de Veyra, Thumbs up for doing such  a great job awakening and helping the Filipino people realize some of our stupidest mistakes. Your articles gave me more reason to just follow my dreams and be proud of being a Filipino. For none Filipino the video tackles about Filipinos trying hard to speak in English and always being criticize of it, on the other hand we are never criticize if we speak poor Filipino dialect.
All i can say is ” It doesn’t matter of the grammar as long as they understand the message, thanks ” – Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao on WOTL Video


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Donaire won the fight but fans not satisfied

I guess when fans are use to witnessing Nonito Donaire dominate and KO opponent its not enough that he just win it, he needs to really dominate and drop the opponent. This was the expectation that was placed in his shoulder and as the fight goes on the fans are got more anxious and inpatient for the moment. Unfortunately it did not come as Nonito was unable to penetrate the defense of Omar NarvaezNonito won via Unanimous decision, but fans lost and the reaction are unanimously unsatisfied.  Watch out ill be posting the replay of Donaire vs Narvaez.
Are you satisfied watching the Donaire vs Narvaez Fight?

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Ramon Garcia Hirales Victim of Home cooking!

What else would it be! Ramon Garcia Hirales  vs Donnie Nietes was a close bout and it truly is, unless you failed to watch it and was just reading it from the news then you would think that Donnie really won the fight. Its evident that Ramon Garcia Hirales was the aggressor and was more active compare to Donnie Nietes. the fight was really close. Well at least this is what I think but majority of the judges score it the other way around. 
Judges scored the bout 115-113, 118-110 and 117-111 and the winner by unanimous home cooking and the new champ Donnie Nietes. What a shame, unanimous decision? who are you kidding! maybe a split decision for Nietes could have been justified but unfortunately it did not happen! but who am I, I am not an expert so lets just forget about what I think.

Why don’t you tell me what you think?

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Lee takes PBA by storm

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was perhaps right all along in selecting Paul Lee as their pick in the PBA draft two months ago.

Playing like a veteran, the 22-year old rookie guard delivered clutch baskets to help turn back Barangay Ginebra’s comeback as the Painters held on for a 94-93 victory.
The close contest gave the PBA a thrilling sendoff to its 37th season Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Paul Lee, the No. 2 overall pick in the PBA Rookie Draft, led Rain or Shine with 21 points.


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Ateneo won 4th straight UAAP Championship

Like what I said the FEU don’t stand a chance against the Blue Eagles this year, and I am right the Ateneo Blue eagles sweep the FEU Tamaraws  for their fourth straight championship in the 74th UAAP men’s basketball finals at the Araneta Coliseum. 82-69 what a lame score by the the FEU Tamaraws. Nico Silva won the MVP award.

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Will Smart Gilas win against Korea?!

PH Choker wins against Korea in my dreams!

Forget the heartaches from loosing against Jordan, If its not for us its for them. Smart Gilas Philippines had a bad showing against the Jordanians and none of our players really stood up except for the naturalized player Douthit who is really not Filipino. Its funny right? Anyways Korea is a tougher team than Jordan so do I expect a win here. Nah! Smart Gilas dropped every important games as if they are not mentally ready for it and  why do these things happen? I don’t know! All I know is that many Filipino are still supporting the Smart Gilas club and if they don’t win tonight we shall change the name of our National team to Smart Choker! Go Go Go Smart Gilas choke the Koreans! kidding aside I really hope they win this to still get a chance to qualify for the Olympics.

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Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo tonight!

 Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo

Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo fighting tonight!

Who is the better fighter of the two Filipino boxing Star we will fond out tonight as both fighter clash in an epic Pinoy vs Pinoy boxing. Both Fighters got something to prove but only one of them will move on to greater opportunity. Watching Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo will be a treat. I like the Francisco to win this!But Michael Domingo has a more polish style so he can also come up on top on this fight.Who do you think will win?

Who is the Pinoy boxer that impresses Roach?

What is all the buzz about this new Filipino boxer that Freddie Roach is training in Baguio? Lets meet the fighter: The undefeated 25 years old fighter is Lorenzo Villanueva, his record is 21 wins with no loss, he knocked down all of his opponent and won almost all of his fight via KO except for one. The man called the Thunderbolt is now being trained  by Freddie Roach. Do you think he can be a world champion?

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Police arrest four in burglary of boxer Pacquiao’s home

Pacquiao House caught with burglar

(AFP)LOS ANGELES — Four people were arrested for burglary at the Los Angeles area home of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio, authorities said Saturday.

Police said no one was in the house at the time of the incident and an attorney for the Asian southpaw, who also serves as a Philippines Congressman, said nothing was taken from the house

Sheriff’s detectives were in the neighborhood where Pacquiao’s house is located on another matter and saw the burglary in progress, officials said.
Identities of the four people involved have not been released, but they were being questioned by police. Charges have not yet been filed against them.
Pacquiao, 53-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, is in the Philippines training for a November 12 defense of his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez, 53-5 with one drawn and 39 knockouts.

Ateneo Coach Norman Black and the Blue Eagles

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Coach Norman Black talks about the defeat and how they handled all the question and being ready for the next game( Finals). Kiefer Ravena also talks about the game. UAAP Final Four. Watch the Interview Video. Ateneo is waiting for the winner of Adamson vs FEU, one more game on September 28.

Kiefer Ravena and Norman Black Interview

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409 athletes to carry PH banner

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MANILA, Philippines — After trimming the outer edges further, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said the combined delegation to the 2011 Southeast Asian Games has been lowered to 599 athletes and officials from the original 900.
As of the latest count, 409 will make up the athletes, while the remainder will be comprised of coaches, trainers, managers, technical officials, medical personnel and secretariat as the POC has vowed to send a lean contingent to the Nov. 11 to 22 sportsfest that will be hosted by Palembang (main hub) and Jakarta.

Uichico in DLSU short list for new coach

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MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings coach Jong Uichico is among those being considered to replace Dindo Pumaren as head coach of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers.
According to ABS-CBN News sources, Uichico is included in the short list of mentors eyed to take over the coaching reins from Pumaren, who resigned following a dismal performance by DLSU in UAAP men’s basketball.
Source: ABS-CBN

Ateneo clinches first finals berth

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Ateneo‘s near perfect performance was nearly put to waste by a gallant comeback Thursday by the University of Santo Tomas.
The Blue Eagles weathered off that fierce comeback in the dying seconds to escape with a 69-66 win and clinch the first finals berth in the 74th UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Source: MB

Tim cone is coach of B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados.

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The grand slam-winning Cone, who took the plunge after serving as Alaska mentor for 22 years, met with the players and coaching staff of the Llamados, then held his first practice season Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Cone met with SMC president and CEO Ramon Ang and former PBA chair and Purefoods top executive Butch Alejo and signed what the Inquirer learned is “a long term deal,” although no figures were mentioned.
Source:  INQ

Coaching Gordon Hayward “StarCraft II”

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Gordon Hayward not only a professional basketball player but a professional world of “StarCraft II” player and an IPL endorser. He better get his game up because looks like IPL is the only league he is going to be playing for the moment. Watch the  Coaching Gordon Hayward “StarCraft II” Video.

Coaching Gordon Hayward “StarCraft II”

Thorsten Hohmann and Ralf Souquet winners of the World Cup of Pool

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GERMANY became the first ever European winners of the World Cup of Pool as they made light work of shock finalists Thailand to record a superb 10-4 victory and claim the gold medals, trophy, $60,000 and more importantly the title at the SM Mall North in Manila. 
Thorsten Hohmann and Ralf Souquet put in an inch perfect performance to run away with the match in sharp contrast to their semi-final game earlier in the day when they laboured to a pedestrian win over Korea. 
“I always said you can only lose as a team and we certainly won as a team. Playing here in Manila in the Philippines is the best thing that has happened to pool.” 


Smart Gilas almost unbeatable at exhibition games, Would this be the same case

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Our Philippine National Basketball( Smart Gilas ) team looking very good in their exhibition games against middle east teams like Qatar and Jordan but would this me the same case in Wuhan, China when they battle it out for the FIBA Asia Championship to qualify for the Olympics. long shot but who knows.

One more game tonight against Jordan.

Results :

Sept.8 – Smart Gilas PHL def. Qatar NT, 69-52
Sept.9 – Jordan NT def. Qatar NT, 71-66
Sept.10 – Smart Gilas PHL def. Jordan NT, 80-71
Sept.11 – Smart Gilas PHL vs. Qatar NT (tonight) at San Juan Arena, Philippines

What Do you think is our chance? comment here———–>

Jordan stops Smart Gilas five; Rajko Toroman livid

Jordan nailed a third straight win with a 76-72 decision of Smart Gilas Pilipinas in a wild William Jones Cup match Monday that had coach Rajko Toroman threatening to abandon the tournament in protest against the officiating.
Toroman, who stormed into the court after the final buzzer and confronted the game officials, said the Filipinos would pull out of the tournament if the same set of referees work their game again.

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The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation team ended its 10th International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida with a rousing win in the 500 meter men’s small boat race to win its fifth gold medal in record-breaking fashion and cap a spectacular performance against all odds.
The victory in the final event took the Filipinos tall to 5 gold and 2 silver medals for a total of 7 in the top-level competition despite being denied recognition by the Philippine Olympic Committee and financial support by the Philippine Sports Commission.


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