Match Analysis Technology Helping Develop Soccer in the Philippines

MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Since Thomas Dooley was appointed Head Coach the Philippines men’s national soccer (football) team has had some impressive results and attained its highest ever FIFA ranking.  Aiming even higher and with an objective to achieve a finals appearance in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup followed by qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup the Philippines Football Federation recently rewarded Dooley with a two-year contract extension.
In addition to the skills, knowledge and experience the former United States team captain has brought to the role, a major addition having a direct impact on the team’s improvement has been his implementation of new systems and technology. This has included California-based Match Analysis’s state of the art video and statistical analysis product suite that has successfully been adopted by the Azkals.  
The new and more in depth analysis program provides coaching staff and players with access to Mambo Studio and Tango Online. These cutting edge tools enable them to collectively or autonomously analyze performance as part of their development. They also receive individual meetings where they review their own data and video clips along with team meetings during which:
1. Opponents are analyzed to discuss expected line-ups, along with video clips reviewed of individual players to identify strengths and weaknesses and what to expect from their opponents
2. The Azkals players are shown video clips to improve knowledge and provide a greater insight into the tactical aspect of the game
“A significant change that has had a major impact on our progress has been the implementation of Match Analysis’s products and services. Their tools are unbelievably powerful and yet extremely easy to use by players and staff. They have become an invaluable asset in making our pre and post-match analysis process much more efficient and cultivating the long term development of soccer in the Philippines. It really is like having another full time coach in our organization, freeing up time allowing me to work on other important aspects of improving our program,” said Thomas Dooley.
Commenting on how Match Analysis products are used to enhance the Philippines men’s national soccer team the Head Coach said “Tango Online is excellent for players to scout their opponent in the palm of their hand online, 24/7. They get to know their opponents as well as they know their own teammates! Also, Mambo Studio video editing software is really easy to use and allows me to communicate with my players worldwide by sending customized video clips to player’s mobile devices. I can even encode my text message into the video so the player understands why I’m sending the clip. If the player wants to download the video clip, it’s simple, they just click on the Tango ToGo icon!  It’s a fast and efficient way of getting the message across. Providing players with better knowledge of the game along with greater insight into the opposition reduces errors and improves us as individuals and a team.”
 Thomas Dooley

Philippines Men’s National Team Head Coach

“I love the Philippines and its people. It’s a beautiful country where everyone is so friendly and always wanting to help, so it makes me immensely happy that they have a soccer team to be proud of,” added the Azkals Head Coach. “Performances and results are consistently improving down to the player’s hard work and dedication to enhance their skill levels and gain a better understanding of the technical parts of the game. With the structure we are putting in place and the implementation of technology, soccer in the Philippines will go from strength to strength and help support its future development.”
“It is fantastic that the Philippines men’s national teams’ coaching and playing staff have embraced Match Analysis products. We are delighted to provide the tools that Thomas has incorporated to create a more professional structure that is bearing fruit with their greater success on the pitch,” said Match Analysis President Mark Brunkhart. “Having known Thomas for a number of years I am really pleased that he’s been rewarded with a longer term contract. We look forward to supporting him with his aspirations to develop the overall foundations of soccer throughout the Philippines.”    

Match Analysis Product Portfolio

Mambo Studio: state-of-the-art video search and retrieval
K2 Panoramic Video: continuous corner-to-corner video of every inch of the field
K2 TrueView Visualizations: interactive touch panel visualizations and player tracking directly within the video itself
Tango Online: comprehensive online analytical and video library accessible by coaches and players
Tango ToGo: a direct to mobile communication tool allowing coaches to send clips and comments to players instantly
Tango Livemonitor every player, every pass, every touch, all in real time
Tango Broadcaststorylines, live data and stats with stunning in-game graphics
About Match Analysis

Match Analysis is the leading pioneer in high performance analytical tools for soccer (football). Over the past decade, Match Analysis has worked with almost every top club in North America and top media outlets including the New York Times World Cup coverage. In 2013, Match Analysis’s K2 Panoramic Video Camera System was implemented in every stadium in Major League Soccer and Liga MX.
Current Match Analysis clients include all 18 Liga MX clubs in Mexico, 17 MLS clubs, the Mexican national team, and a wide array of college and amateur sides. Match Analysis offers a comprehensive suite of tools and services including video indexing and archiving, statistical analysis, live data collection, player tracking, fitness reports and performance analysis.

New Kobe Paras Highlights: Improved Jump Shots and Gained Weight?

For awhile we have not posted anything about this kid, and it seems he is no longer uploading those slam dunk highlight reel.  Well here is something new plus a little bit of something old. Check out Kobe Paras new highlight video featuring his improved jump shot and of course his high flying dunks.

It looks like he  gained a little bit of weight though? /* load placement for account: powcast_net, site:, size: 970×90 – web, zone: video */ var _abd = _abd || []; _abd.push([“1455266790″,”Video”,”1455873524″,”abdplayer”,”624″,”315″]);

The Philippine National Squash Team at the PSA Forum

The Philippine National Squad Team

The Philippine National Squad Team headed by Team Captain Robert Garcia was at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. They came from a successful campaign at South East Asian Cup Squash Championship in Myanmar. They talked about their journey and invites us to support them in their next competition in China. Squash Rackets Association of the Philippines (SRAP) president Bob Bachmann and two members of the squad which won a gold, silver, and two bronzes last Jan. 11-17.

Ray Parks Jr Wants to Represent the Philippines: Highlights

Ray Parks Jr Wants to Represent the Country: Highlights

Improving Bobby Ray Parks Jr continue his journey in the NBA D-League with the hopes of one day play in the NBA, and while no team in the NBA may be ready for Parks Jr, the Philippine team may actually need his service.


The Filipino Flash to Defend his Title in Manila?

The Flash is back! After an impressive show against tough Cesar Juarez of Mexico to win the WBO super bantamweight title, Nonito is back and he is again a hot commodity in boxing. He is a world champion oand we think he still got the skills and the power plus an improved decision making inside the ring.

Donaire who is enjoying a 3 fight winning streak could be defending his title in front of his hometown the Philippines. You read that right. Unlike Manny Pacquiao who we may never see again fight in our homeland because of course, there’s just more money outside. Nonito’s case is different.

We heard that broadcasting giant ABS-CBN, Top Rank and local boxing promotion ALA, recently agreed to a partnership that would bring in big fights to the Philippines including one with Nonito Donaire who has also signed a 3 fight deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank according to our sources.
Bob Arum is planning to host an event April 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for Donaire’s first title defense for the WBO Super Bantamweight title.

His potential opponent?

El Ruso Mexicano, the Russian Mexican is on the top of the list of  potential challengers for Donaire’s belt. Evgeny Gradovich is a 29-year-old, 5’8 fighter with a record of 21 -1 -1 can be a tough match-up for Donaire. This guy is sleek and a tactical fighter like Rigondeaux. Remember that Rigondeaux once beat Donaire in a chess match.
Donaire is still in the Philippines but could stay here until the fight to train if the negotiations with Gradovich would push through. 

Thomasian Ryan Joseph “Chinito Heartthrob” Syyap takes his game to new heights

In life as in every game, it takes guts and determination to overcome obstacles. Being an athlete and a student, this Thomasian is well aware
of that.
Born Ryan Joseph U. Syyap on July 4, 1996 to Mr. Feliciano Syyap and Ms. Lalaine Syyap, this 6-foot-1 forward plays for the College of Engineering for UST. He is now a 2ndyear Electronics Communication Engineering student in the country’s
oldest university.
If there is an NBA player that he wants to play one-on-one with, it will
be the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant. “He is a player who is hard to guard”, said Ryan. His favorite shot is elbow jumper. His career high is 14 points, and this year was his first time to join the NBA 3x at Mall of
Asia Music Hall.
“I feel so privileged to be part of this annual event. Hope we can  play  and be better next year”, said Ryan NBA 3x was held at Mall of Asia Music Hall and was graced by NBA players that include Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried and San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green.
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USJR Jaguars’ Tricky Dyn Peromingan: The next basketball star from the South

The will to win in every game is what sets average players from those who succeed. This has always been the mindset of this young player from Mindanao. Born Tricky Dyn Peromingan on February 26, 1997 to Mr. Ricardo Peromingan and Ms. Lynibeb Laraga in Valencia City, Bukidnon, this 5-foot-10 freshman college cager plays point guard and power forward positions for the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

He wears jersey number 18 because of his idol James Yap. His career high in points is 28 when they played against Hercor College, Iloilo in UniGames. Tricky’s favorite shot includes up and under and the dagger three-pointer. In the PBA, he looks up to his idols James Yap and Terrence Romeo. Achievements tucked under his belt include being the MVP in the NBTC All-Star 2013 held in Bukidnon. He was able to join the NBTC High School All-Star 2013 in Ynares Sports Complex, Pasig. He is also the 2013 MVP of Jojo Lastimosa Alaska Cup in Cagayan de Oro City. He played in the UAAP season 77 high school division for the FEU Baby Tamaraws.
“My goal for the season is to further improve in every game and prove my worth as an integral part of the team.”, quipped the chinito cager. His ambition in life is to become a professional basketball player and make it to the PBA someday. With determination, perseverance, and faith in God, this young guy’s dream is not far-fetched to reality.
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Coca-Cola kicks-off world’s largest grassroots football program in the Philippines

Coca-Cola Philippines recently partnered with Loyola Meralco Sparks Academy, Dream Big Pilipinas and the city of Taguig for the Copa Coca-Cola Cup, the world’s largest grassroots football program in which encourages the youth in promoting active healthy lifestyle through one passion in sports.

Manila, Philippines — Coca-Cola Cup – the world’s largest grassroots football which champions active healthy lifestyle, encourages values through sports, and celebrates football passion – has finally arrived in the Philippines.
The grassroots football program kicks-off in Taguig City, bringing about the same team spirit, friendship and respect that the Coca-Cola Cup has fostered among 1.3 million teenage players in over 60 countries around the world since it started in Zimbabwe back in 1915.  Inspiring young people to be active and healthy through their shared passion for the sport, Coca-Cola Cup presents an opportunity to Filipino teens to pursue their football dream, and along the way, make new friends and recognize the important, complementary roles that form a successful team.
Piloting in Taguig
For the first leg, Coca-Cola Philippines, the local government of Taguig, Loyola Meralco Sparks Academy, and the Dream Big Pilipinas Football Association, have agreed to work together in holding a series of football clinics for around 300 youth aged 13 to 19 years old from public schools in Taguig, and 80 physical education teachers and barangay sports officers.
“We are excited to kick-off the Coca-Cola Cup here in the Philippines. The program is more than just a league or a series of clinics — it is an affirmation of our firm commitment as a Company to promote active, healthy lifestyles and support physical activity programs that inspire our youth to be healthier and happier. Through this, we hope to bring football close to the hearts of Filipinos, and bring together football fans around the country, ’’ said Atty. Adel Tamano, Vice President for Public Affairs and Corporate Communication of Coca-Cola Philippines.
Loyola Meralco Sparks Academy will lead in teaching the technical aspects of football while Dream Big Pilipinas Football Association will share lessons in values formation. The clinics will run from November 14, 2015 to December 5, 2015. The 36 best performing players will compete in a final exhibition game on December 6, 2015.
Simon McMenemy, head coach of LMS, shared, “The Coca-Cola Cup is meant to spark and preserve the genuine love for football among the youth. The final game is designed, not so much to reward the winners, but to highlight the part that each and every one play within or outside the pitch.”
Passion meets opportunity
The program opens big opportunities for the most promising players. By the end of the training program, the 36 students will have the chance to be invited into the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC Academy, should elite technical, tactical and psychological standards be met.
At the same time, 20 PE teachers and barangay officers will be selected to facilitate the implementation of the football program at a community level, thereby creating the foundation for football love in the Philippines.
“We share the same goals and aspirations with Coca-Cola for this program. Dream Big Pilipinas Association is a firm believer that talent is abundant in the Philippines and that we only need a good framework to cultivate the best players. We have been doing extensive work with street community teams and leagues. With Coke pushing towards getting the best, undiscovered gems out there through the Coca-Cola Cup program, we may be looking at our future football stars,” adds Miguel N. Bermundo, co-founder of Dream Big Pilipinas Association. 
A structured, high-impact program
Around the world, The Coca-Cola Company supports over 280 physical activity and active healthy living programs in 115 countries.
In the past Coca-Cola Philippines has done other football programs including Coca-Cola Football Festival, which ran for three years from 2012 to 2014, and ‘Coke Go for Goal’ back in 1983 where hundreds of school teachers were trained to become football coaches and developed teens to be more active in sports.

From left to right: Edmund Alan Qua Hiasen, Chairman of Dream Big Pilipinas Football Association, Taguig City Vice Mayor Ricardo Ading Cruz III, Atty. Adel Tamano, Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications of Coca-Cola Philippines; and Lorenzo Roxas, Vice Chairman of Loyola Meralco Sparks Academy, kick-off the local pilot of the Coca-Cola Cup Philippines at the Bonifacio Global City.
“We are more than inspired to recognize the contributions of all players who are the real stars on the pitch, while championing the parents, teachers, coaches, schools, and different associations – like the local government unit of Taguig City, Loyola Meralco Sparks Academy, and Dream Big Pilipinas Association – who are helping teens pursue their passion for sports,” concluded Atty. Tamano.

Thoughts On The Azkals’ 0-2 Loss To Bahrain

The Philippines’ chances to advance to the next stage of the World Cup qualifiers took a serious blow when they lost to Bahrain, 2-0. It was a very lackluster performance by the Azkals, who never seemed in control of the game.
Here are my three key impressions from the match.
Boy, did we need Javier Patino tonight.
While a player like Phil Younghusband used to be enough to make opposing defenses in South East Asia nervous, he is now playing against teams who are used to a much higher level of competition. That’s one major reason for Phil Younghusband’s recent goal drought (the other being his changed role on the team) and why Javier Patino is now even more important to the Azkals’ fortunes.   But while Phil Younghusband may have been found lacking, he still played well. Just not good enough to be the main man that he used to be.
In this game, it was Stephan Schrock who starred for the Azkals, who continually pressed the Bahraini defense, and who was able to get into most dangerous places. Unfortunately, every one else seemed out of sync and Shrock’s effort went to naught.
The Azkals also need improved play from players like Patrick Reichelt and Kevin Ingreso, who are getting a lot of chances because of the unavailability of other players. In today’s match, they barely made their presence felt, which became even more noticeable when the entry of players like Misagh Bahadoran and Paul Mulders suddenly made the Azkals attack more potent and energetic.

Our old reliable backline was really getting old and the time has come to make the transition to a younger one. So I’m not going to make too much of a fuss about our backline composed of youngsters like Daisuke Sato and Amani Aguinaldo, especially with Jerry Lucena still there as a veteran presence and Stephan Palla as the exciting newcomer.

But I do have to say that sometime between the first and second goals, I started wishing Rob Gier and Juani Guirado were there on the pitch, stabilizing our defense. It’s something that goes with experience and pitch knowledge. Sometimes, you can’t keep on making up for your teammate’s mistakes. Sometimes, you all have to man up and take care of your patch of ground. The backline of Gier, Guirado and Lucena used to specialize in that. There were rarely any mistakes to cover up so they each just staked their defensive claim on their patch of the field and threw every challenge back.
Between the sticks, Neil Etheridge gets a solid B+. He made no mistakes, made two great saves and was generally in control. Unfortunately, the Azkals’ defensive lapses kept putting Etheridge in no-man’s land and he paid dearly with the first goal. The second goal was just pure genius from Bahrain’s Adnan Hussain, and no one could be blamed for that. Not Bahadoran, who gave up the foul so close to the goal, nor the Azkals wall which jumped high to deny the over-the-top kick, nor Etheridge, who tried to make a diving save.
It could have been the extreme change in weather. And the long journey. And the change in time zone. And the toll of playing two hard fought, high quality matches in just a week’s time. For whatever reason, the Azkals team tonight looked tired right from the very start.
While the Bahrainis were pressing wildly all over the field, the Azkals played with more control. However, that control soon turned into passiveness, as they kept losing balls to the Bahrainis and kept losing their marks when Bahrain pressed their attack.
The Azkals were actually very lucky tonight, because the Bahrainis didn’t have their shooting touch either. In the first half alone, Bahrain screwed up two 1-on-1 situations with Etheridge, first shooting the ball wide, then shooting it over the bar. There were another 3 instances in the second half when Bahrain could have scored but screwed it up instead. Those instances came with the Azkals defense caught sleeping or worse, walking back when they should have been running back.
Believe me, we were lucky to get away with a 0-2 loss. It could just as easily have been a 0-5 loss.
 What does this mean for us? Well, our path to the next stage has become like a lottery. Miniscule chances of winning but, if everything goes our way (losses by Uzbekistan and North Korea will be topmost among the things that need to go our way), there’s still a chance. However, much like the lottery, I really wouldn’t go bet on it.
But I still think our next few games will be important and crucial. These will provide our team (and especially our youngsters) with big game experience that may help us qualify in the next round of World Cup qualifiers.
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After lost to China in FIBA Asia, MVP says we should opt out on the Olympic Qualifiers

Manny Pangilinan on Gilas

After lost to China in FIBA Asia, MVP says we should opt out on the Olympic Qualifiers , We got this report from a reliable newspaper.

“My view is that, I’m not saying we will get chosen for the wild card, but frankly my view is that we should opt out of it,” Pangilinan was quoted as saying. 

 “And plan further ahead towards 2017 when the pre-qualification games are started to get played for the 2019 World Cup. We should prepare better for that.”

From – Manny Pangilinan

La Salle completed a come from behind win against college rival Ateneo

The De La Salle University Green Archers and Ateneo De Manila Blue Eagles added a new chapter in their historic rivalry when both teams met yesterday at MOA Arena, on what could be the most anticipated college game of the year.

But it was the Green Archers who used a strong second half to complete a come from behind win, 80-76, over Blue Eagles.

The 1st Quarter ended with Ateneo leading La Salle 25-13.

Ateneo enjoyed a 10-point lead at half 46-36. Ateneo led as much as 15 points in the 1st half.

Green Archers displayed tight pressing defense, accurate 3-point shooting, and forced consecutive turnovers to its rivalry team to tie the game 61-all at the end of 3rd Quarter.

The 4th quarter started with trading basket for each teams. The supporters from each schools does not only unticipates the rivalry from both school but also match-up between the Phenom from Ateneo, Kiefer Ravena, who is now healthy and in top shape versus La Salle’s King Archer, Jeron Teng. The two players trade baskets when their team needed them the most.

In the end, it is the Green Archers taking home the victory with Teng leading the team with 18 points. while Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 19 points.


DLSU 80 – Teng 18, Torres 15, Perkins 13, Rivero 10, Torralba 9, Caracut 6, Tratter 4, Navarro 3, Muyang 2, Sargent 0.

ATENEO 76 – Ravena 19, Ikeh 13, Capacio 10, Gotladera 8, Pessumal 8, Tolentino 7, Pingoy 6, Apacible 2, Babilonia 2, Ma. Nieto 1, Cani 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 13-25, 36-46, 61-61, 80-76.

La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.

La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
Green Archers came from behind and overcome the Blue Eagles with a score of 80-76. 
La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
Lay-up by Green Archer
La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
Perkins Inbound
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La Salle fans celebrating
La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
Perfect Shot
La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
Ateneo fans is not very happy today
La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
Go Green Archers
La Salle Green Archers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles Photos and Score.
The Scores:
LA SALLE 80 – Teng 18, Torres 15, Perkins 13, Rivero 10, Torralba 9, Caracut 6, Tratter 4, Navarro 3, Muyang 2, Sargent 0.
ATENEO 76 – Ravena 19, Ikeh 13, Capacio 10, Gotladera 8, Pessumal 8, Tolentino 7, Pingoy 6, Apacible 2, Babilonia 2, Ma. Nieto 1, Cani 0.
Quarters: 13-25, 36-46, 61-61, 80-76.

Watch Balikatan 13: Pathway to Greatness Pro-Am MMA Event on October 24

Watch Balikatan 13: Pathway to Greatness Pro-Am MMA Event on October 24

MMA fans from around the Metro Manila should not miss this rare opportunity to watch one the most exciting MMA events. Balikatan 13 will surely be another sure fire and action packed event.

Watch 20 Action Packed Matches at Balikatan 13 “Pathway to Greatness” on October 24 4:pm at Hybrid Yaw-Yan Mixed Martial Arts Training Center

Tickets now available at Hybrid Yaw-Yan Headquarters

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Balikatan Mixed Martial Arts Tournament is an Amateur M.M.A. promotion that provide up-and-coming Amateur MMA fighters exposure and opportunity to gain tournament experience before becoming Professional Fighters.

Founded by Sir Henry Yap Kobayashi, the 1st Matchmaker and Coordinator of URCC “the longest running Professional M.M.A. promotion in Asia and President of Philippine Yaw-Yan Mixed Martial Arts Association.

If you’re a Mixed Martial Arts Practitioner who’s looking for the right Promotion to showcase your skills, then Balikatan is here to help you start your M.M.A. career.

Our Event was regularly held at Hybrid Yaw-Yan Mixed Martial Arts Training Center:
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The Score: Enzo Flojo gives insights on Gilas’ victory over Iran

Sports blogger and Analyst Enzo Flojo gives his insights on Gilas Pilipinas’ victory over Iran in the FIBA Asia Championship.

Enzo owns, he was originally a blogger for basketball turned into one of the most sought after sports analyst covering all spectrum of basketball in the Philippines, Asia and the world. From FIBA to PBA to NBA, and definitely the Gilas games, check out one of his recent stint at ABS-CBN Sports and Action as he dissect some keys on why Gilas Pilipinas defeated the all mighty Iran.

Green Archers put Falcons deeper into muck

Green Archers put Falcons deeper into muck
The De La Salle University Green Archers were in one of their best offensive modes this season when they battered the still winless Adamson University Falcons, 88-71 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, September 20.

La Salle veterans Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres combined for 34 points for the Archers while the Falcons didn’t sustain their third quarter rally despite a double-double effort by Papi Sarra with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Coach Juno Sauler rotated 10 players in the first quarter alone, leading to a 47-26 at the end of the first half in favor of the Archers. At the start of the third quarter, the Falcons rallied enough to cut the deficit down to just 13, but the offensive maneuvers of Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres’ season high 17 points put the nail-bitter to an end, as the clock dwindled into its last minutes and the Archers ending the game with an 88-71 victory.

The Archers are now up 2-2 in the win-loss column, while the Falcons are still in the hunt for their first win as they drop to 0-4, the only winless team by far in the UAAP Men’s basketball.
DLSU 88 – Teng 18, Torres 16, Sargent 11, Caracut 9, Torralba 9, Perkins 7, Muyang 6, Tratter 6, Navarro 3, Rivero 2, Gob 1, Pascual 0.
ADAMSON 71 – Sarr 18, Nalos 10, Ng 10, Ochea 9, Polican 8, Tungcab 6, Camacho 5, Fernandez 2, Margallo 2, Miranda 1, Bernardo 0, Capote 0, Villanueva 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 24-10, 47-26, 63-47, 88-71.

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

Enderun Titan cager Ajay ‘Iron Man’ Khatri takes flight on engine of greatness

Enderun Titan cager Ajay ‘Iron Man’ Khatri takes flight on engine of greatness

The Philippines is a country known for world-class sports figures like boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, kegler Paeng Nepomuceno, runner Lydia De Vega, the magician Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. These athletes are products of hard work and training that they developed when they were still young. Such is the case of this upcoming basketball star from Enderun Colleges.

Born Ajay Sta. Teresa Khatri on April 16, 1997, in Pasay to Kumar Khatri and Estela Khatri, this
6-foot-1 Filipino-Indian high school student athlete who played as small forward/power forward for the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws now takes his talents to Enderun Colleges Titans. Headed by coach Pipo Noundou, Enderun Colleges Titans join several collegiate tournaments including the Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA).

Aside from being a student and a player, he is also fond of modeling and into male pageants wherein he won in the Philippine Youth Ambassador 2015. He was recently invited to be one of the guests in the morning show  Good Morning Boss! featuring other winners in the Philippine Youth Ambassadors giving back to the community TV special on PTV 4.

In the hard court, he registered his career high of 35 points in the PSAP basketball tournament. His pre-game rituals include listening to music and focusing on his games. If given the chance to play one-on-one with an NBA player, he would choose Kyrie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers because he likes Kyrie’s basketball skills and toughness on the court. His favorite shot includes fake spin and jump shot. Aside from basketball, Ajay is also into swimming, a sport that requires good physique and healthy living. His favorite movie is ‘Coach Carter’ while when it comes to music, he prefers pop sounds. He usually eats protein, less on carbohydrates diet and whole body exercise to stay fit and healthy in playing a physical game such as basketball.

“I learned to play the game the hard way. I got teased a lot because they told me that I was too small and skinny, I might get hurt. So I practiced every night until I got the chance to showcase my skills in small leagues”. Asked how he manages to balance his game and studies, “I prioritize my schedule and organize it carefully to attend classes even though I have practice”, quipped the beaming cager from FEU. His favorite NBA star is Kyrie Irving, and his ambition in life is to be a successful PBA star in the near future. “My speed and shooting are my strengths while I think I still need to develop my physical game and play with more toughness in the court. My goal is simple. I’ll just give 100% and hope for the best”, added Ajay.
With unmatched perseverance and the will to excel in every game that he is in, Ajay can be in the same room as the players in the PBA dug out when it comes to discussion of the best players in the league. That will be in the near future but for the time being, determination and faith in God is his armor in each battle he is at.

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Watch live: 2015 Jones Cup: Philippine vs New Zealand

Watch live: 2015 Jones Cup:  Philippines vs New Zealand
The Philippines team is looking to get back on track after suffering a defeat against the heavily favored Iran team lead by their ever dependable center, Hadadi. Gilas Pilipinas tried their best to hold on but just could not get ahead Iran. Today they will face New Zealand as they look to get back on the winning track.
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Watch live! 2015 Jones Cup: Gilas Pilipinas vs Taiwan

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Andray Blatche-less Gilas Pilipinas opens Jones Cup campaign against host Chinese Taipei. Watch Gilas Pilipinas battle it out against the home crowd ! Gilas Pilipinas Live stream below.

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Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival, Body Building, Filipino Martial Arts

Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival Schedule of Activities!

The 2015 Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival is strategically found in the heart of Merto Manila. It’s where modern cities and unspoiled islands meet. It’s where business and leisure converge. The Philippines is one of Asia’s best performing economies. A country where hospitality is a way of life. This is the Philippines, and this is the home of The 2015 Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival. A place where news making events happen. IFBB Pro Athlete, Gemmalyn Crosby is inviting your company to TIE-UP with our 2015 line-up of exciting events which aim to increase and develop awareness in Fitness, Bodybuilding, Filipino Martial Arts, Zumba and Wellness among Filipinos. As we continue our pursuit in transforming people into their best shape and physical condition, we invite you to share the limelight with us as our SPONSOR for the said events:

2015 Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival

“We have attracted all of the top industry companies that will all put together elaborate displays that will once again draw jam-packed crowds to Metro Manila.” This is the nation’s largest health and fitness sports festival of its kind. It annually caters to the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and a stage that hosts unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment.


President and Founder of Child Scholarship International

The Child Scholarship International covers a wide range of tasks which involve; development of a strong relationship with companies in alliance to alleviate poverty and working with educational organizations in impoverished areas all over the Philippines to provide every child the opportunity to be in school and get proper education. We are focused on providing necessary financial assistance for child education such as tuition fees, transportation and meal allowances and school supplies.

President and Founder of Punch Performance Center

Punch Performance Center is a Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness School, located in Florida that offers a wide array of Personal Training from MMA and Kickboxing, Stretching and Flexibility, Group Fitness, Boxing Boot Camp, Self-Defense, Martial Arts Training and Exercise/Fitness Programs.

President and Founder of GCBBC Fitness

GCBBC Fitness is a Nutrition Company partnered by a Master Nutritionist and a Doctor which provide services to people who need assistance with weight and health problems, specifically Diabetic people. GCBBC Fitness is also, the Publisher of Gemmalyn’s Clean Eating Guidelines Book which is available online.

“The 2015 Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival, is the Biggest Independent International Health and Fitness Event of Its Kind in Asia. International and local Guest Celebrities, Guest Competitors, Judges & Referees Will Be in Attendance!”

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Photo: Jordan Clarkson for Team Pilipinas

Photo: Jordan Clarkson for Team Pilipinas
Awesome edit by Seriaga9272
So We know that Jordan Clarkson is here in the Philippines to study the Gilas Pilipinas system and to potential train and play for the National squad. Almost everything is ironed out and cleared for him to be qualified to play, we are just waiting for FIBA approval and his dad’s nod. 
Hordan Clarkson has a Philippine passport and is very willing to play! 

Jordan Clarkson is back in the Philippines to join the Gilas Pilipinas?

Jordan Clarkson is back in the Philippines to join the Gilas Pilipinas?

When he visited May, he already said that he would like to play for the Philippine National Basketball team.The Filipino-American Clarkson, who was a part of the 2014-15 All-Rookie First Team is back in Manila again to be with the Gilas Pilipinas. Finally, the team will get another boost.

That is our only hope, Oh no, he will not be playing as a part of the Gilas Team. In order for him to play he would need to have a Philippines passport, which is highly impossible. Nonetheless, he will be joining and observing the Philippines team during their practice and games in the Jones Cup. He will be endorsing and probably will be doing some guesting as the newest endorser of Smart Communication.

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Even politicians are excited to see the upcoming Azkals game on September 8

Even politicians are excited to see the upcoming Azkals game on September 8

22 August 2015 – Manila: Two senators have added fire to the growing excitement being generated by the approaching World Cup qualifying match between the Philippines and Uzbekistan on September 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
In separate tweets, Senators Sonny Angara and Pia Cayetano made known their interest in the forthcoming match, with the latter calling on fans to support the Philippine national football team during games.
“Let’s support our Azkals in the World Cup qualifiers, esp in their hometown matches!” Cayetano tweeted to her 401,900 followers and attached a link to a Philippine Star article.
Angara tweeted to his over 70,000 followers “#azkals gearing up for #WorldCupQualifiers on #sept8 at the #philstadium.”
Earlier, mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Fil-Am Brandon Vera also tweeted to urge fans to support the Azkals and watch the game onSeptember 8.
Dan Palami, Philippine Azkals team manager, expressed appreciation over the support being given by well-known personalities to the national football team.
“The Azkals need all the support not only from football fans but also from well-meaning citizens to motivate them to give their best when they face a tough Uzbeks team,” he said.
The Azkals have won their first two World Cup qualifying matches against Bahrain, 2-1, and Yemen, 2-0. They are eyeing a third win against Uzbekistan but Palami has acknowledged that the Uzbeks are a formidable opponent.
The Uzbeks are the top seed in Group H where the Philippines is bracketed but they lost to the North Koreans last June 16.
Uzbekistan ranks 75th, the highest ranked team in the group, while the Philippines is ranked 125th, its highest place in the history of the FIFA rankings.

The bread was served cold and without a butter

            Gilas 3.0 vs.  Netherlands

Gilas 3.0 vs Netherlands

Netherlands national team just crushed the heart of our very own Gilas Pilipinas national team to the score of 89-62.
Good and Bad. It’s good that our national team is experiencing this kind of heartbreak at this early stage of their preparation to the Olympic qualifier in China on Oct.
The bad thing about this loss is that it shows that you can’t deny the fact that Gilas Pilipinas is not yet ready for major tournaments.
Gilas 3.0 put up a good first half, managed to have an 8point lead in the 2nd quarter and finished it with just a point deficit in favor of the taller opponents.
Gilas 3.0 vs Netherlands

The major losing factors were outside shooting and many turnovers during the 3rd quarter.
The Netherlands started their unstoppable run by capitalizing 21 turnovers that Gilas Pilipinas have committed in the 3rd period.
It has been turn over after turn over and just managed to convert a split free throw and just a single 3pt basket courtesy of Asia’s best point guard Jason Castro William.
It’s not a secret that the Gilas’s go-to-guy Andre Blatche and the decent 3point shooting combination is known as the team’s ”bread and butter” however  In today’s game the bread was served cold and moreover without a butter.
It’s been a lackluster performance by Blatche and very poor outside shooting which is very uncharacteristic of Gilas Pilipinas.
If there’s anything positive in today’s game that is the quality of the newcomer such as Calvin and Romeo. Calvin doing it all from playing D, rebounding “one of these was follow up rebound to his own missed and a basket” and yes, if you are still wondering whether the Beast can play an international brand of basketball, he was able to contribute 12pts and 6 rebounds coming off the bench on the other hand Romeo did his thing breaking the defense with his shaky explosive moves and dishing out to an open team mates “something that he must master soon” and did several step back jumpers.
Calvin Abueva Gilas Pilipinas

Terrence Romeo Gilas Pilipinas
It is always bad to lose by 20pts but as I have said it’s a good thing that our national team get to taste this as early as now so that the coaches headed by a kiwi American tactician Tab Baldwin can figure out the necessary adjustments for future important games.
These adjustments are expected when they play against the home team Estonia on August 22.
Having only 6 holdovers from 2014 Fiba World cup and with a new head coach How far do you think our current national team can go?