La Salle now stretches undefeated streak to eight after close contest versus Adamson

by Bryle Suralta

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(Photo from Interaksyon TV)

Archers survive their toughest game of the season after beating the Falcons, 86-79, last Sunday, October 9 in the 79th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) at the Mall of Asia Arena.

La Salle has dominated the tournament so far by racking up eight victories overall, including a hard-nosed battle against the Falcons.

UAAP MVP candidate Ben Mbala led the way for La Salle as he scored 18 points, cleared 10 rebounds, and four blocks.

Archer Rookies Ricci Rivero an Aljun Melecio also put on a solid outing. Rivero ended the game with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Melecio put up 11 points on three of nine shooting from beyond the arc.

For Adamson, the team trailed as many as 17 points in the contest.

Adamson standout Jerrick Ahanmisi had a field day by scoring 27 points in the contest while spearheading a 9-0 run to pull closer to the Archers midway in the fourth quarter.

Going into the closing seconds, La Salle only led by only two points, 81-79, with just 1:26 left in the final quarter.

But it was Kib Montalbo who kept the Falcons at bay by hitting a triple to give the Archers a five-point cushion which ultimately sealed the game.

La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo talked to Spin.PH about the streak and the win.

“Even ganun ‘yung sitwasyon, hindi kami aalis sa sistema namin. Gusto naming lagi ‘yung ganung pace,” said Ayo.

“’Yung mga ganung kalseng laro, gusto naming ipasok ‘yung spontaneous ng mga bata na as much as possible, we allow them to play basketball, make decisions, and go with the flow.”

La Salle has continued its hot streak and is now considered the heavy favorites for the crown, even as Archer star Jeron Teng sat out for the second straight game.

The Falcons fall to 4-4 in the tourney.

The Scores: LA SALLE 86 – Mbala 18, Rivero 14, Melecio 11, Torres 9, Montalbo 8, Tratter 7, Perkins 5, Caracut 4, Baltazar 4, Paraiso 2, Dyke 2, Sargent 2, Go 0. ADAMSON 79 – Ahanmisi 27, Sarr 13, Manganti 12, Espeleta 9, Bernardo 6, Manalang 3, Ochea 3, Mustre 3, Ng 3, Paranada 0, Camacho 0, Pasturan 0, Ballon 0, Tungcab 0, Barrera 0, Chua 0.

Quarterscores: 17-19, 44-33, 66-55, 86-79.

Met theater: Revival of the ‘Grand Old Dame’

by Coleen Nevado

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Met’s ballroom retains its elegant and vintage look.
(Photo by Coleen Nevado)

Abandoned in the city of Manila after years of neglect and indifference, the Manila Metropolitan Theater (Met) is now prepared to go through metamorphosis and leave its current state of absolute disrepair. The once Grand Old Dame of Manila is set for restoration as the National Commission of Culture and Arts (NCCA) is determined to end its decaying days and bring back the image of the iconic venue it once was.

NCCA has bought Met for P270 million and envisioned it to be a “mini Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).” Through the collaboration with architecture students from 12 different schools and universities in Manila, NCCA’s effort for the restoration has begun with a clean-up drive entitled “METamorphosis” as a starter for the course to change. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has also released a budget of P9.48 million for the initial stages of Met’s utter renovation.

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One of the destructed rooms inside that is yet to be repaired and renovated.
(Photo by Coleen Nevado)

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Works of art are remained to be seen inside the theater in spite its decaying state.
(Photo by Coleen Nevado)

Although the building externally was still in adequate condition and has maintained its aesthetic visual on the outside, Met’s state inside used to be an entire different story. Before its clean-up, the squalor look of the place was quite unbearable. Balcony seats and electrical wirings are gone and have been stolen, moldings at the stage area have fallen off and section of ceilings had been found unsteady.

The Metropolitan Theater was designed by architect Juan Arellano and was constructed during the Thirties. Although CCP is known to be the country’s main theater, Met used to be the grand venue for showcasing acts and performances such as concerts for kundiman singers and vaudeville plays. Due to the bombings in Manila, destruction was brought upon on some buildings and Met was not spared. This caused the end of its greatness.

The aim to return the theater to its respectable condition is now on its way, along with the revival of the significance it lost and the essence of the venue for culture and art.

Championship hopes come to an end for Letran

by Bryle Suralta

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Letran head coach Jeff Napa (Right) advises Knights star Rey Nambatac (Left) coming out of a time-out.
(Photo by Abigail Arendain)

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 defending champs Colegio de San Juan de Letran couldn’t quite match last year’s Cinderella run.

The Knights ended their season on a high note with a 93-87 overtime win against the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals.

They ended the season on a 9-9 win-loss slate, falling short of a final four appearance and a chance to defend the NCAA title.

Letran had high hopes entering the season after an impressive run with then-head coach Aldin Ayo and their three core players, Mark Cruz, Rey Nambatac and Kevin Racal.

Even if the latter moved on and signed with De La Salle University and having two of the former graduate and pursue professional careers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Unlike the prior season, the Knights were one of the more pleasant surprises that the league produced, they went from a low-seeded mediocre team in season 90 to a crown favourite in season 91.

Alas, this wasn’t the same storyline for Letran this season.

The team went through a lot of changes, from staff changes to player rotation adjustments. Not to mention, the squad tried to get more acquainted with the new system and with collegiate rookie head coach Jeff Napa.

New faces were also plunged into new roles; team captain Mcjour Luib together with standouts Rey Nambatac and Jomar Sollano tried their best to keep the Knights afloat during the season.

Even new face Matthew Bernabe — who the Letran officials had high hopes entering his rookie year — also pitched in with a couple of solid performances.

But the Knights just couldn’t.

The squad just wasn’t consistent enough throughout the tourney.

They just couldn’t ride on last year’s momentum, the target on their backs were set since the season’s opening day as other teams vividly played their A-game against the Knights.

And the team just didn’t respond to the level of play.

With their season done, expect a lot of changes as the Knights try to regroup for next year’s tournament.

As per reports, head coach Jeff Napa will hold new try-outs for next year’s version of the team in hopes of gearing for another title run.

Napa, however, promised the fans that next year will have a different outcome.

“Next year will be a different story. It’s a mix of old and young ones,” he told reporters from Spin.PH.

Martin Scorsese’s two-decade project to be released this year

by Coleen Nevado

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Liam Neeson as a Jesuit priest in “Silence”
(Photo from screenrant.com)

2016 is set to close in an enthralling route as Martin Scorsese’s passion project, ‘Silence’, will debut in limited release this December before expanding in wide releases yet to be scheduled.

The race to the 2017 Oscars had just turned tougher as Paramount Pictures believes it has a contender for the said annual American awards and the three-hour film to be released just in time for consideration. After working on the material to be made into production for 20 years, Scorsese has achieved what he’s been trying to come into being and now soon is ready to make its appearance to the public.

In spite of the minor problem with the production which is the difficulty of looking for the location of the set due to its 1670 setting, the film’s producer, Irwin Winkler, said that they were able to discover great locations. It was said to be budgeted, the prices were cheap and they were able to make it for a price.

The religious epic is based on a novel of the same name by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō which revolves around a Jesuit missionary going through a pilgrimage in Japan.

The cast starring in the film includes Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. Parts of the cast who also featured are Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Issey Ogata and Shinya Tsukamoto.

The famous American director, producer and screenwriter is well-known for his iconic films such as The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and other timeless movies he has contributed to the world of cinema. Scorsese has won best director in 2007 for “The Departed” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson and has also been nominated 12 times for an Oscar.

No trailer is released for ‘Silence’ so far but the plans for its debut this year will still push through.

A new and improved Manila Bulletin

by Carlo Angelo Suñga

A few touches and redecorations can make or break an art direction’s style, but for Manila Bulletin (MB), the new redesigns in their most recent renovations display near perfect execution.

Right from the entrance, the designated lobby that was once shaded gray and white all over is now added with a majestic blend of brown wood from the center ceilings to the walls. A few chandeliers now hang gracefully from the center ceiling.

The lighting, once bearing fluorescent colors, now glows of light yellow to complement the nature and artistic style of the center lobby.

In the center lobby, where there was previously a rectangular signage that boasted “Manila Bulletin” and its slogan “The Philippines’ Leading National Newspaper,” is now a grand arrangement of large gold letters of the company’s name with back lighting per letter.

The second floor is also entirely redecorated with a new overall design which eliminates the typical office setup. The heart of MB, the integral newsroom, is now positioned with long curved tables (instead of the traditional cubicle per employee).

Centered in the newsroom is the editorial desk that mimics a Star Trek-vibe, as according to MB the new design is inspired by the sci-fi hit’s signature Enterprise spaceship’s central piloting area.

Founded in 1900 as a shipping journal, Manila Bulletin is the second-oldest newspaper in the Philippines next to The Manila Times. MB has survived through the years by enduring the adjustment of times.

Recently, in the rise of modern technology, come overwhelming online capabilities. With this introduces the newest team in Manila Bulletin – the Social Media team.

Mostly composed of millennials, the Social Media team adheres to a set of online responsibilities that pertain to active social websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Their office is decorated with cylindrical round tables with designated office spaces for each employee.

In addition, Manila Bulletin is the only newspaper publication that has a printing press under the same roof. MB’s printing press is one of the fewest in Asia, with the other printing press in Japan being included.

If there were to be an immediate story of extreme importance, the printing press would halt all remaining papers at the given time and include the newly updated papers for the day as soon as possible. The press will have to re-mat to stop production.

Ballot printing for barangay elections pushed despite issues of postponement

by Pamela Ann Bangayan

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Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista orders printing of ballots
(Photo from Philnews.ph)

      Commission on Elections (Comelec), through the National Printing Office (NPO), started on August 21 the printing of ballots for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections although the legislative body proposed to postpone it.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said in an interview with GMA News that for as long as there is no law yet postponing the said elections, they are left with no choice but to start printing the ballots, especially that it is only 68 days away.

“The long and short of it is we must follow the law, whatever it may be. Right now, the law says we must have an election on October 31. As long as there is no law that postpones it, we have no choice but to implement the law,” Bautista said.

Comelec and NPO eyes to finish the printing of 85 million ballots on October 21, 57 million of which is for barangay elections while the remaining 28 million is for SK elections that were postponed in 2013. However, due to the issue of deferment, NPO was instructed not to “go full swing” on printing to prevent millions of ballots being tossed in the bin.Postponement vexes SK candidates

SK candidates worry that the elections will face yet another postponement and their voice in politics be permanently removed.

“Doubting the capabilities of the youth in handling responsibilities like this is tantamount to doubting Jose Rizal’s famous quote that the youth is the hope of the future. Baka sa susunod eh, alisan na nila kami ng boses sa pulitika,” Patricia Anievas, an SK candidate of Barangay 773 in Manila, said.

Anievas added that this election will serve as the training ground of the youth in nation building and in developing patriotism.

SK elections were first postponed in 2013 when the Aquino administration signed into law Republic Act 10632 due to the allegations of lost and mismanaged funds.

Bills filed in the congress and another by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano seek to move both elections in October 2018.

Cayetano said the upcoming elections may affect the anti-drug campaign of the current administration for people might link it with politics.

Kapag may captain o mayor na napangalanan [sa drugs], [baka] sabihin nila politically motivated yan,” Cayetano told GMA News Online when he filed the bill on August 17.

However, as of press time, there’s still no official statement and law postponing the said elections.

Street harassment: The hidden assertion of dominance and power

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Photo from www.meetusonthestreet.org

by Coleen Nevado

All of us consists the mundane routines we take into action every day. For some, it usually involves the daily commute to school, work or any particular place. Due to this habitual task, some Filipinos have grown accustomed to walking the busy hustles of the street while getting a trace of the pollution that wreathes the city. They’re used to it, they say. Others have different predicaments when stepping outside, on the other hand. While most people only worry about the noisy and overpopulated places they encounter on the way, others fear the inability to escape unfamiliar men or complete strangers calling out what they think are “compliments” or saying things such as, “Hi, Miss beautiful!”, “Ganda mo, idol”, or “Pssst, sexy!”. This is something no one is used to and never will. This is catcalling which is also considered to be street harassment.

Based on the definition of Stop Street Harassment Organization, street harassment is “unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.”

Julemar Adelantar bears witness to these experiences as she had been catcalled so many times that she even lost count. “To hear them say those words while walking outside is really uncomfortable for me. People think it sounds like we’re being given compliments when strangers tell us we’re pretty or sexy in the most rude and uncivilized way possible but the truth is we just feel harassed and unsafe.”

Addition to that, it has also become a norm in our society where citizens believe women should avoid dressing in a provocative manner to avoid unwanted attention. But does this societal construct get rid of people who choose to be barbarous in streets and make the choice of harassing women on their own?

Provocative clothes or fully covered, conservative or not, sexual harassment is not the victim’s doing but from the hands of his or her harasser. It is a crime as it robs people the feeling of safety from their own streets. It is not a compliment and it is not flattering. Degrading to the dignity and traumatizing to the whole being, sexual harassment is never okay and never will be.

Spectacle and Substance by Angelica Cruz

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Comedian Ryan Yllana wins a re-election as councilor in Parañaque

Photo from Pinoy News Online

Being a public figure takes an extraordinary display of prowess and appealing character. And in order to secure this kind of superiority or elite status, one must afford to give satisfaction to the general public. For an actor-turned-politician like re-elected Councilor Ryan Yllana, this is something readily taken advantage of.

In 2005, Ryan became active in the entertainment industry. Aside from doing hosting, he also starred in movies under GMA films. But during the 2010 elections, Ryan surprised the public when he announced that he’s running for councilor in Parañaque’s 2nd District.

“It was like a call to public service. And since this is something shared among the family, I decided to run as politician as well,” shared Ryan.

Despite the more operational and complex challenges now accounted to him, the La Salle alumnus decided not to leave showbiz industry. In fact, he was able to make movies with GMA during his first two terms as councilor.

“I don’t see any outright conflict of interest in being a celebrity politician”, Ryan said. “It comes with proper setting of priorities. I’m not that active in my career as celebrity since I engaged in politics because public service is still at the top of my priorities,” he explained.

Ryan, as far as his office is concerned, is very open to people who seek financial assistance. As a matter of fact, there was a woman who came to his office asking for P20 because she had no money left to go back to her family. And there also came another who asked if Ryan could actually sponsor her for her outing with friends.

While a councilor giving financial support may not sound new to us, it must be clear that their job is beyond those entertaining and accommodating people. The seats they have are dedicated to a higher level of service.

Politicians may be known as bearers of bad tidings. So, for another celebrity to engage in politics, we may argue that reputation matters, but not so much as when translated into action. Perhaps it’s not only prestige but unblemished record that helped Ryan secured a second term. And if he plays his cards right, and not get marred by any controversy, he might as well find his place running for a higher post in the next elections to come.

4 spots to visit in Intramuros if you’re “kuripot”

by Risha Heidiline Fernandez


Are you looking for places to unwind your mind from the stresses of work and school? Trying to brainstorm ways to kill time because you’re running short on money or simply heeding the call of the cheapskate in you? Then read along, you awesome street-smart survivor, because we’ve just compiled your holy grail.

  • The Hepa Lanes

Release the inner foodie in you and take a leap of fate at this affordable, gastronomical Russian roulette because these grub-selling carts are just everywhere. Streets near populous areas like San Francisco (where the cantunan can be found) and Victoria are teeming with stalls selling snacks at prices that can stretch the capabilities of your twenty peso bill.

  • The churches

To be perfectly candid, there’s not much need for some sales-talking here because these ancient beauties are one of Intramuros finest gems (hey, they weren’t called City of Churches for nothing’) — see that teal-colored dome over there? That’s the Manila Cathedral, a structure breathtakingly pretty you could probably cry. And that’s just the façade.

  • Manila Collectible Co.

It’s not a crime to be a window shopper, so get your art and history fix with this cornucopia of wonderful goods supplied by local artisans! Located just behind the Manila Cathedral (or if you want to be more specific, Cabildo cor. Beaterio St.), the lovechild of Artwork and Kultura is for those who are in need of appreciation for their own countrymen’s own works.

  • Plaza Sampalucan

Or unless you want to use the posh Plazuela de Sta. Isabel, this pocket garden located along General Luna is a fairly pleasing spot to sit back and relax. The park’s focal point, Memorare Manila 1945, is a sculpture erected by a group in honor of the 100,000 lives lost in the Liberation of Manila. Meanwhile, its infamous moniker came from the once abundant sampaloc trees that were, according to legend, planted in the area in reminder of the scandal which took place in 1621.

Now remember: you’re still in Manila so stay keen on your hydration and belongings, people!