MOA Arena Management to Replace Meralco Items as they Promise

Admin | Monday, October 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Management of the SM Mall of Asia Arena has promised to replace the items stolen from members of the Meralco Bolts after a locker room theft last Wednesday, according to a PBA official.

“Officers of the MOA Arena want to keep their strong relationship with the Meralco Bolts, who have a corporate box in the venue, and the PBA,” Rhose Montreal, the league’s licensing manager, told InterAKTV. “That’s why they committed to replace all the losses of the victims which include cash, iPads, credit cards, and other valuable belongings.”

Montreal added that MOA Arena management will meet with the league to ensure that the incident will not be repeated. Arena management, according to Montreal, has decided to increase security at the venue by about 40 percent.

“This is to ensure tighter security and to make sure that everything will be under control in the remaining two play dates the PBA will have in this arena in the elimination round. If you will notice, there are exit doors for specific teams while previous doors were bolted down already while 30 to 40 percent additional securities were deployed,”

Despite the unfortunate incident, the PBA doubleheader at the MOA Arena venue drew a standing-room-only crowd in the lower box and general admission sections.

“There will have a series of meetings between the PBA and MOA Arena regarding the possibility of holding semis and finals games here,” said Montreal.

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

'Problema namin yung third quarter', LA Tenorio Reason for Ginebra’s losing streak

Admin | Monday, October 22, 2012 | 0 comments

LA Tenorio is the newest member of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, but he isn’t afraid to point out problems with the team this early in his tenure.

The spitfire guard, acquired in the offseason in a five-team blockbuster trade, said the team’s sluggish performances after the halftime break is the reason behind the Gin Kings’ three-game slide.

“Problema namin yung third quarter. Doon kami nagiging matamlay. Doon kami napag-iiwanan. Kailangan maglaro kami ng strong third quarter para hindi kami laging naghahabol,” said Tenorio.

Ginebra was outscored by Petron, 26-19, in the third period of the Gin Kings loss last Sunday. In its first defeat at the hands of Meralco, the Bolts outscored Ginebra, 32-21, in the third period.

Curiously, Ginebra edged Barako Bull, 25-20, in the third quarter of their game, although the Energy Colas won the fourth quarter of that game, 24-13, to notch the victory.

But veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand is not yet ready to push the panic button.

“It’s not about whether there’s something wrong with the team. It’s about the adjustment period. This team is an entirely different team from the previous ones that we have,” Helterbrand told InterAKTV.

“There were a lot of new players, a lot of key additions. We’re all adjusting to one another. We’re still learning one another. But we take this setbacks as valuable lessons and move forward.”

Helterbrand thinks the team hasn’t peaked yet, and he feels comfortable with the present setup of the team despite the consecutive losses.

“I would prefer losing games this early rather than losing games in the latter stretch of the tournament,” said Helterbrand. “Last season, we were winning games in the early stage, but we fell short and failed to make it to the finals of all three conferences.”

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

Benjie Paras interviewed a "Ginebra fan"

Admin | Monday, October 01, 2012 | 0 comments
Prior to the PBA 2013 Season opening ceremonies, Benjie Paras interviewed a girl who identified herself as a Ginebra fan. We have our doubts.

-Jaemark Tordecilla

PBA New Commercial for 2013 Season

Admin | Monday, October 01, 2012 | 0 comments
Here’s the new full-length commercial for the PBA 2013 season, which debuted during the league’s opening ceremonies on Sunday.

The video features PBA players in the Ube Republic, Gatas Republik, Barako Brigade, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Batang Pier, Bansang Meralco, Petroniverse, Bayan ng Rain or Shine, San Mig Coffee Planet, and TNT Nation.

Sa’n Ka?! Kampihan Na!

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

Chris Ellis and Keith Jensen Eye title for Ginebra

Admin | Monday, October 01, 2012 | 0 comments
Chris Ellis and Keith Jensen promised energy and athleticism when they were picked in the first round by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the PBA draft.

On Sunday, the two newcomers put those on display, as they combined for 25 points and provided the effort that was appreciated by the Gin Kings veterans.

“They’re the energy guys,” said new Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio.

Jensen couldn’t believe the reception he got from the sellout crowd of 18,901, most of which was pro-Ginebra.

“The feeling was amazing. It’s incredible and it’s become more special because my loved ones were watching from the sidelines while some of our relatives and friends were watching in the United States,” Jensen told AKTV’s Erika Padilla.

Agent Charlie Dy, who represents both players, said Jensen’s mother, grandfather, and aunt flew in from the United States just to catch the players’ PBA debut.

Ellis said he was energized by the Ginebra crowd.

“When you have fans as big as the Ginebra fans, it will keep your energy going,” said Ellis. “But we have a great group of talented guys and as long as we’re playing together, we’ll be OK.”

Ellis and Jensen said they want to reward Ginebra’s legions of fans with the best gift a player can give.

“Nothing but a championship,” said the two players.

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

Coach Yeng Guiao Political Plans

Admin | Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A crown in an all-Filipino conference is the only missing piece from the championship collection of Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

This season, the fiery mentor will resume his quest for the elusive title in a season that he hints may be his last.

“I am totally committed and motivated to give my best shot this coming conference because this might be my last chance to win an all-Filipino title,” Guiao wrote in a text message to InterAKTV.

Guiao recently won his sixth league championship, piloting the Elasto Painters to their first PBA crown in the Governors’ Cup. But with his Rain or Shine contract set to end, Guiao, who currently serves as vice-governor of Pampanga, might seek to leave coaching to pursue higher political office.

Rain or Shine co-owner Raymond Yu said the Elasto Painters coaching job is Guiao’s as long as he wants it.

“We want him to coach our team as long as we’re still competing in the PBA,” Yu said in a telephone interview. “But we don’t know what his plans are. I don’t know if he’s running for public office.”

Guiao joined the Elasto Painters a year and a half ago, turning what was once a doormat squad into a perennial contenders in less than two seasons.

Multiple sources told InterAKTV that Guiao, the son of late former Pampanga governor Bren, may seek a congressional seat in one of the districts in Pampanga.

But whether his political plans will force him to leave coaching, Guiao is upbeat about his team’s chances of winning a second straight title.

“The last championship was an excellent dress rehearsal to winning an all-Filipino crown,” said Guiao. “I am convinced the team is ready and capable of bagging the title.”

The Elasto Painters’ capped a breakout season by winning the Governors’ Cup over the highly-favored B-MEG Llamados in seven games, despite losing the services of star rookie Paul Lee early in the series.

But prior to that, Rain or Shine already displayed impressive form in last season’s Philippine Cup, crashing the semifinals and falling just a game short of making the championship round.

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

PBA implements a New Rule

Admin | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 0 comments
The PBA is tweaking its rules to reward players who show hustle on the court, giving leeway for those who get on the floor for loose balls.

“It takes away the excitement when a player who hustles and dives for the loose ball will be called for a traveling, so we’re implementing a new rule to cover this,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.

PBA operations manager Rickie Santos went into further detail about the change.

“Before kasi kapag yung player nag-dive for the loose ball and nag-slide siya, he will be called for a traveling. This time, he won’t be called for a traveling anymore because when a player slides, wala pa naming may clear possession noon sa bola,” Santos told InterAKTV.

“But of course, when the said player stands up, he needs to dribble the ball first to avoid being called for a travelling violation,” added Santos.

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

PBA official line up of the 38th Season Opening

Admin | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 0 comments
Here are the official team lineups for the opening day of the PBA.

Air 21 Express

2John Wilson
3Nelbert Omolon
4Yousif Taha
5Eric Salamat
7Nonoy Baclao
9KG Canaleta
10Simon Atkins
11Rogemar Menor
12Mark Isip
14Florendo Ritualo
19Wynne Arboleda
24Rob Reyes
31James Ryan Sena

Alaska Aces

0Nicholas Belasco
1Samigue Eman
3Cyrus Baguio
4Raphael Reyes
7Joachim Thoss
10Marnel Baracael
21Paolo Bugia
24Brandon Cablay
25Dondon Hontiveros
27Gabby Espinas
31Rafael Joey Jazul
35Tony dela Cruz
42Joseph Evans Casio
65Eddie Laure
9Nino Gelig

Barako Bull Energy Colas

1Celino Cruz
2Joshua Urbiztondo
5Lester Alvarez
10Reil Cervantes
12David Marcelo
13Roger Yap
14Leomar Najorda
17Jason Ballesteros
18Douglas Kramer
21Sean Anthony
23Rico Villanueva
42Danny Seigle
71Ronald Tubid
88Mick Pennisi
6Eman Monfort
3Woody Co

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

2Billy Mamaril
5LA Tenorio
10Paul Rico Maierhofer
11Mike Cortez
13Anthony Helterbrand
18Allein Maliksi
21Kerby Raymundo
23Elmer Espiritu
27Willy Wilson
32Keith Jensen
33Dylan Ababou
34Chris Ellis
47Mark Caguioa
99Rudy Hatfield

GlobalPort Batang Pier

0Alfred Mandani
1Jason Deutchman
2Rabeh Al-Hussaini
4Rudy Lingganay
5Jondan Salvador
7Rey Francis Guevarra
9Marvin Cruz
10Rommel Adducul
11Willie Miller
14Mark Yee
20Gary David
22Joshua Vanlandingham
24Vic Manuel
33Angelus Raymundo
34William Antonio
43Alex Crisano

Meralco Bolts

1Clifford Hodge
3Solomon Mercado
4Jay-R Reyes
6Chris Ross
8Ronjay Buenafe
11Paul Artadi
14Mark Cardona
15Gilbert Bulawan
16Mark Anthony Borboran
21Reynel Hugnatan
23Kelly Nabong
34Ram Carlo Sharma
80Sunday Salvacion
9Yousif Aljamal
13Christopher Timberlake

Petron Blaze Boosters

2Dennis Miranda
3Chris Lutz
4Dorian Pena
5Alex Cabagnot
10Danny Ildefonso
11Jojo Duncil
13Marcio Lassiter
24Magi Sison
18Joseph Yeo
20Alex Mallari
22June Mar Fajardo
23Jay Washington
26Chico Lanete
29Arwind Santos
Hans Thiele
Paolo Hubalde

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

1Jonathan Uyloan
3Paul Lee
5Larry Rodriguez
6Jireh Ibanes
10Gabe Norwood
11Tyrone Tang
16Jeffrei Chan
18Ryan Arana
20Jervy Cruz
21Chito Jaime
30Beau Belga
33Ronnie Matias
48Joseph Ronald Quinahan

San Mig Coffee Mixers

2Wesley Gonzales
3Jonas Villanueva
4Rafi Reavis
8Peter June Simon
9JC Intal
10Jewel Ponferada
14Andy Mark Barroca
15Marc Pingris
17John Aldrech Ramos
18James Yap
19Jerwin Gaco
22Chris Pacana
38Joe Devance
95Yancy de Ocampo

Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters

3Jimmy Alapag
6Riego Gamalinda
10Ryan Reyes
12Larry Fonacier
16John Murphy Raymundo
17William Jayson Castro
18Gilbert Lao
4Harvey Carey
21Kelly Williams
33Ranidel de Ocampo
34Ali Peek
20Jared Dillinger
40Richard Alvarez
51Aaron Aban


Alice Dixson returns as PBA Muse for Talk ‘N Text

Admin | Sunday, September 23, 2012 | 0 comments
Alice Dixson will be back as a muse in the PBA 25 years after she first graced the league’s opening rites.

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters have tapped the 43-year-old Dixson, who made a strong television comeback last year to star in TV5′s “Babaeng Hampaslupa,” to be their muse for next Sunday’s opening ceremonies.

Dixson, who represented the Philippines in the Miss International pageant in 1986, was the muse of Great Taste Coffee for the PBA’s opening ceremonies in 1987. She figured in a memorable incident after refusing a kiss from late broadcaster Joe Cantada, which the latter played for laughs.

She since became a familiar fixture on Philippine television with a hit soap commercial and a stint as the original Faye Kabisote in “Okay Ka, Fairy Ko,” before starring in several movies, most notably a remake of “Dyesebel” in 1990.

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

Georgina Wilson and Isabelle Daza as PBA muses of Ginebra and Petron

Admin | Sunday, September 23, 2012 | 0 comments
Two “It Girls” will help lend a touch of glamour for next Sunday’s PBA opening ceremonies.

Georgina Wilson and Isabelle Daza have been tapped as muses by teams from San Miguel Corporation.

Wilson will serve as muse for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, for which she is also an endorser and calendar girl. Apart from modeling, she is also a VJ and a television host.

Daza, the daughter of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, will parade for the Petron Blaze Boosters. The 24-year-old began her career as a model before transitioning into television hosting and acting.

Another “It Girl”, Anne Curtis, will serve as muse for another SMC team, the San Mig Coffee Mixers.

-Rey Joble, InterAKTV

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