•WEEK 3 WINNERS NG PROMO NA MAG-UUWI NG 2

www.libre.com.ph
VOL. 11 NO. 146 • THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

STARMOBILE PHONES NASA P. 2 facebook.com/Inquirerlibre

Lord, ngsadyang napakalaki ng papel pera sa tao.
Dahil dito, marami ang nag-aaway. Binago ang dating mabuting pananaw, nawasak ang dating samahan, nanaig ang inggit at galit. Kaya’t dalangin ko po na aming mabatid na higit sa salapi ang halaga ng mabuting pakikipagkapwa. Amen (Elen Raton)

YYYY
Babalik ka sa date na may black eye sa batok
SAGITTARIUS Love:

Y

•Ang lagay ng puso,

career at bulsa mo malalaman na sa KAPALARAN page 8

NABINYAGAN
HALOS isang linggo pa lang nag-umpisa ang pasukan napalitan magtanggal ng sapatos at nakapaang lumusong sa baha ang mga mag-aaral ng Malabon National High School.
MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The best things in life are Libre

Go PCOS sa 2013 halalan
Ni Marlon Ramos

M

ALAMANG nang gagamit ng computer sa halalan ng Mayo 2013 matapos katigan ng Korte Suprema ang ligalidad ng P1.8-bilyong kontrata ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) para bilhin sa Smartmatic-TIM ang may 82,000 makina na ginamit sa halalan noong 2010.
na kumukuwestiyon sa pagbili ng Comelec sa mga makinang precinct count optical scan (PCOS) mula sa Smartmatic. Kasabay nito, sinabi ni Guer-

Inihayag kahapon ni Ma. Victoria Gleoresty Guerra, tagapagsalita ng Korte Suprema, na ibinasura ng Kataastaasang Hukuman ang apat na petisyon

ra na inaalis na ng hukuman ang temporary restraining order (TRO) na inilabas nito noong Abril 24 laban sa kontrata. “The court found that the main contract for the automated election system between [the] Comelec and Smartmatic containing the option to purchase the PCOS machines was still existing when Smartmatic extended the period of the said option,” ani Guerra matapos ang espesyal na sesyon ng

buong korte. Aniya, itinuring ng Korte Suprema na umiiral pa ang kontrata dahil “[the] performance security bond had not yet been returned to Smartmatic” nang piliin ng Comelec na bilhin ang mga makinang PCOS. “The Comelec is now free to implement the contract for the purchase of the PCOS machines,” ani Guerra. “(It was) expressly stated in the (original) contract that the

return of the performance bond will terminate the contract,” dagdag ng tagapagsalita. Ayon kay Guerra, may 15 araw ang mga kumuwestiyon sa kontrata para magsampa ng motion for reconsideration. Isinulat ni Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta ang desisyon na kinatigan ng 10 iba pang mahistrado. “It’s a very good decision,” ani Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. Jerome Aning

2

NEWS

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

US maglalagay ng radar sa PH
WASHINGTON—Sinabi ng militar ng Estados Unidos na plano nitong magbigay ng malakas na radar sa Pilipinas sa gitna ng tumitinding agawan ng Maynila at Beijing sa mga teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea. Ang radar ay magiging bahagi ng isang “watch center” na mamanman sa mga barkong dumadaan sa mga karagatan ng Pilipinas, ayon sa isang tagapagsalita ng Pentagon. “We are in the initial planning stages of assisting the Philippines with a National Coast Watch Center,” sabi ni Maj. Catherine Wilkinson sa Agence France Presse. Sinabi ni Wilkinson na inaayos na ang gagastusin at panahon na gugugulin para sa proyekto. Inihayag ang paglalagay ng radar sa Pilipinas matapos makipag-usap si Pangulong Aquino kay US President Barack Obama sa White House. “Land-based radar is one of the practical ways the United States can simultaneously boost Philippine defense capabilities and signal Washington’s long-term commitment to Asia,” ani Patrick Cronin, senior adviser sa Center for a New American Security. IW

•ANABELLE
TURINGAN MERCADO Nanalo ka ng 2 unit ng Starmobile phone. Silipin facebook.com /Inquirerlibre RESULTA NG

14 16 17 21 24 38
P60,428,377.80
SUERTRES SUERTRES

LOTTO 6/45

1 1 DRAW 9 EVENING

EZ2 EZ2 31 4 EVENING DRAW

IN EXACT ORDER

FOUR DIGIT FOUR DIGIT

PINUPUSLIT
SINISILIP ni Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon ang isa sa walong container van na nahuli ng BOC na nagpupuslit ng nagkakahalagang P10 bilyon bigas galing sa Tsina kahapon. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

1 6 5 4
GRAND LOTTO L O T T O

7 patay sa baha, malalaking alon
Ng Inquirer Mindanao at Inquirer Southern Luzon

19 22 26 34 50 53
P82,782,158.40
Get lotto results/tips on your mobile phone, text ON LOTTO and send to 4467. P2.50/txt

6/55

HINAMBALOS ng malalaking alon ang mga barangay sa ilang lalawigan sa Mindanao at pinalubog ang isang bangka sa Palawan, na nauwi sa pagkamatay ng hindi bababa sa pitong tao at sa paghahanap sa ilang mangingisda kasunod ng ulang dala ng Habagat nitong Lunes.
Bumaha rin sa mga probinsiya ng Sarangani, Maguindanao, Bukidnon, North Cotabato at Sultan Kudarat at sa lungsod ng Cotabato kahit hindi pa nararamdaman ang bagyo na namumuo sa silangan ng hilagang Mindanao. Namatay ang isang sanggol na babae sa Davao City bunsod ng pagguho ng lupa sa Barangay Marilog noong Lunes. Ayon sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), uulan pa sa malaking bahagi ng bansa dahil sa bagyo na tatawaging “Buchoy” kapag pumasok na sa nasasakupan ng bansa. Taglay ng parating na bagyo ang tuloy-tuloy na hangin na 65 kph at bugso na 80 kph, anang Pagasa. Namataan ka-

hapon ang bagyo sa 1,370 kilometro sa silangan ng Mindanao at kumikilos pakanluran-hilagang kanluran sa bilis na 15 kph. Maaring pumasok ang bagyo sa sakop ng bansa ngayong araw o sa madaling araw ng Biernes, at inaasahang palalakasin ang Habagat na sanhi ngayon ng malawakang pagulan sa malaking bahagi ng bansa. “We already advised all local officials to prepare,” ani Benito Ramos, executive director ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, sa isang istasyon ng radyo sa Cotabato City.

Dahil dedma si PNoy, grupo ng magsasaka maghu-hunger strike
DAAN-DAANG magsasaka ang nakatakdang maglunsad ngayon ng isang hunger strike upang pilitin si Pangulong Aquino na manindigan na kukumpletuhin ang repormang agraryo bago ito mawalan ng bisa sa susunod na dalawang taon. Sampung araw naglakad ang mga magsasaka mula Davao, Bukidnon at Negros Occidental bago nagtipon sa labas ng Malacanañg noong Biernes upang igiit ang pamimigay ng natitira pang 900,000 ektarya ng lupain na sakop ng Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) na matatapos sa Hunyo 30, 2014. “We will ask that P-Noy face us and tell us himself that the lands will be distributed,” ani Lani Factor, deputy coordinator ng Task Force Mapalad (TFM). “The farmers will stop the hunger strike when there is a clear message from the President,” dagdag ni Factor. LBS

Editor in Chief

Chito dF. dela Vega
Desk editors

Romel M. Lalata Dennis U. Eroa Armin P Adina . Cenon B. Bibe
Graphic artist

Ritche S. Sabado
INQUIRER LIBRE is published Monday to Friday by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc. with business and editorial offices at Chino Roces Avenue (formerly Pasong Tamo) corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City or at P Box 2353 Makati Central Post .O. Office, 1263 Makati City, Philippines. You can reach us through the following: Telephone No.: (632) 897-8808 connecting all departments Fax No.: (632) 897-4793/897-4794 E-mail: libre_pdi@inquirer.com.ph Advertising: (632) 897-8808 loc. 530/532/534 Website: www.libre.com.ph All rights reserved. Subject to the conditions provided for by law, no article or photograph published by INQUIRER LIBRE may be reprinted or reproduced, in whole or in part, without its prior consent.

Nene Pimentel nagalit sa UNA, pinagtanggol si Koko
NAKISALO na si dating-Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. sa bangayan ng anak na si Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III at Juan Miguel Zubiri. Binatikos kahapon ni Pimentel ang pamunuan ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) at sinabing pera ang dahilan ng pagsama ng mga ito kay Zubiri sa tiket ng partido sa halalang pang-senador sa 2013. “Let those denizens of the darkened recesses of dinosaurian politics revel in their foolhardy decision,” anang nakatatandang Pimentel sa INQUIRER. Hindi nagbanggit ng pangalan si Pimentel pero tila pinatutungkulan niya sina Vice President Jejomar Binay, dating-Pangulong Joseph Estrada at Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, mga lider ng UNA. Ang UNA ay pagsasanib ng PDP-Laban na pinamumunuan ni Binay at ng Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) ni Estrada. Ani Pimentel ang desisyon ng UNA ay “probably one of the most uncivil, if not savage, treatment ever accorded by so-called political allies to one of their peers in recent times.” Aniya, “I concede that Migs Zubiri—who UNA prefers over Koko—has one advantage over the latter. And that is simply mo-n-e-y. ” Idinagdag niya na maaaring lumipat ang anak sa naghaharing Liberal Party . MLU, GCC

4

SHOWBUZZ

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Now showing, now na
Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme
Directed by Joyce Bernal; stars Eugene Domingo, Dingdong Dantes, Zanjoe Marudo, Ariel Ureta, Ryan Bang, Kiray Celis, Mura Their quest for true love brings the Dong Hae twins Kimmy and Dora (Domingo) to South Korea. Domingo recalls that the sequel to the comedy hit is “more challenging” than the first movie. This is a new adventure, she says. “The sisters have to work together.” She liked Bernal’s style, Domingo adds. “She never said pwede na. She told us if the scene was ugly or wasn’t working. That kept me on my toes.” An elite commando unit attempts to rescue a French journalist kidnapped by the Taliban. VARIETY’s Boyd van Hoeij notes: It “wasn’t made on a tiny budget, having shot in gorgeous locations such as Djibouti and Tajikistan.” REAL.COM’s Lisa GilesKeddie says, “[It] has an amusing, arrogant French Rambo-esque appeal.” LITTLE WHITE LIES’ Paul Weedon describes it “as a kind of hyper-macho war advertisement.”

Lockout
Directed by James Mather, Stephen St. Leger; stars Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Lennie James, Peter Stormare A convict is promised freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from a space prison where the inmates have taken over. WASHINGTON POST’s Michael O’Sullivan thinks it’s “meatand-potatoes filmmaking at its most

basic.” NEW YORKER’s David Denby relates: “At the screening ... people whispered in awed tones: ‘B movie, 1956.’” CHICAGO READER’s JR Jones agrees: “It’s clichéd, ridiculous and very entertaining.”

Rock of Ages
Directed by Adam Shankman; stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Diego Boneta Two young dreamers fall in love

in the Sunset Strip, set in 1987. WAROFROCK.COM’s Jennifer Miller notes: “[It] covers subject matter that’s much more palatable to the greater masses (love and rock).” COMMONSENSEMEDIA.COM concurs: “[It] promises glam and grit. Expect decadence and hairspray to take centerstage.” TIMEOUT LONDON compares it to a “slick rock night on American Idol car crash.”

Special Forces
Directed by Stéphane Rybojad; stars Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit Magimel, Denis Menochet, Raphael Personnaz

http://on. fb.me/ inquirer _libre

SHOWBUZZ
ROMEL M. LALATA, Editor

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

5

Celebs can’t believe Pacquiao did not win
By Dolly Anne Carvajal

E ARE still in a state of disbelief after Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley, because we all know that the victory is rightfully his.
But Manny is such a gracious loser, which makes him a winner all the more. The truth is more important than all the boxing statistics. Bradley’s undeserved win doesn’t make Manny any less of a hero. Perhaps this is just God’s way of strengthening Manny’s newfound faith as he rolls with the punches. We asked celebs how they felt about the judges’ controversial decision: EDU MANZANO: “If there’s one good lesson from the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, it is this: Even the most insurmountable odds can be overcome through hard work, mental focus, dedication and passionate commitment. Indeed, what greater impossibility is there than to beat the world’s greatest boxing champion? My advise to Manny is this: Hold your head high, brother. You are still the People’s Champion and the pride of Filipinos. We’ll be cheering for you as always when you win

W

was clear Manny won the match. I was in shock when they announced the decision. What really got my goat were the two HBO commentators who were openly pro-Bradley from Round 1. It felt like a

setup. I am so looking forward to a Bradley knockout in the rematch this November. I’d like to hear what these two HBO commentators have to say about their boy Bradley hitting the canvas. I’m still mad.” BENJIE PARAS: “It was a bad decision from the judges. Manny should have won the fight. Now that he’s living the Word of God, he should stick with it and not let go. The outcome of the fight is just a test from God.”

DEREK Ramsey
the rematch.” RICHARD GOMEZ: “The one thing I don’t like about sports like boxing, whose results are nent. I know Manny can do better if he’s more focused on his game. I want to see him knock out his opponent in his next too. What’s important is that no one believes he lost and our support will always be with him. I’m sure he’s going to knock Bradley out next time.” DEREK RAMSAY: “As far as I’m concerned, Manny won the fight. Results like the Pacman/Bradley bout are part of the reason that boxing is a dying sport. Knock his ass out in the next fight, Manny!” PHILIP SALVADOR : “In my eyes and heart, Manny won the fight. Manny, just stick to your faith. Mahal ka ng Diyos at ng sambayanang Pilipino.” BARON GEISLER: “Since Manny is the defending champion, I’m not convinced that he really lost. Kung draw pwede pa. Manny, go for the kill next time and don’t relax. In everybody’s eyes, he won and he is still the classiest and best boxer in the world.” JOEY MARQUEZ: “The boxing world is a big mafia business. But who will admit it? Manny should just go with the flow intelligently.” KIM ATIENZA: “Bradley may have been fit and prepared for the fight, but it

EDU Manzano
determined by a panel of judges, is that anyone can cast doubt on the decision. It can be rigged, it can be questioned, unless a fighter knocks out his oppofight. He is still our hero.” PAOLO CONTIS: “I believe Manny did great and he was in perfect condition. I believe he was robbed and the stats show it,

SHOWBUZZ

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
Sabi ni Aga, na siyang host ng TV5 show na Pinoy Explorer, balak niyang manatiling Kapatid hanggat ito ang kagustuhan ng kanyang mga network bosses. “I’m very loyal, wala naman sa ugali ko ang palipat-lipat. It’s unfair for us (TV5 artists) when people say we abandoned our former home net-

7

Aga pinayagan na ng misis na pumasok sa politika
Ni Marinel R. Cruz

S

AN FRANCISCO—Ayon kay Aga Muhlach, may basbas na siya mula sa kanyang asawang si Charlene Gonzales na pumasok sa politika sa 2013.
Villafuerte upang maabot ang ganitong pasya. “He’s a good friend. He convinced me to help this poor district. He said whatever little help I could

mga celebrities na lumipad sa California upang i-promote ang international channels ng TV5, Kapatid TV5 at Aksyon TV Interna-

tional. Kasama sa press conference sina TV5 chair Manuel Pangilinan, Pilipinas Global Network Limited president Claro

Ramirez at Kapatid stars Derek Ramsay, Ruffa Guttierrez, Willie Revillame, Camille Villar at Nora Aunor.

Napakaloyal

work because we were offered large sums of money. I moved out of ABSCBN long before I sat down with TV5 to negotiate. I have nothing against ABS-CBN, but I was impressed with how TV5 supported Willie [Revillame, host of Wil Time Bigtime]. The network gave him its full trust.”

Matagal nang nagsabi si Aga, 42, na balak niyang maging kintawan ng ika-4 na distrito ng Camarines Sur sa Mababang Kapulungan. “We’ve dis-

CHARLENE and AGA
cussed this. Charlene just said, ‘In case you decide to run, you have to promise to close your eyes and ears to what people will say against you.’ She said I should not show any sign of weakness and that, in times of self-doubt, I should go back to my desire to help people.” Sabi ni Aga na ilang taon na rin siyang umiwas sa politika ngunit umabot na siya ngayon sa puntong may gusto siyang gawing “something different, to pay back the people who supported me all these years.” give to improve the lives of the people there would be really appreciated. I told myself, kaya ko ’yon. I can make a name for this district, I can encourage business people to invest there.” Sa Camarines Sur nagmula ang angkan ng ama ni Aga sa si Cheng Muhlach. “There’s this notion na kapag pulitiko puro manloloko. I will prove this wrong. I’ll show people that one can actually be a good politician,” sabi ni Aga sa isang pagtitipon ng media kamakailan sa Mandarin Oriental Hotel dito sa Sansome Street, kung saan nakipagkasundo ang TV5 sa American cable provider na Dish Network. Kabilang si Aga sa

Nakumbinse
Inamin niya na naging malaki ang impluwensiya sa kanya ni Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund “LRay”

8

ENJOY
PUGAD BABOY YY

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Kapalaran
‘‘‘‘ ‘‘‘‘
Baduy makiuso kahit may pera

P.M. JUNIOR

PPPP
Almost perfect ang presentation mo

CAPRICORN

Di sapat pagbintangan Tanggapin mo na, wala mo siya, sakalin mo na! ng tanung—tanong pa

YYYY
AQUARIUS

PPP
Constructive criticism kaya huwag masamain

Titingnan ka lang, blush ka naman agad

YYY
PISCES

‘‘‘‘ ‘‘‘ ‘‘
Magbayad ng buwis bago hulihin ng BIR

PP PPP PP
Naiinis ka kapag hindi ka pinagtsitsismisan

Di ka man pumayag, Kunin mo kung sincere ’Di na aabot pasensiya di ka makatatanggi naman na inabot sa iyo mo sa susunod na pisi

YYYYY
ARIES

Hindi man nakakain pag-ibig, masarap ito

Makuntento ka muna Kung kailangang sa kung anong meron mangyari, mangyayari

UNGGUTERO

BLADIMER USI

YYY
TAURUS

Akala niya puwet ng syota niya puwet mo

YY
GEMINI

‘‘‘
Huwag angkinin ang company car

P
Ipakikita ka sa TV... habang nasa prisinto

Mas maganda ang kilay ng boyfriend mo

YYY
CANCER

‘‘‘
Mag-alcohol matapos humawak ng pera

PP
Mapapaupo ka sa upuang may nakaupo

Abnormal man siya, at least, naiiba

Y
LEO

‘‘‘‘
Ginagawa na raw ang tseke mo

PPP
Kalaban ng kalaban mo pero ’di mo kakampi

Gusto ka sana pero nakita niya ugali mo

YY
VIRGO


Tinulungan mo na, nanakawan ka pa

PP
Mas mabait sila sa iyo noong buntis ka pa

May tatawag sa ’yo... puro wrong caller

YYY
LIBRA

‘‘‘ ‘‘‘
Patawarin mo kapag nakabayad na siya

PP PPP
Malabo man mata ni boss, matalas pandinig

Malamig na relasyon Ihahatid mo sana pero Sawang-sawa ka niyo, isangang mo na wala kang panghatid nang naiiwan sa bahay

YY
SCORPIO

Yuck, magtitinga siya sa harap mo

YYYY
Love:

‘‘‘‘
Money:

PP
Suspisyoso masyado, praning ka na yata
Career:

Babalik ka sa date na Bukas na bukas rin, SAGITTARIUS may black eye sa batok i-deposito mo na yan

CROSSWORD PUZZLE

BY ROY LUARCA

Y

P

O
KUMUKHA ni pare
HUSBAND: Maghiwalay na lang tayo! WIFE: Sige, maghati tayo ng mga anak! HUSBAND: Akin ang mga guwapo at maganda! WIFE: Sige, yung kamukha ng kumpare mo sakin! —padala ni Leo G. ng Sampaloc, Manila
ACROSS
1. Quarrel 4. Sailing boat 8. Friend 9. Gush out 11. Collection 12. Leopard 14. Breather

16. 17. 18. 19. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 30. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 1. 2, 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9.

First woman Before Determination Extra Cotton thread Pie Until to poets Ventilate Tasks Torpor Cereal Satisfies Hole-in-one Semi-aquatic fish Gnaw

10. 13. 15. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 24. 26. 27. 28. 29. 31.

Greek island Wicked Alert ---- monster Blemish Ache Capture Currencies Judge Tiny, suffix Ark builder Freshwater fish Simmer Scoundrel
SOLUTION TO TODAY’S PUZZLE

DOWN
Box lightly Sheet Sadly Epidemic Crescent-shaped figure Morsel Extras Conical structure

MAY TRABAHO DITO
EASTWOOD RESIDENCES
1 RIDE FROM MRT/LRT

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

9

FLOOD FREE SUBDIVISION

AVAIL OUR READY FOR OCCUPANCY UNIT

PAG-IBIG FINANCING; LA 70 FA 25; BARETYPE; TCP: 695,000.00; RESERVATION: 10,000.00; EQUITY: 4,761.00/MO. (For 10 Months); M.A. 4,911.73/MO.
ALSO AVAILABLE: CLUSTER TYPE - ROWHOUSE RESERVATION - 7,000.00 EQUITY - 1,430.00/MO. (for 7 months)

2,686.00/MONTH
FREE TRIPPING SAT. & SUN.

0923-5726628 0912-6544669

ALONG DAANGHARI Via Aguinaldo Hi-way or CAVITEX

per month P4,205 for 25 years

Total Contract Price 638,884 Reservation 5,000 Net Down 5,258 (for 15 months) Call: Laurence Reyes CP – 0948 3105244

MUÑOZ-PROJ 8, QC
as LOW as P5,613/month PROMO DISCOUNT
up to JUNE 30, 2012 only! 362-3715 / 624-5437 READY TO OCCUPY CONDOS

10

SPORTS
DENNIS U. EROA, Editor

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

THUNDER NAKAUNA

Durant titser ni James
KLAHOMA CITY —Tinuruan ni Kevin Durant ng matinding leksyon sa pag-iskor si LeBron James sa fourth quarter upang kunin ng Oklahoma City Thunder ang 105-94 panalo kontra Miami Heat Martes sa simula ng NBA Finals.
Nilampaso ni Durant si James at iniskor ang 17 sa kanyang 36 puntos sa huling sultada upang kunin ng Thunder ang 1-0 abante sa serye. ‘‘They didn’t make many mistakes in the fourth quarter,” sabi ni James. Pangit ang simula ni Westbrook ngunit bumawi sa pagtagal ng laro. Nagawa ni Westbrook na kumana ng 27 puntos na pinatamis ng 11 assists at walong rebounds para sa Thunder na iniwanan ang Heat sa third period. Kumamada si Durant na ipinasok ang 12 sa 20 field goal. Kumuha rin ng walong rebounds ang three-time scoring champion. Inungusan rin nila ni Westbrook ang Heat sa scoring, 41-40 sa huling dalawang quarters. “Those guys they came out on fire. They were passing the ball well, knocking down shots,” sabi ni Durant. “We just wanted to keep playing. It’s a long game.” Gumawa si James ng 30

O

puntos ngunit may dalawang puntos sa unang 8:15 minuto ng fourth quarter. Dahil sa nangyari ay bumalik sa alaala ng mga tagasubaybay ang nangyari kay James sa pagkatalo ng Heat sa Dallas Mavericks noong nakaraang taon. May tatlong puntos average ang Miami superstar sa lahat ng fourth quarters sa pagkatalo ng Heat. Bumuslo si Dwyane Wade ng 19 puntos ngunit 7 of 19 sa field samantalang may 17 puntos si Shane Battier. “We just came out with a lot more intensity on the defensive end. Made them feel us a little bit,” sabi ni Westbrook matapos ibaon ng Thunder ang Heat sa second half, 58-40.IW

HOW SWEET NAMAN!

Lifter Diaz bubuhat sa London Olympics
Ni June Navarro
MULING bubuhat sa Olympics si Hidilyn Diaz. Nakakuha ng puwesto si Diaz sa London matapos makuha ang ika-siyam puwesto sa pandai-digang talaan dahil sa resulta ng kanyang mga kampanya sa mga torneo sa Paris at South Korea. Kinuha ni Diaz ang karangalan bilang pinakabatang lifter na sumali sa 2008 Beijing Olympics. Si Diaz ay 16-taon gulang ng makipagtagisan ng lakas sa Beijing. Kinumpirma ni weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella ang paglahok ni Diaz sa Olympics na magbubukas Hulyo 27 at magtatapos Agosto 12 Sinabi ni Puentevella na awtomatiko papasok sa Olympics ang kasama sa Top 10 sa bawat kategorya. “It’s clearly not a wild card berth,” sabi ni Puentevella na siya ring chairman ng Philippine Olympic Committee. Si Diaz ang ika-siyam atletang Pinoy na sasali sa Olympics. Lalahok si Diaz sa 58-kilogram category. “I thank the MVP Sports Foundation and the Philippine Sports Commission for all the support given to our association,’’ ani Puentevella.

HAWAK ni Kevin Durant (kanan) ang ulo ni Russell Westbrook na nakahawak sa kanyang beywang matapos talunin ng Oklahoma City ang INQUIRER WIRES Miami Heat, 105-94, Martes sa simula ng NBA Finals.

Energy, Llamados nagwagi
Ni Musong R. Castillo
NAPANATILI ni Leroy Hickerson ang malinis kartada sa liga matapos buhatin ang Barako Bull sa 109-100 panalo kontra Air21 kagabi sa PBA Governors Cup sa Smart Araneta Coliseum. Gumawa si Hickerson ng 38 puntos kasama ang walong rebounds at walong assists upang umakyat ang Energy sa 3-2. Ito ang ikalawang beses na dinala ni Hickerson ang Energy sa tagumpay. Sa ikalawang laro, pinoste ng B-Meg Llamados ang 77-61 panalo kontra Alaska Aces upang upang makuha ang unang upuan sa playoffs. Umakyat ang B-Meg sa 5-1. Natikman ng Express ang ikatlong sunod talo upang bumagsak sa 1-4 marka. Nanguna si Zach Graham sa Air21 na may 41 puntos at 17 rebounds. “It was a monster game from Leroy,” sabi ni Barako Bull coach Junnel Baculi.

MAY K
PINATUNAYAN ng NCAA champion University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Altas Perps na isa sila sa pinakamahusay na grupo sa bansa matapos mapanalunan ang unang puwesto sa Fil-Oil Cheering Championship Hunyo 12 sa Arena sa San Juan. Binulsa ng mga pambato ng Las Piñas ang tropeo at P100,000. Pumangalawa ang Arellano University na nagwagi ng P50,000 kasunod ang Ateneo Blue Babble na iniuwi ang P25,000. Pinahanga ng Perps ang mga miron at hurado upang makakuha ng 387 puntos samantalang may 332 puntos ang Arellano.
DENNIS CAPARAS-ABRINA

topmodel
ROMY HOMILLADA

ALYSSA Ang, 18, HRM student sa Trinity University of Asia

Sunrise: 5:28 AM Sunset: 6:27 PM Avg. High: 31ºC Avg. Low: 27ºC Max. Humidity: (Day)80%

Friday, Jun. 15

FEATURES
Haven’t found the one yet
DEAR Joe, I am a single mother with 3 children, beautiful ones, I have a 13-year-old daughter who looks exactly like me, an 11-year-old son who’s a great athlete and an 8-year-old girl who has the sweetest way of taking all my worries away.
I come out on TV as a segment host and a motoring news anchor. I also work for a very prestigious car dealership. I am a very happy and contented person, well, generally. I’m also a believer that love is the most beautiful creation God has made and I’ll never give up on it until it finds me. But the sad part is I’ve been separated for almost seven years now. I’ve been alone, with no one steady since then. All these years I thought it was going to be easy. I’ve been exuding an image of a tough woman who could handle everything. At 33, I think I’ve gone through what two 40-year-old women have combined in one life. Of course I had to be tough, a movie of four Chinese women inspired me when one mother told her daughter that “If I don’t have spirit in me what is there left to share with you?” This is how I live my life—to be able to give a good and strong spirit to my children. I cannot be an empty decorative nice bottle just for display, because I cannot be empty for the mere reason that I want to be the living inspiration to my kids. I always try to make others happy and comfortable, I have no pride in myself contrary to how others perceive me. I can be very selfless and forget about myself for the sake of others without even feeling any regrets. But just recently I’ve been feeling really lonely. I fear that my youth has run out on me very fast. Sometimes I feel old and that I can’t have fun anymore. I wish I had all the answers just like how people think I do. I know I have a very fulfilling job, a great, supportive family and above all, great kids who I’m very proud of. But I’m human too, you know. I want to have someone who will just Joe D’ Mango take me for what I am regardless of www.lovenotes.com.ph my past and my and simple needs. present and just Don’t get me look at a great future wrong Joe, I am not ahead, together. complaining, I I long for the day wouldn’t want the to go home to someLord to think I am. one and be able to I want someone talk about the great who I can share my and lousy stuff at work. Someone at the life with but I’m so tired of dating and end of the day who getting to know peowould just take my ple. I feel like I’m just hand and say “I love wasting my time. I’ll you.” Someone who make a series of letcan be there to laugh with me, cry with me, ters until someone takes notice. I am not dine with me and looking for something even be baduy with impossible am I? I’ve me when watching always believed life is corny movies. I am a beautiful and God very simple woman destined someone for with simple wants

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

11

Love Notes

us even before we were born. Joe, If I do find him through this letter, I will forever be grateful for your kindness. But if nothing happens, I could always say that I tried at least. Joe, I will pray that the person destined for me will listen to you as you read this, and may the divine intervention come upon to give him the courage he needs to find me. LAURA I was moved by Laura’s sincere and unequivocal expression of her feelings as a single mother dedicated to giving the best for her children and striving

to find her own piece of happiness. Single parents have been unfairly typecast by many of us. They seem to belong to the bottom of the list of prospective lifelong partners. But just like in many failed relationships, they never dreamed of being in that situation. Being left alone is never part of any commitment. They have the best intention of sharing life with their partners but somewhere along the way, the people who promised them forever gave up and left. Rearing children on their own is never an easy task. These single parents are heroes, living testimonies of love and dedication to their

children. They are a class of their own who deserve to be acknowledged for their sacrifice and commitment. They deserve to be loved, respected, taken cared of. They are no different from any of us who dream of spending our lifetime with someone. Laura, thank you for being the voice of many who stumbled but never failed, many who have fallen but never gave up and many who lost love but never lost hope. To those who share Laura’s dream, May we all find someone to share our happiness and love with and find the person who would help us build our dreams and spend their lifetime with us.

VOL. 1 NO. 1 • JUNE 14-21, 2012

•Perpetual

pride Maram Beauty isn’t skin deep page 6

•Fear the roar of wounded
Red Lions

page 4

•NCAA

CHANGING FOR THE BETTER page 2

FR. LANA of host Letran

RAFFY LERMA

SAN BEDA spitfire Anjo Caram on the attack.

ARNOLD ALMACEN

JIM GUIAO PUNZALAN

2

JUNE 14-21, 2012

•INQUIRER LIBRE VARSITY ACTION BARKADA TREAT: WIN 5 MOVIE TICKETS To join, go to facebook.com/Inquirerlibre

LETRAN PROMISES EXCITING NCAA

CHANGE, name of the Game
By Penelope Iole Endozo

T

HE rules may change but the goal to be the best remains for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

"Change” is the buzzword for the oldest collegiate sports league in the country, as it opens up to a new media partner, it hopes to witness an allFilipino bench of players soon, and take charge of a better game plan for Season 88. This year’s NCAA host, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, has inked a three-year partnership with TV5 to air its games on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays-the same timeslot with the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) they never had in another channel. With prime time coverage, NCAA will no longer play second fiddle to UAAP for exposure, said Letran sports moderator and Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P . "Why should we be No. 2 in one channel when we can be No. 1 in our own channel?” asked Calvo. Preparations are also in full swing for the opening rites set on June 23, 4 p.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum after talks with SM Arena as venue was withdrawn. "The technical system at Smart-Araneta Coliseum is more convenient compared to bringing in new cables in SM Arena,” said Fr. Tamerlane Lana, OP rec, tor and president of Letran. Fr. Lana also heads the policy board. "The technical coverage has been tested,” said Lana of Smart-Araneta Coliseum, which also plays host to Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and aired on TV5. For the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, being the oldest school within the league allowed them to see the rise and

NCAA chief Fr. Lana: Exciting times ahead for NCAA.
ARNOLD ALMACEN

fall of heroes, martyrs --and athletes-- in history. Fr. Lana extends that message on finding out what sports the likes of Jose P Laurel, . Manuel L. Quezon and other historical figures must have played when they studied in their school. He also hopes that their alma mater’s recent famous alumni--Samboy Lim, Freddie Webb, Kerby Raymundo, Willie Miller, Rey Guevarra, and some Olympians--will grace the opening. This year’s theme Celebramos 88! Conquistar por tu honor nuevas glories!” (Celebrate 88! Conquering New Glories) will welcome the season with a 3-part program-highlighting Deus (God), Patria (Country) and Sports Education. "I am relating our theme with the personality of my president,” said Letran Academic Dean Wen Reyes. “We want to remember the past. Here, the history of the Philippines is tied to the history of Letran.” Letran, a Dominican-led institution, will grant NCAA a rendition of Salve Regina, a rare

This year’s theme Celebramos 88! Conquistar por tu honor nuevas glories!” (Celebrate 88! Conquering New Glories) will welcome the season with a 3-part program-highlighting Deus (God), Patria (Country) and Sports Education.
latin prayer, by the Dominican brothers in full black-and-white habit. For what the athletes cannot ask more than prayers, they have to make up through talent and cheers. Lana also promises the league’s cheerdancing competition to be exciting to highlight its closing ceremonies. "If the opening rites are bongga, the closing ceremonies should also be bongga,” he said. Lana is not a stranger to be-

ing at the helm of student-centered activities. As former rector of the University of Sto. Tomas, a UAAP-member, he sees the difference now that he sits as president of host school Letran. "There is definitely a great difference. When UST was host in UAAP there was little in, volvement of the president of a university. In NCAA, I really feel that I’m the host,” he explains. Lana said the “structure” of decision-making in NCAA is done in two levels, the Management Committee (ManCom) and among presidents. The ManCom has really the authority, [but] there is another level where appeals could be forwarded,” the Letran rector said. "This involvement is important because it’s difficult to effect a change when the presidents are not involved. It’s easier here because we can immediately address concerns for the good for NCAA,” he added. Lana emphasizes the roles of ManCom and college officials because one of the most controversial policies has been approved under his watch. The board has decided to al-

low Filipino and Fil-foreigner players only and will stop import recruitment by starting Season 90. Foreign players already in the pipeline can still for a transition period of 2 years until they graduate. "We really wanted to develop our own and play for the national team,” said Lana. "A slot that is given to a foreign player is a slot denied to another Filipino cager,” Calvo said. He said that foreign players usually play on contract and could not contribute eventually to the roster of the national team. Lana said that participation is key for a successful NCAA. Many schools such as Philippine Christian University, Central Escolar University, Central Colleges of the Philippines and Trinity University have also signified their intent to join the league. "The ideal (number) is 8 also due to the limitations of the season,” he said of the 10school league. But so far, the Lyceum Pirates is counted as a guest team while the Arellano Chiefs and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals are on-probation teams which can qualify as regular members if they meet requirements. Rounding up this season’s teams are Arellano University Chiefs, Letran Knights, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Blazers, Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates, Mapúa Institute of Technology Cardinals, San Beda College Red Lions, San Sebastian College Golden Stags and University of Perpetual Help Altas "If in the future they don’t make it, that’s the time we can entertain new teams again. There are 10 teams already and it’s already hard at this point,” said Lana of other teams,” he explained. "But rest assured that we promise for this Season 88 to be exciting.”

JUNE 14-21, 2012

3

Knights eye redemption
By Alexandra Jessica Esponga

B

ENEATH the mighty walls of Intramuros lies an army, hungry to once again savor that sweet taste of victory with only one thing in mind.
Redemption.
each marked with intensity and passion, living what is written at the back of their jerseys, “Never give up, never give in.”

The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights had enough of surrendering their throne in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and hopes to end their title drought this Season 86. And this time, they are to show no mercy. “Naging motivation namin ang pagka-eliminate last year,” said Knights skipper Kevin Alas. “At talagang mas pinaghusayan namin ngayon sa mga training namin dahil ang goal ng team ay makapasok ng finals.” True enough, the boys of Letran Coach Louie Alas are desperate to reach the pinnacle,

Aggressive and fierce
The Knights have always kept a trademark of putting up a strong and sturdy defense, enough to prevent their opponents from penetrating underneathe the rim. But Coach Alas believes that the team needs to take it to the next level and establish consistency in terms of offense. “Sa 12 na taon akong nasa Letran, alam ko na defensive team talaga ito,” said a determined Coach Alas. “Kaya naman ngayon, ang opensa talaga ang pinagtutuunan namin ng pansin.” On his [Coach Alas] 10th NCAA season with the Knights, he expects his team not only to

defend flawlessly but also punch in aggressive attacks as well. The former Adamson University Falcons player also stressed out that there wasn’t any major changes in the way they prepared for this coming season, “Wala masyadong pagbabago ang nangyari kasi last year, maganda naman ang ikinalabasan, mas dapat lang namin paghusayan ngayon.”

Ready
The veteran coach bragged about his team’s physique and how physically ready his team is but then again, there is still much to improve with so little time left. “Konti na lang, mararating na namin yung gusto namin mangyari physically,” the 49-year old Coach Alas quipped. “Pero, in terms of mental and spiritual aspects, wala pa at yun ang gusto ko i-work out bago magsimula ang tournament.” Although the Knights lost three key players, VJ Espiritu, Franz Dysam and Andrei Mendoza, Coach Alas is confident that incoming rookies Mcjour Luib, Japeth Almario and Edward Oluto would be able to fill in those holes and help lift the team to victory. The team also added more wood to the fire of their bench players to act as an effective support system for the starting lineup. Coach Alas stressed that he wanted the bench to build more confidence during practices to execute the plays well. He [Coach Alas] also clarified the rumors about last season’s most defensive player Raymond Almazan’s unavailability to play for Letran, “Nagkaroon lang siya [Almazan] ng personal problem at binigyan ko siya ng dalawang buwan para ayusin ’yon. “Akala namin hindi na siya maglalaro pero nagpaki-

KEY MAN
THE young Alas must soar to lift the Knights.
AUGUST DE LA CRUZ

ta siya ng motibo, wala namang problema doon kaya tinanggap namin ulit siya.” With a stronger bonded Knights, they are to give their audience one heck of a performance game after game.

Secret ingredient
When the younger Alas was asked of how he would describe the Knights, he only mentioned a word, “Fighter.” “Kilala ko ang bawat isa sa amin at alam ko na lahat kami ay palaban. Wala kaming uurungan na laban,” he [Kevin] added. Even though the team has faced disappointments and tragedies, they still are determined to go against all odds and try to redeem the championship that has been handed over to rivals San Beda College Red Lions last year. And Coach Alas shared what

INSIDE PRESENCE
LETRAN’S Jonathan Belorio (right) on the attack.
GRIG MONTEGRANDE

the Knights’ ultimate ingredient is and the team has faith that this important factor can also take them to go the distance. “Puso,” said Coach Alas. “Hindi mo na pwede baguhin ang puso ng isang tao. Kaya lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na isapuso nila ang laro at huwag lang kakabisaduhin.” Also, with the pressure of hosting the NCAA this year, the boys said that the only thing that can fight that pressure away is teamwork. Coach Alas quoted that they can win games if they stick together as a team and work as one goal, one vision, and one purpose. With little time left before the grand opening of a new series, the Letran Knights have their fingers crossed, hoping that they could once again repeat history and fatten their championship story book.

4

JUNE 14-21, 2012

•INQUIRER LIBRE VARSITY ACTION BARKADA TREAT: WIN 5 MOVIE TICKETS To join, go to facebook.com/Inquirerlibre

Fear the roar of wounded Lions
By Patrick Leonard Mayo

L

OOKING AT HOW the Sand Beda Red Lions fared in the 2012 Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup, it can be said that they have done a fairly good job of keeping their attention away from the various off-court challenges and controversies that have hounded them in the past few months.
Olaide Adeogun of Nigeria and Julius Armon of California, who recently decided to stay in the US, the Red Lions, for the first time in many years are no longer touted as hands-down favorites this 88th NCAA season.

Conceding a tight 50-46 decision against the De La Salle Green Archers last Saturday in their semifinals match, the Red Lions fell just a game short of barging into the finals. Nevertheless, a stint in the semifinals is still impressive considering the major shakeup that the team experienced recently.

als during his heyday. “Wala na yung core ng team, sina Gabe Marcelo, Garvo Lanete, the Semerad twins and Mar Villahermosa so this will be a rebuilding year,” said the 46-year-old Magsanoc, the concurrent Meralco Bolts assistant coach in the PBA, who agrees that his team will not be as favored as before. “It will be a new situation for the team,” said Magsanoc.

Older Lions
San Beda die-hards can expect the remaining veterans to take the cudgels and lead the charge towards defending their crown this year. The tandem of 5th-year veterans Anjo Caram and team captain Jake Pascual will lead the pack of Red Lions together with Melo Lim, Kyle Pascual and Rome dela Rosa in their quest for a fourth title in five years and 17th overall. The Red Lions may not be done licking their wounds but the rest of the league should not count them out this soon because champions that have hearts of lions don’t just go down that easily.

GUIDANCE
But the unfortunate events forced the team towards a new direction that would hopefully bring stability to a now rebuilding team as school officials decided to tap the services of former Red Cub and one of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players, Ronnie Magsanoc. “I was asked to help out the program and it was like going full circle for me. Nagaral ako dun (San Beda) then mag-seserbisyo ako,” said the ex-pro, who was one of the most dependable court gener-

Licking the wounds
The team is still reeling from the loss of their head coach Frankie Lim after the multi-titled tactician got involved in a melee with San Sebastian volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb last December which earned him a 2-year suspension slapped by the NCAA. Adding the multiple suspensions meted several of their players and the ban on two of their foreign recruits

CO-SKIPPER
VETERAN Anjo Caram will show the way for the newbies.
DIANA MORALEDA/FACEBOOK

VERSATILE: Rome de la Rosa is an inside force and reliable defender.
ROME DE LA ROSA/FACEBOOK

6

JUNE 14-21, 2012

•INQUIRER LIBRE VARSITY ACTION BARKADA TREAT: WIN 5 MOVIE TICKETS To join, go to facebook.com/Inquirerlibre

PERPETUAL PRIDE MARAM

Beauty isn’t skin deep
By Jonalyn Mae Flores Antonio

F

ILIPINO-Arabian Maram Mamdouh A. Banajahis possesses all the physical attributes of a beauty queen: Flawless skin, perfect teeth, long eyelashes, fairly tall height and a slender body.

But it is her inner qualities that set her apart from the rest. Perhaps it is because she is a product of a mixed culture. This 17-year-old charmer was born to an Arabian father and a Filipino mother. She was raised with conservative views in Saudi Arabia, where she spent the first nine years of her childhood. She has been in the Philippines for the past eight years, imbibing the same conservative values but with the awareness of female empowerment. It is no wonder then that the Perpetual Help student is not only turning heads in her school, she’s also making her mark in the NCAA. She was crowned Miss NCAA 2012 last February 29 held at Emilio Aguinaldo College Auditorium, totally dominating the contest: She won other minor awards like Best in Cocktail Attire, Best in Casual Wear, Ms. Ever Bilena, and Ms. Joel Mendez Medical Group awards. All this despite the 5-foot-6 looker being just a high school senior. Born on April 11, 1995, Banajahis is the youngest in a brood of four girls. It seems being a beauty queen runs in her blood. Her older sister Reham Banajah, an Altas Angel like her, made it to the Top 6 in the school’s search for Ms. University in 2010. Her mother, Victoria, used to join beauty pageants during her high school days at Republican College in Quezon City. “I always push her to join pageants because I know that she can shine and excel in it,” said Victoria. “In our religion, maraming bawal but I support her sa mga ganyang opportunities.”

KILLER smile

JIM GUIAO PUNZALAN

“She can show a little skin but not too much,” she added. Maram also makes sure her beauty queen dreams do not interfere with her academics. She has achieved several scholastic awards such as Best in Conduct, English, Science, Physical Education, Computer and T.L.E. “Mas priority ko talaga ang studies. During spare time, dun lang ako naglalaan ng time to practice sa mga pageants,” she said. This kind of time management has produced a winning streak of sorts. When she was in 5th grade, she was named Ms. Star Margarine of her school. A year later, she was crowned UPHSD Ms. Grade School 2008. She became 1st Runner Up of Ms. PRISSAP (Private Secondary Schools Association of the Philippines) and 3rd Runner Up of Ms. YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in 2009. “Before the pageant, I make sure that prepared ako especially sa Q and A. Hindi ko iniisip na maraming taong nanonood. Sinasabi ko sa sarili ko na parang ganito lang to, parang interview. There is no right or wrong answer. Dapat maging

kalmado,” Maram said. Her winning Q and A? “If you’re granted one wish, what would it be and why?” “I would wish for love. Because truly, there is a war between Israel and Palestine, and a war between Muslims and Catholics, so where is the love there? If there is love there is peace. And if there is peace there will be no war.” Aside from beauty contests, she also participated in a fashion show last April. When she was 13, she appeared in three issues of Candy Magazine. Moreover, this year she joined ABS-CBN’s Star Magic Workshop and performed in Going Bulilit show. She loves surfing the net, exercising and, true to her being Ms. NCAA, enjoys basketball--for a reason. Her eldest sister was a team captain in their school. Her shapely body isn’t a product of any diet. The only food she stays away from is pork, but that is for religious purposes. “Hindi ako naniniwala sa diet. I only exercise regularly, like jogging and aerobics. I’m not doing this to achieve sexy body but to become healthy,” said Maram, who admits that her ideal guys are tall, dark, handsome, kind and are good providers just like her father. Her celebrity crushes? Derek Ramsay, Zanjoe Marudo, John Lloyd Cruz, and Enrique Gil. Meanwhile, Maram hopes to complete her reign as Ms. NCAA proudly. “To all those people who supported me during my pageants, to the Altas family, to my College Department, Sir Dennis Abrina, my teachers and classmates thank you so much. My loyalty is always for the Altas,” Maram said.

DOUBLE THREAT:
BEAUTY and brains.
JIM GUIAO PUNZALAN

8

JUNE 14-21, 2012

AKTV AND NCAA

Above the Hoops
By Dindin Villafuerte

F

ANS and followers of the NCAA, get ready to see more of your favorite teams and athletes. For its 2012-2013 season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association teamed up with TV5’s AKTV for its game coverage which promises a fan-friendlier viewing schedule and more than just basketball.
“When we took on the NCAA, we knew that we wanted to take it in a slightly different direction because we saw all these potential for the league. Ang ganda ng action ng league, there’s a lot of passion in the teams, napakaangas nga nung aksyon, in fact. So we knew we wanted to be able to capitalize [on] that,” says Vitto Lazatin, sports manager for AKTV and Sports5. AKTV wants to bring the NCAA to a wider audience and make it more fan-friendly so the first thing they are going to do is broadcast games on a schedule that can suit not only NCAA fans and alumni well but even the general public. Basketball games will be seen from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “It’s more primetime because we think that schedule is going to work better for the student population, for the alumni, and even [for] people who may have only occasionally—or may have never—seen the NCAA. Mas madali nilang mapapanood,” explains Lazatin who handles AKTV and Sports5’s sports content and programming. Fans can also look forward to seeing more than just basketball. AKTV will be showing some full game coverage of volleyball and season-long highlights of all the different sports that are happening in the NCAA. Lazatin shares, “It’s definitely not just basketball because the NCAA, after all, is really college sports and they have so many promising athletes in basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, badminton. So really when we talk about the NCAA, it’s not just college basketball. Some of the finals of certain key events are also expected to be aired by AKTV as well as, of course, the cheer-

JIM GUIAO PUNZALAN

HUGE TARGETS
VITTO Lazatin, sports manager for AKTV and Sports5 eyes to bring the NCAA to a wider audience and make it more fan-friendly.

dancing competition at the end of the season. On his part, Lazatin is excited to see how the students’ viewing experience is going to change. “I’m also looking forward to see how the general public will react to the NCAA games. Before, hindi naman nila napapanood kasi either they’re at work or they’re doing something else ‘pag pinapalabas yung mga games. We’re eager to see how receptive they’ll be with the new schedule because, for a lot of sports viewers, we think this is going to be a rather new experience.’’ Meanwhile, AKTV is devoting a lot of effort into making everyone aware that they’re the new NCAA partner and that there will now be a different schedule to catch the games. “In the short term, may mga maninibago at first, as with all things that are new,” says Lazatin. “[But] we feel that in the long run, this programming strategy is really for the better. People will still be able to catch most of the games live. It’s change, it’s something new, it’s something different but I think in the long run it’ll be (viewer) friendlier, even for those na nasanay nang manood sa mga dating oras.”

‘Point Laureate’ takes command at Mendiola
By Patrick Leonard Mayo
IN TIMES OF CRISIS, one should depend on people who have proven their dependability especially in troubling times. With the recent departure of Frankie Lim as head coach of the San Beda Red Lions, the school opted to tap the services of a dependable veteran of the game. A pure point guard who also bleeds Red and has a history with the school that goes a long way back. San Beda appointed the PBA’s “Point Laureate” Ronnie Magsanoc to take over the head coaching job last April 2. The 46-year-old Magsanoc was asked to help stabilize the program amidst the turmoil the team had experienced in recent months. He considers the head coaching job as a homecoming of sorts and going full circle, having played and won championships for the San Beda Red Cubs in the early 80’s together with long-time hard court partner Benjie Paras and current NU Bulldogs tactician Eric Altamirano. Magsanoc says that didn’t really come to instill a brand new system to the team but only to complement the existing one. “Hindi ko naman talaga ginalaw yung system ni Coach Frankie. Remember that it’s a winning program and the only difference for this year is that we are rebuilding.” With most of its core playersgone, San Beda is rebuilding. Being used to pressure back in his playing days in the collegiate ranks and in the pros, Magsanoc knows very well how to handle it by not really paying much attention to it at all. “Kung iintindihin ko pa yung mga expectations and the void that I have to fill, I think it would be overwhelming. So what I’m trying to look at right now is trying to focus on things that I can have control of, which means teaching the players, learning from them and immersing myself in collegiate basketball.’’ Being a true Bedan at heart, he plans on giving nothing but pure service to honor his school. “My motivation in coming to San Beda is really to serve the school and to help the players reach their potentials, iyan talaga ang foundation ko, to help these boys get to where they want to and hopefully encourage them to finish their education as student athletes. Kasi not all will succeed in basketball but I hope everybody will find that inner drive to finish their studies and pursue higher calling in basketball, kung kaya nila,” he said.

HOMECOMING MAGSANOC ready and capable.

AUGUST DE LA CRUZ

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful