2017 SPORTS ACTION IMAGERY

AT THE PODIUM AGAIN. Team Malaya Race Director Stephen Felices (left) awards Gail Madrilejos (right) and Hazel Pespes (middle) their hardware for finishing 1-2 during the 2017 Benguet Gold Rush. Madrilejos, in particular, climbed the podium for the third time this year in Team Malaya events, having done it earlier at the Rice Terraces Marathon and the Last Stand of Yamashita Run. Photo by WILLIE DAOAS.

See story: Madrilejos caps year with Gold Rush Crown

CHESS WHIZ. Apayao chess prodigy Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian (right), a Grade 7 student of Flora National High School, shakes hand with Malaysian opponent before the game starts in the 18th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. Sebastian bagged an individual gold medal as she reigned supreme in the Blitz (5 minutes control time) and added another two (2) team gold medals for Rapid and Blitz Games in the Girls 12 years old and under category. GERRIAHZON
S. SEBASTIAN

See story: Apayao prodigy bags 3 Golds in ASEAN Chess Championships

Honorio Banario’s knockout of Jaroslav Jartim turned to be the second best knockout of the year in a ONE Championship cage. Photo by ONE CHAMPIONSHIP.

See video and story: Banario is Second in ONE’s 2017 Stellar Knockouts List

Jomary Torres’s win over Rika Ishige, primarily because of strikes that eventually set-up her win by submission, landed in ONE Championship’s Top Five Scintillating Submissions of 2017. Photo by ONE CHAMPIONSHIP.

See video and story: Torres makes list 2017 Top Five scintillating submissions

STEPH TREY. Rudolf Eilinger takes this seemingly bad attempt six feet away from the three point line but swished it to give Isaac the needed boost in overcoming an early deficit. Eilinger dropped in a tie with Isaiah 7:14 Bulldog Rene Laguit for the battle of individual supremacy but ended up winning the war as Isaac captured the crown. ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See story: Eilinger powers Isaac to pocket LLT 35Up Crown

April Osenio, along with three other Filipinos, could not find their rhythm as they bombed out one by one during ONE: Warriors of the World held last December 9, 2017 at the Impact Arena in Bankok, Thailand. Photo by: ONE Championship

See story: Osenio, Three others fizzle in Thailand

Raymond Torio (right photo) representing Team Go For Gold dominated the intense 5km-run-45km-cycling-5km-run race participated in by over 150 multi-sports athletes from various provinces of the country. /KMJR (Photos by: SGReyes)

See story: 1st Duathlon held in Pangasinan

POGI SPORTS FEST 2017 CHESS, TABLE TENNIS, AND BADMINTON AWARDING. Governor Amado I. Espino, III (center), along with officials of Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) and winners of Pagalaw Tan Olopan ed Gobyerno Itanduro (POGI) Sports fest 2017 Chess, Table Tennis, and Badminton events flash the Pangasinan No. 1 sign during the awarding ceremony held on December 13 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen. /KMJR (Photo by MVSadim)

See story: Pangasinan Chess Open gathers largest participants

STILL LETHAL. Allan “The Triggerman” Caidic shows proof he still has it. Caidic displayed to the Baguio Gin Kings fans his shooting prowess by dropping his patented left-handed rainbow shots from the parking lot to led a former Gin Kings squad to a victory over an UpNorth Basketball League Selection Team in their exhibition match at the University of the Cordilleras Gym. ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS

See story and gallery: Gin Kings nip UNBL Selection

Luisita Golf & Country Club (LGCC) completed a sweep in the premiere Championship flights Thursday, a successful return to the Fil-Am Invitation Golf Tournament and a grand slam of sorts in the two biggest amateur team competitions. Contributed photo.

See story: Luisita makes successful return to Fil-Am tourney

BAHAGKETBALL CHALLENGE. Students of the Benguet National High School took on each other in a basketball contest in g-string attire. The match took place in front of Benguet’s finest young sports journalists who covered the match to come out with their contest pieces in the province’s Schools Division Press Conference held last November 18-21, 2017. ARMANDO BOLISLIS

See story: LT, Tuba young sports journalists rule 2017 Benguet DSPC

430 hobbyists, beginners, common joggers, amateurs, athletes and elite made their presence felt as they flocked the Burnham Lake Drive last November 19, not only to compete, but also to support the worthy cause of the Smoke-free Run. Photo contributed by Philip Pacle.

See story: Run Enthusiasts respond to Smoke-Free Run’s Cause

RUSTY IN SHORT REST. Gina “Conviction” Iniong could not find an answer to Mei Yamaguchi’s ground assault as she was dominated whenever the fight goes to the canvass and yield to a unanimous decision defeat to the Japanese in their rematch. Photo by: ONE CHAMPIONSHIP.

See story: Conviction, Corminal falls in Immortal Pursuit

BOX AND ONE. Lady Navigator Haidee Grace Balangitan (6) shadows Lady Jaguar Adel Dodon (in dark jersey) in their showdown for twice to beat advantage in the semifinal round. Balangitan took out UC’s main guns in executing a brilliant box and one ploy and joined hands with Ana May Tamondong to power the Lady Navs’ come-from-behind, overtime 94-82 victory last November 13, 2017 at SLU. ARMANDO BOLISLIS

See story: Navs, Jaguars split BBEAL Double-header

Gina Iniong unloaded her signature right hand on multiple occasions on Indonesian Priscilla Lumban Gaol and most of them often found their mark. Iniong could be setting a record of sorts in ONE Championship history as she is returning inside a one cage to challenge Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi on November 24 after her rousing victory over Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol last November 10. Photo by ONE Championship.

See story: Conviction steps back in the cage in just two weeks

Three Baguio-Benguet fighters grab medals in the 1st World Youth Martial Arts Masterships in Jincheon, South Korea last November 2-7, 2017 to power the Philippines’ second place finish in the tournament. Photo contributed by Bryan Olod.

See story: Locals shine in Muay Thai Masterships

REACHING OUT IN CHESS. The Father and Daughter duo of Gerriahzon Sebastian (left, standing) and Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Flora, Apayao conduct free chess clinic at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Luna on October 27 as part of their chess program of reaching out and encouraging children, and now inmates, to become competitive players and better citizens in the community by diverting their spare time and attention into playing chess. They hope many will support this chess program. BY JAMES TAGGABAN

See story: Apayao solon supports chess program, donates chess sets to BJMP inmates

YOU CAN’T TEACH HEIGHT. The Executive Mixers tried to cover the paint to take away the post game of the taller LTMPS Law Enforcers and forced them to take outside shots during their Laity Cup semifinals match last November 9, 2017 at the San Jose Gym in La Trinidad. The top-seeded LTMPS relied on their height and youth to bring down the eight seeded Mixers, 76-67, and secured the first seat in the semis. ARMANDO BOLISLIS

See story: LTMPS sends Mixers home in Laity Quarters

Kevin Belingon’s defense against submission attempts was of Kevin Chung was superb as Chung often finds himself at the mercy of Belingon’s strikes while on the ground. Belingon captured another sensational victory in front of a jubilant hometown crowd by routing Chung. Photo by ONE Championship.

See story: Team Lakay losses title bouts, sweeps non-title matches in Legends of the World

SAVIOR. Jomary Torres seems to developing this habit of preventing a shootout for the Philippines as once again proved to be the lone bright spot for the Filipino fighters in a ONE event. Torres defeated Indonesian grappling specialist Nita Dea by unanimous decision after three rounds in a three-round atomweight contest served as the curtain-raiser when three other Filipinos did not fare well in their bouts during Heroes Dream. Photo by: ONE CHAMPIONSHIP.

See story: Torres: Lone bright spot in Hero’s Dream

TRIPLE TIE. Paul John Narvaez (in picture) fired a crucial triple to help the CCDC Admirals force a triple tie atop the Men’s B racket by sinking the BCT Atoms, 64-62 last November 3, 2017 at their home court. Nestor Cuilan, Jr, in his final season, top scored for the Buyagan, La Trinidad based cagers. Photo by Winston Terrence Gonzalo.
OH MY HEAD! A double eclipse occurred in this play as an airborne Philippine Military Academy Cavalier has the ball covering his head from view in an effort to avoid the upraised arms of his Baguio College of Technology Atom defender, who is poised to block his attempt at the basket. The Cavaliers nearly pulled an upset on last year’s runner-ups during their match last October 28, 2017 at the Saint Louis University Gym but four conversions out of six attempts from the free throw line by the Atoms in the last 20 seconds of the game prove to be the winning margin, preserving the Atoms’ victory. ARMANDO BOLISLIS.
The SLU Lady Navigators opened their 2017 BBEAL campaign by routing the PMA Lady Cavaliers, 71-52, last October 28, 2017 at home. The Lady Navs, who were up by nine midway through the fourth, went on an offensive burst in the final stretches of the game to seal the win. ARMANDO BOLISLIS
SAILING BY. CCDC Admiral power forward Nestor Cuilan, Jr. (7) glides in the air as he sails by his defender for a lay-up during their match-up with the KCP Amazing Tigers to open the 2017 BBEAL basketball competitions. The Admirals defanged the Tigers, 114-74 in the match held at CCDC last Otober 21, 2017 to draw first blood for this year’s hostilities. Photo by Winston Terrence Gonzalo.

See story: Admirals opens BBEAL campaign with Coaching Change test, Big Win

WINNERS. Beverly San Juan (left), the champion among the girls in the 3-kilometer (3K) run and Eunice Bacoco, the second placer among the 5K female finishers of the 2nd IBP Baguio-Benguet Law Run, posses for a shot. Contributed photo.

See story: Philex Mining supports, runs in IBP Marathon

HOSTING THE 2019 CARAA MEET. Apayao SDS Ronald Castillo (left to right) and ASDS Samuel Egsaen together with the Municipal and Provincial officials and DepEd family applaud with the lastest pronouncement of Governor Elias C. Bulut, Jr. in his strong desire to host again the CARAA Meet by 2019. He also avowed the institutionalization of Sports Program in Apayao before he bows out as governor. BY GERRIAHZON S. SEBASTIAN

See story: Apayao eyes hosting the 2019 CARAA Meet

Representatives from King Colleges of the Philippines, Saint Louis University and Pines City Colleges discuss the pertinent issues confronting the opening of the 31st season of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Amateur League (BBEAL). Photo by ROSALIA T. SEE.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Grandmaster Eugene Torre (Back row, 2nd from right) poses with the Philippine Team after they outplayed the Indonesian chess players in the last round and clinched the championship in the inaugural “Indonesia vs. Philippines Goodwill Chess Matches” on September 9-13 in Jakarta, Indonesia. BY: GERRIAHZON S. SEBASTIAN

See story: Philippines blitzes Indonesia in chess duel

HEARTBREAKER. Kairat Akhmetov lands a gut kick to help defeat Geje Eustaquio by split decision in a contest that went the full distance. (September 20, 2017) Photo by ONE Championship.

See story: Eustaquio falls victim, again, to a close call

ABBREVIATED! Former professional boxer Roy Doliquez connects a left straight that made Brazilian Yago Bryan grimaced during the ONE: TOTAL VICTORY last September 21, 2017 at Jakarta, Indonesia. A straight left in the third round did the trick for Doliquez to win the bout by technical knockout. (September 24, 2016) Photo by ONE Championship.

See story: Eustaquio falls victim, again, to a close call; Dolinquez, Gonzales carry load for PH in card

DOWN YOU GO! Karate specialist Ramon Gonzales throws Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu during their ONE: TOTAL VICTORY last September 21, 2017 at Jakarta, Indonesia. Gonzales executed an arm triangle choke to finish the job. (September 24, 2016) Photo by ONE Championship.
EAT BOOT. A taekwondo athlete deliver kicks to his opponent during the Taekwondo Tournament of the Milo Little Olympics North and Central Luzon 2017 sports event at the SLU court in Baguio City over the weekend. (September 17, 2017) RMC PIA-CAR
LU MEDAL HAULERS – City Mayor Hermenegildo Dong Gualberto congratulates the six young athletes in running events who took home 13 medals during the Northern-Central Luzon Milo Little Olympics 2017 held at Baguio Athletic Bowl last September 10, 2017 during a courtesy at Mayor’s Office last Monday, September 11. Photo by: ERWIN BELEO

See story: LU Athletes Take Home Little Olympics Medals

THROUGH THE FIELDS. A female runner traverses through the agricultural greeneries of Ifugao during the 2017 The Last Stand of Yamashita Trail Run last September 3, 2017. (September 10, 2017) Photo by Wilfredo Daoas.

See story: Puruganan, Uyammi conquer Yamashita Run

YOUNGEST CAR CHAMPION – Multi-awarded youngest race car driver in the Philippines Inigo Navarrete-Anton receives accolades from city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Marquez Go, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and Guest of Honor Eduard Folayang during the conferment of Plaque of Appreciation and giving of tokens as one of Baguio City Champion Awardees during the celebration of the city’s 108th Charter Day. The other awardees are Gino Iniong (Pound for pound Queen in Southeast Asia); Divine Wally Sanda World Cup gold medalist; Jeordan Dominguez, 10th World Taekwondo Pomsae double gold medalist; Haridas Pascua (garnered 2 golds, 1 silver and a bronze in Malaysia rapid and Blitz Chess Championship); Kareel Meer Hongitan who won the gold in the 6th Southeast Asian Archery and Miss International beauty queen Kylie Verzosa. (September 10, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
BOXING PARA SA PAGBABAGO. Drug surrenderees and the PH team slug it out during the September 2 boxing bouts held at Malcolm Square while Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, together with Master Sung Am Cha, a Korean boxing match- maker, are enjoying the action. Master Cha left for Korea last August 31 but came back for the September 2 event in behalf of Mr. Son Gudal, Chairman of the Universal Cosmic Martial Arts promotion, specifically to observe this boxing tourney organized by the PNP, headed by the Baguio City Police Office and BCPO Dir. PS/Supt. Ramil Saculles, supported by the City Government. (September 10, 2017) Photo courtesy of PRSU-BCPO.
BAGUIO DAY TOKEN – International mix martial arts champion Eduard Folayang receives a plaque and token from Baguio City officials lead by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Congressman Mark Go during the 108th Baguio Charter Day program on Friday, September 1 at the Baguio Convention Center. In his keynote message, Folayang challenged the people of Baguio to be champions for change and maintain the city as a land of champions in all aspects. (September 10, 2017) RMC PIA-CAR
The Department of Education Palarong Pambansa Technical Committee inspected the Philippine Military Academy sports facilities during the inspection of various playing venues and billeting areas in Baguio City and Benguet in relation to the co-hosting bid of the Palarong Pambansa 2018. (August 27, 2017) RMC PIA-CAR
THUMPS UP. Apayao chess player Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian poses with National Chess Federation of the Philippines Executive Director Red Dumuk after emerging as runner-up in the 2017 National Age Group Chess Championship held in Cebu City. She has been selected to play in the inaugural Indonesia-Philippines Goodwill Chess Matches on September 9-13 in Jakarta, Indonesia before heading to Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia for the ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in November. (August 27, 2017) BY GERRIAHZON S. SEBASTIAN

See story: Torre picks Apayao Lass for Jakarta chess competitions

“LUKSONG BAKA RELAY” – Baguio’s children aged 12 and below enjoy the fun in “”Luksong Baka Relay” during the staging of Sports For Peace Children’s Games themed “Para Sa Kabataan, Para Sa Kapayapaan. PARA SA INANG BAYAN!” during the three-day indigenous games held at Baguio Athletic Bowl August 16-18. The Children’s Games was initiated by the city government with the support of the Philippines Sports Commission. (August 26, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
“KADANG-KADANG” – Igorot boys wearing G-string aged 12 and below show off their skill in “Kadang-Kadang” Children ages 12 and below try for the first time the “Pana” (bow and arrow) with the supervision of coaches during the staging of Sports For Peace Children’s Games themed “Para Sa Kabataan, Para Sa Kapayapaan. PARA SA INANG BAYAN!” during the three-day indigenous games held at Baguio Athletic Bowl August 16-18. The Children’s Games was initiated by the city government with the support of the Philippines Sports Commission. (August 26, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab

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SET IT UP. Edward Kelly and Emilio Urrutia struggle to take position for a possible submission move in this bit of action during the ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, August 18, 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kelly ran out of steam to yield a unanimous decision loss. Photo by ONE Championship.
FOLLOW YOU DOWN. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon (attempting a punch) did not ease up but instead kept the pressure to a fallen Reece Mclaren and earned an abbreviated victory during the ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, August 18, 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by ONE Championship.

See Story: Silencer calms Lightning, Kelly yields a close decision

KEEP DISTANCE. Gardenville’s Kenneth Antonio drives against FMA for a basket during the third quarter action of the Bracket H championship last August 11, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym. Antonio was instrumental in helping Gardenville maintain a huge lead as he scored timely baskets each time FMA ignites a rally to reduce a 20-point deficit. Photo by: KES LEE LISING.

See story: Gardenville, Isaac pockets Strawberry Cup titles

See story: Team Malaya’s Yamashita Run set on September 3

The Philippine Muaythai Junior National Team that brought home a 3 silver and 2 bronze medal haul at the recently concluded World Youth Muaythai Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand! Photo by IFMA – International Federation of Muaythai Amateur.

Sablan, Baguio Girls bag medals for PH in Muay Thai World Championships

CATCH, LOCK AND FIRE. Jomary Torres caught a kick by Rika Ishige and refuse to let go while dishing some punishment to ignite the end of their action-packed bout. Photo by ONE Championship.

Pacio, Kelly succumbed to defeats, Torres slays favorite in ONE Championship

TAKING ON THE BEST OF THE WORLD – Liane Benito and three others test their mettles against the best of the world as they fly to Thailand for the Muaythai World Championship on August 1-11. (July 30, 2017) Photo contributed by BRYAN S. OLOD.

Another Sablan lass, two others also competing in World Championships

ANOTHER FEATHER OF THE CAP – Baguio boy Chess International Master (IM) Haridas Pascua, 24 years old, Information Technology student of the University of Baguio receives City Council Resolution 259 series of 2017 and accolades from city officials headed by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog during City hall flag raising ceremony July 24 for winning the 10th JAFTA Chess Festival last May-13-19 held in Jakarta. IM Pascua also landed 3rd place in the BAWAH 12 Tahun Challenger Open last April 22 to 23 held in Malaysia. (July 30, 2017) BY: BONG CAYABYAB

City lauds chess whiz

COOLEST AND HIGHEST. The Department of Education – CAR is calling for unity and support among the different sectors for the bid to host the 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Baguio City and Benguet. Here, DepEd-CAR Public Information Officer Georaloy Palao-oy presents the branding the 2018 Palarong Pambansa as the “coolest and highest” ever during the recent coordination meeting attended by government and private sectors last July. (August 6, 2017) RMC PIA-CAR

City meets with LT, Benguet to finalize Palaro Bid

UNITY BALL GAMES. For a memorable and more colorful way of Celebrating the Unity Gong Relay Kalinga-Apayao Leg, these two provinces compete in friendship ball games. Apayao edged Kalinga, 86-83, in the basketball while Kalinga outplayed Apayao in the Volleyball. (July 16, 2017) BY GERRIAHZON S. SEBASTIAN
FUN RACE. A local cyclist stumbled on the cliff routes in Barangay Sibuan-Otong, San Fernando City, La Union as they joined to promote tourism and sports location in La Union Botanical Garden. Photo by: ERWIN BELEO

Bike Enthusiasts Join Forces To Promote LU Botanical Garden

Atty. Hoven M. Bolislis uncorks a triple during the championship game of the third inter-office tournament of the Laity Cup. The Legal Officers, led by Bolislis, and fellow Benguet Provincial Legal Office mainstays Atty. Nielson Sabog and Atty. Jake Sagpa-ey outgunned the Justice Team led by Prosecutors Hazen Binay-an and Arthur Bataclao to bag their second consecutive crown.

Legal halts Justice rampage, Repeat as Champs

Bugallon Mayor Jumel Anthony I. Espino (with the ball) sets up a play for a twinner during the match with Urdaneta City on June 23 in Calasiao Gym. Bugallon dipped a 9-point advantage to stage out Urdaneta in the 1st Pangasinan Inter-LGU Unity Games basketball quarterfinals. (Photo by MVSadim / Orlan Llemos /KMJR)

Mayor Jumel powers Team Bugallon against Urdaneta City

PLAY BUT ALSO LEARN. City Administrator Atty. Carlos Canilao advises members of the Quezon Elementary School Little League to study hard, discipline themselves and dream big before the handover of brand new top of the line baseball mitts and balls donated by a benevolent anonymous donor from the USA coursed to this photographer at the Public Information Office. (June 11, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB

Members of Team Lakay receives the cash donation for Suntrust Properties. Photo by ROSALIA T. SEE

See story: Developer gives P500K for MMA upliftment in Cordillera

TERRACES RUNNERS. Winners of the 2017 Rice Terraces Marathon flash their hardware after the race. Photo by WILFREDO DAOAS.

See story: Metro Manila Runners Rule Rice Terraces Marathon

PLAY BUT ALSO LEARN. City Administrator Atty. Carlos Canilao advises members of the Quezon Elementary School Little League to study hard, discipline themselves and dream big before the handover of brand new top of the line baseball mitts and balls donated by a benevolent anonymous donor from the USA coursed to this photographer at the Public Information Office. (June 11, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB

INCENTIVES -Baguio Athletes proudly show off the medals they contributed (24 golds, 19 silvers, and 17 bronze) to the total CAR output of 26-21-21 that help the team land as the 5th Runner-Up during the recent Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique. Cash incentives of P10,000-P5,000-P3,000 for the athletes was announced by city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and DepEd-CAR assistant regional director and OIC City Schools Superintendent Soraya Faculo during City Hall flag raising ceremonies last May 22, 2017. – Photo by Bong Cayabyab.
INCENTIVES -Baguio Athletes proudly show off the medals they contributed (24 golds, 19 silvers, and 17 bronze) to the total CAR output of 26-21-21 that help the team land as the 5th Runner-Up during the recent Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique. Cash incentives of P10,000-P5,000-P3,000 for the athletes was announced by city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and DepEd-CAR assistant regional director and OIC City Schools Superintendent Soraya Faculo during City Hall flag raising ceremonies last May 22, 2017. – Photo by Bong Cayabyab.

See story: City honors Palaro Heroes

FOREIGN BOUND. 14 of the Philex’s 33 particpants were among the winners in the 2nd National Martial Arts Games: An Open Invitational Tournament and Festival of Arnis and Sikaran, held last April 29 at the APP Sports Center, in Tuba, Benguet and will represent the Philippines at an international event in Europe. (May 28, 2017) Contributed photo.
FOREIGN BOUND. 14 of the Philex’s 33 particpants were among the winners in the 2nd National Martial Arts Games: An Open Invitational Tournament and Festival of Arnis and Sikaran, held last April 29 at the APP Sports Center, in Tuba, Benguet and will represent the Philippines at an international event in Europe. (May 28, 2017) Contributed photo.

See story: 14 Philex Bets Win In Nat’l Martial Arts Games

EXACT REVENGE. There is no better term to describe the ONE Championship rematch between Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio and Thailand’s Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad last Friday, May 26, 2017 at Singapore than “exact revenge” as Igorot Warrior prevailed the same way he fell during their first match-up.
EXACT REVENGE. There is no better term to describe the ONE Championship rematch between Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio and Thailand’s Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad last Friday, May 26, 2017 at Singapore than “exact revenge” as Igorot Warrior prevailed the same way he fell during their first match-up. (May 28, 2017) Photo courtesy of ONE Championship.

See story: Exact Revenge: Eustaquio Dealt Bunrad the same defeat he suffered a couple of years ago

MIND BOARD WIZARDS. Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Flora, Apayao (left), Mecel Angela Gadut of Candon City and Brylle Gever Vinluan (not in photo) will be competing in the upcoming ASEAN + Age Group Chess Championship in Vietnamas theymade it toTop 3 of the 2017 Grand Finals of the National Age Group Chess Championship held in Cebu City last May2-10, 2017. (May 14, 2017) By: GERRIAHZON SEBASTIAN
MIND BOARD WIZARDS. Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Flora, Apayao (left), Mecel Angela Gadut of Candon City and Brylle Gever Vinluan (not in photo) will be competing in the upcoming ASEAN + Age Group Chess Championship in Vietnamas theymade it toTop 3 of the 2017 Grand Finals of the National Age Group Chess Championship held in Cebu City last May2-10, 2017. (May 14, 2017) By: GERRIAHZON SEBASTIAN

See story: Ilocano Woodpushers shine in the National Grand Finals

GOLDEN RESULTS. The taekwondo jin tandem of Gabriel Ivan S. Inacay and Khyla Kreanzzel B. Guinto show perfect form en route to gold medals in the Mixed Pair Poomsae – Elementary last April 25 whlie Jeremiah Hipol (displaying his gold in the 400m dash won last April 27 at the Antique Sports Complex) ended a long drought in athletics for CAR. GEORALOY I. PALAO-AY
GOLDEN RESULTS. The taekwondo jin tandem of Gabriel Ivan S. Inacay and Khyla Kreanzzel B. Guinto show perfect form en route to gold medals in the Mixed Pair Poomsae – Elementary last April 25 whlie Jeremiah Hipol (displaying his gold in the 400m dash won last April 27 at the Antique Sports Complex) ended a long drought in athletics for CAR. (May 7, 2017) GEORALOY I. PALAO-AY

See story: Palaro 2017: Taekwondo, Villamor produces most of CAR’s golds

Approximately four hundred people from different ages and background got to experience the First Foamy Fun Run in Baguio City. (May 1, 2017) Contributed photo.
Approximately four hundred people from different ages and background got to experience the First Foamy Fun Run in Baguio City. (May 1, 2017) Contributed photo.

See story: Four Hundred takes part of the Foamy Run

PALARONG PAMBANSA HEROES - City Officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and DepEd-Baguio officials led by DepEd-CAR assistant regional director and OIC City Schools Superintendent Soraya Faculo give accolades to Baguio athletes Eza Rai Yalong, who won the first gold medal during the Palarong Pambansa, most bemedaled athlete in secondary level Charmaine Villamor, Jeremiah Hipol, most bemedalled athlete in the elementary division, and the first secondary girls division three gold medalists Samantha Glo Revilla and Bea Mendoza of chess. - Photo Bong Cayabyab.
SWEET AND SOUR. The Cordillera Administrative Region Palaro contingent did bring home enough medals to improve their 9th place finish last year but fell into a heartbreaker to get a top five finish, falling short of silver and bronze harvest. (April 30, 2017) Photo Bong Cayabyab.

See story: Palaro 2017: CAR fourth in total golds but lands sixth on inferior silver, bronze count

THE TOUGH GETS GOING. The Defender Palaro participants sweat it out during a session last April 12, 2017 in preparation for the national games. (April 23, 2017) Photo by STEPHEN TENEDERO.
THE TOUGH GETS GOING. The Defender Palaro participants sweat it out during a session last April 12, 2017 in preparation for the national games. (April 23, 2017) Photo by STEPHEN TENEDERO.

See story: Baguio Defenders sends 26 Jins to the Palaro

H-O-R-S-E! Arayi looks for the kids to follow her in this instance at the Jr. NBA Basketball Clinic at Bineng, La Trinidad, Benguet last April 15, 2017. (April 23, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
H-O-R-S-E! Arayi looks for the kids to follow her in this instance at the Jr. NBA Basketball Clinic at Bineng, La Trinidad, Benguet last April 15, 2017. (April 23, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See related story: Jr. NBA visits Bineng

GREEN WARRIORS TOO. Assistant Camp Director Joeferino Guinumtad and volleyball athlete R-jay Bansulay take a break from their training last Friday by planting one of the tree seedlings in an area within the Antique National School where Team Cordillera is currently billeted. The activity is part of the clean and green initiative of the Palarong Pambansa team and in compliance with the National GreeningProgram. (April 23, 2016) Georaloy I. Palao-ay
GREEN WARRIORS TOO. Assistant Camp Director Joeferino Guinumtad and volleyball athlete R-jay Bansulay take a break from their training last Friday by planting one of the tree seedlings in an area within the Antique National School where Team Cordillera is currently billeted. The activity is part of the clean and green initiative of the Palarong Pambansa team and in compliance with the National GreeningProgram. (April 23, 2016) Georaloy I. Palao-ay

See related story: The heat is on for Team Cordillera

ALL FOR ONE. Young girls representing the different cities and provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region tries to acclimatize themselves to the Antique climate for better performances during the of games which will start on April 23, 2017. MARVIN JOHN C. FLORES
ALL FOR ONE. Young girls representing the different cities and provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region tries to acclimatize themselves to the Antique climate for better performances during the of games which will start on April 23, 2017. MARVIN JOHN C. FLORES

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Duterte to open games; Cordillera hopes for a better finish

EAT BOOT. Eduard “Landslide” Folayang let his leg do most of the talking in securing a methodical title-retaining victory over E.V. Ting during the ONE: Kings of Destiny last April 21, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. Photo by ONE Championship.
EAT BOOT. Eduard “Landslide” Folayang let his leg do most of the talking in securing a methodical title-retaining victory over E.V. Ting during the ONE: Kings of Destiny last April 21, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. Photo by ONE Championship.
TREY SPECIALIST. Rommel Basali, Sr. uncorks one of his long bombs during the Isaac-Gardenville G4 finals of the sixth season of the G-String Cup last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad, Municipal Gym. Basali poured in 15 points, all from rainbow territory, to keep his team abreast with the opposition, falling short only in the dying seconds of the game. (April 19, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS
TREY SPECIALIST. Rommel Basali, Sr. uncorks one of his long bombs during the Isaac-Gardenville G4 finals of the sixth season of the G-String Cup last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad, Municipal Gym. Basali poured in 15 points, all from rainbow territory, to keep his team abreast with the opposition, falling short only in the dying seconds of the game. (April 19, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS

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PODIUM FINISHERS. Female winners of the RF Pilipinas Run, Baguio Leg 16k distance pose with their hardware and gifts. (From left to right) Nelisa Tanaza Badongen (3rd placer), Marissa Cayowet (2nd placer), Cristabel Martes (Champion), Floyd John Gerton (3rd placer), Philipp Pacle, Race Director, Jones Campos, Jones PR-CEO. (April 18, 2017) Photo courtesy of PHILIPP PACLE.
PODIUM FINISHERS. Female winners of the RF Pilipinas Run, Baguio Leg 16k distance pose with their hardware and gifts. (From left to right) Nelisa Tanaza Badongen (3rd placer), Marissa Cayowet (2nd placer), Cristabel Martes (Champion), Floyd John Gerton (3rd placer), Philipp Pacle, Race Director, Jones Campos, Jones PR-CEO. (April 18, 2017) Photo courtesy of PHILIPP PACLE.

See full story: Sabado, Martes rule the Pilipinas Run, Baguio Leg

ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE HAT. Sandi Menchi Abahan claimed the women’s 50-kilometer title of the 2017 Sungai Menyala Forest Trail (SMFT) last April 9, 2017 in Hutan Simpan Sungai Menyala, Malaysia to add another hardware to her growing collection. MARK VICTOR PASAGOY, contributed photo.
ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE HAT. Sandi Menchi Abahan claimed the women’s 50-kilometer title of the 2017 Sungai Menyala Forest Trail (SMFT) last April 9, 2017 in Hutan Simpan Sungai Menyala, Malaysia to add another hardware to her growing collection. MARK VICTOR PASAGOY, contributed photo.

See full story: Abahan, Felipe shine in Sungai Menyala Forest Trail

SMELL OF PINE. Manila runner Laarni Burgos tests the pine tree filled Old Spanish Trail, a part of the 2017 Lang-ay Run 21k route last April 9, 2017. (April 15, 2017) JENNIFER C. GUEVARRA, Photo by WILFREDO DAOAS.
SMELL OF PINE. Manila runner Laarni Burgos tests the pine tree filled Old Spanish Trail, a part of the 2017 Lang-ay Run 21k route last April 9, 2017. (April 15, 2017) JENNIFER C. GUEVARRA, Photo by WILFREDO DAOAS.

See full story: Locals grabbed spotlight in Lang-ay Run

PRIVILEGED. Folayang considers it as a privilege to be in the main event of the ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY CARD card. “It’s my first time to be in the main event of ONE Championship’s card in the Philippines. I know that it’s a big responsibility, but I am humbled and privileged to be in this position,” he said. (April 14. 2017). ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS Photo by ONE CHAMPIONSHIP.

TEAM LAKAY IN ACTION. A handful of Team Lakay Members, led by the “Landslide” will see action in the ONE: Kings of Destiny in Manila this Friday, April 21, 2017. Find out more of this and see other stories in our sports section (April 14, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

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WINNING FLIP. Abdullah Samporna shows one of his flips during the Maximove 2k17 competition at the Rose Garden, Burnham Park last March 26, 2017. (April 12. 2017). Photo by KAREN KEITH PONSECA.
WINNING FLIP. Abdullah Samporna shows one of his flips during the Maximove 2k17 competition at the Rose Garden, Burnham Park last March 26, 2017. (April 12. 2017). Photo by KAREN KEITH PONSECA.

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STARTING YOUNG. Over 340 seven to 17 year old basketball enthusiasts attended the 2017 Strawberry Festival basketball clinic held last March 11, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym. Audience of One served as the trainors for the clinic. (See related story on this page) ARMANDO BOLISLIS, photo contributed by CRIS BANSAN.
STARTING YOUNG. Over 340 seven to 17 year old basketball enthusiasts attended the 2017 Strawberry Festival basketball clinic held last March 11, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym. Audience of One served as the trainors for the clinic. ARMANDO BOLISLIS, photo contributed by CRIS BANSAN.

See full story: Strawberry Fest’s Basketball Clinic attracts almost 350 young wannabe cagers

PULL UP TREY. ARCGO-Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs’ Jhong Del Rosario lets fly a triple on the break, catching the defenses of the K11 Fivers off-guard. The Bulldogs pulled off a 92-89 win to bag the G3 Bracket Championship of the Sixth G-String Cup last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium. ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
PULL UP TREY. ARCGO-Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs’ Jhong Del Rosario lets fly a triple on the break, catching the defenses of the K11 Fivers off-guard. The Bulldogs pulled off a 92-89 win to bag the G3 Bracket Championship of the Sixth G-String Cup last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium. ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full story: Motocure, ARCGO –Isaiah 7:14 completes G-String 6 titlists

KEEPING THEM BUSY - To prevent boredom among Persons Deprived of Liberty at the Baguio City Jail Women's Dormitory, lady inmates play chess, scrabble and sungka with their service providers and members of the media while others busy themselves in stitching, baking, tamboo craft, and dressmaking, among others to, make them busy as part of the reformatory program being initiated by the BJMP under jail warden JSInsp. April Rose Ayangwa. (March 26, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB.
KEEPING THEM BUSY – To prevent boredom among Persons Deprived of Liberty at the Baguio City Jail Women’s Dormitory, lady inmates play chess, scrabble and sungka with their service providers and members of the media while others busy themselves in stitching, baking, tamboo craft, and dressmaking, among others to, make them busy as part of the reformatory program being initiated by the BJMP under jail warden JSInsp. April Rose Ayangwa. (March 26, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB.
FRONT ROW SEATS AT SMB CAMP. Cristopher Bansan (fifth from left), the La Trinidad A01 La Trinidad Coordinator, poses with Philippine Cup Champion Beermen Arnold Van Opstal (third from left), Alex Cabagnot (fourth from left) and David Semerad (far right) along with A01 officers lead by Coach Mon Casuga in a visit of the San Miguel Beer’s training camp last year. The A01 training program is a set of basketball training modules and curriculums conducted to young people in the country and should be on its way to be integrated into the sports programs of La Trinidad, Benguet if plans go accordingly. Participants in the program may also find opportunity to visit some PBA training camps through the A01 program. (March 19, 2017)ARMANDO BOLISLIS, photo contributed by Cris Bansan.
FRONT ROW SEATS AT SMB CAMP. Cristopher Bansan (fifth from left), the La Trinidad A01 La Trinidad Coordinator, poses with Philippine Cup Champion Beermen Arnold Van Opstal (third from left), Alex Cabagnot (fourth from left) and David Semerad (far right) along with A01 officers lead by Coach Mon Casuga in a visit of the San Miguel Beer’s training camp last year. The A01 training program is a set of basketball training modules and curriculums conducted to young people in the country and should be on its way to be integrated into the sports programs of La Trinidad, Benguet if plans go accordingly. Participants in the program may also find opportunity to visit some PBA training camps through the A01 program. (March 19, 2017)ARMANDO BOLISLIS, photo contributed by Cris Bansan.

See full story: A01 gives participants chance to visit some PBA camps

DAMAGE CONTROL. Joshua Pacio carved out a nerve-wracking, hard-fought split decision victory over former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM last March 11, 2017 inside a jampacked Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand to avoid a losing streak and improve his MMA career record to nine wins against a single loss. (March 19, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo by ONE Championship.
DAMAGE CONTROL. Joshua Pacio carved out a nerve-wracking, hard-fought split decision victory over former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM last March 11, 2017 inside a jampacked Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand to avoid a losing streak and improve his MMA career record to nine wins against a single loss. (March 19, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo by ONE Championship.

See full story: Pacio hikes record to 9-1 against impressive opponent

I GOT YOUR BACK. Gardenville’s (blue uniform) Jason Serrano (top of the key) settles to watch his teammates penetrate the lane as Issac’s (orange uniform) Rommel Basali, Sr. puts the squeeze on him in G-String Cup 6 action last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium. Serrano engaged Basali in an exciting shootout and led Gardenville to a 92-89 victory enroute to bagging the bracket trophy. (March 19, 2017) Photo by: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
I GOT YOUR BACK. Gardenville’s (blue uniform) Jason Serrano (top of the key) settles to watch his teammates penetrate the lane as Issac’s (orange uniform) Rommel Basali, Sr. puts the squeeze on him in G-String Cup 6 action last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium. Serrano engaged Basali in an exciting shootout and led Gardenville to a 92-89 victory enroute to bagging the bracket trophy. (March 19, 2017) Photo by: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full story: Gardenville pockets G-String 6 Crown

STEAL. The ARCGO-Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs forces the turnover and prepares to attack the K11 Fivers with a fastbreak in G-String Cup action last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium. The Bulldogs won the game, 92-89, and took home the G4 Bracket championship. Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
STEAL. The ARCGO-Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs forces the turnover and prepares to attack the K11 Fivers with a fastbreak in G-String Cup action last February 26, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium. The Bulldogs won the game, 92-89, and took home the G4 Bracket championship. Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full story: (See G-String Cup 6 Final Standings and Awardees)

HOOPS TRAINING. Some of the participants of the A01 Community Basketball Clinic held last December 11, 2016 at the La Trinidad gymnasium. A01 is an entity known to conduct basketball training modules and curriculums to young people in the country maybe on its way to be integrated in the sports programs of La Trinidad, Benguet. (March 5, 2016) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo contributed by: Cristopher Bansan.

HOOPS TRAINING. Some of the participants of the A01 Community Basketball Clinic held last December 11, 2016 at the La Trinidad gymnasium. A01 is an entity known to conduct basketball training modules and curriculums to young people in the country maybe on its way to be integrated in the sports programs of La Trinidad, Benguet. (March 5, 2016) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo contributed by: Cristopher Bansan.

See full story: A01 Invades La Trinidad

FINDING THE OPEN MAN. Benjie Lorente (3) fakes an attempt that takes Stanford Garcia (6) on the air and falls to the waiting arms of Christopher Sinong (12) who was free under the basket. Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
FINDING THE OPEN MAN. Benjie Lorente (3) fakes an attempt that takes Stanford Garcia (6) on the air and drops the rock to the waiting arms of Christopher Sinong (12) who was free under the basket. (March 5, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. The 40s team of Isaac could not be stopped from taking home the crown of the G-String 6 Cup last February 26, 2017. Standing from left: Albin Santos, Dodie Mendillo, Rommel Basali, Sr., Christopher Sinong, Michael Hermosado, and Jack Sobrino. Sitting from left: Sherwin Galgala, Joseph Arquero, Benjie Lorente, Jimwell Generoso, and Jimmy Doligas. (March 5, 2017) Photo by KES LEE LISING.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. The 40s team of Isaac could not be stopped from taking home the crown of the G-String 6 Cup last February 26, 2017. Standing from left: Albin Santos, Dodie Mendillo, Rommel Basali, Sr., Christopher Sinong, Michael Hermosado, and Jack Sobrino. Sitting from left: Sherwin Galgala, Joseph Arquero, Benjie Lorente, Jimwell Generoso, and Jimmy Doligas. (March 5, 2017) Photo by KES LEE LISING.

See full story: (Isaac grabs two G-String Crowns)

LAST TWO STANDING - Alexis Toylo, the eventual Open Singles Champion, aims the winning throw, while runner-up Ricky Mijares waits for his turn during the Panagbenga 2017 National Darts Tournament last February 17-19, 2017 at Barangay Engineer’s Hill Covered Court. Photo by AJ Magalong, UB intern.
LAST TWO STANDING – Alexis Toylo, the eventual Open Singles Champion, aims the winning throw, while runner-up Ricky Mijares waits for his turn during the Panagbenga 2017 National Darts Tournament last February 17-19, 2017 at Barangay Engineer’s Hill Covered Court. (March 5, 2017) Photo by AJ Magalong, UB intern.

See full story: 718 Darters graced Panagbenga Tournament

The Tuding Crossroads, representing Itogon, knocked Philex, representing Tuba, out during the championship of the Juniors Division of the Benguet Inter-municipality Sports for All Program held last November 26, 2016 to February 11, 2017 at the Benguet Capitol Open Gymnasium. Awarding them is Benguet Board Member Johnny D. Waguis (middle, in blue shirt), the Tournament Organizer. (March 2, 2017) Contributed photo.
The Tuding Crossroads, representing Itogon, knocked Philex, representing Tuba, out during the championship of the Juniors Division of the Benguet Inter-municipality Sports for All Program held last November 26, 2016 to February 11, 2017 at the Benguet Capitol Open Gymnasium. Awarding them is Benguet Board Member Johnny D. Waguis (middle, in blue shirt), the Tournament Organizer. (March 2, 2017) Contributed photo.
The Kapangan Sons poses with Benguet Provincial Board Member Johnny D. Waguis after winning the the Seniors Division (36 years and up) title of the Benguet Inter-municipality Sports for All Program held last November 26, 2016 to February 11, 2017 at the Benguet Capitol Open Gymnasium. Contributed photo.
The Kapangan Sons poses with Benguet Provincial Board Member Johnny D. Waguis after winning the the Seniors Division (36 years and up) title of the Benguet Inter-municipality Sports for All Program held last November 26, 2016 to February 11, 2017 at the Benguet Capitol Open Gymnasium. Contributed photo.

See full story: Kapangan, Itogon rule Benguet Non-LGU Hoops Tourney

MISMATCH. Gerald Abella (with the ball) surveys the paint as he realizes he’s up against the entire Puguis defense in a sequence during the championship game of 16-34 Bracket of the 1st La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup. Abella’s Poblacion opened the game with a crippling 17-1 blast and averted a sweep by Puguis of the Competitions by dealing them a 103-88 beating last February 19, 2017 at the La Trinidad, Municipal Gym. (February 26, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
MISMATCH. Gerald Abella (with the ball) surveys the paint as he realizes he’s up against the entire Puguis defense in a sequence during the championship game of 16-34 Bracket of the 1st La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup. Abella’s Poblacion opened the game with a crippling 17-1 blast and averted a sweep by Puguis of the Competitions by dealing them a 103-88 beating last February 19, 2017 at the La Trinidad, Municipal Gym. (February 26, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full Story: Poblacion averts sweep in LT Mayor’s Cup

Kenneth Acheta (with the ball) prepares to invade Poblacion’s defenses in the 12-15 year olds’ First La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup championship last February 19, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymansium. Ancheta led a late uprising in pushing Puguis, 92-90, over Poblacion to give Puguis its second title in the competitions. (February 26, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
Kenneth Acheta (with the ball) prepares to invade Poblacion’s defenses in the 12-15 year olds’ First La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup championship last February 19, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymansium. Ancheta led a late uprising in pushing Puguis, 92-90, over Poblacion to give Puguis its second title in the competitions. (February 26, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
TRAPPED. Puguis' Jerry Danglipen struggles to escape the trap as Betag gives them a dose of their own medicine, executing a full court press of their own during the title match of the La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup last February 19, 2017. Puguis started employing the full court press five minutes into the second quarter of the game. As Betag’s starters show signs of being gassed, Puguis began pressing the accelerator pedal to pull the win, 87-76, for the third title for Puguis during the first ever La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup. (February 26, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
TRAPPED. Puguis’ Jerry Danglipen struggles to escape the trap as Betag gives them a dose of their own medicine, executing a full court press of their own during the title match of the La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup last February 19, 2017. Puguis started employing the full court press five minutes into the second quarter of the game. As Betag’s starters show signs of being gassed, Puguis began pressing the accelerator pedal to pull the win, 87-76, for the third title for Puguis during the first ever La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup. (February 26, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full Story: Puguis barely missed the broom in 1st LT Mayor’s Cup

PULL UP “J”. Shooting jumpers while on a break are among the factors that allowed Barangay Betag to rout Barangay Poblacion, 93-66, last February 12, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym, to set-up the only semis rubber match for the of the La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup. Betag completed the upset of second seed Poblacion, 88-79, last February 18 to advance to the finals of the 35-Up Bracket but fell to a hot Puguis Team. (February 19, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
PULL UP “J”. Shooting jumpers while on a break are among the factors that allowed Barangay Betag to rout Barangay Poblacion, 93-66, last February 12, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym, to set-up the only semis rubber match for the of the La Trinidad Mayor’s Cup. Betag completed the upset of second seed Poblacion, 88-79, last February 18 to advance to the finals of the 35-Up Bracket but fell to a hot Puguis Team. (February 19, 2017) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full Story: Betag sends LT Mayor’s Cup 35 Up semis to sudden death

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan proudly raises the CARAA 2017 overall championship during the event’s concluding rites last February 8, 2017 at the Baguio Athletic Bowl. Also in the photo are representatives from silver medalist Benguet and bronze medalist Mountain Province. (February 12, 2017) Photo by RJ Cayabyab.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan proudly raises the CARAA 2017 overall championship during the event’s concluding rites last February 8, 2017 at the Baguio Athletic Bowl. Also in the photo are representatives from silver medalist Benguet and bronze medalist Mountain Province. (February 12, 2017) Photo by RJ Cayabyab.

See full Story: Annihilation!

BIG BOOST. One of Cordillera’s fast growing sports, in audience and participation, is about to get some great boost as another great option is just around the corner. Brandon Vera’s promise to bring the world-famous Alliance MMA gym to the Philippines got its first realization when former professional mixed martial artist turned world renowned fight coach, George Castro, was in Manila last January, 2017 to make good on the pledge. ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo courtesy of ONE Championship.
BIG BOOST. One of Cordillera’s fast growing sports, in audience and participation, is about to get some great boost as another great option is just around the corner. Brandon Vera’s promise to bring the world-famous Alliance MMA gym to the Philippines got its first realization when former professional mixed martial artist turned world renowned fight coach, George Castro, was in Manila last January, 2017 to make good on the pledge. (December 25, 2016) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo courtesy of ONE Championship.

See Full Story: MMA coach Castro to train PH fighters

DO NOT FEAR. The top three finishers of the Benguet Gold Rush get their trophies from Race Director Stephen Felices of Team Malaya. Nearly 80 runners tested the trails of the Benguet Gold Rush under sunny skies and with little humidity last December 4, 2016 at Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. DAPHNE GUEVARRA. Photo courtesy of Stephen Felices.
DO NOT FEAR. The top three finishers of the Benguet Gold Rush get their trophies from Race Director Stephen Felices of Team Malaya. Nearly 80 runners tested the trails of the Benguet Gold Rush under sunny skies and with little humidity last December 4, 2016 at Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. (Decmeber 18, 2016) DAPHNE GUEVARRA. Photo courtesy of Stephen Felices.

See full story: Dino, Prado pocket Benguet Gold Rush titles

RUN FOR HOPE. Run organizers Glory Drequito (far left), Fr. Gerardo Costa (4th from left) and Andrew Macalma (far right) presents awards to some finishers of the 7th edition of Saint Louis University’s Run For Hope. Modesto Madalang and Maribel Bogbog set the standard times for the 42K category, the run’s longest distance ever, during the holding of the event last November 27, 2016 at Burnham Park, Baguio City. (December 18, 2016) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo courtesy of Run For Hope Philippines.
RUN FOR HOPE. Run organizers Glory Drequito (far left), Fr. Gerardo Costa (5th from left) and Andrew Macalma (far right) presents awards to some finishers of the 7th edition of Saint Louis University’s Run For Hope. Modesto Madalang and Maribel Bogbog set the standard times for the 42K category, the run’s longest distance ever, during the holding of the event last November 27, 2016 at Burnham Park, Baguio City. (December 18, 2016) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, photo courtesy of Run For Hope Philippines.

See full story: Modesto, Madalang set standards for RFH’s longest distance

PINOY THE TRUTH. FilAm Brandon “The Truth” Vera retains his title in the main event ONE: Age of Domination last December 2, 2016 at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Metro Manila and gives Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine (shown here raising Vera’s hand) his first loss by TKO due to strikes at 3:11 minute mark of round one. Vera made easy work of previously unbeaten Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine, leaving no doubt as to who will win the bout after the bell sounded. (December 10, 2016) Photo by ONE Championship.
PINOY THE TRUTH. FilAm Brandon “The Truth” Vera retains his title in the main event ONE: Age of Domination last December 2, 2016 at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Metro Manila and gives Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine (shown here raising Vera’s hand) his first loss by TKO due to strikes at 3:11 minute mark of round one. Vera made easy work of previously unbeaten Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine, leaving no doubt as to who will win the bout after the bell sounded. (December 10, 2016) Photo by ONE Championship.

See Full Story: Team Lakay led fighters who stood tall in ONE

CORNERED! This was the only knee driven Eduard "Landslide" Folayang during this sequence in the main event of ONE: DEFENDING HONOR last November 11, 2016 at Singapore. Combined with 30 unanswered punches, this assault made Folayang the first to defeat Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki in nearly five years enroute to the ONE Lightweight World Championship. Photo courtesy of ONE Championship.
CORNERED! This was the only knee driven Eduard “Landslide” Folayang during this sequence in the main event of ONE: DEFENDING HONOR last November 11, 2016 at Singapore. Combined with 30 unanswered punches, this assault made Folayang the first to defeat Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki in nearly five years enroute to the ONE Lightweight World Championship. (November 19, 2016) Photo courtesy of ONE Championship.

See Full Story: Folayang defeats a Legend

SMALL IS GOOD. Willy Leyva connected on this attempt to beat the buzzer in this Laity Cup Sacred Heart Laity Cup game in 2015 at the San Jose Gym. The points Leyva scored was the final basket of the game and, hey, Sacred heart was not blown out in this one as they lost out by just about a dozen points. Photo by Armando Bolislis.
SMALL IS GOOD. Willy Leyva connected on this attempt to beat the buzzer in this Laity Cup Sacred Heart game in 2015 at the San Jose Gym. The points Leyva scored was the final basket of the game and, hey, Sacred heart was not blown out in this one as they lost out by just about a dozen points. (October 11, 2015) Photo by ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.

See full story: Playing Amongst the Giants

WHOS GOT THE BALL? The Joseans and the Capitol Choir dispute a rebound during the championship game of the first Laity Cup Season. Photo by Armando M. Bolislis

Laity Cup Throwback: Joseans Upend Capitol, Crowned Laity Cup Season 1 Champions

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