More photos to follow. Just putting this up as teaser.
More photos to follow. Just putting this up as teaser.
It was the first time I rode a shuttle with PSL Volleyball players to an out-of-town venue. Cignal contracted me to shoot their team, the Cignal HD Spikers, so off we went to the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.
The first two games were tight with the fighting Iriga City Oragons taking advantage of the missing Cignal star Rachel Ann Daquis, who was nursing an injury. But Cignal swept the game, 3 sets to none. The photos tell the story.
Posted: 12 Nov 2017 03:35 AM PST
MALOLOS CITY — Cignal banked on its rock-solid defense to dominate Iriga City, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
Jovelyn Gonzaga provided the spark but it was the imposing defensive presence of imports Beth Carey of Australia, Alexis Matthews of United States and Paneng Mercado that did the damage for the HD Spikers in this prestigious club league bankrolled by Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.
Gonzaga fired 15 kills while Carey and Matthews delivered 10 markers apiece as the HD Spikers controlled the blocking department, 8-1, in this battle that also has Gold’s Gym and Gerflor as technical sponsors and ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.
With the win, the HD Spikers shared the fourth spot with idle Generika-Ayala with a 2-3 win-loss card and stepped back on the winning track following a pair of setbacks to Petron and Cocolife, respectively.
“We all know that we came from back-to-back losses so we wanted to come back stronger,” said Gonzaga, who stepped up in the absence of star spiker Rachel Anne Daquis who was nursing a bruised knee.
“Rachel is not here, so I needed to step up for the team. We’re also coming from a loss and get this victory. We’re focusing more on our training and improving our weaknesses. I hope our streak continues.”
Despite losing Grethcel Soltones to a one-year suspension, the Lady Oragons came out firing early on.
Serbian import Tamara Kmezic waxed hot at the attack zone, towing the Lady Oragons to a 21-19 lead in the crucial stretch of the first set.
But Gonzaga delivered back-to-back hits followed by an attack error by the 6-foot-7 Serbian opposite that gave the first set victory and the momentum to the HD Spikers, much to the delight of a massive weekend crowd in this historic city.
Cignal coach George Pascua said they badly needed this victory to somehow boost their morale entering a crucial match against unbeaten F2 Logistics on Nov. 21.
“This is an overwhelming win for us because we came from two losses,” said Pascua. “Hopefully we can sustain the winning character of the players. We need to overcome the pressure because we’re a champion team in the Invitationals.”
Kmezic spewed fire offensively with 22 kills while Saama Miyagawa of Japan chipped in 12 kills and a pair of aces for 14 points for the Lady Oragons, who absorbed their third consecutive setback after opening their bid with an impressive win over Sta. Lucia Realty.
Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Noel Zarate, Carlo Pamintuan, Charmie Lising, Chuck Araneta, Sid Ventura
Grading the 2017 PBA Draft (Part 1 of 2) by Noel Zarate
“Actually, ALL applicants to the 2017 PBA Draft were selected.
There were officially 44 entrants to this batch, but it was later determined that Jeremiah de la Peña (6’1” listed from “San Beda”) was deemed to have gotten through the screening process and was stricken from the official just after the PBA Draft Combine went underway.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/grading-the-2017-pba-draft-part-1-of-2#ixzz4x9DhdntR
Grading the 2017 PBA Draft (Part 2 of 2) by Noel Zarate
“Continuing with how our twelve PBA teams fared in the recently concluded 2017 Annual Draft, here’s the report card so far:
San Miguel: A+
GlobalPort: A-“Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/grading-the-2017-pba-draft-part-2-of-2#ixzz4x9FT0GAn
SMB raring to pair first overall pick Standhardinger with Fajardo by Carlo Pamintuan
“There was much talk surrounding San Miguel Beer’s acquisition of the top pick overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft from the Kia Picanto. There were negative comments on social media and even from other teams in the PBA as they felt that adding the number one pick overall to a team that is already loaded with the reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player and his three other fellow Beermen who are also part of the Mythical First Team would hurt the parity of the league.”
Phenom to NLEX: Kiefer Ravena begins PBA career with the Road Warriors by Charmie Lising
“The PBA journey of Kiefer Ravena has finally started.
It took quite some time before the Phenom decided to make the jump to the pros. But the moment he decided to submit his name to the pool of rookie applicants this year, everybody knew that he’d be among the first lucky ones to be called on stage.”
Kia looks to move on and embrace the challenges of the upcoming season by Chuck Araneta
“The Kia Picanto coaching staff and players sat quietly during the 2017 PBA Draft at Robinsons Place Manila. Their seats were was further away from the stage, towards the middle. They made headlines heading into the draft after trading away their number one pick for the second time in three years, and they watched as Christian Standhardinger happily walked up the stage to meet the San Miguel Beermen, owners of the number one pick.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/kia-looks-to-move-on-and-embrace-the-challenges-of-the-upcoming-season#ixzz4x9LEnCO8
The engineer is now a King: ‘Ginhinyero’ Jett Manuel joins the Barangay by Sid Ventura
“This time last year, Jett Manuel was winding down his collegiate playing career with the UP Fighting Maroons and was set to prepare for the civil engineering board exams. He had planned on joining the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, and the Fighting Maroons had even requested a special exemption for their team captain to allow him to join the draft even while he was still playing in the UAAP.”
Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by JC Ansis, Charmie Lising, Sid Ventura
Repeat! Barangay Ginebra claims Govs’ Cup title for second year in a row by JC Ansis
The Barangay Ginebra Kings successfully defended their crown after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 101-96, in Game 7 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup finals on Friday at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/repeat-barangay-ginebra-claims-govs-cup-title-for-second-year-in-a-row#ixzz4wlwhIl9K
Finals MVP LA Tenorio is Ginebra’s resident superhero by Charmie Lising
“In every PBA crown that LA Tenorio has won, he emerged as the Finals MVP.
It began in the 2010 Fiesta Cup when he was still with the Alaska Aces, and then he continued the Finals MVP tradition now that the Barangay Ginebra Kings have reigned supreme in back-to-back Governors’ Cup.”
Tim Cone wins his 20th PBA title in front of 54,000 and he can’t wait to tell Erik Spoelstra about it by Sid Ventura
“Tim Cone is the winningest coach in Philippine Basketball Association history. His latest – the 20th now for those keeping count – came Friday night at the Philippine Arena when the Barangay Ginebra Kings took Game 7 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of the Meralco Bolts.”
Durham fails to accomplish mission, hopes to try again next year by Charmie Lising
“’It’s tough, it hurts.’
These were the sentiments of a visibly frustrated Allen Durham after the Meralco Bolts suffered another PBA finals loss at the hands of the Barangay Ginebra Kings.”
Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Chuck Araneta, Charmie Lising, Sid Ventura
Meralco hangs tough down the stretch, forces Game 7 vs. Barangay Ginebra by Chuck Araneta
“When it looked liked Barangay Ginebra would rewind the tape and conjure up memories of a thrilling fourth-quarter finish, the Meralco Bolts slammed the door shut on them.
The result? A Game 7 for the ages.”
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/meralco-hangs-tough-down-the-stretch-forces-game-7-vs-barangay-ginebra#ixzz4waPhfGjk
Collective effort: Meralco’s local crew shine in Game 6 – by Charmie Lising
“Much has been said about Allen Durham’s extraordinary strength and awe-inspiring talent as he continues to be the most vital cog for the Meralco Bolts in the ongoing 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup finals.
The back-to-back Best Import of the Conference, however, cannot do it on his own. He can turn supernova at any moment and score most of the points, but against a very tough champion team like Barangay Ginebra, a one-man show is simply not bound to work. Significant and consistent contributions from his teammates are badly needed.”
Black after Meralco forces Game 7: ‘These moments are where heroes are made’ by Charmie Lising
“The battlecry for my team tonight was just to play on Friday. We just wanted to do whatever we had to do tonight to win this game to give ourselves a chance to do that,” the Meralco mentor said. “To be quite honest with you, this is where we wanted to be the entire conference. We wanted to put ourselves in a situation where we could win this championship.”
Cone readies Ginebra for ‘best two words in sports: Game 7’ by Sid Ventura
“There was no repeat of last year’s Game 6 comeback as the Barangay Ginebra Kings fell to the Meralco Bolts, 98-91, in this year’s Game 6 of the Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Philippine Arena. And while Tim Cone laments the wasted opportunity to finish off the Bolts and celebrate another championship, he’s been around long enough to know that the last win in a series is always the toughest.”
“Ice-cold all game long, LA Tenorio struggled to make an impact on a game that seemed to be swinging their opponents’ way.
But when Barangay Ginebra needed him the most, the reigning Finals MVP responded and dealt a knockout blow to the Bolts.”
All photos by Winston Baltasar
Recap by Chuck Araneta
Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/tenorios-heroics-deliver-game-2-win-for-barangay-ginebra#ixzz4vpcydRRh
Feature on Greg Slaughter by Carlo Pamintuan http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/winning-title-is-only-goal-for-newly-crowned-bpc-greg-slaughter
Feature on LA Tenorio by Charmie Lising http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/the-hero-ginebra-deserves-tenorio-bails-out-the-kings-in-game-2
Feature on Bobby Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz by Charmie Lising http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/iconic-duo-jaworski-arnaiz-show-up-as-ginebra-wins-game-2
In order of age (or is it beauty?), Jaime, JJ, Raffy, and Glynis came to my Sunday Cellphone Photography Workshop.
It’s not the camera but the photographer who takes the shot. Some of our photos taken with a cellphone are much better than what an amateur can take with an expensive DSLR camera.
The workshoppers came with varying degrees of aptitude and interest. One was interested in travel photography; he would be going to Europe soon. One was very much into street photography.
I adopt my workshops to the needs of my workshoppers so I ditched my presentation for Portrait Photography and talked about composition, proper exposure, and how to catch what Henri Cartier-Bresson calls “the decisive moment.”
The workshoppers soaked the teachings like a sponge. Here are some of their photos from the workshop photo walk:
When they told us the boat could take 10 passengers, didn’t think we’d be sitting on the sailboat’s outrigs.
I should have taken the little boy hawker’s offer to buy a plastic supot to put my cellphone in. I thought I could just put it inside my jacket.
Little did I know that waves would be crashing on me as I was precariously balanced on balance beams spreading from boat’s sides like a spider’s spindly legs.
But I’m a photographer and I need to take photos. As sun set, I took the cellphone out. It had a fisheye lens on, which was serendipitously appropriate for the setting.
I’m just glad I didn’t lose my phone to the fishes.
Recap by Carlo Pamintuan / Photos by Winston Baltasar
“Two playoff games. Two beatdowns.
The Barangay Ginebra Kings are now two wins away from getting a chance at defending their title after they took a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series against TNT in the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup with a comfortable 121-84 victory, Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.”