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Francis M and Caliph8 Posing with Nike Art

1 Aug


I’m going to a Sneaker show next week that will have some Nike art in Los Angeles. Here’s a pic of Idol Francis M. and Caliph8 with some Nike art! =D

Mark “Little Pacquaio” Barriga Advances With Olympic Win

31 Jul

Light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga, known as Little Pacquaio, considered Team Philippines’ best chance at a gold medal and Team Philippines’ only boxing representative. Little Pacquaio earned a one-sided victory at these London Olympics against Italy’s Manuel Cappai on Tuesday. Barriga earned his nickname “Little Pacquaio” by training at Pacquaio’s camp. At 5-foot-2, Little Pacquaio will use his punching power and quickness against bigger fighters just like Manny Pacquaio.

Philippines’ young boxing talent usually choose a professional career and not compete at the Olympics, as this is the case for Manny Pacquaio, who turned pro at age 17.  Philippines’ total Olympic medals to date is nine, five won in boxing. It’s nice to know Little Pacquaio chose to compete in the Olympics and is now advancing to the Round of 16.

Let’s go Little Pacquiao!

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Little Pacquaio comes up big at Olympic Boxing

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Team Philippines: 2012 London Opening Ceremonies

27 Jul

 

The 2012 London Olympics have begun! Are you excited? Here’s a picture of  Team Philippines during the opening ceremonies with flag bearer Hidalyn Diaz.

Athletes with Filipino background representing Team USA include Kyla Ross (Gymnastics), David McKenzie (Volleyball), and Page McPherson (Taekwondo).

Let’s cheer for all of these athletes! Let’s Go!

For more information on Team Philippines:

http://www.bakitwhy.com/articles/team-philippines-eleven-olympic-hopefuls

 


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*Image courtesy of: (Reuters.com)

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Team Philippines: Eleven Olympic Hopefuls

20 Jul

With the 2012 London Olympics fast approaching on July 27th, it’s interesting to note the various athletes competing for Team Philippines. From swimming, boxing, archery, skeet shooting,weight lifting, track & field, judo, and bmx, these Olympic games will give us more reason to watch and cheer. The Philippines has never won an Olympic gold medal and last won a medal was in 1996 when boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won a silver. Maybe this is the time for Team Philippines to bring home the Gold.

SWIMMING

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Jasmine Alkaldi is a 19-year-old Filipino-Saudi Arabian born in Paranaque. Alkaldi’s major achievements include holding the Philippine swimming record for the 50m and 100m butterfly. Alkaldi secured a spot in the Olympics through the World Championships and will be participating in the 100-meter freestyle event in the Olympics.

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Jessie King Lacuna is a 18-year-old swimmer from Pulilan, Bulacan who secured a spot in the Olympics through the World Championships. Lacuna will be participating in the 200-meter freestyle event. Lacuna’s major accomplishments include winning two gold medals at the national games. Lacuna is the youngest competitor on Team Philippines.

SKEET SHOOTING

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Paul Brian Rosario is a 29-year-old from Manila. Rosario will be participating in the skeet shooting event and qualified as a wild card.  Rosario’s major accomplishments include which being one point shy of the Beijing Olympics gold medalist score of 120 during a competition in Belgrade.

BOXING

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Mark Anthony Barriga is a 19-year-old light flyweight (49 kilograms) boxer born in Panabo, Davao. Barriga qualified during the 2011 World Championships and is considered Team Philippines’ best chance at a gold medal. Barriga is also the only boxer representing Team Philippines.

 WEIGHTLIFTING

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Hidilyn Diaz is a 21-year-old weightlifter from Zamboanga City. Diaz qualified in the Korea Open and the London Games will be her second Olympics. She is Philippines’ first Olympic weight lifter. For the 58kg category, Diaz is he ranked ninth. Diaz will be Team Philippines flag bearer.

TRACK & FIELD

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Marestella Torres is a 32-year-old hopeful born in Negros Oriental. Torres will be competing in the long jump and qualified with 6.71-meter national mark. Torres’ major accomplishments include winning a silver medal at the 2005 Asian Championships and breaking many records. Torres has been competing for Philippines since age 12.

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Navyman Rene Herrera is a 33-year-old hopeful from Guimaras Island, Iloilo.  This will be Herrera’s first Olympics and will be competing in the 5000m steeplechase.  Major accomplishments include winning a gold medal at 2011 Southeast Asian Game.  Herrera is the oldest competitor on Team Philippines.

BMX

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Daniel Caluag is a 25-year-old Filipino American BMX hopeful from California. Caluag secures a spot for the 2012 Olympics held in London. Caluag secured the spot at the UCI BMX world championship, which was held in Burmingham, England. Caluag is a definite medal contender.

JUDO

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Tomohiko Hoshina is a 25-year-old Filipino-Japanese judoka based from Japan. He will be competing in the 100 plus kilo category. Hosina’s major accomplishments include winning silver at the 2007 Thailand Southeast Asian Games. Hoshina was given an automatic spot on Team Philippines. Hoshina admits that it would have been hard to make it on the Japanese team.

ARCHERY

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Mark Javier is a 31-year-old from Dumaguete City. Javier will be competing in the archery event and earned a spot at the World Archery Championship and will be his 2nd Olympics. Javier’s major accomplishments include winning a gold medal at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and National record holder.

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Rachel Cabral is a 27-year-old from Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley. She will also be competing in archery and qualified at the World Archery Championship in Utah along with Mark Javier.  This will be Cabral’s second Olympic games and Philippines’ first female Olympic archer since 2004.


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Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez Wins Street Fighter Vs. Marvel World Championship

11 Jul

In the world of fighting games competition, there is no event more prestigious than the EVO Championship Series, widely considered the World Championship of fighting games. World Warriors from all over the world get to compete annually in Las Vegas. For the popular game Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (UMVC3), Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez needed to win after being knocked into the loser’s bracket by his opponent Infrit. After some tense moments, Filipino Champ fights his way winning 6 games in the grand finals against Infrit to become World Champion here .

Filipino Champ is a well-known name among the Fighting Game Community (FGC). He has won major events including SoCal Regionals held in Los Angeles winning the Super Street Fighter 4 event defeating Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, the greatest Street Fighter player of all time from Japan. Over the past few years, Filipino Champ has had plenty of media attention including TFC’s Balitang America segment here.

Filipino Champ travels extensively all over the US and internationally as a professional gamer. Filipino Champ had trips to Japan, Australia, and most recently to the Philippines. He is sponsored by Complexity Cross Counter and  currently participating at San Diego COMIC CON.


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Nicole Scherzinger Joins The X-Factor UK Judging Panel

19 Jun

Former Pussycat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger will be making her leap across the pond to become The X-factor’s fourth judge in the UK. After her split with the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger found success in the UK as a solo artist, topping the UK charts with Don’t Hold Your Breath and top five with her singles Right There and Poison off her debut 2011 album Killer Love.

Scherzinger guest judged two times in 2010 and again in 2012. Scherzinger joins Gary Barlow, Tulisa, and Louis Walsh as full-time judges. Gary Barlow is one of the most successful singer songwriters from the UK and a member of group, Take That.  Tulisa was the lead vocalist of of successful hip hop group, N-Dubz. Louis Walsh is a highly successful manager and mastermind of boy band groups Boyzone and Westlife.

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Nicole Scherzinger joins The X Factor as Fourth Judge

Pilipino-American BMX Hopeful Daniel Caluag Secures Olympic Spot

19 Jun

25-year-old Pilipino-American BMX hopeful Daniel Caluag secures a spot for the 2012 Olympics held in London. Caluag secured the spot at the UCI BMX world championship held in Burmingham, England. Caluag is one of eight Pilipino athletes attending the 2012 London Olympic games.

The seven other Pilipino athletes include hopefuls Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie King Lacuna in swimming, Mark Anthony Barriga in boxing, Tomohiko Hoshina in judo, Brian Rosario in skeet shooting, Rene Herrera in steeplechasing, and Marestella Torres in the long jump.  Bank of the Philippine Islands, Mizuno, Samsonite, and the International Container Terminal Services Inc. is supporting Team Philippines.

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Filipino-American BMX cyclist gets shot at Olympic gold medal