Spurs play Timberwolves in Tuesday’s NBA game

The San Antonio Spurs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of the NBA games on Tuesday, start time at 8:00 PM ET, at Target Center, Minneapolis, MN.

The Spurs (10-10) have won two of their last three games including a 108-107 win over the Chicago Bulls in which DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points ang grabbed eight rebounds.

The Spurs have owned the Timberwolves by winning 14 of their last 15 encounters. However, the Spurs are facing a team filled with scorers. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 109.6 points, 45.0 rebounds and 23.5 assists per game. Defensively, the Spurs are yielding 110.1 points per game against their opponents.

Five players are averaging at least 10.1 points per game for the Spurs, they are DeRozan (24.8), LaMarcus Aldridge (18.1), Rudy Gay (14.1), Bryn Forbes (13.0) and Patty Mills (10.1) per game. Aldridge leads in both rebounds (10.9) and blocks (1.2) while DeRozan tops in both assists (6.3) and steals (1.0) for the Spurs.

The Timberwolves have found ways to win games after the trade of Jimmy Butler. With the Western Conference filled with powerhouse teams, the Timberwolves must continue to push harder. Surely, the resurgence of Derrick Rose created big impact to the team as an additional option when the game is on the line.

The Timberwolves (10-11) have won their last three games including a 102-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in which Robert Covington scored 24 points.

On the season, the Spurs are averaging 109.0 points, 44.0 rebounds and 22.9 assists per game. Defensively, the Spurs are yielding 111.2 points per game against the opposing teams.

Seven players are averaging at least 10.6 points per game for Minnesota, they are Karl-Anthony Towns (20.8), Derrick Rose (19.1), Andrew Wiggins (15.2), Robert Covington (13.3), Jeff Teague (13.0), Dario Saric (10.7) and Taj Gibson (10.6) per game. Towns liwns in both rebounds (12.2) and assists (1.6). Teague tops in assists with 7.5 while Covington leads in steals (3.0). per game.

This is a great game for all the viewers. Expect the match between DeRozan and Rose as they probably guard each other.

Sears Black Friday 2018: Almost 150 stores closing

 

Sears, once considered one of the biggest retail store, announced it was closing almost 150 stores as it filed for bankruptcy Monday. In the history of departmental stores, Sears was a pioneer. Sears has been a part of the shopping places for all especially during Black Friday.

Because the retail industry has been changing in the past ten yeas, Sears couldn’t cope up with the threats from online stores especially Amazon. The company already has shut down hundreds of outlets in the past years as e-commerce players are getting in demand.

“The Company and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York,” a statement by Sears Holdings Corporation said.

Edward S. Lampert, Chairman of Sears Holdings, said the insolvency filing would give the company the “flexibility to strengthen its balance sheet” and enable it to accelerate a strategic transformation.

The 142 stores will be closed in the end of the year in addition to what was announced of the closure of 46 stores by November. Surely, Sears will remain a part of the Black Friday 2018 in which shoppers will be going to get the best deals again.

Sears had received a bost of commitments for $300 million in debtor-in-possession financing and it was negotiating for additional $300 million.

The last time Sears gain profits was way back in 2018. According to analysts, the store needs to make more than $1 billion a year to keep going as its sales are continue to decline. There are still fewer than 900 stores open in the US with under 90,000 employees.

Amazon Black Friday 2018: The company to suffer 5% shipping cost

Amazon remains the biggest online retailer when it comes to Black Friday. Proven in a short time, Amazon has changed the shopping view of millions of consumers. As a matter of fact, Amazon altered the Black Friday tradition which the shoppers tend to stay at home rather than going to stores.

It’s quite a question if Amazon will here to stay as part of a shopper’s primary online option. In one of of the current news development about Amazon, the company’s operating income could be affected at 5% if the U.S. Postal Service proposed hike shipping cost will go into fruition.

According to Barclays analysts,

“Our math …suggests Amazon will have 5% lower retail operating income from this shipping cost inflation, if we assume there are no offsetting factors”.

The USPS suggested increasing the shipping cost of a small flat-rate box to $7.90 from $7.2. Also, the medium flat rate box from $13.65 to $14.35 is included. Moreover, the large flat-rate box from $19.95 could be risen to $18.90.

“Specifically, the USPS shipping rates for small and medium boxes, typically used by e-commerce companies, are proposed to be increased by 10% and 5% respectively,” Barclays analysts led by Ross Sandler wrote. “The price increases for packages suggested by USPS this year are higher than in prior years.”

President Donald Trump specifically had a big concern about the US Postal losing money because it has been the “delivery boy” of Amazon.

“The price increases reflect the best judgment of the Postal Service Governors, who are seeking to establish new rates that will keep the Postal Service competitive, while also providing the Postal Service with much needed revenue,” a USPS spokesperson said.

 

Absolutely, the increase in shipping will impact Amazon’s income. However, will Amazon pass it to the consumers? Will it happen just before the Black Friday week?

Walmart Black Friday 2018 Ad, Deals, Store Opening Hours

Despite of the trade war between the United States and China, the Black Friday shopping spree will continue to be part of the biggest spending during the Thanksgiving Week. Walmart remains to be the biggest retailer nationwide that offers everything a shopper is looking for.

With plenty of competitors out there, Walmart will not be running out of the best Black Friday deals for this coming holidays. Thus, Walmart still is one of the largest providers of anything that a consumer wants.

While everybody looks for the Black Friday Ad from Walmart which will be released just two weeks before Thanksgiving, the world awaits it with such anticipation. Surely, the Walmart’s Black Friday Ad is a great tool for shoppers to get the best deals that enables them to spend wisely.

Walmart Black Friday Ad allows the consumer to see in advance the best offering from its different categories such as Auto & Tires, Patio & Green, Furniture, Men’s Clothing, Outdoor, Baby and Toddler, Baby Clothing, Wellness and Premium Beauty. Notwithstanding the fact that Walmart also alters the desire of the consumers when it comes to electronics. Absolutely, Walmart provides all the avenue to look at the best deals on TVs, Laptop Computers, Cellphones, Tablets & iPads, Video Games, Desktop computers, Cameras, Audio & Video, Headphones, Wearables, Streaming Devices and Portable Audios.

To boost up its presence, Walmart bought online retailer Eloquii that would eventually play a major part in the upcoming Black Friday 2018. Eloquii’s market centralizes on clothing in sizes 14-28. Before it was acquired by Walmart, Eloquii’s had roughly 100 workers.

Moreover, Walmart continues to offer the best deals that can be compared to other stores such as Target. Walmart will have a tough battle for the 2018 Black Friday deals against Amazon. Absolutely, the beauty of Walmart relies primarily on its thousands of store locations in the country. Aside from its capacity to provide online shoppers the tool, Walmart takes advantage on its stores which the shoppers can go to.

The wait will not be over for the Walmart Black Friday Ad but every now and then, the interested shopper can check out the official Black Friday page.

Last year, Walmart released a 32 page Black Friday Ad scan on November 9, at 12:01 PM. Moreover, Walmart opened its stores at 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving. With the high expectations from the avid Walmart fanatics, Walmart will not fail to deliver in 2018 Black Friday.

Magnolia outlasts Columbian, Romeo Travis explodes

 

Romeo Travis scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Magnolia in a 113-95 win over Columbian on Wednesday night. The victory of the Hotshots put the team into first place tied with Ginebra.

In what was considered one of the best performance of Travis who even added seven assists to boost the offense, the Hotshots got some help from Mark Barroca who scored 16 points coming from the bench.

Paul Lee contributed 13 points and five rebounds to help Magnolia while Jio Jalalon added six points, three rebounds and nine assists. Ian Sangalang had 11 points for the Hotshots.

For the Columbian Dyip, Jackson Corpuz led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds while import Akeem Wright added 19 points and eight rebounds.

Romeo and Barroca have combined for 25 points in the first half alone for the Hotshots to have a 60-46 lead. Because of the offensive juggernaut of Magnolia, the lead increased to 77-49 in the third quarter.

The Columbian Dyip have dropped into 0-7 and their playoff chance is slipping away.

“This is a very important game for us. I told my players, whatever mindset we’ve had against San Miguel and against Rain or Shine, we also need to show it against Columbian because we can’t afford to relax,” Hotshots coach Chito Victolero told reporters after the game.

Henry Walker leads Blackwater outlast Northport

 

Henry Walker scored 24 points to lead the Blackwater Elite in a 113-111 win over Northport in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Walker also drilled in a game-changing triple to put the Elite in a 102-99 lead at 3:57 mark of the fourth quarter. Walker’s all around performance enabled Blackwater to have a 3-0 start, the best in franchise history. Walker also grabbed 15 rebounds.

Blackwater was down, 39-23, at one point but through the leadership of Walker the team was able to bounce back. The Elite slowly chipped their deficit until in the fourth quarter when they were able to control their destiny.

Chris Javier connected two clutch shots in the fourth quarter while John Pinto added the most important three-pointer of the night for the Elite.

Pinto finished with eight points and a whopping 13 assists to deliver one of his best performances. Mike Degregorio and Poy Erram each scored 19 points to help the Elite in this remarkable win.

Rashad Woods scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Batang Pier. Stanley Pringle had 18 points and four rebounds but his numbers were not enough to lift his team.

“It’s a test of character for our players,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos. “They really wanted to get this win.”

Typhoon Mangkhut / Bagyong Ompong strenghtens as it approaches Philippines

Super Typhoon or not, Mangkhut is expected to hit Northern Luzon in the coming days.

At 3 a.m., Mangkhut was located 1,390 kilometers east of Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 200 kph and gusts of up to 245 kph. It is forecasted to move west at 15 kph.

Typhoon Mangkut, to be named locally into Ompong once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, has maintained its strength as it travels nearer to the country.

Mangkhut will bring forth strong winds and rains over the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan, Abra, Batanes and Ilocos Norte.

PAGASA also added that storm signal warning advisory may be released as earlay as Thursday in the area of Cagayan Valley.

Mangkhut track

Senior weather forecaster Alczar Aurelio said Mangkhut will likely to make landfall over the Cagayan-Batanes area. Moreover, the current southwest monsoon will be enhanced by Mangkhut that would bring forth rains over Southern Luzon.

Mangkhut is expected to be felt in Northern and parts of Central Luzon on Thursday.

“While it is still far, we urge the public to prepare for this typhoon. Look for safe areas as heavy rains may trigger flooding and landslides. It is also expected to bring strong winds,” Aurelio said.

Because Mangkhut still has to travel in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, it could still intesify into a super typhoon. If the storm will reach a maxumum sustained winds of 220 kph, then this would be a super typhoon, according to PAGASA.

Based on the latest forecast by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Mangkhut is likely to cross the Babuyan Group of Islands on Saturday morning with a strength of 240 kph near the center.

Preparation

The Philippine government started mobilizing for the preparation of the possible impact that this supertyphoon would bring forth.

Office of Civil Defense Director Edgar Posadas said the government has alotted P1.7 billion as a stand-by fund for the areas that will possibly experience bad weather because of the typhoon.

“The DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Dev’t] as of this time are ready with P1.7 billion worth of standby funds. The DILG [Department of Interior and Local Gov’t] also briefed us on their readiness on information dissemination,” he said.

PAGASA forecasted the eye of the storm would be located at 1,620 km East of Southern Luzon on Tuesday. Mangkhut would be located at 1,115 km East of Virac, Catanduanes on Wednesday night. As it draws closer, the typhoon would be just within 390 km East of Aparri, Cagayan on Friday evening.

“Upon approach to the threatened area (Saturday, early morning), the expected maximum sustained winds is around 205 km/h and gustiness of up to 255 km/h. The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan – Batanes area around Saturday (15 September). Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) # 1 may be raised over the Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2) as early as Thursday (13 September) or 36 hours prior to closest approach (TCWS #1). Widespread moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the Typhoon is possible by Friday (14 September) over Northern Luzon especially over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes.”, according to PAGASA.

 

Advance Suspension of Classes

Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez already announced the suspension of classes in ALL LEVELS (Kindergarten to College and Graduate level) in Dagupan City on September 14, 15, 2018, according to her official FB account.

By virtue of the authority vested in me by law, and upon recommendation of the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Council, I, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez hereby declare the suspension of classes in ALL LEVELS (Kindergarten to College and Graduate level) in Dagupan City on September 14, 15 ,2018 due to the possible adverse impact of potential supertyphoon to the safety of our children.

The residents are urged to prepare and take the necessary precautions. Pls make sure to prepare your food water medicine hygiene kit flashlights .

Issued: 9/11/18 at 5pm.

Newly-built Browns face Saints in Week 2

 

The rejuvenated Cleveland Browns will take on the New Orleans Saints in one of the NFL games on Sunday, start time at 1:00 PM ET, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Louisiana.

The Browns are coming from a 21-21 draw against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening week. The draw itself tells the whole world that the Browns have the pieces to play againts the favorites. Tyrod Taylor complted 15 of 40 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 77 yards and a touchdown.

In the rushing game, Carlos Hyde posted 62 yards and a touchdown in 22 carries while Nick Chubb added 21 yards in three carries.

In the receiving end, Jarvis Landry caught for 106 yards in seven receptions while Rashard Higgins added 38 yards in a catch. Josh Gordon had a 17-yard TD reception.

Offensively, the Browns are averaging 327.0 yards and 21.0 points per game. Defensively, the Browns are yielding 472.0 yards and 21.0 points per game.

The New Orleans Saints are coming from a 48-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite the fact that Drew Brees threw for 439 yards and a touchdown in 37 of 45 passes.

In rushing, Alvin Kamara ran for 29 yards and two touchdowns while Mike Gillislee added nine yards in three carries.

In the receiving end, Michael Thomas posted 180 yards and a touchdown in 16 receptions while Alvin Kamara added 112 yards and a touchdown in nine receptions. Tedd Ginn Jr. contributed 68 yards and a touchdown in five catches. Benjamin Watson had 44 yards in four receptions.

Offensively, the Saints are averaging 475 total yards and 40.0 points per game. Defensively, the Saints are yielding 529.0 total yards and 48.0 points per game.

Browns vs Saints is televised on Fox.

Jets outplay Lions

 

The Jets outlasted the Lions, 48-17, as Sam Darnold played magnificently with 198 yards and two touchdowns. It was a baptism on fire for Darnold as he got his first victory.

While Darnold played his part, Isaiah Crowell have combined for 162 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. With the passing and rushing in the balance, the Jets were able to neutralize the Lions defense.

Part of the reason for the Jets of winning would be their defense that intercepted Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford four times. Absolutely, those turnovers were big to alter the outcome of the game.

The Jets were leading 17-10 after the half but they outscored the Lions 31-7 in the third quarter alone. New York displayed the defensive tenacity to overpower the Lions. With the high energy of the defense, the offense did its part. The Jets defense allowed only 39 yards against the Lions running game.

For the Lions, Stafford posted 286 points and a touchdown but with four interceptions. Kenny Golladay had 114 yards while Golden Tate added 79 yards and a touchdown.

Stafford threw a pick-six — his third interception of the game with 8:16 left in the third. Just after the interception, there was booing at Ford Field afterward.

Jets’ Andre Roberts managed to stay in as he tip-toed the sideline for a 78-yard punt return. Surprisingly, he didn’t step out of bounds there. The Jets at that time had a 38-17 lead.

Mangkhut to hit Philippines on Friday

 

After bringing devastation in Guam, Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to head to Northern Luzon just before the weekend.

Typhoon Mangkut, to be named locally into Ompong once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, has maintained its strength as it travels nearer to the country.

According to PAGASA, the center of the typhoon is located at 1,820 kilometers east of Southern Luzon and moving at a speed of 30 kph. Thus, Mangkhut will enter PAR on Wednesday that will threaten Northern Luzon on Friday.

Mangkhut will bring forth strong winds and rains over the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan, Abra, Batanes and Ilocos Norte.

PAGASA also added that storm signal warning advisory may be released as earlay as Thursday in the area of Cagayan Valley.

Mangkhut track

Senior weather forecaster Alczar Aurelio said Mangkhut will likely to make landfall over the Cagayan-Batanes area. Moreover, the current southwest monsoon will be enhanced by Mangkhut that would bring forth rains over Southern Luzon.

Mangkhut is expected to be felt in Northern and parts of Central Luzon on Thursday.

“While it is still far, we urge the public to prepare for this typhoon. Look for safe areas as heavy rains may trigger flooding and landslides. It is also expected to bring strong winds,” Aurelio said.

Because Mangkhut still has to travel in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, it could still intesify into a super typhoon. If the storm will reach a maxumum sustained winds of 220 kph, then this would be a super typhoon, according to PAGASA.

Based on the latest forecast by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Mangkhut is likely to cross the Babuyan Group of Islands on Saturday morning with a strength of 240 kph near the center.

Preparation

The Philippine government started mobilizing for the preparation of the possible impact that this supertyphoon would bring forth.

Office of Civil Defense Director Edgar Posadas said the government has alotted P1.7 billion as a stand-by fund for the areas that will possibly experience bad weather because of the typhoon.

“The DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Dev’t] as of this time are ready with P1.7 billion worth of standby funds. The DILG [Department of Interior and Local Gov’t] also briefed us on their readiness on information dissemination,” he said.

PAGASA forecasted the eye of the storm would be located at 1,620 km East of Southern Luzon on Tuesday. Mangkhut would be located at 1,115 km East of Virac, Catanduanes on Wednesday night. As it draws closer, the typhoon would be just within 390 km East of Aparri, Cagayan on Friday evening.

“Upon approach to the threatened area (Saturday, early morning), the expected maximum sustained winds is around 205 km/h and gustiness of up to 255 km/h. The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan – Batanes area around Saturday (15 September). Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) # 1 may be raised over the Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2) as early as Thursday (13 September) or 36 hours prior to closest approach (TCWS #1). Widespread moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the Typhoon is possible by Friday (14 September) over Northern Luzon especially over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes.”, according to PAGASA.

Ginebra vs San Miguel Finals Game One: TV Channel, Live, Preview, Scores and Updates

Update: Justin Brownlee scored 42 points to lead Ginebra in a 127-99 win over San Miguel Beer in Game One of the Commissioner’s PBA Finals. 

Barangay Ginebra will take on San Miguel Beer in Game One of the best-of-seven PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Araneta Coliseum tonight, start time at 7:00 PM. Ginebra vs San Miguel Beer live stream is on ESPN5. Ginebra vs San Miguel Beer tv channel is on TV5.

With all the PBA fans looking for a competitive PBA Finals, Ginebra and San Miguel are ready to provide the action as they meet in Game One on Friday. According to many, San Miguel assembled the best roster of all time in the PBA comprising of high-caliber players like June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos and import Renaldo Balkman.

Four-time MVP Fajardo averages 20.2 points and 12 rebounds in 17 games this conference. Fajardo’s numbers are great enough to find a match. Though Ginebra can match Fajardo with its own bigman Greg Slaughter who averages 12.4 points and 8.0 rbeounds in 15 games, still SMB has the edge.

Balkman also has been playing exemplary by averaging 28.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. With the 1-2 punch, San Miguel can be devastating. Ginebra’s import Justin Brownlee can provide the sparks as he averages 28.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

Game One is not only a battle of bigmen but also of coaches. Tim Cone is regarded as the greatest PBA coach has something to say about Game One of the series.

“I appreciate the extra time after the semis. We got time to rest and prepare, and this makes it a quality Game One,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria who has found success since joining this team also talked about Game 1.

“As always, Game One is important in any series. Coaches prepare their teams hard for this game. It’s exciting,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.

Ginebra vs San Miguel Game One info:

Date: July 27, 2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV Channel: TV5
Live STream: ESPN5

Chemical Engineering Board Exam Results to be released today?

 

Thousands of families and friends of those who took the Chemical Engineer Board Exam last week are waiting for the results to be revealed today.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is expected to released the official results of the May 2018 Chemical Engineer Board Exam. In 2017, PRC was able to show the results Tuesday, the week after the exam. Thus, if PRC will follow the same timeline, the results will be known today.

PRC and the Professional Regulatory Board of Chemical Engineering administed the licensure examinations in different centers in Manila and Cebu last week from May 23-25.

Aside from the passers list, the people are waiting for the Top 10 passers and the top 10 schools.

Tackled in the are the following:

 

Physical and Chemical Principles (General Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; Biochemical Engineering. and Environmental Engineering.)

Chemical Engineering Principles (Chemical Engineering Calculations, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics; Reaction Kinetics, Unit Operations; Chemical Process Industries, Plant design; and Instrumentation and Process Control).

General Engineering, Ethics, and Contracts (Mathematics, Physics; Engineering Mechanics; Strength of Materials; Engineering Economics; and laws; Contracts and Ethics).

You can check the result at PRC Website.

Minalungao National Park provides the summer ambience and adventure

 

Attracted with the pictures being posted on Facebook, Minalungao National Park is one of the best destinations especially this Lenten Season. Minalungao National Park which is located in the town of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.

The Minalungao National Park captivates tourists through its 16-meter high rock formation along Peñaranda river. Because of the clean and crystal clear water that flows through the river, tourists tend to enjoy staying. The park contains a 2,000 hectare of real estate that is divided by the river. Minalungao comes from two words in local dialect which are “Mina” meaning mine, and Lungao meaning a cave. Surely, this is a place not only of a wonderful river and limeston formation but also of caves.

How to get there: Waze or Google Maps?

The best time to start a journey going to Minalungao would always be early before the sun sets. Setting the application Waze to Minalungao National Park, the estimated time of travel was 2 hours and 46 minutes from the Municipality of Binalonan, Pangasinan. As experience by some of the travelers, it is better to use Google Maps than Waze to get to Minalungao especially if the tourist is coming from the north taking the Tarlac City Exit. Waze tends to lead into farm, narrow and rough road while Google Maps selects the best route and fastest route.

Preparing for the experience

Upon reaching the Minalungao National Park, there are the cottages, small stores and bamboo boats. Expect for the entrance fee which costs for P 100 per person while P 50 for the parking. In selecting which one is the best cottage, always go for the floating for it will reveal you the beauty of the park. Also, never bother to get a tour guide though it costs another money.

Things to do in Minalungao

1. Rafting

There’s no way to discover the beauty of Minalungao without paying P700 for rafting with the inclusion of life vests. The relaxation and refreshment from almost three-hour travel could only be achieved by rafting into the Peñaranda river. The coolness of the air and the transfixing limestones formations were able restore tired bodies. Surely, the clear water that flows even convince travelers to swim. Through rafting, the experience will be complete.

2. Trekking

Cavern

Ask your tour guide to bring you to the cavern first. The earlier the better. It’s a challenge to walk with slippers through different sizes of rocks. While the way to the cavern is not hot as the breezy air and shades from trees can be felt, the walk would not be easy at all. There’s a saying, “Precious things are usually hidden”. Thus, one of the attractions of the Minalungao National Park are the caves that tell the tourists about what had taken place in the past.

1,000 steps

There’s also the 1000 steps going to the top of the mountain. It enhances the visit in Minalungao to reach the magnificent cross. But before starting the 1,000 steps, there’s the hanging bridges where a first timer can see the wonderful Peñaranda river as well as the limestones. Don’t forget to carry water before ascending higher.  During peak days,  vendors sell bottled water along the way.

3. Zipline

There’s also the zipline which costs for P200 pesos back and forth for those who love a memorable adventure.

4. Kayaking

Aside from rafting, there’s also rentable kayak boats to make the experience interesting. This is not free.

5. Swimming

After coming from a 1,000 steps journey, it’s time for a swim. What is amazing in Peñaranda river is the clarity of the water. It’s really a wonderful experience be on the water. The current of the river was not that strong to swim. It’s like you are in a pool but with cool and refreshing water coupled with the fresh air. It is soothing the entire body. When it comes to safety, there’s a lifeguard with a megaphone giving warning to those who are swimming without vests and to those who tend to get into a deep area of the river.

 

6. Diving

Below the hanging bridge as well as at the top of the river are the diving area. This is also for free.

7. Picnic

Absolutely, the picnic part in Minalungao National Park would never be negated at all. It’s great to eat in a floating bamboo boat.

Miscellaneous:

Restrooms and bathrooms are free. There’s also a restaurant within the park for those who didn’t bring food. While the park is still being developed, there are few rooms available for those who want to stay overnight.

San Miguel vs Magnolia Game 3 schedule: Date, Time and Preview

The Magnolia Hotshots will play the San Miguel Beermen in Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday, start time at 6:30 PM, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While San Miguel continues to be the favorite after splitting the first two games, Magnolia showed a never-say-die spirit and the ability to cut deficits.

San Miguel failed to capitalize in a 20-point advantage in Game 1 as the Hotshots rallied to steal a 105-103 victory. Ian Sangalang scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to power the Hotshonts. Meanwhile, JuneMar Fajardo scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a losing cause.

Because of the Game 1 result, Magnolia had a chance to go up 2-0 but everybody knew how potent the Bermeen were. The Beermen started strong and they built a 75-57 lead but the Hotshots kept coming back by cutting the into just seven. However, the Beermen scored 10 points in a row to capture Game 2.

With both teams getting a six-day rest because of the Lenten season, Game 3 is expected to be a different one. The Hotshots need to be aggressive and take control of the ball game early to avoid another catching up. It’s a very critical game in which the winner will have a huge advantage in a best-of-seven series.

Though the Beermen have the package of stars like Fajardo, Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, the Hotshots can counter it with Sangalan, Mark Barroca and even PJ Simon.

Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifying: Date, Time, TV Channel

 

Australia will host Philippines in the 1st Round of Group B Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifying on Thursday, February 22, 2018, start time at 19:35 local time (GMT+11), at Margaret Court Arena, in Melbourne.

The Philippine basketball team or popularly known as Gilas Pilipinas will try to dislodge the heavily strong Australians in what is considered a big challenge. Gilas Pilipinas has the full force including naturalized big man and former-NBA player Andray Blatche to match against the heights of the host team. Blatche will absolutely be a huge factor for the Filipinos as they hope to be back in the World Cup again.

June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Jayson Castro and Calvin Japeth Aguilar are included in the roster for Gilas. Without a doubt, these veterans are looking for an upset and they anticipate to compete to the end. Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kiefer Ravena, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Allas, Allein Maliksi and Abu Tratter are with the team.

Here’s the complete roster for the Philippines:

Calvin ABUEVA –
Japeth Paul AGUILAR
Kevin Louie ALAS
Andray Maurice BLATCHE
Carl Bryan CRUZ
June Mar FAJARDO
Jiovani JALALON
Allein Gail MALIKSI
Gabriel Daniel NORWOOD
Roger Ray POGOY
Kiefer Isaac RAVENA
Abu Jahal TRATTER
Jayson WILLIAM
Matthew A.Christopher WRIGHT

Australia complete roster:

Nathan Adam SOBEY
Cameron Richard GLIDDON
Jason Robert CADEE
Mitchell Robert NORTON
Nicholas Colin KAY
Mitchell James Robert MCCARRON
Matthew John HODGSON
Kevin John LISCH
Daniel KICKERT
Angus John BRANDT
Jesse Kendall James WAGSTAFF
Mitchell CREEK

Mass, thanksgiving concert kick off Binalonan Town Fiesta 2018

 

To thank the Lord Almighty for all the blessings that the Municipality of Binalonan has received from the past year, the celebration of the Town Fiesta 2018 began with a celebration of the Holy Mass and Thanksgiving Concert.

Both events, which occurred Feb. 11, were participated in by municipal officials and employees, barangay officials, teachers, students and other Binalonians from various sectors. The Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the Sto. Nino Parish Church officiated by Rev. Father Numeriano Gabot, who recalled the history of Sto. Nino being the patron saint of Binalonan.

On the other hand, the Thanksgiving Concert was held in the evening at the Binalonan Public Auditorium. In his message, Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III recognized “one true God” as the unifying factor why Binalonan continues to progress. Pastor Butch Charvet, gospel singer and composer, was the guest speaker of the celebration, emphasized the importance of God in everyone’s life. Pastor Nady Olinares, president of the BMF, led the Prayer for Binalonan, while Pastor Manuel Viloria did the Benediction.

 

Source: Binalonan, Pangasinan FB Page

Ballesteros shows up to help Meralco beats Ginebra

 

Jason Ballesteros delivered the critical points to keep the Bolts in the playoff chase as they outplayed Ginebra, 84-82, on Sunday in the continuation of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Ballesteros scored on a putback for Meralco th grab the lead, 83-82. In the next possession, Ballesteros pulled a monster rebound off a miss from Scottie Thompson. Ballesteros was able to convert one of his two free throws to put Meralco into two point advantage with 17 seconds left.

Barangay Ginebra was not able to execute for the best shot as Japeth Aguilar tried a three-point shot as time expired but his shot was way out of the target. Meralco’s defense was totally suffocating in the last play to keep the score that way.

Ballesteros scored seven points and grabbed 17 rebounds as he played against the Ginebra’s bigmen Greg Slaughter and Aguilar.

“I know it sounds cliché, it sounds corny but you know we just said this is our championship. Let’s just play our hearts out. What do we have to lose? Let’s give it our best shot and see what happens,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.

“And that’s what the players did tonight. That’s the attitude they brought to the game. I think it relaxes them a bit tonight knowing they really have nothing to lose in this game.”

 

Garvo Laneta finished 19 points in 8 of 16 shooting from the field to lead the scoring for Meralco. Anjo Caram scored 16 points while Chris Newsome added 12 for the cause of Meralco.

Aguilar sparked Ginebra with 20 points while Thompson played well with his 17 points and 13 assists. Slaughter had 12 points but LA Tenorio was limited to only five points.

Georgia to play Alabama in College Football National Championship Game

 

The Georgia Bulldogs will face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the most awaited national championship game on Monday, start time at 8:00 PM ET, at Mercedez-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA.

The Alabama Crimson Tide pulled off a 24-6 upset against the No. 1 Clemson Tigers to secure another shot for the college football title game. Alabama’s defense delivered the best by shutting down the offensive juggernaut of Clemson. Surprisingly, Alabama just allowed only 168 total yards against the high-powered offense of Clemson.

Jalen Hurts threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and added 40 yards on the ground. Damien Harris had 77 yards in 19 carries. Calvin Ridley posted 39 yards and a touchdown in four receptions while Henry Huggs had 25 yards in two catches.

The SEC Champion Georgia Bulldogs overwhelmed the Oklahoma Sooners, 54-48, in 2OT to advance to the Championship Game. It was one of the most thrilling games of the season as the Bulldogs rallied after trailing 31-17 at halftime. Jake Fromm completed 20 of 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Georgia did the damage on the ground through Sony Michel who posted 181 yards and three touchdowns while Nick Chubb complimented 145 yards and two touchdowns in 14 receptions.

This is also a match betwen Nick Saban and his former defensive coordinator, now Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.

Currently, Alabama is favored by 4.5 points to win the title.

National Bonsai Exhibition reels off in Binalonan

 

Binalonan, Pangasinan – The first nationwide Inter-Club Bonsai Exhibiton and Competition on Nov. 18 reeled off at the Bonsai Park at the Binalonan Municipal Town Plaza.

The cutting of the ribbon was done by the municipal officials headed by Mayor Ramon V. Guico with the Bonsai and Suiseki Club Alliance of the Philippines’ officials.

An opening program followed at the municipal grounds where the President of the Bonsai and Suiseki Club of Pangasinan, Pats Lopez welcomed all guests, participants and bonsai-enthusiasts coming from different Bonsai Ligas all over the country.

Most strategic

Michael Morden, vice-president of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, stated in his remarks that Binalonan was chosen among other places as the site of the competition.

“Binalonan is the most strategic place for the activity. The Bonsai Park complements the centennial old acacia trees in the Rock Garden. Besides, it is not difficult to come over the town because of the TIPLEX which makes Binalonan, the gateway to the north, ” he said.

Significance

The significance of the endeavour was made by Pablo Dychitan, president of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines in his message. He said that the competition does not stop here. Nationwide activities will be done yearly and that they will contemplate for the 1st International Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition by 2019.

Mayor Ramon V. Guico III thanked the organizer of the activity, the Bonsai and Suiseki Club of Pangasinan Incorported headed by Mr. Faustino Lopez for choosing Binalonan as the venue of the nationwide competition. The mayor supports the Bonsai Liga and said that it is one way of introducing the Binalonians to love and venture on this artistic activity. It is one of the ways of advocating his creative economy for the municipality.

Awarding

About 362 entries (the biggest ever in the history of bonsai competitions) were judged and 177 were awarded as winners in the following categories; Non-Bonsai for Bonsai Liga (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Bantigue Bonsai (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Special Bonsai Awards, Innovative Bonsai Category (Gold, Silver, Bronze), and Suiseki Category for Bonsai Liga (Gold, Silver, Bronze).

Judges of the competition were from bonsai advocates Mike Siow, Noryadi Noruddin, Abdul Hakam Bin Mohamed Esivan of Malaysia, Samson Adina from USA, David Du and Noland Sison, Board of Directors of the Bonsai Alliance of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, to give the opportune chance for the Binalonians to participate in the exhibition and to give credence to the core program of the town, Binalonan, ang Galing, the following awards exclusively for Binalonians were presented: Bonsai Category for Binalonan “Ang Galing” (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Special Bonsai Awards for Binalonan “Ang Galing” and the Novice Category, judged by 3 of the outstanding bonsai artists of the Philippines, Bernabe Millares, Erwin Mejiano and Cading Centeno.

Different activities are lined-up for the show until December 3. The schedule includes the following: Bonsai Lecture and Demonstration by the Malaysian Bonsai-experts, November 19; Everyday Lecture and Workshop of Bonsai Institute of the Philippines from November 20-24; Bonscience and Bonsai Best Practices on November 25 by Pangasinan artists; Bonsai Challenge on November 26 by the 5 Outstanding Bonsai Artists of the Philippines; Everyday Lecture and Workshop by the Bonsai Institute of the Philippines on November 27 and All Day Workshop (Bring Your Own Bonsai)) on December 2 and Egress on December 3.

Source: Binalonan, Pangasinan Facebook Page

Best Kmart Black Friday 2017 deals attract shoppers: Doorbuster deals, great sales

 

Once again Black Friday is nearing and retailers are gearing up to offer best deals on everything from electronics to toys to clothing. For the annual shopping day, Kmart will open the stores at 6 PM on Thanksgiving 23rd November, while the doorbusters deals will end at 2 PM on Black Friday 24th November. The stores will remain open until 10 PM on Black Friday 2017.     

Kmart with the 5-page ad flyer promises to slash prices on toys, homewares, apparel and lawn and garden equipment. Not just that, the customer can save more by joining Kmart’s Rewards Program, including their $1 Layaway program. Further, if you want to save on shipping cost, then Kmart is offering free in-store pickup on most of their products.

Buy quality small and large home appliances from Kmart at the lowest price in their doorbusters deals. You can buy Proctor Silex 5-Speed Hand Mixer, 2-Slice Toaster, and Can Opener all at $4.99 each. Essential Home Personal Blender, 5-Cup Coffeemaker, and 2-Slice Toaster can be availed at $9.99 each.

You won’t find a better deal on Samsung 55” Smart 4K UHD TV which is on sale at $499.99 and comes along with $50 SYW Points. To augment your sound system at home, buy Samsung 200W 2.1CH Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer at $119.99 along with $20 SYWR Points. Peninsula 6-ft Pine Tree at $15 is a must buy for upcoming Christmas festival. If you are planning to buy a Trampoline for your child then you can save $200 on the Kmart’s Trampoline with enclosure available at $149.99. Your kids get a Jump N Jam basketball kit free with the Trampoline.

Best Kmart Black Friday 2017 kids’ deals under $5:

  • Get Barbie Beach or Ballerina doll for $1.99
  • Exciting Arts & Crafts Activity sets for kids at $5
  • Varieties of Board Games such as Trouble, Connect4, Yahtzee and more are on sale for $4.99 each.
  • Essential Home Fleece Throw for $1.99
  • Essential Home 8-pk Washcloths for $2.49
  • Basic Edition Mens Stooge Slippers for $5

The retailer also has a few other amazing doorbusters deals on DVDs, buy The Boss Baby, Emoji Movie, Spiderman and more for just $7.99 each. If you are in the market for new winter wear then Kmart has a number of options to choose from. Some of the deals for Thanksgiving night include Basic Editions Womens Sweaters and Attention Womens Sweater for $9 each. Boots are a must-have for winter and Kmart has smart boots on sale for women, Cate Boots and Tipper Boots with 4 color choice available for $12.99. Kmart has dropped Rustler Mens Jeans on sale for $12.     

One of the best deals Kmart is offering is in Fall/Winter Apparel and Accessories. You can get everything at flat 50% off on winter apparel, shirts, sweaters, weather accessories and more. Also, there is a 25% off on Team Sports Apparel and Merchandise for the Family.   

Kmart is offering up to 50% off on Slippers and fashion boots, Christmas trees, Fashion bedding, Disney toys, Furniture and more. Doorbusters deals are effective from Thursday 6 PM until 2 PM, make sure you reach out for great deals!