Warriors vs Raptors Live Stream: NBA Finals Game 5 Radio Coverage, Scores, Updates, Kevin Durant to start

The Toronto Raptors will try to capture their first NBA title as they face the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, start time at 9:00 PM ET. Warriors vs Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN, TV Coverage is on ABC.

With the chance to close the series, the Raptors are hoping to remain resilient knowing that the Warriors have Kevin Durant in this game. Kawhi Leonard continues to be the star in the Warriors uniform and his tasks at some points of the game would be to guard Durant. Surely, Leonard is having another MVP Finals if the Raptors would win this game. He is unguardable so far especially when he takes control of the Raptors offense.

Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are completely thorns for the Warriors, as both players no matter who is playing, are making damage offensively and defensively. Convincingly, the bigmen of the Raptors have produced more than the Warriors’.

It is also necessary to take note of how Danny Green will adjust to the defense of the Warriors. Green knows how to be at the right place at the right time as he finds himself open from outside the arc. Pascal Siakam also has to do his job in attacking his defender. Siakam has be derailing the defense of the Warriors.

On the brink of losing the series, the Warriors have the opportunity to match the Raptors with the presence of Durant who will play in this game. The Warriors have the full roster that that is deadly offensively. However, the effectiveness of Durant will be tested in the first quarter if he really is healthy enough to compete at the high level. Durant is averaging 34.2 points per game in the playoffs before he got injured.

Of course, the Warriors will need the maximum performance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to suffice the offense. It is a must for both players to score and to play strong defensively. If the troika of Durant, Curry and Thompson are playing smoothly, then the Warriors could extend the series.

Golden State had been outplayed in the last two games. One of the most noticeable aspects of was the intensity in defense in the second half. In what was a strength for the Warriors in the third quarter of Game 4, they faltered to deny the Raptors in scoring big plays.

Will Durant be able to play like the way before he was injured?

Warriors Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN. NBA Finals live streaming Radio coverage is on ESPN Radio. Scores and Updates of Warriors vs Raptors Game 5 is available here. Will this be the last game of Durant with the Warriors?

In the Philippines, you can watch Warriors vs Raptors tv on ABS-CBN Network and BTV.

CIBAC Party-list captures two seats: Votes by the Numbers in provinces

CIBAC Party-list captured two seats in the recently-concluded midterm elections. While the province of Bulacan and Metro Manila were the bailiwicks of CIBAC, it is also a noted that it gained votes all over the country. The scattered votes, 924,345, 3.35%, enabled the party to rank No. 4 in nationwide behind ACT-CIS, Bayan Muna and Ako Bicol.

To make it more interesting, CIBAC paved the way for Bro. Eddie Villanueva to be part of the 18th Congress. Villanueva also is the founder of CIBAC Party-list.

The victory of CIBAC can be attributed to the hard-working volunteers nationwide as well as the advertising power of Senator Joel Villanueva, the president of the party, who encouraged voters through a 15 seconds tv ad seen almost daily during the campaign period.

In Bulacan, CIBAC ranked No. 1 and garnered 14.62 % for 133,960 votes. CIBAC ranked No. 1 also in the province of Pampanga while it garnered big numbers in Laguna, Batangas, Cavite and Pangasinan.

Here’s the CIBAC Partylist votes in all provinces taken from ABS-CBN Halalan Results Partial, unofficial results aggregated from Comelec data as of May 22, 2019, 9:01 AM and from 98.42% of Election Returns. Take note also that Election Returns transmitted
86,463 of 87,851 clustered precincts, amounting to 98.42%.

Province Ranked Votes %
Abra 14 875 1.00%
Agusan Del Norte 7 3,180 3.55%
Agusan Del Sur 5 7,065 4.25%
Aklan 11 4,345 2.73%
Albay 15 2,319 0.57%
Antique 15 2,759 1.83%
Apayao 17 445 1.48%
Abra 14 875 1.00%
Agusan Del Norte 7 3,180 3.55%
Agusan Del Sur 5 7,065 4.25%
Aklan 11 4,345 2.73%
Albay 15 2,319 0.57%
Antique 15 2,759 1.83%
Apayao 17 445 1.48%
Aurora 4 3,736 5.77%
Basilan 29 550 0.50%
Bataan 2 16,686 6.84%
Batanes 10 69 1.58%
Batangas 4 35,069 4.22%
Benguet 10 2,134 2.19%
Biliran 22 377 0.78%
Bohol 18 5,454 1.51%
Bukidnon 17 6,060 1.75%
Bulacan 1 133,960 14.62%
Cagayan 14 5,266 1.83%
Camarines Norte 15 1,763 1.18%
Camarines Sur 26 2,979 0.63%
Camiguin 14 191 0.51%
Capiz 19 3,229 1.66%
Catanduanes 12 1,275 1.38%
Cavite 3 53,181 5.79%
Cebu 16 14,304 1.59%
Compostella Valley 8 6,687 3.53%
Cotabato North 16 4,820 1.31%
Davao Del Norte 12 5,211 2.09%
Davao Del Sur 14 2,165 1.15%
Davao Occidental 23 165 0.20%
Davao Oriental 24 1,450 1.12%
Dinagat Islands 15 384 1.24%
Eastern Samar 25 511 0.34%
Guimaras 9 1,991 4.27%
Ifugao 11 1,372 2.50%
Ilocos Norte 7 5,792 2.89%
Ilocos Sur 8 4,047 1.92%
Iloilo 15 8,358 1.51%
Isabela 6 10,374 2.55%
Kalinga 13 1,147 1.86%
La Union 6 4,975 1.91%
Laguna 3 55,935 6.26%
Lanao Del Norte 29 1,591 0.98%
Lanao Del Sur 40 683 0.26%
Leyte 24 1,605 0.38%
Maguindanao 40 797 0.23%
Marinduque 12 1,033 1.61%
Masbate 19 1,801 0.93%
Misamis Occidental 16 1,627 0.98%
Misamis Oriental 17 3,488 1.34%
Mountain Province 10 944 2.34%
Negros Occidental 10 11,619 2.05%
Negros Oriental 12 5,680 1.97%
Northern Samar 22 1,335 0.71%
Nueva Ejica 6 27,204 3.84%
Occidental Mindoro 14 1,858 1.66%
Oriental Mindoro 4 9,781 4.71%
Palawan 13 5,361 2.52%
Pampanga 1 58,545 9.52%
Pangasinan 6 33,365 3.81%
Quezon 15 7,910 1.28%
Quirino 9 784 1.36%
Rizal 5 33,940 5.04%
Romblon 15 1,329 1.74%
Samar 17 1,272 0.47%
Sarangani 15 1,447 1.03%
Siquijor 13 626 2.40%
Sorsogon 19 1,409 0.65%
South Cotabato 12 4,937 1.91%
Southern Leyte 25 636 0.49%
Sultan Kudarat 15 2,770 1.37%
Sulu 36 166 0.09%
Surigao Del Norte 8 5,369 3.56%
Surigao Del Sur 9 3,848 2.22%
Tarlac 6 16,707 3.98%
Tawi-Tawi 18 407 0.44%
Zambales 5 9,369 5.10%
Top 15 Provinces based on Percentage
Bulacan 1 133,960 14.62%
Pampanga 1 58,545 9.52%
Bataan 2 16,686 6.84%
Laguna 3 55,935 6.26%
Cavite 3 53,181 5.79%
Aurora 4 3,736 5.77%
Zambales 5 9,369 5.10%
Rizal 5 33,940 5.04%
Oriental Mindoro 4 9,781 4.71%
Guimaras 9 1,991 4.27%
Agusan Del Sur 5 7,065 4.25%
Batangas 4 35,069 4.22%
Tarlac 6 16,707 3.98%
Nueva Ejica 6 27,204 3.84%
Pangasinan 6 33,365 3.81%

Lazada’s best mobile offers this month

Lazada’s best mobile offers this month

With the rise of online buyers around the country, there’s also the rise of items to be seen being sold at Lazada which continue to dominate the e-commerce.

Surprisingly, Lazada is bringing back the most loved cellphones in the past -the Nokia 3110. While it was totally the big mobile technology in the 90’s, the Nokia 3110 will not easily be erased in the minds of Filipinos. At the cost of P 295.00, it would be enticing to purchase this cellphone.

There are plenty of choices for shoppers at Lazada. For the millenials, it would be a great fit to buy iPhones but the budget would always be the problem. Though there are numbers of people who can afford an iPhone, the cheaper one remain in demand. Take for example the OPPO brand which captivates thousands of Pinoys especially the wonderful camera that results in beautiful images.

The OPPO A3s model cost for only ₱ 6,999.00 and it can be bought in an installment basis of up to 36 months.

SCREEN SIZE: 6.2 inches
BATTERY: 4230mAh
CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
CARD SLOT: microSD up to 256GB
SIM: Dual Nano SIM
WIFI: 802.11b/g/n
BLUETOOTH: Bluetooth 4.2
USB: USB 2.0

For those with meager budget, the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Lite is very attractive. It is 100% authentic and with 15 days return. It can be purchase in an installment basis for as low as ₱ 4,999.00. The free earphone and selfie stick could entice a shopper.

Product details of ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KL 5.5″ Screen LTE 3GB + 32GB
Display: 5.5-inch IPS display 2.5D curved glass display
Processor: 64-bit Octa-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 430 @1.4Ghz with Adreno™ 505 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 1TB (dedicated)
Main Camera: 13MP PixelMaster with LED Flash
Front Camera: 13MP f/2.0 PixelMaster with soft light LED Flash
Network: LTE Cat.4 (UL 50Mbps / DL 150Mbps)
Sim: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
OS: ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7 Nougat)
Battery: 3000mAh battery
Other features: Fingerprint sensor

The Xiaomi Redmi 3GB RAM 32GB ROM is one of the best at Lazada which costs for P 6,750. Interestingly, this is the global version of the smartphone. The size and the speed might be the determining factor for the shoppers and this model provides it.

NBA Finals Live Stream: Watch Warriors vs Raptors tv schedule, start time, Radio coverage

NBA Finals 2019 between the Warriors and Raptors is here!  For those who are going to watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals, live streaming and tv channel and radio live info can easily be found.

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals Game One on Thursday, start time at 9:00 PM ET, in Toronto. Warriors vs Raptors Game One odds and point spread is currently at -1.0 Toronto and O/U is 215.

The Warriors are seeking their third straight title, four in five years, while the Raptors are aiming for their first in franchise history. Significantly, both teams are playing at the high level and a gigantic collision is unstoppable.

Golden State entered into the Finals by beating the Clippers, Rockets and Trail Blazers respectively. Absolutely, the big revelation for the Warriors in the last five games was that they are undefeated without their No. 1 player Kevin Durant who will not even play for Game 1 in the Finals. The Warriors managed to play with speed and poise though Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as the core of the well-oiled offensive machine.

Curry averaged 36.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game against the Trail Blazers. On the other hand, Green had 16.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game to supplement Curry’s magnificent numbers. Klay Thompson contributed 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Without a doubt, the trio increased their numbers without Durant. It will be just a question if the Warriors could keep winning games in the Finals without the presence of Durant who can score at any angle of the floor.

Toronto just came from a 4-2 gruelling series over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors swept the Magic and beat the 76ers in the 7th game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Kawhi Leonard did the damaged against the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Leonard averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He was the go to guy for the Raptors when the game was on the line. Helping Leonard in the offensive attacks would be Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam who averaged 19.2 points and 14.5 respectively against Milwaukee.

Read>>>NBA Finals: Why most Filipinos are bandwagoners?

One of the advantages of the Raptors would be the depth. Norman Powel, Fred VanVleet and Marc Gasol can be great contributors also for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka and Danny Green can significantly help in scoring at certain frames of the game.

Game One would be very important for the Raptors to win. To stay in the game, the Raptors must be able to deny the Warriors in an explosive spurt especially in the third quarter. At certain points of the game, the Raptors might be using Leonard to defend Curry. Watch for that to happen!

How to watch NBA Finals live in the Philippines? NBA Finals Game One live is on ABS-CBN and BTV. NBA Finals Warriors vs Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN. Radio coverage is on ESPN Radio.

NBA Finals: Why most Filipinos are bandwagoners?

It is a fact that Filipinos have the passion for basketball. They cling to watch the PBA as well as the NCAA and UAAP. They love the NBA also especially when it enters the playoffs.

Despite the deep love for basketball, Filipinos are considered by many as bandwagoners in choosing a team in the NBA. Is this really a true assessment or is it just a mistaken notion about the Filipinos in the way they support for a team.

Back in the 80’s, the NBA was limited for those avid fans only. When there was no internet and cable television, a featured NBA game was being shown once a week only in a selected channel. Most of the time, the games being featured were those of popular teams playing in the playoffs or those close encounters that were decided in the final minutes. Surely, the Lakers and Celtics were usually being watched by most of the Filipinos in those ye. Thus, they were either Lakers’ or Celtics’ fans.

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls plunged into the scene in the 90’s when cable television and the internet were already available. The entire nation was totally enthralled with the charisma of Jordan as well as the triangle-offense coaching style of Phil Jackson. Those years, Jordan was being compared to local stars like Samboy Lim and Vergel Meneses for their high-flying drives and dunks. Tim Cone’s adaptation of the triangle offense was also a success attributing to Jackson’s winning years with the Bulls. The Filipinos were rooting back then for the Bulls and Jordan.

The retirement of Jordan and the downfall of the Bulls gave way to find another love for a player or a team. It coincided with the rise of Kobe Bryant as the Slam Dunk champion as well as his All-Star game performance. The Filipinos were captivated with Bryant, then came next was the dominance of the Los Angeles Lakers. From the Bulls to the Lakers, the shift was made.

After the Lakers, the Miami Heat got into the heart of many because of coach Erik Spoelstra, a half-Filipino, and of course the troika of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. For four years, the Filipinos loved for the coach was totally apparent as well as the admiration for James was powerful. However, it didn’t last long when James returned to Cleveland.

While the loyal remain to support Spoelstra, most of the fans jumped James with the Cavaliers. While the Cavs were in the playoffs, the Heat were out as well as the Filipino Heat fans jumped. The attention shifted to the Cavaliers and LeBron James.

James and the Cavs continue to be the apple of the eyes until the Golden State Warriors conquered the Western Conference. The rising popularity of Stephen Curry and the Warriors, started to get admirers, now were facing James and the Cavs. This was the time when millions of Filipinos probably were at different sides of the aisle. For several years, Filipinos were split with the Cavs and Warriors until LeBron moved to the Lakers.

In this year’s NBA Finals, admit it or not, more Filipinos will be rooting for the Warriors instead of the Toronto Raptors. From the Celtics and Lakers to the Bulls, then back to the Lakers, then the Cavs and now the Warriors?

In comparison to the US fans who stick to one team through out their lives. US fans are die-hard s that even when their team is losing, they remain loyal. By looking back at the first championship of the Warriors, no wonder a big celebration was prepared after 40 years of drought for the ring.

Reasons why Filipinos are bandwagoners

1. No loyalty to a certain team when it comes to the NBA

A NBA team is tied to a place or a city. Thus, the people around are born to be the avid supporters. NBA fans in the Philippines are not tied to a certain city or place at all that they easily jump from one team to another.

2. More of a player preference

If somebody is doing great, Filipinos are tend to be transfixed. Thus, fans are more of a player admiration than a loyalty to a team. This is the reason why those Heat fans shifted immediately to be Cavaliers fans when LeBron James moved. Those similar fans became Lakers fans when the same player changed his uniform. From Magic Johnson, Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, and now Curry?

3. A fan doesn’t want to lose

Filipinos love to cheer always for the favorites. Thus, they likely be cheering a powerhouse team than a a new ballclub which is about to make a Cinderella story. Filipinos do not want to be a loser and to be ridiculed by his friends.

4. The impact of television coverage

Though the NBA is becoming familiar because of the internet, an ordinary Filipino becomes a fan immediately when the playoffs is around when the television coverage kicks off. In the Finals, even those who know little about the NBA will automatically be converted to be a fan either of the two teams. The impact of the tv coverage affects the preference of the people.

The NBA Finals is here. Probably 90 percent of Filipinos are cheering for the Golden State Warriors. Are you a bandwagon fan?

Kennon Road closed: alternate routes to Baguio City


Catching the cool breeze of the Capital is not too late. For those who want to have the fastest travel to Baguio City, Kennon Road was closed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) due to rockfall.

The DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Office posted an advisory that Kennon Road is temporarily closed until further notice.

“After the assessment of the road line, the Task Force Kennon Road and DPWH personnel found falling rocks along intermittent sections in the area. Heavy rainfall have recently been experienced in Benguet, causing disturbance of the slopes. To avoid accidents, motorists are advised to avoid Kennon Road at this time, while residents should observe extreme caution.”

What are the other roads to Baguio City?

While Kennon Road is the best way to reach Baguio City through the entry point in Rosario La Union if the tourists are coming from the South, there are several other highways to get into the city.

Marcos Highway (now Aspiras-Palispis Highway)– Named after the late President Marcos, the highway remains a popular way to Baguio City. It has to entry points, in Rosario and Agoo, La Union. While it is longer than Kennon, Marcos Highway consists of wider lanes. All class of vehicles can traverse the highway while Kennon Road fits only for class 1.

Naguilian Road (Quirino Highway) – This road was the utilized when Marcos Highway and Kennon Road were closed in 2018. For those travelers coming from the North especially from La Union, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, this can be an option

Aringay-Tubao Alternate Road and Anduyan Bridge – The alternate road is a 14.24 kilometers road section along Aringay-Tubao, La Union which will facilitate a scenic travel to Asin Hotspring in Tuba, Benguet and Baguio City. This would that would cut travel time to Baguio City by one hour.

Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road – This road is quite dangerous, and has tunnels along the road which used to be intended for rail services from Aringay to Baguio.  Be prepared to drive with patience, enjoying the scenery. There are hot springs and resorts along the road.

Halsema Road – this road provides the capacity of the people of Benguet to travel to Mountain Province and Ifugao. This road is the gateway to tourist spots like Sagada and Banaue.

Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road – if tourists are coming from Cagayan Valley, then, the Baguio Nueva Viscaya Road is the best fit.

It is refreshing to go to Baguio City at least once a year. Surely, the scenic mountains, hills, water falls will be advantageous for nature lovers. More importantly, the cold weather is what the City best offering for all!

CIBAC submits position paper, asks Comelec to include third round seat


The distribution of seats in the party-list system always end up controversially. In this May 2019 national election, there’s again an apparent demand to reconfigure or to look at deeper the equal distribution of seats with the total votes almost already tallied.

CIBAC Party-list nominee Atty. Lyndon Cana clearly states the mathematical argument that CIBAC must get three seats instead of the Comelec giving two.

On his FB post, Cana explained the reason CIBAC must be given three seats:


The question of whether CIBAC will have a third nominee or not boils down to the application of what is now known as the “BANAT formula” adopted by the Supreme Court in the case of Banat vs. Comelec. Summarized, it goes this way:

Awarding of seats to Party Lists (PL) undergoes three rounds.

In the first round, all PL which have obtained at least 2% of all the votes case for PLs (the minimum required by law to get a seat), get one guaranteed seat each. In this round, 9 PLs, including 4th ranking CIBAC, get one seat each.

In the second round, the formula now becomes the “vote percentage” of the PL is multiplied by the “remaining seats after the first round”, the product of which entitles a PL to another seat for every “whole integer” of the product, “a fraction being considered an integer and no rounding off allowed”.

Thus, in this second round, ACT CIS (the no. 1 PL), and Bayan Muna (the second placer), all get a product in excess of 2%, so they both get two additional seats each. (Only a maximum of 3 seats are allowed per PL). So in this second stage, ACT-CIS and Bayan Muna both get already the maximum 3 seats allowed by law.
With respect to AKO BICOL (AB), the third placer, and CIBAC, the fourth ranked, it appears that they post a less-than-whole 2% product each, with AB scoring somewhere around 1.9%, and CIBAC around 1.7% (canvass of votes not yet complete… we are at 98% canvass as of this writing).
(CIBAC’s current vote percentage is 3.35% of all the votes cast for PL, x 52 remaining seats, because there being 61 seats minus 9 seats awarded in the first round, is 52, so CIBAC’s second round percentage is 1.742%.)

So AB and CIBAC get one additional seat each, because .9% and and .742% are not whole integers and no rounding off is allowed.
Now comes the third round. All the remaining seats not yet awarded, are now distributed to the remaining PLs based on rank until all remaining available seats are occupied.

In this third round, some 40 party lists are waiting in line to receive one seat each till the last seat is occupied according to rank.
And this is where the whole trouble begins. Because CIBAC, which still has a residue of .742% left (making it no. 14 in the ranking for the third round), IS EXCLUDED BY COMELEC in the third round!

What happens then is PLs with LESS THAN WHOLE INTEGERS percentages of their votes, such as those whose votes are less than 200,000, are awarded one seat each, WHILE CIBAC, WHOSE VOTES IS 923,000, is awarded ONLY TWO SEATS, because Comelec’s present rule excludes the “top notchers” (the first group scoring 2% plus in the first round) from the seat allocation in the third round!

Why they are doing that, what is their basis for doing that, is the million dollar question.
All universal and basic notion of “proportionality” and “ranking” is destroyed.

To repeat, a PL with 190,000 votes has one seat, while CIBAC with 923,000 has only two seats.

CIBAC has already submitted its Position Paper on the issue asking Comelec to include us in the THIRD ROUND SEAT ALLOCATION PROCESS, because our residue vote is STILL SO MUCH MORE THAN THE VOTES other PLs have. To emphasize, if PLs with 200,000 votes are able to get one seat in the third round, why is CIBAC EXCLUDED FROM THE THIRD ROUND when it still has 523,000 excess votes of 200,000 plus 200,000 after the second round?

We can only pray that a sense of basic mathematical justice and righteousness grips the Comelec, enough to convince it to adjust their formula or its application, to make it just and fair to the voters who gave CIBAC such a commanding mandate, placing it fourth in a field of 181 contenders.

Please pray with us for mathematical justice. The problem is not with the people or the voters. They have spoken. Resoundingly. The problem is some man-made formula that defies mathematical justice and fundamental common sense.

Melody Rapallo seeks third term in San Fabian’s Municipal Council

Councilor Melody Rapallo aims for another term in the Municipal Council of San Fabian, Pangasinan. Elected as the youngest councilor of the town , Rapallo understands the importance of continuity and passion in serving. Her love for the people motivates her to keep the journey of being a godly legislator in crafting ordinances and resolutions that benefit the masses.

Rapallo’s stint in the Municipal Council enabled San Fabian to feel the necessary upliftment in the way the people live. Here are some of the ordinances that Rapallo has pushed that affected lives in the town since 2013.

*An ordinance requiring the Municipal Health Office (MHO) to render essential medical services at least one day of every month for Senior Citizens in the remote upland barangays of San Fabian.

* An ordinance creating the Solo Parents’ Office, providing welfare services, special privileges, benefits to solo parents.

* An ordinance declaring March 21 of every year as “Agew na San Fabian” in Municipality of San Fabian.
* An ordinance declaring awarding Five Outstanding Teachers in the Municipality
* An ordinance creating San Fabian Local Youth Development Council.
* An ordinance enacting Environment Code.
* An ordinance enacting the Health and Sanitation Code.
* An ordinance on Investment Code of 2013.

For more of the ordinances that Rapallo promoted, you can check out below:

Patriots acquire Seferian-Jenkins to enhance TE position

The New England Patriots signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins in a one year deal to boost the tight end position which Rob Gronkowski left when he announced his retirement.

According to reports, the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with Seferian-Jenkins who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round fo the 2014 NFL Draft. After three seasons, Seferian-Jenkins moved to the New York Jets for the 2016-2017 season before signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.

In his career, Seferian-Jenkins has a 116 receptions for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns in 43 games.

The Patriots acquisition is anticipated as they are looking for a possible replacement for Gronkowski who retired after playing nine years in the NFL. It would be difficult to match the production of Gronkowski but New England remains optimistic for the upcoming season.

Currently, the Patriots have Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo on their depth chart at the tight end position.

Moreover, the Patriots also hosted wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon.

COMELEC sets campaign materials’ sizes for local and national elections


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is clear about setting guidelines for lawful election propaganda. While the 90-day campaign for those running for senator and party-list groups started last February 12, the local candidates will start on March 29.

Campaign posters and tarpaulins are already filling in the major streets, may it be national or provincial roads. Obviously, most of the posters met the required sizes but noticeably others are oversized which the Comelec could enforce the law and its rules. Other violation that these candidates are tend to make is the posting in a wrong place. Some supporters posted it on trees or even electric posts which is surely not acceptable.

Posters or tarpaulins must be no bigger than 2×3 feet or 3×2 feet and they must be positioned in common poster areas determined by Comelec officials in each locality. Posters may be set up on private property with the permission of the owner but they must be of the required size.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said last month that campaign materials such as a leaflet, card, bumper sticker, and other election propaganda must contain the words “political advertisement paid for…” by the candidate or party.

For national candidates, or those running for senator and party list, the campaign period is from February 12 to May 11. For local candidates, from House representatives to city and municipal councilors, they can campaign from March 29 to May 11.

Here are the lawful campaign materials  allowed during the campaign period

Pamphlets, leaflets, cards, decals, stickers, or similar materials (maximum width: 8 1/2 inches; maximum length: 14 inches)

Handwritten or printed letters campaigning for or against a candidate/party

Posters, whether framed or posted (maximum area: 2 feet by 3 feet)

Banners or streamers during public meetings or rallies which may only be displayed from 5 days before up to 24 hours after the rally (maximum area: 3 feet by 8 feet)

Social media posts, whether original or reposted, which may be incidental to the creator’s advocacies of social issues or is primarily endorsing a candidate

Mobile units, vehicles, or motorcades of all types, whether engine or manpower driven or animal drawn, with or without sound systems or loud speakers and with or without lights.

Paid ads in broadcast, internet, mobile, print, or outdoor media
Campaign materials (except banners or streamers) in headquarters and residences of candidates

Source: Comelec.gov.ph

What’s next for AlDub fans? Maine Mendoza-Alden Richards breakup

What’s next for AlDub fans? Maine Mendoza-Alden Richards breakup

There’s a time for everything. A time to rise and a time to fall; A time to unite and a time to part. Everybody comes into realization that the fairy tale story of AlDub has found its end. While the story of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, popularly know as AlDub, was only for for television set, millions of fans worldwide were hoping it to be forever.

Alden and Maine were unintentionally paired on July 16, 2015 episode of Eat Bulaga’s segment “Juan For All, All For Juan”. The pairing created a “kilig” moment for the fans and the creator of the segment allowed the two to blossom as a tandem or even love team.

Millions of people in the Philippines and around the world started to be fascinated by the loveteam as Twitter catapulted the popularity of the program by trending almost daily worldwide. The romantic excitement through Maine and Alden enticed the viewers in a daily basis. It was even called the “AlDub Fever” as the prominency of the loveteam soared like nobody had thought.

AlDub reached its peak on October 24, 2015 episode of Eat Bulaga when more than 55,000 people filled the Philippine Arena for a concert. In this moment, Alden and Maine performed live in a romantic and dramatic scenes. This day also marked the time when Yaya Dub opened her lips as the people roared to hear her voice. Moreover, the it reached 39.4 million in 24 hours on Twitter and it remains to be the most tweeted in history in 24 hours, hashtag #ALDubEBTamangPanahon.

After several months, AlDub slowly lost its grip to the fans. Though everything was done to make the segment interesting, it seems that the fans lost their taste. The rating slowly dwindled until Alden and Maine have to go separately to create their own identity.

While the fans want the fairy tale story to become a reality, Alden and Maine are thinking differently. Despite of those romantic moments in live television set, they never attracted to each other. Or we can say that AlDub was just a phenomenon with a time table and that could easily be broken.

As of now, the news in the past weeks swirled around Maine who is being linked in real life to Arjo Atayde. Maine even admitted that they are dating. Absolutely, this killed the imaginations of many who longed for Alden and Maine to be forever.

What’s next for AlDub fans?

For the millions of AlDub fans out there, let go of them. If Alden and Maine are happy with what they are doing separately, then let’s also have the smile. While they are not meant for each other in real life, let us still support them in their individual careers. Let’s be joyful for we became part of the greatest loveteam fans ever!

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


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.


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.

Falcons play Panthers, battle of the last two NFL MVPs


The defending NFC Champions Atlanta Falcons will face the Carolina Panthers in a crucial NFL game on Sunday, kick off time at 1:00 PM ET.

This game is very important because of the tight battle in the NFC South in which the New Orleans Saints are surging. Furthermore, the Falcons-Panthers is a game that features the previews two MVPs namely Matt Ryan of Atlanta and Cam Newton of Carolina.

Boris “Bubs” Malloy, sports analyst at MyTopSportsbooks.com opinion on this game is:

“of all the units playing in this game, I only have confidence in the Panther defense. Carolina hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in the last two games, and should be able to keep Matt Ryan uncomfortable all day.”

Atlanta is currently in third place of the division with a 4-3 record. Though it is a different season from last year in which they entered the Super Bowl, Ryan is struggling so far by throwing 1,844 yards and nine touchdown against six interceptions, contrary to throwing seven picks the entire 2016 season.

On the season, the Falcons average 21.9 points and 374.4 total yards per game. Defensively, the Falcons yield 21.7 points and 320.6 total yards per game.

Carolina is entering this game with a 5-3 record being led by Newton. The quarterback has 1,841 yards and 10 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. In Newton’s 2015 MVP season, he had only 10 picks. Thus, Newton must carry by throwing accurate passes.

On the season, the Panthers average 18.5 points and 311.0 total yards per game. Defensively, the Panthers yield 17.8 points and 264.0 total yards per game.

Which team do you think will win? Which quarterback will play like a MVP?

Cabagnot’s triple-double lifts SMB to a victory

The San Miguel Beermen defeated the TNT Katropa Texters, 115-91, to capture the PBA Commissioners Cup title at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Alex Cabagnot posted a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead San Miguel in overpower TNT in Game 6, enough to close the series 4-2. Cabagnot averaged 20.3 points, eight rebounds and 5.8 assists in the Finals and named the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP.

Import Charles Rhodes contributed with 30 points and 11 rebounds while Marcio Lassiter had 24 points. Arwind Santos came off the bench had 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Chris Ross contributed 14 points. The Beermen didn’t rely that much on bigman June Mar Fajardo who struggled in the game.

“TNT… brought out the best in us,” said SMB coach Leo Austria after their triumph. “Both of us deserved to win the championship, but we’re really fortunate, because my players really wanted to win. This is the Cup that we haven’t won in the last 17 years.”

Troy Rosario scored 21 points for the Texters but their problem of utilizing Joshua Smith to the max failed because of his production of 15 points and six rebounds. Smith only shot seven times. Jayson Castro scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Roger Pogo had 16 points for KaTropa.


SAN MIGUEL 115 – Rhodes 30, Lassiter 24, Cabagnot 19, Santos 17, Ross 14, Espinas 5, Semerad 4, Fajardo 2, De Ocampo 0, Heruela 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, Agovida. 0,

TNT 91 – Rosario 21, Pogoy 16, Smith 15, Castro 13, De Ocampo 7, Garcia 7, Williams 4, Tautuaa 4, Rosales 2, Semerad 2, Reyes 0.
Quarterscores: 37-26, 62-42, 94-69, 115-91.

Pacquiao vs Horn fight: What’s next for Manny Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao suffered a controversial unanimous decision that went to Australia’s Jeff Horn on Sunday. Some called the decision a robbery while others named it “corrupt”. Millions of people around the world that watched the fight viewed Pacquiao as the winner. But the fact of the matter was that three judges looked it almost the same – Horn won.

Though Pacquiao accepted the decision, still millions of Filipino fans are saying that Pacquiao won the fight. Pacquiao landed more punches but the Austalian was handed the victory. The error of the judges to give Pacquiao the win might probably allow Pacquiao to think more about his future. Without a doubt, the defeat stings him and his fans but he has to face days of contemplation about his career. Will he continue or hang his gloves and retire for real? Pacquiao announced his retirement before he ran for senator in the Philippines then went back and fight Jessie Vargas last November.

According to Brian Campbell of CBS Sports that Pacquiao is no longer looked like an elite fighter and that he is old.

“But because of the generous decision, the narrative coming out of Saturday did nothing but bury the lede. While everywhere from social media to SportsCenter exploded the constant refrain of robbery (and how corrupt this broken sport continues to be), the real story was that Pacquiao finally got old.”

There’s no doubt that Pacquiao has to make a decision in the coming weeks but will he retire? Pacquiao is 5-4 in his last nine fights, though two of those defeats were debatable. Also, Pacquiao’s last fight stopping his opponent was in 2009. Though Pacquiao is 38 years old, I believe that he was not sharp enough to fight Horn. In short, didn’t prepare exactly well against Horn.

Pacquaio’s future

Manny Pacquiao’s career doesn’t end here. Pacquiao has the right to call for a rematch against Horn that will happen probably again in Brisbane. Pacquiao knows that to end a career in a loss is a worst decision

Top Rank Bob Arum said after the fight of a possible rematch.

“There is a rematch clause and the rematch clause definitely has language that all things being OK, that it has to be in Brisbane,” said Arum.

“We’ll sit down and we’re going to figure it out.

“Maybe down the road it would be great for (Horn) to fight in Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden.”

If Pacquiao will fight again, it is better for him to take a leave as a senator to concentrate in practice and preparation. Let’s give him another chance to redeem himself.

Pacquiao vs Horn odds: tv channel schedule, start time, prediction

Manny Pacquiao will take on Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title on Sunday, at 9:00 AM local time, in Brisbane, Australia.

The Filipino icon and a future Hall of Famer will defend his crown against Horn in a boxing fight that is called “Battle of Brisbane”. While Pacquiao has been one of the most coveted boxers in the world, for the first time since 2005, this fight is not to be broadcasted on Pay-Per-View. As a matter of fact, the Pacquiao vs Horn fight will shown live free on ESPN in the United States.

Absolutely, Pacquiao is headed to this fight with a huge advantage. The Filipino is the favorite as everybody expected. The Pacquiao vs Horn latest odds courtesy of Bovada favored Pacquiao at a distance:

Manny Pacquiao -600
Jeff Horn +400

Thus, according to the eyes of oddsmakers, Pacquiao will ultimately win this fight. It is just a matter of how Pacquiao will end the fight. In the past eight years, Pacquiao never had a knockout considering that he rose capture eight division titles by dominating and hurting his opponents. In a live television seen in the United States and around the world, Pacquiao is aiming for a big punch that could destroy Horn easily.

How to watch Pacquiao vs Horn in the Philippines?

You can watchatch Pacquiao fight live free advertisement for only P949 through ONE SKY, SKYcable, SKYdirect, Destiny, and SKYbroadband subscribers nationwide.

Pacquiao in three rounds. Pacquiao needs to win in a knockout to attract the US viewers for his next fight to be on PPV.

Vegas: GS Warriors better than ’96 Bulls

After the Golden State Warriors won Game 2 of the NBA Finals, conversations continue to swirl around about the greatness of this superteam. While the NBA Finals is not over, negating any expectations from the Cavaliers, who pulled off a miraculous 3-1 series deficit last season, this series is different because of the presence of Kevin Durant.

It seems that the series is over. In one of the biggest talks in sports today, the current Warriors (14-0), are even the favorites to beat the Michael Jordan-led 1996 Chicago Bulls team. The ’96 Bulls went on to finish the regular season with a 72-10 record and overpowered the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals.

Las Vegas oddsmakers decided to take side between the Jordan-led Bulls against this year’s Warriors if they would be playing in the Finals. ESPN talked to seven Vegas bookmakers and asked them to set the odds in a game and series between the two teams.

“Five of the six had the Warriors favored, from as high as -8 at the MGM (per Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts) to as low as -2 at William Hill US (per Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading, William Hill US).”

The oddsmakers are not always perfect in looking at a series but it is clear that the Warriors are better through their eyes.

“The biggest factor is what rules is game being played under,” Matthew Holt, COO at CG Analytics told ESPN in an email. “Being able to hand check would make the Bulls favorite and their roster was built for that. In the no-hand check era the Warriors’ current roster is much better suited and would have some serious speed and shooter advantages at several key positions.”

Millions of basketball fans may not agree with the oddsmakers for it remains in the minds of those who saw the Bulls as the greatest team ever. However, it would be mind boggling to just match each players like Michael Jordan vs Kevin Durant, Scottie Pippen vs Stephen Curry, Tony Kukoc vs Klay Thompson and Dennis Rodman vs Draymond Green.

“Five of the six had the Warriors favored, from as high as -8 at the MGM (per Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts) to as low as -2 at William Hill US (per Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading, William Hill US)” according to ESPN.

The speed and shooting accuracy of the Warriors were dominating the Cavaliers in the first two games. Also, the Warriors are a 3-point favorite for Game 3 at Cleveland. The Warriors are different from last season because primarily of Durant who is averaging  35.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.

Do you think the Warriors are better than the ’96 Bulls? You can share this article or just you can comment below.

Wonder Woman to fly in the Philippines as early as June 1

Manila, Philippines – The flight Warner Brothers Pictures’ Wonder Woman will come as early as the first day of June for there there will midnight previews at 12:01 AM in some of the chosen cinemas in Metro Manila and cities.

For the die-hard fans of Wonder Woman, few hours from now the cinemas are opening and they have the chance to be the first throughout the world to view Wonder Woman. The fact that Filipino culture embraces such a fantasy movie, Wonder Woman probably will captivate millions of fans to line up early. Surely, Filipinos love the Wonder Woman character and it is embroiled in their minds.

Early in the 80’s the Philippines had shown the Wonder Woman television series which transfixed viewers in a weekly basis. Furthermore, Filipinos have their own Wonder Woman character which popularly known as “Darna”.

For those who are living in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces, screening are to be held at Robinsons Magnolia, Starmall San Jose, Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA, Starmall Las Pinas, Vista Mall Taguig, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Venice, Uptown, Cineplex, Trinoma, Greenbelt 3, S’ Maison, Glorietta 4, SM Bacoor, SM BF, SM Aura, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Century, Eastwood, Powerplant, Evia, Gateway, Fisher’s Mall and Newport.

For those in the provinces, you can watch the Wonder Woman in SM Baguio, SM Clark, SM Naga, SM Pampanga, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampanga and SM Cebu.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Gal Gadot is back as the the title character in the epic action adventure Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins.

Jenkins directed the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

Absolutely, the Filipinos are ready to make this movie a blockbuster.

Celtics vs Cavaliers NBA Playoffs Scores: Kyrie Irving shines in Game 4

After trailing 16 points, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off a remarkable 112-99 come-from-behind victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavs with 42 points while LeBron James added 34 points to inch closer to another match with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Cleveland outscored the Celtics 40-23 in the third quarter in which Irving delivered his scoring prowess.

Without a doubt, James impost his will by driving to the basket several times in the fourth quarter as Boston’s defense couldn’t stop him. Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds as he dominated the inside game for the Cavs.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with his 19 points. Jae Crowder also added 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Al Horford contributed 16t points and seven assists.

The Celtics offense was totally in need of a spark in the fourth quarter but they couldn’t find anybody to take the lead until the Cavaliers controlled the game. The Celtics will play at home for the Game 5 schedule on Thursday.