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Ginebra stays alive with gutsy Game 3 win over Magnolia

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio deliver awe-inspiring performances as the Gin Kings finally tally a victory in the best-of-five series

Romeo Travis channels LeBron James as Magnolia edges Ginebra

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The Hotshots import says he may have 'jinxed' himself after watching his pal and Lakers star miss crucial free throws before coming up clutch in the end

SAME SEQUENCE. Close pals LeBron James (left) and Romeo Travis both miss crucial free throws in their respective games but make up for them to lead their teams to victory. File photos from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account (James) and PBA Images (Travis)

Magnolia escapes Ginebra for 2-0 lead in semis

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots move one win from securing a finals berth and denying the Gin Kings a third straight title in the Governors' Cup

RELIABLE. Romeo Travis delivers a double-double as Magnolia moves one win closer from a finals appearance in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Paul Lee downplays Magnolia's rare Clasico win over Ginebra

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'You beat him once, he's gonna beat you twice. We need to be ready,' Paul Lee says of Ginebra coach Tim Cone

UPPER HAND. Paul Lee and Magnolia get the better of Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra this time. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia draws first blood vs Ginebra in Clasico semis

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:54 PM

Romeo Travis and Paul Lee take charge as the Hotshots take a 1-0 semis lead over the Gin Kings

Magnolia edges Blackwater, advances to the semis

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots eliminate Blackwater Elite in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals

TO THE SEMIS. Magnolia eliminates Blackwater from the quarterfinals and advances to the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup semis. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group

Ginebra reasserts mastery over Magnolia in Manila Clasico

Oct 28, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Gin Kings topple the Hotshots for the seventh straight elimination round game to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals

TAKING CHARGE. Justin Brownlee delivers in crunchtime as Ginebra secures a seat in the Top 4. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia claims solo No. 1, twice-to-beat edge

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The Hotshots thwart the TNT KaTropa behind Ian Sangalang's 28-point game

SCORING MACHINE. Ian Sangalang topscores for Magnolia, which became the first team to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco stuns No. 1 Magnolia for 2nd straight win

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Bolts bank on a balanced scoring attack with 5 players breaching double figures as it won back-to-back games for the first time

STAYING ALIVE. Baser Amer continues to fill up the stats sheet as Meralco remains alive in the playoff race. Photo from PBA Images

Nothing but 'fun' for Travis in first game vs ex-team Alaska

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The former Best Import says he had no worry getting hurt knowing he has a good relationship with his former teammates

STEADY FORCE. Romeo Travis leads the Magnolia Hotshots to their fifth straight win and the top spot. Photo from PBA Images

Red-hot Magnolia downs Alaska to remain No. 1

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:55 PM

The Hotshots roll on to their fifth straight win to hike their record to 7-1

PREDATORS. Paul Lee and Magnolia add Alaska to their growing list of victims. Photo from PBA Images

Birth of firstborn Tokyo added motivation for Paul Lee

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Wondering why the Magnolia star and wife Rubie named their daughter after the famous city in Japan? He has a pretty direct explanation

INSPIRED. Paul Lee has been averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 5 games since his return from the national team for the Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Jalalon notches first PBA triple-double as Magnolia whips Blackwater

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Hotshots cruise to their fourth straight win and snap the Elite's two-game winning streak

YOUNG GUN. Jio Jalalon leads the charge for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Romeo Travis points to Paul Lee as Magnolia's best player

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The multi-faceted import, though, leads the Hotshots in all but one of the 5 major statistical departments

DEFLECTING CREDIT. Romeo Travis considers Paul Lee as the crucial catalyst in Magnolia's rise to the top. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia manhandles hapless Columbian for share of Govs' Cup lead

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Hotshots cruise to their third straight win to tie Barangay Ginebra at the top of the rankings

FLEXING MUSCLES. Romeo Travis delivers an all-around performance for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Lee, Magnolia escape San Miguel

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Paul Lee knocks in the go-ahead basket as the Hotshots secure their second straight victory

SCORER. Paul Lee catches fire for 28 points to power the Magnolia Hotshots to their fourth win in five games. Photo from PBA Images

Paul Lee redeems self from lackluster PBA return

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Given a shot at redemption, the spitfire guard went with all guns blazing

TAKING CHARGE. Paul Lee tows the Magnolia Hotshots back on the winning track. Photo from PBA Images

Lee, Travis star as Magnolia keeps Rain or Shine winless

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The two cogs combine for 44 points as the Hotshots bounce back from their first loss in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

ON BOTH ENDS. Paul Lee churns out 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Red-hot Phoenix deals Magnolia first loss

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Eugene Phelps unleashes a monster double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds to power the Fuel Masters to their fifth victory

DOMINATING. Rafi Reavis and the Magnoloa Hotshots tried, but Phoenix's Eugene Phelps again proved unstoppable. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia sinks NorthPort to 3rd straight loss

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The Hotshots remain undefeated in two games while the Batang Pier have yet to notch a win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

ON BOTH ENDS. Mark Barroca finishes with 20 points and 5 steals as Magnolia books its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

PBA returnee Romeo Travis hopes to erase 3-year sting

Aug 23, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The former Best Import wants to give the Hotshots what he had failed to provide for Alaska

BACK AT IT. Romeo Travis returns to the PBA after 3 years, this time with the Alaska Aces. Photo from PBA Images

Lee-less Magnolia whips erstwhile unbeaten NLEX by 30

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Hotshots barely needed the services of Paul Lee as five players finished in double figures

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Romeo Travis debuts for Magnolia with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. Photo from PBA Images

Arroyo wants House to 'work hand in hand' with Senate for federalism

Jul 31, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'We will be working closely with the Senate and find a common ground to push forward the approval of the federal constitution,' says Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez, relaying what Speaker Gloria Mapacagal-Arroyo told her allies

ARROYO ALLIES. Representatives Magnolia Antonino and Alfredo Benitez call for a press conference after meeting with Speaker Gloria Arroyo on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Victolero rues multiple change of imports as Magnolia fails to reach semis

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Hotshots played with 4 different reinforcements in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup

REDEMPTION. Chito Victolero says the Magnolia Hotshots will bounce back next conference. Photo from PBA Images

Manuel stars anew as Alaska repulses Magnolia to punch semis ticket

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Vic Manuel scores 22 points to go with 9 rebounds for the Aces

STREAK. Vic Manuel extends his streak of scoring at least 20 points to 11 games. File photo from PBA Images

Magnolia nips San Miguel but loses quotient game

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The Hotshots fail to achieve their target of pulling off a 14-point win to improve to 6th place

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Ian Sangalang posts a double-double of 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Impressive Chism debut props up Magnolia playoff hunt

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Wayne Chism makes immediate impact with his all-around game as the Hotshots improve to 5-5

ALL-AROUND. Paul Lee delivers 21 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia changes import anew, taps veteran Wayne Chism

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Hotshots hope to get it right this time with a 4th reinforcement in their final push for a quarterfinals berth

VETERAN. Wayne Chism will be seeing action in his 5th tour of duty in the PBA. File photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Ginebra annihilates Magnolia for 7th straight Manila Clasico win

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Justin Brownlee's double-double pushes the Gin Kings to their 3rd win in 8 games

SALVAGE. Justin Brownlee saves Barangay Ginebra from being in a tough position with 35 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Magnolia back on winning track after romp past TNT

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Hotshots snap a 3-game skid thanks to Paul Lee's 25 points and Justin Jackson's near-triple-double of 18 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists

TOPSCORER. Paul Lee scores a game-high 25 points to lead the Hotshots to their 4th win in 8 games. Photo from PBA Images

Manuel posts career-high as Alaska wins 6th straight vs Magnolia

Jun 10, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Aces secure a seat in the quarterfinals thanks to Vic Manuel's 17-point eruption in the 4th quarter

TAKING OVER. Vic Manuel comes through for the Alaska Aces anew, this time by posting a career-high in points. Photo from PBA Images

Magnolia parts ways with Curtis Kelly, brings in Justin Jackson

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:05 PM

The Hotshots hope to return to the winning column after back-to-back losses

AXED. The Hotshots had gone winless with Curtis Kelly in the fold. File photo from PBA Images

Curtis Kelly accepts fate whether Magnolia brings him back or not

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The import committed a late-game blunder that heavily weighed in the Hotshots' 84-86 loss to the previously winless Blackwater

STRUGGLE. The Magnolia Hotshots have gone winless with Curtis Kelly in the fold. Photo from PBA Images

Poy Erram credits Walker's advice for his game-winning output

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The Blackwater center redeems himself after throwing a tantrum in his previous game against NLEX

RENEWED. Poy Erram unleashes a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds to catapult Blackwater Elite to its first win in the conference. Photo by PBA Images

Walker's game-winning dunk lifts Blackwater to first win

Jun 06, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The Hotshots absorb their second straight loss since the departure of import Vernon Macklin

GAME-WINNER. Henry Walker scores just 11 points but makes the biggest basket of the game. Photo from PBA Images

Rain or Shine inches closer to playoff berth with OT win vs Magnolia

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Chris Tiu knocks in the free throws that secured the match for the Elasto Painters

HEAVY LIFTING. Reggie Johnson puts up a double-double for the Elasto Painters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Macklin open to PBA return: 'This place always has a special place in my heart'

May 19, 2018 - 12:25 AM

After playing his last game with Magnolia, the import heads to China's National Basketball League where he secured a guaranteed contract

BROTHERS. Vernon Macklin says its tough to leave the Magnolia Hotshots after building a bond with his teammates despite playing just 4 games. File photo by PBA Images

Macklin leaves lasting mark with clutch FTs as Magnolia edges Meralco

May 18, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The Hotshots notch their 3rd straight win thanks to the 31-year-old import's go-ahead free throws

FAREWELL. Vernon Macklin did not disappoint in his last game for the Magnolia Hotshots with a double-double effort in the win over the Meralco Bolts. Photo by PBA Images

For family, Vernon Macklin leaves Magnolia to play in Chinese league

May 16, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The former NBA player will play his last game for the Hotshots before heading to China for the National Basketball League

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. Vernon Macklin (right) is averaging 21.0 points and 12.6 rebounds in his 3 games with the Magnolia Hotshots. File photo by PBA Images

Magnolia bumps Columbian off winning track with 25-point romp

May 16, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The Hotshots bank on a balanced attack with 6 players breaching double figures to bag their second straight win

HOT HANDS. Paul Lee finishes with 17 points and 8 assists for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo by PBA Images

Vernon Macklin to play last 2 games for Magnolia before leaving for China

May 15, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The bruising import receives a guaranteed offer in China's National Basketball League

DOMINANT. Vernon Macklin has been a steady force for the Magnolia Hotshots, averaging 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds. Photo from PBA Images

Sangalang delivers in front of Cabalens as Magnolia bags first win

May 12, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The shifty center finishes with 22 points and 8 rebounds in his province Pampanga

Wright trey tows Phoenix past Magnolia

May 06, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Fuel Masters end a 6-game losing streak to the Hotshots

SPOILER. Matthew Wright and the Phoenix Fuel Masters spoil the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut of the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo by PBA Images

Magnolia Bakery coming to Manila

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) The famous New York City bakery is opening a branch in BGC

SWEET DREAMS. Magnolia Bakery, the New York bakery known for its cupcakes, may set up shop in Manila soon. Screenshot from

San Miguel bags 4th straight PH Cup title in double O.T.

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:11 PM

(2ND UPDATE) The San Miguel Beermen become the only team in PBA history to hoist the All-Filipino trophy for 4 straight years

HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 5 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 7 pm on Friday, April 6, at the Mall of Asia Arena

San Miguel's Arwind Santos itching to end PH Cup finals in Game 5

Apr 05, 2018 - 9:36 AM

'Gusto na naming magpuyat. Ang tagal na naming 'di nakakatikim ng alcohol,' says Arwind Santos about finishing off Magnolia in 5 games

CLOSE OUT. Arwind Santos is looking forward to partying as the San Miguel Beermen seek to beat the Magnolia Hotshots in 5 games and win their 4th straight Philippine Cup title. Photo by PBA Images

San Miguel tops Magnolia in Game 4, inches closer to 4th straight PH Cup title

Apr 04, 2018 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) The San Miguel Beermen have now won 3 straight contests after losing Game 1

ALL-FILIPINO KINGS. The San Miguel Beermen are a win away from their 4th straight Philippine Cup title. Photo by PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 PBA Finals Game 4 – Magnolia Hotshots vs San Miguel Beermen

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates on the game starting 7 pm on Wednesday, April 4, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

San Miguel bench new puzzle to solve for Magnolia coach Victolero

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:52 PM

'Hindi kami titigil hangga't hindi kami nakakakita ng paraan paano manalo sa series na ito,' says Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero

BENCH WOES. Magnolia Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero has another problem with the emergence of San Miguel Beermen's bench unit in their best-of-7 Philippine Cup finals duel. File photo by PBA Images