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SEA Invitational to prepare top esports players for next SEA Games

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The SEA Invitational will have 10 countries from the region compete in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile

REMOTE. Adjusting to the situation created by the coronavirus, the SEA Invitational will stage all of its games online. Photo from Razer

So, Carlsen aim for Clutch Chess Invitational semis

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Philippine-born Wesley So holds a commanding lead over France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in their quarterfinals series

BIG CLASH. Welsey So could face Magnus Carlsen in the semifinals. Photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

Meet 3 Pinoy bets in NBA 2K League Asia-Pacific

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Get to know top Filipino gamers Aminolah 'Rial' Polog Jr, Custer George Galas, and Lynard Clark Banzon

TOP GUNS. Asia-Pacific’s top NBA 2K League players slug it out in South Korea. Photo release

2 Pinoys vie for NBA 2K League Asia-Pacific glory

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Rial Polog and Custer George Galas hope to make the Philippines proud in the 2020 NBA 2K League APAC Invitational

TOP BET. Professional gamer Rial Polog hopes to be eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.

Baron captures MVP as F2 Logistics rules PSL

Oct 18, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Majoy Baron clinches the MVP and Best Middle Blocker plums, capping off a stellar month that also saw her make a mark in the ASEAN Grand Prix

BACK-TO-BACK. Majoy Baron and F2 Logistics defend their throne in the Invitational Conference. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Petro Gazz Angels to represent PH in Taiwan tourney

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference winners hope to bring their champion form in their first international tourney

PROMISING. The Petro Gazz Angels are ready to step into the international stage. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Golf star Olesen arrested on suspicion of airplane 'sex assault'

Aug 02, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Airport police arrest five-time European Tour champion Thorbjorn Olesen on suspicion of sexually assaulting a passenger

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Reports say Thorbjorn Olesen got intoxicated in his flight back home. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino kids reap medals at world math olympiad in Japan

Jul 20, 2019 - 7:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: All 181 members of the Philippine delegation win medals at the World Mathematics Invitational held in Fukuoka, Japan

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The Philippine delegation to the World Mathematics Invitational held in Fukuoka, Japan from July 15 to 19, 2019. Photo

Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:58 PM

'Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I've had for a few weeks, I'm forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational,' tweets Woods

UNFORTUNATE. Tiger Woods misses his favorite hunting ground over the years. File photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Pinoy kids stamp class in 2018 World Mathematics Invitational

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:02 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Once again Filipinos shine in the 2018 staging of this top-caliber competition participated in by 22 countries

 GOLD. Member of the Philippine team who won gold medals in the 2018 World Mathematics Invitational in Seoul, South Korea.

UP, Foton to face off in battle for 7th place

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Both teams will clash in the consolation match on Thursday, July 19

FIRST WIN. The UP-UIA Lady Maroons flashed their best form in the tournament to take their first win. Photo from press release

PH team dominates Smart for 3rd PSL win

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Despite the Nationals' victory, coach Shaq Delos Santos says there's still a need to get the team in sync

UNITED. The Philippine women's volleyball team manages to pull through despite a depleted roster. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

PH national women's volleyball team earns 2nd win at the expense of Cignal

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:05 PM

The national team only had 8 players in the lineup against the HD Spikers

SECOND WIN. MJ Philipps and Mika Reyes come up for a block against Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo from press release

F2 trounces Generika in straight sets after Thailand stint

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:45 AM

F2 Logistics looks to build on a recent stint in a Thailand tournament where the team finished in the top 4

SOARING. F2 Logistics’ Majoy Baron goes for a kill over Generika-Ayala’s Patty Orendain. Photo from PSL

Defending champ Cignal routs Cherrylume in opening game

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The collegiate team remains winless in the 2018 PSL Invitational

TITLE DEFENSE. The Cignal HD Spikers begin their title defense in the 2018 PSL Invitational. Photo from Philippine Superliga

Generika survives Foton's threat in 5-set thriller

Jun 26, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The Foton Tornadoes tumble to their second straight loss

COMEBACK. Generika powers through the deciding set after gaining momentum from the 4th set. Photo from Philippine Superliga

Smart clinches first franchise win, sweeps Sta. Lucia

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Sta. Lucia misses the services of Jho Maraguinot, Chinchin Basas and Rica Rivera

INAUGURAL WIN. After a winless 2018 Grand Prix stint, the Giga Hitters pull of an upset for their first win ever. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Cocolife kicks off PSL campaign with win over Cherrylume

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Gyra Barroga fires 17 points, built on 12 attacks and 4 blocks, for the Asset Managers

VICTORY. Justine Tiu and Cocolife open their PSL Invitational Cup campaign on the right foot. Photo from PSL

Petron, F2 stalwarts play double duty in 2018 PSL Invitational

Jun 22, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The national volleyball team players face a grueling grind of playing two games in one day

UNIQUE. The 2018 PSL Invitational will feature the national team and collegiate teams UP Lady Maroons and UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH team head coach respects Creamline players' absence in PSL

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Shaq delos Santos says the national volleyball team's overseas training – which Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado plan to join – can boost the Philippines' chances in the Asian Games

DUAL ROLE. Aside from the national team, Shaq delos Santos will be handling his club Petron Blaze Spikers in the 2018 PSL Invitationals. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Alyssa Valdez, PVL national team players await go signal to play for rival PSL

Jun 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Philippine national women's volleyball team plans to see action in the PSL invitational conference to prepare for the 2018 Asian Games

PHENOM. Alyssa Valdez is one of the PVL players named to the 20-woman national team pool. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Eric Cray leads Philippine bid in national athletics meet

May 30, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The two-time Olympian, along with Trenten Beram, Marestella Torres-Sunang and Aries Toledo, head the local bets taking on a crack foreign field

INCENTIVE. Cash rewards from the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association await national athletes like Eric Cray (center) if they break the national record. File photo from Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Want to train with German club Bayern Munich? Try futsal

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Allianz launches a nationwide futsal youth tournament where selected players get a chance to train with Bayern Munich in Germany

KICK OFF. Allianz, together with the Philippine Football Federation led by Mariano "Nonong" Araneta (back row, fifth from left), launch the event that will give young Filipino footballers a chance to train with the top German club. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

PUBG Southeast Asia Championship announced, starts on April 28

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Participants in this regional tournament have a shot at entering the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 and vying for up to $2 million in prizes

THE BATTLEGROUNDS ARE OPEN. Interested parties may want to sign up for the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Southeast Asia Championship. Image from Mineski and ROG.

Adamson Pep Squad nabs 3 golds in Asia Cheerleading Invitational Championships

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

It's been a fruitful 4 months for the Adamson Pep Squad, which won the UAAP cheerdance title for the first time in school history last December

RAKING MEDALS. The Adamson University Pep Squad strut their stuff in the international scene. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals holds inaugural national championships

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The BBi national tournament will open on Tuesday, March 13 at the Blue Eagle Gym

EXPANSION. The BBi now holds a national tournament for the U-17 and U-12 age groups on its 3rd year. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

LOOK: Melania Trump's invitation for Honeylet Avanceña

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Malacañang gives reporters a copy of this invitation after President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife, Honeylet Avanceña, draws flak for her US trip

Malacañang photo

Cayetano, CHR, Curry | Midday wRap

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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Pinoy kids shine in 2017 World Mathematics Invitational

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:04 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine Team wins 10 gold 19 silver and 9 bronze medals and 3 merit awards in the Vietnam math olympiad

WINNERS. The Philippine Team bags multiple medals and awards at the World Mathematics Invitational 2017 in Vietnam. Photo from Asian Math Sci League Inc.

Defying stereotypes: Adeline Tuayon Sebastian thrives as basketball ref

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:18 PM

When a woman plays basketball she is often mistaken for being a lesbian but this female ref from Zamboanga acts no different from any other woman when she is refereeing a basketball game

GIRL POWER. Adeline Tuayon Sebastian is tearing down stereotypes as a female basketball referee. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

UV Green Lancers clinch pre-season invitational title in Bayugan City

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The UV Green Lancers beat the UST Growling Tigers by a point to win the Kim Lope Asis Mayor’s Cup Basketball Invitational title

UST Growling Tigers edge out UV Green Lancers with half-court buzzer-beater

Jun 29, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Both teams will face off at the finals of the Kim Lope Asis Mayor s Cup Basketball Invitational 2017

UV Green Lancers open pre-season invitational with back-to-back wins

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The 2016 CESAFI champions are in Bayugan as part of their preparation in defending their title in this year’s upcoming season

ROUT. CESAFI's UV Green Lancers demolishes NCAA's EAC Generals, 95-74. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Trillanes, TC-90s, Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 27, 2017 - 1:11 PM

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Security tightens as Ilagan hosts first int'l athletics hosting outside Metro Manila

Mar 24, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The entire Cagayan Valley region is on heightened alert as close to a thousand delegates are expected to arrive for two international athletics competitions

HEIGHTENED SECURITY. Councilor Antonio Montreal Jr says over a hundred police have already been deployed to secure the venue of the events, including the hotels of the foreign delegates. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

PH volleyball set for busy 2017 after history-making 2016

Jan 07, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The Philippines will have another busy year with 5 international tournaments set for 2017

GLOBAL STAGE. F2 Logistics represented the Philippines in the 2016 FIVB Women's Club Championships held in the Philippines. The final between Pomi Casalmaggiore and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul set an FIVB record with 6,700 spectators in attendance. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA eyes invitational for Asian teams, removal of import handicapping

Nov 05, 2016 - 9:25 PM

In a bid to broaden its reach the Philippine Basketball Association is looking to hold an invitational tournament for top Asian teams for the 2016 2017 season

INVITATIONAL. The PBA is eyeing an invitational for top Asian teams to play in the league. Seen in the photo is Iranian guard Mohammad Jamshidi, who served as Meralco's Asian import during the 2016 Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Filipino math wizards bag 4 medals in China tilt

Aug 21, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The Philippine team composed of 4 students bags 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the 2016 China Western Mathematical Invitational CWMI contest

1 record broken, 1 nullified at close of PH Open trackfest

Apr 10, 2016 - 12:41 AM

Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena sets a new national record but the Philippine Air Force squad s record breaker is nullified

NEW RECORD. Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, seen here during the 27TH Southeast Asian Games, sets a new national record in winning his event by clearing 5.50 meters on his first try during the National Open Invitational athletic championships. Photo from

Jason Day wins PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:09 AM

The 28 year old Filipino Australian becomes the first wire to wire winner at Orlando s famed Bay Hill layout since Fred Couples in 1992

BEST AT BAY HILL. Jason Day collected his eighth PGA victory, his first since last September's BMW Championship and his fourth in a row when leading after 54 holes. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images/AFP

San Beda-A prevails in all-Lions finals to win inaugural college 3x3 crown

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:33 PM

San Beda A sweeps San Beda C to become the first champion of the inaugural Intercollegiate 3x3 Invitationals

CHAMPS. Davon Potts (C) and the San Beda-A team catch fire from beyond the arc to win the first-ever Intercollegiate 3x3 Invitationals crown. Photo from press release

UE, San Beda dominate 3x3 tourney eliminations

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:43 PM

The quarterfinals semifinals and finals stages will take place on Sunday March 20 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

ON TO THE ELITE 8. Philip Manalang (R) of the UE-C team along with two other UE teams will advance to the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate 3x3 Invitationals. Photo from press release

Kiefer Ravena hopeful 3x3 gets added to UAAP calendar

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Ravena shares the UAAP Board is already considering adding 3x3 basketball to its calendar as early as next season

3x3 IN THE UAAP? Kiefer Ravena hopes 3x3 basketball will successfully make it to the UAAP calendar soon. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

A guide to 3x3 basketball

Mar 16, 2016 - 11:52 PM

See some of the basic rules of 3x3 how the sport is gaining ground internationally and how it could be the next big thing in the Philippines

Champs FEU, Letran headline first-ever 3x3 college tourney

Mar 16, 2016 - 5:12 PM

Other teams participating include UST San Beda Ateneo NU Mapua UP San Sebastian UE Adamson and Arellano

COLLEGIATE 3X3. (From left to right) Tournament director and former Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena, SBP deputy executive director Butch Antonio, FEU Tamaraws players Jojo Trinidad and Prinze Orizu are present at the press conference for the Intercollegiate 3x3 Invitationals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH students win 27 medals in China math contests

Aug 15, 2015 - 3:12 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The young Filipino delegations take home a total of 3 gold 2 silver and 22 bronze medals

WINNERS. The Philippine teams at the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (top) and the 2015 World Mathematics Invitational in Guilin, China. Photos by MTG and MathDAP

Biñan, Laguna becomes home to new artificial-grass football pitch

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:16 PM

This regulation sized football field is believed to be the first from a local government unit in the Philippines and could provide a big boost for the game in the region

A light tower rises over the pitch. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Philippines loses VTV Cup opener to Vietnam

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:09 PM

The Philippines dropped 3 straight sets to defending VTV champs Vietnam

Philippines' star Aby Maraño, seen during SEA Games action. Screenshot from SEA Games' YouTube channel

Valdez-less Philippines begins VTV Cup campaign Saturday

Jul 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The roster will be headlined by Aby Marano Dindin Santiago Manabat and Myla Pablo