PVL’s star continues to shine bright

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA year before it celebrates 15 years of existence, the Premier Volleyball League embarks on a new journey amid a sea of challenges.The rise of a rival league has gave the need to develop newer stars to beef up its roster of teams. There is also the need to build more relationships with corporate sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Then known as the Shakey’s V-League, the innovating tournament became the launch pad of several of the country’s biggest stars, including the biggest of them all: Alyssa Valdez.The former Ateneo stalwart has become the face of Philippine volleyball, her skills taking her to several tournaments abroad, both as a star for national teams and as an import for other countries’ club teams.The ex-Lady Eagle has also blazed the trail for other volleyball superstars so that they now are able to match their counterparts in men’s basketball in terms of celebrity status.Anywhere there’s a volleyball game—whether it’s collegiate or club competitions, fans now go wild over seeing their favorite stars in action. They take photos, hunt for autographs and chat up their idols, who end up making a huge impact on their lives.But that works both ways, too.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the greatest challenge is to remain true to the vision of the league’s original founders when it wanted to highlight women’s sports by giving the country’s top volleyball athletes a playground of their own.“When we started out, we really wanted an outlet for these girls’ talents even after their collegiate years,” Ricky Palou, president of tournament organizer Sports Vision, told the Inquirer in a previous interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe league has gone way beyond that. It has served as a prep-up of sorts for teams playing in the collegiate leagues, providing them with preseason competition that tests their squads before the varsity wars begin.It has also served as the birthplace of stars. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “When a fan approaches me, it also brightens my day,” said Valdez, who once brought a fan to tears by simply giving her life advice during a radio guesting at Inquirer’s live sports talk show, Sports IQ.Valdez isn’t the only star to come out of the PVL program.San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones, a feared hitter, also grew her game in the courts of the PVL, along with the likes of Myla Pablo, Jia Morado, Steph Mercado, Wensh Tiu and Michele Gumabao.Jaja Santiago and her equally towering sister, Dindin Manabat, also starred in the PVL before moving on to other leagues, local and foreign. The two are now playing as imports in Japan.Rachel Daquis, the former FEU star who ventured into part-time modeling once turned heads in the Shakey’s tournament.The legends of the game managed to grab their share of success in the early years of the PVL’s forebear, the V-League.Angeli Tabaquero, now an assistant coach with the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP, strutted her wares in the V-League, helping University of Santo Tomas dominate the early years of the tournament.The list of the other big names go on: Charo Soriano, now a regular campaigner in beach volleyball, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Mary Jane Balse and others can trace some of their success to the PVL.And as it wraps up yet another successful tournament, the league is ready to grow some more.How far it will go? No one knows. But one thing’s for sure: When history views the PVL decades from now, it will see a league that championed the talents of women’s athletes and gave them a league of their own to shine. —INQUIRER SPORTS LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tabal sets out for sixth straight Milo marathon championship View commentslast_img read more

Flood alert in Delhi as Yamuna water level nears danger mark

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water level in the river Yamuna in Delhi has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the “warning mark” of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the “danger mark” pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.A total of 4,30,817 cusec water has been released from the Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana, further raising the water level of the Yamuna, which is already flowing at a dangerous level. A high alert has been sounded in the Yamuna Nagar administration of Haryana following the release of water. The catchment area has been evacuated after water entered the houses of locals living in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the “warning mark”. “Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official said, stating around six lakh cusec water was released at noon on Sunday. On Saturday also, water was released from the barrage following heavy rains, the official said. The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage –which provides drinking water to Delhi –normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. “An advisory has been issued by the department regarding the water level and the concerned agencies have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” the official added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHundreds of people live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they will be moved to safer places once the water level touches the “warning mark”. Meanwhile, the national capital and its surrounding areas woke up to a light to moderate rains on Sunday morning, providing some relief from the heat. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 24°C, while the maximum temperature was 32°C. The weather station in Safdarjung recorded 8.7 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. While the Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations received 7.8 mm and 9.4 mm of rainfall respectively, the Ayanagar Observatory recorded 11.7 mm of rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected to lash several parts of the national capital as well as other adjoining national capital regions (NCR) in the next 24 hours. As a result, the MeT department has also issued an orange alert, which means the authorities should prepare for necessary action, in Delhi. “The current Western Disturbance is likely to cause widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi during next 24 hours,” the MeT department tweeted.last_img read more

Summit Business Media Folds Financial Title Enters Partnership with Source Media

first_imgIn January, citing a need to focus on its core brands, Summit suspended publication of 30,000-circ. Bank Advisor magazine.Whelan said Summit has since formed a partnership with fellow trade publisher Source Media in which Source acquired certain rights associated with Mortgage Originator Magazine. The partnership allows Source, which publishes Origination News magazine, to fulfill MOM’s subscriptions and take on its advertisers through the end of the year.Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Whelan. A Source spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.According to Whelan, Summit still owns the titles and rights to the publication, and could consider a relaunch “at some point.” But that “most likely wouldn’t be before January 2011, at least,” he said. Summit Business Media has suspended publication of monthly financial title Mortgage Originator Magazine. The June issue will be its last.Launched nearly 20 years ago, Mortgage Originator carried a paid and controlled circulation of 15,000. Summit acquired the magazine about a decade ago.“It’s a strong brand that was an acknowledged, established part of our portfolio,” Summit senior vice president John Whelan told FOLIO:. “But, it’s been caught in the eye of the storm in terms of the worsening economic conditions. The readership has been impacted heavily.”An editor and an independent sales manager were laid off as a result of the closure, Whelan said. Group publisher John DeCesare will remain with the company.last_img read more

37225 people held in antidrug drives Minister

first_imgAmir Hossain AmuA total of 37,225 people were arrested and 25,575 cases were filed in the drives against narcotics across the country so far, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said on Wednesday.The minister made the comment while answering to queries to journalists after chairing the cabinet committee meeting on law and order, news agency UNB reports.The minister also informed that currently there are 89,589 inmates in jails, and 42 per cent of them have been arrested during the anti-drug drive since mid-May this year.He said that the anti-drug drive would continue and BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) have been kept in alert to restrict trafficking of drugs at bordering areas.Regarding the alleged connection of Cox’s Bazar lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi with drug dealers, Amu said Bodi would not be speared if evidence of drug dealing found against him.The minister also claimed that currently the law and order situation is in good condition while numbers of killing, rape and all kinds of offences have decreased for the active role of law enforcers,.When asked about the recent crude bomb attack on the election campaign of opposition BNP’s Rajshahi City Corporation mayoral aspirant Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, Amu said “Few incidents can take place centering election.””We have to consider the sincerity of law enforcing agencies after such incident. The law enforcers will be active so that upcoming city polls are held in free and fair manner,” he added.last_img read more

Sufi music can never be commercialised

first_imgHow did music come calling to you?Music is not a mere profession to us, it is a legacy we are carrying which has been blessed to us by our ancestors.Have qawali and sufi music got their due in the music circuit?Qawali and sufi music has its own place in the music circuit. Sufi and qawali are not commercial rather they are integral to our tradition.Are you open to Bollywood offers after Rockstar?After the success of music of Rockstar we got a brilliant response from the audience and critics. Yes we are open to work on more Bollywood assignments, infact we are working on few things, will soon announce when something positive develops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does music mean to you?Music to us is our passion and obligation to do justice everytime we perform. As our ancestors has earned respect on the basis of this only, so its our responsibility to take it further.Do you follow any other Indian or foreign musicians. If yes, what do you like in them?We do not to name of any artist but we really follow sufi songs, shayari and chants of Amir Khusro.Have you thought about coming out with your own label or album? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCurrently we are planning something, but is it has a long way to go.Would you ever like to experiment with your genre of music or try fusion?It’s great to be a versatile and we respect all the genres of music be it fusion or some other. But right now we are not planning to experiment with our genre.How has the journey been for all these years?Our journey, right from the start, was tough. Firstly to maintain the name of our ancestors was a big challenge for us. The love and admiration we got from the audience just cannot be expressed in words.How does the audience react to your music on international shores. Do they accept it well?It really makes us proud that people in other countries love sufi music and its amazing to see their attendance at the concerts. Sometimes it happens that they don’t understand the music and lyrics completely, but is really great to see their admiration towards us.last_img read more

US hotel rates up 2 Hotel Price Index

first_imgU.S. hotel rates up 2%: Hotel Price Index DALLAS — Even with several major political shifts and currency fluctuations around the world in 2016, travellers fared pretty well with average nightly hotel prices unchanged globally from 2015, as reported in the latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com. The U.S. had a slight average price increase (up 1%) throughout 2016, while declines from most other regions tempered the overall global picture.The HPI is an annual report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid (per night, including taxes and fees) for their accommodation. The data is from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.Seven out of 10 of top international travel destinations saw a significant price decrease, including a 7% drop for Thailand (now $93 per night) and a 2% drop for China (now $134 per night), compared to 2015.International trends such as Brexit have prompted a strengthening of the dollar and best value prices for trips to European hubs. Among cities analyzed in the HPI, the most popular international destinations were London (prices down 11% from 2015 to $230 per night) and Paris (prices down 12% to $184 per night).More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDespite global economic uncertainty and the average price of hotels in the U.S. increasing 2% during 2016, international travellers were undeterred. The top 10 most popular American destinations remained consistent. New York (prices down 3% from 2015 to $252 per night), Las Vegas (prices up 5% to $138 per night), Orlando (prices up 2% to $112 per night), Miami (prices down 5% to $186 per night), San Francisco (prices down 3% to $218 per night), Honolulu (prices up 5% to $263 per night), Los Angeles (prices up 5% to $183 per night), San Diego (prices up 2% to $157 per night), Chicago (prices down 3% to $202 per night) and Washington D.C. (prices up 1% to $212 per night) rounded out the top 10. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Share Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Trend Watch Travelweek Group last_img read more