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The new Sta. Lucia


Sta. Lucia Land is aware of its place in Philippine Superliga (PSL) history. But that doesn’t mean the Lady Realtors are content with where they stand in the league. Far from it. The team has been constantly rebuilding since joining the PSL and has made no secret of its desire to be on the top one of these days. And the latest iteration of the squad is buzzing with excitement as the Lady Realtors prepare for the 2020 Grand Prix tournament. “Just based on the past [tournaments], I think there’s certain expectations,” said Jessica Vestal—there was no need to expound on the fact that those expectations aren’t exactly lofty. “But I think with everyone working so hard, there’s …

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Mental health, relationships and Jake Cuenca


“How were you able to shift from English to Filipino, from radio-TV to the theater, and from being a hunk-sex object to serious actor?” The question was asked of actor Jake Cuenca at a recent press conference at Privato Hotel in Quezon City to announce “Sandbox Fest 2020,” the two-show festival of the Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical.After reflecting for a while, and as the laughter and giggles died down, Cuenca replied: “It is hard, it is very hard work but I would advise young aspiring actors to follow the same path.” Cuenca is reprising his role as the man (with Sab Jose again as the woman) in the intense, two-actor play, “Lungs,” by acclaimed English playwright Duncan …

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Church probes slapping of boy by priest over mangoes


ZAMBOANGA CITY — A parish priest is being investigated by peers for the alleged physical abuse of a 13-year-old boy.   Fr. Ricardo Borbajo Jr., of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish at the village of Bolong, caught the boy up a mango tree beside the chapel harvesting a few pieces of the fruit.   The priest ordered the boy down and allegedly slapped him several times.   Someone took a video of the incident and posted it on social media, alerting church officials and the city’s social welfare and development office.   Bolong village chief RubenCoros expressed lament at how the priest “hit the boy badly just for a few pieces of mangoes….

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Sun Yang vows to fight eight-year doping ban ‘to the end’


China’s triple Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang vowed to appeal on Friday after he received an eight-year ban for refusing to give a doping sample, saying he was “shocked” and “angry.” “This is unfair. I firmly believe in my innocence,” Sun told China’s Xinhua news agency soon after the judgment by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). “I will definitely appeal to let more people know the truth.” In a statement on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, the 28-year-old repeated his defense that the doping testers who went to his home in September 2018 were not qualified. “Let more people know the truth,” added Sun, who served a three-month doping ban in 2014. “I belie…

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‘We’re glued to the TV’: Premier League clubs wary of virus


As the world’s sporting calendar gets increasingly affected by the fast-spreading new virus, the Premier League is set to go ahead as planned this weekend. Clubs are becoming more cautious, however. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said Friday his players are no longer greeting each other with handshakes at the training ground, under medical advice. Journalists heading to Arsenal for a pre-match news conference with manager Mikel Arteta on Saturday have been told to complete a questionnaire about their recent whereabouts before attending. Posters have been put up across soccer stadiums and training centers, informing players and fans of the guidance coming from Britain’s top…

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Hong Kong pets face coronavirus quarantine after dog tests positive


HONGKONG — All pets of people in Hong Kong infected with the coronavirus will be quarantined, with one dog already in isolation, the city’s authorities said Friday. The move is the first reported case anywhere in the world of a government quarantining pets over the outbreak and was prompted by a positive test in the pet of an infected patient. The canine has been placed in quarantine for 14 days as a precaution but has no “relevant symptoms”, Hong Kong officials said Friday. “Nasal and oral cavity samples tested weak positive for COVID-19,” a government spokesman said without explaining why they tested the animal in the first place. He said it was unclear whether the dog had actu…

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49 Mlang couples end live-in status in mass wedding


  MLANG, COTABATO——At least 49 couples ended their live-in status and tied the knot at a mass wedding sponsored by the local government.   Mayor Russel M. Abonado administered the civil rites at the town gym witnessed by the couples’ parents, relatives and friends.   Abonado said the civil wedding would make legal the status as husbands and wives of the couples who had been living with each other for at least 10 years.   The mayor said being married would make it easy for the couples and their families to avail themselves of government programs and services like coverage by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and cash aid from the govern…

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‘She’s healthy:’ PH consulate says Filipina quarantined in HK released


MANILA, Philippines — The lone Filipino left under quarantine in Hong Kong after her employer tested positive for the COVID-19 has been released, the Philippine Consulate General there said. In a statement posted on its official Facebook Friday, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong said the Filipino “is healthy and has returned to her place of work.” The patient was the second Filipino placed under quarantine in Hong Kong. “This brings the number of Filipinos in quarantine in Hong Kong to ZERO,” the consulate said. “On the other hand, the two (2) Filipinos that tested positive for COVID-19 remain in hospital but no longer exhibit symptoms,” it added. The consula…

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