Dondon, Alapag hope to catch coach’s eyes

Dondon Hontiveros and Jimmy Alapag
Dondon Hontiveros and Jimmy Alapag

Dondon Hontiveros of San Miguel Beer and Jimmy Alapag of Talk ’N Text are just two of the more prominent players left out in the PowerAde Team Pilipinas training pool.

But with the way they’re playing right now, the two veteran guards probably deserve a second look.

A strong game against the Yeng Guiao-mentored RP team in the All-Star Week this month may make the national coach rethink his options.

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Gov’t sticks to fiscal discipline to meet balanced budget goal

MT.SAMAT, BATAAN – President Arroyo Tuesday declared the government would stick to fiscal discipline to meet a balanced budget next year even as her economic managers move to review the country’s macroeconomic targets this year.

In her remarks at the 67th commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan here, the President said her administration is committed “to live within means” while sustaining targeted relief for the poor.

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Electricity rates surge as Meralco cites summer heat

THE Philippines’ largest electricity distributor jacked up its rates in its franchise, blaming the increase on rising temperatures that have driven up power consumption.

“There was marked increase in consumption during the peak hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in March as consumers coped with the summer heat through more intensive use of air-conditioning and other cooling appliances,” Joe Zaldarriaga, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) external communications official, said.

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Puno moral force movement in place

MANILA, Philippines—A Moral Force Movement envisioned by Supreme CourtChief Justice Reynato Puno has taken shape and is set to come up with a criteria on who voters should elect in the 2010 balloting—from president down to the local levels.

Court spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said Puno had chosen highly respected individuals to make up the movement’s core group and has attended its two meetings over the past three weeks.

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Abus demanding $5 million for hostages’ release

MANILA, Philippines – The Abu Sayyaf had demanded $5 million or more than P200 million for the release of three kidnapped workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a military document shows.

The document, which details the kidnap-for-ransom activities perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf since 2003, was apparently prepared prior to the release on Thursday last week of one of the three ICRC workers Mary Jean Lacaba.

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Yuchengco: ‘There are many great Filipinos’

The search for the 22nd Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award (BTCA) was launched recently by the AY Foundation (AYF) and the Junior Chamber International-Manila (JCI).

“There are many great Filipinos,” chairman of AYF Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco told in an interview March 26 at the RCBC Tower in Makati. “It is the truth.” 

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Convergys launches 7th contact center in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines - Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered Convergys Corp. announced the dedication of its seventh integrated contact center facility in Metro Manila. 

The facility, located at UP-Ayala TechnoHub, was dedicated by Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte and Convergys Senior Vice President of Human Resources Clark Handy.

In just three months, Convergys also announced the opening of its Cebu i3 facility in Cebu City and the Nuvali TechnoHub facility in Sta. Rosa , Laguna. 

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Fight will be short and sweet


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MANILA, Philippines – Those hoping for a long, bitter struggle between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton on May 2 won’t get it.

“It’s going to be short and sweet,” said Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, during Monday’s red-carpet meeting between the two great boxers and their trash-talking handlers in Hollywood.

Roach said it could or should be over in three rounds.

“I think it’s going to be the best three rounds you’ve ever seen. Ricky is going to force the action and Manny is going to respond to it. But Manny is going to get him early and I believe he will knock him out in the early rounds.”

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Top trainers also take centerstage on May 2

While the stakes are high for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton of the United Kingdom when they square off on May 2 in Las Vegas, there is also a battle looming between the trainers of the two fighters who seem to have taken over the trash talking for the bout.

Based on an article posted at, there is even a specially designed four-tier trophy, measuring over five feet in height, bearing the inscription “No. 1 pound-for-pound Best Trainer in the World,” which will be presented to either Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach or Floyd Mayweather Sr., Hatton’s trainer. Mayweather Sr. is the enstranged father of Floyd Mayweather Jr., the only man to beat Hatton.

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Business to Congress: Get economy humming

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on Wednesday urged the House of Representatives to push for programs that will speed up economic recovery rather than prioritize moves to hasten Charter change or “Cha cha.”

“We are experiencing one of the most severe economic crises since World War II and we should focus our energy addressing this issue,” PCCI President Edgardo Lacson said Wednesday during the weekly Fernandina Forum.

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