MANILA, Philippines – It seems that the popular phrase “walang forever” can also be applied to Philippine sports as well-known couple Kiefer Ravena and Mika Reyes have already parted ways.
“Well, hindi na kami... the story regarding how it happened, it's better for her [to tell it],” Ravena said in an interview posted on Instagram by The Lifestyle Hub Entertainment.
When the reporter asked if Ravena, who is returning for his final playing year in Ateneo, is single and unattached, he responded: “Yes, yes.”
Will the change in image also bring a change in fortune?
University of the Philippines is certainly hoping for that as the Fighting Maroons unveiled a new logo in time for their hosting of UAAP Season 78.
In a report on ABS-CBN Sports, UP representative to the Board and UAAP secretary-general Ronnie Dizer said that the Fighting Maroons will do away from the trademark Oblation and will use a logo which bears a native warrior holding a spear and a shield, which is inscribed with the letters UP in baybayin characters.
MANILA – University of Santo Tomas (UST) head coach Bong Dela Cruz does not shy away from the fact that his first season in charge of the Growling Tigers was a letdown.
Coming off back-to-back Finals appearances, the Tigers floundered in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament, finishing in sixth place and missing the Final Four.
"Parang isang malaking bangungot" was how Dela Cruz described his first season in charge, in an interview with Tricia Robredo of ABS-CBN Sports.
Former PBA player Rensy Bajar is expected to take over as head coach of the UP Fighting Maroons, a highly placed source told InterAksyon.com.
Bajar, an assistant coach for UP, will be promoted as head coach after the American Joe Ward, appointed on an interim basis last March, couldn’t assume a permanent role because of conflict with the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.
The BCAP strictly discourages local teams from hiring foreigners as full-time coaches in accordance to a Department of Labor and Employment rule. DOLE could deny Ward’s employment permit in the country if there is an available Filipino “who is competent, able and willing to do the job intended for the foreign national.”
Tasked to handle the Adamson Falcons on coach Kenneth Duremdes’ ouster, interim coach Mike Fermin said that the team was still in shock over what transpired in the last week.
“They were shocked. We were all shocked. We learned about it on Sunday night. On Monday, it was gloomy in our practice. And up until now, we’re still in shock,” he said.
A part of Duremdes’ coaching staff alongside Vince Hizon and Marlou Aquino, it was Fermin who was tapped to handle the reins for the Falcons.
MANILA – Thirdy Ravena is frustrated he won’t be able to join his brother Keifer Ravena in his final year in Ateneo after the younger sibling was deemed ineligible to play in Season 78 of the UAAP men’s basketball due to his grades.
"Of course, disappointing kasi 'di ko na alam kung kailan ko siya magiging teammate or if ever magiging teammates pa kami. It's one opportunity na nasayang," said Thirdy in an interview with Spin.ph’s Mei-Lin Lozada.
The younger Ravena wasn’t able to reach the school's academic requirement of 1.8 Quality Point Index for players, which means he won’t be allowed to join the Blue Eagles’ roster.
MANILA, Philippines – Thirdy Ravena will not be joining his brother Kiefer Ravena this coming UAAP season after the younger Atenean was ruled ineligible to play for the Blue Eagles due to academic issues, according to an online report.
Ateneo de Manila University team manager Epok Quimpo told sportswriter Snow Badua of sports website Spin that the younger Ravena wasn’t able to fulfill the academic requirement to be included to the Blue Eagles’ roster in Season 78.
“He wasn’t able to reach the 1.8 QPI (Quality Point Index) requirement and yes, he will not play next season,” said Quimpo. “Pero it’s the policy of the school. We have no right and we have no plans to appeal that.”