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Valdez returns as PH repeats over Vietnam in ASEAN Grand Prix

Oct 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The returning Alyssa Valdez shines as the Philippine women's volleyball team completes a sweep of Vietnam

GRAND RETURN. Alyssa Valdez returns from injury to lead the national team over Vietnam. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Philippine Robotics National Team bags gold award in Turkey

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The national delegation comes home victorious after winning a Gold Award for Project Presentation and Finalist on Project Research

PH robotics team wins big at FIRST Lego League World Championship

May 18, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Young Filipino students bested other teams from all over the world at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Lego League World Championship in Houston, Texas

WINNERS. DYCI Blue Ocean's 10 with Mylene Abiva (left) of FELTA Multi-Media at the FIRST Lego League World Championship in Houston, Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of FELTA

Fil-Hawaiian spiker Kalei Mau now a Filipino citizen

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Kalei Mau is now eligible to represent the Philippines as part of the national women's volleyball team

REINFORCEMENT. 6-foot-2 Kalei Mau dreams of wearing the flag's colors on her chest. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Mighty Sports holds off UAE national team, clinches Dubai quarters

Feb 03, 2019 - 1:43 AM

Justin Brownlee tallies a double-double as Mighty Sports-Philippines rolls to a second straight victory

Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:13 AM

England's all-time men's goals leader Wayne Rooney will play his final game for the flag in a friendly against US

GAME CHANGER. Wayne Rooney lifts Major League Soccer club DC United from the bottom of the table to the playoffs in his first campaign. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

'Dream come true' as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The 7-foot-1 teen star can't wait to join PBA stalwarts like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in the Gilas training

EXCITED. Kai Sotto says he's looking forward to learn from national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from FIBA

Mesut Ozil quits German national team over racism

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The midfielder has been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup

SCAPEGOAT. Mesut Ozil says he's also tired of being the scapegoat of Germany's World Cup elimination in the group stage. Photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

WATCH: Thirdy Ravena sinks buzzer-beater to nip Greece U21 squad

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The UAAP Finals MVP breaks the Greek team's heart with a clutch 3-pointer for the Ateneo Blue Eagles

CLUTCH. Thirdy Ravena has made Ateneo's Greece visit an avenue to showcase his wares. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Shaq delos Santos debuts as head coach of women's national volleyball team

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The recently crowned PSL champion coach will take the reins from Ramil de Jesus

DEBUT. Shaq delos Santos will be seeing action with the national team again but this time as the women's volleyball head coach. Photo by Aki Yatco/Rappler

Ish Polvorosa soars high as rookie public servant-athlete

May 20, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The UAAP 5-time Best Setter dreams of a return stint with the national team even as a new local government leader

BORN LEADER. Ish Polvorosa transitions from his playmaking abilities in the court to building a sports development program for the youth as SK chairman. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Sisi Rondina leaves UAAP frustrations behind, sets sights on PH debut

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Even with veterans around, the UST star shows them her fiery form

FIRE POWER. Sisi Rondina shows the national team hopefuls, including the veteran players, that she's unstoppable on the court. Photo by Joaqui Flores

Mika Reyes, Denden Lazaro lead 11 new hopefuls in PH volleyball tryouts

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:33 PM

First-day participants Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and other Ateneo players skipped day 2 due to prior commitments

HOPEFULS. Players present in day 2 of the LVPI women's national team tryouts. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Alyssa Valdez, La Salle standouts banner PH volleyball team hopefuls

Apr 13, 2018 - 7:56 PM

La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus replaces Francis Vicente as the new national team tactician

HOPEFUL. Alyssa Valdez is one of the 18 aspirants for a spot in the Philippines women's volleyball team. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Experience the missing piece for PH women's volleyball, says Vicente

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The Philippine team fell short in the semifinals against powerhouse Thailand and will instead shoot for the bronze medal

LACK OF EXPERIENCE. The Philippine national women's volleyball team is still short on experience when it comes to international competition. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Philippines upsets Cambodia in SEAG men's football opener

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:26 AM

The Philippine women s team also wins 2 1 over Malaysia

UPSET. Philippines has earned its first victory over Cambodia since the 2005 SEA Games

PH swimmers take home 6 golds in Asean School Games

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Bhay Newberry bags two gold medals in the Asean School Games

GOLDEN GIRL. Bhay Newberry dominates in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events. Photo from Newberry's Facebook

Norwood inserted into 24-man Gilas pool for FIBA Asia Cup

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Coach Chot Reyes releases the 24 man pool from which he will select his final 12 men for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

ONE MORE ROUND? Gabe Norwood may see action again for Gilas Pilipinas after his inclusion to the 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Cup. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Paras, Parks, Ravena lead Gilas lineup for 2017 SEA Games

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:45 PM

This year s regional meet will happen from August 19 to 30

SEA GAMES-BOUND. Ray Parks, along with the likes of Kobe Paras and Kiefer Ravena, will represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games. Parks is seen here during his Gilas Pilipinas stint in the 2016 FIBA OQT. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mary Joy Tabal seeks national team reinstatement for SEA Games

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:57 PM

I’m still hoping they can accept me to represent the country for the SEA Games said a tearful Tabal

SEEKING REINSTATEMENT. (From L-R) Motorace Philippines Inc president Jonel Borromeo, coach John Philip Dueñas, Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, and PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez during a press conference. Photo by PJ Estan

PH U15 girls football team inches closer to international gold

May 23, 2017 - 1:19 PM

A second successive runner up finish bodes well for the future of Pinay football

U15 GIRLS NATIONAL TEAM. Even with a short time to prepare, the Philippines' U15 girls football team showed significant improvement in the lead up to the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation championship. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

SEABA winner grouped with Australia in Asian Qualifiers

May 08, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The SEABA slot is drawn into Group B along with newcomer Australia Japan and Taiwan

DRAW RESULTS. The Philippines, should it qualify if it wins the SEABA tournament, will play in Group B against the likes of Australia in the Asian Qualifiers in November. Photo from

IN PHOTOS: Blatche all smiles as he settles in with Gilas ahead of SEABA tilt

May 08, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Check out photos of Andray Blatche back in the Gilas Pilipinas fold

ALL SMILES. Andray Blatche is all smiles as he reconnects with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hontiveros attests to Abueva's growth as leader for Gilas

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

I guess napansin niyo rin na nagbago na si Calvin It s good for us it s good for Gilas also says former Gilas captain Dondon Hontiveros

VISIT. Dondon Hontiveros pays Gilas Pilipinas a visit and talks about the growth of Alaska teammate Calvin Abueva. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

A month away from SEABA, Gilas plays first 5-on-5 scrimmages

Apr 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Gilas will continue on to daily practices beginning Monday April 17 after Easter Sunday

PRACTICE. Gilas wraps up a practice session on Tuesday night, April 11. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Jordan Clarkson vows to make playing for Gilas Pilipinas happen

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Clarkson though has yet to be declared eligible to play for the Philippines

GILAS DREAMS. Jordan Clarkson reiterates his desire to play for Gilas Pilipinas. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Men's U22, Women's National Football Teams prepare for international battle

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:47 PM

While the SEA Games team heads for Bahrain the ladies gird for Women s AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Tajikistan

NATIONAL DUTY. Dylan De Bruycker (white), a former Belgium U15 and U17 national team player, has turned heads in the Philippines and can finish with either foot. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Valdez, Reyes, Fajardo lead PH national volleyball team pool

Mar 14, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Former UAAP stars Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes as well as DLSU setter Kim Fajardo lead the 25 woman pool of coach Francis Vicente

Vicente stays true to national team vision as Manila tryouts end

Feb 01, 2017 - 4:07 PM

The 3 day Luzon tryout saw the big collegiate names undergo physical mental and emotional tests to find the players ready to represent the flag in the SEA Games

TRYOUTS. Coach Francis Vicente holds national volleyball team tryouts. Photo by Alyssa Rola/Rappler

Troy Rosario added to Gilas Pilipinas pool

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Head coach Chot Reyes includes the 6 foot 7 Rosario after getting clearance from TNT and the PBA Board

NEW ADDITION. Troy Rosario is the latest addition to the Gilas Pilipinas pool. Photo from PBA Images

MVP to lobby FIBA Central Board to relax eligibility rules for Fil-foreigners

Dec 06, 2016 - 11:45 AM

MVP hopes to persuade FIBA to ease requirements so Fil Am players like Jordan Clarkson can represent Gilas

Manny V. Pangilinan (2nd from left) formalizes Gilas Pilipinas' partnership with Chooks To Go. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Make Philippine baseball great again

Jul 12, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Philippine Habagat is now the driving force behind the country’s campaign to regain its powerhouse status

MAKE BASEBALL GREAT. The Philippines had once been among the top nations in the world for baseball, but has slipped over the years. Philippine Habagat hopes to return the country to its previous glory. Contributed photo

Tabuena to continue Olympic bid despite Que's pullout

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Miguel Tabuena is ranked 37th by the International Golf Federation for Olympic participation

PUSHING THROUGH. Miguel Tabuena will continue his Olympic preparations despite Angelo Que pulling out. File Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Romeo to Gilas doubters: Just be proud of our sacrifices

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Terrence Romeo has a message to skeptics of Gilas Pilipinas

MESSAGE. Terrence Romeo has a message to the Gilas Pilipinas doubters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

At lowest point, Gilas finds comfort among Filipinos

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Even after a huge disappointment Gilas Pilipinas finds they can always come home to Filipinos and they won’t ever be abandoned

TOGETHER. Gilas Pilipinas huddles at center court after getting eliminated in the FIBA OQT. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jayson Castro announces retirement from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Ako si Jayson Castro William taga Guagua Pampanga lumaban para sa bayan Castro posts on Instagram

RETIRED. Jayson Castro will no longer play for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Veteran De Ocampo retires from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo announces his retirement from the Philippine national team after Gilas exit from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

RDO RETIRES. Ranidel De Ocampo retires from international basketball. Photo from

Canada’s Jay Triano: A Manila ‘homecoming'

Jul 05, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Triano who is coaching Canada at the Olympic qualifier in Manila also played for Canada in the 1978 FIBA World Championship in Manila

Strict but fatherly: Gilas players on Baldwin’s mentorship

Jun 23, 2016 - 4:23 PM

What is it like to be coached by Tab Baldwin?

MENTOR. Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin (R) instructs Jayson Castro at practice. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Record-breaker Messi fires Argentina into Copa final

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Lionel Messi becomes Argentina s all time record scorer with 55 goals as host USA absorbs an emphatic defeat before its home crowd

INTO THE FINAL. Argentina's Javier Mascherano (L), Lionel Messi (C-L) and Ever Banega (C-R) celebrate Messi's score against USA. Argentina advances to the final. RICHARD CARSON/EPA

Gilas gets blown out by 35 against Turkey

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Andray Blatche leads the national team with 23 points but Turkey s hot shooting is too much to overcome in the tune up game defeat

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH underwater hockey team quietly brings pride to the country

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:46 AM

The team has been bringing pride and glory to the country for the longest time in battles won beneath the surface and they remain largely off the radar

UNDERWATER HOCKEY. Members of the Philippine national team vie for the puck during training. Photo from Rappler

Now healthy, Ryan Reyes eager to help Gilas in any way

Jun 09, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Reyes was named to the 14 man roster that will go to Europe for training ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers

After strong game vs Iran, Parks says ‘I still got more in the tank’

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Parks also discusses Gilas upcoming trip saying it s going to be crucial for the team ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas avoids late collapse to win tune-up against Iran

Jun 08, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The national team gets a big win before leaving for Europe

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Football: What we can learn from the U14 Girls' AFC silver medal

Jun 08, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Last week s shining achievement in Laos puts Philippine girls football into the spotlight

UNDER-14 PH TEAM. Coach Joyce Landagan, extreme left, poses for pictures with her team. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

New FIBA calendar good for Iran, says coach

Jun 06, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Iran national team coach Dirk Bauermann says playing home games will help the development of basketball

FAVORS IRAN. National team coach Dirk Bauermann says playing home games in Iran for the first time in about 10 years will be a welcome development due to the new FIBA calendar. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Tenorio excited for chance to get back at Iran

Jun 05, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The spitfire point guard wasn’t part of the FIBA Asia roster last year that beat the Iranians

Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

After absence, Tenorio savors new chance with Gilas Pilipinas

Jun 03, 2016 - 12:00 PM

LA Tenorio brings his vast international experience to the Gilas pool preparing for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

NEW OPPORTUNITY. LA Tenorio is enjoying being back with national team Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Baldwin pleased to have fit, committed Blatche back

May 30, 2016 - 1:15 PM

He looks good It’s a different Andray than last year says Baldwin