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PH rises to world No. 11 in women's softball rankings

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The queens of Southeast Asian softball rank among the world's best

QUEENS. The Philippine Blu Girls reach new heights following their dominant run in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sibling sensation: Altomontes offer double SEA Games gold to mom

Dec 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

National athletes Francesca and Dino Altomonte pay tribute to their parents after winning two SEA Games golds in two sports

CHAMPS ONLY. Francesca and Dino Altomonte share their winning moment with their mom.

Unrivaled: PH Blu Girls blow out Indonesia for SEA Games 10-peat

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Philippine Blu Girls bag the gold to prove they're still the queens of Southeast Asian softball

SUPERIOR. The Philippine women’s softball players whoop it up after extending their title streak. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH Blu Girls shoot for Olympics berth in continental qualifier

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine women's softball team tests its mettle against Asian powerhouses for a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

ANOTHER CHANCE. The Philippine Blu Girls get another chance in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from release

PH Blu Girls cop breakthrough win in U.S. stint

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The Philippine national women's softball team aims to be more consistent for a shot in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

WINNERS' CIRCLE. The Philippine Blu Girls nab their first win in their last game in the 2019 USA Softball International Cup. Photo from release

PH Blu Girls beef up Olympic preparations in U.S. tilt

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The Philippine women's softball team gets to face some of the world's best in the USA Softball International Cup

UPHILL CLIMB. The Philippine Blu Girls are out to prove that they can compete with the world's best teams. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH faces tough draw in men's softball world championships

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The RP Blu Boys will test their mettle against defending champion New Zealand and Asian champion Japan

CHALLENGING. The RP Blu Boys aim to make it to the top 4 of Group A. Photo from release

PH Softball to join 3 major tournaments in 2019

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:17 PM

RP Blu Girls and the RP Blu Boys are in for a busy 2019

RESURGENCE. Philippine Softball is aiming to make a grand comeback to the world stage. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Asian Games curse continues for PH Blu Girls

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Philippines has never landed on the Asiad podium even during the golden age of Philippine softball

CURSE. The Philippine Blu Girls will have to wait for another 4 years before making another historic podium finish. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Blu Girls settle for 4th in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine softball team absorbs back-to-back losses from Chinese Taipei in two straight days

HEARTBREAKING. The Blu Girls miss a chance of securing at least a bronze medal. Photo from Asian Games media bureau

PH Blu Girls move on from sorry World Championship stint

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Philippine women's softball team aims for a historic podium finish at the Asian Games

FIRST 2018 TOURNEY. Riflayca Basa pitches in relief in the last two innings of the game versus the Netherlands allowing two hits but no runs. Photo from WBSC

2018 Asian Games: PH softball vies for historic podium finish

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The Philippine Blu Girls like their chances in this year's continental games in Jakarta

SOLID CHANCES. The Philippine Blu Girls like their chances in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Mia Montayre

Tanauan-PH claims 2018 Senior League Softball World Series tiara

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Royevel Palma stars for Tanauan Little League after striking out 15 and allowing only two hits and zero runs in 7 innings

CHAMPS. Tanauan Little League becomes the first team from the Asia-Pacific region to win a Senior League World Series title. Photo from

PH Blu Girls step up 2020 Olympic bid

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:37 PM

The Philippine softball team vies for an Olympic berth in the World Championship starting August 2 in Japan

CONSISTENCY. The Philippine women’s softball team, which finished runner-up in the Asian Softball Championships last year, hopes to sustain its solid run. Fille photo from Blu Girls

Cabuyao City bags back-to-back U19 men’s softball titles

May 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

After surviving a semi-final thriller, Cabuyao City overpowers Pasig City in the finals

CHAMPS AGAIN. The Cabuyao City players celebrate their title romp with ASAPHIL secretary general Denis Nuevo.

Davao Region eyes first gold in softball vs Western Visayas in Palarong Pabansa 2018

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Davao Eagles enter for the first time the softball elementary finals of Palarong Pambansa

PITCH FOR GOLD. Davao Region Eagles beat Calabarzon in an extra eighth inning in softball elementary, securing a spot in the finals. Photo by Gerard Lucena/Rappler

Adamson Lady Falcons nab 8th straight UAAP softball title

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Adamson has won all of its 17 UAAP softball titles in the last 21 seasons

QUEENS. The Adamson University Lady Falcons bag their 8th straight UAAP softball title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Adamson sweeps La Salle for UAAP baseball crown

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

It is Adamson's 12th baseball championship, making it the 3rd-most titles in the UAAP

CHAMPS. Adamson University claims its first UAAP baseball title since 2010. File photo

2017 dynasties in UAAP Sports

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Get to know the UAAP Sports teams who are establishing an era of excellence

PH Blu Girls claim silver, qualify for 2018 international softball tourneys

Dec 05, 2017 - 12:35 AM

(UPDATED) The Blu Girls' victory qualifies them to compete in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 World Softball Championships

SILVER. The PH Blu Girls settles for a silver medal in 11th Asian Softball Championship but qualifies for the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 World Softball Championships. Photo from Facebook (ASAPHIL)

PH Blu Girls bounce back after loss to Japan

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:24 AM

The PH Blu Girls are one win away from qualifying for the 2018 Asian Games and the World Championships

WINNING WAYS. The RP Blu Girls are on the right momentum to reach their goal of qualifying for the World Championships and the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from ASAPHIL

PH Blu Girls promise medal from Asian Softball Championship

Nov 25, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The PH Blu Girls start their campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

ROAD TO 2020. The PH Blu Girls set their eyes in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

NCR survives C. Luzon to arrange final date vs NIR in secondary softball

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Aliza Pichon and Shirlette Maygay lead the NCR softbelles to a 2 1 win against Central Luzon

STRIKE. Aleona Pichon (10) of the National Capital Region misses a hit midway through their semifinals match against Central Luzon at the Camp Fullon Field in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 28.  Photo by: Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

PH women's softball team to face the world's best in July

Jul 05, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The RP Blue Girls will compete in the World Cup of Softball XI and World Women s Softball Championship as they seek a spot in the 2020 Olympics

PHILIPPINES VS THE WORLD. The RP Blu Girls will face some of the world's best softball teams in July. Contributed photo

UST ends Adamson's historic 73-game win streak in UAAP softball

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:10 PM

UST forces not just a Final Four round this season but also a playoff for the second seed and the last twice to beat advantage against NU

RTU, UP prevail in National Softball Intercollegiate Championships

Dec 20, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Rizal Technological University wins the men s championship while University of the Philippines takes home the women s title

Philippines rules women's softball, earn SEA Games gold

Jun 10, 2015 - 5:23 PM

The Philippines grabbed another gold medal in the 28th Southeast Asian Games by defeating Thailand 3 0 in the women softball grand finale

The Philippine women's softball team reigns supreme in Singapore. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

NCR veteran softballl pitcher discovers new family in Palaro 2015

May 08, 2015 - 11:27 AM

NCR s Kevyn Lacson plays with her rivals in the National Capital Region but she still manages to get along

HOME. NCR's Kevyn Lacson manages to feel at home despite not playing with her regular teammates. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Venezuela relegates PH to last at end of Softball World Cup

Jul 14, 2014 - 11:36 PM

Venezuela avenged its 0 3 shutout loss to the Philippines at the start of the 7 nation tournament and buried the Filipina batters 7 4

UNLV pitching ace Francesca Foti shown in action for the Running Rebels.

PH falls to Canada, US in succession in Softball World Cup

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Following a loss to Mexico The Blu Girls drop two more games against Canada and US

UNLV pitching ace Francesca Foti shown in action for the Running Rebels.

Mexico whips PH in Softball World Cup

Jul 09, 2014 - 1:24 PM

The Blu Girls suffer their first loss in the seven nation series

Veronica Belleza shown in action as a Senior Leaguer in the Little League World Softball Series some years ago. She was the losing pitcher in the Philippines’ 0-7 setback to Mexico in the Softball World Cup in Irvine, California

PH seeks Fil-Am UNLV softball standout to boost Asian Games bid

Jun 04, 2014 - 10:59 PM

The Philippine softball team is actively recruiting Fil Am college softball standout Garie Blando to boost their chances at the Incheon Asian Games

Fil-Am softball infielder Garie Blando in action with the UNLV Rebels. Photo from UNLV website

Region VII Softball team bouncing back from quake, super typhoon

May 06, 2014 - 5:00 PM

More than trainings and qualifiers Region VII s Softball team had to overcome Bohol s quake and Super Typhoon Haiyan

BOUNCING BACK. Jan Reese smiles as she bounces back from the quake that rocked Bohol and Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Palaro: Day 2 baseball, softball, badminton results

May 05, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Catch up on all of the Palaro results from baseball softball and badminton

A girl from the CVIRAA region takes batting practice. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Adamson cruises to fourth-straight UAAP softball title

Feb 21, 2014 - 11:34 PM

The Adamson University Lady Falcons displayed a near perfect performance on Friday to topple the NU Lady Bulldogs securing their 13th crown in the UAAP softball tournament

SOFTBALL GIANTS. Adamson University's women's softball team celebrates their latest UAAP championship. Photo courtesy UAAP

PH wins Big League Softball World Series

Aug 09, 2012 - 3:26 PM

Manila crushed Westchester California with a 14 2 victory after losing the finals in 2008 2010 and 2011

Manila team, representing Asia-Pacific. Photo from Big League Softball World Series website

Softball Palaro regulars share past experiences

May 05, 2012 - 10:40 PM

For others like Czar Buenviaje Lala Cruz and Sella Mendoza Palarong Pambansa has given them memorable experiences

Softball’s colorful past—and its promise for the future

Apr 21, 2012 - 5:14 PM

A look at the history of softball and the significance of the sport in the Philippines and Palarong Pambansa

SOFTBALL CINDERELLA. Jenny Pangilinan once had to scavenge through the Smokey Mountain in order to survive. She eventually competed in the Big League Softball Tournament in USA and landed herself an athletic scholarship from the University of the East. Photo courtesy of