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Color Manila’s CM Blacklight Run To Be Held At McKinley West On February 24

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
 Get set for the country’s biggest night run to take place at McKinley West 
on February 24.

When it comes to fun-runs, ColorManila comes first. It kickstarted 2018 with the successful CM Paradise Run campaign last January, gearing up for another massive ‘concept fun-run’ on February 24, 2018, at McKinley West in Taguig City, with CM Blacklight Run, co-presented by Brother International Philippines.

CM Blacklight Run will be ColorManila’s first night run for 2018, and will be first of a series for this year, which will be held in various cities nationwide.

ColorManila VP Justine Cordero says, “We are happy to be working once again with Brother for the CM Blacklight Run.  Night runs are perfect for people who are working and need cap their week with a bit of a workout, which they can do with their family and friends.  It will also be held at McKinley West, so those who just stay at BGC, Makati, Pasay, or other parts of the Metro, can just easily join the event.”

Cordero continues, “Participants can choose from 3 race finishes - 3K, 5K, and 6.5K; while they have 3 race categories or kits to choose from - Deluxe, Rockstar and VIP.  Deluxe is priced at Php950 and includes a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet and a finisher’s medal.  While the Rockstar Kit, which is priced at Php1500, comes with a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag and a foldable water bottle.  Finally, the VIP Kit is priced at Php2,500, comes with a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, finisher’s pillow, P1000 worth of CM Merchandise GCs and a VIP Pass.  Kids below 7 by the way, get to run for free.”  

Visit colormanila.com for more details. Registration for the event is still open.

Philippine Team Quid Pro Quo Bags Third Place in Recently Concluded Asia Pacific Predator League 2018

Geek Fam from Malaysia wins 1st place, and BOOM.ID from Indonesia wins 2ndplace

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  • Geek Fam from Malaysia rises as the champion of Asia Pacific Predator League 2018
  • From the USD 150,000.00 prize pool, Geek Fam takes home the USD 50,000.00 first place prize. BOOM.ID from Indonesia takes home the second place prize of USD 25,000.00, while Quid Pro from the Philippines bags USD 15,000.00.
  • Bangkok, Thailand will be the host of Asia Pacific Predator League 2019.
 
After a three-month run, Asia Pacific Predator League 2018 has officially come to the end. Quid Pro Quo from the Philippines secures the third spot in the gaming competition. Emerging as the winner is Malaysian team Geek Fam, and BOOM.ID from Indonesia is the first runner up.  
With a victory score of 2:1, Geek Fam secures the top spot of Predator League 2018. Geek Fam is composed of Skemberlu, March, ChYuan, and Oli dan Playhard, who are taking home USD 50,000.00 from the US$ 150,000.00 prize pool. Meanwhile, Indonesian team BOOM.ID and Philippine team Quid Pro Quo take home USD 25,000.00 and USD 15,000.00, respectively.
Launched last October 2017, Asia Pacific Predator League is Predator Gaming’s brand new DOTA:2 league and the most anticipated eSports competition, which reached a total of 1,197 eSports teams for all around the world. It was established as a means to empower amateur gamers to showcase their skills and talent on a global scene.
In the Philippines, the Predator League 2018 eliminations saw the participation of 127 registered teams. All elimination legs were done in partnership with THENET.COM (TNC), the gaming company’s eSports partner.
The preliminary round of APAC Predator League 2018 has run since October 2017 with great enthusiasm from gamers as evidenced by the high number of participants, reaching around 1,197 eSports teams from India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. 2019 will see a bigger Predator League as the tournament extends to reach 14 APAC countries, with final rounds to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
“It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we have been able to successfully hold the Asia Pacific Predator League, our world-class biggest eSports tournament here in Jakarta. Congratulations to Geek Fam from Malaysia for coming out on top of the first-ever Asia Pacific Predator League. This winning moment will inspire young generation in Asia and we will continue to support their talent and achieve success as best we can. And this is not the end of the journey, but a kick off for next challenge. In 2019, we will extend the tournament reach to 14 APAC countries, and the grand final of Predator League 2019 will be in Bangkok, Thailand! With bigger scope and reach, we will fully support participants to utilize the Predator gaming series and win the battle!”, said Andrew Hou, President of Acer Pan Asia Pacific.
For further information about Asia Pacific Predator League 2018, visit https://predator-league.com/.

BIBIANO FERNANDES TO DEFEND ONE BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST MARTIN NGUYEN



31 January 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event for ONE: IRON WILL, set for 24 March at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil will defend his title against ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia.

Ticket information for ONE: IRON WILL is available at www.onefc.com

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am super excited to announce another huge world title bout as reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes will face two-division ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin Nguyen at ONE: IRON WILL. It’s a tremendous matchup, and one that the whole world wants to see. I have no doubt that these two warriors will be putting on a great show for everyone watching live in Bangkok.”

28-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen is one of the most highly-regarded martial arts champions in the world. With an impressive 10-1 professional record, which includes three submissions and seven knockouts, Nguyen’s all-around skill set allows him to perform at the highest level of competition. All of Nguyen’s wins have come by exciting finish. In his most recent bout, Nguyen scored a scintillating knockout victory over the Philippines’ Eduard Folayang to become the first man in the history of ONE Championship to hold two titles simultaneously in two different weight divisions. Nguyen now reigns as the ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion, and this March in Bangkok, he attempts to make history once again. Nguyen is scheduled to face ONE Bantamweight World Champion, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in his next bid for greatness.

37-year-old Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil is the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion, and widely considered one of the best martial artists in the world regardless of promotion. He made his ONE Championship debut back in 2012 and captured the bantamweight world title in 2013. Since then, Fernandes has remained unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage, showcasing tremendous striking and grappling ability, and an unwavering will to win. In his most recent bout, Fernandes made quick work of top contender Andrew Leone, submitting the American with a rear-naked choke in the very first round. In his next title defense, Fernandes is set to face two-division ONE Championship titleholder, Martin Nguyen.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh ampionship.

How to get your finances back on track after the holidays

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Get your finances back on track after the holidays

One challenge most Filipinos face following the extravagant holidays is getting back to their budget after overspending. The new year is hereso it's time to make do with our promises of turning over a new leaf when it comes to our finances.

Bouncing back from a financial setback is not as hard as it seems.By taking these steps to recovery, adapting a better way to save and spend next time will be effortless:

1. Recap your expenses to know where you start

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The best way to start assessinghow much you need to get back into your cashflow is taking note of how much you've overspent the last two months. Being aware of the gap makes it real in your head and you will most likely be motivated to spend less in the coming weeks. 

This also allows you to break down how much you need to set aside each pay day so you don't get intimidated by the gap you have in your finances.


1. Tighten your belt (for now) and focus on investing

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Though returning to your regular spending habits seems like something you can do after the holiday rush, it's wisest to discipline your buying arm. Don't jump at the first discounts you see in malls or another best buy just yet. Instead, now could be a great time to start setting aside for the future and keeping your money safe with a unit-linked life insurance plan. BPI-Philam's got a good array of insurance plans from their Wellness Series that meet your specific needs and fit easily in your monthly cashflow. 

Unit-linked products like Life Ready Plus give you the necessary protection you need through insurance while allotting a portion of your premium on building your wealth. Keeping another set of funds you won't be able to disrupt with impulse buys grows your money better and makes sure you have it when you need it.


Even better, all products under the Wellness Series empower you to live a more active and healthier life through Philam Vitality. The free program with your policy encourages activity by rewarding you with great discounts on gym membership, medical and lifestyle services, and fantastic freebies! Talk about more for less!  


1. Use this time until the next holiday to improve your budgeting skills

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Some people will advise you to start saving up for your Yuletide expenses as early as now so you don't end up blowing your Christmas bonus all in one go. Others will tell you to build a holiday fund by selling items you don't need or use, gradually growing it throughout the year. 

Whatever you decide on, choose a budgeting strategy that's doable for you. By personalizing your saving style, you'll be more flexible when it comes to setting aside money and be more creative with the money you have for expenses. 

And like the better adage says:practice makes permanent, so keep at it until it becomes an unbreakable good habit.


Lastly, it never hurts to ask. So when you find yourself scratching your head on possible "How-Tos" but don't really know what to do,BPI-Philam's got your back. You can visit their website for some great financial tips or drop them a question on Facebook. They've also got financial experts in any BPIand BPI Family Savings Bankbranch in the country ready to help you get more out of your money.

So get to it! Visit  www.bpi-philam.com for more details or get connected at www.facebook.com/BPIPhilamOfficial today.

JobStreet.com, OVP make livelihood opportunities accessible




JobStreet.com, OVP make livelihood opportunities accessible. JobStreet.com
Philippines and the Office of the Vice President (OVP) signed a memorandum of agreement
(MOA), forging a partnership on the #AngatBuhay program. 

The partnership strengthens both parties’ resolve in making employment and livelihood opportunities more accessible to the Angat Buhay program's focus communities. Angat Buhay is the flagship anti-poverty program of Vice President Leni Robredo. (In photo, L to R): Vice Presidential Spokesperson and Head, Anti-Poverty Advocacies and Programs Unit Georgina Hernandez-Yang; Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo; JobStreet.com Philippines Country Marketing Manager Cielo Javier;
and JobStreet.com Manager for Special Projects Christine R. Sevilla. (Seated, L to R):Undersecretary Philip Dy and JobStreet.com Country Manager Philip Gioca

Welcome to 2018, the year of AI







Progress does not happen due to one technology breakthrough alone, as the history of human advancement taught us. Rather, it is caused by a combination of multiple complementary factors coming together at the same time.

The Industrial Revolution, which began in the UK around 1760, was driven by an amalgamation of steam power, improvements in iron production and the development of the first machine tools.

Similarly, the PC revolution of the early 1970’s was the outcome of simultaneous advancements in micro-processing, memory storage, software programming and other factors.

Now, as we enter 2018, we are at the cusp of a new revolution, one that will ultimately transform every organisation, every industry and every public service across the world.

I’m referring, of course, to Artificial Intelligence – or AI – and I believe 2018 is the year that this will start to become mainstream, to begin to impact many aspects of our lives in a truly ubiquitous and meaningful way.

AI: Over 65 Years In The Making
The concept of AI is not new. In fact, it stretches back to 1950 when early computing pioneer Alan Turing famously posed the question “Can Machines Think?” and it would be another 6 years, in 1956, before the term “artificial intelligence” was first used.

So it has taken nearly 70 years for the right combination of factors to come together to move AI from concept to an increasingly ubiquitous reality. And there are three innovation trends driving its acceleration and adoption right now.
The first is Big Data. The explosion of Internet-connected devices, sensors and objects has expanded exponentially the amount of data the world is now producing. In this increasingly digital era, data is the “new oil”– a source of value and sustainable competitive advantage.
The second factor is ubiquitous and powerful Cloud computing. Today, anyone with an idea and a credit card can access the same computing power that, traditionally, only global multinationals or governments have possessed. Cloud computing is democratizing technology and accelerating innovation on a global scale.
The third factor driving AI capabilities is breakthroughs in software algorithms and Machine Learning that can identify sophisticated patterns implicit within the data itself. If data is the new oil, Machine Learning is, perhaps, the new combustion engine.

So, it is this combination of powerful industry trends, all maturing at the same time, that is accelerating – and democratizing – AI today.

AI Everywhere

My colleague Harry Shum, who leads our AI & Research Group, refers to the way in which AI will impact our lives as an “invisible revolution”. What he means is that, increasingly, AI will be everywhere—powering your online recommendation engine, acting as a virtual assistant chatbot for your bank account or travel agent, personalizing your newsfeed or guarding your credit card against fraud. AI will be more pervasive – and yet less invasive – than any previous technology revolution.

In particular, AI will be embedded seamlessly into existing, well-established products and services to enhance their capabilities. Let me share a simple example of how AI is helping me work more effectively today. I travel frequently and am often required to present to multinational, multilingual audiences during business trips across Asia Pacific. Now, with a small piece of AI technology called Microsoft Presentation Translator, I can help overcome any language barriers as PowerPoint can show real-time subtitles in more than 60 languages, simultaneously as I speak, during my presentations.



In business, AI will be used by most companies for at least some part of the value chain either in research and development, design, logistics, manufacturing, servicing or customer engagement. In fact, leading IT industry analyst IDC believes that by next year, 40% of digital transformation initiatives globally will be supported by AI capabilities[1].

And you do not need to be a start-up or hi-tech company to embrace the possibilities of AI, just have the vision and commitment to make it happen. Take, for example, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), an 85-year-old Japanese auto manufacturer, which has given itself just two years to become a “100% digital operation” – complete with cloud-based capabilities in AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Mixed Reality (MR).




One of the initiatives they have recently implemented is an AI-powered chatbot where all its 10,000 employees can access information and assistance they need in a faster, more intuitive and reliable way. This significantly reduces the time employees spend on learning the Intranet site navigation, searching for information or calling each other for help. The company is now planning to extend chatbot technology to boost customer services, productivity, and maintenance across the whole company.

AI in 2018

As we stand at the cusp of the new year, I see four key AI developments happening over the next 12 months:
Mass adoption of AI starts from 2018:AI adoption is set to soar in 2018 and beyond when organizations start to see clear benefits being reaped by AI innovators such as MFTBC. IDC forecast that worldwide AI revenues will surge past US$46 billion in 2020[2]. Closer to home, AI investment in Asia Pacific is predicted to grow to US$6.9 billion by 2021, expanding rapidly by 73% (CAGR)
Ubiquitous Virtual Assistants: We will begin to see the adoption of broad-scale AI in the form of conversational AI chatbots in both consumer and business scenarios. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020 more than 85% of customer interactions with the enterprise will be managed without a human interaction and AI will be the key technology deployed for customer service[3].
Democratizing data and decision-making: In a world where more data exists than ever before, the ability to deliver meaningful business insights from that data to the maximum number of relevant employees becomes of paramount importance. AI will be the key technology for making that happen by bringing together data from employees, business apps, and the world.
Building trusted foundations for AI:There will be increasingly more discussions at governmental and industrial levels to create formal governance and regulations in the usage of AI. We saw these discussions with the onset of eCommerce and the advent of cloud technologies. It is critical for transparent public-private conversations to take place as they will shape how AI can benefit economies and societies in a fair, transparent and trusted way.

The future of AI burns brightly and 2018 is the year that will establish a solid foundation for the mass adoption of this exciting and vital technology.

Filinvest City hosts 7-Eleven Run 2018

Filinvest City provides 7-Eleven Run participants a healthy dose of the outdoors with its lush
surroundings.


Excitement and anticipation build in Filinvest City, the premier lifestyle destination in Metro South, as it once again plays host to the 7-Eleven Run 2018 on February 4, 2018. With its tree-canopied roads, verdant garden views, and fresh air, Filinvest City continues to provide participants a healthy dose of the outdoors.

“We are happy that 7-Eleven has chosen Filinvest City once again as venue partner of their run series. And we cannot wait to welcome thousands of participants and let them experience the outdoors Filinvest City offers,” shares Don Ubaldo, Filinvest Alabang Inc.’s senior assistant vice president for Townships.

Now on its fourth year, the 7-Eleven Run 2018 promises to be bigger and more exhilarating with simultaneous races in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. Manila runners have the option to race in nine categories: 42KM, 21KM, 16KM, 10KM, 10KM Buddy Run, 5KM, 5KM Buddy Run, 3KM, and 500M Kids Run. 

For the 10KM, 5KM, 3KM, and 500M categories, participants can look forward to a challenging organized race course set amidst the green, master-planned urbanscape of Filinvest City. Making the race even more energizing is the Spectrum Linear Park, the innovative “green belt” that spans across the north and south ends of the township.

“Having 7-Eleven Run here is a testament of our commitment to promote active lifestyle.
More greens and parks are in place so people go out and run or even walk. Bike lanes
are also present in major roads. Infrastructures are there to encourage people to live
their lives actively,” Ubaldo added.

Powering the 7-Eleven Run 2018 is 7-Eleven’s proprietary system of Self-selected Wave Starts, which enables runners to select their individual wave starts and allows them to run with people of the same skill, speed, or with friends!

Top three winners per category of each leg will get a chance to take home cash prizes
and medals. So, gear up for a day of fun and fitness with family and friends at Filinvest
City, a live-work-play environment made real!

Edward Kelly earns ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors with thunderous 21-second finish in Manila

Monday, January 29, 2018



Hard-hitting Filipino featherweight Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly delivered a sensational first-round knockout of opponent Meas Meul, dropping the Cambodian with a high knee merely seconds into their cage encounter at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES.
Both men collided on the preliminary card of ONE Championship’s 12th live event on Philippine soil, which took place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila last Friday, 26 January.

At the opening bell, Kelly engaged Meul at the center of the cage and connected on a quick three-punch combination before unleashing the final blow that sent Meul face first into the canvas.

Even though he lived up to his moniker “The Ferocious” during the heated moment of the bout, Kelly showed great sportsmanship to check on his fallen foe and was emotional in his post-bout interview, stating, “I’m so happy — not for myself, but for my team.”

At 21 seconds flat, the 33-year-old Baguio City native now owns both the fastest knockout and finish in ONE Championship’s featherweight division, with the highlight-reel stoppage going viral around the world.

With his stellar victory over Meul, Kelly elevated his professional record to 10-4 and earned him the GoDaddy Knockout Of The Night award at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES,

Kelly seeks to return to action on 20 April as ONE Championship is set to host another blockbuster event in Manila, Philippines.

“I want to compete again. I’m free on April 20 for the Manila event. Having a match on that card will be amazing," he said. “I’m still in good shape. I have no injuries. If ONE Championship will offer me a bout, I’m here to accept the offer to perform again in front of my countrymen.”

Kelly stressed that he has no preferences and is willing to face any opponent in the stacked featherweight bracket of ONE Championship.

“I can face anyone in my division. I don’t have to choose my opponent. I will just fight anyone who’s in front of me,” he declared.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

OPPO A83 offers the best value smartphone with A.I.Beauty, Facial Unlock, and Full Screen Technology forPhp9,990

Sunday, January 28, 2018
OPPO Philippines welcomes 2018 with its fourth member of the A.I. Beauty and Full Screen technology smartphones, the A83. Priced at Php 9,990, the A83 disrupts the ­entry mid-range smartphone category with the most affordable 18:9 Full Screen display, A.I. Beauty Selfies, Facial Unlock, powerful processor performance, and outstanding battery life of up to 13.5hrs.

Featuring a 5.7” HD+ Full Screen display, OPPO A83 brings out a new immersive visual experience and powerful 2.5 GHz octa-core processor performance, similar with the famous OPPO F5 series. Accompanied with a 3GB RAM, the A83 is the perfect smartphone for multi-tasking. Surprisingly, the A83 fits at the palm of your hand at a 5.2” smartphone footprint, making it easy to carry around at just 143g.
Living up to its Selfie Expert handle, the A83 carries the leading A.I. Beauty Technology with an 8MP front camera that can detect more than 200 facial recognition spots for a more personalized beautification based on your facial traits. This results to natural-looking selfies without the hassle of adjusting camera settings. It even features an auto mode for A.I. recommended beautification.
Carrying a 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Processor just like the F5, the A83 can carry the latest games in the market with fluid experience such as the Arena of Valor and more. Gaming will now be more immersive because of its 18:9 ratio full screen that delivers more visuals as compared to older smartphones.



Facial Unlock for All
At a portable size, the A83 fronts the Speedy Facial Unlock for snappier access to your phone. Unlock your phone the easiest and fastest way possible, using your face for security.
Dependable Battery Life
Carrying the same power efficient processor as the F5, the A83 can go up to 13.5 hours of normal usage based on industry battery benchmark tests. Despite a smaller size of 5.7”, the A83 still carries above average 3180mAh of battery for an all-day smartphone experience. Additionally, charging isn’t a problem because of its 2A charging compatibility which makes charging much faster.

“Our OPPO A83 brings the best value any smartphone user can ever have – at an affordable price of Php9,990, the A83 offers the latest 18:9 Full Screen, a powerful processor, facial unlock, and the famous A.I. Beauty Technology for natural-looking selfies. For less than ten thousand pesos, we are confident that the A83 will surely make a mark in the entry-mid range smartphone market”, said Eason de Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager.
For more information about the OPPO A83, customers may visit http://www.oppo.com/ph/smartphone-A83

What are Dr Pao Bellosill's thoughts on love and relationships

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Sometimes, you will meet someone and it works. Sometimes, you will meet someone and it will feel like God intervened and made you meet. Most of the time though, you meet someone and they break your heart into a million pieces and you start to wonder, “why me?”

With Valentines just around the corner, we decided to ask Dr. Paolo Bellosillo who is known for advocating living a quality life to share his thoughts on how you can protect your heart from the greatest stressor in life, a heartbreak.
What are the qualities that a woman should look for in a guy?
A woman needs to look for someone who is God fearing because if a man fears God, he will be loyal, faithful, committed, responsible, and honest. These are traits that any woman should want for in a man. A man like this will never make you worry or fear that he will go astray.
What are the qualities that a man should look for in their future partners?
A man needs to look for a woman who is capable of being their partner in life, not just in the bedroom. They need to find someone with a humble heart and someone who prioritizes their relationship over their pride.

How can you have a relationship that is good for both parties?
A relationship that preserves the dignity of the other person is always a good indication. When there is mutual trust and mutual respect, when a relationship is rooted in prayer and kindness then reinforced by communication, you know that it is beneficial to both parties.
What are your 5 tips for a healthy, smooth sailing relationship? 
  1. Pray together. When God is at the center of everything, everything will fall into place.
  2. Communicate. As they said, almost everything can be sorted through an open and honest communication.
  3. Be kind. If you can’t be anything, if there is no more love, then at least be kind.
  4. Be open. The two of you are not the same person which means that you will not have the same beliefs, the same principles, and the same ideologies. In fact, chances are big that you will have different ones so be open to understanding how the other person works.
  5. Let go of fear. Most of the time, we react negatively because of fear.
Any tips to our readers for this upcoming Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is primarily focused on the heart, on love but everyday should always take that into account as love is a journey and a decision which both souls builds on.  While the whole world celebrates it, do so in a manner where it focuses not on consumerism or material things cause they fade. Be original: play a song, sing a song, cook with love for your shared favorite dish, go to the first place where it all began with your special someone, or go to church and why delay it, say I DO, tie the knot. Just make sure the other is ready and fits in the qualities and attributes of those listed above After All when you Look Through The Eyes Of Love You Should Be Bringing Out The Best Of Me/You, Here There and Everywhere.

GEJE EUSTAQUIO EARNS ONE INTERIM FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER KAIRAT AKHMETOV


ALSO: JOSHUA PACIO ELECTRIFIES CROWD WITH SUBMISSION FINISH OVER LAN MING QIANG

PLUS: RAFAEL NUNES FINISHES ERIC KELLY WITH D’ARCE CHOKE


26 January 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), sent the Mall of Asia Arena crowd into a frenzy last Friday night in Manila, with another thrilling evening of authentic martial arts action. The absolute best in local and international martial arts talent took to the ONE Championship cage at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, Geje Eustaquio walked out of the arena to a roar of adulation and with the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship around his waist, defeating former world champion Kairat Akhmetov.

Visit the official ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES photo gallery by visiting: http://bit.ly/onephotos

In the main event of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of Baguio City, Philippines clinched the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship, edging Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov by unanimous decision in an exhilarating five-round title tilt. Although Akhmetov managed to showcase his wrestling, it was largely ineffective against Eustaquio, who was far superior in the striking department for the majority of the bout. Eustaquio repeatedly connected on Akhmetov with crisp, clean combinations throughout the championship contest. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Eustaquio to win by unanimous decision.

Geje Eustaquio, ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion, stated: “I don’t know what to say. This belt is not mine to take, it’s ours. Thank you to my family who was always there from the start, coach Mark Sangiao, and the entire Team Lakay who never doubted me and always believed that one day I would stand here holding this belt. I am proud to represent this flag all throughout the world. Here is your world champion from the Philippines. Adriano [Moraes] I know you’re there. I got a belt! Give me one more try and I hope to give you a better challenge this time.”

In the co-main event of the evening, 22-year-old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio unveiled an improved grappling game, submitting China’s Lan Ming Qiang via rear naked choke in the very first round. Pacio started off with his world-class wushu, operating from range with fast and powerful kicks. After taking the action to the mat, Pacio effortlessly took mount and pounded on his foe who soon gave up the back. With the body triangle locked in, Pacio sunk his forearm underneath Lan’s neck and secured the bout-ending maneuver.

Rafael “Indio” Nunes of Brazil made a triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage after two years away from competition to defeat Filipino featherweight veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly by second-round submission. The 30-year-old Muay Thai specialist kept Kelly on the defensive with his striking before taking matters to the ground and sinking in a deep d’arce choke to score the finish.

In the first ever traditional Muay Thai bout inside the ONE Championship cage, multi-division Lumpinee World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao emerged triumphant against WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri. Gaiyanghadao showcased his trademark power to dominate from start to finish, winning by technical knockout.

A grueling flyweight showdown between “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin of China and Sotir Kichukov of Bulgaria transpired inside the ONE Championship cage. Neither of the two would give each other any quarter for three whole rounds, as they traded their best offense all throughout. Although Kichukov would have his moments on the feet, most of the action took place on the ground where Ma enjoyed a  tremendous advantage. In the end, Ma turned in another well-rounded performance to claim victory via unanimous decision.

Japanese grappling prodigy Hayato Suzuki placed himself back on the winning track, pulling off a first-round submission victory over former world title contender Yago Bryan of Brazil. With 57 seconds remaining in the opening period of the strawweight contest, Suzuki latched onto a wrenching rear naked choke to force the tap, notching his eighth submission win as a professional.

Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia of the United States continued his impressive run in ONE Championship, knocking out Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Bruno Pucci in the first round. Urrutia stifled Pucci with crisp boxing combinations, making it difficult for the Brazilian to bring the action to the mat. Urrutia secured the statement-making finish by connecting on a sensational left hook past the midway point, sending Pucci crashing to the canvas.

Filipino featherweight standout Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly delivered a sensational first-round knockout of opponent Meas Meul, dropping the Cambodian with a high kick merely seconds into the bout. At the opening bell, Kelly engaged Meul at the center of the cage and connected on a quick three-punch combination before delivering the final blow that sent Meul face first into the canvas.

Jomary Torres of Manila, Philippines scored the most impressive win of her young career, authoring a swift knockout finish over Team Lakay atomweight ace April Osenio. Torres left a lasting impression in her third trip to the ONE Championship cage, driving Osenio to the mat with a high-impact slam before putting the final touches with follow-up ground strikes to claim the knockout.

Rajinder Singh Meena of India captured his first victory inside the ONE Championship cage, defeating highly-touted Chinese lightweight prospect Zhang Ze Hao by way of first-round submission. Determined to break into the winner’s column, Meena needed just 42 seconds in the opening round to put Zhang to sleep with a guillotine choke.

Kicking off ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES was a riveting strawweight encounter as Indonesian dynamo Adrian Matheis squared off against the debuting Eddey Kalai of Malaysia. Matheis weathered a gutsy opening sequence from Eddey, who effortlessly pummeled the ONE Strawweight Indonesia Tournament Champion with his superb boxing. The complexion of the contest took a drastic turn when Matheis gained leverage on the mat, catching Kalai with a rear naked choke to force the tap.

Official results for ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES

ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Kairat Akhmetov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Strawweight bout: Joshua Pacio defeats Lan Ming Qiang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:01 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Rafael Nunes defeats Eric Kelly by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:31 minutes of round 2
Muay Thai bout: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defeats Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Ma Hao Bin defeats Sotir Kichukov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Strawweight bout: Hayato Suzuki defeats Yago Bryan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:03 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout (KO) at 3:33 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Edward Kelly defeats Meas Meul by Knockout (KO) at 0:21 minutes of round 1
Women’s strawweight bout: Jomary Torres defeats April Osenio by Knockout (KO) at 0:40 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Rajinder Singh Meena defeats Zhang Ze Hao by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Adrian Matheis defeats Eddey Kalai by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15 minutes of round 1

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ONE CHAMPIONSHIP GLOBAL CITIZEN AMBASSADORS VISIT YOUTH IN TONDO AREA, MANILA

Friday, January 26, 2018





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26 January 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held an athlete outreach activity that saw ONE Championship athletes visit youth living in metropolitan Manila. Global Citizen Athlete Ambassadors Angela Lee, Brandon Vera, and Eduard Folayang, in conjunction with Young Focus, spent time with children from Smokey Mountain Area, while spreading a message of hope and the importance of access to education.

Young Focus is a local NGO in the Philippines that provides underprivileged youth in the Tondo, or “Smokey Mountain” Area of Manila the chance to develop themselves intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Through education, Young Focus addresses poverty directly by giving the next generation the best possible opportunities in life.

Athletes toured the area, met community members and visited Young Focus centers which cater to children from infancy, preschool, all the way up to the tertiary educational level. Young Focus founders Paul and Ann Wijgerden have over 1,500 children from the area participating in the program. Athletes not only helped children of all ages in their various classes, from English to Mathematics, to Music and Dance, but also inspired them by sharing their own personal stories and reinforcing the importance of education. The day finished with a martial arts demonstration.

ONE Championship also invited 100 Young Focus students and staff to attend the ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES event on Friday night, 26 January at the Mall of Asia Arena.

As part of the partnership with Global Citizen to encourage fans to become Global Citizens and take action, ONE athletes will continue to play their part in driving this social movement as well as supporting local initiatives that provide access to education to tackle extreme poverty.

To learn more about the ONE Championship and Global Citizen partnership, visit www.globalcitizen.org/one. For more information on Young Focus, please visit www.youngfocus.org.

Wei Soo, Co-Founder of Global Citizen, stated: “Young Focus and its students are a great example of what we can achieve when a community is able to prioritize education for all. It was exciting to see their work firsthand today, and hear directly from students whose lives have been changed by the power of education. At Global Citizen, we're thrilled to team up with ONE Championship and its fans throughout Asia, and encourage world leaders to invest in education and give millions of people around the world the tools they need for a better future.”

Angela Lee, Global Citizen Athlete Ambassador, stated: “Today was an experience unlike any other. I am truly humbled and honored to have walked these streets, laughed with these people and shared so many smiles with everyone on Smokey Mountain. For me and my fellow Global Citizen Ambassadors, Brandon and Eduard, this is truly the most rewarding thing. We love giving back to our communities! Thank you ONE Championship, Global Citizen and Young Focus for having us here today. We can’t wait to be back!”

Brandon Vera, Global Citizen Athlete Ambassador, stated: “Hanging out with the children was an awesome privilege. It made me appreciate everything a lot more and has motivated me to give back even more when I can. If I am able to help these kids it means the world to me. I have been fortunate enough to be raised in an environment where I never had to face what these kids have to deal with on a daily basis. If only to inspire them to work hard and study hard so they can chase their dreams, then I’m all for it. Hope is important because even just a little bit of it goes a long way. Thank you to ONE Championship and Global Citizen for allowing us this opportunity.”

Eduard Folayang, Global Citizen Athlete Ambassador, stated: “It was such an amazing experience, of course. You really feel for the hardship my countrymen are experiencing now, especially the youth. As a ONE Championship athlete, it is my honor to be able to give back to the Filipino people. I’m sure the entire world would also love to be a part of this movement, so I encourage everyone to check out Global Citizen and how each of us can help in our own little ways.”

ONE Championship recently announced a partnership with Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by 2030. The partnership will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty. Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, and gender equality and empowerment.

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on 2 February 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education. Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030. To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property, is a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, martial arts. The promotion engages millions of people across Asia by building local martial arts superheroes, telling their inspirational stories of perseverance and triumph through martial arts, which has been home in Asia for the past 5,000 years.

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