Friday, August 2, 2019

Eduard Folayang Submitted by Former UFC Champ Eddie Alvarez

Eduard Folayang failed to make it to the finals of the One Championship Lightweight World Grand Prix after losing to Eddie Alvarez in their semifinal bout at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night. Folayang was submitted by the former UFC lightweight champion in the very first round.

The fight was pretty even early on until Folayang threw a leg kick that sent Alvarez to the mat. Folayang went for the finish and unleashed his trademark ground and pound. The experienced fighter that he is, Alvarez remained composed and defended himself against the onslaught. He saw an opening and quickly reversed the position.

On top position, Alvarez immediately worked to take Folayang's back. He pulled Folayang's head for the setup and quickly sank in the choke. The Team Lakay had no choice but tap out.

Photo: One Championship
With the victory, Alvarez advances to the finals of the One Championship Lightweight World Grand Prix which is happening this October in Tokyo, Japan. He will be facing Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev.

Danny Kingad of Team Lakay Advances to the Finals of the One Championship Flyweight Grand Prix

Danny Kingad of Team Lakay is one fight away from winning the One Championship Flyweight World Grand Prix. He came away with the victory over Reece McLaren of Australia in a hard-fought encounter at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday night. The bout with McLaren was a semifinal bout in the tournament.

Kingad will be facing the winner in the other semifinal bout between Demetrious Johnson and Tatsumitsu Wada.  Kingad advanced to the semifinals with a win over Andrew Leone. For his part, Johnson advanced to the semifinal with a win over Yuya Wakamatsu.
Photo: One Championship
With the victory over McLaren, Kingad extends his winning streak to 6. He only lost once in his professional career. He was submitted in 2017 by Adriano Moraes, the reigning One Championship flyweight titleholder.

Geje Eustaquio of Team Lakay Loses Via Knockout to Japanese Foe

Geje Eustaqio's journey back to the One Championship flyweight belt has hit a snag. He lost via knockout in the first minutes of his bout with Yuya Wakamatsu of Japan at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The Team Lakay standout was looking great during the fight until he was caught with a straight right to the chin.

Wakamatsu fought like he can't wait to fly back home. He pushed the pace and went head-hunting early. But Eustaquio's defense and counter-striking didn't allow the Japanese star to do much damage. The end of the bout came out of nowhere. For one second, Eustaquio let his defense down. Wakamatsu saw his chance and throw the straight right that sent Eustaquio crashing to the mat. He pounced for the finish. The referee saw enough and signaled and end to the bout.

After losing his flyweight belt early this year to long-time nemesis Adriano Moraes, Eustaquio bounced back with a win over Kyu Sung Kim. Wakamatsu, on the other hand, is coming off a loss to Demetrious Johnson.

Eustaquio vs. Wakamatsu is part of the undercard of One Championship: Dawn of Heroes. The card is headlined by a championship bout between Martin Nguyen (champion) and Koyomi Matsushima (challenger).

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize Finally Announced

I'm certain that I'm not the only one who gets interested in a particular title if it's in any way associated with the Booker Prize. Won the award. Nominated for the award. Or the author has won or has been nominated for another book in a past year. If a book has the mark of the Booker Prize, I'll seriously consider getting it.

From its humble inception in 1969, the Booker Prize has slowly but surely established itself as one of the top literary prizes in the world. An author who wins the coveted prize is guaranteed fame and success. It doesn't matter how obscure you are as an author prior to your win. Win the thing and you know you've made it. In an instant, you will be the darling of the book trade.

Today, the much-awaited longlist for the award this year has been announced. Looking at the list, I haven't read any of the titles. I don't even know most of the authors. I'm only familiar with the works of Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie. These two giants of the literary world also seem to be among the favorites to snag the award.

The longlist:
. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
. Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
. Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
. The Wall by John Lanchester
. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
. An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
. Lanny by Max Porter
. Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
. Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson

Interested in reading the titles in the list? I highly suggest you read first this reader's guide put together by the good folks over at The Guardian.

Not familiar with the Booker Prize? In their own words, they "reward the finest in fiction, highlighting great books to readers and transforming authors’ careers". Visit their website here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

7 Dead, 3 Injured in a Road Accident in Aguinaldo, Ifugao

Seven people died while three others were injured when the truck they were riding fell off a ravine in Aguinaldo, Ifugao on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred in the vicinity of sitio Muntonop in the village of Ubao. All of them are residents of Aguinaldo according to Lieutenant Ricardo Dumangeg of the Aguinaldo police.

Initial reports say the group came from the village of Majlong and were on their way to a burial in the nearby town of Alfonso Lista. The driver reportedly lost control of the truck when the brakes malfunctioned. The truck dipped and fell off a ravine estimated to have a height of at least 10 meters. Responders brought those injured to the Potia District Hospital in Alfonso Lista.

Photo by the Aguinaldo Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office.

The casualties were identified as:
1. Joey Tambiyag (the driver of the truck)
2. Divina Chumatog Tambiyag (wife of the driver)
3. Wilma Chumatog
4. Josephine Uhuban
5. Ricky Chog-ap
6. Vicente Buyag-ao
7. Rosita Paynohan

Those injured are:
1. Aristo Paynohan
2. Kimberly Joy Tambiyag
3. Fernando Bahiwag

Monday, July 22, 2019

Vice-Mayor of Tinoc, Ifugao Missing Since Friday Says Tinoc Police

Fernando W. Gapuz, the vice-mayor of the town of Tinoc in Ifugao has been missing since Friday (July 19), says the Tinoc police. According to the authorities, the 56-year-old politician was last seen in the morning of July 19 in the village of Impugong. He was wearing a brown leather jacket, a green collared polo shirt, brown sandals, brown pants, and a dark-yellow shawl.

The Tinoc police are urging anyone who has seen or has any information on Gapuz's whereabouts to contact their office. The Tinoc Municipal Police Station can be reached at the following mobile number: 0935-110-7168.

Tinoc is a municipality in western Ifugao with a population of around 18,000 people. It's comprised of twelve barangays (Ahin, Ap-apid, Binablayan, Danggo, Eheb, Gumhang, Impugong, Luhong, Poblacion, Tukucan, Tulludan, and Wangwang).

Monday, July 8, 2019

July 15 (Monday) Declared as a Special Non-Working Day in the Cordilleras

July 15, a Monday, has been declared as a special non-working day in the Cordillera region. In a proclamation dated July 4, Malacanang made the declaration through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The provided date marks the 32nd founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region. "It is but fitting and proper that the people of the CAR be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies", the document reads.

You can read the full document here at the Official Gazette website.

Daniel Feliciano / The Cordilleran Sun

The Cordillera Administrative Region was officially created on July 15, 1987 through an executive order issued by then President Corazon C. Aquino. The region is currently comprised of six provinces. These are Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.