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Muslim rebels locked in standoff with Philippine army

Written By Today's Entertainment Staff on Monday, September 9, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Philippine troops were locked in a standoff with hundreds of Muslim gunmen who killed six people and took at least 20 hostages in the south on Monday in a bid to derail peace talks.
A night-time curfew was imposed in the southern port city of Zamboanga a
s armoured security forces surrounded between 200 and 300 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) gunmen holed up in six coastal villages on its outskirts.
"We want an independent Mindanao," one of the gunmen, Asamin Hussin, told local ABS-CBN television, referring to the southern third of the mainly Catholic nation.
The gunmen launched their attack before dawn as the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which split from MNLF in 1978, prepared to resume peace talks aimed at ending a 42-year-old rebellion that has claimed 150,000 lives.
The city of nearly one million people woke to loud explosions as troops exchanged fire with the gunmen.
Heavily armed soldiers and police streamed into the streets firing machine guns at the rebels, sending terrified residents running from their homes clutching small children and scant belongings, ABS-CBN footage showed.
"They were trying to march on the city hall and we cannot allow that," military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala said of the gunmen, adding that two had been arrested.
The men are identified as belonging to a faction led by MNLF founder Nur Misuari, Zagala added.
The fighting quietened down in the afternoon, but there were sporadic sniper fire and mortar shell explosions as the gunmen dug in, military officials said.
City authorities later declared a curfew between 8pm and 5am as President Benigno Aquino dispatched top aides, including Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, to Zamboanga to help resolve the crisis.
"There will be no movement (by the security forces). As much as possible we will solve the case in the most peaceful manner," Roxas told reporters, adding that third parties, whose names he would not disclose, were trying to initiate negotiations.
"The authorities are in the process of identifying and pursuing all those responsible for this attack and bringing them to justice," he said.
City officials said two security forces and four civilians were killed, and 24 people wounded, while 1,500 others had fled their homes.
At least 20 people have been taken hostage and are being used as "human shields", Zagala said. Scores of others remained trapped inside their homes in the besieged villages.
The long-running Muslim insurgency in the Philippines has led to a proliferation of armed groups that have left parts of Mindanao in a constant state of lawlessness.
Misuari has criticised a preliminary peace deal signed last year by the government and the MILF, saying it marginalised his group and a peace treaty it signed in 1996.
Rommel Banlaoi, executive director of the Manila-based security think-tank Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence, and Terrorism Research, said the action was likely designed to sabotage the peace talks.
"Misuari's motive is to convey a message... (that) the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the MILF will no longer guarantee the end of war," Banlaoi told AFP.
Jose Lorena, a senior Aquino adviser on the peace talks, dismissed Misuari's concerns Monday.
"It is an inclusive process, not just MNLF or MILF. Whether we like it or not, there is only one people and one area," Lorena told AFP.
Monday's attack came a month after Misuari declared "independence" in Mindanao and called on his forces to "surround and secure all military, police and all other installations".
In 2001 his men also took dozens of hostages and left many more dead in Zamboanga and in nearby Jolo island.
The MNLF later freed all the hostages after several days, in exchange for free passage out of the city as Misuari fled to Malaysia, where he was arrested and deported.
He was held in a police camp near Manila until 2008, when the government dropped all charges against him.
Military officials say Misuari no longer commands all of the MNLF, which has splintered into a number of groups.
"We do not support this. This is about power. This independence thing is maybe secondary," Abdul Sahrin, secretary-general of a rival MNLF faction, told ABS-CBN in an interview.
However, analyst Banlaoi said: "The fear now is Misuari could create one united front along with other threat (armed) groups against the Philippines."

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Justice sought for slain 25-year-old account executive

(UPDATE) Family and friends are seeking justice for Kristelle "Kae" Davantes, an advertising executive reportedly abducted in Bonifacio Global City Taguig and later fou

On social networking site Facebook, the page "Justice for KAE" has been created by the victim's family and friends. "Families and friends, let's all unite. We will not stop until we find justice. #justiceforkae," according to the page.  

"To those asking for additional details, we will inform you at the right time. We'd appreciate that you give us time to grieve on this tragic moment that has come to our family," a post in the page added. Police have yet to report the motive.
nd dead in Cavite.
Davantes, described by her co-worker Budjette Tan as "hard-working and passionate," was last seen driving out of the parking area, after a night-out in Bonifacio Global City.

"One of my last meetings with her was about an upcoming pitch. She said she wanted to personally handle the project because she was determined to win it. Despite all the OT we do and all the weekly workload that leave us with little personal time, she was still excited to work on a new project and win a new account," Tan said in his Facebook post.

Davantes, who was working as a senior account manager at the advertising agency, McCann World Group Philippines' MRM, was last seen Friday night and "Kae," as she was fondly called by friends, never got home.

According to an ABS-CBN report, Davantes' body was found on the Tibagan Bridge in Barangay Sabutan in Silang, Cavite at around 6am last Saturday.  Her mouth was covered with a handkerchief while her hands were tied using a car seatbelt. Her neck also bore several wounds.  A knife and a piece of wire were also found near Davantes' dead body, leading Cavite Police to suspect that she may have been strangled.  
According to the advertising publication, Adobo Magazine, Davantes' car with plate number PIM 966 is still missing.     
The family meanwhile posted a poem dedicated for Kae, part of which read:

"My heart aches for you my love
You've been snatched away so cruel
I look for answers from above
So senseless and so obscure

Your precious life so fleeting
How do we say goodbye?
Our hearts ache for you leaving.
We will cry till our tears run dry.

We can't help but ask why.
Please God help us understand.
Don't let justice pass us by.
We swear we will take a stand.

We give each other comfort.
And peace you will soon find.
No choice but to let you go forth
Fly with angels now dearest fly

As you close your eyes to sleep forever.
We'll hold on to all our memories
In heaven you don't have to suffer
Rest well our dearest, kae, you're free."
Meanwhile, here are what netizens say:

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Kelly Osbourne to Launch Clothing Line for All Shapes

Written By Today's Entertainment Staff on Sunday, September 8, 2013 | 11:49 PM

Celebrities no longer just wear the hottest fashions, now more are designing them. Two big names are coming out with new clothing lines and—best of all—say they’re making them to flatt
er every woman. Read on for more details and the rest of this week’s celeb news.
1. You’ll soon be able to wear Kelly Osbourne’s clothes. Not really, of course, but we were excited when Kelly Osbournelet slip to Fashionista that she plans to launch a clothing line and will “never make anything that won’t be translated to plus-size as well. Because everyone deserves to wear fashion.” She refused to say much more, but you know the Fashion Police star’s designs will all be “dos.”
2. Or you can dress like Ryan Gosling’s girlfriend. Well, kinda. New York & Company approached Eva Mendes to design a collection for them, and after urging from her sisters, she said yes. The line will be day-to-night looks for women of all ages, sizes, and professions, the actress/model/singer told Lucky. Now if only we could be Gosling’s girl.
3. A fresh face is at one with nature. Shailene Woodley may be one of Hollywood’s hottest new starlets, but she has her feet firmly on the ground and has a refreshing lifestyle. “I gather my own spring water from the mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils,” The Descendantsstar dished to US Weekly.
4. Kate Upton can’t be stopped. As if gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue twice, being one of the faces of David Yurman (along with Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen), starring in an upcoming movie with Cameron Diaz, and looking stunning onVogue’s cover this year weren’t enough, Kate Upton has walked away with the prestigious title of 2013 Model of the Year, which is a slam in the face of those who called her “obvious.” Personally, we’ve got a girl crush on her.
5. The best actresses only get better with age. Fifty-five-year-old Michelle Pfeiffer is back on the big screen, starring in new movie The Family with Robert De Niro. Growing older in Hollywood isn’t easy, she admitted to Ladies Home Journal, but she’s more focused on being healthy than looking young. The blonde beauty works out five days a week and has been vegan for a few years, and said she’s happy “looking great” for her age. And that she does!
6. Fizzy yoga may be the next cosmo. We’re into bikram, kundalini, and hatha yoga, and now we can add fizzy yoga to the list thanks to Kim Cattrall. The carbonated-sounding workout is physioyoga, which combines yoga moves with physical therapy that is meant to heal and prevent injuries. The 57-year-old actress told New York Daily News that cardio was less important to her as she got older, and she preferred to do intense stretching. 

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Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes

When you make dessert, even if you are disciplined and can keep yourself to one slice of cheesecake, the leftover sits in your fridge, tempting you to have a sli
ce here and a nibble there. This recipe from Fit Pregnancy solves both problems: The muffin-sized cakes make for easy portion control, and since it only makes four servings, chances are you won’t have any remaining. But if you want to make more for a party, it’s easy to double or triple.

Ingredients:                                                                                                  This Recipe

  • Skill Level:
  • Serves: 4
  • Start to Finish: Less than 1 hour
  • Prep:
  • Cook:



Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving:

Total Calories: 168

  • 253mg Sodium
  • 21g Carbs
  • 1g Fiber
  • 5g Fat
  • 3g Saturated Fat
  • Sugars
  • 9g Protein
  • 46mg Calcium
  • 0mg Iron
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs (from 2 whole crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/3 cup light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup lemon 2% Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • For blueberry topping:
  • 2/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 4 paper cupcake liners.
2. Combine graham crumbs, melted butter, and salt in a small bowl. Spoon crumb mixture into bottom of cupcake liners, pressing down lightly with the back of a spoon to flatten. Bake for 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile in a medium bowl beat together cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, egg white, and lemon zest until smooth. Pour evenly into baked cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until set on top.
4. In a small bowl toss together blueberry topping ingredients. Microwave for 30 seconds and mash lightly with a fork to release juices.
5. Chill mini cheesecakes and blueberry topping. Garnish cheesecakes when ready to serve.

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Taguig makes peace gesture to Makati

Manila, Philippines -- Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano said yesterday she is extending the hands of peace to Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay to renew their frie
ndship which was strained by the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling on their two cities' territorial dispute over Fort Bonifacio.
Cayetano made the call after Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas cleared up the jurisdiction issue on Fort Bonifacio, saying the status quo remains in the disputed area.
Cayetano also urged Binay to set aside the differences that this issue has brought them, saying the people of Taguig and Makati are essentially ''brothers and sisters.''
''We ask Mayor Binay to renew our friendship and the camaraderie between our cities that have been strained by the territorial dispute over Fort Bonifacio,'' Cayetano said.
''I hope there can be peace and friendship between us again,'' Cayetano added.
Cayetano noted that the local government of Taguig has already filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) before the CA, which she pointed out suspends the execution of the decision of the appellate court.
''All of these support our actions to maintain the status quo in Fort Bonifacio,'' she said ''For now, let us promote peace and order in our respective cities and among our people. Let us avoid actions that will result in possible clashes and danger to our respective police forces and our peace and order personnel.''
Cayetano, at the same time, expressed gratitude that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has cleared the jurisdictional issues in Fort Bonifacio.
Roxas earlier told reporters that he issued the directive to maintain the status quo upon the advice of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The DILG exercises administrative control over the PNP.
''We hope that no more tension arises from any statement or act from any party regarding the matter as the DILG chief himself delineated all jurisdictional issues,'' Cayetano said.
She said they should be attending to the needs of their respective constituents instead of engaging in a bitter territorial dispute over Fort Bonifacio.

Source: Yahoo News

5 Things You Didn't Know About Body Fat

Fat is the ultimate three-letter word, especially the kind that you spend so much time watching your diet and hitting the gym to keep at bay (or at least to keep off your butt). But beyond making you look less-than-svelte, fat can have significant physical and emotional implications.

We talked to Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist and author of The Secret of Vigor: How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy, to find out a few essential facts that might surprise you.


1. It comes in different colors:
More specifically, there are different types of fat that have different hues and functions, according to Talbott: white, brown, and beige. The white fat is what most people think of as fat-pale and useless. Useless in that it has a low metabolic rate so it doesn't help you burn any calories the way muscle does, and it's the predominant type of fat in the human body, encompassing more than 90 percent of it. In other words, it's a storage unit for extra calories.

Brown fat is darker in color due to a rich blood supply and can actually burn calories rather than storing them-but only if you're a rat (or other mammal); certain critters can activate brown fat to burn calories and generate heat to keep them warm in winter. Humans, sadly, have so little brown fat that it won't help you burn calories or keep you warm.

The third type of fat, beige fat, is in between white and brown in terms of its calorie-burning ability, which is actually very exciting. Why? Because researchers are looking into ways to shift white fat cells into more metabolically active beige ones via diet and exercise or supplements. In fact, there is preliminary evidence that certain hormones which are activated by exercise may convert white fat cells into beige ones, as well as some evidence that certain foods such as brown seaweed, licorice root, and hot peppers may have the ability to do this as well.

2. The fat on your butt is healthier than the fat on your belly:
It's probably safe to say that no woman favors the fat on one body part over another, but it's actually safer health-wise to be more of a pear than an apple, Talbott says. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is much more responsive to the stress hormone cortisol compared to the fat on your thighs or butt, so when stress hits hard (and you don't find a healthy way to handle it), any extra calories consumed are more likely to end up around your middle.

Belly fat is also much more inflammatory than fat located elsewhere in the body and can create its own inflammatory chemicals (as a tumor would). These chemicals travel to the brain and make you hungry and tired, so you're more likely to overeat or eat junk food and not exercise, thus creating a vicious cycle and perpetuating the storage of more belly fat. The good news is that anything that helps you reduce inflammation helps reduce those signals to the brain. Talbott recommends fish oil (for the Omega 3's) and probiotics, which you can take in pill form or get by eating yogurt with active cultures.

3. First you burn calories, then you burn fat: The term "fat-burning" is thrown around willy-nilly in fitness circles, but as an expression of weight loss, it's indirect. Before you "burn" fat, you burn calories, whether those calories come from stored carbohydrates (glycogen and blood sugar) or from stored body fat. The more calories you burn during each workout, the bigger deficit you will create and the more fat you will lose.

You can also create a calorie deficit by eating less. The trick, though, is time, since it's hard for most people to put in the time needed to burn enough calories to make a weight-loss dent. Talbott (and many other experts) advocates high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to burn as many calories as possible in as short amount of time as possible. This method, which alternates between hard/easy efforts, can burn double the calories in the same amount of time spent exercising in a steady state.


4. Fat affects your mood: Certainly there is no easier way to ruin your day than seeing you've gone up a few numbers on the scale, but having excess fat-especially around your belly-activates that inflammation/cortisol cycle, which studies show may be a factor in serious mood disorders like bipolar disorder. If you're stuck in a stress/eat/gain/stress cycle, however, you're likely to experience at least a perpetually low mood, even if you don't have an actual clinical condition.

To help break the cycle, try eating a square of dark chocolate, suggests Talbott; there is just enough sugar to satisfy a stress-induced craving, but the healthy flavonoids help calm inflammation that leads to more stress. Low-fat dairy products like yogurt can have a similar effect-the combination of calcium and magnesium can help calm the stress response.

5. Even skinny people can have cellulite:
The dreaded c-word is caused by fat trapped under the skin (known as subcutaneous fat). The overlying skin "dimples" are created by connective tissues that tie the skin to the underlying muscle, with fat trapped in between like a sandwich. You don't need a lot of fat to cause a dimpling effect, so you can be in great shape and have low body fat but still have a little pocket of dimpled fat, for example, on your butt or the backs of your thighs.

Building muscle while losing fat (and the fat loss part is key-you have to have it to lose) can help minimize the appearance of cellulite; cellulite-specific creams and lotions can also help minimize the look of dimpled skin (though they can't do anything about the trapped fat beneath).

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Yes, Melai is pregnant: Jason Gainza

MANILA -- Yes, Melai Cantiveros is pregnant.
This was confirmed by the actress' friend and "Banana Split" co-star,
Jason Gainza, at the sidelines of the 7th Star Magic Ball held Saturday night at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.

Gainza brought up the 25-year-old actress' "morning sickness" in explaining her absence from the event.
Asked how Cantiveros is dealing with her pregnancy, Gainza said, "Sabi niya, 'yun, nahihirapan siya. Parang suka nang suka. Tinatanong niya misis ko. Okay lang naman siya. Sabi ko malalagpasan niya 'yun," he said.
Gainza is married and with two children.

Cantiveros has refused to address the reported pregnancy since it was "confirmed" early this week by "Showbiz Inside Report" co-host Ogie Diaz in a post on his official website.
Diaz said the actress, at the time of the report's publication, was two months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend and fellow housemate Jason Francisco.

The celebrity couple rose to fame in 2009 as fellow housemates on "Pinoy Big Brother," where they started forming what would become a steady relationship outside the famous yellow house.

Can Popping Pimples Kill You?

Sound like a crazy question? Turns out, it's not so crazy. If you've ever been a teenager (and I'll go out on a limb and say that most of you were), you're all too familiar with the following scenario: You start to notice a bump forming just above your lip. Or maybe it's on your chin
. Or your nose.

Then you start to feel a pus-filled whitehead forming and you can't wait to get to a mirror (let's hope at home) to pop that sucker. Chances are that you've popped a pimple or two in your day, but dermatologists say you should resist the urge. That's because popping pimples can leave you with scars, or worse, an infection. When you pop a pimple, you're actually tearing open your skin in the process.

You're also introducing bacteria from your hands into the open wound, which can become infected, leave a permanent scar, or make you very ill. In fact, there's something called "the triangle of death" on your face -- so called because getting an infection in this area can cause you to die. How so? Blood vessels in this area drain to the back of your head, at the base of your brain. This area also opens up to the sinuses.

 If not treated right away, an infection in your sinus cavity can be serious, leading to paralysis, loss of vision, or even death. That's a mighty good reason to keep your hands off those pimples, wouldn't you say? Also see: Skin and hair solutions in your fridge It's because these veins around the nose, mouth and eyes are so close to the brain that bacteria introduced to your face basically gives those bacteria free rein to wreak havoc. A cut on your finger wouldn't necessarily be as dangerous.

Another thing to avoid? Pulling out your nose hairs. The nose is full of harmful bacteria that is trapped there by tiny hairs called cilia. They're there to prevent the bacteria from getting further into our body so, in a sense, a nose full of hair is actually your best line of defense against airborne infection. (Of course, if hairs start sticking out of your nose and you need to trim (and yes, we recommend it), it's best to use an electronic hair trimmer that gently trims the hairs as opposed to yanking them out at the root, causing your nose to bleed.) So along those lines, try to take the following precautions: Avoid popping pimples on your face or picking at scabs there too.

If you do start to notice an infection, seek treatment from a doctor right away. Oh, and one last thing. Don't pick your nose. As gross as it may sound to some, it's practically a job for others (like that guy sitting in the car next to mine at the red light the other day). And picking your nose can introduce the same bacteria to your brain just as fast as popping a pimple can. So stay healthy, and keep your hands off of your face.

Source:  Yahoo Life Style

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin among Oscar honorees

Written By Today's Entertainment Staff on Saturday, September 7, 2013 | 8:22 PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to give a prestigious humanitarian award to H
ollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie for her "impassioned" campaigning work, the Oscar-bestowing body announced Thursday.
The Academy's board of governors will also give honorary lifetime awards to veteran actors Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury, as well as Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, whose work includes the 1971 classic "Death in Venice."

Jolie, who won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2000 for her role in "Girl, Interrupted," has been an "impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts," the Academy said.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to give a prestigious humanitarian award to Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie for her "impassioned" campaigning work, the Oscar-bestowing body announced Thursday.
The Academy's board of governors will also give honorary awards to veteran actors Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury, as well as Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, whose work includes the 1971 classic "Death in Venice."

Jolie, who won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2000 for her role in "Girl, Interrupted," has been an "impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts," the Academy said.
The actress, whose partner is Brad Pitt and who announced in May that she had undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer, has staked out "a career at the nexus of entertainment and philanthropy," it said.
Jolie has worked for advocacy groups including the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2012 after 12 years of service, it noted.
She will be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, previous recipients of which include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Lewis, Sherry Lansing, Arthur Miller, Quincy Jones, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.


Jolie welcomed the honor. "Angie feels very honored to be recognized by the Academy for her humanitarian work," a spokesman for the actress told AFP.
The Academy will also present Honorary Awards to 68-year-old comic actor Martin, who has hosted the Oscars three times; three-times Oscar nominee Lansbury, 87, and 86-year-old Tosi, whose other Oscar nominated costume design credits include "La Cage Aux Folles" (1978).

The Honorary Award is given "to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."
Lansbury made her feature debut in 1944 with "Gaslight," and her credits include "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971), "Death on the Nile" (1978) and, most recently, 2011's "Mr. Popper's Penguins."
Highlights of Martin's long career as actor, writer, comedian and musician include "The Jerk" (1979), "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "Three Amigos" (1986) "Roxanne" (1987),and two "The Pink Panther" films, in 2006 and 2009.
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award rewards "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."
All four awards, which come in the form of Oscar statuettes like those given out at the Academy Awards, will be presented at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16.
The 2014 Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season, will be held on March 2 next year.

Tigers hold hapless Maroons to record shooting low

Still in the hunt for a Final Four berth, University of Santo Tomas continues to do the right things, notably on the defensive end.

The Growling Tigers found University of the Philippines a tough nut to crack in

Veteran forward Aljon Mariano pumped in a game-high 18 points, 12 coming in the last 20 minutes, while four other teammates scored at least seven markers but it was their collective desire to play lockdown defense that enabled the Growling Tigers to pull through.

More than repeating a 79-69 victory in their initial meeting last July 24, UST also essayed its third consecutive win and seventh overall to gain a half-game lead over reigning five-time titlist Ateneo.
The Fighting Maroons, led by Sam Marata’s 12 points, suffered their 12th straight setback.

Ranged against UST’s defensive pressure, UP had a nightmarish outing from the field, making just 15 of its 81 attempts for a horrendous 18.5 percent, the lowest field goal percentage in the league since the current statistical team started compiling statistics in 2003.

The Maroons’ 39-point output was also the lowest output yet by any team this season and since Adamson also had the same score against Ateneo’s 61 last Sept. 3, 2011.
the early goings but came through with a decisive run in the second half to post a masterful 63-39 victory Saturday and seize solo fourth in the UAAP Season 76 men’s cage action at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Main Man: After a so-so outing in the first half, Aljon Mariano made sure his presence was felt in the second half.

The 6-foot-3 power forward scattered 12 points in the second half while serving as one of the forces’ in UST’s decisive breakaway. Mariano also added 10 rebounds, issued three assists and a block.

Honorable Mentions: He struggled to get his usual offensive game going but Cameroon import Karim Abdul flourished defensively for UST.

Although he only had seven points in nine attempts, the 6-foot-6 slotman lorded it over the boards with 21, seven of the coming offensively, then also swatted four shots.

Also giving the Tigers needed offensive punch was comebacking Jeric Teng, who tallied all of his nine points in the second half laced by four rebounds and two assists.

Game Turning Point: After UP pulled within 33-36 off a Paul Desiderio bucket, UST pulled away behind a telling 12-to-nothing run bridging the third and fourth cantos for a 15-point cushion.
Not letting up, the Growling Tigers even employed a suffocating full-court pressure that visibly took the fight out from the Fighting Maroons en route to an emphatic win.

He Said It:

UST coach Pido Jarencio: “Kailangan malaman namin mtumapaos ng maganda. Kailangan may diin para alam namin kung saan talaga pupunta ang team. Hindi pwedeng pa-relax-relax. Mamaya maaksidente pa tayo. ‘Yung killer instinct ang hinahanap ko sa mga players. Kailangan talaga may finishing (kick) kami.”

The scores:
UST (63) – Mariano 18, Ferrer 12, Teng 9, Daquioag 9, Abdul 7, Bautista 3, Pe 2, Lao 1, Tan 0, Sheriff 0, Lo 0, Hainga 0.

UP (39) – Marata 12, Lao 6, Soyud 5, Ball 5, Wong 2, Suarez 2, Gallarza 2, Desiderio 2, Harris 1, Pascual 0, Paras 0, Gingerich 0, Amar 0.
Quarterscores: 14-13, 23-20, 40-33, 63-39.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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