Nguyen’s Latest Win For Late Dad

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen completed his climb to the top of ONE Championship’s competitive 70.3-kilogram weight class by clinching a prestigious martial arts gold against a fierce Russian rival.

The 28-year-old Australian standout knocked out the previously unbeaten Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch and laid claim to the featherweight crown in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, 18 August at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Recognizing an opening, Nguyen countered Gafurov’s low kick with an overhand right that knocked out the Dagestani grappler at the center of the ONE Championship cage.

The newly-minted ONE Featherweight World Champion achieved one of his dreams by becoming a world champion in astounding fashion.

However, the sweet victory was about more than just the belt for Nguyen, instead it was all for his family.

Nguyen may have been a menace during his adolescence, but he never had to look far to find inspiration and set himself on the right path. For him, it was right at home and came in the form of the man he called “dad.”

“My dad worked hard just for us to get by. We were not the richest family, and we were not as poor as other people out here, but we got by. He was my sole inspiration to work hard, just the way he was able to provide for his family,” he said.

While Nguyen’s father was not particularly fond of his son stepping into the cage, he watched with a keen eye and supported him nonetheless.

In July 2012, Nguyen made his professional debut and proved to be quite the talent as soon as the bell rang.

Nguyen was flawless, winning every bout en route to capturing the BRACE featherweight championship belt in November 2013. Like a good son, he brought the belt to his father shortly after winning it.

“My dad looked at it. He was all happy and taking pictures with it. It was awesome,” he recalled. “And then he said, ‘Alright, you got the belt now. Enough. Just call it quits.’ No parent likes to see their child getting injured in a match or anything like that, so he said, ‘Enough now. No more.’”

Sadly, it was the last thing Nguyen’s father said to him with regard to his professional martial arts career as his dad tragically passed away just a few weeks later.

His father had undergone a bone marrow transplant so he could get more white blood cells into his body. The procedure was initially a success, but the healing process taking longer than usual.

As doctors were preparing to do more testing, Nguyen’s father contracted the flu, and that eventually turned into pneumonia and took his life.

“I never experienced any hardship or heartbreak until then, and I will never forget that day. He was in Melbourne at that time, so I flew into Melbourne to see him. Everything was happening so fast, and then he was gone. I did not even get to speak to him, and there are a lot of things I wish I could have said to him. It was heartbreaking,” Nguyen shared.

Nearly four years later, Nguyen still carries the loss of his father like an anchor around his neck.

Even though Nguyen is constantly reminded of his dad, he knows that his world-title winning performance was a fitting way to pay tribute to him.

With tears streaming from his eyes, Nguyen kneeled at the center of the ONE Championship cage, basking in the adulation poured upon him.

“This is for my dad. He was my inspiration for the whole camp when I mentally broke. (He and) the boys kept me together,” he stated.

Two days after accomplishing the monumental victory and claiming the No. 1 status in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division, Nguyen visited his grave with the belt.

“I am doing this all for him. One big title to put the icing on the cake,” he said. “It’s the only thing I wanted to do once I got home. I hope he is so proud right now.”

 

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Golden Birthday Celebration for Ogie With World Vision

The country’s respected Original Pilipino Music (OPM) singer-composer and hitmaker Ogie Alcasid celebrates his 50th birthday with a one-of-a-kind concert dubbed “NakakaLokal!” based on his recently launched album of the same title.
Happening on August 25, 2017 at the KIA Theatre, the awaited musical event will also feature a star-studded line-up including Angeline Quinto, Basti Artadi, Davey Langit, Erik Santos, Iñigo Pascual, Jaya, Kyla, Lara Maigue, Leila Alcasid, Lovi Poe, Men and Music, Solenn Heussaff, and Yeng Constantino.

The concert will benefit child-focused humanitarian agency World Vision and its advocacy campaign, “It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation against Children”. For years, Alcasid has been a staunch advocate and ambassador for World Vision, an NGO which currently assists over 75,000 children nationwide. One of World Vision’s successful sponsored children and now a tenor singer Richard Supat, formerly with FORTEnors, will also join Alcasid in a number offered for the children, especially those living in poor and vulnerable conditions.

For tickets and reservations, visit http://www.ticketnet.com.ph
Ticket prices are at P3,000 (VIP,) P1,500 (Orchestra A,) P1,000 (Orchestra B,) P800 (Loge,) and P500 (Balcony).

This event is presented by World Vision and A-Team in cooperation with PLDT Home.

An Exciting & Challenging 1st Sun Life Aquathlon 9/17/17

 

For the love of sport and a healthy lifestyle, SunLife Philippines have come up with their first ever Sun Life Aquathlon event happening on September 17, 2017 at the Makati Aqua Swim Arena (MASA) and University of Makati (UMAK). 

This event is open to everyone who are into improving their aquathlon experience and does it as a form of cross training. 

The media launch was led by Sun Life’s Chief Marketing Ms. Mylene Lopa, Bullrunner and SunLife Fitness Marketing Ms. Jaymie Pizarro and Bike King’s Ms. Ting Joson who also encouraged all guests to try this out!

Ms. Jaymie also shared that Sun Life Philippines also has Go Well fitness program that is open to the public. With the onset of several health-based sporting events, there is no reason we can’t maintain being healthy and energetic.

For the race details, Ms. Ting requested registrants to register thru Bike King’s website. Deadline for doing so is on August 15th. She likewise explained that regarding race logistics, it was a challenge holding this event at the MASA swimming pool all the way to the University of Makati run track and a pretty exciting route to date.

Read more and click on the Registration on how to go about your application. See you on race day!

DISTANCE
Aqua Full: 400 Meter Swim – 5Km Run
Aqua Lite: 200 Meter Swim – 3Km Run


ENTRY FEE

INDIVIDUAL

Early Bird
June 1 to 30, 2017

Regular Rate
July 1 to 31, 2017

Late Entry
August 1 to 15, 2017

Regisration fee
Online processing fee
Total Reg Fee

2,000.00
    100.00
2,100.00

2,500.00
    125.00
2,625.00

3,000.00
    150.00
3,150.00

 

RELAY

Early Bird
June 1 to 30, 2017

Regular Rate
July 1 to 31, 2017

Late Entry
August 1 to 15, 2017

Regisration fee
Online processing fee
Total Reg Fee

3,500.00
    175.00
3,675.00

4,000.00
    200.00
4,200.00

4,500.00
    225.00
4,725.00

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

  • Deadline for registration is August 15, 2017 or until slots last.
  • Registration fees are non-transferable. Your race bib cannot be transferred or sold to any other individual. Both athletes caught competing under someone else’s registration / or allowing the use of his/her race bib will be banned from joining any Bike King races for a minimum period of two (2) years, at the sole discretion of Bike King.
  • If you are unable to participate, you will not receive a refund for your race entry fee, but you may claim your race give aways.
  • Refund Policy:
    • It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:
      • Any requests received on or before June 30, 2017 will be eligible for a 80% refund.
      • Any requests received on or before July 15, 2017 will be eligible for a 50% refund.
      • Any requests received after July 15, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund under any circumstances
    • If you do not receive a response from the race office within 5 calendar days from request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us again by sending another email to registration@bikekingphilippines.com.
      SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

      Saturday, September 16, 2017
      10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pick up of Race Kits
      Personal Appearance and a Valid ID is Required
      Venue: TBA
      Sunday, September 17, 2017
      MASA, Makati City
      TIME ACTIVITY VENUE
      5:30 AM – 8:30 AM Pick up of Race Kit
      Personal Appearance and a Valid ID is Required
      Swimming Pool (MASA)
      5:30 AM – 8:30 AM Check in of Race Equipment Transition Area (MASA)
      6:00 AM – 11:00 AM Race Expo Track Oval (UMAK)
      6:30 AM Start of Race (1ST Wave) Swimming Pool
      10:00 AM Awarding Track Oval (UMAK)


      RACE INCLUSIONS

      • Sun Life Aquathlon Event Shirt
      • Sun Life Race Belt
      • Sun Life sling bag
      • Sun Life Personal Accident Insurance*
      • Swimming Cap
      • Timing Chip
      • Race Bib
      • Finisher’s Medal
      • Post Race Meal

      *worth P25,000.00 valid for one year from September 17, 2017 to September 16, 2018

      REGISTRATION is ongoing until August 15 only. Please click here http://bikekingphilippines.com/

      I miss running with these sporty friends. Great seeing you during the media lunch, Ms. Mylene, Ms Ting, Gelay and Ms. Jaymie. Thank you much for having us! Appreciate the cool photo, Gelay ☺

“Kicking & Screaming” Debuts August 7 on AXN

The most unlikely couples find their hands full in taking in more than they can handle in the new reality series Kicking & Screaming, which premieres this August on AXN.

Ten survival experts are paired with hapless amateurs who have no experience in living outdoors as they fight their way through a series of challenges in a remote jungle of a South Pacific island where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger, and extreme weather.

While the experts are used to surviving in the wilderness, their privileged partners are not, resulting in lots of arguing, bickering, and swearing.

With a cash prize of $500,000 at stake, the mismatched teammates realize that in order to win, they must work together to thrive in the wilderness and to survive the toughest challenge of their lives.

The show, from Fear Factor executive producer Matt Kunitz, is hosted by New Girl actress Hannah Simone.


Kicking & Screaming
premieres on August 7 and airsevery Monday at 9:45pm first & exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

Photo Credit:  AXN

Heart of Kapitan For the Country’s Heroes

PAL continues to support the PH troops amid the Marawi crisis by granting special privileges to AFP and PNP personnel. Earlier this month, PAL chairman Dr. Lucio Tan has also personally turned over a P2 million check donation to support the country’s soldiers.

Philippine Airlines Chairman Lucio C. Tan is granting special privileges for the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in recognition of their sacrifices for the country.

Dr. Tan is granting 40 kilos free baggage allowance to AFP and PNP personnel in active service traveling on all PAL domestic routes on official or personal capacity.

Military personnel are required to present their valid identification card upon check in at the airport. Baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance of 40 kilos shall be assessed the applicable excess baggage rates.

This grant, which is applicable across all fare brands, shall be valid only for travel until 31 December 2017.

My heart goes out to our country’s heroes and heroines who have sacrificed their lives in the battlefield and to all those who continue fighting to save Marawi and other critical areas. You deserve the country’s highest honor,”stressed Chairman Tan.

In addition, a 20% discount on ALL regular domestic fare brands (except budget economy fare brands) is also being provided to all active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for any type of travel – official or personal. AFP and PNP personnel must present a valid ID card upon ticketing.

 

Last July 25, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte honored fallen soldiers of Marawi in Malacanang Palace with the family members of deceased soldiers as special guests.

PAL is extending two free domestic tickets to Manila for each family attending the said event called “Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma, Go Negosyo Kapatid from Marawi Financial Assistance to the Families of Fallen Heroes”.

The flag carrier donated two million pesos to the AFP for the soldiers who are fighting or have fought in Marawi.

The Tan Yan Kee Foundation – the corporate social responsibility arm of the LT Group as well as the PAL foundation are carrying out donation drives and humanitarian cargo grants, respectively, for those affected by the Marawi situation.

Disaster Awareness Month With the Help of BPI-Philam

Press Release: 

The Philippines isn’t new to natural disasters or calamities.

 

Compared to its other Southeast Asian neighbors, our country experiences a wider range of disasters. From floods to landslides, and typhoons to earthquakes – the most recent of which just happened in Leyte with a magnitude of 6.5 – the Philippines continues to endure and survive. Though the government does its best in preparing for and anticipating these times of emergency through awareness efforts and disaster response drills, self-mitigation is still an area that we can further improve on.

 

Surendra Menon, CEO of the country’s premier bancassurance company, BPI-Philam, learned from the resiliency of Filipinos and their experience in times of crisis, believing this has given them a good start in disaster preparedness.

 

“Most Asian countries don’t have typhoons; most of them are prepared for floods, fires, and some earthquakes. But here you have the full range – you have typhoons, you have earthquakes, tsunamis, even volcanoes. Most things about disaster preparedness Filipinos have learned because you’ve gone through it all,” he said

 

Despite this vast experience of the nation, Menon encourages practicing resourcefulness by taking notes from disaster responsiveness of other countries in the region. Having worked and lived in Indonesia, he recalls the massive 1989 earthquake that hit its West Papua region, where countless people died and survivors ran out of supplies in a few months’ time, remaining displaced years after the incident.

 

He believes Indonesians and Filipinos are somewhat similar given their experiences, but Filipinos can up their preparedness by starting with themselves.

 

“Disaster has a long-term impact, but only short-term assistance will come so it’s up to you to bridge the gap between short-term assistance and long-term necessities,” he stressed.

 

 

Micro-preparedness

 

Menon, who served as a Lieutenant Captain for Singapore’s Civil Defense Forces, shared some practical tips that could help anybody self-mitigate in times of disaster.

 

“On a physical basis, make sure you have two weeks’ worth of water in your house. The first and foremost necessity for survival is water,” Menon said. “You will need food – dry food like biscuits that can last for two weeks as well for you and your family should be enough to go around when a disaster strikes and until help comes.”

 

Apart from physical needs, he also reminded Filipinos to have available cash at hand for emergency purchases and backup funds in the bank. “Maintaining an insurance plan would help too,” he said. “Prioritize protection from accidents first, then your health and life [insurance].”

 

 

Prioritize today, protect the future

 

Starting and maintaining financial contingency plans may not seem to be a priority for the average Filipino worker, but Menon believes foresight is a good thing to have, not just for ourselves but for those who matter to us most.

 

“The order of priority for your funds should be ‘today’ first and then ‘immediate emergency,'” he said.

“The next priority after that should be protecting your future income, preferably through a life insurance plan, so your family won’t have to worry about resources should something happen to you.”

 

Confident of the Filipinos’ indomitable spirit – the driving force against some of the worst natural and man-made disasters that hit the region – Menon is convinced the Philippines can only get more resilient through learnings from past calamities and ensure enough preparation for life’s uncertainties.

 

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Flavor of the Month is Pepero!

Don’t you just love ice cream?
Our all-time favorite Dairy Queen recently launched their Blizzard of the Month flavors with us bloggers. And we were not alone. We got to welcome the Pepero Blizzard treats alongside the 2017 Bb. Pilipinas beauty title holders.
The lovely ladies were excited to show off the pepero white cookie mango and pepero almond chocolate blizzard flavors to us all.. 
It’s vanilla ice cream that works perfectly with crunchy and cholatey goodness of Pepero and its almond nuts and mango bits to complete the delight!
For cake lover, you can also try out the Pepero Blizzard cake!

These flavors are available at your nearest Dairy Queen outlets nationwide at a limited time only.

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