Gilas vs NBA Cancellation: What happened? NBA bares reasons

Gilas vs NBA cancellation of game has caused so much disappointment to Pinoy basketball fans, most especially those who bought tickets to the event.

The 2-day event dubbed 'Last Home Stand' and billed as a charity event for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda survivors was supposed to feature the Gilas Pilipinas team playing against the NBA stars, such as James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Terrence Ross, Tyson Chandler, Ed Davis and Nick Johnson in an exhibition game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Paul George and Blake Griffin, who were previously announced as part of the lineup, did not arrive.

Supposedly, the Gilas vs NBA exhibition game was intended to be a tune-up game for Gilas Pilipinas before they compete in the 2014 FIBA World Cup next month in Spain.

Those who went to the 1st day of the event yesterday saw only drills or live practice between the two teams, as reported in major news programs late last night.

As it turned out, no exhibition game happened both yesterday and
today, because NBA has prevented it from happening at the last minute. The reason of the cancellation? The promoter of the event failed to meet the necessary requirements long before.

NBA has issued this statement, outlining why it had to be cancelled:

"Under the terms of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, players are allowed to participate in offseason basketball games or exhibitions when requirements for those events are met, including ensuring that appropriate safeguards be in place, and the promoter seeks the proper exemptions from the NBA and the player's team. The promoter of this proposed event, East-West Private LLC, was informed of this process several months ago but did not take the required steps. Filipinos are among the most passionate basketball fans in the world and we are committed to bringing them more access to our game and supporting the ongoing Typhoon Haiyan rehabilitation efforts."

Apparently, it was the promoter's fault and the organizers of the event knew they didn't have the necessary permit yet to do the exhibition game, but still, they continued to promote and lure people to buy tickets, confident that they won't have any major problem.

They have put in danger the NBA careers of those players, who could have been sanctioned had it been the game pushed through without the intervention of NBA.

I can imagine the disappointment, the frustration of those who purchased
tickets to the event.

The fans however went home with a good news that they can request for a refund of their money.

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Kathryn Bernardo - Daniel Padilla movie 'She's Dating The Gangster' hits P130-million gross

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla's latest movie 'She's Dating The Gangster', which opened last July 16, already has P130-million gross in less than a week in theaters.

Definitely, the KathNiel loveteam is becoming one of the most successful teen loveteams ever in the Philippines with their winning streak in the box-office.

Last December, they headlined the MMFF entry 'Pagpag' which ultimately
grossed P200M. And now, their new movie 'She's Dating The Gangster' is most likely to exceed that, with its latest gross earnings of P130M, according to Bandila's report earlier.

It's already the 4th highest-grossing Pinoy film this 2014, and will eventually rank 3rd, the moment it surpasses last May's 'Maybe This Time', which earned P135M.

'SDTG', a movie adapted from a best-selling book, already had a strong start, earning P15M on opening day, despite the typhoon ('Glenda'). It picked up more in its next days of showing (even if there was a new typhoon ('Henry'), and crossed P100M in just 5 days. Exact 5-day earnings is P114.8M, according to Box Office Mojo.

Now, SDTG is already the 6th Filipino movie to hit P100M this year. Previously hitting that mark were 'Bride For Rent', 'Starting Over Again', 'Diary Ng Panget The Movie', 'Da Possessed' and 'Maybe This Time'. Except for Diary Ng Panget, all these movies I mentioned are under Star Cinema.

And it's only July, the 7th month of the year. Philippine box office will surely have a record number of movies joining the club for the year 2014. Expect more than ten (10) P100M-earning movies this year, including three (3) MMFF 2014 entries this December. -

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Pinoy Big Brother PBB All In 9th Eviction: One of Pagotan twins evicted!

Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) All In 9th Eviction Night, July 20, 2014, had another housemate getting evicted from the house.

Chariz Solomon's brother, one of Pagotan twins, was the one who got evicted from Pinoy Big Brother earlier.

PAGOTAN TWINS SEPARATED FOR NOW: Fifth stays, Fourth exits PBB All In (photo via Chariz Solomon's IG)

Fourth Pagotan got the lowest votes among the 4 nominees, behind his own twin brother Fifth, Jason Abalos' girlfriend Vickie Rushton and teen housemate Loisa.

Loisa 43.58%
Vickie 22.96%
Fifth 17.84%
Fourth 15.62%

I kinda expected though that the twins won't survive together 'til the very end of the show, especially if both get nominated. One has to go.

If you combine Fifth and Fourth's votes, it's higher than those of Vickie. Their family and supporters definitely were divided in voting for them. One survived, and the other had to suffer.

At least now, they can concentrate on Fifth, who might end up in the Big 4 especially after his bisexual admission the past week which definitely earned more fans for him.

There are now just 8 remaining housemates in the house. Other than Loisa, Fifth and Vickie, still in-house are Jane Oineza, Daniel Matsunaga, Manolo Pedrosa, Joshua Garcia and Maris Racal.

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The Voice Kids Philippines Grand Finals - The Top 4: Darren Espanto, Lyca, JK & Darlene

The Voice Kids Philippines Grand Finals set for July 26 and 27, 2014. Who among Darren Espanto and Lyca Gairanod from Team Sarah, Juan Karlos "JK" Labajo and Edray Teodoro of Team Bamboo, Darlene Vibares and Winston "Tonton" Cabiles of Team Lea made it as Top 4 grand finalists?

It was the live announcement of the semifinals results earlier on 'The
Voice Kids Philippines' , as aired on ABS-CBN.

Only 4 of the above-mentioned 6 semi-finalists advanced to the grand finals, based on the results of the overnight voting.

Even before tonight's results, it's a sure bet that Team Sarah's Darren Espanto is in the Top 4. His
"One Moment In Time" performance last night was undoubtedly the best,
and there's no other way he's going but to be in the grand finals.

Darren Espanto singing the Whitney Houston classic "One Moment In Time" during the semifinals (photo credit to @TheVoiceABSCBN)

As I already predicted even before the semis, the 4 grand finalists, aside from Darren, might be Lyca, JK and Darlene (even though her "I
Will Always Love You" performance was the worst among the 6 semis performances).

As announced earlier by hosts Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, the Top 4 grand finalists are:

Lyca Gairanod of Team Sarah Geronimo
Juan Karlos Labajo of Team Bamboo
Darlene Vibares of Team Lea Salonga
and Darren Espanto of Team Sarah G.

So, my predictions were right.

They also revealed the ranking of the Top 6 in the voting. Not surprising, Team Sarah's Lyca and Darren emerged in the Top 2.

1. Lyca
2. Darren
3. Juan Karlos
4. Darlene
5. Tonton
6. Edray

Now, who among the Top 4 is your favorite to win 'The Voice Kids Philippines'? Vote...

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Angel Locsin, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim among the winningest stars ever at Yahoo Celebrity Awards

Angel Locsin, Coco Martin, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim and Vice Ganda are among the winningest stars in Yahoo Celebrity Awards (formerly Yahoo! OMG! Awards), meaning, they have won the most in the said annual awards by Yahoo! Philippines since it was started in 2011.

In 4 years so far of Yahoo Celebrity Awards, Kim Chiu is actually the winningest of them all, having a total of 7 awards already, the most by any celebrity. She previously won Breakthrough Actress, twice as Loveteam of the Year (shared with Xian Lim) and Fan Club of the Year (for her and Xian's fan club KimXi. This year, she won 3 more: Celebrity of the Year, Actress of the Year and again, Fan Club of the Year.

Kim and the trophies she got at the 2014 Yahoo Celebrity Awards, including the awards for her teleserye 'Ikaw Lamang' and movie 'Bride For Rent' (via @chinitaprincess on Instagram)

Among male stars, Xian is the winningest, actually tied with Vice Ganda, both having 5 wins.

The other half of KimXi already has the awards Breakthrough Actor, Loveteam of the Year (twice) and Fan Club of the Year, also twice.

Vice Ganda meanwhile also has 5. He's a Comedian of the Year honoree from 2011 to 2013, and this year, he has just won Social Media Star and Loveteam of the Year (for her loveteam with Karylle, 'ViceRylle').

Other multiple winners in the 4 editions of Yahoo Awards (those who have won at least 3) are: Coco Martin (4 wins: Breakthrough Male once, Actor of the Year thrice), Eugene Domingo (3 wins as Comedienne of the Year), Parokya Ni Edgar (3-time Band of the Year), Angel Locsin (Actress of the Year in 2011 and 2012, 'It' Couple of the Year in 2012, shared with ex-boyfriend Phil Younghusband), Papa Jack (Best Male DJ for 3 years now) and teen star Julie Anne San Jose (she won Song of the Year this 2014. Last year, she was Female Perfomer of the Year and her fan club with Elmo Magalona, the JuliElmo PEXers, was Fan Club of the Year).

This year's Yahoo Celebrity Awards was just held Friday night, July 18, 2014, at the MOA Arena. Below is the complete list of winners:

Celebrity of the Year - Kim Chiu
Celebrity Couple - Bea Binene & Jake Vargas
Celebrity Family - Padilla Family
Social Media Star - Vice Ganda
Actor of the Year - Coco Martin
Actress of the Year - Kim Chiu
Male Emerging Star - JC De Vera
Female Emerging Star - Julia Barretto
Male Kontrabida - Jake Cuenca
Female Kontrabida - Jennylyn Mercado
Love Team - Vice Ganda and Karylle (ViceRylle)
Child Star - Andrea Brillantes
Male TV Host - Vhong Navarro
Female TV Host - Kris Aquino
Fan Club of the Year - KimXi (Kim Chiu and Xian Lim fan club)
Teleserye of the Year - Ikaw Lamang
News Program - TV Patrol
Movie of the Year - Bride for Rent
Male Hothlete of the Year - Jeron and Jeric Teng
Female Hothlete of the Year - Gretchen Ho
Male Performer of the Year - Bamboo
Female Performer of the Year - Sarah Geronimo
Band of the Year - Parokya Ni Edgar
Emerging Band of the Year - Yolanda Moon
Song of the Year - "Bakit Ngayon" by Julie Anne San Jose
FM Radio of the Year - 90.7 Love Radio
Male DJ of the Year - Papa Jack
Female DJ of the Year - DJ Chacha

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