Cheng foregoes graduation ceremony for La Salle victory

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “I’m taking my Master’s right now so it’s okay for me to miss the march, I’ll just look forward to the ceremony for this one. I’ll just march in the graduation rites for my Master’s.”Though Cheng missed the chance to don a toga, the 21-year-old got to experience a hard-fought win over University of the Philippines.The defending champions trudged in three sets against the Lady Maroons for the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.La Salle trailed 24-23 in the payoff moments of the third set when sophomore setter Michelle Cobb worked her magic and scored three straight service aces to push the Lady Spikers to their second straight win.“I’m fine because we won and it’s a double celebration for me because we won and it was my graduation,” said Cheng who had 10 points against the Lady Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track A new star rises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Desiree Cheng has hit a fork in the road in her life as a student-athlete.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On one path is the ceremonial graduation ceremonies, and on the other a preliminary game in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Cheng, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, chose the latter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Well, priorities,” said Cheng in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “This is my priority right now, which is volleyball, and it’s the UAAP. If it was any other league I would’ve skipped the game and marched.”Cheng, though, is not missing much because she still has another chance to do the graduation march—when she finishes her Marketing course for her Master’s Degree. LATEST STORIES 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

‘Arsenal fans are RIGHT to be angry. When WILL we win the league?’ – Alan Smith

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith has told talkSPORT it will be difficult for Arsene Wenger to stay at the club if the mood within the Gunners camp doesn’t begin to improve – and soon.Supporters staged a mass protest by staying away from Thursday night’s Premier League clash at home to West Brom.TV cameras showed noticeable areas of empty seats inside the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium, where Alexis Sanchez scored a brace to seal a much-needed 2-0 win.Reports in the build-up to the game claimed as many as 2,500 season ticket holders had returned their tickets for resale, in protest of their side’s collapsed league title bid.Manager Wenger issued a plea to fans following the game, calling for them to support their team and ‘see quality football’ in their last remaining games of the campaign.But Smith, who scored over 100 goals in a Gunners shirt, understands the supporters’ plight, and suggests they could eventually force Wenger to leave the club. “You can understand their frustration,” Smith told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It looked like this was their year. They were in a fantastic position. With Chelsea and Man United out of the picture, it all looked set up for the Arsenal and the fact it has fallen flat in this way, it’s just so disappointing it’s untrue.“You can understand the fans, they probably look at it now and think, ‘when are we going to win the league?’“You’ve got Chelsea with a new manager, Man City with Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp’s doing well at Liverpool and Man United might have a new manager.“There’s going to be optimism and excitement at those clubs, but if things carry on in the way that they are, that is not going to be the case at Arsenal. It’s going to be very flat there.“The fans will decide. If it carries on like this and the mood gets worse, it will be very hard for Arsene Wenger to stay there, I think.” 1 Arsenal fans displayed their frustration with the team during Thursday’s clash with West Brom last_img read more

Rinpoche Rising

first_imgOn an overcast morning in Paro, a quiet town in western Bhutan, a group of 40 monks lines up against the cliff-like facade of the Paro Dzong, part monastery, part fortress. On their shoulders, they hold a serpentine roll of fabric wrapped in a large saffron sheet. On cue from,On an overcast morning in Paro, a quiet town in western Bhutan, a group of 40 monks lines up against the cliff-like facade of the Paro Dzong, part monastery, part fortress. On their shoulders, they hold a serpentine roll of fabric wrapped in a large saffron sheet. On cue from the head lama, the pulleys on the top of the Dzong start heaving to unfold a 110-foot thondrol-a gigantic applique-work thangka of an awe-inspiring deity, Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche. It is June 15, 2016, a day which falls but once in 60 years, on the exact horoscopic alignment of the lunar calendars of the years and the months to mark the exact planetary alignment of the birth anniversary of Padmasambhava. Legend has it that this great 8th century Buddhist patriarch was a reincarnation of the Buddha himself, and is still venerated as the second Buddha.SACRED MASK DANCE: Monks performing the traditional Sacred Mask Dance, symbolising Guru Rinpoche’s victory over evil spirits, in front of the 110-foot silk Thondrol Thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava unfurled on the wall of the Paro Dzong.  PEACEFUL WARRIORS: Padmasambhava’s legendary prowess as an archer has inspired many Bhutanese to take up archery, now the country’s national sport. Every afternoon, roads and fields can be seen lined with young men armed with compound carbon fibre bows, shooting at wooden targets about 200 metres away. Educated in the mystic practices of Vajrayana tantra, Padmasambhava is said to have brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet by establishing the first Buddhist monastery in the trans-Himalayan plateau at Samye. As such, he is also held to be a founder of the Nyingmapa sect, the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava arrived in the Paro Valley in Bhutan in the 8th century and brokered peace between Sendha, the king of Bumthang Valley, and a neighbouring Indian king, Nauche, who ruled the piedmontaine Dooars. He is also said to have prophesied the founding of the kingdom of Bhutan by the legendary king Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century. To mark the auspicious occasion, a conference on various aspects of Padmasambhava’s life and teachings was organised for the first time in Bhutan by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP), an Indian think-tank working in education in South Asian countries, and the Centre for Bhutan Studies.advertisement TRADITION AT EASE WITH MODERNITY: Young women dressed in the traditional Kira (Bhutanese national attire for women) check their cellphones while waiting for Guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary ceremony to begin at the Paro Dzong.last_img read more