Catch the Azkals, Philippines’ national football team, go for history as ABS-CBN Sports+Action, the official broadcaster of the 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup, airs the finals live where the Azkals will battle Palestine for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Championship at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives on Friday (May 30).

The Philippines has never won the AFC Challenge Cup, a tournament for developing and emerging football nations. In addition, no Southeast Asian country has ever won the said tournament. The Azkals can end both droughts with a victory over Palestine.

The Azkals are coming off a dramatic and highly emotional 3 – 2 win in extra time over host country Maldives during the semifinals last Tuesday (May 27). Phil Younghusband gave the Philippines the lead with his goal in the 19th minute before the Maldives leveled the score in the 33rd minute.

Jerry Lucena restored the advantage for the visiting Philippines three minutes later, but the Maldivians equalized in the second half with a goal off a corner kick in the 66th minute.

Chris Greatwich, who was the hero in the Azkals’ stunning win over Vietnam in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, provided the game-winner as he tapped in a goal off a deflected shot from teammate Patrick Reichelt in the 104th minute.

The champion of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will also earn an automatic berth to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, and will be bracketed in Group D together with Iraq, Jordan, and AFC Cup defending champion Japan.

The championship match between the Philippines and Palestine will be a rematch of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup Third Place match in which the Azkals won, 4 – 3.

Will the Azkals’ run in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup end on a historic note? Find out as ABS-CBN Sports+Action begins the live coverage of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Finals on Friday (May 30) at 11:30 PM with replay on Saturday (May 31) at 4 PM.

Want to relive the Azkals’ 2014 AFC Challenge Cup campaign? Catch all of the Azkals’ matches as ABS-CBN Sports+Action will air the replays their games in the tournament beginning Monday (June 2) until Friday (June 6).



Ross Salvosa (Piano)





Vancouver-based Filipino concert pianist Ross Salvosa is the first featured artist of the CCP Special Concert Series on July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater). His program is as follows: Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, Turina’s Circulos Ritmicos and Danza Ritmica from Danzas Gitanas Op. 84; La Andaluzas Sentimental from Mujeres Espanolas, Op. 17; Chopin’s Sonata in B flat Minor and Stravinsky’s Firebird.


Ross has been performing in concert venues around the world as orchestra soloist, solo recitalist, collaborative artist and chamber musician.  He was a prize winner of national and international piano competitions.  A very versatile artist with a wide range of solo, concerto and chamber music repertoire, Ross frequently performs and premieres contemporary works. A winner of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists, he was under the tutelage of Filipino pedagogues Mauricia Borromeo, Reynaldo Reyes, Emilio de Rosario and aunt Ruby Salvosa.


Ross is currently a doctoral candidate in Musical Arts majoring in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia under the guidance of legendary pianists Sara Buechner and Corey Hamm. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on full scholarship graduating magna cum laude at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University under the tutelage of Roberta Rust and Philip Evans.  Ross is Vancouver’s one of the most sought after piano pedagogues. His students have won numerous national and international competitions, and have performed as orchestral soloists. He is renowned for developing prodigious talents from early formative ages to young professionals.  He has adjudicated numerous international competitions.


The other featured artists of the Special Concert Series are Italy-based Filipino flutist Sarah Mae Gabuyo, on August 15, and double bass player Jiovanni Tabada on September 24, 2014.


Ross will give piano masterclasses on July 24 & 25, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

For tickets and subscriptions to the Special Concert Series, please contact 832-3706.

For inquiries and reservations for the masterclasses, please contact the or call 832-1125 loc. 1604.

POET MAYA ANGELOU (R.I.P.): APRIL 4, 1928- MAY 28, 2014

MAYA ANGELOU, being kissed by U.S. President Barrack Obama
MAYA ANGELOU, being kissed by U.S. President Barrack Obama



NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou’s story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.

“I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out.”

Angelou, a renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace,” said her son, Guy B. Johnson.

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, she was unforgettable whether encountered in person, through sound or the printed word. She was an actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s and made a brave and sensational debut as an author in 1969 with “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which became standard (and occasionally censored) reading and made Angelou one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream literary success.

“Caged Bird” was the start of a multipart autobiography that continued through the decades and captured a life of hopeless obscurity and triumphant, kaleidoscopic fame.


goodbye, maya
goodbye, maya

The world was watching in 1993 when she read her cautiously hopeful “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. Her confident performance openly delighted Clinton and made publishing history by making a poem a best-seller. For President George W. Bush, she read another poem, “Amazing Peace,” at the 2005 Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the White House. Presidents honored her in return with a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. In 2013, she received an honorary National Book Award.

She called herself a poet, in love with the “sound of language,” ”the music in language,” as she explained to the AP in 2013. But she lived so many lives. She was a wonder to Toni Morrison, who marveled at Angelou’s freedom from inhibition, her willingness to celebrate her own achievements. She was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey, whom she befriended when Winfrey was still a local television reporter, and often appeared on her friend’s talk show program. She mastered several languages and published not just poetry but advice books, cookbooks and children’s stories. She wrote music, plays and screenplays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in “Roots,” and never lost her passion for dance, the art she considered closest to poetry.

“The line of the dancer: If you watch (Mikhail) Baryshnikov and you see that line, that’s what the poet tries for. The poet tries for the line, the balance,” she told The Associated Press in 2008, shortly before her 80th birthday.

young maya
young maya

Her very name was a reinvention. Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis and raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and San Francisco, moving back and forth between her parents and her grandmother. She was smart and fresh to the point of danger, packed off by her family to California after sassing a white store clerk in Arkansas. Other times, she didn’t speak at all: At age 7, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend and didn’t talk for years. She learned by reading, and listening.

“I loved the poetry that was sung in the black church: ‘Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt’s land,'” she told the AP. “It just seemed to me the most wonderful way of talking. And ‘Deep River.’ Ooh! Even now it can catch me. And then I started reading, really reading, at about 7 1/2, because a woman in my town took me to the library, a black school library. … And I read every book, even if I didn’t understand it.”

At age 9, she was writing poetry. By 17, she was a single mother. In her early 20s, she danced at a strip joint, ran a brothel, got married and then divorced. But by her mid-20s, she was performing at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, where she shared billing with another future star, Phyllis Diller. She also spent a few days with Billie Holiday, who was kind enough to sing a lullaby to Angelou’s son, surly enough to heckle her off the stage and astute enough to tell her: “You’re going to be famous. But it won’t be for singing.”

After renaming herself Maya Angelou for the stage (“Maya” was a childhood nickname, “Angelou” a variation of her husband’s name), she toured in “Porgy and Bess” and Jean Genet’s “The Blacks” and danced with Alvin Ailey. She worked as a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and lived for years in Egypt and Ghana, where she met Nelson Mandela, a longtime friend; and Malcolm X, to whom she remained close until his assassination, in 1965. Three years later, she was helping King organize the Poor People’s March in Memphis, Tennessee, where the civil rights leader was slain on Angelou’s 40th birthday.

“Every year, on that day, Coretta and I would send each other flowers,” Angelou said of King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006.

Angelou was little known outside the theatrical community until “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which might not have happened if writer James Baldwin hadn’t persuaded Angelou, still grieving over King’s death, to attend a party at the home of Jules Feiffer, a cartoonist and writer. Feiffer was so taken by Angelou that he mentioned her to Random House editor Bob Loomis, who persuaded her to write a book by daring her into it, saying that it was “nearly impossible to write autobiography as literature.”

“Well, maybe I will try it,” Angelou responded. “I don’t know how it will turn out. But I can try.”

one of the finest female poets of the entire generation- maya.
one of the finest female poets of the entire generation- maya.

Angelou’s musical style was clear in a passage about boxing great Joe Louis’ defeat in 1936 against German fighter Max Schmeling:

“My race groaned,” she wrote. “It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed. It was hounds on the trail of a man running through slimy swamps. … If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help.”

Angelou’s memoir was occasionally attacked, for seemingly opposite reasons. In a 1999 essay in Harper’s, author Francine Prose criticized “Caged Bird” as “manipulative” melodrama. Meanwhile, Angelou’s passages about her rape and teen pregnancy have made the book a perennial on the American Library Association’s list of works that draw complaints from parents and educators.

“‘I thought that it was a mild book. There’s no profanity,” Angelou told the AP. “It speaks about surviving, and it really doesn’t make ogres of many people. I was shocked to find there were people who really wanted it banned, and I still believe people who are against the book have never read the book.”

Angelou appeared on several TV programs, notably the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries “Roots.” She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her appearance in the play “Look Away.” She directed the film “Down in the Delta,” about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta. She won three Grammys for her spoken-word albums and in 2013 received an honorary National Book Award for her contributions to the literary community.

Back in the 1960s, Malcolm X had written to Angelou and praised her for her ability to communicate so directly, with her “feet firmly rooted on the ground.” In 2002, Angelou communicated in an unexpected way when she launched a line of greeting cards with industry giant Hallmark. Angelou admitted she was cool to the idea at first. Then she went to Loomis, her editor at Random House, who was concerned the project would “trivialize” Angelou, whom called “the people’s poet.”

"a part of forever".... maya.
“a part of forever”…. maya.

“And then I thought about it. And I thought, if I’m the people’s poet, then I ought to be in the people’s hands — and I hope in their hearts. So I thought, ‘Hmm, I’ll do it.'”

She had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982. She was also a member of the board of trustees for Bennett College, a private school for black women in Greensboro. Angelou hosted a weekly satellite radio show for XM’s “Oprah & Friends” channel.

She remained so close to the Clintons that in 2008 she supported Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy over the ultimately successful run of the country’s first black president, Barack Obama. But a few days before Obama’s inauguration, she was clearly overjoyed. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette she would be watching it on television “somewhere between crying and praying and being grateful and laughing when I see faces I know.”

Active on the lecture circuit, she gave commencement speeches and addressed academic and corporate events across the country. Angelou received dozens of honorary degrees, and several elementary schools were named for her.


Associated Press Writer Michael Biesecker in Raleigh, N.C., contributed to this report.



VOTE FOR MAXINE BURMGARDNER! (daughter of ms. melanie marquez)



melanie marqyez
melanie marquez, maxine’s mom

(from maxine’s mom, ms. melanie marquez):

“My Prayers, Support & Love for You My Darling Maxine! You have my daily votes together with my friends & family! I LOVE YOU DEARLY & I AM TRULY PROUD OF YOU MY SWEETHEART!” – Mom.c”,)


maxine: melanie's pride
maxine: melanie’s pride
the daughter blooms... maxine
the daughter blooms… maxine
"i love you, maxine"--- from ninong robert
“i love you, maxine”— from ninong robert












paul dominic aquino of the elites model management joins the philippine fashion week!

paul: a dedicated ramp model
paul: a dedicated ramp model

He impressed so much an anonymous blogger when he walked on the ramp last May 12 at a fashion show in SM Masinag. He projected so well, and he captivated lots of people with the way he looked and gazed at their eyes on the finale portion of the fashion show there entitled “Flower of May: Fashion Festival”.

ulysses king: gets paul aquino to model for his clothes in the coming Philippine Fashion Week
ulysses king: gets paul aquino to model for his clothes in the coming Philippine Fashion Week

Now, Mr. Ulysses King, an up and coming and very promising fashion designer, picked-up Paul as one of his male models on this coming Philippine Fashion Week, on May 31 at SM Mall of Asia.

A lot of male models who auditioned for the “go-see” of the event didn’t make it. The screening committee this year at the PFW were so strict, so high-end, so careful, in picking-up the models.

“Maybe they just have a different PEG”, Mr. Ulysses King came on defense. “And as one of the fashion designers included in the Philippine Fashion Week, I chose Paul Aquino as one of my models because I knew he could deliver. He is so good on ramp.”

Mr. Chikki Martin, the “Godfather” of The Elites Model Management is so happy that his model, Paul, was chosen to be a part of the said event.

“I will be there to support him, no matter what”, Mr. Martin said to a blogger. “Paul is a good model-artist. He is loyal to The Elites. He is our baby.”

Full coverage of Paul’s modelling appearance on the Philippine Fashion Week will soon be featured on this blog.

Watchout soon.


(words by robert manuguid silverio)

P.S.: Thank you, Mr. Ulysses King. Please visit Mr. King’s boutique at Vatican Shop, 4th Floor,  The Podium (ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center)



paul: young, exotic, appealing...
paul: young, exotic, appealing…
paul with female elites model christine balaguer and elites manager chikki martin
paul with female elites model christine balaguer and elites manager chikki martin
paul in naked form
paul in naked form
paul: like a "baby"
paul: like a “baby”


sssip’s splash blog’s BEST DRESSED MALE & FEMALE STAGERS of philippine stagers foundation!


In many “fab” parties, events, occasions, public appearances and performances of the “Stagers” of Philippine Stagers Foundation, we’ve seen them in their trendy outfits, neat-looking and feeling great!

But the official merits, as one blogger named SSSIP (that’s me. Haha!)  counted on, came from their Grand Ball event held last year (month of December) at the Pan Pacific Hotel. They all wore very formal clothes on that event- with long evening gowns (for women) and outstanding coats & tie (for men).

The Stagers did create great impression in the world of fashion, even though they’re not models, but legit theater actors/performers. They exuded class, sophistication, and an aura of “good fashion sense and comfort” with the way they carried their clothes and all.

Fashion designers, stylists and professional models could feel “awed”. But hey, the Stagers are not grabbing-away the limelight from you, guys. They simply wanted to “dress in style”. Okay? Haha.

With the upcoming theater season fast approaching (that would make them all busy again) with their upcoming new play- “FILIPINAS 1941” soon, let’s take a break and relish the good fashionable appeal of the Stagers. As we personally picked-up and listed our own choices of  “BEST DRESSED MALE & FEMALE STAGERS” of Philippine Stagers Foundation!

Cherish, delight & enjoy, PSF fans… Here they are!


(compiled and written by robert manuguid silverio)


1.) VINCE TANADA- Consistent, confident, masculine… He leaves a feeling of “etherealism” wonder to the looker whenever he dresses up for big party occasions.



2.) CINDY MG LIPER- She exudes class, style and sex appeal in her own taste of trendy clothes.



3.) CHRIS LIM- Awesome, and whenever he wears those tight-fitting formal pants in big events, new dimensions ARISE.



4.) JORDAN LADRA- His towering height is one unique factor that makes him a “standout”.



5.) MONIQUE AZERREDA- Classic mestiza-type, sophisticated, graceful in her moves and walks. These qualities could make her a Supermodel.



6.) JOMAR BAUTISTA- He may look chubby, but whenever he wears a jacket or a coat, you’d want to take them-off and hug him tight in your heart’s desires!



7.) KEVIN POSADAS- Such a good dresser. He looks so good in white.



8.) CHERRY ANN BAGTAS- Flirtatious, sexy, naughty… She’s down in formal outfits, but up with casual clothes. A very trendy woman.



9.) JAYSON BULANHAGUI- Saw him wore for the first time a formal attire at PSF’s Grand Ball last year, and he’s MAGNIFICENT.



10.) NIKKI JOY VILAVIRAY-  She imparts a very “Pinay” look whenever she dresses-up in big party events. Her long black hair is a plus-factor.


gabby with an older femaler stager patricia
gabby with an older female stager patricia

11.) GABBY BAUTISTA- This kid looks great in a coat and tie outfit. He walks prim and proper, very like a male model at a young age.



12.) POUL GARCIA- He’s got his own style, his own trend, his own fashion sense. And that makes him different among the rest.



13.) GERALD MAGALLANES- Any kind of clothes- it always totally fits him well. And that, we say, is a real good dresser.



14.) JV CRUZ- Another chubby guy with great fashion sense… and comfort.


jona (left), with fellow stagers vea and cherry
jona (left), with fellow stagers vea and cherry

15.) JOANNA JANE MENDEZ- She fully developed into a woman, and she’s so elegant in wearing an evening dress!