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Maraño pleads for understanding, asks nat’l teammates to tune out noise

Maraño pleads for understanding, asks nat’l teammates to tune out noise

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Molina plays for Petron in the Philippine Superliga, while Pablo is leader of Pocari Sweat, defending champion in the Premier Volleyball League. The LVPI has been under fire before for favoring PSL players over stars from the rival PVL when it comes to the formation of the national team.But even Pablo, a poster girl for the PVL, has asked fans to stop lambasting the team and support the LVPI decision. Some PSL teams have gone as far as calling out online reporters for their perceived biased stand on the issue.Maraño said the current controversy should make the team even more motivated. As it is, the Philippines is taking on the best in Asia in its first Asian Games appearance in 36 years.“We need to be strong,” Maraño said. “If we can’t help not to read social media bashing, let’s make it our motivation. Use the harsh words to train and be even better.”The F2 Logistics middle blocker added: “I’m just happy to be given the chance to play with the skilled and talented athletes like them. But I’d like to tell them that the challenge we are facing is not going to be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Petro Gazz spills BaliPure; Banko-Perlas grounds Pocari-Air Force Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Once again, the women’s national volleyball team came under heavy fire from fans on social media for what they perceived as favoritism in the selection of players for the squad. And once again, it is skipper Aby Maraño who is putting herself on the frontline, asking everyone for understanding and support.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We don’t deserve to be bashed,” the 25-year-old Maraño, a two-time former UAAP MVP for La Salle and national team veteran, told the Inquirer in Filipino. “We train very hard, twice a day. We get bruised. Sometimes, we get injured and wounded in training. [We have] no holidays, no weekends no social lives.”Maraño added that paying attention to the deluge of negative comments against the team is useless, especially since there always seems to be a firestorm over the selection process every time a national team is formed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I believe that we should not give them benefit of our attention. Our time should be devoted to training,” she added. “We should be above this crab mentality and issues of corruption.”The attacks, mostly concentrated on Twitter, largely targeted the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) regarding its selection of players for the squad that will represent the country in the Asian Games this year—singling out Ces Molina, who won an open spiker position over Myla Pablo. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

April fools to march Sunday

April fools to march Sunday

first_imgPASADENA – There’s the iconic Rose Parade, the Doo Dah, its spoof counterpart, and now there’s the April Fools Palm Sunday Peace Parade. “Make Fun Not War, April Fools For Christ” is ready to hit city sidewalks Sunday using humor to point out the “absurdity of war.” Since Palm Sunday and April 1 are on the same day this year, parade organizer the Rev. Bert Newton said it’s an ideal chance to point to the foolishness of war by using “silly costumes and kazoos” along with the palm branches symbolic of peace. “It’s probably not going to be as wacky as the Doo Da – we also have a serious message,” Newton said, “but we’re encouraging people to dress up kind of goofy.” Newton, a pastor at the Pasadena Mennonite Church, said the message of this fifth annual peace parade comes from the Palm Sunday story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, as told in Corinthians, in the days leading to his crucifixion. “It was basically political theater Jesus was engaging in,” Newton said. “Jesus rode a donkey, a beast of burden, into the city as a parody of a Roman emperor who would enter with a war-horse and chariots. It was absurdist theater, showing a different kind of power, the non-violent show of God’s power.” The idea for a parade came up five years ago, just before the war in Iraq, Newton said, and continues as a way of proPublic reaction has been positive to past parades, said Glen Stassen, professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, who is taking part Sunday. He said this year’s Palm Sunday/April Fools’ combination is a legitimate way to connect Jesus as “prince of peace” with the Biblical text in Corinthians, which includes the words “Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” Everyone is welcome to take part Sunday, Stassen and Newton said, and participants from several local churches, including First Baptist and All Saints Episcopal, will walk from Messiah Lutheran Church at 570 E. Orange Grove Blvd. to Paseo Colorado. Newton said the parade will end there with songs and prayers for peace. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482last_img read more