Boomers’ deep talent reservoir is Gilas’ brick wall

First time national player Nathan Sobey slams it home in the Aussies' win over Chinese-Taipei last November to open its 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign. (photo from

Feb 22 match sees two contrasting hoop cultures chase long-term dreams in world stage


ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA [The Filipino Connection]—Talent inequality is Asian basketball’s new normal. World no. 10 Australia subtly gives that message through modesty, backed up by efficient play.

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Diaz hauls silver, bronze medals at 2017 Worlds

Reigning Olympic champion Hsu-Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei botched her final lift in the snatch. This lift also led her to a shoulder injury and she did not finish the competition (screengrab from


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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (The Filipino Connection)—Hidilyn Diaz struggled in the snatch but came back quite strong in the clean and jerk to snatch silver and bronze medals in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships.

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[Weightlifting] Old, new contenders for Diaz in 2017 World Championships

This year’s Bowling World Cup champions are Jakob Butturff of the United States and Krizziah Tabora of the Philippines (photo from Qubica AMF’s 2017 Bowling aworld Cup Facebook page)


ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz faces familiar foes in a World Weightlifting Championships edition that is marked by the absence of traditional powerhouse China.

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[FIBA World Cup qualifiers] Home-and-away FIBA qualifiers tucker out national players

Center Daniel Kickert topscored for the Boomers with 22 pts. in its win over Japan, 82-58. (photo from FIBA)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—The modesty still continued for Australian Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis after his squad’s gruelling win over Japan yesterday in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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[FIBA World Cup qualifiers] Next Gilas foe Australia also 2-0

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis and center Daniel Kickert during the post-game press conference in Findon, Australia. (photo by Jeremaiah Opiniano/The Filipino Connection)



FINDON, Australia — The reigning FIBA Asia Cup champions Australia Boomers continue to make the Asia-Oceania zone their house after posting a 82-58 thrashing of the Japan Akatsuki five at the FIBA 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

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[FIBA] AUS Boomers modest on favorites’ tag at 2019 World Cup’s Asian qualifiers

Adelaide 36er Mitch Creek led the Australians in their romp of Chinese-Taipei to start off the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. The Boomers, led by Creek, are expected to easily make it to the 32-squad FIBA World Cup in China. (photo by



FINDON, AUSTRALIA—There’s modesty and politeness from the Australian Boomers in their expected dominance of the months-long FIBA World Cup Qualifiers that continue here at the Titanium Security Arena.

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Helpless in the city: Residents dumping trash illegally get away with it

The tarpaulin at an area of J. P. Laurel National Highway in Lipa City is clear: throwing trash in this public spot is strictly prohibited. What is also clear is that residents, whether living within or outside of Lipa City, have wanton disregard for this warning coming from barangay officials. Lipa's city- and barangay-level officials  ar enow feeling the heat of what to do with growing garbage. (photo from Marlon Alexander Luistro / The Filipino Connection)


LIPA CITY—What do Ayala and J.P. Laurel highways and Gen. Luna Avenue here have in common?

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Auditors to city hall: Don’t get garbage collection expenses from 20% dev’t fund

Garbage haulers from a barangay transfer trash from the barangay's own garbage truck to that of RC Bella Waste Management and Disposal Services. (photo by Marlon Alexander Luistro / The Filipino Connection)


LIPA CITY—The city’s solid waste management program landed again in the audit reports of the Commission on Audit for the second straight calendar year.

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Lipa City is province’s second-biggest source of garbage, says provincial data

Piled up trash at a major highway in Lipa CIty (photo by Marlon Alexander Luistro / The Filipino Connection)


LIPA CITY—This city is already having a voluminous amount of solid wastes in previous years before the population here experienced un-hauled trash in the latter part of 2016.

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