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Cebuana Soltones helps Smart

THE LADY spikers of Smart made up for their lack in manpower with sheer talent as they nabbed their second win in a row with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 win over the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

With just eight players attending the game, Smart saw no problem with that as former MVP Sue Roces came up with another huge performance with 21 hits, including 15 attacks, five service aces and one block. Cebuana Gretchel Soltones, the 17-year-old hitter out of San Sebastian and a former spiker from the vaunted Pajo National High School Vipers, also turned in a solid game of 13 hits she spiked with 11 kills, as the Smart side continued to live up to its pre-tournament hype as one of the teams to beat in the league.

Except for libero Melissa Gohing, all seven players fielded in by coach Roger Gorayeb scored with Mica Guliman and Charo Soriano adding eight and seven points, respectively. Maru Banaticla added four and setters Rubie de Leon and Jem Ferrer chipping two and one, respectively.

Former MVP Alyssa Valdez is actually in the Smart roster but the top Ateneo hitter will only suit up after completing her stint in the UAAP beach volley tournament which ends Sept. 15. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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Back-to-back women’s volleyball title for dominant NCR

POSTED ON 04/27/2013 6:41 PM  | UPDATED 04/29/2013 2:18 PM

MVP. Cheng won yet another MVP after leading NCR to the crown. Photo by Rappler/Roy Secretario.MVP. Cheng won yet another MVP after leading NCR to the crown. Photo by Rappler/Roy Secretario.

DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines — Total domination.

National Capital Region pummeled Central Visayas in a brutal championship sweep, silencing the hosts, 25-12, 25-7, 25-1 in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa secondary girls volleyball finals at the Foundation University Gym here.

The Big City spikers leaned on their bevy of attackers and the service ace barrage of Justine Dorog to frustrate crowd favorite Central Visayas and bag the title for the second straight year.

Despite beating favored teams like Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao on their way to the finals, Central Visayas came into the finals as heavy underdogs.

And in probably the most lopsided championship battle in Palaro history, it was obvious why.

Kim Dy, Des Cheng and Dorog jumpstarted the defending champs’ campaign with a solid first set, and with Region VII unable to set their offense due to poor reception and execution, NCR cruised to a 25-12 opening set win.

FIRST TIME. Calabarzon won their 1st men's crown in recent memory. Photo by Rappler/Roy Secretario.FIRST TIME. Calabarzon won their 1st men’s crown in recent memory. Photo by Rappler/Roy Secretario.

Things got terribly worse for Central Visayas in the last two sets, especially in the final frame, where they could only score one point — the lowest output in this year’s tournament.

Dorog paced NCR with a tournament-high output of 24 points off 10 kills and 14 aces — in just three sets — while ex-UAAP juniors MVP and 2013 Palaro Best Blocker Kim Dy added 14 markers spiked by 8 attacks, 4 blocks and 2 aces.

Desiree Cheng, named MVP of the 2013 Palaro, added 8 points even as 2012 Palaro MVP Ana Gopico chipped in with 4 for coach Jerry Yee, who will be handling University of the Philippines in Season 76.

The Big City spikers connected on 36 attacks and served up a total of 16 aces in a dominant performance.

Best Receiver Dianne Darantinao and Best Attacker Cherry Rondina led Central Visayas in scoring with 3 points as regular leaders Janelle Cabahug and Rica Rivera could only score 2 markers.

In the men’s division, Calabarzon outlasted 2012 champs NCR, 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 13-25, 15-11, to win their first secondary volleyball title.


Aquino signs Kasambahay bill into law

By: Dexter San Pedro, InterA

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the Kasambahay Bill, which is expected to benefit some 2.5 million domestic helpers.

Deputy Malacanang spokesperson Abigail Valte said Republic Act No. 10361, or “An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers,” was signed on January 18.

The statute defines the labor rights of domestic household workers, increases their minimum wage, and provides regular employment benefits for them.

The new law sets the minimum wage of domestic workers to a minimum of P2,500 a month in the National Capital Region; P2,000 a month in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and P1,500 a month for those employed in other municipalities.

A year after the law takes effect, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards are mandated to review and adjust the wages for domestic workers as needed.

Besides standardized pay, domestic workers will be entitled to other social benefits provided under existing laws and to be enrolled in the Social Security System, Philhealth, and Pag-Ibig Fund, with premium payments shouldered by employers if the helpers receive a monthly salary below P5,000.

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  1. 10/04/2013 11:48 AM

    biliba nako aning taga Catmon oi we are very proud of you ladies

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