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ONE CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS TEAM LAKAY MEDIA DAY IN MANILA

May 2017 – Manila, Philippines: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held an exclusive media day for Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay. The event took place at Vikings Venue at the SM Mall of Asia Bayside, Tuesday, 9 May.

Photos of the ONE Championship: Team Lakay Media Day may be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxHVlFU0lKiIbVl2X1B2aVJOcGs

It was attended by ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, Joshua Pacio, Danny “The King” Kingad, Gina “Conviction” Iniong and April Osenio. The team was accompanied by none other than legendary Philippine MMA coach and head of Team Lakay, coach Mark Sangiao.

Eduard Folayang, ONE Lightweight World Champion, stated: “I am still overwhelmed by the support that the whole Team Lakay is getting from the entire nation. We are all grateful for every cheer, support and prayer. It keeps us inspired, motivated, and humble. Our goal every fight night is always the same, which is to bring honor to our country.”

Mark Sangiao, Head Coach of Team Lakay, stated: “We are happy to celebrate this feat with our friends in the media and our beloved followers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. We came from the mountains of Baguio City, but we represent the colors of the Philippines on the global stage. Last April, we accomplished a 5-0 sweep, including Eduard’s successful title defense. We came and overcame the challenges. However, the journey doesn’t end there. As martial artists, we are here to grow and learn.”

Eustaquio is the only athlete from Team Lakay with an upcoming fight. He is scheduled to face Thailand’s Anatpong Bunrad in a highly-anticipated rematch of their 2015 encounter. The three-round flyweight contest is set for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES which will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 26 May.

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About ONE Championship™

ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

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AXN Announces Open Auditions for Asia’s Got Talent

QCX: Quezon City Experience @ Metro Manila, Philippines

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Philippines (May 4, 2017) Philippines, it’s time to get your act together! AXN, Asia’s number one general entertainment channel, announced today that the highly anticipated open auditions for Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 will be held at QCX: Quezon City Experience @ Metro Manila, Philippines on Sunday, May 21 2017.

Doors will open from 10:30am as thousands of aspiring hopefuls will descend on QCX for their chance to perform in front of AXN’s producers and a shot at a USD100,000 cash prize.

“Asia’s Got Talent is the world’s biggest talent competition that unites the region’s diverse cultures in a vibrant celebration of the performing arts,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and the Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia. “This season, we invite all Filipinos of any age and with any talent to show our producers what they can do. We look forward to discover the next generation of Pinoy superstars on AXN.”

Due to the expected turn out and exceptionally high demand for an audition slot, aspiring stars are encouraged to pre-apply online (www.AXN-Asia.com/AsiasGotTalent) to expedite the registration process on the day.

If an act is successful during the open auditions, they may then be selected to perform at the judges’ auditions later in the year. The judges’ auditions comprise the first five episodes of the series and precede the semi-finals and the grand finale episode where the winner of Asia’s Got Talent will be crowned, winning USD100,000 in cash.

More details including Asia’s Got Talent open audition dates and cities, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and the terms and conditions of participation are available at www.AXN-Asia.com/AsiasGotTalent.

Asia’s Got Talent is slated to premiere in the second half of 2017, first and exclusively on AXN.

Join the conversation and watch the AXN crew report live throughout the day from QCX and the open auditions via AXN’s Facebook page @AXNAsia

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About AXN

AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

 

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Experience All-Around Action and Adventure this May on Animax!

 

Philippines, 3 May 2017 – In May, anime fans are surely in for a visual treat as they are bound to experience a whole lot of action and adventure, blended with fantasy and mystery, when today’s hottest anime series are shown on Animax.

My Hero Academia (All New Episodes)

In a world where majority of the population has developed a superpower, the young and idealistic Izuku Midoriya seems to be isolated for having been born without one.

But as fate would have it, top hero All Might decides to impart his power with Izuku in a chance encounter, and this changes Izuku’s life forever. With his newfound superpower known as “Quirk,” Izuku begins to attend a high school for budding heroes and finally embarks on his lifelong dream to become a hero himself.

With the highly anticipated U.A Sports Festival approaching, the clashes between Izuku, Bakugo, Torodoki, and others continue to heighten. New faces will appear, including members of Class 1-B. All the hero students are fired up for the festival and Izuku is no exception!

My Hero Academia (All New Episdoes) airs same day as Japan on every Saturday at 10pm.

Alice & Zoroku

Sana and a group of young girls are locked away in secret to be experimented upon for possessing a mysterious power known as “Alice’s Dream,” which gives them the special ability to make their imaginations come true.

However, Sana escapes to the outside world and crosses paths with Zoroku, a stubborn old man who intensely dislikes disruptions to his orderly life.

Now with Sana around, Zoroku’s life will never be the same again!

Alice & Zoroku airs same day as Japan on every Sunday at 11pm.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

The year is 1999. The peaceful town of Morioh is suddenly beset with unexplained disappearances and mysterious events.

An older Jotaro Kujo, better known as JoJo, travels to the coastal city and meets with high school freshman Josuke Higashikata, the illegitimate son of his grandfather.

Along with two of their friends, and all their “Stand” super powers in place, JoJo and Josuke join forces to save their hometown from an emerging threat that creeps from within…

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable premieres on 26 May, from Wednesday to Friday at 10pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

Chain Chronicle -The Light of Haecceitas-

In the continent of Yggdra, humans, ogres, giants, forest sprites, and many other mythical creatures live in harmony. Under the Holy King, the remote continent has been at peace until the arrival of a mysterious group called the Black Army which conquered the land.

When all seemed lost, Yuri, a young swordsman, decides to fight back and become the Holy Capital’s likely hero. He forms the Volunteer Army to restore peace in Yggdra.

Yuri then leads the battles against the Black Army before the world, as they know it, is swept by darkness and destroyed.


Chain Chronicle -The Light of Haecceitas-
premieres on 30 May, every Monday & Tuesday at 10pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

Animax is available on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Channel 73, Dream Satellite TV Channel 07, and G Sat Channel 24.

 

 

About Animax Asia

Launched on 1 January 2004, Animax is Asia’s first channel brand specializing in Japanese animation – anime. Animax offers a wide variety of anime programs from across the most popular genres including action, romance, horror, supernatural, sci-fi, comedy and slice-of-life.

Animax is home to some of the biggest anime titles in the world that enjoy great following across the region. In addition, the channel created TV history in April 2009 by becoming the world’s first regional broadcaster to air an anime series at the same time as Japan and followed that with six other simulcast anime series. Currently reaching 58 million homes across 17 markets in Asia, Animax aims to offer anime programming for everyone.

Beyond television screens, Animax also actively engages its audiences at local events, including its signature Animax Carnival that has rolled out in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. See www.animax-asia.com for more.

 

 

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“American Ninja Warrior” Makes a Comeback in May on AXN Seventh season airs Mondays to Thursdays at 8:50pm

PHILIPPINES (May 8, 2017) – Once again, heart-pounding thrills and excitement come your way when American Ninja Warrior, one of the most watched sports competition series, returns to AXN this May.

In the upcoming season, a new batch of America’s finest athletes try to prove their mettle when it comes to strength, stamina, and endurance as they take on the world’s most challenging obstacle courses in the qualifying rounds in Venice, Kansas City, Houston, Orlando, and Pittsburgh. Also, the new season pays tribute to the military with an all-military personnel qualifying round.

As in previous seasons, the top competitors advance to the national finals in Las Vegas, where the grueling Mt. Midoriyama will be the final course of the competition.

Long heralded as unlike any other reality competition program on television, the latest installment of the popular series features a total of 600 competitors, each attempting to make history to become the first ever American Ninja Warrior champion.

In addition, this season’s grand prize was increased from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

Comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila return as hosts in the new season while newcomer Kristine Leahy joins them as the sideline reporter.

American Ninja Warrior Season 7 airs from Monday to Thursday at 8:50pm first & exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

About AXN

AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

 

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“Wattpad Presents” Returns with more Kilig Feels!

Romantic, sweet, dreamy love stories are one of the major genres that people enjoy. May it be because of its heart-wrenching plot twists, unforgettable soundtracks, true to life lines or may it simply be because of its power to make people experience that electrifying feeling, best known and expressed as kilig. But you don’t always get to watch new romantic films on a daily basis, right? Well that’s about to change because TV5 will make your romantic wishes come true with the return of Wattpad Presents.

TV5 has always been crafting different sets of entertaining television programs based on the audience’s interest. It can be attested in the wide range of genres that is being offered on TV5. There are seat-grabbing action series, enjoyable animated shows, amusing tagalized films or series and now TV5 is letting you experience a whole new level of kilig as it brings back a much better and kilig-filled Wattpad Presents!

As the show returns to your television screens, be prepared for an all new exciting set of stories that everyone – especially millennials can surely relate to! May it be falling in love with a best friend, a love story with a dark twist or a love triangle, you name it, Wattpad Presents will have it.

  

To make sure that every scene is created with the highest production value, episodes will be produced by production houses known for quality films and commercials – Unitel and Firestarter, to name a few. The comeback of Wattpad Presents will also feature more popular titles and authors from varied genres like rom-com, romance with a bit of action, and even romantic horror stories.

To give you a glimpse of what’s in store for your Saturday Night Kilig Sesh sa Wattpad, here are the first four stories that will be featured:

(1) “Destined” written by Blue Maiden, which has reads of 22.4 M and the Wattys 2015 winner. The story involves a love triangle that will also leave a question to viewers “Who do you choose? The one you love or the one who loves?” The premiere episode, which promises to give everyone a “kilig” experience, stars former theater actress Sarah Carlos as Kayla; Ben Isaac, who was Dubbed as one of Chalk Magazine’s Hottest Male Celebs, as Kean; indie actress Kate Alejandrino as Krystal, and Candy Cutie Raphael Robes as Dwayne. Jaime Habac Jr., director of “Im drunk, I Love You”, will direct the premiere episode.

(2) “Just the Benefits” written by Beeyotch, which reached 28.9M reads. The story is about a power couple who still find themselves still drawn to each other after breaking up, so they’ve decided to keep it casual and just enjoy the benefits without any labels.

(3) “Unlucky I’m in love with my Bestfriend” written by Stupidlyinlove, with 38.1 M reads and was published by Summit Pop Fiction. The story is about BFFs Zandra and Zendrick. As time goes by, Zandra finds herself falling in love with her bestfriend.

(4) “Special Section” written by Onneechan, with 17.5 M reads. This is a story about a very controversial high school “Special Section” wherein strange series of events occurred with a romantic mix.

Now go and get your Saturday Night Kilig Sesh fix as the all-new Wattpad Presents premieres on April 29, 9:00 PM only on TV5!

 

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The Heat is On in La Union as AXN and Sony Channel Join LAbor UNION Festival 2017

PHILIPPINES (April 25, 2017) – This summer, AXN and Sony Channel bring all the high energy and excitement in the surfing capital of the north for LAbor UNION Festival 2017 from April 28-30, 2017, a three-day event which features a variety of sports and other fun-filled activities including performances from iconic Filipino artists.

On April 29, take the challenge in the AXN Big Thrill, a beach obstacle course competition to be held on the Kahuna Beach Resort beachfront.

In a test of agility and speed, participants tackle a series of physical challenges that include the ramp down, half pylon, shaky balance beam, and more! In the qualifying round, the top 10 participants in each division with the best times move on to the final round, where the three male and three female finalists with the best times will be declared the winners.

Registration forms will be available at Kahuna Beach Resort, San Juan Surf Beach Resort, Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel and Surf Shack, La Union.

Later in the day, silent discos are all the craze as this unique musical experience brings partygoers together at San Juan Surf Beach Resort for the Sony Channel Sunset Silent Disco.

From 4pm to 12mn, dance to the beats of Slow Jam Hip Hop or Chill House music and start enjoying the sunset view while listening to the music mixes of DJs Cam Abecina, Abdel Azis and DJ Badkiss on wireless headphones.

Get into the groove – where silence meets surreal – and rave about the best party you’ve ever been to!

AXN Big Thrill is brought to you by PayMaya, C2 Cool & Clean, Clear, Andy Cola and 2Go Express. Special thanks to Kettle Corn, Sun Life Go Well, Le Froge, Kit Kat, and Tiger Balm.

Sony Sunset Silent Disco is brought to you by PayMaya, C2 Cool & Clean, and 2Go Express. Special thanks to Kettle Corn, Kit Kat, and Purederm.

AXN Big Thrill and Sony Channel Sunset Silent Disco are happening on April 29 at the Labor UNION Festival 2017 in San Juan, La Union.

About AXN

AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

About Sony Channel

Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing entertainment with the biggest and best of Hollywood. Designed for the socially connected viewer, Sony Channel features some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle, and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the U.S. telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies.

Fresh, confident and stylish, with a dash of clever wit, Sony Channel is visually stunning with a brand identity that perfectly complements its line-up of high calibre programming. Sony Channel appeals to a female-skewed, male-inclusive audience who loves to escape, engage, and lose themselves in premium content. Viewers are modern, social, stylish, and aspirational.

Sony Channel is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, which also operates pay-TV channels AXN, Animax, ONE and GEM.

See www.SonyChannelAsia.com, and join the conversation on http://www.facebook.com/SonyChannelPH and https://twitter.com/SonyChannelPH for more.

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EARTHDAY JAM 2017 AT RIZAL PARK (LUNETA) ON APRIL 28 !

EARTHDAY JAM, the longest running and biggest environmental music tribute in the history of the Philippines and in the world will blast its way to Rizal Park (Luneta) on April 28. Now on its 17th year, the music festival shows no signs of slowing down and is ably supported by an array of the country’s popular and alternative bands and artists. This years’ lineup includes (in alphabetical order) Abra, Autotelic, Brat pack, Brownman Revival, Chicosci, Gloc 9, Gracenote, Imago, Kitchie Nadal, Lou Bonnevie, Mayonnaise, Moonstar88, Nina, Noel Cabangon, Philia, Rouge, Slapshock and many more surprises. Hosts include actor Alvin Anson, actresses Phoebe Walker and Pam Nieva with Midi Gentica. The music sets will be complemented with messages from various experts on environmental issues and prominent government officials headed by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez and other prominent NGO personalities.

 

“Many of our young people today have not been to Rizal Park. Earthday Jam 2017 will give them this opportunity to discover the 8th most beautiful park in the world ! With all these great OPM talents performing in such a beautiful and historical place—this jam will definitely be memorable for everyone who will come. On April 28, we will again shout to world and indicate our commitment to help in preserving the environment and keeping our country a nice place to live in” enthuses Lou Bonnevie, founder of Earthday Jam and president of Earthday Jam Foundation.

“We are introducing and experimenting new things this year. With the help of the National Waste Management Bureau, we have included special interactive waste management segments in the show. We are also on our third year in giving the “Gaia Awards” to several environmental luminaries and artists who has stood by us through the 17 years of Earthday Jam” ,Toto Gentica ,over-all director shared.

There will be whole day exhibits from co-presenter DENR with Peace and Equity Foundation, Bauman Electric Vehicles and Earthday Network Philippines. DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau has also organized a kite making and kite flying activity with various workshops starting 3 PM. Afternoon Art Sessions in various medium will be supported by A-Plus Paints and moderated by renowned sculptor Agnes Arellano and performance artist Billy Bonnevie. National Parks Development Committee, the events’ leading partners will be giving free historical tour from 3 to 5pm on that day. Film showing will take place at the main stage starting 4 pm with concert starting at 6pm and expected to wine down at 2 am. Everyone is advised to come early to find their place in the open grass area fronting the Chinese garden (at the back of the Rizal monument).

Earthday Jam is a special project of Earthday Jam Foundation,Inc . Special thanks to PAGCOR, Gerry’s Grill, Dickies apparel, Ministop, Six Eagles Nest Food Inc. and Davids’ Salon. Media partners include ABS CBN , Philippine Star, Business Mirror, 83k Design Studio , Wheninmanila.com, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, Rakista and MYX Music Channel.

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DUARD FOLAYANG RETAINS ONE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER EV TING

PLUS: KEVIN BELINGON OBLITERATES TONI TAURU

ALSO: HONORIO BANARIO EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO FOUR WITH KNOCKOUT OF JAROSLAV JARTIM

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21 April 2017 – Manila, Philippines: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), sent shockwaves throughout the capacity crowd at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines with another exciting evening of world-class mixed martial arts action. ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY showcased a series of compelling bouts, punctuated by a thrilling main event that left fans on the edge of their seats. In the main event, Eduard Folayang successfully defended his ONE Lightweight World Championship, defeating Ev Ting by unanimous decision.

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In the main event of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, Eduard Folayang retained his ONE Lightweight World Championship with a masterful display of striking to defeat top Malaysian lightweight Ev “E.T.” Ting. Operating behind his world-class wushu stance, Folayang dazzled with his trademark variety of lightning quick and powerful spinning attacks, pouncing on Ting with side kicks and back fists. Controlling the action from the outside with the intent to counter, Folayang allowed Ting to come forward with his attacks which were few and far between. In the end, all three judges agreed on Folayang winning a unanimous decision to remain champion after five thrilling rounds of intense action.

After the bout, eight-division world Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao congratulated Folayang inside the ONE Championship cage.

“I would like to thank Ev Ting, he really came prepared for this fight. We came to give the fans a good fight, and that’s what we have done,” said Folayang. “This is the essence of martial arts, five rounds to show how much we’ve prepared for a long time. [This fight] means a lot. A lot of you [fans] were discouraged the last time I was here, I slept on that mat. I rose up from my circumstances. I needed to train a lot to improve a lot. This is it on my shoulder. Thank you for your support.”

In the co-main event of the evening, Team Lakay top bantamweight Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon swarmed Finnish kickboxing sensation Toni “Dynamite” Tauru with a relentless barrage of attacks to earn a scintillating striking victory. Tauru, the taller fighter by over 10cm, used his length to keep Belingon at range but it was only a matter of time before the Filipino would come looking for the stoppage. Tauru tried his best to keep the distance, but Belingon launched a furious offensive to close the gap, pounding Tauru with thunderous lefts and rights. In the end, Tauru had no choice but to bow out of the contest via verbal submission.

With another spectacular performance, resurgent lightweight contender and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario marched to victory once more, stopping newcomer Jaroslav Jartim with a monstrous left hook. After spending the first round on the mat with Jartim in technical grappling exchanges, Banario showcased his incredible power in the second round. Catching a kick to the body, Banario uncorked a devastating left hand counter that knocked Jartim out cold, effectively ending the bout in an instant.

It was a triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage for 18-year-old Christian Lee. “The Warrior” turned in a tremendous showing against Chinese featherweight “The Werewolf” Wan Jian Ping, dazzling the crowd with his quickness and trademark unorthodox movement. After mixing up his strikes very well, Lee shot in for a successful takedown, bringing Wan to the canvas. Once on the mat, it was all Christian Lee as the youngster went to work, pounding the Chinese fighter with sharp elbows and punches to earn the stoppage victory.

With an astounding display of gargantuan strength, Team Lakay top flyweight prospect Danny “The King” Kingad out-muscled Malaysian opponent Muhammad Aiman to win by unanimous decision after three fierce back-and-forth rounds. Kingad, who enjoyed most of the fight with successful takedowns of his Malaysian foe, punished Aiman with elbows and knees from dominant positions. In the third round, Aiman caught Kingad in a triangle but the Filipino powered himself out of it and earned the judges’ nod.

In an entertaining flyweight contest, Indonesian standout Stefer Rahardian dominated unorthodox Filipino striker Eugene Toquero with his effective chain wrestling skills, winning by unanimous decision after three rounds of action. For the majority of the bout, Rahardian took Toquero down seemingly at will, and the Filipino spent most of the fight defending off his back. In the third round, Toquero made things interesting by landing a couple of telling blows but it was not enough to offset Rahardian’s superior ground control.

19-year-old Chinese bantamweight prospect “The Stalker” Xie Bin showcased his tremendous grappling skills in defeating Cambodian Khun Khmer specialist Chan Rothana. After a brief feeling out period for both fighters, Xie scored on a takedown to bring the action to the mat. The second round saw Xie score on another takedown, this time working towards a submission. With Rothana completely out of his element, Xie was able to grab a hold of his opponent’s neck, executing a D’Arce choke to seal the win.

Team Lakay lady striker Gina “Conviction” Iniong made her successful ONE Championship debut, besting Filipino-English fighter Natalie “The Kilapino” Gonzales Hills with a solid display of striking superiority. Looking to play the role of counterpuncher, Iniong laid back and allowed Hills to press most of the action. Iniong dominated in the clinch with knees to the lower body and scored on a handful of takedowns. She then found a home for her powerful right hand which landed with great accuracy throughout the fight. After three rounds, judges saw the bout in favor of Iniong.

8-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Michelle Nicolini of Sao Paulo, Brazil extended her winning streak to two wins inside the ONE Championship cage with a beautiful first round armbar over previously unbeaten Irina Mazepa of St. Petersburg, Russia. Nicolini utilized a missed kick from Mazepa to take the Russian fighter to the ground. From there, Nicolini worked her magic, easily taking the bout by submission.

Filipino strawweight fighters Robin Catalan and Jeremy Miado kicked off ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY with a wild exchange of striking and wrestling to get the crowd ready for an exciting night of fights. After three gruelling rounds, Catalan emerged victorious by split decision, impressing with a series of emphatic slams while controlling the action on the mat.

Official results for ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY

ONE Lightweight World Championship bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Ev Ting by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds

Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Toni Tauru by Submission (Verbal Tapout) at 2:27 minutes of round 1

Lightweight bout: Honorio Banario defeats Jaroslav Jartim by Knockout at 1:31 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Wan Jian Ping by TKO (Strikes) at 4:50 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Danny Kingad defeats Muhammad Aiman by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Eugene Toquero by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Bantamweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Chan Rothana by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:46 minutes of round 2

Women’s Atomweight bout: Gina Iniong defeats Natalie Gonzales Hills by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Women’s Catchweight bout (57.8kg): Michelle Nicolini defeats Irina Mazepa by Submission (Armbar) at 2:11 minutes of round 1

Strawweight bout: Robin Catalan defeats Jeremy Miado by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds

In case you missed the action log on to www.onefc.com/livestream for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.

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NBA LAUNCHES NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL SCHOOLS

– NBA Basketball Schools Open to Young Male and Female Players; Top Players at Each Basketball School will have Opportunity to Attend NBA Academies –

– First School Launched Today in Mumbai, India –

MUMBAI, NEW YORK, April 7, 2017 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the launch of NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs around the world open to international male and female players ages 6-18.

The first NBA Basketball School launched today in Mumbai, India as part of a multiyear agreement announced today with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies.  Additional NBA Basketball Schools will be launched in India and around the world in the coming months.

The new initiative adds an additional layer to the NBA’s existing basketball development efforts, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball without Borders (BWB) and NBA Academies.

The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, will help identify young players who have the talent to attend NBA Basketball Schools.  From there, the top players at each NBA Basketball School will have the opportunity to be selected to attend NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world to develop top international male and female prospects.  Registration to attend the NBA Basketball School in Mumbai is now open at indiaontrack.nba.com.

“Our goal is to inspire more young male and female players to learn the game under the guidance of established coaches with proven training techniques,” said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek.  “The NBA Basketball School builds an additional track between the Jr. NBA and NBA Academies with the goal of increasing the pool of players who have the talent to attend our academies around the world.”

“There has never been a more exciting time for the growth of basketball in India,” said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.  “Between NBA Academy India welcoming 24 elite prospects and the launch of NBA Basketball Schools with our partner India On Track, we are investing more than ever in identifying and training India’s aspiring young players.”

“We are now at the cusp of a new phase in India’s sporting journey, and to ensure its continued growth we need to lay down strong foundations for basketball,” said India On Track Founder and Chief Executive Officer Vivek Sethia.  “This initiative jointly executed by the NBA and India On Track will help to create a platform to identify and engage the untapped basketball potential in India thereby creating a larger talent pool for academies to choose from.”

Each NBA Basketball School will feature year-long, tuition-based programs open to international male and female players ages 6-18.  The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to help players, parents, coaches and organizations better understand the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts.  The comprehensive curriculum covers oncourt training, strength and conditioning, and basketball education for young players ages 6-18 and will be implemented by local coaches working directly with the NBA’s International Basketball Operations staff around the world.

The NBA Basketball School in Mumbai builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India.  The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 3.5 million youth and trained more than 3,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.  In November 2016, the NBA announced its plan to launch NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top male and female prospects from throughout India.  NBA Academy India, the first of its kind in the country, will open in May.

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Online Auditions for AXN’s Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 to Start on April 10

Who will be Asia’s Next Superstar?

PHILIPPINES (April 4, 2017) – AXN will kick off its search for Asia’s next global superstar from April 10, as the leading general entertainment channel calls for online auditions for the highly anticipated second season of Asia’s Got Talent.

The record-breaking series, which crowned Filipino shadow dance group, El Gamma Penumbra, the grand winner in the first season with a cash prize of USD100,000, will once again unite Asia in a celebration of talent that transcends language, culture and borders.

“Asia’s Got Talent is the world’s biggest talent competition and we encourage people of any age and with any dream to come forward and take the spotlight. Following the outstanding success of season one on AXN, and the awe-inspiring talent that emerged from 15 countries, Asia’s Got Talent has established its place as the region’s most powerful platform to launch aspiring stars,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

Potential stars can visit www.AXN-Asia.com/AsiasGotTalent to submit an application and audition video, which should include a short introduction of the act, and the actual performance. The videos should be under two minutes’ in duration.

In addition to the online auditions, AXN will hold a series of open auditions in major cities across the region next month. Cities, dates and venues will be announced in the coming weeks via AXN’s TV channel, social platforms (@AXNAsia) and website.

“For season two, AXN is looking for a variety of acts that span everything from thrilling, surprising and breathtaking to funny and quirky…and sometimes bizarre. Asia’s Got Talent is captivating entertainment at its best and there’s no better place than Asia to discover to the next generation of superstars,” said Ms. Lim.

New Ratings Records in Asia

Season one of Asia’s Got Talent set new ratings records for the English general entertainment (GE) genre during its run, taking AXN to the number one spot in its timeslot among all regional pay-TV channels collectively across Southeast Asia and Taiwan.2

In Malaysia, Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated entertainment series on English language channels on Astro in the past two years. In the Philippines, the Grand Final Results episode of Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated pay-TV program in the country since 2008, and commanded a 96 percent share among 22 English GE channels. 3

Got Talent Globally

The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced and owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia. It is entered in the Guinness World Records as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Around the world, the Got Talent format airs in a total of 186 countries.

AXN: A leader in original productions

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including five seasons of the international Emmy-nominated The Amazing Race Asia; the Asian Television Award-winning Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and the Asian Television Award-nominated Cyril: Simply Magic.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is a leading operator of ad-supported channels including English general entertainment powerhouses AXN and Sony Channel; and Asian content giants Animax, GEM and ONE. SPT Networks’ portfolio collectively features the biggest and best titles from Korea, Japan and the U.S that are first run, exclusive and aired close to the original telecast. Taking the content beyond the screen, SPT Networks immerses viewers in its premium entertainment via large-scale festivals, celebrity fan meets and social platform conversations. In Asia, SPT Networks’ portfolio is available across 19 territories and in over 42 million homes.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching over one billion households around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

www.SonyPicturesTelevision.com

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