Seven On The line with Anton Del Rosario







If you are an Azkals fan, you most probably know this guy. 

Anton Del Rosario, a Filipino-American Footballer, who now plays for the Ilocos United in the Philippine Football League (PFL), has something to share with you. 

To all Fitness and Sports Enthusiasts, Anton created an app to keep us updated on all the fitness and sporting activities in our neighborhood. We can actually use this to schedule our Ultimate training and Events as well! 

It's called "LARO"

Anton Del Rosario is on the hot seat today to answer the Seven Questions.


Read On!





1) Who is Anton Del Rosario?

I'm a Filipino American born in San Francisco, Ca. Lived there for most my life but the last 8 years have been out here in Manila. 





2) How is it playing for Azkals/ the Philippines? 


Playing for the Azkals was a dream come true. Representing the country doing what I loved most was amazing and because of it, I was able to get a scholarship to college. 





3) Do you still play football? Coach? 



Yes, I'm playing in the PFL for Ilocos United. Eventually, I'd like to coach but more into training. I cannot play full time anymore because of the focus on my company. 







4) What is Laro? 



Laro is a FREE social fitness platform that brings people together through exercise. Laro allows users to either; find or create fitness classes, events, professional training sessions and pick up games






5) Who can benefit from Laro and what can we benefit from it?



Laro can benefit everyone in the fitness community, and I mean everyone. 

Company Classes

- Free Marketing

- Free Booking & Reservation system
- Seamless payments

- Easy organization 


Events

- Free Marketing

- Hassle free registration all in the palm of your hand

- Focus on selling more, stressing less

- Seamless payments

- Database collection and distributed 

Trainers

- Make extra money

- Become their own boss

- Manage their own time

- Market yourself

Organizers for Open Play 

- Fill up games

- Organize ahead

- Seamless payments

- Database


As a user

- Exercise anytime anywhere!

- Find games, classes, events, & trainers by location and/or by time
- Hassle-free payments and registration

- No need to travel out of your way






6) How can we register?

Laro is free to download and use. Just click the link below:







7) We have several young athletes who aspire to play for the country, do you have any advice or message for them?




There's always a point where you're going to want to give up, the only way to get to the next level is to push past it and never give up!





Use the link on questions 6 and Download LARO now!

Thanks, Anton!




All photos are grabbed from Anton's Facebook Page.


Cabalen Ultimate Open 2017: Where Rain Never Stops







For four straight years, we see each other every October. You gave me one of the nicest lighting conditions and the most beautiful overcast skies during these weekends in Pampanga. And because of that some of my photos turned out iconic. But because of you, for four straight years, you kept me on my toes every time I feel that cold wind touching my skin. I learned my lesson and for the past three years, I have garbage bags in my camera bag, ready to keep my gears dry. And two years ago, you finally broke my heart as you short-circuited the LCD screen of my two-year-old camera. I thought this year would be the year that I will be flying back home, writing this blog telling everyone how sunny it was during the 2017 Cabalen Ultimate Open in the beautiful and dry fields of the Villages in Clark, Pampanga.... Turned out I went home with a heavy check-in bag full of wet pair of undies.

Yes, RAIN, you did it again. You never fail to pay us a visit every Cabalen.  So let’s talk about that wet and wild weekend in Pampanga.




What I like about Cabalen Ultimate Open (CUO) is seeing their yearly progress. I have been covering this tournament since its humble beginning 4 years ago on a small park in one of the subdivisions around the city with only 8 teams. And then it became 24 teams the following year. Last year was the biggest, and because of the bird flu issue, a lot of teams backed out this year. But the organizers still managed to have 24 teams (or was it 26?) last weekend of September 30-October 1st. And of course, the Rain was still in attendance. 

The night before the storm was calm and easy for most of us probinsyano folks. We were the ones who usually check in first at The Villages together with Jansie, Russ, and the rest of the organisers and a few marshals; but the exciting part is always the early mornings of day 1, when you wake up at 6 o’ clock in the morning and you see all these Parked cars that weren't there a few hours ago, players checking in and lacing up their cleats, hugging and kissing one another as if they haven’t seen each other for years. Carrying their bags with discs and Nalgenes on their hands, marching on to their designated field assignments talking about their sleepless road trip from Manila to Clark, while some are knocking on villas for coffee and something to fill up their empty stomachs. It was indeed a typical Cabalen morning. And it always makes you smile every single time you witness all these commotions in the early hours of Day 1. 

After the long chit chats and hugs and smiles, and the moment the first few pulls of the tournament begin to fly, the fields of The Villages in Clark, Pampanga become a battleground for these 24 teams. Or was it 26???







As expected the games are exciting, and it is always nice to see some familiar faces and a new bunch of people to shoot. The overcast sky really helped, keeping my camera exposure in check, and the weather was surprisingly cooperating in the first set of games.  I was seriously hoping and praying every minute that I was out on the field that the rain will spare us this year, but the opposite of dryness really doesn’t want to miss the fun even if you completed all the mysteries of the holy rosary and offered dozens of eggs for sunny skies and dry grass. 

The rain came in with a smile.  

 Not a single soul has a pair of dry socks at the end of Day 1. And not a single player had a bad day either. Seems like everyone expected the rain to drop anyway, so the teams are all ready to get wet and still manage to have a fun day 1. After a nice shower, some dry clothes to wear and a few bites of my fish fillet sandwich, Nico and I went to the Socials. Another Cabalen tradition was to invite local rock bands to entertain the guests. These three young kids tried to entertain the community with success, but the moment the DJ turned up the volume (or was it somebody’s Spotify account?), the hall exploded and the players rocked the house down.

Sometimes, all that you really need are cases of beers and bottles of spirits to keep everyone busy in the early stages of the night, a sound system with tunes for the people to dance on, a bunch of TSP (and SP) players to lead the dance showdown and you have a party! And yes, don’t forget the rain. 





I still have high hopes for a sunny and dry day 2. I talked to Jesus. I said, “Jesus, just give me one day of no rain and sunny skies and I will not shoot Cabalen 2018.” Jesus didn’t listen. In fact, the rain came in stronger and brought her close friend with her for a few minutes, the wind. At one point we even tried to hold on to our tents because the wind came in too strong. I guess I will be coming back to shoot Cabalen next year if ever the CUO organizers want me to. 


The games are more exciting in day 2 with a few upsets here in there. The most noticeable upset was when Panay Intensity (PI) of Iloilo city defeated the defending Champions, Tandang Sora Pleasure on a very dominating quarterfinal win. With Qhuenjune Villanueva spearheading the charge, PI continued their Cinderella story trying to record another upset win against Sunken Pleasure Kids in the semis, but the Kids are just way too tough to beat.  On the other side of the playing field, FrisBEERepublic of Davao almost had their sweet payback against Sid Vicious who gave them a beating in Day 1 on a very intense semifinal battle, but Vicious came in victorious to seal the deal on universe point. 






And then we have a classic Manila tournament finals. Sunken Pleasure (Kids) going up against Sid Vicious for the 2017 Cabalen Ultimate Open Championship. It was all about the Kids the moment the game started. The SP Kids came out firing with Gabbey Rodil, Jam Macaraeg, and the two Paolo’s (Peralta and Bautista) leading the pack of young guns. Will Steadman and the Vicious tried to bounce back, making their own run, but there’s only one name that put a huge mark on the playing field during the Pool A finals... Paolo Bautista. 











After a successful weekend of Ultimate, another Cabalen tradition is the Kapampangan dinner buffet. It’s the moment that most of us are waiting for during the weekend.  Popoy Pascua was excited, he didn’t eat his lunch in preparation for the REAL battle in Clark, Pampanga. Even some of the winners didn’t care about their medals and trophies because they all know that Sisig was much more important than anything. The Kapampangan Dinner Buffet never fails. 

The past three Cabalens was a struggle for me and the other media people covering the event. But it seems like everyone this year came out prepared. I guess you just have to keep in mind that it will never be the same Cabalen without a single drop of rain. The rain will always be there. The number of teams will just get bigger. And I believe that Cabalen will get better and better every year. 

Congratulations to all the winners. Kudos to Jansie, Russ, Ken and Ced for a job well done.  And to all the marshals and all the people involved who worked hard and braved the rain all throughout the weekend.

Until Next Time Mga Cabalen!





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All About U Guest Writer Anj Serrano Nguyen on AOUGCC 2017 and Women's Ultimate in the Region.




Photo by Vitt Salavador, grabbed from Anj's Facebook page


When I started playing ultimate, it was all just mixed tournaments with the one women’s and open tournament called Malakas at Maganda. Even then there’d be barely any women’s teams and usually, the same two teams would dominate every year. 8 years later I’m playing women’s ultimate with some of the most talented individuals I’ve ever met against teams from Asia, Australia, and New Zealand who are just as talented (or even better! Hello, Huck, Japan. You ladies are amazing).

I know there were other categories in AOUGCC 2017 but to see the growth of women’s ultimate gets me so excited and I also get to be a part of it.



Hosting AOUGCC is a big step forward for Philippine Ultimate and those behind this progress (organizers, players, documentation teams) should be proud. To me, it was a very enjoyable and well-organized tournament and I’m looking forward to joining more international tournaments hosted in the Philippines.

Ultimate is a great sport with an even better community and seeing it grow into something bigger in my home country makes me happy.

Photo by Nate Go, grabbed from Anj's Facebook page.


How great was AOUGCC? I can answer that by asking myself “Was flying 6,000 km, staying in the Philippines for five days and arriving in Sydney four hours before an exam worth it? And by it, I mean playing AOUGCC and being surrounded by some of the most talented ultimate players I’ll ever meet?” Yes. Yes, it was.

- Anj Serrano Nguyen. Team Bauhaus, Australia.


What's In The Name? Team ACEtoryahe: An Extraordinary Tale.







In our "What's In The Name?" Team feature, ACEtoryahe of Tayasan, Negros Oriental shared an extraordinary tale about their very young and talented team.

"Estoryahe" is an expression from a popular local radio station in the Visayas where DJ's would say it in reference to a story that is far fetched out of the ordinary. And if the said story is pretty much hard to believe, he would say "Estoryaheee" as a joke. Team founder, Dennis Baylosis wanted the name to be more unique. Something that would grab attention and one that shows intensity, power, and dominance. Dennis changed "Es" to "ACE", and Team ACEtoryahe was born. 

ACEtoryahe was established in 2011 when Dennis' cousins and nephews wanted to play Ultimate. After he created a team that was composed of youth close to him, they eventually held the first Tayasan Ultimate Frisbee Invitational in May of that year. On that very year, ACEtoryahe won their first championship trophy.  Over the years, the team has won a few championships all over Negros and in 2015, Elementary Schools were included in the Tayasan Ultimate Program. 





The team is composed of students and local youth around Tayasan. You can see that the team has a well-structured program as team ACE even has 1 senior and 1 junior captain on the team, and each captain has 3 support captains under them. They have their own secretary to help them, and Team ACEtoryahe also has a sub team of elementary student players called ACEtudyante. I mean, how cool is that!?

With the average age of team members around 14-15 years old, children in Tayasan are introduced to Ultimate at the age of 5 to 6 years old and being trained from February till May for the yearly inter-school league. 20 kids are chosen from this tournament to form the ACEtudyante team to play in the Tayasan Ultimate Frisbee Invitational, then out of these 20 kids, some are chosen to be trained for the main ACEtoryahe team.





ACE's main goal is the deterrence of drugs and alcohol to the youth of Tayasan. They also aim to teach younger kids the importance of an all-around development mentally and physically. teaching them lessons in personal values, friendship, cooperation, team work, leadership skills, respect, a sense of belonging and social interaction. Although these are just some of the internal goals of the team, ACEtoryahe is aiming to become one of the best teams in the region.

Ultimate in Tayasan is still in its infant stage if you compare it to other established sports like basketball and sepak takraw, but Ultimate's popularity in Tayasan has been improving every year, especially with the success of their programs like the Elementary School Ultimate that they are working on. Players have a strict attendance in training every weekend in order for them to earn free team jerseys and an all expense sponsorship for tournaments. The local LGU also welcomes Ultimate with open arms as its main purpose is the prevention of Drugs and Alcohol in their local youth. 




The community in Tayasan is extremely supportive towards team ACEtoryahe and the sport as a whole. The yearly tournament is a part of the Tayasan annual fiesta where teams from Negros Oriental and Occidental frequently join. Parents need to be given a lot of credit when it comes to ACE, as they are encouraging their children not to waste their allowance on computer games, as well as discouraging alcohol and drugs at the same time. They are also taking a big part in guiding the players when they are participating in a tournament, especially Ricko and Gellord Callao who are always inspiring the kids on the sidelines and of course Rex Sandalo, the LGU driver who double up as the Team Physician who are always there to give his support to the team. 

As for Dennis Baylosis, He is a blessing to the youth of Tayasan, most especially to his team and to all the kids who want to play Ultimate. His unconditional love and support to these kids make him fly from Australia (where he is now living and working) back to his home town every year just to be with his team and family. He will give everything for these kids. And that right there is pretty much an Extraordinary Act of Kindness.


Thank you, Dennis and Sue, for taking the time to share your amazing story with us.

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is 

Team ACEtoryahe of Tayasan, Negros Oriental.











AOUGCC 2017 Conquers Manila







With 64 club teams from all over the Asia-Oceanic region flying into Manila, The  Asia-Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships held last August 18-20, was without a doubt, a major highlight of the Philippine Ultimate calendar for the year 2017. Clubs teams from Japan, Australia, Singapore, Korea, India, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Cambodia to name a few landed on our soil to challenge our very own club teams on a three day non-stop ultimate action at the Alabang Country Club, Manila. 

With that said, Our All About U crew and the rest of the Philippine Ultimate Media, went to cover all the actions from every corner of the wide ACC field. Though I still haven't recovered from a very one sided battle against the Dumaguete Sun (Photographed another three-day tournament in Ultimate Shindig Dumaguete) a week before AOUGCC, I really don't have any reason to pass this opportunity. I mean, with the top club teams and top caliber players are in your neighborhood busting their buns off for the bragging rights to be called the number one Club Team in the region (of their respective division) for the longest period of time.... You can't seriously say no to that. So I hauled up my gears  (and my sun burns) to Manila, put a lot of ice and water in my camelback, and began shooting people.







As expected, the games went on top speed the moment the first pulls of the tournament were thrown to the other end zone. Club teams from Australia, Singapore, and Japan immediately made their presence known, but the Pinoys never backed down from the challenge. Bad Blood Women's team had a good run during the weekend, but The Vicious girls almost made it to the championship round against the powerhouse team, Huck of Japan. Havoc Mayhem of Singapore went on to defeat the Vicious Girls to play for the final showdown against the very impressive Japanese Women's team. Though they came just a tad bit short, The Vicious girls did all the things that they needed to do -Compete to the highest level all throughout the weekend. With bronze medals around their necks, it goes to show that we are on the right track in developing our single gender teams in the country and in this region as a whole.









Same goes for Men's.  Though, Japan and Australia are still considered as the giants of Men's Ultimate in this region, Singapore slowly but surely creeps into the top of the list together with the Philippines. Shout out to Crackerjacks Crush as they managed to score an upset against a very strong Australian team in Colony; won against the unbeaten Vicious Men's team in the semis, and almost scored another upset against the unbeatable Nomadic Tribe of Japan in a very strategic championship battle.  The Philippines, on the other hand, was very well represented as Vicious Mens placed 4th in the overall standings and Young Bloods though placed 18th, they won the most important award of the tournament, The Most Spirited Team trophy. Team Pancake placed 20th in the standings. 

But it wasn't just the Manila teams who made their presence known, The Provincial teams also had their fair share of the limelight as Team Karne Norte of Tuguegarao and Bagani of Malaybalay Bukidnon placed 15th and 16th, respectively. You have to give it up for these two teams, that even though short in numbers, still they gave their all. 







There were a lot of fantastic games all throughout the weekend, lots of intense battles and definitely tons of upset games were recorded. It was just too unfortunate that the Mixed championship game was not played on the showcase field. Because in my own personal opinion, the Mulatto-Boracay Bandits game was without a doubt the game of the tournament. Down 3-0  from the start to trailing 5-8 by the end of the first half, Mulatto made some drastic adjustments in their offensive and defensive lines that made the bandits collapse and never score a single point in the second half. Mulatto took advantage of all the errors, drops and miscommunications of the bandits. Scored every possession that they get from all the unfortunate mishaps, and made me ask myself these questions up until now, weeks after that historic comeback. 

"What in the world happened to the bandits?"

"What did the Dabawenyos talk about during halftime that changed the course of the game?"





I've seen a lot of 11-0/15-0 game results in the past, But I haven't seen a 10-0 comeback in a championship game of the biggest club tournament in Asia-Oceanic region. It was definitely a jaw dropping result. It only shows that the "Never Give Up" statement is real. Mulatto showed us the true meaning of never giving up. Mulatto showed the whole region how a REAL championship team plays the game. They lost two of their first two games on Day 1, but they never gave up. They bounced back in Day 2 and demolished every single team that came their way in the elimination rounds. The Bandits sure was a force to be reckoned with. A selection of the best players of different provinces in the country mixed with some of the top players of Boracay, it was pretty much a well assembled mixed team. But luck wasn't on their side during the AOUGCC weekend. Unfortunately, the "Quicksand Theory" is real.  That weekend, The Bandits stepped on a quicksand. 

Final score: Mulatto 15-8 Bandits. 

The Orange men and women of Sunken Pleasure took Bronze out of the 28 mixed club teams. Cagayan's CGY Ninjas placed 6th, and Alpha (Manila) placed 14th to round up the Philippine Club teams campaign. Overall, it was an impressive result from all the Pinoy Mixed teams. 





Guts tournament, on the other hand, was fairly new to us shooters of the flying disc game. So we were all fortunate enough to experience it and photograph the sport. It's all about how you throw the disc with all your might, hoping that the defenders won't catch it, or if you are the defender, you need to have the agility of a cat and a strong grip to catch the disc with one hand and hoping not to get hit on the nose. It was actually pretty exciting to watch, and I would really love to get a chance to cover Guts in the future. Will anyone have the "guts" to assemble a Filipino Guts team? Time will tell. But I think we will be pretty good at it as well.


Photo by Nico Primaleon

Photo by Nico Primaleon

Photo by Nico Primaleon

Photo by Nico Primaleon


AOUGCC was such an amazing experience for all the shooters that weekend. We were all in for a treat from Day 1 up to the last points of the tournament. Big thanks to WFDF for choosing the Philippines and congratulations to the PFDA board, tournament organizers, marshals and all the people responsible for making these years AOUGCC a success. 

It was definitely a killer weekend in Alabang!


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