Chieffy Caligdong recalls tremendous pressure playing for PH Azkals

Caligdong hero for the Azkals again. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup website.

MANILA, Philippines—National athletes deal with tremendous pressure when wearing the Philippine colors, but for Chieffy Caligdong there was much more.

Caligdong was the face of homegrown players who suited for the Philippine Azkals during the late 2000s and early 2010s, which was an added source of pressure for the prolific striker.

In an interview with the Crossover Podcast, Caligdong said that he always walked with high regard for himself as he was not only playing for the Philippines he was also the role model of a younger generation who plans to one day become an Azkal.

“There was so much pressure because you have to be on a high level every time you play, every time you train and you have to be at your best during competitions,” said Caligdong in English.

“Of course, my attitude when I’m out in public and with my club should be at a high standard because I’m a role model. People will look at my attitude or at me and see if I’ve changed.”

Caligdong, who is now the head coach of the Ontario Development League Boys under-15 team in Canada, wore the no.13 shirt for the Azkals with pride as he shared the field with the likes of Phil and James Younghusband, Aly Borromeo, and Juani Guirado.

His play on the field, which saw him net 16 international goals, and off-the-field character eventually earned Caligdong the Azkals’ captaincy.

“The pressure was always there even in training so you have to be consistently at the top of your game,” said Caligdong. “I never let pressure get the best of me.”

Maintaining that high standard, however, will take a toll on anyone and Caligdong was not an exception.

He admitted that he was

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Chance to face Tyson ‘too incredible’ to resist, says Jones

American-Russian boxer Roy Jones Jr. (2nd L) listens to the Russian anthem before his bout against British boxer Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow on December 12, 2015. (Photo by VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Roy Jones Jr. happily walked away from the sport of boxing in 2018 but the draw of fighting Mike Tyson ultimately pulled him back to the Sweet Science.

A couple of years on, the 51-year-old Jones will have his dream match against the man who was once called “The Baddest Man on the Planet” in an eight-round exhibition bout with proceeds going to charity.

“Too hard to resist, too incredible to resist, too much of a blessing to resist,” said Jones in a report from MMA Junkie.

Both Jones and Tyson defined 1990s boxing with the former ruling the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions and the latter taking the helm at heavyweight.

After multiple title reigns at the 168 and 175-pound divisions, Jones ultimately jumped to heavyweight in 2003 when he defeated John Ruiz for the WBO championship but that match was his lone title fight in the weight class before he returned to light heavyweight and then transitioned to cruiserweight to end his illustrious career.

Jones’ brief spell at heavyweight meant that the chance to fight Tyson during their active days was essentially zilch, so when the proposition of an exhibition against Iron Mike came his way he knew that he had to accept it right away.

“When I won the heavyweight title, I told them the only other person I would fight as a heavyweight was Mike Tyson. If Mike Tyson didn’t want to fight, I was going back down to light heavyweight. From what I got … was that he was through with boxing, he didn’t want to box no more, so I

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Bela Padilla nominated Best Actress in 15th Seoul Int’l Drama Awards

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Bela Padilla has been nominated for the coveted Best Actress award at the Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) 2020 for her role in the 2019 ABS-CBN crime drama “Sino ang Maysala?”

Padilla was recognized for her portrayal of Juris in the said television series (internationally titled “Mea Culpa”), the award-giving body announced yesterday, Aug. 6.

“Sino ang Maysala,” which ran for over three months, has likewise been nominated under the Serial Drama category along with seven other foreign shows.

The British-Filipino actress has since expressed her gratitude through social media. Through Instagram Story, she said, “Thank you so much for the nomination!!! and from one of my favorite countries too!”

Bela Padilla

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Padilla also took pride in being nominated alongside British actress Imelda Staunton, who is known for playing the infamous professor Dolores Umbridge in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

“Thank you!!! To be nominated with Ms. Hyo Jin and professor Umbridge herself!!!!! is honestly the most kilig part for me,” she said via Twitter on the same day.

The SDA, South Korea’s only international television festival, recognizes excellence in television drama from around the globe. A total of 212 entries from 41 countries were screened this year, according to its organizers.

Kapuso actor Alden Richards won the Asian Star Prize (male category) from the said festival last year. The first Filipino to win the award was Dennis Trillo in 2016.

Padilla was nominated along with six other actresses, namely South Korea’s Si-Eun Park (“Everything and Nothing”), Hyo-Jin Kong (“When the Camellia Blooms”) and Ji-Eun Kim (“I Have 3 boyfri3nds”), Czech Republic’s Zuzana

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