Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Amer wasn’t only one who went to bed in a gloomy mood as thousands of Filipinos stayed up late only to witness the national team fail to advance past the quarterfinals.What made the defeat tougher to swallow was it came at the hands of its fierce rival Koreans, who continued to own the Philippines’ number in continental tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Philippines has a chance to avenge that failed bid in Fiba Asia with a strong showing in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be represented by the younger members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.And that’s actually one of the the motivations for the SEA Games-bound Gilas crew. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Mark GiongcoBaser Amer said he had a hard time sleeping after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in a humiliating 118-86 defeat to Korea early Thursday morning.“When they got blown out, I struggled to get some sleep,” he shared in Filipino. “I took it really hard because us Filipinos doesn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments “We need to rebound for our kuyas (older brothers),” said Kiefer Ravena on Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “It’s a motivation for us to want (the gold) even more and be hungrier.”Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag praised these group for feeling that way, noting that it’s just natural for this team to seek redemption to make up for the loss incurred by their Fiba Asia counterparts.“Of course, if you see your brother and see him fall short of a goal, as the younger brother, I think you wanna go out there and make everyone here at home forget about the loss from last night. The only way you do that and go to the SEA Games and put another great effort and do our best to win a gold medal,” he said.With the Philippines relegated to the classification phase for fifth to eighth place in the Asian championship, the SEA Games roster knows that the pressure is now on them as they eye to win the gold medal for the 18th time.“It’s our turn for redemption,” said Amer. “We have to defend our kuyas. We know the weight they are carrying because all of us are watching them. So with the SEA Games, we know all eyes will now be on us. We just want to help them and protect our fort. All we want when we come home here is that we’re all going to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as herlast_img read more

Topanga mall poised to go from typical shopping spot to centerpiece of the Valley

first_imgCANOGA PARK – Larry Green, his polished black shoes dulled by a film of dust, stands in the middle of what works out to a half-billion dollars’ worth of construction. Workers tote tools past him, forklifts haul I-beams over unfinished ground and a shower of sparks rain down from a welding torch. The flat box to the right will soon be a Nordstrom; the one to the left, a two-level Target. Green’s employer, Westfield America Inc., will spend $330 million in coming years to transform the bustling lot of Westfield Topanga that surrounds him into a bigger, flashier mall. With the money kicked in by various new tenants, the total investment tab swells above $500 million – more than 60 percent more than originally announced. In six months, the first phase of the massive redevelopment will be open for business. “You’ll have The Farm of Beverly Hills on your right, then over there’s the valet parking,” said Green, Westfield’s senior vice president of West Coast development. “On the left, there’s another great, upscale restaurant. It’s all coming.” Simi Valley Town Center, a $300 million mixed-use development, opened in October, the first major new mall construction in the area in decades. Burbank Town Center has been reworking itself, Caruso Affiliated Holdings is at work in Glendale on a lifestyle center in the vein of its popular Grove, and the Westside Pavilion in West L.A. is undergoing major renovation. “It’s an offensive move,” said Michael Beyard, a senior resident fellow for the Urban Land Institute who studies malls for a living. “I’m sure they don’t like having to spend $300 million, but they recognize this is a powerful market, so powerful that they can justify spending that sort of money to compete down the road.” Westfield now owns so many properties in the market, including centers in Sherman Oaks, Century City and Fox Hills, that it’s in nearly constant construction mode. Crews just finished a major tune-up of Century City and the company recently announced plans to add apartments to the center, which it bought four years ago. The Promenade, which got converted from a small traditional mall into a more entertainment-oriented destination just five years ago, will have more undisclosed work in coming years, Wong said Wednesday. Even though Topanga won’t be fully complete for another two years, he expects the mall will get yet another makeover within 10 years. “Customers in L.A. are incredibly fickle,” Beyard said. “They’re going to go where the latest, the newest, the best stuff is. The choices are so great now, the ante has been raised so high for what customers expect, if you don’t keep pace, you can circle the drain incredibly fast.” To avoid that, the company tried to find tenants unique to the area, such as the Neiman Marcus it lobbied for for several years. In addition, it will dispense with the traditional food court, instead using an 800-seat dining area with custom-designed china, silver and glassware, and a landscaped swath down the middle known as “The Canyon.” With more than 1,000 panes of glass and stretching larger than a football field, The Canyon attempts to replicate the airy feeling of an outdoor center within a climate-controlled environment. “This property has deserved this for a long time,” Wong said. “We needed something that was a real `wow’ space. The best stores in the world can only draw so much traffic. It has to feel good, too.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 And coming quickly, too. In addition to The Farm restaurant, Westfield announced 24 new tenants for the project on Wednesday, including BCBG Max Azria, The Art of Shaving and Eddie Bauer. After the fall opening, crews will take a break for the holiday shopping season, then begin again next year to get the former Nordstrom building re-purposed for Neiman Marcus. The multiyear makeover employs up to 1,500 construction workers at a time, working nine- and 10-hour shifts, six days a week. When complete, Westfield intends the mall to serve as the centerpiece of its Valley development, with the Westfield Promenade to the south providing entertainment. Between the two centers is Westfield-owned land the owners haven’t determined what to do with – at least publicly. “This is very cool,” said Ken Wong, president of Westfield America, as he toured the site. “There’s enough done now so you can see what’s old and what’s new. It makes you want to take your necktie off and strap on a tool belt.” Westfield isn’t spending this massive amount of money for kicks – it’s got a 42-year-old property on its hands with a somewhat dated interior look and plenty of regional competition. last_img