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1. Valdez plays journo interviewing herself
1. Valdez plays journo interviewing herself
Back-to-back UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez is soft spoken and hardly gets angry, even if you mimic bordering mock the way she talks with some twang here and there.
In a video clip posted by’s Mac Dionesio, the Rivals journo played as Valdez while Valdez played the role of Dionesio interviewing the Phenom on what makes her so good.
Valdez tried to keep her teeth hidden while Dionesio hilariously imitates her and her lines in her Dove shampoo commercial before finally chiming in: I love it!
“You are such a sport, @alyssa_valdez2! That’s how we do it. We laugh at everything…even our flaws. I loooooove you for that,” Dionesio said of Valdez.
2. Maraño goes batshit over journo’s false claims
 2. Maraño goes batshit over journo’s false claims
Team Pilipinas’ Aby Maraño is on a Beast Mode, Don’t Care mantra even before she plays her first game for the country in the VTV Cup in Vietnam.
This is because an identified Eric Dimzon claimed in in his blog that Maraño has played a willing puppet to the sports officials of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) by helping the LVPI to scramble for players for the VTV lineup since Maraño was the one calling players in the middle of the night to recruit them in the VTV lineup. Moreover, Dimzon tagged Maraño and the rest of the Team PH players as ignorant and gullible.
“SHAME ON YOU! Everything you’ve written is untrue. Unang una sa lahat, HINDI AKO TUMATAWAG NG MGA PLAYERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! Ang sarap sarap ng tulog ko, I actually slept at around 10 o’clock the night before we left for Vietnam. Players are just so desperate to play and so desperate in fact that these players do not mind losing their dignity? DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?,” Maraño wrote on her Instagram account.
“Alam namin mismo mga players…No hard feelings ang pagpapadala sa amin dito. Nakakataba nga ng puso eh, early this morning nagmessage sa akin si Alyssa Valdez she said she’ll be praying and cheering for us together with our fellow volleyball players. So, again saan nanggaling mga pinasasabi mo? Players for the National Team are actually not available. At ano ba naman kung magpadala ng ibang players?? Kung hindi sila pwede edi, yung iba naman, kami na lang. PAGBIGYAN NYO YUNG IBANG PLAYERS WAG NYO ALISIN SA KANILA YUNG PAGKAKATAON!,” Maraño added.
3. Galang’s knees now holding up
3.Could injured La Sal
Could injured La Salle captain Ara Galang be on her way back to her lethal form?
Galang, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during La Salle’s UAAP semis vs. NU, is now seen lifting a kid relative not with her hands, but with her knees.
Just be careful, Ara. La Salle needs your knees to hold up come UAAP Volleyball wars come January 2016.
4. Beast workout for BFFs Maraño, Manabat ahead of VTV Cup
4. Beast workout for BFFs Maraño, Manabat ahead of VTV Cup
Best friends Aby Maraño and Dindin Manabat had some intense workout ahead of donning national colors anew for the VTV Cup in Vietnam next week.
So as to ease the pain, the dynamic duo then used Recovery PH’s cooling gel and balm sore muscle rub.
 “Worked our assess off yesterday because we are aware of our goals as an athlete. We work out hard, and you know that all the pull ups, push ups, squats, and burpees are insanely good for us and that not only will they keep us fit now, they’ll keep us strong, independent and happy later on in life,” Maraño said of their heavy workout.
With such kind of workhorses in Team Pilipinas lineup, our country is definitely in good hands.
5. Volleybelles can’t get over topless Chris Brown
5. Volleybelles can’t get over topless Chris Brown
Reigning UAAP champions Alyssa Valdez, Dennise Lazaro, Therese Gaston, Rex Intal, among others, had a breezy night out last night during Chris Brown’s much-awaited Manila concert in Mall of Asia Arena.
Lazaro and former Lady Eagle Mona Bagatsing were even so smitten over Brown, who sang his hits like Kiss and Forever and even performed without his shirt on during the later part of the show.
“SOOOO HAPPY MOWNY! Can’t believe it happened. I saw Chris Brown in the flesh…singing…and dancing…topless. What a beautiful chocolate man,” Lazaro said of Grammy winner Brown.
6. Lazaro goes on a chill date with Revilla
6. Lazaro goes on a chill date with Revilla
Reigning and back-to-back UAAP Best Receiver Dennise Lazaro had a relaxing date with her boyfriend, KIA guard LA Revilla.
Instead of a candlelight dinner with wine on the side, the couple decided to have a foot spa.
Well, the non-fancy atmosphere certainly did not make the moment less romantic.
7. Pre-game dancing by Valdez, Sato is for the win
7. Pre-game dancing by Valdez, Sato is for the win
 Reigning V-League Open Conference MVP Alyssa Valdez and teammate Risa Sato have a formula for winning: breaking into some dance moves before the game.
Valdez and the Filipino-Japanese Sato were filmed doing some synchronized dancing in the sidelines before Ateneo went up vs. San Sebastian in V-League Collegiate Conference.
The dancing surely brought good vibes since the defending champions dominated the San Sebastian in straight sets for their second straight victory.
8. Michele Gumabao is an Arabian princess
8. Michele Gumabao is an Arabian princess
Philips Gold captain Michele Gumabao is the latest addition to the list of Arabian princesses, sort of.
Gumabao is in Lebanon for a vacation, and so she did her make up like a Lebanese princess straight out of the Arabian Nights tales.
And we must say she would give Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine a run for her money.


9. Valdez gives coach a free ride
9. Valdez gives coach a free ride
Reigning and back-to-back UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez, for all her successes, has remained a willing driver for her friends and family.
Valdez was again spotted giving a free ride, with her driving her car, to Ateneo Mens Volleyball Team Coach Oliver Almadro.
Valdez has also been previously seen giving a free ride to rookie teammate Deanna Wong as well as reporters.
We know how the saying goes: Basta Driver, Sweet Lover.
10. Laure destroys blockers for Coach Kung Fu’s first win
10. Laure destroys blockers for Coach Kung Fu’s first win
Team Pilipinas Under 23 member EJ Laure waxed hot with a game-high 18 points, highlighted by a hit that smashed the La Salle Dasmariñas  to give new UST Coach Kung Fu Reyes his first win in collegiate volleyball wars.’s Mac Dionesio filmed Laure’s game-clinching and powerful attack.
The win improved UST’s record to 1-1 in the ongoing V-League Collegiate Conference after dropping its first assignment vs. the Alyssa Valdez-less Ateneo.