first_imgLegion of Griffins: 1-handed LB joins twin on Seahawks P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “I think that’s going to be a chip on his shoulder. He has something to prove,” he said. “Back in my time, when he lost to Matthew Wright for the [Heritage MVP] award, I know he felt bad because he also wanted to win and you could see that in our practices. He did get the Finals MVP, but in my mind, Brickman and Wright were co-MVPs.”“So with him not winning the award once more, coupled with Mono’s situation in the Finals, I believe people will really see how good Jason Brickman is,” said Vanguardia.Game 4 is on Monday, still at Stadium 29 in Bangkok.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES READ: Alapag ‘big fan’ of Brickman: ‘One of the smartest point guards I’ve seen’“I coached Jimmy when he was a rookie when we drafted him in Talk ’N Text,” he said. “Jimmy and Jason have similarities, especially with the leadership, ball handling, and they’re tough. Like Jimmy Alapag, you can just give Jason the ball and he knows what decisions to make.”Vanguardia, though, wonders how Brickman, who averaged 10.4 points, 10.3 assists, and 5.9 rebounds this season, was once again snubbed for the Heritage MVP award.“I was surprised why he wasn’t named as the Heritage MVP,” he said, as the award went to Chong Son Kung Fu’s Fil-Am reinforcement Mikh McKinney. “For me, he deserves the award. Brickman was there from the start whereas McKinney came in late. But that’s how the voting went and we can’t do anything about it.”Vanguardia believes that the snub will fuel Brickman’s game, especially with Mono Vampire on the brink of losing the ABL title after Alab took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five championship series after a 99-93 win in Game 3 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You can see that he makes his teammates better,” Vanguardia proudly said. “You know how better Sam Deguara is, but it’s the trust the team is giving him, he’s the leader. He’s the one dictating their offense and you can see that he’s not shying away from the spotlight.”Vanguardia coached Brickman under the banner of the Westports Malaysia Dragons, where the team, alongside Fil-Canadian Matthew Wright, claimed the 2016 ABL title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSince then, the Fil-Am playmaker has continued his ascent in the regional league and has given himself another shot at winning a title, this time with the Thai side.Seeing how Brickman has evolved as a player, Vanguardia couldn’t help but compare the 26-year-old to PBA legend and now San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueIf there’s one person who isn’t surprised with how good Jason Brickman is, it’s definitely Ariel Vanguardia.Vanguardia is happy that finally, the Filipino crowd is witnessing how special his former prized point guard is as he dazzles for Mono Vampire in the bright lights of the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Finals.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSome of the students from the Martial Arts Department.-Chinese Ambassador FuThe Embassy of the People’s Republic of China near Monrovia in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL) on Saturday, November 10, hosted the traditional Chinese Arts performance, with some of the main performers coming from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine in China.The event, which was hosted at the Monrovia City Hall, was intended to strengthen China-Liberia relationship, highlighting culture exchanges between the two countries. Some of the performances comprised a series of China’s traditional sport-oriented health maintenance practices, including Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Qigong (a popular Chinese song) about unity, and some Chinese folk dances.It brought together visiting students from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, foreign guests, government officials and students from the Confucius Institute. The Art tour is an international program launched by the headquarters of China’s Confucius Institute and undertaken by the artistic troupes of Chinese Universities.Chinese Ambassador Fu Jijun, who spoke at the occasion, underscored the importance of the event. He said it helps foreign students to appreciate the colorful Chinese culture, which enhances mutual understanding between people, promoting friendship and people to people bond between China and foreign countries.According to the Amb. Fu, both China and Africa, including Liberia, are proud of his country’s splendid cultural performance.“With more people to people exchanges in culture, arts, education, sports and media, we can further strengthen the bond between the people of China and Africa, and Liberia is of no exception,” he said.According to Amb. Fu, it was based on such cultural exchanges that President George Weah launched the “People to People exchange Initiative”  at the FOCAC Beijing Summit held last September.During the next three years, according to the initiative, 50 joint Africa and China cultural sports and tourism events will be organized in Beijing.“China welcomes Africa’s participation in the Silk Road International League of Theaters, the Silk Road International Museum Alliance and the Network of Silk Road Arts Festivals,” the Envoy said.He said a China-Africa media cooperation network will be established to allow more African culture centers to open in China and more Chinese culture centers will do likewise in Africa.Amb. Fu used the occasion to welcome qualified African education institutions to host the Confucius Institutes just like it is at the University of Liberia.“I am confident that with the implementation of the initiative, there will be more bilateral exchange visits of cultural arts, education, sports, and media groups between China and Liberia. Therefore, I have the honor to welcome Liberian friends to actively join the initiative,” he declared.Saturday’s event marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia. In the past decades, the Confucius Institute has played a significant role in carrying on the Chinese language teaching and spreading the Chinese culture in Liberia.Geegbae A. Geegbae, vice president for Institutional Planning and Development at the University of Liberia, lauded the Chinese Government for giving Liberian students the opportunity to learn the Chinese language.Geegbae said as China remains one of Liberia’s greatest development partners, it is important to take advantage of the Confucius Institute, in order to become marketable upon graduation, because there are some  Chinese companies operating in the country and need Liberians who speak the Chinese language fluently.“So, if our children can learn the Chinese language, I strongly believe that they will be able to regularly interact with their Chinese counterparts,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more