Chooks-to-go Pilipinas winds up 5th in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgThe Philippines had an 83-76 lead with 3:38 left in the game but Michael Singletary hit a quick three with just 10 seconds elapsed on the clock to cut the margin to four, 83-79.Ravena then scored four straight points, a jumper and a couple of free throws, to hike Chooks-to-go’s lead to eight, 87-79 with 2:10 left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines shrugged of a slow start against its fellow Southeast Asian foe after it fell 45-42 at the break. A strong third quarter propelled Chooks-to-go to 66-57 lead after outscoring Mono Vampire, 24-12, in the penultimate period. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Isaiah Austin had 37 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Philippines while Ravena had 18 points.Singletary led Mono Vampire with 30 points and 12 boards. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-go Pilipinas salvaged the fifth place in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup after fending off Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 89-79, Saturday at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.Kiefer Ravena came up big in the clutch for the Philippine side after the Thai Club threatened a late comeback.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Marvin Lee ‘frustrated, pressured’ as UST nears winless season

first_img“I’m really pressured right now because this might the be the first time in my career that I will finish with a 0-14 record,” said Lee in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Lee played 34 minutes, the most of all the players on both teams, and looked downtrodden when the final buzzer sounded signaling UST’s worst loss of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd although Lee shot the bulk of UST’s attempts, going 10-of-20 from the field, he still felt he could’ve done more to lift his team and his teammates.“I’m really frustrated right now because I feel that I can’t carry my teammates, I feel that I can’t help them enough,” said Lee. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s future Marvin Lee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas is two games away from a possible 0-14 finish in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and no one feels the pressure more to avoid such embarrassment than captain Marvin Lee.The third-year guard practically left his heart out in the Growling Tigers’ 94-59 loss to La Salle putting up 25 points, 10 coming in the fourth, and seven boards in a bid to show that UST still has the heart to put up a fight.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Geje Eustaquio exacts revenge, wins ONE interim flyweight title

first_imgMOST READ Eustqauio lost via split decision in their first match at ONE: Total Victory last September.He also became the third fighter out of the Benguet stable to win a championship in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sweet revenge for Geje! @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/uC2a9OetME— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Hayato Suzuki def. Yago Bryan – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:03)Emilio Urrutia def. Bruno Pucci – KO (punches) – Round 1 (3:33)Prelims:Edward Kelly def. Meas Meul – KO (knee) – Round 1Jomary Torres def. April Osenio – KO (slam) – Round 1 (0:40)Rajinder Singh Meena def. Zhang Ze Hao – submission (guillotine) – Round 1 (0:42)Adrian Matheis def. Eddey Kalai – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:15) Philippines’ Geje Eustaquio celebrates after defeating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov to claim the Interim Flyweight World Championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonGeje Eustaquio gained a measure of revenge as he claimed the ONE Interim Flyweight Championship and outclassed Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Team Lakay stalwart made sure that the result was definitive this time, winning via unanimous decision to avenge his past defeat to the Kazakh.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “This belt is not mine. It’s ours,” he proudly exclaimed as he shared his triumph with the adoring Filipino fans.Learning from his mistakes in Jakarta, Eustaquio entered the cage with a purpose as he attempted to ground Akhmetov and nearly got him with a kneebar in the first round.It was a complete opposite in the succeeding rounds as the fighters stayed upright and banked on their striking abilities in hopes of sending each other to the ground.The 28-year-old Filipino, however, showed poise as he wiggled his way out of danger and survived the former champion’s flurry late in the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With the win, Eustaquio improved to 10-6 and now has his sights set on unifying the ONE Flyweight titles against Adriano Moraes.“Give me one more try, Adriano. I hope I give you a better fight!,” he said.Akhmetov suffered only his second defeat to fall to 24-2.Results:Main Card:Geje Eustaquio def. Kairat Akhmetov – Unanimous DecisionJoshua Pacio def. Lan Ming Qiang – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:01)Rafael Nunes def. Eric Kelly – submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2 (1:31)Sam-A Gaiyanghadao def. Joseph Lasiri – TKO (strikes) – Round 2 (2:30)Ma Hao Bin def. Sotir Kichukov – Unanimous Decision Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pacio chokes out Lan in ONE Manila co-main event ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Coming off bench ‘good experience’ for injured Valdez

first_imgSEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo But it was a necessary move for Creamline, as the three-time UAAP MVP got a chance to rest as she recovered from a minor right ankle sprain.“That was originally the plan, to come off the bench. The PTs said that what I needed was just rest and therapy, but I knew that when my number is called, I should be able to perform,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingValdez, though, struggled mightily, contributing only two points in the Cool Smashers’ sorry five-set defeat to BaliPure, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, Tuesday in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Still, the league’s leading scorer would rather look at Creamline’s defeat as a chance for the team to rectify its miscues going into the quarterfinals, where it will play as the fifth-seed. View comments Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying as a starter all her life, Alyssa Valdez admitted that it took time for her to adjust to her role coming off the bench.“It’s very new to me. I’m not usually inserted for receive and defense, but it was a good experience for me,” she said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay MOST READcenter_img “More than the loss, we’re looking at the improvement for all of the players in our team,” she said. “Everyone is adjusting. Ceska (Racraquin) played as a libero today, so there were lots of adjustments we have going to the next round. But the coaches said that we’re showing good signs and what we need is just a small push.”And Valdez is hopeful that Creamline can apply its learnings from this match to its last game of the eliminations against Perlas Spikers on Thursday.“We need to play as a team there, correct all our mistakes, and click in the latter part of the game so that we can finish strong,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’

first_imgView comments Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo may spend just a couple of days here, but he left a lasting imprint in the minds of those who witnessed his fun-loving, childish charisma. The 2017 Most Improved Player in in town for King Bally Entertainment Group’s “Greek Freak Invades Manila” as Antetokounmpo spearheaded a charity project with Makati Science High School as the main benefactor. ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet RELATED VIDEO Giannis didn’t hear trash talk from KG, just good advice Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Antetokounmpo, who’s set to leave the Philippines on Monday, held exhibition games on Sunday at Glorietta Activity Center. PBA players Gabe Norwood and Ranidel De Ocampo joined Antetokounmpo during the exhibition games where the NBA All-Star dunked, joked, and shot jumpers to the delight of the crowd. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAntetokoumpo told one of the students of Makati Science High School that he’ll try to visit them and their new basketball court before he leaves. The INQUIRER is one of “Greek Freak Invades Manila’s” media partners.  LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arroyo and Leviste were part of the team that won the same silver medal in the 2011 Games but wasn’t able to repeat the feat in the 2013 and 2015 outings.Malaysia won the gold while Thailand settled for bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE PHOTO – Toni Leviste, aboard Loribri, competes in the Longines Global Champions Tour event in Florida. Above left, Toni receives a prize for her lofty finish.The Philippines took a spot in the podium of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the show jumping team event in equestrian Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Antoinette Leviste and Joker Arroyo teamed up with Chiara Sophia Amor and Colin John Syquia for the second-best finish in the event.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Clarice Patrimonio wins silver in tennis Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more

Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him. Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title View comments READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

India shoot to second spot with five golds

first_imgTwo pairs of shooters were bang on target while the grapplers made a clean sweep of all three titles at stake as India grabbed five gold medals to climb to the second spot in the medals table below Australia in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.Wrestler Ravinder Singh with his coach Satpal Singh.The Indian men’s 10m air rifle pair of Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and world record holder Gagan Narang started the gold rush for the country in the morning which was sustained by women shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed who picked up the pairs 25m pistol event for women in style.Two more silver medals came India’s way from the Dr Karni Singh shooting range before greco-roman style grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay (74 kg) and Anil Kumar (96kg) made a clean sweep of all three gold medals on offer from the wrestling mat to round off a splendid day for the hosts.The two silver medals were earned by Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh, in the men’s 50m pistol pairs event, and the woman’s duo of world champion Tejaswini Sawant and Lajjakumari Gauswami, who stood second in the pairs 50m rifle 3 position.The five gold and two silver medals boosted the hosts’ overall medal tally to 5-4-2 on the second day of competitions after the weightlifers gave the country two silver and as many bronze medals yesterday.The three wrestling gold medals pitchforked India to the second place behind Australia after England overtook the home country briefly through their first two golds from the pool won by Liam John Tancock (men’s 50m backstroke) and Francesca Jean Halsall (women’s 50m butterlfly).advertisementThe day commenced in scintillating fashion for India when Bindra and Narang ended the first day’s gold medal drought with a Games record of 1193, overtaking their own mark of 1189 set four years ago in Melbourne, to clinch the men’s 10m air rifle pairs event.Their feat was followed by a superb display of calm nerves and dead centre shooting by the women’s duo of Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who added the second gold in the women’s 25m pistol pairs event with a championship record of 1156 to boot.Sharma and Omkar ended up second in the men’s 50m pairs event (1187) behind Lim Swee Hon and Gai Bin of Singapore.Later Tejaswani and Lajjakumari finished second in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 position, by equalling the 2006 Games mark of 1143 points, Singapore’s Aquilah Sudhir and Jasmine Xiang Wei who broke the previous record by six points.”Many thought I am a dictator, since I had imposed a gag order on the shooters prior to the Games. But whatever I was doing, I was doing for the country. And we have got the reward for that,” said a beaming national coach Sunny Thomas after his team members won a medal in each of the four events they took part in during the day.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

More than just art!

first_imgThe well-appointed sitting room in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri sports artefacts from across the world – an expected roomscape in the home of an Indian Foreign Service official. But the curios on the glazed coffee table are not the usual – there’s a miniature pumpkin-shaped Cinderella carriage, a doll in a layered skirt holding a parasol, and in the glass case beyond, an array of jewellery boxes, clock faces and stencilled oval pieces, each of the pieces sporting a pristine calligraphic surface? and all of them shaped out of eggs! My hostess Farha Sayeed clears the cobwebs and hands me a black oval, much like smoothened elephant skin to touch, saying, ‘That’s an emu egg. The yellow, larger one in the Cinderella coach is an ostrich egg and the smaller one for the ring bearer’s box is a goose egg?’ Farha’s unusual art uses hatchery eggs, specially processed, disinfected and made into a variety of artefacts as per the Faberge jewellery technique. It began in 1885, when jeweller Faberge was asked by Czar Alexander III to create an Easter-egg gift item for the Empress. He crafted a gold egg decorated with white enamel, that opened up to reveal a miniature replica of the crown. In this technique, the eggs are disinfected, dried, and then strengthened with gesso medium (an artist’s medium used for making surfaces smooth). Then it’s painted over with six coats of acrylic paint to create a glossy surface. If creating carriages or jewellery boxes, Farha cuts the eggs into two using a high-speed rotary drill. The inside of the egg is lined with velvet or silk, while the exterior may be embellished with rhinestones, pearls, lace trimmings, gold cord or paint. Finally, the egg is placed on a delicate metal stand. Farha is acknowledged as India’s only egg-art specialist. Learning the art has enriched her life in unlikely ways. It has been a journey in self-realisation. This year, Farha hosted her first solo egg exhibition in Delhi, the art fraternity, the media, and the diplomatic glitterati toasted her exotic art, and her ability to orient the European tradition into the Indian context.As wife of a senior diplomat from India, Farha has, through the years, set up home in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia among others. It was in Qatar that she learnt her art. ‘The evenings were taken up with diplomatic dos, with plenty of cooking and entertaining thrown in. The mornings, however, stretched long and useless – till I came upon a list of courses and classes for amateurs, run by ladies from the expat community in Qatar. I was fascinated by the idea of learning to make works of art with eggs,’ says Farha. ‘As we shifted from place to place, I found that sharing an interest removed from the general run of coffee mornings and cocktail evenings gave me the perfect opportunity to break the ice and mix with people other than diplomats and officials.’ For instance, it was her art that opened doors when they moved to Saudi Arabia. ‘The atmosphere was constricting as I could not step out alone. I spent time trying my hand at charcoal painting, aluminium painting, soft-toy making, but all of them paled after a while.’ She was soon introduced to a prominent collector there as an egg-art enthusiast. ‘The lady invited me to her home to view her own collection, and I met up with many interesting local women there. Even today, we keep in touch with each other.’ This opened up doors for her. Her interest in this unique art also made her polish her time-management skills since she had to balance her duties as a hostess such that she also had time to focus on her hobby. ‘Since there were many official commitments and a lot of entertaining to be done at home, I had to struggle to squeeze out time slots for my “egg indulgence”. I discovered that if I didn’t panic and set aside a focussed time for work each day, the rest of my routine fell into place. Ever since, I’ve learnt to allocate a specific time to indulge in my art during the morning hours. At times, it gets difficult to stick to routine, but the calming effect of my art has egged me on – literally!’ Farha soon found a floodgate of opportunity opening up. And when a posting came for Copenhagen, she had her plans well chalked out.’My work became subtly influenced as I came in contact with more artists who were working on eggs.advertisementadvertisementI was introduced to the Art Lovers Group, a club of artists in Copenhagen. When these artists saw my work, they persuaded me to hold a public show and since Easter was close at hand, I agreed. The chief guest was the Mayor of Copenhagen. The prime exhibit at the show was a Rajasthani bride seated inside a Cinderella coach shaped out of an egg – that seems to have become a kind of leitmotif for my art at Copenhagen.’ Since her art is a solitary art, it led Farha, for the first time in her life, to revel in her “me” time. She learnt to introspect, to take a more calmer and wiser view of life. ‘I developed a happier attitude. I reacted more positively to my family and learnt to settle down into each new home with a better frame of mind. Some of that positivity has also brushed off on my children. I realised how much we can do if only we look out for opportunities and do not let it go by? For instance, whenever we visited India, we would head straight for Hyderabad, our hometown. Now we make it a point to travel to other parts of India; the children have seen Sikkim, Kolkata, Bangalore, Darjeeling? They get a feeling of what India is.’ Farah feels that her hobby will help fill her life with interest even when the children are away and they’re retired. ‘I find several women grumbling at the “nothingness” in their autumn years. I’m looking forward to the time when I’ll be able to indulge in my hobby with no obligation to do anything else!’.last_img read more