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Under Armour Expands Reach in the Philippines as it opens its New Brand House at TriNoma

Regarded as the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, Under Armour (UA) is launching its fifth UA branch at Level 3 of the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City on August 12, Friday.

Its grand opening is happening on August 13, Saturday with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstars Asi Taulava and Jervy Cruz serving as special guests.  Filipino-Tongan cager Taulava or “TheRock” strutted his basketball prowess on the PBA court for 16 years in five different teams, copped the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy in 2003, and led the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters to the All-Filipino Conference title in the same year.

He represented the flag and country in international competitions as he suited up for the Philippine national team on several occasions.  He is currently the starting center of the NLEX Road Warriors.

Meanwhile, Cruz rose to prominence in the collegiate ranks when he steered the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Promised Land in 2006.  Proving that skill could topple height, Cruz managed to elevate his on-court stature as a legitimate inside threat in his first few years in the PBA, now part of the most prominent PBA team in the country, Ginebra.

Taulava and Cruz will offer a special treat to UA aficionados as both men are slated to conduct a basketball clinic on August 13 at 4 PM at the TriNoma activity center.  Aside from Taulava’s and Cruz’s free basketball workshop, UA fans will also be given a chance to unleash their inner Stephen Curry with the UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, where qualified contestants will go head-to-head by showcasing their three-point shooting skills.

In order to join the basketball clinic and UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, a single receipt purchase of at least P 2,000 from August 12 to August 13 at the UA TriNoma brand house will earn an exclusive pass to the festivities and a chance to take home awesome prizes.

UA’s TriNoma brand house, the sporting apparel’s fifth branch in the Philippines and fourth in Metro Manila, is expected to have the top–of–the–line Curry 2.5 and the highly acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2 on its shelves.  Designed for NBA’s most prolific point guard, Curry 2.5 is molded in synthetic upper that is wrapped closely around the foot for a lightweight and precise fit.

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In addition, Curry 2.5 has an external PU shell that provides durable support and structure as well as an external shank and heel counter that delivers locked-in stability through heel, arch and forefoot to maintain balance.

Follow UA Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook.

Alaska Power Camps Promote Active and Healthy Lifestyle

Per National Nutrition Survey (7th : 2008) conducted by the  Food Research Institute, at least 16 million Filipinos aged 20 and above, and about two out of 10 children are overweight. Also, undernutrition remains a public health concern affecting nearly three out 10 children. With the advent of technology, a significant change in interests and behaviors is noted among children.

These alarming concerns prompted Alaska Milk Corporation provide proper nutrition and promote an active lifestyle. Hence every summer Alaska gathers basketball, football, and volleyball enthusiasts through its Alaska Power Camps, a sports program,  which aims to encourage both girls and boys to engage in sports.  

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Through basketball, football, and volleyball, the children not only improve their talent but also acquire proper skills development and formation of the values of discipline, determination, hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Distinguished Philippine sports icons will lead the Alaska Power Camps.  First, Philippine Basketball Association legend and Alaska Aces assistant coach, Jeffrey Cariaso, will lead a team of basketball coaches.  Second, former professional football player and currently Alaska Football Power Camp project director,  and Alabang Football School, Makati Football school director, Tomas Lozano, will lead the Alaska Football Power Camp.  Third, Philippine Super Liga volleyball player and former De La Salle University Lady Spikers star volleyball player, Michele Gumabao, will lead a team of volleyball experts in teaching aspiring young girls in the Alaska Volleyball Power Camp.

Alaska continues to encourage children to go out and play by participating in various Alaska sports programs like Alaska Power Camp.  Links to visit:  Alaska Milk CorporationAlaska Milk Corporation Sports Program;  Facebook; Twitter: @playph; Instagram: @alaskaplayph.

For more information about Alaska Power Camp, please visit the following websites: basketball, football, volleyball.

For inquiries, please call 840.4500 local 205 or 209, and look for CK Kanapi-Daniolco, Sports Development Group.

Search for Alaska Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Best Basketball Players Continues in Cebu

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA by Alaska continues its search for the best basketball players in the country when it holds its second Regional Selection Camp at Don Bosco Technical School in Cebu City on March 5 to 6.

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Boys and girls join the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA all-star team. There is also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams. The all-star team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA all-stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The 2015 Jr. NBA all-stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

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The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old (born 2002 to 2006).  Interested parties may register at the venue in Ateneo de Davao University or online through www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

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“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director.

The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that three out of ten children aged 5-10 years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

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This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last January 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run until April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Cebu there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Manila on April 9-10.  The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA all-stars.

More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

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For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines, please visit Jr NBA Asia Philippines, Alaska Milk and  Alaska Power Camp Basketball.  For live updates, log on to Play  or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.

Search for Best Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Basketball Players Continued in Davao

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska continued its search for the best basketball players in the country when it conducted its second Regional Selection Camp at the Ateneo de Davao University (Grade School/High School-Matina Campus) on February 27 and 28.

Boys and girls  joined the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who became members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. There was also a search for the boys and girls coaches who would handle the two teams.  The All-Star team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

The  Alaska Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old (born on 2002 to 2006) and  one of Alaska Milk’s programs to shape, train, challenge and inspire children achieve their dreams and aspirations in life. “These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future.  This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, marketing director.

The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute revealed that three out of ten children aged five to ten years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.   The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports.

This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati last January 23.  School clinics teaching the fundamentals of basketball will run until April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Davao, there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Cebu on March 5-6 and Metro Manila on April 9-10.  The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007.  During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries. The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines please visit Junior NBA Asia, Alaska Milk and  Alaska Power Camp.

For live updates log on to www.playph.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.

Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines (9th : 2016 : Manila, Philippines)

Alaska once again brings  the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines to the country for the ninth consecutive year which will commence January 23 and culminate on April 24.   It includes skills clinics, regional selection and training camps,  and an NBA immersion opportunity.  Basketball clinics will be held in Batangas, Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Catanduanes, Cavite, Dagupan, Davao, IloIlo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa.

The Alaska Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 kicked off on January 23 at Don Bosco school in Makati with coaches presented to the young players.  Alaska Power Dancers set the energy high prior to ceremonial tip-off with a dance showdown. The special participation and exhibition of mascots Ecow of Alaska and Harry the Hawk (NBA Atlanta Hawks Team) highlighted said event.

The coaching staff and participants to the 2016 Alaska JrNBA/WNBA
The coaching staff and participants to the 2016 Alaska JrNBA/WNBA (photo / Jared Baliguat aka Running Suplado)

An NBA and WNBA player or legend will be present at the training camp to train and inspire finalists. The program will select ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA who will get to travel overseas to experience the NBA together with fellow all-stars from Southeast Asia.  Led by Jr. NBA head coaches Craig Brown and Chris Summer, and Alaska Power Camp coach Jeff Cariaso,  the search for this year’s Jr. NBA Coach of the Year will start on January 22.

The program is free and open to boys and girls 10-14 years old. Coaches and participants can register online where the program terms and conditions are found.

Young participants at tip-off event held at Don Bosco school in Makati
Young participants during the tip-off event held at Don Bosco school in Makati (photo / Jared Baliguat aka Running Suplado)

Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and Twitter.  Access NBA for details. To learn more about  Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com.

New Under Armour Basketball Signature Shoe Curry Two Launched

National Basketball Association superstar Stephen Curry and Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx teamed up to launch the highly acclaimed Curry Two shoe from Under Armour (UA).

The first basketball shoe to feature a full-length Charged Cushioning midsole unit and a UA SpeedForm seamless upper, the Curry Two was first unveiled by Curry during his Asian tour on the UA Road Show on September 6 in Shanghai, China, and was made available at retail globally on October 2015.  

The new spot, created by award-winning agency Droga5 and entitled, “Flash,” illuminates Curry’s unparalleled skill set, which continues to transform the game of basketball.

Foxx provides a narrative that questions, “How long does it take to change the game of basketball?” The emphatic response is, “.4 seconds,” which is the amount of time it takes for Curry to release a shot, the fastest ever measured.  Amidst explosions of light, sparks and smoke, Curry unleashes an array of moves in an explosive sequence, as Foxx narrates his journey to the top and his lasting effect on the sport.   

“Stephen is a generational talent and through hard work and self-belief he’s doing things on a basketball court that is impacting how the game is played, coached and seen by fans throughout the world,” said UA global brand and sports marketing vice president Peter Murray. “This new story, featuring Stephen in the new Curry Two, showcases his dynamic skill set which is inspiring a new generation of basketball players to challenge the foundation of the game and lead the new era of basketball.”  

The spot features the Iron Sharpens Iron Curry Two, the lead colourway of Stephen’s second signature shoe. Inspired by Stephen’s relentless commitment and dedication to make his teammates better through his play and leadership, the Iron Sharpens Iron Curry Two features a grey upper with a back layer of yellow that pops through perforated patterning, as well as a midsole with orange to yellow fade that incorporates detailed speckles to represent the forging of metal. Stephen’s motto, “Make My Teammates Better,” serves as the foundation for how Stephen mentally approaches the game of basketball.

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Created with a full-length Charged Cushioning midsole unit and a UA SpeedForm seamless upper, the Curry Two is engineered for basketball’s next great game changer.   “The first time I put my foot in the Curry Two, I knew having Charged Cushioning through the whole shoe would be a performance difference-maker,” said Curry.  “I’ve been wearing the Curry Two all summer in my workouts, and I’m excited that the design and performance of the shoe will not just enhance my game, but it will provide all basketball players with real innovation that works.”   

The full-length Charged Cushioning Charged Cushioning® System unit in the midsole absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst to enhance Stephen’s first-step and change of direction.    

The UA SpeedForm® Technology  upper moulds precisely to Stephen’s foot, providing free range of motion and strategic stability so he can stop and go, cut and change speed without restrictions. The perforated engineering in the UA SpeedForm keeps the Curry Two lightweight with durable breathability.

The Curry Two’s external heel counter also locks in the foot and eliminates sliding for a secure fit. The rubber outsole with an organic herringbone traction pattern offers supreme underfoot control and multi-directional grip of the court. External shanks in the arch and forefoot provide midfoot and lateral stability.  A high abrasion skin on the toe tip increases durability to support Stephen’s quickness and change of pace.

In the Curry Two, Stephen has freedom of movement, responsive cushioning and strategic stability,” says UA design, footwear and accessories vice president Dave Dombrow. “What makes Stephen great is that he plays the game like no one we’ve ever seen, and at any moment he’s going to do something on the court we didn’t think possible.  We drew from that to build him a shoe that allows him to play untethered and unpredictable, while staying in complete control of his every movement and speed.”  

You can check Iron Sharpens Iron Curry Two at the UA Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall, UP Town centre and at selected stores of Tobys, Titan, Olympic Village and Planet Sports.   Additional colour ways will be released over the rest of the quarter till Christmas.  

Join in on the conversation by following@UABasketball on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, @underarmourph on Instagram, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

Gatorade and Michael Jordan Celebrate 23 Years of Be Like Mike

As we sweat heavily during intense training and workout, we lose two important minerals (sodium and potassium), which Gatorade provides.  

Twenty-three years ago, Gatorade launched the Be Like Mike campaign in honor of one of the great athletes, Michael Jordan, whose name is associated with basketball and the jersey number “23”.  Gatorade cemented Jordan’s niche as a sports legend when the campaign became a hit in 1992.

This enduring and historic partnership of sports excellence and legacy still continue today.  To celebrate this milestone, Gatorade recently released a digitally remastered version of the iconic television commercial, a timely move since it also coincides with Gatorade’s 50th anniversary.  You can view the remastered Be Like Mike video from Gatorade Philippines’ YouTube channel.  

As part of its celebration, Gatorade  is inviting netizens to send photos or videos showing how they can Be Like Mike and use #BeLikeMike as hashtag.  The most creative post will win special Be Like Mike premium items. 

The long-standing partnership with Jordan reiterates Gatorade’s niche as the top-of-mind sports drink for the world’s finest athlete,”according to PepsiCo Philippines marketing manager for hydration.  As the most researched sports drink in the world, with more than 50 years of scientific and athletic testing to back it up, Gatorade has demonstrated its effectiveness in fueling sports excellence,” Atayde added.  Just as Gatorade was there with Jordan through all his victories, the brand is here for today’s new breed of athletes who want to make their own mark in sports history.  

Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippine All Stars Experience (2014 : Beijing, China)

Presented by Alaska, the Philippine All-Star teams of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA, together with Jr. NBA All-Star teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, went to Beijing on October 12-16 for a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.

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The 2014 Philippine All-Star teams of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA

The team also got to play a friendly game at the Yao Ming School and meet basketball legend Yao Ming himself before attending the NBA Beijing Global Games.

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Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippine All-Stars conquered Beijing, China for the 2014 NBA Experience

The team visited historic sites such as the famous Juyongguan Great Wall and the Forbidden City.  In 2015, another batch will get the opportunity to be the next Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All Stars participants.

For more information on Jr. NBA Philippines:
visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines

Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit:
www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball

For live Twitter updates, follow:
@ALASKAsportshub