Wanna be like Kobe or Kieffer?

2 Feb

 

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The Alumni Gallery is always a favourite feature at Jr NBA/Jr WNBA events. I always see ballers, coaches and parents avidly looking at faces and reading through stats and updates on the favourite alumni.

This wall represents the hopes and dreams of each and every baller who joins the Jr NBA/Jr WNBA program. Notable alumni are Kieffer Ravena and Kobe Paras but recent alumni – boys and girls – are acquitting themselves quite well, too. A number of them – boys and girls – have found places in UAAP and NCAA teams.

But beyond ball handling skills and court savvy joining this program train ballers to be “…confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future,” said Alaska Marketing Director Blen Fernando. Participants walk away with a firm grasp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA S.T.A.R. Values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, (a positive) Attitude and Respect.

So ballers between the ages of 10-14, register now! Coaches and participants can now register online at http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found. This free program is open to boys and girls.

The program includes :

Skills clinics : Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa, Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite

Select players form these clinics will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in tryouts during the Regional Selection Camps.

Regional Selection Camps
Baguio : February 20-21
Davao : February 27-28
Cebu : March 5-6
Metro Manila : April 9-10

The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the National Training Camp.

National Training Camp
Manila : April 22-24.

 

Jr NBA/ Jr WNBA Philippines 2016 opens

2 Feb
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The 2016 Jr. NBA and Jr. NBA tip off was held last January 23, 2016.

 

The Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska returns to the Philippines for the ninth consecutive year from January 23-April 24.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, 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. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries. This program is free and open to boys and girls between the ages of 10-14.

“The Jr. NBA Philippines is the league’s longest-running youth basketball program outside the United States,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. “The program continues to positively impact the lives of children, parents, and coaches, and reinforces the positive values that go beyond the four corners of the court. Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing world-class basketball instruction to more communities to further our mission of encouraging an active lifestyle among Filipino youth.”

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska is comprised of four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip. The skills clinics will be held nationwide from January through April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa, and first-time locations in Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite. Select players from these clinics will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in tryouts during the Regional Selection Camps, which will be held in Baguio (February 20-21), Davao (February 27-28), Cebu (March 5-6) and Metro Manila (April 9-10). The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the National Training Camp in Manila April 22-24.

An NBA and WNBA player or legend will be in attendance at the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars who will travel on an overseas NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia. 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.

Through the promotion of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska continues to be an effective platform in implementing Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished children in the Philippines.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program is free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14. Coaches and participants can now register online at http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.

Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines. For all things NBA, visit http://www.nba.com and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/philsnba) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nba_philippines).

SMDC Run in-store registration opens today

8 Jan

  
Leading real estate property developer SM Development Corporation will host the very first SMDC Run on Feb 28 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex. 

This much anticipated race aims to bring the SMDC community together – partners, employees, the general public and most especially the homeowners — to run as one in promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle.

 Runners will be acquainted with SMDC developments within the MOA Complex and the continuous development happening in the area. To date, SMDC showcases 4 condominium developments within the Mall of Asia Complex namely Sea Residences, Shell Residences, Shore Residences and the recently launched Shore 2 Residences.

 Online registration : December 4, 2015 via the official takbo.ph website 

In-store registration : January 8 – February 21 at Chris Sports outlets : SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM BF, Glorietta, Market Market

 Event Categories and race fees are

5K Php 600

10K Php 700

21K Php 950

Yes, reg for Nutrilite Health Run 2016 is only Php350

6 Jan

AMWAY Philippines will hold the NUTRILITE HEALTH RUN 2016 series this January and February 2016.

  RACE DATESJanuary 24, 2016 -SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City

February 14, 2016 – ADC CDO Perla Compania De Seguros Bldg., Don Apolinar Velez St., Cagayan De Oro City

February 21, 2016 – ADC Davao Unit A Lim Bldg., cor. Quimpo Blvd. and Tulip Drive Ecoland, Matina, Davao City


REGISTRATION FEE
: PHP 350 inclusive of a shirt, race bib and car sticker

REGISTRATION SITES: AMWAY Distribution Centers:

Makati – G/F Ace Building, Rada St., Legaspi Vill. Makati City / Tel No.: (02) 893-0571 / 840-2209 

Mandaluyong – Unit 3 Mayflower Building, 88 United St., Greenfield District Mandaluyong City / Tel. No.: (02)475-8255

Davao

Cagayan de Oro 

Runnr Store – BGC and Trinoma 

Toby’s Sports – SM MOA

Fitness First – SM MOA

  REGISTRATION PROMOS

5+1 RUNNERS PROMO. Get ONE (1) Nutrilite Health Run Race Kit for FREE when you register together with your FIVE (5) friends (ABO or Non-ABO)

DOUBLE X DOUBLE UP PROMO. Get ONE (1) Nutrilite Double X 6-Day Foil Pack for FREE when you sponsor a new ABO and activate with P1,500 worth of Nutrilite products. Promo Period is until February 28, 2016 only. Promo is on while supplies last basis only

RACE FINISHERS WILL GET: Nutrilite Drawstring Bag, Nutrilite Pen, FREE sign-up for non-Amway Business Owners and PHP500 Gift Voucher for ABO Finishers

RAFFLE PRIZES: PHP 10,000 product coupon, iPad Mini, iPod Touch and Consolation prizes.

RACE ROUTE

 

 
  
 
 

20th Alaska Football Cup gathered more than 6,000 players nationwide

6 Jan

  (Manila, Philippines) The biggest football tournament in the country was held at the Alabang Country Club after Alaska Milk celebrated two decades of commitment to the world’s most popular sport with the holding of the 20th Alaska Football Cup at the Alabang Country Club last weekend.

Alaska Milk President and CEO Wilfred Uytengsu said it was a privilege to hold the biggest and most successful grassroots-development program in the local football scene even as he recalled the tournament’s modest start.
“In 1996, we had 350 players and 25 teams. Today in our 20th anniversary, we held a three-day event in 26 football fields with 6,150 players in 410 teams. In those 20 years we’ve had 12,159 teams of over 58,000 players play 13,800 games with over 40,000 goals scored. We’ve come a long way,” said Uytengsu.

The Alaska CEO praised the dedication of tournament organizer Tomas Lozano and his role in not only growing the tournament but also in discovering some of the best football players in the country who eventually went on to play in the Azkals national football team.

“Over these 20 years we’ve also had the opportunity to have some really fantastic players participate in the event. We are proud to say that many in the ranks of the Azkals have come through the Alaska Cup including Ali Borromeo, Roel Gener Chieffy Caligdong and Amani Aguinaldo,” said Uytengsu.

Alaska Milk encourages sports engagement, as it instills positive values during the early stages of a child’s life.

“Alaska Football Cup is more than just discovering elite players. It’s about promoting teamwork, commitment and dedication. We hope that as players you will keep those characteristics in mind. It’s a privilege to be here to open the 20th Alaska Cup,” said Uytengsu.    

20 years ago, Alaska Milk just wanted something for children that will complement the basketball program and it became bigger and bigger over time. Alaska Football Cup is the country’s biggest football event for young athletes which attracted players of all ages, from as young as six years old. They gathered in one venue to participate in one of the longest-running and most successful grassroots-development programs in the local football scene.

The Alaska Football Cup is the highly anticipated annual football tournament for today’s young athletes with school teams and football clubs from all over the Philippines including Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila participating.

Football provides an active alternative for children in place of passive activities such as watching television, surfing the Internet, or spending too much time on social media. The National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) reported that health issues are best addressed by adopting an active lifestyle along with healthy diet, and regular drinking of milk, at least twice daily.

Participating in a sport develops the athletic and social skills of participants through healthy competition among the same age group, while it boosts physical and mental development. Furthermore, engaging in sports instills the values of determination, discipline, hardwork, teamwork and sportsmanship.

If you want to become an athlete too, join Alaska’s sports programs – NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.

For general information about Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com. For general information about the 20th Alaska Football Cup visit www.alaskapowercamp.com/football; Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PlayPH for updates.

4 tips to nail the 2016 savings challenge

23 Dec

2015 Savings Challenge was a success! And I am ready for 2016. I’m going to be a little bit conservative this year and opt for 10pesos increment. Also as I learned from last year, rather than putting aside money weekly, I will treat my 2016 #savingschallenge as an expense and put it aside every payday.

Read on for my 2015 experience and tips on how you too can take on the challenge.

2016 Savings Challenge

TIP NUMBER 1 : Do it with friends. It is more fun plus they can keep you motivated and accountable.  Last year, I saw the #savingschallenge posts on Facebook. It was intriguing and I wanted to try it. But since it was much more fun with friends, I invited Mara and Lalaine to do it with me. They were game and as an incentive, I got coin banks for us and even jazzed it up.

And we are doing the #savingchallenge #minniemouse

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Jan 5, 2015 at 5:11pm PST

 

TIP NUMBER 2 : Find your number. It is important to first determine how much can you realistically and sustainably put aside regularly. Do the math. For me this was a matter of trimming excess (yes … coffee) and finding little ways to save (walking to work, bringing in home-cooked lunch). And the ending total, is great Christmas 2016 play money. If you have a big ticket item goal, you might want to go higher than 10peso increments but still … do your math! Will you still have enough money for transport or lunch with that savings challenge increment?

TIP NUMBER 3 : Make it an expense. After you know your number, COMMIT and make it an expense. Last year, I learned that I am able to do this better if I put it aside every pay day.  I found it easier to control. It is sometimes hard to find a bit of extra for the coin bank. But if you have put is aside already, no problem.

TIP NUMBER 4 : Use a coin bank or not. I personally like coin banks and mine is really cute! haha. And if you are new to saving, this is a good way to form a habit. I read in JamesClear.com that there are 3Rs in habit change. Keep this in in mind: REMINDER (Every pay day), ROUTINE (put money in the coin bank) and REWARD (and feel a sense of accomplishment). And the pay off when you count at the end of the year… Priceless! You can even buddy up and ask a friend (a friend you can trust, okay) to be responsible for your coin bank. We put ours in the boss’ cabinet. Safe, secure…even from us. And I think, he even put in coins in there for us.

Or open another account and deposit it every pay day. Opt for online banking though because over the counter will be counterproductive.

Yey we completed the #savingschallenge now time to check for old bills that we need to get changed

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Dec 13, 2015 at 5:19pm PST

 

Good luck and merry Christmas!
Oh and I think I will take on another challenge as well this 2016. I completed it a few years back and I want to do it again. So are you up for a 1000KM Challenge? I start running for on 1 January 2016. Tara?

Bedweather = 1; Bards = 1

17 Dec

  
Today, I am victorious. Yesterday was a bust. The rain, my blanket and pillows won. But today, when the alarm went off I was determined. I broke free and laced up.

I’m thinking of that finish line I want to cross with my target tme. I’m thinking of all the calories I will consume and will need to burn. I am thinking of days of future past when once again things will be back to what it once was. 

I am enjoying this glorious sunrise,

It’s Monday already in my part of the world

14 Dec

  
Can’t deny it. Can’t stop it. Can’t ignore it. 

It’s MONDAY! 

Time to RECOMMIT to our GOALS.
Mine? Run x3. 

What’s yours?

i didn’t get the memo

13 Dec

  
About half a kilometer from the house is a new AyalaLand development. Like BGC circa 2007, Circuit is a nice place to run. Plenty of construction going on but no cars yet. 

It is a nice new playground.

The walk to and from the it was also good for warm-up and cooldown. I just need to find sidestreets instead of walking along Chino Roces. Walking there this morning was a bit interesting. I walked beside a man chugging Tanduay rum straight from the bottle, not that walking and pouring his drink to a shotglass would have made me more comfortable. I crossed to the other side of the street. On the other side, a man at a corner cheerfully greeted me good morning and raised his bottle of Red Horse beer.

I think I didn’t get the memo. This must be start the day right with a bit of a tipple day.

The run was great though. Tipplers aside will be going back to the Circuit.

2015 Alaska Football Challenge

7 Dec

Last November 29, I had the opportunity to witness the 20th Alaska Football Challenge. For 3 days, a total of 6150 young footballers  converged and played in over 20 pitches at the Alabang Country Club in Ayala Alabang Village.

Walking around the field and hearing the players and their supporters, I realised that they came different provinces came to represent and pit their skills with other clubs.

It was a very festive occasion, filled with a lot of banters, laughters and cheering. But behind the smiles and abundant energy, I could sense focus, dedication and drive of these young ballers. It was not just a game, it was a challenge, the Alaska Football Challenge.  

He looks at the pitch with determination. His coach can be heard telling him to watch closely and apply what he sees in their upcoming game.

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There were a lot of teams in the field but one team caught my eyes. I was wandering around checking out matches when from a far I see a team doing drills and chanting (turns out they were echoing their coaches commands) and of course them being kids, a lot of laughter and giggles, too. While the other teams were sitting around, playing or watching the games and this one team was stretching and warming up in earnest for their upcoming game. There was play but you can see their focus and determination. This team had it. Click here and here to see where their focus and determination has brought them. 

Hey, Don Bosco Alabang show me your GameFace!

 

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Celebrating two decades of an active, healthy lifestyle
6150 young athletes compete at the 20th Alaska Football Cup Championship
 
Two decades of commitment with the world’s most popular sport, Alaska Milk holds the 20th Alaska Football Cup at the Alabang Country Club in Ayala Alabang Village for a three-day event on November 28-30.The biggest football event for young athletes attracted players of all ages, from as young as six years old. They have gathered in one venue to participate in one of the longest-running and most successful grassroots-development programs in the local football scene.
 
“This marks another monumental event for Alaska. We have 410 teams and a total of 6150 football players together in one venue, all united by their love for football,” shares Wilfred Uytengsu, President and Ceo of Alaska Milk corporation. “It is of great pride to witness how the Alaska Sports Program has engaged young athletes into this kind of culture, and how they live by the values inherent in sports,” he further adds.
 

The Alaska Footbal Cup is one of the highly anticipated annual football tournament for today’s young athletes. The weekend event will be played with  more than 800 seven-aside games in 29 football fields and officiated by over 168 game officials.School teams and football clubs from all over the Philippines including Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila will participate.

Alaska on developing the child’s “winning form”
Alaska Milk encourages sports engagement, as it instils the values of determination, discipline, hard work, team work and sportsmanship during the early stages of a child’s life. Participation in sports like football helps them achieve the “winning form”, which has been Alaska’s goal for children since it launches its first football cup tournament in 1995.

Football provides an active alternative for children in place of passive activities such as watching television, surfing the internet, or spending too much time on social media. The National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) reported that health issues are best addressed by adopting an active lifestyle along with a healthy diet, regular drinking of milk, at least twice daily.

Sports tournament like this develops the athletic and social skills of participants through healthy competition among the same age group, while it boosts physical and mental development.

Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs – NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION

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