A Wheeler’s Opinion: The Narvasa Removal: Will it Happen?

Here’s why it can happen and why it will not happen

Due to his approval of the Kia-SMB trade, Chito Narvasa’s days in office are numbered? (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
The weather here in Quezon City is gloomy and so is the future of Chito Narvasa as PBA Commissioner. Why?

Here’s why:

Rumor has it that the majority bloc in the PBA Board, led by the teams under the MVP Group, is currently on the move to out the good PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. 
Why? 
Let’s face it, folks, when Mr. Narasvasa approved arguably one of the most questionable and equally one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the PBA, the one involving the Kia Picanto sending the rights to pick Christian Standhardinger on draft night to the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for bench players, future picks and cash. 
Question: Was it lopsided? Definitely. Questionable? Indeed. 
So why did Mr. Narvasa approve deal despite concerns from the PBA teams? Simple: there was nothing wrong with the trade if you were San Miguel. There was nothing really wrong especially after both teams submitted a 3rd revised version of the deal which sealed Narvasa’s approval.
Now, that decision by Mr. Narvasa not only changed the balance in the league as San Miguel gets to have Standhardinger team-up with 4-time MVP June Mar Fajardo but also angered the majority of the team owners who now, want him out of office.  
And if you remember just a few days ago, Talk N Text blasted Narvasa for divulging the information to the media, stating that it was actually Magnum Membrere, a team official of TNT, who filed Standhardinger’s draft application on the latter’s behalf. TNT, in a statement, called the move made by the good commissioner, biased. Given that TNT is under the MVP Group, it came as no surprise that it’s now leading the move to remove Narvasa.

Question: Will it Happen?





Yes. Provided…

Here’s the catch, folks. Removing Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner can be done as long as you have the support of the majority of the team owners. Now, there are 12 teams in the league. Get 7 from those teams and Chito Narvasa’s stint will be done in no time.
Now, according to league insiders, the MVP Group has already found supporters in Alaska’s Wilfred Uytengsu and Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy. 
Additionally, sources are now saying that both Rain or Shine and Phoenix are backing the move so that’s 7 against 5. They are said to agree to call a board meeting tomorrow to finally decide whether or not Chito  Narvasa will go on as commissioner. 

Nope 

Why? Simple. According to league insiders, Chito Narvasa still has the support of the three teams playing under the San Miguel Corp block as well as SMC ally, GlobalPort, and Kia, of course. These teams firmly believe that 5 votes are enough to keep Narvasa in office thanks to the gray area in the league’s by-laws.

Conclusion

Even though the move to oust PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa falters should it happen tomorrow, this pundit on wheels firmly believes that Mr. Narvasa won’t last long in office because he has lost the trust and confidence of the majority of the team owners. Now, it all depends on the outcome of tomorrow’s board meeting but one thing is certain if we are to believe a league insider: Chito Narvasa won’t have a full 1-year extension.

Jr NBA and Alaska Coaches in Town Again to Find Local Basketball Talents

FIRST REGIONAL SELECTION CAMP OF JR. NBA PHILIPPINES 2017 PRESENTED BY ALASKA RETURNS TO CDO FEB. 11-12




Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska opens the second phase of its program, the Regional Selection Camp, in Cagayan de Oro this weekend. Young cagers in Mindanao aged 10-14 years old are invited to attend the two-day camp on February 11 and 12 at  Xavier University, Corrales Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration and participation are absolutely free. On the first day, participants undergo vitals tests and skills challenges where their scores in vitals tests and individual skills challenges will determine if they will return the following day to undergo more basketball drills and team exercises. On the second day, the remaining participants undergo team drills and get to show off their team and individual skills in the final scrimmages. The top performers in the camp will be selected to represent the region in the National Training Camp that will be held in Manila on May 12-14, 2017.
The Camp will be run by Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA Coach Craig Brown together with other Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA coaches from presenting partner Alaska.
Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 are encouraged to take advantage of the NBA’s international youth development program where they can learn not only the proper basketball skills but also the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA S.T.A.R values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.
The camp will give participants the chance to join a learn-and-achieve camp that will test their physical and basketball smarts through vitals tests, NBA style skills tests and basketball drills.
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp is the third phase of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program where eight Jr. NBA and eight Jr. WNBA All-Stars will be chosen from among the top participants in the regional selection camps. They will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later this year.
After Cagayan de Oro, the Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camps will next go to Lucena on February 25-26, Cebu (March 11-12) and Manila (April 1-2).
Young ballers can register for the Regional Selection Camps through the Jr. NBA event website www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where full program terms and conditions can be found.

For more information, please visit Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska facebook page www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines

PBA: Rain or Shine defeats Alaska, You won’t believe the highest scorer (Box Score)

PBA: Rain or Shine defeats Alaska, You won't believe the highest scorer
Rain or Shine took game 1 of the best of seven series of the 2016 PBA commissioner’s cup finals with the help from  a man who have been struggling to find his rhythm until now. It’s the perfect time to get hot for Paul Lee as he carried his team to a game 1 victory against the resilient Alaska Aces

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 105 – Lee 20, Cruz 18, Belga 15, Norwood 11, Ahanmisi 8, Ponferada 7, Henderson-Niles 6, Almazan 4, Quinahan 4, Tiu 4, Chan 3, Ibanes 3, Trollano 2.
ALASKA 97 – Dozier 41, Baguio 14, Baclao 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 9, Jazul 5, Dela Rosa 4, Hontiveros 3, Thoss 2, Exciminiano 0.
Quarters: 29-25, 51-46, 74-77, 105-97

Presenting the Alaska’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars 2016

After weeks and months of conducting Alaska Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Regional Selection to pick the best of the best from Baguio, Davao, Cebu and Manila, the top 50 boys and 24 girls from each regions were advanced to the final selection stage in National Training Camp at The Don Bosco  Makati on April 22-24.  During the 3 days, they were individually scored on how they play and how they applied what they have learned.  In the morning of day 3, twenty girls and 20 boys were chosen and grouped to play the final game.  And after the Adrenaline-boosted game, 10 boys and 5 girls were chosen to be the Alaska Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars 2015.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS:
FEMALE ALL-STAR
  1. CEBU – Darlene Regasajo
  2. CEBU – Florence Jil Talas
  3. MANILA – Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino
  4. DAVAO – Rozie Amatong
  5. DAVAO – Aloha Marie Betanio
MALE ALL-STARS
  1. POWERCAMP – Julian Alfonso Jugo
  2. CEBU – Fritz Felix Valencia
  3. CEBU – Harold Alarcon
  4. POWERCAMP – Isaiah Miguel Blanco (son of Dondon Hontiveros)
  5. BAGUIO – Ric Ozner Gatuz
  6. MANILA – Andrei Philip Lechoncito
  7. CEBU – Tracy Carl Dadang
  8. MANILA – Jearico Nunez
  9. MANILA – Miguel Rey Luis Tan
  10. MANILA – Kai Zachary Sotto (son of Ervin Sotto)
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.
Special awards were also given to boys and girls who exude exemplary characteristics.  Top male and female coaches were also picked. 
Here is the complete list:
COACHES OF THE YEAR:
FEMALE:
PASIG – Arayi Ewon
MALE:
DAVAO – Elegino Chollo
RISING STAR:
FEMALE:  Carly Monreal
MALE:  Victorino Torres III
HUSTLE AWARD:
FEMALE:  Kate Buenaventura
MALE:  Jericho Ross Paglinawan
ALL-STAR PLAYER OF THE GAME
FEMALE:  Aloha Marie Betanio
MALE:  Tracy Carl Dadang
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD:
FEMALE:  Imee Claire Matas
MALE:  Alfonso Candari
ALASKA AMBASSADOR:
FEMALE:  Rozie Amatong
MALE:  Julian Alfonso Jugo
NTC MVP:
FEMALE:  Florence Jil Talas
MALE:  Kai Zachary Sotto
More than 36,00 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007.  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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Newest All-Stars of JR. NBA and JR. WNBA Philippines 2016

NEWEST ALL-STARS ANNOUNCED AT NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP OF
JR. NBA/JR. WNBA PHILIPPINES 2016 PRESENTED BY ALASKA
Ten boys and five girls—comprised of players from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao—were selected as Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars during the last day of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on April 24.
Bacolod City is represented by Fritz Felix Valencia and Harold Alarcon of Taytung High School and Andrei Philip Lechoncito of St. John’s Institute while Cebu and Baguio City are represented by Tracy Carl Dadang of University of San Carlos and Ric Ozner Gatuz of Cherished Moment School respectively.  Jearic Nuñez of University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA, Miguel Roy Luis Tan of Xavier School, Kai Zachary Sotto of St. Francis of Assisi School, Julian Alfonso Jugo and Isaiah Miguel Blanco of La Salle Greenhills are the Manila contingent completing the ten Jr. NBA All-Stars.
The Jr. WNBA All-Stars are composed of Florence Jill Talas and Darlene Regasajo of Abellana National High School in Cebu, Rozie Amatong of Modern International Learning Center in Davao, Aloha Marie Betanio of Malaybalay Corpus Christi School in Bukidnon, and Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino of Dalig National High School in Antipolo.
The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches fundamental skills, builds character, and promotes active lifestyles of Filipinos nationwide. In its ninth year, 2-time NBA Champion Norris Cole and WNBA Legend Taj McWilliams-Franklin joined Jr. NBA Coaches Craig Brown and Jeffrey Cariaso in training and working with the young campers at Don Bosco Technical Insitute Gym in Makati.
After three days of experiencing world class basketball instruction, the 10 Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars will be rewarded with a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later this year.  The program will also feature the selections of the 2016 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Coaches of the Year—Ewon Arayi of Magis Academy in Antipolo and Elegino Chollo of Ateneo de Davao—who will also join the experience trip.
The 2016 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines All-Stars were chosen from a group of 50 boys and 24 girls ages 10-14 from Regional Selection Camps in Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Manila and the Alaska Power Camp this year.  Highlighting the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 program was Kai Zachary Sotto and Rozie Amatong who were named as the camp’s Most Valuable Players.  In addition, the National Training Camp showcased the fourth edition of the Jr. NBA All-Star alumni game and the first Jr. WNBA All-Star 3×3 exhibition.
For more information, fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.  For all things NBA, fans can visit www.nba.com, like the NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/philsnba and follow www.twitter.com/nba_philippines on Twitter.
To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 All-Stars and Coaches of the Year with NBA and Alaska officials. (L-R) Front Row : Blen Fernando, Alaska VP for Marketing, Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Chollo Alegino, Cecilia Quilenderino, Rozie Amatong, Aloja Betanio, Darlene Regasajo, Jill Talas, Harold Alarcon and Tracy Dadang; Scond Row : E Cow, Jeffrey Cariaso, Norris Cole of the New Orleans Pelicans, Miguel Roy Tan, Jearico Nunez, Andrei Lechoncito, Fritz Valencia, Julian Jugo, Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Head Coach Craig Brown, Ric Ozner Gatuz, Isaiah Blanco, Jr. WNBACoach of the Year Ewon Arayi, Kai Sotto, NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson and Taj McWilliams-Franklin, WNBA Legend.
 Jr. WNBA Final Scrimmage. Jr. WNBA All-Star and Camp MVP Florence Jill Talas (right) anticipates the action.
Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA coaches Norris Cole and Melissa Jacob wish the Girls’ Purple Team good luck in the final scrimmage.
SJ Belangel of the Ateneo Bkue Eaglets runs with RK Ilagan of the San Sebastian Staglets in this piece of action during the Jr. NBA All-Stars Alumni Game.
13-year old Kai Sotto, 6’9, easily does a lay-up.

Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search for best basketball players’ continues in Manila

The lucky boys and girls who will represent Manila at the National Training Camp on April 23-24

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska continues its search for the best basketball players in the country when it held its last Regional Selection Camp at the Don Bosco Institute, Makati last April 9 and 10.
Boys and girls joined 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 boy and girl coaches who will handle the two teams.

Here is the list of the qualified participants for the NTC:
Girls (8)
Dianne Camille Nolasco
Lalaine Gonzales
Carley Monreal
Lindsey Nacional
Magda Lioui Flores
Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino
Princess Marie Villarin
Jonalyn Bongalos
Boys (16)
Mark Glenn Gabon
Luis Gabriel Aguila
Anjelo Raphael Argente
Jhondhel Austria
Jearico Nunez
Kai Zachary Sotto
Andrei Philip Lechoncito
Mark Nicole Lucban
Reich Randell Villegas
Prince Junnel De Belen
Pauloh Villarin
Patrick Lance Inting
Jericho Ross Paglinawan
Miguel Rey Luis Tan
Devon Dein Diez
Russel Ducanes

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 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to 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 (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.
This year’s program started with the tip-off at in the same venue last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run in 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 Manila, the Regional Selection Camps were also held at Davao City, Cebu City and Baguio City.  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 presented by Alaska please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, http://www.alaskamilk.com, and   http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball.  For live updates log on to www.alaskaplayph.com follow us on FB, IG and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.
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Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search for best basketball players continues in Cebu

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented 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 and 6.
Boys and girls may 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.
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 http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines.    
The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to 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 (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.
This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 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. 

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, http://www.alaskamilk.com, and   http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball.  For live updates log on to www.playph.com follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.
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Alaska Ironkids 2016 in Subic

Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.
Last March 5, 2016 at Subic Bay Alaska Ironkids Triathlon series was held.  Children ages 6-14 years old compete with different categories (6-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, and 13-14 years old).
Once again, the Borlain sisters ruled the Ironkids with Samantha first place at age 13-14 years old category, Tara first place at 11-12 years old category and Chezka is also first place at 6-8 years old categories.
RACE RESULTS
6-7 years old
MALE
1st place – Connor Hodges
2nd place – Gabriel Gaw
3rd place – Ythanmathew Orellana
FEMALE
1st place – Franchezka Borlain
2nd place – Zurielle Kenzie Galo
3rd place – Kyle Enialle Toledana
9-10 years old
MALE
1st place – Mark Grist
2nd place – Juan Miguel Tayag
3rd place – Michael Gabriel Lozada
FEMALE
1st place – Kira Ellis
2nd place – Ana Maria Mempin
3rd place – Justicia Marie Earl Tan
11-12 years old
MALE
1st place – Zedrick James Borja
2nd place – Eric Almendral
3rd place – Johann Carlos Manubay
FEMALE
1st place – Tara Borlain
2nd place – Micaella Barlin
3rd place – Alison Ann Noble
13-14 years old
MALE
1st place – Juan Francisco Baniqued
2nd place -Joe Bernared Sarmiento
3rd place – Joshua Alexander Ramos
FEMALE
1st place – Samantha Borlain
2nd place – Everly Janarie Macalalad
3rd place – Pia Francesca Sarez
Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork.

For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit www.ironkidsphil.com; Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com; and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub & #AlaskaIronkids.

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Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search for best basketball players’ starts in Baguio

The Selected Players to join in National Training Camp in Manila.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska starts its search for the best basketball players in the country when it holds its first Regional Selection Camp at the Benguet State University, Baguio on Feb. 20 and 21.

Boys and girls may 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 on an 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 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 Benguet State University in Baguio or online through http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines.    

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to 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 (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.
This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run in 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 Baguio there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Davao (Feb. 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 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 presented by Alaska please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, http://www.alaskamilk.com, and   http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball.  For live updates log on to www.playph.com follow us on FB, IG and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.

TOP 10 Winningest PBA Franchise

Let’s take a look on the top 10 winningest franchise in Asia’s first pay-for-play league.The most historic team, the San Miguel Beermen are currently at no. 1 with 22 titles. 


Here’s the list of TOP 10 winningest franchise in PBA:

FRANCHISE
TITLES
2ND
3RD
TOTAL
LAST CHAMPIONSHIP
San Miguel
22
    14
13
49
2015-2016 Philippine 
Alaska
       14     15     12        41    2013 Commissioner’s
Purefoods
13
    14
1
28
2014 Governors’
Crispa
13
     7
4
24
1984 First All-Filipino
Toyota
9
     9      3        21              1982 Open
Ginebra 
8
    13
    11        32              2008 Fieta
Talk ‘N Text
7
     9
     5        21    2015 Commissioner’s
Great Taste
        6      4      4        14       1990 All-Filipino
Shell
4
     5
6
15
1999 All-Filipino 
Swift/Sunkist 
4
     3
7
       14     1995 Commissioner’s

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6,150 young athletes compete at the 20th Alaska Football Cup Championship

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(Manila, Philippines) 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 6,150 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 Football 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-a-side 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 instills 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 launched 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 healthy diet, and 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.

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

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