2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars Join the NBA Experience in Shanghai


The 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars with Coaches of the Year.

The 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars with Coaches of the Year.

The rigorous training and selection process during the Regional Selection Camps and National Training Camp were really worth the pain and effort as the 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars and Coaches of the Year fly to Shanghai, China, for an all-expense paid trip for the NBA Experience.

Five girls and ten boys who made the cut went through a tough three day selection phase during the Jr. NBA-WNBA National Training Camp presented by Alaska held at the SM MOA Music Hall last April 24, 2016.

The NBA Experience is a reward to those who have persevered, those who are determined, and those who embody the STAR values (Sportsmanship, Teamwork, A positive Attitude and Respect) of Jr. NBA-WNBA program, which are aligned with the “Nutrion. Action. Champion.” campaign of Alaska Milk Coporation.

The Jr. WNBA Philippine All Stars include Darliene Ragasajo and Florence Jil Talas from Cebu, Rozie Amatong from Davao City, Aloha Marie Betanio from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, and Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino from Antipolo City.

The Jr. NBA Philippine All Stars include Tracy Carl Dadang from Cebu, Fritz Felix Valencia from Bacolod City, Harold Alarcon from Silay City in Negros Occidental, Riz Ozner Gatus from Pangasinan, Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan, Kai Zachary Sotto, Julian Jugo and Isaiah Miguel Blanco from Manila. Julian Jugo and Isaiah Blanco are both returning campers as they joined last year but didn’t make the cut. They also trained at the Alaska Basketball Powercamp.

Joining the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars are Coaches of the Year Arayi Ewon and Elegino Chollo.

2016 Jr. WNBA Philippine All Stars

2016 Jr. WNBA Philippine All Stars

When asked how they feel about the trip, everyone had just one word in mind – excited! It will be a truly enriching and fun experience for all of them, as most of them goes out of the country for the first time. They will meet with 85 other Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars from Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Singapore joins the Jr. NBA-WNBA program for the first time this year.

They will train with NBA coaches and superstars, watch the NBA Global Games China 2016 featuring the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. As part of their three-day activities, they Jr. NBA-WNBA Southeast Asia All Stars are also in for the city tour where they can buy some souvenirs.

Isaiah Blanco, or Ice, who is the son of Alaska Ace’s Dondon Hontiveros, shared that he is “very excited about the trip” since it’s his “first time to travel because of basketball.”

“Si Papa (Dondon Hontiveros), mas excited pa siya sa akin,” revealed Ice during our conversation. “I expect serious and hard training,” he added.

Weeks leading to the trip, Ice and his dad Dondon spend time to train at the court to further improve his basketball handling skills. In between basketball trainings, they go to the gym for conditioning and strengthening workouts.

“It’s a once in a lifetime moment. I hope to enjoy the trip. And sana maging memorable ang trip na ‘to,” shared Ice.

2016 Jr. NBA Philippine All Stars

2016 Jr. NBA Philippine All Stars

“I’d like to congratulate our JrNBA Philippine All-Stars on their success. Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition. Action. Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.

“This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition. Action. Champion. Campaign. By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle,” further added by Mr. Uytengsu.

The JrNBA Program is presented by Royal Friesland Campina in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam through its Alaska Milk, Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady and Foremost brands and conducted in Singapore through partnership with Sport Singapore.

This program has touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia by conducting camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities.

For more information visit Alaska Milk’s sports channel http://www.playph.com and like @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.

Fans can also visit the official website at http://www.jrnba.asia for more information on the JrNBA programs.

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