NBA Global Games Kick Off in Shanghai


nba-global-games-shanghaiThe NBA Global Games are a series of NBA games played outside of the United States and Canada where NBA teams play against fellow NBA squads or foreign ball clubs.

The first official overseas game featuring an NBA team was played on Sept. 7, 1978 when the Washington Bullets traveled to Israel to take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition game. More games would be played across Europe and the Soviet Union until 1988. In 1990, the first regular season NBA Games outside the United States were held in Tokyo featuring the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz.

With the league expanding its international footprint, the NBA Global Games have been staged in various parts of the world including Spain, England, Brazil, Istanbul, Italy, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and the Philippines. The NBA and SM staged the first-ever NBA preseason game in the Philippines between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers on October 10, 2013. Since 2004, thirteen NBA teams have played in Greater China specifically in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Taipei.

The 10th edition of NBA Global Games China, featuring the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, was staged in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena last October 9, 2016. It will be followed by a rematch in Beijing on October 12, 2016, at The LeSports Center. This will be the Rockets’ fourth trip to Greater China following visits in 2004, 2010 and 2013.

The 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars Darliene Ragasajo, Florence Jil Talas, Rozie Amatong, Aloha Marie Betanio, Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino, Tracy Carl Dadang, Fritz Felix Valencia, Harold Alarcon, Riz Ozner Gatus, Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan, Kai Zachary Sotto, Julian Jugo and Isaiah Miguel Blanco, and Coaches of the Year Arayi Ewon and Elegino Chollo. Photo by Jr. NBA Asia

The 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars Darliene Ragasajo, Florence Jil Talas, Rozie Amatong, Aloha Marie Betanio, Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino, Tracy Carl Dadang, Fritz Felix Valencia, Harold Alarcon, Riz Ozner Gatus, Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan, Kai Zachary Sotto, Julian Jugo and Isaiah Miguel Blanco, and Coaches of the Year Arayi Ewon and Elegino Chollo. Photo by Jr. NBA Asia

NBA Global Games China 2016 will feature a variety of off-court activities, including the fifth Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan on October 7 in Shanghai, providing thousands of fans with the chance to participate in on-court games and watch the Pelicans and Rockets in open practice. The league will also conduct NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community events and league partners will host interactive fan activities.

This year’s batch of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, get to watch the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets as the NBA Global Games kick off in Shanghai.

Local celebrity Gerald Anderson and #ShootLikeTheNBA winners Kat Tan and Paolo Miguel Bernardo are also in for a treat to watch the NBA Global Games.

Disclaimer: This is an official press statement, with minor edits.

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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.

Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars Fly to Shanghai For The Life-Changing NBA Experience


2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars with Alaska Milk Corp. Marketing Director Ms. Blen Fernando, Alaska Powercamp Director Jeff Cariaso, NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson, Tina Thompson and Nerlens Noel, and E-Cow.

2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars with Alaska Milk Corp. Marketing Director Ms. Blen Fernando, Alaska Powercamp Director Jeff Cariaso, NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson, Tina Thompson and Nerlens Noel, and E-Cow.

Hardwork really pays off. From the Regional Selection Camps to the National Training Camp, and up to the final scrimmage, ninety Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars from Southeast Asia – boys and girls 10 to 14 years old, will finally reap their reward as they travel to Shanghai, China, for the NBA Experience.

These young champions have endured the rigid selection process earlier this year, and have shown that they have the necessary skills and embody the STAR values to make the cut. Aside from meeting other All Stars, they are scheduled to watch the NBA Global Games China 2016 presented by Master Kong in Shanghai on Oct. 9, featuring the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans playing a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The participants from the Philippines will be joined by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and for the first time by Jr. NBA Singapore standouts following the program’s introduction to Singapore earlier this year.  As part of their visit to Shanghai, the boys and girls will also meet with NBA players and legends, receive additional basketball training and tour the city.

“Our Jr. NBA All-Stars will once again embark on an unforgettable journey where they will get to experience a foreign country, take part in advanced basketball training and watch a live NBA game, all while engaging with their counterparts from Southeast Asia,” said NBA Asia Vice President, Global Partnerships & Events Francesco Suarez. 

2015 Jr. NBA All Stars Southeast Asia were acknowledged during half-time during the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen.

2015 Jr. NBA All Stars Southeast Asia were acknowledged during half-time during the 2015 NBA Global Games in Shenzhen.

“This gathering creates lifelong memories and friendships for our participants, and we will continue providing even more youth with opportunities like this in the years to come,” Mr. Suarez added.

“I’d like to congratulate our Jr. NBA 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 Mr. Uytengsu.

The Jr. NBA is presented by Royal FrieslandCampina in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam through its Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady, Alaska Milk, and Foremost brands and is conducted in partnership with Sport Singapore in Singapore. Promoting the importance of regular physical activity, participants are trained in the fundamentals of basketball and learn the importance of the Jr. NBA’s core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect.  To date, the program has reached more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia through camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities, and aims to reach five million children by 2020. 

Fans can visit the official website at www.jrnba.asia for more information on the Jr. NBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.  Follow the NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nba and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates.  For all things NBA, visit www.nba.com.

Check out 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.

Young Filipino Cager Gian Mamuyac Blocks Stephen Curry’s Three-point Shot Attempt


Gian Mamuyac blocked Stephen Curry's three-point shot attempt. Photo Credit: @giaanmamuyac (Instagram)

Gian Mamuyac blocks Stephen Curry’s three-point shot attempt. Photo Credit: @giaanmamuyac (Instagram)

After his successful stint at the Jr. NBA Philippines program as an All Star Alumni having gone to the US for their NBA Experience and meeting some of the players of LA Lakers right at the Staples Center, Gian Mamuyac has gone a long way. He played varsity basketball for Ateneo de Manila High School, and is currently a member of Batang Gilas, the Philippine Basketball Team U-17. Suffice it to say that his basketball handling skills are undoubtedly way beyond par.

His passion for basketball is relentless such that Gian Mamuyac takes every opportunity to get his hands on the sport. With the help of Under Armour Philippines and Slam, our Batang Gilas recently flew to Taipei together with UP Integrated School’s point guard Juan Gomez de Liano, for the final leg of the Stephen Curry Asia Tour presented by Under Armour on September 6, 2016.

From amongst the participants, Gian Mamuyac made the cut of the top ten players for a scrimmage with no less than Stephen Curry. In the last five seconds, Stephen Curry attempted to make a three-point buzzer beating shot only to be blocked by Gian Mamuyac. That may have been a surprise for the NBA’s back-to-back MVP but Stephen Curry took the loss openly. Steph was seen later on posing for a photo with Gian Mamuyac.

After that surprising game-ender, the crowd screamed for a rewind of the last five seconds. Stephen Curry and Gian Mamuyac gave in to the request to the delight of all who watched the scrimmage. This time, Steph didn’t miss that three-point shot that should have wrapped up the game.

Gian Mamuyac’s stellar performance during the scrimmage won him the Stephen Curry Asia Tour Taipei camp Most Valuable Player title, and a slot for the three-day intensive training at the main Stephen Curry Camp in the United States in 2017 worth $4,000.00.

Additional Sources: TV Patrol as reported by TJ Manotoc
Video: SlamPhilippines
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