The 2014 Philippine All-Star teams of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska together with Jr. NBA All-Star teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam flew to Beijing, China last October 12 to 16 for a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience. The team was able to visit historic attractions in China like the famous Juyongguan Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The team also got the chance to play a friendly games at the Yao Ming School and meet basketball legend Yao Ming himself before attending the NBA Beijing Global Games. Become a Champion too! Watch out for the 2015 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska! NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION.

For more information on Jr. NBA Philippines visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit:
http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates, follow:
@ALASKAsportshub.

True to its trendsetting nature, Bonifacio Global City converts the typical fun run into a fast-paced citywide puzzle where BGC holds the pieces. Teams for Run BGC 2014: URBAN ADVENTURE have to solve mindboggling clues, tackle exciting challenges, and play for amazing prizes.

Think you know the city? Run BGC 2014: URBAN ADVENTURE challenges everyone to prove it by joining the largest scavenger hunt in the country. 10 clues, 10 tasks in three hours. Participants will be released in batches of 10 people and will be given 10 envelopes containing clue cards to the activities around BGC. After solving each envelope, they will be awarded with the location of the special tasks around the city.

The race starts by solving a puzzle to find the location of the first activity. Upon reaching the area, participants will be asked to perform tasks that promote different activities and features that can be found inside the city. It is a great opportunity for everyone to experience BGC like never before—giving them a chance to explore the city through the eyes of its workers like sell bus tickets, direct traffic, and help pedestrians cross the street.

Registration for RUN BGC 2014 opens on October 24, Friday and ends on November 28 or until all slots are filled up, whichever comes first. Registration forms and run schedules are available on http://www.bgc.com.ph. Interested parties may head over to the following venues to sign up as a runner: Toby’s Sports (Glorietta, Mall of Asia & Megamall), Runnr (Alabang Town Center & Bonifacio Global City) or Brooks (SM North EDSA).

Registration fee for runners will be P500, that includes the following FREEBIES: Run BGC Souvenir Shirt, Water proof Race Bib, “Life representing” Flag Belt, and a Lootbag with goodies from sponsors. Cash prizes await the best teams!

For more details, you may log on to http://www.facebook.com/BonifacioGlobalCityPH or http://www.bgc.com.ph

BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY HOLDS “A BONI-FIDE URBAN FIESTA”  TO CELEBRATE BGC PASSIONFEST 2014

Bonifacio Global City’s annual three-day event tradition dubbed BGC PASSIONFEST is set to once again fill the dynamic city with various activities focused on culture, art, fitness, lifestyle and most of all, FUN!

This year’s theme, A BONI-FIDE URBAN FIESTA, features a full Filipino fusion on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014, outlining everything that makes BGC the most passionate place to be—food, shopping, art, outdoors, games, fitness & entertainment. Every layer celebrates a city that is cut to fit life’s vibrancy.

Getting the ball rolling on November 28, A BONI-FIDE URBAN FIESTA begins with a Kick-Off Street Party where Bonifacio High Street literally comes to life with colourful Filipino dances staged in a bright parade at night. The grand street party also signals the start of the much-awaited Supremo Sale, opening the doors to the numerous participating BGC stores!
November 29 ushers in Run BGC with this year’s theme: Urban Adventure. Participants in groups of 10 must explore the city and its key features with obstacles and challenges to complete the mind-and-body experience.
Giving the Boni-fide vibe to BGC PASSIONFEST 2014 are the novelty street sights displayed in BONI-FIESTA. On November 29 to 30 at Bonifacio High Street. Your favourite street food such as kwek-kwek, fish balls, inihaw goodies are to be served on 9th Avenue and more; Local games of our childhood like patintero, chinese garter, a pabitin;

Filipino creativity at its best including Close Engkantos of the Christmas Kind: A Musical, an all-Pinoy BGC Art Mart, Jeepney Sign Art, DIY Saranggola, Chalk the Walk and musical performances; a Filipino Science Show by The Mind Museum demonstrating unique exhibits like Liquid Nitrogen Sorbetes, Apoy na Bahaghari: Science behind Fireworks, Sunugin ang Cedula! At ang Sweldo! (Burn Your Money Filipino Edition), Ang Agham ng Panahon: Science behind Weather; and Pinoy Food Science; as well as Skills Training for fellows in neighbouring barangays as a CSR activity.

On November 30, the second annual Parada de Kalesa will showcase dressed up kalesas available to take guests around BGC. The parade is accentuated by big bands complete with majorettes & street performers to bring that Boni-fide Fiesta feel to the city. The day continues with the BONI-FIESTA citywide activities culminating with Bonifa-SHOW, a variety show bringing together the best of Philippine entertainment in one stage! – Press Release

For more information about BGC Passionfest 2014, visit facebook.com/BonifacioGlobalCityPH or facebok.com/BoniHighStreet or contact us at 8183601 loc. 3104 or NMMagbitang@fbdcorp.com (Pam Magbitang).

Last week, I was invited to take part in the exclusive preview of the first National Strongman Competition in the Philippines, The Titan Games. The games will happen at The Camp, Taguig City on November 9, 2014. As of today, registration is already closed, but they are still inviting the public to watch the competition and take part in the side challenges for free and win Php 1,000 worth of GNC gift certificates. Some of the mini events are the tree flip challenge, log clean and press, and deadlift/farmer’s carry. For more details, please visit their FB Page: TItan Games.

The exclusive preview of the Titan Games happened at Crossfit Greenhills, last October 12. They invited bloggers to try the 5 challenges of the Titan Games. I have to say I was a little hesitant to do the challenges for I feel that I am not strong enough yet to do those things. Also, crossfit to me sounds very intimidating. It sounds more difficult and intense than a regular work out. But since I was there already, I have to man up and do it. Lol

Before we started, the people from WOD nation explained and demonstrated to us the proper form of execution of each challenges. It looked easy at the beginning: squats and run? I told myself I can do that! I also thought that the sandbag carry will be easy for me. The only challenge that concerned me was the Kettle bell cleans, I just felt like it might hit me in the head if I don’t do it properly. That made me a little nervous.

So we did the first challenge: PUMP & RUN

In this challenge, we have to complete 30 back squats and 100m sprint. I think I did pretty well on this challenge. Maybe it’s because I do a lot of squats in my regular work out and I’m a runner too. I finish this challenge with a time of 1:40:50.

The second challenge is the: APPOLON’S AXLE

In here, we have to bring the barbell from the shoulder to overhead for 40 repetitions. While doing this challenge I realized my arms were not strong as I thought. I had a hard time after I finish halfway of the challenge. I had difficulty pushing the barbel on top of my head. Good thing though, one of the coaches told me that I can use my legs and do push jerks. That helped me finished the challenge. My time was 1:38:41

The third challenge is my favorite, THE SAND MAN:

The Sand Man is composed of five tasks: front squat, shoulder to shoulder, box step-ups, powercleans and 40m oh walk.

This is my favorite because it felt very similar to a survivor challenge. To be honest, I feel very strong while I was doing this challenge. My favorite part is the box step-ups where we have to carry a sandbag and must not let it touch the box while doing the challenge. The most difficult part for me was the shoulder to shoulder, where we have to put the sandbag from one shoulder to another. Again, my arms strength failed me here.

The fourth challenge is the KETTLE BELL MASTER:

I do kettle bells in my regular work out that’s why it felt easy to me. The only thing that hurt me on this challenge was that I only use my right arm for the whole challenge. I forgot that i can chage active arms during the cleans.

The last challenge is the CLASH OF CLANS:

The last challnge is composed of 20M Prowler Pull, 20M Prowler Push, 30 single arm dumble floor to overhead and 40m yoke carry.

The prowler push and pull was easy on me, maybe because the weight was not that heavy. But if you’re joining the advance division, you really have to prepare for this challenge. You’ll be pushing and pulling 180lbs for men, 100lbs for women. The difficult part for me on this challenge was my shoes. I was sliding in the floor while pushing so I suggest you use the right kind of shoe on the competition day.

I was the only blogger who completed the 5 challenges of the Titan Games during that exclusive preview. It made me feel a Strongman, even just for a day. Lol.Though I also realized how weak my arms were, It’s a good thing to know the areas that I’m good at and the areas that i need to improve more. It was a great experience and a reality check on my physical capabilities.

For more details and tips for the Titan Games, please click here:http://www.urbantribe.ph/heres-our-titan-games-exclusive-sneak-peek-are-you-strong-enough/

Thanks to WOD Nation and Crossfit for a great workout and to ZAP for the photos.

Summit Natural Drinking Water Supports Amazing Race Philippines Season 2

Summit Natural Drinking Water embraces a new adventure as it partners with the second season of Amazing Race Philippines. Coming from the success of its first season, the second season promises more challenges, as it now becomes a nightly show compared with its previous weekly one-hour format1. This year’s tasks don’t just challenge the contestants physically such as rappelling face first down a 250 feet building, but mentally as well with challenges at the Philippine Stock Exchange. The season, which is still hosted by Derek Ramsay, will follow eleven teams of two individuals each as they compete for major prizes all over the country.

The second installment of the show promises to offer more exciting, more thrilling, and more breathtaking destinations. Summit delights in taking part such an adventurous show, Abe Cipriano, AVP for Asia Brewery Non-Alcoholic Division says, “The show is a perfect venue for Filipinos to appreciate the history, fantastic sights, and diverse culture that make our over 7,000 islands a truly unique experience for Pinoys and tourists. Summit Water, with its new Thirst for More campaign, encourages Filipinos to try new things – travel, dining, or adventure. We are inspired by the determination of the contestants to thirst for more, and we hope this inspires everyone to get the most out of life.”

Fourteen young athletes were introduced to the media last Saturday, October 11 at NBA Café Manila, SM Aura, Taguig City. The 14 basketball players will be sent to Beijing, China to represent Alaska Philippines in the Jr NBA and Jr WNBA games. The team will compete with their counterparts from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Aside from the friendship games, the team will also have a tour in Beijing, including the one of the seven wonders of the world, The Great Wall of CHina.

The 14 Jr NBA and Jr WNBA players are:

Amsali, Rhayyan (M)
Belangel, Sanjosef (M)
Dolendo, Vince Leo (M)
Rocamora, Jethro (M)
Manalang, Paul Mathew (M)
Narvasa, Jan Cyril (M)
Umadhay, David Leonardo (M)
Velasco, Luis Miguel (M)
Velasco, Andrew Vincent (M)
Binaohan, Kreecie Bettina (F)
Lanot, Arielle Marie (F)
Salvador, Roxanne (F)
Pingol, Karl Ann (F)
Pascual, Mary Jean (F)

The Alaska Jr NBA and JR WNBA will be handled by Coach Pia Dysangco and Coach Cliff Andy Tecocan.

During the sent off party, the whole team were asked by the press about how they prepared for the competition and how they feel about representing the Alaska, they’re most memorable experience during the draft and all. Most of the players are very shy to answer the questions and I can see the rawness of their personality. Very shy, humble and down to earth. I hope these kids stay with that attitude until they grow up.

It was really nice to see young kids being active in sports. I believe that sports is the best teacher of hardwork, discipline and teamwork. Kudos to Alaska Milk Corporation for providing basketball and other sport clinics to our kids today and for training and giving them the opportunities to become better athletes.

Good luck to the Team and Enjoy Beijing!

Last September 19-24, The Team Philippine Masters went to Kitakami, Japan to compete at the 18th Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC). Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC) – a competition that provides a chance for former national athletes aged 35 to 95 years old to test their abilities once again and demonstrate their skills in the sport of athletics.

The whole team is now back in the Philippines after their successful performances on their respective events. Our athletes won 3 Golds, 2 Silver and 5 Bronzes for a total of 10 medals. Our friend Edward Kho of Corregidor Marathon was one of them and he won a bronze medali for 4×400 MR. Congrats Coach Edward!

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 El Lobo Energy Drink, one of their official sponsors organized a welcome and a victory lunch at Aristocrat, Manila to honor the achievements of our hard working athletes. The event was attended by the media, bloggers and friends of the athletes.

Here are the Team’s highlights during the event:

Margarito Baniqued, a Gintong Alay program recipient in the 80’s opened the team’s campaign by winning the Bronze Medal in the 5,000 M Walk (M50- 54). In the early going, Erlinda Lavandia salvaged another Bronze medal in Hammer Throw (W60-64) heaving 21.27 meters in the process. Linda admitted that it was her first-ever attempt in her almost 40 year career to participate in the event and never prepared for it.

On 21 Sept. Ms. Lavandia captured Silver Medals in both Shot Put and Discus Throw events for W60-64 age category. The following day, she outclassed Japan’s Matsuoka Kanako and Kobo Tomiko in Javelin Throw by winning GOLD and retaining the Game’s Record she posted in 2012. Followed by John Lozada’s Bronze Medal win in 800M race for M40-44. The day’s campaign ended with golden performance courtesy of Emerson Obiena’s 4.00M finished in Pole Vault event for M45-49.

Multi-event specialist, Elma Muros-Posadas, attempted to contribute to the over-all showing of Team Philippine Masters as she has done in the past. However, her continuous training went to naught when she injured her ankle in her first attempt in long jump eventually withdrawing her entry in 800 M hurdles and 4 x 100 M relay.

The last day saw the winning performances of the relay teams. Mesdames Victorina Calma, Elenita Punelas, Salve Bayaban and Jeanette Obiena clocked 58 Minutes and 56 seconds to win the Bronze Medal in 4 x 100 MR (W40-44). This was followed by another Bronze Medal performance of 4 Minutes 6.58 seconds in 4 x 400 MR (M40-44) courtesy of Julio Bayaban, John Lozada, Edward Kho and Emerson Obiena.

Danilo Fresnido, an enlisted personnel and former SEA Gamer ended the campaign with a big bang plunging his spear with a distance of 63.58 Meters, thus, winning the GOLD and establishing new AMAC’s record in Javelin Throw (M40-44).

The successful performance of Team Philippine Masters was made possible by the support of their sponsors Soma Sports watch, L Time Studio, Petron, San Miguel, El Lobo energy drink and Philippine Sports Commission.

Congratulations Team Philippine Masters!