Monday, December 5, 2016

40th National MILO Marathon National Finals

Mary Joy Tabal won her fourth consecutive MILO Marathon Queen crown and Jeson Agravante won his first MILO Marathon King title at the 40th National MILO Marathon National Finals on Sunday, December 4. Over 17,200 runners enjoyed the festive atmosphere, scenic route and very good weather. This was also the biggest race in Iloilo to date, a record fitting to mark the 40th anniversary milestone of the National MILO Marathon.

The champions received PHP 150,000 in cash and a trophy each. Tabal received an additional PHP 250,000 for placing second in the 42K female open category. Both will also be sent by MILO to Canada on all-expense paid trips to represent the Philippines in the 2017 Ottawa Marathon. “By sending them to the Ottawa Marathon, we are also giving them a chance to be able to qualify for the Olympics,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager. “The Ottawa Marathon is a race where elite runners can achieve the qualifying standard for the Olympics. We are very happy to provide this opportunity to our champions.”

Olympian and SEA Games silver medalist Tabal broke her own record by posting her time of 2:47:49, enabling her to win a special prize of an additional PHP 50,000. Following Tabal were Christabel Martes (03:10:11) in second place and Lizane Abella (03:14:27) in third. Meanwhile, Agravante posted a time of 02:35:13, besting his closest rivals Maclin Sadia (02:35:22) and Julius Sermonia (02:37:01) who came in second and third, respectively.

Coach Rio Dela Cruz, race organizer of the 40th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Iloilo, declared the running event a massive success. “We are very happy with the support that the local government has given us to create this exciting race. We would like to thank everyone in Iloilo who made this possible, especially to Mayor Jed Mabilog,” said Dela Cruz. “We hope the runners enjoyed the total race experience – the wide roads, the scenic route, the seaside and esplanade views, and the very good weather we had today.”

MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri is proud of the feat that the National MILO Marathon has achieved to date. “The National MILO Marathon has so much history and we are honored to say that we have been energizing champions and inspiring millions through our runners for the past 40 years,” shared Neri. “We are grateful to everyone who participated and contributed in this year’s season, and we hope to see everyone again in 2017!”

The National Milo Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. For the past six years, the National Milo Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with the Department of Education, has inspired 60,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 10,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.

In 2017, the 41st National MILO Marathon will kick off in Urdaneta on July 16, followed by races in Laoag (July 23), Pasay (July 30), Angeles (August 6), Tarlac (August 13), Antipolo (August 20), Naga (August 27), Lucena (September 3), Lipa (September 10), Imus (September 17), Tacloban (September 24), Roxas (October 1), Iloilo (October 8), General Santos (October 29), Davao (November 5), Butuan (November 12), and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The National Finals will be held in Cebu on December 3.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

McDonald's Stripes Run 2016

Register yourself and your family for the McDonald’s Stripes Run at these participating McDonald’s branches in Metro Manila or Cebu. You can also sign-up online at mcdostripesrun.com.ph.

Advocacy: Ronald McDonald Read to Learn is one of the flagship programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philippines (RMHC), the charity of choice of McDonald’s Philippines. In partnership with the Department of Education, Ronald McDonald Read to Learn is a beginning reading program for grade 1 & 2 students in public schools. Read to Learn aims to improve the literacy skills of Filipino students while they are the beginning stage of learning.

Registration Period: Until November 24 2016

BGC: November 26 2016 (30th Street corner 9th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City)
CEBU: December 03 2016 (Garden Bloc, Cebu IT Park Cebu City)

Registration Fee
1k kiddie stripes - P400 (8 under)
3k young stripes - P495 (8-15 years old)
3km stripes - P495
3km team stripes - P1,500 (2 kids + 2 adults)
5km stripes - P795
10km stripes - 995

Race Kit
Stripes Run Shirt
Pair of Striped Socks
Breakfast Meal (Present your food stub at the venue on the race day itself, 5AM-9AM)

Gun Start
1k kiddie stripes - 7AM
3k young stripes - 630AM
3km stripes - 630AM
3km team stripes - 630AM
5km stripes - 7AM
10km stripes - 530AM

Monday, November 21, 2016

International Sport Pedagogy Conference 2016

The University of the Philippines’ College of Human Kinetics (UP-CHK), in partnership with Sport Management Council of the Philippines (SportPhil), led the first ever 3-day international academic sports event in the Philippines, the 2016 International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health, and Wellness (ICSPHW 2016).

ICSPHW 2016, with a theme, entitled “P.E. Plus: Retooling Physical Education and School Sports for Inclusion, Development and Competition,” was held from November 18 to 20, 2016, at the Celebrity Sports Plaza and the UP Diliman campus, in Quezon City.

Equipped with meaningful and substantial lectures and training from distinguished sports scholars from all over the world, including the Philippines, the conference highlighted the importance of games, play, and physical activity for the development of students. It attracted P.E. teachers, coaches, instructors, trainers, managers, students, athletes and sports advocates.

Presented by beverage brand MILO Philippines, the conference had a bevy of 20+ foreign and local speakers and has been endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS), among other institutions.

“We at MILO believe that active students are active learners; and that physical activity can help improve performance in the classroom. For years, MILO’s grassroots sports programs have contributed to giving Filipino youth a fit and healthy lifestyle,” said Robbie De Vera, MILO Sports Executive. “MILO’s support for ICSPHW 2016 solidified our commitment to empower sports and P.E. instructors who play a significant role in youth development.”

ICSPHW 2016 was presented by MILO Philippines, co-presented by PACE Magazine x freyo, with Mama Sita’s as official sponsor, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Manila, Cebuana Lhuillier, GoldToe and Delos Santos Medical Center as assisting sponsors, ABS-CBN as chief media partner, and the Philippine Star and MultiSport.ph as official media partners. Notable speakers include: ACESS co-founder Prof. Dr. Ming- Kai Chin, German Olympic Sports Confederation’s Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper, and Prof. G L Khanna of India.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Revolutionizing Active Living in Vermosa

Ayala Land furthers its thrust of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle by rallying a new breed of athletes as it unveiled another exciting spectacle—the Vermosa Active Revolution—to be held on December 3 and 4 inside the 700-hectare master-planned, mixed-use estate development in Cavite.

At the Vermosa Active Revolution press launch, guests were treated to a head start of what to expect during the two-day event, as well as a sneak peek of the special line-up of performers headlined by Drop and Roll, led by world-renowned street trials rider Danny MacAskill and his crew, to highlight their first visit to the Philippines and the Asian region as part of their world tour.

Gear up for an active lifestyle revolution
As the most accessible premier sports destination in the country, Ayala Land’s Vermosa Estate, located along Daang-Hari Road, will play host to a high-octane extravaganza that’s set to thrill everyone’s senses through the Vermosa Active Revolution’s Kinetic, Inspire, and Refresh activity zones.

At the Kinetic Zone, Danny MacAskill’s jaw-dropping Drop and Roll exhibition performance is expected to rouse local riders and enthusiasts alike. With Drop and Roll show schedules on December 3 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on December 4 at 4:00 p.m., participants will also get the chance to grab exciting freebies and personally meet and greet the stunt bike superstar and his team composed of Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer, and Ali C.

Various cycling clinics and bike rentals for the two-day event will also be available at the Vermosa Bike Skills Park, while the motocross track will host an activity for riders. The Ninja Academy will also mount a parkour obstacle course for festival goers to try out together with other surprises, while a poi LED exhibition performance by Planet Zips will cap-off a night of fun-filled activities.

The Inspire Zone will host one of the South’s biggest sports and lifestyle expos, where attendees can jumpstart their active living through great deals and finds from the country’s hottest retail brands such as JB Sports, KTM Bikes, Fox Gear, Columbia, Top Bike Shops, and many more.

The Refresh Zone will provide good eats and sound beats to revitalize one’s mind, body, and soul. And with acoustic artists and DJs to keep the celebration alive, as well as food truck concessionaires rolling in at Cavite’s first Gastro Food Truck Park to energize the festival goers, the Vermosa Active Revolution will truly be a one-of-a-kind, pre-Christmas present for everyone.

Indeed, Ayala Land’s Vermosa Estate is the only master-planned, mixed-use town core that promotes healthy and active living in a venue that provides holistic training for the new breed of sports enthusiasts. And as the premier destination for new-age sports, the Vermosa Active Revolution promises an event like no other, bringing in international acts in a local setting that’s accessible to every Filipino.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod children makes cut of JrNBA Presented by Alaska

The best boys and girls basketball players from Cebu, Baguio and Bacolod overcame the odds to make the final lineup of the JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska All-Star teams that will fly on October 6 to Shanghai, China to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.

Boys and girls from the provinces - especially those from Bacolod, Cebu and Baguio - did surprisingly well when ranged beside their counterparts from Manila.

Cebu City public school students Darliene Ragasajo (14 years old) and Florence Jil Talas (14) led the JrNBA/JrWNBA Female All-Stars.

Tracy Carl Dadang (14), Fritz Felix Valencia (14) and Harold Alarcon (14) - who were selected in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp - led the members of the Male All-Stars.

Valencia travelled all the way from Bacolod City, while Alarcon came from Silay City, Negros Occidental to qualify in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp.

Riz Ozner Gatus (14) of San Fabian, Pangasinan from the Baguio Regional Selection Camp, also advanced to the Male All-Stars.

The players were selected in a nationwide search through Regional Selection Camps in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Makati. The final 10 boys and five girls were named members of the Philippine All-Stars during the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The JrNBA/JrWNBA Davao Regional Selection Camp was also well-represented with 13-year-old Rozie Amatong of Davao City and 14-year-old Aloha Marie Betanio of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon - who travelled all the way to the Davao Regional Selection Camp - making it to the Female All-Stars.

Additionally, Elegino Chollo of Davao City was named Coach of the Year Male.

The fifth member of the Female All-Stars is Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino (14) of Dalig National High School, Antipolo City.

The other members of the Male All-Stars are Julian Alfonso and Isaiah Miguel Blanco (Alaska Powercamp), Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan and and Kai Zachary Sotto (Manila Regional Selection Camp). Arayi Ewon was named Coach of the Year Female.

They will join 90 other boys and girls from JrNBA Programs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to watch the NBA Global Games China 2016 between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

“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.”

JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska promotes the importance of regular physical activity, trains participants in the fundamentals of basketball and teaches the importance of core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect.

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 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 www.jrnba.asia for more information on the JrNBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Under Armour Run Crew

More than 200 runners, beginners and elite runners have #RunWithFight with the kick off of the Under Armour-APEX Run Crew last October 1, at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • UA athletes and program directors Coach Jim and Toni Saret lead the runners to an intensive training to enhance their strength and endurance in running.
  • We were also joined by UA celebrity triathlete Piolo Pascual during the intense 4 minute workout.
  • Piolo shared how gearing up with a high performance apparel and shoes like Under Armour would help you perform better and even make you perform more.
  • Participants #RunWithFight around Bonifacio High Street, after every workout session.



UA Celebrity Triathlete Piolo Pascual led the warm up with the Run Crew coaches and athletes

The UA Run Crew will run until December 3, 2016. Here's the schedule of the APEX training:

Mondays and Wednesdays - BHS Amphitheater, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays - QC Memorial Circle, Planas Garden, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

FREE Weekly Runs:
Saturdays - BHS Amphitheater, 6:00am - 8:00am

For more info, please visit www.coachjimsaret.ph

Saturday, October 8, 2016

MILO Marathon Davao Moved To November 6

The National MILO Marathon Davao qualifying race will be rescheduled to November 6, 2016, due to the runners’ requests for an extension of the registration.

The race was originally scheduled on October 9, 2016. The decision to extend the registration period was made in the best interest of the runners, and for the organizers to be able to create an unparalleled running experience for all participants.

Onsite registration is extended until November 4 at Adidas Gaisano Mall. For questions and concerns, contact the Davao Local Organizer at 0921-5949303 and Runrio at 0908-7376927.

Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Stephen Curry Asia Tour

Stephen Curry embarked on his second annual summer tour with Under Armour which began September 2. The reigning league MVP will once again share his commitment to helping players everywhere realize their potential both on and off the court, with a series of select clinics, events and activation. Unique experiences will roll out across four cities in five days for fans to feel the fervor and excitement for basketball that only Stephen and Under Armour can provide.

Some of Asia’s best young basketball players and fans will experience Stephen’s relentless dedication to the game of basketball up close and personal during tour stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei. “I’m thrilled to get the chance to visit some of the best basketball fans in the world this summer,” said Curry. “Being able to share my passion for the game with this next generation of players in Asia—while immersing myself in their incredible culture and witnessing first-hand the infatuation for the game—is humbling, and personally it’s a tremendous reenergizer for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to meet some of the phenomenal fans and players who are committed to driving the game forward on a global scale.”

The 2016 “Stephen Curry Asia Tour” connects Stephen with the people and culture of these diverse countries through up close and personal interactions, via experiential activations, cultural happenings and more, in an effort to showcase Stephen’s love of the game and unending drive to get better, all while sharing and spreading that commitment and passion for basketball with fans and players alike.

The Philippines will surely never miss out this tour as basketball is the country’s top sport and being able to play on court with the Back-to-Back MVP Stephen Curry is one of the Filipino youth’s most awaited basketball experience. To represent Philippines, Under Armour PH in partnership with Slam sent out 2 young basketball aficionados, Juan Gomez De Liano and Gian Mamuyac.

Gomez De Liano, a 6 feet point guard of the University of the Philippines Integrated School was also able to play with Steph Curry during the MVP’s #UAROADSHOWMANILA visit last year. Follow the tour experience @UnderArmour and @UnderArmourPH.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Michael Phelps' Custom UA Shoes

Under Armour, the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel and equipment has taken footwear innovation to the next level. In March, the Brand introduced its first-ever 3D printed performance trainer, the UA Architech. The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer. This performance trainer provides athletes with the ultimate stability and cushioning to take on the most intense workouts, and it’s travelling all the way to Rio on the feet of elite swimmer, Michael Phelps.

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology and custom color design, Michael’s footwear features a personal touch to provide an additional source of motivation as he heads into competition. His 3-month old son, Boomer’s footprint is printed on the insole of the shoe as a personal reminder that Boomer is with him every step and stroke of the way.

The innovative 3D printed midsole of the UA Architech was combined with a flow-molded 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper to provide athletes with a shoe that not only gives a locked-in, supportive feel, but also flexes and moves with the foot to provide a zero distractions experience. Add in the Brand’s unparalleled Charged Cushioning underfoot for responsiveness and comfort, and a thin rubber outsole for traction and you have Under Armour’s most elite performance trainer.

A new color of the UA Architech will be available as a limited edition offering to consumers this month on UA.com. The shoe, which retails for $299.99, was the first 3D printed performance trainer available to consumers. The first color was available in March and sold out in under 20 minutes.

Under Armour also geared Michael up with a custom pair of the UA Speedform Slingshot Running shoes in a limited edition red, white and blue colorway that also feature Boomer’s footprint. This innovative running shoe delivers zero distractions with a seamless, zonal compression, 3D knit upper and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. The limited edition color way is available on UA.com.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Heroes for Children Run 2016

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis calls on runners to join the second year of the Heroes for Children Run on September 4, 2016, Sunday, at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

“I was deeply inspired by the support we received during last year’s run. From children with disabilities to serious runners, the public came together for a great cause. This year, I’m inviting everyone once again to be a hero for children. All proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition needs,” says Curtis“

For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable, and excluded children around the world. Despite the many gains, the lives and futures of millions of children are still in jeopardy. In the Philippines, one out of three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition—the effects of which can be permanent, irreversible and even fatal after two years of age. UNICEF believes every child should have a fair chance at life,” UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says

The First 1,000 Days programme focuses on prenatal and early childhood interventions to prevent undernutrition, including quality care for mothers, proper nutrition and complementary feeding, and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The effect of good health and nutrition lasts well into adulthood and is key ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Last year’s run saw more than 3,200 runners raise Php 3 million for the benefit of the First 1,000 Days programme. This year, the event aims to attract more runners to raise funds for the campaign.

“We are grateful for Anne’s dedication and significant contributions in raising awareness and funds for children in need. Anne’s power lies in her sincerity and genuine passion in everything she does. Through her support, we will continue to make a huge difference for children in need,” Sylwander adds.

Fans who want to support Anne but cannot physically run or be present on race day may donate on her personal SimplyGiving fundraising page at www.simplygiving.com/event/HeroesforChildrenRun2016. Ms. Curtis was appointed as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate in November 2014.

In-store registration at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, and UP Town Center (from August 15 to 28). The run is one of many activities slated in 2016 as UNICEF commemorates its 70th year helping to build a better world for every child.

The Heroes for Children Run 2016 is organized by Anne Curtis and co-presented by RunRio through the support of SM Mall of Asia, Cherry Mobile, Gatorade, Viva Artists Agency Incorporated, Toy Kingdom, Swatch, Eureka Home Appliances, Maynilad, Philippine Star, Good Housekeeping, Female Network, SM Cinemas, Nyxsys Philippines, Chris Sports, F1 Hotel & Resorts, Transprint Corporation, Microtel by Wyndham, Hisense/Devant, and Pacific Cross Insurance

To know more about the run and UNICEF’s programs, visit www.unicef.ph or call 758-1000 (Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Friday, August 12, 2016

Under Armour Arrives at TriNoma

Regarded as the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, Under Armour is extending its reach in the Philippines as it launches a new brand house in Metro Manila. Under Armour will formally open a branch at Level 3 of the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City today, August 12.

The grand opening event will be held tomorrow, August 13, with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstars Asi Taulava and Jervy Cruz serving as special guests.

Taulava, a Filipino-Tongan cager who has been strutting his wares on the PBA court for 16 years in five different teams, copped the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy in 2003 and led the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters to the All-Filipino Conference title in the same year.

Known by his moniker “The Rock” due to his prowess in the shaded lane, Taulava likewise represented flag and country in international competitions as he suited up for the Philippine national team on several occasions. And now, he is currently the starting center of the NLEX Road Warriors.

Meanwhile, Cruz rose to prominence in the collegiate ranks when he steered the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to the UAAP Promised Land in 2006.

Proving that skill could topple height, Cruz managed to elevate his on-court stature as a legitimate inside threat in his first few years in the PBA , now part of the most prominent PBA team in the country- Ginebra.

Taulava and Cruz will be offering a special treat to Under Armour aficionados as both men are slated to conduct a basketball clinic on August 13, 4:00pm, at the TriNoma activity center.

Aside from Taulava and Cruz’s free basketball workshop, Under Armour fans will also be given a chance to unleash their inner Stephen Curry with the UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, where qualified contestants will go head-to-head by showcasing their three-point shooting skills.

In order to join the basketball clinic and UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, a single receipt purchase of at least P2,000 from August 12 to August 13 at the Under Armour TriNoma brand house will earn an exclusive pass to the festivities and a chance to take home awesome prizes.

Under Armour’s TriNoma brand house, the sporting apparel’s fifth branch in the Philippines and fourth in Metro Manila, is expected to have the top-of-the-line Curry 2.5 and the highly-acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2 on its shelves.

Designed for NBA’s most prolific point guard, Curry 2.5 is molded in synthetic upper that is wrapped closely around the foot for a lightweight and precise fit.  In addition, Curry 2.5 has an external PU shell that provides durable support and structure as well as an external shank and heel counter that delivers locked-in stability through heel, arch and forefoot to maintain balance.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook atwww.facebook.com/underarmour sea.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

National MILO Marathon Celebrates 40 Years

The National MILO Marathon marks another milestone in its rich history as it celebrates its 40th year with a bang. The country’s premiere running event is set to commence its first of 14 regional races in Dagupan on July 17th.

Since the beginning, the National MILO Marathon has been inspiring individuals and attracting a pool of aspiring and professional runners from all walks of life, locally and internationally. This season, the National MILO Marathon expects 200,000 runners across all distance categories to conquer the challenge of reaching the finish line. As it celebrates its legacy of 40 years, the National MILO Marathon shines the spotlight on the champions who have encouraged millions of other runners to be at their best through sports.

The city of Iloilo has been selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to be held on December 4th. This is the first time for Visayas to host the much anticipated culminating event. “The city of Iloilo is honored and excited to be a part of the National MILO Marathon’s historic culminating event,” said Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog. “We are extending our full support and hospitality as we welcome the National MILO Marathon runners to Iloilo.” With its new venue, the National MILO Marathon will be able to provide better proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners.

“The 40th anniversary of the National MILO Marathon is truly a grand milestone for us. We aim to go beyond than being the country’s prestigious footrace by providing better race experiences as we energize champions and inspire millions more,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager. “The past and present champions of the National MILO Marathon have become our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. Their resilience, grit, discipline and other values have made them winners in sports and in life, and we hope to continue the cycle and see more champions in the future.”

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. For the past 6 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with the Department of Education, has inspired 60,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 10,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.

Following the pilot race in Dagupan (July 17), the next elimination legs will take place in Tarlac (July 24), Metro Manila (July 31), Batangas (August 7), Lucena (August 14), Naga (August 28), Tagbilaran (September 18), Cebu (September 25), Dumaguete (October 2), Davao (October 9), General Santos (October 16), Cagayan De Oro (October 23), and Butuan (October 30). The National Finals will be held on December 4 in Iloilo City.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2016

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila promotes wellness and a healthy lifestyle as it holds the 2016 Sofitel Manila Half Marathon on the 21st of August 2016. Now on its fourth year, the premier urban destination in partnership with the country’s foremost running event organizer, RunRio, led by Coach Rio de la Cruz, brings the much-anticipated event to a new venue. Now taking off from the CCP Open Field which is next to Sofitel and offers more activity space and private parking for runners, the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is an annual event held for the benefit of the children of Virlanie Foundation.

Event Date: Sunday, 21st of August 2016
Time: 3:00am to 9:30am
Race Organizer: RunRio Inc.
Assembly Area: Start/Finish Points: CCP Open Grounds
Beneficiary: Virlanie Foundation, Inc.



Registration Period
Online Registration: June 27 to August 7, 2016
In-store Registration: July 13 to August 14, 2016

Registration Fee
5km - Php 750
10km - Php 850
21km - Php 950

Registration Form - http://media.wix.com/ugd/1fd0df_31ad258197a342d99b33095788bd38f9.pdf

In-Store Registration
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Timex Megamall
Toby's SM Mall of Asia
RUNNR Store BHS
RUNNR Store Trinoma

Assembly & Gun Start
5km - 350AM - 450AM
10km - 340AM - 440AM
21km - 3AM - 4AM

Online Registration - https://regonline.activeglobal.com/sofitelmanilahalfmarathon2016

Singlet Sizing Guide
XS - Chest:16 1/2 HPS: 24 1/2
S - Chest:17 1/2 HPS: 25 1/2
M - Chest:18 1/2 HPS: 26 1/2
L - Chest:19 1/2 HPS: 27 1/2
XL - Chest:20 1/2 HPS: 28 1/2
XXL - Chest:21 1/2 HPS: 29 1/2

Finisher Shirt Sizing Guide
XS - Chest:16 1/2 HPS: 24 1/2
S - Chest:17 1/2 HPS: 25 1/2
M - Chest:18 1/2 HPS: 26 1/2
L - Chest:19 1/2 HPS: 27 1/2
XL - Chest:20 1/2 HPS: 28 1/2
XXL - Chest:21 1/2 HPS: 29 1/2

Route Map / Race Map

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

World Vision Run 2016

What: World Vision Run 2016
When: June 26 2016
Where: Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City

Online Registration
http://www.runrio.com/worldvisionrun2016 (Until June 12)

In-store Registration (Until June 19)
Runnr BHS
Toby's Shangri-La
Runnr Trinoma
Toby's Mall of Asia

Registration Fee
PHP 300 - 500 meters
PHP 600 - 3km
PHP 700 - 5km
PHP 800 - 10km
PHP 1000 - 21km (finishers medal)

Assembly Time & Gun Start
21km - 330AM - 450AM
10km - 4AM - 5AM
5km - 430AM - 530AM
3km - 450AM - 550AM
500m - 6AM - 7AM

Tech Shirt

Race Map

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Philippine Air Force Run 2016

Online Registration
http://goorahna.com/#/event/airforcerun2016/register

In-store Registration
Tobys Trinoma Quezon City
Tobys SM Aura Taguig City
Tobys Glorietta 2 Makati City
Runnr Alabang Town Center

Registration Fee
PHP 350 - 3km
PHP 550 - 5km
PHP 650 - 10km
PHP 850 - 21km

Assembly Time & Gun Start
21km - 420AM - 445AM
10km - 500AM - 530AM
5km - 520AM - 540AM
3km - 530AM - 550AM

Singlet Design

Finishers Medal

Saturday, May 21, 2016

PH Workforce Lead Sedentary Lifestyles

Herbalife, a global nutrition company, has released the findings of the new Nutrition At Work Survey, which revealed that the majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity. The survey, which was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce, was conducted in March with 5,500 full-time workers in 11 Asia-Pacific markets, including 500 workers from the Philippines.

According to the survey findings, almost nine out of 10 (85%) workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. The survey also revealed that majority of Philippines’ workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years.

Nevertheless, the risk of obesity could be averted if workers in the Philippines decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. Close to eight out of 10 workers (75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life, however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.


“With a majority of Philippines’ workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in the Philippines take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in the Philippines, we hope that this will, over time, help reduce obesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people,” said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.

Aimed at addressing health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepening practical understanding on the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, Herbalife launched its fifth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016, held in the months of April and May. The latest edition of the Wellness Tour builds upon the successes of the past four tours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region, and features a host of medical symposiums, talks and workshops led by seven experts from Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), covering 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Gary Small, M.D. has recently visited the country and shared his expert views on digital dementia and brain aging at the “A Smart Way to Healthy Aging: A Talk by Gary Small, M.D.” event. Dr. Small, a specialist in brain health and aging, has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the "Senior Investigator Award" from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.


During the talk Dr. Small addressed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and share practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Small at the event, and had the chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.

Rounding up the team of Herbalife NAB experts who have participated in the Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour are:
Dr. David Heber, chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board. A leading expert in the field of nutrition, named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and repeatedly included in “The Best Doctors in America”.
Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, an expert in metabolism and nutrition, with a focus on the clinical evaluation of nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and herbs. He was awarded the National Award of Biomedicine in Taiwan in 2008 for his contribution to medical education.
Dr. Julian Alvarez Garcia, a specialist in sports medicine and sports physiology who has advised professional teams, national teams and individual athletes on a range of disciplines including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football and basketball.
Dr. Darren Burgess, an expert in sports science and nutrition who has authored papers in multiple peer review journals. He is also the current Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club, and the former Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.
Dr. Nataniel Viuniski, an expert in pediatrics and nutrition who has authored “Childhood Obesity – A Practical Guide”. He is also currently an advisor to Brazil's Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity.
Dr. Francis Gregory Samonte, one of the Philippines’ premier experts in pediatric neurology, and the first Filipino appointed to the NAB. He was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, Kentucky’s Department of Pediatrics.

The NAB experts were also joined by Dr. Luigi Gratton, Herbalife’s vice president of nutrition education and development, who has written numerous articles on nutrition and obesity, and has appeared on television speaking on nutrition, anti-aging medicine, sports nutrition and other medical topics.

“With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives. We hope that that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life,” Mr. Valenzuela concluded.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

adidas makes plastic shopping bags history

To celebrate Earth Day, and to underscore its ongoing commitment to sustainability, the adidas Group announced that plastic shopping bags will be removed from its own retail stores globally. The switch to paper bags will be implemented immediately, with Russia and Kazakhstan following in June 2016.

Additionally, over the last year, the adidas Group has worked closely with its partners, resulting in the vast majority of its franchisees committing to paper bags by the end of June 2016. This means every year the adidas Group will eliminate approximately 70 million plastic shopping bags across more than 14,000 retail stores globally. This translates to 3 million plastic shopping bags in the United States and more than 2 million plastic bags in Germany.

“Phasing out shopping plastic bags is part of our wider effort to constantly increase the use of more sustainable materials in our production, products and stores, as we recently announced with our newly launched 2020 Sustainability Strategy ‘Sport needs a space’,” says Roland Auschel, Member of the Executive Board, responsible for Global Sales. “However, there is even more to it than that. Our store staff has been trained on the importance of taking consumers on this journey with us; we will therefore ask consumers if they really need a paper bag before we give one away. Reducing the number of bags we produce also means minimising our environmental footprint and helps us to become an even more sustainable company.”

The plastic shopping bag phase-out initiative started one year ago, when the company announced its partnership with Parley for the Oceans. As a founding member, adidas supports Parley for the Oceans in its education and communication efforts, as well as its comprehensive Ocean Plastic Programme (A.I.R., Avoid, Intercept, and Redesign) that intends to end plastic pollution of the oceans. On top of phasing out plastic bags, the adidas Group has taken concrete steps to reduce its use of virgin plastic such as:

- Ended the use of plastic microbeads across all body care products by December 31, 2015.
- Eliminating plastic bottles in meetings at its headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany as of Q3 2015.

The adidas Group’s programme is regularly recognised by leading socially responsible investment rating agencies, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the FTSE4Good Index. In 2015, for the 16th consecutive time, the adidas Group was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Again, at the beginning of 2016, the adidas Group ranked fifth among ‘The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’, as announced by media and investment advisory company Corporate Knights at the World Economic Forum.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Alaska National Training Camp 2016

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska started its search for the best basketball players in the country through Regional Selection Camp that was held at Baguio City, Davao, Cebu and Don Bosco Institute in Makati.

Boys and girls who joined the search for the ten best boys and five best girls basketball players will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. There was 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 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, ran in April with stops at Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps advanced to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila last April 22-24.

NBA and WNBA legends Norris Cole of New Orleans Pelicans and Taj McWilliams, former Minnesota Lynx, 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.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Football For Peace 2016

Meralco’s social development arm One Meralco Foundation and football club Loyola Meralco Sparks have teamed up once again with the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) for the annual Football for Peace Festival that happened in Metro Manila last April 23 to May 1, 2016.

In photo during the sports event kick-off attended by members of the Philippine Sportswriters Association are One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao (center) with (from left) PMC Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, PMC Capt. Ryan Gandeza, Football for Peace co-founder Rookie Nagtalon, Loyola Meralco Sparks Coach Simon McMenemy, Team Captain James Younghusband and Goalkeeper Ricardo Padilla.

The advocacy, which was started by PMC in 2011 in Sulu, utilizes football as a tool to instill peace-loving values of sportsmanship, camaraderie, teamwork and discipline in the minds of young athletes, especially those living in conflict areas in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

adidas #BoostManila

adidas Philippines partners with top running communities from all over the metro for #BoostManila. Dubbed as the first and biggest running community meet in the country to date, #BoostManila brings together running communities from all parts of the city.

Leading the pack from the north is running group Run365ph along with Ayala Triads from Makati, Philippine Titans from Pasig, Urban Runners from BGC/Taguig, and all the way from the south, Snail Runners from Alabang.

“Running has gotten quite big in the country and this is a category that we want to focus on this year,” begins Jen Dacasin, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager of adidas Philippines. “Tonight, we are joined with around a hundred runners from different parts of the city. It is important for us to go grassroots for running and be present amongst these active running communities by letting them know that we want to give them that boost by allowing them to not just learn about our products but most importantly experience them as well,” ends Dacasin.

Last year, adidas first unveild ‘the greatest running shoe ever’, the Ultra BOOST shoes. Developed with the top runners in mind, the Ultra BOOST was designed with energized cushioning for your best run ever. This is just one of the many products adidas has developed for the dedicated runner.

adidas aims to build a community of runners who will further influence more to get into the sport. Running along the said communities and part of the adidas roster are Team Gotta, Team Pangilinan, and triathlete Claire Adorna, who bagged the first gold medal for the Philippines during the 2015 SEA Games.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Alaska Power Camps

According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s 7th National Nutrition Survey in 2008, at least 16 million Filipinos aged 20 and above, and about 2 out of 10 children are overweight. Under nutrition also remains to be a public health concern affecting nearly 3 out 10 children. Also recently, there have been prevalent issues on change in children’s interests and behaviors brought by fast-changing technological environment.

With these alarming concerns, Alaska Milk Corporation is committed to help provide proper nutrition and promote an active lifestyle. Thus every summer, Alaska gathers basketball, football and volleyball enthusiasts through its Alaska Power Camps. The summer sports program inspires both girls and boys to engage in sports. Moreover, through basketball, football and volleyball, the child does not only improve his/her talent but also acquire proper skills development and formation of the Power Camp values of discipline, determination, hard work, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Distinguished Philippine sports icons will lead the Alaska Power Camps. First, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend and Alaska Aces assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso will lead a team of basketball coaches. Second, former professional football player and currently Alaska Football Power Camp Project Director and Alabang Football School, Makati Football School Director, Tomas Lozano will lead the Alaska Football Power Camp. Lastly, Philippine Super Liga volleyball player and former De La Salle University Lady Spikers star volleyball player, Michele Gumabao, will lead a team of volleyball experts in teaching aspiring young girls in the Alaska Volleyball Power Camp.

Alaska continues to encourage children to go out and play by participating in various Alaska sports programs like Alaska Power Camp. For general information about Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com, for more information about Alaska Milk Corporation Sports Program visit www.playph.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayPH; Twitter: @playph; Instagram: @alaskaplayph

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fit for Summer Sale at Circulo Verde

The hottest summer sale in the north of the metro is hitting Industria at Circulo Verde starting April 28 to May 1, from 11AM to 10PM.

The Fit for Summer Sale by Light’N Up will be bringing the best sports and active lifestyle products in the country into one convenient place. Whether you’re a runner, a cyclist, or a mountaineer, this sporting goods sale will have the quality equipment and clothing for athletes of all kinds and levels.

Sports enthusiasts can expect participating brands like Dunlop, Pinarello, Blackburn Design, Wethepeople, Prodigy Sports, Carlton, Ryders Eyewear, Slazenger, 2XU, Cervelo, Zoot Sports, Karrimor, JBL, and more to take part in giving out various raffle prizes and shopping sprees. Discounts up to 60% off selected items along with other promos will also be offered during these four days.

Industria at Circulo Verde touts itself as an “anti-mall” – a hip solution for the young, edgy, and artistic market hankering for alternative places to shop, dine, and be entertained. It also functions as the neighborhood center for a growing number of residents in the Majorca, Ibiza, and Seville Residences, as well as Circulo Verde Garden Homes—all within the 10-hectare development at Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

Drop by Industria at Circulo Verde along Calle Industria to grab the best deals to help you get fit and race ready this summer!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tabal, Poliquit Conquer Boston Marathon

Mary Joy Tabal and Rafael Poliquit Jr. added another feather to their caps as they crossed the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18 (April 19, Philippine time). The all-expense paid trips to the Boston Marathon are part of their prizes for winning the 39th National MILO Marathon in 2015. With pride in their hearts as they represented the Philippines, the reigning MILO Marathon champs took to the Boston roads along with over 32,000 runners from all over the globe in the world’s oldest annual marathon.

The Boston Marathon is known for its notoriously difficult race route and very high qualification standards. Adding to the hurdles that the champs needed to overcome were the very strong winds and hot weather conditions on race day. Despite not being able to hit their target times, both Tabal and Poliquit, just by finishing the historic Boston Marathon alone, have achieved a massive feat in the sport of road racing.

Tabal posted a time of 2:49:01, and finished 20th in her female age group. She placed 21st in the overall elite female category and 34th in the overall elite male and female category. The 26-year-old Southeast Asian Games silver medalist from Cebu had a good start and kept her pace, but suffered from agonizing cramps at the 25km mark. However, she still pushed on and faced uphill after uphill in the route.

“To be honest, I am really disappointed with my performance because I could have done so much better. I felt that I prepared myself well, and I was very positive, but I started feeling cramps in my quads after the first half. The pain was getting worse that I was about to stop, even the marshalls wanted me to stop,” Tabal recalls. “But I never stopped a race in my entire life and I didn’t want to stop, so I persevered and prayed for the pain to go away. I kept on telling myself that I can still do it and I have to finish the race despite what I’m feeling. I am very happy to finish it even if I did not hit my goal.”

Despite not being able to qualify for the Olympics, Tabal’s quest to achieve her dream is not over. She and her team will find another race so she can try again. “Everything happens for a reason. I am at the stage of overcoming this pain I’m feeling, but I will be back soon, I will get up and try again,” she shares. “Being here in Boston representing the Philippines made me feel really privileged and happy, and I thank God for this opportunity. I am also grateful for all the support that MILO has given me.”

Meanwhile, Poliquit finished with a time of 2:47:16. He placed 277th in his male age group, 323rd in the overall elite male group and 340th in the overall elite male and female category. Similarly to Tabal, Poliquit started well, but after the first half, he started feeling numbness in his hands and feet. He also found the Heartbreak Hills part of the route, which is composed of several uphill challenges, the most difficult. Like a true champion, he did not give up and faced them head on.

“It was really difficult to climb the Heartbreak Hills, and unfortunately I was unable to maintain my pace in the second half. I decided to slow down to avoid completely dropping out of the race,” shares Poliquit. “I did not want to waste my opportunity of representing the Philippines here so I willed myself to do my best and finish the race, no matter what my result is. When I crossed the finish line, I thanked God for helping me overcome the pain to achieve this.”

Poliquit also adds that one of the most important lessons he learned from this race is the importance of patience. He admits that he was overcome with excitement in the first half that he went on in full confidence with his pace. “I should’ve been more patient with my pace,” he shares. “I am still proud of finishing the Boston Marathon. This experience has definitely improved my self-confidence and it will help me as I prepare for other future races. My outlook is still positive because I did my best, and I am very happy.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nothing Beats Gatorade

When it comes to hydrating the world’s top athletes and those who aspire to follow in their footsteps, nothing beats the world’s number one sports drink, Gatorade.

This message is succinctly captured in the sports drink leader’s latest TV Commercial featuring local sports stars Alyssa Valdez of the Ateneo Lady Eagles and Gilas Pilipinas point guard Terrence Romeo who star alongside international sports icons Usain Bolt and Serena Williams.

“As the number one sports drink on the planet, and in the Philippines, it is our duty to spread the word of proper hydration to athletes all over the country,” Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said. “Proper hydration is our advocacy and our commitment. It is a building block that Gatorade was built on. More than anything else, our latest commercial is a reminder to everyone that to perform your best, absolutely nothing beats Gatorade.”

Gatorade’s latest TVC debuted in time for the round two of the highly anticipated UAAP Season 78 Women’s Volleyball match-up between the Ateneo Lady Eagles and the DLSU Lady Spikers where the defending champions from Katipunan avenged their first round loss to the latter. The video can be viewed online at the official Gatorade Philippines Facebook page at facebook.com/GatoradePH.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Manila Selection Camp

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

“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 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.

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 www.jrnba.asia/philippines, www.alaskamilk.com, and www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball. For live updates log on to www.alaskaplayph.com follow us on FB, IG and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.

Monday, April 11, 2016

70% Discount at Markdown Madness

Markdown Madness, one of the biggest sale events in town, is happening once again just in time for the summer!

Enjoy up to 70% discount from April 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Philippine Stock Exchange Centre Auditorium in Ortigas. Participating brands include: Skechers, Merrell, Sperry, Keds, Saucony, Pony, Polo Ralph Lauren, and No Fear.

Markdown Madness promises to be another grand sale event, so be sure to get the best shoe deals in town! For more information and updates, visit Markdown Madness on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarkdownMadnes.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Cebu Selection Camp

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 last 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 www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

“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 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.

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Athletics National Open Attracts Top Athletes

Anticipation for the 2016 Ayala Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships is reaching fever-pitch. Over 1,000 athletes have already signed up for the annual athletics meet organized by the PATAFA.

This year’s version of the National open is unique in many ways. First, this year’s championships year marks the forging of a long-term partnership between Ayala Corporation and the PATAFA, after long hours of comprehensive discussions. Hence, the 2016 edition is billed the Ayala Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships.

In addition, this year’s National Open returns to the Philippine capital, the hub of athletics in the country. The three-day scorching, live, action-packed competition will be held on April 7, 8, and 9 in PhilSports (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig. It will be open to the public.

The competition will kick off at daybreak on April 7 then culminate on April 9 by 5:00pm. On each day, competitions will start at 6 AM and then have a 6-hour mid-day break and resume at 4 P.M. to end at 8 P.M. The six-hour break is to give the competitors and technical officials a respite from the extreme summer heat and to follow international conventional practice

The 2016 Open is anticipated to be a tightly contested championships as the July 11 deadline for the submission of Olympic qualifiers draws near. The championships will showcase the athletic prowess of current members of the national athletics team pitted against the best of the best across the archipelago. This year, expected to provide tough competition are over 1,000 up-and-coming and powerhouse track and field athletes all over the Philippines plus invited young and top-notch athletes from neighboring Asian countries such as South Korea, Malaysia (expected to field teams from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah), Singapore, Hong Kong, Guam, Brunei and Mongolia. The Philippines will, on the other hand, field entries from the national team, the national training pool and collegiate leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, SCUAA.

Interest will also be focused on Fil-American standouts from the national team and a new batch of crack Fil-heritage athletes, who have served notice of their desire to participate in the three-day event as part of their plan to join the national team. As members of the national team they will have a shot at competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics and succeeding competitions like the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines and the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Leading the Fil-Am charge are Rio Olympics qualifier Eric Cray who will see action in the 100m and 400m Hurdles and currently ranks 38th in the world; Caleb Stuart, the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Hammer Throw record holder; and, Donovant Arriola, bronze medalist in Long Jump in the Singapore SEA Games. A returnee to the Open is Brandon Thomas who has joined Eric Cray as the latter's training partner in Texas. Thomas, who competed in the 2015 National Open in Sta Cruz, Laguna, can run a time good enough to qualify for the 7th Asian Indoor Championship in Doha, Qatar, and hopefully, the World indoors (in Eugene, Oregon). Thomas will compete in the 100 and 200 meter runs.

Hopes are high that a good number of Philippine athletes, with its formidable squad of young and experienced home grown and overseas-trained athletes, will spring surprises in delivering record setting performances in this year’s Open.

A host of crack tracksters from across Asia and the Pacific are expected to mount stiff opposition to the Philippine athletes. Worth anticipating are the performances of Lee Gyu Hyeong and Kim So Yeon from South Korea, and Shanti Pereira of Singapore for the sprints, and Muhd Mat Hasan, Rayzam Wan Sofian, and Raja Azhar of Malaysia in the hurdles event.

Friday, March 25, 2016

2016 MILO Summer Sports Clinics

Leading beverage brand MILO announces that starting this year, three new sports – triathlon, golf and fencing – are joining the roster of sports at the MILO Summer Sports Clinics.

Summer is the perfect time for children to learn a new sport with the MILO Summer Sports Clinics, the most widely participated sports program in the country. With its commitment to discovering and developing tomorrow’s champion athletes, MILO encourages school children to make the most of their vacation by learning sports and taking on new challenges.

From April to May 2016, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics program offers immersive training in 17 sporting disciplines: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Chess, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Karatedo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon and Volleyball. The clinics will be available in over 700 venues to 30,000 students nationwide. Enroll your child now! Visit www.milo.com.ph for more details on the MILO Summer Sports Clinics.


Each sports clinic has an array of schedules and venues children and their parents can choose from. Training is handled by able and expert coaches and instructors who use the modern, scientific approach, with character-forming lessons incorporated in their program. Children will not only learn champion moves but also champion values such as determination, discipline, teamwork, perseverance, hard work, respect, and confidence, which will help them become winners on and off the court.

“With the summer season fast approaching, it’s time to get thinking about your child’s summer activities,” said Robbie De Vera, MILO Sports Executive. “The MILO Summer Sports Clinics is the perfect venue for your child to gain the skills and character needed to become a champion not only in sports, but also in life.”


For years, MILO’s Summer Sports Clinics and sponsored programs have produced many athletes who have made their mark in both the local and international sporting scenes. The roster of alumni includes BEST Center graduate and UAAP phenom Kiefer Ravena, Southeast Asian Games medalist Japoy Lizardo, and PBA star Chris Tiu.

Start your child’s champion journey today and enroll them in the MILO Summer Sports Clinics now!


For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines)

Monday, March 14, 2016

UAAP Women’s Volleyball Season 78

UAAP Women’s Volleyball Season 78 presented by PLDT HOME Ultera reached an all-new pinnacle at the recent highly anticipated battle between long-term archrivals ADMU and DLSU. Headlining the intense and exciting tourney were no less than the PLDT HOME Ultera ambassadors Alyssa Valdez and Bea De Leon representing the Ateneo Lady Eagles, and Mika Reyes and Ara Galang for the De La Salle Lady Spikers.


De La Salle triumphed against the defending champion Ateneo with a 25-22, 25-14 and 25-18 win, breaking the latter’s six-win sweep and resulting in their first loss this season. The Lady Spikers consequently advanced their own record to five wins and only one loss. The Ultera ambassadors and Volley Friends members who led these strong teams in this round one showdown are geared to go all out for the remainder of the season.


For access to behind-the-scenes kulitan and fun candid moments among the volleyball superstars, follow Volley Friends on Viber Public Chat (chats.viber.com/volleyfriends). For real-time updates on UAAP Women’s Volleyball Season 78, follow @pldthome on Instagram.
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