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

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

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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 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. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.

Follow the NBA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nba and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates. For all things NBA, visit http://www.nba.com.

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Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp held in Cebu

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The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska continued its search for the best basketball players in the country when it held its second Regional Selection Camp at Don Bosco Technical School in Cebu City last March 5 and 6.

A total of 333 boys and girls from Iloilo, Bacolod, Leyte and Cebu have joined the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. The camp also had a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams.

The 2016 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). It 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 Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run until April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Cebu there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Manila on (April 9-10).  The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

At the end of the two-day Regional Selection Camp, eight boys and two girls were selected to represent the Visayas Region. They are:

Boys:
Lowell Jhan Francis Chan – 14 years old – SHS Ateneo de Cebu
Harold Alarcon – 13 years old – Bacolod Tay Tung Highschool
Fritz Felix Valencia – 13 yrs old – Bacolod Tay Tung HS
Tracy Carl Dadang – 13 yrs old – USC
Anskie Mclouisse Espina – 13 yrs old – SHS Ateneo de Cebu
Justin Atilano – 13 yrs old- USC
Kendall Limana – 13 yrs old- Abellana NHS
Nicholas Steven Pura – 13 yrs old- SJI Bacolod

Girls:
Florence Jil Talas – 14 years old – Abellana National Highschool
Darliene Regasajo – 14 years old – Abellana National Highschool
Daphne Nardo – 14 years old – Abellana National Highschool

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.

Jr. NBA/WNBA Presented by Alaska’s 2nd Regional Selection Camp goes to Davao

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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 the Ateneo de Davao University (Grade School, High School at Matina Campus) on Feb. 27 and 28.

Boys and girls may join the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. There is also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams.

The All-Star Team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old (born 2002 to 2006). Interested parties may register at the venue in Ateneo de Davao University or online through http://www.jrnba.asia/Philippines.    

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director.

The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that three out of ten children aged 5-10 years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run until April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Davao there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Cebu (March 5-6) and Metro Manila (April 9-10). The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

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

BAGUIO Regional Selection Camp Kicks-Off the Jr. NBA/WNBA Presented by Alaska’s search for PH’s bests cagers

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

Boys and girls may join the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. There is also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams.

The All-Star Team will travel on an overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old (born 2002 to 2006). Interested parties may register at the venue in Benguet State University in Baguio or online through http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director.
The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that three out of ten children aged 5-10 years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run in April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Baguio there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Davao (Feb. 27-28), Cebu (March 5-6) and Metro Manila (April 9-10). The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.
More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

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

10-Time PBA All-Star Jeffrey Cariaso “Returns Home” to Alaska

When you hear or read about Jeffrey Cariaso, you’ll at once connect it with Alaska the basketball team where he played for during his stint at the PBA. Retired from professional basketball and regarded as one of the PBA’s greatest players, Jeff Cariaso returns in a homecoming of sorts in Alaska not as a player but as a Basketball Director. What this new title is and what it means to him can be read through the below official press release. Read on!

10-time PBA All-Star returns to Alaska as Basketball Director for Alaska Basketball Powercamp, Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA programs

At the 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska Tip-Off, Jan. 24, at the British School Manila, Bonifacio Global City, Philippine Basketball Association All-Star player and coach Jeff Cariaso has announced his return to Alaska to help the next generation of young and aspiring basketball players realize their dreams. The launch was led by Alaska Milk President and CEO Fred Uytengsu, NBA Country Manager for the Philippines Carlo Singson and Alaska Milk VP for Marketing Blen Fernando.

“This feels like a homecoming for me because I’ve always been proud to be part of Alaska. My job right now is to find the best basketball players for boys and girls around the country and help them develop to their full potential not just as players but also as persons and productive members of the community,” said Cariaso.

Cariaso started his 15-year career in PBA after he was drafted sixth overall by Alaska in 1995 where he also took the Rookie of the Year award that year. On his 2nd year in the league, he achieved a rare Grand Slam with the Aces. When Jeff rejoined Alaska Aces in 2004, he was team captain for six years before announcing his retirement in 2010 after playing 15 seasons in the league.

From being a 10-time PBA All-Star, 2003 PBA All-Filipino Finals MVP and 2002 PBA All Filipino Best Player of the Conference, Cariaso began his transition to becoming a coach in 2011.

Cariaso returned home to Alaska this year to as Basketball Director for Alaska Basketball Powercamp and lead coach for the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA under Alaska’s NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. Program to help aspiring young players achieve their full potential. He will travel around the country together with the other coaches to conduct school clinics for coaches and players during the regional selection camps. They will also teach not just the basics of the sport but also STAR values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, (positive) Attitude, and Respect. These activities will culminate in the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia where the 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA all-star teams and national coaches are named.

The players and coaches will then have an experience of a lifetime when they go on a trip to watch an NBA game and meet NBA players. Last year, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA teams flew to Beijing, China to meet basketball legend Yao Ming and played friendly basketball games with other all-stars teams from Southeast Asia.

Young boys and girls will learn positive values as they as they showcase their basketball skills with athletes of the same age (10 to 14) through the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA. Alaska promotes a healthy lifestyle, especially among children, through regular sports activities and proper nutrition.

According to the 7th National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Department of Health, obesity is increasing with nearly two out 10 children considered as overweight. Under-nutrition is also a public health concern.

Alaska provides proper nutrition through its Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink, which contains essential nutrients that help children reach their full growth potential. 

With Alaska as presenting partner, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program has reached thousands of schools and communities nationwide and benefited thousands of young boys and girls, parents, and coaches through basketball training camps and school clinics.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program for 2015 will definitely be exciting with Coach Jeff on board in helping our future athletes realize their dreams. Encourage your children to go out and play! 

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines; Alaska Milk Corporation visit http://www.alaskamilk.com; Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #JrNBA #JrWNBA

The Philippine Jr. NBA/WNBA All Stars Back from their NBA Experience in Beijing!

It was a trip to Beijing, China for this year’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All Stars for their NBA Experience! These kids are truly lucky for being chosen as the All-Star crew. Below are some photos from their trip. Next year, a new set of of deserving boys and girls will have their own NBA Experience. Who will they be? Let us all watch out for next year’s Jr. NBA/WNBA selection activities.

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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!

Alaska’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars Hold Send-Off Party

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It was a “coming-out” party of sorts for these group of young boys and girls, all of them in their teens, as they were formally presented to the media for the first time as officially this year’s Philippine Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA ALL STARS. Presented by Alaska together with the Male and Female Coaches of the Year at the NBA Cafe a day before they left for their NBA Experience, the seemingly shy and unassuming teeners, accompanied by their ever supportive parents, answered all questions thrown to them sometimes with ease and most of the time, as natural as growing kids are in the company of inquisitive adults. I think not one of them have an inkling of how they have taken that initial step to having a chance to make it big in the world of Philippine basketball in the future.

For me, it was a truly heartwarming occasion as I was a witness to almost the entirety of their Jr. NBA/WNBA journey – from the Tip-off ceremonies last January, to the various selection camps up to finally the national training camp which eventually produced their lot who will come to be known as the Jr. NBA and JR. WNBA All Stars.

The party cum media conference was organized for the group who left for Beijing China today for their NBA Experience. Last year’s Jr. NBA had theirs in Los Angeles, California but this year, as the Alaska representatives have explained, the group will be taken to China where there they will meet their Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese counterparts for some friendly games, basketball clinic, an NBA Global Games experience and of course, not to forget some cultural tour on the side, including a trip to the Great Wall of China.

The following are the members of theNBA/Jr. WNBA All Stars together with the Male and Female Coaches of the Year who are now in Beijing for the NBA Experience tour:

The Jr NBA Philippine All Stars:

  1. Rhayyan Amsali, 13, Nazareth School of National University
  2. Sanjosef Belangel, 14, Bacolod Taytung High School
  3. Vince Leo Dolendo, 14, Huasiong College of Iloilo
  4. Jethro Rocamora, 14, First Baptist Christian School
  5. Paul Matthew Manalang, 14, National University
  6. Jan Cyril Narvasa, 15, University of Santo Tomas
  7. David Leonardo Umadhay, 14, Huasiong College of Iloilo
  8. Luis Miguel Velasco, 14, La Salle Greenhills
  9. Andrew Vincent Velasco, 14, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System
COACH: Cliff Andy Tecocan
The Jr WNBA Philippine All Stars:
  1. Kreecie Bettina Binaohan, 14, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System
  2. Arielle Marie Lanot, 13, De La Salle-Zobel
  3. Roxanne Salvador, 13, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System
  4. Karl Ann Pingol, 12, Potatan Elementary School
  5. Mary Jean Pascual, 14, University of Southern Philippines
COACH: Pia Dysangco

The Jr NBA and Jr WNBA program in the Philippines is presented by Alaska Milk.  Its mother company, Friesland Campina, extended the sports youth program in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.