Pru Life UK gears up for the biggest cycling festival with PRUride PH 2018

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British life insurer Pru Life UK aims to start the new year with a bang with the launch of PRUride PH 2018, expected to be one of the biggest cycling events in the Philippines.

Following the success of PRUride to London in 2016, the 2018 installment is set to gather some of the national team cyclists from the country and across Southeast Asia with two competition legs – January 11 to 14, 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales, and January 21 at McKinley West, Taguig.

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A time of giving: Ascott PH and Gawad Kalinga partner for Christmas fund-raising campaign

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The Ascott Limited – Philippine Cluster has been partnering with Gawad Kalinga’s “Kusina ng Kalinga” every Christmas for the past three years to provide the gift of nourishment to less privileged children in public schools, streets and conflict areas.

This year’s campaign was ushered in first by Ascott Bonifacio Global City with a tree lighting ceremony, which aims to increase awareness and maximize ways for others to help with the cause. The lobby in Ascott BGC was transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a towering Christmas tree covered in snow as well as polar bears and reindeers on display.

The other properties — Ascott Makati, Ascot Bonifacio Global City, Citadines Millennium Ortigas, Citadines Salcedo Makati, Somerset Alabang Manila, Somerset Millennium Makati and Somerset Olympia Makati — will follow suit in the coming days.

Guests and even non-guests can donate and help raise funds for GK’s “Kusina ng Kalinga” initiative.

“All guests or even walk-ins can lend a helping hand thru purchasing Christmas ornaments from any of our Ascott Hosts here or thru our reception area for a minimum of 100 pesos and all the proceeds will go to Kusina ng Kalinga,” said Ms. Sue Ponnudurai, General Manager for Ascott Bonifacio Global City.

“After their purchase, you may opt to place your names on the back portion or remain anonymous and hang the ornament on the Christmas tree; this minimal amount can already provide six nutritious meals so every donation counts.”

This year, the ornament is a snowflake to complement Ascott Bonifacio Global City’s theme.

For those interested in joining this cause, you may visit any of The Ascott Limited properties around Metro Manila as mentioned above. All you have to do is approach their accommodating Guest Service Officers located at their reception area and they will be able to assist in your donation. They will be accepted from November 21, 2017 until January 5, 2018. After this period, all proceeds will be turned over to Gawad Kalinga.

For further information, feel free to call their marketing department at +63 2 755 8858 or via email at ian.agbayani@the-ascott.com.

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Workshop alert! Learn scroll saw basics with KANSIS Made

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Popular arts and crafts store The Craft Central is turning one year this September. And as part of their birthday celebration, it’ll hold a 3-week series of crafting and making activities.

One of those activations will feature my brother Kenny of KANSIS Made, who will conduct a workshop on the basics of scroll saw cutting.

Color Manila returns to Cebu for CM Challenge on May 14

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COLOR MANILA’S CM CHALLENGE RUN, which is the biggest obstacle fun run in the country, will be back in Cebu City on May 14 at the Cebu Business Park in Ayala Cebu.

“We are more than excited to bring back the CM Challenge franchise to Cebu, and we are expecting thousands of participants once again to take part in our trademark colorful run,” says COLOR MANILA VP Justine Cordero.

Participants may choose between four (4) race categories, 3K, 5K, 10K and the Yakult-sponsored 16K race.

Following incredible showing at Qualifier B, Neymar Jr’s Five prepares for finals

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Neymar Jr’s Five returned to Sparta Philippines last Saturday, February 25 for another round of exciting matches. Over a dozen teams squared off with just four making it to next week’s finals: Manila Tala, Strafford FC, Baggie FC, and Naxional.

Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament which pits five-a-side teams in head-to-head in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player. It’s fast, technical, and tactical.

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is Under Armour’s latest ambassador

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Rio Olympics Silver Medalist for Weightlifting Hidlyn Diaz was recently announced as the latest Under Armour Ambassador, at the recent UA Circuit Challenge held at Robinson’s Magnolia last weekend.

The UA Circuit Challenge is a two-part event which with aims to be a preliminary event to help prepare the participants of the regional fitness challenge UA “Test of Will,” which is set to take place on March 25 and 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.

The next one will happen at Greenbelt 3 on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

UA “Test of Will” is on its second year and will be held in six countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

Participants in ‘Test of Will’, will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw. Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds.

The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

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For more information on how to register for “Test of Will,” visit http://www.testofwill.com.

Thirteen players to represent South Luzon at Jr. NBA PH 2017 national training camp

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Over 600 boys and girls from South Luzon came out to showcase their basketball skills as Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska staged its second Regional Selection Camp February 25-26 at Manuel S. Enverga University in Lucena City.

After two days of intense training and scrimmages, eight boys – Jeryk Dwight Bait, 14, of Batangas Eastern College; Marc Harold de Guzman, 13, of St. Francis National High School; Nygel Gonzales, 13, of De La Salle Lipa; Raphael Hutamares, 13, of Maryhill College; Carlos Noel Panganiban, 14 and Troy Gerard Umayao, 13, of International School for Better Beginnings, Lucena; Wrench Mason Roquid, 13, of University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna, and Raphael Tolentino, 12, of Metro Lucena Integrated Learning School – topped the boys division.

Five girls – Fatima Irish Alpay, 13, of Luis Palad National High School; Kristin Aira Carmona, 12, of Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation; Gracey Aine de Mesa, 13, of Lucena City National High School; Jezza Oabel, 13, of University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna, and Nicole Rosaldo, 12, of Tayabas West Central School – were selected to progress to the next stage of the Jr. NBA program.

The 13 young athletes produced strong performances during the skills stations and scrimmages as well as embodied the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect throughout the camp.

The young players will represent South Luzon in the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp where they will go up against top players from other Regional Selection Camps on May 11-14, 2017.

The best players in the NTC – eight boys and eight girls – will be named the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars who will participate in an overseas NBA experience later this year.

Boys and girls aged 10-14 who want to join the free youth basketball program can still participate in the two remaining Regional Selection Camps in Cebu on March 11-12 and Manila on April 1-2. Interested participants can register at http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.

For more information, fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.

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Nike launches Nike Training Club classes in Manila

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Nike enables Filipinos to get active and start training with Nike Training Club (NTC) classes in Manila.

Starting March 4, NTC classes will be held every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Kerry Sports Manila in Bonifacio Global City, enabling Filipinos to train with the best athletes and trainers using globally designed workouts to reach their individual fitness goals, catering to all fitness levels from beginner to advance.

“Progress is what separates exercising from training,” says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Philippines. “Exercise is doing the same thing over and over and expecting results. Training is an adaptive plan that moves you toward your goal, no matter what that goal is. NTC enables you to train with a purpose and a goal with the best of Nike.”

Athletes can register for the NTC Classes at http://www.nike.com/manila. Athletes who attend NTC Classes during the month of March will be issued an NTC Passport, which will enable them to accumulate stamps to unlock exclusive Nike rewards.

Each area of focus within NTC requires specific training and expertise. NTC Strength aims for athletes to move more weight than their body weight alone, while NTC Mobility emphasizes moving well to perform your best, and NTC Endurance is designed to keep the heart rate up to improve the ability to work-out at a higher intensity level for a longer time period.

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NTC trainers Lian Melegrito, Tanya Aguila, and Trish Ayson who were trained by Nike’s Global Master Trainers, will be leading the NTC Classes.

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Lian competed as a member of the U.P. Pep Squad and was also part of the Philippine National Team for Cheerleading. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science and joined 360 Fitness Club as a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor. In 2015, she got an international certification as a Body Jam advance instructor from Les Mills Asia Pacific and recently earned her certification as a Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Lian hopes to encourage everyone to find their inner athlete through NTC.

Tanya Aguila

NTC’s mobility expert, Tanya is an internationally certified Yoga teacher and founder of ONELIFE, a Pilates-based studio that has been consistently ranked amongst the top boutique fitness studios in the country. She is the first Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension Training Educator in Manila and is currently working towards becoming a Polestar Pilates Educator for the Philippines. Tanya believes that when one transforms one’s body, one changes their life.

Trish Ayson

As NTC’s endurance expert, Trish is both a business woman and a competitive athlete. She co-founded HIIT Philippines, is a certified coach of the American Council of Exercise, and is a Precision Nutrition Coach. She’s also a pioneer member of Girls Got A-Game, an organization that empowers underprivileged women through sport. Trish’s goal is to enrich Filipino lives one workout at a time.

Under Armour searches for new batch of Filipinos for second annual ‘Test of Will’

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Under Armour, the leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, equipment, and connected fitness platforms, will hold its second installment of the Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge dubbed “Test of Will” this summer.

The inaugural Test of Will had a successful and promising turnout last year, with two Filipino athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao emerging victorious in the exciting and heart-pumping competition.

In search of a new batch to don the Philippine colors on the thrilling Test of Will stage, Under Armour will hold a national heat at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City on March 25 and 26.

Pushing the outer limits of strength and endurance, will-driven Pinoys (21 years old and above) will have to compete in a four-minute intense course that requires them to complete 60 seconds of four exercises such as burpees, one-arm thrusters, TRX row and sandbag throw.

Top male and female will get the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will final round, which is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this coming 6th of May.

Aside from the Philippines, countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia will also be hosting their own qualifiers.

A total of 12 competitors from the six aforementioned nations will go head-to-head inside the highly-touted structure, which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises.

A cash prize of $2,500 and Under Armour gears await the overall winner of the second-annual Test of Will.

Registration for Test of Will 2017 is now open. Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well as Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

Anton del Rosario booked for Neymar Jr’s signature football tournament

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Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament which has become a truly global phenomenon.

Across six continents and more than 50 countries, five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical – and unique in the world of football.

More than 65,000 players from 47 countries signed up to play in the first year of Neymar Jr’s Five and 2017 promises to be even bigger.

Neymar Jr’s Five is coming to Manila for three consecutive Saturday’s of non-stop action. Already enlisted for Neymar Jr’s Five is Filipino football superstar, Anton Del Rosario.

Since coming into the local scene in 1999, Anton Del Rosario has become one of the most prolific names in Filipino football having served as right back for Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, Kaya FC, and the Philippine National Team (Azkals).

Neymar Jr’s 5 has opened up more registrations slots and will remain open until February 15 for Qualifier A, and until February 22 for Qualifier B.

The tournament is open to teams of five to seven players aged 16 to 25, and for the first time, two over-aged players are allowed in the squad. Competing teams will need to have their Philippine passports on stand-by when registering. The teams will set out with the hope of making it to the World Final in 2017, at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.

Qualifying rounds will happen on two back-to-back Saturdays; February 18th and 25th, with the finals taking place on the 4th of March – all to be held at SPARTA Philippines in Mandaluyong.