Titan x Nike pop-up space: Celebrating basketball culture this holiday season

Lifestyle, Sports

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Nike and basketball retailer Titan have partnered together to launch the exclusive Titan x Nike pop-up space that showcases the best of Nike & Jordan Brand innovation, services and experiences this holiday season.

Titan’s flagship store in Bonifacio Global City has been transformed into a hub for those who play, live and obsess the game with the newest Nike Basketball, Jordan Brand and hoops-inspired Nike Sportswear innovation on full display – Nike NBA jerseys with next-level access to athletes and special rewards, the Nike LeBron XV and Air Jordan XXXII and the timeless streetwear classic, the Nike Air Force 1 which celebrates its 35th year anniversary this year.

Since 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has inspired communities, artists and musicians the world over with its basic white silhouette and endless iterations (more than 2,000 since 1982), on and off the court. The Nike Air Force 1 Low NBA celebrates the connection to the game of basketball as Nike kicks off its relationship with the NBA. Throughout the season, new Nike Air Force 1 silhouettes will also be released during Nike Air Force 1 Fridays each week, from October to mid-December. Every purchase of the Nike Air Force 1 at the Titan x Nike pop-up space comes with an exclusive pin, dubrae or chain.

Beginning November, Nike will be staging Battle Force Manila – a series of tournaments open to young Filipinos to compete in various battles across basketball, dance, music, art and style – in celebration of the game and culture of basketball at the Titan Love Court, BGC from November 4th onwards. More information on Battle Force Manila can found on https://www.titan22.com/blog/post/nike-battle-force-manila/.

The Titan x Nike Pop-up store is open Mondays through Sundays, from 11am to 10pm.

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Look: La Salle, Ateneo players wearing Nike Air Force 1s

Lifestyle, Sports

In celebration of the iconic sneaker’s 35th anniversary, members of the Ateneo Blue Eagles and De La Salle Green Archers wore classic colors of the shoe as they arrived for their much-anticipated match to end Round 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.

Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, Mike Nieto, Matt Nieto, Anton Asistio, and Tyler Tio wore white Air Force 1 sneakers when they arrived at the Mall of Asia Arena, while La Salle’s Ralph Tero, Andrei Caracut, Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar wore their own pairs of the classic sneaker.

Look: Converse x NBA collection

Lifestyle, Sports

In 1949, virtually every player in the NBA wore the brand’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Time progressed and Converse supplied new players with the tools to create basketball history. One of these players, signed to Converse in 1975, creator of the free-throw line slam dunk and all around basketball pioneer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving cemented the Converse brand in basketball history with his daring game play and swagger all while sporting his version of the classic Pro Leather silhouette.

On September 29, Converse launched the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, giving fans a way to show their NBA pride and celebrate their favorite teams. Representing all 30 NBA teams, the collection pays tribute to the game and celebrates the culture of basketball and its influence on today’s street style with three design tiers: Gameday, Legend and Franchise.

The Chuck SE NBA Franchise is a celebration of city pride for the fan who wears their heart on their sleeve. Launching in the Philippines are 6 out of the 13 NBA teams, the sneaker features team logos decorated on the tips of the laces and embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglets. The mesh upper features the team’s name and jersey-inspired details, while each outsole is molded to display the given team’s city influence. The sneaker is covered in individually-screen printed jersey material and includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede internal lining for comfort.

Boston Celtics

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A legendary city with much to celebrate and a record breaking basketball team with more banners than any franchise in the league – the Celtics 17 NBA titles are recognized on the “Legend” sneaker with an embossed “17” on the upper. The Converse x NBA Boston Celtics sneakers commemorate the storied athletic record of the Green with a sneaker that helped bring Boston a whole lot of gold.

Chicago Bulls

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A city with a team that won the ‘90s, the Chicago Bulls were unbeatable with two three-peat seasons spanning 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. The Converse x NBA Chicago Bulls sneakers recall the iconic ‘90s warm-ups with its two-tone nylon tongue and red triangles representing the game plan that made it all happen.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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One of basketball’s most iconic sneaker sports basketball’s most famous icons. Mesh upper features team name and jersey-inspired details. Team logo embroidered on the tongue top with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglet. This Chuck Taylor includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede lining for comfort.

Golden State Warriors

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Newly-minted legends in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors turned the Bay into basketball’s twenty-first century epicenter. The five-time championship winners have been creating historic moments in recent times for their competitive spirit and ability to overcome unbelievable odds. The Converse x NBA Golden State Warriors sneaker honors the Bay Area with an embroidered landscape of the Bay Bridge on the upper.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are all about “Showtime” – home of the purple and gold and one of the league’s most successful teams in NBA history with 16 championships. To celebrate, sixteen stars are embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue. Los Angeles slated an era when basketball embraced sunshine, celebrities, and a smooth, silky version of hoops. With star status athletes, the Lakers take center stage with 21 Hall of Famers and the NBA’s longest winning streak of 33 consecutive games. The Converse x NBA LA Lakers sneakers embody showmanship and functionality with an internal gold foil print and silver hardware along with premium leather lining and molded sockliner.

New York Knicks

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The Pride of Gotham, the New York Knicks is a team that represents the fiercest metropolis on the planet. Diehard fans live for the slogan “Once a Knick, Always a Knick,” which is embossed along the side of the “Legends” upper. The Knicks are only one of two original NBA teams that remain in their founding city. The Converse x NBA New York Knicks sneakers denotes loyalty and originality.

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The NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection is only available at Converse shops in Festival Mall, Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu for P 4,950.

To complement the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, a line of Converse NBA Apparel launches to tie together the full street-wear uniform. Featuring exclusive Converse NBA branding, the collection includes a winter wool bomber jacket with primaloft fill, a hooded coach’s jacket and Converse Essentials – a hoodie, crewneck, long-sleeve tee and jogger.

The Converse NBA Apparel is exclusively available at NBA Store Mega Fashion Hall.

For more of the NBA collaboration, visit http://www.converse.com.ph and follow Converse PH  on http://www.facebook.com/Converse.PH and Instagram (@converseph).

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.

Nike caps LeBron James’ Manila tour with Soldier 11 ’Silver Bullet’ colorway

Lifestyle, Sports

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With the Air Max 97 being one of the most iconic Air Max sneakers in Nike’s history, the Swoosh is honoring LeBron James’ visit to Manila by releasing the Zoom Soldier XI in one of its first and original colorways, , the ‘Silver Bullet.’

The Air Max 97, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, in one of its most famous OG colors is the inspiration for this latest version of the Soldier XI.

This iteration of LeBron’s go-to shoe for the 2017 championship series features reflective accents, a metallic silver upper together with some hints of red, white, and black on the collar, heel, midsole and outsole while maintaining that superior lockdown and responsiveness enabled through the Zoom Air units when worn on the court. It will ignite speed and power to unleash your ultimate game.

The Soldier XI ‘Silver Bullet’ is the third and final of the limited shoe launches tied to the LeBron James Tour Manila 2017.

Serving as the perfect send-off for the King as he departs Manila, the shoe is set to release in limited quantities exclusively on Sunday, September 3 at Nike Park Fort at 11AM. First come, first served.

The shoe will be released in limited quantities and will retail for P7,195.

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This collaboration between Proppy and Nipa Brew is hard to resist

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What happens when Proppy and Nipa Brew come together?

You get an awesome deal.

In celebration of International Beer Day, Proppy collaborated with local craft brewery Nipa Brew to create a special IPA blend and a pair of beer-designed socks.

New Nike Kobe A.D. examines psychology of color

Lifestyle, Sports

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Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality encompasses both the physical and psychological elements of basketball. While his passion for practice and training is well documented, the five-time champion’s curiosity about the external factors that influence human behavior is lesser known. One aspect of that interest is the psychology of color — particularly in understanding the correlations between color, attitude and emotion.

The all-new, mid-top KOBE A.D. shoe applies Bryant’s intrigue of how color personally affects him to a five-shoe collection illuminating the origins and depth of his unyielding quest for improvement.

SnippetMEdia launches the “X” space for bloggers

Gadgets, Lifestyle

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In the last five years, we have seen the dramatic rise of the influence of social media and blogging all over the world. From training their sights solely on celebrities, brands have shifted their attention to influencers and bloggers to market their brand and their products.

Here in the Philippines, apart from being a medium of creative self-expression for many Filipinos, blogging has become an effective tool in communicating—from promoting the Philippines and what the country has to offer, to influencing and shaping opinions about particular issues and society in general.

With this in mind, Filipino technology company SnippetMEdia, creator of the mobile app of the same name, has decided to take blogging a step further by creating a new platform to cater exclusively to bloggers and independent content creators—SnippetX.

SnippetX is a new platform in SnippetMEdia that brings a whole new dimension to news aggregation by providing unique access to stories written by local and international content creators on topics users are most interested in.

“Whether it’s about travel, fashion, food or technology, Filipinos will now have access to a multitude of stories written by Pinoy bloggers all in one click,” Kitson Kho, founder and chairman of SnippetMEdia said.

So how does SnippetX work?

Kho likened SnippetX to a hub, where content from bloggers and freelance writers can be accessed by readers through the app. With SnippetX, online content creators can maximize the impact of their stories and keep readers engaged with the stories they want to see and follow.

“People are on their smartphones for a good number of hours every day. Being in a mobile app opens opportunities to reach a more captive and responsive audience through targeting and better recommended stories,” he explained.

“SnippetMEdia makes reading and discovering online content easier by saving the users the time and effort in finding what they want to read among a multitude of sources,” stressed Kho. “And now with SnippetX, SnippetMEdia brings a whole new dimension to news aggregation by providing unique access to stories written by Filipino online content creators on topics users are most interested in.”

Why the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit is better than its predecessor

Lifestyle, Sports

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Nike’s React technology is the brand’s latest innovation when it comes to shoe cushioning. The revolutionary foam is lightweight, responsive and durable, making it easier for athletes to manuever and perform better.

One of the first shoes to incorporate the React is the Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit, which was worn by Draymond Green in the Golden State Warriors’ title run earlier this year.

I was lucky to have received a pair of the Nike React Hypedunk 2017 Flyknit before the local release during a media trial runs which was set up by Nike Philippines at the Titan Love Court. Several media members and I got the chance to break in the shoes, along with Nike athletes Gabe Norwood, Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson.

I was really looking forward to these new Hyperdunks and the React technology that came with it because I own a pair of the 2016 model, which I also got from an event before. The 2016 Hyperdunk Flyknit became my go-to basketball shoe and I was pretty satisfied with its performance.

But when I got to try on and play in the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017, that all changed. Even basketball stars Norwood, Ravena, Tenorio and Thompson were pleased with shoe’s performance.

Aesthetic-wise, the Flyknit upper in the 2017 Hyperdunks looks more premium and sleeker than in the 2016 model. I love the adjustments they made to the Flywire eyelets as well, because that was my main concern when it came to the previous verson — I had a tough time tightening and loosening the laces.

The latest Hyperdunks are powerful and more durable. It provides better support and there’s a lot more bounce (I guess that’s because of the React technology). The one feature I really loved lies at the bottom of the shoe. The traction is insanely impressive, almost similar to the traction on the Kyrie 3, which I also did a review on several months back. I like to be quick on my feet and be able to change direction without sacrificing speed, and the shoe does great with quick and sharp cuts.

Also read: How to become as explosive as Kyrie Irving in 5 weeks

There are a few other differences between the 2016 model and this version of the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit, so I made a short video comparing the two:

 

Overall, Nike did a great job on the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit. I’ve already used it on both indoor and outdoor courts, no problem whatsoever. The React tech performs great and the traction is phenomenal. This may just become my new go-to basketball shoe. Looking forward to the different colorways this comes out in.

You can cop the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit at Nike stores and Titan branches nationwide starting August 3 for P8,095.

 

Here are some photos of the 2016 and 2017 models of the Nike Hyperdunk Flyknit

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WATCH: Norwood, Tenorio, Ravena and Thompson talk about the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit

Lifestyle, Sports

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Nike recently unleashed its newest cushioning technology called React in the Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknits.

Before the official release of the shoes here in the country, Nike Philippines hosted a fun mini tournament so members of the media could try on and get a feel of the new Hyperdunks.

PHOTOS: Media trial runs of Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit

The shoes were great right out the box and performed pretty well on the Titan Love Court. The shoe’s durability and the reaction to sudden lateral movements is better than the 2016 model.

Gilas players Gabe Norwood and Kiefer Ravena and Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson were also able to give the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknits a run and here’s what they thought about it:

(Photos from Nike Philippines)