WATCH: Michael Jordan’s inspirational message to Filipino athletes

Sports, Food

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Michael Jordan, basketball legend and Gatorade ambassador addressed millions of Filipino sportsmen and women in a video message that is sure to inspire basketball-loving Filipinos.

In the video, Jordan, the most decorated player to ever grace a basketball hard court, reminded Filipinos that greatness isn’t granted, it is gained, with each triumph earned through hard work, with dues paid for in blood, sweat, and tears.

“I just want to tell you young Pinoy athletes out there to keep training, keep sweating, and keep working towards your goals,” said Jordan in the video clip.

Jordan was one of the most complete basketball players. He excelled on both sides of the court – as potent a scoring machine as he was as pesky a defender.

“In a basketball crazy nation such as ours, Michael Jordan has been a true inspiration to many generations of Filipinos. As Gatorade’s first athlete ambassador, we look to continue his legacy through his unique partnership with our brand,” said Tony Atayde, Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration. “Gatorade’s dominance as the world’s number one sports drink is backed by contemporary sports science and has a long history of fueling sports greatness. And you don’t need to look further than Jordan for an example of that.”

Despite our vertical challenges, Filipinos passion for basketball runs deep. It is much a part of Filipino culture, and while not native to the Philippines, the sport is its most popular and its most loved. And for years, Gatorade has been fueling that love.

“Fuel your performance with the best. I believe this then, and I still believe this now. Nothing hydrates better, nothing beats Gatorade,” Jordan advises the legion of Pinoy athletes.

And everybody knows, when Jordan speaks, you listen.

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NBA 2K League unveils logo

Gadgets, Sports

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The NBA 2K League is a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

On Tuesday, the official logo of the NBA 2K League was revealed.

The NBA 2K League logo incorporates the colors and shape of the NBA logo and the font of the NBA 2K logo. Absent is a human silhouette, which speaks to the inclusive nature of the league and the opportunity for any type of player to try out – young or old, male or female, based domestically or abroad.

A basketball was selected as the centerpiece of the design as it represents the common thread between all NBA 2K players.

 

The logos of the 17 teams will be unveiled later this week.

Launching in 2018, the league will feature the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 17 teams will draft gamers to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs.

The league will host tryouts in early 2018, followed by a draft in March and the season tip-off in May.

Gilas veteran Gabe Norwood rewarded with his own Chooks-to-Go store

Food, Sports

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For being a role model both on and off the court, Gilas Pilipinas veteran Gabe Norwood was given his own branch of Chooks-to-Go by Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated president Ronald Mascariñas on December 5.

Norwood, who was awarded with the first-ever Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award last November 27, was invited to go to the Bounty headquarters in Ortigas, Pasig by BAVI president Ronald Mascariñas to celebrate the first year of the #ManokNgBayan campaign. Little did he know of the surprise Bounty had for him.

Led by Mascariñas, the staff of Bounty presented the Filipino-American with a Chooks-to-Go branch of his choosing. BAVI does not make franchising of Chooks-to-Go public, only giving it to individuals that have served the company.

“Oh wow! I did not expect any of this,” said Norwood. “This makes me want to work harder to represent the country better.”

Besides Norwood’s tenure to the program, what inclined Mascariñas to reward him is how he has been an excellent role model for Filipinos.

“Ever since he came back home back in 2007, he was always humble and kind to everyone,” the chief booster of the national team said. “That’s why this reward is not really for his years in the program. It’s really for the way he has represented the country both locally and internationally. Gabe is an individual of exemplary character.”

The founder of Chooks-to-Go initially did not want this meeting to be publicized but Bounty Sports head Mel Macasaquit pushed to do so to inspire the Filipino youth.

“Boss Ronald did not want this to go out in public but we have to show the Filipino kids that all good things will go rewarded,” said Macasaquit.

Norwood made his national team debut back in 2007 during the Southeast Asian Games. He was also part of the 2013 and 2015 teams that won silver in the FIBA Asia Championship.

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

Events, Sports

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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.

Reef and Surfari Philippines host surfing competition in Free the Sea Movement

Sports

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Surf and lifestyle brand Reef recently hosted a two-division surfing competition as part of its Free the Sea Movement 2 event.

Created together with Surfari Philippines, the competition was held in Sabang Beach, Baler and consisted of Singles and Tandem categories.

In the singles category, Juan Carlos Angeles snagged first place by way of longest ride, Marcus Dieter and JP Pang coming in second and third place, respectively.

Shan Alejos took first place for the Tandem category, winning a customized surf board from Reef, followed by Mikaela Alde, with Joana Valencia coming in third place.

Aside from the surfing competition the brand promoted responsible travel and environmental conservation in partnership with WWF Philippines during the fun three-day event.

Set in one of the country’s top hotspots for surfing, Free the Sea Movement 2 opened with a coastal clean-up and talk from Mr. Ruel Barte of WWF Philippines on sustainable tourism, a cause near and dear to Reef’s heart as it is in line with Reef’s global humanitarian outreach campaign “We Heart.”

“As travelers, we may be just passing through other beaches and cities but through our We Heart campaign, we want to educate people on the importance of leaving a positive impact on the local communities we visit,” shared Marnelli Gaerlan, marketing head for Reef.

“With more and more travelers discovering the beauty of our islands and with the rise of local tourism, now is a good time for us to educate people on the environmental impact tourism has and how we all need to work together maintain our beaches so people can continue to enjoy them for years to come.”

Reef spearheaded the coastal clean-up together with WWF, Surfari Philippines and volunteers to remove wastes and objects that were not naturally part of the beauty of the beach.

The volunteers also got to enjoy what the surfing waves of Sabang Beach from lessons conducted by Nalu Surf Camp.

In the evening, Reef presented WWF a donation to benefit the organization’s environmental programs. Soundcloud Philippines’ Ann Clerigo and Indie Band Banna Harbera then filled the night with amazing music as the volunteers enjoy drinks on a laid back Baler evening.

The weekend was capped by a festive After Party with musical performances from Eazyhead, and new and classic party remixes from DJ Doms Badwolf & DJ CC.

“Baler was the perfect setting for us to promote responsible travel and environmental conservation, while at the same time, giving everyone a taste of what they can enjoy if we remember to care of our beaches – which is delicious local food and music, white beaches, clear water and of course, gigantic waves and surfing like no other!” Gaerlan said.

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PHOTOS: Winners of the 2017 PBA Press Corps Awards

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The best performers of the 42nd season of the PBA were recognized during the annual PBA Press Corps Awards Night on Thursday at the Gloria Maris restaurant inside Gateway Mall in Quezon City.

The highlight of the ceremony came when San Miguel Beermen coach Leo Austria won his third straight Coach of the Year award and received the perpetual Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan trophy.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Order of Merit — L.A. Tenorio
Scoring Champ — Terrence Romeo
All Rookie Team — RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Kevin Ferrer and Reden Celda
All Interview Team — Jayson Castro , Ranidel De Ocmapo, Beau Belga, L.A. Tenorio, Tim Cone and Marc Pingris
William “Bogs” Adornado Comeback Player of the Year — Kelly Williams
Mr. Quality Minutes — Jio Jalalon
Game of the Season — Barangay Ginebra vs Star Hotshots held last Sept 3 (Governors’ Cup)
Final MVP Awardees — Chris Ross , Alex Cabagnot and L.A. Tenorio
Danny Floro Executive of the Year — Mr. Ramon Ang
Virgilio Baby Dalupan Coach of the Year — Leo Austria of San Miguel Beermen

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What you need to know about the Nike Hyper Court

Sports

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1. WHAT IS NIKE HYPER COURT?
– Nike Hyper Court is an on-court interactive experience, powered by Google that unlocks exclusive basketball content, through free data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level.
– Through Nike Hyper Court, Filipino ballers gain free access to exclusive content that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content.
– Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, is a joint initiative between both brands for the first time in bringing access of videos and contents relevant to sports where data access can be scarce, resulting in slow or disruptive content access.

2. HOW DOES THE TECHNOLOGY POWERED BY GOOGLE ENABLE NIKE HYPER COURT IN A UNIQUE WAY?
– The Google technology eliminates the need for high speed data connectivity and enables ballers to watch YouTube content on the designated courts. This is an original project developed for the Philippines and the first time the technology has been used anywhere in the world.
– Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, helps break down connectivity and data barriers – a prevalent challenge for the youth in Manila with limited data connectivity.

3. HOW DOES NIKE HYPER COURT WORK?
– Nike Hyper Court content is streamed via high-speed platforms enabled at every designated Nike Hyper Court using Google technology.
– Ballers at the Nike Hyper Court simply need to connect their smart phones to the local network via the Nike Hyper Court wifi and sign up when prompted.
– These ballers will then be able to access exclusive training videos, coaching tips and athlete content.
– The Nike Hyper Court experience is complemented with physical coaching / training sessions on a periodic basis to enhance the ballers’ learning experiences.

4. HOW DID NIKE TEAM UP WITH GOOGLE ON NIKE HYPER COURT?
– Nike saw an opportunity to team up with Google to provide a unique application of their technology paired with exclusive Nike basketball content.
– Nike Hyper Court provides an avenue for youth in the Philippines to raise their game by providing access to exclusive inspirational and interactive training and content through the power of mobile.

5. IS THIS AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN NIKE AND GOOGLE?
Nike and Google have teamed up to develop a unique technological solution bringing Nike Hyper Court to life. We don’t have further details to share about the agreement.

6. WHAT KIND OF CONTENT WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR USERS AT NIKE HYPER COURT?
– The content accessible through Nike Hyper Court is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced and credible coaches, where some of the features will include the following:
• Athlete-inspired drills and training programs for different types of ballers. For example:
• Programs based on power, quickness and versatility on court
• Skill-enhancing tutorials in the areas of shooting, passing, handles and defense
• The best of Nike inspiration, innovation and enablement content
• Exclusive Nike athlete content

 

7. HOW IS NIKE HYPER COURT DIFFERENT TO NIKECONNECT?
– NikeConnect is an app used by scanning a chip in the NBA jerseys with a smartphone to access Global Nike contents for fans and consumers to tap into the game on and off the court with contents encompassing performance, culture, innovation and inspirational aspects of the game; whereas with Nike Hyper Court users simply connect their smartphones to Nike Hyper Court directly on site, at designated basketball courts to access mainly training-related contents to raise one’s game.
– NikeConnect can be accessed anywhere whereas the Nike Hyper Court is only accessible at designated courts.
– The NikeConnect requires access to data whereas the Nike Hyper Court is powered by Google technology, eliminating the need for high-speed data connectivity.

8. WHERE WILL NIKE HYPER COURT BE AVAILABLE?
– The Nike Hyper Court will be launched in five Barangays around Manila during this holiday season:
• Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court
• Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court
• Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court
• Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court
• YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court

9. HOW MANY USERS WILL BE ABLE TO CONNECT TO THE NIKE HYPER COURT AT A SINGLE TIME?
Under optimal circumstances, Nike Hyper Court can serve up to 60 people at one time, per court, which allows steady streaming of contents and videos.

10. WILL USERS NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE NIKECONNECT APP TO USE NIKE HYPER COURT?
No, as the two are different from a functional and technologically-driven perspective.

11. WHY WAS ARTIST / ILLUSTRATOR ARTURO TORRES PICKED TO DESIGN THE ATHLETE MURALS ON COURT?
– Arturo Torres is renowned for working on illustrations for New York Times bestseller Shea Serrano’s “The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979 Discussed, Debated and Deconstructed”. It featured more than 150 of Torres’ drawings – a blend of photorealism, as well as youthful and lively 1980s cartoons.
– With a blend of his artistic craft and tonality – vibrant and youthful – as he dimentionalizes each athlete’s life-size personality to match the murals’ scale, Torres was approached to illustrate and express his vision for Nike Hyper Court with such talent and vision that resonates with basketballers in Manila and around the globe, in addition to his familiarity with the sport while playing basketball in high school.

12. WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION AND DESIGN ARTURO TORRES HAD IN MIND TO BRING TO THE COURTS AND BALLERS IN MANILA
– Arturo wanted every single drawing to have something that represented the athletes in a way, nostalgically paying homage to his roots and affiliation towards comic-book style illustrations.
– For KD, he focused on capturing the high energy and versatility KD has in every game he plays.
– For Kyrie, he was inspired by how fast the athlete can move around players and that comes through with the wind depicted going past him in the illustration.
– Lebron James was depicted to intentionally draw parallels to the fictitious God of Thunder comic character, Thor. Hence, the lightning to amplify the effect, coupled with the athlete depicted “flying”.
– For Kobe, Torres honed in on the athlete’s ball-handling skills and his ability to remain calm in all scenarios during game-play. Hence, the depiction of smoke at the bottom of the mural.
– For Westbrook, he draws on the fiery, passionate emotion the athlete brings to the court, depicted through fire and lava.

13. WILL THERE BE MORE COURTS AROUND THE PHILIPPINES / GLOBALLY WITH THE NIKE HYPER COURT INNOVATION IMPLEMENTED?
Yes, there are plans to launch more courts in the near future.
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Nike Hyper Court offers Filipino ballers basketball training and content at no cost

Sports

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In a city where basketball is the pulse and access to data and training is limited, Nike is launching Nike Hyper Court, the first ever on-court digital experience that unlocks exclusive HD basketball content without the need for data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level.

Turn up to one of the initial five courts across Manila and ballers can connect to Nike Hyper Court and gain free access to content, powered by Google technology, that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content.

Related: What you need to know about the Nike Hyper Court

“The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia. We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspects of their sport. Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and data costs,” said Nike Southeast Asia & India Senior Marketing Director, Bulbul Khera.

“Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, presents a great example of how businesses can partner with the community to customize technology and provide an original, digital solution aimed at empowering Filipino basketball players and youth across the capital. We are excited to see Nike Hyper Court use Google’s technology to change the game. This technology allows for endless possibilities on and off the court,” mentioned Miguel de Andrés-Clavera, Google Creative Technology Lead.

The content is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced coaches. Features include drills and skills training programs addressing power, quickness and versatility tailored for different types of players, all delivered through a program that learns and makes recommendations from continuous user interaction.

 

Each of the Nike Hyper Courts in the five Barangays (districts) are visually stunning thanks to the design of Arturo Torres, internationally renowned artist known for his signature superhero themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times bestselling books. Arturo’s design for each court features an emblematic identity of five basketball superstars: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.

“I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn. Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can’t do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong – to anyone that’s ever said no to you,” said Torres.

The first five courts are launching this holiday season:
1. Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court
2. Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court
3. Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court
4. Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court
5. YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court

Your primer for PWR Vendetta 2017

Sports

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Philippine Wrestling Revolution’s final show of 2017 is a special one because of two things: (1) PWR Vendetta is presented by the company’s first ever major sponsor Yellow Cab Pizza Co., and (2) it is PWR’s milestone 30th live show. So with that, you can expect nothing but the biggest matches and the biggest names in Philippine wrestling to headline the historic show.

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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