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Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search for best basketball players’ ends in National Training Camp in Manila


Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search for best basketball players’ ends in National Training Camp in Manila

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.

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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 will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on 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.

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.

My little warrior’s journey

Baby at Day 1

Baby at Day 1

I was rushed to the hospital because my water broke at 34 weeks and 2 days (8 months). I was very scared. My BP went up to 160/90. I was so pale and I wanted to cry. My mom said crying won’t help me and the baby. I told my mom, I was scared for the baby because some people told me that it was dangerous to deliver at 8 months. It was a good thing that the doctors at the delivery room of Manila Doctors Hospital said that it was not true.

There was another problem. I was supposed to deliver my baby in breech position if I were to deliver via normal spontaneous delivery. This wasn’t detected in my previous ultrasounds. For our safety, I was forced to deliver via C-section.

Baby at Day 2

Baby at Day 2

My baby was very tiny when he came out as he only weighed 5 pounds. The good news was that my OB-Gyne said the baby was healthy and didn’t need to be incubated.

After 4 days, I noticed a mark on his right eye. It appeared like a mosquito bite mark so I consulted the pediatrician. The pediatrician said it was birthmark called strawberry mark or Infantile Hemangioma. I checked the net and saw the babies who have Hemangioma. The pediatrician said,there was nothing to fear as it fades overtime. It will likely disappear as he grows older but there is no definite timeline as to when it will disappear. They just said that the mark will most likely go away from 2 to 9 years old.

Baby at 4 months

Baby at 4 months

At around 4 months, I noticed that his Hemangioma was getting bigger. A good friend of mine referred me to a pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Cindy Tan. Her daughter was diagnosed exactly the same as my son. She told me that her daughter seen improvements after a week of medication.
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Nuvali Dirtweekend 2015

Nuvali Dirtweekend 2015

Nuvali started in 2009, it has been recognised as one of the country’s famous racing events among enthusiasts mountain bikers and professional riders. This years, Nuvali has announced that it will be staging its Philippine qualifying leg of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Dirt Weekend 2015 will feature four MTB races, each requiring a unique set of mountain biking skills, throughout a three-day period of non-stop festivities revolving around the popular cycling sport. The main event is the UCI Cross Country Marathon (XCM) World Series qualifying race which enables top finishers to move up to the 2016 Cross Country Marathon World Championship in France. The XCM course on Nuvali runs for 70 kilometers and is riddled with technical descents as well as rocky paths and obstacles, designed to mimic a mountain terrain. The UCI Cross Country Olympic (XCO) is similar to the XCM but shorter at 35 kilometers. The XCO is a “Registered Class 3” UCI race that lets elite riders earn UCI points. The Four Cross Race is a gravity or downhill event that features four riders racing at the same time through a challenging BMX-like trail of jumps, drops and obstacles, with the top finisher proceeding to the next round. The Dirt Weekend Cross Country Race is Nuvali’s signature cycling event that draws over 1,000 riders yearly to the estate in an exhilarating dash around its 35-kilometer dirt trail.

Regular Registration Late Registration
Race Categories Fee In-Store Online
*Paypal Fee
Fee In-Store Online
*Paypal Fee
XCM 1,000 Oct. 3 to Oct. 25 Oct. 7 to Nov. 3 5,825.00* Nov. 4 (8am to 12nn
Evoliving Center only
XCO 2,000 Oct. 3 to Oct. 25 Oct. 7 to Nov. 3 1,250 Oct. 26 to Oct 31 Oct. 26 to Oct 31
Claiming of Kits Evoliving Center, NUVALI Nov. 5-6
XC 35km 750 Oct. 3 to Oct. 25 Oct. 7 to Oct. 25 1,250 Oct. 26 to Oct 31 Oct. 26 to Oct 31
Oct. 3 to Oct. 25 Oct. 7 to Oct. 25 1,250 Oct. 26 to Oct 31 Oct. 26 to Oct 31
Claiming of Kits In-Store
Starting Oct. 28
Fox Stores
Starting Oct. 28
Evoliving Center, NUVALI Nov. 5-6

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2015

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Filinvest City


Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2015

October 3-4, 2015

Alabang, Muntinlupa

Race Categories Solo Team
Male Female All Male Mixed
24-Hour 2,500 2,500 6,500 6,500
12-Hour 2,000 2,000 3,500 3,500
6-Hour 1,500 1,500

Registration Centers:
Epic Cycles
Cycling Zone
Storck Store
Paulina’s Cycle
John Wilkie Bike Shope
The Multisport Store
Multisport Hub Nuvali

For more information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL
Website: http://www.filinvestcity.com/


Follow the trail and unleash your competitive spirit once again in the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2015. Now on its third outing, this year’s Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is a two-day Mountain Bike (MTB) event like no other as it challenges the rider to make the most laps within a 6, 12, or — for the extreme MTB riders —24 hour span. Here, the strongest, most skilful and the best strategist will be recognized as they endure the long hours on the trails. But because all these are set against this picturesque Garden City south of the Metro, one may not even notice the hours pass by. Expect this year’s competition to take you to a new adrenaline high as you exceed your limits.

Yes, the MTB race is set to happen round-the-clock extending until the break of dawn; thus, making the biking route even tougher and more challenging. The Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is scheduled on October 3-4, 2015 at Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Bikers and ultra-cycling enthusiasts (both male and female, solo or team) are all welcome to join. Medals, cash and more exciting prizes from their event partners Epic Cycles, Felt Bicycle Philippines, Ellsworth, Alpine Stars and Bell are up for grabs.

As Filinvest City is known for entertainment and spectacle, you can also look forward to a more colorful and exhilarating on-the-side activities plus some raffle prizes to give away. Expect this year to be the #BestEnduranceMTBRace and for sure, it can even be more rocking than their previous Endurance events.

Indeed, Filinvest City has become a growing community and a natural training ground for cyclists, runners and for all other sports enthusiasts. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, Filinvest City caters to everyone who has a flair for scenic places and lush surroundings. Endurance Weekend is also a way of giving back to the community while nurturing the best sights of the South.

So are you ready to take on the challenge? Experience the unexplored areas of Filinvest City and let it take you away!

For more details, call (02) 846-0278, visit www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL or email racemechanics@gmail.com.

Gatas mo, Buhay ko

Gatas Mo Buhay Ko

August is celebrated as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the Philippines, as authored by Sen. Pia Cayetano, Republic Act No. 10028 which to protect and promote breastfeeding within the family to employment and community to government circles.

In connection to this, Chinese General Hospital invites you to its Breastfeeding Fair dubbed “Gatas Mo, Buhay Mo” on August 19, 2015 from 9am to 12nn, 6/F Auditorium. There will be a Milk Letting activity, short lectures and testimonials of breastfeeding mothers.

Yours truly will one of the speakers so I hope to see you there.

For more information, contact Amalia Carnian at 0921-2600995 or (02) 7114141 local 355

SM City Rosario Fast Wheels

SM Rosario Fast Wheels

SM City Rosario will be having a ride for cause event on July 26, 2015 at SM City Rosario in the province of Cavite dubbed “Fast Wheels”. Registration fee is Php800 inclusive of dri-fit shirt and a movie card.

Category finishers will each win Php2000 worth of gift certificates. Raffle prizes include 1 Mountain Bike, 1 Folding Bike and 4 Mobile Phones.

Proceeds will go to Yolanda Survivors.

For more information, contact their official Facebook Fan Page: SM City Rosario

Motherhood changed me

Something has changed in me that very moment I left the Delivery Room. A baby, new body, forgot the word SLEEP, no more shopping, less free-time. There are so much in my plate; struggles, stress and joys. I never thought that I could be this person I am right now. It was like everyday is a suprise.

I fell in love with him (my little boy), it was like love at first sight. Breastfeeding is our connection, giving him food from my own milk was such a wonderful gift from God. I love looking at his eyes as I nursed him. It was so sincere and innocent.

I would like to thank my parents specially my mom who never fails to listen to my exaggerated reactions and guides me how to raise my little boy. To my husband, I can’t thank you enough for giving me such an amazing boy, our love of our life. All I can is I love more! To my little boy, please don’t grow faster, I love you forever!

As I await for my stiches to heal, I just realized nalinis na kaya ang bike ko?

Search for Atleta Ako Brand Ambassador

Atleta Ako Brand Ambassador Search

Atleta Ako is a shop for women specific store which brought the brands of Running Skirts (US), EZ Laces (Canada), Flipbelts (US), SOAS (Australia), Headsweats (US). Company is looking for people to represent Atleta Ako to effectively penetrate target market.

Atleta Ako Brands

They are looking for someone not a professional female models or athletes, but an inspiration to be active and fit as well. These candidates should be engaged in with sports for the past 2 years, like swimming, yoga, running, cycling and cross fit from age market of 18 to 60 years old. Yes kasali si Loley!

Mechanics to join:

1. Send body photos that show your contour of the arms and legs and close up shots.
2. Write a brief information about you (Full Name, Birth Date, Contact details)
3. Compose a short messages as “Why are you active?”

You may send your application to info@atletaako.com with Subject: “Atleta Ako Ambassador Search” or you may also drop your applications to Atleta Ako Office at 4th Floor Aguirre Building, 812 Arnaiz Ave, Makati City. Look for Cherry and Cathy. You may also call (02) 752 9087.

Foreigners based in the Philippines are encourage to join.

The chosen females will receive token from Atleta Ako and will be featured in the website.

Deadline for the submission of applications is on September 30, 2014 at 6PM.

You may also check social media accounts of Atleta Ako:

Facebook: Atleta Ako
Twitter: @AtletaAko
Instagram: @AtletaAko

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014

Filinvest City


Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014

November 8-9, 2014

Alabang, Muntinlupa

Filinvest City holds its another endurance testing among mountain bikers in the south dubbed “Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014”. Filinvest City brought us variety of endurance races on November 8-9, 2014 at Filinvest City Trail which features Mountain Bike and Trail Run respectively.


Mountain Bike (November 8)

12-Hour MTB:
Solo (Male, Female)
Team (All Male Team of 3, Mixed Team of 3)

6-Hour MTB:
Solo (Male, Female)
Team (All Male Team of 2, Mixed Team of 2)

Minimum of Laps: 12-Hour (20 Laps); 6-Hour (12 Laps)

Registration Fees (inclusive of race bib with RFID, Bike Nubmer with RFID, event shirt)

Solo – Php1500
Team – Php4200

Solo – Php1000
Team – Php1800

Endurance Trail Run (November 9)

12-Hour / 3-Hour (6am)
6-Hour (9am)

12-Hour Run:
Solo (Male, Female)
Team (All Male Team of 3, All Female Team of 3, Mixed Team of 3)

6-Hour Run:
Solo (Male, Female)
Team (All Male Team of 2, All Female Team of 2, Mixed Team of 3)

3-Hour Run:
Solo (Male, Female)

Minimum of Laps: 12-Hour (8 Laps); 6-Hour (9 Laps); 3-Hour (5 Laps)

Registration Fees (inclusive of race bib with RFID, Bike Nubmer with RFID, event shirt)

Solo – Php1500
Team – Php4200

Solo – Php1000
Team – Php1800

Solo – Php750


Chris Sports
Second Wind Running Store
Brick Multisports Store
John Wilkie
Enso’s Bikeshop

Bans in World Championship

Bans in Norway World Championship

Tena and Bans, “Team TenaBans”, Athena Beltran-Mendoza and Parabanne Mendoza were supposed to join us at Kundasang, Malaysia for the ASEAN Mountain Bike Cup Series 2 but their schedules were already arranged for Norway prior the announcement of the ASEAN MTB Cup Series 2. Bans accepted the inevitable invitation at World Championship in Europe.

Waiting at the pre-departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4, formerly Domestic Airport, I sent Tena and Bans my well wishes to their performance at World Championship. We kept posted each other while we’re both overseas. She kept us posted on their whereabouts in Norway, same with us in Malaysia.

When we both arrived in Manila. I sent Tena series of questions regarding their preparation in international scene.

When was dream started for the World Championship for Bans? What made him qualify? What did it take to reach this dream?

It was just a pure plain dream! Like any another serious racing mountain bikers, everybody wants to level up. But we were clueless then as how to make it happen.

The idea to race in World Champion took place after we qualified as UCI National Commissaire. We just learned that to qualify was easy, but getting an endorsement from a recognised federation was the hardest part.

In the Philippines we have PhilCycling, and luckily, DROP (Downhill Rider Organization of the Philippines) was an affiliate organisation of PhilCycling where the Ban’s present and previously registered race results were properly documented. As a former national team athlete was an additional advantage for him. We were also endorsed by our former team coach, Arjuna Saulo.

Just imagine the documents we went through to make to World Championship for Downhill, these documentation applies in Cross Country too.

What was the racing atmosphere in World Championship? Can you compare races held in Asia and in the Philippines?

Atmosphere were so high and intense. Whether it is World Cup or World Championship, race tracks were designed in difficult level. These were the tracks we’ve seen in videos and video clips uploaded in youtube with the likes of Red Bull channel and all. It can be compared to Asian Championship or our National Championship.

ASEAN MTB Cup was the nearest experience to be given to non-national team and one of the reason why we developed it. Next year, there will be C3 (Category 3) under UCI. Ideally, registered races under C3, C2, C1 or Hors Class gives same experience at whatever stage or category.

Was it cold in Norway? How cold was cold? Can you tell the temperature.

Temperature was 9 degrees but it feels like 5 degrees. The coldness more penetrated in the skin especially when cloudy and rainy. It was even colder as you pedalled vividly fast.

What are the things you brought?

We brought a lot of baon because we don’t know what to expect there. In a winter country like Norway, it was a challenging for us. I need to check that Bans performs well at an optimal level when temperature drops. We were well prepared for unexpected expenses like bike gears and parts.

Let me give the example what had happened to Benosa during ASEAN MTB Cup back in Cebu last June. He was DNF because of cut off chain. His wife told him that he should have save for expensive gears for the race.

Bans in World Championship - Luggage

Bans food. I brought food for him to make sure that he won’t be home sick. One of them were Batchoy and Bulalo cup noodles.

Not all riders blessed with support equipment, nutrition, training schedule, lodging, flights and race materials so, those riders who were given enough resources and sponsorship were the ones one step closer to podium win. As for me, I admired those who have limited support, they were strong; physically and mentally as if not thinking what’s something missing. Heart works! They pedalled from the heart. Those were real WARRIORS for me.

Equipments, technical gears?

Bans uses Intense. He’s been using it for quite long time. He also got Lapierre and of course, Intense Bikes.

Kamikaze has been supported Bans from his uniforms, gear bags and bike bags. He was grateful to the trust of Nuvali and Alviera for the support they have given to Bans.

With all the experiences and exposure in international scene, little by little we could bring the same level of racing experience in our country for us all to level up.

How was the Gondola experience?

He was in Gondola on his way up. We were able to see riders on the tracks. I was tempted to rent a bike because the view it very inviting. It was breath taking, a demonstration of God’s love and ready for you to take in and absorb the positive energy.

I didn’t rent a bike, I stayed focus on the reason why we’re there.. for him to race besides I am not in riding shape.

Having midnight sun seemed favourable to us. Length of sunlight is longer like it still sunny at 9pm, bright event if its already late.

Were there times not pursue World Championship? If yes, what is done to be able to overcome?

When you started to say YES. You have to be determined. Walang atrasan. We were decided, no flinching. Feeling of guilt, yes for sometimes maybe because of the expected cost and expenses but we have no doubts, we will pursue it.

Among these obstacles we went through, there were still inspiring events and episodes that pushed us these dream, these were our family and friends. Their well wishes truly touched our hearts. A group of individuals who are also are friends created a fun race to support Bans. It really helped us specially Bans. It really uplifted our spirits.

Is Bans joining the World Championship next years?

We’re not planning yet for next years of Word Championship but we would like to go again. Maybe Europe again but we have to save and prepare a lot. Riding condition is a way beyond riding condition in Asia specifically the long race tracks and confidence in long jumps. He likes it a lot.

What comes next with Bans after this World Championship? What keep Team TenaBans busy in the next months?

Coming months will be the preparation for the National Championship in Nuvali, Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival and followed by the ASEAN MTB Cup in January 2014 to be held in Cebu. We are still looking at the schedule for a Downhill race or a fun race or to launch something new on local scene.

I have additional work in Langkawi International Mountain Bike Competition (LIMBC) in Malaysia as commissaire, I can only perform my duties in overseas.

What would you advise/tips to not so young who aspire to join later on World Championship?

To all riders who are interested to excel in mountain bike racing, the least you can do is race on a UCI-sanctioned events with the likes of National Championships and ASEAN MTB Cup. Especially next year, there will be expected 4 destination for ASEAN MTB better yet, race all of them.

All riders started as beginners, don’t be ashamed of it. Progress will come naturally especially when you get tips and advises from experience riders. Just put keep your butt on a saddle and ride, practice

I would like to commend few former elite riders who were present during World Championship, they were very humble, not even a prima madonna. In our local scene, we got Frederic Feliciano Farr and Eboy Quinones who already proved their craft, very much respected but remain humble.

Lastly, Team TenaBanswould would like to thank Nuvali, Alviera, and Kamikaze for the support in the recent World Championship race. Friends from DH Crew and Team Faren and other donors who were able to raise funds to help in their trip.

Photos by: Athene Mendoza