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19th Alaska Football Cup

2014 is the 19th year of Alaska Football Cup and this event is the biggest football competition in the Philippines. With over 300 teams playing 4,500 players, 30 football fields, more than 120 referees, more than 750 games and 2,800 goals.
Participants as young as six (6) years old up to 16 came from different parts of the Philippines had participated in this event.

Special exhibition game was demonstrated by kids as young as three years old proving that football game can be played by almost anyone.

To expose my kid to this sports, I brought my son to this two-day event, and he enjoyed it a lot! On the very first day, he asked his mom to buy him soccer ball and a pair of jersey so he can wear it the following day. Also luckily, I won a prize in the bloggers’ photo contest having him as my subject, drinking his milk (see photo gallery).

Alaska really leads the way in promoting a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition by drinking milk regularly and by engaging in sports despite the fact that this digital age brings to us the opposite, to live a sedentary way of life.

Kudos to Alaska Milk Corporation!

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19th Alaska Football Cup Winners

Girls 12
1st Place ABC Stars Naga
2nd Place British School Manila
3rd Place Xavier School FC
4th Place Ateneo de Davao
MVP Rona Zaldivar

Girls 14
1st Place Nomads Football Club
2nd Place Makati Football Club
3rd Place ABC Stars Naga
4th Place Ateneo de Davao
MVP Ashley Slough

Girls 16
1st Place Ateneo de Davao
2nd Place Minuluan FC Bacolod
3rd Place Ateneo de Cebu
4th Place Tuloy sa Don Bosco
MVP Inah Rosales

Boys 10
1st Place Xavier School FC
2nd Place Federated Football Association of Masbate
3rd Place San Carlos City FC-Bacolod
MVP Diego Aspiras

Boys 12
1st Place Hedcen FC
2nd Place Tiger City Mandaluyong FC
3rd Place Makati FC
4th Place La Salle Zobel
MVP Jan Adri Caraig

Boys 14
1st Place Claret Football Center
2nd Place Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
3rd Place La Salle Zobel
4th Place First Fruits Christian Academy Bukidnon (first time to join)
MVP Fidel Tacardon

Boys 16
1st Place Xavier School FC
2nd Place Claret Football Center
3rd Place Hedcen FC
4th Place Goshenland FC
MVP Tony Kho

Players 6
1st Place Ateneo de Manila Football Center
2nd Place Loyola Meralco FC
3rd Place Davao Hyenas FC
4th Place Xavier School FC
MVP Andres Hizon

Players 8
1st Place Makati Football School
2nd Place Xavier School FC
3rd Place St. Alexius college Southern Cotabato- First time to join
4th Place Crocodile FC Davao
MVP Jared Peña

Ladies’ Open
1st Place De La Salle Zobel
2nd Place Lizarito FC-Bacolod
3rd Place Ateneo de Davao FC Lady Knights
4th Place Green Archers Utd.
MVP Sarah Castañeda
Men’s Open
1st Place LeyLam FC Cebu Team 2
2nd Place Philippine Air Force
3rd Place Team Socceroo
4th Place Leylam FC Cebu Team 1 -First time to join
MVP Ranulfo Colina

Press release:

Alaska Milk holds country’s biggest football tournament

All roads lead to the Ayala Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa when Alaska Milk holds the biggest and most eagerly awaited football tournament in the country the 2014 Alaska Football Cup this weekend, Nov. 29 and 30.

Football players of all ages, from as young as six years old, participate in this annual event organized by Alaska Milk.

The annual Alaska Football Cup is the one football tournament that young players from all over the country look forward to every year.

Teams representing schools and football clubs from all over the Philippines including Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila will participate.

The annual football event, which started in 1995, holds its 19th edition this year with over 300 teams of more than 4,500 players competing in the different categories. The two-day event will be played over more than 750 seven-a-side games, in 30 football fields, and officiated by over 120 game officials.

The Alaska Football Cup is one of the country’s most successful grassroots development program in football.

Alaska believes that sports play an important role in instilling the value of determination, discipline, hard work, team work and sportsmanship among the youth. Sports help them achieve the “winning form” which is Alaska’s goal for the children.

The National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed issues on health that are best addressed by adopting an active healthy lifestyle and by regular consumption of nutritious food such as milk. Programs such as the Football Cup reinforces Alaska Milk’s thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by engaging regularly in physical activities such as football. Alaska seeks to engage all Filipinos, especially the youth, in sports.

It is in line with Alaska Milk’s program and dream to be part of the lives of more children in the Philippines and encourage these young champions to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle through football.

The tournament develops the athletic skills of participants to the fullest because they compete against athletes of the same age as well as physical and mental development.

Alaska does not just sell milk products. It promotes community development and nation building by nurturing positive values of teamwork, cooperation and fair play through sports activities like the 2014 Alaska Football Cup. Alaska promotes a healthy lifestyle, especially among children, through regular sports activities and proper nutrition.

Watch the best young football players from all over the Philippines this weekend as they compete in various categories. Admission is free.

For more information on the Alaska Football Cup please visit the Websitehttp://alaskapowercamp.com/football/2014/ or follow on twitter: @ALASKAsportshub.

2015 Unilab Active Health Calendar

Here’s the 2015 Unilab Active Health Calendar!

Exceed yourself! UNILAB Active Health (ULAH) continues to challenge everyone to create a better version of themselves. One may choose to upgrade to longer distances, or establish new personal records. Better training, better gear, better nutrition, and better races, will all lead to achieving a better you. The 2015 ULAH calendar has been developed with experts within the swim, bike, and run community to cater to those who desire to progress from where they are today, to be better tomorrow.

Mark your calendars. Exceed Yourself!

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National Badminton Open Tournament

Join the Bingo Bonanza National Badminton Open Tournament on December 11-14, 2014 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. A total of 1.5 million pesos will be given away. Entry fee is Php 800.00. On-going on-line registration at http://www.bingob.com/nationalopentournament.

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You’re Not You: A Movie About Friendship and ALS

Got the chance to watch the Philippine advanced screening of You’re Not You movie with my wife and some blogger friends last Tuesday at SM Cinema. The story is simple but dramatic and touching that made my ‘dates’ that night, cried a lot!  I was touched too, seeing an audacious, total stranger-caregiver, became  real caring for her boss that made them best friends. This a better medium to raise awareness about ALS than the iced water bucket challenge.

It will be shown starting November 26 in theaters and will be released thru Octoarts Films. You won’t regret watching this movie.

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Synopsis:

Kate is a suave, successful classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Bec is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic affairs, romantic and otherwise, together. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, Kate sees something special in the way Bec takes care of her. Kate and Bec find each other’s  strength through their weaknesses. You’re Not You explores how two strangers can bring out the best in each other even in the midst of trials and tribulations.  This movie also gives face to the much talked about ALS and will definitely make people more compassionate with victim of the said disease.

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Initial release: October 10, 2014 (USA)

Director: George C. Wolfe

Running time: 103 minutes`

Producer: Hilary Swank

Genre: Drama

Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel

 

Trivia:

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and rarely Charcot disease—is a neurodegenerative disorder with various causes. The term motor neurone disease (MND) is sometimes used interchangeably with ALS while others use it to refer to a group of similar conditions that include ALS.  ALS is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speakingswallowing, and breathing. The disease usually starts around the age of 60, except in cases that are directly inherited when the usual age of onset is around 50.

About 5 to 10% of cases are directly inherited from a person’s parents.  ALS is the most common of the five types of motor neuron disease.

The average survival from onset to death is three to four years.  Only 4% survive longer than 10 years, although rare cases survive 50 years or more. Most die from respiratory failure. In much of the world rates of ALS are unknown.  In Europe the disease affects about 2.2 people per 100,000 per year. In the United States, more than 5,600 are diagnosed every year, and up to 30,000 Americans are currently affected. ALS is responsible for 2 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

Descriptions of the disease date back to at least 1824 by Charles Bell. In 1869 the connection between the symptoms and the underlying neurological problems were first described by Jean-Martin Charcot who in 1874 began using the term amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  It became well known in the United States when it affected a famous baseball player by the name of Lou Gehrig,  and later when the ice bucket challenge became popular in 2014.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Who is Lou Gehrig?

  1. Henry Louis “Lou” or “Buster” Gehrig was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Using number 4 as his mark, Lou plays First baseman and pinch hitter
  2. Born: June 19, 1903, Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States
  3. Died: June 2, 1941, Riverdale, New York City, New York, United States and buried in Kensico Cemetery, New York.
  4. SpouseEleanor Gehrig(m. 1933–1941)

New Nike Air Zoom Structure: Stability Has Never Been Faster

The 18th version of the beloved workhorse delivers stability and performance that are unshakeable at high speeds.

Strength and growth come from continuous effort — but growing up doesn’t have to mean slowing down, as proven by the new, revolutionary Nike Air Zoom Structure 18. Now in its 18th version, the Nike Air Zoom Structure raises the bar for a running shoe that delivers both speed and stability.

Over the last two-plus decades, Nike designers have debunked the notion that stable means slow. They’ve constantly pushed to make the Nike Structure shoe lighter, smoother and more responsive without sacrificing any of its vaunted stability features. The design of the Structure 18 is a quantum leap from past versions where designers revolutionized it from top to bottom.

The Nike team worked closely with elite athletes such as 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp and 3,000m world junior champion Mary Cain for insights to bring the distinctive shoe across the finish line. Rupp, who runs nearly all of his 120 miles per week in the Nike Structure, said the Structure 18 gives him a more stable ride and feels faster all the way through his runs.

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“The Nike Structure is the only shoe I’ve trained in since I started running, so it feels special to me to have input in the design of the new one,” Rupp said. “I love the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 because it hugs my foot in the right places, providing the support I need to go the distance. I was really surprised when I picked them up and felt how light they were. It’s like Nike found a way to magically shave a few ounces off, and because of that, I feel like I can run faster in them.”

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 delivers uncompromising stability through the combination of an upper featuring Asymetrical Dynamic Flywire and a triple-density Dynamic Support system in the midsole. The new contoured last — created to provide a better fit and more responsive ride — combined with Nike Zoom Air cushioning, provides added toe spring for the snappy, quick-off-the-ground feel athletes expect from Nike Zoom Air.

Designed to provide runners with support and cushioning, the innovative Dynamic Support system uses opposing wedges of foam with different densities to help slow the rate of pronation. Designers enhanced the support in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 by adding a third, high-density foam to the existing system. When needed, the three-density Dynamic Support system kicks in to help provide added support and enhance the smooth transition upon foot strike.

The design also features a Nike Engineered Mesh upper with Asymetrical Nike Flywire cables that wrap the foot and provide support without the bulkiness of previous models, letting the foot move naturally. Nike Engineered Mesh also improves comfort and breathability. Nike Engineered Mesh enables designers to precision-engineer ventilation and lightweight support where needed most, improving comfort and breathability.

Nike’s Zoom Air technology is the fastest, most responsive Nike Air cushioning, making it the cushioning of choice for many elite and everyday athletes. Highly responsive Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot combined with the added toe spring of the new Zoom last, provides the Structure 18 with a responsive snap and fast transition.

“We designed the Zoom Air collection to be a revolution in speed,” said Rob Dolan, Nike VP and Creative Director, Footwear. “Whether athletes are racing or training, they repeatedly ask for Zoom Air because they love that fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it.”

For the first time, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available for customization with NIKEiD on nike.com starting Sept. 25. NIKEiD will exclusively provide choices in widths, sockliners and personalization with colors, color-fade graphics and characters. The inline Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available on nike.com starting Oct 2.

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is part of a collection of Zoom Air running shoes that includes the Air Zoom Pegasus 31, Air Zoom Elite 7 and Air Zoom Streak 5.

Go out and play with the family at the 2014 McHappy Day Stripes Run!

More than believing kids can stay active and have fun at the same time, McDonald’s also encourages parents to be their kids’ own play mates. With that, McDonald’s is once again inviting families to put on their running shoes and enjoy a one of a kind play date with the entire family at the 2014 McHappy Day Stripes Run on December 6, 2014 at the Bonifacio Global City.

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This year’s stripes theme and race categories, named after the lovable McDonaldland characters, are sure to be a hit among kids, families and even seasoned runners:

  • 1K Kids Catch Hamburglar, for aged 8 and under;
  • 3K Kids Race Grimace, for aged 15 and under;
  • 3K Adults Run Grimace Run, for aged 16 and up;
  • 5K Adults Early Birdie, for aged 16 and up;
  • 10K Ronald McDonald Challenge, for aged 16 and up; and
  • 3K McDonald’s Family Dash, for groups of 4, composed of 2 kids (aged 15 and under) and 2 adults (aged 16 and up).

Each McHappy Day Stripes Run race kit includes a race bib, a McHappy Day Stripes Run shirt, a free breakfast meal, a baggage claim stub, and McHappy Day Money to enjoy in the different Family Fair activities. A special addition to this year’s race kits is a pair of Ronald McDonald striped socks. Runners are encouraged to wear the socks on December 6 in support of this year’s beneficiary, the Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit, a flagship program of Ronald McDonald House Charities Philippines (RMHC), which builds day care centers for kids in low-income areas.

Go out and play with the family at the 2014 McHappy Day Stripes Run! Download the registration form at www.mchappyday.com.ph or register at the following McDonald’s stores and registration sites:

  • McDonald’s 32nd and 5th, Bonifacio Global City
  • McDonald’s Forbestown, Bonifacio Global City
  • McDonald’s BGC Forum, Bonifacio Global City
  • McDonald’s Bench, Bonifacio Global City
  • McDonald’s Adriatico, Manila
  • McDonald’s Alabang
  • McDonald’s Blue Bay
  • McDonald’s Eastwood
  • McDonald’s Eton Centris, Quezon City
  • McDonald’s Greenbelt
  • McDonald’s Greenhills
  • McDonald’s Jose Abad, Manila
  • McDonald’s Katipunan
  • McDonald’s People Support, Makati
  • McDonald’s Pioneer Reliance
  • McDonald’s Pontevia
  • McDonald’s Quezon Avenu
  • McDonald’s Shell Emerald, Ortigas
  • McDonald’s Sucat Caritas
  • McDonald’s Southwoods
  • McDonald’s Marcos Highway
  • RUNNR, Bonifacio Global City

Hurry, registration ends on November 30! Visit www.mchappyday.com.ph for more information.

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