Da Nang Vietnam, August 6, 2017 – This year’s Da Nang International Marathon was successfully concluded this morning in Danang, Vietnam with six Filipino runners, representing Team 7-Eleven Philippines, taking podium spots in the full marathon and half-marathon races .
Lany Cardona of Pangasinan cruised through the 42km race to land as the champion of the women’s division, finishing the course in 03:27:26 while Rafael Pescos of Cebu finished second in the men’s division with a finish time of 02:40:06. Richard Salano, a member of the Philippine Army secured the third spot in the podium of the 21km race with a finish time of 1:20:36 while the trio of Jho-An Banayag-Villarma (01:31:53), Nhe-Ann Barcena (01:37:08) and Ruffa Sorongon (01:37:38) swept the first, second and third spots of the 21km women’s category.
Meanwhile, Lizane Abella (4:20:19) and Azlan Pagay (3:02:06) took the Top 1 honors in their respective age group for the 42km and Kennechie Lorbes (1:49:10) took Top 5 for his Age Group in the 21km race.
“Masaya kami kasi ang 7-Eleven ay walang sawa na pinadadala kami sa ganitong international race.” said Lany Cardona who together with Rafael Pescos were given a slot to race in the Shonan International Marathon happening on December in Kanagawa, Japan with all expenses paid, as part of their prize for winning in the 42km category of this race.
Nine Filipino runners participated in this morning’s race, four of them in the full marathon while five in the half-marathon – a fulfillment of the commitment given by Philippine Seven Corporation (7-Eleven Philippines) to the top 3 (male and female) marathon and full marathon winners of the 7-Eleven Run that was held in the Filinvest City, Alabang last February.
According to Project Head Ms. Michelle Saludes, “We at 7-Eleven want to give Filipino runners not part of the Philippine Team the opportunity to showcase their abilities and be recognized in an international competition.”
Local and foreign participants coming from 50 countries, competed in the Da Nang International Marathon 2017 where the route brought the experience of running through Da Nang’s beautiful coastline passing the bridges across the poetic Han’s river in the middle of the city during sunrise.
This is the fifth year that 7-Eleven Philippines has brought Filipino runners to an international race giving them full support from taking care of all expenses, pocket money and with the help of sponsor Asics Tiger, a complete race suit.
“We will continue to encourage runners who aspire to represent the country in an international competition through the 7-Eleven Run Series which we are planning to expand by having another race in Cebu before the year ends and which will serve as a qualifying race to the 7-Eleven Run happening in Manila next year.” shared Mr. Jose Ang Jr., General Merchandise Division Head.
The participation of Filipino runners was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the support of sponsors Safeguard, Selecta Ice Cream, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature’s Spring, Summit Water, Dole Pineapple, Powerade, Solar Sports, CNN Philippines, Skyway, Filinvest and Asics.
One month until the Asian debut in Manila! June 23rd – July 2nd
Manila, May 24th, 2017 – Cirque du Soleil is delighted to hold it’s Asian premiere of TORUK – The First Flight in Manila, Philippines! Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, the show will be presented at the Mall of Asia Arena June 23rd– July 2nd 2017.
“After 15 months of touring North America and over 1.3 million fans, we are ecstatic to make our Asian debut in the great city of Manila! We heard Filipinos love the movie Avatar so we really hope they will join us to revisit Pandora in this visually stunning live setting. TORUK is a one-of-a-kind show with breathtaking video projections, impressive acrobatic acts, gigantic puppets… There is truly something for everyone in the family!’’ says Janie Mallet, publicist for TORUK – The First Flight.
“Avatar is really meant to be a celebration of human motion and human emotion and Cirque is able to capture that absolutely perfectly because it’s all about human performance and physicality. It makes you feel alive to watch these performers!” – James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar
Tickets start at 1500PHP and are now on sale at www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk and smtickets.com!
Since Fall 2015, TORUK – The First Flight has traveled through Canada, the United States and Mexico to bring James Cameron’s world of Pandora to life every week. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.
Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.
This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.
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TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
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What: Run for the Mountains
When: May 27, 2017
Where: Mckinley West, Mckinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City
Gun Start: 5:30am
Non-profit organization, JCI Manila will kick off a 3K, 5K, and 10K run on May 21, Sunday on the streets of McKinley West in Taguig City.
Gun Start is at 5:30am.
Dubbed as Run for the Mountains, the event will also feature performances from Indigenous People (IP) athletes – respectively of Mangyan, Igorot, or Aeta roots. Each is set to showcase his/her skill in archery, javelin throw, storytelling, music, and dance.
Proceeds will go towards the improvement of Field of Dreams – a 60 meter by 60 meter sports facility that regularly runs baseball/softball and football programs for the youth of Paradise Heights – commonly known as the Smokey Mountain community in Tondo, Manila.
Funds will also help build water pipes for homes in IP villages.
“The goal of this run is to come up with resources for less fortunate kids – keep them busy through sports, so they can stay away from drugs and other vices. At the same time, help raise awareness about the plight of IP communities in the Philippines,” says JCI Manila Run for the Mountains Chairman, Jackie Sadhwani.
“There’s a bright future ahead for people from marginalized and neglected sectors of the country. Extending help is one way of making them realize that the world, after all, is still filled with good people who can inspire others to live a good life,” Sadhwani adds.
To know more about JCI Manila’s Run for the Mountains, you may visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/runforthemountains/
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, May 15, 2017 – Youth players from the Regional Selection Camp in Metro Manila shined the brightest among 72 boys and girls in the National Training Camp of Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute May 12-13 and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 14, attended by Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton and former WNBA All-Star Sue Wicks.
Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches fundamental skills, builds character, and promotes active lifestyles for Filipinos nationwide. Payton and Wicks joined Jr. NBA Coaches Chris Sumner and Jeffrey Cariaso in training and working with the young campers throughout the National Training Camp. Jr. NBA Asia Advisory Council members including NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo also attended the final day of the National Training Camp.
Eight boys and eight girls—comprised of players from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao—were selected as Jr. NBA All-Stars on the last day of the three-day camp that honed and tested the basketball skills of regional finalists from tryouts staged in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, Cebu and Manila earlier this year.
Kenji Trey Duremdes, 14, Jan Clement Macalalag, 13, and Victorino Torres, 13, of La Salle Greenhills; Joachim Eddie Laure of University of Santo Tomas High School; Johndel Austria, 13, of Escuela de Sophia-Caloocan; Ian Dominic Espinosa, 13, of Ateneo de Iloilo; Reinhard Jumanoy, 13, of University of San Carlos-North Campus; and Jeryk Dwight Bait, 14, of St. Francis National High School in Lucena represent the boys named as Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars.
The girls selected as Jr. NBA All-Stars are composed of Boni Marylene Solis, 12; Jane Araza, 13, and Jeehan Nikaela Ahmed, 13, of Chiang Kai Shek College; Jazmine Ann Maniquis, 13, of St. Paul Pasig; Lindsey Nacional, 13, of La Salle College Antipolo; Camille Nolasco, 14, of Miriam College; and Chinnsai Demana, 13, of the University of the Visayas in Cebu.
Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of Southwestern Univerrsity of Cebu meanwhile were selected as the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 Coaches of the Year. The Jr. NBA All-Stars together with the Coaches of the Year will be rewarded with an overseas NBA experience later this year and will be joined by fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.
The following players also received special awards for their outstanding achievements in the National Training Camp: Mariela Avila of Lucena and Zean Paolo Moreno of Cagayan De Oro, Panasonic Rising S.T.A.R. Award; Camille Nolasco of Manila and Ian Espinosa of Iloilo, Cloudfone All-Star Players of the Game; Princess Delig of Cebu and Johndel Austria of Manila, Gatorade Hustle Award; Yza Camila Alarcon of Manila and Maverick John Vieto of Lucena, Globe Telecom Sportsmanship Award; Camille Nolasco and Joachim Eddie Laure of Manila, Alaska Ambassadors; and Boni Marylene Solis and Kenji Duremdes, Jr. NBA Most Valuable Players.
Additionally, the National Training Camp showcased the fifth edition of the Jr. NBA All-Star alumni game hosting several past Jr. NBA All-Stars who have ascended in the amateur and collegiate ranks, and staged the first ever alumni homecoming of the Jr. NBA Philippines program.
For more information, fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines. For all things NBA, fans can visit www.nba.com, like the NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/philsnba and follow www.twitter.com/nba_philippines on Twitter.
Last Regional Selection Camp for Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska at Don Bosco Makati April 1 and 2
Jr. NBA Philippines is holding its last Regional Selection Camp on April 1-2, 2017 at Don Bosco, Makati. Jr. NBA and Alaska Coaches will find the best young basketball talents in Manila. Finalists selected on Day 2 will advance to the National Training Camp on May 12-14, 2017 together with other finalists from past Regional Selection Camps in Lucena, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu where they will be trained by NBA talents.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, March 27, 2017 – The fourth and last regional selection camp for Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska will be held at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017 starting at 9 a.m.
This is the last chance for young ballers in the NCR and other provinces to participate in the National Basketball Association’s youth development program that has been touring different key cities and towns since January this year.
Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the learn-and-achieve camp that will test their physical and basketball smarts through NBA style skills tests and basketball drills. They will also learn the STAR values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.
Vitals tests, skills tests and drills await participants on Day 1, during which the top performers of the day will be selected based on their scores in the vitals tests and skills challenges. On Day 2 participants will experience more intense drills, team activities and scrimmages that will determine the level of their basketball skills.
Jr. NBA coaches led by Coach Chris Sumner and local Jr. NBA coaches led by PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso will run the camp and make the final selection for the regional finalists. The selected players will advance to the next phase of the program and will represent the National Capital Region in the National Training Camp that will be held at Don Bosco Makati and the SM Mall of Asia on May 12-14.
At the NTC, the top performing eight boys and eight girls will be culled from the finalists of the regional selection camps held in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, Cebu and Metro Manila and the Alaska Power Camp. The 16 ballers will be named this year’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars and will enjoy a unique NBA experience later in the year that will also give them the opportunity to play with other Jr. NBA All-Stars from the Southeast Asian region.
Boys and girls born from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2007 are encouraged to join the program by registering for the last Regional Selection Camp through the Jr. NBA event website . Registration and participation in the camp are absolutely free.
6 March 2017 Manila, Philippines: The UA Circuit Challenge was held last weekend at Greenbelt 3, and was part of a two-part event which served as a preliminary event to help prepare the participants of the regional fitness challenge UA ‘Test of Will’.
Under Armour athlete Elle Adda hosted the event, along with Bellator fighter AJ Matthews and Celebrity trainer Mama Kat. Elle is a French-Filipino tri-athlete, fitness expert, model and an international performing artist. Hosts all wore the latest Threadborne line of Under Armour.
One of the highlights of the event was the on-the-spot challenge that the crowd requested between fighter AJ Matthews and Elle Ada. In said challenge, Matthews and Ada also competed over a round of ball slams, squat, ball rock and roll-ups, press and burpees. Matthews won with a 1-second margin over Ada. Fighter AJ Matthews also showed some self-defense techniques.
Winners of the UA Circuit Challenge event for this leg were Edwin Lobelia (1:47),Ted Waikin (1:56), Jayson Ang (1:57), Jona Constantino (1:53), Marianne Roulade (1:54) and Ericka Mesia (2:00).
The UA Circuit Challenge sets the stage for the much awaited UA ‘Test of Will’ set to take place on March 25 & 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. It is on its second year and will be held in 6 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.
For more information on how to register for ‘Test of Will’, please visit: http://www.testofwill.com.
Registration is now open for the Test of Will Philippines National Heats on March 25 & 26
Manila, Philippines 07 March 2017– The annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will returns for its second edition on March 25 & 26 at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City, Philippines. Organized by high performance sportswear label Under Armour, the event sets out to celebrate human performance through intense functional training challenges for the most determined athletes, goal-getters and fitness aspirants.
With the addition of Indonesia and Brunei this year, the regional fitness competition that also takes place in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines is expected to be more intense than the year before. Participants 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.
“The Test of Will is for everyone and anyone with the determination and discipline to train and compete,” said Mr. Michael Binger, CEO of Triple Pte Ltd, exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia. “Last year, we witnessed champions crowned from the most unexpected individuals. The event epitomizes the might of the determined and the spirit of the underdogs, something which Under Armour stands for.”
Under Armour has also recently launched its latest apparel and footwear collections engineered with the Threadborne™ technology leading up to the national heats; to equip participants with the gear to train and compete at the highest level. The Threadborne™ Siro and Seamless collections are made from fabric that is light, breathable, anti-cling, quick-drying and provides a high-level of stretch and recovery.
“Under Armour took the ultra-durable yarns within paracords, and rebuilt them into apparel material that can withstand the rigors of intensive use,” said Binger. “The result is a next generation fabric that gives athletes an edge to perform better through enhanced comfort and durability.”
Overall male and female winners of the Test of Will 2016, Jet Ng and Zoe Pond-McPherson shared the following tips for this year’s challenges.
“When you feel good, you will perform better. So, train hard, eat well, get enough rest, and make sure you feel as comfortable as you can be on that day.” said Ng.
“You will be pitted against many other athletes who have trained hard for their goals. Your ability to focus on that day will be as important as your fitness level.” said Pond-McPherson.
The Test of Will 2017 Philippines National Heats is now open for registration. Simply log on to to indicate your preferred date and time, no registration fee is required. Participants must be 21 years old and above, and must be a Philippine Citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for the regional finals.
Participants are encouraged to study the for specific movement standards and tips to maximise their performance. They can also sign up for Armour@TheFort, a series of free training events organized by Under Armour to prepare for the challenges ahead. For more information and details on the Armour@TheFort series, visit .