Let’s go on a food trip at Alaska Merry Cremas Food Fest 2016 

  If there's one thing that best highlights the joys and abundance of the Christmas season, it's the many feasts and gatherings that bring Filipino families and friends together. Aside from the happy memories, the catching-up and the bonding opportunity, it's the sumptuous dishes coming out of the kitchen and even the take-out box that …

When basketball dreams come true: Meet the 2016 JrNBA/Jr.WNBA All-Stars 

Have your ever wanted something so much that it almost hurts?  For the final twenty hoopsters who saw action during the Jr NBA (another twenty also saw action for Jr WNBA), it's the chance to don a red shirt and be officially named as one of this year's 2016 Jr NBA/Jr WNBA All-Stars. The chosen …

Alaska Power Camps for basketball, football and volleyball set to open

The onset of Summer and the end of school meant a lot of spare time for the kids at home. While parents can always leave the kids to their gadgets, what's a better way to spend summer than to train the kids to be more physically active by engaging into sports. Playing a sport does …

NBA/ WNBA veterans Norris Cole and Taj McWilliams-Franklin serve as mentors as Jr.NBA/WNBA PH chooses 2016 All-Star line up 

          Norris Cole of the New Orleans Pelicans and WNBA Champion Taj McWilliams-Franklin expresses high expectations for the National Training Camp of the Jr NBA/WNBA PH presented by Alaska.  The veteran players will serve as mentors to 50 boys and 25 girls as they all battle for a place at the 2016 Jr. …

The wind beneath every young cager’s dreams: behind-the-scene musings from the Jr.NBA/WNBA staging 

There is a wise saying, "it takes a village to raise a child."  This age-old adage rings true in every Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA staging - whether in Baguio, Davao or in Manila. To put it in context, "It takes a whole team to raise a future basketball star." Much has been said or written on the proficiency …

Mindanao’s best young cagers emerge from the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search in Davao

   Photo credit: JrNBA/ JrWNBA Asia FB page  Seven boys and four girls representing the best of Southern Philippines are Manila-bound following an exceptional performance at the recently-concluded Regional Selection Camp for the Jr. NBA/Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska held in Ateneo de Davao.  The roster includes (for the girls) Kate Buenaventura (14), Aloha Marie Betanio …

The Children of Basketball – Three stories of young dreamers from Alaska’s JrNBA/JrWNBA tilt in Baguio

This blogger's recent trip to Baguio along with the Alaska JrNBA/JrWNBA held at Benguet State University in Baguio underlined the massive and deeply-rooted appeal of Filipino basketball among Filipinos.  Young and old, male or female, rich or poor, tall or short - there is no distinction in the world of hoops and balls. Watching kids …

Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska begins search for future basketball superstars in Baguio

The cold Baguio air was no match to the intensity shown by young basketball enthusiasts as Alaska presents the 2016 installment of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA on its  search for the best basketball players in the country during the first Regional Selection Camp at the Benguet State University, Baguio last Feb. 20 and 21.     …

Alaska nurtures dreams of future hoop superstars with Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 

"Welcome to the Philippines, where the men are five foot five, the everyman's Air Jordans are a pair of flip-flops, and the rhythm of life is punctuated by the bouncing of a basketball"- Rafe Bartholomew, Pacific Rims  When NBA legend Gilbert Arenas visited the Philippines in 2008 as part of a promotional tour for a brand …

Hoopster Dreams: Alaska presents Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016, encourages youth basketball participation

The Philippines has three passions: basketball, beauty pageants and boxing. Of the three, basketball is something surprisingly ingrained to a nation where the average height is 5"5. Dreams of basketball glory often begin at a young age, played with passion by tots whether in a comfortable school gym or in a makeshift court in a …