Sunday, April 29, 2018

25 Manila Regional Selection Campers advance to the Jr. NBA Philippines

“These kids showed true quality, intensity, and a real passion for basketball. I hope all our participants continue to show their love for the game, keep working hard and follow their dreams.” ~Carlos Barroca, Jr. NBA head coach

9 boys and 16 girls topped the Manila Regional Selection Camp of Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska to join the roster of Jr. NBA All-Star aspirants from Bacolod, Baguio, and Butuan that will move on to the National Training Camp on May 18-20.

More than 800 players joined the NBA’s global youth basketball program at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati on April 21, but only 50 boys and 32 girls returned on April 22 for advanced drills and team scrimmages.  The second day witnessed the selection of the outstanding performers that also exemplified the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect.

Boys Division

Jeremy Gabriel Felix
14, of Ateneo de Manila University

Joshua Minguillo
13, of Anorama Montessori Binan

Lionel Matthew Rubico
13, of De La Salle Lipa

Raphael Tolentino
13, of International School of Better Beginnings

Kim Aaron Tamayo
13, of National University

Rhon Khaniel Telles
13, of St. Anthony de Carmelli

Robert Janus Torres
14, of Victorious Christian Montessori

Dranreb Aeron Singson
14, of Escuela de Sophia Caloocan

Rodelio Tomas
14, of Escuela de Sophia Caloocan

Girls Division

Yza Camila Shalea Alarcon
14, New Era High School

Franzelle Angela Chelzea Besa
14, of Divine World College of Calapan

Franchesca Isabela Buenvenida
11, of Mother of Divine Providence School

Merylle Angelica Cuasay
12, of Adriatico Memorial School

Jay Anne Marie Lachica
12, of Sta. Clara Parish School

Erika Nadine Tenorio
12, of School of the Holy Spirirt Quezon City

Justine Valdes
13, of Saint Pedro Poveda College

Ghemrie Hashley  Garcia
13, Child Jesus of Nazareth School

Valerie Ruth Mapalad
13, of Child Jesus of Nazareth School

Arianne Amber Esquivel
14, of De La Salle Zobel

Kyla Marie Mataga
13, of De La Salle Zobel

Juliana Yap
13, of Escuela de Sophia Caloocan

Marielle Vingno
14, of Escuela de Sophia Caloocan

Maria Juliana Abella
13, of Saint Paul College Pasig

Isabela Louise Gonzales
12, of Saint Paul College Pasig

Aaliyah Mai Reyes
12, of Saint Paul College Pasig

The finalists from the National Capital Region, chosen by the Jr. NBA evaluation committee led by Jr. NBA head coach Carlos Barroca and PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso of Alaska will have a chance to vie for the 16 Jr. NBA 2018 All-Star slots and be rewarded with an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later this year.

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About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About Alaska Milk
According to the 8th National Survey of FNRI and DOH (as of 2013), obesity is one of the most prevalent nutritional problems of Filipino children and adults, with about 5 out of 100 Filipino children being classified as overweight. Obesity can lead to different health problems like heart diseases and even diabetes at a young age, which could lead to serious health, economic and social implications later on in life. In line with Alaska Milk’s mission to bring affordable nutrition and a love of active play to every Filipino household, powering the Jr. NBA is a major part of Alaska’s “NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.” initiative. By highlighting milk’s nutritional benefits and encouraging children to go out and play, Alaska consistently works to instill the values Determination, Hard Work, Teamwork, Discipline and Sportsmanship in tomorrow’s champions.

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