Thursday, December 28, 2017

SM Supermalls offers magical Christmas spectacles and activities

SM Supermalls will surely have the entire family entertained this Christmas season, not only with their dazzling Disney-themed centrepieces, but also with exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy in all of its 67 malls across the Philippines!

Start off with SM’s line up of Pyromusical Shows and Grand Christmas Parades in selected SM malls. While bright pyrotechnics converge with chart-topping hits during the fireworks displays, life-sized toy soldiers, ballerinas, holiday mascots and more take center stage in the mall parades. Better get your cameras ready to capture the magical fireworks and true-to-life characters!

What would Christmas be without music? Take pleasure in a relaxing night of angelic tunes and watch the internationally acclaimed Pop Christmas Carols and the Holiday Brass Symphonies as some of the country’s singing groups and orchestras serenade you with their renditions of joyful Christmas tunes.

Christmas is enjoyed especially by kids, so don’t miss out on the Sweet Treats Workshop for Kids and the Santa Meet and Greet. Learn to create simple desserts the fun and exciting way! Treasure the magical moment of fulfilling your child’s Christmas dream of talking to Santa.

In the spirit of sharing, SM Cares, SM and Toy Kingdom have once again launched their annual advocacy project, the SM Cares Bears of Joy. For every PhP200 purchase of one SM Cares Bears of Joy from November 4 to December 25, another stuffed toy bear will be given to a child in need.

The joy and excitement stretches all the way down to SM Lanang Premier as Mindanaoans can enjoy the magical SM holiday season with the Tunnel of Lights. SM malls in Davao, General Santos, and Cagayan de Oro are also scheduled to light up in December.

There is no need to travel far to have a magical, unforgettable bonding moments with family and friends. For kids and kid-at-heart, SM has it all this Christmas! Mark your calendars and get ready to experience SM’s exciting holiday attractions!

For a complete list of all Christmas sights and activities at SM Malls, go to

Sunday, December 24, 2017


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- More Than 94,000 Players and Coaches Have Participated in the Program Since 2007 -
 - Online Registration Now Live at -

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Dec. 22, 2017 – Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska will tip off Jan. 13 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and runs through May 2018 as part of the league’s effort to encourage youth basketball participation. This year’s program is set to reach more than 250,000 participants and 900 coaches across the country.  Online registration is open now at

Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to enhance the youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches.  During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events. 

The program remains free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14 throughout its four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.  Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA clinics have been implemented in 110 cities and municipalities across the country and the 2018 program will return to key provinces including Agusan Del Norte, Batangas, Benguet, Cavite, Misamis Oriental, and Negros Occidental.  Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod (Feb. 10-11), Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18) and Metro Manila (April 7-8), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing for the National Training Camp in Manila in May 2018, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, who will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.  Prior editions of the Jr. NBA Philippines program have featured notable alumni including Aljon Mariano, Kobe Paras, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.

“For the past 10 years, Jr.  NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing proper guidelines to how the game should be played and taught to more youth, coaches and parents in the country.”

“As part of our long-standing partnership with the NBA, Alaska Milk Corporation is proud to play an active role in shaping the basketball players of tomorrow through good nutrition and proper life values,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “We look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of aspiring athletes on and off the court through the Jr. NBA program.”

The 2018 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Carlos Barroca and Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso, to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip. 

Jr. NBA Philippines furthers the mission of Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that highlights the nutritional benefits of milk, encourages physical activity through play, and instills values that are essential to becoming a champion. 

AXA, CloudFone, Gatorade and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines.

Coaches and participants can now register the Jr. NBA program online at, where the program terms and conditions can be found.  Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at and on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit and follow PlayPH at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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 1.4 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.

Three-peat win for LSGH Greenies at the 32nd SBP-Passerelle national finals

LSGH Greenies (top) and San Beda College-Rizal champions at 3nd SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament National Finals

La Salle Greenhills had a successful year in the SBP-Passerelle as it remained the undefeated champion of the SBP division for the third consecutive year.

Now on its 32nd year, the SBP-Passerelle is the largest and longest-running twin tournaments in the country.
At the tournaments’ 32nd championship games held at the Cebu Coliseum, the LSGH Greenies, representing the National Capital Region (NCR), beat Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (Visayas), 66-51, for the title. Ferndale International School of Zamboanga, representing Mindanao, defeated Berkeley School of Baguio (Luzon), 57-36, for third place.

In the Passerelle division, San Beda College-Rizal (NCR) became the new champion after beating Holy Child of Davao (Mindanao), 68-51. Third placer was International School for Better Beginnings (Luzon), which defeated Hua Siong College of Iloilo (Visayas), 58-52.

More than a thousand young athletes participated in this year’s SBP-Passerelle twin tournaments.

SBP-Passerelle, which gives importance to fair play and discipline among participating students, as well as parents, coaches and school officials, presented the highly coveted sportsmanship award to Ferndale International School in the SBP division and San Beda College-Rizal in the Passerelle division.

“We are very lucky to have witnessed another year of passionate competition among these talented young individuals,” remarked Nicanor Jorge, former national coach and founder of BEST (Basketball Efficiency & Scientific Training) Center which organized this annual event. “It’s heart-warming to see their passion for the sports and their perseverance not only to winning but to doing their best for the team. We are proud to provide a venue for these future basketball champions to hone their competitive skills. We look forward to another great season next year.”

Organized by the country’s premier sports clinic, BEST Center, the 32nd SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournaments is supported by MILO, in cooperation with Rain or Shine Elasto Paints, Chris Sports, and SKLZ. It provides a venue for under 15 and under 12 age groups to apply what they learned in basketball training and showcase their skills.

BEST Center is a Hall of Famer of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) for Grassroots Development and the only corporate recipient of the Olympism Award from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, call the hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065, email or follow its official Facebook page at

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka opens at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf

Ramen lovers in the north of the Metro don’t need to travel far to enjoy Japanese culture in a bowl. They can now indulge in the authentic, passionately-cooked ramen recipe of Hokkaido Ramen Satouka as it opens its 12th branch in Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Balintawak, Quezon City.

The opening will give locals a taste of Santouka’s family ramen recipe developed in 1988. Its ramen offerings are masterfully made with imported ingredients—from the noodles to the soup, and cooked for 20 hours daily to keep it fresh and healthier but delicious to the last drop.  

Don’t miss out on its new branch opening with special discounts available this December. Visit Santouka at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf on December 20 and get 50% off on any original ramen order, or you can opt to order one Santouka set this December 21 to get a bowl of Ramen for free.

Hurry and visit Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf and experience the best, passionately-cooked authentic ramen in town.

Get to know more about Santouka. Visit its Facebook page: and Instagram:, or go to any Hokkaido Ramen Santouka branch near you.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Go Lokal! now open at CityMall

(L - R) DTI Cavite director Noly Guevarra, actor Xian Lim, Imus vice-mayor Arnel Cantimbuhan, DoubleDragon president Ferdinand Sia, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DoubleDragon chairman Edgar “Injap” Sia, and Go Lokal! special project head Federico Gutierrez.

CityMall, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), launched the Go Lokal! outlet at CityMall-Anabu in Imus, Cavite, which also marked the opening of Go Lokal! recently in CityMalls around the country.

Top officials of DoubleDragon Properties, developer of the CityMall chain, led by chairman Edgar “Injap” Sia II and president Ferdinand J. Sia, together with DTI secretary Ramon M. Lopez, were on hand to lead the inauguration.

Go Lokal! showcases artisanal Philippine products — crafted, designed, and produced by the country's micro, small, and medium enterprises — that were on sale. Through Go Lokal!, various products from the regions gain mainstream market access, thanks to CityMall’s extensive nationwide network, thus bringing them closer to the people. Photo shows


– Lakers to Retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 Jerseys During Halftime of Tonight’s Matchup Against Warriors on ABS-CBN S+A and NBA Premium TV –
NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2017 – Five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant will have his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired by the Los Angeles Lakers tonight during halftime of their matchup against the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. The game, which will be televised on ABS-CBN S+A and NBA Premium TV, tips off at 11:30 a.m. PHT.
Below are facts and figures about Bryant’s historic career.
48,637: Minutes played, the seventh most in NBA history 

33,643: Career points, third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928)
5,640: Points scored in the NBA Playoffs, fourth most in NBA history behind LeBron James (6,163), Michael Jordan (5,987) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) 
81: Points in a 122-104 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006, the second-highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962
60: Points in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, the most points in a player’s final game in NBA history. At 37, Bryant became the oldest player in league history with a 60-point game
50: Twenty-five career 50-point games, third most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31)
37: In his last season, he became the first player age 37 or older to score at least 25 points in three straight games since Michael Jordan at 40 in 2003
24: Jersey number beginning in the 2006-07 season after switching from No. 8
20: Seasons with the Lakers, tied with Dirk Nowitzki for the most with one team in NBA history

18: Consecutive All-Star Game selections (the longest streak in NBA history) and All-Star Game selections overall (the second most all time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19)
16: Appearances on Christmas Day, the most in NBA history
15: All-Star Game starts, the most in NBA history
13: Overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft
11: All-NBA First Team selections, tied with Karl Malone and LeBron James for the most in NBA history 
9: NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, tied with Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history
6: Six career 60-point games, second most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (32)

5: NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
4: All-Star MVP Awards (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history
2: Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2010)
1: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award (2007-08)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Make Christmas even more special with Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes.

Make the holidays sweeter with a delicious Christmas ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins, the world’s most loved ice cream brand.

 Choose from a variety of cute Christmas cake designs: a freezing snowman, a delightful ice cream cake shaped like a hot cocoa mug, a pretty ice cream cake present or a design of your choice.

Available in different shapes and sizes, you can also customize your Christmas ice cream cake with your favorite ice cream flavor and add a personalized message. Celebrate a wonderful Christmas with Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes available in branches near you.

For more information, visit Baskin-Robbins website at or check out their Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (baskinrobbinsph) accounts.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

– All-Star Game Team Rosters, Chosen by Starter with Most Fan Votes in Each Conference, Revealed Jan. 25 on TNT –

– Fan Voting Across All Platforms Launches on Christmas Day and Now Includes
Amazon Alexa and Five “2-for-1 Days” When Votes Count Twice –

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2017 – NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off with an early voting period exclusively on the NBA App and beginning Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. ET.

Voting via all other channels, including Amazon Alexa for the first time, will launch on Monday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. ET before five Christmas Day matchups across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

Additionally, new for this season, five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Dec. 31Jan. 4Jan. 11, Jan. 12 and Jan. 15 when voting through the NBA App and, along with Sina Weibo and Tencent in China.  All “2-for-1 Days” will be designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 18 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader at 6 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.  The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Tuesday, Jan. 23during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.  

The team rosters for NBA All-Star Game 2018 in Los Angeles will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.  The 67th All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT.   

Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, the team rosters will be chosen by two captains from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.  The captains, who will select the teams before TNT televises the results, will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.   

For the second consecutive year, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the All-Star Game starters.  Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. 

Throughout the voting period, fans may submit one full ballot each day through the NBA App and, post 10 total votes on Facebook, Google Search, Twitter and Amazon Alexa, as well as 10 total votes via Sina Weibo and Tencent.  All current NBA players will be available for selection via all platforms.  

Players and media will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards each from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.  Players may vote for their teammates or themselves. 

Fan voting updates will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Thursday, Jan. 11.  Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How to vote:
  • voting page at Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on from a desktop or mobile browser.   Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.  During the five “2-for-1 Days,”votes through this channel will be counted twice.

  • NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS.  Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, and select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.  During the five “2-for-1 Days,” votes through this channel will be counted twice.