Alaska Milk’s Jr. NBA/WNBA in Davao 2016

You can see the determination in his eyes. Sweaty palms, heavy breathing but still alert, and on-the-game, a young cager tries to escape the pesky defense of his fellow cager. A young boy deflects the shot of his opponent in a team scrimmage. These and more happen inside the court as the competition for the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 continues.

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A total of 543 boys and girls joined the Regional Selection Camp of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska at Ateneo de Davao Matina campus on February 20 and 21.

Young cagers gathered and showcased their skills on the hardcourt as Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska went to Ateneo de Davao University, Matina campus on February 27-28 for the fourth staging of the Regional Selection Camp in Mindanao. Seven boys and four girls were selected from 543 kids who participated in this year’s program. Alfonso Luis Candari, 13, of Ateneo de Davao; Lance Centeno, 13, of Ateneo de Davao; Joven Neil Deligero, 13, of Daniel R. Aguinaldo National Highschool; Louis Andre Joring, 13, of St. Mary’s School; Tryon Limar Langala, 14, of St. Mary’s School; Anscar Mamac, 14, of Holy Child College of Davao; and Rysan Villasenta, 13, of Holy Child College of Davao topped the boys division. Rozie Amatong, 11, of Modern International Learning Center; Aloha Marie Betanio, 12, of Malaybalay City Central School; Kate Buenaventura, 13, of Ateneo de Davao; and Marcila Grace Dellosa, 14, of F. Bangoy National Highschool topped the girls division. The young athletes excelled in the skills stations and scrimmages and exemplified the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect throughout the camp.

12794740_10206436985098743_1328673300719359046_oYoung athletes took turns in the Agility test station on the first day of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA learn-and-achieve camp.

12764588_10206436984898738_7093788419260938556_oA young athlete shows off his dribbling skills in one of the many drill stations that participants underwent in the 2-day Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA camp.

The kids will also represent Mindanao in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines National Training Camp this April and will try out with top players from the four Regional Selection Camps for the chance to be named as Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines All-Star and participate in an overseas NBA experience.

11252866_10206436983658707_2522957527675912269_oThe 2016 Davao Regional Selection Camp finalists who will represent Mindanao with their coaches. From L-R: Joven Neil Deligero; Rysan Villasenta; Tryon Limar Langala; Louis Andre Joring; Kate Buenaventura; Marcila Grace Dellosa; Aloha Marie Betanio; Rozie Amatong; Alfonso Luis Candari; Lance Centeno; Anscar Mamac

The next stop of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines Regional Selection Camp will be in Cebu (March 5-6) followed by Manila (April 9-10). Boys and girls ages 10-14 can still register to the free youth basketball program at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.

One of the finalist is from Malaybay City Central School, Alona Marie Betanio. A 12 year old girl who joined because of the persuasion of her coach to try out Alaska JR. WNBA. She plays for a basketball league in her local barangay and her coach knew she has the potential.

11062383_10206437013299448_1646310114770068836_oGreat job, Alona!

Watch out for the next Alaska Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA happening in Cebu this Saturday! Stay tuned!

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. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com.

About Alaska Milk: Alaska Milk recognizes the need of Filipino children for proper nutrition. According to the 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), it was revealed that 3 out of 10 children aged 5-10 years were underweight while 8 out of 100 children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today. Alaska Milk is committed to help provide proper nutrition through its leading brands, Alaska Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink. It contains 20+ essential nutrients that help children reach their full growth potential. Aside from proper nutrition, an active lifestyle is needed in order to shape and nurture healthier children. Because of this, Alaska Milk encourages children to “go out and play” through its NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. Programs: Alaska Basketball and Football Power Camps and Cups, Alaska IronKids Triathlon, Alaska Family Run and Alaska Cycle Philippines.

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At the same time, Alaska Milk has a professional basketball team, the 14-time PBA champion, Alaska Aces, which continues to inspire the youth to become future champions who are guided by positive values. Finally, Alaska Milk partners with excellent local and international organizations who share the same objectives, vision, and values namely the Philippine Basketball Association, National Basketball Association, World Triathlon Corporation, Cycle Asia, Makati and Alabang Football Schools and Sunrise Events, Incorporated.

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