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Meet the 10 All-Star Kids of the 2019 Alaska Jr. NBA Philippines

Five boys and five girls were selected during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to comprise the newest batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars and represent the country at the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp in Jakarta, Indonesia in June to train with top youth players from the region.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro joined Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca and Natalia Andre and Alaska coaches Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony dela Cruz to help coach the 80 participants at the Gatorade Hoops Center and Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 18 and in the boys and girls exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.  The final day of the Jr. NBA National Training Camp hosted an exhibition game for former Jr. NBA All-Stars and was attended by notable alumni including collegiate players Thirdy Ravena and Janjan Jaboneta.

The top ten cagers named to the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska All-Star Team are (front row, L-R): Princess BJ Marie Villarin, Mikylla Taborada, Karylle Sierba, Diane Camille Nolasco, and Justine Mhyrra Vibangco; (back row, L-R): Lionel Matthew Rubico, Sebastian Roy Reyes, Zhan Paolo Moreno, Henjz Gabriel Demisana, and Joshua Minguillo. Also in photo are Alaska Aces mascot E-Cow, Alaska Milk Corporation Chairman of the Board and Jr. NBA Asia Advisory Council member Wilfred Uytengsu, Alaska Coach Tony dela Cruz, Jr. NBA Coach Natalia Andre, WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro, Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton, SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee and Jr. NBA Asia Advisory Council member Hans Sy, NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson, and Jr. NBA Head Coach Carlos Barroca.

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton celebrates with a Jr. NBA participant as he is called to be part of the Top 20 boys.

Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska is committed to improving youth health and wellness and addressing growing inactivity by highlighting the importance of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle to participants.  Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than two million players, coaches and parents in over 190 cities and municipalities nationwide, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.).

Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.

Below are more action photos:

WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro teaches this young baller how to protect the ball.

Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers gives words of encouragement to a Jr. NBA participant.

A Jr. NBA baller wows the crowd as he leaves his opponents behind on this play.

A Jr. NBA participant keeps her focus and intensity during the Top 20 Girls’ game.

For all things NBA, fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit www.alaskamilk.com to learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.

The following is a complete list of Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 All-Stars:


GIRLS ROSTER:

First Name
Last Name
Age
School
Dianne Camille
Nolasco
14
Miriam College
Karylle
Sierba
13
Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Mikylla
Taborada
14
Corpus Christi School Cagayan de Oro
Justine Mhyrra
Vibangco
13
Saint Joseph Parish School
Princess BJ Marie
Villarin
13
De La Salle Zobel

BOYS ROSTER:

First Name
Last Name
Age
School
Henjz Gabriel
Demisana
14
Bacolod Tay Tung High School
Joshua
Minguillo
13
-
Zhan Paolo
Moreno
14
Xavier University Cagayan de Oro
Sebastian Roy
Reyes
14
Nazareth School of National University
Lionel Metthew
Rubico
14
De La Salle Lipa




List of Awards:

Gatorade Hustle Awardees: Zhan Paolo Moreno and Franchesca Isabela Buenvenida

Panasonic Rising Star Awardees: Zak Gumaya and Kaye Andrea Vivas

Coaches of the Year: Orlando Estrelles and Precious Jimenez

Alaska Ambassadors: Henjz Gabriel Demisana and Justine Mhyrra Vibangco

MVPs: Sebastian Roy Reyes and Dianne Camille Nolasco


Meanwhile if you missed the actual event, here are the kids in action during my live video coverage:



And of course, here is the video during the awarding ceremony and announcement of winners:



On my succeeding post, I will share with you my moments with Sexton and our exclusive interview with him.

Once more, congratulations kids! And great to be part of this event for four consecutive years now! 05/21/2019 (Runner Rocky)


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.  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 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 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
 
Given the growing issues on health as well as the fast-changing technological environment, which leads to the change in children’s interests and behavior or sedentary lifestyle, Alaska believes that there is a need to reinforce its thrust in leading a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle. Alaska seeks to engage the youth, especially younger kids, in sports.
   
Alaska Milk looks beyond selling milk – it sells nutrition and by doing so, the Company and brand Alaska is doing its part in nation-building.  Through youth sports development programs, Alaska is able to help nourish children for them to develop into champions in the field of interest and, in general, in life.  The overall objective of the Alaska Sports is to strengthen the brand’s equity in nutrition through sports.  To portray Alaska Fortified as a brand that helps instill the values of determination, discipline, teamwork, and hard work among the youth through sports.


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