Jr NBA, Jr WNBA All-Stars Philippines given send-off to Shanghai

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Alaska Milk and NBA Philippines presented the Philippine delegation to the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Experience in Shanghai, China during a send-off ceremony on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Outback Restaurant in Makati City.

Sixteen young players —eight boys and eight girls— from various parts of the country will meet with other Jr. NBA All-Stars teams from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore for a unique and what could be a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.

The Philippine Jr. NBA All-Star squad is composed of Kenjie Trey Duremdes (14), Jan Celement Macalalang (13), and Victorino Torres (13), who all come from La Salle Greenhills; Joachim Eddie Laure from University of Sto. Tomas, Johnedel Austria  (13) from Escuela de Sophia-Caloocan, Ian Dominic Espinosa (13) of Ateneo de Iloilo, Reinhard Jumanoy (13) of University of San Carlos-North Campus, and Jeryk Dwight Bait (14) from St. Francis National High School in Lucena.

Making up the Jr. WNBA All-Stars are Boni Marylene Solis (12), Jane Araza (13), and Jeehan Nikaela Ahmed (13) from Chiang Kai Shek College; Jazmine Anne Maniquis (13) from St. Paul Pasig, Lindsey Nacional (13) of La Salle College Antipolo, Camille Nolasco (14) from Miriam College, and Chinsai Demana (13) representing University of the Visayas – Cebu.

They will be accompanied by Coach of the Year awardees Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of Southwestern University of Cebu.

Aside from the meet and greet with their NBA idols, the Jr. NBA/WNBA All-Stars Philippines will test their skills as they participate in training and scrimmage as part of their NBA experience with some of the best players of their generation.

Team Philippines will leave for Shanghai on Friday, October 6 and will have their accommodation at Holiday Inn Shanghai.

The next day, (Saturday, October 7) they will train and test their mettle in scrimmages under NBA trainers at the Fuego Sports Center before taking a tour around the cosmopolitan Chinese City in the afternoon.

The culmination of their training takes place at the same venue on Sunday morning (October 8) then head to the Global Sports Arena in the afternoon to watch and enjoy the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA All stars will return to Manila on October 9.

The 16 players were selected from out of 33,000 young aspirants who participated in regional training selection camps in major cities in the country.

The top 37 in each of the boys and girls division advanced to the National Training Camp until they were trimmed to the Final 8 in each of the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Star Philippines Team.

The NBA’s partnership with Alaska for the Jr. NBA Philippines program started in 2011. The Jr. NBA Program is a great fit in Alaska’s mission to nurture young talents and to promote healthy and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play. The brand aims to open world class opportunities for kids through basketball.

For general information about the Jr. NBA presented by Alaska 2017 visit www.jrnbaphilippines.com