The Philippine Bible Society (PBS), the leading Scripture source in the country stages the “Warriors of the Word” (WOW) Unity Basketball Game in celebration of its 113th founding anniversary. Slated on November 22, 2012, Thursday from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, the event is open to all Bible-believers and will be participated in by the major faith groups in the country.
The WOW Basketball Game unites Bible believers to support the May They Be One (MTBO) Bible Campaign which aims to distribute 5 million Bibles to 5 million poor Filipino families in 7 years. This is in response to the nationwide survey that 60% Filipino households do not have a copy of the Bible.
This unique ballgame brings together priests and pastors from different churches to play against the 13 PBA Icon players including Alvin Patrimonio, Johnny Abarrientos, Jerry Codinera, Kenneth Duremdes, Marlou Aquino, Rodney Santos, Joey Sta. Maria, Ronald Magtulis, Olsen Racela, Eric Gascon, Bobby Jose, Elmer Reyes and Ato Agustin.
Meanwhile, TV host Alex Tinsay and DJ Jordan Escusa, both pastors, and Fr. Tony Navarrete of the Archdiocese of Manila are members of the composite team of players from different Catholic and Evangelical churches in Metro Manila.
Also joining the celebration to show support to the Bible Cause and share their life testimonies and talents are Ms. Kata Inocencio, Ms. Dianne Castillejo, Ms. Angelu De Leon-Rivera, Ms. Carla Martinez, Gabriel Valenciano, Lucho Ayala, Quest, Julianne, Astroboy (Talentadong Pinoy Grand Champion), Pippen Tan and the Kaloob Dance Group.
PBA fans, sports enthusiasts and Bible supporters are encouraged to join the fun-filled celebration. Tickets are at P100.00 (Bleachers), P300.00 (Lower Box) and P500.00 (Ring side) and are available at PBS Biblehouses, PCBS Bookstores and the Cuneta Astrodome. Each ticket sold will be credited as a donation to the May They Be One Bible Campaign for the printing of Bibles for the Filipino poor.
This event is made possible through the partnership of the Episcopal Commission for Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic-Bishops Conference of the Philippines(ECBA-CBCP), the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), as well as the sponsorship of Coffee City, Dermclinic, Derm Plus, DZAS 702, Gluta Advance, Light TV 33, Magnolia Philippines, Mang Inasal, Mariwasa Tiles, Manila Genesis Entertainment, Megaworks, PCBS, Regrow Hair Solution, Star Oil, Wilson and Jackson Automotive Repair Shop and Pasay City Government.
For more details and ticket reservation, contact the WOW Secretariat at 524-5337, 526-7777 local 631 or log on to www.bible.org.ph, or look for Philippine Bible Society on Facebook.
MANILA, Sept. 5 — Hundreds of Filipinos led by Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Virginia H. Benavidez and Philippine Embassy personnel in Wellington welcomed Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Legends Team to their first ever series of basketball games in New Zealand held from August 18 to 26.
Philippine basketball greats, namely Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio, Jojo “Mr. Clutch” Lastimosa, Vince “The Prince” Hizon, Allan “The Triggerman” Caidic, Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos, Kenneth “Captain Barbell” Duremdes, Noli “The Tank” Locsin and Jeffrey “The Jet” Cariaso, played with the local Filipino basketball teams such as the Wellington All Stars, Auckland All Stars and Tauranga Bay of Plenty All Stars. Ms. Patricia Hizon, wife of Vince Hizon and former PBA commentator accompanied the team said a DFA statement.
The much awaited games were organized by Mr. Elmer Cabingan and Mrs. Tina Cabingan and Mr. Elsworth Morada from Emerge Entertainment Ltd., Mr. Osmund Malaluan and Mrs. Cora Malaluan, Mr. Patrick Pardo of New Zealand Home Loans Massey, Auckland, Mrs. Odette Dulce Madrisa, organizer for Wellington and the Tauranga Filipino Society, Inc.
Ambassador Benavidez and Member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker Eric Roy graced the opening of the basketball game at the ASB Sports Centre in Wellington on August 26. She hosted a dinner in honor of the PBA Legends and the organizers and coordinators at the “Ang Bahay” (Philippine Ambassador’s Residence) on August 27.
In both occasions, Ambassador Benavidez highlighted the importance of basketball as a great crowd drawer and showcase of Filipino talents back home in the Philippines, in New Zealand, and abroad and thanked the organizers and sponsors for mounting the basketball events and the Filipino community for their all-out support, cheers and cooperation.
“Wherever they went, the PBA Legends brought so much joy and delight to their basketball fans, generously shared their talents and skills in basketball with local teams and promoted goodwill between the Philippines and New Zealand. The Philippine Embassy is thankful to all those who have sacrificed so much to make the PBA Legends tour happen for the first time in New Zealand as this has shown that basketball is indeed our national passion, one of the centrepieces of our national sports program, an exhibition of the Filipino people’s prowess and skills in the local, regional and international arenas, and a mirror of our national spirit promoting sportsmanship, fair play, camaraderie and teamwork,” Ambassador Benavidez said.
The PBA Legends team hope that they will be able to come back to New Zealand where they had one of the best organized games played outside the Philippines. (DFA)
Coming from SMX exhibit and the NBA 3X event, I checked out the PIM Show yesterday at World Trade Center and I wasn’t disappointed. Hot cars and even hotter models were showcased at the 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIM). The show was organized by CAMPI with theme, “Drive The Fun”. Indeed, it was fun. I especially drooled over the “matte” finish, massive wheels and bodykits of Mitsubishi Montero and Strada. Ticket price is only P100 and if you are able to collect around 10 ballpen giveaways, you’ll break even. LOL. Didn’t bring my DSLR so here are some phone pics…
I swung by Mall of Asia to check out what’s cookin’ in the Music Hall, as NBA Philippines brings back 3 on 3 hoops. Like the first NBA 3 on 3, it’s presented by Sprite. And speaking, I started my “job” by getting free sprite in can. Thanks Sprite! Day 2, I saw New Jersey center Brook Lopez, checked out different booths & activities, watched couple of 3×3 pool games, girls, boys and men’s divisions. Got there in time too to catch the slam dunk contest. BTW, I was asked by the lovely and friendly NBA girls to be one of the slam dunk judges. But because I am not ready for my Philippine TV debut, I politely begged off. My colleague Kristina has the opening ceremony bits, we’ll post it up soon for more NBA 3 on 3 stuff. Meanwhile, here are some snapshots (using my phone, I am suffering from various muscle injuries so DSLR are kinda heavy for me nowadays.) It’s a once a year basketball treat from NBA, so don’t miss out, head over to SM Mall of Asia and enjoy this fun and star-studded NBA event. Last day tomorrow.
Rest of the photos…
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Erik Spoelstra is a busy man. Despite the busy schedule – NBA events, preparations for the upcoming NBA season, family stuff – Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra still finds time to visit the Philippines. This is 4th visit.
Coach Spoelstra is the youngest and the only Filipino-blooded head coach in the NBA World. Being in the NBA and a champion coach, it’s a big achievement and gives honor to the Philippines.
The night before, coach Spo watched PBA Game 5 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and he had one word to describe the match “physicality”. “I watched the PBA Finals last night and it’s really physical, I love it!”, Spoelstra told the press and bloggers in attendance.
He admitted that the one and only regret in life was not being able to play in PBA. He was asked if he could turn back the time, he said, he would love to play in the PBA. “I regret not playing in the PBA. If I could turn back the clock, I will play there,” he said. He sees great things in the PBA and later said that “PBA is a great league, full of excitement. It was great to see, great to see the passion of the players.”
He wants this Philippine visit to be an annual thing and thinking of watching more PBA games and maybe college basketball game too.
Winning the NBA championship hasn’t changed his life that much. “I’m still doing similar things I do… It hasn’t changed my whole life.” Being a young coach is one of the challenges he faced when he started to coach the star-studded Miami Heat. He talks about showing guys the meaning of competition, reliability and trust. Coming from the school of Pat Riley management, he talked about the structured and disciplined system.
The conference ended on a light mood. With question like how his mother reacted when he won the title, he said, “She cried. She came after finals in Miami. She said that we lost last season since she was there to watch the game. But during this season’s finals, she stayed home in 4 games and we won.”
Erik Spoelstra is looking forward to start his program with the Miami Heat for the new season of the NBA. He’ll go back and be the coach, leader and motivator that he is. He’ll go back, defend the title, do battle with his core guys, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and new recruits.
See you next year coach, and let’s see if in your next trip, along came new trophy.
Photo from NBA.com.
Two short clips of the game featuring NBA Alumni versus PBA Legends dubbed as PLDT All Star Basketball Challenge 2012.
July 18, 2012. NBA-PBA Legends Game. First time to watch live at the newly constructed Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. And I was in the VIP suite.
And this is the part where I was amazed. We all grew up watching games at Araneta, where “mano- mano-tanggal-ng-ticket” happens. Here, you got ladies scanning your ticket’s QR code.
Luxury seats exclusive for VIP suite patrons
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As boxing’s number one pound-for-pound boxer, Manny Pacquiao has the world at his fists, garnering support from boxing fans, video gamers, Lakers shooting guards, nighttime television hosts and Oscar-hosting comedians alike as his big fight approaches against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez. With his championship bout fast approaching, the Pac-Man is teaming up with charitybuzz to deliver a one-two punch for charity, and giving two lucky fans a chance to meet him after he fights to defend his World Welterweight Championship title at the MGM Grand Las Vegas! The twosome will be able to cheer on The Destroyer on November 12 as he fights Marquez, and then take pictures with the champ when they meet him after the bout. Bidding is open through Wednesday, November 9 at http://ow.ly/7jxlG.
Pacquiao has had many big victories in the MGM Las Vegas ring, like in 2009 when he KO’ed Ricky Hatton into retirement, but not before both fighters signed a boxing glove to be auctioned off to one lucky fan for charity! The winning bidder can own a part of this memorable night with a glove autographed by Manny Pacquiao and Hatton before the showdown that would make boxing history, as Pacquiao’s victory would give him six world titles in six different weight divisions, leveling him with Oscar De La Hoya. The signed glove also comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by
Chairman and CEO of TOP RANK, Bob Arum. Bidding is open through Thursday, November 17 at charitybuzz: http://ow.ly/7jAsz.
Proceeds for these items benefit the Obakki Foundation and C5LA.
Speaking of NBA Stars, Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend & the NBA, Coach Chot tweeted he got NBA friend coming this Sunday. Turns out, that friend is the human highlight machine who goes by the name “P”.
“P”, the slam dunk artist also known as JaVale McGee was a member of that unforgettable SUAW. He was one of the crowd favorites the last time a group of NBA stars visited the Philippines. He slammed and planked his hearts towards hoops loving, dunk starved Filipinos.
Mr. P later confirmed it by his tweet… “thank you to MVP, Coach Chot, and Smart for bringing P back to the Philippines!!”
Not yet sure where and what he’s be up to. Knowing Chot Reyes and his MVP sports group, they may be up to something. And something good.
Or, maybe he’ll negotiate a contract. McGee can play for TnT as an import for that “unlimited” conference. That’s if P accepts 20,000 USD a month for a fee. :P