MYBL’s Idol Talk features JP Erram’s story for Episode 2

Catch Poy Erram on Saturday, 4PM, as he shares his story with Magoo Marjon and Jutt Sulit in the ...

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Published September 19, 2020\n
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Get to hear another inspirational story on the second episode of MVP Sports Foundation - Youth Basketball League (MYBL) Idol Talk as TNT Katropa’s newest\n mainstay and Gilas Pilipinas center John Paul “Poy” Erram will share the struggles he’s been through before becoming one of the elite big men in the\n PBA.

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The show will start at 4:30 PM on Saturday, September 19, 2020, and will be hosted by PBA anchors Magoo Marjon and Jutt Sulit. Also, catch it live at the\n MVPSF Youth League - Cagayan de Oro Facebook page with Pong Dacoco as moderator.

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Known for his hustle and do-it-all attitude on the hardcourt, Erram is expected to tell us how his journey began from being an ordinary young basketball\n aspirant who lived in the slum area in Cagayan de Oro, to getting a spot in the Ateneo Blue Eagles roster, and eventually creating his own name in\n the oldest basketball league in Asia as well as in the international stage by being a member of the men’s national basketball team.

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If you’re looking for something that could inspire you to pursue your dreams, then this show is exactly what you should not miss.

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Roger Pogoy graces inaugural episode of MYBL’s Idol Talk

CEBUANO wingman, Gilas Pilipinas mainstay and TnT KaTropa star Roger Ray Pogoy will be gracing th...

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CEBUANO wingman, Gilas Pilipinas mainstay and TnT KaTropa star Roger Ray Pogoy will be gracing the inaugural episode of the MVP Sports Foundation-Youth\n Basketball League (MYBL) Idol Talk on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

The show, which will be streamed live on MVP Sports Foundation Inc.'s Facebook page, will be hosted by PBA anchors Magoo Marjon and Jutt Sulit and will be moderated by MYBL-Cebu commissioner Rico Navarro. It will start at 4:30 p.m.\n
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The show will tackle Pogoy’s basketball journey from an intrepid young basketball player who led the University of Cebu to a runner-up finish in the Cebu Youth Basketball League’s first season back in 2008 to becoming a champion at Far Eastern University before finally making it to the Philippine Basketball Association.\n

Pogoy will also speak of his experiences playing for flag and country as a member of the Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team. (JNP)

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Missing the court | A known all-around player in hoops, Mavi Ferrer dishes out a much-needed assist to his community

In this edition of #MissingTheCourt, we feature yet another inspiring story of an individual who ...

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By: John Mark Herrera - Published June 8, 2020
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Different stories of players, coaches, fans, individuals, and multiple groups trying to make a difference and help their community in the fight both against\n the COVID-19 health crisis and the effects of the lock down, continue to rise as we approach the third month of our ongoing battle, which left many\n of our fellow Filipinos with no source of income.

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In this edition of #MissingTheCourt, we feature yet another inspiring story of an individual who took up the gauntlet, to make a difference and help out\n his community, along with reliable friends.

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Mavi Ferrer, a long-time player and pioneer in Kings of the Court tournaments, sparked a movement that provided the needs of the Dominican Friars of Santo\n Domingo Parish in Quezon City. A project that NCAA Season 95 Commissioner - Coach Tonichi Pujante, helped catalyzed, when he approached Ferrer regarding\n the parish's needs.

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\"Coach Tonichi Pujante approached me regarding the need of the Dominican Friars' partner community/ies. This is in line with the possibility to provide\n relief goods or any form of help to ease their current situation. Such prompted me to connect with proper authorities (special thanks to Cong. Onyx\n and Coun Nikki Crisologo) who immediately committed sacks of rice. Aside from such, I donated a number of food packs to the Dominican Friars.\"\n
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\"This is actually not the end of the said program, the Dominican Friars actually needs more assistance for their other communities. So, in partnership\n with Kings of the Court, a special donation will be made to the Dominican Friars of Letran in Manila City.\" Ferrer added.

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The birth of the special donation is the start of more projects to come, as the fight continues during these tough times. Together, Ferrer believes we\n will see light at the end of the tunnel.

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\"Due to the rise and effects of COVID-19, a large number of Filipino people are affected, most of which lost their primary source of income. Because of\n such, consistent needs and assistance of underprivileged communities rises. This would be the primary basis of the programs projection which is to\n consistently help as long as the need arises.\"

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\"I came from a loving and compassionate family. My father who has been a public servant for the past 20+ years exposed me to become mindful of others and\n their situation. This is the primary reason why I spearheaded the said project; I’ve been aware with the current situation and given that I have the\n means and connections, plus the fact that I am an active Rotarian, I couldn’t just look the other way.\" Ferrer explained.\n
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As for his message to the public, he has nothing but encouragement for everyone who are deeply struggling during these times.

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\"Do not lose hope. That’s what makes a Filipino special. The resilient spirit. Let us all help each other to withstand and recover from this pandemic.\n Remember, reach out and help.\"

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Ferrer also extends his warmest gratitude to everyone who made this project possible.

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\"I would like to thank my ever supportive wife, my parents, the people contributed to this project (Cong. Onyx Crisologo, Councilor Nikki Crisologo, and\n my Kings of the Court family) and most especially God, for making this project feasible.\"

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Service is what he and his family is all about. Getting to experience the value of serving one another, began in the Ferrer household, and it stuck with\n Mavi even on the court, where he serves assists to his teammates and makes a huge difference by doing the dirty work on the boards. But as a bigger\n team - team world that is - he is keen to serve on a bigger role, as long as the community needs a helping hand.

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Looking for a way to help the community?

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Like Mavi Ferrer, you too can help the community. You can donate and get a personalized artwork in return!

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Kings of the Court PH is selling customized artwork at PHP 700.00. They have an artwork catalog that you may choose from (https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex). Designs\n are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir to your loved ones who are frontliners to show that they are our #SeasonMVPs.

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The #YourTimeToShine is a campaign which aims to raise funds. Proceeds shall be for the donation of PPE’s and food supply to our frontliners through various\n organizations, and financial assistance to our employees in need during these trying times.

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If it's not purchasing, you can share this to your friends and family members, to raise more awareness of the campaign that would be appreciated too!

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Go to Kings of the Court PH on Facebook, to know more.

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Missing the court | Long-time KOTC game officials share the struggles of long lull from basketball

In this edition of #MissingTheCourt, it's the referees' time to share their community quarantine ...

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By John Mark Herrera - Published June 2, 2020
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The painful cancellation of sporting events have greatly affected athletes, coaches, trainers, and even the weekend warriors who play sports for fitness\n and fun. Fans all over the world had to accept the reality that until a vaccine is available for the mass, there will be no mass gathering allowed.

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But while the agony is real for the mentioned group of people, the struggle of not being on the court is double the hurt for game officials, whose bread\n and butter in supporting their families, lie in per-game basis pay from different leagues in the country.

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In this edition of #MissingTheCourt, it's the referees' time to share their community quarantine experiences, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly\n affected their way of living.

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First up on the list is Ronaldo Bermejo, a basketball referee for six years now, with Kings of Court. For more than half a decade, Bermejo has officiated\n in almost all KOTC tournaments, which includes the KOTC Leagues, Laguna Inter-LGU, Makabansa Basketball League (MBL), and the PLDT Metro Manila\n Inter Village League (MMIVL). \n
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For him and his family, the effects of this pandemic forced him and his family to seek much-needed help from close relatives, as his main source of\n income was suddenly halted by the health crisis.

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\"Kinapos ng budget para sa gastusin dahil natigil ang pagkakakitaan. Ang naging resulta ay manghingi ng tulong sa kapamilya at mga kaibigan na nakakaluwag.\n Napangalagaan naman ang pamilya at nanatiling safe at home, tiis lang sa mga pagkain na inihahanda para maka survive.\" shared Bermejo, who also\n joined pools of referees for prestigious collegiate leagues such as the NCAA, UAAP, Filoil Pre-Season Tournament, and Fr. Martin's Cup.

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As he awaits the call to officiate a game again, Bermejo makes it a point to do all that is necessary to keep him and his family safe, abiding the\n guidelines set forth by the government, as well as support the ongoing campaigns of KOTC.

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\"Stay at home lang kami at nag social distancing sa labas lung may bibilhin pagkain - sa bagay na yan hindi na kami intindihin ng frontliners dahil\n sinusunod namin ang guidelines para hindi mahawa o magkaroon ng COVID-19. Ang tangi ko lang maipapamahagii ay moral support sa KOTC na ipalaganap\n ang initiatives nila na makatulong sa anumang paraan.\"

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As for his message to his fellow game officials, and the many Filipinos who are also going through the same situation: \"Stay Home and Be Patient. Need\n mag divert sa ibang talents ana mayroon ka, para kumita habang ang sports ay wala pa katiyakan kelan pwede mag resume.\" saiid Bermejo, who is now\n in his 26th year as a basketball referee.\n
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The weight of the sudden loss of income was also a tough blow for one of KOTC's young and promising basketball referee, Noel \"JR\" Menchero, who is\n now in his third year with the company and fifth overall as a game official.

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\"Mahirap. Simula nang nagka lock down, walang hanap-buhay. Umaasa kami sa ayudang bigay ng barangay.\" shared Menchero, who has just began his young\n officiating career in the big leagues such as the NCAA and in the PBA D-League .

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But despite the shortage in food supply, the young game official still has his fellow referees in mind - extending help through sacrificial giving.\n \"Yung binibigay na ayuda saamin, yung iba, binibigay ko din sa kasama kong mga referees na nangangailangan din.\"

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Menchero is optimistic that sports will return soon, and that together, we will all come out victorious. \"Magpaka tatag lang tayo. Sa mga kasama kong\n referees, matatapos din tong krisis, kapit lang.\"\n
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Getting paid on a per game basis, for Jovan Uy, a basketball referee for 12 years (3 with KOTC), the ongoing ban on mas gathering which cancelled most,\n if not all reacreational sports leagues, not only took basketball away from him, but more importantly his bread and butter in supporting his family.\n

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\"Pagiging basketball referee ang kinabubuhay ko and ng family ko. Sa panahon na ganito ang sitwasyon dahil sa pandemic Covid-19, halos lahat ng referees\n ko na pinoy ay pinaka naapektuhan ang buhay, pati kani-kanyang pamilya ay naapektuhan.\"

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Uncertain of when sports can re-open for leagues, Uy turned to other means of work to provide for his family, and he hopes to sustain it long enough\n to support his family as the usual summer leagues that give referees a solid source of income, suddenly became a season of drought. 

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\"Lalo na sa ngayong kasalukuyan, di pa namin alam kung paano kami makakaahon, at makasurvive agad sa ibang diskarte sa buhay para lang kumita para\n sa pamilya, gayong matatagalan pang ibalik ng Philippine Sports Commission ang mga liga ng Basketball.\" said Uy, who was part of the pool of referees\n for the National Basketball League (NBL).\n
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For 20-year veteran referee in recreational leagues, Christian \"Bon\" Blazo echo the message of the prior three men in gray, to his fellow game\n officials, as well as the acceptance of change in lifestyle and how to contribute in fighting this pandemic as one nation.

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\"Tibayan ang loob, maging matatag, at pangalagaan amg kalusugan at higit sa lahat laging mag pray sa panginoon. Marami mga bagay bagay ang kailngan i-adjust kasi walang hanap buhay. Sumunod sa mga batas na pinapatupad. Dapat di pasaway.\" said Blazo, who was recruited by Bermejo back in 2017 to join him in officiating KOTC tournaments.



\n Another veteran referee of 15 years, in Gerry Guinto - also felt the gravity of the long lull from sports.\n

\"Napakahirap ng buhay simula Ng magkalockdown.nandyan Yung kelangan mo mangutang sa mga kaibigan.manghingi ng tulong sa medyo nakakaangat\n sa buhay at umasa sa relief na ibibigay ng gobyerno, at nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos na kahit may pandemia, ay hindi niya pinabayaan\n ang mga mahal ko sa buhay, at ako.\"

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Despite being away from the court, Guinto remains a team player and a contributor even while at home.

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\"Financialy, wala naman ako maitutulong talaga. Ang naitulong ko ay ang pagsunod ko sa mga utos ng gobyerno. Sumali ako sa groups ng mga\n referees na mayroong question & answer about FIBA rules, nang sa ganon ay hindi mahinto ang knowledge ko sa officiating.\" he shared.\n

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As he and his fellow referees stand with each other in prayer, giving, and moral support, Guinto points out the most important thing during\n these times.

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\"Mensahe ko sa mga kapwa ko referee, ingatan natin ang ating mga sarili at samahan ng dasal. Sa mga kapwa ko Filipino sumunod tayo sa mga\n pinaguutos ng pamahalaan.\"

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The stories of hope, in the midst of the ongoing health crisis, are no more evident than what these long-time referees shared. Being in need and\n still doing sacrificial giving, the discipline they're showing in spite of shortage, and the faith they have that one day, sports will be back\n up and running, and the game they've officiated for years will resume to bring back the joy and fulfillment for sports fans, players, and officials\n all over the globe.

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You can donate for their cause and get a personalized artwork in return!

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Kings of the Court PH is selling customized artwork at PHP 700.00. They have an artwork catalog that you may choose from (https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex).\n Designs are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir to your loved ones who are frontliners to show that they are our\n #SeasonMVPs.

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The #YourTimeToShine is a campaign which aims to raise funds. Proceeds shall be for the donation of PPE’s and food supply to our frontliners through\n various organizations, and financial assistance to our employees in need during these trying times.

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If it's not purchasing, you can share this to your friends and family members, to raise more awareness of the campaign - that would be appreciated\n too!

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Go to Kings of the Court PH on Facebook, to know more.\n
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Photos from the KOTC Sports Fest 2019 - Photographers:  Enrico Vicmudo, Nicole Hernandez, and Julius Domondon. \n

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Missing the court | Game worn basketball jerseys, shoes from local athletes - the game changer in one man's initiative to reach out to his community

In this edition of #MissingTheCourt, featured in this article is a unique story of one man, whose...

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By: John Mark Herrera - Published May 28, 2020
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We've featured many stories of different groups of people coming together for a good cause. Players, coaches, team owners, professionals, and many others\n who opened the floodgates of help for the ones in need during these times.

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In this edition of #MissingTheCourt, featured in this article is a unique story of one man, whose random idea of helping his community became a huge difference-maker\n in the midst of the health crisis.

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The inspiring story of Eufil Mark Souribio, a lifetime sports fan, a player in different recreational basketball leagues, and a shoe collector for three\n years, who was sitting in his house and cleaning up his kicks when the thought of what he can do to help came about.

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\"To be honest yung Sapatos for a Cause was just a random decision that I’ve made while cleaning my shoes one time. Napaisip lang ako bigla na I have more\n than enough shoes for myself, bakit hindi ko gamitin to para ipa-auction to raise funds para kahit papaano habang walang ginagawa during ECQ, I can\n help din sa mga kabarangay ko dito na alam at kita kong hirap sa buhay dahil no work no pay sila.\" said Souribio, who played in one of Kings of the\n Court's tournaments in the past.

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Sharing his blessings didn't come at a high cost as his heart to serve and him having friends from different sports leagues in the country, were more than\n enough to boost the campaign he started.

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\"Naisip ko din baka yun yung use ng sapatos ko, para magamit na way pantulong sa iba. Sa jersey for a cauase naman same thing lang din after sapatos for\n a cause, sabi ko di pa din sapat dami pa din nangangailangan eh. Meron akong friends na playing sa MPBL so nagtry ako magtanong sa kanila kung may\n extra game worn jersey sila then from there nagtuloy tuloy na.\"\n
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One player after the other, help came from the players that he's friends with and from more people who are connected to these athletes.

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\"Tinulungan din nila ako to reach out sa ibang palyers na di ko kilala. Nakakatuwa kasi lahat sila gusto makatulong kaya kahit may mga sentimental values\n yung jersey nila eh pinili pa din nilang ibigay to sakin to be used sa jersey for a cause auction campaign ko\"

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The rise of players donating jerseys and shoes, plus other goods also paved the way for a set of individuals (non-players) who decided to join the movement\n and contribute for this cause. An outpour of help that amazed Souribio as he reflected on the ongoing movement.

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\"Siguro yung nakaka-amaze sa kanila is yung willingness nila to donate yung gamit na alam mong may importansya sa kanila and nakakatuwa yung ikaw yung\n nagbigay ng way sa kanila para makatulong din sila sa pagdonate ng shoes or jersey nila. Para halos lahat sila kasi willing at gusto makatulong din\n pero di nila alam i what way so thru jersey and sapatos for a cause nakatulong at nakapag contribute sila.\"\n
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When asked if there was one story that stands out from the donations that came in, the proud project lead bared that the success of the movement is the\n great story overall for him.

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\"Lahat sila nagstand out for me dahil sa puso nila na makatulong pero yung pinaka nag stand out for me is yung mga players at mga tao na kusang magme-message\n sakin and sasabihin nila “idol may extra jersey ako dito” or “idol may extra shoes ako dito...sana makatulong” bukod pa diyan yung iba nagdo-donate\n sakin directly ng cash at minsan, ilang sacks of rice.\"

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Who would have thought that a fan-friend habit he's been doing for years, would later become an avenue for a movement that will help his barangay and some\n parts of General Trias in Cavite.

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\"I thank God for using me na maging instrument to be an avenue para sa mga gustong tumulong. Di naman sobrang dami shoes ko pero sabi ko nga more than\n enough na to the point na di ko naman na nagagamit lahat, pero I really love collecting at buying sneakers so ginawa kong paraan yun na ishare din\n sa iba yung pagcocollect ko ng sneakers thru sapatos for a cause. Hilig ko naman even before yung pag arbor ng jerseys sa mga friend kong players,\n so ‘yun why not gawin kong way yung pag arbor ng jersey at ipa-auction to raise funds and thank God it worked.\" said the overwhelemed Souribio.\n
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As of writing, the fundraising activity is nearing the 40K mark, aside from other goods donated by generous individuals. The long list of players and non-players\n gathered humble names, and Souribio wants to thank the following:

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Jerseys and Shoes donation:

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Mark Yee

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Allan Mangahas

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Chito Jaime

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Andretti Stevens

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Kenneth Ighalo

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John Cantimbuhan

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Jan Jamon

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Ghed Ong

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Ivan Villanueva

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Chester Saldua

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Ian Melencio

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Ryusei Koga

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Carl Soriano

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Jaycee Asuncion

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Jacob Galicia

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Renz Gonzales

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Allan Evangelista

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Jonathan Rivera

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Kim Aurin

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Dave Moralde

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Joecel Prudente

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Jhong Bondoc\n
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Non players:

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AJ Balatbat

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Ralph Sy

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Lilian Tanguin

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Richard Laggui

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Angel Kabingue

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Jeff Dizon

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Boss Mike

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Atty. Alvin Tanguanco

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Franklin Banogon

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Arny Ross\n
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The list is likely to get longer as more help comes along.\n
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One man's simple idea and a heart to serve proves that more than money, the main tool needed in reaching out to the community in a tough season such\n as the stretch we're all in - is the willingness to go out there and make it happen.

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Souribio is yet another example of a team player, dropping much needed assists as great help in our ongoing battle against COVID-19 and its effects to\n our fellow Filipinos.

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Looking for a way to help the community?

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Like Souribio, you too can help the community. You can donate and get a personalized artwork in return!

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Kings of the Court PH is selling customized artwork at PHP 700.00. They have an artwork catalog that you may choose from (https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex). Designs\n are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir to your loved ones who are frontliners to show that they are our #SeasonMVPs.

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The #YourTimeToShine is a campaign which aims to raise funds. Proceeds shall be for the donation of PPE’s and food supply to our frontliners through various\n organizations, and financial assistance to our employees in need during these trying times.

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If it's not purchasing, you can share this to your friends and family members, to raise more awareness of the campaign - that would be appreciated too!

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Go to Kings of the Court PH on Facebook, to know more.

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Missing the court | Telecoms Basketball League players share how they cope up with long lull from basketball [Part 2]

The long break from sports may have halted our daily routines, but these men proved that adaptati...

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By: John Mark Herrera - Published May 21, 2020
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It's the 68th day of the Community Quarantine and for sure, every baller out there misses the game so bad, that they try to connect with the game in all\n ways possible.

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In the second part of this article series, we asked two more players to share their ECQ routines - developed as the \"new normal\" for this season.

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From posting throwback pictures of themselves playing, dribbling an old basketball inside the house or at the empty garage every morning, watching classic\n games and other video highlights, or in probably every basketball fan's case in the previous weeks, enjoying the thrill of watching \"The Last Dance\"\n - a 10-part series of the final season of the mighty 90's Chicago Bulls team, which was led by arguably the greatest of all time, his \"Airness\" - Michael\n Jordan.

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But aside from all these, getting to cope with the long lull from basketball may be in the form of staying at home - a very crucial part we can do to help\n fight the COVID-19 crisis and get back on the court soon. For some Telecoms Basketball League players, they've found some ways to keep it touch with\n basketball, but at the same time make a difference for the community - even while staying inside their home.

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\"Playing basketball is my only answer to keeping my body in good shape. With age, slow metabolism and work stress, it is very hard for me maintain a healthy\n weight. ECQ took that away from me.\" Said longtime Telecoms Basketball League player, Mike De Castro, who found a way to work around the giant wall\n that everyone's facing right now in the form of the global health crisis, by finding a way to stay in shape and game ready.\n
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\"Given the spare time, I had to reinvent my routine and do the things I do not like – home workout. Good thing I invested on some workout tools like TRX,\n Quick ladder, resistance band, etc. but my favorite is Jumping Rope. I am a morning person so the day starts at 7:30am and would last around 9am. The\n routine includes intermittent fasting (first meal at 12nn) and Pollo-Pescatarian Diet. I always believe that repetition of acts is how habit is formed\n but please do it in constant manner.\" on his routine during the ECQ.

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He also takes helping the community as serious as his health - believing that if everyone around him are healthy, then the faster it wll help us to return\n to the hardcourt.

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\"One activity or series of activities that I am seriously part of is “protecting our frontliners” drive. I am involved with 3 “close to my heart” groups\n namely Aquinas School Alumni Association Stay Home But Step Up, UST Engineering Batch 94 Veritas In Caritate, Cool Table “Telco Clique Assistance”\n (where officers of Telecoms Basketball League and Over-Time Basketball League are also members).\"\n

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All these home workouts and proper diet, plus the reaching out to the fronliners - still, Mike never forgets to bond with his basketball brothers, as this\n too, helps them maintain the camaraderie in the group.

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\"On the basketball side, I am an active participant on our viber chat groups, zoom calls. Together with my teammates and fellow officers there is unending\n “locker room” pranks, ribbing and nonsense debates. But one thing is for sure, Telecoms Basketball League and Over-Time Basketball League are still\n proud partners of KOTC.\"

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For another long-time TBL player, Emmanuel Rayos, turning to other physical activities helps him stay in shape while being away from basketball.\n
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\"In the morning until afternoon, I have to do work via emails and calls. In the afternoon, I do work out, weights (M-W-F) and then biking T-TH-S. Unfortunately\n no Basketball, but I practice dribbling once in a while. I do watch a lot of basketball on YouTube.\" shared the former TBL League of 40’s titlist.\n
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A member of various groups who raised funds and donated PPEs for our brave frontliners, Rayos shared that he also bared another movement he joined aside\n from the telco group movement.

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\"Fundraising is being done via different groups. We have a small telco group where we send out PPEs to different hospitals. I am also a member of Rotary,\n where we do programs to provide food and other means to less fortunate people.\" he explained.

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Staying active individually and helping out in providing help for the community, he also makes it a point to keep in touch with his friends - talking business\n and of course, the most famous series on Netflix in these times.

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\"In terms of the teams and friends in basketball, of course we make use of viber groups to get in touch with the groups. Talk about the last dance, talk\n about who the real GOAT is, talk about food and other things.\"

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Getting to reach out and help the community is one way to make the most out of this \"new normal\".

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The long break from sports may have halted our daily routines, but these men proved that adaptation is key and that the best thing to do right now, is\n to play our role in helping out our best players, the frontliners, in battling the pandemic that is, COVID-19; a battle that is bigger than sports.

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___ ___ ______ ___ ___

\n

Looking for a way to help the community?

\n

You can donate and get a personalized artwork in return!

\n

Kings of the Court PH is selling customized artwork at PHP 700.00. They have an artwork catalog that you may choose from (https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex).\n Designs are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir to your loved ones who are frontliners to show that they are our #SeasonMVPs.\n

\n

The #YourTimeToShine is a campaign which aims to raise funds. Proceeds shall be for the donation of PPE’s and food supply to our frontliners through\n various organizations, and financial assistance to our employees in need during these trying times.

\n

If it's not purchasing, you can share this to your friends and family members, to raise more awareness of the campaign. That would be appreciated too!

\n

Go to Kings of the Court PH on Facebook, to know more.

\n
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Missing the court | Architects Basketball Union players share off-court activities amid the ongoing health crisis

It's the 66th day since all sporting events were cancelled and for sure, every baller out there m...

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By John Mark Herrera - Published May 18, 2020\n

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It's the 66th day since all sporting events were cancelled and for sure, every baller out there misses the game so bad, that they try to connect with the\n game in all ways possible.

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From posting throwback pictures of themselves playing, dribbling an old basketball inside the house or at the empty garage every morning, watching classic\n games and other video highlights, or in probably every basketball fan's case in the previous weeks, enjoying the thrill of watching \"The Last Dance\"\n - a 10-part series of the final season of the mighty 90's Chicago Bulls team, which was led by arguably the greatest of all time, his \"Airness\" - Michael\n Jordan.

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But aside from all these, getting to cope with the long lull from basketball may be in the form of staying at home - a very crucial part we can do to help\n fight the COVID-19 crisis and get back on the court soon. For some Architects Basketball Union players, they've found some ways to keep it touch with\n basketball, but at the same time make a difference for the community - even while staying inside their home.

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The union's current president, Architect Don Ferrer, keeps it simple and productive in terms of his exercise routine and household activities while spending\n most of the past two months inside his home.

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\"Not much home workouts, maybe 30 minutes to an hour on a stationary bike trainer setup at home from time to time. Most of the times, I'm doing house repairs,\n file organizations and now painting my room.\" said Architect Ferrer, who is serving his second year as union president, before the first conference\n came to an unexpected lull.

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He also took part in the union's initiative to help the brave men and women in the medical line, who serves as frontliners in this ongoing health crisis.\n

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\"Yes in fact we did. In our club (ABU) we raised funds among our members and affiliates to acquire PPEs to donate to medical frontliners. We have a total\n of 100 sets of PPEs overalls, face shields and face masks. These will be donated to two (2) hospitals this coming week. We all hope in our club that\n in our little way, we can save lives too by protecting the medical frontliners.\"\n
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He also stays connected with his teammates by way of maximizing the available technology, to keep the strong bond of the squad, despite not getting to\n play the sport they love. \"Thru social media messaging most of the times. Playing jokes, forwarding funny video clips and recently watching the last\n dance documentary.\" shared Architect Ferrer.

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For Architect Reymark Gardiola, reliving the NBA's greatest games via YouTube and doing home workouts, are the few ways where he finds solace while sporting\n events are put on hold.

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\"As we missed Basketball, we can only do is to relived the moments thru photos and watch greatest games thru YouTube. It's a blessing in the sky that the\n Last Dance was aired during ECQ as we can watch it peacefully in our homes. But as a sports enthusiasts, we still manage to do some workouts from our\n homes. Thus making it alternative way to fight depression in this kind of pandemic.\" shared the union's board member, who serves as the treasurer.

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In spite of temporarily losing the game he and his fellow architects love, the undivided time with his loved ones more than made up for the long lull from\n basketball.

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\"ECQ really hit us hard as we can't play the sports that we loved and we can't do our weekly regimen of competing with your basketball brothers. But despite\n this, we are still thankful as we are given the opportunity to have more quality time with our family.\"

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With playing the role of a team player in a battle that the entire world is involved, Architect Gardiola and his fellow professionals responded to the\n call for help, as the community badly needs it during these times.\n
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\"As professionals, we still have responsibilities to help our Country in this pandemic. Our sports organization, ABU (Architects Basketball Union) had\n organized to send 100 pieces of PPE to Hospitals. While the different Chapter of UAP (United Architects of the Philippines) had organized different\n CSR to help not only the frontline workers but the Construction Workers as well.\"

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At the same time, he also makes it a point to stay connected with the team to keep the great bond with every player on the roster, as they wait for the\n day when basketball can be played again. His message to the public draws a similarity to the battle he's been part of many times on the hardcourt.\n

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\"As the pandemic hit all of us and got separated with our basketball brothers, the use of Social Media had become a blessing to all of us. We can still\n be connected to one another and have an online inuman session thru zoom. As the final stretch of the final quarter wherein we could win the Championship,\n we just have to play it hard and stay healthy to fight this pandemic. At the sounds of the final buzzer, we could be Champions.\" said Architect Gadiola.\n

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Despite the long break from basketball, these professionals slash weekend ballers remain ready. As we all wait, the initiatives done by the Architects\n Basketball Union is one of many ways \"assists\" are being dished out in order for us - to echo Architect Gardiola's words - win as a time when the final\n buzzer sounds.

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Architects Basketball Union (ABU) turnover of PPE overalls, face shields, and face masks to two (2) Government Hospitals for their Medical frontliners

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Beneficiaries:

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East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City

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50sets of PPE overalls, 50 face shields & 2 boxes (100pcs) surgical mask, c/o Dr. Romina Torres, Administation Department & Presidential Security\n Group (PSG)

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Station Hospital, Manila\n
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50sets of PPE overalls, 50 face shields & 2 boxes (100pcs) surgical mask c/o Maj. Jericho Maaño, MC, Executive Officer, PSGSH

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To all who pledge and contributed to this donation drive, Thank you very much for your generosity and contributions!

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Videl Mendoza Reymark Gardiola Jeric Allan Javier Joel Ratuita Ronald Gilbert Motus Mike Nierras Jesus Thaddeus de Guzman Jonathan Dy Sun Chris Bello Joseph\n Biton Eduard R. Albeza Lawrence Enriquez Tsarls Timbancaya Leeger Gomez Chino Paolo Cruz Ama (AC 12 & 8th) Tommy Malvarosa Mau De Vera Manuel L.\n Fernando Paul Michael Co Nat Francisco Randolph O. Go Kurt Kevin Jo Seph Santos Gaytano Ross Reyes Cholo Legisma & Nico Felismino (KOTC) Joseph\n Manreo J Aral Andrew Ambatali MC Lopez Kenneth AB TriniDad and kids Ronnie Caudilla Combo Neil Del Castillo.

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\"Let’s all continue to pray for the safety of our medical personnel and may these PPE's be their shields in taking care of the infected of COVID19 disease\n hope they recover soon.

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God Bless us all!

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ABU! Atin’to\"

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- Architect Don Ferrer, union president

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___ ___ ___

\n

Looking for a way to help the community?

\n

You can donate and get a personalized artwork in return!

\n

Kings of the Court PH is selling customized artwork at PHP 700.00. They have an artwork catalog that you may choose from (https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex). Designs\n are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir to your loved ones who are frontliners to show that they are our #SeasonMVPs.

\n

The #YourTimeToShine is a campaign which aims to raise funds. Proceeds shall be for the donation of PPE’s and food supply to our frontliners through various\n organizations, and financial assistance to our employees in need during these trying times.

\n

If it's not purchasing, you can share this to your friends and family members, to raise more awareness of the campaign. That would be appreciated too!

\n

Go to Kings of the Court PH on Facebook, to know more.

\n
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Missing the court | amid the health crisis, Karma Lounge PH team captain Ruel Kondo and his friends extend helping hand for the community under the Frontrow Banner

Not getting to do old normal things, or for every athlete's case, play sports for a very long tim...

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Not getting to do old normal things, or for every athlete's case, play sports for a very long time - have kept most of them inside their respective homes\n and forced them to get creative in keeping themselves fit and game-ready. Donating goods and cash assistance have been at the forefront of fundraising\n activities and other ways of reaching out to the less fortunate, during these trying times.

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For Karma Lounge PH team captain, Ruel Kondo, whose team was playing in the KOTC Q1 2020 Inter Pick-Up League before the tournament was halted by the COVID-19\n pandemic - he and his team along with very close friends, all decided to go out and personally deliver their donations to the people in need during\n this season.

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\"Having your life all of a sudden pause is never easy. But this pandemic on the other hand was so difficult, not only for me but for millions of others\n in the world, I’m sure. Business and income just one day stops. And for many that was a huge problem, which brought fear, anxiety and for some, even\n depression.\" said the longtime KOTC participant, who played for team HUPxMSC, before donning the Karma Lounge PH uniform this year, to represent his\n business.\n
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The idea of being at the comfort of their home gave them the security, but the idea of many Filipinos being left out with no source of income and not enough\n food supplies to feed their families, had Kondo and his team thinking of what they can do to help ease the rough situation.

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\"Not being able to get out of the house for months and hearing mostly negative news and the number of cases increase rapidly adds onto it. For me, I was\n more concerned about others, got anxiety and depression thinking about others that are less fortunate than I am. Though I was scared for my family\n and my son most especially, I was confident that we can somehow get through this mentally and physically. We were able to eat 3 times a day, and drink\n vitamins to boost our immune system. But what about those who can’t afford to do that? Paano na sila?\"

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And it didn’t take long for him to find people in his circle who were also willing to go out of their way to help create an initiative which will play\n a big role in keeping the hope alive for people in need.

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\"After a week of quarantine, I felt depressed from all the negativity I see in the media. I was paranoid and carried a thermometer in my pocket and checked\n every hour even though I never really felt sick. I needed to do something, I couldn’t just stay home and lay all day doing nothing. Because eventually,\n I would go crazy. I even deactivated my Facebook for some time to avoid all that. But the day I reactivated, I saw that Frontrow was helping so much\n already. I then called my good friend and CEO of Frontrow Sam Verzosa and asked him if I could help somehow. And that's how it all started.\" he explained.\n

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The amount of goods donated were overwhelming - just right in line with the group's vision of reaching as many people as they can in this mission. With\n him during this mission are Sam Verzosa, Gab Valenciano, Ace Ramos, Katrina Saluta, Maam Gretz, Marlon Limpin, Jeff Catimbang, Melai Catimbang, and\n AL Chinchuntic from groups Team CSG, TRIBU BABAYLAN, and MP FOUNDATION.\n
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\"First we got our hands on thousands of milk and donated to so many babies. Then we were able to get 3 million pesos worth of Spam and Pure Foods corned\n beef. We repacked about 3,000 relief goods and distributed personally, along with boss Sam to different barangays. that are in depressed areas. And\n last week we restocked on milk and donated milk everyday once again while repacking and distributing at the same time. It gets tiring and my body is\n sore, but seeing the families smile and all the babies happy and drinking milk instead of rice water, makes it all worth it.\"

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In high spirits after accomplishing their team's mission, the movement served as a form of bonding for him and his brothers in arms. Most of the time,\n they keep the good vibes alive via social media group chats.

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\"Since naka lock down tayo naguusap usap naman kami thru group chat. Syempre sa tagal ng walang laro nagbabalak na magpapawis kahit sa private court lang\n pero hindi talaga pwede so wala sa bahay nalang ensayo, tulad ko busy ako sa paglalaba kaya ayun ang workout ko.\" he shared with a chuckle.

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Kondo is known for his fun style of playing basketball - throwing jokes while playing on the court or lifting his teammates up in the middle of the huddle\n by laughing off some bad plays while concurrently telling them to focus on the next play. But his way of leadership echoed loudly in his simple, yet\n inspiring message to the public.\n
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\"Kapit lang. Malalagpasan din natin to. Tulungan nalang din siguro sa kapwa tao and importante tiwala lang sa paginoon at mag dasal nalang lagi. Pag kailangan\n ng tulong, wag kayo mahiya lumapit sa amin baka sakali kaya namin tumulong di ba?\"

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The group will also extend help to the referees, whose children are in need of nutrition, as the movement is set to provide milk and other goods for their\n families.

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Despite the long break from basketball, these ballers at heart chose to stay ready, so when the time comes that the game gives them a call, they'd be able\n to lace 'em up right away. Getting to reach out and help the community is one way to make the most out of this long lull from the normal routines -\n as we play the role of a team player in the battle against COVID-19.\n
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Multiple communities were given the mentioned goods during the said mission. Names of the areas are as follows:

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1. Lupang Pangako, Barangay Payatas

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2. Barangay Scout Triangle, QC.

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3. Zirkoh and Klownz Comedy bar employees

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4. Barangay Tumana Marikina City

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5. Sampaloc Manila

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6. Sapang Uwak, Aetas Tribu Porac Pampanga

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7. Holy Trinity Church, Balic2 Sampaloc Manila

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8. Napindan Muslim Community, Lower Bicutan Taguig

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9. Milk distribution all over Metro Manila

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Looking for a way to help the community?

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You can donate and get a personalized artwork in return!

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Kings of the Court PH is selling customized artwork at PHP 700.00. They have an artwork catalog that you may choose from (https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex). Designs\n are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir to your loved ones who are frontliners to show that they are our #SeasonMVPs.

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The #YourTimeToShine is a campaign which aims to raise funds. Proceeds shall be for the donation of PPE’s and food supply to our frontliners through various\n organizations, and financial assistance to our employees in need during these trying times.

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If it's not purchasing, you can share this to your friends and family members, to raise more awareness of the campaign. That would be appreciated too!

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Go to Kings of the Court PH on Facebook, to know more.

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Missing the court | Professional Fitness Coaches share how they cope up with long lull from sports, thoughts on fitness and health during ECQ [Part 2]

When you talk about preparation, you can't leave out the people who help sports superstars get to...

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By John Mark Herrera - Published May 7, 2020

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The NBA playoff would've been in its deep stages, the UAAP and NCAA volleyball tournaments, along with other collegiate sports would have concluded or\n be deep in their respective seasons while the PBA could have seen its most competitive Philippine Cup, had none of these annual sporting events got\n cancelled. It's day 52 of zero sports played and we, the fans, are missing it as much as the players do.

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The amount of preparations that athletes put in their off-season daily workouts, the hours watching tapes of themselves playing - to see how they can get\n better, getting to practice with their team, and playing in the actual games, have all been put on hold since the implementation of lock downs all\n around the globe.

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But when you talk about preparation, you can't leave out the people who help sports superstars get to the peak of their game. One of the unseen work being\n put in together with these athletes' hard work, are the efforts of professional fitness coaches, who study and train just as much, if not more than\n their clients.

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In the second article, we picked the minds and gathered perspectives from two more professional fitness coaches, who are members of successful sports programs\n in the country.

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First up, for San Beda Red Lions strength and conditioning coach, LA Ratio, the extended off-season which is currently being spent off the court as well,\n remains crucial in their preparation for future tournaments.

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\"As per athletes, ongoing ang offseason training namin sa SBU. The off-season is the most crucial part of their preparation, this is the time they work\n on their game and they physically prepare for their season.\" coach LA shared.

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\"Since all of us are currently in a state of pandemic, most of our players went back to their provinces. We still keep in touch, and we make the most out\n of what they have in their homes. Some have strength training equipment while others would have to be more creative and utilize makeshift weights,\n such as water bottles, water containers, gym bags luggage, etc.\" on how the players are keeping themselves in good condition while being away from\n basketball.

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\"My main goal for them is to maintain their current level of fitness so that it will not be hard for us once they return to our normal practices. Mahirap\n kasi we don’t have any timetable kung kailan magiging ok to resume our practices.\" he continued

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The same as coaches Justin Aquino and Jose Miguel Gemora in the prior article, coach LA also shares the same perspective on social media, being filled\n with 'instant' fitness coaches.

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\"Its frustrating kasi all of a sudden biglang nagkaroon ng mga instant fitness coaches, but for me, I take it as a challenge to step up my business practices\n and also I take it as part of my responsibility to educate the consumers regarding fitness.\"

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Coach LA opened up about some of the truths about information on fitness nowadays.

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\"Pero people are actually smarter compared to consumers 5 years ago. Information is already very accessible because of the internet. Problem lang not all\n information are reliable and correct. The sad truth is that the fitness industry is hard to regulate hence there are a lot of 'instant trainers'. Nowadays\n people focus more on the number of your likes and subscribers rather than your exercise degree and certifications/training/experience.\"

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But despite these, coach LA believes that the responsibility of changing the unwanted norm nowadays, lies in them, the fitness professionals, to widen\n the information on what's right and wrong.

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\"I think fitness professionals have a professional responsibility to educate people re fitness, exercise, etc. There are already a handful of coaches that\n create content and give out reliable and factual information I think we just need to be more proactive in doing so.\"

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\"The public should be more responsible on educating themselves. Like what I said information is already out there. The problem is that these 'instant trainers'\n in social media (FB IG YouTube) tell people what they want to hear, instead of telling them what they NEED to hear.\"

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For more information on Coach LA:

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LA Raio, PTRP, ASCA L-1 // Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center // Strength and Conditioning\n Coach San Beda University Men's Basketball Team

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IG: @performance.ratio

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Performance Coach Gino Villar Zapanta of Phenom Fitness Gym also shared his perspective regarding the importance of fitness during these times. Similar\n to the first three coaches, coach Gino had to find creative ways to keep him and his clients on track when it comes to their fitness programs.

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\"With our clients, we're doing our best to keep in touch with them since there's an evident limitation towards the outcomes we want from them (availability\n of equipment, motivation, etc.) So as much as possible, we work with whatever we and our clients have as of the moment and be consistent and positive.\"\n shared the proud product of the University of Santo Tomas.

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Aside from directly training his clients online, coach Gino has taken part in donations for World vision, as well as extending their help for better\n awareness on fitness and health by way of conducting online workouts in social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram (@phenomfitness).

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These online workouts are done to help people get accurate results by getting the right instructions from professional coaches; a vision that coaches\n LA, Justin, and Jose all discussed when asked How people decide nowadays on what fitness programs to get, and which coaches to choose, given that\n there are 'instant fitness coaches' all over social media.

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\"For me, these self-proclaimed or 'instant fitness coaches' shouldn't be 100% blamed, it's not their fault that consumers prefer their services right\n now. Here in the Philippines, it's a business where our fellow citizens prefer quick fixes and as a coach who studied four years and currently\n having their master’s degree, the common problem is the process on how we get this job done.\"

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\"My problem with these 'instant fitness coaches' is how they use sometimes irrelevant information to blind their client (ex. use of trampoline to burn\n hundreds of calories in a short period of time, usage of physio balls while lifting barbells, etc.). Once they do these, you know it's a business\n with regards of implementing programs.\" coach Gino explained.

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But in spite of the rise of 'instant fitness coaches', coach Gino spoke of the many clients who continue to trust in him and his fellow professional\n coaches.

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\"Usually, the results of all those stuff we did in the past, speak for itself and we coaches are very appreciative for the trust our clients trusts\n in us.\" he expressed.

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People's notion of fitness and training facilities being an expensive way of getting fir and healthy, saddens coaches like him as the same group of\n people spends on other luxuries, which could have given them quality training sessions already.

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\"Common problem really is people are afraid to invest on something. But the same people can afford lots of other luxuries, which is sad\"

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For his fellow hardworking coaches and clients, he's proud to have them get workouts done and execute nutrition plans despite the ongoing health crisis.

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\"Going through this pandemic, it was a challenge for some coaches and clients. But some regular clients of ours who already understands the principles\n or the ways on how we implement our system, they get it done right. It may not be the same means, but ends are usually met. And now that some gyms\n are allowing people to rent their equipment and some clients now have the willingness to buy gym equipment for their homes - it would definitely\n help us coaches to do our stuff.\"

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And for his message to his colleagues and for the public, coach Gino had nothing but optimistic views for the future and the people who earnestly gives\n fitness and health importance, just as much as he does.

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\"For my colleagues, let us always remember that our goal is to always for the improvement of not only our clients and ourselves, but also for the community.\n We have a very small world where information can be quickly misunderstood, I'm hoping that this year and in the following years to come, we become\n stronger and help one another to overcome difficult challenges in helping our fellow people to become greater versions of themselves.\"

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\"For the public, I understand all your concerns with regards on the difficulties on achieving your goals. No road is easy and the fact that the process\n is difficult doesn't mean it can't be achieved at all. We just need patience and perseverance in your part, so that both our efforts could co-exist.\"\n he ended.

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For more information on Coach Gino:

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Gino V. Zapanta, XPS // B.S. Sports Science - University of Sto. Tomas Cum Laude // EXOS - Certified Performance Specialist // Faculty Member - UST\n Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science Department // Managing Partner of Phenom Fitness // Currently taking Post-Grad Studies in UP Diliman for\n Masters In Human Movement Sciences

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Email: ginozapanta11@gmail.com

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FB: ginozapanta/ phenomfitnessph

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IG: ginozapanta/ phenomfitnessph

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When you talk about passion for sports, these well-educated, coaches are up there, as they dedicated years of non-stop learning and adjustments to\n new ways of passing down the right knowledge about fitness and nutrition - which in turn would be beneficial for an athlete's conditioning. These\n unsung heroes help famous sports men and women to stay on top of their game.

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But to become the best version of yourself, the right people must surround you to serve as the water which will be poured to you, likened to a plant\n bound for growth. This is what these professional fitness coaches do, and they'll do it regardless of the times.

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Photos from Coaches LA Ratio and Gino Villar Zapanta's Facebook accounts

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Missing the court | Professional Fitness Coaches share how they cope up with long lull from sports, thoughts on fitness and health during ECQ [Part 1]

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By John Mark Herrera - Published May 7, 2020\n

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The NBA playoff would've been in its deep stages, the UAAP and NCAA volleyball tournaments, along with other collegiate sports would have concluded or\n be deep in their respective seasons while the PBA could have seen its most competitive Philippine Cup, had none of these annual sporting events got\n cancelled. It is day 53 of zero sports played and we, the fans, are missing it as much as the players do.

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The amount of preparations that athletes put in their off-season daily workouts, the hours watching tapes of themselves playing - to see how they can get\n better, getting to practice with their team, and playing in the actual games, have all been put on hold since the implementation of lock downs all\n around the globe.

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But when you talk about preparation, you can't leave out the people who help sports superstars get to the peak of their game. One of the unseen work being\n put in together with these athletes' hard work, are the efforts of professional fitness coaches, who study and train just as much, if not more than\n their clients.

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For the first article of this series, we picked the minds and gathered perspectives from some of the prolific professional fitness coaches, who also play\n in recreational basketball leagues, while some are members of successful sports programs in the country.

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First on the list is Justin Aquino, who was a member of the multi-titled Petiks Express ball club, playing in many Kings of the Court tournaments in the\n past. One his most famous clients are the phenom couple, Kiefer Ravena of the NLEX Road Warriors and Alyssa Valdez of the Creamline Cool Smashers.\n Just as he was preparing for leagues he's about to join, together with his clients' leagues, supposedly scheduled March to May of this year, Aquino\n received the news of cancellations, while their preparations were already at its peak.

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\"When I heard the news about it. The first thing that came into my mind was my athletes kasi sayang yung ongoing preparation namin during the off season\n so we really had to change our game plan.\" Aquino shared.

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\"Luckily I don't have any ongoing leagues before the suspension but I was looking forward and really preparing for my upcoming leagues. That was supposed\n to be on April/May.\" on playing in leagues during the summer time.

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Given that he had to basically re-do his plans for his clients, Aquino made sure to create a plan b for him and the athletes training under his watch.\n

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\"During the early times of the ECQ wala pa kong equipment so mostly it's all body weight training. I just tried to do as much as I can kung ano lang meron\n ako. When it comes to my clients, first thing we had to consider was if may equipment ba sila? or how much space do they have? Then from there I construct\n their workout program based on their personal goals. So basically I just try to keep my clients \"functionally\" strong in the 6 basics movement patterns\n which is (push,pull,hinge,squat, lunge,carry) so yan mostly laman ng mga workout programs sila spread throughout a week/month.\"

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\"Additional nalang if athlete client ko we make sure we do their plyometrics or even do twice a day training. Kasi sanay sila dati na may team practice\n sila then minsan may weights pa before or after. So when ECQ happened wala yun lahat so magiging mahirap, plus delikado for the athlete pag bumalik\n sila sa sport nila ng walang preparation.\"

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During this long, unexpected lull, fitness and health has been at the top of almost every person's list as this will help prevent any kind of disease to\n enter their body, most especially in this time of health crisis. Workout programs, different kinds of diets, and other means of keeping one's self\n fit and healthy, have rapidly taken over social media by way of 'instant' health coaches popping out of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other apps\n that are within reach.

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While coaches such as coach Justin Aquino, approves the idea of people being more aware of the importance of exercising and eating right, he bared that\n getting the right person to help you stay healthy and fit, is still the way to go.

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\"When it comes to 'fitness influencers' I really don't mind kasi actually it's good lalo na during these times they use their platform they use their influence\n to make people get up and work on themselves. Lalo na ngayon lahat ng tao ang daming time so everyone is just sharing so much information about fitness\n and even nutrition. The only thing that puts me off is when they spread false information about fitness & nutrition kasi ang hirap mag educate\n and re-educate kung bakit for example 'Hindi nga totoo ung sinabi ni ganito ganyan or kung bakit case to case basis naman ung strategy na yan it doesn't\n work for everybody' \" he explained.

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But for him, quality, experience, and continuously learning beat instant, stagnant knowledge, any day.

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\"For me naman I should take responsibility na hindi dapat ako magpapatalo sa mga 'influencers' I should expand my craft, I should continue to educate myself,\n learn how to package myself. In other words dahil nandito na tayo sa 'New Norm', so kami rin dapat mga trainers should evolve and find new ways to\n make an impact sa mga clients/athletes namin.\"

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\"We studied about this and we're stilll studying about this so dapat we should take pride in what we do and continue to work. If you do your part as a\n coach, hindi ka naman mawawalan ng mga clients, kasi at the end of the day if nararamdaman nila na you care for the results that you bring and sasamahan\n mo sila sa fitness journey nila, they will not leave you.\" he added.

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Improving day-by-day, this is what the journey to being fit is all about. And so Coach Justin has a short but meaningful message to everyone out there,\n who are looking to come out better after this crisis.

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\"ECQ is tough. It's normal to lose inspiration during these times but if you come out of this better/fitter or healthier it's already a big win! Try to\n move as much as you can and invest in your health. There is a lot of information and even free workouts out there all you need to do is GET UP AND\n DO IT.\"

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More information on coach Justin:

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Justin S. Aquino, XPS, Pn-1 B.S. Sports Science - University of Sto. Tomas // Precision Nutrition Level 1 // EXOS - Certified Performance Specialist //\n Former Head Performance Coach at PhenomElite Training Academy, Bacolod City

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IG: @justin.aquino\n
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E-mail: justin_aquino94@yahoo.com\n
 

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The message that Coach Justin mentioned has the same depths as fellow fitness professional and a basketball enthusiast who plays in recreational leagues\n as well, Coach Jose Miguel Gemora. In fact, coach Gemora is the captain of team Born Ballers in the ongoing KOTC Q1 2020 Inter Pick-Up League, and\n even played a game right before the ECQ was imposed.

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For him, personally, home workouts have many factors that need to be considered before starting one.

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\"Well, there are a lot of free workouts on the internet now so if you think about it, it should be easy to squeeze in a workout but because of what’s happening,\n medyo mahirap because of anxiety, among other factors.

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So my goal at the start is just to be active most of the time, i walk around, stand, iniiwasan kong umupo kagad or humiga buong araw and gradually increased\n my activity by doing bodyweight exercises to kettlebell exercises. I’m lucky kasi may gamit na ako beforehand and i know what to do but honestly I\n keep in mind that consistency is still better than intensity. Look for activities na gusto mong ginagwa and sakto sa situation mo now.\"

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On the topic of social media workouts being the \"it\" thing during this season, coach Gemora also shared his thoughts on the steps that fitness professionals\n are taking to further educate the people about this.

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\"Most fitness professionals I know are shy and focused more on studying and improving their craft. As I have said in my IG post, being a fitness professional\n is no joke, it’s like being a doctor. The studies are evolving. Yung alam mo before pwedeng debunked na ngayon so you have to learn continuously. My\n call is for us not to stop educating the public. Because I believe malalaman ng tao kung sino yung willing talagang tumulong sa hindi. Maweweed out\n yung mga nasa industry lang because of fame and money. Like any other industry, fitness professionals are shifting to online platforms and it’s not\n going to be easy, it will really take time. But let us use that time to continually hone our craft and market ourselves more. Be out there, post educational\n content and tips.\"

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On his message to the public, coach Gemora echoed Coach Justin's perspectives.

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\"For the public, be critical on who you follow. Of course we want to follow good looking people but for advices and tips look for credible people with\n real fitness results and backed by scientific approach/solutions. Parang sa Doctor yan, it is okay to go to a general practitioner for general problems\n but you would want a specialist for specific problems you have. So educated fitness professionals are your specialist.\"

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More information on Coach Jose:\n
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Jose Miguel C. Gemora Sports Science UP Diliman // NSCA CSCS (National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)\n // CFSC (Certified Functional Strength Coach) // EXOS XPS (Performance specialist) // Nike Training Club Coach (NTC) // PCC (progressive calisthenics\n coach) // Fitness Director, 360 Fit Teams Partner, 360 Fit Teams\n
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FB page: Coach Jose Gemora

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IG: @josegemora

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When you talk about passion for sports, these well-educated, coaches are up there, as they dedicated years of non-stop learning and adjustments to new\n ways of passing down the right knowledge about fitness and nutrition - which in turn would be beneficial for an athlete's conditioning. These unsung\n heroes help famous sports men and women to stay on top of their game.

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But to become the best version of yourself, the right people must surround you to serve as the water which will be poured to you, likened to a plant bound\n for growth. This is what these professional fitness coaches do, and they'll do it regardless of the times.

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Photos from Coaches Justin Aquino and Jose Gemora's Facebook accounts\n

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