Missing the Court | Rec League legend Alwin Alday looks back at KOTC, “Panalay” days

Alwin Alday, another product of those tough Tondo basketball courts, fondly remembers his “format...

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published June 21, 2020\n

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Regulars of recreational leagues in Metro Manila knew of one hooper who terrorized weekend tournaments, trooping from one playing venue to the other -\n way before his hot-shooting ways on primetime television.

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Before donning the threads of the Quezon City Capitals and the Bicol Volcanoes in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), this basketball prospect\n suited up for Prima Pasta, Los Gwapitos and Baketech/Gymrat in various Kings of the Court (KOTC) leagues, among others, including those of teams from\n the provinces.

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Alwin Alday, another product of those tough Tondo basketball courts, fondly remembers his “formative” days in competitive basketball via the recreational\n league and “Panalay” routes.

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Rec League rise\n

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Alday played varsity ball for La Consolacion College – Manila from 2010 to 2012, under the tutelage of coach Bong Dela Cruz. Just as his college basketball\n stint ended, weekend tournaments became a thing in the metro. Basketball courts inside schools and other private establishments became hosts for leagues\n that cater to young professionals and those craving for a weekly hoops fix.

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And so, the 5-foot-11 shooting guard quickly jumped into the bandwagon.

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“Nung tapos na ako sa college, nauso yung mga recreational leagues. Tuwing weekends yun. Hanggang sa marami nang nag-aya na recreational leagues. Halos\n lahat ng recreational leagues, nalaruan ko. Laro lang ako nang laro,” shared Alday.

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Soon after, Alday became a fixture in KOTC tournaments, where he went up against players who also made the eventual jump to the MPBL and the PBA Developmental\n League. Honing his game in the recreational league scene, Alday shared the hardwood floor with the likes of Mike Ayon-Ayon, James Castro, Francis Camacho,\n Melgar Morillo, Felix Apreku, Mel Mabigat, Floyd Dedicatoria. Erwin Sta. Maria, and a few other hopefuls who also dreamed of making it to the big stage.

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“Sa Kings of the Court, nakapag-champion ako ng dalawang beses. Natatandaan ko yung unang sali ko, Prima Pasta kami. Ang nakalaban namin sa championship,\n sila Mike Ayon-Ayon ng Soldiers of Love. Sila yung nakalaban namin. Yung Zark’s, sumali din sa mga recreational, tapos pumasok ng D-League. Yung Royal\n MNL naman, sumali rin sa recreational leagues, sumali naman sila sa MPBL, sa Quezon City,” said Alday, who spent two years with the Capitals before\n transferring to Bicol in time for the 2019–2020 Lakan Season.

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Joining Alday in “venue-hopping” during weekends was his then-girlfriend, now wife Shirmel – who drove him around the city just to play in basketball\n leagues.

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“Taga-Tondo pa ako. Minsan ang mga venue sa Asia Pacific, sa Cloverleaf. May Dumlao pa. Masipag lang talaga ako maglaro. Pagdating ng weekends, automatic,\n kami nung girlfriend ko, na asawa ko na ngayon, parang siya yung driver. Lipat-lipat kami sa mga laro.”

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Going through all those weekend leagues eventually led Alday to playing opportunities in the provinces, known in the local parlance as “Panalay”. From\n Metro Manila, Alday took his playing sneakers to provinces like La Union, Butuan, Batangas, Mindoro, Pampanga, Cagayan and Abra to join basketball\n tournaments, usually put up by local politicians during town fiestas.

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“Maliit lang kasi ang mundo ng basketball e. Pag sobrang bait mo, yung hindi ka sa pera talaga, darating naman talaga yan e. For the love of the game\n na lang. Ako, dati kahit walang bayad. Walang binibigay na pamasahe. Nagpupunta ako kahit malayo. Darating na lang yan, blessings na lang yan.\n ‘Pre, yung mayor ng ganyan, nagpapahanap ng player. Baka pwede kang maglaro.’ Magugulat ka na lang. Thankful na rin ako sa mga nakilala ko saka\n mga naging kaibigan ko sa recreational league,” Alday quipped.

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“Malaki ring tulong ng Panalay. Biro mo, maglalaro ka, babayaran ka ng P5,000 per game. Naka-check-in ka sa hotel, relax ka lang,” he added.

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But what sets KOTC leagues apart from the other tournaments that Alday has played in?

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“May mga writeups. Nilalagyan nila ng story. Yun ang maganda e. Mas feel mo. Mas gaganahan ka. Sa ibang liga kasi, basta may video lang, may pictures\n lang. Pero sa Kings of the Court, lalagyan nila ng istorya yung laro mo. Parang aabangan ng mga nakakabasa,” he shared.

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“Yung laro sa commercial leagues, pukpukan din talaga e. Maganda kasi may mga pictures, may highlights, may writeups. Parang feeling mo naglalaro\n ka sa college saka sa PBA D-League. Parang ganun na rin yung datingan. Pero yung competition din kasi, hindi rin sya basta-basta na parang\n relax-relax lang. Malaking tulong din yung mga recreational leagues para makapaglaro ka sa mas mataas na level.”

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The big jump\n

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After years of grinding it out in the “minor leagues”, Alday finally broke through in 2017 when Zark’s entered the PBA D-League and drafted the\n Tondo native. Then in 2018, Alday also signed with the Capitals for the inaugural tournament of the MPBL, called the Rajah Cup.

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For Alday, toiling in recreational leagues prepared him well for the bigger challenges in the D-League and MPBL.

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“Naglaro naman ako sa college, so alam ko na naman pakiramdam ng pisikalan. Pag dating mo lang sa recreational leagues, magugulat ka lang sa mga\n ex-UAAP, ex-D-League, ex-PBA na makakalaban mo. Malaking bagay na mare-ready ka pagdating mo sa MPBL kasi sila rin makakalaban mo. Hindi ka\n rin naman mabibigla. Ang pagkakaiba na lang nyan, televised na. Kita ka na sa national TV. May exposure. Yung game, yung physicality, halos\n parehas lang din,” said Alday.

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But with the Lakan Season put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020-21 edition still in question, Alday still hopes for a better showing\n the next time he sets foot on the MPBL floor.

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“Ang mindset ko, mas mag-improve pa yung game ko. Makapag-champion sana ako dito sa MPBL. Lahat ng season ko, lagi naman ako nakakapasok sa playoffs.\n Every season din, nagi-improve ako. Parang first season ko, three points per game. Tapos nung sumunod, seven (points per game). Ngayong season\n yata, 14 (points per game),” he shared.

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Next up for Alday? Maybe a callup to enter the PBA Draft. But for the feisty two-guard has his priorities carefully lined up.

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“Kung may makakapansin, may tatawag, ‘magpa-draft ka na’. Bakit hindi? Pero ang mindset ko talaga ngayon sa MPBL lang, mag-focus lang,” he shared.

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Lockdown life\n

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Making ends meet, the Aldays own a small hardware that support their everyday needs, especially now that basketball tournaments have been shut\n down by the community quarantine. The store’s location, however, has prohibited Alday from opening it fully.

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“May small hardware ako. Kaso ang problema, hindi pa rin ako makapagbukas. Yung area ng hardware ko, napapagitnaan ng evacuation center. Ayaw\n ako payagan ng Dad ko. Pag-uwi ko raw kasi, nandoon yung anak ko, yung asawa ko, tapos yung Dad ko na senior na. Natatakot din sya kaya\n ayaw nya ako pagbukasin. Sa kanan, nandoon yung Almario na school. Dun tine-test yung mga taga-Tondo. Alam mo naman sa Manila. Tondo yung\n pinakamarami (na cases). Tapos sa kaliwa, nandoon yung ospital saka yung Delpan Complex na dating basketball court, ginawa na ring evacuation\n center ni Yorme (Isko Moreno). Kaya natatakot yung erpats ko. Pero ako, kinukulit ko na nung May 15 pa. Gusto ko na talagang magbukas,\n ayaw pa akong payagan. Kaya nagagalaw na yung ipon. Ang ginagawa ko lang ngayon, workout. Linis dito sa bahay. Minsan, shooting-shooting,”\n Alday shared.

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Still, Alday looks forward to the “new normal” and expects the adjustments the MPBL will take once the tournament resumes. The excitement for\n competitive basketball is obvious for Alday, but still, safety comes to his mind first before the sport he loves makes its long-awaited\n return.

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“Malaki ang magiging difference. Yung liga kasi namin, yung MPBL, fan-based yan e. Syempre hindi na yan papayagan, tulad ng dati. Para sa aming\n mga players, iniisip namin, mas okay nang huwag madaliin para safe. Kesa yung mamadaliin mo, tapos mas lalala. Lalo lang tatagal. Next\n year pa raw mago-opening. Iniisip ko na lang, pag nag-improve na lang saka papayagan ng government. Unti-unti, yung PBA mago-open. Syempre\n mag-gagayahan na yan. Doon na lang kami umaasa na sana mas mapaaga, kung ibibigay ni Lord. Sabi rin ni Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, marami\n pang ii-improve. Gusto lang nila, magka-vaccine na para mabalik na lahat sa normal,” said Alday.

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Missing the court | Royal MNL - PPE drive prime mover – looks back at eventful project

Conrado “GK” Gicanal – owner of Royal MNL Sports Apparels – knew, at the onset of the enhanced co...

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published June 10, 2020\n

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It was the call that started it all.

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For his part, Conrado “GK” Gicanal – owner of Royal MNL Sports Apparels – knew, at the onset of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the\n COVID-19 pandemic, that his line of work and the industry he belongs to had to step up to make a difference.

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And making that “difference” would mean running those sewing machines, moving thread and needle, and cutting and putting fabric together to create\n – not sportswear – medical-grade coveralls or “bunny suits” that comprise the personal protective equipment (PPE) of our brave frontliners.

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With the prodding of his wife Mira, Gicanal served as the bandleader for the jersey-making business sector, with a number of shops answering the need\n to produce and distribute PPEs to hospitals and checkpoints nationwide. As the call from the Gicanals gained positive response from fellow jersey\n makers, direct competitors soon formed a kinship of weavers, all engaged in a race against time in the midst of a global health crisis.

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With the ECQ wiping out sports competitions, taking a direct hit were businesses like Royal MNL which specialize in the production of team jerseys. The\n ban on sports tournaments, typically held during summer, resulted to cancellation of jersey orders that left Gicanal no choice but to cut down their\n workforce.

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“Masakit man, nagbawas kami ng tao. Andaming basketball teams na nag-cancel ng orders. Especially (from) Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Pagdating sa\n Pilipinas, zero talaga. Walang natuloy. Puwera na lang yung mga dati na nag-down payment. Pero after nung lockdown ng March 17, wala nang umorder,”\n shared Gicanal.

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Despite a scaled-down manpower and limitations brought about by the “lockdown”, Gicanal took on the tall task of mass-producing PPEs – an idea which came\n from his spouse.

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“Actually, yung wife ko talaga ang binibigyan ko ng credit dyan. Since yung mga mananahi namin kasi mga stay-in, hindi na namin sila pinauwi after mag-announce\n ng lockdown. Good thing, karamihan sa kanila pumayag na sa amin na mag-stay. Sabi namin, ‘huwag na kayong umuwi, sagot na lang namin ang pagkain nyo’.\n March 23, sabi ng wife ko, marami na nga raw naghahanap ng PPE. Baka makatulong kami. So ang nangyari, March 24, nag-umpisa na kaming gumawa. March\n 25, na-perfect na namin yung prototype,” Gicanal quipped.

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The “profits” generated by the first wave of orders were then turned to new sets of PPEs, as the business side of Royal MNL momentarily took the backseat.\n Aside from suits, the Gicanals procured food packs which were distributed to various communities.

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“Maraming nag-donate sa amin tapos meron din kaming donated na personal. Sariling funds namin. Yung kinikita namin sa bunny suit, dino-donate din namin.\n Siguro ang na-donate namin, between 600 to 700 pieces ng PPE. At the same time, nakapagbigay kami ng relief packs na around 350. That includes three\n kilos of rice at mga canned goods.”

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Adding a “personal touch” to the cause, Gicanal even decided to hit the road himself to lessen the logistical woes during the ECQ. Courier services were\n tapped for the delivery of the PPEs to provinces like Laguna, Pampanga, Bulacan, Baguio, La Union, and even to municipalities in Mindanao. But Gicanal\n decided to take it upon himself to personally hand over the suits to their recipients.

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“Pag pina-LBC mo siya, it will take two to five days. Umaabot pa nga ng Linggo pag nagpa-ship ka ngayon. So sabi ko, kung hihintayin pa nating ipa-LBC\n ito, baka may sakit na yung gagamit. Kaya ako na mismo nagmamaneho saka nagde-deliver. Umabot ako ng San Fernando, Pampanga, Cavite City, at Los Baños,\n Laguna,” according to Gicanal.

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But to be able to mount a much bigger donation drive to cater to more beneficiaries, Gicanal had to reach out to his so-called “rivals” – other jersey\n makers who have the capability and know-how on creating pieces of clothing, albeit not for sports.

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“Ako nag-callout sa kanila, na tulungan nila ako. Ako yung nag-callout sa lahat ng jersey makers na nasa Metro Manila na tumulong na gumawa ng PPE kasi\n during that time, shortage talaga. Na-callout ko yung LGR, MNL Kingpin, Medalla, Delta Sportswear, saka marami pa,” Gicanal shared.

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“Ang unang nag-respond is Reborn Athletics saka LGR. Tapos sumunod na yung MNL Kingpin, tapos yung Delta Sportswear, sumunod na rin. Kumbaga hindi na ako\n nahirapan.”

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Gicanal’s motivation for the noble project was simple: helping the needy - especially in the time of need - is just too hard pass on. Especially for people\n who have the competence in making the necessary PPEs, Gicanal recognized the importance of kickstarting the cause.

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“Masarap kasing tumulong. Nakakagaan ng loob na alam mong marami kang natutulungan sa panahon ng pandemic. Kung ano man yung binigay sa iyo ng Panginoon\n na mga blessing prior to the pandemic, ibinabalik mo lang. Kumbaga masaya ka dahil meron kang napaglilingkuran. Napaglilingkuran mo yung Panginoon\n at the same time napaglilingkuran mo yung kapwa mo tao,” said Gicanal.

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Gicanal also expressed his gratitude to the donors who supported the cause – from the individuals who forwarded donations and to his fellow jersey makers.\n

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“Unang-una dun sa mga nag-donate. Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila at sumagot sila sa call ko. Marami kaming natulungan na mga ospital. Marami rin kaming natulungan\n na mga individuals na nangangailangan. Pangalawa, nagpapasalamat ako dun sa mga sportswear manufacturers na sumagot dun sa call ko, lalo na dun sa\n time na kailangan na kailangan ang pag-produce ng PPE.”

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Lastly, Gicanal paid tribute to the frontliners, who have gallantly served in harm’s way against the pandemic.

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“Lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa kanila, especially dun sa mga nakatutok sa mga COVID patients, like yung mga doctors, nurses. Sa LGU naman, yung mga barangay\n tanod, mga kagawad, mga kapitan na talagang pinapangalagaan yung community.”

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Photos courtesy of Royal MNL

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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 | LGR pushes forward with PPE drive

Sportswear authority LGR continues to press forward with its timely project for our heroic frontl...

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published May 23, 2020

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The guidelines of the community quarantine for most parts of the country may have been modified, but with the threat of the pandemic still at its peak,\n sportswear authority LGR continues to press forward with its timely project for our heroic frontliners.

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Despite the cancellation due to the dreaded COVID-19 virus of sporting events and those summer leagues that organically drives the demand for team uniforms,\n LGR’s production line has been running since. Albeit not entirely for those quality jerseys that have garbed collegiate and professional sports teams,\n but for coveralls and facemask that form part of the personal protective equipment (PPE) sets donated to medical facilities nationwide.

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The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) may have been downgraded to a version that allows specific business sectors to finally open shop after more than\n two months of hibernation, but cases of infection and even deaths due to the virus surge as hospital workers hold the fort continuously for the afflicted.\n Thus, LGR recognizes the need to keep up with the piled-up orders for those expertly-designed coveralls and facemasks.

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LGR Athletic Wears executive vice president Rhayan Cruz alluded that despite the implementation of the modified ECQ, their current PPE production is still\n at a high volume. With more establishments other than those deemed as “essential” allowed to operate last May 16, requests for the PPEs are still coming\n in over at his desk at LGR.

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“Gumagawa pa rin kami ng coverall at facemasks ngayon. Bago mag-start yung trabaho, marami ngayong nagpapagawa ng two-piece (coveralls). Yung jogging pants\n tapos nakahiwalay yung pantaas, yung may hoodie. Two weeks ago, nasa 10,000 (sets) na. Siguro nasa 15,000 running kami ngayon,” Cruz shared.

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“Tuluy-tuloy kami. Simula naman, hindi naman kami nagsara. Hanggang ngayon, continuous pa rin yung orders. Yung mga umorder before, nagrereorder sila ngayon,”\n he added.

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At a time stop

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For Cruz, businesses similar to LGR felt the brunt of the lockdown, as summer sports leagues were ultimately cancelled owing to the implementation\n of ECQ since March 17. With public transport discontinued and movement of people limited, LGR and other jersey makers were left with no choice\n but to temporarily close shop.

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“Wala kaming magagawa kundi sumunod sa government. Ang laki ng adjustment sa mga tao. Hindi kami pwede 100% magpapasok,” said Cruz.

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Good thing these jersey makers found the right time to unite for a common cause. Along with LGR, Royal MNL and MNL Kingpin - to name a few - turned\n to the production of PPEs for the frontliners.

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“Special mention kay GK Gicanal of Royal MNL. Nauna syang nag-open at mag-produce ng PPE ilang weeks bago ako nagbukas. Dahil yan sa kanya. Nagtanong\n siya sa akin kung magbubukas daw ang LGR. Nakakausap ko naman silang lahat, so okay lang,” shared Cruz.

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Cruz could never forget one visit to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila, one of their many recipients of the LGR PPEs. In March, the PGH\n was designated as a COVID-19 referral center by the Department of Health and for Cruz and the rest of the LGR team, that trip to deliver the PPEs\n had that strange, eerie feeling.

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“Pagpasok pa lang sa gate ng PGH, talagang ang bigat ng pakiramdam. Naghahalo na yung takot saka naiisip mo yung nangyayari. Although nandoon lang\n ako sa lobby ng PGH, wala ako sa COVID area, nandoon ako sa Non-COVID area nila. Pag nakita mo yung atmosphere sa loob ng PGH, mabigat talaga.\n Iba yung feeling,” he quipped.

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All the help needed

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A simple, yet meaningful, message is printed on each tag of the LGR PPEs which reads: “You are our hero. Thank you.”

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These PPEs would have not made it to hospitals if not for the people and organizations who extended a helping hand. LGR counts a number of groups and\n institutions who have helped in the production and distribution of the PPEs.

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The Dominican Family, thru Fr. Vic Calvo, spearheaded a campaign for various hospitals. The De La Salle brothers, thru Br. Dante Amisola, organized\n a similar donation drive as well.

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Cruz extends his gratitude to the people who made the noble project possible during this challenging situation.

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“Salamat sa lahat nang gumawa ng donation drive. Continue na tumulong tayo kasi hindi pa tapos ito. Nagbukas lang yung trabaho, andyan pa rin yung\n COVID. Yun ang parati kong sinasabi. Wala pa ring gamot. Yung hospitals, ganun pa rin yung gamit nila ng PPE. Same ng Day 1 ng COVID, wala pa ring\n nagbabago. Yung curve natin, hindi pa rin continuous na nagpa-flatten. Tuluy-tuloy lang ang pagtulong sa lahat ng gumagawa ng drive to beat COVID.”

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Photos courtesy of LGR.

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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).\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.

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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 too!

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

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Missing the court | With jersey production on hold, MNL Kingpin shifts focus on PPEs

MNL Kingpin, in partnership with Amacor Trading, manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE)...

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published May 15, 2020\n

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Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, renowned jersey maker MNL Kingpin took on a project like no other. Just like the other jersey sets they have artistically\n created in the past, these ones were done with the same expertise and flair this JC Fernandez-owned shop was known for.

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Cut from the same fabric – well, almost - MNL Kingpin, in partnership with Amacor Trading, manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners\n bravely leading the fight against the deadly virus. Combining the resources and know-how of MNL Kingpin and Amacor Trading, a workwear and safety apparel\n company owned by Fernandez’s family, about 400 sets of coveralls and facemasks have reached a number of hospitals in the metro, intended for healthcare\n workers at the forefront of this pandemic.

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Taking a hit\n

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With the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the threat of COVID-19 enacted by the national government on March 17, the movement of people and operations\n of businesses came to a screeching halt. With the whole of Luzon and the rest of the country on lockdown, the implementation of the ECQ also ran smack\n on the middle of the first month of summer.

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Summer months, for jersey shops like MNL Kingpin, are like gold mines. With summer sports leagues kicking off left and right, basketball teams troop tailoring\n shops for their basketball uniform needs. But with the ECQ prohibiting the conduct of sporting events, basketball leagues were temporarily shelved,\n thus affecting the business operations of jersey makers like MNL Kingpin.

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“Talagang we took a hit. Kasi malaking bagay yung summer leagues. Dyan kami bumabawi. Yun ang medyo mahirap. Ngayon puro labas lang kami ng pera since\n wala rin kaming income. Marami rin kaming employees na sinusuportahan,” shared Fernandez.

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Despite their business put on hold, there was no stopping MNL Kingpin from extending a helping hand to those in need at the height of the pandemic. With\n his background as Sales Head of Amacor Trading, Fernandez thought of a way to contribute to a worthy cause.

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“Nung nagka-COVID, nakita ko yung opportunity na dun muna kami mag-focus since wala kaming masyadong project since walang mga leagues ngayon. Kaya nag-focus\n muna sa safety apparel yung MNL Kingpin. Yung mga mananahi kasi namin, wala ring ginagawa. Kaya binigyan namin sila ng mga bagong gagawin para meron\n silang pagkakitaan,” said Fernandez.

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“In our own way, nasa ganitong business kami, gusto rin naming makatulong since nakikita namin sa news, very scarce yung PPE kaya nahihirapan yung mga\n doctors natin. Parang nakakahiya naman na nasa ganitong business kami, tapos magla-lie low lang kami. Na-motivate kami kaya gusto naming tumulong sa\n mga frontliner,” he added.

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From sublimated jerseys, MNL Kingpin turned to the creation of full body suits or coveralls – one of the leading products of Amacor Trading designed for\n seafarers, and facemasks. Tapping their own resources and a scaled-down workforce, MNL Kingpin shifted from producing sports uniforms to PPEs.

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According to Fernandez, “Dati pa kami nagpo-provide ng coveralls. Yung sa Amacor, more on sa coveralls sa seaman ang pino-produce talaga namin, para sa\n mga shipping company. E same lang din naman yung pagtahi nya. Yung material lang niya, iba. Minodify lang namin. Yung fabric nya, iniba lang namin\n base sa standards ng hospitals.”

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Facing challenges

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With checkpoints limiting the movement of people and goods, making the PPEs in MNL Kingpin’s shop in Cubao has been met with a few hitches, specifically\n in manpower and materials. Fernandez has subcontracted sewing works to contacts from the province due to a decreased workforce.

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“Short pa rin kami sa production since hindi pa kami regular operations e. May mga tao kaming nasa province pa rin hanggang ngayon. Meron din kaming\n mga subcon na pinagkukuhanan from the province pa. Kaya matagal din yung production naming,” Fernandez quipped.

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The ECQ has also hampered the movement in seaports and airports, causing delays in the importation of raw materials. The arrival of fabric used for\n the coveralls and facemasks has faced deferments due to the transportation guidelines imposed by authorities.

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“Yung fabric kasi, medyo challenging makakuha ngayon. Tiyagaan lang talaga. Maghihintay ka sa bodega mismo nila kung ano ang natitira. Yung shipping\n din dito from China na materials, may delay. Ngayon kasi kahit anong available, basta up to the standards of the hospitals, kinukuha namin maski\n different colors na sya, okay lang. Basta may ma-produce kami,” he shared.

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Mission accomplished

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MNL Kingpin’s “multicolored” PPEs have made their way to the doorsteps of medical institutions such as the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Taguig\n District Hospital, Amang Rodriguez Hospital and the Cainta Hospital. Frontliners in some Quezon City barangays also received these PPEs.

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The sets delivered in Cainta and Marikina, in particular, were made possible thru Fernandez’s family ties with the towns’ chief local executives.\n “Yung iba, binigay namin kay (Cainta) Mayor Kit Nieto. Family friend kasi namin sya. Dun din kami kumuha ng leads ng mga bibigyan. Sa Marikina,\n since yung mother ko laki sa Marikina, at pinsan nya si Mayor Marcy Teodoro, dun din kami nagbigay ng PPEs,” said Fernandez.

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For Fernandez, all efforts paid off seeing the appreciation from the recipients of their PPE sets – their company’s “simple” gesture of easing\n one of the problems during this health crisis. In addressing PPE shortage in medical facilities, the people of MNL Kingpin recognized the\n need to step up to the plate.

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“Nakakagaan ng puso. Alam mo yung feeling na nakatulong ka? Maski yung ganung kasimpleng tulong lang na nabigyan mo sila ng masusuot nila tapos\n tuwang-tuwa pa sila. Sa amin, accomplishment na rin yun na may nagawa kami kahit papaano during the crisis,” Fernandez shared.

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“Thankful kami sa mga nag-support sa amin. Sana ituloy lang nila yung pag-support nila hindi lang sa amin, pati rin sa ibang organization na\n makakatulong sa sila. We wish everybody nothing but the best. Sana malampasan natin lahat itong crisis na ito,” he added.

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Photos courtesy of JC Fernandez.

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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\n 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\n through 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\n too!

\n

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

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In times of uncertainty, Pinoy Youth Dreamers gives its share in fighting COVID-19 pandemic

"Stay home and let’s do our share to the sacrifices made by our frontliners. Let us stay pos...

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By: Frank Leo Aniscal - Published May 11, 2020

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Every battle inside the hardcourt becomes more challenging whenever we go to overtime periods. The more we extend, the more it gets challenging physically,\n mentally, and emotionally.

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Despite these, however, giving up will never be an option to earn victory. Moments like these toughen your character and test your will to win.\n
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As is a hard fought game, we have been challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our character has continuously been tested. We have gone through overtime\n periods as the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) continues to extend. Whether it will be downgraded to a rather relaxed General Community Quarantine\n (GCQ), the damage has already been done by this unseen enemy. All of us have suffered, some experienced worse, and many succumbed to the coronavirus\n including our health workers.

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Despite the struggles that we've been through and we're still going through, it's truly heartwarming that there's still a lot of people who keep on showing\n compassion to others, especially to our modern day heroes - our brave frontliners. These are small wins for us. That even in this current situation\n of our country, they do not let every single day pass without having their fair share of contribution to ease the problem. One of them are the people\n behind the youth-developing organization Pinoy Youth Dreamers (PYD), which caters help to our frontliners through their project called PYD Cares -\n Meals Sharing.

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Since the early days of the community quarantine, PYD initiated a step to support our new generation heroes, which includes the doctors, nurses, medical\n staff, police officers, soldiers, and checkpoint personnel, by providing them meals and relief goods. And to continuously support our frontliners,\n donations are provided by private individuals, friends, family and different organizations. 

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This off-court advocacy of PYD started as a family mission of its founder Coach Beaujing Acot, who is also the head coach of the Makati Super Crunch team\n in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). Helping him in this cause are his lovely wife Bliss, as well as his sons Baileys\n and Baffy to complete his quartet. Baileys is the courtside reporter of the National University in UAAP Season 82, while Baffy is a member of LSGH's\n Kundirana. Before this global spread of the virus, PYD has already been known for developing the skills, values, and right attitude of young athletes\n by conducting training and youth camps across the country.

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However, even before the ECQ, Coach Beaujing was never a stranger to helping, so it wasn't really hard to get him going this time. “On the second week\n of the lockdown, I had the calling to be more active while in quarantine by reaching out to frontliners. We started on our own and was surprised on\n the outpour of help and contributions,\" he said. \"We prepare meals daily to send out to hospitals and frontliners in the checkpoints and barangays.\n It has become a part of our quarantine routine and we enjoy doing it.\"

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Coach Beaujing also expressed his gratitude towards the people who, as much as him, never gets tired in supporting his campaign and assured them that this\n is his continuous motivation in helping our frontliners as the COVID-19 virus remains threatening.

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\"The fulfillment of being able to share and to give is priceless. It’s our small share in paying it forward and giving back. God has given us the inspiration\n and the energy to commit on this endeavor. Seeing my sons dedicate their time to it is also very heartwarming,\" Coach Acot expressed and added,\"(We\n are) Very grateful for the support from PYD family, basketball world, and friends all over. They are the reason we are able to sustain the meals-sharing\n and relief goods-giving. Each donation goes a long way!\"

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As PYD continues to deliver its task, Coach Beaujing asked everyone to do its part in resolving the pandemic so we could gradually get back to our normal\n lives.\n
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\"Stay home and let’s do our share to the sacrifices made by our frontliners. Let us stay positive and be hopeful. God is teaching us a lesson and He will\n never leave our side. God will always provide❣ #pydproud #pydcares #pydfamily #payitforward,\" as he concluded his statement.

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In this time of uncertainty, let’s look at the positive effect of this community quarantine - that there are still many who are willing to lend a helping\n hand, most especially to those in needs. The normal days we had may not get back the soonest time, but through our unity, we will win this battle for\n sure. Let’s all heal as one.

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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.

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Missing the court | One La Salle players share their off-court activities, how they cope up with long lull from basketball

Getting to cope with the long lull from basketball may be in the form of staying at home - a very...

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By John Mark Herrera - Published May 7, 2020
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It's the 53rd day of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and for sure, every baller out there misses the game so bad, that they try to connect with the game\n 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 One La Salle Alumni Basketball League players, they've found some ways to keep it\n touch with basketball, but at the same time make a difference for the community - even while staying inside their home.

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First on the list is La Salle Greenhills Greenies head basketball coach, Karl Santos. The young mentor of the NCAA Season 95 semifinalists keeps himself\n connected with the team and the coaching staff, at the same time he does home workouts to stay ready, as he was a playing coach for team Gerry's Grill\n playing in the juniors division, before the season was suspended.\n
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\"Yes, I still workout every day. Usually, I work out in the morning and late afternoon. Yes, right now our coaching staff attends online coaching seminars\n then right after we'll discuss it as group on how we can apply some of it to our system.\" coach Karl shared.

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\"Since the ECQ started, we have planned everyday workouts for team. Our S&C Coach, Coach Gelo Vito, is doing a great job monitoring our players and\n making sure that the boys are in great shape while we are in this situation. The coaching staff also gives them constant reminders on pending school\n requirements. We also schedule Zoom meetings for the team just to catch up with our players and discuss future plans and reminders for the team.\" he\n continued.

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Together with Mr. Rengie Galvez, also a player for the reigning seniors division champions, batch 1987, coach Karl lend a helping hand in donating for\n the Pakainin ang buong Barangay movement - a group that aims to provide food for the families in need at this time of crisis.

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\"Learning continuously is also important and thankfully, many coaches have been generous enough to provide links, share their own knowledge and set up\n coaching webinars for the benefit of everyone in the community. Coach Louie Gonzales is especially quite active in sharing ideas through his fb page.\n Coach Pao Layug as well so a big \"thank you\" to them.

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Most importantly, this is a time to reach out and help the many sectors of society, from our courageous frontliners who put themselves at risk every day\n to the underserved members of community, most of whom have yet to receive attention through testing and even more urgently, provision for their daily\n sustenance. This is why a group of friends and I set up a project called \"PAKAININ ANG BUONG BARANGAY\" through which we feed the underserved barangays\n of various cities in partnership with Jollibee foundation.

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\"For every meal, we purchase through donations, Jollibee provides one so essentially, it's a \"Buy one, take one\" deal. To date, we have raised over Php1\n million through the generosity of donors, fed 20 barangays and 38,000 individuals through php2 million worth of meals together with Jollibee's partnership.\n We plan to keep this going and hopefully we can continue to raise the funds to do so because all issues aside, hunger is real.\" Mr. Galvez shared.\n
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Although the future is uncertain as to when the league will resume, Mr. Galvez shared what his personal day-by-day routine along with a message for all\n his fellow Lasallians and basketball enthusiasts out there.

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\"This scenario is for me still all surreal, one out of a science fiction disaster movie, albeit a tamed down (hopefully it doesn't get as bad as the movies\n portray it). It has and will continue to reshape many aspects of our lives, especially the sports/athletic aspect. I truly miss the routine of practice,\n the physical interaction among team members, and most of all; I truly miss playing this game I love.\"

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\"In the meantime, I have continued to focus on 4 things throughout this quarantine period: family time, business planning, physical maintenance, and outreach.\n On top of that, I do find time to spend by myself attending to my hobbies.\n
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I make the time for physical maintenance because now more than ever, it is essential to find ways stay fit and healthy by finding alternatives in the \"new\n normal.\" I do this by searching youtube, and getting tips and programs from our S&C coach, Gelo Vito. Once in a while, I join the team workouts\n via Zoom as much for the camaraderie as the actual physical benefits.

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These are difficult times for all of us and it has forced many to take a good hard look at what are important and essential in life. One of these is the\n continuous cultivation and development of relationships among those who are important to us. Our brotherhood, the LSGH NCAA junior basketball team,\n continues to operate like one as we continue to see to their development, and their individual well-being, as well to just \"hang\" with each other through\n our team chat group.

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We look forward to the day we can all get back to the court and play this game we love. In the meantime, we do what we can do through this crisis because\n life goes on and waits for no one. That means staying safe and healthy, informed, prepared and paying more attention to our loved ones-family. Hopefully,\n we do come out of this pandemic as much better members of society because that is how we ought to respond to crisis.\"

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Missing the game, but never missing the opportunity to help. Staying connected with the game, but going beyond the sport to contribute to the largest team\n we have right now- the community.

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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.

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Missing the court | LSGH Batch 1996 shifts focus, efforts to “Project Pillow Fight”

The incessant need for prone positioning pillows for COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals natio...

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published May 7, 2020

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THE late ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott - from his treasure trove of catchphrases - had one line reserved for highlight reel plays: “As cool as the other\n side of the pillow”.

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At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing could be as cooler as this type of pillow, whose mass production and distribution has been spearheaded\n by Dr. Vince Platon and the rest of La Salle Greenhills Alumni Batch 1996.

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The incessant need for prone positioning pillows for COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals nationwide birthed “Project Pillow Fight”, a fund drive led\n by Dr. Platon and his fellow Lasallians in partnership with foam and mattress manufacturing giant Uratex.

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Thru donations from various benefactors, the project has yielded 3,000 pillows and counting, and has reached hospitals in the metropolis and even those\n in far-flung provinces. Medical facilities in Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Puerto Princesa, Bohol, Zamboanga and many more have been blessed with\n these specially designed foam pillows that have been proven critical for administering medical procedures to COVID-19 patients.

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Not your usual “pillow fight”

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According to Dr. Platon, most doctors here and abroad swore to the effectiveness of putting patients with severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress\n syndrome (ARDS) on the “prone position” – wherein the patient lies on his stomach rather than on his back – in improving oxygenation into the lungs.\n While in the said position, the foam pillow keeps the patient’s head in place and secure, as well as the breathing tubes connected to the ventilator.

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While donations such as personal protective equipment (PPE) have been coming in steadily for medical frontliners, Dr. Platon envisioned a project that\n would directly aid patients struck by the virus. “This project has centered on what we can do for our COVID patients, especially those who are\n critically ill.Proning helps the patients breath better, and the pillows will make sure that the head is safely in position when this technique\n is used,” shared Dr. Platon, who has been a practicing anesthesiologist and cardiothoracic intensivist for the past 10 years.

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“When I saw the value of this pillow and how this can help our COVID patients recover, I started to think of how I can make sure that most hospitals\n all over the nation can secure one without buying from anyone,” he added.

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Soon after the pandemic spread, “Project Pillow Fight” kicked off.

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Partnering with Uratex Foam Philippines, Dr. Platon and the team made the production of the pillows possible despite challenges in costs and logistics\n brought upon by the unprecedented medical crisis.

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According to Dr. Platon, “The pillows were manufactured locally by Uratex. Unfortunately, before this pandemic, we couldn’t really get pillows of this\n quality locally. Good thing Uratex was able to come up with the specifications that we told the company, and they agreed to sell it at cost. When\n we buy it abroad, this would cost maybe in the thousands but Uratex just sold it per piece at 112 pesos. Super laki talaga ng difference.”

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In order for the pillows to reach even the farthest regions of the country, the team sought assistance from the Philippine Army for their swift delivery,\n utilizing even the presidential plane to airlift donations.

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The fight in the “battlefield”

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Working in the medical field, these past few months have been challenging - to say the least - for Dr. Platon, who splits time at The Medical City\n in Pasig and the Dr. Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila.

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With the imminent threat of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the experience thus far has been troubling for the brave men and women serving the hospitals.\n Time with their respective families are cut short with a more demanding schedule in their line of work.

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“Everybody is afraid. This virus is new to us. Everything that we do right now changes daily,” shared Dr. Platon.

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“We try not to expose healthcare workers as much as possible. We try to adjust the schedules. In Jose Reyes, my junior doctors stay there for six days\n straight and then go on leave for 18 days just so they could rest and be free from the toxic environment. In Medical City, we go five days straight\n and then take 10 days off. But when they are there, trabaho talaga,” he added.

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Heading home after a long shift has always been a part of their routine in the past. Nowadays, the “going home” part has since become testy for people\n in the medical field.

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“Now, we have to think of the safety of our families as well. When I go home, I make sure even before mingling with my family members, I clean myself\n up. Sometimes, I isolate myself for a few days to a week before I interact with them especially the kids,” Dr. Platon quipped.

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“I have a lot of friends in the medical field who really can’t go home. They either stay in the hospital or stay somewhere else. It’s because they\n have older people at home and they fear that these people might get infected easily.”

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Missing out on the fun

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With his basketball shoes and uniform kept temporarily in storage, Dr. Platon admits missing the action on the hardwood floor with sporting facilities\n shuttered due to the pandemic. An avid basketball junkie, Dr. Platon was actually part of three basketball leagues that were all put on hold after\n the implementation of the community quarantine guidelines set forth by the government.

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A member of the LSGH Batch 1996 team competing in the One La Salle Basketball League, Dr. Platon still finds time though to do some home exercises\n despite his hectic schedule.

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“I’m lucky enough to have an exercise machine at home. But with the work that I need to do, it’s really hard to balance. I’ve gained a few pounds during\n the lockdown just because you don’t get to do as much exercise as you want to. I’m really hoping that basketball can come back as soon as possible.\n I really can’t tell when. Hopefully by the end of the year or next year,” he said.

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With a “new normal” looming, Dr. Platon looks forward to meeting with friends once the enhanced community quarantine is lifted, or the very least modified,\n by the authorities. His realization from the past two months? Nothing beats actual interaction with friends and loved ones.

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“It’s really so superficial how we have all these relationships via social media. The most important thing is really to go out, talk to people. But\n now we can’t do that. I’d like to meet up with friends and further the relationships with everyone. A lot of things in this world is non-essential.\n The essential things in this world are highlighted during this pandemic and hopefully, the essential things will be the ones prioritized by a lot\n of people going forward,” he shared.

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The mission continues

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As the country continues with its efforts to combat COVID-19, still left to man the forefront are the medical frontliners who tend to those afflicted\n with the disease while risking possible infection. Dr. Platon urged his fellow medical practitioners to carry on with their mission.

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“Stay strong, keep fighting, this too shall pass. It’s really hard for people in our line to just wake up everyday, work knowing that you can get the\n virus anytime, actually bring it home and spread it to your family. It’s the worst part of it really. It’s not working and seeing patients, that’s\n what we do. The fear that we have is really getting infected and spreading the virus to our family,” he remarked.

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Dr. Platon also expressed his gratitude to the donors who supported Project Pillow Fight, and to those who are planning to pitch in as well.

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“I’d like to thank everyone who believed in this project. You can’t imagine how many people, hospitals and doctors you’ve helped. I think this pillow\n will help them immensely especially those who are already critically ill. Please continue supporting this project.”

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For donations, please deposit to:

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Animo GH 96 Alumni Association Inc.

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Security Bank #0000023393902

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Photos courtesy of Dr. Vince Platon

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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\n #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\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\n too!

\n

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

\n

 

\n

 

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Missing the court | KOTC League players share how they cope up with long lull from basketball

It's the 48th day of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and for sure, every baller out there misse...

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By John Mark Herrera - Published April 30, 2020

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It's the 48th day of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and for sure, every baller out there misses the game so bad, that they try to connect with the game\n in all ways possible.

\n

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.

\n

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 KOTC league players, they've found some ways to keep it touch with basketball, but\n at the same time make a difference for the community - even while staying inside their home.

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For Factset team captain, Rein Gaitan, doing home workouts keeps him game ready as he does daily grind to maintain his playing shape. \"Since we can't go\n out and be at the gym or the court, I continue to maintain my body by doing a couple of home workouts. Since I really miss playing, I am constantly\n watching our game highlights to reflect what can we do better next time we step on the court.\" - said Gaitan, who plays the point guard position for\n the Corporate Invitational mainstay.

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Aside from this, Gaitan stays connected with his teammates and even lend a helping hand for his alma mater in supporting the provision of PPEs for our\n brave frontliners. \"We have donated funds to our alma matter to provide PPEs, masks for our frontliners and I always update the team if they are okay\n thru social media and letting them know to always protect their family and make sure to always be safe when going out for essentials.\"

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In the Inter Pick-Up League, Legends team captain Ajun Valenzuela and his fellow Aquinians, are making each day count with personal workouts being done\n at home and assisting in helping various hospitals, by way of donating vital protective equipment for eight hospitals located mostly in Cavite - all\n under the Aquinas School Alumni Association banner.

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The initiative supported by Batches 1969, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1995 and 1996 has continued providing much-needed equipment to various institutions such as\n aerosol in boxes and swab tests. Swab test boxes have been delivered to Imus Independencia, Ligas, Imus, and Alfonso, while St. Martin de Porres, FEU-NRMF,\n Binakayan General Hospital, Indang MV Santiago Medical and Diagnostic Center, and GEAMH have all received aerosol boxes.

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Another Aquinian in Paul Gan, team captain of Pink Dads, shared his team's thoughts about the season being halted by the ongoing health crisis. \"It’s been\n tough for everybody going through this ECQ thing wherein we are very limited on what we can do.\"

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\"With our team Pink Dads, a first timer team to join an organized basketball tournament we felt so bitin. We are just starting to feel the competition,\n the brotherhood and the physical and mental preparedness that we should accomplish every week.\" said the Aquinas School alumnus.

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But despite the unexpected layoff from basketball, the team agreed to do a workout challenge, where all members of the squad participated. \"So to continue\n what we've started during ECQ we created a workout challenge, whereas, each Dads/Coaches send video clips of their own exercise routine every day.\"

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Not being able to play and build camaraderie on the court didn't stop these Dads from contributing to the community, as they too, had their share of donations\n for the brave frontliners.

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\"During this times we do had some shares to help our community on our own little way, individually. Pink Dads are involved in supporting a Sagip Kapatid\n Activities . Benefactors are Pedicab Drivers of Paranaque (partner with Yan Ang Tama), PPE's donation (partner with ACT as ONE PH), Tuna Sharing\n with a community in Pasay thru JAM Sea foods, buying-hand-carrying-donating PPE's bought abroad by Capt. Manansala and some other related activities...\"\n Gan shared.

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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\n be able 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\n routines, pre-ECQ.

\n

___ ___ ___

\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

 

\n

 

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

It's the 49th day of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and for sure, every baller out there misse...

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By John Mark Herrera - Published May 1, 2020

\n

It's the 49th day of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and for sure, every baller out there misses the game so bad, that they try to connect with the game\n in all ways possible.

\n

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.

\n

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 in 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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Joseph Arguelles, one of the mainstays of the TBL's league of 40's stays fit with home workouts. \"Lifting weights and then some abs workout and stretching.\n I don't run outside - nag iingat lang din. Kung ano lang pwede gawin sa bahay, 30 minutes to one hour, okay na, just to really sweat it out.\"

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It doesn't stop there as he also makes it a point to eat healthy this season. \"I eat more fruits, especially ngayon na summer. Healthy meals, kasi I have\n time to go to the market and buy veggies. I can choose my food more carefully. I don't follow any cap on the quantity, but I choose the healthy ones\n lagi.\"

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While he tries to keep himself healthy, the Paco Catholic School alumnus also did work for our brave men and women who are serves as frontliners in\n the midst of the ongoing health crisis.

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\"We have this group called Cool Table Peeps. We do fundraising and then we purchase PPE suits and then donate them to different hospitals, mostly in\n the NCR. So far we've donated 400 PPE suits for 30 different hospitals, even in Cavite din.\"

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And he continues to tap more people in his circle to help donate for the good cause.

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\"We try to reach out to our friends, not only a work but also yung alumni friends and sa telco industry. Even sa family members, we reach out to them\n para makapag fundraising kami, to help our frontliners.\" Arguelles added.

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For long-time PLDT-Smart point guard, Jojo Quiamas, he's just as keen on making sure he spends quality time on workouts at home. \"Well, playing ball\n on a regular basis two to four times a week is a gift already given that we have hectic sheds in the office and with our family. But we didn’t\n know that being confined in the four corners of your home will be painful.\" Quiamas shared.

\n

\"So for me to stay in shape, personally I’m exercising at least three to four times a week too. I’m using some downloadable apps that includes agility,\n dribbling skills etc. and lifting some weights to keep me fit and ready to play and go back to our normal activity once this ECQ is lifted.\" he\n continued.

\n

This man is no stranger to big games - having played in multiple leagues in the past years. He made it a point to stay ready, so that he doesn't need\n to prepare once he gets the call to lace up his sneakers again.

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\"We used to have PLDT Basketball team practice 3x a week and I have at least three times a week PT/Workouts too so I need to stay on that level so\n when our team calls to practice then adjustments will not be that hard.\"

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With all these being done, Quiamas also contributed in helping out our frontliners, with efforts from him and his reliable telco friends. \"I am doing\n normal chores in the office, adjusting to working from home is difficult but I think this will be the new normal nowadays.\"

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\"While staying at home and working, we as a group 'Cool Table Peeps' of Telco industry thru the support of our Telecoms Network Basketball League launched\n a support to our frontliners specially those in the govt hospitals. The group coordinated with a Person that business is to create made to orders\n of clothes. Kasi sila yung mga walang hanapbuhay ngayon so basically dalawang industry ang natulungan namin. Frontliners and yung mga nawalan ng\n business because of the ECQ.\" said Quiamas, who was supposed to play in the Makabansa Basketball League season 3 and the Telecoms Basketball League\n of 40's, before the former got cancelled while the latter got postponed.

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Despite the long break from basketball, these telco weekend hoopers chose to stay ready, so when the time comes that the game gives them a call, they'd\n be able to lace 'em up right away and hit the hardcourt once again.

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Getting to reach out and help the community is one way to make the most out of this long lull from the normal routines, pre-ECQ.

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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 (link: https://bit.ly/2RzU7ex). Designs are compatible to your preferred sport. It can also be a souvenir\n 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\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 too!

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

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COVID-19 may have taken sports away from us, but it cannot take away our spotlight - KOTC has got you covered

It's officially been a month since we last set foot on the hardcourt, and we miss the game so bad.

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\n By Kings of the Court PH - Published April 15, 2020\n
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It's officially been a month since we last set foot on the hardcourt, and we miss the game so bad. For others, there’s fear and uncertainty\n to when things will restore to normal. It's like getting hit by a train of reality of no NBA, PBA, NCAA, and the UAAP - and it's not just basketball,\n but any sporting event for that matter, all around the globe.

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Even various recreational leagues and sporting events have been halted due to the COVID-19 crisis. Home workouts and exercise challenges to stay active\n have been the new norm. Watching video highlights and checking out some old photos help ease the itch of wanting to play sooner, but as a nation who\n endears sports in general, we know that reminiscing the time on the court will never be enough.

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While we are try to keep our sanity in without getting to play or watch sports, there is now a way that we can play a crucial role in winning this off-court\n battle with Kings of the Court PH's campaign titled “It’s Your Time to Shine”.

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The campaign aims to raise funds to support various donation programs for our frontliners, and provide financial assistance its employees.

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For only PHP 700.00 each, you can get your very own customized sports artworks. Simply choose a design from KOTC’s online catalog, e-mail your picture,\n and wait for your elegantly designed copy to be sent – for you to post and share online, pay it forward, or save in your digital devices. (Find\n out yours: Find out how to get yours: https://bit.ly/2V0CCGm )

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Their customized artworks are compatible to any sport of your choosing. In addition, it can be a souvenir to a loved one who are frontliners - doctors,\n nurses, healthcare workers, as well as local officials, military, delivery, etc. to show your appreciation during these times, that they are our\n #SeasonMVPs.

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Because of its good reception to the public, KOTC is able to begin their initial donations to various projects institutions such as the Kada-Uno program\n that aims to provide safe shelters to frontliners in various La Salle campuses, LSGH 96’s Project Pillow Fight, a program that supports production\n of proning pillows to COVID-19 patients, LGR Sportswear, for PPE Production, Tipsy Pig (Timog), who provides food supplies to hospitals and the\n AFP), and San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation Hospital.

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Numerous help have come from KOTC basketball participants, volleyball, badminton & football enthusiasts, parents who have children who are into\n sports - a whole basketball team like the DLSU Lady Archers have taken part. What’s more heartwarming are the loved ones getting orders as souvenirs\n to their frontliners.

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\"The current COVID-19 situation has undoubtedly taken a hit on us. Select business operations have been on hold, sources of income have been limited,\n but more devastating is the fact that the confirmed cases continue to increase. However, our strength and resiliency is stronger than the enemy.\n The frontliners are braving the enemy lines. I believe, as the the buzzer sounds we will come out on top – better, stronger, and ready to face\n tougher challenges.\" said Mr. Legisma in his message to the public.

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Kings of the Court PH, a company that started in 2014, has been known as a recreational basketball league and later on a sports event organizer, and\n one of their key components had always been its digital media services.

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\"Through the years, we have always believed in empowering our players and clients to further elevate their playing experience. Graphic design has been\n one of our key components in achieving this. They are originally designed and carefully executed to meet our brand of elegance and prestige.\" She\n added.

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Fulltime KOTC graphic artists and freelancers are tasked to produce the artworks as the number of orders rise as of writing. Moreso, KOTC is able to\n open more work opportunities to its freelancers.

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\"Artworks are done by KOTC fulltime employees (Jason Oredina, Brian Le May Ancheta, Benn Marc Adorna, Jake Marcelo, Dwight Avila). KOTC freelancers\n have also come onboard to help with designing - giving them a source of income during these times. If it keeps coming, the names I mentioned have\n graphic artist friends who can help out [as well].\"

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The campaign has begun on a positive note. Now it's your time.

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Kings of the Court PH is a basketball league and sports organizer that offers event management, digital media services, lifestyle clothing, and Corporate\n Social Responsibility (Street basketball court refurbishments within local communities).

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It runs open basketball leagues for at least 120 teams annually, and organize sports events for at least 50 companies, organizations, and communities.

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Kings of the Court PH also provides graphic design, photography, videography, copywriting, and content management services to sports teams in major\n sports leagues (NCAA, UAAP, and MPBL) for marketing execution and increased mileage.

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