Meet Erysa Pascual: A Story of a Female Basketball Aspirant

Being conservative is part of the Filipino culture, especially for women - Soft-spoken, covered w...

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published August 31, 2020\n
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Being conservative is part of the Filipino culture, especially for women. Soft-spoken, covered with thick dress, and typically hygienic. But as years go by, we learn to accept the fact that women can also do what men can, including those activities that require strength and athleticism. And that is what Erysa Baldivino Pascual proved to her parents.\n

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At a young age, Erysa got interested in the sport of basketball by watching\n her uncles and neighbors playing on the courts in Moncada, Tarlac. From being an audience of town leagues and pick-up games, she was able to learn\n the fundamentals and has played not only with other female basketball players but also against the opposite gender.

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Because of that, her parents tried to divert her attention by forcing her to play different sports. However, it only added fire to her love and passion\n for basketball as she continued showcasing her skills and talent by joining the varsity team of her school. Her family witnessed her motivation, development,\n and her eagerness to win when she’s on the hardcourt, so eventually, they started supporting Erysa on her chosen career.

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Recently, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) gave license to Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) as the first professional league for female basketball\n aspirants. This gives way for Erysa’s dream to become a reality in the future.

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Like Erysa, we can break old barriers for as long as we love what we’re doing and thrive to become successful without causing harm to others and not neglecting\n other responsibilities. As she quoted her favorite verse in the bible: Mark 5:36 - “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

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To inspire you more, here is Erysa Baldivino Pascual’s story:

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Ako po si Erysa Baldivino Pascual,taga-Moncada,Tarlac po. Nung bata po ako ay lagi po akong pinapalo sa pwet hahahaha u wanna know the reason?\n

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Grade 4 palang po ako nakikita kona pong naglalaro yung mga tito ko ng basketball,nood sa mga liga,laro sa plaza.Pinapalo po ako sa pwet kasi lagi akong nakikitang naglalaro ng basketball na kalaro mga lalaki kasi hindi daw dapat ganon laro ko.\n

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Syempre po makulit akong bata non kaya patuloy parin ako sa paglalaro hahaha. Grade 6 ako ay nakikidayo na kami sa kabaranggay lang namin hahaha.May time non na ayaw kona maglaro kasi lagi akong napapahiya sa plaza kasi po pinapalo talaga ako. HAHAHAHAHA. Alam niyo po kung san ako tatakbo? Sa sementeryo po HAHAHAHA kasi po malapit sa sementeryo yung basketball court kaya po dun ako tunatakbo dahil alam kong di ako mahahabol ni mama don.Uuwi akong umiiyak tapos sermon palagi.\n

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Nasubukan kona rin pong sumali sa liga nang mag-isa kolang na babae hahaha, Grade 6 po ako nun.Tapos po nung maging high school na ako may basketball girls po pala hahaha and syempre dahil sa makulit ako ay sumali talaga ako.Ang alam nila mama na laro ko ay volleyball hahahaha.Halos lahat ata ng laro nasalihan kona dahil sa ayaw akong palaruin ng basketball.Arnis,table tennis,taekwondo,badminton,volleyball,long jump,high jump, at pati track and field hahahaha. Hindi alam nila mama na kasali ako sa basketball sa school.Municipal meet,Cluster meet at provincial meet, umiiyak ako kila mama para ipapirma sakanila parental consent ko HAHAHAHAHAHA.Hanggang sa naging grade 9 po ako nagulat nalang ako na super supportive na nila sake. Nanood sila noon sa municipal meet kasama mama,papa,cousins,titos,titas at pati lolo't lola ko.Nung nakuha po ako sa CLRAA ket naiyak mama at papa ko kasi baby bonjing ako e hahahaha. Diko maranasan matulog sa ibang bahay tapos isang buwan don sa training e. Kaya pag tatawag papa ko sakin sasabihing uwi kana baby,dito ka nalang haha iyak iyak pa nga ako non e.\n

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At ngayon po lagi po nila akong sinusuportahan, lahat po binibigay nila for me pagdating sa basketball kasi pinatunayan kopo talaga sakanila na kaya po naming mga babae ang larong basketball.Hindi po ako natakot kahit ang dami po talagang naging hadlang kasi nakatatak po sakin tong verse na to:\n

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D o n ' t b e a f r a i d, j u s t b e l i e v e.” - Mark 5:36\n

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Nakakatakot pong matalo pero mas nakakatakot po pag dika natuto. Huwag nating bilangin yung mga talo,gawin nalang natin itong aral na pwede nating ikalakas sa susunod.Sabi nga po ni idol Lebron James na You have to be able to accept failure to get better.\n

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Babae kami,hindi basta babae lang.\n

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-Glyn\n

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Sa mga dipo supportive ang magulang ngayon ,pakita lang po nating gusto natin yung ginagawa naten at patunayan po nating may patutunguhan po yung paglalaro naten.Basta wala po tayong napapabayaang ibang responsibilities naten,tuloy lang po natin ang paglalaro with the love of the Lord❤️\n

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Get to know "The Reaper" Erricson Gabay of Hype Streetball

Most know him as The Reaper, the streetballer who kills his defenders and collects souls every an...

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By Kings of the Court PH, published August 6, 2020

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He is Erricson Gabay, also known as “The Reaper” in his community. A kid from Batangas who had a dream, and used his family as motivation, to bring that into fruition.

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Wanting to push streetball culture in the country, Erricson worked on his craft day and night. He trained under the wing of \"Lil Flash\" Nino S. Venturaas\n the first apprentice of Hype Streetball.

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What motivated him further was his desire to help his family who was facing deep financial struggles. Despite the haters and naysayers, he pushed himself\n until he finally leaped into streetball distinction. TV shows, commercials, events, and billboards lined up because of his passion.

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“Gusto ko maging inspirasyon sa mga nagsisimula palang matuto kasi dun din ako nagumpisa, nakaranas ako ng pambubully at panlalait pero ayun yung ginamit\n ko para magpatuloy pa”

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This goes out to all who ballers who dream. If a once-nobody did it, so can you. He is Erricson Gabay, a forever student of the game.

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\"WALANG MADALI SA UMPISA, LAHAT MAHIRAP. WALANG PANGARAP NA NAKUKUHA AGAD, LAHAT MAY TAMANG PROSESO AT PINAG HIHIRAPAN.\" - The Reaper\n
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What's up! sainyo mga idol, i'm Erricson Gabay also know as the Reaper from Hype Streetball. Nakilala ako sa larangan ng Streetball dito sa Pilipinas na dumadayo at bumibisita kung saan saan. Binansagan din nila akong The Professor of the Philippines.\n

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MY STORY:\n

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Bata palang naka tira nako sa probinsiya namin sa \"Batangas\" lumaki kami ng kuya ko sa pina alagaan sa Lolo at Lola ko kasi yung mama ko nasa Manila nag tatrabaho. Simple lang yung buhay namin pero masaya kami kung ano lang ang meron kami at kahit ganun, thankful parin ako at never akong sumuko sa mga pangarap ko. Bago ako naging Basketball/Streetballer, nung Elementary days isa akong Track & Field (Athlete) player High Jump at Long Jump sa school namin. Ayun yong naging sports ko nun bago pako natuto mag laro ng Basketball. Nag lalaro na din ako ng Basketball nun pero lagi kaming napapagalitan ng lolo ko kasi pag uwian namin galing school dumedretcho kami sa court, hanggang sa ginawan na kami ng lolo ko ng sariling Basketball court sa ilalim ng puno namin sa probinsya. At since mga player yung tito ko dun ko na din nakahiligan ang larong Basketball pinag sasabay ko yung pagiging Athlete ko sa school dati at pag lalaro ng Basketball dati. At nung naka ipon ipon na yung mama ko after ko makagradute ng Elementary, kinuha niya na kami tapos lumipat na kami dito sa Manila.\n

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Noong nakalipat na kami dito sa Manila wala akong ibang nasa isip kundi mag aral at ipag patuloy yung mga pangarap ko lalo na yung sports ko, isinantabi ko yung pag lalaro ng Basketball ko nung una kasi alam ko sa sarili ko na kulang ako sa Height at wala pako masyadong kakayahan pati abilidad para sumabak sa Basketball yung pagiging Athlete ko finocus ko kasi alam kong ayun lang kaya ko. So that time, sinubukan ko mag TRY OUT sa \"KNHS, Pasay City\" na public school na pinapasukan ko dati at nakuha ako pero sa kasamaang palad nung last day Team Practice namin before Division Meet, na dulas ako na dislocated yung Left Hand ko nun hanggang sa sinabi ko sa sarili ko na hindi para talaga sakin yung sports na yun.\n

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Yung nag fully healed na yung left hand ko, lagi nakong napunta ng court at niyayaya ako ng mga kaibigan ko mag laro ng Basketball hanggang sa nagustuhan ko na din yung pag lalaro ng Basketball. At nakakasama na din ako sa mga dayo, at one time na nag laro ako samin nakilala ko si \"Nino Ventura aka. LILFLASH\". Nakita niya yung skills na meron ako at dun niya ako na discover hanggang sa tinuruan niya ako ng mga Basketball drills, tricks, freestyle, in game situations at Streetball. Yung araw na nag kakilala kami ni LILFLASH ako yung taong sobrang saya at pinaka swerte kasi sa sobrang daming magagaling na bata. Kinuha niya akong APPRENTICE at ako yung kauna unahang naging istudyante niya sa Hype Streetball. At hanggang sa natuto nako at na apply ko na lahat ng tinuro nya sakin, tapos bigla akong nag ka family problem. Nawalan ng trabaho mama ko nun at since nangungupahan lang kami papaalisin na kami sa tinitirahan namin. At tinulungan ako ni LILFLASH na mag kakaroon daw ng STREETBALL TOURNAMENT sa Hype Streetball na kung sakaling matanggap ako makakatulong ako sa mama ko. So since istudyante palang nila ako sumali ako, lahat ng tinuro sakin ni LILFLASH ginawa ko sa TOURNAMENT na yun nakuha ako sa TRY OUT at isa ako sa napili hanggang dun na nila binansagan na \"The Reaper\" or \"Reaper\" kasi dahil sa skills at moves na nakita nila sakin. \"Grim Reaper\" kasi kumukuha ng soul, so yung skills na meron ako mabilis akong makakuha at maka pick-up ng galaw ng mga nakakalaro ko.\n

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Tini-take ko yung opportunity na yun at natulungan ko yung mama ko. Doon lahat nag simula yung career ko sa Streetball, at pinag patuloy ko yun hanggang nakikilala na ko ng mga tao dahil sa pagiging Streetballer. Bago ko pasukin ang mundo ng Streetball unang pumasok sa isip ko is yung MAGULANG KO at pangalawa yung PANGARAP KO.\n

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After ng ilang months na pag tetraining at pag papacondition, nag TRY OUT ako ng Basketball sa school namin since nakilala ako sa buong school namin kinuha nila ako at nabigyan ako ng opportunity na maging 2 years Varsity.\n

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Nag sunod sunod yung opportunities na dumating sakin nun at nainterview ako TV shows, Invitations, Events, & Performance. Hanggang sa nag boom na talaga career ko nakakatulong nako sa mama ko at sa sobrang bait sakin ni Lord naging past Endorser/Model ako ng isang brand cellphone nung 2015-2016 \"Android One Cherry Mobile\" na experience ko mag ka Billboard sa EDSA between Cubao at GMA Kamuning. Naging extra din commecial sa TV Commercial sa Nike FIBA Asia 2014.\n

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Hindi ko inaasahan na mararating ko yung mga bagay na ganito, na mainvite sa Celebrity game, makapag laro sa mga Big League, Hot Sauce Manila Tour, Global Hoops Manila at iba pang mga Streetball/Basketball events. At hindi ko din inaasahan na makakapag perform ako sa mga big stage tulad ng PICC Kerygma Conference, PBA Halftime shows TNT Katropa Ballers, Mall shows, Pepsi Event, & YouTube Fanfest 2018-2019 MAIN STAGE.\n

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Maraming opportunities yung dumating sakin dahil sa Basketball/Streetball, wala akong ibang pinag huhugatan kundi yung mga taong nanjan para suportahan ako, at lalo na yung mama ko na gusto kong tulungan. Wala akong ibang nasa isip kundi yung pangarap ko na makatulong sa magulang ko pati na sa mga batang nag uumpisa palang matuto ng Basketball/Streetball. Gusto ko maging inspirasyon sa mga nag sisimula palang matuto kasi dun din ako nag umpisa, nakaranas ako ng pambubully at panlalait pero hindi ko yun pinakinggan ayun yong ginamit ko para mag patuloy pa. Nag training ako araw araw, nag tiwala ako sa sarili ko na kaya ko 'to. Pinag dadasal ko lagi na alam kong pag subok lang lahat ng 'to kaya never akong susuko para sa pangarap ko hangga't nakakatulong ako sa magulang ko itutuloy ko kung ano yung nasimulan ko para sa pangarap ko.\n

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Gusto kong ipag patuloy yung Streetball Culture at LEGACY ni LILFLASH bilang \"South East Asian Nike Frestyle Champion\" at pagiging Filipino AND1 Legend. Sobrang thankful ako kasi binago ng Streetball yung buhay ko noon at ngayon.\n

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Para 'to sa mga batang mag uumpisa at matututo palang, wag kayong titigil sa kung ano yung gusto niyo marating sa buhay lalong lalo na wag kayong susuko sa pangarap niyo kasi wala naman madali sa umpisa eh, lahat ng umpisa mahirap basta wag lang susuko dapat tuloy tuloy lang at sabayan niyo din ng dasal. Walang pangarap na nakukuha agad, lahat may tamang proseso at pinag hihirapan.\n

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Proud of his Pangasinense roots: Basketball freestyler Scalia Nethanial

Kings of the Court PH caught up with PUMA brand ambassador Scalia Nethanial to recount his rise i...

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published July 22, 2020\n

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Despite the fame and adulation Scalia Nethanial has earned in Kuala Lumpur, the 25-year old freestyler still considers a small town in northwestern Philippines\n as his true home.

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The hustle and bustle of Malaysia’s Garden City of Lights - for Scalia – has no match to the peace and tranquility of his hometown Dumpay, a barangay in\n the municipality of Basista. Currently a freestyle performer in Kuala Lumpur, Scalia never forgets his Filipino roots which he traces back to this\n Pangasinan town, widely known as the “Orchestra Capital” of the province.

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Currently unable to leave Malaysia due to the government-imposed lockdown, Scalia looks forward to catching the first flight out to Manila once travel\n and health restrictions ease.

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Kings of the Court PH caught up with the young PUMA brand ambassador recently to recount his rise in the world of freestyle basketball.

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Performing as young as 14 years old, Scalia remembers the first open performance he ever had. Way before those school presentations and sold-out stage\n shows, teen-aged Scalia started off showcasing his skills before a relatively small crowd.

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“My first-ever performance was in 2009. Actually back then, I wasn’t really anything. I just wanted to gain experience. I was a big fan of the culture\n of street ball. It was a big passion of mine growing up. It was like in a backyard I think, or like a barbecue party at a friend’s place,” recounted\n Scalia, who also works as a Senior Social Media and Branding executive for a Malaysia-based company.

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That served as a launchpad for Scalia, as his performances shifted to bigger venues, getting into mainstream media and drawing more people - to eventually\n land a spot on the AND1 Mixtape Tour.

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“From the backyards, I started performing in high schools in Malaysia. They’ll have an open night and I’ll get invited every year. There are loads and\n loads of street ballers and freestylers. But no one was really that unique. People were just doing the basic stuff. But I started bringing in a lot\n of original stuff. And I started taking it to a mainstream platform,” shared Scalia.

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“I started going on TV. I was the first Malaysian-Filipino freestyler to have my own segment on popular TV shows. It kind of grew from there. 2010 was\n when I joined AND1. I toured with AND1 all around Malaysia,” he added.

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A self-confessed Kobe Bryant and Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion fan, Scalia eventually met his other basketball hero thru AND1 – “The Professor” Grayson Boucher.\n Known worldwide as one of the best freestyle basketball performers, it was Boucher who proved instrumental in kickstarting Scalia’s career.

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“The Professor and me are friends. He was also the one who selected me to become part of AND1. He was a judge and he came to Malaysia and he selected me\n to win. I was the champion of AND1 Malaysia,” recalled Scalia.

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Missing home\n

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Whenever his schedule permits, Scalia finds time to travel back home to the Philippines to visit relatives in Dumpay. In fact, the Filipino-Malaysian entertainer\n is eager to push through with a planned return to Manila on September.

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In his freestyle performances, Scalia makes it a point to pay homage to his mother’s home country.

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“I represent them all the time. Here in Malaysia now, whenever I perform, it is not longer ‘Scalia Nethanial, freestyle champion’. I make sure they put\n the Philippine flag as my background. Or sometimes I make sure they say I came all the way from the Philippines,” he shared.

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“Honestly, I really love the Filipino culture. It’s very lively. If I were to work, I prefer doing it in Malaysia. But if I were to stay long term and\n be with family, I would definitely choose the Philippines. It’s much more happier there.”

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But what does Scalia really long for in the Philippines? Despite making it big in Kuala Lumpur as a freestyle hoops icon, a unique element of the Filipino\n culture constantly pulls Scalia back home.

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“For me, it’s that feeling of having a family. Most of who I am today is because of Malaysia. I earned it here. But what I wanted to do was to share more\n of my personality as a Filipino. In fact, not a lot of people know I’m a Filipino until I went back last year and started doing some performances.\n People think I’m pure Malaysian. What I can’t find here is more of that family feeling. It’s like when I go out over there in the Philippines, I feel\n like it’s home. Over here, I feel like it’s business. It’s my home away from home. But I feel more at home when I am at Dumpay in Pangasinan,” shared\n Scalia.

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His future plans\n

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Currently, Scalia reaches out to his followers on social media via Instagram and a newly-created YouTube channel. With live shows and performances shelved\n in Malaysia, Scalia treats his fans with entertaining reviews of various PUMA products. Apart from PUMA, Scalia also represents Manila-based baller\n community Hype Streetball.

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But once the lockdown gets lifted in Kuala Lumpur, expect Scalia to jump back to the stage to wow big crowds with his basketball artistry.

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“It was crazy because before this, I was getting burned out because I performed way too much. In a month, I perform like four times. I would do shows all\n the time. When the lockdown happened, it made me realize the stuff that you take for granted. So I just want to go out there and perform again. In\n Malaysia, they are allowing events now slowly. COVID-19 is not that bad anymore. The goal is to go out there and perform again,” narrated Scalia.

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“Before the lockdown, I actually put out a status on Facebook, saying I want to compete internationally this year. I wanted to battle and get the world\n championship. That’s one of my goals. I want to carry both the Malaysian and Filipino flags over there.”

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Finally, Scalia share his outlook on the freestyle basketball scene.

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“I use freestyle basketball as a tool to reach out to more people. I would love to reach out to more people get them to do stuff that are healthy,\n that can bring them something in life that can get them to move forward and progress. I feel that freestyle is very universal. What I would love\n to see is more people doing freestyle.”

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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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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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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.

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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 | 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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Looking for a way to help the community?

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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.

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