Discovery Perlas Pilipinas wins in Japan tourney anew

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Former women’s national basketball team Discovery Perlas Pilipinas topped for the second year in a row in the recent Memorial Day Tournament at the Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Cheering the team on its way to a back-to-back victory was Cynthia Tiu, team manager and acknowledged mother of Philippine women’s Basketball. A member of the family behind the Discovery group of hotels and resorts, Tiu has made it her personal mission to provide full and unwavering support to Discovery Perlas Pilipinas. She has been an advocate for women’s basketball since 2008. That year, for the first time in Philippine history, the national team won the gold in the SEABA Tournament and two silver medals in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The Discovery Perlas consists of 12 members, each a bemedalled baller from top educational institutions: Ish Tiu, SEA Games silver medalist, from Ateneo de Manila University; Ella Rodriguez, from Los Angeles, California and a player from Enderun Colleges; Joylyn Pangilinan, a member of the Guam National Team who is also from Enderun Colleges; Karla Manuel, Carolina Sanggalang, Sai Larosa and SEA Games silver medalist Joy Galicia, all from the University of Santo Tomas; Ford Grajales, SEA Games silver medalist, from Lyceum of the Philippines University; Lhen Flormata, SEA Games silver Medalist, also from Lyceum; Rica Francisco, from Rizal Technological University; Angeli Gloriani, SEA Games silver medalist, from De La Salle University; and Banjo Soriano, a member of University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion team from Far Eastern University.

Rodriguez, 25 and 5”11, received the Most Valuable Player Award while Pangilinan, 19, a Filipino-American from Guam, was chosen as a member of the “Mythical Five” of NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities).

Haydee Ong, the team’s head coach, says victory did not come easy. “It takes a lot of sacrifice to prepare a team for an international competition. First of all, you have to deal with the different players’ various other commitments. Some of our players are already working and some are playing for different universities,” she says.

Assistant Coach Sen Dysangco credited Tiu and the Discovery group for their patronage that helped Discovery Perlas achieve so much. “Through thick and thin, win or lose, she (Tiu) has always tried to generate grassroots support for women’s basketball,” says Dysangco. Private sector support, he says, is much needed as government funding is not enough to cover the team’s expenses.

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Where to go if you are a vegetarian

Are you a vegetarian? Do you find dining out a challenge for the very limited selections?
There are actually many restaurants where any vegetarian can have a hearty meal. You just have to know where to look. Here are some options:

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Salads

For something delicious, healthy and affordable, try Harvesters Vegetarian. It serves some of the best “beef” and “meat” dishes, like beef broccoli, barbecue, and sweet and sour pork. They are so good, it is hard to believe they’re made of tofu. Visit its branches at SM Cubao, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM South Mall, SM Manila and SM Makati.

SaladStop! is known for its wide range of combinations of salads and soups, the best seller, Oh Crab Lah!, is loved for its Singaporean Chili Crab dressing that consists of romaine, crab sticks, tomato, vermicelli, egg, red onion and croutons. Grab a healthy bite today at its branches in SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia.

The Corner Market, The Podium’s new food hall, is adding a new twist to the Manila food scene with the first indoor farmers market. Among the 17 food stalls, you can find Gusto!, an organic salad bar that serves produce from local farmers. Visit The Corner Market at 2/F The Podium in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

The Food Hall by Todd English, the first restaurant by a celebrity chef in Manila, opened in 2014 at SM Aura Premier. It set the trend in the food hall concept in Asia. Choose from fresh salads, freshly baked flatbread, signature pastas and many more.

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Refreshments and desserts

Originally from Taiwan, TenRen’s Tea is among the best milk tea shops in the world. It has been satisfying customers in the Philippines since 2016. As a leading international retailer and manufacturer of specialty teas, it offers a number of specialty tea-based beverages! The teas are made-to-order and use only natural ingredients and whole leaf teas.  Popular flavors include the 913 King’s Oolong Tea, Orange Green Tea, Taro Green Milk Tea, and Green Tea Mango Slush. Have a cool afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.

Another popular spot is BLK 513’s frozen yogurt. What makes it different from the rest is the black color, which comes from activated charcoal that helps absorb harmful chemicals in the body. Add in strawberry, kiwi, mango, lychee and more for extra flavor. Visit BLK 513 at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia Complex and SM North Edsa.

There are no guilty pleasures in these vegetarian-friendly places, just amazing dishes. Head to the nearest SM mall to enjoy veggies like never before. For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

Do Denim! At SM Supermalls

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Newlyweds Rob Mananquil and Maxene Magalona are undeniably one of the best dressed couples in Philippine show business. Their adorable matching OOTDs garner thousands of likes on social media, proving time and again that they are indeed a power couple when it comes to fashion. And if there’s one outfit that they can pull off perfectly – it’s denim.

Rob and Maxene are featured in this month’s SM Shopmag, wearing the perfect matching denim outfits. The feature is part of SM Do Denim, a month-long campaign, featuring big discounts and activities that denim enthusiasts and fashionistas will definitely love in 70 SM malls nationwide.

“This month, we will give our customers even more reasons to love denim as we celebrate Denim Month, featuring exciting denim fashion shows and awesome denim deals and events,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing.

Shoppers can enjoy the Denim Sale with up to 70% discount on select denim finds from July 1 to July 31.  There will also be a Denim Fest, a visual feast of modern and artsy installations showing denim in various forms and styles.

What’s more, SM has Denim Runway, an entertaining fashion show, highlighting the latest denim trends from top international and local brands in select SM malls every weekend of July. Mallgoers can also experience Denim Fun, thanks to augmented reality (AR) fitting rooms, denim fest parades and more fun activities in participating SM malls.

SM shoppers can also play, shop, and share their best #DeniMemoriesAtSM for a chance to win #AweSM prizes until July 31, 2018.

As part of SM’s 60 #AweSM years celebration, SM is treating everyone to the first #AweSM Sale from July 20 to 22 in all SM Supermalls, where shoppers can experience 60% off, pay only 60%, less PhP60, or pay only PhP60 in participating stores.

Celebrate Denim Month and do denim at SM Supermalls.

For more information, visit the SM Supermalls Facebook page or check out www.smsupermalls.com.

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Greater opportunities for the country’s creative industry

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Design and creative managers in the Philippines now have a greater opportunity to harness their talents and improve their entrepreneurial skills with the launch of Creative Innovators Programme. Spearheaded by the British Council and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), this programme aims to strengthen the country’s creative industry ecosystem by supporting creative hubs managers thus immediately multiplying its impact and contribution to economic growth and create more inclusive and creative communities.

Also made possible through a partnership with the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC), Apl.de.Ap Foundation and Thames International, the Creative Innovators Programme will include mentorships, management trainings, grants, and networking opportunities, not just in the Philippines, but across ASEAN and the UK.

“Through the Creative Innovators Programme, we will be able to push, strengthen, develop and improve the creative industry in the country,” said Rhea Matute, executive director of the Design Center of the Philippines. “It is our aim to provide a venue for Filipino designers to grow not just their creative talents but also their business skills, to be able to contribute to the country’s economy, develop a thriving design ecosystem and a creative powerhouse in the global arena.”

Leading the launch was Nicholas Thomas, country director for the British Council in the Philippines who remarked that creative industries are the heart of the modern economy and that Filipinos, being creative in nature, have shown great potential in succeeding in this field.

Also gracing the event were Nestor Palabyab, executive director for the Philippine Trade Training Center; Apl de Ap, founder of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation; Malaya del Rosario, head of arts and creative industries for the British Council; and Joel Santos, President of Thames International and trustee of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation.

With the creative landscape of the Philippines relying on more hubs everyday, the Creative Innovators Programme aims to provide the necessary training and support in order build the country’s next generation of creative community leaders who will build their respective creative industries and communities.

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Ronnie Alonte for Blackwater fragrances

Charismatic dancer Ronnie Alonte elevates his stylish moves with his choice of fragrance and deo-spray – Blackwater, Ever Bilena Cosmetics’ personal grooming line scents that keeps him smelling good all day.

The newest Blackwater ambassador chooses the Dark Rebel deo-spray for formal occasions with its irresistible manly scent – a deep and intense earthy smell that is distinctively masculine. Subtle hints of citrus and light florals are unified by a mossy woods base.

For day wear, he likes Dynamic Fragrance, which has a mossy-woods scent with hints of bittersweet wine. The scent goes well with upgrades in his wardrobe or a new look.  The crisp and clean scent will make any man stand out in a crowd.

Aside from making Alonte smell and feel good, Blackwater helps him keep his porma game strong with its aromatic Dark Rebel deo-spray and Dynamic Fragrance.

Like Alonte, complete your look with Blackwater grooming products for men! Try the fragrances, hair and face products and deo soap. For more information, visit Blackwater’s official website http://blackwater.com.ph/, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen/, and Instagram pagehttps://www.instagram.com/blackwaterelite/.

Rainy Skies, Sunny Smiles

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The dark skies and cold breeze are slowly welcoming us. And in these times don’t you wish you had someone to share a cup of hot chocolate with? Or someone to stay at home and watch movies with?

Change out of your jammies, hop on to your car and head on to Enchanted Kingdom. What’s better than creating your kilig story at the most magical place in the country?

Share an umbrella as you stroll around the park, hold each other’s hands as you go through the Space Shuttle’s loops, and fly off to the different provinces of the Philippines with Agila: The EKsperience.

Check out the Enchanted Kingdom’s (EK) entertainment offerings for the this month. Catch Enchanté’s newest show Bayani: La Liga Filipina and witness the Filipino heroines take on a modern mission every Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Eldar’s Theater.

Sing and dance with the EK’s premier all-female vocal group Victoria’s Way at 5:45 and 6 p.m., and let the Kingsmen serenade you with pop music and all-time favorite songs at 4 and 6:45 p.m. at the Bandstand every weekend.

The EK has also prepared treats for the kids. Have light and fun moments with Dwayne and Friends at 3:45, 4:45 and 5:50 p.m. at the Eldar’s Theater, Bandstand and Boulderville. They can also have close encounters with live animals during animal encounters at Boulderville at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Don’t let the rain stop you from wearing your brightest smile. No matter what season it is, the EK is always ready to give you a magical experience.

This rainy season the park will be open on Friday (12 noon to 7 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) only from June 2 to August 12.

Filinvest Mimosa+: Revitalizing leisure destinations up north

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With exceptional amenities set amidst an abundance of greens, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, the newest integrated township in the north, is fast-becoming the preferred destination for vacations in Clark, Pampanga.

Centerpiece attractions

The sophisticated Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark and the award-winning Mimosa Golf Course—all harmoniously co-existing with rich flora and mature trees in the estate—are considered the current centerpiece attractions on Filinvest Mimosa+’s well-maintained 201-hectare expanse. As they collectively preserve the impressive Filinvest Mimosa+ environment, these two tourism-oriented properties continuously attract visitors seeking fine accommodations or a challenging round of golf.

The premium Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark

In keeping with Filinvest Mimosa+’s commitment to be the top leisure destination in the north, the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark is now undergoing extensive renovations to maintain its world-class status. But more than this, the hotel is a favorite for staycations with their well-appointed rooms, the signature Mequeni restaurant, where guests can indulge in some of the most famous Kapampangan dishes, the Charley’s Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines, and champagnes, as well as the swimming pool which has become every kid’s favorite. Villa living is also taken to the next level at Filinvest Mimosa+ with its two new opulent Grand Villas, each offering three bedrooms, a living area, grand bathroom, and private swimming pool that overlooks the estate’s greeneries. For an even more luxurious and personalized experience, a personal butler is assigned to each villa.

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The Mimosa Golf Course and its attractive promo packages

The Mimosa Golf Course of two par-72, 18-hole courses cover a total over 150 hectares, more than half of the whole estate. This legendary golf course has played host to a number of prestigious tournaments and top golfers, including Tiger Woods. As a membership-free golf course, it continues to attract a strong base of returning guests of varying skill sets, as they enjoy every challenging hole. Every month, the club also offers irresistible golf promotions including a sumptuous weekend brunch by the greens.

 

One of these is the Mimosa Summer Swing package—available until July 31, 2018, with rates that start at Php 6,550.00. The Mimosa Summer Swing package offers an activity-filled summer vacay for the whole family. This includes a stay at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark, green fee for 18-holes golf play at the Mimosa Golf Course, consumable food and beverage at the Q by Mimosa, and access to the pool and other hotel amenities.

The verdant Acacia Park

Another point of pride of Filinvest Mimosa+ is the newly developed nature sanctuary called the Acacia Park. Located just across the Quest Hotel and Conference-Clark, it is a place for respite that features a verdant landscaping with a profusion of trees and gazebos where one can sit down and relish the relaxing environs. It is a perfect spot for having a picnic and even for stargazing. Families and friends can also enjoy more outdoor and recreational activities as Filinvest Mimosa+ purposely integrated foliage-canopied walking paths and bike lanes in its progressive masterplan. The Acacia Park—where fresh air and clear skies can be savored—marks the beginning of Filinvest’s vision to transform the Mimosa estate into a green township.

A masterplan like no other

Other exciting future attractions at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the $200-million world-class integrated gaming complex, a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip that will offer specialty boutiques and unique dining concepts, and a sprawling Events Grounds and the Mimosa+ Events Pavilion that are set to host some of the country’s biggest music festivals, summits, and conferences.

As Filinvest Mimosa+ progressively works toward putting all four components—leisure, business, nature, and hospitality and residence—in place, no doubt, it will soon be the premier destination in the north.

To learn more about the many exciting things that Filinvest Mimosa+ has to offer along with all coming developments, visit its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MimosaPlus/.

If YouTube Sucks, Why Is Everyone Still Using It?

It’s natural to compare YouTube to other video sites, but YouTube is dominant right now. And despite its recent woes, there are plenty of reasons YouTube is going to continue dominating the world of online video.

In addition to its core role as a free video platform, YouTube has plenty of spinoff features and ventures, putting it in direct competition with just about every major online company:

  • YouTube Stories (previously Reels) is moving in on Snapchat and Instagram territory.
  • YouTube Red is YouTube’s slow march toward becoming more like Netflix.
  • YouTube TV with its live TV action is competing with Hulu.
  • YouTube Kids is an important product for an even more important demographic.
  • YouTube Music is gunning for Spotify and Apple Music.
  • And with its Community features, allowing creators to post text and photo updates, YouTube is beefing up its status a social network.

Some may argue that YouTube is trying to do too much, but the numbers don’t lie.

YouTube’s Massive and Engaged Audience

YouTube boasts more than 50 million channels at the time of writing, with users uploading 300 hours of video every minute. But just as important as the sheer volume of content uploaded to the site are the people watching, commenting, and remaining engaged.

The average YouTube viewing session is 40 minutes, with a whopping 5 billion videos watched per day.

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But how does YouTube compare to its major competitors? Its biggest competitor, Facebook, has around twice as many users as YouTube, but YouTube actually has more active users: 1.57 billion compared to Facebook’s 1.4 billion. When it comes to hours of video watched, YouTube users are watching a staggering 1 billion hours of video per day, far more than Facebook and Netflix combined.

Both YouTube and Facebook are investing heavily to ensure that influencers and major brands choose their live offerings, and this is the one place Facebook might be able to beat out YouTube in some ways. In 2016, the most popular Facebook Live video garnered over 160 million views in the space of a few months.

But even in that space, YouTube is still home to major live gaming events.

The YouTube Creator Community

YouTube is home to a vibrant creator community, that is admittedly no stranger to controversy. This past year has probably been one of YouTube’s most challenging, but if anything, that’s proven that it’s going to take a lot more to break this behemoth.

As Logan Paul repeatedly and spectacularly put his foot in it, YouTube brought the hammer down with the introduction of new rules for content creators.

These  new regulations (which are more likely to hurt the smaller content creator rather than the most popular YouTube channels) were followed by a slew of justifiably critical videos from creators large and small, along with some looking into alternative platforms.

This practice of YouTube making changes and angering creators appears to have become an annual tradition.

It is incredibly important that heavy hitters like Philip DeFranco and Casey Neistat continue to speak out on behalf of YouTube creators in these situations, but once the dust settles, everyone just slips back into their YouTube groove.

That may well be because when it comes to YouTube, there doesn’t appear to be anyone with the ability to come close to snatching up YouTube’s creator community. Vimeo, the only somewhat viable alternative, offers users with free accounts just 500MB worth of uploads per week, for a total of 5GB. If you want more, you have to pay anywhere from $7/month to $75/month.

If you’re trying to make a living off your video content, it makes more sense to go with the free, unlimited option offered by YouTube.

YouTube’s Monetization Program

There is no other social media platform that makes it possible to monetize your content the way YouTube does. Even with the recent changes to YouTube’s monetization rules, it’s still one of only a handful of places where creators can earn passive income from their content.

The changes do, however, mean that it will take a lot more work to reach and maintain the new threshold to become a paid contributor.

Google’s AdSense provides bloggers and websites a means to generate income, while Patreon has taken a slightly different approach allowing you to essentially crowdfund a monthly stipend. Any content that you share on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social network can serve as promotion to services that can bring in money—but you’re not getting a check directly from any of them. Except YouTube.

Gen Z, YouTube Kids, and Early Adoption

Of the many YouTube spinoffs, YouTube Kids is probably one of the most important when it comes to future growth.

While YouTube Kids has come under much deserved fire for serving up inappropriate videos for children, the company took the step of introducing improved parental controlsto make sure that nothing inappropriate gets through.

And if you have toddlers in your home, you’ll be all too aware of how they’re able to navigate YouTube Kids, or even YouTube itself, like a boss. Call me cynical, but YouTube has at its disposal an entire generation of internet savvy kids. And one of their first introductions to that internet was through YouTube. If that’s not an early adopter, I don’t know what is.

And looking at Gen Z, arguably the first generation growing up on a steady internet diet, the results are in.

According to Tubefilter, a survey found that 95 percent of Gen Z-ers said they use YouTube and half of them say they can’t live without it. Instagram came in second, trailing with just 69 percent saying they use it. The survey also found that, amongst this group, YouTube leads as a source for news, a good laugh, shopping recommendations, and how-tos.

YouTube Is the New MTV

When a major musical artist releases a new music video they release it on YouTube. With MTV no longer the music behemoth it once was, artists know where to go for those eyeballs, and it’s invariably YouTube. And music’s importance to YouTube is obvious.

Eighteen of the 20 most watched videos on YouTube are music videos, and the majority of the top 100 channels with the most subscribers on YouTube are those belonging to top selling artists.

The most watched video, Luis Fonsi’s Despacito, has over 5 billion views.

This has all helped YouTube become the number one music streaming service in the world. The fact that ad-supported music is freely available without the need for a paid subscription makes it an easy choice for many. In fact, you don’t even need a YouTube account to listen to music on the video platform.

Search Is King, and YouTube Reigns

OK, so we know that content is king, and something YouTube has in spades. But search is just as important. After all, what good is generating a ton of content if people can’t find it. And honestly, if any company is best positioned to have search all figured out, it’s one owned by Google.

Searching for something on Google? YouTube results are front and center on the video tab. Even if you aren’t using Google’s own search engine, competitors like Bing and DuckDuckGo still offer up video search results directly from YouTube, in some cases right at the top of the page.

So you don’t even have to visit the YouTube page or even Google’s own search engine to get served up results from the video platform.

When it comes to searching for content on YouTube’s own platform, versus other video social networks, YouTube is far superior. Have you ever tried to search for a Facebook video that you know exists and you just can’t seem to find it again? Yep. We know. And don’t even try to search Instagram for video. Surprisingly, there’s no native way to filter your search results down to just videos.

The YouTube Rabbit Hole

Google (which obviously owns YouTube) knows what you like, and it’s in the company’s best interests to keep you on the video platform for as long as possible. While there are some tools to help you watch YouTube without distractions, the site itself is designed to keep you on there for as long as possible.

From related videos in the sidebar, related videos at the end of each video, auto-playing videos, and an algorithm that is really good at serving up more of the same content that you’re likely to watch, YouTube knows how to hook you.

YouTube Is Winning, and Will Keep on Winning

There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that YouTube is here to stay. The video giant has the market cornered, and maybe this is just one more way we should give in to Google. While there’s plenty of competition for YouTube, with Facebook giving Google a run for its money when it comes to live video, it’s hard to imagine anyone succeeding in pushing YouTube off its lofty pedestal.

If anything, YouTube’s persistent popularity throughout repeated dramas, of which there are surely more to come, is just one more way in which we, as internet citizens, have given into the reality that online companies have us in their grip.

 

Filinvest City holds successful Festival of Possibilities

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Rain did not stop all the fun and excitement in Filinvest City, the premier garden central business district in the Metro South, as it recently held a successful Festival of Possibilities at the Filinvest City Events Grounds. A social gathering aimed at bringing the community closer through music and play, the town-wide fair witnessed over 7,500 attendees—residents and employees of Filinvest City as well as guests from other parts of the metro—who all enjoyed a day of outdoor activities such as supersized board games, arcade booths, inflatables, and a bazaar. The first-ever Festival of Possibilities capped off with awesome performances from renowned local artists Wicked Adobo, Ben&Ben, Autotelic, Franco, and Parokya ni Edgar. To know more about Filinvest City’s upcoming events, visit Filinvest City’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL/.

AXA helps young athlete pursue her dream

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If you ask Jam Lachica, 12, a young girl and an avid basketball player, how she ended up being selected among 800 players during the Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp, Jam will tell you right away that it was because of her coaches, including her dad Jaylord Lachica and school coach Joseph Rizos.

As a budding athlete, Jam was always influenced by her father’s interests, including basketball, which led to her love for the sport. Since the age of six, she would tag along with her father’s barangay leagues and closely observe the game. “Lagi akong sinasama ni Papa sa mga laro niya, kaya ginusto ko na rin matutunan yung basketball,” she said.

Fast forward to 2016 when Jam first joined the Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camp wherein she competed with several skilled female players her own age. However, she missed her chance to progress to the camp’s second day after she left to support her dad’s championship game in Quezon City.

But just like a true champion, Jam got back up and tried again in 2017. Knowing that she had been chosen on her first try, the shooting guard had a little more confidence, but unfortunately, she failed to make the cut. “Ginawa ko naman yung best ko para makuha ako ulit kaso madaming ibang magagaling,” she said.

Jam admits to feeling disappointment and in fact, did not consider joining this year’s camp. However, her dad didn’t lose faith and together with coach Rizos encouraged her to join again. Surprisingly, 2018 seemed to be Jam’s lucky year – with the help of AXA, the official insurance partner of the NBA in the Philippines, she had the support that she needed to succeed.

Jam was selected as one of the 16 girls that would represent Metro Manila and compete with peers from the provinces at the National Training Camp. All the hard work and long training hours were worth it. “Sobrang saya at thankful ako na may na-meet akong coach na nag-motivate sa akin to do my best. Buti nalang nandiyan si Papa para bigyan ako ng pag-asa,” she said. After all, third time’s the charm.

With AXA providing proper coaching and support, along with her father and coach’s help, she is now one step closer to reaching her dreams. “Si Papa ang best coach ko. Basta nandiyan siya, kaya kong abutin yung mga pangarap ko,” she said.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, empowers people to live better lives by encouraging them to have a game plan, whether it’s in sports or in the hard court that is life. AXA believes that preparing for the future is important so that people can live the life they choose. For more information on AXA’s wide array of life and general insurance and investment products, visit www.axa.com.ph.