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Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars!

It's summer time once again and for most students it's a big time of break. A lot will be spending time indoors given the scorching heat of the sun. I know though that young guys wants to be active and play Filipino favorite sports also during this season. Good news as Coca-Cola Philippines recently reaffirmed its commitment to promote healthy and active living during the second year kick-off of the Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars Basketball League

A snapshot of the press conferene

Last March 22, members of the media including us bloggers attended a press conference to formally kick-off their commitment on this. If you are not aware Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars is a nationwide grassroots program, which aims to reach out to more than 7,000 aspiring basketball stars aged 13 to 16 across different cities, provinces, and municipalities in the country. 
Atty. Adel Tamano, VP for Public Affairs & Communications for Coca-Cola Philippines, discussed the program with bloggers

“We have partnered with the Philippine Basketball Association for this program because leading an active healthy lifestyle has a positive impact on health and wellbeing, delivering a range of physical, mental and social benefits especially for young people,” says Atty. Adel Tamano, Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Philippines. 

The thrust of Coca-Cola Philippines towards Healthy and Active Living is hinged on a global commitment to well-being, women empowerment and water replenishment.

Active and healthy living helps consumers make informed choices about day-to-day food consumption, proper hydration, and the benefits of engaging in various forms of exercise like basketball. 
PBA Commissioner, Atty. Chito Salud, answers question from the media during the event

“We want Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars participants to embrace active healthy living. And as the leading beverage company in the Philippines, the three-step action plan of Coca-Cola towards this is to Think, Drink, Move. To Think means to be educated through Coca-Cola programs like our basketball clinics.  To Drink means to carefully consider one’s beverage choices and hydrate properly. Coca-Cola has a wide variety of products that people can choose from, depending on their taste, as well as energy or calorie needs. To Move means to engage in physical activity like basketball to achieve energy balance,” adds Tamano. 

Through Youngstars, teen participants get a 360-degree exposure to the Think, Drink, Move concept. 
Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars Logo

The Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars is one of many initiatives of Coca-Cola that promotes Healthy Active Living. Globally, Coca-Cola supports over 280 physical activity and nutrition education programs in more than 115 countries.

Provincial tryouts for the Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars Basketball League runs from April 2 – 14, covering Cagayan de Oro, Laoag, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Cavite, Laguna Bacolod, Pangasinan, Davao, Cebu, Pampanga, and Batangas.  Metro Manila tryouts begin April 1 until 13, starting at Valenzuela, Marikina, Caloocan, San Juan, Manila, Taguig, Rizal, Navotas, Muntinlupa, Cainta, Pasig, and Las Pinas. 

Kids aged 13-16 are also encouraged to join the basketball clinics with Ronnie Magsanoc as coach. Tryout and clinic schedules can be viewed at the Coca-Cola Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/presidentforhappiness), www.coca-cola.com.ph, or simply follow @Coke_HappyPrez on Twitter.

Here's the schedule of the try-outs:
Metro Manila Try-outs
Provincial Try-outs
What are you waiting for? Mark those calendars for the try-outs nearest your location. You might be the next Alvin Patrimonio, Ronnie Magsanoc and other PBA Legends. Don't miss this opportunity.

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