PPO stages virtual pocket performance on july 23

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THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra stages its next series of online concerts billed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances to be streamed on July 23, 2021 at 8pm, Friday through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website. Program for the July 23 concert, which focuses on Indie and Alternative music, features the following pieces such as WITH A SMILE by ERASERHEADS to be played by Ayesa Cruz (Violin), Madeline Jane Banta (Harp); TADHANA by UP DHARMA DOWN (arr. Naldy Rodriguez) to be performed by Ma. Angelica Uson (Violin), Herrick Ortiz (Cello); HALIK NI HUDAS by WOLFGANG (arr. Glenn Aquias) to be interpreted by Giancarlo Gonzales (Cello); SALAMAT by THE DAWN (arr. Theodore Amper) to be rendered by Christian Tan (Violin), Jose Carlo Tuazon (Violin), Rey Casey Concepcion (Viola), Giuseppe Andre Diestro (Cello), Vincent Dela Cruz (Contrabass); and HARANA by ERIC YAPTANGCO to be played by Brass & Percussion section with Abner Cruz (E. Bass). The PPO Online Poc

Phenom and Team Gilas Women’s is the Philippines representative for Red Bull Reign Global Finals

Red Bull Reign already has its champions, and will represent Philippines this coming August for the Red Bull Reign Global Finals in Toronto, Canada. The two Champions that emerged victorious last Saturday, June 29th, 2019, at Kerry Sports Manila in Bonifacio Global City are the Phenom for Men’s category, and Women’s Champions is Team Gilas Women’s. They will compete with other 15 nations from around the globe.

Red Bull Reign is a high-endurance, offense-driven 3-on-3 street basketball tournament that brings the best ballers in the world together. Each game is contested under strict rules inspired by FIBA’s (International Basketball Federation) 3-on-3 rules: Teams consist of 3 players (+1 reserve) age 18 and above. Games take place back-to-back on opposite halves of the court and the first team to score 21 points or the most points in 10 minutes wins the match
Team Gilas Women
There are fourteen male teams and eight female teams competed this year. Team Gilas Women’s members are Jack Daniel Animam, Claire Castro, Janine Pontejos and Afril Bernardino. They are members of the Philippines’ national women’s basketball team, with years of experience under their belt.
Team Phenom
While Men’s Champion is a Last Chance Qualifier, it’s a close fight with other eight teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Teams Phenom and Philippine Navy, and team J Hoop from Cebu City, crushed the competition to advance to the Semi-Finals together with Team Basilian.

The final showdown is thrilling as Phenom edge with a final score of 22-19 against Team Basilan, making them a three-time Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions, the Phenom consists of former NCAA and PBA D-League players Shaq Alanes, Junjie Hallare, and Micole Sorela.

Former PBA star Vince Hizon is the Tournament Director of Red Bull Reign, he said that having qualifiers for a world tournament is such a big deal.

“Red Bull has done an exceptional job in all the sports they’ve participated in, really uplifting sports through these amazing opportunities. But in basketball, they know how passionate the Filipinos are regarding the game.” Hizon said

Red Bull as a functional beverage aims to give wings to people and ideas, not only wings but vitalizing body and mind for all athletes, supporting their dreams and aspirations through their passions like basketball. For more information visit RedBull page. 

Special thanks to Diane Salonga for the main photo. 

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