Advertisements


Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 15th, 2017

Amb.Zhao attends Fil-Chinese Chamber event

IN line with the improving bilateral relations between the Philippines and China, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua has expressed support for the Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Inc. (FCGCCI), during its 113th Anniversary celebration at the Manila Hotel on November 7. During the program, Zhao said he was confident that FCGCCI, under the [...] The post Amb.Zhao attends Fil-Chinese Chamber event appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News19 hr. 57 min. ago

On-court digital experience unlocks access to basketball training in Manila

In a city where basketball is the pulse and access to data and training is limited, Nike is launching Nike Hyper Court, the first ever on-court digital experience that unlocks exclusive HD basketball content without the need for data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level. Turn up to one of the initial five courts across Manila and ballers can connect to Nike Hyper Court and gain free access to content, powered by Google technology, that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content. “The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia. We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspects of their sport. Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and data costs,” said Nike Southeast Asia & India Senior Marketing Director, Bulbul Khera. “Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, presents a great example of how businesses can partner with the community to customize technology and provide an original, digital solution aimed at empowering Filipino basketball players and youth across the capital. We are excited to see Nike Hyper Court use Google’s technology to change the game. This technology allows for endless possibilities on and off the court,” mentioned Miguel de Andrés-Clavera, Google Creative Technology Lead. The content is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced coaches. Features include drills and skills training programs addressing power, quickness and versatility tailored for different types of players, all delivered through a program that learns and makes recommendations from continuous user interaction. Each of the Nike Hyper Courts in the five Barangays (districts) are visually stunning thanks to the design of Arturo Torres, internationally renowned artist known for his signature superhero themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times bestselling books. Arturo’s design for each court features an emblematic identity of five basketball superstars: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving. “I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn. Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can't do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong – to anyone that's ever said no to you,” said Torres. The first five courts are launching this holiday season: 1. Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court 2. Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court 3. Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court 4. Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court 5. YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

The journey doesn t end here : former champ Eduard Folayang remains motivated following loss to Martin Nguyen

Eduard Folayang's magical run as ONE Championship lightweight world champion is over.  Friday night at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila, Folayang was on the wrong end of a brutal knockout loss to now-two division world champion Martin Nguyen. It was a painful end to what was an insipiring journey to the top for the Team Lakay superstar, and the image of seeing the Pinoy hero getting seperated from his senses is one that will remain with Pinoy fight fans for a while.  Days after the loss, Folayang released a statement via ONE Championship, reassuring everyone that he's fine after the match's violent end.  "First and foremost, I thank God for His protection. At this point, I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition." Folayang said. "I extend my heartfelt gratitude to ONE Championship for seeing that I get the best medical attention after the match. Folayang went on to thank the Filipino fans who came and supported him and Team Lakay, Friday night.  "I take this opportunity to thank my countrymen for their support not only to me but to the entire Team Lakay athletes who competed last November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. My heart is overwhelmed with the outpouring of their encouragement. We hope we can pay it forward. As for Nguyen, the Baguio City native congratulated the new champion and added that this isn't the end of the line for 'The Landside." "I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared. Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn't end here." The former champion has been in the same situation before. Following a devastating KO loss to lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin back in 2014, Folayang went on an amazing run which led him to the top of the lightweight division.  ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong fully believes that the Pinoy warrior can once again rise to the top of the heap. "I expect Eduard to shine again."  Sityodtong said during the post-fight presser.  As for now, Folayang will likely take a break as he and the team prepare for what's set to be an eventful 2018. "The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018."     Eduard Folayang quotes courtesy of ONE Championship.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Pixar’s first female supervising animator is Pinoy

By Vernise L. Tantuco/rappler.com – Pixar’s Dia de Muertos-inspired film Coco is visually stunning and, as expected, a major tearjerker. At the helm of the film’s animation team is Gini Santos, the 31-year-old studio’s first female supervising animator and a Filipino to boot. A few members of the press were Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Eduard Folayang will be defending more than just the lightweight championship come fight night

For the first time in ONE Championship history, two reigning titleholders will be going head-to-head in a champion-versus-champion superfight at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila.  The two divisional kings chosen for the history-making clash: lightweight champion Eduard 'the Landslide' Folayang and featherweight champion Martin 'The Situ-Asian' Nguyen.  And while both of them will be parading their belts when they walk down to the cage on fight night, only Folayang's belt will be on the line, meaning that he has more to lose. A lot more.  For the reigning lightweight king, this upcoming championship superfight isn't just about defending the lightweight title, rather it's also about defending the entire lightweight division.  Being the titleholder means that Folayang is the top guy in the division. The lightweight division 'is his kingdom', as he said, and it's his duty to defend it from a challenger from a different weight class.  "Papasukin yung division ko eh, so as much as possible, you are not only defending your own name, but also your division," Folayang said. "[Ako] yung champion doon eh." ("He's coming into my division, so I'm not only defending my name, but also my division. I'm the champion there.") The responsibility, so to say, has helped fuel the Baguio-based champion as he heads into this historic encounter against a very game challenger in the Vietnamese-Australian Nguyen.  "It’s a lot of motivation for me to do my part in my training camp and of course most especially during the fight." Aside from also defending his division, the Team Lakay superstar will also be defending his home turf, as he'll be fighting in front of what should be a partisan pro-Filipino crowd. "It’s always been a joy for me to represent my country and my hometown, and may kwento pa siya kasi champion-versus-champion, so it will give a lot of motivation for me." ("It's always been a joy for me to represent my country and my hometown, plus theres the champion-versus-champion backstory, so it will give a lot of motivation for me.")   Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reigning ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Catch the action LIVE, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Victoria Beckham Gets Into Athleisure as She Collaborates with Reebok

Good morning Boston! x VB A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Nov 8, 2017 at 8:07am PST Just when I thought fashion collaborations were not my thing (I let Fenty x PUMA andOff-White x Nike pass), here's something that's got my blood rushing to my head in excitement. Victoria Beckham announced on Instagram that she is set to have a long-term collaboration with Reebok. And damn, I might just fall in line for this! Excited to announce my new partnership with @reebok! Stay tuned and head to my website and subscribe for updates! x VB #ReebokxVictoriaBeckham A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Nov 8, 2017 at 9:46am PST Th...Keep on reading: Victoria Beckham Gets Into Athleisure as She Collaborates with Reebok.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Impressed JAL execs see Clark-Narita flights soon

Impressed executives of Japan Airlines said they would propose flights between Clark International Airport and Narita Airport, which serves Tokyo, particularly to serve overseas Filipino workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Hot Stuff: November 2017 Is Beauty Pageant Month And The PH Is Looking To Reign Supreme!

With Winwyn Marquez, Karen Ibasco, and Nelda Ibe making us proud on the world pageant stage recently, we can get only more excited for Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International in the coming weeks!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Sainthood cause of Filipino bishop pushed

ROME, Italy-In line with the Church's celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, Filipinos in the Eternal City recently took part in the promotion of the cause to sainthood of one.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Makati lights up holidays with native fabric flair

  It's going to be a native Christmas in the country's premier business and lifestyle district this year.   Makati City has turned on its streetlights to welcome the holiday season as a Filipino Christmas wonderland, with larger-than-life Yuletide symbols featuring the patterns of native woven fabrics, such as the Inabel and Burdado of Luzon, Banig Tikogo of Visayas, and T'Boli, Ukol and Yakan of Mindanao.   Behind these sparkling attractions along Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue is Zenas Pineda, an interior designer specializing in visual merchandising and events styling.   Over the last eight years, Makati has kept this tradi...Keep on reading: Makati lights up holidays with native fabric flair.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

ONE: Torres lone Filipino to win in Myanmar card

Jomary Torres followed up her debut win in ONE Championship with an impressive decision victory over Nita Dea of Indonesia in their atomweight boutFridayat Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Myanmar. Torres (3-0) beat Dea, a grappling specialist, at her own game as she outwrestled her throughout the match. "This victory is so sweet. I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship. For sure, I will be back in the gym immediately. I am ready to climb the ladder and face the biggest names that the organization has to offer," said Torres. "It is truly an honor to compete with a talented competitor like my opponent. She gave me a tough test. My opponent ...Keep on reading: ONE: Torres lone Filipino to win in Myanmar card.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Mariel de Leon aiming to score back-to-back victory for PH in Miss International tilt

  It's about having a positive mind and a calm heart," said Binibining Pilipinas Mariel de Leon on her quest to score an unprecedented back-to-back win for the Philippines in the Miss International pageant in Tokyo, Japan. No country has ever posted two consecutive victories in the global tilt. So, Mariel is facing a tough task in attempting to bag the crown currently held by compatriot Kylie Verzosa, the seventh Filipino woman to win the Miss International title. Confidence boost Mariel wants to give the Philippines its first back-to-back in the pageant's history "so our name will forever be there as one of the best countries for pageantry." She said filming the ...Keep on reading: Mariel de Leon aiming to score back-to-back victory for PH in Miss International tilt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Country’s largest teaching institution joins the Globe PRISM program

Globe Telecom, in partnership with the Philippine Normal University, the largest training institution for teachers in the country, recently held the culminating activity for PRISM, a digital literacy training program designed to equip school teachers with technological expertise for effective classroom learning experience. As a strong advocate of education and digital learning, Globe designed PRISM, a professional development program to help Filipino educators teach for 21st century learning. This is in line with Globe Telecom's sustainability commitment to empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology in response to United Nations Sustainable Development...Keep on reading: Country’s largest teaching institution joins the Globe PRISM program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

WATCH: OFWs baking class in Doha

DOHA, Qatar – Every morning, female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Migrant Workers and Other Filipino Resource Center in Doha, Qatar start a ritual. First come the snapping of blue gloves, then comes the assembly line of whisks, spatulas, and trays. What follows next is the scent of freshly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

Manila Fashion Festival Beyond: GYLE

Japanese brand GYLE sent out colorful tops, floral kimonos, pastel coats, and winter jackets. It's a practical collection that caters to varying seasons in and outside the country.The traveling woman would surely find a piece or two here. Click through the slideshow to see all the pieces!   Photos by Deneb Villanueva Follow Preen on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Viber Related stories: Manila Fashion Festival S/S `17: Kika Style x Chaka Manila Fashion Festival 2017: 'Let's Go to Tokyo' by Brit Tripudio Kimonos to Cop Inspired by Kiana Valenciano's Outfit What's the Real Worth of a Fashion Show?...Keep on reading: Manila Fashion Festival Beyond: GYLE.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Martin Nguyen 'excited' to fight in front of Filipino fans again

On November 10th, Martin Nguyen walks into enemy territory as he tries to dethrone reigning and defending ONE Lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Aside from a size and weight advantage, the champ Folayang will also have the hometown crowd behind him as he tries to defend his title for a second time.  For the challenger, who also happens to be ONE Championship's newly-crowned featherweight world champion, he isn't sweating the Pinoy crowd, and is in fact eager to perform for them.  em>'I’m very excited, I’m returning to the Philippines, it’s a massive deal.' /em>Nguyen said during the media faceoffs in Manila.  Nguyen was all praise for Filipino fight fans, whom he called 'well-educated' in terms of MMA appreciation.  em>'You guys are very very well-educated when it comes to combat sports. My last fight [here in Manila] with Li Kai Wen, it was potentially a Fight of the Night, and experiencing those three to four minutes, I was in awe.' /em> The last time that Nguyen fought in Manila was back in April of 2016, a first-round TKO win over Li Kai Wen. Come November 10th, Nguyen will look to recreate the result, but he likely won't get any standing ovation if he manages to do so.  em>'The Filipinos, they love their combat sports and I’m here to put on a show for you guys, regardless of being the underdog or being hated because I’m fighting one of their heroes.' /em> The 28-year old Australian is riding a five-fight winning streak heading into arguably the biggest challenge of his career.    strong>Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reignign ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  /strong> strong>Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23!  /strong> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

76ers put trust in oft-injured Embiid as franchise player

em>By Dan Gelston, Associated Press /em> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid’s career statistics are measured more in tweets (2,400 and counting), Instagram followers (1.2 million-plus) and folk tales than point totals and triple-doubles. What’s your favorite Embiid story? C’mon, everyone in Philly has one. Like the time he confessed his love for Shirley Temples. Or more recently when he was spotted jogging the Philly streets for a late-night run as if he was Rocky Balboa. He even picked up a tennis racket, while still rehabbing a surgically-repaired left knee, and flashed his serve and volley under street lights. How about that one time he crashed the stage at a Meek Mill concert and danced the night away. Shirtless. What can’t this lovable social media superstar do?! Oh yeah: Play a full slate of basketball. Embiid’s highlight reel has mostly been relegated to amateur video clips and short postings on his IG story because his game action has been constrained to just 31 games in three seasons. Thirty-one games. In three seasons. Even Greg Oden can’t believe it. Embiid has achy feet, creaky knees — and enough flashes of generational talent for the Philadelphia 76ers to throw the bank at him. The Sixers agreed to give Embiid a $148 million, five-year extension simply on potential and a real fear they would lose him in two years if they didn’t show him the NBA’s version of respect now. He’s a symbol of Philadelphia’s “Trust the Process” movement that convinced a fanbase that throwing away seasons for draft picks would ultimately lead to the franchise player who could potentially take the 76ers to their first title since 1983. The Sixers put their trust in Embiid. But for the first time in coach Brett Brown’s five seasons, there’s so much more talent on the Sixers than one decent player and a bunch of castoffs and developmental league projects. The Sixers rebuild boasts two No. 1 picks in rookies Ben Simmons (who sat out with a broken foot last season) and Markelle Fultz, two No. 3 picks in Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (largely considered a bust), lottery pick Dario Saric (who can’t start after playing two years overseas) and $23 million free agent J.J Redick (who has never made an All-Star game or earned any postseason honor of note). Throw in a solid performer like Robert Covington and there’s a core there that suggests the Sixers could contend for an Eastern Conference playoff spot a year after they went 28-54. “I think the organization, Brett, the guys that have been through the tough hits here over the last several years and the fans deserve this moment,” team president Bryan Colangelo said. “There’s an opportunity to be excited, to be ready to take that next step and I feel like we’re poised to do that.” But the evolution from Team Tank to title contender will only go as far as Embiid, the seven-foot center out of Cameroon, will take them. He’s yet to play since he had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and has was just cleared last week to participate in 5-on-5 drills. His contract is a major risk — but the Sixers believe he was worth it. He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season. “Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey,” Colangelo said. And a medical chart that could make him one of the all-time busts. Here are some other things to know about Philadelphia’s season: strong>FULTZ STEAM AHEAD: /strong> The Sixers took Fultz with the No. 1 pick out of Washington even though there are serious concerns about his shooting. President Donald Trump had better shooting form when he fired rolls of paper towels to hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico. Fultz’s jump shot and free-throw form has been ridiculed in the preseason and it doesn’t seem like something that can be fixed before the Oct. 18 (Oct. 19, PHL time) opener at Washington. But the Sixers like to take the long view on their prospects and Brown will give Fultz, who has a sore right shoulder, the time he needs to correct his shot and blossom into a player worthy of his pick. strong>DOWN UNDER: /strong>Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, feels forgotten in this year’s rookie class after missing a year with a broken right foot. Yeah, he doesn’t have much of a jumper, either. But the Australian can dominate around the rim and run the offense as the point guard — a dual threat that helps form a potent 1-2 punch with Embiid for a decade. strong>STAY HEALTHY: /strong>The Sixers have gone five straight years with a franchise player out for the season. They are trying to snap that streak this season and hired C. Daniel Medina Leal away from Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona and put him in charge of athlete care. “People are borderline shocked we were able to get him,” Brown said. He may be the real MVP behind the scenes as the Sixers try and put their health woes behind them. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Embiid agrees to five-year extension with the 76ers

em>Philadelphia 76ers press release /em> PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a contract extension with center Joel Embiid, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today. The new contract extends Embiid through the 2022-23 campaign. “Since drafting Joel third overall in 2014, he has solidified himself as a pillar in this franchise and to this city,” said Josh Harris, 76ers Managing General Partner. “We have all enjoyed watching the hard work he puts into his game and the commitment he has for our organization. We are excited to further build our foundation around his unique talent and leadership skills, and we look forward to the continued growth of Joel and our team.” “We’re fortunate to be able to build around a player who possesses such unique, transcendent talent as Joel,” David Blitzer, 76ers Co-Managing General Partner, said. “His rare blend of offensive and defensive prowess, paired with his infectious personality, makes him one of the NBA’s fastest rising global stars. The future of this team is bright and we look forward to having Joel on the floor as a 76er for many years to come.” “Joel Embiid is a transformative young talent that you rarely come across in our game,” said Colangelo. “Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey. Ownership’s willingness to extend this contract reflects our collective belief in Joel Embiid and a reinforced commitment to building a championship-level basketball program.” Embiid appeared in 31 games (all starts) in 2016-17, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in 25 minutes per game. He shot .466 from the field, .367 from three-point range (ranked fourth among all NBA centers, min. 70 attempts) and .783 from the free-throw line. He led all rookies in points, rebounds and blocks per game and his averages in those categories were the highest of any NBA rookie since 2011, when the Clippers’ Blake Griffin earned Rookie of the Year honors. “I'm so thrilled to be in this position,” said Embiid. “I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process. I love this city and I'm so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing. Trust ‘The Process.’” The Cameroon native scored 20-or-more points 19 times in his rookie season, which led all first-year players. Embiid posted at least 20 points in 10-straight games from December 23 through January 18, as he became the first rookie to score 20-plus in at least 10 consecutive contests since Griffin did so in 14 straight in 2011. The Philadelphia big man is the only player in the shot clock era to average at least 20 points per game while playing less than 26 minutes per contest (min. 30 games played). He scored in double-figures in his first 15 career games and in 30 of his 31 games overall. He was one of six NBA rookies to score at least 10 points in a minimum of 30 games in 2016-17. The 7'0' center was originally selected by Philadelphia with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft after one season at the University of Kansas. As a freshman, he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Big 12. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

NBA and Rakuten announce partnership

em>NBA press release /em> TOKYO – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Rakuten, Inc. today announced a multiyear partnership making Rakuten the league’s exclusive distribution partner in Japan for all live NBA games and a global marketing partner of the NBA. This marks the NBA’s most comprehensive media partnership in Japan and Rakuten’s first with a North American sports league. This season, Rakuten will offer NBA LEAGUE PASS, the league’s premium live game subscription service, exclusively to Rakuten members in Japan through NBA.com, the NBA App and for purchase through Rakuten’s video-on-demand service, Rakuten TV. NBA LEAGUE PASS will allow fans to watch all NBA games including preseason, regular-season and playoffs games, NBA All-Star, NBA Conference Finals and The Finals, in addition to other exclusive programming.   Rakuten will also offer a subscription package on Rakuten TV, providing fans with access to nine games a week, one game per weekday and two games each on Saturdays and Sundays. “We are very excited to partner with the NBA to bring all the action of the world’s top basketball league to fans in Japan,” said Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani, founder and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. “As we have recently announced that we are proud partners of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA’s reigning champions, it is an honor to expand our contributions to the global growth and development of basketball with this NBA partnership.” “Rakuten is one of the world’s most innovative companies and an ideal partner for the NBA,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Our new relationship with Rakuten speaks to the appetite that our passionate fans in Japan have for live NBA games and content, and we look forward to working with Rakuten to provide the most comprehensive NBA coverage to date.” The global marketing partnership also allows Rakuten to create NBA and team zones, and sell select NBA and team merchandise on its e-commerce channels globally, including Rakuten Ichiba in Japan and Ebates, a leading membership-based online cash-back site in the U.S.   Rakuten Viber, Rakuten’s instant messaging platform, will also become an official platform for the NBA and its teams, providing their more than 900 million users with access to league content. The NBA’s presence in Japan dates back almost 30 years. NBA games and programming have been on-the-air since the 1988-89 season, and officially licensed NBA merchandise is widely available at more than 180 Xebio stores across Japan. The league has conducted a number of events in Japan, including 12 regular-season games in three cities, interactive fan events, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives, and in 2012, Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program.   Founded in 1997 in Tokyo as the world’s first successful merchant-focused e-commerce marketplace, Rakuten now encompasses over 70 businesses spanning e-commerce, digital content, communications and fintech that reach more than one billion members around the globe.  Rakuten’s professional sport portfolio includes ownership of Japan’s Vissel Kobe soccer club and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team, the team that won the national Japan Series Championship in 2013. In July 2017, the company also became the Main Global Partner and Official Innovation and Entertainment Partner for iconic soccer club FC Barcelona. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017