Nike brings Paul George to Manila

Got an invite from Nike to attend the opening of the House of Rise that will have one of their best basketball athletes, Paul George, to inaugurate the ceremony. Too bad I wasn’t able to go, but I did ask the homie and very talented photographer, Cheng Ortaleza to take some dope ass photos for you guys. He did not disappoint, check them out below.






















Mad shouts to Cheng for the awesome shots.VIEW THE COMPLETE SET OF PHOTOS HERE


Rise players are inspired to challenge their limits to realize their true potential

Manila, Philippines, July 20 2015 – Nike basketball athlete, Paul George, was in Manila to be the first mentor to the 24 players from #Rise, Nike’s first ever reality documentary and basketball development program.

George arrived on Sunday, July 19, and dropped in on local kids playing basketball at a tenement court, getting his first immersion into Pinoy streetball.

On July 20 George opened the House of Rise, the main training ground for Rise players, and introduced the 24 Rise players. The Rise players have embarked on a six-week journey of high-level basketball training from professional coaches led by former Gilas head coach Chot Reyes and former national player now Talk ‘N Text team manager Jimmy Alapag.

Since July 15, the Rise players have been living like a Nike athlete – professional training every day consisting of skills drills and strength and conditioning workouts. Training is conducted by Nike Rise coaching staff led by Coach Chot. They will be aided by elevated training tools that will help them analyze their game and get better at it, raise their level through speed, shooting and defensive exercises, and be motivated by athletes who will share their own Rise stories.

The Rise players have been equipped with the best Nike Basketball product innovations that include both training apparel and footwear. For supporters and fans, the Nike Rise collection of tees and signature athlete shoes will be available at selected Nike stores beginning July 2015.

“There is no lack of basketball talent in the Philippines. But there may be a lack of opportunity. Every basketball player wants to reach new heights in his game so he can bring his game out there and reach his or her basketball dream. Nike wants to help them get out of their comfort zone so they can make that next step that will make them rise to the top of their game. By providing them with a professionally run basketball program and product innovations to support them, they can hopefully make their dreams come true,”said Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

1. Andaya, Algin – Navotas
2. Andres, Steven Art – Pandacan
3. Beltran, Jharrel – Ifugao
4. Binarao, Jullius – Olongapo
5. Bulan, Jude – Cebu
6. Cayabyab, Kristine – Dagupan
7. Cilot, Kenric – Muntinlupa
8. Contado, Danilo – Cebu
9. Corpuz, Joseph – Davao
10. Deocera, Nelson – Pampanga
11. Espinas, Rossini Briana – Davao
12. Fernandez, John Paul – Manila
13. Fudotan, Dean – Laguna
14. Jackson, Paul Reginald – Olongapo
15. Manuel, Ren Kenneth – Novaliches
16. Marabe, Jair Borne – Tacloban
17. Perez, Christopher – Olongapo
18.Pingol, Michael Angelo – Cavite
19. Pino, Kherlie – Cebu
20. Teves, Michael – Cebu
21. Tobilla, John Lester – Leyte
22. Torbeles, Norman – Manila
23. Villanueva, John Lennon – Manila
24. Vinasoy, Roland Patrick – Makati

The audience can follow the 24 kids on their Rise journey until the final 12 players that comprise the Rise Team are chosen over TV5, every Sunday starting July. For behind-the-scenes and additional training content, go to Keep track of online content through #Rise.

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