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In celebration of anniversary, Gatorade urges fans to "Be Like Mike"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


TWENTY-THREE years ago, Gatorade launched a game-changing campaign in honor of a celebrated athlete whose name has come to be associated with greatness in sports.

The catchy and upbeat Be Like Mike campaign became a global hit when it first came out in 1992, cementing Michael Jordan’s niche as a sports legend. 

Today, Gatorade celebrates this enduring and historic partnership of sports excellence and legacy. In commemoration of this milestone, Gatorade recently released a digitally remastered version of the iconic television commercial, which also coincides with the top sports drink’s 50th anniversary.

As part of the celebration, Gatorade also launched a digital campaign inviting netizens to send photos or videos showing how they can #BeLikeMike. The most creative posts will win special Be Like Mike premium items.

According to Tony Atayde, Pepsico Philippines marketing manager for hydration, the long-standing partnership with Jordan reiterates Gatorade’s niche as the top-of-mind sports drink for the world’s finest athletes.

“As the most researched sports drink in the world, with more than 50 years of scientific and athletic testing to back it up, Gatorade has demonstrated its effectiveness in fueling sports excellence,” Atayde added. “Just as Gatorade was there with Jordan through all his victories, the brand is here for today’s new breed of athletes who want to make their own mark in sports history.”

To view the remastered Be Like Mike video, check out Gatorade Philippines’ YouTube channel.

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Live Stream

Sunday, May 03, 2015


Watch the "fight of the century" between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather here:

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Do the Math: The mathematics of a Finals Game 7

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


There is only a 28-31% chance that the Talk 'n Text-Rain Or Shine series will be
this wild. PBA (file photo)
AS a sportswriter, I get to see and give takes on the gameplay itself, but as a mathematician, I also get to see the different techniques and the secrets behind all the formulas we're using. So I got amazed when my professor in probability showed to me what the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters defied just to give us a basketball treat on Wednesday.

He discussed to me the binomial distribution, where at least two independent Bernoulli trials, denoted by n, are being considered. Letting p as the probability that a certain event will take place and K as the number of the times the event took place in the trials, the probability that another event entirely independent of the first event and its opposite can be derived through the distribution's probability mass function (pmf) given below:
Now, the fun part. My professor, a basketball fan himself, made an analysis of sort about the Talk 'n Text-Rain Or Shine finals series, which will culminate in what is expected to be a wild finish on Wednesday. He calculated what the E-Painters just did on Sunday--forcing the rubber match.

He assumed the Tropang Texters as 60-40 favorites (p=60% and 1-p=40%) to win it all. Letting K as the number of TNT wins from Games 1 to 6 (obviously, n=6), he solved for the probability that both TNT and ROS split the first six matches, i.e., it's 3-all after Game 6, effectively letting n-k to be 3 too. He approximated the probability of the occurrence of the rubber match at 27.65%. In other words, at a 60-40 favorite-underdog rate, Talk 'n Text just wasted a 3-1 odd of clinching the series in at most six games.

However, I find TNT and ROS evenly-matched, so I calculated the probability of a Game 7 at 50-50. Obviously, it's higher at 31.25%. Still, it's lower than .500, so it is relatively a long shot. In fact, it is equivalent to saying that there is a 7 to 3 odd for the team who won thrice first to win the title on or before Game 6.

We also calculated for the number of expected wins by Rain Or Shine. As 40-60 underdogs, the expected value, denoted E(X), where X is n-K, is at 2.8 or approximately 3, effectively saying that he had TNT in seven. At 50-50, E(X) is 3.5, equivalent to saying that Game 7 should be a war like how it has been. That is only when we assume that all the games will be played even if one team already reaches four wins, so adding the four-wins-and-it's-over clause will radically change the stats.

To sum it up, mathematically speaking, you have to defy odds to force a Game 7. It only means the series does not end when one team already made three wins. Come on, it's a race to four. Rain Or Shine simply knew it's not yet over, and the team continued its style of play that eventually frustrated Ivan Johnson. Do expect one wild Wednesday night, PBA fans.

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Amihan goes to Batangas for volleyball clinic

Friday, April 10, 2015


The Amihan Pilipinas volleyball superstars (L-R): Lizlee Ann Pantone, Jovelyn
Gonzaga, Nerissa Bautista, Honey Rose Tubino, Cristina Salak, Dindin Manabat,
Rachel Anne Daquis, Jaja Santiago, Mary Jean Balse, Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-
Pontillas, Kim Fajardo and Jen Reyes.
Not in photo: Ara Galang, Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz.
THIS summer, PLDT HOME Ultera, the ultra-fast wireless LTE for the home, presents the all-star Amihan Pilipinas women’s team featuring the country’s most sought-after volleyball superstars.

The 18 Amihan Pilipinas ladies, together with the country’s top coaches and in partnership with the Philippine  Volleyball  Federation  and  the  local  government  units,  are  currently  touring  ten cities nationwide to promote volleyball to young athletes at the grassroots level.

Joining forces for PLDT HOME Ultera Install Patrol, they aim to discover more talents and cultivate passion for the sport while bringing the ultra-fast LTE broadband access to more homes in the country.

Amihan Pilipinas gathers together the biggest female names in today’s cutthroat volleyball industry: Mika Reyes, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Dindin Manabat, Jaja Santiago, Nerissa Bautista, Mary Jean Balse, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Jen Reyes, Cristina Salak, Honey Royse Tubino, Rhea Katrina Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Ara Galang, and Lizlee Ann Pantone.

Leading the team is an all-star coaching staff headed by Ramil De Jesus, with assistant coaches Ariel Dela Cruz and Rico De Guzman. Headlining in volleyball clinics and exhibition games with their fans all over the nation, this powerhouse cast is ready to take on the country by storm.

“We are proud to present the Amihan Pilipinas volleyball superstars which represent the female cream of the crop in local volleyball today,” PLDT HOME Marketing Head Gary Dujali said. “We’re confident that these athletes will truly inspire young fans in our Install Patrol tour. The best part is that these fans get to be mentored by the country’s top volleyball coaches and play against their favorite Amihan Pilipinas superstars. This event will culminate in a grand exhibition game which the whole family can enjoy. With this nationwide tour, we bring this sport to a whole new level, while making broadband more accessible to more Filipinos so they can experience the strongest connections at home.”

This April, watch out for the Amihan Pilipinas superstars as they invade Batangas on Sunday at De La Salle Lipa and Batangas City Sports Center Coliseum with the full support of Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto. The tour will continue in Puerto Princesa and Pampanga.

Their initial run in General Trias, Dasmarinas, Iloilo and Sta. Maria brought thousands of fans together to witness the groundbreaking face-off between Amihan Pilipinas and their local teams.

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Lesnar starts training for Pacquiao's Kia club

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Reuters (file photo)
BROCK Lesnar was given a storyline suspension by Stephanie McMahon for his antics during the WWE Raw show on Tuesday (Monday in the United States).

But a source revealed the reason behind the "indefinite ban".

The source said on Wednesday that the WWE gave Lesnar the green light to play competitive basketball.

"He wanted to try basketball especially after he saw clips of Manny Pacquiao playing the game in the Philippines," the source, who requested anonymity, said. 

He added, "when the WWE found out about his desires, they worked out on the script of him on a rampage after Seth Rollins rejects his fight offer that will lead to the indefinite suspension."

According to the source, the former UFC and WWE champion, who was once included in the roster of American football team Minnesota Vikings, has begun training to get in shape to become the import of Pacquiao's PBA team Kia.

The source, however, concluded, "By the way, Happy April Fools' Day, bro."

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