Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hot Sauce In Manila 2014

[Streetball’s Finest –  9.3.14] – Hot Sauce In Manila 2014

Inks: FLASH aka g_sk1lls 
Images: Flash, Joy and Nicole Ramos, and Hype Streetball official Facebook fanpage

Hey AND Juans, last August 30, 2014, the greatest streetball player in the world – Phillip Champion a.k.a. HOT SAUCE played in his first ever game in the Philippines, held at the Makati Coliseum.  It featured local streetball icons such as Lil Wizard, BallHustla, Bounce, and the rest of the Hype Streetball team against the Open Run Select Team.  A couple of celebrity ballers were also present to hoop with the Hype team, musician/actor/dancer Young JV and PBA player Eliud “Eloy” Poligrates of NLEX.

Hot Sauce doing what he does best - BREAKING ANKLES!

Prior to the actual game, AND1 Philippines’ Flash was part of the organizing team, spearheaded by Hype Streetball’s Nino Ventura and Angelo Moratillo.  Negotiations and discussions with Court Kingz’ Victor Martinez were finalized by late July 2014, and with barely a full month to bring Hot Sauce over to Manila for his historic visit, the local team were able to secure the necessary permits and accommodations.

The team behind Hot Sauce's very first visit to the Philippines, 
shot taken a month before the main game.

Hype Streetball, Court Kingz, and AND1 Ph - taken upon Hot Sauce's arrival in the Philippines.

Hot Sauce with AND1 Philippines' Flash throw up the "One's."

Check out more behind-the-scenes below!

BallHustla, Mr. Hangtime, and Flash - pre-game.

Early bird arrivals for the Filipino crowd that 
came out to watch the Hot Sauce In Manila main game.

Hot Sauce with his Hype Streetball teammates, along with
Victor Martinez of Court Kingz, and Flash of AND1 Ph.

After the main game, whose beneficiary was the Philippine Basketball for Jesus (PBJ), Hot Sauce stayed for almost an hour signing autographs and partook in photo ops with his adoring fans.  The meet-and-greet session ended with a shot of Hot Sauce, the Hype Streetball team, and all of his fans in the coliseum.

Hot Sauce and Victor Martinez flank Mark Mcdowell 
of the Philippine Basketball for Jesus, the game's beneficiary.

A shot of the crowd swarming Hot Sauce for autographs and photo ops after the game.

Hot Sauce with his Filipino fans.

Check out the Hype Streetball (click HERE) and Court Kingz (click HERE) official Facebook fanpages for more pictures and video highlights from the event.  Continue to follow AND1 Philippines in Twitter (@and1ph) and LIKE us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/and1ph.  And that’s the 411, AND Juans!

Flash of AND1 Philippines, Hot Sauce, and Victor Martinez of Court Kingz

The PBA's own version of Hot Sauce -
Eliud "Eloy" Poligrates with Nino "Lil Wizard" Ventura

Lil Wizard sets up his defender with an array of dribbles.

The Hype Streetball Team pose for posterity 
following a practice session for the main game.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“Hot Sauce” is coming to the Philippines

[Streetball’s Finest –  8.26.14] – “Hot Sauce” is coming to the Philippines

Inks: FLASH aka g_sk1lls 
Images: "Hype Streetball" and "Hot Sauce" official Facebook fanpages


Great news, AND Juans!  The best streeetball player in the world – Phillip Champion a.k.a. “Hot Sauce” - is coming to Manila this month of August, made possible by Court Kingz and our very own Hype Streetball.



In his first-ever Philippine visit, the sensational streetball legend made famous via the AND1 Mixtape craze back in the early 2000’s will be playing an exhibition game with some of the best local ballers for a good cause.  The beneficiary of the event will be Philippine Basketball for Jesus (PBJ).

Recognize royalty.  
Check out Hot Sauce's craziest plays by clicking the YT link below.

The main game will happen on August 30, 2014, 8:00PM (gates open 7:00pm) at the Makati Coliseum, Makati City.  Tickets for this historic visit can be availed via the official Hype Streetball Facebook fanpage (click HERE), prices are Php 250 (Lower Box) and Php 100 (Upper Box).  Check their page regularly for more information regarding the official tour schedule.

Grab 'em while they're HOT!

For interested ballers, a series of open-run tryouts on the same day will happen by 2:00PM at the Brgy Poblacion court in Makati, facilitated by members of the Hype Streetball team.  Selected players will get to play against Hot Sauce in the main game.



Right after the main game, Hot Sauce will be having a short meet-and-greet session for his fans, so make sure you don’t miss out on one of the biggest streetball events to ever happen locally.  Practice your handles, pull out your AND1 Mixtape gear, lace up your AND1 kicks, and grab your tickets for the “Hot Sauce In Manila” game.

Limited edition shirts will be sold at the venue. 
Find out more via the Hype Streetball FB fanpage.

AND1 Philippines will be officially covering this event, in coordination with Hype Streetball.  Continue to follow us in Twitter (@and1ph) and LIKE us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/and1ph.  It’s about to go down, AND Juans!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

AND1 Philippines celebrates its 3rd anniversary online

[Shoe Session – 8.14.14] – AND1 Philippines celebrates its 3rd anniversary online

Inks and Images: FLASH aka g_sk1lls 

Quicker than a Hot Sauce cross-over dashed with a hint of The Professor’s hesitation move, the AND1 Philippines blog just turned THREE.  Without your unwavering support, the AND1 Ph social media presence would not be effective.  To date, we have more than 5,000 Facebook fans, more than 185 Twitter followers and more than 100K blogpage views!  Check out our very 1st blogpost by clicking HERE.

AND1 Philippines was the 1st to break the news 
about the signing of two new brand endorsers, 
Isaiah Canaan (pictured with Lance Stephenson below, right) and Jamaal Franklin.

Looking back at the last 12 months since August 2013, we’ve covered these key updates:


9.16.2013 - Fresh Faces! AND1 signs 2013 NBA rookies Isaiah Canaan and Jamaal Franklin as brand endorsers

10.3.2013 - AND1’s official press release on the signing of Isaiah Canaan and Jamaal Franklin

10.14.2013 - AND1 Ph's behind-the-scenes coverage during NBA Global Games Philippines 2013

11.20.2013 - AND1 US doles out a $5000-assist for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines

 

Aside from those articles, we also featured international ballers such as Scalia (Malaysia), Smokin’ Aces (USA) and AND1’s brand endorsers – Lance Stephenson, Isaiah Canaan, and Jamaal Franklin.  This space also was one of the main sources of information about the latest shoe news both local and foreign.  Big thanks to Relzbach Ventures Inc  (the Bachmann family and their tireless Sales and Marketing team) for the constant updates on local shoe drops.

Scalia and Smokin' Aces got featured in AND1 Ph's Streetball's Finest.

Stronger than ever are our international linkages as well, as we’ve continued to ensure close ties with the AND1 brand teams and distributors from across the world, and 2014 onwards promises more and more surprises for AND1 fans and followers.

Flash of AND1 Philippines representing the brand during 
the 1st ever NBA pre-season game in the Philippines back in October 2013.

As in our very first article – “we’ll keep things fresh and relevant for the regular AND1 user, confused shopper, and the usual sneaker head.”  Continue to follow us in Twitter (@and1ph) and LIKE us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/and1ph.  And that’s the 411, AND Juans!


Monday, March 24, 2014

New AND1 footwear for 2014 Q1/Q2 have finally arrived!


[Shoe News – 3.24.14] – New AND1 footwear for 2014 Q1/Q2 have finally arrived!

Inks: FLASH aka g_sk1lls
Images: Flash and various online sources

As of this month, the latest AND1 footwear for the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2014 have arrived locally.  For adults, two (2) new styles are now out – the Master 2.0 Mid (three colorways), and the Backlash Mid (three colorways).  The previously released Rein Slides come out with three new color options, and for kids, three colorways of the Master 2.0 Mid are now also available.

Price point as follows :

Men’s

  • Master 2.0 Mid = Php 3,695
    • Black/Black/Silver
    • White/Varsity Red/Black
    • White/Royal/Black


  • Backlash Mid = Php 4,195
    • Black/Black/White
    • Royal/Black/White
    • Varsity Red/Black/Varsity Red


  • Rein Slide = Php 895 (repriced from 1,295)
    • Black/Asphalt
    • Asphalt/Orange
    • Royal/Black

Kids’

  • Master 2.0 Mid = Php 3,295
    • Black/Black/Silver
    • White/Varsity Red/Black
    • White/Royal/Black
In my honest opinion, the Backlash Mid is the highlight of this batch.  Shoe specifications include: Low-Sew construction that provides reduced weight and a seamless fit, ventilation windows and mesh tongue that allows comfort and great breathability, plus high quality EVA sockliner that gives excellent cushioning.  Its TPU shank provides arch support and stability while the L2G design ensures optimal court feel.

The Backlash Mid, in black and blue color options.

Both the Mens’ and Kids’ models of the Master 2.0 Mid offer the following: Synthetic leather upper that is 20% lighter than leather, quarter molding that gives lateral medial support, and a molded collar design that provides extra ankle support.  Its internal High Rebound EVA midsole provides superior cushioning, while the heel airbag design contributes additional heel cushioning.  Finally, the injected TPU heel clip provides extra stability and the non–marking, molded rubber with herringbone design provides multi–directional traction.

The Royal/White/Black and Black/Black/Silver colorways 
of the Master and Master 2.0 Mids.


Shout outs to Relzbach Ventures/AKT!V partners for the update on these new arrivals.  Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news (@and1ph) on shoe sightings, and please LIKE us on Facebook (facebook.com/and1ph) so that our posts appear on your newsfeeds.  Check out the new models for yourselves, And Juans!

The Backlash Low and Backlash Mid.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Final batch of AND1 footwear for 2013 Q3/Q4 has already arrived!

[Shoe News – 12.29.13] – Final batch of AND1 footwear for 2013 Q3/Q4 has already arrived!

Inks and Images: FLASH aka g_sk1lls

We wrap up 2013’s 3rd and 4th quarter AND1 footwear releases with the latest drops that are now out in most AKT!V stores and AND1 outlets (Toby’s, Olympic Village/Olympic World, SM Department Store) – new colorways for these previously released models: Empire 2.0 Mid, Game Changer Hi, and kid’s size Rocket 3.0 Mids.


Price point as follows:

Men’s
  • Empire 2.0 Mid = Php 5,295
    • RED/RED/BLACK



  • Game Changer High = Php 3,295
    • WHITE/RED/BLACK
    • BLACK/BLACK/SILVER 


Kids’
  • Rocket 3.0 Mid = Php 2,195
    • RED/RED/BLACK

Don’t forget to check out these three previously published AND1 Ph blog articles about the 2013 Q3/Q4 footwear releases. 
Thanks once more to Relzbach Ventures/AKT!V partners for keeping everyone abreast with the latest information on new arrivals and price points.  Check out the AND1 blog frequently for more updates.  Follow us on Twitter (@and1ph) and please LIKE us on Facebook (facebook.com/and1ph).  And that’s the 411, AND Juans!