Manila, Philippines, 17 August 2012 – Following the great turnout from last year’s inaugural event, slots for this year’s NBA 3X Philippines 2012 presented by the sprite filled up within two weeks of the start of team registration. Once again, the stage was set for another exciting tournament.
The NBA player Brook Lopez , dancers and mascot arrived in town and took some time out of their schedule to attend the Opening Ceremony at the SM Mall of Asia to officially kick off the event and meet with excited fans. Matches commenced at 4pm and ran through to 8pm, giving spectators and players just a taste of what is to come for the next two basketball-and-entertainment-filled days.
Brook Lopez, who recently re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets, will make appearance throughout the weekend as well as interact with fans during the three-day event. Additionally, the 2009 All-Rookie First Team selectee is looking forward to conducting basketball clinics and partaking in community events around Manila. The Charlotte LadyCats dancers and Stuff the Magic Dragon even managed to squeeze in a city tour around Manila and get some shopping done.
The weekend will feature an authentic NBA half-time show featuring performances by the Charlotte LadyCats dancers and Orlando Magic mascot, Stuff the Magic Dragon, as well as NBA merchandise giveaways and live music to keep fans entertained. Entry to watch the tournament and soak in the festivities is free of charge.
This year, Asia’s up-and-coming girl pop group Blush will also be giving a special performance on the final day. Blush are the only singers to date, from Asia, to have their two singles hit #3 (Undivided feat. Snoop Dogg) and #1 (Dance On) on a major US Billboard Chart. The five members hail from the Philippines, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan.
A highlight of the tournament includes a celebrity division featuring local star like Fabio Ide (Brazilian-Japanese model and TV personality), Marco Alcaraz (actor-model), Jon Hall (actor and former Survivor Philippines contestant) and Ervic Vijandre (actor-model and former Survivor Philippines contestant) to name a few that fans should come and check out. There will also be a Special Olympic clinic August 19 at 10 a.m.) Where the NBA talents will spend the morning interacting with the kids and teaching them some basketball fun.
There is still a chance for basketball aficionados, mall goers and those who did not get register for NBA 3X to still be part of the action. They can come down and participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contact and Sprite Skills Challenge on the weekend or the KFC 3pt Bucket, and win cool prizes from the NBA Registration will be on site. There is also an exclusive NBA Corner set up to showcase the latest and hottest official NBA merchandise available in the Philippines.
Fans should also check out the numerous activities at the event like the Sprite booth where fans will have a chance to get cool premiums and photo opportunities, or KFC’s, where some grest deals on their tasty bucket meals will be offered. Take a break from the action and be sure to check out the Kit Kat 100-points Best Break Contest and Monster Cable Dance Contest as well. So basketball enthusiasts and Filipinos alike, don’t miss out on this a year action-packed event and come on down to the SM Mall of Asia to soak in all of the festivities this weekend.