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BlazerDancers Visit Philippines For NBA Madness

NBA Madness is a free fan event featuring basketball clinics and games, including the Clyde Drexler Challenge, in which fans can competed against the NBA legend for prizes. Drexler gave fans a unique insider perspective as he provided live commentary at viewing parties showing some of the NBA’s greatest games. The event also featured dance team performances, Asia Miles dance clinics, autograph sessions, and a video game corner featuring the newest NBA video game, NBA 2K12.

In addition to the mall events, the first-ever NBA Madness Team Spirit School Tour brought the BlazerDancers to five schools in Manila to conduct free dance clinics for campus dance teams.

As part of NBA Cares, the NBA and the SM Foundation also partnered to conduct a Read To Achieve read and play session for 100 underprivileged kids from all over Metro Manila.


BlazerDancers Q&A Recap of Trip To Manila





Stephanie

What were your general thoughts of the entire trip and the Filipino culture?
"I absolutely loved our trip and the opportunity to experience the Filipino culture! In terms of our trip for the NBA Madness event, I really felt taken care of by all liaisons that worked with us. Everyone was so welcoming, generous and thoughtful. This was very much appreciated, and made our trip run very smooth while being fun too! It was awesome to take in everything the country had to offer including hospitality, great food and beautiful scenery. "

What was your most memorable moment from the trip?
"My favorite moment on our trip was when we danced at our first school visit. As soon as we stepped foot into the gym at St. Dominic’s College of Asia, we were immediately greeted by cheering, clapping and screaming. I felt like I was at a Blazer playoff game with the amount of noise in that room! The crowd really pumped us all up, inspiring our performance to be even better! I will never forget the warm welcome all the fans in the Philippines gave us, but most especially at our school visits."

What advice would you give to all of the Filipino Cheer/Dance Teams you worked with?
"Being a part of the Cheer/Dance Competition during NBA Madness was such a huge bonus to our trip. Every team that competed, performed with great energy and passion. One piece of advice would be to always continue to love what you do. If performing and dancing is in your heart, continue to keep it part of your life. Always push yourself to be better and never let anything get in the way of your personal, and team goals!"

What did you learn or what were you most surprised by?
"Oh my goodness, I'd have to say I was most surprised by the Filipino way of driving. Their culture is completely different than in the USA! It was crazy to watch our van driver's mad skill as he literally weaved and maneuvered through crazy traffic on the roads. Filipinos know how to take action!"



Michelle

What were your general thoughts of the entire trip and the Filipino culture?
"The entire trip was AMAZING, surreal and overall life changing! The Filipino culture was so welcoming, appreciative, tentative and of course major basketball fans."

What was your most memorable moment from the trip?
"The moment we entered our first school visit will never be forgotten. The students were WILD and so fun. We had a standing ovation just for stepping foot into the school gym. The feeling I had at that very moment, along with being able to witness how much happiness the NBA and basketball in general brings to Manila was unbelievable."

What advice would you give to all of the Filipino Cheer/Dance Teams you worked with?
"My advice to all the Cheer/Dance teams is just to continue doing what you love and keep working that fun, sassy attitude . These Cheer/Dance teams were all amazing and so much fun to watch. The personality these dancers brought to their routines made the entire experience priceless."

What did you learn or what were you most surprised by?
"I was most surprised with the genuine love and knowledge of the NBA in the Philippines. I know Portland has the best fans in the NBA, but I have to say the people of Manila are right there with us. I mean these people set their alarm clocks for 3:00 am just to catch a game!!! That is a true fan."



Rea

What were your general thoughts of the entire trip and the Filipino culture?
"It was a once in a lifetime experience! I was blown away by the warm welcome and hospitality that we received when we arrived and during every visit we had."

What was your most memorable moment from the trip?
"Our NBA Cares event where we read to kids and gave away books. I'm a huge reader myself and the opportunity to share something I love with kids in the Philippines while encouraging them to continue their educations was unforgettable."

What advice would you give to all of the Filipino Cheer/Dance Teams you worked with?
"Keep working to be the best you can be! It can take you amazing places...thats how I made it to the Philippines to meet you :) "

What did you learn or what were you most surprised by?
"I learned we have huge NBA and Blazer fans in the Philippines, I had no idea and LOVE IT!!! Some of the best fans in the world...literally!"



Kimberly

What were your general thoughts of the entire trip and the Filipino culture?
"I have a feeling my response to this will be very similar to the other girls' responses because the answer is so obvious. Our trip could not have been more amazing and it was such an incredible opportunity for our team. We all felt so welcome in Manila. The Filipino culture is one of the friendliest, most open and hospitable cultures I've had the privilege to connect with, and I hope to return to the Philippines as a tourist in the near future!"

What was your most memorable moment from the trip?
"I will never forget performing at the school assemblies. They were the loudest and most excited crowds I've ever seen, and I must say that our performances for the students are the most fun I have ever done. Getting the privilege to watch the cheer teams' routines and seeing how much they loved to perform added so much to the experience."

What advice would you give to all of the Filipino Cheer/Dance Teams you worked with?
"Keep it up!! I can see the love you have for dance and for performing. The natural rhythm you all have is incredible! There can be times when you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that comes with being on a team, but try to think of those times as reminders that you have to work hard for what you want. All that hard work pays off in many different aspects of your life, and can make you appreciate the opportunity to be a part of that team because you have earned your spot!"

What did you learn or what were you most surprised by?
"I was most surprised by the fact that there are so many Filipinos that are even bigger basketball fanatics than many people here in the states! This trip helped me to realize how global the NBA really is and what amazing things they are doing for countries all over the world."

Video: BlazerDancers "Hot Stuff" Routine




The BlazerDancers perform their routine, "Hot Stuff," during an event at NBA Madness in Manila. Click here for more videos from the BlazerDancers trip to Manila



Blog: Clyde Drexler Challenge Takes Manila By Storm




Former Trail Blazer and NBA Legend Clyde “The Glide” Drexler left his mark on the city of Manila in the Philippines last week. The 10-time all-star represented the league during the NBA Madness Philippines 2011. Joined by the BlazerDancers and the Orlando Magic Dancers, he shared enthusiasm for the sport during the weeklong festivities.

From the Team Spirit Festival and the Coors Light Pop-A-Shot Challenge to the NBA Cares Read to Achieve event and finally the Clyde Drexler Challenge, the NBA ambassador is thrilled with his experience in the Philippines. Having traveled to multiple countries as a representative of the NBA in a similar capacity, Drexler’s shock at the fans in Manila was nothing short of overwhelming.

“Getting the chance to experience a new culture here in Manila, my first time here in the Philippines, and experiencing and sharing the love of basketball with new fans and I’m impressed by how much they do know and how much they love the game,” Drexler said of his time in Manila. “They absolutely love basketball. They know more about it than probably we do. They know all the history and the facts from way back in the days.” read more ...


Video: BlazerDancers Interview In Manila




The BlazerDancers take time out to answer a few questions during their NBA Madness in Manila trip. Click here for more videos from the BlazerDancers trip to Manilla



Photo Gallery: BlazerDancers In Manila



Browse photos of the BlazerDancers with Clyde Drexler and fans taken during the NBA Madness trip to Manila


Video: Just Casey Interview with BlazerDancers before trip to Philippines




Performance Teams Manager Michelle Woodard and BlazerDancers Rea and Stephanie stop by the Just Casey show to discuss their upcoming trip to The Philippines. Click here for more videos from the BlazerDancers trip to Manila.

News: BlazerDancers Headline NBA Madness In Manila


The BlazerDancers have traveled across the Pacific Ocean to take part in NBA Madness in Manila, Philippines. Beginning today, the team will meet with fans and perform at numerous events promoting the NBA throughout the region until Oct. 2.

Former Trail Blazer and NBA Legend Clyde Drexler is also attending NBA Madness in Manila and will participate at the events with the BlazerDancers.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the NBA Madness program," said Trail Blazers Performance Teams Manager and former BlazerDancer Michelle Woodard. "Having Clyde there will create an even stronger Trail Blazers presence and we're eager to work with him."
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