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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Playground Manila 2014–a 2 day event about street 3on3 basketball, food fest and music (May 24-25) at Metrowalk

If you are looking for a place to hang out this weekend, then check the event The Playground Manila 2014, the venue at Metrowalk in Pasig City is a big playground for everyone, the event will host a 3 on 3 street basketball tournament, food galore offered by food bazaar regulars and food trucks, activity booths for kids and teens, ready to wear stuff on sale and DJ music zipping the deck,

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THE PLAYGROUND, a project of Masterminds Asia Comm Inc., is a lifestyle showcase that centers on street basketball and the hip-hop culture attached to it.
This event is more than just a basketball tournament. It is not merely an expo. This is a celebration of a game loved by Filipinos and the urbanity they have learned to embrace through it.
Basketball is a game that has become sacred to us, Pinoys. In almost every corner of our country, you will find a basketball court. It doesn’t even have to be a full-sized, legitimate one. Sometimes, they just improvise with whatever they have that could resemble a hoop. They hang it up somewhere, and voila! They have a court.

That is what we celebrate in this event. That passion. That love for the game. That way of life. Because for most ballers, recreational or professional, it all started in The Playground.
On May 24 – 25, 2014 (Saturday to Sunday), The Playground Manila will open its doors at the Metrotent Grounds, Metrowalk, Pasig City.

One of the main attractions will be the 3-on-3 streetball tournament that will be played in an 18 & under division and an open division (no age or height restriction). Aside from these, there will also be an invite-only VIP division. In this category, celebrities and select personalities will get to showcase their hoop skills.

However, The Playground extends to the lifestyle off the court. While the games are played outside, there will be an indoor urban bazaar that will feature the top brands in the street wear scene. Offering special deals at the event will be brands like Sole Academy, Empire, Top Socks, Clat Rat, OBBO Socks, Yurburds, Squeak Clothing, and more. Loads of items will be raffled out by these brands throughout the 2-day affair.

Also inside the tent will be a pop-up tattoo parlor that will be providing skin art services at special rates.
Food trucks and concessionaires will also be present at the venue to provide refreshments. Taking care of your appetite will be Jamba Juice, Fruits in Ice Cream, Big Bite, Cheese Steak Shop, Truck Bun, I Have Two Eggs, Chef Broosy, and Chuck’s Grub. Since the theme is ‘street’, it only feels right to have wheeled food stalls around.

And as we’ve come to learn, it is practically impossible to remove music from basketball and its customs. So DJs from Beat Project Manila will be on deck to serve the freshest hip-hop beats. Plus, be on the lookout as surprise DJs will also be taking stage at the event.
Summing it all up, The Playground Manila is composed of four elements: street hoops, kicks (and then some), beats, and grub.

This celebration possible is made possible by major sponsors: Li-Ning, 9Five, Jason Markk, and Sneak

Also powering the event are minor sponsors: Neff, Greyone Social, P&P Tattoo, Brick & Mortar, Stance, Toby’s, and Spenco.

Official media partners are SLAM Philippines, Clavel, Chalk Magazine, Balls Channel, and ABS-CBN Sports+Action.

Special thanks go out to Outback Steakhouse Acropolis, the official food sponsor; 360 Fitness Club, the official fitness partner; Metrotent, the official venue partner; and Gatorade, who fuels The Playground Manila.

People come together for basketball. People gather for a bazaar. Music festivals pack a field with thousands of people. And food? Well, wherever there’s food, there’s people.
But we’ve never really all come together for all of those. Not until now.

Welcome to The Playground Manila.

Registration is on-going for The Playground 3-on-3. Teams can do online registration (through bank deposit) until Friday, May 23. Or they can opt for the on-site registration on May 24, Saturday at the Metrotent Grounds.

For requirements and instructions, visit to www.theplaygroundph.com

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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