Jan 25, 2017

BEST Center: Brings Out the Best in Kids through Sports

Getting your child into sports is vital to kids’ overall development. It does not only help them hone their athletic skills and build physical strength. More importantly, it also instils in them the value of self-discipline, camaraderie, teamwork, perseverance and above all, sportsmanship that leads them to become the best that they can be.

But aside from getting into sports, support from their parents, coaches as well as from school officials is equally important. With proper moral, emotional and financial support as well as time and guidance, kids become better athletes and individuals especially in dealing with both victory and defeat.

SBP National Champion Dela Salle Greenhills

This is adopted at the recently concluded SBP-Passerelle, the longest-running twin tournament in the country. Organized by multi-awarded and pioneer of basketball clinics in the country, BEST (Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training) Center, the twin tournament gives importance on the vital role of parents, coaches and school officials in shaping the kids to become better individuals.

Passerelle National Champion Adamson University

“At BEST Center, we encourage parents to be role models to their kids by imposing good behavior and promoting fair play and sportsmanship,” shared BEST Center founder and former national coach, Nicanor Jorge. “These values will serve as good foundation for the kids to learn from.”

BEST Center founder Nic Jorge with St. John’s Institute’s Dennis Coo

“Full support is vital especially if you want your kids to excel in their sport”, remarked proud father, Alexander Arabia who actively attends his son, Alejandro’s basketball clinic every weekend. “Simple acts such as driving them to practice, silently cheering them on at the sidelines and fetching them afterwards, parents can already get to know more about their kids and vice versa”


BEST Center’s Marilyn Jorge with De La Salle’s Bro. Felipe Belleza

For Yuan Pasumbal of International School of Better Beginnings (ISBB), his parents are not the only ones who fully support his passion. All of his three siblings are also present in every competition. “We never miss any game, wherever, whenever they may be”, shared his parents, Fredrick and Reinates Pasumbal.

Training together are Jeffrey Juanengo with son Jeffrey John 

Coaches also play an important role in child development. They are the kids’ role models and are responsible for their performance on the court as well as on how they behave off court.

Alexandre Arabia with son Alejandro

“Coaches serve as examples for the kids to follow”, quipped coach Ronie Gallo of Ferndale International School of Zamboanga City and whose son, Ronie Dale, is also one of the players of the team. “As both parent and coach, I never play favourites, emphasize the importance of fair play and teach them to accept the results of the game, whether win or lose.”

Vanni and Maricel Jugo  with their sons Camilo (left) and Javi who played for Dela Salle Greenhills’ SBP team and big brother Julian who played for Dela Salle’s Passerelle team

“Sports complement education,” remarked Bro. Felipe Belleza of De La Salle. “While studying sharpens their academic skills, playing sports helps build character. They do not only develop talent but also learn life skills which they can use throughout their lives, regardless of whatever profession or path they choose to take.”

Indeed, sports are more than just platforms where the kids can play and win. It also equips them with wisdom and experience that can help them withstand the adversaries of the future and therefore brings out the best in kids.

For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, call the hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065, email bestcentersports@gmail.com or follow its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc/66172039922.

Jan 12, 2017

Chocovron Review: Making Your Polvoron Dreams Possible

Who does not love polvoron? I presumed that most Filipinos find polvoron irresistible and at one point in time you tried making one at home in your own kitchen.

We all can agree that polvoron has been a staple to us Pinoys for hundreds of years now. First introduced by the ‘conquestadors’ during the Spanish invasion, from then on Filipinos have reinvented and tweaked the basic polvoron recipe (flour+milk+butter or margarine) into special homemade delicacies adding various ingredients to the basic mix and today Chocovron is making your every polvoron dreams come true.


Chocovron was born out of love for a truly Pinoy delicacy snack called polvoron by a husband and wife team Joey and Marissa back in 2003. What propelled them in innovating polvoron to a whole new level of taste experience is the challenge to make the ordinary polvoron into extraordinary thus they were the first to introduce the chocolate coated (covered) or chocovron polvoron.

From a humble beginning of selling among relatives and friends, now Chocovron produces thousands of packs daily and they are distributed not only locally but also in other places abroad where Pinoys are craving for deliciously and quality made polvoron snack. 

CHOCOVRON REVIEW: Things I love about Chocovron

  • Quality made in a clean and world-class food processing facility that adheres to strict standards in food production. Gone are the days of guessing if the polvoron that I am eating was made with hygiene in mind, I for one would not know if what I am buying (from unknown sources) are clean and properly prepared so it is best to be safe than sorry. Good thing there is chocovron polvoron in the market which for a fact is manufactured utilizing the best techniques in processing, preparing and handling of each polvoron piece. Now I can indulge freely without fearing for my health.
  • Chocovron provides me with wide choice of flavors that amazes me. Talk about the flavors of rainbow and chocovron polvoron has more to offer than the usual variety.
  • Chocovron polvoron is each made using the finest ingredients that bring out the outstanding taste. Not only that chocovron polvoron is quality made it also incorporates the best ingredients from good quality flour, milk, local fruits and veggies. This ensures me that I get my money worth and my taste buds happy.
  • Chocovron is available in major stores and supermarkets. No need to order online- it used to be that way. But now I could easily buy my chocovron polvoron at SM Supermarkets. Yes!

Chocovron Polvoron Flavors/ Varieties:

CHOCOVRON are chocolate coated polvorons with lots of interesting flavor varieties. I personally love the dark choco one- it’s not sweet and not too bitter too- I can easily taste the delectable quality (semi-dark) chocolate coating which is just perfect to compliment the powder polvoron inside.

(FLAVORS: dark chocolate coated with pinipig, premium cookies and cream, graham pinipig, pinipig crisped rice, ube pinipig, strawberry pinipig, pandan pinipig, melon pinipig and durian pinipig.)

MANILA polvoron highlights the classic and traditional flavors. I am in love with the polvoron with mango bits and tried the ampalaya polvoron which is surprisingly not so bitter- I could not even tell if I am having bitter gourd in my mouth…simply yummy!

(FLAVORS: squash with pinipig, classic, ampalaya with pinipig, malunggay with pinipig, cashew, pinipig, cookies and cream, and assorted.)

VEGGIEVRON and NUTRIVRON offer nutritious polvoron varieties that feature local vegetables and fruits. 

(FLAVORS: (veggievron- pinipig ampalaya, pinipig squash, pinipig malunggay|nutrivron- polvoron with mango bits, ampalaya polvoron, polvoron with pineapple bits, malunggay polvoron and coco cream hearts.)

RITE SNACK comes in barqueron (barquillos-yes!) choco covered stick. It offers various fillings and my favorite is the ube polvoron barqueron. It really highlights the sweet yummy purple yam flavor.

(FLAVORS: ube, melon, strawberry, classic, buko pandan and assorted.)

Where can I buy Chocovron Polvoron?

Aside from SM Supermarkets you could easily grab a box of chocovorn polovoron on these stores/outlets: Walter Mart, Mercury Drug, South Star Drug, Snack Exchange, SM Savemore, SM Hypermart, Gourdo’s, Market Market, Gaisano Grand Malls, Family Mart, Fisher Mall, Duty Free Philippines, NAIA, Foodsource, All Day Convenience Store, Ayala Center Cebu, EchoStore, Atin Ito Handicrafts, Lawson, Islands, LCC Malls, KCC, Organico Gourmet, NCC Mall Davao, Profood Gallery, Pandayan Bookshop and Vander Camiguin. 

My Personal Chocovron Experience:

I am amazed to find out that there are so many choices of flavors and some really surprised me like the Malunggay, Ube, Durian, Melon and Ampalaya. Yes, you are reading this right there is an ampalaya polvoron flavor and I guess only chocovron has unique but truly Filipino polvoron flavors. 

I personally loved the mango polvoron- it is very tasty and I could even munch on the tiny mango bits. The choco coated strawberry polvoron tasted yummy too. I love how the chocolate coating blended well with the flavored powder filling. 

The classic pinipig polvoron is also a winner- it brings back childhood memories of my polvoron making days. Now, I don’t need to make a mess in the kitchen. I could easily grab a box of chocovron polvoron from the supermarket.

I dared tried the ampalaya polvoron for curiosity’s sake and surprisingly it was not that bitter (I don’t like eating ampalaya). I could not even tell I am eating ampalaya polvoron and I even asked the kids to eat it without me telling them what flavor it is..haha.

Overall, chocovron polvoron is by far the best way to enjoy this Pinoy delicacy snack. It is quality made, hygienically prepared, has many interesting flavors, conveniently available and great for pasalubongs too.

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