Battle Force Manila
( - December 11, 2017 - 9:02am

MANILA, Philippines — While many have cast their sights on the UAAP Cheer Dance Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena two weekends ago, the NBA’s official outfitter threw the biggest party for hoops junkies.

To celebrate Air Force 1’s 35th year anniversary, Nike mounted the Battle Force Manila” at the Titan Love Court on Dec. 2, 2017.

Showcasing basketball culture through its myriad layers, Battle Force featured a free-for-all basketball mini-tournament, a rap-showcase, a dance-off battle, a dunk-off between high-flying amateur prospects, all-access to the country’s top hooping stars and full customization of the shoe.

Also making an appearance in the festivities are the ultra-rare editions of the iconic sneaker—The Roc-a-Fella, Acronym, and the Travis Scott versions.

Relive the hooping conclave through this gallery:

    A pick-up game between media practitioners kicked off things. | Contributed Photo
    An aerial view of the Battle Force participants at the Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City.  | Contributed Photo
    The basketball concept shop also gave away free haircuts for Air Force 1 wearers. | Contributed Photo
    A pick-up game between media practitioners kicked off things. | Contributed Photo
    A live performance art featuring street artists happened on the fringes of the court. | Contributed Photo
    Battle? Dance battle! The event pit solo acts against each other during the intermission.  | Contributed Photo
    An aerial shot of the dance-off.  | Contributed Photo
    The brand, which is now the NBA's official outfitter, also gave away free threads.  | Contributed Photo
    NLEX Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena gifts an attendee fresh pair of AF-1s. | Contributed Photo
    Also starring the event were the ultra-rare pairs AF-1 Roc-a-Fella, AF-1 Travis Scott and the AF-1 Acronym. | Contributed Photo
    Phoenix's Jeff Chan showed the youngsters how long-distance shooting is done. | Contributed Photo
    Jess Connelly performing during one of the many lulls. | Contributed Photo
    Rap-battle superstars Loonie (left) and Abra, were there, too. | Contributed Photo
    Ateneo Blue Eaglets behemoth Kai Sotto taking a photo with fans. | Contributed Photo
    David Carlos' winning dunk—over three Battle Force participants. | Contributed Photo
    Bespoke pairs were put together at the Titan Fort branch. | Contributed Photo
    Loonie and Abra join Magnolia's Marc Pingris for a snap. | Contributed Photo
    Grand-Slam champion cager and multi-time MVP James Yap of Rain or Shine. | Contributed Photo
    Alaska rookie and former De La Salle University superstar Jeron Teng. | Contributed Photo
    Barangay Ginebra's Scottie Thompson, (left) San Miguel's Marcio Lassiter (middle with cap) and TNT's RR Garcia were also in the festivities. | Contributed Photo
    The final match of the night. Participants were belssed with full-on Battle Force gear and the LeBron 15s. | Contributed Photo

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G-Force - Members: Marky Mercado, Fran Asuncion, Jay Sacluti, Tim Cu, Nino Atilano, and Nikko Montelibano
Yo Gang - Members: James Kevin Asis, Raymart Caraan, and Jayson Jullanda
The Empire - Members: Melvin Calayag, Melvin De Guzman, Zhey Estolano, Angelito Delos Reyes, and Justin David
IV. DUNK CONTEST: Winner - David Carlos

V. 3 POINT SHOOTOUT: Winner - Bobby G.
PERFORMERS: Jess Connelly, Mike Swift, DJ Nix Damn P!, Abra & Loonie, Matt X AC.
LIVE ART: personally painted by Auggie Fontanilla and Darling Kink on the spot

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