“Legend for a Cause” Press Release

1 June 2024

Philippine Basketball Legend, Jerry Codinera, Touches Down in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: A Legendary Visit for a Cause and for Empowerment of Local Fil-Am Superstars Through Exclusive Events


Dallas, Texas – The Filipino American community and basketball enthusiasts in DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth), Texas are in for a momentous occasion as organizer, Company 316 CEO, Eric Napule in partnership with the Pamana Foundation through Jade Paule, presents PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) Legend, Jerry Codiñera, nicknamed the “Defense Minister” of Philippine basketball, in an exclusive visit.

Codinera earned the nickname “Defense Minister” for his defensive skills on the court.

This visit marks a significant event as Codiñera, a renowned coach and former professional basketball player, engages with fans and aspiring athletes through a series of special events aimed at raising funds of which the recipient is the Pamana Foundation, that provides scholarships to deserving students in the Philippines.

Event Highlights:

Meet and Greet with Jerry Codinera:

Date: May 31, 2024

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Venue: Kabayan Filipino Store & Cafe, 2305 S State Highway 121, Lewisville, TX 75067. Tel. 972-798-3030

We are thrilled to share the amazing success of the recent meet and greet event with the Filipino basketball legend, Coach Jerry Codiñera! The event was a slam dunk, with fans from all over coming together to celebrate and connect with one of the most iconic figures in Philippine basketball history.

The atmosphere was electric as Coach Codiñera shared stories from his illustrious career and took countless photos with enthusiastic fans. It was truly a day to remember, filled with inspiration, camaraderie, and the shared love of the game.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and made this event so special. Your support and passion for basketball are what make these moments possible.

Everyone enjoyed the excitement together with delicious food, and Acoustic entertainment by members of the Flip District.

Photos from the gallery is by Pahulagway by Marlix Photography.

Basketball Coaching Clinic

Date: June 1, 2024

Time: First session 8:30 am, Second session 11:30 am

Venue: Frederick P. Herring Parks & Recreation Center

191 Civic Cir., Lewisville, TX 75067

There was a basketball clinic for young athletes, focusing on skills development, teamwork, and the fundamentals of the game. This clinic was designed to inspire and nurture the next generation of basketball players, providing them with invaluable insights and techniques from one of the sport’s greatest defenders.

Spectators were welcomed for free.

Basketball Exhibition Game

Date: June 2, 2024

Time: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue: Same location as the June 1st event

Basketball Exhibition games and 3-Pt Shootout!

$50 per participant and includes a souvenir shirt. Limited spectators are welcome for free.

As one of the marquee events of the three-day series, an exciting basketball exhibition game will take center stage. This highly anticipated match will feature Jerry Codiñera and a selection of local basketball talents, promising an exhilarating showcase of skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Fans will witness Codiñera’s legendary defensive prowess, and his signature 18-foot jump shot up close. The exhibition game aims to promote camaraderie and highlight the unifying power of sports, bringing together the community in support of a noble cause.

Please join the “Defense Minister” Jerry Codinera, Eric Napule, Jade Macariola Paule, Joel Anonuevo, Don Guaves, Jet Carreon and the many sponsors, donors, vendors, basketball enthusiasts for the June 2 event!

Quote from Eric Napule:

“This tribute is a way for us to celebrate the legacy of the ‘Defense Minister’ and give his fans a platform to relive some of the most iconic moments in basketball history,” said Company 316’s CEO and the ‘Legend for a Cause’ event organizer, Eric Napule. “His contributions to the sport go beyond just his on-court skills; he has inspired countless young athletes to strive for excellence in defense and sportsmanship.”

And from the Legend himself, Jerry Codinera:

“I am excited to connect with the Filipino community in Texas and share my experiences with young athletes. Education has always been close to my heart, and I am honored to support initiatives that provide opportunities for students in the Philippines,” said Codiñera. “Basketball has given me so much, and I look forward to giving back by inspiring and mentoring the next generation of players.”

Join us in welcoming Jerry Codiñera to Texas and be part of this remarkable event series. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of young people through education and sports.

Don’t miss this chance to meet a true basketball legend and support a great cause!

Event Information:

Eric Napule 2145357910

Jade Paule (469) 358-4159

Joel Anonuevo (214) 708-4338

Don Guaves +1 (972) 898-6872

Jet Carreon +1 (972) 896-0566

 About Pamana:
Pamana, meaning inheritance or legacy in Tagalog, is known to many. The organization offers vital educational support through scholarships, ensuring children from disadvantaged Philippine families receive quality education and necessary resources for success.
Beyond education, Pamana also provides humanitarian aid, addressing needs like food, healthcare, and housing with projects such as the Noche Buena Project, Back to School Project, relief for calamity victims, local volunteer work, and various fundraising events, including “Legend for a Cause.”
Pamana’s mission is to elevate the most vulnerable, aiming to create a brighter, enduring legacy for future generations.
As the Pamana officer (on Ways and Means) Jade Macariola Paule says, “Pamana, which means inheritance or legacy, is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to its community by providing educational assistance and humanitarian support to underprivileged families in the Philippines.”
Written by:

Susan Ordona, Social Media Publicist



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