By Jack Biantan
THE newest professional basketball league in town, the Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup has found a new partner to help promote their league and give jobs to basketball workers in Visayas and Mindanao.
Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup COO Rocky Chan recently announced that Molders of Defined Champions (MDC) Sports Inc., a sports promotion company based in Quezon City has agreed to help them fulfill their plans.
MDC Sports Inc. Chief Marketing and Finance Officer Nico Clemente signed the contract to help the upstart PVM Super Cup which was witnessed online by league ambassador Dondon Hontiveros.
“We are very happy that MDC Sports Inc. through Nico Clemente did not take too long to approve our request to help us promote our league,’’ Chan said.
He added that it took two days for the request to get approval from the president and CEO of the company Maricel Diaz Clemente.
“The Vis-Min Super League is here to help players who are out of work because of the COVID 19 pandemic. We are thankful that we now have a partner to make this dream a reality,’’ Chan said.
Clemente said MDC Sports Inc. is involved in promoting sports events particularly 3x3 and 5x5 basketball.
“We have 3x3 and 5x5 basketball tournaments all over the country and we also have our brand of basketballs,’’ he added.
As support for the league, MDC will provide the league with their own basketball, making MDC Basketball as the official ball of the league.
MDC founder Maricel D. Clemente grew up in Roxas City. She graduated at the University of Sto. Thomas and worked in a bank for 13 and half years. She is into sports and has encouraged her five children to engage in sports as well and to live an overall healthy lifestyle, according to her son Nico.
Nico added that her mom started MDC Sports Inc., because she believes there are a lot of young people outside Metro Manila that have so much potential but have limited opportunities to show their talents and compete.
“My mom observed this while she was young in Roxas City while watching young people play basketball. The young have minimal opportunities but have so much potential,” he said.
Maricel D. Clemente’s love for sports have rubbed into his children particularly Nico who was also a Judo Varsity player in Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his studies in Ateneo with a degree in Communications Technology Management.
He has represented Ateneo in Judo during his high school and college years in the UAAP and various local and international competitions. Now he works full-time as a financial analyst in a power company and at the same time with MDC Sports Inc.
“I am very passionate towards sports and MDC Sports Inc., It is for me the perfect way to share the passion,’’ he said. JB
Nico Clemente, MDC Sports Inc. Chief Marketing and Finance Officer
By Jack Biantan
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The governing body of professional sports in the country, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), has finally given its blessing to the newest professional basketball league, the Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup.
GAB chairman Baham Mitra officially announced during the online press conference of the league that they have granted the request of the Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup to turn professional thus making history as the only professional league outside Metro Manila.
Mitra said that after a long wait, the dream of having a professional basketball league for Visayas and Mindanao has come true.
He added that the passage of GAB resolution 2021-01 paved the way for the approval of the accreditation of the league and making GAB as the government agency that will supervise and regulate the league.
“I commend the people behind the Super Cup and congratulate them for pushing through with this league despite the threat from the COVID 19 pandemic. It took days and weeks working on the protocols and we commend and thank them for their fighting spirit,” he said.
He assured the organisers of their full support provided that the league will follow health protocols.
GAB commissioner Eduard Trinidad supported Mitra’s statements and hoped that this league will help basketball players from Visayas and Mindanao on their journey to fulfil their dreams of playing in bigger leagues like the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Mitra also reminded the players, officials and everyone involved in the Super Cup of their responsibilities.
Games and Amusement Board Chairman Abraham Mitra.
Meanwhile, Super Cup Cup Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rocky Chua announced that more teams are joining the startup league with XUR Homes Realty/Eastern Samar of team owner Jojo Gio Baquilod confirming their participation.
Cebu City Councilor and Vis-Min Super Cup ambassador Dondon Hontiveros assured Cebuano basketball fans that there will be a team from Cebu City in the Visayas Conference.
“We will announce the team soon. Let’s just wait as negotiations for the sponsors are still on going,’’ said the ‘Cebuano Hotshot’.
Chua further revealed that they are expecting at least seven teams each from Visayas and Mindanao which will compete in the inaugural tournament slated to start on April 9 in Cebu City.
So far, four teams from Mindanao, all from the Zamboanga peninsula, have signed up.
These are Zamboanga City of Mayor Beng Climaco; Pagadian Explorers of Mayor Samuel Co and Rene “Dodong” Pamaran; and the two Zamboanga del Norte teams Sindangan of Sonny Diaz and President Manuel A. Roxas of Mayor Jan Hendrick Vallece. JB
Vis-Min Super Cup COO Rocky Chan.
Meanwhile, ARQ Builders Lapulapu City Heroes is also excited to join the league.
By Jack Biantan
THE dream of the top three young footballers from Cagayan de Oro to someday play for the National Football Team, the Azkals, is starting to become a reality.
The Alphaland Corporation and Stream Mobile backed ADTFC of long time Azkals backer Dan Palami and head British coach Scott Copper will compete in the Philippine Football League (PFL) bubble mini tournament which will kickoff on Sunday, October 25, at the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.
“I feel good. I feel blessed to be part of this squad. I am ready for this season and I think we have a really strong team. This team is to develop players to be future Azkals,’’ Limbo said.
The son of Darlene and Jun Limbo studied in the United Kingdom and just finished his business and sports education at Sunderland University, England.
The 21-year-old member of the Philippine National U22 team in the Southeast Asian Games in Manila last year arrived from England last July and is ready for the first match against Mendiola FC together with the rest of the ADT players.
The match is set at 9 a.m. and will be streamed live on the internet just like the other remaining matches.
On the other hand, 19-year-old Jethro Borlongan just finished his Senior High School in La Salle and is supposed to play for the University of the Philippines but has opted to sign up for the ADT to follow his dream of playing professional football and for the Azkals.
Jethro is the son of Marjo and Greg Borlongan. His elder brother JB studied at UP and played for the National U22 team in the SEAGames last December. He is now back in the city and concentrated in running his own business.
“We are doing well. After our COVID tests we were isolated for five days and now we are doing our best to prepare. We will be ready for Sunday,''said Borlongan.
Carlon Dorin, the product of Montecarlo FC grassroots program, is also very happy to play football on the professional level.
“I am so excited because I really want to play against professionals. Now that I am here I am so happy,’’ he said.
He also wants to inspire the young footballers in the city and advised them to work hard and motivate themselves so that they can reach their aim to become professionals someday.
Aside from the trio from the city who will play in the midfield for ADT, the PFF has also named 17 other young footballers to the team.
They are midfielders, Mat Ocampo, Marvin Angeles, Christian Rontini, Yrick Gallantes, Jerome Marzan. Defenders are Dean Ebarle, Janherc Fritzrigoli, Simen Lyngbo, Mar Vincent Diano, Jan Vincent Quintana, Jarvey Gayoso, Matthew Custodio, and Kainda Bailey while strikers are Uzoka Kennedy, and Marcel Ivan Ouano. Completing the team are goalkeepers Quincy Julian Kammeraad, and Anton Yared.
Four other clubs will also debut on Sunday in the single round robin competition.
LBC/Fitness First sponsored Kaya FC will play against Giligan’s Restaurant and Pi Tracer backed Stallion Laguna FC at 4:30 p.m. while former Ceres FC-Negros now known as United City FC will play in the main game against the debuting Philam Life sponsored Maharlika Manila FC at 8:00 p.m.
UCFC is backed by Manila Regenerative Center and Midas Magnesium. ([email protected])
CDO TRIO. (L-R) Jethro Borlongan, Troy Limbo and Carlo Dorin get ready for the Philippine Football League (PFL) Qatar Airways backed Bubble mini tournament which kicks off Sunday Oct. 25, at the PFF Training Center football field in Carmona, Cavite.
Filipina tennis prodigy and Globe Ambassador Alex Eala is seeded number 2 in the junior girls’ tournament of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Eala, who is returning to the Grand Slam events after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the US Open and Wimbledon Juniors Tournaments this year, is currently ranked 4th in the world juniors’ rankings, the highest ever so far by any Filipino tennis player. She is also the highest ranked tennis player in Southeast Asia.
She will be returning to the clay courts of Roland Garros after making her debut in the grand slam event in 2018.
The 15-year-old Eala made history when she became the first Filipina to win a grand slam event after she captured the 2020 Australian Open juniors’ double events with partner Priska Nugroho of Indonesia in January this year.
Eala is the first Filipino to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament since Jeson Patrombon in 1991. She is also the youngest among the top 50 junior netters in the world. From her #247 rank in 2018, Eala rose to 13th after posting impressive runs in 2019. By early this year, Eala rose to fifth. Due to the impact of the pandemic, Eala’s bid to bring more honor and fame for the country has been delayed.
Eala is currently-based in Mallorca, Spain where she is a scholar of the Rafa Nadal Academy. She has been a Globe Ambassador since 2013. Globe, however, has been supporting Eala’s pursuit of tennis greatness since she was eight years old.
The 2020 French Open Juniors tournament will be held from October 4-10.
Photo: Eyes on the ball--Alex Eala is the number 2 seed in the 2020 French Open Juniors' Grand Slam Tournament. Photo courtesy of Rafa Nadal Academy.
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