By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
STO. DOMINGO, Ilocos Sur – Legends of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) once again demonstrated their hard-court power as they graced recently the formal opening of this year’s Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson’s Cup at the People’s Coliseum here.
The visiting seasoned players that include Marlou Aquino, Allan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, Bobby Jose, Nelson Asaytono, Noli Locsin, Gerry Esplana, and Alvin Patrimonio thrilled and inspired the local sports enthusiasts as they displayed their brand of basketball during an exhibition match recently against the Team Ilocos Sur which is composed of provincial officials and reinforced by selected players coming from the different towns of the province.
According to Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, the visit and participation of the PBA icons once again inspired the local residents, particularly the youth, to sustain and boost the provincial government’s sports development program.
The Ilocos Sur Governor’s Cup Basketball League, which started in 2013, is one of the consistent sports development programs of Singson that taps the active participation of the youth sector, at the same time, a venue where local players can be trained to represent the province in the various national and international competitions.
Singson likewise expressed his gratitude to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Director Julie Manahan and Bureau of Customs Subic District port collector Carmelia Talusan for their support in bringing the PBA legends to Ilocos Sur.
“I also thank all of you who are always supporting the provincial government programs. We can always achieve our goals because of your cooperation,” Singson said.
For his part, PBA four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio urged the local players to continuously enhance their basketball skills to be able to qualify in the PBA league.
Kenneth Duremdes encouraged the young players to be persistent and not to be discouraged by the hardships of becoming a successful basketball player.
“We are again here to support the sports program of Governor Singson and the youth – you are starting here, all of us have started from this kind of tournament,” added Duremdes.
In this year’s tournament, at least 25 teams coming from the first and second districts of the province will be competing.
These include the teams coming from the municipalities of Bantay, Cabugao, Caoayan, Magsingal, San Ildefonso, San Juan, San Vicente, Sta. Catalina, Sto. Domingo, Sinait, Vigan, Banayoyo, Burgos, Candon, Galimuyod, Gregorio Del Pilar, Lidlidda, Nagbukel, Narvacan, San Emilio, San Esteban, Santa, Sta. Cruz, Sigay, and Tagudin. (JNPD/FGL/PIA- 1)