Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League fires away on ABS-CBN S+A

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), the league for every Filipino, fires off its inaugural season ‪this Thursday (January 25) with a grand opening ceremony and opening game between the Parañaque Patriots and Caloocan Supremos.

The whole nation is invited to witness this historic moment in Philippine basketball history either live at SMART Araneta Coliseum or on national TV via ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD starting ‪at 7 pm.

The pride of the South, the Patriots are led by the likes of former University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas hotshots Jett Vidal and Juneric Baloria, while former San Beda Red Lions Mar Villahermosa and former Adamson Falcons big man Jan Colina will banner the Supremos.

Then, ‪on Saturday (January 27), it will be a showdown between the Batangas City Athletics, led by former UE Red Warriors Paul Varilla and Mark Olayon, against Valenzuela Classic’s homegrown cagers ‪at 7 pm. It will be followed by the tiff between the Navotas Clutch, bannered by former FEU Tamaraws star Ron Dennison and former LPU Pirate big man Joseph Gabayni, and the Muntinlupa Cagers, bannered by former pros Chito Jaime and Al Vergara ‪at 9 pm.

MPBL games will air every Tuesday, Thursday, and ‪Saturday from 7 pm to 11 pm on the country’s leading free TV sports channel.

A brainchild of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, MPBL aims to give grassroots athletes and undrafted or untapped basketball players a venue to showcase their skills and continue to pursue their basketball dreams.

Arnold Vegafria, the business manager of Manny Pacquiao and MPBL’s head of production and marketing, “Through Senator Manny Pacquiao’s vision, we have a basketball league that truly reaches the grassroots level. Finally, Filipinos from all walks of life who have the talent and passion for the game will be able to show their mettle in the hardcourt. This is another platform where Pinoys can find their potential basketball heroes.”

ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena also expressed his excitement with the entry of the MPBL on S+A as this is in tune with the sports organization’s mission. “It was very natural for us to get together because of our shared vision for Philippines sports and our desire to support Filipino athletes in the grassroots level,” he said.

Similar to the defunct MBA, the MPBL features teams that represent a province, city, or municipality in the country and has a home and away format that will give the teams a chance to play in their home court in front of their fans. Currently, the league has 10 teams from Metro Manila and Luzon, and will eventually expand to include teams from Visayas and Mindanao. The other teams this season are the Bataan Defenders, Bulacan Kuyas, and two new teams from Imus and Quezon City, respectively.

The league’s Commissioner, professional basketball legend Kenneth Duremdes, also said that each team is required to have at least three players that are truly homegrown to the area.

Other prominent players taking part in the league are former pros like Gary David and Parri Llagas and former NCAA stars like Gab Dagangon, Ryusei Koga, and Khiel Misa.

To further encourage fans to watch the opening at the Araneta Coliseum, the neophyte hoops league will be giving away one car and ten motorbikes ‪on Thursday (January 25).

Don’t miss the premiere of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League ‪on Thursday (January 25) LIVE from the SMART Araneta Colisuem on S+A and S+A HD ‪at 7 pm with the Parañque Patriots taking on the Caloocan Supremos. ‪On Saturday (January 27), it will be Batangas versus Valenzuela ‪at 7 pm followed by Navotas versus Muntinlupa ‪at 9 pm. Catch the games every Tuesday, Thursday, and ‪Saturday from 7 pm to 11 pm. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph. For news and updates, visit sports.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbnsports on Facebook and Twitter.

 

MAHARLIKA PILIPINAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE, MAGLILIYAB NA SA ABS-CBN S+A

Magbubukas na ang unang season ng Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) ngayong Huwebes (Enero 25) sa SMART Araneta Coliseum, tampok ang paghaharap ng Paranaque Patriots at Caloocan Supremos.

Mapapanood ng LIVE ang simula ng ligang itinayo ni Sen. Manny Pacquiao at bibida sa bawat Pilipino sa ABS-CBN S+A at S+A HD simula ng 7 pm.

Nangunguna para sa Patriots ang mga dating manlalaro sa NCAA na sina Jett Vidal at Juneric Baloria ng Perpetual Altas, samantalang ang dating San Beda Red Lion na si Mar Villahermosa at dating Adamson Falcons na si  Jan Colina ang babandera para sa Supremos.

Sa darating na Sabado (Enero 27), Batangas City Athletics naman nina dating UE Red Warriors na sina Paul Varilla at Mark Olayon ang makikipag-sabong sa mga pambato ng Valenzuela Classic ng 7 pm. Susundan ito ng bakbakang Navotas Clutch at Muntinlupa Cagers sa 9 pm, kung saan magsasanib pwersa ang dating FEU Tamaraws star na si Ron Dennison at dating LPU big man na si Joseph Gabayni laban sa koponan ng mga dating propesyunal na basketball players na sina Chito Jaime at Al Vergara.

Mapapanood ang mga laro ng MPBL tuwing Martes, Huwebes, at Sabado ng 7 pm hanggang 11 pm sa nangungunang free TV sports channel ng bansa.

Tulad ng sa MBA, ang mga koponan sa MPBL ay nagrerepresenta ng mga lungsod, probinsya, o munisipalidad sa bansa at may “home-and-away” na format kung saan makakapaglaro sila sa harap ng kanilang mga kababayan.

Sa kasalukuyan, may sampung koponan na ang MPBL mula sa Metro Manila at Luzon, at nagbabalak pa silang magdagdag ng mga galing Visayas at Mindanao. Kabilang sa mga lalaban ngayong season ang Bataan Defenders, Bulacan Kuyas at dalawang bagong koponan mula sa Imus at Quezon City.

Ilan pa sa mga naglalakihang pangalan na lalaro sa liga ang mga tulad nina Gary David at Parri Llagas, na mga dating propesyunal na manlalaro. Makakasama rin nila ang mga dating NCAA star tulad nina Gab Dagangon, Ryusei Koga, at Khiel Misa.

At para mas maenganyo ang sambayanan, mamimigay ang liga ng isang kotse at sampung motorsiklo sa Huwebes (Enero 25) sa Araneta Coliseum.

Huwag palampasin ang pagbubukas ng Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League sa Huwebes (Enero 25) ng LIVE mula sa SMART Araneta Coliseum sa S+A at S+A HD kasabay ang banggaan ng Paranaque Patriots at Caloocan Supremos pagkatapos ng mga seremonyas ng 7 pm. Sa Sabado (Enero 27), magbabakbakan naman ang Batangas City Athletics kontra Valenzuela ng 7 pm at susundan ito ng Navotas Clutch laban sa Muntinlupa Cagers ng 9 pm. Mapapanood ang mga laro ng liga tuwing Martes, Huwebes, at Sabado mula 7 pm hanggang 11 pm. Maaari din itong mapanood online sa iwantv.com.ph o skyondemand.com.ph. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at iba pang mga balita, bumisita lamang sa sports hub ng ABS-CBN na sports.abs-cbn.com at i-follow ang @ABSCBNSports sa Facebook at Twitter.

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