By Karen V. Bermejo
Philippine Basketball Association legends Ronnie Magsanoc, Jojo Lastimosa and Jerry Cordiñera led the half-day training activity in Brgy. Tabuc Suba in Jaro district to look for new hardcourt greats in the Philippines.
The activity was held in the village’s “Court of Inspiration” that was built by local volunteers last year.
Dubbed as the Galing Mo Camp, the activity conducted on March 2, 2013 was part of the nationwide campaign of Alaxan FR to promote sport as a culture of hard work and dedication, where pain is seen as a badge of honor.
Of the 82 aspiring basketball players aged 16 to 21 from the village, five were chosen to participate in a special training in Manila under the PBA legends themselves in April.
They are Jofem John Badoles, Tyke Igor Bano, Johyn Lindol Jubelag, Happie Talimay and Darwin Sulucio.
For the national leg, the qualifiers from Iloilo City will face other delegates from Bacolod, Butuan, Dumaguete, Sarangani, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Tacloban and Zamboanga.
Meanwhile, Magsanoc said the training will not only focus on improving the basketball skills of the participants but will also highlight their concern for the community.
“This isn’t just for themselves, though. If they train hard enough, they could also get a chance to help their barangay,” says Magsanoc.
Out of the 50 national qualifiers, the top ten will be chosen. Nine of them will get P20, 000 and the Most Valuable Player will get P25, 000.
The place where the MVP came from will also get P100, 000 for another community project from Alaxan.*