MANILA, Philippines – Visayas and Mindanao have always been some of the best PBA players in their entire history and will now be represented during their sports league.
Vicente Guingona, a resident of Mindanao, and his group led the development of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, which will begin early next year.
The new league aims to develop local talent in Visayase and Mindanao, as well as upgrade these players for bigger games in the future.
“History shows that Visayas and Mindanao are home to the best basketball players in the Philippines. These players left an indelible legacy on the pitch. We want to honor their legacy by finding more players from our region and helping these prospects reach higher heights than their predecessors, ”said Guingona.
June Mar Fajardo, who has six PBA MVPs, was born and raised in Cebu, while former PBA excellent center Ramon Fernandez grew up in Leyte.
Other notable basketball players who grew up in Visayas and Mindanao were Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, Mark Barroca, Francis Arnaiz and Scottie Thompson.
Guingona wants to fill the void left by the Mindanao Visayo Basketball Association when it ceased operations in 2011, two years after joining the National Basketball Conference and forming Liga Pilipinas.
“It has been many years since we had our league here. It’s time for us to show once again what we have in terms of basketball. I believe we can still produce more top-caliber athletes that will leave a mark in the history of Philippine basketball, ”Guingona said.
The Sindangan, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Davao, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Mandaue, Cebu, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Roxas teams have already stated their intentions to join the inaugural season with each team that must have at least six national players on its lists.
The goal of the league is to hold a conference for all Filipinos and host other foreign players.
Qualifying round competitions will be restricted to their respective areas, eliminating the need to travel long distances.
“The foundations have already been laid. We are just waiting for the green light. We can rest assured that the health and safety of the teams and organizers will be extremely important, ”said Guingona.
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