AFTER a successful launch in Manila and Rizal Province early ths month, the Community Basketball Association (CBA) is set to expand its reach by invading Visayas and Mindanao beginning this weekend.
CBA founding president Carlo Maceda said he will personally fly to Cebu and Iloilo in the Visayas and Davao in Mindanao to meet with coaches and team owners in preparation for the kickoff games of the newly-formed community-based league.
“As we all know, basketball is No. 1 sport entertainment for the whole family. But the CBA is something new for the fans of basketball. It’s an alternative one, " said Maceda during the 10th “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros last Feb. 14.
“We want to help the basketball communities nationwide by bringing entertainment closer to the people. We will go to different barangay courts and give exposure to grassroots players around the country,” explained Maceda, who was accompanied during the weekly session by Marikina Sapateros team owner Brian Tan.
Maceda, a well-known actor-turned-independent filmmaker, said the CBA is really fortunate to get a lot of support from individuals who share the same love and passion for basketball.
“The vision of CBA is to create a platform where we can share our talent on and off the court. We want to share blessings to communities and young players,” added Maceda, who founded the league with his wife Derlyn Maceda and top marketing executive Jeannette Beltran.
Maceda said more teams in the Visayas and Mindanao are joining the league.
“We created it by legs so that the expenses of the team owners are minimized. Then, the top winners from different areas will move up to the Finals where we will give away P1 million in cash and another million in kind to be donated to a chosen beneficiary barangay, church or public school,” added Maceda, who is being supported by Pido Jarencio as consultant and Beaujing Acot as operations head.
Tan, on the other hand, said several sports patrons from Marikina are helping him to form a competitive team in the CBA.
“We’re lucky to have generous individuals in Marikina who share their blessings by supporting the youth thru sports,” said Tan.
TOPS, headed by People’s Tonight sports editor Ed Andaya, is composed of sports editors, sportswriters and photographers from the country’s leading tabloids.
Usapang Sports is shown live on Facebook via Glitter Livestream.
The other TOPS officers re Dennis Eroa of Inquirer Bandera and Beth Repizo of Pilipino Ngayon, vice-presidents; Edwin Rollon of Balita, secretary; Nympha Miano-Ang of Bulgar, treasurer; Ferdz de los Santos of Abante, auditor; and Frederick Nasiad of Bandera, Rico Navarro of Remate, Jeff Vinancio of Police Files; Danny Simon of HOY, directors.
Supporting the weekly session are the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and the National Press Club (NPC), led by Rolando “Lakay” Gonzalo.