Community Basketball Association to expand to Visayas, Mindanao

February 17, 2019

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.