MANILA, Philippines – A double-header pitting the old champion teams of San Miguel Beer and Alaska Milk, and the original Barangay Ginebra-Purefoods rivalry has been set up for September.
Scheduled at the Araneta Coliseum on either September 9 or September 16, the legends' showcase is the initial project of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association.
"We sought the PBA's support and they gave us a warm reception especially because this in an event for a cause," said former Crispa superstar Atoy Co, the president of their newly formed foundation looking to raise funds to support former PBA players who hit hard times in life.
Philip Cezar, another former Crispa star, is the vice-president, while former Toyota player Ed Cordero is the secretary. Allan Caidic is the treasure, while Kenneth Duremdes, Alvin Patrimonio, Jojo Lastimosa, Pido Jarencio, and Art dela Cruz are board members.
"They put up a foundation that will be ready to help their peers. We're cooperating with them and we're giving them all-out support," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
Co and his group had an initial meeting with Marcial Tuesday in the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
"Tutulungan natin lumakas 'yung foundation. Kapag lumakas 'yon, marami silang matutulungan na nangangailangang dating kasamahan," said Marcial.
"For the initial project featuring former stars of Ginebra, Purefoods, San Miguel Beer and Alaska, sila ang bahala sa players while the PBA takes care of the operation and promotions. The proceeds go to the foundation," Marcial also said.
This bill would feature big stars including Fernandez, Caidic, Lastimosa, Patrimonio, Duremdes, Ato Agustin, Hector Calma, Johnny Abarrientos, Bong Hawkins, Jeffrey Cariaso, Jerry Codinera, Chito Loyzaga, Vince Hizon, Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin, Bal David and many others.
"We'll be inviting all former PBA players to be there," said Co.
Two classic legends games have been held in the past, including the Crispa-Toyota reunion game in 2003 then a showdown among the 25 PBA greatest players.
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