Jan 19, 2022

If situation allows, 3 provinces keen on hosting All-Star Game

IF the PBA is able to return sooner than later, expect it to get going and dish out other usual events like the All-Star Extravaganza.

In his appearance in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Online Forum Tuesday, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial talked about the importance of the All-Star Game.

"Kailangan namin ang All-Star Game, dyan kami humuhugot ng pondo para sa Players Trust Fund. Sana magkaroon tayo ng All-Star Game this year," said Marcial, referring to the income poured into the program funding scholarship of children of retired PBA players.

Even with the country gripped by pandemic, the league chieftain said at least three provinces have expressed interest to host the All-Star Game.

"Sabi namin, hindi ba kayo malulugi (since we're in trying times). Sabi nila, 'hindi, sabik na sabik na ang fans sa PBA,'" said Marcial.

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But as in their regular games, PBA officials are being cautious, putting premium on the safety of everyone concerned.

Marcial insisted though that the All-Star Game - an event where the league's best and brightest mingle with the fans - is always in their mind.

Before the pandemic, the league was set to bring the festivities to Passi, Iloilo in 2020, following the big success of the 2019 event in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

In a game marked by record number of dunks and three-pointers, the North All Stars drubbed their South counterparts then, 185-170.

Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer and Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra shared the MVP honors. (SB)

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