Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Basketball Legends in Sablayan on Earth Day

It’s sports extravaganza all the way here in Sablayan. After boxing, here comes basketball.

After the triumphant success of Drian Francisco via first round knockout over Thailand's Pichitchai Twins Gym to capture the interim IBF Pacific super bantamweight title last April 14 brought to us by Bong Marquez Boxing Promotion, Saved by the Bell Promotion and LGU-Sablayan, local basketball fanatics are expecting to see five of their favorite Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legends. The organizers behind PBA legends versus local-import selection are looking forward for a forceful impact, ticket sales-wise, of said exhibition game like the straight right unloaded by Francisco right to the chin of Pichitchai that sent the latter to the canvass at 33 seconds of the first round.

Said game is sponsored by CDSS Batch 78 and LGU-Sablayan and according to Elvis Leyto, one of its organizers, 5 former basketball pros composed of Marlou Aquino, Nelson Asaytono, Val David, Edward Jospeh Feihl and Noli Locsin will be coming over for the loop show. The event will be held at Sablayan Astrodome on April 22, Sunday, global celebration of World Earth Day. Coincidentally, the 2012 Mayor Eduardo B. Gadiano Summer Basketball League is on-going and very well supported by basketball fans all over the town.

The advocacy for the defense of the Earth and protection of environment can also spearheaded by individual athletes and sportsmen including the whole team. Only last month, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters inked with Earth Day Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement, on an Earth Day initiative that will help spread the green message to fans worldwide. The team already used a special green Earth Day Ball for their youth clinics in Beijing, China, recently.

The green efforts of Earth Day Network are vital to the future of the environment, and the Globetrotters are thrilled to partner with them on their effort to spread the word,” said Angela Leaney, executive vice president of brand marketing for the Globetrotters. “We are proud to celebrate Earth Day with our fans and help in any way we can.” For the news, please click here.

As I have said time and again, sports and advocacy for Mother Earth may come in a one whole package. Sadly, sports enthusiasts in Occidental Mindoro are not so (or not yet) inclined on this line of thought…

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