Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

MVP, city mayors sign Fiba covenant

Signing the FIba Asia Manila covenant: (L-R) Alex Willats, General Manager, Dusit Hotel; Manuel V. Pangilinan, President, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas; Atty. Dennis Acorda, representative of Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto; Francis Tolentino, MMDA Chairman; and Renauld Barrios, SBP Executive Director.

MVP, city mayors sign FIBA covenant
by rick olivares

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manuel V. Pangilinan, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, and the representatives of the cities of Makati, Manila, and Pasay signed a covenant last Friday at the Dusit Hotel Manila that will help ensure the successful staging of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila from August 1-11.

“Importante kasi kailangan ng SBP ang support ng local government for the success of the tournament,” underscored Pangilinan. “The different cities will help in providing the hotels for the players, the VIPs, team officials, and referees. They will also be providing security for the entire event. It’s an important event not just for Philippine basketball but also for the country. It’s a terrific opportunity to show the world that we can host a world-class event. If successful, this can open the door for other big or even bigger events.”

Although Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto was unable to attend the event, through his representative Atty. Dennis Acorda, the recently re-elected mayor conveyed his support and noted that, “It’s a formidable team that we have here and I am not just referring to the athletes. This is a dream team (along with Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada) and with a member whose initials is ‘MVP’, I don’t know how we can possibly lose.”

Acorda detailed the extent of the support of the city of Pasay: “We extended the use of the recently refurbished Cuneta Astrodome for practices - free of use - for all the teams. And we will be coordinating with the MMDA and PNP for traffic and the safety of everyone for these games. This is a big deal also for the city of Pasay.”

On his part, MMDA Chairman Tolentino bared that although there will be no traffic re-routing schemes, “ We will assist in the traffic and crowd management in and around the event areas.”

“It’s a total effort,” summed up Pangilinan. “To demonstrate to the guest delegations our particular brand of hospitality. This isn’t just about basketball, it’s about putting our best foot forward.”

The basketball matches of the Fiba Asia tournament will be played at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City as well as the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila. The Cuneta Astrodome will also be the site for the various countries’ practices.

The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship is only the second time that the Philippines will be hosting the prestigious international basketball tournament. The last time the Philippines hosted Fiba was in 1973 and is curiously the last time the country won a major basketball tournament. Awaiting the top three countries is a slot of at the FIBA World Championship in Spain next year.

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