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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

SVL/Spikers’ Turf to hold All-Star Games for Typhoon Lawin victims

SVL/Spikers’ Turf to hold All-Star Games for Typhoon Lawin victims
by rick olivares

The Shakey’s V-League and Spikers’ Turf will begin what is hoped to be a resumption of a tradition for the country’s pioneering volleyball league… an All-Star Game.

An All-Star Game for both divisions will be held on Sunday the 20th of November 2016 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

“We believe that the timing is perfect for such an endeavor,” said Sports Vision President Richard Palou of what is to be the culminating event for the Shakey’s V-League’s 13th season and the fledging Spikers’ Turf’s second season. “This is not only to showcase our best but to also give back to the fans and the victims of Typhoon Lawin.”

“The coaches for each team were determined by their respective performances,” according to tournament director Tonyboy Liao, “As for the players, they too are based on the best performers statistically in their position. The coaches, selected their players in a ‘draft-like’ manner. And like the NBA All-Star Game, all the players participating in this charity event will wear their respective light and dark club or school jerseys depending on which team they are listed.”

For the Spikers’ Turf, Team 1 will be coached by the trio of National University’s Dante Alinsunurin, Champion’s Norman Miguel, and Philippine Air Force’s Vhyl Verayo. Team 2 will find the triumvirate of Ateneo’s Oliver Almadro, IEM’s Jun Balobar, and Cignal’s Macky Cariño combining their smarts.

In the V-League Division, Team 1 will be handled by Philippine Air Force’s Jasper Jimenez, Bureau of Customs’ Sherwin Meneses, and Laoag’s Nestor Pamiliar. Their opposites on Team 2 will be John Abella of Pocari Sweat, the University of Santo Tomas’ Kungfu Reyes, and Jerry Yee of the University of the Philippines.

National University’s Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor and their coach during the collegiate conference, Edjet Mabbayad, were also named to the All-Star team as players and coach respectively along with San Sebastian College’s Grethcel Soltones who was named the Most Valuable Player of the Open Conference. For the Spiker’s Turf All-Star Game, College of St. Benilde’s Johnvic De Guzman was voted for a berth. However, they will all be unavailable to participate due to various commitments.

The one-day affair will start at 1:30pm with fans who availed of ringside and courtside seat tickets (PhP300 each) an opportunity to get autographs or photos with their favorite All-Stars. Lower box tickets are priced at PhP200 each while Bleachers tickets will be complimentary. 


The Spikers’ Turf All-Star Game will commence at 3pm to be followed immediately by their respective awarding of plaques to commemorate their being named as Spikers’ Turf All-Stars.

The Shakey’s V-League All-Star Game begins service at 5:15pm and will also be followed by the respective awarding of plaques.

“The games will be televised by our partner, ABS-CBN, although on a delayed basis,” added Sports Vision General Manager Ramon Martelino. “The proceeds after costs will be donated to the victims of Typhoon Lawin through ABS-CBN Foundation. Hopefully, through volleyball we can generate awareness about the plight and the suffering of our countrymen and for our players, coaches, partners, and fans to be socially aware.”

These All-Star Games are made possible by Shakey’s, Mikasa, Accel, BaliPure, Pocari Sweat, Philippine Sports Commission, and ABS-CBN Sports and Action.

Spikers’ Turf All-Stars

Team 1 – Light Uniform
Team 2 – Dark Uniform
Louie Chavez (PAF) – L
Sandy Montero (Cignal) – L
Kheeno Franco (IEM) – MB
Greg Dolor (IEM) – MB
Reyson Fuentes (PAF) – MB
Rex Intal (Ateneo) – MB
Jeffrey Malabanan (PAF) – MB
Peter Torres (Cignal) – MB
Esmail Fauzi (NU) – OP
Howard Mojica (PAF) – OP
Edward Ybanez (Cignal) – OP
Rodolfo Labrador (PAF) – OP
Mark Alfafara (PAF) – OS
Ysrael Marasigan (Cignal) – OP
Bryan Bagunas (NU) – OS
Marck Espejo (Ateneo) – OS
Berlin Paglinawan (Champion) – OS
Alfred Valbuena (UP) – OS
Patrick Rojas (PA) – OS
Mark Woo (DLSU) – OS
Jessie Lopez (PAF) – S
Geuel Asia (DLSU) – S
Vincent Mangulabnan (Cignal) – S
Ish Polvorosa (Ateneo) – S

Shakey’s V-League All-Stars

Team 1 – Light Uniform
Team 2 – Dark Uniform
Dennise Lazaro (BaliPure) – L
Melissa Gohing (Pocari Sweat) – L
Remy Palma (FEU) - MB
Amy Ahomiro (BaliPure) – MB
Wenneth Eulalio (Laoag) - MB
Marianne Buitre (UP) – MB
Jocemer Tapic (PAF) - MB
Ria Meneses (UST) – MB
Jessica Galanza (Laoag) - OP
Toni Rose Basas (FEU) – OP
Angeline Gervacio (BaliPure) - OP
Michelle Gumabao (Pocari Sweat) - OP
EJ Laure (UST) - OP
Diana Carlos (UP) – OP
Elaine Kasilag (Pocari Sweat) - OS
Isabel Molde (UP) – OS
Nicole Tiamzon (UP) - OS
Myla Pablo (Pocari Sweat) - OS
Alyssa Valdez (BOC) - OS
Cherry Rondina (UST) – OS
Fenela Emnas (BOC) - S
Jia Morado (Ateneo) – S
Wendy Semana (PAF) - S
Gyzelle Sy (Pocari Sweat) - S

November 20 schedule of events

1:30                            Autograph Signing/ Photo Ops

3:00                            Spikers’ Turf All-Star Game

5:00                            Awarding of Plaques for Spikers’ Turf All-Stars and Event Partners

5:15                            Shakey’s V-League All-Star Game

7:15                            Awarding of Plaques for Shakey’s V-League All-Stars


  1. saan po gaganapin and pano mag-avail ng ticket??

  2. Tickets should be available at the gate on the 20th at Philsports.

  3. Hope there would also be a game here in Cebu..☺

  4. Hope someday there would also game here in Cebu..☺

  5. paano po makakabili ng ticket?

  6. Question lng po sa autograph signing pwede sa bola ng volleyball ? heheh