Ultimate Boxing Series launched for up and coming Pinoy fighters

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AFTER championing the local boxing scene with a slew of exciting live events, ESPN5 Boxing steps up further by teaming up with Gerrypens Promotions to deliver a boxing tournament training program called Ultimate Boxing Series: Kamaong Pinoy, premiering June 2019 on the “5” Network.

Twenty professional boxers from different boxing stables around the Philippines will be given the opportunity to train in one roof and under the watchful eye of Pinoy boxing legend and two-time champ Gerry ‘Fearless’ Peñalosa, for the opportunity to face off against each other in a live and nationally-televised boxing event, courtesy of ESPN5.

This sports reality series will not only feature the fighters’ training and conditioning, but also their motivations – their loved ones, families, and for the opportunity to further build upon the legacy of Philippine boxing.

Each episode will feature not only why they fight, but who they are fighting for.

Gerry Peñalosa states that this is what Kamaong Pinoy represents: “Ang Kamaong Pinoy ay hindi lang panglaban, ito rin ay pang-protekta ng mga mahal sa buhay,” (The Pinoy boxer’s fist is not only for fighting, but also for protecting the ones they love).

The show also ties in a couple of ESPN5 live boxing events, bringing the culminating events of this reality series to a live audience.

“The Filipino boxing scene has never been this exciting,” TV5 President Vincent Reyes shares. “The search for the next dominant Pinoy boxer can come from anywhere and bring something new to the table – a new stable, a new boxing style, a new motivation. We are proud to be a pivotal part of this, and to share Gerry Peñalosa’s vision in his search for the next Fearless Pinoy Fighter.”

New, improved Mandaluyong eyes ex-Ginebra stars Helterbrand, Miller for coming MPBL season

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Former Ginebra stars and ex-PBA MVP awardees Willie Miller and Jayjay Helterbrand are being eyed to become the cornerstone of the new and improved Mandaluyong team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Banjo Calpito, now the owner of the Mandaluyong squad previously owned by Christian Singson, told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview that they are looking to tap these two former Ginebra stars, in their intention to create a huge impact in the country’s fastest growing regional amateur basketball league.

Calpito suited up for the Gin Kings more than a decade ago and happened to play alongside Helterbrand, MVP of the 2008 PBA season.

Miller, a two-time MVP, was also a former Gin King.

“Target talaga namin yung mga dati naming kasama sa Ginebra gaya nina Jayjay and Willie Miller,” said Calpito, who added that Rodney Santos, another former Ginebra player, was also tapped to become a part of the coaching staff.

Calpito and Santos were also teammates in college, both members of the multi-titled San Sebastian Stags coached by Turing Valenzona.

Aside from these former Ginebra stars, Calpito is also bringing in ex-pro Bernzon Franco, a double-double machine in last season’s MPBL Datu Cup.

Then carrying the moniker El Tigre, Mandaluyong entered the MPBL by storm, bringing in ABL standout Ray Parks and several members of Alab Pilipinas.

But Parks and co. had to leave the team midway the elimination round and the team’s fortunes changed since then.

(Photos from PBA Media Bureau)

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MPBL officials to meet with Dubai organizers for first ever overseas game between San Juan, Batangas

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The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is getting bigger and has started to gain international attention as the fastest growing regional amateur basketball event will hold games in the Middle East —  Dubai and Oman.

DJMC, an organizer in Dubai, which is also responsible in staging various events, will handle the MPBL’s first overseas games here. The group is set to meet the league officials headed by Senator Manny Pacquiao and Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.

The MPBL officials and DJMC will meet on June 14, the same day Filipino singer Arnel Pineda will hold a concert right at the Dubai World Trade Centre Za’Abeel Hall 4.

“Pumayag na si Senator na aalis kami on June 13 for the signing of the contract,” Duremdes told FOX PH. “We need to send the draft of the contract right away for review.”

Season 3 of the MPBL will open on June 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena and league officials will leave right away a day after.

Datu Cup champion San Juan will play inaugural staging winner Batangas City in the main game right after the exhibition match between the Pacquiao-led MPBL officials and a local selection.

Live streaming of the games will be available both for the audience in Dubai and the Philippines, but the game on television is likely to be recorded and be shown on a later date.

“Pero na kay ABS-CBN yan kung gusto nilang i-live dito sa Pilipinas. If we don’t show it live here, we won’t have a problem with the satellite feeding. But Filipinos within the Gulf region will see the games live thru their broadcast channel,” said Duremdes.

The MPBL Games in Dubai is set September 27.

After the Dubai Game, the league will also have a scheduled game in Oman.

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MPBL Update: Derek Ramsay latest celebrity baller as he joins Batangas City Tanduay

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POPULAR movie and television personality Derek Ramsay will become the latest celebrity baller to see action in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Ramsay will suit up for the inaugural staging champions Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics in the coming season which begins June 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Batangas City team manager Gerry Tee confirmed this development to FOX Sports Philippines.

“Yes, Derek Ramsay will play for us this season,” said Tee in a telephone interview. “He’ll start practicing with us next week.”

Ramsay is also an endorser of Tanduay and part of the deal is playing in the MPBL.

Now hooked in frisbee, Ramsay used to play competitive basketball, having played for Kettle Korn in the defunct PBL more than a decade ago.

Tee added that Ramsay will play in Batangas City’s opening game and will also play in the team’s Dubai Game in late September.

Ramsay will become the latest celebrity baller to play in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league after Gerald Anderson, Xian Lim, Mark Andaya, and Andray Paras.

Photo from Michael Tan’s Facebook

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Marikina to parade Gerald Anderson-less squad for coming MPBL season

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GERALD Anderson will not be playing for the Marikina Shoemasters in this season’s Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

The celebrity baller’s name was not on the list of players submitted by head coach Elvis Tolentino to FOX Sports Philippines.

One of the league leaders in steals with 1.68 average per game, Anderson, an MPBL All-Star, has begged off from playing for the team this coming season which opens on June 12.

“Mukang hindi makakalaro because of his schedule, so as of now hindi daw,” wrote Tolentino in an online message.

But Marikina, which failed to make the playoffs of the recent Datu Cup, will be bringing in several holdovers which include Yves Sazon, Renato Ular, and ex-pro Jondan Salvador, three of the Shoemasters’ key players.

The Shoemasters are also tapping former NAASCU MVP Christian Caldozo, Joshua Gonzales, Paeng Rebugio, JJ ESpañola, Isan dela Peña, and Von Tambeling.

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Poster Boy James Martinez gets release from Bulacan to join Imus

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AFTER playing two seasons for the Bulacan Kuyas, James Martinez is packing his bags to transfer to the Imus Bandera for the coming season of the MPBL.

Martinez, himself, confirmed it to FOX Sports Philippines.

“I asked for release from Bulacan,” Martinez said in a telephone interview. “My contract is until December, but I asked for the release and the management agreed.”

Last season, Martinez averaged 9.95 points per game in 20 minutes of playing time. While his numbers were decent, the former PBA player believes he can play and help more in another team and that’s the reason why he transferred to the Bandera, now being coached by Budds Reyes.

Reyes and Martinez’ dad are good friends and they’ve been discussing as early as three years ago the possibility of having James and the coach’s son, Mikee Reyes joining forces.

“Nasa PCBL pa kami noon plano na nila na pagsamahin kami ni Mikee,” added Martinez. “I just felt makakatulong ako kung mabibigyan pa ako ng chance na maglaro.”

 

“I’m grateful for the opportunity given by team owner Congressman Jonathan Sy Alvarado as well as my teammates in Bulacan.”

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A brand new Pasig: Pirates’ moniker dumped as Sta. Lucia Realtors assume MPBL franchise

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NEARLY 10 years removed from participating in the PBA, Sta. Lucia Realty is making its return to mainstream local basketball scene that is the MPBL.

MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes informed FOX Sports Philippines that Sta. Lucia Land Inc., a company owned by Exequiel Robles, will now have total control of the Pasig franchise.

The team will be managed by long-time manager and two-time Executive of the Year awardee Buddy Encarnado and will be coached by former University of Santo Tomas mentor Bong dela Cruz.

In taking over the franchise, the team has decided to shelve the Pirates moniker. The squad will now be known as the Sta. Lucia Land Inc.-Pasig Realtors.

“This is a brand new Pasig. We will make sure we will represent the Pasigueños with a sense of pride by putting up a competitive team.  We will carry Pasig with all our hearts because we are a true blue Pasigueños. Boss Exe (Robles) is from Bgy. Santolan while I’m from Bgy. Sumilang,” Encarnado told FOX Sports Philippines in a telephone interview.

 

The MPBL awarded the rights of the Pasig franchise to Sta. Lucia Land Inc when the league and Gene Pineda failed to come to terms. The franchise has also been under two owners — James Ong Machate and Paolo Mercado — who mismanaged the squad.

Sta. Lucia has been involved in basketball for more than three decades, winning championships both in the PBA and the old PABL and produced some of the finest players in Philippine basketball among them include Marlou Aquino and Dennis Espino, former MVP Kelly Williams, Ryan Reyes, Joseph Yeo, Denok Miranda, and Duremdes among others.

“Right after seven years in the PABL and five years in the national team and of course, 18 years in the PBA, we were looking for the right league and opportunity to get back in basketball. We feel this is the right time to continue and help our home grown players to showcase their talents and provide them with job security,” wrote Encarnado in an online message.

 

“Our long years of developing local basketball heroes will be a motivation for these players to consider.”

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Basilan adds a few more young players, excited for MPBL season opening game vs Bicol

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ADDING youthful players like Irven Palencia, Jun Jun Hallare and Darwin Lunor might be the final pieces of the puzzle for the rebuilding Basilan Steel, who are gearing up for the opening game of the new season of the MPBL on June 12.

The three players, who are standouts from three-peat champion St. Clare College in the NAASCU tournament, also played for St. Clare-Virtual Reality team in the PBA D-League.

By adding these three new players, it looks like the Steels, who gets supported by Jumbo Plastic, are determined to come up with a more decent finish. They are also excited for the coming season opener against expansion team Bicol Volcanoes.

“Right now, sir we want to see the jelling of the team by getting more tuneups. Several new players have come along and we want to reach our full potential. Definitely, we will be ready on opening night,” wrote head coach Jerson Cabiltes.

For assistant general manager Jax Chua, playing on opening day is a perfect way to promote Basilan as the team wants to serve ambassadors of the previous war-torn province.

“This is a big promotion for us,” wrote Chua, who added that St. Clare coach Jinino Manansala has also been added to the coaching staff.

Basilan is one of the busiest teams in the offseason, picking up players like ex-pros Jonathan Uyloan and Tonton Bringas, former Quezon City Capitals standouts Jay Collado and Hesed Gabo, Bobby Balucanag, Jett Vidal and Shaq Alanes from Pasay, and Michole Sorela from Navotas, and Allyn Bulanadi from San Sebastian, among others.

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MPBL to allow 2 Fil-foreign players for coming season: ‘They have to play one at a time’

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BEGINNING the coming MPBL season, not just one, but two Fil-foreign players with a height limit of 6-foot-4, are allowed to see action for each team.

MPBL founder and chief executive officer Senator Manny Pacquiao confirmed the news to the team representatives during the meeting held Thursday at the Century Hotel in Manila.

“Dalawa na yung Fil-foreign players natin,” said Pacquiao, who also asked suggestions from team representatives if they would like to increase the height limit for Fil-foreign players.

In the end, the league decided to stick to the 6-foot-4 height limit.

MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes clarified that these Fil-foreign players cannot play simultaneously.

“They have to play one at a time,” added Duremdes.

Last season, the league allowed teams to use Fil-foreign players not exceeding the limit of 6-foot-4.

Aside from increasing the number of Fil-foreign players, Senator Pacquiao allowed teams to optionally add two ex-pros, provided that only five of them will play in the allowed 15-man roster.

This means that teams have options to expand the original 20-man roster (15 to play), to 22.

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Mindoro latest expansion team to join as league participation continues to grow

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THERE’S a new team joining the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League and it will come to form the Land of the Tamaraws.

MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes confirmed to FOX Sports Philippines this latest development after a group from Calapan, Mindoro represented by Justin Tan, a member of La Salle Green Hills coaching staff, met with league founder and chief executive officer Senator Manny Pacquiao during the team owners’ meeting Thursday.

“Approved na yung Mindoro,” said Duremdes while informing a small group of sportswriters at the Century Park Hotel. “Inaantay na lang yung Iloilo and yung Mandaluyong.”

Following Christian Singson’s takeover of Nueva Ecija, Mandaluyong is now looking for takers as the league is now holding the rights of the El Tigre franchise.

Iloilo, on the other hand, has two groups vying to get the rights of an MPBL franchise and Senator Pacquiao is expected to make his decision soon.

Photo from Justin Tan’s Facebook

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MPBL: Makati drops disgruntled center Rino Berame, secures former Manila Stars frontliner Mark Cruz

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The Makati Super Crunch had decided to go on a different direction after negotiations with big man prospect Rino Berame bogged down.

Head coach Cholo Villanueva informed FOX Sports Philippines that the team has acquired Mark Cruz, a 6-foot-5 athletic big man who recently played for the Manila Stars, in place of the burly big man.

“Hindi kami nagkainintindihan sa negotiations,” Villanueva wrote in an exclusive interview.

Berame played for the Zamboanga team in the MPBL last season. But when new owner Family’s Brand Sardines took over the franchise, the Cebuano big man decided to join the renegade group who bolted out the squad.

According to Villanueva, Cruz brings in additional depth up front and his agility will make him more suited to the fast-pace system of the team.

 

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Nueva Ecija knocking on MPBL door as team owner Christian Singson announces tryout on May 15

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AFTER entering the MPBL thru the Mandaluyong El Tigre last season, looks like Christian Singson is now setting his sights on Nueva Ecija.

Singson confirmed to MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes that their group is now planning to put up a team in Nueva Ecija and is planning to hold a tryout on Wednesday, May 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kerry’s Sports in Shangri-La Fort Bonifacio.

A similar information was circulated in social media.

With Singson taking over Nueva Ecija, he had to give up Mandaluyong and a potential new owner will assume the franchise.

Commissioner Duremdes clarified that the MPBL is the temporary care taker of the franchise as new owners could come in to assume the squad.

Mandaluyong was able to put together a title contender squad, but faltered when Ray Parks and co. left the squad. The second generation cager left the El Tigre to join his team in the ABL.

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Manila adds MPBL All-Star forward Gian Abrigo to boost frontline

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Hardworking forward and MPBL All-Star Gian Abrigo will play for his third team in three seasons, this after the Manila Stars were able to ink a deal with the 6-foot-3 do-it-all player.

Roman Ang, team owner of the Stars, confirmed the news to FOX Sports Philippines in an online interview.

“Sa amin na si Abrigo,” wrote Roman.

One among the top 10 best offensive rebounders, Abrigo first played for the Quezon City Capitals in the inaugural staging of the MPBL, then transferred to expansion squad Mandaluyong El Tigre in the season just passed.

Last season, Abrigo averaged 9.84 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

He will join an already stacked Manila team, which lost key player Riel Cervantes, but was able to add ex-pros Ronnie Matias and Carlo Lastimosa, along with former La Salle players Mark Dyke and Jollo Go.

Ang added that after seeing the Stars moving to the northern division finals before losing to the San Juan Knights last season, the team is hell bent on going all the way.

 

 

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Bicol targets 10 MPBL home games, braces for first tune up match vs Caloocan on May 25

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Tickets for the first tune up game of the Bicol Volcanoes had already been released as local folks are now excited to see their local heroes plunge to action in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

The Volcanoes were officially welcomed as the 27th member of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner during the contract signing over the weekend at the Road Haus Hotel in General Santos City.

Bicol Volcanoes head coach Monel Kallos said that the Bicolanos are very excited to see their first basketball team competing in mainstream commercial league and had been asking for tickets for the team’s upcoming games. The tickets of  the tune up game against the Caloocan Supremos had been released just recently and is now being sold at the Ayala Malls in Legazpi City.

“Sobrang init nung pagtanggap sa amin, kaya naman buong probinsiya mismo suportado yung team namin,” added Kallos.

Officials of the province, from Governor Alfranchis Bichara, Guinobatan Mayor Ann Gemma Ongjoco, board member Rey Bragais, Mayor Noel Rosal and Councilor Vince Baltazar of Albay, and Mayor Herbie Aguas of Sto. Domingo had thrown in their full support to the team.

Aguas himself volunteered to become a part of the coaching staff.

With officials of the province joining forces, the team owned by Gil Orense decided to use the name Bicol in place of Albay.

Commissioner Duremdes said Bicol is requesting for 10 home games for the coming MPBL season, which he believes is doable.

“Kailangan lang mag-provide sila ng buses for the delegation and hotel accommodation,” added Duremdes.

(Photos from Bicol Volcanoes Facebook account)

 

 

 

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