The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is spreading its wings and going to fly again — this time in Canada.
Holiday seasons in Canada will be the peg of the MPBL Lakan Season’s three-game schedule in Calgary and Edmonton. The three game-series will be held from December 25 to 29 based on the memo sent to the following teams invited to play in the country as the second largest in the world based on land area.
The teams invited to play are playoff contender Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines, reigning champion San Juan Knights and the Gerald Anderson-led Imus Bandera. They will play in Calgary and Edmonton.
Zamboanga, owned by Universal Canning Inc., will have to play two games against San Juan and Imus.
This was announced by league founder and CEO Senator Manny Pacquiao during halftime of the Makati Super Crunch-Muntinlupa Cagers tussle on Monday (November 18) at Makati Coliseum.
The eight-division world champion, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes and deputy commissioner Zaldy Realubit signed the memorandum of agreement with the event organizers on Friday.
Due to the enormity of the undertaking, a first for local cage leagues, WYZMYND Events Production Inc., HKJ Productions and Witmichel Corporation are pooling their resources to guarantee its success.
Pacquiao will also be bringing along some stalwarts of the MPBL of his choice to play in exhibition games against local selections. Duremdes and MPBL Operations Head Emmer Oreta will be part of Pacquiao’s All-Stars.
The schedule isn’t final yet as there are plans to hold another exhibition game in Vancouver, which will move the return flight to December 30.