PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: In Nueva Ecija, they combined the worlds of politics and athletics, and the result was a concoction that was unexpectedly enjoyable.
A recent out-of-town game played in this city by the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) not only brought joy to the people of Novo Ecija, but it also helped heal the wounds that were incurred by local politicians and their partisans during the elections that took place on May 9, 2022.
Together with Palayan City Mayor Viandrei Nicole “Vianne” Cuevas, reelected Gov. Aurelio Umali led the ceremonial tossing of the ball at the Nueva Ecija Coliseum. Cuevas is the daughter of Adrianne Mae “Rianne” Joson Cuevas, who had challenged Umali for the top post in the province.
It would appear that the governor and his opponent are still acting like the close friends that they were before the polls from the previous month drove a wedge between them.
According to reports, the Cuevas camp put a lot of effort into their campaigning in the province, which resulted in a landslide victory for both the incumbent President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and the incumbent Vice President Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio.
Later on, and all throughout the match, there was not the slightest hint of resentment visible in the way that Governor Umali and Vicente “Bong” Cuevas spoke to each other on the bench where they were seated side by side while watching the match between the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards and the San Juan Knights. They were both watching the contest between the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards and the San Juan Knights.
The Commissioner of the MPBL, Kenneth Duremdes, was the one who took notice of this in particular. It would appear that he was aware of the political climates in the provinces and regions where the league plays its games in an effort to further spread the popularity of basketball throughout the Philippines.
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According to what he had to say, “It’s very wonderful for the league because the 5,600 strong crowd that witnessed the game between the Vanguards and the Knights was obviously a bunch of sports aficionados.”
Duremdes described the spectators as a “crazy bunch of young and old men and women including children shouting and roaring in the jam-packed Nueva Ecija Coliseum.” The governor and Cuevas of Nueva Ecija, along with Cuevas’s daughter and the city mayor Vianne, were seen cheering on both teams and appeared to be enjoying the match.
The matchup between the home team and the visitors was broadcast for free and streamed live on Facebook, Cignal TV Channel @ One PH, in order to provide residents of Novo Ecija with the opportunity to see the historic game that took place in the province on July 12.
Ivan Cuevas, who also happens to be a son of Mrs. Cuevas and manages the Rice Vanguards, stated that the Nueva Ecija cagers have won their first two home games since 2001, making their win streak two games in a row.
The then-Nueva Ecija Patriots, who competed in the Metropolitan Basketball Association from 1999-2001, reflected on the fact that they had struggled throughout the season.
The trophy for the Filbasket 2022 Summer Championship was also just taken home by the Nueva Ecija Capitals, who are now known as the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguard.
According to the management of the squad, the province’s goal for this competition is to win its first-ever championship in a Philippine professional league as well as its first-ever championship in the MPBL.
The moment that Bong Cuevas, Rianne’s husband, expressed his gratitude to Umali for allowing the use of the coliseum, which is under the official management of the provincial government, was the high point of the reconciliation between the Cuevas camp and the Umali camp. The coliseum is under the official management of the provincial government.
According to Bong, “The governor granted permission for the use of the provincial coliseum for the province’s home game, and we are quite grateful for this.”
In addition, he stated that he had just installed a digital scoreboard, shot clocks, and additional lighting in the coliseum in order to fulfill the requirements of the league.
In the presence of Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, whose home city of San Juan in Metro Manila was represented by the visiting team, the San Juan Knights competed. San Juan is located in the Philippines.
Estrada, who had a meeting with Umali and Mrs. Cuevas during the game, stated that he wanted to show his support for the Knights as well as watch numerous former players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) compete.
Raymon Jamito of Meralco, Michael Calisaan of Magnolia, Clint Doliguez of Rain or Shine and NorthPort, and Ron Dennison and Mon Alvin Abundo of Blackwater were some of the former players that had played in the Philippine Basketball Association.
The Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards were victorious over the San Juan Knights by a score of 81-75. Jerson Cabiltes serves as the team’s head coach.
Hesed Gabo, Jay Collado, Michael Juico, Emil Rens Palma, Pamboy Raymundo, Bobby Balucanag, John Paul Sarao, Byron Villarias, Christopher Bitoon, Michael Mabulac, JayR Taganas, Philip Manalang, Stephen Siruma, Jonathan Uyloan, and Dondon Arenas are the members of this team. Will “Macaroni” McAloney, who was selected as the best player and was
On August 8, 2022, it is scheduled to compete against a team called Zamboanga Family Brand Sardines, which has yet to taste defeat and has a perfect record of 6-0 wins and 0 losses.
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