THE first-ever Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation Youth Basketball League (MYBL) was launched at the Corpus Christi Gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro over the weekend.
The basketball league, launched July 13, was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Local Government of Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu Landmaster Inc., Smart Communications Inc., Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), Balibago Waterworks System Inc., CDO Basketball Federation, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (Cords-X).
There are three categories in MYBL such as the 12-under, 15-under, and 18-under category wherein 31 teams from different schools of Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Iligan, and Misamis Oriental participated in the said series of basketball games.
Mayor Oscar S. Moreno expressed his joy and gratitude to the private groups and government organizations which brought this initiative to the city to show support to the youth in the field of sports.
In his message, Atty. Jang Moreno, MVPSF Community, Sports and Youth Development head, said that Cagayan de Oro was chosen as venue for the MYBL because of its ideal and strategic location as well as the overwhelming talents and potentials of the aspiring youths in Northern Mindanao.
Sidelights to the opening ceremony and launching, famous personalities from the Philippine Basketball Association visited the participants such as James Yap, Bo Belga, JV Mocon and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.
MVPSF Youth Basketball league is just one of the numerous programs lined-up by the private sector especially MVP Sports Foundation and the local government to further improve and develop the performance of the region in the field of sports. (PR/CIO)