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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:53 pm 
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Cebu City-Casino Ethyl Alcohol set to move training camp to Manila after forming core of MPBL team
From: Jonas Panerio May 13, 2018, 02:45 pm
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A MIX of veterans and up-and-coming players from the South will form the core of Cebu City-Casino Ethyl Alcohol team in the coming Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

The team has signed 11 of its 18-man roster after practice session on Saturday, according to Omega Pro Sports International's Vice President and team spokesman, Jerome Calatrava.

Already under contract with Cebu City for the MPBL’s second offering that begins on June 12 are former two-time Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto and former Cesafi Mythical Five awardees John Abad and Kevin Villafranca.

Also on board are guards Harold Cincoflores and Alfred Codilla, wingmen Ian Ortega, Iron Suano and Victor Nunez, forwards JR Puerto and Rhaffy Octobre and big man William McCaloney.

Former PBA players Cesar Catli, Jondan Salvador and Eric Rodriguez will be signed once they arrive in Cebu later this week.

Among those who have yet to be given contracts are point guard John Lloyd Luz, two-guard Franz Arong and power forward Bernie Bregondo.

Former Adamson University Falcon Mark Abadia remains on standby as he resolves a few personal matters, but is also expected to make the roster.

Gilbert Castillo, the former Letran Knight who also briefly played in the PBA, will be coaching the team.

Casino Ethyl Alcohol will practice a few more weeks in Cebu before moving its training camp to Manila.

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MPBL takes a hit for 'racist' rule limiting teams to only one Fil-foreign player
From: SPIN.ph staff May 13, 2018, 06:41 pm


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MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes announced the new cap on Fil-foreigners shortly after Mandaluyong announced the signing of Fil-Ams Ray Parks and Lawrence Domingo.


THE Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) has come under fire on social media after Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes implemented a 'discriminatory' rule limiting its 25 teams to only one Fil-foreign player no taller than 6-foot-4.

Duremdes announced the new rule in an interview with Foxsports.ph, saying he wants to maintain parity and make homegrown players the priority in the regional league owned by boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

"Kasi kung papayagan natin yung malalaking Fil-foreign players, magkakaroon agad ng disadvantage sa mga local players natin. We want to look at the best interest of the league, yung magkaroon ng balance competition,” Duremdes said.

The new rule emerged after expansion team Mandaluyong announced through head coach Mac Cuan that it has brought in mainstays of Alab Pilipinas, including Ray Parks, Jr. and Lawrence Domingo.

Duremdes later ruled Mandaluyong should pick between Parks and Domingo owing to the one-per-team policy on Fil-foreigners.

The rule, however, didn't sit well with former PBA players like Rob Reyes, who came out of Twitter 'hibernation' to denounce the policy which he branded 'racist' and 'illegal.'

Even former Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player Marcus Douthit and current Alaska assistant coach Jeff Cariaso weighed in.

Duremdes, however, defended his decision.

"Kailangan isa lang kasi nga ang objective natin talaga is magkaroon ng opportunity 'yung mga players natin, particularly our local players and homegrown,” the commissioner said.

The PBA has a similar rule limiting teams to five Fil-foreigners in its lineup.

The former PBA MVP even cited one case where he said he barred one player of Valenzuela, Maika Usita, from playing in the league for the same reason.

"We don’t want to see bigger Fil-foregin players dominating our local playe\rs and homegrown,” he said.


But the controversial rule has obviously kicked up a storm.

Here are two more tweets slamming the 'stupid' rule.


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Bruiser Jondan Salvador set for basketball comeback with Cebu Ninos in MPBL
From: Jonas Panerio May 11, 2018, 05:30 pm

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Jondan Salvador is set for a comeback in the MPBL.


THE Casino Active-Cebu Ninos have turned to a pair of veteran bruisers to anchor the team down low in its first season in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) after failing to land local hero Jercules 'Jojo' Tangkay.

Ninos head coach Gilbert Castillo said he has gained the commitment of fellow former Letran Knight Erick 'ERod' Rodriguez and 10-year PBA veteran Jondan Salvador after former PBA wingman Tangkay opted to sign up to play for Basilan.

“Makakatulong itong dalawa sa ilalim,” said Castillo at the end of the team’s practice session on Friday afternoon.

Castillo said he was already in talks with the two big men long before he arrived in Cebu and got their go-signal a week ago.

"Feeling ko kasi, marami na akong nakikita na scorers dito sa team pero wala masyadong beterano. Tsaka itong dalawa, makikipag-bangaan talaga ito sa ilalim, alam ko yung kaya nilang gawin kaya napag-isipan kong imbitahin sila dito,” said the former San Miguel player.

Rodriguez, 37, last player for Ginebra in 2011 while Salvador last suited up in the PBA for Barako Bull in 2015. The two will team up with another ex-pro, Cesar Catli, in the team's maiden season in the MPBL.

Castillo expects to have a working line-up beginning next week. They would be practicing for two more weeks in Cebu and try to get some tune-up games against Cesafi teams before heading to Manila for another week of practice and some more tuneup games.

After overseeing practice sessions for the better part of the week and working on their plays on Friday, Castillo said the team is on the right path but admitted still has a lot of work to do.

“Nakikita ko yung mga players, tentative pa sa decision-making nila. It may be because ngayon pa lang sila nagkakasama sa court ng mga kakampi nila. We’ll fix that in the next two weeks,” said Castillo.

The final pool of players included former two-time Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto, former Adamson Falcon Mark Abadia and a platoon of Cesafi standouts such as former University of the Visayas Green Lancers John Abad, Harold Cincoflores, Franz Arong, Alfred Codilla and Rhaffy October, ex-University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars Iron Suano, Victor Nunez and Kevin Villafranca, former Cesafi Slam Dunk champ, JR Puerto, former University of San Carlos Warrior William McCaloney and former Southwestern University Cobras Jun Luz, Ian Ortega and Bernie Bregondo.

Tangkay, 41, chose Basilan even if it has yet to officially commit to joining the league founded by boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. The details of Basilan’s joining is set to be hammered out this weekend when Basilan governor Mujiv Hatamam meets with Pacquiao himself.

“Sana naman matuloy yung pagpirma ng Basilan sa liga para makalaro din ako. Matagal-tagal na rin ako di nakalaro sa ganitong liga,” said the former draft pick of Sta. Lucia in 2001.

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not all cities and towns can host PBA games. MPBL is good grassroots development.

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maka income ang mga ex and aspiring pba players nito.

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Cesafi MVP Jaybie Mantilla foregoes final year of eligibility with USJ-R to play for Manila in MPBL

From: Jonas Panerio May 14, 2018, 02:20 pm

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CEBU CITY - Reigning Cesafi MVP Jaybie Mantilla has greener pastures in mind and has decided to forego his final year of eligibility with the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars to instead play for the Manila Stars in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

Five-foot-8 guard Mantilla averaged 17.58 points, 7.42 rebounds, 5.25 assists and 2.33 steals last season in the Cesafi.

The pride of Pasil said that the decision to leave USJ-R was a tough one to make especially with how the Jaguars were booted out of the semifinals last year in spite being a top seed. However, the call of the semi-pro league and the chance to perform at that level was just too hard to ignore.

“I just want to try and prove myself at that level already. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to give USJ-R a title but I felt that I tried my very best and gave it my all in all three years that I played for the school. So I feel that it’s time to take that next step,” said Mantilla, who relayed that the decision to jump to Manila was somehow softened by the fact that the Stars have familiar faces already onboard.

The Stars have former pro Roger Yap, who Mantilla considers a mentor and was the one that recruited the Cebuano to come to Manila’s side.

Manila also has former University of the Visayas ace and former Rain or Shine draft pick Gayford Rodriguez and ex-USJ-R big man Mannie Gabas.

Veteran coach Jun Noel, Mantilla’s coach in his last season for the Jaguars, said that his former ward is ready to take the next step in his career.

“Now that he has already finished with his studies, he can now concentrate on basketball. He’s ready. He has the skills, he just needs the confidence because at times, he’s apprehensive about shooting the basketball,” said Noel.

“Just be himself, that’s all he needs to do,” Noel added.
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MPBL takes a hit for 'racist' rule limiting teams to only one Fil-foreign player
From: SPIN.ph staff May 13, 2018, 06:41 pm


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MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes announced the new cap on Fil-foreigners shortly after Mandaluyong announced the signing of Fil-Ams Ray Parks and Lawrence Domingo.


THE Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) has come under fire on social media after Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes implemented a 'discriminatory' rule limiting its 25 teams to only one Fil-foreign player no taller than 6-foot-4.

Duremdes announced the new rule in an interview with Foxsports.ph, saying he wants to maintain parity and make homegrown players the priority in the regional league owned by boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

"Kasi kung papayagan natin yung malalaking Fil-foreign players, magkakaroon agad ng disadvantage sa mga local players natin. We want to look at the best interest of the league, yung magkaroon ng balance competition,” Duremdes said.

The new rule emerged after expansion team Mandaluyong announced through head coach Mac Cuan that it has brought in mainstays of Alab Pilipinas, including Ray Parks, Jr. and Lawrence Domingo.

Duremdes later ruled Mandaluyong should pick between Parks and Domingo owing to the one-per-team policy on Fil-foreigners.

The rule, however, didn't sit well with former PBA players like Rob Reyes, who came out of Twitter 'hibernation' to denounce the policy which he branded 'racist' and 'illegal.'

Even former Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player Marcus Douthit and current Alaska assistant coach Jeff Cariaso weighed in.

Duremdes, however, defended his decision.

"Kailangan isa lang kasi nga ang objective natin talaga is magkaroon ng opportunity 'yung mga players natin, particularly our local players and homegrown,” the commissioner said.

The PBA has a similar rule limiting teams to five Fil-foreigners in its lineup.

The former PBA MVP even cited one case where he said he barred one player of Valenzuela, Maika Usita, from playing in the league for the same reason.

"We don’t want to see bigger Fil-foregin players dominating our local playe\rs and homegrown,” he said.


But the controversial rule has obviously kicked up a storm.

Here are two more tweets slamming the 'stupid' rule.


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SA AKING OPINYON.


ok lang lang yung 1 Fil-am per team. para nga naman mas me chance mga locals.

pero dapat wala height limit.... :(

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Jayson David leaves San Sebastian for Lyceum; two other Stags bound for MPBL
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SAN Sebastian has parted ways with role player Jayson David.


Coach Egay Macaraya confirmed that David has left the Stags and is headed to Lyceum.

Two other players, Justin Mercado and Alvin Baetiong, will also be playing in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), Macaraya added.

The 6-2 David was part of the Stags squad thatr reached the stepladder playoffs last season and also played for San Sebastian under the Che-Lu banner in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Renzo Navarro also recently left San Sebastian and moved to Lyceum.

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MPBL expansion team Zamboanga Valientes net a prized catch in Patrick Cabahug
From: Jonas Panerio May 15, 2018, 12:59 pm


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ABL veteran Patrick Cabahug is coming home to play for Zamboaga in the MPBL.


After impressing in various leagues in the Southeast Asian region, Cebuano sniper Patrick Jan Cabahug is heading back home to play for the Zamboanga Valientes-MLV in the upcoming season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

After a brief stint with Air21 in the PBA, the former Adamson Falcon embarked on a nomadic career that brought him to Malaysia where he recently played for the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL, Indonesia and Thailand, where he is currently playing for the Madgoat Basketball Club in the domestic league.

He will be suiting up for the Valientes as soon as he fulfills his contractual obligations by the end of June.

Cabahug had initially wanted to play for his hometown of Cebu but was told that the roster for the Casino Ethyl Alcohol was already full.

The Valientes, with former pros Leo Avenido and fellow Cebuano Reed Juntilla already in their fold, did not waste time picking up the seasoned gunner. Cabahug was more than happy to pounce on the opportunity to come home and play in front of the Filipino crowd.

“Home is where your heart belongs as they say. Since the debut of MPBL, I was already a big fan and wanted to play for one of its teams. I’ve been playing overseas for a long time now, so it’s a blessing to me to finally play in the league with the Zamboanga Valientes,” Cabahug said.

“It gives me an opportunity to play again in my country with my fellow Filipino teammates and the best Filipino crowd!” he added.

Cabahug described the feeling of finally coming home to having his “cravings satisfied.”

“It means a lot to me. It’s like a feeling of having your cravings satisfied when you finally had your favorite meal! I have played in several countries but nothing beats the Filipino crowd.”

Cabahug also lauded the MPBL and the hope that it brings to Filipino players of all ages.

“The MPBL brings hope to a lot of Filipinos. Our country has a lot of talented basketball players but they just don’t have the chance to join big leagues. The MPBL truly brings Filipinos closer together and provides the opportunity to showcase everyone’s talent.”

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Homegrown players are never inferior to Fil-foreigners, says Gabe Norwood
From: Karlo Sacamos May 14, 2018, 05:40 pm

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"Local' talent has proven to be up to par and that all Filipino players (no matter where they were born) have improved their game," says Gilas mainstay Gabe Norwood. Photo by Fiba


GABE Norwood played down the "disadvantage" that Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) commissioner Kenneth Duremdes feels local standouts could have when pitted against Filipino-foreign counterparts.

That fear prompted the MBPL to implement a rule limiting its teams to just one Fil-foreign player no taller than 6-4 - a rule branded as 'discriminatory' and 'racist' by Fil-foreign players who have played in the PBA.

"Looking at the numbers, the PBA hasn't had a 'Fil-foreign' MVP in almost a decade," Norwood told SPIN.ph. "So 'local' talent has proven to be up to par and that all Filipino players (no matter where they were born) have improved their game."

Kelly Williams was the last multi-racial player to win the PBA MVP, claiming the award in the 2007-08 season, before Jayjay Helterbrand, James Yap, Jimmy Alapag, Mark Caguioa, Arwind Santos, and four-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo succeeded him.

Alapag, Helterbrand, and Caguioa are full-blooded Pinoys who were raised in the US.

Norwood, a Fil-American born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is befuddled by the MPBL's rule that discriminates against foreign-raised Filipino cagers.

"It’s just confusing to me to be honest," the Rain or Shine utility man said. "I feel like the game has become so global, that one would embrace that global influence especially when Filipino blood is present."

Fellow Fil-Am Chris Ross, usually vocal on social media, politely declined to comment on the issue.

"It's their rule," the San Miguel Beer playmaker said. "I'm part of the PBA. It's their league."

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Maganda din tong MPBL, may pagkakakitaan mga ex-pros and aspiring young players... :) :D

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Maganda din tong MPBL, may pagkakakitaan mga ex-pros and aspiring young players... :) :D


Tama pareng whinz and at the same time you help promote your local sponsor and the game of basketball as a whole...good job Sen. Manny...

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Ray Parks slams MPBL cap on Fil-foreigners, puts cloud of doubt on Mandaluyong stint
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Ray Parks, considered one of the top choices in the coming PBA draft, could give the MPBL a boost but his entry to the new home and away league isn't going smooth. Jerome Ascano


BOBBY Ray Parks slammed the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) over the rule limiting the participation of Fil-foreigners, putting a cloud of doubt on his stint with the newly-formed Mandaluyong El Tigres.

El Tigres coach Mac Cuan said last week Parks and Alab teammates including Lawrence Domingo are set to reinforce the expansion team for the coming MPBL conference.

However, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said Mandaluyong has to pick between Parks and Domingo since the home-and-away league has set a new rule limiting Fil-foreigners to just one per team and no taller than 6 feet 4 inches.

Parks, son of seven-time PBA best import Bobby Ray Parks and born and raised in the Philippines, is considered a Fil-foreigner under MPBL rules because he has foreign blood, said Duremdes.

“First time in my life I was considered an American in my own country,” wrote Parks on his Twitter account @ray15parks while reacting to a SPIN.ph story on the controversial rule.

Active and retired Fil-American PBA players have also reacted to the controversial MPBL rule, which Rob Reyes branded as 'racist' and Ali Peek as 'stupid.'

Parks, who has played numerous times for the Philippines in international competitions, was naturally dismayed.

“Dito ako pinanganak. May Filipino passport ako. So dahil sa kulay ng balat ko at dahil tatay ko ay Amerikano na dapat ako ikonsider na foreigner sa sarili kong bayan?” Parks said.

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Cuan also criticized the rule on his Facebook account.

“Ray was born here, grew up here, played college ball here, played for the national team to represent our country, and most of all has a Philippine passport. Why is he not considered a local?” said Cuan.

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Ben Mbala joins chorus of criticism against controversial MPBL rule on Fil-foreign players
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CAMEROON’s Ben Mbala has joined the chorus of criticism against the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) rule limiting Fil-foreigners’ participation.

The former La Salle import reacted on Twitter as Bobby Ray Parks slammed the MPBL rule allowing each team only one Fil-foreign player with a height limit of 6 feet 4 inches.

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“Y’all need to get your s**t together. Half or full blood is still ‘Filipino,” wrote Mbala.

The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player plays in a pro league in France.

Parks and Alab Pilipinas teammate Lawrence Domingo were acquired by new MPBL team Mandaluyong El Tigres for the conference opening on June 12.

Shortly after the El Tigres’ announcement, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the team will have to choose between the two players due to the Fil-foreign player rule.

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Duremdes sets ground rules on Ray Parks amid fury over MPBL cap on Fil-foreigners
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Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes: “Kung American citizen pa yung tatay niya at that time of his birth, (Ray Parks is) considered a Filipino-American" and therefore subject to the MPBL's restrictions on Fil-foreign players. Jerome Ascano


COMMISSIONER Kenneth Duremdes said he will examine Ray Parks' documents in the face of a growing controversy spawned by the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League's (MPBL's) rules on Fil-foreign players.

The regional league owned by Manny Pacquiao came under fire when it set a rule limiting teams to one Fil-foreign player no taller than 6-4, shortly after expansion team Mandaluyong announced it has signed up Parks and fellow Fil-American Lawrence Domingo.

On Wednesday, Parks, son of seven-time PBA best import Bobby Ray Paks and who was born and raised in the Philippines, weighed in onthe rule labelled 'discriminatory,' 'racist,' and downright 'stupid' by former PBA players like Rob Reyes and Ali Peek.

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According to a league statement, Bernice Ilagan, co-owner of the Mandaluyong El Tigre, asked Duremdes for clarification on the status of Parks and asked if he can be considered a local.

"In a press release, you categorized Ray Parks as a Fil-Am and also Lawrence Domingo. In your statement, you said we must only choose one. Either si Ray Parks or si Lawrence Domingo,” said Ilagan. “Doon naman kay Lawrence, he was considered Fil-Am. Then we measured him and he was measured 6-4. But given all these, can we consider Ray Parks as a local?.”

Duremdes, however, made it clear that Parks will be considered a Fil-foreign player - and therefore subject to the MPBL's restrictions on Fil-foreign players - if his late dad was an American citizen at the time of his birth.

“Again, titingnan natin yung papel niyan (Parks). We cannot decide right away kung wala yung mga documents. Malalaman natin doon kung at the time of his birth kung yung father ba niya is a naturalized already or American citizen pa at that time?” said the former PBA star.

“Kung American citizen pa yung tatay niya at that time of his birth, (Ray Parks is) considered a Filipino-American.”

At the same time, the MPBL released a new set of guidelines for Fil-foreign players through legal counsel Brando Viernesto.

“Marami tayong nababalitaan (about) Fil-Ams, kaya tayo nag-set ng guidelines sa Fil-foreigners para pa rin sa vision ng liga natin. Giving chance sa mga homegrown and local players natin. Yun naman ang vision ng ligang ito. Hindi naman natin sinasabing bawal sila totally, kaya nga binibigyan natin ng one Fil-foreign player each team sa ngayon. Wala pa naman tayong isang taon. MPBL has set the guidelines,” said Viernesto.

Among the rules set by the league are:

* Fil-foreign players should have a two-year residency in the Philippines/or should have played college in the country.

* At least one of their parents should be a natural-born Philippine citizen.

* They should have a Philippines passport

* At least 18 years of age

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