Alaxan FR turns-over “Court of Inspiration” in Bago City-A A +A
Monday, August 27, 2012
PHILIPPINE Basketball Association legends Ronnie Magsanoc, Jerry Codiñera and Benjie Paras graced the turn-over rites of Alaxan FR’s “Court of Inspiration” basketball court to the residents of Purok Langka, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City Sunday and played an exhibition 3-on-3 basketball game with local hoopsters.
The rustic atmosphere in Purok Langka set amidst the rice fields of Brgy. Taloc took on a festive air when Alaxan FR, led by Product Director Kristine Martinez and Product Manager Sheila Rono, brought the basketball legends to further inspire the residents who volunteered their labor in constructing the community facility out of materials donated by Alaxan FR.
“Regardless whether the endeavor is big or small, we can attain success if we have unity of purpose,” said “The Point Laureate” Magsanoc as he praised the “bayahihan” spirit of the residents in constructing the locality’s first-ever concrete basketball court.
Magsanoc, who narrated that the three of them had to struggle very hard and had to endure pain and fatigue to reach their present status, underscored that sacrifice ultimately pays off.
“If you believe in yourself, put your trust in God and work with each other, nothing is impossible,” said Magsanoc.
“If you can unite to build a concrete basketball court, you can also unite to get your roads here concreted,” he challenged the residents who had to endure every day the bumpy approximately two-kilometer travel from the national highway to Purok Langka.
Paras, the “Tower of Power” in his PBA heyday, told the volunteers that, in this “Court of Inspiration”, they now have the reward for all their hard work and body pains.
“Like you, we also wanted as kids to play in a concrete court. Your kids now have a court where they can practice to reach what we have achieved as basketball players. They now have that opportunity to develop their potentials,” Paras added.
BACOLOD. PBA Legends and Alaxan FR executives led by Product Director Kristine Martinez and Product Manager Sheila Rono pose for posterity with residents of Barangay Taloc, Bago City during the turn-over Sunday of the “Court of Inspiration,” which was built by the residents themselves out of materials donated by Alaxan FR. (Contributed photo)
The hoopster-TV personality shared that he had to work hard, play harder and practice up to three times a day to get a scholarship to finish his studies and eventually become a star in the country’s biggest league.
“Sacrifice and pain have been part of our lives and they are what brought us our success,” he stressed.
Codiñera, one of the most-respected defenders in his time which earned him the monicker “Defense Minister”, reminisced how he used to play in an unconcreted court where an uncontrolled lay-up landed him in a creek.
“We are here to inspire the kids and the community that you can become what you want to be,” he exhorted the residents. “You have to practice every day, suffer your pain and deal with it. There is no short-cut to success.”
Another personality who graced the turn-over ceremonies was local hero Genesis “Azukal” Servania who just last week snared the World Boxing Organization Asia-Pacific super bantamweight title by dominating his Mexican foe Jorge Pazos by scoring two knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision victory during Pinoy Pride XV in Cebu City.
Servania, who hails from Punta Taytay, Bacolod City, also encouraged the kids to work hard for their goals because he has proven for himself that it is only through hard work and dedication that you can ensure victory in the ring.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 27, 2012.